Music, animals, rides, thrill shows: the Monmouth County Fair is here!
Taking place through Sunday at East Freehold Showgrounds in Freehold, there will be 4-H exhibits, the Home & Garden Competition, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show, Hell on Wheels BMX Stunt Show, The Motorcycle Madness Thrill Show, Ready GO Dog Show, crafters, food and vendors.
Rides include the Sky Flyer and Century Wheel. There’s also a separate Kids Zone with a Mini Wave Swinger and more. Take a look at the video above for what was the biggest draw at the fair a few years ago.
Ride wristbands are available daily and allow fairgoers to enjoy unlimited rides on any one day. Wristbands are $25 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, $30 on Friday and Saturday. Single ride tickets also will be available daily. Rides are weather permitting.
There’s a different band on the main stage every day: Wednesday features The Big House Band at 8 and 9:30 p.m.; Shore Thing performs at 8 and 9:15 p.m. Thursday; After the Reign is at 8:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; Remember Jones and The Motor City Revue play Motown’s best at 8:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; and The Last Whippoorwill is at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Kids band Yosi & The Superdads performs from 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A full schedule of daily activities is available at www.MonmouthCountyFair.com.
Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8, free for children 17 and younger. On Sunday, seniors 65 and older and active military with card are free.
For more information, call 732-842-4000.
‘Grease’ is the word in Lincroft
The musical “Grease” will be Premier Theatre Company’s first indoor production of 2021. Performance dates are 8 p.m. Thursday (sold out) and Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Henderson Theater in Lincroft, 850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.
Socially distanced seating is available, as well as general admission seating. Tickets, $15 to $28, can be ordered through the Premier website, www.premiertheatre.com.
The beloved show takes place in the 1950s and is full of great songs, greasers, cars, Pink Ladies and summer loving!
The Saturday matinee will be a special Breast Cancer Awareness performance in support of Lauren Mohr Sullivan, the mother of a member of Premier. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Mary’s Place by the Sea, Ocean Grove. There will be special Breast Cancer Awareness gifts for sale at all performances, as well as Bake Sale items at the concessions counter.
Jorma’s back in town
Jorma Kaukonen, the Grammy-nominated Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and classic rock and blues icon thanks to his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, returns to the Jersey Shore this weekend.
Kaukonen will be at the Suneagles Golf Club in Eatontown, performing as part of the Count Basie Center for the Arts’ Concerts on the Green series on July 23 and 24.
After the COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally disrupted the live music world in 2020, the dates are part of a return to normalcy for the 80-year-old guitarist and singer.
“To be able to come back and tour for you guys again, it’s like the way we started out in the Airplane,” Kaukonen told the Asbury Park Press. “It’s like starting all over again.”
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 on Saturday and Sunday at Suneagles Golf Club, 2000 Lowther Drive, Eatontown. Tickets, $39 to $59, are available via thebasie.org.
’Jews of India’ in Freehold
The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is presenting “From Malabar to Monmouth County: A Global Connection to the Jews of India” at the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office at Market Yard, 33 Mechanic St., Freehold.
Derived from the museum’s current rotating exhibit, “Jews of India: The History and Practices of the Bene Israel, Cochin, and Baghdadi Jews,” this free mini-exhibit tells the story of the three main Jewish Indian groups: Bene Israel, Cochin and Baghdadi, and their origins and impact on Monmouth County. There are family photos, a ceremonial Malida dish, and other selected artifacts supplementing the content. It explores the connection of the Jews of India to the United States through the story of Sophie and Yochanan Perry, the original donors of the exhibit.
The mini-exhibit is on view through Aug. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. More information is at 732-431-7324.
The full exhibit at The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County can be viewed by appointment only. It is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and sometimes 1 p.m.) Sundays. The museum is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, 310 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). Visitors must wear masks and be vaccinated.
Focus on short films on LBI
The Thomas Edison Film Festival’s (formerly The Black Maria Film Festival) 40th annual Festival Tour returns to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences on Thursday and Friday.
Featuring in-person and virtual showings, this international juried competition advocates, exhibits and rewards cutting edge works from independent film and video makers.
The TEFF focuses on short films — narrative, experimental, animation and documentary — including those which address issues and struggles with the environment, public health, race and class, family, sustainability and more.
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at lbifoundation.org.
The LBIF is at 120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies.
Eternia comes to Monmouth County
Kevin Smith, the Red Bank-born and Highlands-raised director of 1994’s “Clerks,” is the executive producer and showrunner for “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” the new He-Man saga series debuting on Netflix on Friday.
Smith and company will celebrate the release of the series’ first part with the “Masters of the Universe: Revelation Celebration!” fan gathering from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25, at his Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash comic book shop, 65 Broad St., Red Bank.
Tickets, $65, include a poster, T-shirt, comic book and a photo opportunity with Smith and series co-stars Jason Mewes and Griffin Newman, who voice Stinkor and Orko, respectively. The first 50 kids ages 10 and younger in attendance will receive a free Masters of the Universe toy from Mattel, too.
Newman, an actor who appeared in the recent rebooted series of “The Tick” and co-hosts the “Blank Check” film history podcast, will also appear as a special guest at a live taping of Smith and Marc Bernardin’s “Fatman Beyond” podcast taping at 7 p.m. Saturday at Smith’s SModcastle theater, 64 Leonard Ave. in the Leonardo section of Middletown. Tickets are $50, with a post-show photo opportunity available for an additional $50.
Outdoor music in Middletown
The Middletown Arts Center presents the MAC Music Café – Outdoor Edition from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, featuring local talent Shotgun Bill Anania, who considers himself a late bloomer singer/songwriter; Scotland-born Jim Crawford, who has performed solo and in groups in and around Monmouth County; Audra Mariel, a jazz vocalist whose second album will be released this summer; and Fire in the Garden, a quartet that performs everything from worldly-wise folk and rock to seductive blues to tranquil jazz.
The concert will take place outdoors, on the MAC’s tented patio. (Check https://middletownarts.org/ for weather-related changes. All safety guidelines will be followed.
The event is free with a suggested donation of $5. The center is at 36 Church St., next to the Middletown train station. Free parking is available on site, with additional free parking available in station metered lot on weekends.
For more information, call 732-706-4100.
Dinner at the new Salt Steakhouse
Diners seeking an upscale experience will find it at Salt, a newly opened steakhouse beneath luxury condos The Lofts at Pier Village in Long Branch.
Restaurateur David Mizrahi, who also owns LBK Grill at nearby Wave Resort, held a grand opening for the 5,500-square-foot restaurant on Monday.
The menu includes starters of beef carpaccio, hamachi crudo, beef cheek ravioli and mushroom risotto; and entrees of Wagyu pastrami, flatbread with sweetbreads and sunchoke, braised short ribs, sea bass, and a selection of steaks and side dishes.
Salt Steakhouse is at 15 Morris Ave.; 732-813-7258, saltlb.com.
Burlap on the boardwalk
In the mood for some free Burlap to Cashmere music? The band’s Stephen DeLopoulos and Johnny Philippidis will play a Burlap to Cashmere-themed show at 9 p.m. Friday at the Langosta Lounge on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.
The Jersey Shore-born folk rock group broke onto the scene in 1998 with its major-label debut, “Anybody Out There?” It was met with critical acclaim and multiple Dove Awards.
Their road was long and winding, and now DeLopoulos and Philippidis are operating as a duo. They’re also fine tuning a new project called Kinfolk Revival, which will perform the folk songs of the Greenwich Village scene.
DeLopoulos is writing new stuff too, and you can hear it on www.stevendelopoulosofficial.com. He’s also part of the show for Pat Guadagno’s Acoustic Night of Thrills with Peter Myers and Carolann Solebello Thursday at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, also on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. Tickets are $22.50.
Alex Biese and Sarah Griesemer contributed to this story.