Inaugural Pinelands Music Festival Set For August 15th, 2015

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Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2015; 2pm to 11pm
Address: New Jersey Motorsports park; 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville
Cost: $50. Get Tickets HERE

Amidst a beautiful forested region, Pinelands Music Festival will offer attendees an unforgettable experience. With only one month away, Pinelands Music Festival happening on August 15, 2015 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey is thrilled to announce a few exciting new features on site. On top of the thrilling array of artist performances, fans will have the chance to sample some of the best food trucks from the Philly area, browse some records in the pop up record store, and if they are up for it get a tattoo in the unique pop up shop to commemorate the day.

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Pinelands Music Festival will showcase 30 bands and take place across three stages one of which will spotlight local/regional acts. Already announced artists include: The Early November, Jukebox The Ghost, The Spill Canvas, X Ambassadors, Good Old War, Hellogoodbye, Vacationer, You Blew It, You, Me, & Everyone We Know, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Northern Faces, Young Statues, CRUISR, Bonfires, Your Persona, No Such Noise, Raccoon Fighter, Mo Lowda & The Humble, Days Like These, Liam & Me, The Color & Sound, Stellar Young, The Press War, Cheezy & The Crackers, Plantation, Man On A Mountain, Where the Ocean Meets the Sky, PALMAS, Sleepyface. Fans can listen to this year’s line-up only on Pinelands Music Festival’s own Spotify playlist here!

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More about Pinelands Music Festival:
Pinelands Music Festival differs from other festivals of its size mainly in aesthetics. Tucked into the remote Pine Barrens of New Jersey, the forest breaks open to reveal an outstanding venue with plenty of amenities making it the perfect venue for a music festival. It offers the “destination festival” feel while remaining in close proximity to some of the biggest cities in the US. In addition, the majority of the 2015 lineup calls the surrounding areas home, offering up nostalgia and hometown pride to the community. Fans can conveniently travel to Pinelands Music Festival with only a quick 45 minutes from both Philadelphia and Atlantic City, and just under 3 hours from NYC, Washington D.C and Baltimore.

Local Dog Rescue Helping Dog That Requires Brain Surgery

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Coming Home Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue organization, recently rescued a sweet German Shorthaired Pointer. Shortly after being taken into the group’s care, it was noted that Leigh was having a loss of balance and tilting her head excessively. An MRI revealed that she had a cyst on her brain. Her only chance of survival is to have surgery to remove it.

The rescue has decided to move forward with the surgery to save her life and is asking for help from the community. The group needs to raise $7,000.00 to cover both the MRI and the surgery.

Leigh is in a foster home with one of the organization’s compassionate volunteers who will make sure she is loved, safe and ready for her upcoming surgery.

For those interested in making a donation to help save Leigh, please contact the group at 1-888-405-7221, send a check made payable to “Coming Home Rescue”  and mail to Coming Home Rescue, PO Box 405, Rockaway, NJ 07866 or make a secure online donation through the website at www.cominghomerescue.org.


In addition, Coming Home Rescue is using a free online fundraising service called You Caring.com to reach the widest audience possible to help raise the dollars needed to cover this expense. Donations through this site can be at www.youcaring.com/coming-home-rescue-391357

The rescue makes it a priority to provide any needed medical attention to all dogs prior to their adoption. Coming Home Rescue relies on the generosity of animal lovers to help with this area of the rescue process. Whether it is a one-time donation or an ongoing contribution, donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by the Internal Revenue Service.

About Coming Home Rescue:

Coming Home Rescue is a volunteer based, 501(c)3 organization focused on helping homeless animals in shelters throughout New Jersey.

It is estimated that approximately 38,000 animals were euthanized in the state of New Jersey last year alone. Coming Home Rescue is dedicated to reducing that number by rescuing and re-homeing as many dogs from these shelters as possible.

We have saved over 750 dogs since starting in 2009.

Events to Check Out this Weekend – July 24 – 26, 2015

Wine Around the World – July 22

Come to Orama, the newest addition to Edgewater, New Jersey’s renowned dining scene, to enjoy five courses of Executive Chef John Piliouras’s delicious fare, paired with wines from distinguished wineries such as Duval-Leroy, Boutari, Sanford, Casa Lapostolle and Chapoutier. This dinner will boast a most delicious menu including five courses ranging from Oysters topped in Hackleback Caviar to Pinot Noir Braised Lamb Chops. Join Orama for the perfect night on the town for you and your guests.

10% Off with the Code: NJ10

Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015; 7:30 – 9:30pm
Address: Orama; 595 River Rd, Edgewater, New Jersey
Cost: $135 per person. Buy Here
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Monmouth County Fair – July 22-26

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Dates: July 22nd – 26th, 2015
Address: East Freehold Showgrounds, Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 
Cost: $8. Buy in advance HERE
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Opening Reception: Joyous Detritus – July 24

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While most people were warm and snug in their homes this past bitterly cold winter, Nicole Vincenti was out at sunrise combing the beach for materials for her art. She creates wall sculptures from sea glass and other treasures she finds along the coast. Her upcoming show, Joyous Detritus, celebrates her discoveries. It will take place at Hotel Tides, 408 Seventh Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ July 19 – August 23, 2015. Over 20 sculptures will be on display in the lobby. Please come out and meet the artist at the opening on Friday, July 24 from 6 – 8 pm.

Date: Friday, July 24 from 6 – 8 pm.
Address: Hotel Tides, 408 Seventh Avenue, Asbury Park
Cost: Free
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An Evening of One Acts Directed by Suzanne Trauth – July 24 & 25

Works to be featured:
EXILED by Elaine Insinnia of Woodland Park
When a nursing home resident is exiled to her room for bad behavior, three resident friends pull out all the stops to spring her.
With Bonnie Black*, Jane Mandel, Katie Renn*, Bev Sheehan*.

OFF-BALANCE by Rosa Soy of Caldwell
Three former college friends gather for a birthday party and instead of trivial pursuits, they end up with truth or dare.
With Tara Henderson, Dan Johnson*, Ashley Kowzun, Jackie Netis.
*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Dates: Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25, 2015; 7:30pm
Address: Luna Stage; 55 Valley Road West Orange, NJ
Cost: $15. Buy Here
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Festival of Ballooning – July 24-26

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The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and is the premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. It holds the dual distinction of being a recipient of The New Jersey Governor’s Award for Best Special Event, as well as the American Bus Association’s designation as a Top 100 Festival in North America. Held annually at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ, the festival truly has something for everyone! From twice daily mass ascensions of up to 125 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, and more, the festival is jam-packed with stuff to do.

Dates: July 24th – 26th, 2015
Address: Solberg-Hunterdon Airport; 39 Thor-Solberg Rd, Whitehouse Station, NJ
Cost: $35 for GA. See website for additional ticket options.
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10th Anniversary Lincoln Park Music Festival – July 24-26

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Newark New Jersey’s 10th Anniversary Lincoln Park Music Festival – A Celebration of Spirit and Dance – is just around the corner! One of the best outdoor festivals on the east coast, the 10th Anniversary Lincoln Park Music Festival in Newark, NJ is filled with amazing performances, sustainable health and wellness village, kids zone, great local food, arts & crafts and of course music. This year attendees can expect a broad spectrum of amazing artists such as BeBe Winans, Tony Humphries, Vivian Green, and more to be announced. Join us for a pre-festival event in July or stay all weekend July 24th – 26th for 3 fun filled FREE days of non-stop entertainment including jazz, gospel, soul, house music, and hip hop.

Dates: July 24th – 26th, 2015
Address: 1 Lincoln Park Newark, NJ
Cost: Free
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Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival – July 24-26

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The 6th Annual Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival, the biggest tattoo convention beach bash returns to Asbury Park Convention Hall this July 24th-26th! Don’t miss your chance to get tattooed over 150 world class tattoo artists at this years Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival the hottest tattoo beach bash to hit the shore! Three days of nonstop live tattooing, live painting, contests, live music, burlesque, sideshow, suspension, after parties and much more

Dates: July 24th – 26th, 2015
Address: 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park
Cost: $20 per day or $40 for the weekend. (At event only)
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By the Water – Now – Aug 2

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Hurricane Sandy wields its force upon the home of Marty and Mary Murphy, threatening to destroy not only the life they have built together but the neighborhood that they grew up in. Will Marty manage to save his neighborhood and his home, or are the secrets unearthed by the storm too powerful to overcome? Premiere Stages is proud to present the New Jersey Premiere of this gripping and affecting play, described by The New York Times as “drawn with acute sympathy and in gritty detail.”

Dates: Now – August 2nd, 2015 (Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8 pm; Sat & Sun at 3 pm)
Address: Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Hall; 1000 Morris Avenue, Union
Cost: $15-30. Tickets Here
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Pop Nation Summer Tour – July 24

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Johnny Wright Presents the PopNation Tour with Round 2 Crew and Sweet Suspense! Also catch Carson Leuders, The Fooo Conspiracy, Chris Miles, After Romeo, Frankie, Katelyn Jae and The Bomb Digz – Friday, July 24 at iPlay America’s Event Center. General admission tickets are $12. VIP tickets are an additional $15 and include a pre-show meet and greet.

Date: Friday, July 24, 2015; 6pm (doors open 5pm)
Address: iPlay America; 110 Schanck Road, Freehold
Cost: GA $12, VIP $27. Tickets Here
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Barn-B-Q Trail Run, Hike, & Party – July 25

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What’s better than running and hiking in the woods? Having beer and burgers afterwards! Come on out to Masker’s Barn in the Deserted Village of Feltville in Watchung Reservation for a fun day in a beautiful setting on 7/25! Your ticket includes access to the 10 mile, 6 mile, 3 mile, or 2 mile runs or hikes. Food and beer and t-shirt included! We’ll have DJ music, lawn games, and stupid amounts of fun.

Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2015; 10am to 4pm
Address: 9 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights
Cost: $35 – $45
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Good Karma Festival – July 25

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Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2015; 11am to 6pm
Address: Cream Ridge Winery; 145 Route 539, Allentown, NJ
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Food Truck Jam – July 25

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

Date: July 25, 2015
Address: Manahawkin Flea Mart; 657 E. Bay Ave, Manahawkin
Cost: Free
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Soulsational Music and Wellness Festival – July 25

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For the 5th consecutive year, Music & Wellness will be blissfully joined together at the Soulsational Festival to take place at Veterans Park in Bayville, NJ on July 25, 2015, 11am-8pm. The festival is a free community event featuring live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community!

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015; Begins at 11am
Address: Veteran’s Park; Forest Hills Pkwy, Bayville
Cost: Free
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Rock of Ages with Constantine – July 25

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Join us Saturday, July 25, at iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill for a FREE show! Former American Idol contestant Constantine, and the Rock of Ages band play covers of your rock songs from U2 to Tom Petty and more! Tickets are free, but required. VIP tickets are also available for $35 and include a meet and greet with Constantine and reserved seating. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2015; 7pm
Address: iPlay America; 110 Schanck Road, Freehold
Cost: Free, Tickets Here
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Garden State Comic Fest – July 25 & 26

Garden State Comic Fest is a collection of some of the finest vendors and artists in the area. As always we try to put together a variety of tables of great comics, art, toys and more. There will be Great artists on hand doing sketches, signing autographs and showing off some of their awesome work.

Dates: July 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: Mennen Arena; 161 E Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: $13 and up. Get them HERE
Like on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @GS_Comic_Fest
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Valenzano’s Sangria Contest – July 26

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With so many amazing people working alongside one another with some of the East Coast’s most amazing wines – it’s no surprise that each of us have
our own approach to a great sangria recipe. So we’re hosting another round of our Annual Sangria Contest to let visitors and guests gage the friends, family and folks of the Valenzano Winery and decide who has the right stuff to boast who makes the ‘BEST’ sangria.

Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address: 1090 Route 206, Shamong
Cost: $15 Entry
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7th Annual Jetty Coquina Jam – July 26

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The 7th Annual Jetty Coquina Jam will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ! This marks the 5th year that Jetty will be donating to David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation, which takes all profits from the event and donates them to local breast cancer patients in need. The Coquina Jam has raised in excess of $30,000 and we’re looking forward to what will hopefully be our largest Jam to date! This day is all about females, family, and fun in the sun!

Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2015; 10am
Address: Taylor Avenue Beach in Beach Have
Cost: Free

Atlantic City Cider Social Set for August 8th, 2015

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The Atlantic City Cider Social
Date: Saturday August 8th 2015
Address: Caspian Point, Atlantic City New Jersey (Adjacent to Gardner’s Basin)
Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at the Door. $15 DD Ticket
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Press Release:

Hold onto your apple carts, folks, THE ATLANTIC CITY CIDER SOCIAL is headed your way! On August 8, attendees will pour into the waterfront of Caspian Point adjacent Gardner’s Basin to celebrate the summer and the shore’s newest libation craze “ciders”! How about them apples?

The event producers at Good Time Tricycle Productions are anything but new to the festival game in Atlantic City, producing events such as The Atlantic City Seafood Festival, The Atlantic City Tattoo Expo and the annual “apple” of South Jersey’s eye- The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival. Producers are confident that the apple won’t fall far from the tree and The 2015 Atlantic City Cider Social will meet and exceed all expectations with 30 cider brewers, 5 local food exhibitors, cooking demos, live music, cider seminars and amusements.

A few years ago, ciders were a super-sweet, rare find sitting at the edge of the alcoholic beverage world. In its current state, cider is becoming more diverse and appeals to both beer and wine drinkers. It is no secret that cider is rising through the ranks of beverage popularity among all demographics. The goal of The Atlantic City Cider Social is to promote and educate attendees on ciders as well as the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for cider aficionados, cider lovers and the casual cider drinker to speak to the company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite ciders.

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The Cider Social and Goodtime Tricycle are excited to name Gilda’s Club of South Jersey the charitable beneficiary of the first Cider Social. Gilda’s Club South Jersey is a cancer support community where men, women, teens and children with cancer, and their families and friends, are always welcome free of charge. Its mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Gilda’s Club South Jersey is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that solely relies on donations from individuals, foundations and corporations in order to provide a free community of support to our members.   www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org

The Atlantic City Cider Social aims to be a true downhome American experience. We encourage attendees to put on their best denim, bob for apples, dance to live folk music acts, take a break at red and white checked picnic tables, and enjoy a mouth-watering caramel apple or slice of pie paired with your cider. There will be two sessions on Saturday, August 8: Noon-4pm & 7pm-11pm. Tickets are $45 and include a tasting cup, entertainment and cider tastings.

The festival offers a “Designated Driver” ticket price of $15, available at the door, to further encourage attendee responsibility. Attendees are also encouraged to utilize the many transportation options in the Atlantic City area, such as jitneys and cabs.

Tickets are $45 in advance (fees apply) online at www.cidersocial.com or by visiting Joe Canals on Fire Road in Northfield and on Rte 40 IN Egg Harbor Township. Tickets at the door are $50 (if available). All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits and book your hotel rooms now. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented.

The Atlantic City Cider Social Would not be possible without the following Sponsor Partners: Fantasy Resorts, The Golden Nugget, 100.7 WZXL, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, Joe Canals and Philly Voice.

“Rock the Patio” at the Shannon Rose Irish Pubs this Summer

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The Shannon Rose Irish Pubs – featuring a chef-driven, scratch-made menu that blends Irish pub classics and new tavern favorites, served amidst an atmosphere reminiscent of an authentic Irish public house – will host “Rock the Patio” parties every Thursday and Friday throughout July and August at its Clifton and Ramsey pubs. Guests can enjoy a raw bar, chef’s food features, craft beer, cocktail and wine features and great giveaways, including chances to win concert tickets to some of the area’s hottest summer concerts!

