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NEWS (Cities & Towns Follow the News

Check Out the Exciting Events Year-Round at Cape May

Latest Events at New Jersey Audubon

Check Out All The New Events at The New Jersey State Museum

Going to Redbank? For good food and service visit Robinson's Ale House

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Has Lots on Tap

Join a Trail Crew: Trail work is planned and new volunteers are welcome this weekend in the following regions: Metro (NYC), Westchester (Yorktown), AT in Dutchess-Putnam, West Jersey (Jenny Jump State Park), Highlands Trail in New Jersey.

The New Campmor-Sponsored Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails Map Set Is In. Trail Conference members get 25% discount when you order your maps and books from the Trail Conference. 

Updated map to trails in Sterling Forest State Park is now available.

Protect the Palisades: The coalition has released new visual simulations of Palisades Park before and after LG Electronics' proposed building.

For more information on any of the above news, contact the NY/NJ Trail Conference at 156 Ramapo Valley Road | Mahwah, NJ 07430

Membership Benefits Expand with New Retail Partners. BV Sport is the latest company to offer members a 10% discount.

Nature Conservancy (TNC) Events (New Jersey Chapter)

NOTE: Registration is required for all trips and volunteer events. 
Please contact 609-861-4120 or e-mail for more information or to register!

Volunteer Opportunities:

All volunteer work parties are FREE and most run from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Please be sure to bring lunch, water, gloves, and dress appropriately. Please call (609)861-0600 for directions, more information or to register. -
Citizen Science Volunteer Program
* * Please call 609-861-4135 for scheduling.

The Nature Conservancy is looking for individuals and families interested in collecting scientific data on various Cape May County preserves.  Come out and perform real science for TNC! The data our citizen scientists collect will be used to inform conservation decisions with regard to ecological management and species protection. 

New Jersey Audubon Events

Latest Events

Birding Trips

Check out our calendar for the latest birding trips and other outdoor events you can join. Space is extremely limited, pre-registration and face masks are required.

Location: New Jersey Audubon 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Go Birding With NJ Audubon

Go birding with NJ Audubon in 2020. Whether it is a 1 hour guided bird walk or a half day exploration or multi-day excursion, we have the birding program for you. In addition, we offer expertly run workshops and seminars.

Cape May Bird Observatory

Lorrimer Sanctuary

Nature Center of Cape May

Plainsboro Preserve

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ

- Morning Yoga each Saturday
- Free Guided Nature Walks each Friday and Saturday - 8am

Plainsboro Preserve hours and programs


Hawk Rise in Linden, NJ
Close to Route 1 in Linden, in an industrial area with strip malls you’ll find a hidden treasure. In one of the last places you’d think to find an ecological preserve.

Petty's Island in Pennsauken Township, NJ
New Jersey Audubon teams with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Cooper River Watershed Association to develop and conduct limited programming and stewardship on Petty’s Island.

Birding Field Trips and Workshops

All Things Birds Schedule
Join NJ Audubon expert guides on birding field trips from Sandy Hook to High Point State Park to Forsythe and much more throughout the year.

Cape May School of Birding
These workshops are a fun and an attentive way to visit one of the best birding and natural history places on the planet.

Young Birders Club
The New Jersey Young Birders Club was created to bring young birders of New Jersey together and provide mentors for youth who are interested in natural history and conservation.


Eco Travel

Travelers have been taken to the best birding spots around the world, and in our own backyard, for over 30 years. Watch for the 2021 detinations.
Support NJ Audubon on Facebook - set up your own fundraising campaign on behalf of NJ Audubon, We get 100% of the proceeds.

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New Jersey Audubon 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Migration Watches

At New Jersey Audubon we keep our finger on the pulse of migration through our long-term migration watches, coordinated by our Cape May Bird Observatory. These watch sites are places you can visit to actively see bird migrating during the spring and fall. Our watches are staffed with NJ Audubon counters that log each and every bird they spot migrating through in real-time, and seasonal naturalist interns there to help explain the phenomena of migration as well as to help get you on and identify the birds! The daily counts can also be viewed online via our website.

Check the individual watches for real-time counts and seasonal data. and choose a Watch to visit


The geographic features that make Cape May Point a beautiful location (an extensive peninsula surrounded by the ocean and a large bay) also provide a mix of bird migration flyways and stopover habitat in spring – truly a crossroads of migration unlike any other on the East Coast – from scoters and other seabirds feeding in the Delaware Bay or following the coast to breeding grounds to songbirds, shorebirds, raptors and others on a more direct northward path to the Point after crossing the open bay. The Cape May Springwatch, NJ Audubon Cape May Bird Observatory’s newest long-term seasonal research project, is positioned perfectly to capture the diversity and quantity of this bird migration phenomenon, involving over 100 species and 100,000+ individuals.

New Jersey Audubon Eco Tours

For more information on any of these tours, contact or call 609-400-3852.

Cape May Bird Observatory

Lorrimer Sanctuary

Plainsboro Preserve

Scherman Hoffman

Please Support NJ Audubon with a tax deductible gift today - every $1 helps us to continue to protect wildlife and habitat.


Hawk Rise in Linden, NJ
Close to Route 1 in Linden, in an industrial area with strip malls you’ll find a hidden treasure. In one of the last places you’d think to find an ecological preserve.

Petty's Island in Pennsauken Township, NJ
New Jersey Audubon teams with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Cooper River Watershed Association to develop and conduct limited programming and stewardship on Petty’s Island.

Birding Field Trips and Workshops

All Things Birds Schedule
Join NJ Audubon expert guides on birding field trips from Sandy Hook to High Point State Park to Forsythe and much more throughout the year.

Cape May School of Birding
These workshops are a fun and an attentive way to visit one of the best birding and natural history places on the planet.

Young Birders Club
The New Jersey Young Birders Club was created to bring young birders of New Jersey together and provide mentors for youth who are interested in natural history and conservation.


Eco Travel

For more information contact the New Jersey Audubon 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924


Every Friday and Saturday morning - 8am-9am

Enjoy a quiet morning here at the Sanctuary walking the trails with an NJ Audubon staff and/or associate naturalist. These walks are informal and informative: birds, trees, tracks, wildflowers, reptiles, and amphibians are a few of nature’s wonders waiting for us to discover.

Union County Performing Arts Center

Latest Events

Note: UCPAC Ticket Buying is Easier Than Ever -- and FREE!

Purchase tickets online
or call 732-499-8226

Parking is available to guests at Rahway's multi-level parking deck,
located on the corner of Main Street and Lewis Street. A free shuttle is often available to and from the theatre.

Box Office:  (732) 499-8226 - Admin Office: (732) 499-0441
Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving Street
Rahway, New Jersey 07065

Members of AAA, students, seniors, Friends of Union County Arts Center, Discover Jersey Arts members, veterans and active members of the U.S. Military – and 10% off Group Sales to groups! or
YOU CAN order online, call (732) 499-8226 or stop in to visit the friendly box office staff at 1601 Irving Street in downtown Rahway Arts District. There are NO FEES no matter how you choose to buy your tickets!

Union County Performing Arts Center uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management. Vendini, Inc. - 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190 United States


Bent Creek Upland Hunting Preserve

Bent Creek has just under 500 acres of private land managed strictly for bird hunting consisting of sorghum, sudan, wild grasses and small wood lots. Each party has its own exclusive hunting area, and you may hunt over your own dog or hire one of the guides with his own dog. There is a lovely, comfortable clubhouse, a banquet room for larger parties, a restroom and changing areas for your post-hunting relaxation. Bring your own lunch or plan on the takeout menu offered here.

Private Custom Tower Shoots are great fun here. For 100 Pheasants and hunting after the shoot it is $1,900. (minimum 10 shooters). . . .up to 24. Reserevations can be made by calling 609-259-9501.

Specials and European Shoots are offered. The minimum age for guided hunts is 12, with a limit of one non-hunting guest per group. No gauge larger than 12 can be used; all guns must only be able to hold 3 shells maxium, and no shot size larger than a #6 may be used. A minimum of 200 sq. in. of hunter orange is required.

Check web site for details.

Location: Bent Creek Game Farm Upland Hunting Presereve, 786 Route 524, Allentown, NJ 08501. Phone for office is 609-259-9501. Office Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


With Modine A New Culinary Team Brings Low-Country Coastal to Asbury Park --- Southern Hospitality and Heirloom Ingredients

Asbury Park has become home to Modine, a restaurant located in the Historic Post Building at 601 Mattison Avenue, opened in 2018. Full of southern charm and modern flair, Modine has been a labor of love for its dedicated team of founders. Partners Shanti and Steve Mignogna are known to the Asbury Park community as the owners of Talula’s, a popular eatery and bar offering a carefully curated menu of sourdough pizza and locally sourced fare. Joining the Mignogna’s as partners in the project are Chris Davin, Jill Meerpohl, and Andrew Rasizer.

Located at the newly renovated 601 Mattison Avenue, Modine’s physical space will balance southern elegance and comfort. Art-deco inspired, the visual direction of the venue has been a collaboration between Modine’s founding partners and the architectural firm Space Exploration located in Brooklyn, NY. Featuring gleaming brass accents, luxe green leather, marble pillars and tables, and plenty of greenery, the aesthetic conjures the charm of southern cities like Charleston.

Modine’s specialties include fried chicken made with buttermilk and pickle juice brine – a recipe that took six months to perfect - as well as an in-house butchery program led by Davin. The menu will also feature seafood dishes like shrimp and grits and Frogmore stew, augmented by an extensive selection of vegan fare and cocktails.  Modine is open for dinner and weekend brunch, and there's also a lunch counter and takeout section in the back called Mo, featuring artisan burgers, sandwiches, salads, and sides.

For more information on Modine, please visit Those interested can follow the venue’s progress on Instagram at @modineasbury.


For a list of other free and inexpensive ways to enjoy Atlantic City visit
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About the CRDA:
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process.

For more information about CRDA and its projects, visit

What to See & Do

Bass Pro Shops Outpost is open in Atlantic City

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 91 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting,fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group®, a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 36 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge®, voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World's Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow on Facebook at

The Bass Pro Shops Outpost store is located at 30 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, and is part of the Cordish Company’s Phase IV development of The Walk in Atlantic City.

The Pier Shops at Caesars

About The Pier Shops

The Pier Shops at Caesars located on Atlantic City’s historic boardwalk is a world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Built on a 900-foot pier over the Atlantic Ocean, The Pier Shops is a driving force in the historic coastal town’s ongoing transformation. With approximately 80 high-end retail stores and restaurants, The Pier Shops boasts such luxury names as Burberry, Gucci , and HUGO BOSS, as well as some of the East Coast’s most renowned restaurants, including Stephen Starr’s modern Asian Buddakan and casual Continental, Patrick Lyons’ bistro Sonsie, Trinity Irish Pub, and spectacular sports bar Game On!, and Baltimore’s famed Phillips Seafood, and Atlantic City’s best Sushi Bar Souzai. The Pier Shops also features The Water Show, an interactive water, light and sound spectacular. For more information, visit

Seven restaurants are now open at The Pier Shops: Buddakan and Continental from Philadelphia’s famed Stephen Starr, Sonsie, Game On and Trinity Pub from Boston nightlife guru Patrick Lyons, Phillips Seafood from Maryland’s beloved Steve Phillips and Souzai Sushi & Sake. They each offer a diverse menu and breathtaking sunset views over the Atlantic Ocean. Guests are invited to stop by the 60+ retail stores at The Pier Shops, before or after heading to the Promenade to taste signature drinks and dishes from the newest additions to AC’s dynamic dining scene.

For details on Sample Sale Tuesdays or Sunset Happy Hour Wednesdays, check web site


Dress up for the season and, in fact, any time. Turn your shopping chores into a full-fledged weekend getaway. Spend the night at Caesars and you’ll receive a $100 gift card. You can shop for everyone on your list, then enjoy the time away to check out one of The Pier’s newest hot spots. Relax at the spa. Hit the tables. Or take in a show. Whatever you do, forgo the stressful trip to the mall and discover the treasures awaiting you at The Pier. Shop. Dine. Now you can shop, dine, and play like an A-lister!

With a variety of mid-to high-end stores, The Pier Shops’ first floor Boardwalk Level has something cool for everyone on your list.  Make your own candy bars at IT’SUGAR. Check out the latest gadgets at Apple. Head upstairs to the couture floor on the Bridge Level to peruse the latest fashions from brands like Burberry and Louis Vuitton.  Pick up some chocolate pearls at IRIDESSE.  Laura Mercier’s Beauty Book is available at Cos Bar and The Art of Shaving has lots of fun gifts for the guys on your list.

Check web site for more information or call 609-345-3100.

For more information, check web site

Atlantic City Convention Center, Boardwalk Hall "Always Turned On" to FREEFi NETWORKS' Free Wi-Fi Service

FreeFi Networks (, a Los Angeles-based company offering content and advertiser-supported Public Internet Wi-Fi access, in partnershipwith the Atlantic City Convention Center and Historic Boardwalk Hall, has announced what could be the East Coast’s largest free WiFi ‘hotspot.’ With the installation of the advertising supported network, consumers and visitors at both locations will be able to enjoy a high speed, modern and fully functioning WiFi connection.

The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA) awarded FreeFi a multi-year contract with the facilities. The free public access WiFi network covers nearly the entire footprint of the Convention Center, including all five exhibit halls and pre-function areas, as well as the adjacent rail station, and Historic Boardwalk Hall, the city’s special events venue located on the world’s famous Boardwalk.  

For more information about FreeFi Networks, log on to            

James' Salt Water Taffy

Mention Atlantic City and confection in the same sentence and there is no other than James’ Salt Water Taffy. Dating back to the 1800s, James Candy Company offers everything from salt water taffy to chocolate to macaroons. Easy to find locations in Atlantic City - including The Pier Shops at Caesars - Wildwood and Stone Harbor, not to mention a mail order catalog, make taffy an ideal present. You can also visit their online store at for easy shopping.  Online store specials include a one pound box of taffy free with the purchase of $40 or more. A special addition this year is complimentary nostalgic wrapping paper, which is a recreation of the company’s original wrapping paper from the early 1900’s.  

Boardwalk Peanut Shoppe

For those who get a little nutty during the holidays, there is the Boardwalk Peanut Shoppe. Home to the world-famous Mr. Peanut, the Boardwalk Peanut Shoppe specializes in premium nuts and hand dipped chocolates. There are plenty of gift baskets to choose from including the Seashore Treasure Bucket for $17.99, which includes peanuts, salt water taffy, and caramel corn. There is also an Executive Basket, which includes assorted Von Jaeger chocolates, pistachios and assorted nuts, dark cocoa dusted truffles, chocolate covered pretzels and select European cookies, all for $119.00. Order online at or call 1-888-55PNUTS.

Steels Fudge

can be found on both the Atlantic City and Ocean City Boardwalks. Specializing in delicious fudge, taffy, cookies and candy, Steels Fudge is a “don’t miss” when coming to the shore. There is a combo box containing one-pound of fudge and one-pound of taffy for as low as $16.50 and a one-pound tin of Steel’s Brittle Cashew for $12.00, just to name a few selections. You can order online at or call 1-888-783-3571.           

Absecon Lighthouse

Visit the gift shop in the Absecon Lighthouse and choose from a variety of lighthouse merchandise including lighthouse replicas. There are plenty of gifts to choose from no matter your budget, including clothing, jewelry, toys, books, artwork, photography, spoons, pillows and more. The Lighthouse can also ship a special request for a $5 shipping and handling fee. The Absecon Lighthouse is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, visit or call 609-449-1360.

Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest and the country’s third tallest, is introducing fun, educational birthday parties for kids

The parties are being offered on Sunday afternoons and include a presentation of lighthouse history, a 12 minute movie, tour of the facility, climb to the top, access to exhibits, Keeper’s Cottage, a two-acre manicured lawn, tables and chairs, and free on-site parking.  Families will bring their own food, cake and beverages. To set up a birthday party, call the Director of Education Programs, Stephanie Carr, at 609-449-1360.  For more information about Absecon Lighthouse, visit our website at

Absecon Lighthouse Now Has 8 Live Camera Views from the Top, including a "Selfie Cam"

Climbing Absecon Lighthouse just got a lot more fun - and interactive. Thanks to, there is now a 360 degree live view from the top of Absecon Lighthouse which can be accessed any time, day or night, by logging on to, including a view of the spectacular First-Order Fresnel Lens. But the real fun happens when climbers stand in front of the new "Selfie Cam" at the top and tell their friends to log onto, so they can wave, pose, and throw kisses to family & friends. These new camera views are also available on a wide screen TV in the museum, making the climbing experience available to people who are unable to climb to the top.

Location: 31 S. Rhode Island Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
609-449-1919 fax
228 Steps - One Amazing Journey!

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. It is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11 am to 4 pm, and every day in July and August.  Absecon Lighthouse received a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State, and a cooperative marketing grant from the Office of Travel & Tourism.

Atlantic City Art Center

located on Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk, offers an array of gift ideas including jewelry, artist prints and note cards, hand-blown glass, and includes a selection of Atlantic City historical books. Prices range from $10 to around $50. For more information, visit or call 609-347-5837.

Atlantic City Historical Museum’s gift shop

also on the Garden Pier, offers Atlantic City memorabilia including historical calendars, the book Atlantic City: 125 Years of Ocean Madness by Vicki Gold Levi and Lee Eisenberg and the historical film Boardwalk Ballyhoo. For more information, call 609-347-5839 or visit them online at

Atlantic City Aquarium

Located at Historic Gardner's Basin Waterfront Park, is well worth spending a full morning or afternoon admiring the exhibits as well as learning about the ocean's inhabitants.

Seventeen aquarium tanks and nearly 50,000 gallons of water showcase the marine environment in and around Gardner's Basin. See fish of the New Jersey coast, as well as sharks and "Groman," a 100-pound Loggerhead Turtle, in a 25,000 gallon tank. This threatened marine reptile can grow as large as 400 pounds! If that's not enough reason to be here, check out the new "Dive and Dine" show where divers dive and the fish dine daily at 11 am (Saturday only September through June). Kids - and adults - can even ask questions while the diver is underwater feeding the aquarium's resident rays, sharks and sea turtle.

Try to find the Moray Eels; they prefer hiding among rock crevices to ambush their prey, grabbing them with their three rows of teeth. These monster looking specimens can grow to be 10 feet long and they certainly are scary looking. Or, head over to the new Shark & Ray Touch Tank featuring two species of rays. Feeding times are at noon and 3 pm and, if you wish, you can purchase special food and feed them.

The live Piranha Exhibit boasts a 350 gallon tropical environment that replicates a cross section of the Amazon River including numerous live piranha fish. There are also tanks filled with Clownfish and Anemone. Sea anemones form a symbiotic relationship with clownfish - with the anemones housing clownfish within their stinging tentacles and clownfish defending their anemone against potential predators.

Other exhibits include Bearded Dragons, Seahorses, nature photography, ocean rubbins, an Indo Pacific Tank, a coral reef, ocean oddities, and a touch tank. History buffs will love the display of antique diving helmets from around the world, plus much more.

You may lose at the tables in Atlantic City, but you'll come out a winner after touring this marvelkous aquarium.

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>located just around the corner from Atlantic City in Brigantine, has a gift shop featuring “Cupid the Seal” t-shirts, pins, jackets, stuffed animals, window decals and gold and silver jewelry.  For those who don’t have time to visit, there is the Adopt-a-seal program. Your adoption donation will help provide food, medicine and care of a sick or injured seal with a gift of just $25. Each Adopt-a-seal package includes a certificate with your name and a photo of your adopted seal, along with its individual history. Fall and winter visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 609-266-0538 or

Visitor Welcome Centers

Located on the Atlantic City Expressway at mile marker 3.5 and on the Boardwalk at the Mississippi Avenue side of Boardwalk Hall. You’ll find an abundance of Atlantic City logo merchandise including golf caps, teddy bears, sweat shirts, t-shirts, AC decals, flip flops, striped carry-alls, and candles. You can even get E-ZPass on the go for $29.  

Both centers are open seven days a week. The Expressway Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and the Boardwalk Visitor Center is open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  

Cruisin 1 - Atlantic City Cruises

Hop aboard Cruisin 1 of Atlantic City Cruises and enjoy a tour through Atlantic City’s back bays and Atlantic Ocean for an exciting view of the ever-changing skyline. This summer, try a Marine Mammal Adventure cruise for dolphin watching and enjoy commentary from an onboard marine naturalist. There are many cruises to choose from, all originating from Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner’s Basin.  For more information, call 609-347-7600 or visit

Ride N’ Glide Segway Demos and Tours --

Perfect for the adventure seeker, this activity takes place out of Historic Gardner’s Basin and nearby Ventnor. Ten minutes for $10 gets you instruction on how to use and ride the Segway at Atlantic City’s Gardner’s Basin on weekend evenings. For a full-on tour, the seaside Ventnor location will take you from the bay to the Boardwalk, mornings and evenings, for up to eight people. Start or end your day by visiting local landmarks in this very unique way!

