Events to Check Out this Weekend: May 29 – 31, 2015

Riverfest – May 29-31

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RiverFest is back with three days of the regions best local food establishments, music and family fun. It’s NJ’s premiere food and music festival. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music and delicious festival foods.

Dates: May 29th – 31st, 2015
Address: Marine Park; Riverview Rd., Red Bank, NJ
Cost: Free admission
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Michael Arnone’s 25th Annual Crawfish Fest – May 29-31

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What started as a small crawfish boil for 70 people homesick for boiled crawfish in 1989, has turned into Michael Arnone’s 25th Annual Crawfish Fest. Featuring the best Music and Food that Louisiana and New Orleans has to offer. Cajun, Zydeco, Delta Blues, New Orleans R&B, Brass, Gospel and Jazz on 4 Stages.

Dates: May 29th – 31st, 2015
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds; 37 Plains Rd., Augusta
Cost: $40+. Buy them Here
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Monroeville Vineyard’s Barbecue – May 30

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A generous portion of meat, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and Beans from Hawgs Breath Barbecue in Upper Pittsgrove! $15 includes meal, wine tasting and Live Music! This is an outdoor event! Case Club member plus 1 are Free!!

Date: Saturday, May 30th, 2015; Noon to 4pm
Address: Monroe Vineyard; 314 Richwood Rd, Mornoeville;
Cost: $15. Get Tickets HERE
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Jersey Fest Food Truck Mash Up – May 30

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20+ Specialty Food Trucks, Brews and Cocktails, Music, family fun, giveaways, harness racing and more.

Date: Saturday, May 30th, 2015; 5pm to 11:30pm
Address: New Meadowlands Racetrack; 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford
Cost: $5 GA
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Barnegat Township Kick off the Summer Festival – May 30

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Event features Craft Breweries, NJ WIneries, Food Trucks, Craft Vendors, Live Bands, Children’s activities. This one day event runs from Noon – 6 pm, rain date is Sunday, May 31.

Date: Saturday, May 30th, 2015; Noon to 6pm
Address: 427 E. Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ
Cost: Free to Attend
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Rhythm and Blues by the Brook – May 30

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that one of Union County’s best loved warm-weather traditions is back: the annual Rhythm and Blues by the Brook free outdoor music festival, which returns to historic Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, on Saturday, May 30th, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. This year, Rhythm and Blues by the Brook features the high energy funk of The Family Stone, and the iconic R&B super group of the ’70s, War. Also featured is “world music on jet fuel” Safro-Rock artist Mthakathi. Rhythm and Blues by the Brook also features free activities for young children, including inflatable activity rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides. The children’s area will open at 12:00 noon and close at 4:30, when the main act takes the stage. Also returning to Cedar Brook Park on May 30 is a classic car show, located near the basketball court across the park from the concert area.

Date: Saturday, May 30th, 2015; 12pm to 6pm
Address: Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield, NJ
Cost: Free
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Jersey Born Music Festival – May 30

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Jersey Born Music Festival Presented by Coors Light & Asbury Park Press. The Nerds, B-Street Band, Billy Hector Band, JoBonanno & the Godsons of Soul, The Funktion, Quincy Mumford & the Reason Why, Lance Larsen & Marc Ribler, Christine Martucci, Joe Iconis & many more exciting Jersey bands! In addition to the colossal music line-up, the audience can look forward to a family friendly event, great food unique vendors, Coors Light and wine available! Fans are guaranteed to have a full day of fun starting at 11 am and ending at 6 pm. Rain Date: May 31. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Mary’s Place by the Sea

Dates: Saturday, May 30th, 2015; 11am to 6pm
Address: Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: $5, kids under 10 are free
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Ocean Grove Giant Spring Flea Market – May 30

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385 vendors selling new, used and antique items. A variety of food offerings. Free admission. Something for everyone. 9 am – 4 pm. Rain or shine.

