LGBT in New Jersey

In celebration of the historic ruling by SCOTUS for same-sex marriage on Friday, and June being National LGBT month, I decided to start working on a LGBT section of NewJerseyIsntBoring.com. If you have ANYTHING to contribute…please email me at newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com

I’m still in the early stages, but here are a few resources for you:

Garden State Equality
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Garden State Equality is New Jersey’s statewide advocacy and education organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

The Pride Center of New Jersey
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The Pride Center of New Jersey, Inc. has been fulfilling the support and social needs of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people since first opening its doors in 1994. A fast-growing community center located in Highland Park, The Pride Center provides a “safe space” for the LGBTIQ community: a place to learn about our community from a vast array of resources, a place to socialize and meet new friends, and a place to gain acceptance and understanding of your gender and sexual identity in a comfortable setting.The Pride Center offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a knowledgeable and helpful staff. Whether New Jersey’s LGBTIQ community is new or familiar to you, The Pride Center is a place to call home and return to again and again.

New Jersey Gay Life
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The original, the official and still the best website for the Garden State LGBT community.

OutinNewJersey.Net
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Out In Jersey Inc. was founded in October 2002. It was an expansion of a local newsletter of the Trenton Gay and Lesbian Civic Association (organization closed in 2008). The earlier publication was called Trenton Out and About. Out In Jersey is the only statewide LGBT magazine in the Garden State and the largest online web portal for the LGBT community in New Jersey for local LGBT news and event information. Out In Jersey magazine is published six times yearly and http://www.OutInJersey.net is updated daily.

Out In Jersey is the #1 and best source for news, commentary, show, TV, books and DVD reviews, as well as entertainment and feature stories. We specialize in covering news and events relevant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of New Jersey.

Jersey Pride Parade

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NJ’s Largest LGBT Pride Parade & Festival

The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus
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The mission of the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus is:
– To explore a choral repertoire while striving for musical excellence in all performances.
– To prepare and conduct concerts and charity events for the general public focusing on the performance of choral music.
– To use music to bring together the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual communities with the aim to reduce prejudice and discrimination.
– To create opportunities to present a positive image of the gay community to society and make a positive contribution to the entire community.

Diner Round Up – Victoria Diner in Branchville

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Driving to Sussex County is a LONG drive for me. Personally, I love it there but I do not enjoy the 3 hours round trip it takes me to get there. The Victoria Diner, in Branchville, is one of the reasons making the drive is worth it.

I had never been there before but I was reading Yelp reviews about how awesome their BBQ is. I thought that was peculiar. I had never known a diner to be known for their BBQ before. Turns out they are very proud of their BBQ and smoke their meat on premises.

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I’m not a big meat eater but….when in Rome. I ordered the most delicious French Dip I have ever had. The meat was amazing. Pair that with a side of home made fries (no frozen crap here) and au jus and it was heaven on a plate.

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My husband got a cheeseburger that looked very delicious as well.

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It’s a small diner that looks like part of a train. I loved it.

Dining at the #victoriadiner before the #bigbrewbeerfest! #sussexcounty #nj #newjersey #jerseyeats #njdiner #njdiners #njisntboring

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It can maybe fit 50 people, and has a very cute diner counter. The waitresses were lovely, the prices were decent, and the food was incredible. It may not look like much from the outside, but it was a fantastic diner experience. I would love to go back!

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Address: 250 US-206, Branchville, NJ
Phone: (973) 948-0322

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

June is National Zoo & Aquarium Month! Check Out These Locations in NJ!

There are lots of Zoos and Aquariums in New Jersey to visit this month and beyond! These locations are great for family fun, and a great way to spend the day!

New Jersey Isn’t Boring.com has these locations listed on the website all year round in a section called “Zoos, Aquariums & Planetariums“. Additionally, there is are sub sections under “Zoos” for Insect Museums and Animal Preserves.

