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Ride, Wine, and Dine

September 3, 2010

By Brianne Harrison

Love horses, wine, and delicious, locally grown food? You’re really in luck next weekend. On September 11, Lusscroft Farm in Wantage is hosting its 6th Annual Wine and Cheese Fundraiser and Charity Equestrian Ride. Horse lovers can bring their favorite equine (overnight stabling is available) and enjoy a ride through Lusscroft’s lush, beautiful fields (rides are available both Saturday and Sunday).

From 2-4 p.m. attendees can enjoy a wine and cheese event at the Turner Mansion. The event will feature wines from New Jersey’s own Cava Winery, as well as locally produced cheeses and food made by the culinary students of Sussex Tech, from ingredients donated by local farmers. For the first time, there will also be an art show during the event. Attire is casual, and anyone is welcome to attend. Proceeds from the wine and cheese event and the charity ride benefit Lusscroft Farm and its ongoing preservation efforts. For more information, visit lusscroftfarm.com.

If you’re more of a dog lover than a horse person, you’ll also have a chance to dig into some delicious eats next weekend: St. Hubert’s is pairing with Gladstone Tavern for a “Dine with Your Dog” event. Owners and pets can dine together on Saturday afternoon for lunch or Sunday at dinner. Humans can order off the menu; four-legged guests will receive a bowl of beef stew. Admission for dogs is $10 and stew is $5 for a small bowl and $7 for a large. Proceeds from the dog admission and entrees will go to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, to help pay for the upkeep of the many animals in its care.

In other news…

Thinking of adopting a cat? Monmouth County SPCA is hosting Kittenpalooza this month, in an effort to find loving homes for its cats and kittens. Adoption prices for cats and kittens have been cut in half for the month of September; the fee includes spay/neuter, rabies shots, distemper vaccinations, deworming, a flea treatment, FIV/FeLV testing, and a microchip. To meet some of these purrfect companions, visit the shelter at 260 Wall Street in Eatontown or visit Monmouthcountyspca.org.

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