Coming up this week in Bergen County we have the following: A free meditation session, outdoor concerts, a drive in movie, flea market, Shakespeare and a walking tour of historic New Bridge Landing. Because things wind down beginning in mid July, I also want to add some special places for you.
This week I’d like to tell you about our horseback riding opportunities. The Bergen County Parks Department has 2 facilities and we have private horse riding stables as well.
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
The Graf Center for Integrative Medicine has reopened. Closed because of the pandemic, this holistic medicine facility is a welcome addtion to the wellness options here. You find acupuncture to meditation and so much more in between.
They are offering free online vitual sessions through Facebook Live. Why not try it? This Wednesday, July 21st at 10 am is the date. Go to their website to sign up. You will learn how to truly unwind and relax for better health.
Free Outdoor Concerts
There are 2 free outdoor concerts coming up in Bergen County this week. Country music by Skeeter Pants is what you’ll hear Friday night at 7 pm. This is part of the Hackensack Performing Arts Center summer concert series. So bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music.
The New Jersey Wind Symphony is really busy giving concerts this summer. Their next one is Satuday night at Van Saun Park begining at 6:30 pm. I just wrote a blog article on all the things you can do in Van Saun Park. So once you’re done playing in the park, grab a blanket, have a seat and enjoy the concert.
Tonight at 7:30 there is a concert by Eagelmania On The Green in Hackensack. This is located across from the County Court House. Hackensack has so much going on that it’s a good idea to go to the events section of their website.
Apollo 13 Drive in Movie
Demarest Farms began a series of drive in movies last summer at the height of the pandemic. Because this was so popular, they brought it back again this summer. So take the family out Friday night to Demarest Farms to see Apollo 13 at 8:30 pm. You purchase your tickets online.
Historic New Bridge Landing
History buffs are bound to come out to Historic New Bridge Landing this Sunday. The Bergen County Historical Society is having a walking tour there starting at 2 pm. Tickets for adults are $12 and students pay $7. Historical Society members don’t pay anything. Tickets are ordered online. New Bridge Landing is part of our Revolution and all of their walking tours are absolutely fascinating.
Shakespeare in the Park
Here’s something really special! Bergen PAC’s Black Box Theater is performing Shakespeare plays every weekend in July and August. All performances begin at 8 pm at the Overpeck Park Amphitheater. July is Friday-Sunday while August is Thursday-Sunday. They are performing As You Like It and Hamlet. This is an amazing opportunity to see 2 of Shakespeare’s greatest plays for free.
So this is what’s coming up in Bergen County this week. Now let’s explore horseback riding.
Bergen County Department of Parks and Recreation
Bergen County actually has 2 different horse riding facilities. There is the Bergen Equestrian Center located in Teaneck at Overpeck Park. This world class facility is big (they can handle 75 horses) and open 12 months of the year. Offering both lessons and boarding, they also have a strong progam for children.
The other County supported facility is Saddle Ridge Riding Center in Franklin Lakes. This is another large facility that also has teaching programs for both adults and children. They offer horse leasing which allows you a special opportunity to bond with 1 horse. Additionally, they are active in shows.
Our private facilities all made it through the pandemic and are thriving. As a result, the article I wrote a few years ago on horseback riding in Bergen County is still accurate. There are 2 more equestrian centers, 1 horse therapy center and a tack shop. As a result, Bergen County has 4 excellent facilities and a 5th focused on therapy. Be sure to read my article on this.
So this is what’s coming up this week in Bergen County. We have everything from concerts to Shakespeare in the Park plus something you might not have expected next to New York City – horseback riding.