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FEBRUARY EVENTS
Sometimes the best events are when the crowds are gone...
Roller Skating at Cape May Convention Hall: 714 Beach Avenue. Toddler Skate, Open Family Skate and Teen Skate: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22. Toddlers (5 & under) - 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Open Family Skate – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Teen Skate – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Open Family Skate Only: Feb. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 1p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Get ready to roll at Cape May Convention Hall when winter roller skating kicks off! Guests may bring their own standard or in-line skates or they can rent them from our facility. Admission fee for Open Family Skate is $5 per person. Skate rental is $2 for traditional skates and $4 for in-line skates. Admission for non-skaters during Family Skate is $2. Skaters can take a break from the rink and enjoy soft drinks, water, and light snacks at the concession stand. *Teen skate is $5 for skaters and non-skaters. Scheduling is available for birthday skate parties and private events. 609-884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Cumberland Winter Eagle Festival:
2. Mauricetown. Unparalleled opportunity for both novice and experienced birders to view Bald Eagles and other raptors, including several species of hawks and owls, in their natural habitat. 856-453-2184. www.co.cumberland.nj.us

Fireside Chat at Cold Spring Brewery: 7. Cold Spring Brewery, 720 Route 9, Cape May, NJ 08204. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gather around the fireplace for a lecture on “The Life of Harriet Tubman” by Daisy Century of Temple University. 609-884-898-2300, ext. 11. www.hcsv.org

Holiday Wine & Chocolate Weekends: 9, 10, 16, 17. Hawk Haven Winery, 600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande, NJ 08242. Looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate Valentine’s? Stop by Hawk Haven’s Tasting Room to kick off the annual Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend! Surprise your special someone this Valentine’s Day weekend with a romantic trip through the Cape May Wine Trail. Support local wine growers and enjoy wine & chocolate pairing along the way! Sponsored by the Garden State Wine Growers Association. Bring your Valentine to romantic Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery for an afternoon of adventure! Our doors open at 11am on Saturday & Sunday and the first 50 ladies each day will receive a rose!. The Wine & Chocolate Tasting is $16 per person and includes 8 wines and 4 gourmet chocolate pairings. Souvenir glass also included! After your tasting, indulge in a variety of treats to dip in our chocolate fountain, then head to the crushpad for some live music. Also offering our Winemaker’s Gourmet Cheese Board, or put together your own selection of cheeses, charcuterie, chocolates and more from our Barrel Room Kitchen. Live Music, 2:30-5:30pm on February 9, 16, 17. Reservations are required for parties of 6 or more. Reserve your spot at their website. www.hawkhavenvineyard.com

Second Saturday Wine Tasting:
9. Village on High, Millville – Glasstown Arts District. Admission Fee includes food tastings. 856-371-0716.

Fireside Chat at Cold Spring Brewery: 14. Cold Spring Brewery, 720 Route 9, Cape May, NJ 08204. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gather around the fireplace for a lecture on “Despicable Cads from American History” by Jim Stephens, Deputy Director, Historic Cold Spring Village. 609-884-898-2300, ext. 11. www.hcsv.org

Third Friday:
15. Glasstown Arts District, Millville. The District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

Murder Mystery Weekend: 15-16. East Lynne Theater will host the weekend at The Henry Sawyer Inn at 722 Columbia Avenue and Twin Gables Inn at 731 Columbia Avenue in Cape May, NJ 08204. These exciting weekends allow guests to portray the detective, murderer, victim, witness, curious bystander, and other crime-related characters, with Frank Smith, an experienced retired Philadelphia police detective, giving just enough information to get sleuthing skills going. Packages include Friday night appetizers at the Henry Sawyer Inn, dinner at one of Cape May’s fine restaurants, breakfasts at the inns, and a dessert reception on Saturday evening – all while guests continue to gather clues to solve the crime. The all-inclusive cost for two people in a deluxe room is $529 plus tax; an upgrade to a 2-room suite is $60 additional. Add a third or fourth person in a suite for an additional $139 plus tax per person. Reservations are made through The Henry Sawyer Inn by calling 609-884-5667. To reserve at The Twin Gables Inn, call 609-884-7332. Those who do not need housing, but would like to participate in the weekend, may also contact The Henry Sawyer Inn about cost and details. For information about this and other East Lynne Theater Company events, call 609-884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org

