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16th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival-June 2, 2013

This year's festival theme is "Barnegat Bay: Yours to Restore and Explore".  We could never have imagined last June what was in store for us here on the Jersey Shore by October’s end.  To celebrate new beginnings and to renew our commitment to educating as many as we can to the wonders of our precious natural resource, the Barnegat Bay, join us at the Wanamaker Complex in Island Heights on Sunday June 2, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine).

Learn all you can about protecting and preserving the Bay.  As in past years there will be more than 60 environmental organizations represented, but with this event taking place post-Sandy, there will be more emphasis on what happened in that storm, what’s going on now, and what the future holds.  Among new features:  the Liberty Science Center will be bringing its interactive storm flood model,  the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will update debris removal progress throughout the watershed, our Native Plant sale (with Rare Find Nursery) will spotlight storm-sturdy yards, and many organization exhibits will focus on climate-ready endeavors and sustainability. There will also be an emphasis on continued support of the Jersey Shore as it recovers with information provided by the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Other fun and free activities at the Barnegat Bay Festival:

·         Enjoy a canoe eco-tour (pre-registration required) or a pontoon boat ride on the Toms River. Take a kayak ride (special festival pricing) with Mermaid's Cove Marina at the Summit Avenue beach, or learn to fish and crab

·         Relax to the traditional music of the Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society, the Acoustic Musicians Guild, the Top Hats, or a special children’s performance by YOSI and Johnny.

·         Touch sea life in the Atlantic City Aquarium touch tank, learn about endangered shore species with the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, be a “herring” and experience their struggle upstream in a life-size maze, or walk through the soil tunnel for an “underground” experience.

·         Visit the more than 40 eco-friendly vendors and enjoy all varieties of great festival food.

There is so much to do and learn...and it's FREE.

So if you are staying closer to home this summer…save gas and save money, but most importantly learn how you can protect our most treasured natural resource, be more prepared for the future, and support the communities of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed.

If you would like more information or would like to pre-register for the canoe eco-tour, please call Betsy Hyle, Special Events Coordinator at 732-914-8109. 


Special Thanks to this year's Festival Sponsors:


     for their support of our shuttle busses



 For their support of our festival tents 




For supplying coffee and pastries for our vendors and exhibitors


Special Thanks to our sponsors of

the Barnegat Bay Foundation Gala

& the Barnegat Bay Festival



"Ocean County's Landmark Liquor store"


Rhine and Associates, Inc.

Diane Rhine, President


Bay Dermatology

Dr. Sal La Forgia, MD



Click Here for interactive children's programs throughout the day 

Click Here for the List of Exhibitors and Vendors at the Festival


Click Here for Directions to the Festival

For easy access, park your car at the Island Heights Fire Station and take the Shuttle Bus to the Festival Grounds.  The buses are handicap accessible as are the Festival grounds. 


Hands-on Activities & Main Stage Events

Pontoon Boat Rides will be offered at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Tour the beautiful Toms River on the Ocean County pontoon boat.  Tickets are free and must be picked up ahead of launch time at the Barnegat Bay Partnership booth.  The shuttle bus will take you to the launch site.

Paddle your way along Dillon's Creek with a naturalist guided canoe tour.  The tour will leave Summit Beach at 10:30 and is approximately 2 hours in length.  Some paddling experience is preferable. Pre-registration is required.  To register call Betsy Hyle, Special Events Coordinator, at 732-914-8109.  

Want to try kayaking? Now's your chance.  Mermaid's Cove Marina will be on hand at Summit Beach for Kayak Rides on the Bay. Special Festival fees for adults. Children 12 and under are free.  Register at the Mermaid's Cove Marina Booth. Take the shuttle bus to the beach.

Try your hand (and balance) with Barnegat Bay Paddle Sports. If you have always wanted to try paddle boarding-here's your opportunity. For a special Festival fee, you can venture out from Summit Avenue beach on a paddle board. Register at the BB Paddle Sports Booth.  Take the shuttle bus to the beach.


 Native Plant Sale 

Presented by Rare Find Nursery in Jackson, the Native Plant Sale will be all day at the Festival on Sunday. You will also be able to pick up the latest edition of the New Jersey Native Plant Guide.  Along with Rare Find Nursery manager Jason Austin, experts will also be on hand from Rutgers Master Gardeners of Ocean County to share their knowledge about native plants and provide visual guides for your own gardens.  Find out the best ways to create a storm-sturdy yard and what to do if your garden and yard were damaged by standing salt water.

If you are traveling on the shuttle, you can leave your plant purchases at the booth and pick them up after you retrieve your car.  We have a special pickup/parking area.

Dana Dazzles   Special Airbrush tattoos with a nature theme! 

Fishing Clinics at the Summit Avenue beach offer a hands-on fishing experience for all ages. Learn how to bait and cast. Sponsored by the Island Heights United Methodist Church, Island Heights resident, Bob Eaglesham, will work with all ages 

A-maze-ing Herring Run:

Take a break from being a human and imagine being a River Herring trying to swim upstream to spawn. Every year in New Jersey two kinds of river herring, Alewife and Blueback Herring, leave the saltier waters of the Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and migrate to their birthplace into the fresh waters to reproduce. Not only do these fish have to fight a strong current on their upstream journey, they encounter many obstacles including predators such as bluefish, osprey, cormorants, striped bass, and of course humans. Man made structures such as dams also pose a problem, so fish ladders are installed to help them reach safer waters to lay their eggs. 

The Barnegat Bay Partnership will be installing a maze at this year's festival to help children and adults alike imagine what it might be like for these fish to migrate. Through the maze, find similar obstacles that a herring might run into, and learn interesting "fish facts" that you might not have known before. 


Throughout the day -- DJ Dave Rodgers


11:00 am -- Join Children's performers YOSI & Johnny for a "Meet Eugene" concert

12:00 pm -- Guardian of the Barnegat Bay Awards Ceremony


1:00 pm -- Acoustic Musician's Guild

2:00 pm -- Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society

3:00 pm-- The Top Hats

(Photos: John Bendel)


Sign up for our FREE DRAWINGS

A bag of Oceangro from the Ocean County Utilities Authority

A rain barrel from the Island Heights Environmental Committee 

Beautiful hanging flower baskets from Barlow Flower Farm

A dog goodie basket and a cat goodie basket from Bayview Animal Hospital



Festival Exhibits and Vendors


Acoustic Musicians Guild: Learn more about acoustic Bluegrass music and traditional country folk. The group will also be performing on stage at 1pm.

Alliance for a Living Ocean: Check out ALO's upcoming summer events and pick up a membership application. Also available will be copies of their teacher resource guide book for K-8 educators.

American Littoral Society: Founded by divers and naturalists with a desire to learn more about the littoral zone, learn more about this organization which works to conserve the beauty and bounty of our coastal regions for our generation and generations to come. Something new this year: Learn about Shellfish Farming as Parsons Mariculture (Parson Seafood) will join ALS to provide oyster shucking demonstrations and samplings of Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Aquaculture products.

Americorps Watershed Ambassadors: Find out more about this environmental community service program. Meet our Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassdor, Joanna Marina, and make a special children's craft with her as you learn more about protecting our watershed.

Atlantic City Aquarium Touch Tank: Touch a variety of local and tropical inter-tidal creatures (look for sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs and more).

Barnegat Bay Foundation: a new name for a long established foundation - the Barnegat Bay Watershed and Estuary Foundation - that has been working to support projects aimed at protecting and restoring the Barnegat Bay through education and fundraising.

Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program: Check out a display of the 2013 recipients and their projects.

Barnegat Friends Meeting: Learn more about the Quakers and how Earth-care is one of their major projects.

Barlow’s Flower Farm: Get your hands dirty - plant a seedling in a peat pot.

Beachwood Yacht Club: Find out more about its sailing and kayak programs.

