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Windsor Park Stories' holds special screening for Cape May

PBS show will Feature Cape May stories in its spring episodes

By Chris Procter
Cape May Star and Wave

Cape May --- "This is done out of passion," Tony Mussari, President of Mussari-Loftus Associates, Dallas, Pa., declared on Sunday as he began a first screening of the Cape May episodes of Windsor Park Stories.

The PBS series airs on WVIA TV Channel 44 broadcasting in Northeastern and central Pennsylvania and in portions of New York on Sundays at 7 p.m.

Cape May, always fertile ground for story telling, provided Mussari with a unique location for his people-centered program. Here he found historic architecture, a wealth of untapped and compelling stories, and a warm welcome. That happy mix led to the production of seven episodes filmed in the city this summer. All will air in 2001. Next summer a return trip is planned.

In Cape May City Hall on Sunday the public viewed one episode in its entirety, a story of personal loss and renewal with Linda and Skip Loughlin (please see related story). That same evening Mussari's production team offered a glimpse of three more episodes, each showing a different facet of the jewel that is historic Jackson Street.

With a rendition of "On The Way To Cape May, performed by the Cape Harmonaires dressing the scene throughout, one episode entitled "Painting Jackson Street" opened with artist Sue Hand creating water- color vignettes of that historic streetscape while connecting with its visitors. Hand, who also exhibited her Cape May art on Sunday, marveled over the sense of light, air, and energy she found here.

A portion of another episode, "Renaissance: The Virginia Hotel," had the historic building's owner, Curtis Bashaw, recounting his teenage summer in the one-time boarding house out from under parent supervision for the first time. That defining event laid the groundwork for a "love affair with Jackson Street and this building," said Bashaw pre shadowing its later purchase and from a condemned structure to a Victorian showplace.

Former Mayor Bruce Minnix, a leading preservation light in this city, offered his Jackson Street inspired take on life in Cape May in the start of one tantalization episode entitled "A Victorian Mayor." With Jeannie Seetoo and her garden also featured in the piece, the importance of good neighboring effectively provided by William and Meryl Nelson is also seen.

"I've had enough of celebrities," Mussari told the audience in City Hall this week, explaining that he and his wife Kitch Loftus-Mussari want to use their talents to tell "good stories." The King's College professor vowed to be back next summer and produce seven more episodes about "ordinary people doing extraordinary things." "We love your town," he told Mayor William Gaffney on Sunday. whatever sacrifices you have to make to keep it as it is, in it's purest form and prevent what is good about this country from being destroyed, please do it."


Windsor Park Stories to Screen Episodes in Cape May

A popular television series broadcast on public television in Northeastern Pennsylvania will be screened in Cape May.

Making its debut in 1997, Windsor Park Stories, a series about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things, will begin its fourth season, but not before the people of Cape May, New Jersey, get a chance to see some of the episodes that were produced in Cape May this summer.

According to Tony Mussari, producer of Windsor Park Stories, "Taking the series on location to Cape May was the best thing we did this summer, and it was something we never planned to do."

A sentimental journey to Wildwood and Cape May to retrace the steps Mussari and his wife, Kitch Loftus, used to take with their children 20 years ago led to a chance meeting with several people on Jackson Street.

An unplanned meeting with a former colleague from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Linda Loughlin, who now runs The Summer Cottage Inn convinced the producers of Windsor Park Stories that Cape May was fertile ground for their series.

"It's all here," said Mussari, "great people, great architecture and wonderful stories. We just could not stay away."

On October 29 at 7:30 p.m., two of the Cape May Windsor Park Stories episodes will be shown for the Cape May residents in the auditorium of City Hall. Then on October 30, the King's College Alumni Association of Philadelphia and South Jersey will have the opportunity to see two episodes, one of Cape May and the other of Fr. Thomas O'Hara, C.S.C., the president of King's College.

An art exhibit of Sue Hand's watercolors of Cape May will precede the screening.

More than a third of Windsor Park Stories 2001 will focus on Cape May people and events:

The Many Faces of Jackson Street
Renaissance: The Virginia Hotel, Curtis Bashaw
A Victorian Mayor: Bruce Minnix
CBS: The Golden Years, Bruce Minnix
The Greatest Loss: Linda Loughlin
On the Way to Cape May: Skip and Linda Loughlin
Painting Jackson Street: Sue Hand

At a time when celebrity journalism fills the airwaves, Windsor Park Stories dares to be different. It focuses attention on the compelling, interesting and motivational stories of ordinary people.

The award-winning team of Mussari-Loftus Associates of Dallas, PA produces Windsor Park Stories.

For any questions contact Kitch Loftus at 570-675-6374 or e-mail at bpcdoc@aol.com.

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