Friday, July 25, 2014

Wildwood Boardwalk Cuisine Makes National Grade

Sal Zampirri, left, owner of Hot Spot #4 Pizzeria
and Restaurant and Kathleen Zampirri, right.


WILDWOOD -  Now the rest of the world knows what millions of visitors to this city already knew for years:  when it comes to boardwalk food, Wildwood fare is one of the three best throughout the land.

According to the food and drink website The Daily Meal, Wildwood placed third on the list of 31 top boardwalks for food in America.

With so many boardwalks to choose from, developing a list of which ones offer the best food experience was a daunting, but delicious, task.

“To determine which American boardwalks are the best for food, we reviewed popular American boardwalk vacation spots based on a set of five criteria,” stated Tim McGeever of Spanfeller Media Group.

“Our social media category not only took into consideration the amount of followers they had on Twitter and Facebook, it noted how often they posted about the food scene on their boardwalks, and how many “deals” they post. Next we looked at the actual quantity of restaurants on or just off of the boards. The more locations, the better.

“But it isn’t all quantity over quality here at The Daily Meal: they had to be highly rated places, and there had to be a wide variety of eateries. We also considered the atmosphere surrounding the boardwalk and eateries, as well as the fun-factor of it being bustling with fun people.

"Our final category was editorial judgment, where we considered all of these elements, plus commentary that floated around the social sites surrounding these beach institutions.”

At the end of the day, eight of New Jersey’s boardwalks made the list. Wildwood, however, topped them all.

“The amount of food choices served on the Boardwalk is extraordinary,” said Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano. “Virtually every cuisine, from American to Italian, to Greek to Middle Eastern to Chinese to Japanese is represented.  Our boardwalk offers a cornucopia of choices prepared by great chefs.”

The Boardwalk may offer diners a multi-cultural experience, but for most visitors, it’s usually a slice of pizza and an order of fries washed down by icy lemonade followed with a desert of funnel cake or soft-serve ice cream that hits the spot.

“Our Boardwalk is known as an exciting, fun place for families to share in good times and great food,” said Troiano.

“It’s great that the rest of the world now knows it.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crabby Event Helps Raises Money for Local Families

Mark and Christine Leonardis, front, and
Tom and Doris McGoldrick, rear, of Philadelphia


WILDWOOD – Over 1,000 crabby people descended into Wildwood July 19, but it was all for a great cause – to help local families in need.

The Ice House Restaurant played host to the 4th Annual New Jersey Crab Festival.  The day-long event brought all things crustacean to the Park Avenue venue, including crab races where the blue-clawed athletes made their way down wooden chutes, each trying to claw its way to fame as Wildwood’s fastest crab.

With their human sponsors egging them on, excitement was at a boil as the 14 male crabs made their way down the track.  At the end, two children each won $50 as well as garnering bragging rights to fastest crab.  The adult winner of the race took home a purse of $1,000.

Children crowd around course as crab race begins

Calling each of the races, John Lynch, Executive Director of the Lunch with Lynch Foundation, urged sponsors to keep their eye on their crab and their fingers out of harm’s way.

According to Lynch, monies raised from the day’s event will be used to help local families in need survive the winter months.

“This money is earmarked to buy winter food cards,” said Lynch.

The idea of a crab festival was spawned in the imagination of Ice House owner Chuck Burns.  Burns said he wanted to spur interest in Wildwood as a family-friendly destination.

Hannah Drake, 1, and her sister Abbey Drake, 6,
both of Wildwood Crest, show off their crab
The festival, which is always held on the third Saturday in July, not only offered a chance to consume crabs but to purchase crab memorabilia and enjoy face painters, three bands, street vendors and balloon artists.

Organizers also offered participants the chance to become educated about the tasty crustaceans.

Burns said part of the family-friendly event is to educate children about crabs and their conservation. Each of the more than 3,500 crabs used during the event was locally caught.

“This event has grown each year,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr.

“It’s always a fun day for everyone who attends. The crab fest is something everyone looks forward to. Wildwood applauds Chuck for his commitment in bringing this fun-filled family-friendly event to our city.”