Berkeley Township Underwater Search & Rescue: Check out their rescue boat right there in the Barnegat Bay and their exhibit of dive gear.

Borough of Lakehurst Historical Society: Join Owen and Janet Heller to learn more about our Native American culture in NJ. Mr. Heller is an enthusiast of woodland Native Americans and their way of life; especially the Lenape-pre 1600. Terrific presentation for all ages.

Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority: Interact with the Enviroscape model to learn the movement of water through a watershed and the pollution that run-off may cause.

Cattus Island County Park: Stop by this interesting display to learn more about our sea and forest creatures. Kids can take part in a craft activity as well. 

Don’t Miss the Pontoon Rides sponsored by Cattus Island County Park-Free tickets can be picked up at the Barnegat Bay Partnership information tent located in the center of the field. Rides are at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Clean Ocean Action: Be a Barnegat Bay Buddy! Discover how you can be the solution to ocean pollution at this exhibit. Find out all the ways you can help by volunteering!

Defenders of Wildlife: Find out more about this organization that is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: Find out more about visiting one of our local natural treasures and join in some fun activities.

Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee: This committee is part of the long-range recovery effort in the wake of Sandy. Volunteers will be on hand with information on finding emotional and spiritual help.

FEMA-Hazard Mitigation: providing free publications and technical guidance to residents for rebuilding, clean up and future prevention.  The staff will demonstrate how "continuous load path" construction provides strength to a roof and/or a structure.

Friends of Island Beach State Park: How can you be a friend to this magnificent state park? Find out here!

Island Beach State Park: Explore the shells of Island beach-shell identification, shell sorting and a shell craft. Check out the terrific summer adventures for all ages! There is something to do everyday at the park...all summer long.

Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society: Go back in time with this traditional and historic instrument and music. Don’t miss them as they “jam” in their tent or the afternoon stage performance at 2pm.

Island Heights Cultural & Heritage Association: Recycle the past by preserving and renovating old homes. Ask about the incredible Island Heights Garden Tours. Tickets will be on sale.

Island Heights Environmental Committee: Meet members of our host borough’s Environmental Committee.

Island Heights United Methodist Church:  Not only will the United Methodist women be on hand with all their home-made crafts, but don't miss the "Teach A Kid To Fish" workshops down at Summit Beach.  Learn to cast and tie fishing knots and rigs, Learn fishing etiquette, fishing safety, rules and regulations as well as how to locate fish.

Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center: Learn more about this beautiful reserve which encompasses over 115,000 acres in southern New Jersey. Lots of fun things for the kids to do as they learn more about the Barnegat Bay.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium: Learn even more about Bay creatures. Kids…take home your very own "green" craft. 

Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau: The Jersey Shore wants everyone to know that we are "Back" and "Open for Business"!  The recovery process is still underway, but most towns are back up and running with a resolve to restore business as usual.  Find out which restaurants, theatres, historical programs, hotels, bed & breakfasts and hundreds of small Mom & Pop shops in Jersey Shore towns are open for business and need your support!

John Drulle, MD Memorial Lyme Fund, Inc.: Learn more about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Exhibit helps raise awareness and provides prevention education.

John F. Peto Studio Museum: Learn more about the newest museum in Island Heights-an 1880's home and studio of a well known local artist. Get information on this summer's exhibition: Island Heights & Beyond-The Artist's Colony.

Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science: Participate in the interactive turtle and terrapin display and find out all about them from the students at M.A.T.E.S. Meet their mascot-SCUTES! Also at their table: author Donna Zappala who shares her children's book: What Kind of Turtle Am I?

Marine Mammal Stranding Center: Find out about sea animals which need help returning to the wild.

Marine Trades Association of New Jersey: Check out their new campaign -Go Boating NJ, as well as pick up a boater's directory.

Mermaid's Cove Marina will be hosting kayak demonstrations and rides at Summit Beach. Sign up for a kayak ride at special Festival prices.  Children 12 and under are free! Register at their booth.

Meteorology: Meet F. Blake Rivas, a chemical engineer and meteorologist, dedicated to sharing with people of all ages the pleasure that comes from understanding a little more about the most wonderful works of nature-the Atmosphere and the Oceans...the two blankets that protect and help feed us, and what we all need to stay healthy. Find out what a Galileo Thermometer is...and see a liquid tornado. 

Natural Resource Education Foundation of NJ (The Lighthouse Center): Experience Barnegat Bay through educational programs and hands-on learning Meet McDuffy Barrow, the center's naturalist, to see in action the age-old art of decoy carving.

NJ Beach Buggy Association: Find out more about the history of this Bay area tradition and its purpose. Go back in time with the 1936 Model A Beach Buggy on display.

 NJ Council of Diving Clubs: What does SCUBA stand for? Find out at this interesting booth with displays of sports diving equipment and artifacts retrieved from the marine environment.  Find out about the safety laws and regulations, as well as how you can get certified.

NJ Lighthouse Society: find out what’s being done to save our historic lighthouses and how you can help by viewing an interactive diorama. Various coloring and activity pages for the kids to enjoy, too!

New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation: learn more about this organization that supports conservation and outdoor recreation.

NJ Sea Grant Consortium: Check out the Clam Concentration Game featuring local species. Meet the Horseshoe Crab.

NJ Water Association:   Check out this active model that shows how pollution travels through our aquifers.  learn more about how to keep our drinking water safe.

NJ Department of Agriculture: Stop by this table to find out more about the signs and symptoms associated with the major forest pests here in New Jersey. 

NJ Department of Environmental Protection: Sandy Recovery Information- check in here to find out more about the wet debris removal process.  Find out Just how much debris has been removed from the Barnegat Bay.

NJ DEP CleanWater NJ/NJ Watersavers: Find out how to save water and money by using a rain barrel. Check out the displays and get the kids some activity books.

Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders/Tourism Council:    Take the pledge not to litter with Watershed Willie; Pick up your Barnegat Bay Buddy-in-Training bookmarks; Find out about all the things to see and do in Ocean County.

Ocean County College: Our Partner and Sponsor celebrates the festival with representatives from Office,  Continuing and Professional Education who will share information, upcoming events, children’s camp programs, and senior programs.  

Ocean County Library: Meet the Island Heights Friends of the Library & Library Staff: Try your hand at the kids’ spinning wheel for prizes; have a go at making a special recycled paper and bead craft..

Ocean County Master Composters: See first hand how to build a “compost pile” and find out how you can compost at home. Special Demonstration will be presented.

Ocean County Mosquito Commission: Watch for the Giant Mosquito hovering nearby; find out the ins and outs of mosquito control.

Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund:  Learn more about this program that dedicates a portion of our county taxes to buy lands in Ocean County for conservation and farmland preservation. learn more about the Barnegat Branch Trail and Farmland Preservation programs.

Ocean County Solid Waste Management:  Find out more about how Ocean County Recycles…are there more things to recycle than you know?  Pick up lots of information and activity books for the kids.

Ocean County Soil Conservation District: Caring for the watershed means caring for the land as well. Find out more about what you can do to improve the health of your soil. Walk through the SOIL TUNNEL! 

Ocean County Utilities Authority: Learn more about proper fertilization and the new law governing use of fertilizers. Get a sample of OCUA’s Oceangro. 

Pinelands Preservation Alliance:  Learn more about our beautiful Pinelands and how important they are to our Barnegat Bay watershed.

Potter Creek Crusaders: Learn more about this special project by students from Berkeley Township Elementary School in Bayville, New Jersey, who made a commitment to discover information about their local watershed area that could be passed on throughout the community. They gained knowledge through field studies, experimentation and research, and captured it all in a beautiful book to be help others learn more about the Barnegat Bay and its watershed.

ReClam the Bay: Have your picture taken in the Giant Clam! Find out how clams and oysters are grown from seed and why shellfish are so important to the ecology of our Bay. Find out how you can help make their water safer for them.

