Friday, August 29, 2014

The Wildwoods Boardwalk and Convention Center will be Revved Up for Two Incredible Classic Car Events Hosted by Wildwood Motor Events - September 18-20


The Wildwoods, NJ – Start your engines and cruise on down to the Wildwoods for one of the most exciting car enthusiast weekends at the Jersey Shore. It’s the 8th Annual Classic Car Auction and the 21st Annual Boardwalk Classic Car Show the weekend of September 18 – 20, hosted by Wildwood Motor Events and sponsored by the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority. 

The 8th Annual Classic Car Auction kicks off the weekend on Thursday, September 18 at the Wildwoods Convention Center, where an impressive and intriguing variety of luxury and exotic cars, muscle cars and classic cars still in existence today will be on display for previewing and auctioning.

The classic cars for the auction can be previewed inside the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Thursday, September 18 from 3 - 10 p.m. and again on Friday, September 19 from noon - 5 p.m. Auctioning of these vehicles to the highest bidders will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. on Friday, September 19 and again on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. by the Nationally Renowned Adcock Family.

Vendors offering memorabilia, car collectibles, parts and accessories will be on-hand during the preview and auction, and admission is FREE to spectators.

The 21st Annual Boardwalk Classic Car Show will be set in motion on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. The weekend will take spectators back in time to experience the craftsmanship and beauty of hundreds of restored classic cars displayed on the world-famous Wildwoods Boardwalk.

Prizes will be awarded to the Top 40 cars and one car will be selected as Best in Show. Admission is FREE to spectators.

These events bring thousands of visitors to the Wildwoods each year and are among the most anticipated events of the fall tourism season. For more information about the Classic Car Auction or the Boardwalk Classic Car Show, call 609-522-4546or visit

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

About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Fall into the Wildwoods" Second Season Kick-Off Press Conference Highlights Great Events and the Ideal Time to be Down the Shore

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority’s Executive Director/CFO John Siciliano and fall event representatives officially kicked off the Wildwoods’
event-filled "Second Season" on August 28th...


The Wildwoods, NJ – The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) held a ‘Fall into the Wildwoods’ press conference to kick off the Wildwoods’ action-packed Second Season today, August 28.

 The press conference, which took place in front of the Wildwoods sign at Rio Grande Avenue & the Boardwalk, demonstrated that the excitement in the Wildwoods extends well into the fall – a time period the Wildwoods fondly calls its Second Season.

 Event promoters and representatives from major Second Season events were also on hand to tout the success of the Wildwoods Second Season during which thinner crowds and warm fall weather make for the best time to be at the shore.

Representatives from The Mummers String Band Show, Irish Fall Festival, Boardwalk Classic Car Show & Classic Car Auction, Seafarer’s Celebration, Olde Time Italian Festival, Monster Truck Races, Seafood and Music Festival, The Governor’s Cup Hydrofest Powerboat Races and the Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Weekend addressed attendees, adding to the excitement of the morning and anticipation of the coming months.

“As the temperatures begin to cool and the kids return to school, the Wildwoods are revving things up once again for our exciting Second Season,” executive director of GWTIDA John Siciliano said.

“GWTIDA provides funding each year to host these special events and themed weekends which are a proven method to bring business to our local hotels, Boardwalk and restaurants during the shoulder season.”

Fall in the Wildwoods means beautiful weather, signature events and exciting festivals that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors even after summer has ended extending the tourist season well into October. Here is a list of some the great Second Season events scheduled:

September 4 – 7 Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally
September 5 - 7 – 45th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament
September 6  – Mummers String Band Show
September 11 - 13 – New Jersey State Fireman’s Convention
September 13 - 14 – Wildwood Hydrofest Powerboat Races
September 18 - 20 – Classic Car Auction
September 18 - 21 – Irish Fall Festival
September 19 - 20 – Boardwalk Classic Car Show
September 19 - 20 – Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration
September 26 - 27 – Olde Time Italian Festival  
September 26 - 27 – Wild Thang ‘14 Chrysler Car Show
September 26 - 28 – Monster Truck Beach Nationals

October 4 – Pennsauken Surf Fishing Club Tournament
October 4 – Seafood and Music Festival
October 11 - 12 – NJBBA’s Great Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament
October 17 - 18 – Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Weekend
October 18 - 19 – Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey
October 24 - 25 – Barber Shoppers Convention & Show
October 25 – Wildwoods Boardwalk Pumpkin Run

For more information on all the exciting events and festivals happening in the Wildwoods visit or call 800-992-9732. 


