Events to Check Out This Weekend – March 27th – 29th, 2015

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Exhibit – Open Until April 16

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This Sunday, I will be curating the first New Jersey Isn’t Boring art exhibit! The exhibit will be held from March 22nd – April 16th, 2015! It is FREE to attend! The event features over 30 NJ artists whose art work all represent New Jersey. If you can make it, that would be amazing! There will be food and beverages provided.

Dates: Now – Thurs, April 16, 2015 (Closed Easter Sunday)
Times: Monday – Thurs 10am to 4pm; Fri 10am to 2pm, Sat & Sun 1pm to 4pm
Address: Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St, Rahway
Cost: FREE
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New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - Now – March 29

Founded in 2000 by Caren and Herbert Ford, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival has become one of the premier Jewish cultural events in the state. Enthusiastic MetroWest audiences anticipate the annual festival that offers the best of Israeli, American and international films of Jewish interest. As the festival has grown, so too has the number of high caliber Jewish-related films.  We promise a roster of first-run offerings that are nothing short of remarkable and, best of all, you can see enjoy them close to home! These are films that have not been shown in commercial theatres or on television. We also offer post screening discussions with the insightful speakers and commentators, including scholars, actors and directors. In addition to its two-week spring run, the festival offers several film programs at other times of the year, including the Reel Series and extra!. The festival offers many exciting opportunities to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through cultural events that enrich the lives of thousands.
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Rutgers Geek Week – March 23 – 28

Geek Week is an annual week of events celebrating all things “geeky” at Rutgers University. From tabletop and video gaming, to music, cosplay, academic panels based on gender and ethnic diversity, and more, Rutgers Geek Week has been nationally recognized by organizations such as ACPA and San Diego Comic-Con, and featured guests such as Chris Hardwick, Nick Offerman, and Tory and Kari of Mythbusters. By focusing on the students and their passions, Geek Week seeks to make meaningful differences in students lives by providing opportunities for them to find community, be accepted, and gain exposure to non-familiar topics and experiences in geek culture.

Dates: March 23rd – 28th, 2015
* See websites for addresses and costs
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Hudson County CASA 9th Annual Wine Tasting – March 27

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More than 90 wines selected by Cork Wine & Spirits will be featured at the tasting and accompanied by delicious foods and desserts by Battello. The night will also include a VIP tasting of premium spirits, an exciting silent auction, cork pull, and free valet parking! Proceeds from this event support CASA’s advocacy work on behalf of Hudson County foster children.

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Address: Battello; 502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ
Cost: $85-$95. Get tickets HERE
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Country and Wine @ Natali Vineyards – Mar 28

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On March 28th Natali Vineyards will be hosting a Country & Wine Event from 1-6pm. Put on your dancing shoes and join us under the tents and in the vines. We will be serving sangria by the glass, tastings and wines by the glass or bottle. We are lucky to have Nashville Don and Sark as our live entertainment for the day. As always we will have local vendors on hand.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015; 1pm to 6pm
Address: Natali Vineyards; 221 N. Delsea Drive (Rt. 47 N), Cape May Court House
Cost: Free Admission
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Cork and Pork – March 28

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12 New Jersey wineries will come together 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 an array of pork inspired treats for you to purchase. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.RenaultWinery.com

Dates: Saturday, March 28th, 2015; Noon to 4pm
Address: Renault Winery; 72 N. Bremen Ave. Egg Harbor City, NJ
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at Door.
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Beers on the Boards – March 28

Date: Saturday, March 28th; 12:30pm to 9:30pm (2 sessions)
Address: Martells Tiki Bar; 308-310 Point Pleasant Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach
Cost: $55 GA, $25 DD. Get Tickets Here
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Surati Holi Hai 2015 – Festival of Colors - Mar 28

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HOLI, the festival of color, is one of India’s most popular festivals. It is celebrated at the beginning spring where people lovingly smear color on each other and celebrate with music, dance, good food and drinks. This year, again, Jersey City’s SURATI for Performing Arts, is excited to bring to the people of the tri-state area and beyond, its 7th annual Holi event.The event will be hosted outdoors Exchange Place and Grundy Pier, Jersey City and will be FREE to the public. The event will start at 12 Noon and go to 6 pm. There wlil be booths selling art and craft and jewelery, food and beverages as well. (Rain date: Sunday, March 29).

