The 20th running of the Sheehan Classic takes to the streets of Red Bank Saturday morning. Fair Haven Day, below, runs from afternoon well into the evening, concluding with fireworks. (Click to enlarge)
By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO
Friday, June 14:
RED BANK: A pre-race expo featuring a runners’ expo, kid’s race and DJ concert mark the night-before festivities of the Sheehan Classic, a road race named for late borough physician and running guru George Sheehan (here’s an amusing redbankgreen interview with George Jr., the co-eldest of his 12 kids, from 2006). Events run from 2 to 8:30 p.m.
RED BANK: Noel Coward‘s comedy Present Laughter continues its run at the Two River Theater. Watch an antic day in the life of Garry Essendine as he navigates the demands of incredible success as a stage actor and less success as a lover and head of household. Present Laughter features Tony Award nominees and is directed by David Lee (Frasier/’Cheers). Tickets are $20 to $42 and the show starts at 8 p.m. 21 Bridge Avenue.
RED BANK: Randy Newman appears at the Count Basie Theatre to continue a monthlong celebration of film and New Jersey filmmakers. The esteemed composer boasts Academy, Emmy, and Grammy awards. Tickets are $30, $45, $65, and $70. The show starts at 8 p.m. 99 Monmouth Street.
NAVESINK: The Stone Church Players present A Little Night Music, a Tony Award-winning musical about love in the summertime. Come see this rendition of Stephen Sondheims refined comedy at All Saints Episcopal Church. Show times are at 2 an 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and $10. 202 Navesink Avenue.
Saturday, June 15:
RED BANK: Race to Broad Street for the 20th annual running of the Sheehan Classic, now a 5K race. The course is USA Track and Field certified, with computerized finish results and water stops at each mile. Front Street Trattoria caters the post-race picnic in Marine Park, and the party continues at Brannigans Bar and Grill. The big race goes off at 8 a.m.
RED BANK: Save a life by donating blood at the third annual blood drive hosted by Defined Logic and the Central Jersey Blood Center drive. This blood drive will benefit St. James Elementary School student Tommy Cleary, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The blood drive runs from 1 to 5 p.m. 116 Chestnut Street.
RED BANK: The town of Red Bank becomes a concert venue for Streetlife, a summertime Saturday night performance event that takes to the sidewalks and storefronts downtown. Lineup and locations are to be announced. Streetlife runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
FAIR HAVEN: The community gathers for a day of food, drinks, music and family fun as the Foundation of Fair Haven welcomes all ages to Fair Haven Day 2013. Ride the rides, try your luck at some games, dance to Brian Kirk & the Jirks, feast on Brennan’s BBQ fare and Lusty Lobster raw bar, and wrap it all up taking in a beautiful fireworks display. For adults, there will be a beer and sangria garden. The festival begins at 3 p.m. Fair Haven Fields, Ridge Road.
FAIR HAVEN: New York sportswriter and author Phil Pepe visits River Road Books to promote his new book on the Yankees, The Core Four, which focuses on players Jeter, Posada, Pettite, and Rivera. The session begins at 2 p.m. 759 River Road.
RED BANK: I Scream for Ice Cream: kids ages 3-12 are welcome to the Free Ice Cream Social at Red Bank Library to build their own sundaes, play games, and sign up for the Dig into Reading Summer reading club, where readers have a chance to participate in summer activities and win prizes for every ten books they complete. The social runs from 12 to 1 p.m. 84 West Front Street.
FAIR HAVEN: Dont rock the boat! Fair Haven Firehouse sets up for day one of the two-day community boat-building weekend. Try your hand at building wooden canoes or channel your inner artist and repaint some old ones. For $29, boat builders will be fed (two four meals over the two day span) and have a change to sail the Navesink for free on June 16. The weekend starts at 8 a.m. 645 River Road.
Sunday, June 16:
RED BANK: The Farmers Market lays out its superfresh goods at The Galleria Red Bank. Located in the parking lot, the market features locally grown produce as well as special crafts and eateries. The Farmers Market is a weekly event that runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until mid-November. Corner of Bridge Ave & W Front Street.
RED BANK: Nibble your way through town at the Red Bank Food and Wine Walk. Sample gourmet foods and fine wines from a number of Red Bans eateries. Wristbands are $35 and will be sold starting at 1:30 the day of the event at red, Teak, Dannys Grill & Wine Bar. 2 to 6 p.m. at restaurants throughout the business district.
RED BANK: The Count Basie Theatre serves as a time capsule for its Sunday night guests, the Go Go’s and the Psychedelic Furs. Pull out your old tutu and converse and rock out to old favorites like Our Lips Are Sealed and Vacation. Tickets are $35, $49, $59, $69, and $85. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 99 Monmouth Street.