11 Events to Check Out This Weekend – Dec 13 – 14, 2014

Be sure to check out my list of resources for other Winter events under the “Winter Events and Festivals” tab.

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – Dec 13

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE
You can also get more information on their Facebook and twitter @BigBrewBeerFest
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Natali Vineyard’s Holiday Cheer Event – Dec 13

Our Christmas tree is up and Santa is coming to town early this year. Join us on December 13th as we rock around the vines with Santa and his elves. We will be showcasing our selection of fruit wines. The vines have just gone to sleep for the winter, so it’s now our time to party! We will have live music, local food & craft vendors, holiday Sangria, wines by the glass or bottle, tastings and gourmet meat and cheese trays!! Rumor has it that Santa will be stopping by, so have your cameras ready for pictures with our very own Vineyard Santa! Bring a new, unwrapped toy for “Toys for Tots” & receive a GC for a free tasting! Natali events are always FREE ADMISSION and Rain or Shine.

Date: December 13th, 2014
Address: Natali Vineyards; 221 North Delsea Dr, Cape May Courthouse, NJ
Cost: Free
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Walker Stalker Con – Dec 13th & 14th

Walker Stalker Con is the fruit of The Walker Stalkers Podcast with James & Eric. The podcast began with an amazing trip to Senoia, GA where James & Eric were able to view the set of The Walking Dead and meet the incredible actors from the show. As a result of this experience, a podcast began and then the idea of a convention focused around recreating that same experience with the cast and crew of the show, along with talented actors and artists from other zombie shows, movies and art.

Walker Stalker Con is not just a convention. It is a fan meet-up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Con is three days of events, panels, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014
Address: Meadowlands Exposition Center; 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ
Get Tickets Here
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Cream Ridge Winemakers Holiday Faire – Dec 13 & 14

Tis The Season!  Wine Makers Holiday Faire at the Cream Ridge Winery!   December 13th & 14th – (Saturday 11am – 6pm – Sunday 11am – 5pm) – No Cover Charge – Wine Release Party!

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014
Address: 145 County Road 539, Cream Ridge, NJ
Cost: Free to attend, $5 tasting
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Winter Trolley Tour – Dec 13 & 14

Join Vintage SouthJersey,  Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14, to visit the wineries of the Two Bridges Wine Trail. Travelling aboard charming classic trolleys, each tour lasts approximately 5 hours, and includes tastings from four wineries.

This year’s Holiday Tour features two dining options. Choose from lunch at Cecil Creek Farm in Mickleton, or The Lakehouse Restaurant on Iona Lake in Newfield. Light fare is also available for purchase at several wineries.

Two trails are available to tour – join us both days to sample all eight wineries!

Trail A in includes: Auburn Road Vineyard, Cedarvale Winery, Chestnut Run Winery, Wagonhouse Winery, and Cecil Creek Farm

Trail B includes: Bellview Winery, Coda Rossa Winery, Heritage Vineyards, Monroeville Winery, and The Lakehouse Restaurant

For your convenience, Vintage SouthJersey tour hosts will ride along with you to answer any questions and make sure your case purchases get safely back to your starting winery.

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014
Cost:
$50. Buy Tickets HERE
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Wall Twp Christmas Light Show – Dec 13 & 14

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.

Dates: December 13, 14, & 20, 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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Ugly Holiday Sweater Weekend – Dec 13 & 14

We know you love to dress up for the holidays. So do we! Come to the Tasting Room to view our outstanding staff in their ugliest Holiday Sweaters. Of course, we expect you to do the same. Free Tastings, prizes, and just plain holiday fun for everyone who participates. Expect all your friends to see you online, too!

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Sharrott Winery; 370 S Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free
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Bordentown Holiday Carriage Ride – Dec 13 & 14


Take a horse drawn carriage ride as you enjoy the festivities of the holiday decorations, holiday music, and smell of chestnuts roasting. Holiday music, hot chocolate, kettle corn and chestnuts roasting, fresh holiday decorations and crafts! Reservations can be made by contacting Rebecca’s Vintage Boutique& Consignment Shop 609-298-9422. Carriage Ride Tickets can be purchased or picked up at 224 Farnsworth Ave., day of will be on Corner of Farnsworth & Walnut Sts.

