THIS WEEKEND: Festival, Treasure Hunt, & More

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun going on at the shore!

NJ Audubon’s 37th Annual Cape May Spring Birding Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 16th to 18th
Where: Nature Center of Cape May – 1600 Delaware Ave, Cape May

A celebration of spring migration focusing on the concentration of shorebirds and horseshoe crabs and migrating warblers! Three of special naturalist-led walks, programs, lectures, day trips along the Delaware Bayshore, special evening programs, and more! For more information call 609-884-2736 or visit

West Cape May Borough Wide Yard Sale
Saturday, May 17th
Where: Throughout West Cape May
This year’s Borough Wide Yard Sale in West Cape May is set for May 17. Billed as the “ultimate in recycling,” the sale is financially backed by the West Cape May Environmental Commission, so participants do not have to pay a fee, or advertise in the papers.

The list will be available on the WCM website for yard sale goers to plan their routes for the day. It is suggested that sellers place a yard sale sign at the end of their street. Local businesses are also invited to create a one-day special for bargain hunters.

Armed Forces Day Tribute
Saturday, May 17th from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Burke Motor Group – 519 Stone Harbor Blvd, Stone Harbor

To our local police, fire, military, rescue personnel, retired military and families – This Armed Forces Day, Burke Motor Group is hosting a tribute in appreciation for your hard work and dedication. Please join us from noon to 5 p.m. for a complimentary BBQ, live music, and family fun activities. Burke Motor Group is also proud to help our local Disabled American Veterans Chapter with matching funds up to $10,000 with the goal of providing a vehicle to transport our local veterans to medical facilities. All contributions large and small are accepted and greatly appreciated. To donate or for more event info, visit

Cinco en Mayo Treasure Hunt
Saturday-Sunday, May 17th * 18th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Music Pier – Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City

This will be the ECRDA’s fifth annual beach hunt at the Ocean City Music Pier. Compete in a series of metal-detector hunts for great prizes. There will be a special kids hunt on Saturday and Gold and silver hunt on Sunday. No experience is needed. Loaner detectors are available for kids who hunt for only $5.00. All are welcome. Access our website at for more information to register.

Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 17th & 18th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Wetlands Institute – 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd, Stone Harbor

Join The Wetlands Institute and the Delaware Bay Shorebird Initiative for a festival that celebrates an amazing spectacle of nature – the shorebird migration and horseshoe crab spawning season. Children and guests of all ages can enjoy guided shorebird walks along our local beaches and salt marshes, guided viewings of shorebird and horseshoe crab interactions along the Delaware Bay, naturalist-led horseshoe crab night walks, opportunities to view and participate in shorebird tagging with the International Shorebird Research Team, live horseshoe crab demonstrations, face painting, and hands-on education and conservation-based activities and games.

Community Day in Sea Isle City
Saturday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Community Lodge – 300 JFK Boulevard, Sea Isle City

May 17, Sea Isle City’s 5th Annual Community Day will take place at the resort’s Community Lodge, 300 JFK Boulevard, between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon. Hosted by Mayor Leonard Desiderio and the City’s Administration, Community Day will give the public the opportunity to meet with City department heads and other municipal officials, learn about Sea Isle’s many civic groups, safely destroy personal documents, and speak with representatives from a variety of organizations. There will also be an awards ceremony, face painters and other family enjoyment during Community Day, including the chance to sign-up for summer recreation programs and learn about Sea Isle’s many other seasonal activities.

Organizers have added a new event to Community Day 2014, which will highlight a recreation activity that has not been available in Sea Isle City until this year – “Pickle Ball.” Local Pickle Ball athletes will demonstrate how the game is played on a portable pickle ball court that will be positioned on the parking lot of the Community Lodge.

Also on Community Day, First Bank of Sea Isle City will host a Customer Appreciation Event featuring free document shredding on the grounds of their Loan Office at 137 JFK Boulevard.
For more information about Sea Isle City’s 5th Annual the Community Day on May 17, phone (609) 263-4461 ext.1245 or visit .

‘Wild Child’ Half Marathon
Saturday, May 17th from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood

Morey’s Piers invites kids to get fit and participate in their first “marathon.” The Wild Half Mile, a run for kids 12 and under, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center and follow one half mile of the Boardwalk ending at Mariner’s Landing Pier on Schellenger Avenue. Registration is at the Wildwoods Convention Center from noon – 1:30 p.m. and kids are encouraged to show their “wild side” by dressing in animal print or wearing animal ears, tails and/or noses. For more info, call 609-522-3900 or

3rd Annual Clam-A-Rama
Saturday, May 17th from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
Where: Beach Shack – 205 Beach Ave, Cape May

Take part in our 3rd annual Clam-A-Rama on Saturday, May 17th, 2014. The Clamshell Pitching Tournament will take place on the beach in front of the Beach Shack. Compete against your friends, family, or some clam pitching pros!

Never played before? It’s just like a combination of horseshoes and corn hole and very easy to learn! Plus, our team will show you how it’s done from 2-2:30 p.m. before the tournament starts to get some practice in! The Best of Three Single Elimination will start at 3:00 p.m.

$25 tournament registration fee includes entry into the tournament, a 2014 Clam-A-Rama T-shirt, and a discount on your meal from the Rusty Nail. Registration for the event opens at noon and will close at 1 p.m. The festivities will be continuing all day and night at the Rusty Nail with clam specials, drink specials, and live entertainment.

Wild Half Marathon and 8K
Sunday, May 18th
Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 3720 Boardwalk, Wildwood

One wild weekend…a seaside half marathon that combines your love of running with the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Every race entry includes one FREE single weekend pass to Morey’s Piers. In addition to the 13.1 mile marathon, there will be a 4.8 mile race (8K) offered this year. Race begins at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center. For more info, call 609-522-3900, ext. 1195 or visit

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

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