The First New Jersey Isn’t Boring Event – The Rail House, Sun, October 19th, 2014

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Yesterday, I got to be a part of a weekly event at the Rail House in Rahway called “Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders”. This is a weekly event run by the Rail House every Sunday at 5pm till close. Yesterday I was there representing New Jersey Isn’t Boring along with 3 artists whose work represents NJ. Those three artists were Chris Ernst, Corey Hudson, and Scott Modrzynski.

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Chris, Scott and Corey

About the artists who were there: Chris Ernst from New Brunswick has pop culture art inspired by NJ, Corey Hudson takes refurbished wood from Hurricane Sandy and transforms it into art, and Scott Modrzynski aka Mojoswork takes the state shape and turns in into something awesome (among other things).

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Check out Chris on  Website, Facebook, Instagram and Etsy.

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Check out Corey on his Website, Facebook and Instagram.

Check out Scott on his Website, Etsy, Facebook and Twitter.

We had a decent turn out for a Sunday night! The event was really laid back, the food was great, lots of craft beer on tap AND there was a fire pit with live music outside. The Rail House is in a really nice downtown area of Rahway, so if you find yourself there I recommend stopping by for drinks and food. I got a “Rosalita” burger (guac, pico di gallo) and it was fantastic…and not photographed because I ate it. Oops.

I’m in talks to do another event there in the near future…so keep an eye out for that!

You should check out Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders. They do it every Sunday. As I mentioned…super laid back. Like the Rail House on Facebook to check out upcoming events!
Address: 1443 Irving St, Rahway, NJ
Cost: Free to attend. I recommend getting drinks and dinner at the restaurant. AWESOME menu

Diner Round Up – Clinton Station Diner in Clinton

If you have ever traveled on Route 78…you know this diner! The Clinton Station Diner is cool because it has a train car where you can sit and eat. So cool!

I was traveling back from PA and knew we were going to pass it…so diner review time it was!

The diner is 24 Hours, has a liquor license and does all their baking on premises. What more could you/I ask for?

The menu is big…take your time with it.

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I also love a diner with a gimmick, and this diner has plenty…including their burger menu. Crazy!

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They also have something called a garbage omelet, in which they put whatever they want into it. I’m not into surprises so I had to pass..

I ended up getting a panini, because I love my paninis. This panini had chicken, pesto and mozzarella…and I got mashed potatoes instead of fries even though they’re apparently famous for their fries (live and learn).

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Overall, I very good diner experience! Definitely check it out!

Basic Info
Address: 2 Bank St, Clinton, NJ
Phone #: (908) 713-0012

To see their menu check out their Website

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – Yes
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – Yes
Salad Bar – Yes
Homemade Desserts – Yes

Call for Artists – New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show! Deadline to Submit Nov 30

A “New Jersey Isn’t Boring” art show to be held at Arts Guild New Jersey in Rahway, March 22nd – April 16th, 2015.

Right now there is an OPEN CALL  TO ARTISTS for this show. It’s FREE to submit. Deadline to submit is November 30th, 2014.

Art work can be, and is not limited to, paintings, sculpture, photography, etc

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Details on the Art Exhibit:
If there is one thing that all New Jersey residents know to be true it’s that New Jersey it’s that people who live in it love it, and outsiders have a bad impression of it. Years of terrible reality television shows have tarnished the reputation of the great, Garden State. It’s time for people to get back to appreciating a state that is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, great food, eclectic culture and so much more. New Jersey is becoming a stereotype and it’s time for things to change.

What most people don’t know about New Jersey is how much there is to do – including a big art scene all throughout the state. Many artists work and live in New Jersey, participating in local art shows, street fairs and craft shows. This is a chance for artists to display their art work which will represent New Jersey in a new, exciting way.

It’s time to prove that New Jersey Isn’t Boring!

The intention of the exhibit is to provoke a new audience to take a new look at New Jersey. Artists must be residents of New Jersey and their art work must reflect some aspect of New Jersey. The exhibition is open to all visual artists working in any media.  Artists must be a minimum age of 18 to enter. Artwork must have been completed in the past 5 years, and may not have been exhibited previously at the Arts Guild New Jersey.

