Special Events for MARS 2018


Your week at the school is an extraordinary learning experience. In addition to your days full of instruction, additional hours are filled with extracurricular activities.

SUNDAY
Attend a pre-convention mini-course. You'll have to arrive early, but mini-courses like this will instruct and inspire you, and are a great way to start your adventure!
Then, first time students are invited to an orientation to answer any questions, tour the facility and get in a special 'Frosh' picture. Get your registration material, student handbook, and check into you room.
Then everyone is invited to our "Blast Off" cocktail hour and dinner reception, AND Keynote address by Canon Explorer of Light speaker, Michele Celentano. What better way to kick off the week, meet new friends and get re-acquainted with old ones!
Afterwards, meet in your respective class for a couple of hours with your instructor for a preliminary "get-together".

If you haven't done so already, register to take part in a photo shoot-out we call the Cape May Challenge. Winning entries for this juried contest will win prizes and be recognized at the Wrap Party on Thursday. REGISTER ONLINE NOW for the CAPE MAY CHALLENGE. .

MONDAY
Get up early and look for a great sunrise, then get to class for an intense day of learning. In the afternoon, we'll try to get a giant group shot of all those in attendance.

TUESDAY
In the morning, get up early and take part in a schoolwide Sunrise Photo shoot (weather permitting), with the amazing talent of Disney portrait photographer, Rick Ferro. Later this day, dinner in the Penthouse is a pub inspired event called SOCIAL NIGHT. Take advantage of this opportunity to make business and friendship connections. Enjoy an array of desserts, refreshments and cocktails while you 'talk shop' with colleagues.

WEDNESDAY
In the morning please join us for a school sponsored Alumni Breakfast. Advance ticket price is only $25. Proceeds benefit the school scholarship fund. The price of admission includes a full sit-down breakfast, a mini program by the legendary Tony Corbell, and the chance to win a $500 Scholarship for a return visit to MARS in 2019. In the afternoon, take advantage of some 'free time' to do a sunset shoot (weather permitting), explore the city of Cape May, walk the beaches, shop, have dinner with your instructor.

THURSDAY
In the evening, join in the fun as the week culminates with our legendary "Wrap Party". This year, the theme is "A Space Odyssey". This soiree is a blast, so don't be shy, get dressed up and have some fun. A cocktail hour in the Penthouse, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, followed by a sumptuous dinner in the decorated Ballroom, is the grand finale to your week of learning.

Refreshing drinks, amazing food, terrific music by DJ Mike Scott, dancing, entertainment, awards and a video re-cap of the week highlight the evening.

FRIDAY
After a couple of hours with your instructor to tie up loose ends, everyone in the school is invited to our Farewell Brunch. Say goodbye to friends, and instructors, and fill your bellies for the trip back home.



M.A.R.S.
Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography
a PPA Affiliate school for continuing education in all aspects of photography