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Seven Mile 4.26.2006

By Rick Racela

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At the end of March, Nancy and I headed south in search of spring. We traveled to Savannah, Georgia. It was our first visit and we were absolutely thrilled with this beautiful southern town.
Savannah has nearly 300 years of history showcased on the streets and squares of the largest historic landmark district in the United States.
Private investors, the Historic Savannah Foundation and the City of Savannah have preserved hundreds of historic buildings and completely renovated each of Savannah’s famous squares.
Go to the Herald website, capemaycountyherald.com and click on “News,” then “News Notes,” then “Seven Mile News” to see the on-line version of this column.
There I have included a photo of the Mercer House on Monterey Square.
This is the house were Jim Williams, the main character in the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” lived.  It is considered Savannah’s most beautiful house.
We spent three days wandering the streets of the Historic District taking in the classic architecture enjoying the beautiful squares and gardens, where the flowers were in full bloom, and planning our next dining experience at some of the fabulous restaurants.
The weather was perfect, upper 70s to low 80s each day under clear blue skies.
We stopped off in Hilton Head Island for a week on the beach before heading home. I’d like to think that we captured some of that gorgeous weather and brought it back with us, for the last two weeks here have been surprisingly delightful.
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The Stone Harbor Book Club will meet this Thursday at the Stone Harbor School at 93rd Street and Third Avenue to discuss “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder.
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The Seven Mile Beach Democratic Club will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Avalon Senior Center, 3100 Dune Drive. Their special guest will be Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano.
The meeting is open to residents of Avalon and Stone Harbor, regardless of political affiliation. For information call 368-6679.
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This Friday is Arbor Day. Ceremonies in Avalon begin at 10:30 a.m. on Dune Drive between 73rd and 74th Streets.
Ceremonies in Stone Harbor take place at the Elementary School, 93rd Street and Third Avenue at 2 p.m. The Stone Harbor Garden Club is donating a Crepe Myrtle to be planted by the children.
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The Avalon Manor Improvement association will hold their first meeting of the season on April 29 at 11 am.
On May 6 at 4:30 p.m. there will be a Kentucky Derby Party at the Avalon Manor House, 581 Old Avalon Blvd. $10 per person for appetizers, buffet and dessert.
Call Alice at 368-5711 for more information. A prize will be given for the best decorated hat.
And on May 27 the Pancake Breakfasts begin from 7:30-10:30 am.
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The Avalon Free Public Library and the Avalon Performing Arts Council will present “The Magical Shoppe of Wonders” April 29 at 2 p. m. in the Avalon library. Wizards and wands make the magic happen in this family magic show featuring the award-winning magician Eric Dasher, who has performed at special events all over the country.
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The Avalon Senior Citizens Organization will hold their monthly board meeting on May 2, at 4 p.m. in the Senior Center at 31st Street and Dune Drive. All ASCO members are welcome.
The monthly luncheon meeting will be May 9 at 11:30 a.m., in the Windrift Restaurant. Lynn and Chuck Covington will host the luncheon. The guest speaker will be Ronnie Towne from Atlantic City Electric.
The menu choices are crab cake or chicken piccata at $15. Please make reservations by May 2, with Madge Anderson, 213 64th Street, 967-7410.
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The Stone Harbor Seniors will gather at noon at the Washington Inn in Cape May on May 3 for their last luncheon meeting until September.
Fun Days will continue each Wednesday and now also include the first Wednesday of the month.
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The 2006 Stone Harbor Republican Club Gala is May 5 at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, from 5-8 p.m.
Look for Congressman Frank LoBiondo, U.S. Senate candidate Tom Kean, Freeholder Len Desiderio, and Councilmen Karl Giulian and Brian Levinson to be in attendance.
There will be food and drink, door prizes, and 50/50 awards. Tickets are $25 per person.
Please contact Bill Keenan at 368-4444 or 368-5702.
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The Annual Spring Rummage sale at First United Methodist Church, Avalon will be May 5 and 6. Your articles are now being accepted.
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Big Band Dances have returned to Avalon Community Hall.
On May 6 the Al Raymond Trio will perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. The trio will play from 8:30-11 p.m.
These events are sponsored by the Avalon Recreation Department and are open to all. Only $5 at the door, BYOB. Call 967-3066 to reserve a table for you and your friends.
On June 3 the John Clark Dance Band will perform.
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Stone Harbor Lions annual Spaghetti Dinner for the benefit of Stone Harbor Lions Charities will be held May 7 at the Rock ‘N Chair Restaurant, 29th Street and Dune Drive from 4-8 p.m. Salad, dinner, dessert and coffee will be served.
Just $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Tickets at the door, from any Lion or call Bill Keenan, 368-4444.
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Bulk Trash Pick-up is May 8 in Stone Harbor, and all week from May 8- 15 in Avalon.
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MASH Spring Oyster or Chicken Luncheon at Henny’s Restaurant is May 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and are available at the door or by calling Dottie Gibbs, 967-3147.
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The first annual “Friends of VIM” Beef and Beer will be held on May 12 from 6-9 p.m. at the Windrift, 80th Street and the Beach. Tickets are available prior to the event and at the door for a donation of $25.
The evening will also include a 50/50 and door prizes. To purchase tickets, to donate to Friends of VIM, and/or to donate a door prize, please contact either Marcy Lefevre at 368-6787, Micki Goldberg at 463-3529 or Stu Hartman at 675-0472.
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The Garden Club of Stone Harbor’s Annual Plant and Bake sale will be held on May 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Look for them at their new location at the Water Works Building on the corner of Second Avenue and 96th Street. If it rains they will be across the corner in the Fire House.
Items for sale include: geraniums, hanging baskets, flats of popular flowers, and herbs. Baked goods and Garden Club Cookbooks will be on sale, too.
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The 12th Annual Avalon Yard Sale will be held on May 13 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. rain or shine. Contact the Avalon Chamber of Commerce, 967-3936 to secure your authorization poster that must be displayed prominently at your yard sale. The fee is $10. 
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Our Saviour Lutheran Church will have its annual luncheon and card party on May 15 at noon in the Parish Hall, 93rd Street and Third Avenue.
A donation of $10 will reserve a ticket by calling the church office at 368-3031 or Jane Scott at 368-6701.
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The Avalon Museum’s Annual Photography Contest will be held from May 15 – 28. The categories are: portrait/personality, nature, scenic, and feature.
The entrance fee is $5 for up to four photographs. Please call the AMHS for a copy of the rules at 967-0090 or Suzie Gallagher at 967-8105.
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The Avalon Garden Club will hold their Annual Plant Sale on May 19, from noon – 3 p.m. m and on May 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
There will be many plants to choose from including bedding plants (vegetable and flowers,) large plants in containers and hanging baskets.
Let’s welcome spring and enjoy this annual event held at the Avalon Community Center, 30th Street and Avalon Avenue.
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Reserve your space now for the Stone Harbor Community Yard Sale, sponsored by the Stone Harbor Garden Club.
The Yard Sale will take place on May 20, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (rain date May 21) in the Women’s Civic Club Parking Lot, 96th Street and First Avenue.
Call 967-7436 to reserve your 8’x8′ space. You will provide your own table.
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The Avalon Senior Center welcomes all seniors from Avalon, Sea Isle and Stone Harbor. Sue Keen, 967-5924, can answer any questions you may have about their activities or events.
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Attention all veterans and friends and family of our veterans: a very special celebration will take place this Memorial Day, May 29.
The Veterans’ Memorial will be dedicated at the 21st Street Circle in Avalon after the Avalon Parade, which begins at 9 am.
In Stone Harbor there will be a parade at noon and ceremonies at the Women’s Civic Club, followed by an Open House at the American Legion Post on Second Avenue at 117th Street.
All veterans are urged to join with their comrades and march together in the parades. Transportation will be provided for those unable to march.
Please call the Post Vice-Commander, Al Carusi at 368-1987 to join their ranks.
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A list of our regularly scheduled boards and councils follows: tonight, Avalon Council meets at 7:30 p.m.; May 2, Stone Harbor Council meets at 4:30 p.m.; and the Avalon Planning/Zoning Board meets at 7 p.m

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