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Oct 02, 2017

Special Events

October 6 and 7

Calico Fair – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Christ Church Middletown, 90 Kings Highway, Middletown. A day of great fun and fellowship, this event features books, baked goods, food court, café, children’s games, face painting, petting zoo, silent auction, accessory boutique, the eclectic white elephant rummage, and more. New this year will be a children’s boutique and a super 50/50. Call (732) 671-2524 or visit www.christchurchmiddletown.org.

October 6 through 15

Once Upon a Mattress – at All Saints’ Memorial Church, 202 Navesink Avenue, Navesink. Celebrating their ninth season, The Stone Church Players will present the classic family musical on October 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 8:00 p.m. and October 8 and 15 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. In a not-so-happy kingdom, Queen Aggravain has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless, weds, but the possessive queen has managed to sabotage every eligible princess. Enter Princess Winnifred. Bold, brazen, and brash, she is much more than the queen bargained for and the prince is smitten. The horrified queen schemes to protect her beloved son from this unsavory “Swamp Princess.” Prince Dauntless, the mute king, the court jester, a traveling minstrel, and all the kingdom’s knights and ladies rally to aid Winnifred. Will their efforts be enough to finally foil the queen? For reservations, call (732) 226-6131.

October 13 through 15 and October 21 and 22

18th Annual Colts Neck Friends of the Library Fine Art Show and Sale – at the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck.  Opening reception is Friday, October 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a Meet the Artists wine tasting, featuring the local wines of 4JG’s Winery, at a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Gallery will be open in the lower level of the library for two consecutive weekends starting on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a cultural event highlighting the many talented artists who call Colts Neck home, with 20% of sales going to the Friends of the Library Foundation to fund library programs and improvements. Decorate your home with art as original as yourself. Be sure to stop in and see the fall colors of the Colts Neck Library art show. Call (732) 431-5656.

October 14

Country Bazaar – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Holmdel Community Church, 40 Main Street/Newman Springs Road (Route 520), Holmdel. Enjoy a day filled with old-fashioned fun, delicious treats, and great holiday shopping. Beautiful quilted wall hangings, table decorations, tree ornaments, and one-of-a-kind gifts will be available at the craft tables. Mouth-watering foods, including hot pepper jelly, bread-and-butter pickles, soups, preserves, and homemade pies will be available in the baked goods area. Come early to get the best selections and stay for a delicious hot lunch.

The gigantic trash ‘n treasure area promises bargains for everyone, with antiques, jewelry, sporting equipment, kids’ toys, books, records, kitchenware, and much more. For more information, call (732) 946-8821.

October 20

Lunch Break Fall Gala: Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow – 7:00 p.m. at Shore Casino, 1 Simon Lake Drive, Atlantic Highlands. Celebrate Lunch Break’s 35th year of serving the community and honor community leaders who have impacted the lives of so many with their support of the organization and its mission of providing hunger and social service programs to Monmouth County families. The evening features entertainment by the Docs of Rock, dinner, dancing, and lively silent and live auctions.  Put on your dancing shoes and come share a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship. For further information, visit http://lunchbreak.org/lunch-break-2017-fall-gala/ or contact Jill Govel-Gwydir at (732) 747-8577, ext. 3107 or jgwydir@lunchbreak.org.

October 21

The Hessian Ghost of Old First Church – 4:00 p.m. at Old First Church, 69 Kings Highway, Middletown. Just in time for Halloween, a unique program that explores the legend of a Hessian ghost that is said to haunt the 329-year-old church, founded in 1688. Popular presenter and Ghosts of Central New Jersey author Gordon Thomas Ward will present an exploration of the Hessian ghost legend in a program that highlights its origins and includes an investigation of the historic church undercroft. Come to enjoy some fascinating local history at a fun-filled event. A ghost-themed buffet supper will follow the program. Admission is $20. Call (732) 758-8144 to register; deadline is Friday, October 13.

October 27

Filmmaker Ken Burns to Speak – 12:00 p.m. at Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. All are invited to a presentation by one of the nation’s most acclaimed filmmakers. Winner of 15 Emmy Awards and a two-time Academy Award nominee, Burns received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2008 for his nearly 40-year career as a documentary filmmaker. His works include “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The Central Park Five,” “Brooklyn Bridge,” and “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” He is regarded by critics and historians as one of the most influential documentarians of the last four decades. The program will feature a discussion of Burns’ past and future projects, including the upcoming film series “The Vietnam War,” and a video retrospective of his work. Parking is in lots 6 and 7. Tickets are $10 for community members and $5 for students with a valid school or college ID. Free tickets are available for current Brookdale students with a valid ID. Advance tickets are required. Call (732) 224-2788, email studentlife@brookdalecc.edu, or visit Brookdale’s Warner Student Life Center.

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation 22nd Anniversary Gala – 5:30 p.m. at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale. Featuring open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent auction, and live music. This year, marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the foundation’s special honoree will be renowned filmmaker Ken Burns, whose latest project is the PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War.” Tickets are $225. For information and reservations, call (732) 335-0033 or visit www.njvvmf.org.