Area Information and Resources

Enthusiasts of the Arts are always looking for a way to satisfy their thirst for cultural enrichment, and The Strand Community Theater in NJ has just the ticket. Hosting shows and musicals in NJsince 1922, The Strand is an expert on entertainment at the Jersey Shore. With fun field trip ideas for kids, theater camps, and activities for senior citizens, The Strand is a lot more than simply somewhere to see a show.

Learn all about what this community has to offer by visiting the resources below. Please contact us if you need additional information on our services.

CULTURAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

Garden State Philharmonic
The Garden State Philharmonic is a cultural resource for the Jersey Shore and the surrounding region, performing the best in symphonic repertoire in a variety of venues, including Ocean County College and the Strand Theatre. Music lovers do not have to travel to the cities to enjoy live performances of fine symphonic music presented by a quality orchestra. Visit their site for a listing of concerts in NJ. Holiday concerts performed by the Garden State Philharmonic are enjoyed by the young and old alike!

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts improves the quality of life in this state, its people and communities by helping the arts to flourish. Through its programs and services, the Council supports hundreds of non-profit cultural organizations in providing several thousand high quality events and programs that benefit NJ audiences in excess of 18 million people each year.

FUNDING FOR CONCERTS IN NEW JERSEY

Amazon.com
You can support our New Jersey Theater by clicking on the "Get from Amazon.com" button where offered on our event schedule. A percentage of each sale will go to support The Strand Dinner Theater in NJ. Help The Strandby buying your music and videos related to our events through us.

eBay.com
From time to time we will be putting items up on eBay.com. These items range from gift shop items to equipment that we no longer need. All proceeds from these auctions go directly to the strand supporting our theatrical and musical shows in NJ. Please click on the eBay link and see what items we have on sale.

MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS

Back Stage
Back Stage is the actor's go-to resource that aims to give actors all the information they need to succeed. Consisting of a national newspaper and a website that include some news, features, columns, and theatre reviews along with the service of publishing casting calls and production listings, especially for New York City and Los Angeles. The newspaper is sold on newsstands in New York, Los Angeles, and other select areas, as well as nationwide by subscription. Find everything form kids acting camps to senior citizen activities. BackStage.com is the website that encapsulates information from both newspapers as well as having its own unique content and 24/7 online access to 1,000 + jobs - updated hourly. Take advantage of unlimited online submissions to casting notices, post multiple headshots, resumes, and reels, and be viewed by Casting Directors every day

FunNJ.com
FunNJ.com takes pride in the fact that they offer residents and visitors of NJ a vessel to connect with the hidden treasures of the area. It is unique from any other online resource guide for NJ in that it never charges a fee for advertisers to announce their attraction, event, and activities for a senior community. With almost 360 pages, 6,000 links and thousands upon thousands of listings for things to do in New Jersey, FunNJ.com is by far the largest website of it's kind in New Jersey.

Jersey Shore Summer Guide
Learn about all the summer happenings at the Jersey Shore through this publication put out by the Asbury Park Press. Find local festivals, theater plays, attractions and concerts in NJ all listed here so you don’t miss a thing during your visit to the Jersey Shore.

MyCentralJersey.com
MyCentralJersey.com is the new combined Web site of the Home News Tribune and the Courier News created to supply you with a local source of news and information in Central Jersey. This online community provides a place to share your stories and photos, and talk about what is happening in your community. Find news from more than 80 local communities in Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Union counties, as well as breaking news from the state, nation and world.

NJ Monthly Magazine
Turn to NJ Monthly magazine to discover what’s happening in the state of New Jersey. Get reviews and reports on the best of the best in the states of NJ.Theaters for rent can be found for your production or event along with area restaurants and attractions. Discover class trip ideas, activities for senior citizens – all while learning about NJ and what the state has to offer you.

YouTrax.tv
YouTrax.tv is a weekly show promoting the musical talents of YouTube. They showcase the best artists YouTube has to offer with exclusive interviews and performances you can't see anywhere else. Make a video to brush up on your skills in preparation for teen acting camps. New artists including singers and musical performers can find tips and tricks for home audio recordings here.

NEW JERSEY BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association
Born at the shore but state-wide savvy, the Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association attracts communications specialists from the design, writing, marketing, public relations and multimedia disciplines. They provide an opportunity for networking, professional development, information sharing and building lasting relationships.

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)
The EDA is a self-supporting, independent state agency whose mission is to stimulate business development, job creation and community revitalization throughout the State. Learn how the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Center can help NJ manufacturers to compete globally by offering a non-confrontational alternative to more confrontational trade remedies such as trade restrictions, quotas, protectionism and embargos and alleviate the adverse effects on workers, employers and communities resulting from increases in foreign imports.

OCEAN COUNTY ATTRACTIONS

Lakewood BlueClaws
The Lakewood BlueClaws are a Single A Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, and host the most thrilling, hard-hitting minor league baseball action in all of the South Atlantic League! With lots of ways to check out the game - picnic areas, party decks, Sod Squad and private suites and of course our affordable seating - is a sensational way for the whole family to enjoy the best game in town.

