Beach Reviews and Chris Rockwell

Beach Reviews
Whenever I talk about going down the shore during the summer, the usual question that follows is, “Which beach do you go to?”  Well, it depends mostly upon with whom I go.  Some friends have favorite beaches and get badges for that beach, and that beach only, for the season.  Other friends choose their beach based on proximity to their homes.  For others, it’s all about tradition.

My kind of crowd - on the Asbury Park beach.

I’m not all that picky when it comes to choosing beaches, I suppose.  Give me some warm sand beneath my bare toes and some crashing surf to lull me into a nap, and I’m a happy girl.  My biggest criteria for enjoying a day on the beach is that it needs to be relaxing – and so, the less crowded it is, the better.  (Which is why I feel really lucky that my beach days can be during the week.  The weekends are just a little too hectic for me.)

Given that I don’t have an allegiance to any one beach over the other, I decided (yesterday while I was on the Asbury Park beach) that I am going to purposely try to go to a different beach each time this year. I’ll share my experiences and observations, and maybe a photo or two, in a column over at Notes on the State of New Jersey.

I know, I know.  This is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

With Chris Rockwell when he came to visit our school.

Catching Up – Chris Rockwell
During those crazy, last few weeks of the school year, we were very lucky to have poet, Chris Rockwell, visit our school.  He performed and presented a workshop for our 7th grade students.  The kids were completely enthralled by him, and during the workshop it was hard to find anyone who wasn’t fervently on-task.  The kids were eager to share and perform the poems they wrote during the workshop.  They had an absolute blast!

Rockwell is from New Jersey and performs in, and hosts, events in the area.  He also travels across the country, performing his poetry and his music.  He’s young, energetic, and very talented – definitely someone you’ll want to follow!  I plan to see him perform live in the near future, and will keep you posted about it.

In the mean time, you can find him on facebookand listen to some of his work on myspace.

This video is of one of the poems Rockwell shared with our students (recorded at a different event).  Enjoy!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

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