From Hollywood to Wildwood

“Oh, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We’ve already got the stars.” Bette Davis



**Originally appeared (with slight alterations) December 2012**

It Happened One Holiday Night: The Conclusion


When we last saw Mr. and Mrs. Clause and company, they were traveling inconspicuously through the movie version of Hollywood, Wildwood-style, on a scenic, Christmas tour. On their favorite stop, The Shop Around the Corner, a.k.a. Winterwood, they marvel at the tiny surfboards and sand dollars hanging from beach-themed Christmas trees. Heading down the beach block, they enjoy a visit with The Preacher’s Wife, who gathers everyone by the cozy fireplace where A Christmas Story is being told. The ‘bah humbug’ among the group are getting Scrooged on hot chocolate and sugar cookies as The Bishop’s Wife is wrapping presents for the Babes in Toyland. Taking a stroll along a well-decorated Sunset Boulevard, also known as Ocean Avenue, the Claus’s and fellow travelers spot a family of sightseers enjoying their National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The Gremlins are shouting We’re No Angels to holiday shoppers on Pacific Avenue, unaware that Santa is within earshot.

Following their day of sightseeing and shopping, the Christmas lovers re-board the train and Jingle All the Way home, where The Nightmare Before Christmas is nowhere to be found in this dreamy seascape. They’re thankful the Bad Santa was exiled decades ago for all things good. Losing their disguises, the Claus’s are just in time for the town’s scheduled meet-and-greet with Santa, where they feast on candy canes and a variety of Christmas cookies. St. Nick thanks his lucky (movie) stars he’s so close to the beach, where he can walk off those unsightly holiday pounds.

Thanks to the soothing powers of salty sea air, a revitalized Santa, along with the Mrs., heads back to the North Pole, ready for his around-the-world adventure. With the sounds of Christmas tunes in the air expressing glad tidings of comfort and joy, movie buffs and seaside lovers all agree, in their little starry town, where dreams come true, It’s a Wonderful Life

It Happened One Holiday Night



The Holiday(s) are an enchanting time, transforming land lovers as well as those coasting by the ocean into festive film worshipers. Needing a rest before The Biggest Night of the Year, Santa Claus arrives along the sparkling Wildwood coast for a much-deserved but brief (movie) break. With sunglasses and SPF in hand, the little-known film buff quickly rejects a Christmas in Connecticut in favor of our frosty terrain. The mysterious “Man in Red” sets aside his planned movie marathon when he realizes that Love Actually exists here among the stars and the sandy mistletoe and considers settling in with Mrs. Claus for a long winter’s nap (effective December 26th). They enjoy their first night in town as the honored guests at a starry Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, where music and the magic of the holidays linger in the air. In search of One Magic Christmas, the Mr. & Mrs. travel incognito on The Polar Express, which has just taken off on a festive seaside tour. Each tiny Elf (along with the big kids) is hoping for a White Christmas to illuminate every Miracle (occurring) on 34th Street, Anglesea through Ocean Avenue and beyond. On board, Mr. & Mrs. Claus Meet John Doe and crew, who quickly give up their seats for the Little Women entering the train. The Family Man is swapping stories with The Family Stone, who find themselves on the Naughty List for sneaking a peek at Bridget Jones’s Diary. Always on the Nice List, however, is Prancer, leading the way toward enough joy to fill Four Christmases (since one is never enough). The happy passengers marvel at signs of Christmas found throughout town…
What movie magic is waiting for them, you may wonder? Check back next week for the continuing Claus chronicle:-)



