Thursday, June 20, 2024

The 2024 Barefoot Country Music Fest is underway in the Wildwoods ~ Need-to-Know Information


BCMF offering new enhancements and guest appearances for 2024...

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The Barefoot Country Music Fest (BCMF) is back and better than ever, featuring an impressive lineup of top country music artists and a range of exciting new additions. The Northeast’s largest 4-day outdoor country music fest will take place on the stunning beaches of Wildwood, NJ this weekend. 

Headliners on the Miller Lite Main Stage include Old Dominion, Kane Brown, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan, along with over 40 other top stars. With multiple stages and a diverse range of performances, there’s something for every country music fan. Download the BCMF app for the complete lineup and daily schedule to plan your day and receive the latest updates. 

Not only will BCMF 2024 feature live music, but it will also spotlight unique onsite activities like Club Barefoot, karaoke and dueling pianos, and the ultimate party atmosphere featuring performances by Gillian Smith, DJ Big Country, DJ Joe Werner, Shake Rattle & Roll, and DJ Slim McGraw. Showcase your karaoke skills or enjoy the lively dueling piano performances that will keep the energy going throughout the weekend. 

Enhance your festival experience with a custom non-alcoholic cocktail at the all-new GEM Bar, and recharge with a refresher or get your coffee fix with Dunkin’ on-site. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Seward Johnson Sculptures return to Wildwood community parks


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WILDWOOD - They're back! The very lifelike Seward Johnson Sculptures that piqued so much interest and gained unprecedented popularity in Wildwood the last two years have returned to the city's community parks: Holly Beach Park, J. Byrne Recreation Center, Duck Park, SOLCOW Park and 26th & Pacific Avenue Park.

This art installation was originally the idea of Jennifer Robinson of the City of Wildwood Tourist Development Commission (TDC), which was established to promote growth, development and quality of tourism. The goals of the TDC are to generate visitation to the city and its beaches, attractions and special events and to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the community.

Seward Johnson was born in New Jersey and, following the auspicious clipping of a newspaper ad for a beginner's sculpture class, became well known worldwide for his figurative sculptures. 

Spurred to strengthen communities through his artwork, Seward build and international community of artists with the Johnson Atelier, which continues to weave his sculpture into the fabric of everyday life through music, dance, poetry and food - all things Seward loved.

The Seward Johnson Sculptures will be on display until November and include a bike tour map that can be found on the City of Wildwood's official website

The Seward Johnson Atelier and City of Wildwood invite everyone to slow down, visit our parks and enjoy!

The Arts in the Parks series also includes innovative programming that puts the city's community parks on display with family activities for residents and visitors alike.

"It's easy sometimes to forget the simple things that give us pleasure. If we open our eyes, life is marvelous."  ~ Seward Johnson (1930-2020)

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Calling all crabbers to the Wildwoods!


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THE WILDWOODS - Crabbing in the Wildwoods is a relaxing, fun adventure for families to do together while on vacation that won’t break the bank. 

Crabbing supplies are relatively inexpensive and can be used multiple times. If you’re lucky, you’ll bring home a bushel of blue crabs for dinner. Crabbing in the Wildwoods is a beloved shore activity, commonplace along the tidal marsh areas on the west side of the island. 

Those looking to catch their evening crab feast are frequently spotted along the wetlands area entering the island and at street ends or on docks along the back bay. 

Shore Fitness to open the Jersey Shore's largest outdoor gym in Wildwood Crest


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WILDWOOD CREST – Shore Fitness has announced the opening of an outdoor gym at their Wildwood Crest location – which will be the largest outdoor gym on the Jersey Shore. 

Construction begins this week and will complete in June, less than a month after opening the indoor fitness spaces at their brand new Wildwood Crest gym - located at 6111 New Jersey Avenue - and winning gold for “best gym” from Best of Jersey Shore 2024. 

This premier outdoor gym will span 3,000 square feet and be open seasonally - spring, summer, and fall. The space will be covered by both open air turf and rubber gym flooring, completely tented with retractable walls to accommodate various weather scenarios, and surrounded by privacy fencing. 

Gym visitors will get a full gym experience in this outdoor space, with free weights and strength and cardio machines available to them, as well as outdoor group fitness classes. 

Downtown Wildwood announces full schedule of Summer 2024 events


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WILDWOOD - Downtown Wildwood has a full calendar of events taking place at Byrne Plaza (3400 Pacific Avenue) and beyond this summer!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Wildwood Historical Society open for the season, book signing to come


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WILDWOOD - Following a sleepy winter at the Wildwood Historical Society, the George F. Boyer Museum is ready for a busy summer!

Now open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm (until Labor Day), the Boyer Museum is located at 3907 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood, and is the perfect stop for all lovers of Wildwood. 

Entry is FREE and the museum is accessible to all.

"From lovers of grand Victorian homes to military history buffs and horror fans, to kids who want to see pictures of alligator wrestling on the Boardwalk, anyone could spend hours here on a rainy day," said museum manager Julia Ittah. 

Volunteers and staff members have worked tirelessly throughout the winter to keep the museum's archive of Wildwood photographs and memorabilia organized, clean and updated with our most recent Wildwood finds and donations. 

The Wildwoods host FREE weekly concerts throughout the Summer 2024 season


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THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods host FREE outdoor concerts six nights a week throughout the summer. Grab your dancing shoes and/or bring a beach chair or blanket, because you won’t want to miss FREE live music in the Wildwoods, sponsored by the Downtown Wildwood Special Improvement District, the City of Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood.

The Wildwoods celebrate July 4th Weekend 2024 with jam-packed family fun and entertainment


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THE WILDWOODS - The Fourth of July in the Wildwoods is filled with live entertainment events – many of them FREE to attend – as well as a Fireworks Spectacular unlike any other at the Jersey Shore. 

Whether you’re visiting the Wildwoods for a long weekend or staying for the whole week, there’s always exciting fun to be had! 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Wildwoods Convention Center hosts return of Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show ~ Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7


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THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods Convention Center hosts the return of the Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show - Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7 - an event perfect for collectors of all kinds and fun for the entire family!

Presented by RK Sports Promotions, the expo will feature more than 200 tables of the hottest collectibles, including old and new sports cards, non-sports cards, old and new toys, comic books, Pokemon sets, supplies, Funko Pops, Yu-Gi-Oh, Beanie Babies, videos, jerseys, books, posters, coins, t-shirts, Lego, antiques and so much more. There's something for everyone.

Show hours are 3 pm - 8 pm on Friday, July 5; 10 am - 8 pm on Saturday, July 6; and 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday, July 7. Admission is FREE.

A second shows is scheduled for August 23-25 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

For additional information, call 732-690-2476 or visit www.RKSportsPromotions.com for a detailed schedule of events.

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

Friday, June 7, 2024

The Wildwoods Boardwalk and beaches off FREE weekly Friday Night Fireworks all summer long, beginning Friday, June 28th


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THE WILDWOODS – Summer in the Wildwoods - it’s a blast!

Free Friday Night Fireworks will light up the night sky over the Wildwoods' beaches and iconic Boardwalk all summer long, beginning Friday, June 28, and will continue each Friday until August 30.

Every Friday night throughout the summer, beginning at 10 pm, enjoy a spectacular nighttime display of fireworks exploding, synced to a musical score that is played all along the Wildwoods Boardwalk via their sound system and also simulcasted on 98.7 The Coast.

Launched from Pine Avenue and the beach, the fireworks are visible throughout the Wildwoods. Seeing the breathtaking explosion of color and lights from the Wildwoods Boardwalk is an experience you will never forget!

Rain dates all season are Sundays at 10 pm.

Don't miss the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Thursday, July 4 at 10 pm, simulcasting on the 106.3 radio station. The Fourth of July show rain date will be Friday, July 5.

Those who can't make the weekly fireworks show in person can visit the live web cams at WildwoodsNJ.com/view-webcam to see the fireworks in HD color.

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

Thursday, June 6, 2024

The Wildwoods host sun, sand and soccer at Cape Express Beach Blast on the Wildwoods Beaches ~ Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30


MORE Beach Blast Soccer Tournament will return to the Wildwood beaches Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21...

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THE WILDWOODS – Soccer players of all ages will have a blast on the Wildwoods beaches during the Beach Blast Soccer Tournament Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 from 8 am to 6 pm daily. 

A second tournament, MORE Beach Blast, will take place on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. 

Beach Blast is a five-on-five, barefoot on the sand soccer tournament on the beach hosted by the Cape Express Soccer Club of Cape May County with divisions for boys and girls U8 to U19, men’s, women’s, and co-ed open. 

The tournament takes place on the FREE, clean, and expansive beaches of the Wildwoods in an event filled with soccer and beach fun, surrounded by the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk and amusements. 

Beach Blast brings over 1,000 youth and adult soccer teams from all over the East Coast to the Wildwoods to compete in the barefoot soccer tournament on the beach. Games are played throughout the weekend, with over 100 fields located on the beach between Baker and Poplar Avenues. 

There is an entry fee for participants and teams. The event is free for spectators so don’t miss this non-stop exciting action on the beach. 

For more information on the Beach Blast 5v5 Sand Soccer Tournament, visit www.CapeExpress.com

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

Monday, June 3, 2024

Crest Arts Pavilion outdoor park showcase set for Friday, June 14th


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WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a showcase of the new outdoor park located at the Crest Arts Pavilion on Friday, June 14, at 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. 

The Crest Arts Pavilion is located at 6301 Ocean Avenue (Ocean Avenue and Wisteria Road). 

The showcase will highlight the extensive renovations made to the exterior of the building, which include improved landscaping, a small performing arts stage, seating areas, fire pits, electric vehicle charging stations, a bike repair station, botanical gardens and more. 

The Crest Arts Pavilion was created through a renovation project of the previous Wildwood Crest library building and opened last spring. The building serves as the hub of artistic activities in Wildwood Crest. In addition, the Crest Arts Pavilion also serves as Wildwood Crest’s tourism information center and as the site of sales of official borough merchandise. It also includes a retail coffee shop. 

The building’s exterior renovations were greatly funded through the Cape May County Open Space program. 

Wildwood Crest has planned for numerous events to be held there this summer, including children’s/family entertainment on Mondays, original live music on Tuesdays and more. More information on those events will be released shortly. 

Light refreshments will be served. The event will also feature live musical entertainment with Rachel and Ty Acoustics. No registration is necessary to attend the showcase. 

For more information, call 609-522-0221 or 609-523-0202.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

City of Wildwood Police Department Response to Erroneous Statements by Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin


PRESS RELEASE

CITY OF WILDWOODThe City of Wildwood Police Department and Chief Joseph Murphy have been made aware of an inaccurate and ill-informed statement made by New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin to numerous media sources. In his statement, the Attorney General reported that the City of Wildwood did not have sufficient police staffing on our world-famous boardwalk for Memorial Day weekend.

This statement would lead the public to believe that police staffing was the cause of the issues the City of Wildwood experienced this past holiday weekend. We were alarmed at such a statement from the chief law enforcement officer in the State of New Jersey especially knowing that he did not directly contact us to understand what resources were in place for the weekend.

If an effort were made by the Attorney General to understand the situation in Wildwood, he would have been advised that the police department had in excess of forty (40) law enforcement officers assigned to our boardwalk on Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend alone - when the local state of emergency was declared.

The City of Wildwood Police Department would like to assure the public that the boardwalk was staffed with more uniformed police officers this year – over 30 – than that of the two previous years. The staffing levels of law enforcement for our boardwalk is developed after thoughtful analysis: examining of the previous year’s staffing posture, holiday weekends, special events, and current situational intelligence.
Through this process we assessed that additional uniformed law enforcement personnel were needed for the 2024 Memorial Day weekend. Several months ago, we initiated a Shared Service Agreement with the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department to ensure those additional uniformed law enforcement personnel would be available to the City of Wildwood.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

St. George’s Stores to expand with addition of The Tramcar Store; grand opening set for Saturday, June 15th


After dropping several hints on social media this past week, North Wildwood business owners
George and Nancy Saleeb have officially announced their latest project.

The proprietors of St. George’s Stores on the Boardwalk are putting the final touches on a third location, The Tramcar Store, at 2110 Boardwalk. 


This new venture will expand on the success of the signature Tramcar Plushie, which debuted at St. George’s Beach Outlet (2120 Boardwalk and 2310 Boardwalk) last summer.


[ Check out St. George’s Stores’ online store at: www.WildwoodGiftShop.com ]



In addition to the plushies, the Tramcar Store will offer a variety of specialized,
Sightseer Tram Car-themed items, including new plushie slippers, backpacks and keychains. It will also be an authorized Tram Car ticket-selling location.

The Saleebs introduced the concept this morning in an appearance on Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia, a live broadcast hosted by Bob Kelly at Urie’s Waterfront Restaurant


Also announced was a Grand Opening celebration, set for Saturday, June 15 at 10 am. 


Kelly will host the event, which will feature live entertainment by DJ Gibby, an appearance by legendary Tram Car driver John “Gigi” Gigliotti, giveaways and other surprises.


For more information and updates, be sure to follow St. George’s Stores on Facebook and Instagram.



Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Wildwoods' Beaches Voted #1 Best Beach in New Jersey in USA Today's 2024 10Best Reader's Choice Awards Contest


PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS - The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) proudly announces that the Wildwoods’ beaches have been voted the #1 Best Beach in New Jersey in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards. 

View the contest results here: 


“The Wildwoods are thrilled to win this prestigious USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Award and want to thank everyone who voted the Wildwoods as New Jersey’s best beaches. Our five miles of pristine, white sand beaches offer an ideal spot to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect, and make family memories that last a lifetime. And best of all, our beaches are free to enjoy with no beach tags required,” explained Louis M. Belasco, Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority Executive Director. 

Convenient to millions, the Wildwoods are an easy drive from Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, and New York, making it the ideal location for a family vacation at the beach. 

The Wildwoods have appealed to vacationing families for more than a century, having everything you could ever want in a vacation experience all on one five-mile island. Stretching across the three communities of North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest, the island’s expansive, clean, safe beaches offer vacationers plenty of room to spread out. The Wildwoods’ award-winning beaches also remain FREE for all visitors – removing the hassle of purchasing expensive beach tags each season. There is never a fee to enjoy the beaches in the Wildwoods.