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014; Sat 4:30 – 9:30 pm, Sun:3:30 – 7:30 pm.
Address: Downtown Bordentown; 224 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown City, NJ
Cost: $20 per person & $10 for children under 10.
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Pizza & Patriot at 4JG’s Orchards – Dec 13 & 14

The season is coming to a close! Join us for a tasting and enjoy our delicious Patriot with a Franky Fed’s personal pizza.

Dates: Saturday, December 13 & 14, 2014; 12-5pm
Address: 4JG’s Orchards; 127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck, NJ
Cost: Tasting $5pp, Personal pizzas $10-$12, Glasses of Patriot $5
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Holiday Craft and Vendor Sale – Dec 14

Come to our Holiday Shopping Event and Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser. There will be more than 30 Unique Vendors for you to get all of your holiday shopping done. Hand crafted holiday items, jewelry, candles, designer purses, gourmet pies, cookies and cupcakes, cosmetics, and much, much more.

Date: Sunday, December 14th, 2014; 11am to 5pm
Address: VFW Post 2226; 212 Norwood Ave, Oakhurst, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Kids Rock Out to Help Kids – Dec 14

The Holidays are just around the corner and spirits are rising. At this wonderful time of year, many people look for special ways to help the less fortunate. The kids from School of Rock, are joining with Roxy & Duke’s Restaurant & Lounge to hold a fundraiser for Covenant House, a charity that helps homeless youth all year long. Come out and join us from 2 pm – 5 pm for 3 hours of fantastic music performed by local kids from the School of Rock and help out this great cause! Suggested $10 donation will be collected at the door. Contact Noreen Dunn-Shanley at 732-406-0669 if you have any questions or require additional information.

Date: Sunday, December 14th, 2014; 2pm to 5pm
Address: Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse; 745 Bound Brook Rd., Dunellen, NJ
Cost: Suggested $10 donation

11 Events to Check out This Week: Dec 4th – 7th, 2014

In addition to these events,  there is now a list of Winter Events and Festivals Resources on the menu of NewJerseyIsntBoring.com.

Beer for Heroes – Dec 4

Rinn Duin Brewing has teamed up with Hometown Heroes to bring you a premier tasting event. Rinn Duin is brewing an exclusive beer that will only be available at this event for sampling and purchase called “Honey Hero Pale Ale.” Proceeds will be going to Hometown Heroes whose primary mission in the community is to help people in a crisis. Tickets are available for purchase online, and also at the brewery prior to this event. The official hashtag to use all over social media is #BeerForHeroes.

Tickets are $25.00 per person and will include beer sampling, brewery tour, buffet dinner, and prizes. You are not going to want to miss this event!

Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014; 6pm to 9pm
Address: Rinn Duin; 540 Rt 37 W, Toms River, NJ
Cost: $25. Get Tickets HERE

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Merry Go-Go Shoppa-Palooza – Dec 5

The Merry Go-Go Shoppa-Palooza is a one-of-a-kind shopping event featuring local artisans, crafters, and a variety of vintage and collectible resellers, food, and more! Photos with Santa will be available.

Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014; 5pm-11pm
Address: Asbury Park VFW, 701 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: $2, Free with non-perishable food item

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DerpyCon – Dec 5 – 7

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DerpyCon is a multi genre sci fi convention, celebrating the culture of science fiction, fantasy, animation, and beyond. DerpyCon 2014 will be located at the Hyatt Morristown in Morristown, NJ. The weekend event will have panels, LARPs, concerts, video gaming, cosplay, vendors, dances, table-top gaming, AMVs, and more!

Dates: Dec 5th – 7th, 2014
Address: Hyatt Morristown; 3 Speedwell Ave. Morristown
To register click Here
You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @DerpyCon
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Home for the Holidays, Yuletide Tour of Historic Salem, NJ – Dec 6

Historic Salem City is the oldest permanent English-speaking settlement in the Delaware Valley. Visit 14 Private Historic Homes, plus Churches & Museums featuring Demonstrations, Exhibits and Characters from the past. Shop for Antiques, local art and collectibles.

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014; 1pm to 6pm
Address: Broadway & Market St., Salem, NJ
Cost: $10 each prior to the tour and $15 the day of the tour. Reserve HERE
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Wine and Appetizers at Villa Milagro – Dec 6 & 7

It’s that time of year. Guests dropping in unexpectedly, office and school events to which you need to bring something. And you have no time! Come on out to sample delicious tidbits that are quick & easy to make for the holidays. We will show you how to make these treats from ingredients you have on hand. You can “eat’n’learn!” We will also discuss how to pair wines with appetizers to best compliment one another.

Dates: December 6th & 7th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Villa Milagro Vineyard; 33 Warren Glen Road, Finesville, NJ
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Willow Creek Winery Sip & Shop Holiday Food Drive – Dec 6 & 7

Sip and sample wines while shopping and supporting local Cape May businesses, crafters, jewelers, and artists. They will also be collecting non-perishable food donations.

Dates: December 6th & 7th, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: Willow Creek Winery; 160-168 Stevens St. West Cape May, NJ
Cost: Free to Attend
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Holiday Family Weekend at Terhune Orchards – Dec 6 & 7

Enjoy fun for the whole Family with wagon rides and visiting our barn yard of animals. Choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath. Start your holiday shopping. Unique selection of gift baskets, with Terhune Orchards fruit, baked goods, and even wine – perfect for anyone on your list! In the wine tasting room from noon – 5 pm, try our award winning wines and warm up with our hot mulled wine. Sample our delicious Gift Basket “ingredients” – homemade baked goods, cheeses, apple butter and more.

Dates: December 6th & 7th, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free admission, $5 tastings.
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Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market – Dec 6 & 7

2014 will be the 13th year of the Market and we continue to see expansion of vendors, entertainment and authentic German food again this year. The Lake Mohawk Country Club has embraced the market and utilized further real estate down the boardwalk area in addition to the Ballroom and the Papoose room for vendors to sell their quality wares. The entertainment venues will once more be both indoors and outdoors as visitors will be serenaded by various local groups lakeside. Come and enjoy this years festivities and consider using the Park & Ride option – since there will be a charge for premium parking at the Lake Mohawk Country Club car parking lot. Park & Ride to the Plaza from 2 locations within Sparta. For more details see Directions. All proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations.

Dates: December 6th (10am to 9pm) & 7th (10am to 5pm), 2014
Address: Lake Mohawk Boardwalk; 14 Boardwalk, Sparta, NJ
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Santa Paws –  Dec 7

A fundraising event by Holisticat Rescue and Rehabilitation and Homeless Animal Lifeline, hosted by South Brunswick Animal Hospital. 100% of the proceeds to benefit homeless animals. Pet photos with Santa, giveaways, cats and kittens for adoption, Ugly Sweater Contest for dogs!!, baked good, beverages, and merchandise for sale! We will be accepting donations of cat supplies (food, litter, toys, beds, etc.).

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: South Brunswick Animal Hospital; 879 Georges Ave, Monmouth Junction

For more information visit their Facebook Event

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Coming Home Rescue Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast – Dec 7

Coming Home Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue organization, will host a Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast at Applebee’s®, 435 Route 46 East, Dover, NJ, on Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 8am-10am to help raise funds to continue to save homeless animals. The cost is $10 per adult and $6 for children 6 and under. The meal includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and a choice of beverage (coffee, juice, soda or tea). Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Coming Home Rescue at 1-888-405-7221 or info@cominghomerescue.org. Tickets are also available at adoption events which are held nearly every Saturday in Morris, Essex and Passaic Counties. Santa will be in attendance at the breakfast and patrons interested in having a photo with him should bring a camera. Hand decorated Christmas ornaments ($7 each or two for $12) and iPad Air raffle tickets ($5 each) will also be available for purchase. For more information about the organization, available dogs and upcoming adoption events, visit www.cominghomerescue.org

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014; 8am to 10am
Address: Applebee’s; 435 Route 46 East, Dover, NJ,
Cost: $10 adult, $6 kids.
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Wayne Toy and Collectible Show – Dec 7

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The Wayne NJ Toy and Collectibles Show, which began in 1991, is New Jersey’s longest running toy collectibles show.  There are many things you can find at the show: Toys, Comics, Sports Cards, Sports Memorabilia and Autographs, Small Antiques, Action Figures, Movie Posters-Memorabilia and Autographs, Die-Cast-Cars, Trucks and Planes, Books and Magazines, Dime Store Toys, Gumball Machine and Vending Prizes, Trains, Dolls, DVD’s, Star Wars, PEZ, Corgi, Gi Joe, Hot Wheels, Mego, Barbi, Original Art, Vintage Military, Cap Guns, Monster, Sci-Fi and Horror Items and so much more.

It is held the first Sunday of every month, unless there is a holiday conflict. It is a $2 fee to get in, or free for kids under 12.

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014; 8am to 2pm
Address: Company #1′s Firehouse Banquet Hall; 97 Parish Drive Wayne, NJ
Cost: $2

Hometown Heroes and Rinn Duin Present “Beer For Heroes” Event – Thurs, Dec 4th, 2014

Rinn Duin Brewing and Hometown Heroes partner up for an exclusive tasting event called “Beer for Heroes

Rinn Duin Brewing has teamed up with Hometown Heroes to bring you a premier tasting event. Rinn Duin is brewing an exclusive beer that will only be available at this event for sampling and purchase called “Honey Hero Pale Ale.” Proceeds will be going to Hometown Heroes whose primary mission in the community is to help people in a crisis. Tickets are available for purchase online, and also at the brewery prior to this event. The official hashtag to use all over social media is #BeerForHeroes.

The event is being held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $25.00 per person and will include beer sampling, brewery tour, buffet dinner, and prizes. You are not going to want to miss this event!

Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014; 6pm to 9pm
Address: Rinn Duin; 540 Rt 37 W, Toms River, NJ
Cost: $25. Get 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.

Only 2 Hours Left! The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival Twitter Contest – Win 2 Free Tickets!

Time is running out on a chance to win!

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

I am giving away  2 FREE tickets to the event via 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 TONIGHT Monday, November 17that 8pm on Twitter. I will post and direct message the winner!

Good luck!

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming to Sussex County, NJ!

After the resounding success of the Big Brew Beer Festival events in Morristown, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival will have its inaugural launch on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ (Inside the Conservatory and Outside in the Courtyard).

Big Brew Sussex Winter Fest will feature:
Over 200 Unlimited Craft Beers
7 Gourmet Food Trucks (including  award-winning The Cow & The Curd and their Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, Empanada Guy, Fired Up Flatbread, Waffle De Lys, Oink & The Moo BBQ and The Taco Truck)
Music
Fire Pits
Ugly Sweater Contest

VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
Early admission
Over 20 additional special craft beers (available throughout the event)

Great food (served during the VIP extra hour) provided by VIP sponsors Forno Italiano of Sparta and Trinity in Newton

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE

7 Events to Check Out This Weekend – Nov 14 – 16, 2014

ReelAbilities NJ Disabilities Film Festival – Nov 14


Matheny’s Arts Access Program will be joining NJ Disabilities Film Festival. This is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. “Getting Up” will be screened at 5:30pm, Free Admission. About the Film: HOW DOES A FALLEN MAN GET BACK UP? Tony ‘TEMPT” Quan is a legendary LA graffiti artist, social activist and publisher. In 2003, he was disgnosed with ALS. BUT HIS MIND AND CREATIVE SPIRIT ARE STILL INTACT. In 2009, Mick Ebeling and his “Not Impossible Foundation” brought international hackers and artists to Los Angeles to attempt the impossible: invent a low-cost, open source DIY device that allows Tempt to once again creat art, using the only part of his body that still moves, his eyes. After months of harrowing trial and error, The EYEWRITER was born and Tempt was once able to create art. Visit artsaccessprogram.org  and reelabilities.org for more information.

Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014; 5:30pm
Address: Matheny’s Arts Access, 65 Highland Ave., Peapack, NJ
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Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix New Jersey - Nov 14 – 16

Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix events are the largest open entry Magic: The Gathering events.   Grand Prix NJ will feature the Legacy format as well as full slate of special events!

Dates: November 14th – 16th, 2014
Address: NJ Expo Center; 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison NJ, 08837
Cost: Free to Attend
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Relief Beerfest – Nov 15
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Relief Beerfest provides a unique opportunity for the community to meet their local volunteers and enjoy some original new brew together.

Date: Saturday, November 15th, 2014; VIP 5:30 – 6:30pm, GA 6:30 – 9:30
Address: Moorestown Community House; 16 E Main St, Moorestown, NJ
Cost:$50 GA, $75 VIP. Buy tickets HERE
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Villa Millagro Holiday Wine Release – Nov 15 & 16

Once per year the winery releases “Gracias” – their refreshing and balanced white wine for Thanksgiving and “Feliz Navidad” – their special mulled wine for Christmas. Each wine makes a great gift to give your holiday host, family, co-workers, special customers and clients, as well as to give that person who has everything except a bottle of delicious Villa Milagro wine!

