HAMMONTON - It may have felt like a summer night, but during this month’s Third Thursday visitors were encouraged to enjoy and “Savor the Season” of autumn.

Fall decorations adorned the shops of the downtown as people explored all there was to offer. The evening started with the ribbon cutting of the new yoga studio Blue Lotus Yoga, located on the second floor at 218 Bellevue Ave. Owners Melissa Morgan and Daniel Haber saw a need in the community.

“This town needs a studio,” said Morgan.

As Morgan and Haber began looking for a place to make their studio, they knew what block they wanted to be on.

“We like this block [between Second and Central],” said Morgan. “Everything seems right, right here.”

Those who are new to yoga or feel like they would not fit in don’t have to worry about that at Blue Lotus Yoga, the owners said.

“We opened the studio with the intention of welcoming those who aren’t in yoga culture,” said Morgan.

The studio offers classes for all levels. For more information, including class schedules, please visit their website or Blue Lotus Yoga on Facebook. Blue Lotus Yoga is located between Tales of the Olive and GorJess & LoveLee.

A new yoga studio was not the only new thing in town on Third Thursday as the Noyes Museum of Art at Kramer Hall held the opening reception of its new exhibit “The Lure of South Jersey: The Resettlement of Migrants.”

“The exhibit is meant to raise awareness of the South Jersey tradition of cultural diversity,” said Ginna Petrillo, professional services specialist at Kramer Hall. The new exhibit is one of three that will focus on migration in South Jersey.

Barbara Ashman stopped by the exhibit when her sister, Nancy Witczak, wanted to stop by the museum for the first time. The sisters have a deep connection to the history of migration in South Jersey.

“My mother was born in Scotland and was raised in Chicago. My father was born in Hawaii and was raised in South America,” said Ashman. Eventually, both parents made their way to South Jersey where they raised their children. For more information on current and upcoming exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art at Kramer Hall please visit

The new things just kept coming in the downtown, including at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery where Krystle J. Bailey was selling copies of her new book “Nourish: A Journey to Loving and Embracing the Woman Within.”

“The book is my story about body image and weight and being a woman in this world,” said Bailey. “Nourish” can be purchased from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Bailey also has her own website at

Next month’s Third Thursday, Oct. 19, will be a “Wickedly Spooktacular Bash.” The event will start at 6 p.m. and go until 9 p.m.

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