Beer and Barbeque Festival at Zeppelin Hall: July 31st – August 10th, 2015

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Starting this Friday, July 31st and running all through Tuesday, August 10th, Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Drive) will be holding a Beer and Barbecue Festival. Guests will be able to enjoy slow smoked beef and pork ribs, sausages, brisket, chicken, and fish.  The beer hall will also have a pig roast in the garden on Saturdays and Sundays.  On top of all that good ole’ barbecue, there will be over 50 different beers on tap. For more information please check out: http://www.zeppelinhall.com/

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Zeppelin Hall is open from MondayFriday 4pm-2am and 12pm-2am on Saturday & Sunday.

About Zeppelin Hall:

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Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302) is the Metropolitan Area’s largest biergarten featuring more than 50 European and American beers on 144 taps including Specialty Brews, Lagers, Pilsner, Ale, IPA, Stout, Hard Cider, and even Non-Alcoholic & Gluten Free selections. Zeppelin Hall is located in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor, with free parking and just steps away from the Light Rail and a short walk from the PATH train. For more information on Zeppelin Hall please visit, http://www.zeppelinhall.com

Events to Check Out this Weekend – July 31 – Aug 2, 2015

Warren Farmer’s County Fair – Now until August 1st

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The 78th annual Warren County Farmers’ Fair, featuring the Balloon Festival & Traditional Arts Expo.

Dates: Now until August 1st, 2015
Address: 1350 Strykers Rd, Phillipsburg, NJ
Cost: Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for ages 5-12
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By the Water – Now – Aug 2

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Hurricane Sandy wields its force upon the home of Marty and Mary Murphy, threatening to destroy not only the life they have built together but the neighborhood that they grew up in. Will Marty manage to save his neighborhood and his home, or are the secrets unearthed by the storm too powerful to overcome? Premiere Stages is proud to present the New Jersey Premiere of this gripping and affecting play, described by The New York Times as “drawn with acute sympathy and in gritty detail.”

Dates: Now – August 2nd, 2015 (Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8 pm; Sat & Sun at 3 pm)
Address: Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Hall; 1000 Morris Avenue, Union
Cost: $15-30. Tickets Here
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Food Trucks and Music at Plagido’s Winery – July 31

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Food Truck & wine night with a musician playing from 6 – 8 pm. Winery is open from 11 am – 8 pm this evening, come on out and enjoy the patio. There will be wine tasting, wine by the glass and bottles for sale.

Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015
Address: Plagido’s Winery; 570 N. First Rd., Hammonton
Cost: $8.00 at the door, includes wine tasting,souvenir glass, and entrance to the event.
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Monster Mania Con – July 31 – Aug 2nd

MONSTER-MANIA CON provides horror film fans the best opportunity to meet the biggest names in all of horror history. MONSTER-MANIA CON offers fans the chance to get autographs, participate in Q&A sessions with the stars, shop our large dealers area and watch films til 2AM.

Dates: July 31st – August 2nd, 2015
Address: Crowne Plaza – 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill
Cost: $20 and up. Get them HERE
For more info, like them on Facebook
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Victoria Montesinos: Passion of the Flower – July 31-Aug 2

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“Victoria Montesinos: Passion of the Flower” will be on display Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ). Ms. Montesinos will meet collectors at receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 2. The exhibition and the receptions are free and open to the public, with all artwork available for acquisition.

Dates: July 31st – August 2nd, 2015
Address: Ocean Galleries; 9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor
Cost: Free
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NJ State Fair – July 31 – Aug 9

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This is a big year for the New Jersey State Fair, also known as the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. This is our 75th year and we have a lot of new and exciting events happening! Take the time to visit our website to get more information on what will be happening this year in 2015! See schedule HERE

Dates: July 31st – August 9th, 2015
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds; 37 Plains Rd., Augusta
Cost: $13
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3rd Annual Lacey Shore Fest & Food Truck Show – Aug 1

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Come and join us for the 3rd Annual Lacey Shore Fest & Food Truck Show, hosted by Lacey United Methodist church. There is something for everyone
– FOOD TRUCKS
– HUGE Car Show
– Juried Art Show
– Dunk the town committee at the dunk tank
– Live music/DJ
– Vendors/Crafters
– Eating contests
– Face Painting
– Petting Zoo
– Pony rides
– Games
– Prizes/Trophies

Date: Saturday, August 1st, 2015; 11am-4 pm
Address: 203 Lacey Rd. Forked River
Cost: Free to the public
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Blues, Brews and BBQ – Aug 1st

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Event Attractions: Cooking demos, Distiller/brewing education session, High-end ingredients, equipment and beverages being showcased. Specialty BBQ competition – Pitmasters listed on website. Eat from various vendors. Pre-register for betting voucher. Beer Garden, Live Blues Music from Bob Lanza Blues Band Harness racing at 7:15 pm.

Date: Saturday, August 1st, 2015; 11:30am to 11pm
Address: Meadowlands Racetrack; 1 Racetrack Dr., E. Rutherford
Cost: $5 per person over 10 years old
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Peach Festival and Terhune Orchards – Aug 1 & 2

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Celebrate Jersey Fresh and one of our state’s favorite fruits by joining us for our Just Peachy Festival from 10 am – 5 pm. A special feature of this festival will be our “Summer Harvest” farm-to-fork tasting section featuring local chefs using local ingredients to prepare recipes for visitors to sample. The tasting area will be open from Noon – 4 pm both days and admission to the special tasting section is $12. The weekend will be filled with plenty of activities for kids: a ride through the orchards on our tractor-drawn wagons, pony rides, games and barnyard fun. Bring your appetites for Pam’s Food Tent, filled with lots of tasty treats: peach pie, sliced peaches and cream, peach salsa, BBQ chicken, hot dogs, gazpacho, salads, donuts, and cider slushies. Make sure to visit our winery tasting room to sample our peach sangria.

Dates: August 1st and 2nd, 2015; 10am to 5pm
Address: Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
Cost:$5, Food and Wine separate fee
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Tomato Festival at Oasis Farms – Aug 1-2

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FROM THE FARM TO YOUR TABLE! Oasis Farm’s tomatoes are born and raised on the farm, and have a superior flavor than their store-bought counterparts.

– Farm fresh Jersey tomatoes
– American grilled cheese & tomato sandwiches
– Italian grilled provolone cheese with tomato & pesto sandwiches
– Sliced tomato, onion & cucumber salad, with balsamic vinegar
– Tomato & wet mozzarella slices, with fresh basil & olive oil
– Jumbo prairie hot dogs & more!

ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS:Free Wagon rides, Sand art, Craft activities & more!

Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged. RSVP on our Facebook event page for Sat Aug 1st here. RSVP for Sun Aug 2nd here.

Dates: August 1st & 2nd, 2015; 10:30am to 4pm
Address: Oasis Family Farm; 3 Circle Dr, Robbinsville, NJ
Cost: Free
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Mercer County 4-H Fair – Aug 1 & 2

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Howell Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 – a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, and when farms were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange trees. You were a farmer, then…the kind that could drive a team of horses and plow a furrow with a walking plow. You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. And you may have been remembered for the time you canned 200 quarts of tomatoes in a day, or the May Day you went to town in a one-horse sleigh. Today, if it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon, help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. We invite you to help us plant, cultivate and harvest our crops, to care for our animals, to sweep our barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future.

Dates: August 1st and 2nd, 2015; 10am to 8pm (Sat), 10am to 4pm (Sun)
Address: Howell Living History Farm; 70 Woodens Ln., Hopewell Township
Cost: Free to attend
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Peach Festival at Alstede Farms – Aug 1-2

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Enjoy scrumptious peach treats galore! homemade peach ice cream, peach pie, and lots more! Take a Scenic hayride around our farm to the peach orchard to pick your own peaches! And then enjoy lots of Family Fun activities (Pony Rides, Moon Bounce and more!) Something for the whole family!

Dates: August 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15 & 16th, 2015; 11am to 5pm
Address: 1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
Cost: Free to attend

Brewery Review: Demented Brewing Company in Middlesex

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This past weekend I went to Demented Brewing Company in Middlesex to check out their “Soft Opening”. Since I have been following them on Facebook, I saw they were having an event and decided to stop by.

They have a great location, it’s a big space off of Lincoln Ave near Rutgers in Piscataway. It’s not too far from Route 18.

