Jersey Shore Magazine, Spring 2024

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Special Edition! Plus: Calendar of Events Farmers’ Markets Party Boats Jersey Shore Books OCEAN & MONMOUTH COUNTIES SPRING 2024 PLACES TO GO STORES & SHOPS THEATER & MUSIC ART GALLERIES DINING OUT Plants of the Dunes Shells in the Sands Wildlife on the Beach Maritime Mysteries Beachcombing Finds 100 Years at Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club The Spring Beach


Van Duyne Lifeguard Boat at the Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club

Jersey Shore made Van Duyne surfboats have been on beaches from Cape May to Sandy Hook and beyond for more than 60 years. The Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in June 2024. Artist Judy Stach has been painting scenes at “The Club” for more than 30 years. See them at



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“Van Duyne Lifeguard Boat at the Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club,” oil on canvas by Judy Stach
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Welcome to the spring edition of JERSEY SHORE, the magazine celebrating the Jersey Coast in Ocean and Monmouth counties.

Spring at the Shore is a time of renewal and rebirth, a time of pleasure and relief for senses weary of winter’s limited palette. We are renewed with colors, scents, and sounds, and the mind is refreshed and given to more upbeat thoughts.

In this Special Edition, we present the “Spring Beach.” On the pages ahead, you’ll find features on the plants, shells, and wildlife found on our beaches plus articles on maritime mysteries, interesting beachcombing finds, and a feature on a special place where generations of families in northern Monmouth County have spent time at the beach—the Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club. “The Club,” as it’s known locally, is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary this year.

Spring is often a busy time at the Shore, and JERSEY SHORE Magazine and JERSEY SHORE Publications Online are designed to bring you a wealth of information to help make life more enjoyable “down the Shore.” If you’re a local resident or a long-time visitor, you may find things you haven’t discovered or be reminded of offerings you may have forgotten. When using these resources, you’ll find a myriad of information to make your time at the Shore more rewarding and exciting.

In addition to our numerous guides, this issue’s feature articles once again highlight many of the on-going themes that define this magazine—the unique people, places, history, and natural world that make up our lives at the Jersey Shore.

On our cover and throughout our pages, we are proud to present paintings and photographs by the Shore’s most talented artists and photographers.

This edition’s cover, “Three Gulls,” was painted by Ann Hayes of Seaside Park, one of the Jersey Shore’s finest artists. Ann’s beautiful artwork has appeared on our covers and inside this magazine for decades.

Throughout our guides, you’ll find many places to go and things to do. Our Calendar of Events and Theater and Concert Events sections will guide you through the cultural happenings of the spring season in the two counties. Our guides include Attractions and Activities, Parks and Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and Museums, Public Golf Courses, a Party Boat Fishing Directory, Farmers’ Markets, and more. You’ll also find guides to Stores and Shops, Art Galleries, and Dining Out and Food among others.

Also inside is our Catalog of Books about the Jersey Shore. Be sure to visit our Jersey Shore Books website at

Page through JERSEY SHORE Magazine and visit us online. May you find inspiration and discoveries to enrich your life along the beautiful New Jersey Coast.

2024 marks our forty-first year of publishing magazines, guidebooks, maps, internet sites, and beautiful books about the Jersey Shore. In addition to our two seasonal issues of JERSEY SHORE (spring and fall/holiday), we also publish during the summer months our popular guidebooks and maps, JERSEY SHORE Vacation Magazine, the JERSEY SHORE Vacation Map, and LONG BEACH ISLAND Vacation Magazine. Our publications include two companion websites, JERSEY SHORE Publications Online (, the internet’s largest and most informative site about the central and northern New Jersey Coast, and our JERSEY SHORE Books website (

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A potpourri of Jersey Shore flotsam and jetsam.

Hidden Maritime Mysteries. Known and mystery wrecks appearing and disappearing in the sands and sea. 10

More Than Messages In Bottles. Interesting beachcombing finds washed up on our beaches. 13

Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club. The private club has been providing generations of members with a wonderful family environ ment, delightful social interaction, and gracious summer living for one hundred years. 15

Party Boat Directory. A guide to party boats in Ocean and Monmouth counties. 18


A guide to events from March through June. Guide 21 – 27


A guide to theater and concert events from March through June. Guide 28 – 31



A guide to attractions and activities. Guide 32 – 33


A guide to parks, recreation areas, trails, scenic overlooks, and public golf courses. Guide 34 – 36

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The spring edition of Jersey Shore Magazine, the sister publication of Jersey Shore Vacation Magazine, Jersey Shore Vacation Map, and Long Beach Vacation Magazine, is direct mailed and distributed biweekly from March through June. The publisher expresses thanks to the following: New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission’s Office of Travel and Tourism; New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry; Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Tourism; Monmouth County Parks System; Ocean County Public Affairs/Tourism Department; Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. Copyright 2024 by Jersey Shore Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. (732) 892-1276. The publisher assumes no responsibility for errors appearing in this publication. Toll Free Subscription Hotline: 888-22-SHORE SUBSCRIPTIONS: $19.95. You’ll receive: Jersey Shore Magazine (spring and fall/holiday issues), Jersey Shore Vacation Magazine, Jersey Shore Vacation Map, and Long Beach Island Vacation Magazine (summer issues). To subscribe, visit us online at Or please call our Toll Free Subscription Hotline, 24 hours-a-day: 888-22-SHORE (888-227-4673). Please have your credit card ready. Or send your name, address, and a check or money order for $19.95 to: Jersey Shore Publications Subscriptions, P.O. Box 176, Bay Head, NJ
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Guide 37 – 39
shells at the Jersey Shore.
POETRY “The Metal Detector” by Deanna Altomara.
5 STORES & SHOPS A guide to stores and shops plus art galleries, pets, private schools, realtors, taxi and limousine services, and more! Guide 45 – 49
SPECIAL SECTION – THE SPRING BEACH Growing Among The Dunes. A dune habitat plant guide.
SPECIAL SECTION – THE SPRING BEACH Wildlife On The Beach. Seabirds, animals, and sand creatures call Ocean and Monmouth Counties’ beaches home. Photographs by Kevin J. Knutsen.
1 DINING OUT & FOOD A guide to restaurants and nightlife plus banquet facilities and catering, candy stores, coffee shops, gourmet and specialty food markets, ice cream and gelato, seafood markets, wine and spirits, and more. Guide 61 – 64
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES / URGENT CARE & HOSPITALS A guide to colleges and universities and a guide to urgent care facilities and hospitals.
HOME PORT A Return To The Atlantic. A personal essay by Gordon Hesse.

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Some stores may not carry all titles. Please call the store for more information.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Asbury Park

Words!, 623 Cookman Avenue

Barnegat Light

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410 Broadway

Bay Head

The Jolly Tar, 56 Bridge Avenue

Beach Haven

The Bywatyr Shop

13001 Long Beach Boulevard

The New Jersey Maritime

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Paperback Exchange

703 9th Avenue


David Beaton & Sons

72 Beaton Road


Periwinkle’s Fine Gifts

19 North Union Avenue


Middlesex County College

B&N Bookstore

2600 Woodbridge Avenue

Fair Haven

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Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park Office (732) 793-0506

The park office is located about 3.5 miles past the entrance in between the two bathing pavilions. Open 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Note: This location only sells “Island Beach - A Sonnet In the Sands” by Gordon Hesse.

Island Heights

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Ocean and Chestnut Avenues


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Seaside Park

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Ship Bottom

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Spring Lake

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This limited-edition, oversized volume by Gordon Hesse, author of All Summer Long - Tales and Lore of Lifeguarding on the Atlantic, tells the story of the park from the time before Europeans arrived to present day.

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Island Beach - A Sonnet In The Sands captures the beauty of the park second only to the park itself. It is a window into its past and present, a vision now preserved for future generations.

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“Let us take a journey down the Shore to see what we can find… ”

Hidden Maritime Mysteries

Stories in the Sands

Picture this: you are sitting on the beach relaxing with your hair warmed from the sun and your toes wiggling in the sand. Before you, all types and sizes of boats pass by on the ocean as far as your eyes can see.

Some are passenger vessels with majestic sails suspended from three masts while others are long steamships in the middle of their journey, delivering precious cargo to a distant port.

This once thriving maritime industry played a prolific role in shaping shore culture—from the launching of the United States Lifesaving Service to sparking underwater explorations by scuba divers. The history and stories found in the sands of local beaches most often go unnoticed by the casual beachgoer…but these hidden tales are the real pulse of the Jersey Shore that still beats today.

Well known author and historian Margaret Thomas Buchholz, who hails from Long Beach Island, captures readers through her weaving of details and unique voice in her now classic book, New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic (Down the Shore Publishing, 2004). She writes, “The staggering number of reported shipwrecks over the

centuries — about 5000 including both documented and undocumented — has earned New Jersey waters the sorrowful epithet, ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic.’”

With its ever-shifting elements and boundaries, one fact that is commonly overlooked is the coastline’s impermanence. “Groins, or jetties on the beach, slow currents down and also slow the movement of sand,” says Steve Nagiewicz, professor of Marine Archaeology and Maritime History at Stockton University and author of Hidden History of Maritime New Jersey (History Press, 2016). Nagiewicz explains that the constant shifting of sand from storms, currents, and beach replenishment efforts cause wrecks and associated artifacts to either become more exposed or more buried. As a result, the location and depth of wrecks under the beach or water change over time.

Each wreck, along with its artifacts and circumstances, tells a unique story. Combining those stories with the sagas of human loss and survival creates narratives greater than those produced by big movie studios, narratives that stem from the sands at some of the Jersey Shore’s most popular beaches.

Sandy Hook: Packet Ship Aurora

courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

On November 7, 1827, the packet ship Aurora was sailing from Liverpool, England to New York with forty passengers onboard when gale-force winds, rain, and thick fog caused it to run aground six miles south of Sandy Hook. Captain John Taubman along with forty-five passengers and crew beat the odds and reached the shore of Sandy Hook in small rowboats; however, six crew who chose to stay onboard lost their lives. The ship’s three masts eventually fell into about eleven feet of water with most of its cargo intact, including thousands of dollars of Staffordshire China, hardware, and household goods.

The Aurora silently rested on the seafloor right off Sandy Hook where tides and currents screamed in and out of New York Harbor for 175 years and remained unseen to the anglers above it, the beachgoers near it, or the boaters passing over it.

In 2002, curiosity led divers to locate the Aurora and its trove of treasures, and since then, over 3,000 artifacts have been removed from the ill-fated vessel’s bones, which today is near the bridge connecting Highlands to Sea Bright. Several pieces of the vessel’s Staffordshire China, notebooks, pieces of slate, and door knobs are on display at the New Jersey Maritime Museum in Beach Haven.

Leonardo: Steamship Alexander Hamilton

Built in 1924, the Alexander Hamilton was a side-paddle-wheel steamboat that could handle more than 3,000 passengers on its three complete decks and 345-foot length. The vessel spent much of its life at South Street Seaport then the Brooklyn Naval Yard. The Hamilton was the last steam-powered riverboat of the Hudson River Day Line and sailed its last voyage in 1971. In 1975, the vessel arrived in Atlantic

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Typical packet ship of the mid-19th century.

Highlands, having been bought by the Railroad Pier Co. with intentions to turn it into a restaurant. However, the boat hit a sandbar about one hundred feet from shore and sat stuck in that location for two years before finally being freed from the muck in 1977 by a group who hoped to resurrect it as a museum.

The Alexander Hamilton was then moved to a temporary home along the east side of the Naval Pier in Leonardo, but in November 1977, a sudden storm caused the Hamilton to catch fire, and it sunk. Just months earlier, on March 25, 1977, the Hamilton had been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, her outline can sometimes still be discerned in satellite imagery as she rests next to the older of two piers that extend more than two miles into Raritan Bay within a national defense security zone. Despite being a National Historic Site, the Alexander Hamilton is not accessible to the public.

Long Branch, Seven Presidents

Oceanfront Park: Chauncey Jerome

Just off Seven Presidents

Oceanfront Park in Long Branch lies the packet ship Chauncey Jerome, which ran aground on January 12, 1854. Owned by noted American clockmaker Chauncey Jerome, the ship’s resting site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 1, 1996. The site, under twenty feet of water, is protected; spearfishing and artifact removal are forbidden. The Chauncey Jerome’s capstan is on display at the New

Jersey Shipwreck Museum in Wall Township.

Long Branch/Elberon, “Dual Wrecks” Adonis and Rusland

The Adonis, a five hundred-ton wood-hulled bark, ran aground in bad weather and thick fog on March 8, 1859 just off Long Branch while sailing to New York from England. All crew onboard were rescued. There were no passengers.

Ten days later, on March 18, the Adonis broke into pieces during another storm. After being stripped of its planking and salvageable cargo, what remained of the vessel, including many large grindstones in its hold, was abandoned on the ocean floor with its bow facing the beach.

Almost twenty years later, on March 17, 1877, the 2,538-ton iron-hulled steamship Rusland, with two hundred passengers and crew on board, also ran aground in bad weather while sailing from Antwerp to New York. The ship might have been freed had the wind not blown it broadside to the beach where the grindstones still in the Adonis below tore into its hull. Seawater rushed into the Rusland as all passengers and crew were rescued. The hull sunk perpendicular to the Adonis with its length facing the beach.

Known as the “Dual Wrecks,” the boats make almost a T-shape. They are located in twenty-five feet of water in front of San Alfonso Retreat House near the southern end of two jetties. Shadows from the wrecks can sometimes be discerned in satellite imagery, depending on tides and water conditions.

One of the grindstones from the Adonis is on display at the New

Jersey Shipwreck Museum at InfoAge Science and History Museum in Wall Township.

Manasquan: Amity

The Amity ran aground on April 24, 1824 in fog near the southern tip of Manasquan about three hundred thirty yards offshore. All passengers and crew were rescued from the 382-ton packet ship, and much of its cargo was salvaged before the ship began to break up, except for what was in the lower holds.

Over the years, divers salvaged many tools and hardware from the vessel, and in 1995, they recovered masses of rusted sewing needles and brass buttons that helped to identify the wreck.

Today, the Amity’s remains are within a buried wooden debris field that lies underneath the sand in an area protected from currents next to the southernmost inside rocks of the Manasquan Inlet on the Manasquan side, in line with Riverside Drive.

Bay Head: “The Bluffs Wreck”

Just off Chadwick Street in Bay Head, in front of the southernmost jetty, lies what is referred to as “The Bluffs Wreck,” in homage to the former grand resort that used to stand on the beach directly in front of it. Researchers believe the wreck may be the Creole, a brig-rigged, wooden-hulled steamship that ran aground on its way from Havana, Cuba to New York on March 17, 1868. There were no casualties.

A popular dive and fishing spot, the ship’s carcass still lies under twenty feet of water with its bow facing north. According to local legend,

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The Alexander Hamilton , circa 1959. The wreck of the Adonis. NJMM Archives
The iron-hulled steamship Rusland, 1877.
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NJMM Archives courtesy Steve Nagiewicz

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the wreck contained a large amount of coal, which still washes up onto the beaches near it after storms and has become a coveted treasure for beachcombers.

Mantoloking: Ayrshire

In 2014, workers building a steel sea wall, after Superstorm Sandy had ravaged the Jersey Shore, unearthed timber from a wooden ship at the border of Mantoloking and Brick beaches. Researchers believe the relics, which were about twenty to twenty-five feet underneath the sand, were part of the Ayrshire, a Scottish sailing ship that wrecked in front of the Chadwick Lifesaving Station on January 12, 1850 during a snowstorm with 201 people onboard, including 166 Irish and English immigrants who were escaping the potato famine.

The wreck of the Ayrshire is notable because it marked the first use of the Life-car lifesaving device that was invented by Joseph Francis in 1845. All but one of the people onboard the Ayrshire survived, with the lone casualty being a man who clung to the outside of the Life-Car that held his family before being swept into the sea and drowned.

The Life-car used that day was donated to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History by Joseph Francis, where it is still on display today.

Mantoloking: Meta

On October 14, 1883, the clipper ship Meta ran aground in heavy fog while sailing from Bremerhaven, Germany to New York. All twentyfour crew were rescued.

What’s left of the Meta, also known as the Mantoloking Wreck, is under twenty feet of water about one hundred fifty feet off Lyman Avenue.

More Stories Await!

An abundance of additional stories from the sands are waiting to be discovered online and at local museums.



Maintained by longtime diver Rich Galiano, this website is dedicated to exploring the underwater regions of New Jersey and New York. The site provides images and information on dive sites and wreck histories, marine biology, artifact details, and more.





528 Dock Road, Beach Haven (609) 492-0202

Dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey’s rich maritime history, this beautiful museum’s two floors of exhibits feature shipwreck artifacts, an 1827 Aurora exhibit, a Morro Castle room, and a rare postcard collection. The museum also features a lending library, a New Jersey shipwreck database, and gift shop. WiFi Internet access and computer stations are available for use. Guest presentations are held throughout the year. Free admission. On-site parking. Handicapped accessible. Open all year. June - Aug. daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Sept. - May, Fri., Sat., Sun. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.


At InfoAge Science and History Museums, 2201 Marconi Road, Wall (732) 456-5045


The New Jersey Historical Divers Association’s New Jersey Shipwreck Museum contains artifacts recovered from area shipwrecks. The NJHDA iden-

tifies wrecks by recording with video, taking photographs, obtaining accurate measurements, and recovering artifacts. The museum includes a time line of wrecks that are significant to New Jersey maritime history. Hands-on exhibits that teach aspects of science as they relate to shipwrecks and artifact recovery are also on display. Available for researchers are books, maps, plans, records, and photographs of shipwrecks. Open Wed., Sat., and Sun. 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Admission to InfoAge is $12. (ages 13 and up); $8. (ages 4-12); younger children are free.


124 Ocean Avenue, Manasquan (732) 447-6419

Established in 1902, the Squan Beach Life Saving Station is located about 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean in Manasquan. This Duluth-style facility served to house volunteers and equipment used to save victims of shipwrecks off the Manasquan area coast. Today, the restored station serves as a museum and contains artifacts recovered by the New Jersey Historic Divers Association from shipwrecks along the New Jersey and Atlantic coasts as well as artifacts used in the U.S. Life-Saving Service and U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Operations, including a Francis Life-Car. Admission is free. Hours: May – September: Thurs. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

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courtesy Steve Nagiewicz The clipper ship Meta, 1883. NJMM Archives Steve Nagiewicz, professor of Marine Archaeology and Maritime History at Stockton University, stands behind a Francis Life-Car at the Squan Beach Life Saving Station in Manasquan. courtesy NJMM China from the Aurora exhibit on display at the New Jersey Maritime Museum.

More Than Messages in Bottles

Interesting Beachcombing Finds

Beachcombers often lose track

of time as they scour the sand in search of sea glass or shells, and before they realize it, they have walked over a mile or more in their pursuit of treasures. Sometimes the sea delivers more than just a random message in a bottle and gives a whole new meaning to the term “finders keepers,” especially after storms and abnormally high tides.

The “Roster of the Ridiculous”

As a part of their bi-annual Beach Sweeps event, the environmental organization Clean Ocean Action tallies every piece of debris collected by over 170,000 volunteer participants since the event began in 1985. While final numbers are still being tallied for 2023, over eight million pieces of debris have been removed from over seventy sites in fifty-nine municipalities and parks along the New Jersey coast as of 2022.

“The data collected by the thousands of dedicated volunteers up and

down the coast is one part of the amazing story of the Beach Sweeps. When the data is put to work in the form of advocacy for better policies and laws to reduce pollution sources, it makes the Beach Sweep a legacy of action that benefits communities, wildlife, the economy, and the environment,” says Kari Martin, Clean Ocean Action’s Advocacy Campaign Manager.

Clean Ocean Action relies upon site captains and participants to accurately log everything picked up before properly discarding the debris. Their annual “Dirty Dozen” list includes the most collected pieces of debris and the worst offenders of litter on the seas.

One interesting 2022 trend was a noticeable reduction in the number of straws, bags, and foam collected because of the Single Use Waste Reduction Act going into effect that May. Plastic shopping bags dropped from the #7 most collected item to #14, and foam takeout containers

decreased by 29% from spring to fall 2022 and decreased by 38% from 2021 to 2022.

The Dirty Dozen typically includes plastic pieces, plastic bottle caps and lids, food/candy wrappers/bags, cigarette filters, foam pieces, straws/stirrers, plastic cap rings, plastic beverage bottles, and more. In fall 2020, personal protective equipment, including face masks (both disposable and reusable) and disposable gloves, were added to the Dirty Dozen for the first time because of the pandemic.

However, COA’s annual “Roster of the Ridiculous” raises the most eyebrows. The list of anything and everything considered unusual reported by volunteers varies from year to year, but some of the most bizarre items from the past five years include the following:

2022: a car (batteries, bumper, parts, pieces, spark plug, tire), half of a dock, garden shovel, refrigerator, Jell-O mold, propane tank

2021: mini-fridge, floating dock, sink from a boat, fake flowers, G.I. Joe doll, Christmas tree ornaments, Turkish Airlines hygiene kit

2020: bed frame, twelve-foot hose, foam tombstone, Trump 2020 flag, barbecue grill, tool box, LG computer monitor

2019: car bumper, wheelchair, turkey baster, chainsaw cover, camera lens, windshield wiper, glass trophy, Christmas tree, carpet

2018: air conditioner unit, barbed wire, porta potty door, roof shingles, plastic pig, upper dentures, shotgun shells

Other peculiar finds reported over the years include a cheese grater, a bird cage, a Bradley Beach beach badge from 1977 found in 2008, a parking meter, and mannequin legs with socks.

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Some interesting beach finds including a decorative brick, a teddy bear, a mannequin leg and a daily beach badge. Jill Ocone

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Munitions Among Us

Every now and then, remnants from history appear upon the Jersey Shore’s beaches to remind us that war was never that far away.

Just weeks before the summer 2007 began, more than one thousand unexploded World War I-era munitions were discovered in the sands of Surf City’s beaches. The Army Corps of Engineers were finishing up a seventy million dollar beach replenishment project when an unnamed resident discovered an antique grenade while using a metal detector. During the following nine weeks, almost 1,100 devices were discovered within the area where sand had been dumped. Officials determined the munitions, mostly antiaircraft shells, were dumped offshore before Congress passed laws prohibiting ocean dumping, sometime before 1973. The beaches on LBI remained off-limits for a time out of an abundance of caution and for officials to determine that all the munitions were removed.

As reported in this magazine’s Spring 2015 issue, a World War II-era mine was discovered in the ocean about ten feet from the shoreline by Larry Bathgate in Bay Head just south of the Johnson Street beach entrance in June 2013. Divers from the Point Pleasant Beach Dive Team and Naval Weapons Station Earle first believed the three-foot metal ball to be a buoy but soon realized it was a mine that might contain explosives. Officials decided the best course of action was to detonate the mine because of its weight and unknown stability. On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, nearby residents were evacuated from their homes and beachgoers were kept off the beaches as a precaution. At 11:00 AM (high tide), officials from the U.S. Navy detonated the mine, which sent a boom throughout Bay Head and a column of water one hundred twenty-five feet into the air. Afterwards, officials determined the device did not contain any explosives and never posed a threat to residents or vacationers. Officials believed the surge and currents from Superstorm

Sandy led to the mine’s appearance so close to shore.

Points from the Past

Almost since the dawn of time, the ocean has served as a food source by providing a home for fish, crustaceans, cephalopods, mollusks, algae, and aquatic plants. From dinosaurs to animals and early humans, the ocean’s bounty provides sustenance to all kinds of beings. Three ancient artifacts found at local beaches during a fourteen-month span serve as a reminder of the Jersey Shore’s place in the world’s historical timeline since the end of the last Ice Age.

In August 2014, Noah Cordle, a nine-year-old Virginia boy vacationing with his family on Long Beach Island, found a projectile point at the edge of the surf in Beach Haven while boogie boarding. Assistant curator of the archaeology and ethnography bureau of the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, Greg Lattanzi, determined the piece to be made from jasper by the Paleoindians between 10,000 and 13,500 years ago. Cordle donated the 2.5-inch-long artifact, known as a Clovis point (and similar in shape to an arrowhead), to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It became the first Clovis point from New Jersey in their collection.

Less than a month later, Victoria Doroshenko, an eleven-year-old from Fair Lawn, found a similar pre-

historic projectile point on the beach at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch while she searched for seashells. Once again, Lattanzi’s expertise was called upon, and he determined the artifact to be an Adena point and perhaps crafted by Early Woodland people between 1,000 BC and 100 BC.

In October 2015, Audrey Stanick of Lanoka Harbor found a third ancient artifact while she was searching for sea glass in Seaside Heights. Lattanzi identified the object as a Paleoindian point from the Middle Period, about 10,000 to 11,000 years old. Officials from the New Jersey State Museum said in a statement that the projectile point was made from flint and that its sharp edges were smoothed from having been tumbled in the ocean, like what happens to sea glass.

Because bow-and-arrow technology was still centuries ahead in the future, the artifacts are referred to as projectile points instead of arrowheads. Projectile points were typically carved from stone and most likely used as spear points for protection and hunting.

“Periodically, points get washed up on the shore and in the bay area,” Lattanzi explained. “This is due to an increased number of storms as well as their intensity. There are thousands of precontact sites offshore that are disturbed through storm action, and over time, those artifacts wash up on shore.” Researchers believe beach replenishment efforts after Superstorm Sandy possibly unearthed the artifacts from the depths of the ocean floor and they became redeposited closer to the surface.

Lattanzi added that if anyone finds something resembling a projectile point or arrow head along the shore that may be archaic to contact the New Jersey State Museum.

You never know when the next treasure will turn up on the Jersey Shore’s beaches. To the person at the right spot at the right time goes the spoils.

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A Clovis Point, discovered in Beach Haven by nine-year-old Noah Cordle. courtesy Gregory Lattanzi, New Jersey State Museum

Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club

Celebrating a Century of Sun and Fun

It’sthe most classic structure on the Monmouth Beach coast, and perhaps, along the entire Monmouth County shoreline. The Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club, known locally as “The Club,” will celebrate one hundred summer seasons this year. This fabulous coastal structure, the definitive piece of the town’s architecture, is also where generations of families and friends have enjoyed a century of seasons in the sun.

“Millionaire Colony”

The facility first opened its doors for a July 1910 holiday weekend, according to the Long Branch Daily Record, whose headlines hailed the new surroundings as “one of the finest in the entire country.”

An “open court” setting “finished in ancient Roman architecture with heavy statute-crowned columns, terracotta benches, set in tiers” was the handsome look. The new beach club boasted two tiers of “dressing rooms” (i.e. bathhouses) for seasonal rent. All had electricity, running water, and were furnished. The east promenade tower would be a lounge/

recreation deck; the west tower was for refreshments.

