Things to Do
There are lots of great things for the entire family to see and do in South Jersey! Check ou StrawBEARy Surprise & Nature in Art Day Family Festival, Celtic Festival, Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse Tours and more!
Kids entering sixth through twelfth grades can be part of the magical world of Summer Stage. Audition for Mainstage Center for the Arts Children’s Theatre season. Auditions for the productions of Camp Rock; Aladdin, Jr.; and Annie, Jr. will take place June 15, and 16, 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Hall, Camden County College. Participants must have previously registered for Summer Stage’s seven-week Children’s Theatre program or register the evening of the auditions. No child is eliminated. For more information, please call 609-405-0306 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, June 11, Rolling Thunder Chapter 4 NJ is hosting their 4th Annual Veteran's Benefit Day at Veterans Park, Rt.9 in Galloway Township. The event will run from 11am-5pm, with a rain date of Sunday, June 12. Come out & have a fun-filled family day while showing appreciation to our Veterans. This event will include music, crafts and a war museum, the Traveling Wall of Fallen Heroes from Mid-Atlantic States, Ground Zero Tribute Truck, and much more!! For more information, call 609-432-8282 or go to rollingthundernj-4.org.
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Historic Cold Spring Village is hosting their 7th Annual Celtic Festival on Saturday, and Sunday, June 11 & 12. Celebrate traditions of the Celtic Highlands with live entertainment including pipes & drums, Scottish and Irish dance, Junior Eastern Region Fiddle champ and more! Historic Cold Spring Village is located at 720 Route 9 in Cape May (08204). For more information, go to hcsv.org or call 609-898-2300.
Howell Living History Farm is hosting some great stuff!
On Saturday, June 11, Howell Living History Farm is hosting their annual Haying event.
On Sunday, June 12, enjoy Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse Tours. Walking tours of the historic Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse and school yard will be offered at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Historian Larry Kidder of Ewing will lead the tours, which will take visitors along the route traveled by children who lived at Howell Farm a century ago…on their way to District School Number 1. The tour will include a peek inside a furnished classroom as well as an examination of the remaining concrete walkways, outhouse foundation, well and pump location, flag pole, and playground. Visitors will also see how material from part of the schoolhouse was recycled and incorporated into buildings constructed for the Wooden family poultry farm that operated on the site after the school closed in 1938. On their way to and from school, visitors will learn about the building’s history as a school, community center and private home before its acquisition by Mercer County in 2003, for use in Howell Farm’s interpretive programs. During the tour, visitors will be invited to enjoy lemonade and cookies on the porch of the schoolhouse and learn about the community that once surrounded the present-day Howell Farm.
Howell Living History Farm is located at 70 Wooden's Lane in Lambertville. For more information, call 609-737-3299 or visit their website at howellfarm.org.
The Garden State Discovery Museum is a great place for the entire family to visit!
On Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12, Look How Our Garden Grows ! Bring your green thumbs and get ready to get down and dirty, as we spruce up our edible garden.
The Garden State Discovery Museum is located at 2040 Springdale Road in Cherry Hill. For more information, call 856-424-1233 or visit their website at discoverymuseum.com.
Camden Children’s Garden is open for the season! Even when there’s no special event scheduled, a day at the Garden will fill your kids (and you!) with excitement and wonder, and will stimulate their inner explorer!
Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12, the StrawBEARy Surprise & Nature in Art Day Family Festival . This is a celebration of one of summer’s sweetest fruits with a special twist to honor Mum Bear, the Garden’s mascot, on her 7th birthday. This event will include nature crafts and a planting activity. Families can cool off at the Very Berry Strawberry concession stand. This event will run from 1-4pm.
Camden Children’s Garden is located on the waterfront in Camden. The Garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children (3-11), and free for children two and younger. There is a modest additional fee for the three amusement rides. School Group rates are available, as well as family memberships. Additional information is available online at camdenchildrensgarden.org, or by calling 856-365-TREE.
Second Saturday Tours of the grounds at the Alice Paul Institute are available. With no appointment necessary, enjoy a beautiful afternoon tour of historic Paulsdale! Tours begin with a 15-minute DVD presentation, The Life of Alice Stokes Paul, 1885-1977. Guests then walk around the porch to learn about the farm that once surrounded Paulsdale. Inside the house, visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house, the restoration of the site, and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Though the house has no period furnishings, there is plenty of history within its walls, including dozens of historic photographs and documents. Tours begin at noon and 1pm on the following dates for 2011: June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8 and November 12.
For more information about Alice Paul and the Alice Paul Institute, visit their website, alicepaul.org.
Here are some events in Cape May, sponsored by the MAC. For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s Web site at capemaymac.org.
Victorian Fair A traditional Victorian fair on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May’s only Victorian house museum. The day features live musical performances, crafts, collectibles, living history characters, children’s activities and refreshments. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Free admission and parking and a free trolley shuttle from the Washington Street Mall.
The New York Chamber Ensemble performs “Chunnelvision: Music of England and France,” two mini-concerts at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets, on Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The concert will feature guest artist Stacey Shames on Harp. Works in the program include Debussy’s Trio, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and William Boyce’s Trio Sonata. General admission $20, seniors $15, and $5 students.
In the Wildwoods:
Through Sunday, June 12, check out Wildwood's Island-Wide All Truck Show! The show is open to all trucks 10,000lbs GVW and lower, and will take place along Pacific Avenue in Wildwood. Come and compete for one of the Islands Top 25 Awards, Cash Prizes, Best of Show Stock and Best of Show Modified—or just come and browse! For more information call 609-522-4546 or go to wildwoods.org.
On Saturday, June 11, don’t miss Mummers Brigade Weekend! Beginning at 4:45pm at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, the parade features the top 7 Mummers Brigades from the Philadelphia New Year's Day Mummers Parade. This event is free. For more information, call 609-374-0562 or go to NorthWildwood.com.
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Enjoy all things Irish and Scottish at Historic Cold Spring Village’s 7th Annual Celtic Festival, June 11 and 12, from 10am-4:30pm. The festival includes musical entertainment throughout the grounds, interactive demonstrations and a pub area with all-day live music. The Opening Ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday. The Village’s restored, historic buildings will also be open, with historical interpreters demonstrating the trades and crafts and the 1800s. Performances include sets by Nae Breeks Pipes & Drums Band, The Irish Balladeer Peter McDonald at the pub area, readings from the Book of Kells, traditional instruments, the NJ Blacksmith Association and ‘Past Times Present’- a lively combination of Irish-American songs and the stories behind them. Additional highlights on Sunday include traditional music by Charlie Zahm throughout the day at the Marshallville Schoolhouse and Matthew Dodd presenting kid-friendly ‘Songs of St. Patrick.’ In addition, The New Jersey Irish Setter and Rescue will join the event, with their loveable breeds to meet with visitors. The Welcome Center, Country Store, Ice Cream Parlor and Bakery will also be open, as will the Old Grange Restaurant by Tony Clark.
HCSV weekend special events will run until mid-September. Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday from June 21 to September 4. Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit Early American open-air living history museum located at 720 Route 9 (exit 4A off the GSP). Village hours are 10am-4:30pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-12; children under 3 are free. For information, please call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit hcsv.org .
The Borough of Avalon has announced an exciting lineup of Big Band Dances throughout the year. The Big Band dances will be held on the second or third Saturday evenings each month at the Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street and the beach in Avalon. The 2011 Big Band Dance Series in Avalon features many of the best Big Band/Dance Bands from the greater Delaware Valley area. Doors open at the Avalon Community Hall at 8pm, and live music begins at 8:30pm. Tickets are $7.50 at the door, and BYOB reservations are appreciated. The schedule is as follows:
June 11: Fred Hall Orchestra
July 9: Tony Deluca & The Paisans
August 13: Walt Wagner
September 10: Kathleen D’Angela & Co.
October 15: The Bill Newman Orchestra
November 12: John Clark Dance Band
December 10: Kathleen D’Angela &Co.
For more information, go to avalonboro.org.
Saturday, June 11, the Avalon Garden Club Flower Show will be held at the Avalon Community Hall, from noon-4pm.
Don’t miss the Big Band concert with the Fred Hall Orchestra on Saturday, June 11 at the Avalon Community Hall, beginning at 8:30pm.
The Avalon Chamber of Commerce Craft Show will be held on Saturday, June 11, on 30th Street, from 11am until 5pm.
The ESA Surf Competition will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 8am until 5pm at 40th Street and the Beach in Sea Isle. Registration ($20) begins at 7am, surfing will be from 8am until 5pm. For more information, 609-887-5277 or go to snj.surfesa.org.
Also in Sea Isle on Saturday, June 11, Peyton’s Promise 5K Run/2K Walk, at 43rd Street and the Promenade. Registration begins at 9:30am, and is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 5-12 years old. The walk/run begins at 11am. For more information, please call 609-335-9442 or go to peytonspromise.com.
Don’t miss Sea Isle’s Fish Alley Festival on Saturday, June 11, from 11am until 4pm at 42nd Place and the Bay. There will be craft and food vendors, fishing displays and demonstrations, live music and a Hot-Rod auto show. For more information, call 609-263-3756 or email email@example.com.
Also on Saturday, June 11, enjoy Concert Night - Changes in Latitudes at Excursion Park (JFK Blvd. and Pleasure Ave.). This Jimmy Buffet tribute will be held from 4-7pm. For more information, call 609-263-1711 or go to changesinlatitudes.com.
On Sunday, June 12th, Avalon Golf Club is hosting the Avalon Lions Club Golf Classic.
The Nature Center of Cape May’s popular Children’s Summer Programs will begin June 27. NJ Audubon is the National Wildlife Federation's New Jersey Affiliate, which makes Ranger Rick the official mascot of the Nature Center’s summertime fun. Classes take place Monday through Friday mornings from 10am to noon with a new nature theme each week, including “Radical Reptiles,” “Fin-tastic Fishy Fun” and “Bee-utiful Fliers.” The Nature Center’s hands-on, science-based children’s classes are open to youth from preschool through 9th grade. Designed with summer visitors in mind, children may attend just one day, one week, or the entire eight-week session. Classes are individually tailored to children’s ages and learning abilities. Children in grades 4 through 9 are invited to join the Harborside Explorers for more advanced marine science exploration and adventure. This group meets with NCCM program director Sue Slotterback Monday through Friday, from 9:30am to noon.
Weekly Summer Children’s Program fees are $100, reduced to $75 for NJ Audubon members. Daily rates are also available. Summer class sizes are small, and fill quickly. Preregister right away to reserve your child’s summer nature adventures with Ranger Rick and the rest of the gang at the Nature Center of Cape May.
Call 609-898-8848 to learn more about our Children’s Summer Programs. The Nature Center offers other unique summer adventures for kids too, such as special children’s harbor safaris and kayak camps. Information and registration forms are available at njaudubon.org/centers/nccm. The Nature Center is located at 1600 Delaware Ave., in Cape May.
Cape May Stage presents Say Goodnight Gracie. Adapted from the reminiscences of George Burns, this multimedia tour-de-force presentation traces the comedian-raconteur's life from his childhood on the Lower East Side to his early career in vaudeville to his momentous meeting and subsequent personal and professional relationships with wife Gracie Allen. “Say Goodnight Gracie” is a hit Broadway play that invites you to spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian, George Burns. Due to enormous demand, this production, starring Joel Rooks, returns to the Stage after selling out every night in the summer of 2009. In a seamless performance, Rooks inhabits the character of Burns; so much so that audiences will feel they’ve spent the evening with the man himself. Performances will be held through June 18, Wednesdays through Sundays at 8pm; and Sundays also at 3pm. The Robert Shackleton Playhouse is located at the corner of Bank & Lafayette streets. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaystage.com.
The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is open for guided and audio tours daily, from 9:30am until 5pm, through September 5; and 9:30am until 3pm, September 6 through December 31.
The Battleship offers complimentary self-guided tours to all New Jersey veterans.
The Battleship New Jersey will open her decks for a delicious BBQ, open bar, entertainment, music, viewing of the fireworks over the Delaware River and a special preview of a new experience on the evening of Saturday, June 25 for the 9th Annual Battleship Blast fund raiser. Tickets are available as part of a sponsorship of the Blast, or can be purchased individually for $200 per person. Organizations interested in a Blast partnership package, or anyone interested in purchasing a Blast ticket, should call 1-866-877-6262 ext. 144.
Guests can experience the legendary 16-inch gun turrets, the tomahawk missile launch pads, the bridge, Combat Engagement Center, the brig (a.k.a. jail), barbershop, Admiral “Bull” Halsey exhibit and stateroom. Experience how the officers and crew lived aboard our nation’s largest battleship.
The Battleship can open on weekdays for scheduled group tours and special events. Bring your class, club, veteran’s organization, office, etc. for a guided tour of our nation’s most decorated battleship. Dietz & Watson Rations Box Lunches or a hot meal served via the chow line are available.
Or hold your next meeting or social affair on a unique venue. From 8 to 3,008, the Battleship’s multiple spaces, including the forecastle (forward deck), AmeriHealth fantail (tented rear deck), officers’ wardroom, pier and more, can accommodate any size guests list. Let our professional planners and caterers create a historic event.
Located on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from the City of Philadelphia, the Battleship offers the award-winning Overnight Encampment program. Scouts, youth organizations and families can enjoy dinner and breakfast served from the crew’s galley, a tour of the battleship, a ride on the flight simulator and the chance to sleep in the same bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did. Reserve your bunk today! Call 1-866-877-6262 ext. 203. For more information, call 866-877-6262 or visit the Battleship at battleshipnewjersey.org.
Tuckerton Seaport, a working maritime village, is located along the Tuckerton Creek. This one-of-a-kind attraction, in the heart of historic Tuckerton NJ, brings the Jersey Shore’s maritime traditions of the past and present to life through people, exhibits and hands-on activities. Discover the Jersey Shore’s unique maritime heritage and the interaction between culture and nature on the Barnegat Bay. Experience the rich traditions of the Jersey Shore and its Baymen through the Seaport’s recreated and historic buildings, demonstrations, interpretive exhibits, events, festivals, live aquatic displays and more. Decoy carvers, boat builders, basket makers, and baymen entertain, educate and delight visitors of all ages. Stroll the 3/4 mile boardwalk and experience life on the Tuckerton "Crik," Identify birds and plants on their ¼-mile nature trail. Tour their site and view garveys, sneakboxes, cruising yachts and party boats displayed on land and water.
Tuckerton Seaport Cruise Nights will be held on June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15; from 5-9pm. Check out the spectacular cars in the Seaport parking lot.
The 18th Annual Baymen's Seafood & Music Festival will be held on June 18, from 11am until 5pm. Enjoy delicious Jersey Fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors. Crafters, vendors, music, food, refreshments, family activities, demonstrations, boat rides, boat builders and carvers will be there! Speak with commercial fishermen to learn about occupations on the bay or take a clam shucking class. King Neptune and Mermaid contests will be held! So bring the family and plan to spend the whole day.
Pickin' On The Porch will be held the 1st Sunday of each month, from noon to 5pm, with a jam session and get together. Come to pick and sing, or just to listen. We'll swap songs, tell stories and share a pot of beans and homemade bread. Acoustic instruments only please! Bluegrass, country, old time music. Tuckerton Seaport's Hunting Shanty. Hosted by Linda & Bill Salmons.
Tuckerton Seaport, located at 120 West Main Street in Tuckerton, is open daily, from 10am-5pm, rain or shine all year round. Admission is $8 for Adults; $6 for Seniors (62 and over); $3 for Children 6 to 12; Members and children 5 and younger are admitted free of charge. For more information, call 609-296-8868 or go to their website at tuckertonseaport.org.
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Science has some great things going on!
Through June 20, check out Pine Barrens Rediscovered, a Princeton Artists Alliance exhibit in partnership with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The PAA artists learned about the biology of the natural world in the unique environment of the Pine Barrens, guided by biologists from the Foundation. Members of the Alliance created images inspired by what they have learned about this wonderful world renowned environmental resource. There will be an Opening Reception Saturday, May 21, from 5-7pm.
The Craft Gallery. From June through September, the LBIF sponsors a gallery featuring fine contemporary handmade crafts. Ceramics, glass, jewelry, metalwork, basketry, wood, fiber and other fine craft media will be shown. The exhibitions will be spilt into two sessions: June/July and Aug./Sept. Session One will run through July 20; Session Two will run from July 27 – Sept 25.
The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences is located at 120 Long Beach Blvd. in Loveladies. The Galleries are open to the public all year round, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-3pm. For more information, please call 609-494-1241 or go to lbifoundation.org.
Discover and experience Atlantic City’s colorful prohibition era aboard a fully guided trolley tour, or enjoy four other tours that showcase modern-day Atlantic City, sightseeing and shopping.
Shimmy back to a time when speakeasies, gangsters and the Charleston ruled the day … aboard the new Roaring ‘20s Trolley Tour. This tour highlights one of Atlantic City’s most provocative eras–when it was considered the grand dame of resorts–with luxury hotels, speakeasies and a free-wheeling nightlife. This fully guided, 3-½ hour tour takes place aboard a comfortable, Victorian-style Trolley. Tours begin Thursday, June 2, 2011 and run every Thursday through the fall. The tour travels the length of the entire city, treating passengers to the colorful history and stories from the time, including the rise and fall of Enoch ‘Nucky’ Johnson, the political boss and racketeer of Atlantic City who helped shape much of the atmosphere seen and felt in Atlantic City even today. The tour departs from Gardner’s Basin. Tickets are $25 and include a fully narrated tour, lunch at the Irish Pub, and a keepsake tour booklet highlighting many of the stops on the route.
Atlantic City Trolley Tours’ other sightseeing tours will operate Monday, June 20 to Thursday, September 8:
Shorelines & Shipwrecks Tour (Mondays only): This 4-hour tour includes a one-hour scenic shoreline cruise on board Atlantic City Cruises’ Cruisin’ 1, lunch at the Back Bay Ale House, and free time to stroll through the crafter shops located in Gardner’s Basin. Cost for this tour is $29 for adults and $24 for children 5-10 years of age.
Shop’Til You Drop Tour (Mondays only): This 4-hour tour takes you to Atlantic City Outlets–The Walk where you will receive a Preferred Customer Discount Book offering more than $800 in outlet savings at stores such as Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Reebok, Nike and Ann Taylor. Cost for this tour is $17 for adults and $16 for children 5-10 years of age.
Splash of Atlantic City Tour (Tuesdays only): This 3.5-hour tour includes a photo-op stop at Lucy the Elephant followed by the chance to climb the Absecon Lighthouse. The trolley then takes you to Gardner’s Basin where you can explore the Atlantic City Aquarium. Cost for this tour is $22 for adults and $17 for children 5-10 years of age.
Gingerbread Tour of Cape May (Wednesdays only): This 6.5-hour tour travels down to the National Historic Landmark City of Cape May. Your tour includes a wine tasting at the Cape May Winery and Vineyard followed by time on your own to stroll through Cape May’s Washington Street Mall. Or, you can choose to spend your entire afternoon strolling the town of Cape May. Cost for this tour is $22 for adults at $17 for children 5-10 years of age. All tours, except the Roaring ‘20s Trolley Tour, depart between 10 and 10:30am from the Flagship, Wyndham Skyline Towers, Boardwalk Hall and the Tropicana. Groups of 25 or more can reserve any of these tours at any time throughout the year. Reservations are required for all tours and may be made by calling 609-884-7392. Go to gatrolley.com for more information.
The Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts continues its exciting tours and events. Here are some of the exciting offerings:
Remembering South Cape May Exhibit: Robert Kenselaar, author of “Remembering South Cape May: The Jersey Shore Town That Vanished Into the Sea,” is the guest curator of this new exhibit that examines the rise and fall of the community that once stood west of Cape May's beachfront on land that today is the Nature Conservancy’s Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge. In its heyday, the town of South Cape May had more than 40 homes and hundreds of summer residents. The town was washed away by mid-century to create the current Cove. One of the town’s last residents, Joseph Bucher, has chronicled life in South Cape May before the Atlantic swallowed this serene town in this new book, co-authored with his son-in-law, Robert Kenselaar. This exhibit is open daily through November 6 (gallery hours vary). Admission is free. This exhibition was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
ONGOING TOURS AND EVENTS
Around Cape Island Boat Tour Board the Cape May Whale Watcher for a sightseeing cruise around the island of Cape May. View the majestic Victorian architecture and enjoy tales of local heroes, legends and history. Offered daily at 6:30 p.m. $25 for adults, $18 for children (ages 7-12). Purchase tickets in advance at the Washington Street Mall information Booth or at the Hill House office at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.
Back Bay History Cruise New for 2011! Board the Osprey to learn about the rich history of Cape May’s waterways. Learn about the creation of Cape Island, submarine warfare along the Atlantic Coast, the dredging of the harbor, Turtle Gut inlet, South Cape May, fishing fleets, the various features along the harbor such as the Coast Guard base, the Nature Center of Cape May and The Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May, and much more. The Osprey is conveniently located at the Miss Chris Marina. The marina is one block off of Route 109 on the entrance to Cape May. Offered at 6 p.m. daily beginning June 17. Also offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning Friday, June 17. Adults $23; Kids (ages 7-12) $15; Kids 6 & under Free (limit 1/ad.).
Best of the West Trolley Tour: A narrated trolley tour through West Cape May highlighting its history, farms, shops, vintage cottages and African American heritage. Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning June 21 and Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m. beginning June 22. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Cape May by Moonlight Trolley Ride Take this romantic trolley ride through the moonlit streets of Cape May as a guide tells tales of Victorian romance. Tours begin and tickets are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Offered at 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 17. Offered at 8:45 p.m. Fridays through June 10. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Cape May Family Treasure Hunt Discover the fun of exploring Cape May and uncovering its architectural elements from a kid’s perspective. Packet includes clues sheet and map that will take you on a self-guided discovery tour, set to your own pace (answer sheet also included). Available daily, year-round. $5 per packet (Only one packet is needed per family).
Cape May in Blue & Gray New for 2011 and presented by Actors Offstage (written and directed by Ray Crew)! Travel back to 1863, when the allegiances of Cape May’s residents were divided between Union and Confederate causes, to witness first-hand war’s effect on a local family. The drama begins on the trolley and finishes at the historic 1876 Chalfonte Hotel where you may complete your experience with a visit to the Chalfonte Collection, a unique assembly of Civil War artifacts with a Chalfonte connection and traditional Southern fried chicken dinner (optional). $35 for performance and dinner. $15 for performance only. Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. beginning June 21.
Cape May Lighthouse, Oil House and Museum Shop1859 structure with 199 steps to watch gallery for a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape and Atlantic Ocean. For those who choose not to climb, the Oil House contains a fully-accessible Visitors' Orientation Center and a Museum Shop stocked with maritime accessories and lighthouse memorabilia. Open daily, hours vary. Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. Admission to the Visitors’ Orientation Center and the ground floor of the Lighthouse is free. Tower admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-12).
Cape May Lighthouse Museum Shop Located in the Oil House on the grounds of the Cape May Lighthouse (Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township), the fully accessible Museum Shop carries a seaside treasure of nautical, lighthouse, pirate, and nature-inspired gifts, art, apparel, books, toys, accessories and lighthouse memorabilia. Open daily; hours vary through June 16, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning June 17. Proceeds benefit the on-going restoration and preservation efforts of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Cape May Unzipped Trolley Ride New for 2011 and presented by Actors Offstage! The story of America’s first seaside resort may seem to be a tale of stately hotels, visiting dignitaries and noble rebirth from the ashes of fires and neglect. But underneath Cape May’s thin veneer of Victorian gentility, behind the gingerbread and lace curtains, there beats a less civilized heart. On this trolley ride into our shore town’s checkered past, you’ll hear the rest of the story, one that is sometimes shocking, often funny and ultimately very human. Offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through June 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays beginning June 19 at 6:15 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 21 at 3 p.m. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch Board the 110-foot Cape May Whale Watcher for a three-hour cruise and the chance to see humpback whales, dozens of bottlenose dolphins, unusual sea birds or rare sea turtles. Guaranteed marine mammal sightings! Purchase tickets in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Offered at 1 p.m. daily. $35 for adults, $23 for children (ages 6-12).
Carriage House Gallery Shop Located in the Carriage House on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., the Carriage House Gallery Shop is stocked with unique themed items, from teapots, teas, tea related merchandise, jewelry, books, and decorative items, all with that distinctive Cape May style. Open daily, shop hours vary. The Carriage House Gallery is fully-accessible and proceeds benefit the on-going restoration and preservation efforts of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Carriage House Tearoom and Café An English tradition brought to Victorian Cape May, featuring a Tea Luncheon of sandwiches, salads, soups, breads, pastries and beverages, and Elegant Afternoon Tea of finger sandwiches, pastries, scones and beverages. The café menu also offers heartier fare with a selection of entrée salads, soups, sandwiches and wraps. Carriage House Tearoom and Café is on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. To make reservations call 609-884-5111.
Cherry House Tour Tour this beautiful private home, built in 1849 in the Federal style, situated on one of Cape May’s oldest residential streets. Owners Frank and Beth Acker welcome visitors to their historic home filled with cherished family mementos, antiques, and country décor. Hand-painted murals in several rooms reflect the home’s seashore heritage. Offered at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through June 12, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning June 21.Tickets cost $10 per person ($8 for children ages 3-12) and are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.
Children’s Trolley Ride Board MAC’s jolly red trolley for a guided tour of Cape May’s Historic District, geared specially children. Offered daily at 4 p.m. beginning June 17. $7 all seats.
Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tours New house tour theme for 2011! Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Cape May’ Historic District, followed by a guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with the new house tour theme for 2011, “Victorian Health and Fitness.” Offered daily, tour times vary. $18 for adults, $9 for children (ages 3-12).
Deadliest Cape Trolley Ride New for 2011 and presented by Actors Offstage! Treacherous shoals, tidal rip currents, Nor’easters, heavy ship traffic, rogue waves…you’ll encounter them all in the waters that surround Cape May. And that’s why these waters are rightly called The Graveyard of the Atlantic. On this trolley ride, you’ll have your own encounter with the dangers that lurk offshore. You’ll glimpse the hazardous world of the professional mariner and hear the frightening, heart wrenching stories of the ones who set sail and never came back. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12). Offered at 6:45 p.m. on Saturdays; offered at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays beginning June 17; and offered at 4:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning June 21.
Fisherman’s Wharf Tour Guided tour of Fisherman’s Wharf at the Lobster House Restaurant. Learn how your seafood gets from the sea to your table and discover how Cape May has become the third largest commercial fishing port on the East Coast. Offered at 11 a.m. on Saturdays through June 18, Sunday, June 19, and Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 21. $10 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).
Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour A 45-minute evening ride through the streets of Cape May with a guide who relates the paranormal findings of Ghost Writer Craig McManus. Offered in the evening on Fridays and Saturdays through June 11, Sundays through Thursdays from May 22 through June 16 and daily beginning June 17. (Tour times vary). $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour Travel the ghostly path that leads to the Cape May Lighthouse. Listen to the ghost tales along the way that have been unearthed by psychic medium Craig McManus. Feel the presence of the spirits at the Light. Climb to the top or stay below. Enjoy your ghostly experience. Offered Saturdays, through June 11 at 8:45 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:45 p.m. beginning June 21. $20 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12).
Harbor Safari A marine biologist leads tourgoers through Cape May’s beach and marsh habitats. Offered at 11 a.m. on Saturdays through June 11 and at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 21. $10 for adults; $5 for children (ages 3-12).
Historic District Trolley Tours Get acquainted with Cape May on a trolley tour as knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. Offered daily, tour times vary. $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Historic District Walking Tour Designed for those who like history up-close and in detail. Knowledgeable guides lead a stroll down the streets of Cape May’s Historic District. Offered on Saturdays through June 11 at 4 p.m. Offered Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. beginning June 22. $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3–12).
Historic Haunts Combo Tour Historic Haunts House Tour Get into the spirit of things on a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with a discussion of Victorian spiritualism. Offered at 7:45 p.m. on Saturdays through June 11; every Friday beginning June 17; and Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 20. Limited tour. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Keeper’s on Duty The perfect prelude to a climb of the Cape May Lighthouse. Learn the historic beacon’s story, as told by one of the current keepers at the Education Center in Cape May Point State Park (adjacent to the Cape May Lighthouse). All Keeper’s on Duty are free and open to the public. Offered every Sunday at 11:30 a.m..
Lighthouse Storytime Bring your young children to the Education Center in Cape May Point State Park (adjacent to the Cape May Lighthouse) to listen to nautical tales and lighthouse adventure stories. Offered every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Free admission.
Lunch with the Pirates New for 2011 and presented by Actors Offstage! Ahoy mateys! Lads, lasses, buccaneers and landlubbers are invited to the Carriage House Tearoom & Café located on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., for a pirate-themed lunch experience. You’ll exclaim, “Shiver me timbers!” as pirates invade the tearoom and takeover the show. $18 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3-12). (Price includes lunch). Offered Fridays at 11:30 a.m. beginning June 17.
Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour This tour features a century of beachfront development, from Victorian cottages of the 1870s through the most up-to-date of today’s housing. It includes some of the most magnificent structures ever erected in Cape May. Offered at 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through May 15 and daily from May 20-June 16; offered at 10:45 a.m. on Fridays beginning June 17 and Mondays beginning June 20; offered at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 21; and offered at 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning June 22. Tour takes about 45 minutes and costs $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).
The Actors Offstage crew presents a new production for 2011 Finding Faith, written and directed by Ray Crew. When Faith talks about life in the 1890’s it’s as if she actually experienced it herself. But no one knows much about her. She just sort of appeared one day a few years back. Who is this mysterious woman? Where did she come from? You’ll meet her when you walk through the doors of the Physick Estate and watch as the questions about Faith multiply in this mystery comedy. And though you might think you are watching a play about something that happened 120 years ago you’ll soon discover that the boundaries between fantasy, reality, the past and the present have broken down …and life for Faith…and you… will never be the same. Afterwards, meet your evening’s performers over coffee and dessert in the Carriage House Tearoom & Café. Performances take place at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., at 6:45 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 17. Offered at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 10. Additional performances at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays through June 11. $25 adults, $20 children (ages 3-12).
Murder at the Physick Estate presents “Bearcat Bootleggers” The Actors Offstage crew presents a new production for 2011 “Bearcat Bootleggers,” written and directed by Ray Crew. It’s 1925 and The Blind Pig is the most notorious speakeasy in Cape May. If you know the password and can get past Johnny the bouncer you’ll be treated to the best bathtub gin in town as well as the hospitality of Kate the proprietor, Maggie the chanteuse and Grace the showgirl. It’s against the law of course but everybody’s doing it so how bad can it be? Well, there are things you don’t know about the “staff” of the Blind Pig…things they don’t know about each other that make them a more dangerous mix than any of the cocktails they serve. So, enter at your own risk. The consequences of a visit to this illicit establishment could be a lot worse than a hangover. Afterwards, meet your evening’s performers over coffee and dessert in the Carriage House Tearoom & Café. Performances take place at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Friday, June 17. $25 adults, $20 children (ages 3-12).
Physick Estate Tour New house tour theme for 2011! Enjoy this entertaining and educational guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St., with the new house tour theme for 2011“Victorian Health and Fitness.” Offered daily, tour times vary. $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12).
Queen Victoria Gardens Tour Stroll through the wonderfully preserved, beautiful gardens around the four buildings of the Queen Victoria, 102 Ocean Street, a renowned bed and breakfast in the heart of historic district. Offered daily: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through June 16; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to dusk beginning June 17. Purchase tickets at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Admission is $7 and includes a booklet that describes the plants found in numbered areas throughout the property.
Rum Runners, Bootleggers and Speakeasies Trolley Ride New for 2011 and presented by Actors Offstage! Prohibition turned ordinary citizens into criminals and ordinary criminals into kings. While Nucky Johnson built his Boardwalk Empire and Al Capone ruled Chicago, Cape May happily supplied the illegal hooch that made the roaring 20’s roar. Your “host” on this trolley ride into the bygone days of basement stills, moonshine and racketeers will be a genuine gun-toting gangster or a real bob-haired flapper. They’ll tell you firsthand what it was like in not so genteel Cape May when the Volstead act was the law of the land. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12). Offered on Sundays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning June 18 and Mondays at 6:30 p.m. beginning June 20.
Self-Guided Audio Tour of Cape May Discover the Historic District of Victorian Cape May at your own pace with Acoustiguide Inform hand-held units. Tour comes complete with a map and index for 96 historic buildings on 69 sites. Available daily from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hill House office located on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Rental fee is $10 per unit.
Self-guided Wine Trail Spend the afternoon touring the wineries of Cape May County at your own pace. Visit Natali Vineyards, Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery and Turdo Vineyards & Winery and taste the unique flavors at each. Offered daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes a map with the wineries listed and a tasting glass.
Tales of Terror Trolley Ride Remember the really scary stories you heard as a kid…the ones that kept you awake at night…the ones that still invade your nightmares every now and then? Well they’ll seem like harmless fairy tales compared to the macabre yarns spun by your spectral host on this trolley ride through the darkest corners of the imagination. You’ll close your eyes and cringe at stories of imaginary playmates from beyond the grave, dead men who don’t know they’re dead, ancient curses, ghostly elevator operators, hell bound trains, screaming skulls and worse. Climb aboard with the Actors Offstage if you dare but don’t count on getting any sleep any time soon. Offered on Fridays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m. beginning June 17 and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning June 18. $10 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).
Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour Discover points of interest, activities and special events sponsored by both MAC and other non-profit organizations throughout Cape May. It’s a perfect introduction to town. Offered at 11:45 a.m. daily. Also offered at 1:15 p.m. on Fridays and Mondays beginning June 17; at 7 p.m. on Sundays beginning June 20; at 1:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 21; and at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning June 22. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Winery Cellar Tour and Tasting Spend an afternoon at the award-winning Cape May Winery. Includes a barrel tasting accompanied by cheese and fruit and a complimentary tasting glass. Offered at 3 p.m. daily. Purchase tickets in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.
World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) Museum and Memorial Fire Control Tower No. 23 on Sunset Boulevard is New Jersey’s last freestanding World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. After the award-winning restoration, visitors can climb to the 6th floor spotting gallery while reliving the homeland defense efforts during World War II. The ground floor of the tower is fully accessible. Open daily (hours of operation vary). $5 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-12).
World War II Trolley Tour Guided two-hour trolley tour past coastal fortifications at Cape May Point such as Battery 223 and Fire Control Tower No. 23, the Cape May Canal and the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum (NASW). Offered Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning June 22. Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12).
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Cape May’s Victorian heritage. MAC also fosters the performing arts. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s Web site at capemaymac.org.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge always has something great going on.
Explore nature with the Ecoclub Stewards of the Refuge, a group for 10-12-year-olds, which meets every 2nd Saturday morning from 10am until noon at the education center. Members will be taken into the Refuge one day a month to learn about the plants, animals, and features of the Pine Barrens. There will be dues for club membership paid on either a monthly or annual basis ($5/Month or $45/Year). Membership will include access to a biological database they will be building, nature activities and crafts, and Eco-Club T-shirt, and e-newsletter. Please call 856-983-3329 x 103 for more information, or go to wcrwreco.webs.com (that’s the Eco Club’s website). Wildlife Hospital hours are now 9am to 9pm seven days a week.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is located at 4 Sawmill Rd. in Medford. For more information, call 856-983-3329 or go to cedarrun.org.
Adventure Aquarium's ready and waiting for you to visit.
Adventure Aquarium, located at 1 Aquarium Drive on the waterfront in Camden, is open from 9:30am to 5pm daily; admission is $21.95 for adults and $17.95 for children ages 2-12 (prices do not include 7% NJ sales tax). You can avoid ticket lines by buying and printing your tickets directly from their website. For more information, call 856-365-3300 or go to AdventureAquarium.com.
Galas, Fundraisers and More!
March of Dimes Classic Car Show, Saturday, June 11. Pre-register at Kmart for $10. Day of Show Reg is $15 Mantua Kmart 222 Bridgeton Pike, Mantua, from 9am-3pm $1 food, and beverage; fun for the kids. ALL proceeds benefit March of Dimes. Call 856-468-7575 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hogs for Hounds, on Saturday, June 11. This Balanced Dogs LLC charity event includes motorcycle ride, buffet, prizes, adoptable dogs. Starts at 11am. Purchase tickets by calling Gary at 609-760-0034 or e-mail email@example.com.
Darryl Tapp# 91 of the Philadelphia Eagles & Teammates versus the Delaware Valley News Team of ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX29, WPL17, WYSP, Radio One, Gannett and more in a charity softball game at Campbell Riversharks Stadium on Sunday, June 12, from 10am until 2pm. Community picnic starts at 9am; you can enter the stadium at 11am. For more information, please call 856-583-0038 or go to aluediversity.org.
The Katz JCC 7th Annual Kid's Triathlon will be held on Sunday, June 12, at the Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill. Open to the community. $20 for non JCC members ages 7-12. The event begins at 1pm and will include swimming, biking and running. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 856-424-4444 Ext: 114.
Bike riders and fundraisers from throughout the region will make their way back through the Wildwoods to Morey’s Piers on Saturday, June 18 during the 13th Annual ALS Express Bike Ride. The charitable event will raise money for the research of ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis–commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ALS Express is a non-competitive bike-a-thon perfect for people of all ages and riding abilities. The event’s routes include a 10-mile, 25-mile, 50-mile and 75-mile ride through southern New Jersey, with each route starting at a different location but all ending at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. As the “finish line” for all of the event’s bike routes, Morey’s Piers will give all registered riders two complimentary Amusement and Water Park passes. Morey’s will also host a private beach party at the Rendezvous Beach Pavilion on Mariner’s Landing Pier, located at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk. All funds raised by the 13th Annual ALS Express Bike Ride will support the research programs of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association, which funds more ALS-specific research than any other non-government organization.
Anyone interested in taking part in the Bike Ride must register by visiting als-express.org or by calling 215-643-5434. Registration fees are as follows: Adult rider registration - $135 between May 7-June 17 and $160 on June 18; youth rider registration for riders 13 years old and under - $100 between May 7-June 17, and $160 on June 18.
For more information about the 13th Annual ALS Express Bike Ride, visit als-express.org.
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