Hemingway’s place to be on Thanksgiving Eve…

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Vincent Craparotta III, proud manager of Hemingway’s, which saw record crowds on Thanksgiving Eve.

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Seaside Heights Mayor Ken Hershey is seen with Vincent Craparotta III at Hemingway’s on Thanksgiving Eve.

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Seaside Heights Borough Clerk Diane Stabley, Councilman Bill Akers, Borough Administrator John Camera, and Public Works Director Lou DiGuilio are seen at Hemingway’s on Thanksgiving Eve.

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YEAR OF THE WOMAN Seaside Heights Councilwomen Joyce Camera, Arline Ottoson, Agnes Polhemus and Joann Duszczak were all at Hemingway’s on Thanksgiving Eve.

Hemingway’s place-to-be on Thanksgiving Eve: The old adage, “If you build it, they will come.” has proven true with Hemingway’s, Blaine Avenue and the Boulevard in Seaside Heights, which opened in May 2007. Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday November 21st saw Hemingway’s biggest night ever, and one of the biggest nights many have ever seen anywhere in Ocean County. Charging a five dollar cover, Hemingway’s had a line around the corner and around the block for hours just to get inside. Thanksgiving Eve night has proven itself to be one of, if not the busiest “party” nights of the year with many college students and other people around for the holiday. Word that Hemingway’s was the place to be this night filtered throughout Ocean County in a big way, evident by the record number of people. Since its opening last summer, Hemingways has gained a good reputation for its must-see, over the top design that took over two years to complete. This is the first time guests would get to see a glimpse of Hemingway’s Christmas decorations, which are stunning mix of red and white lights, green pine garland, and large decorative ornanments. So big was this event that it was attended by Seaside Heights Mayor Ken Hershey, as well as 5 Councilpersons, the Borough Administrator, Borough Clerk, Chief of Police, Director of Public Works and Director of Public Relations to name just a few. Hemingway’s manager Vincent Craparotta III greeted the Mayor’s party, which arrived just as the big crowds were also beginning to arrive. By the time the Mayor’s party would leave, Hemingway’s was packed, but with its vast size it still wasn’t even filled to capacity. Even though many had to wait outside a while before they could get into Hemingway’s, mild temperatures and decent weather held during this time. The large crowds, which filled parking spaces for a many block radius around Hemingway’s and other establishments, also got to enjoy the first night of the Seaside Heights Boulevard Electric Snowflake display, which launched as planned on Thanksgiving Eve.

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Pete and Maria Meredith, your talky blog production team, were at Hemingway’s on Thanksgiving Eve.

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