Happenings

Thursday, May 23

Galloway Township, Drum Circle gathering, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, led by Brian Johnson Sr., co-owner of Herban Legend Boutique in Historic Smithville, limited number of instruments available or bring your own, $5 adults, $4 seniors, students, museum members, children and Stockton students and staff have free admission. 609-652-8848 or NoyesMuseum.org

Little Egg Harbor Township, Jon Steton's Ladies Only Psychic Party, 7 p.m., Sea Oaks Golf Club, 99 Golf View Drive, $30, also free Men's Cigar Night, same time, outside terrace. 609-296-2656 or CatchARisingStar.com

Friday, May 24

Galloway Township, Car Cruise, 5 to 8 p.m., Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Smithville, free admission. 609-748-8999 or

Ocean City, Business Persons Plunge, kickoff to Memorial Day Weekend, noon, on the beach opposite Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, preceded by official opening of the beaches for 2013 season. 609-338-7667.

Ventnor, Art in the Park, 4 to 8 p.m., fourth Fridays through September, behind Ventnor Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., artist demonstrations, exhibits, meet and greet, sales, music, children's art activities, free.

Wildwood, Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony, noon, on the beach at Burk Avenue, behind Convention Center; 28th Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, kickoff illuminated night kite fly 9 to 11 p.m., on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue, continues 9 a.m. May 25, 26, East Coast Stunt Kite Championships, Candy Drop, Running of the Bols, Rev Games or Rokkaku Team Challenge, kite exhibits, workshops on the beach. 800-992-9732 or SkyFestivals.com or

Saturday, May 25

Lower Township, Lighthouse Full Moon Climb, 8 to 10 p.m., May 25, June 22, July 22, Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park, $7 adults, $3 ages 3 to 12, free to Friends of Lighthouse members, admission to Visitors Orientation Center and ground floor free. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or CapeMayMac.org

Monday, May 27

Egg Harbor City, Memorial Day Parade, 9:30 a.m., down Philadelphia Avenue, followed by program in Lincoln Park.

Ocean City, Annual Memorial Day Service, 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Avenue. 609-525-9300.

Somers Point, Memorial Day Parade, 11 a.m., from Dawes Avenue School to Patriot Park, Bethel Road and First Street, veterans, military vehicles, scouts, marching bands, antique cars, ceremony follows parade. 609-487-6932.

Sea Isle City, Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 a.m., Veterans Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue, followed by throwing of wreath into ocean by Beach Patrol to honor naval veterans. 609-263-4461, ext. 1245.

Wildwood, World Indoor Kite Competition, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, kite performances choreographed to music. 800-992-9732 or WildwoodsNJ.com

Friday, May 31

Atlantic City, 2nd Annual Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival, May 31-June 2, kickoff live broadcast of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, 6 to 10 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. May 31, Surf Stadium, free admission, tickets on first-come, first-served basis; Multi-Cultural Heritage Parade, 6 to 8 p.m. May 31, on the Boardwalk; Gold & Platinum Music Tribute, 9 p.m. to midnight May 31, One Atlantic, Pier at Caesars, ticket required, 609-432-9649; Ole School Concert,noon to 7:30 p.m. June 1, free open air concert, Historic Gardner's Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave.; Gospel Festival, doors open at noon June 2, daylong non-denominational festival, live music, children's activities, Surf Stadium.

Ocean City, Annual Flower Show, 2 to 9 p.m. May 31, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, free admission, donations accepted. 609-525-9300.

Saturday, June 1

Galloway Township, GreenFest, sustainable living festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain date June 2, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Moss Mill Road and Route 9, exhibits, demonstrations, live music, children's activities, free admission. Go to

Little Egg Harbor Township, Dean Martin Style Friar's Roast & Comedy Night, 8 p.m., Sea Oaks Golf Club, 99 Golf View Drive, Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club, Uncle Floyd, Jeff "Fat Rat Bastard" Pirrami, $30. 609-296-2656 or CatchARisingStar.com

Port Norris, Delaware Bay Day Festival, noon to 9 p.m., Bayshore Discovery Project, 2800 High St., parking in Port Norris with free shuttle to festival in Bivalve and East Point, historical and educational exhibits, artists and craft demonstrators, vendors, entertainment, children's activities, contests, food, lighted boat parade and fireworks. 856-785-2060 or BayshoreDiscovery.org

West Cape May, Strawberry Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wilbraham Park, corners of West Perry, Broadway and Sunset, vendors of all things strawberry, live entertainment, crowning of Strawberry King and Queen at 3 p.m., free admission. 609-884-9325.

Tuesday, June 4

Atlantic City, Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant 2013, 1 p.m., Harrah's Resort Hotel and Casino, Concert Venue Theater, $10. 732-557-9799 or go to

Lower Township, Free Historic Lecture Series, 7 p.m., Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum, Historic Hangar No.1, 500 Forrestal Road, Cape May Airport, June 4: "WWII veteran recalls invasion of Normandy," with Q&A; June 18: "Images of America U.S. Coast Guard Training Center at Cape May," book signing and Q&A; June 25: "Warbirds around the World," with Q&A. 609-886-8787 or

Wildwood, 11th Annual North Wildwood Beach Writers' Conference, June 4, 5, Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, workshops, manuscript evaluations, networking cocktail party, $125. Registration required.

Thursday, June 6

Egg Harbor Township, Greek Festival, 5 to 10 p.m. June 6, 7; noon to 11 p.m. June 8; noon to 10 p.m. June 9, grounds of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, intersection of Mill Road and Ridge Avenue, Greek cuisine, vendors, folk dancing, games, live music, amusement rides, fireworks 9:30 p.m. June 6, 9, $1 admission, free parking, All-You-Can-Ride specials $17 June 6, 9. 609-653-8092

Friday, June 7

Atlantic City, "Rockin' the Kitchen" fundraiser event, 7 p.m., House of Blues, live music, dinner, artist corner, silent auction, $40, benefits Sister Jean's Kitchen and Community FoodBank of New Jersey. 609-345-3444.

Saturday, June 8

Lower Township, Runway 5k & 1 Mile Fun Walk, 9 a.m., rain or shine, Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, 500 Forrestal Road, Cape May Airport, registration opens 7 a.m. at entrance to Aviation Museum, air traffic temporarily closed for event, early registration recommended, proceeds benefit restoration of Historic Hangar 1. 609-886-8787

Sunday, June 9

Pleasantville, Donny Fund Day, 8 a.m. to noon, Yacht Club of Pleasantville, row, swim, paddle surf along Lake's Bay, registration $25, $15 students, benefits JNS Foundation for children with catastrophic illnesses. 609-641-8666.

Tuesday, June 11

Ocean City, Art on Asbury free movies, 6:30 p.m., Ocean City Fine Arts League, Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., featuring artists or art trends, "Good Night, and Good Luck." 609-814-0308.

Music

Thursday, May 23

Ocean City, Open Mic Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Meeting Room N116, Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., free. 609-399-2434.

Saturday, May 25

Brigantine, Atlantic Brass Band, 7 to 8:30 p.m., North School Auditorium, Lafayette and Evans boulevards, free. 609-264-7350.

Cape May, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, 8 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., $95, free trolley service to and from Cape May Elementary School on Lafayette Street. 609-884-9563 or CapeMayConventionHall.org

Ocean City, Bucks County Singers, 3:30 p.m., Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace, Boardwalk, free.

