Island Beach:  A Sonnet in the Sands
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July 2420187:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch, Mancini Hall, , Toms River, NJ, + Google Map
Event Title Island Beach:  A Sonnet in the Sands
Event Start Date/Time 07-24-2018 7:00 PM
Event End Date/Time 07-24-2018 8:30 PM
Venue Name Ocean County Library – Toms River
Venue Location Street Address: 101 Washington Street

City: Toms River

State: New Jersey

Zip Code: 08753
Event Details Gordon Hesse will provide a slide presentation and talk based on his new book on Tuesday, July 24 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Ocean County Library – Toms River branch. The 288-page book has more than 385 images of Island Beach’s hidden past, from the time the Europeans arrived up to the present day.

Stories of land pirates, shipwrecks, dramatic lifesaving rescues and tragedies, seaweed industries, squatters and shack leases, beach buggies and top secret missile tests are included. Hundreds of vintage images and photographs by exceptional wildlife photographers are featured.

“The dramas of lives lived, saved, and lost – both in personal accounts and in the historic record – resonate with those of every life,” Hesse wrote in the preface to the book. “This seemingly simple place has a history that begs to be expanded and recorded before it fades away. Hopefully, this book will leave a respectful imprint and capture some of the history, folklore, beauty, culture, and significance of this precious gem of a place.”

The program is free and open to the public. Register by calling 732-349-6200 or visiting

Free parking is available daily after 5 p.m., in the top and middle levels of the Toms River parking garage located behind the library or anytime in the Ocean County parking garage on Hooper Avenue.

Phone Number (732) 349-6200
Admission Price $0.00