Monday, October 27, 2014

The Wildwoods in the Heart of Up-and-Coming Southern New Jersey Wine Country


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The Wildwoods and wine make the perfect combination.

The Wildwoods are in the midst of an ever-burgeoning wine country – just minutes from seven impressive vineyards producing some of the area’s finest wines. This phenomenon is no coincidence however, as sandy soils along with Southern New Jersey’s unique mild climate make the area surrounding the Wildwoods an ideal environment for grape growing and wine making.

With the Wildwoods Second Season well underway and grape harvesting at its peak, the ideal fall vacation for wine lovers who also enjoy the tranquility of the beach and boardwalk in the fall, cool breezes, bountiful sunshine and fun-filled special events and festivals, a stay in the Wildwoods is the ideal choice. In addition, fall rates at the many hotels-motels that remain open during this period make for a very affordable getaway.

The fall event and festival schedule is jam-packed with so many exciting things to see and do after visiting the area vineyards. Starting right after Labor Day, every weekend is loaded with fun events such as the Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally, Philadelphia Mummers String Band Show, Hydrofest Power Boat Races, Classic Car Auction and Boardwalk Classic Car Show, Seafarers’ Celebration, Olde Time Italian Festival, Monster Truck Races on the Beach, The Race of Gentleman Vintage Car & Motorcycle Beach Drag Races, The Seafood and Music Festival and the Fabulous ‘50s Weekend to name a few.

A quick tour of the vineyards surrounding the Wildwoods illustrates that New Jersey lives up to its moniker as “The Garden State.” New Jersey’s southernmost region is an agricultural hub for wine cultivation. Rich farmland is home to acres of vineyards whose grapes patiently transform into award-winning, hand crafted fine wines. Wines from these local wineries are even served in many of the Wildwoods’ fine restaurants offering a great dining experience to a beautiful fall getaway.

Willow Creek Winery

Willow Creek Winery, the area’s newest and largest winery located in West Cape May is just 20 minutes from the Wildwoods. Willow Creek Winery handcrafts sustainable wines that are also bottled on their beautiful 50-acre estate. Take a guided tour of their vineyard or stroll through their scenic gardens before settling into a seat at the bar for tastings at their 12,000-square-foot hand carved post and beam winery with luxurious leather couch seating areas. Enjoy their estate wines and signature sangria slushies and the delicious tapas menu offered daily – all on the beautiful outside brick patio overlooking the fireplace.

Turdo Vineyards

Turdo Vineyards, a quaint, family-owned winery in North Cape May, offering year-round tastings of their award-winning Italian grape wines served in a hospitable atmosphere. With 100% of the fruit estate-grown, this charming winery produces quality varietals such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and their signature wine, Nero D’Avola. Less than 10 miles from the Wildwoods, this winery is well worth the short scenic drive.

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery, located in Rio Grande – just a short drive from the Wildwoods, offers special events and tours year-round on their sprawling 100-plus acre farm. Three generations of the Wuerker family have lovingly cultivated the farmland while nature provides the perfect conditions for growing grapes with its sandy soils and cool ocean breezes. Guests visit the tasting room, open daily year-round, for educational tastings of their current wine releases, or embark on a guided tour of the vineyard and winery facility. In season, enjoy live music and refreshments at Saturdays on the Crushpad and Sangria Sundays.

Jessie Creek Winery

Also a short drive from the Wildwoods awaits an intimate wine tasting experience at the Jessie Creek Winery in Cape May Court House. Providing a flavorful bounty of their five varieties including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chambourcin and Pinot Grigio, is the objective of this Jersey Shore Winery. This winery sets the stage for a romantic getaway or extended visit for lovers of wine and history.

Natali Vineyards

Just 20 minutes from the Wildwoods in Cape May Court House, Natali Vineyards boasts, “The wine is made in the vineyard." During the summer season Natali hosts popular “Wine It Down Wednesdays” at their cozy outdoor picnic area. Open in the fall and winter seasons, Natali Vineyards offers numerous events, such as Harvest and Crush, an afternoon featuring live jazz music, contests, food, tastings and more.

Cape May Winery

Cape May Winery, located in North Cape May, is a must-see tourist destination for wine lovers visiting the Wildwoods – and those who enjoy the scenic outdoors. It offers comprehensive wine tours on their sprawling property and “six for six” tastings of their signature wines. A wide assortment of red, white and fruit wines are available for tasting, coupled with a tranquil view. Among three tasting rooms and four different vineyards producing 20 varieties of wine, you are bound to find more than a few to please. The charming deck and breathtaking views of the 150-acre property give this North Cape May attraction its appeal.

With many of the region’s best wineries just minutes from the Wildwoods, lots of great events and festivals and a number of fine restaurants throughout the Wildwoods, visitors to this southern New Jersey shore destination can enhance their vacation getaway with a visit to some of the East Coast’s finest wineries.

The Wildwoods and wine, as it turns out, are a perfect combination for a memorable fall getaway.

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Mural Honors Legendary Impresario

Left to right:  Joey Stamile III,  Mike Gallo, Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr.

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD –
Concert goers attending events at Fox Park’s amphitheater will not only be treated to music for their ears, they will also be treated to a feast for their eyes. The city unveiled a mural honoring Wildwood’s late, legendary impresario, Joe Stamile Jr. The Oct. 18 unveiling took place between acts during Wildwood’s Fabulous ‘50s Weekend.

Thousands of music lovers watched as the blue cover was removed and the colorful wall made its debut. On hand to help unveil Wildwood’s newest piece of public art was the late Stamile’s son, Joey Stamile III.

According to Joey Stamile, his father passed away in 1982, but his legacy in the City of Wildwood is long lasting. He said his father was born in Philadelphia, but came to Wildwood at a young age.  From then on, the elder Stamile helped the city become a performance hot spot for musical talent. 

For almost a century Wildwood’s music scene was one of the hottest in the nation. And, according to Mayor Ernie Troiano, during the 60s, 70s and 80s, Stamile was instrumental in bringing many of those acts to the city.

“Joe was very well-respected,” said the mayor. “He owned several nightclubs that booked big acts and he helped negotiate deals to have several movies shot here.”

The new mural, painted by artist Mike Gallo, on the rear wall of the amphitheater stage, offers performers a colorful backdrop. Stamile’s portrait, along with more than 20 local marquees, is included in the mural.

“They represent the history and flavor of the nightclub scene and entertainment in Wildwood,” explained Troiano.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Wildwoods Unveil Second 'Icon Wall' Mural Featuring Bill Haley & His Comets


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The Wildwoods, NJ – October 17, 2014 – The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) unveiled its second Icon Wall Mural in the Wildwoods today, October 17.

Bill Haley & The Comets were selected for the second Icon Wall Mural to commemorate the 60th anniversary of their hit song ‘Rock Around the Clock’ – which was first performed live in the Wildwoods at the HofBrau Hotel in 1954 – just one block from where the commemorative wall is now located at Oak and Pacific Avenues.

Dick Richards and Joey D’Ambrosio – the two living members of the original group – joined officials as they unveiled the giant icon wall mural, which features the band’s likeness from the 1950s painted on the south wall of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce building.

The unveiling event appropriately kicked off the 11th Annual Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Weekend in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to the Wildwoods’ role in the birth of Rock and Roll music.

During the ceremony, City of Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano presented a proclamation to the surviving Comets; New Jersey State Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi presented The Comets with Certificates of Appreciation; and Jon Bowman “Bowzer” (formerly of the singing group Sha-Na-Na and currently the leader of Bowzer and the Stingrays) shared insight about the upcoming  “Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Concert” taking place on Saturday, October 18 in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center during Fabulous 50s Weekend in the Wildwoods.

John Siciliano, executive director for GWTIDA explained, “We could not think of a better group of artists for the second Icon Wall Mural than Bill Haley & The Comets – the group, who debuted the first American Rock and Roll hit song right here in the Wildwoods, forever changed music for a new generation.”

