Monday, August 19, 2019

Entertainment line-up announced for 15th Annual Wildwood Block Party & Music Festival - Sunday, September 1st


The all-day entertainment line-up has been announced for the 15th Annual Wildwood Block Party & Music Fest on Sunday, September 1.

The FREE, end-of-summer celebration will take place from 11 am to 11 pm at Fox Park (directly across from the Wildwoods Convention Center), with the following performing:

12 - 3 pm:  Just In Time / Bittersweet

3 - 4:30 pm:  Jeremiah Hunter Band

4:30 - 6 pm:  Reign

6 - 6:30 pm:  Jim Barone, Elvis Tribute

6:30 - 8 pm:  Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band

8 - 8:45 pm:  Bobby Wilson

8:45 - 9:30 pm:  France Joli

9:30 - End:  Russell Tompkins & The Stylistics

In addition to 12 hours of continuous live entertainment on stage, the event will feature games, crafts, activities for kids, food, merchandise vendors and more.

For additional info, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon Road Detours/Closures in North Wildwood on Saturday, August 24th

The Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon will be taking place on Saturday, August 24, 2019. 

Detours will be set up in the north end of the City of North Wildwood starting at 4:00 am. The triathlon starts at 6:30 am with detours expected to be in place until approximately 10:30 am. 

North Wildwood Police Officers will be assigned to traffic posts throughout the route to assist motorists.

Expect road closures northbound and westbound on the following streets: JFK Beach Drive, 2nd Ave, Surf Ave, 1st Ave, Central Ave, and Anglesea Drive. 

Spruce Ave (Rt. 147) will have lanes open for vehicular traffic off and on of the island across the Beach Creek Bridge.

No parking will be in effect on Saturday morning in the following areas: Anglesea Drive from Allen Drive to Spruce Ave (Rt. 147), Anglesea Drive from New York Ave to Windsor Ave, and Spruce Ave from Olde New Jersey Ave to New York Ave.

Great seats still available for Fabulous '50s & Beyond Weekend in October


According to our friends at the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, great tickets remain available for Fabulous '50s & Beyond Weekend - October 18 & 19.

The centerpiece of the weekend is the annual Fabulous '50s & Beyond Concert on Saturday, October 19 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

This year's featured performers are The Miracles (featuring Sydney Justin), Florence LaRue & The 5th Dimension, The Original Tymes, Sonny Turner (former lead singer of The Platters) and The Tee-Tones.

Tickets are available at $54.00 and $71.50, and can be purchased in-person at the chamber's offices at 3306 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood or via phone at 609-729-4000, or through Ticketmaster.

Fabulous '50s & Beyond Weekend kicks off with the Nifty '50s Dance Party on Friday, October 18 at the Wildwoods Convention Center, featuring the Cameos. Tickets are just $16.

The annual Street Fair & Classic Car Show will take place at Fox Park (directly across from the Wildwoods Convention Center) from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 19 - featuring classic rides, food, vendors, a Doo Wop Bus Tour and live entertainment all afternoon.

For additional info and updates on the weekend's events, visit:

www.gwcoc.org/fabulous-50s-beyond-weekend.

TODAY in the Wildwoods ~ Monday, August 19, 2019


A rundown of today's events and activities in the Wildwoods...

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First Light:   5:47 AM       Last Light:   8:18 PM
Sunrise:   6:15 AM            Sunset:   7:50 PM

Low Tide:   4:47 AM       High Tide:   11:16 AM
Low Tide:   5:02 PM        High Tide:   11:26 AM                        


Weather Outlook  -  National Weather Service


Morey's Piers Hours   -  Full Schedule

Ocean Oasis Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM
Raging Waters Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM

Mariner's Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Surfside Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Adventure Pier:  4 PM to 12 AM


Today's Events

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza

Wildwood Crest Sunset Celebrations

Wildwood Talent Showcase

Yoga at Surftopia

Yoga on the Beach


Upcoming Events... 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

TODAY in the Wildwoods ~ Sunday, August 18, 2019


A rundown of today's events and activities in the Wildwoods...

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First Light:   5:46 AM       Last Light:   8:20 PM
Sunrise:   6:15 AM            Sunset:   7:51 PM

Low Tide:   4:15 AM       High Tide:   10:39 AM
Low Tide:   4:26 PM        High Tide:   10:48 AM                        


Weather Outlook  -  National Weather Service


Morey's Piers Hours   -  Full Schedule

Ocean Oasis Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM
Raging Waters Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM

Mariner's Pier:  12 PM to 12 AM
Surfside Pier:  12 PM to 12 AM
Adventure Pier:  2 PM to 12 AM


Today's Events

Baseball on the Beach

Boardwalk Craft Show

Food Truck & Movie Night

Fox Park Amphitheater Concert

Sunrise on Sunday Veteran Flag Service

Wildwood Talent Showcase

Yoga on the Beach


Upcoming Events... 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

TODAY in the Wildwoods ~ Saturday, August 17, 2019


A rundown of today's events and activities in the Wildwoods...

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First Light:   5:45 AM       Last Light:   8:21 PM
Sunrise:   6:14 AM            Sunset:   7:53 PM

Low Tide:   3:40 AM       High Tide:   10:01 AM
Low Tide:   3:49 PM        High Tide:   10:12 AM                        


Weather Outlook  -  National Weather Service


Morey's Piers Hours   -  Full Schedule

Ocean Oasis Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM
Raging Waters Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM

Mariner's Pier:  12 PM to 12 AM
Surfside Pier:  12 PM to 12 AM
Adventure Pier:  2 PM to 12 AM


Today's Events

Baseball on the Beach

Beatlemania Again Live in Concert

Boardwalk Craft Show

Concerts Under the Stars Series

Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market

Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globebrotters Basketball Skills Clinic

The Margarita Mile

Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series

Wildwood Talent Showcase

Yoga on the Beach


Upcoming Events... 

Friday, August 16, 2019

TODAY in the Wildwoods ~ Friday, August 16, 2019


A rundown of today's events and activities in the Wildwoods...

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First Light:   5:44 AM       Last Light:   8:23 PM
Sunrise:   6:13 AM            Sunset:   7:54 PM

Low Tide:   3:04 AM       High Tide:   9:23 AM
Low Tide:   3:10 PM        High Tide:   9:35 AM                        


Weather Outlook  -  National Weather Service


Morey's Piers Hours   -  Full Schedule

Ocean Oasis Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM
Raging Waters Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM

Mariner's Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Surfside Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Adventure Pier:  4 PM to 12 AM


Today's Events

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza

Friday Night Fireworks on the Beach

Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globebrotters Basketball Skills Clinic

Wildwood Talent Showcase

Yoga at the Surftopia

Yoga on the Beach


Upcoming Events... 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Mack's Pizza wins "Best Slice" honor for second straight year


For the second straight year, and fourth time overall, Mack's Pizza has taken home the Wildwood Pizza Tour's "Best Slice" award.

The 2019 Wildwood Pizza Tour took place this past Saturday, August 9, with reviewers Chris, Brian, Frank, Mike and Tim once again sampling a slice of pie at every pizzeria on the Boardwalk.

This year's tour, the 13th annual, saw the gang travel from the southern end (they switch directions every year), starting at Alex's Pizzeria and ending at the new Steak 'Em Up in North Wildwood.

The official scoring and tour video will be released in the days to come.

For more info and updates, check out the Wildwood Pizza Tour on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For previous years' results, click HERE.


Friday, August 9, 2019

Wildwood Crest to host hometown security seminar on August 19th

PRESS RELEASE

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, in conjunction with the Wildwood Crest Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office, will host a hometown security seminar on Monday, August 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Crest Pier Recreation Center (Heather Road & Ocean Avenue).

Members of the public are encouraged to attend this free seminar.

Topics of discussion will include physical protective measures, recognizing and reporting suspicious activity and cybersecurity.

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness hometown security program is a collaborative effort to discuss tools and resources that help strengthen the security and resilience of communities across New Jersey.

Small businesses and other local organizations engage with federal, state and local partners to enhance information sharing and build preparedness capabilities.

For further information, contact the Wildwood Crest Police Department at 609-522-2456.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Post 184 benefit dinner raises over $4,000 for building fund


A Wildwood Summer Benefit Dinner was hosted at the Post on July 20; thanks to the attendees and donors, the event raised $4,300 towards the building repairs needed at the Post...


American Legion Post 184 is happy to announce the success of A Wildwood Summer Benefit Dinner that took place this past Saturday. From table and ticket sales, Chinese auction and 50/50 revenue, and donations from the community, the benefit dinner raised a total of $4,300. Proceeds of the event will benefit the building fund and be used to make repairs to the Post in the fall. The revenue makes a good start to repairs, although many more funds are needed.

“The event was different than what we had done before,” said Commander Harry Weimar. “I hope the community enjoyed the next level of entertainment provided and will return for more of our events in the future.”

Planning of the event focused on a specific Wildwood theme, with area restaurants donating all of the food. Ten piece band Philly Heart and Soul was selected to perform, which was a step up from previous events at the Post. The Chinese auction focused on baskets targeting downtown, the boardwalk, entertainment and more packed with value that drew an increase in revenue over previous events. 

“We are moving in a new direction with both our events and our membership initiatives. We are focusing on organization,” said Weimar. “The goal is to engage our members so our Post can continue serving the community, and offer opportunities for Wildwood residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Next Post 184 will host Comedy Night on July 25th with Eric Potts and Thomas Mongelli, the final Comedy Night will be on August 8th with Mike Eagan and Noah Houlihan, and the Legion Riders Pig Roast will take place on September 7th.

Businesses that donated to the event are thanked for their support, and Post 184 asks the community to visit the businesses to show gratitude for supporting the veterans:

Vegas Diner, Inlet on Olde, Joey M’s La Piazza, Square Peg Round Hole, Little Italy, Goodness on the Go, Ravioli House, Douglass Candies, Wildwood Linen, Romano’s Beach, Original Hot Spot, Shooter’s Old Time Photo, Pop’s Caramel Corn, Original Fudge Kitchen, Shorelines Gift Shop, Roscoe’s Hatchet House, Eddie’s Surf and Supply, Rapunzel’s Gifts, Ed’s Funcade, The Race of Gentlemen, Lucky Bones Backwater Grill, Lazy Eye Distillery, Hooked on Books, Alumni Grill, Duffer’s Ice Cream, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, MS Brown Jewelers, Total Image Salon, The Yellow Umbrella, Beach Whiskers, Moose’s Zayda Products

Friday, July 19, 2019

TODAY in the Wildwoods ~ Friday, July 19, 2019


A rundown of today's events and activities in the Wildwoods...

Have a tip? Send it along to us at wildwood365@gmail.com!


First Light:   5: AM       Last Light:   8: PM
Sunrise:   5: AM            Sunset:   8: PM

Low Tide:   3: AM       High Tide:   9: AM
Low Tide:   3: PM        High Tide:   1 PM                        


Weather Outlook  -  National Weather Service


Morey's Piers Hours   -  Full Schedule

Ocean Oasis Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM
Raging Waters Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM

Mariner's Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Surfside Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Adventure Pier:  4 PM to 12 AM


Today's Events

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza

Friday Night Fireworks on the Beach

Sophisticated Productions National Dance Competition

Wildwood Talent Showcase

Yoga at the Surftopia

Yoga on the Beach


Upcoming Events... 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Q&A: Preserving the Wildwoods aims to "strengthen the fabric" of the island's past, present and future connections

Photo by Taylor Henry

Over the years, many efforts have been made to preserve the colorful and varied history of the Wildwoods.

Recently, a grassroots collective named Preserving the Wildwoods has made its presence known via social media with a unique, all-inclusive approach.

We had the opportunity to chat with three founding members of this new "movement" - Taylor Henry, Dennis Pierce and Jackson Betz - to get a better sense of what Preserving the Wildwoods is all about, as well as the group's goals, moving forward...

Photo by Jackson Betz

Wildwood 365: What exactly is Preserving the Wildwoods?

Taylor Henry: Preserving the Wildwoods is a group who love the Wildwoods’ unique history, architecture and character and want to ensure it remains for future generations. The Wildwoods have historically welcomed working-class and middle-class vacationers and we work to ensure our island stays inclusive, diverse and widely accessible. 

Our group is not part of a historical society or Partners in Preservation, although many of us work together and have similar values. We are locals, vacationers and residents who organized in response to a recent increase in demolitions of historic or characteristic buildings on our island. Hundreds of the Wildwoods’ Victorian, Craftsman and Midcentury buildings have been lost through redevelopment over the years, but hundreds more remain. Therefore, we succeeded in nominating the Wildwoods as one of the Top 10 Endangered Places in New Jersey for 2019, recognizing that much is left worth preserving.

It’s not all about buildings, though. The Wildwoods make up one of the tightest-knit island-communities around, and there is nowhere else we would rather be. We have a positive outlook on our community’s future because of its rich history and its dedicated citizens. Our buildings are simply a material foundation from our past and stability for our future. As author Bill Schmickle wrote in 2007, “Long-standing features of the built environment are touchstones of civic memory, reminding us that what we do lives on after us…’This is a place to invest our lives, to raise a family, to grow a business, to retire in security.’” Preserving the Wildwoods aims to strengthen the fabric that keeps us together, as people past, present and future.

Photo by Taylor Henry

WW 365: How did this group come about and who is involved?

Dennis Pierce: We’re inspired by looking around the rest of the country and seeing many other towns implement historic preservation and design guidelines. When you visit an area with a charming Main Street or thriving downtown, chances are there are some design guidelines or historic commission working to guide the future of the town. We’ve seen historic preservation work for so many other towns, the Wildwoods deserve the same approach to help ensure their future success without sacrificing their character.

TH: People involved include Taylor Henry, author of the 2018 book Wildwoods Houses Through Time and a lifelong Wildwood resident; Dennis Pierce, lifelong visitor to the Wildwoods who is currently restoring an old home and cottage in Wildwood (one of his earliest memories is begging his parents to take him to Castle Dracula and then screaming and crying in fear after they dimmed the lights and shut the doors); Jackson Betz, who studied Wildwoods architecture and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019.

DP: And Karen Peterson, New Jersey transplant and Wildwoods vacationer for over 20 years.

TH: Lots of other people are involved, too. Many of us met one another through research projects at the Wildwood Historical Society.


Photo by Jackson Betz

WW 365: Can the public join and get involved?

TH: Anyone who loves Wildwoods history or who lives in the Wildwoods is welcome to get involved. 

DP: With each teardown of an iconic Wildwood business or building, you’ll see comments on social media saying “No more condos” and “They’re ruining what made the Wildwoods great” and sometimes “Well, what can you do?” The public can do a lot if we join together and voice our concerns. The more we email and call our leaders, the more we show up to community meetings, the more change we all can have a voice in. 

Go to https://www.facebook.com/preservingthewildwoods/ to join up with our cause.

TH: As we get into the later stages of forming a nonprofit or advocacy organization, there will be more opportunities for direct involvement. All updates and opportunities will be published on our Facebook page. 


Photo by Taylor Henry

WW 365: Is there a specific type of architecture or buildings from a certain era that you are focused on? Or is this an overall effort?

TH: Architects have studied our buildings and determined many are original buildings that go back to the 1800s and 1900s. We have an incredible collection of Victorian houses and hotels (including Gothic, Queen Anne and Vernacular styles) because those were the most popular styles during the early years of the Wildwoods. But we also have a surprising number of Craftsman buildings, which are 1910s-1930s buildings characterized by their natural materials and quality handiwork. Our colorful Midcentury Doo-Wop motels and buildings are perhaps our most famous, and demolitions of many gained nationwide criticism in the last two decades.


Photo by Jackson Betz

WW 365: What are the group's immediate and long term goals?

DP: The immediate goal for the group is to work with local leaders and citizens to help with changes occurring in the Wildwoods. We want the conversation to change from tearing down buildings to “What we can do to repair and re-use a building?”

Long term, our goal is to institute historic commissions, but with a much more open approach than was attempted a few years ago. The previous historic commissions fell through because they were so rigid, which left development in the Wildwoods up to chance and the whims of outsiders. Our goal is to work with citizens and business owners to adopt realistic preservation guidelines that enhance property values and bring in more tourists.

The first question about a historic commission usually is if owners can or can’t change the exterior of their homes. We aren’t looking to emulate the Cape May approach where historic accuracy is strictly enforced. The Wildwoods history has always been about being bold, fun, and “tacky,” so we would encourage owners to express themselves with their properties. Rather than follow Cape May, a good example is found with San Francisco’s Victorian painted ladies. The bright and loud colors found on San Francisco’s famous Victorian homes aren’t actually historically accurate, but instead came out of the 1960s psychedelic and hippie culture. The two eras blended together to create something unique to the city. So if you have an old building, our concern is not how you decorate, it’s that the building is not demolished. 

If you are doing new construction, then we'd like to see zoning variances decreased so you can’t take down single family homes and replace with multiple condos. Also with new construction, we would like design guidelines to make sure new buildings fit the character of the Wildwoods. It’s important that new construction respects the history of the Wildwoods rather than being something dropped in from Anytown, USA.

TH: The Wildwoods’ character and nostalgia is a major draw for visitors. Parents bring their children because of what they remember from their own childhood. Preserving those memories is about something bigger than having photos of them in an album, it’s about being able to make new memories in the same settings. It’s actually very good for business, as Cape May proves.

Jackson Betz: When many of Cape May’s historic properties were added to the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1960s, the town’s architecture became a central selling point of its tourism industry. In the first decade of the 21st century, the Wildwoods seemed to be heading in the same direction, heavily marketing its collection of 1950s Doo Wop motels, constructing new buildings in the same style, and having 50s-themed events. However, since then, diminishing public interest in the Wildwoods’ Doo Wop architecture (as well as the demolition of many of the original buildings) have weakened the effectiveness of architecture as a selling point. A revival of this architecture-centric promotion, perhaps expanded to include more of Wildwood’s architecture from different eras, could give the town a more cohesive theme and inspire plenty of tourist interest.


Photo by Taylor Henry

WW 365: How has Preserving the Wildwoods been received thus far? Any feedback from fellow preservationists, business owners, island leaders, etc?

TH: We are very excited about the reception of Preserving the Wildwoods. Many citizens have expressed their desire to get involved through our Facebook page, and many even showed up to my (Taylor’s) book presentation at the Wildwood Crest Library last month asking how they can help. The nonprofit Preservation NJ has applauded our social media presence and teamwork. Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano told the Herald newspaper that it’s important to preserve buildings that can be preserved and North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello told the Herald that he has seen many families restoring the town’s beautiful old homes. We plan to work with the county freeholders and Wildwood commissioners to revive the historic and characteristic buildings of Pacific Avenue.

TODAY in the Wildwoods ~ Thursday, July 18, 2019


A rundown of today's events and activities in the Wildwoods...

Have a tip? Send it along to us at wildwood365@gmail.com!


First Light:   5:16 AM       Last Light:   8:55 PM
Sunrise:   5:47 AM            Sunset:   8:24 PM

Low Tide:   3:33 AM       High Tide:   9:51 AM
Low Tide:   3:34 PM        High Tide:   10:01 PM                        


Weather Outlook  -  National Weather Service


Morey's Piers Hours   -  Full Schedule

Ocean Oasis Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM
Raging Waters Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM

Mariner's Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Surfside Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Adventure Pier:  4 PM to 12 AM


Today's Events

Anglesea Night Market

Boardwalk Parade

Concerts Under the Stars Series

Doo Wop Back to the 50's Neon Night Tours

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza

Downtown Wildwood Music in the Plaza

Miss North Wildwood Pageant/Crowning

Sophisticated Productions National Dance Competition

Wildwood Talent Showcase

Yoga at the Surftopia


Upcoming Events... 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

TODAY in the Wildwoods ~ Wednesday, July 17, 2019


A rundown of today's events and activities in the Wildwoods...

Have a tip? Send it along to us at wildwood365@gmail.com!


First Light:   5:16 AM       Last Light:   8:55 PM
Sunrise:   5:47 AM            Sunset:   8:24 PM

Low Tide:   2:52 AM       High Tide:   9:08 AM
Low Tide:   2:53 PM        High Tide:   9:21 PM                        


Weather Outlook  -  National Weather Service


Morey's Piers Hours   -  Full Schedule

Ocean Oasis Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM
Raging Waters Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM

Mariner's Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Surfside Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Adventure Pier:  4 PM to 12 AM


Today's Events

Doo Wop Back to the 50's Neon Night Tours

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza

Duffy String Band Performances

Miss North Wildwood Pageant/Crowning

Sophisticated Productions National Dance Competition

USLA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships

Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series

Wildwood Talent Showcase

Yoga on the Beach


Upcoming Events... 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TODAY in the Wildwoods ~ Tuesday, July 16, 2019


A rundown of today's events and activities in the Wildwoods...

Have a tip? Send it along to us at wildwood365@gmail.com!


First Light:   5:15 AM       Last Light:   8:56 PM
Sunrise:   5:46 AM            Sunset:   8:25 PM

Low Tide:   2:08 AM       High Tide:   8:25 AM
Low Tide:   2:09 PM        High Tide:   8:40 PM                          


Weather Outlook  -  National Weather Service


Morey's Piers Hours   -  Full Schedule

Ocean Oasis Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM
Raging Waters Water Park:  9:30 AM to 6 PM

Mariner's Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Surfside Pier:  1 PM to 12 AM
Adventure Pier:  4 PM to 12 AM


Today's Events

Boardwalk Parade

Doo Wop Back to the 50's Neon Night Tours

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza

Sophisticated Productions National Dance Competition

Tuesday Night FREE Movies in the Plaza

Wildwood Talent Showcase


Upcoming Events...