This weekend’s Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival

I was at the beach all day Saturday baking in the sun and missed the beach wresting event. Turns out it was a Long Beach High School and Middle school event, so no “Macho Man: Randy Savage…

The 2009 Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival

I went to the Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday and it was great. So many vendors and so much variety. I’ve been to many of these festivals in NYC – like the Third Avenue Merchants Spring Expo or the Forest Hills Austin Street Festival and they are all horrible. They’re all cookie cutter festivals: same exact vendors, no matter what part of NYC you are in. They rarely have local vendors & organizations and they don’t seem to have anything with the community. Maybe the fees or permits for these events in NYC are expensive or politically controlled, but they are always lacking something and are more or less the same.

Our fair has much more of a community feel to it. The Long Beach Historical Society had a table, The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce were there, The Wounded Warrior charity, local authors selling Long Beach-related books, local artists and photographers that you would see at the Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show, a ton of local vendors and a whole lot more. I must of seen over 15 vendors selling Long Beach-related t-shirts. You’ll never see that in NYC (I Love NY doesn’t count).

This weekend: Beach Wrestling & The Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival!

Beach Wrestling on Riverside Blvd this Saturday – I am trying to find more info on this and will post it as soon as I can. Right now I am picturing “Macho Man” Randy Savage giving some surfer a Piledriver. Oooh, yeah!


The Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival
150+ vendors selling art, clothing, jewelry, food.

On the boardwalk at Riverside Boulevard
Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 7pm

This gets EXTREMELY crowded. Try to get there early if you can.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), you can’t hide from us!

This was just forwarded to me regarding the Anti-LNG movement. This event does not take place in Long Beach, but we know LNG ultimately effects Long Beach if it’s approved.Here are some of my older posts on this issue:
Read – Please Sign the Petition to stop LNG!!
Read – “Stop Insanity Island” Reminder
Read – Stop Insanity Island!


Anti-LNG Campaign Group,


Please turnout this Saturday, June 20, from 11am to 2pm, for an anti-LNG event held by the Surfrider Foundation NYC Chapter at Rockaway’s 90th Street Beach on Long Island, NY.


The event will include a rally (they’ll have signs, etc. but feel free to bring your own), a press conference with some elected officials, a paddle-out for the surfers in the group at noon (planning for 100-200 surfers to paddle out, form a circle, and wave their “No-LNG” banner for the press), and a beach clean-up after. This is being held on International Surfing Day but this event is for all to come out and rally against LNG.


Attached is the flier, both a color and black and white version. Please distribute, turnout, and help Surfrider make this a huge hit.


Also, please hold July 1 from 4-7pm open for an event in Monmouth County , NJ along the shore. More to come on that.





David Byer
Water Policy Attorney
Clean Ocean Action
18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite #2
Highlands , NJ 07732
732.872.8041 (fax)


Keep us free from LNG!
Sign the PETITION at

Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show!

The Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show is this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It’s a great event for artists to get there stuff out AND for shoppers to buy more art for themselves and their walls!

Two artists that will be there that I’d like to mention:

  • Steven Klein @ Steven is a fascinating guy who loves to talk about Battlestar Galactica and other science fiction shows and books. I love his art work too!
  • Erica Milone of Barefoot Photography. I did a post on her Erica’s Long Beach postcards a couple of months ago. I just read on facebook that she will be there, so I figured I’d give her a plug! Along with postcards, Erica also sells framed photos, blank greeting cards & other hand crafted goods!

Both are long Island artists, so stop by and say hi and support them as well as the fifty other artists that will be there. I just hope it doesn’t rain……