Register now for the Summer Lovin Promo at Adventure Boot Camp for Women

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The next session begins this Monday, August 4th, 2014. Don’t wait! Register today!

Official Press Release:

Join with a friend this month and split the cost of a 5 day program with a friend, you pay only $198 each!

Offer valid at both Montville and Parsippany locations!

Morning Classes meet: Mon-Fri 5:30am Veteran’s Memorial Park in Parsippany with Tracy.

Evening Classes meet: Tues & Thurs 6:30pm Parsippany Physical Therapy with Jessica (The evening program is sold out this session, inquire for waiting list.)

Register for boot camp here: www.MontvilleBootCamp.com

Information is available at www.ParsippanyBootCamp.com or by calling (908) 220-1967.

About Adventure Women Boot Camp

Dr. John Spencer Ellis has been an innovator in the fitness industry for more than half his life. He began his life of fitness at age 12, and has continually educated himself in the areas of fitness, sports conditioning, medical advancements, education and business. John is a personal trainer, fitness consultant, trainer of personal trainers, media advisor, medical exercise specialist, mentor, life coach, and peak performance consultant.

Since the late 1990s, John has operated an Adventure Boot Camp in Orange County, CA and oversees the Spencer Escape fitness retreat center in Big Bear, CA. After years of research, hundreds of hours of instruction, experimenting with various teaching methods, camp formats, and nutrition programs, the Adventure Boot Camp method emerged. This is the method you will learn.

Seaside Off Road and Truck Show – Saturday, September 20th

The Seaside Off Road & Truck Show, a portion of proceeds to benefit Hometown Heroes. The event will be held on Saturday September 20, 2014 from 9am – 5pm rain or shine at the beach and municipal parking lot area next to Sawmill Cafe in Seaside Park NJ. FREE to attend!

Date:  Saturday, September 20th, 2014; 9am to 5pm
Address:  Sawmill; 1807 Boardwalk, Seaside Park, NJ 08752
Cost:Free to Attend, Truck Entry Fee is $15
Follow Hometown Heroes on Twitter @hometownherousa and Facebook

Official Press Release:

On Saturday, September 20th, come out to Seaside Park for the Seaside Off Road & Truck Show. The event will benefit Hometown Heroes and offers a full day of fun activities for the whole family. Oh, did we mention it’s FREE to attend? Well it’s FREE to attend!

Here’s a list of all the exciting activities planned: LIVE music, Kite Flying Club on site, Sand Castle Building Contest, Sand Grab for Kids, Monster Truck Ride, Free Drawings, Volleyball, Power Wheels Show, Judged Event, and over 25 Show Classes.

If you’d like to enter your truck in the show, the entry fee is only $15.

For sponsorship & vender info, a full list of show classes, & the list of awards that will be given out, visit the show’s web page: http://www.bringemoutpromo.com/#!truck-show/component_71401

About Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes’ main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity, and encouragement by supporting local communities when unexpected needs arise during a crisis without discrimination towards an individual’s ethnicity, gender, and age. The organization provides an opportunity for all of us to give back to the community through professional assistance, financial assistance, and advocacy. Hometown Heroes helps those in need, often with little or no time, to find a solution to a problem that at the time appears overwhelming.

Hometown Heroes has provided assistance with:

- Hurricane Relief
- Homelessness
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Disability
- Providing food and heat for the elderly
- Assistance for new mothers with nowhere to turn
- Joint fundraisers with local and national nonprofits

You Can Be A Hero Too!

Whether you are a professional offering services for members of our community or an individual who wants to volunteer to help, they are looking for you!

Simply go to their website www.usahometownheroes.org and fill out the contact form or send them a message via their Facebook page.

11 Events to Check Out This Week/Weekend; Now – Aug 3rd

Warren County Farmers Fair & Balloon Fest - Now- Aug 2

A family fun event that also features a Hot Air Balloon Festival with up to 40 balloons. Explore the Traditional Arts Building featuring demonstrations of quilting, lacemaking and more. Other highlights include 4-H and FFA exhibits and contest. Main arena events include demolition derbies, mud bogs, lawnmower races and tractor/truck pulls (some additional charges apply). The balloon festival features mass hot air balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, hare and hound races and the unique Bicycle Balloon Race, where pilots and cyclists pair up in a race of skill and speed. The Kids’ Corral is a fun and magical place where children can play, learn and even enter some contests. Best of all, activities at the Kids’ Corral are free of charge to fairgoers

Date: Now until Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Address: Warren County Fairgrounds; 1350 Stryker Rd. Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Cost: $7 for adults and $4 for ages 5-12. Children 4 and Under Free

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20th Annual Clam Festival – July 31 – Aug 3

Discover the true meaning of “Succulent Seafood” at the Highlands Business Partnership’s 20th Annual Clamfest. The Clam Festival is a four-day action packed event featuring the freshest seafood, live entertainment, thrill rides, games, contests, a beer and wine garden and more. Admission and parking is free and the event takes place rain or shine.

Dates: Thurs, July 31st – Sun, August 2nd, 2014; Thur. 6 pm – 10 pm; Fri. 6 pm – 11 pm; Sat. noon – 11 pm; Sun. noon – 8 pm.
Address: Huddy Park; Bay & Waterwitch Aves. Highlands, NJ 07732
Cost: FREE
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Shakespeare in the Park – July 31 – Aug 2nd

Sit under the stars and enjoy a fabulous production of Shakespeare. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, a picnic basket and your funny bone.

Dates: Thurs, July 31st – Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Address: Divine Park; Passaic & Fifth Aves. Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Cost: Free

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NJ State Fair – Aug 1  – 10

Where Farm Meets Fun! The New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show features agricultural events and education, animals, exhibits, horse shows, carnival, petting zoo, crafts and vendors, flower and vegetable shows, art and photography, 4-H, chainsaw artist and auction of carved pieces, fair food, free entertainment and much more! Visit our website for tickets, carnival specials, daily schedules and other information.

The Sussex County Fairgrounds is a year-round facility. Visit our website for our public All-Season Calendar of Events or for information about facility rentals for events of all sizes, including The Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. With 5,000 sq ft inside this beautiful glass and mahoganny building and professionally landscaped gardens and courtyard, The Conservatory offers you the perfect venue for personal, social and business events.

Dates: Friday, August 1st – Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds; 37 Plains Rd. Augusta, NJ 07822
Cost:  $9 to $13 dollars. Get tickets HERE

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Boardwalk Art Show – Aug 1 – 3

Come to the boardwalk in Ocean City and view some fantastic art! This is sponsored by the Ocean City Arts Center who is celebrating 52 years!

Dates: Friday, August 1st  – 3rd, 2014
Address: 8th-13th Streets, Ocean City NJ
Cost: Free
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Bayshore Irish Festival - Aug 2nd

Borough Council of Keansburg will present the first Bayshore Irish Festival. The day long festival is a family oriented free event celebrating the rich Irish heritage of the Bayshore Communities.

The inaugural edition of the Bayshore Irish Festival will begin at Noon and run until 6 pm with a variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to make themselves comfortable as they take in all the festival has to offer as well as the rest of the activities and attractions available in Keansburg on a beautiful summer afternoon. No coolers permitted.

Music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local traditional Irish musicians as well as by Irish bands; Celtic Connection from Philadelphia and the always upbeat Narrowbacks from New York. Traditional Irish step dancing will be presented by fabulous and highly acclaimed Shea-Jennings School of Irish Dance

Date: Saturday, August 2nd; 12 to 6pm
Address: Beachway & Raritan Ave. Keansburg, NJ 07734
Cost: Free

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Peach Festival at Terhune Orchards – Aug 2 & 3

Celebrate Jersey Fresh and one of our state’s favorite fruits by joining us for our second annual Just Peachy Festival August 3 and 4 from 10am to 5pm. The festival is free and will include live music both days. 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. Taste wines for $10!

Dates: Saturday, Aug 2nd – Sunday, Aug 3rd; 10am to 5pm
Address:  Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd. Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: Free

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Appetite Festival: Food Trucks - Aug 2 & 3

Love the food truck wars? The Appretive Festival has assembled the best food trucks in the tri-state area to create the Basie Patio “Food Truck Court” all for your culinary pleasure…you be the judge! Plus, food for your ears on the Basie Patio with a specially curated selection of live music.

Address: 99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Cost: Free to attend the Food Truck court

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Peach Harvest Festival – Aug 2 & 3

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: Saturday, Aug 2nd/9th – Sunday, Aug 3rd/10th ; 11am to 5pm
Address: Alstede Farms; 1 Chesterfield Dr. Chester, NJ 07930
Cost: Free
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Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market – Aug 3rd

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The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market is a punk rock-inspired flea market that takes place three times per year. We include vendors selling everything from vintage clothing, original artwork, antiques, silkscreened posters and handmade jewelry to handmade tshirts, vintage toys, vinyl (of course) and numerous other interesting curiosities and unique collectibles.

Date: Sunday,  August 3rd, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: 675 South Clinton Ave, Trenton, NJ
Cost:  $4, Free Parking
Find them on Facebook and Twitter @TrentonPRFM

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Manasquan Senior’s Berry Festival – Aug 3rd

The Manasquan Senior’s presents the Manasquan Berry Festival. Located in the plaza behind downtown Manasquan, over 100 artists and crafters will have their handmade items on display. Baked good made with all kinds of Berries will also be available for purchase. Entertainment and other food choices will be available. Great event to bring out the whole family!!

Date: Sunday, Aug 3rd; 9am to 3pm
Address: Abe Voorhees Plaza; Abe Voorhees Dr., Manasquan, NJ 08736
Cost: Free

Official Giveaway for PwnEm Con this Saturday! Enter to Win!

Started in 2012, the social video game gathering brings together gamers of various skill levels and ages for a day of fun entertainment and exciting prizes.

Date: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. 11am to 4pm
Address: Cesar Hall; 561 60th St, West New York, NJ 07094
Cost: $15 to $25 To get tickets click HERE

I am giving away FIVE tickets to this event. In order to win you must “like” and “Share” my post about the event on my Facebook page. I will be picking a winner at 6pm on Wednesday, July 30th! Good luck!!

Official Press Release:

PwnEm Con invites avid and casual video game fans alike to mark their calendars for this upcoming event. On August 2nd, 2014, gamers can flock to Cesar Hall at 561 60th St., in West New York, New Jersey, for a fun-filled day of video gaming and friendship.

PwnEm Con celebrates the gamer in each convention participant, regardless of skill level and age. During this momentous day dedicated to gamers, participants from surrounding areas who share a common interest for video games can drop by Northern New Jersey, which is very close to New York City and accessible via public transportation. It is a time to socialize with other gamers and of course, show off those skills in friendly video game battles. There will be cooperative play as well for those who prefer to work together to complete a game.

PwnEm Con 2014 is ensuring that a video game convention remains fun and focuses on actual gaming rather than rummaging through vendors. Several gaming stations will have a skill based challenge for games such as Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition on Wii U, and Robotron: 2084 on Xbox 360 which will net a reward for those who are victorious. There will also be a random drawing for POP! Heroes #29 – Superman, The Red Solstice (PC), and Bit Boy!! Arcade for the 3DS amongst other prizes.

PwnEm Con 2014 attendees in New Jersey will get to enjoy popular games on various platforms, including the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and much more. The event also features games on retro consoles such as the Nintendo NES, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast. PC games include various indie and classic titles such as Retro City Rampage and Duke Nukem. While the convention mostly features multiplayer games, there will be single player stations as well.

To take a break from all the electronic madness, PwnEm Con 2014 will also feature a board game collection of fun and easy games to play.

Interested gamers wishing to attend this New Jersey Video Game Event can choose between the standard Gamer ticket priced at $15 and the Elite Gamer ticket which sells for $25.

To find out more about PwnEm Con 2014 in New Jersey, please visit http://www.pwnemcon.com/ for additional information and to purchase tickets online.

About PwnEm Con:

PwnEm Con was started in 2012 by Angel Hernandez ,the founder of PwnEm.com, to foster fellowship among gamers and showcase the gaming world to the public. The gathering of gamers has the primary objective of providing a fun offline event for participants to make new friends by doing what they love doing best: playing video games.

