AN OCEAN CITY EDUCATION
School's out for summer, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop. Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum offers free educational programs six mornings a week beginning tomorrow. Visitors to Ocean City can stop by the museum on the Boardwalk starting at 10:30 a.m. each day except Sundays for discussions on topics including knot tying and sharks. Here's a look at the daily schedule:
MONDAYS / / The Ocean City Beach Patrol demonstrates the newest techniques in lifesaving, including beach equipment, safety tips and laws.
TUESDAYS / / Museum curator and Ocean City native Suzanne Hurley presents the history of Ocean City in a program titled "O.C.B.C. -- Ocean City Before Condominiums."
WEDNESDAYS / / U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary ropes in visitors, especially boaters, with hands-on instruction on tying a variety of nautical knots.
THURSDAYS / / Sharks are the focus of assistant curator Sandy Hurley's program, which includes facts about the underwater predators.
FRIDAYS / / Storm Warriors lets children 8 to 14 years old learn about stormy seas, discover marine skills and apply to be a "Junior Surfman."
SATURDAYS / / Go inside the museum's Aquarium Room to learn about and observe local marine life.
WHAT TO DO
Five things to do in Cape May, N.J.
1. GO TO MARKET / / Visit the West Cape May Farmers and Artisan's Market 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning this week. The market offers fresh local produce, baked goods, barbecue, music and local artist performances.
2. GET FIRED UP / / The All-American Picnic and Fireworks at Congress Hall runs 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12, and include a picnic, entertainment and games.
3. EXPLORE THIS OLD HOUSE / / The Cape May Designer Show House, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, is the Memucan Hughes House at 608 Hughes St. The house, built in 1847, once was a sea captain's residence and includes 11 bedrooms, six bathrooms, a formal dining room, parlor, gym, spa and gardens. Call 800-275-4278.
4. CHASE GHOSTS / / Ride the trolley after dark on the "Spirits of the Night" Ghost Trolley Tour. The guided tour starts at 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and glides past historical bed-and-breakfasts and homes of West Cape May to the 1859 Cape May Point Lighthouse. Call 800-275-4278.
5. SEE A PARADE / / The Independence Day parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Philadelphia and Beach avenues and travels past Convention Hall, ending at Patterson and Beach avenues.
WHAT YOU THINK
OUR WEEKLY POLL
This week's question: Overall, which state has the best beaches? To vote, go to baltimoresun.com / baybeach
Results from last week's poll. Which beach destination has the best Fourth of July fireworks? Ocean City: 54 percent; Cape May, N.J.: 20 percent; Rehoboth Beach, Del.: 13 percent; Atlantic City, N.J.: 13 percent
BEACH BET OCEAN CITY
This Fourth of July, check out Jamboree in the Park in Ocean City. The holiday festival features arts and crafts, carnival games, family activities, a rock-climbing wall and traditional carnival-style foods including funnel cakes, snow cones and cotton candy. When you're done at the Jamboree, head down to the Boardwalk for a patriotic performance by the U.S. Army Band Pershing's Own. A fireworks display ends the night with a bang.
Jamboree in the Park starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Northside Park, 127th Street and the bay. The "Concert on the Beach" begins at 8 p.m. at North Division Street and the beach. Fireworks can be seen from both locations at 9:30 p.m. Admission to both events is free. Information: 800-OC-OCEAN or ococean.com.
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Concorde might take off again
The supersonic Concorde, which had its last commercial flights in 2003, might fly again if a consortium of fans, including two former Concorde pilots, has its way. The group, Club Concorde, hopes to gain approval from Britain's civil aviation agency and to raise $20 million to $30 million to purchase a Concorde and refurbish it. Paul James, president of Club Concorde, said the group hoped to have a Concorde airborne within three years. Tickets for flights would be limited to Club Concorde members. A lifetime membership in the group costs about $20. More details at clubconcorde.co.uk.
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