The beloved Princeton Children’s Book Festival returns on Saturday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Princeton Public Library and Hinds Plaza. This largely outdoor, in-person event brings together some of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators, giving families the opportunity to meet their children’s favorite storybook creators. Book sales for the event will be available from jaZams in downtown Princeton. Authors and illustrators will be available to sign personalized copies and describe some of the details and inspirations behind their books.  more

On October 15 from 12 to 4 p.m., join Washington Crossing Historic Park for an Autumn Market and Encampment, a chance to travel back in time and experience life in a Revolutionary War camp. 

Costumed Colonial townspeople will gather at the marketplace to show off their crafting skills and goods. Soldiers will also be on-site to drill and perform 18th century military tactics, and the fife and drum corps will stage performances throughout the day. With crafts, cooking demonstrations, and one-on-one interactions with Colonial reenactors, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fall day outdoors with the entire family. more

The 2022 Surf & Turf Seafood Festival at Monmouth Park will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Presented by 107.1 The Boss, Thunder 106, and Kona Brewing, the Jersey Shore’s freshest seafood festival features lobster rolls, crab cakes, calamari, and more. Expect live music from 12 to 4 p.m. and lots of family friendly activities and entertainment. Participating food vendors include Cousins Maine Lobster, Four Boys Concessions, Kiersten’s Creations, Highway Ohana, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Point Lobster, Green Dog Mobile, Playa Bowls, Star of the Sea Seafood, Sweetpepper Venezuelan Specialties, L’Acquario Seafood Italiano, and Wild Bill’s Old Fashioned Soda. more

On Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m., Jaws, the original summer blockbuster film with the Academy Award-winning score by John Williams, will be performed at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 

Directed by Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon that forever changed the movie industry.  more

Image Credit: War “Hello” Girls, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540

On Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m., join Monmouth University Professor and former U.S. Army Fort Monmouth Command Historian Melissa Ziobro for a talk on how the U.S. Army Signal Corps employed women as telephone switchboard operators during WWI. The “Hello Girls” worked long hours to ensure battlefield communications. Their chief operator, Grace Banker, hailed from New Jersey. After the war, the women fought for veteran status, and they are being considered for a Congressional Gold Medal today. more

It’s all about peaches at Terhune Orchards’ Annual Just Peachy Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Partake in the summer bounty with a full weekend of family fun. Try peach treats in the form of fresh fruit, icy drinks, and crumble pie while the kids visit with the farm animals and play on the tractors. Hands-on aspects include the Discovery Barn and Junior Mechanics Barn.  more

Join Beast Coast Productions on September 18 for the first annual Mercer County Half Marathon. This is a USATF 13.1-mile course that traverses farmland and quiet roads throughout the community of Robbinsville. Slightly rolling hills and a few turns will encourage fast race times and an enjoyable course. The race chip will be timed, and acclaimed Beast Pacers will be on-site to assist with timing all finishers.  more

Every Wednesday in August from 8 to 9 a.m., Bowman Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pa. will host relaxing and restorative outdoor yoga sessions led by Priscilla Hayes. Hayes is a Preserve volunteer naturalist as well as a certified yoga teacher in the art of gentle yoga, which aims to build body awareness, flexibility, and strength. Holding the class outdoors adds another element for participants, enabling them to better disconnect from technology and reconnect to the sounds and rhythms of the summer season. more

The Somerset County 4-H returns on August 10 through 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at North Branch Park in Bridgewater. The largest under tent 4-H fair this side of the Mississippi, the Somerset County 4-H is a celebration of New Jersey’s agricultural spirit and heritage. Like any true fair, this one includes mouthwatering food, live music, local artists, go-karts, exhibits, and large and small animal contests.  more

Aerial view of Grounds for Sculpture

As part of the Arts Council of Princeton’s new ART OF series, the organization presents Art of Horticulture: Exploring the Landscape at Grounds For Sculpture on Sunday, September 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

From collecting art to tasting wine, this series will introduce participants to the endless creativity and innovation within the greater Princeton community. Created by locals, for locals, these all-inclusive experiences require no supplies and no commitment. Just call your friends and the Arts Council will do the rest.  more

On view through September 5, 2022, at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, “The Pigeon Comes to Jersey City!” celebrates the art and characters of beloved children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems. This young learner exhibition features best-friend duo Elephant and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon, the wiley city bird best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! more

With locations in Red Bank, Summit, Montclair, and Hoboken in New Jersey, Woodhouse Day Spa is a great way to treat yourself to some end-of-summer pampering. 

In addition to year-round bridal packages, Woodhouse offers facials, massages, body treatments, nails, sculpting, and more. Their “ritual” treatments incorporate mood-enhancing aromatherapy oils as part of exfoliation, dry brushing, and deep tissue massage. The Happy Mama package includes a mother-to-be-massage and holistic rejuvenation pedicure.  more

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has opened a new hospital, the Middleman Family Pavilion, in King of Prussia, Pa. Located at 550 South Goddard Boulevard, it is CHOP’s second location in King of Prussia.  more

The Ocean City Sailing Foundation, located at 520 Bay Avenue in Ocean City, offers sailing instruction to beginners who have no experience on a sailboat, to experienced sailors who want to develop their skills, to potential racers who want to learn the basic elements of sailing competition.  more

Get ready for Rutgers Homecoming 2022!

