Whether you are looking for casual dining, dining in an elegant setting, or something in between, Chatham offers it all with its diverse mix of eating establishments. There are several luncheonettes and sandwich shops as well as fine dining opportunities. Full service restaurants and family establishments offer American, Chinese, Malaysian, French, and Italian cuisine, bringing international flavor to fine dining. And yes, there is pizza and ice cream too!
Several of the restaurants have received noteworthy praise, with reviewers complimenting the food, the atmosphere and the service, enticing diners to return. The Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce Business Directory contains a listing of restaurants.
Chatham residents are proud of their cultural offerings. The Chatham Community Players, located at 23 North Passaic Avenue, has been entertaining residents of Morris County and its surrounding area since 1922. "The Players" not only produces high-quality theater, but also serves as a creative outlet while providing educational opportunities and outreach programs.
The Chatham Community Players is comprised of five distinct groups: The Chatham Players are dedicated volunteers who present three or four professional level plays and musicals annually. Fantasy Theatre is dedicated to producing quality children's theatre. Jersey Voices is Players' summer festival, premiering one-act plays written by New Jersey residents.
The Outreach Program brings disadvantaged people to the Playhouse to see productions free of charge, and The Intern Program is an independent study project with Chatham High School. The 60-member Chatham Community Band performs 10 to 15 times annually, with a repertoire featuring light concert pieces, show tunes, rousing marches, and the occasional novelty number or featured soloist. They perform at a variety of local civic events, parades and celebrations as well as outdoor parks and the Gazebos. The Chatham Community Band has also participated in both the Morris County and Scotch Plains summer concert series. Participation is open to area residents of all ages, and the band meets weekly for rehearsals.
All residents of Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, as well as those working here, are entitled to free borrowing at The Library of The Chathams. Currently housing over 84,000 fiction and non-fiction volumes, the Library also provides audiovisual equipment such as compact discs and video recordings, projectors, typewriters, books on tape, framed art prints, personal computers for both Internet access and word processing, printers, copiers, and well-rounded reference non-circulation collections. A reference librarian is readily available either in person or by phone, to answer patrons' questions, help with research, or direct students with assignments.
The Children's Room Librarian schedules reading clubs, programs, movies, storytimes, and crafts regularly, in a room equipped with two Macintosh computers, toys, and puzzles! A Young Adult section provides reading material geared to the teenage mind and an Adult Services librarian schedules a variety of programs, monthly art shows and displays, and coordinates the use of two meeting rooms available to community groups. The Friends of The Library publish a monthly newsletter, maintain paperback bookstalls in the community, provide home reader help and community liaison activities, sponsor an annual book sale, and raise over $30,000 annually in dues, donations, and fundraisers for library programs, equipment, and materials.
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