By Lesley GrahamAlthough the snow is on the ground, the sun will come out tomorrow. Or at least inside the Ocean City Music Pier it will.The Ocean City Theatre Company is gearing up for its winter production of the Broadway musical “Annie.”Join Annie, Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan and the rest of the cast in the classic rags-to-riches story that is sure to warm even the coldest hearts this holiday season. The Broadway musical, adapted from the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” includes the well-known classics “It’s the Hard Knocked Life” and “Tomorrow,” which will get adults and children alike singing along to their favorite “Annie” tunes. Featuring a cast of professional actors and local youth, the musical brings the storied characters to life with fantastic choreographed dance numbers and songs that will have the audience members swaying in their seats.Annie, played by 12-year-old Camryn Schultheis of Upper Township, and her loyal dog Sandy.Camryn Schultheis stars as the title character Annie, commanding the stage with her big voice and charming personality.Schultheis, 12, from Upper Township, is equal parts excited and nervous for the opening night of “Annie.”“Playing Annie is a dream come true,” she exclaimed as she was preparing to run through a dress rehearsal of her performance. Schultheis has been dancing and acting since age six. She is a natural on stage and is enjoying the opportunity to star in the lead role.“I love how smiley and optimistic Annie is,” she saidShe hopes one day to star on Broadway and if her performance as Annie is any indication, she may indeed see her name in lights.The actors in the roles of Rooster and Miss Hannigan rehearse a musical number.The show promises fun for the whole family, especially during the holiday season. Culminating in a holiday party, highlighted by a giant on-stage Christmas tree, “Annie” delights with its feel good story of one little girl finding her forever family. Director Shannon Agnew is exited to bring the holiday magic back to Ocean City. This is the second year the Ocean City Theatre Company is putting on a holiday show. After receiving such positive feedback from last year’s performance of “A Christmas Carol,” the OCTC knew it was an important tradition to keep. There are five showings, with evening performances beginning at 7:30 and matinees at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 14 are evening shows, Dec. 9 features a matinee and on Dec. 15 both a matinee and evening show are slated. Tickets can be purchased at the City Hall Welcome Center at 861 Asbury Ave. or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the 9th Street causeway.The cast of “Annie” receives instruction from director Shannon Agnew. The cast of “Annie” runs through a dress rehearsal while preparing for the holiday shows at the Music Pier.
By TIM KELLYIf you forecast it, they will come.Beginning on Wednesday, broadcasters and websites have been calling for warmer-than-normal temperatures in Ocean City this weekend. Not a little bit warmer, but 30 degrees warmer.That was pretty much all visitors and locals needed to hear. It didn’t matter that temperatures never quite reached 60 as predicted and that gusty winds made it feel cooler than that. Or that the winds and flat surf kept most beaches deserted.In Ocean City, where year-round events and numerous activities present a wide variety of non-beachy things to do, and where Sunday’s forecast was for the possibility of a 70-degree day after morning rain, folks were out and about.Rob and Lisa Lobisi, of Longport, took note of the predictions and made good on their plan to walk onto the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course at 2600 Bay Avenue.“I’ve been coming here for more than 20 years,” Rob said. “We heard it was going to be mild and it would be a good chance to get out and work on our game.”Golfers Rob and Lisa Lobisi at the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course.Lisa described herself as “a beginner” on the links but said she enjoyed the game and bonding with her husband in a shared interest. After the impromptu practice and instructional session, she said the couple would cap off their visit to O.C. with a breakfast or lunch stop in town.The Lobisis were a strong example of our observations. Throughout a tour of sites around town on Saturday and a visit to the foot of the Ninth Street Causeway – where cars were streaming into town at an atypical volume for the second weekend in January – Ocean City was jumping.At a playground a few blocks north of the golf course, parents and other caregivers and more than a dozen kids took advantage of the sunshine.Jakki Sullivan and children Jetty, 5, Dreyson, 3, and Lili, 1, all of Northfield, cavorted with their mom and her cousin, Christi Ladislaw of Egg Harbor Township, who was babysitting 3-year-old nephew Knoxley Chambers.“Of course!” Jakki said when asked if the unseasonably warm weather predictions had played a role in their planning.“We heard about that on Wednesday and Thursday and said, ‘Let’s get the kids out to burn off some energy.’ We love this playground and we love coming to Ocean City,” she noted.Cousins Jakki Sullivan, in sunglasses, and Christi Ladislaw were at a Bay Avenue playground with (from left) Dreyson, Lilly and Jetty Sullivan, and Knoxley Chambers.A visit to the Boardwalk revealed a large number of people bundled up, but still out there strolling, shopping, riding bikes and jogging.Dana Dudo, of Northfield, and her mother Joan Salerno, of Linwood, were representative of the latter category, enjoying a brisk run on the famous wooden way.“It’s about the sunny day and enjoying time with each other, and, of course, getting in our run,” Joan said.The windy conditions didn’t seem to matter.“They are coming out of the Southwest,” Joan said of the gusts.“I know because my husband Jack is a surfer,” she added with a laugh.Upon completing a loop, Dana said the pair would “run some errands” and continue their mother-daughter day.“It’s really beautiful out here,” she added.Jogging mom and daughter team Dana Dudo, right, and Joan Salerno enjoy a run on the Boardwalk.Nearby, Raymond and Sarah Horn were strolling with kids Morgan, 6 and Jack, 18 months.“We came all the way from Suffern, (New York). We come down for a week every summer and at least a couple times (in the offseason),” Raymond said. “When we heard it was going to be nice, that was the deciding factor.”Their town, a tiny village just across the state line from the northeastern corner of New Jersey, is about a three-hour drive to Ocean City, but a world away from their routine.“My mother is the one who made me addicted to this place,” said Sarah, who added she enjoys coming down with female friends for “girls’ weekends. “Now we’re passing down the love of Ocean City to (Morgan and Jack).”Joan McCrane, of Fallsington, Pa., was entertaining her great grandchildren, 5-year-old Summer and 3-year-old Nathan McClintock of Northeast Philly. Also on hand at Joan’s condo unit at the Sifting Sands at Ninth and Ocean avenues were the kids’ grandparents, Pete and Kelly Hancock, of Southampton Pa., and Pete and Kelly’s pet Chihuahua, Chase.Joan McCrane, top left, with Pete and Kelly Hancock, kids Summer and Nathan, and pooch Chase.The group was celebrating a late Christmas gift exchange, which had been planned long before the weather forecast came in. However, the opportunity to try out Summer and Nathan’s new roller skates hadn’t been on the agenda previously.“It’s nice out, so why not?” Joan asked. “The kids always have fun here.”Speaking of skating, we counted more than 30 youngsters enjoying the weather and atmosphere at the Ocean City Skatepark at Fifth and West.Such is life on an unseasonably warm January day in Ocean City. Shop your favorite Boardwalk and Downtown shops at Market Madness on March 7 at the historic Flanders Hotel.
Stephen Greenfield is to leave Jackson’s Bakery in April, having already handed over the role of MD to his successor James Watson, announced William Jackson Food Group.Greenfield has been managing director of Jackson’s for the past nine years, in which time the company has seen a number of major investments in its manufacturing site, and has grown its sales in the sandwich bread, foodservice and export sectors.“The Board of William Jackson Food Group is enormously grateful to Stephen for turning around the fortunes of our bakery business and we would like to wish him all the best in whatever he decides to do next,” commented group managing director Norman Soutar.“Jackson’s is a great company with great people – probably why I have stayed for longer than I first intended,” said Greenfield. “I have no doubt that Jackson’s Bakery will go on to enjoy even more success in the future.”Anyone wishing to get in touch with Greenfield can reach him via his email address: [email protected]
The European Commission has granted conditional clearance for the $440m (£226.4m) Cargill acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s cocoa business in Europe.After closing of the transaction, three chocolate, compound and liquor production sites in North America and three chocolate and compound production sites in Europe, including one in Liverpool will transfer to Cargill. The Ambrosia, Merckens and Schokinag brands will also join Cargill’s existing portfolio of chocolate brands.Addressing the European Commission’s competition concerns, however, Cargill has agreed to divest ADM’s industrial chocolate production facility in Mannheim, Germany. The facility will be kept as a separate entity with its own interim management until an agreement with a prospective buyer has been made.Bryan Wurscher, president of Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate North America, said: “The acquisition underlines Cargill’s commitment to meeting our customers’ needs and constitutes a milestone for our chocolate growth strategy, strengthening our position as a leading player in the cocoa and chocolate industry.“The new organisation will deepen our service to chocolate customers and expand our footprint and production capability significantly. Customers will benefit from a combined business with a broad range of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products for confectionery, bakery, dairy, and other applications.”Jos de Loor, president of Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business EMEA and Asia, added: “We are looking forward to bringing together people with a deep passion, experience and commitment to producing excellent chocolate in our extended chocolate operations.”The transaction does not include the activities of ADM in semi-finished chocolate products, such as cocoa liquor, cocoa butter and cocoa powder – only industrial chocolate, as well as fat-based coatings and fillings.
