Ring in 2018 With Ship Bottom Bash NYE: Bazaar, Masquerade, Music Festival

Firehouse Is Hot Spot for New Year’s Eve
Dec 20, 2017
Photo by: supplied Chevy Lopez band

The Ship Bottom Bash NYE, a major fundraiser at the firehouse Dec. 31 to benefit Alliance for a Living Ocean and the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Co., has been in planning since mid-September. Bazaar by day, masquerade by night, the extravaganza combines live music, food and drink, community spirit, philanthropy and more.

Party maestro and community volunteer Alex Stockton-Rossini, bass player for the headlining band Chevy Lopez, said he is “super excited” and certain the party is “gonna be a blast.” “It’s really exciting to have the opportunity to give back in a way that I think the community will really enjoy and benefit from,” he said. He expects a turnout of 400 to 1,000 guests. Tickets to the nighttime portion of the party are $55 in advance or $65 at the door. The band lineup is James Cutlass and the Wisterias, Funk Shway and the Dojobirds, and Chevy Lopez. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight sweeten the deal.

Admission to the Daytime Bazaar is a suggested donation of $10, which includes five beer tickets, redeemable for beverages from Ship Bottom Brewery. Providing one-hour solo music sets from noon to 6 p.m. are Rob Connolly, Sahara Moon, Jimmy Brogan and Ryan Zimmerman. Edibles, food truck-style, are available for purchase from Sunny Rae’s Kitchen. Auction items have been donated by Walters Bicycles and other local businesses and organizations. A portion of the proceeds will go to help a Tuckerton family whose daughter, Lily Rose Cramer, is battling brain cancer.

Vendors of gift items, handmade goods and more include Firefly Gallery of Surf City, Brie Fagan of Wandering Gypsea and Harp and Stone, Papa Planes, Burma Shore, Noel Schaffer Designs, and henna art by Elisa. In addition to the music and shopping, guests can enjoy a raw bar, bonfire and convenient Christmas tree dropoff.

Sponsors include Swing Graphics and Breaker Zine; the accounting firm of Ciccone, Gotthold and Koseff; Vacation Rentals LBI; Causeway Chiropractic; rock band James Cutlass and the Wisterias; Typestries Sign and Digital; and the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, launching its Surf and Sip Brew Trail campaign.

The idea began to take shape in June when Daymark co-owner Paul Sabarese invited Chevy Lopez to play at The Arlington’s NYE party; but Stockton-Rossini wanted to raise the stakes and “do something Brooklyn has been doing for years,” and on a larger scale. The idea gained momentum quickly with the help of friends and colleagues who helped him shape the idea into a more organized, believable, doable idea.

In September he secured the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Co. as primary beneficiary and venue. By October the logo and branding strategy had come to life, along with a full website with ticket link and social media presence. Currently needed are volunteers for setup and breakdown, additional sponsors, and promotion.

After the party, mention the Bash for $25 off a room at the Seahorse Motel. To stay apprised, follow Ship Bottom Bash NYE on Facebook and visit shipbottombashnye.com. For tickets and more information, contact Rossini at shipbottombashnye@gmail.com or phone 609-661-2313.  —V.F.

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