Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Morey’s Piers’ Holiday Sale Offers the Best Deals of the Season on Ride Passes, Water Park Admissions, and More


                          Pre-order Online Starting Today!

PRESS RELEASE


Gift givers looking to impress the thrill seekers and wave chasers on their list need look no further.

Starting December 1, 2014 through January 9, 2015, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, the classic seaside amusement park located on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, will launch its annual Holiday Sale with savings of up to $190 for a season of ride and admission passes. 

Gifting unlimited summer fun, the 2015 Wild Pass, formally known as the season pass, is available for $260 and includes one ride wristband per day for rides on all three piers, and one three-hour session per day at one of Morey’s Piers’ two waterparks - Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club and Raging Waters Water Park.  The pass represents a savings of $190 from the retail value of $450.

Perfect for parents and little ones, Wild Pass Lite is available for children under 42” and adults over 25 years of age. Priced at $195 (savings of $130), Wild Pass Lite offers the same privileges as the season pass.

The new Forever Wild Pass invites grandparents in on the excitement, providing those 65 and older the same benefits of the Wild Pass for an introductory rate of $50.

EZ Pay allows holiday shoppers to purchase the Wild Pass and Wild Pass Lite in five easy installments. The initial payment is due at the time of purchase, the second installment is due February 1, 2015, and the remaining three installments will be due on the first of the subsequent months; a $7 processing fee per pass applies.

The Wild Card, available for the special holiday price of $40, features 75 ride tickets plus a booklet of valuable coupons such as discounts on water park admissions, games, extreme rides and more.  With the Wild Water Park 10 Pack, which includes 10 individual all day water park passes for $225 (savings of $215), gift givers can divide the passes into several thoughtful stocking stuffers.

As a special Holiday Sale bonus, shoppers who purchase Morey’s exclusive “Breakfast in the Sky” experience on top of the Ferris Wheel for two people, will receive breakfast for a third person free.  Morey’s Piers Gift Cards are also available and can be applied towards any purchase at Morey’s Piers’ ticket booths, guest services, water park ticket office and/or retail stores.

Online pre-orders start on November 25 and can be purchased by visiting www.moreyspiers.com.

Starting December 1, purchases can be made by phone at 1-866-MOREYS1 (phone lines open daily from 7:00am to midnight), or in-person Monday through Friday from 12pm to 6pm at the Blue Palms Motel located at Lincoln and Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood, NJ.

For more information on Morey’s Piers and additional holiday sale offers, visit www.moreyspiers.com.

About Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the third best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today and #1 Best Beach Boardwalk by Family Vacation Critic, Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Hotels & Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Water Park at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit www.moreyspiers.com or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Enjoy a Wildwood Christmas - 1904 Style!


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD - The doors of the historic J. Thompson Baker House, as it is listed on the state and national historic registers, will be opened Dec. 5 to welcome visitors and show how local residents celebrated Christmas more than a century ago.

The Wildwood Civic Club, owners of the house since 1934, is hosting an open house from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. that will give visitors access to each of the home’s rooms as well as showcasing how an early-20th century home was decorated for the holiday season.

“We’re trying to keep it simple, as it would have been in 1904,” said club president Jackie Thorpe. “There will be lots of greenery, poinsettias and a few modern decorations that are traditional at our club.”

According to Thorpe, members of the club will be on hand to not only show the rooms, but to explain the history of the home.

Located at 3008 Atlantic Ave., the home has sat sentinel as more than a century of history has marched past it. Built by early Wildwood developer J. Thompson Baker, the stately white house hosted a virtual who’s who of American history – including President Woodrow Wilson, Anna Shaw, first president of the Women’s Suffrage Organization and American artist Norman Rockwell.

Listed on both the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places, a trip to the home is like stepping back into days gone by. With its grand staircase, magnificent stained glass windows, and large rooms, the home offers tour takers an evening of old-fashioned elegance and holiday cheer.

Admission to the open house is free, light refreshments will be served.

For additional information please contact Jackie Thorpe at 609-770-7468.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wildwood receives $400,000 grant to reconstruct Boardwalk ramps


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD –
The City of Wildwood is the recipient of a $400,000 grant that is earmarked to reconstruct ramps to the Boardwalk and bring them into compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards.

State officials announced Nov. 21 the city is one of 19 municipalities throughout the state benefiting from the $5.9-million Small Cities Block Grants. According to state officials, the 22 grants will benefit approximately 25,000 people across the state, including senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Wildwood’s grant will be used to reconstruct ramps to the Boardwalk at Cedar Avenue, bringing them into ADA compliance. It will also be used to provide the initial phase of connecting the Boardwalk with the Pacific Avenue commercial and entertainment district. 

The grants are administered by the state’s Department of Community Affairs and are designated to benefit people of low and moderate income or to address recent local needs for which no other source of funding is available.

“It is essential that we take action to develop these viable communities by improving their housing situations, their overall quality of life and their economic opportunities,” stated the DCA.

Commissioner Richard E. Constable III. “This funding will lead to lasting improvements for the residents of these communities and help to address local community development needs.”

Wildwood has long had the Cedar Avenue ramps in its sights for reconstruction, said Mayor Ernie Troiano. The awarding of this grant will now bring those much-needed repairs to reality.

“This grant money will go a long way in helping to make our Boardwalk, and Wildwood, ADA compliant,” the mayor said.

“It’s important, too, that the state recognizes our hard work in revitalizing the Pacific Avenue corridor as an entertainment and commercial district. Connecting the Boardwalk with Pacific Avenue plays a huge part in bringing this city back to what it once was – the entertainment and shopping mecca of the Jersey shore area.”

Wildwood Police Plan to Pinch Grinch on Boardwalk


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD – Police in this city are set to pinch the Grinch and run him out of town when he makes his appearance on the Boardwalk Sat., Dec. 13 during the second annual “Pinch the Grinch 5K Run and 1 Mile Grinch Walk.”

Members of the Wildwood police department will be out in force during the event to make sure the green thief and his dog, Max, are sent packing back to Whoville without toys, hollywho  wreaths or roast beasts.

Wildwood’s finest will be on patrol as well participating in the event, scheduled to take off from in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

During last year’s event police were able to nab the Grinch on the Boardwalk and remove him from the city. The master of purloined playthings was found slithering around runners as they took their places at the start line.  Several toys were found inside the Grinch’s shirt. 

According to Capt. Robert Regalbuto, the evidence was immediately returned to Santa Claus for delivery on Christmas Eve.

"In these tough economic times families in need have difficulty in making Christmas magic for their children. That’s when the Lunch with Lynch Foundation steps in to make sure all local children are given the thrill of opening a present on Christmas morning."

The impetus to support the run was an easy decision, said Regalbuto. The police department has a long-standing relationship with John Lynch, Director of Sales and Entertainment for the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Lynch’s foundation, Lunch with Lynch, serves many needy families on the five mile island.  A holiday offshoot of the Lunch with Lynch program, “The Lynch who Stole Christmas from the Grinch,” provides toys, gift cards and warm coats to needy families throughout the Wildwoods.

“John Lynch has always done good things for the people of this community,” said Regalbuto. “The Wildwood Police Department wanted to help John with this event.”

The run will begin at 10 a.m. sharp on Dec. 13 outside the Wildwoods Convention Center. From there, athletes will run south to Cresse Avenue, make a turn and head north toward 21st Avenue. A quick turn there will bring runners back to the Convention Center for refreshments and an awards ceremony.

“We’d like to have as many law enforcement officers as possible make the run,” Regalbuto said. “We’re encouraging other police departments to participate.” 

To that end, Wildwood police will be issuing three prizes: “Top Cop” to the first officer to make it across the finish line; second place “Senior Officer”; and the third place “Rookie” award.

Registration costs $30 per person, or $15 with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy.  On-site registration begins at 8:30 the day of the race.

Information about the run, or becoming a sponsor, can be obtained by contacting Regalbuto at 609-522-0222, extension 2330 or online at lunchwithlynch.com/pinch.  

Pre-registration for the race or walk can be done online at www.LunchWithLynch.com/pinch.  Organizers are also seeking volunteers to assist on race day.

Public Can Vote to Help Wildwood Crest Secure $25K Grant for Summer Music Series


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest has applied to receive a grant of $25,000 from Levitt Pavilions to support its annual Free Summer Music Series.

Wildwood Crest is one of several communities across the country in the running for the grant. Online public voting determines the 20 finalists for a grant, with Levitt Pavilions selecting the 10 winning grant recipients.

The public can vote online at amp.levittpavilions.org


A link to the website is also available on Wildwood Crest’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 

An individual voter may vote for up to five different submissions, but can only vote for each submission once.

Online public voting is open through Nov. 30. Winners will be announced on Dec. 15.

The Wildwood Crest Free Summer Music Series is held each Wednesday and Saturday from late June through Labor Day weekend at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. 

The series began six years ago and features a variety of family-friendly music that attracts people of all ages. Crowds have reached as high as 4,000 people at a given show.

According to its website, Levitt Pavilions is a national nonprofit organization that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America through live music. 

It partners with cities and towns to transform neglected outdoor spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life.

For more information, contact the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at (609) 523-0202.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Zippy's Bikes teams with Lunch With Lynch to host "GrYnch-A-Paloosa" - November 13-15


10 percent of all bike, accessory and gift certificate sales will benefit local families during the holidays

PRESS RELEASE

Zippy's Bikes, located in the heart of the Wildwoods Downtown Business District, has teamed up with the Lynch Who Stole Christmas From The GrYnch Toy, Coat and Food Drive for their GrYch-A-Paloosa three-day "storewide" FUN-raiser. Zippy's will donate 10 percent of all bikes, accessories, and gift certificates sold from Thursday, November 13 to Saturday, November 15 to the GrYch Fund.

Zippy's Bikes has been a longstanding Lunch With Lynch Foundation and has provided over 150 used childrens bicycles over the past three years as gifts to deserving area children for the holidays.

Owner Scott Chambers stated: "Zippy's Bikes has been an active partner with Mr. Lynch and the GrYnch for years. It's the right thing to do. We live in the Wildwoods, we work in the Wildwoods, our kids go to school in the Wildwoods, and it is only fitting that we give back to the Wildwoods.'

The Lunch With Lynch Foundation's "Lynch Who Stole Christmas From The GrYnch" program provides Christmas presents delivered on Christmas Eve to local families who are in need of a helping hand over the holidays. Proceeds from Zippy's Bikes "GrYnch-A-Paloosa" will help purchase gift items to support this community event.

For more information on Zippy's Bikes' "GrYnch-A-Paloosa," please call 609-408-8956 or visit www.zippysbikes.com.

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The Lunch With Lynch Foundation Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps facilitate the learning experiences of school children in the Wildwoods through educational opportunities in and out of the classroom environment.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Wild Half Returns to Morey’s Piers – May 17, 2015


PRESS RELEASE

* Half Marathon, 8K, and New 5K Race Offers Remarkable Views of the Jersey Shore Coastline

* Register Early For Free Bonus Friends and Family Ride Wristband


Registration is now open for The Wild Half, a 13.1 mile half marathon and 8K race on Sunday, May 17, 2015 hosted by Morey’s Piers, the classic seaside amusement park destination located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, NJ.

All runners will receive a free unlimited Morey’s Piers ride wristband for use May 15 through 17, 2015. Participants that register now through November 30, 2014 will receive a bonus free weekend ride wristband for a friend or family member.

The scenic Wildwoods course will lead runners from ocean views to an action-packed boardwalk.  Several fun-filled activities and additional races will be scheduled during the weekend including:  a new 5K race and Wild Child 1K beach run for kids on May 16, sunset beach yoga, Piers & Pasta Dinner at Joe’s Fish Co. on Surfside Pier, finish line celebrations featuring live music and food, awards ceremonies, and more.  

To register, visit www.runwildwoods.com

The price of registration ranges from $20.00 to $110.00 depending on the race category (kid’s beach run, 5k, half marathon or 8K) and date of registry.

Runners can purchase additional ride wristbands for friends and family to enjoy the fun at the special spectator price of $40.  Tickets for the Piers & Pasta Dinner must be purchased in advance at time of registration; adult tickets are $22 and child tickets are $13. Seating is limited.

The Wild Half Marathon’s “Go Wild for Charity” program enables athletes to support and raise money for their favorite charitable organizations.  For updates and announcements on official charity partners of the 2015 Wild Half and how to race with one these charity teams, continue to visit www.runwildwoods.com.

Follow the Wild Half Marathon and 8K on Facebook for up to day race information, training tips, blogs and more.  For more information on Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks, please visit www.moreyspiers.com.  

About Morey’s Piers

Monday, November 3, 2014

Wildwoods Sign refurbishment underway - Watch the process online!


The scheduled restoration of the iconic Wildwoods Sign at Boardwalk & Rio Grande Avenue has begun.

The project will be carried out in two phases so that the letters "WILDWOODS" will always be visible.

Phase one will consist of removal of the front letters, leaving the background intact. Phase two will entail installation of refurbished and refinished letters, followed by the removal, refinishing and replacement of the background letters.

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

The Wildwoods' Earthcam will continue to stream live HD video of sign 24-7, so those unable to visit during the renovation can check out the progress at any time:

http://wildwoodsnj.com/wildwood-webcam.cfm.

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

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

Monday, October 27, 2014

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


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods and wine make the perfect combination.

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

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

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

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

Willow Creek Winery

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

Turdo Vineyards

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

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

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

Jessie Creek Winery

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

Natali Vineyards

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

Cape May Winery

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

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

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

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Mural Honors Legendary Impresario

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

PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

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


PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wildwoods Sign to be fully refurbished in November


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

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

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

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

PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

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



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

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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


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

Saturday, October 25

Boardwalk Pumpkin Run

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

Paranormal Tour at the Wildwoods Shore

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

Sunday, October 26

Island Pumpkin Fest


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

Thursday, October 30

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat

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

Friday, October 31

Greater Wildwood Elks Halloween Haunted House

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

North Wildwood Trunk or Treat and Block Party

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

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

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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