I took a two part trip to New York City on Sunday, September 16th. During the afternoon I planned to go to Coney Island before heading back to Manhattan at dusk to do a walk through of the San Gennaro festival. First was two hours of travel time: 1 hour on NJ Transit to Penn Station and another hour on the Q train to Coney. I got there at around 3:30pm, a little later than I was hoping.

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As far as I know, my home away from home Brick, NJ has one fair a year, and that’s the Italian Festival held by Church of the Epiphany. I stopped by on August 16th, the first night of the festival, before heading over to Seaside. Despite being in the same town as the shore house, it was still like a 20 minute ride from the southernmost point of the town to the church grounds in northern Brick. The festival had a small midway with rides by Johnson’s Fun Factory, a small carnival out of south Jersey. The fair had…

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I was down at the shore house in Brick for a couple of days in mid/late July. My main task at the house was killing off a wasp nest that had taken up residence right next to the front door, but I stayed on Friday to just take in the summertime at the shore. In the afternoon I took a long bike ride around the Drum Point area; nearly 25 miles total. I actually took a few photos on the ride:

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There’s lots of Italian festivals around New Jersey and New York, usually held around the feast day of a certain saint or religious figure. Mid-July see’s several “Our Lady of Mount Carmel” festivals in the tri-state area, with the Berkeley Heights festival being the one I’ve been to the most over the years. The festival went for four days this year, from Friday to Monday. Strange dates for a fair, I know, but the end coincides with the feast day on July 16th. The midway was by Ace Amusement and the fair had…

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I always like doing something on the Summer solstice, the day with the longest amount of sunlight each year. Sometimes I take a nice evening bike ride or walk, but this year I decided that it would be a good night to head over to Immaculate Conception Church’s parish festival. The midway was by Majestic Midways and the fair had…

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