Events to Check Out this Weekend Jan 30th – Feb 1st, 2015

Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show – Jan 28 – Feb 1

AKC All breed dog show featuring Best of Breed Competition, Police K-9 Unit Demonstration, Obedience and Rally Trials, vendors and much more!

Dates: January 28th – February 1st, 2015
Address: Wildwoods Convention Center; 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for Senior Citizens, children 12 and under $2
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Monster Jam – Jan 30 & 31

Monster Jam® roars into IZOD Center in East Rutherford for three action-packed events! Truck Lineup: Grave Digger® driven by Carl Van Horn, Dragon driven by Scott Liddycoat, Crushstation driven by Greg Winchenbach, Stinger driven by Zane Rettew, Bounty Hunter® driven by Trent Montgomery, Iron Outlaw driven by TBA, Storm Damage driven by Tim Mente, and Hurricane Force driven by Steven Thompson! There will be a Pit Party on the arena floor from 5:30 – 6:30 pm prior to the 7:30 pm show on Friday and from 11 – 1 pm prior to the 2 pm show on Saturday.

Dates: January 30th – 31st, 2015
Address: Izod Center; 50 State Rte. 120, East Rutherford
Cost: $15+
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January Wine and Jazz Weekend - Jan 30 – Feb 1

Join us for a whole weekend of incredible talent. Featuring Jazz Legends, The Michael Pedicin quintet, The Gina Roche Trio, The Geno White Trio, Jeffrey Hebron & George Karavan.

Dates: January 30th – February 1st, 2015
Address: Willow Creek Winery; 160-168 Stevens Street,West Cape May
Cost: $35 per person in advance, $45 at the door
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International Great Beer Expo – 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 – $55, $10 DD ticket. On sale soon!
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Fire & Ice Festival – Jan 31

The remedy cabin fever! Mount Holly’s 22nd Annual National Ice Carving Association (NICA) sanctioned competitive event. Always the last Saturday in January. Rain, snow, sleet or sunshine. Family friendly and free event combined with a local Chilli cookoff for professional chefs. Free fire engine rides, dog sled demonstrations, alpacas to see and enjoy, Discovery Museum’s People Bubble, Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Gingerbread House contest , Revolutionary War reenactors, local art exhibits and plenty of culinary treats and live music. Throughout the downtown and The Mill Race Village shops centered around Burlington County College’s beautiful Mount Holly Center and Culinary Arts School. Peak times are from 10 am to 2 pm, plenty of free parking. Activities run throughout the day and usually wraps up by 4 pm. Dress warm, bring your camera, your kids and friends and of course an appetite. Voted South Jersey Magazine’s Best Winter Event. Enjoy!

Date: Saturday, January 31st, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address:Main St., High, White, Washington & Mill Sts., Mount Holly
Cost: Free
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Kick the Winter Blues - Jan 31

Join us on January 31st from 12-5pm for our 7th Annual Kick the Winter Blues Wine Event. It’s winter time and the vineyard is sleeping. The winery, however, is alive with the music of Bill Caterini. Local crafts and food specialties will be on display. Enjoy our wine by the glass or bottle, have a heated Sangria or do a tasting of 5 of our wines, and sway to the music under our heated tents. Our Events are always rain or shine and free admission.

Date: January 31st, 2015
Address: Natali Vineyards; 221 North Delsea Dr, Cape May Courthouse
Cost: Free Admission
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Whitesbog Moonlight Walk – Jan 31

Explore the historic village, cranberry bogs and the surrounding pinelands. Listen to the night sounds of the forest, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pine Barrens. All walks are 3‑5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders.

Date: Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Address: Historic Whitesbog Village; 120 W. Whitesbog Rd., Browns Mills
Cost: $5 donation per person requested.
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11th Annual Super ‘Plunge’ Sunday – Feb 1

Join us for the11th annual ocean plunge on Super Bowl Sunday! Do you have what it takes to brace the icy cold Atlantic Ocean in February? Save the date and meet us on the 48th Street Beach in Brant Beach and be home in time for the big game. Pre-registration is required.

Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Address: St. Francis Community Center; 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Twp
Cost: Register Here
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Oyster Bowl XVI – Feb 1

New Jersey’s annual oyster eating contest. Oyster Bowl XVI will be held from 11 am – 2 pm to benefit Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey and Breast Cancer Resource Center YWCA Princeton.  This action packed event draws hundreds of participants and spectators who compete in 2 minute heats to determine who can consume the most oysters. Oyster Bowl has become a Princeton tradition before the big game featuring not only the oyster eating contest, but games, activities, raffles and prizes; and the only time lunch is served at Blue Point Grill. The event provides an opportunity for the community to join together to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.  Individuals and corporate teams of four slurp as many oysters as they can with the hope they can beat the all-time record of 102 consumed in a two-minute period.

Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Address: Blue Point Grill; 258 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Register Here

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.

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

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

Events to Check Out this Weekend – Jan 9th – 11th, 2015

Garden State Outdoor Show – Jan 8 – 11

The 32nd annual Garden State Outdoor Sports Show is taking place January 8-11, 2015 at the New Jersey Convention& Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. As one of the greatest sport shows on the east coast, our goal is to deliver top seminars, attractions, and exhibits designed to speak to sportsmen and women of all ages with a focus on activities the whole family can enjoy. The event is presented in partnership with The New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife, The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, United Bowhunters of New Jersey and The New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.

Dates: January 8th – 11th, 2015
Address: New Jersey Convention & Expo Center; 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, N
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Buy HERE
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Kotoricon - January 9th & 10th

This year is a SPACE themed KotoriCon. There will be anime, time-travellers, Jedi, mecha, and Kotori floating about as a cute planetoid. KotoriCon is an anime convention and charity fundraiser,with guests, panels, performances, dealers, artists, Charity Auction, and more! Tickets are limited and no tickets will be sold at the door.

Dates: Friday January 9 – Saturday January 10, 2015.
Address: Glassboro County College – 1400 Tanyard Road. Sewell
To get tickets click here
For more information, like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @KotoriCon

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Winter Wine Festival – Jan 10

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Get out of the cold and escape the after holiday blues… Join 12 New Jersey wineries at the Renault Winery Resort & Golf. All the wineries will have new wines and the latest vintages for you to sip, savor and enjoy. Renault’s talented chef will have great walk around food for you to purchase and enjoy. Historic tours of Renault winery will be available.

Dates: Saturday, January 10th, 2015; Noon to 4pm
Address: Renault Winery; 72 N. Bremen Ave. Egg Harbor City, NJ
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at Door. Get Tickets HERE
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Tap that Tree – Jan 10

January marks the beginning of maple sugaring season.  Join Director of Children’s Education Jackie Kondel as she taps the Arboretum’s maple trees in preparation for this season’s sap flow. Not only will families learn the how’s and whys behind tapping trees, but will also get first-hand experience actually helping us do it!  Registration is required.

Date: Saturday, January 10th, 2015
Address: Reeves-Reed Arboretum; 165 Hobart Ave., Summit, NJ
Cost: $20 per family
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West Windsor Winter Farmer’s Market – Jan 10

Come see the local food of Central Jersey at the West Windsor Community Winter Farmers Market. In conjunction with Slow Food Central New Jersey 2015, this market features locally produced items such as meats, cheeses, eggs, bread, wine, and jams. There will be live music, as well. A $3.00 donation is suggested per person.

Date: Saturday, January 10th, 2015; 10am to 2pm
Address: Johnson Education Center; 1 Preservation Place, Princeton
Cost: $3 donation is suggested
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Horror Happens Film Showcase “Films of the Undead” – Jan 10

We are very proud to announce the next Horror Happens Film Showcase on Sat January 10th running 3 – 9 pm at the incredible NON-PROFIT programming center of the Camp Jefferson Theatre. The following award winning films including the short films The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow by Rodrigo Gudino and Zombie Casserole by John Iwasz and Sanj Surati! Plus the two feature films including NORTH JERSEY PREMIERE of the indie acclaimed survival gem The Battery by Jeremy Gardner (Block 1)  and making its WORLD PREMIERE at the Horror Happens Film Showcase of Chris Eilenstine’s zombie epic The Soulless (Block 2)!  Tickets are limited (only 40 seats per film block) and run $15 for a full day VIP pass (tickets can only be purchased the day of the event via cash)! A portion of the ticket sales will go to the THE NON-PROFIT Camp Jefferson Theater & Jefferson Highlights. More information, schedule, trailers and more on our website.

