ON THE GREEN: LINEUP FOR A JINGLY WEEKEND

A horse named Prince makes his way down Broad Street during the 2011 holiday season. Horse-powered carriage rides resume on Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, November 30
MIDDLETOWN: Each year, Poricy Park Nature Conservancy hosts a seasonal shop with the help of a volunteer staff. Entering its 25th season, the handcrafted holiday craft shop runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 2. Items for sale include all homemade quilts, jewelry, ornaments, jams and jellies and more. Kids can also get their picture taken with Santa for a small fee. 345 Oak Hill Road.

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

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COFFEE WITH A KICK

It’s not often that you see a horse on busy Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank. But when a business is called the Coffee Corral and the back forty is fenced by split rail, well… Owner Russ Crosson’s daughter Courtlyn stopped by for a visit Tuesday with Meet My Hero, her 9-year-old former thoroughbred racer.

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KEEPING BUCK AND VIOLET COOL AND CLEAN

3:20 p.m.: Pudgie Conroy feeding Violet, a calf, at Sheep’s Run farm on Rumson Road in Rumson. (Photos by Connor ‘Solstice’ Soltas. Click to enlarge)

“Okay, Stinky. That’s it.”

The one-year-old calf’s name is Violet. But to Pudgie Conroy, a Middletown native turned full-time stable tenant in Rumson, calling her bovine charge “Stinky” – not to mention “muddy” and  “sweaty” – on the year’s hottest afternoon yet works just as well.

Said Conroy, “I feed Violet once a day, but I’ve been cutting her back little-by-little because she’s a year old now and doesn’t need as much.”

Once Violet’s milk bottle is drained, Conroy heads to the stables to shower Buck, a horse.
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HOOFING IT ACROSS THE OCEANIC

wagon-2wagon-1While boating on the Navesink River Sunday, Mike McMahon of Little Silver spotted a caravan of six or eight coaches, each drawn by a team of four horses and carrying passengers done up in historical finery, thundering across the Oceanic Bridge from Middletown to Rumson Sunday. McMahon says panels were laid over the open steel grating of the drawbridge section to enable the horses to cross.

Anyone know what this was all about? (Photos by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)