Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rudy's Oldies with a Heart

Rudy Sheptock is both a pastor and a DJ in Cape May County. He leads The Lighthouse Church, a faith-filled non-denominational church in Cape May Courthouse that I have visited with my family. Even Catholics feel welcome at this wonderful church! :-) Rudy and I first met many years ago (21 to be exact) when he led a youth retreat many members of my high school attended. He is a great pastor, and to get a taste of his gift for inspiration I invite you to check out his blog. I dare anyone to read his blog and not come away inspired to take on the next day, and the next mission in life.

But like I said, pastoring is only one of his callings. He also is one of my favorite DJs on the Cape May County radio station I mentioned earlier: WIBBAGE 94.3. Rudy's live show Oldies with a Heart runs every Sunday afternoon, 2 pm to 5 pm. He plays oldies from the 40s thru the 80s, concentrating on the 50s, 60s, and 70s. In case you want to check it out, click here and then doubleclick the purple "Listen LIve" button to your left. And if you're listening, make sure to pay attention for requests from "Mark in Palm City" -- that'd be me!

UPDATE: Some of the links to Oldies 94 ~ Wibbage may be broken in this page. Now you need to click Wibbage.FM to get to Oldies 94's website, and then click the Listen Live button to the left of the page. You can read more about the change here.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Let's "TAWK" Cape May

My wife -- a southerner -- likes to make fun of my vestigial New Jersey accent. I deny its existence but in that vein I present a few internet forums where you can tawk -- I mean talk -- about Cape May. The oldest internet 'bulletin board' or discussion board of which I am familiar is at the - NJ.Com Cape May Forum Page. Sometimes this unmoderated forum descends into trivial namecalling, but it's still a decent place to learn some details about the goings on in Cape May. For example, if you want to know whether Two-Mile Inn will re-open, this forum regularly includes talk about that institution.

Another board -- moderated so a bit 'higher class' -- can be found at the Trip Advisor Website. Here, the discussion is very knowledgeable and focused, with very specific conversation regarding specific restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, etc. It can be quiet for days or weeks at a time but then if someone asks a good question, many people chime in. If you look around the Trip Advisor site, you will also find excellent in-depth customer reviews of most of the places available to stay in Cape May.

Finally, the Cape May County Herald on-line version of the newspaper has a discussion board it calls Spout Off. I don't check in there much, as the commenters take the title of the forum to heart -- that is, they often seem a bit angry, thus 'spouting off.' But perhaps the locals get more out of it than I do.

There's a few other boards I know of that get into Cape May stuff, but their primary focus is other topics. Perhaps I'll mention them another day.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A great Jersey Shore blog

Down the Shore with Jen is one of the lesser known spots on the web that most Cape May lovers would enjoy. Jen Miller (no relation) is a free-lance writer who specializes in the South Jersey shore. She is the author of the book pictured to the left. She uses her blog to share stories about her adventures in the various shore towns, and to share a little bit about the life of a free lance journalist. Whereas most newspapers are foundering, she seems to be meeting success. After you've read her blog a while, her success is not surprising.

She often concentrates on Cape May, writing about Congress Hall, restaurants, and the popular bars on the island. She updates the site regularly, usually no less than every two to three days. Check her site out!

ADDENDUM: Welcome to all the Jersey Shore Jen fans! I hope to make this site one you would enjoy reading, too!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Christian Admiral

One of the best sites on the internet for Cape May information is CapeMay.Com. If you've found my site while looking for Cape May info, then I am sure you are familiar with CapeMay.Com. If you need any information about upcoming trips, places to see, restaurants, there's no better place on the 'net for that information than CapeMay.Com.

I can remember when the site first started, although I'm not sure what there first story was. The site has now grown into a full fledged snail-mail magazine, but for years it was an online e-zine. Here is one of the better stories from that period, about one of Cape May's fallen but not forgotten hotels: The Christian Admiral. If you've been visiting Cape May for years, there will always be a place in your heart for the Admiral.

Morning in the Cove

The sun created a neat shadow here...