Six Flags Great Adventure
Find the fastest rides, the coolest water park, the largest safari and the most entertaining outdoor concerts and musical shows in NJ at Great Adventure. The name says it all. This is one of area’s local attractions that update their fun every year to keep the thrills coming and the people coming back.

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ TOURISM

Ocean County, New Jersey
Learn all about Ocean County, New Jersey. Discover the towns within the county and what they have to offer residents and visitors alike. The Tourism Calendar of Events lists holiday concerts and plays in NJ along with many other local events.

Ocean County Parks
The Ocean County Park System consists of 27 park facilities, including dog parks, golf courses, fishing piers and more throughout Ocean County, NJ. Wondering what are some activities for senior citizens to do in the area? They have a lot of suggestions for you! Along with plenty of areas to hold a host of recreational activities for both young and old and for every season. Take a hike, a boat ride, a trip out of the county – or out of the state. Take part in the festivals, programs and services offered by this valuable county resource.

Ocean County Tourism
Ocean County Tourism links Ocean County, New Jersey musicals and other area attractions with the Ocean County Government. Here you can find everything from Ocean County Christmas events to summer theater camp. Be sure to check this site for a guaranteed fun time at the Jersey Shore.

The Jersey Shore
Find ocean waves and sandy beaches that dazzle you all along the shores of New Jersey. Plays, musicals and entertaining shows and attractions will move and inspire you. There are plenty of activities to do with senior citizens and the entire family at the Jersey Shore.

Township of Lakewood, NJ
From a well-known resort for the wealthy and a retreat for presidents to a vibrant, exciting place set amidst parks, lakes and a quaint Victorian downtown, the Township of Lakewood offers old-world charm, a hometown feeling and solid values along with 21st Century amenities.

DINNER AND A SHOW IN NJ

Some nearby restaurants and food establishments to enjoy a bite to eat before or after the show.

Angles Café & Grill at the Ramada Inn
State Highway No. 70 & U.S. Highway No. 9
Toms River
732-367-6400

Applebee’s
4721 U.S. Highway No. 9
Howell
732-961-9400

Attillio’s Route 9 Pizzeria
1091 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood
732-363-3533

Basil’s
1490 State Highway No. 88
Brick
732-840-5835

Basil T's - Brew Pub and Italian Grill
1171 Hooper Ave.
Tomes River
732-244-7566

Brandy’s Tavern
1380 State Highway No. 88
Lakewood
732-364-4860

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse
400 State Highway No. 70
Lakewood
732-367-4818

Chianti Ristorante
515 River Avenue
Lakewood
732-364-4461

Cosmopolitan's 
145 Country Club Drive
Lakewood
732-363-8125

Crystal Palace Diner
U.S. Highway No. 9 & County Line Rd.
Lakewood
732-364-7272

Federici’s South
6469 U.S. Highway No. 9
Howell
732-364-8220

Finnigan’s
101 Locust Street
Lakewood
732-364-7900

Seasons Coal-Fired Bistro
2200 U.S. Highway No. 9
South Howell
732-845-1500

Greenhouse Restaurant & Grill
978 River Avenue
Lakewood
732-730-9955

Huller’s Black Forest
250 E. Veteran’s Highway, Route 528
Jackson
732-363-2045

La Dolce Vita
1880 W. County Line Road
Lakewood
732-370-9870

Nagasaki Sushi & Habachi Restaurant
6950 Rt. 9
Howell
732-370-7988

Pagoda Teahouse
Sophia Center, 700 State Highway No. 70
Lakewood
732-363-8888

The Light House
250 N. Hope Chapel Road
Jackson
732-363-4111

The Pilot House Restaurant
799 State Highway 70
Brick
732-920-8900

Regent Diner
6849 U.S. Highway No. 9
Howell
732-364-9157

Scooters Family Restaurant & Café
6782 U.S. Highway No. 9
Howell
732-367-0110

Woodlake Country Club Restaurant                                
25 New Hampshire Avenue
Lakewood
732-367-4500
BellaGente
265 New Prodpect Road
Jackson

Solo Bella
426 Changler Road
Jackson
732-961-0951


WHERE TO STAY

Ramada Inn & Suites of Toms River
U.S. Highway No. 9 & State Highway No. 70
Toms River
732-905-2626

Holiday Inn
290 State Highway No. 37
East Toms River
732-244-4000

Best Western
1600 State Highway No. 70
Lakewood
732-367-0900

The Historic Bentley Inn
694 Main Ave.
Bay Head, NJ
08742 732-892-9589

Econo Lodge
U.S. Highway No. 9
(450 Madison Avenue)
Lakewood, NJ 08701
732-363-8530

Quality Inn (mention the Strand for special rates)
815 SR 37W
Toms River, NJ 08755
732-341-2400
Hilton Garden Inn
1885 Rt 70
Lakewood
732-262-5232



Chambers of Commerce/Organizations