‘A Farewell to Summer Tour’ block party in Ocean Gate kicks off on Saturday
Hold on to that summer feeling as long as you can!
Whether it's taking a walk on the boardwalk or beaches, having great outdoor food and going to music concerts at a wide variety of venues.
But be sure to make at stop in Ocean Gate this coming Saturday September 25 as you say your summer goodbyes.
On Ocean Gate Avenue from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm, 'A Farewell to Summer Tour' sponsored by the borough of Ocean Gate Recreational Department, will rock the borough and give you some everlasting summer memories and for FREE.
The organizer of the block party on Saturday, Rich Bazzanella who also owns Hot Rod Inkin in Ocean Gate, says the event will include all kinds of activities and LIVE music.
"We have 5 LIVE bands going all day, I have a 'Wolfman Jack' impersonator, there's going to be a stage set-up right in front of the Anchor Inn and then the block party is going to go from there all the way down to the Ocean Gate Yacht Club," Bazzanella tells Townsquare Media News.
There will be all kinds of vendors and tables set up at the block party as well.
"We have hot dog trucks, we have some barbecue, we have the Anchor Inn, Linda's Pizzeria and Ocean Gate Market all going to have food," Bazzanella said.
As you're filling up your plate with some great summer eats, head on over for a little scare as we get a sneak peak at the fall season.
"The Ocean Gate Market is also sponsoring a scarecrow contest and the town is going to be decorated in scarecrows," Bazzanella said.
If you want to enter into that contest, you can do so ahead of time and go to the Ocean Gate Market to pick up a number and in turn they will put in your application and then commence building your scariest scarecrow -- or a friendly one.
The judging portion of the scarecrow contest will take place at 12-noon.
All day long though, there will be LIVE music and bands to enjoy.
"The bands are going to be Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite with yours truly playing a little drums with them, we got the Razorbacks, Bullzeye, Hypertension in the evening and then we have Wilson ending it," Bazzanella said. "We're (also) going to have swing band contests and line dancing contests."
Other fun events at the block part include a set up for Hot Rods and a corn hole tournament the ladder of which does include prizes as well.
You're also encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs to the block party so you can sit and watch the bands perform.
"It's an all day event and everything looks good," Bazzanella said. "We want to thank Mayor Paul Kennedy for green lighting all of our ideas and letting it happen."
As summer transitions to fall, Bazzanella wanted to put together one more show and event for everyone to come on out and enjoy.
"Ocean Gate Avenue doesn't really have any festivals going on and, if any place, it's Main Street U.S.A. so we like to have a small town fair and festival going on that really highlights the town," Bazzanella said. "The town has got really a lot of history to it, it's the oldest Yacht Club on the Barnegat Bay and people should really see it for what it is and so this festival really brings a lot of that to light."