Where’s YDKJ This Week? – September 9th – September 15th

by Alice Magdziak • September 8, 2017 • EventsComments (0)1309

Want to know where we’re going each week so you can join us?  We get invited to events, hear about fun exhibits and are interested in lots of different places all the time.  Here’s what is on our radar this week. We can’t guarantee that we’ll go to all these places but there’s a good chance we’ll be at some of them.  Support local arts or get outside and do something with us!

Sourland Spectacular 2017

Saturday, September 9th, Otto Kaufman Community Center, Skillman

It’s a hill – get over it! Sourland region residents and hard-core cyclists from the tri-state area are well aware of the punishing routes of the Sourland Conservancy’s annual bicycle rally fundraiser, the Sourland Spectacular. Cyclists who complete the legendary climbs earn legitimate bragging rights – and a homemade brownie sundae!  This year, the committee has mapped out four traditional Sourland region routes to challenge riders of all levels: 26.9 miles, 35.9 miles, 52.7 miles and the 65.4 miles. The longest of these, the Metric Century, includes a total of 3,275 feet of climbing.

Cyclists will choose their preferred course and plan their own ride start accordingly. The event begins at 7:00am, but riders may start as late as 10:00. Bagel Barn Bagels will greet the early riders. All participants will plan their rides to end between 11:00am and 1:00pm to enjoy a delicious food truck lunch courtesy of The Thai Elephant Truck and New World Pizza & Cafe. For dessert, riders will enjoy the event’s famous homemade brownie sundae with ice cream provided by the bent spoon and topped with Sourland Spectacular Secret Chocolate Sauce. Lunch, snacks and SAG services are included in the registration fee. Bathroom facilities, water and snacks will be available at rest stops along the route.  Riders will follow cue sheets that are available online at http://www.sourlandspectacular.com/routes/ and at registration. Temporary arrows will be affixed to the roads, marking every turn. The four traditional routes are marked using different colored arrows.

Event registration is open now. Visit http://www.sourlandspectacular.com/tickets/  Proceeds benefit the Sourland Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protect, promote and preserve the Sourland Mountain region – 90 square miles of forest, wetlands and grasslands, home to many endangered and threatened plant and animal species, and a critical stopover for migratory birds. Covering parts of seven municipalities and three counties within the heavily developed central corridor of New Jersey, the Sourlands region is also rich in opportunities for human recreation, refuge and renewal, with hiking trails and historic sites.   The sixth annual Sourland spectacular will begin and end at the Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ – rain or shine – on September 9, 2017 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Parking will be available across the street at Montgomery High School. For more information, call the Sourland Conservancy at 609-309-5155, email info@sourland.org or visit the event website at www.sourlandspectacular.com

Ocean Grove Giant Fall Flea Market

Saturday, September 9th, Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove

340+ vendors – Free Admission – From the Great Auditorium to the Ocean

Chester Fall Craft Show

Saturday and Sunday, September 9th and 10th, Municipal Field, Chester

Annual Handmade Craft Show! Experience a wide variety of handmade, artisan items. Crafts, antiques, home furnishings, specialty items and more this event hosts the regions premier artists.

3rd Annual NJ Taco Festival

Saturday, September 9th, Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta

The Premier Taco Party of New Jersey. We will have the BEST Taco Restaurants, Lucha Wrestling, Mariachi, Live Music, Margarita Tents, Craft Beer & More Fun For The Whole Family.

Rent Party Family Picnic

Saturday, September 9th at noon, Maplecrest Park, Maplewood

A day-long celebration of all things Rent Party! 11 great bands. Very cool vendors. All in the friendly confines of Maplecrest Park… It’s all free and it’s family friendly. We hope to see you there.

Shadow Of The City: Bleachers & More

Sunday, September 10th at noon, Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park

RAIN OR SHINE EVENT ALL AGE SHOW GATES 12:00 PM $1 per ticket will be donated to The Ally Coalition, an organization that raises awareness in support of homeless LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ equality. http://theallycoalition.org/

Crane Park Demonstration Garden Tour

Sunday, September 10th at 1pm, Crane Park, Montclair

The NEEC and Friends of Crane Park are pleased to invite you to see the Crane Park Demonstration Garden and share with you our future plans. We will be conducting a guided garden tour on Sunday, September 10, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Come and see the new plantings and learn about pollinators and native plants. We will also harvest the first vegetables from the edible garden.

Accidental Seabirds // Dan Blakeselee (RI) // Francis Lombardi

Thursday, September 14th at 8pm, The Asbury, Asbury Park

Dan Blakeslee (hailing from Providence, RI) joins us for a very special evening in Soundbooth, The Asbury Hotel’s live music venue and lobby bar. Joining Dan will be the Accidental Seabirds doing a special full band acoustic show, and Francis Lombardi.  Music starts at 8PM: 8PM Francis Lombardi; 9PM Dan Blakeslee; 10PM Accidental Seabirds

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