Zoos:

Bergen County Zoo – Paramus, NJ

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The Bergen County Zoo is an accredited member of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In July and August, live animal shows are held daily in our outdoor amphitheater – between the spider monkey and alligator exhibits. Shows are free with zoo admission, and seating is first-come, first-served. Check out the shows of the day as you enter the zoo.
Address: 216 Forest Avenue Paramus, NJ 07652; Telephone 201-262-3771
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adult $4 resident $8 non-resident, Child resident $2 non-resident $5, under 3 free

Cape May County Zoo – Cape May, NJ

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The zoo is a major attraction to the thousands of visitors to the shore and residents alike. Families who visit our zoo are always impressed by the lush country gardens, leisurely atmosphere and extensive natural environment. Animal lovers are impressed by our collection of over 550 critters, representing over 250 species. But above all we are proud of the conscientious care our animals receive from a dedicated and caring staff.
Address: 707 Route 9 North, Cape May, NJ; Telephone (609) 465-1033
Hours: Spring/Summer Hours 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m; Fall/Winter Hours 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Admission: FREE
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Cohanzick Zoo – Bridgeton, NJ

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The Cohanzick Zoo, established in 1934, is New Jersey’s First Zoo. Located in the beautiful Bridgeton City Park, this little zoo is set on 15 acres and is home to approximately 100 animals.
Address: 181 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton NJ; Telephone (856) 453-1658
Hours: Spring/Summer 9am – 5pm, Fall/Winter 9am – 4pm
Admission: FREE
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Popcorn Park Zoo – Forked River, NJ

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Popcorn Park Zoo was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned , abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including an African lioness, tigers, mountain lions, a camel, emus, rheas. muntjacs, binturongs and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Zoo abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed and fallow deer, a bobcat, and American black bears. Farm animals such as horses, steer. sheep, pigs and goats often look for a handout, and reptiles and tortoises enjoy their own special house. In addition, you’ll find numerous species of birds have made themselves comfortable throughout the park.
Address: 1 2nd Ave, Forked River, NJ; (609) 693-1900
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, Holidays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults – $5.00, Seniors and Children under 12 – $4.00, Children under 3 – Free!

Space Farm Zoo – Sussex, NJ

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As you tour the wild friends and family at Space Farms, you will have the opportunity to visit and observe the Space Farms Zoo, which includes bobcats, tigers and lions, buffalo, hyena, wild ponies, timber wolves, various types of foxes, bears and deer, leopards, monkeys, jaguars, coyotes, llamas, yaks, snakes, and hundreds more. This private collection of North American wildlife is the largest in the world — even rare, exotic species thrive in the natural Space Farms environment.. The museum consists of the private collections of the zoo owners, ranging from antique automobiles to toys to old farm machinery and jars of pickled snakes. The zoo is open mid-April through end of October.
Address: 218 County Road 519, Sussex, NJ; Telephone (973) 875-5800
Hours: Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. April thru October
Admission: Admission is $16 per adult and $12.50 per child.
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Turtle Back Zoo – West Orange, NJ

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Turtle Back Zoo is a facility of the Essex County Parks Department. The zoo is funded by the County of Essex as a service to the residents of the County and the surrounding areas. The Zoological Society of NJ, Inc. is the fundraising branch of Turtle Back Zoo. The Society is a not for profit organization that helps to raise funds for improvements to Turtle Back Zoo. Located on 20 acres in the beautiful South Mountain Reservation, Turtle Back Zoo exhibits species from all 5 continents. Naturalistic exhibits located throughout the zoo’s landscaped grounds offer the perfect recreational and educational experience. Ride the zoo’s miniature train, play on the animal themed playground, take a spin on the carousel or catch an animal program, there is always adventure around every corner. Visitor amenities including free parking in the zoo lot, cafeteria, picnic area and a gift shop are available for your convenience.
Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ; Telephone  973.731.5801
Hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00am-4:30pm; Sun: 11:00am – 5:30pm
Admission: Adults: $13.00; Children & Seniors: $10.00
Like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @TurtleBackZoo

Aquariums:

Adventure Aquarium – Camden

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Open 365 days a year, Adventure Aquarium continues to offer new opportunities for families to explore, discover and play. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning guest, you can count on new hands-on activities, new animals and exhibits and new moments of magic.Check out KidZone, an enchanting playground “under the sea,” and experience seven different touch exhibits to get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays and more. Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world where you can see hippos nose-to-nose, and the only aquarium in the country to feature a Great Hammerhead Shark – among the largest and rarest of sharks! Add two million gallons of fun, a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel, a 4D Theater (sponsored by PSE&G) and free live shows and up-close animal experiences daily, and it’s clear to see why a trip to Adventure Aquarium promises to deliver family memories that will last a lifetime.
Address: 1 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ; Phone (856) 365-3300
Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: $25.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 2-12
Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @AdventureAqua