Crafts & Collectibles in Winter: 16-17. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sought-after collectors and craftspeople come together with an array of handmade items, country antiques, glassware, silver, furniture and more. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn:
16. Cape May. Chocolate lovers unite! You'll savor seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it at The Blue Rose Inn. 1 p.m. Admission is $40. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Polar Bear Plunge Weekend: 15-17. Sea Isle City. A polar bear prince, princess, king and queen contest, along with thousands of participants plunging into the ocean, costume contest and post-plunge party. 609-263-3611. www.lacosta-seaisle.com

Cape May Chili Chowder Cook Off: 17. The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue. Noon to 3:30 p.m. The 5th Floor Oceanfront Penthouse Lounge & Ballroom will be the “hottest” spot in Cape May. Come taste samplings of both Chili & Chowder and after the tastings you become the judges and pick the winners. Take advantage of the Cash Bar, and we will also have local vendors so you can shop! Admission/Tasting $10. Tickets available at the Door. Please bring a non-perishable food item with you to help support the local food bank. www.capemaychamber.com

Mike's Seafood Polar Bear 5K Run/1.5-Mile Walk For Autism: 17. Sea Isle City. This event encourages runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to participate with their families, while supporting a truly worthwhile cause. 609-602-5734. www.polarbearrunwalkforautism.com

Fireside Chat at Cold Spring Brewery: 21. Cold Spring Brewery, 720 Route 9, Cape May, NJ 08204. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gather around the fireplace for a lecture on “The Life of Sarah Spicer” by Darci Tucker of Colonial Williamsburg. 609-884-898-2300, ext. 11. www.hcsv.org

Wine & Spirits Festival: 23. Cape May Convention Hall: 714 Beach Avenue. 7p.m. to 10 p.m. Come out and join us for a night of tasting, tunes,and treats. A portion of the proceeds go to the LEU Road to Hope bicycle ride--We ride to honor the fallen and remember the survivors! 609-884-9565. Purchase tickets online at www.discovercapemaynj.com

Futures Sale: Pre-Release Sale: 24-25. Hawk Haven Winery, 600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande, NJ 08242. We invite the public to a pre-release sale of a selection of our 2016 reds and 2017 whites. Limited quantities of the wines will be available for pre-sale at a DISCOUNT throughout the weekend. If you live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Florida, we are offering the option to SHIP them direct to you before the official release date. If you live outside those areas or if you prefer to visit our tasting room, we are offering a PICK-UP option as well. Futures Discounts: 1-5 bottles: 15% off, 6-11 bottles: 20% off, 12+ bottles: 25% off www.hawkhavenvineyard.com

Futures Barrel Tasting: 24-25. Hawk Haven Winery, 600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande, NJ 08242. *WINE CLUB MEMBERS & SPECIAL GUEST INVITE ONLY*, *RESERVATION REQUIRED* We invite our Wine Club members & Special Guests to the Hawk Haven tasting room for an exclusive barrel tasting & pre-release sale of a selection of our 2016 reds and 2017 whites. Winemaker Todd Wuerker along with his winemaking staff will be using an instrument called a “wine thief” to offer samples of wine straight from the barrels where they are aging. Learn about the winemaking style of the Hawk Haven Vineyard dream team as they walk you through their process and labor of love. Wine Club Members are encouraged to bring friends. All of the wines tasted will be available for pre-sale throughout the weekend. If you live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Florida, we are offering the option to SHIP them direct to you before the official release date. If you live outside those areas or if you prefer to visit our tasting room, we are offering a PICK UP option as well. Wine Club Futures Discounts: 1-5 bottles: 25% off, 6-11 bottles: 30% off, 12+ bottles: 35% off If you are not a Wine Club member, you can become one by making a qualified purchase from our tasting room. More info at www.hawkhavenvineyard.com

Fireside Chat at Cold Spring Brewery: 28. Cold Spring Brewery, 720 Route 9, Cape May, NJ 08204. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gather around the fireplace for a lecture on “More Stories of Old Glory: Tales of the American Flag from the Late 19th Century to Today” by Jim Stephens, Deputy Director, Historic Cold Spring Village. 609-884-898-2300, ext. 11. www.hcsv.org

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