‘Jazzy Scallop’ Taking a Hiatus

Event Will Be Back in Some Form But Not This Year
Mar 13, 2019
File Photo by: Marjorie Amon

One summer Saturday will be less jazzy this year. “The Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival is going to take a break and will not be held,” organizers announced on social media. “This is not a goodbye,” they added.

The 10-year-old festival showcased fresh seafood caught by the commercial fleet from Viking Village in Barnegat Light. Adding live jazz music to the backdrop at the commercial dock, the event under a huge white tent benefited scholarships and nonprofit organizations.

“To our very valuable contributors and patrons, thank you so much for your continuous support, but our organizational staff and dedicated volunteers need a break from a very time-consuming work effort,” said the announcement. “This break will also allow us to re-evaluate the benefit and purpose of Jazzy, and may in fact offer a new and enthusiastic future.”

The event has a Facebook page, Jazzy Scallop, where updates will be posted when the time comes.

The Facebook page describes the festival: “The Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival is a fund-raising vehicle for the ‘Larson-Puskas Fisheries Education Partnership, Inc.’ Foundation. The ‘LPFEF’ is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing education scholarships for our local youth and other Long Beach Island non-profit organizations. We are also passionate about educating the public on the Commercial Fishing industry.”

The notice for this year’s hiatus said the scholarship program will be funded “in its entirety” for this year at least. It adds that for people wishing to make a contribution, any amount will be appreciated. Those interested who don’t know whom to contact are asked to go through the Facebook page.  —M.S.

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