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Oct
14

Maddie and London’s Costumes Have Arrived…Ready for the Bay Head Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30th

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I know I’ve told you before, and I’ll tell you again…our family takes Halloween very very seriously. Even before London was a glimmer in our eyes, Rex and I would sit out on the porch of our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, on the Sunday before Halloween, and the crowds of ghosts, goblins, princesses, prom queens and football players would gather in front of the shops on Mount Street for the Bay Head Halloween Parade.

The year Maddie was born, my niece Candy sewed a homemade pumpkin costume for Baby Maddie and a farmer girl costume for London, and London pulled her sister along the parade route from Mount Street to the Bay Head Firehouse in a hay-filled (aaaahhchoo!) wagon. The girls won a trophy that year. The next year the girls chose a Wizard of Oz theme: London was Dorothy and Maddie was the Bad Witch…but London was afraid of the Bad Witch so she told Maddie the green make-up and black lipstick said “4 years and up” so Maddie ended up as the sweetest Bad Witch ever.

For several years running, we’ve competed as a family…sort of. We won a big trophy the year we did Little Red Riding Hood, starring Rex as the Big Bad Wolf, Roxy as Grandmom, Maddie as Little Red, and London as…the Mermaid Bride?  The next year, while you may be familiar with two Disney characters — Hannah Montana and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) — you may not be aware that they were sisters. In 2007, London wanted to dress up as Hannah Montana, but Maddie had a theme picked out for our family…Maddie as Sleeping Beauty, Rex as her handsome prince, and Roxy as Maleficent, the thirteenth fairy who was not invited to princess Aurora’s christening. When Maddie saw her sister’s costume, she coveted the blonde wig and microphone and had to have one of her own, and the legend was born: Aurora Montana! The panel of judges smiled upon us and we won a family trophy in the Bay Head Halloween parade.

In 2008, the girls convinced me to be Barbie, and Rex was Ken, in our coordinating outfits from the Sixties. We rocked the parade route with not one but two Sharpays from High School Musical: Sharpay Golf and Sharpay End of the Year in gold hot pants.

In 2009, Rex and I were pirates while the girls performed as their basement girl band the Butter Bites. Last year, Maddie, Peanut Butter, Rex and I dressed up as the Devil Dogs with London the Dark Angel.

This year, be on the lookout for London as a Nerd with Big Hair and Maddie as Sweet But Dangerous.  Rex and I have not been struck with any inspiration yet, but we still have a couple of weeks to change our minds and dress up….any suggestions?

This year’s Bay Head Halloween Parade is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th.  Parade participants gather in front of the shops on Mount Street starting around 11:15am.  The parade begins at 11:45am with a firetruck followed by nerds, devils, goblins, ghosts, witches, princesses, superheroes and other creatures marching down Lake Avenue, left on Bridge Avenue to the Bay Head Firehouse.

Aug
02

Jedi Clam Eaters, Sherman Brothers Band and DJ Trish Fans Alert: 16th Annual Clam Bake in Bay Head, NJ on Saturday, August 20th

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Since my two girls are Jedi clam eaters, it may surprise you to know that we’ve never participated in the Annual Clam Bake to benefit the Bay Head Fire Company #1.

There’s a first time for everything, they say, and this may be our year…DJ Trish stopped by Roxy’s Bay Head Blog to let me know that the 16th annual clam bake is scheduled for Saturday, August 20th, from noon to 5pm, rain or shine (and we’re hopin’ for lots of shine) at the fire house, 81 Bridge Avenue in Bay Head, New Jersey. The food will include clam chowder, steamers, cherry stones, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, hot roast beef and sausage sandwiches, beer and soda. You can get discounted tickets in advance, or pay full price at the gate (last year they were $32).

As or more importantly, there will be live music, including the fabulous Sherman Brothers Band…our plumbers really rock! DJ Trish will also be rockin’ the gazebo, so get your tickets, discounted in advance, or pay full price at the gate (last year they were $32 per person).

Aug
21

Jedi Clam Eaters Alert: 15th Annual Fire Company Clam Bake in Bay Head, NJ Today — Saturday, August 21, 2010

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It is a gorgeous day in Bay Head, New Jersey, and I’m lounging on our front porch, listening to Lucinda Williams, while Rex takes a long bike ride and London and Maddie help out with their friend’s yard sale across the street.  It’s the perfect day for the beach… or for a clam bake!

Since my two girls are Jedi clam eaters, it may surprise you to know that we’ve never participated in the Annual Clam Bake to benefit the Bay Head Fire Company #1.

Today’s the day for the 15th annual clam bake from noon to 5pm, rain or shine (and we’re lookin’ at lots of shine) at the fire house, 81 Bridge Avenue in Bay Head, New Jersey. The food will include clam chowder, steamers, cherry stones, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, hot roast beef and sausage sandwiches, beer and soda.  Tickets are $32 at the gate.

As or more importantly, there will be live music.  We’re hoping for a repeat of last year’s performance by the Sherman Brothers Band. Until we saw them perform at the Bay Head Rubber Duck Derby in 2009, we never knew our plumbers could rock!

Oct
29

Photos from the 2009 Bay Head NJ Halloween Parade

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We took a lot of photos of London and Maddie as the Butter Bites, as well as the competing Scariest, Prettiest, and other costumes…. as I sort through them, I’ll share the best ones with you.

On the left, we’ll start out with London and Maddie as the Butter Bites and Rex and Roxy as the Pirate Parents.

And, for those of us who forgot to pack the right video camera when we headed down to our beach house, here’s a link to the Ocean Star official video of Bay Head Halloween Parade highlights.

Oct
25

Today’s the Day: Annual Halloween Parade in Bay Head, New Jersey

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For the past few years, it feels like the annual Bay Head Halloween Parade has involved a grim weather forecast of hell and high water.  Yesterday we drove down to our beach house in the pouring rain, which flooded Lake Avenue and didn’t let up as we made our way to the Crab Shack to pick up 100 clams for dinner.

All week long, our little Weather Girl, Maddie, has been watching Weather.com, where just like last year, they forecast rain, rain, rain on Saturday, but sunny and 60 degrees on Sunday for the Bay Head Halloween Parade. Witches, goblins, ghosts and Disney princesses will start gathering on Mount Street in Bay Head, New Jersey, shortly after 11am for the 11:45am parade start.

This year, London and Maddie are hoping to win another trophy as the Butter Bites, their all girl band — coming out of the basement to march along the parade route from Mount Street to the Bay Head Firehouse.  We’ve decked out their sport utility wagon (usually for hauling all of our towels, beach blankets, shovels and buckets to the beach) with their big bass drum and an amplifier for their music, which will feature the Butter Bites singing along with Taylor Swift faves like “Our Song,” “Fifteen,” “You Belong,” and “Teardrops On My Guitar,” as well as Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana’s “The Climb.”

Rex and I are going as the Pirate Parents… a naughty pair of swashbuckling pirates the likes of which Bay Head has never seen before!  Wish us luck… the competition is always tough… we’re not the only family in Bay Head that takes Halloween seriously!

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Sep
26

Today’s the Day: Kitchens by the Sea in Bay Head, New Jersey

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In a few minutes, London and Maddie’s babysitter will arrive, and Rex and I will head out to Kitchens by the Sea, an amazing day of peeking into our neighbors’ kitchens and enjoying delicious food samples provided by local Jersey Shore restaurants and caterers.  This year’s participating restaurants include:

  • Rock’n'Joe’s
  • Scone Shoppe
  • Miletto’s
  • Bay Head Chocolate Shoppe
  • Labrador Lounge
  • Martell’s
  • Theresa’s South
  • Shore Fresh Seafood
  • Brandl; and
  • Joe Leone

Each of the homes, spread out through Bay Head and Mantoloking, will feature an excellent local restauranteur or caterer serving samples of their cuisine. In addition, the dining areas of the homes will showcase table settings and floral arrangements provided by local designers.

All proceeds benefit the Bay Head School Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Please call 732-714-1902 for more information.

Tickets are $50 (with limited availability, as this is a very popular event) “at the door” today, the day of the kitchen tour, at Bay Head School, 145 Grove Street in Bay Head, where your information packet and tour map will be distributed.

As you head out on the tour, be sure to stop in to visit the local Bay Head merchants…many of the shops, including the Anchor & Palette Gallery on Mount Street, are offering special discounts to kitchen tour participants.

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Aug
20

Save Barnegat Bay Annual Silent Art and Gift Auction Planned for Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Rex and I just received an invitation to Save Barnegat Bay’s Annual Silent Art and Gift Auction. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2009, at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, New Jersey. Donations are $55 per person (or reserve a table of 10 for $500), with a cash bar. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:00pm. The dinner choices include herb crusted salmon with lemon dill butter sauce, chicken francaise, and roast sliced sirloin with country gravy.

For additional information, please call (732) 830-3600 or visit www.savebarnegatbay.org.