Jersey Shore Pops begin Concert Series

The Jersey Shore Pops will kick off its 2012 Summer Saturday Night Concert Series 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, with "The Music and Life of Frank Sinatra," starring Peter Oprisko, at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center.

The orchestra expanded the concert series this year to include concerts at two different locations. Five of the eight concerts in the series will be at the Pops' home theater, the Middle PAC, located in Cape May Court House. The three other concerts - which will include a larger, big band orchestra - will be held at their new location, The Paul W. Schmidtchen Theater located at Lower Cape Regional High School in Lower Township, where the next concert, "Hooked on Country," will take place July 7.

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Individual tickets range from $25 to $40 each. A platinum season pass includes all eight shows at both theaters for $175. The gold season pass is for the five shows held at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center and is $125. The silver season pass includes three shows at The Paul Schmidtchen Theater in Lower Township and is $75.

Call the Jersey Shore Pops ticket office at 800-838-3006. The Middle Township PAC box office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Hammonton

The blueberry capital of the world is once again preparing for its annual celebration of all things blue. The 26th Annual Red, White & Blueberry Festival will be held on Sunday, July 1, at the Hammonton High School grounds on Old Forks Road, just off the White Horse Pike in Hammonton.

The daylong festival, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes live music, rides, arts and crafts, a classic car show run, and of course, blueberries in every shape and form.

DJ Nicky G, Beatles tribute band The Rubber Souls and the oldies duo Go Get Gone will provide live entertainment. A blueberry pie-eating contest will take place from 2 to 3 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. Expanded trolley rides from remote parking areas also will be available for free. Call 609-561-9080 or go to

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