The (ever-funky) Borough of Collingswood and The (mind-bending) Franklin Institute are pairing up this spring to challenge visitors to Collingswood to teasers, tricks and a look inside your brain!
The Franklin Institute will release their “Brain Waves” Street Team on unsuspecting crowds in Collingswood during the Borough’s spring and summer lineup of events. The FI team will bring street-corner science and get inside the heads of guests with an intricate series of interactive experiments designed to mess with the minds of shoppers and diners and reveal the inner-workings of the brain. Games that stun with optical illusions, test memory and gauge reflexes will aim to reveal exactly how people see (or just think they see) the world around them.
The fun and games are all part of an effort to showcase The Franklin Institute’s newest permanent exhibit, “Your Brain” opening June 14, 2014, the centerpiece of the brand-new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. The new exhibit invites people to climb the 18-foot tall web of neural networks and navigate a busy street scene filled with multisensory illusions that literally turns your world upside down. With over 70 interactive experiences, visitors of all ages will discover the foundations of a science that is revealing new questions every day.
The Franklin Institute’s Brain Waves team will storm Collingswood crowds during these dates/events:
Thursday, May 15: Cruise Night, 5 to 9PM
Saturday, May 24: May Fair, 10AM to 5PM
Saturday, May 31: Farmers’ Market, 8 to 12PM
Saturday, August 9: 2nd Saturday, 5 to 9PM
“Who doesn’t want to take a peek inside their brain, especially with the great scientists at the Franklin Institute?” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We welcome the head-scratching they’ll be bringing to us. It’s our kind of fun.”
About The Franklin Institute:
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Pennsylvania’s most visited museum, it is dedicated to creating a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education. For more information, visit www.fi.edu.
Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association and is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust. For more information, visit www.Collingswood.com.
As part of Collingswood’s summer movies in the park series, the Borough will host a second screening of the Disney hit FROZEN on Thursday, July 31.
Movies in the park are free! All movies begin at dusk. The screen is located by the Browning and Collings intersection, near the gazebo. This event is BYOC - Bring your own chair (or blanket!). For all the information on summer movies and recreation programs, visit
Can YOU win the blue ribbon?! Grease your baking dishes for Jersey fresh peaches
The annual Collingswood Farmers' Market PEACH PIE CONTEST is August 2! We need pie bakers. Win gift certs and bragging rights. Dust off the pie pans and show off those skills, fans! Nothing says Americana like a good old fashioned pie contest. Join in!
:: Bakers MUST pre-register. http://www.collingswoodmarket.com/events/just-peachy/ ::
Collingswood, well known for its restaurants, will also host a Just Peachy restaurant week on August 5, 6 & 7.
The Collingswood Farmers’ Market is in its second decade providing produce and more to the Delaware Valley region and was named the best small market in America in an American Farmland Trust poll. The Market is weekly along Atlantic Ave (under the PATCO Speedline) between Irvin and Collings Avenues from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. www.collingswoodmarket.com
“We really lived up to our reputation as the Garden State with this one,” said Chef Mark Smith of The Tortilla Press in Collingswood and Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville. Chef Jim Malaby of Mullica Hill’s blueplate, agrees, “I have guests calling me as early as June for this dinner.”Both chefs are referring to Just Peachy, their August tribute to Jersey peaches, now so popular that a half a dozen other restaurants have signed on to join the peach madness that August brings.
With over 90 peach orchards spread throughout the state, New Jersey produces almost 66 million peaches for export, making it the 4th largest producer of peaches in the nation. “Not bad for such a small state,” explains Malaby. “Which is why we’re celebrating the incredible diversity of this beautiful fruit, showcasing it in every possible way, from the usual desserts, right through to soups, salads and entrees.”
This year restaurants will kick off NJ Peach month with a cooking demo and recipes at Collingswood’s Farmers Market, where a peach pie contest will be taking place on the same day. Local restaurants will feature tasty peach desserts, like the Peach Bellini Tiramisu at That’s Amore in Collingswood and the Pop Shop’s peach pancakes.
Other restaurants like blueplate, Braddocks Tavern and The Tortilla Press are featuring full menus spotlighting peaches in every course. Keg and Kitchen in Westmont will offer both a full menu and a special Jersey Peach martini featuring farmers peach cider, St elder, stoli peach vodka. And BYO restaurants are getting into the spirit. “We’re also doing peach sangria tasting” says Chef Smith whose restaurant features Sharrott Winery’s Just Peachy Sangria.
The Collingswood Farmers’ Market will also host a Peach Pie contest on August 2 to kick off the month celebrating peaches. Bakers are needed – details here. http://www.collingswoodmarket.com/events/just-peachy/
“Everything’s coming up peaches,” said Malaby “And local restaurants couldn’t be happier.”
