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The Best of Bay Head, NJ, and the Jersey Shore, from kid stuff (including summer camp) to restaurants to shopping


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


Bay Head NJ School Foundation Presents…Kitchens by the Sea: Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Every other year, the Bay Head School Foundation puts on 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.

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 $45 in advance and $50 (with limited availability, as this is a very popular event) on the day of the kitchen tour.  Tickets can be purchased by mail (Bay Head School Foundation, P.O. Box 85, Bay Head, NJ  08742) and picked up on the day of the event at Bay Head School, 145 Grove Street in Bay Head.  The tour map will be distributed at that time.

Tickets may also be purchased at Applegate’s Hardware, 524 Lake Avenue in Bay Head, or the Jolly Tar, 56 Bridge Avenue in Bay Head.


14th Annual Fire Company Clam Bake in Bay Head, NJ Today — Saturday, August 15, 2009

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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.

Today’s the day for the 14th 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. 

As or more importantly, there will be live music from the Sherman Brothers Band.  Until we saw them perform at the Bay Head Rubber Duck Derby a few weeks ago, we never knew our plumbers could rock!


Kids! Paint with Jersey Artist Tine Kirkland Graham this Saturday, August 15, at the Anchor and Palette Gallery in Bay Head, NJ

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One of my younger daughter Maddie’s favorite bedtime activities is to take our family through “Color My Dog Yellow,” written and illustrated by Jersey artist Tine Kirkland Graham. Maddie will read a little poem about each dog and tell us where he lives… Bay Head, Cape Cod, or Morristown, to name a few.  Tine has been one of our favorite local artists for a long time… Rex and I have one of her paintings in our dining room and she painted our Bay Head beach house (image on the left) years and years ago, maybe even before London and Maddie were born.

This weekend, Maddie and London and all of their beach friends will have the opportunity to paint the day with Tine in a FREE event at the Anchor & Palette Gallery on Mount Street in Bay Head, New Jersey.  Trader is spending the week here with Rex’s grandkids, so we’ll have a house full of creativity at the beach.

Join Maddie, London and our gang for a Children’s Painting Workshop with Tine Kirkland Graham on Saturday, August 15th.  The Anchor & Palette Gallery is hosting two free sessions:

10am to 12 noon or 1pm to 3pm

Paints and materials provided, bring your creativity!

Anchor & Palette Gallery, 45 Mount Street, Bay Head, NJ 08742
(732) 892-7776


Roxy’s Wish List for Mother’s Day 2010: Mer-Mom by Jersey Shore Artist Wendy McCarthy

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Wendy McCarthy’s new show at the Anchor & Palette Gallery in Bay Head, New Jersey, just opened last Saturday… but I’ve already found my “dream gift” for Mother’s Day 2010.  Her newest painting in the Mer-Moments series is “Mer-Mom” and it just leaves me weepy.  I don’t know if you can see the detail in the photo at left, but it is an absolutely HUGE canvas.  The littlest mermaid in the center is sad because her sister ruined her sand castle.  It reminds me sooo much of London and Maddie at the beach, with mom unable to fix the hurt.

Anyway, since we already own Wendy McCarthy’s Mermaid Swim Team, I don’t aspire to the original Mer-Mom artwork, but I would love to get a giclee (print) for Mother’s Day 2010.

Wendy McCarthy’s creative mind is always at work, whether i be imagining mermaids lounging on the edge of the water or designing illustrations for a children’s book she has written.  This Jersey Shore artist graduated from Parson’s School of Design in New York City and has spent many years designing and painting murals in private homes.  Her love of painting has recently moved to the anvas, so that her delightful creations can be shared with everyone.

Her painting, “Mermaid Swim Team,” currently on vacation from Roxy’s beach house and featured in the show at the Anchor & Palette in Bay Head, NJ, is a large canvas painted in acrylic and the first of a series titled “Mer-Moments.”  Five mermaids are lounging along the edge of the water in pastel bathing caps, perhaps waiting for the next race, surrounded by curious seagulls.  In fact, while London and Maddie attended Girl Scout Camp in Jockey Hollow last week, they received colored bathing caps determined by their swimming level… I think London was yellow and Maddie was red.  Mermaids have always been a fascination of McCarthy’s and have been the subject of other paintings, but these ladies look as though they are ready to dive in and perform water ballet for whoever ambles along the beach!  Rex, London, Maddie and I just adore them and are proud to have this beautiful original painting in our home.