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wildwood Vies for Record of World's Largest Ice Bucket Challenge


Come Take the Plunge!

Make this Labor Day weekend a memorable one - come be part of setting two new world's records and help raise funds for ALS!

Mark Sat. August, 30th on your calendar because that's the day Splash Zone Water Park will be hosting a community partner event in an effort to raise funds and awareness of ALS.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

In addition to raising funds and awareness, two world records may be broken - most water used in an ice bucket challenge and most people at one time taking the challenge.

Organizers of the event are hoping for a huge turnout to stand beneath Splash Zone’s 1,000 gallon bucket and get wet to help those who suffer from the debilitating neuromuscular disease.

“Any time you can generate research dollars for a tremendous cause like ALS, it becomes a win/win for all,” said Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr.

“The City of Wildwood encourages everyone to participate in this worthy cause.”

Check in for the plunge begins at 11 a.m. Aug. 30  with the big bucket tipping over at high noon. A minimum $10 donation is required and on-line registration is mandatory. There will be no on-site registration the day of the plunge and the registration site will close 12 hours prior to the event.

All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and bragging rights to say "I took the plunge!"


WARNING: The Living Dead Return to Morey's Piers for The Zombie Mud Run - September 27

* NEW! Participants Receive Complimentary Ride Pass for Morey’s Mariner’s Pier

* First-ever Roller Coaster Featured in The Zombie Mud Run Course


The Wildwoods, NJ – The undead are back to haunt the boardwalk of Wildwoods, NJ.  On September 27, 2014, Morey’s Piers will host The Zombie Mud Run, a post-apocalyptic 5K obstacle race along the beach and piers.

The thrilling zombie-themed race challenges runners to eat or be eaten as they face obstacles including huge sand mounds, slides and “quicksand” pits.

Combining both natural and manmade hurdles, the course will take participants through the ocean, under the boardwalk to the deep, dark, recesses of the unknown, and down Morey’s Piers’ famed 60 feet tall six-lane water slide – WipeOut!

Adding another element of adventure, this year’s course will include a ride on Morey’s Great White wooden roller coaster. *Must meet all safety and height requirements to ride.

Racers are invited to register as either a “Human,” with the mission to save the human race by escaping the living dead, or as a “Zombie,” who will “hunt” the “Human” runners adding an extra degree of challenge to the race.

All participating runners will receive a complimentary wristband valid for admission to the amusement rides at Mariner’s Piers located at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk on the day of the race. Mariner’s Pier will be open noon until 10:00pm, with the ghoulishly popular Ghost Ship attraction open from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

During the race, “Humans” will wear a flag football belt with three flags, representing their vital organs, which “Zombies” will try to “eat” by capturing the flags. Whether you survive or get infected, everyone is invited to refuel at Wrecker’s Beach Grille located at Raging Waters Water Park located at the end of Mariner’s Pier. A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase, including a selection of beers for those 21 years and over.

To participate as a “Human” or “Zombie,” runners must be at least 13 years of age or older and pre-register at The price of registration ranges from $41.00 to $91.00 depending on the running category.  Special student and military pricing is available.

This year’s race will also feature Zombie Mud Run Junior, a specialty themed wave starting at 12:30pm for kids 12 and under along with their parents. Juniors must be accompanied by an adult, and can choose to be a Human or a Zombie. Adults can purchase a ticket in the 12:30 waive and participate with the juniors or purchase a spectator ticket and follow alongside next to the course.

The gates open at 7:00am with race times starting every 30 minutes from 9:00am to 12:30pm. For more information, please visit

About Morey’s Piers

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Wildwoods Welcome Thousands of Motorcycle Enthusiasts During the Annual Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally September 4 – 7


The Wildwoods, NJ – For many, it’s a yearly pilgrimage; for some, it’s a first time excursion; for all involved, it’s one of the most exciting and fun weekends of the year. The Wildwoods Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally, the largest free motorcycle rally in the northeast, is set for Thursday, September 4 through Sunday, September 7, featuring free live entertainment, motorcycle vendors, food and merchandise vendors and great events all weekend long.

Roar to the Shore thrives in the Wildwoods because of the shore destination’s centralized location on the East Coast. Located 150 miles or less from most major cities including Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., there’s no need to trailer your bikes to this rally. Just ride in and once you are here, sit back, relax and enjoy the festivities, or take a ride along the scenic roads of Cape May County. Stroll through hundreds of national vendors located throughout five separate vending lots peddling everything from cigars, to leather, to jewelry to motorcycles. Whether you’re looking for motorcycle parts, paint or patches, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for here.

Roar to the Shore will also include events such as a guided ride to Kindle Ford for a pig roast; a FREE Walking Poker Run; Biker Babe Contest; Rubber Duck Boardwalk Ride and Harley Davidson Motorcycle Give Away; Battle of the Biker Bands Semi-Finals and Finals; and a Custom Boardwalk Bike Show.

New this year will be the Inaugural Bike Lights Show, held on Pacific Avenue between Oak and Schellenger Avenues on Friday, September 5 from 7:45 - 9:45 p.m. These LED marvels will light up the night, competing to be named the best in one of seven categories. Registration fee to enter is $25, and all bikes entered will also be eligible to win Best in Show. The awards ceremony will be held at the Main Lot Stage at Burk and Ocean Avenues at 10 p.m.

Vendor areas are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and are located in the Wildwoods Convention Center parking lots at Burk & Ocean Avenues as well as Oak & Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood.

Roar to the Shore is packed with pure entertainment from start to finish. Come and see for yourself how local officials, law enforcement, restaurant and bar owners, sponsors and rally attendees all come together to make Roar to the Shore one of the largest and best free motorcycle rallies on the East Coast.

For more information, a detailed up-to-date event schedule, or to register for the Custom Boardwalk Bike Show please visit or call 609-729-8870.

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


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Wildwood Crest announces late-season lifeguard coverage schedule


WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol has announced its late-season beach coverage for 2014.

All beaches will be open and protected by beach patrol staff on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) and on the weekend after Labor Day (Sept. 6-7).

Due to limited available staff, nine beaches will be protected from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 5: Lavender, Cardinal, Forget-Me-Not, Primrose, Stockton, Louisville, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington.

Sunday, Sept. 7 will be the last day of the 2014 season for regular lifeguard coverage of the Wildwood Crest beaches. Response teams will be available for emergency calls on the weekends of Sept. 13-14 and Sept. 20-21.

As always, the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol strongly urges its beach patrons to swim at lifeguard-protected beaches only.

For more information, contact the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol at (609) 522-3825.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

More Memories Shared of Those Wildwood Days

Left - Right: Mayor Ernie Troiano, John Fitzgerald,
Tom Kinnemand, Isy Finocchiaro DiBiase &Valentino LaNoce


WILDWOOD – Five long-time city residents brought their memories and their photos to the table Aug. 19 as they reminisced about growing up in Wildwood.

The panel recalled more than a half-century of memories – from the 1962 storm that had children riding down Pacific Avenue in boats that broke free from their berths as part of the African Queen amusement on the Boardwalk, to the days when a nightclub owner turned down the opportunity to have a young singer by the name of Al Martino perform in his club at $85 a week because it would have set him over budget.

The group included Tom Kinnemand, John Fitzgerald, Joe Russo, Isy Finocchiaro DiBiase and Valentino LaNoce, along with Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr.

The roundtable discussion was held as part of the city’s commitment to preserving Wildwood’s past via videotapes highlighting the oral histories of long-time residents.

“This is an ongoing history of the city,” said Troiano. “These people are Wildwood treasures and the carriers of our history.  By sharing their memories they are preserving what Wildwood is all about.  We can’t thank them enough for their participation.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Video for Joanne Weaver's "Golden Earrings" features Starlux, Morey's Piers

Self-produced recording artist Joanne Weaver describes her musical genre as "Moody Dark Classics in Outer Space."

What better setting then for the video to her new single "Golden Earrings" than right here in the quirky capital by-the-sea?

Filmed at the "Neo Doo Wop" Starlux Hotel and various locations at Morey's Piers, the scenery sets a dream-like ambience for the haunting lyrics first composed by Victor Young for a 1947 movie of the same name.

The song is a release from Weaver's upcoming CD, Interstellar Songbook II, and can be purchased on iTunes HERE.

For more information on Joanne Weaver, check out the following links...

Official Website:

Monday, August 18, 2014

FIVE BUCKS FOR CHUCK! - John Lynch's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to YOU

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.:  Day 1 has already seen over $100 in $5 donations come in. Please keep it coming, everyone; help spread the word and support this wonderful cause!


John Lynch appeared on 98.7 The Coast's morning show today and took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge... in his own unique way.

In John's own words:

"My Ice Bucket Challenge is to 
everyone I know and those I don't!"

The challenge he laid down (check out the video above) is for everyone within earshot not to dump a bucket of ice water over their head, but to donate $5 to support his friend Chuck Elder, who has been heroically battling ALS since 2001.

We've taken John up on his challenge, and hope that you can too. 

This is a call to action from a man who does so much for the Wildwoods!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Wildwoods 10th Annual Block Party & Music Festival Returns to Fox Park - Sunday, August 31st


The Wildwoods, NJ – Add FREE family fun and music to your Labor Day Weekend Festivities with the 10th Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival on Sunday, August 31.

The end-of-summer celebration will take place from noon - midnight at Fox Park, located on Ocean Avenue directly across from the Wildwoods Convention Center. The festivities will include 12 hours of continuous entertainment, games, crafts, food, merchandise vendors, FREE live music and much more!

The entertainment line-up is as follows: 

Noon – Just in Time (Classic Rock)

1:30 p.m. – Jeremiah Hunter Band (Old Time Rock-n-Soul)

3:00 p.m. – FM Band (Music spanning 7 decades from Big Band to Beyoncé)

4:30 p.m. – Tru (Motown, R&B)

6:00 p.m. – Mahoney Brothers  (Jukebox Heroes)

7:30 p.m. – Purple Reign (Top 40 Band)

9:00 p.m. – The Marvelettes (Motown Girl Group)
Charlie Thomas & the Drifters  (American Doo-Wop and R&B/ Soul Vocal Group)

Sonny Turner – former lead singer of the Platters(Doo-Wop, 40’s to 70’s Standards)

Admission to the Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival is FREE! For additional information about the festival, please call 609-522-2444 or visit

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


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tri the Wildwoods 5k and Kid's Race registration info

While online registration for the Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon is now CLOSED, it is not too late to sign up for the 5k and Kid's Race events.

Registration for the 5k and Kid's Race will be held this Friday, August 15th at the North Wildwood Recreation Center from 12 p.m to 6 p.m. You may also register for the morning of the events at 15th & Beach.

Cost to register individuals for both races is $40.

For the Kid's Race, all children will receive a two-day all-access pass to Morey's Piers & Water Parks.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Results of the 8th Annual Wildwood Pizza Tour announced...

Our friends at the Wildwood Pizza Tour embarked on their annual whirlwind review of "every legitimate pizzeria" on the Boardwalk this past Friday night, August 8th.

The eight edition saw the tour's five original reviewers - Chris, Brian, Mike, Frank and Tim - sample slices from 23 different locations in 4 1/2 hours.

So, how did your favorite(s) stack up with the WPT crew?

HERE are the official results!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

North Wildwood Field to Honor Former Mayor

Bill Henfey Park unveiling - Photo by John Harkins

NORTH WILDWOOD - North Wildwood City Council passed a resolution to change the name of the Eighth Street Field to "Bill Henfey Park," in honor of the former mayor Aug. 5. 

The name change was revealed in a heart-warming announcement during the National Night Out event in North Wildwood, surprising Henfey and most of the attendees.

The announcement included a display of the planned improvements.

Henfey, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but moved to North WIldwood at the age of 22. He became a citizen of the community through his dedication to public safety as a police officer and his service of allegiance as mayor from 2006 - 2013.

In 2013, Mayor Henfey and council began acquiring information on how they might be able to attain Eighth Street Field as a city asset, in order to preserve the land from any sort of development.

Purchase of the field was finalized Dec. 20, 2013 - just before the end of Henfey's term. It is anticipated that county Open Space preservation funds will reimburse the city for the cost of the acquisition.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The City of Wildwood to Unveil New Dog Beach Art Sculpture - Friday, August 15th @ 11 a.m.

Debut of 5,000 Pound Fire Hydrant Art Installation - 
Fido & Friends invited for contests, freebies, and more!


