The shore is easily one of my absolute favorite places to spent a long Fall weekend. Specifically the towns in Southern New Jersey: Avalon, Stone Harbor and Ocean City. The Summer crowds are gone, but a good number of local merchants are still open for business. My wife and I spent Halloween weekend at the Windrift Hotel in Avalon, NJ which was fantastic. The weather was beautiful… chilly, but perfect for Fall. A trip to the INCREDIBLE Cape May County Zoo, drinks at Fred’s Tavern, and a sunset stroll on the Ocean City boardwalk…
I spent every Summer with my mom and dad in Stone Harbor. My favorites memories of my childhood revolved around staying at the Dunes Motel, casually window shopping on 96th Street, and spending nights on the Wildwood and Ocean City boardwalks. Decades later, nothing has changed. The same stores are open. The same mini-golfs are still there. No arcades have closed. The same motels and hotels look exactly as they did more than a generation ago. Time stands still in these towns.
Last night I caught the fantastic Alex Battles and his Whisky Rebellion at the Lower East Side venue, the Living Room. I’ve had the pleasure playing drums for Alex many years ago, completely ignoring the fact I have never actually performed honky tonk music in my life.
In addition to performing his hilarious, sad and sometimes factual compositions with his stellar backing band (including Danny Mulligan of The Flanks and Sammo), Battles plays the role of Brooklyn country music impresario. He steers (or has steered) the ship of such events as the Brooklyn Country Music Festival, the Winter Hoedown, the annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, the New York City Opry, and the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree.