Sea Girt Lighthouse lawn party Saturday night

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SEA GIRT — Hundreds of borough residents will be in attendance at the Sea Girt Lighthouse Lawn Party on Saturday, celebrating 37 years since the building was saved by the community in 1981. The affair, hosted by the Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee, will take place in the yard of the lighthouse Saturday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Music will play as guests enjoy the company of one another along with drinks and  hors d’oeuvres. “[We are] looking forward to a fantastic evening celebrating the hard work of the current and  former trustees and our community for keeping the beauty of the Sea Girt Lighthouse shining bright,” said Sea  Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee Trustee and Lawn Party Chairwoman Catherine Schwier, “We are so fortunate to have this majestic landmark still standing.” The nonprofit, all-volunteer group is responsible for the care and upkeep of the lighthouse.   The committee has invited 450 of their members to attend and has extended the invitation to the public. Tickets can be purchased  for $75 by sending a check payable to Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens committee to PO BOX 83, Sea Girt 08750. Guests are asked to wear upscale casual attire. This year’s theme will be “120 Years and Still Tugging Along.” “We wanted to incorporate a tugboat into the theme because tugboats have been passing this lighthouse since the lighthouse was first built.  In fact, tugboats were passing our shoreline long before the Sea Girt Lighthouse was built,” said Ms. Schwier. Longtime event caterer, Carol Ann Mclaughlinl of Allenhurst, will cater the event for the 36th time. The event will feature three separate bars and all proceeds will go toward maintaining antique building. Guests should expect a beautifully lit night, as a full moon is expected just two days after the event. The lighthouse is put to use during the week by many community organizations, including the Manasquan River Group of Artists, Irish American Cultural Institute of the Jersey Shore and many more. “[The lighthouse] adds great historical value to Sea Girt and to the lighthouse history of New Jersey. It has been preserved by Sea Girt citizens and they are all very proud of it,” said Vice President of the Sea Girt Citizens Committee, Dr. Peter Halas.

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