Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Wildwoods Host 11th Annual Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Celebration Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18 with Bowzer’s Rock ‘N Roll Party


The Wildwoods, NJ – September 23, 2014 – The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 11th Annual Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Weekend Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to the Wildwoods’ role in the birth of Rock ‘n Roll music.

The fun begins Friday night, October 17, inside the Wildwoods Convention Center with a Dance Party featuring the Nifty ‘50s Dance Band with David Christopher and DJ Ralph Warzy guaranteed to get everyone moving and grooving to classic oldies. The Dance Party takes place from 7 - 11 p.m. and admission is $15 per person.

Saturday, October 18 will feature an afternoon of outdoor fun and music during the FREE Fabulous ‘50s Street Fair at Fox Park, located across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Street Fair will include free live entertainment featuring a Johnny Cash tribute band, 45 RP, and The Mahoney Brothers throughout the day, plus a classic car show, a Doo-Wop ‘50s Bus Tour and a variety of vendors offering ‘50s memorabilia, merchandise, many delicious food options and much more.

Saturday evening at 7 p.m., the weekend’s featured event – the Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Concert – will take place in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party hosted by Bowzer, formerly of Sha Na Na, will present a star-studded musical line-up featuring Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon (Palisades Park, Tallahassee Lassie, Where The Action Is), Gene Chandler - The Duke of Earl(Duke of Earl, Groovy Situation), Fred Parris & The Five Satins (In the Still of the Night, To the Aisle), Bowzer & The Stingrays, along with SPECIAL GUEST Bill Haley's Original Comets (Shake Rattle &  Roll, See You Later Alligator, Rock Around the Clock)  celebrating 60 years of 'Rock Around The Clock!'

Ticket prices are $49.50 per person for stadium seating and $65.50 per person for floor seating. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.gwcoc.com, or call 609-729-4000. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000. A limited number of tickets will be available at the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office the weekend of the event.

In addition, Joe D’Ambrosio and Dick Richards, the remaining original members of Bill Haley’s Comets, will attend several events throughout the Wildwoods during the weekend as local officials and the public celebrate the 60th anniversary of the world-famous song “Rock Around the Clock” which was performed for the first time live in Wildwood in 1954.

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

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

About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. The Wildwoods were named among the top three Boardwalks in the nation as a Best Boardwalk for Food by TheDailyMeal.com; #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2014, 2013 and 2012; and the Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 25 Piers in the World by TripAdvisor and among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine.  In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by BudgetTravel.com; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by NJ.com readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by NerdWallet.com; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and Home.com voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and were one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

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