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By Land Or By Sea Come To LBI For Chowderfest Weekend Sept 30 And Oct 1

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LBI ChowderFest

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce presents its 29th Annual Cook Off Classic, one of the top food festivals in the North East. Welcome fall into the Long Beach Island Region with a heated food competition, where every ticket holder gets a vote!

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — Chowderfest Weekend is almost here! This iconic event has extended the summer season to keep the party rolling a few weeks longer. Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members have prepared a memorable weekend to kick off fall by pulling out all the stops for a two day festival.

Merchant Mart – Sept 30th

With the expansion of the Chowderfest grounds look for more to love this year, with more seating, room under the tents and by the stage.
The weekend kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 30 with a free Merchant Mart and Make Shift Row Tent with handmade products for sale. Dozens of merchants will be offering end-of-season bargains, local specialties and gourmet food. Live music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. features Jimmy Brogan, White Rabbit and The Impulsives.Children’s entertainment will include hands on crafts from The Learning Experience, Face Painting by Sprinkles the Clown and will be the  introduction of Crunchy the T Rex in his first ever Long Beach Island appearance. Crunchy feeding times will be 12-1 and 2-3pm.For the adults, a select variety beers on tap and hard ciders are available, including Bud Light, Landshark Lager, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Goose Island IPA, Stella Cidre, Strongbow and McKenzie Black Cherry.

Chowder Cook-Off Classic – Oct 1st

The Chowder Cook-Off Classic heats up on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. as some of the best restaurants in the area face off for the tastiest chowder. All ticket holders can sample and place votes for the best red, white and creative chowders, with VIPs getting early access to the chowder tents to taste and view competitors’ decorative booths at 10 a.m. Children’s activities will also be available throughout out the day with the Learning Experience and Face painting by Sarah Cannavo. Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies, which are scheduled for 4 p.m. with Glenn Kalina from WJRZ as Master of Ceremonies.

White Chowder (New England Clam Chowder) competitors

Red Chowder (Manhattan Clam Chowder) competitors

Creative Seafood Chowder competitors

Sunday’s music lineup includes The Pickles, Ted Hammock, Jason Booth and Funk Schway.

Tickets

This is a ticketed event, which are on sale at chowderfest.com or by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber at 609-494-7211, visiting their Visitor Center at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, or emailing [email protected]. Toddlers under the age of three get free admission. Tickets for the October 1 Cook-Off cost: Children to age 12 – $10, General Admission – $25, VIP – $55 and Platinum VIP – $100. VIPs get early access to the Chowder Cook-Off Classic and an official 2017 VIP Shirt, and Platinum VIPs, limited to 150 tickets, get entry to the new Beer Garden with big screen TVs, Bud Girls handing out, and giveaways.On Sunday the free Chowderfest shuttle is back for parking and can be picked up at 42nd St, 60th St, 68th St, 85th St, 95th St, 133rd St, and Engleside Ave, Beach Haven. Last bus leaves Chowderfest grounds at 6pm.

Free Water Taxi Between Tuckerton and Beach Haven

In addition to the many new and exciting offerings, as part of Southern Ocean Chamber’s Downtown Driven program with the boroughs of Beach Haven and Tuckerton – a free water taxi service is available based on first come reservations. Enjoy a one hour boat ride across the Barnegat Bay leaving from Tuckerton Seaport allowing you three and half hours to explore. Enjoy free Merchant Mart on Saturday or purchase your tickets to pop into Sunday’s Cook Off Classic. Trips are scheduled to begin at 9am, for more information and to make reservations contact Tuckerton Seaport directly at 609 296-8868.Proceeds earned from Chowderfest Weekend have gone to providing three decades of financial support to hundreds of local charities and events, as well as scholarships to Pinelands Regional, Southern Regional and Barnegat high schools. Funds are also used to maintain the Southern Ocean Chamber’s fully-staffed visitor center located in Ship Bottom, advertise the area to visitors and organize events that deliver economic impact, such as the LBI Wedding Road Show. It also provides local organizations to plan successful events around festival hours such as the Shellfish Soiree at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences on Friday evening Sept 29 from 7-10pm  and Saturday night Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band, Saints in the City performing at Surflight Theatre Sept 30 with a 830pm Showtime.
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Sponsors

Southern Ocean Chamber would like to thank 2017 sponsors for their belief in making this the best festival possible. Presenting sponsors include Sysco , Ritchie & Page, Bud Light, TD Bank and The Sandpaper/Beachcomber. This year’s stage sponsor is Barlow Buick GMC, Vip Sponsor Anderson Insurance Agency, Voting Tent Sponsor AtlantiCare, T Shirt Sponsors Panzone’s Pizza and Jetty. Tourism Marketing Partners: State of NJ, Division of Travel and Tourism and the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Oyster Crackers are sponsored by Westminster Bakers Co. Additional support provided by Fantasy Island Amusement Park, Potts Excavating Inc, Sally’s Seafood, The Borough of Beach Haven, Southwick’s Marina, Beach Haven Police, Fire & First Aid Squad, Thundering Surf and Murphy’s Market. Special thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who make this possible.

