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Sherlock’s here? Oh no – Another murder !

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Oh No, not again! Another murder in Victorian Cape May! Don’t worry – Sherlock Holmes is on the case.

sherlockThis November 7th  through 9th , there will be another adventure, another murder, another mystery. Friday night, there will be a dessert reception at The Inn of Cape May. Someone will die. Sherlock and Dr. Watson will begin their work. On Saturday, you can tour Cape May bed and breakfasts and search for clues to the mystery.  Saturday afternoon, 3:30 to 4:30 , the mystery will unfold further at the Rose Room in the Inn of Cape May.

Sunday lunch at the Inn of Cape May will precede the solution of the mystery. The best, the worst, theSherlock best dressed, etc. will all get prizes. Come stay with us at Leith Hall and buy the entire package through MAC (the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts) or just the parts that interest you most.sherlock

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What do Sherlock Holmes, Eddie Palmieri, and Dianne Reeves have in common??

Sherlock Holmes, JazzCape May, that’s what.

Whether you’re a die-hard Sherlock fanatic or a casual murder mystery dinner fan, you’ll love Sherlock Holmes Weekend in Cape May.  The weekend begins with a coffee and dessert reception where the plot begins. Saturday afternoon, you tour a group of Cape May’s Victorian homes, searching for clues to unravel the mystery. After the search for clues, you reconvene at the Inn of Cape May and find out how you are doing compared to Sherlock and to your fellow detectives. Sunday afternoon – all is revealed.

First Mystery – then Jazz!

For something completely different, the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival will feature jazz stars that are so great, thatSherlock Holmes, Jazz it’s a miracle that we can get them in Cape May. Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Band is legendary and Dianne Reeves is often described as the premiere jazz vocalist in the world. Give us a call at Leith Hall or book online for a wonderful weekend in Cape May.

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Lots to do in Cape May in March – and you can always drink!

There is lots to do in Cape May in March.

O.K., you can’t lie out in the sun and bake, but you can stay indoorslots to do in Cape May and get that healthy glow from the wine and beer events on both the March 9 and March 16 weekends. There are three choices; a self guided wine trail, a self-guided wine and brewery trail, and a winery tour and tasting.

lots to do in Cape MayThe second weekend – March 16, is also Sherlock Holmes Weekend presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. There are still a few tickets availible for the whole program including the murder mystery dinner, the tours, the denouement and the parties. At the same time, East Lynne Theater Company is presenting a dramatization of The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s best stories.

Give us a call at Leith Hall to visit Cape May in March!

March 9th Self Guided wine and brewery trail

March 9th Self guided Wine Trail

March 9th Winery cellar Tour and Tasting

March 16th Crafts and Antiques

March 15th and 16th Sherlock Holmes Weekend.  East Lynne Theater Company Adventure of the Norwood Builder

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Cape May Jazz, Film, and Theater

October and November in Cape May are a celebration of jazz, film, and theater.

Cape May jazz, film and theaterCape May jazz, film and theater really get going in November. There’s a new Jazz Festival in town which I described in my last blog post. The New Jersey Film Festival in Cape May will run from Friday October 19 through October 21, and will feature Feature Films, shorts and documentary and independent shorts as well. Among the feature films will be Mirror Dance about two identical twin ballerinas in a country torn by war, Barbarian Days, about a town celebrating Robert E. Howard, the director of Conan the Barbarian. and The Worlds Smallest Airport.

Cape May jazz, film and theater, continued…

Cape May Stage will present This Wonderful Life for all of the Cape May jazz, film, and theaterfans of Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life, and the East Lynne Company will present Bret Harte’s Dick Spindler’s Family Christmas on Friday and Saturdays 11/24&25,  12/8&9, and Sunday 12/3.

Sherlock Holmes Weekend will be Cape May jazz, film, and theaterNovember 3 through 5, and will feature a new mystery. East Lynne Theater company will also present a play based on the Adventure of the Copper Beeches.

November 9 through 11 will be the new Exit Zero Jazz Festival which will bring us exciting music by exciting Cape May jazz, film, and theaterperformers. Call us today for reservations at Leith Hall for these holiday activities. We hope to see you soon.

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Conquer Cape May

We wanted to share some pictures from the March Sherlock Holmes weekend in Cape May. This time we had one of the actors, Pamela Burke, stay with us. Our guests really got into the mystery and several brought wonderful costumes!  Only in Cape May can a woman look perfect in a bustle and corset. Breakfast was fun with everyone discussing the clues and trying to get Pamela to cheat and give them some under-the-table help. She was good and refused to reveal the secrets.

Sherlock Holmes weekend at Leith Hall
Nancy and Jeff pouring sherry in Leith Hall’s parlor

Denise (in the middle in left picture) changed her outfit several times a day like a true Victorian woman – she looked absolutely wonderful. One of our guests, Jeff, was looking for a Victorian cane and found an entire Victorian morning coat outfit in his size. It looked great and fit perfectly.

To find out more about the Sherlock Holmes Weekends (in March and November every year), you can look at the website for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities or go directly to their Sherlock Holmes Weekends page.

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Sherlock Holmes in Cape May, New Jersey

The Conan Doyles and the Houdinis on the beach in Atlantic City
The Conan Doyles and the Houdinis on the beach in Atlantic City

This is Sherlock Holmes weekend in Cape May, so I thought I’d tell you the oddest Arthur Conan Doyle story. It is also a New Jersey connection for Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes was the ultimate reasoning machine, while his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, was a gullible dope. In 1922, the

Harry Houdini and his mother
Harry Houdini and his mother

Conan Doyles and the Houdinis were vacationing together on the beach in Atlantic City. Conan Doyle was very proud of his wife, who claimed to be a medium or clairvoyant. As they were relaxing on the sand, she announced that she felt the spirits coming through. They rushed back to the hotel and Mrs. Conan Doyle went into a trance. She said that she was channeling the spirit of Harry Houdini’s mother, who had recently died. Harry had been very close to his mother, and wanted séances to be real, but wasn’t willing to accept nonsense.

They all went back to the hotel and Mrs. Conan Doyle went into a trance. She used automatic writing to transmit a note from Houdini’s mother. The note had three crosses at the top of it and was clearly written by an old Italian lady. The catch was, Harry Houdini wasn’t Italian, and wasn’t Catholic. He was Jewish. Houdini was his stage name and him mother only spoke Yiddish, not English. Clearly, Mrs. Conan Doyle was taking advantage of Harry’s grief to convince him of her powers. Harry pointed out to Arthur how unlikely it was that his mother had learned English in the short time since her death, and how unlikely an old Jewish lady was to head her notes with three crosses. Arthur Conan Doyle was furious that anyone would doubt his wife’s powers – and the two men broke off their friendship.

Cape May has two Sherlock Holmes Weekends each year in March and November.  To learn more about these weekends, go to the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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