Date: Saturday, May 30th, 2015; 9am to 4pm
Address: Ocean Pathway & Ocean Ave., Ocean Grove
Cost: Free
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Strawberry Festival at Oasis Family Farm – May 30 – 31

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STRAWBERRIES FOREVER!
NO U-PICK
Farm fresh strawberries
Strawberry shortcake
Strawberry rhubarb pies
Strawberry ice cream
Chocolate covered strawberries
Strawberry fudge

ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS:
Wagon rides
Sand art
Craft activities
Pie eating contest
& more!
– Wear red & get $2 off entry to the FunZone!

Date: May 30th & 31st, 2015; 10:30am to 4pm
Address: Oasis Family Farm; 3 Circle Dr, Robbinsville
Cost: Free to attend
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NJ Renaissance Faire – May 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

The 11th Annual Princeton Festival Begins June 6th!

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NEW LISTENING CHOICES FOR THIS YEAR’S PRINCETON FESTIVAL AUDIENCES
Country Music, Indian Music and Dance, and Baroque Orchestra join the line-up for the three week long program in June

The Princeton Festival in its eleventh season continues to bring new and different genres to its audiences. This year’s Festival, which runs from June 6 to June 28, will feature for the first time country music by the guitar duo “Striking Matches”, traditional Indian Music and Dance by Pradhanica, and a concert by the Festival Baroque Orchestra to join the wide program of opera, musical comedy, chamber and choral music, piano recital, jazz and a cappella jazz, not to mention the Festival’s own piano competition for young artists.

“Striking Matches” is currently making a grand stir on the country music scene. The new CD by the singer-songwriter, guitar-wieldingStriking-Matches duo of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis, “Nothing but the Silence” produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, hit the music scene in March and was covered extensively by major media. The duo has been in great demand since and is in the midst of an East Coast tour. Their own special brand of music brings together blues, pop, country and rock. “Striking Matches” began its rise in 2012, leading to its frequent appearances on Grand Ole Opry and other top country music stages. Their appearance with the Festival is on Sunday, June 21 at 7:30pm in the McAneny Theatre at Princeton Day School.

From the other side of the world comes traditional northern Indian music and dance performed by Pradhanica, a Kathak dance and world drum ensemble. Their dynamic, spinning dance and haunting music are driven by spell-binding rhythms. Composition is by rhythm master Pandit Divyang Vakil, for many years a leader in teaching the North East about Indian dance. Pradhanica will perform on Saturday, June 27 at 8pm in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. In line with their mission to show the world more of this engaging Indian artform the group will give a free public demonstration at Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School on Saturday, June 6 at 4pm.

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Another first for the Festival is a concert by the Festival Baroque Orchestra. Playing on period instruments, the chamber orchestra led by concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio will present a program of music by Baroque masters on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30pm in Miller Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton. The concert in the chapel setting will give the audience a chance to take a step back in time to the late 17th and early 18th centuries with music by Heinrich Biber, Georg Muffat, Georg Friedrich Handel and J.S.Bach.

The new features in The Princeton Festival’s June program are framed by the familiar elements that have been the mainstays of the Festival in its past ten seasons, Mozart’s The LeNozze-di-FigaroMarriage of Figaro was written in 1786 but it remains one of the most popular operas in the repertoire world wide. The upcoming production features rising opera stars to bring to life the human comedy and moving music that continue to speak to us in the twenty first century. Concordia Chamber Players return with their always adventurous programming, this year ranging from Mozart and Mendelssohn to a serenade for flute by Edward T. Cone. Jazz is well represented to jazz afficiandos by pianist Falkner Evans, and pure enjoyment awaits listeners with the a cappella jazz of West Side 5 and The Tribunes. The Festival’s Conducting Master Class will culminate in a choral concert in which the conductor participants will show their new and polished skills. Fei-Fei Dong was a finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano competition. She plays an all Chopin recital for the Festival audience. The Festival’s own Piano Competition for Young Performers will continue to bring in top talent from the mid Atlantic region and beyond. No musical comedy could be younger and more fresh than the Tony award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which will bring its laughter and song to audiences in ten performances.

For more information about the three weeks of the Festival and a link to ticket sales (handled by McCarter Theater), visit www.princetonfestival.org. To purchase tickets by phone, call McCarter Theatre at 609-258-2787.

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.

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!

Events to Check Out this Weekend – May 15 -17, 2015

Atlantic City Boardwalk Con – May 14th – 17th

Atlantic City’s biggest Comic/Geek/Cosplay Convention, AC Boardwalk Con places YOU in the Winner’s Circle. Whether you’re a casual comic collector, a Whovian, Trekkie, or you spend months sewing every stitch of your Spidey Suit, ACBC has created this Con just for YOU!

Joker, Harley Quinn and Gambit would feel right at home as ACBC is set against the gorgeous backdrop of the famous AC Casino Skyline, the newly restored AC Boardwalk, and the beach and the Atlantic Ocean!

Dates: May 14th – 17th, 2015
Address: Atlantic City Convention Center; One Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City
To get tickets click HERE
For more information, like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @ACBoardwalkCon
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Jersey Shore Festival – May 14-17

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The Jersey Shore Festival is a free admission music and arts festival that kicks off the summer festival season and proves that summer really does start sooner at the Jersey Shore. With performances by over 200 artists from around the world, the Jersey Shore Festival is the premier emerging artist festival in New Jersey!

Dates: May 14th – 17th, 2015
Address: Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, NJ
Cost: Free
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Jane Seymour: Up Close and Personal Opening Reception – May 15

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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.

Dates: Friday, May 15, 2015 and runs through Monday, May 25, 2015
Address: Ocean Galleries; 9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ
Cost: Free
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Steam Punk World’s Fair – May 15 – 17

The largest Steampunk event in the world is also one of the friendliest and most welcoming! At The Steampunk World’s Fair you’ll find more performers and shows than just about anywhere in the Steampunk nation. We are NOT a convention – we’re a rambunctious and uncontainable Festival! We’re a little like a Renaissance Faire, but full of Steampunk treasures, other splendid things, a sense of humor, and scones – lots of scones.

Dates: May 15th – 17th. 2015
Address: Radisson of Piscataway; 21 Kingsbridge Road, Piscataway NJ
Cost: Get Tickets HERE
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Hoboken Irish Festival – May 16

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Featuring: Live Music, Irish Dancing, Sale of Irish clothing, products, food & crafts, Sheep shearing demonstration, Irish soda bread contest, Petting zoo, Pony rides, Moonwalk, Obstacle course, Horse-drawn carriage, Face painting, Balloon artist, Craft activities for children, Traditional Irish food, and more! Performances by McLean Avenue Band, Gold n’ Brown, Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance, Garden St. Irish Step Dancers & Emerald Fire Dance Ensemble, Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance and much more.

Date: Saturday, May 16th, 2015; Noon to 6pm
Address: Sinatra Dr. between 4th & 5th St., Hoboken
Cost: Free
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FestiVille – May 16

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Celebrate the arrival of spring at Downtown Somerville’s Main Street extravaganza! One-day-only special savings and attractions valid with a $5 wristband at participating merchants…including brand new stores and other favorites. Enjoy free street performances by The Acrobuffos, Dotan Negrin (Piano Around The World), The Real McCoy Show and more! With the purchase of a $5 wristband kids have all event-day access petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, moon bounces & slides, climbing wall, carnival games and more!

Date: Saturday, May 16th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Main & Division Sts., Somerville
Cost: Free
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Annual NJ State Chili & Salsa Cook-Off – May 16

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Sanctioned chili/salsa competition, live entertainment, vendors, street fair, tasting $, sponsored by Downtown Toms River.

