RED BANK: HORSES, HARMONIES AND MORE

112914 horseride3Why go buggy navigating the malls, when you can enjoy Red Bank from an old-fashioned horse and carriage?

As surely as Black Friday nips at the heels of Thanksgiving Thursday, so too does Small Business Saturday get an electrified head start with the first flash of Friday night’s Town Lighting extravaganza in downtown Red Bank.

And when the shop-local showcase promotion returns Saturday, it will herald a day of special holiday-themed features that continue every weekend through December 20 — a slate of Santa sightings, scavenger hunts, horsey rides, harmonizing performers, mobile mannequins and more; all designed to enhance the hustle and bustle of the shopping experience here in the business blocks of the area’s undisputed Capital of Christmastime.

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RED BANK: PHOTOG SHOOTS FROM THE HEART

Kim LevinFrom Meghan at Frame To Please comes word that the shop located inside The Galleria has opened a boutique-gallery kiosk under the name Art from the Heart. Each month, the space will showcase the work of a local artist, with a percentage of sale proceeds dedicated to an “adopted charity” of the featured artist’s choice. For the inaugural display in December, the work of animal photography specialist Kim Levin is on display — and the Little Silver lenswoman has designated a set of her favorite pet rescue organizations as the beneficiary of the collected funds.

AROUND THE GREEN: WHERE’S SANTA?

TubaXmasAbove, Tuba Christmas toots exclusively at Middletown Arts Center on  the evening of December 7 — while below, Santa (seen in a past appearance at Red Bank’s West Side Tree Lighting ceremony) will be making the scene all over the Green in weeks to come.

Santa LindnerThe first official sightings are expected to start filtering in tonight, when the Santa Express rolls out of station stop Little Silver on its way to Red Bank — but even if you miss Santa and Mrs. Claus at the annual Holiday Express Concert and Town Lighting ceremony, there are numerous other opportunities for an audience with The Big Red One in and around the greater Green, beginning as early as Saturday afternoon, November 29.

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RED BANK: LIGHT THERAPY FOR BLACK FRIDAY

Tim and tree lighting with Karen CTim McLoone keynotes the season of lights in downtown Red Bank with the traditional Holiday Express outdoor concert on Black Friday.

tim-grinch-band-rblightingCharlie Brown, Ralphie, Rudolph – not a one ever concerned himself with the concept of “Black Friday” in their day. And when Red Bank celebrates its annual Holiday Express concert and Town Lighting this Friday night, it will do so with a curious new mission: to take back the purity, and the sanctity, of Black Friday.

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RED BANK: COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE

TasteCocktailsThe popular lounge at Taste is the setting for a Wednesday evening of food and drink specialties dedicated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth.

Red Bank Cocktail Week may have come and gone, but this Wednesday evening the popular bar at Taste in the Galleria will mix up a special one-night-only promotion, designed to help one of eastern Monmouth’s longest-established youth-oriented nonprofits fund its ongoing slate of recreational and cultural programs for area kids.

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