By: Michelle Vagnoni-Minko
100_0593I recently visited Tomasello Winery in beautiful Hammonton, New Jersey. Conveniently located on the White Horse Pike! It’s a great place to stop while going to and from Atlantic City. You can stop in for a tasting for just a few dollars, and a complimentary wine glass, and enjoy some of the delicious wines from South Jersey.
The weather is crisp and the holiday season is in the air, what better way, than to come home, curl up on your sofa, or by the fire, and have a glass of wine! If you’re a red wine drinker, I recommend some medium to full bodied reds. Try some of Tomasello’s 2006 Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a medium body red with hints of oak, chocolate, berry, and a little tart at the end. Pairs perfectly with a pasta dish, and table full of friends! Also, another one to try is the Outer Coastal Plain Sangiovese-Shiraz 2007. 70% Sangiovese and 30 % Shiraz, this wine picks up flavors of fruit and the full flavor of the Shiraz, it’s absolutely perfect with red meats and cheeses. If you’re a white wine lover, a must try is the Tomasello Atlantic County Niagara. This white wine tastes like a bowl of fresh grapes, with a sweet finish. Pairs wonderfully with fruits and desserts. Also, I really enjoyed the Outer Coastal Plain Dry Riesling 2008. This invigorating and crisp white wine is best served chilled with your favorite fish or chicken dish.
Tomasello also has some amazing dessert wines. Of course what is Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce? Well, try a glass of Tomasello Cranberry wine. It’s balance of fresh cranberries with some sweetness and tart, is delicious. It’s best served room temperature with your Thanksgiving feast! Also, one of my favorites was the Tomasello Blackberry wine. This wine is best served chilled and with your favorite desserts, like cheesecake, pumpkin pie, or holiday cookies. Made from 100% Marion blackberries, this wine is full-bodied, and fairly sweet , with robust flavors of blackberry. Put a bottle of this one out on your dessert table, and your guests will be pleasantly impressed! Feel free to pop in Tomasello Winery anytime you’re looking for a new place to try some yummy wine! These wines can be found where you purchase your local wines and spirits. And, if you cannot find them, please visit www.tomasellowinery.com Cheers!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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THANKSGIVING will be with us very soon.You must see our ANNUAL THANKSGIVING EVE PARTYGUIDE this week.CHECK IT OUT on your I-PAD/ Desktop or laptop or your Touchscreen Phone.FIND OUTabout the REAL “OOT” HOT SPOTS in the area.CHECKING out the OOT ON The NEW I-PAD is just amazing…
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Last night,November 12th,was an amazing tribute and performance for the ROCKETS, held at the WHISKEY TANGO in NE PHILA. All past and present members entertained the 1000 plus crowd who came to show their support for the 25th Anniversary Reunion to one of the longest running local bands in the region. We congratulate all of you for you dedicated service and love of music for an amazing 25 year ride. We wish the present members all the best and keep that music tradition alive. Way to go ROCKETS … KEEP ON ROCKIN’ From all of your friends at Out On the Town.
PS:In the crowd last night we did see many club owners and past and present and in the new OOT see some photos from the evening.
*Sunday nights are still special in the Philly area – you can see the ROCKETS each week at Benny The Bums where they are keeping the music tradition alive.

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Tonight is a big night being held at the TRIUMPH BREWERY in NEW HOPE PA.,for the 2010 BUCKS AND MONTOGOMERY COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS.Many area musicians will be attending this,tonight will go down as music history in the region. Best local band, Best cover, Best original,are some of the awards being presented. Out On The Town is pleased to inform everyone that Publisher-Editor Mike Vagnoni will be awarded a FOUNDERS AWARD for dedication to the local music industry for over 30 years of service. They also will be having many area bands on stage who will perform. Start time is 7pm.

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Miller Lite,The Blue Flame and Paddy Whacks at Comly & the Blvd present this event on Sat. Nov 6th. Tickets/Donation $30 also see SIR ROD under a big heated Tent. This is one event you don’t want to miss. TIME: 8pm to 12 midnight! / Raffles, 50/50’s,silent auction and more! Get your tickets now! For more info see the latest OOT GUIDE and click to page 34.

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Want to win a pair of tickets to see JOE SATRIANI with his WORMHOLE TOUR at the TOWNER THEATER in UPPER DARBY PA on DEC 10th? Well we have a great contest giveaway. Email OOT at: ootme2@aol.com > your thoughts on “WHY” you would want to have a pair of tickets to SEE JOE SATRIANI. (Now that is an easy thing to do! )

We will pick one winner from the emails sent who will get both tickets to this BRE PRESENTS along with LIVE NATIONS CONCERT EVENT. THE TOWER THEATER IS LOCATED on 69t STREET in Upper Darby Pa.,..the show is slated for DEC 10th, at 8pm. Email your response only ONCE! GOOD LUCK! (More Fun from OOT – Your Entertainment Guide!)
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Get ready,get set to get out to enjoy local area Entertainment this month- November explodes with so many great promotions and area bands on many of the stages in the Greater Delaware Valley area.

HOT TIPS: OOT’s GOOD PALS DON’T CALL ME FRANCIS CHECK INTO PARX CASINO -THIS COMING WEEKEND!* BEST HORN PARTY BAND!

HOT TIPS: THIS MONTH  THE MONTCO AND BUCKS MUSIC AWARDS are set to take place  up in NEW HOPE at the TRIUMPH BREWERY –  read about it!

HOT TIPS: THE 2010 MAYFAIR THANKSGIVING PARADE 34th ANNIV. YEAR –  is going to be a great thing to bring out the family …I will be the MC for this year

s  Parade on NOV 21st  12 noon till 3 pm! This should be a fun day for sure!

HOT TIPS: TRIBUTE BANDS are making the local scene HOT once again!  See the best ones at SWEENEY’S SALOON each month.

HOT TIPS: MORE SINGLES AND DUOS are on the stages at many area bars and clubs  (SUNDAYS THRU FRIDAYS) SEE the listings in the new OOT!

HOT TIPS: SPECIAL 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW is coming NOV 12 with the ROCKETS at WHISKEY TANGO ( SEE PAST MEMEBERS)

HOT TIPS: WEEKLY THE OPEN MIC NIGHT AT RP MC MURPHY’S IN DELCO IS GROWING AND MID WEEK a GOOD CHOICE to GET OUT!

HOT TIPS: THE SATURDAY NIGHT ORIGINAL BAND SHOWCASE AT THE PENNANT IS SOUTH JERSEY’S PREMIER MUSIC NIGHT!

HOT TIPS: WARMINSTER AREA is really on for the month of NOVEMBER at places like:  SQUIRRLE MURPHYS, THE RED STALLION, BIG HEADS, HARRIGAN’S, WALSH

S TAVERN, BIG HEADS, THE PENGUIN’S CLUB,

SOUTHAMPTON AREA:  KENN’S, MAGGIOS’, PIKE’S PUB,& THE GENERAL DAVIS HOUSE
HUNTINGDON VALLEY AREA>>>CALLOWAY’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

HOT TIPS: THE FINAL SCORE is up and going in BENSALEM PA _ COMEDY NIGHTS are big.IN BENSALEM you have to head over to th 360 CLUB in PARX CASIONwith weekly acts and DJ’s that will keep you on the DANCE FLOOR!

HOT TIPS:  THE RED ZONE in BURLING TON  NJ is running hot this month with awesome DJ’s and SPECIAL BAND NIGHTS!

HOT TIPS: THE RED STALLION is making major changes and the music is still cutting edge and kickin’ each weekend.

HOT TIPS: NE AREA BARS  – HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER! FIND OUT WHY…PLACES LIKE: HARRINGTONS,  CURRANS, MC NOODLES, NAGGIES, DAGWOODS< PADDY WHACKS<REALES,HAMMERHEADS< CASPERS,ROOSEVLETS<OUT OF WHACK JACKS< ALBERTS CAFE AND THE NEW NE DANCE CLUB CALLED FRICTION.WHISKEY TANGO< SWEENEYS, BENNY THE BUMS,O’MARES IRISH PUB,JOE SANTUCCIS BAR AND GRILL and the KNIGHTS TAVER, and DAVE AND BUSTERS.

HOT ACTION IN BRIDESBURG AT: DADDY O’s WITH -THE OOT FRIDAY AFTER WORK PARTY with YUENGLING BEER/WEEKLY PRIZES * STARTS THIS COMING WEEK

THE NEW POST OFFICE is a great spot for food and drink and right down the street DIEGOS BAR will be offering all kinds of weekly events for NOVEMBER!

IN NE PHILLY NEAR BRIDSBURG is the CANNON BALL TAVERN here too weekly events to get you out of the house can be found.* WEEKLY BAR BINGO is a treat!.

HOT TIPS: MICHALE’S CAFE in BENSALEM PA has the biggest DANCE FLOOR in the area..see why this place is packed on the WEEKENDS – CHECK IT OUT this week.

*BEST SUNDAY NIGHTS IN THE AREA WITH 106.1 FM LIVE RADIO BROADCAST with FRANK CERAMI and DJ ROBBIE ROB! ALSO IN BENSALEM CURANS and THE E- HOSUE ARE GREAT PARTY STOPS along with the STADIUMS and BIG HEADS and the GREAT AMERICAN PUB. MOST LOCATIONS DO NOT HAVE A COVER CHARGE …check it out!

HOT TIPS: LEVITTOWN is still on fire with live music each weekend see the line ups of the BEST MUSIC LOCATIONS in lower BUCKS COUNTY!

PLACES LIKE: MC STEWS, THE STADIUMS, THE ROAD HOUSE, BAILEYS,

HOT DJ ACTION HEACH WEEK @ CAZZ’ SPORTS BAR and THE NEW EDGLEY TAVERN , DEAN CASMIRRIS OLD COLONIAL INN

HOT TIPS:  GENTLEMEN’S CLUBS are BOOMING and more couples are going out to area CLUBS ON THE WEEKENDS TOGETHER –  TO CHECK OUT THE DANCERS!

SEE WHY PLACES LIKE: THE PENTHOUSE, TATTLETAILS, THE BALL PARK and DOUBLE VISIONS AND SCRUPPLES are on top of their game!

NOTHERN LIBERTIES SECTION:  THEE PLACE TO BE…THE STANDARD TAP, SLIK CITY, FINNIGANS WAKE, MC FADDENS, LIBERTIES are always packed and now with the additon of the SUGAR HOUSE CASINO..the area is booming.  WEEKDAYS LOOK LIKE WEEKENDS!

OLDE CITY on the WEEKENDS is still on FIRE:  PLACES LIKE CLUB 27, MAD RIVER and the TRIUMPH BREWERY along with a strong MARKET STREET CROWD is always a good choice on the weekends for meeting up with friends.

THE MAIN LINE – IS  BACK and BROWNIES 23 EAST is setting the pace with many new promotions and weekly Entertainment.

SOUTH JERSEY is running full swing in NOVEMBER at places like: THE JUG HANDLE INN, THE NEW COLLEEN’S host speciality partys weekly…CAFE MADSION is running strong weekly with IN THE MAX, THE ADELPHIA is a great choice anytime…THE COASTLINE is still the best all around party spot for any night of the week.THE PENNANT WEDNESDAYS ARE STILL HOT … TOP DOG is still just that –   TOPS in SOUTH JERSEY in CHERRY HILL – STOP BY AND SEE WHY!

HOT TIP : REEDS IN BLUEBELL PA is still the area’s BEST PLACE FOR LOCAL BANDS AND GREAT SPORTS ACTION AND FOOD !  SEE THEIR LINEUP THIS MONTH AND MAKE IT POINT TO STOP OVER!

