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2020 was going to be a big year for Natalie Farrell. The Asbury Parkrock ‘n’ roller was booked for the entire year — and then COVID hit.
“I was actually supposed to play my first New York show,” she said.
But Farrell had more to deal with than canceled performances: She was diagnosed with a vocal disorder called muscle tension dysphonia.
She spent most of the year healing, ending her speech therapy about four months ago.
“As soon as I was discharged, I got the band back together. Within two weeks we were booking,” she said.
Farrell and her band play at the Wonder Bar this Friday at 8 p.m., a release party for her new EP, “Live From Asbury.” The show is 21 and up and tickets are on sale for $15 at Ticketmaster. Masks are not required, but ticket buyers will be assigned to specific seating areas when purchasing online.
More information can be found on Facebook: https://bit.ly/3g2O134.
The Wonder Bar show is just one of many events taking place this weekend. Here’s a look at a few:
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Garden State Equality, the largest LGBTQ+ advocacy organization in New Jersey, is hosting its 12th annual Equality Walk in South and North Jersey. At noon Saturday, the walk will start and end at the Ocean Casino Resort, 500 Boardwalk, in Atlantic City. On Sunday, the walk begins and ends at First Congregational Church of Montclair, 40 S. Fullerton Ave. Step off is 1:30 p.m. To register and for more information, visit gardenstateequality.org/events/equality-walk/.
While also a Pride celebration, the Pulse Memorial and Project R.E.A.L. Benefit remembers the 49 lives who were killed on June 12, 2016, at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Co-hosted by Georgie’s Bar and the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey’s LGBTQ Health and Wellness Center, the benefit will take place at the VNA parking lot, 1301 Main St. in Asbury Park, at noon Saturday. There will be drag shows and performances from local musicians, including Blaise and Heather Hill, as well as brews from Georgie’s beer truck. All donations go to Project R.E.A.L. (Real Empowerment on All Levels), which offers free social events and support for the local young LGBTQ+ community.
Sponsored by radio station B98.5, Toms River Pride takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on Washington Street. The Toms River Pride Committee and Exit 82 Theatre Company’s third annual LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally, Two Spirit, Plus) Pride Festival will feature live performances, food, street vendors, shopping, giveaways and festivities. For more information, visit facebook.com/TomsRiverPride/.
New BBQ on Long Beach IslandIf your weekend plans include a trip to LBI, make time for a visit to Iron Oak Smokehouse. (You’ll need to preorder, as owner Mike Schlabach can only make so much food in the restaurant’s 500 square feet.) The BYOB, 325 9th St. in Beach Haven’s Schooner’s Wharf, serves slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausage and pork belly on platters and in sandwiches, plus sides like barbecue beans, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and more. Iron Oak offers takeout and a small amount of outdoor dining. For more information, call 609-342-0860 or visit ironoaklbi.com.
Grab a drink Asbury Park’s Watermark reopens its cocktail bar sinceclosing in November. The indoor/outdoor luxury lounge will not serve food until July 1. Doors open at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Parties up to seven guests will be first come, first serve. Parties of eight to 12 guests may request reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Parties over 12 cannot be accommodated. For outdoor seating, parties up to six people will have a 90-minute time limit. The time limit is two hours for parties of eight and above. More information is at watermarkap.com.
Brew timeThe Craft Beer Festival at Woody’s Ocean Grille in Tinton Falls takes place at noon Sunday. In addition to local breweries, there will be a taco, sandwich and cabana menu. Admission is $60 in advance, $70 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Woody’s before Sunday. For more information, call Woody’s at 732-936-1300 or visit facebook.com/Woodysoceangrilletf.
Free movieWho is ready for movies under the stars? Presented by Hackensack Meridian Bayshore Medical Center and hosted by Mega Bite Events, “The Goonies” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Holmdel Park. Kick back and enjoy this 1985 classic adventure/comedy, with a screenplay by Chris Columbus, based on a story by Steven Spielberg. There will be food trucks on site. Free tickets can be found here. For more information, visit facebook.com/events/1141702129682795.
Beyond the beachIf you are looking to keep cool at the pool, make a splash at Fort Monmouth Recreation Area’s open swim from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Daily, monthly and season swim passes are available for individuals and families. More information is at monmouthcountyparks.com.
Paddle powerRow, row, row your canoe at Marlu Lake in Thompson Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Rent a canoe for $15 per hour (cash only) with up to three of your friends or family. Kids have to be at least 3 years old, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. After a row in the lake, you can picnic in the park, or reserve a group picnic spot for family and friends. After you finish eating, take a walk on Thompson Park’s 5 miles of paved trails. For more information, visit monmouthcountyparks.com.
Little artistsThe Ocean County Artists’ Guild wants kids to get creative on the beaches of Island Heights Borough. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be an art activity for ages 7 and up. Children can paint flip-flops, a canvas or a tote bag. The maximum number of children is 15, but as of press time there is still room to register. The group will meet at 22 Chestnut Ave. The cost is $23.There is a $3 processing fee if paying with Paypal. For more information, visit www.ocartistsguild.org.
Lana Leonard is the Asbury Park Press summer intern. They are attending The College of New Jersey and can be reached at LLeonard@gannettnj.com.
Alex Biese, Sarah Griesemer and Chris Jordan contributed to this story.
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