Those who aren’t quite ready for Pampers and bottles may want to watch their step at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Atlantic City (1441 Boardwalk), where its “Odditorium” is hosting world-famous fertility statues through Tuesday, June 29. The statues were acquired from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast in West Africa in 1993 to embellish the Ripley Entertainment headquarters in Orlando, Fla. However, the statues proved to be more than typical office décor. After rubbing the statues just for fun or stumbling into them accidentally, 13 staffers and visitors found themselves gaining a member of their family. From that point on, the statues have traveled both the country and world. After the statues’ three-year worldwide tour in the late 1990s, more than 2,000 women reported becoming pregnant after touching them, even though many had been told they would never conceive. Now, the statues are back in the U.S. to give potential parents their magic touch. Ripley’s GM Chris Connelly is eager for them to visit Atlantic City again. “I was here the last time the statues came to Atlantic City and I’ve seen how much people enjoy seeing something new and unique at our museum,” he says. “We get dozens of calls from people wanting to see and touch the statues. It will be interesting to see how many of the women who touch the statues during their visit to Atlantic City actually conceive a child and attribute it to the statues.” Employee Theresa Murtha said she too is excited, adding that she is “planning to stay far away from them!” The exhibit is free to view in the lobby during regular operating hours. Hours are Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm, Sat. 10am-10pm and Sun. 10am-9pm. Call 347-2001 for more information. — Michelle Porter
Jazz on the Beach
The line-up for the 11th annual Jazz on the Beach concert series in Atlantic City has been announced and the schedule is chock full of amazing talent. Presented by the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation (CBBHF), this year’s free summer jazz series kicks off Thursday, July 1, on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza. The concerts continue every Thursday through Aug. 12. For the first time, the CBBHF jazz series is coming off a winter series, the Jazz Corner, which was held with much success at the Chelsea on Thursday nights over the winter and early spring months. As far as this summer is concerned, the series will feature two acts each night: a local opener from 7-8pm and then an internationally acclaimed headliner from 8-10pm. Kennedy Plaza, on the Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues, has a stage for the bands and offers beautiful views. The 2010 concert series schedule includes Avery Sharpe (July 8pm), Tim Warfield (July 15) and NYC’s Finest Jazz Band on Aug. 12 with local Hammond B3 legend Dan Fogel opening. Other artists include Ralph Peterson Jr., Ella Ghant and Steve Pouchie. See full schedule at acweekly.com. — Jeff Schwachter
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The line-up for the 11th annual Jazz on the Beach concert series in Atlantic City has been announced and the schedule is chock full of amazing talent.
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