Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Morey's Piers welcomes guests back to summer this Memorial Day Weekend

Wild Whizzer and Pirates of the Wildwoods 
Debut on Mariner’s Pier


The Wildwoods, NJ – Celebrating 50 summers of family fun, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, located on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, welcomes guests back to the piers for the unofficial start to summer on Memorial Day Weekend.

 With the opening of Raging Waters Water Park on Saturday, May 26 guests can cool down on exhilarating water rides such as the River Adventure, Shotgun Falls, the 175,000-gallon interactive activity pool and two interactive kiddie play areas.

 All three of Morey’s amusement piers – Mariner’s, Surfside, and Adventure – will be open Friday through Monday, May 25-28. Here’s what’s new at the Wildwood boardwalk this year:

  • Wild Whizzer: The new family-friendly ride on Mariner’s Pier is a small spinning coaster with carts customized to look like personal hovercrafts. Patrons must be 48” tall to ride alone; 36” to 48” accompanied by a supervising companion; guests under 36” not permitted to ride.

  • Pirates of the Wildwoods: Completely revamped for the 2018 season, the ride has refreshed interior scenes that have been painted with 3D fluorescent paints giving the illusion of movement when guests wear 3D glasses. Captain Bones, the ride’s cartoon mascot, leads guests on an interactive adventure to find the treasure of the Wildwood boardwalk. Located on Mariner’s Piers, riders must be 48” tall or accompanied by a responsible person.

  • Additional Enhancements: This season Morey’s Piers will also install a new Coca-Cola branded stage at Mariner’s Pier near the Giant Wheel. Stellar Mojo kicks-off the summer shows on Father’s Day, Sunday June 17. The stage will also host Shore Stop Dance Convention pop-up performances, live entertainment, DJs, and additional shaded seating for guests. Other enhancements include solar panel installation on Hunts Pier and Wi-Fi for pier patrons.

For more information on Morey’s Piers, visit www.moreyspiers.com.

About Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the 2015 best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today and #1 Best Beach Boardwalk by Family Vacation Critic in 2015, Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Hotels & Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Water Park at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit www.moreyspiers.com or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Mayor Troiano says Facebook account hacked; inappropriate meme immediately removed

This afternoon, I received a call from Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, informing me that his personal Facebook account had been hacked.

The offending party posted an inappropriate racial meme that Troiano immediately removed.

The meme apparently was trying to poke fun at a story that FOX29 reported on yesterday, about offensive t-shirts on the Boardwalk.

"It's disgusting that someone would do this, but these things happen," Troiano said. "It was taken care of quickly, but you never know how many people have seen it.

"I just want everyone to know that, obviously, I would never post something like that, and I would love to find out who did this."

- Al Alven

Monday, May 21, 2018

Seaport Pier won't be ready for Memorial Day Weekend; soft opening planned for June 1st

Photo courtesy of Michael Micklasavage

Seaport Pier announced today via Facebook that its planned Memorial Day Weekend opening has been pushed back due to weather-related construction delays.

A "soft opening" is now planned for Friday, June 1.

The pier's grand opening is set for the weekend of June 22-24.

Seaport Pier is located at 22nd & Boardwalk in North Wildwood, on the former site of the Seaport Village shopping mall.

The year-round, multi-purpose venue will feature Philadelphia's Green Eggs Cafe, the Dive Bar, Sand Bar, Starboard Swim Club, concert and public gathering space and more.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Wildwood Beer Fest ~ June 9


As crowds of vacationers begin to pour into the Jersey shore, scores of craft breweries will be pouring their latest libations at the fourth annual Wildwood Beer Fest on Saturday, June 9.

Located in Fox Park, on Ocean Ave between E. Burk and E. Montgomery Avenues in Wildwood, this fun festival will be equally exciting for brew aficionados and novice beer lovers alike.

A ticket to the event grants you access to over 100 brews, a commemorative beer tasting cup, live bands, unique food truck eats and craft vendors.

Beer sampling is unlimited with your ticket; food and merchandise is also available for purchase. Entrance will be permitted only to ticket holders with a valid ID.

The festival will be broken up into two separate sessions. A ticket allows entrance into one specific timed session – festival goers are only permitted to attend one four-hour session. The first session will be held on Saturday, June 9 from noon - 4 p.m., followed by session two from 6-10 p.m. All brews and vendors will be the same throughout all sessions; however, bands will change per session.

Tickets can be purchased for $40 in advance or $45 at the gate while tickets last. Designated Driver tickets will be available for purchase at the gate for $5 with a valid ID. The Wildwood Beer Fest asks that you think ahead and drink responsibly.

For more information about the festival, to purchase tickets or to get volunteer information, please visit www.WildwoodBeerFest.com.

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

Crest to host Summer Kickoff Concert with The Chatterband


WILDWOOD CREST – The long-anticipated start of the summer season at the Jersey Shore will once again be celebrated with the first of 24 free outdoor concerts hosted by the Borough of Wildwood Crest.

The Chatterberband will perform Sunday, May 27, at 7:30 pm in the Borough of Wildwood Crest’s annual Summer Kickoff Concert at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The Chatterband is one of the longest-running and most popular bands in the Delaware Valley. A nine-piece band with a full horn section and dynamic, versatile lead singers, The Chatterband regularly performs many of today’s pop, rock and dance hits, along with many of the most iconic pop, rock and dance tunes of all time.

The Chatterband annually plays well over 100 shows per year and has been a regular performer in Wildwood Crest for more than a decade.

The Summer Kickoff Concert is a FREE all-ages show. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair. Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The weekly Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series will begin in late June. Centennial Park will feature live music shows each Saturday from June 30 through Sept. 22 and each Wednesday from June 27 through Aug. 29. The full schedule is available online at wildwoodcrest.org.

For more information call the Wildwood Crest Recreation/Tourism Department at 609-523-0202.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Star Beach Bar to host grand opening Memorial Day Weekend


ICONA Resort Diamond Beach kicks off the summer in style with the grand opening of the BRIGHTEST new spot in South Jersey, “The Star Beach Bar!”

On Friday night, May 25, The Star Beach Bar and its extended family say ALOHA by welcoming summer travelers and locals for a soft opening for regular business. Patrons will get a sampling of the magnificent beach view, succulent food offerings and interactive family fun that ICONA’s newest beach concept has to offer.

Live entertainment starts at 4PM with an acoustic Duo!

The fun continues on Saturday, May 26 with the official Grand Opening of The Star Beach Bar.

DJ Mark Anthony will be hosting “ICONA Olympics” starting at 11 am, keeping families entertained all day long with your favorite beach games. There will also be a sand castle artist bringing to life some of the most amazing beach creations on the East Coast. The Passing Paradise Duo will perform at 4 pm.

As day turns to dusk, don’t miss out on the first of many annual lighting of the STAR ceremonies which will include a champagne toast at 9 pm, an authentic Polynesian Dance Show courtesy of Paradise Island Entertainment and a red carpet photo experience!

Drink Specials All Weekend:
$4.00 Miller Lite 16oz Aluminum Bottles
$4.00 Corona Drafts
The weekend’s festivities continue on Sunday with ICONA Olympics at 11 am and Reggae Sundays at 3 pm as The Star Beach Bar unveils it’s Every Sunday Funday program!


Delco Acoustic Duo 6 pm - 10 pm
Life Size Jenga, Connect 4 and other beach games

SATURDAY (Grand Opening Weekend)
 Sand Castle Artists 12 pm - 4 pm
DJ / Host for ICONA Olympics 11 am - 3 pm
DJ 4 pm - 9 pm
Passing Paradise Acoustic Duo 3 pm - 7:30 pm
Paradise Entertainment 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Carpet Interview & Photo Experience 7 pm - 9 pm
Lighting of the Star & Champagne Toast at Dusk
Beach & Family Friendly Games
Valet Parking

DJ/ Host for ICONA Olympics 11 am - 3 pm
Sunday Reggae 3 pm - 8 pm
Life Size Jenga, Connect 4 and other games

Saturday's Captain Kidd Pirate Day festivities to be moved indoors

Captain Kidd Pirate Day activities, to be held this Saturday, May 19, will be moved indoors due to the threat of rain.

North Wildwood Rec & Tourism the following on its Facebook page earlier today:

Due to the impending forecast, Captain Kidd Pirate Day activities will be held indoors at the North Wildwood Community Center, located at 900 Central Avenue.

We will continue to take registrations for the parade only, for boys and girls 12 and under. Children must be dressed in pirate-themed costumes for the parade. Prizes will be given for best costumes. You do not need to register for the treasure hunt.

Parade begins at 11 am. A modified treasure hunt will be held and will be followed with prizes given away, including a $500 grand prize, motel stays, restaurant gift certificates, bikes and more!

Summary of timeline and activities:

Pirate Costume Parade Check-in & Judging: 10-10:45am
Spectator and Non-parade participants arrival: 10-11am
Parade Begins: 11am
Treasure Hunt/ Raffle:  following parade for all children 12 years old and younger

Kick off your summer in North Wildwood with Capt. Kidd!

Call 609-522-2955 to register for the parade only or with any questions or additional information.

We hope to see everyone on Saturday at the Recreation Center!

Race of Gentlemen ~ June 8-10


The 7th Annual Race of Gentlemen Vintage Car and Motorcycle Beach Drag Races, one of the premier events of the summer, returns to the Wildwoods Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, hosted by the Oilers Car Club/Motorcycle Club.

Spectators and racers alike will experience a simpler time of when guys were gentlemen and cars were king! 1934 and older, and vintage automobiles and 1947 and older motorcycles – including Indian, Harley Davidson, Excelcior, Ford, Dodge Brothers and more – will compete in an exhibition style beach race at the water’s edge between Schellenger and Spicer Avenues in Wildwood.

The event has gain such notoriety that Rolling Stone Magazine attended last year’s Race of Gentlemen and published an online feature and video story on the magazine’s website. For the complete feature, visit www.rollingstone.com.

On Friday, June 8, the 'Night of the Troglodytes', a pre-race party and bike show, takes place starting at 8 p.m. at the Binns Motel, Spicer and Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood. On display will be 60’s and 70’s choppers and show bikes with live music hosted by Harley Carrera.

Race day begins on Saturday, June 9 and will feature vintage auto and motorcycle drag races from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. for spectators. There will be live music, a kids’ fun area, and food and beer vendors.

Saturday night will feature a bonfire party on the beach with live Rock 'n Roll music under a big tent from 8 p.m. - midnight. Admission is $10 per person or free with the purchase of a full weekend pass.

The fun continues Sunday, June 10 with a second day of races from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony, beach party and more Rock 'n Roll music. Beach access begins at 10 a.m. for spectators. No coolers will be permitted on the beach, but food and beverages will be for sale for your convenience. Please note that race times may vary depending on ocean tides.

Full weekend passes are available for purchase online and at the door, and are $55 for adults 16 and older and $15 for children 7-15 years old; children 6 and under are free. Single day tickets will only be available for purchase at the door. Day passes for adults 16 and older are $35 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday, children 7-15 years old are $10 each day, and children 6 and under are free.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.TheRaceOfGentlemen.com.

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

Wildwood Crest announces 2018 beach lifeguard coverage


WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol has announced its coverage schedule for the 2018 summer season.

All beaches will be open and protected by lifeguards, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, May 26-28, as well as on Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3.

Beginning Saturday, June 9, all beaches will be open and protected daily, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol strongly advises all bathers to swim at lifeguard protected beaches only during the hours of operation.

For further information, call the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol at (609) 522-3825.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wildwoods International Kite Festival ~ May 25-28


The Wildwoods will officially kick off the 2018 summer season at the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony on Friday, May 25 at noon on the beach next to the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Tourism and state, county and city officials, guest speakers and over 300 elementary school children will participate in the ceremony to officially ‘unlock’ the ocean with a large, ornate key to kick off the summer season. There will be hundreds of colorful kites in the air and after the ‘unlocking.’

The school children will fly kites that they made earlier that morning in kite-making workshops inside the Convention Center to launch the 2018 International Kite Festival. This event is FREE to attend.

The 33rd Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in North America, also begins that day and features kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations. The kite festival officially starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 25 featuring an illuminated night kite fly on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue.

The Kite Festival continues on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, starting at 9 a.m. daily with fun events geared toward introducing new folks to the sport of kiting! Join in the Candy Drop, Running of the Bols, Rev Games or Rokkaku Team Challenge; fly a kite on the Learn to Fly Field; or watch the Fighter Kite Competition and Stunt Kite Competition. More fun is to be had with free kite exhibits and workshops on the beach.

The Wildwoods International Kite Festival Auction will be held inside the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. The auction is open to the public and many unique kites and collectibles will be up for bid.

The kite festivities conclude with the World Indoor Kite Competition at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Monday, May 28 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite without wind, and all performances will be choreographed to music.

For additional information about the 33rd Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, please call 732-822-4884 or visit www.SkyFestivals.com.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Seaport Pier signage goes up, pool takes shape

With just over a week to go before the start of Memorial Day Weekend, Seaport Pier is abuzz with activity.

Over the past two days, signage has gone up on the north side of the main structure and above the main entrance. Meanwhile, the pool for the Starboard Swim Club has taken shape, and will soon be painted.

Seaport Pier is located at 22nd & Boadwalk in North Wildwood, on the former site of the Seaport Village shopping mall. The year-round, multi-purpose venue is on target to open for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market to kick off Season #5


On the Saturday morning of Memorial Day Weekend, the Wildwood Business Improvement District (WBID) will kick off Season #5 of the Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market at a new location and with many new members.

Over the past several years, WBID has developed Byrne Plaza, a first-class events complex at 3400 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood. Byrne Plaza will be the new home for the Farmer's Market as well as Fitness in the Plaza, Movies in the Plaza, Music in the Plaza, the Downtown Wildwood Marketplaces, Wildwood Art Foundation events and more.

The Farmer's Market has expanded from the 10-week season in 2014 to a 22-week season that runs from Memorial Day Weekend through October, on Saturdays from 8 am until 12:30 pm.

The vendor mix has also been enhanced so that everything from morning breakfast sandwiches and sweets, to "dinner to go" and wine are available for purchase. Our farmers bring their fresh grown produce and our bakers are up early to bring you baked goods, from from their ovens.

There are also plenty of specialty items that make great gifts. Come early and you'll receive your purchases in a Byrne Plaza tote bag, that will be available while supplies last. Free parking is located across the street in the lot behind the shops and the old farmer's market lot.

To add to the opening day excitement, the 2018 DOOWW Magnet designs will be unveiled during a ceremony at 10 am. Be there to be one of the first to get the latest, top secret DOOWW Magnet creation!

Besides shopping the Farmer's Market, families can play the Byrne Plaza lawn games and be entertained by The Masters of Magic and Fun, who will provide something new for the kids each week.

98.7 The Coast will broadcast live weekly and there will always be great music at Byrne Plaza. Come and see why TripAdvisor lists the Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market as one of the best places to visit in the Wildwoods!

While you're Downtown, be sure to visit the local shops and restaurants, whose staffs have worked hard getting ready for the 2018 season, and are excited to see you.

For more information about Downtown Wildwood and the Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market, including the complete schedule of Byrne Plaza events, visit us online at www.DOOWW.com and follow us on Facebook at Wildwood By The Sea.

There's always something to DOO in Downtown Wildwood!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Wildwood Memories with our Moms

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

Well, what can we say? You guys came through once again in a BIG way!

We have been overwhelmed (and absolutely delighted) by the number of photo submissions received for our "Moms in Wildwood" feature.

Our "Wildwood Memories with our Moms" album is now up on Facebook, but we're still in the process of adding all the photos.

Once we're done, we'll be rearranging them into alphabetical order so that your family's photos will be easier to find. Please feel free to tag yourself and other family members in the pics.

And there's no deadline on this, even after Mother's Day, so keep the great photos coming...

You can send pics to us via our Facebook page or at wildwood365@gmail.com.

Thanks again to our great readers and supporters!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cloak & Dagger Escape Rooms to open Memorial Day Weekend

Several months back, we noted that the popular escape room phenomenon was coming to Wildwood this summer, at the home of XD Dark Ride (4008 Boardwalk).

We can confirm that, via Brian Martin of XD Dark Ride, that Hamilton, New Jersey-based Cloak & Dagger Escape Rooms are being completed on-site, and will be open for Memorial Day Weekend.

There will be three escape rooms, with the following themes:

Room 1: The Hillbilly Still
Set in an old barn, guests must find and assemble the pieces to grandpa's moonshine still!

Room 2: The Knights Quest
The Knights of the Round Table come to life!

Room 3: The Swindler's Escape
Recover the townspeople's money from the clutches of the Swindler, as he tries to make his escape on the caboose of a 19th Century steam locomotive!

Stay tuned for more information, as reservations will begin to be taken in the coming days.

Cloak & Dagger Escape Rooms will operate alongside XD Dark Ride, an interactive, cinema-style shoot-em-up that debuted in 2016.

For additional info on XD Dark Ride, visit www.xddarkridepierpark.com/wildwood-new-jersey/

Tornado Watch in effect for Cape May County until 1 am

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch, in effect until 1 am EST on Sunday, May 13 for eight New Jersey counties:

Cape May County, Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean & Salem.

Showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a chance of showers. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog after 3am. Low around 55. South wind 8 to 10 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

A chance of showers. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 59. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 54. Northeast wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.