2018 Cape May Fall Festival

There is no place like Cape May, New Jersey for autumn birding!

Perhaps you have heard of all the legendary birding hot spots in Cape May, NJ, such as the Cape May Point State Park, Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows (aka “The Meadows”), and TNC’s Garrett Family Preserve on Cape Island Creek. Then, north over the canal you will find Cox Hall Creek WMA to the west, and the Avalon Seawatch and Stone Harbor Point on the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The best way to experience them all is to immerse yourself into the Cape May Fall Festival!

Register here

MerlinTuttleThis year we welcome Dr. Merlin Tuttle, scientist, father of modern bat conservation, and founder of Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation as our Keynote speaker on Saturday night for The Incredible World of Bats. If you’d like to learn more about these fascinating creatures, you won’t want to miss this. His stunning photographs show bats courting, living in pitcher plants and termite nests, pollinating an amazing variety of flowers, including billion-dollar crops, fishing, catching frogs and insects, and much more.  Cost for the social, dinner buffet and program is $40 for registrants; $50 for non-registrants — a real bargain any way you look at it!


Friday evening’s program will be an early night starting with a social including light snacks and cash


at 5:00 pm with a program at 6:15 pm.  Dr. J.Drew Lanham will present Ornitherapy–Confessions of a Lapsed Lister and a Life Saved by Birds a medley that blends natural history, travelogue adventure and social commentary that evokes emotions running the gamut from introspection to inspiration. His talk will build upon his experiences as an ornithologist, birder-conservationist and poet-author. There is no extra fee for Friday evening!

Your registration includes a wide selection of bird walks with our extremely talented local naturalists, as well as indoor programs, both educational and entertaining.  A 3-day registration is $185. A daily registration is $69.  No charge for kids 10 or under. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult and can attend activities that do NOT require an additional fee. There is no need to complete a registration for them. If you would like them to attend an activity with an additional fee, please contact Deb Shaw at 609-400-3836.

There are also special “experiences” available exclusively to registrants, for additional fees, such as the coveted walk at the US Coast Guard Training Facility, and small group walks with Drew Lanham, David La Puma, Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson.

Back by popular demand are our Leader’s Choice ($35) and Triple Play ($45) Trolley trips. These popular trips always fill up so don’t delay to sign up.

You’ll definitely want to sign up for an exploration of the back bay aboard The Osprey, or the Skimmer.  Our naturalists always seem to come up with something rare and exciting out on the back bays.

Nature_Nick_OwlBe sure to reserve time to visit our 35+ vendors at Cape May Convention Hall.  Representing a wide variety of international birding tour companies, optics, publishers and extremely talented artist and crafters, there’s something for everyone.  And that’s not all — Animal Adventures with Nature Nick will be showcasing live birds and animals throughout the weekend, with 3 shows daily.  You never know what Nick will bring out, be it an eagle, owl, flamingo, or even an armadillo!  There are lots of other activities as well, so click here for more information.  Oh, we almost forgot — IT’S FREE ADMISSION!

Round out your weekend with our 3-hour “Trip to the Rips” on Sunday afternoon. This trip is timed for the changing of the tides just off shore, which stirs up the fish, which brings in the birds! This trip is only available to 3-day registrants and Sunday registrants at the rate of $35. Others pay $60, and it’s worth it either way. This trip always sells out, so sign up early.

There are many, many items to choose from in the agenda, which includes descriptions to help you make your choices. We have created printable one-page schedules, in a grid format, for each day so you can scan through quickly to see what activities are taking place at the same time. We suggest printing them out so you can cross-reference during the registration process. Click on the days of the festival below.




Cape May Things to Do During a Rainy Weekend

Coming to the beach in Cape May for your Annual Vacation? What to do if it’s raining during your Cape May Weekend Vacation.


Great Deck for a Rainy Day in Cape May

Cape May offers a beautiful beach side Victorian Resort area, along with five star restaurants, boating and recreational events and activities for the summer season.

If you here for vacation and it’s a rainy weekend in Cape May take a look at the list of top things to do in Cape during the rain.

Top Ten Things to Do in the Rain in Cape May NJ during Vacation

  • Go Shopping at the Washington Street Mall, visit West Cape May and check end the West End Garage
  • Enjoy the day a local Cape May Winery,  take a local wine tour and enjoy a flight tasting of wines.
  • Head over to Beach Ave and enjoy the arcades on the promenade.This is old school fun for the family including tickets dispensed as you play along.
  • Enjoy a local Cape May Museum or head over to Rio Grande and check out the vintage aircraft. NASW Aviation Museum
  • Enjoy a day at the Cape May Day Spa, or visit any of the local Cape May Spa’s for a day of pampering and relaxation.
  • Enjoy the day aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher, this fully enclosed environmentally controlled cabin is a great place to enjoy Dolphin and nature sightings while protected from the rain.
  • Spend the day fishing in the rain aboard the Cape May Lady, the fish always bite in the rain and the Cape May Lady offers 4 hour fishing trips regardless of the rainy weather.
  • Stay on your covered porch in Cape May and enjoy a beach side view of the ocean. The 931 Guest Beach House is a favorite based on the unique location and covered beach side view.
  • Take a Horse and Trolley Ride while enjoying the narration from the carriage driver.
  • Head over to Congress Hall and enjoy a luxurious cocktail in the Brown Room, know as the living room of Cape May.
  • Go Surfer Style and head to original Rusty Nail Surfers Bar, which has been upgraded with a compliment compliment of food and upscale beverages.
  • Cape May County Zoo – it’s free and family fun …Consider a trip to the Cape May County Zoo. It’s really a great local zoo that your kids are sure to love, Admission is free and the 85 acre zoo features over 250 different species including wild cats (Lions, Cheetahs & Tigers) which are a very popular attraction.

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” Next in Aviation Museum’s Free Lecture and Film Series



“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” Next in Aviation Museum’s Free Lecture and Film Series


Cape May Airport, Lower Township, NJ – “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” will be the first film featured in the FREE Lecture and Film Series at the NASW Aviation Museum on July 19th, 2018! Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940’s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology. This film is open to the public and is a free, family-friendly event. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the film will start at approximately 7:00pm.


Each Thursday in July will bring another installation to the FREE Lecture & Film Series. For more information please visit www.usnasw.org or Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum on Facebook. NASW Aviation Museum will be partnering with the Cape May Film Society to show a few spectacular films during this series. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served to attendees each Thursday night during the series.

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is located inside historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport, New Jersey.  The site was formerly Naval Air Station Wildwood, which served as a World War II dive-bomber training center. The museum is dedicated to the 42 airmen who perished while training at Naval Air Station Wildwood between 1943 and 1945. Open daily 9am-5pm. For more information visit www.usnasw.org or call (609)886-8787







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Cape May Spring Events 2018

Come to Cape May NJ and Celebrate the Start of the Spring Season 2018Cape May Spring Events 2018

Exit Zero Jazz Festival
Apr 20, 2018 — Apr 22, 2018
714 Beach Dr., Cape May, NJ 08204
Dates & Times Apr 20:
Apr 21:
Apr 22:
609-849-9202 Cape May


First Three Cape May Convention Hall Featured Concerts Announced for the 5th Spring Edition of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival: The Baylor Project, Deva Mahal & Joey Alexander.

Festival Producer Michael Kline announced today the initial lineup of featured concerts on the It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Cape May Convention Hall Stage April 20 – April 22, 2018. Multiple GRAMMY® nominees, The Baylor Project, will perform on Friday, April 20 at 7:00pm. Emerging artist and vocalist Deva Mahal, daughter of the legendary Taj Mahal, performs Saturday, April 21, and the brilliant pianist Joey Alexanderreturns to Exit Zero Jazz for the third time with his performance set for Sunday, April 22 at 1:00pm.

Single Day Passes go on sale Friday, December 22 at 10 a.m. at exitzerojazzfestival.com.
To order by phone call (609) 849-9202.

The Festival FRIDAY PASS with Guaranteed General Admission to THE BAYLOR PROJECT performance is $50 plus service charges and also includes first-come, first-serve entry into all Festival club performances on Friday, April 20.

The Festival SATURDAY PASS for the DEVA MAHAL performance with Guaranteed General Admission is $75 plus service charges and also includes first-come, first-serve entry into all Festival club performances on Saturday, April 21.

The Festival SUNDAY PASS for the JOEY ALEXANDER performance with Guaranteed General Admission is $50 plus service charges and also includes first-come, first-serve entry into all Festival club performances on Sunday, April 22.

Weekend All Event Passes are also on sale at exitzerojazzfestival.com. The prices range from $175 to $209, plus service charges. The VIP PASS includes Reserve Orchestra seating to An Evening With Chris Botticoncert on April 21 and Reserve Floor seating to all Cape May Convention Hall performance April 20-22, 2018. The DAY PASS includes reserve seating to An Evening With Chris Botti concert on April 21 and Guaranteed General Admission seating to all Cape May Convention Hall performance April 20-22, 2018.

Early-bird Cape May Brewing Company HOPS PASSES are on sale through January 31 for $48 plus service charges. Prices increase to $58 plus service charges February 1, 2018. The HOPS PASS is the official club pass of Exit Zero Jazz and allows access to 30+ Hops Pass club shows all Festival weeken

The dates for the 2018 Cape May Spring Festival are  

May 18 – 20 (Kick-off party on May 17th)  There is no place like Cape May New Jersey for springtime birding.

Perhaps you have heard of all the legendary birding hot spots in Cape May, NJ, such as Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows (aka “The Meadows”), and new this year, TNC’s Garrett Family Preserve on Cape Island Creek. Then, on up the road a piece, you will find Cox Hall Creek WMA. Springtime brings birders a bit farther to the north, on Rt. 47, aka Shorebird Alley, to Cooks Beach and Reeds Beach, Belleplain State Forest, and all the way up to Cumberland County for the shorebird-filled impoundments at Heislerville WMA. All these hot spots are within about 35 mile’s drive. The best way to experience them all is to immerse yourself into the Cape May Spring Festival!


Sip Into Spring Festival Saturday, May 12: 10am-4pm

New in 2018! It’s the season of new growth! Celebrate spring’s rebirth with exciting outdoor gardening and nature demonstrations,live music, food, wine, beer, Bloody Marys and mimosas, crafts and collectibles, and more!

Name: Sip Into Spring Festival
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Sip Into Spring Festival
Beautiful blooms in a fenced front yard in Cape May
It’s More Fun with Friends!
Call (609) 224-6030
A minimum of 20 people is required
to qualify for group rates

Local food vendors including:
Seaside Cheese

Empanada Mama

Matt’s BBQ

Spirits, Wine & Craft Beer
Nauti Spirits

Cape May Brewery

Cape May Winery

Hawk Haven Winery

Cold Spring Brewery

Live Music
with Harmony Road

Demonstrations & Crafts
Cape May County Technical High School plant sale
Busy Bees beehive demo
The Red Store curing pickles
CMCMUA recycling demo
Sunset Flower Farm flower arranging demo

Best Bars in Cape May NJ to Watch the Eagles this Superbowl in Cape May

Best Bars in Cape May NJ to Watch the Eagles this Superbowl in Cape May

Come to Cape May NJ and watch the Eagles vs the Patriots in the Best Sports Bars in Cape May. Enjoy the Jersey Shore and cheer your team on to victory.


Finns Bar and Grill in Cape May –Many of you of have been coming to Cape May NJ for years and you are familiar with the old Pilot House. This spot recently received a full upscale renovation to Fins Bar and Grille.

Many of you that have been visiting to Cape May NJ for years and you are familiar with the old Pilot House. This spot recently received a full upscale renovation to Fins Bar and Grille. This new hip spot brings a vibrant vibe to the old Pilot House Location with a complete re-model and fresh new menu.

C View Inn – Pub and Sports Bar in Cape May NJ Style:  Old-time tavern just across the Intracoastal bridge and away from the bustle of downtown Cape May. Here, all ages and all walks of life enjoy standard pub grub in an upbeat, friendly atmosphere. Not exactly a tourist attraction; you get the sense everyone knows everyone else. Don’t Miss: Regulars swear by the wings
1380 Washington St Cape May, New Jersey 08204

The Ugly Mug 426 Washington St Cape May, New Jersey Stop on in, grab a pint and take a look up. See a hundred year old tradition being preserved! Ugly Mug Club. You may notice the many mugs suspended from the ceiling. Unique in Cape May, the mugs belong to members of the Ugly Mug Club. Each member has his own mug, as they did in the old days of Vaudeville

Cabanas Beach Bar. Wander off the beach in flip flops and right into this casual, laid back open air beach bar. You’ll find lots of seafood plus Mexican and Caribbean fare. Happy hour is seven days a week.Nightspot with beach views, serving seafood & bar bites in a festive, easygoing environment.

Harbor View Informal waterside restaurant serving seafood, drinks & more in a beachy space with a deck & views.Arrive by Car…Arrive by Boat…However, you Arrive…The Harbor View Restaurant offers the Cape’s Best Restaurant View!


Why wait for the Big Game? Watch the eagles LIVE — bald eagles, that is — with the Eagle Live Stream Web Cam

Minnesota isn’t the only place you’ll find Eagles on Sunday.

A pair of Bald Eagles has returned to their residence on a PSE&G transmission tower in Salem just in time for the Super Bowl. And just like the football team from Philadelphia, you can watch them live.

New Jersey Audubon has partnered with PSE&G to set up a livestream of the eagles’ nest so nature-lovers near and far can keep an eye on the birds.