Date: Saturday, March 28th, 2015; Noon to 6pm
Address: Exchange Place – Grundy Pier; Montgomery & Hudson Sts., Jersey City
Cost: Free
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Adult Easter Egg Hunt @ Four Sisters Winery – Mar 28 & 29

Two Seatings at 1pm and 3:30pm. There is a kid in all of us! Come and hunt for the eggs placed all around the farm and have some fun just like you use too. Each egg has a surprise, some with candy, some with a special prize and a few with tickets to one of our upcoming events. A formal wine tasting gets you in the mood for the hunt and a informative wine cellar tour concludes your day. Light refreshments will be served. Limited seating so reserve your tickets now.

Dates: March 28th, 29th and April 4th, 2015
Address: 783 County Route 519, Belvidere, NJ
Cost: $10 in advance by calling 908-475-3671, $20 at door
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Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market - March 29

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The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market is a punk rock-inspired flea market that takes place three times per year. We include vendors selling everything from vintage clothing, original artwork, antiques, silkscreened posters and handmade jewelry to handmade tshirts, vintage toys, vinyl (of course) and numerous other interesting curiosities and unique collectibles.

Dates: Sunday, March 29; 10am to 5pm
Address: Historic Roebling Building; 675 South Clinton Ave, Trenton, NJ
Cost: $4

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Castle Point Anime Convention – March 29

Castle Point Anime Convention is created and organized by the members of the Stevens Anime Club and will be held on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Castle Point Anime Convention is just minutes away from New York City and is easily accessible by PATH, NJ Transit, ferry, and bus. Castle Point Anime Convention aims to promote anime, manga, and Japanese culture as well as providing a fun experience for attendees.

Date: March 29, 2015, 9AM to 10PM
Address: Stevens Institute of Technology; 599 River St, Hoboken, NJ
Cost: $15. Get Tickets HERE
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Comic Art Con – March 29

NO COMIC BOOKS! No fan boys! No hustle and bustle of the big cons! This is a gathering of Comic Art collectors in a friendly venue to buy, sell, trade, network and talk about comic art . . . and only comic art! Vendors and collectors gather from all over the country for what is truly a comic art collectors dream – a jammed packed room with wall to wall comic art. If you collect comic book art then this is the convention for you!

Date: Saturday, March 29th, 2015; 10am to 4:30pm
Address: Empire Meadowlands Hotel; 2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus
Cost: $10, children free
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Brewery Review: Lunacy Brewing Co in Magnolia, NJ

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I am very quickly checking off  visiting a lot of breweries all around New Jersey! Good thing I recently became a NJ Craft Beer Member!

This past weekend I got to go to three breweries in one day! My first stop was the Lunacy Brewing Co, which is located in Magnolia, NJ. If you’re driving around looking for it, it’s across the street from the Lowe’s in town.

The tap room is located in a warehouse, and the area itself is very cozy. They have couches, tables, and a bar where customers can hang out and drink.

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They had 6 beers on tap, which you can try a “shorty” size for $2 a piece, two of the more limited beers were $3. I tried 5 out of the 6 beers.

Beers I tried while I was there:

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– Lunacy IPA
– Moon Howler Pale Ale
– Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout
– Sanitarium Double IPA
– Beautiful Baby’s Belgian Blonde Ale

The beer I did not try was a coffee stout, which is not really my thing. My friends loved it though!

My favorite beer was the Belgian Blonde Ale, so I ended up taking home a 32oz growler (which has already been finished by the time this post has been published).

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All and all, it’s a great brewery with a great staff! I definitely plan on going back. They also had a lot of great merch, including t-shirts which can be seen here:

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Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

About Lunacy Brewing Co:

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Address: 214 Davis Rd, Magnolia, NJ; (609) 379-5862
Hours: Friday: 5 PM – 10 PM; Saturday: 12 PM – 8 PM

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @LunacyBrewery & Instragram

Events to Check Out this Weekend – March 20 – 22, 2015

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Opening Reception – March 22

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This Sunday, I will be curating the first New Jersey Isn’t Boring art exhibit! The exhibit will be held from March 22nd – April 16th, 2015! It is FREE to attend! The event features over 30 NJ artists whose art work all represent New Jersey. If you can make it, that would be amazing! There will be food and beverages provided.

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015; 1pm to 4pm
Dates: Sun, March 22 – Thurs, April 16, 2015
Times: Monday – Thurs 10am to 4pm; Fri 10am to 2pm, Sat & Sun 1pm to 4pm
Address: Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St, Rahway
Cost: FREE

RSVP to the Opening Reception HERE (not required, but it’s nice to have a head count)

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AC Beer and Music Festival - March 20 & 21

The focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Dates: March 20th & 21st, 2015
Address: AC Convention Center; 1 Miss America Way; Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: $55 in advance. Ger tickets HERE

Keep up to date by liking on Facebook
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New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - Now – March 29

Founded in 2000 by Caren and Herbert Ford, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival has become one of the premier Jewish cultural events in the state. Enthusiastic MetroWest audiences anticipate the annual festival that offers the best of Israeli, American and international films of Jewish interest. As the festival has grown, so too has the number of high caliber Jewish-related films.  We promise a roster of first-run offerings that are nothing short of remarkable and, best of all, you can see enjoy them close to home! These are films that have not been shown in commercial theatres or on television. We also offer post screening discussions with the insightful speakers and commentators, including scholars, actors and directors. In addition to its two-week spring run, the festival offers several film programs at other times of the year, including the Reel Series and extra!. The festival offers many exciting opportunities to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through cultural events that enrich the lives of thousands.
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New Jersey Wine & Food Festival- Mar 20 – 22

This festival is designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with the chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and fellow wine aficionados. The spotlight event is the Grand Tasting on Saturday night where more than 30 top chefs from NJ & NYC join leading wineries and distilleries from around the world. Taste culinary delights from chefs from the best restaurants in NY & NJ and listen to live entertainment by the 32-piece David Aaron Orchestra.

Dates: March 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Crystal Springs Resort; 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Cost: Prices Vary, Get Tickets HERE
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Rahway’s March Madness – March 21

In association with Metro Rahway, the City of Rahway is hosting a family festival and BBQ competition centered around March Madness. There is something for everyone! From 12-2PM at the Rahway Recreation Center, the Court Jesters performing basketball team will put on a show for all to see! Admission is free. Then at 2PM the party heads to Metro Rahway! Campbell St. and surrounding areas will be full of family fun! Face painting, food trucks, carnival-style games, basketball competitions, BBQ competition, March Madness viewing tent and many more surprises!

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015; 12pm to 6pm
Address: 12:00PM: Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E. Milton Avenue, Rahway
2:00 PM: Metro Rahway, 1420 Campbell Street, Rahway
Cost: Free
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Ride the Vines – March 21

Enjoy a 26 or 43 mile bike ride through flat farm land and vineyards. Relax afterwards with wine tasting from 3 local wineries including Bellview Winery, Coda Rossa Winery, and Monroeville Winery. There will be live music, lite fair, food vendors and plenty of fun to go around.

Registration begins at 7:00 am and closes at 9:00 am. Riders will leave in groups of 8-10 from Bellview Winery and must be wearing a helmet and obey all traffic and safety laws. Live Music and Tasting will begin at 11:00 am at Bellview Winery.

Pre-registration is $30 which includes wine tasting, t-shirt, souvenir glass, music and lite fare. Day of ride registration is $40 and includes t-shirt (while supplies last), souvenir glass, music and lite fare. If you would rather just cheer on your friends and taste some wine there is also a $10 spectator option that includes wine tasting, souvenir glass and live music.

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015; Begins at 7am
Address: Belleview Winery; 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville, NJ
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 day of. Register HERE
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Vintage North Jersey: Wine & Art Trail- March 21 & 22

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Join the wineries of Vintage North Jersey for a weekend of art and wine. Local artists will be painting in the orchards and will have art displayed for show and sale. See what art our local community has to offer. Enjoy a weekend of celebrating spring. Continue on the trail http://www.vintagenorthjersey.com.

Dates: March 21st & 22nd, 2015
Address: Vintage North Jersey Participating Wineries
Cost: Depends on Location
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New Jersey Collectors Con – March 22

An all new convention based in New Jersey is here. Focusing on Collectors, we will have a dealer room, events and guests that cater to the needs and wants of collectors for all things – Toys, Action Figures, Comic Books, Video Games, and more…

Date: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Address: Holiday Inn; 2175 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill
Cost: Early Admission 8am to 10am $20; GA 10am to 4pm $10.00
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St. Patrick’s Day Week(March 17 – 22) at Zeppelin Hall

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Celebrate the luck o’ the Irish at Zeppelin Hall from March 17th till March 22nd. In the spirit of the holiday, Zeppelin Hall will have a special menu featuring traditional meat and potato dishes and other St. Patty’s Day favorites. Enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage, or an Irish Reuben Sandwich, which puts a twist on the classic with corned beef pilled high atop savory, Irish bacon, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and Thousand Island on warm toasted rye bread. Other fun menu items range from creamy, Potato Bacon Soup for $4.95 and traditional Fish and Chips for $13.9 to and a Beef Guinness Stew for $10.95. And of course, what’s St. Patties day without a pint of beer for each hand?

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About Zeppelin Hall:

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Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302) is the Metropolitan Area’s largest biergarten featuring more than 50 European and American beers on 144 taps including Specialty Brews, Lagers, Pilsner, Ale, IPA, Stout, Hard Cider, and even Non-Alcoholic & Gluten Free selections. Zeppelin Hall is located in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor, with free parking and just steps away from the Light Rail and a short walk from the PATH train. For more information on Zeppelin Hall please visit, http://www.zeppelinhall.com

Brewery Review: River Horse Brewing Co in Ewing Twp

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I am very quickly checking off  visiting a lot of breweries all around New Jersey! Good thing I recently became a NJ Craft Beer Member!

I have drank River Horse beer before, so I was looking forward to visiting their brewery in New Ewing Twp (Right by Trenton). They have a pretty big facility in New Ewing compared to their former space in Lambertville.

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If you decide to go and you want to go on the tour, be sure to sign up for the tour before hand! When we went it was busy! The tour was great because it was only $5 and we got to try 4 different beers.

The tour itself it quite informative. It was roughly 30 minutes, and you get to try the samples at different stations along the route of the tour. I highly recommend doing it.

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Beers I tried while I was there:
– River Horse IPA: American Style IPA, ABV – 5.7%
– Triple Horse: Belgian Style Tripel Ale, ABV – 10.0% (!!)
– Oatmeal Milk Stout: Stout brewed with oats and milk sugar, ABV – 6.7%
– Belgian Freeze: Winter Ale available Oct-Dec, ABV – 8%
– Chocolate Porter – ABV - 6.5%

The last 3 beers are all seasonal, but definitely try to get your hands on them!

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I also really enjoyed the decor of the place. There were hippos everywhere! They have a lot of great, original art work all around the brewery which gives it a really hip (pun not intended) vibe.

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Inside the brewery you can buy pints of beer, growlers, and they have lots of merch.

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My husband and I went home with a growler of Tripel Horse and a 4-pack of Hippo-Lantern. AKA we went home very happy.

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Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

For more pictures be sure to check out my Facebook album!

About River Horse Brewing Co:

Address: 2 Graphics Drive, Ewing Township, NJ
Hours: Friday – Sunday 12pm to 5pm
*Tours are available by appointment. For more info click HERE

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @RiverHorseBrew & Instragram

Brewery Review: Kane Brewing Co in Ocean Twp

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I’m very fortunate that I live fairly close to a few breweries. I had been wanting to check out Kane Brewing for a while, and decided to finally go!

The brewery is a lot bigger than it looks. When you walk in there’s a room to fill growlers and buy merchandise, and you think that’s it…but then there’s a whole warehouse/tasting room where there were lots of people were drinking and having a great time.

When we arrived, it was 10 min before the tour started we didn’t have time to really start drinking…but I decided to try to Parhelion ($3 for the 4 oz)while we waited and it was delicious. The Parhelion is a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial IPA, 9.4% ABV. Definitely had a kick!

Although the place was packed, no one else seemed to wanted to do the 1pm tour so my friends and I got a private tour which was pretty sweet! The tour is free if you’re in the brewery, so you might as well go!

After we finished the tour we got down to drinking and we tried a flight of the four beers they had on tap:
– Head High; American India Pale Ale (IPA)
– Overhead; American India Pale Ale (IPA)
– Single Fin; Belgian-style Blonde Ale
– Silent Nights; Imperial Stout

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A flight is $6, and to try a 4 oz beer it’s $3 for the Silent Nights and $2 for the year round beers. I recommend being adventurous, a flight is definitely the most cost effective and you can try all the beers!

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*FYI The Parhelion I mentioned before was not available for flights or growlers.

Speaking of growlers, we purchased a 64 oz growler so we’ll definitely be back visiting soon! It’s definitely a popular spot!