One of the first things I noticed when we got there we a big mural devoted to all things “demented”. This is only a very small part of what was on said mural. You will need to see in for yourself:

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The placed was PACKED when I got there and the bar was full, but sought out a small space where my friends and I could drink. I decided to split two flights with friends since they have 7 beers on tap and I like to try everything. These were the beers they had on tap when I was there:

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Double Dementia | Imperial IPA | 8.5%
Scarlet Night | American Red Ale | 5.8%
Litha | American Wheat Ale | 5.8%
Belladonna | Berliner Weisse | 3.2%
C-4 | IPA | 7.0%
Sol Reaper | American Pale Ale | 6.0%
Astarte | Strawberry Cream Ale | 5.5%

 

They had 3 flight options at their soft opening, and it made it easy to choose a flight based on your typical beer preference. Each flight had 4 beers and cost $5 each. Not too shabby! I chose the “Summer Celebration” flight which has the Belladonna, Astarte, Litha and the Sol Reaper. The other flight seen in the picture above is the “Hop Showcase” which had the Litha, Sol Reaper, C-4 and the Double Dementia. I tried my friend’s C-4 and Double Dementia, but I’m not an IPA person. To each his own!

My personal favorite was the Belladonna, and they have a slight specifically all about the Belladonna called the “Cordial Lady”. You can try it 4 different ways with your choice of different syrup options. They had black currant, cherry, green apple, peach and strawberry.  I am definitely trying that next time!

I left with a growler to add to my growing NJ Craft Beer growler collection which is currently taking up my basement:

I took a growler home! Visit @dementedbrewing! #njcraftbeer #NJisntboring

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Overall we had a great time and I am looking forward to going back.

 

About Demented Brewing Company:

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Insanely flavorful ales…not for the faint of heart!

Address:600 Lincoln Blvd, Middlesex, New Jersey; 732-428-5275
Hours: Open every day. More info coming soon.

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook!

Diner Round Up – Daphne’s Diner in Robbinsville

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I recently got to visit Daphne’s Diner in Robbinsville with my good friend and fellow blogger, Hollie aka FueledbyLolz.

Daphne’s Diner is one of those places you’ve driven by a thousand times on Route 130 that you’ve always wondered about. Since this diner is perfectly placed in between mine and Hollie’s locations, we decided to meet there for dinner.

One of the first things I immediately liked about the diner was that it’s train car style, much like the Victoria Diner & the Summit Diner. When I think of NJ Diners, my first thought goes to this style of diner. It’s unique and it’s cozy. (And yes, when we were there we were the only people there)

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This diner does a lot of great weekday specials. We were there on a Tuesday night which is “Steak Night” ($16.95 for soup or salad, steak, potato and veggie) but I opted to go for a different dinner special on their menu: grilled tilapia tacos! It came with a soup or salad, and I decided to go for the salad, seen here:

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My tacos were delicious and very well presented. They were a little messy when it came time to eat them, but I’m usually messy anyway.

Currently working off this meal from #daphnesdiner at the gym! Thanks for a great diner date @fueledbylolz! #njisntboring

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Price wise, they had options that were reasonable and some a little expensive. My meal cost me about $16, but I could have had a sandwich under $10.

Overall, a great diner experience with excellent food. I recommend it.

Bonus: They offer really great coffee! Hollie had a few refills…

Diner date with @newjerseyisntboring . The best day ever!

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Address: 1124 U.S. 130,  Robbinsville
Phone: (609) 208-3104

View their menu on their website!

Like on Facebook!

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No, please check their website & Facebook
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – No, but it’s BYOB
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

Lobster Fiesta Date Night at Chevy’s in Linden

This week I visited Chevy’s in Linden since I found out they were doing a “Lobster Fiesta” for July & August. Mexican food AND lobster? Count me in!

I had actually never been to a Chevy’s before, and since I really enjoy Mexican food I was excited for a nice night out.

I started my meal off with an appetizer sampler which included: Steak Tostaditas, Salsa Chicken Quesadilla, Queso and Crispy Chicken Flautas. I was in love with the chicken flautas. Next time I’m there I might get a plate of those to myself.

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There were 3 great options for the lobster fiesta (lobster salad, lobster roll and lobster tacos) but I decided on getting the salad despite wanting to eat all three.

The options are a little pricey, but it’s lobster. For a lobster meal the price was reasonable, plus the portion sizes are great. Let’s also not forget you can get all the chips and salsa they have to offer. (Their salsa is fantastic!!)

When my salad arrived I was surprise and how HUGE it was! It was very filling, and the best part: plenty of lobster meat!

Enjoying a lobster salad at #chevysfreshmex for #lobsterfiesta! #jerseyeats #lindennj #njisntboring #chevysnj

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My husband got an order of beef tacos which he very much enjoyed.

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We left feeling very full which was unfortunate since I really wanted to get fried ice cream for dessert. Oh well. Next time!

If you can get over to Chevy’s this month for lobster fiesta, definitely do! The food was amazing. Otherwise, make sure you stop by New Jersey’s only two locations and get some great Mexican food. Their menu had so much to choose from and they had amazing deals (their happy hour was awesome).

Press Release:

Now that summer is in full swing, Chevys Fresh Mex has introduced a limited time, seasonal menu perfect for lobster lovers – and the summertime season. Chevys Fresh Mex’s Lobster Fiesta menu features three new dishes starring sweet, succulent lobster with a Fresh Mex twist. Available at Chevys Fresh Mex location in Clifton and Linden, the Lobster Fiesta Menu includes:
· Lobster Salad – Spring mix topped with a generous portion of lobster meat, accompanied by house-roasted corn salsa, fresh avocado slices and tortilla strips, served with choice of dressing (Chevys recommends cilantro-lime)
· Lobster Roll – Two split-top rolls, toasted and stuffed with Chevys’ mexi-style lobster salad – delectable pieces of lobster mixed with homemade chipotle aioli and fresh-roasted corn salsa. Served with cilantro-lime aioli and fries.
· Lobster Tacos – House-pressed flour tortillas stuffed with shredded lettuce and cabbage, topped with Chevys’ mexi-style lobster salad. Served with rice, choice of beans and cilantro-lime aioli on the side.

Chevys Fresh Mex is a fun, full-service restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere resembling a Mexican cantina and an array of made from scratch Mexican dishes, including traditional enchiladas, burritos and tacos, and Fresh Mex favorites like mesquite grilled steak, seafood entrees and a variety of salads and desserts. To complement the menu, Chevys also carries their craft from the kitchen to the cantina with a variety of specialty cocktails.

Locations:
1150 S Stiles St, Linden, NJ; (908) 862-9800
365 NJ-3, Clifton, NJ; (973) 777-6277

Follow on Facebook – Chevy’s Linden, Chevy’s Clifton
Follow on Twitter @ChevysNJ
Follow on Instagram at @ChevysFreshMex

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Welcomes Jazz Guitarist Julian Lage for Summer Night Concert Series – Aug 12

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What could be a more perfect setting for a solo jazz guitar concert than the lovely grounds of Reeves-Reed Arboretum in mid-July! Sounds of a Summer Night 2015 welcomes former child prodigy, Julian Lage, on Wednesday evening, August 12, as the summer concerts-in-the-garden series showcases garden virtuosos as this year’s theme (www.julianlage.com).

Julian Lage is an American guitarist, composer, and arranger living in New York City. Often categorized as a jazz musician, his music is rooted in both traditional and acoustic forms. He was the subject of an Academy Award nominated documentary “Jules at Eight,” where we meet the then, 8 year-old jazz and blues guitarist Julian Lage, as we go from the second-grade playground to his live gigs. Throughout the film, the strikingly poised Jules challenges the viewer to reconcile his childhood innocence with his aptitude for the blues.

Among others, Julian has collaborated with Jim Hall, Mark O’Connor, Nels Cline, Chris Eldridge, Scott Colley, and Antonio Sanchez. In addition to his own quintet, he has recorded with Gary Burton, David Grisman, Eric Harland, Anthony Wilson, Martin Taylor, Joshua Bell, and Yoko Ono. Julian’s album, “Sounding Point,” was nominated for a Best Contemporary Jazz album Grammy in 2010. His most recent album, “Free Flying,” a collaboration with the extraordinary pianist Fred Hersch, received a coveted 5 star review in Down Beat Magazine.

