Escape into the world of French cinema this Wednesday night at the Levoy Theatre’s showing of “The Intouchables” beginning at 7 pm. This internationally acclaimed film is set in Paris and revolves around the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe, a quadriplegic millionaire. He is interviewing candidates for the position of his caregiver, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.
After this touching movie night, prepare for Cape May’s always exciting Victorian Weekend and its lineup of promising events. Hosted by Cape May’s MAC, this weekend is the best time of year to visit Victorian Cape May and celebrate the unique heritage of America’s first seashore resort. A few of the weekend’s highlights include the Cape May’s Designer Show House, a Champagne Brunch Walk, Murder Mystery Dinners, a Craft & Antiques Show, and a self-guided wine trail. Visit www.capemaymac.org for a complete schedule.
Rev up your Saturday or Sunday morning with the Wildwoods’ Governor’s Cup Hydrofest, held on Sunset Lake at Rambler Road and New Jersey Avenue in Wildwood Crest on October 12th and 13th. This exciting international powerboat racing event is coupled with a 6-block festival of craft, merchandise and food vendors, open from 9 am to 4 pm daily. Races begin each morning at 10 am. Inboard powered hydroplanes and flatbottoms will compete on a one-mile oval course in full view of the spectator area. Boats range in size from 12 to 23 feet and will reach speeds between 80 and 140 mph! For fans who want to see the race boats up close and talk to the drivers and crews, pit passes can be purchased at the event for $10. For more info, call 609-889-9181.
This Saturday morning in West Cape May, check out “everything Lima” at exit zero’s annual Lima Bean Festival. Beginning at 9 am in Wilbraham Park, this celebration of the town’s rich farming heritage promises great food, quality vendors, antiques, entertainment, and family fun. A few blocks east, gear up for the upcoming holiday season with Cape May’s Fall Fest in the Park, also set for Saturday, October 12th. This annual craft show will take place in Rotary Park of Lafayette Street and will feature handmade jewelry, Christmas items and decorations, linens, photo artwork, homemade baked goods, recycled “trinkets”, and more.
Complete with pumpkins, hay bales and delicious seafood, the Avalon Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Seafood Festival this weekend, from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. The event will be held at 30th Street and the beach in Avalon, and will feature crafts, gifts, live entertainment, children’s games and activities, and of course, the best seafood in the area. Bring the kids with you to participate in the fall- and seafood-themed crafts and activities including face painting, bounce houses, crafts, games and more. Local restaurants will compete on both days of the festival. The return of the popular Clam Shucking Contest is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and local “shuckers” will race to the finish in a shucking showdown. Live entertainment will also be featured throughout the weekend, listing popular local musicians including Marnie & Nate, Michael Thompson Duo, The Loosh Catastrophe Duo and more.
Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio and family are proud to present the 23rd Annual Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival this coming Saturday, October 12th. The Columbus Day Parade will begin at 2 pm in front of the Sea Isle City Italian American Club on JFK Boulevard (adjacent to the Sea Isle Bridge). The parade will run east along JFK Boulevard, turn right onto Landis Avenue, and continue south on Landis until culminating at 63rd Street, where the City’s Italian Festival will be in full swing at KIX-McNutleys. Sea Isle’s Italian Festival, which will take place between 10 am and dusk, promises to be bigger and better than ever, thanks to an Italian Vendors Market with craft and specialty merchandise, delicious Italian delicacies, a display by The Cento Food Corporation, free raffles, and an extensive line-up of entertainment. Later in the day, the Italian Festival’s annual Cannoli Eating Contest will delight spectators under the music tent. As its name suggests, this competition features contestants eating sizable quantities of the popular confection as quickly as possible.