There are two opening nights tonight in Red Bank — one a milestone, and the other an artsy annual event.
• First, Boondocks, the Hurricane Sandy-battered al fresco seafood eatery on the Navesink River is opening its made-over deck and kitchen later this afternoon at 4 p.m.
"Lobsters are here, sun is out, we are ready to go!," ownership said on the fishery's Facebook page. Check out some of the pics of the rehab in progress on the page.
The place was washed away with the Sandy tide — the only in Red Bank to take the beating, due to its unfortunate on-the-river locale. There were fundraisers to get the popular small, casual place back on its feet. And today is the day.
• Also tonight, from 5 to 10 p.m. is Red Bank's annual signature Art Walk.
From the Red Bank Art Walk Facebook page:
"Art Is Around Every Corner: 18 venues throughout Red Bank Art of every genre and description with nibbles provided at some location by various RB businesses.
(Download the Art Walk Map at www.OnlyOneRedBank.com) or pick up at any gallery — self-guided tours or artist-guided at regular intervals."
On Saturday ...
• Navesink River Rowing will host its third open house on Saturday at 9 a.m. Activities, which are free and open to the public, will run continuously from 9 until 1 p.m., including site tours and hands-on rowing demonstrations.Click here for a full roster of information on the event at the foot of Maple Avenue, or Maple Cove, which has been revamped from Hurricane Sandy destruction.
• The Red Bank Library will feature its acoustic Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
And on Sunday ...
• Carter & Cavero, 19 Monmouth Street, will have Via 45 chefs/owners in the house as special guest chefs from noon to 3 p.m.
The shop will feature samples of the dishes, one-day-only special olive oil and vinegar sales and cooking tips.
Let us know if we've missed anything; and have a great weekend!