20 Minute Radius: Dave & Buster’s

The Dave and Busters logo is seen in the blue sky.

If you’re looking for a fun way to feel like a kid again while in college, Dave & Buster’s is the place for you. This local spot is a great way to eat good food and lose track of time while playing arcade games!

Dave & Buster’s is an arcade located at the Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood, Gloucester Township, just 18 minutes away from campus. This weekend, I went to check out this local spot that I have heard so much about for a date night. 

Thomas Cardona plays games at Dave & Buster's.
Rowan University student Thomas Cardona playing skee-ball!

To start, we ordered the cheeseburger and fries and the chicken tenders. This American classic meal was cooked to perfection! Dave and Buster’s offers a promotion where you can get food and tickets for the arcade for a discounted price, so we went for that option! While eating our food, we were entertained by the 20 TVs that were lined up around the dining area. 

The side of the Dave and Buster's building.

After eating, we headed to the arcade. It was packed with games and simulations to try. Some of our favorites were skee-ball, spin-to-win, and dance dance revolution. 

Loredonna at spin-to-win game
Author Loredonna Fiore plays to win.

The fun didn’t end there. After playing games and using up all of the credits we had on our cards, we headed to the prize shop. Each game we played helped us accrue points that we could redeem for a prize.

Unfortunately, we only racked up 200 points, so we were only able to claim a sticky hand toy for a prize. The memories and great food were a big enough reward, though. This spot is a must-visit!

sticky hand prize at dave & buster's

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Story and photos by:
Loredonna Fiore, public relations and advertising graduate
Lucas Taylor, education graduate

20 Minute Radius: Centerton Golf Club

Centerton header photo

Centerton Golf Club is a local 18-hole golf course that is affordable, close to campus, and open seven days a week, making it a great nearby spot to visit. 

Located in Pittsgrove, NJ, Centerton Golf Club is a 20 minute drive from campus and is worth the effort to visit and take part in. Whether you’re a first-time golfer or a seasoned veteran, this 18-hole course is a great way to spend the afternoon with nature. 

Centerton Golf carts are all lined up getting ready to header to the course.

When you check in, you’ll enter the pro shop where golf balls, tees, towels, and other merchandise you might need are sold. If you don’t have a golf club set of your own, there are also clubs available for rent. 

Hole at Centerton Golf Club

Although golf is predisposed as the main attraction, it isn’t the only thing Centerton has to offer. There is an outside concession area that sells hot dogs, hot sausages and cold drinks to get on the turn. If you’re hungry or thirsty while playing, Centerton has a beverage cart attendant that drives around the course to serve food and drinks so you don’t have to stop playing and keep yourself refreshed.

Hole at Centerton Golf Club

Visiting Centerton Golf Club is a great way to support a local business, exercise, and get outdoors.

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Story and photos by:
Loredonna Fiore, senior public relations and advertising major

20 Minute Radius: An Afternoon in Mullica Hill

Serendipity shop clothing display.

An afternoon in nearby Mullica Hill is a great way to spend a spring day off campus. This local town offers great shops and places to eat. Here are some of our suggestions!

The parsonage in Mullica Hill.

Start your afternoon off at The Parsonage. This shop is two stories and has eight rooms filled with different antiques and items. Each room has a different theme that showcases different styles of antiques. From old magazines to antique toys and interesting knickknacks, this spot is a great place to explore to find a cool hidden treasure to take home as a souvenir. 

Glassboro state flag at the Parsonage.

After The Parsonage, stop at Serendipity XIX. This shop has everything from decor to small gifts and clothes/accessories. This shop is split up into two buildings and offers a wide range of items. Stop into Serendipity XIX for some decor for your residence hall room

Exterior shot of Serendipity.

After an afternoon of shopping, end your trip to Mullica Hill at David & Son’s 322 Barbeque. This local gem serves delicious barbeque pork, chicken and ribs. If you visit David & Son’s 322 Barbeque, be sure to get a side of mac and cheese: you won’t regret it. Each table has a game of tic tac toe for customers to play while you wait for your food.

322 BBQ in Mullica Hill.

Spending an afternoon in Mullica Hill is a great way to get off campus and adventure into some local shops. Only 13 minutes from campus, this is a great town to explore in the springtime and spend an afternoon unplugged.

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Story and photos by:
Loredonna Fiore, senior public relations and advertising major

20 Minute Radius: Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park image from the outfield.

Whether you’re a Phillies fan or not, Citizens Bank Park is an awesome spot 20 minutes from campus to visit. Watch a baseball game, enjoy the concessions and indulge in some great ballpark food. 

Citizens Bank Park is home to the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. This year’s Phillies baseball season has just begun, so there is plenty of time to catch a game or two before the semester ends. 

Phillies game photo provided by Loredonna Fiore

At Citizen Bank Park, visitors can enjoy a wide range of food selections. Chickie’s & Pete’s®, P.J. Whelihan’s, Shake Shack and Boardwalk Eats are some classic restaurants that offer a mix of Philadelphia cheesesteaks, sausage, and peppers sandwiches, crab fries and hot dogs.

If you have any more room for dessert, a classic Citizens Bank Park staple is to get ice cream served in a plastic Phillies baseball cap. 

Thomas Cardona at a Phillies game with an ice cream cup in the foreground.

Rowan University student Thomas Cardona at a Phillies game

Aside from the great food, Citizens Bank Park has shops that carry a ton of Phillies memorabilia and merchandise. Some items available include jerseys, hats, t-shirts and stuffed animals available for purchase to commemorate your day at the ballpark. 

Citizens bank photo provided by Loredonna Fiore

Rowan University’s location allows students to travel to Philadelphia easily. A quick 20-minute drive or train ride away will take you directly into the city and allow you to see all of the great sites it has to offer.

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Story and photos by:
Loredonna Fiore, senior public relations and advertising major

20 Minute Radius: Washington Lake Park

Pavilion and covered picnic space at Washington Lake Park.

Whether it’s to exercise, get some fresh air or be in nature, parks are a great place to visit during the school year for some self-care. Washington Lake Park is a great local spot to unwind and return to form when dealing with a busy semester. 

Washington Lake Park is a local park only six minutes away from campus. Located in Washington Township, this hidden gem is New Jersey’s largest municipal park and is home to some amazing walking trails. Covering 330 acres, Washington Lake Park has something for everyone. 

Gazebo at Washington lake park
The park at springtime

If you’re looking for some friendly neighborhood competition, you can definitely find it here. The park has basketball courts, tennis courts, and volleyball courts where members of the local community come to play. If you have some free time after classes, this is a great way to get active and meet new people.

Another fun activity to try is fishing in Cedar Pond. If you bring your own gear, visitors of the park are welcome to catch fish (and release them after they’re caught). 

