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Harvey Cedars business resumes full swing

THE “DOGS” ARE BACK: A big highlight of the summer is the Dog Day Race, which returns with runners for the first time since the pandemic. It was canceled in 2020 and moved to virtual format last summer. (Photo by Margot Miller)

Concerts, sports camps, arts/crafts and local history are among the summer offerings announced by the Harvey Cedars Activities Committee. All events are held at Sunset Park unless otherwise specified.

“We are in full swing,” said Christine Lisiewski, Activities Coordinator. “In 2020 we had no summer activities and last year was much better, and now we are completely back to normal.”

Craft Day By the Bay is scheduled for Saturday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The items are all handmade arts and crafts.

Barefoot Adventures Experience runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 5 to August 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Designed for ages 8-14, the program is designed to empower and inspire children through thought, action and play. The program includes yoga, stand-up paddleboarding and a variety of team building activities. Visit for more information.

You’ll get a mix of classic/alternative rock, reggae, blues and more during the Wednesday night concerts, which start at 6pm. Opening July 13 is The Impulsives.

The rest of the lineup is July 20, Chevy Lopez; July 27, Asbury fever; August 3, the Danksters; August 10, Riptide; August 17, Verdict; and August 24, face down.

Young athletes are invited to register for a soccer camp from Tuesday to Friday, July 5 to 8, and Monday to Friday, July 11 to 15, July 18 to 22, July 25 to July 29 and August 15-19. is coordinated by the Martyn Rushmore School of Soccer. Register by calling 908-209-2209.

Lacrosse camps are scheduled Monday through Thursday, August 1 through August 4, and August 8 through August 11. They are operated by the Brothers NJ All Star Lacrosse Camp. To register, call 862-215-6540.

Eyes on the Ball Tennis Camps are scheduled Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, and Monday-Friday, July 25-29 and August 1-5. Register online at

The 35th Annual Art Festival will take place on Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 60 artists and craftsmen will be on site.

Want to learn more about local history? Author/Historian Margaret Thomas Buchholz will give a talk on the history of Harvey Cedars Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the High Point Volunteer Fire Co. Fire Hall on West 80th Street. It will tell stories and show photos that mark the changes in the borough during the 20th century.

On Thursday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m., the fire station will be the site of a lecture on the history of Barnegat Light, presented by Reilly Platten Sharp of the Barnegat Light Historical Society.

Kids can learn the intricacies of angling on Saturday, August 13, when the LBI Fishing Club, Harvey Cedars Police Department and other sponsors present “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs.” The Fishing Tournament for kids ages 5-17 includes educational booths, surfcasting tips, bait, dinner and door prizes. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Sunset Park and fishing begins at 9 a.m. at Hudson Street Beach. For more details, call Rod Melvin at 609-315-2368 or email him at

Race weekend begins Saturday, August 20 with the Blue Claw Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food will be available from the Ohana Bites food truck. Also at 10 a.m., register for the Blue Claw Crab Race, organized by PBA Local 175. You can bring your own “competitor” or hire one. The action starts at 11 a.m.

The weekend culminates with the 43rd annual Dog Day race on Sunday August 21, which will be held in person for the first time since the pandemic. Over 800 runners are expected for the 5-mile race, which begins and ends at the fire station. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and racing begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Catboat races are scheduled for Sunday, September 4 at 1 p.m. The event begins with a skippers meeting at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 609-713-6950.

To register and get information about any of the events, call the Activities Committee at 609-361-7990 or visit Event lists can also be picked up at the Borough Hall. —EE