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Branch Brook Park ~ Newark, New Jersey
Branch Brook Park is located in my hometown of Newark, NJ. Branch Brook Park was created in 1895 making it the first county park in the nation. It has the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the world… more than Washington, DC and more than Japan. The cherry trees were a gift donated in 1927 by Caroline Bamberger Fuld. BBP is 360 acres and has almost 5000 cherry trees.
This year, 2013, the Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 6 – 20, the Bloomfest is Sunday, April 13, 2013 from 11am – 5pm
The cherry trees below are along Second River which forms the border between Newark and Belleville.
In the tree below on the left is my daughter Deb and her dog Chappy in 2010 - on the right is Deb and our first mini-dachshund, Mustard sitting in a tree at BBP in 1979 .
If you’re in, or around Newark, NJ go and visit this beautiful park and enjoy the cherry blossoms.
- by Joan -
It all began with this little snippet in the Vineyard Gazette in September of 1990. My daughter Deb likes Harry Connick Jr and I’m a huge fan of Carly Simon, I have been even before I knew of her Vineyard connection. This seemed like a perfect weekend getaway for us but how could I manage to get tickets when I live in NJ and they were only on sale on the Vineyard !
I did it. I was determined and when it involves the Vineyard my determination is un-stoppable. So off we went. There were a few glitches along the way concerning MV accommodations and ferry reservations so we decided to stay in Falmouth on the mainland and just go to the Vineyard for the day of the concert.
It was a spectacular September Sunday afternoon on the Vineyard, the Campground was filled with happy concertgoers bustling around.
Before the concert began we were talking with a woman sitting next to us who was going on and on about how excited she was to be seeing Carly Simon. She said she had chatted about it with her seat mate on the small plane she had flown over to MV on that afternoon. She told him she had no idea who Harry Connick, Jr was, but that she was mainly there to see Carly.
When Harry stepped onto the stage she gasped and said “oh my god, that’s the young man I was talking to on the plane.” Just a tad embarrassing.
At 3pm Harry stepped on stage and the concert began. His band was fantastic and Harry’s voice velvety smooth. After about an hour or so of great music the lights were turned off. The only illumination was the sun shining through the stained glass windows around the perimeter of the Tabernacle !! And out stepped…..
CARLY. I was beside myself. In actuality though the person beside me was Carly’s mother!! I have seen Carly in concert several times since then but seeing her on the Vineyard and at the Tabernacle was something really special for me. Harry and Carly sang a few songs together, their voices meshed beautifully.
Carly did a few songs alone and then way too soon it was over. What a fantastic day, one we’ll never forget.
The reviews of the concert were glowing, much like the talents of Carly Simon and Harry Connick Jr. as they stood side by side on the stage of the Tabernacle.
After the concert we had ‘drinks’ with the band at the Oyster Bar in Oak Bluffs… us and about 100 other people… then we headed to Edgartown for dinner.
Too quickly our lovely day on the Vineyard was coming to an end. We drove back to Oak Bluffs for one last look at the now darkened Tabernacle. We had booked a late ferry and it’s one of the few times I’ve sailed at night. The sky was star filled, a cool breeze was blowing and a young man on board was strumming his guitar and singing softly. Perfect day.
I”ve seen Carly 6 or 7 times but this was the first time and there couldn’t have been a more perfect place.
Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 is Tivoli Day in Oak Bluffs.
Every year in September, Oak Bluffs hosts its annual street fair and block party known as Tivoli Day. Where did the name come from… and where can you find the Tivoli on MV ! You can’t, only memories of it remain.
The two story, full block Tivoli Dance Hall stood from 1901 until 1964 where the Oak Bluffs Town Hall is today. The entire top floor was a dance hall. The bottom floor housed shops and an ice cream parlor.
Full sized snippet pictures ~ part 5.
Illumination Night again because it’s my favorite event (Illumination Night this year is Wed, Aug 15)
(Click on links above each picture for more information).
This past weekend Deb and I went on the 2nd New Jersey Yarn Crawl. We only crawled to 5 of the 15 participating yarn stores.
The Stitching Bee in Chatham was our first stop.
Then to the beautiful town of Madison…
…to The Blue Purl. This yarn shop is one of the nicest, as are the people who work here.
Third stop was Angelfire Studios in Basking Ridge.
Also in Basking Ridge was Down Cellar
Not only is Down Cellar a friendly and nice yarn shop but during this visit my daughter Deb and I got a bit of a surprise ! As I walked back into the room where she was, she pointed to a woman sitting at a table and asked me if I knew who she was? It took maybe a second to recognize her. Deb and I hadn’t seen Diane in over 11 years… we all used to be part of a book group that began online. Although we used to get together from time to time we did lose touch after awhile. I had been thinking about her recently and she, while going through old photos had been thinking of Deb and me. Guess the cosmos worked its magic and brought us to the same yarn shop at the same time. It was fun to see her and I’m sure we’ll do better at keeping in touch.
Last stop… Nonna’s Yarn Cafe in Denville. The two sisters who own this yarn shop took a devastating hit last August with the flooding from hurricane Irene. Their store is lovely and it’s nice to see them back in business.
It was a fun day.
Today was ‘Shop Small Business Saturday’ and so my daughter Deb and I went into the center of Denville to do just that.
We made purchases in these stores.
And then we saw the float for tomorrow’s parade. It is titled
‘Denville’s Back…What A Gift’
and it certainly is considering the flooding and devastation Hurricane Irene caused a few months ago. CLICK HERE to read that post.
It was fun walking around town, visiting stores we haven’t been to for awhile, and seeing so many stores reopened and ready for the holidays. Yay for Denville and small businesses everywhere.
Commonly known in knitting and spinning circles (no pun intended) as, Rhinebeck. Deb and I set out at 7a.m. Saturday morning for our 2 hour drive.
Here we are within a half mile of the fairgrounds…this less than a half mile stretch took over a half hour. There are almost a jillion cars that are already there, and this is less than a half hour after the gates opened.
Despite the number of cars it really wasn’t too crowded yet. In less than an hour Deb had already made a few purchases and in the picture below, wearing a beautiful orange sweater she made, she’s being enticed, and won over by…
to go along with these already purchased beauties…
and this basket to put everything in because almost everything matches it so how could she resist.
I myself might have made a purchase for someone’s upcoming birthday! Stay tuned in November to find out what it might be.
Rhinebeck is always fun even for a non-knitter like me.
We enjoyed the food… the sun, clouds, a couple of showers, the foliage and seeing friends.
Happy and tired we start our journey home… bye Rhinebeck until next year.
Like many towns in New Jersey, my town of
was hit hard by flooding from hurricane Irene.
Today the St Francis Residential Community hosted its fall festival and is generously donating 50% of its proceeds to those affected by the massive flooding.
Denville center is open for business so if you’re in the area c’mon by.