In an earlier post today, I announced that I’ll be doing a book reading/discussion/signing event at Black Dog Books in Newton, NJ on July 15 from 6:30 – 9:00pm.
“I want to attend your reading, Mike, but it’s a long way to go. What else is going on in Newton, NJ that day?”
Glad you asked! Come early or stay late, I’ll be in town throughout the afternoon and well into the night, and there’s plenty of things to do that can make the trip worthwhile, all within walking distance. Free one-hour on-street parking is available on Spring Street, and public parking is available one block over on Mill Street.
Can’t Stay Late?
Make an Afternoon of It
Local History and Culture
- Beehive Thrift Shop
- Pro Image Sporting Goods
- Lou’s Music Center
- Casa Irie Consignment
- Springboard Shoppes Boutique
- Carte Blanche Greeting Cards
- Eiva Designs Quality Consignment
- Charcoal Moons Thrift Shop
- Maxwell & Molly’s Closet Pet Supply
Food and Drink
- Narin Thai Asian Fusion Cuisine
- Spring Liquors
- Between the Bread Cafe (right next door to Black Dog, with a pass-through in the back)
- Mi Rancho Mexican Grill
- Bon appetit cafe
- 4Chicks Cafe
- A G Pizza & Restaurant
- Happy-Wok Asian Restaurant
Make a Night of It
Sixties Superstars Gary Puckett & The Union Group are performing that night at the nearby Newton Theater!
Gary Puckett and The Union Gap was one of the most successful musical groups of the sixties, when they achieved worldwide prominence. Gary’s unmistakable voice garnered six consecutive gold records, including signature hits Young Girl, Woman Woman and Lady Willpower.
Show starts at 8pm, so stop into Black Dog on your way to the Theater and say hi! Or stop by The Barrel House afterwards and find me! I’ll be holding up the bar!
The Barrel House Adults Only After-Party
When all is said and done at Black Dog Books, we’re sending the kid home with Grandma and going across the road to The Barrel House for some adult beverages!
I’ll be drinking wine and uisce like a Hedge King, so come along with me to enjoy great food and drink, live music, and keep the conversation going.
How often do you have an opportunity to get the author drunk and ask what you really want to know, and maybe what the kids ought not to hear?
The after-party starts when we shut down at Black Dog, and goes on until whenever (closing time is midnight).
The Barrel House, 173 Spring St, Newton, NJ 07860.
Be responsible. Whether your drinking or just driving a long way, consider staying the night in Newton at one of these local accommodations.
The Wooden Duck Bed & Breakfast
Refined B&B on a country estate with 10 wooded acres, plus an outdoor pool & free home-baked goods.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newton Sparta
448 Route 206 South, Newton, NJ 07860
For my Guests
I’ve reached out to the management of all the above businesses to see what kind of special offers I can get for my guests that day. Check in at Black Dog Books to see what ends up in the swag bag that comes with your purchase, or call ahead to the business and ask!
And please, share this event on social media and invite your friends!