My Interview with Carl Van Horn, Grave Digger Driver for Monster Jam

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I got a chance to interview Carl Van Horn, driver of the legendary Grave Digger . The NJ Monster Jam event at the IZOD is January 30th & 31st, which is coming up quick! Make sure you get your tickets!

What makes your truck better than the other trucks?
It’s Grave Digger – the most popular Monster Jam truck in the world! The fan base alone pushes me to drive as hard as I possibly can every time I compete.

How did you end up in this kind of work?
I started as a technician and worked my way up to Crew Chief, then when another truck was being built, I was tested with four other Crew Chiefs and ended up becoming the next driver.

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I like to get in my Monster Jam truck a little early so I don’t feel rushed, and also to really sit and focus on things I can do on that particular track.

Any music that you listen to pump you up?
The Grave Digger theme song “Bad to the Bone” pumps me up every time.

What things would he not do because they are too dangerous?
Can’t think of any I haven’t already attempted!

Do you have a favorite place to go and eat in the NJ area?
Steve’s Sizzlin’ Steaks in Carlstadt, NJ – it’s the best!

What do you when you’re not driving the Grave Digger?
I am also a manager at the Grave Digger repair shop, and I enjoy playing and writing country music in my spare time.

About Monster Jam @ the IZOD Center:

Monster Jam will be performing at the IZOD Center on:

Friday, January 30, 2015

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7:30 PM
*Pit Party from 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Saturday, January 31, 2015

2:00 PM
*Pit Party from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
7:30 PM

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the IZOD Center Box Office, by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com or calling 1-800-745-3000.

The event will feature some of the most powerful Monster Jam trucks in the circuit, including Grave Digger®, Crushstation, Stinger, Bounty Hunter®, Iron Outlaw, Storm Damage, Hurricane Force and brand new Dragon.

For more information on Monster Jam, please log onto www.MonsterJam.com. To follow Monster Jam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram log on to www.facebook.com/MonsterJam and www.twitter.com/MonsterJam and www.instagram.com/MonsterJamLive. Subscribe to their YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/MonsterJamLive.

About Feld Motor Sports®

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. Official Monster Truck Series only at Monster Jam. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com

Back To School with The CALAMARI SISTERS at The Newton Theatre

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Date: March 6th & 7th, 2015
Address: 234 Spring Street in Newton, NJ
Cost: $29. Get Tickets HERE

Official Press Release:

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen! The hilariously funny Calamari Sisters return to The Newton Theatre in March for three performances at 8:00 pm on Friday, March 6th, and 3:00pm and 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 7th.

The Calamari Sisters are local celebrities in Brooklyn, NY as the singing, dancing, and cooking stars of the public access cable cooking show, MANGIA ITALIANO. In this rare treat, Delphine and Carmela have taken their culinary expertise on the road to spread their unique brand of Italian teaching to the masses. With outrageous musical numbers, hilarious family anecdotes, and some help from members of the audience, these sisters will give you a cooking lesson that you’ll never forget. Be prepared to eat your heart out and laugh until your sides hurt.

Tickets are only $29.00 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 11:00 am. Tickets for members of The Newton Theatre will go on sale beginning on Monday, January 19th for Gold members, Tuesday, January 20th for Silver members and Wednesday, January 21st for Bronze members. Purchase tickets by visiting www.thenewtontheatre.com or contact the Box Office at 973-383-3700.

The historic Newton Theatre, located at 234 Spring Street in Newton, NJ, was founded in 1924. Revitalized and fully renovated, Sussex County’s premier entertainment venue reopened in 2011 as a 605 seat capacity live performing arts center. With it’s rich history and diverse programming The Newton Theatre is essential to the buoyancy of New Jersey’s Skylands region. More information about The Newton Theatre may be found by calling 973-383-3700 or by visiting its website at www.TheNewtonTheatre.com.

International Beer Festival Returns to Meadowlands Expo Center-Jan 31

The biggest names in international brewing will gather at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Dr Secaucus, NJ for the fourth annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement. Your admission ticket includes beer sampling, souvenir tasting glass, and admission to the beer seminars. Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries, will be amazing breweries from Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Nicaragua, Thailand, Poland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sweden, China, and others.