Date: Saturday, May 16th, 2015; 11am to 5pm
Address: Washington St., Toms River, NJ
Cost: $7 to taste. Save $1 by purchasing in advance by 5/14 HERE
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Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival – May 16 & 17

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Wine on down the river at the first ever Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival! Become a part of this new tradition with local crafters, food vendors, live music, and New Jersey wine tasting.  Experience the incredible variety of wines that New Jersey has to offer, all while listening to music, shopping around and having a bite to eat.  It’s bound to be an enjoyable spring weekend that you do not want to miss.

Dates: May 16th & 17th, 2015; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Riverview Beach Park; North Broadway, Pennsville
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
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Skate & Surf – May 16 -17

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Skate and Surf Festival is a multi-day event that takes place Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th at the Asbury Park Oceanfront in Asbury Park, NJ.Headliners this year are Dropkick Murphys on Sat and Gaslight Anthem on Sunday. For a full line up click HERE

Dates: May 16th & 17th, 2015
Address: Asbury Park Oceanfront; Bradley Park & Ocean Ave, Asbury Park
Cost: $65+. Get them Here
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Spring Laurita Food Trucks – May 16 & 17

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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: May 16th & 17th, 2015
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt
Cost: $8
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East Hanover PBA Food Truck Festival – May 17

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A Food Truck Event Featuring:
– 12 Gourmet Food Trucks
– Vendor Sale
– Music
– Mechanical Bull Riding
– Bounce Houses

Date: Sunday, May 17th, 2015; 11am to 6pm
Address: Lurker Park – 609 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover
Cost: $5. Kids under 10 Free
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Hair of the Dog 5k and Chesterfest Wine Festival – May 17

Mark your calendar for our biggest event of the year. This is the 8th annual Hair of the Dog 5k race, with race proceeds benefiting local animal rescue. You can register online through the race website (new this year – register your dog as part of your online registration!) The Chesterfest Wine Festival starts after the race. Come on our for a great day of live music, great food, beer, and Working Dog wine! Check back here for details as the date gets closer.

Date: May 17th, 2015; Begins at 10am
Address: Working Dog Winery; 610 Windsor Perrineville Rd, Hightstown
Cost: Register for 5K Here
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Deaf Rhino’s”Dirt, Rust, Chaos” Album Release Show – Fri, May 15th

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Maxwell’s Presents Deaf Rhino’s Record Release Mega Rager with special guests Deal Casino, The Battery Electric & King Neptune.

Come celebrate the release of Deaf Rhino’s album “Dirt Rust Chaos”

Doors open at 8:00pm. Show is 21+

Tickets will be available at the door, however, this event is a high sell out risk

King Neptune: http://www.nghbrs.com
The Battery Electric: http://thebatteryelectric.bandcamp.com
Deal Casino: http://www.dealcasinomusic.com
Deaf Rhino: https://www.facebook.com/DeafRhino

Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015; 8pm, 21+
Address: Maxwell’s Tavern; 1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ
Cost: $12. Get Tickets HERE

About Deaf Rhino:

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New Jersey-based DIY rock band, Deaf Rhino, have released their new album, Dirt, Rust, Chaos, today, on Cinco De Rhino. Stream it now on EARMILK, here: http://bit.ly/1IaQTnZ. The album, which was recorded in just five days at The Barber Shop Studios and was produced by Brett Romnes (I Am The Avalanche) and engineered by Grammy-nominated Jason Corsaro (Soundgarden, The Ramones, Danzig, Iggy Pop), features heavy, melodic yet groovy sound and offers unique tones inside classic song structures with mature and introspective lyrical content. Purchase Dirt, Rust, Chaos at Big Cartel, here: http://bit.ly/1R7mppz. For more information, please visit http://www.DeafRhino.com.

