Chatter Roses are Red…
THE ANNUAL DAY OF LOVE is rapidly approaching as candy-filled hearts and bouquets of beautiful flowers line the shops. Here are five fun facts about this holiday you probably didn’t know. 1. Every Valentine’s Day, Italy’s city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters, all addressed to Juliet. 2. Over 50% of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday. 3. The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. 4. Based on recent retail statistics, about 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets. 5. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned to their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression, “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
Here He Comes, M
The Need For Speed
THE POLERCOASTER IS COMING to Atlantic City. Recently approved by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), Florida Developer Joshua Wallack will construct a vertical roller coaster on the site of the old Sands casino on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mount Vernon / Kentucky Avenues. Wallack plans to break ground on his 350-foot attraction sometime early in 2016, with the ride tentatively slated to open on Memorial Day weekend 2018.
MEN TAKE THE STAGE at the third annual Mr. Mature America Pageant, set for March 12 at the Ocean City Music Pier. This unique pageant celebrates the relevance of men 55 years or older and is the only event of its kind in the United States, according to Ocean City public relations officials. This year’s pageant features a Senior’s Art Exhibit presented by the Ocean City Arts Center and Ocean City Fine Arts League. Outstanding senior artists will display their work at the entrance to the pier. Pageant attendees will be able to view the work before and after the pageant.
Kuddos to Local Symphony
FOR THE EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE year, the Bay Atlantic Symphony (BAS) has been nominated for the JerseyArts.com People’s
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Choice Award. To earn this nomination, the symphony performed in numerous venues throughout the year, including
subscription concerts at Cumberland County College and Stockton University, education projects for blind children in Avalon and urban youngsters in Atlantic City, monthly adult music education lectures in four counties, and free music concerts for students. The symphony was nominated by fellow arts organization members of Discover Jersey Arts. Nominees for the People’s Choice Awards are nominated by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of nonprofit arts groups across the state.