Date: January 31st, 2015; 2 Sessions
Address: Meadowlands Expo Center; 355 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ
Cost: $42 in advance $60 at door, $10 DD ticket. Buy HERE

Official Press Release:

The biggest names in international brewing are returning to the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows in Secaucus, NJ on Saturday, January 31, 2015 for the 5th Annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 60 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement-more than 100 beers in all.  Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries will be amazing beer from Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Canada, and others.

“The International Great Beer Expo offers beer enthusiasts a unique pay-one-price opportunity to try some foreign beers from foreign lands,” said Joe Chierchie, representing event producer, Starfish Junction Productions.  “We are expecting more than twenty different countries to be represented, delivering an amazing beer experience to all who attend.  I think we’ll have another sold out show for 2015,” he added.

The Expo will feature a beer garden, once again sponsored by Leinenkugel Brewing Company and their local beer wholesaler, Nash Beer Distributors, Inc.  In addition, specialty lounges will be hosted by Ballantine IPA, Boaks Beer, Sam Adams, New Jersey Beer Co., and Cape May Brewing Company.

Led by industry innovators, the event offers free beer seminars covering topics as varied as selecting and enjoying dark beers; the role of women in the craft beer industry; and an overview and predictions about the craft beer scene in New Jersey.

The International Great Beer Expo will have two sessions:  12:30-4:00 pm and 5:30-9:00 pm.  A limited number of tickets will be sold.  Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase.  Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets are $42 each when purchased in advance on the event website http://www.GreatBeerExpo.com . Tickets include admission to the Expo, admission to beer seminars, a souvenir tasting glass, and the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the Expo.  Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each.  All attendees, including designated drivers, must be 21+ and present valid photo I.D. for admission. The Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow is located at 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, New Jersey 07095.

The event will raise funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event is sponsored in part by NJBeerEvents.com.  The event is produced by Starfish Junction.

Wine and Whiskey Tasting Event at Just Restaurant – January 28th, 2015

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Next Wednesday, January 28th, break from the monotony of the workweek and come by Just Restaurant to sample a variety of wines and whiskeys and a spread of hors d’oeuvres crafted by their very talented culinary team.

Featured Wineries/Distilleries:
Penfolds Wines Australia
St. Clement Napa Valley, CA
Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma, CA
Michter’s Louiseville, KY

Regular Admission is $30 and includes wine, whiskey, hors d’oeuvre and service.

Wine Club Members pay only $20! If you’d like information about the Just Wine Club, please call the restaurant at 732.707.4800 or email them at info@justrestaurantnj.com.

Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015; 7 to 9pm
Address: Just Restaurant; 2280 U.S. 9, Old Bridge, NJ
Cost: $30. Get tickets HERE

Events to Check Out This Weekend – Jan 23 – 25, 2015

Annual Thomas Paine Scavenger Hunt – Jan 21 – 25

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Thomas Paine, political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary, once resided in Bordentown City. Most people do not know the fact that Thomas Paine isn’t actually buried anywhere. As the story goes, after his death, Paine’s body was brought to New Rochelle, but as the Quakers would not allow it to be buried in their grave-yard per his last will, his remains were buried under a walnut tree on his farm. In 1819, the English agrarian radical journalist William Cobbett dug up his bones and transported them back to England with the intention to give Paine a heroic reburial on his native soil, but this never came to pass. The bones were still among Cobbett’s effects when he died over twenty years later, but were later lost. There is no confirmed story about what happened to them after that Get your Map and help us find Thomas Paine’s bones hidden in Bordentown City. Free to participate and prizes.

Dates: January 21st – 25th, 2015
Address: 200 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ (All around Bordentown)
Cost: Free
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UWC Live Professional Wrestling – Jan 24

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The New Egypt Elks Lodge announces they will host their first of three scheduled Pro Wrestling events on Saturday January 24, 2015 at the lodge, located at 105 Lakewood Road in New Egypt. Well known and loved family community group, United Wrestling Coalition will provide the evenings entertainment. UWC has been running family friendly pro wrestling events for nearly 19 years and has helped countless charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Youth sporting groups, firehouses and individuals with handicaps, to name just a few. On Saturday January 24, 2015 the doors will open at 6:30 PM. Fans will have a chance to meet some of the wrestlers, as well as get something to eat, prior to the 7:00 PM Belltime.

