April 2021: Outdoor Adventures

Redesigning a magazine is sometimes compared to repairing an airplane in flight. True, a redesign is hardly death-defying, but it is a nerve racking challenge that requires a team to think up new ways of solving design challenges while meeting regular monthly deadlines.

This month’s redesign—our first since April 2016—stems from a desire to give the print magazine a more contemporary, lively look. The goal is to create a pleasant experience for readers bombarded by the current onslaught of visual and written information. That’s the charge we gave to creative director Laura Baer, who helmed the project, and associate art director Andy Ogilvie, who aided in the implementation.

We hope you’ll agree that the team stuck the landing. Let us know what you think at [email protected].

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Garden Variety

In Nutley, a Backyard Garden Ventures Far Beyond Ordinary

Stroll through the stunning Mountsier-Hardie garden during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days.

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One Fish, Two Fish: Monmouth University Census Measures Health of Bay Waters

Aboard the R/V Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe, professor Jason Adolf—plus students, faculty and Urban Coast Institute staffers—are studying the marine ecosystem.

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How Ballet Keeps Us On Our Toes

In Ballet Class: An American History, Rowan professor Melissa Klapper traces the social history of a ubiquitous art form.

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How the Sourland Conservancy Fights Ecological Threats

With saplings in hand, the organization protects and preserves land that stretches through Somerset, Hunterdon and Mercer counties.

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An Unconventional Floral-Design Shop in Frenchtown

At Hawk+Floret, creativity and community flourish amid the pandemic.

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Q&A with Designer Michael Fausto

The 27-year-old Millstone Township native creates couture for “the modern heroine.”

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The Making of Jersey’s Legal Marijuana Market

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission will aim to emphasize diversity and promote competition.

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Steve Kalafer Reflects on Lifetime of Success

How the entrepreneur/philanthropist brought Yankee pinstripes to Somerset County.

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A Guide to Outdoor Adventures in New Jersey

Socially distanced fun (hiking! biking! paddling! camping!) for the whole family.

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Take a Ride Along the Delaware River

Pedal and picnic where mules once hauled barges.

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Grab a Kayak and Paddle the Pinelands

Take a leisurely tour down a tannin-stained river.

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Test Your Agility on a Treetop Course

Get in the swing of things, then zip to the finish.

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Hike the Wonders of Wawayanda State Park

Expect plenty of rock scrambling (but sorry—no swimming!).

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Explore Two Attractions on Jersey’s Appalachian Trail

Take an easy stroll on the elevated Pochuck Boardwalk, and/or a challenging climb on the Stairway to Heaven hike.

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Get a Kick Out of Foot Golf

The game is played with a soccer ball over 18 holes.

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Sleep Under the Stars in Worthington State Forest

Enjoy riverfront camping with a sunset view.

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How Depression-Era Art Lives On Across the Garden State

Public art flourished during the Depression, thanks to New Deal work-relief programs. Many of the most ground-breaking works remain on view in NJ.

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The Crime That Sent Shock Waves Through Sussex County

The story of the cold-blooded Cat Swamp hijacking/murder, 100 years later.

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Home & Garden

Tour the Elegant Orchid Range at Duke Farms

Whatever the season, the Hillsborough conservatory delights visitors with an extravaganza of color and fragrance.

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Eat & Drink

LT Bar and Grill Reviewed: An Ambitious Opening in Hackensack

Acclaimed French chef Laurent Tourondel brings polish and passion—and popovers!—to an American menu.

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Meet Englewood’s Own Cannoli Connoisseur

Via mouthwatering cannoli-making workshops on Zoom, Allison Scola helps guests feed their dreams of Italy right at home.

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Behind the Natural-Wine Movement in NJ

A willingness to let grapes be grapes is gaining traction.

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Exit Ramp

What I Miss Most about New Jersey

Garden State, how do I yearn for thee? Let me count the foods.

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