Atlantic City Aquarium – Atlantic City

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Atlantic City Aquarium is located in Historic Gardner’s Basin. Check out the aquarium, crafters village, take a boat ride, enjoy a fishing trip and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that Gardner’s Basin has to offer.
Address: 800 North New Hampshire Ave. Atlantic City, NJ: Telephone (609) 348-2880
Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults: $8.00, Seniors (ages 62 and up)$6.00, Children (ages 4-12): $5.00
Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @ACAquarium

Jenkinson’s Aquarium – Point Pleasant

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Jenkinson’s Aquarium is a privately owned facility located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The aquarium is dedicated to educating the public on all aspects of marine life and conservation. Each exhibit is designed to promote awareness of the animals, their habitats and conservation.Exhibits such as Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, alligators and seals give you the opportunity to get up close to animals from around the globe. Another attraction, the touch tank, allows visitors to touch live animals ranging from a sea star to a sting ray!
Address: 300 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ; Telephone 732-892-0600
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Summer 10am to 10pm
Admission: Adult: $11.00; Child (3-12) & Semoprs: $7

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Nepal Cultural Night Fundraiser Set for July 18th in Flemington

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The Homes of Hope Nepal project will be hosting a Nepal Cultural Night Fundraiser at Flemington DIY [90 Main Street, Flemington] on July 18 from 5-9.  The evening will feature traditional Nepali dishes created by local chefs, as well as traditional music, dance, and art.  The event is free to attend, and food is all you can eat for $10.  All the proceeds will go to the Homes of Hope Nepal project.

After the April 25 earthquake, the Homes of Hope Nepal project began with the help of the Friends of Nepal – New Jersey, the Lions Club of New Jersey, and the Rotary Club of Branchburg. The goal of the campaign is to build 1,000 homes for and provide $50,000 in micro-credit loans to the people of Nepal.  Along with these homes, the project aims to construct community centers and schools in Nepal.  They will be working in partnership with a number of organizations in Nepal and America, to bring hope for a better future to some of the world’s poorest people.

To RSVP to the event on Facebook click HERE

To learn more about this event and the Homes of Hope Nepal project, please visit www.homesofhopenepal.com or contact Anil Maharjan at amaharjan92@gmail.com.

About Homes for Hope Nepal

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Following the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Tulsi Maharjan recognized that something needed to be done to help rebuild his home nation. Within the month, he brought together members of Friends of Nepal – New Jersey, New Jersey Rotary District 7510, and Lions Club of New Jersey to create the Homes of Hope Nepal Campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to build 1,000 homes for and provide $50,000 in micro-credit loans to the people of Nepal. Along with these homes, we will be constructing community centers and schools in Nepal. We will be working in partnership with a number of organizations in Nepal and America, to bring hope for a better future to some of the world’s poorest people.

We plan to visit every year in early April to help build houses and community centers. In April 2016, a fifteen-member team will embark on the inaugural trip.

In addition to construction projects, we will also plan to implement healthcare service, as well as farming and vocational training during the inaugural mission.

Got an Etsy Page? Promote on New Jersey Isn’t Boring! Accepting Submissions for Late Summer/Fall 2015

As some of you New Jersey Isn’t Boring readers may already know, each week I promote an Etsy Store of the Week on my site, Facebook etc.

I am looking for submissions for August 2015 and beyond!

I do this all for free. I do not want a commission, I just want to promote YOU! Let’s cross-promote so people know all about you and the items you’re selling.

I love supporting local NEW JERSEY artists, designers, product makers and more so this is a win win partnership. Every Monday I will update the site to include your Etsy page, as well as post an item on Facebook daily of a particular item from your store.

At the end of each week, I put your Store in the “Past Etsy Stores of the Week” section of the site so you are always apart of New Jersey Isn’t Boring.

So, If you’re interested please EMAIL me at newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com with your information. If you have a Facebook page, Twitter  or any way you want people to find you let me know in your email, along with a link to your page. You can also submit HERE.

So…contact me. What do you have to lose? Nothing! But you will gain new business and new exposure!

