Do The Shore 4/23 – 4/27

Spring festivals, an epic Earth Day celebration, and even a royal tea? Check out the variety of fun events happening at the shore this weekend!

Kids Can Cook, Too!
Wednesday, April 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Congress Hall, Cape May

Calling all chefs! Our kids’ cooking class is back by popular demand! Bring your little chefs to roll out some fun this Spring Break and learn how to cook like the pros! Join Congress Hall’s own Executive Chef Jeremy, Chef Dan, and Pastry Chef Shante and learn the tricks of the trade. First, roll out our pizza dough and choose your favorite toppings. Then, make your own empanada and layer a fruit and yogurt trifle with crunchy granola. For dessert, create your own cookie dough truffles with all of your favorite ingredients. Last but certainly not least, eat all of your creations in the Blue Pig Tavern!

Each child receives their own chef’s hat and apron. $30 per child, $15 per accompanying adult. Spacing for this event is very limited and must be booked in advance. Please book your reservation by April 14th by calling (609) 884-6583.

Cape May’s Annual Spring Festival
April 25th – May 4th
Where: Throughout Cape May

Celebrate the beauty of spring during Cape May’s 19th annual Spring Festival, co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May.
Experience this National Historic Landmark City’s charm and discover its fresh flavors, fascinating history and lively culture during the 10-day springtime celebration from April 25 to May 4. Taste innkeepers’ signature desserts during the Chocolate Championship Tour & Tasting, learn about the fascinating role fire has played in reshaping the city of Cape May in a new exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery, or enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at the newly reopened Carriage House Café & Tearoom. Step inside Cape May’s private residences for special house tours, hear spooky stories on a ghost tour or discover local gardens. You can enjoy a weekend devoted to fun with your girlfriends during Girlfriends Getaway weekend, attend a murder mystery dinner, and much more.
For information about MAC’s schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s Web site at

Friends of the Physick Estate present “A Royal-Tea”
Friday, April 25th from 3 to 5 p.m.
Where: Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom – 1048 Washington St, Cape May

Dress for tea and join the Friends of the Physick Estate for an afternoon of all things British, including a trivia contest about British royals, past and present, accompanied by a relaxing afternoon tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, 1048 Washington St., Part of the Girlfriends Getaway Weekend sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities(MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

9th Annual Sensational Spring Weekend Celebration
Friday-Saturday, April 25th & 26th
Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th Annual Sensational Spring Weekend Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to 60s and 70s Rock ‘n Roll music.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit, 3306 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood or call 609-729-4000. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at, all Ticketmaster locations or 800-745-3000. A limited number of tickets will be available at the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office the weekend of the event.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.

Step into Spring 5K/Run Walk
Saturday, April 26th from 7 to 11 a.m.
Where: Music Pier – Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, Ocean City

Registration begins at 7 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. The Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Betsy Young Memorial Foundation & Abramson Cancer Center of Philadelphia. To register online, visit or for more information call 609-233-9020.

Spring Flower Festival
Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Rotary Park – Lafayette St between Decatur and Jackson, Cape May

For the 35th year, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May will transform Cape May’s Rotary Park into an open-air marketplace for the Spring Flower Festival April 26 (rain date April 27). This free outdoor event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features artisans and crafters displaying and selling accents and accessories for you, your home and your gardens as well as eco-friendly resources to help promote a Green Cape May. Rotary Park is located on Lafayette Street between Decatur and Jackson Streets.

Earth Day Fair
Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Cape May County Park and Zoo, Cape May Court House

The Cape May County Earth Day Fair is shaping up to be more than just a day in the park with eco-friendly events and spirited competition at one celebration sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Cape May County Park and Zoo located at Rt. 9 and Crest Haven Rd. will host the eco-activities on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees at the Earth Day event will be treated to live music, an interactive drum circle, hands-on educational exhibits, an environmental magic show, craft and food vendors and more.

The day will start off with a 5K Earth Day Race and 1 Mile Fun Run beginning at 8:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each age group in both male and female divisions. T-shirts will also be provided to the first 150 participants. Registration for the race and fun run will be $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the race. All proceeds from the Earth Day race will benefit the Cape May County Park and Zoo Trust Fund.

To participate in this celebration as a sponsor or a vendor, please visit, or call the Cape May County Zoo at (609) 465-5271 for more information.

Miss Precious Gem Pageant
Sunday, April 27th from 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Middle Township PAC – 212 Bayberry Dr, Cape May Court House

Step aside Miss America. Here comes the Miss Precious Gem Pageant.

Kay Aspell, managing director of The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township, has announced that the PAC will host South Jersey’s first Miss Precious Gem Pageant for special needs girls between the ages of 10 and 18 on April 27, at 4 p.m. Age divisions will be 8-10, 11-14, and 15-18 years. Although it is not being officially presented by the Miss America Pageant, the event is being produced by former winners, directors and others affiliated with that pageant.

Each contestant will be assigned a mentor, a former winner of a Miss America event, who will aid the contestant in the various categories of competition including interviews, personality, talent, casual wear, evening wear and stage presence. Every contestant will receive an award, including a tiara, flowers and a certificate, and the grand prize winners of each age category will also be given a scholarship.

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

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