For more information please go to www.chowderfest.com or contact Southern Ocean Chamber at 609 494 7211, [email protected], stop in at 265 W Ninth Street Ship Bottom or www.visitLBIregion.com

Bickford Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season

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Singer/Songwriter John Sebastian appears on Thursday, November 30

Opens September 28 with The George Gee Swing Orchestra

(Morristown, NJ, September 12, 2017)—The Bickford Theatre has announced their 2017-18 season which includes a blend of jazz, bluegrass, classical, pop and a trio of live theater offerings. Subscription packages for the Main Stage productions are available and seats for most of this season’s shows are reserved. Tickets are available online at www.morrismuseum.org or by phone at 973-971-3706. Food trucks which proved extremely popular over the summer will be offered for the concerts in September and October so make plans to tailgate while the weather is still nice.“We are pleased to present three wonderful plays this season,” said Artistic Director Eric Hafen. “We begin with Bakersfield Mist, an Elliot Norton Award-winner for Best New Play, on October 26. The show enjoyed a successful three-month run on London’s West End before heading to regional theaters around the world. This comedy-drama tackles vital questions about art and creativity while keeping the audience laughing with well-timed zingers.”The two other plays slated for this season are Accomplice by Tony Award-winner Rupert Holmes and A Dog Story by Eric H. Weinberger and Gayla D. Morgan. The winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s “Edgar” Award, Accomplice was a Broadway hit called “the comedy thriller of all comedy thrillers.” It opens on January 25. And the musical A Dog Story, which received rave reviews during its limited Off-Broadway run in 2016, opens on April 12.The Bickford Theatre is developing a reputation as a great place for jazz and this season’s concerts underscore the buzz. The George Gee Swing Orchestra, one of the best big bands in the country, opens the season on Thursday, September 28th. Led by the charismatic George Gee, the 17-piece band includes many top-flight jazz musicians including singer John Dokes, saxophonist Michael Hashim, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, and bassist Marcus McLaurine.The Jazz Showcase roster includes both the expected and the unexpected. Among the returning veterans will be bassist and singer Nicki Parrott with Rossano Sportiello and Eddie Metz in October; hot jazz clarinetist Dan Levinson in both the fall and the spring; and the annual Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash in March. The legendary 7-string guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli stops by in January as the theater celebrates his 92nd birthday. And the always popular singer/songwriter Grover Kemble will be joined by jazz pianist Jerry Vezza and his trio for an evening of great music and lots of laughs.
Boogie-woogie pianist and singer Marcia Ball celebrates Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 10
The theater is also pleased to have some new jazz stars on its stage. Swingadelic, the region’s “best little big band” pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald in October; Chris Brubeck, the son of legendary Dave Brubeck, appears with his award-winning trio Triple Play in January; drummer T.S. Monk pays tribute to his famous father in February; and the extraordinary clarinetist Ken Peplowski salutes the great Benny Goodman in May.The always popular A La Carte Series includes four shows this season. From Bach to Rock 2.0 on October 8 features Nadia and Vladimir Zaitsev, a prize-winning husband and wife duo who are delighting audiences around the world with their virtuosity, humor and wide-ranging repertoire. Then on March 1, it is the dazzling Trio Da Paz, featuring Brazil’s most in-demand musicians, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Duduka da Fonseca. On Sunday, March 4, the Garden State Philharmonic String Quartet salutes the music of Leonard Bernstein as the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth; and on May 6, the critically acclaimed concert pianist Christopher Johnson performs the New Jersey premiere of his gorgeous composition “Rhapsody on America the Beautiful” in his program A Portrait of American Music.The Bickford Theatre’s Concert Series includes both old favorites such as Fireside Mystery Theatre on October 1 and Carolyn Dorfman Dance on November 16; and new stars including Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian and multiple blues award-winner Marcia Ball. Appearing on Thursday, November 30, John Sebastian will delight fans with the unique style that made him a favorite from Woodstock to Broadway. And Marcia Ball, the rollicking New Orleans-style pianist, brings the Mardi Gras spirit to the theatre on February 10 just before Fat Tuesday.Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. Most of the shows this year will have reserved seating so order tickets early. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road inMorristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Bickford Theatre 2017-2018 Season Overview

Main StageOctober 26 – November 5 Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs The hilarious and thought provoking award-winning comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Adult LanguageJanuary 25 – February 4 Accomplice by Rupert Holmes Proclaimed “the comedy thriller of all comedy thrillers,” this award-winning whodunit thrilled audiences on Broadway and around the world with its electrifying game of trickery and misdirection. Adult Situations and ContentApril 12 – April 22 A Dog Story (New Jersey Premiere) Book by Eric Weinberger; Music & Lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan This charming musical comedy has been called a “treat of a show for the whole family” which will have “you rolling over in laughter and delight.”

