August may officially be the last month of summer, school gear may be all over the stores, but that doesn’t mean that summer events are over just yet, especially in Downtown Toms River. This month there’s plenty to check out. From the 5th Annual Art in the Park, a gourmet coffee shop that’s the perfect complement to a summer stroll, and a brand new luxury apartment complex.
Huddy Park Welcomes the 5th Annual Art in the Park
For the 5th year, the Toms River Artist Community will present that Annual Art in the Park on Saturday, August 19th from 11am – 5pm in Historic Huddy Park. This is your chance to view (and purchase) original and unique artwork created by local artists. Art will include paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, metal, and mixed media – talk about a variety!
While you’re strolling through the park (it is art in the park after all), enjoy live music, crafts, interactive activities, and of course… food from a number of vendors. Art in the Park is an opportunity to get your family out and about and introduce them to a wide array of original visual art, music, poetry, and dance, without having to travel to the MET. Turns out Downtown Toms River is a hub for artistic talent.
To add to the fun, all art on display will be judged by a professional panel with the 1st place winner receiving $1,000, $500 to 2nd place, and $250 to 3rd place. (If you happen to be a local artist, apply by August 4th to showcase your art and take your chance at winning the grand prize). There will also be an Honorable Mention Certificate for None Juried Art, which will include pieces created by poets, crafters, authors, and performing artists.
Featured Downtown Toms River Business: Café Enigma
When you’re in need of a delicious cup of coffee, do not go to that chain (you know who we’re talking about), instead visit Café Enigma (216 Main Street, Toms River 732-504-7653), where they serve a full menu of gourmet (both warm and cold) drinks using only the freshest, highest quality of coffee from around the world. Located in Downtown Toms River, Café Enigma is more than just a coffee shop, it’s a place where you and your friends will want to gather. They boast good vibes, simple and delicious food from healthy snacks to desserts, and of course, lots of caffeinated drinks!
As you stroll through Downtown Toms River with your cup of joe from Café Enigma and a brand new piece of artwork from Art on the Park, you may notice some construction going on. Wonder no more! It’s the Legion Square Village, a luxury apartment complex that will continue to transform Downtown Toms River. Check it out here.
Come back next month as we go through a full review of our summer season in Downtown Toms River. We’ll look back on featured businesses, exciting events, and news from the summer season. It’s What’s Happening in Downtown Toms River all year long!