The Avalon Performing Arts Council announced the winners of the 25th annual Art Show & Sale, which was held June 23. Wendy Tribulski, Caz Boyd and Michael Brian Doyle judged the works of many professional artists. APAC president Michael Rhodes and vice president Loretta Finnegan presented the awards – a total of 17 cash prizes in the following categories:
“Best in Show” was awarded to Sarah Becktel for her painting, “The Irreplaceable Time Escapes,” a self-portrait. She received a $500 cash prize.
Oil/Acrylic – 1st place: Doree Loschiavo; 2nd place: Chuck Law; 3rd place: Catherine Colsher; 4th place: Madeleine Kelly.
Works on Paper/Mixed Media – 1st place: Catherine Colsher; 2nd place: Helena Van Emerick Finn; 3rd place: Madeleine Kelly; 4th place: Nancy Barch.
Watercolor – 1st place: Lisa Budd; 2nd place: Barbara Michel; 3rd place: Diane Cannon; 4th place: Anna Marie Zabielski.
Photography – 1st place: Christine Peck; 2nd place: John Sweeney; 3rd place: Lucie Seamon; 4th place: Nikki Robinson.
APAC programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The funds are administered by the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission for the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Congratulations to Mike and Kristen D’Amico, who were married June 16 in Kirkpatrick Chapel at Rutgers in New Brunswick, where they met as students. They live in Mount Laurel, N.J. Kristen and Mike both are employed as mental-health counselors. Mike is the son of Angel Tango, of Kenilworth, N.J. Kristen’s parents are Doug and Tracee Darroch, of Shamong, N.J. (Doug is the copy editor for 7 Mile Publishing.) Kristen’s grandfather, Rev. James Darroch, co-officiated the ceremony, and her sisters, Lauren and Callie, were maids of honor. Mike’s brother, Angelo, was best man, and his sister, Maria, was a bridesmaid.
Harper Quinn Rennie made proud and beaming parents out of Mike Rennie and Colleen Riley, of Rio Grande, when she was born on June 14. Harper weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20¼ inches long. She also was welcomed by Carter, her canine sibling. Harper's thrilled first-time grandparents are Lynn and Michael Riley, of North Wildwood; Michael and Holly Rennie, a Realtor with Ferguson Dechert Real Estate in Avalon; and Mary Rennie, of Cape May Court House.
Supporting sponsors of the 10th annual Avalon Lions Charity Foundation Golf Classic, held in June, contributed $2,700 and helped the ALCF raise $18,000 for the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for the Blind. Pictured from left to right are Jacquie Ewing, 7MBCA president; Jim Collins, chairman of the golf classic; Chris Borromeo, Avalon Yacht Club chairman of the board; Chuck Covington, Avalon Lions president; Tyler King, customer relations, Fox Rehabilitation; and Mike Sowers, Avalon Lions. Wawa was the major sponsor.
Cristina Teresa Tumasz and Francis Patrick Houston are engaged to be married. Cristina is the daughter of Matt and Terry Tumasz, of North Wales, Pa., and Avalon. Frank is the son of Frank and Joan Houston, of Sewell and Sea Isle City.
Crissy and Frank have been summering in Avalon and Sea Isle since they were two weeks old. They finally met in the summer of 2005 while they were working at Pirate Island Golf in Avalon. Crissy is a 2005 graduate of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. She attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business in 2009. Crissy works as an accounting auditor for CliftonLarsonAllen in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Frank is a 2004 graduate of St. Augustine Preparatory High School in Richland, N.J. He earned a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Northeastern University in 2009. He works as a civil engineer for DN Tanks.
Crissy and Frank will be married in October at Maris Stella Church of the St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, followed by a reception in Cape May. Their families express their love and best wishes.