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Annual Events February 7-10

FEBRUARY 7
 
The DCOS Annual Orchid Show will be held February 7-10 at the Dearborn Market in Holmdel. The 10,000 SF greenhouse houses the largest Orchid show in NJ. Attendees can purchase Orchids as well as learn about their care from Orchid professionals. For more information visit http://www.deepcutorchids.com
 
 
FEBRUARY 8
 
The Rutgers Film Co-op and the NJ Media Arts Center host two film festivals each spring. The NJ Film Festival and the mm Film and Digital Video Festival are held at Rutgers University at Vorhees Hall and the Ruth Adams Building on weekends thru out the spring. The NJ Film festival will run February 8-10, 15, 23, and March 1st. The 30th 8-MM and Digital Video Festival is held February 22-23. The films are selected by a panel of judges who include previous winners, Cinema Studies Faculty and students and members of the press/media. 400 films were submitted to the Festival and the panel of judges chose 29 finalists.
 
General admission is $10, $9 for students and seniors and $8 for members of the Rutgers Film Coop. Advance tickets are not sold in advance except for groups of three or more, For more details and to see a lineup of the films that will be shown at the festival, call them at 732 932-8482 or visit their website at http://www.njfilmfest.com
 
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GPK Auctions presents the 45th annual Atlantic City Auction & Car Show February 8-10. The auction is a three day event where over 400 cars will be auctioned off. Along with the auction, guests are able to enjoy a wide variety of vendors, a vast array of vehicles available for sale in the car corral, and the best casinos, restaurants, and shopping that Atlantic City has to offer. For more information http://acclassiccars.com
 
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St Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital holds its 8th Annual Gifts from the Heart Gala fundraiser to benefit children on February 8th. This 501c charity provides medical care to needy children and their families. The gala takes place at The Bowery Hotel and will feature a seated dinner, auction and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets visit http://www.stjude.org
 
FEBRUARY 9
 
January 7-8 will see the return of the Greenberg Toy Show to the Garden State Exhibit Center. It is one of the largest toy shows in the state, attended by over 6,000 people. Over 90 vendors will have over 400 tables full of trains, toys and more for sale. There will be slot car racing as well as workshops and demonstrations. The show is open from 10-4 both days, admission is $8.00 for both days and kids under 12 are free. The Garden State Exhibit Center is located at 50 Atrium Dr, Somerset. For more information visit http://www.greenbergshows.com or http://www.facebook.com/GreenbergShows
 
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The Morris Museum hosts its annual Chocolate Family Festival on February 9th. Children and adults are invited to enjoy a fun day of chocolate which included samples, chocolate-inspired games, delicious crafts and a live puppet and music show. There will also be vendors as well as a scavenger hunt. For more information visit http://www.morrismuseum.org.
 
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Alba Vineyard holds a Valentines Day wine and chocolate weekend, February 9-10th and the 16-17th. The tasting experience is $20 pp and includes samples of Alba’s award winning wines, culinary treats, special chocolates, and an etched Alba wine glass. For more information visit http://www.albavineyard.com
 
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Terhune Orchards holds its wine and chocolate weekend February 10-11th and 17-18th. Wine & Chocolate Weekends feature Pierre’s Chocolates, a local artisan chocolate maker specializing in high quality single-origin chocolates. Chocolate will specially paired with wines from Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery. These special tasting include a paired tasting of five Terhune Orchards wines paired with of Carol’s chocolates and a souvenir glass for $15 per person. For more information visit http://terhuneorchards.com
 
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The Black Maria Film Festival returns to NJ February 9th at Princeton University. The festival, now in its 38th year, is devoted to celebrating and preserving the diversity, invention, and vitality of the short film. The competition is a juried film competition. The subject matter is often provocative and crosses all genres including narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary that push the boundaries of film. The festival’s touring collection addresses topics such as the environment, public health, climate change, substance abuse, gun violence, sustainability, immigration, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ issues. Short films are celebrated as central to the festival – not as a sidebar to feature length films. For tickets an information visit http://www.blackmariafilmfestival.org
 
Additional Festival dates include February 10th in the AMC Theatre in Essex Green, Madison, February 16th at the Hoboken Historical Museum, February 22 at Ramapo College, February 28th in the Rotunda at William J Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City, March 6th at the Hoboken Historical Museum, April 3rd at the Hoboken Historical Museum, May 1st at the Hoboken Historical Museum, and concludes on June 5th at the Hoboken Historical Museum.
 
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The Second Saturday Record and CD Collectors Expo is held (when else?) but the Second Saturday of every month. It is held at the Wayne Firehouse, 95 Parish Dr and runs from 10-4, admission is $6. There are early bird hours starting at 8am, tickets are $15. For more information visit them at http://www.showsandexpos.com
 
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Community Options is an organization which helps people with Autism and other disabilities learn important life and social skills. Operating in 11 states they provide valuable assistance to the disabled and their families. Their primary fundraiser is the Cupid’s Chase 5K held around Valentines Day. This year it will be held on February 9th. For more information visit http://www.comop.org/cupidschase/.
 
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Ryan’s Quest, an organization devoted to raising funds to fight Muscular Dystrophy, holds it annual Valentine’s Ball Wonder On February 9th at the Hyatt regency in Princeton. The all features acocktail hour, live music, a full dinner dancing and a silent auction. For more information http://www.ryansquest.org/vball2018.
 
 
FEBRUARY 10
 
The 48th Ocean County Bluegrass Festival will be held at Albert Music Hall February 10th. Enjoy a live stage concert of bluegrass music, Pinelands style. Refreshments available. For information call 609-971-1593 or visit http://www.alberthall.org
 
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January and February will see the return of the annual West Orange Classic Film Fest, now celebrating its 32th year. The festival features 8 classic films, shown each Sunday afternoon at the AMC theater in the Essex Green Shopping Center. Movie lovers can watch classic films such as Double Indemnity an the Deer Hunter for $10 which includes a film chat to follow, led by film scholars and critics. Members of the West Orange Arts Council can get discounted tickets for $7.00.
 
The series continues with The Black Maria Film Festival 2/10, Batman 1966 2/17, and then ends February 24 with A Face in the Crowd. Film critics who have participated in previous years suggest films for each years festival, and previous attendees are polled as well. Stephen Witty, entertainment columnist and movie critic for the Star Ledger will be hosting two different screenings this year. After each film is a discussion among attendees and the guest speakers, which usually last about 30-60 minutes. Come down to the festival at AMC Theater 495 Prospect Ave, West Orange, 973 731-6692. For more information visit http://www.woarts.org or visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/182685978621/
 
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For over 25 years NJ Camp Fairs have provided parents an opportunity to learn more about the different summer camps and educational opportunities that are available in NJ. At the fair, parents can meet camp directors and counselors and find out about different programs, cost, and benefits of sending their children to summer camp, both sleep over and day camps. Similar to a job fair or college fair, different day camps are represented to help parents learn more about what makes their program unique in a crowded field of options for parents and children. In addition people looking to work at a camp can learn more about the job opportunities and even apply for open positions.
 
There are several held thru out the winter and spring and more information is available on their website at http://www.njcampfairs.com. Dates and locations are noted below. Note that camps at a specific fair are located in that area and will serve families from that region.
 
The Grand Summit Hotel, February 10
 
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The Clifton Community Rec Center holds a monthly comic book show, this month its February 10th. Dealers on hand to sell, and theres an auction as well. The show is located 1232 Main Ave, Clifton. For information visit http://www.njcomicbookshows.com/clifton.htm.

Annual Events February 1-3

FEBRUARY 1
 
The Monmouth Museum presents the 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from January 12 to March 10. A wide variety of artwork will be on display in the Main Gallery ranging from painting and sculpture to photography and printmaking. For details visit http://monmouthmuseum.org/events/opening-reception-40th-annual-juried-art-exhibition/
 
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Enjoy live music and great food and over 100 different types of whiskeys at the Jersey City Whiskey Fest. Meet the whiskey distillers, master blenders, and other whiskey experts who will be in attendance. Sample from a selection of single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, and craft-distilled whiskies, all assembled in one Grand Atrium. High-end rum, cognac, and other spirits will be available as well. Tickets are $15, parking is $5. For more information visit http://www.jcwhiskeyfest.com
 
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The Rutgers Film Co-op and the NJ Media Arts Center host two film festivals each spring. The NJ Film Festival and the mm Film and Digital Video Festival are held at Rutgers University at Vorhees Hall and the Ruth Adams Building on weekends thru out the spring. The NJ Film festival will run February 1-2, 8-10, 15, 23, and March 1st. The 30th 8-MM and Digital Video Festival is held February 22-23. The films are selected by a panel of judges who include previous winners, Cinema Studies Faculty and students and members of the press/media. 400 films were submitted to the Festival and the panel of judges chose 29 finalists.
 
