Plus the Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach summer schedule, Vigneto Rally and Drew Toonz.
The Quarter Dedicated
in Memory of Dennis Gomes
Dennis Gomes’ fingerprints are all over the Atlantic City casino industry. The late head of Resorts also spent time as an executive at Trump Taj Mahal and at the Tropicana. It is his association with the latter that was honored this past Monday, June 18, when Tropicana dedicated The Quarter in memory of Gomes. Gomes is credited with the conception, planning and implementation of The Quarter, a Havana-themed retail, dining and entertainment complex that was the first attraction of its kind to open in Atlantic City in the modern casino era. Tropicana executives unveiled a special memorial plaque in his honor at the ceremony (see video at acweekly.com). The first time I met Gomes was at the opening of the IMAX Theater at The Quarter where I was impressed both by his enthusiasm and his down-to-earth demeanor. He just didn’t act the way one expects a big-shot casino executive to act. That was his charm and why his passing was such a shock and a loss for the region. (Watch video) — Lori Hoffman
Summer Jazz on the Beach Schedule
The annual Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation (CBBHF) and Atlantic City Free Public Library’s Jazz on the Beach series line-up has officially been announced, adding even more jazz-music presentations to the Atlantic City area this summer. The CBBHF has put on two jazz concerts at Dante Hall in Atlantic City, including a stellar Sonny Fortune show in May, and continues its Thursday night jazz series — which has been an enormous success — at the gorgeous Top of the Trop room at the Tropicana. Additionally it is holding its summer youth jazz camp at Carnegie Library in Atlantic City again this year thanks to the support of local show-goers. Starting Thursday, July 5, the 13th annual Jazz on the Beach free concert series begins with Philadelphia saxophonist Odean Pope (8:30-10pm, Kennedy Plaza, Atlantic City Boardwalk) headlining and the Brenda Bass Ensemble opening (7-8pm). Here is the rest of the summer jazz series schedule at Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City: Tim Warfield Quartet, Crosswinds (July 12); Webb Thomas Superband, Tony Perez (Ola Latina) (July 19); Kimberly Thompson Quartet, Gina Roché (July 26); Orrin Evans Quartet, Chicken Bone Beach Youth Jazz Ensemble (Aug. 2); Javon Jackson Band, Tori Gee (Aug. 9); Bill Jacobs Ensemble, Dwain Davis (Aug. 16); Taeko, George A Johnson Jr. (Aug. 23); and Mimi Jones Quartet, with Luke Carlos O’Reilly opening (Aug. 30). Mark your calendars. You can also find live jazz at the Atlantic Club at the Ono restaurant Sunday evenings through August and in Somers Point in conjunction with the Somers Point Jazz Society. — Jeff Schwachter
Wine Rally Set for Sunday, June 24
The southern New Jersey wine industry has had a storied and deep-rooted history. In celebration of that long-standing past and acclaimed industry growth, local businesses and Victorious Promotions LLC have teamed up to create the Vigneto Rally — a display of high-end foreign sports cars like Maserati, Porsche, Lambourgini and Aston Martin that drive from vineyard to vineyard in an effort to promote tourism in the area and shine a spotlight on the treasured area winery trade. The rally will begin at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville at 8am on Sunday, June 24. Drivers will take five laps around the park’s Thunderbolt track before touring throughout southern New Jersey, visiting several wineries and ending in a parade-like drive through downtown Hammonton, where a police escort will make for an exciting scene for spectators. The tour will end at Renault Winery in Galloway around 5pm. Rally drivers will attend a reception and banquet dinner in the winery’s Grand Ballroom and the cars will undergo detailing before being put on display in the Vigneto Exotic Car Show. The car show be open to the general public free of charge, and refreshments will be available. For more information, visit vignetorally.com. — Shana Vanegas
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