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What’s happening this month?

August is here and summer is in full swing. If you’re looking for events to attend, look no further than here.

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West Cape May Farmers Market

Attend free evening concerts from 8-9:30 p.m. at the Rotary Bandstand (located on Lyle Lane between Decatur and Jackson Streets). Friday August 3 listen to the Bill Newmam Orchestra. Saturday August 3 is the John Walter Community Band. Wednesday August 7 features the Sweet Adelines. Friday August 9 is the Cape Harmonaires Barbershop Chorus. Saturday August 10 features the Hobo Band of Pitman. Wednesday August 14 is the Cape May County String Band.

From August 5-9, the Nature Center of Cape May is having a Marine Science/Ocean Glider camp for middle school age students in grades 6-8. It offers hands on experiences and engineering challenges. The day camp is offered from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact 609-465-5115or e-mail capemay4h@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Tuesday August 6, August 13 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., attend the West Cape May Farmers’ Market. It is held at the “Backyard Park” located behind the West Cape May Borough Hall. The market features fresh flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruits, local vendors and musicians! Rain or shine.

Wednesday August 7 at 10:30 a.m., Stockton Performing Arts Center in conjunction with The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is proud to present Children’s Summer Playhouse, Überboy:  The Story of a Hero. Tickets are $10; call Cape May Convention Hall Box Office at 609-884-9563 for more information.

Thursday August 8 is the ever loved Movies on the Beach. It is free and located at Convention Hall on Beach Avenue. The 8/8 showing is Princess Diaries. The 8/15 showing is Jaws (we’ll see you there!). Bring your own beach chairs and blankets. The movie starts at sunset. See the summer movie schedule

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Saturday, August 10 the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts is hosting its 2nd Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival on the ground of the Physick Estate, 1035 Washington Street, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is an all-day fun family festival. Admissions to the grounds is free.

Sunday August 11 in Wilbraham Park, there is a Craft & Flea Market from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Proceeds from this event fund scholarships, for children in local elementary schools. Recipients are determined through a written essay contest. Rain date is August 12. Call 732-229-3359 for more information.

Monday August 12, see Broadway Legend, Carol Lawrence, in a Brand New Cabaret Performance. 8 p.m. in Convention Hall, tickets are $50. Tony and Grammy Award-nominee Carol Lawrence is an entertainment triple threat. An actress, singer and dancer of the highest magnitude, Ms. Lawrence has been in numerous Broadway shows Audiences are sure to be dazzled and delighted by this multi-talented performer. Call 609-884-9526 for more information.

On Monday August 12 at Convention Hall, attend the Stockton Goes to the Beach Concert at 8 p.m., featuring Peter Noone & The Herman’s Hermits. They have had twenty Top 20 hits including I’m Henry VIII, I Am, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, and There’s A Kind Of Hush to name a few.  end


Red Storm Rising: The Sauce vs. Gravy Debate

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It is safer to talk politics and religion than to refer to your tomato-based pasta topping by the wrong name in New Jersey. There is no Mason-Dixon Line of gravy/sauce demarcation. The terminology is family/tradition based, transcending geography and even ethnicity. The best explanation I have received states that when it is made with meat it is gravy, without meat it is marinara sauce. This definition does not often satisfy the wooden spoon wielding legions on either side of this fracas. For the record, I am in the “sauce” camp. That is what it was called where I grew up in Central Jersey, even by most of the Italian families. More important and contentious than the name debate, is the debate over the proper ingredients and technique that should be used when make sauce/gravy. The following are my views on sauce making Dos and Don’ts.

“Only fresh tomatoes should be used.” This restrictive dogma would only permit us to enjoy sauce for about six weeks of the year. You can, of course, buy bushels of Roma or plum tomatoes during the peak of the growing season and blanch, skin, and can them yourself for use throughout the rest of the year. Those of us who aren’t masochistic overachievers just buy good quality canned tomatoes. I look for the Jersey Fresh label because everyone knows the Garden State is blessed with the best tomato growing soil on earth. Whole peeled canned tomatoes will yield the best textured sauce without having to reach for the can of tomato paste.

