The blue-collar grit of country music up-and-comer Josh Thompson will come to the Levoy Theatre 8 p.m. Friday, June 14.
With a growing list of hits to his credit, Thompson, an RCA Nashville recording artist, has defined his place in country music with the simple formula of being who he is. Thompson released his debut album "Way Out Here" in January 2010, which produced three Top 40 hits: "Beer on the Table," "Way Out Here" and "Won't Be Lonely Long."
Tickets are $20 and $25. The Levoy Theatre is located at 126-130 N. High St., downtown Millville. Go to Levoy.net.
The celebration of seafood and song returns to Cape May this weekend when the sixth annual Harbor Fest takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, on Delaware Avenue in Cape May.
The daylong festival will include a harbor and street festival, arts and crafts vendors, nature programs, children's activities, a beer garden, live music and kayaking.
Cape May's harbor will provide the setting for the water activities for Harbor Fest, while most land-based activities will be held at or near the Nature Center, located adjacent to the Coast Guard Base and the Corinthian Yacht Club. Venues around the harbor will be accessible by trolley.
Harbor Fest was organized to combine the elements of conservation, preservation and marine education while promoting green water recreation activities, all while retaining the character of a backyard block party. Go to CapeMayHarborFestival.com.
Line up your best marbles for the 90th official National Marbles Tournament, taking place at Ringer Stadium on the beach at Wildwood Avenue in Wildwood from Monday, June 17, through Thursday, June 20.
The national competition is for boys and girls ages 8 to 14 who have qualified by winning local tournaments throughout the United States. More than 1,200 games of marbles will be played between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, with the "King" and "Queen" of marbles to be crowned at the end of four days of competition. This event is free to spectators with great views of the competition rings from the Wildwoods Boardwalk. Go to WildwoodsNJ.com.
East Lynne Theater
East Lynne Theater Company's popular "Tales of the Victorians" returns for its 24th year on Thursday, June 13. Take tea at one of Cape May's inns or tea shops, indulge in homemade treats and listen to stories by famous American authors, such as O. Henry and Louisa May Alcott, all for only $10. Children ages 12 and under are free.
Stephanie Garrett, Lee O'Connor, Michele LaRue, Suzanne Longacre, Hope Gaines, and Gayle Stahlhuth will perform readings at various locations throughout Cape May.
"Tales" will take place 4 p.m. every Thursday beginning June 13 - with the exception of July 4. The first location is The Butterfly Tea Room, 109 Sunset Blvd., with ELTC Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth performing the reading.
On June 20, "Tales" will come to the Dormer House, 800 Columbia Ave.; June 27 at The Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St.; July 11 at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St.; July 18 at the Peter Shields Inn, 1301 Beach Ave.; July 25 at the Cliveden Inn, 709 Columbia Ave.; Aug. 1 at the Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave.; Aug. 8 at The Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St.; Aug. 15 at the Peter Shields Inn, 1301 Beach Ave.; Aug. 22 at the Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave.; and Aug. 29 at the Blue Rose Inn and Restaurant, 653 Washington St.
More dates will follow in the fall.
ELTC's mainstage season opens with the New Jersey premiere of "Lost on the Natchez Trace," written by Jan Buttram. The show runs through July 20, at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., where the company is in residence.
There are four shows a week, 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays -no show Thursday, July 4 - and an added show July 7.
An after-show question-and-answer session takes place on Friday, June 21. On Friday, July 12, there will be a special American Sign Language performance. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for seniors 62 and over, and $15 for full-time students. Children 12 and younger are free. Call 609-884-5898 or go to EastLynneTheater.org.
Miss New Jersey Pageant in O.C.
Reigning title holders from throughout New Jersey will come to the Ocean City Music Pier this week to compete for a spot in the 2013 Miss America Pageant, when the 80th annual Miss New Jersey Pageant returns to Ocean City.
The statewide winner will then head to Boardwalk Hall in September for the Miss America Pageant, which returns to Atlantic City after a nine-year absence.
The pageant's preliminary rounds take place Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14, with the final competition taking place on Saturday, June 15. All events will take place 7 p.m. the Ocean City Music Pier at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The reigning Miss America, Mallory Hagan, will be a special guest at the pageant.
Tickets are $35 for each preliminary night and $50 for the final. A $110 ticket covers all three nights. Call Mary Lou Cake at 856-424-3564 or at 609-315-1423 or go to MissNewJersey.net.