Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has the update on a couple of quirky local events — one of them on the move, and the other staying right where it’s been for the 15th straight year.


There’s the newly rechristened River Read Series, a wordy-wise monthly event here in Red Bank that was launched by poet/ merchant marine John Petrolino (right) with the idea of mixing local literary talent with guest authors from around the region. It’s already outgrown its intimate berth at Frank Talk Art Bistro, and, as we report, it’ll be finding safe harbor a few blocks east at The Dublin House — where this weekend’s event will showcase an all-new vibe featuring plenty of room, access to one of the writer community’s favorite pubs, and no cover charge.

We’ll also take you over to Highlands, where the bayside borough is gearing up for the 2009 edition of Clamfest, the four-day festival that celebrates those most bodacious of bivalves in all its steamed, stripped, chowdered, chilled, frittered and fried glory. We’ll run down what’s new (a fancy Wine Bar), what’s back (the Olympic-level shucking competition) and what’s different — such as the All You Can Eat Clam Contest, which in what is perhaps a sign of the times, is now the Most You Can Eat Contest.

It’s all here, served up by the bucket with a little drawn butter and a towelette, in Red Bank oRBit!