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#HipNJ’s Weekend Report: July 21st-23rd

It’s that time of week again! #HipNJ has your weekend recap on the hottest events happening around the Tri-State area. From the ultimate girls night out to the ultimate celebration of corn, this weekend was a busy one for the #GardenState!

 


29th Annual LBIF Fine Art Festival- Loveladies, NJ 

This weekend the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences (LBIF) held the 29th annual LBIF Fine Art Festival! Attendees were able lend their support to local artisans and enjoy a weekend-long celebration of art.  Paintings, photographs, sculptures, metalwork, digital art and mixed media art were all available for purchase at the event! 

 

even the youngest are having a great time at the fair! 😘 #4-h #fair2014 #facepainting

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Morris County 4-H Fair- Chester, NJ 

Morris County also contributed to making NJ fun this weekend! From July 19th-July 23rd, the town of Chester hosted the Morris County 4-H Fair.  The fair showcased the many achievements of Morris County 4-H members while also providing a weekend of family fun for the community! This event had everything from live music to delicious food to hot air balloon rides!  


Fun Girls Night Out- Paramus, NJ 

Bergen County hosted the ultimate #JerseyGirl’s night out this weekend!  The Terrace in Paramus, NJ was transformed into the ultimate social shopping destination! Attendees were able to shop the latest styles while grabbing a bite to eat and sipping on fine wines.  There was also a live DJ, a photo booth and “pink carpet paparazzi”.  All in all, Bergen county truly provided the community with every girls dream #GNO

 

Got myself in a bit of trouble @ #bayonnerenaissancefestival #stockades

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The Bayonne Renaissance Festival- Bayonne, NJ  

Bayonne kicked it old style this weekend by hosting The Bayonne Renaissance Festival! Even the most die-hard Shakespeare fans surely found their fix at this event.  Attendees were able to enjoy entertainment, weapons demos, sonnet readings, Shakespeare productions, Princess Tea Parties and artisan crafters!  


Rockin’ For the Barnyard Benefit Concert- Hope, NJ  

Hope, NJ rocked out for a good cause this weekend by hosting the Rockin’ For the Barnyard Benefit Concert! On top of providing top-notch musical performances, the event featured yummy Vegan food, wine, beer and desserts! All proceeds from the event were donated to the Barnyard Sanctuary, an organization committed to animal protection! 

Corntastic Weekend- East Rutherford, NJ 

Bergen County also hosted the ultimate celebration of all things corn this weekend!  This Corntastic Weekend featured free grilled ears of corn for all guests and a corn-eating contest! Participants were able to try their luck at winning the first place prize of $500 by seeing how much corn they could eat in 3 minutes! Attendees were also able to participate in Corn Carrying and a Corn Husking Contest. 

Food Truck Festival at the Hermitage- Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 

This Saturday also marked the Hermitage Museum’s 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival! This event provided fun for the whole family, with craft beer, lives bands and fun activities for the kids! Not only this, but the event was thrown to benefit the Hermitage Museum, a historic house that is a source of great community pride. 

Inside The Wedding Taylor Swift Crashed (HipNJ Exclusive)

By Kenneth Barilari

Earlier this week, we told you about how Taylor Swift surprised a lucky New Jersey couple at their wedding, giving a surprise performance and taking photos with guests.

Taylor Wedding

Now, #HipNJ has an exclusive inside look, thanks to the Brant Beach Yacht Club in Ship Bottom.

We had the opportunity to speak with Michele Kondash, the Club’s Assistant General Manager, about the occasion from the venue’s perspective.

Just a quick recap: Taylor surprised the couple, Max Singer and Kenya Smith, after receiving a letter from the groom’s sister, Ali. The idea came after the passing of Max’s mother. Max and Kenya held a private ceremony in his mother’s hospital room so she could see her son get married. “Blank Space” was the soundtrack to their mother-son dance. Ali wrote about this in the letter and asked if Swift would attend the wedding.

We found out that Taylor’s attendance was not just a surprise for Max and Kenya. The venue did not know she was coming either! All they were told is that someone would be coming to surprise the couple. They assumed that it would be a relative or someone special the couple hasn’t seen in a while and wasn’t expecting to come.

brant1When she did find out that the mysterious special guest was superstar Taylor Swift, Michele was in shock and disbelief. “It’s not every day your favorite artist shows up to your work,” she said.

Not being aware of the superstar’s plan to attend meant that there were no special accommodations to make and no secret to keep.

When Taylor stepped into the venue, she greeted the staff members and shook their hands. Michele went on to say that the singer “was very sweet and nice.”

brantweddingWhen asked what Taylor’s coming meant to the venue, she stated that the Club as a whole is “just honored and proud that she was here and created such an amazing memory for the couple.”

So, what exactly did Taylor add to the couple’s special day? “When it comes to weddings or any milestone life event, there’s nothing more heartbreaking than someone you love not being there on your day,” Michele said. “I can’t speak on behalf of Max and Kenya, but I think this surprise was a pretty special silver lining.”

As far as the influence it will have on the venue’s future, “We definitely now have one heck of a story!”

brantlogoiBrant Beach Yacht Club was founded in 1947. It is an ideal venue for private parties, such as weddings, reunions or corporate events. It is well regarded for many reasons including sailing programs, regattas, social activities and charitable endeavors. To learn more, head over to their website.

Taylor Swift Crashes New Jersey Wedding

By Kenneth Barilari

A New Jersey couple got the surprise of a lifetime at their wedding on Saturday.

Taylor Swift surprised newlyweds Max Singer and Kenya Smith by showing up to their wedding and serenading them with an acoustic version of her hit song “Blank Space.”

Max’s sister Ali had contacted Swift months back asking the singer if she would attend the wedding. The idea came after the passing of her and Max’s mother. Max and Kenya held a private ceremony in his mother’s hospital room so she could be present for his wedding. “Blank Space” was the soundtrack to their mother-son dance.

The wedding took place at Brant Beach Yacht Club in Ship Bottom, New Jersey.

Guests have taken to Twitter and Facebook to post videos of the superstar performing at the reception.


Swift took time to pose for photographs with the bride and groom, as well as their families.


The singer even posted some of the photos on her official Instagram page.

Third wheel ?

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Congratulations Max and Kenya!!

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Swift gave the couple a personalized card with her lyrics “So it’s gonna be forever,” written in watercolors and the wedding date underneath. Surrounding the lyrics is a floral circle, with the names of the bride and groom on each side.


The wedding’s DJ Mike Klebacher took to Facebook to share his feelings about the singer’s attendance. “I’m so happy for our wedding couple, and am enamored for Taylor doing this for such a great reason. Wow!” he said.

Brant Beach Yacht Club shared on Facebook, “We always knew BBYC weddings were special.” They then congratulated the newlyweds.

Thanks to Taylor, this couple’s special day became even more magical. It’s a love story, and Taylor Swift just said yes.