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Middle 5.3.2006

By Rick Racela

An exhibit, “U.S. World’s Fairs through the Years,” is featured during May at the County Library in Court House.
Joan and Bob Thibault of Sea Isle City have been collecting World’s Fair memorabilia off-and-on for fifteen years, with emphasis on expositions held in Chicago in 1893 and New York in 1939 and 1964-65.
Their interest began when they came across a portfolio of the 1893 Columbian Exposition showing the immense expanse of the fair, its classical architecture, and the panoply of the nations involved.
The exhibit describes the theme and the particulars (size, attendance, etc.) for each of the three fairs.
For 1893, it includes two portfolio-size picture books, plus foldout brochures, and souvenir spoons.
The highlight of the 1893 Columbian Exposition was the first and largest Ferris Wheel ever built that held more than 2,000 passengers in a single ride.
The 1939 exhibit comprises a series of postcards, an ashtray topped with a frog, a copy of Life Magazine highlighting the fair, and a picture of a very young Bob at the fair with his parents.
For the 1964-65 fair, held on the same grounds as in 1939, the exhibit consists of a picture and description of its signature Unisphere, guidebooks, a contemporary subway map, and a souvenir spoon.
For additional information call 463-6350.
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I’m anxious to see this new exhibit at the library featuring World’s Fairs. I was ten when I attended the 1964 New York World’s Fair as part of a school field trip.
My mother gave me a whopping 25 cents as spending money.
(At least she didn’t send me with the mumps, like the time we went on a field trip to the Museum of Natural History.)
Even 40 years ago, however, 25 cents did not get you much; rides cost 50 cents.
So, I spent my day with my annoyed chaperone sitting on benches while the rest of our group entered the exhibits and enjoyed the amusements.
I came home with a postcard.
My father attended the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
He was 12 years old at the time and got his palm read by a gypsy fortuneteller who told him he’d die at age 55.
It was something that hung over him his whole life. He died at 58.
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A free health screening is scheduled for tomorrow at ACCC in Court House from 8 a.m. to noon.
Blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tests will be available. Make sure to fast 12 hours beforehand if you plan on taking one or both of the latter two tests.
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In recognition of our area’s diversity, the PTA will be sponsoring its First Annual Family Multicultural Night tomorrow from 6:30-8:30 p.m, in the cafeteria at Elementary No. Two.
Being sought are displays of artwork, heirlooms, traditional clothing and food, as well as demonstrations and performances.
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Elementary No. Two’s Science Fair will be held May 12 from 6:45-8 p.m. All display boards and materials must be set up between 2-3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Judging of projects will be made by high school honor students at 4 p.m.
Exhibitors must return to school at 6:30 p.m.
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Tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. a Kentucky Derby Party will be held at the Avalon Manor House, 581 Old Avalon Blvd. in Avalon Manor.
Cost is $10 per person, which will include appetizers, buffet, and dessert. A prize for the best decorated hat will be awarded.
Call Alice at 368-5711 for more information.
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The semi-annual Oyster or Chicken Luncheon sponsored by the MASH Branch of the Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be held on May 11 at Henny’s Restaurant in Stone Harbor from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and may be obtained by calling Dottie Gibbs at 967-3147 or at the door the day of the luncheon.
Public support of this popular fund raising event is greatly appreciated.
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Dennis Township will present the school Band and Choir Spring Concert tonight at the PAC at 7:30 p.m.
Free to the public.
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On Friday, Atlantic Coast Concert Band Championships National Judges Association will present the 2006 Atlantic Coast Concert and Jazz Band Championship Finals from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the PAC.
High school musical ensembles will perform for a panel of nationally recognized judges, competing for the coveted ACC Championship title.
Free to the public.
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Mark your calendars for the May 15-17 county library book sale.
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The second annual Drum Fish Tournament is slated for noon May 26 until the close of the weigh-in scale at 2 p.m. on May 27.
Entry fee is $100 per boat if paid by May 15. It will cost $150 if paid after that date.
Each boat will be allowed four anglers including the captain. A captain’s meeting will be held on May 25 at 6 p.m. in Atkinson’s Tavern to review rules and issue boat numbers.
Weather dates are May 27 and 28.
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Spots are filling up fast so register today for Zoo Camp 2006, a day camp for pre-K through eighth grade students at the Cape May County Zoo in Court House.
New this year, morning and afternoon sessions are being offered and a variety of topics will be covered.
All classes run for one week, Monday through Friday, morning classes from 9 a.m. to noon, afternoon classes, 1-4 p.m.
The cost is $90 per week and payment is due at time of registration.
You can register at the park office or by mail.
Registration forms are available online at www.capemaycountygov.net.
You can contact the Zoo Education Department via email bagens@co.cape-may.nj.us or by calling 609-465-6832. Email is preferred.
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Cape May County Duplicate ACBL Bridge Club April 17 overall winners: Ray Buch/Karen Sylvester; Mike Mueller/Ron Small; Jane Green/Joanne Ryan; Joyce Baruffi/Henry Buchianico; Norma Jakominich/Jerry Mueller.
April 20 north/south: Bob Sherwood/Bob Weber; Natalie Weintraub/Maria Crompton; Kay Wade/Jerry Mueller; Margaret Coe/ Mike Mueller.
East/west: William Haas/Robert Sylvia; Norma Jakominich/Diane Rossi; Joyce Baruffi/Karen Sylvester; Jane Green/Edna Savage.
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