Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all my thoughts, opinions, and love for my day at the Tuckerton Seaport are truly my own.
This weekend my family & I were fortunate enough to be guests of Real Mom Media at the Tuckerton Seaport's Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. We were able to enjoy the festival with several of my blogging buddies who came in from the Philadelphia area to check out all the Tuckerton Seaport has to offer.
I have to confess something: I've been to the Tuckerton Seaport probably 30 times since they opened, but I've never actually taken a guided tour. Because I live within walking distance, my family & I always stop in to play mini golf or play on their huge wooden pirate ship. Sometimes we take a walk to the top of the lighthouse and see if we can see our house from way up there. We always check out the NJ Surf Museum and brag that their Hansen 50/50 is the same make our brother-in-law surfs.
Every Friday evening in the summertime, we pack up our beach chairs and a cooler and head to the Seaport for their free Friday Night Concert events.
We love the Seaport. But we've never actually walked with a guide.
Between listening to awesome bluegrass music by both the staged bands and the vendors plucking cigar box banjos and eating barbeque like ribs, fried catfish, and collard greens, we were able to take a walk around the 46 acres to find out a little more about my town's history.
We looked at duck decoys and sneakboxes that lined the Hunting Shanty and marveled at the names underneath. My daughter thought it was super-cool to learn that a few of her friends are related to famous award winning decoy carvers and boat builders like Rube Corliss and Gus Heinrichs.
We also got to play about a million different musical instruments including this awesome washboard necktie at Todd's Musical Petting Zoo which was there for the festival:
I was also very happy to be there for the world premiere of Jersey Shore United a film by Jimmy Ward -a local favorite here on the Jersey Shore since Hurricane Sandy. Jimmy has been making these fantastic videos of himself running through our shore towns after Hurricane Sandy to help show our progress in bebuilding. But moreso they show our strength as a large community. It warmed my heart to see him in person and to be able to tell him how great he is for doing what he does.
We ended our day by making a really cute wooden duck magnet which now adorns my fridge. The kids did a great job!
Our day at the Tuckerton Seaport was so great. The kids are eager to go back and learn more and I'm eager to attend more of their awesome festivals. Up next: the Privateers & Pirates Festival on June 8th 2013! Looking forward to it. Hope to see you there!