Friday, May 23, 2008

Your Shore Weekend

It’s finally here: the kick off to summer 2008. We’ve had nice weather for the last two days, and it’s only going to get better. So here’s what’s in store down the shore.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s….kites? That’s right! This weekend is the 28th Annual Wildwood Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in the United States. Things kick off on Friday with a Nite Kite Fly at 9pm between Rio Grande Ave. and Andrews Ave. The rest of the weekend will feature kite vendors, shows and lessons. Don’t think kite flying’s fun? I didn’t either – until I tried it.

Resorts is 30! Resorts was the first Atlantic City casino, so they’re celebrating in style, starting with firewords on Friday night at 9:30pm. On Monday at noon, the 30 skydivers from Freefall Adventures will skydive in the area in front of Resorts, doing tricks and stunts on the way down. Also on Monday, from 11am to 6pm, Resorts is holding a Memorial Day block party (and it’s free!)

Justin Catanuso, author of My Cousin the Saint, will be signing copies of his book at Woodland Village on Sunday at 1pm.

Woodland Village is also having a sidewalk sale this weekend.

Today at noon, you can check out the “Unlocking of the Ocean” ceremony in Wildwood at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

There’s also a Boardwalk Craft Show in Wildwood on Saturday and Sunday.

If you're bringing your dog with you this weekend, check out Barks on the Boards in Ocean City on Sunday.

Jane Seymour a.k.a. Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman a.k.a. “Call me Cat…Kitty Cat” is having an art show at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor. It starts today and runs through June 1. They’ll have gallery receptions on today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Check out the parking lot of Star of the Sea Parish in Cape May for crafts and antiques on Saturday.

Lots of concerts this weekend. The big one is Eric Clapton at the Borgata on Sunday. Paul Anka’s playing the Borgata tonight; Kenny Rogers is at Trump Plaza tonight and tomorrow; Eddie Money is at the House of Blues at the Showboat on Sunday; Patti LaBelle is also at the House of Blues but on Saturday; Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra area at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday; Sister Hazel and Edwin McCain are at the Tropicana on Saturday; Split Decision is at the Gypsy Bar in the Borgata on Friday, and at La Costa in Sea Isle City on Saturday and Sunday; and Natalie Cole will be at Resorts on Saturday and Sunday. (One to put on your calendar: reggae nights start at Club Worship at Showboat on June 5 and will run on Thursdays throughout the summer – oh, and the Killers are coming to the Borgata on August 1. I’ve seen them live before. Definitely worth it.)

For yucks, Jerry Seinfeld is at Caesars on Saturday; Larry the Cable Guy is at Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday and Sunday; and Dave Attell will be at the Borgata on Sunday.

Carmen Electra will be appearing at The Pool at Harrah’s on Saturday with DJing by DJ Gabor. Doors open at 10. I’ve gotten a few emails about this one. I don’t quite get the appeal, but, hey, they sold out Telia Tequilla night.

The Windrift in Avalon is debuting its new sushi/oyster bar (and of COURSE will have live music all weekend).

Flounder season starts on Saturday.

As for me, I’m starting off the weekend at 93.3 WMMR’s Memorial Day Weekend kickoff party at Keenan’s in North Wildwood. Them I’m off to the media preview of the Kite Festival in Wildwood, then up to The Princeton in Avalon for a 2pm interview (hopefully my hair will still look nice since they’re taking my picture). So if you’re headed into town early, stop by and say hi. After that? I’m going to enjoy the shore like a vacationer. Imagine that 

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