MBA plans to ‘Celebrate Margate!’ Nov. 2-3

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MARGATE – While promoting the city is a year-round job that usually focuses on what seem like the three shortest months of the year, Margate will be extending the summer fun into November this year when the Margate Business Association unveils its latest attraction, Celebrate Margate!

Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, it will feature a city-wide open house, holiday-themed events and food tastings at local eateries.

Whether it’s this new attraction, or old favorites, one of the main reasons they’re planned is because residents want them, and the MBA listens, according to the organization’s president, Ed Berger.

Berger said a survey that goes out to all residents in town helps the MBA choose which movies on the beach are screened, which events people want to see at Beachstock, and has led to many of the elements that will be incorporated into Celebrate Margate!

MBA Executive Director Anna Maria Blescia-Courter said 80 percent of those respondents said they want a new seasonal event. And resoundingly people said they wanted more events for their pets.

“It’s great to have an outside perspective,” Berger said of the survey data Thursday, Feb. 14.

Blescia-Courter said, “We’re very receptive to what our community wants.”

Celebrate Margate! is expected to incorporate a city-wide open house of real estate with a shuttle service to bring people to the various locations.

“This is more of a house tour. You don’t have to be looking to buy a house to enjoy this event,” Berger said.

In addition, Berger is looking forward to food and beverage tastings at Margate restaurants and incorporating the entire business community through sidewalk sales.

The city’s religious groups and non-profit organizations are encouraged to have events, music and entertainment, such as dreidel making or a visit by Santa Claus. Other parts of the event will include a pet parade, a Santa Paws opportunity for holiday card photos, a city-wide scavenger hunt and a holiday decoration contest.

The MBA is seeking input from those non-profit and religious organizations and plans to hold a meeting tenatively scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Union Avenue School specifically about Celebrate Margate!

“The real message of the event is that Margate never closes – we’re 24-7, 12 months a year,” said Berger.

That message is all the more important since Hurricane Sandy swept through Downbeach and left devastation, countless hours of work and plenty of headaches for area business owners.

“The world moved,” Berger said. “We want to be part of what everyone sees as normalcy.”

The annual Margate Business Association calendar of events kicks off with the MBA Wine Tasting 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay. The Steve & Cookie’s Farmer’s Market begins Thursday, June 13 and movies on the beach begin Thursday, June 27. The market is open every Thursday June 13-Aug. 29 and movies are at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday, weather permitting, in July and August at Decatur Avenue beach.

Beachstock is ready to return bigger and better than ever 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Granville Avenue beach. A rain date is set for Sunday, June 30.

Blescia-Courter said a lot of people come into Margate specifically for Beachstock, which saw more than 10,000 people last year. More than 30,000 attended the Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay.

Thrilling Thursdays will return with sidewalk sales and free beaches every Thursday July 4-Aug. 29.

Tentatively set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Le Tour de Downbeach family bike ride will begin on the Ventnor Boardwalk, and continue through Atlantic City and Longport and ends at Tomatoe’s Restaurant in Margate.

The MBA is also looking to improve upon its city-wide tribute to first responders on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at All Wars Memorial Park at Lancaster and Ventnor avenues. 

The marquee event of each year is the Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29 on Amherst Avenue featuring live music, children’s amusements, food, crafts and plenty of activities to send off summer with a weekend celebration.

And don’t worry, Berger and Blescia-Courter added, the MBA Resident Discount Cards will arrive in the mail shortly.

See www.marvelousmargate.com.

See the calendar of events here.


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