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Ocean County:  What is a Master Gardener? Would you like to be one? What’s involved? Inquire here and get lots of great information about your garden. Pick up a Master Gardener Calendar and help support the effort.

Save Barnegat Bay: You probably have heard the controversies about nitrogen in the Bay. Stop by and find out more about its impact on the Bay and its watershed.

Sierra Club: Learn more about this national environmental organization which is our nation’s oldest and largest. Get information about the New Jersey Chapter.

Starbucks: "Grounds for the Ground" Find out more about using coffee grounds to improve your compost pile.

Stockton Marine Field Station: Learn more about their special project to rescue derelict crab pots from the bay.

Stronger than the Storm Campaign: The Jersey Shore is back in business-find out how you can help.

Toms River Seaport Society & Museum: Find out more about this gem of a museum which features education and artifacts from our area’s rich maritime history.

Tuckerton Seaport: The seaport brings some of its history to Island Heights by way of duck carving and beach apparatus drills. Stop by and visit. Check out the full-size garvey on display.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 7-11: Bring the kids here for a hands-on activity that helps them to understand what should and should not go in the water and why water safety and cleanliness is important.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marine Safety Division: Boating safety is a must if you live on the Bay. Find out more about how to be a safe boater by trying your hand at the heaving line toss and the life jacket donning contest! Great kids’ activities.

Volunteer Auxiliary for Animal Shelters: Stop by their amazing adoption bus and meet some of the adorable dogs looking for new homes.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge:  Dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey's wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation, this refugesits on 174 wooded acres on the edge of the New Jersey Pinelands. Don't miss the special programs at 1:30pm ( Raptors & Reptiles) and 2:30pm (Endangered Species) right at their booth near the BBP information tent.


BeBe Diva Wear is where to find children's accessories: headbands, ponytails, and tutus.

Blind Bob’s Pottery features handmade functional and art pottery-platters, bowls, mugs (all food safe) along with birdhouses, dog bowls, leash hooks and more.

Blueberry Wood Apiary brings all things Bees with honey, candles, wax blocks and cosmetics.

Carolyn’s Crystal Creations showcase original designs using Swarovski crystals.

Celtic Chairde features homemade skincare products, natural lip glosses, and unique jellies and jams.

Chibani Jewelry Design brings sea-themed and beaded jewelry along with handbags made from recycled materials.

Costco will be on hand to share some of the green friendly products they carry.

Alice DiNizo is a New jersey author who writes mostly about the Shore. Check out: "Bay House" about Toms River and Island Heights, "Comings and Goings" about the Pinelands, and "Up from Down and Out" about Seaside.

F & M Novelties offers Sand Art for the Kids in recyclable containers.

Gifts by Grace hand-makes floral centerpieces, swags and wreaths along with hemp and beaded jewelry.

Granite Transformations offers a unique product that fits over exisiting surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms-saving demolition and landfill usage. Check out the recycled glass countertops.

Henry's Walking Sticks features handcrafted items using nature's best woods.

JC Creations features handmade jewelry (anklets), handmade nautical & decorative gel candles.

JD Enterprises brings flora and fauna to the festival with canvas paintings, shore themed furniture and crafts.

Linda King has earthenware, ornaments, jewelry, wall hangings, and pottery, all with a natural/sea life theme.

Kula-Kamala-Yoga shares information on yoga, meditation, and relaxation techniques and classes. 

David Lerner Associates will help you plan financially for those environmental changes you may want to make to your home. 

Marine Science Camp offers "hands-on, feet wet" marine & environmental based learning experiences for kids in a summer camp format.  Find out when and where!

Nautical Treasures recycles reclaimed woods and fashions them into beautiful frames. Learn all about the special technique.

Peace of Concrete features handmade garden items-statues, benches, stepping stones, planters.  Benches include sea turtles and dolphins.

Power Home Remodeling Group offers energy efficient windows, siding, roofing, and doors.

