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Spring Concert Comes to Wildwoods

Lou Perri

Thursday, April 11, 2013 • 7:29am

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the Sensational Spring Concert Weekend in the Wildwoods on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.

This is a two-day celebration featuring the Wildwoods’ role as the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll music. The weekend will be filled with fun and entertainment for the entire family. The weekend’s festivities kick off Friday, April 26 from 7 - 11 p.m. with a dance party in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center featuring the Sensational Soul Cruisers. This groovin’ dance party will feature hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. Tickets for the Friday night dance party are $15 per person.

 

The fun continues on Saturday, April 27, with the FREE Sensational Street Fair from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Fox Park, located at Burk and Ocean Avenues directly across the street from the Wildwoods Convention Center. The Street Fair will include food vendors, a classic car show, a Doo Wop bus tour and fun contests, along with FREE live entertainment all day long featuring the Rocktologists, Green River and Who’s Next.

The weekend heats up Saturday night at 7 p.m. with the Sensational Spring Concert in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center starring music legends Tommy James & The Shondells, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, and The Happenings. Tickets for the star-studded concert are $49.50 per person for stadium seating and $65.50 per person for floor seating.

 

For additional information or to purchase tickets for Sensational Spring Weekend events, please visit www.gwcoc.com or call 609-729-4000.

Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Friday, April 19, 2013, “Fortuna vs. Zamudio”, a night of world-championship professional boxing will take place at Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and air live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. 
 
In the night’s main event, La Romana, Dominican Republic’s dynamic Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) will defend his interim WBA World featherweight title against Sinaloa, Mexico’s Miguel “Mikol” Zamudio (25-1-1, 13 KOs) in an intriguing 12-round clash.
 
This will be the first title defense for the always exciting Fortuna, who won the crown last December against Ireland’s Patrick Hyland via 12-round decision.  
 
Also scheduled for televised battle are St. Thomas, Virgin Islands’ promising, once-beaten John “Dah Rock” Jackson (15-1, 14 KOs) and St. Paul, Minnesota’s undefeated “Sir” Cerresso Fort (16-0-1, 11 KOs), who will lock up in a six-round junior middleweight war. to be Completing the televised tripleheader will be Ghana’s Emmanuel Lartei Lartey (14-0-1, 7 KOs) taking on the Dominican Republic’s Jonathan Batista (13-0, 6 KOs) in a six/eight-round welterweight battle of undefeateds.
 
Sampson Boxing President, Sampson Lewkowicz, says he’s excited bringing an event like this to the Tropicana.
 
“This is going to be a great show. We have a world-championship fight in the main event between a Dominican and a Mexican, so that will be very exciting and the two supporting bouts are between top up-and-coming fighters. It’s a terrific night of boxing and I’m very happy to be able to bring it to a world-class casino like the Tropicana.”
 

Tickets for “Fortuna vs. Zamudio”start at $40 and are available at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the Tropicana box office on fight night.
 
Four other bouts featuring local favorites are also scheduled and will be announced shortly. On fight night, doors open @ 7:30 pm and the first fight is at 8:00. The Tropicana Casino & Resort is located at 2831 Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
 
 

Treat yourself to a night of hilarity as Sal Richards brings his razor-sharp wit to the Tropicana Showroom for six fun-filled performances, Sunday, May 12 through Thursday, May 16, 2013. 
 
Known as “Mr. Laughs,” Sal Richards is an accomplished comedian and actor with a long lasting entertainment career. With this career came critical acclaim and many significant honors, including being voted the “Entertainment Industry’s Hot Comic” by the prestigious New York Friars Club and “Entertainer of the Year in Atlantic City.” Sal is no stranger to Atlantic City as he has headlined every major venue in AC over the past 15 years. This time around, he has chosen the Tropicana to host his hilarious return after being on the road for three years.

  
Brooklyn-born Sal Richards has appeared in such films as Rounders, Out for Justice, Fighting Back, and Love Is All There Is. He has also appeared in television on The Sopranos, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Fugitive, and Deadline. 
 
Above all, Sal Richards loves to make people laugh. And that’s ju
st what he will be doing May 12 - 16 at Tropicana. Show times are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tickets are $20 and available through Ticketmaster at www.Ticketmaster.com or via phone at 1.800.736.1420, or at the Tropicana Box Office. Check his website www.salrichards.com

 

Terry Fator will return to Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday, June 1, 2013 in the Arena.  Show time is at 8pm.  Ticket prices are $45 and $29.  Tickets can be obtained by either calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420, on line at www.ticketmaster.com

Best known for his victory on “America’s Got Talent,” Terry Fator captured the hearts…and funny bones…of America in 2007 with his unique combination of celebrity impressions and unparalleled ventriloquism.

After winning “America’s Got Talent”, Fator went from small-town appearances to “The Today Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and, at long last, “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Finally in 2008, his biggest dream was realized when he signed a multi-year contract to perform in his very own theater at the legendary Las Vegas resort, The Mirage.

 

FamilyFun magazine (www.familyfunmag.com), a trusted, go-to source for travel recommendations and family activities for more than 20 years, has recognized the Wildwoods as one of their Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns in 2013 – as voted on by real families.

The Wildwoods will be featured in the April issue of FamilyFun.

In order to narrow the field of contenders, FamilyFun conducted an extensive nationwide survey of 2,000 parents with children ages 3 - 12, asking them to rate 360 popular destinations on a scale of one to 100. For voting purposes, the country was divided into four geographic regions – West, Midwest, South and Northeast – and respondents provided feedback solely for their regions. High marks were awarded for affordability, accessibility and fun factor.

Other U.S. cities recognized on the list include: Mackinaw City, MI, Monterey, CA, Lake Tahoe Region, CA & NV, Gulf Shores, AL, St. Augustine, FL, Duluth, MN, Traverse City, MI, Myrtle Beach, SC, Bay Harbor ME & Wilmington, NC.

 

To view all FamilyFun Travel Awards winners for 2013, check out the April issue of FamilyFun magazine in print or visit www.familyfunmag.com. To learn more about FamilyFun, visit www.facebook.com/familyfun, www.pinterest.com/familyfunmag or follow @FamilyFun on Twitter.

 

The 25th annual Somers Point Bayfest will take place Saturday, April 27 on Historic Bay Avenue, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

The City of Somers Point and the Somers Point Bayfest Committee pair up with area sponsors to make this long-standing annual Somers Point tradition possible, filling 14 blocks along Bay Avenue with music, food, crafters and fun-filled family activities. The City is expecting more that 30,000 thousand residents and visitors to flock to Bay Avenue this year to enjoy four live musical bands, 38 food vendors and more than 120 crafters, as well as 15 children’s activities.   

The Somers Point Bayfest first started 25 years ago as an Earth Day celebration, and they still maintain that tradition by hosting an array of environmental groups to help inform the public about several issues we face in today’s world. 

Not only does Bayfest educate the public but they also give back to the community. Profits from the festival help to fund projects that enhance and benefit the city. Some of the past projects Bayfest has supported include improvements to the Bud Kern Field, the installation of a new playground on the public beach, new banners lining Historic Bay Avenue and donations to the Mainland Region High School Commutation Arts Department

Parking for Bayfest will be available at the Jordan Road School, located on 129 Jordan Road and Fire House #1, located on 1 Bethel Road. There are also several places to accommodate the visitors, such as Marriott-Residence Inn, Budget Inn and Economy Motel. 

For more information on the annual Somers Point Bayfest, please visit http://www.somerspointbayfest.org

Cheer Tech will host a two-day cheerleading competition at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. The ECC Cheer Shore Show Down will take place on Saturday and the Beast of the East Cheerleading Competition will take place on Sunday.

This entertaining and exciting event will include recreation, high school, collegiate, open and all-star divisions. All teams will compete on a 54’ by 42’ spring floor trying to impress the crowd and win the judges’ vote. All performances will be choreographed to music and sound effects, and winning teams will be awarded prizes.

Competitions begin at 9 a.m. daily and tickets are available at the door.

For additional information, call 866-52-CHEER or visit www.SpiritBrands.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or The Federal Emergency Management Agency has implemented its FEMA for Kids program for pre-to-middle school children in New Jersey.

 

 

FEMA for Kids is an interactive, educational program that advocates disaster preparedness to children ages 4-11, in areas that have been affected by a disaster.

 

In schools and other community-based programs, FEMA teaches children how to prepare for and respond to disasters. Children learn how to create family emergency plans, assemble disaster supply   kits and care for their pets in the event of an emergency. The program is presented in an engaging and fun environment.

 

The program helps children understand their recent experiences by discussing words they might hear after a disaster, such as “emergency,” “shelter” and “evacuation.”

 

FEMA for Kids also provides the children an opportunity to express their feelings and concerns about Hurricane Sandy by creating art.

 

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialists and FEMA Corps members are scheduled to present this program at more than 20 New Jersey schools and community-based programs this April.

 

 

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

 

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema,

and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema

call 800-992-9732.

 

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