CAPE MAY -Believing that Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck may be purely superstition, but the lingering spirits in the nation’s first seaside resort, Cape May, could be much closer to reality.
Discover what is really going bump in the night as you spend a Paranormal Weekend in Cape May with a psychic medium and a paranormal research team. Throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder, avoid black cats and walk away from ladders, because the spirits are waiting your arrival for the Paranormal Weekend, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14.
On Friday the 13th at 7 p.m. join the team from Ghost-One, a paranormal research group based in Pennsylvania, for Ghost 101: Dinner & Investigation. Ghost-One group members have conducted several extensive investigations at Cape May’s original haunted house, the 1879 Physick Estate, and are now ready to share their findings and ghost-hunting expertise during the dinner and investigation.
First, enjoy a three-course dinner at the Carriage House Café located on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., while representatives from Ghost-One discuss ghost myths and truths, their investigating techniques and the tools they use. After dinner, you will be divided into small groups and enter the haunted Physick Estate with a Ghost-One investigator. Get hands-on ghost-hunting experience as you use the EMF readers and try to capture an EVP as you explore four different rooms inside the Physick Estate. Afterwards, return to the Carriage House Café for dessert and discuss your findings. Tickets are $50 per person and limited to 50 people.
Cape May’s most famous psychic medium and ghost investigator, Craig McManus, returns to Cape May to host “A Ride with the Ghostwriter” at 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. McManus takes you on a 45-minute evening trolley ride through the flickering gas-lit streets of Cape May’s Historic District and discusses his findings, ghosts and spirits, the history of the houses where he has sensed activity, and legends of ghost activity in Cape May. Admission is $25 per person. Reserve your seats early; trolleys are limited to 34 people.
If McManus’ trolley sells out, you can still take a Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour, which is a 45-minute evening ride through the streets of Cape May based on the findings of McManus as a guide relates his experiences with ghosts in Cape May. Tours are offered on Friday, Aug. 13 at 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).
A costumed guide spins tales of terror from the Victorian era as the trolley makes its way through the ghostly streets of Cape May on the Tales of Terror Trolley Ride. Listen to spine-tingling tales on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Cape May’s heritage. MAC also fosters the performing arts and membership is open to all. For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals and special events, call 1-609-884-5404 or 1-800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s website at www.capemaymac.org. For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 1-609-884-5508.
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