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Thursday, July 25, 2024


CAPE MAY-6-21-2006

By Rick Racela

The kids are out of school, and while hanging out on the beach all day is great, there are plenty of other activities to keep them occupied during a summer on Cape Island.
For those kids with World Cup fever, don’t miss the seventeenth annual Star Soccer Camp at the Richard Teitelman School. For boys and girls ages 6 through 15, the camp runs from July 24 to 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call Cape May Recreation at 884-9565 or stop by Convention Hall for an application.
If you have bookworms in your house (or if you’d like to turn your kids into bookworms, and who wouldn’t?) the “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales” Independent Reading Club at the Cape May City Library is a must-do.
Individual packets for participants will be available at the library next week. Packets include a strong plastic book bag, bookmark, pencil, reading log, stickers, and McDonald coupons, along with an explanation sheet.
Children are required to list what they have read, or have had read to them, on their log. Children may read magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes, or even listen to audio books, and then list item read on their logs.
Each week during the summer when the children visit the library they will receive a small gift. At the end of August, completed reading logs will be the ticket required to attend a special magic and illusion show being held for all children that participated in the summer reading program.
Call the Cape May City Library at 884-9568 for more information, or stop by the building at Ocean and Hughes Streets.
For families looking for some education action to do together, join the Nature Center for “Cycling the Southern Cape” every Monday from June 26 though August 28 at 9 a.m.
You will cover approximately 12 miles at a leisurely pace with frequent stops, where you’ll learn all about the beautiful natural areas of the Cape May peninsula.
Bring your helmet, sunscreen, water, and, of course, your bike. Cost is $8 for adult members and $5 for child members aged 3 to 12; $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 12 who are not members.
On Wednesdays from June 28 through August 23, the Nature Center hosts “Bugs, Birds, and More!” at 10:30 a.m. Curious kids and adults are welcome to join in on the fun as you learn how fiddlewings got their name, why ladybird beetles are plants’ best friends, and much more.
You’ll leave the program a budding backyard naturalist. Cost for this program is the same as the cycling prices listed above.
The Nature Center has many more activities and programs planned for the summer. While I will share some of them here, there are simply too many for me to include them all. I encourage you to call them at 898-8848 to find out more, or visit
This Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., take your family to the movies at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May for a one-night only special engagement, courtesy of the East Lynne Theater Company and the New Jersey State Film Festival at Cape May.
The award-winning documentary “Burying the Past: Legacy of the Mountain Meadows Massacre” will be screened for the first time ever in New Jersey.
Through actual testimony of a young girl who survived, and interviews with descendants, “Burying the Past” breaks through decades of cover-up to expose a story kept out of the history books.
This film is a perfect accompaniment to the theater’s first play of the season, Julie Jensen’s “Two-Headed,” a story also inspired by the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
If you don’t know much about this event, which is likely since the truth about it was obscured by many involved, take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about it.
Tickets to the screening are $8 and may be purchased at the door. For more information about the film and the play, call 884-5898.
I hope this news helps keeps all of you adults and kids happily occupied as summer begins.
There will be more camp and activity information to come next week, so be sure to keep reading.
If I’ve left out anything you would like to see included here, just send an email to or leave a voicemail at (973) 271-1088.

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