“I can’t wait for next year,” said Burns.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guess who's coming to town? - Christmas in July is this Saturday, July 26th!

You better watch out... You better not cry... You better not pout..

Yes, we're gonna tell you why...

Santa Clause is coming to town! 

It's true; Santa will taking some time away from the North Pole to visit North Wildwood this weekend.

The Jolly One has again decided to spend the day with the North Wildwood Beach Patrol to spread a little "holiday cheer" throughout the North Wildwood beaches on Saturday, July 26, 2014 during the annual Christmas in July event.

Starting at 1 p.m., Santa and his helpers will be at the 2nd Avenue Inlet area and will travel south to 26th Avenue during the afternoon.

Joining Santa will be his Christmas in July Musical Band.

As always, Santa & his helpers will be passing out candy canes to all of his friends.

Children of all ages will love this free event which is presented by the North Wildwood Beach Patrol.

For more information, contact the North Wildwood Beach Patrol at 609 522 7500.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wildwood earns #3 spot on The Daily Meal's list of "Best Boardwalks for Food in America"

Yet another substantial honor was announced for the Wildwoods today, as The Daily Meal ranked our world famous promenade #3 on its list of the "31 Best Boardwalks for Food in America!"

Wildwood beat out some of the most famous boardwalks in the country, finishing behind only Mission Beach Boardwalk in San Diego and Ocean City, Maryland.

In total, eight New Jersey boardwalks made the list, including neighboring South Jersey towns Atlantic City (right behind at #4) and Ocean City (#15).

The entry for Wildwood reads:

With heavy Philadelphia culinary influences, the Wildwood Boardwalk food scene is bursting with fried and gourmet options alike. Head to Curley's for their signature fries or mosey on down to Douglass Fudge's delicious sweet shop. With spots like Philly's own Chickie's & Pete's making  name for themselves on the boards, it will be hard to choose where you'd like to eat first. Just make sure you watch the tram car, please!

Of course, we could easily name about a few dozen places that deserve recognition (what, no mention of pizza, cheesesteaks, ice cream, water ice, or... well, you get the point), but it's nonetheless GREAT to see yet another high-profile accolade come the Wildwoods' way!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tina Turner tribute at Centennial Park July 26

Suzette Dorsey

WILDWOOD CREST – The rock and soul music of one of the most popular female talents of all time will be on display at Centennial Park on Saturday, July 26.

Suzette Dorsey’s Tina Turner tribute show will appear as part of the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, bringing a total re-creation of Tina Turner’s exciting, high-energy concert tour shows.

Dorsey’s incredible resemblance to Tina Turner in both sound and looks adds to a magical performance that brings many of Turner’s classic hits to life.

Dorsey’s Tina Turner tribute show has been acclaimed across the United States, from Las Vegas to Atlantic City, and has also played to rave reviews throughout Europe, the Middle East and Japan. Dorsey performs all of Turner's classic favorites, including “Simply The Best,” “Proud Mary,” “Private Dancer,” “What's Love Got To Do With It” and many more.

Saturday’s event is a free all-ages show. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair.

Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, supported by the Wildwood Crest Tourism Development Commission, consists of live music every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park through Aug. 30.

Other upcoming entertainment includes classic rock with No Limit on Wednesday, July 30; girl group hits from the ‘60s and beyond with the First Ladies of Rock & Soul on Saturday, Aug. 2; and rhythm and blues with the Christopher Dean Band on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

For more information about Suzette Dorsey log on to

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Elton John tribute band at Centennial Park - Saturday, July 19th


WILDWOOD CREST – Fans of Elton John won’t want to miss this weekend’s performance at the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series.

Bennie and the Jets, an extremely popular Elton John tribute band, will take the stage at Centennial Park on Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Led by Greg Ransom – whose vocals, piano skills and stage mannerisms closely resemble those of Elton John – and supported by a talented group of musicians, Bennie and the Jets is one of the premier tribute bands on the entertainment circuit. 

