BARNEGAT, NJ - School children provide their share of inspiration during the days of social distancing. However, they're not alone. At one over 55 community, seniors are coming up with creative ideas to pass time and bring smiles. As it turns out, there are more than a few with artistic talents living at Barnegat's Mirage.

"Chalk the Walk" has received attention across the nation. However, few stories talk about seniors taking on the challenge. Earlier this week, residents from one street decided to put fears of the coronavirus on the back burner.

Each of the participants received several pieces of chalk with instructions to "chalk the walk." They practiced social distancing while dropping to their knees, sprawled over their driveways and designed individual works of art.  For some, the tough part was getting back on their feet.

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The challenge evolved into a contest, with Supreme “Chalk” Judges Linda Kropf and Rose Holden presiding over the event. Sharon and Tom Kearns earned the first place prize of wine and a roll of toilet paper.  Their creation was a No Hopping "Step Scotch." Steve Gerhauser received a very special mention for his late entry.

Barnegat Mirage First Place


While some might lament that everyone shouldn't count on a participation trophy, this group didn't care. All the artists received a thank you note and a gift wrapped roll of toilet paper.