August 15, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - This seaside resort's woes are well-known. The declining revenues, the striking workers, the recent announcement of yet another casino going dark - Trump Taj Mahal, planning to close in October, the fifth gaming hall to pack it in since 2014. Like a gambler on a losing streak, Atlantic City needs a turnaround in fortunes. A good time wouldn't hurt either. That could be why its tourism bureau, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and Live Nation Concerts called upon the eternally smiling, wistful musician to whom gloom and sadness seem not to stick, the down-to-earth (and sea and wind)
August 13, 2016 |
Summer is coming to a close, but there's still time to squeeze in a beach weekend. Some Jersey Shore vacationers are no doubt drawn by tradition: Who doesn't know someone whose family has been going to Wildwood or Sea Isle City for generations? Others may be drawn to the South Jersey coast out of a passion for a particular locale. Or mere convenience. But if our closest oceanfront real estate has no particular claims on your heart and mind (and wallet), you might consider Ocean City, Md. The other Ocean City has a lot to offer if you're looking for something a little different.
August 13, 2016 |
This week, military aircraft, talented songsters, and even rubber duckies come to the Jersey Shore. ATLANTIC CITY | WED. 11 a.m.: Keep your eyes on the sky: The 14th annual Atlantic City Airshow is soaring into - and above - town on Wed., Aug. 17. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the show will highlight various divisions of the U.S. military, such as the Air Force's Thunderbirds (air demonstration squadron) and the Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team. If you can't make the actual event, Tues., Aug. 16, is practice day. Before the aerial stunts occupy Shore-goers' attention, Atlantic City holds its sixth annual Armed Forces Parade at 6 p.m. Mon., Aug. 15, drawing participants from all military branches, veteran and civic organizations, and public safety departments.
August 7, 2016 |
All along the Jersey Shore, summer cottages and those big Victorian rooming houses with wide porches and castle-like turrets have disappeared. They've been replaced by more practical but much less distinctive duplexes and multi-unit condominiums like the one at 17th and Central in North Wildwood. That spot on the intersection's northeast corner used to be occupied by a drug store, which, until life no longer afforded such luxuries, was my summer Sports Center. In 2016 it's difficult to explain how isolated the shore was during the 1950s and 1960s.
August 7, 2016 |
WHAT THEY ARE - Envision the farmstand of your dreams - a place where the produce is arranged in such a way that you know just by looking at it that it's going to be really delicious. And along with all the good-for-you fruits and veggies, this place will have gourmet treats to make your home-cooked summer meal a little more interesting. If this is your ideal, the Clinton Conover Farms market on the causeway leading to Stone Harbor out of Cape May Court House is the stuff of which dreams are made.
August 4, 2016 |
While Edward Briese and his uncle were clamming in Reed's Bay in Atlantic County on Saturday, they came across something else - a giant, odd-looking fish floating dead in the water. According to the Atlantic City Press, what the family spotted was a mola mola, or ocean sunfish. It was a little less than six feet long and missing some fins. The fish is commonly found in tropical and temperate waters. It can grow to be 14 feet wide and 10 feet long, and weigh 5,000 pounds, according to National Geographic.
August 1, 2016 |
I just drank a bottle of improbably impressive barbera wine from . . . the Jersey Shore?! Yes, I did. And just so we can move on to the important details, let's get the snickering out of the way ASAP, both for the provenance and name of this North Cape May winery - Turdo Vineyards - which landed as a gag mention not once, but twice, by comedian Jay Leno. "What can I say, it's our last name," says Luca Turdo, 34, who makes the wines with his father, Salvatore. "My family's from Sicily, so we go to brush it off. " That's easier to do when you run a labor-of-love winery that rises above both expectations and conventions.
July 24, 2016 |
WHEN IT GOT HERE - When sushi chef Armiyanto Harry Setiyaki arrived in the United States from Japan in 1984, there weren't many sushi restaurants along the Jersey Shore. So it was a circuitous route, with some time spent working in restaurants in New York and a stint as a line cook at Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia, that eventually led him to become a sushi master in Atlantic City, first at the Showboat Casino and then at Harrah's. He left Harrah's last year, but it was at the casinos that Setiyaki began experimenting with the creation of his signature sushi rolls.
July 17, 2016 |
MARGATE, N.J. - Lobster, challah, hollah! Ten things I learned at the Margate Community Farmers Market: 1. There's lobster in those waters off Atlantic City. Not only are people freaking out over the Caribbean-blue waters at the Jersey Shore this summer (due to drought conditions resulting in less storm water runoff plus a whole lot of phytoplankton), but there are lobsters! In fact, fisherman Patrick Irwin, 42, says he catches the lobsters that many people are eating in New York City and Philadelphia restaurants 12 miles off Atlantic City's Delta Basin on Maryland Avenue.
July 16, 2016 |
From the piers of the Hudson River in New York to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, REV Theatre Company has been putting a novel spin on Shakespearean plays (and other classic works) for more than a decade. Next week, the company goes to Cape May to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream on the outdoor stage of the Emlen Physick Estate. The creation of co-artistic directors Rosemary Hay and Rudy Caporaso, REV is named for the litany of powerful words that begin with the letters R-E-V.