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Philly Jazz Fest set; Antique Boat Show at Lake Lenape; Irish Festival Hits Wildwood

Lou Perri

Thursday, September 6, 2012 • 3:10pm

Woody Woodland and Carol Stone, founders of the award-winning Cape May Jazz Festival, are back on the scene presenting Philly Jazz Fest “Remembering Grover” September 22, 2012, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel Ballroom.  

 Philly Jazz Fest, Inc., a newly formed nonprofit corporation is proud to have sponsors  WRTI Temple Public Radio, Jazz Times and AllAboutJazz.Com  joining them for a spectacular jazz event.  The Sheraton is the perfect location offering its restaurants, bar, parking and balcony overlooking the lobby.

The festival opens at 1pm with the Immanuel Wilkins Project.  Wilkins impressed Cape May Jazz Festival crowds since age 9 and now 15 he is a prominent young alto performer in the Philadelphia area. 

A jam will follow with many of the musicians area fans want to hear including vocalists Barbara Walker and Jeannie Brooks, sax greats Louis Taylor, Jesse Andrus, Ken Fowser; trumpeters Daud El-Bakara, Wendall Shepherd and Eddie Morgan; guitarists Darrell Daughtry and Jimmy O’Dell; keyboardist Will Brock, Jordan Williams and bassist Steve Green, Mike Saah. Between 5pm and 7pm guitarist Teddy Royal and Tony Day on congas will entertain in the bar area.

At 7pm the Denise King Quintet with vocalist Denise King, tenor player Bootsie Barnes, trumpeter Duane Eubanks open, followed by Pieces of a Dream “ Remembering Grover”.  Grover mentored and promoted Pieces for many years when they were still teenagers in East Mt. Airy and was instrumental in their becoming an internationally famous quintet that has traveled throughout the jazz world.  If you have not  experienced  this group you are in for a thrill as you  watch James Lloyd on keyboards and Curtis Harmon on drums. You will not want to miss the Swing City Blues Band with Philadelphia favorite, Frank Bey, whose Georgia-blues voice is reminiscent of Otis Redding.

Advance Sale Tickets range in price from $35 for the Jam, $55 for the Evening, $75 for All Event Pass and a Reserve Section All Event Pass (1st 5 rows Center) limited to 150 is $100 available until 9/15/12.  Please visit www.phillyjazzfest.org for details or call 877-726-JAZZ.

Philly Jazz Fest, Inc. plans on becoming THE jazz event for Philadelphia replacing the Mellon Jazz Festival of yesteryear offering internationally well-known musicians over a 3-day weekend.

The lake surface within Lake Lenape Park in Mays Landing will be closed to the general public on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 to accommodate the Winding River Boating Association's 23rd annual Daniel J. Murphy Memorial Regatta. Racing begins at noon and continues through 4 PM both days. Access to the racing pits and water entry is available from the Cove on Park Road. Spectators can view the race from the Lake Lenape county park at 6303 Old Harding Highway (Rt. 40). For more information about the race visit www.windingriverboatingassn.org or call (609) 927-0942.

On Saturday, September 22, Lake Lenape Park will host the 12th Annual Fall Antique Boat Show sponsored by the Knuckle Busters Antique Boating Organization. The in and out-of-water show will be held 7:30 AM to 4 PM and feature vintage boats, motors and accessories. For more information about the show call Joe Walters at (609) 476-0455. The lake will remain open to the public throughout the day with access to the boat ramp, 7:30 AM until dusk.

For more information about Atlantic County parks, visit www.aclink.org/parks or call (609) 645-5960.

The East Coast’s largest Irish Festival comes to North Wildwood Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23 during the 21st Annual Irish Fall Festival.

The festival, designed to celebrate Irish culture and heritage through a variety of exciting events that are sure to entertain, tees off on Thursday, September 20, with a golf tournament at the Wildwood Golf & Country Club, located at 1170 Golf Club Road in Cape May Court House. 

The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. and is $90 per golfer with advanced reservations until Saturday, September 15 and $100 per golfer after that date. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve a spot, please call the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) at 800-IRISH-91.

