July 27 Surf City Hotel Reunion Changes Sites

Two Hundred More Tickets Now Available Due to Venue Change
Jun 06, 2018
SandPaper File Photo Jackie Vee and Paul Presto at the Surf City Hotel in 2005.

The “Reunion of Crane’s Surf City Hotel, with Jackie Vee and Paul Presto,” slated for Saturday, July 28, is changing venues. Due to logistical issues with the Surf City Firehouse – the original location – the event will now take place at the Beach Haven Moose Lodge 1575, at 120 Rt. 72 East in Manahawkin.

A cocktail party on Friday, July 27, also featuring Jackie and Paul, will still be held at the Surf City firehouse.

Two hundred additional tickets are available for the previously sold-out reunion fundraiser, as the Moose Lodge has more space than the firehouse. Tickets are $50 per person, and include a buffet meal – marinated chicken breasts, sausage and peppers, penne vodka, hamburgers, cole slaw, salad and more – as well as beer, wine and soft drinks.

The event will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Attendees should don their dancing shoes and prepare to sing along with Jackie Vee and Paul Presto, who entertained crowds at the Surf City Hotel every summer for more than 27 years. The duo is emerging from retirement for this special appearance.

Transportation will be available following the event; attendees can get a ride to their homes from the Moose Lodge via Trolley Tours.

Mike Kaiser, president of the Southern 33 Athletic Club – which is hosting the reunion – tended bar at the Surf City Hotel in the 1970s, when the business was owned by Hank Crane, and the club held many of its annual golf tournament dinners there over the years.

As noted on the establishment’s website, surfcityhotel.com, “The hotel is one of the oldest structures on Long Beach Island; the original structure was built in the late 1800s.” Like the borough of Surf City, the hotel changed names multiple times; it was first the Mansion House, then Long Beach Inn, then Marquette Hotel. In the early 20th century, it was renamed the Surf City Hotel.

The site adds, “The hotel has a colorful history, with fabulous parties,” many of them headlined, of course, by Jackie Vee and Paul Presto.

For reunion tickets, call Kaiser at 609-384-1511.  —J.K.-H.

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