Ladies and gentlemen, Paddles Up!

The second annual Gilda’s Club South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival 2017 happens from 8:30a-5p this Saturday, July 15 at Lake Lenape Park in Mays Landing.

Having been a part of Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s first Dragon Boat Festival last year, I can tell you that this will be one of the most fun and memorable days of your summer!

I am happy to be back as host of the Dragon Boat festival again this year, and a proud member of the Townsquare Media Disco Dragons Team. We Rock! (I hope)

Join us to watch men and women in more than 35 Dragon Boat teams competing to be the fastest, best decorated, most spirited and most creatively dressed of the day.

A little background may be in order. Modern Dragon Boat racing is based upon on a Chinese tradition over 2000 years old. A dragon boat team must have a minimum 20 paddlers plus a drummer. Men and women compete side by side and they bring it..or, try too.

The day benefits one of my favorite South Jersey organizations, Gilda’s Club South Jersey, where individuals and families receive the information, guidance, laughter, and most importantly, the support they need to live their lives with cancer, whatever the outcome, at no cost.

Saturday's festivities will include lots of food, vendors, and entertainment and, of course all the dragon Boat action out on beautiful Lake Lenape. It is free to come watch and support your favorite Dragon Boaters. I hope to see you there!

Here are more South Jersey Weekend Happenings, brought to you by Shore Medical Center, healthcare at its best!

Atlantic City

- Borgata: Nelson, Fri. 7/14

- Boardwalk Hall: Kidz Bop, Sat. 7/15

- Resorts: Former American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina, Fri. 7/14

- Steel Pier: Simon Cowell's latest boy band discovery, PRETTYMUCH, Fri. 7/14

- Dante Hall: Graham Fenton: South Jersey native, Star of "Jersey Boys", Fri-Sat. 7/14/15

- Ocean View Room at The Claridge Hotel: The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation's Jazz Festival presents the Nat Adderley, Jr. Trio, Fri. 7/14

- Boardwalk: The Atlantic City Caribbean Carnival and Parade, Sat-Sun 7/15-16

- Tropicana: Fireworks by Grucci, 10p Sat. 7/15

- Borgata: Jim Gaffigan, Sat. 7/15

- Borgata: Jill Scott, Sun. 7/16

Here are more fun things to do this weekend in South Jersey

- Somers Point: Shore Medical Center presents a Farmers Market and Craft Fair, 4-8p Fri. 7/14

- Hammonton: The 142nd annual Mt. Carmel Festival, America's longest running Italian festival, continues thru Sun 7/16, 3rd and French streets

- Smithville: Classic Car Cruise, 5-8p Fri/ 7/14

- Somers Point: Summer Concerts on the Beach Series presents Roomful of Blues, Fri. 7/14, William Morrow Beach, Bay Ave.

- Cape May: Music in the Park Concert Series presents Doctors of Rhythm, Fri. 7/14, Rotary Park Bandstand, 400 Lafayette Ave.

- Cold Spring Village: 13th annual Celtic Festival, Sat-Sun. 7/15-16

- Wildwood: Boogie Board Races, 10a Sat. 7/15, boys and girls 5-17-yrs old, bring own board, 15th St. Beach, 609-522-2955

- -Stone Harbor: 17th annual Blueberry Festival, 6:30-8:30p Sat. 7/15, entertainment, ice cream and lots of blueberries,Our Savior Lutheran Church,  289 92nd St,  609-368-3013

- Wildwood: Boardwalk Craft Show, Boardwalk @ Rio Grande Ave, Sat-Sun 7/15-16

- North Wildwood: Concert Under the Stars Series, Lou Booth Amphitheater, 2nd & Ocean Ave, 609-522-7722

- Absecon: 41st annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chicken Barbecue, 1-6p Sun. 7/16 , 603 New Jersey Ave. Each meal includes a half chicken, (350 lbs) potato salad, Jersey corn, Jersey tomatoes and onions, soda, wine and beer, 609-601-5193

- Ocean City: Ocean City Pops United Service Organization Concert, 8p Sun 7/16, Music Pier

Here are even more south Jersey Weekend Happenings, brought to you jerseyfamilyfun.com

July 14th South Jersey Weekend Events for Families
·         Michael’s Stores across our area will host their weekly Kids’ Club, Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm. $2. Learn more on this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Toys R Us stores will hold another Geoffrey's Day event on Saturday from 1- 3pm. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Barnes N’ Nobles in New Jersey invite kids to join them in a Weekly Story Time, Saturday, 11 am. Free, Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Atlantic City, Kidz Bop Concert, Saturday, 6 pm, Boardwalk Hall. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Event’s listing.
·         Bayville, Sing: Movie, Lunch and Craft, Saturday, 12:30 pm, Berkeley Branch Library. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Beachwood, Drop By For Science On the Fly, Saturday, 1 – 3:30 pm, Jake Branch County Park. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Bridgeton, Sunday Night Concert, Sunday, 7 pm, Riverfront Plaza. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Cape May, Free Concerts in the Park, Friday - Sunday, 7 pm, Rotary Club Park. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Cape May, Children's Dancing, Friday, 7:30 pm, Convention Hall. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Cape May, Nature and Wildlife Show, Sunday, 7:30 pm, Convention Hall. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Cape May, Captain Kidd Treasure Hunt, Sunday, 1 pm, Cape May Promenade. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Cape May, Find Seafaring Treasures at Whale’s Tale Pirate Day, Sunday, 3-4 pm, Whale’s Tale. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Cape May Point, Kids & Critters Live Animal Show, Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm, Cape May Point State Park. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Hammonton, Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival, All weekend, Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Lavallette, Summer Concert Series, Sunday, 7 pm, Lavallete Gazebo. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         North Wildwood, Boogie Board Races, Saturday, 9 – 11 am, 15th Avenue and the Beach. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Point Pleasant, Finding Dory, Friday, 2 pm, Point Pleasant Beach Library. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Sea Isle City, Free Movies Under the Stars, Friday 9 pm, Excursion Park. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Sea Isle City, Free Concerts, Saturday, 8 pm, Excursion Park. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Seaside Heights, Free Ocean County Movies, Sunday, dusk, Carteret Stage. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Seaside Heights, Family Fun Night, Sunday, 6:30 pm, Beach. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Seaside Park, Live Music by Yard Dog Charlie, Friday, 11 am – 1 pm, Park Bakery. Learn more in this Jersey Family Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Smithville, Smithville Fife and Drum, Sunday, Historic Smithville Village. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Somers Point, Beach Concert, Friday, 7 pm, William Morrow Beach. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Toms River, Wooden Boat Festival, Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm, Toms River Seaport and Maritime Museum. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Toms River, Summer in the Streets, Saturday, 12 – 6 pm, Washington Street. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Ventnor, Concerts on the Beach, Sunday, 6 – 8 pm, Newport Beach Pavilion, Free. Learn more on this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
·         Wildwood, Free Movies on the Beach, Friday, 8 pm, Wildwood Beach. Learn more on this Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events’ listing.
 
Visit this link on Jersey Family Fun to see our full Calendar of South Jersey Events.