Membership Matters – SNJ Today

In this space, I often write about special events held in our county in the areas of entertainment, art and history. This week, I’d like to tell you about memberships in a few non-profit organizations that offer wonderful events throughout the year.

If you love the outdoors, consider joining Citizens United to protect the Maurice River and its tributaries—CU for short! Individual memberships are $20, families $30 and “river bankers” $250.

CU organized in 1979 and was able to have the river and its tributaries designated as Wild and Scenic by the federal government. Vice President Al Gore presided over the naming ceremony along the riverbanks in 1994. To learn more about the organization’s activities, visit

More outdoor exploration along with the history of the oyster will make you a fan of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve. The Bayshore Discovery Project occupies the original boatmen’s sheds at the confluence of the Maurice River and Delaware Bay. The Bayshore Center displays much of the local history and art of the area. The most popular of the exhibits is the tall ship, AJ Meerwald, also known as the New Jersey Tall Ship. The original oyster schooner is available for sailing events when moored at Bivalve.

Bayshore Discovery hosts 2nd monthly Fridays with art exhibits, live music, oysters and more. Everyone is welcome. Membership for adults is $45, seniors and students are $35. There are discounts for paid events at this level. Supporters will be $100 and entitle you to bigger discounts. Support membership is $250 with even more benefits; learn more at

Enter and become a member of Levoy Theatre. Membership is $50 and entitles you to ticket discounts, advance sales, restaurant and retailer discounts, concession coupons, discounts on gift shop items and ticket exchange options. Your support as a donor will help The Levoy Theater maintain all of its programs for children, education, discounted school tickets, summer camp and more. Visit the Levoy to learn more at

The Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center has been a favorite site for its museums, history, art glass and ceramics for over 50 years. Membership for individuals is $50, family is $75, students $20, patron $100 and benefactor $250. Membership entitles you to 10% off in stores, on classes and workshops, and free passes for certain categories. Higher donation levels provide even more benefits. For more details and to see the lineup for the 2022 season which opens April 1, visit

The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts has been the cornerstone of the Glasstown Arts District for over 21 years. Membership allows the nonprofit organization to continue to provide free access to art exhibitions, events, and arts education for adults and children. Individuals cost $50, students $20, seniors (62 and over) $25, family $75, patron $100 and benefactor $250. Memberships offer 10% off in the gallery gift shop. For more information:

Finally, the Millville Army Airfield Museum is proud to represent the World War II history of America’s first defense airfield. Area high school students can learn about the recorded history of several WWII pilots. Docents are available most weekends. Membership for individuals is $30, family $50, student $15, booster $100, patron $250, and guardian angel $500. There are other opportunities to donate which can include big events like the air show. The museum is free to visit; donations are appreciated. To learn more, visit

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