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36th Annual Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning

Hip New Jersey attended the 36th Annual Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning that took place at Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J. from July 27-29. This festival featured a wide variety of vendors, food/drink options, attractions, live performances and of course, the balloon launches.

The event included various sponsors such as PNC Bank, Progressive, Lenovo and Playstation among others. Furthermore, many sponsors offered a wide variety of food and drink options throughout the event such as Pepsi, Snapple, Bimbo, Fairlife, Red Bull, Perdue and many more. There were also a wide variety of arts & crafts, non-profits and other vendors present as well.

In addition, the event offered a wide variety of amusement rides such as a ferris wheel, carousel and slides to name a few. Also, throughout the weekend human cannonballs joined the fun as well as a juggler and magician. The festival had live performances each day such as Chuck Schubert, Oasis as well as karaoke for guests.

The balloons started to launch at 6:30p.m. each day as well as at 6:30a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the course of the next hour, around 100 balloons ascended and filled the sky. Some of these balloons included: Wonder, RE/MAX, Garden Spot Village, PNC Bank, Captain America and Elvis. When the majority of the balloons had launched, they made for a very photogenic, nice backdrop against the summer skies.

Following the balloon launch, there was a concert and fireworks two of the three days. The big name artists included Andy Grammer, Lifehouse and Credence Clearwater Revisited and played for around an hour. Finally, the spectacular fireworks ended off the nights with around a half hour long firework display.

For more information on this year’s balloon festival, click here!

Caitlin Rutkay Designs' Walk Through Sussex

C. R. Interior Designs’ Walk Through Sussex

C. R. Interior Designs has been in love with British style for years ever since their first trip to London to buy antiques for a client.

“I love the traditional grand family house look of layers, lamps, plump cushions and the likenesses of ancestors hanging on the walls. It exudes a sense of warmth and history!” Exclaims founder Caitlin Rutkay.

Enjoy this walk through Sussex and its English charm:

Hotel

A great place to stay is by the water, there’s the Grand Brighton, an opulent Victorian-Italianate dating from 1864 built by architect John Whichcord Jr.

geek battle

Aside from some place to stay, theirs lots to do! History geeks and war buffs will marvel at Battle Abbey, the 13th-century Benedictine ruins on the southern coast where the Battle of Hastings took place.

Sussex Food

And when you’re hungry, theirs millions of great dining restaurants. Restaurant Tristan delivers uncomplicated, field-to-fork British-French cuisine under the original oak beams of a 16th-century cottage in Horsham.

shops in sussex

Want to go shopping? Shopping in Sussex is very extravagant and unique! Charleston House is now a museum and art gallery set in their rustic 16th-century farmhouse. The space also includes a shop where visitors can buy handmade items including fabrics and prints by Grant and Bell, ceramic pottery and jewelry. It also includes books by and about the celebrated Bloomsbury Group members who frequented the home.

Want to know more about Sussex? Click here to learn more!

Build Your Own Bloody Mary at Halifax

Build Your Own Bloody Mary at Halifax

When it comes to brunch at Hoboken hot spot Halifax, it’s go big or go home, and Bloody Marys are no exception. 

Beginning this weekend, Halifax will launch a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar in the restaurant’s adjacent lounge, the Living Room at the W Hoboken.

Guests can enjoy this quintessential brunch beverage as simply or as over-the-top as they’d like by adding garnishes including oysters, poached shrimp, bacon, salami, mozzarella and more.

Cocktails start at $10. For more information, click here.