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You can see more pictures from my Facebook album.

About Kane Brewing Co:

(From their Website) Launched in August of 2011, Kane Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located on the coast of New Jersey. Our focus is brewing American-style and Belgian influenced ales. All of our handcrafted beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and brewed locally in our custom built brew house located in Ocean Township in Monmouth County. Most of our beers are draft-only and available at bars and restaurants in coastal, central and northern New Jersey where we hand deliver each beer to ensure the highest level of both beer freshness and service. We hope you enjoy drinking our beers as much as we enjoy creating them.

Address: 1750 Bloomsbury Avenue, Ocean Township
Hours: Friday 5pm to 8pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

*Self-guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays and guided tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @KaneBrewing, & Instagram

Events to Check Out This Weekend – Feb 27 – March 1st, 2015

Girls Night Out – Feb 27

Want to escape for a night from the stress at home and work!? Grab your favorite ladies and join us for a Girls Night Out at Lago Restaurant, Lounge & Banquet Hall! There will be live entertainment, vendors and four exclusive fashion shows! Diane & Co. will be displaying high-end women’s evening wear fashions followed by Cocktail dresses! Studio One Lingerie will be showcasing sexy women’s lingerie and the event will end with an exclusive Mens exotic underwear preview! The dance floor will be open all night! Engaged? Invite your whole bridal party! Vendors will be offering their products at exclusive Girls Night Out discounts so bring your wallets! Shop, dance, eat, drink and be fashionable all night long at Girls Night Out! And don’t forget, “What happens at Girls Night, stays at Girls Night,” and your secrets are safe with us!

Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015; 7pm to 10pm
Address: Lago; 230 Washington Pl., North Brunswick
Cost:$25, covers two beverages and hors d’oeuvres
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ShamROCK and Roll - Feb 28

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Hometown Heroes is hosting the Shamrock and Roll, coming up on Saturday, February 28th at the Toms River Elks Lodge. It’s an Irish themed event with traditional Irish Fare, unlimited beer feat. selections from Rinn Duin Brewing, a kilt contest where the winner wins a custom kilt from American Highlander Tuxedoes & Kilts, music from Whiskey on Thursday, Birmingham Six, and Shamrock & Thistle Pipes and Drums, plus a whiskey tasting.

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 6pm to 10pm
Address: Toms River Elks Lodge; 600 Washington Street, Toms River
Cost: $50, purchase tickets Here!
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A Wing and a Prayer aka Wingfest - Feb 28

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Chicken Wing connoisseurs will gather in Hoboken to determine which local establishment can lay claim to the title, “Best Chicken Wings in Hoboken.” The Third Annual “A Wing and a Prayer” chicken wing cook-off, hosted by the St. Francis Helpers, will be held on Saturday, February 28, at the Hoboken Elks Lodge (1005 Washington St.). Tickets to “A Wing and a Prayer” are $40 per person and include all-you-can-eat wings, sides, beer and wine – and the ability to cast your vote for “Best Chicken Wings in Hoboken!” Various raffles will also be held.

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Address: Hoboken Elks Lodge; 1005 Washington St, Hoboken
Cost: $40, Buy Tickets Here
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Jazz in the Vineyards – Feb 28

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Live music by The Geno White Trio – Geno White is a Cape May favorite who offers a whole other side to the harmonic workings of the blues. Some will call it Jazz-blues but it turns full circle into a lovely sensual and smooth instrumental music experience. Geno is a regular at the Cape May Jazz Festivals, he has toured nationally and has won two ASCAP awards for his Music from Inside the Lighthouse. Join us under the heated tents for a full day of Jazz, wine tastings,wine by the glass or bottle, heated sangria, vineyard tours, and local vendors. Our monthly events are always free admission and rain or shine.

Date: February 28th, 2015; 12 to 5pm
Address: Natali Vineyards, 221 North Delsea Drive, Cape May Courthouse
Cost: Free admission
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Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Breakfast – Feb 28

Fans of Dr. Seuss can put on their Bar-ba-loot suits, stick a Wocket in their pockets, hop on pop and make a stop at Liberty Hall Museum for a super good time at our Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast! Kids will enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, make their very own Dr. Seuss hat, and even take their picture with silly props and The Cat in the Hat!

