Friday, September 23, 2016

Irish Fall Fest 2016 - Friday Schedule

The 25th Annual Irish Fall Festival - the largest of its kind on the East Coast - officially begins today in North Wildwood, with Opening Ceremonies at Chestnut & Olde New Jersey Avenues at noon.

Vendors will be set up along Olde New Jersey from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with FREE live entertainment (see below) from noon to 8:30 p.m.

There will also be entertainment at the Food Court Stage and Beer Garden at Spruce & Olde New Jersey Ave from Noon - 8:45 p.m.

As always, pubs and establishments in and around the festival area will be hosting entertainment and specials as well.

For further information, visit

Also, check out the North Wildwood Recreation & Tourism page on Facebook for photos and updates.

Friday, September 23rd

Vendors  -  8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Olde New Jersey Avenue
Live Irish Entertainment  -  Noon to 8:30 p.m. on Olde New Jersey Avenue
Food Court Stage & Beer Garden  -  Noon to 8:30 p.m.

Live Entertainment Stage (FREE)  -  Chestnut & Olde New Jersey Avenues

12:00 - 12:15       National & Irish Anthems
12:15 - 2:00         Galway Guild
2:00 - 3:45           Ballina
3:45 - 5:30           Broken Shillelaghs
5:30 - 6:45           Birmingham 6
6:45 - 8:30           Maura McKinney Mastro

Traditional Music Stage & Beer Garden  -  Spruce & Olde New Jersey Avenues

12:15 - 2:00         Brothers McGillian
2:00 - 2:45           Haley Richardson
2:45 - 4:30           Tommy McHugh
4:30 - 5:15           Timmy Kelly
5:15 - 7:00           Kelly and Company
7:00 - 8:45           The Shantys

On Tap...

To put it as plainly as possible, tomorrow (Saturday) is the biggest day of the biggest annual event on the Wildwoods' calendar. Expect huge crowds as the bulk of the projected 200,000 revelers gather along or near Olde New Jersey Avenue to get their "Irish" on!

Scheduled events include...

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* "Irish Jog" 5k Run & 1-Mile Walk (w/Olympian Joe Maloy)

* Vendors

* Brian Riley Pipe Exhibition

* Irish Dance Lessons (FREE)

* Live Irish Entertainment

* Food Court Stage & Beer Garden

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Classic Car Show takes over the Boardwalk, Friday & Saturday

Classic cars of all kinds will line the Boardwalk today and tomorrow (Saturday), from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the show moves inside the Wildwoods Convention Center for display from 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the Top 40 cars as well as Best in Show.

All three days' events are completely FREE to the public.

For more information, call 609-522-4546 or visit

25th Annual Irish Fall Festival begins today with AOH golf tournament

The 25th Annual Irish Fall Festival kicks off today!

The four-day celebration of Irish culture and heritage officially begins with the annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Golf Tournament at 1 p.m.

The event takes place at the Cape May National Golf Course, Route 9 & Fairway Drive in Cape May Court House.

The festivities kick into high gear tomorrow as the party begins along Olde New Jersey Avenue, which will feature vendors, live entertainment and so much more from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Check back daily for a complete rundown of each day's scheduled events.

For further info, call 1-800-IRISH.91 or 609-729-0075 or visit

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Update: Wildwood Dog Beach still #1 in USA Today poll

With 18 days remaining in USA Today's "Best Dog Friendly Beaches" poll, Wildwood Dog Beach still holds the #1 spot it has held, virtually, since voting began.

Chicago's Montrose Dog Beach and Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach, California are holding to the second and third positions, respectively, that they occupied last week.

So, presumably, the competition is hot on our heels.

Keep voting everyone!

Tram Cars last weekend of operation - Sept. 23 & 24

It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were posting about the Sightseer Tram Cars' spring schedule, back in late April.

Five months can fly by pretty quickly, huh?

This weekend will see the iconic trams' final rides of 2016:

Friday, September 23  -  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 24  -  11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Thanks to Gig and company for another great year!

OOMPAH! First of three "Oktoberfest" weekends set to kick off at Morey's Piers

Grab your lederhosen, tirolerhutes and haferlschuh (we're pretending like we know what these are), OR just brush up on The Legend of Oktober the Oktopus, as Morey's Piers prepares for the first of three weekends of merriment in the grand German tradition!

Oktoberfest festivities will take place on upcoming Saturdays and Sundays - September 24 & 25, October 1 & 2, and October 8 & 9 - at Mariners Pier, Schellenger Avenue & Boardwalk.

The fun will include German-themed menus and an outdoor "biergarten," live entertainment (the Oompah-Delics plus local favorites!), kids activities (Wildwood's first "Rootbier Garten") and much more.

Jumbo's Restaurant will serve up Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, German potato salad, and schnitzel, while adults will be able to partake in a wide selection of beers on tap.

During Oktoberfest, amusements and attractions at Mariner's Pier will be open from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

For additional info, check out

Prost!  (Cheers!)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

North Wildwood Police Issue Restrictions for 2016 Irish Fall Festival


The North Wildwood Police Department would like to remind guests attending the Irish Fall Festival of the following restrictions from September 23rd to September 25th, 2016. The public is reminded that "If You See Something, Say Something."

To report suspicious activity, contact the North Wildwood Police Department at 609-522-2411 or notify a police officer on post in the festival area. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1. 

Describe specifically what you observed, including: who or what you saw; when you saw it; where it occurred; and why it's suspicious. 

Olde New Jersey Avenue from 2nd Avenue to Pine Avenue will be closed to for the duration of the event. Please be aware of pedestrians crossing the street in and around the festival area.

- Backpacks and coolers are NOT permitted inside the festival area
- Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages into the festival site
- Open display of alcoholic beverages outside the festival area is prohibited
- Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted on the buses and trolleys

Trolley and bus service (3rd & New Jersey Avenues) along with taxi service (4th & New Jersey Avenues) will be available to and from the festival area. Free angle parking for the festival will be set up on Anglesea Drive.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Camp with KONG - Morey's Boardwalk Bunk-Down this Saturday

Morey's Piers' Boardwalk Bunk-Down - a family camping adventure - returns this Saturday, September 24.

For the first time, the event will be held at Surfside Pier, which closed for the season last weekend.

Admission (details below) includes camp set-up at Surfside, and all-day ride wristbands for Mariner's Pier and Adventure Pier for Saturday (both open noon - 10 p.m.).

Campers can enjoy S'mores and hot cocoa on Saturday night and a Continental Breakfast with hot coffee after waking to the sounds of the ocean Sunday morning.

REGISTRATION for the event closes on Friday.

More about the Boardwalk Bunk-Down...

Flood Advisory in effect until 2:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ has issued the following Flood Advisory for Cape May County until 2:45 p.m.:

At 11:45 a.m., Doppler Radar indicated moderate to heavy rain in Cape May County. Rainfall amounts of one to three inches will continue to cause minor flooding of roadways and areas of poor drainage.

This follows a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" alert from the NWS issued at 3:27 a.m. this morning...

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for Southern Delaware, Central New Jersey and Southern New Jersey.

Day One - Today & Tonight

There is potential for heavy rain leading to flooding... Primarily in urban and poor drainage areas today and into tonight. There is some uncertainty with regard to timing and location of the heaviest rainfall.

There is a moderate risk for the formation of dangerous rip currents today.

Days Two through Seven - Tuesday through Sunday

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

9th Annual Seafood & Music Festival set for Saturday, October 8th

Mark your calendars!

The 9th Annual Seafood & Music Festival, presented by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Saturday, October 8 (rain date is the following day).

The block party-style event will be held at Atlantic & Schellenger Avenues from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with craft and food vendors, a pie-eating contest, kids activities and, of course, live entertainment.

Favorite local acts including Animal House, Who Knows Band, 99 Reasons and Club Phred will take the stage throughout the day.

The Seafood & Music Festival is FREE to the public!

For more information, contact the GWCOC at 609-729-4000 or visit

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fireworks, live music, family entertainment highlight Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration - Sept. 24th


Spectacular beachfront fireworks, a wide variety of terrific live music, enjoyable family entertainment, an appearance by a member of the United States Olympic Team and much more will highlight the FREE Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Seafarers Celebration begins at 9 a.m. with a massive street festival along the beautiful banks of Sunset Lake, located along New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Road and Miami Avenue. The event will feature scores of craft vendors, live music, delicious varieties of food and other fun entertainment for the entire family.

Live music includes performances by Stellar Mojo (rock, dance, party hits), Big Bleu (Motown, oldies, pop) and the Star Band (oldies, pop, dance hits). (See below for the specific live music schedule.)

A performance by the Vahalla Pirates, magic shows, a live turtle exhibition, roving street performers, children’s pie-eating contests, bounce houses, face painting and more also highlight Saturday’s Seafarers daytime activities lineup.

In addition, Wildwood Crest native Joe Maloy, who was the top American finisher in the men’s triathlon race at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, will make an appearance at the event.
The daytime portion of the Seafarers Celebration at Sunset Lake concludes at 5 p.m.

The action then moves to Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. The Showtime Dance Band, a 12-piece dance, oldies, Motown, disco and pop band, will perform on the Centennial Park stage from 6 to 8 p.m.

The annual Seafarers beachfront fireworks show will go off from the beach at Fern Road at 8 p.m. to conclude the day’s activities.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration, log on to or call (609) 523-0202.


Sunset Lake - New Jersey Avenue from Rambler Road to Miami Avenue
10:30 a.m. – Star Band (oldies/pop/dance hits)
1 p.m. – Stellar Mojo (rock/dance/party hits)
3 p.m. – Big Bleu (Motown/oldies/pop)

Centennial Park – Fern Road and Ocean Avenue
6 p.m. – Showtime Dance Band (dance, oldies, Motown, disco, pop hits)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Reader photos of tonight's harvest moon

Happy Face Giant Wheel with the moon behind Mariner's Pier; Photo by Harry Duffy

We're received a number of great photo submissions of tonight's harvest moon, several of which we'll continue to add to this post.

Please feel free to send in your own, via our Facebook page or email -

Rising above the surf in Wildwood Crest, early evening; Photo by Nick Holland

Classic Car Show & Auction set for Sept. 22-25 in Wildwood


The 10th annual Classic Car Auction and 23rd annual Boardwalk Classic Car Show will bring hundreds of vehicles, car enthusiasts and collectors to the Wildwoods Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22-25.

Hosted by Wildwood Motor Events and sponsored by the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, both will feature an intriguing display of luxury and exotic cars, muscle cars and classic cars, according to a press release.

The Classic Car Auction kicks off Thursday in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk in Wildwood, where the vehicles can be previewed 3-7 p.m. and noon-5 p.m. Friday. The auction, conducted by the Adcock family, will be held 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and continue 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

Vendors will be selling memorabilia, car collectibles, parts and accessories during the preview and auction. Admission is free to spectators.

The Boardwalk Classic Car Show will be held 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the Wildwoods boardwalk, followed by an awards ceremony beginning 9 a.m. Sunday in the Convention Center, where prizes will be awarded to the Top 40 cars. One car will be selected as best in show. Admission is free to spectators.

For information call 609-522-4546 or see

Run with an Olympian! - Joe Maloy to take part in "The Irish Jog," Sept. 24th

How often do you get the opportunity to run alongside a bona fide Olympian... in an actual race, no less?

Participants will have their chance on Saturday, September 24, as Joe Maloy will take part in The Irish Jog, part of the 25th Annual Irish Fall Festival series of events.

Maloy, a native of Wildwood Crest, is fresh off of his impressive performance as the top U.S. triathlon finisher at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

(He will also serve as the Grand Marshal of the Irish Fest Parade on Sunday!)

The 5k begins at 8:30 a.m., with sign-ups on site at 1st & Olde New Jersey ave. beginning at 7:30 for this and a 1-mile walk.

Pre-registration is available at

Cost is $20 per person with ALL proceeds benefiting Wildwood Catholic High School, Maloy's alma mater.

Harvest moon will shine brightly tonight, through the weekend

The Harvest Moon is the last full moon of summer.
Look to the eastern sky, over the ocean this evening, as this year's "harvest moon" will rise in a brilliant display of illumination.

It will shine nearly as brightly over the next two nights, barring any cloud cover, possibly with an orange or reddish tint due to its angle to the sun.

A harvest moon is the full moon before the autumnal equinox (next Thursday, September 22) - or, the last full moon of the summer season.

The name is sometimes attributed to Native American cultures in the Northern Hemisphere, to whom this phase represented the end of the growing season and a signal to harvest crops.

Alan MacRobert, an editor at Sky & Telescope magazine noted: "In the days before tractors with headlights, having moonlight to work by was crucial to getting harvest in quickly before rain caused it to rot."

There is some debate as to whether or not this should be considered a "supermoon," but either way, the United States will be missing out on seeing a harvest moon eclipse, which will not occur again until 2024.

If you'd like to check out a live broadcast, however, has you covered.

Take it home, Neil...