Shore Tourism Season Begins: Memorial Day Weekend brings plenty of activities - Events - Press of Atlantic City

Shore Tourism Season Begins: Memorial Day Weekend brings plenty of activities - Events - Press of Atlantic City

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Shore Tourism Season Begins: Memorial Day Weekend brings plenty of activities

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Above, ‘Boardwalk Beat,’ the latest spectacular projected on Boardwalk Hall and sponsored by the Atlantic City Alliance, will debut on Friday, May 24. Right, Tommy Tune will star in ‘Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales’ at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven.

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The latest music-and-dance sensation is about to take over Boardwalk Hall this Memorial Day weekend - but don't look on the arena stage.

Look right outside the building.

Charleston-dancing flappers, can-can kickers and all the glitz and glamour of Broadway - among other dance styles -will come to life on the facade of Boardwalk Hall as part of the latest 3D sound and light show. "Boardwalk Beat," a look and music and dance through the decades, will debut 9 p.m. Saturday.

The free show will run every half hour nightly on the Boardwalk. The shows are commissioned by the Atlantic City Alliance, the nonprofit entity funded and overseen by the city's casinos.

Montreal-based Moment Factory is once again behind the latest light-and-sound spectacle, a collaboration among more than 25 lighting designers, animators, graphic artists and composers using hundreds of different visual effects - including live models, 2D and 3D animation.

Producers promise to transform the outside of Boardwalk Hall into a "magnificent and magical jukebox time machine."

"Boardwalk Beat" follows the successful shows "Duality" and "Winter Sweet," all part of Moment Factory's only permanent, year-round installation in the United States.

For more information on the free shows, go to DoAC.com.

Below is a roundup of other Memorial Day events taking place in the region.

Peter Nero and Philly Pops at Cape May Convention Hall

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops will return for their second Memorial Day concert at Cape May Convention Hall 8 p.m. Saturday.

Nero, a two-time Grammy Award winner, and the Philly Pops have been entertaining audiences with their mix of popular classics and new favorites for 34 years. Tickets are $95 and include a commemorative program.

Cape May Convention Hall is located at 714 Beach Ave. in Cape May. Street parking is available around Cape May Convention Hall and a free, round-trip trolley service from the Cape May Elementary School on Lafayette Street will run a continuous loop for audience members.

Call 855-708-9699, 609-884-9563 or go to CapeMayConventionHall.org.

Unlocking the Ocean, Kite Festival in Wildwoods

The ocean will officially be "opened" in the Wildwoods on Friday, with the ceremonial unlocking of the ocean to kick start the summer season.

The ceremony takes place at noon on Friday on the beach at Burk Avenue behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. A large, ornate key will be used to "unlock" the ocean for the annual Wildwoods tradition.

The 28th Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in North America, also kicks off on Friday. The kite festival starts 9 p.m. Friday, with an illuminated night kite-fly on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue.

The Kite Festival continues 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships, featuring the best sport kite pilots in the United States. Attendees can also fly a kite on the Learn to Fly Field or watch the Fighter Kite Competition. Kite exhibits and workshops on the beach will also be available.

The Wildwoods International Kite Festival Auction, featuring unique and collectable kites, will be held in the Wildwoods Convention Center 7 p.m. Saturday. The auction is open to the public.

The kite festivities conclude 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday with the World Indoor Kite Competition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite indoors without wind, with performances choreographed to music.

Call 732-822-4884 or go to SkyFestivals.com.

Ventnor Arts Weekend offers music, artwork, dance

Music, dance, art and poetry will come together once again in Ventnor this year, as the annual Ventnor Arts Weekend showcases the work of local artists over three days this holiday weekend.

The juried event begins 4 to 8 p.m. Friday with the city's "Fourth Friday" event, Art in the Park, held at Oceanfront Park behind the Ventnor Cultural Arts Center, located at 6500 Atlantic Ave.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, artists will be set up outside various buildings throughout Ventnor to display and sell their work.

Artists will be set up along Atlantic Avenue from Little Rock and Suffolk avenues at Malelani Cafe; North Beach Gallery and Gift and Holtzman Gallery, between Troy and Buffalo avenues in front of Stefania's Boutique Johnny's Man's World, Christine Rae Salon and Daniel J. Smith Real Estate; and on Ventnor Avenue from Newport to Troy avenues at Anchor Arts and Anatolia Arts and Crafts Studio.

On Sunday, there will be live music and poetry at Malelani Cafe, located at Atlantic and Little Rock avenues, from 2 to 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Ventnor City Library and Cultural Arts Center, go to VentnorCity.org.

'Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales' with Tommy tune, plus 'The Boy Friend'  performed at Surflight Theatre

Surflight Theatre kicks off the 2013 Catch A Rising Star Concert and Comedy Summer Series with nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune in "Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales," on Sunday and Monday.

In "Taps, Tunes, and Tall Tales" Broadway's tallest tapper takes to the Surflight stage - dancing, singing and tale-telling through 50 years of big-time showmanship.

The Sunday performance is a benefit for Surflight Theatre, which suffered damage to its stage, dressing rooms and offices because of Hurricane Sandy. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday.

The roaring-'20s comedy "The Boy Friend" opens at the Surflight 8 p.m. Friday and runs through June 16, as part of the theater's 64th season of Broadway at the beach.

Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera, "The Boy Friend" is song-and-dance spoof of 1920s musicals featuring flappers, jazz and romance.

Tickets to "Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales" are $75. Tickets to "The Boy Friend" are $45. Surflight Theatre is located at 201 Engleside Ave. in Beach Haven.

Call 609-492-9477 or go to Surflight.org.

Benefit for Boston bombing victim at King's Lounge

The Galloway Township family of a man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing will hold a fundraiser Sunday to help pay for his recovery expenses.

Jeffrey Bauman, 27, who was born in Oaklyn, Camden County, was waiting for his girlfriend near the finish line April 15 when a man placed a package at his feet. It detonated moments later, critically injuring him. The FBI has credited him with helping identify a suspect.

The fundraiser for Jeffrey Bauman, hosted by his cousin, Courtney Bauman, and her parents, Jeffrey and Terri Bauman, will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at King's Lounge, 6415 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door. The evening will include live entertainment and a DJ, as well as appetizers donated by King's Lounge and a mini menu available for orders. One-hundred percent of order proceeds will be donated, as well, from King's Lounge ownership.

Gift baskets and other prizes, including a flat-screen TV, will be raffled off at the event.

For more information, call 609-652-6464 or email Baumanstrong@comcast.net.

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Above, ‘Boardwalk Beat,’ the latest spectacular projected on Boardwalk Hall and sponsored by the Atlantic City Alliance, will debut on Friday, May 24. Right, Tommy Tune will star in ‘Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales’ at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven.