Stellar Weather Expected for The Makers Festival

Jonathan Carr
By September 15, 2016 14:05

Stellar Weather Expected for The Makers Festival

Weather NJ is both honored and proud to provide a special event forecast for the second annual Makers Festival this weekend. The event is this Saturday, September 17th from 10AM to 6PM at Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin, NJ. Curated by the cutting edge and community-minded organization, The MakeShift Union, The Makers Festival 2016 promises to deliver a stepped-up array of local shopping, food, brew, music, yoga and more. The festival grounds are free to attend. Biergarten entry is $10 which includes a souvenir mug and one complimentary pour.  A portion of event proceeds benefit the Jetty Rock Foundation & a Southern Regional High School Arts Scholarship. Here are some details and photos from last year…


The MakeShift Union

The MakeShift UnionThe MakeShift Union: left: Erin Buterck, center: Dani Corso, right: Jeanine Errico

The Makers Festival was created by The MakeShift Union, made up of Erin Buterick, Dani Corso and Jeannine Errico, along with strategic partnerships with Dawn Simon of Swing Graphics, Jessie Temple of Bunkerfish Design and Brie Fagan of Wandering Gypsea.

The mission of The MakeShift Union is to help nurture and showcase homegrown artistic talent and business sensibilities while simultaneously providing a high-quality experience for the community. Our services range from hosting large scale curated events to helping other businesses bring their visions to life through education and consultation.

The mission of our festival is to highlight the underground current of Makers who are changing the landscape of production & consumerism in America, and more specifically, Ocean County where we live, work & play. It will be a day to celebrate the collective artistic endeavors of homegrown talent locally & beyond, and will feature over ten dozen Makers whose crafts include everything from handmade & vintage fashion, sculpting & woodworking, photography & fine art, craft beer, food and music.


ReclaimedPhoto Credit: Diana Van Horn Photography

shoppingPhoto Credit: Taylor Leonardo

The 2016 Makers Festival lineup features over 125 local hanmade vendors.

Also check out the MakeShift Pop Up Shop,collaborative 16-vendor shop consisting of a multitude of handmade goods and Makers Fest merchandise. Water bottles for the ALO water filling stations can be purchased there along with reusable tote bags for your convenience. Look for the “Makeshift Union” tents by the Manahawkin Lake Gazebo.

Fresh Local Food

foodPhoto Credit: Diana Van Horn Photography

Photo Credit: Diana Van Horn Photography

Fresh local food will be provided by The Woo Hoo, Sunny Raes Kitchen, Anonymous Pulled Pork, Concave Small Batch Coffee Roasters, Sassafras Hill Farm, General Store, Passion Flour, The Oyster Farmers, Living on the Veg and Cafe Diem.


Photo by Ann Coen Photography
Photo Credit: Ann Coen Photography

Biergarten entry is $10 which includes a souvenir mug and one complimentary pour. They’ll be pouring delicious local brew from Ship Bottom Brewery, Pinelands Brewing Company, Tuckahoe Brewing Co., and Brooklyn Brewery. There will also be a selection of beers from Shore Point Distributing Company. Here’s the beer list:

beer list


Photo Credit: Diana Van Horn Photography

Photo Credit: Diana Van Horn Photography

Great local sounds will be provided by Above the Moon, THE DISFUNCTION, The Double Negatives, Matt Rott, Nectar and Ambrosia, Sahara Moon, Yes Love and The River Bones.

The Sanctuary

the sanctuary
Photo Credit: Diana Van Horn Photography

The Sanctuary is a place to unwind, rest in a hammock, grab some water and take in the sights. At the 2016 Makers Festival, keep your eye out for the designated area set amongst a patch of trees lined with makeshift bungalows, rest tents, and hammocks. Here is where you’ll find ALO’s complimentary water station, along with complimentary screenings, detailed below.  It’s recommended that guests bring their own reusable water bottles, blankets, or beach chairs for your lounging pleasure.


Photo Credit: Diana Van Horn Photography

There will be yoga running all day under our yoga tent on festival grounds. Classes are complimentary, however donations are accepted. Bring your own mat.  All ages and skill levels welcome! (pre-registration not mandatory, but recommended to guarantee your spot.)


The 2016 Makers Festival is proudly sponsored by The Botanical Box, Robert Errico Building Contractor Inc., Creative Click Media, Medicine Solutions Pharmacy, Shore Point Distributing Company, Inc., M.T.Burton Gallery, LBI Chamber of Commerce, Suburban Camping Co., Bay Magazine, Pangaea Naturals Health Food Market, Thomas Massa DMD & Associates, Greg Molyneux Photography, and Ocean Tents & Party Rentals.

Weather Forecast

The MakeShift Union picked a great day to have an outdoor event. Skies should be partly-to-mostly sunny and pleasant with afternoon high temperatures topping out in the upper-70s. We can thank a very light E/SE breeze off the ocean for this. High pressure will be situated just off our coast providing light anti-cyclonic flow responsible for the light breeze. Absolute September day perfection IMO.

Event hours are 10AM-6PM and will feature the most beautiful conditions of the day so get out there and enjoy! I’ll be hanging near the vendor tents of Greg Molyneux Photography, Reclaimed (Ben Wurst) and LBIF (Jeff Ruemeli and friends). Stop on by and say hello!

Be safe! JC

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For more information about vendors, food establishments, the biergarten, live music, the sanctuary, yoga, event FAQs or the
sponsors of The 2016 Makers Festival, please check out the official event website.

Top Cover Photo Credit: Diana Van Horn Photography

Jonathan Carr
By September 15, 2016 14:05