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.
Yes, October 12, 2013, is this year’s ever-popular West Cape May Lima Bean Festival. It is the queen of small town farm festivals and is great fun for everyone. There’ll be live music, Lima chili, Lima soup, and maybe even Lima ice-cream. Don’t worry, there are always crab cakes and North Carolina style pulled pork barbeque. Antiques and collectables, handmade crafts and jewelry, and cakes and pastries round out the offerings.
A book about Alice Steer Wilson by her daughter to be celebrated in Cape May
Alice Steer Wilson was a great Cape May painter, and will be remembered at a book signing this Saturday at the Carriage House of the Emlen Physick Estate. Her daughter Janice Wilson Stridick, has just written a book about her mother, Light Particularly, and will appear to autograph copies.
Alice Steer Wison was both a skilled and inspired painter. Her paintings often specified the highlights and shadows of a subject, leaving the viewer to fill-in the middle tones. This caused the paintings to pop into three
dimensions, and somehow made them more striking and involving, too. The paintings are beautiful, but they are not just souvenirs of pretty Cape May cottages. Instead, they are accomplished paintings that use the light falling on complicated architecture and the shadows cast as their common theme.
Many of her paintings remind me of watercolors by John Singer
Sargent. This is no small compliment, as John Singer Sargent was the best watercolorist there ever was.
Take the time to visit the book signing at the Carriage House at the Physick Estate and meet Janice Wilson Stridick. Janice is a designer in her own right and is active in Historic Preservation in New Jersey. Use the occasion for a visit to Leith Hall, a dip in the ocean and a snooze on the beach.
If you like Designer Show Houses, Cape May’s got a great one this summer. A wonderful couple (Ioanna Iliopolis and Tom Cataldo) has
just built a beautiful new house on Washington Street. It is patterned after the grand Tuscan Villas of Cape May – the Southern Mansion and the Mainstay Inn. A Tuscan Villa is a cube-shaped house with a low hipped roof and a cupola And this new one, Cavalier Cottage, is a very cute example.
MAC (our local non-profit organization) didn’t have a designer show
house last year, and is thrilled with the generosity of the owners. All summer long you can visit the show house, and combine your visit with a lunch at the Carriage House Café at the Physick Estate. Each room was conceived by a different designer. Most are from Cape May, but also they also include designers from Haddonfeild and Devon, Pennsylvania. Consider visiting us this summer and combining the Victorian interiors at Leith Hall and the Physick Estate with the new interiors at Cavalier Cottage.
Stop that gyring and gimbling and learn some new forms of poetry.
Believe it or not, we are about to have a serious poetry workshop in
Cape May. Led by Sylvia Baer, who is the director of the Poetry Center at Gloucester County College, the weekly sessions will teach you about different forms and how to polish and improve your own work.
Participants will not be required to share their work, but will have the benefit of Professor Baer’s professional advice. The sessions will be held on Mondays, July 1, 8 and 15th, from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.
Come visit us for the weekend and add Monday night to work on your verse. Whichever Monday you sign up for, it’ll be a frabjous day !