The colorful festival of Holi was celebrated at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum on Sunday, March 12.
Co-hosted by the Indian American Association of Millburn-Short Hills, guests were treated to traditional South Indian songs, dancing, food and beverages. Young dancers from the Short Hills School of Bharatanatyam, Mudhra Natyalaya, performed the ancient South Indian classical dance under the direction of teacher Charanya Mahadevan.
To the delight of many people in attendance, the reigning Miss NJ USA, Chhavi Verg, stopped by to visited with celebrants for several hours. Verg, a sophomore at the Rutgers University School of Business, majoring in Marketing and Spanish, competes for the title of Miss USA in May. She is only the second South Indian Miss NJ USA in the history of the pageant.
The festival was held in the Arboretum’s newly completed Stone House Nature Center, a museum-quality exhibit that features live animals, sculptural trees and canopies, interactive learning and discovery stations…