Ocean Gate Day will be held Aug. 18, not Aug. 25 as I originally reported. I made a simple mistake looking at the calendar. My apologies for any confusion this might have caused. ~Chris Lundy
OCEAN GATE – The borough-wide celebration known as Ocean Gate Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 18.
It had been mistakenly reported that it was postponed to Aug. 25 due to a clerical error by JerseyShoreOnline.com.
Many events have already been held this year to commemorate the borough’s first 100 years. Many more are on the way.
Craft and Food Vendors – From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Bus Tour – There will be a historic bus tour, lasting 45 to 60 minutes, that will point out notable locations and their significance. The tour is free, although donations for the driver would be welcome. The bus is scheduled to take off from the pavilion. The original route was established by the late James Mooney.
Concert – Join in for Ocean Gate’s 100th Anniversary Show from 12-4 p.m. at Ocean Gate First Pier on the corner of Wildwood Ave. and East Longport. This show will feature Village Green, Shoobies, Madhavi Devi, and The Dee Bees. For more information, visit techfestmusic.com.
6th Annual Cardboard Boat Race – Aug. 18, at noon, at the Wildwood Avenue pier. This event has people of all ages racing in their home-made cardboard boats. There are three different age groups and one group for organizations.
House Signs – In the early days of the borough, many homes had names. Decorative signs out front of the home told people of its name. The Ocean Gate Arts Guild is having a fundraiser to make these signs. Forms are available in the municipal building, or contact CathyKaulfers@yahoo.com.
Fireworks – At 9 p.m. on Aug. 18. At 5 p.m., the pier will be shut down to everyone but emergency crews as the fireworks are being set up. Weather permitting.
Light the Night – White lights are available at the municipal building. On the night of Aug. 18, a drone will be sent up to photograph the town lit up with white lights. People are encouraged to keep the lights on for the River Lady cruise on Aug. 20.
Anniversary Shirts and Hats – T-shirts with classic photos and sailor hats are available for sale. Text 732-995-1006 for more info.
Volleyball Tournament – Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two competitive brackets will be held. Applications are in the municipal building. Registration is $25, and the first prize is a $100 gift certificate to the Anchor Inn.
Buy a Board – Donating an engraved board for the Ocean Gate boardwalk will help rebuild it. The cost for each board is $250, and they can be engraved with two lines of text, 25 characters or spaces per line. (The borough has a right to reject inappropriate ones.) You might even get a chance to choose which section of the boardwalk it will be, provided that area still has spots left. Forms are available in the municipal building.
Buy a Bench – Benches along the pier can be installed. They cost $349. A $100 shipping fee can be waived if you can pick up the bench yourself. Forms are available in the municipal building.
5k Run/1 Mile Fun Walk – The walk is the one thing that is not going to be rescheduled, because it already took place on Aug. 11, the original day of the event.