On Saturday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 9th, spring is in bloom at the Tuckerton Seaport. We are celebrating the season with a lineup of fun-filled activities, including a Student Art Show Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, a Rain Barrel Workshop, a Victorian Tea, the re-opening of Kelly’s Oyster House and the official opening of the Endless Summer Exhibit.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Jessica Blanchard, the Mullica River Watershed Ambassador, will be presenting a Rain Barrel Workshop from 1pm-3pm. Rain Barrels enable residents to collect water from their gutters for reuse in gardens and on native landscaping. In this workshop, you will learn the benefits of rain barrels and how to install them, and then construct one of your own! To take full advantage of those April showers, register for this class by March 26th to secure your spot.
At 2pm, Kelly’s Oyster House will be re-opened to the public. Kelly’s Oyster House was damaged during Superstorm Sandy.
Finally, the Tuckerton Seaport will round out the day with a Victorian Tea in the historic Captain’s House from 1pm-4pm. Join us to enjoy tea, sandwiches, scones, and cookies, while learning about the rich history of the Captain’s House. No reservation is required to join us for this drop-in style event; the suggested donation is $10.
On Saturday, April 9, the Student Art Show Opening will be held in partnership with Stafford-based Pine Shores Art Association (PSAA). The show will feature works influenced by the style of local artist Win Salmons, created by students of the George J. Mitchell sixth grade class. In order to inspire students’ work, the Tuckerton Seaport partnered with PSAA to present the “Voices of the Barnegat Bay” outreach program to the students in late February. The resulting artwork will be on display in the PSAA Satellite Gallery, located on the bottom floor of the Visitor’s Center.
In conjunction with the Art Show Opening, the Ribbon Cutting ceremony will commemorate the re-opening of the Jersey Family Fun Kids’ Quarters. The Kids’ Quarters has been recently renovated to include a cozy reading nook and shelves of books, as well as improved track lighting, which will showcase the students’ work. The Jersey Family Fun Kids’ Quarters also features crafts, projects, and a pirate play dress-up station.
April 9 will also be the official opening of the Endless Summer exhibit. The 50th anniversary exhibit of Endless Summer has been installed in the first floor of the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse, with the help of Seaport volunteers and members of the NJ Surfing Hall of Fame. The movie will play “endlessly”. This exhibit comes to us from the Smithsonian and will return to California on May 16.
The Tuckerton Seaport is located at 120 W Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ, and is open daily from 10am-5pm. For more information on these or any of our events, visit our website, find us on Facebook, or call the Seaport at 609-296-8868.