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

Philip Roth Biographer Finds ‘Essential Decency’ at Newark-Born Author’s Core

The long-awaited biography, which writer Blake Bailey says delves beyond Roth’s controversies, hit shelves April 6.

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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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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 Teams Up with (Future) Yankees

The Somerset County entrepreneur/philanthropist/filmmaker—and lifelong baseball fanatic—cheers his new partner: the New York Yankees.

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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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Eat & Drink

Behind the Natural-Wine Movement in NJ

A willingness to let grapes be grapes is gaining traction.

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