Diner Round Up – Stratford Diner

I'm in South Jersey visiting friends! Getting lunch at the Stratford diner

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While visiting friends in South Jersey, we went to the Stratford Diner which is located in…Stratford, off of White House Pike.

The diner itself was a very typical NJ diner with a typical diner menu. No complaints about that!

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I decided to order a chicken florentine panini, and although their menu screams “no substitutions”, I substituted my fries for corn anyway. In reality, if I wasn’t giving up fries this month I wouldn’t have substituted. Substituting is a pain for any diner or restaurant. You really shouldn’t do it unless you have an allergy. Sorry for being preachy. Here’s my panini:

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I know you see fries on my plate…but they were actually for my friend’s chicken fingers and they made a mistake. We swapped. I also should mention I tried a small bite of my friend’s chicken fingers. They were delicious.

Overall this was a good diner. I recommend it. And it’s 24 hours…so that’s always a giant bonus!

Basic Info
Address: 19 S White Horse Pike, Stratford, NJ 08084
Phone: (856) 435-4300
To learn more about them, visit their website & check out their Facebook page

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

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Atlantic City Seafood Festival Returns to Bader Field – Sept 13th & 14th, 2014

 

The Atlantic City Seafood Festival is back! This is a great event filled with NJ craft beer, Live Music, NJ Wine…and of course SEAFOOD!

Dates: September 13th (11am to 7pm) and 14th (11am to 6pm), 2014
Address: Bader Field; 600 N Albany Ave, Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: Free Admission! Parking is $10 per Car

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Official Press Release:

Good Time Tricycle Productions, The City of Atlantic City and CRDA are excited to announce the return of the Atlantic City Seafood Festival. This two-day extravaganza of fun, food, and entertainment celebrates the treasures of the Atlantic Ocean and highlights the East Coast’s favorite City-by-the-sea. This year’s festival takes place Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th on Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

For the 3rd consecutive year the Atlantic City Seafood Festival will play host to over 50 restaurants and culinary personalities. This annual event gives attendees the opportunity to experience dishes from some of Atlantic City’s and the region’s best restaurants. Attending foodies and fans get a chance to meet some of the chef personalities as they create their savory dishes. And it’s all in one location.

The festival is not just a celebration of great food but also a great opportunity to mingle with unique exhibitors, local artists and some genuinely unique human beings. The festival is packed full of fun programs that will keep families busy and smiling all day long. This year’s event won’t be short of great entertainment and thanks to a generous grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA); the festival is free to attend all weekend long. Attendees are encouraged to arrive hungry!

Just some of the Programming Highlights includes:
Children’s activities
Cooking demos
Live music
Local art & artists
Wine seminars & Tastings
The great Craft Brews of NJ Tasting Tent
Phillips Seafood Crab Eating Competition
Chowder Cook Off – benefiting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey

For a third year The Festival is honored to host the fourth annual Atlantic City International Triathlon awards ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of all the weekends’ athletes. The Atlantic City International Triathlon has quickly become one of the most anticipated races of its type in the country. The triathlon is an international-distance event that includes a 1 mile swim, a 20- mile bike and a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run, while the ‘sprint’ race consists of a 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 5k run (3.1 miles). Over 1500 athletes from around the globe will compete in this national event.
For more information visit actriathlon.com

A new exciting addition to the festival lineup is the New Jersey Pirates and Privateers Weekend. This interactive historically accurate experience will take attendees on a walk through the historical pirate life of the seventeen hundreds. The organizers promise “All Things Pyrate”, including live pirate music, sword-fight shows, and an afternoon battle on sea and shore. They intend to “bring history to life”. For more information on the New Jersey Pirates and Privateers weekend check out http://www.NJPirateWeekend.com.

The Atlantic City Seafood Festival September 13th and 14th on Bader field in Atlantic City New Jersey admission is free, onsite parking $10. For more information on the Atlantic City Seafood and other weekend festivities check out acseafoodfest.com or contact Jon Henderson 609.412.9056 or at Jon@goodtimetricycle.com

ARRIVE HUNGRY!!!

Chef Mike’s ABG Endless Summer Beach Party- Sunday, September 21st

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Date:  Sunday, September 21st, 2014; 2pm to 6pm
Address:  Chef Mike’s ABG; 24th and Central Ave, South Seaside Park, NJ
Cost: In advance: $50 adult, $25 child, At the Door: $60 Adult, $35 at the door
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Official Press Release:

On September 21st, 2014, come out to Chef Mike’s ABG in Seaside Park for the 2nd Annual Endless Summer Beach Party!

Food will be provided by the 10 best chefs in New Jersey including chefs from:

All food prepared by the chefs at the event will be courtesy of Driscoll Foods.

Beer & wine will be provided from local breweries & wineries.

LIVE music will be provided by Uke & Drums who are donating their time to this event.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Hometown Heroes.

Tickets are $50 in advance for Adults or $60 at the door. Tickets are $25 in advance for Children or $35 at the door. To purchase tickets, call 732- 854-1588 or visit Chef Mike’s website: http://www.chefmikesabg.com.

Official Press Release: 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.

Last Chance – Enter to Win 2 Tickets to See “The School for Wives” at Two River Theater

Tomorrow is the last day I am running the contest for two tickets to see “The School for Wives” at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Enter ASAP!!

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1. You must “like” New Jersey Isn’t Boring and Two River Theater on Facebook. I will check!
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3. A winner will be chosen on Thursday, August 28th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

About the Show:
Molière’s classic comedy about a rich, middle-aged man named Arnolphe, whose plan to groom his innocent young ward into the “perfect” wife goes quickly awry. Can this pompous bachelor really be a match for rival suitors, inept servants, and the wit of his soon-to-be bride? This true classic, written by the master of French farce, is not to be missed!

  • Robert Stanton (Arnolphe) is best known for his role as the father in the 1993 film Dennis the Menace. More recently, he has been seen in Orange Is the New Black.
  • Also an actor, director Mark Wing-Davey has appeared in such cult classics as Absolutely Fabulous and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in his native England.
  • This production will be set in France in the late 1950s, with a production design inspired by the films of Jean-Luc Godard and the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Dates: SEPTEMBER 13—OCTOBER 5, 2014
Address:  21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ
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For more information on Two River Theater, visit their website.
View their upcoming schedule Here

Official Press Release:

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Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the full cast and creative team for its production of Molière’s classic comedy The School for Wives, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur and directed by Mark Wing-Davey. Performances will begin in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, September 13 and continue through Sunday, October 5. The opening night performance is Friday, September 19 at 8pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org. The lead production sponsor is Monmouth University.

Two River will open its season with Molière’s classic comedy about a rich, middle-aged bachelor named Arnolphe (Robert Stanton), whose plan to groom his innocent young ward (Phillipa Soo as Agnès) into the “perfect” wife suddenly goes awry. Can this pompous bachelor really be a match for a rival suitor (Korey Jackson as Horace), inept servants (real-life sister-and-brother Bree Elrod and Carson Elrod as Georgetteand Alain), and the wit of his soon-to-be bride? Rounding out the company of this French farce are Billy Eugene Jones (Chrysalde), Steven Rattazzi (Enrique/Notary), and Keith Reddin (Oronte).

Director Mark Wing-Davey’s production will be set in France in the late 1950s, with a production design inspired by the films of Jean-Luc Godard (one of the leaders of the French “New Wave” film movement) and the influential street photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Wing-Davey first came to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1992 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at New York Theatre Workshop. Since then he has worked extensively in New York City for NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and The Public Theater. Also an actor, he has appeared in such cult classics as Absolutely Fabulous and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in his native England. He is Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The creative team includes scenic designer David Gallo; costume designer Emily Rebholz; lighting designer Michael Chybowski; composer/sound designer Brandon Wolcott; and wig designer Mary-Kay Yezerski-Bondoc. The fight direction is by UnkleDave’s Fight-House, the casting is by Heidi Griffith & Kate Murray, and the stage manager is James Latus.

“Director Mark Wing-Davey is a theatrical maverick,” says Artistic Director John Dias. “He is rigorous about language and text, but he brings a fresh and bold take to his productions of the classics—and his staging of The School for Wives is sure to be an adventure. He has assembled a company of masterful clowns who will revel in this French farceur’s brilliant silliness.”

Ticket Information
Ticket prices range from $37 to $65, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $20 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.

Inside Two River
Inside Two River is a series of events specially curated for each Two River Theater production. For more information or to reserve seats, patrons should visit tworivertheater.org or call 732.345.1400.

