Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Steve Ingraham - this guy takes good Cape May photos!

I previously linked to some nice photos taken by Steve Ingraham HERE. Now, Mr. Ingraham has put up another post of photos, this time of the Lighthouse, from an interesting angle that I have not seen previously. Thank you, Mr. Ingraham! To see those photos, including the one above, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Karen Messick - Photo Blogger of the Day

Karen Messick is another photoblogger who knows how to find great shots of Cape May. Her blog is HERE and you can see her photos of Cape May (which look more like paintings) -- including the one posted with my daily blogpost today -- HERE.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Lighthouse nears its 150th Anniversary

The Lighthouse is celebrating its anniversary later this week on Halloween. The person who shot this video obviously likes the timing, in that he suggests the Lighthouse is haunted. True or not, the video transports you to Cape May Point for a few minutes, which makes it worthwhile for me!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

October 2009 in Cape May

You will find a beautiful October sunrise at this link, and then you will find a series of 19 beautiful October 2009 Cape May photos HERE. Thanks to the photographer Steve Ingraham for the great photos.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Lady Mary Investigation Continues

The investigation into the sinking of the fishing vessel Lady Mary will continue beginning Nov. 2 at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May.

A Marine Board of Investigation expects to hear testimony from the commercial divers who dove on the Lady Mary during the formal hearing that begins at 1 p.m. in the center's Oceanside building.

The board also expects testimony from commercial fishermen working in the area on March 24, 2009, and testimony from the Lady Mary's manager, Royal Smith.

Earlier this month the Coast Guard and a Navy dive team retrieved the Lady Mary's rudder. The rudder, as well as other salvaged items, will undergo laboratory examinations for additional information on what caused the Lady Mary's sinking.

The Lady Mary sank 60 miles off the coast of Cape May on March 24. The Coast Guard launched an intensive 37 hour search covering 3,417 square nautical miles after receiving an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert. Six crewmen died, one was rescued.

Homeschoolers Love Cape May!

Every Day is a Field Trip is a photo blog about the adventures of a homeschooling family that loves Cape May. My wife and I homeschooled for a few years and think homeschooling is wonderful. Like this family, we were able to take advantage of that time in order to spend quite a bit of time in Cape May, more than we would have otherwise. Check out this great blog for a number of wonderful Cape May photos from this Fall, including the photo above. Have a great Friday!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Photos that will Knock you out

Crazy Suburban Mom headed down to Cape May and returned with photos like the one above. There are many more so I recommend clicking the link, although if you're nowhere near Cape May you mind find the photos so good they're depressing.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

McGlade's Makes the News

I look forward to seeing these changes!--

CAPE MAY, N.J., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercury Solar Systems, one of the
leading solar integrators on the East Coast, today announced that it has
partnered with McGlade's on the Pier to establish the first solar energy
system on the Cape May Promenade. The system is also the first established on
a restaurant in all of Cape May.

McGlade's on the Pier owner and Cape May resident Micki McGlade, commented,
"As a business owner I am consistently evaluating the investments we need to
make and a solar energy system just made both economic and environmental
sense. The solar incentives for business owners are very lucrative and Sturdy,
our local bank, didn't hesitate to finance the rest." She continued, "Last
year I also invested in solar for my home in Cape May and have seen a
significant reduction in my electricity bills so it made the decision even
that much easier."

The 17.48 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system consists of 76 panels affixed to
the roof and the restaurant's front overhang facing the ocean. Mercury Solar
Systems installed the system right before the Labor Day weekend and it is
expected to reduce McGlade's on the Pier electric and solar renewable energy
certificate savings by $12,000 per year.

Jared Haines, President, Mercury Solar Systems, said, "The solar incentives in
New Jersey are some of the best in the country due to the issuance of SRECs
and we commend business owners like Micki McGlade for making the investment.
The environmental impact is equally compelling with McGlade's solar energy
system offsetting 32,251 lbs of carbon emissions per year which is equal to
planting 3.39 acres of trees."

Mercury Solar Systems' parent company, Mercury Energy, acquired Mays
Landing-based Energy Enterprises in August 2008. To date, the company has
installed nearly 12% of the residential and commercial solar energy system
installs in the State of New Jersey.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Endless Summer?

Beautiful photo from Flickr..., however, after having spent a few days in the northeast... I can assure the photographer that summer has ended in the northeast and Cape May!

KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadelphia - Birthday Bash for Cape May Lighthouse is on Halloween

KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadelphia - Birthday Bash for Cape May Lighthouse is on Halloween

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(That's a pretty girl in front of the 150 year-old Sentinel of the Jersey Cape...)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sunset Beach Gift Shop

How it is I have been writing this blog for almost five months and haven't featured the Sunset Beach Gift Shop before today is inexplicable. Although the history of Cape May is alive everywhere in town, there are a few locations where -- at least to me -- the feel of a specific business has not changed in the thirty-eight years I've been visiting. Even with changes in the building, expansion, etc., the Sunset Beach Gift Shop simply seems to never change once you step through the doors. I would compare the air or feel of the Sunset Beach Gift Shop to the air and feel of Morrow's -- no, the smell is not the same, but yes, there's something ethereal in that air, just like at Morrow's. There is a nice history of the store HERE which reads in part:

The story begins with the patriarch of the family, Marvin Hume, who is 83 and still intimately involved with the business -- starting a similar type of business on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in 1957. This was before casino gambling became Atlantic City's main attraction. Over the next several years, Marvin became good friends with Preston Shadbolt who owned the property at Sunset Beach. Upon retiring, Preston gave Marvin first choice to purchase the property. Marvin being a consummate business man recognized what the future could bring. So in September 1973, Marvin and his wife purchased the property.
In the years to come, Marvin's son Larry and wife Michele joined the business, with Larry taking the reins of the operation while working closely with his dad. Marvin's two daughters Kathy and Sharon soon joined the ranks as did Larry's mother-in-law, Jeanette. The business continued to prosper and grow.

All visitors passing through our doors can expect the family members and trusted employees to treat them with personalized service and a smile.

Friday, October 16, 2009


THIS is a nice story about ghosts in Cape May from CapeMay.Com several years ago.

I am a bit nostalgic at the moment -- headed to my 20th high school reunion this weekend, don't ya know -- and that nostalgia has me thinking about Keltie's Newstand and Bookstore. This ghost story linked above features Keltie's and its resident ghosts. Keltie's itself is a ghost now; the store which was Keltie's in the mall is now Winterwood Christmas Store, or something like that. But Keltie's was an institution in its time, the one place in Cape May to find your books and newspapers from all over. I prowled the aisles in that store for hours and hours as a child, and I read more pulp fiction -- the Omen series of books were particular favorites, heaven knows why -- purchased at Keltie's than I purchased anywhere else. One of my many Cape May daydreams is to reopen Keltie's one day. Anywho, there is very little online about this Cape May landmark of days gone by, but the ghost story above has this bit about it:

I remember this one from my last tour. Winterwood is the former site of Keltie’s Newsstand. At one time the Knerr sisters who operated a millinery store also owned the building. After the Knerr sisters a dentist occupied the building. Desiree relates two stories shared by the owners of Keltie’s. The first involves a “residual haunting” in which a man in a lab coat was seen coming toward the proprietor with something in his hand. As he drew near to the woman, he disappeared. It was the same experience every time without deviation.

This is an example of a residual haunting which according to ghost writer and medium Craig McManus is defined as thus: “Energy embedded in the either of the place. The energy creates a movie that plays over and over again in the either.”

The second story associated with 518 Washington Street is an example, Desiree says, of a “true haunting.” This involves the Knerr sisters and was also related by the former owners of Keltie’s but confirmed by the present owners as well. It would appear the Knerr sisters were a bit mischievous and could be heard giggling throughout the building. Then one day, they decided to take their mischief a step further and pushed one book, then two, then three, etc. etc. off the shelves. This happened more than once and the finally one day the proprietor got fed up with them and told them straight out to knock it off. And guess what? They did.

However, Desiree claims things still go bump in the night every once and while when the staff at Winterwood opens up the next morning and Christmas decorations are thrown about the place that were clearly on the shelf the at closing time.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 17 at Rea's Farm

If I was in Cape May this Saturday, this is where I'd be...

Rea's Harvest Country Fair
Bring the entire family to Rea's Harvest Country Fair located at Rea's Farm, Bayshore & Stevens Streets, West Cape May. Rea's Country Harvest Fair offers a unique setting on a down to earth working farm that was once one of the largest farms in Cape May county. County fair atmosphere with pony rides, family hayrides, contests and games for kids and adults. Unique food vendors, antiques, art and crafts and high quality flea market dealers.

The fun begins at 10:00AM till 5:00PM. Rain date October 18. Vendors and visitors call 609-884-4522 or 609-408-3219 for information.

Birding is the order of the Season

Cape May Birding and Wildlife is a new blog set up by Mike Crewe, a 50+ year old Brit who recently moved to Cape May and intends to blog about "a typical year enjoying wildlife and the spectacle of migration at Cape May." Mike is spending the year working at the Cape May Bird Observatory. He has several great photos on his blog so if you're looking for a few photos to remind you of what you're missing by not being in Cape May (it's torture, isn't it? It is for me), then I recommend his blog.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Diamond Hunting at Cape May" - August 13, 1893, New York Times

In the last few months I have linked to old New York Times stories about Cape May HERE and HERE. Those stories were first published on May 27, 1894 and July 14, 1873, respectively. I think it is great fun to read about Cape May of many years ago, and see how much has remained the same.

To that end, today you can step back in time and read this article -- Diamond Hunting at Cape May -- that appeared in the Times on August 13, 1893. I don't have the patience to recall how I turned the .pdf into a jpeg last time I did this, so besides encouraging you to click that link above I'll give you a taste of the article:

Diamond Hunting at Cape May
Ex-President Harrison Presented with a Box of the Brilliants

Cape May, NJ August 12. -- Admiring friends at Cape May Point have presented to Ex-President Harrison a box of Cape May pebbles, which are acceptable gifts because of their clearness and brilliancy. Some were in the rough, as gathered on the beach of Delaware Bay, and others were out by the lapidary and had the fire of diamonds. Cape May diamonds were a curiosity half a century ago, and occasionally some rare specimens have been found and cut.

Since Ex-President Harrison has been honored with the gift of the "Cape May diamonds," 500 people have been on diamond-hunting expeditions, and it has become a fad at this old seaside resort.

These stones are found on diamond beach, on the Delaware Bay shore, five miles northwest of Cape May, and near the old Presbyterian Church, which ex-President Harrison and his family attend. The spot derived its name from the many bright pebbles picked up after high tides.

A large number of stones have been gathered and a score of prominent citizens of Cape May sport the "diamonds," which, to the uninitiated, pass as the genuine article.

The fad of wearing Cape May "diamonds" became popular early in the sixties. At that time this seashore resort was the most fashionable along the coast. It was the summer abiding place of nearly all the Southern families. One wealthy lady wore a necklace of brilliants, currently believed to be diamonds and valued at from $30,000 to $50,000. This necklace received an immense amount of notoriety, because of its gorgeousness, but its history became known.

Joseph S.K. Hand, a descendant of an old Cape May family, who kept a lapidary in Philadelphia, opened up a branch establishment in Cape May and did an immense business making diamonds out of beach pebbles. He told the story of the famous diamond necklace, and it was found that the lady had, during her several seasons at the Cape, made many excursions to Diamond Beach and gathered a quart or so of bright pebbles. These she had Hand sort over. The celebrated diamond necklace cost in reality about $60.

Diamond Beach is different from almost any other part of the inland shore. There is scarcely any deposit of sand, but immense deposits of small gravel, whichis sold to roofing concerns. It is from this gravel that the bright pebbles are gathered. There are still in some of the old Cape May families quantities of bright pebbles cut and uncut, which are held as heirlooms.

A party that filled three omnibuses made a trip to Diamond Beach this week. They gathered a quantity of unusually bright stones, but only a half dozen of them were worth cutting.

Another Sunset in Cape May

You'll find this wonderful Cape May sunset photo at the blog Oak in the Seed. Dee Brown is the Oak in the seed's proprietor, and she recently vacationed in Cape May. You'll find a few more Cape May photos HERE. Thank you, Ms. Brown, for sharing your wonderful photos! And thank you for your ruminations on the meaning of sunsets... (I will quote her because her thoughts are particularly beautiful):

My last night in Cape May. The sunset was coming on perfectly. Funny how people gather to the beach every night anywhere in the world to witness this. It's a phenomenon as ancient as the earth. You'd think we'd be tired of it be now. But have you noticed how quiet people are while while watching the sun slip away, splaying crimson and gold over the sand? Have you noticed that wherever you stand, that last spear of light seems to stretch to your own lucky feet?

