Enjoy Summer Fun at the Tri-County Fair: June 11th – 14th, 2015

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FOUR AWESOME DAYS OF FREE SUMMER FUN AT THE TRI-COUNTY FAIR

Mark you calendars now! On Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 treat your family to wholesome entertainment at the Tri-County Fair. There will be thrill rides, carnival games, face painting, fireworks, awesome music, a car show, great food and more!slide-two-img-one

The excitement of carnival attractions including rides, games, music and more is coming to the Morris County area at the sprawling 107 acre site of Christ Church located at 140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866 – Exit 37 off of RT-80.

Come out and enjoy classic rides such as the Ferris Wheel, kiddie rides and the Zipper, games of chance, great fair foods such as gourmet Belgian waffles by Waffle DeLys, oven roasted turkey legs, handmade crepes by Bonjour Creperie, fried Oreo’s, delicious homemade lemonade and much more!

The Tri-County Fair will also feature free family entertainment such as; family friendly music, a spectacular fireworks show, a complimentary musical showcase where local bands will display their talents and entertain fair-goers and an old time car show complete with 50’s music!

Tri-County Fair admission and parking are free and all the festivities will happen on the sprawling 107-acre campus of Christ Church, 140 Green Pond Road in Rockaway. For excitement that won’t break the bank, be sure to get your Advanced Sale Ride Tickets now. Save big with 33% off the cost of all rides on the midway.slide-three2

On opening night, Thursday, June 11, get a jump start to the fun at a huge discount with an Unlimited Ride Band—pay one price and enjoy every ride on the midway. The can’t-miss Fireworks Extravaganza is Friday, June 12 under the evening stars. The fun continues with impressive musical talent; catch the performances on The Showcase, Saturday, June 13. On Sunday, June 14 the Fair caps off with some good ole’ 1950’s music including a classic and custom car show.

For directions to the Tri-County Fair, ticket purchases or more information call 973-783-1010 or visit www.TriCountyFair.org.

Algonquin Arts Theatre’s A New York City Gala featuring Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale – June 4

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Come take a bite out of the Big Apple at Algonquin Arts Theatre’s A New York City Gala featuring Chazz Palminteri’s A BRONX TALE! Guests will be enjoy subway platform performers, NYC street fare, music and all things NYC has to offer!

Four ticket levels offer various levels of access from a Gala Ticket that provides a seat for A Bronx Tale up through a VIP experience that includes cocktails, dinner and an exclusive post-show reception.

The Gala is the single biggest fundraising day of the year for Algonquin Arts Theatre, and the event includes a Silent Auction, Live Auctions, raffles and much more. For information including an event schedule, ticket levels and how to support the event, please visit algonquinarts.org/gala.

This year, Algonquin Arts Theatre recognizes Humanitarian Honoree Diane Turton, Community Service Honoree Manasquan Savings Bank and Arts Education honoree John Luckenbill. All funds raised support our mission to provide cultural enhancement and arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore.

Purchase Tickets with Dinner ($160-$185)
Arrive at 5 p.m. for VIP cocktail hour. Premium Seating will be Assigned by Gala Committee.

Purchase Tickets ($55-$80)
Arrive at 7 p.m. for cocktail hour and to check out our great silent auction items. Preferred & Regular Seating: Choose your seats or select Best Available. Curtain time for A Bronx Tale is 9 p.m.

For tickets please call the Algonquin’s Box Office at 732-528-9211 or log onto algonquinarts.org/gala

About A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale recounts the coming-of-age story of a young man torn between allegiance to his father’s upright working-class values and the alluring lifestyle of the local mob boss who befriends him. And what’s more is that the writer and star of the show, Chazz Palminteri, pulls off the 18 characters all by himself! He paints the neighborhood’s various colorful multi-layered characters to perfection with impeccable delivery and physicality.

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Palminteri first performed A Bronx Tale as a one-man show in Los Angeles. It became the hottest property in Hollywood since ROCKY. He was offered a selling price of more than a $1 million to walk away from the project. With only $200 left in the bank, he refused. He wanted to play Sonny and write the screenplay. One night Robert DeNiro walked in to see the show and as they say, “the rest is history.”

Palminteri then moved the production to New York, where it played for four sold-out months and earned him nominations for the New York Outer Critics Circle for both acting and writing. While in New York he completed the screenplay of A BRONX TALE and soon found himself starring opposite Robert DeNiro, who chose the script for his directorial debut. The Hollywood release of the film came in 1993.

In 2007, Palminteri returned the show to stage for a 137-performance run on Broadway and subsequent national tour. Since then, Palminteri continues to take the show around the country for special engagements.

“A BRONX TALE IS A GOOD YARN, A VIVID TRUE STORY.”
– Stephen Holden New York Times

“… a raucous, solo tour de force.”
– Ray Loynd Los Angeles Times

“… a touching, strong and honest portrayal of growing up in the Bronx during the turbulent ’60s. Palminteri is an extraordinary storyteller – and he knows the territory.”
– Ed Kaufman The Hollywood Reporter

“… strong, deeply affecting, well-rendered. It pulsates with life … Palminteri plays his younger self and the colorful people of his youth flawlessly …”
– Meex. Daily Variety

“A BRONX TALE is BRILLIANT! STUNNING, SEETHING THEATRE!”
– Jerry Tallmer New York Post

“Chazz Palminteri’s one-man recreation of his childhood … is so authentic, and is delivered so lovingly that anyone capable of an ounce of sentiment must be moved.”
– Joey Levy, Los Angeles Reader

About the Algonquin Arts Theatre

Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 with the mission to provide cultural enhancement and arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore through high-quality performances and programs in theatre, music, film and dance. The end goal is to foster appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong learning, particularly among underserved audiences including the economically disadvantaged, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Algonquin Arts Theatre engages local and regional audiences in the performing arts through our on-stage programming and Performing Arts Academy.

The organization’s programming and operations are centered in Manasquan’s business district, a Rockwellian Main Street that’s character has remained the same since the 1930s when the Algonquin movie house opened its doors. After closing as a movie theatre in the early 1980s, in 1994 the theatre reopened as a performing arts space; still showing first-run movies when the stage was dark. In 2011, the theatre stopped showing first-run movies to present and produce more performing arts programs in a shift aligning closer with the mission statement.

With ticket revenues only covering a portion of operating and production costs, Algonquin Arts Theatre relies on the generosity of sponsors and individual donors to continue providing high-quality programming to the community.

Vineyard Review: DiMatteo Vineyards

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If you’re in the Hammonton area I strongly recommend checking out DiMatteo Vineyards. I went to Plagido’s Winery and DiMatteo the same day. It was a great day trip!

You walk in and they have small yet cozy tasting room. Their wine tasting is $8 to taste 7 wines. Personally, I think that’s a little steep…but they do have a lot of great quality wines. Overall there was 22 wines to taste, so narrowing it down was really difficult.We had a very friendly “bartender” who had a lot of great recommendations about the wine and what to pair the wine with. She also gave us very generous samples.

Their wine list is broken down by white, red and fruit. On the white and red list, it shows you a range of dry to sweet which was very helpful in chosing the wines for tastings. Recommendation: Go with at least one other person and discuss the wines to taste, you can always share!

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I ended up try the following wines: Peardonnay (Dry White), Diamond (Sweet White), White Sangria (Sweet White), Pasquale Red (Sweet Red), Chocolate Raz (Dryish Red), Blueberry (Fruit) and finally their Ice Wine (Fruit).

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All of their wines were great. The Peardonnay was definitely a different! It was a pear chardonnay, but the pear isn’t too obvious. It’s also a dry white, so having that extra bit of fruit definitely gave it a cool flavor. I also thought the Chocolate Raz was something like I had never tried before. It reminded me of a tootsie pop. You taste the raspberry…then the chocolate. I like going to vineyards who have something unique…and these two wines in particular definitely fit that criteria.

2 vineyards in 1 day! #dimatteosvineyard #njwine #njvineyards #hammonton #hammontonnj #nj #southjersey #newjersey #njisntboring

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I left with a bottle of their Blueberry Wine (Hammonton is known for blueberries!). Their bottle prices are very reasonable. All of their wine was under $20, and the majoring of the wines were around $12. Not too shabby. Their wine has won lots of awards and if you go there you will see why. Tell them I sent you…

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PS. They usually have a LivingSocial that offers a hefty discount. So make sure you research that! I know I wish I did…

If you have a NJ wine passport don’t forget to get it stamped!

Basic Information

DiMatteo Vineyards
Address: 570 N 1st Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Phone: (609) 567-4633
Tastings: $8 for 7 tastings. Including glass.
You can find them on Facebook

Events to Check Out this Weekend: May 22 – 24, 2015

Wildwoods International Kite Festival – May 22-25

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Festival starts at noon with the Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony outside of the Wildwoods Convention Center. Festivities following include opening of the Kite Sales Tent, Friday Night Social via the local South Jersey Kite Flyers Club (all-you-can-eat buffet for $10 per person) and the 9:00pm Illuminated Night Kite Fly. Saturday and Sunday include the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships, sport kite demo’s, team flying, kite workshops and family games. Monday features the World Indoor Kite Competition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. FREE to spectators. Visit http://www.SkyFestivals.com

Date: May 22nd, 2015 – May 25th, 2015
Address: Wildwoods Convention Center & Beach; E. Hand Ave. & E. Burk Ave., Wildwood
Cost: Free for Spectators
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Jersey Shore Food Truck Showdown – May 23 – 25

The Jersey Shore’s Food Truck Wars is pitting over 40 regional trucks head to head in this competition of the tri state area’s best mobile-made eats! Come out for a day of delicious food, entertainment and the Star Ledger’s Family Fun Day. Admission is only $3 to the park.

Dates: May 23rd – 25th, 2015
Address: Monmouth Park Racetrack; 175 Oceanport Ave. Oceanport, NJ
Cost: $3
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Blues, Wine, & BBQ Festival – May 23 & 24

The 2015 Blues, Barbecue, and Wine Festival is ready to help you shake, rattle and roll through wine tastings of 20 premier New Jersey wineries! The first signature event of the 2015 festival season will include the announcement of the winners of the 2015 New Jersey Wine Competition, and the winner of the annual Passport Program international wine trip giveaway! Enjoy 2 days over Memorial Day weekend of delicious local wine sampling, tasty authentic BBQ, and rockin’ blues!

Dates: May 23rd & 24th, 2015
Address: Schooley’s Mountain Park;91 E Springtown Rd, Long Valley
Cost: $25
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NJ Renaissance Faire – May 23, 24,30, 31; June 6 & 7

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The New Jersey Renaissance Faire, where fantasy meets reality! A Renaissance Festival the way you remember, alive with interaction, magic and friendship.

Dates: May 23rd, 23th, 30th & 31st; June 6th & 7th, 2015
Address: 1195 Florence Columbus Rd; Bordentown, New Jersey
Cost: $18+. Buy Tickets Here
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Blues & BBQ Wine Event @ Natali Vineyards – May 24th

BLUES & BBQ 2015Join us for our Memorial day celebration of Blues & BBQ. Enjoy the music of blues singer Danny Eyer. Wine tastings, wine by the bottle or glass, sangria and wine slushies. Local artisan and food vendors will be on hand. Our events are always free admission and rain or shine. Children and pets welcome.

Dates: Sunday, May 24th, 2015; 2pm to 7pm
Address: 221 N Delsea Dr, Cape May Court House
Cost: Free to Attend
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Maplewood Street Fair – May 24

Over 200 Artists, crafters and vendors and 25,000 spectators. 11 am – 5 pm. Free admission and free parking on the streets of Downtown.

Date: Sunday, May 24, 2014; 11am to 5pm
Address: Streets of the Downtown, Maplewood
Cost: Free
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Highlands 15th Annual Seaport Craft Show – May 24

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The Highlands Business Partnership will host the 15th Annual Seaport Craft Show, rain or shine from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. Come experience a delightful collection of various handmade crafts from more than 60 crafters and artisans. Shop till you drop for unique gifts, art, jewelry and personal items at this Juried Show.

Date: Sunday, May 24, 2015; 10am to 4pm
Address: Huddy Park; Bay & Waterwitch Aves., Highlands
Cost: Free

My Weekend at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Con

This past weekend I got a chance to go to the first Atlantic City Boardwalk Con! You would know this already if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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We got there on a Friday, around 5pm, and I picked up my Press Pass. Having a press pass is a lot of fun.

The convention ended at 7pm, so we had time to walk around just to see what was there. I was very happy to see that Drew Blank, an artist I follow on Etsy, was there. I have previously bought art work from him before online, so it was really cool to meet him in person. I’m also pretty positive that my friend bought me something of his for my birthday…but I’ll have to wait 2 weeks for that.

Other highlights from Friday included meeting the artist from Super Emo Friends, and meeting Jen from DumbBows (which will soon be an Etsy Store of the Week).

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We got to play the new game, Stan Lee’s Hero Command and I got to meet the creator, Jeff Hardy. Watch the trailer:

I also ended up winning two movie tickets from the Movie Buff booth, which is a movie trivia game based right out of Hammonton, NJ.

We also got to see some amazing vehicles from movies and TV, including the Ecto-1:

Finally at #acboardwalkcon! #atlanticcity #njisntboring

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And the DeLorean:

Day 3 of #acboardwalkcon. Let's do this! #nj #atlanticcity #newjersey #njisntboring

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AND my friend got interview by two puppets aka Stanley and Jax from the Ultimate Nerd-Ament. They asked me but I was camera shy…

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SATURDAY

Saturday was a lot busier at the convention. We saw an amazing panel called “Twisted Toons” which had some of the top voice actors in the business: Rob Paulsen, Maurice LeMarche, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), Jeremy Shade(Finn, Adventure Time) & Josh Keaton (Green Lantern). They ended up reading different scenes from Avengers using some of their cartoon voices. Hearing the cast of Animaniacs be Avengers was so cool. There were moments I just closed by eyes to take it all in.

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While we were on the floor, I got to see Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, perform “Tricky”. It was random and amazing. Did you know he loves comics and even created his own? Well, now you do.

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I also got to meet the NJ Ghostbusters who do great events and raise money for wonderful causes all around New Jersey. Like on Facebook!

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We also went to a panel which we THOUGHT was going to be the Flash, but ended up being cancelled and replaced last minute with WILLIAM SHATNER. So that was amazing! The panel was so small because it was so last minute, which made it more intimate. William Shatner is a class act, I have to say. Picture is from my husband’s instagram.

#shatner #acbc #captkirk #beammeup #5yrmission

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After Shatner, we check out the Comic Book Men Panel which had Bryan Johnson, Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen and was unofficially hosted by Brian Quinn from Impractical Jokes. It was one of the most unorganized panels (which was on Con’s fault, not the Comic Book Men), and advertised Jason Mewes (who was not there), but was definitely one of the most entertaining panels at ACBC. They ended up doing a Q & A and it was a lot of fun.

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On the last day of the Con we checked out the Guardians of the Galaxy Panel with Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Gregg Henry. It was another unorganized panel, so Michael Rooker took charge and became the moderator for a panel that ended up becoming a Q & A. Most of the questions went to Rooker any way, so it was a good thing that he had most of the control on the mike. It was a great panel, but it’s also a little awkward since no questions went to Gregg Henry(who played the Grandfather to StarLord).

 

After the panel, we went down to the floor to make sure we saw all there was to see before we left. I ended up purchasing a Baymax/Wonderwoman mash up print from modHERO, who I’ve purchased from before at the Asbury Park Comic Con (when it was called that).

My friend purchased an autograph and picture with the cast of Animaniacs so I tagged along and got to meet them too. I spoke to  Jess Harnell, who asked me my name, and asked me if I spelt it with an I or a Y and THEN said to me in Wakko’s voice “Nice to meet you Cyd with a Y”. It was AMAZING.

OVERALL

I really enjoyed the convention BUT they definitely had some first year kinks that need to be worked out for next year. Throughout the weekend panels kept being moved all all over the AC convention center, which was super confusing and had people running around. The fact that some celebrities did not show up is not their fault, but having people check their website for updates while they were at the convention was kind of annoying.

I also did not understand why you had to spend money to see Kevin Smith’s panels. From what I heard it ended up being a 3 hour panel, so I’m kind of okay with missing it, but I don’t know why that was separate. Whose decision was that? Hmm…

I was bummed that Stan Lee has to cancel last minute, especially since this was his convention, but I hope everything is okay with him. Although he was not there, his image was EVERYWHERE. We enjoyed seeing the Stan Lee museum!

Just another Saturday… #acboardwalkcon #doacbc #ironman #atlanticcity #nj #newjersey #njisntboring

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The convention’s attendance was low, so I think they need to do more advertising next year for it. I seemed to be the only one who knew about it more than 2 months in advance. Weird. Because the attendance was low, it was awesome walking around without being trampled and seeing every panel up close.

