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From Sand to Champagne: A Bunch of FREE Events on the Docket to DO AC in 2014

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Miss America Nina Davuluri will return to AC in September to crown the 2015 Miss America. (Photo: Tom Briglia)

Miss America Nina Davuluri will return to AC in September to crown the 2015 Miss America. (Photo: Tom Briglia)

On Tuesday, March 18, the day after the Atlantic City region got about 6-8 inches of snow, the Atlantic City Alliance is putting thoughts of summertime fun in our minds with the announcement that the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational will return (as the only East Coast stop on the AVP tour) Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 5-7).

“Olympians and other pro beach volleyball superstars will wow spectators when the AVP Tour, the most prestigious pro beach volleyball series, returns to Atlantic City for its only stop on the East Coast September 5-7, 2014,” states the ACA via a press release.

“In 2013, players including New Jersey native Ryan Doherty, Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross, Jen Kessy, Sean Rosenthal, Jake Gibb, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers and three-time Manhattan Beach Open champion Whitney Pavlik battled along the Boardwalk. Thousands of spectators filled the grandstands to capacity with standing room only on the sand and boardwalk throughout the weekend making the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational one of the Atlantic City Alliance’s most successful events in 2013.”

For the 2014 invitational, general admission will be free, with VIP ticket packages available as well.

Many other tourism-driving events the ACA produced in 2013 will return in 2014, including several citywide events that will garner national attention.
Here is a breakdown (courtesy of the ACA) of some of what’s in store from May through September:
Fire on the Water Festival (May 17 – 18)
This new two-day festival to kick off summer showcases an action packed Firefighter Combat Challenge with an amateur boxing tournament pitting police against firefighters (Guns vs. Hoses). In the Firefighter Combat Challenge pairs of competitors dressed in full gear race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim” as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock. Produced by Market City Solutions LLC and the Atlantic City Alliance, the Fire on the Water Festival will be held at Gardiner’s Basin 9am – 6pm each day. FREE and open to the public.

DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup (June 19 – July 6)

The world’s top 20 sand sculptors from across the globe will create their eye-popping masterpieces in the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup. Before spectators’ disbelieving eyes sculptors carve complex and detailed works, some as tall as 14 feet, with just sand and water as they compete in head-to-head singles and doubles competitions for global bragging rights and the most lucrative prizes in the world. The event, produced by the Atlantic City Alliance takes place on the Atlantic City Beach at Missouri Avenue (between the Pier Shops at Caesars and Trump Plaza Beach Bar) and is open 9am – 9pm daily. This year the event runs through the July 4th weekend. FREE and open to the public. (See photo gallery from last year’s event.)

Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon (June 29)
On June 29, 2014 the global long-distance triathlon series Challenge Family will make their long awaited debut in the United States with Challenge Atlantic City. Athletes from across the nation and around the world will be tested to their limits over the 140.6 mile (226km) race course that begins and ends in AC. More than 1,100 triathletes have registered to participate. Challenge joins the Atlantic City Triathlon and Atlantic City Marathon as signature AC running events. This event is produced in partnership with the CRDA and ACA. Advance registration required with fees. Spectators are welcome to cheer athletes along the course FREE. (See photos from last year’s event.)

4th Of July Fireworks (Friday, July 4)
Fourth of July weekend kicks off with one of the top five fireworks displays in the country. This show is so big that it takes two ocean barges and one marina platform to fill the island’s entire sky. More than 250,000 people take up their favorite viewing positions along the World Famous Boardwalk, at one of the many beach bar parties or viewing events, on the Steel Pier, or at the luxury casino resorts. Now in its third year producing the July 4th fireworks, the Atlantic City Alliance has exciting new surprises in store for 2014. FREE. (See photos from last year’s event.)

Atlantic City Airshow (August 13)
Produced annually by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, the AC Airshow is a spectacle for the entire family. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will once again headline the event which has been a summer tradition for more than a decade. Each year hundreds of thousands of spectators gather on the beach and Boardwalk for the daylong event to watch the amazing stunts and breathtaking aeronautic maneuvers by a host of exciting commercial acts. This event is supported by the City of Atlantic City, CRDA and ACA. FREE. (See photos from last year.)

Miss America 2015 Competition & Show Us Your Shoes Parade (September 9 – 14)
The Miss America Competitions return home in September and will be filled with wonderful city- wide events following the Labor Day weekend which will include three nights of Preliminary Competitions that will take place September 9, 10 and 11 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. In addition, the much anticipated Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes Parade” will be held on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 13. The week culminates in the beloved competition on Sunday, September 14 live on ABC at 9pm EST. The Competition and ancillary events are produced by the Miss America Organization with support from the CRDA and ACA. Details and ticket prices to be announced. (See videos and photos from last year’s grand return.)