Menu highlights include:

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  • Blue Point Oysters – Screaming fresh from the point and shucked to order. Served with traditional mignonette, cocktail and horseradish. Available by the dozen or 1/2 dozen.
  • Peel & Eat Shrimp – Poached in our rich Shannon Rose Amber Ale with Old Bay and lemon with cocktail, horseradish and fresh lemon. Available by the pound and 1/2 pound.
  • Rockin’ Oysters – Fresh Blue Point oysters tossed in cornmeal and fried crisp. Topped with spinach and artichoke cream with crisp bacon and Parmesan cheese.
  • Seared Tuna – Peppercorn and sesame seed crusted, seared rare with wasabi cream and sweet soy

Chef’s Food Feature

  • A special menu feature for summer. Fresh littleneck clams or shell-on gulf shrimp tossed with spicy linguica sausage, red skin potatoes, fresh corn with white wine and garlic broth.

The menu also includes featured spirit, beers, wines and growlers. The full menu is available at www.TheShannonRose.com.

Guests also have the chance to enter to win tickets to the August 15th Kenny Chesney + Jason Aldean concert at MetLife Stadium – with winners to be announced on July 31 – and the Sept. 17th Madonna concert at Madison Square Garden – with winners to be announced on August 28. Those interested in winning tickets can enter directly on The Shannon Rose website: http://www.theshannonrose.com/new-events/2015/7/9/rock-the-patio.

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For more information, please visit www.TheShannonRose.com or Facebook. Those interested in receiving news and updates related to The Shannon Rose and its events can sign up for the Pub Club.

The Rahway International Film Festival Returns August 28th – 30th, 2015

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New Jersey’s premier film festival, The Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival returns on August 28-30, 2015 at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts.

This year’s lineup is full of brilliant films spanning 12 different countries, featuring stars like Juno Temple (Maleficent, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Evan Peters (American Horror Story, Kick-Ass) and Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy, Big Daddy).  A highlight of this year’s festival is the introduction of feature length films in addition to the standard short films program, plus a special Saturday night outdoor screening.

The mission of the Rahway International Film Festival is to provide an opportunity for artists worldwide to showcase works that educate, inspire equality, empathy and awareness through film. In keeping with equality, the festival is also dedicated to showcasing an equal ratio of films made by female and male filmmakers.

To accommodate its growing popularity, the 2015 Rahway International Film Festival will be a multi-day event. In addition to the event being extended to cover three days, Founder and Festival Director, Gina Marie Rodriguez and her team are launching a new initiative. Ten percent of the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to charitable endeavors: Integrity House “Boys of Bate Program” and the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

“We at RIFF feel that entertainment is an important piece of maintaining personal happiness, but we also know that a good time can’t fix everything. We would like to give back to communities in need in other ways as well. This year we will be donating 10% of our ticket sales to both Integrity House in Newark and the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Union County. Both companies are worthy non-profits that we encourage others to learn more about,” said Rodriguez.

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A primary objective of the festival is to enhance the creative community in the Rahway area and provide a platform for both local and  international storytellers; to not only share their work but offer a place to forge new relationships for collaboration.

Emerging and seasoned filmmakers as well as actors have the unique opportunity to network and learn from one another during the festival’s Opening and Closing Nights Parties, Networking Events, and a variety of Festival Seminars and Panels.

“The Rahway International Film Festival is a breath of fresh air in the artistic town of Rahway New Jersey. As a working actress, it’s so important to network. And this event allowed me to meet some amazing and talented people, not only in the film industry, but all walks of life,” said Mahogany Reynolds, Actress and Executive Director of Just Be You Performing Arts, a Rahway based mentoring organization.

During this year’s festival, attendees will enjoy a large variety of screenings, to include: documentaries, shorts, animation, and introducing feature length films. The Rahway International Film Festival promotes diversity and provides a venue for both up and coming and established filmmakers from around the world to showcase their works. The event highlight will be the Awards Ceremony where filmmakers and actors will be recognized. The Awards Ceremony will be hosted at Patria Latin Bistro, a RIFF primary sponsor.

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“There was a great crop of films in each film block. It was a great honor to be included. We need this here and [this festival] is definitely filling the void”, said Temilolu Tokosi, Director of “The Will to Want”, winner of the Rahway International Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award in 2014.

Patria Latin Bistro, The Union County Performing Arts Center, and Central Jersey Indie Films are proud key sponsors of this year’s festival. Rahway is known as an arts town, and the festival affords not only local residents, but film lovers from all over, to enjoy a unique collection of films submitted from around the globe.

