Archive for the ‘Nature Photography’ Category

Local Artist Rand Snyderman’s Solo Exhibit Visits Holtzman Gallery March 15

Friday, March 7th, 2014

ventnor_by_the_seaVENTNOR CITY, N.J. — Photographic artist Rand Snyderman, whose residence and studio is located in Ventnor City, is an award-winning film and video director of TV commercials and high-level corporate marketing films who has turned his attention to his original love — fine art photography.acw_HoltzmanLISTING

Among his many accolades, Snyderman presented his original image of Willie Nelson to singer/songwriter and on-air radio personality Dallas Wayne as a birthday present for once serving his host. The photo (below) was shot during his travels with Nelson’s band.
Meet the artist behind the true camera’s eye at the Holtzman Gallery Opening Premier Reception for Rand Snyderman on Saturday, March 15, from 7-9pm. Wine and cheese will be served at the event, which is free and open to the public. The Snyderman display will remain at the Holtzman Gallery through April 7.

This solo exhibit represents Snyderman’s rare first unveiling of his artistic photographic interpretation of his international travels to the public. It will serve to significantly launch his new direction into a true love of photography.

The Holtzman Gallery is an upscale fine-art gallery exhibiting original paintings, limited-edition museum-quality prints and sculpture (metal, bronze, wood, glass, stone, mosaic and mixed mediums), and representing a versatility of styles from modern, traditional, art deco, realism, and impressionism, abstract and three-dimensional pieces.

Also on exhibit at the Holtzman Gallery are rare sports and historical collectibles, Hollywood and musical memorabilia. Located at 5301 Atlantic Ave. in Ventnor City, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10am-5:30pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; and Sunday by appointment only.

Visit or call (609) 822-8482

9th Annual Tour de Pines Bicycle Tour

Friday, September 27th, 2013

artmax_135In celebration of October being Pinelands Month, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) and volunteer bicycle enthusiasts have again joined forces for five consecutive single-day (loop) bicycle tours of the New Jersey Pinelands. The event is sponsored by PPA, the only non-profit environmental group in New Jersey solely dedicated to preserving and protecting the New Jersey Pinelands.

The Tour de Pines is a non-competitive and unsupported event. Participants are required to provide their own transportation, food and lodging if required. Over the five days the tour will cover five counties and pass through more than 20 municipalities. The goal is twofold — to highlight the natural and historic features of the Pinelands, and to encourage New Jersey residents to get out and explore this unique environment.

“More than 20 million people live within an hour’s drive of the Pinelands and yet so many people don’t even know it is here,” says Becky Free, director of membership for the PPA, in a media release. “Our hope is that the Tour de Pines event continues to grow, giving more people the chance to experience its wild forests, wetlands and historic villages.”

The five loops begin Wednesday, Oct. 9, at PPA’s Bishop Farmstead in Southampton, Burlington County, and will culminate at historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest on Sunday, Oct. 13. Each day’s loop tour will range from approximately 40 to 50 miles. Along the way riders will be stopping at various locations to highlight the natural, cultural and historic treasures of the Pinelands, including the following:


Hump Day Report: ‘Wizard of Oz’ in IMAX 3D

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

'The Wizard of Oz' was released in 1939.

'The Wizard of Oz' was released in 1939.

Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

Hump Day LogoThe Wizard of Oz is being presented in IMAX 3D in honor of the film’s 75th Anniversary. The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and was not a major blockbuster. It was years later when the movie became a staple on television that it became a beloved classic. Both the IMAX at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and IMAX at the Tilton Theater in Northfield will present the film for the first time in digitally remastered 3D. Tropicana’s IMAX Theatre, located on the third floor of The Quarter, will present this cherished film for a limited two-week run, September 20 through October 3.
Show times at the Tropicana for September 20 through September 26 are 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8pm. The show time for September 27 through October 3 is 12pm daily. Tickets are $14 online or at the IMAX box office. For advance ticket reservations call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
The show times at the Tilton for a one-week run are 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20pm. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for children plus a $1 service charge.
The Wizard of Oz opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey dedicated its $39.5 million Unified Science Center in ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the main Galloway campus Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The 66,350-square-foot, three-story facility expands Stockton’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NAMS), which graduates 20 percent of all the math and science majors in New Jersey — more than any other state college or university.
“Stockton’s distinctive Natural Sciences and Mathematics programs attract many more very qualified prospective students than the college has been able to admit,” President Saatkamp noted.
“With the Unified Science Center providing eight new classrooms, 28 teaching and research labs and state-of-the-art scientific instruments and equipment, the college will be even more of a choice institution as well as a launching pad for future scientists and mathematicians.” said President Saatkamp.

