Shrewsbury Borough is home to many events and attractions that are sure to tickle the fancy of both residents and visitors alike. For starters, it has two shopping areas on Broad Street: the upscale Grove with designer stores, and Shrewsbury Plaza. The Grove is known to host health and fitness events, and an annual Fall Festival every October wherein everyone can enjoy a costume parade, live music, face painting, a petting zoo, and other Halloween treats. Route 35 also boasts a succession of strip malls and fast food restaurants. One of the best-known restaurants in the borough is Shadowbrook. Aside from being a restaurant, the 1907 mansion is also a popular wedding venue.
Events and Exhibits
Shrewsbury also holds various sports events that mostly cater to children. The Shrewsbury Recreation Committee sponsors sports programs such as summer basketball league, flag football – coed intramural league, and a volleyball coed clinic to name a few. They also hold a four-week summer camp. On the other hand, art enthusiasts can visit the Guild of Creative Art, the oldest and largest art community in the state. The Guild hosts numerous exhibits by different artists. Also, every December, the Guild hosts an All-Member Holiday Show and a Holiday pot-luck dinner.
The borough also organizes a range of events such as a Community Day, Borough Tree Lighting, Pinewood Derby, Town Easter Egg Hunt, and Don Burden Day Celebration. They also conduct graveyard tours at the Christ Episcopal Church where anybody can join the guided tour featuring notable figures and gravestone artistry. The Shrewsbury Historical Society also holds an annual $25-a-plate fund-raising dinner.
The Historic Four Corners can also be found within Shrewsbury’s borders. The structures included in Four Corners are the Allen House built in the late 1600s, the Christ Church built in 1702, the Presbyterian Church built in 1735, and the Quaker Meeting House built in 1672. Allen House now operates as a historic house museum and is owned by the Monmouth County Historical Association. Moreover, Four Corners also includes other historical buildings such as the 19th-century Wardell House and the Shrewsbury Historical Society Museum. Due to the many historic structures in the area, Four Corners was listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Every December, Shrewsbury conducts Holiday Lantern Tours of the Historic Four Corners wherein tour guides dress in colonial garb and tell the stories of Shrewsbury and Four Corners’ importance to Monmouth County.
Shrewsbury also boasts a couple of parks such as the Shrewsbury Boro, Little Sickles Park, John Parker Park, and Manson Park. Residents can enjoy soccer, baseball, jogging, playing on the playground, and many other outdoor recreational activities in these parks. There is also the Simmons Pond where locals can go fishing.
Shrewsbury also has seven community gardens run by the Shrewsbury Garden Club. Residents can stroll around and appreciate the numerous flora and fauna on these gardens, namely, the Allen House Herb Garden, Eagle Garden, Greenhouse Garden, Shrewsbury Borough Hall garden, Heritage Rose Garden, Gazebo Garden-911 Memorial, and the Community Garden. The Club also holds various events such as design and horticultural challenges.