By Andrew Kramer

CAPE MAY, N.J. (CBS) – Cape May features many recurring events taking place throughout the heart of the summer and a marquee one as well.

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Susan Krysiak — who is Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center Communication Coordinator — says it all begins with family fun craft shows at a historic Cape May landmark:

“These are fun days that the family can spend together at the Cape May Lighthouse just doing fun craft things, hanging out by the Lighthouse, climbing the Lighthouse if you want to. there’s lots of activities, games, crafts for the kids to enjoy doing. these

The craft shows are Wednesdays starting July 1st through August 19th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are free.

Beginning in mid July, Shakespeare returns to the Emlych Physick Estate.

“It’s an outdoor stage,” explains Krysiak. “It’s on the estate grounds, so how fun is that? You can bring your family and enjoy the Comedy Of Errors which is the play we’re putting on which is a great farce, lots of comedy involved, still as funny today as it ever was. Families can enjoy it, you can bring a blanket, bring your beach chair and enjoy an evening on the Estate.”

Shakespeare at the Estate takes place July 14th through 18th and the 21st through 25th.

Also throughout the summer, Cape May features luncheons geared toward children:

“One of these is the Teddy Bear Tea Parties. We encourage children to bring their teddy bear or their doll with them and go to lunch at the Cafe and Tea Room. Same with the Princesses and Pirates luncheons. We have a special themed luncheon that children can enjoy where they can get dressed up in princess outfits, princess dresses and pirate gear.”

The princess and pirates run Fridays from July 10th to 31st and August 14th and 21st. The teddy bears are Sundays July 5th and 19th, August 2nd and 23rd.

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And in August, Krysiak says the Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival is back for a 4th year:

“We have craft beers, we have hard shell crabs, we have family entertainment with give-and-take jugglers. We have all kinds of great picnic foods — corn on the cob, steamed shrimp, pulled pork. We have craft venodrs, food vendors, live music as well as day long.”

Krysiak says despite its name, it’s actually a real family event:

“We have special areas set aside just for the kids. This even is our largest of the year, it raises money for our educational programs.”

The festival is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 8th. Admission is free.

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