Something unique is happening on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 (11/11/11). Because of the date’s “cool” factor, many people are holding special events like weddings, fundraisers, and fun-themed parties.
However the most important fact to keep in mind is that it is also Veterans Day, a day to honor and thank all of our military, past and present, as well as those who have fallen to protect us and our country. Take time to thank a veteran or attend an event planned by your town. Or as my grandfather says, “When you see an American flag, stop for a minute and realize its meaning.”
Richard Stockton College is hosting a full day’s worth of Veterans Day events. Be at their campus center at noon Friday for remarks by many including the dean of students and veterans affairs, Tom O’Donnell. Then at 12:30pm head to Independence Hall for its official dedication of by Stockton president Herman Saatkamp. At 12:50pm head to Veterans Park (adjacent to G-Wing) for a series of speeches including student veterans reading letters from military personnel.
Then at night there are two veterans cocktail receptions — from 8-10pm at Scarduzio’s at the Showboat Casino will have appetizers and cash bar sponsored by Atlantic Auto Group, and the Foundation Room will have a reception at 10pm that is $30 for the general public and $25 for military personnel with ID ($20 for military personnel in uniform or Stockton Student Veterans Organization members). The entry fee includes one drink, and proceeds benefit student veteran scholarships at Stockton.
Other 11/11/11 Happenings
* 25 Hours bar and lounge at Resorts is having a $1.11(+tax) special on Miller Lite drafts from 4-9:30pm. And that’s not all — you’ll also be served by the fabulous singing bartender, Blanche Morro.
* Head out to the Watering Hole in Mays Landing for a Veterans Day party hosted by United States Army Team Leader Jeffrey Townsend. The fun event starts at 9pm and there’s no cover and for those 21 and over. DJ Jersey Jeff will be spinning the hits of today in celebration of Veterans Day. Plus DJ Mike of No Pressure will be spinning hits of the ‘80s. There are drink specials if you show military I.D. * My friends at Network Media Group are hosting their last local reunion party called the Social on the Circle III at Christi’s in EHT. from 8pm-3am. It’s $10 at the door and open to the public. There will be some great bands and DJs performing, including the band Tapped Out and music mixed by TJ the DJ. They are arranging for additional parking with a shuttle service for $1. Come out for what they are dubbing the “Reunion of the Decade.”
Also of note, the local Ocean City teen musical group 123 Draw is competing in a nationwide contest hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants’ School Jam USA contest. 123 Draw is vying for the title of “Best Teen Band in the USA,” while raising funds for the Ocean City High School music program. After all the votes are in, a panel of music industry judges will pick the top eight bands to perform live in California during the famous NAMM show.
The grand prize-winning band will receive an opportunity to perform at the original School Jam Festival in Germany, along with a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, $1,000 toward the purchase of new gear, and $5,000 for their school music programs.
A neat sidebar to 123 Draw, is that they auditioned and were accepted to participate in the popular contest Battle of the Bands in Ocean City a couple of years ago. However, in the screening process, judges discovered that two of the band members were not yet in high school, so the band couldn’t compete. However, the judges were still so impressed by their talent that they let them open that very show, and since then — once everyone was of high-school status — they won the Ocean City Battle of The Bands in 2009.
And the best part is, they are gaining a lot of experience and attention by performing for numerous gigs and many local public events! The band is comprised of Dean Howey on guitar and vocals, Ryan Walsh on bass and vocals, Andy Wiggins on guitar and vocals, and Will Wiggins on drums. If you’ll notice, the first initial of everyone’s name put together, spells DRAW, adding 123 in front of it to get the band’s name.
To vote for this local teen group in the School Jam USA contest, go to:
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