ON THE GREEN: EAT YOUR HEART OUT, LOVER

021015 carlos bakery heartCarrie Zensinger shows off one of the several heart-shaped cakes available at Carlo’s Bakery in Red Bank, above. ArtSea Gallery in Sea Bright carries chocolate Kewpie dolls, below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

020715 artsea chocolate cupidWith the approach of Valentines Day, the heart swells – especially for those foodies who like their treats in the shape of a heart.

And there are plenty to set culinary hearts a-flutter, as PieHole discovered earlier this week on a tour of the Greater Red Bank Green in search of heart-shaped foods and desserts.

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RED BANK: CARRIAGE RIDES & LIVE MUSIC

112914 horseride3112914 horserideHorse-drawn-carriage rides returned for the Christmas season in downtown Red Bank last Saturday as excited children waited to greet the horse himself, who goes by the name of Prince.

Prince will be out every Saturday through December 20, from noon to 3 p.m., buoyed along his route by Holiday Harmonies, a mix of traditional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz & blues musicians presented by Red Bank RiverCenter. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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FORGET WINE: BRING A RAFTER OF TURKEYS

111514 rbchocolate3A five-pound milk chocolate cornucopia filled with chocolate goodies at the Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe. Shop owner Amy Dunfee, below. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

111514 rbchocolate2Need an impressive host’s gift for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Forget the traditional wine and flowers. Wow them with some unexpected handcrafted chocolates.

Better still, bring a rafter of turkeys (yup, that’s what they call a group of turkeys) in dark and milk chocolate from the of Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe. And if you really want to knock their socks off, spring for the chocolate-filled horn of plenty.

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LEGO OF 2012 THIS WEEKEND

ls-legoLittle Silver residents will once again take on the challenge of rendering their town in Legos Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Pardee; click to enlarge)

For the final weekend of the year, some amusements and diversions…

Friday, December 28

RED BANK: Two River Theater hosts a performance of “A Wind in the Willows Christmas” at 12 p.m. and features Grammy-winning Nashville songsmith (and ex-NFL player) Mike Reid in this new take on the adventures of Mr. Toad, Badger, Mole and company. Adult tickets $50-55, 18 and under $25. Repeat performances Saturday and Sunday, also at 12. 21 Bridge Avenue.

RED BANK: Free yoga session at the Red Bank Public Library at 1 p.m. by Amy Richardson. No registration required, bring your own mat. 84 West Front Street.

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WEEKEND: CHRISTMAS CONCERTS AND SHOWS

Michael Davidman, who’s now all of 15 years old, comes to the Monmouth Conservatory of Music on Saturday.

With Christmas little more than a week away, there’s a full weekend of holiday events all around the Green…

Friday, December 14

FAIR HAVEN: The First Floors House Tour, put on by the PTA, is both a fundraiser for the Fair Haven School District, as well as a collection for Hurricane Sandy donations by Sandy Family Match. Eight Haven homes will be open to tours between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and will each feature cuisine samplings from local eateries. Tickets ($50) will be available for purchase at 248 Kemp Avenue and 85 Grange Avenue. No children allowed.

RED BANK: Free yoga session at the Red Bank Public Library at 1 p.m. by Amy Richardson. No registration required, bring your own mat. 84 West Front Street.

RED BANK: Two River Theater hosts a preview performance of “A Wind in the Willows Christmas” at 7 p.m. and features Grammy-winning Nashville songsmith (and ex-NFL player) Mike Reid in this new take on the adventures of Mr. Toad, Badger, Mole and company. Adult tickets $50-55, 18 and under $25. Repeat performances Saturday at 12 and 7, Sunday at 12. 21 Bridge Avenue.

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A ROCKIN’ START TO THE SEASON

Thousands of celebrants are expected to pack Broad Street in Red Bank for the Holiday Express concert and tree lighting Friday night. (Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Just as your post-Thanksgiving torpor has begun to set in, the brand-new holiday season gets a spirited start in Red Bank with a celebration of sight and sound Friday night.

It’s time for the 19th annual Holiday Express concert and tree lighting, which includes a Santa parade, dancing and a display of lights – all on tap starting at 5:30 p.m.

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READY TO HATCH IN RUMSON

easter-eggs1Residents of a home on River Road in Rumson home are either ready for Easter or have a serious a hankering for omelettes. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

FREE HOLIDAY PARKING TAKES EFFECT

rb-meterRed Bank has waived fees for parking in municipal lots through December 26, as per a request from RiverCenter, and the traditional moratorium went into effect Friday afternoon. Let the shopping begin! (Click to enlarge)

LIGHTS UP FOR HOME DECORATING CONTEST

holiday-lightsA house on Drs. James Parker Boulevard done up for the holidays. Below, a Hudson Avenue residence.

For Red Bank homeowners with a taste for holiday season displays, it’s time. Gotta to get out those ladders and tangled strands of twinklers from the cellar this weekend.

The second annual borough-hosted home decorating contest goes into the judge phase starting Monday.

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A BIT OF FROSTY ON THE WINDOW

harry-scanlonDressed-for-the-weather sign painter Harry Scanlon of Fair Haven dresses up the windows at the New Corner Restaurant in Red Bank on Thursday. (Click to enlarge)

Whoa! Temperatures in the twenties! It’s beginning to feel a lot like Hanukkah (or, if you prefer, Chanukah)— which begins at sundown tonight.

Temps fell below 30 this morning, and will do so overnight tonight and Saturday night. Daytime temperatures will get just above freezing today and hover in the mid-30s tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the full seven-day forecast for our area:

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