Current, former, and future Rutgers students, faculty, staff, and fans are welcome to partake in Scarlet Knights pride during Homecoming Weekend on October 20-22. Rutgers football will be facing Indiana and the matchup should be a heart-thumping event.  more

Located at 1000 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, the Silverball Museum Arcade is a living, breathing, and blinking tribute to the pinball and video gaming past. With 600 games in rotation (all under one roof), it’s likely that you’ll get to play on your favorite game from the past, while discovering some new ones along the way. View the entire list of games here: https://www.silverballmuseum.com/asbury-park/about/our-machines/more

On Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m., Princeton Public Library and the Historical Society of Princeton welcome bestselling author Jennifer Weiner to the Updike Farmstead at 354 Quaker Road in Princeton. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of The Summer Place, plus sparkling beverages, sorbet, and other sweets. Purchase tickets here: https://bit.ly/3Pj61Vz. This event is presented with support by Labyrinth Books.  more

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Are you interested in learning what makes Stuart girls unstoppable? 

The admissions staff at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart will hold a 30-minute virtual conversation on Thursday, August 4 at 12:30 p.m. The session will touch on the application process and hopes to demystify the factors to consider when deciding whether or not a given independent school is right for your child.  more

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Example of an early cellular telephone in use in 1984. The woman was the vice president of Ameritech, the Chicago-based regional Bell Operating Company that operated the pioneering Chicago cell system. (Image Source: Morven Museum & Garden)

On Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m., spend an evening discovering six episodes of major AT&T innovations (many created in New Jersey), presented by AT&T’s Corporate Historian Dr. Sheldon Hochheiser.

These discoveries include:

The Telephone that started it all (Massachusetts).

The High Vacuum Tube Amplifier (New York), which made it possible to amplify an electrical signal, and thus made transcontinental telephone service possible. It also enabled radio and television transmission. more

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) has appointed Anastasia Rivkin, Pharma.D., Ed.D., as the dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, effective July 1. Rivkin has been serving as the interim dean.

“Anastasia’s leadership and expertise provide tremendous strength for the future of FDU’s heath initiatives in pharmacy and beyond,” said Michael J. Avaltroni, university provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. 

Rivkin joined FDU as assistant dean for faculty of the School of Pharmacy (as it was then called) in 2012. Since then, she has been instrumental in the development of the Doctor of Pharmacy program curriculum, assessment, and accreditation efforts.  more

The annual Borough of Glass Art Walk and Night Market will take place on Saturday, July 16 in Glassboro Town Square from 5 to 10 p.m. This is a free, family fun event and there is something for any art enthusiast or casual observer to enjoy. Food vendors will be on-site selling food and non-alcoholic beverages. There is ample free parking and signage. This is a rain or shine event. Live entertainment includes glassblowing and circus performances, among others.  more

Musician Elton John will perform live at Met Life Stadium on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $85 and are available through ticketmaster.com. 

This concert is meant to be an electrifying tour de force of John’s greatest hits and a look back on the heels of his 75th birthday.  more

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) foundation has elected David Rago, owner of Rago Arts and Auction Center (https://www.ragoarts.com) in Lambertville to its board of directors. 

An expert in the field of American ceramics, art, and pottery, Rago began dealing in American decorative ceramics at the age of 17 and has authored several books on the subject. He also tours and lectures nationally and appeared regularly on the PBS series, The Antiques Roadshow. 

Rago Arts and Auction is a leading U.S. auction house with $30 million in annual sales. It serves thousands of sellers and buyers providing personal service and competitive commissions for single pieces, collections, and estates. 

Rago was awarded a B.A. in English from TCNJ in 2016. He and his wife established The David Rago and Suzanne Perrault Faculty Endowment and are generous annual donors to TCNJ’s School of The Arts and Communication.  more

The annual balloon festival of New Jersey releases approximately 100 hot air balloons into the sky every summer. This year’s celebration is set for July 29 through 31 at Solberg Airport in Readington. Admission prices range from $12 to $32, and hours vary. With so many colorful hot air balloons filling the sky, the event should be a spectacle unto itself. more

Have you ever wondered about the history of Atlantic City, which was once a melting pot of newly arrived immigrants and even bootleggers during the prohibition era? 

On Saturday, July 23 at 2:30 p.m., Atlantic City Food Tours will be talking about all that and more during their walk through Ducktown, a district of Atlantic City that was heavily settled by Italian immigrants during the 20th century. Over the years, the neighborhood has gone through changes, but many of the historic culinary institutions have survived.  more

Join Hopewell Theater on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. for the continuation of their Art of Living Well Series, which focuses on inspiring films, speakers, and interactive discussions that examine our personal relationships with the natural world. 

The event will include a showing of Big Wave Guardians, a surf film that takes an honest, behind-the-scenes look at how the lifeguard profession began and what it means today. The lifeguards in this film occupy the world’s most dangerous 7-mile stretch of surf on Hawaii’s North Shore.  more

Following 16 days of free museum admission and outdoor musical performances, the Wawa Welcome America fireworks display is the city of Philadelphia’s free Independence Day show over the skies of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  more

A yearly favorite for residents of Central New Jersey, the 2022 Sourland Mountain Festival will take place on July 23 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes. 

The event aims to bring together the best in local musical talent, food, and drink. It’s also a great family-friendly event where attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to sit back and enjoy the views of the Sourland Mountains.  more

Platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated singer and actor Chris Isaak will perform at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on Tuesday, July 26 at 8 p.m. A concert favorite over the last three decades, Isaak is known for timeless songs like “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing,” “Somebody’s Crying,” and more. Ticket prices start at $59 per person.  more

Considered to be the top aquarium in the Northeast, Camden’s Adventure Aquarium is a premier and scientifically sound facility where children can interact with aquatic creatures in a whole new way.

Over 15,000 animals are located on site, including endangered penguin and shark species, sea turtles, and coral reef (among others). Special attractions like the Little Blue Penguins, Nile Hippos, the Shark Bridge, Shark Tunnel, and touch tanks will leave lasting memories. From the Great Hammerhead Shark (the largest of its species) to the Giant Pacific Octopus, there is so much to see and learn.  more