Fish at washington lake park
Cedar Pond at spring in Washington Lake Park

Washington Lake Park is also home to an amphitheater, a large outdoor stage area where events are held. Throughout the year, local bands are invited to Washington Lake Park to perform on stage for the community. There are also events where food and drinks are served from local businesses in the area. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the festivities. 

Theater at washington lake park
Washington Lake Park amphitheather

The events and amenities at Washington Lake Park make this local spot a great place to visit, especially during the warmer months. The scenic trails make this spot a great place to get out into nature and take a break from the hustle and bustle of classes. 

paved trail path at Washington Lake Park.
Follow the paved walking paths (above) or the nine scenic nature trails located around the park.

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Story and photos by:
Loredonna Fiore, senior public relations and advertising major

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It’s National Cheesecake Day!

Close up of a slice of white cheesecake with lemon yellow glaze and a strawberry.

It’s the yummiest holiday of the year! Here are 3 cheesecake bakeries worth a try that are less than 20-minutes away from campus.

Yhanne’s House of Cheesecake: Located in Clayton, NJ, 7 minutes from campus, is a family-oriented cheesecake business best known for the cheesecakes that are “handcrafted and made from scratch.” Yhanne’s House of Cheesecake provides more than 50 flavors such as pumpkin, coconut, s’mores, strawberry, and even sweet potato, all at an affordable price. Specialties include sugar-free, gluten-free, heart-shaped cheesecakes, cupcakes, and even wedding cakes. The business is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Google, and many consumers claim they have the best cheesecakes with so many varieties and must give it a try. Yhanne’s House of Cheesecake’s goal is to provide a cheesecake suitable for anyone’s pop, and based on consumer reviews, it seems that they surpassed this goal. They’re open from Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am-5 pm.  

bakery shop

Chloe’s Creme Puffs: Muffins, jumbo cookies, creme puffs, cannolis, scones, and the ultimate caramel apple cheesecake bar layered with seasoned apples, streusel topping, and homemade caramel sauce are just some of what Chloe’s offers. A family-run establishment just 6 minutes from campus, in Pitman, NJ, customers reviewed the shop as welcoming, friendly, and adorable. Chloe’s is open from Thursday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm.

pretty caramel cheesecake

Liscio’s Italian Bakery: Across town from Rowan is Liscio’s Italian Bakery, a family-run business for over 20 years, just 4 minutes from campus. Filled with amazing flavors, the company provides various cheesecakes such as chocolate chip, caramel apple, and plain. For customer convenience, Liscio’s Italian Bakery allows you to pre-order to avoid waiting in line. The bakery is open every day from 6 am-7 pm. With over 500 reviews, the shop is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars. Customer reviews claim that Liscio’s staff are very welcoming as they pour their passion into the delicious cheesecake.

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Story by: Nene Diallo, senior, Public Relations major

Photo courtesy of: Pixabay 

20 Minute Radius: Plant-Based Food

A burger basket at The Gentle Giant.

You don’t have to go too far to find great plant-based options near Rowan. Whether they’re on campus or a short drive away, all of these restaurants offer at least one plant-based meal option, with one holding an entirely vegan menu. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these delicious dishes.

Menu from Burger Barr in Sewell.
The Burger Barr
Veggie burger at Burger Barr.
Veggie burger at Burger Barr
  • Burger Barr | Sewell, NJ

BurgerBarr carries a plant-based burger that is so good the flavor rivals the animal products on their menu, and they cook it on its own corner of the grill so you can be sure there won’t be cross contamination. To order vegan friendly, get the “Veggie” burger with vegan cheese and vegan sauce on a pretzel bun.

Cauliflower wings at The Wing Kitchen.
The Wing Kitchen’s Crispy Fried Cauliflower
  • The Wing Kitchen | Glassboro, NJ

The Wing Kitchen is known for more than its chicken wings. Order the “crispy fried cauliflower” in a vegan-friendly sauce and you’re in for a crispy, delicious treat. 

Exterior shot of Monarch Diner.
Glassboro’s Monarch Diner offers vegan-friendly options all day long.
  • The Monarch Diner | Glassboro, NJ

Located in the heart of Glassboro on Delsea Drive, the Monarch Diner is serving up all kinds of plant-based meals. With specials located throughout their menu you can stop in at any time and find a vegan dish: from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even dessert. Fan favorites include their loaded broccoli and seitan potato skins, tofu avocado quesadilla, tofu pasta primavera and eggless veggie omelette.

  • Saladworks | Glassboro, NJ

Saladworks has been known as the health food chain for quite awhile but really upped their menu last year with plant-based protein options. They now offer tofu and quinoa amongst their long-standing, vegan-friendly toppings such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

A tabletop at The Gentle Giant.
A burger basket at The Gentle Giant

A burger cross section at The Gentle Giant.

  • The Gentle Giant | Pitman, NJ

Last, but certainly not least, The Gentle Giant is Gloucester County’s only 100% plant-based restaurant, making it a vegan paradise! This restaurant dedicates itself to the memory of William Blease, IV, the original “gentle giant,” by supporting the sale of local vegan products and raising money each month for causes such as animal sanctuaries. Their entire menu is vegan and highlights breakfast and lunch items such as wraps, burgers, sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches and more.

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Story and photos by:
Madison Neumann, Rowan Blog contributor

20 Minute Radius: Best Burgers (and Alternatives)!

Stock image of burgers with a side of French fries.

Happy National Burger Day! Today we looked for some of the most bun-tastic burgers on campus and nearby. Finding your perfect burger, fries, and shake spot is a great way to explore Gloucester County. Smashburger, Alumni Grill, Five Guys, and Burgerzoid are all less than 20 minutes away from Rowan and all four offer more than just burgers!

Storefront image of Alumni Grill.

Alumni Grill is located directly on campus down Rowan Boulevard and features memorabilia from local schools and colleges!

Holding a burger up to the photo of Bunce Green inside Alumni Grill.

Alumni Grill offers a black bean patty and gluten-free buns! You can also use Rowan Bucks or Dining Dollars at Alumni Grill 🙂

Holding up a burger to the Alumni Grill sign.

We recommend the Black and Tan burger, which has fried onions, pepper jack cheese, and the beef patty includes bacon and is seasoned perfectly! 

Exterior of Smashburger fast food restaurant in Glassboro.

Next, we have Smashburger on right Delsea Dr. in Glassboro.

Jen enjoying her burger from Smashburger while wearing a yellow Rowan shirt.

Having the Classic Smash, Smash Fries and any shake is always solid! 

Nick and Jen enjoying burgers and a shake inside Smashburger.

You can customize your burger to make a “Jersey Burger” by adding bacon, blue cheese, grilled onions, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Exterior of Five Guys burger place in Sicklerville, NJ.

Five Guys is located in Sicklerville, 15 minutes away from campus! 

Marian holding up a burger in front of the Five Guys fast food place while wearing a yellow Rowan Blog shirt.

All the toppings (except for the cheese) are free at Five Guys!

Glowing Five Glows logo inside the store.

Five Guys offers veggie options, hot dogs and milkshakes.

Bright green Burgerzoid sign over the store.

Burgerzoid is also located in Sicklerville, only 13 minutes from Rowan. 

Onion rings on top of a burger with a side of fries from Burgerzoid restaurant.

Burgerzoid is new to the area and offers veggie burgers as well as crazy milkshake options!

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Story by: 
Marian Suganob, public relations and advertising graduate

Photos by:
Nick Flagg, senior theatre and advertising double major with concentrations in theatre ed, acting/directing, & musical theatre

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20 Minute Radius: Oishii Ramen

Bianca Torres, a graduating senior Music Industry major and Marketing minor, brought along some friends and recently visited the newest restaurant addition to Rowan Boulevard, Oishii Ramen!

If you’re looking to support a local business owned by a recent Rowan alum and grab some great ramen, you need to stop by Oishii Ramen on Rowan Boulevard!

Bianca showing her friends a pork bun.
Grab some appetizers like Pork Buns with your friends!

What makes Oishii Ramen so unique is that it is owned by a recent Rowan alumnus and former international student. The biggest inspiration for the restaurant was to bring a different culture and cuisine to the Rowan and Gloucester County communities.

Three different flavors of Mochi covered ice cream.
Three different flavors of Mochi-covered ice cream!

Oishii Ramen’s speciality is, of course, ramen! However, if ramen’s not what you’re looking for, there’s plenty of other appetizers, dishes and desserts to enjoy too.

Bianca holds a bowl of Chicken Ramen.
Chicken Ramen (seen here) is one of many varieties Oishii offers, including Seafood and Vegetarian.

There are many different flavors of Ramen to choose from, and all at affordable prices. College students, you can now ditch the cup ramen and get a big bowl of goodness at Oishii Ramen!

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Story by:
Bianca Torres, senior music industry major

Photography by:
Stephanie Batista, sophomore music industry major

20 Minute Radius: 5 First Date Ideas in Glassboro

Sure, watching Netflix is cool and all, but here are five first date ideas that are a lot more fun! 

1. Breakfast at Dawn to Dusk Café

Rise and shine! Going on a breakfast date is a great way to start the morning. I would recommend Dawn to Dusk Café. Located right on Rowan Boulevard, this is a great, convenient spot to take your date on campus. They accept Rowan Bucks and dining dollars, so no money, no problem. Their menu offers a wide range of breakfast and lunch options, fancy coffee drinks and a great outdoor seating area. If you check out this spot, I recommend the banana and Nutella waffles with a side of home fries. Chef’s kiss! 

Dawn to Dusk on Rowan Boulevard.

2. Exit 4 Escape Room

Scared your date will be awkward and want to break the ice? Visit the Exit 4 Escape Room on Rowan Boulevard. They have four different rooms you can book, which include Ben Franklin’s Inferno, The Police Station, Cain of the Jersey Devil and Three Suns Cantina. These rooms give participants an hour to solve puzzles and find clues to ultimately “escape.” This is a great date idea because you can work together, invite other friends for a double date and be occupied the whole time. They also accept Rowan Bucks, so it doesn’t break the bank. I’ve escaped from all four rooms and have had so much fun every time I’m there. Exit 4 is the perfect first date spot.

Loredonna and friends at escape room

3. Visit the Rowan Art Gallery

Want to do something a little more sophisticated for your first date? Visit the Rowan University Art Gallery. Located on High Street, this local spot is perfect to do something unique for a first date. Art in this museum is from emerging local and nationwide artists. This is a great place to talk and take cute first-date pictures. Since it’s an art gallery, get a little dressed up and walk around to see the beautiful pieces on display. The Rowan Art Gallery is free to Rowan students, which makes this a savvy first-date option. 

rowan art gallery

4. Liberty Virtual Reality 

If you’re looking to have fun on your first date, visit Liberty Virtual Reality on Rowan Boulevard. This is a great interactive entertainment experience that is sure to impress your date. They offer a zombie fighting simulation, a snowball fight, laser tag and a virtual Angry Birds game. Liberty Virtual Reality is a great way to let loose and have fun on our first date. Use your Rowan Bucks at this spot, too! 

Rowan Boulevard/virtual reality

5. Alaura Kitchen Homemade Ice Cream

Leave campus for date night and visit Alaura Kitchen Homemade Ice Cream. Located in the quaint, beautiful town of Pitman, this spot is perfect for a date. After walking around the shops and restaurants of Pitman, stop in and get delicious treats at Alaura’s. They offer a small bites menu that has fries, grilled cheese, hotdogs and other yummy food options. You can’t leave this place without dessert, though. Alaura’s offers a wide range of hand-dipped ice cream flavors that are sure to please your date. 

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Story by:
Loredonna Fiore, junior public relations and advertising major

20 Minute Radius: Glassboro Wildlife Management Area [VIDEO]

Two students in Rowan gear sit at the nature preserve.

Join us as two Rowan students visit a nearby nature preserve.

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Video by:
Adam Clark, senior Radio/TV/Film major

Music by:
Louis Testa, junior music composition major

20 Minute Radius: Fall Fun at Hill Creek Farms

hill creek farms sign

Loredonna Fiore, a junior Public Relations and Advertising major, and Olivia Smithson, a Biological Sciences alumna, recently visited Hill Creek Farms in Mullica Hill to get into the spirit of fall just in time for Halloween. 

Looking for an aesthetically pleasing place to take photos and get in the fall spirit? Hill Creek Farms is the perfect spot. Located in Mullica Hill, this destination offers a wide range of attractions that make it a must-visit spot. 

Loredonna and Olivia at Hill Creek Farms.

On the 24-acre farm, Hill Creek Farms offers apple picking, pumpkin picking, vegetable picking, sunflower fields and cornstalk fields. This makes for a great socially distant atmosphere where you can enjoy nature and appreciate the colors of fall. 

Olivia smiling and picking apples.

Hill Creek Farms has a farmer’s market on-site that is filled with freshly made baked goods and household decorations. Apple cider and apple cider donuts are a staple for the market, which I highly recommend. Hill Creek Farms also has a wine garden with wine made with the apples that are grown on the farm. 

This is a great local spot to visit if you’re looking to get off campus for a fun afternoon. The views, food and friendly staff make this a great place to get into the fall spirit! 

Olivia picking apples.

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Story and photos by:
Loredonna Fiore, junior public relations and advertising major 

20 Minute Radius: Lucy’s Creamery

Craving more ice cream? After sourcing 10 local ice cream places for Rowan Blog, contributor Camryn Hadley, a senior double major in Public Relations and Advertising, has discovered a new spot right in Glassboro. 

It’s no secret that I have a large sweet tooth. When I heard a new ice cream shop opened behind my residence hall, I had to try it out!

I got the chance to meet with Lucy’s Creamery owner, Nikki, and got the inside “scoop” on Rowan’s newest local business.

Lucy's Creamery owner.

Lucy’s recently opened amid the pandemic summer in July and is located on 211 West High St. The location is perfect for a walk around campus and ending on the Glassboro Town Square with some treats.

The ice cream shop was originally founded by Nikki’s dad in Sewell, NJ in 2002. Nikki met her husband and now co-owner while working there when they were 16. The two recently bought the shop and made the move to Rowan to appeal to college students and offer indoor ice cream dining year-round.

Menu boards at Lucy's Creamery.

This family-owned business has some insane sundaes! But the most popular? The Peanut Butter Lover’s and Brownie Sundaes take the cake. If you ask Nikki, her favorite would be a hand-dipped Strawberry Cheesecake with soft serve as a close second.

As for my favorite? I’d have to go with the Cereal Killer Sundae with Fruity Pebbles and Rice Crispy Treats!

A sundae at Lucy's Creamery.

Of course, Lucy’s has some awesome promotions for Rowan students. When picking up your sweet treat, make sure to show your Rowan ID for 10% off your order. And don’t worry, using Rowan Bucks as a form of payment will be coming soon!

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Story and photos by:
Camryn Hadley, senior double major in public relations and advertising

20 Minute Radius: Fun Off-Campus Things New Transfers and Freshmen Should Check Out

External shot of Angelo's Diner and Main St.

Today’s story is from Melanie Sbaraglio, a recent Public Relations and Advertising graduate from Nutley, NJ (Essex County). Melanie joined the Rowan Blog team to wrap up her remaining internship hours, after her internship with Ace Screen Printing in Glassboro was cut short due to COVID-19 affecting business. 

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student to Rowan University, you might be wondering what there is to do around Glassboro and nearby surrounding areas. Luckily, if you have been asking yourself these questions, you’ve come to the right place.

When I was a freshman, there weren’t as many things to do on campus like there are now. Walking down Rowan Boulevard is a lot more exciting today than it was four years ago. 

Since freshmen can’t have cars, getting places can be tricky; but services like Uber and Lyft always come in handy. Splitting the cost between a few friends to get places ends up being very cheap and worth it.

Without further delay, here are a few fun things to do off campus within a 20-minute radius. 

Exterior photo of Angelo's Diner taken from Main St.

Angelo’s Diner, located on North Main St. right next to campus, is a great breakfast or lunch spot in the area. The food is always really good, and the prices are very cheap. 

Monarch Diner on Delsea Drive opened up last winter. The food is amazing, fairly priced, and it’s even close enough to walk from campus.

Another great find is the Regal United Arts Theater in Washington Township. This spacious movie theater is clean, easy to get to, and has reclining leather seats making the experience that much more enjoyable. There are also many restaurants in the same area as the theater to grab dinner before or after seeing a movie.

The Deptford Mall and Gloucester Premium Outlets are great shopping options close by as well. My friends and I used to go all the time freshman year even just to walk around and window shop.

Maggie Paige Boutique in downtown Pitman.
Located in downtown Pitman and less than 10 minutes away from campus, Maggie Paige Boutique is another shopping destination worth visiting.

Finally, Duffield’s Farm is a fun seasonal place to visit. During the fall months, you can pick pumpkins and get yourself a fresh, warm apple cider donut. It’s a great place to take photos and just enjoy being outdoors for the day.

Discovering new places off campus can be beneficial for getting to know the area as well. Take these suggestions into consideration because even though there are plenty of on-campus things to do and get involved in, exploring off campus is definitely worth your time.  

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Story by: 
Melanie Sbaraglio, recent public relations and advertising graduate

Angelo’s Diner photos by:
Anthony Raisley

Maggie Paige Boutique photo by:
Jenna Fischer

20 Minute Radius: Pitman’s Alcyon Park

an aerial photo of Jen in a blue kayak surrounded by lilypads in Alcyon lake.

Is the boredom of being quarantined at home (to prevent the spread of COVID-19) getting to you lately? Luckily, the weather has warmed up and there are plenty of outdoor spaces near campus that allow you to get a breath of fresh air while still maintaining social distance! 

the head of a blue kayak in a lake, facing trees, in Alcyon ParkIf you’re craving some sunshine, I recommend a trip to Alcyon Park in Pitman, NJ — less than a 10-minute drive from campus! Invite a family member, pet or roommate (if you’re safely quarantined together) and set out on your journey. I suggest taking a backpack along with you, with supplies including plenty of water, some granola bars, sunscreen, sunglasses or a hat, and anything else you might need during an outdoor adventure.

The park is home to several sports fields and a playground, but if that’s not your thing, there are hiking trails and even a boat launch! The boat launch is located at the coordinates (39.7284°, -75.1433°), which you can search in Google Maps to access. This is the perfect opportunity to take a peaceful kayak ride on Alcyon Lake, which is what my roommates and I did.

an aerial photo of Jen in a blue kayak surrounded by lilypads in Alcyon lake.
My roommate captured this photo of me with our drone camera!

Alcyon Park is a historic South Jersey location, and according to southjerseytrails.org, it used to serve as a racing track for horses and cars in the 1940s and 50s.

Information and photos about the park’s rich history is posted throughout the trails, so the further you walk, the more you learn. Pretty cool!

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Story by:
Nicole Cier, writing arts graduate

20 Minute Radius: Pitman’s Maggie Paige Boutique

Close up shot of clothing at Maggie Paige Boutique

Looking for some cute clothes to update your wardrobe or to wear for a fun time out with friends (while practicing social distancing)?

Interior shot of Maggie Paige Boutique in PitmanMaggie Paige Boutique is the perfect place to go. This clothing and accessories store is located right in Pitman, and it’s only an 8-minute drive from campus.

We talked to the owner, Emily, about her experience opening and running a clothing boutique since 2017. 

Interior shot of Maggie Paige BoutiqueGrowing up, Emily loved playing with all of her grandmother Margaret’s clothes and costume jewelry. Since her grandmother started her love for fashion, Emily wanted to honor her by naming the store Maggie. 

As soon as I walked in the store I could feel the rustic and quaint vibe. I felt like I was shopping in a friend’s closet. They offer several options, from cute dresses to comfy hoodies. Several accessories around the store, like bracelets, support other local businesses in the area. 

Interior shot of Maggie Paige Boutique with social media linkEmily’s ultimate goal for the store is to create affordable and accessible fashion for women. Prices range from $19-$60.

