Do The Shore 11/20-11/25

Get a jump-start on your gift shopping with this week’s sales extravaganzas, or welcome the holiday season with these traditional Christmas events. Check out this week’s upcoming event highlights and plan your fun!

“Third Thursday” Plein Air Painting Class
Thursday, November 20th from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May NWR – 12001 Pacific Ave, Wildwood Crest

Join us at the Two Mile Beach Visitor Contact Station for the next in a series of monthly outdoor painting workshops led by local artist Janet McShain. Janet, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, specializes in “plein air” watercolor painting. “En plein air” is a phrase used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Sessions will run from 12:30-3:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Feel free to come early and bring lunch or a snack; we will provide coffee, tea and water. Bring your own equipment, or feel free to borrow some of ours. We have paints, brushes, paper and other materials for you to borrow.

There will be a suggested donation of $5 for each session. Space is limited to 15 people. Please pre-register before each session by calling 609-513-9349. For more information or directions, call 609-513-9349.

Sea Isle City Girls Weekend
Friday-Saturday, November 21st & 22nd
Where: Sea Isle Shopping District, Sea Isle City

Get the girls together and enjoy a weekend of specials and discounts at participating shops, restaurants and bars. For more information, call (609) 263-9090 or visit

“Earlier than the Bird” Shopping Extravaganza
Saturday, November 22nd from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Downtown Ocean City

Get out earlier than the bird and jump-start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas for these early bird shopping specials.

Handmade in America Professional Craft Show
Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Upper Township Community Center – 1790 Route 50, Tuckahoe

This show features a number of hand selected local crafters whose work is of the highest quality. Don’t miss out on your chance to win the raffle quilt or 50/50 and food and fun for all! Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds of the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants’ Association, Inc., which has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to local high school and college students. Visit our web site at

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa
Saturday, November 22nd from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 1048 Washington St, Cape May

Come to the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, for the Christmas tree lighting with special guests Santa Claus and Dr. Physick. Refreshments will be served, and guests may enjoy a free self-guided tour of the Physick Estate from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Santa arrives at 7 p.m. to flip the switch and light the thousands of bulbs. Saturday, Nov. 22. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

NJ Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”
Sunday, November 23rd from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Middle Township Performing Arts Center- 212 Bayberry Dr, Cape May Court House

The New Jersey Ballet brings its production of “Nutcracker” to the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. Earlier this year, arts enthusiasts voted the North Jersey based company New Jersey’s favorite dance company. Its production of “Nutcracker” has been cited as the longest running original professional production in the state. And when the curtain goes up at the PAC on Sunday afternoon, it will mark a record setting 21st time in the arts center’s 23 year history that it will be performed at the facility. No other group has performed at the PAC as often.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students and $12 for children ten and under. To purchase tickets, call 463-1924. The Performing Arts Center is situated one mile east of exit ten of the Garden State Parkway. There is free parking on the premises.

Holiday Concert Band Performance
Tuesday, November 25th from 7 to 8 p.m.
Where: Ocean City Library – 1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City

Enjoy your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah songs in an hour-long celebration by the John Walter Cape Community Band.

For more information about these, and other community events, see the Herald’s online calendar.

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