This year’s Cape May Music Festival kicks off on Sunday May 26 with the Atlantic Brass Band in the Victorian bandstand in Rotary Park playing Americana to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.
Then, the festival continues two days later, on the 28th, with an innovative concert called Chamber Jazz, by the New York Chamber Ensemble. It will include works by Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, Roy Orbison, as well as Mozart and Rossini. Suzie and I will be there and are eagerly anticipating a great evening.
Out third concert will be the most easy to listen to classical music – the most accessible – Viennese. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will be at the Church of the Advent on My 30th at 8 P.M., playing Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, and others.
Winton Marsalis is coming to Cape May for this November’s Exit Zero Jazz Festival. I guess we finally have arrived. The greatest trumpeter and one of the greatest musicians in the world will be playing here with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra. Not only that, but more legends like Bootsie Barnes and Buster Williams will be playing in the same festival. In fact, seventeen different groups will be participating. Go to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival website for all of the details and to order tickets online. Go to our bed and breakfast website to reserve your room or suite at Leith Hall bed and breakfast.
Can you Swing Dance? Can You Lindy? Can you Samba? It doesn’t matter. Tom Cupp will be there to teach you how to move with the best of them to the music of 1940s big band jazz. Suzie and I have been to the Naval Air Station Wildwood Big Band dance and it wonderful ! Young airmen and nurses dance, flip, and amaze. We just do a less athletic Lindy Hop.
Dance the night away
There’s food, music, and dancing from 7 P.M. To 10 P.M. Tom Cupp will teach Swing, Ballroom and Samba for us newbies; and prizes will be awarded for great 1940s costumes. Call at 609 886-8787 for tickets or go to their website and order on line.
LEITH HALL’S GREAT MIDWEEK SPECIAL 30% off the second night, now through mid-June
Midweek Special. Not only are there wonderful things to do in Cape May for the next month, but now it’s cheaper! We are offering 30% off your second night during the midweek. Remember, for us the weekend is Friday and Saturday night and the midweek is Sunday through Thursday night.
From May 24 through June 11 is the Cape May Music Festival, with Irish music, The Atlantic Brass Band, and a tribute to our own George Mesterhazy – featuring many musicians playing favorites from “The American Songbook.”
May 31 through June 7 is Restaurant Week in Cape May, with a host of food-related activities. There’s a progressive dinner, with each course in a different restaurant. There are contests among the chefs and waiters, a many special events with classes and demonstrations by the star chefs of Cape May. When you add Cape May’s wine and craft beer to the mix, it’ll be a fantastic experience.
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, that 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.
Believe it or not, Cape May was spared the damage that Hurricane Sandy caused up the Jersey shore. We were evacuated and went up to Brooklyn to stay with Susan’s sister in Park Slope. Practically the highest point in Brooklyn, Park Slope had no flooding, and didn’t lose power. Lots of trees came down and smashed cars parked along the street. We started home and found that we didn’t have enough gas to make it all the way to Cape May. The lines at the GS Parkway rest areas were miles long, so we got off and came down route 9. Most of central New Jersey is without power, and without power means without gasoline since the pumps require electricity to work. We found an open gas station in Lakewood and waited an hour – but we got gas. When we arrived in Cape May we were surprised, nothing, no flooding, no wind destruction. Everything looked normal. Driving along Beach Avenue, we could see where the ocean came over the sea wall at the cove end of town, and for a short stretch near Madison Avenue. But looking at the lawns and the flowerbeds, clearly the ocean didn’t get very far.
When we got to Leith Hall, we discovered that the wind had blown off a single clapboard and loosened a few others. Also, one of the dormer roofs bent up. We’d had water in the cellar, but when the power came back on, the sump pump cleared it. Amazingly little damage. We then went to West Cape May to see if our house was still standing, and there was nothing wrong. We didn’t even lose a roof shingle, which is odd, since we lose roof shingles on calm days. Since we got back, neighbors have told us that, from Avalon northward, the shore towns were very damaged. Before and after pictures on the web show lots of houses flooded or washed away. The Lobster House at Schellinger’s Landing is still closed because of deep flooding. My nephew who lives in Long Beach, Long Island, has no power and has lost his car. So, Cape May is fine but lots of other people are suffering. We hope that you and yours are safe and well.
October and November in Cape May are a celebration of jazz, film, and theater.
Cape 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 fans 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 November 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 performers. Call us today for reservations at Leith Hall for these holiday activities. We hope to see you soon.