Company Contact Information:

PwnEm Con

Diner Round Up – Prestige Diner in East Windsor

The other day I got to go to the Prestige Diner, which is located on Route 33 in East Windsor.

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I hadn’t been to this diner in probably 10+ years but I remembered it being good.

What I liked about this diner was how low key it was. Their menu was very reasonably priced, they don’t try to be fancy, and their wait staff was friendly.

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I decided to order a portabella and mozzeralla sandwich which came with a soup and fries. I decided on getting the matzoh ball soup, which is my typical go to soup at any diner. It was good!

photo 2When I got my sandwich, it was more like a grilled cheese with mushrooms. It was very good, I’m not complaining on taste, but I thought I was ordering a sandwich that was somewhat on the lighter side. Oh well. Live and learn!

I recommend this diner based on the prices and food. They even make their own cinnamon bread!

Basic Info
Address: 610 New Jersey 33, East Windsor, NJ 08520
Phone: (609) 443-1211

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

Milestones, Promotions and More!

Wow, 3,000 likes on Facebook! Thank you so much for the support!

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Do you have an upcoming event coming up that you’d like to promote? I’d love to help!

It’s easy: Just send me your press release, info, pictures etc to newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com. It’s completely FREE to promote through me, all I ask is that we cross promote!

Additionally, the Etsy Store of the Week, is getting a lot of popularity  but I need more stores to feature! If you have a store or know someone with a store PLEASE contact me at newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com. Not only are you featured for a whole week, but you are added to a list of past featured winners so you are always on the site. Pretty cool, right? And yes it’s FREE to submit and be featured.

You may have also noticed that every Tuesday I’ve been listing fun events for the weekend. I will continue to do that and have that posted every Tuesday at 6pm.

I have been very active on Pinterest, I have posted a bunch of great day trip ideas, food, diner reviews and more. A few people expressed interest in helping me out on Pinterest but did not follow through with emailing me. So if you are interested…please email me at newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com. It is an unpaid position…but if you enjoy pinning then pin along with me!

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…and Twitter @njisntboring

I guess that’s it! Thanks for reading!

-Cyd, New Jersey Isn’t Boring

Broadway Diner in Red Bank Suddenly Closes

I am devastated! Another diner, one of my favorites, is closing! The Broadway Diner in Red Bank will always be my favorite spot in Red Bank to grab food before a show at the Count Basie Theatre, a place to get late night snacks after Improv Jam (back in the day) and a place to bring friends who came all the way to Red Bank to check out Kevin Smith movie locations.

I’m researching to see if the other 2 Broadway Diner locations are closing as well. Fingers crossed they aren’t!

I feel awful for the staff there. I know a lot of wait staff has been there forever.

RIP Broadway Diner.

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RED BANK – Bill Meyer suddenly finds himself in search of another go-to restaurant, an unfamiliar feeling for the attorney who usually ate five meals per week for nearly two decades at the Broadway Diner across from his law firm on Monmouth Street.

The Broadway Diner served as a community hub since it opened 18 years ago in 1996 as a vintage 24/7 eatery within a single-story building of glass and stainless-steel illuminated by neon lights at night. It shut its doors for the final time Monday following the death of one of it owners nearly six months ago.

“It’s resonating through the town like a family friend passed away,” said Meyer, who recalled the diner’s steel-cut oatmeal with fresh fruit as his favorite meal. “This business was basically a cog in the wheel of the Red Bank economy.”

The diner’s history stretches back to 1959 when Walter and Joanie Wilson opened it as the Palace Diner and sold it 20 years later. Afterward, the building failed to hold onto a pair of Chinese restaurants and other businesses. Then, in 1995, Rocco “Bob” Russo spotted the vacant diner while driving through the borough and noticed a sign on its door: “Bring back the diner,” it read.

Russo, who co-owned the restaurant with Rocky Coviello, died at the age of 78 this past February. His daughter, Amy Russo, who owns the popular Toast Asbury Park and Toast Montclair eateries that serve breakfast, brunch and lunch, will open a third such establishment in place of the Broadway Diner, according to Asbury Park Sun andRedBankGreen.

