Cape May’s April 2016 Calendar of Events

Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC)

Through April 10

Carroll Gallery Exhibit: Center for Community Arts presents “History Speaks – From the Underground Railroad to Segregated Schools to Urban Renewal – Hear the Voices of Cape May’s African-American Community” at the Carroll Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Admission is free. Saturday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, April 10, hours vary. Sponsored by the Center for Community Arts (CCA) in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or see www.CenterforCommunityArts.org. For gallery hours call 609-884-5404 or see www.capemaymac.org.

April 16

Friends of the World War II Tower meeting: “Defenders of the Delaware”: Defenders of the Delaware is the theme of the exhibit at the World War II Lookout Tower in 2016. Join MAC Director of Museum Education Dr. Robert Heinly and local expert on coastal defense installations, Mark Allen, for an overview of the defense system known as Fort Miles (of which the World War II Tower is a part) along with similar defense systems throughout history: Forts Mifflin, Mercer, Delaware, DuPont, Mott and Saulsbury. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free for Friends members; $5 for non-members. Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Ave. Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Tower, an affinity group 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.

April 17

Brunch, Bingo & Lace: Bring your best girlfriends to the Inn of Cape May for rounds of bingo. Compete for prizes over brunch at Aleathea’s Restaurant while you enjoy a fashion show courtesy of the lovely ladies at Cape May’s Lace Silhouettes and the Cotton Company. Sunday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m., Admission is $25. Sponsored by 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.

April 22

Lighthouse Full Moon Climb: Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 stairs to the starry top! View the beautiful night sky from the watch tower. The Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. Friday, April 22, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by 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.

April 23

Grand Lighthouse Cruise: Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each 5-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. Includes continental breakfast buffet and Captain’s Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $85 (adults) $70 (children ages 7-12). Sponsored by the Cape May Whale Watcher and 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.

April 29-Oct. 10

Carroll Gallery Exhibit: “Tommy’s Folly: The 200th Anniversary of Congress Hall Hotel”: Guest curated by Congress Hall owner Curtis Bashaw and Exit Zero publisher Jack Wright, this exhibit features the history of Congress Hall, one of America’s most illustrious hotels. In the Carriage House of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Admission is free. Friday, April 29 through Monday, Oct. 10. Open daily; times vary. Sponsored by 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.

April 29-May 8

Cape May’s Spring Festival: Celebrate the arrival of Springtime in America’s first seaside resort with Private Homes Tour, Ghost Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, food and wine events, living history programs and much, much more. Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 8. Sponsored by 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.

April 29

Exhibit Opening: Carroll Gallery Exhibit: “Tommy’s Folly: The 200th Anniversary of Congress Hall Hotel” at the Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House, Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Admission is free. Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by 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.

Dr. Physick’s Neighborhood Walking Tour: Stroll around Dr. Physick’s neighborhood on tree-lined Washington Street and hear about the families who lived there and the architecture of the homes. Explore one of Cape May’s great mysteries – why the Doctor chose to live in this area of Cape May. Friday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. Admission $10 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12). Combine the walking tour with lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom for $20; lunch voucher good from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by 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.

April 30

Spring Festival Crafts & Collectibles at the Physick Estate: The Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., becomes an outdoor marketplace as vendors from throughout the Northeast display their wares. Free admission. Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by 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.

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 Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. $30 for adults, $20 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. Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and the Cape May Whale Watcher. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

Cape May Whale & Dolphin Cruise: Board the 110-foot Cape May Whale Watcher for a three-hour cruise and the chance to see dozens of bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, unusual sea birds or rare sea turtles. Guaranteed marine mammal sightings! Purchase tickets in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m. $40 for adults, $25 for children (ages 7-12). Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and the Cape May Whale Watcher. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

The Dr. Is In: Meet “Dr. Emlen Physick” on his Estate’s grounds at 1048 Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Opt for a guided tour of his house with its new theme in 2016: “What the Heck Is that Thing?” $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by 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.

Private Homes Tour: See inside a selection of charming private cottages and homes not normally open to the public. Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission $20; children (3-12) $15.Sponsored by 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 Wine Trail: Spend the day visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. Begin with lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, then board the trolley to Willow Creek Winery, Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery and Natali Vineyards. $75 includes lunch, wine tastings at each vineyard and a wine tasting glass. Saturday, April 30, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by 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.

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. Saturday, April 30 at 12:45 p.m. Tour takes about 45 minutes and admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by 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.

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 Sunday, April 30 at 11:45 a.m. $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by 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.

Chocolate Lover’s Feast at The Blue Rose Inn: It’s a bountiful feast for chocolate lovers! Enjoy seven plated courses of delicious chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it. This is a limited event so reserve early. The Blue Rose Inn, 653 Washington St. Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m. Admission $35. Sponsored by 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 Mayhem Trolley Tour: Headless photography? Electric corsets? Coffin torpedoes? Explore some of the strange beliefs, superstitions, oddities, fads, curiosities and mysteries from the end of the 19th century – the Victorian era – in this 30-minute trolley tour through the gaslit streets of Cape May. Hear stories from Cape May’s history that are bizarre, unexplained or just downright weird. Saturday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $8 children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by 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.

Murder Mystery Dinner: The Impromptu Players invade the dining room at the Inn of Cape May where they set the scene for the 2015-16 mystery, “To Make A Killing.” Interact with the cast of likely suspects and try to solve the mystery as you enjoy a four-course dinner on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. Dinner $50. Sponsored by 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.

Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour: A trolley tour through parts of West Cape May to the Lighthouse, with tales of ghostly activity throughout. Participants will be met at the Lighthouse by a costumed Keeper who will relate a ghostly tale inside the Lighthouse with time available to climb. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Offered Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. $22 for adults and $14 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by 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.

ONGOING TOURS AND EVENTS

• Cape May Bike Tour
• Cape May Family Treasure Hunt
• Cape May Lighthouse, Oil House and Museum Shop
• Cape May Winery Tour & Tasting
• Carriage House Café & Tearoom
• Carriage House Museum Shop
• Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tours
• Emlen Physick Estate Tour
• Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour
• Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery Tour
• Historic District Trolley Tours
• Historic Haunts Combo Tours
• Historic Haunts House Tours
• Self-guided Audio Tour of Cape May
• Self-guided Wine Trail
• Self-guided Wine & Brewery Trail
• World War II Tower Lookout Museum and Memorial

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