Cape May: May Events

NJ Audubon Cape MAYgration Spring Birding Festival
May 1st Time: 7:30 am–5 pm
Cape May County

A celebration of spring migration focusing on the concentration of shorebirds and horseshoe crabs and migrating warblers. Special walks, programs, and lectures, day trips along the Delaware Bayshore, special evening programs and more! For more information, call Marleen Murgitroyde at 609.884.2736, email at birdcapemay@njaudubon.org, or visit  www.BirdCapeMay.com

Strictly Boaters Boat Show
May 2 – 4
South Jersey Marina

Designed specifically for the serious boat buyer this “boutique” boat show features boat manufacturers and dealers, and select boating related exhibitors. 50 or more vessels are displayed in the water and sea trials are encouraged. Free passes available for qualified boaters.For more information visit www.StrictlyBoaters.com or call: 609-898-9500, Mark Allen, Show Manager

Spring Festival Crafts & Antiques Show
May 3
10 am–4 pm

The Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.
The Emlen Physick Estate becomes an outdoor marketplace as vendors from throughout the Northeast display their wares. Admission: Free 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.

 NJ Audubon Cap Maygratring Birding Festival

May 6

7:30 am–5 pm 

A celebration of spring migration focusing on the concentration of shorebirds and horseshoe crabs and migrating warblers. Special walks, programs, and lectures, day trips along the Delaware Bayshore, special evening programs and more!
For more information, call Marleen Murgitroyde at 609.884.2736, email at birdcapemay@njaudubon.org, or visit www.BirdCapeMay.com

NJ Audubon World Series of Birding‌
May 10
Midnight to Midnight

State of New Jersey. A 24-hour challenge to see or hear as many species of birds as possible within New Jersey. Advanced registration required.
For more information, call Marleen Murgitroyde at 609.884.2736, email at birdcapemay@njaudubon.org, or visit www.WorldSeriesofBirding.org.

35th Annual Great Cape May Footrace May 10th

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May will transform the Cape May beachfront into certified 5k & 10k racecourse. Come for the race and stay for the day! Runners will enjoy the fast flat course that loops throughout Cape May. Register online at www.active.com. For more information, call 609-884-5508 or visit www.capemaychamber.com.

EXPLORE THE SHORE
Saturdays, May 10 through June 7
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: 1600 Delaware Avenue

Discover the secrets of Cape May Harbor as we explore the shore and marsh. Join our naturalists as we hike the beach, pull a seine net (weather permitting), and encounter an incredible diversity of marine life. We’ll learn about the fascinating lives of the animals that inhabit our coastal and wetland habitats; including the fascinating and ancient Horseshoe Crab. Have an up-close experience with horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and other local marine critters in our laboratory and learn why these animals are so important. Walk-ins welcome. No preregistration necessary.
www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm
609-898-8848

AQUA TRAILS KAYAK NATURE TOURS
Beginning May 10
Saturdays and Sundays
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: 1600 Delaware Avenue
Join Aqua Trails Kayak Nature Tours for a two-hour, guided kayak eco-tour from the Nature Center through Cape May Harbor and surrounding coastal wetlands. Naturalists will point out migratory birds and marine life and explain the local ecology of the region. Space is limited; reservations are strongly suggested.
www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm
609-898-8848

NJ Audubon Cape MAYgration Spring Birding Festival
May 17–18
7:30 am–5 pm
Cape May County

A celebration of spring migration focusing on the concentration of shorebirds and horseshoe crabs and migrating warblers. Special walks, programs, and lectures, day trips along the Delaware Bayshore, special evening programs and more!For more information, call Marleen Murgitroyde at 609.884.2736, email at birdcapemay@njaudubon.org, or visit www.BirdCapeMay.com

Armed Forced Day Ceremony at the World War II Lookout Tower
May 17

Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point.
The newly restored World War II Lookout Tower is the perfect setting to pay tribute to the dedicated men and women who have helped preserve our freedom.
Admission: Free
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.

THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall
May 21 – June 13
Wed – Sat 8PM, Sun 3PM
Cape May Stage, 405 Lafayette Street

Cape May Stage presents a powerful drama set in 1968 on the eve of Martin Luther King’s assassination. This surrealistic fantasy revolves around a conversation between King and a mysterious hotel maid, forcing him to confront his life, his legacy, and the future of African-Americans.
Box Office: (609) 770-8311
www.capemaystage.org

Carriage House Gallery Exhibit: “Cape May Ablaze”
May 23–October 14
Open daily; call for times

The Carriage House Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.
Author Ben Miller brings alive 150 years of dramatic fires that have shaped Cape May’s history.
Admission: Free
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.

TOUR RUTGERS AQUACULTURE INNOVATION CENTER
Saturday, May 24
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: 3920 Bayshore Rd., North Cape May

Discover this hidden gem located in Cape May and now open for tours to the public. The Aquaculture Innovation Center, run by Rutgers University, is a cutting edge scientific research facility focusing on growing (literally) the oyster industry in the Delaware Bay and on conducting research on the still enigmatic yet fascinating Horseshoe crab. This exclusive behind the scenes tour is offered only through a partnership with the Nature Center of Cape May. Call the Nature Center for more information or scheduling of private tours.
Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members
www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm
609-898-8848

Crafts and Antiques for Memorial Day
May 25
10 am–4 pm
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue

Craft and antiques vendors offer a wide selection of country crafts, folk art, custom-designed jewelry, antiques and a choice selection of Victorian items.
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 Music Festival
May 25–June 12

Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music, a world traditions series and Bach’s Lunches at the 25th annual Cape May Music Festival.
Admission: Call for information
Presented 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.

City of Cape May Memorial Day Recognition Services
Columbia Avenue Monument at 9 a.m.
Cape May Convention Hall at 11 a.m.

Admission: Free

SISTER CAPE BIKE TOUR
Saturday, May 31 (Rain Date: Sunday, June 1)
8:30 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m.
Location: Cape May Lewis Ferry Terminal

Meet for a tour of “the other side”; our sister cape, Cape Henlopen State Park and the Junction & Breakwater Trail connecting Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Expect to cover approximately 20 miles throughout the day, but know that frequent stops will occur to explore the natural and cultural gems of the region. Step back in time to the rich WWII history of Fort Miles Historic area, climb the old bunker and lookout tower and stop by the Seaside Nature Center and fishing pier. Next a short tour through historic Lewes and marina-side stop for lunch allows a break before we tackle the converted railroad bed trail to Rehoboth. Time permitting, we may also take a side trip to the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes to check out the wind turbine we can see from our Cape May shoreline. Bring your own bike or bike rentals can be arranged on the Delaware side. Pack refreshments and lunch, or bring money for our stop at the marina in Lewes. Preregistration is required.
www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm
609-898-8848

BIRDING BY BOAT ON THE OSPREY
April: 1:30 p.m. Daily
May: 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. Daily. Trips last approximately 2 hours.
Location: Miss Chris Marina, 1212 Wilson Drive
Join the naturalists and crew of the Osprey for close-up looks at nesting Ospreys, migrant shorebirds, terns, gulls, herons and more. We explore the coastal salt marsh of Cape May from Cape Island Creek to the Wildwoods and view the natural wonders of historic Cape May Harbor, home of the Nature Center of Cape May. Get up close with sharks, eels and plenty of local sea life in our touch tank. Make sure to bring your camera. The Osprey is a stable roomy pontoon boat with a front deck with a railing. We leave from the Miss Chris Marina, 1212 Wilson Drive, in Cape May (plenty of free parking). Find more information, detailed directions, and make online reservations at www.birdingbyboat.com or call the Osprey at 609.898.3500. Cost: Adults $28, Children 6-12 $15, Children under 6 Free www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm 609-898-8848

SALT MARSH SAFARI: BACKBAY BIRDS AND MORE
Trips daily starting April 5
Call for times
Location: Cape May Inlet Marina
Welcome aboard one of Jersey Cape’s premier wildlife tour boats, the forty-foot Skimmer, and explore Cape May’s beautiful coastal wetlands. Get ready for close encounters with osprey, egrets, gulls, crabs and other marine life. Fun and educational for the whole family! To preregister, call the Skimmer at 609.884.3100. *Boat leaves from Cape May Inlet Marina, across from the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on Ocean Drive by Wildwood Crest. Visit www.skimmer.com. Cost: $28 adults, $15 children, children under 2 free. www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm 609-898-8848

Forum on the Green: A Farm to Table Dinner
Thursday, April 10, 2014
6-9pm
Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ
Seasonal five-course dinner created from the freshest of ingredients from Beach Plum Farm, JAH’s Creation Organic Farms (CSA), and other local sources. There will be appetizers of locally made cheeses and baked breads and a raw-bar of fresh Cape May Salts from Delaware Bay, provided by Atlantic Cape Fisheries. For more information, call 609-770-2626, e-mail info@capemayforum.org, or visit www.capemayforum.org.

5th Annual Spring Forum
Friday & Saturday, May 9-10, 2014
Friday, 9am-3pm Saturday, 9am-4pm
TBA
The spring forum is a retreat where participants can grapple with social, moral and political issues of our times. Our 2014 theme will be announced. In 2012 the theme was the “Future of Energy.” The 2013 program enlisted National Geographic Live! and regional experts to explore just how much “Water Matters.” For more information, call 609-770-2626, e-mail info@capemayforum.org, or visit www.capemayforum.org.

