Still catching my breath from Bamboozle. It’s hard to measure the impact of such a large and successful festival, but you can bet all 90,000 attendees will return to Asbury Park. Stay tuned!
It always gets me excited when Asbury Park opens the beaches for Memorial Day Weekend. We were blessed with some great summer weather and the beaches were crowded. Son Dan, his girl friend Bevin Hill and their new dog, Gandolf came for a visit. We had a great dinner and desert at FISH and then headed to the beach for the Sunday night fireworks. Only in Asbury Park!
Last night, Patti and I visited the Asbury Park School District’s “The Power of Art” Showcase in Convention Hall. It was amazing! The talent behind the work blew us away. We walked in just as the Asbury Park Middle School Chorus was beginning to perform – also awesome. Kukos to the teachers and staff who put it all together and to especially to all the Asbury Park kids. You make us proud! Also, a big thank you to Madison Marquette for the use of the Hall, equipment and technical support. If you missed this exhibit, there is still time to see it. The showcase will remain on display from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm today, Thursday, May 31st. Hurry! HUGE!
Revision Theatre presents Richard Skipper: At Last at Chico’s House of Jazz tonight. Richard starred as Carol Channing in Revision Theatre’s first show, Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly. Promises to be a hit!
For the past couple of weeks, I have been pumping the Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers concert that is coming to the Paramount Theatre, Monday evening, June 11th. Monday evening? A great excuse to extend your weekend. This is a benefit fundraiser for the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the organization that published the book “Asbury Park Where Music Lives” and recently premiered the film Asbury Park Musical Memories. Please consider purchasing some tickets to support the Foundation’s mission to recognize and promote all the great music that took place in Asbury Park and continues today. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster or the Paramount Theatre box office. Some special VIP tickets are also available. Contact me here if you are interested in VIP tickets. Asbury Park Where Music Lives!
Bon fires on the beach, courtesy of Madison Marquette, returns this Friday evening on the Fifth Avenue beach at 8 pm. Weather permitting, beach bon fires will take place every Friday through October. Only in Asbury Park!
The iconic Rainbow Room sign from the former Albion Hotel in Asbury Park will once again shine brightly in the city. The Asbury Park Historical Society in cooperation with a special Rainbow Room Sign Committee, has been working on restoration efforts for almost two years. The cost to restore the sign is approximately $15,000 and the APHS is still seeking donations. The 16 ft. metal sign will be hung in the Asbury Park Transportation Center. A specil dedication ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 3 at 10 am. Pat Torre, former owner of the Albion Hotel, stated: “The restored sign will serve as a reminder of the importance of the gay community in the history and rebirth of Asbury Park. Only in Asbury Park!
New Jersey’s 21st Annual LGBTI Pride Celebration takes place this Sunday, June 3rd from noon to 7 pm. Parade, Rally and Festival. HUGE! Only in Asbury Park!
Free Wednesday Citywide Parking ended yesterday.
This Sunday, June 3rd is also the 17th Annual (Self Guided) Asbury Park Homeowners Assoc. House Tour from 11 am to 4 pm. Ten Asbury Park residents have opened up their homes for the tour. This is a fundraiser for the Association and part of the proceeds will support their scholarship fund. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased on the www.aphomeowneers.org web site. The day of the event, tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 1506 Grand Avenue. Only in Asbury Park!
Nancy Ryan, successful Country/Rock A Billy Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist & Executive Record Producer, will be appearing at Asbury Galleria in the Grand Arcade on Saturday, June 2 from 1 to 4 pm.
And it’s the first Saturday of the month, so it must be First Saturday. This month’s appropriate theme is “Pride & Renewal in Asbury Park.” The usual celebration of all the great things that are happening in the city takes place from 6 to 10pm. There will be a free trolley sponsored by Johnny Mac’s and Rich’s Auto Body. The Bang Avenue Garage will be open for FREE parking courtesy of TAKA. A great night out in a great city!
SICA will host an opening reception for Fresh Meat/Young Blood: New Jersey’s New Masters on Saturday, June 2nd from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibit features work from the 2012 Master of Fine Arts graduates.
Bike Asbury Park will take place June 16th (rain or shine). The City of Asbury Park will host a bike ride (approximately 4.5 miles) around the city for city employees and community members. It will start at the new Senior Center on Springwood & Atkins Avenues. Registration begins at 9 am and the ride will start promptly at 10 am. The AP Police will provide bicycle registrations and safety checks will be conducted by Brielle Cyclery. Bicycle helmets are required. For further information contact: Cassandra Dickerson at 732.502 5755 or Nick Marino at the AP Fire Dept. 732.774.7400.
Feel that sun? There’s no better place to spend your weekend than Asbury Park. Enjoy!
Wishes for a wonderful, sunny, and safe weekend,
Director of Commerce, Economic Development, and Good Times
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Tom Gilmour serves as the Director of Commerce and Economic Development for the City of Asbury Park and is responsible for special events and film permitting.