In August, the news broke that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Fraklin, died at the age of 76. Though reports began to surface that Franklin was “gravely ill” earlier in the week of her death, the soul singer’s loss still left the music community in shock. A new documentary concert film, Amazing Grace, is set for release next week. The film is directed by Sydney Pollack, at Los Angeles’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972. The long-overdue footage is set to premiere Monday, November 12th at the Doc NYC Film Festival in New York City, a festival dedicated to nonfiction cinema.According to a report by the New York Times, the 87-minute film will then be screened for one-week runs in Los Angeles in November and in New York in December. One of the film’s producers, Alan Elliott mentioned to the Times that Amazing Grace would most likely arrive in wide release in January, perhaps coinciding with Martin Luther King’s Birthday. Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin’s double LP, was released in 1972 and went on to become the soul icon’s best-selling album of her career.Problems arose surrounding the film’s ultimate release since originally being filmed 46 years ago, and the New York Times reports,The film recording was mishandled. Mr. Pollack, who died in 2008, failed to use clapper boards, a crucial tool in matching sound with filmed images in a predigital era. And he had 20 hours of raw footage shot by five 16-millimeter cameras to sync.Frustrated film editors at Warner Bros., which financed the shoot, ultimately gave up, having missed the 1972 release of the “Amazing Grace” album. Mr. Pollack turned to a new directing project, “The Way We Were,” starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. And the “Amazing Grace” negatives began to gather dust in the Warner vaults.Mr. Elliott, who had been obsessed with the lost footage since working as a music executive in the mid-1980s, ultimately persuaded Warner to sell him the reels in 2007. (He mortgaged his house.) By 2010, digital technology had evolved to a point that syncing film and sound was finally possible.[H/T Jambase]
Harvard facilities have been checking researchers and other workers, and are now gearing up for some students’ return Starting Friday, the University will begin transitioning to self-administered, unobserved COVID-19 testing for authorized Harvard affiliates instead of the current practice of observed testing at designated campus facilities.The shift comes after approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will streamline screening for the students, faculty, and other personnel authorized to return to campus for the fall semester. The University has established testing protocols for these individuals, who include anyone living on campus, working in residential housing or elsewhere on campus, or authorized to be on campus four hours or more per week. The transition to unobserved testing is part of the University’s ongoing efforts to monitor the state of the virus throughout the community and prevent, to the greatest extent possible, outbreaks of the highly transmissible coronavirus.“Our plans for the fall semester include having a limited number of students and personnel on campus, with courses being taught largely remotely,” said Giang Nguyen, executive director of Harvard University Health Services. “For those who are on campus, COVID screening through frequent testing is a critical piece of the University’s plan for monitoring and assessing the presence of the virus in our community. This move to unobserved, self-administered testing allows us to provide more convenience for our students, faculty, and staff, while also continuing to gather very timely data about the public health situation on campus, and then use that information in our decision-making around our protocols and policies.”The COVID-19 self-administered test has been approved by the FDA.Self-administered testing will be phased in over the next 10-14 days, beginning with in-residence Harvard College students and staff. On Friday, authorized College affiliates can pick up their self-testing kits for next week at any of the four residential House locations previously used for observed testing. Beginning next Friday, residential College affiliates will receive their weekly supply of kits in the mail. There will be numerous collection bins placed around campus for completed kits.“We are thrilled to have College students back on campus and have been heartened by their commitment to following public health guidance for the sake of the community,” said Meghan Lockwood, Interim Allston Burr Resident Dean and special adviser to the Harvard College Dean’s Office. “It’s been fun to greet students from a safe distance at the observed testing locations and to see how quickly they’ve adapted to testing protocols. Now that we are transitioning to unobserved testing, students will take tests from the comfort of their own residences. The move to unobserved testing will make the process more flexible and convenient. It also puts more responsibility in students’ hands as we all work to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.”Next week, unobserved testing will be introduced across other Schools and units. Individuals authorized to be on campus will be notified by their local leadership about when to make the transition to unobserved testing. In the meantime, those individuals will continue with observed testing at one of the designated locations. Sampling the COVID-19 test Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Testing for COVID, ensuring safety Pilot effort provides self-administered kits to grad students, undergrads, staff “Campus Services has worked with each School and unit on testing kit distribution logistics,” said Meredith Weenick, vice president for campus services. “Each week, Schools and units will place their orders for testing kits, with delivery of those orders on Thursdays so that by the end of the week, every eligible individual has their testing kits for the following week. We will also have 36 collection bins placed throughout campus, where individuals will drop off their completed testing kits, with those bins being collected several times per day for test processing.”A training module has been created in the Harvard Training Portal offering guidance for those administering tests to themselves. As it did with observed testing, Harvard has engaged a third-party vendor, Color, to help manage the logistics of the new process, with tests being processed by the Broad Institute. Results will be returned to affiliates in approximately 24 hours following the delivery to the Broad.Any students, faculty, or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by a member of Harvard University Health Services and guided through quarantine and isolation protocols, and contact tracing will begin immediately to identify potentially infected individuals and prevent further spread.In addition to regular screening tests, all individuals authorized to be on campus must each day complete a Crimson Clear attestation before arriving at the University or leaving their dorm room. Within the profile section of their Crimson Clear account, individuals are provided information on their eligibility status, how frequently they must be tested, and their last testing date.University-wide data on COVID-19 screening tests will continue to be updated on a daily basis on the Harvard COVID-19 Dashboard.“Regular screening is a critical piece of our protocols, but not the only thing we should be doing to help keep Harvard healthy,” Nguyen said. “Basic, good habits, including wearing face coverings, safe distancing, and hand washing, are also just as important in our efforts to control this virus on our campus. And, also keep your phone powered and nearby at all times. As we learn of positive cases, our contact tracers are working diligently to contact any individual who might have been exposed, and that timely communication is critical.”
