Alcove's Harvest for Hope fundraiser, Local Music Guide, plus Noyes Museum Family Fun Day
Wine, Food and Philanthropy
In what has evolved into the premier fundraising event of the year for the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families, the eighth annual Harvest of Hope returns to Caesars Palladium Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 22, from 6:30-9:30pm. Guests will enjoy a gala wine-tasting, menu-sampling and silent auction presentation in support of the programs and services offered by the Center, whose specially trained volunteers provide emotional counseling and grievance support for children and families following the death of a loved one, or for children with a parent who’s been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. “During the past eight years this has become our signature event, and one of the most anticipated and well-attended fundraisers of autumn,” says Mindy Shemtov, co-founder and executive director of the Alcove Center. “We’ve got menu samplings from some of the best restaurants in the area, and we encourage our guests to try pairing the food with the more than 300 wines from around the world available to be sampled.” The wines will be provided by Circle Liquor Store of Somers Point, and the food samplings by the KWI Noodle Bar, the Knife & Fork Inn, Doc’s Place, Chelsea Prime, Johnny’s Café, Carrabbas Italian Grill and Formica Brothers Bakery Café. The Northfield-based, non-profit Alcove Center relies on grants, private donations, a thrift shop and several annual events to maintain a caring, compassionate and nurturing environment. “As more people have learned about the Alcove, its mission and its programs, more people have embraced it, ” says Shemtov. “We’ve generated great support, awareness and understanding within the community.” The cost per person for Harvest of Hope is $100. For more information, call the Alcove Center at 484-1133 or visit thealcove.org. — Ray Schweibert
Noyes Museum Family Fun Day
The Noyes Museum of Art’s annual Family Fun Day returns this Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10am-2pm, and will feature activities that all members of the family will enjoy. This year’s events will include pumpkin painting, a Halloween costume parade, hands-on kids arts & crafts projects, a group sculpture project, face painting, a marine-life touch tank and live demonstrations by area artists. Fiber artist Dana Zeck will weave fabric on a loom, sculptor Gregg Knight will perform a wood-carving workshop, and Niki Giberson will demonstrate the technique of weaving wool on a spinning wheel. Other artists will include Fred Reitmeyer, Kathy Johnston and Steve Kuzma. “It’s a great day and a lot of fun,” says Zeck, a fabric artist for 20 years. “There are a lot of young children so I’ll use very bright colors, and I’ll give them the chance to weave. At the end of the demonstration I’ll cut it off and give it to the museum.” There will also be a dramatic ghost-story telling by “Dambra,” and a pond discovery walk by an Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge naturalist. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Museum members are admitted free and regular admission fees will apply for others, including $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and free for children under age three. Established in 1983, the Noyes Museum of Art was the vision of local entrepreneurs Fred and Ethel Noyes, and is located at 733 Lily Lake Rd. in Oceanville, Galloway Township. Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4:30pm, and Sunday noon-5pm. Call the museum at 652-8848, or visit noyesmuseum.org for more information. — Ray Schweibert
‘Eastbound and Down’
An HBO comedy series
The second season of HBO’s hilarious comedy series stars Danny McBride as Kenny Powers and is produced by Will Ferrell. This season Kenny escapes to Mexico to start a new baseball career and find someone from his past to answer some burning questions. If you haven’t seen it, check out season first for some gut-wrenching laughs! Sundays at 10:30pm on HBO.
Musicians of all genres are now able to create a free band page, including a bio, upcoming gigs, links, photos, videos and MP3s, at acweekly.com. Atlantic City Weekly’s brand new “Local Music Guide” has been created to give local musicians one place to upload their “band” profile and showcase their talents to other local musicians, local booking agents and promoters. Musicians of all genres are invited to create their free page by registering at acweekly.com/submitmusic. It’s the perfect way for local rock bands, hip-hop groups, singer-songwriters, lounge acts, cover bands, DJs ... you name it — to share their talents on acweekly.com’s heavily trafficked site. Peruse the close to 70 bands already in the online guide, and if you’re a musician create your own free page now! (See video and photos from the Local Music Guide Launch Party, held Oct. 14 at the Stockton PAC with the bands Communipaw, the Ocean Ryders, 120 and 1Adam12 w/ special guest Malcolm Tent, by clicking here.
The South Jersey Cancer Fund will be raising money for cancer patients and providing an evening of art, music, and food all as part of their Spring for Hope event at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College on Sunday, April 1 from 5-8pm.
The truth is, our region has been a live-music mecca since the early 1900s, when cats like Eubie Blake and Eddie Cantor hung out for summers and performed at local clubs. Decades later the Atlantic City jazz scene was as hot as they come, with internationally heralded performers from Billy Eckstine and Louis Armstrong playing residencies at some of the hottest clubs on the East Coast, namely the venues on Atlantic City’s fabled Kentucky Avenue — all of them are gone now — including the Club Harlem.
The guide is destined to soon become the place for local booking agents and promoters to check out local bands and listen to songs and watch video.