Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets in Cape May

Celebrate the origins of rock ’n’ roll with Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets, along with special guest The Jerry Spathis Rockabilly Band, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Cape May Convention Hall.

Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets share the history behind the hit songs first performed at the dawn of rock ’n’ roll in the early and mid-1950s by the legendary Bill Haley and The Comets.

Tickets are $28. Go to www.capemay, call 855-708-9699, or visit the Cape May Convention Hall Box Office, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Seafarers Weekend in Cold Spring Village

Celebrate the maritime culture and history of the Jersey Cape at Historic Cold Spring Village for the Seafarers’ Weekend on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26.

Village buildings will be open, presenting historical interpreters in period clothing who demonstrate the trades, crafts and lifestyles of early America. Valhalla’s Pirates will join the event, bringing thrilling fight scenes both days at noon and 3 p.m. Captain Black and his crew will also meet with guests throughout the day to take pictures and tell tales of the sea. The New Jersey Blacksmith Association will team up with the Village’s resident blacksmith to forge nautical ironware. Other highlights include afternoon musical performances by the Sea Dogs, a display from the Cape May Maritime Museum, antique boats, decoy carving and face painting. Events run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a nonprofit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. It is located on Route 9, three miles north of Cape May. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are free.

Call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or go to

Reeds and Seeds in Stone Harbor

On August 23, 1912, a watermelon party was held to celebrate the opening of the original Shelter Haven Hotel — which instantly became a Stone Harbor landmark. To commemorate this event, The Reeds at Shelter Haven — the new boutique hotel resort now under construction — is hosting a centennial celebration and watermelon party 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 23.

The “Reeds & Seeds” Centennial Celebration & Watermelon Party will take place outside at the 97th Street parking lot — Carney’s Restaurant will be the rain location — and feature a live watermelon carving display with Celebrity Chef Joe Poon, the crowning of the first Reeds & Seeds king and queen, live music, watermelon treats and family entertainment.

The Reeds at Shelter Haven is set to open summer 2013 as an upscale, full-service boutique hotel. Call Julie Yeager at 609-368-0100 or email Go to

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