Its “modern” swimming pool (35 x 140-feet) was four-foot in the low and eight-foot in the deep. Spring diving boards were included as was a separate pool for “little ones.” Even then, both pools allowed for “night swimming” thanks to “submarine windows,” airtight underwater lights that “rendered the water transparent.”

Final cost of construction of the club was $50,000., and the first manager was George W. Avery.

A product of the Gilded Age, a time of “wasteful and ridiculous excess” according to Mark Twain, the club was conceived via the ritzy social magnet just up the street—the famous Monmouth Beach Clubhouse Hotel. Although now gone, it once was a “vacation place of notables” and among the “most popular hotels on the Jersey coast.”

Club” property, including hotel, casino (now the town’s Borough Hall), and oceanfront land to build a swimming club. Seeking to “establish a millionaire colony,” by 1913 Butts had fallen into financial ruin, lost all of his holdings, and was in jail.

The club was closed during the WWI years and afterward fell on hard economic times and into disrepair. In 1919, Bernard Winfield, an Austrian native, purchased all clubhouse hotel holdings for $30,000. Later, when the town bought the land, pool, and building (with two hundred bathhouses) for the 1924 summer season, the price was $55,000. At that time, Mayor A.O. Johnson ordered the facility to be painted white with a green roof— just as it is today. James W. Spalding (of the sporting goods fame) was the first club president from 1924 to 1928.

Shore Jewel

Thomas W. Butts (it’s fair to call him the club’s unofficial founder) was the visionary behind it all. A once-prosperous New York attorney, his dream would escape him. In November 1909, Butts paid $12,500. for the “Monmouth Beach County continued on page 16

Called “The Baths” in early ad pitches, it offered a “summer haven with release from the rigors of the

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Dave Booth Photo The Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club, 2022.

week’s labors and an opportunity to enjoy friends and family.” Back then, many club members worked in the city and commuted home to the Monmouth Beach railroad station nearby at Beach Road and Railroad Avenue (now Seaview Avenue). The trains stopped in 1944.

Summertime entertainment at the club was lavish. Dances in formal attire accompanied by large string orchestras were quite common. Croquet was played on the large lawns, and annual bridge tournaments were held in the ballroom of the east towers.

In the early years, the swimming pool was salt water and had to be drained and refilled every other day. In the early 1980s, the pool was converted to a chlorine filtration system.

Tennis at the club grew slowly but persistently. Bill Tilden, the world’s best tennis player in the 1920s and winner of ten “Grand Slam” pro tennis titles, had played as a club guest. Jim Maguire, former club president and friend and business colleague of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, won the club tennis championship at age fifteen in 1945, a war year.

The club’s first two tennis courts were approved by the borough’s new board of commissioners and opened for summer 1930. Clay courts were added in 1937. Edgar B. Mooney, Jr., of Rumson, led the club’s tennis

committee for years, growing it from a “dead sport” to more than two hundred active players by summer 1967. His “energy made tennis king at the club” and played a big part in adding “tennis” to the club’s name in June 1966. Today, there are seven tennis courts on the property and room for pickleball too.

The club’s first swim team was formed in 1935. Beginning in 1946, Frank Wells was the club’s devoted swimming and diving coach for three decades. An accomplished gymnast and former Olympic coach, he died in 2005.

Through the years, the club was

known to have some luminary visitors. In the late 1920s, Al Smith visited during his U.S. presidential bid. Jimmy Walker, New York City’s “fun-loving” Democratic mayor from 1926 to 1932, was also a club visitor. Members of the New York Yankees also enjoyed the club. The famous Bronx Bombers found Monmouth Beach through the family of Bobby Brown, third baseman (and later, a physician) who lived on River Avenue. Those late 1940s Yankee visitors, on their way to five straight World Series titles, also included Hall-of-Famers Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford, who rented an apartment on Wesley Street.

Like all Jersey Shore beach clubs, time and tide have worked against the facility. The first protective jetty (to the north) was built in 1921. In 1948, due to weather decay and structural concerns, the club’s east tower was removed and converted into bathhouses. Even as the club continues to face serious damage from major storms, on-going federal beach replenishment since 1994 has helped stem the tide.

The borough consistently struggled with its two-decade ownership of the property. In 1928, Mayor George Van Brunt called the club and swimming pool a “white elephant.” By 1931, with the town $130,000 in debt from improvements and repairs (damage from frequent big storms was costly)

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BEACHCOMBER continued from page 15 The Club under construction, 1909. The pool court, summer 1910. James J. Maguire Photo GJK Photo

and the specter of growing financial liability, the borough council wondered “what to do with it.” At that time, the borough’s total annual municipal budget was barely $100,000.

“Our Club”

In the post-WWII period, several wise members, who already knew and loved the spot, sought to acquire control. In June 1947, a group of investors representing the interests of the Monmouth Beach Club, Inc. paid the borough $50,000. to acquire the facility. (The town had rejected a $130,000. bid in 1928.) William J. Buff, the club’s longest serving president from 1945 to 1952, led the effort.

The deal called for the group to operate as a non-profit, make facility improvements, and return the prop-

erty to the tax rolls after a five-year payout or it would revert back to the borough. Non-member townies called it the “reverter-clause.” At the time, the property was assessed at $20,000.

In 1978, the town permitted the club to sell alcoholic beverages after it agreed to drop a property tax assessment appeal. It became official in March 1981 when a club liquor license was granted by the borough commissioners.

Borough mayors have played major roles in the club’s development. There from day one was Bill Heitzman, the first mayor of Monmouth Beach, who built the Ocean Avenue facility with a sixty-man crew from 1909 to 1910. Jim McConville, the club’s longest serving manager from 1989 to 2014, served two terms as bor-

ough mayor during those times. In between, was Mayor A.O. Johnson, the club’s superintendent for many seasons, who was elected to four mayoral terms from 1917 to 1945.

Other club managers through the years include Fred Messina (19661987), Peter Sheridan (founder of Pete’s Inn now Boyle’s Tavern), James Growney, Morgan Woolley, Fred Horner, Bill Egan, and Stuart Van Ness.

In 2007, the membership completed work on a major three million dollar renovation project. Building for posterity, the entire facility received major structural upgrades, new siding and roofing, and the south pavilion was refurbished. The club also had to make major repairs after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, including wreckage of all the oceanfront cabanas north of the main building.

Today, the Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club is privately owned with a membership of more than three hundred families going back five generations. The 9.5-acre seashore property is managed by a fifteen-member elected Board of Trustees. New membership requires some endurance—there’s a waiting list, and it’s currently not accepting new names.

A superb blend of luxury and comfort, of select connections and summer traditions, all serviced by a devoted staff, the Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club has brought its members countless joyful “beach days” and memories.

Greg Kelly is a local writer, historian, and publisher of, a website covering Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright, and Long Branch.

Launched in 2017, Greg seeks local facts by searching the digital archives of the Long Branch Daily Record, the Red Bank Daily Register, and the Asbury Park Press. Combined, the three papers provide more than 350 years of area news coverage.

A former reporter, editor, and columnist for the Atlanticville News (1985-2006), Greg is also the author of the book “Monmouth Beach: A Century of Memories” (2009), a history of his native town.

Greg can be reached at

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The Club, 1930. The pool area, 2019. GJK Photo GJK Photo

Party Boat Directory

Monmouth & Ocean Counties


Sailing from Manutti Municipal Marina, 905 Highway 35, Belmar, NJ 07719. (732) 681-2266. Free parking.


Captain Payton Gepp (732) 974-9606



Instagram: @ bigmohawkpartyboat

The Big Mohawk is one of the Jersey Shore’s most popular party boats. Sailing daily yearround. Check website for current sailing schedule and times. Soft drinks and optional fish cleaning service. Corporate and private charters.


Captain Ron (732) 977-2020



Instagram: @captaincal2

The Captain Cal II is a family owned and operated 75-foot party boat. Sailing daily April - mid-January. 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM and in June 3:30 PM - 10:30 PM (Sun., Tues., Thurs.). Tackle available for purchase. Rod rentals, military/ senior/group/children discounts, optional fish cleaning service. Corporate and private charters.


Captain Rich Falcone and Captain Jim O’Grady (732) 681-6144



Instagram: @belmargoldeneagle

The Golden Eagle is built for speed and comfort, allowing for more fishing time during a comfortable relaxing day in the ocean. Sailing daily April - Dec. 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Memorial Day - Labor Day 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Adults: $95.; Seniors: $85.; First responders and active military: $80.; Children 12 and under: $75.; spinning rod: $15.; rod rental: $10. Offshore giant sea bass, canyon mahi, inshore exotics, and sunset cruises available; consult website for details. Full galley with breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, optional fish cleaning service. Corporate and private charters.


Captain Alan Shinn

(732) 681-6866



Instagram: @MissBelmar

The Miss Belmar Princess and the Royal Miss Belmar pride themselves on being two of the best party boats along the Jersey Shore. Sailing daily April - Dec. Full galley, tackle for sale, optional fish cleaning service. Sight-seeing, whale, and sunset cruises. Corporate and private charters.

Boats are listed by town from north to south. All boats are U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified with a properly licensed captain on board. Call or check the boat’s website or social media for up-todate health and safety regulations, rates, sailing times, and fishing reports—as well as what they’re fishing for—as each boat may vary. Advance reservations and prepayment online may be required.


Captain Bobby Quinn

(848) 565-0519




The 100-foot Ocean Explorer fishing vessel features spacious decks and a clean interior area with tables available. Sailing daily year-round, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. June 17 - Sept. 14: sunset fishing. Rod rental available. See website for current schedule and rates. Whale and dolphin watching cruises.


Captain Tommy Dudek

(732) 496-5028


Parker Pete’s Express is the newest edition to the Belmar Marina and was formerly known as the Deep Adventure. The 55’ boat boasts twin Detroit 892 turbos, all new electronics, and USCG safety equipment. The Express is ready to fulfill your group’s inshore and offshore fishing adventures. Open boat, private charters, and sunset cruises. Sailing daily 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM9:30 PM. See website for current rates.


Sailing from Bogan’s Deep Sea Fishing Center, 800 Ashley Avenue, Brielle, NJ 08736. Free parking.


Captain Howard Bogan

(732) 528-5014


The 125-foot Jamaica is New Jersey’s largest and fastest party fishing boat. Sailing daily yearround. Snack bar, heated handrails, optional fish cleaning service available.


Captain Joseph Bogan

(732) 618-1241 or (732) 458-3188


The 90-foot Jamaica II party boat holds the world record for biggest ling. Sailing daily yearround. Climate controlled cabin, free bait, fish cleaning service available. Corporate and private charters.

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Manutti Municipal Marina in Belmar. Judy Cardella


Captains Francis Bogan and Dennis Bogan (732) 528-2117



The 100-foot Paramount has provided the ultimate party boat fishing experience for nearly eighty years. Sailing daily year-round. Snack bar, heated handrails, rod rentals, optional fish cleaning service available.


Sailing from Broadway Basin, 47 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Free parking.


Captain Bill Egerter and Son (732) 892-4298



The 85-foot Dauntless is family owned and operated with a friendly and professional captain and crew. Sailing daily year-round, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Adults: $95.; Seniors (over 62) $90.; Children under 16: $40.; rod rentals $6. Heated handrail, free hot coffee, galley with drinks and snacks, optional fish cleaning service available.

Sailing from 59 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Free parking.


Captains Bob Bogan and Mike Bogan (732) 295-7569

Email: or



The Gambler is a 90-foot super cruiser built for high speeds and high seas reaching speeds up to 30 knots. Sailing daily April - January. Heated handrails, climate controlled lounge, food galley, sun deck, free bait, rod rentals, optional fish cleaning service. Corporate and private charters.

Sailing from Ken’s Landing Marina, 30 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Free parking.


(732) 899-8868, (732) 496-5383 and (732) 899-5491



The flagship of the Norma-K historical fleet, the 87.1-foot Norma-K III has three turbo caterpillar engines and is known for being one of the fastest party boats at the Jersey Shore. Sailing daily year-round. Heated handrails and cabin, full galley and snack bar, gift shop, free bait, rod rentals, optional fish cleaning service available.

Sailing from behind Spike’s Seafood Restaurant, 415 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Free parking.


Captains Dave and Cole Riback

(732) 996-2579


Please refer to our ad on page 19. The Purple Jet Sportfishing Fleet offers five boats from 31’ to 85’ and features a fun family atmosphere, fast cruising speeds, and quality custom tackle. Whether you desire a pleasant day of inshore action or a serious offshore/canyon tuna battle, Captain Dave Riback and crew will share their thirty-plus years of knowledge and experience. Private fishing trips from 2 to 100 passengers catering to both novice and professional. Fish inshore or offshore for Striped Bass, Blues, Fluke, or Canyon Tuna. Full day, half day, and evening trips. Party Cruises, Whale Watching, and Fireworks Cruises. Half Day Afternoon Family Fishing Special (up to 5 passengers): $950.!


Captain Dave Riback

(732) 899-3766


Facebook: queenmary

Please refer to our ad on page 19.

Voted #1 on the Jersey Shore, the legendary, 85-foot Queen Mary’s crew has over 30 years of experience and a solid reputation for providing an excellent deep sea fishing experience. Fishing daily April - Dec., 6:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Amenities include fast twin diesels, a large comfortable cabin with plenty of seating, a spacious sun deck, and separate ladies’ restroom. Family fun atmosphere and children are welcome. Rods available. Fish cleaning service. Striped Bass and Bluefish: late April - early Dec.; Stripers: late April - first week of June and Oct. 15 - Dec. 15; Bonito and False Albacore: Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. Weekdays: Adults: $99. Seniors 60+: $90. Kids 12 and under: $65. Weekends: Adults: $125. Seniors 60+: $105. Kids 12 and under: $75. Res-

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The Paramount heading out.
LARGE COMFORTABLE CABIN • SPACIOUS SUN DECK • FAMILY FUN • LARGE COMFORTABLE CABIN • • LARGE COMFORTABLE CABIN • SPACIOUS SUN DECK • FAMILY FUN • AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE PARTY CRUISES & CHARTERS Welcome Aboard the All New, 85' Voted #1 on the Jersey Shore FISHING DAILY 6:30am - 1:30pm Friday Evenings Live Music Sunset Cruises 6:00pm - 9:00pm Rods • Tackle Fish Cleaning Services Family Atmosphere Separate Restrooms Docked at Spike’s Fishery 415 Broadway, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-899-3766 • FAMILY FUN • TUNA • STRIPED BASS • BLUES • FLUKE • FAMILY FUN • FAMILY FUN • TUNA • STRIPED BASS • BLUES • FLUKE • FAMILY FUN • TUNA Five Boats from 31' to 85' Private 2-100 Passengers Catering to Novice & Professional Full Day • 1/2 Day Evening Trips Party Cruises • Whale Watching Fireworks Cruises Captain David Riback 732-996-2579 Point Pleasant Beach, NJ • STRIPED BASS • BLUES • FLUKE Half Day Afternoon Family Fishing Special: $950.! (Up to 5 passengers.) STRIPED BASS • BLUES • FLUKE

The Typical Jersey Shore Catch

— With Catch Quotas & Size Restrictions —

Spring: blackfish, striped bass, ling, sea bass, porgy, bluefish, flounder

Summer: striped bass, ling, sea bass, porgy, bluefish, bonito, false albacore, tuna, fluke

Fall: blackfish, striped bass, ling, sea bass, porgy, bluefish, bonito, false albacore, tuna

Winter: blackfish, striped bass, ling, porgy, cod

Blackfish (Tautog)

January 1 - February 28: 4 fish at 15"

April 1 - April 30: 4 fish at 15"

August 1 - November 15: 1 fish at 15"

November 16 - December 31: 5 fish at 15"


No closed season: 3 fish for private/shore anglers; 5 fish for chartered vessels. No minimum size.

Bonito (Atlantic Bonito)

Cod (Atlantic Cod)

False Albacore (Little Tunny)

Flounder (Winter Flounder)

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31: 2 fish at 12"

Fluke (Summer Flounder)

Island Beach State Park:

May 2 - September 27: 2 fish at 16"

Delaware Bay: May 2 - September 27: 3 fish at 17"

Ling (Red Hake)

Porgy (Scup)

Aug. 1 - Dec. 31: 30 fish at 10"

Sea Bass (Black Sea Bass)

May 17 - June 19: 10 fish at 12.5"

July 1 - August 31: 1 fish at 12.5"

October 1 - October 31: 10 fish at 12.5"

Nov. 1 - Dec. 31: 15 fish at 12.5"

Striped Bass

Atlantic Ocean (NJ waters):

No closed season: 1 fish at 28" to less than 31"

Delaware River and Tributaries:

March 1 - March 31 & June 1 - December 3:

1 fish at 28" to less than 31"

All Other Marine Waters:

March 1 - December 31: 1 fish at 28" to less than 31"

Tuna (Yellowfin Tuna)




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ervations not required. In summer, try one of our Friday evening Live Music Sunset Cruises, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Available for private party cruises and charters. Please call for more information.

Sailing from Fisherman’s Supply: 69 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Free parking.


(732) 295-3019



The Voyager is a 100-foot all aluminum super cruiser powered by three turbocharged diesel engines making her fast, spacious, and very comfortable for deep sea fishing. Sailing daily year-round. Full galley serving hot and cold food and beverages, climate controlled cabin, heated handrails, free bait, rod rentals, optional fish cleaning service available. Corporate and private charters.


Sailing from 18th Street and Bayview Avenue, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006


Captain Les Elich (609) 494-2094



The Miss Barnegat Light is a 90-foot long, high speed catamaran and one of the fastest party boats on the East Coast. Sailing daily May - Dec. Rod rentals. Ocean and ecology cruises, corporate and private charters.


Sailing from Black Whale Dock, Center Street and the Bay, Beach Haven, NJ 08008. Free on-street parking.


Captain Frank Camarda (609) 467-3233

No closed season: 1 fish at 13"

All Other Marine Waters: May 2 - September 27: 3 fish: 2 at 17" to less than 18" and 1 at 18" or greater

courtesy of NOAA and Weakfish:



The Miss Beach Haven is an 80-foot vessel built by Chesapeake Boats and equipped with state of the art electronics to ensure a safe trip for all. Sailing daily May - Nov. Rod rentals $5. Free bait. Corporate and private charters. u

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All illustrations by Diane Rome Peebles, except Red Hake:


“Beach Club” by Judy Stach, Oceanport, NJ

See page 47.


Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Although every effort was made to provide accurate information, please call or check the website before attending.

March, April, May, and June 2024



ReClam The Bay’s Shellfish Nursery Learn about Barnegat Bay and the creatures who live in it. See and touch tiny baby clams and oysters while you talk to the volunteers who are helping to improve the bay. upweller-locations

July - September:

Mondays, 12:00 PM: Island Beach State Park Marina, 24th and Bayview Avenue, South Seaside Park

Mondays and Fridays, 9:00 AM: Beach Haven Aquaculture Center, 420 Pelham Avenue, Beach Haven

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM: Cattus Island County Park (at the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Dock), 1169 Bandon Road, Toms River

Tuesdays, 9:45 AM: St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Island Boulevard, Long Beach Island

Tuesdays, 3:00 PM: Brant Beach Yacht Club, 63rd Street and Bayview Avenue, Brant Beach

Thursdays, 10:00 AM:  Traders Cove Park/ Marina, 40 Mantoloking Road, Brick Township

Thursdays, 10:30 AM: Green Street and the Bay, Tuckerton

Thursdays, 4:00 PM: Surf City Yacht Club, 9th Street and the Bay (south parking lot), Surf City

Fridays, 10:00 AM: Mantoloking Yacht Club, Bay and Downer Avenues, Mantoloking Fridays, 11:00 AM: Barnegat Light Municipal Boat Ramp, 10th and Bayview, Barnegat Light

Saturdays, 8:00 AM: Holiday Harbor, 115 Admiral Way, Waretown

Saturdays, 9:15 AM: Mariner’s Marina, 475 East Bay Avenue, Barnegat

Events at Mathis House in Toms River

The Mathis House is a Victorian Bed and Breakfast and Tea Room in downtown Toms River that offers a wide range of events throughout the year. Online pre-registration required. 600 Main Street, Toms River, (732) 818-7580

3-15: Unlucky Charms Murder Mystery Dinner Show, 7:00 PM

3-17: St. Patrick’s Afternoon Tea Time, 11:00 AM

3-17: St. Patrick’s Dinner with Live Music, 7:00 PM

3-20: Blue Tea Bingo, 6:00 PM

3-29: Ladies Night Buffet and Live Music, 7:00 PM

3-31: Easter Brunch, 10:00 AM

Saturdays and Sundays, 5-4 - 5-26:

Celebrate Mom Victorian Afternoon Tea, 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Fun and Food at Laurita Winery in New Egypt

Please visit the website for up-to-date special events. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

35 Archertown Road, New Egypt, (609) 758-8000

3-15: Awesome 80s Dance Party, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

3-16 - 3-17: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Sat.: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM; Sun.: 11:30 PM6:00 PM

3-21: 2024 Spring Laurita Adult Idol Finals, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

3-22: Kricket Comedy Night, 7:00 PM9:00 PM

3-23: 90s Dance Party, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

3-30: Dueling Pianos, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

3-31: Easter Brunch, Seatings at 10:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 10:30 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:30 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:15 PM, 3:30 PM

4-6 - 4-7: Girls Getaway Weekend, Sat.: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM; Sun.: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

4-11: Paint and Sip-Monet’s Bridge, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

4-13 - 4-14: Another Girls Getaway Weekend, Sat.: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM; Sun.: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

4-27 - 4-28: BaconFest 2024 Food Truck Festival, Sat.: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sun.: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, (732) 842-4000; Please refer to the listing on page 35.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Visit the website for information and additional events including day trips, hiking and kayak tours, recreation/health/wellness programs, and more. Unless otherwise noted, programs are open to all ages.



Join a Park System Naturalist for morning bird walks to see what birds you can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy these walks. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. Adults only. Free. 9:00 AM.

3-26: Big Brook Park, Marlboro

4-23: Holmdel Park, Holmdel

5-7: Manasquan Reservoir, Howell

5-14: Thompson Park, Lincroft


Say farewell to the frosty weather and join a Park System Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk while the trees are in blossom and the birds are returning home from migration. Free. 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM.

3-21: Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands

4-4: Big Brook Park, Marlboro

4-18: Clayton Park, Upper Freehold

5-2: Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen



719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth (732) 783-3033 or (732) 842-4000

3-23, 4-7: Low Tide Beach Walk (adults), various times. Fee.

3-27: Fish Hawk Frenzy (adults), 10:00 AM11:00 AM. Fee.

4-17, 5-21: Spring Migration Madness Birding Walk, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Fee.

4-18: Nature Lecture Series: Dogfish are Sharks!, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

4-19: Teacher Workshop: Climate Education in the Classroom, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Fee.

4-21 - 10-31: Seabrook-Wilson House Tours, Sundays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4-21: Earth Day Beach Cleanups and Beach Combing, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

4-21: Earth Day Shore Planting, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

5-2, 5-9, 5-16, 5-23, 5-30: Fishing Thursdays in May (adults), various times. Fee.

5-17: Peek into the Life of Plankton (ages 13 and up), 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Fee.

5-22: Nature Lecture Series: Horseshoe Crabs Trying to Survive in a Modern World, 7:00 PM8:00 PM

5-11: Mother’s Day Garden Arrangement (adults), 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Fee.

5-18: Native Plant Workshop and Exchange, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, lecture 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM.

5-18: Felted Garden on a Hoop (adults), 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Fee.


360 Monastery Lane, Aberdeen Township (732) 842-4000

3-15: Spring Peeper Stroll, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Fee. 3-19: Gentle Walks for Gentle Souls (adults), 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Fee.

3-19: Spring Equinox Walk, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Fee.

3-20: Nature Lecture Series: Spring Peepers of Monmouth County, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

4-6: Spring Sounds Walk (ages 8 and up), 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Fee.

5-23: Explore a Shore, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Fee. 5-24: Horseshoe Crab Night Walk, 9:00 PM10:00 PM. Fee.


152 Red Hill Road, Middletown (732) 671-6050

3-21, 4-11, 4-25, 5-9, 5-23: Fitness Walks in the Garden (adults), 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. Fee. 3-22, 4-26: Grow New Plants, Meet New Friends (adults), 5:00 PM - 6:10 PM. Fee.

3-27, 4-3, 4-17: Flower Hour (adults), 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Fee.

4-6: Grow Your Own Mushrooms (adults), 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. Fee.

4-14, 4-21: Introduction to Composting (adults), 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Fee.

4-19: Five Plants Garden (adults), 4:00 PM5:15 PM. Fee.

5-4: Amazing Plants to Feed the Bees (adults), 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM. Fee.

5-3, 5-17: Evening Garden Walk (adults), 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM. Fee.


Park and Visitor Center: 311 Windeler Road Howell, (732) 919-0996 or (732) 842-4000

Environmental Center: 331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell, (732) 751-9453

3-20: Celebrate the Spring Equinox (adults), 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Fee.

3-30: Ahhh-mazing Amphibians, 11:00 PM12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Fee.

4-20: Earth Day Celebration Open House, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

4-16: Gentle Walks for Gentle Souls (adults), 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Fee.

4-16, 5-24: Bird and Wildlife Boat Tour of the Manasquan Reservoir, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Fee.

4-19: Spring Into Action (adults), 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM. Fee.

5-7: The Casual Birder, 9:00 AM

5-10, 5-17: Eagle Boat Tour at the Manasquan Reservoir, 4:30 - 5:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, and 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Fee.

5-16: Splendid Spring Stroll, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

5-16: Phonetic Frogs (ages 14 and up), 7:00 PM8:15 PM. Fee.

4-14: Climb Time (ages 8 and up), 12:00 PM3:00 PM.

4-24, 5-8: Forest Bathing at Freneau Woods (adults), various times. Fee.

4-28: Animal Hours at a Park Near You!, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. Fee.

5-2: Splendid Spring Stroll, 10:00 AM

5-8, 5-22: Discover Freshwater Fishing (adults), 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Fee

5-17: Spring Into Action (adults), 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM. Fee.

5-18: Meditation Retreat (adults), 9:00 AM3:00 PM. Fee.

5-18: Fungi Findings (adults), 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Fee.

5-19: Pond Life (ages 8 and up), 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Fee.



44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, (732) 946-3758 or (732) 842-4000

3-16, 3-30, 4-13, 4-27, 5-11, 5-25: Cookstove Demonstration, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

3-16, 4-20, 5-18: Accordion Melodies, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3-17, 4-6, 4-21, 5-4, 5-19: Parent/Child Morning Chores (ages 6 and up), 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM. Fee.

3-23: Made from Scratch - Spring Edition (ages 16 and up), 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Fee.

5-19: Forest Eats and Wild Treats (adults), 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Fee.

4-13, 4-14: Sowing Seed Potatoes, 12:00 PM2:00 PM

4-14: Traditional Quilting Demonstration, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

4-20, 5-18: 19th Century Woodworking Demonstration, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

4-21: Vintage Base Ball with the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club (Holmdel Park), 11:00 AM - 3:10 PM

4-23: The Casual Birder (Holmdel Park), 9:00 AM

4-27 - 4-28: Wool Days/Sheep Shearing, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

5-12: Plant a Sunflower, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

5-12: Traditional Chair Caning Demonstration, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

5-25: Embroidery Demonstration, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

5-27: Decoration Day Celebration, 12:00 PM3:00 PM

5-29: Eye Spy Spring (Holmdel Park), 4:30 PM5:30 PM. Fee.

5-23: World Turtle Day Celebration (ages 7 and up), 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Fee.

5-25: World Turtle Day Celebration (ages 7 and up), 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Fee.

6-15: Freshwater Fishing Derby, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Fee.


805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft (732) 842-4000

3-17: Celtic Folklore Spoken Word Event, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

3-23: Hidden Stories of Nature (adults), 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Fee.

3-23: Coat of Arms, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. Fee. 4-7, 5-5: Sunday Ceramics (ages 8 and up), 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Fee.

4-13, 5-18: Open Shoot Archery, 10:00 AM1:00 PM. Fee.

4-24: National Poetry Month Open Mic Poetry, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

4-21: Forest Eats and Wild Treats (adults), 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Fee.

5-4: Eye Spy Spring, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Fee.

5-11: Creative Arts Festival, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

5-11: Tree Top Adventures (ages 11 and up), 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Fee.

5-14: The Casual Birder, 9:00 AM

5-18: Let’s Have a Picnic (ages 6 and up), 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Fee.

5-18: Neighborhood Forester - Spring Edition (ages 12 and up), 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM. Fee.

5-19: “Limericks and Haiku” - Open Mic Poetry in the Theatre Barn, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

5-25 - 5-26: Canoe Rentals on Marlu Lake, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Fee.


200 Georgia Road, Freehold Township (732) 462-7286 or (732) 842-4000

3-15: Spring Into Action (adults), 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM. Fee.

4-27 - 4-28: Spring into Spring Family Camping, 12:00 PM - 11:00 AM. Fee.

5-5, 5-11: Primitive Fire (adults), 10:00 AM1:00 PM. Fee.

6-16: Freshwater Fishing Derby, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Fee.

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Events at Tuckerton Seaport

Please call or check the website for up-to-date schedules, events, and information.

Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street (Route 9), Tuckerton, (609) 296-8868

Please refer to the listing on page 32.

Pickin’ On The Porch:

First Sunday of each month, noon - 5:00 PM

Classes at Tuckerton Seaport:

4-6: Shaker Cat’s Head Basket Workshop with Niki Giberson, fee, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

4-7: Craft Your Own Walking Stick with Brad Koller, fee, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

5-11: Wool Drying Basket with Niki Giberson, fee, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tours of Navy Lakehurst

Experience the amazing history of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Tours include The Cathedral of The Air, The Hindenburg Crash Site, The Navy Lakehurst Heritage Center, The Ready Room, The POWMIA Room, and Historic Hangar One. Due to security requirements, you must pre-register two weeks prior to your tour. To register: (732) 600-8055 or No walkins or additions to the group will be accepted on the day of the tour.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Naval Air Station, Route 547, Lakehurst, (732) 323-6547 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

April - October: Every Wednesday and 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month

November - March: Every Wednesday and 2nd Saturday of the month


Spring Birding Programs at Sandy Hook and Other Areas

Join in a search for ducks, hawks, terns, gulls, songbirds, and early migrants. Bring lunch, weather appropriate gear, binoculars, and scopes. Pre-registration is required. For more information: Peter Bacinski: (908) 766-5787 or; Scott Barnes: (609) 897-9400 or Call or visit website for dates, times, and birds to be observed. March - May, various days and times

Open House Tours of The Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park

508 4th Avenue, Asbury Park, (732) 361-0189 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM or by appointment

Every Sunday

Events at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport

Live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Visit the website for the latest racing and special event information including Big Race Days, Family Days, Food Festivals, and Heritage Festivals. 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, (732) 229-2100

Various days and times.

5-11 - 9-15: Live Racing

Special Events and Festivals:

5-11: Opening Day

5-25 - 5-27: Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival

6-9: The New Jersey Irish Festival

6-15: Haskell Preview Day

6-16: Father’s Day at Monmouth Park

6-28: Jockey Bartender Night

6-29 - 6-30: Wine and Pizza Festival

Self-guided Tours at New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel

Self-guided tours are welcome 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guided tours and group tours are available by request. The Vietnam Era Museum is open Tues. - Sat. 10:00 AM4:00 PM.

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, GSP Exit 116, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, (732) 335-0033


3-21 - 3-24: Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park

Celebrating movie magic. In-person events in Asbury Park and Cranford. Visit the website for schedule and to purchase tickets.

3-22: Fish Fry in Bradley Beach

Sponsored by the Bradley Beach Fire Department. BYOB.

815 Main Street, Bradley Beach, (732) 776-2402

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

3-23: Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Bradley Beach

3-24: Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach at Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach

Ages 0-4: in front of Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Ages 5-6 and 7-8: in front of Frank’s Fun Center. Ages 9-10: in front of Amusement Park. Children only. No shovels or digging utensils. Limit: three eggs per child. Accessible/ Special Needs Egg Hunt at Adventure Lookout Ropes Course (no age limit).

Jenkinson’s, Boardwalk and Parkway, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-0600

1:00 PM

3-24: Annual Palm Sunday Egg Hunt in Seaside Heights

15,000 pastel eggs filled with prizes from boardwalk merchants. See website for more information including age brackets and locations.

Beach and Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, (732) 830-3700

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

3-24 and 3-31: Easter Bunny Photos at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights

Visit the arcade for special Easter Bunny photos.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Open to children ages 2-12. Sponsored by the Bradley Beach Fire Department. Rain date: 3-30-24.

Newark Avenue beach, Bradley Beach

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

3-23: Easter Egg Hunt at Pleasure Park in Point Pleasant Beach

Come join the bunny in an egg hunt! Bring a bag or basket. Free and open to residents only.

Rain date: 3-30-24.

Pleasure Park, between Trenton, St. Louis, and Forman Avenues, Point Pleasant Beach 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


3-23: Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny in Toms River

Fundraiser for Runaway Farm, a nonprofit animal sanctuary in Bayville.

The Rebeca Finn House, 86 E. Water Street, Toms River, (732) 290-5188

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

5-12: Mother’s Day at Monmouth Park

3-23, 3-30: Petting Zoo on the Midway at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights Petting Zoo on the Midway to celebrate opening weekend and Easter weekend!

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, (732) 793-6488

Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, (732) 793-6488

3-24: Friends of Island Beach State Park Lecture Series: The Marine Mammal Stranding Center Formed in 1978, The Marine Mammal Stranding Center’s mission is the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals and sea turtles. The MMSC is the only federally-authorized animal hospital in the State of New Jersey that responds to these animals in distress and provides medical treatment. Preregistration required via website.

Forked River Interpretive Center (located at parking lot A-16) at Island Beach State Park, 2401 Central Avenue, Seaside Park, (732) 793-0506 or Friends of Island Beach: (707) 636-4277

2:00 PM

3-28 - 4-1: Casino Pier Annual Ticket Sale in Seaside Heights

Big savings on tickets for rides, Breakwater Beach, and go-karts.

On-site sales: 3-29 - 3-31. Online Sales:

3-28 - 4-1.

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, (732) 793-6488

3-29 - 3-31: Jenkinson’s Easter Sale in Point Pleasant Beach

At boardwalk locations (rain or shine) and online any time.

Jenkinson’s, Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 295-4334

On-site: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Online: anytime.


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1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, 1-877-OC PARKS; Please refer to the listing on page 35.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Visit the website for information and additional events including day trips, hiking and kayak tours, recreation/health/wellness programs, and more. Unless otherwise noted, programs are open to all ages.


1170 Cattus Island Boulevard, Toms River (732) 270-6960

Saturdays and Sundays (excluding 4-27): Scales and Tales, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM. Free. Saturdays and Sundays (excluding 4-27):

Cattus Island Nature Walks, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Free.

4-1 - 4-5: Crime Scene Investigation Camp (ages 11-17), 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Fee.

4-6: Crochet Basics (ages 14 and up), 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. Fee.

4-8: Floriography - The Victorian Language of Flowers (ages 16 and up), 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Fee.

4-10: Crochet Basics (ages 14 and up), 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Fee.

4-14: Certify Your Yard with Wild Birds Unlimited (ages 10 and up), 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Fee.

4-20: Spring Themed Granny Squares (ages 14 and up), 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. Fee.

4-27: Cattus Island Nature Festival, 10:00 AM3:00 PM

4-30: Extra! Extra! “Read” all About Cattus Island (ages 16 and up), 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Fee.

5-4: Intro to Amigurum (ages 14 and up), 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. Fee.

5-11: Star Party with A.S.T.R.A., 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Free.

5-18: Kids to Parks Day: Habitat Exploration Scavenger Hunt, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM; Pond Critters, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Free.

6-1: Family National Trails Day Opportunity (ages 8 and up), 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Free.

5-11: World Migratory Bird Day Walk with Wild Birds Unlimited (ages 12 and up), 9:00 AM12:00 PM. Fee.

5-18: Kids to Parks Day: Seining Demonstration, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM; Nature Walk, 2:00 PM. Free.

5-25: Celebrate World Turtle Day, 11:00 AM3:00 PM. Free.

6-1: Trails and Shoreline Cleanup, 10:00 AM2:00 PM. Free.


200 Old Halfway Road, Barnegat (732) 929-8005

4-6, 4-20, 5-4, 5-18, 6-8, 6-22: Tour of the Grounds at Cedar Bridge, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Free. 4-13, 5-11, 6-15: Archery at Cedar Bridge (ages 10-15), 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Fee.


1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood (732) 281-2750

3-16: Star Party with A.S.T.R.A., 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Free.

4-1 - 4-5: Spring Break Scientists, 2:00 PM3:30 PM. Free.

Tuesdays, 4-2 - 4-30: Nature Poetry Writing Workshop (ages 16 and up), 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Fee.

Saturdays, 4-6 - 6-29: Drop In and Discover (ages 3-5), 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. Free.

Sundays, 4-7 - 6-30: Live Animal Talks, 1:30 PM. Free.

Sundays, 4-7 - 6-30: Discovery Nature Walks, 2:00 PM. Free.

4-7: Build a Balloon Car (ages 8-12), 10:30 AM11:30 AM. Fee.

4-13: Saving Dark Skies (ages 9 and up), 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Fee.

4-14: Create Your Own Walking Stick (ages 11 and up), 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Fee.

5-19: Crazy for Cranberries, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Fee.

6-1: Trail Hike and Cleanup (ages 9 and up), 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Free.


34 Cloverdale Road, Barnegat, (609) 607-1861

4-12: Back to Basics Basket (adults), 10:00 AM4:00 PM. Fee.

4-13: Springtime Wreath (ages 8 and up), 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Fee.

4-13, 5-11, 6-1: Monthly Bird Walks (ages 9 and up), 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM. Free.

4-20, 5-11: Armchair Birding (ages 12 and up), 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Free.

4-21, 4-27: Volunteer in the Parks Week: Bog Work (ages 8 and up), 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Free.

5-4: Decorative Gourd (ages 13 and up), 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Fee.

4-13: Star Party with A.S.T.R.A., 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM. Free.

4-20: All About Sea Glass (ages 14 and up), 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Fee.

5-4: Sights of Spring (ages 9 and up), 9:00 AM10:30 AM. Fee.

5-11: Maple Seed Dragonflies (ages 6-10), 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Fee.

5-18, 6-8: Star Party with A.S.T.R.A., 9:00 PM11:00 PM. Free.

5-18: Kids to Park Day: Hidden Clues Scavenger Hunt, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; Discovery Play Trail Walk ‘N Play, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM. Free.

6-1: Tree of Life Wall Hanging (ages 16 and up), 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Fee.


660 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood 1-877-OC PARKS or (732) 506-9090

5-10 - 5-11: Cloverdale Farm’s Plein Air Weekend, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Free.

5-10: Creel Basket (adults), 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Fee.

5-11: Beginner Astronomy - The Moon - Our Nearest Neighbor (ages 8 and up), 7:00 PM8:00 PM. Fee.


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3-30 - 3-31 Easter Bunny Photos at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach

Free photos with the Easter Bunny! Sat. 3-30: on the beach in front of Jenkinson’s South Arcade by Little Mac’s (rain location: inside Jenkinson’s South Arcade). Sun. 3-31: under the Radio Deck by the Aquarium.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-0600

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3-31: Easter Parade on the Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach

Prizes awarded to parade participants for Best Bonnet, Best Float, Multiples, Children: 0-3, 4-6, and 7-10 years old. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for each category. Sponsored by the Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce. Jenkinson’s, Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-0600

Registration: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (in front of Joey Tomato’s);  Parade: 1:00 PM


4-1: Easter Monday Gift Auction at St. Peter School in Point Pleasant Beach Lots of prizes! Luxury items, door prizes, baskets, designer bags, and lots of fun!

Admission: $15. Reservations: emga. Questions: Presented by the St. Peter School PTA. St. Peter School, 415 Atlantic Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-1260

Doors open: 4:30 PM;  Auction: 7:30 PM

5-4: Fishing Contest, registration: 7:30 AM; fish must be submitted by 2:00 PM. Fee.

6-2: Youth Fishing Challenge (ages 5-18), 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Free.


659 Ocean Avenue (Route 88), Lakewood 1-877-OC PARKS or (732) 506-9090

5-5: Kids’ Stuff Flea Market, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Free.

6-21 - 6-22: Family Campout at the Beach Complex, 7:00 PM - 9:00 AM. Fee.


1198 Bandon Road, Toms River (732) 506-9090

Thursdays, 4-18 - 6-6: Adult Drawing and Painting, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. Fee.

4-11: Bee Kind Craft (adults), 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Fee.

4-18: Farmhouse Floral Centerpiece (adults), 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Fee.

5-9: Spring Butterfly Decor (adults), 6:30 PM8:30 PM. Fee.

4-1: Shoretown Ballpark Tour in Lakewood

Shoretown Ballpark first opened its gates in 2001 when the BlueClaws came to the Jersey Shore. The tour of this state-of-the-art facility includes the dugout, locker room, and batting cages. Pre-register by mail or in person with the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department. Meet under the tower by the ticket booth. Sponsored by Ocean County Parks.  Shoretown Ballpark, Cedar Bridge and New Hampshire Avenues, Lakewood 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM

4-5: Opening Day - Jersey Shore

BlueClaws in Lakewood

The Jersey Shore BlueClaws, Advanced-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, will kick off their season by hosting the Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore Orioles).

ShoreTown Ballpark, Cedar Bridge and New Hampshire Avenues, Lakewood, (732) 901-7000

6:35 PM

4-6: Spring Lake Trout Contest for Kids

Grab the family for a great day of fishing. The annual kickoff event for the New Jersey trout season is open to children ages 15 and under. Sponsored by the Shark River Surf Anglers of Belmar.

On Spring Lake, (732) 492-6936

8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

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4-11: A History of Inventing in New Jersey, From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone Presentation in Belmar

Guest speaker Linda J. Barth, author of “A History of Inventing in New Jersey,” will discuss inventions that were created in New Jersey. Sponsored by the Belmar Historical Society.

Taylor Pavilion, 5th and Ocean Avenues, Belmar, (908) 309-3380

2:00 PM

4-12 - 4-14: Vintage Computer Festival East in Wall Township

This year’s themes are The Rise of the GUI and Computer Art. In-person and streaming events including exhibits, speakers, classes, technical workshops, and more.

InfoAge Science and History Museums, 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

4-13: 39th Annual Spring Beach Sweeps Beach clean ups throughout the state sponsored by Clean Ocean Action. Please check their website for further information, registration, and necessary preparation.

Ocean County sites: Bay Head, Brick, Lakewood, Lavallette, Long Beach Island, Ocean Gate, Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Toms River.

Monmouth County sites: Aberdeen, Allenhurst/Loch Arbour, Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Highlands, Keansburg, Keyport, Long Branch, Manasquan, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Ocean Grove, Red Bank, Sandy Hook, Sea Bright, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Union Beach, West Long Branch.

(732) 872-0111

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

4-13: Touch A Truck Food

Truck and Vendor Fair in Manchester Touch and explore a variety of big trucks and equipment. Business and craft vendors, games, activities, family fun, food trucks, and more. Sponsored by Manchester Township Elementary School.

Manchester Township Elementary School, 101 North Colonial Drive, Manchester, (732) 323-9600

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 1410508

4-13: 13th Annual Wellness Expo in Lakewood

Featuring more than fifty local and regional wellness exhibitors and raffles. Free lectures and workshops including yoga, qigong, weight loss, and more every thirty minutes! Admission is free.

Georgian Court University, Casino Auditorium, 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, (732) 987-2700 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

4-13 - 4-14: The Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore “Quilts In Wonderland” Show and Sale in Toms River

Over one hundred judged member quilts on display. Appraisals, vendors, demonstrations. country store, baskets, door prizes. Café open for lunch. Two quilts will be raffled - tickets: $1. Free parking. Handicap accessible. Admission: $10. For more information:

Toms River Elks Lodge #1875, 600 Washington Street, Toms River, (732) 349-9660

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

4-14: When Bipartisanship Mattered: The Life and Career of U.S. Senator Clifford P. Case in Toms River

For thirty-three years in the U.S. Congress (nine in the House and twenty-four in the Senate), Clifford Case was a powerful voice for civil and human rights, environmental protection, ethics in government, and a global role for the U.S. in combating the spread of communism and promoting democracy. Presented by William R. Fenekes. Seats are limited. To register and hold your seat, email your name, zip code, email address, and the date of the program to oceancountyhistory.programs@

Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, (732) 341-1880 2:00 PM

4-18: Annual Ladies Night Out in Point Pleasant Beach

Downtown will be bustling with in-store specials, discounts, raffles, and entertainment. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at many locations. This event is free. Rain or shine! Sponsored by the Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce. Arnold and Bay Avenues, Point Pleasant Beach, 1-888-772-3862

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

4-20: Scout Day Beach Cleanup at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

In honor of Earth Day, scouts will be able to participate in a beach cleanup and earn a limited edition Jenkinson’s Boardwalk community service patch for their work. All scouts will receive a free three-hour unlimited ride band to be used that same day. Families of scouts will be able to purchase a three-hour unlimited ride band for half-price. Online pre-registration required. Rain date: 4-21-24.

Jenkinson’s, Arnold Avenue Beach Gate, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-0600

Registration: 11:00 AM. Ride Park: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

4-20: Point Pleasant Boro’s 19th Earth Day Celebration

The celebration brings the community together to inspire an understanding and appreciation for the environment. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Power of Trees.” There will be green educational displays and products, music, food, and activities for children includ-

ing rides and a petting zoo. Free admission. Rain date: 4-21-24.

Riverfront Park, River and Maxson Avenues, Point Pleasant,

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EnvironmentalCommission

4-27: Point Pleasant Beach Art Walk

Stroll Arnold and Bay Avenues, which will feature displays by local artists. Rain date: 4-28-24.

Arnold and Bay Avenues, Point Pleasant Beach

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

4-28: Annual Board Swap in Bay Head

The Annual Board Swap in Bay Head is a tradition that draws more and more people each year. Come check out vintage surfboards, classic cars, and surf stories. Different from all other “Board Swaps,” this premier East Coast event attracts surfers from more than ten different states with well over one hundred boards. Meet collectors, surfers, long-time members of the surfing community, and people that just love the surf culture. Fall date t.b.a.!

Beach House Classic Boardshop, 517 Main Avenue Bay Head, (732) 714-8566

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


5-4: Townwide Garage Sales in Point Pleasant Beach, Bay Head, and Mantoloking

Organized by the Point Pleasant Beach High School PTO to benefit Project Graduation and Senior Scholarships. Registration (usually one month prior): $25. donation. For more information: Rain date:


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

5-4: May Day Spring Festival and Pet Expo at Island Beach

A celebration to celebrate our beloved furry friends. Craft and pet supply vendors, rescue groups, K9 demos, and more. Pets on a leash are welcome.

Island Beach State Park, 2401 Central Avenue, Seaside Park, (732) 793-0506 or Friends of Island Beach: (707) 636-4277

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

5-4: Cinco de Mayo Festival in Toms River

Live entertainment, food vendors, crafters, inflatables, face painting, sand art, kids’ games, and more. Free admission.

Washington Street, Downtown Toms River, (732) 341-8738

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

5-4: Ocean Grove Spring Fling

Arts and Crafts Festival

Arts and Crafts Festival plus music by Sharon “Pipes” Lasher & The Flashers at 11:00 AM and Chuck Lambert Blues at 1:00 PM. Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, (732) 774-1391

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Allaire State Park, 4263 Atlantic Avenue (Route 524), Farmingdale, Village: (732) 919-3500; Park: (732) 938-2371 allaire.html

Please refer to the listings on pages 34 and 37.

To participate in early 19th century trade demos, tours, activities, and more, pre-registration online is encouraged. Fee. Hours: April - October: The village craft shops, historic homes, general store, and bakery are open Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 AM4:00 PM. November - December: The general store and bakery are open Friday - Sunday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The village craft shops and historic homes are open for special events only. January - March: The village craft shops, historic homes, general store, and bakery are open for special events only.

Flea Markets

Hunt for treasures among knick-knacks, upcycled furniture, collectibles, signs, art, bottles, and much more! Rain dates: next day.

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

4-13, 5-11, 6-8, 6-9

History Kids Club

History Kids Club is designed for children, ages 5-12 years-old, who want to experience history first hand and learn the different trades, tasks, and lifestyles of an 1830s Howell Iron Works villager. $12. Online pre-registration required.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4-14: Make Your Own Photo; 5-5: Making a Garden; 6-15: History Kids Day (10:00 AM4:00 PM)

Beyond the Counter Adult Workshops

Monthly activities for adults located in the General Store. $20. per person. Online preregistration required.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4-14: Tea Tasting; 5-5: Tree of Life; 6-2: Flower Pressing

3-23 - 3-24: 19th Century Easter Celebration

Pre-registration encouraged. Fee.

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

3-31: Easter Sunrise Service

At the Allaire Chapel. Free. Donations accepted.

6:30 AM

4-6 - 4-7: Opening Weekend

The historic buildings and shops open for the season! 1864 "Base Ball" Game. Fee.

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

4-20 - 4-21: Annual 5K Beer Run

See website for details. Fee.

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

5-3: Home School Days

Experience life as a child in the 1830s. Fee.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

5-25: Antique and Vintage Show

Fee. Rain date: 5-26-24.

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

6-1: Allaire Arts Festival

In collaboration with The Art Society of Monmouth County. Fee. Rain date: 6-2-24. 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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5-5: BBQ Jamfest in Point Pleasant Beach

An outdoor cookout with family and friends! Food from Jersey Shore BBQ, Bam Bam Burger, and Prime 13, and beer from Last Wave Brewery! Whole hog brisket, ribs, your favorite sides, and more. Live music. Tickets: $10. online; $15. at the gate. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, in person at the chamber office, or on the day of the event. Rain date: 5-19-24.

Located in the parking lot at 710 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, 1-888-772-3862

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

5-5: Bee Sunny Gift Auction in Point Pleasant Beach

Fundraiser for the Brick Children’s Community Theatre. Tickets ($49.75) include three-course lunch, soft drinks, dessert, and coffee/tea. Advance ticket purchase required; no tickets will be sold at the door.

The Lobster Shanty, 83 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 920-9041 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

5-5: The Battle of Monmouth Courthouse: The Last Great Revolutionary War Battle in the North in Toms River

The Battle of Monmouth Courthouse (June 28, 1778) was the largest field artillery battle of the Revolutionary War and was the last significant battle fought on northern soil during that conflict. More widely known for the legend of Molly Pitcher and the dispute between Generals George Washington and Charles Lee, the battle is, to this very day, often misunderstood and overlooked in its significance. This presentation will provide an overview of the Battle of Monmouth, placing it in context within the wider war, and will conclude with a discussion of the latest research being done by the current custodians of the battlefield’s historic legacy. Presented by Victor Pidermann. Seats are limited. To register and hold your seat, email your name, zip code, email address, and the date of the program to oceancountyhistory.

Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, (732) 341-1880 2:00 PM

5-11: Point Pleasant Beach Police Bike Rodeo

Children and adults alike are invited to the Bike Rodeo! Sponsored by the Point Pleasant Beach Police.

Little Silver Lake Parking Lot, Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-0500 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

5-16 - 5-18: Sidewalk Sale Days in Point Pleasant Beach

Sidewalk sales downtown Friday - Sunday. Sponsored by the Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce. Arnold and Bay Avenues, Point Pleasant Beach, 1-888-772-3862

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

5-17 - 5-19: New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar

One of the largest seafood festivals in the nation. Great seafood, crafters, and live entertainment. Sponsored by the Belmar Tourism Commission. No pets.

Silver Lake Park and Ocean Avenue, Belmar, (732) 681-3700 ext. 214

5-17: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 5-18: 11:00 AM8:00 PM; 5-19: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

5-18: Ocean Fun Day at Island Beach State Park

Nature and environmental exhibits, tours, interactive children’s activities, vendors, and food for sale.

Island Beach State Park, 2401 Central Avenue, Seaside Park, (732) 793-0506 or NJ Sea Grant Consortium: (732) 872-1300

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM ocean-fun-days

5-18: Ocean Grove Vintage Car Show

Over ninety cars on display and live music to enjoy. Canned food or $5. donation. Proceeds to benefit Saint Paul’s Food Pantry. Sponsored by The Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, (732) 774-1391

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

5-18: 20th Annual New Jersey Shipwreck Symposium in Wall Township

The New Jersey Historical Divers Association presents the 20th New Jersey Shipwreck Symposium, “Surf Boats, U-Boats, The Cachalot, and Lost Flights.” Presentations, refreshments, and silent auction. Tickets: $25. (NJHDA members), $30. (non-members).

InfoAge Science and History Museums, 2201 Marconi Road, Wall, (732) 456-5045

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

5-18 - 5-19: Asbury Park Vegan Food Festival

A two-day celebration featuring vegan and plant-based meals from local chefs, vegan products, plant-based fashion, live music, and more. Rain or shine. Advance ticket purchase recommended, children 13 and younger free. Sponsored by The New Jersey VegFest. Bradley Park, 101-199 5th Avenue, Asbury Park 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

5-19: Ocean Fun Days at Sandy Hook

Celebrate the wonders of the Jersey Shore. Enjoy hands-on marine exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities all about our coastal environment. Sponsored by NJNG and the NJSGC.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Headquarters, 22 Magruder Road, Fort Hancock, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook, (732) 212-1300 ext. 19 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM special-events/ocean-fun-days/

5-25 - 5-26: Spring Lake Race Day Sidewalk Sale

Two-day sidewalk sale downtown. Spring Lake, (732) 449-0037 10:00 AM

5-26: Art in The Park in Long Branch

A judged art show and sale.

West End Park, Brighton and Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, (732) 222-7000 ext. 5447 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

5-30, 7-14, 9-1: Historic Viking Village Arts And Crafts Shows In Barnegat Light

Seventy local artists showing and selling their works. Fine art, photography, ceramics, wood crafts, clothing, handmade jewelry and accessories, and more. Food and refreshments available. Free admission. All shows rain or shine. Historic Viking Village, 19th Street and Bayview Avenue, Barnegat Light 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

5-31 - 6-1: 34th Annual Summerfest in the Park in Point Pleasant Boro

Arts & crafts, food vendors, ride and bounce attractions, live music, wine/beer garden.

Friday, 5-31: Kick-off Party - wine/beer garden and live music only, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Saturday, 6-1: Summerfest, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Rain date: 6-2-24.

Community Park, 2225 Bridge Avenue, Point Pleasant, (732) 295-8850


6-1: Ocean Grove Giant Spring Flea Market

Over 385 vendors selling new, used, and antique items. This is a rain or shine event!

Sponsored by the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove, (732) 774-1391 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

6-2: NJ’s 32nd Annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration in Asbury Park

Enjoy the fabulous pride parade, performers, great food, arts and crafts, exhibits and community information, activities for the entire family, and the best in entertainment. Fun for all ages in the “Family Zone.” It’s always a perfect day at PRIDE, rain or shine!

Parade kicks off from Town Hall. Festival grounds at Sunset and Ocean Avenues, Asbury Park, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

6-4: Classic Car Cruises at Stewart’s on Broadway in Point Pleasant Beach

Antique and collectible cars, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles, and D.J. music. Sponsored by Stewart’s On Broadway and the North Shore Antique Auto Club. Also on 7-2, 8-6, 9-2. Stewart’s On Broadway, 63 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 295-2722

5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

6-5 - 6-9: Lighthouse International Film Festival in Loveladies

A weekend of films, fun, and sun on Long Beach Island. Schedule and tickets available online.

Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies, (609) 494-1241

6-6: 43rd Annual Spring Lake Historical Society House Tour

Visit several Spring Lake homes and locations on this self-guided tour, including an historic home, a new home, Sundae Times Ice Cream Parlor (12:00 - 3:00 PM with a sample!), St. Catharine Church, the Spring Lake Historical Society Museum, and the Spring Lake Community House. Tickets and maps on sale at Kate & Co., Spring Lake Custom Golf, and J. McLaughlin on Third Avenue. $50. in advance; $60. day of.

Meet at the Spring Lake Train Station on Railroad Avenue, (732) 449-0772

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

6-8: 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands in Point Pleasant Beach

Bands will battle it out to be crowned the champion Grand prize: $1,000. For more information: The Bandshell at Memorial Park, Arnold and Baltimore Avenues, Point Pleasant Beach

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM info/default.aspx beachrecreationcommittee

6-8 - 6-9: 11th Annual Wine Festival in Lakewood

Pour Into Summer Wine Festival returns to early June for 2024. Thirteen New Jersey wineries on the great lawn outside the stadium. Guests welcome to bring blankets/folding chairs to enjoy live music. Crafters, vendors, food, plus a play area for the kids. Advance ticket purchase suggested. Rain or shine. No pets.

ShoreTown Ballpark, Cedar Bridge and New Hampshire Avenues, Lakewood, (732) 946-2711

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM pour-into-summer-wine-festival-lakewood/

6-9: Jersey Shore Comic Book Show’s 10th Anniversary Show in Toms River

A family fun show and a geeks paradise of Comics and Super Heroes. Guest artists, new faces, vendors, crafters, and cosplayers bringing you comics, non-sport cards, Funko Pops, toys, Pokemon, Manga, graphic novels, baseball cards, pop-culture, crafts, gamer items, collectibles, and more! Admission: $3. Children 12 and under free.

Toms River Elks, 600 Washington Street, Toms River

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM u

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4-6: RunAPalooza in Asbury Park

The day features a relay marathon, half-marathon, and three-mile walk.

Asbury Park, (732) 681-9464

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

4-20: Asbury Park Tutu 2.0

A 2.2-mile walk or run to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties’ 1-to-1 mentoring programs.

Asbury Park Yacht Club at Langosta Lounge, 100 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park 10:00 AM

5-4: 32nd Annual River to Bay 5K in Island Heights

5K run and 1-mile fun run/health walk. Awards and entertainment. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Toms River. Rain or shine.

Wanamaker Field, 1 Wanamaker Complex, Island Heights 7:30 AM RivertoBay5K

5-11: Bike MS: Coast The Coast Bike Ride For Multiple Sclerosis

Start/finish at Deal Casino Beach Club, 125 Ocean Avenue, Deal. 25, 50, 75, and 100-mile routes. Fundraising minimum to ride: $250. Volunteers welcome! See website for event schedule. For more information: or (855) 372-1331.

Registration: 6:00 AM; Start times: 6:30: 100mile; 7:00 AM: 75-mile; 8:30 AM: 50-mile; 9:30 AM: 25-mile fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1706

5-12: Bass River Triathlon in Tuckerton

Visit website for schedule and details. Bass River State Park, 762 State Road, Tuckerton

5-18: 19th Annual Bay Head 5K Memory Run

In memory of Kate Shea, proceeds benefit youth education and research organizations fighting cancers. Registration and after party fees. After party at Martell’s Tiki Bar.

Starts at Bay Head Firehouse, 81 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head Sign In: 6:30 AM; Start: 8:30 AM

5-18 and 5-19: Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis in Point Pleasant Beach and Sandy Hook

Walk day is a fun, family-oriented event with a healthy 3-mile walk, children’s activities, food, and festivities that participants look forward to year after year. For more information: (973) 656-9200 or

5-18: Point Pleasant Beach: The Bandshell at Memorial Park, Arnold and Baltimore Avenues. Check In: 10:00 AM; Walk: 11:00 AM.

5-19: Sandy Hook: Guardian Park, Hartshorne Drive. Check In: 10:00 AM; Walk: 11:00 AM.

5-25: Spring Lake 5-Mile Run

A USATF certified course and custom designed t-shirts for all entrants.

Ocean and Sussex Avenues, Spring Lake (732) 449-0577

Start: 8:30 AM




Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Although every effort was made to provide accurate information, please call or check the website before attending.

March - June 2024


Spotlight Players, P.O. Box 108, Matawan NJ 07747

Performances at: First Presbyterian Church, Route 34 and Franklin Street Matawan, (732) 583-7874

Spotlight Players is a community theater with the goals of entertaining, educating, and enriching members of the community. They aim to allow and encourage members to grow, develop, and take artistic risks.

4-26 - 4-28: James and the Giant Peach, various times


131 Wells Mill Road, Waretown (609) 971-1593

Since 1974, every Saturday night the hall comes alive with the sound of Pinelands, Bluegrass, Country, Old Timey, Americana, and Folk music welcoming five or six bands throughout the evening. Immerse yourself in the rich musical heritage of the region and tap your feet to lively tunes in a welcoming, community-oriented atmosphere. Snacks and gifts available. 50/50 drawing. Admission: $6.; children under 12: $1. Saturday nights: doors open 5:30 PM; music 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM. See website for dates and times of special events.


173 Main Street, Manasquan (732) 528-9211

Algonquin Arts was founded in 1992 to provide cultural enrichment for the residents and visitors of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Their programming includes dramatic and musical theatre, dance, musical concerts, film, and mixed media presentations. These presentations are offered to the public in the setting of the 540-seat Algonquin Arts Theatre, which reopened to the public in 1994 following an extensive renovation. Algonquin Arts also enhances the educational experiences of area students with diverse performances and artist-lead educational workshops. Call the box office or check the website for more information.

3-23: So Good! The Neil Diamond Experience (Concert Series), 2:00 PM

3-24: Chris Pinnella’s Unchained Melodies with his fifteen-piece orchestra (Concert Series), 3:00 PM 4-6 - 4-21: Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Series), various days and times

4-28: Opera’s Greatest Hits with Father Alphonse’s Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea (Orchestra Series), 3:00 PM

5-10 - 5-19: Grease (Broadway Series), various days and times

6-6: The Best of Broadway Bash featuring Father Alphonse’s Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea (Special Event), 8:00 PM


209 4th Avenue, Asbury Park (732) 361-6659

Asbury Lanes is a vintage bowling alley and bar with live performances including local talent with rock and hip-hop veterans, indie, and pop stars. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Check website for updated schedule and times.

3-15: Billy Walton Band X Matthew Curry Band, 8:00 PM

3-17: Rockin’ Through the Decades, 3:00 PM

3-30: Brian Kirk and The Jirks, 7:00 PM

4-11: Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties with Lake Saint Daniel and Never Better Baby, 7:00 PM

4-20: Pack the Bowl Fest VI with Cosmic Jerry Band, 4:00 PM

5-16: The Alarm with Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel and Belouis Some, 7:00 PM

5-17: Inaugural Where Music Lives Awards Show with Low Cut Connie, 6:00 PM

5-17: Jerry’s Middle Finger, 10:30 PM

6-2: Sir Chloe with Deux Visages, 8:00 PM

6-14: Delta Sleep, 8:00 PM


Vogel Auditorium, 100 Grant Avenue Deal Park, (732) 531-9100

This state-of-the-art, 520-seat performing arts center features a year-round performance schedule of concerts ranging from rock, jazz, classical, klezmer, Broadway, and Yiddish, as well as theatrical performances, film festivals, festival of books, and children’s events. A cultural gem at the Jersey Shore for people of all ages and backgrounds.

3-8 - 3-24: Sunday in the Park with George, various times

4-6 - 4-7: Disney’s Moana Jr., various times

4-13: Sinatra at the Sands, 8:00 PM

4-20: The Joni Project, 8:00 PM

4-27: Magical Mystery Doors, 8:00 PM

5-31 - 6-16: Evita, various days and times


761 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft (732) 224-2411

This 361-seat, thirty-year-old theater is home to everything from dramas and concerts to musical theater. Although the shows are performed mainly during the school year, they also have Summer Shakespeare in July. Show times vary but are typically on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Many shows are free. Ticket prices vary and can run from $12. to $24.

4-5 - 4-21: Legally Blonde, various days and times


Ocean Avenue (between 5th and Sunset Avenues), Asbury Park, (732) 897-6500

One of the most distinctive and majestic landmarks along the New Jersey Shore, Asbury Park’s Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre is a multi-purpose venue of two separate buildings joined by a Grand Arcade. Convention Hall, located on the boardwalk and extending out over the beach, has a capacity of up to 3,600, depending upon the event. It features an impressive stage area and a spacious arena floor. The historic Paramount Theatre, which opened in 1930, is a showcase for music and performing arts and offers a wide variety of entertainment. Editor’s Note: As of press time, both structures were deemed structurally unsafe, and all events have been cancelled. Repairs are underway. The Grand Arcade remains open. Call or check the website for current information and future schedules.


99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank (732) 842-9000

Founded in 1926, this 1,400-seat theater is known for first class entertainment in an intimate setting. The Center’s mission is to inspire, educate, and entertain through distinct and engaging cultural and artistic offerings that reflect the diversity of the region. Family shows, musical plays, comedians, and famous political commentators have all appeared here. The Basie’s vision for the future is to evolve into a world-class center for arts education, culture, and the performing arts. This evolution includes an industrious expansion, potentially doubling the number of its performance, educational, and cultural offerings, while reaching a wider sector of the community through new partnerships and programs. The Vogel, a state-of-the-art performance venue, was unveiled in October 2020.


3-16: Jesus Christ Superstar (sold out), 8:00 PM

3-17: Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance - 25th Anniversary Tour, 7:30 PM

3-21: Kathy Griffin, 7:30 PM

3-23: Leanne Morgan, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM

3-24: Monmouth Civic Chorus: Brahms to Brandau, 4:00 PM

3-26: Guster, 8:00 PM

3-28: Gaelic Storm and the High Kings, 7:30 PM

3-29: Bobby Collins, 7:30 PM

3-30: Anthony Rodia, 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM

4-3 - 4-4: Ali Wong Live, 7:00 PM

4-5: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert, 8:00 PM

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Fantastic Cat performs at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park. Christine Spielberger

4-6: Vic DiBitetto, 8:00 PM

4-8: Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, 7:30 PM

4-9: Buddy Guy with Bobby Rush, 8:00 PM

4-12: Benise, 7:30 PM

4-13: Oh What a Night of Doo-Wop, 7:00 PM

4-14: The Concert: A Tribute to Abba, 7:00 PM

4-16: The Wallflowers, 8:00 PM

4-17: Disney Princess: The Concert, 7:00 PM

4-18: Modi, 8:00 PM

4-19 - 4-20: Almost Queen, 7:30 PM

4-21: Wanda Sykes, 7:00 PM

4-23: Beth Hart, 7:30 PM

4-24: Get the Led Out, 8:00 PM

4-25: #IMOMSOHARD: Ladies’ Night, 8:00 PM

4-26: Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love, 7:30 PM

4-27: Jim Breuer, 3:30 PM and 8:00 PM

4-28: Step Afrika!, 7:00 PM

5-3 - 5-4: Phoenix Productions presents The Prom, various times

5-5: The Temptations and The Four Tops, 7:00 PM

5-9: Todd Rundgren, 8:00 PM

5-10: Tracy Morgan, 8:00 PM

5-11: Raffi, 2:00 PM

5-11: Nick DiPaolo, 8:00 PM

5-17: Let’s Sing Taylor, 7:30 PM

5-18: Dena Blizzard, 8:00 PM

5-24: The Allman Betts Band, 7:30 PM

5-26: Leslie Odom Jr., 7:00 PM

5-31: Matt Mathews, 8:00 PM

6-1: Epic Scores of John Williams and More, 8:00 PM

6-5 - 6-6: The SpongeBob Musical, various times

6-8: Daniil Trifonov Plays Gershwin, 8:00 PM

6-10: Keb’ Mo’, 7:30 PM

6-11: Engelbert Humperdinck, 7:30 PM

6-13: Joe Jackson Solo and The Music of Max Champion, 8:00 PM

6-13 - 6-15: Shrek the Musical, various times

6-18: Australian Pink Floyd, 7:30 PM

6-20: Happy Together 2024 with The Turtles, Jay and the Americans, The Association, Badfinger, The Vogues, and the Cowsills, 7:30 PM

6-21: The Fab Faux, 8:00 PM


3-15: Lakehouse Music Academy Moto Records Showcase, 6:30 PM

3-17: Frank Ferrante in ‘An Afternoon with Groucho,’ 5:00 PM

3-20: Dervish, 7:30 PM

3-22: Luis J. Gomez, 8:00 PM

3-23: Critical Conversation: Book Banning and the Freedom of Expression, 6:30 PM

3-24: Raul MIdon, 7:00 PM

3-26: Rick Wakeman, 7:30 PM

3-28: Eric Hutchinson Band, 7:30 PM

3-29 - 3-30: Rebirth Brass Band, various times

3-30: Chris Covert, 8:00 PM

4-3: Mike Marino and Friends, 7:30 PM

4-4: Lee Ritenour, 7:30 PM

4-5: The Amish Outlaws, 8:00 PM

4-6: Yacht Rock Gold Experience, 7:30 PM

4-11: Orquesta Akokan, 7:30 PM

4-10 - 4-14: Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, various times

4-17 - 4-18: Jorma Kaukonen, 7:30 PM

4-19: A Brother’s Revival, 8:00 PM

4-20: Lisa Sherman’s Disco Connection, 7:30 PM

4-21: Martin Sexton, 7:00 PM

4-23: Joanne Shaw Taylor, 7:30 PM

4-24: The Motet with lespecial, 8:00 PM

4-26: CringeFest: Yup, That Happened, 7:00 PM

5-2: JD Souther, 7:30 PM

5-3: Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band, 8:00 PM

5-4: Early Elton Trio, 7:30 PM

5-7: Al Stewart and The Empty Pockets, 7:30 PM

5-8: Ghosts: Do You Believe with Ghost Hunters’ Dustin Pari, 7:30 PM

5-11: Decade - Neil Young Tribute, 7:30 PM

5-17: Alan Doyle, 8:00 PM

5-18: Sinatra - A Man and His Music, 7:30 PM

5-19: The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Grateful Dead for Kids, 11:00 AM

5-23: Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Music of Warren Zevon, 7:30 PM

5-24: Lindsey Webster, 8:00 PM

5-25: Tyler Fischer, 7:00 PM

5-31: That Motown Band, 7:00 PM

6-2: Reverend Horton Heat and The Surfrajettes, 7:00 PM

6-7: SuperBlue - Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter, 8:00 PM

6-8: Straight to Hell - The Clash Tribute Band, 8:00 PM

6-13: Larry Campbell and Teresa Wiliams, 7:30 PM

6-20: Corinne Bailey Rae, 8:00 PM

6-29: Stanley Clarke, 7:30 PM


66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove (732) 502-0050

Housed in the historic Neptune High School building (constructed in 1896), the Jersey Shore Arts Center supports local artists and arts educators and provides affordable workspace to artists, educators, and groups who develop opportunities for the community to experience and engage in the arts. The building is maintained by the Ocean Grove Historic Preservation Society and serves as a home for the cultural arts and a venue for events, dramatic and musical productions, as well as instruction in the arts, dance, music, theater, pottery, and ceramics. Commercial and nonprofit groups, as well as individuals, can rent studio space, classrooms, two dance studios, a ballroom studio, a magnificent 400-seat theater with dressing rooms and box office, a café space with two additional studios and food service capabilities, and a 75-seat theater. Check their website for up-to-date events, programming, and performance schedules as well as rental information.

Wednesday Nights: Café Artiste featuring live

original music, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

4-5 - 4-7: Asbury Park Theatre Company presents Kabaret Kaput starring Ellen Foley, Robert I. Rubinsky, Jonathan Freeman and produced and directed by Remember Jones, various times.


217 East Main Street, Tuckerton (609) 389-0118

The Lizzie Rose Music Room is a “Listening Room,” not a bar or restaurant, established in 2014 to bring live music to Tuckerton including Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Soul, Singer/ Songwriters, and more.

3-15: The Royal Scam, 7:30 PM

3-16: Stanley Jordan, 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM

3-20: Hot Club of Cowtown, 7:30 PM

3-22: Joe Zook and Blues DeLuxe, 7:30 PM

3-23: John McEuen and The Circle Band, 7:30 PM

3-30: Panama Dead - A Tribute to The New Riders of Purple Sage, 7:30 PM

4-5: Antje Duvekot, 7:30 PM

4-6: Paul and Annie, Dave Keys, Purdie-BerensonHooks, 7:30 PM

4-12: Quinn Sullivan, 7:30 PM

4-13: Jason Ricci and The Bad Kind, 7:30 PM

4-14: Chris Smither, 7:30 PM

4-18: Ana Popovic, 7:30 PM

4-19: Popa Chubby, 7:30 PM

4-20: Sugar Mountain (Neil Young Tribute), 7:30 PM

4-27: Dana Fuchs, 7:30 PM

5-3: Terry Reid and Cosmic American Derelicts, 7:30 PM

5-4: Michael Allman Band, 7:30 PM

5-10: Sean Chambers and The Savoy Brown Rhythm Section, 7:30 PM

5-11: Eliza Neals, 7:30 PM

5-18: Step by Step, 7:30 PM

5-24: Matt O’Ree Band, 7:30 PM

5-25: Bell Bottom Blues - A Tribute to Eric Clapton, 7:30 PM

5-31: James Montgomery, 7:30 PM

6-1: Stiletto and The Saxman, 1:00 PM

6-1: Kinderhook, 7:30 PM

6-8: The Weeklings, 7:30 PM

6-14: Davy Knowles, 7:30 PM

6-15: Billy Hector with The Midnight Horns, 7:30 PM

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The Count Basie Center For The Arts in Red Bank. courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter

THEATER & CONCERTS continued from page 29


New Jersey Repertory Company

179 Broadway, West Long Branch (732) 229-3166

The New Jersey Repertory Company is dedicated to developing and producing new plays with diverse themes. It is also devoted to creating an atmosphere where classics can take on a fresh look and forgotten plays can find a home.

2-22 - 3-17: Esspy, various days and times

4-18 - 5-12: The Two Hander, various days and times


400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch Box Office: (732) 263-6889


Fee-based events. Register online in advance.

3-19, 3-26: Writing Memoir (Advanced), taught by Mike Farragher, virtual, 7:30 PM

3-21: Pysanky: Learn the Art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating, taught by Jennifer Santa Maria, Pollack Gallery, 7:00 PM

4-16, 4-23: Self-Publishing Step-by-Step, taught by Christy Schmidt, virtual, 7:30 PM

4-30, 5-2: The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, taught by Scott McLaren, virtual, 7:30 PM

5-9, 5-16: British Invasion Part IV: The Fourth Wave, taught by Kit O’Toole, virtual, 7:30 PM

6-18: Plein-air Chiaroscuro Drawing, taught by Gina Torello, Erlanger Gardens, 12:00 PM

6-20: Plein-air Oil Painting, taught by Gina Torello, Erlanger Gardens, 12:00 PM


Free events at The Great Hall Auditorium, register online in advance.

4-10: Hernan Diaz, 5:30 PM


Free virtual events. Register online in advance.

4-9: Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five,” 7:30 PM

5-14: E.M. Forster’s “A Passage to India,” 7:30 PM


It’s just like the book club but with albums! Free events in person in The Great Hall Auditorium and virtual. Register online in advance.

4-2: Supertramp’s “Breakfast in America,” 7:30 PM

5-7: The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, 7:30 PM

POLLAK THEATRE: This 700-seat theatre presents live music, theatre, and dance by national touring artists. The Pollak also screens HD broadcasts of the MET Opera, the National Theatre of London, and the Bolshoi Ballet, along with children’s theater and other programming presented by the Center for the Arts.

3-21: Vanya (National Theatre: Broadcast in HD), 7:30 PM

3-23: Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette (The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD), 1:00 PM

3-25: The Immortals: The Wonder of the Museo Egizio (Great Art on Screen), 7:30 PM

3-30: Mary Gauthier with Special Guest Jaimee Harris (Performing Arts Series), 8:00 PM

4-11: Dear England (National Theatre: Broadcast in HD), 7:30 PM

4-20: Puccini’s La Rondine (The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD), 1:00 PM

4-26: Metamorphosis: Portraits of Song (Performing Arts Series), 8:00 PM

4-28: From Birmingham to Botswana, A OneWoman Play by Gwen Moten (Performing Arts Series), 4:00 PM

5-3: Joan Osborne and Crash Test Dummies (Performing Arts Series), 8:00 PM

5-4: Don McLean (Performing Arts Series), 8:00 PM

5-11: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD), 1:00 PM

5-30: The Motive and The Cue (National Theatre: Broadcast in HD), 7:30 PM


Free. Gallery opens at 10:00 AM daily.

3-25 - 5-2: Metamorphosis: Works by Nanci France-Vaz


Ocean and Chestnut Avenues Island Heights, (732) 270-3111

The Ocean County Artists Guild is a non-profit organization working to promote the arts in Ocean County. Attracting artists and patrons from around the region, their mission is to serve the artists and community, to provide an outlet and training for artistic talent, to enhance the quality of life for residents, attract newcomers, and draw tourists to the community. The Guild provides exhibition space for members on a monthly basis and holds solo shows for selected artists who may be members or who live outside the area. They offer classes for both adults and children, workshops, demonstrations, open studio time with live models, and various cultural programs. The Guild welcomes artists of every level. The Gallery Gift Shop showcases contemporary and traditional fine art and crafts for sale. Open to the public Thurs.Sun. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Admission is free.

Acoustic Concert Series:

3-15: Acoustic Musicians Guild, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

4-19: Jean and Peter Morris and guest, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

5-17: Jim Crawford and Michael Baine, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6-21: Bill Doerge and Family, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM




1 College Drive, Toms River, (732) 255-0500

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Ocean County College (OCC), is home to the OCC Theatre Company and the OCC Concert Band. Professional programs include Living Legends, Singer/Songwriters, Classical Music, Musical/Theatre, Country/Folk, Jazz, Dance, and Family. In addition, the Garden State Philharmonic is the orchestra-in-residence. Mid-Week Jazz Series concerts and School of Performing Arts productions take place all season long.

3-15: Ella, The Early Years, 8:00 PM

3-24: Time for Three, 2:00 PM

4-3: Twinkle Time!, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

4-3: Medal of Honor Recipient and Author Kyle Carpenter, 11:00 AM

4-5: Afternoon Recital: Margarita Rovenskaya, 2:00 PM

4-6: The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia  Big Brass, 8:00 PM

4-10: Reginald Dwayne Betts, 11:00 PM

4-12 - 4-21: The Importance of Being Earnest, various times

4-13: The Weeklings BeatlesBash!, 8:00 PM

4-19 - 4-21: Brick Community Children’s Theatre presents Mary Poppins, Jr., various times

4-23: The Works of Langston Hughes, 7:00 PM

4-24: An Evening with John Leguizamo, 6:00 PM

4-28: Sentimental Journey Big Band, 3:00 PM

5-4: OCC Band: A Musical World Tour, 7:00 PM

5-17: Afternoon Recital: Awadagin Pratt, 2:00 PM

5-19: James Austin, Jr., 3:00 PM

6-1: The Breakers, 8:00 PM

6-2: Joel Zelnik Trio, 3:00 PM

6-3: Garden State Philharmonic presents Bach to The Beatles, 7:30 PM

6-7: ABBAFAB, 8:00 PM

6-9: Chris Ruggiero Summer Serenade, 3:00 PM


Garden State Parkway Exit 116, Holmdel (732) 203-2500 pnc-bank-arts-center-events

Experience live music from your favorite artists either under the landmark amphitheater or from the over 10,000 lawn seats available for each show. Advance ticket purchase encouraged.

