Diner Round Up – The Morristown Diner

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Firstly, I want to preface that I went to this diner in February, which would explain the snow coming down in full force. Now for the review…

I went to Morristown diner while I was in Morristown. The diner is in a great location in downtown Morristown where there are lots of stores, restaurants, night life, museums and more. I went on a day while it was snowing, so I didn’t stay too long in the area…but I’m glad I at least got to check out the diner while I was there.

When you walk in they have a cute, classic NJ diner counter which gave me the warm fuzzies.

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I posted on Facebook when I was there and got a mixed response from people who have been there. I personally loved it.

Their menu has a lot to choose from, including Greek specialties, fat sandwiches and Mexican food. I decided on getting a chicken fajita because I was hungry and it sounded like a lot of food. Oh boy…was it!

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I also want to say, and this is a bold statement, but this might have been one of the best fajitas I have ever had. I was literally licking my plate it was so good.

Make sure you get dessert on your way out. It looked delicious! They even had Minion cupcakes…

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Basic Info
Address: 73 Morris St, Morristown, NJ
Phone: (973) 538-0228photo 2

To see their menu check out their Website

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – Yes
Parking Lot – Yes, but it’s small. There is street parking
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

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

Events to Check Out this Weekend – Feb 7th & 8th, 2015

First Friday Late Night: Go Red – Feb 6

Come stroll the historic downtown district of Boonton Main Street for First Friday Late Night! Businesses will be open late for an evening of sales, socializing, dining, art, and shopping!

Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015; 5-9pm
Address: Main St., Boonton
Cost: Free
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Laser Music Shows at the Planetarium– Feb 6 & 7

One weekend only, laser music shows return to the Planetarium! Three shows to chose from: 7:30 pm, Electrolaze, the perfect melding of today’s electronic dance music and laser lights featuring songs from Skrillex, Deadmau5, Daft Punk and more; 9 pm, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon; 10:30 pm Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Dates: February 6th & 7th, 2015
Address: New Jersey State Planetarium; 205 W. State St., Trenton
Cost: $7
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Haddonfield Uncorked – Feb 7

‘Haddonfield Uncorked’ is an opportunity to sample and purchase New Jersey wines while browsing the Downtown shops, which will also be offering in-store specials and discounts – just in time for Valentine’s Day. So whether you seek traditional gifts like wine, chocolates and flowers; a romantic spot for dinner and wine for two; or unique gifts that are a little less traditional, it can all be found in Downtown Haddonfield – during ‘Haddonfield Uncorked’. Participating merchants along Kings Highway and our charming side streets – which include Mechanic, Ellis and Tanner Streets, Haddy Lane, Kings Court and Haddon Avenue – invite you to enjoy this sip and sample shopping opportunity in the Downtown.

Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015; 1- 4pm
Address: Downtown Haddonfield, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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Chocolate and Wine Festival – Feb 7

On February 7th enjoy the sweeter side of life at Greater Media’s first Chocolate and Wine Festival. A perfect time to indulge in chocolate and enchant your palate with wine, this event is open to anyone who is looking to make their Saturday a little sweeter! With Valentine’s Day only a week away, you can also get some great ideas and do some shopping while you are there. Our vendors are also offering great giveaways and specials for anyone that attends the event.The Chocolate and Wine festival will feature a variety of chocolatiers and wineries as well as bakeries, ice cream and specialty foods. With your ticket, you will get the chance to sample it all as well as purchase what you crave.

Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Address: Branches; 123 Monmouth Rd , West Long Branch, NJ
Cost: $12, Get tickets Here
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Chocolate Festival – Feb 7

Enjoy a day of chocolaty fun! Activities include:
• Design a mustache for a lollipop
• Create a love bug
• Play “Name that Chocolate”
• Collect chocolate candies throughout the museum
• Decorate a cupcake magnet
• Chocolate tasting
• Listen to love songs from the Guinness Collection

Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address: Morris Museum; 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
Cost: FREE for Members; Non-Members: $7/Child, $10/Adult
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Laurita Winery’s Mardi Gras Weekend – Feb 7 & 8

Who needs Bourbon Street when you’ve got Laurita Winery! Come celebrate Mardi Gras — New Orleans style – at Laurita and enjoy a weekend full of fun, laughter and wonderful memories! Break out your costumes, dust off your masks, and get your dancing shoes on because that’s what you’ll be doing with live music on Saturday and Sunday. Kick back and enjoy Laurita’s award-winning wines with family and friends and don’t forget to check out the special Cajun-inspired dishes and other tasty offerings at The Marketplace. Celebrate Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery and get ready to party!

Dates: February 7th & 8th, 2015
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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GSWGA’s Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend – Feb 7 & 8

Join New Jersey wineries from Sussex to Cape May, and everywhere in between across New Jersey for two weekends of your favorite pairing- wine and chocolate! Each winery will have its own features for the trail weekend, but most will have something CHOCOLATE related to enjoy! You’ll find special wine tastings and new releases, pairings, entertainment, specials and sales. Be sure to grab something special for your squeeze. Held over two weekends, rain, snow, or shine. Check with each winery for hours. The events calendar will have each wineries listing as well.

Dates: February 7th & 8th, 4th & 15th, 2015
*At Participating Vineyards
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Camden County Spring Home & Leisure Show – Feb 7&8

More than 60 exhibitor booths offering a vast array of home improvement, remodeling and leisure companies will offer the highest quality assistance possible to all who attend.These professional companies will showcase their quality products and services, offer advice and provide the community with ideas for their home projects, family fun and outdoor living! Free parking, easy access, great prizes and give-a-ways up for grabs. This event being sponsored by House & Home Magazine, The Wire and Home Improvement Guide. The Voorhees Town Center offers a bustling food court, specialty shops and major department stores.

Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm and again on Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm

Dates: February 7th & 8th, 2015
Address: 2120 Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees
Cost: Free
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Alba Winery’s Wine and Chocolate Weekend – Feb 7 & 8

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember by spending it with someone special at Alba Vineyard. Treat your valentine to samples of award winning wines paired with exquisite chocolates, artisan cheeses, and wonderful culinary treats! We will feature small bites prepared by our preferred caterers. Each caterer will offer samples of their amazing food specialties to pair with our wines. Master Chocolatier, Diane Pinder, owner of Donna & Company, will join us. Diane will offer samples of her unique artisan chocolates to pair with Alba’s dessert wines. A collection of assorted truffles and other chocolate treats will be available for sale. Joining us for the first time this year is Fourchette of Clinton, NJ. You will be able to sample and purchase their artisan cheeses. The tasting experience is $20 per person (21 and older). Reservations are not required.

Dates: February 14th – 15th, 2015; 11am to 5pm
Address: Alba Vineyards; 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Milford, NJ
Cost: $20 for Wine and Food Tasting
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Bluegrass Festival– Feb 8

Live stage concert of bluegrass music featuring eight regional bluegrass bands from the tri-state area.

Date: Sunday, February 8th, 2015; Noon to 5pm, doors open @ 11am
Address: Albert Music Hall; 131 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown
Cost: $10

Morris Animal Inn’s “I Chews You” Valentine Event – Wed, Feb 11th

The Morris Animal Inn‘s I “Chews” You Valentine’s Day Dog Daycare Party on Wednesday, February 11th, is the next can’t miss event for your pup! Activities include smooching your pooch in our kissing booth, “Singles Mingle” and “Love & Licks” outside in our front and side yards, “Courting & Fetching” agility and hurdles, Cupid’s sweet potato treat, and much more! Cost is $59. Call 973-539-0377 to RSVP today!

Dates: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Address: 120 Sand Spring Road, Morristown, NJ

Like on them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @MorrisAnimalInn

About Morris Animal Inn:

Party events will be customized to fit your pet’s personality (private or group).

