Woot Woot Here Comes Summer


I bet you’re curious…  Yes, this summer at the Jersey Shore is shaping up to be fantastic!  Schools are letting out in the upcoming days and it is time to think Summer Thoughts, namely Firework Displays.

Kaboom is still on the kabash for this year in Red Bank due to organizational and financial issues, but there are still plenty of nearby towns planning on providing spectacular visual entertainment for you and your family.

The longest running event during the Independence Day holiday at the Jersey Shore is the Atlantic Highlands Fireman Fair.  This unique town offers tremendous water views, great restaurants, a marina and fishing boats available to charter throughout the year.  The fair will be going on from July 2-July 6 at Municipal Harbor on Simon Lake Drive.  Circle your calendar for Fireworks on Friday, July 5th with a rain date of Saturday July 7th.

Hazlet is always a winner with fireworks.  Start your holiday weekend early by watching the Wednesday July 3rd display.  Get to Veterans Park, grab a prime spot and wait patiently for the sun to set. (Rain date Friday, July 5th)

Spend the day in Keansburg at the amusement and water parks.  Spend your night ooooing and aaahhhing at the colors exploding across the black canvas of the night sky.   They offer a double feature – Wednesday and Thursday July 3rd and July 4th at dusk – Fishing Pier and Boardwalk

Long Branch proudly presents Oceanfest on Thursday July 4th – all day free family fun can be found.  This annual festival is a crowd pleaser “for shore” with activities happening all day long starting at 10am.  What can be better than good old fashioned family fun at the Promenade in Long Branch!?!  Don’t forget to stop at Strollo’s Lighthouse and cool off or celebrate with an authentic Italian ice or delicious homemade soft serve ice cream.

Union Beach, one of the most devastated Monmouth County communities from Sandy’s wrath, did not have any plans to conduct their annual fireworks display.  Those residents have spent the last 210 days rebuilding their town and their spirits.  One resident entered a contest for a free community fireworks display and Won!  They have not yet posted a date for this wonderful gift that has been bestowed upon them.   Be sure to come and celebrate their victory in determination.  You will never meet a more deserving bunch of people.

So pack up the car and the kiddos – shoot, we’re pet friendly at the Comfort Inn Middletown, so bring the family pet too – and head on down the shore to Exit 117.  There is something to do every day here and we look forward to creating Summer 2013 memories with you!

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Go Green and Be Seen at the Belmar St. Patrick Day Parade


It’s that time of year again for Belmar’s Annual St. Patrick Day Parade. This year it is set for Sunday, March 4. Start time for the parade is 12:30 on Main Street, but it is highly suggested to arrive prior so you can secure an excellent viewing spot as well as a parking spot for your car.
Since 1974 this parade has been hitting the streets and each year the spectators increase. Join the locals and the not-so-locals at the parade of the year! This year the parade’s Grand Marshal is John Carr and the Grand Deputy Marshal is Jane Catherine Guild. Wonderful bios about both of these honored folks can be found on the Belmar Parade Website.
Firetrucks, Marching Bands, Cheerleaders, Bag Pipers and more. You will see it all! Grab your green and be seen, but only at the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Not Irish? Not a problem…. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!
Make it a Family Sunday Funday! After the parade’s conclusion, visit the wonderful eateries in Belmar, then take a trip to Point Pleasant and visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium.

Great News for Foodies!


Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is coming back April 13-22, 2012! 

Participating restaurants are gearing up to dish out the deliciousness you are craving.  The participating restaurants will offer a three course menu for $20.12 or $30.12 per meal.  You will be able to choose from three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts.   There is “shore” to be something for everyone.

So far some great restaurants are on board to serve up their dinner specialties.  In Red Bank, which is right around the corner from the Middletown Comfort Inn; Basil T’s, Pazzo and Temple Gourmet Chinese will be available for your dining pleasure.  If you go a bit to the east of us in Rumson, you can enjoy the scrumptious meals served at David Burke Fromagerie, Salt Creek Grille, and Undici Taverna Rustica.  There are plenty more restaurants to choose from along the shore.  I dare you to not cook all that week!

Did you miss Restaurant Week in the past because you couldn’t make it out for dinner?  Great News, this year select restaurants will offer Lunch Menus during this special week!  So mark your calendars, or iPhones or Blackberries – don’t miss out!

Free Stuff and Elvis.. Can it get any better than this?


Can’t believe it’s Free!  Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank is offering a free viewing of “Desperately Seeking Susan” starring Madonna on Tuesday January 10, 2011 at 7pm.  Get out those leg warmers, wigwam socks and fluorescent clothes and celebrate a brief trip into the eighties.  Score those free tickets at http://www.countbasietheatre.org/calendar/show/show.asp?id=43247232

Stepping further back in time – January 20th at 8pm Count Basie Theatre will present The Elvis Birthday Bash.  This popular event is back for its 8th year.  Tickets start at $19.50 and can be purchased online, at the box office or over the phone.  Slip on a pair of your favorite blue suede shoes and celebrate the memorizing career of “The King”.  Visit http://www.countbasietheatre.org/calendar/show/show.asp?id=43247064 to reserve your seats.

Count Basie Theatre is only 3 miles away from us at the Comfort Inn Middletown.  Reserve a room for the nights of January 10th or 20th and enjoy a discount at our fine hotel by mentioning rate code LCBTH.  Our friendly staff can be reached at 732-671-3400.

