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.
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