Spring Lake Christmas Train Village to Benefit the Common Ground Grief Center

The Spring Lake Christmas Train Village, located in the Duggan Memorial building, 313 Washington Ave., opened to the public on Saturday, November 25. It runs from noon to 5 PM until December 31. There will be extended hours until 8 PM on November 25 and December 2.

img_0735Admission to see the train display is free, however, donations to the Common Ground Grief Center will be excepted.

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Barron Arts Center’s Holiday Model Train Show 2017

The Barron Arts Center Presents the 27th Annual Holiday Model Train Exhibit ~ On View Nov 25 – Dec 30, 2017
Exhibit Hours Mon – Fri 11am-4pm Sat & Sun 2-4pm

The Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge, New Jersey will once again host an exhibition of model trains curated by Colonia resident Michael Gelesky.

The exhibition will officially open on Saturday November 25, from 2-4 pm.

The exhibition can be viewed Monday through Friday 11 am-4 pm and Saturdays and Sundays 2-4 pm.  For more information, see the Barron Arts Center Facebook page.

barron train2.pngThe display of over 300 feet of track will feature a moving operating playground and three towns including Main Street U.S.A., a small town in the snowy mountains, The Boardwalk with a Ferris Wheel and Tilt-A-Whirl surrounded by an operating monorail. Eleven different trains will be used in the display with four trains operating at all times. The layout will be a complete walk-around-display viewed in the round. Display cases featuring several gauges from N-scale through G-scale will also be on view.

The exhibition will be free to the public but donations are always greatly appreciated. This event is sponsored by Access Self Storage of Woodbridge located at 135 Amboy Avenue, Woodbridge, J.J. Elek Realty Co. located at 117 Main Street. Middlesex Water Company located at 1500 Ronson Road, Iselin & Wegmans Food Market located at 15 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge. This year’s show is also sponsored by The Mom’s Club of Edison.

All events at the Barron Arts Center are sponsored by The Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission chaired by Dr. Dolores Capraro Gioffre with the support of Mayor John E. McCormac.
Director of the Barron Arts Center is Cynthia Knight.

The 18th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival

The 18th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival, September 22, 23, 24 2017.

Festival Hours:

Friday: 3pm – 11pm, Saturday: 12 noon – 11pm, Sunday: 12 noon – 9:30pm
Admission: Adults: $5.00, Senior Citizens, 65 years of age and older: $4.00, Children, 12 years of age and younger: FREE


See website for details.

Food Piazza

Enjoy Italian specialties from many of the area’s best Italian restaurants and vendors plus stop by our wine and beer gardens for a refreshing beverage.
Italian Market Tents
Peruse over 60 offerings in our Italian Market and purchase Italian and Italian-American handcrafted products from numerous vendors.
Italian Heritage Pavilion
View memorabilia with over 200 displays of important and famous Italian-Americans who have made a contribution to our Country. Check out more Italian products, crafts and organizations.


Bocce is available to all who come to the festival, free of charge. There will be tournaments, bocce lessons, and time for everyone to play.  To participate in a tournament or need additional information, contact the festival office at 609-631-7544 or buongiorno2000@optonline.net.

Cultural Theater

Listen to guest speakers and watch cooking demonstrations. Located in the Italian Heritage Pavilion in front of the beautiful tapestry of Venice.

Dance Tents

Dance to your favorite performers on covered dance floors.

Amusement Rides

Enjoy more than twenty amusement rides for the whole family, provided by Majestic Midways. Rides are open all three days of the festival (Fri. 4pm – 10pm, Sat. 1pm -11 pm, Sun. 1pm-9:30 pm). Rides require two to five amusement ride tickets with most in the three to four tickets range. Tickets cost $1.50 each for quantities below 25 and $1.00 each for quantities of 25 or more. (Minimum purchase is two tickets).

SPECIAL REDUCED RATE HOURS: See website for details.

Munchkinland will be housed in a tent and will have a soft play area for children under 36″ tall and coin operated rides and games for those under 42″ tall. There will be a changing station with hand sanitizer as well and benches for adults to rest.


Enjoy performances on two stages including the Investors Bank Stage and the Cabaret Tent. Entertainment includes national and international favorites, Italian folk dancers, big band music, traditional Italian music, Italian American favorites, opera, and children’s entertainment. Click here for this year’s schedule.

Fireworks Spectacular

Join us on Saturday and stay for the festival’s spectacular fireworks display at 9:40 PM, immediately following the headliner performance.

Sunday Mass

Start Sunday with Mass at 11:00 am at the Investors Bank Stage. The Mass will be offered by Monsignor James Innocenzi in honor of military veterans. Then be part of the re-creation of a long-time Chambersburg “Feast of Lights” tradition when the statue of the Madonna di Casandrino is carried in procession immediately following the service.  Parking and Admission are FREE for those arriving for Mass before 11:00AM.

Super 50/50

See website for details.

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Tri-State Railway Historical Society offers free train rides along historic former Dover & Rockaway Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey

Celebrate Rockaway 2017, Sunday, September 17, 1-5 p.m. 26 East Main St., Rockaway, NJ, 07866 

The Tri-State Railway Historical Society will be offering train rides in Rockaway, NJ on September 17, 2017 as part of the Celebrate Rockaway 2017 street fair.

In partnership with the Borough of Rockaway and the Dover & Rockaway River Railroad, passengers will be treated to free 15-minute train rides aboard DL&W No. 896, L&NE No. 580, and RRRR No. 10 along the historic former Dover & Rockaway Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey.

Trains depart from the parking lot of Potbelly’s Riverside Cafe. The first train leaves at 1 PM and additional trains will leave as necessary.

More information about the street fair, www.celebraterockaway.com

Railroad Museum [for a day] Hosted by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, Boonton, NJ

On Sunday, September 24th, 2017 from 10 AM to 4 PM join the United Railroad Historical Society for a celebration of New Jersey’s railroad history:

West Boonton Yard: 104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005.

Railroad Museum [for a day] is hosted by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, owners of the largest and most historic railroad collection in New Jersey. During this once-a-year event, the URHS Restoration Facility in Boonton, NJ will become New Jersey’s largest railroad museum.

For the sixth consecutive year, the URHS will open the gates of its normally-private Boonton NJ Restor­ation Facility to showcase some of its historic collection. Railroad Museum [for a day] will provide a rare, family-friendly opportunity to admire, explore, and go inside our historic trains and learn about their connection to the region we live in.

Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with vintage railroad equipment and well as visiting classic cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles. Live music, food concessions, historical & educational presentations, and vendors of railroad-related souvenirs will round out a day that the whole family can enjoy!

ADMISSION – Adults (age 12+) – $5.00   Children (ages 3-11) – $3.00   Babies (ages 0-2) – FREE!

Railroad Museum [for a day] for even more details!

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Church of the Epiphany Italian Festival, Brick, NJ, August 17-20

ITALIAN FEAST: AUGUST 17, 18, 19, & 20, 2017(Thursday – Sunday). 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Our 20th Annual Festival is a traditional Italian Feast with something for everyone on our midway.  Food court with Italian and international food specialties, desserts, Arcade, Johnson fun Factory Rides, Spotlight Entertainment, Mary’s Prayer Garden, vendors, and a Wine & Beer Garden.  Free Parking and No Admission.

See website for details

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Middlesex County Fair, 2017

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly event, check out this year’s Middlesex County Fair. Explore the rich agricultural heritage that has come to define Middlesex County. This year’s event runs from August 7th through the 13th—call Middlesex County Fair Association at 732-257-8858 to learn more about the festivities! Event Website
Get Directions to the Fair today!

The cost of admission is as follows:

  • $7 for adults
  • $4 for seniors over the age of 65
  • $1 for children between the ages of 3 and 12
  • Free for children under 2
  • Free Parking
  • Free Entertainment

Buy a ticket for the Middlesex County Fair at the gate.

Hours are: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am – 11:00pm ; Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00pm

Come browse selection of homemade goods made by local fair vendors. Feel the thrill of adventure as you hop on one of our rides. Indulge in some traditional fair food and entertainment.

Learn more about Middlesex County’s biggest outdoor event by contacting the Middlesex County Fair Association. For any questions or for additional information during fair time call 732-257-8858 Event Website

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Festival of the Sea Carnival

Festival of the Sea Carnival

Aug. 9-13, 6-10 PM nightly (weather permitting). Check Event Site
St. Francis Parish & Center grounds, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Twp., NJ 08008. (609) 494-8861

Bring the whole family for five nights of fun for all ages! Rides for all ages. Pay one price every night to ride the rides all night long! POP Bracelet: $25.00 August 9, 10, 12 and 13. $20.00 Special for Friday, August 11 only! Hourly 50/50’s, Games of Chance! Super Progressive 50/50! Great food! And, much more! Check Event Site for details.

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Upcoming Fairs in July, August 2017

July 26 – 30: Monmouth County Fair, Freehold, NJ. Agricultural Exhibits, Fireworks, Free Entertainment, Live Music, Pay one price wristbands

July 31 – August 5: Keyport Fireman’s Fair, Keyport, NJ, Fireworks, Pay one price wristbands

August 1 – 5: Manasquan Fireman’s Fair, Manasquan, NJ. Free Entertainment, Live Music, Pay one price wristbands

August 4 – 12: New Jersey State Fair, Augusta, NJ. Agricultural Exhibits, Free Entertainment, Live Music, Pay one price wristbands

August 7 – 13: Middlesex County Fair; East Brunswick, NJ

August 15 – 20: Hillsborough Rotary Fair; Hillsborough, NJ: Fireworks, Pay one price wristbands

August 15 – 19: St. Ann’s Annual Carnival; Pemberton, NJ

August 17 – 20: North Warren Summer Fair; Blairstown, NJ: Pay one price wristbands

August 31 – September 3: Boonton Fire Dept. Labor Day Carnival; Boonton, NJ Fireworks, Free Entertainment, Live Music, Pay one price wristbands

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