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#HipNJ Exclusive: Inside The Wedding Taylor Swift Crashed

By Kenneth Barilari

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

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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.

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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