For more information, visit

If you want to see the sites and sounds of Atlantic City on your own, then visit the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority Web site,, and click on the Boardwalk Walking Tours banner. You can print out an exciting and informative walking tour to take along with you as you stroll the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Beginning with New Jersey Avenue and Garden Pier with the Atlantic City Art Center and Historic Museum, along with Showboat – The Mardi Gras Casino, you can read along as you walk all the way to Boston Avenue and the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort. Spread the tour out over a few days or do it all at once, the choice is yours.
For more information about The Pier Shops at Caesars,check web site

The Noyes Museum of Art:

733 Lilly Lake Road, Oceanville, NJ. 609-652-8848, Admission to the Noyes Museum is $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.  Children under age 6 are admitted free of charge. Hours for the museum are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

RNS Boutique at Show House:

open daily, features a wide variety of fashion-forward jewelry and accessories, children’s gifts, handcrafts, and watercolors and graphics by New Jersey artists. Designer furnishings and accessories from the exhibition are also available for purchase.

Seashore Conversations:

every Tuesday and Wednesday morning beginning at 11 a.m., is a lecture series featuring nationally renowned authorities in the fields of interior design, the visual arts, home furnishing and accessories, and garden landscape design. A Show House ticket may be used for admission to the entire series of lectures.

Meet the Designer Night:

every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Design participants will be on hand to discuss their work in the Show House and to answer design questions from visitors.

Where to Stay -- Including With Pets

Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City

31 S. Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ. The Absecon Lighthouse is New Jersey's tallest lighthouse. Climb the 228 steps to the top for breathtaking views of Atlantic City, and see the original first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857. The lighthouse's recent restoration also includes a replica of the Lightkeeper's dwelling, an educational museum, gift shop, Fresnel Lens exhibit in the original Oil House, and expansive grounds. Hours: September through June, Thursday – Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July and August, open every day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Dogs are welcome
  • Features two-acre lawn for playing
  • Leashes are required at all times
  • For more information, call 609-449-1360.

Brigantine Beach

Located minutes from Atlantic City, Brigantine Beach is a family-friendly destination with many attractions including the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and Brigantine Beach Historical Museum.

  • Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach from October 1-May 29.  
  • On the North-End of Brigantine Beach dogs are allowed at any time
  • Leashes can be no longer than 6 feet.
  • You must clean up after your dog.

Historic Cold Spring Village

Located at 720 Route 9, Cape May, NJ. Historic Cold Spring Village is a 22-acre outdoor site comprised of 26 resorted historic buildings. A 19th century, open-air, living history museum located near Cape May, NJ, the village features working craftspeople in period costumes, an ice-cream parlor, restaurant and general store.  It is home to several farm animals, all kept in enclosures, including sheep, chickens and a horse. Admission for adults is $7, children ages 3 through 12 are $5, and senior citizens are $6.  Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend through late June, then Tuesday through Sunday until Labor Day weekend.

  • Pets are welcome and must be leashed and cleaned up after by their owners
  • For more information, call 609-898-2300

Pet friendly Atlantic City promises a barking good time

According to a 2008 survey conducted by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, among people that own pets, 61 percent have traveled with a pet. And, 85 percent of pet owners said that when traveling with a pet, they typically travel by car.

Based on that information, it sounds like a road trip to Atlantic City is in order. If for you, traveling with Fido is the only way to go, why not consider Atlantic City? Located within a days drive to a third of the population of the United States, Atlantic City is easy escape from the everyday. Better yet, you don’t have to leave man’s best friend at home when you do so. A number of Atlantic City area hotels accept pets, and many of Atlantic City’s unique attractions welcome you and your pet. The following are pet only hotels, pet friendly hotels, and pet friendly attractions that both you and your pet will enjoy during your next Atlantic City vacation.

For more Atlantic City information, call the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority at 1-888-AC-VISIT (228-4748) or visit

Atlantic City Pet Hotel & Grooming

547 N. Trenton Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ. Atlantic City Pet Hotel is located within blocks of Atlantic City’s attractions and casinos. It is a licensed kennel and Atlantic City’s only 24-hour pet hotel. Once your dog is a guest, visit anytime from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and take him or her with you to visit many of Atlantic City’s attractions.

  • With two refrigerators, a broiler oven, and microwave on premises, the Pet Hotel will accommodate whatever menu your pet is accustomed to, and it can be served heated, grilled, chilled, or broiled.  
  • Bottled water-only is served daily
  • Each dog receives four individual walks: morning, early afternoon, dinner time and evening. Plus, playtime and exercise (with your permission).
  • Baby's Special: any size dog from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is only $20.
  • Overnight stays: depending on the size of your dog – starting at $25-$35 per night, with large gated individual areas.
  • Cats are only $20 per night
  • Transportation: Atlantic City Pet Hotel will pick up and drop off your pet at your hotel in Atlantic City.
  • Reservations are recommended in advance to guarantee your space. For reservations or more information call 609-348 8660 or e-mail

Knights Inn

531 Absecon Boulevard, Absecon, NJ. Located just 10 minutes from Atlantic City, Knights Inn features 27-inch televisions with HBO, hairdryers, microwaves, refrigerators, complimentary wireless internet, continental breakfast and business services. 

  • Dogs need to be crated
  • Up to 30 pounds weight limit
  • $34.50 fee each night per pet
  • For more information or to make reservations, call 609-407-1919.

Ocean City Mansion – A Bed & Breakfast

416 Central Ave., Ocean City, NJ. Located just 20 minutes from Atlantic City, Ocean City Mansion is a bed and breakfast featuring smoke-free rooms with private baths, balconies, fireplaces, and Jacuzzis. The property is open year round and features massage services, high speed wireless internet in all rooms, and of course, hot breakfast served daily.

  • Dogs do not need a crate but must be flea free and a non-obtrusive barker
  • No extra charge for pets
  • For more information or to make reservations, call 609-399-8383 or e-mail

Pomona RV Park & Campground

536 South Pomona Road, Pomona, NJ. Located just 10 minutes from Atlantic City, Pomona RV Park and Campground features shaded campsites that can accommodate the biggest of “big rigs,” with picnic tables, fire rings, water, electric, full sewer hookups, and free cable and wireless internet. The park also features a swimming pool, hot tub with Jacuzzi, and a wide range of planned activities for both children and adults.

  • Pets of any size are welcome
  • No restrictions except basic rules of cleaning up after your pet
  • Dogs must be leashed
  • For more information or to make reservations, call 609-965-2123 or e-mail

Ramada Atlantic City

8037 Black Horse Pike, West Atlantic City, NJ. Conveniently located on beautiful Lakes Bay overlooking the Atlantic City skyline, Ramada Atlantic City is only 1.5 miles from Atlantic City's famous beaches, Boardwalk and casinos. The gold key award-winning property features well-appointed rooms with individual climate control, remote control television and AM/FM clock radios. Amenities offered include complimentary continental breakfast, shuttle service to Boardwalk and casinos with a charge, and complimentary parking.

  • Pet Fee: $15
  • Up to two pets allowed with hotel permission
  • Up to 75 pound weight limit
  • For more information or to make a reservation, call 609-646-5220.

Residence Inn by Marriott Egg Harbor Township/Airport

3022 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The Residence Inn by Marriott is an all suite hotel located near the Atlantic City International Airport. Suites feature fully equipped kitchens and comfortable living rooms with free high-speed Internet access. Property also includes daily complimentary hot breakfast, indoor swimming pool and fitness center, guest laundry, and business center.

  • Accepts pets of all sizes
  • Limit of up to two pets
  • One time per stay $100 pet fee that is non refundable
  • For more information or to make reservations, call 609-813-2344

Residence Inn by Marriott

900 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, NJ. The Residence Inn by Marriott is an all suite hotel located between exciting Atlantic City and Ocean City. Suites feature fully equipped kitchens and comfortable living rooms with free high-speed Internet access. Property also includes daily complimentary breakfast buffet, complimentary Evening Managers Reception (Tuesday-Thursday), and complimentary parking.

  • Accepts pets of all sizes
  • One time per stay $100 pet fee that is non refundable
  • For more information or to make reservations, call 609-927-6400.

Royal Lodge

553 E. Absecon Boulevard, Absecon, NJ. Located just 10 minutes from Atlantic City, Royal Lodge is a fully renovated motel with 24 spacious guest rooms featuring 27-inch televisions with 90 digital quality channels including HBO, microwaves, refrigerators, hair dryers and free wireless high-speed internet.

  • Pets allowed: dogs, cats, birds, and any reptiles
  • No restrictions on size or weight
  • Pet charges: varies from $14.95 to $19.95
  • Complimentary food and toys for pets are provided free of charge
  • Complimentary automatic scooper and crates for pets are provided free of charge

·      For more information or to make reservations call 732-397-4299.

Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel

2 Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ. The property features 502 comfortable guest rooms with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper (SM) Beds, high speed Internet access in all rooms, and The Club Lounge, accessible to Sheraton Club guests, which offers complimentary breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and a variety of beverages. The property also features a concierge services, fitness center, indoor pool, Boulevards Cafe and Tun Tavern Restaurant & Brewery.

Sheraton Atlantic City’s Love That Dog Program

  • One dog, up to 80 pounds, is allowed per room at no extra charge. Guest must sign a waiver at check-in.  The dog must be accompanied at all times. Dogs are permitted in Traditional rooms only. They are not permitted in Deluxe, Club or Suite accommodations. 
  • Dogs will be provided with a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Bed if desired, along with a Pet Welcome Pack that provides information and supplies that are useful to a guest traveling with a dog, including a welcome letter, food and water bowls with a floor mat, two cellophane waste bags, latex gloves, and signature dog identification tags.
  • A list of specialty services available through Sheraton’s Concierge Desk include: a list of local walking and sitting services with a bonded/insured providers, locations of the nearest runs and parks, contact information for 24-hour veterinarians, a list of local grooming services with same-day service, locations of local pet stores, and Hotel Associates for dog walking requests.
  • For more information or to make reservations, call 866-924-8746. Guests should indicate they are traveling with their dog when making hotel reservations. 

Historic Towne of Smithville and Village Greene

Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ, A stroll through Smithville in Galloway Township provides a quaint setting for shopping and dining, plus train rides and a carousel for the kids.  It includes seven eateries, more than 60 shops, and boating on Lake Meone.  Spring hours, from April 3-June 21, are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

  • Pet friendly historic village with shops, restaurants and special events.
  • For more information, call 609-646-4550

Jake's Dog House

The Quarter at Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, NJ. Jake’s Dog House features specialty items for your pet such as fresh-baked doggie treats at the in-store doggie bakery, an amazing selection of toys, gourmet treats and accessories. The giant red fire hydrant located in the center of the store cannot be missed.  

  • For more information, call 609-344-0060

Ocean City Beach

One of the finest year-round resort cities within New Jersey, family-friendly Ocean City features eight miles of beautiful beaches and bay, 2.5 miles of boardwalk, fine dining establishments and a downtown shopping district with many unique specialty shops.

  • Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach from October 1-April 30
  • Hosts annual Doo Dah Parade featuring more than 500 basset hounds in April. Parade begins on Asbury Avenue, from 6th to 12th Streets and then up to the boardwalk ending at the Music Pier.

PawDazzle of Smithville

615 E Moss Mill Road, Suite A3 in the Historic Towne of Smithville and Village Greene, Galloway, NJ. A pet boutique that features the latest in pet fashions, wholesome treats and food, toys, and pet accessories such as water and food bowls, collars and leashes, beds, and more. Pets are welcome inside and treats are provided. Visit their website for a coupon to receive 10 percent off any item in the store except food. If you can’t visit, an online store is available.

·      For more information, call 609-748-7110 or e-mail


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Where to Stay

Relax, Replenish & Rekindle in the New Jersey Countryside --- Introducing the “Basking in Romance” Couples Escape Packages

North Maple Inn, the Four Diamond hotel located in the beautiful countryside of Basking Ridge, has announced a luminous weekend escape package designed to rekindle the romance in every couple’s relationship.

Entitled “Basking in Romance,” the couples weekend escape includes luxurious guestroom accommodations at the award-winning North Maple Inn, an exquisite five course Epicurean Experience food & wine tasting menu Saturday evening, chilled champagne delivered to the couple’s guestroom, chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival and the full use of plush his & her bathrobes throughout the weekend. Also provided is a delicious breakfast in bed and late check out the next day! The Basking in Romance package is from $229 per couple per night.

If a couple is feeling particularly romantic, they many wish to consider the Inn’s over-the-top weekend escape, called “Basking in Bubbles.” The Basking in Bubbles romance package provides the couple with a deluxe whirlpool suite and accompanying bubble baths and bath oils. Included in the package is the Chef’s five-course Epicurean Experience food & wine tasting menu Saturday evening and the renowned Jazz & Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the elegant lobby living room. Luxurious his & her bathrobes are theirs to enjoy throughout their stay and then to take home. The Basking in Bubbles package is from $349 per couple per night.

North Maple Inn is renowned for its gracious hospitality and superb cuisine prepared by its highly skilled hospitality and culinary team. The popular five course Epicurean Experience food & wine tasting menu pairs wines from around the world with five sumptuous courses designed to tantalize even the most sophisticated palate

Those couples who choose the Basking in Bubbles package will also savor North Maple Inn’s Jazz & Champagne Sunday Brunch.  The elegant brunch features live jazz and a vast array of superb culinary delicacies as well as the Inn’s signature Bellini Aperitif. Champagne Brunch is a perfect conclusion to a weekend of romance.

North Maple Inn is located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, near exit 30 of I-287, equidistant between I-78 and I-80 and comfortably accessible from all points in the state. The Inn is 50 minutes from Manhattan. A Four Diamond property, North Maple Inn offers 171 well-appointed guestrooms with 16 spacious suites and 20,000 square feet of event space. The hotel also offers Coasters, a casual lounge; Cuisine, a restaurant serving eclectic American fare in an open-hearth kitchen; and an elegant ballroom. North Maple Inn provides complete fitness and recreation facilities for hotel guests. The property is one of the finest hotels in New Jersey.

For more information on North Maple Inn’s Basking in Romance and Basking in Bubbles romance packages or to make reservations, call 908-953-3000 or check web site

What to See & Do

Lord Stirling Environmental Education Center

Register for a Program:

New Jersey Bats
As the weather grows warmer and the days grow longer, a welcome resident awakens in the Great Swamp. EEEK! Bats, you say? Yes, bats, those wonderful creatures, the only mammals capable of true flight. There are over 900 species of bats throughout the world, and they are responsible for pollinating much of the world’s fruit supply and controlling insect populations.

Bats can be observed zooming through the air in the early evening and throughout the night, especially near water. Bats in New Jersey eat only insects, and the reason they zoom close to your head occasionally is because they are trying to feast on the insects that are trying to feast on you! A bat can consume 600+ mosquitoes in an hour, so have no fear, forget the bug spray and see if you can welcome bats into your yard or local habitat.

For more information on creating a habitat appealing to bats, check out Bat Conservation International’s website at

Birding at the EEC!

Come to the EEC for some phenomenal birding! These beauties were recently spotted along our trails:

Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Brown Thrasher
Fish Crow
Chipping Sparrow
Pileated Woodpecker
Tree Sparrow
Rufous-sided Towhee
Wild Turkeys
Eastern Bluebirds
Blue-grey Gnat-catcher
American Woodcock
Great Blue Heron
Wood Thrush

The Environmental Education Center is dedicated to stimulating awareness and understanding of the natural world in order to foster a sense of responsibility for its care.

Location: Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park · 190 Lord Stirling Road · Basking Ridge, NJ 07920


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Where to Eat

Pirate's Den

"Good Food and Friendly Service" since 1876 is advertised and we agree -- It was a pleasure easting in this homey restaurant complete with good food, friendly service and across the street from Brigantine's ocean walkway. My partner and I ordered the early bird special for $10.99 - Fish & Chips - and we weren't diappointed. The fish, served with cole slaw and warm rolls, was fresh and the batter just right. The menu feaures a variety of food, including beef, pork, chicken, soup and salad, sandwiches & side selections, children's selections, soups, appetizers and much more. After, to walk off some calories, we took advantage of the concrete walkway while admiring the rolling waves and seagulls.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant is located at 1219 East Brigantine Avenue; 609-266-1927.

Macedonian Grill

Mediterranean and American cuisine, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. You're welcome to bring your own bottle.

Located at 3015 Brigantine Bouldevard; 609-264-8801.



If you're looking for a fun day for all ages, head to the Adventure Aquarium. Here, regularly scheduled daily shows will keep you amused and educated. At Scuba Snacks in Ocean Realm, see scuba divers hand-feed Cownose Stingrays. Or, if you love watching penguins, plan on attending the Penguin Feeding and Talk, or take a picture with the playful seals in the Underwater Viewing Area of Seal Shores. If you Venture to Africa, you'll learn about the hippos, porcupine and exotic birds, while Divers of the Deep will fill you in on exploring an incredible underwater world. Ever wonder what makes sharks so scary? Learn about them during the Secrets of the Shark Realm talk.

The Feeding Frenzy Cafe serves Philly cheesesteaks to soup and salad combos, plus favorites for the kids. The food is quite pricey, but when you're tired and want to get feeding time overwith and not venture out hunting for a restaurant, it's fine. The 4D Theater, featuring Spongefish 4D Ride, is designed to put you in the middle of the action with a series of spectacular effects. Timed tickets are required for entry to this theater, and patrons must be at least 36" tall and occupy their own seat.

Adventure Aquarium is fully accessible for guests in wheelchairs and to those for whom steps are a challenge. Stop by the Information Desk in the Lobby before beginning your tour for a map to make the visit much easier.

For more information contact Adventure Aquarium at 1 Aquarium Drive, Camden, NJ 08103; 856-365-3300, or go to web site

Upcoming Adventure Aquarium Events

Conveniently located on the Camden Waterfront, Adventure Aquarium offers a unique setting for your next event. Take in scenic views of the Philadelphia skyline while wandering through exotic and fascinating exhibits. Book a wedding, bar and bat mitzvah, birthday and anniversary, client and employee appreciation outings, awards presentations, off-site planning meetings, product or conference kick-off receptions, holiday celebrations and more! Whatever the occasion, your guests will have a one-of-a-kind experience at Adventure Aquarium. 

Experience this winter's must-see attraction!

Millions of years ago on a planet covered primarily by water, enormous and deadly prehistoric marine reptiles ruled the seas while their dinosaur counterparts walked the earth. Many people know about T-Rex, Brachiosaurus and Velociraptor but do you know about Ichthyosaurus, Tylosaurus and the mighty Liopleurodon? Discover them during Dinosaurs of the Deep

Meet the Stars

Prepare yourself to come face-to-face with more than 20 life-sized replicas of some of the most ferocious and fascinating reptiles to ever live. These monsters of the deep include a 42-foot Elasmosaurus, 20-foot Kronosaurus and 34-foot Liopleurodon.

Touch a living dinosaur, and more!

Dinosaurs of the Deep is an immersive, larger-than-life experience featuring 5,000 square feet of life-sized species, ancient fossils, a coral reef teeming with prehistoric animals, interactive activities, and more, all included with General Admission.

Sea Monsters 4D

Sea Monsters 4D is the perfect companion to your Dinosaurs of the Deep experience! In this action-packed animal film from National Geographic, you'll journey underwater back 82 million years where you'll follow along with a family of Dolichorhynchops as they migrate through ancient seas populated with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks, giant squid and the monstrous Tylosaurus.

New animal species now on exhibit

From the creepy and crawly to the intricate and fascinating, we're excited to welcome half a dozen species to our Dinosaurs of the Deep exhibit. Learn more about these new additions, including the beautiful chambered nautilus, the giant isopod and intricate pinecone fish.

ANNUAL PASSHOLDERS: there is exclusive pricing just for you. Visit the Passholder Events page for more details.

Purchase an Annual Pass to Adventure Aquarium for a year of fun for you and your entire family.

Get 'nose-to-nose' with massive hippos Button and Genny in our all-new Hippo Haven experience!

Adventure Aquarium | 1 Aquarium Drive | Camden | NJ | 08103

$20 for Adults
$10 for Children (ages 2-12)
NOTE: Valid Annual Pass ID & Personal ID/Drivers License required for entry. 
$10 for Adults 
$5 for Children (ages 2-12)
Adventure Aquarium has joined forces with the USO to collect items for our men and women in uniform. Drop off any TWO items from the list below to the Adventure Aquarium Information Desk, and receive a FREE parking voucher for the night!

