The longstanding annual St. George’s-by-the River Canterbury Fair tradition in Rumson has always been, let’s say, something to talk about.
The tents are in place. The stage is set. Fair Haven Day is Saturday, and organizers say they’re set for a full Fair Haven Fields.
With the event starting at 3 p.m., there will be food (picnic, seafood and desserts), live music, kids’ games, bouncy rides, fireworks and more.
New this year is a climbing wall, brought to the fields by the Monmouth County Parks System and sponsored by Fair Haven business Canyon Pass Provisions. The wall can e climbed by kids 8 and up.
For the adults, new this year is a bottomless white or red glass of wine for $30.
The Fair Haven Business Association is providing a magician to entertain kids and face painters.
Music, provided by Stone Bullets, River Road Band, RipTide and Juke Box Criminals, will begin at 3 p.m.
Beer, wine and sangria can be purchased starting at 4.
Ground rules: No dogs, outside alcohol, personal tents or grills/open flames. And attendees are asked to please clean up after themselves.
Also on Saturday, in Rumson, the tradition of the annual Canterbury Fair continues, rain or shine.
The fair, set on the grounds of St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The fair features a petting zoo, clowns, balloons, cotton candy, face painting, games and a children’s chance auction.
In addition to the famous white elephant sale, jewelry, electronics, sporting goods, gently used children’s games and clothing, homemade gourmet treats, plants, flowers and books for all ages will be sold. There will also be a silent auction tent.
Grilled food, lobster salad luncheon, baked goods, coffee and tea will be served.
It’s an annual event that’s been going on for more than half a century. And Saturday marked its 67th year.
The St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church Canterbury Fair was held under sunny skies on the church’s grounds.
Fun in the form of kids games, food, festivities, a petting zoo and classic white elephant sale was had by all.
Take a look at the photo gallery above for a glimpse into the day.
— Elaine Van Develde
The weekend weather forecast is promising, Rumson-Fair Haven area folks.
So, that in mind, here are some things to do around the towns:
Friday night …
• This one’s a longstanding event honoring the memory of former Rumsonite and doctor, George Sheehan — the 22nd George Sheehan Classic Race and Kids Classic.
The action starts at 2 p.m. and runs through 8:30 p.m. in Marine Park with activities, including the kids race, Runner’s Expo, music, and more.
• Don’t forget Hanga Loose Fridays at Umberto’s in Fair Haven. It’s a time to hang out in memory of the restaurant’s beloved Silvio, a friend to all.
Stop by the River Road place’s back room, mangia and chat it up!
• The George Sheehan Classic 5K Race runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Red Bank — Marine Park and Broad Street. There will be a post-5K party at Branigans.
• The Canterbury Fair, at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson, will be featuring a host of activities, silent auction, white elephant sale and food from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
There will be face painting, a petting zoo, a kids’ auction, activities, burgers, hot dogs, lobster salad, baked goods, plants for sale and more.
The proceeds of the longtime annual event go to area charities.
• And, yes, it’s Fair Haven Day time! The relatively new annual event kicks off at 3:30 p.m. in Fair Haven Fields.
Get your tickets for food and beverages. This year, Brennan’s will provide picnic — signature sandwiches, salads and mac-and-cheese. For a little extra, folks can feast on seafood from Lusty Lobster — clams, oysters and lobster rolls. And Booskerdoo will be providing desserts and coffee.
The snack bar will be open, proceeds donated to RFH Hockey.
And, the Fair Haven Business Association will have face painting and photo booths.
For adults, there will be a beer booth, featuring domestic and premium beers and fruit-filled red and white sangrias.
Bands will be playing: Stone Bullets at 3:30 p.m., River Road Band at 4:30 p.m. and Jukebox Criminals at 6:30 p.m.
Then the night will end with fireworks! See you there!
• The Red Bank Farmers Market is in the Galleria parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It features the usual fresh produce, organic goods, breads, coffees, desserts, crafts and more.
• And if you feel like being by the water and taking in a little history at the same time, tours of the historic Seabrook-Wilson House, otherwise known as the spooky Spy House, are running from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bayshore Waterfront Park location on Port Monmouth Road in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.