August 2014 Special Events

August 6

Summer Shorts Film Festival – 7:15 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI), 171 Ridge Road in Rumson. Do you love short films? Dramas? Documentaries? Comedies? The Summer Shorts program will feature a lineup of award-winning short films, including Jewish Film Festival favorites such as the 2014 Oscar Award winner for best documentary short subject. The run time for the program is 90 minutes. The program is geared for adults. Members and non-members of CBI are welcome. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Movie snacks and drinks will be provided. For information, visit or call (732) 842-1800, ext. 203.

August 13

Monmouth Civic Chorus Summer Sing – 7:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 112 Middletown Road in Holmdel. The Monmouth Civic Chorus invites singers to a Summer Sing of Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. The admission fee of $5 at the door includes refreshments and score loan. No advance reservations are needed. Elijah is a masterpiece, last performed by the Monmouth Civic Chorus in 2000, which tells the story of the Biblical prophet. Choral music lovers will recognize classic choruses like “He is watching over Israel” and “Lift thine eyes.” The event includes chorus member soloists and piano accompaniment, under the baton of MCC artistic director Dr. Ryan Brandau. Singers are also invited to audition for the Monmouth Civic Chorus’ 2014-2015 season. Audition appointments are available on Wednesday evenings in Red Bank beginning in September. For information, call (732) 933-9333 or visit

August 16

Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast “Paint It Forward” Art Exhibition and Sale – 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club, 65 Ocean Avenue in Monmouth Beach. A special art exhibition and sale to benefit Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest nonprofit social service agency, “Paint It Forward” will feature more than 150 original works from 30 local artists, many of whom are nationally known for their plein air work. Proceeds from the event will help support FCS’s 11 diverse programs and services, from homelessness prevention and childhood literacy to home care and adult protective services. Based at the Jersey Shore, the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast is a group of artists that likes to work “en plein air,” a term that is used to describe painting that is done outdoors. Started in 2003 with a handful of local artists, the organization now has more than 50 painter members and continues to grow each year, with members often painting as a group, drawing inspiration from the varied seascapes and landscapes that make up the Jersey Coast. Many of their works will be available for sale. Tickets are $55 and include wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. Casual beach club attire required. For information, call (732) 222-911 or email To purchase tickets online, visit

August 20

Monmouth County Federation of Republican Women Summer Wine & Cheese Party – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at a beautiful oceanfront home in Spring Lake. Many elected officials will be there, with updates on their official activities and campaigns. Due to space limitations, this event will be by pre-paid reservation only. For more information, contact event committee chair Tristan Nelsen at (732) 895-0221 or

August 23

Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival – 12:00 to 9:30 p.m. on the Great Lawn at the Promenade, 1 Cooper Avenue in Long Branch. Free event right on the ocean during the best days of summer, featuring a live music stage, crafters, kids’ activities, and fireworks. For information, visit

Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dorbrook Recreation Area, 209 County Road 537 East in Colts Neck. Browse the vendors at this outdoor market sponsored by the Monmouth County Park System for that one-of-a-kind item you did not even think you needed! For information, visit or call (732) 542-1642, ext. 31.

August 29 through 31

St. George’s-by-the-River Third Annual Canterbury Art Show – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on August 29, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on August 30, and 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on August 31 at St. George’s-by-the-River Church, 7 Lincoln Avenue in Rumson. Featuring works by more than 80 artists, this “Tapestry of the Arts” is a premier local exhibition and sale of juried and non-juried artwork for hundreds of attendees. A special Meet the Artists reception will be held on Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Each year, more than 600 works by artists from all over New Jersey and beyond are displayed and sold. All proceeds directly benefit the church and its outreach grants to more than 30 local agencies serving the needy of Monmouth and Ocean counties, including Lunch Break, Family Promise, HABcore, 180 Turning Lives Around, and more. This year’s jury will include well-known local artists and gallery owners. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the door each day. Daytime show tickets are $10 each and are good for all days of the show. Tickets to the Friday Meet the Artists reception are $40 in advance and $50 at the door and include wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert, plus free entry to the show every day. For more information, visit, email, or call Beth Sherrard at (732) 383-7465 or Denise Weiner at (732) 471-8512.