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  Millville's Union Lake
  enough to almost touch – plenty of time to read the brief message about early bird specials, Boardwalk events or a Happy Birthday message.
Paramount Air first took flight in 1945 when Andre Tomalino, a glider pilot during the war, and his brother-in-law bought a surplus plane for $650. Now, 75 years later, Paramount’s planes are still towing banners over the ocean and bay beaches in Southern New Jersey. And, the business is still in the Tomalino family, owned and operated by Barbara Tomalino, Andre’s daughter, who runs things with a hands-on approach, doing whatever needs to be done from sales to banner construction at the company’s airfield in Middle Township.
So, the next time you’re relaxing on the beach, soaking up the sun and thinking ahead to dinner keep your eyes open or just listen for the distinctive sound of a banner plane overhead. You could be on the phone, making your reservation, all while the aerial ad and phone number are still easily visible. 609- 886-9090. www.paramountair.com
MEET ME AT THE PLAZA: And that would be the Byrne Plaza on Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood – not just this summer but right through the end of 2020. The Friday Night Arts & Music series includes two free concerts by the Cape Shore Jazz Orchestra and two more free concerts by the John Walter Community Band. Enjoy the Sip, Shop and Stroll evenings, also on Fridays, with local artists displaying and selling their creations. Enjoy a tasting from Terra Nonno Winery from Cumberland County – and perhaps buy a bottle. Lite fare will be on sale and local restaurants will be open for takeout for a picnic at the plaza so bring a blanket or a beach chair. And there’s more – farmers market days, free movies and a long list of special events. www.dooww.com
ROLLING ALONG THE BOARDWALK:
Since the 1800s, wicker rolling chairs have been a fixture on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. For a few dollars, the rolling chair transporters will push one or two people in their chairs from one Boardwalk attraction to the next. Passengers enjoy the relaxed pace and a scenic ride with the ocean on one side and the glamour of the city on the other side.
In Wildwood the familiar sing-song sound of “watch the tram car, please,” still reverberates along the boards as the yellow tram cars traverse the 38 blocks between Cresse Avenue and North Wildwood, a stretch of Boardwalk lined with shops, discount stores, pizza places and arcades.
LET’S TWIST AGAIN, LIKE WE DID LAST S U M M E R : Re-live those Wildwood Days, The Twist and more with visits to the three Icon Wall Murals The mural at the corner of Pacific and Garfield avenues pays tribute to Chubby Checker and “The Twist,” a dance he first performed in August 1960 at the Rainbow Club. Bobby Rydell, at Roberts Ave. and the Boardwalk, pictures him as a young entertainer when he performed at Phil and Eddie’s Surf Club and enjoyed his summers in Wildwood. Bill Haley and the Comets, located at Oak and Pacific Aves., is just a block away from where Rock Around the Clock was performed for the first time in 1954. www.wildwoodsnj.com www.gwcoc.com
WALK THE NATURE TRAILS at CAPE MAY POINT STATE PARK: Red, yellow or blue. Take your pick of trails at Cape May Point State Park. The Red Trail is a half mile long, wheelchair accessible, and provides access to the Lighthouse Pond, east and west. Each pond has a platform at the edge of
the water to view wading birds, swans, ducks and other birds who rely on the freshwater for food and habitat. The Yellow Trail is about a mile and a half long giving hikers the chance to see the wetland marsh, the dunes and the beach. The Blue Trail is about two miles longer and offers a variety of habitats along the beach and coastal dunes. www.njaudubon.org
NATURE CENTER OF CAPE MAY: The New Jersey Audubon Society’s award-winning Nature Center of Cape May is a world of natural wonders with harbor safaris, guided kayaking trips, biking tours, gardening programs, family hikes and beach explorations. Children’s nature classes are held in July and August, emphasizing hands-on marine and natural science education. Enjoy the observation tower and deck with stunning views of Cape May Harbor, colorful themed gardens, picnic tables, a nature store, interesting public exhibits including saltwater aquaria teeming with ocean life. 1600 Delaware Ave. Cape May. 609-898-8848; www.njaudubon.org
EXPLORE NATURE: On the border of Cape May and Cumberland counties, Belleplain State Forest encompasses 21,000 acres of Pinelands. One of Southern New Jersey’s premier camping destinations, it’s a great place for hiking, biking, bird watching, canoeing and exploring nature. Belleplain has 169 tent camping sites, cabins and other facilities for campers plus softball fields, picnic tables and canoe rentals. Swimming, fishing and canoeing are allowed on Lake Nummy; the natural terrain is great for mountain biking and there is also a fitness trail. Off Route 550 from Woodbine; 609-861-2404.
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