SOUTH PHILLY CHOICES AND HOT TIPS:   CHIKIE’S AND PETE’S is the PLACE in SOUTH PHILLY FOR SURE…SEE OUR CUZ TONY BRUNO LAY DOWN THE SOUNDS EACH WEEK…also ON FRIDAYS THE NEW STADIUM AT THE HOLIDAY INN has a LIVE on air DANCE PARTY on 106/1 FM  with FRANK CERAMI….weekly!  THE SOUTH PHILLY BAR AND GRILL is the new place to check out all the SPORTS ACTION weekly!

*MORE  HOT  TIPS ARE COMING!!!- so keep it here and check out the “OOT” each week – online!  SPREAD THE WORD SEE THE “OOT” ANYTIME www.ootonline.com and or www.ootweb.com SEE US ON YOUR I-pad, TOUCHSCREEN PHONE, LAPTOP or DESKTOP at work.

NOVEMBER – WE will be featuring more TICKET GIVE AWAYS and also be sure and play our WEEKLY OOT  PICK THE SCORE OF THE BIRDS  CONTEST … here you can win  $25  GIFT CARDS to area bars and CLUBS like:  PADDY WHACKS, THE STADIUMS, and THE RED ZONE!

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By:  Krista Doran

P1090590I have always been intrigued by the paranormal.  To me, it just seems impossible that when we die, that’s it.  I believe that we all have energy that lives on beyond our physical being.  Some people refer to this energy as different things such as ghosts, spirits, a haunting…whatever the term, I believe it exists.  To what degree however, is a whole different story.  There is so much about the supernatural world that we just don’t understand and especially during this time of the year, we are all reminded of the possibility that spirits could indeed exist.

Because of my interest in this topic, our Editor and Chief here at the Out On The Town, Mike Vagnoni asked me if I would be interested in doing an interview with an organization in Philly called Olde City Paranormal (OCP).  Of course, I jumped at the chance to learn more about what they do.  OCP is a professional paranormal group whose main objective is to help educate people that may be experiencing unexplained activity in their homes or place of business.  Rather than feed into the stories, OCPs goal is to find a logical explanation for what some people may be experiencing.  To do this, OCP uses the same type of equipment you see on popular TV shows, such as EMF Readers, infrared cameras, motion detectors and K-II Meters.  OCP does not charge for their services.  The members of OCP are every day, working class people who strive to give their clients the answer to the question, “Is this place haunted?”

I contacted the founder and head ghost hunter, John Levy to discuss exactly what they do.  John, who is also a Philadelphia police officer explained to me that it is very important to the group to try and provide some sort of help, especially to families that have been experiencing “unexplained” phenomenon in their home.  They have done many investigations and each one is handled completely different, depending on the situation.  John said that many things people may believe to be paranormal are often easily explained.  For instance, exposure to electricity often imitates the “eerie” feeling one may get when entering a room or can even play a part in optical illusions, John explained.  A home they have explored in Mayfair has had them back a few times; still with no real logical explanation of what the family is experiencing.  “The kids have seen dark figures in their rooms, the house is always cold and during our investigation, we witnessed a shadowy figure move from side to side, completely blocking out the kitchen window.”  They were unable to recreate this activity or provide a logical explanation as to what it could be.  The team will be going out again soon to try and debunk what everyone has experienced, but so far no luck.  Could this home be haunted?  Do ghosts really exist?  Since they had another investigation coming up at the Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, John invited me to come along to experience what they do.

There is quite a bit of history surrounding the Absecon Lighthouse.  The structure was built in 1857 in Atlantic City’s inlet section, under the supervision of Army engineer George Gordon Meade, who later went on to fame as the Union General who won the Battle of Gettysburg.  The decision to build the Absecon Lighthouse came because of the many prior shipwrecks that caused a significant amount of deaths along that particular area.  Because of this, the inlet was eventually was given the name, The Graveyard Inlet.  Many who have witnessed activity at the lighthouse do not believe that only one soul haunts the structure, but rather several and among the list is a British soldier from the Revolutionary War period. Several people have spotted a soldier in uniform on top of the lighthouse, in his spotless red and white uniform and musket in hand.  Why would a British soldier be haunting the Absecon Lighthouse?  Well, it could be the fact that in 1779, a whole ship of British soldiers perished in that same vicinity.  The King’s troop transport ship, Mermaid, was en route to New York from Nova Scotia, when their ship was knocked off course by a raging snow storm.  The ship crashed on a sandbar, killing 145 soldiers and crew members.  Is it possible that the British soldier is there trying to warn others of a death so grim?

