MAC offers tours and activities for families, history buffs, wine-lovers and more
The antidote to winter’s chill? Sipping fine wine and making new friends. Visit Cape May over the long Presidents’ Day Weekend, Friday, Feb. 15 to Monday, Feb. 18, and enjoy tours and activities sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
The region’s most sought-after antiques dealers and craftspeople come together for a two-day show in Victorian Cape May on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. The show features handmade items, gifts, country antiques, glassware, miniatures, silver, furniture and more. Crafts & Antiques in Winter will be held at Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Decatur, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2.
Wine lovers will enjoy combining a Wine Tasting Dinner, Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting and Wine School Class over Presidents’ Day Weekend for triple the delight. The Cape May Wine Weekend, Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17, begins on Friday with a four-course Wine Tasting Dinner at the Washington Inn, 801 Washington St., featuring wines themed to the Wine School Class on Sunday. Guests will be treated to individual attention from the wine steward. On Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m., visit the award-winning Cape May Winery located in North Cape May for a Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting that includes a tour of the vineyard, an introduction to the winemaker’s art, and a barrel tasting with cheese and fruit. On Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m., learn the finer points of fine wines and expand your knowledge in a Wine School Class at the Washington Inn on “Great Italian Reds.” The complete package (gratuity not included) is $145 per person.
The Cape May Wine School class can be purchased separately from the Cape May Wine Weekend. Learn about red wines from Italy and meet other wine enthusiasts. The class on Sunday, Feb. 17, “Great Italian Reds,” takes place at the Washington Inn, 801 Washington St. at 1 p.m. Admission is $40 per person.
Experience the award-winning Cape May Winery during a Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting at the Cape May Winery, 711 Town Bank Rd., on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Tour the vineyard to see how the grapes are grown, get an introduction to the winemaker’s art in the winery and enjoy a barrel-tasting accompanied by cheese and fruit. Admission is $20 per person and includes a sampling of five to six kinds of wine and a complimentary souvenir tasting glass.
Would you rather sip and swirl at your own pace? Then the Self-guided Wine Trail is for you. Spend the afternoon touring Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery and sampling wines at each. Admission is $8 and includes a map with the wineries listed and a tasting glass. Self-guided Wine Trails are offered Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cape May is a hotbed of paranormal activity according to ghost investigator and psychic medium Craig McManus. Discover the “other side” of Cape May during a ghost tour on Presidents’ Day Weekend. McManus has conducted numerous investigations throughout the City of Cape May and his findings are shared by your guide on the Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tours. This 45-minute evening ride takes you past flickering gas street lamps and the haunted properties of Cape May to experience spine-tingling tales. Tours are offered on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).
The best way to get to know Cape May and its rich history is to take the popular Historic District Trolley Tours. Knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. Tours are offered on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the Historic District Trolley Tour with a guided tour of the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, 1048 Washington St., with its theme “What Those Victorians Wore.” The Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tour schedule is the same as the Historic District Trolley Tour schedule during Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb.16-18. Admission is $18 for adults and $9 for children (ages 3-12). The Emlen Physick Estate Tours arealso available separately. Tours are offered on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 at 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 18 at 11:45 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12).
The Center for Community Arts (CCA) presents an exhibit and panel discussion Presidents’ Day Weekend featuring the role played by black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life in Cape May County. On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m., the public is invited to join representative from CCA and the local community for this Free Panel Discussion at the Carriage House Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., focusing on the exhibit, “Celebrating Community Service: Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Organizations of Cape May County.” This exhibit explores the significance of black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life, featuring such organizations as the GEMS (Gracious, Enthusiastic, Matron Service) of Cape May County, Inc., who in their 20-year history provided $50,000 in scholarships to over 75 Cape May County students; the Prince Hall Masons, the oldest black fraternal organization in the United States dating back to the American Revolution; the Eastern Stars; and the Black USO, among others. These organizations have emerged with the sole purpose of enhancing the lives of African Americans; the exhibit focuses on the black organizations of Cape May County.
Admission to the exhibit and discussion is free. The gallery is open Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by CCA, in association with MAC. For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or see www.CenterforCommunityArts.org.
The Cape May Lighthouse re-opens for the season during Presidents’ Day Weekend. Climb 199 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape and Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse is open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, Sunday, Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 18. Tower admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children (ages 3-12). Admission to the accessible Visitors’ Orientation Center and the ground floor of the Lighthouse is free. The lighthouse is located inCape May Point State Park, Lower Township.