AC Historical Museum Opens; Asbury Jukes at the Trop; Mummers Come to Wildwood

At a time when Atlantic City is committed to offering more enticing non-gaming attractions to local residents and tourists, the Atlantic City Historical Museum is transitioning into an exciting new era

The Atlantic City Historical Museum has announced it has transferred its collection, exhibits and operations to the Atlantic City Free Public Library, which will manage the museum, located at Garden Pier, on the Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue.  The library, which is a service of the City of Atlantic City, reopened the museum to the public on Aug. 27. The museum's hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

With the City of Atlantic City, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection contributing to the renovation of Garden Pier, the museum has an improved exterior and interior for a more appealing appearance.   

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For 25 years the museum has provided an attraction by showcasing the city's multicultural heritage and its exciting entertainment history.The current officers and directors of the museum have operatedand overseen activities throughout the years as volunteers donating their time and expertise. Members have included businesspeople, contractors, real estate managers, architects, librarians, artists, writers and historians. 

Countless hours of work have been devoted to the services of the museum.    Throughout its years of operation the museum has functioned with the cooperation and partnership of the City of Atlantic City, providing the space on Garden Pier as well as its city employees to service the mechanical systems, security, maintenance and reception desk operations. The museum has supplied the objects for display, the people to organize, install and service the exhibits along with thevideo presentations, publicity and advertising, book sales and overall supervision.

Museum Chairman Bob Ruffolo and Vice Chairman Herb Stern, along with co-founders and present board members Vicki Gold Levi and Anthony Kutschera, said that the diverse and exciting history of the citynow needs to be presented on a larger stage, and that the museum board members are confident that the Atlantic City Free Public Library can fulfill this mission for its future. The transfer of the collection and operations to the Atlantic City Free Public Library will greatly expand the variety of exhibits available to museum visitors.

The library will incorporate items from its Alfred M. Heston Collection - an extensive array of resources dedicated to Atlantic City history -into the museum. The Heston Collection, which is housed at the Main Library, includes a wealth ofpublished and unpublished works, including photographs, postcards and memorabilia. For more information about the Atlantic City Historical Museum, visit www.atlanticcityexperience.org or www.acfpl.org.  

Say so-long to summer with quintessential Jersey shore bar band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. They’ll be rocking Tropicana at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012, in the Showroom.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s, emerging from the same New JerseyShore music scene as his now legendary contemporary and friend Bruce Springsteen. 

Southside’s first three albums, I Don’t Want to Go Home, This Time It’s for Real, andHearts of Stone, were produced by band co-founder Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band, The Sopranos), and largely featured songs written by Van Zandt and/or Springsteen.

The Van Zandt-written “I Don’t Want to Go Home” became Southside’s signature song, an evocative mixture of horn-based melodic riffs and sentimental lyrics. In 1982 Rolling Stone Magazine voted Hearts of Stone among the top 100 albums of the 1970s and 1980s. With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound.

General admission tickets are priced at just $20 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or via phone at 1.800.736.1420, or at the Tropicana Box Office.

Philadelphia’s very own Mummers make their way back to the Wildwoods on Saturday, September 8 for the Mummers String Band Show, set to take place along Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood.

The Mummers Strut Contest will begin at 4 p.m. featuring parade-goers performing their best strut for the crowd, followed by the Mummers Parade at 4:45 p.m. The parade will feature the top string bands from this year’s New Year’s Day Parade in Philadelphia, PA.

Spectators will be able to get up-close views of the beautiful costumes and intricate dance steps these eccentric performers display during the parade, in addition to joining the fun and learning the famous “Mummers Strut.” The show is FREE to attend and is fun for all ages.

For additional information about the Mummers String Band Show, call 609-522-2955 or visit www.NorthWildwood.com.

 The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will host the 5th Annual Alumni Legacy Fund 5K Run and Walk on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at G. Larry James Stadium on the campus here.

All proceeds from the event benefit the G. Larry James Legacy Fund to provide scholarships to deserving students. Planned activities include the 5K race, a two-mile walk, music, post-race awards ceremony and refreshments.

There will be cash prizes of $100 for the first overall male and female finisher, $50 for the second place male and female and $25 for the third place male and female. Registration and check-in takes place at the stadium beginning at 8 a.m. with the race and walk beginning at 9 a.m.

Registration fee is $20 until October 5.  After that, walk-up registrations will be taken for $25.  For more information call 609-626-3604 or email ofans@stockton.edu.  Online registration is available at www2.stockton.edu/ofans.

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