A Day in Historic Smithville
By Michael D'Ambrosio
Coming up on September 14th in Smithville, New Jersey, is the second annual Authors on the Green. What's so special about Smithville? Well, Smithville is an historic village consisting of unique shops, dining and lodging located next to a beautiful lake. Last year, I was one of their authors and I can't tell you how much fun it was. Not only was the authors' event run very well by its creator Wendy Birkbeck and well-attended by many very relaxed patrons, but the atmosphere was so festive that you couldn't help but have a good time. I can't wait to return there.
There is the Christmas Shoppe, the Bumble Bee Bake Shop, Paddle Boats on the Lake, Tomasello Winery and Gifts, the Smithville Train, the Village Sweet Shop and many, many others.
The Colonial Inn and The Barn at Smithville will take you back to simpler times in our history. The food was outstanding and the prices were so very reasonable. I can't say enough about it. So, if you don't go for Authors on the Green, go any time for a treat you won't forget.
For those of you not familiar with New Jersey, Smithville is a short distance from Atlantic City in Absecon. Spend a day at Smithville and a night or two on the boardwalk at AC and maybe even get lucky at the casinos as well. The Atlantic City International Airport is a short distance away as well for those of you who need wings to come aboard.
The official address is 615 E. Moss Mill Rd Smithville, NJ 08205 and their website is www.smithvillenj.com .
Michael D'Ambrosio was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. A graduate of Delaware County Community College (A.A.S. Electronics) and Widener University (B.S. Technical and Industrial Administration), Michael served in the Pa. Air National Guard as a weapons crew chief for 22 years participating in several Middle East tours before retiring. Michael enjoys science fiction and old-time horror films. When not working as a controls technician at a nearby power plant, he enjoys writing his screenplays and novels, while listening to various types of music. Halloween is his favorite holiday and the fall is his favorite time of the year.