The Wildwoods, NJ – The City of Wildwood is giving pups another reason to wag their tails this summer with the unveiling of a new art piece at the Wildwoods Dog Beach on Friday, August 15.  An ode to man’s best friend, the 25 feet tall, fire-engine red hydrant art display is a gift to the city from Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks  in celebration of the Wildwoods’ first-ever, dog dedicated beach.

Constructed from recycled parts of an old Morey’s amusement ride, the public art project was designed and built by architect Rich Stokes and Morey’s Piers’ artBOX resident artists, David Macomber, and the father and son team of Peter J. Bieling and Pete C. Bieling.  A cultivated addition to the Fido-friendly, seaside play area, the 5,000 pound structure is detailed with bones, dog paws and a squirrel perched on top. It also pays special recognition to the Wildwood Fire Department and two volunteer units – HBFD (Holly Beach Fire Dept.) and WFD#1 (Wildwood Fire Dept. #1).

Mayor Ernest Troiano, Commissioners Pete Byron and Anthony Leonetti will lead the unveiling ceremonies starting at 11:00am, joined by Will and Jack Morey, second-generation partners of Morey’s Piers.  The Wildwood Fire Department will be on site with fire apparatus to shoot water sky high in celebration of the unveiling as well as to provide drinking water for all the four-legged guests in attendance.

In a joint statement from both the City of Wildwood and Jack Morey they commented, “This project is a great example of how public and private sectors can work together to advance a great beach resort in a fittingly fun and quirky manner.”

Pet owners attending the event will receive customized souvenir Frisbees along with information on pet-friendly hotel accommodations and events in the area.  For a full list of dog-friendly hotels and events, visit  The August 15 unveiling celebration will also feature a guest appearance by Wildwoods beloved “Fudgy Wudgy Man” handing out free dog biscuits, and a costume contest for pooches wearing their best “Wildwood pride.”

On June 14, 2014, the City of Wildwood opened its first dog-friendly beach at Poplar Avenue, stretching one city block wide and 1,500 feet long.  Dogs visiting the Wildwoods area are now welcome to join their families on the beach and to swim in the ocean within this designated dog beach area. Fresh water and dog clean-up bags are available and the beach is open every day from 6:00 a.m. until dusk. All dogs must remain on leashes.

For more information on The City of Wildwood or the new dog beach art sculpture unveiling, visit


About the City of Wildwood

The City of Wildwood was incorporated in 1912 and is situated on a barrier island comprised of five separate municipalities consisting of Wildwood, North Wildwood, West Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and Diamond Beach, which is governed by Lower Township.  During the off season Wildwood has a population over 5,400 according to the 2000 census, but the number of people visiting increases that number to approximately 250,000 or more during peak vacation time.

Wildwood is a family resort with plenty of activities to keep our visitors of all ages entertained. We offer a wide variety of restaurants, amusement piers and water recreation of all sorts. Our museum can provide you with lots of information about our history and our fine public service departments’ work very hard to ensure that each visitor’s experience is a pleasant one, creating new memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.  For more information, visit or phone (609) 522-2444.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tri/Run the Wildwoods Triathlon and 5K Race Returns Saturday, August 16 on the Beaches in North Wildwood


The Wildwoods, NJ – August 4, 2014 – The 11th Annual Tri/Run the Wildwoods will take place Saturday, August 16 along the beautiful beaches, streets and boardwalk of North Wildwood with hundreds of athletes from across the country participating.

The Triathlon will feature a ¼ mile swim; 10-mile bike race; and a 3.1 mile beach/boardwalk run beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 16. All participants are treated to a catered hot breakfast on the beach.

The event will also include a 5K, or 3.1 mile, beach/boardwalk run, strictly for runners, set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, after the final wave of the triathlon has begun. The swim course and run course will begin at 15th Avenue and the beach in North Wildwood; the bike course will begin at 13th Avenue and JFK Boulevard in North Wildwood.

There is also a Wild Child Splash and Dash beginning at 9 a.m., which incorporates a swim and run course for children ages 6 through 14 and focuses on finishing rather than competing. All children will receive a finisher medal and free T-shirt as well as have access to the Kid’s Fun Zone.

Tri/Run the Wildwoods, a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, first took place in the Wildwoods in August 2004 and has grown to attract more than 500 runners a year from throughout the northeast as well as athletes from as far as Colorado, California, Ireland, Iceland and Canada. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each age group immediately following the race.

For additional information about the Tri/Run the Wildwoods or to register, visit or call 609-374-6495.

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


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority