There's a ton of great stuff going on down the shore this week in South Jersey! There's the Cape May Music Festival; HCSV's Community Open House Weekend; Spring Thunder in the Sand Pro/Am Motocross Races; Drill Team Tournament; Shore Kick Karate Challenge; Summer Craft Show; a number of dining events throughout the shore region, craft shows, walk-a-thons, concerts and more!
There’s a lot on the calendar in Cape May! For more information or to make reservations for these events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or go to capemaymac.org.
On Saturday, June 2nd, join New Jersey Audubon Nature Center Director, Gretchen Whitman, for a bicycle tour (think “beach cruisers”) of the “other” side, our sister cape, Cape Henlopen. Rich with a history, ecology, and culture much different from our own, you’ll be amazed by the diversity that characterizes Cape May’s sister. And there is no better way to explore it than by bike. This will be an all day tour, from 9am to approximately 6pm that begins and ends with a ride on the Cape May – Lewes Ferry. Pre-registration is required since the group will be limited to the first 12 respondents who have paid in full. Participants must meet at the Cape May ferry terminal building at 8:30am. Interested bikers should contact the Nature Center of Cape May at 609-898-8848 and reserve a space in the tour using a credit card. Or stop by the Center at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May and register in person. The Cost, including walk-on ferry pass, is $50 for New Jersey Audubon members and $70 for nonmembers. Either bring your own bike or rent one at the Lewes Ferry terminal by calling Lewes Cycle Shop, 302-644-2453. The Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM) is situated on the rim of Cape May Harbor at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May.
Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music, a world traditions series and Bach’s Lunches at the 23rd annual Cape May Music Festival, through June 14. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and funded by PNC Arts Alive, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Friends of the World War II Tower: “Focus on D-Day” Join the Friends of the World War II Tower, an affinity group of MAC, in this history program at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 519 Pittsburgh Ave. Watch a video on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and participate in a panel discussion with area D-Day veterans including Vince Panzano, Richard Baker and Ed Kent. Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. For more information contact Bob Heinly at 609-884-5404 ext. 134.
Cape May Music Festival Concert A Special Tribute to George Mesterhazy, Cape May’s favorite jazz pianist, who passed away April 12. The concert will be under the direction of Barry Miles, assisted by Tim Lekan, and feature Paula Johns, Joe Barrett, Paul Jost and Bob Shomo, with special guest, Afro-Cuban percussionist Babatunde Lea. Sunday, June 3 at 8 p.m. at the new Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue and Stockton. General admission is $25, seniors $20, students $10. Funded by PNC Arts Alive, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). To order tickets through the Convention Hall box office, go online to www.capemayconventionhall.org, call 609-884-9563 or 855-708-9699 (toll free), or stop by the box office in Cape May Convention Hall after May 10. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Lighthouse Full Moon Climb The Friends of the Cape May Lighthouse, an affinity group of MAC, invite you to join them on a Lighthouse Full Moon Climb. Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 steps of the Cape May Lighthouse to the starry top. Monday, June 4, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. Tower admission is free for Friends members. Admission for non-members is $7 adults and $3 children (ages 3-12). Non-members who join the group at the event will get free admission to the lighthouse climb and future Friends’ events.
Cape May Music Festival Concert The New York Chamber Ensemble performs “M&M,” featuring the music of two young geniuses, Mozart and Mendelssohn, at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets, on Tuesday, June 5 at 8 p.m. The program includes Mozart’s Duo for Violin and Viola No. 1 in G Major, Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285, Mendelssohn’s Two Songs Without Words, and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44 #2. General admission $20, seniors $15, students $5. Funded by PNC Arts Alive, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). To order tickets or for more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Dr. Physick’s 157th Birthday Party Join the Friends of the Physick Estate and celebrate the 157th birthday of Dr. Emlen Physick, Cape May’s illustrious Victorian citizen, on the grounds of the 1879 Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Watch a challenge croquet match among the Friends of the Physick Estate, Friends of the Cape May Lighthouse and Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower. Free admission. Wear your summer whites and root for your favorite players. Tuesday, June 5, at 10 a.m. Rain date Thursday, June 7.
Bach’s Lunch Enjoy a mini-concert by members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and an elegant Tea Luncheon at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. $30 per person.
Also in Cape May:
Historic Cold Spring Village is open for the weekends and will open for its Tuesday through Sunday schedule on June 19! Meanwhile, Don't miss Community Open House Weekend , June 2 & 3. Free admission! Visit select buildings and learn about the trades and crafts of the ‘age of homespun’! Take guided walking tours and special discounts at the Country Store! June 9 & 10, 8th Annual Celtic Festival. Celebrate traditions of the Celtic Highlands with live entertainment-music, dancing, crafts, beer pavilion and more! Please check back for performance lineup. June 16 & 17, Military Timeline Weekend. An exhibition of various conflicts spanning several centuries including English Hundred Years War, Boer War, American Revolution and Civil War, World War II, Korean War and more! June 23 & 24, Cape May Quilt & Fiber Show. The Village’s 26th annual Quilt Show has expanded into a full-scale event celebrating all forms of fiber arts. In addition to voting for your favorite quilt, guests can take in workshops and demonstrations on knitting, crocheting, wool dyeing, sheep shearing and more. June 30 & July 1, Independence Day Celebration. Celebrate Independence Day the traditional way! Stay tuned for more details including a vintage baseball game, afternoon concerts and more. Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American era. Its mission includes the preservation of 26 historic Cape May County buildings, history education and heritage tourism. The Village is a museum for all seasons. During the summer months, interpreters in period clothing discuss and demonstrate the trades, crafts and lifestyles from the “age of homespun.” From October to May, the emphasis is on teaching history through school trips to the Village, classroom visits by the education department and interactive teleconferences with schools throughout the United States. The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern end of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit the Village website at hcsv.org.
The Nature Center of Cape May has a lot going on. And lots you can take advantage of, free of admission, with the entire family! The Observation deck and tower provide a panoramic view of the harbor and surrounding area. The upstairs lounge provides an indoor harbor observation area and a place to relax, play games with friends, or read alone. Birding from the deck on the second story of the welcome center provides the best viewing advantage for spotting birds in the harbor and around the meadow. Browse the Aquaria with local marine life, natural history artifacts, and their busy songbird feeding station (seasonal). Monthly exhibits in the Trucksess Welcome Center, feature special art and natural history displays. The NJ Audubon Nature Store has nature gifts, field guides, clothing, and children’s discovery items. Children’s hands-on activities allow them to occupy their time while exploring nature. The Children’s Garden is full of fun, exploration and sensory experiences. The Wildlife habitat meadows feature a Monarch butterfly, milkweed, and wildflower garden, a songbird grassland meadow, and a new nature trail and bridge crossing a meandering stream. Theme gardens include butterfly, hummingbird, seaside, drought tolerant, shade, and songbird gardens. You can beachcomb the harbor during low tide and search for shells and other interesting treasures. Picnic tables are available for an enjoyable lunch overlooking scenic Cape May Harbor. And you can witness spectacular sunsets and magical twilight, and watch the changing colors of the sky from the Cape May Harbor waterfront. The renovated “Harbor Gallery” in the Trucksess Welcome Center hosts new exhibits every month by local artists with a reception held on the first Friday of each month. Local artists Don Merwin and Janet McShain share their views of the Cape May harbor in the new exhibit at the Harbor Gallery, “Sails & Sterns” for the month of June. The public is invited to a meet the artist reception on June 1st at 6pm. For more information, go to njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionNCCM/Introduction.aspx or call 609-898-8848.
If you like birding, check out the programs at Cape May Point State Park and Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO)! For information on upcoming classes, call 609-884-2159. For more information about the Cape May Bird Observatory, call 609-884-2736 or go to birdcapemay.org.
Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, don’t miss the Spring Thunder in the Sand Pro/Am Motocross Races. The thrill and excitement of Motocross comes to the Wildwoods with this race! Weekend event consists of AMA-sanctioned Pro-Am motocross races which range from the beginner level to the area's top professional racers. All of the races take place on the pristine Wildwood beach between Schellenger and Spencer Avenues. This is the only beach you have the back drop of the ocean while watching and/or racing for 3 days of pure motocross action! Friday: practice from 11am-6pm, Friday night "test & tune". Saturday: race starts at 10am. Sunday: race starts at 9am. Admission fee is $8 for adults, children age 4 and under are free! For more information, call 609-523-8051 or go to ThunderMoto.com.
On Saturday, June 2, check out the Drill Team Tournament, presented by the American Marching Association in the Wildwoods Convention Center, 10am-5pm. The team's ages range from 5 years and up, and there are several categories that compete in this event. PeeWees--up to 8 years of age; Juniors--8 to 12 years; Intermediate Percussion--13 to 17 years; Intermediate Steppers--13 to 17 years; Senior Percussion--all ages; Open Steppers--all ages. Admission is $16; children 3 and under are free. Call 610-499-0451 for more information.
On Sunday, June 3, the B>Shore Kick Karate Challenge will be held 10am-4pm at the Wildwoods Convention Center. South Coast Shore Kick Karate presents the Challenge of Champions Open Martial Arts Tournament, the most exciting tournament of the year! Admission is $10; children 4 and under are free. For more information call 609-465-2913 or visit southcoastshorekickkarate.com.
Naval Air Station (NAS) Wildwood Aviation Museum’s Free Historic Lecture Series will take place every Tuesday evening in June at 7pm inside historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. Lite refreshments will be served. June 5: “How to Fly High When You Are Feeling Low,” followed by questions Q/A with Pastor Wes Newell. Pastor Newell served at Amarillo AFB in Amarillo, Texas and Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska. After the Air Force he attended Northeast Bible College. Following graduation in 1973, he spent the next 37 years serving as a pastor in Utica, NY, Ticonderoga, NY, and Cape May, NJ. Pastor Newell is currently “semi-retired” and living in Frederick, MD. June 12: “Shhhh! Top Secret Bomblet Manufacturing at Twin Lakes (Mays Landing, NJ)”, followed by Q/A. Dr. Marston Mischlich, PhD. Dr. Mitch is a former member of the Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. He has earned a number of advanced degrees, including a Doctorate from Empressario University of Costa Rica. He currently holds a senior adjunct position at Atlantic Cape Community College and teaches US History I & II as well as History of South Jersey. June 19: “C-130 Operations during Iraqi Freedom”, followed by Q/A. Lt. Col. Edward J. Wheaton, USAFR (Ret). Wheaton received his wings at Reese AFB, Lubbock, TX and served in the US Air Force for 24 years as a Lieutenant Colonel. In December 2003 his Squadron was called to active duty to provide combat airlift for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lt. Col. Wheaton served four tours, flying C-130s in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. In 2009, he returned to his home town of North Wildwood, NJ and currently flies the Airbus 320 for US Airways out of Philadelphia. June 26: “Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart,” followed by Q/A. Monica Hoffman, professional actress & historian. Monica Hoffman performs as Amelia Earhart in a one woman show that reveals the life and legacy of the world’s most celebrated female aviator. For more information about her performance, please visit her website: www.determinedspirit.com For more information, contact Bruce Fournier at 609-886-8787 by email at email@example.com or visit the Hangar’s website usnasw.org.
Throughout the summer, Wildwood’s Boardwalk Craft Show will be held at the Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue. These craft shows feature all handmade products, run from 9am until 5pm, and are free! For more information, please call 609-522-0378 or 609-522-0198. Craft show dates are June 30 & July 1, July 7 & 8, July 21 & 22, August 4 & 5, and August 18 & 19.
Sea Isle City has a bunch of stuff going on:
June 1 through June 8, enjoy great food at the Flavor of Sea Isle Restaurant Week. For more information call 609-263-9090 or visit seaislechamber.com.
Saturday, June 2, from 7am until 5pm, check out the Eastern Surfing event at the 40th Street Beach. Call 609-884-5277 or visit snj.surfesa.org for more information. Rain date: June 9th
The Gerard A. Desiderio Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9-10am at JFK Blvd. & The Promenade. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
And, the Step Up for The Arc Walkathon will also be held on Saturday, June 2, from 10-11:30am at JFK Blvd. & The Promenade. Call 609-861-7100 or visit arcofcapemay.org for more information.
In Stone Harbor, on Saturday, June 2
Check out the Garden Club House Tour. Tour beautiful Stone Harbor homes. Tickets ($20) are available at Pappagallo, Barrie Shoes, Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, Parks Fishing Equipment. For information, call 609-412-7649.
Enjoy the American Legion Post 331 Pancake Breakfast, 8am-12 Noon at Legion 11617 Second Avenue. $7 Adults and $5 kids. Tickets available at the door.
Participate in the 2012 Bark for Life of Cape May County NJ. This event is part of The American Cancer Society's 'Relay for Life' to help find a cure. Held at Amanda's Field, Petersburg, beginning at 10am. Food, Games, Raffles, Contests and more! GO to relayforlife.org/barkcapemaycountynj for more information.
Elsewhere down the shore…
The Annual Summer Craft Show will take place on Saturday, June 2 from 9:30am – 4pm; and Sunday, June 3 from 9:30am – 2pm at the St. Francis Community Center Gym, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township. Enjoy many new crafts as well as old favorites. Highlights include jewelry, wood working, handmade soap and many forms of art, something for everyone! There will be a Chance Auction on Saturday. Admission is $2. For more details, please visit stfranciscenterlbi.org or call 609-494-8861.
Surflight Theatre presents All I Ask of You, through June 16. This grand showcase of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music features his biggest and most memorable hits from such musicals as The Phantom of the Opera, Whistle Down the Wind, Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, Evita, and more! Backed by an onstage orchestra, a cast of Broadway veterans recreates all the thrills from your favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber spectaculars. Performances will be held at 2pm on May 31, June 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, and 15; and at 8pm on May 31, June 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, and 16. Performances will be held at The Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue in Beach Haven. For more information, call 609-492-9477 or go to www.surflight.org.
Beginning Friday, June 1, take advantage of the 10th 7 Mile Restaurant Week in Avalon. For more information, go to visitavalonnj.com.
On Saturday, June 2, enjoy a concert featuring Four Seasons Tribute Band at the Avalon Community Hall, beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20.
Historic Absecon Lighthouse offers educational sleepover programs for youth groups focusing on fun, maritime history, and science. Junior Keepers enjoy a nighttime climb for spectacular views of Atlantic City, construct their own lighthouse with craft materials, learn how to use a compass, and learn maritime history through multi-media instruction. This program is $45 per person and is available on select Friday and Saturday nights. Snacks, breakfast, and on-site gated parking included…ghost stories optional! For information on scheduling your youth group, call Absecon Lighthouse at 609-449-1360. Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit abseconlighthouse.org.
The Atlantic City Aquarium has a lot to offer! The Exotic Animal Show features the largest species of scorpion in the world and the softest furred mammal in the world. Aquarium handlers discuss their native habitats, their suitability as pets, natural defenses and predatory instincts other interesting facts. The Live Diver Feeding Show allows visitors to watch, and interact with, a diver in scuba gear as he or she hand feeds the stingrays and sharks inside the 25,000-gallon tank. The Atlantic City Aquarium is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children three and under are free. Located in Atlantic City's Historic Gardner's Basin, the Atlantic City Aquarium offers a fun and educational look into more than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals. For more information on the Atlantic City Aquarium, call 609-348-2880 or visit acaquarium.com. Coupons for discounted admission are available on the website.
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 our 1/4 mile nature trail. Tour our site and view garveys, sneakboxes, cruising yachts and party boats displayed on land and water. Coming up, On Saturday, June 2, the Gala Season Opening Reception Honoring Liz and Earl Sutton , from 6-9pm. An annual fundraising dinner and help raise the curtains on the Seaport’s 2012 exhibits! Fabulous food, delicious desserts, raffles, live and on-line auction and big band music. On Saturday, June 9, the Privateers & Pirates Festival, from 11am until 5pm. All Things Pirates! All day pirate event with the Valhalla Pirates. From Noon to 1:30pm, Radio Disney AM 640 will host an interactive pirate-themed activity with Jake & the Neverland Pirates. Food, Crafters, Vendors, Craft Stations, Boat Rides and much more! General Admission applies. 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! 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.
The Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts continues its exciting tours and events. Here are some of the exciting offerings: Special Events
Cape May Stage presents Uncle Jacques’ Symphony Written and performed by Dominic Hoffman, “Uncles Jacques' Symphony” begins with the introduction of Jacques Hoffman, a jazz drummer who has taken on a 9-5 job, having had to wrench himself away from club dates and late nights. Performance schedule is as follows: through June 3, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. June 6 through June 15, Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. The Robert Shackleton Playhouse is located at the corner of Bank & Lafayette streets. Admission: $35 Adults, $30 Seniors (62+) and $15 Students.
Cape Island Theatre Company presents 1912 In that star-crossed year a young woman discovers a secret and is forced to make a choice that will change her life and the lives of millions. Written by Ray Crew. Performances at The Old Grange Restaurant by Tony Clark, 735 Seashore Road, Cape May (at the entrance to Historic Cold Spring Village). Dinner and Show performance schedule (followed by dessert and meet and greet): Fridays, June 8-29, Saturdays June 23-30, and Wednesdays, June 20-27. Admission: $37 adults $30 children (age 12 and under). Show-only performance schedule (followed by dessert and meet and greet) is Saturdays, June 2, 9 and 16. Admission: $27 adults and $22 children (age 12 and under).
“Cape May’s 20th Century Renaissance: From the Pages of The First Resort” Exhibit This Carriage House Gallery exhibit at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., is guest curated by the book’s author, Ben Miller. Visitors will be treated to rare photographs, video and artifacts showcasing the years immediately before and after the city’s Urban Renewal movement. Memories will abound for longtime visitors and residents, while more recent travelers will be introduced to a side of Cape May they’ve never seen. Open daily, hours vary. Free admission.
Ongoing Tours and Events
Around Cape Island Cruise 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 10 a.m. $27 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.
Beachcombing at the Cove A naturalist from the Nature Center of Cape May helps you explore the ocean beach and dunes of the Cove. Offered Fridays beginning June 29 at 8:30 a.m. $10 for adults, $5 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 Lighthouse and Oil House 1859 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 and 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. Proceeds benefit the on-going restoration and preservation efforts of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
Cape May Whale & Dolphin Cruise 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 daily at 1 p.m. $35 for adults, $23 for children (ages 6-12).
Carriage House Café & Tearoom Gracious, yet casual, dining returns to the Carriage House on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. A new menu for 2012 features signature salads, wraps, paninis and tea sandwiches, as well as homemade soups and quiche, plus the popular Classic Tea Luncheon as well as a children’s menu. Everything is available for takeout. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For reservations call 609-884-5111.
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 a 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).
Chalfonte’s Civil War Dinner Package At Cape May's oldest hotel, The Chalfonte, build up your appetite for their famous Southern Fried Chicken dinner by learning why it's “where the South meets the North.” In a room filled with Civil War artifacts, hear the fascinating story of how the Chalfonte blends its Northern roots (built by Cape May's Civil War hero, Colonel Henry Sawyer) with its 20th century operation by the daughter of a Confederate cavalry general who served under Robert E. Lee. Mondays and Thursdays, June 25 through Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.
Cherry House Tour (in Total) Tour this beautiful private home, built in 1849 in the Federal style, on one of Cape May’s oldest residential streets. Owners Frank and Beth Acker take visitors through their historic home filled with cherished mementos, antiques and country décor, including hand-painted murals. Offered on Saturdays, June 2, 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, June 28 at 11 a.m. Admission is $10 per person ($8 for children ages 3-12) Tickets are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.
Cherry House Haunting Tales Tour A tour of the 1849 Cherry House, a beautiful private home, given by owners Frank and Beth Acker, who will relate stories of supernatural happenings witnessed in the house. Offered on Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person ($8 for children ages 3-12) and are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.
Cherry House Tour & Tea Take a walk-through tour of the Cherry House, a beautiful private home, built in 1849 in the Federal style, situated on one of Cape May’s oldest residential streets then enjoy afternoon tea in the Carriage House Café & Tearoom. Cherry House can be visited from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and tea may be taken from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Offered on Sundays through June 17, Thursday, June 28.
Children’s Trolley Ride Board MAC’s jolly red trolley for a guided tour of Cape May’s Historic District, geared especially to children. Offered Sundays through Thursdays at 4 p.m. beginning June 24 (trolleys depart from the Washington Street Mall Info Booth). $7 all seats.
Clueless at the Physick Estate New in 2012! A “whodunit” mystery reminiscent of the popular board game in which tour-goers try to determine the solution as they question suspects they encounter throughout the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. Accessible with advance notice. Offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning June 25. $18 for adults.
Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tours New house tour theme for 2012! 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 2012, “What Those Victorians Wore.” Offered daily, tour times vary. $18 for adults, $9 for children (ages 3-12).
Emlen Physick Estate Tour New house tour theme for 2012! 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 2012: “What Those Victorians Wore.” Offered daily, tour times vary. $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12).
Emlen Physick Estate Tour in French New in 2012! Especially for French-speaking visitors, here is the perfect introduction to town. Discover points of interest, activities and special events sponsored by both MAC and other non-profit organizations throughout Cape May with a French-speaking guide. Offered Friday, June 22 and June 29 at 2:45 p.m. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Family Fridays at the Physick Estate New in 2012! Enjoy this entertaining and educational guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St., specially oriented toward families with children, including special family pricing. New house tour theme for 2012: “What Those Victorians Wore.” Offered Friday, June 22 and 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. $10 for adults, one child free with each paying adult.
Fisherman’s Wharf Tour 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 on this guided tour of Fisherman’s Wharf at the Lobster House Restaurant. Offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 26. $10 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).
Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour Take this spine-tingling, 45-minute evening trolley ride through the streets of Cape May with a guide who relates the paranormal findings of Ghost Writer Craig McManus. Offered daily in the evening; tour times vary. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour Take a trolley tour through parts of West Cape May to the Cape May Lighthouse, with tales of ghostly activity along the way. Participants will hear a ghostly take at the Lighthouse from a costumed Keeper with time available to climb to the top. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Offered Tuesdays at 8:45 p.m. beginning June 26. $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12).
Happy Hour Trolley Tour New in 2012! Enjoy a narrated trolley tour through West Cape May and learn about its history, farms, shops, vintage cottages, and Native American and African-American heritage, ending with a stop at Seaside Cheese Company where you sample wines from Hawk Haven Winery and cheeses from the shop. Offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. beginning June 26. $20 per person. Tour-goers must be 21 and over.
Harbor Safari A marine biologist leads tour-goers through Cape May’s beach and marsh habitats. Offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 19. $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 Knowledgeable guides lead a stroll down the streets of Cape May’s Historic District. Designed for those who like history up-close and in detail. Offered at 10 a.m. on Saturdays through June 16. $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3–12).
Historic Haunts Combo Tour Get into the spirit of things on a trolley tour of some of Cape May’s regal Victorian residences, reputed to host more than the living. Then it’s a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with a discussion of Victorian spiritualism. Offered on Saturdays through June 16 at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, June 22 and 29, Monday, June 25, and Wednesday, June 27 at 7:15 p.m. $20 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12).
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 on Saturdays through June 16 at 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on Monday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 27 at 7:45 p.m. 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 on Sundays at 11 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 on Sundays at 12 p.m. Free admission.