“If your tomato sauce is too acidic, add some sugar.” Save the white sugar for your breakfast cereal or cappuccino. There are better ways to balance your sauce than using the evil sweetener of the industrialized world. Grate a carrot into your onions and garlic while sweating them. This will add natural sugars and depth of flavor to your sauce. Add a splash or three of red wine. If you cook like I do, there will be an open bottle close by.

“Tomato sauce has to cook for half a day to be any good.” Types of tomato sauce in Italy are as abundant as beautiful women there. The infamous putanesca sauce is not the oldest in Italy but was created by the oldest profession. Commerce cannot be slowed by long simmering sauces. Pomodoro is a quick fresh sauce that exploits the virtues of fresh tomatoes when they are at their peak.

Every cook and family has their own rules and traditions for the perfect sauce. Some use basil or oregano, some both, others neither. With herbs dried are fine for long simmering sauces. If using fresh, add just before serving so their bouquet and aroma can be appreciated. Watch the video this month for a quick easy pomodoro style sauce that takes advantage of the now abundant local tomatoes which will disappear too soon. I look forward to hearing your feedback on your sauce tips and why I am wrong to call it sauce. Until next month, Buono Appetitoend

Persnickety’s Pomodoro

  • 10-12 large Roma tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 5-7 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 bottle red wine — splash for the sauce (the rest to drink while cooking)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 12-14 large basil leaves, cut chiffonade.
  • 1 loaf crusty bread to dip in sauce to check flavor and consistency
  1. Heat stainless steel or non aluminum pan over medium heat.
  2. Add half the oil. When you can smell the olive oil aroma, add garlic.
  3. Sweat stirring often. You want to soften the garlic. Brown garlic is bitter garlic.
  4. Add pepper flakes, wine and tomatoes. Simmer on low heat 10-15 minutes.
  5. Taste sauce with chunks of bread. Tear don’t slice. It tastes better that way.
  6. Puree with immersion blender. Short pulses for a chunky, rustic sauce; longer for a smoother sauce.
  7. Add basil and remaining olive oil. Toss pasta with sauce.
  8. Serve with fresh grated parmesan, Grana padano or pecorino Romano cheese.

Parading in the Fourth

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Cape May is one of the most wonderful places to be on the Fourth of July. All throughout the town there are multiple events to attend during the week of the 4th.

On July 3, Lower Township hosts a Festival & Fireworks. Beginning at 5 p.m. there are rides, food, entertainment and fun for all. Fireworks begin at 9 pm. Located on the Bayfront in North Cape May, between Lincoln and Emerson Ave. Rain date July 5.

On both July 3 and 4, from 7-9 p.m., take an excursion on the Cape May Whale Watcher to see fireworks on the Delaware Bay (July 3) and on the Oceanside in front of Congress Hall (July 4). The trip includes free pizza and hot dogs, a little dolphin watching, the sunset and of course the incredible fireworks display. Visit www.capemayresort.com for tickets and more information.

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On July 4, find yourself at Congress Hall for carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting, family lawn games and more, 4-9 p.m. rain or shine. On the veranda there will be the Congress Hall Festival Choir’s Patriotic sing-a-long with live music. At 5 pm, there is a picnic on the lawn featuring all American barbeque favorites and apple pie for dessert. Tickets are $12; bring your own chairs and blankets. Congress Hall also has a seated event – The Lobster Bake. Tickets are $85 for adults and $35 for children. The buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes Maine lobster, clams, sirloin steaks and more. Reserve a table for the veranda or keep cool in the ballroom. Cash bar available. Call 609-884-8421 for tickets and more information. These events are sponsored by The City of Cape May, The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May and Northstar Marine Inc.

At the Rusty Nail, entertainment includes Gregg Carpenter at 4:30 p.m. and Red Mare on at 9:30 p.m.. Gregg Carpenter makes everyone feel right at home covering all of your favorite tunes. He’s known to have a soft spot for songs that make you want to sing-along-with selections ranging from the Beatles to Steely Dan to James Taylor. The band Red Mare has grown out of a collaboration of seasoned musicians with many ties to the Cape May area. Rose Kelly, Ed Dobbs, Chuck Manich, and Andy Vernon have earned their chops in the Cape May-Philadelphia music scene.

