Observe Mardi Gras in Multiple Ways

Feb 05, 2018

Mardi Gras, the annual “Fat Tuesday” tradition of the feast before the Christian Lenten season, is recognized in a variety of ways locally.

On Friday, Feb. 9, James Day and the Fish Fry bring their Mardi Gras celebration concert and dance party to the Lizzie Rose Music Room in Tuckerton. While the room is not known as a dance club, given its carpeted floor, those inclined to “cut a rug” are encouraged to do so where space allows. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show. A special offer of “buy one, get one free” is now available.

James Day is a Southern blues artist, originally from the Gulf Coast, who writes clever, original songs on the Vizztone Record Label. Described as turbocharged zydeco and New Orleans grooves, the Fish Fry are “top shelf players and great showmen.”

For a different flavor of observance, join the Mardi Gras Bunco Party at Lacey Township Community Hall on Route 9 in Forked River from 6 to 10 p.m. It’s a Victorian parlor game of dice with no skill involved or experience necessary. The Woman’s Club of Lacey hosts the event, which includes a light dinner, dessert, coffee and tea; costumes are optional. The party benefits a special state project, Preventing Child Abuse. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Call Lori at 609-971-0583.

Then on the actual day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, bring the little ones and drop in to the Barnegat branch of the Ocean County Library for a Mardi Gras craft activity for ages 2 and older, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  —V.F.

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