Nicole Leonard Staff Writer
With summer not too far away, Pleasantville city officials plan to add a number of events open to the public this season and continue with a second year of the Pleasantville Farmers Market in 2015.
The Bayview Summer Series includes four main events spread out from June to August that will take place in the Lakes Bay section of the city. Officials said they hope to use available city space, create a closer-knit community, generate extra business and improve Pleasantville’s image with the new series.
“There’s a lot of potential in Pleasantville and our responsibility as city mayors is to develop those potentials,” Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle, Sr. said. “We’ve been talking about it and things are moving along now.”
The series kicks off with a sunset wine tasting event on June 20 at the Lakes Bay Marina. The catered event, open from 6:30 to 10 p.m., will feature local wineries, vendors and live music by Atlantic City-based The Eddie Morgan Trio. Tickets will be $15 sold in advance.
The Pleasantville Farmers Market returns on June 24 at the old high school site by Ansley and South Franklin Boulevards where people can buy fresh produce from local vendors. The market partners with the Sustainable New Jersey program and will be open every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Go watch local chefs and cooks battle it out for the title of king or queen at the Mayor’s barbecue cook-off on July 18 at the old high school site. The mayor and other officials will judge the competition and determine the winners, who will receive cash prizes and a trophy.
A summer carnival on August 22 brings the series to a close with rides, food vendors and live entertainment from 12 to 11 p.m. Tickets for $5 will be sold for full-day admittance.
City officials said they are still working on vendors, sponsors and other details for the events, but are ready to go ahead with summer series.
“We want to make this an attraction and destination for Pleasantville,” Tweedle said.
If You Go: To become a sponsor, vendor, cook-off participant or volunteer, and for more information on the 2015 Bayview Summer Series events, visit bayviewsummerseries.com or call 609-677-4925.
Press of Atlantic City