HAMMONTON - Downtown Hammonton stepped back in time on Thursday night for a Bellevue Empire-themed Third Thursday.

The mART was turned into a Deco Speakeasy for the occasion and visitors were able to join in the fun by learning how to do the Charleston to tunes from the 1920s.

For a special treat, owner April Schenk prepared hors d’oeuvres with her very own SASS sauce, which will soon be available for purchase. “It started out as a sauce for tacos, but then people started putting it on everything,” said Schenk. SASS sauce will be sold at the mART, Bleachers and other local stores.

Outside of the mART, a wooden car made in 1925 was parked. “It’s a wood car, it is cool. I like to get coffee in it,” said owner Steve Carr, who bought the car four years ago from a friend.

Around the corner, the new acting company Citizen Staging set up a table and were selling tickets to its upcoming production “Eclipsed: A Masquerade Murder Mystery.”

The performance will take place on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Frog Rock Golf and Country Club. For more information, view Citizen Staging on Facebook at or call (609) 878-8748.

Across the street at the Hammonton Arts Center, visitors were able to view entries in the exhibit “Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fairy Tale and Myth.” Visitors were able to enjoy music from the roaring 1920s and some light refreshment.

Next month’s Third Thursday theme will be “Savor the Season.” To learn more about upcoming events in Downtown Hammonton, please visit

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