September 16

OCEAN DYE ADDS COLOR TO BEGINNING OF ‘LOCAL SUMMER’

After a few delays due to extreme weather conditions, the ocean dye in Allenhurst happened Saturday with the same exuberance and passion that the tradition has embraced for 73 years.  For almost an hour, a small part of the ocean was dyed emerald green and filled with joyful children and adults.
“I was so glad the weather finally cooperated,” said Gail Matarazzo, Oakhurst resident and organizer of the ocean dye.  “It makes me so happy to see lots of folks enjoying themselves, especially the kids.  The bagpiper is always great too.  Another summer season wraps up and I’m so glad to continue the tradition that was started so many years ago.  I also really want to thank the Allenhurst lifeguards for keeping everyone safe.”
73rd Annual Allenhurst ocean dye.

73rd Annual Allenhurst ocean dye.

The ocean dye was locally buzzing on social media Saturday afternoon.  On Twitter, @rules_dawg tweeted “#happy” and @hippy.lady tweeted “New Jersey style fun.”  Tamron Hall, co-host of the Today Show’s 9 am hour commented on Instagram, “That’s so visual.  How’s that for a great local summer tradition.”  Frances Moore-Tauriello summed up the day commenting “awesome” on a Facebook post.

“No matter how rough the water is the ocean dye is a tradition that we have enjoyed with our friends for at least 20 years.  We would never miss it.” said Donna Shucavage, Wayside resident.  “We all plunge in the green water and wish each other luck, health and happiness until next summer.”

In 1943, Matarazzo’s grandfather, Bob Fountain, owner of Bubble Land amusements in Asbury Park dropped extra dye he had from one of his rides in the ocean on Labor Day to celebrate his daughter’s birthday. Today, his granddaughters Matarazzo and Joan Desmarais continue the tradition, the longest tradition of its kind (Chicago’s river dye began in 1961) in the country.  The dye used is vegetable-based and approved by the EPA.

Let the local summer begin!

THREE MINUTES EVERY WEEK = SOMETHING WORTH TALKING ABOUT

THREE MINUTES EVERY WEEK = SOMETHING WORTH TALKING ABOUT

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