6-1: The Beach Boys, 7:00 PM

6-20: Hardy, 6:45 PM


701 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park (732) 774-7827

The Premier Theater Company is a non-profit theatre and education program that works to bring the gift of visual and performing arts to the people of New Jersey. By fostering new playwrights and combining professional knowledge with amateur talent, they aim to encourage physical, mental, and emotional growth in the hearts of those involved. Performances at The Henderson Theatre, 850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. April: Spring Awakening, various days and times


Wesley Hall at St. Andrews Methodist Church, 4th and Mercer Avenues Spring Lake, (732) 447-5169

Founded in 1982, the South Street Players have been delighting audiences with their performances at The Clarksburg Inn and other Monmouth and Ocean County locations.

3-15 - 3-17: Tri-State Theatre Festival, various times

5-5 - 5-14: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), various days and times

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Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College in Toms River. Jill Ocone



300 Madison Avenue, Spring Lake (732) 449-4530

Since 1978, the theatre has been the home of the Spring Lake Theatre Company. Renovated in 1986, the theater seats over 350 patrons. The Spring Lake Theatre Company produces Broadway-quality musicals, comedies, and dramas, with professionally talented casts and lavish sets and costumes. Each year, the company puts on six different shows, with the opening night ticket sales of each donated to different area charities.

4-12 - 4-27: Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, various days and times


1000 McKinley Avenue, Manahawkin (609) 489-8600


The Stafford Township Arts Center (STAC) is south Jersey’s resource for artistic and cultural experiences. Live music, dance, and theatrical programs offer enrichment for people of every age. Programmed and managed by the Stafford Township Education Foundation, STAC features state-of-the-art amenities and plays host to the finest amateur and professional talent.

4-6: Back to the Sixties, 7:30 PM

4-7: Doo Wop Extravaganza, 3:00 PM

5-2: Absolute Queen, 7:30 PM

6-1: Celebrating Celine with Jenene Caramielo, 7:30 PM

6-2: Amore - An Evening of Romantic Italian Love Songs, 3:00 PM

6-22: The Duprees and The Brooklyn Bridge, 7:30 PM


913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park (732) 502-0060

The legendary Stone Pony has been a driving force of the Jersey Shore music scene since it first opened its doors in 1974. From independent, local talent to internationally known headline acts, music fans will never be disappointed with the Stone Pony’s schedule of events. During the summer, enjoy open-air concerts at the Stone Pony Summer Stage. Advance ticket purchase recommended for both venues.


3-23: Waiting on Mongo, 7:00 PM

4-6: Start Making Sense - Talking Heads Tribute with The Ocean Ave Stompers Horns, 7:00 PM

4-7: Giant Rooks, 7:00 PM

4-14: Grayscale and Small Pools, 6:00 PM

4-24: The 502s, 7:00 PM

5-3: Lacuna Coil, New Year’s Day, Oceans of Slumber, 6:30 PM

6-16: Balance and Composure, 8:00 PM


5-4: Sum 41 with The Interrupters, 5:30 PM

6-15: Shadow of the City: Bleachers, 2:00 PM


400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood (732) 367-7789

Built in 1919, The Strand is known as one of the best acoustical theatres in the nation. This fully restored theatre features a variety of musical, dramatic, and comedic events by some of the country’s top performers, as well as the Garden State Philharmonic and fine ballet.

3-23: Creedence Revived, 8:00 PM

4-6: Last Child: A Tribute to Aerosmith, 8:00 PM

4-14: Atlantic City Ballet’s Swan Lake

4-20: A Golden Oldies Extravaganza, 7:00 PM

6-29: The Ultimate Doors, 8:00 PM


Engleside and Beach Avenues, Beach Haven, (609) 492-9477

Producing large-scale musicals and plays with a resident company of professional actors, the Surflight has been performing live theater in a classic summer stock situation since 1950. In addition, Surflight offers Children’s Theater from midJune through September and a Celebrity Concert series. Please call or visit the website for shows, times, prices, and group pricing.


5-30 - 6-16: Million Dollar Quartet, various days and times

6-20 - 7-7: South Pacific, various days and times


6-26 - 6-30: Snow White, 6:00 PM


21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank (732) 345-1400

Opened in Red Bank in the fall of 2005, this is a state-of-the-art performance space. The main theater seats 350 people and is home to the main stage season. Centered around a thrust stage, the furthest seats are no more than thirty-six feet from the performers. The new facility also includes the 99-seat Marion Huber Theater, a black box theater that is host to more experimental works, readings, classes, and rehearsals.

4-6 - 4-28: A Thousand Maids, various times

6-8 - 6-30: August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, various times


1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park (732) 502-8886

The Wonder Bar features a lineup that will appeal to fans of all types of music. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the positive vibes at this iconic establishment. Advanced ticket purchase recommended.

3-15: Joey Harkum and Green Knuckle Material, 7:00 PM

3-16: Fungkshui, 7:00 PM

3-22: Eddie Testa Band, 7:00 PM

3-23: Free Throw with Super American and Carpool, 7:00 PM

3-28: Bendigo Fletcher, 7:00 PM

3-29: Kendall Street Company and Yam Yam, 7:00 PM

4-4: Couch, 7:00 PM

4-5: Rachel Anna Dobken with DRKHRT and Jwalttz, 7:00 PM

4-6: Jesus Jones, 7:00 PM

4-10: Moon Hooch, 7:00 PM

4-11: David Morris, 7:00 PM

4-20: Sensational Soul Cruisers, 7:00 PM

5-2: Punk Rock Factory with Adam and the Metal Hawks, 7:00 PM

5-9: Dead Poet Society, 7:00 PM

6-29: The Spill Canvas, 7:00 PM



P.O. Box 16, Red Bank, (732) 933-9333

The Monmouth Civic Chorus is a volunteer community of singers in Monmouth County dedicated to artistic excellence. In addition to singing in New Jersey, the Chorus has performed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra), Carnegie Hall and St. Thomas Church in New York City, St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna (with members of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra).

3-24: Brahms to Brandau (at the Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at The Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank), 4:00 PM

5-19: All That Sparkles (at First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, 118 West Main Street, Freehold), 4:00 PM

6-8: Sparkling 75th Anniversary Gala (at the Navesink Country Club, 50 Luffburrow Lane, Red Bank), 7:00 PM u

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1856 Highway 35, Wall, (732) 280-8800

Please refer to our ad on page 33.

Help your business grow and prosper by joining this premiere networking and business-generating organization. As a member of the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce, you will automatically open doors to more than 70 networking opportunities throughout the year! You’ll enjoy weekly breakfast meetings, informative business seminars, tasteful after hours, dinner and cocktail events. You will also have access to the business development tools and resources available at our convenient and welcoming chamber office. You will have the ability to connect with a premiere network of professional business men and women…people who want to do business with you! Yet, the success of the JSCC is no accident. Guiding the Chamber for more than 18 years is Executive Director Evelyn Mars and her very hard-working Board of Directors. Thinking of joining? Visit www. or call the chamber office at (732) 280-8800.



517A Arnold Avenue

Point Pleasant Beach (732) 899-2424 or 1-888-772-3862


Please refer to our ad on page 46.

The Jersey Shore’s premier family vacation resort town! From our mile-long white sand beaches and landmark boardwalk to incredible shopping, dining, and special events, Point Pleasant Beach has it all! Visit our historic downtown shopping district, with numerous retail stores, antique shops, restaurants, and eateries. Fabulous dining and entertainment can be found all over town with dozens of choices, from fine to fun to waterfront and oceanfront dining. Our landmark boardwalk features arcades, rides, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, miniature golf, dining, entertainment, and more! Free beach events all summer long including Jenkinson’s Music Festival on Wednesdays and Fireworks every Thursday night. For the best in deep-sea fishing, our party and charter boat fleet offers a variety of choices for every angler, from novice to experienced. Contact us for a complimentary Point Pleasant Beach Guidebook or visit us online! UPCOMING EVENTS:


ATTRACTIONS and Activities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Amusement Parks, Rides, & Boardwalks


Asbury Park, (732) 502-5749

One of NJ’s top ten beaches, unique shops and restaurants on the boardwalk plus Convention Hall and the Paramount Theatre.


Point Pleasant Beach

Chamber Of Commerce, (732) 899-2424

Please refer to our ad on page 46.

Mile-long white sand beach, boardwalk, aquarium, arcades, restaurants, stores, and rides. Beach admission fee in season. GSP Exit 98.


Borough of Seaside Heights

George E. Tompkins Municipal Complex

100 Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights (732) 793-9100

Seaside Heights Business Improvement

District/Tourism, P.O. Box 43

Seaside Heights, 833-4SEASIDE

Three-mile-long beachfront that has white sandy beaches and a mile-long boardwalk in Seaside Heights overflowing with games, rides, waterpark, restaurants, and shops.

Auto Racing


720 Route 539, New Egypt, (609) 758-1900


230 Pension Road, off Route 527 Englishtown, (732) 446-7800


1803 Route 34 South, Wall Township (732) 681-6400

3-31: Easter Parade On The Boardwalk; 4-13: Annual Beach Sweeps; 4-18: Ladies Night Out; 5-4: Townwide Garage Sale; 5-5: BBQ JamFest; 5-16 – 5-18: Sidewalk Sale Days; 5-19 – 9-8: Farmers’ Market; 5-25: Annual Memorial Day Bike Parade; 6-4, 7-2, 8-6, 9-2: Classic Car Cruises at Stewart’s On Broadway; 6-8: Battle Of The Bands; 6-27: Point Pleasant Beach Garden Tour; 7-11: Ladies Night Out; 8-15 – 8-17: Sidewalk Sale Days; 9-21: 46th Annual Festival Of The Sea & 5K Run/Walk



ShoreTown Ballpark, 2 Stadium Way Lakewood, (732) 901-7000

Historic Villages


19th Street and Bayview Avenue

Barnegat Light

Bring the family to Barnegat Light’s Historic Viking Village. A visit will bring you back in time to the early days of a quaint fishing village. The tiny fishing shacks have been turned into little shops with something for everyone including art, antiques, gifts, clothing, candy, handmade wares, and nautical items. A fresh seafood market, gourmet coffee bar, produce stand, and seafood takeout may also tempt your palate. Take a free one hour tour to learn how

the fishing industry works (Fridays, July and August, 10:00 AM). Viking Village holds three Arts & Crafts Shows (5-30, 7-14, 9-1), two Antique & Collectible Shows (8-4 and 9-15), and Santa’s Viking Christmas Village (11-30). All shows are free to the public. Visit the shops and watch the scallop boats, longliners, and gillnetters unload their fresh, abundant catch. Check out the Fishermen’s Memorial Statue celebrating the legacy of commercial fishing.


Allaire State Park, Route 524, Wall (732) 919-3500

Please refer to page 26 and the listings under “Parks” and “Historic Sites & Museums.”


120 West Main Street, Tuckerton (609) 296-8868

Please refer to page 23.

Tuckerton Seaport, a working maritime village, is located along the Tuckerton Creek. This one-of-akind attraction, in the heart of historic Tuckerton, brings the Jersey Shore’s maritime traditions of the past and present to life through people, exhibits, and hands-on activities. Discover the Jersey Shore’s unique maritime heritage and the interaction between culture and nature on the Barnegat Bay. Experience the rich traditions of the Jersey Shore and its Baymen through the Seaport’s recreated and historic buildings, demonstrations, interpretive exhibits, events, festivals, live aquatic displays, and more. Decoy carvers, boat builders, basket makers, and baymen entertain, educate, and delight visitors of all ages. Stroll the 3/4 mile boardwalk and experience life on the Tuckerton “Crik.” Identify birds and plants on our 1/4 mile nature trail. Tour our site and view garveys, sneakboxes, cruising yachts, and party boats displayed on land and water. Open Saturday to Wednesday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Party / Charter Boats


Docked at Spike’s Fishery, 415 Broadway Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 996-2579

Please refer to our ad on page 19 and our listing on page 19.


Docked at Spike’s Fishery, 415 Broadway Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 899-3766

Please refer to our ad on page 19 and our listing on page 19.

Petting Farms & Zoos


1923 Baileys Corner Road, Wall Township (732) 796-3298

This non-profit farm rescues animals and supports special needs populations—teens suffering from mental health issues, veterans with PTSD, and local families battling cancer. Enjoy zoo tours, scenic tractor-pulled barrel train rides, wagon rides, and more. At the petting zoo, visitors will encounter Nigerian Dwarf goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, guinea hens, ducks, geese, Tofu the Turkey, a donkey, a nine-hundred-pound pig named Lily, Al

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Climate Controlled Indoor Rifle & Pistol Range


Open To The Public

Gun Rentals Available

Lessons And Sales

No Experience Needed

12 Rifle & Pistol Lanes

Firearm Supplies

Gift Certificates Available

730 Airport Road

Lakewood, NJ

Off GSP Exit 89C in the Lakewood Industrial Park


Please refer to page 33


Deborah Valente

Realtor Associate

Office: 732-899-3338

Mobile: 908-278-2758


526 Bay Avenue

Point Pleasant Beach

the Alpaca, Lola Grace the cow, and a number of horses. Entrance and ride fees. On-site horseback riding lessons available for ages six through adult. The farm market sells fresh produce, eggs, fair-trade products, seasonal items, and goods from local vendors. Open Tues. - Sat. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Sun. 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Visit Facebook for daily postings and operating updates.


1506 Atlantic Avenue, Manasquan (732) 528-8660

Operating farm market and petting zoo with seasonal hayrides and activities. The market offers seasonal plants, fruit, and vegetables—100% farm-grown and 100% locally sourced. The petting zoo offers a memorable experience for kids and adults. Pet, feed, and interact with a wide variety of family-friendly animals. In the fall, there are pickyour-own pumpkins, hayrides, corn-mazes, and face painting. In winter, there are handmade decor items, Christmas trees, wreaths, and more. They also host birthday parties, class trips, and private events.


Humane Way at Lacey Road, (Bamber Lake), Forked River, (609) 693-1900

Located in the heart of the Pine Barrens and originally established in 1977 as a refuge for wildlife which could no longer survive on their own in the wilderness, Popcorn Park Refuge now has over two hundred domestic and exotic animals living in large surroundings. Each animal has its own story. Open daily for children and adults alike.

Pistol Range


730 Airport Road, (off GSP Exit 89C in the Lakewood Industrial Park) Lakewood, (732) 905-6888

Please refer to our ad on page 33. Shore Shot offers twelve indoor firing positions for rifles, pistols, and small bore shooting as well as lessons with our top, NRA-certified instructors. Ages 12 and up can fire on the range, and no experience is needed. Gun rentals are available for range use; no permit or license required. Our retail shop has a complete line of new and used firearms as well as accessories for all of your shooting needs. Hourly rates and special membership plans are available. Gift certificates available. Come on down and have a blast with us! Open Mon. 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM; Tues. - Sat. 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Sun. 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.



127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck, (908) 930-8066


145 Route 539, Cream Ridge, (609) 259-9797


939 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, (732) 772-0330


85 Archertown Road, New Egypt 1-800-Laurita or (609) 758-8000

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and Recreation Areas in Monmouth and Ocean Counties



4263 Atlantic Avenue (Route 524) Farmingdale, Park: (732) 938-2371 Village: (732) 919-3500 allaire.html

Please refer to page 26.

This park boasts a restored early-nineteenth-century bog iron mining community. You’ll find picnicking, playgrounds, campsites, walking and riding trails, a Nature Center, general store, living history, and the Pine Creek Railroad steam trains. See also “The Historic Village At Allaire” under “Historic Sites & Museums.”


Route 72, Long Beach Island, (732) 494-2016 lighthousestatepark.html

A one-time hideout of Captain Kidd and his pirates, this panoramic beach now offers fishing, swimming, trails, birding, and picnicking. Historic “Old Barney” lighthouse is here, too, and you can learn the story behind the lighthouse at the Interpretive Center. Park open daily 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lighthouse open daily Memorial Day - Labor Day, 10:00 AM4:30 PM. Lighthouse admission: ages 12 and older: $3.; children 6 to 11: $1.

Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown.


719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth (732) 783-3033 or (732) 842-4000

Marina: 200 Port Monmouth Road Port Monmouth, (732) 495-9440

At 228 acres, this scenic park is home to a 495-foot fishing pier, the historic Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center (the Seabrook-Wilson House), and beautiful views of the Raritan Bay and the NYC skyline. Beach access, salt marshes, boating, fishing, birding, picnicking. Purchased by Monmouth County in 1990, the Monmouth Cove Marina is part of Bayshore Waterfront Park.


1170 Cattus Island Boulevard (off Fischer Boulevard), Toms River (732) 270-6960 or 1-877-OC PARKS

The unspoiled beauty of nature is the main attraction at Cattus Island County Park. For nature lovers,

this 530-acre park offers panoramic bay views, hiking trails, a 1000-foot ADA compliant boardwalk through the wetlands, a conservation area, bird watching, crabbing and fishing, picnic areas, a playground, a beautiful Butterfly Garden, and cross-country skiing in the winter. This environmentally sensitive park boasts 7 miles of trails, many offering lovely vistas of Barnegat Bay. Cattus Island is home to the Cooper Environmental Center, where visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on displays including a live view osprey cam, a habitat and tree tunnel, a bird viewing area, a children’s activity corner, and a spectacular collection of live reptiles and fish. The center hosts numerous programs and presentations for the community year-round.


34 Cloverdale Road, Barnegat 1-877-OC PARKS

Get acquainted with this tucked away, 90-acre jewel, the newest park in the Ocean County system. A former cranberry bog and tree farm, the natural beauty of the park lends itself to a unique 1.4-mile self-guided nature trail that meanders through the farm and into undisturbed woodlands offering an escape from every day life. Also on the grounds are original buildings from the Collins’ family farm, dating back to the early 1900s. The Nature Center, opened in May 2015, contains exhibits that highlight the natural beauty and historical significance of the park and is open on Fri., Sat., Sun., and by chance during the rest of the week.


152 Red Hill Road, Middletown (732) 671-6050 or (732) 842-4000

Deep Cut Gardens is dedicated to the home gardener. The 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses are planned as a living catalog of cultivated and native plant materials to be observed through the seasons. The renovated parterre features 52 varieties of roses with over 180 bushes. Whether identifying the specimens in the gardens, questioning the horticultural staff, or perusing the books and magazines in the horticultural reference library, you will discover ways to improve your home garden. While there, visit the Home Compost Demonstration Area. Views of the surrounding countryside, shade, seating, and picnic tables. Garden programs and classes are offered year-round.


Double Trouble Road West, Berkeley or 581 Pinewald Keswick Road, Bayville (732) 341-6662 double.html

Double Trouble State Park offers an outstanding example of the Pine Barrens ecosystem and a window into Pine Barrens history. The park provides the protection and interpretation of over 8,000 acres of significant natural, cultural, and recreational resources representative of the Pinelands National Reserve. Rich with natural and cultural heritage, visitors can enjoy trails, fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Double Trouble Village is a well-preserved historic village featuring New Jersey’s cranberry agriculture, logging, and milling industries. Experience the cranberry bogs, restored village buildings, and Interpretive Center. The park is open 8:00 AM to dusk. The Interpretive Center is open Wed. - Sun. 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.


300 Navesink Avenue, Locust (Buttermilk Valley Entrance); 1402 Portland Road

Highlands (Rocky Point Entrance); 239 Locust Avenue, Locust (Claypit Creek) (732) 872-0336

You’ll feel many miles away from civilization as you travel the trails of this 794-acre park. Features include group cabin camping (by reservation), cross country ski trails, fishing in the Navesink River, and trails for walking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Adventure, exercise, and relaxation await you on the nineteen-mile trail system. It’s the perfect place to escape the sounds of suburbia. A historic World War II naval gun from the Battleship New Jersey is now on permanent display as a part of the Battery Lewis restoration.


Northern Section: Aberdeen to Highlands

Southern Extension: Freehold to Marlboro and Aberdeen

Activity Center: 945 Route 36, Leonardo

Popamora Point: 369 Shore Drive

Highlands, (732) 842-4000

This paved, 10-foot wide, 24-mile long trail is a former railroad right-of-way. It is relatively flat, traveling through both man-made and natural environments. Much of the trail is tree-lined, though some parts have views of surrounding wetlands, streams, and fields. The northern section runs 12 miles (just north of and parallel to Route 36) from the Aberdeen/Keyport border at the intersection of Lloyd Road and Clark Street to the Leonardo section of Middletown/Atlantic Highlands border at Avenue D. After sharing the road, the trail resumes at the Atlantic Highlands Marina and continues along Sandy Hook Bay to Popamora Point at the Atlantic Highlands/Highlands border. Currently, the southern extension of the trail runs 4 miles from Route 537 in Freehold to Big Brook Park in Marlboro. The trail then resumes at Station Road in Marlboro and continues for five miles to Church Street in Matawan. Future plans for the Trail include linking these two sections as well as providing a connection to the original, northern section. The trail totals 100 acres. The Henry Hudson Trail is part of the National Rails-to-Trails Network because of its wonderfully changing landscapes, varied scenery, and beautifully maintained conditions.


44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel (732) 946-3758 or (732) 842-4000

This 572-acre park features hiking and fitness trails, fishing and skating ponds, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, a sledding hill, and more. Historic Longstreet Farm, located in the park, is a living history farm that maintains life as it was during the 1890s. Costumed interpreters work the farm as it was over a hundred years ago. Come see the 14-room farmhouse, live animals, agricultural fields, and barnyard. The park is also home to the David C. Shaw Arboretum, a 22-acre educational and horticultural display devoted to trees, shrubs, and other woody plants that grow in Monmouth County. Activities, guided tours, and children’s programs are available. Open every day except Christmas. The farmhouse is open only on weekends from March through December. No pets are allowed on the farm.

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25 Brown’s Dock Road, Locust section of Middletown, (732) 872-2670 or (732) 842-4000

Enjoy a fabulous view of the Navesink River and relax as you get away from it all on one of the trails. This park features 366 acres of forest and meadows. Other attractions include eight miles of multi-use trails, the Environmental Center with hands-on nature displays, and the newly renovated Reptile House where visitors can see and learn about a variety of native reptiles and amphibians. A visit to Huber Woods Park is the perfect opportunity to appreciate facets of nature that are often taken for granted. Take time amid the scenic beauty and panoramic views to observe the small things—the sounds, smells, lights and shadows, and subtle hints of seasonal changes. Relax in a meadow or take a walk along a wooded trail. Each experience will enhance your appreciation of the fascinating natural world around you. Check online for a schedule of year-round educational programs.


2401 Central Avenue, Seaside Park (732) 793-0506 island.html

Friends of Island Beach State Park:

One of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the North Atlantic, Island Beach State Park stretches for ten miles between the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Barnegat Bay. Over 3,000 acres of pure beauty offer habitat to maritime plants and diverse wildlife, including New Jersey’s largest osprey colony. Bathing areas, food, botanical preserve, trails, natural areas, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, the Sedge Island Conservation Zone, and the Emily DeCamp Interpretive Center. Open Mon. - Fri. 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Sat., Sun., and holidays 7:00 AM8:00 PM. Access to fishing in the park is 24 hours-aday. Mobile sportfishing vehicle permits are available through the Park’s Visitor Contact Station at the entrance gate. Please check the website for current entrance fees (charged by vehicle).


1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood (732) 281-2750 or 1-877-OC PARKS

Known as “The Gateway to the Pines,” the 400acre Jakes Branch County Park offers a balance of active and passive recreation opportunities. The Nature Center highlights the beauty, history, and natural surroundings of the Pine Barrens and offers recreational and environmental education programs year-round. Breathtaking views of the seemingly endless pine forest can be taken in from the obser-

vation deck atop the Nature Center. Jakes Branch also offers soccer, baseball/softball, tennis, and basketball in addition to miles of nature trails and a discovery playtrail.



399 Brennan Concourse Berkeley Township 1-877-OC PARKS

Situated on a scenic peninsula jutting out into the calm waters of Barnegat Bay, John C. Bartlett, Jr. County Park’s location provides one of the best views of the bay in Ocean County. Reconfigured and reconstructed after Superstorm Sandy, the park’s 25 acres feature a family-oriented spray park, playground, walking paths, small picnic area, bit stations, and more. The 100-foot crabbing and fishing pier is one of the County’s most popular. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day sunning, fishing, or crabbing. Picnic area, grills, playground, pavilion, horseshoe pits, bocce courts.



Park and Visitor Center: 311 Windeler Road Howell, (732) 919-0996 or (732) 842-4000

Environmental Center: 331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell, (732) 751-9453

This popular recreation area sits on a 770-acre reservoir and features 1,208-acres of land and water. Hike or bike its 5.1-mile perimeter trail or walk its 1.1-mile nature trail through woods and wetlands. For boating or fishing, rent or put in your own canoe, kayak, rowboat, or electric powered rowboat. There are daily or seasonal ramp fees. The reservoir is open year-round for fishing and is stocked with large and small-mouth bass, hybrid striped bass, tiger muskie, bullhead catfish, and panfish species. A state fishing license is required for anglers age 16 and over. Or tour the reservoir on a thirty-six foot pontoon boat with a park naturalist who will introduce you to the area’s plants and wildlife. Forty minute weekend tours are available from Memorial Day to the end of September. $6. for adults and $4. for twelve and under. There are also picnic areas, a playground, and a visitor’s center with boat and bicycle rentals, a bait shop, vending machines, and a bicycle repair station. In the winter, depending upon weather conditions, the reservoir is open for ice skating, ice boating, and ice fishing. Be sure to visit the Environmental Center at 331 Georgia Tavern Road. It provides experiences of learning and discovery of wetland ecology and wildlife as well as habitat protection. It is open daily 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM with free admission.


16 Business Route 33, Manalapan (732) 462-9616 monbat.html

Friends of Monmouth Battlefield:

One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place on the fields and in the forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park. This is where Molly Pitcher became famous, and it was on Monmouth Battlefield that General Washington and General Sir Henry Clinton faced each other. This victory convinced the British that the revolutionaries were a force to contend with and not just a ragtag rabble. This is also the setting for the historic Craig House, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse (See Historic Sites & Museums.) You can learn more about the rich history of Monmouth Battlefield through its award-winning Visitors Center and wayside exhibits located

on Perrine Hill, Combs Hill, and the Hedgerow. The park preserves a splendid, rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. There are picnic areas, playgrounds, trails, birding, and sledding and cross-country skiing in winter. Also within the park is Battleview Orchards. From May to October, they offer pick-your-own strawberries (end of May), sour cherries (end of June), peaches and nectarines (mid-to-late July), apples (September), and pumpkins (October). A country store is open all year. The Applegate family, who has been farming the area since 1908, own and operate the Orchards. Visit or call (732) 462-0756 or (732) 462-0970 for picking hours and more information.


460 Ocean Boulevard, Atlantic Highlands (732) 842-4000

This is the Jersey Shore’s highest point—266 feet above sea level—and is the second highest point on the Atlantic seaboard (after Maine’s Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park). The overlook’s 12 acres offer spectacular views of Sandy Hook, Raritan Bay, and the NYC skyline and features picnic tables and a playground. Mount Mitchill is home to Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial, a tribute to the 147 men and women born, raised, or residing in Monmouth County who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft (732) 842-4000

Please refer to page 22.

Over 16,175 acres of preserved open spaces are available for your fitness and relaxing pleasure at more than thirty county parks. From hiking trails and campsites to golf courses and historic sites, there are opportunities for all. Visit us on-line or call for brochures and directions.


1198 Bandon Road, Toms River,1-877-OC PARKS

Please refer to page 24.

On more than 4,000 acres in twenty-seven facilities, The Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation offers programs for adults and children including classes, sports events, trips, festivals, and more! All of the parks have at least a few picnic tables, and some parks are able to accommodate large groups. Two parks offer swimming facilities: Ocean County Park in Lakewood and A. Paul King County Park in Stafford Township have beautiful, freshwater lakes and sandy beaches, playgrounds, restrooms, picnic facilities, and are staffed with lifeguards from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily from mid-June until Labor Day (conditions permitting). There is no charge to use any of the county facilities. Call or visit the website above for brochures and directions.


Before heading out to fish, make sure you have the proper documentation.

SALTWATER registration (free):

FRESHWATER license information and registration (fee applies):

The Nature Center at Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood. courtesy of Ocean County Parks and Recreation

Public Golf Courses

Ocean County


1536 North Bay Avenue, Toms River, (732) 349-0566

CEDAR CREEK AT BERKELEY Tilton Boulevard, Bayville, (732) 269-4460


2 Augusta Boulevard, Lakewood, (732) 901-4900


145 County Club Drive, Lakewood, (732) 364-8899

OCEAN ACRES COUNTRY CLUB 925 Buccaneer Lane, Manahawkin, (609) 597-9393

OCEAN COUNTY GOLF COURSE AT ATLANTIS Cuisine On The Green Restaurant 261 Country Club Boulevard, Little Egg Harbor Twp. (609) 294-2444

OCEAN COUNTY GOLF COURSE AT FORGE POND 301 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, (732) 920-8899

SEA OAKS COUNTRY CLUB 99 Gold View Drive, Little Egg Harbor, (609) 296-2656

Monmouth County


3120 Allaire Road at Route 34, Wall, (732) 449-6024


101 Woodville Road, Millstone, (732) 409-7227


55 Birdsall Road, Farmingdale, (732) 938-3378


Burlington Path Road, Cream Ridge, (609) 758-3588


92 Mercer Road, Colts Neck, (732) 462-9222


405 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road, Howell (732) 938-4771


54 Monmouth Road, Eatontown, (732) 542-7666


40 Route 537 East, Colts Neck, (732) 303-9090


1 Covered Bridge Blvd., Manalapan, (732) 536-7272


320 Old Corlies Avenue, Neptune, (732) 992-4141

SPRING MEADOW GOLF COURSE 4181 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, (732) 449-0806


1251 Jumping Brook Road, Tinton Falls, (732) 922-1600



1003 Wickapecko Drive, Ocean Twp., (732) 775-3636

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659 Ocean Avenue (Route 88), Lakewood 1-877-OC PARKS or (732) 506-9090 Park Naturalist: (732) 506-5122

This magnificent 323-acre facility in Lakewood has a rich and fascinating history. The park was originally part of financier John D. Rockefeller’s vacation estate. White pine, hemlock, and other unique specimen trees, now mature, were imported by Rockefeller from all over the country. Fitness and bike trails, open playing fields, tennis courts, beach volleyball, canoeing, fishing, and even a driving range, all free of charge, appeal to adults of all ages. Children will delight in using the playgrounds or swimming in the large, clean lake on hot summer days. Ocean County Park has a large, accessible picnic facility. Reservations are available for a nominal fee for up to 600 persons. Warm weather isn’t the only time to enjoy this park. Transformed into a lovely and silent winter wonderland after a snowfall, it’s a great site for cross-country skiing. Of course, there is no charge for casual use of the park, the beach, or its many facilities. An off-leash dog park area is also available. Yearly fee applies. Visit website for details.


Friends of the National Park Service at Sandy Hook:

The Sandy Hook region of the Gateway National Recreation Area features seven miles of beaches (with lifeguards in summer), evening beach concerts, hiking trails, salt marshes, and over three hundred species of birds. Ranger (and self-guided) tours are available year-round. The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset. Located near the tip of this seven-mile barrier peninsula, is the historic Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Built at the request of New York merchants wanting to protect their ships entering the harbor, it was lighted for the first time on June 11, 1764. The octagonal tower was the fifth lighthouse in the colonies and remains the oldest operating lighthouse in the U.S. today. The Lighthouse was occupied by British soldiers during the American Revolution and was bombarded by cannons served by Patriot troops. It was also the sanctuary to local refugees who were sympathizers of the King. While there, also visit the Fort Hancock Historic District. Built in 1898, Fort Hancock includes gun batteries and over one hun-

dred buildings. Start your visit at the Fort Hancock Post Museum; then visit History House, an 1890s officers’ home. The Sandy Hook Visitor’s Center is located at the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters in Fort Hancock. It features exhibits on the peninsula’s natural environment. An 1894 U.S. Life-Saving Station at Spermaceti Cove was closed after Superstorm Sandy and is currently not open to the public. Special use fees for beach parking are charged, while entry to the historic district is free. The park is open 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM daily, except by permit. The Visitor’s Center is open on weekends from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.


221 Ocean Avenue North, Long Branch (732) 229-7025 or (732) 842-4000

This 38-acre park was named to honor seven presidents who vacationed in the immediate area. In the summer, its guarded beach is a great place to swim, sun, and surf. During the off-season, it is a nice place for a quiet walk. Park features include an activity center, access to launch personal watercraft, fishing, a playground, swimming, sand volleyball, pavilion with snack bar, and restrooms. New improvements include a regulation in-line skating rink, a skate park, a shelter, and parking area. The park is open every day from 8:00 AM to dusk.


200 Georgia Road, Freehold Township (732) 462-7286 or (732) 842-4000

Turkey Swamp features 2,281 acres including a 17-acre lake for fishing, boating, and skating. Fish for bass, catfish, or bluegills either from the shore or from canoes and paddleboats that you can rent in summer. The lake offers winter ice-skating when the ice is thick enough. Nine miles of multi-use and fitness trails traverse the park, which is located at the northern end of the Pine Barrens. Turkey Swamp’s terrain is relatively level and the lake adds scenic interest. There is also an archery range and playgrounds. Get back to nature by spending the night at the family campground or reserve a picnic shelter for your next big group picnic. The family campground offers campsites, electrical service, water service (April 1 - November 15), drinking water, modern restroom with hot showers and laundry, a self serve sanitary dump station for campers with holding tanks, fire rings for charcoal cooking and campfires, picnic tables, and a children’s playground. Check website for up-to-date boat rental and camping fees.


905 Wells Mills Road (Route 532), Waretown (609) 971-3085 or 1-877-OC PARKS

Wells Mills has the distinction of being the largest park in the Ocean County Park System, with over 900 acres of pine and oak forest within southern New Jersey’s environmental marvel, the Pine Barrens. Miles of hiking trails, with varying degrees of difficulty, can be found here, including a visually impaired persons trail. The three-story Nature Center offers a great display floor, a library, and the third floor Elizabeth Meirs Morgan Observation Deck. Environmental programs and classes, with experienced naturalists, are held regularly. The annual “Pine Barrens Jamboree” held each October is an event not to be missed. Beautiful Wells Mills Lake has trails meandering around it, and is perfect for a leisurely stroll through the Pine Barrens. Bike trails, canoe rentals (seasonal), conservation area, fishing, Nature Center, open playing fields, picnic area, playground, restrooms. u

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Museums in Monmouth and Ocean Counties


Squan Village Historical Society

105 South Street, Manasquan (732) 223-6770 pages/squan-village-historical-society

The original section of this home was built in the late 1700s, with additions to the building over the next several decades. The museum contains a circa 1850 parlor, a circa 1900 dining room, and the original part of the home is furnished in the 1700 period. The second floor has a circa 1850s furnished bedroom, a research room, a Manasquan room, a Nautical room, a “theme” room, and a general store where purchases are available. Behind the museum is the Carriage House/Barn. Recently restored, the beams in this out-building are the spars from the shipwreck The Thistle from the early 1800s. Open Mon. and Thu. 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM and on the second Sun. of each month 1:00 PM4:00 PM. Tours by appointment.


501 Central Avenue, Barnegat Light (609) 494-8578

Considered one of the best maritime museums on the East Coast, the Barnegat Light Museum features artifacts, replicas, and photographs depicting the history of Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island, and the fishing industry. The museum, once a one-room schoolhouse for Barnegat Light, is now on the National Register of Historical Places. Open daily in July and Aug. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Open weekends June, Sept., and Oct. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Tours are available by appointment. The beautiful Museum Gardens are open all year.


1643 Bay Avenue (corner of Bay and Bridge Avenues), Point Pleasant (732) 892-0223

The 1867 Loveland Homestead houses artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, furniture, decoys and other treasures from the early years at the head of Barnegat Bay. Worthy of note are original Gerard Hardenburgh paintings and carved decoys by Kenneth Loveland, the Birdsall family, and many others. The museum’s wonderful collection of photographs, contributed by William C. Schoettle, is particularly noteworthy for its comprehensive look at the head of Barnegat Bay as it was in its heyday (the mid 1880s to about 1940). The Slade Dale Cottage is a tribute to a man who, as a youth, was a noted sailor in this area and who continued throughout his life to engage in memorable sea voyages and bay races. On display are several boat models that represent his life of adventure as well as the Emma C. Berry tender. The museum and Slade Dale Cottage are open to the public June through December on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Visit their website for more information and current hours and exhibits.


200 Old Halfway Road, Barnegat Township 1-877-OC PARKS or (732) 929-5769

Historic Cedar Bridge Tavern, located on 5 acres and surrounded by Bass River State Forest, dates back to 1816; however, the history of the site reaches back much further. It is rumored that the last skirmish of the American Revolution occurred here on December 27, 1782. A ceremony commemorating

this event is held at the site each year on the Sun. closest to December 27. Due to its two-hundredyear history as a hub for locals and a crossroads for travelers, the tavern is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. The newly renovated tavern and property dates back to the 1800s and stands as a historical showpiece in the Ocean County Park System. Visitors, including school and group tours, are welcome to visit the landmark tavern and experience its role in history. Open yearround. Check website for hours.


1260 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch

In the late 1800s, Long Branch prospered and grew from the nation’s first seashore resort to the “summer capital of the nation.” Seven U.S. Presidents (Grant, Hayes, Wilson, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, and McKinley) all chose to summer here and worship. In 1881, the St. James Episcopal Chapel was built and consecrated. Constructed in the traditional shape of a cross, its architecture resembles a cottage of the pseudo-Tudor design which was popular in the 1880s. Now the home of the Long Branch Historical Museum, it contains artifacts and memorabilia relating to Long Branch’s national historical role, the original altar, transepts, and part of the nave are preserved. While there, visit Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park on the corner of Ocean and Joline Avenues (732-842-4000). This 38-acre park was named to honor the seven presidents who vacationed in the immediate area.


521 Herbertsville Road, Brick (732) 785-2500

Restored 1827 homestead of farmer and fish peddler Josiah Curtis Havens. See original 14’ x 15’ single room home plus 1846 addition created as a tavern and inn for stagecoach passengers. The homestead contains many historic items from our area. Open April - Oct., Sat. 10:00 AM - noon; Sun.: noon - 2:00 PM. Closed holidays.



4263 Atlantic Avenue (Route 524) Farmingdale, Village: (732) 919-3500

Park: (732) 938-2371 allaire.html

Please refer to page 26.

The Historic Village at Allaire is a non-profit, educational institution and outdoor history museum.

Through collections, exhibits, and daily programs, the village presents events in the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Howell Works, an industrial community established between 1822 and 1850 when bog ore was smelted. The purpose is to create an understanding of the lives and times of the men, women, and children who lived and worked there. Grounds are open year-round. Hours: April - October: The village craft shops, historic homes, general store, and bakery are open Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. NovemberDecember: The general store and bakery are open Friday - Sunday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The village craft shops and historic homes are open for special events only. January - March: The village craft shops, historic homes, general store, and bakery are open for special events only. See also “Allaire State Park” under “Parks & Recreation Areas.”


50 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove (732) 774-1869

Founded by Methodists as a camp meeting ground back in 1869, Ocean Grove, which is a National Historic District featuring Victorian charm, is still flourishing today for its original purpose. The Historical Society offers guided tours inside the quaint tent colony, visits to Centennial Cottage (open July and Aug. Tue. - Sat. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM weather permitting) and the Great Auditorium, built to standards set forth in the Book of Genesis.


2201 Marconi Road, Wall, (732) 280-3000

InfoAge is located in Wall Township at the site of the former Camp Evans, a World War II historical site and National Historic Landmark. It is home to over two dozen museums and exhibits as well as community groups and volunteer organizations. Part of InfoAge’s mission is the stewardship of Camp Evans and preservation of its heritage including the historic Marconi station and major WWII radar laboratory buildings as well as the development of an “Information Age Learning Center.” Visit the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the NJARC Museum in the Marconi Cottage. Enjoy an escorted tour of the Marconi Hotel, and see the WWII Living Memorial. They have ten rooms filled with computer, radar, radio, and shipwreck exhibits. Open Wed., Sat., and Sun. 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Admission: $12. (ages 13 and up); $8. (ages 4-12); younger children are free.


102 Cedar Avenue, Island Heights (732) 929-4949

The mission of this museum is the preservation of the John F. Peto legacy by maintaining his 115-yearold house and studio as a working museum, by fostering educational opportunities in the arts, and by serving as a community partner. Guests will see the original studio, artifacts, and furnishing used by Peto, who lived and worked in Island Heights from 1890 to 1907. Today, Peto is recognized as one of America’s most important still life painters. His works are found in the world’s finest museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. His artwork is dominated by rich colors and enhanced lighting. He often used the “fool the eye” technique known as trompe l’oeil. Open Sat. and Sun. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; Mon. - Fri. by appointment. Admission: adults: $10.; seniors (62+) and students: $8.; children twelve and under: free.

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Although every effort was made to provide accurate information, please call or check the website before attending.



Saturdays and Sundays year-round

Variety of fruits and vegetables.

Englishtown Auction, 90 Wilson Avenue, off County Road 527, Englishtown, (732) 446-9644

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Mondays, June 17 - August 26, 2024

Organic, certified, and naturally grown (as well as conventionally grown) produce. Local food artisans and food specialty items are also showcased.

Surf City Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, 713 North Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City, (609) 494-6127

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Bell Works Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays, March - November 2024

Fresh, local produce and handmade goods with numerous farmer and artisan vendors participating each week. Indoors.

Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Wednesdays, June 12 - October 2, 2024

NJ farms selling locally grown fruit and vegetables. Flowers, local honey, gourmet foods, pickles and olives, baked goods, dip mixes, dog treats, and NJ Winery and smoothie truck on premises every week. Rain or shine.

700 Main Street (please enter off Colfax Street), Toms River, (732) 341-8738

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Thursdays, June 27 - September 19, 2024

Jersey farmers with fresh, homegrown, seasonal produce, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Also featured are breads, cheeses, and pasta.

14 Birdsall Street (across from Station 11 Firehouse), Barnegat, (609) 698-0080 ext. 122

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Thursdays, July 4 - September 26, 2024

NJ small farms, Bay Head businesses, produce, plants, fresh flowers, honey, eggs, prepared foods, and more.

Municipal Parking Lot, 83 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head, email: or call (732) 996-4838

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Fridays, May 24 - September 27, 2024

Organic produce, local farms, and more.

Lacey United Methodist Church, 203 Lacey Road, Forked River (609) 693-1100 ext. 2203

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Thursdays, June 6 - October 18, 2024

Organic produce, local flowers, plants, organicprepared jams, salsas, dips, bread, Italian specialties, cheeses, crafts, olives, pickles, pies, salad dressings, cakes, and desserts.

West End Park, Corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues, Long Branch, (732) 539-3999

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM



Saturdays, May 4 - September 28, 2024

Over thirty local farmers, producers, artisans, and crafters offering a variety of fresh produce and related products. No pets please. Rain or shine.

Windward Beach Park, 265 Princeton Avenue, Brick, (732) 262-1075

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Saturdays, June 15 - November 16, 2024

Variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, coffee, teas, honey, breads, baked goods, cheese, soaps, candles, shea butter, and body products.

Huddy Park, between Shore Drive and Bay Avenue, Highlands, (732) 291-4713

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM or sell out


Saturdays, July - September 2024

Variety of fruits and vegetables. Flea market open Friday - Sunday all year.

Manahawkin Flea Market, 657 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, (609) 233-0000

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM



Sundays, May 5 - November 17, 2024

Fresh, local produce and handmade goods with over fifty-five farmers and artisan vendors.

Liberty Sq. Park, Grand & Asbury Aves., Asbury Park 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Sundays, May 19 - September 8, 2024

New Jersey small farms, local food, and handmade goods. Sponsored by Point Beach Arts.

Train Station, Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Sundays, May 12 - November 17, 2024

Fresh, locally grown produce from some of NJ’s finest farmers as well as unique crafts and wonderful eateries.

The Galleria Red Bank parking lot, corner of Bridge Avenue and West Front Street, Red Bank, (732) 530-7300

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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666 East Avenue, Bay Head head-new-jersey.html

The home where Dianetics and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard authored Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health stands fully restored today in Bay Head. Dianetics was published in Manhattan in May 1950 and soared straight to the top of The New York Times bestseller list. By the close of the twentieth century, it was the best-selling self-help book of all time and remains so today. Following meticulous restoration, Mr. Hubbard’s Bay Head residence stands today exactly as it did when he lived there. Through original artifacts, informative displays, and photographs, the home relates the origin of the book that followers of the religion say provides the means to release the full potential of the human mind. The birthplace of Dianetics is open for tours.



Engleside and Beach Avenues

Beach Haven, (609) 492-0700

This museum reveals life on Long Beach Island during the Victorian era. Come view their collection of early photographs ranging from the big hotel era to hurricanes that tore through the Island. The museum also displays an extensive collection of recovered shipwreck artifacts and documents the lives of the early Barnegat Baymen and seafarers. Admission: $5. per adult; children are free. Open daily July - Aug. 10:00 PM - 4:00 PM; Sat. and Sun. in June and Sept. 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM and by appointment.


44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel Park Holmdel, (732) 946-3758 or (732) 842-4000

A living history farm located in Holmdel Park that maintains life as it was during the 1890s. Costumed interpreters work the farm as it was over a hundred years ago. Come see the 14-room farmhouse, live animals, agricultural fields, and barnyard! Activities, guided tours, and children’s programs are available. Open everyday except Christmas. The farmhouse is open only on weekends. Holmdel Park’s 572 acres features hiking and fitness trails, fishing and skating ponds, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, a sledding hill, and more.



16 Business Route 33, Manalapan (732) 462-9616 monbat.html

This is where Molly Pitcher became famous during a Revolutionary battle. It was on the Monmouth Battlefield that General Washington and General Sir Henry Clinton faced each other. This victory convinced the British that the revolutionaries were a force to contend with and not just a ragtag rabble. This is also the setting for the historic Craig House. Learn more about the rich history of Monmouth Battlefield through wayside exhibits located on Perrine Hill, Combs Hill, and the Hedgerow. Visitors center, birding, picnic areas, trails, and playgrounds. Sledding and cross-country skiing in winter.


70 Court Street, Freehold, (732) 462-1466

Five 18th century historic houses have been preserved by the association. They include the Tavern Museum at Allen House in Shrewsbury, Covenhoven

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House in Freehold, the Holmes-Hendrickson House in Holmdel, and Marlpit Hall and the Taylor-Butler House, both in Middletown. Its headquarters in Freehold offers a fine library and museum featuring changing and permanent exhibitions. Museum hours: Wed. - Sun. 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Thurs. 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM. The historical houses are open on a rotating schedule. Please call or visit the website for locations and times.


Brookdale Community College

765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft (732) 747-2266

The Monmouth Museum, founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing exhibits in the fields of art, history, and science to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves. Changing exhibitions featured in the Museum’s Main Gallery and the Nilson Gallery present a wide variety of art in all media. Children will have exciting learning experiences in the popular Dorothy V. Morehouse WonderWing and Becker Children’s Wing. Located on the campus of Brookdale College. Admission: $10./person; children under two: free. Main Gallery and Nilson Gallery open Tues. - Sat. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sun. noon5:00 PM. Dorothy V. Morehouse WonderWing and Becker Children’s Wing hours: call or check website.


Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Naval Air Station, Route 547, Lakehurst (732) 323-6547

The society staffs a Heritage Center featuring Naval Air Station Lakehurst's amazing and distinguished history. Although the base will forever be remembered as the site of the Hindenburg disaster, it was also the nation’s first international airport and the western terminus for the commercial transatlantic flights of the German dirigibles Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin. The base was also home of a military lighter-than-air fleet including the rigid airships (ZRS-1) Shenandoah, (ZRS-3) Los Angeles, (ZRS-4) Akron, and (ZRS-5) Macon as well as many U.S. Navy blimps. In addition, the station has served as a center for research into aircraft ejection seats and carrier aircraft launch and recovery techniques. Many other significant events have taken place here, and there are extensive artifacts from its past on display. Tours include The Cathedral of The Air, The Hindenburg Crash Site, The Navy Lakehurst Heritage Center, The Ready Room, The POW-MIA Room, and Historic Hangar One. Due to security requirements, you must pre-register two weeks prior to your tour. To register: (732) 600-8055 or No walk-ins or additions to the group will be accepted on the day of the tour. Tours are held 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM. April - October: Every Wednesday and 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month; November - March: Every Wednesday and 2nd Saturday of the month.


528 Dock Road, Beach Haven, (609) 492-0202

Dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey’s rich maritime history, this beautiful museum’s two floors of exhibits feature shipwreck artifacts, an 1827 Aurora exhibit, a Morro Castle room, and a rare postcard collection. The museum also features a lending library, a New Jersey shipwreck database, and gift shop. WiFi Internet access and computer stations are available for use. Guest presentations are held throughout the year. Free admission. On-site parking. Handicapped accessible. Open all

year. June - Aug. daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Sept.May, Fri., Sat., Sun. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.


Johnson Brothers Boat Works, Building 13 1800 Bay Avenue, Point Pleasant (732) 606-7605

New Jersey’s only museum dedicated to the history of boating throughout the state. Its mission is to celebrate New Jersey’s rich boating history, preserving, presenting, and interpreting boats, marine equipment, and materials built and used on New Jersey’s waters. Exhibits bring to life famed New Jersey boatbuilders, fishing fleets, sail and motor boats, and important events in New Jersey boating history including the history of steamboats on New Jersey waters, the origins of the U.S. Life Saving Service along the Jersey Coast, the pound boat fishing industry, the sport of waterfowling, and more. Yearround programs include both guided and self-directed tours, and summer programs include boating safety, sailing classes, and boat building. Open Fri.Sun. noon - 4:00 PM; May - Labor Day, Wed. - Sun. noon - 4:00 PM. Admission is free. Group tours and school groups welcome.


At InfoAge Science and History Museums

2201 Marconi Road, Wall, (732) 456-5045


The New Jersey Historical Divers Association’s New Jersey Shipwreck Museum contains artifacts recovered from area shipwrecks. The NJHDA identifies wrecks by recording with video, taking photographs, obtaining accurate measurements, and recovering artifacts. The museum includes a time line of wrecks that are significant to New Jersey maritime history. Hands-on exhibits that teach aspects of science as they relate to shipwrecks and artifact recovery are also on display. Available for researchers are books, maps, plans, records, and photographs of shipwrecks. Open Wed., Sat., and Sun. 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Admission to InfoAge is $12. (ages 13 and up); $8. (ages 4-12); younger children are free.


1 Memorial Lane (Exit 116 off the Garden State Parkway), Holmdel, (732) 335-0033

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is committed to sharing the experiences of the Vietnam Era and its enduring legacy. The Memorial recognizes the valor of New Jersey’s Veterans and the sacrifices of their families and communities. The Museum collections encourage learning by exploring the Vietnam Era through an inclusive and objective lens. The Memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free guided tours with Vietnam Veteran guides are held Tues. - Fri. 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and Sat. 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The Vietnam Era Museum is open Tues. - Sat. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Admission:

Adults - $7. Seniors/Students - $5. Veterans, Active Duty Military, and Children Under 10 - Free.


26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, (732) 341-1880

Telling the stories of Ocean County since the time of the Lenni Lenape to the present day, the Ocean County Historical Society offers a Research Center, open Tues. and Wed. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM for historical and genealogical research. The Victorian Museum features docent-led tours of the collections of treasures in the Pierson-Sculthorp home Tues. and Thurs. 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM and the first Sat. of each month 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Trips to points of interest in the tri-state area as well as enjoyable and education programs are available to members and non-members.



Point Pleasant Borough Hall

416 New Jersey Avenue Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-3091

The Point Pleasant Historical Society Museum specializes in preserving photographs, maps, and other documents including early records from downtown businesses, meticulously compiled contemporaneous scrapbooks detailing the exploits of local men and women in World War II, and posters of baseball games played, vaudeville shows produced, and summer extravaganzas. Open monthly on the second Thurs. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM or by appointment.


Spring Lake Municipal Building

423 Warren Avenue, Third Floor (732) 449-0772

The Main Gallery depicts the entire history of Spring Lake. Videos of special events can be viewed in the conference room. Special arrangements can be made for all history researchers. Open Thurs. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Sun. 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM or by appointment. Elevator available.


124 Ocean Avenue, Manasquan (732) 447-6419

Established in 1902, the Squan Beach Life Saving Station is located about 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean in Manasquan. This Duluth-style facility served to house volunteers and equipment used to save victims of shipwrecks off the Manasquan area coast. Today, the restored station serves as a museum and contains artifacts recovered by the New Jersey Historic Divers Association from shipwrecks along the New Jersey and Atlantic coasts as well as artifacts used in the U.S. Life-Saving Service and U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Operations, including a Francis Life-Car. Admission is free. Hours: May – September: Thurs. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.


Johnson Brothers Boat Works

1800 Bay Avenue, Building 13 Point Pleasant, (732) 899-0012

The Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey is the perfect place for children and adults to admire vintage vehicles, classic cars, race cars, memorabilia, libraries, and more. Every vehicle on display has a plaque describing the mechanics of the vehicle and its history. Since the displays rotate every two months, guests can enjoy a new fleet of classic cars and a different experience every visit. Open Fri.Sun. 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. u

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New Jersey Museum of Boating in Point Pleasant. Jill Ocone

Shells That Shaped The Jersey Shore

Spring is here, and it’s time for beachcombers to grab their buckets! From sand dollars to Cape May diamonds, here are some of the wonders that might catch your eye at the Jersey Shore this year.

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Kind of a Big Deal: Surf Clams (Spisula solidissima)

Often wide as your outstretched hand, these triangle-shaped giants are the classic Jersey Shore souvenir. They’re found along the East Coast from Canada to North Carolina, but New Jersey is one of the places where they’re most common. You might notice that some have a C-shaped engraving left behind by a hungry bristle worm. Others have a single hole at the hinge—the result of moon snails drilling through the shell for the sweet clam meat. Although too chewy to be eaten as an appetizer like the quahog, surf clams are famous for their starring role in chowders. As a result, they make up one of the biggest seafood industries in the state.

Flex Those Mussels (Mytilus edulis)

Ranging from midnight blue to black, these common shells hide a

shiny secret. Their insides glimmer with nacre, an iridescent substance better known as mother-of-pearl. That’s not their only royal appendage: mussels attach to intertidal rocks and piers by spinning golden threads. These threads can be woven into a precious fabric called sea silk, which was worn by ancient kings and queens. Each day, mussels filter through seventeen gallons of water to feed on plankton. They also pick up a lot of pollutants this way, which is why scientists use them to study water quality. Sometimes, small grains of sand or other irritants also get trapped inside the shell. To protect itself, the mussel coats the irritant in several layers of their mother-of-pearl lining, forming—you guessed it—a pearl! Other mollusks, like oysters and clams, also can make pearls. Meanwhile, the mussels themselves are a hidden culinary gem. Although mussels have been eaten for over 8,000 years, they didn’t become popular until the Great Depression and WWII, when they were used as a cheap substitute for meat. They were especially common on the plates of Portuguese and Italian immigrants, leading to today’s mussels marinara found at many Jersey Shore restaurants.

From Beads to Butter: The Northern Quahog Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria)

You might recognize these heavy-lidded clams as your favorite appetizers. Sold by size as chowder clams (at least three inches long), cherrystones (two to three inches long), and littlenecks (one to two

inches long), the quahog (pronounced KWAH-hahg) clam has been a New Jersey culinary staple for thousands of years. The round clam looks like it has been pinched near the hinge, giving it a characteristic curved shape. Concentric ridges ripple out from the clam’s hinge like tree rings. Local Native American tribes ate quahogs and used their shells as tools. To harvest them, the Lenni Lenape tribe waded in shallow waters and felt for the clams with their toes, a practice they later taught to the colonists. The Lenni Lenape used quahog shells to make wampum beads and necklaces, which were later used to trade with colonists. Quahogs were used for purple beads and whelks for white beads. The quahog shell only had enough purple to make one or two beads, so these wampum were especially prized.

Nature’s Telephone: The Whelk (Busycon carica)

Often confused for a conch, this large shell features elegant curves around a central spire. When you hold one up to your ear, you aren’t actually hearing the sound of the ocean, or even the sound of blood in your ears. Instead, whelk shells are natural amplifiers for the noises all around you. This auditory quality came in useful for at least one early telephone: during the 1600s, a ferry ran from Long Island to New Amsterdam (present-day Manhattan). The ferryman hung a whelk shell horn on a tree by the continued on page 42

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JERSEY SHORE BEACHES SHELLS THAT SHAPED THE JERSEY SHORE, continued from page 41 water. Travelers blew the horn to summon the ferry. Back then, whelks were plentiful—so plentiful that the knobbed whelk was later named the state shell of New Jersey. Today they are a rare find, perhaps because these snails are overharvested for their beautiful shells.

A True Pearl: The Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)

Long and lumpy, this gray-brown shell isn’t winning any prizes for its looks. But this briny treat has a long history in New Jersey, where the booming industry spawned towns with names like Port Norris, Bivalve, and Shellpile in the late 1800s. Oysters were first harvested by the Lenni Lenape, who would sometimes discard the shells, along with whelk and quahog shells, in giant heaps. One of the largest of these mounds is found in Tuckerton. The 1,500-year-old mound forms an island that bulges ten feet above the surrounding salt marshes (and fourteen feet below!) and is home to cedar trees and wildlife. Some people believe the site to be a burial mound, because human remains have been found beneath similar shell heaps elsewhere. In 1609, Henry Hudson crossed three hundred fifty square miles of oyster reefs as he entered New York Harbor. Today, none remain in the Harbor,

as they are very sensitive to pollution. That’s because oysters get their food by filtering through up to fifty gallons of seawater—and all of its pollutants—each day. Some seafood restaurants donate their shucked shells to rebuild the reefs, which are an important habitat for many marine animals.

The Scallop’s Clap Back (Argopecten irradians, Placopecten magellanicus)

When you imagine a classic seashell, this is probably it. The scallop shell is a cultural icon, from Botticelli’s famous “Birth of Venus” painting to the little mermaid’s seashell bra. Its elegant ridges radiate from the shell’s hinge, which is flanked by two earlike flaps. The scallop is unique in other ways too. Most shellfish move with the help of a muscle called a foot. But scallops move by quickly clapping their shells open and closed. When alive, they have dozens of blue eyes along the edge of their shell, although you can’t see them on the shells that wash up on the beach. Scallops are also a beloved seafood dish. Like many other shellfish, they were originally considered to be a poor person’s food. That changed with the 1970 launch of the Cape Cod Scallop Festival. Not long after, the scallop industry kicked off in New Jersey, most famously in Cape May. In 2016, over one hundred twenty-three million dollars’ worth of scallops were harvested in New Jersey.

Thicker Than Water: The Blood Ark (Lunarca ovalis)

What clam has blood, teeth, and fur? That would be the Blood Ark, a thick cream-colored shell partially covered by a protective coating of brownish fuzz. If you open this ridged clam (the ridges are called teeth) when it is still alive, you’ll find red liquid inside. That’s because this is one of the few mollusks to have hemoglobin, the iron-carrying molecule that gives human blood its crimson color.

Fallen From Heaven: The False Angelwing (Petricolaria pholadiformis)

Lay flat the two halves of this stunning shell, and you’ll find a

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celestial surprise: a pair of feathered angel wings. But looks can be deceiving—this shell is named for its doppelganger, the “true” angelwing clam. The False Angelwing is actually part of the Veneridae family of clams, named for the shell queen herself, Venus.

Jingle Shells All the Way (Anomia


Ranging in color from shiny copper to silver, these coin-sized shells are thin and translucent as tissue paper. Also called mermaid’s toenails, these bitter-tasting clams are found up and down the Atlantic coast. Their glassy quality makes them perfect for jewelry, lamp shades, and windchimes— which produce a characteristic jingling sound in the ocean breeze.

Sharp as a Razor Clam (Ensis directus)

This long rectangular shell, also called the Atlantic jackknife, is named for its resemblance to the straight razor used in old-fashioned barber shops. It’s also razor-sharp, so try to avoid stepping on it barefoot. It tastes like lobster, so people sometimes try to dig for it in the mud beneath the bay. But good luck catching this clam: its strong “foot” muscle helps it to burrow (and even swim) so rapidly that commercial fishermen don’t even bother to harvest it.

The Almighty Sand Dollar (order


Some people say sand dollars are coins from Atlantis. Others say their five holes resemble the crucifixion wounds of Christ, the Star of Bethlehem, an Easter lily, or a poinsettia. On a more objective level, scientists say that you can estimate a sand dollar’s age by counting its rings like a tree (it can live up to ten years). In the end, this beloved relic isn’t actually a shell at all, but the outer skeleton of a creature more closely related to starfish and sea urchins. When alive, sand dollars are purple, covered in tiny moving spines, and eat through a mouth on their undersides. In New Jersey, the best place to find them is Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch.

The Man and the Moon Snail (Lunatia heros, Neverita duplicata)

This critter leaves its mark on the Jersey Shore in more ways than one. You might find hermit crabs using its round, swirly shell as prime real estate. Or you might stumble across what appears to be a plastic collar, but is actually snail eggs glued together with a ring of sand and mucus. But perhaps most iconically, these snails eat clams by drilling through their shells…leaving behind one-holed souvenirs that are great for necklaces.

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That crinkled black sac on the beach might seem out of place, but it carries important cargo. Often called mermaids’ purses, these cases contain the eggs of sharks, rays, or skates. Each of its four corners has a “horn” to help anchor the egg case to seaweed. The leftover sacs wash up on the beach after the egg has hatched—but occasionally, you might find one with a live baby skate.

Back to Basics: Sand

It’s easy to dismiss sand as a beach towel nuisance, but a magnifying glass will reveal just how varied and spectacular these tiny crystals truly are. Most northern New Jersey dunes are composed of broken remnants of rocks from the Monmouth County bluffs. The pebbles are then carried by rivers to the coast, ground into coarse grains, and shaped by the ocean current. The finer southern sands, on the other hand, were pushed ashore when sea levels rose at the end of the last Ice Age. New Jersey sand grains are usually made of glass-like quartz, light-colored feldspar, and dark magnetite (which is indeed magnetic). As the minerals age in the seawater, iron oxide (better known as rust) forms, dying sand particles and seashells various shades of brown and gold. u

The Metal Detector Jersey Shore, 2021

It is long, silver, shiny, glinting like the barrel of a gun.

Thank you to Bruce Beveridge at Barnegat Bay Shellfish for helping with shell identification. For more information, visit

The coil snakes from handle to snowshoe base, partially obscuring the Coronado 3500x logo emblazoned in orange up its side.

My partner brandishes it, the machine humming and beep-bop-beeping in staccato bursts:

Here, here, here.

I follow at a distance, salt water licking my toes, salt air bathing my lungs.

A finely-ridged bay scallop, hinges spread like broken wings across the surf. Sand, streaked with black diamonds ground from generations of mussels. A burst of bubbles at the ever-shifting fringe of earth and sea.

Wind breathes in my hair.

Tiny puddles of coquinas—smaller than fingernails, soft and pale—gasp for breath. As my partner shakes the silver sword, I think back to this morning, July 25, 2021, exactly six months since I unwrapped the ribbons she’d tied so carefully and stacked them on our shared bookshelf, above my worn collection of broken-spined encyclopedias, the knobby pink whelk that she had once salvaged from a gift shop.

The world is opening, she had said on the drive here. We should open too.

Yes, I said, it’s time to open. Now, a clam, cracked ajar and picked clean, lies at my toes.

I bend in the surf, collecting memories splayed like shattered glass:

the shriveled remains of a mermaid’s black purse; a sand dollar, starfish-stamped; a rust-stained surf clam wide as my hand, engraved with the C-signature of a bristle worm; a handful of jingle shells, glinting like silver-copper coins in the sun; a black scallop bathed in ancient oil wells; the blade of a razor clam plucked from the bay.

One by one, I examine the relics, feel the sweet sting of salt on my fingertips. Somewhere ahead, my lover shakes the metal detector at the sky, knocking her fists against a cold blue door.

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Bay Head


56 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head (732) 892-0223

Please refer to the ad for “Anchor & Palette Gallery” on page 47.

Point Pleasant Beach


636 Arnold Avenue, (732) 892-3535 or (800) 540-3534

Please refer to our ad on the back cover and our listing on page 45. We offer diamond, platinum, and sterling silver jewelry plus a wonderful selection of sea life jewelry by international designer Denny Wong. A large selection of vintage and antique jewelry. We sell GIA, AGS, and EGL certified diamonds at wholesale prices. Diamonds in all shapes and fancy colors. Jewelry repairs and laser eyeglass repairs done on premises. We buy gold, diamonds, and high-grade watches. Highest prices paid. Trusted in business for over forty years. Open seven days a week.


636 Arnold Avenue, (732) 892-3535 or (800) 540-3534

Please refer to our ad on the back cover and our listing on page 45.

Come see the largest selection of pre-owned Rolex* watches at the Shore, all serviced and refinished to new condition. Vintage and antique Rolex also in stock. Unusual and hard to find models are here to see. Rolex and Breitling accessories available. We broker all major watch brands. We buy all high-grade watches. We will waterproof and guarantee your watch the day it’s brought in. We have a certified watchmaker and a full watch service and repair facility on premises. Open seven days a week. *Not affiliated with Rolex, USA.

Tinton Falls



86 West Gilbert Street, (just off the GSP exit 109), (732) 842-4949

Please refer to our ad on page 49 and our listing on page 45.

Purr’n Pooch is an exceptional pet care resort with 50 years of experience, state-of-the art facilities, and grounds uniquely designed for the comfort and care of your pet. Purr’n Pooch understands that no two pets are alike and celebrates the uniqueness of each guest by offering a wide variety of services and amenities that include lodging, daycare, catteries, spas, grooming, training, swim

parks, pet massage, individual and group play, aquatic exercise at our Wall Township location, and special guest services. With two central Jersey Shore locations in Tinton Falls and Wall Township, Purr’n Pooch is staffed 24 hours a day and open 365 days a year for your peace of mind and the enjoyment of your pets. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Wall Township


2424 State Highway 35 (1/4 mile south of the Manasquan Circle) (732) 528-8100

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Art Galleries & Fine Artists


P.O. Box 96, Bay Head, NJ 08742

Please refer to our ad on page 47.

The Anchor & Palette Gallery, Bay Head is online! All of the Dick LaBonté prints, representing thirty years of painting, are on display and available for sale at Each painting on

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“Green Wave” by Theresa Troise Heidel See Jersey Shore Moments and Picture Perfect Gallery, page 47.

The Jersey Shore’s Premier Family Vacation Resort Has It All!








Jersey shore • SPRING 2024 46 PURR‘N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS PURRNPOOCHFOUNDATION.ORG THE JERSEY SHORE LENDS A PAW TO ANIMALS IN NEED e Purr‘n Pooch Foundation for Animals is dedicated to providing nancial support and educational resources to non-pro t, no-kill animal rescue groups and organizations. Purr‘n Pooch Foundation for Animals Learn more about our work at Please refer to page 48 Please refer to page 32 Upcoming Events:
Easter Parade On The Boardwalk
and 10-19: Annual Beach Sweeps
and 7-11: Ladies Night Out
BBQ JamFest
- 5-18 and 8-15 - 8-17: Sidewalk Sale Days
- 9-8: Farmers’ Market
7-2, 8-6, 9-2: Classic Car Cruises at Stewart’s On Broadway
Battle Of The Bands
Point Pleasant Beach Garden Tour
Festival Of The Sea & 5K Run/Walk 517A Arnold Avenue Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742 (732) 899-2424 or 1-888-772-3862 • Fabulous Shopping & Antiquing
Over 50 Restaurants
Great Accommodations
Mile-Long White Sand Beach
Landmark Boardwalk & Rides
Party & Charter Boat Fishing
Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce Contact us for a complimentary Point Pleasant Beach Guidebook or visit us online!


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the site has a story and a detailed description, a combination of actual historical facts and LaBonté’s creative imagination. Some of the writings are from the artist’s book, Dick LaBonté - Paintings of the Jersey Shore and More (published by Jersey Shore Publications - see page 8.) The rest has been added based on several books about the Jersey Shore and other research. To quote the artist, “When you look at my pictures, you are not supposed to wear a serious expression. You are expected to smile, perhaps wistfully and with a sense of loss. Often while I paint, I laugh aloud. You have my permission to do likewise.” So please visit the website and enjoy memories of the Jersey Shore along with a little history. If you want to order, just click on the button under the print. Or, if you would prefer to make arrangements to pick up the print from one of our galleries, all of the information is on the website and in the ad in this magazine. Be sure to ask about Dick LaBonté originals currently available!


624 Bay Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, (848) 241-2744


1405-1 Third Avenue, Spring Lake (732) 974-0376

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620 Broad Street, Shrewsbury (732) 741-1441

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Fine Art Gallery & Custom Framing 209 Highway 71, Manasquan (732) 223-1334

Please refer to our ad on page 49. Discover art at Jersey Shore Moments Fine Art Gallery, where vibrant local art shines. The gallery specializes in original fine art and prints. From local legends to today’s nouveau, find something special to enhance your environment. The gallery features pastels by Jane McGraw-Teubner; watercolors by  Theresa Troise Heidel and June Coles; pen and ink by Joel Gahr; oil paintings of the Jersey Shore by  Nancy Robinson  and Steve Cosentino; tideline nature by  Ann Hayes; photography by  David Turton  and Diane Crowe; fine art prints by  H. Hargrove, Linda Hejduk, and Melinda Saminski;  gyotako art by  Bridget Sawitsky;  pop up art by Steve Szynal  and many other beautiful works by local artists. The gallery also features a complete line of  Dick LaBonté  iconic prints. Stop in and browse the most extensive, varied collection of fine art by New Jersey artists in Monmouth and Ocean counties.


502 Bay Avenue

Point Pleasant Beach (732) 451-2666


56 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head (732) 892-0223

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Represented by:

Frederick Galleries, 1405-1 Third Avenue, Spring Lake, (732) 974-0376 Guild of Creative Art, 620 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, (732) 741-1441, Walpole, NH (603) 499-6939

Please refer to our ad on the inside front cover.

Judy Stach’s intimate understanding of life along the shore is reflected in her oil paintings of seascapes and landscapes, which come alive with children at play, sailboats breezing by, and gardeners lovingly tending to flowers. Her style is impressionist/realist, painting from both real life (en plein air) and photographs. Her skills have been honed over 45 years, with influences from some of the greatest artists of our era as well as many masters of the past including Richard Schmid, Anthony Ventura, David Leffel, Timothy Thies, Joaquin Sorolla, and Anders Zorn. Judy’s paintings have appeared in group and solo shows, and she has won numerous awards throughout the country. Her paintings have also been featured in many

magazines and books. Judy is a member of the American Impressionist Society, the Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists, Plein Air Florida, and is the founder/co-president of Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast. She is also an instructor and mentor to other artists, giving workshops in New Jersey and Florida. Her collectors include individuals, corporations, national parks, municipalities, colleges, and hospitals and health care facilities throughout the U.S. and abroad.


1307 Route 37 East, Toms River (732) 929-3636


Please refer to our ad on page 48. Our gallery offers originals, serigraphs, giclees, etchings, limited editions, and prints. We represent nationally known artists, as well as local artists  Ann Hayes, Helen Harris, Theresa Troise Heidel, Sandra Blostein, Jay Blostein, Bernie Hubert, Mary Jo Austin, Lorraine Dey, and Virginia Perle. Local photographers include  Tom Lynch, Joseph Imbesi, Frank Parisi, and Marc F. Picture Perfect has won multiple international framing awards since opening in 1980. Mirrors, needlework, flags, sports jerseys, medals, photos, diplomas, composites, invitations—whatever you’re framing, we make it special. Artistic touches, French mats, handcut or hand-painted mats, and painted bevels are our specialties. Employees are certified and experienced. A huge frame selection ranges from simple woods and metals to eco-friendly moulding to hand

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Dick LaBonté Prints Available at: The Jolly Tar • 56 Bridge Ave, Bay Head • (732) 892-0223 Jersey Shore Moments • 209 Hwy 71, Manasquan • (732) 223-1334 or at: ★ We Ship! ★
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carved and hand gilded frames. Protect your art or needlework with museum glass for clear, UV protection. Restoration of paintings and frames and calligraphy services are available. Let us enhance your special envelopes with calligraphy. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday through Saturday.



86 West Gilbert Street

(just off the GSP exit 109)

Tinton Falls, (732) 842-4949

2424 State Highway 35 (1/4 mile south of the Manasquan Circle Wall Township, (732) 528-8100

Please refer to our ad on page 49 and our listings on page 45.


P.O. Box 7352, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Email: SaveLives@PurrnPooch

Please refer to our ad on page 46. Too often we hear about the millions of unwanted animals killed in shelters across the country each year. Fortunately, there are selfless, passionate individuals quietly saving lives—hands-on, one animal at a time. With pure hearts, boundless energy and few resources, they work day in and day out to rescue animals in distress, heal their wounds, restore their confidence, and teach them to trust and love again. The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is committed to helping these unsung heroes pursue their missions. Regardless of species served, the Foundation provides financial support and educational resources to non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organizations. Visit for more information.

Private School


415 Atlantic Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-1260

Please refer to our ad on the inside back cover.

Considered by many to be one of the finest private schools at the Jersey Shore, St. Peter School has been teaching Respect, Reverence, and Responsibility in a challenging academic setting since 1923. Serving students in grades PreK-8, the school draws from southern Monmouth and northern Ocean counties, with busing from Brick and Point Pleasant. St. Peter School offers a fully integrated STREAM curriculum, an advanced math program, and includes second language instruction for all. The school also offers a Middle School Enrichment Academy with community partnerships. The school has a new Science and Technology Lab, and a new Media Center. SMARTBoard technology and computers are in each classroom, and the students use iPads,

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BRIGGS TRANSPORTATION Serving Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant Boro, Bay Head, and Mantoloking as well as Northern Ocean and Southern Monmouth Counties For All Of Your Transportation Needs: • Reliable, safe, private car service • Consistent, competitive pricing • Credit cards accepted • Wheelchair accessible vehicles for non-emergency medical transportation 732-892-1313 or 732-892-0465 Call Briggs—your local and experienced transportation company who has been servicing the Jersey Shore for more than 60 years! Briggs will take you anywhere you want to go! • Local taxi service • Service to all airports and RR stations too! • Fleet of black cars and vans for shuttle or large groups
“Regatta Morning” limited edition print by local artist Mary Jo Austin 1307 Route 37 East Toms River | 732-929-3636 All Artwork up to 75% off! Please refer to page 47

Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education. There is full day kindergarten, Pre-K, an aftercare program, after school clubs, and Varsity/JV sports. St. Peter School is accredited by Cognia. In 2016, St. Peter School was named a  National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence  by the U.S. Department of Education, one of only 279 public and 50 private schools across the country receiving this honor. Designating it as one of the best private schools in the nation, Saint Peter School received the award for being an Exemplary High Performing School. In 2020, it was named a  New Jersey State School of Character.  Please call to schedule a tour or for more information.



RE/MAX Bay Point, Realtors

526 Bay Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach

Cell: (908) 278-2758

Office: (732) 899-3338


Please refer to our ad on page 33.

Deborah (Smith) Valente is a professional sales associate for RE/MAX Bay Point, Realtors. A lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore, Debbie possesses an intimate knowledge of the local market and offers an exceptional level of service and professionalism. Debbie utilizes her marketing background to identify the unique value of a property in order to effectively develop a successful sales strategy. The RE/MAX Bay Point, Realtors affiliation provides extensive internet presence, as well as access to the finest marketing materials available in the industry. If you are contemplating buying, selling, or renting, or would like to discuss market values, new FEMA regulations, contractor referrals, or interest rates, please contact Debbie.

Taxi & Limousine Service


1104 Richmond Avenue Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-0465 or (732) 892-1313

Please refer to our ad on page 48. Call Briggs—your local and experienced transportation company who has been servicing the Jersey Shore for more than 60 years! Serving Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant Boro, Bay Head, and Mantoloking as well as northern Ocean and southern Monmouth counties. Briggs will take you anywhere you want to go! Reliable, safe, private car service and consistent, competitive pricing for all of your transportation needs. Briggs offers a fleet of black cars, vans for shuttle or large groups, local taxi service, and wheelchair accessible vehicles for non-emergency medical transportation. Service to all airports and RR terminals too! Credit cards accepted. Gift cards available. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. u





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“September Beach” by Dick LaBonté Spring at the Shore! Jersey Shore Moments Gallery & Framing 209 Hwy. 71 Manasquan 732-223-1334 Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm “Rocks and Rolls – Spring Lake Jetty” by Jane McGraw-Teubner Custom Framing Local Art

Growing Among the Dunes

A Dune Habitat Plant Guide

Sand dunes are the most important geologic structure on barrier beaches because they provide natural protection from wind, waves, and ocean currents. Naturally built by the wind, sand particles blown from the beach become trapped and held by various types of beach plants. The sand accumulation with its vegetative anchors combine to form hills or ridges called dunes.

Dunes absorb the violent energies

created by high winds, surging waves, and extreme currents spurred by storms to help protect nearby land and structures. There’s no question that Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, but local damage would have been considerably worse without the dune systems already in place.

Dunes also provide a habitat for countless species of shore birds, insects, turtles, crabs, and small

animals, and serve as stopovers for migrating birds. Such critters find protection, food, and nesting spots within the dunes’ jungle gym of interconnected sands, leaves, flora, vegetation, and sea detritus.

One storm or nor’easter can wipe out years of dunes, and as they return both naturally and with help from humans, various types of plants and shrubs help keep the shore’s dune systems stable and strong.

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Island Beach State Park offers a self-guided nature trail with marked dune plants and vegetation between the ocean and the bay. Jill Ocone

American Beach Grass

American Beach Grass is the most important dune-building plant in New Jersey and is one of the most prevalent grasses found in coastal seaside communities. Their underground system of rhizomes (roots) spread in all directions for up to twenty feet to create a web-like net which holds the sand above it in place. Sand builds up around the stems as they grow higher to naturally build a dune, but its root system is easily destroyed by human traffic. From May through September, small yellow flowers bloom on spikes that grow from the stems. The plant tolerates high salinity, extreme solar glare, poor soil conditions, and uncertain water supply. The best time of year to plant American Beach Grass is between October and March, because that is when it is dormant.


Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Asters can be found beachside near dune plants and tend to be compact and stiff. They tolerate poor, dry soil conditions, including sand. Their blueish-purplish-pinkish flowers with yellowish centers, which resemble daisies, typically bloom from midAugust through the fall. Bees and butterflies feed upon the perennial’s nectar. The leaves of Aster plants emit a pleasing aroma when crushed and are common ingredients in sachets and potpourris.

Beach Plum

Because Beach Plums tolerate sandy soil and salty conditions, they are frequently used in dune stabilization efforts. Beach Plums are perennial shrubs that range in size from three to twelve feet tall and produce tart yet edible fruit. Their plums are small and round, varying in size from a penny to a quarter and in color from yellow-orange and red to blue to purple. Beach Plums lend

their name to festivals and seasonal gatherings. (Island Beach State Park’s annual Beach Plum Festival will be held on Sunday, September 8 this year.) The plants attract bees and other pollinators and a host of butterflies. Beach Plum juice, fruit, and pulp are used to make jams and jellies, ice cream, iced teas, wine, cocktails, and salad dressings.

Beach Roses

Rosa rugosa

Beach Roses are found within dunes because of its ability to withstand salt spray. However, Rosa Rugosa is considered an invasive species in many areas, including New Jersey, and are not native to the Garden State. The plants grow to be between four to five feet tall and produce pinkish-purple flowers that resemble roses. Its ripe fruits, or hips, are high in Vitamin C and can be made into teas, jellies, and jams. The plants offer food and cover to birds, deer, and small mammals. Be careful of the plant’s fine thorns that densely cover its stems.

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Watch Where You Walk!

It is a good rule of thumb to avoid exploring dunes as many municipalities have laws prohibiting pedestrian, equestrian, and vehicular traffic to protect them from damage.

State and local laws also protect many areas of sand dunes from development and environmental impact, and dune habitats on private property are strictly off-limits from trespassers.

However, the area around the Interpretive Center and Nature Center at Island Beach State Park offers a self-guided nature trail with marked dune plants and vegetation between the ocean and the bay. The buildings and trail are located about seven miles south of the park’s entrance.

Another place to see native dune plants in their natural setting is Cattus Island County Park in Toms River.

Explorers are advised to wear proper shoes, dress for the weather, follow posted rules, and take necessary precautions to avoid exposure to Poison Ivy, extreme sun, and insects while traversing permissible dune areas.

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Blueberry Bushes

Vaccinium cyanococcus

Blueberry bushes can be found all over New Jersey and thrive in sandy soil conditions, making them a common dune resident. They typically grow up to two feet tall and flower in the spring. Blueberries mature from small white circles about the size of peppercorns to green then blue berries that are ready to be picked in early-to-mid summer. Their foliage transforms into striking yellows and reds come autumn. Blueberry Bushes are good choices for borders, hedges, and groundcover. Blueberries are one of nature’s most beneficial foods, but be on the lookout for birds!

Numerous species, especially catbirds, can pick bushes clean of just ripe berries in mere minutes.

Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed plants have large and thick light green leaves with red veins and grow to be four to five feet tall. Round clusters of aromatic

pink and white flowers bloom in late spring, and then transform into horned-shaped seed pods filled with silky seeds that naturally become dispersed by the wind. The perennial plant grows well in poor, dry, sandy soil and spreads by self-seeding and spreading their underground stems, or rhizomes, to form colonies. Common Milkweed is extremely valuable. It is a host plant for monarch butterfly larvae, or caterpillars, and the flowers’ nectar attracts bumblebees, native bees, honeybees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. The seed pods also attract red and black milkweed bugs that are more of a nuisance than a threat and transform through five different stages of life. Milkweed plants are one of the first to show that summer is ending as its green leaves and stems change to yellow then brown around the end of August.

Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana

Eastern Red Cedar is a member of the evergreen family and native to New Jersey. It is considered a dioecious species because male and female trees are separate. Female trees produce small, round, gray to light-blue, berry-like cones, which serve as a food source for small mammals and birds, especially cedar waxwing birds. Because Native Americans found so many medicinal uses for Eastern Red Cedar, they called it the “medicine tree” or the “tree of life.” The abundance of trees along the Jersey coast provided

early settlers with thriving milling and lumber industries. Wood from Eastern Red Cedar trees has a distinct and pleasing aroma and is used as building material for fences, furniture, cabinets, carvings, and cedar chests. The trees, which are resistant to drought and extreme cold and heat, are uniquely shaped by windblown salt spray and grow in sandy and clay soils.

Northern Bayberry

Morella pensylvanica

Northern Bayberry is another member of the evergreen family and makes its home among the beach dunes along the Jersey Shore. Like Eastern Red Cedar, the dense shrub has male and female catkins on separate plants. Female fertilized flowers transform into tiny, round, waxy gray fruits that endure through winter. These berries, which are not meant for human consumption, are sometimes referred to as candleberries because their waxy coating is used to make candles. In fact, it takes about five gallons of bayberries to make one candle. Bayberries are a food source for birds, especially swallows and warblers, and the plant is a host plant for Columbia Silkmoth caterpillars. Northern Bayberry shrubs prefer dry and sandy soil and grow between five and twelve feet tall.

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Poison Ivy

Toxicodendron radicans

While native to New Jersey and commonly found among the dunes, Poison Ivy is one plant to avoid because it causes an allergic reaction to humans. It can grow as a shrub or as creeping vines that appear hairlike, and the ivy’s almond-shaped leaves grow in threes. Mature leaves appear shiny with smooth surfaces, and come autumn, their greens transform into striking reds and oranges. The plant’s grayish-white berries are a food-source for migrating birds and white-tailed deer. Poison Ivy contains an urushiol compound that causes severe itching and blistering when it touches human skin. Not only should those who encounter Poison Ivy immediately wash the area where the plant’s oils contacted their skin with soap and water, but they should also wash shoes, clothes, and anything else that might have come into contact with the plant because oils can linger and continue to irritate long after exposure.

Prickly Pear Opuntia humifusa

Prickly Pear, also known as Devil’stongue, is New Jersey’s only native

cactus and a common sight in and around dunes. The flat, oval, fleshy pads of the plant grow horizontally on the ground or stand erect with tiny reddish spikes protruding from the pads. Be careful around Prickly Pear—their spikes can easily detach and penetrate the skin. If left untreated, the spikes can cause dermatitis, and when blown into human eyes, they can cause conjunctivitis and keratitis. Prickly Pears bloom yellow, ornate flowers that last for only one day, and after fertilization, a red, edible fruit will grow. The plant, blooms, and fruit all serve as a food source for wildlife.

Seaside Goldenrod Solidago sempervirens

New Jersey is home to over twentyfive types of Goldenrod, but Seaside Goldenrod is most commonly found along the shore. Seaside Goldenrod plants have thick, waxy leaves and dense deep-yellow flowers that bloom from August through October. Migrating Monarch Butterflies feed upon Seaside Goldenrod during their fall migration. Native bees, honeybees, and other butterflies also thrive on Seaside Goldenrod’s nectar, and the plant’s dried seeds provides birds with food.

Smooth Sumac is a shrub with yellowish-green flowers that typically bloom in June and July. Both male and female flowers on separate plants are needed to produce fruit. Female flowers lead to large clusters of red berries which ripen in August and are a food source for birds. Smooth Sumac is a host plant for butterfly and moth larvae, including Hairstreaks, and their nectar attracts butterflies, birds, bees, and other pollinators.


Yucca filamentosa

Yucca, also known as Adam’s Needle, is a shrub with a unique form. Yucca leaves are thick blades that extend both horizontally and vertically from the center of its basal stem in a sunburst-style shape with a sharp point, like a needle, on the ends. Yellowish-white flowers bloom in clusters on top of panicles that sprout from the center of the plant and can reach three to six feet above the foliage. The flowers attract a host of bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, and the plant is also a host for many types of butterfly and moth larvae, including Yucca Giant-Skippers and Cofaqui Giant-Skippers. Because Yucca plants tolerate droughts and prefer dry, sandy soil, they easily find a home among the dunes of the Jersey Shore. u

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Wildlife on the Beach

Birds, Animals, and Sand Creatures Frequent Our Beaches

Amyriad of seabirds, animals, insects, and sand creatures call Ocean and Monmouth Counties’ beaches home.

Seabirds come and go—Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Laughing Gulls plus Common, Black, Royal, and Caspian Terns. And Sandpipers too.

If you spend enough time along the coast, New Jersey’s three endangered beachnesting shorebirds, Black Skimmers, Piping Plovers, and Least Terns, as well as American Oystercatchers, now designated a species of special concern, can occasionally be spotted.

There are Ghost, Hermit, and Sand Crabs flitting about and the occasional Horseshoe Crab making an appearance from the sea.

Greenheads and swarms of Black Flies can make an unwelcome visit.

And then there are Red Foxes by the dunes, late winter Harbor Seals hiding by the jetties, and the occasional deer, some even taking a swim!

Presented are images of just some of these creatures by photographer Kevin J. Knutsen. Born and raised in Ocean County, Kevin has been photographing the barrier islands for more than twenty years.

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A Black Skimmer adult and hatchling await
fresh seafood delivery from sea.
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An adult Piping Plover feeds on a sandbar close to shore. (Ocean County) An American Oystercatcher incubates two hatchlings as one escapes from the nest bowl. (Ocean County) A days-old Piping Plover hatchling—the size of a cotton ball with toothpicks for legs—braves the open beach to get to the shoreline to feed. (Ocean County)

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A Common Tern feeding on sand lance from the surf zone. (Island Beach State Park) A Common Tern hatchling, days old, sits close by an adult incubating its nest mates. (Monmouth County) JERSEY SHORE BEACHES WILDLIFE ON THE BEACH, continued from
Black-backed Gulls are caught in a mating display with the male circling the female. (Island Beach State Park) The call of the Royal Tern in flight is always a welcoming sound that summer beach days are soon here. (Island Beach State Park)


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A Least Tern checks its precious cargo of the next generation contained in its nest bowl on an open beach. (Monmouth County) An hours-old Least Tern hatchling looks for food from a returning adult. (Monmouth County)
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A Harbor Seal returns to sea after a snooze on the sand. (Holgate) A Red Fox checks the wrack line for food shortly after sunrise. (Island Beach State Park)

Born and raised in Ocean County, Kevin Knutsen has been photographing the barrier islands of New Jersey for more than twenty years. His work can be seen in magazines, bird biologist reports, and books, as well as his Flickr page: NJBEACHPHOTOG.

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A Ghost Crab excavates its burrow amongst the foredune. (Holgate) A lone Horseshoe Crab arrives at high tide ocean side. (Island Beach State Park)


▲Restaurants & Nightlife

Ocean & Monmouth Counties


Red Bank: 141 Shrewsbury Avenue, (732) 268-8555

Bayville: 125 Bayview Avenue, (732) 269-3000

Point Pleasant Beach: 709 Arnold Avenue, (732) 295-0709

Toms River: 1250 Hooper Avenue, (732) 797-2570

North Brunswick: 230 Washington Place, (732) 297-3803

West Reading, PA: 701 Reading Avenue, (610) 898-4314



Bayville: 333 Route 9, Baywick Plaza, (732) 237-0055

Brick: 702 Route 70, Kohl’s Shopping Center, (732) 477-7443

Freehold: 562 Route 33, Park Plaza Shopping Center, (732) 294-9500

Toms River/Silverton: 1822a Hooper Avenue, Stella Plaza, (732) 864-0200

Toms River/Fischer Blvd.: 860 Fischer Boulevard, Bay Plaza, (732) 929-3998

Toms River/Rt. 37: 14 East Route 37, (732) 240-0177

Wall Township: 1993 Highway 35, Allaire Plaza, (732) 974-3998


Belmar: 1200 River Road, Belmar, (732) 681-9628 Long Branch/West End: 586 Ocean Boulevard, (732) 229-9863

North Long Branch: Ursula Plaza, 444 Ocean Boulevard, (732) 870-6098

Ocean Grove: 18 South Main Street

Red Bank: 22 Bridge Avenue, (732) 747-5958

Bay Head


72 Bridge Avenue, (732) 295-1110

Please refer to our ad on page 63. Charlie’s Of Bay Head is the perfect yearround spot to meet family or friends to enjoy a Contemporary American menu showcasing seasonal and local foods. Relax at their large bar serving twenty craft beers on tap, hand crafted cocktails, and premium wines from their extensive list. Charlie’s bar features several wide-screen TVs for all major sporting events. Sunset views over Twilight Lake can be enjoyed from their first and second floor dining rooms as well as on an outdoor dining deck. Or cozy up to the fireplace in the lounge area next to the bar. For special occasions—showers, birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations—Charlie’s second-floor dining room offers a private, upscale ambience for up to seventy-five guests. Also on this floor is their state-of-the-art wine room, featuring an Old World barrel-vaulted brick ceiling and custom, temperature-controlled wine storage cabinets, which is available for tastings and smaller private

events for up to thirty guests. Some of the dishes featured on Charlie’s extensive menu are Atlantic seafood and East Coast Oysters, as well as local specialty food products. Additionally, Charlie’s features multiple cuts of Prime Angus Beef and a variety of poultry, fish, and game as well as vegetarian options. Homemade pastries and ice cream made on site by their award winning pastry chef will make a sweet ending to a sublime Shore dining experience. And remember a Gift Card to Charlie’s makes the perfect gift. Visit their website at for complete menus and event information.


345 Main Avenue, (732) 892-3100



713 Main Street, (732) 280-2266


703 Belmar Plaza, (732) 280-7501


708 River Road, (732) 681-1177

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“Rounding the Marker” by Susan Barnes Medford, NJ

DINING OUT BELMAR, continued from page 61


905 Highway 35, (732) 894-3211



799 Route 70, (848) 232-4235


950 Cedar Bridge Avenue, (732) 451-1111


2700 Hooper Avenue, (732) 920-1550


292 Princeton Avenue (732) 892-WIND (9463)

Windward Tavern is pleased to provide a familyfriendly environment where our guests can relax, socialize, and enjoy great food with neighbors and friends. Enjoy a meal inside in our main dining room or bar. Or, weather permitting, on our new outdoor patio. Live Music most weekends in our Back Yard. Grilled steaks and burgers, fresh seafood, pasta, salads, and a variety of sandwiches. Kid’s menu. Chef prepared Daily Specials. Sports fans catch a game on one of our eleven flat-screen TVs. Open every day from 11:30 AM. Package goods available. Check our website for up-to-the-minute info.



301 Union Avenue, (732) 528-5566


712 Union Avenue, (732) 528-6023


800 Ashley Avenue, (732) 528-6620


622 Green Avenue, (732) 528-6665



984 Route 33, (732) 462-3090


402 West Main Street, (732) 577-0200


402 West Main Street, (732) 863-0555



2 Augusta Boulevard, (732) 901-4900



700 Newman Springs Road (732) 812-4500



78 Main Street, (732) 722-8197

Monroe Township


801 Route 33, (609) 443-6600

Point Pleasant


847 Arnold Avenue, (732) 899-1111 or (732) 899-5559


2600 Route 88, (732) 899-2102

Point Pleasant Beach


5 Ocean Avenue, (732) 899-5759


521 Arnold Avenue, (732) 295-9619


401 Sea Avenue, (732) 295-1122


411 Boardwalk, (732) 295-2686


506 Arnold Avenue, (732) 206-6334


500 Washington Avenue, (732) 202-6664


106 Randall Avenue, (732) 899-3272 grill


411 Boardwalk, (732) 295-2686


414 Richmond Avenue, (732) 892-6000


411 Boardwalk, (732) 295-2686


700 Arnold Avenue, (732) 899-2201 or (732) 677-4722


312 Boardwalk, (732) 892-0097


201 Broadway, (732) 206-6040


83 Channel Drive, (732) 899-6700


500 Washington Avenue, (732) 899-4848


308-310 Boardwalk, (732) 892-0131


521 Arnold Avenue, (732) 475-7363


1 St. Louis Avenue, (732) 892-1718


57 Inlet Drive, (732) 295-6622


400 Richmond Avenue, (732) 899-0750

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1205 Ocean Avenue (located in The White Sands Oceanfront Resort & Spa), Point Pleasant Beach (732) 899-3370

This hidden gem inside The White Sands is not only for hotel guests—area visitors and locals alike enjoy the menu of innovative Jersey Shore favorites and daily specials. Dine in the sports lounge or naturally lit, enclosed courtyard. A fully stocked bar offers signature cocktails, twelve selected craft and tap beers, and select wines. Two pool tables for your enjoyment. Open to the public. Happy Hour and daily specials.


75 Inlet Drive, (732) 899-1637


20 Inlet Drive, (848) 232-1672


63 Broadway, (732) 295-2722


101 Channel Drive, (732) 892-9100

Sea Girt


810 The Plaza, (732) 974-8833


290 1st Avenue, (732) 449-0442


507 Washington Boulevard (732) 449-2020


1414 Meetinghouse Road, (732) 223-6658

Spring Lake


The Grand Victorian Hotel

1505 Ocean Avenue, (732) 769-5700


1507 Ocean Avenue, (732) 449-7700

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Toms River


178 Route 37 East, (732) 349-4555

941 Route 37 West (at BJ’s Center) (732) 286-2083


675 Batchelor Street, Grocery & Take-Out: (732) 240-0024

Vitamins: (732) 240-9320

Please refer to our listing on page 65.


One Robbins Parkway, (732) 349-8664


1801 Route 37, (732) 929-3900


4 Robbins Parkway, (732) 240-4800

Banquet Facilities & Catering


534 Main Avenue, Bay Head (732) 899-0068


847 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant (732) 899-5559


650 Cincinnati Avenue Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 701-0001 ext. 4

Please refer to our ad on page 63 and our listings on page 65.

Joe Leone’s Catering enjoys a proud tradition of award winning, off premise, á la carte style Catering Services within the social and corporate markets of Monmouth and Ocean counties. Pickup available. Planning services include: menu selection, item description and specification, portioning recommendations, item customization, and referrals for rental and staffing services. Let us put our years of experience to work for you. Exceptional food deserves exceptional personalized service and planning. Contact our Catering Office today and allow our knowledgeable representatives the privilege to assist you. Visit us at our Point Pleasant Beach retail location or by phone to plan your next occasion or holiday event. Our team looks forward to serving you!


1309 Ocean Road, Spring Lake Heights (732) 449-1800


415 Highway 71, Spring Lake Heights (732) 449-6630


81-83 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach (732) 899-6700


The White Sands Oceanfront Resort & Spa, 1205 Ocean Avenue Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 899-3370 ext. 1731

Looking for the perfect place to host your next event or party? Dreaming of the perfect beachfront wedding? Hosting a business conference and need to impress? Let The White Sands Banquets and Catering team assure your success with our outstanding culinary performance, expert party planners, and exceptional guest service with onsite amenities. The Crystal Ballroom is located inside the main building of The White Sands Oceanfront Resort & Spa, offering convenience and comfort for your overnight guests. The Sea Spa and Salon is equipped to relax, refresh, and renew in preparation for your event. The Seabase Lounge is the central hub of the hotel, a place to meet, greet, drink, and eat—and the perfect location for pre-and-post party gatherings. We are here to provide you the ultimate destination for all your party planning needs. Start making everlasting memories with us!

Candy Store



33 Mount Street, Bay Head (732) 899-0068

A candy and clothing store—and much more! Candy, classic candies, chocolates, fudge, fair trade items, toys, beach essentials, and more! Plus clothing and accessories—T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jewelry, gifts, and more!

Coffee Shops


5 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 899-5759


506 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 206-6334


78 Main Street, Manasquan, (732) 722-8197

700 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach (732) 899-2201 or (732) 677-4722


400 Richmond Avenue

Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 899-0750

Gourmet & Specialty Food Markets


91 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head (732) 892-7585


534 Main Avenue, Bay Head (732) 899-0068


Come visit this gourmet market in Bay Head and enjoy exceptional food, spirits, coffee, delicious desserts, and gelato. Their passion is in the preparation of outstanding foods and sharing their carefully curated market selections with their guests and customers. Burke’s specializes in prepared foods and offers fine wine and spirits, a butcher/

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deli, fresh local and organic produce, Italian specialties, coffee/espresso, gelato, gift items, and more. Let Burke’s cater your next party or event. Open seven days for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dine-in or outside seating. Also, visit their candy and clothing shop next door, Candy Cabana, on 33 Mount Street. A candy and clothing store—and much more! Candy, classic candies, chocolates, fudge, fair trade items, toys, beach essentials, and more! Plus clothing and accessories—T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jewelry, gifts, and more!


320 Route 34, Colts Neck, (732) 462-1989


113 Main Street, Manasquan (732) 722-8512

Please refer to our ad on page 63 and our listings below and on page 64. Joe Leone’s Centro Market is a scaled reflection of our flagship store, Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties in Point Pleasant Beach. Centro Market is a satellite source for traditional Italian specialty items, homemade breads, handmade mozzarella, gourmet sandwiches, and restaurant-quality prepared dishes—all produced fresh daily. Built for convenience, Centro Market offers an array of choose-and-go sandwiches, salads, soups, sauces, dips, cheeses, and desserts for everything from the family meal to delighting guests. Handcrafted Gift Baskets & Gift Boxes and Gift Cards available. Open seven days. We invite you to visit us in person or always online for an unforgettable experience!


510 Route 35 South Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 701-0001

Please refer to our ad on page 63 and our listings above and on page 64.

Proud to call Point Pleasant Beach home for over twenty years, experience the Premier Italian Specialty Destination at the Jersey Shore! Driven by a passion for culinary excellence and a commitment to quality service, our Point Pleasant Beach location is an award-winning Italian Specialty foods retailer, offering an expansive array of imported gourmet retail products, custom-built sandwiches, sauces, soups, salads, imported as well as domestic cheeses and ornate homewares. Produced fresh daily from scratch, our homemade breads, handmade fresh mozzarella, and restaurant quality prepared dishes represent the foundation of our proud reputation. Custom Gift Baskets, Handcrafted Gift Boxes, and Gift Cards are available for any occasion. Be our guest to experience our vision for excellence and witness our tradition of commitment to customer satisfaction and outstanding products. Challenge your senses, embrace the experience! Open seven days and always online at


627 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach (732) 206-7618


80 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head (732) 892-0442


675 Batchelor Street, Toms River Grocery & Take-Out: (732) 240-0024

Vitamins: (732) 240-9320

Serving satisfied customers for forty years! Located just off Route 37 East next to Gateway Toyota. Natural Foods General Store features a full line of organic groceries, organic produce, homemade baked goods, take-out, Gluten free products, and pet food. Our Vitamin Store carries a large variety of supplements, body care, and aromatherapy. Find us on Facebook.

Ice Cream & Gelato


506 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach (732) 206-6334


534 Main Avenue, Bay Head (732) 899-0068


63 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach (732) 295-2722

Seafood Markets


708 River Road, Belmar, (732) 681-1177


One St. Louis Avenue

Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 892-1718

Wine & Spirits


91 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head (732) 892-7585


534 Main Avenue, Bay Head (732) 899-0068 u



765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, (732) 224-2345


800 Monmouth Blvd., Wall Twp., (732) 280-7090


900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, (800) 458-8422


400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, (732) 571-3400


1 College Drive, Toms River, (732) 255-0400





Brick: 2125 Route 88 East, (732) 892-4640

Eatontown: 135 Route 35, (848) 308-4911

Forked River: 701 Route 9, (609) 250-4110

Freehold: 315 W. Main Street, (732) 414-6850

Hazlet: 1181 Route 36, (848) 308-4600

Jackson: 27 S. Cooksbridge Road, Suite 1-5 (732) 370-4222

Neptune: 2040 Route 33, (732) 455–5800

Ship Bottom: 901 Long Beach Blvd., (609) 361-2677

Toms River: 9 Mule Road, (732) 818-0004




425 Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick, (732) 840-2200


CENTRASTATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM 901 West Main Street, Freehold, (732) 431-2000





600 River Avenue, Lakewood, (732) 363-1900

Long Branch


300 Second Avenue, Long Branch, (732) 222-5200



300 Second Avenue, Long Branch, (732) 923-7250



SOUTHERN OCEAN MEDICAL CENTER 1140 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, (609) 597-6011



JERSEY SHORE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER 1945 Route 33, Neptune, (732) 775-5500


K. HOVNANIAN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 1945 Route 33, Neptune, (732) 775-5500 Red Bank



1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, (732) 741-2700

Toms River



99 Highway 37 West, Toms River, (732) 557-8000

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A Return to the Atlantic

The last two summers I developed a craving to return to the Jersey Shore and jump in the Atlantic Ocean. I just wanted to experience, again, the sensations, freedom, and thrills of the summer resort’s ocean waves, currents, tides, and world-class sandbars.

Throughout my early and teen years, the beach was my backyard—just seven houses separated my parent’s home from the Lavallette boardwalk and the soft white sands that stretched to the surf’s edge. After school (this was before cable television), I would often comb the beach, seeking the ocean’s secrets and treasures. I developed an affinity with the ebb and flow of the waves, the gangs of seagulls, and mysterious aquatic life. Freighters and vessels dotted the horizon miles out to sea as they seemed to crawl their course.

When I was old enough, I became an ocean lifeguard for ten summers, bonding even more with the beach, its moods, the tourists, and their follies. As the years of college, travel, and living in several states streamed by, marriage, fatherhood, and a succession of advancing jobs moved me to Pennsylvania and Delaware. It became difficult to return on trips that were one hundred miles in each direction. Returns to the Shore for more than a few hours became rare.

Late in the afternoon on this trip, I walked from my host’s house to the beach. My friend sat on the sand while I slowly entered the mid-tide waters that came to my waist. The water temperature gave me a small jolt—it was probably sixty-five degrees—but there was no turning back as I walked further out to the sandbar and was baptized in the small breaking waves.

It was then my body came alive: it tingled to sensations I had not felt in years: the salty water, the millions of bubbles, the rush of the water’s current seemed to turn my body on with surges of liberating power and pleasure. My skin felt like it glowed and was electrified. I was exuberant!

My body begged to take it out for a ‘test drive.” I swam against the current, then spotted a small wave and bodysurfed for a few yards. The water lifted me physically, but also spiritually. I frolicked with raw pleasure and sensations. I tingled from the invigorating charge of the water. It was as if I were shedding an old skin, and replacing it with a new one of delicate yet hardy energy and invigoration.

When I emerged from my swim, it was as if my body clung to a lingering memory of all the sensations that gave this simple quest such delight. The pleasant feelings lasted hours and were like a melody of the ocean’s rich gifts. u

The last two years, however, I was conflicted with the decision of either visiting with the friends from my youth and early adult years or going for a swim in the ocean. It was a difficult decision and the friendships won my attention—until early last September.

Perhaps because I had been swimming entirely in temperature-controlled lap-lanes of YMCA pools for the past year, I was determined to get in the ocean. There was something I could only get there.

Gordon Hesse is the author of “Island Beach - A Sonnet In The Sands,” “All Summer Long - Tales & Lore of Lifeguarding on the Atlantic,” “Cuban Blues - A Memoir,” and “Children Of The SkyThe Odyssey Of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca.” Mr. Hesse grew up in Lavallette. For more information about his books, please refer to pages 7 - 8.

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