Morris Animal Inn is a family owned and operated luxury pet resort in Morristown, New Jersey, for cats and dogs.  For more information, visit the Morris Animal Inn website, call 973-539-0377, or email info@morrisanimalinn.com.

Also, this video is adorable:

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

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

Events to Check Out this Weekend – Dec 31st – Jan 4th

I can’t believe 2015 begins this week! Crazy! In addition to these events, be sure to check out my list of Winter Events & Festivals at the top of the site (with all other other links).

Skate for Wishes – Dec 31

On Wednesday, December 31st, the 7th annual Skate for Wishes event will be held at Flyers Skate Zone in Atlantic City with the hopes to raise over $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of New Jersey. Join us by ending 2014 with a day of skating for children suffering with life-threatening medical conditions!

Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: Flyers Skate Zone, 501 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City , NJ
Cost: $16 including a $5 donation to Make-A-Wish New Jersey
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Hogmanay Bonfire in the Great Meadow– Dec 31

Get your toss list ready for Lawrenceville’s Hogmanay Bonfire. Held on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, the Hogmanay Bonfire has been a Lawrence Historical Society tradition since 1997. The Mercer County bonfire began as a way to showcase the Brearley House while it was being renovated and proved to be so popular it has become an annual event. The first bonfire was suggested by Joe Logan, who remembered fires like this from his childhood in Savannah. In his hometown the fires marked the end of the holidays and they were a good way to get rid of the family Christmas tree. LHS took Logan’s suggestion and combined it with Hogmanay, another festival that often includes bonfires and a large community gathering.

Hogmanay is a Scottish New Year’s celebration that has it roots in Pagan tradition. To this day, Hogmanay is the main winter holiday and includes many Christmas-like features, such as gift giving. Create a list of all the bad things you want to forget about 2012 and bring it to the fire on New Year’s Eve. Toss it in the giant flames and watch it burn. Paper and pencils will also be available for you to write down all the bad things from the previous year that you wish to toss into the fire. You are also invited to prepare a list in advance and bring it to the fire. The most important aspect of any Hogmanay celebration is cleansing for the new year. Cleansing includes paying off old debts, washing the home, and banishing thoughts of bad happenings from the previous year.

Other traditions include the banging of pots at midnight to ward off dark spirits, banishing stray dogs to keep evil at bay, and first-footing – a tradition of visiting friends and relatives at midnight to bring them good cheer to start off the new year.

The Hogmanay Bonfire will take place in the Great Meadow behind the Brearley House. The ceremonial blaze will be lit at 6:00 pm by fire master, Joe Logan. Other activities during the event include a bagpiper, free refreshments, free parking and house tours. The refreshments in previous years included cake from Main Street Catering and apple cider from Terhune Orchards.

Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014; 6pm to 8pm
Address: The Brearley House; Meadow Rd, Trenton, NJ
Cost: Free
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New Year’s Eve Kids’ Kazoo Parade – Dec 31

Your children will love to be a part of the Annual New Year’s Eve Kids’ Kazoo Parade in Collingswood. Held on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, this New Year’s Eve event takes place from 4:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at 4:15 p.m. in front of The Pop Shop. There will be Mummers present from a local string band to join in the parade down Haddon Avenue. After the parade, there will be free cookies and a New Year’s Eve Countdown with confetti. The parade is outdoors, so be sure to dress for winter weather. You can enjoy dinner at The Pop Shop after the celebration. Reservations are suggested. The restaurant will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Date: Wednesday, December 31stl 2014; 4:15 – 5:30pm
Address: Downtown Collingwood; The Pop Shop; 790 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood
Cost: Free
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Disney on Ice – Jan 1 – 4

Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail.  Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora, defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon! Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin.  Join Elsa and Anna and the hilarious snowman Olaf, from Disney’s blockbuster hit Frozen, and discover how an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.  And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away.

