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What’s Happening in South Jersey This Weekend

What’s Happening in South Jersey This Weekend


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Looking for some fun activities around South Jersey this weekend? Here are some fun things to do around Gloucester, Camden, Atlantic, and Salem Counties this weekend.

We’ve got some family-oriented activities👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, and some for adults only🍷🥂. Read on to see what South Jersey has to offer:


Celebration on Main

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We’re pulling out all the stops for this inaugural celebration of our Main Street. The street will be closed for the perfect family “cruise” down Main, featuring our annual car show, an array of fun activities, live entertainment, delicious eats, merchant sales, and more!

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Saturday, June 22nd 10:00 am– 4:00 pm

Stroll along Main Street, where you’ll marvel at a display of
cool cars, from vintage to hot rods!

Double G: Performing live their special mix of classics and easy listening.

Stephanie Owens, Keyboardist and singer infusing her own spin on hits from past and present!

Bounce House, Leap, laugh, and play in the inflatable fun and adventures of the Bounce House.

Face Painting, From enchanting mermaids to brave superheroes – kids will love being transformed into their favorite characters.

Pop-Up Craft Fair, Stop by the booths of artisan crafters for an array of unique products.

Shopping, Visit our charming Main Street Merchants for sales and fun activities.

Food and Drink

33 South Main Street (Behind OKKA)

Bistro Society
Salads, starters, and burgers with a flair.
Frios Gourmet Pops
Gourmet ice cream truck.
Anthony the Weenie Genie
Delicious hot dogs with all the toppings.
DeRose’s Mobile Kitchen
Wings, cheesesteaks, fries and more.
Swedesboro Brewing Company
Craft beer inspired by the unique history of the region.
The Big Swig
Hand crafted mocktails plus a photo booth.
Gather to Graze
Tasty charcuterie bar at 45 S. Main.


A Garden State Of Mind

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The latest mural on The Ave celebrates Vineland’s agricultural heritage.

There is something especially refreshing about homegrown produce after a day of sweating out the summer heat. One particularly hot afternoon I found myself cruising by farm fields to Malench’s Farm Market, at the intersection of the Boulevard and East Sherman Avenue, where I was greeted as warmly as the humid air. I began to peruse the stand for a fresh souvenir, reminded of how sweet it is to call Jersey home.

New Jersey ranks among the top 10 in the nation for its production of peaches, tomatoes, blueberries, cucumbers, peppers, spinach, cranberries, squash/zucchini, asparagus, and eggplant, shares NJDA Public Information Officer Jeff Wolfe. The “Jersey Fresh” logo, a recognizable branding and distinction of quality that began in 1984, has a reputation far and wide.

“Along with the great taste and top quality of Jersey Fresh produce, New Jersey is within hours of 50 million consumers. It allows our farmers to have their fruits and vegetables delivered at the peak of freshness to various outlets,” Wolfe says.

Behind “Jersey Fresh” stands the hard work of farmers at nearly 10,000 farms across 750,000 acres in the state, dedicated to producing top notch fruits and vegetables. This esteem is noteworthy. Wolfe explains: “Whether you are a wholesale buyer or a consumer, when you see the Jersey Fresh logo, you know you are getting top quality products direct from our Garden State growers.

“Originally from the Midwest, I can say without question that Jersey Fresh produce is as good as it gets,” Wolfe continues. “We also receive phone calls from people who have moved out of state asking when our fruits and vegetables are available. Jersey Fresh is truly a nationally recognized brand that has a wide appeal.”

For local artist and longtime Vinelander Erin DiPalma, Jersey produce serves as a source of inspiration. DiPalma is in the final stages of completing her first mural, an 1,800-square-foot project on Landis Avenue featuring “a colorful variety of fresh fruits and Jersey vegetables, with a café, chalkboard-type design.” With detailed blueberries and tomatoes that look sweet enough to eat, the mural pays vibrant homage to the fresh produce Jersey has to offer.

DiPalma says that her passion for art is about “bringing a space to life. This project is special because it will bring vibrancy to Landis Avenue and promote local restaurants and small business.”

Her mural can be seen on the side of the vegan soul food restaurant, Vegans Are Us.

The health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables is widely known. With the close proximity to fresh, quality New Jersey produce, eating delicious and nutritious food is an achievable goal. Such a lifestyle change may seem like a daunting task, but the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA is here to help. The YMCA has previously offered meal prep courses for members, and they are currently paired up with the Vineland Health Department to promote “Live Healthy Vineland.”

This partnership includes the Corner Store Initiative, helping corner stores provide greater and easier access to produce for the communities they serve. Furthermore, the YMCA has certified personal trainers who can aid in more individualized nutritional advice.

Jose Ledezma, the youth and adult Healthy Living director at the Vineland YMCA, provides some advice based on personal experience: “I highly recommend everyone starts out experimenting with different fruits and vegetables, and while I personally do not always reach the recommended amount of servings, I always make sure my lunch/dinner includes a minimum of one serving of vegetables. In addition, in a day, I usually consume three to four snacks throughout the day, and at least one will include a vegetable source and a fruit source.

“The biggest reason why I suggest experimentation with fruits and vegetables,” he adds, “is because everyone is unique and may like different fruits/vegetables, but once you find what you enjoy, it will make the experience feel more enjoyable, rather than a chore.”