The free fun continues at Count Basie Theatre on February 14th at 7pm with a viewing of “Garden State” starring Zach Braff.  This comedy-drama was filmed over 25 days with New Jersey being the primary filming location.  It made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.  Tickets can be found at http://www.countbasietheatre.org/calendar/show/show.asp?id=43247235

KaBoom Fest and Rock The River July 4th Weekend


Whoa Nelly! Wasn’t it just Memorial Day and I was happily typing along about the “Unofficial Start” of summer??! Well, the calendar doesn’t lie summer has progressed into full-out fun.  There’s so much to do and see for the 4th of July holiday this weekend. C’mon down the shore and see.

I went to Red Bank this afternoon to get some yummy Surf Taco for lunch and saw this banner.  A little shot from the iPhone camera. It was a beautiful day and the weather this weekend is looking equally lovely.

 KaBoom Fest 2011 starts Friday July 1, 2011 with  KaBoom Amusements there all three days. All-American Amusements include rides, games of chance and carnival food.  Rock the River Concert Saturday evening July 2nd has gates opening at 5:00pm. The first act to take the stage is Matt O’Ree at 6:00pm followed by Quincy Mumford at 7:00pm. Headliner, Human Wheels is on at 8:15pm and they are one of the best John Mellencamp tribute bands around. Rock out to classics like Pink Houses, Authority Song, Small Town, Jack and Diane, Hurt So Good, Need a Lover, Paper in Fire, Lonely Ol’ Night and more. (Jack and Diane is now stuck in my head… you know… the beginning part…)

Sunday afternoon and into the night July 3rd is KaBoom Fireworks launched from two barge locations. The display shoots over 10,000 shells, all choreographed to an eclectic mix of popular and patriotic songs on the Navesink River in Red Bank.

This year KaBoom Fest fireworks are being handled differently.  Event organizers have put together 3 different packages for everyone to enjoy the show.  Budget restraint and growing costs have forced ticket pricing.

Family Fun Fireworks will be in Riverside Gardens Park. The event is limited to 2,000 people and gates open at 2:00pm.  Tickets in advance are $7 for adults and $4 for kids 10 and under and tickets the day of the event are $10 per adult and $5 for kids 10 and under.  Broadcasting Live will be Q104.3 and the band line-up includes 3:00pm The Tor Miller Band, 4:30pm Rock ‘n Music Idol Winner, 5:15pm Michael Bernier and The Uprising and finishing out at 7:00pm will be Tasting Grace.

KaBoom Fest BBQ catered by Branches Catering offers front row seats to the fireworks.   Gates open at 5:00pm and the event is limited to 150 people. The buffet dinner will be served from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.  Tickets prices are $140.00 per adult and $50 kids 10 and under and includes a KaBoom Fest commemorative t-shirt.

Friends of KaBoom will have two locations. East will be in Marine park and seats will be provided for a front row view with reserved parking near the park. Pricing is a four ticket minimum for $100 and additional tickets are $25 each. West will b eon the n Lawn near the end of Maple Avenue along the shores of the Navesink River and includes Park (SOLD OUT).  For tickets and more information visit kaboomfireworks.org

Due to the fact this post had to be written a second time I didn’t have time tonight to get everything else going on into it. Darn you WordPress *shaking fist* but the bright side is I can show Tracy how to use it tomorrow (with strong advice to write in Word, copy and paste into WordPress).  There’s always  a bright side; happy holiday weekend to you. Be safe.

Beach Front Comedy Returns to Charley’s June 23rd


Time for another round of Beach Front Comedy at Charley’s Ocean Grill, featuring a lineup of NJ & NYC’s best up-and-coming stand-up comics. Come get your laugh on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 starting at 8:00pm. Ten bucks gets you in the door and there’s a one drink minimum.  Discounted admission for Monmouth Park employees & NJ Craft Beer members.I plan to stop in on my way back from EMACC’s Business After Hours event at the Dauphin Grill in Asbury Park. It’s so nice when things work out that way.

Roll Call!

 DERIK BOIK
GORDON BAKER-BONE
JESSICA SAGER
JIM GINTY
JOE PONTILLO
KELLY SIMMERS

Hosted by your ol’ pal Craiggers.

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Red Bank Guinness Oyster Fest Will be Back In 2011


I don’t have too much information on Red Bank Guinness Oyster Fest at this point but it’s far too exciting not to give a mention on here.  The 2010 event was a smashing success and event planners are expecting an even better 2011…

The 2nd annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Fest will be held Sunday (Funday), September 25, 2011 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm in the White Street Parking Lot in Red Bank, NJ.  It will happen rain or shine, with or without you (pun intended) with musical headliner 2U the World’s Second Best U2 Show. There will be two stages set up with multiple bands playing a mix of Irish Music, blues, funk and rock n’ roll.

There will be 25 of Red Bank’s best restaurants serving up their favorite menu items festival style. Admission fees benefit the Jane H. Booker Cancer Center at Riverview, the Cancer Institute of NJ Foundation and RiverCenter. Be prepared for tons of oysters, Guinness, and lighter beers and wine will be available too. Hope to see you there!

**Rain Date October 2nd