Events to Check Out this Weekend – June 26 – 28, 2015

Tasting and Networking Event – June 26

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Lexus / New Jersey Fashion Week is hosting a tasting /networking event on Friday, June 26th, 2015

Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015; 5:30pm to 8pm
Address: Lexus of Bridgewater; 1550 rte22 East, Bridgewater NJ
Cost: $12. Tickets Here
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Food Truck Friday – June 26

Food Truck Friday is back in Hopewell, NJ. Food trucks, music and tons of fun! Rain or Shine.  Bring your friends, bring your family, and bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015. 5pm to 9pm
Address: Hopewell Train Station; Railroad Place, Hopewell NJ 08525
Cost: Free to Attend
Follow on Twitter @FTFHopewell
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Sea Isle City Summer Food Truck Festival – June 26 – 28, 2015

official-transThe Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival will feature roughly a dozen food trucks from across the Northeast featuring different styles of cuisines from award winning food trucks. There will also be crafters, family entertainment, live music, great drinks and more…

Friday: 12-9pm; Saturday: 11am to 8pm; Sunday: 11am to 4pm

Dates: Friday, June 26, 2015 to Sunday, June 28, 2015
Address: Kix McNutley’s; 63rd Street & Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City
Cost: Free to Attend
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Jersey Shore Greek Festival – June 26-28

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OPA! Be Greek for a day at the Jersey Shore Greek Festival on the grounds of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean, NJ. Traditional Greek food, music, dancing, culture and hospitality will be overflowing during the spectacular family event. Traditional Greek food & beverages including Lamb, Gyros, Spanakopita, Moussaka, Pastichio, and Greek beer and wine! Rain or shine, under the giant tent, watch the award-winning church dance troupe dressed in their authentic costumes. They will invite you to join them so bring your dancing shoes! Enjoy shopping at the Boutique featuring jewelry, icons, Greek specialty items. Then rest your feet at our Kafenion with a cup of Greek coffee and authentic hand-made pastries.To keep the kids happy, games and rides.

Dates: June 26th – 28th, 2015
Address: St. George Greek Orthodox Church; 1033 W. Park Ave., Ocean
Cost: $2
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Just Jersey Food Truck and Music Fest – June 27

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Over 25 food trucks + live music! See website for details!

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 10am to 7pm
Address: Waterloo Village Concert Field in Stanhope, NJ
Cost: $5 GA, under 12 Free
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Brew at the Zoo – June 27

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Turtle Back Zoo will celebrate its 52nd anniversary by hosting a craft beer festival on June 27, 2015 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM. The festival will feature live entertainment, 50 nifty brewers with a selection of 100 craft beers and more fabulous food trucks. Many of the zoo’s exhibits will be open to browse during the event. Only guests ages 21 and over will be permitted.

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 6pm to 9pm
Address: Turtle Back Zoo; 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange
Cost: $60, buy tickets HERE
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Food Truck Jam – June 27

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

Date: June 27, 2015
Address: Manahawkin Flea Mart; 657 E. Bay Ave, Manahawkin
Cost: Free
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Annual Brewfest at the Ballpark – June 27

The BlueClaws partnered on the second BrewFest At The Ballpark. The full-day event includes sampling from over 100 types of beer, food, merchandise, a souvenir glass, and much more.

Date: June 27th, 2015; 2 Sessions
Address: FirstEnergy Park; 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood
Cost: Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event. Buy Here
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32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival – June 27

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Celebrate all things blueberry at this old fashioned festival. Enjoy blueberry picking, live country music, lots of children’s activities, exhibits, great food, historical presentations and tours, pinelands artists and crafters, our famous blueberry pie eating contest and lots more.

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 10am to 4pm
Address: Whitesbog Village; 120 Whites Bogs Rd., Browns Mills
Cost: $10 per car load
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Beachstock 2015 – June 27

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Take tunes and tides, throw in some sun, sand and surf, then mix in more than music, family-friendly activities and fabulous food and spread it all out for 12 hours. The result is the fourth annual “BEACHSTOCK: The Planet’s Biggest Beach Party.” Events and activities include: Live Bands, dancing, food court, beer garden, vendors, Kid’s stage with games, shows, music, treasure hunts,tow at water demonstrations,paddle boarding, free surf clinic, volleyball, FREE movie on the beach at 8:30 pm. No beach tags required at event!! 10 am – 10 pm (raindate June 28).