At the Farm Market stand, I ask Anthony Malench for guidance on how one would approach a farm stand for the first time and what to look for. Malench recommended the Jersey classics like corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers (titled “pickles” for the type, size, and taste that is grown at Malench’s).

When it comes to shopping for corn, one can judge the best options without even peeking under the husk. Malench suggests testing the weight of a husk within your own hand to determine what feels good. The same seems to apply to cucumbers and tomatoes; finding something that “feels good” comes quite naturally, especially with an already solid selection of Jersey Fresh produce.

With a half dozen husks of corn, three tomatoes, and roughly six pickles riding passenger, I drive home with the prospect of a chilled summer salad in mind. Shuck corn, tuck into a pot of boiling water, and let cool after their three-minute bath. Dice tomatoes and pickles, cut the corn off the cob, and mix together with a light lemon olive oil dressing that includes salt, pepper, and seasoning to taste. I was certainly satisfied with the result, and it tasted even better knowing exactly where it came from.

In regards to fruits and vegetables, there are many tools to experiment with right in Cumberland County’s backyard. Farm markets like Malench’s give “Jersey Fresh” an even more personal connection with hand-to-home produce shopping. A walk or a drive along Landis Avenue now features vibrant artwork of fruits and vegetables that is symbolic of the exciting variety of local food options. The YMCA is working to make these homegrown resources even more readily accessible with nutrition coaching and the Corner Store Initiative.

All of this is thanks to the dedicated farmers and workers in fields around every bend. It is surely sweet to live in the Garden State.


Day Action

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Volunteer with other South Jersey Professionals! 

Each June, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. This year, United Way of Gloucester County & the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce partner to organize the Day of Action! 

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Can’t make the event but still want to participate? Donate school supplies and/or books! Details below:

Date: June 13, 2024

Drop-off address:  United Way of Gloucester County – 454 Crown Point Rd., Thoroughfare, NJ 08086

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


REGISTRATION TIPS: 

STEP 1

Check your availability. Projects will begin at 9:30 am after check-in & introductions at your selected project site. 

STEP 2 

Choose your project. Whether you decide to choose a project based on agency or because you’ll enjoy the type of project activity, thank you for committing your time to support our community! 

STEP 3 

Prepare for your project! Come dressed in comfortable clothing appropriate for your project. (Closed-toed shoes for outdoor projects). Don’t forget to bring a hat or sunscreen for outdoor projects. 

Water will be available at each location for all volunteers. Bring your business cards! During check-in, and while enjoying lunch, this will be a great time to network with other volunteers and representatives from the agencies you are assisting. 

STEP 4 

Have a great time & contact us with any questions! 

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Thursday, June 27, 2024 (5:30 PM – 8:00 PM) (EDT

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Kick-off summer with an experience to remember! 

Join the Chamber for good food and networking at the Annual Summer BBQ! This experiential take on networking provides attendees with the opportunity to build new relationships with other business professionals in a fun, casual environment. 

We’ll have games and prizes, LIVE MUSIC, food trucks, and our Annual Pie Eating Contest. 

Kick-off the summer with a party with fellow members and register today.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES! 

Review our Sponsor Fact Sheet HERE. We have a large variety of options.

Contact our Event & Marketing Planner, Linsey Camire, lcamire@gc-chamber.com, for more details.

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Glassboro Town Square

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Linsey Camire
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Thursday, June 27, 2024 (5:30 PM – 8:00 PM) (EDT)


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Wine and Music Amongst The Vines at Plagido’s is Happening in South Jersey This Weekend!

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Wine & Music Amongst the Vines

Plagido’s Winery: 570 N 1st Road,Hammonton, NJ 08037

Plagido’s specializes in small artisanal hand-crafted wines, that are produced using a basket press. The grapes come from small lots, on a single vineyard, with sandy loam soil.  The quality of wine speaks for itself.

Come escape to their little oasis located in the heart of South Jersey. They welcome you to relax on our patio with a glass of wine and enjoy the tranquil view of their vineyard.

The Tasting room is open daily, for tastings, relaxation, and wine sales.  Groups of 6 or more require a reservation. 

They have live music every weekend!

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Visit the Battleship NJ!

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Anchored along the New Jersey-side of the Delaware River just across from Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey is a must-see attractions while in the area. Military history enthusiasts will put this at the top of their list of places to visit in New Jersey and places to visit in Philadelphia. However, the tours of the Battleship New Jersey are interactive, so guests of all ages and interests will equally enjoy themselves as they navigate the decks of the Battleship. You will be going up and down on ladders, stepping through passageways and sometimes maneuvering in tight spaces – just like the officers and the crew of the USS New Jersey did. We’re among the best tourism-related things to do in Philadelphia and for good reason – coming aboard a real battleship and experiencing history can leave a lasting impact.



See a Galaxy, Light, or Laser Show at the Planetarium

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Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University

Look to the skies with the Edelman Planetarium! They offer live stargazing and immersive 360-degree video on their digital sky. Private shows can be scheduled for school, church, and scout groups. All are welcome to attend their public shows. Check out our special events for one-time events and special programming. View the night skies through their telescopes during their observatory open houses.Tickets for Edelman Planetarium


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