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much fun. Surfers routinely practice their skills in Ventnor whileMargate is a gather- ing spot for the 20-and 30-something crowds. Longport is a favorite with surf fishermen.


HISTORIC TOWN OF GREENWICH 20


The historic town of Greenwich looks much the same as it did 300


years ago when sailing ships crowded the Cohansey River and the British flag flut- tered in the breeze. A group of defiant patriots even staged their own protest in Greenwich, burning a consignment of the King’s tea destined for Philadelphia. The monument to the Greenwich tea party, a testament to the bravery of those early colonists, is in the old marketplace on Ye Greate Street, a street unchanged from 1684 when it was first laid out. Other inter- esting sites include the 1730 Gibbon


House, a brick mansion furnished with wonderful period pieces; the John DuBois Maritime Museum with a large collection of historic items used by shipbuilders; the Warren C. Lummis Genealogical and His- torical Library; the Swedish-Finnish Log Granary and the Pre-Historic Museum. All are located in the Greenwich historic dis- trict and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cumberland County also has its own version of the Liberty Bell, a bell cast in England sometime prior to 1776. The bell rang for liberty when the Declaration of Independence was signed and was used as a warning signal during the War of 1812. 856-455-4055.


GREAT EGG HARBOR RIVER


Great Egg Harbor River is part of the Nation- al Wild and Scenic River system. It provides an abundant habitat for waterfowl in the region and offers boaters and bank fishermen plenty of recreational opportunities with the brackish waters that are home to fresh and saltwater species, including striped bass and alewife herring. www.aclink.org


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Stone Harbor and Avalon share the barrier island of Seven Mile Beach


with opulent homes, trendy restaurants and a beautiful beachfront where beach tags from each town are honored on either beach. Shopping on the Seven Mile Beach is great fun with a variety of retail shops, many of


Winding 50 miles through the Pinelands of Atlantic County, the


them specialty boutiques. Stone Harbor is east from Exit 10 of the Garden State Park- way (the light at Stone Harbor Boulevard) and Avalon is Exit 13 on the Parkway. 609- 967-3936. www. avalonbeach.com


NATIONAL MARBLES TOURNAMENT 23


Hundreds of mibsters (players ages 8 to 14) trek to the Wildwoods in


June for the official national competition in the sport of marbles. Winners of the local tournaments vie for marbles honors on per- manently planted marbles rings on the beach at Wildwood Avenue. 800-WW-BY- SEA. www.nationalmarblestournament.org. Marble Weekend at the WheatonArts


and Cultural Center inMillville showcases artists and dealers who specialize in mar- bles in the event center. Demonstrations in the Glass Studio are also part of the event. 800-998-4552. www.wheatonarts.org


WILDWOOD INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL


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The largest kites in the world color the sky over this resort’s mammoth


beach during the Wildwood International Kite Festival with individual and team com- petition on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue and inside the Wildwoods Convention Cen- ter. The festival features world-renowned kite builders and competitors, kite-making work- shops and exhibits, indoor competition, chil- dren’s activities and an illuminated night kite show. 732-822-4884. www.wildwoodsnj.com


CUMBERLAND PLAYERS AND OFF BROAD STREET PLAYERS


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The Vineland-based Cumberland Players and Bridgeton’s Off Broad


Street Players are local treasures, regularly performing Broadway musicals, comedies, children’s productions and dinner theater. Cumberland Players: 856-692-5626 or www.cumberlandplayers.com; Off Broad St. Players: 856-451-5437. www.obsponline.org


BRIGANTINE BEACH 26


The legendary pirate Captain Kidd is said to have buried trea-


sure on Brigantine Beach and although that might not be true, it’s a fact that Brig- antine Beach offers sport fishing, wave rid- ing, nature walking, boating and four- wheeling. Named for a type of sailing ship of the 1600s, Brigantine Beach is one of the area’s most exciting beaches just min- utes from the casinos and bright lights of Atlantic City. www.brigantinebeachnj.com


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