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APRIL EVENTS
Sometimes the best events are when the crowds are gone...
Easter Fashion Stroll: 1. Cape May. 300 Block of the Washington Street Mall, Noon Registration, 1pm stroll. 609-884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Easter Sunrise Service: 1. Cape May. The Cove on Beach Avenue, 6:30am, 609-884-3949

Ed's Funcade Easter Sunday Egg Hunt: 1. North Wildwood. On the Boardwalk at 23rd Ave, North Wildwood. 12:30-2 p.m. Free Admission. 609-729-3223 or www.EdsFuncade.com

Easter Sunrise Service: 1. Ocean City. A traditional non-denominational service by the sea. All are welcome. 6:30am, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. 609-399-6111.

Dueling Pianos Show: 1. Ocean City. In front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. The Philly Keys will be performing their hit dueling pianos show starting at Noon. Free and fun for the entire family! The Philly Keys will take a break for our annual Easter Fashion Promenade. 609-399-6111.

Easter Fashion Promenade: 1. Ocean City. In front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Come dressed in your Easter's best to stroll in our Fashion Promenade and meet the Easter Bunny. Judging begins at 1:00pm. Prizes awarded for Best Dressed Children, Teen, Adults and Family. 609-399-6111.

Center for Community Arts (CCA) Exhibit in the Carroll Gallery "Franklin Street School: From Segregation to Unification": 1-15. Cape May. On the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Free admission. Hours vary. For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or www.CenterforCommunityArts.org. For gallery hours call 609-884-5404 or www.capemaymac.org

Girls Weekend: 6-8. It's time to put yourself first! Girls Weekend Downtown on Asbury Avenue between 6th and 14th Streets. More details to follow.

Wildwood Fishing & Boating Expo: 7-8. Wildwoods Convention Center. Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 609-377-1617 or www.FishingExpoWildwood.com

Designer Bag Bingo: 13. Wildwoods Convention Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Bingo begins at 7 p.m.

Waves of Grace Women's Retreat: 13-14. Wildwoods Convention Center. Fri: 6-9 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 609-220-8529 or www.beverlymethodist.org

Second Saturday Wine Tasting: 14. Village on High, Millville – Glasstown Arts District. Admission Fee includes food tastings. 856-371-0716.

County Healthcare Resource Day: 14. Wildwoods Convention Center. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 609-463-6521 or www.CMCHealth.net

Irish Dance (Feis) Competitions: 14. Wildwoods Convention Center. 10 a.m. Free. 215-886-3669 or www.cumminsschool.com/feis-at-the-beach.html

Doo Dah Parade: 14. Ocean City: Welcome Spring with this comedy parade complete with over 300 basset hounds. Starts on Asbury Ave. and then up to the Boardwalk ending at the Music Pier. The annual Pieasco will follow as the grand finale! For more information call 609-399-6111. www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade

Mr. Mature America Pageant: 14. Ocean City Music Pier, Ocean City. A pageant for Men 55 years and older. First event of its kind in the U.S. Contestants compete in talent, poise and interview categories. Pageant will emphasize the relevance and contributions of our Senior Citizens. Tickets will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111.

Business at the Beach Expo: 18. Wildwoods Convention Center. 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Free. 609-465-7181 or www.CapeMayCountyChamber.com

Third Thursday – "Garden Party: Spring Awakens”: 19. Downtown Hammonton Art District. Experience an otherworldly display of flowers during this magnetic evening and enjoy the elegant display of outdoor sites and colors of the season through a floral fantasy. Downtown Hammonton transforms its shops and eateries into a botanical bash. 609-567-9014. www.downtownhammonton.com

Third Friday: 20. 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

Exit Zero Jazz Festival: 20-22. Cape May Convention Hall and other venues. One of the most respected music festivals in the world. Over 100 international touring musicians. Atmosphere is styled after European festivals, with fest goers strolling from venue to venue sampling the many styles of music from jazz, soul, reggae, blues, and R&B. 609-849-9202. www.exit0jazzfest.com

Health & Fitness Expo: 21. Wildwoods Convention Center. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 609-523-0880 or www.ODMarathon.com

ECC Cheer Shore Show Down: 21. Wildwoods Convention Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 866-52-CHEER or www.SpiritBrands.org

Grand Lighthouse Cruise: 21. Cape May. Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each 5-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. Includes continental breakfast buffet and Captain's Lunch buffet. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $95 (adults) $75 (children ages 7-12). 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

Beast of the East Cheerleading Championship: 22. Wildwoods Convention Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 866-52-CHEER or www.SpiritBrands.org

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Earth Day Celebration: 22. North Wildwood. 111 N. Central Ave, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 609-522-4520 or www.HerefordLighthouse.org

Cape May's Spring Celebration: 27- 5/19. varied venues in Cape May. Celebrate the season of Spring in America's first seaside resort with four weeks of events including a Private Homes Tour, Ghost Tours, food and wine events, a Sip Into Spring Festival and crafts show, living history programs, Armed Forces Day, Murder Mystery Dinners and much more. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Carroll Gallery Exhibit "Capturing Cape May's Architecture": 27. Cape May. In the Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Curator Karen Fox, author of "The Chalfonte," provides visitors with a unique look at how a small band of preservationists saved not only Cape May buildings, but a culture of the past creating a future. Admission is free. Open daily; times vary. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

10th Annual Designer Show House "Our Fan-ta-Sea": 27. Cape May. The historic 1911 John P. Forsythe House at 1601 Beach Ave. has undergone a magnificent, multi-million dollar transformation! Come view the creative work of a dozen talented local and regional designers. Each visitor will receive a full-color program book with information about the designers, products and vendors. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn: 28. 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

Cape May Wine Trail: 28. Spend an afternoon visiting Cape May County's wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. Enjoy lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom and travel via trolley to Willow Creek Winery where you'll enjoy tastings and a brief tour. You'll also travel to Natali Vineyards for tastings there with cheese and crackers and receive a souvenir glass. Admission is $75. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

Murder Mystery Dinner: 28. Cape May. The scene and the table are both set for a new mystery, "An Evening to Die For," that will stimulate your imagination and satisfy your craving for a good whodunit. Enjoy a four-course dinner at Aleathea's Restaurant, the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street as you interact with the cast of likely suspects and the mystery unfolds around you. 7 p.m. Admission $55; Children (ages 3-12) $30. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

Sports Memorabilia Show: 28-29. Ocean City Music Pier, Ocean City. A weekend of events and table sales dedicated to athletes and fans. Perfect for collectors! 609-399-6111.

Mud Hen Half Race Series Weekend: 28-29. The Wildwoods. Several races in various locations including 8k, 5k and a kids race. 609-849-8908. www.DelMoSports.com

Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales – (No Vendors): 28-29. 6th – 14th Sts. on the boardwalk and Asbury Ave.

Lighthouse Full Moon Climb: 29. Cape May. Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 stairs to the starry top. Don't miss a rare opportunity to see the light of the moon at the top, weather permitting. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org
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