Historic Places in South Jersey

Historic Places in South Jersey - Places to Go and Things to Do

A discussion of things to do and paces to go, with the purpose of sharing, and encouraging exploration of South Jersey.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

From an E-Mailnotice of things to do in South Jersey!

Pop-Up Park Thursdays
Thursday, July 19 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Ballard Park, Uptown Pitman
Every Thursday evening from now through August, join Uptown Pitman for Pop-Up Park Thursdays! Each week features a different theme and activity, along with yard games and more! This week's event will have games, crafts, and music brought to you by First Baptist Church of Pitman. MORE >

Third Thursday Hammonton:
Dog Days of Summer
Thursday, July 19 | 6 PM - 9 PM
Downtown Hammonton
Downtown Hammonton's dog-themed Third Thursday was such a success last year, they had to do it again! Come out for tons of fun including a police K-9 demonstration, free treats, paint a puppy crafts for kids, dog-themed trivia, and so much more! Local restaurants and shops will be offering special discounts and promotions and there will be live music all along Bellevue Avenue. Don't miss this fun night out after a "ruff" week! MORE >

Cruise Night
Thursday, July 19 | 6 PM - 9 PM
Downtown Collingswood
Enjoy the region's best classic cars and motorcycles at Collingswood's Cruise Night along Haddon Avenue! On the third Thursday of the month from April through October, beautiful autos are lined up and guests can enjoy live music, food, and fun. Best of all - the event is free! It's an excellent family event, date night, or evening out for the auto enthusiast. MORE >

Voorhees Township Summer Series
Thursday, July 19 | 6:30 PM
Connolly Park, Voorhees Township
Summertime offers the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Come out to Connolly Park and enjoy live music from Good Vibrations, a Beach Boys Tribute Band. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM. Make sure you bring your appetite because there will be a delicious beer garden, as well as food trucks! MORE >

Zac Brown Band: 
Down the Rabbit Hole Live
July 19 & 20 | 7 PM
BB&T Pavilion, Camden Waterfront
Grammy-winning country music band, Zac Brown Band, is coming to the BB&T Pavilion for their eighth headlining concert tour. With support from opening acts, pop-rock band OneRepublic and retro soul star, Leon Bridges, this is a concert you do not want to miss! MORE >

Twilight Concert Series
Thursday, July 19 | 7 PM
Cooper River Park, Pennsauken
The Camden County Board of Freeholders is excited to present the Twilight Concert Series at Cooper River Park! Performing live this week is Broadway and Beyond. Come out on select Thursday nights from June through August to enjoy great music in a great location! All concerts in this series are free and begin at 7 PM. MORE >

Rootstock Vineyard Concert Series
Friday, July 20 | 4 PM - 9 PM
Hawk Haven Winery, Rio Grande
Discover new music and pair it with amazing wine at the Rootstock Vineyard Concert Series! The sun setting behind the vineyard provides the perfect backdrop for a fun Friday night at Hawk Haven. Named for the essential part of the grapevine, Rootstock combines beautiful vineyard ambiance with intimate performances from world class musicians. Grab a seat at one of the picnic tables or kick back on a blanket - the show is about to start! MORE >

Food Truck Friday
Friday, July 20 | 5 PM - 8:30 PM
White Horse Winery, Hammonton
Start your weekend off right with food trucks and live music at White Horse Winery! White Horse Winery's live music performances are held in their spacious tasting room or on their outdoor patio depending upon weather. This week's featured food truck is Oink & Moo BBQ and performing live is 4:44. MORE >

What's For Dinner Friday
Friday, July 20 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Auburn Road Vineyards, Pilesgrove
Every Friday, Auburn Road Vineyards presents a five course food and wine tasting experience. Each week, there is a different entree selected by Auburn Road's chefs exclusively featuring Severino's pasta with sauces prepared in house, and each sauce is specially made to order. This event requires a reservation so be sure to contact the restaurant by phone or email in advance. MORE >

Friday Live Music Series
Friday, July 20 | 6 PM - 9 PM
Sharrott Winery, Hammonton
Come enjoy wine and live music at Sharrott Winery! Live music will be in Sharrott's new winery with indoor and outdoor seating available. Wine tastings are $10 per person and include six samples of Sharrott's award-winning wines. They also have delicious food options and gourmet flatbreads from their new wine bar menu. Can't make it out on Friday? Don't worry, Sharrott Winery has live music performances every Saturday and Sunday as well! MORE >

Live Music at The Plow
Friday, July 20 | 6 PM - 10 PM
Iron Plow Vineyards, Columbus
Another week has ended, meaning it's time to sit back and relax with some wine and live music! The Iron Plow stage is set for local singer-songwriters to swoon you while you enjoy a wine flight, wine by the glass or bottle, and an artisan cheese and charcuterie menu. There is no cover charge. MORE >

Christmas in July
Friday, July 20 | 7 PM
Lunacy Brewing Company, Haddon Heights
Bring the entire family to Lunacy Brewing Company and celebrate Christmas in July with the big man himself! Santa will be available for pictures with children and adults. It's always a great time at Lunacy, so come out for some great beer and enjoy the party! MORE >

Amphitheater Concert: Soul Cruisers
Friday, July 20 | 7 PM
Burlington County Amphitheater, Westampton
The Burlington County Amphitheater is home to a vast variety of talent during the summer concert series. This Friday's featured artist is Soul Cruisers. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Refreshments will be available to purchase. MORE >

Lindenwold Friday Family Fun Night
Friday, July 20 | 7 PM - 11 PM
Lindenwold Park, Lindenwold
Friday nights this summer in Lindenwold Park feature fun for the entire family, followed by movies under the stars! Enjoy entertainment from Magic Ron at 7 PM followed by the movie Cars 3 at 8:45 PM. MORE >

Batsto River Guided Tour
Saturday, July 21 | 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Pinelands Adventures, Shamong
Immerse yourself in a unique Pine Barrens journey led by guide and naturalist, John Volpa. You will begin your journey at Quaker Bridge on Batsto River. Once on the river, you'll make stops along the way to investigate unique Pine Barrens plants along the river edge, learn about the role of fire in Pine Barrens ecology, and history of bog iron in the pines. This is a great trip for families, scouts, or groups! MORE >

Ike's Free Family Fun Fest
Saturday, July 21 | 11 AM - 2 PM
Wiggins Waterfront Park, Camden Waterfront
The Ike Foundation and the Camden County Board of Freeholders are excited to present Ike's Free Family Fun Fest! The day includes free Flambeau tackle boxes to all kids (while supplies last), games with prizes to help fill your tackle box, a color your own Berkley baits, and a High School Fishing Skills Challenge. There will also be a Yards Beer Garden, live music, and delicious food. MORE >

Sunflower Canvas Painting Workshop
Saturday, July 21 | 1 PM - 3 PM
A Whole New Light, Elmer
Paint a sunflower on canvas using complementary colors with professional artist, Kimberly English. No experience is required. The workshop is $25 per person and all supples are included in the cost. MORE >

Winslow Township Family Day
Saturday, July 21 | 2 PM - 8 PM
New Brooklyn Park, Sicklerville
Come out to Winslow Township Family Day at New Brooklyn Park in Sicklerville! The event features live entertainment, plenty of kids activities, food vendors, giveaways, and more! There will also be community organizations, information tables, health screenings, and first responders present. MORE >

Borough of Glass Festival:
ArtWalk & Night Market
Saturday, July 21 | 7 PM - 10 PM
Downtown Glassboro
This inaugural art festival and market will include dozens of local and area glassblowers, sculptors, painters, metalsmiths, and woodworkers, and other handcrafters that will offer their items for sale and be demonstrating their skills and craftsmanship right before your eyes! The festival offers visitors the chance to browse a variety of goods while basking in a festival atmosphere full of food and other al fresco fun on Rowan Boulevard and the Town Square. MORE >

Wine & Music Series: Oldies Night
Saturday, July 21 | 7 PM - 10 PM
Summit City Winery, Glassboro
Things are always hopping in Summit City Winery during Oldies Night! Join them for an enjoyable evening of oldies music from DJ Jim Tighe and great wine on the first and third Saturday's of the month. There is a $10 cover charge for this event. Complimentary wine pairing snacks will be provided and you may bring your own food. Please check the Summit City Winery website for any schedule changes. MORE >

Weezer & Pixies
Saturday, July 21 | 7:30 PM
BB&T Pavilion, Camden Waterfront
Weezer and Pixies are co-headlining a massive summer tour and they are heading to the BB&T Pavilion! The tour comes on the heels of the release of Weezer's acclaimed eleventh studio album, Pacific Daydream, while Pixies' live shows are unadulterated magic with focus on the music with almost no between-song banter. This is a concert that will leave audiences wanting so much more! MORE >

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

You know Red Bank Battlefield is a favorite of mine - Lecture on Whittall House

July 22
Architecture Tour of the Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield in National Park. Find out why the home has two staircases, how the cabinet was built into the wall and more in this lecture and tour. 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. More information.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

AND - Art and Food in Collingswood

Opening Reception: 
Tastefully South Jersey Exhibition
Tonight! July 12 | 5 PM - 8 PM
Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood
Perkins Center for the Arts presents "Tastefully South Jersey," an exploration of food traditions from Caribbean, Eastern European, West African, African-American, and other cultures and how they are sustained in our communities. The exhibit features a documentary of tradition keepers, artifacts, photography, visual art, and interactive exhibits. MORE >

More about Ukuleles!

