Harbor Fest drops anchor in Cape May

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 The street festival will feature vendors, a beer garden, live entertainment, educational displays and more.
 The street festival will feature vendors, a beer garden, live entertainment, educational displays and more.

CAPE MAY – Cape May Harbor will host the annual Cape May Harbor Fest, set to take place Saturday, June 15.

The event will include activities on the harbor as well as land-based activities in and around the New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May and along Delaware Avenue, which will the closed to traffic for the event.

Preceding the Harbor Fest will be the annual blessing of the waters ceremony 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday evening at the Fisherman’s Memorial on the harbor at the end of Missouri Avenue.

Officiated by local clergy accompanied by the Coast Guard recruit band, the ceremony is a time of remembrance for local fishermen who have lost their lives at sea, while asking for blessings for a successful and safe fishing season.

On Saturday, Harbor Fest will feature a street festival with prepared fresh seafood as well as landlubber fair, a beer garden, street vendors, entertainment and educational displays.

A highlight of the activities is a Scallop Cook-Off featuring Cape May chefs cooking up their favorite recipes.

Other activities include Explore the Shore programs, birding programs for every age group, crafts, a rock climbing wall, T-shirt decorating, kayak eco-tours and the Paddling for a Purpose kayak and canoe regatta. There will also be live music and various nature lectures.

Transportation between key locations will be provided by trolley and water taxis, which connect the key points around the harbor.

New to Harbor Fest for the first time will be WIBG’s “Philly Bill” Culp broadcasting his show live from the deck of the Nature Center Welcome Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Live cooking demonstrations will be given at 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. in the center’s main classroom, with local chefs using recipes featuring underutilized commercial species such as scup and squid.

In addition, the Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company will demo its new water rescue vessel

At the “Be a Good Egg” art exhibit, visitors can learn about sharing the beach with the area’s avian friends.

Since its inception as a whaling village in the 17th century, Cape May’s economy and culture have been linked to the sea. But with the promise comes a challenge. Harbor Fest is intended to heighten awareness and appreciation of this fragile resource.

Visitors are advised to bring a lawn chair and spend a fun and educational day at the harbor.

The rain date is Sunday, June 16. Additional information about Harbor Fest is available at www.capemayharborfestival.com .

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