Keg & Kitchen - Westmont
The Tortilla Press - Collingswood
Tortilla Press Cantina - Merchantville
Braddocks Tavern – Medford
The Pop Shop - Collingswood
That’s Amore - Collingswood
Sapori - Collingswood
L’Oceano - Collingswood
Indiya - Collingswood
Bistro di Marino - Collingswood
Otts Tavern - Medford
Blueplate - Mullica Hill
Nunzio Ristorante - Collingswood
Otts Tavern - Washington Twp, Berlin and Medford
Filomena's - Almonessen
South Jersey Magazine names Collingswood’s BEST
Collingswood businesses and events were named tops in South Jersey Magazine’s Best of the Best 2014! South Jersey Magazine editors “…combed through every town in the tri-county region in search of standout stars and hidden gems that help make our area so exciting.” Read on to see what to eat, shop and enjoy in Collingswood!
Pop-Up Gala, Collingswood
It doesn’t get much more romantic than getting whisked away to a secret location for an elegant, candlelight dinner; now add live music and dancing and imagine doing it with dozens of other diners, all dressed in white. Styled after similar dinner en blanc events in major cities, in which guests don’t know the location until just before dinnertime, it’s South Jersey’s own Midnight in Paris.
Collingswood, (856) 854-0720(856) 854-0720, Collingswood.com/Gala
The Pop Shop
We can’t resist a place with a dedicated section on the menu just for French fries. You’ll find the traditional homemade cut and favorites like Old Bay, but we steer toward their more inventive creations—think Disco Fries with mozzarella cheese and gravy or a spicy version served with jalapeño peppers and onions.
Collingswood, (856) 869-0111(856) 869-0111, ThePopShopUSA.com
GLUTEN-FREE BAKED GOODS
Sweet Freedom Bakery
Finding a snack with dietary restrictions can be tough, but not at Sweet Freedom. Along with a full line of freshly baked vegan and gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, breads, brownies and more, you’ll find specialty treats designed around specific food allergies.
Collingswood, (856) 869-7322(856) 869-7322, SweetFreedomBakery.com
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Nunzio’s was one of the first to usher in Collingswood’s now thriving fine dining scene, and while others have come and gone, it has only gotten better with age. Chef Nunzio Patruno flexes his culinary muscle with a mouth-watering menu that incorporates Italian specialties with French techniques and the results are the perfect pairing for that bottle of vino you’ve been saving for a special occasion.
Collingswood, (856) 858-9840(856) 858-9840, Nunzios.net
The American Table
Look no further for unique housewarming gifts or extra-special additions to your own kitchen. These shelves are stocked with an assortment of artisan jams, salsas and jellies, along with totally original barware, serving tools and glassware. There’s even creative cookbooks, so you can find all new ways to use your tools of the trade.
Collingswood, (856) 240-1224(856) 240-1224, TheAmericanTable.net
Scissors and Suds
You don’t trust just anyone to groom Fido’s curly coat, and neither do we. That’s why we take our pets here, where friendly, caring professionals are as committed as we are to making our pets look their best. Offering services like nail clipping, teeth cleaning, fluff drying and more, Fido never had it so good.
Collingswood, (856) 858-6262(856) 858-6262, ScissorsNSuds.com
Akira (now Osaka in Collingswood)
Collingswood, Moorestown, Voorhees
The July 23 performance of Tom Patton's Haddonfield Pick-Up Band has been rescheduled for July 30. For more information see the performance page here: http://www.collingswood.com/recreation/outdoor-events
Due to the threat of heavy rains, the Movie in the Park is cancelled for Tuesday, July 15.
For more information, http://www.collingswood.com/recreation/outdoor-events
From the Camden County Department of Shared Services:
Please be advised, the Mosquito Commission will be spraying in your community TONIGHT, Tuesday, July 10th, from 7-11pm, weather permitting, in the following locations:
White Horse Pike
E Wayne Terrace
W Linden Avenue
E Cuthbert Blvd
N Atlantic Avenue
S Atlantic Avenue
Haddon Twp (West Collingswood Heights)
Should you have any questions, you may contact the Mosquito Commission directly at 856-566-2945856-566-2945. On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, we thank you for your continued cooperation to ensure the summer of 2014 is safe for the residents of this great County!
More information at: http://www.camdencounty.com/government/offices-departments/mosquito-comm...
Due to inclement weather, the 4th of July Bike Parade will be cancelled.
Independence Day fireworks on Friday, July 4 will go on as scheduled. For more information see the Fun on the 4th page here.