BRICK – As part of a multi-stage approach to restarting the state while it recovers from the effects of COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced that as part of stage 2, gatherings of people would be limited to 500.
The township’s popular SummerFest concert series is still scheduled, but instead of being held on Thursdays in July, they are being moved to Thursdays in August, by which time Mayor John G. Ducey said he hopes the restrictions would be lifted.
“Anybody who’s been to SummerFest knows the concerts, the fireworks and everything that there’s definitely more than 500 people that go,” he said during the June 23 virtual Council Meeting.
“They are very, very popular because of the quality of the entertainment, and the food options, the beer and wine garden and the overall family atmosphere, so we definitely don’t want to cancel SummerFest,” he said.
“Hopefully in August, we won’t have the restrictions of 500 people, because then obviously we have to reevaluate and take a look and see if there’s any other options,” he said. Until now, August dates were for SummerFest rain dates.
In either case, the 25th anniversary annual SummerFest concert series will be moving forward, he said.
The lineup for the August SummerFest bands includes Super Trans Am on August 6; Tribute to the 80s and 90s on August 13; The Amish Outlaws on August 20; and The Nerds on August 27.
The concerts are held at Windward Beach Park, Princeton Avenue, and are followed by fireworks.
In addition to the concerts, the Annual SummerFest Car Show, hosted by the Time Capsule Cruisers is scheduled for Thursday, September 3. The car show is touted as one of the largest in New Jersey and features cars, trucks and motorcycles from all eras.
Free township shuttle buses to the events are being offered from various locations. One route picks up and drops off at Veterans Memorial Middle School and Midstreams Elementary School. The second route picks up and drops off at Drum Point Elementary School and Brick Township High School. The shuttle trips start at 5 p.m. and return trips start at 9 p.m.
A second series of concerts is planned for Traders Cove Marina and Park, located at 40 Mantoloking Road.
The Traders Cove Concert Series is still a go for Wednesday nights in August. The lineup includes Basso Brothers on August 5; NGXB Nick Blum and JukeBox Legends on August 12; Simple Gifts on August 19, and Motor City Revue on August 26.
The SummerFest and Traders Cove concerts are free to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs/blankets. All concerts begin at 7 p.m.
And finally, the township’s annual Fall Fest is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Windward Beach.
The Fall Fest features food trucks, games, rides, firepits, bag toss games, beer and wine garden, inflatables and fireworks.
The next council meeting will be on Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m.