Patria, a local Rahway restaurant and lounge, will be the location of the event’s Opening and Closing Night Parties.

The Rahway International Film Festival is operated and run by a dedicated body of volunteers. Sponsorships and donations to the festival help support operational and production expenses.

“We believe that film can reach the mind and soul in ways nothing else can. For this reason, we present films that strive to promote equality, champion the oppressed, and promote open-mindedness. We aim to give a platform to those whose stories may otherwise go unheard,” said Rodriguez.

For the full line up of this year’s film screenings and event schedule, check out the festival’s website at: www.rahwayfilmfest.com. Ticket prices range from $10 to $35 and can be purchased at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s website at www.ucpac.org. For daily festival updates follow the Rahway International Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Events to Check Out this Weekend – July 17-19, 2015

By the Water – July 16 – Aug 2

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Hurricane Sandy wields its force upon the home of Marty and Mary Murphy, threatening to destroy not only the life they have built together but the neighborhood that they grew up in. Will Marty manage to save his neighborhood and his home, or are the secrets unearthed by the storm too powerful to overcome? Premiere Stages is proud to present the New Jersey Premiere of this gripping and affecting play, described by The New York Times as “drawn with acute sympathy and in gritty detail.”

Dates: July 16th – August 2nd, 2015 (Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8 pm; Sat & Sun at 3 pm)
Address: Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Hall; 1000 Morris Avenue, Union
Cost: $15-30. Tickets Here
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Grand Opening Wine Chateau in Matawan – July 17

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Grand Opening featuring tasting stations, light appetizers and a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Buccellato. Join us as we celebrate the fourth Wine Chateau location in New Jersey!Through the acquisition of Wine Chateau’s brick and mortar stores, Wine Chateau was born and has become one of the most experienced wine retailers online. With more than 40 years of its trusted name, you can rely on Wine Chateau to find just the right wine for you. Our mission is to provide a level of excellence and low prices on all our products. We strive to enhance our customers’ wine drinking experiences by offering a vast selection of wines from around the world. With more than 17,000 domestic and imported premium wines on our shelves, Wine Chateau has a flavor for every palate. Our selection of hard to find collectors wines and affordable everyday wines offers a special something for every wine lover.

Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015; 5:00pm
Address: 60 Main St, Matawan
Cost: Free
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Vampire Diaries Convention – July 17-19

SUPER SPECIAL GUESTS: IAN SOMERHALDER and PAUL WESLEY The talented actors who are Damon and Stefan Salvatore, plus a great line-up of other TVD and THE ORIGINALS stars, LIVE AND IN PERSON in NEW JERSEY: DON’T MISS IT!

Dates: July 17th – 19th, 2015
Address: Hilton Parsippany; One Hilton Court,Parsippany, NJ
Cost: Get tickets HERE
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Pequannock Township Food Truck Festival – July 18

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Join us as we hold our first Food Truck Festival as we celebrate our Towns 275th Birthday. Admission to PV Park is free for the day. Bring a sand chair, your bathing suit, and an appetite as we serve up fun, entertainment, and lots of good food.

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015; 11am to 5pm
Address: Pequannock Valley Park; Pompton Plains, NJ
Cost: Free admission
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Pour-a-Palooza – July 18

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South Jersey’s premier outdoor beer event featuring 44 breweries and live music. Rain or Shine event!

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015; 12pm to 4pm
Address: The Pour House; 124 Haddon Ave, Westmont
Cost: $40 advance, $45 at the door. Buy Here
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NJ Crab Festival – July 18

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No COVER Charge!
Pay as you go!
Draft Beer in the Tent!
“Crabby” Bloody Mary
Frozen Drinks – Virgin and not so Virgin
Under the Tent Sample Menu Items:
Harbor Fries – Regular Fries – Hot Dog – Crab Cake Sandwich – Pulled Pork Sandwich – Ice House Made Spring Rolls – U-Peel Shrimp and of course……
Fresh Cooked Blue Claw Crabs!
Clean or Dirty ~ Your Choice!

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015; Begins at 11am
Address: Ice House Restaurant; Along Park Blvd. Wildwood
Cost: Free to Attend
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Burger Mania – July 18

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Mercer County’s Original and Annual Burger Cook-Off where national chain restaurants, food trucks and caterers battle it out for the coveted title of “The Best Burger” in Central Jersey. This competition is fierce between chefs while spectators enjoy a day filled with music, crafters, kids activities, beer and wine garden and Burgers Galore! Burgers are judged by our professional panel, plus people’s choice. TGI Fridays, Red Robin, Hooters, Plum on the Run…plus more!

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015; 3pm to 8pm
Address: The Hibernian Club of Trenton; 2419 Kuser Rd., Trenton
Cost: Attendance is free. A $1 donation is suggested for Driven By Heroes, a Non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization that provides rides to medical appointments for Veterans in need.
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Summer in the Street – July 18

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Live Entertainment, Family Fun, Crafters, Food and More!

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015; 3pm to 8:30pm
Address: Washington St, Toms River, NJ
Cost: Free
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Sourland Music Festival – July 18

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Central New Jersey’s Premier Live Music Festival Turns Up the Volume in Support of the Sourland Mountain Region! Building on record-setting attendance in 2014, the Sourland Music Festival will return to “The Polo Field” at the Hillsborough County Club (146 Wertsville Rd, Hillsborough Township, NJ) on Saturday, July 18. Doors open at 3:00p.m. The daylong Festival, now in its 12th year, will bring together live music, local food and plenty of family-friendly fun in support of the Sourland Conservancy.

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015; Begins at 3pm
Address: Hillsborough County Club; 146 Wertsville Rd, Hillsborough Township, NJ
Cost: General Admission Online – $30, General Admission Door – $40, VIP Ticket- $60, Children (Ages 8 – 12)- $10
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Nepal Cultural Night Fundraiser – July 18

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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.

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015; 5pm to 9pm
Address: Flemington DIY; 90 Main Street, Flemington
Cost: Free, $10 for all you can eat Food

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Barrel Trail Weekend – July 18 & 19

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New Jersey winery tasting rooms will give patrons a two day glimpse behind the scenes of local grape growing and wine production in the Garden State! Enjoy vineyard & winery tours, tastings of wines still developing in barrel, new wine releases, discounts, food pairings, and much more!

Dates: July 18th & 19th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
* At participating Wineries. Prices will Vary
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Summer Laurita Food Trucks – July 18 & 19

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Admission includes; parking, shuttle service, entrance to the event and a FREE Laurita Wine Glass! No entrance fee charge for our Laurita Winery Preferred Members! Food and wine lovers will converge at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks and Fire Pits weekend. Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings while sipping on wine and enjoying a seat by a Campfire! Live music and good friends will make this day special!

Dates: July 18th & 19th, 2015
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt
Cost: $8
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Jersey Shore Summer Comic Book Show – July 19

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Comic book show featuring guest artists and writers, costume groups. Vendors with old and new comic books, non-sport trading cards, toys, action figures, collectibles. Guests include Joe del Beato, Howard Bender, Bob Petrecca, Neil Vokes, Paris Cullins, David Hardy, Steve Lisefski.

Date: Sunday, July 19th, 2015
Address: Toms River Elks, 600 Washington Street, Toms River
Cost: $3
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Somerdale Tour De Fish – July 19

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Join Flying Fish Brewing Co for the Somerdale Tour De Fish. Bike Races, Brewery tours & beer, food trucks and more. Prizes and medals for the winners. A portion of the precedes benefits ALS.

Date: Sunday, July 19th, 2015; 9am to 4pm
Address: Flying Fish Brewing Company; 900 Kennedy Blvd., Somerdale, NJ
Cost: Register Here

Newark Comic Con & Zombie Walk Set for September 12th, 2015

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COMIC CON IS COMING TO NEWARK, NEW JERSEY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015

Guaranteed to Be the Largest Pop Culture Event in New Jersey’s Largest City

Mark Boulding, President of “Newark Comic Con” (www.newarkcomiccon.org) is excited to announce the city of Newark, New Jersey as host for this year’s pop culture extravaganza. The event, which will take place Saturday, September 12, 2015 from the hours of 9:00am to 8:00pm at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, will also play host to the “Newark Zombie Walk” the same day. The Zombie walk will take place at Military Park (Downtown Newark).

