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Fireworks, live music, family entertainment highlight Seafarers Celebration Sept. 23


Spectacular beachfront fireworks, a wide variety of terrific live music, enjoyable family entertainment and much more will highlight the FREE Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Seafarers Celebration begins at 9 a.m. with a massive street festival along the beautiful banks of Sunset Lake, located along New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Road and Miami Avenue. The event will feature scores of craft vendors, live music, delicious varieties of food and other FREE fun entertainment for the entire family.

Live music includes performances by Stellar Mojo (pop, rock, funk hits), the Legacy Band (dance and party favorites) and the Star Band (oldies, pop, dance hits). (See below for the specific live music schedule.)

A performance by the Vahalla Pirates, magic shows, a live turtle exhibition, interactive games for children, roving street performers, children’s pie-eating contests, bounce houses, face painting and more also highlight the event’s daytime festivities, which conclude at 5 p.m.

The action then moves to Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. Big Bleu, an oldies, Motown, rock and pop band, will perform on the Centennial Park stage at 7:30 p.m. The annual Seafarers Celebration beachfront fireworks show will go off from the beach at Fern Road at 9 p.m. to conclude the event’s activities.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration, call (609) 523-0202.

 

2017 SEAFARERS CELEBRATION LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, SEPT. 23

Sunset Lake – (stage located at Miami and New Jersey avenues)

10:30 a.m. – Star Band (oldies/pop/dance hits)

12:30 p.m. – Stellar Mojo (rock/dance/party hits)

2:30 p.m. – Legacy Band (dance/party favorites)

Centennial Park – Fern Road and Ocean Avenue

7:30 p.m. – Big Bleu (Motown/oldies/pop/rock)

 

Crest seeks volunteers for International Coastal Cleanup event Sept. 16

The Borough of Wildwood Crest is in need of volunteers of all ages to help keep the community’s beaches clean, safe and among the best in the state.

The Borough’s Department of Public Works, in conjunction with New Jersey Clean Communities and Ocean Conservancy, will host an International Coastal Cleanup event on the Crest’s beaches and dunes on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Volunteers should register at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, or in advance by emailing Kay Sagal of the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at ksagal@wildwoodcrest.org.

The event will be held rain or shine. Volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothing. Equipment will be provided by the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works.

This cleanup will be extremely helpful to the Borough’s already intensive efforts to keep its vast expanse of beaches clean. Participants are also encouraged to inquire about the borough’s Adopt-A-Beach program.

According to www.njclean.org, the International Coastal Cleanup collected more than 18 million pounds of trash worldwide last year, the most ever collected in the event’s history, with the help of more than 500,000 volunteers covering over 15,000 miles of waterfront.

For further information about the International Coastal Cleanup, go to www.njclean.org or www.oceanconservancy.org or call the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at (609) 522-7446.

Wildwood Crest to host 9/11 Memorial Service Monday

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a 9/11 Memorial Service on Monday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Miami and New Jersey avenues, adjacent to Sunset Lake.

Various community and religious leaders are expected to attend the Patriot’s Day ceremony, which will honor all of those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Call (609) 522-5176 for further information.

Portable toilets to remain on Crest beach through September

The Borough of Wildwood Crest has announced that portable toilets will remain on Wildwood Crest beaches for public usage through Sunday, Oct. 1.

Portable toilets are located midway between the dunes and the high tide line every four to five blocks along the beach in Wildwood Crest.

“We get some of the best weather of the year during the month of September and many people take advantage of that by using the beaches during that time,” said Don Cabrera, Wildwood Crest Commissioner of Public Works and Recreation. “With that in mind, we thought it would be prudent to keep the portable toilets in place through the entire month.”

The public is reminded that while the beach is open, lifeguards in Wildwood Crest are finished for the season on Sunday, Sept. 9. Wildwood Crest urges beachgoers to swim only when beaches are protected.

For further information, call the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at (609) 522-7446 or the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol at (609) 522-3825.

Crest Beach Patrol announces late-season lifeguard coverage

The Wildwood Crest Patrol has announced its late-season beach coverage for 2017.

All beaches will be open and protected by beach patrol staff through Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day) and on the weekend following Labor Day (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10).

Due to limited available staff, five beaches will be protected from Tuesday, Sept. 5, through Friday, Sept. 8. Those beaches include Buttercup-Lavender, Rosemary-Forget-Me-Not, Stockton-Stanton, Toledo-Denver and Trenton-Newark.

Full lifeguard coverage for the 2017 season will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 10. A response team will be available for emergency calls on the weekends of Sept. 16-17 and Sept. 23-24.

As always, the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol strongly urges its beach patrons to swim at lifeguard-protected beaches only.

For more information, contact Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol headquarters at (609) 522-3825.

2U, Don’t Call Me Francis to perform at Centennial Park this weekend

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series at Centennial Park will include an additional show this weekend.

2U, billed as the World’s Second-Best U2 Show, will perform Friday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The band was originally scheduled to play in the Crest on July 29 but the show was postponed by rain.

Don’t Call Me Francis, one of the top dance/party bands in the Delaware Valley, will perform Saturday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

All Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series shows are free and open to all ages. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair.

Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

2U has appeared at theaters, state and county fairs, summer music series and festivals all over the world for the past 20 years. The band regularly performs many of the top hits of U2, one of the most popular and recognizable rocks bands of all-time. Their appearance in the Crest is especially poignant this summer, with U2 having embarked on a world tour this year.

For more information on 2U, log on to www.notu2.com.

Don’t Call Me Francis is one of the most popular and most requested party bands in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. For 15 consecutive years, the group was voted the Best Band in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley by the Courier-Post newspaper’s Readers Choice Awards. Don’t Call Me Francis regularly performs many of the top dance and party hits from the 1960s through today.

For more information on Don’t Call Me Francis, log on to www.francisband.com.

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series is hosted by the Wildwood Crest Recreation and Tourism Department and supported by the Wildwood Crest Tourism Development Commission and includes shows each Wednesday through Aug. 30 and each Saturday through Sept. 16.

Other upcoming entertainment includes oldies, Motown and Doo Wop with the Star Band on Wednesday, Aug. 23; the hits of Bruce Springsteen with the B Street Band on Saturday, Aug. 26; and dance, party and funk with Stellar Mojo on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, call (609) 523-0202.

Crest to host National Night Out festivities

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a fun-filled evening of free activities for the entire family on Tuesday, Aug. 1, as part of National Night Out festivities. The event will be held at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wildwood Crest National Night Out activities will include live music by John King of Stellar Mojo, food, games, prizes, face painting and more.

Representatives from the Wildwood Crest Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Corps, Beach Patrol, Recreation Department and Department of Public Works will all take part in the event.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Police Department’s National Night Out festivities, contact the police department at (609) 522-2456.

Crest 5K Beach Race is Saturday

Approximately 275 people participated in the 2016 Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Race held Saturday, July 30.

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will stage its annual 5K Beach Race on Saturday, July 29, at 8:30 a.m. The race will be held on a scenic out-and-back course near the water’s edge at low tide beginning and ending near the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road. The event also includes an untimed one-mile fun run/walk.

Cost is $30 for the 5K run and $25 for the one-mile run/walk.

Long-sleeve T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 registrants and as supplies last to all others. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, as well as the top male and female finishers in a variety of age groups. Refreshments will be served following the race and all registered participants will be eligible to win a variety of random door prizes.

The event will also include a team competition among the beach patrols from Wildwood Crest, Wildwood and North Wildwood.

Race-day registration will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Crest Pier Recreation Center at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue. Pre-registered runners can pick up their race packet at the Crest Pier Recreation Center on Friday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration can be made in person at the Crest Pier Recreation Center or online at https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/WildwoodCrest/WildwoodCrest5KBeachRun.

The 5K Beach Race is a rain or shine event.

For further information, call (609) 523-0202.

Greaseband, Glimmer Twins at Centennial Park this weekend

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series at Centennial Park will include an additional show this weekend.

The Fabulous Greaseband, one of the longest-running and most popular bands in the Delaware Valley, will perform Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. The Greaseband was scheduled to play Memorial Day weekend in the Crest’s annual Summer Kickoff Concert but the show was postponed by rain.

The Glimmer Twins, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will perform Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.

All Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series shows are free and open to all ages. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair.

Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The seven-member Fabulous Greaseband bills itself as a “Best of the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Band.” This entertaining, high-energy band, which has been going strong for close to four decades, delivers some of the greatest dance and party songs ever written by some of the most popular artists of all time. The Greaseband performs regularly all along the East Coast, particularly throughout the Delaware Valley, with well over 200 appearances annually.

For more information on the Fabulous Greaseband, log on to www.greaseband.com.

The Glimmer Twins are one of the premier tribute bands on the East Coast, performing all the classic hits of the Rolling Stones. Like the Stones themselves, the Glimmer Twins have a habit of wowing audiences with electrifying live performances, allowing fans to experience the same sensation of what it was like to be at a Stones concert in their heyday.

For more information on the Glimmer Twins, log on to www.glimmertwins.net.

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series is hosted by the Wildwood Crest Recreation and Tourism Department and supported by the Wildwood Crest Tourism Development Commission.

Other upcoming entertainment includes a Beatles tribute by Beat Tells on Wednesday, July 26; the world’s second best U2 show with 2U on Saturday, July 29; and summer-themed party music with the Mango Men on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, call (609) 523-0202.

Crest named one of Best Beaches in the North

Wildwood Crest has been named one of the Best Beaches in the North through a readers’ poll conducted by Marinalife, a magazine and website that services the boating community in the United States, Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean and Central America.

Wildwood Crest is the only New Jersey beach listed in the poll’s top 10. Marinalife called the Crest “a town known for its family appeal and historic architecture steeped in doo wop culture. The beach is soft, white sand, with trained lifeguards and no alcohol, dogs or fires permitted. Surfers have a designated area … where they can shred without disturbing swimmers. In the summer, outdoor concerts, fitness events and massive markets enliven this close-knit town.”

Wildwood Crest is listed No. 9 in the Marinalife top northern beaches poll, one place above Rehoboth Beach, Del., and one place below Sandbridge Beach, Va. Crescent Beach on Block Island, R.I., topped the poll. Beaches from South Carolina through Maine were included in the poll’s top 10.

To view the entire Beast Beaches in the North poll, log onto marinalife.com.

For more information about Wildwood Crest beaches, call (609) 522-3825, (609) 522-5716 or (609) 523-0202.