Suddenly it’s summer in Cape May! Our guests are lounging on the beach. There’s music everywhere and all of the restaurants are in full swing.
We are still celebrating the Cape May Music festival, and two upcoming concerts are the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players on Tuesday June 12, playing two pieces by Bach, a Mozart quartet, as well as two others.
The concert will be in the Episcopal Church of the Advent, which is one of Cape May’s most beautiful interiors and acoustically wonderful.
Summer in Cape May
June 14 will feature another concert in the Church of the Advent. The New York Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert called “The Italian Influence” oddly including three Germans and one Italian. All of music was influenced by Italy and includes Bach, Handel, and Telemann. The finale is by Antonio Vivaldi – one of my favorites.
Our third musical offering is completely different. The Cape May Hops Fest (Saturday, June 23) will include blues, beer and barbecue. The blues will be performed by the Corndog Blues Band, the James Supra/Sarah Ayers Band, and Bluebone. This is one of our most popular events of the year in Cape May and includes kids’ activities, and a crafts and collectible show. It’s a great day for the whole family.
Anytime you visit Cape May, there is plenty of music and good food to try. At least a dozen places in town offer music in the evenings and there are great restaurants at every price. Call us now (609 884-1934) for your reservations at Leith Hall – your Cape May bed and breakfast – or go on line (www.leithhall.com) . Our website offers the guaranteed lowest price for our rooms anywhere on the web, as well as access to special offers. Call or go online now — the coming weeks are filling up!
It’s not to late to reserve for Saturday, August 5, for the Craft Beer and Crab Fest. Go to the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate for an all-day festival featuring local craft beers to wash down favorite summer foods … steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs. There will be music all day, Jugglers, acrobats, and low-wire walkers from the Little Circus, and a crafts and collectibles show.
The music will begin at 11 A.M. And will feature The Honeyhawks, James Callio, Jake Tavill, Sean Preston, and the Quixote Project. Some of our local food purveyors will be Gaiss’ Market offering Bacon on a Stick, Crespella offering crepes, Eat Well with lobster rolls and grilled cheese, Executive Catering selling fish tacos, and Wahlburger offering hamburgers.
P.S. Suzie and I recently visited the Cape May Brewing Company with our niece and her fiance. It was a wonderful place to be and I even liked the beer, (and I don’t even like beer). I’d recommend the festival at the PhysickEstate for Saturday, and the Brewing Company for Sunday, after the beach. The owners of the Red Store in Cape May Point have opened a taco place next to the brewing company, so you can have some food to go with the beer.
I know that it’s early, but think about next September. Cape May’s first Harvest Brew Festival will be Saturday September 19th from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.. Lots of craft beers at the Physick Estate; with local food, local produce, local wine – and local talent for entertainment. (four local bands!) There will also be a farmers’ market, a crafts show, and activities for the kids.
The Harvest Brew Festival will also take place during the week-long celebration of gourmandize called the annual Food and Wine Festival (September 11th through 20th). This is our nineteenth year for the Food and Wine Festival, and it never fails to delight everyone who participates. You already know that Cape May is home to some of the best restaurants in New Jersey, and this week gives them a chance to show off. The MAC website will give you lots of information about a Lobster Bake Dinner, grape picking at Natali Vineyards, a Chocolate Lover’s Feast, a Beer Tasting luncheon, and dozens more. Call us today or go online to make your reservation for the gluttony gala in Cape May!
The Crab and Craft Beer Festival is one of the most popular events of the whole year.The Cape May Brewery and other suppliers add their best brews. Crab cakes and other shore delicacies are plentiful. There’s music and vendors, and fun. Come stay with us at Leith Hall and take advantage of this great day.
Visit the beautiful grounds of the Physick Estate and experience one of New Jersey’s Top Five Summer Festivals! This all-day festival features local craft beers to wash down favorite summer picnic foods — including steamed crabs, crab cakes, steamed shrimp, potato salad and more. Enjoy live music all day on the outdoor stage. Have fun with jugglers and acrobats, crafts vendors, a farmers’ market and more. Admission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for food, beverages and some activities. Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free trolley shuttle between Washington Street Mall and the Estate: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 8 p.m. back to Mall).
This December, come to Cape May, where real old fashioned Christmas came to live. There are two major house tours offered by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts; the Christmas Candlelight Tour and the Lamplighter Tour. The Candlelight tour is the biggest of the year, with about a dozen houses each night. There’s still a date available – Saturday, December 28. Homeowners and Inn owners will greet you and show you their Victorian parlors, all decked out for the holidays. The carriage house at the Physick Estate will have hot cider and the town will be sparkling with lights.
A smaller, more intimate, tour of five houses and inns will be offered Friday December 27th , Monday December 30th, and Tuesday December 31st. My preference is the Lamplighter Tour. Five Victorian houses per day is near my limit. You can chose by what is offered on the evenings that you’d like to be in Cape May. Come stay with us at Leith Hall and enjoy Elan’s breakfasts and afternoon teas as well as Cape May’s shopping, touring, and dining.
Some say the Cape May is the most haunted city in America. Some just run screaming from the room. You decide. This year there will be trolley rides with Craig McManus, a.k.a. “the ghostwriter” when he’ll tell you about all of the spirits he’s discovered in the Victorian houses of Cape May. If you have the nerves for it, you can spend “Midnight at the Physick Estate” and listen for the presence of Aunt Belle – shut up in the attic. The house will be decorated for the season for weeks and available on the Phantoms of the Physick Estate tour.
Another frightful alternative are the Monsters, Mystery and Mayhem available at Elaine’s Dinner Theater. This year’s offering features Dr. Frankenstein and a series of baffling murders at the castle. As each of the characters you suspect is murdered, you don’t know who to fear most. At least you can depend upon the food.
Consider visiting us at Leith Hall during this haunted season. Call or go on line to make a reservation (Incidentally, we’ve been certified as “ghost free” by Craig McManus himself!)
If you like Designer Show Houses, Cape May’s got a great one this summer. A wonderful couple (Ioanna Iliopolis and Tom Cataldo) has
just built a beautiful new house on Washington Street. It is patterned after the grand Tuscan Villas of Cape May – the Southern Mansion and the Mainstay Inn. A Tuscan Villa is a cube-shaped house with a low hipped roof and a cupola And this new one, Cavalier Cottage, is a very cute example.
MAC (our local non-profit organization) didn’t have a designer show
house last year, and is thrilled with the generosity of the owners. All summer long you can visit the show house, and combine your visit with a lunch at the Carriage House Café at the Physick Estate. Each room was conceived by a different designer. Most are from Cape May, but also they also include designers from Haddonfeild and Devon, Pennsylvania. Consider visiting us this summer and combining the Victorian interiors at Leith Hall and the Physick Estate with the new interiors at Cavalier Cottage.
Stop that gyring and gimbling and learn some new forms of poetry.
Believe it or not, we are about to have a serious poetry workshop in
Cape May. Led by Sylvia Baer, who is the director of the Poetry Center at Gloucester County College, the weekly sessions will teach you about different forms and how to polish and improve your own work.
Participants will not be required to share their work, but will have the benefit of Professor Baer’s professional advice. The sessions will be held on Mondays, July 1, 8 and 15th, from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.
Come visit us for the weekend and add Monday night to work on your verse. Whichever Monday you sign up for, it’ll be a frabjous day !