DO AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade with Official Culinary Media Partner FOOD & WINE
(September 27 – 28)
The Atlantic City Alliance’s outdoor wine stroll along the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk returns with new wines to the market and rare and expensive wines and champagnes. The Wine Promenade brings together all 11 Atlantic City casino resorts to celebrate viniculture and the history, pageantry and energy of AC. The event returns in September this year with FOOD & WINE joining as the new official culinary media partner.

One hundred wines will be presented at multiple destinations along a one-mile stretch of the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk (between Steel Pier and Tropicana Casino & Resort) from 12pm – 5pm each day. Insider access to rare and expensive wines and champagnes handpicked by expert and media personality Leslie Sbrocco plus gourmet bites, live music and breathtaking ocean views combine to create an only-in-Atlantic City spectacular. Tickets go on sale in June.

(See photos from last year’s DO AC Wine Promenade)

Egg Harbor Township’s Shore Mall Sold for $25 Million

Friday, February 28th, 2014

According to a report on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Web site this afternoon, Harbor Square, which used to be called the Shore Mall, has been sold for $25 million, $11.5 million less than what the owners, Cedar Shopping Centers, of Port Washington, N.Y., bought it for in 2006.

Another New York company, Aetna Realty, has purchased the 344,823-square-foot mall.

Boscov’s, Burlington Coat Factory and Carrabba’s and an array of other retailers call the shopping center home.

Occupancy at the mall, according to the PBJ, is at 98.5 percent. It is located on the Black Horse Pike in the Cardiff section of Egg Harbor Township, between Pleasantville and Hamilton Township, about 10 minutes down the road from Atlantic City.

According to the report:

“Cedar Shopping Centers demolished a 270,000-square-foot enclosed portion of the property last year and it was transformed into an open air center and rebranded as Harbor Square.

“The property was constructed in 1968 as a regional mall and sits on 124.6 acres of which about 50 acres are undeveloped and zoned residential. The undeveloped land offers the buyer an opportunity to expand the center.”


Taj Offers Free Hotel Rooms If Peyton Says Atlantic City

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Omaha . . . mmm...Atlantic City...hut! hut!

Omaha . . . mmm...Atlantic City...hut! hut!

Trump Taj Mahal will award more than 40,000 free hotel rooms if Peyton Manning audibles with “Atlantic City” in the Big Game this Sunday. No quarterback audibles more than Peyton Manning, and, as any football fan knows, he uses the word “Omaha” as part of terminology.

With the Big Game being played in New Jersey, Trump Taj Mahal is asking for Manning to adjust his audible and change his use of Omaha to the greatest city in the state, Atlantic City.

“We are so proud of our State, and even more proud of our city. What better way to generate publicity for Atlantic City than to have the greatest signal caller in football history use Atlantic City on the biggest stage in all of sports,” said Kathleen McSweeney, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Trump Taj Mahal. “One use of ‘Atlantic City’ by Manning as an audible at the line of scrimmage and all of our Facebook fans will receive a free room. So, if you have not liked our page yet, now’s the time to do it.”

If Peyton Manning uses the words Atlantic City one time when he audibles during the game on Sunday, Trump Taj Mahal will post a code and booking instructions on its Facebook page, @trumpcasinos, on Monday, February 4. This offer will only be open to those Trump Casino Facebook fans who are at least 21 years of age. Limit one room per Facebook fan.

Globetrotter Law Breaks Guinness World Record

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The Harlem Globetrotters have added another in a long line of amazing feats, as Globetrotters rookie Thunder Law today (Nov. 14) smashed the official Guinness World Records® record for the longest basketball shot – connecting from 109 feet 9 inches, besting the old mark of 104 feet 7 inches, set nearly three years ago. Law broke the record at US Airways Center in Phoenix, home of the Phoenix Suns, as part of the ninth annual Guinness World Records Day.

The Globetrotters will be visiting Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall on Dec. 29.

Grasso, Weiss Debut ArtC-Produced Film in Cape May

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Victor Grasso and Frank Weiss at the film premiere (Photo by Bill Horin/ArtC)

Victor Grasso and Frank Weiss at the film premiere (Photo by Bill Horin/ArtC)

The Atlantic City / South Jersey region’s arts advocacy group ArtC ( has produced its latest documentary film, which premiered at Cape May Stage in Cape May on Nov. 11 to a sold-out audience.

“The subject is Cape May artist Victor Grasso,” says ArtC executive director and the film’s producer Bill Horin. “It is by far our most ambitious and creative project to date.”

Victor Grasso is a self-taught Cape May artist and has carved a meteoric career through his signature, hyper-photorealistic style. His work is dark and whimsy, sensual and childlike.

Recently, Grasso collaborated with local filmmaker Frank Weiss (of ArtC) in a cinematic materialization of two artistic minds. Grasso, Beyond the Paint is “a hybrid, a project that blends traditional documentary narrative with artistic cinema,” says Weiss, of Wildwood.

Read more here.

Revel Pursuing ‘Strategic Alternatives’

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The AP is reporting that “Atlantic City’s newest casino may be up for sale — or headed back to bankruptcy.”

