Do The Shore This January

Looking for something to do to keep busy this month? January is host to both a cooking class and major cookoff, movie night, and even a world-class dog show. Check out some of our top picks here.

Cape Cuisine Cooks Pizza
Saturday, January 25th from 1 to 3 pm
Where: Cape May Court House Library – 30 W. Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House
Chef Mark Kalla will demonstrate the aspects of preparing and cooking different types of pizza. Learn about what kinds of foods can be used to upgrade any pizza such as cheese, meats, and other unique types of toppings. Participants will be invited to sample the foods that have been prepared. Chef Mark Kalla is the head chef at Green Cuisine Restaurant in Stone Harbor, and had his own restaurant, The Barrier Island Inn. He has been the executive chef at the Backyard Restaurant and later for Fish Tales. He currently runs the Avalon Elementary School cafeteria and teaches culinary instruction to children during the summer.

Women of Wildwood 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, January 26th from 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Tom Cat Restaurant – 437 W. Rio Grande Ave, Wildwood
Start your morning off right and join The Women of Wildwood as they host their 2nd annual pancake breakfast at the iconic Tom Cat Restaurant. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance through a WOW member, by emailing or at the Tom Cat Restaurant the morning of the event. Chef Dave Bannon is making sure no one goes home hungry by serving up your choice of pancakes, French toast or scrambled eggs. Each breakfast also comes with sausage or bacon and includes coffee, tea or juice. During the breakfast, members of the organization will be volunteering their time working as hostesses, waitresses, bussers, food runners, etc.

“Deceptive Practice” Movie Night
Monday, January 27th from 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Middle Township PAC – 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House
The “Monday Night At The Movies” series on the big screen at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township resumes in January with two acclaimed, full-length documentaries: one about boxer Muhammad Ali and one about magician Ricky Jay. “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay,” about one of the world’s greatest living magicians, will be shown on Jan. 27. Both are at 7 p.m. and admission is $8. “Deceptive Practice…,” more than a decade in the making, focuses on the achievements of Jay, a noted author and historian as well as magician, beginning with his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, Max Katz. It includes footage of his one-man show as well as stints with Steve Martin and David Mamet. The 1,000 seat Performing Arts Center is situated at 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House, one, mile east of exit 10 of the Garden State Parkway. There is free parking on the premises.

Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show
Wednesday to Sunday, January 29th-February 2nd
Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
AKC All breed dog show featuring Best of Breed Competition, Police K-9 Unit Demonstration, Obedience and Rally Trials, vendors and much more! Competitions begin at 8 am daily. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $2 for children 12 and under. For more information and a detailed list of event schedule visit

Chili Cookoff
Friday, January 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Tabernacle United Methodist Church – 702 Seashore Rd, Erma
Everyone get your secret recipes out for the Chili Cookoff! Come to eat or come to compete. Trophies awarded for Best Overall, Best Sweet, Best Hot, & Best Veggie. Contact Melissa Schultz at 609-972-7020 or Jen Bolton at 609-884-2734 to submit an entry for your chili or with any questions.

8th Annual CONTACT Cape-Atlantic Triathlon/Duathlon
Through January and until Monday, February 17th
Where: Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center – 1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City
Looking for a way to stay active? Want to start 2014 off with a physical challenge? Here’s one that will raise money for a good cause and improve your fitness; The 8th Annual CONTACT Cape-Atlantic Triathlon/Duathlon.
Best of all, you’ll have a whole month – January 20 to February 17 – to complete the event: a 2.4 mile swim…a 112 mile bike ride…and a 26 mile run. The registration donation is $30 and is co-sponsored by the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center. New this year is that you can start NOW (instead of waiting until Jan.), and complete either the triathlon or duathlon outdoors. You will receive a calendar chart for the official event in Jan., and a blank one to fill in as you take the challenge now. You can do it twice for the one registration fee.

Competitors can substitute gym events for the swimming, biking and running events by documenting (CONTACT will supply the calendar chart) how many laps they swim or aqua size classes they take for the swim leg of the event; how many miles they bike, step or row for the bicycling portion; and how many miles they walk/run, use the elliptical or take aerobics classes for the marathon section. (An aerobics class, for instance, equates as a 2-mile run).
Everyone who enters receives a t-shirt, and everyone who finishes will receive an award. A list of finishers will be posted and an awards ceremony will take place at the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, on Sat., February 22. Registration forms are required and are available at the Ocean City Aquatic Center, by calling CONTACT at 463-4564 or 823-1850, by e-mailing or visit our website at

For a complete schedule of fitness, family-friendly, educational, and festive events occurring throughout the County, visit