Mayor Judy Davies-Dunhour and the Stone Harbor

Borough Council in the 2018 Memorial Day Parade.

Stone Harbor Farmers Market

MAY 25

AFPL Summer Reading Kickoff

10-11:30am, Avalon Free Public Library

Summer Reading Club is here! Readers of all ages can begin signing up for this great summer program starting today! Kids can join in for Book Bingo for chances to win books as prizes!

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Author Lecture: David Langfitt

2pm, Avalon Free Public Library

Join the library for the first author lecture featuring Philadelphia lawyer David Langfitt, who will discuss his novel “Winnabow” and his soon-to-be-released book, “Kotonu.”

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Stone Harbor Beach Opening Ceremony

Noon, 95th Street & beach,

Wear your red, white and blue and cheer on Stone Harbor’s finest in a fun and competitive day! The Stone Harbor Survivor competition returns for the second year featuring the borough’s beach patrol, fire and rescue squads and the police departments as they engage in a series of challenges and games for the trophy. Following the announcement of this year’s winner, Mayor Judith Davies-Dunhour will officially open the beaches for the 2019 season.

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May 25-26

“Samir Sammoun – Master Impressionist”

7-10pm Artist Receptions, Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor

Ocean Galleries welcomes renowned Impressionist Samir Sammoun for his first seashore exhibit. The new exhibit, “Master Impressionist,” will feature more than 70 of Sammoun’s original oil paintings including many landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. The exhibit will be open through the weekend with special artist receptions with Sammoun on Saturday and Sunday from 7-10pm.

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May 26

19th Annual Turtle Trot 5K & 2-Mile Fun Walk

6:45am registration, 8am race, 8:05 Fun Walk, 95th Street and First Avenue

Start your morning with a family-fun run and walk through Stone Harbor. Proceeds for this timely trot go to The Wetlands Institute’s Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Program.

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Mathew Mullin Memorial 5K Beach Run/Walk

8:30am, 30th Street Beach,

Nothing starts a day better than a morning run on the beach, and it’s even better doing it for a great cause! Proceeds for this beach run/walk benefit local charities Friend In Need and the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children.

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Stone Harbor Farmers Market

8am to 12:30pm, Water Tower Plaza, 95th Street and Second Avenue

This farmers market is entering into its 11th year, opening every Sunday through the summer to offer fresh produce, meats, desserts and more all locally grown and created in southern New Jersey. The first farmers market of the summer will include a traditional parsley ribbon cutting at 10am, and will feature live music by guitarist Jeff Nowmos.

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May 27

Avalon Memorial Day Parade

9am, 32nd Street and Dune Drive to 21st Street, ending at Veterans Plaza

Avalon Yacht Club Commodore Joseph Loeper is this year’s parade marshal, and he will be joined by American Legion Post 331 Commander Thomas McCullough, the Patriot Brass Ensemble and a number of civic organizations in a parade down Dune Drive. The ceremony will feature comments from McCullough, Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi and guest speaker, former U.S. Army Sgt. R. Bruce Land. In the event of rain, the parade will be canceled, and the ceremony will be held in Avalon Community Hall.

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Stone Harbor Memorial Day Service

11am Service for Fallen Heroes, Noon Parade and Ceremony, 1-4pm American Legion Open House

The Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Department begins the day with its annual memorial service to honor firefighters who have died during the past year at the Stone Harbor Firehouse. Following the service, American Legion Post 331 will lead the Memorial Day parade starting at St. Paul Church north on Third Avenue to the Women’s Civic Club of Stone Harbor. Following a ceremony, the Legion will host an open house from 1-4pm.

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June 1

APAC Concert: Go Go Gadjet

6:30pm doors open, 7pm music and dancing, 7:30pm show, Avalon Community Hall

Join in on a night of dancing and fun with the popular band, Go Go Gadjet. Bring your own food and beverage, call ahead for tickets and seating!

More information:, 609-967-3066


Stone Harbor Garden Club House Tour


Visit six amazing homes throughout Stone Harbor on this annual tour of homes hosted by the Stone Harbor Garden Club. Plus, be sure to stop by the Garden of Kindness created by students at the Stone Harbor Elementary School and Master Gardeners. Tickets are on sale for $30 and can be purchased at Diller Fisher Realtors, Moon Struck Gallery, Suncatcher, and the Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

More information: Mantura Gallagher, 609-961-3069,


June 2-9

7 Mile Restaurant Week

Participating restaurants throughout Avalon and Stone Harbor

Dine your way through seven miles of outstanding restaurants offering breakfast and lunch specials and/or three-course meals for only $35!

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June 8

Avalon Garden Club Flower Show

Noon-4pm, Avalon Community Hall

“Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” is the theme for this year’s flower show presented by the Avalon Garden Club. Browse entries in 10 artistic classes and 12 horticulture exhibits as well as a display created by Stone Harbor Elementary School’s third-grade class.

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June 14-16

“The Cat Behind the Hat!” Art Exhibit

7-10pm Friday and Saturday, 1-4pm Sunday, Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor

Ocean Galleries will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection in its “The Cat Behind the Hat!” exhibit. The display will contain a series of print and bronze limited-edition art. Join the “Art of Dr. Seuss” collection representative, Jeff Schuffman, during special receptions from 7-10pm on Friday and Saturday, and 1-4pm on Sunday.

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June 15

Avalon Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

8-11am, Avalon Community Hall

Enjoy a morning of pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice plus face painting and balloons for the kids at this annual Lions Club fundraiser. Proceeds go to the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children. Tickets are available for $8 (adults) and $6 (children).

More information: Robin Mackintosh, 215-688-6015


Avalon Historical Society Olde House Tour and “Early Avalon” Exhibit Opening

House Tour 1-4pm, Exhibit Opening 1pm, Avalon History Center

Participate in a tour of several of Avalon’s old homes. As a special addition, enjoy light refreshments at the History Center and be a part of the grand opening of the brand-new “Early Avalon” exhibit, including sections on historic homes, the railroad and Avalon’s hotels. The exhibit-opening reception is free and open to the public. The house tour is a ticketed event.

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June 16

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Strawberry Festival

6-8pm, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 9425 Third Ave., Stone Harbor

Enjoy handpicked local Jersey strawberries and a very berry evening of sweet treats and homemade desserts.

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June 19

5th Annual Paper Peddler Trivia Night

6pm, Avalon History Center

Bring a team of friends and demonstrate your knowledge of Avalon’s history and culture in a Quizzo-inspired trivia game! Enjoy old photos and memorabilia. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Call the History Center (609-967-0090) to reserve a table for your team of up to four people.

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June 20

Teatime at the Avalon History Center

11am, Avalon History Center

Enjoy an afternoon of tea at the History Center as participants share memories of “Old Avalon.” Teatime is held the third Thursday of every month.

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June 21-23

Mackenzie Thorpe Exhibit Reception

7-10pm Friday and Saturday, 1-4pm Sunday, Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor

The “Mackenzie Thorpe – 30 Years of Love” art exhibit will debut for a first-time appearance at Ocean Galleries featuring a collection of pastels, sculptures and limited-edition prints. Thorpe has achieved global success in galleries throughout the UK, America, Japan and Australia and will be doing gallery receptions on Friday and Saturday from 7-10pm and Sunday from 1-4pm.

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APAC chairperson Susan MacLaughlin (left) and president Ramona Sanabria at the Art Show.


June 21

APAC Art Show “Celebrating Three Decades of Art” Preview Night

6-9pm, Avalon Elementary School

This juried art show will open for a preview night on Friday evening with a chance to get a sneak peek at a number of entries within the categories of Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Mixed Media and Photography & Sculpture. Bid on a number of donated art pieces during an auction and be sure to take a look at the Emerging Artists category featuring pieces provided by the local high school.

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June 22

APAC Art Show “Celebrating Three Decades of Art”

10am-4pm, Avalon Elementary School

Return on Saturday for a chance to meet the artists and purchase original artwork from a number of juried exhibits with art from around the nation. Judging will take place on Saturday morning with winners announced by noon.

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AFPL Story Book Bash

10am-noon, Avalon Free Public Library

Stop by the Avalon Library before hitting the beach for family-fun activities including an art bar, face painting, balloon art, character appearances and more. Receive prizes and be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!

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Grand Opening of Surfside Park

6-8:30pm, 30th Street and the beach

Grab the family and enjoy live music by Jimmy and the Parrots, family-friendly activities and remarks from Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi and local officials. The grand opening of this new park will also include some surprise special guests so stay tuned for more announcements!

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June 22-23

50th Anniversary Celebration of The Wetlands Institute

9:30am-4:30pm, The Wetlands Institute

The Wetlands Institute is opening the doors with free admission and a weekend full of activities for the entire family to enjoy in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The weekend will feature scheduled activities including guided walks, boat tours, live animal demonstrations, local art and crafts demonstrations, live music, food and more!

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June 25

New Avalon Assembly Chautauqua at the Jersey Shore

7pm, First United Methodist Church of Avalon

Chatauqua assemblies provided education and enrichment for adults in communities across the United States beginning in the late 19th century. Join in a revival of this tradition by attending a variety of lectures on cultural and historical topics.

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Avalon’s Beach Movies

Dusk, 30th Street beach

Grab the beach chairs and blankets and head back to 30th Street beach every Tuesday evening for a hit movie the entire family can enjoy. Starting on June 25, you can watch “Christopher Robin” and a new feature each week, including “Incredibles 2,” “Top Gun,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and more!

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June 26

Avalon Garden Club Fashion Show

Noon-4pm, The Shore Club

Spend the afternoon enjoying lunch and a fashion show provided by Bellanova Stone Harbor. Tickets are on sale for $40, and proceeds go toward beautification projects hosted by the Garden Club throughout Avalon.

More information: Call Claire at 609-368-7765 for tickets,


“Standing in the Shadows of Motown” Documentary Screening

6pm, Avalon Free Public Library

This 2002 documentary, directed by Paul Justman and starring Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford and Uriel Jones is the story of the Funk Brothers, the house band for dozens of Motown artists. Enjoy the screening and then plan to join the library again on July 12 for a live Motown music performance.

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June 27

Thursdays On Dune

Children’s activities and giveaways 5-7pm, Live music 7-8:30pm, Veterans Plaza

Thursdays On Dune kicks off for a summer celebration with a Toy Story Takeover. Enjoy fun crafts, giveaways and photos with “Toy Story” characters, followed by a live performance by Chorduroy. Thursdays on Dune continues every Thursday evening through the summer until Aug. 29.

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