Most people living at the Jersey Shore are familiar with Sandy Hook and it’s beaches, bike path, military history, holly forest and birding areas. The events and stories that make it unique and weird will be presented on April 17, 2010 at 7pm with “Weird Sandy Hook” . Meet at Post Theater Parking Lot. You can read about the Weird Sandy Hook trip done in November 2009 and written up in Joe Reynold’s “Old Oak Trail” blog here.
Here’s what to expect (taken from the Gateway NRA Public Programs Guide for Sandy Hook Spring 2010): Discover the places these strange but true events took place on the hook: find out where “Pilot Tom” the weeping whale scared the army’s bravest soldiers, and why post commander Colonel Deems almost lost his job for the love of Riley the fox terrier. Visitors will get to be explosive experts at the site of the deadly army proving ground and help solve mysteries from Fort Hancock’s spooky and volatile past. Toe get a preview: You can read about Pilot Tom in a 1909 New York Times article and Colonel Deems and his Dog Riley in the New York Times here.
Other events happening at Sandy Hook this weekend:
Monmouth County and New Jersey Audubon Society Bird Walk will take place Saturday April 17, 2010 at 10:00am. Meeting place is the Sandy Hook Visitors Center. You will learn about spring birds on the walk. There will also be an Earth Day Holly Forest Walk at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Join them for a ranger-ed walk through Sandy Hook’s maritime holly forest. You will get to explore a section of the forest that has been closed to the public since the army days of the 1930’s, and see how the Army’s occupation led to the preservation of the state forest. On Sunday, April 18th at 8:00am the New Jersey Audubon Society will hold a workshop “Birding for Beginners“. The meeting place will be at parking Lot B. A naturalist from the Sandy Hook Observatory will lead the group in an introduction to birding and identification in the diverse habitats at sandy hook. Bring binoculars and wear weather appropriate clothing. To register call the Sandy hook Bird Observatory at 732.872.2500.
There are a number of other great things to do on your visit to Sandy Hook. Seven beaches are open to the public. Notable bird species are osprey and piping plovers. The historic district has gun batteries dating back to 1895. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest in the United States. There is a multi-use trail perfect for walking, running, biking and rollerblading. The bay is a perfect place to go windsurfing. If relaxing with a good meal and a cold drink is more your speed have a seat at Off The Hook, Bahr’s Landing or the Inlet Cafe and enjoy the scenery of beautiful Sandy Hook.
The 2010 Sandy Hook Summer Season Beach pass goes on sale on April 19th at the Sandy Hook Ranger Station. Available daily, 9am to 4pm. Due to construction on the bridge and heavy summer volume, beach pass holders will need to arrive before 11:00am on the weekends to have access. It is likely that the beach parking lots will close to all visitors by 11:00am on the summer weekends. Beat the summer traffic and plan your spring visit to Sandy Hook. Make your reservations to stay with us and take advantage of our $84.99 “Spring Break” at the Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank, your Choice hotel for Sandy Hook, NJ.