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Red Bank, New Jersey - The Cultural Center of the Jersey Shore
By Frank Dalotto

Red Bank is the Jersey Shore’s cultural, social and commercial destination. At only an hour’s ride from New York City, by car, train or bus, it’s a fabulous day or weekend trip!

Situated along the southern bank of the Navesink River, this beautiful waterfront town boasts of many gourmet shops, coffeehouses, cafes, specialty shops, restaurants, and a lively nightlife. It is a charming town with beautiful brick sidewalks and Victorian street lamps. The entire town is very walk-able.

Food lovers will enjoy the dining and nightlife scene that rivals New York City’s Greenwich Village, and for shoppers, there is antiquing, art galleries and funky boutiques. A trolley shuttle transports weary shoppers between the heart of Red Bank and the Grove Shopping Mall in Shrewsbury.

For music lovers – there is Count Basie Theatre, named after the legendary jazz pianist that was born in Red Bank in 1904. Built in 1926, the theatre is a beautiful place to take in a concert or play. The theatre is known for first class entertainment in an intimate setting.

There have been several annual festivals held in Red Bank, The Red Bank International Film Festival and the Two River Film Festival.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith lived in Red Bank while working as an up-and-coming director. His films Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back partly took place in the town, primarily on Broad Street.

In June, the annual “Riverfest” Jazz Festival, held over a three-day period, draws approximately 160,000 visitors. And to the delight of over 150,000 people, Red Bank is host to New Jersey’s largest fireworks display every July 3rd. During Christmas, thousands of lights adorn the streets, transforming the town into a winter wonderland. "First Night," a New Year's Eve arts & entertainment festival, is an event designed to provide an alternative to alcohol-related events.

The beautiful Navesink River, lined by many estates, is the setting for popular outdoor activities including boating, sculling, sailing, and fishing. The Monmouth Boat Club, Marine Park, and the slips of the Molly Pitcher Inn provide access to the Navesink and, from there, the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t have your own boat? You can rent a canoe or a rowboat until mid-October.

Upcoming October Events

International Film Festival

Friday, October 13 to 15, 2006 Freedom Film Society, Count Basie Theater. Come catch some of the cutting edge independent and foreign short and full length films.

Red Bank Halloween Parade

Sunday, October 22, 2006 Line up at Bergen Place and Broad Street, 1 pm, Parade 2 pm.

Frank Dalotto is a freelance writer and travel consultant. His specialty is writing articles about New Jersey travel, including attractions, events, and restaurant reviews. Frank works in New Jersey and is the owner and editor of http://www.new-jersey-leisure-guide.com and a travel consultant for http://www.leisuretravelmart.com He is a member of ASTA (American Association of Travel Agents) and CLIA (Cruise Line International Association).

His academic credentials are: MBA, Pace University BSEE, University of Missouri.

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