Trop busy with wine fest, clambake and bonfire

Stingwas joined by Paul Simon at Borgata recently.

Wine lovers, this one's for you. The Tropicana Casino and Resort will present its very first Jersey Shore Wine Festival. This two-day festival will feature some of New Jersey's best wineries and will take place on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in front of Tropicana from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30.

The Jersey Shore Wine Festival will certainly have a lot of wine for you - more than 200 in fact. And they will be "the state's best-known, most-celebrated and award-winning wines from 15 of Jersey's best wineries," according to statement.

Along with the wine, attendees will be able to sip while listening to an acoustic guitarist and other entertainment. Some light food samples will also be available, and every wine taster receives a souvenir wine glass.

"The Jersey shore and Jersey wines make a perfect pairing for this event. Winemakers will indulge guests with demonstrations, discussions, and exclusive samples of some of the best wines New Jersey has to offer. Once you've found your favorites, they will be available for purchase by the bottle or case," says Steve Callender, general manager for Tropicana.

Participating wineries include Amalthea Cellars, Auburn Road Vineyards, Bellview Winery, Cedarvale Vineyard, Chestnut Run Farm, Coda Rossa Winery, DiBella Winery, DiMatteo Vineyard, Heritage Vineyards, Plagido's Winery, Renault Winery, Sharrott Winery, Tomasello Winery, Valenzano Winery and Wagonhouse Winery.

The event will take place rain or shine. Advance tickets are available for $15 per day through Ticketmaster or at the Tropicana Box Office. Tickets will also be sold at the event for $20 each. A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City.

Bonfire at Trop, too

The Tropicana will certainly be busy this weekend since it will also offer something in addition to its wine festival that I don't remember a casino doing in the 20 years that I have been at the shore: a bonfire party.

But that's exactly what Tropicana will do 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 29, when it celebrates summer with a New England style clam bake and bonfire.

"Guests are invited to enjoy strolling acoustic tunes and take in the beautiful sunset while treating themselves to an authentic clam bake style dinner including fresh lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, and red bliss potatoes," according to a press release. A bonfire will add to the atmosphere from 8 to 11 p.m.

Beer and New Jersey wines will be available for purchase from 6 to 11 p.m.

The clambake will only happen if the weather cooperates, and it's quite a bargain for $35 per person since it includes the clambake, a blanket to sit on, a soft drink and bottle of water. Food will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations can be made at 609-340-4202.

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'Man of Steel' in IMAX

The best - and only - movie theater in Atlantic City is drawing huge crowds since the IMAX Theatre at the Tropicana debuted the latest Superman flick, "Man of Steel," in digital 3D.

The Warner Bros. movie, helmed by "Watchmen" director Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent and Superman, is an origin story, but it's one of the best origin stories ever as we get to see a fully realized Krypton and Russell Crowe as a bad-ass Jor-El. Although there are some flashbacks to Clark Kent's childhood, including a great performance by Kevin Costner, this is an action-packed, no-holds-barred summer superhero movie full of awesome effects and unbelievable fight scenes between General Zod.

It's a darker, grittier, more violent Superman movie than most might be used to. And it's also the best Superman movie ever and on my list of top superhero movies of all time along with "The Dark Knight," "The Avengers" and "Spider-Man."

Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. with the 12:30 screening being shown in 2D. Tickets are $14 for 2D and $15 for 3D. Buy tickets at the box office or on

Botox promotion at Taj

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort is certainly getting a lot of buzz for its latest, creative casino promotion: Botox Party weekend.

From June 28 to 30, Dr. Adam W. Mauer will be on property, where people can either buy a Botox treatment or win one. Held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, there will be eight winners per hour. Players can activate their entries on the drawing dates by earning 20 tier points or more. Winners will receive $500 that can be used for an instant treatment, or they can keep the cash.

Celebrity sightings

Billy Idol was spotted recently checking out "Star Trek: Into the Darkness" in IMAX 3D at the Tropicana.

Borgata's 10th anniversary party started a little early recently when Iron Chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay offered a cooking demonstration as part of the Savor Borgata's Culinary Series. He even fielded questions from the audience, included some playful ribbing from both his wife - "Law & Order: SVU" star Stephanie March - and his mother.

Flay later went to check out the sold-out Sting show, where everyone was treated to a surprise when Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul Simon appeared on stage to sing two songs with Sting: Simon's "The Boxer" and Sting's "Fields of Gold."

Then, celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson performed at mur.mur and was joined by her stepfather and Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, who appeared at Golden Nugget with his band earlier that night.

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