Ideas, idle gossip and occasionally important odds ’n’ ends… by Jack Wright
LOOKING for something to do this weekend? You obviously haven’t read the rest of this issue yet. (If that’s because you always turn to this column first, well, thank you kindly, I’m really touched.) This weekend is ridiculously full of fun events, some of which are going to clash, to the possible detriment of good causes. But lucky you get to enjoy a weekend of fun and games.
(Actually, all of the events are on Saturday, so you really WILL be spoiled for choice.)
The marquee event of the weekend is the third annual Harborfest, which is on from 10am to 5pm and, as you might imagine, is centered around the harbor. There is live music, fresh seafood, a scallop challenge (not entirely sure what that is – are the scallops fighting each other, or is it a cook-off?), beer gardens, and lots and lots of kids’ activities.
Around the same time, the Life Rolls On Foundation is hosting an event called They Will Surf Again, in Wildwood Crest, at which kids of all ages and experience level get to enjoy surfing, with all the equipment provided by the foundation, which is so vocally and ably promoted by local surfer Chad deSatnick.
In the evening, there are two great events that are both well worth the price of admission, even though one of them is technically free.
First of all, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May is holding a free beach party between Ocean and Gurney Streets, with all donations being given to help the folks on the Gulf coast who are battling the disastrous after-effects of the worst oil spill in American history.
Local legends like George Mesterhazy and Jay Bethel will be playing for free, along with others. This is a really nice gesture by the chamber and I’m sure they will attract a great crowd.
A bit further east, at the end of the beach, Cape May Stage is holding its annual Beach Ball at the Beach Club. And yes, as you can guess, it’s being held at the Beach Club of Cape May, from 7pm to 10pm.
There is wonderful food being catered by my good pal Annie Mullock, and she never disappoints. There are also some world-class auction items. You should read the story on page 63 for full details, but I will mention one prize that is absolutely priceless, and that is… editing Exit Zero for a week! So, if the idea of bumping me off my soap box for a week is appealing, as well as having the power to pick the front page photograph, then get along to the Beach Club and get your wallet out.
And yes, this auction item is available to everyone, and that means you, Mayor Mahaney, or anyone else who has felt slighted by my columns.
And we’re not done yet… the good people of Historic Cold Spring Village just happen to be hosting one of THEIR coolest events of the year, the Military Timeline Weekend, during which reenactors from conflicts spanning several centuries will be setting up camp — it’s the perfect Father’s Day outing! Check out soldiers from the Hundred Years War, Boer War, American Revolution, Civil War, World War II and the Korean War.
Thankfully, this event runs over both days, so it’s probably a good idea to visit the Village on Sunday if you want to attend Harborfest on Saturday.
* ONE of America’s brightest stars, and definitely the country’s funniest woman, just spent four days in our lovely little town. Tina Fey, star of Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and an eerily-brilliant impersonator of Sarah Palin, spent four nights at one of the Virginia Hotel’s cottages on Jackson Street. She was regularly spotted at the Congress Hall pool and enjoyed dinners at the Rusty Nail and The Blue Pig Tavern.
She also spent Monday night on the Wildwood boardwalk, wearing a Cape May sweatshirt. Now, THAT’S cool. Thanks for that last piece of breaking news from our newly-appointed Wildwood correspondent, Terry O’Brien.
“She seemed very mellow and low-key,” said someone who sat next to her on the Cape May beach, and that’s a REAL quote, not one of those “close friends” or “sources” you read about in Us Weekly.
Come back and see us again, Tina. You’re definitely the kind of visitor who will put the Cool into Cool Cape May.
Until next week, have a wonderful weekend. The weather’s going to be perfect.