Johnson & Johnson says its vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with just one shot. It’s not as strong as some two-shot rivals but still potentially helpful for a world in dire need of more doses. Results released Friday show the single-shot vaccine was 66% effective overall at preventing moderate to severe illness, and much more protective against the most serious symptoms. The vaccine worked better in the U.S. compared to South Africa, where it was up against a tougher, mutated virus.. The company says it will file an application for emergency use soon in the U.S., and then abroad.
Off-Broadway’s The Woodsman opened on February 8 at New World Stages. Based on the writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Man, the woman he loved and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. After the triumphant opening night curtain call (see below), the cast gathered to toast and cheer their hauntingly beautiful show filled with puppets, music and plenty of imagination. See the young company in the Hot Shot above, and then go see The Woodsman for new insight into the rusty guy who is missing a heart. The Woodsman The cast of ‘The Woodsman'(Photos by Zack DeZon) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 View Comments Related Shows
We asked, and you responded.Blue Ridge Outdoors readers showed their hometown support in our Best Mountain Towns and Outdoor Cities poll by casting over 60,000 votes. The winners will be announced in next month’s issue.Thanks to the communities across the Blue Ridge for rallying behind the contest. We especially appreciate the efforts of these partner communities who helped make the poll such a success. These towns have always been great supporters of our mission: inspiring people to go outside and play.Take a look at last year’s Best Mountain Towns.Coming in November:Final results and detailed coverage of the Best Mountain Towns in the Blue Ridge. All 38 nominees will featured, with special in-depth coverage of our top three towns in each category.Don’t miss out on these great mountain towns1. MorgantownWest Virginia(800) [email protected] WaynesvilleNorth CarolinaHaywood County NC Tourism Development Authority(800) [email protected] EllijayGeorgiaGilmer County GA Chamber of Commerce(706) [email protected] DavisWest VirginiaTucker County – Canaan Valley – Blackwater Falls(800) 782-2775canaanvalley.org5. RoanokeVirginia(800) 635-5535 / (540) [email protected] Hot SpringsNorth CarolinaHot Springs Tourism [email protected]://www.hotspringsnc.org/View Best Mountain Towns in a larger mapYellow is a Blue Ridge Outdoors Partner Community, Blue is a mountain town nominee
We are excited to bring you another stellar issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine! Our June Paddling issue is on newsstands and online and is packed to the brim with everything you need to know to get outside this summer. We list over 50 of the best rivers in the Southeast to kayak, raft, SUP, fish, or tube. With everything from Class I flat water to extreme Class V whitewater action, there is something for everyone, plus we list the latest and greatest gear you need for a day – or two – on the river. We also scoured the region for the seven most scenic swimming holes the Blue Ridge has to offer and we think you’ll like our choices. Throw in essays on paddling, pollution on the French Broad, and the winners of our Dog Photo Contest and you won’t be able to put this issue down! Just make sure you pass it along to your friends and spread the word.Below you’ll find a listing of all our stories and don’t forget about all our contests where you can enter to win adventure getaways to North Carolina and Kentucky, a Virginia boating package, guided paddling across the Southeast and more! Be sure to sign up today!FeaturesHead of the Class: 50 of the Best Rivers in the SoutheastParadise Found: Scenic Swimming Holes of the Blue RidgeThe French Broad Threatened By Toxic WasteDog Photo Contest Winners!StoriesBeyond the Edge: Life and Death on the RiverCell Tower Climbing with Lauren JamesSynchronous Fireflies Spotted in PennsylvaniaLynne Cox: Cold Water QueenKayak on the FlyFront Porch: The Comeback Kids of BombadilPedal Power: Best Long Distance Rides in the Blue RidgeThe Notch: A Paddling Essay from our NEW Travel Editor Jess DaddioPaddling Gear: Make a SplashDebateRiver Dams: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?