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2014 Chowderfest Includes Clamiccon Costume Contest

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By Kelley Anne Essinger

The 26th annual Chowderfest in Beach Haven will honor the global comic book fan convention, Comiccon, by turning the Long Beach Island event into “Clamiccon.” Aside from a comic book-themed booth decoration contest, this year’s soup and shopping festival, to be held during the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5 at Panzone Park, located at Taylor Ave. and Ninth St., will feature a Clamiccon Costume Contest. The winner will receive a family-four pack to Frightfest at Six Flags Great Adventure. Interested participants can sign up on site Sunday, Oct. 5, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The festival will begin with a Merchant Mart on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features an end-of-season shopping blowout by dozens of local businesses. Live music, costumed characters and locally made specialty foods and beverages will also be offered.

The Chowderfest Cook Off Classic will take place on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when local restaurants compete for best red and white chowders. Each restaurant will make 250 gallons of chowder, so all festival-goers can taste enough of the soup to cast their vote for the grand champions.

Those competing for best New England clam chowder include Arcadia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Allen’s Clam Bar, The Chicken Or the Egg, Howard’s Restaurant, Phillips Seafood, Resorts Casino Hotel, Stockton Seaview Hotel and TGI Friday’s Manahawkin. The Black Whale Bar and Fish House, Cuisine on the Green, Lefty’s Tavern, Sea Oaks Country Club, Stefano’s Seafood and Pasta, Shore Fire Grille and Southern Smoke Cajun and Caribbean BBQ will compete for best Manhattan clam chowder.

Local music by Hawkins Road will be performed throughout the event. Specialty items to commemorate the day will also be available at the merchandise tent.

“The excitement of the 26th Chowderfest is testimony to the dedicated business community and loyal visitors of Southern Ocean County,” said Lori Pepenella, destination marketing director of Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the occasion. “This event brings thousands of families to our region at a time when local business needs the boost. They stay overnight or longer. They eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores. It generates interest in our area on an international scale, gives us an audience to promote activities to come back for throughout the year and introduces new visitors to the opportunity of falling in love with our destination.”

General admission for the Chowder Cook Off includes 11 a.m. entry, unlimited chowder tasting and more. Tickets cost $20 for adults and children 13 years old and up. Tickets cost $10 for kids ages 12 and under.  Admission is free for children 3 years old and younger.  VIP tickets, which include 10 a.m. admission plus a taster T-shirt, cost $50 each.

To purchase tickets, visit chowderfest.com, or stop by the SOCCC Visitor Center at 265 West Ninth St. in Ship Bottom. Tickets will also be available at the event.

For more information, call 609-494-7211.

 

Kelley Anne Essinger is a Jersey Shore native    dedicated to sharing the unique stories and events that shape her local community.  As a freelance writer for The Forked River Gazette and a staff writer for The Sand Paper on Long Beach Island, she takes her time to get personally acquainted with the subjects f her stories.

            Essinger graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersy in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in   liberal arts and writing.  Her work has been featured in Beachcomber, The Ledgers, Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore Happily Ever After Wedding Guide,    Homefront, Atlantic City Weekly and more.  Follow her on Twitter @newjersesynative and check out her blog Da’shore.

Manahawkin Lake Park Used as Central Location for Stafford Township’s Town-Wide Yard Sale

By Kelley Anne Essinger

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Stafford residents will have a chance to clear out some of the clutter in their homes during Stafford Township’s Town-Wide Yard Sale, Saturday, Sept. 13. The event will be held rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 3 pm.

“So often people think, ‘Oh, I’ll have a yard sale,’ and then they just never get around to it. But we feel that when it’s a community-wide event, especially when you have more than one person on your street who has a yard sale, it attracts more customers,” said Debbie Budesa, administrative assistant for Stafford Recreation. “A lot of people go out when they find out there’s a town-wide yard sale, and they just go out looking for whatever they can. It’s a way to bring the community together, and last year was very, very successful. People were anxious to have it again,” she added.

Over 200 families participated in last year’s event, which was the first in many years, said Budesa. She said she hopes even more families will participate this time.

