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LINCROFT: PARK IT HERE, FOR MUSIC ‘N ART

BlueTrainLive musical performances by acts including Peter V and Blues Train (above), plus displays of art by Grace Modla (below) and others, are on the bill this Saturday and Sunday, during the Creative Arts and Music Festival at Thompson Park.

Grace ModlaIt doesn’t tend to get the sort of advance press accorded parking-lot-packing events like Red Bank’s Riverfest and recent Beer Wine and Food Fest — but if you’re on the lookout for a casual, comfortable mid-spring weekend’s event in a setting that offers plenty of breathing room, free parking, free admission and a chance to join in the arty fun, you’d do well to check out the Creative Arts and Music Festival, the 2016 edition of which sets up at Thompson Park for a two-day stay, beginning at 11 a.m. this Saturday, April 30.

A presentation of the folks at the Monmouth County Park System, the rain-or-shine event spotlights the sights and sounds of some of the county’s most creatively oriented citizens, including an indoor stroll-through expo of some 20 visual artists and crafters. Also included: a slate of 14 musical acts on two stages (and in a variety of styles), with a schedule inside the park’s Theater Barn programmed by the nonprofit organization Musicians on a Mission.

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LINCROFT: 4-H HOSTS YOUNG ANIMAL EXPO

4HKids are invited to pet baby animals, play games and make crafts during a Young Animal Expo at Thompson Park on Saturday, May 7. Presented by The Monmouth County 4-H Association’s Livestock Club and the Monmouth County Park System, the free event runs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The County 4-H and the Park System have also announced the dates for the 2016 Monmouth County Fair, with this year’s event scheduled for July 27 – 31. 

LINCROFT: GET IN THE SHUFFLE FOR 3-20

Shamrock ShuffleA reminder from the folks at Monmouth Rugby Football Club that registration for the 2nd Annual Shamrock Shuffle is still open, with the recreational fundraiser (a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project) scheduled for Sunday, March 20 at Lincroft’s Thompson Park. Featured are a fun and scenic 5k run/walk loopand a 1 mile Fun Run for kids 12 and under, with prizes awarded for top runners in each age group. All registrants will receive a swag bag from our sponsors, plus an exclusive invite to a St. Patrick’s Day themed after-party (picture Guinness, corned Beef and cabbage, live music and raffles) at the club’s private Wilde Rover headquarters on Shrewsbury Avenue. Take it here to register.

LINCROFT: CAMP Q&A FOR SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS

Thompson ParkPress release from Monmouth County Park System

Looking to give your child with special needs the best camp experience possible?  Head over to the Visitor Center at Thompson Park on Tuesday, March 1 for a free information session on Camp Options for Children with Special Needs.  Scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the session features camp directors from the Park System’s Therapeutic Recreation, Odyssey Adventure, Sports and Fitness, Fort Monmouth, Cultural Services and Nature Camps.  For parents and caregivers of special needs children, it’s a chance to discover which camps best fit your child’s needs and interests, what supports are available, and how the Park System’s inclusion process works.

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LINCROFT: RUGBY CLUB SHUFFLES THE DECK

MonmouthRugbyThe Thompson Park home of the Monmouth Rugby Football Club is the setting for a special Shamrock Shuffle morning of race events on March 20, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Press release from Monmouth Rugby Football Club

Whether you choose to Run, Walk or Shuffle, you’ve got a golden opportunity to be part of a fundraising team effort on Sunday March 20, when the Monmouth Rugby Football Club hosts its second annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run for kids.

Hosted at the Club’s home-turf playing field — Thompson Park on Newman Springs Road — the day gets underway at 9 am with a registration and packet pickup session in advance of the 10 am 5K Race/Walk. Kids 12 and under can take part in the Fun Run at 11:30 am, and an award ceremony takes place at noon, with all registrants receiving a “race day swag bag.”

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LINCROFT: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME WINTER?

winterfestWhen life gives you winter, make Winterfest — the second annual edition of which returns to Lincroft’s Thompson Park this Saturday afternoon (pictured is a scene from the inaugural, snow-free Fest in 2015).

Winter may have made a much-delayed appearance, all at once and with a vengeance, in a way that immediately overstayed its welcome. But to the good people of the Monmouth County Parks System, the season of bare trees and bundled-up people is something to celebrate in all its sleek and spartan beauty. So when the low winter sun comes up on Thompson Park in Lincroft this Saturday, it will look down on the newly minted ritual known as Winterfest.

Going on between the hours of 1 to 5 pm, it’s the second annual edition of the event that’s designed to “banish the winter blues,” while spotlighting the many features and assets of the county’s flagship recreational facility — and this time, they’ve remembered to bring the snow.

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LINCROFT: SNOW DAY IN THE PARK

Snow Park SystemWith a belated blast of white stuff in the forecast — anywhere from an inch to two feet, depending on which social media pal you trust about such things — the folks at the Monmouth County Park System have issued a reminder that our many nearby public facilities are standing by for snowy-weather service over the coming days, “whether you’re looking to fly down the sledding hill, strap on your cross-country skis, or lace up your ice skates.”

The groomed trails at the county’s flagship Thompson Park in Lincroft are open to cross-country skiers as weather permits — and marked, ungroomed trails are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at three county locales in Middletown Township: Hartshorne Woods Park, Huber Woods Park, and Tatum Park.

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SEA BRIGHT, LINCROFT HAVE THEIR DAYS

thompsonYou never know who’ll be popping up this Sunday, when Thompson Park Day returns to the spacious park located just off Newman Springs Road.

Despite the best efforts of professional sports leagues and TV programmers to lure us all back into the great indoors, the extended season of fresh-air fun simply refuses to crawl into its burrow here on the Greater Red Bank Green. And this weekend promises two more all-ages events, designed to highlight civic pride and some wonderful natural assets in Sea Bright and Lincroft.

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LITTLE SILVER: GRAND SLAM FOR SUMMER 2015

tugofwarA Tug of War served to help students develop team-building skills, as Red Bank Regional’s Summer Slam program held a culminating day of activities at Thompson Park in Lincroft.

Press releases from Red Bank Regional High School

Over the past decade, Red Bank Regional High School has experienced remarkable academic success by every measure — with one of the primary reasons for that success taking place during the “summer vacation” month of July.

Known as Summer Slam, the freshman transition program plants the seeds of a new community of high schoolers formed from many different communities — primarily the sending towns of Red Bank, Little Silver and Shrewsbury, as well as other Monmouth County municipalities where K-8 districts offer RBR’s four-year academies as an alternative to their eighth grader’s high school choice.

With over 100 students enrolled in this voluntary program, over a third of the incoming freshman class is represented. Summer Slam is operated by The SOURCE, RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program and staffed by RBR Freshman Academy teachers.

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RED BANK: GET OUT AND STAY OUT

Motor CityLayonne Holmes (right) and the Motor City Revue roar into Sandy Hook as the up-next act in the summer beach concert series. Weather permitting, Tuesday night marks the twice-scheduled debut of Red Bank’s Dog Days of Summer.

rb dogs 061714 6[UPDATE, July 20, 2 p.m. Once again, the Dog Days event is being postponed, this time because of high temperatures, RiverCenter announced. The event is tentatively scheduled to be held Wednesday, July 22, at 6 p.m.]

Gripe all you will about summer traffic, summer crowds, summer expenses: the season for warm-weather diversion can seem especially fleeting when viewed through the frosted panes of our extended polar-vortex winters. And between Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon, we’ve got a whole range of excuses for getting out of the house, beginning with the latest in the 2015 series of Red Bank Dog Days of Summer .

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LINCROFT: CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

climbing wallIt’s Climb Time in Lincroft this Tuesday afternoon, as the Monmouth County Park System moves its portable mountain to the grounds of Thompson Park for a free instructional session.  

From river kayaking and bayside seining to fossil hunting, horseback riding and some challenging hillside hiking, the local facilities of the Monmouth County Park System have always offered a variety of experiences — but until very recently, mountain climbing hasn’t exactly been part of the recreational menu.

This Tuesday afternoon, June 30, the county’s flagship Thompson Park in Lincroft will serve as the scene for a free, three hour introduction to the basics of climbing — supervised by park personnel, and hosted within the safe and controlled environment of the Park System’s portable 25-foot climbing wall.

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LINCROFT: FORT HANCOCK ON AGENDA

ft hancock 4 070113The first of four  public meetings on the preservation and repurposing of Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook, including the bayside Officers’ Row, above, will be held Friday in Lincroft.

ft hancock 1 070113For more than 70 years, it stood at the ready, protecting lower New York Harbor and the northern Jersey Shore from invasion by sea. Between its founding in 1898 and its decommissioning in 1974, the United States Army base at Fort Hancock was a center of activity at the northern tip of Sandy Hook — and today its landmark buildings await decisions on their preservation and ultimate repurposing.

This Friday, June 26, members of the public are welcome to attend the first in a series of four meetings of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee, hosted inside the Visitors Center at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. Committee members will be joined by representatives of Gateway National Recreation Area, the federal Landmark District that includes the entire Sandy Hook peninsula. Scheduled to commence at 9 am, the meeting will include a regularly scheduled public comment period that begins at 11:30.

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LINCROFT: RUGBY HEAVEN III

MonmouthRugbyBoysRed Bank’s Monmouth Football Rugby Club hosts the third annual Showdown at the Shore extravaganza this Saturday at Thompson Park.

MRFC rugby crestRugby clubs from throughout the northeastern United States and beyond with descend upon Thompson Park in Lincroft Saturday to compete in the Monmouth 7s 2015: Showdown at the Shore III Rugby Tournament.

More than 400 ruggers from 45 sides will compete for championship hardware in seven brackets – including men, women, and high school boys and girls – in the daylong ruggerfest hosted by Red Bank’s own Monmouth Rugby Football Club.

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LINCROFT: A ‘CLIMB OUT’ FOR WARRIOR MOMS

Press release from Monmouth Medical Center

One out of seven pregnant and new moms will experience Postpartum Depression/Anxiety, yet only 15 percent of them will seek help. On Saturday, June 20, Postpartum Progress, a national nonprofit organization focused on vastly improving awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, will hold the third annual Climb out of the Darkness — an event, traditionally held around the longest day of the year, designed to raise awareness of all maternal mental illnesses.

As part of the Climb, survivors all over the world — dubbed Warrior Moms — are organizing to climb, hike or walk at a local mountain or park to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and stigma of maternal mental illnesses, as well as to raise funds for Postpartum Progress. At 10 am on the morning of June 20, Thompson Park in Lincroft will serve as the scene for The Monmouth Medical Center Climb Out of Darkness.

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LINCROFT: SPRING ARTS, SUMMER FUN

Mon Cty ParksNature photography by Colin Seitz is on the program for the first annual Spring Arts Festival at Thompson Park, May 2 and 3 — part of a weekend in which the county Parks System debuts its directory of summertime programs and activities.

Press release from Monmouth County Park System

Go on a kayak birding exhibition, build a fairy house in the garden, enjoy a twilight adventure around the campfire. It’s all within reach this summer, as the Monmouth County Park System introduces its annual summertime slate of arts & crafts, nature, recreation and sports programs.

Friday sees the publication of the Park System’s Program Directory summer issue.  Available at most parks in the county system  — including Thompson Park, Tatum Park, Deep Cut Gardens and Bayshore Waterfront Park, all in Middletown Township — the directory lists all special events and programs offered during June, July and August. Registration for summer programs begins on Wednesday, May 6 at 8 am. Online registration is available for most programs. Take it here or consult the directory for details about registering online, by phone, by mail or in person — and take it around the corner for details on an exciting all-new event going on during the first weekend in May.

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