On our way down to the Absecon Lighthouse, I was a little nervous but excited at the same time.  I wasn’t sure how I would react if I actually saw something with my own two eyes.  Knowing me, I would scream like a little girl!  Luckily, my husband Rick, who agreed to come along, kept me calm. First, we decided to stop at the Atlantic City Bar and Grill, which is owned by our friend Gino Garofalo, for dinner.  The lighthouse was just a few blocks away on S. Rhode Island Ave, so we stayed there until the OCP Team called to tell us they had arrived.  When we got to the Lighthouse, it was still day light.  I had researched some of the tales prior to heading down and according to the records, strange things have been happening at the lighthouse, dating back to 1905.  The first account of many years filled with tales of paranormal activity, was of one lighthouse keeper who claimed to have spotted the infamous Jersey Devil at the very top of the tower.  Since then, employees and visitors have experienced things such as eerie laughter coming from the lighthouse, the scent of pipe and cigar smoke, unexplained footsteps, doors opening and closing and even partial apparitions have appeared.

After reading about some of the stories, I was ready to experience it all with an open mind.  As the crew was setting up their equipment, Rick and I walked the 248 stairs to the top of the lighthouse, taking pictures along the way.  When we first entered the lighthouse from the main structure, the air immediately changed.  The best word I can use to describe it would be “airy” but not in the sense that you may think.  It felt as though air move all around and sort of enveloped me.  As we climbed all 248 steps, I still felt this air around me.  “It’s an old, round, cement building that probably has areas where air and wind can wisp through the structure,” is what I kept telling myself.  It did not feel heavy or threatening in any way, but it was definitely there the whole time.  Onward and upward we climbed until we reached the top of the lighthouse.  The views of Atlantic City, on such a beautiful and clear night were quite spectacular.  We sat there for about 30 minutes, walked outside along the deck that surrounded the lighthouse and as we came back in, it was very quite.  Just then, I heard a strange clanking sound, which seemed to be coming from the landing just below us.  I walked half way down the steps and looked to see if anything was there and I saw nothing.  I went back up to the observation room and looked out the window, and the whole team was standing outside at that moment.  It was then that I realized that other than me and Rick, the lighthouse was completely empty.  We walked back down the 248 steps and I told one of the team members what we heard.  They told us that this is one of the sounds that people often hear and no explanation has ever been found.

The team had all of the cameras set up in some of the active hot spots of the lighthouse.  I had a Zoom digital recorder with me and was ready to explore.  We formed 2 groups; I was on one team and Rick was on the other and wouldn’t you know it, my team was going back up to the top of the lighthouse!  So I again began my climb, all the way up the 248 steps.  My legs were like jello by the time I got up there!  I don’t know how those lighthouse keepers did it.  Heck maybe that is what killed some of them!  I was lucky to be with the team leader and co-founder, John Levy and investigator Glenn Orwan.  As we sat along the cold and rounded walls of the observation room, I tried to think of what it was like for the lighthouse keepers.  It seemed to me it would be a lonely life, sitting up there, alone in that perch waiting for ships to come by.  Lonely or not, this was a very important job and I imagined the men who would have been there protecting the inlet and the sailors who counted on them.  At this point, it was dark outside and all the lights were off.  We were sitting in the dark, inside a structure with documented stories of a haunting and I thought to myself “Am I insane?!”  John began a sort of dialogue to help draw out any spirits, just like you would see on any of the TV shows.  I also chimed in, which was kind of cool because just as I said, “Hello, my name is Krista and I came here to learn about you today,” a slight shadowy figure appeared to the right of my line of site.  I stopped and looked right at John and without saying a word; he said “I saw it too.”

