8th annual Bliss Bridal Expo
David’s Bridal, Things Remembered, and Men’s Wearhouse are just a few of the premier bridal vendors exhibiting at the 8th annual Bliss Bridal Expo, taking place noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the Grand Exhibition Center at Tropicana Casino and Resort.
The show, presented by The Press of Atlantic City, includes make-up and “up-do” demonstrations by Avant Girl, free photo keepsakes from Boardwalk Photo Booth Rentals and dance parties with Versatile Entertainment. The fashion show, sponsored by local boutique Dress 2 Impress, will feature gowns from the 2014 spring and fall lines of the popular brand Impression Bridal. This will be the first stateside event to showcase and feature the fall wedding dresses.
Each bride and groom will receive a gift-filled welcome bag and will be eligible to win door prizes that include a “mini-moon” at Tropicana, an overnight stay at the Golden Inn in Avalon and a special occasion’s announcement in the Sunday edition of The Press.
Bliss Bridal Expo is a free public show and open to anyone getting married, having a civil ceremony, renewing their vows, or considering any of the above. View a complete exhibitor list and register to attend at BlissBridalExpo.com.
Golden Dragon Acrobats at Levoy
Cirque Ziva, featuring Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats, will come to the Levoy Theatre for two shows on Wednesday, March 12. Cirque Zíva, created in 2011, is a fast-paced show with a large cast and innovative set designs. Since 1985, Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States, presenting more than 200 performances annually.
Shows take place at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and $15. The Levoy Theatre is located at 126 North High Street in downtown Millville. Call 856-327-6400 or go to Levoy.net.
Antiques Show at Taj Mahal
More than 200 antiques dealers will come to the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort this weekend for the annual Atlantic City Antiques Show, taking place Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, inside the Mark G. Etess Arena.
Exhibitors include Bertoia Auctions, featuring rare and valuable antique toys, as well as Fry’s Antiques and Uwe Heintze from Germany, in addition to crystal and jeweled perfume bottles from Amy Bergman and Gem de la Gem, featuring fine estate and costume jewelry. Fine art, furniture, pottery and antique advertising pieces will also be available.
The Atlantic City Antiques Show is produced by JMK Events. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (early buying available from 9 to 10 a.m.) and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 973-927-2794 or go to JMKShows.com.
East Lynne ‘Stages Festival’ events
The Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual theatrical celebration, features free and discounted tickets to performances, workshops and classes throughout the month of March at various professional theaters, performing arts centers, libraries, schools, and museums, including Cape May’s East Lynne Theater Company.
ELTC’s first Stages Festival event, “The Reluctant Dragon,” takes place at West Cape May Elementary School 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12. The student production is directed by ELTC artistic director Gail Stahlhuth. The school is located at 301 Moore St., West Cape May, and admission is free.
The company will present two mysteries with two different detectives 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, with "Holmes and Carter Mysteries." Presented in the style of a radio broadcast, complete with live sound effects and commercials, the mysteries are "Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Copper Beeches" and "Nick Carter and the Strange Dr. Devolo." Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for full-time students, and free for children 12 and younger.
Participate in James Rana’s juggling class 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, located at 500 Hughes St., where the company is in residence. The free show is open to anyone 8 or older, with or without experience. Reservations are appreciated.
East Lynne Theater’s murder mystery weekends
East Lynne Theater Company and The Henry Sawyer Inn’s Murder Mystery Weekends return this winter, with remaining events taking place March 7 and 8, March 21 and 22, and March 28 and 29.
Retired Philadelphia police detective Frank Smith is on hand to provide just enough information to keep the investigation going. Packages include Friday night appetizers at the inn, dinner at one of Cape May ‘s restaurants, breakfast at the inn and a dessert reception on Saturday evening — all while guests continue to gather clues to solve the crime.
Cost is $389 for two people (plus tax) in a deluxe room at The Henry Sawyer Inn. An upgrade to a two-room suite is available for an additional $60. Reservations are made through The Henry Sawyer Inn. Call 609-884-5667. For more information, go to EastLynneTheater.org, or call 609-884-5898.
9th annual Lines on the Pines
The 9th annual Lines on the Pines event, a gathering of local artisans, crafters and authors, will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Kerri Brooke Caterers in Hammonton.
This book signing, history, arts and craft show, highlighting the New Jersey Pine Barrens, is free and open to the public. Purchase baskets, recycled crafts, jewelry, metal works, handmade wood turned bowls, dulcimers, decoys, candles and more.
Kerri Brooke Caterers is located at 755 S. White Horse Pike. Go to LinesOnThePines.org.
‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ ballet at Stockton
Audiences can explore the magic of Shakespeare through music and dance when the Atlantic City Ballet presents Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Stockton Performing Arts Center 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6.
Atlantic City Ballet’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” follows Shakespeare’s comic story line of a mischievous fairy as he leads two pairs of young lovers on a wild and merry chase through the woods outside of Athens.
The Stockton Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey on Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township. Tickets are $32 for adults and $12 for children. Call the Stockton box office at 609-652-9000 or go to Stockton.edu/pac. The box office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 90 minutes before the performance.