Saturday, December 13, noon to 6 p.m., Taste of Rockaway Beach, Ticket $10. Get in on this popular restaurant crawl that allows you to walk from place to place and sample tastes of the food and/or beverages at nine local hotspots within the ten-block stretch now being called the “Heart of Rockaway Beach.” In its historic heyday in the 1890’s, the world came to Seaside and Holland on hot summer weekends for fine wine, cigars and craft beers, picnics among the cedar groves, entertainment from the raucous to the refined, and of course, the sand and the surf. In the off season, locals relaxed all winter long. Follow their lead, take a break from Christmas shopping, and buy a ticket ($10 gives you 9 sample tastes) at any of the participating locations, which are listed online at: http://www.rockawaybeachheart.org
Some local projects are actively seeking to restore things that used to exist, before Superstorm Sandy. One is the whale display near the Rockaway Beach boardwalk, Whalemina, that was torn to bits by the storm. Geoff Rawling and Laura Cryan are selling a childrens’ book about the whale which contains their original writing and artwork, to raise funds for the rebuilding. Check out the website, http://www.whalemina.com, where you can purchase the book.
In another very worthy endeavor, Nancy Hanson, long-time resident, business owner and past president of Rockaway Rotary, is raising funds on IndieGoGo to infuse into MESSAGE Teddy Bear Company, a Rockaway Beach enterprise that creates gift teddy bears with custom messages of celebration and commemoration hand-knitted into the bears’ sweaters. Nancy, who many may remember headed up the former Roxbury Mills operation prior to Superstorm Sandy, would appreciate your support. Here is the link to a video describing the MESSAGE Teddy Bear Company: