GIVE OLD MAN WINTER THE COLD SHOULDER
It’s a night like no other, in January no less. Bagpipes, Celtic bands, tartans and kilts at the 17th annual Burns Supper celebrating Robert Burns, the poet laurate of Scotland who also wrote Auld Land Syne. Enjoy a sip of whisky as the haggis is paraded around. Haggis? Don’t ask! Enjoy the Scottish-themed dinner, music, poetry Jan. 28 at Exit Zero at Ferry Park in North Cape May. www.exitzero.com/happening
Breweries, wineries, and distilleries are open, offering fun activities. Cape May Winery on Town Bank Road in North Cape May hosts educational wine tastings on Saturdays in January and February. Taste different wines, learn about the wine making process in one of the production barns or on the upstairs deck, weather permitting. www.capemaywinery.com
Trivia is popular during the winter so brush up on some rather useless knowledge and show off at Trivia Thursday at Cape May Brewery in the cozy Tasting Room with 20 beers on tap. www.capemaywinery.com Nauti Spirits Farm Distillery in North Cape May hosts The Symposium, a ‘spirited” history discourse with a weekly cocktail and open mic – how cool is that! www.nautispirits.com
Need a day outside? Head to Beach Plum Farm – the kids will love the chickens roaming free and who knows what other critters you might encounter on this 62-acre working farm. The Farm Market has fresh seasonal veggies, eggs, and meats right from the farm along with honey, spreads, wines, pastas and more. www.beachplumfarmcapemay.com
Make good on that New Year’s resolution to get more exercise. Head to the Cape May Lighthouse and climb those 199 steps. www.capemaymac.org
Live theater is just that – alive and well at the Levoy Theatre in Millville with a winter calendar that includes Into the Woods and The Phil Collins Experience. Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has a week-long run in February. www.levoy.net
Romance is definitely in the air by mid-February. Plan a romantic Valentine’s Day visit to Victorian Cape May at one of the historic inns around town. Cuddle up in front of the fireplace sipping wine before a leisurely dinner at any of the trendy restaurants offering the perfect ambiance.
Third Fridays in Millville’s Glasstown Arts District are a great way to beat those winter blahs plus galleries and specialty shops have a wide selection of hand-crafted jewelry, art glass, ceramics, wood carvings, and textile art, unique gifts for your Valentine. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com
For a bit of history, the Underground Railroad Trolley Tour highlights Harriet Tubman’s connections to the resort and how she helped enslaved people cross the Delaware Bay under perilous conditions. The Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour focuses on the early 1900s along the most elegant part of the resort at the time when the area was marketed as the New Cape May at the turn of the 20th century. The Historic District Trolley Tour includes a guided tour of the 1879 Physick Estate Victorian house museum. www.capemaymac.org
The best way to give Old Man Winter the heave ho is March 12 when we all spring ahead to Daylight Saving Time. Until then, stay warm and cozy!