Southern Ukes 
 Back by popular demand! These ukelele enthusiasts of all ages are hitting the road for their second annual summer music tour. They'll play and sing familiar songs of our past. Ukeleles will be available for those who want to join in the fun and give the ukelele a try!  Sit back and enjoy, sing or play along, and have fun.
M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch - Voorhees
Saturday, July 14, 1:00 p.m.
Link to Directions
 Link to register for the event or call 856-772-1636 x7311.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Ukulele News

There is a ukulele on my piano bench, a gift from m daughter a year ago for Mother's Day, and although I took lessons for half a year at The Music Store in Collingswood, I found I didn't sit around playing on it as I had hoped I would, nonetheless when I run across Ukulele news - how can I not post it!  By the way, a uke group met at the Haddon Twp. Libs on Saturday mornings earlier this spring and I know there is a group at Lumberton Leas that welcomes guests!

Southern Ukes 2nd Annual Summer Tour
Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Once again, these ukulele enthusiasts of all ages hit the road, playing and singing familiar songs of our past. Ukuleles will be available for those who wish to participate. Sit back and enjoy, sing or play along, and have fun. Register here.
Merchantville Branch/Camden Co. Libr. System
130 S. Centre Street
Merchantville, NJ 08109

Sunday, July 8, 2018

A Great Shop

On Saturday, I arrived half an hour too early for a lunch date at the Station Avenue Cafe' where I was meeting two friends.  I was coming straight from a visit to my local veterinary center, also worth a mention, Sheehen Veterinary Center in Camden, on Collings Ave. a few door down from the Black Horse Pike, where the former Shorty's Terminal was located.  

Anyhow, since I was half an hour early, there was no point in going home and coming back so I parked along the railroad and strolled over to "My Fir Trade Lady" shop.  If you are looking for an unusual and beautiful clothing item, or a special gift, you can't find a better shop.  There is everything there from home goods to fair trade coffee, jewelry, art, textiles, and the owner, Donna Gottardi, couldn't be more helpful and welcoming.  I always make it a point to stop in before birthdays and before Christmas for that unusual and beautiful gift or decoration.  For example, someone once gave me a Retablos, many years ago, which somehow disappeared in time and I always missed it.  Last year, I found one just like it at My Fair Trade Lady!

If you don't know what a retablos is, it is a small handprinted, wooden shrine, line a creche, with different scenes inside, often, Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus, but available with other scenes as well, in three dimensional figures, perhaps clay.  Mine is a Christmas creche.  I have always had a fascination for little scenes in unusual containers, like the Easter eggs made of spun sugar with little rabbit scenes inside the window cut in the side, or a little wooden village in a tray that I bought last year in Collingswood.

Anyhow if you are looingk for something for your home, your wardrobe or a gift, or just looking for a fun to shop to visit and browse, stop by at 531 Station Ave., Haddon Heights, NJ.  And you may like to rest in the shade beside the fountain at the super charming railroad station, home of the permanent installation of train platform operated by the Susquehanna and Delaware Model Railroad group.  It is only open for a visit on special events days, but the shady mountain area with the benches is a delightful place to stop and rest and watch the world go by.  Then have lunch or breakfast at the Station Ave. Cafe' and if you are looking for some produce or a one dollar book, stop by John's Market at the end of the street.  He has a bookshelf where they take donated books and re-sell them for money donated to animal shelters!

Enjoy your day in Haddon Heights!
Happy Trails,
Jo Ann

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Upcoming Art Events

Pitman Gallery and Art Center, 59 S. Broadway Avenue Pitman, New Jersey
Join us Friday, July 6th from 7-10 pm for the Artist Reception of "The SNJA Notables - Society of New Jersey Artists Group Show." This event is free and open to the public.
note:  If like me, you don't drive in the dark, you could skip the opening and simply visit the gallery and see the exhibit!

And - one of my favorite places to visit in the summer and before Christmas for gifts - 
Rancocas Woods Craft Co-Op
and Antique Attic
Sunday June 24th
The  Craft Co-Op is always open 
Tues - Sun 10-5
Craft Show days we open 9-5
Stop by and do a little summer shopping.  
As always, on craft show days,
refreshments will be served
We have some wonderful news!
The Rancocas Woods Antique Shows
are coming back!
The shows will be held the 
2nd Sunday in Sept, Oct & Nov
More details to come...
but, if you're interested in becoming a vendor,
please feel free to contact 
Pat Mangano at

She'll be more than happy to help you!!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Whitesbog Blueberry Fest this weekend

Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th the 35th annual Blueberry Festival will be held and the historic village of Whitesbog in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

Many activities will be offered including blueberry picking, and many things for sale, including a variety of food items made from blueberries.  

