Click “read more” to see additional fair photos. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The spring edition of the Red Bank Street Fair returns this Sunday, when the downtown is transformed into a merry midway for the benefit of the PBA Local 39. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)
[CORRECTION: The original version of this post reported that the spring Street Fair benefits the volunteer fire department, when in fact it’s for the Police Benevolent Association. The fire department fair is held in the fall. redbankgreen regrets the error.]
It’s a strolling/rolling smorgasbord of eat-on-the-go “fair fare,” a merry midway of rides, games and activities for the kiddies, and a bustling bazaar of retailers, crafters and service merchants. Even if the majority of vendors aren’t local, proceeds go to the worthiest of hyper-local causes: the charitable works of Red Bank Police Benevolent Association Local 39.
Is it a last-tango taste of that warm-weather interlude marked by Riverfests and Sidewalk Sales and music/movies in the park? Or, is it an early harbinger of that autumnal season of Oysterfests and Halloween Parades and Town Lighting singalongs?
The world may truly never get to the bottom of that controversy — but rather than brooding about it, why not enjoy the moment and stroll on over to the Red Bank Street Fair, the annual block party benefit for the Red Bank Fire Department that pitches its tents this Sunday, September 7. Between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm, the northernmost blocks of Broad Street and the easternmost portion of Monmouth Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and commandeered by an event that promises “over 200 artists, crafters and vendors including many of your favorites.”
In the acclaimed stage show An Evening with Groucho, the actor-director gets to be all that and more, as his spot-on channeling of the classic comic force of nature Groucho Marx comes to the Count Basie Theatre for the first time. Performed with piano accompaniment, minimal set and trademark makeup, the 90-minute, all-ages friendly tour de farce mixes canonical Marxist quotes, anecdotes from a life in show business, signature silly songs (“Hooray for Captain Spalding,” “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady”), and — in a bracingly contemporary touch — an interactive element that finds Ferrante/Groucho duckwalking the theater aisles. “Fully one-third of it is improvised,” says Ferrante. “That’s what Groucho’s magic was, really – the ability to create comedy on the spot.” Get your tickets ($19 – $49) right here — and when you take it ’round the corner for more Weekender wonderment, tell ’em Groucho sent you.