As I write this, I am sur-rounded by boxes, bubble wrap and piles of, for lack of a better word, stuff.
It’s hard to believe that by the time you read this I’ll be living nearly 200 miles away, and I won’t be able to attend any of the wonderful events I’m writ-ing about this week.
I know I’ll be tempted to come back to visit fre-quently, especially since I’ll still be writing this column and I’ll know all about what’s going on.
Nevertheless, I hope I’m only tempted to visit and not to move back, because I couldn’t bear to pack all of this stuff again.
There are two tempting events at Convention Hall this weekend.
On Saturday, the City of Cape May is sponsoring its 13th annual Spring Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 50 crafters will be selling their wares, and admission is free.
On Sunday, the annual Spring Fishing Flea Mar-ket runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
So stroll on over to Convention Hall and browse around for an hour or two.
Another free lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. to-night at Cold Spring Vil-lage’s Welcome Center.
Fred Miller will be pre-senting a slide-show pro-gram on the origins of Ocean City, Cape May County’s first barrier is-land resort town.
The last lecture in the series happens April 12.
Michael Conley will be presenting “Murder, Arson and Civil War: The Other Cape May in the 19th Cen-tury,” a program based on articles from Cape May County newspapers of the 1850s and 1860s.
I’ve mentioned this be-fore, but I think it deserves another mention.
A men’s slow-pitch softball league is forming, and interested teams are still invited to sign up.
The 2006 league will run from May through August, with games played Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Call the Cape May Rec-reation Department at 884-9565.
Sign up now for East Lynne’s day away at Ped-dler’s Village, which is four miles outside of New Hope, Pa.
The village consists of 75 quality specialty shops and restaurants, as well as a restored 1922 grand car-ousel.
The bus will pick up passengers at the Bayshore Mall Acme Market at 8 a.m. and the Cape May Court House Acme Market at 8:20 a.m.
You’ll arrive at Ped-dler’s Village around 10:30 a.m., enjoy lunch with your choice of beef Burgundy or chicken pot- pie at 12:30 p.m. and leave at 4:30 p.m.
The trip costs $55, and all proceeds benefit the East Lynne Theater Com-pany’s 2006 season.
Call Frank Smith at 884-5898 for information and reservations.
The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May is sponsoring a Southern Gospel Concert at the Lower Cape May High School Theater on Satur-day, May 6 at 7 p.m.
The concert features performances by national gospel groups Pfeifers and the Palmetto State Quartet.
Admission is $18 for adults and $9 for children, and all proceeds benefit the community programs offered by the church.
This is a rare opportu-nity to hear live Southern Gospel Music in Cape May.
Call 898-0743 for more information.
I suppose I’d better get back to packing.
Now that I won’t be liv-ing on or anywhere near Cape Island, I’ll be relying on your calls and emails more than ever.
Please note that my new phone number is (973) 271-1088.
My email will remain the same at email@example.com.
Don’t leave me in the dark in northern NJ. Tell me all about the fundrais-ers, dances, crafts shows, concerts, and everything else I know you’re plan-ning for this spring.
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