Date: Saturday, January 10th, 2015
Address: Camp Jefferson; 81 Weldon Rd. Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Cost: $15 for a VIP pass, $10 per block
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CommUnity: Members, Students Faculty Opening Reception – Jan 11

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Arts Guild New Jersey is pleased to present its fourth annual CommUNITY: Members/Faculty/Student Art Show, featuring the artwork of Arts Guild New Jersey’s current artist members, and its talented instructors and students. The exhibition, which opens on January 11 and runs through February 5, 2015, was created to bring together and show appreciation for the many diverse people who are involved with the Arts Guild and who make its programs possible. A free, public reception will be held on Sunday, January 11, 1-4 PM, at Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-4:00 PM, and during regular office hours on Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 AM – 3:30:00 PM and Fridays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

Date: Sunday, January 11th, 2015; 1pm to 4pm
Address: 1670 Irving St, Rahway, NJ
Cost: Free
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Ice Sculpture Demonstrations – Jan 11

Let the chips fall where they may as these master carvers turn huge blocks of ice into art! Using power saws, chisels, brawn, grit, and Michael Graves as inspiration, this talented group of artists will amaze you with what and how they create!

Date: Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Address: Grounds for Sculpture; 126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton
Cost: Free for Park Admission, Park Admission is $15

Contest Ends this Monday! Win Tickets to The Big Brew Beer Festival

The Big Brew Beer Festival is BACK in Morristown, NJ on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. The BBBF will feature 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP and great food from 4 area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten.Full beer list and menu coming soon. UNLIMITED TASTINGS! This is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados and beer lovers to meet, hang out, discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Plus Free Shuttle Service to & from the Festival!

I am running not one, but TWO contests to win tickets to this event. One will be started TODAY. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 5th at 8pm. I will also be doing a Twitter contest at a later date.

Here’s How to Enter the Facebook Contest:
1. You must “like” New Jersey Isn’t Boring and The Big Brew Beer Festival on Facebook. I will check!
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must SHARE the status and LIKE and COMMENT on it as well. If you do not like it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 5th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Not social media savvy? Don’t want to test your luck?

Well…I have more good news.

I have an exclusive $10 off promo code for the event which you can redeem on the Big Brew Beer Fest ticket page. The promo code is: NJISNTBORING

Details on the Event:

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015;  2 sessions
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: GA $60,, VIP $85, $10 DD
* Ticket prices will increase two weeks before the show and again one week before the show. Get them early!

Buy tickets HERE
Like them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

For more beer events check out the NJIB section for Beer Events

WIN Tickets to The Big Brew Beer Festival on February 21st

The Big Brew Beer Festival is BACK in Morristown, NJ on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. The BBBF will feature 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP and great food from 4 area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten.Full beer list and menu coming soon. UNLIMITED TASTINGS! This is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados and beer lovers to meet, hang out, discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Plus Free Shuttle Service to & from the Festival!

I am running not one, but TWO contests to win tickets to this event. One will be started TODAY. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 5th at 8pm. I will also be doing a Twitter contest at a later date.

Here’s How to Enter the Facebook Contest:
1. You must “like” New Jersey Isn’t Boring and The Big Brew Beer Festival on Facebook. I will check!
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must SHARE the status and LIKE and COMMENT on it as well. If you do not like it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 5th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Not social media savvy? Don’t want to test your luck?

Well…I have more good news.

I have an exclusive $10 off promo code for the event which you can redeem on the Big Brew Beer Fest ticket page. The promo code is: NJISNTBORING

Details on the Event:

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015;  2 sessions
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: GA $60,, VIP $85, $10 DD
* Ticket prices will increase two weeks before the show and again one week before the show. Get them early!

Buy tickets HERE
Like them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

For more beer events check out the NJIB section for Beer Events

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Lights in NJ!

57203133My goal this season – to see as many Christmas light displays as possible! Here are some epic ones I have made trips to see. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @NewJerseyIsntBoring to see even more awesome light shows! If you find any and post them, use the #njisntboring so I can see them.

Kloos Family Lights (East Brunswick) – This house was definitely cool to check out. Their lights are synced to their very own radio station! The light show is free to view, but they are currently raising money for charity so please donate if you go to visit (and be respectful of their neighbors) . Check them out on Facebook!
Address: 13 Sterling Court, East Brunswick, NJ
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Cranbury Christmas Lights (Cranbury) – This house, which is located on Main St in Cranbury, also has their own radio station that syncs up with lights. Speaking of lights, they have over 120,000 lights which can be some from space. This house is free to visit, but they are also accepting money for charity so please consider donating if you can. They play their music outside, and have fire pits to people can stay for a while. Check them out on Facebook!