Julian Lage marks the third concert in the Sounds of a Summer Night 2015 series. A full calendar of the summer concerts is available at www.reeves-reedarboretum.org.

All Sounds of a Summer Night concerts are on Wednesday evenings, rain or shine and begin with the Arboretum grounds opening up a 6:00 pm for concertgoers to picnic. The performances are from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The cost is free to RRA Members (thanks to underwriting support from Investors Bank). There is a $10 per person donation for non-members ($5 for students). These concerts are made possible, in part, by support from The Grand Summit Hotel, Tracy and Nick McKee, and the Summit Area Public Foundation. Visit www.reeves-reedarboretum.org to learn about the Arboretum‘s programs, camps, workshops and event.

About Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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Celebrating over 40 years as an historic public garden, education resource, and non-profit conservancy, Reeves-Reed Arboretum seeks to engage, educate and enrich the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from dawn till dusk, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.
Address: 165 Hobart Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: (908) 273-8787

Inaugural Pinelands Music Festival Set For August 15th, 2015

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Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2015; 2pm to 11pm
Address: New Jersey Motorsports park; 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville
Cost: $50. Get Tickets HERE

Amidst a beautiful forested region, Pinelands Music Festival will offer attendees an unforgettable experience. With only one month away, Pinelands Music Festival happening on August 15, 2015 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey is thrilled to announce a few exciting new features on site. On top of the thrilling array of artist performances, fans will have the chance to sample some of the best food trucks from the Philly area, browse some records in the pop up record store, and if they are up for it get a tattoo in the unique pop up shop to commemorate the day.

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Pinelands Music Festival will showcase 30 bands and take place across three stages one of which will spotlight local/regional acts. Already announced artists include: The Early November, Jukebox The Ghost, The Spill Canvas, X Ambassadors, Good Old War, Hellogoodbye, Vacationer, You Blew It, You, Me, & Everyone We Know, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Northern Faces, Young Statues, CRUISR, Bonfires, Your Persona, No Such Noise, Raccoon Fighter, Mo Lowda & The Humble, Days Like These, Liam & Me, The Color & Sound, Stellar Young, The Press War, Cheezy & The Crackers, Plantation, Man On A Mountain, Where the Ocean Meets the Sky, PALMAS, Sleepyface. Fans can listen to this year’s line-up only on Pinelands Music Festival’s own Spotify playlist here!

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Facebook www.facebook.com/pinelandsfest
Twitter www.twitter.com/pinelandsfest
Instagram www.instagram.com/pinelandsfest

More about Pinelands Music Festival:
Pinelands Music Festival differs from other festivals of its size mainly in aesthetics. Tucked into the remote Pine Barrens of New Jersey, the forest breaks open to reveal an outstanding venue with plenty of amenities making it the perfect venue for a music festival. It offers the “destination festival” feel while remaining in close proximity to some of the biggest cities in the US. In addition, the majority of the 2015 lineup calls the surrounding areas home, offering up nostalgia and hometown pride to the community. Fans can conveniently travel to Pinelands Music Festival with only a quick 45 minutes from both Philadelphia and Atlantic City, and just under 3 hours from NYC, Washington D.C and Baltimore.

Local Dog Rescue Helping Dog That Requires Brain Surgery

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Coming Home Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue organization, recently rescued a sweet German Shorthaired Pointer. Shortly after being taken into the group’s care, it was noted that Leigh was having a loss of balance and tilting her head excessively. An MRI revealed that she had a cyst on her brain. Her only chance of survival is to have surgery to remove it.

The rescue has decided to move forward with the surgery to save her life and is asking for help from the community. The group needs to raise $7,000.00 to cover both the MRI and the surgery.

Leigh is in a foster home with one of the organization’s compassionate volunteers who will make sure she is loved, safe and ready for her upcoming surgery.

For those interested in making a donation to help save Leigh, please contact the group at 1-888-405-7221, send a check made payable to “Coming Home Rescue”  and mail to Coming Home Rescue, PO Box 405, Rockaway, NJ 07866 or make a secure online donation through the website at www.cominghomerescue.org.


