VENTNOR – A planned celebration of spring is up in the air as of Thursday morning due to a menacing weekend weather forecast that calls for drenching rain, high wind and coastal flooding.
According to Ventnor Special Events Coordinator Donna Peterson, the city will make a decision on holding its annual Spring Block Party on Ventnor Avenue by noon on Friday.
The celebration planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7 between Troy and Portland avenues marks the beginning of the quickly approaching summer season. Organizers promised the block party would feature live music, entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and 50 vendors offering everything needed to shop for Mother’s Day.
On Wednesday, Ventnor Special Events updated its Facebook page asking people to do a “sun dance” to wish the clouds away.
“If it rains it will be cancelled,” Peterson said in an email to Downbeach.com.
Meteorologist Joe Martucci said Thursday would be the last warm day before a weekend coastal storm ahead of Mother’s Day. He said it would be wettest Friday into Saturday, with winds kicking up to 30-miles-per-hour on Saturday into Sunday. Minor coastal flooding is expected starting Sunday, but the entire weekend will bring cooler temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s and 60s.
If the block party is cancelled, all the vendors will be invited to set up during the city’s planned Halloween Fest on Saturday, Oct. 22, Peterson said.
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