Yes, pirates sailed the seas in Brigantine and were an interesting part of our history!

This week, on July 15, again will be exciting at the Children’s Activity Tent, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Brigantine Farmers Market. Children will be provided a pirate scarf and will make an eye patch — and then there will be a Pirate Initiation! Aaaaaargh! We be thinkin’ the kids will have to walk the plank.

Our Spotlight on a Local Business this week will be the Pirate’s Den. “Sea” what they are servin’ up, matey.

Jeana Beana will be in the Cooking Demo Tent — always a special treat when she is there.

The Spotlight on a Community Organization will be on Mothers of Twins.

Les Tuerk and Friends will be entertaining. Les has been singing in town for years and returns to our gazebo stage to kick off yet another weekend. You’ve seen him at The Rod, The Pub, the American Legion and probably on his porch. Les will be joined by his band member from Navajo Road, lead guitarist Dick Corpus.

Art in the Park artist Tania Pomales will dazzle you. Her work is characterized by bright color combinations and intricate details with a bit of surreal and psychedelic pop.

Salty Sea Studio will be a Pop-Up with Cheryl and her amazing gifts and goods.

The Green Team Tent will feature its second Health and Wellness Expo. The goal of these expos is to provide to the Brigantine community education and resources for healthy living. These activities also reinforce the strong connection between personal wellness and environmental sustainability. Participating in this week’s expo are Diana Inman, an AtlantiCare dietician; Megan Doran and Paul Donaher, owners of Brigantine PT and Fitness; and Doug Garcia, a certified massage therapist. Stop by the Green Team Tent for a complimentary consultation, recipes and free chair massages.

Last week at the Trivia Contest there were 123 entries. Ted Trumbore, of Brigantine, won a $25 gift certificate to Joe’s Seaside Market. His was the only perfect entry. Team Leader Elaine thanks Kathe, Monica, Carolina, Sally and Natalie for keeping up with the crowds.

The blueberry pie contest was quite popular. Judging the event were Danielle Smith, Adrienne Wells and Art Riggins. It was a tough decision, as all of the pies were delicious, but after much deliberation the first-prize winner was Barb Leiby, who received a $75 TD card. Carolyn Trusso won the second prize of a $50 TD card and Sarah Chaikin won third prize, a $25 TD card. Slices of the pies were sold for $1 and the proceeds were donated to the True Spirit Coalition.

At the Spotlight on a Community Organization Tent, the Island Quilters displayed magnificent, colorful quilts that they make for charity. A few shoppers said they did not know about this amazing group. There is always something new to learn at the Farmers Market.

The Spotlight on a Local Business revealed Esther Casale from Casale al Mare. She was surrounded by shoppers who were tasting delectable treats from Italy that she sells in her specialty shop on Brigantine Avenue.

Artist Susan Hansen displayed an array of her drawings, cards, soaps and charming table decorations.

The Children’s Tent was buzzing as usual with 75 young artists painting berries and other creations from nature.

The Rain Barrel Workshop drew much attention to the center of Haneman Park while 15 Brigantine residents built and later took home a rain barrel. Rain barrels harvest rain water that helps reduce runoff pollution flowing into our ocean and bay. Rainwater is better for your plants and soil and is a great way to wash your car or pets. Thank you to Janette Kessler, Green Team member and employee of ACUA, for planning and preparing for such a meaningful community event. A special “thank you” to Ashley Aversa, New Jersey DEP watershed ambassador, for her instruction and expertise.

Reminder: No pet is permitted at the Farmers Market unless it is a registered service dog.

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