OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Welcome the rebirth of light during a Winter Solstice Celebration to be held tonight, December 20 at Serenity by the Sea, 53 Main Avenue.

"We will discuss the meaning of the solstice, and set our intentions as we welcome the return of the light, and bells will be rung," said shop owner Sarah Taylor Izzo, referring to the solstice, which marks the longest hours of darkness before the hours of daylight grow longer.

It occurs each year between December 20 and December 23, with the first day of astronomical winter on December 21.

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The event, to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature several raffle baskets with proceeds to benefit Mary's Place by the Sea, an respite for women with cancer in Ocean Grove — "since they provide a light for so many," Izzo said.

Refreshments will be served. Cost $15 and reservations can be made by calling 973-699-1760. Space is limited.

A Little Shop of Wonders, Where Creativity Abounds … Every Day

Serenity by the Sea, it’s always about creating beautiful things and introducing specialty items that includes handcrafted and fair trade treasures, one-of-a-kind artwork, eco-friendly merchandise, and personal care items that relieve stress and promote relaxation, including CBD oils and creams.

What’s more, shop owner Sarah Taylor Izzo is known for her custom-designed lines of hotholders and other home textiles, tutus for children and pets, bracelets and affirmation art.

In fact, Izzo’s keen eye for items that are “deliciously delightful and zenful” makes a visit to Serenity by the Sea a different experience every time.

For example, she recently introduced an expansive line of her “Just Charming” line of DIY jewelry, which includes hundreds of different styles and shapes of charms that can be used to create keychains, necklaces and bracelets.

Serenity by the Sea also showcases featured vendors on a regular basis, including NJ Hair Fairy Kate Bresso who does her magic with Luna Locks sparkling hair extensions. Watch for details on her next visit.

To complement the shop’s ever-changing mix of merriment, there is a selection of blooms of the season beginning every weekend on Fresh Flower Friday.

Here is just a sampling of what you’ll find at this beautiful little gem at the Jersey Shore.

  • Unique Finds for Any Holiday or Special Occasion
  • Treasures from Around the World
  • Bamboo Fabric Clothing and Other Eco-Friendly Items
  • Custom-Designed Hotholders and Potholders
  • Bracelets, Beads, Baubles
  • Crystals, Charms and Trinkets
  • CBD Oils and Creams for Humans and Pets by Holistic Health Extracts
  • One-of-a-Kind Tutus for All Ages … and Pets Too.
  • Gems from the Sea
  • Scented Soy Candles, Luxury Spa Items and Soaps
  • Yoga-Inspired Items
  • Handcrafted Home Décor and Wall Art
  • Hostess Gifts and Custom Gift Baskets

Serenity by the Sea at 53 Main Avenue is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to confirm hours, visit its Facebook page, or call 973-699-1760.

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