Susan Daly, owner and primary artist of Masters Mural Studio – a custom artwork and design production company – was selected as the artist for the Bill Haley & The Comets Icon Wall Mural. Daly brings years of extensive experience – she has painted custom art work for casinos, restaurants and private individuals for 30 years. Daly is located in the South Jersey area – her work is most prominent in Atlantic City, NJ and Charleston, SC.

For more information on Susan Daly please visit www.mastersmuralstudio.com.

The Bill Haley & The Comets Icon Wall Mural is the second in a series of several murals planned throughout the Wildwoods. The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) conceived of and developed the Icon Wall Murals project to beautify selected public spaces while heightening appreciation of how the Wildwoods have evolved over the decades into a living, breathing slice of Americana.

The Icon Wall Murals will feature key individuals or one-of-a-kind treasures that have significantly contributed to Wildwoods' colorful history and unique culture that has drawn people of all ages to this shore resort destination for generations.

Founded in 1952, Bill Haley & The Comets – also referred to as Bill Haley & His Comets and Bill Haley’s Comets – were perhaps the first group to bring Rock and Roll to a mainstream audience. The group put their enormous signature on rock and roll history during the final minutes of a recording session in 1954 for the single ‘Rock Around the Clock.’

A month later, the group first performed the song live at the HofBrau Hotel in the Wildwoods, marking the beginning of the Rock and Roll revolution. The song was later chosen to play over the opening credits of Blackboard Jungle, and as a result, the single sold a million copies in a single month in the spring of 1955.

Decades later, ‘Rock Around the Clock’ enjoyed a renewed wave of popularity after being introduced to a new generation when it was used as the theme song for the popular 1970s sit-com “Happy Days,” set in the 1950s. Over the course of the past 60 years the song has sold more than 30 million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Bill Haley & The Comets as well as the HofBrau Hotel are synonymous with the Wildwoods and the birth of modern Rock and Roll music.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.     
   
About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wildwoods Sign to be fully refurbished in November


The Wildwoods Sign at Boardwalk & Rio Grande Avenue will undergo a full refurbishment in two phases next month, beginning Monday, November 3rd.

Here's the official release, including some very interesting facts about the signage.

We're finding it hard to believe that this iconic landmark is only 7 years old!

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Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority Announces Refurbishment Plans 
for Iconic Wildwoods Sign 

PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ – October 15, 2014 – The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) announced plans to refurbish the destination’s seven-year-old landmark Wildwoods Sign located on the Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue.

The nine front, brushed aluminum letters and blue background letters that make up the 80-foot-long, 19-foot-high iconic sign – coined ‘the Hollywood sign of the East Coast’ – will be completely refurbished and resurfaced – restoring the sign to its original luster commencing on November 3, 2014.

The project will be completed in two phases so that the letters 'WILDWOODS' will always be visible. Phase one will consist of removing the front letters, leaving the background letters intact. Phase two will entail reinstalling the front letters of the sign with newly refurbished and refinished letters; then taking down, refinishing and replacing the background letters.

The entire process is scheduled to take approximately two weeks to complete.

The Wildwoods’ Webcam will continue to stream live HD video of the sign 24-7 so that onlookers who cannot visit the sign in person during this process can view its progress online at http://wildwoodsnj.com/wildwood-webcam.cfm.

“The Wildwoods Sign was unveiled in 2008, and since then, we have welcomed millions of visitors to touch, lean on and pose with the sign for once-in-a-lifetime photographs and memories. Needless to say this, and the salt air and winds, has dulled the sign’s original finish,” said John Siciliano, executive director of GWTIDA.

“The refurbishment will bring the sign back to its original condition for everyone’s enjoyment for years to come,” he added.

Since its unveiling in 2008 the Wildwoods Sign has been a sensation – a must-see New Jersey icon and a landmark for the Wildwoods. The impressive entryway and sign, that reads ‘WILDWOODS,’ was designed by Philadelphia architect Richard Stokes.

Positioned throughout the surrounding 500-square-yard foreground leading up to the sign itself are 34 concrete beach balls, each weighing between ½ and one ton and standing between 24” and 36” in diameter.

The sign has been photographed by thousands of media outlets and millions of visitors and tourists. The landmark is easily visible from roadways, the Boardwalk and the beach – due to its size and colorful surroundings.

Its prime location has not only made it a major tourist attraction for photo opportunities, but has also become the ideal backdrop for major outdoor events, weddings, class pictures, TV broadcasts, press conferences, etc. – the list goes on.

Positioned just two blocks away from the Wildwoods Convention Center at the entryway to the Wildwoods, the sign attracts tourism visitors and visitors year-round from conventions, banquets, meetings and trade shows that take place within the Convention Center.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.      

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.



The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. The Wildwoods were named among the top three Boardwalks in the nation as a Best Boardwalk for Food by TheDailyMeal.com; #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2014, 2013 and 2012; among the ’10 Great Towns, Villages and Neighborhoods in the World for Architecture’ for their Doo Wop architecture by CNN Travel; and the Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine.  In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by BudgetTravel.com; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by NJ.com readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by NerdWallet.com; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. In 2012 Smarter Travel named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” 

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Wildwoods Celebrate Halloween with 2nd Annual Island Pumpkin Fest - Sunday, October 26th


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ – October 9, 2014 – Come join in the Halloween Festivities at the 2nd Annual Island Pumpkin Fest on Sunday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the festival in Fox Park and take a tractor-pulled hayride on the beach to pick your pumpkins out at the Great Pumpkin Patch.

The Festival takes place at Fox Park across from the Wildwoods Convention Center and on the Wildwoods’ Beach at Andrews Avenue. The festival in Fox Park will feature craft and food vendors, a crazy train for the kids, a pirate bounce house, a rock climbing wall and a costume contest. The costume contest will begin at 3 p.m. Live entertainment will feature country rock artist Dave Hangley and DJ entertainment by “DJ Eddy B” of “Good Time Music” and “DJ Master J” of “Master DJ and Sound LLC.”

The tractor pulled hayride to the Great Pumpkin Patch on the beach will begin on the beach at Andrews Avenue and will end behind the Wildwoods Convention Center – where the Great Pumpkin patch will be set up. Tickets for the hayride are $7 for children and $3 for adults – all ticket prices include one pumpkin per guest.

Why not make a weekend of it and come on Saturday, October 25 for the Wildwoods Boardwalk 5K Pumpkin run – a fun and exciting family event for all ages. The festive boardwalk event begins at 10 a.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center, rain or shine, and offers a 5K run along with a one-mile family walk. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes and vie for prizes in the best dressed categories of Family, Youth, Infant and Best All-Around. All proceeds benefit Wildwoods’ Elementary Schools located on the Island. All participants will receive a free Pumpkin Run T-shirt.

For more information on the Island Pumpkin Fest call 609-374-6213. For more information on the Boardwalk 5K Pumpkin Run, visit www.BoardwalkPumpkinRun.com  or call 609-849-8887.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.  

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween in the Wildwoods Offers a Spooktacular Fun Time for All Ages


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ – Halloween in the Wildwoods will be full of tricks, treats and fun events for all ages starting Saturday, October 25 through Friday, October 31...

Saturday, October 25

Boardwalk Pumpkin Run

The Wildwoods Boardwalk Pumpkin Run is a fun and exciting family event for all ages. The festive boardwalk event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 25 at the Wildwoods Convention Center, rain or shine, and offers a 5K run along with a one-mile family walk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes and vie for prizes in the best dressed categories of Family, Youth, Infant and Best All-Around. All proceeds benefit Wildwoods’ Elementary Schools located on the Island. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for 18 and under. All participants will receive a Pumpkin Run T-shirt. For additional information visit www.BoardwalkPumpkinRun.com or call 609-849-8887.

Paranormal Tour at the Wildwoods Shore

The Paranormal Tour at the Wildwoods Shore will be held at the George F. Boyer Museum on Pacific Avenue in Wildwood on Saturday, October 25. An interactive paranormal tour at the former site of a funeral parlor, the event is presented by Teen Paranormal Society. Smart phones and ear plugs are necessary to participate.  Admission is $5 at the door. For more information call 609-523-0277.

Sunday, October 26

Island Pumpkin Fest


The Island Pumpkin Fest will be held at Fox Park and on the Wildwoods Beach, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday October 26. Craft and food vendors, a bounce house, a costume contest and entertainment will be in Fox Park. A Hay ride will start on the beach at Andrews Avenue and go to the Great Pumpkin Patch on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. Featured live entertainment will be Country Rock artist Dave Hangley and DJ entertainment by “DJ Eddy B” of "Good Times Music" and "DJ Master J" of "Master DJ and Sound LLC.” For more information call 609-374-6213.

Thursday, October 30

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat

On Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will host their Annual Halloween Trunk-or-Treat. The event consists of adults bringing their Halloween-decorated vehicles to the Wildwood Crest Pier parking lot at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue, where they will distribute candy from the trunks of their vehicles to children outfitted for Halloween. The event includes other Halloween related activities, a DJ, refreshments and prizes awarded to the best decorated vehicles. Trunk-or-Treat is a FREE event, but vehicles must be pre-registered to take part. Registration forms are available at the Crest Pier Recreation Center. Please call 609-523-0202 or visit www.visitwildwoodcrest.com for further information.

Friday, October 31

Greater Wildwood Elks Halloween Haunted House

On Friday, October 31 – Halloween evening – the Greater Wildwood Elks will host a FREE Halloween Haunted House at the Elks Lodge, located at 1stand Olde New Jersey Avenues in North Wildwood. Trick-or-Treaters can walk through a "Haunted House" and receive treats from 5 - 8 p.m. For additional information call 609-729-5776.

North Wildwood Trunk or Treat and Block Party

Also all new for 2014, it’s the North Wildwood Trunk or Treat and Block Party on Friday, October 31 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Olde New Jersey Avenue between 2nd and Chestnut Avenues in North Wildwood. Parents are encouraged to bring their automobiles decorated for Halloween. Children will come in costume and visit each car where families will provide treats from the trunks of their cars. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated car. For more information call 609-522-2955 or www.NorthWildwood.com.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732. 

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Wildwoods Host 11th Annual Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Celebration Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18 with Bowzer’s Rock ‘N Roll Party

PRESS RELEASE 

The Wildwoods, NJ – September 23, 2014 – The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 11th Annual Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Weekend Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to the Wildwoods’ role in the birth of Rock ‘n Roll music.

The fun begins Friday night, October 17, inside the Wildwoods Convention Center with a Dance Party featuring the Nifty ‘50s Dance Band with David Christopher and DJ Ralph Warzy guaranteed to get everyone moving and grooving to classic oldies. The Dance Party takes place from 7 - 11 p.m. and admission is $15 per person.

Saturday, October 18 will feature an afternoon of outdoor fun and music during the FREE Fabulous ‘50s Street Fair at Fox Park, located across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Street Fair will include free live entertainment featuring a Johnny Cash tribute band, 45 RP, and The Mahoney Brothers throughout the day, plus a classic car show, a Doo-Wop ‘50s Bus Tour and a variety of vendors offering ‘50s memorabilia, merchandise, many delicious food options and much more.

Saturday evening at 7 p.m., the weekend’s featured event – the Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Concert – will take place in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party hosted by Bowzer, formerly of Sha Na Na, will present a star-studded musical line-up featuring Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon (Palisades Park, Tallahassee Lassie, Where The Action Is), Gene Chandler - The Duke of Earl(Duke of Earl, Groovy Situation), Fred Parris & The Five Satins (In the Still of the Night, To the Aisle), Bowzer & The Stingrays, along with SPECIAL GUEST Bill Haley's Original Comets (Shake Rattle &  Roll, See You Later Alligator, Rock Around the Clock)  celebrating 60 years of 'Rock Around The Clock!'

Ticket prices are $49.50 per person for stadium seating and $65.50 per person for floor seating. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.gwcoc.com, or call 609-729-4000. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000. A limited number of tickets will be available at the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office the weekend of the event.

In addition, Joe D’Ambrosio and Dick Richards, the remaining original members of Bill Haley’s Comets, will attend several events throughout the Wildwoods during the weekend as local officials and the public celebrate the 60th anniversary of the world-famous song “Rock Around the Clock” which was performed for the first time live in Wildwood in 1954.

For additional information about the Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Weekend and a complete list of weekend activities, visit www.wildwoods.com or call 609-729-4000.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.
       
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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. The Wildwoods were named among the top three Boardwalks in the nation as a Best Boardwalk for Food by TheDailyMeal.com; #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2014, 2013 and 2012; and the Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 25 Piers in the World by TripAdvisor and among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine.  In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by BudgetTravel.com; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by NJ.com readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by NerdWallet.com; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and Home.com voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and were one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Wildwoods Named One of the World’s ‘10 Great Towns, Villages and Neighborhoods for Architecture Buffs’ by CNN Travel


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The Wildwoods, NJ – The Wildwoods’ flashy neon signs, bold colors and exotic architectural designs have caught the eyes of many visitors near and far – and now the Wildwoods can add CNN Travel to the list.

The Wildwoods’ ‘Doo Wop’ Mid-Century architecture has been named among ‘10 great towns, villages and neighborhoods for architecture buffs’ by this widely respected worldwide information source.

CNN Travel touted the Wildwoods’ incredibly unique architecture as well as the Doo Wop Experience Museum as ultimate must-see sites. CNN also highlighted the refurbished Caribbean Motel, now listed on the National Register of Historical Places, as a go-to for an authentic Doo Wop experience.

The Wildwoods share a spot on the list along with Alberobello in Italy, Taketomi Village in Japan and Setenil de las Bodegas in Spain – to name a few.

Click here to view the CNN Travel 10 great towns, villages and neighborhoods for architecture buffs.
CNN Travel – a resource for travel news and vacation tips – shares some of the world’s best and most exciting destinations.

“We’re extremely pleased to be recognized by CNN Travel for one of the great, unique and iconic attractions in the Wildwoods – our Doo Wop architecture,” said John Siciliano, Executive Director for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA). “It’s a testament to the spirit and dedication of everyone involved with preserving the architectural heritage that helps define the Wildwoods as a unique tourism destination,” he added.

The Wildwoods Doo Wop District is home to the largest concentration of preserved mid-century Doo Wop buildings in the country.

The doo-wop style hotels and businesses found in the Wildwoods feature plastic palm trees towering over kidney-shaped pools, angular roof lines and/or bold neon signs touting whimsical names and flamboyant themes.

"This is a tribute to the many owners of America's largest collection of Doo Wop design motels and buildings," said Dan MacElrevey, president of the Doo Wop Preservation League. "These dedicated owners have preserved the eccentric designs and imaginative neon signs typical of these fascinating buildings while upgrading the interiors and maintaining the high level of resort services for which these properties are known," he said.

The Wildwoods have also been recently recognized as one of the top three Boardwalks in the nation as a Best Boardwalk for Food by TheDailyMeal.com; #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2014, 2013 and 2012; and the Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 25 Piers in the World by TripAdvisor and among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine. 

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

For more information on the Wildwoods Dop Wop culture and architecture, visit www.DooWopUSA.org         

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Wildwoods Host 7th Annual Seafood & Music Festival With Great Food, Great Music and Great Family Fun on Saturday, October 4


PRESS RELEASE
The Wildwoods, NJ – The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 7th Annual Seafood and Music Festival on Saturday, October 4 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. featuring a full day of eating, dancing and all-out fun.

The Seafood and Music Festival will take place along Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues in Wildwood.

The festival will include live music, delicious food, messy pie eating contests, craft vendors, a beer garden and much more. The festival will even provide fun for the kids with a “Kids Korner,” open from noon - 5 p.m., featuring pumpkin painting, face painting, and inflatable bouncers.

The FREE live musical entertainment will feature Frank Bey & The Swing City Blues Band, The Chameleon Band, The Who Knows Band (The Who Tribute Band) and The Tidal Wave Band.

The 7th Annual Seafood and Music Festival, complete with great food, great music, messy pie-filled faces and great merchandise vendors, is FREE to attend.

For additional information, please call 609-729-4000.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.  
       
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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Friday, September 12, 2014

REMINDER: Special Firemen's Weekend Edition of Fireworks on the Beach tonight at 10 pm - Last fireworks show of the year!

The final fireworks show of 2014 will light up the Wildwoods sky tonight at 10 p.m.

This special NJ Firemen's Convention Weekend edition of Fireworks on the Beach will be launched, as usual, from the beach at Pine Avenue, and will be visible from just about everywhere on the island.

For more information and a complete list of this weekend's events (including tomorrow's annual Firemen's Parade), check out the official Wildwoods EVENTS CALENDAR.

Also, stay tuned to Wildwood 365 and our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) for updated photos throughout the weekend!


VIDEO: Firemen's Convention Parade 2013

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monster Trucks Rumble into the Wildwoods for Monster Truck Beach Races, Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28


PRESS RELEASE
The Wildwoods, NJ – The thrill and exhilaration of monster truck racing comes to the Wildwoods’ award-winning beaches Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28 with Wildwood Motor Events’ Monster Truck Beach Races. Be prepared for an action-packed weekend that will be sure to entertain the entire family.

The Monster Truck Beach Races will feature the country’s biggest trucks – including Bigfoot, Snakebite, Gunslinger, Avenger, Brutus, Black Stallion and Higher Education – squaring off on a custom beach race course, located right on the Wildwoods beach between Spicer and Spencer Avenues, for their chance to win the title of ‘King of the Beach.’

Races take place on the Wildwoods’ beach between Mariner’s Landing and Adventure Pier. The weekend kicks off with the qualifying races on Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m., followed by finals races on Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 28 at 1 p.m. There will also be a FREE pit party before each of Saturday’s races as well as before the final competition on Sunday.

In addition to these heart-pounding races, the event will also feature Megasaurus, Jet Powered Smart Car and Tough Truck Races along with food and merchandise vendors and monster truck rides on the beach. The Monster Truck Beach Races will take place rain or shine.

General admission tickets for Friday, September 26 are $17 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets for Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 are $30 for adults and $20 for children each day. Multi-day ticket packages are also available for both adults and children. To qualify for children’s tickets they must be 13 years old or younger. Children under 3 years old do not need a ticket to enter. Gates will open one hour before the start time of each race.

For additional information about the Monster Truck Beach Races, call 609-522-4546. To purchase tickets, visit www.WildwooodMotorEvents.com/monster-truck.

Tickets will also be available at the gate, each day of the event.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.         

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Cattle 'n Clover to compete in Philadelphia Magazine's "Battle of the Burger" event tonight


One of our local favorites, Cattle 'n Clover (3817 Pacific Avenue) will participate in Philadelphia Magazine's 2nd Annual "Battle of the Burger" competition tonight.

The event will take place at the Piazza at Schmidt's in Philly (1001 N. 2nd Street) from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Cattle 'n Clover soared through the first phase of the competition, an online poll in which voters dwindled a list of 50 restaurants down to 20 finalists.

Tonight's cook-off will be voted upon by guests, who will be able to sample an unlimited amount of burgers. The event will feature live music, games and other activities.

Here's wishing the Luck of the Irish to our friends at the Clover!

For complete information on "Battle of the Burger," click HERE.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bonelli's Market, downtown institution since 1929, to close on Sunday, September 21st


UPDATE: A subsequent call to Bonelli's confirmed that the store's last day of operation will be Sunday, September 21st.

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We have learned that Bonelli's Market, a seemingly-timeless fixture in the heart of downtown Wildwood, will soon be closing its doors permanently.

Renowned as "The Home of The Old World Hoagie," the family-owned store nestled on the southwest corner of Pacific & Spencer Avenues has served generations of locals and vacationers since 1929.

Richard Bonelli, the longtime proprietor of the business, passed away last August at age 72. He succeeded his father, John, as owner and operator after his death in 1969.

While we are saddened to see this beloved "mom 'n pop" establishment close, we would like to thank the Bonelli family for their years of service to the island, and wish them all the very best in their future endeavors.

What the future holds for the property at 4000 Pacific Ave. remains to be seen, but it's a story we will be sure to follow in the months to come...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Camp Under the Wildwood Stars at Morey’s Piers First Boardwalk Bunk-Down


New Camping Adventure Features Rides,
Movies, S’mores and More!

PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ – Morey’s Piers is setting up camp on Adventure Pier offering outdoor enthusiasts a new type of camping experience with ocean views of the Wildwoods, NJ coastline. 

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, Morey’s Piers hosts its first-ever outdoor sleepover on the pier, combining thrill and excitement of an amusement park with all the fun and memories of camping.   

Starting at noon, campers are invited to set-up their tents and sleeping bags on Adventure Pier before heading to Mariner’s Pier to enjoy a full day of rides and amusements from the new Wave Swinger and beloved Ferris Wheel, to the high speed Sea Serpent roller coaster. 

Starting at 9:00 pm back at Adventure Pier, guests can cuddle up under the Great White roller coaster for a movie and complimentary popcorn, or visit Morey’s S’mores Bar to toast marshmallows and create the ultimate midnight snack. S’mores kits are available for purchase for $2.50 each. 

A variety of popular boardwalk games including the three point challenge basketball game and soccer challenge will also be open from 9:00 pm to midnight. Prices of games vary.

The next morning, a complimentary coffee station will help awaken the senses before the morning Beach Fitness Walk at 7:30 am. Breakfast will be served at Rendezvous Beach on Mariner’s Pier from 8:00 am to 9:30 am, where early risers can relish in a menu of scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh bagels, assorted cereals, fresh fruit, donuts, milk, juice, and coffee. 

Tickets for Boardwalk Bunk-Down are $49 per person for early registrants who purchase by September 14, 2014.  Regular registration is $55 per person and must be purchased before October 1, 2014.

Discounted tickets of $35 per person are available for all season pass holders; must present valid season pass at event check-in.  No on-site registrations are permitted.  To register and purchase tickets, visit http://www.moreyspiers.com/bunkdown.

All children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult; event not recommended for children under the age of three. 

Check-in and camp set up are between noon and 6 pm on Saturday, October 4, 2014. All participants must provide their own tents and camping equipment. All camps must be packed up and cleared from Adventure Pier by 11am on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

For more information, email boardwalk.bunkdown@moreyspiers.com or call 609-522-3900 ext. 1195.  For more information on Morey’s Piers, please visit www.moreyspiers.com.

About Morey’s Piers

Friday, September 5, 2014

Experience Olde World Italy in the Wildwoods During the 10th Annual Olde Time Italian Festival - September 26 & 27


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ – A heaping helping of Olde World Italy will be served with amore and plenty of white, red and green during the 10th Annual Olde Time Italian Festival, taking place on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27.

Hosted by the Sons of Italy of Wildwood, this event will take place in Fox Park, located on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues across from the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The FREE two-day festival celebrates Italian culture and heritage with Italian crafts, authentic Italian cuisine, games for the little ones, contests and continuous FREE live entertainment.

Take in the mouth-watering smells and tastes of an Olde World Italian Market, plus Italian made goods, crafts and merchandise as vendors of all kinds fill Fox Park, including those selling Italian food favorites including pastas, sausages, chicken cutlets, clams and spaghetti, tiramisu, cannoli’s and more.

The Olde Time Italian Festival kicks off on Friday, September 27 at 5 p.m. with the Procession of Saints Mass followed by spectacular live entertainment from 6 - 11 p.m. featuring The Mastro’s, Sounds of Philadelphia starring the Blue Notes, Charlie Grace, Bunny Siegler, Bill Carlucci, Purple Reign and Frank Tenaglia.

Saturday’s festivities will include live performances from noon - 3 p.m., a grape stomping contest and a spaghetti eating contest from 3 - 4:30 p.m., followed by more live entertainment until midnight. The entertainment lineup includes Bittersweet, The Jeremiah Hunter Band, Just in Time, 45 RPM, Tre Bella, Vito Piccone & the Elegants and the Carpi’s.

For additional information about the Olde Time Italian Festival call 609-374-0016 or visit www.SonsOfItalyWildwood.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.     
   
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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority