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CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY

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

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Jun 9 — Jun 14, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, June 09 - Registration, wine and cheese reception/Orientati...
Afternoon: 3:00 PM: Program registration in Inn of Cape May lobby. 4:00 PM: Registration for guest rooms begins. 5:00 PM: Wine and cheese reception at Inn of Cape May for all participants, introductions and mini-orientation in dining room.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.

Evening: 8:00 PM: An Evening at the Cape May Music Festival at Cape May Convention Hall. Program features the George Mesterhazy Trio with guests Barry Miles on piano and vocalist Paula Johns in a program from the Great American Songbook. Participants may also choose free evening.

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Two: Monday, June 10 - Lectures/Cape May Historic District Walking Tour
Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.

Morning: 9:45 AM: Orientation. 10:45 AM: Introduction to Victorian Era and Cape May – Overviews of highlights of the history of Cape May and Victorian Era with emphasis on how the Victorians’ history and culture contributed to both Cape May’s becoming the Victorian Era Queen of the Seaside Resorts and its modern Victorian Renaissance. (powerpoint used)

Lunch: 12:30 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Lunch in the hotel dining with choice of two options.

Afternoon: 1:45 PM: Cape May’s Victorian Architecture Talk – Attendees will learn how to identify over a half dozen major Victorian architectural styles and how Victorian architecture and interior design reflected Victorian lifestyle and philosophy (powerpoint used) 3:30 PM: Cape May’s Victorian Architecture Walk – Leisure walk covers 1 mile in over an hour.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.

Evening: 7:30 PM: Victorian Social History – Overview of the major changes in American culture during Victorian Era. Included are the impacts of urbanization and industrialization on ethics, morals and other social behaviors. (powerpoint used)

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three: Tuesday, June 11 - Lecture/Field Trip/Carriage House Tearoom and Caf...
Lecture/Field Trip/Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe/Living History Presentation

Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.

Morning: 9:45 AM: Victorian Etiquette & Manners – Attendees can learn the “hows” and “whys” of Victorian manners and etiquette. A brief introduction to Victorian Era and to the Emlen Physick Estate is included. (powerpoint and kit is used) 10:45 AM: Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour – A trolley tour throughout the greater Cape May area highlighting major points of interest like the PE, LH, WWII Tower, Sunset Beach, harbor and a sampling of historic hotels and homes.

Lunch: 12:30 PM: Enjoy a traditional Tea Luncheon at Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom on the grounds of Emlen Physick Estate. Lunch includes homemade tea breads, salad, sandwiches and dessert. 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: 2:30 PM: An Afternoon with the Physick Family – Dr. Physick brings his mother and aunt to pay a call. The ladies provide a window into the world of Victorian women, while the good doctor equally represents the masculine domain of the era.3:30 PM: An Afternoon of Victorian Music – This music illustrates the rich variety of music of the Victorian Era from Sousa’s patriotic marches, to Stephen Foster’s minstrel songs, to the great classical works of the era, to the birth of jazz. (powerpoint used)

Dinner: 6:00 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.

Evening: 8:00 PM: An Evening at the Cape May Music Festival at Cape May Episcopal Church featuring the New Jersey Symphony Chamber Players or free time.

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, June 12 - Cape May Lighthouse/Lunch at hotel/Performance/Le...
Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.

Morning: 9:45 AM: Overview of MAC – A brief description of the activities of MAC and how they have contributed to Cape May’s Renaissance. 10:30 AM: Seminar on Victorian Women I & II – Victorian women of the upper classes were idealized as wives and mothers, but sheltered from the real world in the cocoon of their homes. Learn how the clothing of the Victorian Women reflected their roles and evolved to suit an evolving lifestyle. As the Victorian Era progressed, women began to shed their cocoons, and participate fully in society. Attendees will learn about the forces, movements and dozens of individuals involved in the evolution of Victorian women and their lifestyles. (powerpoint and kit used)

Lunch: 12:30 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Lunch in the hotel dining with choice of two options.

Afternoon: 1:45 PM: The Cape May Lighthouse (Beacon) – A rich presentation on lighthouse lore with a particular focus on the Cape May Lighthouse and its history and restoration. This program is an ideal preparation for a Cape May Lighthouse climb. (Powerpoint used) 2:30 PM: Field Trip to CMLH, SB and CMPSP – After climb of lighthouse, group has approx. 30 min. to visit museum, Hawkwatch Platform and Overlook at CMPSP. Group then goes to Sunset Beach for approx 45 min. to search for CM diamonds, look at concrete ship and shop.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.

Evening: 7:30 PM: An Evening with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – A living history session during which Her Royal Highness and her Prince Consort grace us with recollections of their life and times.

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, June 13 - Seminar on Victorian Women/Living History Perform...
Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.

Morning: 9:45 AM: Free time to explore Cape May.

Lunch: 12:30 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Lunch in the hotel dining with choice of two options.

Afternoon: 1:45 PM: Victorian Spiritualism – The Victorian Era was a golden age for monsters, ghosts, spirits, séances and belief in the paranormal. This program shows the many aspects of Victorian Spiritualism and why the Victorians were so willing to believe in the other side. (powerpoint used) 3:00 PM: The Ghosts of Cape May – Cape May has a history of psychic activity. It has attracted physics and ghost hunters and generated volumes on the spirits who inhabit the town. This illustrated lecture discusses that activity and the methods used to detect ghostly presence. (powerpoint used) 4:00 PM: Tales of Olde Cape May – Specially trained costumed storytellers relate brief and unusual tales of incidents from history of the Cape May area. Some of them deal with: pic-nics, pirates and buried treasure, Sousa, the great fire, etc.

Dinner: 6:00 PM All participants eat at the Merion Inn. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.

Evening: 8:00 PM: An Evening at the Cape May Music Festival at Cape May Episcopal Church featuring the New York Chamber Ensemble or free time.

Lodging: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 14 - Performance/Graduation
Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.

Morning: 9:30 AM: 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. 11:00 AM: Afterwards, review final exam questions, collect evaluations and distribute diplomas. Open forum with participants to discuss program, review additional offerings.

Lunch: 12:30 PM Lunch at hotel. Box lunch available for early departures.

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:
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
5 Performances

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