Deaf Rhino has recently been featured on the likes of Substream Magazine, Under The Gun Review, MySpace, The NOISE, and Diffuser.fm. In addition, the band has already seen nationwide radio success with songs off Dirt, Rust, Chaos, and has been featured on shows such as “Out Of The Box” with Jonathan Clarke on Q104.3 in New York, “Rodney On The Roq” on 106.7 KROQ in Los Angeles and 107.1 The Peak and WRAT in New Jersey. In addition, they have performed live for premiere radio station, Z100 in their Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee Lounge Session.

Regarding the album, Deaf Rhino states, “This album is the statement of our band journeying to find an identity and a sound that truly describes what we’re all about as a musical unit. The songs are diverse sonically but definitely carry a common thread that gives the music weight as a complete album when you play the record from beginning to end. At the end of the day we’re just a couple of friends who love each other and love playing rock and roll together, we believe that comes through in the songs.”

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Through do-it-yourself booking, distribution and aggressive self-promotion, the band, which is comprised of Adam Schlett (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Bobby Weir (lead guitar, Vocals), Tommy Scerbo (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Jack “Shirtless Savage” Biamonte (drums) built their own music scene in the areas of northern New Jersey and New York. With a reputation for intense and unrelenting stage shows, the band was able to build a solid fan base which has led to multiple sold out shows at famed venues including Arlene’s Grocery, Maxwell’s Hoboken and The Bitter End. Armed with a full album, Deaf Rhino is ready to take their grassroots success to an international audience to build on their raucous and inspired live shows and loud brand of real rock and roll.

The band, which originally went by the name Easy Company, began in 2011 as collaboration between Schlett and Weir who had previously played in cover bands together but were itching to do something more. After bouncing demos back and forth, Schlett and Weir recruited Scerbo and Biamonte to help bring some of these demos to life. The resulting chemistry from that session led each member to agree to make the musical partnership a full time endeavor.

The band recorded several demos under that moniker before heading in to the studio to record a full-length album. The finished product, Dirt, Rust, Chaos, was bigger, better, louder and more direct than ever. Because the music they had produced on that album marked a significant change in their musical identity, the band decided that they had to change their name to something that would more appropriately describe the sounds they had made Hence, Deaf Rhino was born.

For more information, please visit:
Website: www.deafrhino.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/deafrhino
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/deafrhinoband

Features and Reviews:

Stream Dirt, Rust, Chaos at EARMILK, here: http://bit.ly/1IaQTnZ

Purchase Dirt, Rust, Chaos, here: http://bit.ly/1R7mppz

#6 Album on the FMQB SubModern Albums Chart

“Hey You” #8 Single in the FMQB SubModern Singles Chart

Featured on The NOISE, here: http://bit.ly/1yTzih3

Featured on Substream Magazine, here: http://bit.ly/1E5XIWW

Featured on MySpace, here: http://bit.ly/1GkLjhV

Featured on Under The Gun Review, here: http://bit.ly/1COUO6Q

Featured on Diffuser.fm, here: http://bit.ly/1ALUYWk

“This Jersey quartet brings the groovy, the melodic, and the aggressive all into one…” – PropertyOfZack

“The balls-to-the-walls rock & roll band from New Jersey…” – MySpace

“[“Hey You”] mirrors indie rock superiority the likes of Arctic Monkeys or newly popular Royal Blood, is a myriad of dirty vocal delivery mixed with sophisticated instrumental work.” – Under The Gun Review

“The energy is there, and it’s bold, an almost familiar sound, with great guitar and drum segments that really come together.” – Speak Into My Good Eye

“Deaf Rhino brought up the energy of the crowd with their set, full of hard-rocking
songs and plenty of guitar solos.” – AXS.com

Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival Named Top 10 in Country!

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A local event has been recognized as one of the best in the country. The Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival was named a top-10 food truck festival in the United States by Vacation Idea.

