Anyone with roots in Belmar has memories of the Freedman's Bakery sign. A classic example of space age architecture (sometimes called Googie, and Doo-Wop), a part of the Main Street landscape for many decades, part of the local scenery until the demise of the bakery itself several years ago. After that the sign ended up in the possession of BelmarArts. Parts of it even sat in our side yard a few years ago.
The decision was made earlier this year to raffle off the "Freedman's" part of the sign, and tickets for this purpose have been sold since the beginning of the summer, with a planned drawing to be held in September. At last week's art reception, that went down as expected.
The name written on the ticket wasn't quite legible, but the phone number was, and the winner was confirmed that day. Earlier today the winners came by to claim their prize. It's Joe and Terry Halifko and now they own an iconic piece of Belmar history.
Rumor has it that in the future those large round letters that spelled out B A K E R Y will be made available to the public. Keep an eye on this space to learn more.
winner photo provided by BelmarArts