Pez Museum, a must see!

How did I not know there was a Pez Museum? Maybe because it’s all the way up the East Coast in Orange, Connecticut. Who would have thought that a road trip to nowhere would lead us to a little bit of heaven on earth.

I was mesmerized by the bright colors, the fun designs and the fun activities in this candy mecca. To me its a mecca for everything PEZ, including that awesome PEZ Motorcycle from Orange County Choppers, which stylishly graces their entrance way.

One things for sure, this museum made me realize how deprived we were on the West Coast, because I don’t ever recall finding a PEZ candy dispenser in my General Mills Cereal box, not on it, or in it, ever; and I definitely never received one with my hamburger; as White Castle once gifted them to their customers.

Thankfully the PEZ Visitor Center (Museum) more than made up for all that depravity, if you could truly call it that lol. I took a lot of photos at PEZ, just in case you’re curious. I’ll be posting that review soon, with a peek at the newest PEZ dispensers, which haven’t even reached the market just yet-they are too cute!

Have you been to the PEZ Museum yet? If you have, please share your experience or a photo with me in a comment; I would love to hear about your trip down memory lane, or in this case, Candy Lane. Read more.

DO: Art All Night by Artworks Trenton, NJ 2013

Finally! After searching high and low for these photos, I get to present them to you today, only 8 months later (oops). Art All Night is New Jersey’s premier 24 hour Arts, Music & Entertainment Extravaganza presented by Artworks, who has done an amazing job of growing this event from their first Art All Night location, held across the street from the Arena at the old Conduit space; to more than 30,000 visitors during the 24 hour span in 2013. Throughout the night you could find interactive events, dueling muralist’s, live music on 3 stages, a children’s art zone, master classes, historic walking tours and live art demos; or you could casually, at your own pace, take in the wonder of the 1,000 pieces of artwork, film and installation pieces in the gallery area.

We happened to find this event only 1 hour before we arrived, so my battery didn’t have enough charge for more than the photos you see here. Had I known that there was so much more to the event, I would have saved some juice!

After exiting the Gallery, we headed to the World Food Court, sadly enough it wasn’t to eat because we had just finished up dinner when we found the flyer (doh!). That was when we found this local coffee roasters. The coffee was rich, bold and fragrant but most importantly its roasted locally in New Jersey.

When we arrived, we ran to check out the vendors before they closed up shop. Unfortunately this was the last “Locally made” vendor in the house. His wares were insect and animal carcass, up-cycled jewelry and other memorabilia.

There was a sea of people out back near the main stage so we made our way over, and found this awesome live bike welding demonstration. It was dark out, making for this awesome blue puff of light you see around the base of the bike. I was told that during the day a group of customized bikes, plus a few  that weren’t, took a tour around the town checking out historical places and it sounded like fun!

Dueling Muralist’s went at it 24 hours during the Art All Night. Luckily we caught them at mid-point, so we had a chance to see where they were going with their murals. The 4 invited artists had to keep adding to an Edgar Allen Poe painting, as you can see they got pretty creative.  It was an everlasting adventure in art creation and manipulation.

This last installation was very innovative. “Windows of Soul” consisted of recycled trailers, built from the chassis up with recycled items only. After completion each trailer was decorated according to the mood of the designer. The view of their mood was only possible from the front door, or the “Windows of Soul”. We had enough juice to take just this last photo of one trailer (check out the rolling-pin over the door), but the other trailers were so original; nothing traditional and very artistic. The other trailers were more like moving art, you couldn’t enter them either because the art was created all the way up to the entrances.

If you enjoyed what you have seen here, make sure to attend this years Art All Night 2014.

Art All Night in Trenton took place from 3pm on June 15 until 3pm on June 16 in 2013 at:
Historic Roebling Wire Works
675 South Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ

http://artworkstrenton.org/artallnight