Egg Harbor Township’s Louis T. Carey has been a lifelong musician and woodworker. He made a living as a union carpenter, building sets for trade shows. On the side, he played lead guitar in rock bands.

After he retired in March, Carey had to promise not to open a woodworking business that could put union carpenters out of work. So he decided to build dulcimers, which he started playing 15 years ago. Now he sells them through his business, Green Flamingo Appalachian Mountain Dulcimers.

“I liked the sound of it,” Carey, 65, said of the folk instrument first made by Appalachian residents who didn’t have the tools to make a true violin or fiddle.

Not that he restricts himself to folk music. He plays everything from “Hey Jude” to old time gospel and 1940s songs such as “Sentimental Journey” on it, he said.

He plays for an hour, once a week, near the main entrance to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Galloway Township hospital. It’s a volunteer gig, and listeners often thank him for helping them relax, he said.

He sells his handmade dulcimers at craft shows, where a minimalist model goes for $140 and a more complex piece with better wood for $548, he said. The instrument is considered one of the easiest to learn, he said, although more experienced musicians such as Carey can take it to a higher level.

Carey would like to start a local dulcimer club. He will play at 1:30 p.m. today and next Monday at ARMC and at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. For more information, call Carey at 609-601-0240.

Cape physician honored

Bruce Noll, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at Cape Regional Medical Center, has been named one of New Jersey’s outstanding physicians by publisher Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Noll, a graduate of the University of Guadalajara, completed his graduate education at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, Monmouth County. His office is in Cape May Court House.

Society seeks singers

Beverly Vaughn, director of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Oratorio Society, is looking for singers “who always wanted to sing in public, but who were limited in the past to singing in the shower,” she said.

The society rehearses Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. in room H-102 at Stockton. For more information, call 609-652-4505.

Local painter in exhibit

Steve Kuzma, of Margate, had a successful illustration studio in New York City for 15 years. He moved to Ventnor in 2007, where he spends much of his time painting on the Boardwalk.

He has a mixed media painting exhibit at the Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate. A reception for his “By the Sea” show will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219