NOT QUITE BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

dancers1-0607101Dancers from the Kathryn Barnett School of Dance in Red Bank traded their Uggs and flipflops for Capezios as they gathered for a group photo at nearby Riverside Gardens Park yesterday.

dancers2-060710The dancers, aged 8 to 18 and members of the school’s ‘Traveling Troupe,’ won a dance competition last month and donated their $1,625 in prize money to pop music act Holiday Express, which gives charity concerts throughout New Jersey between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. (Click to enlarge)

SIGHTS & SOUNDS FROM HOLIDAY LIGHT-UP

Here’s a video of the Holiday Express concert and downtown lighting event in Red Bank Friday night.

Thanks to Jeff Linkous of Art-Linked Letters, who shot and edited this baby for redbankgreen.

If you haven’t seen our photo slideshow from the event, that’s right here.

A NIGHT ILLUMINATED BY SMILES… AND HATS

Yes, the traditional Holiday Express concert and illumination of downtown Red Bank combined once again to make for a great-sounding and dazzling extravaganza Friday night.

But it might be said that the real scene-stealers were the hats. With the wind whipping and temperatures dropping to the low 40s, Riverview Medical employees were out there giving away free pairs of knit gloves. But what about the all-important noggin? If you couldn’t have a kid sitting on your shoulders, the second-best way to keep your head warm was a stylish chapeau, perhaps with a trim of fur or a sprout of antlers.

As always, redbankgreen was there to thoroughly document the event, and culled this grouping of 75 shots from the hundreds taken. Enjoy, folks. And please let your friends know you saw them here.

To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.

DOWNTOWN READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP

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Unadorned, but not for long, this year’s holiday tree awaits its big moment in the courtyard of the Dublin House restaurant on Monmouth Street earlier this week.

One of the biggest, and certainly the jolliest, events of the year returns to Red Bank for its 16th edition Friday evening.

We’re talking about the hard-to-name series of mini-spectacles that begin with a Santa Claus-accompanied train ride into town, gather steam with a parade down Monmouth Street, go all sparkly with downtown tree lighting and culminate with the chummiest R&B-inflected outdoor holiday singalong money can buy.

And it’s all free.

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