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NYC PRIDE

Weekend Recap: June 22-24

Too busy to attend some great events over the weekend? That’s ok because #HipNJ has the weekend recap scoop on what you missed!

NYC pride

NYC PRIDE PARADE JUNE 24

The Parade is a celebration of the lives associated with the LGBTQ+ community. This year, grand marshals included Billie Jean King, Lambda Legal, Tyler Ford, and Kenita Placide, who made this years NYC Pride Parade one to remember. The theme of this year’s Pride Parade was “Defiantly Different.” There was also a total of 80 floats and tens of thousands of marchers there supporting the community.

BRADLEY BEACH LOBSTERFEST JUNE 23-24

The Bradly Beach Lobsterfest was a free event which had six bands and an emcee as well a DJ. After dancing and singing people could  enjoy a nice cold beverage from one of the 180 craft and specialty beer vendors. A large beer and wine garden was also available. For the children’s activities, there were water slides, rides, face painters and sand art activities.

WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND

WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND JUNE 23

New Jersey‘s finest wineries were back for a weekend of elegant wine tasting! Some of the area’s best chocolatiers and dessert vendors also joined the event for the sweet tooth lovers. This year an indoor “Chocolate Lounge” and dessert area was incorporated into the event, and was expanded throughout the Grandstand  so there would be easier navigation.

ATLANTIC CITY FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

ATLANTIC CITY FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL JUNE 23 – 24

The Annual Brighton Park Food Truck Festival was at The Claridge this year, a Radisson Hotel. People could enjoy the start of the summer with food trucks, beer & bands! Guests were able to sample a range of culinary dishes from American comfort food to seafood, barbecue, desserts, and more from the area’s top food trucks!

SOMERVILLE CRAFT BEER FEST 2018

SOMERVILLE CRAFT BEER FEST 2018 JUNE 23 – 24

The Summerville Craft Beer Festival allowed guests to come from all over and try beer from N.J.’s top brewers. There was live music throughout the festival while separate activities occurred. There were sip and paint classes, dunk tank for charity and this years first giant beer pong tournament!

BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY BEER FESTIVAL

BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY BEER FESTIVAL JUNE 23

Adults were able to sample craft beers from breweries throughout the Garden State. Guests that attended the Beer Festival were able to tour the Battleship, rock to music from the Cabin Dogs and enjoy some great pub food! The General Session went from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, guests got a VIP option which allowed guests to attend at 12 p.m. VIP guests were also able to sample some special brews and meet the breweries.

32ND ANNUAL RED WHITE & BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

32ND ANNUAL RED WHITE & BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL JUNE 24

The 32nd Annual Red White & Blueberry festival featured live music, kiddie rides, a huge classic car show, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, and jugglers. The event also featured all blueberry type foods such as pie, muffins, fresh berries, lemonade and even a blueberry pie eating contest. Furthermore, the blueberry themed food seems fitting as it was held in blueberry capital of the world!

Toys ‘R’ Us Giraffe Finds a New Home in New Jersey Children’s Hospital

The 16-foot tall statue of Geoffrey the Giraffe is being moved from the Toys ‘R’ Us headquarters in Wayne to a New Jersey children’s hospital, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

Joseph Malfitano, whose Malfitano Partners advised Toys ‘R’ Us in the sale of its assets, searched for a children’s hospital willing to take the statue in. Now, Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick has agreed to house Geoffrey.

The statue depicts Geoffrey smiling and raising his forelegs triumphantly. Now, he can continue to bring happiness into the lives of children.

Jumpin’ Jamie Makes Pop Punk Debut

New Jersey based Jumpin’ Jamie AKA Jamie Theurich has released his energetic debut family album Kookie, inspired by the pop punk music that shaped his own childhood. #HipNJ has the scoop on this artist on the rise!

Up until recently Jumpin’ Jamie has been best known as the Dinosaur Troubadour at New Jersey’s Field Station: Dinosaurs, but with the release of Kookie the pop rocker dives head first into the kindie scene with this bold, confident, and undeniably fun collection. 

Kookie features 12 original songs heavily influenced by the bands that provided the soundtrack to Jamie’s youth; Green Day, REM, The Beatles, Weezer, Northern Irish band Ash and more. The collection is an honest labor of love from a die-hard music fan. Catchy songs with quick tempos and interesting lyrics are what piqued Jamie’s youthful curiosity and made him a devoted listener in his formative years. Now as a grown-up and a dad, these elements populate his first collection for today’s youth. 

Some familiar kid friendly themes on the album include astronauts, haunted houses, healthy living, being a good sport, loving our planet and of course dinosaurs. Jamie approaches his subjects with a childlike inquisitive mind and takes them to an energy level that the kids will respond to. “I hope to inspire kids to be compassionate, to think for themselves, and pursue whatever interests they have whether it be an astronaut, paleontologist, ghost hunter, or anything else they could imagine,” Jamie says.

The album is backed by 5 different producers including Marty Beller and Danny Weinkauf (They Might Be Giants) and John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail) and features over 40 special guests. 

Kookie is available everywhere now. For details on upcoming performances and to learn more, click here.

But wait…there’s more!

Want to see Jumpin’ Jamie on tour? A tour of NJ libraries presented by New Jersey’s Field Station: Dinosaurs has just been announced. Check out the dates below.