Special Events

First Saturday

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Free Tours – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month at 1 Memorial Lane in Holmdel (off Garden State Parkway Exit 116). Free tours of the Museum and Memorial, led by volunteer Vietnam veteran tour guides. Visitors will get the unique opportunity to experience history with those who actually lived it. The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifice, courage, and valor of Vietnam veterans and encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam era, including the political, historical, social, cultural, and military aspects that affected the United States and especially New Jersey. Visit www.njvvmf.org or call (732) 335-0033.

September 11 through October 5

World Premiere of “Dinner with the Boys” by Dan Lauria – at the New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway in Long Branch. Dan Lauria, star of TV’s The Wonder Years and Sullivan & Son as well as Broadway’s Lombardi and the hit musical A Christmas Story, pens a killer comedy about a couple of old-time wise guys who just want to have a good Italian meal, a few laughs, and tie up some loose ends before dessert. The cast includes Dan Lauria, Ray Abruzzo, who played Little Carmine Lupertazzi for four seasons on The Sopranos, and Richard Zavaglia, veteran of stage and screen, who has appeared in such films as Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Previews on September 11, 12, and 13 and opening night reception on September 13; regular performance schedule through October 5. Tickets are $42 for adults; previews $35; opening night with reception $60. Discounts available to seniors (65+), full-time students (13-25), active duty veterans, and groups of 10 or more. Visit www.njrep.org or call (732) 229-3166.

September 14

Third Annual Taste of Atlantic Highlands – 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. This popular event offers a unique opportunity to sample cuisine from at least 14 wonderful Atlantic Highlands restaurants and food specialty shops in one enjoyable afternoon. Guests will find that the beauty of this historic waterfront town and its burgeoning food scene will combine to provide a feast for the senses. In addition to a great range of culinary options, the town’s retail shops will also have their doors open to welcome guests for browsing and more, including raffle entries, door prizes, and live entertainment. This variety guarantees something for every palate and interest. Attendees are welcome to stroll or can opt for a free shuttle ride on a classic trolley or limo bus, circulating continuously via scenic Ocean Boulevard and stopping at all participating businesses. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any participating restaurant or business, or online using PayPal at the Chamber website, www.atlantichighlands.org/events/taste. Children under age 12 are free. The first 500 tickets sold will include a special tote bag and token redeemable at any participating business at a later date. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, September 21.

September 20

Third Annual Open Space Pace – beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Hall of Records, Main Street in Freehold. Experience the majesty, tradition, pageantry, and culture of New Jersey’s state animal, the horse, during a free fun-filled day of demonstrations, exhibits, education, music, and more, all aimed at raising awareness of the relationship between horse farms, horse racing, and the preservation of open space through an annual parade and festival. The all-day event begins with a festive and colorful parade of horses from the Hall of Records to Freehold Raceway. At the track, activities will begin with an opening ceremony. A petting zoo, educational exhibits, equine and agricultural displays, horse races, a mare and foal exhibit, a blacksmiths contest, food trucks, a concert, and fireworks will fill the day of family fun. This year’s parade grand marshal is Dr. Karyn Malinowski, director of The Rutgers Equine Science Center. The parade will feature the Freehold High School Marching Band, the Wells Fargo Stage Coach, and over 70 New Jersey horses and riders from numerous equine organizations, many in costume. Spectators are welcome to follow the parade to the racetrack. The day will end with a concert by The Eddie Testa Band, followed by The Nerds. Fireworks will close out the festivities. The non-profit event raises funds from sponsorships, ad journal sales, tailgate space sales, and vendor both sales. Contact Brett Taft at (732) 577-4059 or visit www.openspacepace.org.

October 4

Monmouth County Concours d’Elegance to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hop Brook Farm, Holmdel Road in Holmdel. Automobile collectors and aficionados from the tri‐state area and beyond will gather for this special charity event, featuring a display of over 135 antique automobiles and motorcycles. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, an organization making a positive difference in the lives of children through impactful one-on-one mentoring. Set amidst neatly rowed cornfields, manicured lawns, and an 18th-century farmhouse, this is considered by many to be the premier automobile event in the state, featuring an artful exhibition of pristine motorcars from 1900 to 1974, including notable Duesenbergs, Packards, and Lincolns. From hundreds of entries, the finest automobiles are carefully chosen based on elegance, style, and overall beauty. After a public showing and “French” judging, the Concours Grand Finale takes place, with winning automobiles parading down “Victory Lane” to the cheers of hundreds of appreciative spectators. A Concours fashion show, featuring men, women, and children in the latest fall styles, is another popular feature of this family event, open to the general public. There will also be a food court. The $10 admission fee is a tax‐deductible donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free. Spectator parking is provided at no cost, courtesy of Vonage. For more information, visit www.monmouthcountyconcours.com.