There’s no doubt about it – there’s a certain smell that comes into the air near August’s end. The sun begins to fade earlier over the sunset. The light at twilight has bluish/pink tones instead of reds and oranges. The crickets chirp louder. And then, with Labor Day – there’s a whoosh – and suddenly there are places to park and crossing the street isn’t quite as tough as it was the day before. Here in Cape May? We call that September.

But we don’t fade away all that easily. In fact, the fun is just beginning. For instance, there’s the much anticipated Washington Street Mall Merchants’ Fall Sidewalk Sale, Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14. And let’s not forget the adorable Cape May Kiwanis Pet Parade Saturday (September 13) of that same weekend at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and it all takes place at the Cape May Elementary School on Lafayette Street.

The Mall Art Show, (September 20-21 also held on the Washington Street Mall, is always a welcomed event which has expanded to include Rotary Park behind the Mall on Lyle Lane.

And for athletic wannabes, get off the couch and try the 25th Annual Beachfront Run Saturday, September 27. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. at Convention Hall.

September’s piece de résistance, however, is the 12th Annual Cape May Food & Wine Festival, Saturday, September 20th through Thursday September 25th. Indulge yourself in the “restaurant capital of New Jersey.” A full week of events for those who love good food and wine; events may be attended separately. The Gourmet Marketplace at the Cape May Winery features mini-winery tours, tasting lectures and the annual Chef’s cook-off, plus the People’s Choice Chowder Contest. Enjoy Chef’s Dine-Arounds, daily Gourmet Lunches, a Beer Tasting Dinner, workshops with chefs from award-winning restaurants and cooking classes. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) and sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank. For more information or to make reservations, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

If you can’t make it down for the Food & Wine Fest, keep the next weekend (September 26-Sunday September 28), open for MAC’s Spirited Cape May Weekend. Triple your enjoyment by combining a Wine Tasting Dinner, Winery Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting Class for a weekend of total indulgence. The weekend begins at 6 p.m. with a four-course dinner at the Washington Inn, 801 Washington St., with wines themed to the Sunday Wine School Class. Guests will be treated to individual attention from the wine steward. On Saturday at 3 p.m., visit the award-winning Cape May Winery for a tour of the vineyard, an introduction to the winemaker’s art, and a barrel tasting with cheese and fruit. On Sunday, learn the finer points of fine wines at a 1 p.m. Wine School Class at the Washington Inn. The complete package is $125 per person.

And don’t think your favorite bars and restaurants are folding up. Check’s events calendar for the local line-up for Harpoon Henry’s, Harbor View, Lucky Bones, Cabana’s, The Mad Batter and so many more.

If it’s a night of theater you are after, welcome to our world. Doubt by John Patrick Shanley is still playing until September 28 at the Robert Shackleton Theater at Bank and Lafayette streets. A nun in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964 suspects a popular priest of inappropriate behavior with a student. Armed with nothing more than a resolute belief in her suspicion and a few circumstantial details, she instigates a relentless campaign to remove the priest. Should she speak up about her concerns if she isn’t completely certain of the truth? Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Doubt is the decade's most talked about drama. Shows run Wednesdays through Sundays with an 8 p.m. curtain. Please call 609-884-1341 or visit for more information.

In addition, East Lynne Theater Co. is presenting Pulitzer Prize winners George S. Kaufman and Marc Connell’s play, To the Ladies from September 17 through October 18. This charming comedy about a young businessman and his new bride appeared on Broadway in 1922, starring Helen Hayes. Bonus, George S. Kaufman’s daughter has never seen To the Ladies and will be spending time in Cape May just to see ELTC’s production. Please call 609-884-5898 or visit for more information.

In the world of art, take your pick. Jim Abele’s wonderful oils as well as Judy Heyman’s photography are on display at the Mad Batter on Jackson Street until September 9. Then Michael Lapides’ Cape May Hydrants photography exhibit opens Friday, September 12 running through Tuesday, September 23. Lapides’ will offer 100 hydrant images from Cape May and other locations across the country. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Cape May Volunteer Fire Department. Twenty-four Cape May hydrant images are now on permanent display at Cape May’s Fireman’s Hall Museum and will be shown along with photographs of fire hydrants from New York, Ohio, Colorado, California, Arkansas and other locations. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held Sunday, September 14 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Also coming to the Mad Batter is the mosaic exhibition of the Huber Sisters running (September 24-January 5) as well as works of Rita Sweeny, Doris Peltman and Sue Barres.

If you want some tips on how to become an artist, check out Marge Chavooshian’s Weekend Watercolor Workshop at the Chalfonte Hotel Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14.The Chalfonte Hotel is a perfect setting for watercolor classes with Marge, who has received over 145 regional/national awards. Featured in American Artist, Art Matters, and the Who’s Who of American Art, she is represented in over 800 collections here and abroad and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society. Marge Chavooshian brings expertise to her class and a great enthusiasm and talent for teaching. For information about enrollment and cost, call the Chalfonte directly at 888-411-1998 or via e-mail

MAC offers any number of tours to keep you occupied and entertained and remember, when all else has been exhausted, please do not forget what brought us here in the first place – the promise of lovely fall sunsets, warm, sunny days on the beach, and a world-class glimpse of the many different species of migrating birds coming here for the same reasons you are.

Au Revoir.

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