Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook - On Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 11am the American Littoral Society will hold its 39th annual Dery Bennett Memorial New Year's Day beach walk, in memory of former Society Executive Director Dery Bennett, who founded and led the walk for many years.  Participants should meet at 11am at 18 Hartshorne Drive, Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook, 07732,

The annual event draws supporters of all ages to join Society naturalists and educators in a walk from the Society's office at Building 18 on Sandy Hook, out to North Beach and then further on to the tip of the Hook.  The walk is free to attend and all are welcome.

While at the tip of the Hook, the Sandy Hook group will attempt to communicate with Northeast Chapter coast walkers, across the Bay in New York.  "For 38 years various attempts to make contact with our New York counterparts have been made," says Tim Dillingham, Executive Director.  "Methods have included hydrophone (phone set attached to a tin can with fishing line), bottle rockets, giant mirrors made from pie plates, and semaphore flags.   Guests will have to wait and see what's in store for this year."

Following the walk a complimentary light lunch and hot cocoa will be served in Building 18.  Participants are encouraged to bring a pot luck dessert to share with the group. 

Before and after the walk participants will have an opportunity to talk with Carson Greengrove, a Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School student and Eagle Scout candidate who is working on a rain barrel project to benefit the Littoral Society.  The barrels, to be housed at Building 18 on Sandy Hook, will serve to conserve and recycle water and will be painted by local artists Kathy and Rich Lucas to depict the use of each of the four barrels.   Anyone wishing to contribute to the project may make a tax deductible donation to the American Littoral Society and indicate the donation is in support of the rain barrel project.

Participants on the walk should dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars.   For questions or additional information, please call the Society at 732-291-0055 or visit www.littoralsociety.org