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Somers Pt. group plans to bring out the clowns for historic-tavern tour

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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 10:12 am

SOMERS POINT — The Somers Point Unique Experiences Club is reviving an event that blends local history, beer and dressing as a clown in the name of fun. 

The club plans to hold a historic-tavern tour of Somers Point at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. The lighthearted event will include stops at local watering holes such as Gregory’s Restaurant and Bar, DiOrio’s Circle Cafe, Clancy’s by the Bay and others. Participants are asked to dress like clowns to add to the entertaining atmosphere.  

Levi Fox, owner of Jersey Shore Tours and an adjunct writing and history professor at Stockton University, will lead the tour. Those who go will be encouraged to share their own local stories, and Fox will provide historical background and tell some of his own tales of growing up in Somers Point.

“The historic district of Somers Point is also our entertainment district, and there’s a long history of clubs along Bay Avenue that drew people over the summer,” Fox said. 

Fox said the historic district has a large concentration of Victorian Era housing from the 1880s to the 1920s that he said is the same age as a lot of the bars in that area.

“This is an opportunity to have a beer in a bar that’s more than 100 years old, and yet actually get to experience it as it would have been in its peak period,” Fox said. 

He said they will focus on the bayfront, which Fox said has been an entertainment draw for decades. 

The Anchorage Tavern building dates to 1874, according to its website, and once was known as the Anchorage Hotel. 

The building that now houses Gregory’s, according to the establishment’s website, dates to 1908, and during Prohibition, when it was operated as the Davis Hotel, the building’s bar was moved to the basement. 

Club member Nick Regine said a similar bar tour was held around 1993.  

“I thought we could make a fun activity by trying to replicate this kind of experience and combine it with a history tour of various dining establishments of Somers Point,” he said.

The club has about six or seven members “who are in it to have fun and make Somers Point a more interesting place,” Regine said. 

The club also organizes an annual comedic performance of “A Christmas Carol” on several different porches. Members are also planning an a cappella festival to raise money for the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, and the club is involved in the city’s annual April in Paris events. 

Regine said he tries to plan events so that if someone were there visiting and saw it, the person would see the “community is pretty cool.”

Seating is limited. Tickets are $20, with $10 being refunded on the trip. To attend, send a check to the Somers Point Unique Experiences Club, P.O. Box 564, Somers Point, NJ 08244. For information, call (609) 233-1820.

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