Ocean City Today

Travel Channel show shoots footage at two local staples

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 07, 2017

(Sept. 8, 2017) Ocean City Marlin Club President Franky Pettolina took Jack Maxwell, host of the television show “Booze Traveler,” on a boat ride through the inlet to see Assateague Island before stopping at a couple local establishments for an upcoming episode on the Travel Channel.

“I was apprehensive going in, but everyone involved, from the assistants, camera people to Jack were awesome and it was a great experience,” Pettolina said. “I will be curious to see how it all edits out. It was a pretty long day and was really cool to do.”

The hour-long reality show follows Maxwell, a cocktail connoisseur, as he travels around the world seeking people, places and cultures behind unique and popular alcoholic beverages.

“The episode was set around the fresh-squeezed orange crush,” Pettolina said. “They wanted to go to the place that made the original, so Harborside was on their list.”

Filming began at 9:30 a.m., when Pettolina took Maxwell and the crew out on his boat, “Last Call,” with the first stop at Fish Tales on 22nd Street before heading out into the inlet to see Assateague Island from the water.

“When they originally called, they asked about fishing, which led to looking at Assateague and bar-hopping with a boat,” Pettolina said. “They wanted to see Assateague and Ocean City from the water. They were interested in the storm of 1933 and how it affected and changed Ocean City.”

The seven or eight crew members shot footage of the “Last Call” coming and going to the different hot spots in addition to a chase boat that followed to capture material and aerial shots of the resort.

By 6 p.m., Maxwell and the crew were finishing with filming at Harborside in West Ocean City.

“[Maxwell] is a genuine guy and was great with his fans,” Pettolina said. “He had full conversations with customers at Harborside and posed for pictures. It was cool to work with him.”

Amanda Shick, the Marlin Club's operations manager/event coordinator/social marketing director, is a huge fan of the show.

“Jack told her to come down to Harborside and she was nervous at first, but after a few minutes she was talking with him about all the episodes she likes,” Pettolina said.

In addition, the episode also features a segment in the Chesapeake Bay.

The schedule for the upcoming and fourth season of “Booze Traveler” will be finalized by November and Ocean City is slated to be featured on the 13th episode.

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