Wednesday, February 21, 2024


Butterflies Soar in South Seaville

Special guest speaker

By Johanna Hovik

SOUTH SEAVILLE – South Seaville Camp Meeting celebrated their 67th annual Women’s Day celebration July 27 with a butterfly release. 
About 160 painted lady butterflies, symbolizing new life, were set free after prayer, song, and special guest speakers.
Nearly 200 gathered to celebrate the 67th Women’s Day with the purpose to unite women in faith and hope.
South Seaville Camp Meeting was founded in 1864. “It’s like stepping back in time,” explains Tom Fisher. Fisher is one of the few year-round residents and a retired pastor who also cooked for the two dinner seatings that followed the butterfly release. 
The camp meeting consists of quaint cottages that were originally used as tent sites back in the 1800’s. The 89 cottages evolved over the years maintaining their history and charm. People from all over the country come to the camp meeting, many whose parents, grandparents and great grandparents resided at the camp.
While many events take place over the summer, Women’s Day is one of the largest. Debbie Hammond, president of the 2017 Women’s Auxiliary, had 160 painted lady butterflies sent via FedEx.  
The painted lady butterfly is one of the world’s most widespread, residing almost everywhere in the world. The butterflies are shipped on ice keeping them cold until the time of the release. 
These butterflies have an adult lifespan of only about two weeks making the trek from a family butterfly farm in Florida to here in Cape May County even more spectacular.  
Women of all ages released the butterflies, watching them flutter off to make a home at the campsite.
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