Pictured above are The “Z Boys”, Gregg and Lou Zubowicz at “Old Bridge Day”, September 22nd, 2012
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012…
The alarm went off, and I opened the shades to take a quick look outside to see if I could get a glimpse of what the weather had in store for the day ahead.
Since the School opened in 2007, we have participated in the “OLD BRIDGE DAY” Fair whenever given the chance- The first year we met a number of new friends who have come to study at the School, the following year we only made it for a few hours before the sudden (cold) rains came down and ended the event, leaving us scrambling to get all of our literature, T-shirts, Cd’s and other merchandise back into the car. Last year the Township didn’t have the event, so this year we were really looking forward to attending and participating, and the Weather was in agreement, as it was a picture perfect warm Autumn day here in Old Bridge…
For those of you who have never been to “OLD BRIDGE DAY”, here is a little description to try and give you a “feel” for what it is like, but first let us give a brief description of the town itself.
OLD BRIDGE, New Jersey, USA, (for our overseas readers, and those outside the area), it is a Rural Community with an area of 40 square miles, with a population of around 65,000. There are a variety of towns “within the Township”, all with a different “feel”.
People can enjoy the awesome aesthetic of the New York Skyline from the Raritan Bay on the Eastern part of the town in Laurence Harbor…
Laurence Harbor Fishing Pier At Dusk…
They can also enjoy enjoy a swim at the Lake or walk along the 1,274 of acres, trails and other activities at Cheesequake State Park…
Cheesequake State Park at Dawn…
Car and Motorcycle Aficionados can head on out the Southern end of the town to the Famous
Raceway Park in Englishtown…
Enjoy a day at Raceway Park, and read more here:
Less than a mile up the road on the left is The Awesome ENGLISHTOWN AUCTION, where you can find just about anything you are looking for from families selling their Attic Treasures, to Weekly Vendors who have many items for a fraction of the cost.
The Auction/Flea Market is over 80 Years Old, and is open every weekend, and is always Free Admission!
Aside from the awesome unique treasures you will find at the auction, it is a great way to spend the day that everyone should experience- the characters that routinely are to be found are great to be around- always a ton of laughs from the conversations alone that take place amongst the jewels and junk!:)
Technically the Mailing Address of the Auction is Manalapan, but for those of up who grew up in Old Bridge, we always relate it as a part of our Town:)
In addition to these Great places to visit in Old Bridge, we also have one of the Best Libraries in Central New Jersey, The Old Bridge Public Library- Awesome!
Readers of The Asbury Park Press even voted it “Reader’s Best” Central New Jersey!
In addition to a Huge selection of books, the Library also has an extensive Selection of Music and Movie’s to borrow or rent very inexpensively.
I mean, how many Libraries would have URIAH HEEP’S “The Best Of” on CD?!!!
We were blown away when we saw this at the Library!
In addition to these things to do and more, the town itself is Centrally located, less than a half hour North from the Great New Jersey Shore towns like Asbury Park, and around 45 minutes South of New York City, providing the everyday comforts of suburban living within a short drive of the cultural delights of the City. The best of both worlds…
Many people are not aware of the Musical History that comes from Old Bridge, as many Internationally known Musicians are homegrown talents who were born and raised in town, and it was in Old Bridge that Heavy Metal Legends Metallica came to live from San Francisco on their way to become International Superstars.
More recently, old friend and former Old Bridge resident Jim Florentine has found Huge Success as a comedian and host of a Great Show on VH1 Classic called “That Metal Show”. Jim was nice enough to wear our “Old Bridge Rocks” T Shirt on the Show a few seasons ago. Thanks Jim! (*We actually got calls from around the United States about ordering the shirt from former Old Bridge residents who loved growing up here!)
So now that you know a little bit more about the town, on to the day itself!
We arrived early to a full lot of vendors, and a day full of blue skies and lots of smiles from everyone walking around looking forward to the day ahead.
My Father Lou Zubowicz, (who has been instrumental in many ways by helping to renovate the School in 2006, and help with all events) was a tremendous help as always in getting things set up for the day ahead. Thanks Dad!
*My Dad Lou Zubowicz helping to set up for the day ahead….
Before we knew it people had started to enter the event, (which is held at the Old Bridge Municipal Complex on Route 516, Old Bridge), and we had a Great time meeting new people, signing up some new students, and just being a part of a Great day here in town!
I had the pleasure of sharing a few laughs and pleasantries with a nice man who turned out to be Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry, and was happy to see such a nice turnout as the day progressed.
One of the personal highlights for me was a note that was handed to me from a younger person walking around…
It was a Driver Safety Flyer made by Henrique, a young student from Southwood School…
Check it out-
As you can see, this is a Driver Awareness Flyer about “No Texting While Driving”, which is excellent advice!
It’s funny how something so simple can have an impact, as there have been times that I have been driving since then, had a text come in, and held off responding until I pulled over from remembering this simple note from Henrique…Great message from the kids at Southwood School…
Before long, our good friend and OBMC Master Drum Instructor Brendan Farragher was done teaching at the School, and he headed over to help at the booth. A great time was had by all, as we shared music stories with the many people who stopped by to check out the School Literature, Records, CD’s, and T-Shirts. (*Great to see so many Music fans in Old Bridge!)
OBMC Drum Instructor Brendan Farragher helping out at the Booth- Thanks Brendan!
Before we knew it, the crowds began to file out, and we began to break down the tables, share a few laughs, and pack everything away before calling it a day.
Soon thereafter some of the prospective students from the Fair had signed up as steady students, and are doing fantastic with their studies!
We look forward to many more years at the “Old Bridge Day” Fair, which is usually towards the end of September at The Old Bridge Municipal Complex.
*(This just in- I just found out that “Old Bridge Day” will be held on Saturday, September 21st, from 10 am- 4:00 pm- Mark the Calendar!)
We will be there, so be sure to stop by an say “Hello”…
And if you are interested in starting lessons here at the School, give us a call at (732) 546-0702.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Old Bridge Music Center