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Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Cape May 3.29.2006

By Rick Racela

I have news about a bunch of great classes for Cape Islanders of all ages this week, and the timing couldn’t be better since it’s the time of year we’re all ready to get out of the house and learn something new or get a little exercise.
For the littlest Cape Islanders, those ages 18 months to three years old, and their parents, Cape May Recreation offers Wee Play at the Franklin Street Civic Center on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
This class provides special one-on-one time with gym activities, songs and small projects.
Space is very limited. Call 884-9565 to sign up today.
 Last week, I mentioned an acting class hosted by Cape May Stage for students in fourth grade and above; however, I had incorrect information about the venue for these classes. They are meeting Saturdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Church of the Advent at the corner of Franklin and Washington Streets, not at the Cape May Stage’s theater. I hope this hasn’t caused anyone too much confusion. If you want more information about the acting classes, call the theater at 884-1341 extension 7.
For those of us on the island who need range of motion and mobility exercises, the City of Cape May is offering Arthritis Class at the Cape May Elementary School swimming pool every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30 to 6 p.m. with Fran Jiampetti. Please call 884-9565 for additional information or stop by Cape May Convention Hall to register.  New class begins April 4.
For some delicious hands on learning, consider reserving a seat for yourself at the Titanic Dinner at the Mad Batter. You’ll dine on multiple courses that were actually served on that ill-fated luxury liner.
To have even a little more fun with the theme, you’re encouraged to wear period costume.
Cost is $50 and seats are very limited. All proceeds benefit the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC).
MAC is also sponsoring a dinner at the Mad Batter on April 21.
This time, the theme is food and wine of the Alsace region of France, which combines robust German fare with the subtleties of French cuisine.
You’ll enjoy four courses, each carefully paired with a delicate and fruity wine from the region by wine expert Dave Martin, who will teach you about pairing wine with food in your own home.
Cost is $65, and once again proceeds benefit MAC.
Call 884-5404 for reservations to either of these dinners.
As you must know, MAC sponsors so many wonderful events on Cape Island, from Chocolate Fantasy Buffets to house tours and educational programming.
I hope you will consider attending one of these dinners, which are sure to make for a great night out, and know that when you do so you’ll be supporting the organization that does so much for us.
In other news, I am moving back to my hometown in northern New Jersey this week.
 I know, I know, it’s rather strange to leave Cape May just as the most beautiful time of the year arrives (or, perhaps, to leave at all!).
What can I say? My husband was offered a wonderful position in Sussex County, and my family is happy to have us come back home – though they’re sorry to lose they’re free beach accommodations!
Nevertheless, I will still be visiting frequently and I will also continue to write this column.
Please keep emailing me your news at or call me at my new phone number, (973) 271-1088. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

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