Molière 101 with Artistic Director John Dias: Thursday, August 21 at 7:30pm in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library
Ever wonder how American theater artists tackle the neo-classical fun of Molière’s plays? Artistic Director John Dias will explore how actors make his language accessible to audiences (there may even be a few rhyming couplets!) and discuss how directors and designers make choices about sets and costumes.

Open Rehearsal, Thursday, September 4 at 7:30pm in the Rechnitz Theater
Director Mark Wing-Davey and cast members from The School for Wives will explore select scenes from the play in this free event, which will be followed by dessert and coffee in the lobby.

Book Club: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman, Sunday, September 21 at 5:30pm in the Victoria Mastrobuono Library (following the 3pm performance)
Literary Manager Anika Chapin will lead a discussion of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman’s 2013 novel about a man trying to find the perfect woman in contemporary Brooklyn.

Audience Extras
Before Play and Lobby Display
Audiences will learn about Molière in Two River’s Before Play lecture series, which takes place 45 minutes prior to every performance, and Lobby Display.

Post-Play Conversations
Discussions with the cast and a member of Two River’s Artistic staff will take place on Wednesday, September 24 at 7 pm; Sunday, September 28 at 3pm; and Wednesday, October 1 at 1pm.

Accessibility
Working with Google, Two River has created and launched a virtual tour of its facility, which lives on Google Maps and tworivertheater.org. This virtual tour provides an additional level of support and benefit for patrons who use wheelchairs or require other assistance by allowing them to virtually come through the theater’s front doors and view the space in detail in advance of their visit.

An audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 at 1pm, and an open-captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, October 4 at 3pm. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $25 for patrons using these services. To reserve wheelchair-accessible seating or tickets to a performance listed above, patrons should call 732.345.1400 or e-mail boxoffice@trtc.org.

Calendar
Saturday, September 13 at 8pm
Sunday, September 14 at 3pm
Wednesday, September 17 at 1 pm and 7pm
Thursday, September 18 at 8pm
Friday, September 19 at 8pm (Opening Night)
Saturday, September 20 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, September 21 at 3pm
Wednesday, September 24 at 1pm and 7pm
Thursday, September 25 at 8pm
Friday, September 26 at 8pm
Saturday, September 27 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, September 28 at 3pm
Wednesday, October 1 at 1pm and 7pm
Thursday, October 2 at 10 am (student matinee) and 8pm
Friday, October 3 at 8pm
Saturday, October 4 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, October 5 at 3pm

Sponsorship
The lead production sponsor for The School for Wives is Monmouth University. Inside Two River is sponsored by The William T. Morris Foundation. The Before Play series is sponsored by Zager Fuchs, PC.

Two River Theater is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division within the Department of State and a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Columbus Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Monmouth University, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, Wells Fargo, Investors Bank, Brookdale Community College, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, William T. Morris Foundation, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

9 Events to Do This Weekend – Labor Day Weekend

Wine and Romance – the Evocative Images of Viktor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz

August 29 – Aug 31

Two exceptional artists come together for an extraordinary Labor Day exhibition: Viktor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz. Having grown up surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness, Shvaiko developed a penchant for painting little cafes and other intimate places, which have become his trademark. Stiltz uses an old world technique of applying many layers of glazed oil paint, which gives color intensity and depth to wonderful visions that express the pleasures of sight, taste, sound, smell, and touch.

Dates: August 29th – 31st. 2014
Address: Ocean Galleries; 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
Cost: Free
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18th Annual Airfest – Aug 29 – Sept 1

Featuring WWII aircraft: B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress and a P-51 Mustang and other “Flyin” aircraft. vendors, exhibitors, music, food and much more. Stop by NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum to experience “living history.” The public will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to view, explore and even take a flight in these historic treasures. Separate fees required for fighter and bomber flight experiences. For flight reservations and tour information call 800-568-8924. For flight reservations call 800-568-8924 or visit http://www.collingsfoundation.org -Want to be a Vendor or Exhibitor? Call the office or fill out an application on our website!

