The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with local nonprofit groups such as ReClam The Bay, Alliance for a Living Ocean, and Surf Fishing Classic Officials, who will be on hand on May 18 to announce the 59th Annual Tournament and Clean Water Action.
They will also start the day and a summer season May 18 at 11 a.m. on the 17th Street Beach ramp in Ship Bottom. Also invited are NJ Division of Travel and Tourism Director Grace Hanlon, Congressman LoBiondo and District 9 Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove help cut the ribbon between two giant painted 4-foot replica clams that draw attention to the as environmental , historic and cultural fun education activities including the The Clam Trail (a kind of scavenger hunt) and a new program called Passport to LBI; an island-wide activity in which participant sget a realistic looking passport and collect stamps for all the fun educational activities throughout the summer.
Soar only starts the day, continue supporting Alliance for a Living Ocean, with their first annual fish fry fundraiser to benefit ALO's Surf Stewards program at Boulevard Clams and ALO present the 1st Annual LBI Fish Fry, 2006 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City at noon for some food, summer program info, giveaways and displays from numerous surf companies
Also at noon, ten New Jersey Wineries take their turn at popping the cork on a new summer at the Taylor Avenue Ball field in Beach Haven. Plagido’s Winery, DiMatteo Vineyard, Renault Winery, Tomasello Winery, Coda Rossa, Cream Ridge Winery, Auburn Vineyard, Wagonhouse Winery, Amalthea Cellars and Sharrot Winery offer tasting of over 200 varietals to festival goers.
Live music, gourmet food offerings and a May afternoon overlooking the bay provide the perfect ambience for wine lovers, families and friends to gather. Attendees younger than 21 and adults who are not sampling do not a pay an admittance fee. Tickets are needed to sample wines and are on sale now at vwww.visitLBIregion.com Pour into Summer Wine Festival link on homepage. The festival runs Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19 from noon to 5pm. Bottle and case sales will also be available from the vintners. Advanced ticket $12, $15 at gate.
Also, start your engines on Sunday, May 19, as the David’s Dream and Believe Foundation presents the Frank Panzone Jr Crusin for A Cure on May 19. Bring your motorcycle or classic car to Taylor Avenue Field Parking Lot to register and cruise along a route that will end up in Surf City, where the Surf City Hotel is hosting a lunch and end of run party. Find out more about how to Soar, Pour or Roar into summer, contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211, stop into visitor center at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom or download flyers, buy your tickets or get the details you need to kick off summer at www.visitLBIregion.com