On Thursday night, head to the Irish Music Tent, located at Olde New Jersey and Spruce Avenue, for a night of Live Amateur Boxing featuring 10 amateur bouts sanctioned by the Middle Atlantic Boxing Association featuring the Harrowgate Boxing Club of Philadelphia, PA vs. the Holy Family Boxing Club of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The bouts are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For advanced ticket sales please call 215-465-1778 or contact the AOH at 800-IRISH-91.

Vendors with Irish merchandise will line Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23 from 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Irish memorabilia will be available for purchase along with Irish treats sure to satisfy any palate. FREE live entertainment will also be featured along Olde New Jersey Avenue from noon-10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, including performances by Ballina, Broken Shillelaghs, Birmingham 6, Celtic Pride, First Highland Watch, Moira Maestro McKinney and many others. Additionally, Irish food and entertainment will also be available at most pubs and taverns in North Wildwood all weekend long.

Festivities on Saturday, September 22 kick off with a 5K Run starting at 8 a.m. Registration for the 5K Run will be at the AOH tent the day of the event, located between 1st and 2nd Avenue on Olde New Jersey Avenue. Various prizes will be awarded following the 5K Run. For early registration visit Owen’s Pub, located at 119 East 17th Street in North Wildwood. A $15 entry fee is required to participate.

Saturday’s entertainment continues at 10 a.m. with the Brian Riley Pipe Exhibition, located at 8th and Central Avenue. The exhibition will feature some of the best pipe bands in the East. FREE Irish dance lessons will also be available on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Anglesea Volunteer Fire House, located at Second and Olde New Jersey Avenue.

On Sunday, September 23, everyone is welcome to celebrate in the faith and heritage of the Irish at Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, located at Glenwood and Atlantic Avenue, for a 10:30 a.m. mass. A special parade will follow the mass at 12:30 p.m. at 24th and Surf Avenue and continuing to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenue. The AOH is honored to have Brendan Moore, National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians as the Grand Marshal, along with Seamus Boyle, former National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, as a special guest.

Due to the large attendance expected for the Irish Fall Festival events, shuttle bus transportation will be available to ensure festival-goers are able to easily get around and enjoy all of the activities planned for the weekend. Buses will loop continuously in North Wildwood from 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenue along Surf Avenue to 26th Avenue. Bus service through Wildwood and Wildwood Crest will also be available.

For additional information about the 21st Annual Irish Fall Festival, please call 800-IRISH-91 or visitwww.CMCAOH.com.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732. 

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host its annual Seafarers Celebration Saturday, September 22 – a yearly end-of-summer festival set to take place at both Sunset Lake and Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest.

The Seafarers Celebration will begin at 9 a.m. at Sunset Lake, located along New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Road and Miami Avenue, and will include scores of craft vendors and a variety of food vendors lining the Sunset Lake area. The festival will also include live music, children’s activities and family entertainment.

At 7 p.m., bring a blanket or beach chair as the festival continues near the beachfront at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, with a live musical performance by Bandstand - one of the longest-running and most popular dance and party bands in the Delaware Valley and South Jersey region.

Following the performance by Bandstand, the Seafarers Celebration culminates with a spectacular beachfront fireworks show scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

For additional information, log on to www.visitwildwoodcrest.com or call 609-523-0202.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) is pleased to offer this free information session on “Savvy Saving Seniors” on September 19, 2012 at 11:00 am in the Galloway Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library System on 306 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205 609-652-2352.   

More than half of all senior households do not have sufficient financial resources to meet median projected expenses based on their current financial net worth, projected Social Security, and pension income. This 90-minute program is designed to provide participants with basic money management concepts for a fixed budget, the benefits of banking, and an overview of public benefits and how to access and retain them. 

The program will address:

The top 10 things all seniors should consider to become a Savvy Saving Senior: Money Management Tips and Tricks

The top 10 Budget Busters to Avoid Money Drains

Becoming Resource-FULL: Benefitting from Benefits

Presented by Laura Berrios, MSW, this program is provided by NCOA. The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA’s mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Visit the SCOSA website for updates – www.stockton.edu/scosa or call 609-626-3591.

 

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