One of the things I’ve noticed as I grow older is the tendency to mark the advance of time in other people or things. Maybe it’s a defense against aging. If I can see a movie on TV that was made before I was born, it means I’m not so old. Attitudes toward aging change, too, as you start to do it yourself. You tend to move yourself from the “old and decrepit” category” into the “aged like fine wine” category.
I had one of those “I was around when…” moments earlier this spring when I began working on promotions for the 29th annual Cape May Music Festival, which is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). I was not on the MAC staff when the music began to play all those years ago, but I can remember its beginnings.
At the time, I was the editor of one of our local newspapers, and remember being on the receiving end of all of MAC’s promotion for events, and the brand new – at the time – Music Festival was one of them. Compared to our huge list of tours and events today, MAC’s roster was nowhere near as long almost 30 years ago, and a three week schedule of concerts was quite an undertaking for the relatively young organization.
What it did then, and continues to do now, is bring high quality music to Cape May County. For music of this caliber, local residents would need to drive a lot further than just down to Cape May and here we had, and still have, access to orchestras, chamber ensembles and a variety of musical genres at ticket prices unheard of in Philadelphia or New York. Not to mention the gas and tolls.
It has been interesting to watch the Music Festival grow and diversify in my 16-plus years working here. One of the words we use often to describe MAC is “multi-faceted,” and that surely describes the way the Music Festival morphed into a different creature