Ocean City Shopping Bonanza Brings Out the “Girls” on Asbury Avenue

first_imgBest friends Lori Gilliam, left, and Lynn Broderick show off their pink “Girls Weekend” shopping bags. By Donald WittkowskiThey attended a fashion show Friday night. On Saturday, they did some shopping, indulged in a massage and then went out for dinner. On Sunday, they topped it all off with some more shopping.For best friends Lynn Broderick and Lori Gilliam, it was a whirlwind weekend of fun and relaxation that cost them only $250 each, including their room at an oceanfront hotel.“It was $500 for both of us. That is probably the price of just one night at a hotel during the high season, compared to the whole weekend for us,” said Broderick, of North East, Md.Their package deal at the Port-O-Call Hotel was part of a “Girls Weekend” promotional event in Ocean City that caters to women shoppers and is fast becoming one of the most anticipated dates on the social calendar.Now in its second year, Girls Weekend brings much-needed foot traffic to the Asbury Avenue downtown business district during what is normally a slow time of year for Ocean City’s hotels and shops.A sign outside the Blue Lotus boutique on Asbury Avenue says, “Welcome Girls.”Merchants reported they were busy all weekend, particularly on Saturday. One of them said the surge of business was reminiscent of Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the peak summer tourism season.“It’s almost like a Memorial Day push. Look at it. There are no open parking spaces out there now,” Lauren Waltz, owner of the Blue Lotus boutique, said while gazing out the window of her Asbury Avenue shop.Waltz had a sign at the front entrance that said, “Welcome Girls.” Other stores also had signs promoting Girls Weekend. In addition, the sidewalks lining Asbury Avenue were adorned with pink banners advertising Girls Weekend.Shopkeepers reported that clothes and shoes were hot sellers over the weekend. But the most coveted item may have been the bright pink shopping bags handed out by merchants and embossed with the words “Girls Weekend.”“I had those bags for only about 10 minutes,” Waltz said. “People were asking us, ‘Do you have those pink bags?’”Lauren Waltz, right, owner of Blue Lotus, shows shopper Lori Gilliam some jewelry.Broderick and Gilliam were among the lucky ones, proudly clutching their pink shopping bags as keepsakes of a memorable weekend.“It’s been great,” said Gilliam, of Lansdale, Pa. “We’ve already done a lot of shopping, and now we’re going to do some more.”Besides the shopping, there is also a strong social component to Girls Weekend. After they finish hitting the stores, the women often spend a relaxing time together having drinks and dinner or stopping at the salon.Overall, the weekend features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, spa and salon specials, a fashion show, prizes, yoga, wellness classes and more, the city said.Broderick and Gilliam, two out-of-staters, were emblematic of the drawing power of Girls Weekend. Waltz noted that the event is not only popular with local shoppers, but also appeals to women from outside the South Jersey area.“I think they should totally keep it going. It’s fantastic,” Waltz said, urging the city to bring back Girls Weekend for 2018.Shopper Julie Agnew checks out some discounted clothing at the Island Gypsy boutique on Asbury Avenue.Bargain-hunting shoppers were attracted to signs offering steep, offseason discounts. Julie Agnew, of Blandon, Pa., browsed through a rack of clothes that were on sale for 20 percent off at the Island Gypsy boutique on Asbury Avenue.“We always come to Ocean City this time of year,” Agnew said. “There is beautiful weather, but no crowds.”Linda Banner, manager of Island Gypsy, said business was bustling on Saturday. She expected another wave of shoppers on Sunday afternoon, after people finished having a late breakfast and attending church.“We had a great day yesterday,” Banner said of Saturday’s crowds.Maribeth Neall, a saleswoman at the Sun Seekers women’s clothing store on Asbury Avenue, said even a bout of chilly and overcast weather didn’t keep the shoppers away on Saturday.Sun Seekers was one of the shops that participated in a fashion show Friday night, at Glazed Over Studios on Asbury Avenue, to kick off Girls Weekend.Neall characterized the entire weekend as a success, expressing her hope that Girls Weekend will return next year.“Last year, it did very well. This year, it was better,” she said. “It was very nicely done and very well received.”last_img read more

Greek and Australian academics meet to discuss philosophy and literature

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 12th International Conference on Greek Research, hosted by LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture, is one of the most successful international conferences regarding Greek studies abroad, with a great academic impact. It has attracted more than 2,500 participants over the last 22 years and has resulted in more than 600 refereed papers being published and which are available online internationally. The high calibre of keynote speakers attracts many local, interstate and international researchers wanting to expand their knowledge and discuss their own research perspectives.“This year’s conference has been scheduled for Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June, and LOGOS invites everyone to join us to celebrate the intellectual and scientific work related to Greek literature and Greek Australian community achievements,” says project and event coordinator of the Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture, Layla Plummer. This year’s program will cover a wide range of subjects and the following areas of research: · Ancient Greek Philosophy and Classical Studies · Education, Society and Culture · Literature and Language · Cyprus: History and Culture · Greek History, Society and Migration/History and Migration · Online Learning“Adelaide is the ideal destination for an academic conference, offering great intellectual stimulation, abundant cultural diversity, stunning natural splendors and a superb open gate to Australia,” Ms Plummer said. “We look forward to welcoming all our international and national guests this year.”The conference’s keynote speakers are: Professor Nikos C. Alivizatos Professor of Law at the University of Athens, Nikos Alivizatos has practiced law since 1978 and is pleading regularly before the Greek Council of State, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. He has been teaching constitutional and public law since 1980, and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford (1988-89), Princeton (1997) and Oxford Universities (2005). Professor Vrasidas Karalis Professor Vrasidas Karalis, who holds the Sir Nicholas Laurantos’ Chair in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney, has published extensively on the topics of Byzantine historiography, Greek political life, Greek cinema, European cinema, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein and contemporary political philosophy. He has also translated into Greek three novels by Australian Nobel Laureate Patrick White (Voss, The Vivisector, A Cheery Soul) and worked on the theory of transcultural translation. He has edited volumes on modern European political philosophy, especially on Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt and Cornelius Castoriadis. His recent publications include A History of Greek Cinema (Continuum/Bloomsbury 2013) and Greek Cinema from Cacoyannis to the Present (forthcoming by I.B. Tauris). Karalis has also published Recollections of Mr Manoly Lascaris (2007), which explores diasporic identity through the life of Patrick White’s partner. For the last 20 years his main area of research has been in Modern Greek, Byzantine and Cultural Studies and more recently New Testament Studies. The Professor’s Australian involvement can be seen in the number of public lectures he has been invited to offer at Greek Australian or mainstream Australian venues, and he also received the Federation Medal from the federal government in 2003 for his services. Professor Han Baltussen Professor Han Baltussen is the Hughes Professor of Classics at the University of Adelaide and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. His research interests cover topics in Greek philosophy and intellectual history with a focus on the transmission of philosophical ideas and the lasting influence on western culture.Professor Baltussen has published monographs on Theophrastus (2000), Simplicius (2008), the Peripatetics (2016), and has co-edited volumes on ancient commentaries (2004), Greek and Roman consolations (2013) and self-censorship (2013). He is currently writing a monograph on consolation strategies in antiquity. * Further information regarding LOGOS and this year’s Greek conference can be found at www.flinders.edu.au/greekconferencelast_img read more