Here we are again at my favorite time of year. Even though there’s not been a big change in the weather, you just know it’s right around the corner. Fall! I just love it! Professionally, as well as personally.
Here in Cape May at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), Fall means I no longer have an every other week deadline for This Week in Cape May, our guide to all that’s happening in town, and which keeps me so busy all summer. It also means it’s time for our annual tribute to foodies near and far, the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration.
In case you’re wondering what that has to do with history, the backbone of our organization, here it is in an (edible) nutshell. Like so many other things we do at MAC all year round, the Food & Wine Celebration gives people a reason to come to Cape May. They come from Cape May Court House and Washington, DC; from Green Creek and from Maryland, and they all come to enjoy the entertainment and enrichment our programs and special events offer, not to mention the tasty stuff on the menu during special events such as the Food & Wine Celebration.
Many travelers visiting our shore communities come for the beach. It’s a big draw here along the shore. Of course, they look for other things to do while they are here and if they can discover the Physick House museum, the Cape May Lighthouse or the World War II Lookout Tower while they’re visiting, that makes us happy and them, too, because they have found a treasure they will long remember and cherish. That’s why bringing people to town through our special events is a big part of our mission, and especially so at times of the year when the beach is not a primary reason for coming. Even during the weeks of summer, we supplement the lure of the beach by offering programming for families so they understand there is so much more to Cape May than sand and sea, and learn about its rich heritage and history while they’re here. And getting people here in early Fall with the Food & Wine Celebration is a piece of cake, pardon the expression.
There are just more food (and wine) experiences than you can shake a stick at, like the Harvest Brew Fest, here on the grounds of the Physick Estate on Sept. 16. Our successful Craft Beer & Crab Festival taught us that people love to spend a day at an event that offers everything, and that’s what we’re continuing to aim for. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can enjoy local and regional brews and music, food, crafts, activities for the kids, and seasonal vendors. We’ll have tables set up, or bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake your claim to a spot on the lawn and enjoy the day.
There are plenty more activities, too, that will let you enjoy both the wonderful weather of early Fall, as well as sample some of the best in local cuisine and spirits.
Check it all out at www.capemaymac.org and help us welcome Fall!
-- Barraclough is manager of publications and website at MAC