“This eagle cam will give millions the opportunity to witness first hand this amazing success story of our national bird’s recovery,” said Eric Stiles, president and CEO of New Jersey Audubon, in a press release Friday.

Save 10% on all Holiday Gift Cards for  2018 with discount code CAPEMAYRESORT

Give a special gift of memories aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher or the Cape May Lady. You can purchase a gift certificate or gift card for a whale & dolphin watch, a dolphin watch, or our ‘Around Cape Island Cruise’. It’s easy, just call use Cape May Resort Simpletix link below and order online to save . Don’t forget to use discount code CAPEMAYRESORT.

Click here or on the box below to check pricing and order gift certificates.

Eva E. Glassworks

Eva E. Glassworks hand crafted glass jewelry for loved ones

Once you find something that truly moves you, it can enhance your personal life, encourage you to grow, and leave you wanting more. That’s what glass does for me. It’s my first love. It’s given me life and joy. And I know that comes through in my work.

My name is Eva Shelley and I’ve been working with glass since 2000. I started by taking private lessons at the Crefeld School, a private high school in Philadelphia. I then took individual glass classes at Salem Community College in New Jersey. From there, I attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, majoring in glass, and graduating in 2005 with a bachelor of fine arts (BFA). My focus at Tyler was furnace work, and also learned both hot and cold casting, as well as fused and slumped glass.
Since graduating, I have been a freelance glass artist, creating glass art and glass jewelry. I’ve worked on a variety of different projects including pieces of jewelry for loved ones, glass sculptures for events, and company gifts for employees. Learn more about what I offer.
Eva Shelley

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Cape May Independence Day Parade 2017


CAPE MAY Independence Day Celebrations

Cape May will hold an Independence Day parade 1 p.m. Saturday, July 1 on Beach Avenue from Philadelphia Avenue to Patterson Avenue with the reviewing stand near Convention Hall. The parade will feature string bands, performing groups, family entries, veterans groups, decorated bicycles, antique automobiles and more. To participate call 609-884-9565 or email tbrown@capemaycity.com. At 7 p.m. there will be a free concert at the bandstand at Rotary Park on Lyle Lane featuring America’s Sweethearts.

There will be a Fourth of July Picnic and Patriot Celebration 3-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Congress Hall featuring children’s games on the lawn, face painting, carnival games, balloon twisting, entertainment by Franny Smith and the Atlantic City Jazz Band, a choir sing-along and fireworks. Call 609-884-6542 to reserve a seat at the all-American picnic or the lobster bake (fee applies).

At 7 p.m. there will be a free concert at the bandstand at Rotary Park on Lyle Lane featuring the Congress Street Brass Ban

Things to Do in Cape May for the Independence Day Weekend


Jack Melton Band – 7pm

400 Lafayette Street
Bring a beach chair to enjoy the music!

Nature & Wildlife Show – Free Family Fun at Convention Hall
Free nature show for children with Steve Serwatka.
Steve Serwatka is a self supporting animal rehabilitator for the state of New Jersey.
7:30pm at Cape May Convention Hall located at 714 Beach Avenue.
Free fun for the whole family, no need to call ahead!

Communion at the Cove

8AM at the Cove Pavilion located at Beach & 2nd Avenues

“Come worship in God’s creation at the Cove. Morning worship with communion”

Sponsored by the Cape May United Methodist Church


Mainliners Chorus – 7pm

400 Lafayette Street
Bring a beach chair to enjoy the music!


Congress Street Brass Band – 7pm

400 Lafayette Street
Bring a beach chair to enjoy the music!

Free Magic Show for children & families with magician Rich Lessig.
7pm at Cape May Convention Hall located at 714 Beach Avenue.
Free fun for the whole family, no need to call ahead!

Congress Street Beach – 9pm

Congress Hall Picnic & Lobster Bake July 4th

July 4th Picnic & Lobster Bake

July 4th

3:00pm – 9:30pmCONGRESS HALL



Enjoy all of Congress Hall’s Fourth of July celebrations; The Pinnacle of Independence Weekend!

Join us today starting at 3pm for our Patriotic Celebration with BBQ , Lobster Bake and All Festivities!  Rain or Shine!

Complimentary children’s games on the lawn

All-American Picnic 
Call 609-884-6542 to reserve.

Carnival Games, Face Painting, and Balloon Twisting

Lobster Bake
Call 609-884-6542 to reserve.

Entertainment on the Veranda:

Franny Smith and the Atlantic City Jazz Band
Sing-a-Long with the Congress Hall Festival Choir

Fireworks to follow the performance by the Festival Cho

Father’s Day …A Time to Remember at the Jersey Shore

Father’s Day …A Time to Remember at the Jersey Shore

Blogging from My Boat in Cape May – Father’s Day

Father’s day comes but once a year to celebrate your love and support of your Father and recognize your relationship and support.  Many families will celebrate at the Jersey Shore with cookouts, fishing trips with their Dads and enjoy a well prepared family breakfast with Dad.