In times past, my friends, my dog and I have loved hiking along the white sandy roads that border the cranberry bogs at Whitesbog, so if you are looking for something fun to do, put the address in your gps and head out to Whitesbog (I believe it is Whitesbog Rd. and the town it is found in the gps is Browns Mills).

Happy Trails!
Jo Ann

A Buck a Bag Book Sale Haddon Twp. Library

Right off Cuthbert/Nicholson Rd. in Haddon Twp, across from Newton Creek Park and Saddler's Woods is my new library.  I found it when I discovered free Chair Yoga classes a few months back and I was able to join for free as my town, Mt. Ephraim, has no library.  

It is a lovely library, bright and well equipped with a good deal of interesting programming.  Yesterday I went over and since my shopping bag was larger than a plastic bag, I paid two dollars but I got 6 good hard back books and 8 magazines.  Have you noticed how much magazines cost off the rack these days?  All the magazines I bought:  New York, National Geographic, Philadelphia, and Country Living, were only a month old - March to May 2018, and in perfect condition.  I bought a bunch of books by authors I recognized such as Jeff Schaara (mainly epic historic fiction) and I know him from my Civil War collection, and Amy Tan (who wrote a best seller once called The Joy Luck Club).  And a few authors I did not know but the books looked good.  Anyhow how could you go wrong on nickels and dimes on the dollar? 

Meanwhile they also said I could bring books to them to donate also, but only one box at a time, a small box!  So any of the contemporary fiction I have finished that none of my friends want, I will bring to them to add to their sale!

For rainy days when you can't be out on adventures, stock up for indoor adventures!  

Happy Trails!
Jo Ann

Dog Training

Since I advised you on a good shelter to adopt a dog, I thought it only fair to give you some tips on a good dog trainer.

My last dog, Trixie, came perfectly behaved and didn't need any kind of training.  To be honest, I spoke to her as though she were a person and I felt certain during all the time we shared that she understood what I was saying.  As the old saying goes, however, "The Good die Young."  And my good Trixie died after only five years together.  It broke my heart.  I loved her so much.

Any person who lives as long as I have endures a good deal of disappointment, and heartbreak, and loss.  It is a part of living.  Fortunately for me, a much bigger part of living has been joy, surprise, anticipation, enthusiasm and a daily appreciation of simple wonders.  I am a happy person, but my dog helped me stay happy.  I never felt lonely when I had my pal to keep me company and I always felt safe.  I used to joke to my friends that with Trixie in the house I could sleep at night with the windows open and I do enjoy fresh air.  Always, I would prefer to have the windows open and a nice outdoor breeze, to air conditioning, which has a tomb like clamminess and doesn't bring in the fragrance of honeysuckle or new mown grass.

Well, anyway, I got the ashes of my old life delivered last week and engaged in the challenges of my new life.  My new animal pal, Uma is truly beautiful, but she did not come fully equipped with good manners like my old pal.  Soon, I discovered that she didn't walk well on the leash, and she chased my cats.  I feel certain that in her old home no effort was made to interact with her and she doesn't respond well to language, but she is smart, so I put out feelers for a good trainer.

First I called my vet, Dr. Ed Sheehen, Sheehen Veterinary Center, also a recommendation of mine for companionate and experienced care.  They gave me a number of a trainer they recommended who had trained the receptionists dog.  I left a message, next day I left another message.  Things were getting dire at my house.  I wasn't used to dealing with the continuing warfare between the cats and the dog and trying to walk her was killing my knee.  She definitely couldn't walk in the park - too stimulating and she was too strong for me to control.

Next I went to Pet Smart in Barrington but they couldn't see me until mid July.  Their training was at P.S. and in small groups for $120.  Then I went to Pet Co in Brooklawn and met a very nice and helpful young woman I liked.  Also on site training only, $290 for one to one dog training, and $120 for group an we would have to wait for a group to form.  But she could take me in a week for one to one.

But I really felt like I wanted training in my own home.  A friend who does a lot of volunteer work for shelters told me a friend of hers had highly recommended the trainer who helped her with her shelter dog who had a lot of problems.  She got her number.  I called and Janice Barlow actually answered the phone.  She said she would be able to come out the next day!  Janice was formerly the trainer who trained the people who worked at Pet Smart!  She works with a partner, Shirley Mauritania, who is also a certified AKC Evaluator.  

