The Louisiana Bayou will flow all the way to South Jersey on Saturday, June 15th, when Somers Point Fire Company #1 is transformed into a swampy, steaming collection of Gumbo kettles where you can taste all you want and experience a world class music festival starring Grammy award winning Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, popular world music/Louisiana Zydeco headliner; original Springsteen E Street Band drummer and Grammy winner, Vini Lopez and his Key West Caribbean Party Band, “License to Chill”; and Blues Music Award Winner, “Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone” and his Cajun Rock/New Orleans R & B Band.

More than 20 local chefs, restaurants and celebrity cooks will be serving up all kinds of Gumbo ~ Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Seafood Gumbo, Jersey Crab Gumbo, Okra Gumbo, Shrimp Gumbo, Vegetarian Gumbo,  Pork and Beef Gumbo too!  And you can taste it all for the price of admission. 

There will be a wide assortment of other foods available for purchase including famous Formica Brothers Tomato Pies, Canoli, Biscotti, Italian Pasta dishes from Joe’s Maplewood, Jr’s Doughnuts and Dogs, real Southern Style Smoked Barbeque and healthy Yogo Frozen Yogurt Pies!  The event will also feature a beer and wine garden with an assortment of imported and domestic beers, international wines, mixed drinks, Caribbean Rum Punch, Key West Margaritas,  New Orleans Hurricanes and beads, beads, and more beads!

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In addition to all the Gumbo you can taste, guests will be allowed to vote for their “People’s Choice” for the best seafood/vegetarian and the best meat/poultry Gumbo.  The world class music festival begins at 1pm with live music, dancing and partying until 10pm. 

VIP tickets include early entry for “exclusive tasting” at 11am and special VIP seating and partying areas near the stage.   General Admission starts at 12 noon with tickets priced at only $20.   VIP tickets are $30.  Tickets for the event will go on sale March 1, 2013

A portion of the proceeds from “Jersey Gumbo” will benefit three Community service organizations, Seashore Gardens, Access One and the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Organization.  The host sponsor for the event, Somers Point Volunteer Fire Company #1, will also benefit from the proceeds of the event.

Somers Point Fire Company #1 is located by the ball fields at 447 Bethel Road in Somers Point.

For more details, further information and tickets, go to or call Tony Mart Presents at 609-653-6069 or Ed Blake and Associates at 609-645-3330.


 More than eight million people nationally will see a new Atlantic City. The beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk form the romantic backdrop on The Bachelorette which airs Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 8/7c on ABC.  Fans can follow the show on Twitter at @BacheloretteABC or #TheBachelorette.


The Atlantic City Alliance will host simultaneous viewing parties with fans’ favorite former contestants in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, New York City and Baltimore. Party guests and viewers at home can join in the experience at #bachelorettesdoac.

Ø  New York - Rachel Truehart of The Bachelor Season 16 and Bachelor Pad Season 3 will host at TOY Restaurant at 18 Ninth Avenue (at 13th Street) at the Gansevoort Meatpacking.

Ø  Philadelphia - William Holman of The Bachelorette Season 7 and Bachelor Pad Season 2 will host at Chez Collette inside the Hotel Sofitel at 120 South 17th Street.

Ø  Baltimore – Chris Bukowski of The Bachelorette Season 8 and Bachelor Pad Season 3 will host at Bond Street Social at 901 South Bond Street.

Ø  Atlantic City – a special guest will host in the Foundation Room at House of Blues in Showboat  featuring complementary valet parking and appetizers along with signature cocktails.


Throughout the episode, Atlantic City landmarks will be featured including the Absecon Lighthouse and sand castles on the beach. Among other highlights are:

Ø  The first one-on-one date takes Desiree and her suitor from the beach to the famous AC Boardwalk. They’ll experience the thrills of the Steel Pier and a sweet taste of history at James’ Candy. Then up to the top of the Absecon Lighthouse for a panoramic view of the island.


Ø  On one-on-one date number two the potential couple take a scenic helicopter ride along the Jersey Shore, enjoy a concert at House of Blues in the Foundation Room, and dine at Tony’s Baltimore Grill – an AC staple since the 1920s.

Something old, something new – the group date takes place at Historic Boardwalk Hall, home to the Miss America pageant and the bachelors partake in a pageant of their own at AC’s newest resort Revel and later they luxuriate in the Bask Exhale Spa pool and take in the entertainment at The Social.


 Cyndi Lauper will bring her She's So Unusual Tour to the Arena at Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday, July 6, 2013.  Show time is at 8pm.  Ticket prices are $49, $29 & $19. Tickets can be obtained by either calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420, on line at 

Recorded and released in 1983, She’s So Unusual, Lauper’s debut solo album, is a colorful portrait of a unique and multifaceted talent. The album features some of Lauper’s most well-known songs and perennial radio favorites including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” “Money Changes Everything,” and “All Through the Night.” She’s So Unusual made Lauper a household name and also cemented her place in musical history as the first female artist to have four top 10 singles on a debut album. The release went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide and won Lauper a Grammy® Award for Best New Artist. 

Lauper is one of the most inventive and compelling performers in pop history, equally famed for her soaring vocal range, fiery personality and tireless advocacy work. The iconic performer has been celebrating a creative renaissance as of late. “Kinky Boots,” the Broadway musical Lauper composed the music and lyrics for, opened to critical acclaim and received a leading six awards at last weekend’s Tony Awards, including the coveted “Best Musical” and “Best Score”  for Lauper. The musical is the Broadway adaptation of the British film “Kinky Boots” and is itself inspired by a true story about the power of acceptance. The show brings together an impressive team: Cyndi, legendary producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (who wrote the book) and venerable director and choreographer