An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
There are certain sights, sounds, and activities that are synonymous with summer, one being anything beach-related and the other being outdoor movies. Up in the northern part of the state, I can throw my orange Exit Zero collapsible chair into the Honda and watch movies in the local parks. But the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May trumps this activity by offering Movies at the Beach during July and August.
This event runs from July 8 through August 26 on Thursday evenings next to Henry’s on the Beach (near convention hall). Bring a blanket or chair (if you’re bringing a child, there are children-friendly activities beginning at 7:30pm, along with cartoons) and enjoy classics such as E.T. (the first movie I have any memory of seeing), Star Wars (released the year I was born), and Jaws (pre-dates me). Check the ad in Exit Zero every week for the schedule. I’ve never seen a movie at the beach, but I have the entire experience romanticized in my imagination and hope to catch one this year.
Any water-related activity is also saturated with summery vibes and Cape May is filled with aquatic entertainment. Looking for something slower paced than parasailing and wave running? Try the Sunset Kayak Tour from the Nature Center of Cape May, which travels from the Cove beach to Higbee’s Beach on July 12 and 28 at 5:30pm. Receive equipment, instruction, and guided services on this paddle tour around Cape May Point while viewing marine life such as dolphins and sea birds (plus, give your upper arms a workout!) It’s $50 single kayak/$90 double and space is limited so call Aqua Trails on (609) 898-8848 to reserve a spot! I’ve experienced wave running once, and can safely say that all aquatic activities initially make me irrationally nervous, but as soon as I’m on the water the adrenaline takes over and I shed any anxiety that I was harboring. I like to take advantage of the ocean when I’m around it, since kayaking on the Passaic River doesn’t have the same ambiance (plus, you increase your chances of appearing in an issue of Weird NJ).
Another summer staple are the farmers’ markets, which I find completely overwhelming (in a good way). I purchase produce I have no idea how to integrate into any type of dish, and then stuff them into my refrigerator with a sense of accomplishment. I hear that eating locally grown food is a great way to combat allergies. Check out the West Cape May Farmers’ Market and Community Concert at the Backyard Park (732 Broadway at the Municipal Complex) on Tuesdays between 3:00-7:00pm through August 31. And it’s not just for the produce lovers – you can find antiques and live art demonstrations, too.