Cape May County Calendar

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Thursday, Nov. 27

OCEAN CITY - The Fast and the Furriest 5K Turkey Trot and 1-Mile Fun Run will begin 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 27, at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The run benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. Preregister online at www.active.com . Preregistered packet pick up is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the senior center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Race-day registration is 7-8:25 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. Applications are available at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, The Sneaker Shop and the Humane Society. For more information, call 609-398-5068.

Friday, Nov. 28

OCEAN CITY - Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” 2 to 5 p.m. Join the merchants in kicking off an old-fashioned Downtown Christmas.

OCEAN CITY - The city’s annual Christmas in the Downtown “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” will be 2-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 on Asbury Avenue in downtown Ocean City. Enjoy treats and merchants, carolers and watch Santa arrive atop City Hall to light the Christmas tree.

CAPE MAY - 27th annual Community Messiah Sing-a-long 7:30 p.m. at the Cape Island Baptist Church, Columbia and Guerney streets in Cape May. The public is invited to attend the performance. Refreshments will be served following the program and there is no cost. The choir will sing 11 choruses and will be accompanied by an orchestra.  Bring your own copy of Handel’s Messiah or you can borrow music from the church. Call Ruth Fritsch, 609-886-5862 or 609-780-3403.
Stone Harbor’s Island Holiday 6-9 p.m. on 96th Street in Stone Harbor. There will be music, entertainment, characters and special sales at the stores. See www.stoneharborbeach.com .

AVALON - Festive Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Avalon Shopping District. There will be holiday activities for the entire family and sales at the local stores. Call 609-967-3936.

SEA ISLE CITY - Sea Isle City Holiday Extravaganza noon-4 p.m. at Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue. There will be a parade, ice skating, tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Call 609-263-9090 or see www.seaislechamber.com.

Nov. 29-Dec. 30

CAPE MAY - Santaland Diaries, By David Sedaris 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 3 p.m. every Sunday Nov. 29-Dec. 30 at Congress Hall in Cape May. Congress Hall, along with Cape May Stage will be offering David Sedaris’ holiday comedy at the hotel. Guests can also enjoy lunch and a show on Sunday afternoons or dinner and a show on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Blue Pig Tavern. Includes a three-course meal along with a show ticket. Lunch is $39 and $59 for dinner. Call 609-884-8422 to make reservations.

Saturday, Nov. 29

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP - Wetlands Wonderland 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor Boulevard, Middle Township. Whether through hibernation, dormancy, migration or ‘toughing it out’, animals on the marsh have unique strategies for surviving winter temperatures. Members: $8 adult, $6 child, $25 family pack of four. Non-Member: $10 adult, $8 child, $30 family pack of four. Call 609-368-1211.

STONE HARBOR - Stone Harbor Christmas Parade 6:30 p.m. will march down 96th Street. See www.stoneharborbeach.com 

 

STONE HARBOR - Stone Harbor’s Island Holiday 6-9 p.m. on 96th Street in Stone Harbor. There will be music, entertainment, characters and special sales at the stores. See www.stoneharborbeach.com .

AVALON - Snowfest 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Avalon Elementary School. Call 609-967-3936.

CAPE MAY - Breakfast with Santa 8-11 a.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 20, and 21 at Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom in Cape May. Families can enjoy breakfast favorites in the Ballroom while getting the chance to meet Father Christmas. Breakfast with Santa includes a full buffet, adults $15.95 and children $9.95, ages 4-12.  Children 3 and under are welcome free of charge. Call 609-884-8422.

CAPE MAY - Story Time with Mrs. Claus 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15 a.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 20, and 21 at Congress Hall in Cape May. Mrs. Claus steps into the workshop for a special story time. Children can gather ‘round for a Christmas tale, offered for all to enjoy. Story Time with Mrs. Claus is complimentary. See www.caperesorts.com .

CAPE MAY - Story Time with Mrs. Claus 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15 a.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 20, and 21 at Congress Hall in Cape May. Mrs. Claus steps into the workshop for a special story time. Children can gather ‘round for a Christmas tale, offered for all to enjoy. Story Time with Mrs. Claus is complimentary. See www.caperesorts.com .

OCEAN CITY - Horse and carriage rides and photos with Santa - Noon-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 through Dec. 21 will be horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, and photos with Santa at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

OCEAN CITY - The Turkey Trot Surf Contest will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Seventh Street beach. The no-wave date is Nov. 30. There will be divisions for 13 and under, 14-18, 19-30, 30 and over, longboard open, and women’s open. There will be awards for first, second and third place in each category, plus a wave of the day trophy. The fee is $10 per person. Sign up online through 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at www.ocnj.us/recreation, under recreation activities. Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 609-525-9304.

