We’re the residents and we’re here to help Cape May
That’s my message today. Usually this blog takes the high road and remains upbeat and positive. Today I hope it turns out that way. I’m puzzled however about the lack of promotion concerning events sponsored by tax payer dollars. Tourism utility dollars irresponsibly used would be just as bad.
Whats the rub? For starters with St Patrick’s Day a little over two weeks away, someone booked a band called the Quiet Men to play convention hall. They are an acoustic celtic band composed of New Jersey and Pennsylvania musicians. You might recall when the City booked Mick Moloney from Philadelphia I felt it was a major coup for Irish Music in Cape May.
So why is my Irish up this time? With less than a week to go I have seen absolutely no advertising about the Quiet Men Saturday March 7th at Convention Hall. Apparently when I blogged about the Seafood festival last year, many people had no idea it would be that large.
The Quiet Men are on the Marquis of convention hall in bright red LED lights. They are listed on the band’s website. And the band has confirmed to me via twitter that they are indeed hired to perform on Saturday night. Where’s the promotion from the City of Cape May? It’s not on the City’s website. It’s not on Discover Cape May website. Is it a free concert?
Looking further down the calendar Deanna Martin is scheduled to perform in April. She is listed on the buy tickets page after three clicks to find her. In May the country-pop star Crystal Gayle is playing Memorial Day weekend in Cape May. Again it’s on Crystal’s website. Presuming that she is almost as expensive as Peter Nero, shouldn’t we be selling tickets to that concert by now?
What I can’t figure out is, what-is-the-fly-in-the-ointment that prevents the flow of information and communication. There is so much talent in the town of Cape May. With social media alone announcements about these events could go viral in seconds. A phone call to Cape May dot-com or Exit Zero magazine could launch a media blitz in minutes. We’re the residents and we’re here to help Cape May.
So tell me-who knew that the Quiet Men were playing Convention Hall on March 7th? Now you know. As for the rest of events in the City hopefully the marketing will increase in time. In the mean time maybe the city should look into getting some outside help. It wouldn’t be the first time.
I am passionate about promoting this town-maybe to a fault. I’d love to know if I am the only one who feels this way.