Perhaps only your cynical pals at Red Bank oRBit can look at something as festive as the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair and call it “summer’s sweetly sadistic endgame,” but there you have it. The ferris wheel of life has cycled back ’round again, and as we remind you in today’s dispatch, one of the surest signifiers of the summertime SADS is making its six-day stand tonight through Saturday.

Also on the agenda in the early contractions of Labor Day Weekend: the second coming of the Counting Crows in their Count Basie fundraiser, re-scheduled from last week when Number One Crow Adam Duritz (above) took ill. This plus what looks to be the premature end of the concert season at PNC Bank Arts Center, plus a jolly new beginning for veteran Jersey radio personality Judi Franco. We’ve got the pertinent details on all these, and more.

Then tune in tomorrow, when we give you a first look at some exciting things going on in the weeks following Labor Day — including the return of a pretty amazing film series, a major celebrity photo retrospective, a visit from Darryl Strawberry and lots more — only, for now, in Red Bank oRBit!