Bass River State Forest Summer Events Begin With Concert

Jul 10, 2018
Photo by: Supplied Members of the Acoustic Musicians Guild performing at the Albert Hall in Waretown.

Bass River State Forest announces the 2018 summer evening programs held on Saturdays at the Lake Absegami Breezeway. They are free unless otherwise noted. The July 14 “Concert under the Stars” features the Acoustic Musicians Guild at 8 p.m. The guild is a nonprofit devoted to promoting the advancement of acoustic music across all genres.

On July 21 at 8 p.m., take an armchair hike of the 50-mile BATONA (Back to Nature) Trail through three state forests beginning in Bass River, going through Wharton and ending at Brendan Byrne. Diane Mason of the Outdoor Club of South Jersey gives the slide presentation noting places of interest, such as the forgotten towns of Martha’s Furnace, Lower Forge, Four Mile and Ong’s Hat.

Mark your calendars for a Moth Night presentation and activity, luring moths to a sheet with bait, on July 28. On Aug. 4, hear a talk about the archaeology performed at the historic Cedar Bridge Tavern. Then watch the Perseid Meteor Shower on the Lake Absegami beach at 11 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 12.

A talk on the restoration of the historic Cedar Bridge Tavern is on Aug. 18 at 8.

Then on Aug. 25, join a naturalist for a Full Moon hike that ends with a campfire (weather permitting), starting at 7:45 p.m. ($3 per person/pre-register).

Donations to the bands and forest are welcome. Heavy rain cancels. Participants should bring something comfortable to sit on; insect repellent and a flashlight are recommended. The venue is ADA accessible, but the night hike is not. The forest entrance is at 762 Stage Rd., Bass River Township.

For a 2018 Bass River State Forest summer program schedule or to register for the Night Hike, call the Forest Office at 609-296-1114 or view the calendar of events at —P.J.

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