Dates: August 29th – September 1st, 2014
Address: Aviation Museum – 500 Forrestal Rd, Cape May Airport, NJ
Cost: $12/Adults $8/Children (3-12) 2 &Under/Free
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BBQ and Craft Beer Festival at Monmouth Park – Aug 30 & 31

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Don’t miss a celebration of everything barbeque at the annual BBQ & Craft Beer Festival  held on August 30th and 31st at Monmouth Park 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceaport, NJ. Ribs, pulled pork, brisket etc  will be served up by some of the Garden State’s best BBQ  joints. Cool off with a cold one in the beer garden with the company of a live band!

Dates: August 30th & 31st, 2014
Address: Monmouth Park; 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceaport, NJ
Cost: $3 general admission gets you into the track AND festival area. Food items are priced a la carte. Beer Garden is $10 for ten 2oz samples and a commemorative mini Pilsner glass.

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Jazz It Up Wine Festival – Aug 30 & 31

Join 18 of New Jersey’s finest wineries, jazz bands, food trucks and artisan crafters for two days of great wine and cool jazz notes at idyllic Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, New Jersey! Allaire State Park is home to Allaire Village, a 19th century metal working living history town. The reenactment of early American living will be on display throughout the day alongside the wine festival, making it an incredible family friendly dynamic event!

Dates: August 30 & 31, 2014 (rain date Sept 1); 12 to 5pm
Address: Allaire State Park, Farmingdale, NJ
Cost: Tickets are $25 per person, but $20 per person in advance, Buy tickets Here
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Wine Release Weekend - Aug 30 & 31

Join Old York Cellars for this wine release weekend and be the first to try their 2013 vintages of these two dry white wines. Their new Chardonnay is un-oaked, medium bodied, and has hints of vanilla. Their Dry Riesling is a crisp white with hints of stone fruit and apple.

Dates: August 30th & 31st, 2014, 12pm to 5pm
Address: Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Rd, Ringoes, NJ
Cost: Free
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30th Anniversary Scandinavian Fest, ScanFest ’14 – August 31st

Heritage festival celebrating the cultures, contributions, and current life of Scandinavia and the Nordic countries: Denmark, Estonia, FInland, Iceland, Norway, and  Sweden. Full day of Nordic and traditional festival foods, crafts, imported gifts, artisans, demonstrating handcrafts, special kids events, tradktional Nordic folk, classical, jazz, and world music, dance, folkdress, talks, reenactors, vikings, entertainment through the day on 6 performance areas, plus the 4th annual North American wife-carry championships. Special kids area and stage.

Dates: Sunday, August 31st, 2014, 10am to 6pm
Address:Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Rd., Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Cost: Adults: $14.00, Seniors: $13.00, Children (12 and Under) free. Free entry with authentic folk dress
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Nutley Street Fair and Craft Show  – Aug 31

Over 200 Artists, crafters and vendors and 25,000 spectators. Something for everyone!

Date: Sunday, August 31st, 2014, 11am to 5pm
Address: Streets of the Downtown, Nutley, NJ
Cost: Free
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Woodland Park  Street Fair – Aug 31

Over 125 exhibitors, merchandise vendors, amusement vendors, special prime section for craft exhibitors, food vendors, kiddie rides,pPony rides. Variety of musical performers, clown, games, face painting, sand art, temp tattoos.No entrance fee.

Date: Sunday, August 31st, 10am , 10am to 5pm
Address: McBride Ave. from Lackawana Ave. to Memorial Dr., Woodland Park, NJ
Cost: Free
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Riverdale’s Labor Day Street Fair - Sept 1

Non-stop music and entertainment along with family fun attractions. Over 150 exhibitors, kiddie rides and  climbing wall, kids games, face painters, amusements, temp tattoos, and more. A special section with craft exhibitors and artists. Fabulous festival foods, everything from shishkabobs, kettle corn, pulled pork, sausage sandwiches to ice cream, zeppoles, funnel cakes, and Italian ices. Come eat, shop and play!

