Leta’ Bowman, 347-0500, ext. 3235
DO AC FREE!
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (April 30, 2014) – May you continue to enjoy a plethora of fun, free and entertaining events this month. Listed below are just a few of the opportunities available:
Do A Contest
Now thru Thursday, May 1
To celebrate America’s independence, the Atlantic City Alliance is asking “the people” to choose the official soundtrack to Atlantic City’s July 4th fireworks extravaganza during the “We the People. By the People. For the People. Do AC July 4th Fireworks Spectacular Soundtrack Song Contest.” All fireworks lovers are invited to pick their favorite songs for one of America’s largest fireworks shows. Simply vote for the songs you love most among 37 suggested songs within five categories. Categories are “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” Blake Shelton songs and Pop/Top 40 tunes. After the votes are tallied, the top music selected will then be used as the official soundtrack. Additionally 10 randomly selected users will be awarded a DO AC Summer Beach Package — a “Goodie Bag” filled with prizes perfect for the summer on Atlantic City’s free beach, including DO AC sunglasses, beach balls and more! The DO AC Facebook page has a dedicated tab called “July 4th Music.” Visit www.facebook.com/doAtlanticCity to vote on your song choices.
NOTE: Contest ends at Midnight on May 1
Now thru Thursday, May 22
Global Spectrum, operators of Historic Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center, will award one lucky winner with tickets to every event at the venue for one year as part of its “Chairman of the Boardwalk” Sweepstakes. The winner will receive two tickets to every event scheduled at Boardwalk Hall beginning on Memorial Day 2014 and concluding on Memorial Day 2015. Also included is a night’s stay at any Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Resort: Caesars, Bally’s, Showboat or Harrah’s and free parking at Boardwalk Hall for each event. To enter, visit www.facebook.com/BoardwalkHall.
NOTE: All entries must be received no later than Noon on May 22
Saturday, May 10
Celebrate all things glam during Tropicana’s first ever Glamour Week, May 10-16. As part of the festivities, Diane Mitchell of the Mike & Diane Show will host a Mother-Daughter Look-alike Contest in The Quarter. The mother/daughter duo who resembles each other the most will receive a grand prize of a $500 shopping spree at The Quarter and a pair of One Direction concert tickets. The contest begins at Noon. For more information, please call 609.340.4000.
- DO A Concert
Friday, May 2
South Jersey’s most legendary party band, Don’t Call Me Francis will bring their high energy, get up and jam style music to The Social at Revel. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Don’t Call Me Francis is one of the most requested bands in the Philadelphia/ tri-state area and beyond. For 12 consecutive years, they have been voted the Best Band in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley by the Courier Post’s Readers Choice Awards. The concert kicks off at 9:00 p.m. For additional information, please contact 609.348.0500.
- DO A Party
Saturday, May 3
Global Spectrum, operators of Historic Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center, is inviting all country music fans to a pre-concert party on the Boardwalk before Saturday’s sold-out Jason Aldean concert at Boardwalk Hall. The free party featuring country music, a beer garden sponsored by Ducktown Tavern and food from Mad Dog Morgan’s will start at 4:00 p.m. at KennedyPlaza, which is located directly across from Boardwalk Hall.
NOTE: Must be 21 years or older to enjoy
- Do Something Special For Mom
Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4
Eco4U Boutique and The Noyes Arts Garage will make gift finding for that special lady in your life a little easier with a Pre-Holiday Shopping Event. The shops of the Arts Garage will partner with local small businesses to present one-of-a-kind gifts, discounts and gift wrapping. On Sunday, Atlantic City pays tribute to the mothers of the Atlantic City Fire and Police Departments for their selfless sacrifices of their children to the public safety of the community. At 1:00 p.m. Mayor Don Guardian will issue a proclamation recognizing the mothers of both branches, designating May 4, 2014 to be in their honor. Radio stations Lite Rock 96.9 FM and WPG 1450 AM will be broadcasting live and giving away prizes. For more information, please call 609.431.0086
Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11
Show Mom she’s the light of your life with a trip to the Absecon Lighthouse. All mothers are invited to a free climb of New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and as a reward for finishing the 228 step challenge, she can show her “I Climbed” card at Tony Boloney’s and receive a free slice of pizza. The Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 S. Rhode Island Avenue. Hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with the last climb at 3:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 609-449-1360.