You can submit to the show via this link or by visiting www.agnj.org. Remember, the Deadline is November 30th, 2014.

Also, don’t forget about my other, small but still awesome art show on Sunday, October 19th. To RSVP to that event click HERE.

About Arts Guild New Jersey:

Arts Guild New Jersey is a non-profit center for the arts located at 1670 Irving St. at Seminary Avenue in the Downtown Arts District of the City of Rahway.

Arts Guild New Jersey presents a yearly program of fine art exhibitions as well as three semesters of multi-week art classes for adults, teens and children, one-day workshops for adults, summer art workshops for kids and teens, and a variety of secondary art and cultural events, such as lectures and seminars.

The Art exhibits at the Guild focus primarily on the presentation of works by notable emerging New Jersey artists. We feature a wide range of mediums (painting, prints, photography, mixed media collage, construction/assemblage, sculpture, etc.) and a broad range of styles from photo realism to complete abstractions. Our exhibits aim to present an overview of current or enduring trends and directions in the contemporary art of New Jersey’s arts community.

It is the mission of Arts Guild New Jersey to present high level arts programs for the benefit of residents in Central and Northern New Jersey. We promote a broad range of the arts and the value of the arts for all people. Since 1999, the Guild has provided an increasing range of art events, activities and programs for a multi-county audience.


Address: 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
Contact: (732) 381-7511 or info @agnj.org
Website: www.agnj.org
Like them on Facebook Arts Guild New Jersey and Follow on Twitter @ArtsGuildNJ

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show @ Rail House, Rahway – THIS Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

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Only 2 days to go…Holy Crap!

New Jersey Isn’t Boring is SO happy to announce it’s first art show, to be held at the Rail House  in Rahway, NJ on Sunday, October 19th at 5pm. This event is part of a weekly event called called Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders run by the Rail House. It features acoustic musicians and local artwork.

The event will feature 3 artists whose work represents NJ. The three artists will be Chris Ernst, Corey Hudson, and Scott Modrzynski.

“Bruce Buns”, Chris Ernst

All three artists have art work that represents NJ in a fun way.

Chris Ernst from New Brunswick has pop culture art inspired by NJ, Corey Hudson takes refurbished wood from Hurricane Sandy and transforms it into art, and Scott Modrzynski aka Mojoswork takes the state shape and turns in into something awesome ie Spiderman.

Come eat, drink and have a good time while chatting with NJ Artists! FREE to attend! RSVP HERE!

“Seaside Fire NJ Thirteen”, Corey Hudson

Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014; 5pm to 11pm
Address: 1443 Irving St, Rahway, NJ
Cost: Free to attend. I recommend getting drinks and dinner at the restaurant. AWESOME menu

The Rail House in Rahway

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook too!

My Day at the Big Brew Beer Festival

On Sunday, I got to check out the Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown. I was all over my social media accounts Tweeting, Instagraming, Facebooking etc but I wanted to give a quick blog post about the NJ representation at the event:

The Following Breweries Were in Attendance (and yes I tried all their beer):
Angry Erik Brewing
Beach Haus
Bolero Snort
Boaks Beer
Cricket Hill Brewery
Flounder Brewing Co
Flyish Fish
Ramstein Beer
River Horse
Tuckahoe Brewing Co

They’re technically not beer, but Sandy Hook Iced Tea was incredible.

Other NJ things Worth Mentioning:
I got this awesome Flying Fish necklace from Thirst Quencher Neckware.

I also picked up Sweet Potato Maple Syrup from Momma’s Homemade. So good!

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I made a flipagram but it didn’t include all my photos. Oh well:

You can check the full list of Breweries at the event with this handy, dandy Twitter list I made.

Also, I loved my tasting glass:

Be sure to check out the next Big Brew Beer Fest in Sussex:

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – Dec 13

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!.

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE
You can also get more information on their Facebook and twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

MUTTster Mash Halloween @ Morris Animal Inn – Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Postcard(1)Yay! An event Frankie would love!

