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THE SANCTUARY CONCERTS

The Sanctuary Concerts
At the Presbyterian Church
240 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, NJ

973.376.4946       boxoffice@sanctuaryconcerts.org 

  

"A Revered Stop For Folk Musicians." -The Star Ledger   
                                

 directions and nearby restaurants 

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The Sanctuary Concerts are conveniently located a stone’s throw from three lively, upscale town centers: Chatham, Madison, and Summit.

From the Garden State Parkway (Union/Essex and Eastern NJ):

  • Take exit 142 to Route 78 West.
  • Stay to the right on Route 78 West…the right lanes turn into Route 24 West.
    • Take Exit 7A-B (right at the Short Hills Mall). Follow signs to Rt. 124 West and Chatham, leading to downtown Chatham.
    • proceed to fourth traffic light and turn left onto Fairmount Avenue.
      • At second traffic light (approximately 1.7 miles), turn right onto Southern Boulevard. Proceed one mile to Presbyterian Church on right.

      From Route 287 North (Central NJ):

      • Take Exit 35 “124/South Street/Madison Avenue/Morristown.”
      • At end of exit ramp at traffic light, turn left onto South Street (following signs to Rt. 124).
      • At next traffic light, turn right onto Rt. 124 (Madison Avenue).
      • Follow Madison Avenue/Rt. 124 approximately 3 miles into the town of Madison.
      • Shortly after passing the main gate of Drew University, the road will curve left and go under a railroad overpass, leading to downtown Madison.
      • Turn right at the second traffic light onto Green Village.
      • Follow Green Village Road to third traffic light. The name of the road changes to Southern Boulevard. Proceed approximately one mile to the Presbyterian Church on left.

      From Route 287 South (Route 80 corridor, Northern and Western New Jersey):

      • Take Exit 35 marked Madison Avenue/124.
      • At end of exit ramp turn left onto Rt. 124/Madison Avenue.
      • Follow Madison Avenue/Rt. 124 approximately 3 miles into the town of Madison.
      • Shortly after passing the main gate of Drew University, the road will curve left and go under a railroad overpass, leading to downtown Madison.
      • Turn right at the second traffic light onto Green Village.
      • Follow Green Village Road to third traffic light. The name of the road changes to Southern Boulevard. Proceed approximately one mile to the Presbyterian Church on left.

      From Summit and Suburban Essex:

      • From the Short Hills Mall, get onto River Road toward Summit.
      • Bear right at the Schering-Plough campus: The road becomes Watchung Avenue.
      • Take Watchung Avenue to the intersection of Fairmount Boulevard.
      • Turn left onto Fairmount Boulevard.
      • At the first light, turn right on Southern Boulevard. Proceed to the Presbyterian Church on the right.

       

   The Best Local Restaurants

       The closest: The Hickory Tree Shopping Center, one mile from the venue, offers several excellent options: Marie's Deli, at 641 Shunpike Road, Chatham, is an Italian restaurant that has been featured on the show Diners Drive-Ins and Dives (though it is none of the three).  Their motto:  "Keep Your Friends Close And Your Antipasto Closer." Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, at 522 Southern Boulevard, offers an informal and reasonably-priced general menu and a large salad bar.  The shopping center also contains the Brasa Grill, which features Portuguese barbecue, and Blossom Asian Bistro which features pan-Asian cuisine and is open until 10:30 PM on Saturdays.

      In Downtown Chatham: Downtown Chatham, about 2 miles from us, features the very upscale Restaurant Serenade and Scalini Fideli (reserve weeks in advance for Scalini); ; D'Oro, a classic Italian restaurant (see NYT review here), and three ethnic restaurants: A Taste of Asia (Malaysian), Bean Curd (Chinese), and Thai Passion (Thai).

     In Downtown Madison: Downtown Madison, also about 2 miles from us, is full of restaurants. Our favorites are The Garlic Rose, a bustling storefront bistro where all the dishes are made with garlic; Il Mondo Vecchio, a more-casual sister to Scalini Fideli; and the upscale but moderately-priced Soho 33 featuring "world comfort food." Poor Herbie's, 13 Waverly Place, is a local favorite tavern featuring hamburgers and hearty informal dining.

    For an after-concert drink:  Charlie Brown's or Poor Herbie's (both above) and Charlie's Aunt, on Passaic Avenue in Chatham, offer a reasonably quiet place to meet after the show. We have found that Charlie Brown's often closes before 11 on Saturday nights, despite its posted closing times.

    For after-concert diner food:  We like the New Prestige Diner, about two miles from the venue, in New Providence.  In Madison, the Nautilus Diner is on Main Street. And at 55 River Road in Summit (just down the street from us going away from Chatham and Madison), the Broadway Diner is famous for its pancakes.

         Just hold off on dessert...we've got baked goodies at intermission, included with your ticket price!