An Indulgent Tasting in Rahway: UCPAC's Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Party

Aside from warm pool weather and bright green foliage, this spring also brings the Union County Performing Arts Center's Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Party back to Rahway. This event is an annual fundraiser for the UCPAC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission statement reads: to "provide quality programming and performances that strive to be educational, affordable, and enrich the arts within our diverse communities."

This year, a one-night-only revival performance of UCPAC's successful run of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change will follow the event. Those wishing to support the theater and attend the tasting or performance, which will take place on June 1 at the theater's Hamilton Stage, must be 21 or over. The event will be held rain or shine.

The opportunity to socialize with new and old friends and network with supporters of the performing arts makes this event a priceless experience. The wine for the evening is provided by various vendors through Witty's Fine Wines and Liquors and Metro Liquors, located locally in Rahway. There will also be a selection of cheeses along with delicious chocolates supplied by Brummer's Homemade Chocolates of Westfield for patrons to enjoy.

Nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Off-Broadway musical in 1997, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. In a theatrical age of mammoth spectacles and brooding musical dramas, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a rollicking throwback to a nearly extinct theatrical genre: the musical comedy revue. Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts reinvigorate the revue by taking a hilarious and tuneful joyride through the dizzying spectrum of modern male-female relationships. Directed and Produced by Brian Remo and Jessica Foerst (If/Then, Hamlet), and Musically Directed by Alex Golden, this hilarious show is a favorite for couples and singles of all ages.

Tickets to UCPAC's Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Party are $30 and can be purchased online at, over the phone by calling (732) 499-8226, or in person at the box office. A package deal is also available at, which includes tickets to both the Party and revival performance of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." The price of the package deal is $50, but performance-only tickets are also available for $25.

The Union County Performing Arts Center's box office is located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ. Hamilton Stage, where both events will be held, is located at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway and both locations are easily accessible to major roads and public transportation.

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