If you mention this article you can get 10% off your next Maggie Paige purchase. 

Can’t make it to the store? You can order online at https://maggiepaige.commentsold.com/store 

You can also order order by phone by calling 856.218.5143. 

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Story and photography by: 
Jenna Fischer, rising senior public relations major

20 Minute Radius: 10 Local Ice Cream Places

Purple ice cream on Rowan Boulvard.

School is out and summer vacation is in! What sweet treat goes hand-in-hand with the summer time? Ice cream! Hanging out in the Glassboro area? Check out these ice cream shops that are within 20 miles from campus!

1. Alaura Kitchen, Pitman, NJ

Whether you’re looking for a meal or just a sweet treat, Alaura’s is the place to stop in downtown Pitman. They change their menu weekly, so there’s tons of flavors to choose from, even dietary options! The Belgian fries are a must. 

2. Dippy’s, Mantua. NJ

The best homemade ice cream in town! Dippy’s is great and has a variety of flavors to choose from! Their blueberry flavor is a jersey iconic. Blueberry will make your mouth water with delight and feel reminiscent of the South Jersey native fruit. 

3. Scoopy’s Ice Cream and Water Ice, Sewell, NJ

Looking for your carnival favorites? Scoopy’s offers more than just your classic scoop. From Dole Whip to their arctic swirl to a classic sundae, you won’t be disappointed!

4. Cono’s Pizza and Ice Cream, Glassboro, NJ

Walking back from class? Grab a slice and scoop on your way back! Located behind Rowan Boulevard, this shop will have you visiting every day! And did we mention their pizzas come in cones?

5. Yogo Factory, Glassboro, NJ

Not completely feeling ice cream today? Stop by the Yogo Factory for some sweet frozen yogurt on Rowan Boulevard. Add your own toppings and pay with your Rowan Bucks! Yogo Factory is definitely a Prof’s favorite!

6. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Sewell, NJ

Bruster’s is the place to hang out with your friends where everyone can get what they want! Their ice cream pies are truly one of a kind and to die for!

7. Reggina Gelato and Espresso Bar, Mullica Hill, NJ

Reggina’s is the best place to stop for some Italian sweets. They have all your favorites, gelato, cannolis and more! Make sure you try their strawberry lemonade and mascarpone! 

8. Stio’s Water Ice and Ice Cream, Washington Township, NJ

Who doesn’t love family owned businesses? You’ll feel a part of the family after the first bite! Skip the line and order online! You’ll need to take your time picking from their delicious hand dipped flavors!

9. Twin Kiss Drive In, Clayton, NJ

Looking for both salty and sweet? Stop by Twin Kiss to grab a pretzel and some ice cream! You’ll love their outdoor seating area!

10. Mueller’s Ice Cream and Fruit Freezz, Deptford Township, NJ

A hand holding a cup of ice cream You’ll feel transported to the Jersey shore boardwalk the second you lay eyes on the menu. Order funnel cake, ice cream floats, and choose from 24 flavors of soft serve. They’re known for their Fruit Freezz drinks. They are formulated with fresh fruit juice and the pulp will definitely get stuck in your teeth in the best way possible. 

Due to COVID-19, these shops are all currently available for take-out only. Got more suggestions? Share a picture of your favorite place using #IceCreamforRowan!

Story by: 
Camryn Hadley, junior
Kailey Bertelsen, senior

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20 Minute Radius: Super Smash Bros. Tournament [VIDEO]

students playing a video game

Rowan Blog produced this video pre-quarantine. 

Join us as we visit a local, student-run Super Smash Brothers tournament.

Super Smash Bros is a fighting game made by Nintendo featuring a plethora of classic Nintendo characters that can be fun for everyone. Although it isn’t a school event, the tournament takes place every Friday afternoon in James Hall, Room 2096.

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Video by:
Dean Powers, sophomore radio/TV/film major
Noel Waldron, senior advertising major

Music by:
Tommy Bell, senior music industry major

20 Minute Radius: Fireside Family Restaurant

Looking for a quality spot to get breakfast, lunch or dinner? Fireside Family Restaurant in Pitman may just be the place for you! Located just 10 minutes off of Rowan’s campus, this hidden gem is just off of Woodbury Road and has a homey atmosphere inside that offers a variety of dishes.

I transferred to Rowan last fall. During my first semester, a few of my friends and I would always try to find a local breakfast place to go to on Saturday mornings. After a bit of curiosity, I found Fireside through Google recommendations, so we decided to check it out.

Interior shot of the of Fireside Family Restaurant

As soon as you walk in, you’re immediately greeted with the warmest enthusiasm by the hostess. There are booths and tables for preference to sit at. The menu contains many options to choose from, which range from breakfast items such as bagels, pancakes, omelets and hash browns to lunch and dinner items such as burgers, pasta and steak.

Fireside Family Restaurant became my go-to place for breakfast every Saturday morning with my friends and we’ve been going back there ever since my first semester. This past weekend, I was there.

I got an order of French toast that came with a choice of eggs and meat. I chose my eggs over easy and ordered sausage and bacon for the meat. It’s definitely a delicious meal that I highly recommend to get here. When I’m not ordering that, I like to get a breakfast sandwich in the form of a sausage, egg, cheese and bacon sandwich on a plain toasted bagel with a side of hash browns.

Exterior shot of the Fireside Family Restaurant

The best part about Fireside is the student discount! If you bring a student I.D. you get 10% of your bill. 

Fireside Family Restaurant is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area!

Fireside Family Restaurant
401 Woodbury Glassboro Road
Sewell, NJ 08080

Story and photography by:
Enzo Ronchi, senior public relations major

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20 Minute Radius: Boro in Lights Festival

An outdoor shot from the annual Boro in Lights Festival
The tree displayed at the festival.
The 32-foot tree!

On Dec. 6, 2019, in partnership with Kingsway Church, Glassboro held its annual “Boro in Lights Festival.” Entertainment included a tree lighting ceremony, carriage rides, a live sculptor, photos with Santa, live music performances, free food, and an animal pet show all in the Glassboro Town Square and along Rowan Boulevard from 6-9 p.m.

Local businesses attended to give away free items (I got lightup reindeer antlers).

Rowan University’s Student Government Association (SGA) attended the event for its “Stuff the Bus” fundraiser. SGA members collected food items, hygiene products and winter apparel for The SHOP, Rowan’s student food pantry and resource center.

I definitely recommend checking out next year’s festival!

SGA members pose at their "Stuff the Bus" tent.
SGA members pose at their “Stuff the Bus” tent.
A baby goat taking a snack break during the mini petting zoo.
A baby goat taking a snack break during the mini petting zoo.
Santa being sculpted in the middle of Rowan Blvd.
Santa being sculpted in the middle of Rowan Blvd.

