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A.J. MEERWALD RECALLS OYSTERING ON THE BAY: Help furl the sails aboard New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald, and enjoy the scenic Delaware Estuary from the deck. Home ported on the Maurice River in Bivalve, the 115-foot, authentically restored, 1928 Delaware Bay Schooner teaches visitors about the rich maritime history and fragile ecosystem of the estuary. From April to October, the schooner sails from ports around the state with family sails, sunset sails and many other special events and activities. 856-785- 2060;
THE HISTORY OF SEABROOK: Although small in population and omitted from most New Jersey maps, the village of Seabrook represents a unique and important part of the heritage of Upper Deerfield Township in Cumberland County and the United States. The settlement of Seabrook produced a place of remarkable cultural diversity. Whether brought together by the ravages of war, the quest for economic betterment, or the spirit of adventure, Seabrook represents a historically unique meeting of culturally diverse people in rural Americana. Relocated Japanese Americans and Japanese Peruvians from the U.S. internment camps, wartime refugees from Europe, migrant laborers from Appalachia, the Deep South, and the Caribbean. Seabrook was the authentic “global, bootstrap village” where people of many cultures and adversities lived and worked together, learned of and from one other, and greatly benefited. (856) 451-8393; educational-and-cultural-center
A MILLION MIGRATING BIRDS: Cape May is THE location for observing birds in North America, favored by such celebrated naturalists as John
Audubon and Tory Peterson. More than 400 different species have been seen on the peninsula during the fall migration, and the area is known for spectacular flights of peregrines, merlins, ospreys and sharp-shinned hawks. Cape May Point is one of the premier places with marked, easy-to-follow trails to help even the novice birder spot ducks, swans, osprey and other shore birds and wildlife. Along the bay side in Cape May and Cumberland counties, birders can enjoy more than a million migrating birds each spring, the second-largest assembled shorebird population in the Western Hemisphere. The World Series of Birding challenges birders to count as many species as possible in a 24-hour period. Cape May Bird Observatory. 609- 884-2736.
Nearby, in Cumberland County, bald eagles, great blue herons, osprey and more can be found in Turkey Point, the Maurice River, and Stow Creek. In Atlantic County, bald eagles soar even in the winter months at Lake Lenape in Mays Landing. Other birding locations – Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, Wharton State Forest, Weymouth Furnace, Gaskill Park, Makepeace Lake Wildlife Management Area and Estell Manor Park – are listed in a guide to bird watching in Atlantic County.
ALL SPORTS MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY: The All-Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey houses a vast collection of sports memorabilia from the Bridgeton and South Jersey area. Exhibits include photos, scrapbooks and other memorabilia of many well-known male and female athletes. A large trophy room displays medals, cups and trophies of John Borican, an Olympic all-round black athlete. Other sports stars include All-Pro football star Harvey Johnson, Major
League Baseball stars Goose Goslin and Rube Oldring, boxing heavyweight Jack Gross. Artifacts from Willie Mays, Rocky Graziano and Sparky Lyle are included as well. Admission is free; hours are Thursday to Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM. 8 Burt Street in the Bridgeton Recreation Complex; 856- 451-7300.
The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is New Jersey’s only environmental history museum and the home port of the AJ Meerwald. Located on a working waterfront, the Bayshore Center at Bivalve operates the Delaware Bay Museum and the Oyster Cracker Café in the oyster shipping sheds dating back to 1904. Watch oystermen navigate the river as osprey and bald eagles soar overhead. Learn about the state’s oyster industry past and present, sail aboard a historic oyster schooner and enjoy an outstanding meal. 856-785-2060;
REEL FUN: Just in case you hook one for the record books, the Cape May County Fishing Contest runs from January through December and is open to anyone catching one of 30 recognized species of fish in Cape May County waters which include the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay off Cape May County, inland waterways and the bays around the county. There is no fee and no pre-registration. Rules, regulations at
THAR SHE BLOWS: No whales but plenty of fun when Historic Townbank on the Delaware Bay celebrates Whale of a Day July 11 from morning to late afternoon with hundreds of vendors lining Clubhouse Drive. Shop, eat, mingle and have a great day, rain or shine.
  New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald

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