CAPE MAY, N.J. — Historic Cold Spring Village (HCSV) will be celebrating the maritime culture and history of “The Jersey Cape” on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, at the Village (720 Route 9 in Cape May) from 10am-4:30pm.
Seafarers Weekend will feature pirates, maritime music, family fun, and a variety of displays and demonstrations of all things nautical. The Village buildings will also be open, presenting historical interpreters in period clothing who demonstrate the trades, crafts and lifestyles of Early America.
“There is such a rich heritage related to the sea in and around Cape May County,” says HCSV executive director Anne Salvatore, “It’s important we celebrate that and present its history to our visitors.”
Valhalla’s Pirates will join the event — generously sponsored by Exit Zero Publishing.— bringing thrilling fight scenes both days at noon and 3pm. Captain Black and his crew will also meet with guests throughout the day to take pictures and tell tales of the sea.
Left: Capt. Black teaches a young scalawag some swordsmanship pointers.
The New Jersey Blacksmith Association will team up with the Village’s resident blacksmith to forge nautical ironware. Other highlights include afternoon musical performances by the Sea Dogs, a display from the Cape May Maritime Museum, antique boats, decoy carving, face painting and more. The Friends of HCSV will host a traditional southern New Jersey corn roast at the Village Pavilion from 11am-4pm each day.
Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural southern New Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. From late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of “the age of homespun.” Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through mid-September.
Historic Cold Spring Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner’s Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information on events, membership, volunteering, or booking private affairs, call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10.
Cape May Winery and Vineyard takes the art of wine making, sprinkles in stretching views of 22 acres of grapes, subtracts the pompous atmosphere associated with the wine culture, and adds a smile, all equaling a great first stop on a typical tour of southern New Jersey wineries.
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