Moving from murals to canvas has proven to be a unique opportunity for artist Wendy McCarthy.  “In my murals I’ve painted the beach scenes I grew up with… the waves, the sand and the sky.  My mermaid series is a fictional world created from scenario that I have imagined…mermaids doing distinctly un-mermaid-like things.”

Wendy has been known to solicit help from her family members, recruited (involuntarily) as artist’s models.  “I had to go out and buy an inner tube and put my younger daughter in it, to see wat a mermaid would look like floating in one” (for “Cocktail Hour, shown at right).  “And I have been told that the men in my paintings look a lot like my husband.”  There’s also no doubt in my mind that Wendy herself is the beautiful Mer-Mom.

No matter how challengin, this self-taught artist has succeeded in painting a series of whimsical scenes that make all of us smile.  Wendy McCarthy’s “Celebrity,” “Cocktail Hour,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Mer-Mom,” all on large canvases, have been completed and are available for sale at the Anchor & Palette Gallery, 45 Mount Street, Bay Head, NJ.  Call Anne at (732) 892-7776 and be sure to tell her Roxy sent you!

Wendy McCarthy is only getting started… look for a “Mer-Moments” Calendar when the twelve canvas series is complete.


The Great Bay Head Duck Derby Returns — Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 11:00am

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Bay Head, New Jersey is having its second annual rubber duck derby to benefit the Bay Head School Foundation. Scheduled for Saturday, July 18th, starting at 11:00am, the Great Bay Head Duck Derby includes a $10 Duck Race, gift auctions and silent auctions. The day’s events will begin at 11:00am, with the races taking place, rain or shine, on Scow Ditch at Centennial Park in Bay Head, NJ. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of yellow rubber ducks will race to the finish line.  Great prizes include an ocean kayak from Jersey Paddler, a new bicycle from Point Pleasant Bicycle, a romantic dinner at Theresa’s South, a new skateboard from Pro Skateboard Shop, and family admission to Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Anyone can sponsor a duck for ten bucks and participate in another great day of fun and food in Bay Head. For more information, please call the school (732-892-0668) or pick up tickets outside of Muellers or Curtis’ Central Market any weekend morning. Tickets are also available at Applegate’s Hardware, the W.A.S.P., the Bee, and the Jolly Tar. All proceeds go directly to benefit the Bay Head School.

There will be tons of entertainment throughout the day… last year’s Duck Derby included amazing face painting by the nationally acclaimed Peanutbutter Face Painters, cultural displays from The Bay Head Historical Society, the Boat Museum, the Anchor and Palette art gallery, photography from Hartshorn Portraiture, great live music and plenty of food!

This unique fundraising event is sponsored by the Bay Head School Foundation, which was formed and is guided by volunteers from our Bay Head community to help meet the challenges facing our small school system. The Foundation puts 100% of equities raised towards helping the school and its students in ways that the school budget cannot.


Bay Head Summer Recreation is Back, Starting July 6th

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Callie just stopped by my Bay Head Blog post from last year about the terrific summer camp for Bay Head residents, and reminded me that camp is back and better than ever this summer (see her comment below). Last night, Rex and the girls and I came back up north to the Roxiticus Valley after nine days of sun and fun at the beach. We never seem to be down at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, for enough of July to really take advantage of the terrific Bay Head Summer Recreation program, but whenever London and Maddie have the chance to participate they have a blast.

When: Monday, July 6th through Friday, August 14th
When, Part II: A half day program, Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Bay Head Elementary School
Where, Part II: If you would like your child to participate, please complete the application in Borough Hall

Who: Children of Bay Head Residents and Renters
Who, Part II: Children Ages 5 through 12. Birth Certificate required at sign-up.

How (much): $50.00. For the whole summer. Not per day, not per week. For the whole summer.

Now, for that price, the nice teenagers who supervise your children at the Bay Head Elementary School are NOT going to teach them to swim, sail, or scuba dive. But your kids will come home with lots of cool arts and crafts and play outside when the weather is nice.

Callie said,

“Love the write up! We are having camp again this year at the Bay Head Elementary School Monday through Thursday, 9Am-12PM. Our fee has increased to $50 for the summer, but in my opinion that’s still a steal for 6 weeks! We are including more sports and other activities as well.Thanks for calling us teenagers, so flattering!!,but most of us (there are 4 counselors now) are either teachers or finishing up education degrees. We incorporate a lot of our teaching experience into the development and running of the camp. :-)

Hope to see you at camp!”