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Freedy Johnston and Jeffrey Gaines at the Van Vleck House in Montclair, New Jersey

  Last weekend I saw Freedy Johnston and Jeffrey Gaines perform at the Van Vleck House in Montclair, New Jersey. The event was part of Out Post in The Burbs, an organization that holds musical events in the Montclair area. 
The Van Vleck House and Gardens was a beautiful place to hear music. We were able to take a quick walk around the garden before the show, where I was able to take couple Hipstamatic iPhone photos. The atmosphere was calm and serene, with butterflies flitting around while the music was playing.

   
    
 

I enjoyed the music of both the performers and the stories they told between the songs. Amazingly (and luckily) the weather held out until the very last song.  I am hoping to visit the Van Vleck House again to explore the gardens a little more and get more photos.

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Wordless Wednesday 

  
Hipstamatic iPhone Photo

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Wordless Wednesday

  View from Philadelphia Art Museum-Hipstamatic 

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Grounds for Sculpture

  

I visited Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey back in May. The sculpture park is a beautiful place to spend the day. There was a Seward Johnson retrospective going on which included some larger sculptures (like the Marilyn Monroe statue) which usually travel around the country. The colorful flowers and breathtaking landscapes make GFS a wonderful destination for taking photos and even plein air painting. Since the park is open all year long you can experience the sculptures in different ways as the seasons change. Some of the sculptures can be (gently) touched and interaction with the art is encouraged. Throughout the park are three dimensional reproductions of French paintings which would be a great way to introduce children to art history. There are also indoor sculpture galleries with rotating exhibits.

I would love to spend a leisurely day there drawing and taking pictures.

  
   
    
    
 

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Things I Love Thursday: Wildwood, New Jersey

  

One of my fave summer destinations is Wildwood, New Jersey. The beauty of this shore town is that it maintains its kitschy, retro “doo wop” look, while at the same time adding fun new additions that brings something unique to each visit.

  
It has become a tradition to make the (at least) three hour drive to this shore town. We love the lights and activity of the boardwalk. This year the Kong ride was added which harks back to a giant King Kong statue that resided over a Wildwood amusement pier.

 

  
The beach is beautiful and clean.

  
All of the photos were taken using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone.

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Love Asbury Park

Asbury Park lake view

Last weekend I visited the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. This is one of my favorite shore spots and each year I discover new interesting spots. We went to see the Promenade of Mermaids, but I stumbled upon a pinup clothing shop, a pirate, and some vintage guitars.

Bettie's Bombshells Retro Model

Retro Model at Bettie’s Bombshells

Bettie's Bombshells Retro Model

Betty

Bettie’s Bombshells is a boardwalk boutique specializing in vintage inspired designer pinup couture. I picked up some sunglasses and a Bettie Page low cut t-shirt. I want to go back though to get a retro bathing suit.

Pirate at Asbury Park

Boardwalk Pirate

We listened to the “Creepy Bard” (the name he goes by) play guitar on the boardwalk.

Gretsch Guitars

We found some amazing vintage guitar. Asbury Park is home to music venues and you can hear music almost every night of the week.

All of the photos in this post were taken with the Hipstmatic app on my iPhone. I used a combination of Tinto 1884 and Louis XIV infrared to get a dreamy, hyper real look.

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Christmas in NYC

Christmas on NYC

Yesterday I went into New York City to see the lights and decorations. It was unseasonably warm and the streets were jam packed with tourists, but i still find New York to be magical at Christmas time. It made me think of the scene in “Elf” where they run around the city looking at all the differently decorated Christmas trees. This was taken across the street from Radio City Music Hall.

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Stronger Than The Storm

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We took a day trip to one of our favorite shore destinations, Asbury Park. This was our first visit since Superstorm Sandy. It was great to see the beach full of sun bathers and colorful umbrellas. The boardwalk was bustling with people and the food stands all had lines. We walked past Madam Marie’s from the Bruce Springsteen song and it reminded me of his lyric “down the shore everything is alright”. There are certain places that are constants in our lives. At different times of my life I have visited different New Jersey shore towns, such as Belmar, Avon, Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant and Wildwood. Each town has a unique quality and caters to different age groups and life styles.

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Selfie on the Beach

The advertising campaign for the shore this year is “Stronger Than The Storm”. People from New Jersey, and especially the shore, are known for their resiliency in the face of adversity.

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The Convention Center

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Percolated Asbury Park

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I’m not really sure of the name of this building at the Asbury Park, but it really lends itself well to the Percolator app on the iPhone.

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Retro Destination: Asbury Park Boardwalk

Asbury Park Boardwalk

Last weekend we took a second visit to Asbury Park to see the Boardwalk and some other places that we missed on our first visit. Beach season was officially over but the boardwalk was still hopping with tourists, locals and street musicians. There were food stands in colorful shipping “containers” between the shops and restaurants. We had funnel cake and lemonade while listening to a trio dressed kind of like steampunk gypsies singing about vampires. We walked past a lot of the landmarks, like Madame Marie’s stand from Bruce’s song (yes, it really does exist), the Stone Pony, and The Convention Center. At the Wonder Bar they were having an outdoor Yappy Hour, where people brought their dogs. There were more Shepard Fairey murals beyond the main drag.

The Convention Center

The Convention Center is filled with little shops and bars

We could hear a musician playing guitar and singing a Door’s song here while walking on the beach

McLoone’s Asbury Grille, formerly a Howard Johnsons

Shepard Fairey murals

The Asbury Park Boardwalk is timeless, with architecture from several different eras standing side by side. Some of the buildings reminded me of Giorgio de Chirico’s isolated landscapes. Music is a big part of the Boardwalk and you can’t help but think of your favorite summer songs from when you were growing up.

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