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 10am to Noon
Address: Liberty Hall Museum; 1003 Morris Ave., Union, NJ
Cost: $30/adults; $25/children. Call 908-527-0400 to reserve
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Winter Warm Up & Family Expo – Feb 28

Free Pop Up style event coming to St Mary’s Parish Center Manahawkin featuring outdoor gaming garden, cinema style screenings of Landfall, demos and merchant marketplace for every one to enjoy from 10 am – 2 pm. Starting with outdoor gaming trailers and National Guard Call of Duty Virtual exhibit, winter warming seating areas, disc golf lessons and demos and Davids Generation Team serving up hot chocolate and treats. Inside Home Depot will have children workshops featuring birdhouses and other take home projects, local businesses will feature winter deals and spring previews at the Marketplace and Lighthouse International Film Society and Jetty will be screening their acclaimed film Landfall. Gourmet food specialties will be for sale . There is no charge for the public to attend or take part in any of the Winter Warm Up activities.

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 10a to 2pm
Address: St. Mary’s Center; McKinely Ave. & Bishop Ln., Manahawkin
Cost: Free
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Sugar Maple Celebration – Feb 28 & March 1

Join us in celebrating the Sugar Maple and (quite literally) all it brings to the table! Learn how to tap a tree and enjoy the process of maple sugaring with Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania. Participate in activities and nature hikes focused on wildlife, tree identification, best forestry practices, and climate change as it relates to the Sugar Maple and our native forests. Share the taste of New Jersey maple syrup, visit a live sawmill demonstration, and don’t miss your chance to try the maple syrup specialty items that will be served all day in our café!

Dates: February 28th & March 1st, 2015
Address: Duke Farms; 1112 Dukes Pkwy. W., Hillsborough, NJ
Cost: Free
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Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show – Feb 28 – Mar 1


The Show features 50+ Tables of Trains for Sale and 150+ Exhibitors from Across the Country

Dates: February 28th – March 1st, 2015
Address: NJ Expo Center; 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison NJ, 08837
Cost: $8 Adults, 12 and under FREE
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6th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Homebrewing Contest – Mar 1

Bring your taste buds and best beer-drinking buds to Our Lady of Grace Gym located at 422 Willow Avenue on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 from 2-6pm for a competition that will make you sweat! This year’s proceeds will go to In Jesus’ Name Charities food pantry. Enjoy live music by Gravy Train, unlimited chili and beer samples and a heated competition! Sponsored by Rockefeller Group, 902 Brewing, hMAG, Ben & Jerry’s, and Hoboken Grace!

Date: Sunday, March 1st, 2015; 2pm to 6pm
Address: 422 Willow Avenue, Hoboken
Cost: $40, get tickets HERE
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Maple Sugaring Fest – March 1

Join us Sunday, March 1st from 1 – 4 pm for our Maple Sugaring Fest. Learn the basic steps to making maple syrup, from tapping a tree to cooking the sap. Enjoy homemade flapjacks, refreshments, and other fun activities for the whole family.

Date: Sunday, March 1st; 1pm to 4pm
Address: Reeves-Reed Arboretum; 165 Hobart Ave., Summit
Cost: $10/person or $25 max/family; free for members

Join Hometown Heroes for ShamROCK and ROLL this Saturday, February 28th

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Hometown Heroes is hosting the Shamrock and Roll, coming up on Saturday, February 28th at the Toms River Elks Lodge. It’s an Irish themed event with traditional Irish Fare, unlimited beer feat. selections from Rinn Duin Brewing, a kilt contest where the winner wins a custom kilt from American Highlander Tuxedoes & Kilts, music from Whiskey on Thursday, Birmingham Six, and Shamrock & Thistle Pipes and Drums, plus a whiskey tasting.

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 6pm to 10pm
Address: Toms River Elks Lodge; 600 Washington Street, Toms River
Cost: $50, purchase tickets Here!

About Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes’ main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity, and encouragement by supporting local communities when unexpected needs arise during a crisis without discrimination towards an individual’s ethnicity, gender, and age. The organization provides an opportunity for all of us to give back to the community through professional assistance, financial assistance, and advocacy. Hometown Heroes helps those in need, often with little or no time, to find a solution to a problem that at the time appears overwhelming.

Hometown Heroes has provided assistance with:

– Hurricane Relief
– Homelessness
– Domestic violence
– Drug abuse
– Disability
– Providing food and heat for the elderly
– Assistance for new mothers with nowhere to turn
– Joint fundraisers with local and national nonprofits

You Can Be A Hero Too!