The New England-based band regularly plays at festivals, nightclubs, corporate events and other venues all over the country. The Bennie and the Jets band has appeared in Wildwood Crest in each of the last four summers to glowing reviews, performing many of the hits of one of the most popular musicians in rock and roll history.

Saturday’s event is a free all-ages show. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair.

Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, supported by the Wildwood Crest Tourism Development Commission, consists of live music every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park through Aug. 30. 

Other upcoming entertainment includes a tribute to Heart by Kick It Out on Wednesday, July 23; a Tina Turner tribute by Suzette Dorsey on Saturday, July 26; and classic rock by No Limit on Wednesday, July 30. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Morey's Piers' waterparks named #6 best in the U.S. by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards

Another top honor for Morey's Piers and the Wildwoods was announced today, as Morey's water parks were named #6 best in the country by TripAdvisor as part of its annual Travelers' Choice Awards.

TripAdvisor's entry for Morey's noted:

  • Everything you want for a FUN family vacay and MORE
Yep, that about sums it up...

Congrats to the entire Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterfront team!

Check out the official TripAdvisor release, including a list of all U.S. and worldwide winners in the amusement and water park categories HERE.

The Wildwoods to Host Country Music Artist and South Jersey Native Payton Taylor at Lou Booth Amphitheater - Saturday, July 26th


The Wildwoods, NJ – July 14, 2014 – Country Music Artist and Washington Township, NJ native Payton Taylor will make the Wildwoods the final stop on her tri-state Hometown Tour, performing a FREE concert at the Lou Booth Amphitheater, 2nd & Ocean Avenues in North Wildwood on Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.

Taylor has performed through the tri-state area as part of her ‘Hometown Tour’ to sold-out crowds and packed venues.

She made the move to Nashville, TN in January 2013 to better pursue her career as a country music artist. Since then, she has been named by NBC affiliate, WSMV-TV in Nashville as one of the top three emerging female artists in country music.

She was also a featured emerging artist in both 2013 and 2014 at the Country Music Association Festival/Fan Fair in Nashville. During her ‘Hometown Tour’ Taylor said, “It just wouldn’t feel like summer without performing at some of my favorite tri-state area venues… I grew up here and discovered my passion for music here.”

The Lou Booth summer concert series traditionally hosts Doo-Wop groups, tribute artists and big bands. Lou Booth Amphitheater concert series organizer Joe Quattrone wanted to bring Payton Taylor to the venue in response to the growing number of country music fans in the North Wildwood area and to further diversify the style of music presented at the venue.

Fans in attendance will be among the first to be able to purchase Taylor’s recently released CD, entitled ‘Proud.’ The CD is a collection of six songs the 17-year-old singer/songwriter penned herself, with long-time co-writer, Joe Caliva.

“Every song on this project was written while I lived here in New Jersey, or was inspired by something here,” Taylor says. ‘Nothing seems more fitting than to make this be the place where it debuts.”

Payton Taylor’s performance is FREE to the public.

For more information, visit Taylor’s website at or visit the city of North Wildwood’s website at

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


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority 

Friday, July 11, 2014

NEW Earthcam camera brings live, HD video streaming... AND sound!

It really is the next best thing to being there!

Recently, when the Earthcam camera facing the Wildwoods Sign at the terminus of Rio Grande Avenue & the Boardwalk went dark, we were hoping for a quick fix.

We wound up getting something infinitely better!

The new webcam, which debuted this week, features live streaming video in high definition (HD) quality, with little to no lags, set at a wider viewing angle.

But the very best part is the addition of audio.

Now, on top of being able to see what's going on at the sign plaza, you can hear the chattering of children, the caws of seagulls, and even the famous "Watch the Tram Car, Please" announcement as the Sightseer rumbles by on the Boardwalk.

There is also a 24-hour archive of cam footage that can be accessed, neatly arranged in hourly increments. So, if you want to go back and watch your family moment at the sign from "yesterday," it's all right there for you to enjoy again.

Shoutout to GWTIDA (the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority) and Earthcam for teaming up to make this happen.

Click HERE or the image above to monitor the Wildwoods Sign - 24/7/365!

