Thursday, September 18, 2014

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


PRESS RELEASE

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration Features Beachfront Fireworks, Craft & Food Vendors, Live Music, Children's Activities & Free Family Entertainment - Friday, September 19th & Saturday, September 20th


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ – The Borough of Wildwood Crest hosts its annual Seafarers Celebration Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 – a yearly end-of-summer festival set to take place at both Sunset Lake and Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest.

The Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration kicks off Friday, September 19 with live music at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, featuring Big House, one of the more popular dance/pop/party bands in the Delaware Valley.

A spectacular beachfront fireworks display will follow the show at 9 p.m. The rain date for the fireworks display is Saturday, September 20 at 9 p.m. in the same location. Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy this great free event for the entire family!

The celebration continues Saturday, September 20 with a street festival along Sunset Lake on New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Road and Miami Avenue.

This is one of the signature annual events of Wildwood Crest, a day-long street festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring dozens of craft and food vendors, family entertainment, live music, children's activities including karaoke, pony rides, face painting, magic show, moon bounces, pie-eating & bubble gum blowing contests, and much more. 

FREE live music includes dance/party music with Generation Next; classic rock by local band North Bound Train; dance, oldies, Motown, disco and pop hits with the Star Band; and pop and oldies hits with DJ Michael James.

For additional information about the Seafarers Celebration, visit www.VisitWildwoodCrest.com or call 609-523-0202.

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 Wildwoods Host 23rd Annual Irish Fall Festival September 18-21


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ – The 23rd Annual Irish Fall Festival, the East Coast’s largest Irish Festival, comes to North Wildwood Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21.

The festival, designed to celebrate Irish culture and heritage through a variety of exciting events, tees off on Thursday, September 18, with a golf tournament at Cape May National Golf Course, located at Route 9 and Fairway Drive in Cape May Court House.

The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. and is $90 per golfer in advance through Saturday, September 4 and $100 per golfer after that date; and includes golf fees, continental breakfast, cart, buffet lunch, beer, and prizes. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. To reserve a spot, please call the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) at 800-474-7491.

On Thursday night, head to the Concert at Wildwood Catholic High School, located at 15th and New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ. Haley Richardson, an award winning fiddler, will open the concert, followed by Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For advance ticket sales visit the Wildwood Catholic High School during business hours or via mail by sending a check along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to 1500 Central Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ, 08260. For more information call Wildwood Catholic High School at 609-522-7257.

Vendors with Irish merchandise will line Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21 from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Irish memorabilia will be available for purchase along with Irish treats sure to satisfy any palate. On Friday and Saturday, FREE live entertainment will also be featured along Olde New Jersey Avenue from noon-10:30 p.m.

As always, the concert will begin with our National Anthem sung by Dolly McGee, followed by the Irish National Anthem. Other featured performers include Timmy Kelly, Maura McKinney-Mastro, Ballina, Broken Shillelaghs, Birmingham 6, First Highland Band and many more.

On Saturday, special guest Haley Richardson will also perform. Haley is 11 years old and has won multiple awards both here and in Ireland for her fiddle playing. For more information stop by the AOH table located between 1st and 2nd Avenues on Olde New Jersey Avenue.

Festivities on Saturday, September 20 kick off with a 5K run starting at 8 a.m. Registration for the 5K run will be at the AOH tent located between 1st and 2nd Avenues on Olde New Jersey Avenue the day of the event. For early registration visit Owen’s Pub, located at 119 East 17th Street in North Wildwood. A $15 entry fee is required to participate, and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Saturday’s entertainment also includes the Brian Riley Pipe Exhibition, located at 8th and Central Avenues at 10 a.m.

The show will feature some of the best pipe bands in the East. FREE Irish dance lessons will also be available on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Anglesea Volunteer Fire House, located at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues.

On Sunday, September 21, everyone is welcome to celebrate the faith and heritage of the Irish at Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, located at Glenwood and Atlantic Avenues, for a 10:30 a.m. mass. There will be a procession from the main entrance to the altar by the Protectors of the Faith Guards, the Cape May County Emerald Society Honor Guard and a liturgical bag piper soloist.

A special parade will follow the mass at 12:30 p.m. at 20th and Surf Avenues, continuing to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues.

The Irish Fall Festival is pleased to announce that the 2014 Grand Marshal will be North Wildwood Mayor Emeritus Bill Henfey, who served as Mayor for 8 years, from 2006 to 2013.

In addition, the parade will also feature special guests Seamus Boyle – past national president of the AOH, Miss North Wildwood Maegan Sharkey, many fraternal organizations, bag pipe bands, Irish dance groups and much more.

Due to the large attendance the Irish Fall Festival attracts, shuttle bus transportation will be available to ensure festival-goers are able to easily get around and enjoy all of the activities planned for the weekend. Buses will loop continuously in North Wildwood from 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues along Surf Avenue to 26th Avenue.

Shuttle bus service through Wildwood and Wildwood Crest will also be available. For detailed information please call 609-884-5230 or visit www.gatrolley.com.

For additional information about the 23rd Annual Irish Fall Festival, please call 800-474-7491 or visit www.CMCAOH.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

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


PRESS RELEASE

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 www.WildwoodMotorEvents.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

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...

PRESS RELEASE

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 www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732. 

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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


PRESS RELEASE

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!"

Registration: bigicebucketchallenge.org

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

PRESS RELEASE

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 www.moreyspiers.com/zombierun. 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 www.moreyspiers.com

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


PRESS RELEASE

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 www.RoarToTheShoreOnline.com or call 609-729-8870.

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

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority