ON THE GREEN: A GRAY START TO THE WEEKEND

fh-autumn-colors-102016The vivid colors of autumn, seen here on Ridge Road in Fair on Thursday, are expected to be a bit washed out Friday, when rain, heavy at times, visits the Greater Red Bank Green. As much as an inch may fall, according to the National Weather Service. which could make the “Battle of Ridge Road” football game between Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, in Little Silver, a soggy affair.

The outlook is somewhat better for Saturday, when Fair Haven’s Trucktoberfest — rescheduled from a rainout earlier last month — is slated for Fair Haven Fields. redbankgreen will have more details about that event in a separate post (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: 80 DEGREES? BUTT IT’S AUTUMN!

pumpkin-cheeks-101516A cheeky effigy created using pumpkins at the Warwick Gardens complex in Red Bank makes clear that the season we’re in is autumn. But the National Weather Service forecast, including daytime peak temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s through Thursday, seemed to indicate a return to summer.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: PETE’S BANJO PLIES THE NAVESINK

petes-banjo-091716River watchers may have noticed a distinctive two-masted vessel with red sails plying our beautiful Navesink on recent Saturdays. That’s Pete’s Banjo, a replica of a 19th-century Tuckerton Oyster Garvey built by members of New Jersey Friends of Clearwater and named in honor of late folk singer Pete Seeger. A true sailboat, it has no motor, so “when there’s no wind, we have to row it back to shore,” says Clearwater’s Charles Gross. 

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RED BANK: OYSTERFEST GOES DOWN EASY

oysterfest-2016-092516-6oysterfest-2016-092516-tr-5Blue skies and early-fall temperatures drew thousands of hungry music lovers to downtown Red Bank for the seventh annual Guinness Oyster Festival Sunday. And once again, redbankgreen prowled the midway to document the merriment.

Check out the dozens of photos below to see if you or someone you know was caught slurping, sipping or dancing like nobody’ looking. (Photos by Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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ON THE GREEN: SUN SETS ON SUMMER

sunset-092116-1The final sunset of summer 2016, as seen on the Navesink River from the Oceanic Bridge linking Rumson and Middletown Wednesday evening. Autumn arrives Thursday at 10:21 a.m.

The new season arrives with plenty of sunshine and a peak temperature in the high 70s, according to the Weather Underground(Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

CRAVINGS: A PASSION FOR PUMPKIN

091816rookcrave1Katie Katzgrau satisfies her craving for pumpkin at Rook in Red Bank.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

piehole_cravingsWhat are you craving these days? PieHole‘s asking for a new, occasional feature called Cravings, which we see as a way of shining a quick spotlight on gotta-have culinary yearnings — and, of course, ways to satisfy them right here on the Greater Red Bank Green.

In this one, with pumpkin-flavored everything showing up even before the tree leaves begin turning our world gold and orange, we chat with a woman who dreams of pumpkin flavor all year long.
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AUTUMN 2015: RED BANK, IN GLORIOUS COLOR

rb flowers 112115rb sunset 112215The trees may be nearly bare of leaves, but there’s no shortage of bold color to be found in nature this time of year.

Some hardy roses added splashes of magenta to the sidewalk along West Front Street in Red Bank Saturday, and Sunday’s sunset, seen from Pinckney Road at right, offered a glorious array of pink, gold, blue and more. 

Speaking of autumn, Thanksgiving week began with temperatures just above freezing Monday morning, with a forecast of sunny skies and a high temperature of only about 43 degrees. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON: LAST LAUGHS

rumson pumpkins 110515Tossed to the curb but apparently still having a ball, a clutch of pumpkins lay among fallen leaves on Hance Road in Rumson Thursday morning. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: A TOUCH OF BROWN

walking stick 102115Camouflaged for the season, a praying mantis took in the warm sunshine on Oakland Street in Red Bank Wednesday.   

Thursday’s weather outlook was for more of the same, with temperatures again peaking in the mid-70s under mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

SEA BRIGHT: NEW SEASON DAWNS

sb bridge 092315 1Coming in on the heels of sunshine-filled summer, autumn arrived at 4:21 a.m. Wednesday, and its first order of business was a somewhat cool and partly cloudy daybreak, as seen here from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge.

A sunny day was in store, with temperatures peaking at about 76 degrees, according to the National Weather Service(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

AUTUMN 2014: LEAVING LITTLE SILVER

ls leaves 111114ls leaves 111114 2Gorgeous autumn color lined Willow Avenue in Little Silver above and below Tuesday afternoon.

Morning fog with possible drizzle is expected to give way to mostly sunny skies Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Of note is the possibility of snow overnight Thursday into Friday. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

SHREWSBURY: AUTUMN ON THE LINE

shrews tree 102014Even with utility lines running through its center, this maple tree on Patterson Avenue in Shrewsbury radiated autumn color earlier this week – and a giant front-yard spider web added a nice Halloween touch.

After a couple of rainy days, the Green is in for a mostly sunny weekend, with temperatures reaching into the mid-60s starting Friday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

FAIR HAVEN: AUTUMN 2014

rumson rd 101514This burst of autumn color is brought to you by the trees along Ridge Road outside the Fair Haven Fields Nature Area, right, and Rumson’s Meadowridge Park, left. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: NEW SEASON ON DECK

sb sands decks 101214Stored in a parking lot beside the Shrewsbury River, cabana decks from the Sands Beach Club in Sea Bright – not to mention the crisp autumn air – signaled the inexorable march toward winter Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service, the Green is in for a somewhat overcast week, culminating in possibly heavy rain on Thursday, before turning sunny again Saturday and Sunday. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

AUTUMN 2013: CRISP AND COLORFUL CHANGE

rb river fall 110213temp 110413An explosion of autumn color along our beautiful Navesink River, seen above from Red Bank on Saturday afternoon, and the end of daylight saving time Sunday offered unmistakable evidence of seasonal change over the weekend. And then there was this: early risers on the Green awoke Monday to temperatures near freezing, with a forecast of colder-than-normal high for the day of 48 degrees. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: VIA45 CHEFS GO TO MARKET

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Chef Claudette Herring slices some of the heirloom tomatoes she and partner Lauren Phillips picked up last Sunday at the Red Bank Farmers Market. Below, Herring and Phillips at Via 45, their Broad Street restaurant. (Photos by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

via45 (4)“We’re going to miss the tomatoes. And the corn. The corn was so sweet this year,” chef Claudette Herring of Red Bank’s Via45 says wistfully of the change of seasons. “We’re not going to have corn like that in the winter.”

Herring and Via45 chef Lauren Phillips did some shopping at the Red Bank Farmers Market last Sunday to get a read on what’s available as we teeter from summer into fall.

The chefs suggest keeping an eye out for the last of the season’s heirloom and grape- or cherry-sized tomatoes, and found some large yellow varieties at the market.

“These tomatoes are beautiful, and they won’t be around much longer,” says Herring.

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RUMSON: PREPPING THE GARDEN FOR AUTUMN

Wendy Weiner, aka the Front Yard Farmer, in a garden she maintains in Rumson. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Think of eating from a Jersey  garden, and tomatoes, squash and eggplant all come to mind. And for good reason, too. Gardening is almost always synonymous with our abundant summer harvests.

But one of the biggest advantages we here on the Green have over other regions isn’t the high heat of our summer growing season, but the length of our fall growing season.

“Our area has one of the greatest climates for growing fall crops, and that is because it’s such a long season.” says Wendy Weiner, of the Front Yard Farmer. “We get a very long fall growing season. Even in New York state, it’s much shorter.”

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AUTUMN SHOWERS EXPECTED

rumson-tree-111311Yummy fall colors were on display on Buena Vista Avenue in Rumson Sunday.(Click to enlarge)

You might want to get those leaves out to the curb while they’re still dry and fluffy, as we’ve got rain in the forecast by midweek, before sunshine returns on Thursday.

Here’s the outlook from the National Weather Service:

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SUNNY VETERANS DAY WEEKEND IN STORE

leaf-dumpNature dumped a fresh load of autumn leaves on a car and yard on Mechanic Street in Red Bank Thursday. (Click to enlarge)

Friday’s Veterans Day salutes – including one at the Veterans Monument at 51 Monmouth Street in Red Bank at 11 a.m. – are likely to be held under sunny skies amid gusty winds as we head into a sunny and mild weekend.

Here’s the forecast for the next few days and beyond:

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WEEKEND ROARS, THEN PURRS

ridge-rd-103011 Autumn colors on display at Fair Haven Fields on Ridge Road Sunday, with no hint of the fury of the day before. (Click to enlarge)

What a weekend, huh?

Near-freezing temperatures, sideways rain, snow, slush, then… brilliant sunshine, as though a switch was thrown.

Saturday’s “freak northeaster” dumped up to 19 inches of snow elsewhere in New Jersey, but spared the The Green its icy wrath. Then, on Sunday, hardly a cloud in the sky.

The National Weather Service forecasts a mostly sunny Monday with a high of 55 degrees or so.

Here’s the outlook for Monday night at the rest of the week:

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