About Us

John Stringfellow, Dad & Val Roy Gerischer

From right to left: My partner Val Roy Gerischer, My Dad, Robert Stringfellow and myself, John Stringfellow in front of the Red Mill in Clinton in 2008

My name is John Stringfellow. I love New Jersey and I publish BestofNJ.com. I’m the writer, editor, photographer, head geek and go-fer at BestofNJ.com. I’ve lived a lot of places since I left Alabama in 1977; Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Illinois, New York, Florida and South Carolina. Those are all great places, but none of them compare with New Jersey. Here in this land sandwiched between New York City and Philadelphia, lies a place of incredible beauty, fascinating history and incredible cultural diversity. For beauty, I’ve got the beaches of Sandy Hook, LBI and Cape May to the South and the mountains, lakes and rivers of Sussex County to the North. For history I’ve got Washington’s Crossing down the road, Jockey Hollow to the east and Valley Forge across the river in Pennsylvania. For cultural diversity, I’ve got a great Indian family next door with the two of the smartest and most beautiful children I’ve ever seen and an Italian-American businesswoman downstairs that sells cappuccino and canolis.

BestofNJ.com is New Jersey Events:

BestofNJ.com wants to be your #1 source for information on where to take the kids, or your wife this weekend. You can always check our N.J. Events Calendar to get a quick idea of what events are coming up this month. Our listings feature events of all types. There’s bound to be something for you whether they’re six or sixty. You’ll find car shows, art shows, seminars, book signings, carnivals, charity walks, jazz festivals, wine tastings, tricky trays, firework displays and more.

BestofNJ.com is Lifestyle Features:

When I’m not listing events, I do lifestyle features on whatever speaks to me or that I feel you might find useful. In the past I’ve written about artists, weddings, restaurants, boutique hotels, carnivals, county fairs, and antique stores. I also do quite a few virtual photographic tours because I love photography and design.

BestofNJ.com is an affordable New Jersey Business Directory:

If you own your own business, I invite you to list your business on BestofNJ.com. They are some of the best small business listings in the state. We allow our readers to post comments about your business, but when we get a negative comment about your business, we inform you of the feedback and let you contact them yourself. We think that disagreements should be handled directly with the parties involved and not published on the web for everyone to see.

If you need to contact us, just leave us a comment below and we write you right back.

You can also contact us directly @:

52 Bridge Street, Suite #1
Frenchtown, NJ, 08825

28 Responses to About Us

  1. Leslie Boss January 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Happy New Year John,
    I hope this email finds you well and looking forward to a wonderful 2012! I know it’s been a while since we’ve chatted. You may remember me from Rutgers Nursery. While I still work there, I have been branching out doing my own ‘thing’. While I’ve had my personal blog for sometime now, I’ve recently changed it up a bit adding more of a Hunterdon County taste to it. I’ve been enjoying visiting the local places and writing about them. I don’t know how it is that I’ve missed these jewels being here for six years! I’d love to connect to BestofNJ in some fashion. I’ve added your link to my blog (on the right hand side bar), hoping it might send some readers your way as well. Have a wonderful weekend, ~Leslie

    • John Stringfellow January 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm #


      It’s great to hear from you. I was wondering where you were doing all of your writing and social media work. Now I know! The blog looks really good. Do you want to do some writing for me?


  2. Leslie Boss January 30, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    Hi John,
    Thanks for the reply.. Sure, I’ll do some writing for you. Let me know what you want me to write about and I’ll do it.. :)


  3. Erin Yerke February 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Hi. Just wanted to let you know that in your entry about 3SquareDeals, the photo whose caption reads “—FoodBank of New Jersey School Programs” is inaccurately captioned. That photo is from the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Cooking Matters program. We are very proud of the way we run that program.
    Please correct the caption.

    The Hope Mobile is also a Food Bank of South Jersey program. I am a little disappointed that our name was not mentioned, even though we are the third organization on board to work with & benefit from 3SquareDeals.

    • John Stringfellow February 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm #


      I don’t mind making corrections, and I have written you back concerning this matter.


  4. Cassandra Alvelo February 7, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    Was hoping I could send you a press release with regards to the Central NJ Prom & Sweet 16 Expo being held on March 18th. Admission is free and open to the public.

    • John Stringfellow February 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      Dear Cassandra,

      You are more than welcome to list the event on our events site. Membership starts at $60.00 per year and you can list as many events as you want for that price.


  5. Juliana February 8, 2012 at 12:17 am #


    I wanted to let you know of a very fun charity event taking place to help the victims of the Union City fire.
    As we all saw recently in the news, there was a horrible fire on Bergenline Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street in Union City on January 18th that left many families without homes, clothes and personal belongings. Now, it is time to give back to the members of the community.
    The minimum suggested donation will be $10.00 per person. There will be music by DJ Byron Aguayo of MUSInc. Entertainment.
    The ZUMBATHON will happen on February 25th at 2:00pm at the Jose Marti Freshman Academy (1800 Summit Ave, union City, NJ). This ZUMBATHON is open to everyone. Instructor Marissabel Alvarez Mayol expects this to be a “great family and friends event that allows people to have healthy fun while helping their community”. During the event, people will be able to participate dancing for the cause or just making a personal donation.

    Facebook Event page http://www.facebook.com/events/356260821051729/

  6. Michael February 24, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    Hi, I just began to follow your site on twitter. I’m working with Junior Achievement of NJ, a statewide non-profit looking to impact as many NJ kids as possible with financial education; but we definitely need advertising help especially coming off of America Saves Week and coming soon into Financial Literacy Month in April. We’re promoting the Financially Fit Bowl-A-Thon on Fri. 4/13 from 6:30-8:30pm at six different locations across the state to raise funds for our financial literacy programs in respective communities provided at no cost to the schools. Would you please post to your site information on this event which can be found at http://www.janjevents.org then choose “Financially Fit Bowl-A-Thon” and recommend other groups we could connect with who would take interest? Thanks for your cconsideration!

  7. Craig Koppelman March 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Hey John,

    We were hoping you could give us a little publicity since this is the bestofnj.com! Our facility (CK’s Baseball4u) is highly recognized within Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. Our geographic region has expanded as we have added tournament play to our schedule of services. We are a indoor baseball facility of roughly 10,000 sq ft of tuft field, with an official little league and softball sized infield. We do team and private one on one lessons, all of our instructors are former college and some minor league players. Our facility is great because its a year round indoor baseball facility, doesn’t matter if its raining, too cold, or too hot; were here! We are heated and air conditioned as circumstances require. We are located in Monmouth County on the Morganville/Marlboro boarder, at the intersections of Route 18, Route 520, and Tennent Road.

    Please contact us with any feedback,

    The CK’s Baseball4u Team

  8. Sam March 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Do you accept articles for your website?
    I’d be interested in sending you something.

  9. kearneykid April 10, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Hi John! I’m a student at Rowan University, and this Monday, April 16 is our 19th Annual Organ Donor Awareness Day! We’d love a shout-out! You can even come attend if you’d like – i know there will be some great photo opportunities plus free food! haha We’d love to have you (even though Frenchtown is about 1.5 hours away from Rowan)!! We’ve been working so hard on this and are so proud of what we’ve done. This event that we’re holding at Rowan University is definitely “Best Of NJ” worthy! https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=2877048766761

  10. Renee Vinis June 17, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Hey hi J just seen a picture of you all, and hope everyone is well. Also i enjoyed reading about you. I wanted to say if its ok you all are a very handsome group of men.

  11. Maureen Greenbaum July 4, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    You calendar is great- thank you for maintaining it.
    It would help if you put the color code maps on the page

    I was surprised the charges to list events.

    With lots of listings, the site will get much less traffic.
    There are lots of free alternatives like
    NJ mag, Patch ,njtoday.net, zvents and Cranford.com

    • BestofNJ.com July 4, 2012 at 10:02 am #


      Thanks for the compliments and suggestions. I think adding the maps into the calendar pages is a great idea.

      In terms of charging for the listings, as much as I would love to work for free, I can’t. I have to eat too! I do some free listings with agencies that are willing to work with me and do some in-kind promotional work. BestofNJ.com is not a non-profit agency. It is run as a business.

      I am glad that there are free alternatives. People give away free hot dogs all the time, but that doesn’t mean that every great restaurant should give away their best dinners for free just because people need to eat.

      I work for money. That is just a fact of life. I like to pay my bills!


  12. Christina Laguer July 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    I was wondering if you could give me some details on the traffic that your site sees. Thanks in advance!

    • BestofNJ.com July 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm #


      Thank you for your interest in BestofNJ.com. Our wedding site gets about 250 visitors a day. The entire site gets about 800 visitors a day. Around the 4th of July, our traffic hits almost 250,000 visitors a day.


  13. Margaret-Mary McGowan December 9, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Good day!
    Our family’s has a tradition each year to come together and enjoy Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national tour of A Christmas Carol at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. Yet, this year, A Christmas Carol last performance is December 15, 2012 which is the problem because my family will not be able to gather together as a complete family unit until December 22, 2012.
    Do you have any idea where A Christmas Carol will be playing in any city, town, or any state ? – on or around Dec. 22-25?
    Thank you for your service, great job!!!
    My best,

    • BestofNJ.com December 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm #


      Please forgive me for taking so long to respond. I have just finished up with my courses and I am just now getting back to my email and commenting work. Did you check the calendar for those dates? See it here: http://events.bestofnj.com/calendar/

      I am afraid that I don’t see any performances in New Jersey for those dates.


  14. Carol Burden April 8, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Hi John! The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is sponsoring an evening event at Princeton Public Library on April 24, for parents who are beginning their children with music lessons and have questions (and in my experience as Education Coordinator, everyone who is, does!). We have a wonderful panel of experts and would love to get onto your blog; here’s the website: http://princetonsymphony.org/#events/music-lessons-a-guide-for-parents/

  15. Lucy December 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Hi John,
    I’ve decided to give flea marketing a try for the first time. I’d like to sell some of the items that have been in my closet for several years, and I thought that it would be fun to sell & make a few bucks while I’m at it. My questions are, do I need a vendor’s license to do this and how do I go about getting a spot at the flea market of my choice.

  16. Robert Simon June 6, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Hi John,

    You site came up from a FB Friend. I was thumbing through your site and see that you have lots of pertinent information about our great state of NJ. My wife and I started up a BBQ Rub/Seasoning company about 5 years ago (during the height of the recession). I am happy to say we are growing, but we would love to be listed on your site. I have more information for you but prefer to do that privately. There is a new TV show airing soon and one of the episodes was filmed in NJ. If you have the time, I would appreciate a reply.

    Thanks and have a Great Day!

  17. Charles P. July 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Hi John, Like to thank you all for this great site of Knowledge of events.. I am a Photographer & have been going out covering some car shows/cruise nights & Also my all time favorite is “FIREWORKS”.. I have some Amazing shots from , Hopewell, Union Beach, New Brunswick, Bridgewater… That’s just the beginning of what I will be covering this summer !
    If you like to contact me thru my email please do, Would like to see some of my shots published.. Thanks Charles P.

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