Coviello did not return a telephone call for comment. A spokesperson for Toast Asbury Park said through the restaurant’s Facebook page that Russo is not yet commenting on the situation.

“The Broadway Diner had its iconic presence, especially at 3 o’clock in the morning with many people who became instant friends at that hour over a cup of coffee and a smile by the staff,” Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna said. “Many seniors and many young people, who don’t have much family in the area, have adopted the waitstaff, who had been there forever, and the employees … as their family.”

Lynda Rose, executive director of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, expressed high hopes for new ownership. “The people who own Toast own the building…so hopefully they’ll bring something of that quality here to Red Bank.”

Toast Asbury Park and Toast Montclair both open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, but the planned hours and days of Toast Red Bank remain unclear. Menna said he would like to see it remain open 24 hours a day.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been drumming the beat of late-night presence operations, both retail entertainment and service-establishments for a long time, so I hope that they consider it, but ultimately they will have to make that business decision based on their model,” Menna said.

D’s Soul Full Cafe Joins Forces with The Ale House and Hoboken Menus

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About: Dwight Thompson first started working at 918 Willow in 2005. He quickly advanced to manager of what was then known as Josh & Ive’s and eventually purchased the shop in 2006. In August 2011, local writer Stephen Bailey partnered with Dwight to continue growing the cafe’s message of great food, community, art, and music.

Address: 918 Willow Ave Hoboken, NJ; 201-604-0054
Hours: Mon-Fri 7AM-9PM / Sat-Sun 8AM-4PM
Find them on Facebook and Twitter @DsSoulFullCafe

Official Press Release:

This is very exciting news. D’s Soul Full Cafe (918 Willow Ave Hoboken, NJ) has teamed up with The Ale House (1034 Willow Ave Hoboken, NJ) and HobokenMenus.com to bring you a whole new way of ordering food while sitting at your favorite bar in Hoboken!

We’re sure this has happened to you. You’re out at the bar with friends for happy hour or whatever and you start to feel a li’l hungry. The bar you’re at doesn’t have a kitchen. So you settle up your tab and move on. This sucks for the bar because they lose your business. It also sucks for you because now you have to find a new place to hang.

Some places have tried to curtail that by offering up a binder of menus for patrons to browse. That’s fine, but not very convenient. We wanted to create something different. Instead of weeding thru a pile of choices, then having to call for the food and scramble for cash when it arrives, we’ve teamed up with The Ale House and Hoboken Menus to bring you something brilliant and simple.

- How Does It Work?
Instead of the afore mentioned menu shuffle, you simply order your food from the bartender as you would at any bar/grill. D’s Soul Full Cafe created a special menu for The Ale House, including several exclusive items you can’t get even in our own cafe. For example; Mesquite Pulled Turkey on a Roll (D’s twist on a BBQ classic topped w/our homemade cucumber dill yogurt sauce) or Beer-Braised Chicken (a hearty stew of beer-braised boneless chicken thighs w/thyme, pearl onions & red potatoes).

Rather than an order going to the bar’s kitchen, it’s punched into a tablet behind the bar and transmitted to D’s Soul Full Cafe down the street thanks to a custom-built app powered by Hoboken Menus. Once it’s done, it’s rushed hot & ready to eat as you continue sipping on your favorite adult beverage. All without anyone having to pick up a phone. Also, no money is exchanged with the food delivery person. You’ll simply settle up with the bar at the end of the night as usual. We wanted this to be a seamless experience.

- How Did It Come About?
As a regular customer of D’s Soul Full Cafe, Ale House owner Joe Berg already knew the food was awesome. One evening, our Chef Dwight Thompson was at The Ale House and Joe mentioned that he wanted to serve food but didn’t want to deal with the stress of building and running a kitchen. Immediately they thought of having D’s act as the bar’s kitchen.

That’s when D’s owner Stephen Bailey contacted Sean Miller at Hoboken Menus to see if they could build the custom app. We wanted to work with Hoboken Menus because they’re small enough to be flexible yet very well-known in Hoboken. The Hoboken Menus website site does 30k menu downloads a month!