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 daily, tour times vary. Tour takes about 45 minutes and admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).
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 in the evening on Fridays, June 1-June 29, Saturdays June 2-June 16, Sunday, June 24, Monday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 27. Hours vary. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Nuts & Bolts Tour of the Physick Estate New for 2012! Take a guided tour of the Emlen Physick House that focuses on the mechanical systems that made things run. Plumbing, heating, construction, lighting and more will be discussed during the tour. Sundays at 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. beginning June 24. $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12).
Physick Estate Children’s Tour Find out what life was like more than 125 years ago on a guided tour of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, specially geared to children. Offered Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 25 at 10:30 a.m. $7 per person.
Physick Estate Tour & Lunch New in 2012! Step back in time with a tour of the 1879 Physick Estate combined with a delightful lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, 1048 Washington St. and choose from our special combo menu. $23. Saturdays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. beginning June 23.
Physick Estate Tour & Afternoon Tea New in 2012! Experience the Victorian lifestyle of Cape May with a visit to the Emlen Physick Estate, then enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, 1048 Washington St. $18. Fridays, Saturdays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, at 2:45 p.m. beginning June 22.
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. 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.
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 and Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery and taste the unique flavors at each. Offered daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 and includes a map with the wineries listed and a tasting glass.
Self-guided Wine & Brewery Tour New in 2012! What’s brewing in Cape May? Some great spirits, as you’ll find out on this tour of two area wineries, Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, plus the new Cape May Brewing Company. Take a tour at each stop and sample some of their products. Admission is $13 and includes map with directions. Offered 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through June 16 and daily beginning June 22.
Stairway to the Stars Trolley Tour Take an evening guided trolley tour from Cape May to the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park with narration about the lighthouse and time for a climb up the 199 steps to enjoy the view from the top of the gallery. Thursdays at 8:45 p.m. beginning June 28. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Admission is $20 adult admission, $15 children (ages 3-12).
Sunday Brunch & Physick Estate Tour New in 2012! Combine brunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. with a visit to the fully restored 18-room Emlen Physick Estate mansion, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum. $20. Sundays at 10:45 a.m. beginning June 24.
Sunday Brunch & Trolley Tour New in 2012! Enjoy a delicious brunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. then hop aboard the trolley for a Welcome to Cape May trolley tour, perfect for the first-time visitor to Cape May. $20. Sundays at 10:45 a.m. beginning June 24.
Sunset Beach Tribute Trolley Tour Take a trolley tour along Sunset Boulevard past New Jersey’s last freestanding World War II Lookout Tower, Fire Control Tower No. 23, then stop at Sunset Beach where you will experience the inspiring and patriotic evening Veterans Flag Lowering Ceremony. A discount coupon for future entry to the Tower will be given to each adult on the tour. Offered at 7:15 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 24. $12 adults, $8 children (ages 3-12).
Tales of Terror Trolley Ride Everybody loves a scary story and the perfect time and place for them is traveling Cape May after dark, on streets lit by flickering gaslight. Listen to your guide tell spine-tingling tales. Offered Fridays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning June 23. $10 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).
War at the Shore Trolley Tour Guided and narrated 1.5-hour trolley tour that focuses on the impact of World War II on the Cape May area. Tour-goers will see coastal fortifications at Cape May Point such as Battery 223 and Fire Control Tower No. 23, the Cape May Canal and a 20-minute tour of the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum (NASW). Offered on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. beginning June 27. $20 for adults, $15 for 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 daily, hours vary. $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour in French Especially for French-speaking visitors, here is the perfect introduction to town given by a French-speaking guide. Discover points of interest, activities and special events sponsored by both MAC and other non-profit organizations throughout Cape May. Offered Fridays, June 22 and June 29 at 4:30 p.m. $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 daily at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.
World War II Tower Lookout Museum and Memorial (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 Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3 and daily, beginning Saturday, June 9. Hours vary. $5 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-12).
Schedules are subject to change. Please go to www.capemaymac.org for the most current schedule. 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.