Whether you are a professional offering services for members of our community or an individual who wants to volunteer to help, they are looking for you!

Simply go to their website www.usahometownheroes.org and fill out the contact form or send them a message via their Facebook page.

Events to Check Out this Weekend – Feb 20 – 22, 2015

Dreamation – Feb 19-22

4 days of non-stop gaming!

Dates: February 19th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Hyatt Morristown; 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown
Cost: Get tickets HERE
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New Jersey Winter Wine Festival – Feb 20

Taste the night away and enjoy an amazing array of 150+ wines selected by the Wine Library! Enjoy full-bodied and rich reds, crisp whites, many specialty wines — great wines for mid-winter!Join us from 7-10pm, hang out and meet up with other wine lovers while enjoying live jazz  Our 3rd Annual Winter Wine Festival promises to be yet another great night of wine and merriment to remember.

Date: Friday, February 20th, 2015; 7-10pm
Address: Hilton Short Hills Hotel; 41 John F Kennedy Pkwy, Short Hills, NJ
Cost: Buy Tickets HERE
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United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival – Feb 20 -22

View the winning films and digital videos of the International U.S. Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, selected by a jury of filmmakers, Rutgers University students, and media professionals. The festival – now in its 27th year – will feature finalist works by independent filmmakers from the United States and around the world. A different program of films and videos will be offered each night. Prize winners will be announced on the closing night of the festival, in a competition for prizes, along with the Audience Favorite Prize

Dates: February 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University; 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick
Cost: $10 GA, $9 Students and Seniors; $8 Film Co-op Friends
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Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire X - Feb 20 – 22

The Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire is an alternative, indoor Renaissance Faire unbounded by normalcy. Wicked Faire X’s theme is “A Game Of Scones”. It incorporates and welcomes those from all manner of points in space and time — Klingons and cavemen, werewolves and Steampunks, magicians and time travelers . . . and, of course, Faire folk of all sorts. There’s more. Our event is also 16+, and there are areas of our event which are adult in nature — though that’s only one aspect of the event. This also means the faire need not avoid adult subjects in art, games or entertainment – though it need not be those things exclusively.

Dates: February 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: The Hyatt Regency Princeton; 102 Carnegie Center Princeton, NJ
Cost: $40+. Get tickets HERE
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The Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown – Feb 21

The Big Brew Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2014 at The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ. This event features 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP and great food from 4 area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten. 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.

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: GA $60,  VIP $85 at door, $10 DD

$10 off with the code NJISNTBORING

You can also get more information on their Facebook and Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

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Polar Bear Plunge – Feb 21

Face the freezing cold ocean and take the plunge. Registration is from 9:00 AM to 12:30 pm. The plunge takes place at 1 pm in the ocean in front of the Aztec Ocean Resort.

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Address: Aztec Ocean Resort; 901 Boardwalk Ave., Seaside Heights
Cost: Free to attend, $125 to participate.
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UWC Live Professional Wrestling – Feb 21

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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 February 21, 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, February 21, 2015
Address: New Egypt Elks Lodge, 105 Lakewood Rd, New Egypt
Cost: $10
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MS Hoboken Bar Crawl - Feb 21

We will be taking on the streets of Hoboken for our very first MS Bar Crawl! Each participant will receive a variety of discounted drink specials throughout the day as well as a special MS Bar Crawl giveaway. The proceeds from this event will benefit the more than 10,000 individuals living with MS in the New Jersey Metro area. Join us as we come together to celebrate our connections, our success and our desire for a world free of MS!

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015; Begins at 12:30pm
Address: Wicked Wolf Hoboken; 129 Sinatra Dr., Hoboken
Cost: Pre-Registration: $35, Day of Registration: $40, $20 non-drinkers
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Wine and Cheese Tasting - Feb 21 & 22

An introduction to fine imported and domestic cheeses and how to pair them with wine. Sample selections of cheeses made locally as well as imported. Pair the cheeses with the perfect wine, add a loaf of bread and you have the Holy Trinity of food!

Dates: February 21st – February 22nd, 2015
Address: Villa Milagro Vineyards; 33 CR-627, Phillipsburg, NJ
Cost: $10
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Asbury Park Beer Fest - Feb 21 & 22

The Asbury Park Beerfest, presented by 95.9 FM WRAT Radio and the Asbury Park Boardwalk, is sure to be a beer lovers paradise, featuring “craft” beers from all over the world as well as ciders and iconic retro beers. Participants can also enter beer sports, such as “Masskrugstemmen” (a beer-stein-holding contest) and 95.9 FM WRAT Radio will be also have on-air talent present and will be broadcasting live for an exceptionally good time. Great beer, great food and so much more.

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 21 (12 – 4pm and 6 -10 p.m.) & Sunday, Feb. 22 (12 – 4pm), 2015
Address:Convention Hall; 300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost:$37.50 in advance, $42 at the door, $10 for designated drivers. Get Tickets HERE
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Laurita Ice Sculpture Festival - Feb 21 & 22

A family-friendly, winter wonderland event for all ages highlighted by ice sculptures, classic winter activities, upbeat entertainment and a variety of themed food and beverages!! Sculpture displays by World-Famous, Guinness Book Of World Records Holder Ed Jarrett, will include a Fire & Ice truck where you can sit in the driver’s seat, a fire-breathing dragon luge, a “Warm Hug” field of Snowmen, an ice sculpting demo stage and a frosty photo booth!! Enjoy our award winning wines, legendary sangria, spiked hot chocolate, hot apple wine ciders and a beautiful lighting ceremony at dusk!! Oh…and FIREWORKS Saturday Night!!! Don’t miss this unique, annual event!! Watch our estate winery transform into a vineyard ski lodge for this special weekend!!

Dates: February 20th & 21st, 2015
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ
Cost: General Admission $6
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3rd Annual Chili Cook Off St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser – Feb 22

There will be two contests, the “Professional” Cook Off (commercial) and the “Amateur” Cook Off (residents). Once the chili lovers have tasted all chili, they will vote for their favorite and drop their ballot in the ballot box. The results will be tallied and the winners will be announced! Prizes will be awarded to the winners. In addition to the People’s Choice, there will be an independent panel of 5 judges.

There is a $10 entry fee and you are required to pre-register and make a minimum of 3 lbs of chili. Visit the website for more information or call. Tickets are $25 and include snacks, chili tasting, beer and two ballots. All proceeds will benefit the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Address: Windansea Restaurant; 56 Shrewsbury Ave., Highlands
Cost: $10 entry fee; Tickets are $25
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Blues A Palooza – Feb 22

Blues A Palooza is a fundraiser for the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation. Each year we bring together several excellent Blues players for a great day of music. This year the line up is the Mimi Nowak Project, David Fields Blues Band, Slim Chance and headliner Rob Paparozzi. Show starts at 2pm till 6 pm. $20 at the Door, $15 with advanced Reservations.

Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015; 2pm to 6pm
Address: Tim McCloone’s Supper Club; 1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park
Cost: $20, $15 in advance. Call 732-933-1984 for advance tickets

Brewery Review: Little Dog Brewing Co in Neptune City

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I’ve been visiting more and more breweries lately (my goal is to visit all of them!) and my latest review is for Little Dog Brewing Company located in Neptune City.

The brewery is fairly new, but they’re definitely building a local interest! We were there for a 2pm tour and the place was packed!

If you get the chance to visit Little Dog, I highly suggest you sign up for a tour. The tour is led by Gretchen Schmidhausler, the owner and brewer. She knows her stuff! Before she started Little Dog Brewing Co, she was the Brewmaster for Basil T’s Brewery & Italian Grill in Red Bank. She is also the VP of the NY Division of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. She’s very personable and will answer any questions you have about the beer making process.

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The tour itself costs $5 and includes tastings of 4 beers. They only had 4 on tap, so I decided to do a flight so I could try all of them. Here is a list of what they are currently offering:

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(DuckBoy Pale Ale, Gesundheit Albier, Janet’s Favorite Porter and His Nibs Licorice Brown Ale)

Look how cute their tasting chips are!

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And here is my flight:

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Be sure to check out their Facebook page, they are always brewing up something new!

If you’re looking to take something home to remember the experience, they have t-shirts for sale and two different size growlers. We went home with a growler filled of the “His Nibs” which was drank at home fairly quickly.

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Definitely looking forward to going back and seeing this little brewery expand!

About Little Dog Brewing Co:

Address: 141 Steiner Ave, Neptune City
Hours: Fridays (4-6) & Saturdays (1-6)
*Tours are available by appointment. For more info click HERE

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook & Follow on Twitter @LittleDogBeer