A few of my favorite things…

I hate to start out another blog post reflecting on how busy I’ve been, but yet again, that is the case!  Readers, I know you’re busy too…especially with this holiday season upon us.  But, hopefully it is a “good busy” for you, as it is for me.

Here is a quick list of things happening in and around NJ that are my current equivalent of “Doorbells and slaybells and schnitzel with noodles.”

Holiday Music!
Driving to and from a very busy itinerary these days, I’m happy to tune in and listen to the holiday music on Magic 98.3 (WMGQ).  They’ve been playing holiday music since just before Thanksgiving, and it’s helped me get into the spirit this season.   When you’re in the mood to jingle bell rock, or chill out with Frosty, Magic 98.3 is ready too.

Barron Arts Center
After finally getting to check (a really large and back-logged stack of) my mail yesterday afternoon, I saw that one of my favorite NJ poets, Chris Rockwell, is going to be at the Barron Arts Center in January!  I absolutely love that venue – it’s simple and has a lot of history, and when you attend an exhibit or see a show there, you really feel a special connection to the art and artists.

The Punk Rock Flea Market
Last weekend, friends from PA invited me to go with them to the Punk Rock Flea Marketin Philadelphia.  There, 300 vendors sold anything from old records and clothes, to original art and music, to food and furniture.  It was a cross between a traditional flea market and a craft fair.  It was a blast.  After the show, I learned that there was a similar event held last spring and will likely be one again this spring.  If you love flea markets – whether you’re punk or not – you should check it out.  (There will be a more detailed follow-up or two about this event and some of the artists we encountered there on Notes on the State of New Jerseysoon.)

Keep busy and have fun!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

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