- Do The Library
Saturday, May 3
Teen Art Series: Comic/Manga Wall Art & Jewelry
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day by learning to make wall art, necklaces, earrings, hair accessories, shoes, magnets and more using old comic and manga pages.
Sunday, May 4
Fun Day Sunday
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with papel picado. Considered a Mexican folk art, papel picado is a decorative craft made out of paper and cut into elaborate designs.
Sunday, May 11
Bouquets for Mothers Day
Make easy and beautiful flower cards for mom or someone special.
Sunday, May 18
Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Asian Folktales and Origami
Visit the library for folktales, games, hands-on paper folding and learn how to make your very own origami action model.
Sunday, May 25
Who knew coffee filters could look so pretty? Coffee filters are wonderfully delicate looking and absorbent – they’re perfect for dying! Participants will use a water color technique to create intense color and accents and a lovely variety of looks.
All events begin at 2:00 p.m. For additional information, call 609-345-2269.
- Do An Exhibition
Now thru Sunday, May 4
Celebrating American sports and sportsmanship through a selection of photographs, artifacts and memorabilia, the Smithsonian’s “Hometown Teams” exhibition explores various aspects of sports and teams, from how and why we play these games to what makes us fans and why we root for our home teams. The exhibit is on display at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College. For more information, please call 609.345.2269, ext. 3064.
Now thru June 29
The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College features “The Art of Brian Fernandes-Halloran,” a solo exhibition showcasing the works of this multimedia sculpture artist whose creativity stems from significant experiences and events. Childhood memories inspired Saffron, as it resembles his childhood dog. Other works such as Browsing, a self-portrait of the artist at his computer, are action-filled pieces constructed simply in the form of a skeleton. He includes enough visual information in the structure so the viewer can recognize the figure but leaves room for interpretation. For more information, please call 609.626.3805.
The Arts Garage is located on the ground level of The Wave Garage at Fairmount and Mississippi Avenues and is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- DO Wine Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 7, 14, 21 and 28
Ever tried a Torrontés? What about a Malbec? Be prepared to please your palate with all things wine as every Wednesday is Wine Geekery Night at Atlantic City Bottle Company (ACBC). From Cabernet to Chardonnay, Merlot, Bordeaux and more, ACBC is offering wine lovers the chance to sample some of the most unique wines and grape varietals anywhere. Take part in blind tasting as wines from the U.S., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Portugal and South America are showcased. Wine classes take place at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Atlantic City Bottle Company is located at 648 N. Albany Avenue. For more information, visit www.acbottlecompany.com.
- Do Zumba
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Get ready to work your body during a Glam Zumba Session in The Quarter as part of Tropicana’s Glamour Week. The first 50 participants receive a free Glamour Week t-shirt. The session begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information on Glamour Week offerings, please call 609.340.4000.
- Do A Festival
Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18
The Atlantic City Alliance along with the City of Atlantic City and Market City Solutions, LLC are pleased to present the DO AC Fire on the Water Festival, a new two-day festival to kick off summer featuring the action-packed Firefighters Combat Challenge and the 7th Annual “Guns vs. Hoses”: Firefighters vs. Police boxing tournament. The festival will have crafters, food vendors, beer gardens, live music, a kid’s Firefighter Challenge, activities and much more. “Fire on the Water” will take place at Historic Gardner’s BasinWaterfrontPark from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on both days.
