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Rainy Day Ideas: Jersey City

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ART GALLERIES! Almost every hot spot on the block in Jersey City is featuring works of local artists on their walls. Or on their buildings, or had a wall made in their shop, or hosted shows in historic buildings. But there is more in art homes: Mana Contemporary, Art House Productions, Panepinto Galleries, Jersey City Art School, Hewes Art Center, etc. Add yours in the comments section.

PAGE-TURNER READS! Finish a book in a day!  Kill me Janet Evanovich or—the owner of my childhood homeHarlan Coben. And Lawrence Sanders. All my summer reads. Even sitting at…

COFFEE & TEA LOCALES! Is it just me or is people-watching at Vogue CafeDames Coffee Espresso Bar, Dulce de LecheMod Cup Coffee, Sam a.m., Beechwood CafeTea NJBWE, Lackawanna, The CliffShort GrainChoc-O-Pain (who is opening yet another location on Palisade Ave.), Congress Station, Ground Connectionand a plethora of other places in this city just so fun? I mentally write a story about each person that passes by.

MAKE OUT IN THE RAIN! I am guilty guilty guilty of this. No lover? Just being caught in thunderstorms with friends can brew creativity. Staying dry tactics, protecting clothes or electronics, what now? It’s an opportunity to learn. Dance in the rain, run in the rain (if it’s not a thunderstorm; safety first), puddle hop. Rain can be refreshing and freeing. Added bonus for allergies: it cleans the air.

PAINT IT OUT, OR COLOR! If Cork & Canvas is booked, you have adults and kids coloring books. (My faves for this occasion are Four Seasons by Aiko Fukawa & Barbie’s Spring Into Style). Just get the right pencils for the former and the gel metallic crayons for the latter. Materials make a difference! Or make a vision board out of magazine pictures. Or make something, anything! You have everything you need in your house to create. Look around and get creative.

HOME SPA: Scrubs, facemasks, manis, pedis and massages. My fave products:
Arbonne Awaken Sea Salt Scrub. This has changed my life (or really, that of my hands and feet)
Freeman’s Avocado & Oatmeal Face Mask
Rid Redness & Acne
Hair treatments
Homemade body scrub for skin

ORGANIZE: Cleaning out a drawer or a closet can be a relaxing ritual. Start with a small space so you don’t get overwhelmed, and then either be motivated to tackle bigger spaces or be inspired to do something else by something you find. If you have a creative mind, the act of it and the finding of something you forgot about will trigger some greats ideas. I promise!

MAD LIBS: Hey, you can play by yourself!

CARDS: Again, you can always play solitaire. If you need competition, I will beat you at spit any day. Try me.

SPEAKING OF CARDS: Buy some nice stationery and bring the handwritten note back! Who doesn’t love mail? Put some real effort and thought into those you love. Or get real with Hold Fast Industries (read my article in the Jersey City Independent this summer).

LISTEN TO MUSIC: Create a new playlist if you like anything for your next outdoor workout in sunnier skies. I’m all about Beyonce’s Lemonade right now, as if I wasn’t about everything Bey anyway for all of time. But now that Google Music has bought Songza, you have no excuse to hear an extreme variety of unsolicited music around the world and in your own backyard. They just #catertoyou.

HELLO! SPORTS: Put that new playlist to use while lifting weights at BLINK or stairclimbing at BASE. Then there’s indoor swimming at Pershing Field, the Local Barre and HipFit classes with Laura in the Brunswick Center.

BUY LOCAL, BE UNIQUE: Vintage: How Very or Another Man’s Treasure. For boutique, Vivi Girl Shop and Tia’s, of course.

MOVIES & SHOPPING: I not a huge fan of either, but I’ve found in my most stressed-out times, escaping to the Newport Mall just to walk around, (and maybe buy pretty, frilly things & specialty items at Sephora, Vicky’s and Lush) or—more recently—going to its newly renovated Loews AMC has actually helped me rejuvenate.

MOVIES AGAIN! OnDemand, Netflix and Redbox.

 

YAAAAS, I did. Enjoy,
JCG

 

All About Downtown Street Fair 2016

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Jersey City: Saturday, September 17th is the annual and all-out awesome All About Downtown Street Fair.

Stroll up or down Newark Avenue (between Grove St. and Jersey Ave.) to soak up live music, nosh on noms, sip adult bevvies, and shop from 11am-6pm.

There will be over 100 local vendors and plenty of fun activities for the kids, too.

FB info here.

Shop local. Support local.
JCG

6th Borough Market 7/26

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I heart the 6th Borough Market—and it’s back today! Take a walk behind City Hall (Montgonmery St. and Marin Blvd.) between 11am and 5pm to soak in the unique offerings and handcrafted items. There is nothing like shopping local.

Click below to see pics & purchases from my last visit…

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Cork & Canvas: My trip!

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After my initial announcement of the opening of Cork & Canvas, I want to update you on how amazing my experience was. This is def my favorite activity suggestion for a friend or family fun night. Tons of laughs, healthy competition and a masterpiece to bring home!