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Story and photography by:
Alyssa Bauer, senior public relations major

Three Trails Near Rowan to Celebrate National Take a Hike Day

Two pairs of hiking boots facing each other on a nature trail.Pack some trail mix and water and slip on your sturdiest shoes, because it’s National Take A Hike Day and we’ve got three awesome trails near campus for you to explore!

Hiking is a great way to get a breath of fresh air and exercise on a nice weekend day. And with plenty of nature and parks near Glassboro, there are always many options for trails. Grab some friends and head out there to disconnect from the stress of technology and finals season, and see all of the beauty that the area has to offer!

Jack stands by the sign for Ceres park.1. Ceres Park – Mantua, 7-minute drive

Ceres Park makes for a scenic, more intense hike, with steep hills, high ledges and winding paths. Tiny streams and creeks weave throughout some of the trails, providing a peaceful place to rest. No matter which season you visit, the view from the many overlooks and beyond the twisted tree branches is one of a kind. 

Also, if you like mountain biking, this is the place to go! There’s a great community of bikers and you can always find a friendly face to guide you through the many hills and obstacles of the park. 

Jack walks down the path at Washington Lake Park.
The trail at Washington Lake Park includes several boardwalk-like bridges over streams and marshy areas.

2. Washington Lake Park – Washington Twp/Sewell, 12-minute drive

When there aren’t any exciting performances happening at the amphitheater stage in Washington Lake Park, plenty of adventure can be found on the trails behind it! This location is ideal for beginners, because of its simple path and smooth walkway. Small bridges run over the marshy areas of the park, and you’ll probably see a few families with their children and dogs throughout the path.

Regardless of your skill level, this beautiful trail is the perfect study break or a remedy for a case of the Sunday Scaries.

Jack points to the sign in Blueberry Hill park.3. Blueberry Hill Trail – Gibbsboro, 30-minute drive

Though this trail may be a longer drive away than the other two, the one-of-a-kind view and terrain at the end make the trek worth it. Follow one of the many trails up the steep hill and wind through the woods until you get to the clearing. This is an ideal spot, up in the trees overlooking an open field, for golden hour. And if you’re feeling adventurous, make your way down the hill through the path to check out the rocks below!

What are some of your other favorite hiking trails nearby?

The sunset over Blueberry Hill Park is unforgettable!

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Story and photography by:

Nicole Cier, senior writing arts major

20 Minute Radius: Fahrenheit Ceramic Studio

Looking for plans this weekend? Check out Fahrenheit Ceramic Studio in Pitman, NJ. Just a five-minute drive from campus, Fahrenheit is the perfect place to unwind by painting your own ceramic work of art. It offers a Rowan student Alyssa B. painting an owl at Fahrenheit Ceramic Studios.wide variety of ceramics, color glazes and ideas to spark your creativity. 

With a relaxed and homey feel, customers are welcome with no reservation necessary. You pick out a pottery piece and glazes and start painting! Your options are endless, and the workers are really helpful in sharing how the entire process works. 

For this trip, I chose a mug and an owl (shoutout to our Rowan mascot, Whoo RU the Prof). After painting for a little bit over an hour, my friend I finished our pieces and returned a week later to pick them up. I’ve been using my hand-painted mug for morning coffee every day since, and look forward to filling my cabinet up with more. 

Author's friend at Fahrenheit Ceramic Studios.Most ceramic pieces range from $3-$20, plus a studio fee of $8. Luckily, Fahrenheit offers discount specials throughout the week, so make sure to bring your student ID.

On Wednesdays, Fahrenheit offers half-price studio fees for students. On Thursdays and Fridays, customers 21+ paint for half-price studio fees from 6-10 p.m. and on Saturday nights, students are eligible for a buy one, get one free studio fee from 5-10 pm.

This is definitely going to be my go-to spot during the winter. For more information check out its website! www.fahrenheitceramicstudio.com.

Fahrenheit Ceramic Studio
8 South Broadway   
Pitman, NJ 08071

Photo of glazed ceramic pieces.
Our finished products!

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Story and photography by:
Alyssa Bauer, senior public relations major

20 Minute Radius: Primitive Axe in Glassboro

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or an exciting rainy-day activity near campus, check out Primitive Axe! Located here in Glassboro (only five minutes away in the strip mall by Samurai), Primitive Axe is a great place to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy a unique experience with friends. 

A Primitive Axe sticker in the shape of an axeThe name might give it away, but this place is centered around throwing axes. Each participant gets an axe when it is his/her turn, and a throwing coach to lead you through the adventure. Every coach is helpful and experienced, and there to make sure everything runs smoothly and everyone is having fun! You’ll be taught how to hold the axe, how to throw it at the target and get tips and tricks from your coach. It looks much easier than it actually is, but it only takes 10 minutes to get the hang of it and start getting bull’s eyes!

Three male students stand holding axes
Students enjoying their discount on College Night at Primitive Axe

Primitive Axe’s indoor Glassboro facility is brand new and beautiful, with a rustic feel and 20 targets. It’s a great place to relieve the stress of homework and exams, and have an unconventional experience to share with family and friends! And for your inevitable safety concerns about throwing axes, the staff goes out of their way to explain the safety precautions and supervise your throwing. There are rules and barriers to separate each thrower and keep everyone out of harm’s way. 

Tuesdays at Primitive Axe are College Night! Bring your Rowan ID for a special rate of $15 per person for an hour of axe-throwing, an awesome deal compared to the $25-40 price for other days and walk-ins. They even accept Rowan Bucks. Plus, it’s BYO everything but the axes — which means Taco Tuesday just got even better! 

Inside Primitive Axe in Glassboro, nearby Rowan's campus

Grab a few friends and book your reservation at Primitive Axe!

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Story and photography by:

Nicole Cier, senior writing arts major

20 Minute Radius: Laurel Market

People at vendors, Laurel Market

In the town over from Rowan University resides the small town of Pitman. Pitman has wonderful restaurants, shops and even a theatre, and now every Saturday from 8 a.m – 12 p.m. is Laurel Farmers Market. Enjoy all of what Laurel Market has to offer from flowers to fresh vegetables, crafts and live music. Wideshot of Laurel Market in Pitman, nearby Rowan's main campus

Last Saturday my friends and I took a trip to Laurel Market and were pleasantly surprised by the variety of merchants, along with the friendly atmosphere and great live music. We will definitely be making more trips there!

Pitman is only a five-minute drive from Rowan, and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys farmers markets!

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Story and photography by:
Justin Borelli, senior advertising major

20 Minute Radius: Rowand’s Farm

Rowand's Farm, a view of the strawberry picking area

Just last week, a friend and I were cooped up in the house with nothing to do. So we decided to take a drive around Glassboro to see what we can get into. We had a craving for fresh fruit, but didn’t want to risk the chances of buying bad fruit from a grocery store. New Jersey is full of produce stands and we knew there had to be a good one around campus.

Strawberry at Rowand's Farm

To our surprise on Greentree Road just behind the ShopRite is a quant little farmer’s market. We decide to pull over to check it out and we ended up very pleasantly surprised. Watermelon, cherries, avocados, bananas, corn, tomatoes, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, apples, peppers, zucchini — any fresh produce you could possibly want! Rowand’s Farm is a produce stand that sells only locally grown fruits and vegetables without breaking the bank.

Jayce Williams, a Rowan student, picks his own strawberries at Rowand's

Rowand’s offers a variety of fresh produce and the opportunity to pick your own strawberries! Sunday through Friday the market is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, they are not open on Saturdays. Fortunately the market recently opened for the season and will be open until October. Once the fall rolls around the market will have a larger assortment of fresh vegetables as well.

Bundles of strawberries at Rowand's

The best part is that the market is less than five minutes from campus! Students can easily get there by car, bike or even by foot. The produce is reasonably priced and picked fresh daily. Get your friends together, take a refreshing bike ride to the Rowand’s Farm and spend the day picking your own fruit and making memories. It is definitely worth the trip, and the strawberries hit the spot!

Contact them at (856) 589-9234 or on their Facebook page!

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Story and photography by:
Chad Wittmann, senior journalism major

20 Minute Radius: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

This year, the festival includes 29 breathtakingly vibrant animal and mystical creature themed lanterns handmade by local Chinese crafters. Besides the lantern displays that are composed of 20,000 LED lights, visitors can interact with installments, watch authentic Chinese performances including folk dancers, Bian Lian (face-changing), acrobatics, plate spinning, martial artists, and contortionists (showtimes are at […]

20 Minute Radius: Glassboro’s Summer Fest

Aerial view of multiple people sitting in lawn chairs in a grassy town square

Summer is upon us once more, and with that comes warm weather, outdoor activities, and delicious food. At Glassboro’s Summer Fest I was sure able to find all of that plus live musical entertainment, interactive performances, and access to local shops. This will be Glassboro’s third Glassboro residents relaxing on lawn chairs during a beautiful sunny daysummer presenting the event, hosted by a local organization, Nexus Properties.

As an attendee I was able to enjoy Glassboro’s newly renovated Town Square, located at the corner of High St. and County Rd 553. With fresh grassy hills, picnic tables with umbrellas, and lawn chairs I easily found relaxation and serenity. Family and friends from around Glassboro came and enjoyed the oasis-feel in the middle of suburbia while listening to various styles of music (depending on the band performing; check out the band line-ups here). While there, I heard laughing among the community and saw everyone coming together to enjoy a fun-filled experience.

A woman singing passionately into a mike while playing the guiar
Lead vocalist of TK and the Howlers passionately singing to Glassboro.

If you’re not one for sitting for too long, though, the event also provided the equipment to enjoy a game of cornhole (a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of plastic resin at a raised platform with a hole in the far end). The perfect opportunity to show off your hand-eye coordination. I certainly saw plenty of people enjoying the game while there. While enjoying the summer-fun, I was also able to choose from several food trucks the event brings in as well as some local restaurants setting up serving stations.

The area also provides easy access to Glassboro’s recently constructed Rowan Boulevard, a city-like environment with restaurants and shops lining the store-fronts. Glassboro is a historical community, having been established in 1779 growing its economy through glass-making. Today, the town has grown into a modern version of itself, constantly innovating and advancing its infrastructure. With both a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a historical foundation, Glassboro is growing into the town for everyone.

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Story and photography by: Alexander Belli, recent graduate B.A. in public relations and advertising

20 Minute Radius: Rowan Art Gallery

3 story brown and light stone building at 301 High Street, Glassboro, which houses the Rowan Art Gallery

One of the hidden gems around Glassboro is the Rowan Art Gallery at 301 High Street, on the edge of campus. Full of amazing classic and modern art pieces, the beautiful gallery currently features an exhibit titled “Women Defining Themselves,” curated by Andrew D. Hottle, a Rowan professor in the art department, within the College of Communication & Creative Arts. The current exhibit is commemorating the 45th anniversary of SOHO 20, a tribute to the historically significant women’s cooperative art gallery, this exhibition features works by the founding artist-members. Most of the exhibited works were first shown at SOHO 20 in the 1970s. Rowan University Art Gallery has a history of programming that recognizes the achievements of women in the visual arts.

The gallery is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon looking at these historic pieces, filled with passion and culture. My friends and I love going to see the exhibits and we try to go to the opening nights along with the meet the artist nights! 

Girl looking at painting on the wall in the art gallery

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Story and photography by:
Justin Borelli, senior advertising major

20 Minute Radius: Philadelphia Pride

The front of Bunce Hall being lit up at night with rainbow colored lights

50 years ago in June 1969, a clash between gay rights activists and the police of New York City emerged outside a local gay bar known as Stonewall Inn; later becoming known as the Stonewall Riots. During the early hours of Saturday, June 28, nine police officers entered the Stonewall Man dressed in a rainbow outfit jumping mid-air trowing a rainbow flag upInn – ending with multiple people being ‘roughed up’ and arrested. For the next several days, local gay right supporters rallied against the harassment and social injustice. Acting as a catalyst, the riots sparked the LGBTQIA+ rights movement.

Today, thousands of parades occur around the world with millions of supporters showing their PRIDE. It has become a gathering and a celebration of differences to honor the years of struggle and discrimination that has been endured, and Philadelphia’s parade is no exception. Starting in the heart of Philadelphia’s “Gayborhood” – a four square-block radius located in Center City where multiple LGBTQIA+ friendly businesses reside – the parade follows a 1.5 mile route to Penn’s Landing Great Plaza where an all-day festival takes place.

A drag queen dressed in a rainbow leotard and flowers throughout her hair
A drag queen adorning one of the parade floats.

As a spectator of the parade you can expect to witness an assortment of color and entertainment with floats, flag twirlers, local companies showing their support, marching bands, participants dressed in drag (individuals wearing clothing more commonly worn by the opposite sex), and thousands of people excitedly cheering. Just by being present you can feel the elation and pride the City of Brother Love gives to this community. Once at Penn’s A young man pouring maple syrup over french toast with a bitmoji in the bottom right cornerLanding Great Plaza, you are able to enter for a nominal fee of $15, giving you access to food and drink vendors, musical entertainment, and plenty of room to celebrate.

Being that Philadelphia is full of amazing restaurants that support the LGBTQIA+ community, you may choose to dine prior to heading over to Penn’s Landing. Eating at places such as Amada, Royal Boucherie, Uzu Sushi Bar, and many more just located between Market and Chestnut St. Philadelphia is a historic city with an abundance of food, love, and excitement – what else could you need. And with transportation from Glassboro to Philadelphia accessible from Rowan’s campus, what are you waiting for?

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Story and photography by: new graduate Alexander Belli, B.A. in public relations and advertising

20 Minute Radius: Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival

If you need plans for the weekend, look no further! Philadelphia is hosting its 22nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival . To celebrate Picture of cherry blossom trees at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA.America’s independence, Japan donated over a thousand cherry blossom trees to Philly in the early 1900s. Philly continues to celebrate this gift and connection to Japan for a full week every spring season.

Businesses across the city embrace this connection by hosting sushi making and rolling classes, competitions and contests, tea ceremonies, drumming workshops, a Japanese film, a fashion show, and flower-arranging demos.

Up-close photo of a pink cherry blossom trees at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA.This past week, I strolled through fresh and full-bloomed cherry blossom trees at Fairmount Park’s Horticultural Center (definitely a must-see). Throughout the week, Fairmount Park invites visitors to see the trees, participate in Japanese-themed activities and check out the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

The celebration at Fairmount Parl ends on “Sakura Sunday,” a day full of authentic food, music, dancing, fashion shows, martial arts performances, arts, and crafts. Sunday, tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Definitely take this opportunity to learn about a new culture and appreciate the beautiful scenery.

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Story and photography by: Alyssa Bauer, junior public relations major

20 Minute Radius: Heritage Glass Museum

Display of antique glass pieces.

Owner (left) informing Rowan student, Max von Suskil, about Paul Stankards glasswork.
Museum owner (left) informing Rowan student, Max von Suskil, about Paul Stankard’s glasswork.

Ever wonder how Glassboro acquired its name? Wonder no further because I found out! The Heritage Glass Museum, located a few minutes from campus, preserves and displays antique glasswork made in Glassboro and surrounding South Jersey towns over the past 200 years. The best part – it’s free admission! The name of Glassboro and the statue in the Town Square finally make sense. I visited on a quiet Saturday afternoon and the extremely kind owner walked us around the exhibit explaining the history and progression of glassblowing – I promise it’s more interesting than you’d expect.

Solomon Stanger, a German immigrant, purchased 200 acres of land in 1779 for a “glassworks in the woods.” Stanger’s Harmony Glassworks, built in 1813, is today’s Heritage Glass Museum. After a couple of years of failed business, Thomas Heston and Thomas Carpenter bought the land. They’re recognized as the first glassworkers in New Jersey to produce clear aqua bottle glass. Heston and Carpenter increased business, contributing to the roots of South Jersey’s notable glass industry.

Heston’s grandsons acquired the business in 1838, renamed the business to Whitney Brothers Glassworks and ran “one of the most innovative, prosperous and best equipped glass industries in the nation” for 80 years. (Rowan’s Whitney Center is named after the Whitney Brothers.)

The business closed in the 1920s and after decades of random local organizations occupying the space, the Heritage Glass Museum was founded in 1979.

The owner recommends to check out Wheaton Arts in Millville, New Jersey. The non-profit organization invites artists and audiences to challenge their creativity. In the Glass Studio, attendees are able to watch glassmaking and tour the Museum of American Glass – definitely a must with warm weather approaching!

At the end of the tour, visitors are welcomed to purchase historic and affordable glass pieces. The museum is located on East High St., so parking is easily accessible if you don’t feel like walking the five minutes from campus. Since, the museum is free, I highly suggest checking out one of the restaurants on the block. 

Display of Paul Stankards glasswork.
Paul Stankard, known as the “father of modern paperweights,” created this piece. His creations are worth thousands of dollars.

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Story and photography by: Alyssa Bauer, junior public relations major

20 Minute Radius: Williamstown Farmer’s Market

outfront of the Farmers Market in Williamstown

Are you a South Jersey foodie? Then you absolutely have to check out the Farmer’s Market in Williamstown less than ten minutes away from campus! From endless amounts of fresh baked pastries and pies to the savory bbq section, crepe station, smoothie cart and hand-dipped, stuffed gourmet donut stand, I guarantee the true foodie in you will come out.  

gourmet donuts inside the Farmer's Market

You can truly find anything you’re craving at the Farmer’s Market. I’d suggest gathering up your friends, making sure there’s space on your phone for photos, and heading over for a grand ol’ experience. There’s even a large pretzel stand where the employees make the pretzels, cheese logs, pretzel bites, etc. right in front of you. 

a view of the inside of the Farmer's Market

And when you finally get full, you can browse around the market, looking through the stores and at the puppies at the puppy shop. This store always draws in a crowd with its cute dog faces. Check out the photos below for just a small glimpse into what the Farmer’s Market has. Visit it when the weather gets warmer for outdoor bbqs, event & more!

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Story & photos by: Vanessa Vause, senior public relations and theatre double major

homemade pies on display inside Farmer's Market
fresh fruits inside Farmer's Market
baked rolls inside Farmer's Market
two friends holding donuts inside the Farmer's Market
student holding a pretzel bite outside the Farmer's Market

20 Minute Radius: Philly Fringe Festival 2018

Lover of the arts? It’s the time of year again to take the 20 minute drive to Philly to binge watch some of the most unique and captivating theatrical experiences around. During the month of September, hundreds and hundreds of performances will be put on throughout Philadelphia, bringing thrilling and never-before-seen shows to students like […]

20 Minute Radius: Poop! Review of Philadelphia Art Gallery Exhibit, Poopface: Dogs of Philadelphia

Justin stands next to the glass storefront of Wanderlife Gallery

Poop! Giggles aside, on a Friday night my girlfriend and I drove to the newly opened Wanderlife Gallery in Philadelphia to check out its first exhibit, a photography series called Poopface: Dogs of Philadelphia. Beth Dombkowski, Wanderlife owner and admissions counselor at Rowan University, invited us to attend the gallery’s opening and we figured seeing […]

20 Minute Radius: Through Blueberry Hill Trail

The smell of pine and crisp air, the sound of bustling trees flowing with the wind, and the warming sun-rays accompanied my friend and I during our visit to one of South Jersey’s top hiking trails. You don’t need to be an avid hiker or a fitness nut to enjoy nature’s beauty – just step outside and […]

20 Minute Radius: Down the River We Go

River with trees on the riverbank and blue sky with smooth white clouds

Being active and energetic is an important aspect to living life, and what better way to enjoy life than going kayaking. Here at Rowan University in South Jersey you have several choices for your day excursion including: Al & Sam’s Canoe Boat & Kayak (Newfield, Gloucester County, NJ), Pinelands Adventures (Shamong, Burlington County, NJ), and […]