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Memorial Day traditionally marks the official first day of the summer season, and this year is no exception. After a difficult 2020-21 marked by COVID, Cape May is ready to invite visitors back for a Memorial Day Weekend celebration.

Mayor Zack Mullock opens the season with a welcome message in Rotary Park on Friday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. Hear all about what is to come this year, including concerts, movies on the beach, parades, and more. Live entertainment kicks off with Subliminal Message Band performing after the mayor’s “start of summer” celebration. News is that “Captain Mey” might make an appearance (find out how you can help the city capture him). more

Camp Rim Rock for Girls in Yellow Spring, West Virginia is consistently voted the best overnight all girls camp in the United States (https://camprimrock.com).

Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli recently announced the new guidelines for both sleepaway and day camps for the summer 2021 season. Both overnight and day camps will be fully operational this summer with some distinct COVID guidelines to keep campers and families safe.  more

The New Jersey Shore’s iconic Cape May Lighthouse is now open daily to visitors through September 30, 2021. The 160-year-old nautical landmark welcomes people to climb the 199 stairs to the watch gallery, where they can take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.  more

Looking for a fun family event that celebrates spring? Hop on over to Terhune Orchards on April 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Bunny Chase. With fresh open air on the farm, enjoy the arrival of spring this Easter weekend.

The Bunny Chase is a non-competitive event perfect for children 2-10 years old especially, but enjoyable for all ages. Follow hand-drawn clues around the farm in a self-guided treasure hunt. At the end of the hunt, children can choose to do bunny themed craft activities and meet Terhune’s own real bunny rabbit, Spice ($5 charge for activities and barn area). more

Join the city of Long Branch on April 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Pier Village Kite Festival. This seaside event draws visitors from around the state to watch kite flyers launch their most incredible creations. more

Battleship New Jersey has re-opened for self-guided Fire Power tours on Saturdays and Sundays through October 31, 2021. Tours will be available from 11 a.m. with the last tour departing at 3 p.m. more

Available select dates this spring, Beach Plum Farm will welcome guests for a relaxing four-day getaway in beautiful Cape May. The curated cottage stay includes greenhouse gardening classes, guided nature hikes, a cocktail class with Bluecoat Distillery, a private farm-to-table dinner, and more. more

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) “Officer and Laughing Girl,” ca. 1675. Oil on canvas. The Frick Collection, New York.

The Frick Collection announces days/hours and timed ticketing for its temporary new home on Madison Avenue.

Advance tickets available for purchase beginning February 19.

The Frick Collection announced today that it will open the doors to Frick Madison, its temporary new home, on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Located at the Breuer-designed building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, former site of the Met Breuer and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Frick Madison will welcome visitors Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Timed entry tickets will need to be purchased in advance, with online sales beginning February 19. The Frick Collection will operate Frick Madison for approximately two years while its historic buildings on East 70th Street undergo renovation. This temporary relocation enables the Frick to provide public access to its celebrated collections during a time when the museum and library would otherwise be closed. Details about member previews and a virtual press preview will be shared in the coming weeks. more

What do crayons, guitars, chocolate, violins, chips, brews, and baseball hats have in common? You guessed it! They’re all made in Pennsylvania. See below and stop by for a visit or tour, and perhaps snag a free sample or two.

Know before you go: It is strongly recommended that travelers contact their destination before their planned visit for the latest rules and regulations. Find the latest COVID-19 traveler resources on visitPA.commore

All aboard The Polar Express at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions, operated by the non-profit New York Susquehanna and Western Technical and Historical Society. Families have been traveling to ride this special edition of The Polar Express from all over the world. These trips sell out fast (last year in under 15 minutes)! Tickets are $32 per child and $42 per adult and can be purchased at https://877trainride.com/polarexpress.htm.  more

The town-wide festival honoring Westfield’s Charles Addams is reimagined for a year like no other

If isolation and social distancing were an art, The Addams Family would be the masters. This year, their dynamic is on-brand as the popular AddamsFest returns for a third year – this time, in a pandemic-friendly manner, and, once again, transforming Westfield with a unique celebration honoring its own Charles Addams and his penchant for the macabre.

Dubbed “Alt AddamsFest” for the 2020 pandemic, the festivities will be shaped by creative approaches to gatherings that provide a safe environment while maintaining the initial spirit of the celebration. more

Join the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (HOSR) virtually on October 18-24, 2020. Compete on your favorite indoor rowing machine or body of water by self-submitting times and distances traveled during October 18-23. Live racing will be held on October 24. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the famed Philadelphia race that typically draw rowers from around the world. Registration is now open on Regatta Central (https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?job_id=6266). more

A charming, romantic Hudson River estate

America’s “Founding Father of Literature” created a picturesque estate nestled along the Hudson riverbank. The enchanted landscape of Washington Irving’s much-loved Sunnyside has been charming guests for generations. Visitors today hear about Irving’s storied past and how he came to be America’s first internationally famous author. His characters, from the Headless Horseman to Rip Van Winkle, are global icons, and Irving’s legacy lives on at his whimsical estate. more

Play the game where getting lost is half the fun!

The Great Corn Maze Train departs Phillipsburg, N.J. from now through October 27 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. (3:30 p.m. trips will be added in the month of October on Saturdays). At the cost of $5 add on to any train ticket, the Corn Maze Train is a 1 hour and 30 minute trip that winds through Hunterdon County including stops at the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine, picnic groves, century-old Snyder Farm, two corn mazes to explore, and miles of trails. more

Fall on the farm is always a thrill, and Happy Day Farm at 106 Iron Ore Road in Manalapan has announced that the theme for its 2020 corn maze is superhero! Get lost in the twists and turns of this maze and try to find your way out by searching for squares in the Maize-O-Poly board game. The Fall Festival also includes Hay Mountain, Pumpkinville, tractor rides, pig races, life-sized board games, tilt a’ whirl, pumpkin painting, fall food, and more.  more

New York City museums have eagerly been awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s permission to reopen their doors to the general public. The announcement finally came last Friday when Cuomo told reporters that New York City museums, aquariums, and other “low risk” cultural institutions could reopen on August 24. In response, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a target reopening date of August 29. The Whitney Museum of American Art will follow suit on September 3, and the Morgan Library and Museum on September 5. more

Listed for $5.9 million, the residence is the most expensive home sold in Asbury Park history 

Asbury Ocean Club (AsburyOceanClub.com), the 17-story residential property that introduced luxury living to the Jersey Shore last summer, recently closed on its largest residence. Listed at $5.9 million, the sale marks a record in Asbury Park’s history and is a testament to the luxury design and lifestyle of the oceanfront oasis, which includes a full suite of amenities and luxury services. Asbury Ocean Club is just 70 minutes from Manhattan and less than an hour from many prominent New Jersey communities. Residents soak in coastal surroundings from every corner of the property, all while being at the center of Asbury Park’s vibrant city by the sea, offering miles of boardwalk and beaches, an active arts culture, and an established and growing restaurant scene.  more

All are welcome to participate in the ninth annual Sourland Spectacular to enjoy the great outdoors and to “Save the Sourlands.” Typically, the event takes the form of a cycling rally, but this year’s event invites registrants to choose their own route (and fee) to cycle, run, or hike anytime during the nine-day event. more

August is peach month at Peddler’s Village, and every day the Bucks County location will offer special peach-themed food and drinks at restaurants and eateries. There will also be live entertainment on select weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, guests can enjoy made-to-order sandwiches and burgers at the Water Wheel Food Tent. more

Asbury Park property welcomes guests back with new sanitation protocols, socially distanced spaces, and dining offerings

The Asbury is reopening on June 25 after a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Launched in 2016, The Asbury is an architectural nod to the shore town’s Victorian-era history and rock n’ roll present. more