Join us at the Candy Cane Hunt tonight!

Though we had to postpone the Candy Cane Hunt last Friday because of thecandycanes weather, we are pleased to announce the festivities are on tonight!

Today, Dec. 13, the festivities will begin around 6 p.m. in downtown Manasquan. The tree lighting ceremony is set for 6:20 p.m., and the Candy Cane Hunt will immediately follow at 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget — instead of Squan Plaza, candy canes will be given out on Main Street this year, near the intersection of Pearce Avenue and Manasquan Lighting.

Please bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Manasquan Food Pantry. Items will be collected in bins on Main Street.

We hope to see you tonight, and don’t forget to bundle up — it’s chilly out there!

Candy Cane Hunt postponed to Dec. 13

candycaneThe Candy Cane Hunt in Manasquan has been postponed to next Friday, Dec. 13, due to inclement weather.

The event was originally scheduled for tonight, Friday, Dec. 6.

We hope to see you all next week! Festivities will begin in town around 6 p.m. Stop by early to grab a bite to eat in one of our fine restaurants, then let the holiday fun begin!

Lieutenant governor to visit Jesse on Tuesday

Lt. Gov. Guadagno

Lt. Gov. Guadagno

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will visit Jesse American Craft Gallery, 169 Main Street , Manasquan, on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The lieutenant governor is marking the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy with visits to businesses like Jesse, as well as residents, volunteers and first responders throughout New Jersey.

Lt. Gov. Guadagno is expected to arrive in Manasquan at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Join us in welcoming her to the borough!


Sand Castle Contest coming soon


We are busy getting ready to host our annual Sand Castle Contest at Big Sea Day on the Manasquan beachfront on Saturday, Aug. 11. The popular event draws many each year, and even if you’re not interested in building a sand castle, be sure to stop by and check out the awesome sand sculptures the competitors create!

Courtesy of Sueanne Goss, Star News Group

Photo: Steve Wexler, Star News Group

Registration will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the gazebo at Whiting Avenue. This year, there will be three categories:

  • Ages 1 to 7
  • Ages 8 to 15
  • The family category

Castle-builders will create their castles between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and judging will be held at 1 p.m. The winners will be announced after the judging. There will be first-, second- and third-place awards in each category, and there is a special Mayor’s Trophy.

Photo: Steve Wexler, Star News Group

Photo: Steve Wexler, Star News Group

The tourism commission has hosted the contest for the past 10 years and it is one of many of our summer events. It is intended to be a fun contest, while recognizing the most clever ideas and craftsmanship. The use of natural materials is an important part of the judging — using shells, driftwood and natural material from the beach is encouraged. Around 55-60 castles are built each year.

Photo: Sueanne Goss, Star News Group

Photo: Sueanne Goss, Star News Group

Tourism member Jim Coakley is the chairman of the Sand Castle Contest, and had the following to say:

This is always the highlight of my summer. It is fun to watch the younger builders create sand castles from the natural elements. Too, family rivalries have developed over the years and it is great to see which family grouping can win. The whole idea of the contest is to have fun on the beach. Of course, the contest is free. Big Sea Day and the Sand Castle Contest are a great way to enjoy our beautiful beach and celebrate summer in Manasquan.

As always, we hope to see you there!

Stronger than the Storm coming to Manasquan

Stronger than the Storm is coming to Manasquan on Thursday, July 18, for one of its Kites and Castle events. The three-hour event will include a sand sculpture made by a professional sand sculptor, a sand castle building workshop for children and adults alike, a kite-making workshop for children — which will be followed by lessons in flying kites by professionals — and multiple beach games.

The event will be held on Riddleway Beach. For more information, visit its Facebook page:

We hope to see you there!

Pizza-eating contest postponed

Due to the weather, we have canceled today’s pizza-eating contest, but it has been rescheduled for next Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at Inlet Beach.

Also next Thursday, Stronger Than The Storm will host its Kites and Castles event at Riddleway Beach throughout the day.

And don’t forget — this weekend is our canoe and kayak race beginning at 10 a.m. at Stockton Lake!

We hope to see you soon!

Manasquan’s Patriotic Celebration Set For July 5

Bike Parade 1

It’s that time again — Manasquan is gearing up for its annual Patriotic Celebration!

This year, the festivities will take place on Friday, July 5. The Patriotic Bicycle Decorating Contest, with prizes, will be held at the Little League Field on Second Avenue. It is open to ages 0 to 12 with four age categories. Please arrive at 5:30 p.m. Judging will take place at 5:45 p.m.

Bike Parade 2

Then, at 6:30 p.m., our popular parade will kick off at the Squan Life Saving Station. Teens and adults with decorated bikes are welcome to join in the parade! And if you don’t feel like biking, join the hundreds of spectators that line the route.

Bike Parade 4

The parade will end at Main Beach for an evening of music and fireworks. The Billy Lawlor Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks will kick off at dark.

The rain date is July 6.

We can’t wait to see you there, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

Bike Parade

Thanks for a great cocktail party!

Squan beach

Photo: Ryan Mayer, Star News Group

A huge thanks to everyone who attended our Summer 2013 Cocktail Kickoff at Leggett’s yesterday!

Manasquan Tourism Commission Chairman Ray Summers called the event a “huge success.” After a great turnout for the beach’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at Inlet Beach — which local, county and state officials attended — many kept the celebration going at Leggett’s Sand Bar right down the road.

Hundreds of people attended the party, and the winner of our 50-50 took home more than $700.