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While this will be the first year Newark is hosting the event, over 5000 people are expected to attend. The event will offer to attendees, Celebrity autographs, Panel discussions, Artist Alley, Anime, Video games, Venders, Comic book dealers, a Cosplay Contest and more. The $35 Tickets to the one day event are available for purchase through the website. Vendors and Artists may also visit the website for information regarding obtaining a booth for their work or wares www.newarkcomiccon.org

“Newark Comic Con” will also be host a Cosplay competition rewarding the winners with cash prizes.full

For more information or tickets, visit www.newarkcomiccon.org or contact Mark Boulding at mark@markboulding.com

Sourland Spectacular Tickets Now on Sale

Bicycle Rally returns to support the stunning Sourland Mountain Region.

Tickets for the 4th Annual Sourland Spectacular are now available for purchase at http://www.sourlandspectacular.com/tickets.

The Sourland Spectacular will take place on September 12th and will begin and end at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in Skillman. The rally will include challenging routes for the avid cyclist, as well as shorter alternatives for the more casual bikers. Ranging from 24 to 64 miles, all routes will include significant climbing and spectacular views.

Coffee and snacks will be provided at registration. Additionally, all designated rest stops along the routes will offer beverages, snacks and bathroom facilities. Following the morning rides, bikers will enjoy a complimentary gourmet picnic lunch.

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“The routes that we’ve created for this year’s event will be both challenging and memorable,” says Sourland Conservancy President, Joanna Fiori. “More importantly, they will showcase the stunning landscape of the Sourland Mountain Region that our organization works so hard to protect. Ride the roads to save the mountain!”

All participants who register by August 28 will receive a free “polar”-style insulated water bottle commemorating the event. The registration fee is $35 per person online and $45 at the door. The fee for children ages 12 to 16 is $25. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Proceeds for the Sourland Spectacular will benefit the Sourland Conservancy, a non-profit organization that works to protect the ecological integrity, historic resources and special character of the Sourland Mountain region.

For registration and additional information, visit www.sourlandspectacular.com

Free Gallery Event Begins Tomorrow – Ellen Martin, the “a ban don ed” series in Westfield

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Ellen Martin’s series of digital photographs, ‘a ban don ed’, will be shown at Gallery U in Westfield, NJ on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Date: July 10, 2015, 6pm to 8pm
Address: Gallery U; 439 South Ave W, Westfield, NJ
Cost: Free

Press Release:

In addition to monthly group exhibitions in their main gallery, Gallery U is now featuring a monthly solo exhibition by local artists in their boutique wall. July will highlight the work of artist Ellen Martin. This special exhibition will premiere the artist’s newest series of photographs titled a ban don ed.

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In this series, Ellen Martin takes pictures of abandoned structures and objects. “In truth, I have always been drawn to decrepitude. Age and neglect often bring wonderful textures, patinas and soft colors not always present in the shiny and new,” explains Martin. “Yes, I see rejection, loneliness and sadness in these structures. But I also see beauty, dignity, and a certain sense of a useful life lives and completed. I see hope and potential. I hope some can survive instead of being destroyed.”

About Ellen Martin: Ellen Martin was born on the Museum Mile, and spent a lot of time early in life wandering the halls of the greatest art institutions in the world, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. She moved to Brooklyn around age ten and went to Brooklyn College where she received her BA in Art History. Martin has worked as a Marketing Director, an artists’ representative, and an art consultant. She started painting in December of 2008. She currently lives and works in New Jersey.

About Gallery U Boutique: Gallery U Boutique is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U Boutique. Vocational, occupation and cognitive therapies are conducted in the back workrooms. Working at Gallery U Boutique provides an opportunity for adults with TBI to rejoin the workforce, engage with the community, learn new skills, and experience the transformative power of art through exposure to existing are and creation of their own artwork.