New this year, the township is allowing residents who live in an out-out-the-way location to set up their items at the Manahawkin Lake Park, located on Route 9 in downtown Manahawkin. Participants must bring their own tables and chairs.

“The township is so far-flung that there are sections that people don’t really get to,” said Budesa. “Our township extends to Warren Grove, which is well off of Route 72. We also have sections of our waterfront, Beach Haven West, where people live quite a distance away from the main drag. So that’s why we wanted to offer that to them.”

Yard sale participants with leftover, unwanted items can leave them at the curb for township pick-up starting Sept. 15.

Anyone interested in partaking in the event must register by Sept. 5. The usual $5 permit fee will be waived.

Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Bay Avenue Community Center, located at 775 East Bay Ave., or mailed to Stafford Recreation, at 260 East Bay Ave. Online forms can also be emailed to dbudesa@gmail.com.

A log of each participant’s street address and the items available will be listed on the township’s website at staffordnj.gov. Names and phone numbers will not be visible.

“Lots of people will be out and about looking because they know the yard sale’s going on. And with the lists of addresses and items available, then people can see if they’re looking for something in particular, maybe books or sporting goods or something,” said Budesa. “It’s a great way to get out there what you have.”

For more information, call 609-489-0913.

Wear White for Surflight Theatre Fundraiser Aug. 8

By Kelley Anne Essinger

Glistening crystals, white streamers and balloons will adorn The Gables Inn and Restaurant in Beach Haven during the White Party on Friday, Aug. 8. The event, being held from 6 to 10 p.m., will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Surflight Theatre in honor of its 65th anniversary.

Guests in attendance are encouraged to laugh, eat, drink and dance — and, of course, wear white.

“It’s just so right for the Island that we should all wear white and have a wonderful fundraiser for Surflight,” said Sondra Beninati, owner of The Gables and a Surflight Theatre board member. “We’re telling folks that they can wear shorts, T-shirts; we don’t care. They can dress up or down. Just wear white.”

Delicious hors d’oeuvres as well as a champagne fountain will be available throughout the night.

Live music by Killer Joe and the Lido Soul Review will be performed in the garden.

“They’re a fabulous cover band with a lot of sound and a lot of soul,” said Beninati, who happened to see the band perform at a B.B. King concert in New York City.

 

Stars from Surflight’s “Spamalot,” set to perform July 30 through Aug. 24, will also be singing songs during the party.

“There’s going to be a lot of different music going on,” said Beninati. “It’s fun, the music is great, and people can dance their asses off and just have a great time.”

Tickets to the event cost $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To reserve space, or for more information, call 609-492-9477 or email info@gableslibi.com.

 

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Kelley Anne Essinger is a Jersey Shore native dedicated to sharing the unique stories and events that shape her local community. As a freelance writer for The Forked River Gazette and a staff writer for The SandPaper on Long Beach Island, she takes the time to get personally acquainted with the subjects of her stories.

Essinger graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and writing. Her work has been featured in Beachcomber, The Leaders, Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore Happily Ever After Wedding Guide, HomeFront, Atlantic City Weekly and more. Follow her on Twitter @newjerseynative, and check out her blog Da’shore.

Summer Concert Series at Manahawkin Lake Park to Begin July 7

By Kelley Anne Essinger

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This year’s summer concert series at the Manahawkin Lake Park, hosted by the Stafford Township Historical Society, will offer something everyone can enjoy. The musical entertainment will be held in front of the pavilion on Manahawkin Lake. All concerts will take place on Mondays in July and August from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested.

“We enjoy setting up these concerts because it gives us a chance to meet the public and tell them about the local history and perform demonstrations of historical happenings before the concerts start. Also, you are almost always treated to a spectacular sunset over Manahawkin Lake,” said Steven Brescia, chairman of the summer concert committee.

The Brass Tacks, a 17-piece orchestra that plays big swing and dance music, will kick off the concert series on July 7. Country and bluegrass music by Bad Dogz will follow on July 14. Barbershop-harmony music by Boardwalk Chorus, featuring the Baytones and Sound Magic quartets, will take place on July 21. Valerie Vaughn and the Earth Tones will perform folk and country tunes of New Jersey folklore and history on July 28. Gene Galanti and Katie Fallon will sing songs of the Rat Pack-era as well as Broadway tunes on Aug. 4. Talented singer/songwriter Nancy Chamberlain and her family will combine an alternative-pop edge with smooth jazz on Aug. 11. Warm Hearted Country will take the stage on Aug. 18, and Fred Guarino and Friends will provide decades of popular music on Aug. 25.

Concert-goers can bring a lawn chair or blanket to the event. Bleacher seating is also available. Bug spray is recommended.

Parking is available at the park entrance on North Lakeshore Drive, next to the Old Baptist Church.

For more information, visit staffordhistory.org.

 

Kelley Anne Essinger is a Jersey Shore native dedicated to sharing the unique stories and events that shape her local community. As a freelance writer for The Forked River Gazette and a staff writer for The SandPaper on Long Beach Island, she takes the time to get personally acquainted with the subjects of her stories.

Essinger graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and writing. Her work has been featured in Beachcomber, The Leaders, Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore Happily Ever After Wedding Guide, HomeFront, Atlantic City Weekly and more. Follow her on Twitter @newjerseynative, and check out her blog Da’shore.

Stafford Township Holds 50th Annual Founder’s Day Celebration

By Kelley Anne Essinger

A day full of fun activities will be held in Stafford on Saturday, June 14, to commemorate the town’s 50th annual Founder’s Day celebration. Senior citizens are invited to kick off  the day with a free breakfast at the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Co., at 8:30 a.m.  A downtown parade will begin at 10 a.m., traveling from Stafford Avenue to Route 9 and ending at the Oxycocus School.

A variety of festivities, including the Little Miss Stafford and Little Town Crier contests, will be held at the Manahawkin Lake Park immediately following the parade. Vendors, musical entertainment and other activities will also be available throughout the afternoon.

The fun will continue with evening festivities at the Doc Cramer athletic fields, beginning at 4 p.m. Fireworks will be on display later in the night.

For more information, visit twp.stafford.nj.us or call 609-597-1000.

Kelley Anne Essinger is a Jersey Shore native dedicated to sharing the unique stories and events that shape her local community. As a freelance writer for The Forked River Gazette and a staff writer for The SandPaper on Long Beach Island, she takes the time to get personally acquainted with the subjects of her stories.

Essinger graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and writing. Her work has been featured in Beachcomber, The Leaders, Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore Happily Ever After Wedding Guide, HomeFront, Atlantic City Weekly and more. Follow her on Twitter @newjerseynative, and check out her blog Da’shore.

High Point Volunteer Fire Company Hosts 7th Annual Striper Shootout

By Kelley Anne Essinger

Anglers and friends are invited to spend a day on the water at the High Point Volunteer Fire Company of Harvey Cedars’ seventh annual Striper Shootout, on Saturday, June 14. The all-tackle, all-boat fishing tournament, followed by a good, old-fashioned Harvey Cedars “Hoot” and fish fry, will benefit the local fire department, to help replace equipment that was lost or destroyed in recovery efforts during Superstorm Sandy.

 

“The day is one big party, said Jason Marti, assistant chief of HPVFC. “It kicks off summer for the locals, and you can’t really beat a fish fry at a firehouse. The fish can’t get any fresher.”

 

Fishing will take place on the water from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the official weigh-in will be held at the firehouse from 2 to 5 p.m. First place will receive $2,000; second place will collect $1,000; and third place will receive $500. Awards and trophies will also be handed out in the female and junior categories.

 

Family and friends can gather at the firehouse for food and fun, starting at 2 p.m. The festivities will include live entertainment, a beer tuck, raffles and silent auction¸ as well as fresh fish from the tournament and other food donated by local restaurants. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $8 for children under 13-years-old.

 

The entry fee for the tournament is $150 per boat for two anglers. Registration for each additional angler is $50. A maximum of six anglers, including the captain, is allowed. A member from each boat must attend the mandatory captain’s meeting on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Participants must register by 8 p.m. that day.

 

To preregister, or to become a sponsor, visit home.comcast.net/~hpvfc or call 609-494-9169.

