Tickets Available Now for Surf City Hotel Reunion in July

Jackie Vee and Paul Presto to Perform
May 09, 2018
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For anyone who has ever worked – or simply enjoyed dinner, drinks or a stay – at the Surf City Hotel, tickets are available now for a July 28 reunion, to be held at the Surf City Firehouse from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Only 400 tickets will be sold. Come to reminisce about waiting tables, dancing at the bar, the food, the rooms, the ghosts.

On a musical note: Jackie Vee and Paul Presto, who entertained crowds at the establishment every summer for more than 27 years, are emerging from retirement to make a special appearance at the event.

Tickets are $50 per person, and include a buffet meal catered by David Schmid from Spice Catering – marinated chicken breasts, sausage and peppers, penne vodka, hamburgers, cole slaw, salad and more – as well as beer, wine and soft drinks.

Southern 33 Athletic Club is hosting what it calls the “Reunion of Crane’s Surf City Hotel, with Jackie Vee and Paul Presto,” and proceeds will benefit student athletes at Southern Regional High School and David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation.

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

As noted on the establishment’s website,, “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 hotel has a colorful history, with fabulous parties and notoriety during the days before Prohibition,” the website states. “Before the previous structure burned down, it was rumored to be haunted. There are still many people on the island who have heard the ghost stories, and come to the hotel looking for intrigue. The new owners, Colleen and Greg Gewirtz, who purchased the hotel in April 2017, have been looking to meet up with the ghosts, so far without success.”

Certainly many stories – ghost and otherwise – will be shared at the July 28 reunion.

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

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