Puruha Art brings traditional Native Indian art to the Festival.

R. L Bloch + Son offers specialty tin signs with beach, shore, and nature themes.

Seashore Ceramics brings ceramics that capture the seashore and marine life.

Shell Lady offers shell jewelry, seashell ornaments; tissue and jewelry boxes with both seashells and seaglass.  Beaded crosses are offered too.

Shoreline Emporium features framed art with nautical themes, giftware and décor

Shipyard Nautical Gifts brings back for another year its shipyard nautical gifts, shells, wooden boats, and picture frames.

Tastefully Simple is easy to make gourmet food that requires, at most, 2 ingredients. Products range from appetizers to desserts and include some organic and kosher items.

The Pampered Chef offers goods and tools for the home kitchen.

United Water of Toms River is a good place toi learn more about water conservation.

Waterbourne Spa and Candles offers all natural bath & body products packaged in recyclable containers.


Sweet Jersey Kettle Korn

Sierra Club offers Teriyaki Steak Sandwiches & Hot Dogs

Down the Shore Ice Cream

Sausage Sandwiches, cheese steak sandwiches, Gyros, Funnel Cakes, Chicken Fingers, Butterfly French Fries from Damian Jordan-Big Daddy's Chicken & Ribs

Mike's Sno-Cones and Shaved Ice

A New Corner Deli and Market (from our host community of Island Heights) will be serving Manhattan Clam Chowder. New England Clam Chowder and Corn Chowder.

Shrimp just about every way: steamed, buffalo and wraps with The Shrimpman

Cameron's Market brings a bit of Scotland to the Festival. Try the delicious meat pies among other fare!

Mainline Pretzel Company offers soft pretzels along with Caribbean Iced Tea

Playing with Fire Catering will provide cheese, pepperoni and margherita pizzas cooked in an  Italian wood-fired oven

Cure Catering will offer BBQ ribs, Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken and Steak kabobs with ribbon fries

Everything About Crepes brings back both the sweet and the savory

For a sweet treat try Sour Tails-2 feet sweet and sour licorice sticks

Directions to the Barnegat Bay Festival:

For Vendors and Exhibitors: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 82.  Take Route 37 east to Vaughn/West End Avenues.  Take a right on West End Avenue, go up the hill (keeping “Triangle Park” where the “Welcome to Island Heights” sign is located on your right), and take a left on Summit Avenue, then a right on East End Avenue (almost to the water).  Cross over Van Sant Avenue and take your first left into the police station/municipal complex driveway (just after a small playground).  You will be able to park your car in this parking lot with an issued parking pass. Watch for exhibitor/vendor signage directing you to the field.

For the General Public:  The parking lot at the Wanamaker Complex is reserved for vendors, exhibitors, and handicapped parking.  We have arranged for free shuttle busses to take you from the Island Heights Firehouse to the festival grounds.  The bus will be circulating all day and we would recommend parking at the firehouse, although you are free to try to find on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood following the directions above.

If you would like to park at the firehouse, take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 82.  Take Route 37 east to Vaughn/West End Avenues.  Take a right on West End Avenue (keeping “Triangle Park” where the “Welcome to Island Heights” sign is located on your right), and a left on Lake Avenue.  The firehouse will be one block up on your left on the corner of Lake and Maple. There will be signs to direct you as well.

For GPS:  Corner of West End Avenue and Route 37 East, Island Heights, New Jersey, 08732.

 Interactive Children's Programs with

Yosi & Johnny Present "Meet Eugene" Concert

at 11:00 a.m. on stage


Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

(tent near BBP Booth)

Program 1:  Raptors & Reptiles 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

A bird of prey, a snake, and a turtle all make the journey to the festival for this exciting program. Observe each species’ unique characteristics and learn about their habitats and adaptations for survival.


 Program 2: Endangered Species 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm 

Festival -goers learn why many animals have become threatened or endangered, and how to help prevent them from becoming extinct. Get a chance to meet live animals that are listed as NJ threatened and endangered species.