Jazz Showcase

Thursday, Sept. 28 George Gee Swing Orchestra/Season Opener The jazz season opens with one of the best swing bands in the country featuring New York City’s top musicians.Thursday, Oct. 5 Swingadelic: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald The best little big band pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of one the greatest jazz singers of the 20th Century.Monday, Oct. 23 Nicki Parrott Trio Bassist and singer Nicky Parrott will be joined by pianist Rossano Sportiello and drummer Eddie Metz.Thursday, Nov. 9 Hot House Award Winner Every year Hot House Jazz Magazine recognizes New York fan favorites now Bickford Theatre audiences will get to enjoy one or two of the winners in concert.Monday, Nov. 13 Bickford Benefit Band Hot jazz clarinetist Dan Levinson always puts together a swinging band comprised of the best musicians from the region for this annual benefit concert.Monday, Jan. 8 Bucky Pizzarelli Birthday Party Don’t miss this annual birthday celebration for the Hall of Fame guitarist whose credits range from Benny Goodman to Paul McCartney.Saturday, January 20 Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play Led by the great Dave Brubeck’s son, Triple Play brings together three exceptional musicians whose good-time music draws on folk, blues, and jazz.Thursday, Feb. 22 T.S. Monk: Song for My Father Celebrating the 100th anniversary of his father’s birth, T.S. Monk has charted his own course as a composer, arranger and drummer.Monday, Feb. 26 Dan Levinson & Friends Clarinetist Dan Levinson always takes hot jazz to another level.Monday, March 12 Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash If you can’t get to Davenport, Iowa, then celebrate the jazz legend’s birthday as our annual tradition continues.Thursday, April 5 Jerry Vezza and Grover Kemble: Together Again We guarantee that you’ll have as much fun as the musicians do when Grover and Jerry take the stage with some friends for an evening of great music and lots of laughter.Thursday, May 3 Ken Peplowski’s Benny Goodman Tribute The spirit of Benny Goodman lives in the great clarinetist Ken Peplowski who is an international favorite and has been delighting audiences for decades with his warmth, wit, and musicianship.Saturday, May 5 Broadway Bluegrass with the NY City Slickers Fronted by three women, the NY City Slickers is an eight-piece, high energy, progressive Bluegrass band who will give a new twist to Broadway favorites.

A La Carte Series

Sunday, October 8 From Bach to Rock 2.0 with Nadia and Vladimir Zaitsev Back by popular demand, this prize-winning husband and wife team astound and delight audiences with their virtuosity, humor and wide-ranging repertoire.Sunday, March 4 Garden State Philharmonic: Broadway Bound The Garden State Philharmonic String Quartet celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with a selection of his favorite compositions plus the works of other Broadway composers.Thursday, March 12 Trio da Paz Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Duduka da Fonseca have redefined Brazilian jazz with their dazzling rhythms and exciting improvisations.Sunday, May 20 Christopher Johnson: Portrait of American Music The critically acclaimed concert pianist performs the New Jersey premiere of his composition “Rhapsody on America the Beautiful” as well as classical favorites. Dr. Johnson performs throughout the USA, Europe, Central America, South America and in Canada.

Concerts Series

Sunday, October 1 Fireside Mystery Theatre You’ll be treated to thrilling, all new original radio dramas along with musical performances and comedic sketches in an exclusive world premiere.Thursday, November 16 Carolyn Dorfman Dance The award-winning dance company will hit the stage with a bold, dramatic performance which both entertains and engages the audience in a celebration of the human spirit.Thursday, Nov. 30 John Sebastian Since the 1960s, John Sebastian has been an important part of the American music fabric, from Greenwich Village to films and television the founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful and inductee into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame has entertained audiences around the world.Saturday, Feb. 10 Marcia Ball Multiple award winning singer and pianist Marcia Ball will raise the Bickford Theatre roof with her rollicking, infectious band as they celebrate Mardis Gras with her musical gumbo which blends blues, boogie-woogie and Texas roadhouse.Sunday, Feb. 25 The Magic of Lyn Amazing eye-defying illusionist returns to the stage for a spectacular show. She is the first woman illusionist in history to receive the Milbourne Christopher Award, The Academy Award of magic, from the Society of American Magicians.
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Six Flags Great Adventure Announces Six New Fright Fest Attractions for 2017

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Park Unleashes Biggest Fright Fest in History

Six Flags Great Adventure is set to unleash the biggest and scariest Fright Fest in history this fall. The Northeast’s Largest Halloween party, which runs weekends and select days September 16 through October 31, features more than 25 Halloween-themed shows and attractions. Families can enjoy Thrills By Day with all of their favorite rides and family-friendly entertainment, and experience Fright By Night with terrifying mazes, scare zones, spooktacular shows and thrilling rides after dark.In 2017, Six Flags unveils two newly-themed haunted mazes, three new shows and a new scare zone so every step is filled with fright.

New this season:

  • Lady of the Lake Cemetery – Great Adventure’s folklore inspired the newest scare zone, which will surely bring a chill to every guest. Guinevere, a drowned bride cursed by the Jersey Devil, has haunted Jackson’s Great Lake for more than a hundred years. Guests can try to spot her spirit in the flowing, white dress as they walk through the mist and monster-filled graveyard.
  • Aftermath – A post-apocalyptic world becomes a reality as guests try to survive this twisting haunted maze crawling with barbaric, mutant scavengers. This raw experience of a global catastrophe makes nightmares come true. Extra fee required to participate.
  • Wicked Woods – Fables and folklore from the dark and haunted forests aren’t just for story time anymore. Evil creatures come to life under the creaky and gnarled branches as guests try to escape the night shadows. Extra fee required to participate.
  • Unleashed – Guests will be spellbound by this new theatrical production featuring incredible acrobatics, dance, music and feats of magic premiering in Showcase Theatre.
  • Corvyx – Alternative electronic pop artist Corvyx is taking YouTube by storm through a combination of haunting covers, visually stunning videos and original music. Armed with a wicked style and powerhouse voice, Corvyx will rock Fright Fest during his residency near the new Wicked Brew bar on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Ignite – A hypnotizing and dazzling display of fire spinning and illusion will have guests glued to the pavement watching every heart-stopping trick. This performance, located next to the Bumper Cars in Adventure Alley, will really see if guests can take the heat.
In addition to the new frights, classic family favorites return by popular demand:
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail
  • The Skeletones
  • Professor Slithers’ Creepy Critters
  • Spooky Kooky Magic Show
After 6 pm when the park takes a very dark turn, guests can expect their Halloween favorites like:
  • The Arrival ghoul parade
  • The Awakening
  • Dead Man’s Party
  • Cell Block 6
  • Demon District
In all, 11 monstertainment shows, seven free scares, Halloween-themed shopping and dining experiences plus a world-class thrill ride collection are included with park admission, Season Pass or active Membership. Seven haunted mazes require an additional fee. Fright By Night is not recommended for children under 12 and those who scare easily.
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Cape May’s 45th Annual Victorian Weekend – October 5th – 9th

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CAPE MAY —Cape May’s 45th annual Victorian Weekend, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), highlights the city’s Victorian architecture and history with a long holiday weekend of trolley tours, house tours, walking tours, living history programs, food and wine events, a crafts and collectibles show, murder mystery dinners, trolley tours and more, from Thursday, Oct. 5 through Monday, Oct. 9.

History Lovers

Attention history lovers! These special tours, activities and events during Victorian Weekend are perfect for those who love to explore the past:

Join us on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m., as Admiral Thad W. Allen (USCG Ret.) presents “Always Ready: Stories of Leadership and Unity During Crisis” — the 6th Annual Lessons of History Distinguished Lecture Series — at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave. Admiral Allen’s illustrious Coast Guard career was punctuated by two extraordinary assignments, which are exemplary of the Coast Guard motto Semper Paratus (“Always Ready”) and which each demanded extraordinary leadership ability. In 2005, President Bush placed Admiral Allen in charge of Hurricane Katrina onsite search-and-rescue and recovery efforts, due to Allen’s demonstrated leadership capabilities. Given his reputation for successfully dealing with a national crisis, in 2010, President Obama assigned Admiral Allen as National Incident Commander to take charge of the total federal government response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This lecture is co-sponsored by MAC and Martel & Associates (Myles & Leslie Martel). A Meet the Lecturer reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at The Mainstay Inn. Tickets are limited for this event. Prior to Labor Day, lecture tickets may be purchased for $35; lecture and reception tickets are $65. For purchases after Labor Day, lecture tickets may be purchased for $40; lecture and reception tickets are $70. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 609-884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

Learn about Victorian mourning jewelry and customs, including the cameo, and Victorian hair work jewelry, during Cameo Appearances & Brunch on Monday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. You’ll enjoy a lecture by living history presenter Thomas Tear, accompanied by brunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Bring jewelry pieces for identification (not appraisal). Admission is $30.

Cape May has one of the largest concentrations of 19th century wood frame structures (over 600) in the United States. Take a look at this National Historic Landmark City from a builder’s perspective during Behind the Walls & Under the Crawls Trolley Tour. You’ll learn about the technological advances of the era and how things really worked on this one-hour guided trolley tour. Monday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. Admission is $15 adults, $10 (children ages 3-12).

New in 2017! During the Underground Railroad Trolley Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2:15 p.m., you will hear how legendary anti-slavery fighter, Harriet Tubman walked the streets of Cape May, as did businessman and former slave, Stephen Smith, whose railroad cars carried hundreds to freedom. Co-sponsored by the Center for Community Arts and MAC. Includes a guided tour of the Owen Coachman house (a historic free black’s house) by David Clemans, who painstakingly restored it. Admission is $15.

Join in the fun at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom during An Evening of Victorian Parlor Games. Play the parlor games Victorians played, including such favorites as “Charades” and “Pass the Slipper.” Victorian dress encouraged! Limited to 35. Dessert is included with coffee or tea or bring a beverage of your choice. $15 adults, $12 MAC members. Monday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Who was Dr. Emlen Physick? You’ll get to know this Victorian gentleman whose Estate’s grounds at 1048 Washington St. are home to the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) when you see that The Dr. Is In, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. He’ll be happy to tell you about Victorian cures for your medical ailments, and will share his uniquely Victorian view of the world.

