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August 12, 2017, is National Vinyl Record Day. This day is dedicated to preserving the cultural influence, recordings and cover art of vinyl records. It is also a celebration of listening to music with friends and family and promoting the future of vinyl. It is celebrated on August 12, which is said to be the day Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. You can purchase vinyl records from any of the New Jersey businesses listed below.

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The Record Collector in Bordentown is an independent record store. They buy, sell and exchange vinyl records, CDs, memorabilia, DVDs and more. For more information, call 609-324-0880.

Music Merchant in Westwood offers CDs, collectible vinyl records, gift certificates and more. For more information, call 201-666-7777.

Spina Records in New Brunswick offers a wide selection of music from punk to jazz, classic rock to blues, country and funk. They also have some antiques and vintage decor. For more information, call 732-543-0642.

The Record Store in Howell provides new and used CDs, new and used vinyl, rare and hard to find items, t-shirts, books and figures. For more information, call 732-905-9056.

August 12 is also Truck Drivers Day, International Youth Day and Baseball Fans Day.

For similar celebrations, check out Today in NJ: National Buy a Musical Instrument Day and Today in NJ: National Old Stuff Day.

Today in NJ, 2016: Baseball Fans Day

August 12, 2016, is Baseball Fans Day. Baseball gets its name from the four bases around the pitcher’s mound. Games involving a stick and ball have been around since ancient Egypt, but modern baseball was created from variations of the English game of rounders, regional and local games and children’s games.

It is thought that the first modern game of baseball was played by the Knickerbockers in 1845 in Hoboken, NJ. Celebrate Baseball Fans Day by visiting one of the stadiums listed below.

Skylands Stadium in Augusta is home to the Sussex County Miners. Besides baseball games, they also have many other events throughout the year such as the Summer Fest Weekend. For more information, call 973-383-7644.

The Somerset Patriots play at the TD Bank Stadium in Bridgewater. The ticket office and team store hours on non -game days are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. On game days, the hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am through the game and Sunday from 10:00 am through the game. For more information, call 908-252-0700.

The Blue Claws are a minor league baseball team that plays at First Energy Park in Lakewood. The office hours on game days are 9:00 am until the end of the game. On non-game days the office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call 732-901-7000.

You can also enjoy a Trenton Thunder game in Trenton. They have post-game fireworks 20 times a year, children’s birthday parties, a church, school and company group outings, and a first class business meeting facility. For more information, call 609-394-3300.

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