My last post talked about how you can "see" Cape May live even when you're not there, via the magic of the internet. You can also "hear" a part of the town, as well. On Oldies 94 WIBBAGE Radio, you can hear the local oldies station down the shore. Over <<<<< to the left you'll see the webpage for one of their great DJs along with some Oldies swag the listeners can win if they know oldies trivia... and their oldies are not just 50s/60s, but also Philly Soul, and even some disco. A great mix for a reason -- unlike most oldies stations -- and other radio stations these days -- Oldies 94/WIBBAGE is locally owned and operated. Because of this, there are some great locally-produced commercials for some of your favorite Cape May institutions, like the Original Fudge Kitchen, Lucky Bones, and others. Plus, you regularly get updates on doings at the Shore. I will write more about the station's DJs at another time. But check it out! In case you missed the link, it is: Oldies 94 WIBBAGE Radio!

UPDATE: Some of the links in this blog post no longer work. Please click HERE to listen to Wibbage. That link will bring you to the new homepage (looks like the old one), and then click "Listen Live" to the left on the page in order to listen. Clicking "Listen Live" should bring up Windows Media Player and a live feed of 94.3. For more information about the change, click here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sunsetcam.com - When you need to "see" Cape May live!

Sunsetcam.com is one of my favorite places on the web, and I'm not sure how many people know of it. At this web address, you can view several live streaming video shots of places around Cape May. I recommend the live streaming video of the lighthouse and cove, found here:


Recently the owners of the site added a 24-hour time lapse video that will show you the last 24 hours of views from the camera. The sunrises and sunsets, particularly, can be stunning. Before they added the time lapse video, you could only catch a pretty sunset if you happened to be near a computer and thinking of this website at the time. Now, you can see each day's sunset if you'd like.

P.S. You can also see this live camera view at stripercam.com, along with interesting photos and a fishing discussion board. Be careful when you type in that web address!

Welcome - Sun Rising on a New Blog

If you've landed here, it means you and I share an interest -- Cape May. If you know me, you might strike the word "interest" and insert "obsession." I can't argue with that. I'm going to use this blog to highlight the places on the internet where you can address that Cape May obsession, and often learn something in the process. I may also use it to share a photo, or a story or two.

Above you will see the sun rising adjecent to the old World War II Lookout Tower that has just been retrofitted for tourism. That photo pre-dates the recent fix-up that took place. Yes, the Tower is in Cape May Point. I will not make distinctions between Cape May, Cape May Point, West Cape May, etc., for purposes of this blog. I may note that the location or site featured is not in Cape May proper, but Cape May is as much a state of mind as a place.

Anyway, in case you don't know, there's a story below (written by Susan Tischler of CapeMay.com, more about that site and that great writer later) about the "new" Lookout Tower that is obviously quite old. I have driven, walked, and ridden my bike past it many times, and it's fun to know that now I can check it out up close and personal.

And again, Welcome!

Fire Control Tower No. 23 Grand Opening
By Susan Tischler • May 20th, 2009 • Category: Look at This
Grand Opening Ceremony for the World War II Lookout Tower

Lower Township - The Grand Opening Ceremony for the World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) was held Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Local World War II veterans were present and honored. A dove release was made to honor their service to our country. Dignitaries included Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matt Milam, representatives from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) and those involved with the restoration project.

Fire Control Tower No. 23 was part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. Built in 1942, the tower was one of fifteen concrete lookout towers that helped aim batteries of coastal artillery, stretching from North Wildwood, N.J. to Bethany Beach, DE. Four were in Cape May County, N.J.-the towers located in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest were torn down and a third tower is located inside Cape May’s Grand Hotel, Beach and Philadelphia avenues.
With the Tower restored, visitors can climb to the sixth floor observation platform at the top and see equipment used to determine firing coordinates for massive guns on both sides of the Delaware Bay. Each level of the tower includes interpretive panels and photos that explain the tower’s function, as well as Cape May’s important role in homeland defense during World War II. The third level of the tower is dedicated to the brave men and women from the Cape May area who served during World War II and contains the “Wall of Honor” as well as “Cape May’s World War II Honor Roll.”
The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township near Cape May Point. The tower is open to the public daily; times vary.