2016 Schedule of Events
May 3rd Feasting on History
Hangar #1 is the host of Historic Cold Spring Village’s Annual Restaurant Gala. Enjoy signature entrees from South Jersey’s most popular restaurants! Visit www.hcsv.org for more info.
May 23rd Rosie the Riveter Day
Join the NASW Aviation Museum in the recognition for the millions of women who contributed on the home front during World War II during Rosie the Riveter Day. For those guests that dress as “Rosie” and show off those all-blue coveralls, work boots, red socks and a red bandanna with polka-dots, enjoy free admission. Plan to be at the museum by 3 p.m. for the group photo!
June 4th Runway 5k, Fun Walk & Bike
Race on the Runway! With the cooperation of the Delaware River & Bay Authority (operators of the Cape May Airport), the airport will temporarily close to air traffic to allow runners and walkers this unique opportunity to compete on the runway! Race day registration begins at 7am, 5k Race starts at 9am. To register visit www.tnteventmanagement.com.
June 7th Hospitality Night
During the hours of 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the Aviation Museum will be host an event exclusively open only to hospitality and tourism industry professionals. Visit the museum, make sure you pick up a goody bag of brochures for your guests and take in the history that Cape May County has to offer. The museum’s free lecture series is scheduled to begin directly after Hospitality Night, and all are invited to stay for the program.
Historic Lecture Series, Tuesdays in June at 7:00 pm:
Lectures are free, donations are appreciated and light refreshments are provided.
June 7th Elizabeth Michaels as Rosie the Riveter: “We Can Do It!”
Rosie the Riveter has been a popular American cultural icon for generations: an inspiring image of a strong, capable woman, rising to the challenge of her era. In times of war, women are often called upon to take on tasks traditionally considered “men’s work” and have shown themselves more than equal to the task. Is it perhaps more difficult for these women to return to their old, traditionally female, roles once the war has ended and the men have returned home? This program examines the difficulties these women experienced at each end of the conflict. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is produced by the American Historical Theater, a nonprofit organization specializing in first-person living history presentations.
June 14th Dave Jones and Arthur J. Higbee: Promising Forecast
Join authors Dave Jones and Arthur J. Higbee for a retelling of their true story of a rescue at sea. Promising Forecast is the true story of five men who start out on a well-planned and exciting deep-sea fishing trip that quickly turns into a harrowing experience. Without any warning, their boat suddenly sinks thirty miles offshore. Shocked and disoriented, they find themselves stranded and helpless in the water for almost nineteen hours with only life-jackets and a strong will to live. Each man reacts as the realities of danger and death confront them. They share their fears, thoughts and feelings while facing challenge after challenge as they struggle to survive this seemingly hopeless situation. Against overwhelming odds, all five men are miraculously rescued and the authors live to tell the tale of their physical, mental and spiritual experiences … and how it has affected their perspectives on life today.After retelling their harrowing tale of rescue, both authors will be available for a book signing.
June 21st Daisy Century as Bessie Coleman: You Too Can Fly
In 1921 Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license. Never one to let other people define her limitations, she traveled to France to learn to fly when American flight schools refused her because of her race. In later years she shared her experiences with children, encouraging them with the words, you too can fly. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is produced by the American Historical Theater, a nonprofit organization specializing in first-person living history presentations.
June 28th Combat Photographer Erin Kirk-Cuomo
East Coast based photographer Erin Kirk-Cuomo captures the beauty in human interaction. From a couple taking their engagement photos to world leaders discussing wars, she has dedicated her life to telling stories through images. After graduating from the University of the Arts she enlisted in the Marine Corps as a combat photographer. She served in both Iraq and Afghanistan before continuing on to become the Commandant of the Marine Corps personal photographer at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. where she served out the end of her enlistment. After leaving the Marine Corps she was asked to become the lead photographer to the new Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta serving with him for two years and continuing on with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel documenting the daily activity of the Department of Defense and its leadership. Erin now lives in Cape May, New Jersey with her active duty Coast Guard husband Jake.
June 19th Celebrate Father’s Day at the Naval Air Station Wildwood.
Dads can visit the museum for free with the purchase of one regularly priced admission.
July 11-15 2015 Aviation Career Education Academy “A.C.E. Academy”
Week-long day camp for students ages 12-17 teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills while exploring careers in the aviation industry! Sold out in 2010 through 2014. Click here for more information and registration.
July 18-22 2015 Explorers Academy
Week-long half-day camp for students ages 8-11 teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills while exploring careers in the aviation industry! Sold out in 2012 through 2014! Call the office or go online for details and registration.
August 26 National Dog Day
Celebrate with your best friend with a trip to aviation museum. Bring a bag or cans of dog food and get $1.00 your admission price. All items collected will be donated to the local shelter. For those looking to adopt, the ASPCA will be at the museum.
September 2nd – 5th 20th Annual AIRFEST
Airfest returns to the NASW Aviation for a 20-year celebration. In partnership with the Collings Foundation, AirFest will feature tours of WWII aircraft: B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang. Historic Hangar #1 will also be open to vendors, exhibitors, food, and much more. For those looking for a flight reservations call the Collings Foundation at: 800-568-8924 or visit www.collingsfoundation.org
September 24th 1940s Big Band Dance & Concert – 6pm to 10pm
Swing out with your sweetheart and take a journey back to the 1940s at the NASW Aviation Museum. All proceeds from the dance go to the restoration and maintenance of historic hangar #1.
Come at 6:30 p.m. for a dance lesson with Dance Instructor Tom Cupp and learn how easy it is to learn how to swing dance.
At 7 p.m. enjoy Walt Wagner & the Serenaders’ 14 piece Big Band, plus a dance floor, raffle and lite fare. BYOB. Step out in style because the best dressed man and woman of the 40’s will receive a special prize. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended as this has been a sold out event.
For tickets or more information call the office (609-886-8787) or visit www.usnasw.org
Oct. 8-9 Cape May Wine Festival*
The Cape May Wine Festival flies into the NASW Aviation Museum! The Garden State Wine Growers Association will host New Jersey wineries, gourmet food trucks, vendors and musical acts for a two day, rain or shine festival. For more information visit newjerseywines.com. *Subject to Change