Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Oh so loudly we wail at the twilight’s last gleaming
For most people, the Fourth of July conjures images of fireworks exploding from the ground, showering the night sky with a stunning array of sparkling colors. For this editor, the Fourth conjures up explosive images of a different sort. The kind that pushes both your children, and your marriage, into therapy. The particular Fourth that I have in mind included a spectacular pyrotechnical display of emotional catharsis. Allegedly. It did result in the neighbors wanting little to do with me, but for some closet introverts, that might fall under the category of unintended benefits. It all began a week before the Fourth of July when my mother’s cable box kicked. For argument sake, let’s call this cable company Time Warner. This wasn’t the …
Cocktail recipes sure to please everyone at your party
Hosting a Fourth of July cocktail party barbecue should not induce sweat. It's one of the easiest parties to throw. We're here to help you make it even easier by giving you four fun and popular rum drinks that your guests are sure to enjoy. Rum has played such a sordid role in our nation's history that it just wouldn't be a proper Fourth of July without it. Caipirissima: Think gin and tonic without the gin and without the tonic. To make this refreshing rum-based drink you'll need: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake away. Strain into a martini glass and wait for the rockets red glare. They'll come after a few of these. Mojito: What is it about the combination of rum, lime and sugar that just clicks? And it never clicked …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Multiple events include history, film, music and more under one Independence Day umbrella.
If there is any American town that would know something about Independence Day, it would have to be Philadelphia. So it isn't surprising that this city has scheduled 10 days worth of attractions to celebrate July Fourth. Elizabeth Evans, public relations agent for the Philadelphia Wawa Welcome America event said of the multiple-day activities, “(It is) the nation’s largest, free July Fourth festival in the heart of America's birthplace, from June 25 through July 4.” “There's no other place nationwide where families can experience the “Largest Free Concert in America”; two breathtaking fireworks displays; a "Go 4th and Learn" series offering free educational and interactive programs for young children and their parents; a day-long “Party on…
Monday, July 4, 2011
Outdoor entertaining is so easy that even the host can enjoy the party.
Entertaining in the summer months is so appealing for many reasons. The weather is nice enough to host a larger group of friends and family, and with the Fourth of July, you have another excuse to gather everyone for food and fun. Don't be intimidated by entertaining a group of friends and family in the summer. Many dishes can be made ahead of time, and everyone enjoys bringing along their specialty--just ask! Today, I'm going to share with you a few ideas that I've shared either at barbeques we've hosted or when we've been invited guests. The key to enjoying the gathering is prepping as much as you can ahead of time. This will allow you to enjoy your friends and family rather than stressing out over making food. Start with some …
Full slate of afternoon activities
There might not be a parade or fireworks in the borough this year but there is plenty of Fourth of July action down at the New Milford Swim Club. Here is a full listing of the afternoon's events: 12:30 Noodle Races 1:00 Half Court Shot 2:00 Water Balloon Toss 3:00 Kiddie Pool Treasure Hunt 3:30 Main Pool Treasure Hunt 4:30 Splash Dive Contest For more information on the day's events or membership, contact the management of the New Milford Swim Club.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Need an easy recipe for a 4th of July picnic? This flavorful alternative to the usual potato salad will be much appreciated by friends and family
Hot dogs, hamburgers and potato salad are barbecue staples that I doubt anyone could ever be sick of, but if you are looking to change it up a bit, try this tasty side dish! I had been anxiously waiting to make this pasta salad since I found it on The Novice Chef a few weeks ago because it looked so delicious and simple. I’m a sucker for fresh vegetables and dishes that require little preparation and time. So, when I was invited to have dinner at a friend’s house the other night, I was glad to finally have an excuse to make this salad. On the night of the barbecue, I expected to wow my friends with my creativeness. I should have known better than to expect praise, though, as my friends can be the harshest critics I know. As silly as it…
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Planning a vacation or just a day trip? Patch has all the information on the Shore's best beaches
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Wonder how much it will cost to get on your favorite beach? Stressed about where to park? Debating whether to pack a lunch or head up to the boardwalk? With the unofficial start of Summer only days away, Patch has what you need to know about the beaches of Monmouth and Ocean counties. Just click on the name of the beach for all the essential information on the best Shore spots for sun worshippers. And when you do head down, remember that there are Patch sites in both counties to keep you up to date on Shore life. Asbury Park offers something for everyone, from the beautiful beach to live music to great restaurants. Seasonal beach badges cost $70 for adults and $20 for seniors and teens. Weekday passes are $5 with the cost for weekends and …