Somers Point, Michael Pedicin Quintet, 8 p.m. May 25, 26, The Loft, Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, $10 cover, seating limited. 609-927-2300 or Sandipointe.com

Sunday, May 26

Cape May, Atlantic Brass Band, kickoff Cape May Music Festival, 8 p.m., Rotary Bandstand, Lafayette Street between Decatur and Jackson streets, free, bring lawn chair. 609-884-5404 or CapeMayMac.org

Ocean City, Tenor John Taylor, 7 p.m., Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., free. OCTabernacle.org

Wildwood Crest, The Fabulous Greaseband, Summer Kickoff Concert, 7:30 p.m., Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, bring blanket or chair, free. 609-523-0202 or

Saturday, June 1

Avalon, Blackthorn, 7:30 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m., Community Hall, 30th and Avalon Avenue at the beach, bring your own food and beverages, $20. 609-967-3066 or

Elmer, Arts and Music Festival, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, 457 Shirley Road, two music stages, children's village, craft fair, food vendors, advance through May 17: $40 adult, $35 seniors, students, military families; through May 31: add $5 to each ticket; gate: $50 adult, $45 seniors, students; $5 children 3-12; all parking $5. AppelFarm.org

Sunday June 2

Ocean City, N.J. MasterChorale, 7 p.m., Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. OCTabernacle.org

Ocean City, Cape Shore Chorale, "Gloria Explosion," 3 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Avenue, donations taken. 609-861-2311 or CapeSshoreChorale.org

Wednesday, June 5

Ocean County College, 8 p.m., MidWeek Jazz Series, 8 p.m., Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, June 5: Baby Soda; June 19: F�te Manouche; $18 adults, $15 seniors. 732-255-0500 or

Friday, June 7

Atlantic City, Kristina Pruitt and Friends -- Between Vintage and Soul, 8 p.m., Dante Hall Theater of Richard Stockton College, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., doors open 7 p.m., intermission and after-party meet and greet, refreshments, $15.

Sunday, June 9

Cape May, Blackbird Society, traditional jazz, 2 to 4 p.m., VFW Post 386, 419 Congress St., $15 advance, $20 door, or $15 members Cape May Traditional Jazz Society, proceeds donated to Food Bank of Southern Jersey. 609-884-7961or 609-846-7667

Friday, June 14

Millville, Josh Thompson, 8 p.m., Levoy Theatre, 126 N. High St., $25, $20. 856-327-6400 or Levoy.net

Somers Point, Beach Concert Series, 7 to 9:30 p.m., William Morrow Beach and Municipal Beach Park, Bay Avenue, between Higbee and New Jersey avenues, June 14: Jumpin' Johnny Sansone and New Orleans Allstars;

Sunday, June 16

Cape May, Jazz Vespers, Jim Ward/Ed Vezinho Big Band, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Hughes and Decatur streets, $5 minimum donation, free parking. 609-884-0680 or

Thursday, June 20

Brigantine, Bob Ferris Big Band, 7 to 8:30 p.m., North School Auditorium, Lafayette and Evans boulevards, free. 609-264-7350.

Sunday, June 23

Ocean City, Lynda Randle, Gospel Music Award winner, 7 p.m., Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., free.

Wednesday, June 26

Wildwood Crest, John Creidler Trio, 7:30 p.m., Summer Concert series, Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, bring blanket or chair, free. 609-523-0202 or

Saturday, June 29

Beach Haven, Island Singers, 8 p.m., "Love Changes Everything" concert, Long Beach Island Museum, Engleside and Beach avenues, free admission, donations accepted. 732-341-8565 or IslandSingersNJ.com

Cape May Court House, Jersey Shore Pops summer concert series, 7:30 p.m., Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Drive, $25 to $40. 800-838-3006 or 609 463-1924 or JerseyShorePops.org. June 29: "The Irish Tenor" Colm Fitzmaurice; July 6: "Stars & Stripes Forever" patriotic tribute to American composers; July 13: "Legends in Concert" starring Claude Eric; July 21: "The Italian Tenor" AaronCaruso; July 28: "Swingin; Sixties" starring Jim Yester and YesterDaze; Aug. 4: Classics Rock; Aug. 10: "Music of The Glenn Miller Orchestra," Aug. 17: "Sinatra & Friends" starring Peter Oprisko.

