BRADLEY BEACH — Residents and visitors hit Riley Park on Saturday for a fun-filled afternoon of shopping, browsing and live music during the Spring Pop Up Craft Market hosted by the Bradley Beach Business Community Alliance.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors relaxed in Riley Park, all while shopping from local favorite vendors with soaps, clothing, knickknacks and more.
For Business Community Alliance President Paula Gavin, the afternoon was a great way to get the community out on a beautiful day.
“Its been very busy,” said Ms. Gavin. “It’s been a success.”
“The proceeds will help our small businesses in our town in different ways,” said Ms. Gavin.
The group was out promoting The Bradley Youth & Community Club [BYCC], a community mentoring program to provide one-on-one support for middle school students [grades 5-8] in the Bradley Beach Elementary School, and its first annual One Beach One Read program
The organization invites all Bradley Beach residents including middle school students and their families, year-round residents, summer residents and municipal employees to read “Mañanaland” by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Read the book and join the BYCC for an interactive culminating event on Thursday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the 5th Avenue Gazebo.
For vendor Danielle Hoffmann, who transforms old New Jersey Parkway tokens into jewelry and more, the day was enjoyable.
“This is my first show since everything,” said Ms. Hoffmann. “It’s really good to be back.”
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