MIGRATING SHOREBIRDS are visible in many locations throughout Cape May County at this time of year. Mid-August through mid-September are peak times for spotting birds as they travel southward, with Cape May County’s geography acting as a funnel for birds preparing to cross Delaware Bay, increasing the number of birds visible compared to other areas. Stone Harbor Point is a great location for spotting birds, and so is Avalon’s north-end, where First Avenue and Avalon Avenue hit the seawall. Grab your binoculars or camera and have a look!
The perfect way to cool off on a hot August afternoon!
SAILOR’S DELIGHT! For those with sailing in their blood, August is a great month at the Shore! The AJ Meerwald, New Jersey’s official tall ship, has been in Cape May for a couple of weeks, and will be here through the end of the month. Various public sails are offered. For tickets, visit http://bayshorecenter.org/a-j-meerwald/buy-tickets/ At the end of the month a replica of the schooner “America”, the first winner of the “America’s Cup”, will be in Cape May. Dockside tours and sailing trips are available on August 30th and 31st. Click here for more information: http://www.waterwayguide.com/latest-news/event/6824/schooner-america-replica-to-visit-cape-may And, finally, if you’re willing to take a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, you can visit the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of the Colonial-era original. She’ll be in Lewes, Delaware through September 5th. Click here for info and tickets: http://www.kalmarnyckel.org/
STONE HARBOR’S BACK BAY DREDGING contractor has proposed resuming the operation via mechanical dredging, as opposed to hydraulic dredging. Last year’s hydraulic dredging was suspended after problems with the dewatering of dredge material at the 81st Street Municipal Marina parking lot. Mechanical dredging—scooping up material with backhoe-like buckets—allows for dredged material to be dewatered more easily, utilizing Portland cement. The cement will be mixed with dredge material before it is trucked off site. A formal notice of the requested change of methods was recently posted on the US Army Corps of Engineer’s website.
“THE SECOND SUMMER” is almost upon us! As Labor Day approaches you can sense the crowds thinning a bit, and cooler weather is around the corner. The “Second Summer” also brings with it a lineup of great events and activities. See below for a list!
WHY NOT MAKE AVALON & STONE HARBOR a permanent part of your life? If you enjoyed your summer vacation here on the Island, consider purchasing a place of your very own, to use and enjoy any time you want! Call me to discuss your needs and begin your search!
Avalon’s Thursdays on Dune Concert featuring Steel:30, Veteran’s Plaza in Avalon, 7PM, Thursday, August 25
Stone Harbor’s Sidewalk Sale, downtown shopping district, 9AM-7PM, Saturday, August 27
Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Tour led by a Wetlands Institute docent, meet at the Egret Espy Trail entrance at 114th Street & Second Avenue, 10AM, Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28
Stone Harbor Farmer’s Market, 95th Street Water Tower Plaza, 8AM-12:30PM, Sunday, August 28
Stone Harbor’s Family Night featuring Cape May Library Story Telling and Puppet Show, Stone Harbor Fire House, 7PM, Monday, August 29
Stone Harbor’s Tuesdays at the Tower featuring Soulshine, 95th Street Water Tower Plaza, 7PM, Tuesday, August 30
Stone Harbor Family Movie Night on the Lawn featuring Cars 2, Stone Harbor Elementary School, 8PM, Wednesday, August 31
IPad Workshop at the Avalon Public Library, register at 609-967-7155, 10AM-Noon, Saturday, September 3
South Jersey Surfcasters Fishing Tournament, 30th Street Beach, 5-7AM registration, Saturday, September 10
Avalon’s Chamber of Commerce End-of-Summer Shop Hop, Avalon Shopping District, Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11
Stone Harbor Green Fair featuring information on solar energy, re-purposed materials, electric cars, clean energy, natural products, more, 94th Street Parking Lot, 11AM-2PM, Saturday, September 10
Night Walk at the Cape May County Zoo, after hours tour of the zoo, 6:30-8:30PM, Saturday, September 10
Stone Harbor’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, Freedom Park at 96th Street & Seng Place, 11AM-1PM, Sunday, September 11
Cape May Lighthouse Full Moon Climb, call 609-884-5404 for info, Friday, September 16
21st Annual Nun’s Beach Surf Contest, 111th Street Beach, 7AM, Saturday, September 17
Wetlands Institute Fall Migration Festival, guided viewing of migratory birds, demonstrations, live animal presentations, more, 9:30AM-4:30PM, Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18
Stone Harbor’s Savor September 5th Annual Food, Wine & Beer Festival, 96th Street Shopping District, Noon-8PM, Saturday, September 24
Avalon Performing Arts Council Cabaret Night featuring Billy Joel Tribute & Marino Dance Band, Avalon Community Hall, doors open at 6:30PM, show begins at 7:30PM, Saturday, September 24