Summer is finally here and we kicked it off in Sea Girt this Memorial Day weekend. We left Saturday morning and on the way down we stopped at Delicious Orchards to pick up a few pies and other items. We were surprised by the fact there was no measurable traffic.
All was quiet when we arrived at The Girt. Matt, Allison and the girls, who were down just for the day, and Jane and John Michael were all at the beach enjoying the beautiful weather. Joe, Jodi and the boys and their friend Peter were here from North Carolina to participate in the Spring Lake 5 as they do every year. James came in first out of all our participants with a time of 41 minutes. Vincent wasn’t far behind. Theo came in third in his age group. Generous Uncle Paul gave the kids cash for running so well and for appearance fees. Also, Paul decided he wanted to make a raised vegetable garden and Debbi was busy with crafts. She and Jodi took Theo to paint pottery at the local shop.
That night we enjoyed a delicious meal and terrific wines. We started off with some steamers and Al opened up some clams on the half shell. Jim made his delicious Sea Girt chicken and the scallops that have just the right amount of kick. JM made delightful pasta with broccoli and sausage. Joe made an old-time favorite, escarole and beans. My son Charlie arrived for dinner. For dessert, we had the first round of the four pies, cherry, coconut custard, peach and apple. JM took the kids to see Men in Black II. The rest of us had lively conversation and Debbi, Jodi and I had a competitive and silly game of Scrabble. Deb won. (yes, I’m admitting that)
Sunday was a bit overcast so therefore we didn’t get to the beach until late afternoon. Paul continued his work on the garden with help from brothers Al and Joe, as well as, Jim and Peter. We had a surprise visit from Marilyn, Doug, Cindy and Santo. They were on there way back from visiting Doug’s parents in south Jersey. It was a quick visit and they left before dinner. Jane and JM went back home to Goshen.
We had another great meal that night and many more delicious wines. Jim and Margaret’s newly engaged friends Ky and Nancy also arrived as well as brother Charlie and friend Anastasia. Anastasia made crepes like the ones she brought on Christmas Eve. Dinner consisted of perfectly grilled tuna and baked cod. Jim and Joe found a great recipe for grilled fennel with orange slices that was delicious. It was interesting how pleasant the fennel was after it was grilled. We had another round of the pies-cherry rules! Paul brought out a special bottle of Beluga Vodka that a Russian client had given to him. He chipped off the cork (literally, there was a small hammer attached). There were many funny toasts of Das vandana and na zdorovyeh with pronunciation help from Anastasia. More lively conversation, some heated and political but the long full night ended quietly.
Monday morning was a steamer. The raised garden was complete along with some little jobs that Al decided to do that morning. Although it was a perfect day to go down to the beach we decided to head back home early to beat the traffic. We stopped off at Barlows the Sea Girt garden shop and picked up a few things to plant when we got back home. We planted and had a small cook out with my mom.
This was a great start to Summer.