Things to Do

by R. Cohen Ohlstein | Jun 6, 2015
Things to Do Check out what's happening in South Jersey and enjoy a week of fun with the entire family. This week, don't miss Paddle Board Race and Family Fun Day, Lighthouse International Film Festival, Le Tour de Downbeach, Cape May Music Festival, Cold Spring Country Fair, Birds, Bunkers & Brews, JDRF Wildwood Walk to Cure Diabetes, Elks Parade, Anniversary Arts Party, Marlton Strawberry Festival, Monster Truck Day, Wine and Food Tasting, Hog Weighing, Farmers Market and more!

Medford Lakes Education Foundation is hosting yet another spectacular Paddle Board Race and Family Fun Day. This day is filled with Paddle Board racing, Paddle Board Fun, Paddle Board Yoga and other activities. At 9am, the 4-mile Paddle Board Race will start, followed by the 4-person relay at 11am. Register today at If you don’t have a board don’t worry! There will be plenty to rent. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 Men and the top 3 Woman finishers for the 4-mile race. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams for the Relay race. The fun doesn’t end with the Paddle Board races - there will be many other activities as well. Mark your calendar now (Sunday, June 7th) for this fun filled day at Beach 1 in Medford Lakes. (79 Tecumseh Trail, Medford Lakes) This event will raise funds for curriculum-based materials, the arts and theatre programs, student support programs and technology upgrades for the students in the Medford Lakes School District. Cuts in state funding make this support crucial to maintain, restore and revitalize programs to continue the high standard of education. For more information contact Lisa Blanchard at 609-685-0678 or by email at

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) always has great stuff for the entire family to enjoy. Here is what’s happening:

Cape May Music Festival Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music, jazz, brass band, Irish music and Bach’s Lunches at the 26th annual Cape May Music Festival. Through Thursday, June 11.

Ghost-One Investigation Ghost-One, an experienced Pennsylvania paranormal research team, is hosting a full moon ghost hunt at Cape May’s original haunted house, the Physick Estate. Try out some of Ghost-One’s investigating tools and do EVP (electronic voice phenomena) readings inside the mansion. Visit the Carriage House Café & Tearoom for dessert and to discuss your findings. Saturday, June 6, 7:45 p.m. $30 per person. Limited to 50 people.

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 Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. as part of Port of Cape May Commercial Fishing Festival. $10 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).

4th Annual George Mesterhazy Tribute Concert Come to Cape May Convention Hall to celebrate with friends and fans for the 4th Annual George Mesterhazy Tribute concert. The performance is an evening of selections from the Great American Songbook, under the direction of Barry Miles, featuring performances by some of George's favorite colleagues and dancers. Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m. General admission is $25, Seniors $20, Students $10. Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Stockton Place. Part of the Cape May Music Festival.

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 Sunday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. as part of Port of Cape May Commercial Fishing Festival. $10 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players New Jersey’s premiere chamber ensemble, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, return to the festival to perform with their “Golden Age” string instruments Tuesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. presenting another program from the classical repertoire featuring: String Quartet No. 12 in C-minor, D. 703 (Quartettsatz) by Franz Schubert; String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven; and String Quartet no. 12, Op. 96 (American) by Antonin Dvorak.. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets. General admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $5. Part of the Cape May Music Festival.

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 10. $30 per person. Part of the Cape May Music Festival.

Schedules are subject to change. Please go to for the most current schedule. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. 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

Historic Cold Spring Village is a wonderful place to visit. The Village will open Tuesdays through Sundays, from June 30 through September 6, 10am-4:30pm. Special events will be held every weekend from June 6 through September 30 (see list below). Currently, the Village Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday (closed on holidays) from 9am-4:30pm with free admission. The Village is open for free self-guided walking tours during those hours as well as on Saturdays from 11am-3pm. The Chronicle, a guide to HCSV, is available in the Welcome Center on weekdays and on the Country Store porch on Saturdays.
Their summer events schedule begins this weekend with the Free Cold Spring Country Fair! On Saturday and Sunday, June 6 & 7, stroll the Village's shaded lanes where arts, crafts and antiques vendors sell their wares. 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!
The rest of their season schedule is as follows:
Hands-on History June 13 - June 14
Military Timeline Weekend June 20 - June 21
Cape May Quilt & Fiber Arts Show June 27 - June 28
Independence Day Celebration July 04 - July 05
Hands-on History July 11 - July 12
11th Annual Celtic Festival July 18 - July 19
Railroad Days July 25 - July 26
Down on the Farm Weekend August 01 - August 02
Hands-on History August 08 - August 09
Classic Car Show & Cruise August 15 - August 16
Seafarers’ Weekend August 22 - August 23
Revolutionary War Encampment August 29 - August 30
Hands-on History September 05 - September 06
Civil War Weekend September 12 - September 13
Time Travel Weekend September 19 - September 20
Free Cold Spring Country Fair September 26 - September 27
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

The Nature Center of Cape May always has lots of great stuff going on. They have daily and weekly events that cover a variety of activities and topics, and you’re sure to find something of interest for everyone in the family. Check out their calendar here. In addition to their regular events,
Birds, Bunkers & Brews, a guided Bike tour for everyone on Both sides of the Bay, will be held on Saturday, June 6 (rain date, June 7). This event is a very special tour designed for bird lovers, history enthusiasts, and beer aficionados alike. You don’t have to be a serious biker for this day long tour, beach-cruisers are fine, but it will be a full day jam packed with ornithological wonders, scenic wonders and historic vistas. Join naturalists from New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May and Cape May Bird Observatory for a very different sort of bird walk. This “walk” (really a ride) will depart from the Cape May County Airport’s Flight Deck Diner at 8:45, after an 8:00 A.M. optional breakfast. A short 2½ mile trek will bring us to Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area where we’ll observe some of the many breeding birds that call this special place home, including nesting Prothonotary Warblers and Indigo Buntings. A series of ponds and a wonderful landscape of diverse regional fauna will complete the Cox Hall experience. After peddling a few leisurely miles along the preserve’s paved and gravel trails we’ll head south for about 4 miles along Bay Drive to the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal where we’ll hitch a ride on a ferry to the other side. During the hour and half crossing we’ll scan the bay for transiting whales and dolphins, not to mention a plethora of water birds including terns, storm-petrels, osprey and much more. Once on the other side, we’ll explore our sister cape, Cape Henlopen State Park. Known as Fort Miles during WWII, Cape Henlopen was the most heavily defended site in the United States with its huge 16” 12” and 8” guns protecting the entrance to the Delaware Bay. The history buffs among us will marvel at the bunkers, fortifications and spotting towers, one of which is open to the public and offers an unparalled panoramic view of both Capes. If time allows, we might visit the Seaside Nature Center and the mile long fishing pier where a German U-Boat surrendered to the Delaware National Guard during the war. We’ll leave the Park via the Gordon’s Pond Trial and peddle 5 miles into Rehoboth Beach where we’ll sample some of the many brews at the world famous Dogfish Brewery. After lunch and rehydration, we’ll follow the Junction & Breakwater Trail another 5 miles back to Lewes where we’ll hitch our ride home across the Bay on the Ferry. The leisurely boat ride will give us the perfect opportunity to rest up for a final 5 mile push back to the County airport and that increasingly popular roost for local birders, the Cape May Brewing Company! Since this is our final destination, we can reward ourselves and update our checklists, one for the birds we saw, and a second one for the beers we tasted! Expect to cover approximately 30 miles throughout the day, but rest assured that frequent stops will enable us to explore natural and historical gems throughout both regions. Bring your own bike or bike rentals can be arranged. A wide brimmed hat, long sleeves, sun block, and water bottle are recommended. Pack refreshments and lunch, or bring money for our stops at the ferry terminals and breweries. Meet at the Flight Deck Diner at the airport at 8am for breakfast or simply arrive later for the 8:45am departure. Top quality lender binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them. Preregistration is required. Cost: members $40, nonmembers $60, college student discounts apply with proper ID, call us for details (includes a round trip walk-on ferry pass). Don’t forget your camera!
The Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM) is situated on the rim of Cape May Harbor at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May. One of seven centers operated by New Jersey Audubon, the Center provides family-oriented programming in the marine sciences and other nature oriented themes. Programs are scheduled throughout the year; public visitation is available seven days per week, April through October. Visit the campus, shop at the nature store and view the breathtaking harbor and its environment from the Trucksess Observation tower. For more information, go to or call 609-898-8848.

Cape May Stage is back with Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. The unsinkable Molly Ivins, Austin’s no-holds-barred newspaper columnist and best-selling author, tells it like it is in this side-splittingly funny play. Written by twin journalist sisters, Red Hot Patriot celebrates Molly’s courage and tenacity — even when a complacent America wasn’t listening — in a play that is nothing short of kick ass. Performance schedule, through June 12, is as follows: Wednesday through Sunday at 8pm. The Robert Shackleton Playhouse is located at the corner of Bank & Lafayette streets. Admission $38 adults; $33 Seniors (62+) $18 Students and Active Duty Military.
Performances are held at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, located at the corner of Bank & Lafayette streets. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or go to

Saturday, June 6, don’t miss the JDRF Wildwood Walk to Cure Diabetes. Check-in begins at 9:30am; the 3 mile walk begins at 10:30am on the Wildwoods Boardwalk at Morey’s Adventure Pier, 3720 Boardwalk, rain or shine. The JDRF Wildwood Walk to Cure Diabetes draws people together for a worthy goal: raising money to improve the lives of every person affected by Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T1D. The JDRF South Jersey Chapter provides services to Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties. Call 856-429-1101 or register today at

Also on Saturday, June 6, enjoy the NJ State Elks Parade. Step-off time at noon at 25th & Atlantic Avenues in North Wildwood. The theme for the parade this year is N.J. ELKS, A CENTURY OF MIRACLES, 1914-2013. Parade proceeds South on Atlantic to Andrews Avenue. Reviewing stand on Memory Lane, Atlantic & Montgomery Avenues, Wildwood. Approximate time is 3.5 hours. Call 609-585-3215 or go to for more information.

The Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market will take place every Saturday, from 8am12:30pm during the summer months, rain or shine. The market is located at 3501 Pacific Avenue (on the corner of Schellenger & Pacific Avenues) featuring fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, plants, local honey, nuts, tea products, meats, cheeses, gourmet herb mixes, handmade soaps, fresh made salads, local wine, craft beer, and much more! There will be live music, family entertainment and a live broadcast from 98.7 The Coast every week. Free parking is available behind the market - enter on Schellenger or Oak Avenue. For more information, call 609-523-1602 or visit

Jersey Shore Beach ’n Boat Fishing Tournament is a season-long, inshore, multi-species fishing tournament that challenges anglers of all skill levels to compete for cash prizes. It runs through November 30 and is open to anglers of all ages. Enjoy fishing anywhere in NJ salt water. Weigh-in fish at "No Bones Bait & Tackle Shop" or any of our other participating weigh-in stations along the New Jersey coast. Please visit or call 609-423-4002 for more information.

Don’t miss the Lighthouse International Film Festival, through June 7, in Beach Haven. Enjoy a weekend of films, fun and sun on beautiful Long Beach Island. Award-winning, cutting edge, independent films, networking, parties, special events and more all weekend long. Documentaries, surfing films, dramas, comedies are screened. For more information, go to

Jersey Shore BBW's And Admirers is hosting a late spring dinner at the beach. The meeting place will be La Dolce Vita Restaurant 400 Ocean Ave Belmar Nj 07719 at 7pm on June 6th This is an upscale Italian Restaurant right on Ocean drive facing the ocean. For more information, please contact Larry at 609-870-8853 or email

The weather is warming and plans are blooming for the annual Le Tour de Downbeach, scheduled for Sunday, June 7. The family friendly 14-mile bicycle tour begins in Ventnor and travels through Atlantic City and Longport and ending with a barbecue at Tomatoe’s restaurant in Margate. Registration forms can be picked up at Margate Bike and Beach Shop, 12 S. Essex Ave. and AAAA Bike Shop, 5300 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. Checks should be made payable to “VML” and mailed to 5300 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor, NJ, 08406. For more information, see, call Mike Wiesen at 609-487-0808, or to register visit The event rain date is Sunday, June 14.

Grounds For Sculpture invites families to participate in their Anniversary Arts Party on Saturday, June 6, from 11am until 4pm. This event, free with park admission, will run rain or shine. Come for drop-in kid workshops and performances throughout the day. There’s free ice cream and cake, and everyone’s favorite Peacock Calling Contest! Don’t miss this fun annual event. Call 609-586-0616 to go to for more information. GFS is located at 18 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton.

Stock up on your summer reading by picking up a few bargains at the used books and media sale, hosted by the Friends of the Burlington County Library, Inc. through June 7 at the County Library in Westampton. Shoppers will find approximately 5,000 books for sale, mostly donated, plus an extensive collection of audio books on disc/tape, CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMS, and puzzles. Held in the library’s meeting room, the sale will be held Saturday, June 6 from 9am-4:30pm; and Sunday, June 7 from 1-4:30pm. In addition, a preview sale will be offered to members of the Friends group only on Thursday from 4-6pm. (Become a Friends’ member at the door for $15 per person, $20 per family, or $10 per senior or senior family.) A wide selection of gently-used books, both fiction and non-fiction, will be available, including children’s books, and books about business, hobbies, crafts, biographies, music, self-help, religion, science, art, travel, cooking, and more. Sorted by category, most books will be priced at 50 cents to $1 each. There will also be some specially-priced books for sale, including oversized art and coffee table books. Also available will be music CDs and CD-ROMS for $1 each, books on CD and movie DVDs for $2 each, and puzzles for $1 to $2 each. All proceeds benefit Burlington County Library programming, such as the upcoming Summer Sunset Concert Series, and children and adult reading programs. The County Library is located on Pioneer Boulevard off Woodlane Road in Westampton. For more information, call (609) 267-9660.

Don’t miss the Marlton Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 6, from noon until 6pm. This family-friendly, free event is complete with live music all day, carnival games, a 135' obstacle course, bounce houses, Brother Bear BBQ and much more. It will be held on the Grounds of Wiley Church/Retirement Community/School 99 E Main Street, Marlton. For more information, go to

Also on Saturday, June 6, check out Monster Truck Day at Oasis Family Farm , from 10:30am until 4pm. $10 per rider What's 12,000 pounds, 12 feet tall, with 5 1/2 foot tires? If you guessed Monster Truck, then you're right! When you choose to take a Monster Truck Ride, you'll be presented with a great family-friendly activity that everyone will love, and will create memories that will last a lifetime! Climb aboard this mighty beast and experience a thrilling and powerful ride in the cab of the huge WEBSLINGER Monster Truck. You'll appreciate the power of this enormous machine as you experience first-hand, this adrenaline-pumping, action-packed adventure with many bumps, twists, and turns! MONSTER TRUCK DAY! Monster Smoked Turkey Legs Jumbo Hot dogs Hamburgers Italian Ice Ice cream Reservations not required but strongly encouraged. RSVP on our Facebook event page: Oasis Family Farm is located at 3 Circle Drive in Robbinsville (08691). Call 609-259-7300 or go to for more information.

Haddonfield Farmers Market, is now open every Saturday, 8:30am-1pm through October 24, rain or shine. Returning favorite vendors will include Anita’s Guacamole, with homemade guacamole and salsas; Café Fiore, serving fresh-cooked breakfast sandwiches and baked goods; Duffield’s Farm Produce with seasonal fruit and vegetables; OrchardView Farms, seasonal fruit and vegetables; Muth Flower Farms, sustainably grown cut flowers, bouquets and arrangements; Respond Bakery, with goods, hot coffee, spreads and focaccia; Sarah’s Produce; Taproots Farm, with fruits, vegetables, houseplants, bedding plants, farm-fresh eggs and pastured pork products. New for 2015 are: Bianca del Mare, handmade soaps and creams; Bits-Cotti Gourmet Treats; Horn & Hardart (yes!) with pre-packaged coffee products, flatbreads and snacks; popular hangout Jersey Java serving hot and cold coffees, teas and handpies; Local Links, with locally-sourced sausage, applesauce and baked goods; Saint Brian’s BBQ, specializing in BBQ sauces, rubs, ribs and pulled pork; Summerwind Farms, with organic farm produce, bedding and hanging plants; Saint Brian’s BBQ with special sauces and rubs; and Turbinado Bakehouse with cupcakes, cookies, brownies and pastries. The Market also features live music every week with returning favorite Boulevard Express on opening day.Located in the heart of beautiful historic Haddonfield, on pedestrian-only Kings Court at the gazebo, on famous Kings Highway (between Haddon Avenue and Tanner Street). For more information, go to

The Garden State Discovery Museum is a great place for the entire family to visit.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 6 & 7, don’t miss Center Stage, from 11am-3pm. Discovery theatre will help celebrate the museum’s 21st birthday by performing some of your favorite kid shows like Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White.
The Garden State Discovery Museum is located at 2040 Springdale Road in Cherry Hill. Admission is $10.95 for adults and children 12 months old and older; $9.95 for seniors. Hours are 9:30am to 5:30pm daily. Saturday hours are extended until 8:30pm October through April. In July and August, Monday through Thursday, 9:30am until 8:30pm, and $5 (+ tax) after 5pm; Friday through Sunday, 9am-5:30pm. Closed at 5:30pm Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information, call 856-424-1233 or go to

Howell Living History Farm is always a great adventure, with lots of exciting hands-on events for the entire family to enjoy.
Saturday, June 6, don’t miss Hog Weighing! The Howell Farm hogs will wade out of their wallows, shuffle down a chute and step onto the scales. The weigh-in is open to the public, which is invited to join farmers as they wash and weigh hogs, slop hogs, and of course, call hogs. Kids can help farmers with pig chores: mixing feed and filling wallows. Hog weighing will take placeduring the day. Prizes will be offered to visitors who come closest to guessing the pigs' weights.
Sunday, June 7, check out Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants, Walk & Talk, from 2-4pm. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon at Howell Living History Farm while Mercer County Stewardship Coordinator, Emily Rogalsky, leads you on a walk to learn about the variety of beneficial edible and medicinal plants that grow right in your backyard.
Howell Living History Farm is located at 70 Wooden's Lane in Lambertville. For more information, go to or call 609-737-3299.

The Silver Diner hosts their Family Fun Night every Tuesday from 5-8pm, offering free activities for kids like games, prizes and arts and crafts.
The Silver Diner is located at 2131 Route 38, across from the Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill. For more information visit

Check out Historic Paulsdale. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon tour, beginning 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. It is recommended that you arrive 5-10 minutes before your tour to sign our guest book and pay for your tour at the gift shop. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes that can get dirty! While you’re there, be sure to check out our gift shop with plenty of great gift ideas. Reservations are not required but please email or call 856-231-1885 if you would like to add your name and number of guests to their guest list.
The Paulsdale Tour (1 hour, $5 per person) is given Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am-5pm, for individuals or groups, by appointment.
Second Saturday Tours will be held on June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, and November 14.
The Paulsdale Insider (2 hours, $15 per person) is given Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am-5pm, for groups of 5 or more, by appointment.
They are working on a new exhibit, In Pursuit of Ordinary Equality: The Life of Alice Stokes Paul, to be installed in 2015.
Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road in Mt. Laurel (08054). For more information, go to or call 856-231-1885.

The Cumberland County Historical Society invites the public to visit Greenwich and tour the 1730 Gibbon House, located at 960 Ye Greate Street. Once inside the mansion, you will see the formal dining room, the “sitting room,” the kitchen with its huge, walk-in fireplace, and enjoy the demonstrations of hearthside cooking. On the second floor, you will see the exhibits of locally made, rush-seated “Ware” chairs and many children’s toys. Also open will be the Red Barn Museum, The Alan Ewing Carman Museum of Prehistory from Cumberland County, the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and History Library, and the John DuBois Maritime Museum. Come and view the Swedish Granary and the Teaburners’ Monument, too! Regular visiting hours for the Gibbon House are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4pm. The telephone number for the Gibbon House is 856-455-4055. For additional information, please call the Cumberland County Historical Society at 856-455-8580.

Visiting the Indian King Tavern is like stepping back in time to the Colonial Era, with its period rooms, authentic décor and historical details. The Indian King Tavern is the location where the seal of New Jersey was adopted and where New Jersey became a state in 1777. It is now a museum and an important part of our state’s history.
The Indian King Tavern Museum is located at 233 Kings Highway East in Haddonfield (08033). Current hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10am-noon and 1-4pm. For more information, call the museum at 856-429-6792 or visit their website at

Step back in time and take a tour of Pomona Hall, an eighteenth-century colonial mansion once home to the Cooper family. Tour Pomona Hall and the Camden County History Museum on Thursdays or Sundays, or by appointment. Tours begin at noon; the last one for the day begins at 3:30pm. Hosted by the Camden County Historical Society; Pomona Hall is located at 1900 Park Blvd. in Camden. Please call 856-964-3333 or go to for more information.

The Battleship New Jersey is open for walk-up tours until 5pm. The Battleship’s summer tour hours will be in effect until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Guests can experience Fire Power tours of The World’s Greatest Battleship every day with the first tour of the day launching at 9:30am and the last tour each day departing at 5pm. Turret II Experience tours, a guided tour that brings guests five decks down to the bottom of the massive 16-inch gun turret, will continue to launch at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays.
Group Tours, Education Programs, Events and Meeting Space and Overnight Encampments are always available if reserved in advance. The tours of the Battleship New Jersey are interactive. You will be going up and down on ladders, stepping through passageways and sometimes maneuvering in tight spaces - just like the officers and the crew of the USS New Jersey did. Comfortable, flat shoes are strongly recommended. If you do not feel comfortable with a complete tour, you can enjoy a main deck tour, which does not have any ladders. They also offer video tours of the Battleship in the Wardroom Lounge on the Main Deck. If you are bringing a toddler or baby, you cannot bring a stroller aboard the ship, so you might want to wear a baby carry-on across your front to carry your baby.
Spend an Overnight aboard the Battleship! Our award-winning overnight encampment program is available for families, as well as scouts, youth groups, and more, throughout the year. Enjoy dinner and breakfast served from the crew’s galley, tour the ship, ride the 4D flight simulator and sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did! The price is $54.95 per person. To reserve your bunks, call 1-866-877-6262 ext. 203.
Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a non-profit historic ship museum. For more information, call 866-877-6262 or visit the Battleship at

Pay It Forward
Ways you and your family can reach out and make our South Jersey community an even better place! (If you have an event you’d like us to include here, e-mail the details to

