Close to the end of August, we are now looking for the exciting and innovative events and activities offered in Monmouth County during the fall. Many are free, others available at nominal costs and for the benefit of non-profit organizations. A sampling of what’s on tap:
Saturday, Aug. 28 Sea Streak Parking Lot 4, First ave., Atlantic Highlands: National Irish Dance Competition. Free. All afternoon. Stop and watch Irish dancing and cheer on contestants at national competition sponsored by Daly Irish Dance Center, First Ave., Call 732-784-8266 for further information.
Longstreet Farm, Holmdel: Saturdays during September 11 am to 3 pm Cookstove demonstrations. See the recipes and techniques from the 1890s at one of Monmouth County’s historic parks. Free. For further information, visit www.MonmouthCounty Parks.com or call 732-842-2000.
Hartshorne Woods, Highlands. Saturdays in September 10 am-4 pm, Sundays, 1 pm.-3 pm. Free tours of historic Battery Lewis, with 62’ long gun barrel from Battleship BB62, USS New Jersey, on site of former Air Force Base, end of Portland Rd. For further information, visit www.moMonmouthCounty Parks.com or call 732-842-2000.
Thompson Park, Middletown. Saturday and Sunday, Sept 4, 5 Canoe Rentals, Marlu Lake. 10 am-3pm $15 per canoe for two hour rental for up to 3 persons. Canoe must be returned by 3 p.m. For further information, visit www.moMonmouthCOunty Parks.com or call 732-842-2000.
Sandy Hook All Star Benefit Concert Sunday, Sept. 26. BBQ, live music by local favorites, including Tim McLoone, Joe Bonanno, Carl Gentry, Sam Sims and Kyle Ward, Karl Pfeil and Steve Russo, Layonne Holmes, Lisa Sherman, Pat Guadagno, Robert Murdock and Lee Scott Howard. BBQ by David Burke of Red Corral, Rumson,. Opens at noon, Music from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets $12 until Sept. 22, $20 thereafter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Presented by Sandy Hook Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Sandy Hook’s natural and cultural resources.