Crawl Coalition

Now in its fifth year, Margate’s Leprechaun Crawl involves three neighboring establishments teaming up to raise money for a worthy cause. 

By Ray Schweibert
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Along with being the last bastion of a Margate bayfront that could have been called Partytown, USA every summer for decades, Maynard’s Café has had a reputation for fundraisers and humanitarian causes during, and transcending, the 54 years Al Troiano owned and operated it.

In an article toasting him nearly 30 years ago, written by renowned A.C. print and broadcast journalist Samuel “Sonny” Schwartz, who was also well reputed for his generosity and community involvement, Schwartz praised Troiano for never turning his back on a friend, and always being there for others in need.

“Why?” wrote Schwartz. “Because Al is not only the softest touch this side of a velvet glove, he has a heart as large as Lucy the Elephant.”

Schwartz passed away in 1998 and Troiano about five years later, but their legacies in these parts will likely live on forever. Steve Troiano, Al’s son, sees to it that his father’s giving nature is perpetuated through Maynard’s continuous involvement in dozens of events annually that not only help others in need, but put the “fun” in fundraisers. 

On Sunday, March 10, Maynard’s teams with Amherst Avenue neighbor Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay, and Johnny’s Café on Ventnor Avenue in Margate, for the fifth annual Leprechaun Crawl. The all-day event will benefit Adelaide’s Place, a facility for homeless women located in the Ducktown section of A.C., and founded by Sister Patricia Prendergast in 2002. It is the last in a series of area fundraisers leading up to St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in A.C.

“[Adelaide’s] is just a safe place for women to come during the day to get out of the cold, the heat, the rain, whatever the case may be,” says Bridget DelGuercio Sarao, Adelaide’s coordinator of services. “We make coffee in the morning and give them breakfast. They can use our phone to contact doctors, family members, social workers, they can use our washer and dryer to do laundry. We rely heavily on donations, and are grateful to the Leprechaun Crawl participants for making us their beneficiary.”

Adelaide’s Place is also hosting a March 19 pasta night at Angelo’s in A.C. (5-8pm). Its signature fundraiser takes place every August at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Adelaide’s is at 2416 Arctic Ave. in A.C. and is open Monday through Thursday, 9am-4pm, and Friday 9am-3pm. Donations are appreciated.

The annual Leprechaun Crawl, according to longtime Margate bartender (or “social chemist” on his Facebook page) Dave Tarnovski, begins and ends at Maynard’s.

“We start here around 1[pm, after registration] and follow the bagpipers to Steve & Cookies for some music and drinks,” says Tarnovski. “Then we head to Johnny’s for food and drinks before winding up back here [at Maynard’s] around 4. It’ll probably continue till around 9 or 10. [The bagpipers] are actually just customers who come in here and hang out with friends, have a few laughs and a few pints.”

DJ Sparkles will provide the entertainment when the crawl returns to Maynard’s, which also has plenty on tap for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. One of the primary sponsors of the annual Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade (starting 1pm, March 16, on the north end of the A.C. Boardwalk), Maynard’s will be hosting a post-parade party with the bands Clancy’s Pistol (5pm) and the Reily Brothers (10pm) that evening. On March 17, Shamus (4pm) and the Reily Brothers (8:30pm) will perform during Maynard’s annual St. Patty’s Day bash. 

Ongoing entertainment at Maynard’s includes Quizzo Night every Tuesday with DJ Shakedown (prizes, food and drink specials starting 8pm), and Open Minded Mic night the last Thursday of every month starting 7pm.

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