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Address: 128 North Main St, Cranbury, NJ
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By the way…this is what their neighbors display. I think it’s hilarious (sorry the picture isn’t clear, but the display is called the Christmas Unspectacular):

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T & A Sprinklers Light Show (Old Bridge) – This house was recently on the show The Great Christmas Light Fight and if you come by the house, you’ll see why! The Apruzzi family of Old Bridge puts on an amazing light show every year. It’s free to check out as well! Check them out on Facebook!

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Address: 18 Central Ave, Old Bridge, NJ
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Still to See:

Holiday Lights Spectacular @ PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel)- Drive through light show, Dusk to 10pm weekdays, dusk to 11pm weekends
Address: 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ
Cost: $20 per carload Monday-Thursday and $25 per carload Friday-Sunday and holidays

Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights (East Orange)
Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange NJ
Cost: Admission is free. Donations of canned goods, pet food and unwrapped toys are suggested.

Schaefer Farms Holiday Light Show
(Flemington) – Sundays, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays through January 1, 2015; 5pm to 9:30pm.
Address: 1051 County Route 523, Flemington NJ
Cost: $12 per carload, $17 per passenger van, $27 per busload, $45 for season pass

Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show (Smithville)- Thursdays, Friday, and Saturdays through January 6, 2014; 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Address: 615 East Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ
Cost: Free

7 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Dec 19 – 21, 2014

There is A LOT going on this weekend! Be sure to check out my list of Winter Resources at the top of this page!

Band and Fans Giving Hands – Dec 19

New Jersey based country music singer/songwriter Scott DeCarlo is teaming up with venue Mexicali Live to present the fifth installment of the annual event, “Bands And Fans With Giving Hands”. The concert – which will be held on December 19th, 2014 – will feature The Scott DeCarlo Band live alongside country artist Rachel Allyn. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Camp Quality New Jersey, a nonprofit organization that provides free camping experiences and year-round support programs for children with cancer.

Date: Friday, December 19th, 2014; Doors Open at 6pm, show @ 9pm
Address: Mexicali Live; 1409 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck NJ
Cost: $15 advance/ $20 at door. Buy in advance –  http://4risto.co/2014christmas_show
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Lee DeWyze at iPlay America – Dec 19

American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze is performing a free show at iPlay America in Freehold. VIP tickets are available for $60 and include an artist meet and greet, event poster, and $20 Game Card.

Date: Friday, December 19th, 2014; Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
Address: 110 Schanck Rd., Freehold, NJ
Cost: Free
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Wall Twp Christmas Light Show – Dec 20

This Christmas Light Show is a family tradition at the Jersey Shore. The show combines impressive displays of lighting, fog, and pyrotechnics and synchronizes them to powerful concert quality sound! The event is free but raises money for local charities through donations from visitors. Free food and drink are available and Santa usually makes an appearance! Visitors are advised to come 40 minutes before the show to allow time to park and walk to the venue. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. Driving directions, parking information, and show status information is available at the shows website.

Date: Saturday, December 20th, 2014; 7 pm and 8:30
Address: The Christmas Show House; 2702 Woolley Rd., Wall Township, NJ
Cost: Free, recommended donation of $20 for a family of 4

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Celebrity Christmas – Dec 20

Celebrate The Magic of Christmas! Maura McKinney Mastro and Frank Mastro perform a spirited, heartwarming celebration of Christmas with comedy, singing and celebrity impressions. The FREE show at 7 pm. It is a G rated show for the entire family. After an intermission, The Mastros will close with a tasteful selection of Christmas and popular songs, all in the beautifully decorated Cape May Convention Hall.

Date: Saturday, December 20th, 2014; 7pm
Address: Cape May Convention Hall; 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ
Cost: Free
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Breakfast with Santa in Smithville - Dec 20

Enjoy a buffet breakfast and picture with Santa at Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light. Reservations are required, please call 609-652-0544. Historic Smithville has over 60 shoppes, 7 eateries, carousel, train, paddle boats, antique arcade, lodging and over 26 free weekend events!

Date: Saturday, December 20th, 2014
Address: Historic Smithville & Village Greene; 615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ
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Christmas Cookies & Wine Weekend – Dec 20 & 21

Christmas cookies are one of our favorite holiday traditions! Join us for some holiday cheer and wonderful cookies. We will pair some of our favorite store-bought cookies with our award-winning wines. Have a favorite cookie? Bring it for us to create the perfect pairing.

Dates: December 20th & 21st, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Sharrott Winery; 370 S Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

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Valenzano Ugly Sweater Weekend – Dec 20 & 21

Dates: December 20th & 21st, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: Valenzano Winery; 1090 U.S. 206, Shamong, NJ
Cost: Free to attend