Bingo in the morning? Why not.

CAPE MAY, N.J. — There is a lot of excitement in the air as the bingo cage whirrs ‘round and ‘round and the tiny bingo balls tumble out into a perfect little line, waiting.

Photos by Susan Krysiak

“B-9!” says Janice Corkery, loudly, into the microphone, as she looks closely at a wooden ball in her hands. She is Director of Visitor Services and Special Events for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) in Cape May.

Photos by Susan Krysiak

Janice needs the microphone so the full room of participants from front to back can hear clearly — no one wants to miss out — although everything has gotten pretty quiet. Each person listens intently, as each letter and number are drawn. A half hour ago, the room had been a bit cacophonous, loud and lively with conversation, friends catching up, enjoying a mimosa or two, and multiple trips to the brunch table to enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet. There are 91 people in the Rose Room at Aleathea’s Restaurant, Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, for this MAC event: Brunch, Bingo at the Beach.

Photos by Susan Krysiak
Photos by Susan Krysiak
Photos by Susan Krysiak

Originally named “Brunch, Bingo & Lace,” MAC staff decided to change the name of the event to “Brunch, Bingo at the Beach” in 2019 in an attempt to attract more men. If today is any indication, however, that will take some time to catch on. There are 90 women here today.

Lace Silhouettes is a partner in the event and fashion models stroll the room wearing some of the shop’s most enticing and comfy clothes, to enable participants to see and feel the luscious fabrics from their lounge wear and undergarment lines.

Photos by Susan Krysiak

Brunch, Bingo at the Beach will be offered again in 2019 on the following dates: April 28, May 19 , Oct. 6, and Nov. 23, at 9:30 a.m. by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) in partnership with Aleathea’s Restaurant and Lace Silhouettes. For tickets and more information, click here.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For more information, call 609–884–5404 or 800–275–4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org