A day-long Halloween party awaits your pooch at Morris Animal Inn on Wednesday, October 29th!

The MUTTster Mash is a witch-themed party is from 9am to 4pm and will have your pet celebrating Halloween in style with hocus pocus games and delicious “tricky treats.” Pups will play Transylvania Tag, race over hay hurdles and show off their costumes when they sit for their portrait in our Witches Photo Boooth! All guests will go home with a treat fit for the spooky season. Call 973-539-0377 to register your pet for a day of witchy fun today!

Date: October 29, 2014; 9am to 4pm
Address: 120 Sand Spring Road, Morristown, NJ
Cost: $59

Like on them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @MorrisAnimalInn

About Morris Animal Inn:

Party events will be customized to fit your pet’s personality (private or group).

Morris Animal Inn is a family owned and operated luxury pet resort in Morristown, New Jersey, for cats and dogs.  For more information, visit the Morris Animal Inn website, call 973-539-0377, or email info@morrisanimalinn.com.

Also, this video is adorable:

12 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Oct 17 – 19, 2014

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show – Oct 19

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New Jersey Isn’t Boring is SO happy to announce it’s first art show, to be held at the Rail House  in Rahway, NJ on Sunday, October 19th at 5pm. This event is part of a weekly event called called Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders run by the Rail House. It features acoustic musicians and local artwork.

The event will feature 3 artists whose work represents NJ. The three artists will be Chris Ernst, Corey Hudson, and Scott Modrzynski.

Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014; 5pm to 11pm;  RSVP to the event on Facebook!
Address: 1443 Irving St, Rahway, NJ
Cost: Free to attend. I recommend getting drinks and dinner at the restaurant. AWESOME menu
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Capy May NJ State Film Festival – Oct 17 – 19

This weekend film festival is committed to the presentation of creative, challenging, ground-breaking work by New Jersey filmmakers and films with New Jersey or World Premiere status.This years festival features a Showcase of Beatles Films On the 50th Anniversary of their first US visit!

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Fall Food Truck Fiesta – Saturday, Oct 18

Hosted by Surf and Turf Truck, this event features great food trucks, children’s activities, wine and beer, music, fire pits, mobile fashion trucks, Salvation Army’s Food Truck for a free demo tour and more! Event is Rain or Shine!!

Date: Saturday, October 18th, 2014; 11am to 7pm
Address: Mercer County Park Festival Grounds; 334 S Post Rd, West Windsor Township, NJ
Cost: $5 Admisssion
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Bricktoberfest - Oct 18

Bricktoberfest, Saturday, October 18th at Windward Beach Park, 265 Princeton Avenue, Brick, NJ, 11 am – 5 pm. Featuring a Sauerkraut Eating Contest by Major League Eating — hmmm, will champ Joey Chestnut compete? Lots of fun for the kids, including boardwalk games, blow-up and mechanical rides. Beer & wine garden. Live music by local bands. Fun for the whole family.

Date:  Saturday, October 18th; 11am to 5pm
Address: Windward Beach Park, 265 Princeton Avenue, Brick
Cost: ?
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Grape Gallop – Oct 18

Enjoy Running? Love Wine? Pair Both! Join us Saturday, October 18th for Grape Gallop, the event that pairs exercise and wine tasting!  Located at picturesque Alba Vineyard & Winery, Grape Gallop allows you to choose to run or walk the challenging 2-mile course, or take a second turn and make it a 4-miler!  After crossing the finish line, stimulate your taste buds with Alba’s award winning wines and relax with your fellow participants.See you at the Start! For further information and to register please visit the website.

Dates: Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Address: Alba Vineyard; 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Finesville, Milford, NJ
Cost:  Regular Pre-Registration (by October 14)  $55, Race Day $60 Designated Driver (No Tasting) Pre-Registration (by October 14)  $35
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Autumn Wine Festival - Oct 18 & 19

The Autumn Wine Festival is coming to the RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford this year. It takes place on Saturday, October 18th, and Sunday, October 19th from 12-5. Not only will this festival feature 12 local NJ wineries with over 200 different wines to taste, but also live music, food trucks, and fall activities for the kids, making it fun for the whole family.

Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Riverwinds Community Center Grounds; 1000 RiverWinds Drive West, Deptford, NJ
Cost: Tickets are $20 at the gate, and $15 in advance. Get Tickets HERE
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Toy Con NJ – Oct 18 & 19

ToyConNJ will feature  170+ tables of Collectibles and featuring special celebrity guests, comic artists and special events for the entire family. A COSPLAY cash prize contest will be held Saturday Evening and run by Mayhem Collectibles. If you plan to attend in costume than why not enter the contest!

Address: 33 Baldwin Rd, Parsippany
Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2014
Cost: $5, free to anyone in fully costume. Children under 12 are free
For more information check them out on Facebook
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Stafford Fall Wine Festival – Oct 18 & 19

The Stafford Township Fall Harvest Wine Festival at Manhawkin Lake Park will be held October 18th and 19th, 12 noon to 5 pm, rain or shine. The festival features wine tasting by New Jersey wineries, along with food, crafters, vendors, and live music. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit and enjoy the music. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate for adults 21 years and older. Under 21 years of age or designated drivers are free. Advance tickets can be purchased, visit website.  The Stafford Township Fall Wine Festival is sponsored by TD Bank and WJRZ 100.1. The festival will offer sampling from some of New Jersey’s leading wineries, participating are Cava Winery, DiMatteo Winery, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Southwind Vineyard & Winery, Tomasello Winery, and Valenzano Winery. Dozens of varieties of wines will be available; each paid admission includes a commemorative wine glass.

Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Manahawkin Lake Park; Rt. 9 & No. Lakeshore Dr., Manahawkin, NJ
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. Get tickets HERE
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Southwind Wine and Art Weekend – Oct 18 & 19

Dates: Oct 18 & 19, 2014′ 11am to 6pm
Address: Southwind Vineyard, 385 Lebanon Rd, Millville, New Jersey.
Cost: Free to attend
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Laurita Winery Harvest Festival - Oct 18 & 19

An event you do not want to miss! Join us to celebrate the ongoing harvest at one of the Outer Coastal Plain’s most highly regarded winery. Bring the family and friends. Enjoy live music, fine wines, great food, and shopping for antiques from our Farm Treasures plus handmade items from over 50 different artisans. Kids will enjoy pony rides, REX the pumpkin eating dinosaur and the playground. Vineyard wagon tours starting at 1:00pm.

Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2014
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ
Cost: $5. Get tickets in advance HERE
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Just Jersey Jazz & Food Truck Festival - Sunday, Oct 19

Over 25 Gourmet Food Trucks, partnered with some incredible Jazz bands, make for an enchanting and fulfilling October afternoon. Bring your appetite, lawn chairs and blankets. Dine on excellent food, while enjoining the amazing sounds of Jazz greats! Benefit for the Roxbury food pantry, who is in dire need. Bring a can or boxed item to donate and Save $1 on admission. $5 per person, 12 and under free. There will be childrens activities and vendors too! It’s a gourmet wonderland and it’s all for a good cause! More info visit website.

Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014; 11am to 6pm
Address: Horse Shoe Lake – Island; 72 Eyland Ave., Succasunna, NJ
Cost: $5 per person, $1 off admission w/ food donation. 12 & under free

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Opening Reception for Artist of the Month Show at AGNJ – Oct 19

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Arts Guild New Jersey is pleased to present The 2014 Artists of the Month Art Exhibit, featuring the artwork of twelve winners from our 2014 Artist of the Month competition. The exhibition, which opens on October 19 and runs through November 13, 2014 will have a free, public reception on Sunday, October 19th, 1-4 PM, at Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065. Gallery Hours are Mon-Thurs 10am-3pm, Fri: 10am to 1pm, Sat & Sun: 1-4pm or by appointment for groups of 10 or more. The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

In 2013, Arts Guild New Jersey presented an open juried competition in order to select twelve artists who were featured one per month on our website as an Artist of The Month starting in January 2014. The artists featured are: Michael Benevenia, Cathleen Parra, Bill Ross, Linda Jacobs, Chiara Chandoha, Norma Greenwood, Sharon Heyward, Tania Sen, Raul Villarreal, Patricia A. Bender, Susan Evans Grove, and Richard Buntzen. Their work shows not only great skill and talent, but a broad range of styles and mediums and genres.

Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014; 1 to 4pm.
Address: 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
Cost: Free
Like them on Facebook Arts Guild New Jersey and Follow on Twitter @ArtsGuildNJ

NJ Isn’t Boring Giveaway – A Night Out @ Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas Gift

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In case you didn’t see it last week, I got to visit Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Clifton for a very belated date night. You can read my review HERE

Well now you have  a chance to win a gift certificate for your own date night, night with friends, me party….which ever!

Giveaway Details:
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, with locations in Clifton, NJ and on Long Island in Garden City, NY, is giving away a Sommelier’s Selection of food and wine sampling (a $50 value) to one lucky reader.

Spuntino specializes in small plates that put modern twists to Italian classics, emphasizing the use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients on its chef-driven, made-from-scratch menu. They also offer an extensive wine list of over 150 world class wines available by the bottle, with more than 50 wines by the glass.

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Here’s How to Enter the Facebook Contest:
1. You must “like” New Jersey Isn’t Boring and Spuntino Wine Bar on Facebook.
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must LIKE it. If you do not like it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, October 20th at 8pm. There will be a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Basic Information:
Address: 70 Kingsland Rd, Clifton, NJ or 1002 Old Country Rd, Westbury, NY
Phone: (973) 661-2435
Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @SpuntinoWineBar & Instagram

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Diner Round Up – Blue Swan Diner in Oakhurst

There are a lot of diners in Monmouth County, and I’m getting close to seeing all of them. For this review I visited the Blue Swan Diner, a diner I probably haven’t visited in 5 years.

I’m big on second chances, and I’m glad I visited this place again. Their menu was completely redone as well as the interior. It was like going to a brand new diner!

They have a pretty hefty menu, and after much back and forth I decided on getting a panini on the special menu – chicken, feta, spinach and balsamic vinaigrette. So good!

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My friend got the biggest burger I’ve ever seen…so I wanted to make sure you got to see that.  I’m not sure if you can tell how big it is from the big…but he didn’t come close to finishing it. And crazily…there was an option from an even bigger burger!

The diner is in a good area, with lots of shopping etc so I definitely would recommend checking it out. Their breakfast menu looked pretty amazing so I might be going back soon!

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Basic Info
Address: 2116 Route 35, Oakhurst, NJ
Phone #: (732) 493-2424

To see their menu check out their Website

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

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show @ Rail House, Rahway – Sunday, Oct 19

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Only one week to go!!

New Jersey Isn’t Boring is SO happy to announce it’s first art show, to be held at the Rail House  in Rahway, NJ on Sunday, October 19th at 5pm. This event is part of a weekly event called called Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders run by the Rail House. It features acoustic musicians and local artwork.

The event will feature 3 artists whose work represents NJ. The three artists will be Chris Ernst, Corey Hudson, and Scott Modrzynski.

“Bruce Buns”, Chris Ernst

All three artists have art work that represents NJ in a fun way.

Chris Ernst from New Brunswick has pop culture art inspired by NJ, Corey Hudson takes refurbished wood from Hurricane Sandy and transforms it into art, and Scott Modrzynski aka Mojoswork takes the state shape and turns in into something awesome ie Spiderman.

Come eat, drink and have a good time while chatting with NJ Artists! FREE to attend! RSVP HERE!

“Seaside Fire NJ Thirteen”, Corey Hudson

Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014; 5pm to 11pm
Address: 1443 Irving St, Rahway, NJ
Cost: Free to attend. I recommend getting drinks and dinner at the restaurant. AWESOME menu

The Rail House in Rahway

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook too!