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2015
Address: New Egypt Elks Lodge, 105 Lakewood Rd, New Egypt
Cost: $10
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My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy – Jan 24

Join comedian Steve Solomon in one of the longest-running one man shows in history – My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish And I’m In Therapy! See Steve’s hysterical stories topped off with the voices of almost thirty colorful characters and situations – brought to life by the comic genius of master dialectician and comedian Steve Solomon. Come out for a “don’t-miss” evening of sidesplitting laughter, which over 450,000 fans have seen and loved!

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2015
Address: UCPAC; 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ
Cost: $30, $40. Get Tickets Here
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Chili Open Golf Outing - Jan 24

Test your mettle at the one and only Chili Open winter golf outing, held in January at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Who would participate in such a crazy event? Sussex County folks would! Don’t miss this annual Sussex County tradition that offers breakfast, winter golf, and a lunch featuring amazing chili and other dishes from well known local establishments. Not only is this a really fun day, but it directly helps so many vulnerable families living in our communities.

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2015
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds; 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ
Cost: $75 per golfer. Register Here
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WWE Live Supershow – Jan 24

What Will Happen Just One Day before Royal Rumble? See your Favorite WWE Superstars in action at the IZOD Center on January 24!

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2015; 7:30pm
Address: IZOD Center; 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: $20+
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Lambertville New Hope Winter Weekend – Jan 24 & 25

The annual Winter Festival links the twin river towns of Lambertville and New Hope with a display of music, creativity and talent. Come see Mummers bands, marching bands, creative floats, dancers, jugglers, community groups all contributing to the festive atmosphere! You can view the parade on the bridge or anywhere along Bridge Street in Lambertville or New Hope. Proceeds directly benefit many community organizations, social services, school groups and scholarships, along with fire, police and rescue organizations in both towns.

Dates: January 24h & 25th, 2015; 12pm to 11pm
Address: 24 North Union St., Lambertville, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Wassailing the Apple Trees – Jan 25

Raise a glass of hot cider with us from 1 pm – 4 pm as Terhune Orchards honors the trees that give us our wonderful apples. The ancient tradition of wassailing the apple tree to protect them from harm is a popular winter celebration at Terhune Orchards that you won’t want to miss!

Activities include singing, dancing and playing of primitive instruments, toasts of hot cider and placing gifts of cider-soaked bread in the tree branches while chanting the lively words of praise and New Year. Warm yourself next to our bonfire (marshmallow roasting included) or in our store. Farm wagon rides, weather permitting. Live music will be performed all afternoon in the farm market. The festivities are free and open to the public, young and old.

Date: Sunday, January 25th, 2015; 1pm to 4pm
Address: Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free
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Annual Beef & Brew St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser – Jan 25

Off The Hook will host the 2015 Beef & Brew Fundraiser from 3 – 7 pm. All proceeds to benefit the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The 2015 Grand Marshal will be presented their sash!

Date: Sunday, January 25th, 2015; 3pm to 7pm
Address: Off The Hook; 1 Navesink Ave., Highlands, NJ
Cost: $25 includes buffet dinner & brew.
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Brigit’s Day and Candlemas – Jan 25

For an informative afternoon about Revolutionary history and winter traditions, make a trip to Historic New Bridge Landing. On Sunday, January 25, 2015, the Bergen County Historical Society will present Brigit’s Day and Candlemas. The event is from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, and children are $5.00. There will be lectures, historic exhibits, and all three of the Jersey-Dutch Houses will be open for visitors. In addition, you can see candle making, enjoy seasonal treats, and purchase Irish gifts. According to the Society, “Brigit’s Day and Candlemas come midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox, when snowdrops, the first flower of spring, make their appearance, signaling nature’s awakening from winter’s sleep.” The winter celebration takes place at Historic New Bridge Landing at 1201 Main Street in River Edge. For more information, call 201-343-9492

Date: Sunday, January 25th, 2015; 1pm to 5pm
Address: 1201 Main Street, River Edge
Cost: $7

The Big Brew Beer Festival Twitter Contest – Win 2 Free Tickets!

The Big Brew Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. Featuring 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP (Casks are a true rarity at beer fests) and great food from area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten.

I am giving away another 2 FREE tickets to the event – this time through Twitter!

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must “Follow” New Jersey Isn’t Boring (@njisntboring) and The Big Brew Beer Festival (@bigbrewbeerfest) on Twitter. I will check!
2. When you see a post promoting the contest on Twitter (including the link to this blog post), you must RT it!
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 26th, 8pm on Twitter. I will post and direct message the winner!

