Seabrook Day brings old-fashioned carnivals back in style

Fun family event draws a crowd to Tinton Falls community

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November 25th, 2019
Benjamin and May Yeh hold up a caricature of May from Seabrook Day.

Benjamin and May Yeh hold up a caricature of May from Seabrook Day.

The Great Lawn at Seabrook took on the air of an old-fashioned carnival earlier this fall, as children, parents, and grandparents played games, ate popcorn, and marveled at the stilt walkers making balloon animals.

The fourth annual Seabrook Day, which took place on Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Tinton Falls, N.J., Erickson Living community, saw more than 200 people, including residents and their families, staff, and volunteers. 

“Residents are saying it was our best one yet,” says Community Resources Coordinator Nakita Brown, who plans the free event.

Other entertainment included a petting zoo, pony rides, caricatures, face painting, and live performances from two-piece band Nicole and Denise. 

Brown says the event brings the community together and exemplifies Seabrook’s mission statement: “sharing our gifts to create a community that celebrates life.”

‘Good family vibe’

“We have resident and staff volunteers. And families can see what Seabrook is all about—that it’s such a lively community. It’s an all-around good family vibe because so many people come out to enjoy the day,” she says.

Brown says they changed the venue for Seabrook Day from a parking lot to the new Great Lawn, which opened last fall to coincide with Seabrook’s twentieth anniversary. The amenity features a newly constructed amphitheater and stage, walking paths, two gazebos, picnic tables, benches, rocking chairs, and beautiful landscaping.

“The renovations to our Great Lawn are designed to meet the needs of current and future residents, as the demand for the Seabrook lifestyle continues to rise,” says Executive Director Phil Jean. 

Sales Counselor Dennise Baldwin says designated outdoor spaces are a popular request among people interested in moving to Seabrook. 

“Over the past year since we opened the Great Lawn, we’ve seen how it really complements Seabrook’s commitment to active, vibrant retirement living,” Baldwin says. “On a nice day, you’ll see people enjoying the space, reading, talking with neighbors. And it’s such a beautiful venue for events like Seabrook Day and Oktoberfest. It’s been a wonderful addition to the community.”