Beach Humor, Uncategorized

All Hail the Ice Cream Cone!

If you scream for ice cream, you’ll be delighted to know that September 22 is National Ice Cream Cone Day.

Go ahead – have your treat and lick it too. I’m told that when a food item gets its own national day, its calories go directly into the person you feel needs them the most. As you enjoy your frozen handheld treat today, be sure to thank the inventor for this delicious creation. The only problem is – who will you thank?

The legend of the ice cream cone creator is rife with dispute and waffling accounts of who should be credited. The stories are as varied as the flavors of ice cream that fill these edible wafers. One fact not mired in controversy, however, is that people were first seen sporting the cone of fame at the 1904 World’s Fair, the result of an impromptu stop-gap measure to stave off angry ice cream-seekers who were turned away for lack of appropriate eating vessels. In those days, ice cream was served in glass bowls called “penny licks” which were returned to the vendor after customers were finished licking out the ice cream (I know, gross). When an ice cream vendor ran out of these bowls, would-be customers allegedly had epic meltdowns. That is, until Syrian immigrant Ernest Hamwi stepped in with a solution. He was stationed next to the penny lick-less vendor making waffle desserts called zalabia. Upon seeing the churning unrest, Hamwi rolled one of his wafer-like waffles into the shape of a cone – back then called a cornucopia – and gave it to the ice cream vendor. When the cone cooled, the vendor put some ice cream in it and history was made. Or so some say. Hamwi went on to create the Missouri Cone Company, which was sold to Nabisco in 1928. He has been credited by the International Association of Ice Cream Makers as being the official creator of the cone.

But not everyone agrees that his face belongs on a stamp.

Some ice cream historians (yes, these are real people) claim that certain French cookbooks in the 1800s included recipes and instructions on how to bake and roll a waffle-like treat and stuff it with a frozen pudding or cream. I tried to confirm this but it was all French to me.

If you ask the International Dairy Association, they will tell you that Italo Marchiony of New York City is the official creator. In 1896, this Italian ice cream vendor grew tired of people walking off with his glass licking bowls so he invented an edible ice cream cup-making machine for which he was granted a patent in 1903. Some experts believe an Englishman obtained a patent for his version of an cone machine the year before. Others claim the ice cream cone was invented in Turkey or Lebanon, but I’m pretty sure they’re confusing that with who invented lunchmeat. In fact, if you consult any treatise on the subject of cone invention, you will see that credit is given to a roster of international ice cream pioneers, the lineup of which reads like a sign-in sheet for the UN General Assembly.

The real reason experts have never been able to reach a consensus on this is that they only get so far in their discussions before their ice cream starts dripping profusely, forcing an abrupt cessation to the talks while everyone stops to lick ice cream off their arms. That’s when the ice cream headaches hit, freezing the part of the brain responsible for agreement and prohibiting the formation of coherent sentences – so even if they did all agree at some point, they’d never be able to verbalize it. And this is why we never get the scoop.

As the ice cream cone creator controversy drips on, one thing we can all agree on is that penny licks needed to go. In this day and age, nobody needs to be licking a bowl and returning it to the server unless they have four legs. The ice cream cone is a necessary staple of beach life, allowing us to take our handheld treat to the beach, the boardwalk or anywhere we want. Well, except high-end tee shirt shacks, where teenage store clerks are ready to pounce on anyone who even thinks of bringing food into the store. But other than that, have ice cream cone, will travel. Even the seagulls respect the cone – I’ve never seen one swoop down and take someone’s ice cream (fry lovers, you’re on your own on this one).*

As it turns out, we probably don’t really give a lick who invented this treat, as long as someone did. So while you’re enjoying your frozen treat-filled cornucopia today, be sure to thank ‘whoever’ created these delicious delights and have fun celebrating this important day!

* (While this statement was true at the time the original article was posted in 2017, this summer my nephew was dive-bombed by a flying beach rat who swooped its beak across the top of his cone. There was an actual beak track in his otherwise nicely formed ice cream scoop! Needless to say, he ditched it after that. I guess all creatures love the ice cream cone and who can blame them?)