Annual Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt
April 19
10 am
Cape May Elementary School Fields, Lafayette St. For all Pre-school to Third Graders, this annual event is co-sponsored by the City of Cape May and the Kiwanis Club of Cape May. Admission: Free For more information, call 609-884-8888 or visit www.capemaykiwanis.com.

WORKSHOPS WITH PAT SUTTON
MILKWEEDS FOR MONARCHS
Saturday, April 19, 2014
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Location: 1600 Delaware Avenue
Northbound Monarchs are due back any day; their survival depends on healthy milkweed stands being available from spring through fall. Join Pat Sutton, coauthor of How to Spot Butterflies, for this indoor presentation about the Monarch’s fascinating life cycle and journey between Mexico and the U.S. and Canada. Learn how to attract Monarchs and aid their survival as a species by planting a range of milkweed species. Limit: 20 participants. Preregistration is required. Cost: members $15, nonmembers $20 (includes handouts and milkweed seeds). www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm 609-898-8848

Easter Fashion Stroll
April 20
Registration begins at 12 pm, Stroll begins at 1pm
Rotary Clock at the 300 block of the Washington Street Mall Let your spring style shine at Cape May’s annual Easter Fashion Stroll. The Washington Street Mall serves as the runway where contestants of all ages can model their Easter finery. Mall merchants will celebrate the event with ribbons, prizes, treats and gift certificates. Co-sponsored by the City of Cape May and the Washington Street Mall Management Association. For more information, call the City of Cape May at 609-884-9565 or visit www.DiscoverCapeMayNJ.com.

Cape May’s Spring Festival
April 25–May 4
Celebrate the arrival of Springtime in America’s first seaside resort with Private Homes Tours, Ghost Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, Vintage Dance Workshops, food and wine events, living history programs and much, much more. Admission: Varies Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

Carriage House Gallery Exhibit: Cape May Stage’s 25th Anniversary Retrospective
April 25–May 11
Open daily; call for times At the Carriage House Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Admission: Free 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.

EARTH DAY AND MARINE DEBRIS CLEAN-UP
Saturday, April 26
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: 1600 Delaware Avenue
Learn about wildlife gardening and other basic maintenance chores while you assist Nature Center staff and volunteers in sprucing up the gardens for spring. We’ll plant, mulch, deadhead, weed, and prune throughout the Center's grounds and along the harbor. Our Earth Day Clean-Up is a great community service project for your civic organization or scout group. We ask that you bring along your own tools (our supply is limited). Preregistration is not required; however, if you plan to bring a large group, we would appreciate a call ahead of time. Contact Gretchen Whitman at 609.898.8848 x-1. Cost: Free! Refreshments will be offered. www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm 609-898-8848

Spring Festival Crafts & Antiques Show
April 26
10 am–4 pm
The Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. The Emlen Physick Estate becomes an outdoor marketplace as vendors from throughout the Northeast display their wares. Admission: Free 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.

Spring Festival & Home Show
April 26
10 am – 5 pm
Rotary Park Lafayette & Lyle Lanes in Cape May 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. Explore Cape May’s seaside gardens during Cape May Garden Tours. Enjoy the sights and smells of a variety of Cape May gardens as your guide leads you on a scenic hour-long stroll. Allow your senses to carry you back into times gone by as you tour Cape May’s hidden treasures. Tours 10 am, Noon, and 2pm cost $10 per person. For more information, call 609.884.5508 or visit www.capemaychamber.com.

NATURE CENTER’S ANNUAL PLANT SALE AND PLANT SWAP
Order by April 30
Pick up May 10 and 11
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: 1600 Delaware Avenue
PLANT SALE: We emphasize the use of New Jersey native plants, which benefit wildlife and have a strong ornamental appeal for your landscape. Some non-native (but non-invasive) perennials and annuals, which offer an added boost to butterfly gardens, will also be available. For an order form, call the Nature Center at 609.898.8848.

PLANT SWAP: Pot up those extra perennials and bring them to the plant swap. Share some of this year’s garden successes with other habitat gardeners and benefit schoolyard habitats throughout the tri-county area. Bring at least three plants: two for the swap and one for area schoolyard habitat projects. For each additional plant you bring, get a ticket redeemable for one free plant. Got seeds? Bring them too in labeled envelopes. They count as one plant. No plants to swap? Come anyway! Plants will be $3 each; limit three per person. Don’t know what to bring? See our plant lists at www.njaudubon.org, under “Create a Backyard Habitat” at the bottom of the web page, then go to “Recommended Nectar Plants” in the left column. Schools need tools, too. If you have any “gently used” garden tools to donate to this worthy cause, it would be much appreciated! Plants may be dropped off on Friday, May 9, before 3:00 P.M., and you will be given a credit voucher to use on your return on Saturday. www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm 609-898-8848