rb paddle day 091414 12All ages and skill levels are invited to take it to the river on Saturday, when Paddle the Navesink Day returns to the Red Bank waterfront, above, while Skimbash brings top Skim USA Pro/Am Tour action to Sea Bright. (Photo above by John T. Ward; below by Peter Lindner)

skimbashThe beach-badge booths are boarded up; the “Bennys Go Home” banners lovingly folded with the care befitting a precious family heirloom. But on the ocean beaches and waterways of the Greater Red Bank Green, it’s still very much Local Summer; a busy interlude of family-friendly festivals, recreational opportunities and other welcome rituals.

The weekend ahead sees the reappearance of three such signifiers of Local Summer living — including the September edition of SkimBash in Sea Bright, and the annual Iron Girl Women’s Triathlon on Sandy Hook.

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When the moon isn’t busy waxing and waning, it plays host to the Exit 109 Yakers‘ monthly celebration of the sport of kayaking. The group, which comprises both newcomers looking to meet other kayakers and old friends who paddle together multiple times a week, gathers at Red Bank’s Maple Cove each full moon for a “meet and eat” feast at 6 p.m. before heading out. The group, a product of a Meetup.com page organized by Cindy Burnham, headed west toward Shadow Lake right at sunset Friday, forming a 32-vessel rainbow on onto our beautiful Navesink River. Next one is slated for Sunday, September 28. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)