Avalon, Cape May, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Special Events, Stone Harbor, The Wildwoods, Uncategorized

Fall…for Food and Fun!

As much as we may love summer, there’s no stopping the fact that on Saturday September 22, at precisely 9:54 p.m. Eastern Time, we will officially say goodbye to Summer 2018 and usher in Fantastic Fall. While it is always bittersweet to bid farewell to our carefree beach days and (oh!) those summer nights, fall itself can be pretty cool – in more ways than one. Especially now that shore officials, local businesses and event coordinators have planned a plethora of events to keep us coming back to the places we love the most. Foodies and wine lovers will particularly delight in knowing that, beginning this weekend and extending well into the fall, several coastal culinary events have been planned to tickle their taste buds. Here, we break down the events by category and follow up with a chronological listing of these gastric galas so that you won’t miss a chance to fall for food and fun down the shore.

If you savor seafood, you’re in luck – several festivals featuring ocean delicacies are being held in the upcoming weeks. On Saturday, September 22, head to the Seafarer’s Celebration at Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest. This bayfront street festival includes live music, craft vendors, food, family entertainment, and children’s activities, with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm at Centennial Park. On September 29, plan to come to the Sea Isle Harborfest at Marina Park to celebrate Sea Isle’s fishing and nautical history by featuring delicious seafood, live music, a clam eating contest, crafts and specialty vendors.

During the first weekend of October, seafood festivals will be held in Ocean City (October 6-8), Avalon (October 6-7) and Wildwood (October 7). If you’re not sure which one to attend, why not plan a cruise down the coast on Sunday October 7 and enjoy all three? Start in Ocean City at the Music Pier where the Indian Summer Weekend features seafood venders and boardwalk table sales. Then head to the Avalon Community Hall for the Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival, offering delectable treats from fresh seafood vendors, a chowder contest, live music, vendors and more. End your day at the Seafood and Music Festival hosted by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce on Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues. This festival features two stages of live music, crafters, food vendors, a pie eating contest as well as a “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and bounce houses.

Several upcoming heritage fests will provide you with an opportunity to sample fare from Ireland, Italy and Germany. Wildwood’s popular Irish Weekend begins September 21 and runs through the 23rd. The Celtic city-wide event includes entertainment, Irish dance lessons, a 5k run and 1-mile walk, golf tournament, pipe exhibition, food court stage, beer garden, food and craft vendors and so much more, with bus service available to the various events throughout the weekend. While you’re in the ‘Wood this weekend, head to Mariner’s Pier to take part in Oktoberfest, where you can sample Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, German potato salad, schnitzel and other German treats, as well as a wide selection of beers and tasting flights at an outdoor biergarten, as you enjoy live entertainment by The Oompah-Delics. If you’re just getting adjusted to September and aren’t quite ready to usher in the new season just yet, Oktoberfest at Mariner’s Pier continues on the weekends of September 28-29 and October 6-7.

But Wildwood isn’t the only place to grab a pretzel and a beer and Prost! to good times. Cape May will host an Oktoberfest on September 29 where several streets will be transformed into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Enjoy a famous Bavarian tradition by visiting the beer gardens, food courts and artisan tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles. And on October 20, Sea Isle City will host an Oktoberfest at Excursion Park, featuring live German music, vendors, free hayrides on the beach, magic acts, pumpkin painting, children’s entertainment and a pie baking contest.

If pasta is more your thing, then you’re in for a real treat. The Olde Time Italian Festival will be held on the weekend of September 28-29 at Fox Park on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues in Wildwood. This family festival includes a Procession of the Saints, delicious Italian food favorites, merchandise vendors, games, and continuous live entertainment. A grape stomping contest and spaghetti eating contest will take place as well. On October 6, Kix McNutley’s in Sea Isle will follow up with an Italian Festival of its own, offering a variety of great Italian food, an Italian market with craft and specialty vendors, a cannoli eating contest and live musical entertainment. Finally, Avalon gets in on the fun with the Avalon Lions Club Pasta Night at the Windrift Hotel.

