An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
I’m long overdue for a Cape May trip. I can always tell when I’ve reached my threshold for tolerance of North Jersey life and I need to escape. I’ve celebrated quite a few holidays in Cape May and have completely embraced the off-season. In fact, it never seems to really be “off,” which is why you should visit! However, I have not yet taken the famous Exit 0 in November — and I’m definitely missing out.
Every month offers different opportunities for the varied interests of residents and visitors. Not only does November bring the anticipation of the holiday season, it is still a month that does not require heavy winter-wardrobe artillery.
For mystery enthusiasts, Sherlock Holmes Weekend is a great way to start off. Dress in appropriate Victorian attire and scour the streets of Cape May for clues to solve a new mystery with Holmes and Watson (the victor is awarded $250). Contact 1-800-275-4278 for tickets or visit www.capemaymac.org for more information and a list of the participating accommodations. Cape May sets the perfect stage for drama and intrigue!
For music lovers, the 34th Cape May Jazz Festival takes place on November 12-14. Tickets went on sale September 1 and can be purchased by calling 609-884-7200 or 877-7CMJAZZ. The full schedule of performers is available at www.capemayjazz.com and includes The Yellowjackets, Javon Jackson with Les McCann, The Chris Bergson Blues Band, and Jonny Hirsch Blues Band, just to name a few.
For sportsmen, Utsch’s Marina presents the Striped Bass Challenge beginning November 3-27. Awards are as follows: $1000 for heaviest fish, $1000 for most fish weighed in, $1000 for heaviest fish female angler, $500 for heaviest fish junior angler. Official rules and forms can be found at www.capemayharbor.com.
For theater-goers, don’t combat New York traffic in the holiday rush! Instead, see The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse from October 27-November 20. Reserve your tickets now (609-884-1341) as they sell out fast. Check out Veterans’ Night on November 11, where the performance is half-price for all active duty military personnel and veterans, and the Pay-What-You-Can-Matinee on Sunday, November 14 at 3pm. All remaining tickets not previously sold will be a pay-what-you-can price on a first-come, first-serve basis.
November is full of fantastic events and activities, and I barely scratched the surface. Visit Cape May in the autumn and I promise, you will not be disappointed!