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“Cape May Brewing Company has been a truly valued Partner of the Festival.”

Music Connects Pop-Up Beer Garden

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While the summer season has, in theory, drawn to a close, we’re still livin’ it up down in Cape May. It’s still perfect beach weather, and, now that school is open, the crowds have died down a bit. It’s like having your own private beach!

(Okay, maybe not. It’s still nice, though.)

Either way, we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, and with the events we have coming up in September, we don’t have to! Up this weekend: the Music Connects Pop-Up Beer Garden!

IMG_0258 (1)Each year, we proudly support the Exit Zero Jazz Festival as their exclusive craft beer sponsor. This twice-yearly event brings the biggest names in jazz to our quiet beach hamlet, making Cape May jump in April and November as it does throughout the summer.

“We try to Be a Good Neighbor whenever we can,” Ryan says, “and supporting the Exit Zero Jazz Festival not only a way for us to give back to the community, it’s also two of the most fun weekends in Cape May, no matter the time of year.”

So, the Pop-Up Beer Garden acts as a launch to the festival, running November 9-11 at venues throughout Cape May.

“In only two short months over 5,000 people will be headed to Cape May for the Festival,” says Festival Organizer Michael Kline. “Cape May Brewing Company has been a truly valued Partner of the Festival.”

We couldn’t be more pleased to support such a worthy cause! And at such a fantastic venue!

Cape May is known for its multiple gems — not only our famous Cape May Diamonds — but Rotary Park is up there among the most cherished. Over the past few years, the town has come together to renovate the space, a small, pocket park boasting a bandstand, fountain, and open, green spaces only a stone’s throw from Washington Street Mall. Now, the space hosts events, gatherings, and a free concert series all summer long.

“Music and beer bring people together,” says Chief Celebration Officer Randi Friel, “so it’s only natural that we support an organization that brings music to our community.”

IMG_0261For the Pop-Up Beer Garden, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival will be hosting trumpeter Matt Cappy. This Pine Hill, NJ, native — and alumnus of the New Jersey Governor’s School for the Arts — has performed with such greats as Erykah Badu, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and the recently-departed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

The Pop-Up Beer Garden supports Music Connects — the non-profit, educational outreach initiative of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, providing musical and cultural programming to students in Cape May County. The proceeds from last year’s Pop-Up Beer Garden allowed GRAMMY-winning zydeco musician and southwest Louisiana cultural icon Terrance Simien perform for over 600 local elementary students.

It was an experience those kids will carry with them for a long time,” Michael says. “We look at our partnership with Cape May Brewing Company as creating opportunities to turn students on to music in a variety of different ways.”

And, boy!, did those students have a great time last year! Parents reported that their kids loved the performance by Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience — he had them dancing, jamming, and having a blast in the Paul Schmidtchen Theater at Lower Cape May Regional High School. Parents reported that their kids were talking about it for weeks!

That’s really why we do this. It’s for the kids, man.

So, stop down to Rotary Park on Saturday from 3-9pm. In addition to great music for a great cause, we’ll be pouring some great beers, including Cape May IPA, The Bog, and Oktoberfest.

See you then!