 

Kelley Anne Essinger is a Jersey Shore native dedicated to sharing the unique stories and events that shape her local community. As a freelance writer for The Forked River Gazette and a staff writer for The SandPaper on Long Beach Island, she takes the time to get personally acquainted with the subjects of her stories.

Essinger graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and writing. Her work has been featured in Beachcomber, The Leaders, Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore Happily Ever After Wedding Guide, HomeFront, Atlantic City Weekly and more. Follow her on Twitter @newjerseynative, and check out her blog Da’shore.

 

 

Ocean County to Collect Household Hazardous Waste in Stafford Township

By Kelley Anne Essinger

Ocean County’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection program is
back, making it easier for residents to dispose of hazardous items such as
cleaning products and pool chemicals that have been left sitting in garages or
basements. Residents interested in getting rid of the hazardous waste can safely
dispose of the materials at the Stafford Township Public Works Garage, located
on Haywood Rd., on Saturday, May 31, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Accepted materials for the program include paints, thinners, solvents, pool
chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, aerosol cans, auto products, toilet and
drain cleaners, silver polishes, oven cleaners, photographic chemicals, rug and
upholstery cleaners, polishes and bleaches, waste oil and used gasoline.
Residents can drop off a maximum of 200 pounds of dry material and 20 gallons
of liquid. No containers over five gallons will be accepted.

During last year’s program, 253,654 pounds of household hazardous waste was
collected and safely disposed of. The collection of the cost was $91,669.

The county is using resources from the State Recycling Enhancement Act Tax
Fund to operate the free public program. Collection points will be held in different
towns in the county from May through October. Residents can attend any date or
location they choose, but registration is required. To sign up for the Stafford
Township site, call 609-978-0913.

 

Kelley Anne Essigner is a Jersey Shore native dedicated to sharing unique stories and events that shape her local community.  As a freelance writer for The Forked River Gazette and a staff writer for The SandPaper on Long beach  Island, she takes the time to get personally acquainted with the subjects of her stories.

Essigner graduated from The Richard Stockton College of New JErse3y in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and writing.  Her work has been featured in Beachcomber, The Leaders, Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore Happily Ever After Wedding Guide, HomeFront, Atlantic City Weekly and more.  Follow her on Twiiter @newjersynative and check out her blog, Da’shore.

Hop Sauce Festival Unites Local Fare and Craft Beer on Long Beach Island

By Kelley Anne Essinger

Pair local fare with hot sauces from the Northeast, and wash it down with a
sampling of 20 delicious craft beers during Hop Sauce Festival at the Taylor
Avenue Waterfront, situated between 9th St. and Taylor Ave. in Beach Haven, on
Saturday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The first-ever community event, a
gathering of craft beer and spice enthusiasts, will offer mouth-watering food from
Chicken or the Egg, Black Whale Bar and Fish House and other local
restaurants. Live music will be performed throughout the day by The Lawsuits,
The Brigantines, For the Foxes and more.

The event is presented by Spice It Up, which offers gourmet ingredients,
including hot sauces and spices; The Jetty Rock Foundation, a nonprofit arm of
the locally based lifestyle brand Jetty, committed to beautifying the community
and directing aid to locals in need; as well as Shore Point Distributing Co., which
offers a world-class line of micro, craft, domestic and imported beer products to
much of New Jersey.

Tickets for the event cost $10. Children under 12 years old are eligible for free
entry. A $25 beer sampling bracelet is also available for anyone 21 years of age
and older. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Jetty Rock Foundation. To
purchase tickets, or for more information, visit hopsaucefest.com.

 

Kelley Anne Essigner is a Jersey Shore native dedicated to sharing unique stories and events that shape her local community.  As a freelance writer for The Forked River Gazette and a staff writer for The SandPaper on Long beach  Island, she takes the time to get personally acquainted with the subjects of her stories.

Essigner graduated from The Richard Stockton College of New JErse3y in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and writing.  Her work has been featured in Beachcomber, The Leaders, Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore Happily Ever After Wedding Guide, HomeFront, Atlantic City Weekly and more.  Follow her on Twiiter @newjersynative and check out her blog, Da’shore.