Summer is coming to an end, but not before Belmont Shore showcases Second Street with one last Stroll & Savor to close out the season.
"People are already going back to school and are getting home from vacation, so we're gonna look at this as an enjoyable way to celebrate the end of summer in our neighborhood," Dede Rossi, Belmont Shore Business Association executive director, said.
Next week's Stroll & Savor finale, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 21 and 22, won't be much different than the previous two-day events, but Rossi said it gives neighbors and friends another chance to experience generous tasting samples, good music and a summery Belmont Shore environment.
"This year was really the best year we have had yet for Stroll & Savor," she said. "Everything from the turnout to the great music... it's all a hit."
The highlight of event is the food, of course, with more than 35 Belmont Shore eateries offering samples off their menus. Tickets are just $10 for 12 tickets — and Rossi said not to underestimate how much food that $10 can get you.
For example, Legends is offering pork sliders for three tickets, Domenico's has slices of pizza for four tickets and Paradis and Creamisty both have desserts available for two to four tickets, just to name a few. Tickets will be available for purchase in front of Chase Bank, 5200 E. Second St.
There also will be plenty of music up and down the street.
On Wednesday, the lineup is Dad Company (playing at Corona Avenue), Think of one Jazz (Argonne Avenue), Nth (Roycroft Avenue) Kor 4 (near Santa Ana Avenue) and the Jim Fisk Band (Claremont Avenue). On Thursday, a fresh musical lineup will include Gregg Young and the 2nd Street Band (Corona Avenue), US99 (Argonne Avenue), Claudio Duo (Claremont Avenue), Nth (in front of Rubio's) and The Flannels (near Santa Ana Avenue).
The best part about Stroll & Savor, Rossi added, is that it brings the Belmont Shore community together with food, music and an excuse to spend time with friends and family. But now that Shore's summertime activities have come to an end, it's time to prepare for fall and winter.
"We're excited for the Belmont Shore Car Show coming up in just a couple of weeks (Sunday, Sept. 8)," Rossi said. "And then we get right back to it and start working towards the Christmas Parade."
Belmont Shore's final Stroll & Savor of the year is happening from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 22, along Second Street between Livingston Drive and Bay Shore Avenue.
Tickets are 10 for $12 and can be purchased the day of outside Chase Bank, 5200 E. Second St.
For more information, go to belmontshore.org/event/stroll-savor.
Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at email@example.com.