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HAMMONTON - It was lights, camera and action in Downtown Hammonton for a Hollywood-themed Third Thursday.

The evening began at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall with a performance by comedian Michelle Tomko. She has been a professional comedian for about five years now, after finally deciding to take the advice of numerous friends and family members.

“Non-stop people would tell me to be a comedian; they would tell me I was so funny,” laughed Tomko.

Her friends and family obviously knew what they were talking about as she now has a successful stand-up career that takes her to all kinds of venues. She says she is enjoying every minute of it.

“Any way to be out there and express myself is great,” she said.

If you missed Tomko’s Kramer Hall performance March 15, there is no need to worry. She will be back in Hammonton at The Katherdral on May 13, Mother’s Day. Tomko will be opening for her friend and musician Gina Roché.

At the Hammonton Arts Center, visitors had the chance to paint their own ceramic Easter egg. The ceramic eggs were handcrafted by MaryBeth Spiegel. “I thought if people come in and want to try one, they’d be fun to do,” said Spiegel.

While there was plenty of fun at the Hammonton Arts Center during the Third Thursday craft, the center has more fun to come. On March 25 at 1 p.m., the center will host its annual Women in the Arts luncheon fundraiser. The center also is planning summer camps for adults and children.

At Casciano’s Coffee Bar and Sweetery, it was all about classic Hollywood. Visitors had the chance to take selfies in front of a red carpet background and to enjoy a showing of the classic movie “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

There also was an opportunity to win tickets for the Eagle Theatre’s upcoming show “Moonlight and Magnolias.” The play is about what may have happened during the five days when the writers of “Gone With The Wind” locked themselves in a room to write the famous movie, with hilarious results.

“People can expect physical comedy, very physical,” laughed Katie Shelly, general manager of the Eagle Theatre. “Banana and peanuts everywhere, real props are used so some people can expect to be in the splash zone,” Shelly continued.

April’s Third Thursday “Garden Party” theme will give people a chance to revel in spring and hopefully forget the winter blues. Next month’s Third Thursday is on April 19 and will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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