Saturday, June 6: Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Allaire Village Walk. You can make a difference just by walking with family and friends! Please join us on June 6th for a fun-filled event at Allaire Village while raising awareness about scleroderma, a little known autoimmune disease that has life-altering consequences for those who are impacted by it. The only hope for advances in treatment and a possible cure someday is research. Our walks set out to provide support for patients and their families, as well as fundraising to change the future of this disease. A silent auction, individual and team awards, and prizes for monies raised will be included. Saturday, June 6, 2015 - registration at 9:30 am, walk starts 10:30 am. Donation of $25 for adults, $10 for children includes t-shirt. For more information visit or call the Scleroderma Foundation of the Delaware Valley at 856-779-7225 or toll free at 866-675-5545.

Saturday, June 6: Tina Askin Memorial Dog Walk (June 13th rain date) from 11am-3pm at the James G. Atkinson Park at 138 Bethel Mill Rd. Sewell, NJ. Registration costs $25 and includes event t-shirt, doggie gift, and discount coupon for a photo with profession photographer Valerie Bruder.

Sunday, June 7: Cancer Survivors Day at Washington Lake Park, 626 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, in Sewell. Kennedy’s first-ever 5K run/walk – on a USATF-Certified K Course – which kicks off the day at 9:30am (registration 8am). The run/walk is followed by a celebration of life for cancer survivors from 11am to 2pm, featuring Refreshments, Musical entertainment, Family activities, Dunk tank, Giveaways and Vendors. A special Survivors Lap and Ceremony caps off the day, giving cancer survivors and friends a chance to connect with each other, celebrate milestones and recognize those who have supported them in their journey. All activities are open to the public. There is a $30 registration fee for the 5K run/walk – which includes a race t-shirt. Cancer survivors will receive a free commemorative “Survivors” t-shirt. Additional t-shirts will be available for friends and family members to purchase. Proceeds benefit the Center for Hope & Healing at Kennedy Health. For sponsorship information, call or email Louise Baca at 856-218-5321 or . Registration for the 5K run/walk and/or Cancer Survivors Day is required. Please go to by June 6 to reserve your spot.

Sunday, June 7: Paddle Board Race and Family Fun Day. This day is filled with Paddle Board racing, Paddle Board Fun, Paddle Board Yoga and other activities. At 9am, the 4-mile Paddle Board Race will start, followed by the 4-person relay at 11am. Register today at If you don’t have a board don’t worry! There will be plenty to rent. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 Men and the top 3 Woman finishers for the 4-mile race. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams for the Relay race. The fun doesn’t end with the Paddle Board races - there will be many other activities as well. Mark your calendar now (Sunday, June 7th) for this fun filled day at Beach 1 in Medford Lakes. (79 Tecumseh Trail, Medford Lakes) This event will raise funds for curriculum-based materials, the arts and theatre programs, student support programs and technology upgrades for the students in the Medford Lakes School District. For more information contact Lisa Blanchard at 609-685-0678 or by email at


AAA South Jersey is collecting unopened, complimentary toiletries that travelers receive from hotels and will donate them to Volunteers of America for use at local shelters as part of its Soap for Hope campaign. Donations are being accepted at AAA South Jersey offices in Voorhees (700 Laurel Oak Road), Sewell (508 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road), Millville (2190 North 2nd St.) and Logan Township (525 Beckett Road). Collected items will be given to VOA Delaware Valley’s Housing and Supportive Services Division’s three family emergency shelters: Agape House in Somerville; Anna Sample Complex in Camden; and the Eleanor Corbett House in Glassboro. Two VOA men’s shelters – Amani House in Trenton and the Aletha R. Wright “Vision of Hope” Center in Camden – and the “Home for the Brave” House for veterans in Camden, will also receive collected items. Items being collected include soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, shaving supplies, hand sanitizers, and more. People also are encouraged to donate any travel-sized items they may have purchased but have not used.

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