Category Archives: Cape May County

Haddonfield Hosts 22nd Annual Crafts and Fine Art Festival

With limited budgets and finite space, many prefer to enjoy their art in functional form. The 22nd annual Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival,scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, delivers with a place to shop for aesthetic objects that serve practical purposes.

This two-day outdoor festival, which garners national attention and attracts crowds of more than 100,000 people, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. along Kings Highway between Washington Avenue and Haddon Avenue and along Tanner Street to Euclid Avenue.

Artisans will exhibit a wide range of arts and crafts, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, metal, paper, drawings, paintings, photography and wearable art. What is usually a busy main artery through the center of town is transformed into a festive corridor, alive with a panorama of artists’ tents, outdoor cafés, musicians and more.

This free event is easily accessible from area bridges or by taking the PATCO Speed line to the heart of the shopping district. Parking in Haddonfield is also free during the two-day festival.

Downtown Haddonfield is a charming, tree-lined business district in the heart of South Jersey’s densely populated affluent area. The New York Times named the certified historical district “the best collection of shops anywhere in the state.” Haddonfield is five minutes from Cherry Hill, twenty minutes from Center City Philadelphia, and within one hour of the Jersey Shore resorts, Princeton and Delaware.

From unique journals repurposed from recycled books, to stoneware folk pottery to intricate jewelry made from vintage bottle caps, and benches – even a handcrafted wood surfboard – wearable, usable or utilitarian art will abound, making fine craftsmanship and personal style functional for everyone to enjoy.

Celebrate Father’s Day with The Fresh Air Fund

This Father’s Day, we celebrate all the men in our lives and many men in Cape May and Ocean Counties, NJ who take on the role of Fresh Air father, as they open their hearts to New York City children through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. This Father’s Day, consider sharing the joys of playing catch barefoot on the grass and roasting s’mores by the campfire with a New York City child.

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“This experience can really impact your life in more ways than you would think; I am constantly discovering ways in which my Fresh Air child has enriched my life.  My sons got involved and they always look forward to seeing their New York City friend,” says one Fresh Air host father.

 

Each summer, over 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.  Families find hosting so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to visit the same host families year after year. Fresh Air children are given the opportunity to experience a world outside of New York City full of meadows to run in, streams to fish in and lakes to swim in.

 

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Laurie Bershad at 609-371-2817 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.

 

The Wildwoods to Host All-New Beach Glow Festival on Wildwoods Beach

The BeachGlow Music Festival makes its debut splash in the Wildwoods on Saturday, July 5 from 3 – 11 p.m. on the Wildwoods beach at Schellenger Avenue.

BeachGlow Concerts for Charity, Inc., the only non-profit EDM (electronic dance music) concert producer in the nation, is bringing this event to the Wildwoods beach; proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The entertainment lineup for BeachGlow Music Festival 2014 is Dvbbs, Kap Slap, Get KunKed, Gazzo, Kasum, DJ Prime, Jai Wolf, PRFFTT & Svyable, Almond, Grant & Duval and HardPartBros. The winner of an upcoming local New Jersey DJ contest will fill one additional opening set.

BeachGlow will feature a variety of vendors where guests can shop, eat and explore, along with a general store selling essentials, BeachGlow T-shirts and EDM merchandise. There will also be three professional body painters working the festival, fireworks, a dunk tank, beach games and activities, and a beer tent for ages 21 and over.

BeachGlow Concerts for Charity, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to producing concerts and festivals to benefit worthy charities and raise awareness about giving back among the young adult generation. Dane Kunkel founded BeachGlow in 2011 at age 16 and is CEO of his organization, which now has a staff, board of directors and many other volunteers – who make it possible to raise money and awareness for a cause. BeachGlow has raised money for Harmony Ministries in Haiti, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and now the American Red Cross.

Tickets for the event are $45 and are available at www.ticketfly.com, where donations also can be made.  For more information about BeachGlow and this year’s festival, visit www.beachglow.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Stockton’s SRI & ETTC Hosts Workshops at Sam Azeez Museum in Woodbine

The Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center (SRI&ETTC) in the School of Education at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is hosting a series of free community health programs at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage and Culture, located at 610 Washington Ave. in Woodbine, NJ. The series will begin this summer with events scheduled forThursday, June 19 and Thursday, July 24.

The workshops aim to help participants take control of their lives and better manage their health conditions. Both programs, which are free and open to the public, will provide information to older adults as well as their family members and caretakers.

