ALLENHURST OCEAN DYE IS SUNDAY (AUG. 31): TRADITION TO HONOR LANDMARKS SCHEDULED FOR REMOVAL
The 71 year-long tradition of dyeing the ocean water bright green at summer’s end in Allenhurst is scheduled for Sunday (Aug. 31) at 3 pm and TheBPlot has the scoop for its 12,000+ followers.
This year’s ceremony, Old Memories Never Dye, honors the cove and lagoon located at the northernmost point on the beach. The two landmarks are scheduled for removal as part of the beach replenishment initiative. (more below)
“The lagoon was built in 1918 in response to the famous New Jersey shark attacks that happened two years earlier,” said Jack Lehmann, one of the event’s co-organizers. “Parents wanted a safe place for their kids to play without worrying about (what they believed were) sharks or getting pulled out into the ocean. Generations of us have used that lagoon and cove and we want to pay tribute to a big part of the history of our Allenhurst beach family.”
Old Memories Never Dye will begin with a bagpiping ceremony followed by the dying of the ocean green.
“It is great to see everyone so happy and the beach so crowded,” said Gail Matarazzo, event co-organizer whose grandfather Rob started the ocean dye tradition 71 years ago in Asbury Park.
The dye used for the ceremony is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard sanctions Allenhurst’s day-of dying of the ocean water.
All are invited to watch the ocean dye celebration from the Allenhurst Boardwalk. A day’s beach pass (no residency required) is $7. Extreme weather alternate date is Monday (Sept. 1). At 2:30 pm longtime Allenhurst beach-goers are invited to join in a commemorative “final” photo in the lagoon.
Old Memories Never Dye: the 71st Annual Dyeing of the Ocean Green in Allenhurst begins at 3 pm on Sunday (Aug. 31).
Check back here and in The Coaster next week for the surprising history of this community tradition that few truly know. And click here for an interview with the lifelong area resident who manages the concessions stand at the Allenhurst Beach Club.