In addition, Coming Home Rescue is using a free online fundraising service called You Caring.com to reach the widest audience possible to help raise the dollars needed to cover this expense. Donations through this site can be at www.youcaring.com/coming-home-rescue-391357

The rescue makes it a priority to provide any needed medical attention to all dogs prior to their adoption. Coming Home Rescue relies on the generosity of animal lovers to help with this area of the rescue process. Whether it is a one-time donation or an ongoing contribution, donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by the Internal Revenue Service.

About Coming Home Rescue:

Coming Home Rescue is a volunteer based, 501(c)3 organization focused on helping homeless animals in shelters throughout New Jersey.

It is estimated that approximately 38,000 animals were euthanized in the state of New Jersey last year alone. Coming Home Rescue is dedicated to reducing that number by rescuing and re-homeing as many dogs from these shelters as possible.

We have saved over 750 dogs since starting in 2009.

Events to Check Out this Weekend – July 24 – 26, 2015

Wine Around the World – July 22

Come to Orama, the newest addition to Edgewater, New Jersey’s renowned dining scene, to enjoy five courses of Executive Chef John Piliouras’s delicious fare, paired with wines from distinguished wineries such as Duval-Leroy, Boutari, Sanford, Casa Lapostolle and Chapoutier. This dinner will boast a most delicious menu including five courses ranging from Oysters topped in Hackleback Caviar to Pinot Noir Braised Lamb Chops. Join Orama for the perfect night on the town for you and your guests.

10% Off with the Code: NJ10

Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015; 7:30 – 9:30pm
Address: Orama; 595 River Rd, Edgewater, New Jersey
Cost: $135 per person. Buy Here
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Monmouth County Fair – July 22-26

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Dates: July 22nd – 26th, 2015
Address: East Freehold Showgrounds, Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 
Cost: $8. Buy in advance HERE
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Opening Reception: Joyous Detritus – July 24

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While most people were warm and snug in their homes this past bitterly cold winter, Nicole Vincenti was out at sunrise combing the beach for materials for her art. She creates wall sculptures from sea glass and other treasures she finds along the coast. Her upcoming show, Joyous Detritus, celebrates her discoveries. It will take place at Hotel Tides, 408 Seventh Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ July 19 – August 23, 2015. Over 20 sculptures will be on display in the lobby. Please come out and meet the artist at the opening on Friday, July 24 from 6 – 8 pm.

Date: Friday, July 24 from 6 – 8 pm.
Address: Hotel Tides, 408 Seventh Avenue, Asbury Park
Cost: Free
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An Evening of One Acts Directed by Suzanne Trauth – July 24 & 25

Works to be featured:
EXILED by Elaine Insinnia of Woodland Park
When a nursing home resident is exiled to her room for bad behavior, three resident friends pull out all the stops to spring her.
With Bonnie Black*, Jane Mandel, Katie Renn*, Bev Sheehan*.

OFF-BALANCE by Rosa Soy of Caldwell
Three former college friends gather for a birthday party and instead of trivial pursuits, they end up with truth or dare.
With Tara Henderson, Dan Johnson*, Ashley Kowzun, Jackie Netis.
*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Dates: Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25, 2015; 7:30pm
Address: Luna Stage; 55 Valley Road West Orange, NJ
Cost: $15. Buy Here
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Festival of Ballooning – July 24-26

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The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and is the premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. It holds the dual distinction of being a recipient of The New Jersey Governor’s Award for Best Special Event, as well as the American Bus Association’s designation as a Top 100 Festival in North America. Held annually at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ, the festival truly has something for everyone! From twice daily mass ascensions of up to 125 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, and more, the festival is jam-packed with stuff to do.

Dates: July 24th – 26th, 2015
Address: Solberg-Hunterdon Airport; 39 Thor-Solberg Rd, Whitehouse Station, NJ
Cost: $35 for GA. See website for additional ticket options.
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10th Anniversary Lincoln Park Music Festival – July 24-26

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Newark New Jersey’s 10th Anniversary Lincoln Park Music Festival – A Celebration of Spirit and Dance – is just around the corner! One of the best outdoor festivals on the east coast, the 10th Anniversary Lincoln Park Music Festival in Newark, NJ is filled with amazing performances, sustainable health and wellness village, kids zone, great local food, arts & crafts and of course music. This year attendees can expect a broad spectrum of amazing artists such as BeBe Winans, Tony Humphries, Vivian Green, and more to be announced. Join us for a pre-festival event in July or stay all weekend July 24th – 26th for 3 fun filled FREE days of non-stop entertainment including jazz, gospel, soul, house music, and hip hop.

Dates: July 24th – 26th, 2015
Address: 1 Lincoln Park Newark, NJ
Cost: Free
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Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival – July 24-26

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The 6th Annual Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival, the biggest tattoo convention beach bash returns to Asbury Park Convention Hall this July 24th-26th! Don’t miss your chance to get tattooed over 150 world class tattoo artists at this years Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival the hottest tattoo beach bash to hit the shore! Three days of nonstop live tattooing, live painting, contests, live music, burlesque, sideshow, suspension, after parties and much more

Dates: July 24th – 26th, 2015
Address: 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park
Cost: $20 per day or $40 for the weekend. (At event only)
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By the Water – Now – Aug 2

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Hurricane Sandy wields its force upon the home of Marty and Mary Murphy, threatening to destroy not only the life they have built together but the neighborhood that they grew up in. Will Marty manage to save his neighborhood and his home, or are the secrets unearthed by the storm too powerful to overcome? Premiere Stages is proud to present the New Jersey Premiere of this gripping and affecting play, described by The New York Times as “drawn with acute sympathy and in gritty detail.”

Dates: Now – August 2nd, 2015 (Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8 pm; Sat & Sun at 3 pm)
Address: Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Hall; 1000 Morris Avenue, Union
Cost: $15-30. Tickets Here
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Pop Nation Summer Tour – July 24

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Johnny Wright Presents the PopNation Tour with Round 2 Crew and Sweet Suspense! Also catch Carson Leuders, The Fooo Conspiracy, Chris Miles, After Romeo, Frankie, Katelyn Jae and The Bomb Digz – Friday, July 24 at iPlay America’s Event Center. General admission tickets are $12. VIP tickets are an additional $15 and include a pre-show meet and greet.

Date: Friday, July 24, 2015; 6pm (doors open 5pm)
Address: iPlay America; 110 Schanck Road, Freehold
Cost: GA $12, VIP $27. Tickets Here
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Barn-B-Q Trail Run, Hike, & Party – July 25

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What’s better than running and hiking in the woods? Having beer and burgers afterwards! Come on out to Masker’s Barn in the Deserted Village of Feltville in Watchung Reservation for a fun day in a beautiful setting on 7/25! Your ticket includes access to the 10 mile, 6 mile, 3 mile, or 2 mile runs or hikes. Food and beer and t-shirt included! We’ll have DJ music, lawn games, and stupid amounts of fun.

Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2015; 10am to 4pm
Address: 9 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights
Cost: $35 – $45
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Good Karma Festival – July 25

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Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2015; 11am to 6pm
Address: Cream Ridge Winery; 145 Route 539, Allentown, NJ
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Food Truck Jam – July 25

Experience the hottest trend in food and taste creative cuisine, as these mobile kitchens rally for the chance to be the best!

Date: July 25, 2015
Address: Manahawkin Flea Mart; 657 E. Bay Ave, Manahawkin
Cost: Free
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Soulsational Music and Wellness Festival – July 25

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For the 5th consecutive year, Music & Wellness will be blissfully joined together at the Soulsational Festival to take place at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ on July 25, 2015, 11am-8pm. The festival is a free community event featuring live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community!

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015; Begins at 11am
Address: Veteran’s Park; Forest Hills Pkwy, Bayville
Cost: Free
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Rock of Ages with Constantine – July 25

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Join us Saturday, July 25, at iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill for a FREE show! Former American Idol contestant Constantine, and the Rock of Ages band play covers of your rock songs from U2 to Tom Petty and more! Tickets are free, but required. VIP tickets are also available for $35 and include a meet and greet with Constantine and reserved seating. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2015; 7pm
Address: iPlay America; 110 Schanck Road, Freehold
Cost: Free, Tickets Here
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Garden State Comic Fest – July 25 & 26

Garden State Comic Fest is a collection of some of the finest vendors and artists in the area. As always we try to put together a variety of tables of great comics, art, toys and more. There will be Great artists on hand doing sketches, signing autographs and showing off some of their awesome work.

