Fireworks – Fireworks – Fireworks !

Fireworks !

This year, Cape May will once again come alive with spectacular fireworks off the beach in front of Congress Hall. The show will begin at about 8  P.M.. Just bring one of our sand chairs down to the foot of Ocean Street, or walk to the right a block and enjoy the show. This year, there will also be lots of music surrounding the 4th.. June 30th will feature the Cape May Diamonds at Convention Hall, as well as  The Doctors of Rhythm at Rotary Park just beyond the Mall.  July 1, the Logond Honors Band  will perform Latin jazz and funk at 7P.M.

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Just after Independence Day, John Clark Little Big Band will play on July 6 at Rotary Park.  Finally, on July 7th, is Cape May’s Independence Day Parade – which is the essential small town Americana parade. The Coast Guard Band will be there as well as three string bands – so those of you who are nostalgic for a Philadelphia childhood will feel right at home.  That evening, there will be two concerts – the Golden Eagle Band and the Fralinger’s String Band.

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Plan your summer getaway to Cape May and visit us at Leith Hall !

You can call us at (609) 884-1934 or go online at stay@leithhall.com

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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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Cape May Music Festival Special – Free Tickets!

 

CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL SPECIAL – FREE TICKETS FROM LEITH HALL

Cape May Music Festival + Leith Hall bed and breakfast

Thursday, June 6, Leith Hall will be co-sponsoring the concert by the Bay Atlantic Cape May Music Festival special offerSymphony Orchestra. They will be presenting some of my very best favorite music.  A concerto by Vivaldi – There’s nothing better than Vivaldi; and a concerto for guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos .

The Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra concert will be conducted by Jed Gaylin, and he always explains what the orchestra is about to play, giving you more understanding and insight into the work.Cape May Music Festival special offer

Some classical work that you’ve heard before is suddenly new and fresh and you come away with more appreciation and enjoyment than you ever had before. It even works for difficult music, though this concert will be all very easy to listen to.

The Gaylin family often stays with us at Leith Hall and it is always a joy to see them again.

There’s a concert every few days for the next few weeks. Celtic, country, chamber music, and classical orchestral music; there’s sure to be something you’ll love. Give us a call or go on-line to make a reservation. Check our Packages and Specials tab for our Music Festival Special – stay with us any night that there is a concert, and we’ll give you two free tickets! (a $40m – $50 value)

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Cape May Music Festival concert co-sponsored by Leith Hall bed and breakfast

This week, the Cape May Music Festival is beginning with a freeCape May Music Festival concert May 26th, by the Atlantic Brass Band at the Rotary Bandstand just off the Mall. It continues on Tuesday May 28th at the the Church of the Advent with the New York Chamber Ensemble playing Cape May Music FestivalDebussy, Maurice Ravel, and Auguste Saint-Saens. Soprano Wonjung Kim will sing

The next Thursday, May 30th, at 8 P.M., the music festival will change gears and present Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers singing classic country music in our new Convention Hall.

Cape May Music Festival + Leith Hall bed and breakfast

A week later on Thursday, June 6, Leith Hall will be co-sponsoring the concert by the Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. They will be presenting some of my very bestCape May Music Festival favorite music.  A concerto by Vivaldi – There’s nothing better than Vivaldi; and a concerto for guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos .

The Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra concert will be conducted by.Jed Gaylin, and he always explains what the orchestra is about to play, giving you more understanding and insight into the work.

Some classical work that you’ve heard before is suddenly new and fresh and you come away with more appreciation and enjoyment than you ever had before. It even works for difficult music, though this concert will be all very easy to listen to.

The Gaylin family often stays with us at Leith Hall and it is always a joy to see them again.

There’s a concert every few days for the next few weeks. Celtic, country, chamber music, and classical orchestral music; there’s sure to be something you’ll love. Give us a call or go on-line to make a reservation.

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SINGER SONGWRITER CAPE MAY MARCH 22 AND 23

Singer Songwriter Cape May

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Tracy Grammer

Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 will see an explosion of talent in town at Singer Songwriter Cape May. Now in its sixth year, this annual event will be bigger than ever with 150 acts at over 18 Cape May locations packed into two days. All genres are welcome, though the tone tends toward the folky tradition and lyric oriented songs. There is an extraordinary variety of talent and great performers from distant places and as close as Philadelphia.

If you go to their website, www.sscapemay.com, you can see excerpts from the performers and get lots of information about tickets. The event is co-sponsored by Congress Hall, so the website advertises their rooms, but you can stay anywhere in town (including Leith Hall!)

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So, go to our website to make a reservation or give us a call. We look forward to seeing you for this fun weekend.

Singer Songwriter Cape May
Michael Notarangelo
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The Best Historic Walking Tour I Ever Took

The Best Historic Walking Tour

A new exhibit opening at the Carriage House Gallery reminds me of a wonderful evening Cape May Center for Community Artsthat Susan and I spent at the Chalfonte last year. We were invited by Bernadette Mathews, the director of the Center for Community Arts in Cape May, to have dinner and see a slide show about a tour that they offer in town. The tour is the African American Heritage Walking Tour of Cape May. It runs twice a week from June through September and is the very best that local history can be. The slide show was an armchair version of the walking tour, to introduce bed and breakfast owners to the tour and urge them to recommend it to their guests.

Cape May Center for Community Arts
Bernadette Mathews

With every slide, our neighbor, Emily Dempsey pointed out that half of the people in the photo were her relatives. Whether the subject was visiting celebrities or African American organizations, Emily and her relatives were always front-and-center. Apparently, she is related to the entire African American community of Cape May. The tour told the story of the parallel institutions that black people founded during the segregated era of Cape May, and tied their local experience to the larger themes of national history. The tour was filled with wonderful personal anecdotes that made the history of the black community in Cape May vivid and immediate. It was as good as a history tour can get.

If you are coming to visit Leith Hall this coming summer, remember to book this tour. If you are coming to visit us this winter, there’s a great show at the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate that I can recommend.

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Hurricaine Sandy – CAPE MAY SPARED!

Hurricane Sandy – Cape May Spared!

Believe it or not, Cape May was spared the damage that HurricaneCape May Hurricaine Sandy 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 Hurricaine Sandy Cape MayCape 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,Hurricaine Sandy Cape May 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.

Sherlock Holmes weekend is going on as usual this weekend and the new Exit 0 Jazzfest is moving ahead. Come visit!

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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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Jazz Festival Reborn!

Jazz Festival Resurrection

Jazz Festival
Ramsey Lewis

Great Jazz Festival News! This article by Jack Fichter in the Cape May County Herald announces a new jazz festival in Cape to be held next November. For everyone who misses the old Jazz Festival, this is a welcome announcement. I’ve re-blogged the whole article below.

CAPE MAY — A new jazz festival is coming to the city in November but it won’t be from the former Cape May Jazz Festival.
The Exit 0 International Jazz Festival will be held Nov. 9 through 11, Veteran’s Day Weekend, at Cape May’s Convention Hall.

Ramsey Lewis will be headlining the festival with his Electric Band. Lewis is a three-time Grammy Award winner and holds seven gold records.

According to his website, “Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years, with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and R&B charts. The Ramsey Lewis Trio, with bassist Eldee Young and percussionist Redd Holt, became a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene, releasing their debut album, ‘Ramsey Lewis & His Gentlemen of Jazz,’ back in 1956.

Lewis earned his first gold record, as well as a Grammy award for Best Jazz Performance, for their swinging version of Dobie Gray’s hit ‘The In Crowd.’ He returned to the pop charts in 1966 with versions of ‘Hang On Sloopy’ and ‘Wade In The Water.’

Other confirmed artists at press time include Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Henry Cole’s Afrobeat Collective, Ben Williams & Sound Effect and DJ Soul Sister. The complete lineup will be announced by July 5 by the promoter, Spy Boy Productions.

Jazz Festival at Convention Hall

Main stage headliner concerts will be held at Convention Hall on Friday and Saturday nights, along with a Saturday afternoon concert.
Participating club venues include: the Boiler Room at Congress Hall, Carney’s, Carney’s Other Room, Cabana’s, Martini Beach, and Cape May Stage at the Robert Shackleton Theater.
Ticket packages are being sold by the City of Cape May’s Convention Hall. To order tickets, go to: www.capemayconventionhall.org

The promoter, Spy Boy Productions, has no affiliation with Friends of Cape May Jazz or Cape May Jazz Festival.

At a Thur., June 21 press conference, promoter Michael Kline said he has produced concerts in New Orleans beginning in 1997. Kline said he had worked for WWOZ Radio, “New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Station,” which is licensed to the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.

“I worked there for almost eight years and we produced shows in conjunction with the radio station,” said Kline.

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival spokesperson Victoria Clayton said Kline represents jazz artists nationally and internationally. He is a resident of West Cape May arriving here after Hurricane Katrina.

Kline said one of his challenges to stage the festival was finding open dates available on Convention Hall’s schedule.
A Saturday afternoon main stage concert will be held in Convention Hall, he said.

“There will pretty much be three headline concerts Friday night, Saturday night, Saturday afternoon,” said Kline.

He said he was working on a “special surprise” for Sunday afternoon.

For all of our guests who used to visit Leith Hall for Jazz festival – we miss you! Let’s hope that this Jazz Festival will be great.

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