Free parking will be available on-site adjacent to the festival grounds. Additional parking will be available on the 700 block of Atlantic Avenue between New Jersey and Delaware Avenues. Free shuttle service will be provided by the Atlantic City Jitney Association. For more information, visit www.doatlanticcity.com
- Just Do
Be sure to check out these additional events taking place at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College this month:
Thursday, May 1
Don’t miss your chance to be part of an informal discussion session about sports, the players and memorable events, led by local players, coaches and sports figures. Presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Pep Talk is a series of discussions that accompanies the Smithsonian Exhibit “Hometown Teams.” This week’s final topic is Sports Journalism and will be led by NBC 40 Sports Director Pete Thompson and Press of Atlantic City Sports Editor Mark Melhorn. Pep Talk begins at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 2
The Atlantic City Free Public Library presents Atlantic City Sports Artifacts: Share and Tell. Atlantic City Historical Museum Coordinator Beth Ryan will showcase and discuss various pieces of sports memorabilia related to the city. The public is welcome to bring in their own Atlantic City sports items to discuss. The program begins at 1:00 p.m.
For additional on the above events, please call 609.345.2269.
Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18
Knitters and crocheters of all levels are invited to help Via Asal of Anatolia Art & Craft yarn bomb the outside of the Arts Garage and decorate it with knitted and crocheted coverings. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. For more information, call 609.541.3184.
Sunday, May 18
Join Atlantic City author Jim Anders for a discussion and book signing of his latest work, “All Drinking Aside,” a piece of autobiographical fiction describing his ascent into alcoholism and the eventual journey to recovery. The meet and greet begins at 1:00 p.m. For more information, please call 609-626-3805.
- DO A Museum
Visitors and residents can learn the history and culture of African-Americans at the Atlantic City branch of the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, located in the newly built Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College. Featuring an extensive collection of African-Americana and works by local and regional artists, the museum is part of an emerging arts district that includes art studios and retail space.
- DO Heartwalk
The latest addition to the beautiful public art installations in Atlantic City, Heartwalk is an award winning sculpture built entirely from hundreds of wooden planks salvaged from the boardwalks of The Rockaways in Queens, Long Beach, Sea Girt and our very own, Atlantic City. It is designed with two ribbons of wooden planks that lift from the ground to form a heart-shaped enclosure that is illuminated every night. Visitors are encouraged to enter the enclosure and literally stand “in the heart” of the world-famous Boardwalk. They can share their photos and love for the AC Boardwalk using #HeartwalkAC. Heartwalk is located on New York Avenue and the Boardwalk. For more information, visit www.doatlanticcity.com.
- DO A 3D Light And Sound Extravaganza
Atlantic City’s first 3D light and sound extravaganza, Duality returns to the façade of Historic Boardwalk Hall. Using the Hall as a gigantic canvas, the light show features the latest 3D video-mapping technology, stunning animation, and an original music score. The show runs every half hour nightly beginning at dusk. Best viewing area is at Kennedy Plaza in front of Boardwalk Hall. For more information, visit www.doatlanticcity.com.
- DO A Walk
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the Atlantic City Alliance have partnered with The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College to create the AC Waterfront Sculpture Walk.
The winding trail begins just across from Farley State Marina at Golden Nugget and continues to Harrah’s. It is appointed with lush landscape, benches, attractive lighting and stellar waterfront and eco-friendly views. Sculptures along the trail add a new dimension of beauty and appreciation to the arts.
- DO A Tour
Take the road less traveled with a Road to the Crown Walking Tour. Begin your adventure in the lobby level rotunda of the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel and along the way, the history of Miss America will present itself before your eyes. Enjoy the dress display and shoe bar; marvel at the historical video and the replca of the first trophy, be “crowned” by Bert Parks, gaze at the wonders of the vinyl window graphics and tiptoe through the Miss America Rose Walk.
Taking in any of these FREE events is a great way to DO AC! Whether you are strolling the Boardwalk or discovering new points of interest along Pacific and Atlantic Avenues, taking in a meeting at the Convention Center or exploring the MarinaDistrict, just ask one of our friendly Ambassadors for directions or recommendations.
For additional information and many more ways to DO AC Free and affordable, check the calendar of events at www.doatlanticcity.com or visit the affordable family fun page at http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/visitors/atlantic-city-family-activities.aspx
About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents statewide, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include Land Use Regulation, Clean and Safe initiatives, group and leisure tourism marketing, attracting and retaining conventions and meetings at the Atlantic CityConvention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority division of CRDA is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.