I hope they do it again next year! View more of my pictures from the weekend HERE. More professional photos (not from my iphone) coming soon!

Diner Round Up – The Liberty Diner in Somerville

A few weeks ago I decided to check out the “Goodfellas” Diner in Somerville, but when I got there I was surprised to see that the name had recently been changed to the “The Liberty Diner”. In fact, this opening is so recent, that unless you try going there you wouldn’t even know about the change.

On the front of the building was a “Grand Opening” sign, but this was more of a soft opening.

For starters, they didn’t even have a proper menu. It was a poorly put together, plastic menu that didn’t have too many options.

I didn’t have too much to choose from, so I decided on an eggplant parm sub, something I have not treated myself to in a long time. (It’s one of my top comfort foods) Well, to put it nicely, I was disappointed in what I got.

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The roll itself was a basic sandwich roll you’d pick up from the grocery store. The mix of sauce and cheese made the roll very soggy. The eggplant is what really bugged me, because it was clearly another grocery store pick up item that was heated in the oven.

I wouldn’t consider myself to be high maintenance, but I could have made the same exact sandwich at home for 10% of the cost. When I go out to eat, is it too much to expect a fresh, hand made meal? Fries were meh too. How do you mess up fries?

I will say that on the positives, we had a very friendly waiter who gave us 10% off just because we waited a little bit to get our check. So that’s something.

I was warned about this diner since it’s been changed so many times. It was once the Somerville Diner, Pantagis Diner, and most recently the Goodfellas Diner.

Maybe it was because they’re new, but I was overall disappointed with my visit. Especially since at a “new” diner I shouldn’t be sitting in a booth that’s completely torn up.

Hopefully they shape up quickly! If anyone visits this diner and has a positive experience…please let me know! I’d love to see them turn it around!

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Address: 79 Hwy 206, Somerville
Phone: 908-707-1222

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

“Rock for the Nurses” Five-Year Anniversary Fundraiser Saturday May 30th

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Kinderhook, Mangos, Timepiece and Ned Ryerson to perform At “Rock for the Nurses” Five-Year Anniversary Fundraiser Saturday May 30th. Event happens at the Idle Hour in Point Pleasant 1pm to 7pm to help nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center.

Press Release:

The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund welcomes the return of legendary NJ country-rockers Kinderhook to Point Pleasant for the first time in over thirty years when it teams-up with the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar to celebrate its Five-Year Anniversary on Saturday May 30th starting at 1pm.

The six hour “Rock for the Nurses” fundraiser will also feature performances from Jersey Shore icons The Mangos, Timepiece, Ned Ryerson and his new band The Groundhogs plus other special guests and will include an all you can eat BBQ buffet, pig roast, outside tent party, cash bar, coffee, soft drinks, dessert, games, prizes, give-a-ways and much more for the entire family.

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The event will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 1pm until 7pm at the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar located at 2600 Route 88 in Point Pleasant.

Tickets are $20 per person (kids 12 and under are free) and are available for purchase in advance on-line at eventbrite.com or in advance in person at the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar and will also be available for purchase the day of the event at the door.

All proceeds from the event will benefit The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund which annually helps the nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center by providing nursing scholarships to nurses and nursing students looking to further their formal education in the nursing profession.

For more information about The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund log on to the official website at www.forfarscholarship.org or connect with The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund on Facebook or Twitter.

About The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund:

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The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established on January 15, 2011 and is part of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation family of funds. The fund provides monetary assistance to qualified nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center who desire to continue their formal education in nursing profession in the form of scholarships. The fund awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants. The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of long-time Point Pleasant resident Barbara Forfar or “Foof” as she was called by her fellow nurses and other colleagues in the operating room, and her forty-four years of dedication to the nursing profession with all but three years of her service associated with the Ocean Medical Center or its predecessor hospitals.

Event Location:
Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar
2600 Route 88
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
732-899-2102

Weird and Wonderful Words – EP Review

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I was recently emailed an EP (4 track album) called “The Right People Will Get It” to listen to by a local New Jersey singer/songwriter called Weird and Wonderful Words from New Brunswick. Since I am all about promoting local people from New Jersey (In an effort to prove NJ Isn’t Boring!) I gave it a listen.