At 7:30 p.m. in Rotary Park (Lyle Lane between Decatur and Jackson Streets) listen to the Congress Street Brass Band. Bring your own beach chair or relax on one of the comfortable park benches. Enjoy and participate in the lively music and dancing.

Cape May’s fireworks display begins at dusk, approximately 8:45 p.m. The fireworks are shot off a barge in the ocean and are visible from the promenade.

Wildwood also has Fireworks on the Beach event, located at Pine Ave. The event is free and visible from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods. Visit www.wildwoodsnj.com for more information.

On Saturday July 6 at 1 p.m., Cape May hosts its 34th Independence Parade on Beach Avenue near Convention Hall. The Fourth of July parade features a multitude of floats with marching bands, bicycle brigades, scout troops and more for all ages to enjoy.

On Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7, there are afternoon concerts, patriotic programs and family activities and more at the Historic Cold Spring Village. Visit www.hcsv.org for more information. end


What’s happening this July

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Cape May in the month of July is full of exciting events for people of all ages. Fourth of July celebrations, plays and concerts are just a few of the events you can choose from to attend.

Monday July 1 at the Cape May Stage, Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker Present World Premiere of New One-Acts at 8 p.m. Two of Cape May Stage’s favorite performers are this husband and wife duo. Best known as the stars of NBC’s L.A. Law, split their time between New York City and Italy. They will perform a world premiere of amusingly anecdotal stories illustrating the entertaining dichotomy of their vastly different home lives. Go to www.capemaystage.com for tickets and more information.

Tuesday July 2 the East Lynne Theater Company presents an Evening of Fables at 8 p.m. It is a Student Workshop Production with an admission-free performance. Visit www.eastlynnetheater.org for more information.

Wednesday July 3 features to Family Fun Day at the Cape May Lighthouse, located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. Kid friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique craft vendors at the base of the lighthouse from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. This event takes place every Wednesday throughout the month of July.

The Independence Day fireworks can be seen beach front at dusk on July 4. Independence Parade on Beach Avenue, near Cape May Convention Hall, takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday July 7. See Parading in the Fourth of July 2013 for more event details.

Friday July 5 at the Emlem Physick Estate, you can attend the Princesses and Pirates Luncheon. Lunch includes princess dress-up, mani-pedis and etiquette tips for the girls, and pirate gear, lessons in pirate walking and balloon swords for the boys. Enjoy a story too! $23 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12). Price includes lunch. Event limited to 20 children so reserve early. Beings at 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. For more information call 609-884-5404 or www.capemaymac.org. The event takes place every Friday in July.

Another event at the Emlem Physick Estate is Teddy Bear Tea Party. It is BYOB – bring your own bear (or dolly). This event features kid friendly menus and teddy bear music. Miss Jeanne and a special guest from the Cape May Teddy Bear Co. will be presenting stories and activities for the attendees as well as providing a goody bag. 11 am to 1 pm. $18 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. For more information call 609-884-5404 or www.capemaymac.org. The same event takes place July 21.

On Sunday July 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Cape May Macedonia Baptist Church will host “Vendors in Wilbraham Park.” This event features a variety of crafts, antiques and edible delicacies. Proceeds help support the Church building fund. Contact Dianne and Terril at 732-229-3359 for information. Rain date is July 8. Free parking and admission.

Wilbraham Park hosts Arts and Antiques Saturday, July 20 – Art & Antiques in the Park. This event is to benefit the West Cape May History Committee. From 9 am – 5 pm, rain date July 21. Call 609-884-9326 for more information.

The performance on Monday July 8 at the Cape May Stage is The Great Love of Broadway. This is performed by Star of Stage and Screen, Ron Raines and Broadway Musical Director, Don Pippin. Raines is a Tony, Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award-nominee. Their repertoire will include a number of renowned Broadway favorites, as well as a selection of songs from Raines’ latest album, Celebrating the American Spirit. Tickets are $50; visit www.capemaystage.com for tickets and more information.

Cape May Convention Hall is the venue for some wonderful Stockton Goes to the Beach concerts this summer. The first performer is John Ford Coley with special guest singer-songwriter Robbie Dupreen on July 8 at 8 p.m.. Coley is known for his hit songs “Love Is the Answer,” “Gone Too Far” and “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” to name a few. Dupree is best known for his 1980 top ten pop hit, “Steal Away.” All seats are $35, call 609-884-9563 for tickets.

On Wednesday July 10 at 10:30 a.m., Stockton Performing Arts Center in conjunction with The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, is proud to present Children’s Summer Playhouse, Winnie-The-Pooh. Next week on Wednesday July 17, the performance is Jack & The Beanstalk. Wednesday July 24 the show is Dorothy Meets Alice: The Wizard of Wonderland. On Wednesday July 31, the last show of the month is Rapunzel. For all shows, tickets are $10; call Cape May Convention Hall Box Office at 609-884-9563 for more information.

The Promenade Art Show will be held on the promenade from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine. Visit www.caemayrecreation.org or call 609-8849565 for more information.

From July 12 to July 20, East Lynne Theater Company presents Lost on the Natchez Trace. The year is 1825 and slave auctioneer Malcolm Jeters is headed home when he falls from his mule in Mississippi’s Natchez Trace during a violent storm. Injured and starving, he yells for help. The only one who appears is a runaway slave. The question is who will save whom? Visit www.eastlynnetheater.org/ for more information.

The second Stockton Goes to the Beach Concert features Christopher Cross on July 15 at 8 pm. Cross was the biggest new star of 1980. He defined adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit “Sailing.” He will sing all of his hits at the concert. All seats are $35, call 609-884-9563 for tickets.

Stockton Goes to the Beach continues on July 22 with Helen Reddy at 8 p.m. Reddy is a Grammy-Award-winning singer. Her hits include “I Am Woman,” “Leave Me Alone (Red Ruby Dress),” and “Angie Baby” to share a few. All seats are $35, call 609-884-9563 for tickets.

Also on July 22 at 8 p.m. is the Broadway and Cabaret star, Karen Akers, in a Cole Porter Tribute at the Cape May Stage. For the first time, the Tony-Award-nominee performs her Porter tribute in Cape May. Her repertoire of Porter classics will include faves like I Get a Kick Out of You, I Love Paris and Always True to You (In My Fashion). Tickets are $50; visit www.capemaystage.com for tickets and more information.

Running from July 24 to August 31, East Lynne Theater Company presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 8:30 pm. Washington Irving’s supernatural story is adapted by James Rana who so vividly created ELTC’s last season’s The Poe Mysteries, with a cast of six playing many roles to bring the tale to life. Visit www.eastlynnetheatre.org.

The last Stockton Goes to the Beach concert of July ends with Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of ultimate girl group, The Ronettes, on July 29 at 8 p.m. Sherecorded the Grammy-Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.” All seats are $35, call 609-884-9563 for tickets.

Running July 31 to September 13 at Cape May Stage, Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti. Tuesdays to Sundays at 8 p.m. Bernard is engaged to Gloria. And to Gabriella. And to Gretchen. His supersonic lifestyle hits turbulence when all three invade his swanky bachelor pad in this high-flying farce from the swinging sixties. Visit www.capemaystage.com for tickets and information.

Wednesday July 31 the 81st Queen Maysea Coronation at Cape May Convention Hall takes place at 8 p.m. Visit www.capemayrecreation.org or call 609-884-9565 for more information. end


Marvin Hume

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Since being wounded in The Battle of Saipan during World War II, Marvin Hume has been eligible for the prestigious Purple Heart, a military decoration which he refuses to this day. “I saw guys much worse than me during the war,” Hume explains. “Guys with limbs missing. I wasn’t looking to beat any drums. I just did what I had to do.”

His patriotism is unwavering as he presides over the flag lowering ceremony each evening at Sunset Beach to pay honor to the men and women who have served the country.

Widowed, Hume lives with his life partner Patricia Wolfe in Erma where he recently welcomed Cape May Magazine to discuss his life, and the love he has for his community and his country.