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May Fair 2016 In Collingswood, NJ

Huzzah! It is time for the BIGGEST event of the year. The estimated crowd size last year was 50,000 residents and visitors.

Things to Know:

  • Parking will be limited: take a walk if at all possible. Be prepared to pay for parking if you do drive.
  • The Farmers’ Market will be relocated for the day (to help as much as possible with the parking situation)
  • Haddon Avenue will be closed, starting at 6 am

See the map below for more helpful information:

Music- Here’s the band schedule from the Borough’s Website:

Stage #1 – Haddon and Crestmont (Car Zone)
10-10:45am – The Hackbeats (ska and rock)
11-11:40am – The Hackbeats (ska and rock)
12-12:45pm –  Monko (rock)
1-1:40pm     – Monko (rock)
2-2:45pm     – Needlefish (mix-rock/R&B/ska)
3-3:45pm     – Holden and Hess (teen rock)

Stage #2 – Powell Lane (Lumberyard)
10-10:45am – She Hates Me (duo-40s, 50s, 60s)
11-11:40am –  Eve Thomas Trio (jazz)
12-12:45pm – Eve Thomas Trio (jazz)
1-1:40pm     –  Hotsy Totsy (retro inde pop)
2-2:45pm     –  Stolen Moments (fusion/jazz)
3-3:45pm     –  Pearl Street (jazz band)
4-4:45pm     –  Pearl Street (jazz band)

Stage #3 – Haddon and Collings
10-10:45am – Blues Hawks (blues)
11-11:40am – Blues Hawks (blues)
12-12:45pm – Juicy (top 40)
1-1:40pm     – Juicy (top 40)
2-2:45pm     – Bill Walton Band (R&B/rock)
3-3:40pm     – Bill Walton Band (R&B/rock)
4-5pm          – John Torres Band (original rock)

Stage #4 – Haddon and Frazer
10-10:45am  – Hotsy Totsy (retro inde pop)
11-11:45am  – GG and Me (father/daughter acoustic)
12-12:40pm  – Trio Nova (jazz)
1-1:45pm     – Suitcase Murphy (mix-dance/rock/R&B)
2-2:40pm     – Suitcase Murphy (mix-dance/rock/R&B)
3-3:40pm     – Coyote Jack (original rock and blues)
4-5pm          – Coyote Jack (original rock and blues)

Stage #5 – Haddon and Stiles
10-10:45am  –  Barometer (rock)
11-11:40am  –  Barometer (rock)
12-12:40pm  –  Alexis Moldanado (solo acoustic)
1-1:40pm      –  GG and Me (father/daughter acoustic)
2-2:40pm      –  Hotsy Totsy (retro inde pop)
3-3:40pm      –  Mary Hates the Relics (90s band)
4-5pm           –  Mary Hates the Relics (90s band)


May Fair was started in 1979 as a small “clothesline” art exhibit. Look how we’ve grown!

This year over 200 artists and crafters will be selling and displaying their wares. Support your local artists!

Don’t miss the rides, food, and other vendors that help may Mair Fair extra special. Stop into your favorite shop on the ‘Ave. to check out any May Fair specials. Restaurants are also running specials.

Other Attractions

Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market has been moved to Irvin Ave for the day- to make room for all of the vehicles from out-of-towners.

Car Show

Antique and classic cars and motorcycles will be on display. Which is your favorite?

Updated: Cooper House Restaurant Opening in June 2016

Previously The Lobster Trap Restaurant in Cooper River Park off of North Park Drive in Pennsauken, Cooper House Restaurant is priming the community for the grand opening of the restaurant in May 2016.

A lot of excitement has surrounded the project. Figuratively and literally, it’s right next to the playground. So you know, excitement. Locals have been stopping in to see if the restaurant has opened yet only to be told just a bit longer.

Design Inspired By Nature

The building looks fantastic. Modern, with a clean wood facade and simple name. The goal of restauranteur Kevin Meeker is to bring a casual gastro-pub eatery back to the park.

With beautiful river views and easy access to both 130, 38, and 70 the restaurant is still finalizing the details of menu offerings. It is expected to include soups, salads, appetizers, small plates, burgers, sandwiches, and desserts.

Not Another Busy Sports Bar

The goal is not to have another sports bar. So forget the more common sight of large screens showing a game and cramped dining areas.

I am looking forward to the announcement of this new family-friendly eatery opening so close to home. Seriously, a walk or bike ride away. (Which is something worth considering due to the limited parking lot offerings).




Overnight Parking… Continued

The Collingswood Police department has begun ticketing vehicles parked on the street between the hours of 2 am and 6 am. I am hoping to get feedback from neighbors about the parking rules and how they are affecting you.

We were not able to get a new parking permit because my spouse did not have a copy of my vehicle registration (it is parked off-street) so his application was incomplete.

The borough’s website says that completed applications along with copies of the vehicle registrations may be emailed to In speaking with other residents both online and in person, I have seen that many are questioning where the signs are actually posted showing this restriction.

So I’ve started a map, feel free to add to the map or email me, with a picture of the sign and description of where it is located so that it can be added to the map.

Collingswood, NJ Overnight Parking Restriction Signs Map


Free Comic Book Day May 7th

A national holiday for fans of the graphic novel format, Free Comic Book Day has been celebrated on the first Saturday of May since 2002. (Except in 2004 when it was pushed to July to coordinate with the release of SpiderMan II)

Be sure to check out the event at the library to get your fill of superheros, villians, and fantastic tales.


Collingswood Public Library


Free comics, giveaways, refreshments, crafts, special guest artist Neil R. King and more! All ages are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Fat Jack’s Comicrypt.


7 May 2016 – 11:00am – 1:00 pm

Not local? Click Here for the official Free Comic Book Day Retailer Locator

More About This Awesome Event:

It’s The First Farmers’ Market Of The Season!


Selected as the best Small Farmers’ Market in the country (that’s right) by American Farmland Trust:


The Collingswood Farmers’ Market is open from 8 am until 12 noon, every Saturday from the first Saturday in May until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. With the changing seasons, expect the freshest produce, tastiest baked goods, the most creative crafts, and the revival of the downtown feel of Collingswood after a mild, but long-lasting winter.

Things To Know Before You Go To The Market

The first couple of weeks are great for plants and some early season produce like Asparagus and lettuces. Don’t miss the Market’s stand complete with printed tote bags, decals, and other swag to help support the market.

Parking can be a little tricky, plan on getting in early to the limited parking in off of Atlantic, or try to small lot by Irving. Also available is the public parking garage in the Lumberyards. All parking is paid in these locations.

Cash please, remember to bring some as very few vendors have the ability to process credit and debit cards.

If you are bringing your dog, please visit the dog tent in the middle of the market to get your official Collingswood Farmers’ Market leash. This allows for local shelters to receive a donation, while helping to restrict the number of pets mingling with shoppers. Cost is $10 for the season, $2 for the day. Service dogs are free.

There is a movement to cut down on the amount of plastic bags used on market days, so you can help out by bringing your own bags or check out this year’s initiative:

reduce plastic at collingswood farmers market

For more details about the Farmers’ Market, visit their website:

See you there!

Changes To Parking Permits In Collingswood

Did you receive a yellow love letter from the Collingswood Police Department this week?  ~We did.

We have had a resident’s permit since 2012 so that we can park one car on the street due to our small, shared driveway situation. We did not receive a notification from the township and others on our street were confused since they also had resident permits.

All previous parking permits are void- and new permits must be acquired every year. These changes are effective March 31, 2016.

All Current Available Information About The Overnight Parking Rules Here

Official Parking Restrictions

Borough ordinance 293-21 prohibits any vehicle from being parked on any public street from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. without the proper parking permit.  An overnight parking permit application can be obtained from police headquarters. Those individuals, that require to leave their vehicles in the street during the above described times may report that the vehicle will be left on the roadway at


What do you think? Did you receive notification about this change? Did you also receive a warning and how are you adapting until you can get your replacement permit?

Earth & Arbor Day Celebration April 23 and 24, 2016


Learn, grow, and create at Camden Children’s Garden this Saturday  and Sunday during the annual Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration from 1-4 pm.

Featuring planting activities, themed crafts, and a visit to the Phildelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House.

About Camden Children’s Garden

The Camden Children’s Garden is designed for children and families. It is a special place to explore and discover the natural world. The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play.

The Garden is located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and adjacent to the Adventure Aquarium, Susquehanna Bank Center, Battleship New Jersey and Riversharks Stadium. The Children’s Garden is easily accessible by the RiverLink Ferry from Penn’s Landing, the PATCO High Speedline, or the River Line Train.


General Admission: $8

Camden City Residents with Valid I.D.: $6

Guests 2 & Under: Free



Camden Children’s Garden

3 Riverside Drive

Camden, NJ 08103

United States


More info on the Children’s Garden  website 

Annual Green Festival April 16th

Collingswood’s annual Green Festival will be back on Saturday, April 16th. The event is coordinated with the township’s electronic and hazardous waste collection.

The festival will be in Iwrin Avenue, which connects Haddon Avenue with Atlantic Avenue, by where the Farmers’ Market is during the season.

Parking may be limited due to the large turnout and recycling activities’s traffic through the Atlantic parking area- so dust off your bike, take a walk, or carpool to this event for the whole family.

Vendors will be offering demonstrations, information, crafts, and green living products. See the official Green Festival page on the township’s website for the most up-to-date information:


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