Last year’s 1st Annual Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival took place in Sept. and brought roughly 7500 people to the event. This year’s event doubles the fun with the Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally June 26 to 28 and Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival Sept. 11 to 13. Both events are owned and operated by Stallion Marketing LLC. They will once again be held at Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis Ave.

“We are absolutely honored to be recognized for this top award and bring more recognition to our event,” said Stallion Marketing LLC owner Denis Brown. “This just shows the location, trucks, and people involved are doing a great job.”

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The new Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally will feature roughly 16 food trucks, including a mix of trucks that visited Sea Isle City last fall and some new trucks. Confirmed trucks for the rally include returning trucks like Vito’s Hot Dogs, Cha Yen, Sum Pig, Mike’s Pretzels, Zinna’s Bistro, El Lechon De Negron, Kix Lincoln Grill, Waffle De Lys, Five Sisters and Shore Shake. Also, PB&U, and Spectrum Farm to Truck are confirmed as new trucks, with a number of other trucks to be named closer to the event.

“The event was a great addition to Sea Isle City,” said Kix McNutley’s owner and Sea Isle City Mayor Len Desiderio. “We were happy to be able to offer the event twice this year because the visitors had such a good time last year.

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More information on the Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival can be found at www.seaislecityfood.com. A direct link for the top ten article can be found at www.vacationidea.com/ideas/best-food-truck-festivals.html

(201) Magazine Women for Women Networking Event – Wed, May 13th

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Exposure and (201) Magazine present the springtime Women for Women Networking Event – Carpe Diem / Seize the Day on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe. Sponsored by Healtheast Medical Group and The Ridgewood Wealth Management Group, UBS Financial Services, Inc, the event will showcase five exceptional women who took advantage of opportunities and turned them into success.

The event will begin with open networking from 6:00 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. with other professionals, experts, business owners and attendees. At 7:30 p.m., a panel, moderated by (201) Magazine Editor Amelia Duggan, will reveal how, despite challenges – and with commitment, they created new paths and careers for themselves.

The five inspiring women are:

Anna Zornosa, Founder and CEO of Ruby Ribbon. Inspired to create a unique, everyday shapewear apparel company, Anna built Ruby Ribbon around the idea of empowering women to look and feel their best.
Amber Sabathia, Founder and CEO of CCandy and a (201) Family contributing writer. Amber is also the executive director and co-founder of PitCCh In Foundation and is a mother of four.
Denise Spell, Chief Technology Innovator and CEO of Currant Inc. A career technology and social media expert, Denise developed Currant, Inc. to enable local communities to respond faster and more efficiently to large-scale disasters.
Merideth Bennett, Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert. An accomplished TV producer working with the comedian, Merideth is also an active Ironman Triathlete.
Sarah Walton, Founder of the online magazine Better Way Moms and Co-Founder of Better Way to Italy, which offers boutique, luxury tours through Tuscany for women. She is also a proud mother and creator of LOVE by Sarah Walton, an organic, gluten-free skin care line.

The not-for-profit partner for this event is the Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter our Sisters), a 501(c)3 organization helps thousands of woman across Bergen County break the cycle of violence.

Name tags and tables will be set up for those who want to network with other attendees. Learn about financial tools, get tips from stylists, hear about continuing education options and treat yourself to some fun purchases, pampering and more. Hot beverages and food samples will be available.

Participating businesses include Morgan Stanley, Mary Hypnosis, Verve Medical Cosmetics, Ben & Jerry’s, Keep Collective, Vince Camuto, AtHome Sleep Solutions, NJ Cosmetic Center, Faces by Mary, European Wax Center, Huntington Learning Center, New Jersey’s Matchmaker, Hackensack UMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the NY Giants, Ramapo College of New Jersey and more.

Tickets to the Women for Women Networking Event are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. For students and military service women who show a valid ID, the entry price is $10 at the door. Parking is free. For more information on the panelists and participating businesses and to purchase tickets for Women for Women, visit northjersey.com/exposure.