General admission is $10, $9 for students and seniors and $8 for members of the Rutgers Film Coop. Advance tickets are not sold in advance except for groups of three or more, For more details and to see a lineup of the films that will be shown at the festival, call them at 732 932-8482 or visit their website at http://www.njfilmfest.com
 
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The 72nd annual Glen Ridge antique show will be held February 1-2. Located at 195 Ridgewood Ave, Glen Ridge the show features 25 different vendors with antiques for sale, including Asian, Americana and European items. Appraising will be done for $4 per item. Admission is $7, $5 for seniors and lunch will be available for an additional cost. For more information call them at 973-743-5596 or visit their webpage at http://www.glenridgeantiques.com
 
 
FEBRUARY 2
 
For over 25 years NJ Camp Fairs have provided parents an opportunity to learn more about the different summer camps and educational opportunities that are available in NJ. At the fair, parents can meet camp directors and counselors and find out about different programs, cost, and benefits of sending their children to summer camp, both sleep over and day camps. Similar to a job fair or college fair, different day camps are represented to help parents learn more about what makes their program unique in a crowded field of options for parents and children. In addition people looking to work at a camp can learn more about the job opportunities and even apply for open positions.
 
There are several held thru out the winter and spring and more information is available on their website at http://www.njcampfairs.com. Dates and locations are noted below. Note that camps at a specific fair are located in that area and will serve families from that region.
 
The Village of Ridgewood – Community Center, February 2
iPlay America, February 3
 
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The 9th annual International Great Beer Expo will be held at the Meadowlands Expo Center on February 2nd. There are two sessions and tickets are $45 in advance ($10 for designated drivers) and $60 at the door. Over 150 international beers will be available for tasting. Visit http://www.greatbeerexpo.com/meadowlands/ for more information.
 
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One day a year, Jenkinson’s Aquarium allows guests behind the curtain to see how the aquarium is run. February 2nd will be Behind the Scenes Day at Jenks. Guests must be 5 or older and pre-registration is required. For details visit http://jenkinsons.com
 
February 2, 2019 CONFIRMED
 
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Cumberland, Salem and Cape May counties are home to about half of the state’s 172 pairs of nesting eagles, so its fitting that Mauricetown is home to an annual eagle festival. Now in its 19th year, the BayShore Center festival features numerous locations to observe eagles and many places to get info about the birds. The defacto festival HQ is the Mauricetown Fire Dept. For information about the festival visit http://bayshorecenter.org.
 
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Come to Packanack Lake Community Church in Wayne on February 2nd and take part in the annual Penguin Race. Its a 2.67M race to help raise money for the Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry. Registration and check in begins at 745am. Race fees are $27 in advance of $35 on race day. For information visit https://www.penguinpace.com/
 
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The St Thomas Church in Rahway hosts its 32nd annual Slavonic Festival on February 2nd. There will be lots of food available including stuffed cabbage, pirogi, chicken paprikash, borst soup, Hungarian goulash, kielbasi and sauerkraut as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and potato pancakes. Enjoy wine and beer or desert such as palachinka, with various fruit fillings and funnel cakes, homemade cakes and cookies. The church is located at 1410 Church St, Rahway.
 
 
FEBRUARY 3
 
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm hosts their annual Winter’s Day on the Farm on February 3rd. Harvest ice from the pond, tap trees for maple sap, help with farm chores, ride in an open-air wagon and meet the resident farm animals. Wood-burning cook stove cooking demonstration available. The farm is located at 3 Kahdena Rd, Morristown. For more information call them at 973 326-7600.
 
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The New Jersey Antique Bottle Club (NJABC) holds their 23rd annual show February 3rd from 9am-2pm at the VFW at 600 Washington Ave, Manville.
 
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Most people wouldn’t dream of going for a dip in the ocean in the middle of winter but that’s why they call it a polar bear plunge and it’s all done in the name of charity. There are several held in February. The St Francis Communtiy Center on LBI holds theirs on February 3rd. Mike’s Seafood holds its annual plunge February 18 to raise money for autism awareness. The Special Olympics, the Fallen Heroes and the town of Denville hold theirs February 23rd.
 
Before you watch the big game on Super Bowl Center, ask yourself: Are you part Polar Bear? Do you have what it takes to brave the icy cold Atlantic Ocean in February? If you do, head to 48th Street beach in Brant Beach, and be home in plenty of time for the big game! The St Francis Community Center holds this polar bear raise funds and to benefit Southern Regional High School Swim Teams. Pre-Registration is required. $30 per person, $15 per student. T-shirt/wristband pick-up and late registration will be held at St. Francis Community Center Saturday 9-1 and also Sunday 9-1. The plunge begins at 1 and there is refreshments afterwards. Prizes awarded for most funds raised, oldest and youngest plunger, best costume, and more. For more information visit http://stfranciscenterlbi.org/
 
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January and February will see the return of the annual West Orange Classic Film Fest, now celebrating its 32th year. The festival features 8 classic films, shown each Sunday afternoon at the AMC theater in the Essex Green Shopping Center. Movie lovers can watch classic films such as Double Indemnity an the Deer Hunter for $10 which includes a film chat to follow, led by film scholars and critics. Members of the West Orange Arts Council can get discounted tickets for $7.00.
 
The series continues with the Producers February 3rd, then follows with the Black Maria Film Festival 2/10, Batman 1966 2/17, and then ends February 24 with A Face in the Crowd. Film critics who have participated in previous years suggest films for each years festival, and previous attendees are polled as well. Stephen Witty, entertainment columnist and movie critic for the Star Ledger will be hosting two different screenings this year. After each film is a discussion among attendees and the guest speakers, which usually last about 30-60 minutes. Come down to the festival at AMC Theater 495 Prospect Ave, West Orange, 973 731-6692. For more information visit http://www.woarts.org or visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/182685978621/
 
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The 11th annual Indoor Winter Farmers Market will be held February 3rd at the Woodland in Maplewood. Sponsored, by the Slow Food Northern NJ, this event allows visitors to meet local farmers and food artisans, and “to stock up on the best of local, sustainably produced foods while supporting the growth of school and community vegetable gardens in low-income areas of northern New Jersey,” according to a spokes person. The indoor farmers market will feature more than 20 local farmers and food makers, selling a wide variety of items including seasonal vegetables, grass-fed beef, pastured pork,lamb and poultry, eggs, cheese, breads, mushrooms, pickles, jams, olive oils, soups, stews and other prepared foods, stated Slow Food Northern NJ.

11 years ago today I almost ran into an escaping mental patient

11 years ago today, at roughly this time, I was doing my thing, exploring the empty and rotting buildings of a semi-abandoned psychiatric facility. The old buildings were in dis-use, and newer facilities had been been nearby, Many were crumbling, some were just … old. We used red headlamps so we could see and not be easily noticed by anyone passing by.

Me and my friend explored for hours and went home. Nothing unusual happened. We saw no one, heard no one, heard nothing out of the ordinary. The next day my friend calls me. “Have you seen today’s newspaper?” “No.” “read the local section.”

HOLY SHIT.

I’m bothered on several levels. 1) I could’ve run into this person and had a Michael Myers moment (In fact the new film seems very similar to what happened here) or 2) I could’ve run into security looking for this woman and I don’t think that would’ve gone well.

She was captured overnight at her boyfriends house. Not the boyfriend she tried to kill. A new boyfriend. I wonder if he knew about how she and her previous boyfriend broke up.

But wait, there’s more. This guy escaped just 4 days earlier! I literally never knew about it until today when I went looking for these stories to post this.

Me: Maybe I should rethink my hobbies.
GF: //tilts head//
Me: Nah.

video inside abandoned mines

journey into abandoned Vernon mines with Dan Lopez

Firefighter statue in front of the Avenel Fire Dept on Route 1

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The Han Solo grave of Rahway

 

When wandering thru a cemetery, most of the headstone are rectangular blocks of granite and stone, interspersed with the occasional more exotic designs. Sometimes there are carvings of specific items that meant something to the deceased, like a football or religious statuary. You might see images engraved on stones, but its unlikely you will see a headstone quite like this one.

Found in Hazelwood Cemetery in Rahway, the headstone of Bruce Berman has his face carved in to it, but he is emerging from it. As such, it has been dubbed the Han Solo headstone, a reference to when Han Solo was frozen in carbonate.

Berman was a special effects animator and was an adjunct graphics/animation professor at both Seton Hall University and William Paterson College. Berman was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) in 1996 and eventually passed away in 1998. In his memory, the Bermanimation Award is given out every spring at Seton Hall University to a student in the field of computer animation.

Berman came up with the idea before he died, and had his head scanned by a computer, from which a bust was made. With the help of his friend, Rob Dressel, his wife had the headstone designed and it was installed a year after his death. He thought it was amusing and she felt it was important to see his wish fulfilled.

Asbestos

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