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Beach Buzz: July, 2013

by Jennifer Lewallen

Smooth Sailing
Don’t miss Ocean City’s popular Night in Venice, the city’s annual boat parade, featuring elaborately decorated vessels and their equally decked out passengers. Now in its 59th year, the event will take to the water July 20 with the theme, “The Good Old Summertime,” a subject we can all associate with. July 20, 6 p.m on the water by the Longport Bridge, Ocean City, free

Feed Your Appetite and Your Ears
Help Wildwood celebrate one of summer’s favorite cooking pastimes at the NJ State BBQ Championship. The event is a three day festival featuring delicious barbecue treats, cooking demonstrations and great musical entertainment provided by the bands participating in the simultaneously-run Anglesea Blues Festival. July 12-14, times vary at the Anglesea Entertainment District, 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood, 609-523-6565, NJBBQ.com, free

Ready to Rock!
Come out and jam with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russel. Not only has this American musical legend had a successful solo career, but he has also worked with industry greats like Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. Russel brings his talent to Ocean City for one night only, so be sure to buy tickets while you can. July 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, (609) 525-9300, OCNJ.us, $35

Calling All Crafters
Ocean City will be hosting a one-day-only Jersey Shore Artisans Guild Craft Show to benefit the OC Food Cupboard, Gilda’s Club South Jersey and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission this July. The event will feature something for the whole family, including crafters, artists, photographers, food specialists and more. July 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carey Stadium and Civic Center, 6th Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City, (609) 399-9998, OceanCityCraftShows.com, $3. Stone Harbor will also be celebrating the arts with its own two day event, the 51st Annual Stone Harbor Art & Craft Show. Vendors will display a large arrangement of handmade gifts, crafts, and fine art. Aug. 3-4, times vary at the Stone Harbor Recreation Field, 80th Street and First Avenue, Stone Harbor, (609) 368-4112, SHACShow.com, free

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4 (July, 2013).
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