Date: Monday, Sept 1, 2014: 10am to 5pm
Address: Newark Pompton Tpk., Riverdale, NJ
Cost: Free

Labor Day Weekend Exhibition at Ocean Galleries to Feature Viktor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz

About Ocean Galleries:

For over 25 years, Ocean Galleries has provided quality art by contemporary artists to their clients while practicing the highest standards of credibility and integrity in a comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere. With locations in Stone Harbor and Avalon, New Jersey, the distinguished art galleries feature an ever-changing display of artwork that includes local artists’ watercolors, nationally recognized artists’ originals, popular beach prints and high-end reproductions. Ocean Galleries also carries fine furniture and hand-made crafts from America and around the world. For more information, please call 609.368.7777 or visit www.oceangalleries.com

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For more information on Art Galleries and Museums in NJ click Here

Official Press Release:

Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) hosts two exceptional artists for a Labor Day weekend exhibition: Viktor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz. “Wine and Romance – the Evocative Images of Viktor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz” opens at the gallery on Friday, August 29, 2014 and runs through Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet the two artists at receptions taking place in the Stone Harbor gallery from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, August 29, Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31, 2014. The exhibit is free and open to the public, with all artwork available for acquisition.

“We are excited to welcome these two talented artists back to the gallery,” explained Kim Miller, owner of Ocean Galleries. “Their styles are quite different, but complimentary. Viktor Shvaiko paints cafes and intimate scenes from Italy, France, and other European destinations with a great sense of lighting and shadows in a classic style. Thomas Stiltz uses an old world technique of applying many layers of glazed oil paint to express the pleasures of sight, taste, sound, smell, and touch.”

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Born in Altai, one of Russia’s most remote and off-the-beaten-track towns, Viktor Shvaiko grew up surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness. His natural inclination for fine arts and his strong urge to share his vision of nature drove him to find a way into the Novoaltaisk Artistic School, one of the most prestigious schools for the arts in the former Soviet Union, where he acquired the skills of a true artist. A strict regimen of drawing, an intricate technique of using colors, and the influence of the nineteenth century Russian artist Karl Brynllow brought Viktor Shvaiko close to a traditional academic style of painting. At this point, Viktor’s subject focus became the beautiful Altai landscapes.

The Shvaiko family later moved to Transkarpathia, the western mountainous portion of Ukraine, where Viktor became enchanted with the picturesque and breathtakingly beautiful countryside. His travels took him to Yugoslavia and then on to Italy, where he began painting various village scenes with great detail. Years later, Viktor settled in New York City. There he developed his penchant for painting quaint cafes and other intimate places from his travels that we see in his work today and that have become his trademark. His enticing mix of beauty and mystery has drawn the interest and admiration of collectors from around the world.

Thomas Stiltz received a B.A. in Fine Art and M.A. in Photography from the University of Delaware. After a highly successful career in photography and graphic design, Stiltz began his career as a painter in the mid-1990s. Stiltz was drawn initially to the still life genre, with early influences such as Cezanne, Vermeer, and the Spanish still life painters of the 1600s. He later began incorporating his skills as a photographer, exacting manipulation of materials and creating a photographic visual language through his art. Stiltz uses an old world technique of applying many layers of glazed oil paint, which gives color intensity and depth. His optimistic art creates and invents wonderful visions that strive to express the pleasures of all the senses.

Stiltz believes art should provide stability and beauty to which we can anchor our constantly changing existence. Precision and clarity define his work and give him the ability to examine his thoughts and responses to world. Stiltz’s works have been exhibited by more than 50 galleries around the United States, Canada, and China, and he has had over 40 one-man shows featuring his photography and paintings.

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The “Wine and Romance – the Evocative Images of Viktor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz” exhibition will include original artwork and prints by the two artists, all available for acquisition. The collection will be on display at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) on Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31, 2014, with special receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, August 29, Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Stone Harbor gallery is open from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM daily during the summer season. For more or directions, call 609-368-7777 or visit http://www.oceangalleries.com

Diner Round Up – JB’s Diner in Freehold

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Johnny B’s Diner, or JBs Diner, in Freehold is a 50’s style diner off of Route 537.

The last time I went to this diner was almost 8 years ago since it used to be on my route to work. However, now that I’ve “re-discovered” it, I will definitely be coming back.

I’ve never had so much trouble deciding on what to get as my meal. All their breakfast options sounded good, they had stuffed burgers which had won awards for “best burger in NJ”, panini options and really good specials. What I finally decided on, after much back and forth, was a chicken francese DIP (like a French Dip) mainly because I had never seen it on a menu before. As soon as the waitress took my order she told me I made an excellent choice. Go me!

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Here is the sandwich in all it’s glory. And yes, it was amazing:

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My husband got one of the stuffed burgers. It was filled with cheddar cheese and bacon, then topped with more cheese and bacon. It was called the American Burger.     Basically it was a heart attack in burger form. He survived. It looked amazing.

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This diner is great and they do a lot of cruise nights.  I highly suggest you go there if you’re in the area.

My recommendation: BRING CASH. They do not accept credit cards. Ya dig?

Here is the full stuffed burger menu as well:

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Basic Info
Address: 205 Monmouth Rd, Freehold Township, NJ 07728
Phone #: (732) 866-0220

To see their menu check out their website

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

Is “New Jersey, New Jersey” the New State Anthem?

See for yourself!

“New Jersey, New Jersey” is the new song from the band The Consensus Bureau. The song comes from the band’s latest album, “Second: Do Harm”.

About the Band:

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The Consensus Bureau is a vast organization of five million, or possibly just five, hard-rocking brainiacs writing songs about Congress, robots, Wall Street, monkeys, and Congressional robots who work on Wall Street for monkeys.

Find them on Twitter @ConsensusBureau

The Band also has another album, Just Heads.

Meet Kyle Dixon, the 12 Year Old Author of the Jay Bubblebee Series – Book Tour

I recently got an email regarding Kyle Dixon, a 12 year old author who wrote a children’s book. I was so impressed I just had to share. Since January 2014 he has sold over 6000 books through speaking engagements, door knocking, festivals and flea markets. That’s amazing!K Dixon Poster board(1)

 

About the Book: The Jay Bubblebee series is about a bee named Jay who was born with bubbles instead of wings. Therefore, he is unable to work for Mrs. Queen Bee or be like the other working bees. This might have kept the average bee down, but Jay decides to create his own path by becoming an entrepreneur.

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You can buy the book HERE

About the Tour: Elementary schools will receive their free books for students and teachers 30 days before the author arrives at the school. Kyle will engage students for 15 minutes about his writing journey and what it is like to overcome challenges and deal with rejection. Next, students will be entertained for 20 minutes by playing “guess who” games for prizes. Kyle Dixon will autograph all student and staff books, and take pictures with each class. Requests to reserve this opportunity are currently being scheduled. The book tour officially launches January 7th, 2015 until April 13th, 2015.

Parents, teachers, or students can send a request for Kyle to come to their school. The deadline for the elementary schools to sign up is September 24, 2014.  Email Booktour@JayBubbleBee.com. Phone: 888.317.6960

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Official Press Release:

Kyle Dixon is a middle school student who has an amazing story to tell. As a child author, Dixon’s writing background was developed both naturally and out of necessity. As a Special Needs student, Kyle struggled to write a complete sentence in the fourth grade. Now, four years later, he has sold over 6,000 books in the past eight months without the assistance of a publishing company or professional marketing plan. In fact, the book has become so popular with parents and kids that Jay Bubblebee “The Bee Who Started it All” is hitting the road with author Kyle Dixon in 2015. Kyle Dixon will start promoting the book tour with an August 14 Radio Disney appearance. www.jaybubblebee.com

“Kyle always had a great imagination; he loved to tell stories about bees. He may have started life off challenged by the written word, but his natural ability to bring stories to life has shined through,” said Kyle’s mom, Tiara. “The more bee stories he told, the more I would see others engaged. I refused to watch my son digress. I bought him a journal and urged him to express his ideas through daily writing. It was a great way to overcome his personal writing challenges and also to build up his confidence. I never expected him to be so successful at such a young age, but I’m glad his story is encouraging other families to look beyond the scope of perceived limits.”

The National Assessment of Educational Progress tested children nationwide for reading skills. The results for reading tests for fourth-grade students were: Below the most basic level- 38 percent; Proficient- 31 percent, and Advanced- 7 percent. “Kyle wanted to share Jay Bubblebee’s story, and his personal story, with kids across the country. As the book sales started to pick-up, I was able to acquire sponsors for the tour. I know schools across the country are lacking vital funding for basic programs and wouldn’t be able to fund guest speakers or purchase additional books, which is why I’m happy Kyle’s book sponsors are able to provide his visit, and his book, free of charge to public schools!”

Public and private education programs are encouraged to visit http://www.jaybubblebee.com/ to download the full tour schedule, speaking one sheet, and EPK. Bookings for Kyle Dixon are still available and there is never a surcharge for the school to receive copies of his popular book.