House Tours

Are you eager to peek inside some of Cape May’s glorious historic buildings? Innkeepers, private homeowners and museums open their doors during Victorian Weekend just for you:Historic Inns, private homes and restaurants offer delicious chocolate delicacies for you to taste during the Chocolate Tasting Tour, as you tour their property, on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. Admission is $20 adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12).See inside a selection of charming private cottages and homes not normally open to the public during the Private Homes Tour on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adult admission is $20; admission for children (ages 3-12) is $15.New house tour theme for 2017! Enjoy an entertaining and educational guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St., during the Emlen Physick Estate Tour, with the new 2017-18 tour theme, “Let’s Go Shopping! Victorian Consumer Culture.” Tours are offered daily during Victorian Weekend; hours vary. Adult admission is $12, admission for children (ages 3-12) is $8. Combine this house tour with a guided trolley tour of Cape May’s Historic District with the Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tours, which leave from Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Admission is $22 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-12).Get into the “spirit” of things on a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., during Historic Haunts House Tours. These tours include a discussion of Victorian spiritualism, and are offered Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Combine this tour with the Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour during the Historic Haunts Combo Tours, offered at 7:15 p.m. $22 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-12).

Food, Wine, Beer & Spirits

Enjoy dining events during Victorian Weekend that celebrate the Cape May region’s delicious wines, beers and famous restaurants:New in 2017! Kick off Victorian Weekend on Thursday, Oct. 5 from noon to 2:30 p.m. with this exciting new event at the newly opened Nauti Spirits Distillery in North Cape May: Victorian Vices at Nauti Spirits. Travel by trolley from Cape May’s historic district to the distillery and learn about Victorian vices during an entertaining talk by Elan Zingman-Leith. After the talk, be dazzled by a classic cocktail demonstration. Admission is $18. Beverages available at additional cost.Increase your knowledge of wines during the Cape May Wine School Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. This themed class “Delicious Italian Wines” will feature wines from Sicily, Tuscany, Piedmont and other regions, highlighting wines from the Opera Wine Company, a well-known Italian importer. You’ll refine your palate at the Washington Inn, 801 Washington St. Admission $40.New in 2017! Here’s an exclusive chance to see the light of the full moon from the ideal vantage point – atop the Cape May Lighthouse after a delicious dinner during Dinner & Full Moon Climb. Take the trolley to the Red Store in Cape May Point for Chef Lucas Manteca’s Tasting Menu experience. After dinner, hop back on board the trolley for a short ride to Cape May Lighthouse, where you will climb to the top to relish the full moon from the watch gallery, weather permitting. Friday, Oct. 6 at 6:15 p.m. Reservations necessary; limited to 22. Admission is $85.Chocolate lovers unite! You’ll savor seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it during the Chocolate Lovers’ Feast at The Blue Rose Inn on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. Admission is $40.Visit Cape May County wineries and sample the unique flavors of each during the Cape May Wine Trail on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Begin with a trolley ride from the Physick Estate to Willow Creek Winery in West Cape May for a wine tasting, after which the trolley will take you back to the Carriage House Café & Tearoom for a delicious lunch, followed by a trolley ride to Natali Vineyards in Goshen for more wine tasting. Admission is $60.Enjoy gracious, yet casual, dining at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. with an a la carte menu that includes signature sandwiches, salads, and tea sandwiches, as well as homemade soups and quiche, a kids’ menu, plus an Afternoon Tea Luncheon featuring loose tea service with teas from the House of Tea in Philadelphia. If you have a busy schedule, everything is available for takeout, too. Open daily (except Mondays) from noon to 4 p.m. For reservations call 609-884-5111.

Walking Tours

Cape May is a delightfully walkable city. Walking gives you an up-close view of Cape May’s architecture and charm during Victorian Weekend:Stroll Dr. Emlen Physick’s neighborhood on tree-lined Washington Street and hear about the families who lived there and the architecture of the homes near the grand Physick Estate during Dr. Physick’s Neighborhood Walking Tour. Explore one of Cape May’s great mysteries – why the Doctor chose to live in this area of Cape May. Offered Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12). Combine lunch or afternoon tea with your walk. Dr. Physick’s Neighborhood Walking Tour & Café Combo is $20 and includes the walking tour and lunch or afternoon tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.Build up an appetite with a walking tour of the Historic District, and then enjoy a Southern-style breakfast buffet at the historic Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St. during the Brunch Walk on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $20, $15 for children (ages 3-12). The Historic District Walking tour is available for purchase separately subject to availability; admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).Walk the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate on Sunday, Oct. 8 during the Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles Show on the lawn at 1048 Washington St. Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region will display and sell their unique and hand-made wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and free parking is available.Take a one-hour, evening walking tour of the haunted streets of historic Cape May with psychic medium and ghost writer Craig McManus as your guide. A Walk with The Ghostwriter is offered on Friday Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. You will hear stories of the houses where McManus has sensed paranormal activity. Admission is $25.Go on a clues hunt and discover answers to questions as you search the grounds of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. during the Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt. Purchase a packet for $5 that includes a clues sheet and ponder the answers as you explore the estate grounds as a family or group. Learn together about Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum — one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country. Available daily, year-round. Costs $5 per packet (only one packet is needed per family).Discover the fun of exploring Cape May and uncovering its architectural elements from a kid’s perspective with the Cape May Family Treasure Hunt. Each treasure hunt packet is $5 and contains a clues sheet and map that will take you on a self-guided discovery tour, set to your own pace (answer sheet also included). Only one packet needed per family. The packet is available daily in the Hill House office at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., during regular hours of operation and at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. The Cape May Family Treasure Hunt is co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and Preservation New Jersey.The grounds of Cape May’s original “haunted house,” the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., have been transformed for the spooky season into Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate. Scarecrow Alley is a highlight of the Estate’s Halloween decorations. Walk the grounds and vote for your favorite ghoulishly gruesome or foolishly funny scarecrow. Friday, Oct. 6 through Monday, Oct. 31. Admission is free to the grounds.

Theatrical Entertainment

Cape May is home to two outstanding professional equity theater companies, East Lynne Theater Company and Cape May Stage, as well as a host of talented amateur actors, playwrights and historical interpreters.New in 2017! Transport yourself to a time when entertainment was theatrical, sassy, and teased the imagination. Experience the Spectacular Burlesque Extravaganza on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. at The Chalfonte Hotel in the King Edwards Bar. You’ll be dazzled by this modern take on classic burlesque, rooted in Victorian vaudeville. Admission is $25. Light fare and beverages available at additional cost. For mature audiences.The scene is set for Murder Mystery Dinners by John Alvarez at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., with the mystery: “Marriage and Other Crimes.” What happens when the family doesn’t approve of the fiancée? Mayhem ensues when the groom-to-be introduces his future wife to his family. Interact with the cast of likely suspects and try to solve the mystery. Enjoy a four course dinner as you contemplate the clues. Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7p.m. Aleathea’s Restaurant at the The Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. $50 per person $25 for children ages 3-12.The 1879 Emlen Physick Estate Victorian House Museum is the ideal setting for the popular interactive production featuring a new mystery each year: Clueless at the Physick Estate: “Rum for Your Life” Come one, come all on a trip back to the 1930s when things were simpler and the rum was always running! See if you can solve the mysterious death in the family of a high class mob member, in the dramatic setting of the historic Emlen Physick Estate. Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Accessible with advance registration. Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. $18 per person.

Equity Theater

East Lynne Theater Company presents “A Year in the Trenches”: “A Year in the Trenches” is based on Dilkes’ book “Remembering World War I: An Engineer’s Diary of the War,” and other historical sources. Charles Edward Dilkes was born in Philadelphia, but spent the rest of his life in New Jersey after the war. Live music from the period is performed throughout. Wednesdays through Saturdays (no show on Wed. Oct. 4), Sept. 20-Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. (No show on Oct. 4) Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. Admission: $32 general, $27 seniors (age 62+) or disabled, $17 full-time students and military; children 12 and under free. Presented by East Lynne Theater Company in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).Cape May Stage presents “Outside Mullingar”: This romantic comedy takes place in rural Ireland where an introverted farmer nearing his middle years is pursued by his neighbor who vows to have him at all costs. Sept. 27 through Nov. 10, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. The Robert Shackleton Playhouse is located at the corner of Bank & Lafayette streets. Admission: $38 adults $33 seniors (62+) and $18 students and active duty military. Presented by Cape May Stage in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
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All this, plus historic sites and more, are part of Cape May’s 45th annual Victorian Weekend sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), a multifaceted, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all.For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s Web site at www.capemaymac.org.For information about restaurants, accommodations  and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508.For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at www.capemaylodging.com.

First-of-its-Kind Thrill Ride – CYBORG – to Debut at Six Flags Great Adventure

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DC Super Hero CYBORG Themed Ride Coming in 2018

JACKSON, N.J. — August 31, 2017 — Six Flags Great Adventure, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, today announced that it will premiere the world’s first thrill ride themed to the DC Super Hero CYBORG in 2018. Inspired by the movement of a gyroscope, CYBORG Cyber Spin will deliver an unrelenting and intense anti-gravity experience as it whirls guests on three axes high above the ground.“Six Flags leads the industry in thrill ride innovation; it is part of our DNA,” said Park President Neal Thurman. ”Six Flags Great Adventure is home to an unparalleled collection of record-breaking attractions and we are excited to be adding CYBORG Cyber Spin, the first of its kind in North America.”

