Cape May Spring Festival
April 22- May 1, 2005
CAPE MAY, N.J.– Spring is Cape May's best kept secret. Victorian cottage gardens are coming into bloom, daffodils gently giving way to tulips, and the city’s century-old trees begin to leaf out in a canopy over streets and sidewalks.
Cape May celebrates the beginning of spring blossoms with its annual Spring Festival - 10 days of house and garden tours, crafts, food and fun. This year the festival begins April 22 and runs through May 1.
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House and Garden Tours
Among the most popular events are the Historic House Tours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, April 23 and 30. Experience Cape May’s Victorian architectural riches, view beautiful interiors, and encounter living history characters as you tour through bed and breakfast inns and guesthouses. This self-guided tour, with a complimentary trolley shuttle, allows tourgoers to meet innkeepers to discuss restorations, interior decorating, antiques collections, and more.
In additions to Historic House Tours, there is a Private Homes Tour, featuring Cape May homes from the Victorian era to the 21st century, which are not normally open to the public. The tour is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Tour begins and tickets are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean St. Admission is $15.
The Chef’s Dine-Around, a five-course gourmet feast with each course served in one of Cape May’s premier restaurants, is presented at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28. Wine accompanies each course and a trolley shuttle is provided between restaurants. Reserve early, space is limited. Dine-Arounds last approximately four hours and the cost is $100 per person (gratuity included).
Other food and wine events for Spring Festival inlcude Dinner with the Ghost Writer, psychic medium Craig McManus, at the Mad Batter Restaurant. Afterwards hear Cragi's tales of Cape May ghosts.
Also a Murder Mystery Dinners on April 29 and 30. Watch as they attempt to solve “The Murder on the Pittsburgh or Dredging Up the Future” while enjoying a three-course dinner at Aleathea’s Restaurant. Victorian Murder Mystery Dinners are at 7 p.m. and cost $40 per person.
On Saturday, April 30, the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate is the scene for an antiques and collectibles show, with dozens of dealers displaying their wares. This first outdoor show of the season runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free.
Spring Festival includes the Vintage Dance Weekend on April 23 and 24, where visitors can kick up their heels as they did in Cape May 100 years ago.
Then finish off the day with the Atlantic Brass Band Concert. This popular 35-piece brass band presents a rousing performance of classic and popular music at 8 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall. Admission is $10.
For more information call the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts at (609) 884-5404.