43 Artists Experienced On Friday, October 28th at 7 p.m., Berc’s Gallery at 187 Maplewood Ave. Maplewood, will present an exhibition by four artists entitled “Artists Experienced”. There will be works by Berc Ketchian, a world-renowned artist who depicts tavern scenes, courtships and lovely ladies in a traditional European impressionistic style. Tricia Zimic, a sculptor inspired by the Meissen tradition, displays luminous anthropomorphic depictions of the Seven Deadly Sins. Also appearing are enigmatic oil paintings by Lyman Dally featuring thetopicof wine.Fredericka Ribes uses 24kt gold to illuminate her evocative and imaginative children’s portraits. Durand-Hedden House and Garden will host author and paranormal investigator Gordon Thomas Ward on October 30. South Orange Symphony will hold an autumn concert on November 6 at South Orange Middle School. Photo by Innes Borstel Ghosts, goblins and witches will be roaming Maplewood VillagealongMaplewoodAvenueattheAnnualHalloween Costume Contest sponsored by the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and the Maplewood Village Alliance on October 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. The festivities include trick or treating, music and dancing and prizes for best costumes. For details contact the Chamber of Commerce, 973-477- 6352 or email Special thanks to the village merchants for their support of this event. The Society of Musical Arts will hold a fall concert October 30 at Maplewood Middle School. localmatters continued from page 9 Maplewood. Stephen Culbertson will be the conductor and music director. Music on the program reflects the trials of democracy and liberty in various parts of the world as interpreted by Copeland, Sibelius, Dvorak, Husa and Buck. For details, visit Durand-Hedden House and Garden 523 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood will host author and paranormal investigator Gordon Thomas Ward October 30 at 2 p.m. Ward will explain his views on ghosts and share his experience investigating haunted locations, including a home in Maplewood. He will show evidence including audio clips and photographs and teach attendees how to conduct their own sound investigations without costly equipment. For details call 973-762- 7712 or visit South Orange Symphony will present its free autumn concert: American Salute! on November 6 at 3 p.m. at South Orange Middle School, 70 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange. Susan Haig conducts the opening concert of the 68th season. The program features works by American composers John Williams, William Schuman, Aaron Copeland and Ferdi Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. For details, visit The Maplewood Garden Club will host speaker David Culp on November 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street. Culp, an expert herbaceous perennial gardener, national gardening lecturer and Vice Presidentof SunnyBorderNurseries, will show how to create a layered garden: how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they growandchangethroughtheseasons and how to design and maintain one. To illustrate how layering works Culp willuseeachof hiscelebratedgardens asexamples:thewoodlandgarden,the perennial border, the kitchen garden, the shrubbery and the walled garden. He will also recommend the best signature plants for all four seasons. Fordetails,