So, the box stores would have you believe that the holiday season started sometime in mid-October. But we love autumn on LBI. We love Thanksgiving and every pigment of every leaf before it falls from the trees. We've had north swells and striper runs. So, we're never in a hurry for it to be over. Spend Thanksgiving on the beach with your family, not at some retailer.

Holiday Open House

But you do have to get that shopping started now that we're on the fading end of November. So, if you're looking for some great gifts by talented, local artists this season, join us on Small Business Saturday for the Ann Coen Gallery's Holiday Art Sale.

This year, in addition to new photographic works by Chris Pfeil, Eric Hance and Ann, we'll have some new smaller woodcut pieces by Julie Goldstein, as well as a hand-crafted wooden surfboard by Randy Budd of Pine Knot Surfboards, holiday greeting cards, inspirational posters, and select vintage items for the season ....Plus cocoa.

Winter may be knocking, but the gallery will be warm with holiday cheer. This is a chance to pick up gifts that are one of a kind, locally inspired and made by people in our community. We can't wait to see everyone. The event runs from 11 am- 6 pm, but we'll keep the party going if the cocoa is flowing. Bring your own mug.

For those visiting LBI: Long Beach Island is Exit 63 on the Garden State Parkway, about 50 minutes south of Asbury Park. We are located on 15th St. and Long Beach Boulevard in Surf City.