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Cape May 4.19.2006

By Rick Racela

Even up here in the chilly northwestern highlands of New Jersey, the daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths are in full bloom, so I can only imagine how beautiful the streets of Cape May are these days.
With the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts Spring Festival just around the corner, the season has officially arrived.
The festival runs from April 28 to May 7, and I’ll give you more details next week, but in the meantime I would encourage you to visit their website at www.capemaymac.org.
Or give them a call at 884-5404 to find out about the many events they’re sponsoring.
It’s never too early to reserve tickets for a house tour, garden tour, Chocolate Fantasy Buffet, or any of the other offerings.
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Another way I can tell spring is in the air is the number of events I have to report this week.
Cape Island is really waking up from its winter hibernation, and there is a lot to tell you about.
To begin with, the GFWC Women’s Community Club of Cape May hosts its monthly meeting tomorrow at Price Hall, Cold Spring Presbyterian Church.
Light refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m., followed by a program presented by Diane Wieland, Director of Tourism for Cape May County at 1 p.m.
Women from the Cape Mays and Lower Township are invited to join this group by calling Jean at 522-0290 or Dot at 886-4554.
They are active throughout the year with many projects. Just last month they collected soaps, shampoos and conditioners to donate to the Food Closet in Cape May.
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The library is the place to be for kids of all ages this week. On Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., pre-school children are invited to attend story hour.
Ranger Matt, a naturalist from Cape May Point State Park, hosts on April 26 with the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
There will also be a special rabbit appearance. Call 884-9568 for more information.
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At 7 p.m. on April 27, the Center for Community Arts’ teaching artist Janet Payne hosts a free after-dinner arts project for children ages 6 though 10.
The evening features a tale from Japan, “Shibumi and the Kitemaker,” followed by a craft inspired by the story.
If you would like to participate, please sign up in advance at the library, which is on the corner of Hughes and Ocean streets.
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I have great news for interested adult lap swimmers looking to get into shape for summer.
Starting April 25, lap swim is from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through June.
For information on this and other Cape May Recreation Programs please call 884-9565 or drop by Convention Hall to pick up the spring schedule.
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If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to purchase tickets to the Southern Gospel Concert that the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May is sponsoring on May 6.
The show features nationally known gospel groups the Pfeifers and the Palmetto State Quartet at 7 p.m. at the Theater of the Lower Cape May Regional High School.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for children, with proceeds benefiting the church’s community programs. Call 898-0743 for more information.
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I hope you have a chance to get out there and enjoy the springtime and some of these wonderful activities.
Please keep me updated about everything you’re planning this season!

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