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CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY

A Victorian Primer In Cape May, the Nation's First Seashore Resort

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Program #1672RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 18, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, October 13 - Registration, wine and cheese reception/Orientati...
Afternoon: Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM for all participants.

Dinner: All participants will eat at the Inn of Cape May. Dinner in hotel dining room at 6pm. Individually plated meals. Choice of three menu options including a vegetarian option.

Evening: Introduction of faculty and participants, review of week's programs and menu, orientation to hotel and area.

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Two: Monday, October 14 - Lectures/Cape May Historic District Walking Tour
Breakfast: Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available. Congress Hall: Participants will receive $20 voucher for breakfast at hotel's full service restaurant.

Morning: Lectures on the history of Cape May and general Victorian social history. Cape May has been a seashore resort attracting visitors for more than 200 hundred years. Learn how and why the resort developed and about its founding families and famous visitors. Once you know about Victorian Cape May, learn about Victorian society. Informative hand-outs accompany each lecture.

Lunch: All participants will eat at Inn of Cape May. Limited choice of menu options.

Afternoon: Lecture and Field Trip: Richly illustrated Powerpoint presentation about the elements of Victorian architecture, focusing on Cape May's rich collection of Victorian era buildings. The lecture is followed by 45 minute guided walk through Cape May's primary Historic District to see examples of the various styles.

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room. Individually plated meals. Choice of three menu options including a vegetarian option.

Evening: Victorian Social History. MAC's curator Elan Zingman-Leith shares his wealth of knowledge of what made the Victorians tick in this illustrated lecture.

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three: Tuesday, October 15 - Lecture/Field Trip/Carriage House Tearoom and Caf...
Lecture/Field Trip/Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe/Living History Presentation

Breakfast: Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available. Congress Hall: Participants will receive $20 voucher for breakfast at full service restaurant.

Morning: Lecture and Field Trip Victorian Etiquette & Manners: Learn the Ps and Qs about etiquette and manners before traveling to the Emlen Physick Estate so you know how to comport yourself with the Physick Family. Then enjoy a guided field trip through Cape May's Historic District and to the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian House Museum. Trolley shuttle transportation provided to and from hotel.

Lunch: Enjoy an elegant three course lunch at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom. Following lunch, take part in the temperance debate raging in Cape May in 1899. Listen to Women's Christian Temperance advocate Jennie Wales as she battles with saloonkeeper Patrick Collins and then exercise your right to vote. This living history presentations features costumed characters from the past who welcome you into their world.

Afternoon: The Physick Family - Dr. Emlen Physick, his mother Mrs. Frances Ralston and Aunt Emilie Parmetier - come to play a call on you at the hotel. They are prepared to share with you the news of what's happening in the Cape May of the Victorian era, including choice bits of gossip. They welcome questions about their world.

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room. Individually plated meals. Choice of three menu options including a vegetarian option.

Evening: Understanding the Victorians: The people of the Victorian era were a people of paradox. This lecture looks at the Victorian mindset and issues of the day.

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, October 16 - Cape May Lighthouse/Lunch at hotel/Performance/Le...
Breakfast: Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available. Congress Hall: Participants will receive $20 voucher for breakfast at hotel's full service restaurant.

Morning: Lecture and Field Trip: The Keeper of the Cape May Lighthouse shares his knowledge and love of the structure in a richly illustrated lecture about lighthouse history, legend and lore. The lecture is followed by guided field trip to Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park, where you may climb the 199 steps to the watchroom. If you choose not to climb, a fully accessible visitors center is available. You will also explore Cape May Point State Park and Sunset Beach, where you can look for "Cape May Diamonds." Trolley shuttle transportation provided to and from hotel.

Lunch: All participants will eat at Inn of Cape May. Limited choice of menu options.

Afternoon: Halloween Traditions: Learn about the origins of Halloween from the early Greek and Roman gods who inspired harvest festivals to beginnings of jack-o-lanterns and more. Following the lecture, enjoy a hands-on workshop to create holiday cards and decorations

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room. Individually plated meals. Choice of three menu options including a vegetarian option.

Evening: Free evening to explore the area

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, October 17 - Seminar on Victorian Women/Living History Perform...
Breakfast: Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available. Congress Hall: Participants will receive $20 voucher for breakfast at hotel's full service restaurant.

Morning: Free morning to explore Cape May area on your own

Lunch: All participants will eat at Inn of Cape May. Limited choice of menu options.

Afternoon: Victorian Spiritualism: This illustrated lecture examines the Victorians fascination with spiritualism, the occult and Gothic horror. Ghosts of Cape May: This illustrated lecture takes you into many of Cape May's Victorian treasures and discusses the ghosts and spirits who inhabit them.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant. Includes a choice of three options.

Evening: Phantom of the Opera: Enjoy a screening of the vintage version of the film and a discussion about how it reflects Victorian views.

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 18 - Performance/Graduation
Breakfast: Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available. Congress Hall: Participants will receive $20 voucher for breakfast at hotel's full service restaurant.

Morning: John Philip Sousa is the graduation speaker and will talk about his fascinating life and his times. The presentation is richly illustrated and full of interesting information about America's March King. John Philip Sousa is a living history reenactor and life long musician, who even plays the helicon, the forerunner of the Sousaphone and today's tuba. Afterwards, review final exam questions, collect evaluations and distribute diplomas. Open forum with participants to discuss program, review additional offerings.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel. Box lunch available for early departures (sandwich, chips, fruit).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Cape May, NJ
Cape May County Historical Museum(609) 465-3535
For additional information, visit: www.cmcmuseum.org
Leaming's Run Gardens(609) 465-5871
For additional information, visit: www.leamingsrungardens.com/
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278
For additional information, visit: www.capemaymac.org
Naval Air Station WildwoodAviation Museum Phone (609) 886-8787
For additional information, visit: www.usnasw.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances

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4.6
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