The evidence-based programs are presented by Bonnie Kratzer of the Parish Nurse Program and Center for Lifestyle Management at Cape Regional Medical Center, and Dick Colosi from the Cape May Department of Health. The Parish Nurse Program is a health education and community support program which provides health education, wellness programs and screenings at more than 50 churches and other community organizations.

The “Keeping Your Mind Sharp: A Program on Maximizing Your Memory” workshop to be held on Thursday, June 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m., will teach participants to recognize the effects of normal aging on the brain. Kratzer and Colosi will offer techniques and brain exercises to improve brain function and help prevent “senior moments.”

On Thursday, July 24 from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., the “Standing Tall Against Falls: A Presentation on Reducing Your Risk of Falling and On Taking Steps to Prevent Falls” workshop will teach participants to determine risk factors associated with falls. Kratzer and Colosi will explain consequences that can occur from a fall, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of falls, how to prevent falls, and what to do when one falls.

For more information, contact the SRI&ETTC at 609-626-3868.

Free Book Signings by Authors Douglass Campbell, “Rescue of the Bounty” and Carolyn Miller,“Counting the Fish in the Sea”

Two book signings will take place during Harbor Fest on Saturday, June 14 – an annual celebration of Cape May Harbor and its impact on our local economy, culture and recreation.

From 2 – 4 p.m. at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ, New Jersey’s own native son Doug Campbell will sign copies of the book he recently co-authored called, “Rescue of the Bounty.” It is the story of the historic square rigged ship the “Bounty” of Mutiny on the Bounty fame, which was a victim of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 when she foundered off our coast with the loss of two crew members including the Captain and Fletcher Christian’s great-great-great-great granddaughter. If you’re a person who loves storms, the sea and true mystery, this is an opportunity you will not want to miss.

A second book signing will also take place from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Nature Center with local teacher and freelance writer for the Cape May Herald Carolyn Miller, author of “Counting the Fish in the Sea.” This non-fiction book for children ages 8 -12 tells the true story of how researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science tackle what might seem an impossible task – counting the fish in the sea. It explains how a NEAMAP (Northeast Atlantic Monitoring and Assessment Program) trawl is conducted and how scientists sort, count, and analyze the fish. Each page is accented with actual photographs depicting the exciting moments of a research cruise. The book is now available at the Cape May County Zoo, The Book Shop in Stone Harbor, Nature Center of Cape May, and on the www.epektales.com website.

Harbor Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 (rain date Sunday, June 15) along Delaware Avenue in Cape May with lots of free fun things for the kids to do at an surrounding the Nature Center including games, crafts, a corn hole tournament, Coastie Corner and a surprise visit from a vacationing Santa Claus! More information about Harbor Fest is available at www.capemayharborfestival.com.

For more information about the genesis of Harbor Fest, or how to participate and support the important missions of the Nature Center, contact the Director, Gretchen Whitman at 609-898-8848 or by email: Gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org. Crafters and vendors should contact the Cape May City Chamber of Commerce at 609-884-5508.

Cape May’s Harbor Fest

The Nature Center of Cape May will again be the focal point of the City’s annual Harbor Fest celebration on Saturday, June 14, with a rain date on Sunday, June 15.

Originally conceived as a means to raise the funds necessary to remove derelict vessels from the harbor, Harbor Fest has evolved into an annual celebration of the harbor, its culture, ecology, and the bounty that this precious resource provides to our City and region.

The Nature Center has planned an eventful weekend for participants. Harbor Fest begins on the evening of Friday, June 13 with the “Blessing of the Waters” ceremony at the Fisherman’s Memorial at 5:30 p.m.. This ecumenical ceremony commemorates the loss of local fishermen while asking for blessings for a safe fishing and boating season.

On Saturday, June 14, Harbor Fest will be defined by a plethora of special children programs and activities including: arts and crafts, games, and a corn hole tournament – all of which will be held on the Nature Center’s lawn. Other planned activities include: ‘Explore the Shore’ featuring seining on the harbor; critter talks in the lab; the always popular ‘Coastie Corner;’ and even a visit by none other than Santa Claus!

2014’s Harbor Fest will feature two very special book signings from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 with local reporter Carolyn Miller’s Counting the Fish in the Sea – a non-fiction book for children 8 -12 years old that tells the true story of how researchers are figuring out just how much wildlife is really in the sea; and Doug Campbell’s Rescue of the Bounty – a rare count of the true-life drama surrounding the loss of Bounty during Hurricane Sandy.

Seafood will again take center stage at the Nature Center when the world famous Lobster House sets up its raw bar. On Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. the ‘Lazy Chef’ will demonstrate ‘no-hassle’ cooking methods utilizing ‘under-utilized’ local seafood species.