List of Items: 
• New DVD Movie (unopened)
• New Deck of Regular Playing Cards (wrapped)
• Package of Beef Jerky
• Gum Packages
• Bags of Wrapped Hard Candy 
Prices do not include NJ Sales Tax. Advance reservations are required. General daytime admission to Adventure Aquarium is not valid for this evening event. Separate tickets must be purchased. Limited seating available for fireworks viewing and cannot be reserved.

The All New Stingray Beach Club Is Open!

Adventure Aquarium's all new Stingray Beach Club is a tropical beach paradise...right here in New Jersey! Located directly off the Rotunda in Zone A, the all new Stingray Beach Club exhibit will allow you to feel the beauty of the islands coming to life right before your very eyes! Even though you're inside, it will feel bright and airy, as if you've been transported to a tropical island oasis, where the water is always warm, the sun is always shinning and the sound of children's laughter is never far off. Bright open spaces, thatched roof structures, palm trees, a sand castle - its all part of the experience at Stingray Beach Club! Want to learn more

More events:

Underwater Journey
Mingle in front of the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit full of colorful fish, shark rays, and stingrays while taking in a spectacular view of the Philadelphia skyline. 

Underwater Safari
Venture into the Shark Realm with incredible views of almost 30 sharks, as well as a 40-foot walk-through Shark Tunnel for an immersive escapade. You'll explore the unknown as you travel into the beautiful, bizarre and wondrous world of the deep sea. 

Open Ocean Voyage
Broaden your adventure with this total aquarium option! Enjoy a wonderful cocktail reception while viewing all the exhibits, and then sit down for dinner in front of the 760,000 gallon Ocean Realm viewing window with views of magnificent fish from around the world.

The CURRENTS Experience
Submerse yourself in our 9,000-square foot ballroom with a contemporary design of flowing ceiling panels and etched wave walls. With three movie screen-size windows showing the 560,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit, as well as a stunning waterfront view of the Philadelphia skyline, CURRENTS is the perfect place to hold your next event. 

For more information on facility rentals, as well as additional options during evening events including dive shows, contact our Facility Sales office at 856-365-3300 ext. 7375 or email
*Special pricing incentives available for groups of 75 and above!


The Camden City Garden Club is a non-profit (501) (c) (3) environmental organization that was established in 1985, and was formed to assist Camden City residents with community gardening. The Club has grown steadily with the addition of new programs.In 1989 Grow Lab was started and, in 1994, the Summer Youth Job Training program was initiated. The Garden Club began exhibiting in the Philadelphia Flower Show in 1997 and in 1999, after 5 years of planning and fundraising, the Camden Children's Garden was opened.

The mission of the Camden City Garden Club is to provide horticulture based recreational and educational opportunities for residents of all ages of the City of Camden and the Delaware Valley. The program is an important part of urban re-greening Camden and members assist with clean-up, fencing, composting, mulching, seeds, seedlings, and advice. The program helps residents garden on city-owned trash-strewn vacant lots which then are transformed into beautiful and productive vegetable and flower gardens. For a modest membership fee, Garden Club members are provided with all material needed to create a productive garden in their home, at their community organization's site, or on an adopted vacant city lot.

Grow Lab

The Grow Lab is one of the Club's community outreach programs, serving over 500 Camden students and daycare children each year. It teaches Camden elementary school children science, math, nutrition and environmental concepts thorugh horticulture. Grow Lab is a mini-indoor greenhouse developed by the National Gardening Association with a curriculum that reflects the New Jersey Care Curriculum Standards for science in grades K-5th grade, and teaches children science and math skills through horticulture. The staff visit each class once every two weeks to teach lessons and monitor progress. The program serves approximately 500 children each year within Camden.

The Camden City Garden Club also creates full-time and part-time employment for students from the City of Camden ages 14-21 throughout the year in their youth Employment and Job Training Program. This program, developed in 1994, incorporates classroom-style training, job experience, field trips and educational co-op opportunities for students. The youth learn basic landscaping, sales, office and maintenance duties, and hosting interactive activities during special events for Garden visitors. Several of the youth have been co-op students earning credit and salaries while completing high school. In 2007 youth developed an Environmental Advocates Program in the Camden Children's Garden (see below under Camden Children's Garden), and had the garden certified as a National Wildlife Habitat and installed a rainwater harvesting cistern.


Camden City Garden Club, Inc.
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, New Jersey 08103

My Visit to the Camden Children's Garden

During June, I took my grandchildren, ages 6 and 12, to the Camden Children's Garden. I wasn't disappointed - and neither were they. We discovered that this garden is for all ages and is both entertaining and educational. Plan on an entire morning or afternoon here; you'll need it to explore and read the interesting information posted at each garden area. Kids won't be able to resist the Spring Butterfly Ride. It goes above the tree tops of the Garden and provides a unique opportunity for families to ride above the Garden for a butterfly's eye view of the garden's features. The ride is 30 feet high and consists of a brightly colored column with two sets of five seats attached. The ride lifts riders to the top of that column and 'spring' down again - kind of like the Parachute ride that used to be in operation at Coney Island - but a whole lot lower.

Even I couldn't resist taking the Arrow River Train Ride -- and it was so good, that I treated myself and the children to three rides on it. This is a 3-scale train ride that surrounds miniature landscapes and the Camden Caboose, which was built in 1942 for the New Haven Railroad. After that we all went on the Commerce Carousel, themed especially for the Camden Children's Garden complete with a rose horse, rooster, pig, cat, and hummingbird.

The mission of the Camden Children's Garden is to provide stimulating garden environments to engage families in creative and imaginative play. Within the thematic and demonstration gardens, visitors discover how plants are important to our everyday lives, while hands-on activities allow children and adults to realize that gardening is fun, easy, and can be enjoyed by everyone.

The outdoor exhibits include:

Violet Fountain Plaza -- Themed around the New Jersey State floweer, the Common Violet, this is a great place to cool off - for the fountains keep squirting on and off through bubbling mushrooms.

Dinosaur Garden - Young paleontologists can follow a walkway into a prehistoric environment where walls surround lush plantings. A large dinosaur -- created from recycled automobile parts and designed by New Jersey sculptor Jim Garry -- appears to be munching on the leaves of a Ginkgo tree. A sand area provides plenty of opportunity to dig and explore for fossil casts, while a baby Hadrosaurus, the famous Haddonfield New Jersey dinosaur, sits in its nest with several eggs that offer fun for climbing.

Storybook Gardens - Children's stories are brought to life in this magical garden. Visitors enter a land where pigs live in houses and tend their gardens in The 3 Little Pigs Garden. Follow Jack as he climbs the beanstalk and enters the Giant's Garden. The Frog Prince sculpture sits at the edge of the pond in the Frog Prince Grotto. Or search as Mary Lennox did for the Secret Garden. Climb into the teacups in the topsy-turvy tea party scene in the Alice in Wonderland Garden and sit in the Queen's chair.

Cityscape Garden -- This exhibit features urban gardening and illustrates creative ways to pursue the love of that hobby on a small scale. Demonstrations for the Community Gardening program are conducted in the Cityscope Garden to teach amateur gardeners how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in their own backyards and city lots. It is also a certified wildlife habitat and demonstrates how to garden to support the needs of wildlife. It also features a rain water harvesting cistern, donated by Organic Gardening and several compost bins.

Butterfly Garden --This garden was fantasic, for when we visited, the butterflys were very active. Learn all about the relationship between plants and nature's winged jewels in this section, and about the types of plants that can be placed in a garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your home garden.

There's also a Picnic Garden with colorful sculptures of giant ants made of recycled automobile parts. Feel free to bring your lunch or snacks and have it in this location where a large picnic basket serves as a walk-through arbor. The Red Oak Run and Treehouse is the perfect place for gazing down upon the maze garden. The Red Oak Run maze represents underground life, with plants overhead and life size burrows. Kids are welcome to explore the winding paths and crawl through tunnels as if they were burrowing animals or insects. If you're fortunate enough to be at the Garden during an entertaining and educational presentation, head over to the Piney Woods Amphitheatre. Don't worry about getting a seat; it serves 160 visitors.

Don't leave before entering the Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House and Education Centre. It is amazing! Installed in 2001, this indoor 1,200 square foot facility is home to many species of beautiful butterflies gracefully fluttering through a lush tropical environment. There's usually someone inside who can answer your questions, and you can borrow one of the photo/information boards to identify and learn more about one or more butterflies that you admire.

There is much, much more to see and do here. Parking is next door and very safe.

For more information, contact The Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey 08103; 1-856-365-8733 or go to web site


Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC).

MAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Cape May’s heritage. MAC also fosters the performing arts. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s web site at For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508.

What to See & Do

About Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture)

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture), previously known as the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Cape May MAC membership is open to all. For information about Cape May MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508 or visit For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at


McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant

What do you get when you combine the charm and value of a traditional, old-fashioned fish house with the top-notch food and service of an upscale restaurant? McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, of course. McCormick & Schmick’s opened on March 15, 2008, at 941 Haddonfield Road, in Cherry Hill’s Town Place at Garden State Park.

In keeping with McCormick & Schmick’s tradition of offering only the freshest seafood, the restaurant’s menu will change twice daily. A generous variety of aged steaks, poultry, entrée salads and pasta, all created with the finest ingredients, will also be available to please the palates of even the most discriminating diners. Executive Chef Karen Mitchell will work with area farmers to ensure the menu reflects local flavor and seasonality.

About McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants focus on serving a broad selection of fresh seafood with a menu printed twice daily, featuring the signature “Fresh List” of more than 30 varieties of fresh seafood, in addition to aged steaks, poultry, entrée salads and pasta. Each restaurant’s chef contributes to the menu’s unique and imaginative appeal by creating dishes tailored to regional tastes and their own talents. McCormick & Schmick's offers an inviting atmosphere and a high quality, diverse menu for everyone from casual dinners, families and tourists to business travelers and special occasion diners. Learn more at


Where to Eat

Clean Plate Kitchen

I ate here for the first time after a friend highly recommended this restaurant. I certainly wasn't disappointed. In fact, I plan on going back for another lunch and maybe for dinner.

My first surprise was the restaurant's location - right on the river. If it hadn't been so windy, my friend and I would have eaten outside on the patio overlooking the river and surrounded by lovely trees, bushes and colorful potted plants. There was also interesting art work and weather vanes along the fence.

The restaurant's decor inside was lovely as well, with wooden furniture, small lanterns, and an immediate welcome from the hostess. We were seated in the back room overlooking the scenic river and plantings, and received a plate of freshly-made popcorn almost the minute we sat down. The menu lived up to the restaurant's write-up - clean eating, locally sourced, allergy friendly and naturally inspired. I ordered a roast chicken wrap made with raisins, lettuce and more delicious stuffing, plus the sweet potato fries - the most delicious fries I've ever tasted. It was a bit on the pricey side - $16 - but well worth it. . . especially since my friend and I spent over 2 hours there and no one came over to hint that we should leave! Service was quick and friendly, and on the way out through a narrow corridor, we browsed in the many small shops.

Parking is available on the street or nearby parking lots. For more information contact Clean Plate Kitchen, 46 Main Steet, Clinton, NJ; 908-200-7610 or check web site


L’ifestyle Lounge, Closter, NJ --Presented by Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition, NYC -- Yoga, Mindfulness, and Positive Nutrition Studio

When it comes to this year’s top health-related resolutions, “doing more yoga,” “practicing mindfulness,” and “eating healthier” are high on the list. Now, New Jersey fitness fanatics and even yo-yo dieters can work on all their wellness resolutions at one central location, with the grand opening of Laura Cipullo’s L’ifestyle Lounge at 308 Harrington Ave. in Closter, NJ.

Laura Cipullo, acclaimed four-time published nutrition author, Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and past president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, New York is excited to share her second location in the tristate area devoted to living a wholistic, yet evidenced based lifestyle of positive nutrition, mindfulness, and movement through yoga. This grand opening also coincides with the release of Laura’s latest book Everyday Diabetes, Meals for 1 or 2 (Robert Rose, March 2017).

The L’ifestyle Lounge will serve as a safe space to learn and practice the art of self-care. Offering a unique range of drop-in and semester-long yoga instruction (for all ages and all bodies), mindfulness services (a separate studio devoted to guided mindful meditation), and educational nutrition appointments with Registered Dietitians, this state-of-the-art 3-in-1 studio where clients can “breathe, bend, and nourish” their way to a building a healthier, stronger foundation for self-awareness, compassion, inner strength, and acceptance.

Through a powerful combination of yoga, mindfulness meditation and positive nutrition components, L’ifestyle’s mission is to provide members with tools to self-awareness, self-love, and a healthier relationship with food and with their bodies.


Whether you are new to yoga and wish to try a drop-in class, or want to go all-in with a commitment to semester-long (8 or 14 week) yoga, the L’ifestyle lounge offers the perfect option for every age and experience level.

Some of the current offerings include:

EmpowHER- For tween and teen girls ages 11-14; a moving meditation on and off the yoga mat, including instruction on mindful eating, body acceptance, and nutrition
Little Gods and Goddesses- Themed classes for little yogis who want to learn to love and move their bodies and breathe with their bellies!
Prenatal Bliss- Join a Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor as you learn to flow through your pregnancy.
Rock, Sweat and Glow- Build internal heat in this fast paced Vinyasa class, set to a mix of pop, rock, hip-hop and rap. Experienced beginners to advanced levels.


Offered in conjunction with semester-long yoga classes, the L’ifestyle Lounge’s mindfulness meditations are perfectly paired with the yoga and nutrition components to offer students a sacred space that allows them to turn off the outside world and tune in to their breath. Lasting from 30 to 45 minutes, these sessions were created to decrease counter regulatory hormones and letting go of anxiety.

Some classes include:

Letting Go- Practicing the ever-challenging art of true stress relief; facilitators will guide students in freeing themselves from constant worry, and allowing room for inner peace.
5 Senses- A be-in-the-moment mediation designed to heighten awareness of the five senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch) and using breath to rid the mind of chatter.
Empower- Be prepared to leave the meditation room ready to take on the day- this class is all about total rejuvenation. Combining an array of breathing exercises, guided imagery, and even silence, students are given tools for clarity and compassion.

Positive Nutrition

The third and perhaps the most crucial component of the L’ifestyle Lounge, positive nutrition, will encourage students to embrace a fad diet-free approach and forego the mindset of deprivation. By incorporating the Five Pillars of Positive Nutrition, found in Cipullo’s best-selling book, the Women’s Health Body Clock Diet(Rodale, 2015), the L’ifestyle Lounge staff will provide nutritional consultations helping clients free themselves from food worry and to adopt an “all foods fit” philosophy, while honoring their emotional and biological needs.

An expert in nutrition and healthy eating, Laura has almost 20 years of clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian. For three years, Laura volunteered as President, New York chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (<, and under her leadership, grew the chapter from 20 members to almost 200 members.


About Operation Provide Comfort:

The leader of Operation Provide Comfort is local Colts Neck resident Lt. Col. Jim Sfayer, USMC Ret. Colts Neck churches and community organizations, under the OPC umbrella, have taken a prominent role in helping Union Beach in their recovery effort.

The purpose of the effort is to develop a long term relationship between Union Beach and Colts Neck that will endure long after the storm. Our approach is to leverage the resources of our town to help the residents of Union Beach who suffered the most devastation and to help collect and coordinate donations of money, physical goods and services to aid in the rebuilding effort. One hundred percent of all donations given to Operation Provide Comfort go directly to the residents of Union Beach.

For more information on Operation Provide Comfort, please visit or


What to See & Do

Renault Winery Resort & Golf

Located only 20 minutes from Atlantic City, 45 minutes from Philadelphia and 10 minutes from the Garden State Parkway exit, Historic Renault Winery is for everyone all lyear long. For example, attend one of the many festivals including the Winter Festival, Copuntry Bart-B-Que, Grape Stomping Harvest Festival, Italian Street Festival and the October Festival. Sample the delicious food, wine and fresh brewed beer, along with numerous crafts, music, and grape stomping. Parking is abundant and admission is Free.

During Holidays, this is a great place to celebrate -- from Valentines Day to Easter, Mother's and Father Day, to Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.

Wine tours, tasting & the Antique Glass Museum is available on the walking tour of the Winery, see the vineyards and watch, first hand, how wine is made. All of the award-winning wines can be shipped and savored in the wine tasting room. Also, don't miss seeing Ranault's priceless wine and champagne glass museum which incorporates an extensive collection of stemware dating back to medieval times.

Or, Dine with the Chefs who will unveil their culinary secrets before your eyes and enhjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet dining with themes inspired by Caribbean, Indian and Mediterrean cuisines. And if you want to bring someone a gift, choose one or more at the Gift Shoppe. For a real treat, stay overnight at the Tuscany House Hotel and Restaurant. The Renault Resort Hotel boasts 50 rooms, Joseph's restaurant, banquet and meeting rooms, outdoor verandas, a pool, driving range and a golf course.

Hotel located on property for room reservations
please call 609.965.2111 for a discounted rate

Location: Renault Winery Resort & Golf · 72 North Bremen Ave. · Egg Harbor City · New Jersey · 08215

Stay overnight at Tuscany House Hotel at reasonable cost.

On Property Activities

-1.5 Mile Nature Walking Trail
-5K Run / Walk Trail
-Outside Patio Heaters
-Games like basketball, corn hole & more!
-Joseph's Restaurant
-Winery Gift Shop
-Special Events/Themed Dinners (check website for upcoming dates)
-18 Hole Vineyards Golf Course - Golf lessons available!
-Historic Wine Tour & Wine Tasting

Off-Site Activities

-Horseback Riding - Powered by Split Elm
(Call Renault TODAY to book your wine tour and riding package!)

-Historic Smithville
(10 minutes away)

-America's Favorite Playground Atlantic City
(15 minutes away)

-Beaches of the Jersey Shore (15 minutes away)

-Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center
(20 minutes away)

-Ocean City Boardwalk & Amusement Parks (Water Park & Amusement Parks) (30 minutes away)

For details contact Renault Winery at 609.965.2111 | 72 North Bremen
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

Where to Eat

Renault Winery Gourmet Restaurant

Open Friday * Saturday * Sunday


NOW SERVING a full liquor bar of beer, wine and spirits!  Live entertainment Friday & Saturday evenings

Joseph's Restaurant

Enjoy Italian favorites; fresh seafood and hand cut steaks and chops.
Joseph's also offers a full service bar that features a great selection of specialty martinis and wines.
Hours: 1 pm - 6 pm.

Renault Grand Ballroom
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Cruise ship style buffet with carving station, omelet station
ADULTS: $29.95 CHILDREN: $14.95(4yrs. to 10yrs.)
10 am - 3:30 pm

Drink in this New Jersey Wine Fact

The oldest member of the state's wine industry, dating back to 1864, is Renault Winery, which is also one of the nation's oldest continuously operating wineries. During Prohibition, Renault produced sacramental wines and medicinal "tonics." Renault Wine Tonic was sold in almost every pharmacy in the country and was fortified by a whopping 22% alcohol content (today the standard is from 9% to 14%)

For more information contact the Renault Winery Resort & Golf | 72 North Bremen Ave. | Egg Harbor City | NJ | 08215


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Essex County Environmental Center

A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our environment. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites children and adults to visit the Environmental Center where they can enjoy an enriching recreation experience through nature and conservation education.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 17 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two off-leash dog facilities and a castle.

Registration is required for all programs at the Essex County Environmental Center, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, please call 973-228-8776.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 18 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, three off-leash dog facilities and a castle.


What to See & Do

Black River & Western Railroad

This railroad is a common carrier railroad situated in rural Hunterdon County between Lambertville, Ringoes, Flemington, and Three Bridges, N.J. It was constructed by the Flemington Railroad & Transportation Company in 1854 before being acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad. It serves several freight customers and offers seasonal passenger excursions between Flemington and Ringoes using historic passenger equipment. Trains are powered by a diesel electric locomotive or #60, a coal-fired consolidation type steam locomotive built in 1937.

The passenger excursions are managed by the Black River Railroad Historical Trust, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to preserve railroad history and educate the public about railroad safety. All BR&W passenger trains are operated by the staff of volunteer railroaders.

If you're interested in joining the group, talk to your Conductor or e-mail at No previous railroad experience is required to join as a train crew volunter. The comprehensive training program enables new volunteers to work their way from Car Host up to locomotive engineer!

Don't miss this scenic train excursions that's great for young and old alike. Special events are held during the year, including the Model Train Show in March, the Easter Bunny Express in April, Photo Freights in May, Caboose Hops at various times and dates, and The Great Train Robbery in July - when riders help the Sheriff protect the train against the dreaded Covered Bridge Gang! For more events, visit web site, e-mail or call 908-782-6622.

Ticket prices vary depending on events, but th price is quite reasonable, with infants/toddlers under age 3 free with a paying adult, discounts for children age 3-122. Seating on all trains is first come, first serve. If you require a reservation, check web site Private parties and charters are available and is a great way for a unique experience. The club car, "John L. Bishop" offers a bar and booth seating; the combine offers a spacious baggage compartment for entertaining, and the caboose offers a more nostalgic ride for smaller groups.

Flemington Station is at 80 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ, at the corner of Stangl Road and State Route 12 in Flemington behind the Liberty Village Premium Outlets. Ample free parking is across the street from the station. Station hours are 11:25 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. whenever trains operate.

Ringoes Station is at 1105 John Ringo Road, Ringoes, NJ; 908-782-6622 and is located on Hunterdon County Route 579 just North of Ringoes. Limited free parking is available in designated areas. Station hours are 10:30 a.m to 3:15 pm. whenever trains operate.


Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center

Take advantage of the weekend Bed & Breakfast getaway package for two adults with rates starting at $119 at The Hamilton Hotel and Conference Center
Beautifully manicured lawns and gardens surround the Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center. This premiere New Jersey conference center is also well known as a prestigious site for weddings, weekend getaways or the business traveler. The recently completed $10 million renovation further enhances the Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center’s ambience and cosmopolitan sophistication. Only an hour from New York City and 20 minutes from Newark International Airport, the property is conveniently located for the business or leisure traveler.

Location: Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center | 175 Park Avenue | Florham Park, NJ 07932 | 1-800-321-6000


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Willowwood Arboretum

We never tire of walking through this arboretum, where something is always in bloom and every season brings new delights. Consisting of 130 acres, it has a collection of over 2100 types of native and exotic plants. The property, in the 1600s, was part of the Wetherall Tract, a large French Huguenot farm. One hundred years later, the remaining great woods were cleared; in 1839, the cultivated fields and pastureland were purchased by the Kenneday family who named it "Paradise Farm." Then, in 1908, brothers Henry and Robert Tubbs found their dream location and purchased the land.

When they saw giant Weeping Willows growing along the approach to the house, they decided, upon buying the land, to name it Willowwood. In time, their mother and father and sister came to visit, stayed on for the rest of their lives, making Willowwood the new Tubbs family residence. Over the decades, the farm was transformed to a designed landscape for the brothers' evolving plant collection - their design philosophy was simple - "Nature is the guiding hand."

Fruit and nut trees were planted, and in 1911, a friend sent them plants that filled an entire freight car. Today you'll find hydrangeas, honeysuckle, spireass, forsythias, lilacs, roses, peonies, various Conifers and more plus masses of flowering shrubs. Over the years, garden rooms, viewsheds, meadows and collections were developed - and, indeed, a visit here is fantastic for all the senses.

Hours: Open daily year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset.

Tours: Group tours may be arranged. Call 973-326-7628. Weddings are often held here - Call 973-326-7631.

Restrooms are located at the northeast corner of the Shingle Barn.

For directions to the Arboretum, call 908-234-1815 or go to web site


Hackensack Riverkeeper Events

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Where to Eat

Morton's The Steakhouse

Recently, Morton's has undergone a total renovation - including everything from New menu items, the entry, bar, seating area, boardroom and wine room.

Location: One Riverside Square, Hackensack, NJ. For more information check web site


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Wawayanda State Park

This park is for all ages. Enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking and swimming; it's all first-rate. Geology buffs will love the rock outcrops, while the views are extraordinary.

Wawayanda's history is quite interesting, too. According to the park brochure, the remains of the iron-smelting town of Double Pond lie along the northern shore of the 255-acre Wawayanda Lake which operated during the last half of the 19th century. Today, the charcoal blast-furnace is the only remnant of a once-thriving village and offers mute testimony to a forgotten era. Look for the raceways and foundations that were once part of the industrial town. In the 1940s, this area was heavily logged by the New Jersey Zinc Co., and throughout the park you'll find old logging roads. The remnants of an occasional log deck can still be seen although the sounds of saws and axes are long gone and now replaced with the chatter of wildlife - even bears! The logging roads have become trails where you can experience the varied environment this woodland park has to offer. Gorgeous year-round, autumn brings a variety of color around the lake that's simply breathtaking. Thanks to Green Acres funds, Wawayanda State Park was purchased with the 1961 bond act and opened to the public in 1963. The swimming beach opened in the late 1970s.

The focal point of the park is the pristine 255-acre Wawayanda Lake and the many water-related recreational activities. About one-third of the park has been preserved as designated natural areas. Included in the preserved areas - designated to the Natural Areas System in 1978 - are Bearfort Mountain Natural Area, Wawayanda Swamp Natural Area and Wawayanda Hemlock Ravine Natural Area. Within the park is the natural Ferber Wildlife Sanctuary - established by legislation in 1982 - to preserve and protect animals inhabiting the park. This was the estate of Fred Ferber, a wealthy industrialist and wildlife conservator.

In the southern portion of the park lies the Bearfort Mountain Natural Area, a 1,325-acre natural area and home to several state-threatened birds, including the red shouldered hawk and barred owl, as well as the state-endangered timber rattlesnake and bog turtle. Interspersed in the mixed oak hardwood forest are swamp hardwoods, scrub oak and rock outcrops. Terrace Pond is a 2.5-acre lake perched on Bearfort Ridge and is a great hike. Along the rocky outcrops on the marked trail are 360-degree views of the surrounding Northern Highlands.

The Wawayanda Swamp Natural Area covers 2, 167 acres and is the largest of the three natural areas. It features the globally rare inland Atlantic white cedar swamp, mixed oak hardwood forest and a glacially formed spring-fed lake. It's also home to several state endangered plant and wildlife species. Wawayanda Creek, on the western edge of the area, is home to beaver - often spotted from the bridge on the Double Pond Trail. You might want to try one of the other trails in this area, including one short, scenic trail around a glacier lake called Laurel Pond.

Though small in size at 501-acres, the Wawayanda Hemlock Ravine Natural Area has a steep hemlock ravine surrounded by mixed oak and mixed hardwood forests. Here, are also state-endangered plant species, including dewey's sedge, white-grained mountain rice grass and witch hobble. This is a great area on a hot, sunny day because the ravine is usually cool and shady.

Notes: Swimming is allowed from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend while lifeguards are on duty. The water is clean and cool; the white sand beach lovely, and a parking area is nearby as well as restrooms, changing facilities and a food concession.

Picnicking: Picnic areas are located along the north shore of Wawayanda Lake and boat house facility. Charcoal fires must be confined to the metal grills, but visitors can bring their own grills. Wood fires aren't permitted.

Trails: A 19.6-mile section of the Appalachian Trail follows the varied terrain within the park. White blazes mark the narrow and, in spots, very rocky trail. Views along Wawayanda Mountain are outstanding.

Hunting: Permitted in dersignated areas of the park . Deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey, rabbit, racoon and woodchuck may be hunted with bow and arrow, shotgun and black powderr firearms during the correct season. A New Jersey Hunting License is required.

Winter Activities: There's usually lots of snow at Wawayanda State Park during the winter months since it's 1,140 feet above sea level. Some winter activities are allowed on designated trails and various areas within the park, such as cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Contact the park office for details.

Group Camping: From April 1 to October 31 group campsites are available with a minimum requirement of seven people per site. Reservations can be made through the mail, in person at the park office or by phone.

Fishing: Anglers can find various species of game fish at Wawayanda Lake and the smaller lakes within the park. A New Jersey fishing license is required. Landlocked salmon were introduced here in 2006.

Boating: A boat rental facility and launching ramp are located near the beach and picnic areas. Canoes, rowboats (with or without electric motors) and paddle boats may be rented at Wawayanda Lake. Call 973-764-1030 for rates and rental information. Privately owned boats may be launched including sailboards and sailboats. Gasoline motors aren't permitted.

Location: Wawayanda State Park, 885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ 07421. For more information call 973-853-4462 or go to web site


What to See & Do

Duke Farms (Previously Duke Gardens)

If you love walking, biking or hiking, head over to Duke Farms where there is more than 1,000 acres to explore, including 20 miles of trails, hundreds of species of plants and animals and interactive displays. A cafe is also on the grounds. Free admission, too.

For details, contact Duke Farms, 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, N.J. or check web site


Manasquan Reservoir

A visit to the Manasquan Reservoir is a must, for being there - whether you wish to hike, fish, boat, bicycle, or just relax - is an absolute joy. As a source of water for surrounding municipalities and utilities, the reservoir offers visitors numerous recreational opportunities, and is part of 1,200 acres that include woods and wetlands, a 5-mile perimeter trail, fishing and boating areas, a Visitor Center, and a nearby Environmental Center featuring interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, wildlife observation areas, and learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife. Just the view alone from the Visitor Center's second level observation deck is worth the visit. The building offers a lounge area with fireplace and rest rooms, and is accessible to persons with disabilities. There are also numerous patio areas, lots of parking, and a boat rental and bait shop. Boating is allowed from the boat launch area for a nominal daily fee from March 1-November 30. Boats with electric motors, sailboats, kayaks and canoes at least 8' long are permitted, while sailboats cannot exceed 20' in length. One of the joys is taking the seasonal guided boat tour, especially when osprey and eagles can be spotted over the 40-foot deep reservoir.

Manasquan Reservoir is located in Howell Township east of Route 9. The entrance for the Visitor Center and boat ramp is on Windeler Road. The entrance for the Environmental Center is on Georgia Tavern Road. For more information, contact the Monmouth County Park System at 732-842-4000, Ext. 4256 or 4237, or check web site

Where to Eat

Atlantic Diner (I ate at this restaurant)

I was driving along Route 35 and hungry -- so took a chance and stopped in at The Atlantis Diner. I wasn't sorry - because the server was friendly, confirmed that what my husband and I ordered was very good, and it was. The value was also good - around $8 for lunch which included soup, a turkey & roast beef combo sandwich on a roll with fries, and a choice of dessert. I chose chocolate pudding. If I'm ever in this area again, I'd certainly stop here.

There's lots on the menu to choose from any time of day - including 3-egg omelettes, country style skillets (Portobello Bacon Skillet; Country Sillet and Three Cheese Skillet); a full griddle menu, quesadillas, a choice of soups, wild wraps (including Cajun chicken wrap); at least a dozen different salads, specialty sandwiches, paninis, triple decker clubs and much more. There are several sauteed classics to choose from, as well as roasts, steaks and chops, lots of seafood and an inexpensive variety of food on the children's menu.

Atlantis Diner is quite attractive inside and is located at 2601 Route 35 in Manasquan. For more information call 732-292-9510 or FAX 732-292-9890


Restoration of Fisherman's Walkway at Island Beach State Park Completed -- Sandy-Ravaged Boardwalk Allows for Beach Wheelchair and Fishing Access

Fisherman’s Walkway, a popular and functional surf fishing access point at Island Beach State Park that was completely destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, has been fully restored and is now reopened, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has announced..

Approximately 1,000 feet of wooden walkway, measuring about eight feet in width, has been constructed starting from Parking Area 7, providing fishing access for persons with disabilities and other anglers on foot who prefer more mobility in transporting their fishing equipment from the parking area to the ocean.
“The restoration of Fisherman’s Walkway will help make non-motor vehicle fishing access much easier for all of our visitors,” Commissioner Martin said. “We have seen incredible progress at Island Beach State Park since Superstorm Sandy and the completion of this boardwalk is an important milestone in the park’s recovery.”
Work on the walkway began in late September and was completed in late December by GCS Contractors Corp. The walkway officially reopened this month after inspection. The $203,000 project was funded by Corporate Business Tax dollars. The DEP is seeking reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Fisherman’s Walkway has been a popular destination for people with disabilities, anglers and other pedestrians since it was first constructed in 1995 with funds through the Americans With Disabilities Act. Its location within the park is south of lifeguarded swimming areas and north of mobile sport fishing access roads.
“Fishermen’s Walkway is one of the most popular assets within the park,” said Island Beach State Park manager Ray Bukowski.  “Obviously, it is utilized heavily by fishermen and it affords a tremendous access point for all park visitors. It is also enjoyed, especially this time of year, by birders and other visitors.” 

Since Superstorm Sandy hit in October, 2012, Island Beach State Park has seen the repair or restoration of the boardwalks and the lifeguard station at Ocean Bathing Area 1, the gatehouse and maintenance buildings within the park.
A major repair of the Sandy-damaged north jetty at Barnegat Inlet, at the southern tip of the park, was completed in October. A state-funded dune replenishment project to bolster a vulnerable section of the northern most section of the beach was completed in 2013.
Shaped by storms and tides, Island Beach State Park is a narrow barrier island stretching for 10 miles between the ocean and Barnegat Bay. It is one of New Jersey's last significant remnants of a barrier island ecosystem and is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the north Atlantic coast.
For more on the park, including information on 2015 Mobile Sportfishing Vehicle permits, visit:


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Where to Stay

The Westin Jersey City Newport

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) opened The Westin Jersey City Newport in February 2009 and the hotel accepts groups and reservations. The hotel, which was developed by the LeFrak Organization and is owned by a joint venture of LeFrak Organization and Melvin Simon & Associates, will facilitate relaxation and renewal in the heart of the waterfront financial district of Jersey City, just minutes from New York City. The Westin Jersey City Newport will provide 429 beautifully appointed guest rooms, expansive meeting facilities, upscale dining and all of the Westin brand’s refreshing signature amenities and services.

Offering panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River and the Newport Marina, The Westin Jersey City Newport is convenient to Newark Liberty International Airport and just one block from the Pavonia - Newport PATH station, Newark Light Rail and NJTransit Buses. The hotel is adjacent to the Newport Centre Mall, home to a variety of upscale shops as well as cinemas, and close to the nearby riverside park and marina, local restaurants and bars. “The Westin Jersey City Newport offers an incomparable location just 15 minutes from Manhattan, with easy access to attractions such as Ellis Island, Liberty State Park, the Liberty Science Museum and the facilities and amenities of Newport itself, with its promenade, marina, shops, ice skating rink and restaurants,” said Michael McLaughlin, General Manager of the hotel. “Perfect for business trips, conferences, sight-seeing or New Jersey tax-free shopping at the Newport Centre Mall, the Westin Jersey City Newport will inspire renewal in one of New Jersey’s most exciting new destinations.”

All rooms feature the signature Westin Heavenly Bed®, a luxurious ensemble with pillow-top mattress, crisp triple sheets, down blanket, luxurious duvet and five pillows. Guests will also luxuriate in the Westin Heavenly Bath®, equipped with a custom-designed dual showerhead, signature bath amenities and a curved shower rod for additional comfort and space.

An ideal choice for meetings, galas, wedding and special events, The Westin Jersey City Newport will feature 20,500 square feet of meeting space, including 30 meeting rooms. To celebrate the water culture of Jersey City Newport, event rooms are named to commemorate America’s Cup competing vessels. The Newport Grand Ballroom offers more than 10,000 square feet of space and 20-foot ceilings and can easily accommodate 1,450 guests for a reception or 790 for a seated dinner. The hotel will also provide an experienced team of culinary specialists, meeting planners and a seasoned wedding planner.

Guests are invited to rejuvenate at The Westin WORKOUT® fitness center or pamper themselves with a selection of indulgent spa amenities as part of the industry-leading Westin in-room spa program. Dining facilities at the Westin Jersey City Newport include Wildfire Restaurant and Half Moon Lounge. High Speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

For further information, call 201-626-2900 or visit the Starwood web site at

What to See & Do

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and Dancing Wheels ZOOM into the classroom, bringing students with disabilities a new option to dance with the A Harry Moore Laboratory School of New Jersey City University

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company announces a first-time, long-distance collaboration with Dancing Wheels, our nation's first professional dance company led by wheelchair dance master, Mary Verdi Fletcher, to serve students with multiple disabilities at the A Harry Moore Laboratory School. The A Harry Moore School is one of a few public schools in New Jersey serving mostly low-income students with multiple disabilities that are difficult to be placed in a normal school environment.

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, in residence at the New Jersey City University, has been working with the students at A Harry Moore School for over 4 years. The program has won the 2018 Innovator Award from the NJ arts Access Task Force. As the crisis hit and the school closed, New Jersey City University provided Zoom account to all the teachers, enabling many students to continue their lessons online. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company program, funded by the NJ State Council on the Arts, also migrated online. After several weeks of teaching students online, the Company realized that in cyberspace, distance is no longer a problem, and more teachers will bring multiple perspectives to the students. Nai-Ni Chen has worked with Mary Verdi Fletcher at Dancing Wheels several years ago. She has choreographed dances for Dancing Wheels and know that Dancing Wheels has a nationally renowned program for students on wheelchairs. Ms. Chen reached out to Mary and the two decided to begin a collaboration to bring the experience of Dancing Wheel to Jersey City through Zoom. The two companies will not only work on educational projects, but they are also exploring artistic collaboration to bring stronger awareness of the need for dance for people with disabilities.

Please join us to support the dance lessons for students of the A Harry Moore School in the extraordinary and challenging time for them by donating online:


Where to Eat

Alice's American Restaurant on Lake Hopatcong

Alice’s American restaurant and lounge opened in Spring 2009 on Lake Hopatcong. Also the owner of Main Lake Market, Alice Szigethy is the founder and namesake. Alice’s menu reflects traditional American comfort fare, featuring starters such as fresh Sweet Corn Chowder, Country-Style Beef Chili and Ripe Jersey Tomato Salad. Satisfying main courses include Skillet Roasted Trout, homemade Chicken Pot Pie, and perfectly grilled Prime Steak. These and other delicious dishes, including vegetarian offerings and an extensive kids menu are lovingly created from scratch using local ingredients.

Alice’s atmosphere speaks to the history of Lake Hopatcong’s golden ages. Upstairs, the antique wood paneling, exposed rafters, crackle tile and zinc mahogany bar open onto an awning-covered deck. Diners are left to rediscover the long-lost treasure of Alice’s timeless setting. Alice’s lower level houses a bar and lounge that serve drinks and hors d'oeuvres late into the evening. The bar room brings one back to the last vestige of the workingman’s domain, with striking walnut paneled walls, deep blue penny-tile floors, and large club chairs. With its tufted leather seating and antiqued mirrors, the lounge sets the perfect mood for gatherings of two or twenty.

Alice’s is an ideal setting for a bridal shower, company party or any private function. Whether dropping by the deck for a quick bite and a cold beer, entertaining a group of friends in the lounge, or having an excellent dinner that the whole family can enjoy, Alice’s makes every guest feel instantly relaxed and welcome. This casual restaurant prides itself on warm and welcoming service.

DESCRIPTION: A beautiful casual American restaurant overlooking Lake Hopatcong. Alice’s feels like a recovered treasure of a halcyon yesteryear.

CUISINE: Classic American comfort foods with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients.

WINE & BEERS: Fine selection of American Tap Beers & over thirty Wines available, fifteen by the glass

DÉCOR: This stylish restaurant features dramatic design with exposed-rafter cathedral ceiling, reclaimed wood walls, zinc & emperador marble bars, antique Hickory Floor,
hand-crafted lighting, and large steel and glass doors that open onto a stunning awning covered deck.

Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The bar stays open later each night.


WEBSITE: Menus, photos, reviews and directions are available online.

SEATING: Dining Room - 80 seats. Bar Area - 16. Outdoor – 12.

LOCATION: 24 Nolan’s Point Park Road
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, 07849
(Located across the street from The Windlass Restaurant)

CREDIT CARDS: MasterCard, Visa and Diners Club

CATERING: Alice’s is available for private parties and corporate functions, including cocktail receptions, lunches & dinners.

PARKING: Ample parking is available.

RESERVATIONS: (973) 663-9600


Where to Stay

Great Getaways on the Delaware with New Packages from The Lambertville Station Inn

Great new package rates for winter and beyond are now available at the luxurious Lambertville Station Inn. Set on the banks of the Delaware in the historic town of Lambertville, New Jersey, the inn is fresh from a $4 million expansion program that includes new conference and event space and the addition of a spectacular new Riverview Suite. 

Guests can shop in Lambertville's fine boutiques, antique stores and art galleries and at the famous Golden Nugget Flea Market. Dine at an array of restaurants, including the landmark Lambertville Station, noted for its fine contemporary American Cuisine and exceptional wine cellar. The historic Delaware Valley is rich in attractions, recreational opportunities and natural beauty. Lambertville’s ideal location, just two hours from New York City and one hour from Philadelphia International Airport, make this charming town easy to reach.

Great Getaway Packages  

All rooms & rates include Continental Breakfast delivered to the guestroom. Rates are  subject to availability. Taxes are additional.

Reservations can be made online at or call 609-397-4400.

The Lambertville Station Inn offers 46 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. The fresh, contemporary interiors include an array of luxury amenities: Ethan Allen furnishings, fine linens, Sealy Posturepedic Encore Beds, wide screen cable TV and complimentary WiFi.  Suites include fireplaces, and most rooms have spectacular river views. Room service is available and each morning, a complimentary Continental Breakfast and newspaper are delivered to each guest's door. Parking is free.

A landmark on the Delaware River and fresh from a $4 million expansion program, The Lambertville Station Inn offers winter packages that will beat the Big Chill.
The stunning Riverview Suite is perfect as a bridal suite or a romantic getaway. This  luxuriously appointed suite features customized furniture, a bar and sitting room and a two-sided fireplace.

Dining Options

Just across from the inn and under the same management, is the Zagat-rated Lambertville Station Restaurant. The restaurant is set in the original historic stone building that once housed the Lambertville Train Station. Open for lunch and dinner, Lambertville Station offers a number of dining options and several distinctive dining rooms, including a new Wine Cellar and the Delaware Room which hosts private events.


The Lambertville Station Inn is located on the banks of the Delaware River in the charming riverside of town of Lambertville, New Jersey. This central location is easily reached from points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia, via air, car and bus. The graceful Lambertville/New Hope Bridge links the two towns and the Delaware Valley. The inn is ideal for corporate and leisure travelers, conferences and special events. Just two hours from New York City and one hour from Philadelphia International Airport, Lambertville is an affordable and attractive weekend getaway or meetings venue.

Bike or Hike

Take a hike or a bike. Kayak on the Delaware or soar in a hot air balloon. Raise a glass at a nearby winery. Make a fabulous find at the Golden Nugget Flea Market, one of the area’s largest. Dine Around at restaurants that span cuisine from Continental and American to dishes from Mexico and Myanmar. Take in a show at New Hope’s Bucks County Playhouse. Dance the night away in the area’s clubs. Feel a part of American history – George Washington crossed the Delaware just a few miles away from Lambertville and America’s past is present in its gracious Colonial and Victorian houses, beautiful gardens and antiques and art galleries.

Contact information for the Lambertville Station Inn:
Reservations can be made online at or call 609-397-4400.

For information on meetings at The Lambertville Station Inn contact Conference Director Sharon DeFelices at 609-397-8461 or

For banquets and social events, contact Banquet Director Marielle Wolf at 609-397-9077or

For group room bookings contact Inn General Manager Jim Large at 609-397-4400, Ext. 550.

“Romance on the Delaware River” -- Fresh from a $4 Million Expansion Program, Lambertville Station Inn & the Dazzling Delaware Set the Scene for Singular Weddings Year 'Round

Long a landmark on the Delaware River, the Lambertville Station Inn now brings new sophistication and singular style to New Jersey weddings. Fresh from a $4 million expansion program, the Inn offers a romantic riverside setting, an exquisite wedding venue, fine cuisine, luxury rooms and the stunning new Riverview Suite - all easily reached from New York, Philadelphia and throughout New Jersey.

Set on the banks of the Delaware River in the charming town of Lambertville, the Inn is a venue for all seasons, reflecting the river's beauty year ‘round. Event spaces overlook the fabled waters that provide a perfect backdrop for a unique and unforgettable celebration.

The Riverside Ballroom, with its striking vaulted ceilings and river views, sets the scene for receptions and dinners of up to 200 participants. Floor-to-ceiling windows, custom-designed chandeliers and original works by local artists, give the Riverside Ballroom drama and individuality that works beautifully with a variety of wedding themes.

On the floor below, is The Riversedge, a spacious, open-air event space set at the water's edge. The room is furnished with a full bar and comfortable couches. Walls of blue and white and original art work reflect the sky and the river beyond. A charming patio is available to take party guests outdoors to enjoy river breezes and magnificent views. The Riversedge can host intimate wedding receptions as well as luncheons, cocktail hours, showers and rehearsal dinners.

The Ceremony Room, also open-air, overlooking picturesque Swan Creek, is a lovely venue. Its natural light, crystal chandeliers, beautiful floral paintings and creek views lend intimacy and elegance to any wedding.

The new Riverview Suite is a luxurious two-room suite with fabulous river views including a large bar and entertaining area, double sided fireplace, a king bed and an extravagant marble bath with rain shower and soaking tub. This room is truly a unique bridal suite where memories are made.

A professional staff of experienced wedding planners is available to help plan every detail of a wedding from small, intimate ceremonies to the most lavish gala. Banquet Director Marielle Wolf serves as wedding planner, assisting couples in creating an event that reflects the individuality and vision of each couple. On the wedding day, a professional Bridal Attendant and Maître d' are on hand to ensure that all runs smoothly with every detail checked and every request fulfilled.

The Inn offers 46 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. The fresh, contemporary interiors include an array of luxury amenities: Ethan Allen furnishings, fine linens, Sealy Posturepedic Encore Beds, wide screen cable TV and complimentary WIFI. Suites include fireplaces, and most rooms have spectacular river views. Room service is available and each morning, a complimentary Continental Breakfast and newspaper are delivered to each guest's door. Parking is free.

Destination Weddings

The historic town of Lambertville provides the perfect setting for a Destination Wedding. This central location is easily reached from points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia, via air, car and bus. The Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn is just two hours from New York City and one hour from Philadelphia International Airport.

Lambertville offers an array of historic, shopping and recreational attractions, from boating on the Delaware to shops, galleries and the famous Golden Nugget Flea Market. The graceful Lambertville/New Hope Bridge links the two towns and the Delaware Valley.

Dining Options

Just across from the Inn and under the same management, is the Zagat-rated Lambertville Station Restaurant. The restaurant is set in the original historic stone building that housed the Lambertville Train Station. Open for lunch and dinner, Lambertville Station offers a number of dining options and several distinctive dining rooms, including a new Wine Cellar and the Delaware Room which hosts private events. The restaurant can host showers, rehearsal dinners, and casual gatherings. On Sundays, the Riverside Ballroom features a lavish brunch and in the late afternoon and evening, an elegant dinner buffet.

The Lambertville Station Restaurant provides banqueting services for the Inn and can cater to every food preference and need. "We recognize that today's guests are very diverse and have a varied range of dining requirements," says Banquet Director Marielle Wolf. The kitchen can provide vegan and vegetarian options as well as gluten-free menus.

Named one of "America's Prettiest Towns" by Forbes, historic Lambertville offers a perfect blend of architectural gems, shops, art galleries, antique markets and restaurants.

Lambertville Things to Do & See

Take a hike or a bike. Kayak on the Delaware or soar in a hot air balloon. Raise a glass at a nearby winery. Make a fabulous find at the Golden Nugget Flea Market, one of the area’s largest.  Dine around at restaurants that span cuisine from Continental and American to dishes from Mexico and Myanmar. Take in a show at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse. Dance the night away in the area's clubs. Feel a part of American history - George Washington crossed the Delaware just a few miles away from Lambertville and America's past is present in its gracious Colonial and Victorian houses, beautiful gardens and antiques and art galleries.

Forbes named Lambertville one of "America's Prettiest Towns" and Travel & Leisure dubbed it one of the "quirkiest" for its unique charms and individualistic residents. Historic Lambertville offers excellent shopping, fine restaurants, and architectural gems that include Federal, Victorian and French Second Empire styles. Known as New Jersey's Antiques Center, Lambertville is home to shops and art galleries that feature antiques from Colonial to Mid-Century Modern.

Noted artists and skilled craftspeople reside here and Lambertville is known for custom-made furniture, fine jewelry and artworks that reflect the grace and beauty of life along the river. The past is present in the many historical sites in the area, including the Washington’s Crossing Historic Park that hosts the annual reenactment of George Washington's heroic crossing of the Delaware.

Lambertville is a year 'round celebration. Welcome spring at the legendary Shad Festival. In October, the Lambertville Food Fare draws chefs from the area's finest restaurants. January's Winter Fest keeps spirits high.

Lambertville is also one of's "12 Unexpectedly Perfect Cities to Get Married In."

Contact information for the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn:
Inn Reservations can be made online at or call 609-397-4400.

Dining Reservations can be made online at or call 609-397-8300.

For information on meetings at The Lambertville Station Inn, contact Conference Director Sharon DeFelices at 609-397-8461 or

For banquets and social events, contact Banquet Director Marielle Wolf at 609-397-9077 or

For group room bookings, contact Inn General Manager Jim Large at 609-397-4400, Ext. 550, or

Wedding Tips and Trends

Marielle Wolf, Banquet Director at The Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn, offers advice on wedding planning and what's trending now.

Planning Makes Perfect

Careful planning is key. You can't imagine how many details are involved in planning a wedding until you start the process. Find an experienced wedding planner, most venues already have one on staff, who can help you make wise, cost-effective and creative decisions. Good planning also helps mitigate problems like bad weather, accidents and other examples of Murphy's Law.

Read the fine print
. Go over every contract carefully. You don't want to learn at the last minute that the photographer is bringing two assistants that need to be subsidized or that the band demands a full dinner.

Thrifty is still the new chic. Find out what is negotiable. Don't take the first price you are given and put your money into amenities that will have the most impact. For example, many venues offer special rates and packages during January or February, traditionally less popular months. Lambertville Station Inn is already booking 2016 winter weddings with special packages that start at $125.00 per person.

What's Trending Now

Nostalgia and romance are themes we are seeing now - Madmen, the Roaring 20s and the glamour of The Great Gatsby. There is so much you can do with cocktails, menus and decor around these themes. We love getting involved in this creative process, coming up with ideas to help brides and grooms to realize their dream wedding.

Colors are soft and neutral but vivid jewel tones are popular in shades of purple and green. Gold continues to be a solid trend in fashion and decor. These make a real impact as accents in table settings and centerpieces against a white or ivory backdrop.

The DIY trend is now influencing weddings with couples designing their own invitations, websites, favors and centerpieces. These often reflect the couple's individual interests with sports, hobbies and travel among the themes selected.

Friday and Saturday evening receptions are the most popular but Sundays are trending as well. More people are planning weddings around long holiday weekends so you might see a Thursday or Monday wedding.


What's Cooking Right Now at Livingston's Strip House and Westminster Hotel

Strip House and Westminster Hotel are a fabulous one-stop resource for staycationers, business and social visitors at the end of summer ... and every season. Here's 4 reasons why!

Lobster Roll Lunch
Have a shore experience right on Route 10 with Strip House's luscious take on the summer classic: Maine lobster salad on toasted buttered bun, topped with avocado slices and served with house-made fingerling potato chips.

Onsite Wellness Services from Luxurious Dieci Lifestyle Spa
Receive a rejuvenating massage or facial at Westminster Hotel's newly renovated spa facility, provided by the local distinguished therapists at Dieci Lifestyle Spa, Livingston's premier salon and wellness center.

Choose from Swedish, Deep Tissue or Warm Stone massage; or a Glowing, Express or Aromatherapy facial. 

About Strip House
Strip House Westminster Hotel is New Jersey's premier steak house experience. Its menu includes prime cuts of meat, pristine seafood, signature sides (truffle-creamed spinach, goose fat potatoes and the famed 12-layer chocolate cake) and an extensive wine list. Amon.

About Westminster Hotel
The award-winning Westminster Hotel (AAA Four Diamond Award Winner 13 years running), features 185 luxury guest rooms and suites; 16,000 square feet of banquet and conference space; the critically acclaimed Strip House restaurant and a full range of first-class amenities that cater to the unique needs of today's business travelers as well as social guests.

Strip House 
Westminster Hotel
550 W. Mt Pleasant Ave.
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 533-0600 (hotel)
(973) 548-0050 (restaurant)

For Further Informatioin contact 973.509.1912


What to See & Do

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Grounds Keeper, Inc.

Contact Grounds Keeper for a consultation and let's talk about your new patio, pool or outdoor kitchen.

The Showroom is located at:

798 Highway 34
Matawan, NJ 07747
(732) 566-1600

Great Sales

For A Healthy Pond check out the full line of products to help you care for your pond and keep it in its best shape this season - water clarifiers, beneficial bacteria, anti-fungral treatments for fish and more. 

New In LED Lighting

With rising energy costs, now is the perfect time to switch to LED landscape and pond lighting. Create beautiful effects with these color changing or warm white spotlights.

Thinking about adding or switching up your lighting?

Get in touch for a consultation.

For Creeping-Crawling Things

Tired of swatting at those pesky mosquitoes? Don't want to share your carrots with garden grubs? Grounds Keeper has a full line of insecticides and mosquito repellant so you can avoid having your garden - or you! - be the next meal.

Felco Pruners

These are top rated pruners for vines, shrubs and trees.

More Pond Products

Great natural pond dyes, clarifiers and more.

Hurry and get a jump start on the season!

Now is the time to start planning your dream space. Contact Grounds Keeper for a consultation.

For details please check Web-Site
Stop by to see what's new in ponds, landscaping and décor.

Yard Décor & Pond Shop 

There's a wide selection of fun yard and pond décor from small birds and frogs, to mid-sized planters and bubblers, to larger fountains, so whether you need a conversation starter or a special finishing touch, you're bound to find something to please the dads in your life.

Thinking Of An Outdoor Kitchen, Pond, Pool Or Some Beautiful Evening Lighting?
All that can be part of your Master Plan. Ask for a consultation so that Grounds Keeper can listen to your dreams and show you how all of this can be part of your lifestyle.

Not Ready For A Revamp? Try Rejuvenation.

Not every landscape needs a do-over, especially if you've already invested time and money into making it look great. But even well designed landscapes need a sprucing up now and then. Whether you're not ready to commit to a full overhaul or you just want to add color, texture or attract more wildlife, Grounds Keeper can help!

“ Naturalistic Outdoor Living Spaces from Conception to Completion” AQUASCAPE Retailer offering Water Gardening Education, Plants, Fish, Accessories, Kits and Installation.

Stop in and see the pond and yard accessories, fish food and care products, pond equipment, fountains, fire pits and more.

Bamboo culms are the perfect companion to your fall pond routine!

Not only do they add a natural beauty but they deter predators and are ideal for use in conjunction with fall pond netting. Attach bamboo culms around the edge of the pond to secure the netting - it's functional and looks great, too. If you have issues with plants and floaters getting sucked into your skimmer, bamboo culms make an excellent barrier to prevent that from happening. They're available now in 6ft, 12ft, 20ft, 16ft, 20ft and 32ft lengths. Call (732) 566-1600 to reserve your bamboo or visit the store and pick up whatever you need.

Looking for help adding bamboo as a natural element to your pond? We'll consult with you and plan the best and most beautiful way to use it. Call us at (732) 566-1600 for a consultation.

Emergency Service: Call 732.566.1600 and leave a message.
or call Jay's Cell Phone at 908.930.5160

Showroom (732) 566-1600    ----- Web-Site

Underwater Koi Camera

Have you ever wondered what goes on in your pond during the day while you’re working, or wanted to keep an eye on predators? The underwater Koi cam can be easily hooked up to a digital capture device to check on your pond and diagnose problems day or night. It’s also ideal for winter use to check on fish under the ice. Call (732) 566-1600 to get more info or to buy.

Spring Pond Cleanout

Rejuvenate your pond and start fresh this season. Mother Nature does this each year to our natural ponds & lakes with the runoff from melting snow and again with the Spring rain. Draining your pond and doing a thorough cleanout will accomplish the same thing. Decaying plants, leaves and even fish waste that might have been left from last season can cause spring algae blooms. When you clean out your pond you will be replacing the old water with clean fresh water. The best time to do your cleanout is in early Spring when the water temperature reaches 55 degrees.
For many pond owners this is a big, time consuming, and messy job.

Stop By the Pond Shop And See The Underwater Koi Camera Working
Now In Stock

The underwater video Koi Cam allows pond owners to easily and quickly view the underwater world found in their pond or water garden from the comfort of a living room chair.

Have you ever wondered what goes on in your pond during the day when at work or traveling? Are predators a problem? The underwater Koi cam can be easily hooked up to a VCR or digital capture device to check on your pond or diagnose problems day or night, also ideal for winter use to check on fish under the ice. • Easy to set up • Small, compact design  makes it easy to hide • Contains Sony super HED optics for a clean, clear, color picture • Dimmable LED lighting system for nighttime use • Made from quality stainless steel 

PRICE $279.99 (plus tax)

ThermaKoi 1.5 KW
Electric Heater
(Larger Units Also Available)

Simple to use, 110 Volt normal plug in, you simply pump water in one end and it flows out the other back to the pond. So you can either put this in line on your filtration system or you can dedicate a pump of its own. This unit runs on electricity and pulls about 12 Amps while operating. It comes equipped with a flow switch to turn it off if water stops moving, which will spare the element. It's all stainless construction and it's reasonably priced. ThermaKoi 1.5KW Heater will heat apond up to 1,500 gallons. It is recommended to bypass all waterfall returns for maximum efficiency. Don't Be Left In The Cold, Order Your Heater Today!

Please RSVP for all events and details by calling the showroom 732.566.1600
If you are calling after hours, please leave a message on the answering machine.

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For further information, contact: Richard Helfant, Executive Director/C.E.O. Phone: 609-823-6473, Ext. 5 Fax: 609-823-1895


Where to Eat

What's The Scoop

This is a greeat hang-out for teens after school or on vacation, for families, and for those who like brick Oven Pizza and home made ice cream. You can also order meatball subs, hot dogs with chili, etc., soup, and ice cream cakes to go. The atmosphere isn't gorgeous, but seems to satisfy the patrons.

Location: 410 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840.

Phone: 732-548-5900. Hours: Sun-Thur 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri and Sat. 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.


What to See & Do

Wheaton Arts (formerly WheatonVillage)

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Visit web site


Where to Eat

Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar Blooms with Stunning Renovation, Menus

Blue Morel has undergone a major renovation that further marries the handsome decor to the restaurant's thoughtful, accessible New American fare. And while you're there ... check out the equally stunning new lobby in the Westin Governor Morris.

Beautifully Refreshed Dining Room
The space has been remade in flattering shades of earthy gray, brown, copper and green, offset by crisp white moldings. Gone are the white tablecloths and high-backed chairs ... Now in place is curvy seating in a pop of olive, which represents the bounty of the earth; inviting loveseats, and pillowy lounge seating at the bar.

What lies ahead? According to Chef Mathews, "Summertime is just as exciting ... endless possibilities with barbecue, seafood pots, pickling, fermenting and more!"

Saturday Tableside Service; Bar Fare
The restaurant's refresh also features additions that speak to Chef Ciszak's continued refinement of the Blue Morel experience. On Saturday evenings, tableside preparation of Dover Sole and Pasta in a Parmesan Wheel bring a bit of theater to the dinner table.

And to make the restaurant's beautiful bar even more appealing, check out the new Small Bites and Big Bites menu with Charcuterie and Cheese Boards, seafood, salads ... and of course a dazzling signature Burger (brisket, hanger, chuck, Valley Shepherd cheese, foie gras butter, shallot confit, bone marrow, toasted King's Hawaiian bun).

About Blue Morel
Since 2011, Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar has combined the finest seasonal ingredients from local, regional, organic and sustainable farms with the culinary creativity of Chef Thomas Ciszak, VP of Food and Beverage for >Island Hospitality Management and Executive Chef/Partner, Chakra Restaurant (Paramus).

In collaboration with Executive Chef Dennis Mathews, they've created a menu of pristine, accessible New American cuisine, sushi and raw bar, complemented by an award-winning wine program that ranges from easy drinking to cult favorites, including 70+ wines by the glass. Who handles wine list curation and Blue Morel's sublime cocktail list? General Manager Richard Ramos, who notes, "Our cocktails pay homage to the classics with a modern, innovative approach focusing on local ingredients and spirits. For example, our Apple Old Fashioned is infused with Silk City Bourbon, named after nearby Paterson, and we feature a Smoked Manhattan created with Ragtime Rye from N.Y.C." Voted one of the state's best whiskey bars, Blue Morel offers 80+ whiskies and many special events to highlight them.

Sundays feature an extended breakfast buffet and appealing supper with a selection of 50+ wines by the bottle at 50% off. Blue Morel's 18-seat Wine Room is perfect for private dining, and the Westin Governor Morris Hotel features newly renovated and elegant rooms that accommodate up to 400 guests for business and social gatherings.

Location: Westin Governor Morris Hotel
2 Whippany Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 451-2619
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner


Coco Key Water Resort Opened at the Mt. Laurel Marriott

Coco Key Water Resort is the first indoor water resort in the area. Opened in late 2008, the resort featu res 55,000 sq. ft. of indoor water adven tures, comfortable year-round at a temperature 85 degrees. Activities include the Parrot's Perch Play Structure: An interactive adventure with water cannons, and a huge bucket that dumps 300 gallons of water every few minutes, Coconut Grove Adventure River: A tube ride. Gator Gush, Barracuda Blast & Pelican Plunge: Three 40-foot looping body- and raft-waterslides that'll drive you wild! A Dip-In Theater: Enjoy a movie while floating in your own tube in our zero depth-entry pool! And much, much more.

The resort is located at 915 Route 73. Overnight packages and day passes will be available. The resort is situated one-quarter of a mile from the New Jersey Turnpike, 11 miles from Philadelphia, and 2 miles from Cherry Hill, NJ.  


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Where to Stay

The Heldrich Announces “Living Large on Livingston” Cultural Getaway Package

The Heldrich (, New Brunswick’s sophisticated new luxury hotel located in the city’s cultural center, across Livingston Avenue from the renowned State Theatre, announces the “Living Large on Livingston” getaway package. The new package includes a pair of tickets to one of the State Theatre’s world-class shows and concerts, luxury hotel accommodations, and a $100 dinner certificate in the highly rated Christopher’s Restaurant. 

The Heldrich boasts an extensive fine art collection, including artworks specifically commissioned for the luxurious new hotel and works arranged through a special partnership with the Brodsky Center of Rutgers University and New Jersey’s highly acclaimed Zimmerli Art Museum. It is located just four blocks from the New Brunswick Train Station, offering 45-minute rail excursions to Penn Station in Manhattan..

The Heldrich’s design is a fascinating juxtaposition, and in itself a work of art. The interiors are visually stimulating, yet offer a feeling of serenity in their vast spaciousness; they project a soothing color palette, however, pockets of space, once discovered, explode with color and vitality. The design is 21st Century, yet the public spaces overlook and pay homage to the city’s 150-year-old Victorian Monument to its fallen Civil War heroes.   Several elements have been utilized to appeal to the senses: granite, slate, glass, steal, marble in the form of terrazzo, richly polished woods and stunning original glass and bronze artworks that adorn The Heldrich lobby. Attending is a young, vital team of hospitality professionals standing ready to anticipate the need of every guest.

The “Living Large on Livingston” cultural getaway package is from $300 per couple, per night. To learn more and to make reservations, call 732.729.4670 or 866.609.4700-toll free or visit

About The Heldrich

The Heldrich is located in the cultural heart of New Jersey in New Brunswick. The property is situated at 10 Livingston Avenue, just west of the important US Route 1 and four blocks from the News Brunswick Train Station (serving the Northeast Corridor: Boston-New York-Philadelphia-Washington, DC) and close to Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike. It is 30 minutes outside New York City and has rail service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).   The Heldrich features a 248-guestroom luxury hotel, Christopher’s Restaurant, serving freshly prepared specialties created in an exhibition kitchen to delight even the discriminating palate, Christopher’s Bar, and an elegant ballroom, ideal for social and corporate gatherings. For more information on The Heldrich, call 732-729-4670 or visit  

What to See & Do

The State Theatre

The State Theatre - is a magnificently renovated 1921, 1800-seat vaudeville theater presenting a diversity of world-class events including international orchestras, Broadway musicals, jazz productions, dance ensembles, touring operas, country music, educational programs, children's events, world music, a film series, and more. The concert hall attracts over 300,000 patrons each year from all 21 counties in New Jersey as well as from Pennsylvania and New York.   The State Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Rutgers Gardens

I come to this lovely garden several times a year - to admire the flowers, watch butterflys, walk the trails, or just sit and relax. Located at Rutgers Universi8ty on the Cook Campus, the gardens consist of nearly 180 acres of maintained and natural beauty. Begun in the 1920s, its original purpose was to establish a teaching collection of plants for students at the university. Over the years, it has expanded and features not only gardens, but a number of programs and facilities for the community, faculty and students to enjoy and explore.

Annual events include the Spring Flower Fair each May, Open House & Wine Festival - the last Saturday of July, Gardens Gala - a fund-raising awards dinner, Fall Festival - a fun-filled family event including festive games, pumpkin painting and family activities, Farm Market - with Jersey Fresh products available for sale on Fridays beginning in May through November.

The American Hollies section is the 2nd largest American Holly collection in the United States. The Annual/Vegetable Gardens have a burst of color and edible plants from around the globe, while the Bamboo Grove features one acre of trails with a stream. This was planted in the 1940s and is unique in New Jersey. As you walk on the trails, you'll be beneath bamboo towering more than 30 feet above your head.

The historic Log Cabin and Pavilion, built in the 1930s, overlooks the scenic Weston Mills Pond and is available for rental April through October.

Nearby, Helyar Woods is a climax forest covering over 70 acres, with nature trails, springs, streams, and a unique pine forest. You'll also love the Ornamental Rain Garden - an example of an environmentally sensitive garden that allows deep water recharge, while retaining a flowing stream and waterfall. At Otkens Gardens, sit on the famous Big Green Chairs - a favorite with all ages.

Location: 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more details, contact website

Zimmerli Art Museum

Supported by Rutgers University and other funds, the Zimmerli is a gem and worth spending several hours checking out the exhibitions and art work.

Art After Hours

This eclectic evening series is held the first Wednesday of the month at the Zimmerli. Each month spotlights a special exhibition or permanent collection highlights with a guided tour, as well as related enterainment and activities. Free to Rutgers students, faculty and staff, and museum membeers. Others are free with museum admission.

Hours - Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 am-4:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. On First Wednesdays of the month, 10 am-9 pm. Closed Mondays and the month of August, and closed major holidays including July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, December 24 and 25 and January 1.

Admission: Adults 18 and older $6. Persons over 65 $5. Free admission to Zimmerli Art Museum members, Rutgers University students, faculty and staff with valid ID and children under 18.

Directions and Parking: The Museum is easily reached by train or car. Check web site for details.

Location: 71 Hamilton Streeet, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; 848-932-7237.

Where to Eat

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

Great food served hot and attractive. I'd give this restaurant 5 stars if the servers were trained better
and would stand still and wait till we re finished speaking before turning and running away. It happens every time. Also learned never to give entire order because we like to start with the soup - which is delicious - but they usually bring out the main course before we're even half-way finished with the soup. Servers are always hurrying away . . .but the food is very good so we keep returning. We usually order the Frajitas - I like the chicken one; my husband gets the shrimp one. Prices are reasonable and there's lots of parking outside, but do come before 6 p.m. so you get a table immediately. We usually have enough leftovers to take home and ask for extra chips and salsa which they bring to the table to take home in a see-through plastic bag with heating directions for using in a microwave. Very nice. Kids love it here because the decorations are colorfuleverywhere you look.Prices are reasonable.

LOCATION: Route 1 Southm, New Brunswick
PHONE: 732-569-2444


Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

We've been here numerous times and always love the experience - for there's always something new to spot. Over 40,000 acres are protected here for coastal habitats and wetlands. About 322 species of birds find their way here to the refuge, and thousands of acres are designated as the Brigantine Wilderness Area. We begin on the Wildlife Drive near the town of Smithville, and go 8 miles one way on an level unpaved road through wetlands and woodlands. We also walked the 8 miles one time which was quite an experience. We always stop at the two observation towers (there's one ADA accessible observation deck equipped with spotting scopes to view the birds). Upon entering we pick up bird checklists, brochres of the refuge, the guided activity schedules, and a self-guided auto tour guide. Use the bathroom near the entrance because you won't find another one along the trail. Bring binoculars, a hat, sun screen and walking shoes - besides a light jacket during summer and spring because there's always a cross breeze. Winter is wonderful here, too. You may be lucky and see thousands of snow geese feeding in the area - or perhaps an owl. We're always surprised since we never know what we'll see.

For more information contact the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 72, Great Creek Road, Oceanville, NJ. E-mail: or check web site


The Park Ridge Marriott's "Spa Fusion" Package Provides Guests With Pampering and Relaxation

For those who seek a pampering spa getaway but don't feel like dealing with the hassles of getting on a plane or driving far, the newly renovated Park Ridge Marriott, a premier northern New Jersey hotel situated in scenic Bergen County, is now offering guests a relaxing "Spa Fusion" package. This is the perfect opportunity to check out the hotel which recently underwent a $6 million renovation.

The "Spa Fusion" Weekend package includes:

· Two fluffy bathrobes to enjoy during your stay
· A bottle of bubbly champagne in room upon arrival
· A fresh fruit and cheese platter
· Two 30-minute in-room massages provided by a local spa

As part of a weekend of luxurious pampering, guests can relax in the hotel's new Revive bed, complete with 300 thread-count linens, fluffier pillows designed for more comfortable resting, down comforters snuggled inside custom-sheeted duvet covers, and thicker mattresses with plush toppers.

Additionally, the Park Ridge Marriott invites guests to visit the fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool, and restaurants and lounges during their stay. High-speed Internet and individual climate control are available in all of the newly renovated guest rooms.

The newly renovated 289-room Park Ridge Marriott Hotel is centrally located in Bergen County NJ, in a beautiful wooded setting and is dedicated to exceeding the expectations of guests by providing well appointed hotel rooms and impeccable Marriott service. The hotel's complete facilities include a fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool, and Allie's American Grille and Sean O'Casey's Irish Pub for dining and relaxation.

The Park Ridge Marriott is located at 300 Brae Boulevard in Park Ridge, NJ. For reservations or additional information, call 1-800-882-


What to See & Do

The Great Falls

We may not have a waterfall as high as Niagara Falls, but Paterson's Great Falls comes close. Recently, the Great Falls - which helped power the industrial revolution, became the 391st outdoor area to be added to the National Park System. Both the Great Falls and its surrounding historic district are an area of national significance, and was declared a National Historical Park as part of the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009.

The Falls have been a National Historic Landmark since 1976, and the new National Historical Park designation is that a variety of new resources will be made available to protect both the Falls and the surrounding community. The area, dates back more than 200 years. Alexander Hamilton, America's first Treasury Secretary. He realized, once he saw the 78-foot high Great Falls of the Passaic River, that it was a way to secure economic independence from British manufacturers, and in 1791, he helped found the Society for the Establishment of Useful Manufactures to utilize the Great Falls as a source of power. Paterson soon became the new nation's first planned manufacturing city and the hub of America's industrial revolution.

The Park includes about 35 acres of the Great Falls Historic District.


What to See & Do

Craftsman Farms

Take a step back in time at this national treasure - the famed turn-of-the-century designer Gustav Stickley, the foremost spokesman for the Arts & Crafts Movement. He is known for his straightforward "Mission" style furniture.

In 1908, envisioning a school for boys who would learn to farm, and be taught a trade, Stickley bouyght this land and later 650 acres in what is now the western edge of Parsippany-Troy Hills. He designed the main house as a club house with large gathering rooms, a huge kitchen and a porch that opened onto an expansive view of the farm and gardens. The log walls were made of chestnut cut on the property and the massive chimneys were built of local field stone.

Today the house, on 26 acres of the original property, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Craftsman Farms is nationally recognized as one of the most significant sites of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. It is owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and operated by Craftsman Farms Foundation Inc., a non-profit corporation. His clean-lined approach to furniture design was a revolutionary change from the crowded, highly embellished style of the Victorian Age which preceded him.

During Stickley's time here, Craftman Farms had fresh vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, cows and chickens. He commuted by train to Manhattan and the Craftsman Building, the site of his furniture showrooms and a restaurant, where the Farms' produce was used. Combining the roles of furniture designer and manufacturer with those of architect, social critic and publisher of 'The Craftsman" magazine, he lived here from 1910 until 1917, two years after he filed for bankruptcy, due in large part to changing American tastes. In 1917, Major George and Sylvia Wurlitzer Farny purchased the land and maintained it in the Stickley tradition and deeding it to their children until 1989.

When the property was threatened with development of townhouses, the Township, with encouragement from community groups and Stickley supporters, obtained the site through eminent domain. His career may have ended in financial ruin, but his portrayal of beautiful, open charm and the rustic peace of a secluded nook in the woods, revolutionized the American decorative arts.

The main house is open from April through October on Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1-4 p.m. The last tour starts at 3:15 p.m. A donation is requested. It is located on Route 10 West and Manor Lane in Parsippany, N.J. Enter at Powder Mill Estates, about 3 miles west of Rt. 287. A sign is out front.


The City of Perth Amboy Receives U.S. Soccer Foundation Grant

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, has awarded an $81,795 grant to the City of Perth Amboy to support soccer programs for underserved youth in Middlesex County. This comes as part of an announcement of over 31 grants totaling nearly $1.3 million nationwide.

The Foundation strives to assist and grow the game of soccer, as well as improve the well-being of children in under-resourced communities, by awarding grants to non-profit organizations that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and live a healthy lifestyle. Grants are awarded to support youth programs and field-building initiatives.

Of the 31 grant awards distributed by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, 14 were given as part of the Safe Places to Play program. Supported by partners such as Musco Sports Lighting, the Safe Places to Play program develops or enhances field spaces in underserved areas to provide safe places for children to play. To date, the Foundation has helped create or improve over 1,100 safe places for children nationwide.

Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation‚s grant process is provided by the Foundation‚s corporate partners, including Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting,, and Sport Court. Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has now awarded more than $100 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $100 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation‚s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit to learn more.


What to See & Do

Jenkinson's Aquarium

This is 'the' place for all ages. I took my grandchild there thinking it for kids, but that was a big mistake -- because I loved everything. The Rainforest Attraction had the world's smallest monkeys -- pygmy marmosets - along with brightly colored cockatoos and macaws. We also loved the chameleon and frogs in this attractive exhibit. Then there was the Underwater Discovery where we were within inches of amazing sharks, fish and stingrays - all in a 58,000 gallon tank. See local underwater shipwrecks, a lush California kelp foresst, a misty South Amercan rainforest, and a South African coast. Spread out on the first floor you'll find live coral, gators, turtles and freshwater fish, a seal underwater viewing area, and African penguins. On the second floor, just as exciting, are marine fish, a rocky reef, frogs, a touch tank kids can dip their fingers into, and many exhibits.

Jenkinson's Aquarium is located at 300 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach. For more information, hours and feeding times, call 732-899-1212 or check web site - Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Open all year except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.


What to See & Do

Head to Red Bank for the Food & Wine Walk Each August

I went in August and enjoyed my walk through most of the 37 places providing samples of food and wine to participants. The cost is $35 per person which includes a map of the 37 places with each address. Wear comfortable shoes and if it's a sunny day, don a hat and use sunscreen.

A few of the places we enjoyed was Antoinette Boulangerie (32 Monmouth Street) that had samples of the delicious cakes, Cupcake Magician (54 Monmouth Street) with an array of tempting cupcakes to choose from; Luigi's Ice Cream (60 Broad Street for fantastic Cherry ice cream, chocolate or any flavor you desire, Jamian's Food & Drink (79 Monmouth Street) where we sat in back at the outside bar and sipped lusious strawberry drinks while feasting on the hot and spicy taco chips, and Mr. Pizza Slice (10 Monmouth Street) where, surprisingly, we didn't taste there renowned pizza, but had delicious burger sliders that were moist and done perfectly. If you like Sushi, try some samples at Teak (64 Monmouth Street), the fantastic displays of spices & teas at The Spice & Tea Exchange (12 Monmouth Street) as well as tasty pork offerings.

We visited many other places and can't wait to return for lunch or dinner at those we liked or missed on the walk because we didn't leave enough time. The event is from 1-5 p.m.

Where to Eat

The Robinson's Ale House

The staff here is friendly and the food that we had was very good. There's a nice outdoor patio facing the main street, but we always prefer inside seating. Once again had burgers served with fries. Loved the BUC chile burger with cheddar cheese and red only for $12.99, while my partner tried - and liked - the Chi-Town burger with bacon, swiss cheese and Ale House Steak sauce also for $12.99. Service was very good, atmosphere lovely, especially toward the back. Know we'll go again when we're in town for one of the events.

Location: 26 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: +1-732-383-8219
Hours: 11:30am-11:00pm


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2. Cannonball Trail
3. Horse Pond Mountain mountain-loop

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Hunterdon Bridges Down the Delaware.

Most of the original bridge sites on our Delaware River still exist and still hold bridges. The original structures-- wooden, covered bridges-- have been replaced by steel, open-decked spans. But most of these "modern" steel river crossers have been in existence a hundred years or more, and are no longer really modern. Most are still supported by the original stone piers and abutments.

The historic and scenic river towns of Easton, Portland, Columbia, Belvidere and Phillipsburg all merit in-depth exploration of their own, but this forty-eight-mile loop tour emphasizes the old roads connecting them.

The Delaware River

where it forms the boundary between Sussex County, New Jersey, and Pike County, Pennsylvania is a Wild and Scenic River. That part of New Jersey that borders the river here is just as wild and scenic, where that a tributary of the Delaware called Flat Brook and its tributary, Little Flat Brook, form a narrow but lush vale called Walpack Valley.

Lakota Wolf Preserve

Midnight was the favorite of thousands of visitors and friends at Lakota Wolf Preserve. Kids especially loved him; it was easy to remember the "big, black one" who greeted them at the corner next to the entrance at the Preserve. And Midnight earned his keep. From the beginning, he was the most popular choice for wolf sponsorship, a principal way of funding the Preserve. For photographers, Midnight was a brilliant subject.

Sky Farm

On Labor Day of 1929, Kurt Barthel led a small group of individuals to a picnic in the buff in the Hudson Mountains near Peekskill, New York. Two years later the first "naturist" organization had over 200 members. In July of 1932, Mr. Barthel founded America's first official nudist club, at Sky Farm right here in Basking Ridge. Sky Farm operates as a private cooperative on about 35 acres nestled in the Somerset Hills. The close-knit community of mostly couples and families enjoy unlimited access to miniten and volleyball courts, recreational hall, spa, year-round sauna, a nature trail and petanque courts, and a large, heated pool, which is open from mid May until October. For more information about Sky Farm or to find out how to become a member, call 908-419-5443.

Farmers Markets

Day and weekend trips in the summer Skylands can also be delicious, with the rich harvests of our local farms available to the savvy shopper at farmer's markets throughout our region.

Seasonal Camping

Campgrounds in the Skylands account for a huge amount of fun. And while over 500,000 campers relax and enjoy the rural character of Northwest New Jersey each year, most of these visits come in summer; short overnight or weekend camping trips. But many families make a Skylands campground their own vacation home, renting seasonal sites or bringing their own RV to rest at a lovely- and well-serviced- spot somewhere up in the New Jersey countryside. These facilities are a long way from generic trailer hookups and tent sites. Take a drive and check one out this weekend!

Mine Train Journey

Take a Mine Train Journey to the Ol' Susquehanna Mine and try your hand at Gemstone panning! Each ticket holder gets a bag of mine tillings, guaranteed to have 4-5oz of real gemstones.

Corn Maze Ride

behind New Jersey's only operating Steam Locomotive to a 13 acre corn maze with over 15 miles of trails. Come get lost! See if you can find all the check points to complete the game.

Hour-long excursions aboard a historic steam train. Rides board Saturday & Sunday at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm; Lehigh Junction, 1 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg. More details call 877-TRAINRIDE or check web site

Leaf Peeping

The peak fall foliage bloom is steadily moving south of the Delaware Water Gap. With breezy and wet weather forecast for late this weekend, it would be a good idea to take a ride on Saturday.

High Point and the Monument

It’s the natural destination for an autumn trip - High Point State Park and the famous monument. Read about the history of this proud symbol at New Jersey’s highest point before you take the drive up that way. You’ll be tempted to climb the 291 steps to the top, but even if you don’t, the best panoramas remain from the base of the structure.

Air Ballon Rides

Catch the fall foliage bloom from a hot air balloon. The crisp air lets you fly higher and longer, the color is at peak, and in some places the thinner foliage will allow you to view herds of deer and wildlife normally hidden in the forest.

Hunterdon Bridges Down the Delaware

Most of the original bridge sites on our Delaware River still exist and still hold bridges. The original structures-- wooden, covered bridges-- have been replaced by steel, open-decked spans. But most of these "modern" steel river crossers have been in existence a hundred years or more, and are no longer really modern. Most are still supported by the original stone piers and abutments.

Follow the South Branch!

The fledgling river flows south from Budd Lake, picking up some steam as it heads towards Long Valley and beyond towards Clinton, Flemington and Bridgewater. Take the river as your route and you'll see things you never noticed before.

Field Trips

While you’re out you can start looking for pumpkins, Indian corn, squash and all that good stuff. And if you're looking for excitement beyond the pumpkin there are plenty of haunts and hayrides:

Greenway Flowers Fields of Fun

Convenient, affordable Fields of Fun this fall at Greenway's corn maze, pumpkin patch, and hayrides. Special rates for groups over 10. The farm is an easy drive from anywhere in the NY/NJ area, minutes from Interstate Route 80. 441 Schooley‚s Mountain Rd, Hackettstown 07840, 908/850-0700.

October Pumpkin Train

The historic steam train travels to a beautiful pumpkin patch located in front of the historic Carpentersville Lime Kilns on the Delaware River. Every child can pick their own pumpkin for FREE. Rides board at Lehigh Junction, 1 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg. More details call 877-TRAINRIDE

On top of old Bald Pate

Just a few miles south of Lambertville lies an area ripe for weekend adventure and exploration. Components of local, national, and natural history are well represented, as well as brilliant prospects for craft seekers, hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and picnickers.

Stokes State Forest --- On The Trail

Take a hike through New Jersey's big woods, Stokes State Forest. No wonder Stokes comes first to most people's minds when somebody says "New Jersey State Park." It's really an amazing place, and a visit in the next few weeks will afford you coolness beneath the tall trees.

The famous notch that characterizes Warren County's western skyline is where the Kittatinny Mountains have given way to eons of gentle persuasion by the Delaware River, creating one of the most majestic of New Jersey's natural features between Mount Tammany and Mount Minsi in Pennsylvania. The Delaware Water Gap hiking trails are among the most beautiful in the state.

Or begin to explore the Highlands Trail network along a broad band of foothill and watershed systems linking the Hudson River from north of Bear Mountain, southwest across Sussex and Morris Counties to the Delaware River in Warren and Hunterdon Counties.

For those of us who have neither the time nor the inclination for a six-month ridge run from Georgia to Maine, the 42-mile New Jersey stretch on the Applachian Trail offers some very exciting possibilities. The entire stretch in Jersey is intersected by country lanes or Park roads every 5 to 10 miles. This means that, with a little planning and a map or two, the Jersey section can be conquered one day at a time in seven modest day-hikes.

Delaware River Cool Floats

The main stem of the Delaware, 331 miles from Hancock, NY, to its mouth at Cape May Point, NJ, is the longest free-flowing river in Eastern United States. Floating on this river is lots of fun!!! Knowing the river- its beauty, history, and its hazards- can provide you and your family with many days of enjoyment this summer. If possible, plan your trip for a weekday, and you'll feel like your have the river all to yourself.

For details, check Sports
Specialty in canoe, kayak & raft trips through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. 2 mi. off I-80, exit 309. 1-800-487-2628 County River Country
Tubing, calm water rafting, canoeing & kayaking trips on the Delaware River in historic Bucks County (near New Hope, PA). 40 years of family fun for all ages. 215/297-5000 Canoes, Rafts, Tubes
One or multi-day trips for groups of all sizes, overnight river camping. Located one mile off Rt. 80 in PA Poconos. 1-800-422-6631 River Tubing
Affordable relaxation for you and your family or group on a leisurely drift down the river. Your trip includes a free floating barbecue lunch! Easy access 1 mi. south of Frenchtown. 908/996-5386 Head Canoes
Canoe, raft, kayak, camping on the upper Delaware River. New log cabins, easy 2 hour drive from NYC, family specials, group rates. 1-800-874-2628 Canoes and Rafts
Canoe, whitewater raft, kayak, tube and camp on the Delaware River. Bimonthly learn to canoe and kayak days. Scouts/church youth groups camp free.
Dingmans Ferry , 1-800-FLOATKC East
ACA certified instructors. Kayak classes and guided tours for adults and children. Various locations n northern and central New Jersey. 1-866-529-2532 Canoe and Raft Rentals
Canoe, rafts and kayak rentals on the Delaware River. Low rates, group rates, prompt and friendly service. 1 1/2 hr from NYC. 1-800-724-8342

Campgrounds in the Skylands account for a huge amount of fun. And while over 500,000 campers relax and enjoy the rural character of Northwest New Jersey each year. Most of these visits come in summer; short overnight or weekend camping trips. But many families make a Skylands campground their own vacation home, renting seasonal sites or bringing their own RV to rest at a lovely- and well-serviced- spot somewhere up in the New Jersey countryside. These facilities are a long way from generic trailer hookups and tent sites.


Wentworth Galleries

As the leading fine art retailer in the United States, Wentworth Gallery features a wide selection of original artwork, limited editions and sculptures from the world’s most acclaimed artists. Wentworth defines selection by bringing some of the most collected and heralded artists worldwide and by traveling to the far reaches of the globe in order to introduce gallery patrons to new artists whose works are sold exclusively through Wentworth Gallery locations nationwide. Their website, provides information on featured artists, upcoming exhibits, online orders and di

Directions to the nearest Wentworth Gallery; or call 800-732-6140.


Smithville Village, The Village Greene

A visit to Smithville Village is always interesting and fun - and a step back in time. Walk along the cobblestone and brick paths, look for ducks on tranquil Lake Meone, ride the carousel, and enjoy checking out the quaint shops. There are dozens of boutiques and specialty shops housed in historic buildings with gifts galore.

Smithville is located only a short distance away from where farmers once fought for their lands when the British invaded during the American Revolution. The towne is bounded on one side by the Pine Barrens, and the waters of the picturesque Mullica River (originally the Little Egg Harbor) are nearby.

Smithville Towne consists of a principal inn, rebuilt around the original structure; two other inns, the Lantern Light and Quail Hill, and thirty-two other buildings, all authentic, typical of the early days of South Jersey. The buildings of restored Smithville Towne are not facsimiles, but actual structures, brought to the grounds from many points in Southern Jersey, and restored to their original appearances.

Events Held Almost Every Month, including:

•Car Cruises
•Living History & Encampment
•Smithville Fife & Drum Corp
Car Cruises
Art Walk
Antique Auto Day
•Drum Circle (rain 18)
Smithville Fife & Drum Corp
 Italian Festival  (rain 27)
100 Crafters
Irish Festival
Corvette Show (rain 23)
Costume Pet Parade
Fire On The Lake

 Zombie Walk (rain 30)
Witches Day
Halloween Train Ride (fee $2)
Fire On The Lake
Shoppes open 10 – 5 pm
Restaurants have extended hours
Holiday Light Show (till Jan 6)
Girls Night Out
Hospitality Night
Breakfast with Santa (fee)
Every Weekend in December
Magical Talking Tree
Christmas Train Ride (fee)
Village hours
Story Time with Mrs. Claus

January 4 – April 11
Sunday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Spring April 12 – June 21
Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
Summer June 22 – Sept. 1
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
Fall September 1 – November 26
Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
Holiday Hours November 27 – December 24
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
December 26 – 30
Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
December 24 and 31 10 am – 3 pm
January 1 noon – 5 pm
January 2 10 am – 6 pm
January 3 11 am – 6 pm
Special Days
Easter – close at 5 pm
Memorial Day – at 5 pm
July 4 close 5 pm
Labor Day – close at 5 pm
Oct. 31 – close 5 pm
Thanksgiving – close 5 pm
Christmas Eve – close at 3 pm
Closed Christmas
New Years Eve – close at 3
New Years Day – noon – 5

Where to Eat

The Historic Smithville Inn, Fred and Ethel's Lanern Light Tavern, Costello's Italian Ristorane Pizzeria, Colonial Coffee Cafe and others.

Location: 15 minutes north of Atlantic City on Route 9 near Moss Mill Road (Alt. 561). For more information call 09-652-7777 or 609-748-6160 or go to web site


What to See & Do

South Orange Fire Department

Take the kids to the South Orange Fire Department where, on February 2, 1891, some 45 villagers got together to form the Department. At that time, it consisted of two hand-drawn hose carts and one hand-drawn ladder truck, both of which were housed in Phillip Dietrich’s Living Stable on Vose Avenue. After construction of the Village Hall in 1895, the Fire Department relocated its fire equipment to the South Orange Avenue side of Village Hall. In 1898, Patrick McCahrey was appointed the first paid firefighter in South Orange, as a driver of the horse drawn hose carriage. By 1913, the village trustees saw the need for round the clock fire protection and a paid fire department was organized along with the purchase of the first motorized fire department ladder truck.  With a growing village, fire department, and motorized equipment, the village hired architects, Arthur Dillon and Henry L. Beadel to design a new fire station.

In 1926, the fire department took possession of the fire station located on Sloan Street, where it remains in operation today. It consists of a 32-man department, with two engine companies, one ladder company and a rescue utility truck. The South Orange Fire Department has provided 245 hour fire protection 365 days a year to the residents of the Village of South Orange for over 108 years. (South Orange F.M.B.A. Local 40.

For more information, contact the South Orange Fire Department at 378-7715 Ext. 7751, or check web site


Where to Stay

Historic Inns of Spring Lake

New Jersey’s oceanfront community of Spring Lake is rich in history, charm and beauty. The Historic Inns of Spring Lake are a distinguished collection of Victorian bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels in this radiantly refined Atlantic seashore town. Whether enjoying gourmet breakfast in a grand dining room, relaxing on a breezy open air porch or painting in a wildflower garden, this is a seaside paradise where graceful architecture and manicured lawns whisper peacefulness. Stroll the 2-mile boardwalk, bicycle to the center of town, read a book by the fireplace or photograph a swan under the Spring Lake Bridge.

For Reservations and Inn Rates: (732)859-1465 or check web site

What to See & Do


The Italian Festival returns to the downtown business district. Don't forget to bring your appetite.


We're clean and classy on the Jersey shore. The boardwalk is perfect for that fall jog! Spring Lake is the best beach!


It's not too late to book a fall vacation. October is a great month to explore, grab a coffee and read a book outdoors w/ fall foliage.


There are lots of places to eat in and around Spring Lake.


Spring Lake is the nicest place on the New Jersey shore to rest your head during October. We're hoping for an Indian Summer.

The Chamber also lists these lodging recommendations Each recommendation is special and there is something for everyone.

Sea You In Spring Lake for the Italian Festival!


Rinn Duin Brewing Opens One of the Largest Craft Breweries in New Jersey

In 2010, father/daughter Chip and Jacqui Town were traipsing through corporate America and while brewing a batch of their summer ale, continued constant talk of a dream: opening a microbrewery. With 22 years of combined homebrewing experience and backgrounds in business, the dream grew into an extremely feasible goal. Fast forward to 2013. Chip and Jacqui are the proud founders of Rinn Duin Brewing, only weeks from opening its doors.

Rinn Duin has opened as one of New Jersey’s largest craft breweries by production capacity, equipped with a 25 barrel (775 gallon) brewhouse. You will find their bottles and kegs in bars, restaurants and liquor stores this fall, throughout Ocean and Monmouth Counties.

Rinn Duin Brewing is inspired by the Town family’s indubious heritage, originating from County Roscommon, Ireland. Castle Rinn Duin was built by The English Royal Army in the early 1200’s. It survived countless battles by the hands of the Irish, including a fire, before the British relinquished the castle in 1576. Chip’s grandparents were the last family to live on the grounds of the castle, before donating the land to the Irish Heritage Council in the 1940’s. Their family history, past and present, is found in the midst of the designs and names of their beer, each with their own unique and personal story.

Located on Route 37 West in Toms River (3.5 miles west of Parkway Exit 82A), Rinn Duin is crafting characteristically traditional, yet distinctive ales of the UK and Ireland. Nestled in the heart of Ocean County, they invite you to stop by for a tour and a pint, with the Town family.

For more information please call 732-569-3261 or visit


What to See & Do

New Jersey State Museum

Exhibition News

Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus foulkii

Natural History Hall, 2nd Floor

As the world's first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton, its discovery in Haddonfield, NJ caught the world by storm - it revolutionized the science and helped propel southern New Jersey to the "center" of the paleontological world.

The exhibit features a 25 foot long cast of Hadrosaurus foulkii plus a life-size, hand-drawn life-like illustration on a chalk board. The role of paleoartists and the study of nature in the development of modern theories of dinosaur anatomy, behavior, and more is also examined in this exhibit.

Be sure to visit the Friends Gift Shop...

Visit the Friends of the Museum Gift Shop on the 2nd floor for a large array of attractive, useful and fun gifts for family, friends and children! The gift shop is one of the only ones that carries stuffed Hadrosaurus toys and books, plus other dinosaur items. Proceeds support programs of the New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium.

Friends Gift Shop open Tues. - Sat., 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sun. 12 noon - 4:00 pm.

Location: New Jersey State Museum | 205 West State Street | PO Box 530 | Trenton | NJ | 08625

Children's Books

These fun and educational board books include titles including Good Night Galaxy and Good Night Beach . Good Night New Jersey also makes a perfect for a child that has moved away!

Outdoor Fun

Science and art meet in this creative, outdoor project. The Sunprint Solar Paper
lets you makes beautiful pictures by placing objects on the paper and exposing
it to the sun. The paper undergoes a chemical change when exposed to sunlight. Save
the print by soaking in water then drying. The Sunprint paper can be used for a
creative, solar art project.

Perk up your morning coffee!
These will add a little fun to your morning routine or next meeting! Watch as the
dinosaurs disappear and the constellations appear when you add hot liquid!

205 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Ph: (609) 826-3936
Hours -- Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday Noon to 4:00 pm

Web site:

Saturday & Sunday at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm

1 pm Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

Eighty million years ago, the American Midwest lay under a great inland sea where
colossal creatures ruled the waves, from giraffe-necked Styxosaurus and sea birds
with teeth to the "T. rex of the Ocean", the 40-foot super-predator Tylosaurus.
This National Geographic program immerses audiences in this unexplored world of
the "other dinosaurs." Meet up with a family of Dolichorhynchops as they swim through waters with prehistoric sharks and squids brought to life in our Planetarium's full-dome immersive theater. Then see the real Plesiosaurs and Mosasaurs in our newest exhibition, Natural History Highlights, located in the Museum's main gallery. Sea Monsters is recommended for ages 6 and up.

Visit the Museum's website for your $1 off coupon for any sky or laser show at the Planetarium.

General Admission: $7 per person; $5 child (12 and under)
Group Rates Available
Friends of the NJSM receive $1 off per ticket up to a maximum of four.
Programs are approximately 40 minutes. Please call (609) 292-6333 for more information.

A Much Moved People:

Preserving Traditions of the Delaware Indians
NJSM Lower Level

Using objects from the State Museum's collection, this exhibition tells the story of New Jersey's Indians who moved from New Jersey after it had been overrun in the 17th century by European settlers, mainly the Dutch, the Swedes and the English. It also tells the story of those Indians who stayed and survived by adapting to a market economy. The descendents of the Indians who left New Jersey, as well as those who stayed, continue to follow and adapt their cultural and religious traditions, thus preserving them for future generations and sharing them with all other cultures.


New Jersey Artist Series:

Mayumi Sarai

On view in the Second Floor Riverside Galleries through August 5

American Perspectives:

The Fine Art Collection
On extended view in the 2nd Floor Fine Art Galleries
Remember the Revolution in New Jersey
On extended view in the 2nd Floor Foyer Gallery


Pretty Big Things:
Stories of New Jersey History
On extended view in the 3rd Floor Gallery

Trenton: Crucial Crossroads

On extended view in the Auditorium Galleries

Science History Art: Explore Your State Museum
On extended view in the Museum Auditorium

Closed Monday and State Holidays 609-826-3936;

Visit the Imagination Studio where children of all ages can participate in a pottery "reconstruction" activity, a scavenger hunt, and a sandbox archaeology program. And get hands-on while you talk with experts at a prehistoric artifact identification table. For a complete schedule, visit the museum's website.

Join the museum on the 3rd weekend of every month for a story and a craft activity. Storytime is designed for families with children ages 4 to 8.

New Jersey State Museum | 205 West State Street | PO Box 530 | Trenton | NJ | 08625


What to See & Do

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum

Here are some things to look forward to at Tuckerton Seaport from now through spring!

Planning for the season ahead is one of our favorite things to do in the winter. Instead of making plans that may need to be cancelled or postponed as health regulations change, the Seaport has carefully crafted the following events to allow them to be un-cancellable. We do not yet know what the Summer will look like, but we do know you can count on Tuckerton Seaport being here when you are ready to return.

Things To Look Forward To:

Come on Father's Day Weekend for one hour narrated tours of Tuckerton Creek.

Take a Boat Tour


The Tuckerton Seaport/ Beach Haven Ferry to LBI will officially launch
July 4th weekend! Advanced reservations are $12.50/person roundtrip. There is no charge to guests who join our Stand-by line and fill any available seats.
Capacity is limited to just 10 guests per trip under current health considerations. Masks are required onboard at all times.

Check the schedule and get in touch with the museum to reserve your ferry ride.
Our 2020 automotive sponsor

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymens's Museum | 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
phone: 609-296-8868 | fax: 609-296-8510

April program:

"101 Things to do at the Jersey Shore"
When: Wednesday, April 14th 2021. 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Presenter: Author, Robert Staab

"Data? I'm all ears! The JC NERR's Soundscape Ecology project"
When: Wednesday, May 12th 2021. 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Presenter: Andrea Habeck, Stewardship Coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau Reserve

Owl Call Nature Walk

Mother's Day Weekend Boat Rides
Reserve your seat

All of these events will be hosted online or outdoors. Any onsite events will require guests to wear masks and to be at least 6 feet from other families at all times. Yes, even on the boat! We are working hard to monitor all public health guidance and to always proceed with an abundance of caution as our guide.

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymens's Museum | 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
phone: 609-296-8868 or e-mail:>fax: 609-296-851

Calling All Teachers!

Looking to book a field trip for your class? The Seaport is the perfect space to engage students in hands-on learning that will supplement curriculum and steer the course of student's inquiry! Our newest addition is the "Floating Classroom" experience! Throughout September and October, groups of 20-80 can take an hour-long boat tour up the Tuckerton "Crik" to explore the environment, art, and history of the Barnegat Bay.

Museum Hours

Open Every Day: 10am-5pm
Last museum admission at 3:30pm

In the event of inclement weather, please call us before you visit-
the site is closed when the weather is unsafe.

Location: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymens's Museum | 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
phone: 609-296-8868 | fax: 609-296-8510  

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum

Tuckerton Seaport endures as a sustainable community museum, a place for locals and newcomers to gather, socialize and learn about the surrounding landscape, seasonal cycles, artistic expression and way of life that was and is Barnegat Bay

Visit as the Museum's mission to preserve, present and interpret the rich maritime heritage, artistry, and environment of the Jersey Shore and the unique contributions of its baymen is celebrated.

What's going on at T H E  S E A P O R T ?

Seaport membership makes a great gift. Stop in the shop to purchase a membership or get a membership via our web site.

Know someone who wants to learn how to carve or learn a new craft? Get them a gift certificate for one of our classes! Some of our upcoming classes are listed below.

Regular Museum Hours

Open Every Day: 10am-5pm
Last museum admission at 3:30pm

In the event of inclement weather, please call us before you visit-
the site is closed when the weather is unsafe.

Location: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymens's Museum | 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
phone: 609-296-8868 | fax: 609-296-8510

How do you make reservations? Reservations can be made in two ways: Online or at the Welcome Booth!

Online:  Visit

Tickets are just $5/person. We are currently limiting capacity to just 8 guests per entry time every 30 minutes.

Seaport Members can use the discount code Member20 for their complimentary tickets. Members will be required to bring their Membership Card with them when visiting or the discount will not be valid. Membership benefits for Seaport Family Members include two adults as well as any accompanying children under 18.

Additional guests should reserve their tickets at the regular price online. Everyone needs a ticket for entry with the exception of children under age 5 who are complimentary.

*Those with children under 2 or who cannot wear a mask for other medical reasons are invited to visit us for the last tour of the day at 3pm. Full mask compliance will be mandatory at all other times.

Or, visit our outdoor Welcome Booth at the Lighthouse Gate during our regular hours of 10am to 5pm Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays to reserve your tickets. Please bring along a credit card to help us maintain as little contact as possible. Same day tickets are not guaranteed. Advanced online reservations are strongly encouraged. Visit or click the button below to purchase tickets.

Hot Tip #1

Guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy for our Annual Local Toy Drive will receive complimentary admission. How does that work?

Make your reservations online for a future date in December using code Merry2020.
Buy a holiday gift for a local child in need. In the past we have noticed people donating both a toy and a set of gloves and hat. We thought this was a great idea to pass on to those who want to help out!

Hot Tip #2

Looking for a Private Tour? Yes, you could buy all 8 tickets for a specific entry time and have the Lighthouse nearly to yourself. Visit the Admission page on our website.

Wanted: Outdoor holiday decorations!

Tuckerton Seaport is certainly not rushing the holidays but we are gearing up for a festive December. We are looking for donations of outdoor inflatables, Christmas lights, blow molds, and of course the light up reindeer! If you have any of this festive fare taking up space in your garage or attic, we'd be happy to take them off your hands! Donations can be dropped off any day on our Visitor Center porch. Thank you in advance!

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymens's Museum | 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
phone: 609-296-8868 | #-mail: FAX: 609-296-8510

For more information, please call 609-296-8868. Christkindlmarkt is funded in part by a grant from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, and the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism,

Calling all Volunteers!

With the addition of the LBI Ferry, creek tours and associated events things have gotten quite busy at the Seaport and we're always looking for volunteers to help out!

If you would like to become a volunteer, we'd love to have you!

Museum Hours

Open Every Day: 10am-5pm
Last museum admission at 3:30pm
In the event of inclement weather, please call us before you visit-
the site is closed when the weather is unsafe.

Location: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymens's Museum | 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
phone: 609-296-8868 | <>fax: 609-296-8510

If you are in southern Ocean County, please call 609-385-3205 for pumpout service. Thanks for helping to keep Barnegat Bay clean!

BOATERS! Please Keep Our Water Clean - Use Pumpouts!

Ocean County offers a free pumpout boat service. Resident boaters are urged to use the pumpout service to dispose of wastewater. Please remember: Barnegat Bay is a no discharge zone.

Please visit the Ocean County website for more information.

Help Protect the Terrapins!   

More than 14,000 terrapin turtles drown in crab traps set along the New Jersey coast each year. That is a sad statistic, but there is hope for our terrapin friends - BRDs can help reduce that number significantly.

You can get a free bycatch reduction device (BRD) at the Tuckerton Seaport! As part of the MATES Project Terrapin, these BRDs are provided free of charge. This initiative saves the lives of thousands of Diamondback Terrapin turtles that may otherwise drown in recreational and commercial crab traps.

Please help prevent unnecessary deaths of Diamondback Terrapins and other animals, preserve the biodiversity of our bays, and promote a healthier ecosystem by attaching BRDs to all of your crab pots. Save the turtles while still enjoying your crab catch!

For more information on making and installing your own BRD:

Seaport Experience Guide

Have you experienced Tuckerton Seaport?
The Seaport staff proudly launches our new Tuckerton Seaport Experience Guide. While we were not able to capture everything we do, we were able to jam-pack these 20 pages with many of our offerings available throughout the year. If you have not yet visited us at Exit 58, we hope this guide will give you some good reasons to add us to your Family Adventure List.

Come discover why the Seaport is not just a museum. It is an experience!

New! Order Online for Pick & Delivery from the Union Market  

You can now order online for pick up & delivery from The Union Market! This service is available for New Gretna, Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton, Mayetta, Manahawkin, Beach Haven West, Surf City, Ship Bottom & all points in between.

Call 609.879.5799 for special requests outside of service area - large orders will most often be fulfilled!

Visit during operating hours for full access to the entire Union Market menu!

Sign up for regular menu updates via email at

**Limitless, Love Your Mug & Secret Stash Members please contact us for your coupon code!**

Activities included with admission:

- Fred Reitmeyer (decoy carving)
- Mary May (basket making)
- Seaport Stitchers (quilting)
- Tour the Life on the Edge exhibit
- Drop-in Paint Party with Nikki Leah Designs
- LuLaRoe Mini-Fashion Show (Shop over 1,000 LuLaRoe items!)
- Drop-In Sunset Beach Yoga
- Gift Auction

Little Hats, Big Hearts Project  

Calling all knitters and crocheters with big hearts! The Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum is helping The American Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation in their effort to create tiny red hats for babies. The project helps spread awareness about congenital heart defects and disease - which affect about 40,000 babies born in the country each year.

Drop by the Hunting Shanty at the Seaport to knit or crochet a tiny red any 2nd Wednesday of the month. Needles, yarn, patterns, and hands-on help are provided. The Seaport is also accepting donations of red yarn and other knitting supplies to keep the project going throughout the year. The more hats we collect, the more babies we can share them with!

If you are unable to come to a drop-in knitting session, grab a pattern and make some tiny hats at home. Drop it off in the Seaport collection bin anytime. You can find sample patterns on their website at the bottom of this page: SubHomePage.jsp
The hats will be collected through December 1st 2018, when they will be sent to the American Heart Association. Come February, the cute accessories will be handed out to infants in hospitals in our local area and across more than 40 states.

Volunteers Wanted!

Tuckerton Seaport is looking for new volunteers!

We have openings in our Visitor Center/Gift Shop on Saturday, Sunday, and Mondays. If you would like to join our team one day a week, please stop by to fill out a Volunteer Form.

New volunteer training and orientation will begin in February.

Volunteers in our Visitor Center greet guests, answer phone calls, straighten up our Gift Shop, assist with various projects, and help us make the Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum a great place for families to visit. If you have some available time and are looking for a way to give back locally, the Seaport could be a great fit for you. Please stop by or email

Make new friends and make a difference!

The Union Market & Gallery, onsite coffee shop, will be open late!

Admission: $5 (Free for Seaport Members-membership card required.)

Want to participate in all these great programs, but don't want to pay admission every time you come to the Seaport? Sign up to become a member of the Seaport! With a membership, you get free admission every day, even at all of our festivals!

While you're visiting the Seaport, please stop in at the Union Market & Gallery. Seaport members receive 10% off their coffee purchases - just show your Seaport membership card.

Community Garden

The Tuckerton Seaport Community Garden brings the community together to grow and harvest food which is donated to the Tuckerton Food Pantry. Please join us every Saturday at 10AM to help maintain the garden and harvest what we've grown. Volunteers are always welcome

Become a Seaport Member!

Want to participate in all these great programs, but don't want to pay admission every time you come to the Seaport? Sign up to become a member of the Seaport! With a membership, you get free admission every day, even at all of our festivals!

The Seaport Stitchers Quilt Guild --

meets in the Hunting Shanty and volunteers at many of our events. This year if you've visited them you may have noticed them working on quilts for the Wounded Warrior project.

Visit Parker's Decoy Shop on Wednesdays and Thursdays to learn about decoys with carver Fred Reitmeyer

Become a docent at the Seaport!
The staff is looking for part-time tour guides for the spring. All training will be provided over the winter. If interested in learning more, email or call Jackie at or call 609-296-8868

Code Black VIP Passes now available for purchase online at Tuckerton Seaport's Online Gift Shop! VIP Pass grants access to VIP parking, express entry, refreshments and more!

The Tuckerton Seaport Internship experience is designed to allow students to combine theory with practice while interacting with professional staff, volunteers and visitors. Internships are available in the following areas:
Public Relations
Special Events
Volunteer Services


Want An Exciting Adventure - Try Zoom Ziplines

Zoom Ziplines announces the opening of their gravity-fueled tours for the summer season! Whether you’re a lone adventure seeker in the tri-state area or you want to bring your family and friends along for an exciting outdoor activity, Zoom Ziplines offers the closest available zipline adventure in a picturesque setting, just 47 miles from New York City.

The two-hour Zoom Ziplines’ guided tour features a series of four dual ziplines for a total length of 3,760 feet, with speeds of between 40-50 miles per hour, depending on weight and weather conditions. The tour includes a trainer line at the base of the mountain (line 1), which is approximately 200 feet long, followed by a 10-minute ride in a gondola up the mountain to the summit at 1,040 feet with incredible views of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York!

Guests then zip across three additional scenic mountain-top dual-ziplines (line 2 is 1,310 feet long; line 3 is 750 feet long, and line 4 is 1,500 feet long), cross a suspension bridge, and then take a Unimog all-terrain vehicle ride back to the gondola for the trip back down the mountain. The zipline tour enables participants to ride side-by-side with a fellow flyer to experience the
picturesque views as you race down the lines together. Flyers can even capture the whole experience on a GroPro which can be rented for $29.99 for the day.

Family-Friendly Savings!
Ziplining is the ultimate bonding experience for families who are looking to embrace some adventure this summer and with that in mind, Zoom has launched a discounted Weekend Family Pass (two-adults, two children): $229.99 and Weekday Family Pass: $199.99. The Combo package (cannot be combined with the Family Passes) also offers great savings and includes passes to Mountain Creek Water Park which can be used throughout the summer season.

About Zoom Ziplines:
Zoom Ziplines operates in most weather conditions (rain or shine), and requests that guests dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions. Closed toe shoes must be worn, no sandals or flip-flips are allowed. Guests must weigh between 60lbs (27kg) & 270lbs (122kg) and be at least 48" (122cm) in height.  This policy is strictly enforced for guests’ safety. Anyone under 18 years of age must have an adult co-sign their Release of Liability form. Zoom Zipline provides all of the safety equipment required on tour. Only equipment provided by Zoom Ziplines can be worn while out on tour, for example guests are unable to wear their own helmets.

What Else to Do in The Mountain Creek Area?

Zoom Ziplines is just one of a number of exciting outdoor activities available in the Mountain Creek area which make it the perfect destination for either a summer getaway weekend or simply a one-day outing. In addition to the ziplining, visitors can also enjoy the Mountain Creek Water Park, Mountain Creek Bike Park, Mountain Creek Ski Resort, the Alpine Mountain Coaster and the Crystal Springs Resort. Crystal Springs is comprised of four luxury hotels Grand Cascades Lodge, Minerals Resort & Spa, Black Creek Sanctuary (includes seven renowned golf courses), and The Appalachian at Mountain Creek which was named in homage to the fact that the Appalachian Trail actually cuts through Vernon, NJ where Mountain Creek is located.

For additional information about Zoom Ziplines, visit or call 973-864-8880.

Address: 200 Route 94 (McAfee/Vernon Rd) in Vernon, New Jersey. At the Cobblestone Village at Mountain Creek - across the street from the new Red Tail Lodge and the Appalachian Hotel.


more soon.


What to See & Do

Albert Music Hall

If you love Country, Bluegrass and Folk Music, this is THE place to be for live music concerts year 'round every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Over four decades ago, deep in the woods of Waretown, the Pinelands Cultural Society (PCS) found its roots. Here, every Saturday night, in Joe and George Albert's small, secluded deer cabin in the heart of the Pinelands, a handful of musicians would gather to pick and sing until the wee hours of Sunday morning. New songs, old songs, and many of their own creations would ring out to a few friends who would venture down the long sandy lane. The cabin was known as the "Home Place" by the few lucky people who went there. During summer months, the cabin windows were opened and wild deer wandered around the yard. During winter, there would be a roaring fire in the old cast iron cookstove and lots of ot coffee and homemade cake. Gas lamps served for the lighting, with water provided by an old hand pump in the kitchen.

Soon, the place started to fill up thanks to word-of-mouth advertising. Often, there were long lines of people waiting to get inside. For a while, due to the crowds, the music stopped, but the musicians and everyone else missed it. Finally, a few of the pickin' pineys decided to rent a big bare room at the Waretown Auction, brought back some of the musicians, charged a small fee to the public, and the music played again. Shortly after, the PCS was formed. Its goals include preservation and stimulation of interest in the pinelands musical heritage. They soon built a new music hall - a place for aspiring musicians, young and old, to learn and perform. The building was called Albert Music Hall, after the two Albert brothers who opened their hearts and home to a handful of musicians decades ago.

Since November 1974, music can be heard and the new Music Hall was opened in May 18, 1996 after the other building was destroyed by fire in 1992. Today, the building has electricity, is air conditioned, and lots of fun to be in with great fiddle , guitar, banjos, upright basses, mandolins, dulcimers, autoharps, spoons, and wash tub bass instruments. Every 30 minutes the performing group changes, and it's a great place to bring the entire family for an evening of live country, bluegrass and folk music.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show starts at 7:30 every Saturday year 'round. Feel free to bring your own instrument and enjoy wrapping songs with others. There's lots of room inside, on the proch, in the "Pickin Shed," and around the grounds.

Food, at amazingly low prices, is available. Admission is very low for adults (at this writing only $5); children pay only $1. Albert Music Hall is located at 134 Wells Mills Road (Roue 532), 1/4 mile west of Route 9 in Waretown. For more information call 609-971-1593 or go to web site

Wells Mills County Park

This park is dedicated to promoting environmental awareness through conservation and education, while providing a peaceful Pine Barrens setting where you can enjoy Ocean County's natural heritage. Protected within the boundaries of the 900-plus-acre park are picturesque wetlands and uplands. There are 16 miles of marked hiking trails, and is a passive-recreation facility. Visitors must park their cars in the parking lot, are asked to sign in and out at the trailhead when hiking the trails, and are encouraged to visit the Nature Center to view the fine exhibits, obtain a calendar of events, or obtain additional information aboout the park.

Here you'll find a variety of unique habitats including a freshwataer lake, streams, bogs, Atlantic White Cedar and Maple-Gum swamps, and Pine-Oak uplands. As you roam the area, you'll find majestic cedars towering over curly grass ferns, pitcher plants, sundews, cranberries, sphagnum moss and Turkey Beard. It is also habitat to various animals, there is a picnic area, playground, canoe rentals and boating and fishing access.

It is open from 8 a.m. to sunseet every day, while the Wells Mills Nature Center is open from 10-4 every day. The park is located at 905 Wells Mills Road, Waretown, NJ 08758. For more information call 609-971-3085.


What to See & Do

Merrill Creek Reservoir

If you love hiking, boating, fishing, nature -- or the outdoors -0- head over to Merrill Creek Reservoir. Here, the 650-acre reservoir is surrounded by a 290-acre Environmental Preserve and 2000 additional acres of woods and fields. Its basic purpose is to provide stored water that can be released to the Delaware River to make up for the evaporative water usage at certain electric generating units in times of low flow in the river. In addition, it provides a tranquil setting of water and land that allows people to interact with the natural environment.

Fishing is allowed from boats and shoreline, except from the shoreline of the Environmental Preseve and other restricted areas. Fishing boats, sail boats, row boats and canoes must be at least 11 feet-6 inches in length, and kayaks must be at leasst 9 feet in length. Inflatables are allosed, but must be a minimum of 10 feet in length and have at least 3 air chambers. Boats must be launched from the boat ramp; electric motors only; and a full list of boating and fishing rules is available at the office.

Outdoor hours are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, year round, except where use restrictions are stated in the rules or posted at the location. The boat ramp is also open from dawn to dusk, daylight permitting, but its use is gate-controlled on a schedule of specific hours for opening and closing.

The Visitors Center is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and weekends from 10 am to 4 pm, year round, except for New Year's Day, President's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hands-on exhibits, dioramas, and other displays may be seen in the Center. The Visitors Center phone # for information is 908-454-1213.

Bring a camera, there's so much to photograph, and dogs and other pets are allowed but outdoors only and on a leash. Watch for eagles and osprey and enjoy! Note: Indoor restroom facilities are in the Visitors Center; outdoor facilities are available at the boat ramp and Inlet/Outlet Tower parking areas. Boats are available for rental.

For more information, contact Merrill Creek Reservoir, 34 Merrill Creek Road, Washington, NJ 07882; 908-454-1213, or go to web site


Where to Stay

Dinner is served: Residence Inn by Marriott West Orange expands Harry’s Bar offerings to include food service

Guests of the all-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in West Orange can now raise a glass (and a fork) to the hotel’s newest offering: food service at Harry’s Bar. The lobby-level bar and billiards room – a popular spot to gather and unwind after a day of travel, work or play –  has expanded its drinks menu to include appetizers, salads, casual entrees, and a selection of children’s favorites. .

A sampling of the new menu includes bar favorites like bone-in chicken wings, sliders, and loaded “baked potato” fries with cheese, hardwood smoked bourbon bacon, scallions, butter and sour cream; crisp, classic salads from Caesar to Cobb; and a choice of several burgers, panini, and chicken wraps. On the children’s menu are chicken tenderloin fritters with fries or chips, hot dogs with fries or chips, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and penne pasta – all with a side of fruit. Harry’s drinks menu features a selection of classic cocktails as well as imported and domestic wines.

Harry’s Bar is named for Harry Knowles, a former WWII fighter pilot who, with his wife, Doris, has owned what is now the Residence Inn and its neighboring Manor Restaurant since 1956. Guests of the Residence Inn can dine at the Manor using discount cards provided by the hotel.

Harry’s Bar is open six days a week, from 5 – 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 – 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Residence Inn West Orange’s all-suite accommodations are ideal for family and extended business stays, with fully equipped kitchens and a complimentary grocery shopping service that makes it convenient to dine in or entertain. Among the perks are daily complimentary breakfast; complimentary Wi-Fi; Harry’s Bar for drinks, dining and billiards; and dining next door at The Manor. In addition, “The Mix” is an evening social held every Monday through Wednesday in the hotel lobby, serving complimentary beer and wine.

For more information, visit Reservations can be made by calling 973-669-4700.

About Residence Inn West Orange
Residence Inn by Marriott West Orange is a boutique-style, all-suite hotel centrally located in West Orange, N.J. near the vibrant city of Montclair, providing immediate access to local attractions as well as Interstate 280. Just nine miles from Newark Liberty Airport, this pet-friendly hotel appeals to business and leisure travelers alike. It features 128 suites on three floors; a total of 2,394 square feet of flexible meeting space; complimentary on-site parking and daily breakfast; grocery shopping, dry cleaning and laundry services onsite; and a fully equipped fitness center with indoor pool and whirlpool.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered across the property, and suites include separate working and sleeping spaces, luxurious bedding, fully equipped kitchens and flat-screen televisions. The hotel can be found at 107 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, N.J., 07052. For reservations and additional information, please call 973-669-4700, or visit

The hotel is located at 107 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, N.J., 07052. For reservations and additional information, please call 973-669-4700, or visit


       For information about events at Morey's Piers visit or call (609) 522-3900.        

 About Morey's Piers
       Morey's Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the third best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today, Morey's Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey's Piers along with Morey Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner's Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Waterpark at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit> or phone (609) 522-3900. Discounted Tickets Available for Presale Now

For more information please visit or call 609-522-3900.

Joe’s Fish Co. and Jumbo’s serve locally grown produce in their dishes. All produce are sourced from local New Jersey farms. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

For more information on what’s new for 2012 please visit or call (609) 522-3900.

Morey’s Piers Makes a Splash in With Two New Waterpark Attractions: River Adventure and Wipeout!

Cool off with hot new attractions at both of Morey’s Piers’ beachfront waterparks: River Adventure at Raging Waters and Wipeout! at Ocean Oasis.

 The Lazy River at Raging Waters underwent a major overhaul to become one of two new Morey’s Waterpark attractions - River Adventure. River Adventure takes guests through an endless expedition of family fun with geysers, waterfalls, a grotto to explore, rock faces and more!

At Ocean Oasis, guests can race head to head with friends and family on Wipeout!, a six-lane racer slide that sends guests head first down the slopes to a wet and wild finish. Wipeout! shares more than just its name with a piece of Morey’s history, the giant land slide that was also known as Wipe Out, one of Morey’s Piers first amusements.

Together, these attractions represent a reinvestment of over $2 million into the parks that will provide hours of family fun for years to come.

For more information please visit or call (609) 522-3900.

Where to Eat -- (I've tried these restaurants)


Legal's Seafood Restaurant, Short Hills Mall

We're lucky to have a Legal's Seafood Restaurant in New Jersey. Why? Simply because the food is so well prepared with super-sized portions. One of my dearest friends took me there for lunch to celebrate my birthday, and I wasn't disappointed. Sure, the tab for dinner in this lovely restaurant is a bit high (about $25 and up for the main course), but the food is definitely worth the price.

Reservations are a must any time of day, but once seated you'll notice there is plenty of space between tables -- and we certainly weren't rushed because we sat there for 2 1/2 hours! We both asked for regular sink water instead of the expensive bottled water and didn't get the look that is so familiar in other restaurants where they make a ton of dough pushing the designer water.

We both ordered unusual, delicious salads -- shrimp nestled in lovely bibb lettuce, with crunchy noodles and a not-too-spicey orangey sauce. Then we split a large portion of cheese cake smothered with strawberry sauce. Yummy. What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday - or any other occasion - with a dear friend who had a great idea in taking me out for lunch.

New Jersey is Definitely For the Birds

New Jersey is doing a lot to Keep golden-winged warblers in the Garden State. According to Sharon Petzinger, Senior Zoologist with the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and nongame Species Program, "The State is monitoring the breeding population every ear; provides guidelines to utility companies for managing rights-of-way; actively manages sites for golden-winged warblers, and is planning to manage other sites. There is also active habitat management on Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area, with 15 acres total ranging between 2 and 7.5-acre patches that were harvested adjacent to utility right-of-way, and 20% canopy cover remains after harvest.

Other management currently underway or in planning stages includes TNC gravel mine restoration; Weldom Brook WMA; Wanaque Watershed; Pequannock Watershed; and private lands initiative. In addition, she notes, "Working Lands for Wildlife was initiated March 8, 2012 by NRCS and USFWS, with assistance provided and money to manage habitat for golden-winged warblers and bog turtles.

The golden-winged warbler is a Neotropical migrant that breeds in northern United States and Canada and winters in Central America and northern South America. It breeds in shrubby habitat such as utility rights-of-way, forested and shrubby wetlands, and shrubby fields in northwestern New Jersey. These birds are considered high continental concern and have been petitioned to be federally listed. They are disappearing the the Northeast and Appalachian Mountain region, with New Jerssey experiencing a 7% decline per year for the last 10 years -- only 1/4 of the population estimated in 2000 remains in 2011 (25 breeding pairs). The Golden-wings are decling because of loss of breeding habitat, hybridization and competition with blue-winged warblers, loss of wintering habitat and climate change.

For more information visit GWWWG at; WLFW at,

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