It’s the most gratifying of seasons in the seaside town of Wildwood, NJ, where an Instant Family is created among the sea, surf and search for anonymity our visiting Hollywood stars crave. No stranger to fantastical worlds, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms are amazed by our picture-perfect landscape, quickly labeling it a dream come magically to life. Although The Front Runner has political dreams unfulfilled, he soon discovers the priceless value of a politically-correct ocean view.
The view, naturally, is always right for Nobody’s Fool, who has everybody back in Hollywood feeling foolish for not making the trip east. Trippin’ to their own beat, the members of Bohemian Rhapsody are enthralled by the abundant musical history our hamlet possesses as the sounds of crashing waves make for the perfect sound system.
It’s all system’s go for The Girl in the Spider’s Web, who really could use a breather from all that confusion and government corruption and happily finds just that in our quiet, uncomplicated community.
Always fighting the right battles, Creed II is getting in even better shape thanks to his daily Boardwalk runs, where the seascape, and the people he meets along the way, promise to make a believer out of the biggest cynics. Along our awe-inspiring boarded trails, he crosses paths with the ultimate of pessimists The Grinch, who can’t help feeling the love (despite the lack of Who’s in town). Moving right along, he spots Ralph (who) Breaks the Internet but rediscovers his love for all things arcade related within Gateway 27, where he can be found enjoying his break from stardom.
Intrigued by the feelings of positivity even our cranky characters now possess, the Fantastic Beasts: (forget the) Crimes of Grindelwald and remember how fantastic it is to find a home away from home in our little slice of paradise.
Tossing aside their gluten-free, low-carb diets, our normally weight-conscious celebrities have the ultimate gathering, where they feast on turkey with all the trimmings, confident they can work off the pounds walking the Seawall.
As our November cast counts their lucky stars (perched conveniently over the big, beautiful sea), they discover that life’s greatest moments exist not in their Big Screen Universe, but in the natural world (sans camera), where the softer temperatures and serene setting make for the perfect pre-holiday mental health break, guaranteed to provide them with the sweetest stories to take home (assuming they ever leave)…

Happy Seaside Thanksgiving:)


It’s October in the seaside town of Wildwood, NJ, and our fall-loving cast has arrived for a ton of off-season fun. They soon discover A Star is Born every time they step onto our starry shores, where The Happy Prince, and equally-happy costars, are currently enjoying their Hollywood break. Before happily becoming the First Man to walk on the moon, our favorite astronaut is having a blast at the Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest, temporarily trading in moon walks for a bit of Morey’s Piers merriment.
As the air takes on a decidedly-chillier feel, A Bonfire on the Beach warms up even the coldest characters, who all agree a good day at the beach beats the Bad Times at the El Royale. Always a guaranteed-good time, The Downtown Wildwood Fall Farmer’s Market keeps our beauties healthy while participating in the Wildwoods Boardwalk 5K Pumpkin Run keeps them fit and camera ready. Apart from those glaring cameras, the cast of Venom discover an uplifting ocean view can make even the most bitter among us more beautiful.
Beautiful in his own odd way, and clearly into all things nostalgic, Johnny English Strikes Again at the Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond 15th Anniversary Celebration, briefly coming out of retirement to enjoy the party sure to beat your typical Hollywood bash.
After a meet-and-greet with our locals, our latest Wildwood lovers learn Serenity abounds seaside (if not cinematically) this sweet season, reminding our out-of-towners that The Hate You Give is nowhere to be found in our generous, lovable town.
Loving every minute of their fall break, and after taking in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, a Beautiful Boy and his beautiful friends are ready for a fun visit to the Downtown Wildwood Halloween Movie & Treats while the “somewhat” older kids, having endured a scary showing of the latest Halloween, find a bit of family-friendly (non-horror like) respite at the Wildwood Halloween Spooktacular.
As the spectacular month rolls on, our October characters find inspiration along the coast, uttering Can You Ever Forgive Me? to everyone (and there are a lot of “everyones”) they ever upstaged, knowing that they can never outshine the brilliant stars hovering protectively over those of us, fortunate enough to have found our place right here in beautiful Wildwood, NJ…



Photos courtesy of Bing & Pexels

Above beach photo taken in Wildwood, NJ courtesy of C.T. Costas Photography