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Volunteers needed for Crest Beach Sweep event Oct. 21

The Borough of Wildwood Crest is in need of volunteers 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 Clean Ocean Action, will host a Beach Sweep on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers should register at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. 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.

Volunteers of all ages are needed for the event. Participants collect, remove and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state and local programs to reduce litter on New Jersey beaches and waterways.

Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance by sending an email to ksagal@wildwoodcrest.org. This Beach Sweep will be extremely helpful to the Borough’s already intensive efforts to keep its vast expanse of beaches clean.

According to the Clean Ocean Action website, more than 90,000 volunteers have participated and removed over 4.5 million pieces of debris from New Jersey’s beaches and waterways since the program began in 1985. Beach Sweeps is one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the world.

According to its website, Clean Ocean Action is a leading national and regional voice working to protect waterways along the New Jersey and New York coastlines using science, law, research, education and citizen action.

For further information about the Beach Sweeps, contact the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at (609) 522-7446.

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.

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.

Photo Spots Contest is back! Take ‘selfies’ and win a T-shirt in the Crest!!!

The Wildwood Crest Photo Spots Contest has returned.

Like to take “selfie” pictures and post them to social media? You can win a cool Wildwood Crest T-shirt after doing so.

For the second straight summer, the Borough of Wildwood Crest is holding its Photo Spots Contest, in which visitors and residents can post “selfie” pictures near a variety of Wildwood Crest locations and win a T-shirt featuring the new Wildwood Crest logo.

Participants in the contest are required to take “selfie” pictures with at least five of 10 different designated Wildwood Crest landmarks in the background and post them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Participants are required to tag Wildwood Crest on Facebook, @VisitWildwoodCrest on Twitter or @Visit_Wildwood_Crest on Instagram while using #VisitWildwoodCrest when posting.

The first 200 people to post photos from at least five of the 10 designated photo spots will receive a Wildwood Crest T-shirt. Photos can be posted separately or together as a collage. Winners will be contacted by the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department. Winners must pick up T-shirts in person at the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center.

The 10 Wildwood Crest landmarks include the ocean end of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road, Sunset Lake between Rambler Road and New Jersey Avenue, the Centennial Park entertainment pavilion at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, Coleman-Callahan Veterans Park at Rosemary Road and Park Boulevard, the Gazebo-by-the-Sea at Sunrise Park at Rambler Road, baseball statues at Morey Field at Aster Road and Ocean Avenue, the Wildwood Crest Bike Path Arch at Cresse Avenue, any lifeguard boat or lifeguard stand on the Wildwood Crest beach, the Wildwood Crest Bike Path at Rambler Road and the new Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape May County Library at Wisteria Road and Atlantic Avenue. Signs are posted at each of the photo spot locations.

For more information about the contest, log on to visitwildwoodcrest.com or call 609-523-0202.

5th Annual Crest Sand Sculpting Festival Saturday

WILDWOOD CREST — Families, friends and kids of all ages who love playing in the sand should start making plans to attend the fifth annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Contest on Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the beach next to the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road.

Grab your buckets and shovels and get ready to create works of art. Making sand castles at the beach has been a fun summertime family activity since the first shell washed ashore, and now this great American pastime is being celebrated in the Wildwoods in a big way.

Fun activities will also be featured at this year’s Sand Sculpting Festival including corn hole bean bag toss and other games, as well as live music throughout the day including The Mango Men, with their energized and ‘sand castle-inspiring’ summer themed party music.

The contest is being organized in conjunction with Can You Dig It Sand Tools and directed by internationally known sand sculptor Matt Long. Long is a regular competitor at master competitions, including the World Championships of Sand Sculpting, and is an original cast member of the former Travel Channel Show Sand Masters. Long’s career in sand sculpting began right here in South Jersey at amateur events like this one.

Sand Sculptures will be judged on creativity, execution, composition and overall presentation. Prizes and awards will be presented to the top three winners in each division. There will also be a People’s Choice award for Best on the Beach, where the winner is voted by spectator ballot. To ensure a level playing field, the contest will have six separate divisions ranging from solo youth and youth groups to solo adult and adult teams.

Registration for the contest is FREE and will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 8.

During the days leading up to the event, Long will be carving one of his masterful castles at the site, providing an opportunity for those interested to stop by, ask questions and pick up some professional tricks and tips.

For additional information, call 609-523-0202.