We stayed in place for about 45 minutes and then decided to make our way down, staying in constant communication with the other team members via walkie talkie.  John and I started down the spiral stairs when one of the other team members radioed us, asking us to stay put.  They had also spotted a shadowy figure and they had it trapped between us and where they stood a few flights down.  Not even 2 minutes went by when we heard someone yell “What the hell was THAT???”  John radioed down to see what happened and Gary (one of the team members) who was wearing a baseball cap had the cap knocked off his head!  He was clearly shaken, as we went down to where they were standing.  Once we were all down on the landing, the shadowy figure they saw was gone.

My team’s next task was to go outside to the oil house, where the keepers used to gather to smoke their pipes and cigars and drink their hooch.  One of the members carried in a contraption, that he called a “ghost box.”  We all sat inside on the floor of this dark and old stone building, with this ghost box in the center.  We were told that the ghost box is used as a way to communicate with the spiritual world.  It is used for linear sweeping of the AM or FM bands to form “white noise.”  If you have ever seen the movie White Noise, then you have an idea of what I am talking about.  The purveyor of the ghost box was supposedly a young man by the name of “Chris” who was believed to be an ammo runner in the Revolutionary War.  Chris was gruesomely decapitated while running ammo to the next site.  Glenn Orwan, one of the investigators was leading the session and began to ask Chris questions.  We were amazed that every time Glenn or any of us asked a question, we did get a relevant answer.  In fact, as we sat in the room, we kept hearing someone say “Steve? Steve. STEVE” This went on for several minutes.  Co-founder and Tech Manager, Steve Rotondi, who was in the oil house with us at the time, got very emotional as we kept hearing, “Steve.  Steve.  Steve.  Steve?” After a few minutes of this, he had to leave the room.  Later, he had explained that his Uncle who had just passed away would always call his name, several times in a row, just like that to annoy Steve.  Glenn and the rest of the team, continued to ask questions and we kept getting answers.  We got to a point where so many voices started to come through that it all sounded jumbled, so we decided to stop.  Just then, the room became very cold, which was quite strange, considering there were several people in the 25’ x 25’ room for about 45 minutes.  If anything, it should have warmed up.  It was just then; I got a whiff of, what certainly smelled like a pipe.  It was very strong at first, as if someone in the room was smoking.  It only lasted about a minute and then it was gone.

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The stories that have been told about the Absecon Lighthouse are not the kind of stories you hear of some other places that warn of impending doom for anyone that enters.  It is believed that whoever or whatever still resides here is more of a residual type of energy, rather than an intelligent haunting.  There was definitely a light feeling there but not something that would be scary or evil.  The activity that I witnessed, as well as some of the other team members, certainly validates what others have seen, but I personally do not think anyone needs to be frightened about going inside.  The Absecon Lighthouse is a part of the rich history of that inlet of Atlantic City and is one of the oldest lighthouses in the US.  It is intriguing and quite interesting and I would recommend exploring the lighthouse to just about anyone who can withstand the climb.  The lighthouse is open for all types of events in the summer such as Full Moon climbs which correspond with the calendar’s full moons, themed events, pizza parties and even sleep-overs for scouts.   On October 30, they will be hosting “Ghost Stories & Lighthouse Climb” where you can visit the Absecon Lighthouse for the “true” ghost stories that prompted a visit from Sci-Fi’s popular show, Ghost Hunters!  For a full description of events, as well as all the stories about the lighthouse, visit their site at www.abseconlighthouse.org.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of Olde City Paranormal, John Levy – Founder/Lead investigator, Steve Rotondi – Co-founder/Tech Manager, Bill Fritz – Assistant Tech Manager/Investigator, Michelle Smith – Case Researcher/Investigator, Laura Rotondi – Investigator, Glenn Orwan – Investigator and Gerry Colon – Investigator. We had a great time learning about the paranormal, and what OCP does to help people.  If you think you have some sort of paranormal activity in your home or business, do not hesitate to contact OCP by sending an email to oldecityparanormal@yahoo.com.  They will help you get the answers you seek.

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