For a different global experience, head to Around the World Social on September 28 at the Sand Bar in Sea Isle City. This event features soft music, butlered hors d’oeuvres, a wine sampling and cash bar.
Food…with a side of FUN!                                                                                              For those not sold on seafood or international fare specifically, several seaside events pair food with just plain fun events – and in some cases, wine and spirits as well. Let’s start with this weekend and work our way into October.

Celebrate the first day of fall on September 22 at the 7th Annual Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival which will be held at the 96th Street Shopping District. Enjoy the best of local wineries & breweries, food, artisans & live music. Festivities include a grape stomping competition, hay slide and more. Heading further south down the coast on the same day, you’ll find the Fall Food Truck & Music Festival at Fox Park across from the Wildwoods Convention Center. This festival features delicious and unique food trucks, music, vendors, and entertainment as well as a Kids Zone with fun and activities to keep the little ones busy. On Sunday, September 23, enjoy a Jazz Brunch at the Inn of Cape May. This Sunday morning brunch buffet features live jazz from The Great American Songbook by renowned jazz musicians.

Ocean City ushers in the first weekend of October with a fantastic Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular on Asbury Avenue from 5th – 14th Streets. Here you will find crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, fireworks will dazzle in the night sky over the boardwalk from 6th – 14th Streets. On October 6, legume lovers may want to head to the cape for the West Cape May Lima Bean Festival at Wilbraham Park to enjoy an array of recipes, crafts, and products featuring the lovely Lima.

On October 14, be a spicy bivalve and help out the Ocean City Firefighters Charitable Foundation by purchasing a ticket to Ocean City’s 3rd Annual Chili Chowderfest at the Music Pier, where you can partake in chili and chowder tastings while enjoying music from a DJ and watching your offspring enjoy the planned kids’ activities. For an “Evening to Die For”, come enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Inn of Cape May on October 20 and try to solve a murder mystery as you enjoy a four-course dinner.

November kicks off with the Cape May Restaurant Weekend (November 1-4; various times and locations), a four-day event that offers your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35 per person at participating restaurants.

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Of course, no celebration of food is complete without a little wine and chocolate. This fall’s wine events include the Cape May Wine Trail on September 21 which begins at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate with lunch. Then hop aboard a Trolley and enjoy a brief tour and wine tasting at Willow Creek Winery, a tasting at Hawk Haven Winery, and wine tasting, cheese and crackers (complete with a souvenir glass) at Natali Vineyards. If the wine tours and tastings whet your appetite for more, join the Cape May Wine School class on October 7 at the Washington Inn to learn about wines. Of course, don’t forget to check out all the local wineries to see the events they have planned as well.

For a sweet ending to your tasty “tour de shore”, check out the Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast on September 22 at The Blue Rose Inn where you will enjoy seven courses of delicious chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it. Can’t make it this weekend? No worries – the chocoholics among us will be happy to know that this event repeats October 27 and December 1, as well as other times during the year.

So, as you’re digesting the end of summer and considering what fall has in store for you, we hope we’ve given you enough to chew on. Bon Appetit!

Oh…but first…here’s a listing of all these wonderful events in chronological order so you won’t miss out on any of them.

September 2018
21 – Wildwood Irish Festival (runs 21st – 23rd)
21 – Cape May Wine Trail
21 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest (runs 21st – 23rd; 28-30th; October 5-7th)
22 – Wildwood Irish Festival
22 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
22 – Wildwood Crest Seafarers’ Celebration
22 – The 7th Annual Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival
22 – Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn (repeats October 27th and December 1st)
22 – Fall Food Truck & Music Festival
23 – Wildwood Irish Festival
23 – Jazz Brunch at the Inn of Cape May
23 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
28 – Sea Isle City Around the World Social
29 – Sea Isle City Harborfest
28 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
28 – Olde Time Italian Festival
29 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
29 – Olde Time Italian Festival
29 – Cape May Oktoberfest
30 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest

October 2018
5 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
6 – West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
6 – Sea Isle City Italian Festival
6 – Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival (runs 6th – 7th)
6 – Ocean City Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular
6 – Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend (runs 6th – 8th)
6 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
7 – Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival
7 – Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend
7 – Cape May Wine School
7 – Seafood and Music Festival
7 –  Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
8 –  Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend
14 – Avalon Lions Club Pasta Night
14 – Ocean City 3rd Annual Chili Chowderfest
20 – Cape may Murder Mystery Dinners
20 – Sea Isle City Octoberfest
27 – Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn

November 2018
1-4 Cape May Restaurant Weekend



Beware the Rip

ripcurrent1September is a beautiful time to go down the shore. Cool breezes, warm ocean temps and crystal blue skies lure many off-season visitors to the sand and surf, especially with the promise of a peaceful dip in the sea without having to dodge wayward boogie-boarders. But September is also the peak of hurricane season when hazardous surf conditions can arise, even on sunny blue sky days when danger does not seem apparent. Rip currents are especially threatening to beach-goers at any time of year, but are certainly more prevalent when storms bring strong winds and sea surge. Regardless of when you go in the surf, it is important to arm yourself with knowledge about these dangerous currents so you and your family can avoid being caught in one.

What is a rip current?
A rip current is a narrow, fast-moving channel of water that rushes out to sea from the shoreline, passing through the surf zone and beyond the wave break. When waves crash on the shore they bring with them an enormous amount of water that, under normal circumstances, flows back to sea. But sometimes wind, water or other conditions can cause an overflow of water to come to shore and impede the water’s ability to flow back to sea as it normally does. The water must return to the sea somehow, so pressure builds until the trapped water becomes strong enough to overcome the incoming waves. It will find the path of least resistance by creating a channel of fast-moving water between a lull in wave action or through an opening in a sandbar. This is a rip current, and it can take anything or anyone with it as it rushes back to sea.

What causes rip currents to form?
Rip currents can develop from various conditions such as strong winds and storms that bring in a surge of water to the shoreline. They also form as the result of an obstacle that disrupts the flow of water along the beach, such as jetties, groins or even sandbars.  They form at all times of the year but can be more prevalent during hurricane season and during tropical storms. Even when storms don’t make landfall around us, they can still create very dangerous surf conditions from hundreds of miles away. As a matter of fact, the Ocean City New Jersey Beach Patrol reported that they made 141 rip current rescues on one single day this summer as the result of Tropical Storm Chris which, at the time, was churning far off the Jersey Coast. It’s also important to know that rip currents can – and often do – form on beautiful days when water conditions appear to be perfect.

Why are rip currents dangerous?
Rip currents are cited as the leading danger for beachgoers. Approximately 100 people die in our country each year as the result of these currents. While rips will pull you out to sea, they will not pull you under. The danger of rip currents is their speed – typically they travel at 1-2 feet per second, but they can travel as fast as 8 feet per second. At those speeds even the strongest swimmers are not able to overcome them. The good news is that they do eventually end, often just beyond the wave break. At that point, the strong pull ceases and a person once caught in the current will be able to get out of it and swim back to shore, often with the assistance of the normal wave action. These currents can range in width from 10-200 feet, which means that most people who remain calm and know the rules of getting out of a rip current can “break the grip of the rip” by swimming to one side or another of the channeled current.

How do I recognize a rip current?
ripcurrent14Rip currents can often, but not always, be detected by the naked eye. A rip current may churn up the sand and cause the water to appear to be cloudy, murky or discolored, or white and sudsy. ripcurrent13

Additionally, a rip current can cause a break in the wave line. A general rule of thumb is that if there is a section of water that looks or behaves differently than the rest of the water, it is likely a rip current and should be avoided. But don’t rely solely on observation as they may not be apparent.

ripcurrent16How can I avoid a rip current?
“When in doubt, don’t go out,” the experts say. Simply put, stay out of the water if any of the signals or warnings are present.

