For a look at some wierd and wonderful things, visit Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. I could have placed this in my shopping tips, but it's a stand-out amongst the typical fare.
Collector comic books, movie or comic book-related paraphenalia such as action figures, t-shirts, mugs, collectibles and things of that ilk can be found at this store. You 'll also find some "dark" publications next to comic books such as the Justice League, Hulk or Star Wars.
Kevin Smith, native Highlands, NJ filmmaker owns and operates the store. He has presented such movies as Clerks, Jersey Girl, Mallrats and Dogma to name a few. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 11 am-6 pm; Fri. 11 am-7pm; Sat. 11 am-6 and Sun. 12 Noon-5 pm.
Are you kidding me? I was visiting my sister in New Jersey during the fall and it was still warm, but we were able to do fun things that just aren't part of the west coast lifestyle - like go apple picking. I've never heard of such a thing, but sure enough, we pulled into a big ranch style place, paid an entry fee, grabbed a wheel barrow (FUN!) and set off down the tows of apple trees to find the ones that looked tasty and delicious. They give you an information sheet about how to line up the colored ribbons on the trees with the type of tree that is (Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Empire) and also what the apples are known for (crispy, sweet, good for baking). Its amazing to see the selection! My brother-in-law was adamant about looking at the bottom of the apple - he liked to make sure the little sprigs in the bottom center were closed so no little critters had gotten to the fruit before us! My nephews who are ages 6 and 4 had a blast. They ran around, sat on shoulders to pick apples high up in the trees and tasted different varieties of apples to find their favorites. At the end of the orchard is a big empty field where the boys picked pumpkins, too. Great family activity and lots of locations to choose from!
A friend and I recently attended a memorial concert for a prominent member of Red Bank's music community at Two River Theatre. I was really impressed with the intimate feeling of this theatre. Although I don't care for the design of the building itself, the interior is quite nice. The entrance is spacious with the box office at one end and restrooms at the other.
The theatre seats 350, with no seat further than 36 feet from the stage. The theatre's p.r. states that its "small size enables the audience to feel like they are sharing the dramatic experience with those on stage." I agree wholeheartedly!
A smaller 99 seat theatre, the Marion Huber Theatre, is used for rehearsals, classes and experimental works.
Some upcoming presentations for the 2005-2006 season are Umbrellas of Cherbourg; Visiting Mr. Green; All my Sons; Waiting for Godot; What the Butler Saw; Two River Too Series. The price for single tickets ranges from $25-$45; Student/Youth tickets at $15.
When I think of winter, I think of ice skating! The Red Bank Armory is a great place to spend a few hours on a weekend afternoon! We go there for the Open Skate, but they have several programs that are very popular in our area.
They offer "Learn To Skate" programs beginning with Tiny Tots ages 4-5 and continue through ten additional skill levels. Our grandson took these lessons--he learned quickly and well! He looked forward to his lessons each week because they made it a lot of fun!
There is an In-House Youth Hockey League, the youngest being an under 8 group, but adult leagues also play here. There are two rinks available for hockey games.
A cafe offering pizza, pretzels, hot dogs, etc. is on the premises. A viewing gallery is on the second level. Parties can be scheduled for Saturday or Sunday afternoons.
Public skating schedule is Fri. 8pm-10pm; Sat. 12:45 pm-2:15 pm; Sun. 1:15 pm-2:45 pm. The price is $9 for adults; $7 for children 12 and under. Skate rental is $3.50.
The theatre at 99 Monmouth Street operated under many names before finally being re- christened The Count Basie Theatre in 1984. It operates solely for the benefit of the community and features live music, dance, theatrical performances and films. Our favorite jazz musician, Kenny G, performed here last year.
Built in the 1920's it originally presented moving pictures, vaudeville and dramatic shows to the public. Noted theatre architect, Thomas W. Lamb first drew up plans for the project, but due to changes to the original plan, it was not approved. Architect William E. Lehman then assumed responsibility for the project.
Band leader and jazz pianist, William Count Basie (1904-1984) was born in Red Bank on Mechanic Street. The theatre honoring him became a non-profit corporation in 1999. The original Act Curtain is still in use today. Restoration has begun on the interior in the hopes of recapturinging its 1920's glamour.
The George Sheehan race is held yearly in Red Bank. Runners of all ages and countries participate--more than 3000 runners register each year!
The route is blocked off to traffic and many activities are planned around this event. Popular children's characters, magicians and balloon animal creations entertain the younger group. There is a festival atmosphere to the town this day and many families participate.
There are three categories of racers: Elite Athletes; Age Groups (standard 5 year age groups beginning under ten and running up to and including age 80); Teen/Family/Specialty Groups (includes police, fire fighters and government workers). There is also a two mile Health and Fitness walk. The Kid's Classic runs age accordingly with medals for all finishers!
Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash
Remember the movie, Clerks? Remember Silent Bob? Well, he is Kevin Smith who wrote and produced and directed this movie. He also creates original comic books. This shop is his homage to both professions. Movie memorabilia (like the vest Ben Affleck wore in Dogma and Silent Bob's coat and baseball cap from Clerks) along with his own comics and his favorite comics for sale. He pops in every once in a while.