Many family members have lost their father early on in life, never having the complete cycle of life with their father from childhood in  their own adult years. Although I lost my Dad suddenly at an earlier age, I am fortunate to have a relationship with my oldest brother, who supported me guided me throughout my life as both a brother and father.  I am also fortunate to have spent the time with my Dad during my earlier years under his love and guidance.

This year for Father Day while walking our pup, we were fortunate to meet our neighbor Jim with his newborn two year son, clad in a diaper only happily kicking and pulling with a tug of war of his feet with his Dad. This new cycle of fatherhood has started for Jim and he will be the lighthouse  for his son as he grows into the world.


When I think of a father, it reminds me of an image of a Lighthouse at the Shore. As a sailor you always can see the lighthouse from the distance providing navigation and warning in the same way your father does to keep you out of the potential perils of life.  Lighthouse’s are unmovable permanent fixtures, and stand strong against Northeaster’s, fog and Hurricanes yet remain stable and secure providing a beacon of hope for any lost souls at sea.


Much like Dad’s that are always there for you in the most difficult times in your life,  they provide guidance and security and you always know the spot to come to gain a trun bearing in life. During summer months the Lighthouse stays in the background at all times, a steady sentinel always ready for support, but always  in the background overlooking fair weather and the good times of life while on the lookout for inclement weather.


If you have ever lost course offshore on the ocean, or in life and your panicked to find direction of the horizon and home, you scan the sea looking for landmarks to gain your bearings. From a far distance over the rolling gray waves you can spot the tip of the light, and suddenly you panic calms to reassurance you are pointed towards land and headed on a true course home.  


Fathers offer this same steadfast direction as a beacon in your life. They set examples and lessons as a child and these life long beacons stay with you to help navigate the course of a lifetime.

Cape May Father’s Day Things To Do

Looking for Things to do for Father’s Day in Cape May NJ

The best part of the start of summer in Cape May is celebrating Father’s Day weekend at the Jersey shore with Dad. Here’s our brief list of things to do for Father’s Day in Cape May. Spend a day fishing with Dad at the Jersey Shore, or go Dolphin of Whale Watching for the Father’s Day weekend.

Cape May Whale and Dolphin Watching

Deals on Cape May Whale and Dolphin Watching

  • Spend a day at the beach, take Dad to the beach in Cape May and enjoy a carefree day relaxing in the summer sun.
  • Go on a fishing trip with Dad in Cape May. You can head over to South Jersey Marina and charter a full day of fishing or go on a harbor cruise with the Cape May Tiny Cruise. The Cape May Lady has (2) 4 hour half day fishing trips to take Dad on a fishing trip. The Cape May Lady is offering a 10% discount for all tickers placed on line with discount code CAPEMAY RESORT
  • Take Dad on a Dolphin and Whale Watching trip for the day. This special Father’s Day event includes a day on the water, while enjoying a off shore sea side trip. The Cape May Whale Watcher located at the Miss Chris Marina offers three trips per day, including an early morning trip, 1PM trip and a sunset diner cruise. You can save 10% for all Dolphin and Whale watching trips here by using the discount code CAPEMAYRESORT and ordering your tickets on line for Fathers Day
  • Enjoy a day in Cape May Point and climb the Cape May Lighthouse for a panoramic view of Cape May Point.

Go Fishing in Cape May with Dad on the Cape May Lady

Whether you have sons or daughters, this activity is perfect because it is what dad has always wanted to do. You don’t have to worry about fishing poles or a tackle box because of course your husband has that stored away in the garage somewhere just waiting to be used. He will be delighted at the idea that you and the kids want to go fishing with him. You might have to dig some worms up in the back yard, but just grin and bear it because it’s all about dad today. You can get a special discount here and save 10% for Fathers Day

Go to a NJ BEACH

Everyone loves a great day at the beach and there are so many in NJ you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for you and your family. Bring along the fixings for a picnic and let dad choose some games to bring along as well. Sometimes big, grand plans can be overwhelming; a relaxing Father’s Day on the beach is just what dad needs.

Go on a hike

Get your sneakers on and get moving with the family. A hike is one of the perfect things to do with dad this year. Bonding with one another as well as the nature around you will definitely be a good Father’s Day activity. Let dad choose the trail you hike on and have some fun while you’re doing it. You’re in no rush so take your time and enjoy the nice weather.