Monday, July 1

Cape May, Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets and Jerry Spathis' Rockabilly Band, 7:30 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., $28 plus fees. 609-884-9563.

Sunday, July 7

Ocean City, Philadelphia Organ Quartet, 7 p.m., Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., free. OCTabernacle.org

Theater

Thursday, May 23

Cape May, "How to Make a Rope Swing," drama, 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through June 7, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. May 26: half-price senior matinee; May 31: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. 609-884-1341 or CapeMayStage.org

Friday, May 24

Beach Haven, "The Boyfriend," comedy thriller, 2 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays, 2 and 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, through June 16, Surflight Theater, Engleside and Beach avenues, $45, $35 dinner packages available; "George M!" June 19-July 17; Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific," July 10-28; "Les Miserables," July 31-Aug. 18; "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," Aug. 21-Sept. 8; "Our Town," Sept. 25-Oct. 6; "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," Dec. 3-22. 609-492-9477 or Surflight.org

Sunday, May 26

Beach Haven, Tommy Tune in "Taps, Tunes, and Tall Tales," 8 p.m. May 26, 2 p.m. May 27, Surflight Theater. Engleside and Beach avenues, performance on May 26 benefits Surflight Theatre from storm damage, $75. 609-492-9477 or Surflight.org

Friday, June 7

Hammonton, "Urinetown: The Musical," 8 p.m. June 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29; 3 p.m. June 16, 23, Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., $25 general admission, $30 front row. 609-704-5012 or TheEagleTheatre.com

Wednesday, June 12

Cape May, "Lend Me A Tenor," comedy, 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, June 12 – July 26, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. June 12: half-price preview performance; June 30: half-price senior performance; June 21: Pay- What-You- Can-Night. 609-884-1341.

Thursday, June 13

Cape May, Tales of the Victorians, 4 p.m., stories narrated by East Lynne Theater Company, tea, refreshments, $10 adults, children 12 and younger free. June 13: The Butterfly Tea Room, 109 Sunset Blvd.; June 20: The Dormer House, 800 Columbia Ave.; June 27: The Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St.; July 11: The Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St.; July 18: The Peter Shields Inn, 1301 Beach Ave.; July 25: The Cliveden Inn, 709 Columbia Ave.; Aug. 1: The Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave.; Aug. 8: The Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St.; Aug. 15: Peter Shields Inn, 1301 Beach Ave.; Aug. 22: Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave.; Aug. 29: Blue Rose Inn and Restaurant, 653 Washington St. 609-884-5898 or EastLynneTheater.org

Friday, June 14

Vineland, "Saluting Our Heroes Through A Century of Broadway," musical acts, 7 p.m. June 14, 15, doors open 6:30 p.m., St. Padre Pio Parish Players, St. Mary School, 735 Union Road, $10. 856-692-7136 or 856-692-8537.

Wednesday, July 31

Cape May, "Boeing Boeing," comedy, 8 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, July 31-Sept. 13, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. July 31: half-price preview performance; Aug. 18: half-price senior performance; Sept. 3: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. 609-884-1341.

Friday, Sept. 6

Millville, "Les Miserables," Sept. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, Cumberland Players, Levoy Theatre, 128 North High St., $20. 856-327-6400 or Levoy.net

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Cape May, "Freud's Last Session," drama, 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Sept. 18-Oct. 19, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. Sept. 18: half-price preview performance; Oct. 2: half-price senior performance; Oct. 10: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. 609-884-1341.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Cape May, "A Walk in the Woods," drama, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 23-Nov. 16, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. Oct. 23: half-price preview performance; Nov. 3: half-price senior performance; Nov. 8: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. 609-884-1341.

Friday, Nov. 29

Cape May, "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 29, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. Dec. 8: half-price senior performance; Dec. 14: Pay-What-You-Can-Matinee. 609-884-1341.

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