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The Best of Red Bank and Shrewsbury, New Jersey, from shopping and restaurants to art galleries to kid stuff (including summer camp)


Good Times Planned at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey Reopening October 30, 2008 After Summer Renovations

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Rex was just flipping through the New Jersey section in today’s New York Times and showed me an ad for the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. The Count Basie Theatre has spent the summer closed for renovations but they are nearing the end and will proudly re-open on October 30, 2008 with the following calendar of events:

  • Jersey Shore Rock-N-Soul Revue:  California Dreaming on Thursday, October 30th
  • Capitol Steps on Halloween — Friday, October 31st
  • NJSO/Best of Beethovan on Saturday, November 1st
  • David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) on Monday, November 3rd
  • Spyro Gyra and the Rippingtons on Thursday, November 6th
  • Kevin Smith on Friday, November 7th
  • Tony Bennett is SOLD OUT on Saturday, November 8th
  • In the Mood, a 1940’s Musical, on Sunday, November 9th
  • Phoenix Productions Beauty and the Beast from Friday, November 14th through Sunday, November 23rd
  • Ani DiFranco on Tuesday, November 18th
  • Last Comic Standing LIVE on Friday, November 28th
  • Christmas from Dublin starring Three Irish Tenors on Saturday, November 29th
  • Ronan Tynan - The Gift of Christmas Song on Sunday, November 30th
  • Michael McDonald On This Night on Wednesday, December 3rd
  • The Golden Boys on Thursday, December 4th
  • Holiday Doo Wop on Friday, December 5th
  • A Christmas Carol — 2 shows on Saturday, December 6th
  • The Beach Boys on Sunday, December 7th
  • Sinatra Birthday Bash on Friday, December 12th
  • The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th
  • Holiday Express on Tuesday, December 16th and Thursday, December 18th
  • Kenny G Christmas Show on Wednesday, December 17th
  • Nancy Scharff Ministries — It’s Christmas! on Friday, December 19th
  • Glen Burtnik’s Xmas Xtravaganza on Saturday, December 20th
  • Monmouth Civic Chorus performs Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 21st
  • Cirque-tacular Entertainment Presents “Circurious” on Saturday, December 27th
  • Elvis Birthday Bash on Friday, January 16th
  • Kathleen Madigan on Saturday, January 17th
  • VH1’s Best Week Ever Live on Friday, January 30th
  • Cirque Le Masque on Saturday, January 31st
  • Monmouth Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, February 1st
  • Pink Floyd Experience on Thursday, February 5th
  • David Bromberg Big Band with Angel Band on Friday, February 6th
  • Monmouth Civic Chorus on Sunday, February 8th
  • Michael Amante’s Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti on Friday, February 13th
  • Disney’s The Imagination Movers on Saturday, February 14th
  • MOMIX Remix on Friday, February 27th

That’s all the Count Basie Theatre has listed for now.  It’s a great venue to see a show, an historic 1926 theatre in downtown Red Bank, New Jersey.  Rex and I saw Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at Count Basie one New Year’s Eve before we had kids.  We’ve also seen Pat Benatar there and, more recently, Rex’s son Trader caught Bruce Springsteen in an amazing fundraiser last May.

Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.  Phone:  (732) 842-9000.

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Waitin’ on a Rainy Day: London, Maddie, Rex and Roxy Explore The Grove at Shrewsbury, New Jersey

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As we headed down to our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, for most of the month of August, Rex and the girls and I had a few things on our wish lists, but we figured we would save our shopping for a rainy day. Well, this year the weather gods smiled upon us, and that rainy day never came. We didn’t see a single movie at the theatre in Brick, NJ, and every sunny day meant the errands would have to wait.

Finally, as Labor Day approached, there were a few clouds in the sky and the forecast offered up “scattered showers,” so we jumped into our Chevy Suburban and headed north to The Grove at Shrewsbury. First things first…we were starved, so we enjoyed an outdoor lunch (the showers held off) at Pasta Fresca. Then we shopped till we dropped!

Rex and Maddie are the chefs in our household, so they went wild at Williams-Sonoma: a new small sharp knife set for Maddie and London to share when they help Rex to cut up string beans for dinner and strawberries for breakfast. Maddie found a special cheese grater for their daily dose of Parmesan, and Rex and I were only too happy to encourage them to give up the Kraft “green can.” While Rex was in search of cedar planks for salmon, as well as potholders, they were out of stock so we ended up ordering them online…I guess we didn’t need to wait for a rainy day for that.

We tried to find new tennis outfits for the girls at McLoone’s Running Store, but everything was either too big or too small, so we moved on. Weeks later, Rex and I ended our tennis search at Mason’s in New York City, where we found a really cool tennis dress…London loved it, Maddie didn’t.

London and Maddie had a notion that they needed jeans for their girl band, so we commandeered the dressing rooms at Gap Kids and ended up with two pairs of jeans for each girl and matching BFF (that’s “best friends forever” for you unhip mamas out there) T-shirts for all three current band members.

Having promised Maddie that we would redecorate her bedroom with a monkey theme, we dropped into Pottery Barn to pick up their current kids catalog and placed our order online in time for back-to-school delivery. While we were there, we discovered Pottery Barn’s line of aromatherapy and bought two scents for freshening the air at our beach house.

A little something for everyone included a quick stop at Victoria’s Secret, where I bought a few items but dashed out blushing with embarrassment as London and Maddie ran around the store, holding up a variety of seductive selections for mom.

Our last stop was Brooks Brothers, where Rex and I both did well. Rex got two new blue and white striped shirts for his collection, and I found two “miracle shirts” – the miracle is that they don’t need to be ironed, and I was able to have a wrinkle-free button down shirt right out of the dryer instead of sending it off to the dry cleaner. What’s more, a week later, we got a thoughtful thank you note from our salesperson…now that’s service!

Other stores at The Grove in Shrewsbury include: Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Bebe, Belmondo, Bluemercury, Chelsea, Chico’s, Clarks, Coach, Country Curtains, Eddie Bauer, Glow, J. Crew/crew cuts, J. Jill, J Mclaughlin, M.A.C., Mimi Maternity, Neves Jewelers, Nine West, The Papery, Platypus, Stacy Gemma, Starbucks, and Talbots/Talbots Petites. Coming this Fall: Lucky Brand Jeans and Janie and Jack.

The Grove at Shrewsbury, located one mile south of Red Bank on Route 35.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am to 9pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm