As the evening sky reflected in the bay below the Dorset Avenue Bridge, dozens of visitors and locals strolled along the Ventnor City streets during the Dorset Avenue Street Fair this past Wednesday night. Live music, local merchants, crafters and artists greeted onlookers as they walked between the bridge and Balfour Avenue.
In just three blocks, the street fair included a total of 29 vendors, 12 musicians and 22 merchants who eagerly shared their work and showed off their talents with the community. Amazing Ventnor, an organization dedicated to promoting Ventnor businesses throughout the year, put together this event for the second year in a row as a way to celebrate the recent improvements in the area for businesses and community members alike.
Stopping between Annette’s Cafe and Ventnor Coffee, fair-goers experienced a small-scale concert with a main stage featuring local musicians. Amazing Ventnor built the “Mobile Band Stage” which was home to the Craig Carey Band and the 2:15 band during the event. Other musicians, including Visions of Indecision and The Gaskill Bratt, also set up their own performances throughout the span of Dorset Avenue.
Along with music, food was also on the menu at the street fair as Red Room Cafe offered roasted pork sandwiches for hungry attendees. A Ventnor staple, Custard’s Last Stand welcomed visitors interested in a sweet treat as well. For the coffee-loving adults, Ventnor Coffee offered a chance to taste a few of their new drinks and, for the fun-loving kids, face painting was available right outside the coffee shop.
Other merchants also reached out to the community at the street fair including Rain Florist, a local flower shop that gave out free carnations to everyone passing by the store. These free flowers were a sweet way to remind fair-goers that Rain Florist is the perfect place to get a special gift for mom this Mother’s Day.
They might not have been passing out flowers, but environmental organizations like the South Jersey Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the Atlantic County Utilities Authority set up their booths to promote environmentally friendly activities in the community. These organizations work actively to protect Ventnor’s coastal environment. They took time to share their mission with those interested in protecting and improving the environment as well.
Amazing Ventnor will host three more street fairs in the city throughout this summer in response to the success of the street fair they organized last year. The organization also has other events planned for Ventnor including beach concerts, sunset celebrations at Ski Beach and Ventnor City Porch Fest. For more information about these events, visit Amazing Ventnor’s website, or go to their Facebook page for a list of events.
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