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 7:30am to 10pm – Rain Date June 28
Address: Beach; Granville Ave., Margate, NJ
Cost: Free
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NJ Comic Anime Con – June 27

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Come celebrate comics and anime at NJ Comic Anime Con on June 27 from 10-6 at the Hyatt in Morristown, NJ. For updates on the show, make sure to check out their website and like and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Date: June 27, 2015; 10am to 6pm
Address: Hyatt Morristown at 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $20, Early admission tickets $30
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Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival – June 27

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The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival will be back aboard the Battleship from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Enjoy a tour of the Battleship, live music, a souvenir sampling mug, delicious food and beer from 21 breweries throughout New Jersey!

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Address: Battleship NJ; 62 Battleship Pl., Camden
Cost:$45 GA, $55 VIP. Buy them Here
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Eye’s for the Needy Fundraiser – June 27

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Hope to see you all at Tumulty’s Pub on June 27 as we celebrate National Sunglasses Day with a benefit for New Eyes for the Needy. This Jersey-based non-profit purchases new eyeglasses for poor children and adults in the United States and recycles donated glasses for distribution to indigent people in developing nations worldwide. Donate your eyeglasses at the show and enjoy performances from A Halo Called Fred, Zigman Bird, Trio of Madness and Circus Punks!

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 9pm
Address: Tumulty’s Pub; 361 George St, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Cost: Free, donations suggested!
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Washington Lake Park Wine Festival – June 27 & 28

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Sip into summer at the 3rd annual Washington Lake Park Wine Festival – You don’t want to miss it! This year, the festival is June 27th & 28th from 12-5 pm. With 18 New Jersey wineries offering tastings of their delicious wines, awesome food trucks, artisan crafters, and live music, this is going to be the best year yet. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 or at the gate for $20. Non-samplers over 21 are $5 and anyone under 21 is free.

Dates: June 27th & 28th, 2015; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Washington Lake Park; 647 Hurfville-Cross Keys Road, Sewell
Cost: Advance $15 or at the gate for $20. Buy them Here
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Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival – June 27 & 28

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The Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival is northern New Jersey’s best party. Come up to the Fairgrounds in beautiful Sussex County and enjoy a full weekend of Classic and Southern Rock along with fantastic BBQ provided by five award winning ribbers and a selection of fine craft beers.

Dates: June 27th – 28th, 2015
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds; 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ
Cost: $15+. Buy here
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Win & Wine Festival – June 27 & 28

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New Jersey’s finest wineries are back for another weekend of elegant wine tasting.  And this year they’re joined by some of the top local chocolatiers for our first-ever chocolate expo! It’s a two-day festival filled with wine and chocolate – can you really afford to miss this?! So gather up your friends and family, sample from dozens of delicious New Jersey wines and finish it all with the smooth taste of chocolate.  Lots of chocolate!

Dates: June 27th & 28th, 2015; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Monmouth Park Racetrack; 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport
Cost: $3 general admission to the track. $10 wristband for unlimited wine sampling.  Chocolate sampling is $7.  Or buy a combination ticket for $15
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Lobster Fest – June 27 – 28

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Two day free event! More Lobsters than ever before! Broiled Lobster, Lobster Mac and Cheese, Lobster rolls etc. entertainment. Over 100+ craft and specialty vendors. One Huge & Wine Garden. Great Oceanfront location. Giant Waterslide and childrens activities including rides, face painters and sand art.

Dates: June 27th – 28th, 2015
Address: Ocean Ave., Bradley Beach, NJ
Cost: Free
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Medieval Times Brunch @ iPlay America – June 27 – 28

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Go back in time at the Medieval Times Brunch at iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill! Come train with the Knights and experience what it takes to be a member of the Kings Court, Sunday, June 28. This Character Brunch is FREE and is from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the entire family and see how you match up with the Knights of Medieval Times!

Dates: Sunday, June 28, 2015; 12pm to 2pm
Address: iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Free
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Festival of Dogs – June 28

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Come kick off summer with the 3 Hearts 4 Paws Annual Festival of the Dogs 6/28 11-3 at Union Hose FireHouse in Union Beach, NJ. Enjoy shopping amongst our 40 plus vendors, bounce house, games, face painting, gift auction, and best of all doggy daycare while you shop!
Bring your dogs and we will bring our dogs currently up for adoption! Also enjoy live music by Billy D !

