Take the Plunge
Diving into the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of January may seem out of the question to the more sensible person, but here in South Jersey it has become a cherished tradition. Wildwood’s Sixth Annual Polar Bear Plunge puts the bravest to the test. Get a team together and raise at least $100 for the Special Olympics, then find out if you have what it takes to fight the big freeze. Jan. 14, 1 p.m. at Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, (609) 896-8000, NJPolarPlunge.org, $100 per team
Hockey’s brightest future stars will face off in Atlantic City as part of the AHL’s All-Star Classic. Check out a variety of fan packages offered, with opportunities to get on the ice and play a game or two with friends. Jan. 29-30 at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, (856) 736-1420, TheAHL.com, $24.50-62.50
Close to Home
Celebrate seasonal and local delicacies at Slow Food South Jersey Shore’s Fourth Annual Winter Feast in Cape May. These foodies are dedicated to the area’s best harvests, and at this feast you can guarantee everything in the five-course meal, from salad to wine, is delivered fresh from the closest locations possible. Jan. 21, 6 p.m. at The Washington Inn, 801 Washington St., Cape May, (609) 602-9306, SlowFoodSouthJerseyShore.org, $50 per person or $75 with wine
Each year, nautical nuts all over the east coast flock to the Atlantic City Boat Show, where you can learn all about a life at sea. There will be lessons in SCUBA, boating, deep sea fishing and sailing, alongside contest giveaways, boat displays and even a presentation from the sailing celebrity Abby Sunderland, who made headlines in 2010 while attempting to solo sail around the world at age 16. Feb. 1-5 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Miss America Way, Atlantic City, (609) 449-2000. ACBoatShow.com, $14
Since winning the first season of American Idol in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has remained a musical powerhouse, most recently winning the 2011 American Country Award for Single of the Year. Now see her perform popular singles “Mr. Know It All” and “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” live. Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave., (609) 449-1000, TrumpTaj.com, $29.50-49.50
This country trio is bringing hits from their 2010 album Nothing Like This to the Atlantic City stage for what is guaranteed to be one of the most boot-stomping performances of the new year. Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall at Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., (800) 754-3000, CaesarsAC.com, $40-115
With eight Top 10 albums under his belt, Michael Bolton’s latest pop culture achievement is a starring role alongside Andy Samberg in a now-infamous Saturday Night Live musical hit. This month, he’s taking a break from his newfound comedy chops to perform classic hits at Harrah’s. Jan. 27, 9 p.m. at Harrah’s, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., (609) 345-2555, HarrahsResort.com, $40-65
The Anti-Social Comedy Tour
Hosted by Jim Norton, this comedic tour has stand-up stars Doug Stanhope, Dave Attell and Artie Lange bringing enough laughs to leave your sides thoroughly sore. Jan. 14 and 15, 8 p.m. at the Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, TheBorgata.com, $55-85
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 10 (January, 2012).
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