Nothing blends purpose and fun better than Paddle for a Purpose. Take a journey through our local marshes and paddle a kayak, canoe or SUP paddleboard with other paddlers at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. ‘Paddle for a Purpose’ sponsorship dollars are earmarked for the Nature Center’s Good Neighbor Fund, which provides summer program scholarships for Coast Guard dependent children.

For the second year, legendary ‘Philly Bill Culp’ of Distinct Events Unlimited, will broadcast his Saturday “Down the Shore with Philly Bill” program on WIBBAGE” radio, 94.3 on Saturday, June 14. Cape May’s own ‘Singer Song Writers’ will also provide live music on the Nature Center’s deck – the lineup includes Gordon Vincent at 2 p.m., The Square at 3 p.m. and Roy Baker wraps up at 4 p.m.

Proceeding ‘Philly Bill Clup’s’ live broadcast – a naturalist from the Cape May Bird Observatory will offer a special program featuring our favorite local avian, the Osprey, from the deck of the Nature Center!

Saturday, June 14 culminates with a live water rescue demonstration by the Townbank Fire Department. The department will also showcase their new fireboat. After all, Harbor Fest first and foremost showcases Cape May’s harbor as an engine for economic activity and aquatic recreation.

Since its inception as a whaling village in the 17th Century, Cape May’s economy and culture has 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. Additional information about Harbor Fest is available on the web:www.capemayharborfestival.com.

For more information about the genesis of Harbor Fest, or how to participate and support the important missions of the Nature Center, contact the Director, Gretchen Whitman at 609-898-8848 or by email: Gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org. Crafters and vendors should contact the Cape May City Chamber of Commerce at 609-884-5508.

New Jersey Audubon Names David La Puma, Ph. D. Director of Cape May Bird Observatory

New Jersey Audubon (NJA), a non-profit conservation leader in habitat stewardship, bird and wildlife research, environmental education, and recreational birding activities announced that David La Puma, Ph. D., has joined the team as director of the Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO).

David brings more than a decade of experience in ecological research to the CMBO; research that has focused on conservation of endangered species and identification of important stopover habitats for migrating birds.

“We are very excited to have David join CMBO. His experience in bird conservation and research, educational skills, and leadership in the birding community will allow us to grow and promote CMBO; maintain its excellent reputation; and establish it as a top bird observatory in North America,” said Eric Stiles, President and CEO of NJA.

David is responsible for leadership and direction of the Bird Observatory including two sites in Cape May County (Northwood Center in Cape May Point and the Center for Research and Education in Goshen). He will be fully engaged in all program platforms, fund raising and special events.

Jeffrey Gordon, president of the American Birding Association, said, “Cape May has long been known as one of the most diverse and exciting places on the planet for birding and for birders. David will bring a formidable suite of talents and experience to this pivotal leadership role. This announcement is great news for the entire birding and conservation community!”

Throughout his career, David has worked across a variety of disciplines including conservation, education, research and policy; and has helped organizations including the National Park Service to develop strategic plans for species and habitat conservation. Most recently David held the position of Product Specialist at Leica Sport Optics where he honed his business skills with one of the world’s top optics manufacturers.

A talented teacher and natural leader, David has developed and delivered educational and instructional material to thousands of students, from ages five to 95. One of his greatest strengths is using his personal experience and social networking skills to bring diverse individuals together to work toward common goals.

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to become the new Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory,” David explained. “Because CMBO comes with a strong support system of NJ Audubon staff in Research, Stewardship, Education and Public Policy, we are capable of taking on big conservation issues, answering big questions and serving large numbers of people. I look forward to working with NJ Audubon staff, CMBO staff and volunteers, and the greater Cape May and Mid-Atlantic communities to lead CMBO into the future by meeting the needs of our constituents in a strong and sustainable manner.”

NJA’s mission is to connect people with nature and steward the nature of today for the people of tomorrow. CMBO furthers this mission by seeking to understand and instill appreciation of the needs of resident and migrating birds so that human ambitions do not undermine them.

There are few places in North America which have been birded longer or have more birding advocates than Cape May, NJ, one of the planet’s most celebrated migratory junctions. An array of habitat types and a wealth of protected natural areas make Cape May and the entire Delaware Bayshore a bird spot for all seasons. Wind and geography conspire to direct millions of migrating hawks, seabirds, shorebirds, songbirds, butterflies and dragonflies here every autumn.

Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) has two locations in Cape May County:  Northwood Center, 701 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point, NJ; and Center for Research and Education, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Courthouse, NJ. For more information about the Cape May Bird Observatory, visit www.capemaybirding.org  or call 609-861-0700.