Plus, Sean and Stephen have known each other for many years thru their mutual backgrounds in the publishing industry.

- What’s Next?
Head on over to The Ale House, grab a pint (or several) and order up some grub! They’ve got cold beer, free pool, shuffleboard, great atmosphere, great people, and now great food, too.

To find out more about this, go to dssoulfullcafe.com

8 Events to Check Out This Week/Weekend July 23rd – 27th

Monmouth County Fair - July 23rd – 27th

The original Monmouth County Agricultural Fair that includes fireworks, entertainment, home & garden tent, 4H, and much, much more! This year marks the 40th Anniversary!

Dates: July 23rd – 27th, 2014
Address: 1500 Kozloski Rd. Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: $8, kids 12 and under are Free

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Shakespeare in the Park – July 24th – 26th

Sit under the stars and enjoy a fabulous production of Shakespeare. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, a picnic basket and your funny bone.

Dates: Thurs, July 24th – Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Address: Divine Park; Passaic & Fifth Aves. Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Cost: Free
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AC Food and Wine Festival  – July 25th – 27th

Caesars Entertainment presents AC Food and Wine Festival: The four-day culinary and spirits festival, which features a star-studded roster of the world’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities!

Dates: July 25th – 27th, 2014
Address: Ballys & Caesars Casino in Atlantic City
Cost: To get tickets click here

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32nd Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning – July 25 – 27

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The largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America takes off again! Featuring more than 100 hot air balloons from around the world, live concerts and non-stop affordable family entertainment, the Festival is a must on everyone’s list of Things to Do this Summer.

The festival features the awe-inspiring spectacle of colorful balloons taking flight twice each day over the scenic Hunterdon County countryside, headlining concerts from Grammy Award winners, Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers and the latest teen sensations, children’s amusement rides, age-appropriate family entertainment and attractions, the Running with Balloons 5K race and Family Fun Run, intertactive exhibits from leading consumer brands, and hundreds of arts and crafts and food vendors. Hot air balloon rides available!

Dates: July 25th – 27th, 2014
Address: Solberg Airport;  39 Thor Solberg Rd. Readington, NJ 08889
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for kids until July 24th, $30 adults, $15 kids. To get tickets click Here
For more information check out Facebook and Twitter @NJBalloonFest

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Food Truck Showdown – July 26

The Manahawkin Flea Market is hosting a Food Truck Showdown on July 26th from 10pm to 7pm. Admission is free.  The Flea Market is located at  657 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ. For more information call 609-233-0000 or email TheMarketPlaceLLC@yahoo.com.

Date: Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Address: 657 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ.
Cost: Free admission
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Soulsational Festival - July 26

For the 4th consecutive year, Music & Wellness will be blissfully joined together at the Soulsational Festival at 11 am – 8 pm. 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!

This event was created to honor, share, and explore the many healing modalities, practitioners, organizations, and businesses devoted to health and wellness right here on the Jersey Shore. Its goal is to increase awareness of the many different green, holistic, organic, and healthy options within our community, support the local economy and offer a unique interactive experience for all those in attendance.

Date: Saturday, July 26th, 2014; Opens at 11am. Rain or Shine
Address: Veterans Park; 489 Forest Hills Parkway, Bayville, NJ 08721
Cost:  Free
More info on Facebook and Twitter @Soulsational

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Honey Bee Family Festival & Bee Fair – July 26

In addition to honey, did you know that bees provide us with materials to make a variety of products such as candles, soaps, lotions, medicines, and more? On this day, vendors of all these products will be on hand to tell you how these products are made and sell their wares. Of course there will be honey tasting, too! Activities include: Finger-paint Bee Mural, Honey tasting station, Make an antenna Headband, Plant a bee garden, Un-BEE-lievable Beekeeping Demonstration, Create a chromatography butterfly!

Date: Saturday, July 26th, 2014; 11 am – 4 pm.
Address: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: FREE for Members; Non Members: $7/child, $10/adult
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Warren County Farmers Fair & Balloon Fest - July 26 – Aug 2

A family fun event that also features a Hot Air Balloon Festival with up to 40 balloons. Explore the Traditional Arts Building featuring demonstrations of quilting, lacemaking and more. Other highlights include 4-H and FFA exhibits and contest. Main arena events include demolition derbies, mud bogs, lawnmower races and tractor/truck pulls (some additional charges apply). The balloon festival features mass hot air balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, hare and hound races and the unique Bicycle Balloon Race, where pilots and cyclists pair up in a race of skill and speed. The Kids’ Corral is a fun and magical place where children can play, learn and even enter some contests. Best of all, activities at the Kids’ Corral are free of charge to fairgoers

Date: Saturday July 26th – August 2nd, 2014
Address: Warren County Fairgrounds; 1350 Stryker Rd. Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Cost: $7 for adults and $4 for ages 5-12. Children 4 and Under Free

Open Call for Artists for “The Baker’s Dozen” Exhibit at Arts Guild NJ

Arts Guild NJ a non profit art gallery located in Rahway,  is putting out a call to artists for their annual “Artist of the Month” competition, now renamed “The Baker’s Dozen”.

For more information on Arts Guild New Jersey visit their website. They have monthly art exhibitions which are free to attend September – June. They also have affordable art classes for adults, teens and kids throughout the year.

Social Media: Facebook and Twitter @ArtsGuildNJ

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Official Press Release:

Arts Guild New Jersey announces an OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS for our upcoming juried exhibit: “The Baker’s Dozen”, which will be from February 15, 2014 – March 12, 2015. For the past two years this competition was offered as the Artist of the Month competition, a juried competition open to fine artists everywhere in all Medias. For the The Bakers Dozen Exhibit, thirteen artists will be chosen as winners for the competition. All thirteen artists chosen for the 2015 competition will be featured in an exhibit which will be held at the Arts Guild New Jersey gallery, located at 1670 Irving Street in Rahway, NJ, scheduled to open on Sunday, February 16th, 2015. Twelve of the artists chosen will be featured on the Arts Guild New Jersey website as an Artist of the Month for one month each beginning in January 2015. The selected artists’ monthly web page will feature a dozen images of their artwork, a statement and current exhibit resume. Each artist selected will also receive a free 1 year listing on the “Artist Registry (at ConnectionsForArt.com). Additionally, an announcement for each Baker’s Dozen listing will be sent to our e-mail lists and promoted on all of our social media sites.

The deadline for submitting artwork is Friday, September 26, 2014. Submitting artists will be notified by November 21st, 2014 on the status of their application.

Interested artists can visit www.agnj.org to complete an online entry form and upload up to six images of recent work. Images uploaded for the judging process should be formatted as JPEGS, saved at 72dpi (ppi) and be no larger than 700 pixels in either direction. There is a $10.00 entry fee which can be paid by credit card at the time of entering.

The first competition was in 2012. Chosen artists were featured on our website. To view the current listings visit: http://www.agnj.org and click the “Artist of the Month” banner on the main page. The artists chosen this year in the contest will be featured beginning in January 2015.

This program is open to ALL fine artists. Judging will be conducted by Arts Guild New Jersey’s Executive Director, Lawrence Cappiello as well as additional artist jurors, to be announced. All media will be considered for this exhibit, with the exception of crafts, such as jewelry, pottery and glass.

The Baker’s Dozen winners will be announced on November, 21st, 2014 and the program will commence on the Arts Guild’s website in January, 2015. The order in which the twelve winning artists are presented does not reflect a particular rank. Winners are assigned to a month at the discretion of the judges.

About Arts Guild New Jersey

Arts Guild New Jersey is a non-profit center for the arts located in the downtown Arts District of Rahway. Each year, the Guild presents a series of fine art exhibitions and an art education color_buildingprogram that includes studio art classes for adults, teens and children, an on-going series of intensive one-day workshops for adults, and a series of summer art workshops for teens and children. Arts Guild New Jersey is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway, NJ Turnpike, Routes 1 & 9, Saint Georges Avenue (Route 27/35), and by train, via NJ Transit Northeast Corridor and Jersey Shore Lines. The exhibit program at Arts Guild New Jersey is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, which promotes health, well-being and quality of life in New Jersey’s communities, including the arts.