Bakers needed for Squan Seniors annual Berry Fest

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The Manasquan Seniors’ 12th annual Berry and Craft Festival will return to Squan Plaza on Aug. 1. PHOTO BY HOPE PATTI

MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Seniors are planning to host their 12th annual Berry and Craft Festival in August and are seeking some extra help from the community to pull off the popular event.

The festival, to be held Sunday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Squan Plaza, is in need of bakers, according to event chair Pauline Evans.

“The Seniors has been a great organization for the town,” Ms. Evans said, “and now that the seniors are aging out of baking we were hoping that the community could step up to the plate for those who like to bake” and donate their time and baked goods.

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“It’s important to have the community involved because we want to have a successful bake sale and without people volunteering to help bake, we won’t have enough baked goods for everyone to enjoy,” she added.

The annual Berry Festival is the sole fundraiser for the seniors, and supports the group’s various meetings, trips and events.

“It helps defray the cost of some of the activities for the seniors,” Ms. Evans said.

The main attraction of the event is the bake sale, which features a baked goods table run by the seniors with berry pies, breads and other berry goodies and desserts.

And, like years past, vendors will be spread out in Squan Plaza selling a variety of merchandise including jewelry, clothing, art and more.

“Whether people are able to bake or just come and purchase and participate, we’re looking forward to a great event,” Ms. Evans said.

Those interested in donating baked goods are asked to call Ms. Evans at 917-648-1820.

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