Contractors building a new staircase over the sea wall at the Mad Hatter in Sea Bright, where thousands of revelers are expected for the daylong Dunesday fundraiser. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO
Friday, July 19:
LINCROFT: Royalty graces Brookdale Community Colleges Lincroft campus as Shakespeares witty early comedy, Loves Labors Lost, comes to the Great Lawn. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets (rain site: Performing Arts Center). The performance begins at 7 p.m. Park in lot 2. Lawn outside PAC building/Newman Springs Road/Route 520.
RED BANK: Jazz pianist and pocalist Champian Fulton visits the Summer Jazz Café at Two River Theatre, presented by Jazz Arts Project. The series promises a big city club vibe with coffee and refreshments. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $22. 21 Bridge Avenue.
RED BANK: Con man Harold Hill tricks the small town of River City, Iowa in the musical comedy The Music Man at the Count Basie Theatre. The 8 p.m. show is presented by Phoenix Productions;tickets are $22, $26, $32. 99 Monmouth Street.
RED BANK: Amy Novak leads a relaxing Friday afternoon yoga session from 1 to 2 p.m. at Red Bank Public Library. The class is free and no registration is required. Bring your own mat. 84 West Front Street.
Saturday, July 20:
MIDDLETOWN: Comic book collectors and unite at Middletown Public Library for the second annual Comic Con. The live feed of the Comic-Con International in San Diego will save you plane fare. Activities include superhero crafts, comic book giveaways and the chance to create your own comic. Costumes are expected and encouraged. Comic Con begins at 12 p.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.
RED BANK: Red Bank Public Librarys local history librarian Elizabeth McDermott hosts Collage Klatch, a free monthly session open to those interested in the art of collage. No registration is necessary; pick up supplies prior to the session. Collage Klatch runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 84 West Front Street.
RED BANK: The First Baptist Church of Red Bank hosts Music for Haiti, a benefit concert featuring Crossroads Mission Band, a frequent participant in fundraisers for the nonprofit Atkins International Youth Foundation. The show boasts old time gospel, contemporary praise music and familiar hymns. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. and all donations go toward AIYFs construction of a new emergency medical facility in northeast Haiti. 84 Maple Avenue.
Sunday, July 21:
RED BANK: The weekly Farmers Market lays out its super fresh 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 market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays until mid-November. Corner of Bridge Ave & West Front Street.
RED BANK: Come to Count Basie Theatre to see the con man Harold Hill trick the small town of River City, Iowa in the musical comedy, The Music Man. The show is presented by Phoenix Productions, tickets are $22, $26, $32 and the show begins at 8 p.m. 99 Monmouth Street.
RED BANK: The summertime installment of the Food & Wine Walk returns to Red Bank. Sample food and wine from more than 20 different local restaurants. Wristbands are $35 and are valid for one food and/or one wine sample at each station. Purchase the wristbands here or here. The Food & Wine walk lasts form 2 to 6 p.m.