Céad Míle Fáilte (A hundred thousand welcomes, that is!) To North Wildwood's Irish Fall Festival!
The 20th Annual Irish Fall Festival, the largest event of its kind on the East Coast, will return to our city for four days of music, food, and shopping for Irish goodies, from Sept. 22 to 25
Mummers String Bands Return to North Wildwood
NORTH WILDWOOD - Nine top Mummers String Bands from Philadelphia will bring their colorful costumes and festive music here for the annual Mummers String Band Saturday on Sept. 10.
It's an afternoon of free entertainment on Olde New Jersey Avenue, a summertime version of Philadelphia's famous Mummers New Year's Day Parade, except that North Wildwood's version includes a Mummers Strut Contest beginning at 4 p.m., followed by the Parade.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This is one of the most popular events in our City. The locals love it, and lots of our visitors plan their vacations around it."
Here's the list of String Bands and the line of march:
1. Quaker City
8. South Philly
Marty Good, the new President of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association said, "We're looking forward to another exciting and successful ‘String Band Saturday' in North Wildwood."
So come out and join the fun. And don't forget to wear your Golden Slippers!
Special Kids Have a Special Day in North Wildwood
On July 22, the North Wildwood Beach Patrol hosted another "21 Down Beach Day," and again it was a huge success!
Our lifeguards had a great time, while helping 36 kids with disabilities splash around in the surf and ride the waves.
It was great timing, too, right in the middle of an intense heat wave - the perfect time to head for the beach. What is "21 Down"? Their Web site explains: "Initiated in 1990, 21 Down is a non-profit organization serving the families, educators and healthcare professionals of Atlantic and Cape May counties. We are a network of families who share information and support.
"Our mission is to create awareness and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities while providing information, support and community events for their families."
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "Our Beach Patrol did a great job of providing this enjoyable day at the beach for kids with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. We're making plans to host this terrific event every year."
So you think you can dance? Enter the Bristol Stomp Contest
NORTH WILDWOOD - On Aug. 13, the Dovells will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their famous hit "The Bristol Stomp" with a performance at Lou Booth Amphitheater, Second and Ocean avenues here.
To add to the fun, there'll be a Bristol Stomp Dance Contest, with cash prizes awarded to the top three couples: $100, $75, and $50.
If you're a real fan, you'll come to the show and contest dressed as if it were 1961 all over again. Mayor Bill Henfey said, "All the excitement starts at 8 p.m. Come early; bring the family and friends; and have a great time ‘under the stars!"
Miss North Wildwood 2011 Crowned
NORTH WILDWOOD - On Thursday, July 14, Grace Elizabeth Lederer, 16, was crowned Miss North Wildwood 2011 at a ceremony at Lou Booth Amphitheater, Second and Ocean avenues.
Lederer, the daughter of Michael and Cathryn Lederer, who is a resident of North Wildwood and a junior at Wildwood Catholic High School, will be representing the City during all the special events throughout the year.
She is a beautiful and talented young woman who has been studying art for six years and music for four. Academically, she has the highest GPA in Wildwood Catholic's Class of 2013. She's won First Honors, and she's been inducted into the National Honor Society.
In addition, Lederer is an accomplished athlete, having won six varsity letters for Cross Country, Swimming, and Track and Field. She was MVP of Cross Country and Track in 2010-2011. She's also won Cape Atlantic League First Team All-Star 2010-2011 in both Cross Country and Swimming.
Also she was a member of the Juvenile Court Commission—Upper Township Division, a Student Superior Court Representative, and Sitting Board Member Evaluation Juvenile Court Cases.
First Runner-up in the competition, Alexandra Diane DiGiacomo, 20, the daughter of Eric and Wendy DiGiacomo of Lititz, Pa., spends her summers in Wildwood Crest.
She's a rising junior at University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Dental Hygiene. At Warwick High School, Pa., she had been elected president of the Student American Dental Hygiene Association for the Class of 2011.
She is also musically inclined, having taken piano lessons for six years, and she's a successful athlete, having earned Honorable Mention for Outfield Softball.
Second Runner-up Joei Domenique Viviani, 18, is the daughter of Joseph and Judi Viviani of Williamstown, NJ. They also spend their summers in Wildwood Crest.Viviani will be a freshman at Rowan University this fall, majoring in Education with a minor in Mathematics.
Also a member of the National Honor Society, Viviani was on the Honor Roll and the Principal's List. She earned varsity letters in Cross Country and Swimming.
Hannah DiBruno, Miss North Wildwood 2010 crowned Lederer Thursday evening, just before the beginning of the Concert under the Stars featuring Main Stage Harmony.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "All the young women who participated in this competition are not only attractive, but they also excelled in their interviews. And our new Miss North Wildwood will represent us well in our festivals and parades."
From left: First Runner-up Alexandra Diane Digiacomo, Miss North Wildwood Grace Elizabeth Lederer, and Second Runner-up Joei Domenique Viviani
Miss North Wildwood 2010 crowns her successor.
North Wildwood started year 24 of Concerts under the Stars
North Wildwood started year 24 of Concerts under the Stars with the Platters at the Lou Booth Amphitheater at Second and Ocean avenues on a very pleasant summer evening.
The festivities started at 8 p.m. with the National Anthem, sung by Dolly Magee, and a flag ceremony led by North Wildwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5941 Color Guard Captain Robert Finnn along with post members.
Knights of Columbus 17th Annual Italian American Festival
NORTH WILDWOOD -- The original Italian American festival begins on Friday,
June 24, 2011 and concludes on Sunday, June 26, 2011. This festive three day event is sponsored by Knights of Columbus #2572. The Knights of Columbus is a non-profit organization and proceeds from the festival benefits Catholic education and various other local charities. Special Guest, Alicia Vitarelli, Channel 6 Action News Anchor Personality, will be with us on Friday evening.
The success of this festival has been overwhelming, and continues to draw more and more people each year. With more then forty merchandise and food vendors, and an estimated crowd in excess of 45,000, this gathering will definitely be the place you want to be!
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the FESTIVITIES will take place on Olde New Jersey Avenue. Here street vendors will display their Italian memorabilia and food vendors will offer a variety of Italian and non-Italian treats. The activities begin at 4 PM on Friday
10 AM on Saturday and Noon on Sunday. There is sure to be something for everyone! Stop by and visit the Knights of Columbus table for additional information.
On Friday, June 24th,the grand opening ceremony will begin at 7 PM with a procession in honor of Saint Anthony. The procession begins at The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 1st and Central Avenues, will proceed to 2nd Avenue and conclude on Olde New Jersey Avenue. Come and meet Alicia Vitarelli, Action News Anchor Personality, the 2011 Grand Marshall. Tori Bischoff will perform our National Anthem and six year old Vincent Crocilla will perform the Italian National Anthem. Once again, the Knights of Columbus is honored to have local clergy and politicians as special guests. The parade will also feature Miss North Wildwood, Hanna DiBruno, along with many fraternal organizations, school groups, bands and much more. You will not want to miss the dedication of the "olive tree", a tribute to recognize and honor the family names of Italian heritage within Cape May County. You will want to be sure that your family name is remembered in this tribute.
On Friday there will be free LIVE ENTERTAINMENT beginning at 5 PM. Local celebrity, Philly Cuzz, will provide entertainment at First and Olde New Jersey Avenues and will perform throughout the weekend. The Knights of Columbus and the Italian American festival are proud to present The Marino Brothers at 8 PM followed by The Bronx Wanderers at 9:30.
Start your Saturday morning off with WIBBAGE 94.3 FM radio personality, Rick Rock, broadcasting live from 11 AM until 2 PM. At 2 PM you can learn traditional Italian dance with Miss Susan's Italian Dance studio. At 5 PM there will be dancing in the street, when the Jerry Blavat Dance party begins. Be with us at 8 PM when the Knights of Columbus will present the Second Annual Meatball Rolling Relay. This event is scheduled to be held in the heart of the festival activities at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues. There are multiple relays planned, beginning with a children's competition. The relays begin at 8 PM and will be hosted by Joe Duncanelli and Philly Cuzz. Mark your calendar, you won't want to miss this memorable event! Then at 9:30 PM, Lights Out will take the stage with a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Jersey Boys.
At 11 AM until noon on Sunday morning, registration will be held for the 2011 Little Miss Italy pageant. To enter, girls must be between the ages of 8 and 12, and of Italian heritage. We look forward to the reintroduction of this custom. At noon, enjoy the music of "Sinatra" featuring Eric Lorrio, followed by the Little Miss Italy Pageant at 1 PM, and the award ceremony for our first annual essay contest. This is a contest where local area school children were invited to participate in an essay writing contest. Two awards will be presented, one for students in third to fifth grades and the second for student in six to eight grades. Close this fun-filled weekend with live entertainment by Solla Musica Italiana. Join us for a weekend of fun, games, prizes and entertainment.