"Training Wheels" was the most expensive of the options at $400 for 6 weeks and a guarantee to return for free if needed.  Since it offered ALL that I had wanted, I asked if they could take the fee in two payments so I could pay on paydays and not on credit card, and they were willing to do that.  

Janice was calm and friendly and put both me and Uma at our ease.  She worked on leash training, "Leave it" and not jumping.  Something she said stuck in my mind, "The first week is the honeymoon period so don't be surprised if new thins come up in week two."  She also said I could call her at any time.  I practiced the techniques she showed me with good success on the jumping, some success on the leash walking, but no success as yet on "Leave it."  Uma, like a kid, was on her best behavior for the company and reverted to her willful yet lovable self after Janice left.

And the new came up this morning.  though she had a walk last night and half an hour in the yard with me, I found a reeking pile on the floor this morning in the living room.  Also, I discovered when I went to the post office around the corner, that Uma can either jump the fence in the yard or has found a secret escape route, as a neighbor phoned me to say she was wandering the neighborhood and he had brought her home.

I'll let you know how it progresses.  Would I still adopt Uma - you bet!  Do I have faith that things will improve?  Yes, I do!  They always have.  And, I made a list of all the bad things dogs I have known in the past did, that Uma does not do - 1. She does not knock over the trash, 2. Go in the kitty litter, 3. Chew furniture and one of my worst past pet experiences 4. She doesn't dig out the center of the furniture cushions!  That was just a sample of a list of about15 things she does NOT do.  And as for the ones she does, well, we will work on it and time is on my side as is Janice Barlow of Training Wheels!

Happy Trails alongside your Happy Tails!
Jo Ann

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rev. War - this week, June 20 & 21, 2018

Reminder: “June 1778-British Evacuation of Philadelphia” will take place on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00pm in the Billiard Room of Smithville Mansion. Please see the attached document for more information regarding this program. 

Registration is requested but not required. To register reply directly via email or visitwww.co.burlington.nj.us and register using our new on-line platform.

Rev. Roundtable:
We are meeting tomorrow, June 20, at 7:15 at the Voorhees library (203 Laurel Rd., Voorhees, NJ, next to the Echelon Mall), where all of our previous events have been held. Tim Hart will present on "War at the Shore: Patriots andLoyalists at Cedar Bridge Tavern."

Any book donations for our drawings would be appreciated. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Animal Adoption

This past week, all my time has been taken up by getting acclimated to my new dog companion, Uma.  She came to me via an e-mail photo from an animal volunteer friend, Barb Spector.  

Uma was at Camden County Animal Shelter on County House Rd. in Sewell, and I want to note both the friendly assistance to me and the visible  compassion and kindness towards animals displayed by the staff there.  

My longtime and totally perfect animal companion, Trixie, a gorgeous Lab and Weimaraner Mix, had been adopted from the Animal Orphanage in Voorhies several years ago.  She came with everything you could wish for in a dog, good manners, great leash walking skills, complete trustworthiness and friendliness towards my cats.

Sadly, so far, Uma and I are working on the cat situation.  She also was a bit of a struggle on the leash, lots of pulling, lunging and veering off, but I found a great aid - the "No Pull Harness."  It was like a miracle!  The first time I put it on her, her walking was radically improved.  We still struggle in the park, just too many distractions and she gets overwhelmed wit excitement, but we walk a mile every morning and a mile each evening in the neighborhood and she walks perfectly!  So if you have a dog that pulls on the leash, measure the chest circumference and get one of those harnesses.  You can buy them at PetSmart (I did) and also through amazon.com where there is a larger selection and they cost a bit less especially if you have prime and don't pay shipping.  I had to buy two because the first one was too large and I couldn't adjust it to fit properly.  The second is perfect and was $10 less.

I am sorry I don't remember the details of the hour for the Camden County Animals Shelter but another benefit is "same day" adoption.  I was there when they opened at 11:00 a.m. last Tuesday and left with my new pal by 1:30 p.m.  

The week before, my beloved friend, Trixie, died of a stroke.  If you have lost your doggie companion, honor the memory of that love by sharing the love with a dog who needs a home AND Please! adopt from a shelter and don't support puppy mills or breeders.  We are euthanizing a million homeless dogs who need your love and shelter.  Also, consider donating to Animal Charities at the holidays.  I give to Allie Cat Allies (you'll need to look up their info) and to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and Best Friends, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, Ut 84741, to name just a few.  I donate on my father's and mother's birthdays in the summer and at Christmas.

Happy Trails and Happy Tails!
Jo Ann