Good luck!

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is returning to the Morristown Armory in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.

Over 200 styles will be available during the General Admission session and there VIP Session will include over 20 rare and special beers featuring 10 Casks (presented by Morris Tap & Grill of Randolph, NJ). Craft Beer lovers will not want to miss this rare opportunity to sample so many beers poured from casks.

Big Brew is also teaming up with My Limo to provide Free Shuttle Service—running every 15 minutes during the event—back and forth between the Morristown courthouse and the Armory. Service is provided courtesy of the Big Brew Beer Fest. Event attendees also have access to discounted sedan rates.

VIP ticket holders Additional Benefits include:

* An extra hour of tasting

* Over 20 Special Brews featuring 10 Casks (VIP Lounge presented by Morris Tap & Grill)

(available to VIPs throughout the entire session)

* Food (served during VIP extra hour) provided by area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten (both of Randolph, NJ)

SESSION TIMES:

Session 1   1:00 pm-4:30pm (VIP extra hour 12pm-1pm)
Session 2   7:00pm-10:30pm (VIP extra hour 6pm-7pm)

SESSION PRICING: Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing (prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest): VIP – $85     General Admission – $60     Designated Driver -$10

Tickets are available online at:   http://www.bigbrewnj.com

All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Attendees can also vote on the People’s Choice Award for best beer at the festival.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Morris Rugby, which raises funds and awareness for youth rugby throughout the region. For more information, please visit www.morrisrugby.org

Music provided by Morris County’s own Mr. LoveJoy.

For information, contact Allison Kohler, JMK Events, at 973-927-2794 Jmkevents@aol.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

UWC Live Professional Wrestling on January 24th in New Egypt

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Official Press Release:

The New Egypt Elks Lodge announces they will host their first of three scheduled Pro Wrestling events on Saturday January 24, 2015 at the lodge, located at 105 Lakewood Road in New Egypt.

Well known and loved family community group, United Wrestling Coalition will provide the evenings entertainment. UWC has been running family friendly pro wrestling events for nearly 19 years and has helped countless charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Youth sporting groups, firehouses and individuals with handicaps, to name just a few.

On Saturday January 24, 2015 the doors will open at 6:30 PM. Fans will have a chance to meet some of the wrestlers, as well as get something to eat, prior to the 7:00 PM Belltime.

At 7:00 PM Master of Ceremony Dave Kerstetter will open the show and begin announcing each of the seven action packed matches slated for the evenings entertainment.

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Fans will be enthralled as wrestlers make their way to the ring, slapping hands and posing for photos with the fans!

After four matches, the action will break for Intermission. Members of the New Egypt Elks Lodge will be cooking up a storm – offering delicious yet affordable food and snacks! The wrestlers will congregate around the ring. Some will have merchandise to sell. All will sign autographs for the fans! Then after the scheduled 15 minute break, the action will steam ahead with three more matches, culminating with the UWC’s Main Event!!

UWC Promoter Lois Thomas is no stranger to these parts. She graduated Allentown High School in 1984 and has resided in Burlington County with her husband Dave for the past 26 years. Lois has been likened to “The Mrs Brady of Pro Wrestling” for her insistence on providing family entertainment, free from profanity and lewdness. When asked, Ms Thomas explained “these wrestlers are professionally trained and highly skilled. Many of them have been wrestling for fifteen years or better. We simply know they can rely on their talent and ability to entertain – they don’t need to resort to cursing or the use of weapons, and in our pro wrestling organization – we simply won’t allow that anyway!”

Tickets to the event are just $10, with children under the age of 3 admitted free. Tickets are only sold at the door, which opens at 6:30 PM. UWC celebrates birthdays with reserved seats and a special UWC Birthday Card when scheduled prior to the night of the event.

Following the January 24th event at New Egypt Elks Lodge, UWC is slated to return on February 21st and March 21st as well. In fact, tentative dates for monthly events have been penciled in for the remainder of 2015, pending fan interest and turn out.

For more information, call 609-792-9328 or go to Facebook.com/UWCFanCave. You can also check out real.newjersey@facebook.com or follow UWC on Twitter @UWCFAMILY

Ladies Who Brunch Beauty Event – February 8th, 2015

Ladies treat yourself to something special February 8th at The Ladies Who Brunch Beauty Event @ Bottagra Restaurant in Hawthorne, NJ from 11am – 3:00pm

Tickets include a full brunch, unlimited mimosas and access to 20 beauty and retail vendors for mini treatments and shopping!

Vendors include:
*Jewelry
*Boutique clothing & accessories
*Skincare assessments & products
*Botox & fillers
*Bath & body products
*Massage
*Reflexology
*Psychic readings
*Make up
*Essential oils
*Brow bar
*Nutrition
*Life coaching

Date: February 8th, 2015; 11am to 3pm
Address: Bottagra Restaurant; 80 Wagaraw Road, Hawthorne, NJ
Cost: $50. Buy tickets HERE

Review: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) at First Avenue Playhouse

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Last weekend for date night, I ventured to the First Avenue Playhouse for the first time to see The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged.

If you haven’t been to the First Avenue Playhouse before, it’s a small community playhouse in downtown Atlantic Highlands. One of the things that makes this theater special, is that it’s a dessert theater. Yes, that means your ticket price includes DESSERT and not just any dessert…good dessert.

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But enough about the dessert…

The play, The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, is a show where 3 actors condense all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays into an hour and 30 minutes of pure entertainment. Yes, this is a comedy.

If you’re unfamiliar with this particular show (I saw it years ago), there is a script but the director and actors can definitely make it their own. There were a lot of modern pop culture references in this show (including 50 shades of Grey, Harry Potter and more) which had me laughing out loud.

The three actors (Fred Hadden, Eric Hackler & Kevin Gabel) in the show are hysterical. How they memorized all of the Shakespeare dialogue, along with dialogue from this play, amazed me. They were on point! This is a show that completely relies on the actors, and they shine. Truly. Eric was even our waiter for a short period of time…

Fred Hadden,Kevin Gabel & Eric Hackler

 

If you love Shakespeare than this is a great show for you…however if you are a “snob” you might be disappointed that this is as comical as it is. You need to remember that these actors are taking 37 shows and putting them together in 90 minutes. That’s not easy…and it’s supposed to be funny.

I will say that my favorite part of the show was when they did Hamlet backwards. Trust me, it’s worth checking out.

Definitely check out this theater and if you can check out this show. It’s playing until the end of January!

PS. I ended up getting cannoli cake. It was amazing…

I got my #cannoli cake at #firstavenueplayhouse in #atlantichighlands! #njtheater #nj #shakespeare #newjersey #njisntboring

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The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged

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Dates: Fri & Sat in January; January 9 – 31. Sunday Matinee January 18
Address: First Avenue Playhouse; 123 1st Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Cost: $22 (includes dessert & coffee/tea) Call (732) 291-7552 for reservations
Like on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @DessertTheater

About First Avenue Playhouse:

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First Avenue Playhouse recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of providing quality live entertainment to the northern Monmouth County area. We are a top rated attraction on TRIPADVISOR for the bayshore area. Visitors can be entertained by a newly staged play every month throughout the year. We offer original plays by local playwrights along with a variety of comedies, musicals and light dramas. There is plenty of free parking in front of, on the side and behind the playhouse. We also offer discounts for seniors during out Sunday matinee shows as well as for our special Thursday night performances.

Events to Check Out this Weekend – January 16th – 20th, 2015

New Jersey RV & Camping Show – Jan 16 – 18

The Best Opportunity To Buy An RV!  The 48th Annual New Jersey RV & Camping Show is the “go-to place” to begin planning your camping vacations for the upcoming season, trading up to your dream RV, see the new 2015 RVs, or just learn about the joys of travel in a recreational vehicle! Check out everything from luxurious high-line motor homes to folding campers, travel trailers to fifth wheels, class c motor homes to camper vans and everything in between. You can also visit with the regions highest rated campgrounds to plan your family’s 2015 RV travel.

Dates: January 16th – 18th, 2015
Address: New Jersey Convention & Expo Center; 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison
Cost: $10, kids free. Buy tickets Here
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North Jersey Orchid Show - Jan 16 – 18

Come and enjoy spectacular orchid exhibits showcasing plants grown in homes and greenhouses across the tri-state area. Free admission, free parking, and twice-a-day drawing for a free orchid. Workshops are scheduled to show you how you can grow orchids in your home. Renown orchid vendors will be on site selling plants and supplies. Fri – Sat 9 am – 6 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm.

Date: January 16th – 18th, 2015
Address: Strawberry Blossom Home & Garden Center, 1364 State Rte. 23, Wayne
Cost: Free
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Winter Beach Blast – Jan 17

Fun Summer time event inside at the Center Court , Ocean County Mall. Crafts, Dancing, Music & Games. Wear your favorite summer time tropical shirt, Hope there is snow on the ground!

Date: Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Address: Ocean County Mall, Center Court, Hooper Ave., Toms River
Cost: Free
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Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge - Jan 17

Join in the fun of a January Polar Bear Plunge at the Wildwoods Convention Center and the Wildwoods Beach! Registration begins at 10 am. Plunge begins at 1 pm. Event supports training and competition for more than 22,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.

Date: Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Address: Wildwoods Convention Center; 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
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Old York Cellar’s Winter Festival – Jan 17 & 18

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Kick cabin fever and join us for a weekend of wine, food, and entertainment. For this annual open house we feature a special food pairing and attraction in each of our three estate buildings. Get on-the-spot complimentary custom labels in our Tasting Room, enjoy live music and a meet-and-greet with our featured artists amidst their exhibition in our fire-lit Vista Room, winemaker tours of our Tank Room and more. Also as an added bonus we will be releasing two new wines. The 2012 Chardonnay and 2013 Pinot Grigio.

Date: Saturday, January 17th, 2015; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Old York Cellars; 80 Old York Rd, Ringoes, NJ
Cost: $10. Get Tickets Here
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Lambertville New Hope Winter Weekend – Jan 17 & 18

The annual Winter Festival links the twin river towns of Lambertville and New Hope with a display of music, creativity and talent. Come see Mummers bands, marching bands, creative floats, dancers, jugglers, community groups all contributing to the festive atmosphere! You can view the parade on the bridge or anywhere along Bridge Street in Lambertville or New Hope. Proceeds directly benefit many community organizations, social services, school groups and scholarships, along with fire, police and rescue organizations in both towns.

Dates: January 17th & 18th, 2015; 12pm to 11pm
Address: 24 North Union St., Lambertville, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Winter Wine Weekend – Jan 17 & 18

Break out those parkas and put the heater on “de-frost”! On January 17th and 18th we’ll be helping you thaw out with our Winter Wine Weekend! We’ll be serving some delicious soups that’ll warm you up and a bunch of wines that you’ll love.

Dates: January 17th & 18th, 2015; 11am to 5pm
Address: Belleview Winery; 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville, NJ
Cost: $5 for wine tasting
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Cellar Release & Tasting – Jan 17 & 18

These oldies but goodies are making a comeback, one weekend only! Visit the Hawk Haven tasting room for an exclusive wine tasting of past vintages, also available for purchase.Tasting is $15 and includes a guided tasting of these wines in our premium gold logo wine glass: 2008 Merlot, 2008 Talon, 2008 Quill, 2009 Merlot, 2010 Chardonnay. Hurry in, as these wines are only available in limited quantities. Once they are gone, they are gone for good!

Dates: January 17th & 18th, 2015
Address: Hawk Haven Winery; 600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande, NJ
Cost: $15
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Team NJCB at Cloverleaf Tavern - Jan 20

The Team NJCB annual Cloverleaf party is scheduled for January 20. If you came out last year you’d know it was a killer time with fantastic beer and people despite the snowy conditions. Here is the information and as always, updates will follow.

We will have an amazing New Jersey lineup of beer on tap all day. The Team NJCB side of the things is from 6-11. We will be there with the following.

  • freebies, giveaways and prizes for showing up!
  • limited amount of NJCB shirts and hats
  • 2015 NJCB Memberships to be printed in front of you
  • unlimited high fives and conversations

Now here’s the deal for NJCB Members. Ryan from Cloverleaf is giving NJCB Members 20% off for the night including growler fills! There will be plenty of Jersey beer including beers from NJ breweries that aren’t normally on tap at Cloverleaf.

Breweries confirmed to be on tap include the following.

  • Kane
  • River Horse
  • Carton Brewing
  • Flying Fish
  • Bolero Snort
  • Cricket Hill
  • Ramstein
  • Forgotten Boardwalk

The  beers and brewery reps and reps from Team NJCB that will be there! Stay tuned! RSVP on Facebook!

Date: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015; 6pm to 11pm
Address: Cloverleaf Tavern; 395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell NJ