Zippy’s Bikes named Best Bike Rentals at the Shore by SJ Magazine


WILDWOOD, NJ – Zippy’s Bikes, located at 3900 Pacific Ave, has officially been named the Best Bike Rentals at the shore by SJ Magazine.

Zippy’s is a family-run business that is centered around friendliness and a dedication to customer service. These values are undoubtedly what led to Zippy’s being named the Best of SJ.

With bike and beach gear rentals for a few hours, or an entire week, Zippy’s is sure to have what you need to have at the shore.

However, Zippy’s Bikes is more than just rentals, they are the one-stop-shop for new and pre-owned bikes, repairs and apparel in Wildwood.

This shop is something that needs to be seen to be believed – the days of old dusty bike shops are a thing of the past. Zippy’s offers bikes and parts in every color in the spectrum and accessories that will make any bike pop!

Bike riding is the best way to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the shore. Whether it’s on the sidewalk or the boardwalk, pedaling around town with family and friends is the best way to explore the area, have some fun, and get some exercise too!

Bike rentals are a huge business at the shore and especially in Wildwood with small stands on almost every block. None of those temporary stands can compete with Zippy’s year-round showroom on Pacific Ave. They have the largest selection of quality products ready to be rented.

Stop by to check out the fully stocked store or visit

Best of SJ 2014 – The Shore

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wildwoods Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular Postponed to Saturday, July 5, and Fox Park July 4th Concert Cancelled Due to Forcasted Wind/Weather Conditions

July 4th Weekend in the Wildwoods is still filled with lots of events and live entertainment – many of them FREE to attend


This Fourth of July weekend in the Wildwoods is still the place to be for fun, entertainment and lots of FREE events for the whole family!

Due to forecasted wind conditions there have minimal changes to the action-packed Fourth of July schedule in the Wildwoods:

The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in the Wildwoods, originally scheduled to take place on Friday, July 4, has been postponed due to possible wind conditions to Saturday, July 5 at 10 p.m.

This event is a must see – at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 people all over the Wildwoods will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show extravaganza. Originating from the beach at Pine Avenue in Wildwood, this incredible Fourth of July pyrotechnics display choreographed to music will be sure to awe and amaze, and is visible from almost anywhere on the island.

Another change is the cancellation of the July 4 FREE Summer Concert at Fox Park featuring “Changes in Latitude,” a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band due to forecasted inclement weather.

The rest of the action-packed holiday weekend is taking place as scheduled, including:

Independence Day Parade

The holiday weekend kicks off on Friday morning, July 4, with the Wildwoods Independence Day Parade and the Patriotic Pooch Parade. The Independence Day Parade begins at 9 a.m., weather permitting. at 9th and Atlantic Avenues in North Wildwood and proceeds north to 1st and Surf  Avenues. The Patriotic Pooch Parade will join the march through the Wildwoods at 8th and Atlantic Avenues. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will parade along the streets dressed in patriotic garb alongside decorated bicycles. Prizes will be awarded for the best bikes decorated with a red, white and blue theme, along with prizes for the best dressed pooches. To register, call 609-522-2955.The event is FREE to attend.

Beach ‘n Boardwalk 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Walk

The Beach ‘n Boardwalk 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Walk will also take place Friday morning from 9-11 a.m., rain or shine.The 5K Fun Run will begin at the iconic Wildwoods Sign located at Rio Grande and Ocean Avenues, and travel north to the Wildwoods Convention Center, then down the boardwalk extension to the beach. The route will run south and continue on the hard packed sand to Primrose Avenue in Wildwood Crest, looping back to the Wildwoods Convention Center for the completion of the race. The 1-Mile Walk will head down the Wildwoods Boardwalk to Cresse Avenue and back to the Wildwoods Convention Center. Awards will be presented at the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to “Top Finishers” and “Most Patriotic Dressed.” All funds raised from the Beach ‘n Boardwalk 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Walk will be used to help maintain the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Registration will take place from 7-8:45 a.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger. Commemorative T-shirts will be given to all participants who pre-register at For additional information, call 609-849-8887.

The FREE Fourth of July Patriotic Show

A Fourth of July Patriotic FREE Show will take place at Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest on Friday at 8 p.m. featuring the Manhattan Dolls. Bring a blanket or beach chair and enjoy the sounds of this swing-style female vocal trio singing the tunes of the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. For additional information call 609-523-0202 or visit

Boardwalk Craft Show

The Fourth of July Boardwalk Craft Show will be held all weekend long from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily on the boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue, rain or shine. All handmade products will be sold in tents along the boardwalk. For more information call 609-522-0378, 609-522-0198 or visit

Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show

The Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show will also take place all weekend long inside the Wildwoods Convention Center and is FREE to attend. Presented by RK Sports Promotions, the expo will feature more than 100 tables of the hottest collectibles including old and new sports cards, toys, comic books, Starting Line-ups, McFarlane figures, non-sports cards, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic, Beanie Babies, videos, wax boxes, supplies, autographed memorabilia, sets, posters, coins, t-shirts, legos, dolls and much more. Special autograph guests include former baseball manager Dallas Green, baseball star Jim Coates, wrestling superstar King Kong Bundy, former Negro League baseball star Bob Scott, and Bob McGrath from Sesame Street. Sing-a-longs with Bob McGrath will be free for kids of all ages. Expo hours are Friday, July 4 from 3-9 p.m., Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, July 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information call 732-422-9365 or visit for a detailed schedule of events.

NEW! Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market

The new Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market will be open on Saturday, July 5 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. featuring fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods, prepared foods, local wine, craft beer and more. The market is located at 3501 Pacific Avenue, on the corner of Schellenger and Pacific Avenues in Wildwood, and will be held every Saturday until August 30. For more information, call 609-523-1602 or visit

Sidewalk Chalk Competition

A Sidewalk Chalk Competition will be held at the 8th Street Field, located at 8th & Central Avenues, in North Wildwood on Saturday, July 5 at 9 a.m. Participants can register for FREE the day of the event. Judging will begin at 10:15 a.m. and prizes will be awarded to the best chalk drawings. All ages are welcome to participate in the competition. For more information, call 609-522-2955 or visit

FREE Wildwood Crest Summer Concert Music Series

The FREE Wildwood Crest Summer Concert Music Series takes place Saturday night, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. featuring the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest. All ages are welcome, just bring a blanket or beach chair and enjoy FREE live music for the entire family. For more information, call 609-523-0202 or visit

FREE Concerts Under the Stars Music Series

Saturday night will also feature the FREE Concerts Under the Stars Series located at the Lou Booth Amphitheatre, 2nd & Ocean Avenues in North Wildwood. The concert begins at 8 p.m. with the Orlons singing their rhythm and blues hits and will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 609-522-7722 or visit

FREE Fox Park Concert Music Series

FREE live music continues on Sunday, July 6 at the Fox Park Amphitheatre, located at Burk & Ocean Avenues in Wildwood, at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or beach chair and enjoy the sounds of Tru, a Motown/rhythm & blues band. For more information, call 609-522-2444 or visit

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-729-9000.


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

World's Largest Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament Returns to the Wildwoods' Beaches on Saturday, July 26th & Sunday, July 27th


The 22nd Annual Co-Ed Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament, the largest co-ed beach Frisbee tournament in the world, returns to the Wildwoods on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27. The tournament takes place on Wildwoods’ award-winning beaches at Schellenger Avenue.

More than 400 teams will participate in this action-packed Frisbee tournament consisting of 4-on-4 team competition for players of all levels ages 18 years and older.

Competitions will be held from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 27. Admission is FREE to spectators.

Last year was a successful year for the Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament, which led to numerous charitable disbursements.

W2BU, Inc. the parent company of the Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament, gave back to worthy causes including the Wounded Warrior Project, The Children’s Congenital Heart Information Network, Chief Arthur Brown Scholarship Foundation, Toys for Kids, Wildwood High School and Wildwood Catholic High School Athletic Departments, to name a few.

For additional information, call 856-696-9705 or visit

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


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wildwood Welcomes The Waves Restaurant

Owner Chris Falcone, center, cuts a ribbon to
officially open The Waves Restaurant


The city welcomed its newest eatery, The Waves Restaurant (3401 New Jersey Avenue), during a June 27 ribbon cutting ceremony.

Before a packed house of family, friends and customers, owner Chris Falcone snipped the ribbon to officially opening his restaurant.

Specializing in breakfast and lunch, The Waves Restaurant offers diners a cornucopia of meal selections.  What makes The Waves Restaurant unique, however, is its hours.  Open from 7 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, weekend diners can find a meal made to order from midnight to noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

 Chris Falcone, left, receives a proclamation from
Commissioner Pete Byron, right
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Commissioner Pete Byron presented a proclamation to Falcone declaring June 27 as “The Waves Restaurant Day” throughout the city of Wildwood.

Noting the new restaurant’s commitment to delicious food served in a family-friendly environment, Byron lauded Falcone for his commitment to Wildwood.

“By bringing his restaurant to Wildwood, Chris Falcone is helping to bring new vitality and new energy to the city,” said Byron.

“We applaud him for his hard work and wish him success.”

Turn Around Boutique Cuts Ribbon

Officials and owners cut ribbon to open Turn Around Boutique. 


Owners of Pacific Avenue’s Turn Around Boutique are bringing upcycling to Wildwood.

The city’s newest chic boutique, located at 4805 Pacific Ave., offers shoppers the chance to purchase consigned men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as furniture, artwork, home décor items and collectibles.

During the June 27 ribbon cutting ceremony, City of Wildwood Commissioner Pete Byron presented owners Lynn DeMarco and Mary Lou DeMarco-Goldy with a proclamation from the three city commissioners declaring June 27 as “Turn Around Boutique Day” throughout the city of Wildwood.

Lynn DeMarco, left, Commissioner Pete Byron,
center, and Mary Lou DeMarco-Goldy, right
In addition to bringing their new business venture to the city, DeMarco and DeMarco-Goldy are branching out into Cape May County through their commitment to Cape May County Technical School students.

Students from the school will be volunteering in the shop.

Turn Around will give students a chance to share their talents by adding artistic embellishments to clothing, jewelry and furnishings donated by the boutique.

Profits from those upcycled pieces will be divided between student scholarships and mothers in need throughout the community.

“The city applauds Lynn DeMarco and Mary Lou DeMarco-Goldy,” Byron said. “These two women are committed to bringing a new energy to downtown Wildwood.  They are part of the foundation in bringing Pacific Avenue back to the community."

Farmers Market Opens in Wildwood

Photo by Sunshine Lopez, Jersey Life Photography


WILDWOOD - Saturday mornings in Wildwood are now even more delicious. On June 28, officials cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market.

Located at the corner of Schellenger and Pacific avenues, the market offers shoppers more than 20 booths offering everything from locally grown produce and honey to wine, olive oils and artisinal teas.  The market is open rain or shine every Saturday through Aug. 30 from 8:30 a.m.  to 1 p.m.

If the first day was any indication of the next 10 weeks, the market is a huge hit.  Hundreds of people walked through the one-block square market. In addition to vendors offering samples of their wares, a stilt walker made his way through the crowd as a balloon artist fashioned hats and other latex “works of art” for children and adults.

“This is fantastic,” said Commissioner Pete Byron, who oversees the city’s departments of Revenue and Finance.  “This is the first step to build confidence in the commercial district. We’re hoping that this is going to give incentive to other people to come to town and start opening up businesses on Pacific Avenue.”

Mayor Ernie Troiano congratulated the Wildwood Business Improvement District (BID) for putting together the market.

“This is a tremendous idea that we hope turns into something even more as it expands,” said Troiano as he presented a proclamation from the city declaring June 28 as Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market Day throughout Wildwood.

The mayor noted during his youth, “Wildwood was the mecca of shopping. Hopefully this is the beginning of people coming back to Pacific Avenue and it will show that we have more to offer than just the beach and the boardwalk.

"This farmers market is a tremendous idea. We’re excited about it and we hope everyone enjoys it.”