The Friends of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge have announced the addition of a new 12-passenger solar electric tram. The tram, dubbed “Forsythe Explorer,” will be used for natural history tours of the refuge’s Wildlife Drive. Tours will be offered on Saturdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 1-3pm. The tour schedule beyond October is still to be determined.
The tours are limited to 12 passengers and reservations are required, and can be made by calling 609-652-1665. Tram tours will start at the Refuge Visitor Information Center, 800 Great Creek Road in Galloway. A $10 per person donation to the Friends of Forsythe is suggested, which will be used to help with vehicle maintenance.
Guided by a volunteer master naturalist, these tours are an excellent opportunity to learn about and observe the birds and other creatures that stop at the Refuge during fall migration.

Forsythe Refuge Says Get Ready for a Night of … Moth Watching!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

4440771-ten-night-moths-on-the-white-backgroundGALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A moth watching event will be hosted by Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge as part of its “Evenings At Forsythe” series.

The program will be held on Friday, July 19, at 9pm, and will take place in the headquarters auditorium at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, 800 Great Creek Road, Oceanville (Galloway Township). In case of rain or high wind, the rain date will be Friday, July 26.

Park Ranger Tiffany Kersten will give a short presentation followed by an evening of exploration. The refuge will set up a blacklight against a white bed sheet to see what moths might visit. This is a free event open to the public.

Evenings at Forsythe are sponsored by the Friends of Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call (609) 652-1665,  click here, or find the refuge on Facebook at

Huge Ocean City Fine Arts & Handcraft Festival to Benefit Several Local Charities

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

wood-carverOCEAN CITY, N.J. — Over 150 artisans will be part of a summer spectacular arts-and-crafts fair at Ocean City Stadium (6th Street and the Ocean City Boardwalk) on Saturday, July 21, from 10am-5pm — one in a series of Ocean City Fine Arts and Handcraft Fairs.

One hundred percent of the profits raised from both booth and ticket sales during the event will be shared by Gilda’s Club of South Jersey (a non-profit support group for people in the community living with cancer), the Ocean City Food Cupboard, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Past Ocean City Fine Arts and Handcraft Fairs have raised over $170,000 for such beneficiaries.

Your help is needed more than ever in these difficult times. A $3 entry donation will help the less fortunate and our sheltered animal friends, too. Plenty of parking is available. Click here or call the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild at 800-822-4112 for more information.

Stockton’s Culture & History Center Conducts Retrospective on John McPhee’s ‘The Pine Barrens’

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

CedarBogGALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Richard Stockton College’s South Jersey Culture & History Center will be hosting a one-day symposium on Princeton University professor John McPhee’s groundbreaking work The Pine Barrens on Saturday, May 12, at Stockton. The symposium is free and open to the public, and takes place from 9:30am-3:30pm, with lunch served.

McPhee’s book was published in 1968 and discussed the history, ecology and geography of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, infused with his own personal memoirs. The symposium will feature several guest lecturers discussing many interesting aspects of the Pine Barrens, including what has changed since the book was written and what remains the same, and will include a question-and-answer session at the end, moderated Linda Stanton, president of the Pine Barrens’ advocacy group Lines on the Pines.

For more information and a link to on-line registration, go here or e-mail

Lecturers and the subject matter they will discuss is below.


Santa Takes the Plunge; to Appear at Atlantic City Aquarium on Dec. 17 & 18

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Diving SantaATLANTIC CITY — Probably best known for being a frequent flyer and dealing with land-dwelling critters like reindeer, Santa will prove that no domain is out of his realm when he visits the Atlantic City Aquarium on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, and swims with the fishes (sharks, stingrays and other marine life).

Santa will again soak his red suit during the “Live Diver Feeding Show” at the A.C. Aquarium — located in Historic Gardner’s Basin at 800 North New Hampshire Ave. — at 11am both days. Visitors can watch and interact with Ol’ Saint Nick  in scuba gear as he hand feeds the stingrays and sharks inside the aquarium’s 25,000-gallon tank.

Later, starting 2pm, visitors can get up close and personal with the aquarium’s more unusual inhabitants at the “Exotic Animal Show.” The show features the largest species of scorpion in the world, the softest- furred mammal in the world, and others. Aquarium handlers discuss their native habitats, their suitability as pets, their natural defenses, predatory instincts and other interesting facts.

The Atlantic City Aquarium is open daily from 10am-5pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children under age 3 are admitted free. The aquarium offers a fun and educational look into more than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals.

For more information call (609) 348-2880 or click here. Coupons for discounted admission are also available on the aquarium’s Web site.

Martin Z. Mollusk Day on Animal Planet Dec. 10

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Martin Z. Mollusk sitting on his elaborate throne.

Martin Z. Mollusk sitting on his elaborate throne.

Of all the crazy and wacky events that have sprung from the inventive imagination of Ocean City public relations guru Mark Soifer, Martin Z. Mollusk Day has to be near the top of the list as most unusual. The TV channel Animal Planet certainly thinks so. Ocean City’s weather predicting hermit crab was filmed by the channel this past year and will be part of a one hour show called Pets 101 devoted to unusual pets on Saturday, Dec. 10, 8pm.

Also known as the crab’s spiritual advisor, chef, biographer and publicist, Soifer explains that  Martin Z Mollusk resides at Old Salt on the City’s Boardwalk where he hangs out in a plush Hermit Crab Condo. His caretaker, Stacey Klause, attends to Martin’s day to day needs including health care. She explained the importance of providing the proper maintenance for hermit crabs during the filming.

It seems that many folks who adopt hermit crabs as pets are unaware of their nutritional and housing needs. Martin insists that literature is distributed explaining these necessities during his annual beach creep to determine the arrival of spring and at other personal appearances.

Animal Planet also filmed Martin riding in his miniature surrey on the boardwalk, eating pizza with friends, creeping on the beach during the resort’s annual “opening of the ocean” ceremony and enjoying a spin on the Merry-Go-Round at Wonderland.

A famed weather prognosticator, the hermit crab made his initial appearance in Ocean City in the spring of 1974 when he saw his shadow thus ensuring that summer would arrive one week early at this family resort. Since then he has seen his shadow every year except 1983 when he projected a partial image and correctly predicted that summer would arrive 3½ days early.

His biography, The Martin Z. Mollusk Story (Rhyme and Punishment) was recently reprinted due to popular demand. Copies are available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., (609)525-9300 for $5 with all proceeds donated to the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Sounds like a great stocking stuffer to me.

Martin’s Animal Planet segment will also be shown in re-runs throughout 2012.

MZM hobnobbing with his good friends Marilyn Monroe (Holly Farris) and the late Ted Prior, renowned Elvis performer who entertained during Martin Z. Mollusk Day. (Photos by Donald B. Kravitz, DBK Photos)

MZM hobnobbing with his good friends Marilyn Monroe (Holly Farris) and the late Ted Prior, renowned Elvis performer who entertained during Martin Z. Mollusk Day. (Photos by Donald B. Kravitz, DBK Photos)

Penguins at Trop; new menu at Nero’s

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

acw_penguin2_200You can meet a real penguin this Saturday and Sunday at the IMAX Theater at the Tropicana before showings of the new IMAX 3D movie Happy Feet Two. Go here for the story.

Over at Caesars, Nero’s Tuscan Steakhouse has introduced some new Italian items on its classic steakhouse/seafood menu. Go here for a report on the press night for the new menu.

Geese Hanging Out at Atlantic City Weekly

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011


In late spring Geese families are out and about.

At Bayport One in West Atlantic City on the Black Horse Pike, the home of Atlantic City Weekly, the Canada geese families come out in late afternoon to feed on the grass around our building.

They families protect their portion of the grass. I watched a male goose tell another male goose to keep away from where his family was eating with a loud honk and a threatening gesture.

Meanwhile the goslings just keep following their parents eating.