The Fireworks were hailing over Little Eden last weekend!
Turn back the clock! Last weekend reminded us of all the good times in Asbury Park when we were growing up. The beaches were packed and the boardwalk was the place to be. The fireworks on Saturday night were the best show on the Jersey Shore – special thanks to iStar Residential for making that happen. It is so exciting and heartwarming to know the city is back and growing again. HUGE! Very cool! Only in Asbury Park!
Tonight the Asbury Park Concert Band will be entertaining the masses on the boardwalk right outside of McLoone’s Asbury Grille starting at 7:00pm. These free every Thursday concerts are hosted by the Asbury Park Music Foundation with financial support from Investors Bank, McLoone’s and many individual donations. Please come out, enjoy and support these concerts. Only in Asbury Park!
The Asbury Park Historical Society presents a book signing with local author Tom Chesek and his new offering “Legendary Locals of Asbury Park” at the Asbury Park Public Library tonight at 7:00pm. This is a very cool book that highlights all the interesting characters who have passed through Asbury Park. The AP Library is located at 500 First Avenue. If you can’t make it, the books are also available for purchase at Where Music Lives.
Asbury Park’s Shade Tree & Environmental Commission will be hosting a greening on Friday, July 10th just south of Convention Hall from 9:00am to 11:00am. Saturday’s Sunset Lake Cleanup has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for next Saturday, July 18th.
An amazing tribute to the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson is booked for tomorrow night at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club. The band features Kristian Rex, Pat Guadagno, Mark Murphy, Roger Taylor, Andy McDonough, Guy Amos and others. Last time I checked the show was just about sold out. If you do get shut out, check out the Brian Wilson film “Love & Mercy” at The ShowRoom Cinema.
A new event the “Promenade of Mermaids” comes to the Asbury Park Boardwalk this weekend on Saturday, July 12th . Participants will be in mermaid costumes, dressed up as pirates and all sorts of other sea creatures. You are required to register and obtain an entrant number to be considered for prizes. Prizes for Best Costume and Runner Up will be awarded for adults (ages 15+), with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded in the children’s category (14 yrs and under). Onsite registration is $5 and will be available on the day of the event beginning at 10:00am till 12:00pm. Starting at noon participants will parade the length of the boardwalk. There will be also an after party at Asbury Park Yacht Club, right on the Boardwalk, with good music and mermaid inspired vendors. We are Family Friendly (NO NUDITY), steampunk friendly and encourage all things nautical!
Also, on Saturday, the 2nd Annual Asbury Park Surf Festival will take place at Asbury Lanes starting at noon. This is being billed as New Jersey’s #1 Surf Music Festival featuring live performances from the area’s best surf groups. Included in the lineup: The Fathoms, Night Birds, The Brigantines, The Coffin Daggers, The Sharkskins, Glycerine Queens, Blue Wave Theory, Atomic Mosquitos, Black Flamingos, Plato Zorba, Los Pocos Locos, Dentist and more. Only in Asbury Park!
Opening Reception for Freehold artist, Kortez, and his exhibition of paintings and collage titled “Esoteric Urbanism takes place at Palette Gallery/Arts space this Saturday, July 11th at 6:00pm. Kortez’s work is heavily influenced by music, urban lifestyle and imagery, and his life as an African American. His work roams from socio-political statements and observations to a whimsical, street-art influenced style, yet they all flow together as a family. Colorful portraits are the focus of this show, combining caricature with the visual influence of the post-Basquiat generation filtered through his own unique emerging voice. Palette Gallery/ArtsSpace is located at 716 Cookman Avenue.
AT THE MOVIES: Featured films this week at the ShowRoom Cinema: Wolfpack (R), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (PG-13), 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 .
And of course there will be tons of great music throughout the city: Friday: Cake on The Stone Pony Summer Stage, 5 pm, all ages Stu Hamm Band featuring Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick and Joel Taylor on drums (Al DiMeola, Allan Holdsworth) at The Saint, 6 pm Ximena Sarinana, Alex Ferreira, The Kava Daphne at the Wonder Bar, 7 pm Deal Casino at Asbury Lanes, 8 pm Remember Jones and The Emancipation congregation and Swift Technique at Langosta Lounge, 10:00pm Saturday: Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, The Expendables on The Stone Pony Summer Stage, 5 pm, all ages Uke Drum at the Beach Bar, 7 pm Rob Dye Duo at McLoone’s Asbury Grille, 8:30pm Microfossils, Volt Direction at Asbury Park Yacht Club, 10 pm Sunday: Shimmering Strings at Langosta Lounge, 1 pm Pat Guadagno with Lisa Bouchelle at the Beach Bar at Convention Hall, 4:00pm to 7:00pm Tea Dance – Shep’s Birthday Celebration with Shep Pettibone & Wayne G at Paradise, 5:00pm to 10:00pm Rosie Flores, Bar Brawl 3 at the Wonder Bar, 7 pm Deal Casino at Asbury Park Yacht Club, 7:30 pm Donny Most at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, 8 pm For the complete listing go to “This Weekend in Asbury Park” listed on the home page of the city’s web site: www.cityofasburypark.com . Large!
The Lakehouse Music Academy and the Asbury Park Music Foundation have teamed up to provide music opportunities for under-served youth in Asbury Park. They are hosting the Music Saved My Life Charity Softball Tournament fundraiser on August 30th. The tournament was created to raise funds for Hope Academy Charter School’s new music program, the Hip Hop Institute at the Boys and Girls Club, and the City of Asbury Park’s Summer Recreation Camp. Would you like to sponsor a team, enter your own team or just be a sponsor? Reach out to Matt Hockenjos at 732.455.5462 or firstname.lastname@example.org or for information. Support our children!
Next weekend the Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival will be coming to Asbury Park on Saturday, July 18th. This will be the third year the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation has hosted this event in Bradley Park right outside the Paramount Theatre. There is a great line-up that includes the Asbury Park High School Jazz Band under the direction of Karen Schwartz that will open the show. We are gifted to have legendary blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker as the headliner. Take some time out from your day at the beach to enjoy this great festival.
Backward Glances located in the Shoppes in the Arcade at 658 Cookman Avenue was recently announced as one of only 40 stores across the United States who will participate in the first-ever Colossal Coachman Contest — a hat design contest presented by headwear manufacturer and distributer elope Inc. Contestants 18 years of age and older must come to the store to get an elope coachman top hat and decorate however they please. These designs will be judged based on their use of the elope hat style, creativity, overall effect, and crowd appeal. Hats must be submitted by Friday July 17th;. The winning design will be announced following the Grand Parade of Hats at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Sunday July 19th at Backward Glances. Iced tea and cake will be supplied; wear your best vintage tea party attire to qualify for prizes. If you are interested, please contact Cindy via email@example.com or at 732-774-0007. We have a Facebook Event with all the info: https://www.facebook.com/events/445165012332075/ Please share and invite anyone who you think might be interested.
ABL Appliance Brokers has moved from 1201 Main Street to a larger location at 1001 Asbury Avenue. They feature Kitchen Aid, Jenn Air, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Sub Zero, Wolf, Miele, Electrolux, Maytag and more. ABL also carries a full line of grills and air conditioners. They are also an APUEZ certified business so you will only be charged 3½% sales tax on all your purchases. Stop by and check out their new showroom. Only in Asbury Park!
On Sunday, the Rotary Club of Asbury Park will be holding their annual Instillation Dinner at Deal Country Club. The dinner is held to thank Roger Stein the outgoing President and celebrate the instillation of Traudy Grande the new President. Traudy was the originator of the Rotary Polar Plunge that takes place in late January which raises thousands of dollars to support Rotary Eye Rescue and other local charities. The Rotary Club is a service organization that is involved in a significant number of initiatives to help Asbury Park and support other non-profits in the city. Service Above Self!
The Food Trucks finally arrived last weekend at the new food court at the entrance to the 7th Avenue beach. I wasn’t able to sample the offering but from the look of the crowd, they are off to a very successful start.
Although we are still recovering from last weekend, another amazing Asbury Park beach weekend is only two days away. It looks like Mother Nature has a good one waiting. Hope to see you on the beach!
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