The first song I listened to was “Canoodle” which is about an emotional break up, which is something that most people can connect to.

My favorite track was “Egress” which sounded like it could have come off the radio. It’s definitely an emotional and powerful song.

“Bobsy-Die” has more of an upbeat sound, but it is still an emotionally heavy song.

Overall, the album is acoustic and emo, so you’re into that style of music I highly recommend it. Influences for the music include Owen, This Town Needs Guns, Transit, Blink 182, Moving Mountains, City and Colour. It is locally produced and mixed, but despite being indie it comes off professional. I can definitely see a following for this group. They even have their own hashtag – #thefeelsarereal.

To listen to the EP yourself, click HERE

Support local artists!

About Weird and Wonderful Words:
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Acoustic music from a dude in central Jersey. Since October 2014, Weird and Wonderful Words has been playing house and basement shows all around New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In August 2014, he began writing and recording for his debut EP, “The Right People Will Get This,” which is currently out on bandcamp independently, iTunes, Spotify, and more via Heads UP Records, and soon out on cassette via Girls Cartel Records. Like on Facebook! Follow on Instagram.

Upcoming NJ Shows:
May 16th- Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ
May 17th-Jersey Shore Festival, Seaside, NJ
June 22nd-The Meatlocker, Montclair, NJ
June 25th-The Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ
July 7th–The Brighton Bar, Longbranch, NJ
August 22nd-Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ
August 21st-The Den Westfield, NJ

Actress Jane Seymour Brings Stunning Art Work to Ocean Galleries for Memorial Day Exhibition

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Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) kicks off the summer season with the multi-talented artist, Jane Seymour.

The “Jane Seymour: Up Close and Personal” exhibition will feature a collection of Ms. Seymour’s latest oil paintings and watercolors. The show opens to the public at Ocean Galleries on Friday, May 15, 2015 and runs through Monday, May 25, 2015. There will be opportunities to meet Ms. Seymour at special receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, and 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 24. Guests who acquire Ms. Seymour’s art during the preview week will have a unique opportunity to meet her for an intimate exchange and personalization of artwork during a private reception prior to exhibition hours Memorial Day weekend.

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:

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The exquisitely talented actress and artist, Jane Seymour, visits Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) for a Memorial Day exhibition, bringing an extraordinary collection of her latest oil paintings and watercolors. “Jane Seymour: Up Close and Personal” opens Friday, May 15, 2015 and runs through Monday, May 25, 2015, with all artwork on display available for acquisition.

Due to the popularity of the artist and her artwork, the exhibit will open for a special preview on Friday, May 15, a week prior to Ms. Seymour’s arrival, and will be open daily from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM in the Stone Harbor gallery until Thursday, May 21. The preview week offers an opportunity to view Jane’s artwork in an intimate and relaxed setting. A private reception prior to exhibition hours will be held Memorial Day weekend offering a unique exchange with the artist as she personalizes artwork acquired during preview week.

Beginning Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25, the gallery will be open from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM for the “Jane Seymour: Up Close and Personal” exhibition. Gallery guests will have the opportunity to meet Ms. Seymour during receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, and 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 24.

image007A multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning actress, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures, and television. The multi-talented artist has written over 10 books and launched Jane Seymour Designs, a national lifestyle brand inspired by her homes, art, and family-centered lifestyle.

Seymour began painting more than 20 years ago as part of a healing process for personal challenges experienced at that time. Since then, Ms. Seymour has emerged as an established and accomplished painter, creating an intimate world of delicate watercolors, colorful vibrant oil paintings, pastels, and bronze sculptures. She has exhibited in many North American galleries, has accepted select private commissions, and continues to reach new artistic levels by constantly developing her technique, style, and subject matter.

Ms. Seymour’s love for art and design developed at an early age in England, where family gifts were created, rather than purchased, as a form of self-expression. She enjoyed many museum visits and had a profound early experience discovering Matisse’s stunning motifs and Chagall’s magical palette, both of which later influenced her as a colorist. Another significant influence was Raoul Dufy, whose vibrant watercolors inspired her lively studies of floral patterns.

The influence of these artists and others continue to define her work, such as John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer, whose watercolors she has studied. After commissioning noted Santa Barbara watercolorist Tom Mielko to paint a portrait of her children, Seymour became motivated to begin painting with him. This experience led her to begin painting with other artists and friends during her travels and in her studio.

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Often described as a California colorist, Ms. Seymour believes that her art reflects the essence of who she is. Her collection of expressive art often reflects her passions in life, such as flower gardening, which is evident in her colorful flower arrangements, detailed landscapes, and lush garden paintings and watercolors. An inspirational trip to paint in Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France) became Seymour’s personal tribute to the Impressionists, resulting in an elaborate series of paintings and watercolors depicting the famed gardens. Her Ocean Galleries exhibition also includes numerous beachscapes and figurative paintings, many of which were inspired by her home life in Malibu, CA and recent visits to the East Coast.

Along with the gorgeous fine artwork she has painted and sculpted, her love of art and color led her into the world of design with a variety of projects, ranging from her “Open Hearts by Jane Seymour®” jewelry collection, to fine furniture with Michael Amini, home accessories, and botanicals. Most recently, Ms. Seymour worked with Fotiou Fine Moulding by Design™ to develop her own signature line of picture frame mouldings. “As an artist, I have always felt that the frame design truly completes the artwork and enhances the setting for where it is displayed,” said Seymour.

Ocean Galleries, which has been providing creative custom framing for 30 years, was one of the first galleries to carry Ms. Seymour’s frame styles. “We were fortunate to host Jane at the gallery in 2007 and have carried her artwork in our Stone Harbor and Avalon locations since that time. When we learned about her new line of mouldings, we knew it would be nothing less than exceptional as she is truly a perfectionist and has a brilliant eye for art. We are delighted to welcome Jane back with her latest collection of art,” said Kim Miller, owner of Ocean Galleries.

The “Jane Seymour: Up Close and Personal” exhibition will feature a collection of artwork by the multi-talented artist. The show opens to the public at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) on Friday, May 15, 2015 and runs through Monday, May 25, 2015. There will be opportunities to meet Ms. Seymour at special receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, and 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 24. Guests who acquire Ms. Seymour’s art during preview week will have a unique opportunity to meet her for an intimate exchange and personalization of artwork.

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 http://www.oceangalleries.com

Vineyard Review: Plagido’s Winery

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I am still persistent on my goal to visit every NJ vineyard…and this time I traveled 1hr30min to “South Jersey” and visited Plagido’s Winery in Hammonton.

What I liked most about this wine tasting is that you could try EVERY THING. How do you know if you like something unless you try it, right?

For our visit, we had Adriana tell us about the wines and pour us samples. She was super friendly, very knowledgable about the wines, and gave us her personal recommendations. We shared our wine tasting with a rowdy (possibly started the day early drinking) group, and she was very good at giving us all equal attention. I hear she’s there every weekend…so if you go tell them NewJerseyIsntBoring.com sent you!

As with most wine tastings you go from dry to sweet. They had more than just “Dry” to “Sweet”. We went from dry whites, to dry red, followed by semi sweet and white wines, semi sweet and sweet reds, fruit wines, SANGRIA, and dessert wines. They were sold out of a few wines, but otherwise that day I tried 21 wines that day.

Cheers at #plagidowinery! #njwine. #njvineyards #hammontonnj #hammonton #southjersey #nj #newjersey #njisntboring

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My favorites were the vidal bland (dry white), asciutto vino (dry red), Plagido Red (Sweet Red), Concetta’s Casalinga (Sweet Red), Blueberry (Fruit), Sangria, and the Homestead (Dessert). It should be noted that Hammonton is known for blueberries, so definitely try the Blueberry (Fruit) and the Blueberry (dessert) even if you don’t enjoy sweeter wines. If you are having a party and want to pick up some wine , I highly recommend the sangria. It was delicious!

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I definitely enjoyed my time at this cozy vineyard. They are always doing events, and it has a lot of great outdoor space…so definitely make sure you visit.

PS. I had a LivingSocial for the wine tasting which also included cheese and crackers…so make sure to research that before you go.

If you have a NJ wine passport don’t forget to get it stamped!

Basic Information

Plagido’s Winery
Address: 570 N 1st Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Phone: (609) 567-4633
Tastings: $8 to try all the wines. They’re open everyday from 11am to 5pm
You can find them on Facebook, Twitter @PlagidosWinery