Cape May Harbor Fest offers activities on land and sea

Street Vendors from last years highly successful Harbor Fest!

On Saturday, June 18 from 10am to 5pm Cape May’s Harbor Fest celebration will take place. It’s all about seafood, song, the sea, its culture, economy and ecology. This year’s festival commemorates the 100th anniversary of Cape May Harbor. Since Cape May’s inception as a whaling village in the 17th century, its economy and culture have been linked to the sea.

Habor Fest will feature a harbor and street festival, arts and crafts vendors, a scallop challenge, nature programs, kids’ activities, kayaking, live music, food, seafood (of course) and a beer garden.

Pre-festival activities will take place on Friday with the blessing of the waters ceremony from 5:30 – 6:30pm at the Cape May Fisherman’s Memorial which is located at the end of Missouri Avenue on Cape May Harbor. The purpose of the service is to commemorate local fishermen who have been lost at sea and to bless the waters for a safe and successful season. There will be a fundraising reception afterward at the Nature Center which overlooks the harbor.

Blessing of the Waters head on the Friday before Harbor Fest

Friday's Harbor Fest activities include the Blessing of the Waters

Paddle for a Purpose Kayak Regatta, a two-hour non competitive tour of Cape May Harbor and the surrounding salt marsh will be help at 1pm to benefit the Nature Center’s Good Neighbor Fund for Coast Guard families. Registration fee with a rental kayak is $40 for a single and $70 for a double. The family rate for two double kayaks is $100. You can bring your own – with registration being only $20. Participants are asked to check in by 12:30pm.

For more information call the Cape May Chamber of Commerce – 609-884-5508 x 102

Rain Date for the event is June 19, 2011


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