The Knights of Columbus #2572 will host an open house throughout the weekend and everyone is welcome to visit our Council home at 206 New York Avenue, North Wildwood. Stop by and dine, relax, enjoy the entertainment and become familiar with our organization and our Council home. Free parking is available.
The Knights of Columbus would like to acknowledge and thank Mayor Bill Henfey and the City of North Wildwood for their annual support of this event! This event is co-sponsored by Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and Development Authority.
For additional information, contact the Knights of Columbus at 609-729-4676 or visit www.kofc2572.org
2010 Innkeepers of the Year: Moncriefs of Candlelight Inn
On May 3, 2011, Mayor Bill Henfey and Council presented Bill and Nancy Moncrief with a Proclamation of gratitude and best wishes for maintaining the award-winning Candlelight Inn Bed and Breakfast in North Wildwood.
The Moncriefs were honored by the Select Registry-Distinguished Inns of North America as 2010 Innkeepers of the Year.
The Candlelight Inn is a grand Victorian structure whose wrap-around veranda welcomes guests with inviting rockers the enjoy the view of flower-lined islands on Central Avenue.
The Inn, built at the turn of the century as a private residence, has been lovingly re-imagined as a Bed and Breakfast. It's the perfect place for vacation any time of year.
When it's chilly outside, guests can cozy-up to the romantic fireplace and sit comfortably on an authentic antique davenport. In summer, cool breezes offer relaxing respite after a day at the beach.
So, it's no wonder the Moncriefs received this award. The Mayor's Proclamation reads in part: The Moncriefs "have continued to provide unparallel, extraordinary lodging and dining experiences," and their "indomitable spirit & passion in life is to serve the public bringing joy, happiness, & comfort to all." Guests who stay at the Candlelight Inn, as well as anyone who enjoys the beauty it adds to our City, are grateful to the Moncriefs, "models of excellence in professionalism."
Fancy Brigades Dazzle Again!
The Mummers Fancy Brigades came to town June 11 for their 17th consecutive year, and the crowds lining Old New Jersey Ave. had a ball!
The 2011 Parade was dedicated to Mummer, Jack Keenan who passed away this year.
All the fun started on Friday evening when the Mummers, along with friends and fans, participated in the Fifth Annual Mummer Pub Crawl.
On Saturday, Old New Jersey Avenue was filled with music and dancing. Hundreds of spectators lined the street, some in beach chairs, while others sat on curbs. But no matter where they sat, they thoroughly enjoyed the show.
Here are some photos of the pageantry and fun:
Junior Lifeguard Program starts
June 28. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for four weeks. Kids going into fourth grade through ninth grade are eligible. Call 522-7500 for more information.
Register now for the Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4th!! Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes, strollers and wagons in Red, White and Blue theme. Parade starts at 9am at 15th & Atlantic Ave. Call (609)522-2955 to register.
The Recreation Department is now taking registrations for Summer League Basketball, Buckets by the Beach Basketball Camp, NW Soccer Camp, Gymnastics and Boy's Hip Hop/Breakdancing. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Center or visit here to download forms.
Memorial Day 2011 - Flags for Our Fathers
The early morning hours of May 25 was a busy day at Cape May County Veterans' Cemetery as volunteers from veteran organizations and area citizens placed American flags on each grave.
Some flags were easy to place in the soft ground of recent graves, while others took a hard push to set.
These are the graves of veterans from World War 1 to Afghanistan, from every branch of service, from the enlisted to those drafted, and of all ranks.
Some died in battle, but most died naturally, but their duty to country unites them.
As we reflected on their sacrifice, we need to remember that the soldiers we honor on Memorial Day gave us our freedoms--not the politician that spoke of freedom, nor the minister who prayed for peace.
The soldiers' creed is simple but very deep in meaning. The oath of obligation remains the same as the oath our forefathers took during the American Revolution: "To defend our nation against our enemies and others that threaten our freedoms."
Many gave all, but all gave some.
Monday throughout the day there were numerous services from local posts to county services. Many took time to attend with our young adults to remember the true meaning of "Memorial Day."
Joseph A. Orlando - Commander North Wildwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5941