Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Little Nicky’s adding second location in 2022

Just a few years back, the future of Little Nicky's was in doubt.

Now, after two strong summers under new ownership, the business has been revitalized and a second location is in the works.

This Spring, the popular pizzeria at 17th & Boardwalk will be expanding to 120 W. Walnut Avenue, the former home of Slice Brick Oven Pizza, at the foot of the North Wildwood entrance corridor. 

Full details are still under wraps, but we have learned that this location will specialize in serving hand-carved cheesesteaks. More information, including grand opening date, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Owners Elaina Galdo-Pagan and Hawk Pagan took over Little Nicky's in 2020, after it had sat dormant the previous summer. Neighboring Pompeo's, which had been closed for several years, was reopened by Rich Merlino shortly after.

Both establishments had been owned and operated by the Klug family from 1978 until they retired and sold the businesses after the 2018 season.

For additional info and updates, follow Little Nicky's on Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Volunteers needed for Wildwood Crest snow removal program


WILDWOOD CREST - The Borough of Wildwood Crest Public Works Department is in need of volunteers to assist the physically disabled and senior citizen residents of the borough with snow removal.

Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed. School-age volunteers can use this program as a way to accumulate community service hours.

Volunteers will be dispatched after snowfall ends and when accumulation is at least two inches or more. Volunteers will assist in removing snow from sidewalks and car access areas.

All volunteers will be required to complete a short training session. Safety gear, equipment and salt will be provided by the Department of Public Works.

Those wishing to volunteer can download an application from the Public Works page of the borough website at

In order to received assistance with snow removal, recipients must be a resident of the Borough of Wildwood Crest and have a physical disability or be a senior citizen without access to help from friends or family. In addition, the home must be owner occupied and must serve as the owner's primary residence.

Residents wishing to receive assistance with snow removal are required to fill out an application, which is available on the Public Works page of the borough website at

All applications for volunteers will be reviewed to determine eligibility.

For more information, contact Sarah Steiner at the Department of Public Works via email at or via phone at 609-522-7446.

Wildwood Crest Recreation to begin "Walking Wednesdays" program


WILDWOOD CREST - The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department is set to begin its "Walking Wednesdays" program at the Crest Pier Recreation Center on Wednesday, February 2 at 9 a.m.

"Walking Wednesdays" is a free choreographed 30-minute walking aerobics program for adults set to the beat of contemporary music. The program is designed for participants to build endurance, burn calories, make friends and have fun while walking.

The program will be directed by Laura Farrall, a certified fitness trainer and Wildwood Crest Recreation staff member.

Beginners are welcome. Participants should wear sneakers and bring water.

No pre-registration is necessary.

Call 609-522-0202 for more information.

Friday, January 14, 2022

North Wildwood announces Terri O'Connor as Grand Marshal for the 2022 St. Patrick's Day Ceremony & Parade


NORTH WILDWOOD - North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello announced today that on Saturday, March 12, Terri O'Connor, widow of slain Philadelphia Police Corporal James O'Connor and strong advocate for Law Enforcement, will be honored as the 2022 Grand Marshal of the North Wildwood St. Patrick's Day Parade.

"Besides being familiar faces around town and on the beach, the O'Connor Family has always had long ties to the City of North Wildwood. Terri and James's son James Jr. even served several years on the North Wildwood Beach Patrol before he became a Philadelphia Police Officer," said Mayor Rosenello. 

"It is our greatest honor to have Terri serve as our Grand Marshal this year and we are looking forward to Terri honoring the O'Connor family Irish heritage at our St. Patrick's Day Ceremony & Parade on the 12th."

The North Wildwood St. Patrick's Day Ceremony & Parade will kick-off at 11:30 am, Saturday, March 12, 2022 on the outside steps of North Wildwood City Hall, 901 Atlantic Avenue.

Parade to follow the ceremony, marching down Atlantic Avenue (north) to 1st Avenue and proceeding west to the Entertainment District. A Catholic Mass honoring Irish Heritage will also be held at St. Ann Church of Notre Dame La Mer Parish in Wildwoood at 10 am, before the ceremony.

In the event of rain, the ceremony and festivities will be moved to the inside of the North Wildwood Recreation Center located at 9th & Central Avenues.

The Wildwoods Convention Center hosts National Youth Wrestling Duals – Friday, February 4 - Sunday, February 6


THE WILDWOODS  The Atlantic Coast Wrestling Association will host the National Youth Challenge Duals team championships at the Wildwoods Convention Center - Friday, February 4 through Sunday, February 6.

This three-day event will feature elementary and middle school wrestlers, grade 2 through 8, in highly competitive dual meet matches. Teams from all over the country will be competing in one of the most challenging dual tournaments on the East Coast.

Times for competitions, which are subject to change, are as follows:

Thursday, February 3: Weigh-In Day
Friday, February 4: Doors at 7 am; Matches start at 8 am; and Duals end by 7 pm
Saturday, February 5: Doors at 7 am; Matches start at 8 am; and Duals end by 7 pm
Sunday, February 6: Doors at 7 am; Matches start at 8 am; and Duals end by 4:30 pm

This event is a great way to show your support for these dedicated athletes and see some of the nation's best youth wrestlers in action.

The Atlantic Coast Wrestling Association 's mission is to create a competitive atmosphere for youth wrestlers that will promote sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and fair play. This purpose is met by providing supervised and competitive wrestling competitions in order to encourage continued participation in the sport of amateur wrestling.

During the 2022 dual tournaments, the association will be raising funds to benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Admission is $20 per day for adults and $50 for a 3-day weekend pass. Admission for children 12 and under is $10 per day and $25 for a 3-day weekend pass.

For additional information about these national youth wrestling tournaments, please visit

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

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Pink Cadillac Diner undergoing remodel after acquisition by Bagel Time owner

Pink Cadillac Diner (3801 Atlantic Avenue) is currently undergoing a full interior remodel after being purchased by Bagel Time Cafe owner Angelo Bilios. A revamped menu is also in the works ahead of a planned Easter Weekend opening.


And, yes - the 1950’s/Doo Wop theme will remain intact!


Bilios, whose Bagel Time brand has expanded to include three area locations, including the flagship cafe in Wildwood (4600 Atlantic Avenue), co-owned the Pink Cadillac with two partners from 2008-2012.


“I’ve always kept a piece of my heart for that place,” Bilios said of the Pink Cadillac. “I basically got my start in Wildwood there, I learned so much there before Bagel Time took off. I’ve often thought, if it ever became available, it would be hard not to run to it.”


That opportunity came his way last summer, when he was contacted by the previous owner. The deal was finalized just a few weeks ago.


“Covid has created so many challenges [for restaurant owners]. For some, not being able to find help and not knowing when they may be shut down or forced to change the way they operate is just too much,” Bilios explained. “I think the previous owner was just ready to get out.


“We were hoping to seal the deal by October, but it took a little longer. So, some of the things we want to do will have to wait a little longer.”


That includes a full exterior renovation, as well. 


“The plan as of now is to redo the interior this winter,” he said. “Keeping it Doo Wop, with a little spin. Basically, putting my touch to it. Next year, we hope to completely renovate the exterior with a full stainless steel look, that shiny classic diner look. It’ll be a real standout.”


“Menu-wise, we’ll be serving diner fare with a modern twist. Scratch kitchen, all kinds of flavors. The Pink Cadillac will continue to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.”


These changes will mark the latest chapter for one of the Wildwoods’ longest continually-operated diners. It originally opened and existed for decades as the Atlantic Diner before morphing into Big Ernie’s Fabulous ‘50’s Diner. That theme was parlayed into the Pink Cadillac during the “Neo Doo Wop” movement of the early 2000’s.


Bilios is aiming for an Easter Weekend grand opening (April 15-17), with an invitation-only soft opening a week or so prior. Stay tuned for an official announcement.


Along with his wife, Anna, Bilios founded Bagel Time in 2009. In a little over a decade since, the brand has expanded to include three locations, including Wildwood Crest (5501 at Aqua Beach Hotel) and Cape May (727 Beach Avenue).


All three Bagel Time cafes are operated by members of the Bilios family, which boasts nearly 40 years of experience in the restaurant business.


“Family is at the heart of everything we do,” Bilios explained. “That’s how we’ve built our business with Bagel Time and that will continue with everything we’re doing at the Pink Cadillac.”


Last winter, Bilios made some big changes to the ever-popular Wildwood location, reworking the counter area and modifying the ordering/serving process to increase efficiency. 


“We eliminated our waitress service in favor of a system where customers would order at the register, seat themselves and have their food brought to them,” he explained. 


“When covid hit, it really opened our eyes. You have to change with the times, and it opened our eyes to ways we could make our business more efficient for our customers. We feel that the changes made a big difference, improving wait times and just the overall customer experience.”


Plans for 2022 include the addition of Hip Whip by Bagel Time Cafe, a new series of healthy options including smoothies and acai bowls that were introduced at the Cape May location over the past two seasons. We’ll have more info on this in the coming weeks.


Bagel Time’s Wildwood location typically opens for weekends beginning in early February, coinciding with the annual start of the Wildwoods Convention Center’s events calendar. However, Bilios is holding back on an official reopening date at this time, pending the development of the omicron surge.


For updates and additional info, follow Bagel Time Cafe on Facebook and Instagram.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Historic Shamrock building saved - House moving date set for January 10, 2022

Shamrock owner Tom Gerace has reached an agreement with BG Capital to relocate the former hotel building that housed Shamrock Beef & Ale...


WILDWOOD, NJ - Today, Shamrock Beef & Ale owner Tom Gerace announced that he has successfully secured the rights to relocate the former historic hotel that was previously home to the Shamrock Beef & Ale. Gerace believes that said building is a unique piece of history at the Jersey Shore and more specifically the Wildwoods.

Gerace plans to physically relocate the building several blocks away and to honor the original structure in the City of Wildwood. 

Gerace stated, "We are thankful that we have been granted leave to relocate this iconic structure. I'd be remiss if I did not personally recognize Joseph Byrne and his team at BG Capital, LLC for making this happen. The Shamrock building could have been demolished, but through our collaborative effort we were able to preserve this iconic piece of Wildwood.

"Byrne understands that in order to build Wildwood's future you have to appreciate its past which is the same approach they have taken to all of their development along Five Mile Beach."

A Brief History of the Shamrock Building

To quote excerpts from Preserving the Wildwoods' investigation report, dated October 26, 2021...

Our investigation into the history and architecture of the Victorian house at the southwest corner of Lincoln and Pacific Avenue in Wildwood, NJ:

Built circa 1900 as the Berwind Hotel, the house is a significant and well-maintained example of Queen Anne resort architecture, similar to styles in nearby Cape May City. It is representative of the history of Wildwood and is eligible for the New Jersey and national Registers of Historic Places based on its history, age and aesthetics. 

When the boroughs of Wildwood and Holly Beach were founded in the late 1800's, they were quaint villages composed of dirt paths lined with a handful of exquisitely built Victorian homes and inns. However, by the time the boroughs merged in 1912 to form the City of Wildwood, Pacific Avenue had already become the city's downtown district. To meet the new commercial demand, many of the houses, hotels and inns along the avenue converted their first floors into businesses like stores and restaurants. 

Many families continued to live above their businesses; otherwise, they opted to rent to boarders, which became a common way for widows to financially support themselves. These buildings' conversions to mixed-used spaces should be considered as part of the history, since this type of adaptive reuse is a true American tradition. The house in question is representative of that history.

In the 1900's, investors Jeffrey Pellerin and Fred Davis partnered as Davis & Pellerin and built the Berwind Hotel. The cross-gabled grand house they built was inline with the eclecticism and asymmetry of the Queen Anne style, featuring north-facing bay windows and a seaward-facing octagonal turret. The ocean views and breezes were certainly taken into consideration during construction. Aside from the loss of the porch awning and the witch's hat, the upstairs exterior portion of the Berwind has remained true to its original form.

In 1937, Irish immigrant Cornelius Ward bought the Berwind, moved upstairs and established the Shamrock Cafe "for drinking and socializing" on the ground floor, according to the cafe's plaques. The original Shamrock was inside the house before it gradually expanded over subsequent decades. Queen Anne resort architecture is becoming increasingly rare.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) wins 2021 New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award


THE WILDWOODS - The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) received a 2021 New Jersey Excellence Award from the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association (NJTIA) in the category of Jersey Strong Award.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Tourism Authority was Ben Rose, director of marketing and public relations, Jamie McLaughlin, marketing manager, and Lauren Suit, marketing coordinator during the NJTIA conference on December 1.

The winning 2021 campaign, conceived and executed by GWTIDA and its PR Agency, Suasion Communications Group, was crafted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on travel and tourism, and focused on the many ways to vacation safely in the Wildwoods, all while keeping visitors' safety a top priority.

It focused on a specific market appeal - enticing regional vacationers who were able to visit the Wildwoods via automobile to "drive on down."

A key aspect that differentiated this from other campaigns in the marketplace is that it promoted value and multi-generational family fun in a colorful, clear and enticing way; and emphasized the destination's numerous one-of-a-kind attractions, where lifelong memories are made, and what separates this New Jersey resort town from other vacation destinations. 

"The COVID-19 Response PR campaign is a true testament to how the Wildwoods can face any unforeseen challenges and produce record-breaking results to remain a top vacation destination, despite travel and visitor restrictions," said John Siciliano, executive director of GWTIDA.

As a result of the campaign, the Wildwoods garnered national and regional recognition via well-placed editorial in newspapers, magazines, TV and web placements - with an emphasis on the pandemic precautions the destination took and sanitizing protocols it took to assure visitor safety as the destination gradually reopened.

The campaign's success came from not only attracting millions of visitors to safely vacation in the Wildwoods, but in garnering extensive media coverage as well; with live broadcast segments in the Wildwoods throughout the year focusing on the destination's successful plans, strategies and proactive approach to responding to the crisis and remaining one of the leaders in New Jersey tourism.

Consistently named one of the best beach vacations in the U.S. for families, the Wildwoods - consisting of the municipalities of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest - are the perfect destination to get away and reconnect with family. You can soak up some sun, clear your mind and escape the chaos on the FREE beautiful white-sand spacious beaches, and experience the calming effects of "Beach Therapy."

The Wildwoods' wide, spacious beaches allow plenty of room to stretch out and practice social distancing. Beachgoers have the option of choosing to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun, or a more adventurous day of activities on the water, such as surfing, boogie boarding, fishing, power boating, jet-skiing, sailing, kayaking and whale and dolphin watching.

Along with our award-winning beaches, another "must see" is our world-famous Wildwoods Boardwalk. Known as "2 1/2 Miles of Smiles," the Boardwalk has 38 blocks of fun and excitement for everyone, whether you're looking to just take a stroll and shop or experience thrills and adventure. For a more peaceful day, you can take a ride on the 140-foot Ferris Wheel (Morey's Piers' Giant Wheel) that overlooks the beaches and ocean, go for a bike ride, take a stroll or take a ride on the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk "Sightseer" Tram Car that travels the entire Boardwalk from end-to-end.

For more action and adventure, you could go on any of the Boardwalk's world-class roller coasters and thrill rides, take monster truck rides on the beach, go down huge waterslides and more!

To satisfy your hunger after a day of fun, munch on some classic boarwalk fare - from hamburgers and hotdogs to French fries and pizza. And don't forget dessert! Find sweet treats like saltwater taffy, fudge, frozen custard, funnel cakes and friend Oreos.

Bike riding is a favorite pastime and no town seems to do biking better than the Wildwoods. the Wildwoods have coined the word "Bikeability" to capture all of the amazing opportunities for biking throughout the island. Right now, there is no better way to recharge, get physical exercise and enjoy the beautiful salt air - all while keeping a safe distance from fellow visitors - than a leisurely bike ride. From lengthy and scenic bike paths, to bike lanes along popular roads, to biking right on the Boardwalk, there are so many ways to enjoy the Wildwoods on two wheels.

Admirers of architecture would be amazed as the Wildwoods are home to the country's largest concentration of mid-century "Doo Wop" architecture. We invite you to take a walk through the Wildwoods' Doo Wop District, visit the Doo Wop Experience Museum and hop on the award-winning "Back to the '50s Doo Wop Neon Night Bus Tour. With bright neon signs, colorful facades, futuristic architecture and "far out" themes, these buildings offer a neon-lit slice of Americana to anyone visiting the island. 

Then, to top it off, grab some dinner at one of the many themed Doo Wop-style diners throughout the Wildwoods that offer large menus and a unique, fun setting the kids are sure to love.

The Wildwoods offer more than 11,000 lodging accommodations - over 8,000 hotel-motels rooms and 3,000 vacation rentals - many of while offer FREE WiFi and appear to "sparkle" with Doo Wop-themed architecture, decor and bright colors. Inside, social distancing practices and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols are being strictly followed.

Hotel and motel swimming pools follow safety practices by including screenings upon entering the swimming pool area; social distancing while in the water and on pool decks, and non-sharing of pool furniture and equipment, except among families and partners.

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

For more information on the NJTIA, please visit

Friday, November 19, 2021

Morey's Piers Holiday Sale offers discounts on summer fun

25% off Season Passes, Water Park Admission, Ticket Cards and More!


The Wildwoods, NJ - Morey's Piers, located on the Boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, launches its annual Holiday Sale. From November 26, 2021 through January 7, 2022, savvy shoppers can save 25 percent on Wild Passes, ticket cards, water park admission and more!

The classic seaside attraction's signature Wild Pass offers unlimited summer fun for $300, a savings of $100 from the retail value of $400. The Wild Pass consists of one ride writsband per day valid for rides on all three piers and all-day access to both beachfront water parks: Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club and Raging Waters Water Park. Additional Wild Pass savings are available for seniors 65 and older.

The Wild Water Park Pass, a pass for water park admission only, is priced at $187.50 (regularly $250). The Wild Water Park Pass is good for one all-day water park wristband per day. 

Multi Visit Pass, a pass that entitles the holder to (4) visits during the 2022 season. Pass is valid for a water park OR pier wristband plus 15% off food, beverage and retail for $157.50 (regularly $210).

Pier and Water Park Passes: Purchase an individual water park admission for $44.25/ticket (regularly $59/ticket). Flex passes are also available for $85.58/ticket (regularly $114.10/ticket). They are valid for one (1) guest to gain access to Morey's Piers amusement rides plus Raging Waters and Ocean Oasis water parks on the day of redemption. Rides and water park admission may be used on separate days. 

Gift givers will also find an array of thoughtful stocking stuffers, such as:
  • Winter Holiday Ticket Cards: Discounted ride tickets that never expire. Purchase 75 tickets for $69.04, 150 tickets for $127.73 or 255 tickets for $182.97. Ticket cards can be used by more than one person.
  • Starlux Mini Golf Family 4 Pack: Enjoy 18 holes of golf in the heart of Wildwood for $50 (savings of $10). All four players MUST be present at the time of redemption and MUST play together.
  • Midway Games 10 Pack: $50 in Morey's Piers gameplay for only $30. Receive (10) tickets, each valid for up to $5 in gameplay. Valid at most game stands throughout Morey's Piers.
  • Tram Car Ticket Booth: Includes 25 one-way rides on the tram for $60.

Buy with confidence! Morey's Piers is giving holiday shoppers some peace of mind with their "Buy with Confidence" guarantee. Shoppers can stress less knowing that if their circumstances change this summer, all purchases are eligible to be converted to a Morey's Piers gift certificate. This gift certificate will be valid for future purchases including pier or water park admission, food and beverage purchases or merchandise from Morey's retail shops.

Order online by visiting Pricing does not include applicable tax. Hours of operation and opening dates are subject to change. For more information on Morey's Piers, visit

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 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. Visit or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Wildwoods Convention Center hosts return of Spirit Brands Island Cheerleading Championships - Sunday, November 14th


THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods Convention Center will host the Spirit Brands Island Cheerleading Championships for a day of amazing aerial and acrobatic feats. Cheer teams from across the region will stun crowds with amazing aerial and acrobatic feats during this annual national competition, held on Sunday, November 14 from 10 am - 4 pm. 

An admission fee for spectators will be charged at the door.

This entertaining and exciting event will include recreation, high school, college and all-star divisions, featuring teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and beyond. All teams will compete on a 54' by 42' spring floor and will perform incredible stunts in hopes of winning the judges' votes. 

All performances will be choreographed to music and sound effects, and winning teams will be awarded trophies and banners.

For additional information about Spirit Brands' cheerleading events, call 866-52-CHEER or visit

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

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Beach Boys to appear at Oceanfront Arena at Wildwoods Convention Center - Saturday, August 27, 2022


WILDWOOD - As The Beach Boys mark more than a half-century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequaled in America's music history. The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world.

The Beach Boys will pull into town to perform on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center in The Wildwoods, NJ.

Since the band's co-founder, lead singer and chief lyricist Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys' first hit, "Surfin'" (1961), dozen of the band's chart toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth:

"Surfin' USA," "Surfer Girl," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "California Girls," "Help Me Rhonda," "Barbara Ann," "Good Vibrations," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Rock and Roll Music," and "Kokomo."

The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers were also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With more than five decades of touring under their belts, The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.

Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys, Capitol/EMI's 30-track collection of the band's biggest hits, has achieved triple-platinum success with sales of more than three million copies in the U.S. since its release.

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love, who, along with longtime member Bruce Johnston, musical director Scott Totten, Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher and Randy Leago continue the legacy of the iconic band. This concert will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce is exited to host The Beach Boys back in Wildwood, New Jersey on August 27, 2022. The Beach Boys are entertainment crowds of fans with exciting shows and legendary music that appeals to everyone from 0 to 99 years old. The Wildwoods Convention Center is located on the World Famous Wildwoods Boardwalk and the Oceanfront Arena overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is the perfect location for an event of this magnitude.

Tickets for the event are available at all Ticketmaster locations online at starting Saturday, October 16, 2021 at noon.

The mission of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce is to foster positive growth, development and tourism in the Wildwoods, while respecting the island's unique quality of life, to the benefit of our membership and community. We will serve as a business advocate for all of our members and the five mile island known as the Wildwoods.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Halloween in the Wildwoods offers spooktacular fun time for all ages


THE WILDWOODS - Halloween in the Wildwoods will be full of tricks, treats and fun events for all ages starting Friday, October 22 with the Wildwoods Drag Queen Halloween  Show; followed by a bonfire on the beach on Saturday, October 23; and continuing Friday, October 29 through Sunday, October 31 with family festivities.

Halloween in the Wildwoods kicks off Friday, October 22 with a Drag Queen Halloween Show and Costume Party at the Blue Water Grille at The Bolero Resort. This is a full-scale variety show with six Drag Queen performers, and after-show meet and greet, and prizes for the best costumed guest. Doors open at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. 

For tickets, contact the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at 609-729-4000. This show is for adults only and features adult language.

On Saturday, October 23, enjoy a bonfire on the beach from 6 - 10 pm at 1st & Surf Avenues in North Wildwood with live entertainment. Refreshments and food will be available for purchase (no glass containers - plastic only). Admission is $10; children under 12 are $2. Bring a blanket or beach chair and enjoy a fun night on the beach! 

Sponsored by the Anglesea Irish Society and the Greater Wildwood Jaycees. Rain date is Saturday, November 6.

On Friday, October 29, the Cape May Dancers present their spooktacular Halloween performance at Byrne Plaza, located at 3400 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood. The show starts at 6 pm, will last one hour, and admission is FREE. You won't want to miss this wonderful entertainment that'll get you in the Halloween spirit!

For more information, call 609-886-1370 or visit

On Saturday, October 30, visit Fox Park, located at 4500 Ocean Avenue in Wildwood, for 98.7 The Coast Radio's and the City of Wildwood's Trunk-or-Treat from 3 - 6 pm. 

For more information or to register your vehicle, call 609-522-2444 or visit

On Saturday, October 30, it's the North Wildwood Trunk-or Treat and Block Party from 5:30 - 7 pm on Olde New Jersey Avenue between 2nd Avenue and Walnut Avenue in North Wildwood. There will be music, a magic show, balloon twisting and more. Parents are encouraged to bring their vehicles decorated for Halloween. Children will come in costume and visit each car where families will provide treats from trunks of their cars. There will be no judging of the children's costumes, but prizes will be awarded to the best decorated car.

Registration is FREE and forms are available at 900 Central Avenue in North Wildwood. Parking for visitors will be available in the municipal lot at 2nd & Olde New Jersey Avenues. For additional information call 609-522-2955 or visit

Also on Saturday, October 30, the Greater Wildwood Elks will host a Halloween Haunted House where trick-or-treaters can walk through a "haunted house" and receive treats at the Elks Lodge, 109 West 1st Avenue in North Wildwood from 5:30 - 8 pm.

Admission is FREE. For more info, call 609-729-2170.

On Sunday, October 31, the Wildwoods Convention Center hosts the Halloween Havoc Wrestling Tournament. The tournament features divisions for open/college age wrestlers, high school wrestlers, middle school wrestlers, as well as two elementary school divisions. Spectator fee is $15 for adults, $5 for seniors and students 6 years of age and older, and free for children under 6 years of age.

For more information, call 856-364-3640 or visit

For more information on the Halloween events in the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ/events-calendar.

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

Friday, October 8, 2021

Crest Savings Bank helps commemorate local landmark


WILDWOOD - Crest Savings Bank once again renewed its annual sponsorship of the Starlight Ballroom and its beautiful commemorative sign at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The memory of the beloved local landmark that entertained teenagers for several generations has been kept alive by the Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement District Authority (GWTIDA) since 2006, when the Convention Center's ballroom was named in its honor.

When GWTIDA originally brought the idea to Crest Savings Bank's Board of Directors, the bank enthusiastically agreed to partner in the project. Crest Savings Bank's substantial pledge was enough to fund the rebirth of the Starlight Ballroom. The bank's contribution paid for the beautiful art-deco neon sign now displayed in the Convention Center's entryway.

The funds also help to offset the ballroom's operating costs. GWTIDA board members who held this project close to their hearts were grateful to the bank for being the first to step forward and ensure its realization.

Since it establishment in 1919, Crest Savings Bank has served many generations and witnessed much history. Tony DeSalle, Crest Savings Bank President and CEO noted, "We are proud to partner with GWTIDA in helping to commemorate this historical icon. This sponsorship will go a long way in helping to preserve the many wonderful memories which are associated with the Starlight Ballroom."

Friday, September 24, 2021

Sip & savor the flavors of fall in the Wildwoods


THE WILDWOODS - Autumn marks the start of the Wildwoods' Second Season. With less crowds, mild temperatures, attractive off-season rates for accommodations and an all-star lineup of events and activities, there is no better time to explore and experience the Wildwoods, NJ!

The Wildwoods offer a sumptuous variety of restaurants and eateries, as well as popular breweries, distilleries and nearby wineries. In the fall, these favored Wildwoods landmarks embrace the change of the season by offering one-of-a-kind, autumn-inspired creations. The Wildwoods provides the perfect setting to indulge with a unique seasonal beverage while savoring the fresh catch of the day in the crisp autumn air.

The restaurant renaissance that started years ago in Cape May has spilled over into the Wildwoods, and a growing number of premier restaurants are now located throughout the five-mile island, each of them garnering superb reviews form critics and patrons alike. The Wildwoods' upscale restaurants offer memorable surroundings, remarkable cuisine and attentive service for a perfect evening touched with romance, candlelight and delectable food.

The ideal time is now to visit the area's finest wineries, located just minutes from the famous five-mile island, as grape harvesting is at its peak. The Wildwoods are in the midst of this ever-burgeoning wine country, and the phenomenon is no coincidence either - the 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.

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.

Also nearby are breweries and distilleries, where taste testing, dining, shopping and exploring beckon - all with minimal crowds and a calmer atmosphere, make for an ideal fall getaway. Be sure to put these breweries, distilleries and wineries on your fall bucket list when visiting the Wildwoods:

Wildwoods Breweries

MudHen Brewing Company
127 West Rio Grande Avenue
Wildwood, NJ  08260

Cape May County Breweries

7 Mile Brewery
3156 Route 9 South
Rio Grande, NJ  08260

Bucket Brigade Brewery
205 North Main Street
Cape May Court House, NJ  08242

Cape May Brewing Company
1288 Horney Road
Rio Grande, NJ  08242

COHO Brewing Co.
28 Indian Trail Road, Suite 103
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

Cold Spring Brewery
733 Seashore Road
Cape May, NJ  08204

Gusto Brewing Company
3860 Bayshore Road
North Cape May, NJ  08204

Ludlam Island Brewery
9 Stoney Coury
Ocean View, NJ  08230

Slack Tide Brewing Company
1072 Route 83, Unit 3
Clermont, NJ  08210

Wildwoods Distilleries

Lazy Eye Distillery
135 East Spicer Avenue
Wildwood, NJ  08260

Cape May County Distilleries

Cape May Distillery
371 Route 47
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

Nauti Spirits Distillery
916 Shunpike Road
Cape May, NJ  08204

Cape May County Wineries

Cape May Winery & Vineyard
711 Town Bank Road
North Cape May, NJ  08204

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
600 S. Railroad Avenue
Rio Grande, NJ  08242

Jessie Creek Winery
1 N. Delsea Drive
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

Natali Vineyards
221 North Delsea Drive
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

Turdo Vineyards & Winery
3911 Bayshore Road
Cape May, NJ  08204

Willow Creek Winery
160-168 Stevens Street
West Cape May, NJ  08204

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

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Wildwoods welcome rock 'n roll legends to annual Fabulous '50s & Beyond Weekend - October 15 & 16


THE WILDWOODS - The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 17th Annual Fabulous '50s & Beyond Weekend - a two-day celebration paying tribute to the music of the '50s, '60s and '70s and highlighting the Wildwoods' role in the birth of rock 'n roll music - Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16.

The fun begins Friday night inside the Wildwoods Convention Center's Oceanfront Arena. Guests will be moving and grooving to classic oldies during the '50s Dance Party featuring The Cameos from 6:30 - 10:30 pm. Admission is $16 per person.

Saturday will feature a full day of outdoor fun and live music during the FREE Fabulous '50s Street Fair at Fox Park, located across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue from 11 am - 5 pm. The Street Fair will include live entertainment throughout the day, a classic car show, a Doo Wop Back to the '50s Bus Tour and a variety of vendors offering '50s memorabilia, merchandise, many delicious food options and much more. 

The weekend's feature event happens on Saturday at 7 pm when the Fabulous '50s & Beyond Concert will take place in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The star-studded musical line-up will include music from the '50s with Little Anthony & The Imperials, the '60s with Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, and the '70s with The Spinners. 

The opening act will feature The Mahoney Brothers paying tribute to the times, performing as Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis. Doors open at 5:30 pm for the concert.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, stop by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at 3306 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood, visit or call 609-729-4000. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at and all Ticketmaster locations. A limited number of tickets will be available at the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office the weekend of the event.

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

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