Like the Super Hero CYBORG of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, this futuristic, hi-tech ride will be unlike anything our guests have ever seen or experienced before and it is the perfect new thrill ride to expand our new Metropolis section.”-Park President Neal Thurman

CYBORG Cyber Spin features a unique futuristic triple box design that allows the gondola to spin around three separate axes while rotating forward, backwards and sideways simultaneously at up to 70 feet in the air for intense and continuous movement. Seated 24 across with over-the-shoulder harnesses, riders will experience a thrilling combination of negative and positive gravitational forces. By night—this bold, new attraction promises to light up the New Jersey skies beckoning thrill seekers from near and far.CYBORG Cyber Spin highlights include:
  • Unpredictable flips and pivots at heights up to seven stories (70 feet) above the ground;
  • Floorless seats that leave riders’ feet dangling as they whirl through the air;
  • Dazzling nighttime light display; and
  • Located in Metropolis adjacent to JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis.
CYBORG Cyber Spin is expected to debut in late spring of 2018. For more information about next season at Six Flags Great Adventure, visit https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/newfor2018Six Flags Great Adventure 2018 Season Pass Six Flags Great Adventure is also announcing the start of 2018 Season Pass sales with its special Flash Sale through Labor Day weekend featuring the best deal of the year—savings up to 70% on a 2018 Pass.August 31 through Sept. 4, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Season Pass with every Pass purchased. Gold Season Passes include admission to both Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor, and any other Six Flags theme park, as well as free parking and special admission offers for friends.2018 Season Passes provide unlimited visits any operating day for the rest of 2017 (including park admission to Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®), and all of 2018. Pass holders may also purchase a Premium Season Dining Pass, which includes a lunch, dinner, and snack during every park visit, plus they will receive a 2018 All Season Drink Bottle for unlimited drink refills. Premium Season Dining Passes may be used at any Six Flags theme park.
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About Warner Bros. Consumer Products Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world.  WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (opening 2018). With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Entertainment DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE JOKER, GREEN LANTERN, THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL, CYBORG, LEX LUTHOR and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)

About Six Flags Entertainment CorporationSix Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 20 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 56 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park® are registered trademarks of Six Flags Theme Parks Inc.#CYBORG

Southern Ocean Chamber’s DownTown Driven; Connecting Beach Haven and Tuckerton through Water Taxi

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With pilot water taxi service completing a successful run on August 12 launching from Tuckerton Seaport, this alternate mode of transportation continues to be at the heart of the economic development discussion for Southern Ocean County.

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. – Aug. 14, 2017 – Earlier this year, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce had launched the Downtown Driven Program and announced availability to work directly with two local municipalities on economic development and downtown revitalization. Beach Haven and Tuckerton Economic Development Councils passed resolutions to sign on to begin formulating best practices, business orientated initiatives and tourism initiatives that would set goals and advance awareness for incoming as well as established businesses.After the chamber representatives attending meetings on both sides, it was clear that stakeholders in both boroughs were interested into feasibility of running a water taxi service to benefit visitors, residents and possibly commuters. Representatives from both Economic Development Councils, Southern Ocean Chamber and the Tuckerton Seaport have been meeting monthly since spring at the Southern Ocean County Chamber office to talk short and long term strategies. The Ocean County Planning Department has also met with the group to assist with logistical issues and see if there is any available grant funding to offset operational costs. The Tuckerton Seaport had suggested hosting a test run on August 12 utilizing USCG licensed Captain Tom Masterson, owner of LBI Boat Tours which docks at the Morrison’s Marina Beach Haven. The 24 passenger seats were offered free of charge and filled within 48 hours. There were four originating trips (2 from Tuckerton and 2 from Beach Haven) and then returning trips later that day.All riders were surveyed and rated the service as excellent, that they would recommend it to a friend and would pay for the service. Next steps will continue to be discussed with the group on bringing the taxi into a regularly routed service. Additional service is being considered for operating during Decoy Weekend and Chowderfest Weekend, details will be announced once finalized.
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For more information about the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Driven Program please contact 609)494-7211, stop into their visitor center at 265 W Ninth St Ship Bottom or go to www.visitLBIregion.com Find out more about what is being offered at the Tuckerton Seaport and Beach Haven

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Drifters to Headline Algonquin Arts Theatre Gala

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Algonquin Arts Theatre to Honor Janice Blanton, Larson Ford, The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation and Stephen Strouse at June 8 Event

MANASQUAN, N.J. (May 1, 2017) – They say the neon lights are bright, On Broadway.Algonquin Arts Theatre welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Drifters and their endless supply of mega-hits from the 1950s and 1960s to headline our annual gala.The gala’s theme this year, On Broadway, uses the title from The Drifter’s 1963 hit to highlight the completion of the Algonquin’s fifth season producing Broadway-style plays and musicals.Dara Brown, an anchor from NBC News, will emcee the gala and also serves as a Co-Chair of the event with Alison McGonigal of August & Scout Café and Bakery and Diane Onto of Manasquan Bank.

For information including an event schedule, ticket levels and how to sponsor the event, please visit algonquinarts.org/gala or call 732-528-4336.

Three ticket levels offer various levels of access, from a Gala Performance Ticket that provides an open cocktail party & a seat for the show through a VIP All-Access experience that includes cocktails, dinner at Remington’s or Blend on Main, and an exclusive post-show reception with the headliners.Tickets can be purchased by calling 732-528-9211, online at algonquinarts.org and in person at the Algonquin Box Office at 173 Main Street in Manasquan from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and on 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays.The On Broadway Gala Starring the Drifters recognizes Humanitarian Award honoree Janice Blanton, Community Service Award honorees Larson Ford and the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, and Arts Education Award honoree Stephen Strouse.“I am very excited that this gala will pay tribute to four fantastic honorees,” said Brett Colby, the theatre’s interim director of development who recently returned to the theatre after six years away. “Janice Blanton has been a devoted board member for many years, contributing countless hours and dollars to sustain the theatre’s presence in the community.“Stephen Strouse receives the Arts Education Award not only for his work in the education system, but also for the expertise he brings to many Algonquin productions. Finally, the theatre simply could not survive without the support of philanthropic families like the Grunin and Larson families. The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and Larson Ford are extremely deserving of this years’ Community Service Award.”The gala is the single biggest fundraising day of the year for Algonquin Arts Theatre, and the event includes a Silent Auction and much more. All funds raised support our mission to provide cultural enhancement and arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore.The “Rodgers and Hammerstein” lead sponsors of this year’s gala are Eliot Arlo Colon for NJ Assembly, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and PNC Wealth Management. Holman Frenia Alison, P.C., Manasquan Bank and OceanFirst Bank are “Andrew Lloyd Webber” sponsors, while Peter A. Flihan & Linda P. Hejduk, The Folk Agency, Mona & John Kirk, Jerry & Diane Levitz, David & Gayle Donnelly of NaturaLawn, New Jersey Natural Gas, NJ CAR, Rhonda Maraziti of Withum, Dale & Peter Wegener, Roosevelt Investments, TD Bank and Frank J. Valente-Allstate NJ Insurance Company are “Lin-Manuel Miranda” sponsors.The evening’s live appeal is supported by Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley and Janice Blanton, while Broadway Ray has contributed coveted “Hamilton” tickets which will be part of a New York City package auctioned off as in the Live Auction.
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About Algonquin Arts Theatre Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501c(3) non-profit center for performing arts, providing cultural enrichment and arts education for residents and visitors of Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore through high quality performances and programs in theatre, music, dance and film.Located in Manasquan, N.J., AAT is an integral part of the Shore Region, offering broad access to arts experiences across multiple disciplines. Deeply committed to education, AAT serves students of all ages not only through art and music instruction, but also through the unique communal conversation that exists between audience member and performer. The theatre provides a platform for local and regional performers to showcase their work and offers audiences the opportunity to engage very directly and personally in the arts, fostering greater participation and providing an engaging means for exploring personal and societal issues through the world of the stage.Algonquin Arts Theatre’s programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided by Manasquan Bank, Broadway Ray, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Freed Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the OceanFirst Foundation, the Investors Bank Foundation, the Provident Bank Foundation and the generosity of our patrons.The theatre was voted New Jersey’s favorite small performing arts center south of the Raritan River in 2015 and 2016.

World’s Tallest and Fastest Drop Ride to Debut Extreme VR Experience at Six Flags Great Adventure

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JACKSON, N.J. — April 20, 2017 — Six Flags Great Adventure, in partnership with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the “Official Technology Partner of Six Flags,” today announced an all-new, extreme virtual reality experience coming to the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride beginning May 5. Thrill-seekers will use Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus to battle giant, mutant spiders while they plunge 41 stories at speeds up to 90 mph on Drop of Doom VR, a fully-integrated virtual reality (VR) experience on Zumanjaro.Six Flags Great Adventure - Wearing Samsung Goggles on Drop of Doom VR

“As the leader in innovation, Six Flags launched the very first VR coaster experiences. Now, we are taking virtual reality to the next level with the introduction of the first VR drop rides.”–Neal Thurman, park president.

“As the leader in innovation, Six Flags launched the very first VR coaster experiences. Now, we are taking virtual reality to the next level with the introduction of the first VR drop rides,” said Neal Thurman, park president. “Drop of Doom VR plays upon two of our greatest fears – extreme heights and spiders – and delivers an entirely new thrill for the spring 2017 season.”While anxious riders buckle into their floorless seats and strap on their VR headsets, they are transported into a 360-degree virtual world where they become pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders. This intense, interactive adventure features:Six Flags Great Adventure Drop of Doom VR
  • High speed, vertical ascent up 41 actual stories that transforms into 100 virtual stories while teetering off the edge of a helicopter;
  • A 360-degree rotating view high above massive city skyscrapers that are under siege by enormous spiders;
  • A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body;
  • A thrilling 10-second fiery plunge straight down at speeds up to 90 mph between towering skyscrapers;
  • The final showdown with a spider the size of a van, teeth-gnashing and in full attack mode.
For a limited time only, guests can experience the Drop of Doom virtual reality attraction free with paid park admission. Riders must be at least 48” tall to ride Drop of Doom VR, and at least 13 years old to experience Samsung Gear VR.
Riders must be at least 13 years of age to wear Samsung Gear VR. Guests must be at least 48” tall to ride Zumanjaro with a maximum height of 77”. Guests under the age of 13 who meet the height requirement, and day visitors who do not meet the exclusive requirements for this event, can ride Zumanjaro without VR headsets.
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About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 56 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

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