To the Shore Once More: A Portrait Of The Jersey Shore; Prose, Poetry, and Works of Art


"Standing on the shore at night, listening to the hollow boom and hiss of the waves, I stared at the legion of stars processioning the sky. Absorbed by the immensity of space and time, I was struck by the preciousness of life in all its varied forms and exalted in being part of that procession." -from To The Shore Once More: Point Pleasant Beach

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"Standing on the shore at night, listening to the hollow boom and hiss of the waves, I stared at the legion of stars processioning the sky. Absorbed by the immensity of space and time, I was struck by the preciousness of life in all its varied forms and exalted in being part of that procession." -from To The Shore Once More: Point Pleasant Beach

Jersey Shore Publications is pleased to bring you To The Shore Once More, a coffee table book of prose, poetry, and works of art about the Jersey Shore.

Oversized (12 ¼" x12 ¼"), with 168 pages of text, including 97 full-color paintings by area artists, this is one of the most enchanting and beautiful books about the Jersey Shore ever published. It is sure to bring many nights of reading and viewing pleasure.

The essays and poetry by acclaimed, local poet and writer, Frank Finale, elicit an emotional response and lingering memory. These graceful personal essays and poems capture the essence of the Jersey Shore while exploring universal themes of life and nature.

The book is divided into six chapters, four by season-Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn-plus chapters on Christmas and Poetry. These seasonal stories and poems are perfect for reading aloud throughout the year and may even become a family tradition in years to come!

Also inside, you'll find stunning, full color paintings of some of the loveliest landmarks and locations at the Jersey Shore. Each have been painted by area artists including Paula Kolojeski, Dick LaBonté, Theresa Troise Heidel, Ludlow Thorston, Margaret Tourison Berndt, Sara Eyestone, Sheila Mickle, Virginia Perle, Muriel Rogers, Dawn Hotaling, and Stephen Harrington.

This book will bring you closer to the places you love at the Shore-you, your family, and friends will treasure it for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

Jen Murphy
The true beauty and feelings the area elicits are portrayed with unbelievable accuracy.One of the most enchanting books ever published about the Jersey Shore, To The Shore Once More is guaranteed to become a classic and the first editions will surely become sought after collector's editions.
The Coast Star and The Ocean Star
Larry Savadove
The art works are allowed their own say, unlike many books where they are there merely to decorate the text. Paula Kolojeski's views of marshes and beaches, Theresa Troise Heidel's magnificent Victorian piles, Margaret Tourison Berndt's swift, racing hulls get full-page treatment in excellent reproductions. There are also Dick LaBonte's playful frolics, Ludlow Thorston's moody dunes, Virginia Perle's evocative waterscapes and Stephen Harrington's meticulous depictions of Old Barney and the Twin Lights of Navesink.
Melissa Depp
Frank Finale is somewhat of a Jersey Shore celebrity..Finale's graceful personal words capture the essence of the Jersey Shore.the book promises to evoke fond memories of much loved Shore spots and lifestyles.
The Ocean County Observer
The Point
A great...gorgeous book...fantastic!...a book for everybody...great stuff of the Jersey Shore...makes an excellent coffee table book. Anybody who lives at the Jersey Shore should have it.
The Morning Show, 94.3 FM,
Travis Cunningham
Arranged into sections by the change of seasons, Finale's poetry and prose illuminates the rhythms of the Shore over the course of the year. Finale masterfully captures the ebb and flow of seasonal life here. To The Shore Once More is certain to have its readers return to its pages again and again. This is a book that deserves to be displayed, shared with friends and visitors who may see our region only during summer vacations.
The Shore Herald
WOBM absolutely beautiful coffee table book...a truly a fantastic book to put in your home...
The Early Morning Show, 92.7 FM, WOBM
Lois M. Rogers
...the book captures the well-loved landmarks of the Jersey Shore—from the Twin Lights of Navesink to the tower of Old Barney—and gracefully includes a host of lesser known treasures as well. Among them, the "Belmar Gazebo" and "Bridge On Shark River, Belmar," both captured in golden light by Theresa Troise Heidel; "Ellen's Dune," by Margaret Tourison Berndt and "Sunset On The Toms River," by Virginia Perle.
Asbury Park Press
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963290618
  • Publisher: Jersey Shore Publications
  • Publication date: 7/21/1999
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,464,278
  • Product dimensions: 12.50 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Poetry 4
Contents: Works of Art 5
Foreword 7
How This Book Came To Be 7
About The Artists 9
About The Essays And Poetry 9
Introduction 11
Winter 15
Winter Still Lifes 17
Journal From A Snowy Winter: Morning, Noon, And Night 21
The Kiss 25
A Fragile Beauty 29
A Winter's Walk Along The Shore 33
Spring 37
The Peepers 39
The Connection 43
Class Trip (A Walk Along The Beach) 47
Summer 51
Salad Days 53
To The Shore Once More: Point Pleasant Beach 57
Summer Job 61
The Boardwalk: Spring Lake 65
A Tour Of Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, And Sea Girt 69
To The Sea Once More 73
Summer Lot 77
Tales Of Wildlife Along The Jersey Shore 83
A Telltale Phrase 83
The Flight Of The Gulls 84
The Dinner Party 84
The Geese 85
A Bit Of Summer Snow 85
Nature Versus Man 86
Autumn 89
Falling Back 91
The Apple Farm 95
The Legend Of A Tree: Toms River 99
Christmas 103
The Legacy 105
Assembling The Toys 109
The Gift Of A Tree 113
Sally 117
Old Gray 121
Poetry 125
The Jersey Shore 127
Nature 136
Autumn 143
Winter And Christmas 147
People 150
School 156
Labor 160
Stories And Essays 164
Poems 164
Other Books And Periodicals 165
Artists 166
Frank Finale
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