Date: Sunday, June 28th; 11am to 3pm
Address: Union Hose Fire Company #1; 1224 Florence Ave Union Beach
Cost: This event is free but donations for the foster dogs are accepted
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Firefly Festival – June 28

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Fireflies are an “electrifying” part of summer. To celebrate this exciting event, enjoy an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, outdoor fun and, or course, the whole farm for firefly hunting!. Celebrate fireflies by making your own wings, bug boxes and antenna.. There will be a $5.00 charge for the crafts activities. Schafer’s Gymnastics -the “Art of Flying” techniques will be here to show children some moves through a mini-obstacle course. Enjoy live music by Miss Amy and her Big Kids Band while you wait for the fireflies to come out. Hungry? You’ll find lots of goodies available at Pam’s Firefly Tent: grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, pie, apple cider, donuts, cookies, apples and more! Pony rides and wagon rides through the farm and orchards will be available all evening. Everyone should wear their wings! Come and enjoy a flickering, flying, fun evening on the farm.

Date: Sunday, June 28th, 2015; 3pm to 9pm
Address: Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd., Carter Rd., Princeton
Cost: Free

My Day at the Races at Monmouth Park – June 21, 2015

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Thanks to America’s Best Racing, I got to attend my first ever horse racing event at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ. I got the “VIP” experience too!

The day began with a tour of the horse stables which was led by Liam Benson, the younger horse trainer in racing! He was super knowledgeable, great with the horses, and gave us an amazing tour.

 

I got to pet so many horses that day, it was very exciting for me. He has a lot of great horses, some are babies and some are ready to race.

Our group all had a great time. Because we were a group of bloggers we blew up his Twitter feed. You can follow him on Twitter too @LiamDBenson. He’ll have horses racing at Monmouth Park for their July 4th event.  I’ll be rooting for Mulligan’s Singer, even if I’m not able to attend the event.

 

After the tour, we headed to the race track. If you haven’t been to Monmouth Park, it is a beautiful place to go. It’s clean, it’s big, and even if you’re not into horse racing it’s a great way to spend the day. You can bring in your own food and drink (even beer!), sit on the lawn…watch the race on a TV and listen to live music. It’s so affordable too, it’s worth going at least once to see if you’ll like it.

We really lucked out with the weather (it was supposed to be raining…hard). Because it was Father’s Day the men got in for free, which is cool. There is a ladies’ night coming up in August where women can get in for free if they’re wearing a hat or fascinator…so that’s something to look into.

My husband and I didn’t play bets at first since we had never been there before, so we got up close and watched the races which was neat. It’s definitely a lot more fun when you have a horse to root for.

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Figuring out a horse to bet on is a lot more complicated than you think. Thanks to our hosts at America’s Best Racing, we definitely left learning a lot more than we knew before we got there. I think. My husband picked up on it more than I did. There’s a lot of different factors to consider – the horse, jockey, prior wins/losses and the races can be so unpredictable. Just enjoy the experience…

In addition to visiting the horse stables, we also got to stand in the paddock area which usually only the owner’s can do. In the paddock you can look at the horses up close, which can help you in making a decision in what horse to bet on. You also get to see the jockey’s get on their horses before heading to the track.

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After visiting the paddock, we placed some bets and spoiler alert…we lost! It was still a fun experience and we ending up betting (and losing) again before we left.

 

Overall, we had a great time and we plan on going again. Thank you to America’s Best Racing, and especially Dan and Victoria who were amazing hosts!

Diner Round Up – Phoenix Diner in Absecon

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The Phoenix Diner is a popular spot for travelers who are leaving Atlantic City. I was one of those travelers at the time I visited.

I hadn’t been there in a long time, but I had fond memories. Especially since I remember they had really interesting omelettes. Last time I was there (which was probably 3 years ago) I got a chicken cheesesteak omelette.

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One of the things I dig about the diner is that it is 24 hours. That is perfect for someone who has spent all night gambling and needs somewhere to go at 3am.

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Because I was feeling nostalgic about the omelettes, I ended up getting a seafood omelette which was shrimp and crab:

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It was good, but it was not filling. Also, there wasn’t that much seafood in it. Because I ordered it as an egg white omelette it ended up costing me close to $11. Yikes. This also doesn’t really have to do with the fact that it was seafood since all the omelettes were around this price.  I also asked for my toast to be dry, and it ended up being soaked in butter. It wasn’t the end of the world, so I didn’t send it back, but it was disappointing. I will say that the home fries were really good, and I definitely got a lot of them!

The majority of their menu prices were a little bit more than they should have been. I don’t know if that’s because of it’s proximity to AC or what…but I definitely missed my average priced diner food.

I definitely remember having  a better meal and overall experience the last time I went. Having said that, I still enjoyed my meal and was tempted on getting one of there many homemade desserts to take home.

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Address: 200 W Absecon Blvd, Absecon, NJ
Phone: (609) 646-1958

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

Peter Max: A Tribute to America – July 3rd – 5th at Ocean Galleries

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Ocean Galleries welcomes the iconic Peter Max to Stone Harbor, NJ for a spectacular fourth of July weekend exhibition.

The never-before-seen collection, “Peter Max: A Tribute to America,” will be on display Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM.  Peter Max will make two special appearances at receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, July 3 and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 4.  The exhibition and the receptions are free and open to the public, with all artwork on exhibit available for acquisition.

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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Official Press Release:

Legendary artist Peter Max returns to Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) over the fourth of July weekend, bringing with him a never-before-seen collection of his greatest and most-revered imagery spanning four decades.

“Peter Max: A Tribute to America” will be on display Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM. The artist will make two special appearances at receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, July 3 and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 4. The exhibition and the receptions are free and open to the public, with all artwork on exhibit available for acquisition.

For the Stone Harbor exhibition, the Artist has assembled a collection of his greatest and most-revered imagery spanning four decades: from his iconic Pop Art designs commemorating Woodstock to the 2013 unveiling of Max’s design for the cruise ship Breakaway, and the exquisite Marilyn (Monroe) series. The carefully curated collection is a museum-like retrospective of Max’s works: Peter Max has been the Official Artist of the Grammy’s, five NFL Super Bowls, the 2006 Olympics, the World Cup USA, the World Series, the U.S. Open, the Indy 500, the NYC Marathon, and the Kentucky Derby.

With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums, Presidential Libraries, and U.S. Embassies across the globe, Peter Max and his vibrant colors have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture. Max has been successively called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist, and the United States “Painter Laureate.” The artist has had the distinct honor of painting the last seven Presidents of the United States and the world’s best loved celebrities, among them music sensation Taylor Swift, who was first exposed to Max during her summer visits to Stone Harbor and Ocean Galleries.

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One of the highlights of this year’s carefully curated exhibition will be his latest series of paintings in honor of the Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration. The exhibit also features his iconic and best-known pieces, including Statue of Liberty, his famous Flag pieces, Umbrella Man, and the prestigious Cosmic Runner. In addition, the exhibit features many of his revered celebrity portraits and numerous shore-themed paintings created specifically for the Ocean Galleries event.

“Hosting Peter Max and his vibrant artwork is always a treat as his exhibitions offer an art experience like no other,” said Kim Miller, owner of Ocean Galleries. “With his iconic imagery covering the walls and the rock ‘n roll music setting the mood, there is an eclectic energy and a feeling that you are in the presence of true greatness. It’s no wonder that legions of fans and collectors, many of them lifelong, show up to pay homage to Peter and view his newest collection of art.”

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The “Peter Max: A Tribute to America” exhibition opens on Friday, July 3 and runs through Sunday, July 5, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ). Guests will have the opportunity to meet Peter Max during gallery receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, July 3 and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 4. The exhibition and the receptions are free and open to the public, with all artwork available for acquisition.

In addition to an extraordinary collection of artwork and custom-framing, Ocean Galleries also offers a variety of hand-made crafts from local, regional, and national artists in America, such as glass, pottery, jewelry, and furniture. All summer exhibitions take place at the Stone Harbor location of Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue), which is open from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM daily during the summer season. The Avalon location of Ocean Galleries (2199 Ocean Drive) is open from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday. For more information or directions, call 609-368-7777 or visit www.oceangalleries.com