Sunday, Nov. 30

CAPE MAY - Decorate Gingerbread with Mrs. Claus 2-4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at Congress Hall in Cape May. Visitors can join the first lady of the North Pole and transform candy into castles in Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom. Mrs. Claus will teach those young and old how to decorate a gingerbread bungalow. The cost is $25 per Gingerbread house. To make reservations, call 609-884-6583.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

SEA ISLE CITY - Children’s Tree Lighting Ceremony 6-7 p.m. at Sea Isle City Hall, 4501 Park Road, Sea Isle City. Call 263-4461, ext. 1245.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

WILDWOOD - "Mingle Bells" Cape May County Chamber Networking Mixer 5-7 p.m. at Dogfish Bar and Grill, 100 E. Taylor Ave., Wildwood. This festive evening of networking includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and fun, but don’t forget your business cards.  Cost to attend is one donation of a non-perishable food, unwrapped toy, or a personal care item. All donations collected will be distributed to our member non-profit organizations that provide food and toys to needy Cape May County families. Call Chris at 609-465-7181 ext. 103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Friday, Dec. 5

CAPE MAY - Congress Hall Tree Lighting/Concert 5-10 p.m. at Congress Hall in Cape May. Parents can sip on hot cocoa from our pool bar as the kids hop on the Congress Hall Express. Cape May Food Closet as well as Toys for Tots will be at the tree lighting and concert once again this year. Guests are asked to bring canned goods and unwrapped toys to benefit both organizations. See www.caperesorts.com .

OCEAN CITY - Admission buttons for Ocean City’s First Night, gala New Year’s Eve celebration, are $15 until Dec. 1 and $20 thereafter. Buttons can be purchased now by visiting the Welcome Center on the Route 52 Bridge or by calling 1-800-BEACHNJ. Buttons can also be ordered online by accessing www.firstnightocnj.com .

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -  Wetlands Institute Year in Review 6 p.m. at the Wetlands, Stone Harbor Boulevard, Middle Township. Celebrate through pictures, stories, videos and discussion all the twists, turns, achievements and efforts the institute has made over the course of 2014. This is a covered dish dinner, and organizers ask that participants bring an appetizer, entrée, salad or dessert to share with at least eight people. RSVP requested by Dec. 4. Admission is a covered dish plus $7 for members and $12 for non-members. Call 609-368-1211.

Saturday, Dec. 6

 

WEST CAPE MAY - West Cape May Christmas Parade 5-9 p.m. beginning at the West Cape May Fire Hall. Call 609-884-1005.

CAPE MAY -  Property Owners of Cape May Beach Pancake Breakfast 8-11 a.m. at the Club House, 201 Clubhouse Drive, Townbank. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Call 609-886-3874.

OCEAN CITY - Horse and carriage rides and photos with Santa - Noon-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 through Dec. 21 will be horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, and photos with Santa at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

OCEAN CITY - Ocean City Pops holiday concert, “Joy to the World: A Symphonic Choral Celebration,” will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. This event is sponsored by Norman and JoAnne Schaut. Tickets are $15 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice   or at 609-525-9300.

OCEAN CITY - Nancy Leary will present fall crafting classes at the Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. The art class “Holiday Trees” will begin 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 in meeting room N111. These programs are free to attend, but registration is required. To register, contact Karen at 609-399-2434, ext. 5238.

OCEAN CITY - Train Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the boardwalk. See www.ocnj.us .

OCEAN CITY - 41st Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour 5:30-8:30 p.m. self-guided tour, the main attraction of Cape May's festive holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and the Carriage House Gallery. Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys. Adults $25, children $20 (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or see www.capemaymac.org.

Dec. 7-9

A Dickens Christmas Extravaganza in Cape May. Immerse yourself in the world of Dickens with lectures and performances offered daily. Included in the Extravaganza is a Dickensian-style feast along with a wine tasting and a holiday tour of Cape May. All-inclusive packages are available at participating inns. Some events are available for individual purchase. Call 609-884-5404 or see www.capemaymac.org .

Sunday, Dec. 7

NORTH WILDWOOD - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony noon at St. Demetrius Church. North Wildwood. Call 609-729-5832.

OCEAN CITY - Train Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the boardwalk. See www.ocnj.us .

STONE HARBOR - Santa’s Workshop and Brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at the Reeds Hotel in 96th Street in Stone Harbor. Children will be invited to Santa’s workshop at the “North Pole” to craft and create special gifts for their family members. Adults are $30 per person; children are $20 for 12 and under; and children three and under are free – which includes all Workshop gifts. Reservations are suggested for parties under six guests and required for larger parties of six guests or more. Call 609-961-3010. 

OCEAN CITY - There will be a train show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. Call 609-525-9300.

Friday, Dec. 12

Wildwood Family Holiday Celebration 6 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Shopping bazaar, tree lighting ceremony and parade awards. Fun for the entire family. Free. See www.WildwoodHoliday.com .

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade 6 p.m. starting at 16th Avenue in North Wildwood and heads south along Central Avenue and Pacific Avenue through the Holly Beach Station Mall until Heather Avenue (Crest Pier) in Wildwood Crest. It then heads east toward Ocean Avenue and back north to end at the Wildwoods Convention Center where the awards ceremony will be held, immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony. See www.WildwoodHoliday.com .

Saturday, Dec 13

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP - Santa’s Workshop 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Cape May County Park and Zoo. Activities and a visit from Santa. Call 609-886-2784.

WILDWOOD - Wildwood Family Holiday Celebration 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Shopping bazaar and fun for the entire family. Free. See www.WildwoodHoliday.com .

CAPE MAY - 41st Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour 5:30-8:30 p.m. self-guided tour, the main attraction of Cape May's festive holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and the Carriage House Gallery. Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys. Adults $25, children $20 (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or see www.capemaymac.org .

OCEAN CITY - Horse and carriage rides and photos with Santa - Noon-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 through Dec. 21 will be horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, and photos with Santa at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

OCEAN CITY - The 2014 Holiday Spectacular presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company, featuring professional singers and dancers in a high-energy tribute to the holidays, will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, and 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $15-$18 and are available at ocnj.us/boxoffice or 609-525-9300.

Saturday, Dec. 20

OCEAN CITY - Horse and carriage rides and photos with Santa - Noon-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 through Dec. 21 will be horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, and photos with Santa at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Brunch with Santa 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at VFW Post 1963 on JFK Boulevard, Sea Isle City. See www.visitsicnj.com .

Tuesday, Dec. 23

WILDWOOD - ‘Battle at the Boards’ Basketball Tournament 1:30 p.m. at Wildwood Convention Center. This special one-day basketball tournament will feature a handful of local and out-of-area boys and girls teams competing in showcase games. Included in the Battle at the Boards are the popular Andrew Alameno Memorial boys and girls island championship games between Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high schools. See www.bbclassic.com.

Dec, 26-30

Boardwalk Basketball Classic will be held at the Wildwood Convention Center featuring a boys’ and girls’ high school basketball tournament. Entrance fee. See www.bbclassic.com .

Saturday, Dec. 27

41st Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour 5:30-8:30 p.m. self-guided tour, the main attraction of Cape May's holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and the Carriage House Gallery. Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys. Adults $25, children $20 (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or see www.capemaymac.org .

Wednesday, Dec. 31

OCEAN CITY - First Night New Years Eve Celebration – A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. For more information call 609-525-9300.

Thursday, Jan. 1

OCEAN CITY - First Night, an alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration will begin Dec. 31 with events and activities at various locations throughout the city, leading up to fireworks at midnight. Admission buttons for First Night are $15 until Dec. 1 and $20 thereafter. They can be purchased now by visiting the welcome center on the bridge or by calling 1-800-BEACHNJ. Buttons can also be ordered online at www.firstnightocnj.com . Call 609-525-9300.

ONGOING TOURS & EVENTS

CAPE MAY - Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour: Board a MAC trolley tour for a 45-minute evening ride through the haunted streets of Cape May. The paranormal findings of ghostwriter Craig McManus come alive as your guide translates McManus’ spooky stories. Ride past the flickering gas street lamps, the haunted properties of Cape May and experience the spine-tingling tales exposed by McManus. Offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in October (except Oct. 31); hours vary. Offered Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:15 p.m. $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).

CAPE MAY - Tales of Terror Trolley Ride: Everybody loves a scary story! The perfect time and place for them is traveling Cape May after dark on streets lit by flickering gaslight as you listen to your guide tell some spine-tingling tales. Offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; times vary; also, Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. $12 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).

ONGOING 

Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, 780 Seashore Road, Cold Spring, is conducting tours of the historic church and surrounding cemetery 10 a.m. each Saturday through September. The oldest gravestone in the cemetery is dated 1742. This year the congregation is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Call 609-884-4065 or see www.oldbrickpresbyterian.com .

Volunteers Wanted for the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help low income families in Cape May County. If you would like to help people, call 609-231-5565 or 609-231-3109 for information.

The Cape May County Advisory Commission of the Status of Women is currently seeking applicants for membership. The Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Old Court House, Main St., Cape May Court House. For information and application, call 609-463-6595.

Cape May County Animal Shelter is in need of donations of dog and cat food, pet and shelter supplies. A collection of these items can be dropped off the day of the show to Simone, chairperson of the flea market. For a complete list of what is needed call the shelter at 609-465-8923.

Coalition Against Rape and Abuse is looking for volunteers to go to hospitals and police stations to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Training will begin in February and all training is done in the evening in Cape May County. Call Georgia Dougherty at 609-522-6489.

Holy Redeemer Hospice of Cape May County is recruiting volunteers to spend time with patients, listening, reading and offering support or providing assistance in the office. No personal care is required. Training will be provided. Call 609-463-6084 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Physician Referral Service provides information about physicians including insurances accepted, office locations and hours, and educational background. Operated 24 hours a day by Shore Memorial Hospital. Call 609-653-4600 or see www.shoredoctors.com .

Contact Cape Atlantic offers senior citizens or anyone is alone, housebound or feeling isolated and lonely a daily friendly phone call to say hello and check that all is well. Telephone reassurance calls are free and confidential. Anyone who is interested in receiving a call or who knows someone who might be can call Mike Nees at 609-463-4564.


See also: Ongoing events , Upcoming Trips14 Days events beginning March 21, 2014 What's Happening in Atlantic City, Upcoming Reunions


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