Dates: July 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: Mennen Arena; 161 E Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: $13 and up. Get them HERE
Like on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @GS_Comic_Fest
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Valenzano’s Sangria Contest – July 26

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With so many amazing people working alongside one another with some of the East Coast’s most amazing wines – it’s no surprise that each of us have
our own approach to a great sangria recipe. So we’re hosting another round of our Annual Sangria Contest to let visitors and guests gage the friends, family and folks of the Valenzano Winery and decide who has the right stuff to boast who makes the ‘BEST’ sangria.

Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address: 1090 Route 206, Shamong
Cost: $15 Entry
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7th Annual Jetty Coquina Jam – July 26

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The 7th Annual Jetty Coquina Jam will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ! This marks the 5th year that Jetty will be donating to David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation, which takes all profits from the event and donates them to local breast cancer patients in need. The Coquina Jam has raised in excess of $30,000 and we’re looking forward to what will hopefully be our largest Jam to date! This day is all about females, family, and fun in the sun!

Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2015; 10am
Address: Taylor Avenue Beach in Beach Have
Cost: Free

Atlantic City Cider Social Set for August 8th, 2015

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The Atlantic City Cider Social
Date: Saturday August 8th 2015
Address: Caspian Point, Atlantic City New Jersey (Adjacent to Gardner’s Basin)
Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at the Door. $15 DD Ticket
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Twitter.com/@cidersocial

Press Release:

Hold onto your apple carts, folks, THE ATLANTIC CITY CIDER SOCIAL is headed your way! On August 8, attendees will pour into the waterfront of Caspian Point adjacent Gardner’s Basin to celebrate the summer and the shore’s newest libation craze “ciders”! How about them apples?

The event producers at Good Time Tricycle Productions are anything but new to the festival game in Atlantic City, producing events such as The Atlantic City Seafood Festival, The Atlantic City Tattoo Expo and the annual “apple” of South Jersey’s eye- The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival. Producers are confident that the apple won’t fall far from the tree and The 2015 Atlantic City Cider Social will meet and exceed all expectations with 30 cider brewers, 5 local food exhibitors, cooking demos, live music, cider seminars and amusements.

A few years ago, ciders were a super-sweet, rare find sitting at the edge of the alcoholic beverage world. In its current state, cider is becoming more diverse and appeals to both beer and wine drinkers. It is no secret that cider is rising through the ranks of beverage popularity among all demographics. The goal of The Atlantic City Cider Social is to promote and educate attendees on ciders as well as the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for cider aficionados, cider lovers and the casual cider drinker to speak to the company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite ciders.

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The Cider Social and Goodtime Tricycle are excited to name Gilda’s Club of South Jersey the charitable beneficiary of the first Cider Social. Gilda’s Club South Jersey is a cancer support community where men, women, teens and children with cancer, and their families and friends, are always welcome free of charge. Its mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Gilda’s Club South Jersey is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that solely relies on donations from individuals, foundations and corporations in order to provide a free community of support to our members.   www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org

The Atlantic City Cider Social aims to be a true downhome American experience. We encourage attendees to put on their best denim, bob for apples, dance to live folk music acts, take a break at red and white checked picnic tables, and enjoy a mouth-watering caramel apple or slice of pie paired with your cider. There will be two sessions on Saturday, August 8: Noon-4pm & 7pm-11pm. Tickets are $45 and include a tasting cup, entertainment and cider tastings.

The festival offers a “Designated Driver” ticket price of $15, available at the door, to further encourage attendee responsibility. Attendees are also encouraged to utilize the many transportation options in the Atlantic City area, such as jitneys and cabs.

Tickets are $45 in advance (fees apply) online at www.cidersocial.com or by visiting Joe Canals on Fire Road in Northfield and on Rte 40 IN Egg Harbor Township. Tickets at the door are $50 (if available). All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits and book your hotel rooms now. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented.

The Atlantic City Cider Social Would not be possible without the following Sponsor Partners: Fantasy Resorts, The Golden Nugget, 100.7 WZXL, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, Joe Canals and Philly Voice.