RevelWebThe AP report adds: “Revel Casino Hotel says it is pursuing ’strategic alternatives,’ which in this gambling resort town usually means the property is being marketed for sale, or considering a bankruptcy filing.”

However,  Revel, which is now under new ownership led by Chatham Asset Management, says it has no firm plans to make any changes at all.

“Revel has not made any decision to pursue any specific strategic transaction or alternative, and there can be no assurance that the exploration of strategic alternatives will result in the consummation of any transaction,” the company said in a statement issued late Friday night.

According to the AP,  Revel also announced “it has received additional financing and it intends to operate normally while it considers its future” and that “one of the advisers it hired last week helped it through its bankruptcy case in March. Moelis & Co. also helped the Tropicana Casino and Resort look for a buyer in bankruptcy court in 2009, eventually helping it complete a sale to Carl Icahn.”

We’ll have to wait and see what “strategic alternatives” — if any — are to remain on the table or come to fruition.

Beer Tasting to Raise Money for Absecon Lighthouse

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

This just in ….

Have a drink for the historic Absecon Lighthouse at the Chart House (inside the Golden Nugget) on Oct. 24!

Luscious Libations 2013

Dr. Cornel West Lecture at Stockton SOLD OUT

Monday, September 30th, 2013

cornel_westAs of Monday afternoon, Sept. 30, Thursday’s lecture featuring Dr. Cornel West is sold out.

Philosopher, scholar, activist, historian, artist, and one of the world’s most thought-provoking public intellectuals of modern times, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 2:30pm, at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

From Stockton’s media release:

Dr. West frequently appears as a commentator on networks including CNN, MSNBC and PBS and programs such as Real Time With Bill Maher and The Colbert Report. He made his film debut in The Matrix and has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films. He can be heard weekly on his national public radio show with Tavis Smiley, “Smiley & West.”

He has written 19 books and edited 13 others. He is best known for his classic, Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his 2009 memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

Dr. West is professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and has taught at Princeton, Harvard and Yale.

Public demand for tickets has been so great that the 2:30 p.m. event in the Performing Arts Center on Stockton’s main campus is sold out.

The program is sponsored by the college’s Africana Studies Program and the Unified Black Students Society.

“This year’s program, “Voice of Courage: The Enduring Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement,” continues our tradition of bringing informative educational programs to the college and the wider community, which speaks to the life and legacy of Mrs. Hamer,” said Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt, Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies.

Hamer was a civil rights activist who helped organize the Mississippi Freedom Summer voter registration drive for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1964. She also helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to oppose her state’s all-white delegation at the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. Mrs. Hamer, who died in 1977, brought Mississippi’s civil rights struggle to the national stage during a televised speech at the convention.

Her speech galvanized millions of viewers, who heard how African-Americans were being denied the right to vote in various states through intimidation and illegal tests and poll taxes. As a result, two MFDP delegates were given the right to speak at the convention and the other members were seated as guests.

A Symphonic Celebration of Paul McCartney: ‘Live and Let Die’

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

live and let die photo ATLANTIC CITY — Come join us to experience the magic of the music that changed history! On Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3pm, the Borgata will be hosting the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, accompanied by a four-piece band and Maestro Jed Gaylin, which will present a live performance of Live and Let Die: a tribute to the Beatles and Paul McCartney.

Together, they will bring their hits to life while performing the favorites like Hey Jude, Live and Let Die, Yesterday, Let It Be, Maybe I’m Amazed, Long and Winding Road, Get Back and many more! The show will consist of a symphonic celebration of Paul McCartney featuring Tony Kishman, who starred as McCartney in Beatlemania from 1977-1983.

Tickets are $65 and $50; they are on sale now at or the Borgata Ticket office, or by calling 1-866-900-4848. For more information and details regarding tickets or the show, log onto

— Kaitlin Montague

Miss America Competition Officially Kicked Off in Atlantic City

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Click to watch the video

Click to watch the video

The Miss America competition has officially returned to Atlantic City.

This year’s Miss America kicked off Tuesday as all 53 of the hopefuls flew into Atlantic City International Airport around 1:30pm (ET). Following the early afternoon arrival, the contestants met with New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and other local officials, including Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford at a welcoming event on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza.

The contestants’ arrival kicks off two weeks of events, leading up to the competition finals, which will be broadcast live on ABC direct from Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold, Robert and Norma Kephart and Darcey with Miss West Virginia Miranda Renee Harrison

Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold, Robert and Norma Kephart and Darcey with Miss West Virginia Miranda Renee Harrison

All 53 contestants, along with reigning Miss America, Mallory Hagan, were in attendance at the Trump Plaza Beach Bar Tuesday evening for a clam bake, hosted by the greater Atlantic City Chamber.

And, of course, Atlantic City Weekly was there, there and there — capturing all three events.

Click here for exclusive video of the 53 Miss America contestants getting introduced at the clam bake.