Cultural Event | Monmouth County Racetrack

The Au Pairs and I headed to the Monmouth County Racetrack for this months cultural event. I was joined by Au Pairs Jessica, Chantelle, Ludmila and Geralene.


Monmouth County Racetrack


This event was Jessica and Geralene’s first and Ludmila’s last event. Always so nice to welcome new Au Pairs and so hard to say goodbye when the year (or in Ludmila’s case, 2) are over. Since we were going to the horse track and didn’t know much about betting, my husband and Ludmila’s boyfriend joined us this time. We started off getting subs at a deli outside of the arena and filled our cooler with good food, drinks and chips. The owner was so nice that he gave us free passes into the place!

horsetrack 2

We found a picnic table right by the track and ate and looked over the program. My husband taught us how to place bets on the horses and, for practice, we made friendly bets with each other…based on the name of the horse we liked the best; of course! My favorite part was running over to the gate to watch the horses fly by up close. After a few friendly bets, we decided to place a couple real bets. We only spent between $2-$5 per bet.

horsetrack 3

After lunch, we decided to head up into the bleachers to see the whole track from above and get some Italian Ices. We didn’t have much luck with the betting, so all the girls took a break on that, but the boys placed a few more bets while we took some videos. The three Au Pairs from South Africa, Chantelle, Jessica and Geralene, filmed a video about the cultural differences between South Africa and America. Ludmila filmed a video about Au Pairs and driving. As luck would have it, on the last race, my husband bet $2 on horse that was picked 40:1…and he won! The pay out was $300! We would have insisted he take us out to dinner, but everyone had plans that night…next time!

So hard to say goodbye to Ludmila! She was an awesome Au Pair and will always be an awesome friend!


AC Seafood Festival

Sept 15-16

Good Time Tricycle and the City of Atlantic City are EXCITED to announce the triumphant return of the Atlantic City Seafood Festival, Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th. The Atlantic City Seafood Festival is a two day extravaganza of fun, food and entertainment celebrating the treasures of the Atlantic Ocean while highlighting our sea side city. The festival will offer event goers the opportunity to treat their taste buds to a large variety of dishes prepared by area restaurants and culinary personalities.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive hungry!

The festival returns rain or shine on September 15th & 16th on the peninsula of Bader Field with the Atlantic City skyline as its back drop.  The Bader Field location provides an ample footprint for the variety of multicultural restaurants, fisherman, crafters and other activities as well as onsite parking.  In creating an interactive opportunity for visitors and locals alike to experience what the Atlantic City region has to offer, the 2012 event is constructed to be the ultimate family day at the Jersey Shore! The wide variety of programming, great wines and beers of New Jersey, over a hundred local restaurants, amusements, cooking demonstrations, a chowder cook off and live entertainment adds to the outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy!

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Fall Family Day

At Stickley’s Craftsman Farms

Saturday, September 22, 2012

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate fall harvest and the farming heritage of Craftsman Farms at our 2012 Fall Family Day.  This annual festival, our biggest family program of the year, includes hayrides, pumpkin painting, and “Square Dancing with Sue,” featuring live music and Family Day favorite Sue Dupre, as our square dance caller. Children of all ages are invited to try old-fashioned cider pressing and handcrafts such as woodworking, pottery, knitting, and embroidery. Activities like a scavenger hunt around the grounds, the popular Cow Balloon craft, and old-fashioned carnival-style games and races will round out our celebration.  Bring the whole family and arrive early for a picnic on the grounds.  Enjoy cider, cider doughnuts, and delicious boxed lunches for sale at the Apple Spice Junction booth.

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Apple Day is Coming!

Sept 15-16

Apple Day

The Tradition Continues

Over the years, Apple Day has become a local tradition. We are pleased to welcome many of the same families who return year after year mostly because they so enjoy being part of life on a family farm, even for just one day. If you were fortunate enough to attend the first Apple Festival 36 years ago, you might have sampled fresh apple crisp baked by Gary’s Mom, helped make the batter-dipped apple rings, and parked your car with assistance from the Mount relatives!

Although much has stayed the same of the years, some things have changed. Now, for instance, Apple Day is a two-day celebration, and while the relatives still love to visit us on Apple Day, they come to enjoy the day, their tasks assumed by a cadre of Princeton University students.

Apple Day gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the fun activities associated with farming—especially the Terhune Orchards’ staff. Most farm work is suspended for the weekend, and staff become official festival “hosts.”

Make Apple Day a tradition for your family by joining your friends, neighbors, and coworkers for this year’s fun activities and excitement! Help us celebrate the Apple Harvest, Apple Cider, and Autumn by coming to Apple Day at Terhune Orchards on September 15th and 16th, 10am-5pm.

A Weekend of Fun

We’ve planned a whole weekend of fun for everyone — grandparents, moms, dads, and children of all ages! We’ll have farm wagon rides and horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, and scarecrow making  for the kids. Visit our adventure barn to see what stories and farm fun you can see. Each year, Terhune Orchards Farm Staff spends the year planning a new and fun theme for the barn.    Our amazing Corn Stalk Maze is a walk through a cornfield – can you find  you way out? The adventure barn and corn maze will remain open every weekend through the end of October for some family fun during Terhune Orchards’ October Fall Festival weekends.

There’s always lots to do at Apple Day. Try your hand at some “farmer” chores by feeding the animals and picking some apples and pumpkins.  Say hello to our  yellow Labrador dogs, Apple and Peach.

Hop on a tractor-drawn wagon to tour the orchards and our pumpkin patch.   Follow our Trail Signs and enjoy the natural beauty of local flora and fauna along our Farm Trail. Just follow the path starting at the horse stable and say hello to Mexicali, our  horse-in-residence.

Bring your appetite!

After walking in the country air, you won’t be able to resist the delightful aromas beckoning from Pam’s outdoor down-home “cafe.” Join us for lunch  again this year.  Watch the pig roast in  an outdoor roasting pit.  There’s  nothing like a fresh pork sandwich!  Our  “Everything Apple ” buffet will include fresh apple pies, apple cider donuts, apple salad, apple muffins, and lots of other “apple” goodies and, of course, traditional fare of hot dogs, soup, chicken, pies,  cider and more.

Live Entertainment

Relax in the shade and listen to The Daisy Jug Band, one of our favorites, play real country music while dunking your donut in some of Terhune Orchards savory hot or cold fresh-pressed cider.

Make your own scarecrow We supply the straw and bags full of old clothes. You supply the imagination. All out of imagination? Find our “samples” lurking in some very unusual places in our Farm Yard! Check out our “bee” “hanging” around Pam’s flower garden in front of the house.


Empire, Stayman Winesap, and Red Delicious apples by the pound. Terhune Orchards dwarf apple trees located in the front by the pond make it easy. No ladders, no climbing. The apples are within easy reach. They’re great in pies, applesauce, and for crunchy snacking. Scout our five-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch to find that special Halloween pumpkin. Or, choose one from the bins stacked high with pumpkins of all sizes.

Parking & Admission

Parking is available at the Farm. Apple Day is held rain or shine. Admission is $5.00. Children under 3 admitted free.

The Farm Store, pumpkin and mum display and our new winery and tasting room are open without admission fee. Convenient parking is available at the farm on Cold Soil Road. It’s a great place to bring your out-of-town guests and to meet your neighbors.


Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Road Princeton, NJ 08540

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Keith Anthony performing at The Comedy Cove at Scotty’s

Springfield, NJ

You will know him from Comedy Central, Showtime, A&E Also featuring Carlo Bellario & Joe Eichler

Keith Anthony, named as “one of the best comedic talents to come out of Long Island” by Newday, will be performing at the Comedy Cove. He offers a point of view that is alternative yet incredibly entertaining and his comedy is bold and thought provoking, and a refreshing change from juvenile talk about sex, or the difference between men and women. He has also performed at the Comedy Central and Showtime.

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New Jersey Scoop Writing Program for Fourth Graders

Welcome to the New Jersey Scoop Writing Program!

Your 4th grade students can become reporters for the New Jersey Scoop online newspaper– a publication written about New Jersey by New Jersey’s 4th Graders! They research and write articles about New Jersey’s people, places, events and history for these sections of the newspaper:  Arts and Entertainment, Business, People in the News, Health and Wellness, Science and Environment, Sports, and Travel.  The “Best of the Best” articles are selected for publication and honored at regional awards events in the Spring.


Registration information will be posted soon!

Program Features:

  • Cross-curricula based research and writing assignment
  • Expanded teacher and student online resources for research
  • Classroom poster and incentives for students
  • Awards for the “Best of the Best” student authors
  • New! Heath and Wellness section this year
  • Classroom flexibility including creative class projects
  • Selected students will see their work published in the New Jersey Scoop Newspaper next Spring!

4th Grade FAQ

About the 4th Grade New Jersey Scoop Program…


Q:  What is the Celebrate NJ! Fourth Grade NJ Scoop Writing Program?

A:   Most kids in NJ learn about New Jersey in fourth grade.  We’ve created a fun curriculum-based writing contest that engages New Jersey’s fourth grade students in exercising their language arts, social studies, and computer technology skills as they learn about what makes New Jersey an awesome place to call home.


Deciding to participate…

Q: Who may participate?

A:  Any and every New Jersey student in the 4th grade in public or nonpublic schools, home schools, charter schools and afterschool programs is eligible to participate.

Q: Is there any cost to participate?

A:  There is no cost to participate.  As a nonprofit organization, we raise all of the money to fund the program and offer it free of charge.

Q: How do I register?

A:  It’s easy! Register your students by using the online registration form found on, School Program page. Once you are registered, you can get your students started in the process of choosing a topic and beginning their research.

Writing and Submitting Student Articles for the Contest…

Q: What are the guidelines and criteria for the articles that are submitted?

A:  The article should be 150 – 250 words, proof read and corrected prior to submission.  Please use no smaller than 12 font, in Arial or Times New Roman.  The topic should fit the assignment detailed on the Assignment page.  For further information please look on the website.

Q: How many articles may I submit from my class?

A: Up to six articles per class may be submitted by the predetermined deadline. We suggest that all members of the class determine which articles are sent to us.

Q: How do I submit the articles?

A: Instructions for submitting the articles will be posted on the Teachers page of the website and emailed to all registered teachers.

Q: How are the articles judged?

A: Received articles are organized, sorted, and made available for review to a group of volunteer judges. based on how well the articles meet the guidelines and criteria.


Student recognition and awards…


Q: How are the students that participate in the essay contest recognized?

A: All students who participate will be acknowledged in a special way. Each year we select the “Best of the Best” from all of the articles judged, and these students are invited to regional awards events.  The articles selected as Best of the Best are published in the New Jersey Scoop online newspaper.

Q: What is the New Jersey Scoop and when will articles be published there?

A: The New Jersey Scoop is our online newspaper and now an Annual Year Book, a place where selected articles may be viewed by the student, parents, and community members.  We usually publish  by the end of May at and offer the Year Book for sale to parents, teachers, family and friends on our online order site.

Q: Where are award ceremonies held?

A: Locations and dates will be announced.   Typically we hold the events atMonmouthUniversity, The Newark Museum, RaritanValleyCommunity College, and Burlington County College. Parent and Community Involvement…

Q:  How can parents get involved in this program?

A:  Field trips are great ways to bring research to life!  Whenever possible parents should support their child’s efforts during the fact-finding stage of the program.  The Parent’s Page on our website offers day trips and other ideas for parents.

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CAMDEN WATERFRONT, NJ — More than 50 of the finest craft beers in the nation will be available for sampling at the 2nd Annual WMGK Brew Blast from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday September 22, aboard the  fantail (tented rear deck) of the Battleship New Jersey, our nation’s most decorated and largest battleship.

All of the WMGK DJs will be in attendance throughout the day and the newly crowned WMGK House Band, will play live. Last year’s event was a huge success,

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at, or call the Battleship’s Ticket Office at 866-877-6262 ext. 107.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Battleship Ticket Office the day of the event. Each ticket includes a voucher entitling the holder to a free Battleship tour. Authentic Oktoberfest Franks, Sausages and Artisan Cheeses will be provided by Dietz & Watson.

It will be “all hands on deck” with the WMGK staff and a live classic rock cover band performing throughout the event, but the true stars on ship will be the craft beers.
This is the preliminary list of beers, MANY more will be adding in the coming days.

16 Mile Amber Sun; 16 Mile Inlet IPA; Brooklyn Brown Ale, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace; Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Great LakesDortmunder Gold; Magic Hat #9 ; Killian’s Irish Stout; Magic HatHumdinger Burnpile; Magners Irish Cider ; Palm; Pyramid Apricot ;Riverhorse Hippolantern; Riverhorse Rye IPA; Rodenbach; Troegs Perpetual IPA; Troegs Dreamweaver; Weinhard’s IPA; Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA; Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin;Yards Cape of Good Hope IPA;Yards Brawler and many more.

Located on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from the City of Philadelphia, the Battleship is open for guided and audio tours every day. Sink some for the Battleship! The annual Battleship Golf Tournament is Oct. 8 at Sea Oaks Country Club, Little Egg Harbor Twp.,  NJ.  Gifts, lunch, dinner and some great golf!  For more information, call 866-877-6262 or visit the Battleship at

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