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2016 Paper Mill Playhouse Gala

The Paper Mill Playhouse of Millburn celebrated its 78th season with its annual Paper Mill Playhouse Gala, and #HipNJ was there for it all!

The Paper Mill Playhouse is a large regional theater known for staging shows, both new and old. It also serves as an established educational facility for aspiring actors.

Recently at the Hilton Short Hills, the Paper Mill team and guests gathered for a night of entertainment and celebration. Alongside #HipNJ, those in attendance included Paper Mill Board of Trustees member Carolyn Ferolito, Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and Thomas Kean, the 48th Governor of New Jersey.

The gala was sold out (as it usually is!) making it Paper Mill’s largest fundraiser of the season. One major achievement that was celebrated was the successful adaption of “A Bronx Tale,” initially just a play, into a musical. Credit was given to the creative team, also in attendance, behind the production.

The Paper Mill Playhouse also recently announced that it has received a Tony Award for its successes as a regional theater. This was also recognized and the award will be presented to the playhouse at the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12.

To learn more about the experiences and opportunities available at the Paper Mill Playhouse, log onto PaperMill.org.

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

By: Andrea Fasciano

The lethargic winter months have finally cleared out of New Jersey and the months that we all scream for ice cream have finally arrived! To kick off the much anticipated warm weather, we celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream day on June 7th. Here are some fabulous ice cream parlors around the Garden State to help you observe and celebrate this day!

1. Van Dyk’s Ice Cream, Ridgewood New Jersey

 

Checking out the new hood the best way we know how ? #mdw2016

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2. Conrad’s Confectionery

 

Make today super, with our Super Sundae! You can pick your choice of ice cream and topping! ?? #conradsconfectionery #icecream #sundae #delicious

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3. Cookman Creamery, Asbury Park New Jersey

 

Our newest vegan flavor: THIN MINT COOKIE! #vegan #thinmint #icecream #vegansofig #whatveganseat #chocolate

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Vegan Mochaccino soft serve on a gluten-free cone #asburypark #cookmancreamery #veganicecream #mochaccino #glutenfree

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4. Ice Cream Charlie’s, Rutherford New Jersey

 

Enjoying chocolate chocolate chip ice cream

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5. Petrucci’s Dairy Barn in Piscataway, New Jersey

 

There’s layers to this ish. #HappyNationalIceCreamDay #chocolate #bam #simplicity @petruccis_inside_scoop

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6. South Street Creamery & Cafe in Morristown New Jersey

 

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7. Four Boys Ice Cream Shop in Englishtown New Jersey

 

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8. OWowCow Creamery in Lambertville, New Jersey

 

We go together like Sweet Honey Cream and I Hate Chocolate ❤️?❤️?❤️?

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It’s a love/hate relationship. {feat. our classic #ihatechocolate}

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Things To Do In Bergen County On Sunday

By Kenneth Barilari

If you live in Bergen County, you know the struggle of finding something to do on Sunday. Thanks to the Blue Laws, laws designed to prohibit certain types of commercial activities on Sundays, many places are closed. So, #HipNJ has decided to put together a list of things for you Bergen County folks to do on a Sunday.

1. Visit Overpeck County Park (Leonia)
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2. Paint your own ceramics at Color Me Mine (Ridgewood, NJ)
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3. Visit Medieval Times (Lyndhurst)
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4. Go rock climbing at High Exposure Rock Climbing, Ninja Warrior & Parkour (Northvale)
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5. See a movie at Garden State Plaza (Paramus)
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6. Eat at White Manna Hamburgers, which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Hackensack)
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7. Get some ice cream at Kilwins (Ridgewood)
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8. Go for a hike at Ramapo Valley County Reservation (Mahwah)
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9. Visit the Bergen County Zoo (Paramus)
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10. Relax at The Fountain Spa (Ramsey)

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11. Go bowling at Holiday Bowl (Oakland)
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12. Go ice skating at the Ice House (Hackensack)
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13. Play a round of Monster Mini Golf (Paramus)
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14. Go horseback riding at the Saddle Ridge Riding Center (Franklin Lakes)
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15. Go to the Farmer’s Market (Fort Lee)
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16. Stay home and watch some Netflix
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We hope this list helps make your Sundays a little more exciting. Enjoy!

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