Before you head to the beach, pay attention to weather and news reports, especially during hurricane season which generally runs from June 1 – November 1. Remember that even faraway offshore storms can produce dangerous rip tides along the shore.

When you arrive at the beach, it is a good idea to observe the water behavior from a distance, such as from an elevated beach path. You should also look to the life guard stand to see if they are using the flag system – a green flag means low hazard and calm conditions, a yellow flag signals medium hazard with moderate surf or currents and a red flag warns of a high hazard with high surf and strong conditions. If the flag system is not being used, the best thing you can do is ask a lifeguard what is the likelihood of rip currents. They are experts in this area and can tell you if rips tend to develop in that location due to jetties or sand bars, if wind or wave conditions are ripe for the development, or if any have been spotted that day.

While we are on the subject of lifeguards, the best way to avoid getting caught in a rip current (other than staying out of the water) is to swim only in guarded areas, when lifeguards are on duty. The U.S. Lifeguarding Association estimates that 80% of all lifeguard rescues are for rip currents, which means they are not only well-equipped to assist people caught in these currents, but they also spend most of their life-saving resources on them.  It is also important that you swim in front of the lifeguard, and watch your children when they are in the water.

How do I get out of a rip current?
The absolute first rule is to relax. “Keeping calm is what will save your life,” one expert put it. I know this is easier said than done, especially when you are being pulled out to sea. Yes, these currents are mighty and can travel at a high rate speed, but since you can’t outswim the current, you’ll have to outthink it using the information provided in this article.

The first thing is to realize that while a rip current can pull you quickly away from shore, it will not pull you under. People drown in rip currents not because of the current itself, but because they wear themselves out trying to swim against the current. The internet contains a plethora of videos showing lifeguards and other volunteers purposely putting themselves into rip currents so that they may demonstrate how to get out of one. And that means that rip currents on their own won’t kill you – otherwise, these experts would not willingly put themselves in one. However, panicking and trying to fight the current may result in physical exhaustion which is what defeats those who are caught in a current. You should summon someone, preferably a lifeguard, by waving your hands above your head – but again, trying to keep calm. Letting them know as soon as you realize you are in danger may make a difference.

Second, remember that rip currents are generally narrow, and the water just outside the current will behave with a predictable flow towards the shore. If you can either swim to the left or the right of the current, parallel to the shore, you may pretty quickly get out of its grip. Another option is to float on your back until you feel you are out of the current, again summoning someone on shore to let them know you need assistance. Floating your way out may be advised if you are not a strong swimmer or are already exhausted from being in the water to begin with – the point here is that you cannot afford to tire yourself out any more than you already may be. Once out, experts advise that you swim at an angle back to shore, allowing the wave action to guide you in. If you are not able to swim, continue to summon a lifeguard or someone on shore by waving your arms above your head so that they can come to your rescue. Again, this is why it is crucial to swim at a guarded beach at all times, directly in front of a lifeguard.

Finally, it is advised that if you observe someone who is caught in a rip current, you should summon help by alerting a lifeguard or calling 911 and do not try to go in to save them yourself. Many people die from trying to save someone else – who ultimately survives.

So heed the warnings and don’t go in if you believe from what you’ve learned here that rip currents could be possible. If you do go in and get caught in one, remain calm and rely on this information to think your way out. Doing so will save your life.

For more information on rip currents, consult the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, the U.S. Lifesaving Association or the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).




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Free Weekly Summer Events in Stone Harbor

Ever summer, Stone Harbor hosts free weekly events as listed below.

Stone Harbor Family Night (7:00 – 7:45 p.m., Stone Harbor Firehouse). Fun entertainment for families including magic shows, puppet theater, animal adventures, story time and more.

Tuesdays at the Tower Concert Series (7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 95th Street Water Tower Plaza). Features live bands and a Beer and Wine Garden, sponsored by the Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Snacks are provided by the Stone Harbor Museum.

Cornhole Nights (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Stone Harbor Elementary School Field). A fun family night of cornhole games, free for all ages and skill levels.

Thursdays on the Lawn (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church). Bring your beach chair and enjoy a live band on the lawn. Refreshments and cookies provided.

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Tours (10:00 am, Egret Espy Trail entrance at 114th Street and 2nd Avenue). Experienced docents lead guided tours and teach visitors about the natural history and wildlife of the Bird Sanctuary. Tours are one hour long.

Stone Harbor Farmer’s Market (8:00 am – 12:30 pm, 95th Street Water Tower Plaza). Weekly farmer’s market features fresh produce, organic coffee and tea, crepes, gourmet foods, flowers and much more.

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Tours (10:00 am, Egret Espy Trail entrance at 114th Street and 2nd Avenue). Experienced docents lead guided tours and teach visitors about the natural history and wildlife of the Bird Sanctuary. Tours are one hour long.

To learn more Stone Harbor, please follow the links below:

Find out why Stone Harbor is “The Seashore At Its Best”
History of Stone Harbor
Stone Harbor Beach Information
Where to Stay in Stone Harbor
Where to Eat in Stone Harbor
Upcoming Events in Stone Harbor – Fall/Winter 2018

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Free Weekly Summer Events in Sea Isle City

Every summer, Sea Isle City hosts free weekly events as listed below.

Free Classic Movies Under the Stars (Dusk, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). Bring your beach chairs and blankets and go back in time with a classic movie by the sea. Visit for more information about the movie lineup.

Farmer’s Market (8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). Features a variety of fresh produce, local artisan crafts and gourmet foods. Visit for more information.

Guided Beachcombing (10:00 am – 11:00 am, 29th Street Beach and Promenade). Learn all about our beaches and the creatures that dwell in and around them from beachcombing guides, and then explore the beach for your own treasures. $1 cost includes a free beachcombing bucket.

Free Family Dance Party (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). A DJ spins popular tunes to allow families and friends to dance and have fun.

Acoustic Open Mic Night (Ages 14-20) (9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). This night not only offers entertainers an opportunity to perform for cheering fans, it also allows teens and young adults to gather for a night of fun including Xbox video game truck and cornhole tournaments.

Guided Beachcombing (10:00 am – 11:00 am, 94th Street Beach). Learn all about our beaches and the creatures that dwell in and around them from beachcombing guides, and then explore the beach for your own treasures. $1 cost includes a free beachcombing bucket.

Free Music in the Park (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). Live music featuring artists from pop, rock, R&B, country and dance genres.

Free Family Movies Under the Stars (Dusk, Excursion Park). Bring your beach chairs and blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie by the sea.

Free Concerts Under the Stars (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). Travel through decades of popular music with tribute bands that are sure to get everyone singing and dancing.

For more information about Sea Isle City, please follow the links below:

“Smile! You’re in Sea Isle!” – All About Sea Isle City
History of Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Sea Isle City
Where to Eat in Sea Isle City
Upcoming Events in Sea Isle City – Fall/Winter 2018

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Free Weekly Summer Events in Ocean City

Every summer, Ocean City hosts free weekly events as listed below.

Funtastic Tuesdays (10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Asbury Avenue). Each Tuesday, visitors will find entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors, pony rides and much more.

Mummer’s Night (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on the boardwalk, 6th – 14th Streets. Mummers strut on the boardwalk every Tuesday night. Sponsored by: Shirt Shack, Preps, Ocean Treasures, Henry’s Fine Jewelry

Farmer’s Market (8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Tabernacle Grounds). Find fresh produce and much more, including crafters at 6th & Asbury Avenue.

Wacky Wednesdays (10:30 am, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk). Weekly event includes offer “wacky, but not tacky” fun events and contests for the entire family.

Market Days (10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Asbury Avenue). Each Thursday, visitors will find entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors, pony rides and much more!

Family Nights on the Boardwalk (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Boardwalk between 6th – 14th Streets). Entertainment is sponsored by: Shriver’s, Playland Castaway Cove, and Johnson’s Popcorn

To learn more Ocean City, please follow the links below:

Find out why Ocean City is “America’s Greatest Family Resort”
History of Ocean City
Ocean City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Ocean City
Where to Eat in Ocean City
Upcoming Events in Ocean City – Fall/Winter 2018

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Free Weekly Summer Events in Cape May

Every summer, Cape May hosts free weekly events as listed below.

Dancing to the Fred Hall Orchestra (7:30 for children, 9:00 for adults, Cape May Convention Hall). Children’s dance goes from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm and the adult ballroom dancing goes from 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Farmers Market (3:00 pm – 7:30 pm, West Cape May Municipal Complex at the Backyard Park).

Free Family Magic Show (7:00 pm, Cape May Convention Hall).

Free Movies on the Beach (8:00 pm, Stockton Beach next to Convention Hall). Live Music & Children’s Activities begin at 8:00 pm and the featured movie begins at 8:30 pm.

Dancing to the Fred Hall Orchestra (7:30 for children, 9:00 for adults, Cape May Convention Hall). Children’s dance goes from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm and the adult ballroom dancing goes from 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Dancing to the Fred Hall Orchestra (7:30 for children, 9:00 for adults, Cape May Convention Hall). Children’s dance goes from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm and the adult ballroom dancing goes from 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Free Evening Concerts at the Rotary Park Bandstand (7:00 pm, Rotary Park, 400 Lafayette Street).

Communion at the Grove (8:00 am, Sunset Pavilion at Beach & 2nd Avenues).

Free Family Nature and Wildlife Show (7:30 pm, Cape May Convention Hall).

Free Evening Concerts at the Rotary Park Bandstand (7:00 pm, Rotary Park, 400 Lafayette Street).

For more information about Cape May, please follow the links below:

Find out why Cape May is “The Nation’s Oldest Seaside Resort”
History of Cape May
Cape May Beach Information
Where to Stay in Cape May
Where to Eat in Cape May
Upcoming Events in Cape May – Fall/Winter 2018

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Free Weekly Summer Events in Avalon

Each summer, Avalon hosts free weekly events as listed below:

Monday Funday (10:00 am, Avalon Free Public Library or Avalon History Center). This weekly interactive kids event is part of the summer reading program.

Beach Movies (Dusk, 30th Street Beach)

Kids Lego Club (10:00 am, Avalon Free Public Library). This event features a new Lego project for kids every week.

Dune and Beach Walk (9:30 am – 10:30 am, 48th Street and Dune Drive). Walk with a naturalist along the maritime forest and dune trails and learn about the animals and plants that thrive in this environment. Presented by the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor.

Thursdays on Dune Concert Series (5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Veterans Plaza, 21st Street and Dune Drive). Featuring children’s activities from 5:30 – 7:00 pm including face painting, balloon art, character appearances, crafts, giveaways and more, followed by a live band from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Video Games at the Library (11 am – 12:00 noon, Avalon Free Public Library). For all ages. Play Nintendo Switch on a big screen, plus enjoy other games such as Nintendo DS and tabletop games.

For more information about Avalon, please follow the links below:

About Avalon
History of Avalon
Avalon Beach Information
Where to Stay in Avalon
Where to Eat in Avalon
Upcoming Events in Avalon – Fall/Winter 2018

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Special Events

Memorial Day: A Day Of Remembrance

For many people, Memorial Day Weekend is a perfect time to travel to the shore to enjoy a three-day vacation by the sea. The weekend is usually packed with festivities and serves as the unofficial beginning of the summer season.

As you enjoy the sun’s first warm rays and spend quality time with friends and family on the beach, it is important to take time to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States military. Originally known as Decoration Day, this special day of remembrance originated in May 1868 when General John A. Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance after the civil war, which claimed more American lives than any other conflict. It is believed that May 30 was originally chosen as the date of observation, primarily because it was a day that did not fall on the anniversary of a civil war battle. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act came into effect, establishing that Memorial Day would be observed on the last Monday in May, and designating it as a federal holiday.

If you are there already, or plan to be down the shore on Memorial Day, there are several ceremonies taking place that you may want to partake in to mark this important day and pay your respect to those who have given their lives defending our country. Information about how each town will observe Memorial Day is listed below.

Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 28, 2018 9:00 a.m.
32nd and Dune Drive, Avalon

Cape May
Memorial at All Wars Monument
Monday, May 28, 2018 9:00 a.m.
Columbia and Gurney Streets, Cape May

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cape May Convention Hall
714 Beach Ave, Cape May

Ocean City
Memorial Day Service
Monday, May 28, 2018 11:00 a.m.
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Wesley Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets, Ocean City

Sea Isle City
Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 28, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Veteran’s Park
JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City

Stone Harbor
Memorial Service for Fallen Heroes
Monday, May 28, 2018 11:00 a.m.
Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire House
175 96th St, Stone Harbor

7 Mile Island American Legion Parade and Ceremony
Monday, May 28, 2018 12:00 noon
Stone Harbor Women’s Civic Club
96th Street and the Beach, Stone Harbor

North Wildwood
Memorial Day Service at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
Monday, May 28, 2019 9:30 a.m.
111 North Central Avenue, North Wildwood

Memorial Day Ceremony at North Wildwood Veteran’s Monument
Monday, May 28, 2018 10:00 a.m.
Spruce and New York Avenues, North Wildwood

Memorial Day Ceremony at American Legion Post 184
Monday, May 28, 2018 11:00 a.m.
4200 Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood

A special thank you to all our military members for your bravery and service! 


Special Events

The Shore is Open For Business!

What does a large wooden key, a business suit and a kite all have in common?

The answer is that all played a major role this weekend in a series of ceremonies designed to welcome visitors to the shore and kick off the 2018 Summer Season.

Although summer won’t officially begin until June 21, Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season down the shore, when shops and restaurants fully open, beach umbrellas pop up in the sand and lifeguards begin their careful watch.

oceancityunlockoceanOn Friday, Ocean City held its annual “Unlocking of the Ocean” ceremony on the 9th Street Beach, a tradition that began in the 1940s. A large crowd gathered under sunny blue skies next to the Music Pier at noon and watched as city officials placed a large  wooden key into the sand and turned it to symbolize the opening of the summer season.

ocean city business perosn plungeImmediately following the unlocking ceremony, the Ocean City High School Marching Band performed Pomp and Circumstance as a crowd of men and women wearing business attire and carrying signs and flags to showcase their businesses, marched into the ocean. The 15th Annual “Business Persons Plunge” tells visitors that the shore is officially open for business.

wildwood unlocking ocean

Further south along the coast, a similar event was held on the beach next to the Wildwood Convention Center, when City officials turned a large ornate key topped with a “W” in the sand to mark the opening of Wildwood’s summer season. Earlier that morning, school children attended a kite making workshop and came out to fly their handmade creations as a kick-off the 33rd Annual Wildwood Kite Festival, the largest of its kind in North America. The festival, which will continue through Memorial Day, features kite makers from around the world who come to Wildwood to showcase their works of art in various competitions and exhibitions.

After a long dreary winter featuring snow storms and nor’easters, and a spring that treated us to days-long deluges on the East Coast, precipitation-weary travelers were finally able to enjoy picture-perfect beach days at the start of the weekend. Friday and Saturday’s shore weather featured plentiful sun, a cool breeze and temps in the mid- to high 70s – quite unlike the humid 80’s that the mainlanders were served. Tens of thousands of visitors flocked to the coast to catch some rays, dine al fresco by the water, shop in seaside boutiques and celebrate the start of the shore season.

Here’s hoping that Summer 2018 is everything we hope it to be!