Good afternoon. When I sent out the event listing blast yesterday, I got a ton of “Out of the Office” replies so it looks like most of you have already started your weekend. So, I am trying to get this out early so you can start finalizing your 4th of July Asbury Park plans.
Tonight, we will be going to the first Asbury Park Live event on the green space at the First Avenue boardwalk. This is a new music series presented by Mogo Korean Fusion Tacos. Dark City Strings will be performing. It promises to b a great evening. This new series will take every Wednesday evening during the summer and the shows will start at 8:00pm. Just to add a nice touch, Madison Marquette is moving their Friday evening bonfires to Wednesday nights so the bonfire will be on the beach due east of the concert. Hope to see you there. Only in Asbury Park!
And tomorrow night, Thursday, we launch the Asbury Park Concert Band Series on the 5th Avenue boardwalk. This is an Asbury Park tradition that goes back to the early Arthur Pryor days. The concerts start at 7:00pm and are on the boardwalk right outside of McLoone’s Asbury Grille. The series happens every Thursday evening until August 27th. A special thanks to Investors Bank and McLoone’s for helping us continue this great tradition. Only in Asbury Park!
We will have our Annual “Coolest, Spectacular, Amazing,” 4th of July Fireworks Show on Saturday, July 4th at approximately 9:00pm. The fireworks are launched at three different locations from the beaches south of Convention Hall. There is no other show like it! A special thanks to iStar ׀Residential and Madison Marquette for supporting this event. Arrive early to secure a great viewing spot. There is also a Carnival in Atlantic Park (a short distance west of Convention Hall).
And this the first Saturday of the month, so it must be First Saturday Asbury Park. The shops will be open late, there will be art gallery openings, live music and free parking in the Bangs Avenue Garage. Come down early, enjoy the beach, party in the downtown and then take in the fireworks. Only in Asbury Park!
AT THE MOVIES: Featured films this week at the ShowRoom Cinema: Wolfpack (R), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (PG-13), The Overnight (R) and Love & Mercy (PG-13). Prepaid movie gift cards make wonderful every day or special occasion gifts – like a beautiful summer beach day. For more details go to www.theshowroomap.com .
Exhibit No. 9 Gallery For contemporary Art will host an opening reception for a new exhibit “Normal is Boring” this Friday, July 3rd from 7:00 to 10:00pm. It is a group exhibition of paintings, mixed and experimental media expressing radical freedom and form through unconventional and destructive design. The works are represented in the forms of vintage hand-cut collage, neo cubist expressionism, abstract multimedia exploration, and experimental photographic analog/digital reconstruction. The show includes artists Tonya Lee, Human Wreckage, Bohdan Burenko and Tom White. Tonya Lee will be at Exhibit NO. 9 on July 9 at 7:30 to share the inspirations behind her work. Exhibit No. 9 is located at 550-102 Cookman Avenue. On First Saturday, July 4th, the gallery will be open until 10:00pm. The exhibit will be on display from July 3rd to July 30th. Only in Asbury Park!
Paranormal Books & Curiosities will be offering Ghost & Legends Tours this holiday weekend: Friday, July 3rd at 8:00pm – Ghosts & Legends of the Asbury Park Downtown and Sunday, July 5th Ghosts of the Asbury Park boardwalk at 7:00pm.
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will be on the Stone Pony Summer Stage this Friday for their annual July 3rd concert. A great local band, The Weeklings will be opening for them. Francis Scott Kee will be performing at Langosta Lounge on Saturday evening at 10:00pm
There’s the usual ton + of music in the city but the list is so long, I can’t fit it here. I started listings all the music and events on the city’s web site under the News Section on the Home page at www.cityofasburypark.com . Check it for additional listings and details.
After a very strange winter screwed up the growing cycle this year, local produce is finally available. The Sunset Farmers’ Market on Main Street between Fifth and sunset Avenues will be stocked this Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Our other market, Asbury Fresh, located in Kennedy Park right next to Cross & Orange at the corner of Grand and Cookman Avenues, will be open Sundays from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
The 2015 NJ Hall of Fame induction celebration is returning to Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre. The event will take place on October 22, 2015. 13 new honorees will be inducted including Anna Quindlen, Jon Stewart, Derek Jeter, James Fenimore Copper, Louis Katz, Christine Rampone, Dick Vitale, Carla Harris and U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg. Last year’s ceremony was amazing. Stay tuned!
So, I am going to send this out now since my lunch hour is just about up and I want you to have it early. It’s going to be a great 4th of July Weekend so there’s no better place to spend a great 4th of July weekend than Asbury Park.
Thank you for supporting Asbury Park businesses.
Wishes for a warm, sunny, wonderful summer weekend,
Director of Economic Development, and Good Times
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Tom Gilmour serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Asbury Park and is responsible for special events and film permitting