Somers Point’s Exciting Arts & Entertainment Scene Springs To Life In April & May

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Spring is finally here, and with it are several fun-filled events and activities in Somers Point that will help you celebrate the change in seasons.

Dragonflies – Mythical and Beautiful Pond Creatures
Tuesday, April 3 – 7 p.m.

The Green Thumb Garden Club, collaborating with the Somers Point Green Team, will meet on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:45 p.m. in the Somers Point Senior Center located at the corner of Ambler Road and Massachusetts Avenue. At the meeting, John Black will discuss “Dragonflies – Mythical and Beautiful Pond Creatures”. All are welcome. For additional information contact Rosemary Evans by email at rosemaryevans@verizon.net or call 609-214-6967.

April in Paris: An Evening of Spoken Words & Music

Wednesday, April 11 – 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The Somers Point Arts Commission is hosting April in Paris: An Evening of Spoken Words & Music on Wednesday, April 11 at Greate Bay Country Club in the Park Room (Café du Parc) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This event opens Somers Point’s April in Paris, a week-long, multi-disciplinary celebration of all things French. The program will present French themed poetry readings by regional poets, including South Jersey Poets Collective, Beach Bards, A Tour of Poetry and Jersey Cape Writers. The featured poet for 2018 is a professional poet-educator, Marcia Le Beau. This event will also feature accordion solos of French tunes by Sal Giacobbe as well as an art display by oil painter Leslie Ficcaglia and photographer Christine Peck. A light buffet will be available from 6:15 p.m. – 7:00pm. There is no charge for this event; donations to the Arts Commission are gratefully accepted.

This event is funded in part by the NJSCA/Dept. of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by the Atlantic County Office of Historical & Cultural Affairs.

Please visit www.aprilinparissp.weebly.com for more details. Greate Bay Country Club is a handicapped accessible venue. Further requirements for special accommodations please notify somersptarts@gmail.com at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

April in Paris
Thursday April 12 through Sunday, April 15
The City of Somers Point announces the second Annual ‘April in Paris’ event, with French-themed activities taking place throughout the city from Wednesday, April 11 through Sunday, April 15 at various locations and times.

In addition, the following eateries will be offering French inspired options throughout the weekend. Please check with each restaurant for details: The Breakfast Shop – 910 Bay Ave – 609-601-2100; CJ’s Corner Grill – 701 Shore Road – 609-927-4701; Clancy’s by the Bay – Maryland & Sunny Avenues – 609-927-6969; Custard Hut – 710 New Rd – 609-653-0420; Fitzpatrick’s Deli & Steakhouse – 650 New Rd – 609-653-8155; Great Bay Gallery – 829 Bay Avenue – 609-653-4991; Gregory’s Restaurant – 900 Shore Road – 609-927-6665; Passion Vines – 265 New Road – 1-888-601-VINE (8463); Tavern on the Bay – 800 Bay Avenue – 609-926-3500; The Crab Trap – 2 Broadway – 609-927-7377; and The Doc’s Place – 646 Bay Ave – 609-926-0404.

For more information on April in Paris, please visit http://aprilinparissp.weebly.com/. The event schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 10

6 p.m. – Family Movie Night: Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame

Somers Point Library

Wednesday, April 11

10 a.m. – A French themed story hour for tots hosted by Mainland Regional High School French Club

Somers Point Library

7-8:30 p.m. – An Evening of Spoken Words & Music

 Thursday, April 12

6 p.m. or 8:30 pm. – Dining with the music of JAC & CO

Gregory’s Restaurant Dining Room, 900 Shore Road

Friday, April 6,13,20,27

1-2 p.m. – Learn Conversational French

Gregory’s Restaurant Dining Room

5-7 p.m. – Art of French: People & Places Exhibit

Meet & Greet Reception and Wine Tasting by SJ Wine Friends

Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Avenue

7:30 p.m. – Gypsy Jazz with “Hot Club of Philly”

Clancy’s by the Bay

Saturday, April 14

2 p.m. – ‘Allons-y! A Wine Tour of France.’

Passion Vines

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Diner en Blanc, Somers Point

Location TBA

Sunday, April 15

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Quiche Competition and Crepe Demonstration

Tavern on the Bay

2 p.m. – French Film “Red” & Sunday Lunch
Fitzpatrick’s Steakhouse & Deli

Patcong Creek Foundation – Steelman Bay Cleanup

Saturday, April 21 – 10:30 a.m. – noon

The Patcong Creek Foundation seeks volunteers for the Steelman Bay Cleanup along the Wetlands in Somers Point. The Patcong Creek Foundation will host the Steelman Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 21 from 10:30 a.m. – noon at Caroline’s By the Bay. The cleanup will take place on the land surrounding Caroline’s By the Bay and the marshes, and some people will be shuttled out by boat to marsh islands for cleanup. Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up your community, helping to save wildlife, and having fun with friends. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit patcongcreekfoundation.org.

Bayfest

Saturday, April 28 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The City of Somers Point proudly announces the return of Bayfest, South Jersey’s largest single-day festival. The annual spring event, now entering its 30th year, will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, on Historic Bay Avenue. The City expects more than 30,000 residents and visitors to flock to this year’s Bayfest, which offers fun for all ages. For the kids, Bayfest features contests, pony rides, face painting and inflatables, strolling entertainers and a rock climbing wall. Grownups will enjoy browsing more than 100 unique crafter booths and listening to live music at different locations throughout the event. When it’s time to refuel, 45 of the region’s most popular food vendors will be on hand to tempt festival goers with their culinary creations. For more information on the annual Somers Point Bayfest, please visit http://www.somerspointbayfest.org/.

Second Annual Somers Point Spruce Up

Sunday, April 29 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Somers Point Green Team and Somers Point Economic Development Advisory Committee will host the second annual Somers Point Spruce Up on Sunday, April 29. This event is a fundraising opportunity for local groups and organizations. Teams will be able to select the corridor they wish to clean on a first come first served basis. Corridors have dollar values from $100 to $300, donated by the Somers Point Business Association. Those participating will meet in the parking lot of ACE Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Supplies, Inc., 720 New Road at 10 a.m. for breakfast. Afterwards, groups will clean their designated areas from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and return to ACE for lunch. For more information, email Lisa Bender at SPGreenTeam@yahoo.com.

The Green Thumb Garden Club Annual Member Plant Swap

Tuesday, May 1 – 7 p.m.

Welcome Spring and join The Green Thumb Garden Club at its annual member plant swap on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Somers Point Senior Center located at the corner of Ambler Road and Massachusetts Avenue, and those participating are asked to please package your plant for easy travel. Also at the meeting, exciting plans for the club’s biennial “Down to Earth Garden Tour” – scheduled Saturday, July 14 – will be discussed. For more information, or if you are interested in having your garden considered for the tour, please contact Rosemary Evans at 609-214-6967, or email at rosemaryevans@verizon.net.

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About the City of Somers Point

The City of Somers Point is the oldest settlement in Atlantic County, dating back to 1693. This four-square mile attractive town is located in the eastern portion of Atlantic County in what was once known as Great Egg Harbor and was first incorporated as a borough in 1886.

 Somers Point’s tagline – “The Shore Starts Here” – lets visitors, homebuyers and business owners know that whether they’re looking to live, work or play at the shore, Somers Point is the ideal place to start. Somers Point is primarily a residential community with a relatively large proportion of its residents employed in professional services or executive positions in Somers Point and neighboring communities. Because of Somers Point’s location on the Great Egg Harbor River bayfront, it is known for its marinas, boating, and fine restaurants. Somers Point also has a vast variety of small and large shops and businesses located throughout the community.