Arts and Culture of Long Beach Island

written by Matt Burton Many LBI Arts Council members are plein air painters; plein air is the experience of painting and drawing out in the landscape. The Jersey Shore and Long Beach Island region has traditionally been a popular destination for painters. Many notable American artists, including Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, frequented the Jersey Shore for inspiration and the bright and airy atmosphere. Part of the LBI Arts Council mission is to preserve and call attention to endangered locations threatened by the encroachment of salt water, natural disaster, and development. Part of the culture of the Long Beach Island region is the natural flora and fauna depicted by the artists, captur

All Aboard

written by Chris Gaydos @searchingforamerica Photos courtesy of the Barnegat Light Historical Society How did the center of Long Beach Island (LBI) become so flat? Why does the road in Surf City widen for no apparent reason? Why is there goldenrod and ragweed? The answers to these questions can be traced back to the Long Beach Railroad. For 49 years, from 1886 to 1935, the railroad ran north and south on LBI. This railroad is responsible for much of the geography of the island today. Pre-Railroad If you visited Long Beach Island in the 1870s, you would see miles of hilly sand dunes, bogs, creeks, bayberry, and—in some places—grazing cattle. The town of Beach Haven, founded in 1874 on the sou

Leaps and Bounds :The Atlantic City Ballet

When you think of Atlantic City, you think of gambling, hotels, the boardwalk, and beaches. The last thing that may come to mind is professional ballet. But indeed, Atlantic City is the home of the Atlantic City Ballet, which has experienced as many ups and downs as the city itself. When Ms. Papa, a professional dancer, was approached to start her own ballet company in AC in 1982, it was the icing on the top of a successful career. She accepted the offer and started a company that for many years would be one of the few performing arts groups who called AC their home. After many years of performing up and down the boardwalk, including 64 performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Playboy Casino,

Living Limitless

written by Olivia Garrison photos by Alison Omelio & Francis Lill What does a technology savvy, digital marketing guru have in common with a meditating, present minded yoga instructor? Quite a bit, actually. Adam Binder is the Founder of Creative Click Media, a digital marketing agency located in Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Apeiron Yoga, a yoga apparel and accessories brand. Driven by his belief that no one should ever place limitations on what they can accomplish, Adam cut his own reigns to discover just how far he could push himself—and he has no plans of stopping. A Different Kind of Board Meeting From kayaks to yoga to a five-year-old Director of Distraction, Creative Click Media isn’t y

Soul Surfing: Long Beach Island

written by Lisa Simek A group of surfers on the beach in Surf City in June of 1966. Courtesy of Janet Giersch and the New Jersey Surf Museum at Tuckerton Seaport. Photographs of Long Beach Island in the 1920s and 1930s look like something from another world. Wedged in between Asbury Park and Atlantic City, it was seemingly the last frontier of the Jersey Shore: a desolate and rugged island, with an old-world tourism sector on the South end and a few scattered bungalows—home to mostly fisherman and hunters—in the North. There was one locomotive trestle, and later, a wooden automobile bridge accessing the island. There even was a horse and buggy trolley within the quaint little resort communit

Feast before the Fest Two dopes do lbi: Chowder on LBI When the crowds start to dwindle and the pace on Long Beach Island begins to slow, anticipation builds for the world famous Chowderfest, which is held this year on October 1st. The competition is fierce and creativity flows throughout the island in preparation for this Jersey Shore tradition. These Two Dopes have spent the summer tasting all the fantastic chowders Long Beach Island has to offer. Yes, we know, we know, it’s a tough job, but someone had to do it! We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorites, but don’t just take our word for it. Make sure you go to Chowderfest and sample all of the delicious chowders for yourself! HOWARDS RESTAURANT Howard’s Restau

Beer Margarita

Recipes and Photos by Susan Von Brachel and Robin Chase - Ingredients 1 lime, cut into wedges coarse salt 2 bottles light, lager-type beer ½ cup thawed frozen limeade concentrate ½ cup tequila Ice cubes Directions Rub lime around rims of four glasses. Place salt on a plate and dip glass rims in salt. In a pitcher, combine beer, limeade concentrate, and tequila. Fill glasses with ice and pour in margarita mixture. Garnish each glass with a slice of lime.

Grilled Shishito Peppers with Lime Zest

Recipes and Photos by Susan Von Brachel and Robin Chase - Ingredients 1 pound (or a small bag) of shishito peppers lime zest from half of one lime olive oil kosher salt Directions Toss peppers with a few tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl. Grill until peppers begin to blister. Sprinkle with lime zest and salt.

Lamb Sliders with Radicchio and Sriracha Mayonnaise on Brioche Rolls

Recipes and Photos by Susan Von Brachel and Robin Chase - Sliders: 5 tablespoons olive oil 2 large shallots, minced Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 clove garlic, minced 1 pound ground lamb 1 egg 1 teaspoon oregano Sriracha Mayonnaise: Sriracha, ½ teaspoon or more if you like it spicy ¼ cup mayonnaise Radicchio leaves, separated Brioche rolls Directions Preheat grill. Mix first seven ingredients together in a bowl and form into sliders. Mix together Sriracha and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Grill sliders five minutes per side. Serve on Brioche rolls with radicchio leaves and Sriracha mayo.

Jalapeño Cole Slaw

Recipes and Photos by Susan Von Brachel and Robin Chase - Ingredients 2 bags cole slaw mix ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded, minced ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin Directions Combine cabbage, cilantro, and jalapeño in large bowl and toss. Whisk mayonnaise, lime juice, and cumin in small bowl. Pour dressing over cabbage mixture. Season with salt and pepper and toss.

Mini Pear Galettes

Recipes and Photos by Susan Von Brachel and Robin Chase - FOR THE DOUGH: 1 ⅓ cups 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon fine sea salt 1 large egg Heavy cream, as needed 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into big pieces 2 teaspoons lemon juice ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional) FOR THE FILLING: 3 cups pears sliced ½ cup to ¾ cup sugar, to taste Pinch of salt Juice and grated zest of ½ lemon (optional) 3 to 4 tablespoons cornstarch Directions MAKE THE CRUST: In a food processor, mix together flour, sugar and salt. In a small bowl, beat an egg and add ¼ cup cream. Lightly whisk the egg and cream together. Add butter to flour mixture in processor and pulse until you have pea-sized ch

Mulled Rum Cider

Recipes and Photos by Susan Von Brachel and Robin Chase - Ingredients 2 quarts apple cider ½ cup light brown sugar pinch grated nutmeg 1 cup dark rum cinnamon sticks Directions In a pot, combine the apple cider, sugar, and nutmeg. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the rum. Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick.

S’more Brownies

Recipes and Photos by Susan Von Brachel and Robin Chase - Ingredients Brownies: ½ cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 large eggs ¼ teaspoon baking powder ⅓ cup cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup flour graham crackers: 5 milk chocolate candy bars 1 cup marshmallow crème Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together oil and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and stir. Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Stir dry ingredients into the oil/sugar mixture. Pour into greased 9 x 9 inch square pan. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Assemble the S’mores: Preheat oven broiler to high. Pla

Wedding Bliss I

Wedding Planner|Bogath Weddings and Events Photographer |Ashley Mac Photography Ceremony Venue |St. Thomas Aquinas Reception Venue |Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club Catering |Beach Haven Catering Cake |Clay’s Creative Corner Bakery Flowers |Something Nice Floral Hair & Makeup |Lavish Salon Rentals |Rustic Drift How they Met Kathleen and Richard met on in the summer of 2012 and quickly realized their mutual love for Long Beach Island, New Jersey, their Irish roots, lighthouses, and an obsession with craft beer. One of their first dates included a tour of Old Barney and the Barnegat Light Historical Museum. There they started their first, of many, scavenger hunts. Old Barney was just th

Wedding Bliss II

Photographer | Ann Coen photography Venue |101 centre street Rentals |Rustic Drift Rentals Flowers |Michelle Tallent How they Met We met through mutual friends a few times back in 2012 very briefly. However, we really became close when both of us, and our friends, were stranded at Austin’s best friend’s (the best man in our wedding) parent’s house for a week during Super Storm Sandy. How he Proposed The proposal was a fairytale and a well thought out plan by Austin. He had arranged for all of Ashley’s family and friends, ones that had a major impact in their life and relationship to date, to write her letters. Each letter was written in its own unique way and discussed her relationship with

The Secret Garden

Photos by | Idalia Photography Wedding Planner Bogath Weddings and Events Venue The Gables Floral Design | Lily of the Valley Invitation Suite | Brit Larson Design Calligraphy | The Shaded Maple Vintage Curated Postage | Magnolia Postage Rentals | Rustic Drift Jewelry | DeNatale Jewelers Hair & Makeup | Lavish Salon LBI Dress and accessories | Free Love Bridal Groom’s Attire | Sink or Swim Bride Model | Angela Guinee Groom Model | Liam Moran

The Benefits of Pilates

Are you an avid golfer? Do you enjoy running marathons? Do you play a sport in college or are you looking to amp up your regular workout routine? Then look no further. Meet Wendy Frantz, co-owner of Long Beach Island’s premiere fitness haven, Black Sheep Studios. At Black Sheep, they are taking traditional Pilates machines and using them for athletic conditioning to build strength and endurance. There are a range of benefits you can expect from adding these workouts to your existing regimen. Develop flat abdominals and a strong back by focusing on strengthening your “core”—the center of your body. Condition and control your core by training the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles c

Adding the Jewelry

Decorating a beach house (or any home) is very personal. Choices must be made for everything from the color on the walls, to the style and color of flooring, to the myriad options for furnishings, and finally the “jewelry” of it all—accessories like lamps and artwork. Designers often meet with clients in a retail store or in their homes to understand what they are looking for and then create the perfect design. Colors The trend we are seeing in 2017 is a shift from bold colors to softer organic colors. Inspired by nature, we are seeing many homeowners selecting paints, fabrics, and finishes that are symbolic of the sand, sky, and ocean. Light blue, soft beige, dune grass green, and crisp whi

Rethinking the Fifty by One-Hundred Plot

Ingenious Design Solutions for Narrow Lots written by Lisa Simek photos by John Martinell Although Long Beach Island is comprised of mostly 40-foot, 50-foot, and 60-foot-wide lots, the surge of homebuilding and renovations has resulted in both architects and homeowners taking a fresh look at narrow lot homebuilding. Gone are the days of box-shaped homes and yawn-inducing designs; today’s architects are more akin to clever illusionists who conjure up a sense of space from even the narrowest of footprint. The architectural team at Long Beach Island’s own Michael Pagnotta Architecture and Construction specialize in exactly this: making efficient use of buildable space, focusing on building up i

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