Not only will guests get to enjoy some sensational signature entrees and desserts from about 40 of the area’s finest dining establishments, proceeds from the 10th annual Historic Cold Spring Village (HCSV) “Feasting on History” Restaurant Gala — scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, at the Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum — will again benefit the HCSV’s Education Fund.
“We do a lot of programs for schools in the region, including many from Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties, and even into Burlington and into Monmouth counties,” says HCSV education coordinator Jim Stephens. “Many of the schools in these areas visit us for field trips in the spring, and we do a lot of teleconference distance-learning programs for schools all over the area. I also visit schools personally within Cape May County. In the off-season we’re devoted to many education programs. That’s a big part of what we do, and those are just a few of the things the gala goes to fund.
“[The gala] also helps fund apprenticeships in which students and adults are given the opportunity to learn the early 19th-century crafts and trades that are demonstrated at the village,” adds Stephens. “Our Junior Apprenticeship Program is a selective program for 11- to 13-year-olds that gives them the opportunity to work alongside some of our crafts and trade people and learn something hands-on about doing some of the jobs people did in the past, like making pottery, bookbinding, or working as a blacksmith or tin smith.”
The majority of participants are located in Cape May County, but Atlantic County establishments participating include Mays Landing County Club, Formica Brothers Bakery and the Melting Pot in Atlantic City. Five local wineries will also offer samplings at the gala.
“We’ve been trying to integrate more of the Atlantic County restaurants just to promote cross-commerce between counties,” says HCSV public relations and programming director Sydney Perkins. “I am a lifelong Somers Point resident, so it has been personally important for me to try and incorporate more of the Atlantic City area in all things we do here at the Village.”
Sturdy Savings Bank has been the presenting sponsor since the inaugural event in May 2001. The NASW Aviation Museum is at 500 Forrestal Rd. at the Cape May Airport. Tickets for the gala are $70 per person or $650 for a table of 10. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please contact Sydney Perkins at 898-2300, ext. 18 or e-mail email@example.com.
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