The night I went, it was a Hawaiian theme, and I got “laid” when I walked in. There were kids from 4-86. No worries. All skill levels are welcome.

After some food, drink and mingling, we settled at our canvasses and got down to the painting bit. Each person is provided with a canvas, pallette of acrylic paint colors, brushes and water.

There was a finished painting of what we would be creating on an easel next to the instructor up front. Our leader had her own blank canvas and walked us through the process step by step as she began her recreation, instructing what type of brush to use, which colors to mix, and where to place our lines and shapes on the canvas.

An assistant strolls the aisles to refill colors on your palette and bring you paper towels. For the more deatiled parts of the painting, the instructor walks arounds with the finished product to assist your strokes.

Glancing to my right and left, I was a bit intimidated. The woman to my right admitted she was a professonal painter and the man to my left seemed like he was one. It should be noted that you don’t have to follow instructions exactly if you don’t want to. Instead of the flower, one man chose to paint a dog instead and another chose to do a plate with a steak dinner. To each their own.

After finishing up, painters have the opportunity to see everyone’s creations while cleaning up and letting the canvases dry. Each painting was beautiful and unique and inspirational.

And then we all went on our merry ways with our masterpieces.

To the artistically inclined,
JCG

Cork & Canvas Opens!

11391349_10205741028662660_6633484343336343866_nThere’s a new social painting space in town Jersey City: Cork & Canvas Paint Paint and Sip studio!

It goes like this: grab your friends, lovers, children, pick up a bottle of vino and have an exciting evening with talented artists who instruct you how to create your own masterpiece based on the “painting of the evening.” It’s a step-by-step process and no experience is necessary. The night is about creative expression, bonding and fun.

Explore your own creativity to form an individual piece of art that can be a statement piece for your home or a gift for someone else.

The grand opening of the studio, located at 275 Newark Ave., is this Friday, June 5th from 7-10pm. If you can’t make it then, here’s what you need to know for your future visit: 

Choose your night based on your preferred painting. Check out the Calendar to decide what you’d like. Get family and friends to join in and then Register Online or call the studio (732.309.6568) to sign up.

Raise your brush and your glass,
JCG

Click below to see the themed nights Cork & Canvas Paint and Sip offers.

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6th Borough Market 9/14

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Shop the pop-up 6th Borough Market from 11am-5pm located behind City Hall (Montgomery St & Marin Blvd) this Sunday, September 14th.Some of the contributing brands are: Do You Tea? Soap for Sinners, Republic of Pigtails, Oh Honey!, Choc-o-Pain, Vera Vixeness, Cholita Dessert Bar, and more.

The Market is a curated mix of artisan crafts and vintage goods for sale, and the experience is topped off with children’s activities and yummy eats. Artists, collectors and chefs gather to provide a fun experience for families on one given Sunday each month during the warm season. Note: It’s the second-to-last one! (October 19th is the final market.)

For those of you who’ve been missing out on the festivities, here are a few mentions from me.

 

Keep it local,
JCG

Riverview Flea Market: 9/14

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It’s that time of year where we welcome the most amazing annual flea market ever, that of Jersey City’s Riverview-Fisk Park. This year already boasts over 100 vendors (including me).

Free zumba? 10:15 am
Free yoga? 11am
Children’s activities? ?

Additionally, there will be live music from JC’s favorite bands throughout the day (line-up tbd).

Tables are still available if you’re interested in vending. Click here to sign up.

Stop, shop and roll anytime between 10am and 5pm. FB info.

Cheers,
JCG

Butterfly Pinning at Kanibal Home 10/10/13

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On Thursday, Kanibal Home (213 Montgomery St.) is hosting a craft class at 7:30pm on Butterfly Pinning. Learn how to steam, spread and pin a butterfly. The class includes materials and you taking home a framed butterfly. $25.

These events fill up quickly, so you must RSVP: kanibal@kanibalhome.com to attend.

Happy pinning,
JCG

JC Arts School: Register Now

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There’s still time to enroll in 4-8 week courses at Jersey City Arts School (326 Fifth St.). Learn portrait drawing, ceramics, or beginner or intermediate drawing and painting. While these courses are for adults, there is an age 12+ course titled “Comics,” which the school describes as “understanding the skills, processes and techniques involved in the time-honored tradition of juxtaposing words and images in a sequential format, otherwise known as cartooning.”

Read the finer details and register here.

 

 

Riverview Flea: Saturday 9/7/13

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It’s that time of year where we welcome the most amazing annual flea market ever, that of Jersey City’s Riverview-Fisk Park. This year already boasts over 100 vendors (including me). 

Free zumba? 10:15 am
Free yoga? 11am
Children’s activities? ?

Additionally, there will be live music from Payaso Triste, GMJ Groove, Crash Gordan & Debra Dynamite, Sea of Otters and the Martin Maretto Duo.

Tables are still available if you’re interested in vending. Click here to sign up.

Stop, shop and roll anytime between 10am and 5pm. FB info.

Cheers,
JCG

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