Dates: November 15th & 16th, 2014; 12pm to 5pm
Address: 33 Warren Glen Rd, Finesville, NJ
Cost: $5
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Pie Tasting Weekend at Alstede Farms – Nov 15 & 16

Don’t miss this chance to try all the flavors of Alstede Farm’s tasty home-baked pies!

Dates: November 15th & 16, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: Alstede Farms; 1 Chesterfield Dr., Chester, NJ
Cost: Free
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Potters’ Guild Hosts Annual Fall Pottery Festival – Nov 15 & 16

The Potters’ Guild of New Jersey will host its Annual Fall Pottery Festival and Sale of functional and sculptural ceramics from Sat, 11 am – 5 pm and Sun, from noon – 5 pm. Showcasing American craft made by more than 40 exhibiting artists across the state, the sale will offer a chance to meet the makers. This increasingly popular event draws hundreds of customers from throughout New Jersey and the tri state area. Available for sale will be a fabulous selection of vases, wall pieces, pitchers, teapots, platters, casseroles, raku and pit-fired vessels in varying colors and styles, and one-of-a-kind sculptures and decorative objects of art. The show is the perfect place to find a unique item or gift for any occasion. Admission is free, and major credit cards are accepted.

Dates: November 15th & 16th, 2014
Address: Community Presbyterian Church; 1459 Deer Path, Mountainside, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Jersey Shore Comic Book Show – Nov 16


The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show will be hosting another show on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Toms River Elks Club, 600 Washington Street Toms River, New Jersey for what promises to be yet another GREAT show for everyone attending. Once again we will be featuring our “Artist Lounge” with over 20 Comic Artists, Writers, and Creators showing off their great and unique work, as well as offering them up for purchase to attendees. There will be not one, not two, but THREE huge cosplay/costume groups: THE NORTH JERSEY GHOSTBUSTERS, THE 501ST LEGION and the U.S.S. IWO JIMA INDEPENDENT STAR TREK GROUP. Also making his debut, will be “MAC” the famous cat from Rusty Gilligan’s comic strip about his pets, “Mac and Trouble.” MAC will be on hand for photo’s and will be handing out goodies and tickets for a surprise raffle drawing for some great prizes!AND…parents, Don’t Forget to Bring the KIDS!! Why?? Because SANTA arrives at 1pm with goodies for everyone!!!!Drawings for Door Prizes will be held thru-out the day with some great prizes and our popular $how Ca$h ! Goodie bags for the first 50 attendees and for those in cosplay costumes! Yes, be sure to wear your cosplay costume, as we will be having a cosplay costume contest with judging to take place at 2pm.

Date: Sunday, November 16th 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: Toms River Elks Club, 600 Washington Street, Toms River, New Jersey
Cost: $2.00 Kids under 12 FREE Those in Cosplay Costumes also FREE !

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

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

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, November 17that 8pm on Twitter. I will post and direct message the winner!

Good luck!

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming to Sussex County, NJ!

After the resounding success of the Big Brew Beer Festival events in Morristown, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival will have its inaugural launch on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ (Inside the Conservatory and Outside in the Courtyard).

Big Brew Sussex Winter Fest will feature:
Over 200 Unlimited Craft Beers
7 Gourmet Food Trucks (including  award-winning The Cow & The Curd and their Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, Empanada Guy, Fired Up Flatbread, Waffle De Lys, Oink & The Moo BBQ and The Taco Truck)
Music
Fire Pits
Ugly Sweater Contest

VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
Early admission
Over 20 additional special craft beers (available throughout the event)

Great food (served during the VIP extra hour) provided by VIP sponsors Forno Italiano of Sparta and Trinity in Newton

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE

Only 2 Hours Left to Win! The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – Win 2 Free Tickets!

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event! Contest ends at 8pm!

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 LIKE and COMMENT  it as well. If you do not like/comment it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen TONIGHT at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming to Sussex County, NJ!

After the resounding success of the Big Brew Beer Festival events in Morristown, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival will have its inaugural launch on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ (Inside the Conservatory and Outside in the Courtyard).

Big Brew Sussex Winter Fest will feature:
Over 200 Unlimited Craft Beers
7 Gourmet Food Trucks (including  award-winning The Cow & The Curd and their Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, Empanada Guy, Fired Up Flatbread, Waffle De Lys, Oink & The Moo BBQ and The Taco Truck)
Music
Fire Pits
Ugly Sweater Contest

VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
Early admission
Over 20 additional special craft beers (available throughout the event)

Great food (served during the VIP extra hour) provided by VIP sponsors Forno Italiano of Sparta and Trinity in Newton

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE

9 Events to Check Out This Weekend – Nov 1 – Nov 2, 2014

Rahway Zombie Pub Crawl – Nov 1


Pub crawl event on Halloween in Rahway.

Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @RahwayZombie

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014, Begins at 6pm
Address: Downtown Rahway – Starts at Meatball and Brews, 1482 Main St
Cost: Free to attend, pay for make up, food, drinks etc
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Legend of the Jersey Devil Show - Nov 1

Live concert of country and bluegrass music with the New Jersey Devil appearing at the 8 pm set. Show from 7:30 – 11 pm. Doors open at 6 pm.

Bring your cameras and be ready to be entertained Pineland style. No reserve seating….tickets purchased at door. Light refreshments available.

Date: Saturday, Nov 1, 2014
Address: Albert Music Hall; 131 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown, NJ
Cost: $5 adults, Children $1
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Pulp Adventurecon – Nov 1

Thousands of Pulp Magazines, Vintage Papebacks, Movie Collectibles, Radio Memorabilia and MORE. If your tastes lean toward classic crime fighters, salt-of-the-earth cowboys, damsels in distress, detectives under duress, space travelers with jet-packs, swooning ladies, or just plain weird creatures that cannot be named this is probably an event you would enjoy. Vintage pulp magazines, movie memorabilia, collectible paperbacks, original artwork, and even some new media turn up.

Date: November 1, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Ramada Inn; 1083 Highway 206, Bordentown, NJ
Cost: $5
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6th Annual Harvest Fest & NJ Microbrew Night – Nov 1

St. James Men of Charity will host their 6th annual Harvest Fest & NJ Microbrew Night on Saturday November 1st. – 6:00 PM at the St. James School Gymnasium – 195 South Finley Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ. The proceeds of the event will benefit Men of Charity projects targeted for local families in urgent need. There will be German Fest foods and music as well as microbrews from NJ craft brewers. Carton Brewing, Cricket Hill Brewery and Flying Fish Brewery headline a group of local breweries that include: Boak’s Brewing, Climax Brewery, Trap Rock Brewery, Ramstein, East Coast Brewing, Uno’s Chicago Grill, and more. Amateur brewers will compete in Home Brew contest. A Tricky Tray raffle is planned. Tickets are only $40. They include a commemorative tasting glass, food, wine, soda, and microbrews. There will also be on an on site babysitting service (3 years and older) offered by the St James RFL Committee for $20 per family.

Date: Saturday, November 1st, 2014; 6pm
Address: St James School Gymnasium, 195 South Finley Ave; Basking Ridge, NJ
Cost: $40, Call Michael Hober – 908-285-5085 for tickets. Limited tickets sold at the door
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Harvest Food Truck and Wine Festival – Nov 1 & 2

First ever Harvest Food Truck and Wine Festival. The event will feature cuisine from the region’s most award-winning food trucks and live music by The VooDUDES. Admission includes entrance to the event, parking, and music. $10 for adults 21 and older, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and children 12 and under are free. Reservations are not required.Wine tastings are available for an additional $10 per person, 21 and older, which includes eight samplings of our nationally award-winning wines in an etched Alba Vineyard wine glass.

Dates: November 1st and 2nd, 2014
Address: Village of Finesville; 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Milford, NJ
Cost: $10 21+, $5 13 to 20, Free 12 and under. Wine Tasting additional $10

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BrickFair NJ – Nov 1 & 2

LEGO fan festival celebrating our favorite toy! BrickFair brings together adult fans of LEGO from across the USA to show off their LEGO creations great and small.

Date: November 1st and 2nd, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: Garden State Exhibit Center; 50 Atrium Drive Somerset, NJ
Cost: $10
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Hometown Heroes Zombie Run -  Nov 2

The Hometown Heroes Zombie 5K Fun Run is the event of the season! Hosted on 100 acres at Argos Farm in Forked River, NJ, the Zombie 5K will feature apocalyptic obstacles, including a giant corn maze. We’ll also have free face painting at The Zombification Station by professional make-up artists. Enjoy the day with family & friends at Argos’ brand new Farm Market and Café by savoring seasonal treats including apple cider donuts and fudge. Come for the run, but stay for the fun!

Date: Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Address: Argos Farm; 1250 Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ
Cost: Regular – $40, Kids- $25, Special Group Rate: 6 or more participants $35 Each.

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South Jersey Comic Con and Toy Bonanza – Nov 2

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Date: Sunday, November 2nd, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: Holiday Inn; Route 70 East, Cherry Hill
Cost: $3
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Day of the Dead – Nov 2

The Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Shopping Center present the annual Day of the Dead celebration. Celebrate Mexico’s El Diá de los Muertos with strolling mariachis, Mexican paper flower making, sugar skull decorating, professional face painting by Second Look Face Painting, and Mexican dishes.  Learn about the traditions of this rich cultural holiday with the whole family!

Date: Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Address: 301 N. Harris St., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – Win 2 Free Tickets!

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

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 LIKE and COMMENT  it as well. If you do not like/comment it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, November 3rd at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming to Sussex County, NJ!

After the resounding success of the Big Brew Beer Festival events in Morristown, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival will have its inaugural launch on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ (Inside the Conservatory and Outside in the Courtyard).

Big Brew Sussex Winter Fest will feature:
Over 200 Unlimited Craft Beers
7 Gourmet Food Trucks (including  award-winning The Cow & The Curd and their Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, Empanada Guy, Fired Up Flatbread, Waffle De Lys, Oink & The Moo BBQ and The Taco Truck)
Music
Fire Pits
Ugly Sweater Contest

VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
Early admission
Over 20 additional special craft beers (available throughout the event)

Great food (served during the VIP extra hour) provided by VIP sponsors Forno Italiano of Sparta and Trinity in Newton

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE

11 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Oct 24 – 26, 2014

There are a lot of events to choose from this weekend, these are just a few I’m highlighting! Be sure to check out all the “Fall Events and Festivals – Resources” Section of the Website as well as Ghost Tours!

Chiller Theatre - October 24th-26th

The Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo, held twice a year at the Parsippany Sheraton aka the Tara Hotel in April and Oct, is your Premiere Convention for all things Cool! Chiller Theatre, with over 24 years in the business, is your #1 stop for the Best Celebrities, Dealers rooms that are second to none, a Rock n Roll Costume Party the Saturday Night of both events and in association with WPIX Channel 11 in NY, they’ve brought back the TV show you know and love every Halloween, namely CHILLER THEATRE movie night!

Dates: October 24th -26th, 2014
Address: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel- 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany
Phone: 973-515-2000
To get tickets click Here
For more information like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @ChillerTheatre
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Zombie Outbreak – Oct 24 & 25


A mysterious plague is spreading like wildfire among the population causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. Not to fear, the Zombie Contingency Agency has been called into action to protect the public from the undead menace. Take shelter from the zombie horde in our fortified refugee center. All is well. What could possibly go wrong? Zombie Outbreak is part of the Operation Halloween event held Friday and Saturday, October 24-25 at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation At Brookville, NJ. In addition to the Zombie Outbreak attraction, Operation Halloween will feature the Jersey Devil Hayride and Pumpkin Street for kids.  Tickets are good for unlimited re-entry to all attractions for one day.  100% of profits will benefit the various participating non-profit groups.

Dates: Oct 24th – 25, 2014 (Begins at 7pm)
Address: Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation; 229 Brookville Road, Barnegat Township
Cost: $10 at gate, $8 in advance. Buy  tickets HERE
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Atlantic City Cinefest/Downbeach Film Festival: Oct 24 – 26

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The mission of the Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest is to present a cultural event for residents of and visitors to the communities of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, Longport, Ocean City and beyond.

The festival promotes new films, as well as filmmakers and actors, all in an effort to celebrate the art form of moviemaking. We are rooted in the celebration of independent and studio film, and the creation of a form where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work.

Our event also provides novice and aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others interested in a career in the film business, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and mentoring.

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Blend Central Jersey Beer Fest – Oct 25

Tickets will include beer, a pig roast, live music, and much, much more!

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014; 1pm to 5pm
Address: Blend Bistro & Bar, 911 Route 33, Hamilton, NJ
Cost: $15 to $55, But Tickets Here
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October Beerfest 5K – Oct 25

Come RUN, PLAY, DRINK, EAT, PARTY with us and for once you can justify your beer guzzling, game playing, hot dog eating habits – all by running a 5K first! ​

Your registration gets you:
Access to our 5K course complete with Beer Stations OR entry into the Lawn Games Tourney OR Both!
Picnic Party with Hot Dogs, Beer, and Lawn Games
​Music by Nightmoves DJs
Prizes in surprise categories
Official “Here’s To Me!” October Beerfest shirt!

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014; 10am to 3pm
Address: Rahway River Park, Clark, NJ
Cost: $25+. Register HERE
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South Jersey Geek Fest - Oct 25

SJ Geek fest is a celebration of your geekery featuring comics, tabletop games, video games, youtubers, cosplayers and more.

Date: Oct 25, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Woodbury Heights Community Center; 741 Helen Ave, Woodbury, NJ
Cost: Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. To get tickets click here
For more information like them on Facebook
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Zombie Crawl at the Lake Hopatcong Elks – Oct 25

Zombies, Vampires, and undead creatures of all kinds are expected to turn out in full make up. Open to Monster enthusiasts of all ages! Participants will crawl along a 1 mile haunted trail. The walking undead will cease their lumbering at 6pm.  6-10pm is the After-Life Party. Music, food, fun, & more! Contests for best costume, best group, & more.For more info or to sign up contact the organizers by email: bpoe782@optonline.net. All proceeds benefit the Lake Hopatcong Elks, Special needs children, and youth charities.

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014; 4pm
Address: Lake Hopatcong Elka Lodge; 201 Howard Blvd., Mt. Arlington, NJ
Cost:  $10 in donations to crawl, $30 in donations includes a ticket to the after-life party, a crawl t-shirt, and a $5 food voucher.
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Toast Your Way Into Fall Festival at Jakes Branch Park- Oct 25 & 26

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Toast your way into the fall season at New Jersey’s best new wine festival! The “Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park” will be taking place this Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 from 12 noon to 5pm daily in Beachwood, NJ.   The Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park will feature 10 of New Jersey’s finest wineries including: Auburn Road Vineyards, Coda Rossa Winery, DiMatteo Vineyard, Plagido’s Winery, Renault Winery, Sharrott Winery, Tomasello Winery, Valenzano Winery, Ventimiglia Vineyard, and Wagonhouse Winery.  Wineries will be offering samples and sales of more than 150 wines, including their very best varietals and seasonal favorites.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood NJ
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 (Cash only) at door. Tickets can be purchased HERE
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Halloween at Sharrott Winery – Oct 25 & 26

Scary tunes, people in costumes, tricks and treats – and hot wine! That’s the way we celebrate Halloween at Sharrott Winery. Stop by the Tasting Room for Halloween fun; complimentary tastings for everyone in costume. Also enjoy Live Music on our patio from 1 pm to 4 pm both days.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Sharrott Winery; 370 S Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free
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Hallowine Weekend - Oct 25 & 26

Dress up for a free tasting, “Costume” Wine Labels, Pumpkin Give-away, Mulled Wine, Cheesecake & Pumpkin Butter Tastings. Don’t let the kids have all the fun this All Hallows’ Eve. It’s the grown-ups turn to have a good time on the vineyard at our HalloWINE Weekend. It will be a SCREAM! Come in costume and get a complimentary wine tasting. Take a picture at our “costume” label station and get it put on a bottle of wine. Sample Pecan Pumpkin Butter from Muirhead Foods and Pumpkin Cheesecake from Maddalenas.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Old York Cellars; 80 Old York Rd. Ringoes, NJ
Cost: Free with Costume
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Smithville Zombie Walk  – Oct 26


Vendors, entertainment and prizes. Zombies walk at 6pm. Free! No registration required! When Hell is full…zombies will walk Smithville! Join us for a day of vendors, music, entertainment and prizes. This is an all day event. Zombies will walk at 6pm. Raffle Of The Living Dead at 6:30 pm. Come dressed as a zombie (or zombie hunter) and participate for free, or have your make up done in front of Underground for $5. No registration required. Every person in costume receives a free raffle ticket at Underground. Itinerary will be posted on this page as info becomes available.

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Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Address: Village Greene at Historic Smithville
Cost: Free to Attend