Dates: January 1st – 4th, 2015
Address: IZOD Center; 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: Tickets start at $25
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Sing-a-long Wizard of Oz – Jan 3

Join us and sing along to the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Frank Morgan. Come dressed as your favorite character and be a part of the costume parade on the Basie stage. Enjoy an afternoon of fantasy and song on the big screen as we travel with Kansas farm girl Dorothy down the yellow brick road to the magical land of Oz. A fun event for the whole family.

Date: Saturday, January 3rd, 2015; 2pm
Address: Count Basie Theatre;
Cost: $15
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Sing-a-long Sound of Music – Jan 4

The Hills are alive! Join in on the fun in as you sing along to the classic Julie Andrews Oscar-winning movie musical. Wave your Edelweiss! Dance in the gazebo with Liesl! Bark at Rolf! Boo the Nazis! Partake in earnest choruses of “My Favorite Things!” And come in costume. Don’t worry, all the lyrics are subtitled.

Date: Sunday, January 4th, 2015; 3pm
Address: Mayo Performing Arts Center; 100 South St., Morristown, NJ
Cost: $15 – $20

Check Out the Holiday Light Displays!

North Jersey
Denville Holiday Lights (Denville) (Free)
Christmas Ice Caverns (Fairfield)
Oakland Light Display (Oakland) (Free)

Central Jersey & Jersey Shore
Kloos Family Lights (East Brunswick) (Free)
Schaefer Farms Holiday Light Show(Flemington)
Martel’s Winter Wonderland (Hamilton)(Free)
Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Light Extravaganza (Hazlet)(Free)
Holiday Lights Spectacular @ PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel)
Cook’s Christmas Lights (Jackson) (Free)
Dano Lights (Monroe) (Free)
Old Bridge Light Display (Old Bridge)(Free)
T & A Sprinkler Light Show (Old Bridge) (Free)
MacCary Christmas Light Display (Ocean)(Free)
Gress House Lights (Union Beach) (Free)

South Jersey
Sooy Lane Light Show (Absecon) (Free)
Burlington Lights (Burlington) (Free)
Christmas Light Show Hayrides (Medford)
Haggerty’s Christmas Lights (Pitman) (Free)
Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show (Smithville) (Free)
Turnersville Light Display (Turnersville) (Free)
Westhampton Light Display (West Hampton) (Free)

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

Join Morris Animal Inn’s Canine Cardio Fitness Camp from Jan 12 – 16, 2015

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The Morris Animal Inn’s Canine Cardio Fitness Camp is January 12th to the 16th and it will be filled with fun and fitness for your pet. Participants will workout on the canine treadmill, swim laps in our indoor heated pool, do dog yoga, eat a healthy treat, keep busy with group and private play sessions and so much more!

From January 12-16, a dog can join the Morris Animal Inn  for a day, a few days, or a week of fitness and fun. Their fit camp promotes an active lifestyle, healthy eating, and a bit of relaxation. Activities for the week include:

· Doga (Dog Yoga for stretching and relaxation)Morris Animal Inn_AH_02
· Doggie Massage
· Treadmill Cardio Sessions
· Trails Runs
· Group & Private Play Sessions
· Indoor Swim Sessions
· Healthy treats & tips to take home
· …and much more!

Their fit camps are specifically tailored to each and every pet participant. Whether someone has a pudgy pooch or a pet that is fit and full of energy, the next Canine Cardio Fitness Camp is a can’t miss event.

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Each dog that attends for the week will receive a report card with their weight results, waist measurements, and achievement highlights.

Cost is $59 per day or $249 for the week.

Anyone interested should call 973-539-0377 to reserve a spot!

Dates: January 12th – 16th, 2015
Address: 120 Sand Spring Road, Morristown, NJ

Like on them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @MorrisAnimalInn

About Morris Animal Inn:

Party events will be customized to fit your pet’s personality (private or group).

Morris Animal Inn is a family owned and operated luxury pet resort in Morristown, New Jersey, for cats and dogs.  For more information, visit the Morris Animal Inn website, call 973-539-0377, or email info@morrisanimalinn.com.

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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