Is that how God is?

Monday, October 12, 2009

BirdCapeMay.Org - Check it Out

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

BirdCapeMay.Org has any number of webpages that the serious Cape May lover will enjoy reading. Pete Dunne, a birding legend, has a regular column you can read here. You can find checklists for birding (and butterflying) HERE. And some wonderful photos here, including a photo of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail above, whom I happened to see yesterday while mowing the lawn. That guy had obviously made his journey south already. Here's one more photo for you (both photos compliments of BirdCapeMay.Org):

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cape May in Today's Papers

Today in the NJ Courier-Post (actually on one of their blogs, but close enough) there is a short story about bird-watching season hitting its high point this week. The photo above -- apparently the sunrise this morning in Cape May -- comes from this newspaper's blog.

And all South Jerseyans' favorite freelance writer and blogger, Jen Miller, has a great story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about one of Cape May's bed and breakfasts, and its owners. You can find that story HERE.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wish I was there

You can find this painting, and other Cape May paintings, HERE. Wish I was there!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cooking with Cape May Magazine's Persnickety Chef! (Part 2)

Earlier this week I shared the first part of my family's journey into cooking with Cape May Magazine's resident Persnickety Chef. It's time for Part Two!

After we enjoyed the delicious fried shrimp, we moved onto our main course...

From the June 2009 issue, we enjoyed burgers and carmelized onions. There is no other way to describe the burgers than simply the best we ever had. As the chief bar-b-q-er in the family, what amazed me was that they cooked perfectly despite my weaknesses using the barbecue! Usually I have to fight not to have black burgers on the outside and raw burgers on the inside, but these cooked themselves perfectly despite my admitted inabilities!

I was similarly surprised at how easy it was to create great carmelized onions. Please excuse this sad photo, it's the best I have of the onion-cooking process...

As our side dish, we had the creamed spinach from the Winter 2006 issue.

And although the kids didn't eat too much of it, my wife and I loved the spinach dish, as well.

After the shrimp, the burgers, the onions, and the broccoli, you'd think we would not have had room for one more food item.

You would be wrong.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Goodness

From that simple recipe above came the most heavenly chocolate chocolate chip cookies you've ever tasted (entirely whipped together by me):

After indulging in these cookies, we rolled ourselves over to the couch and collapsed! We were completely sated, and the Cape May Cooking Extravaganza was complete.

A total success, more successful than I could have imagined when I started. Thanks to Julie and Julia for the inspiration, and thanks to the Persnickety Chef for the recipes!!!

Photos for the Day...

Some nice lighthouse photos HERE -- another link to the DC Birding Blog I linked earlier this week...

Out of the fog, a great photo HERE....

A Cape May Warbler in Cape May Point HERE....

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Another year, another Lima Bean Festival

Lima Bean Festival -- 10th Anniversary! -- this Weekend in West Cape May

From the Daily Journal:

October 7, 2009

About the Lima Bean Festival

In West Cape May, they're 10 years into the beloved Lima Bean Festival, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Wilbraham Park, Broadway and Perry streets.

If food's the reason why you'll show up, you can look forward to some good grub.

Let's start with the lima bean soup. It's a big deal down in Cape May, and it's hard for the vendors to keep up with the demand.

Another possibility: Lima bean chili. This is the don't-miss food, according to organizer Diane Flanegan. "The lima bean chili is absolutely to die for," she said.

You'll be able to sample lima bean tacos, lima bean hummus, stews made with the beans and salads, too.

In all, 100 vendors will be selling everything from food to antiques and crafts, including a guy who makes lima bean pottery.

Don't laugh. It's very collectible. "Guaranteed the pottery guy will sell out of his lima bean pottery. He does every year," Flanegan said.

Oh, and you can pickup lima bean T-shirts, too. The designs are a secret until the day of the festival.

Live music will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m., including a steel drum player, a live band and a jazz group. "Even if you think you don't like lima beans," Flanegan says, "you will like lima beans once you walk out of the lima bean festival."

-- By Lorinda Jarvis, staff writer

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Migration of the Monarchs

A nice new blogpost about the Monarch Migration through Cape May each Fall - CLICK HERE.

A Cape May Internet Work of Fiction

Dan Leo of Philadelphia has been writing a story about Cape May for as long as I can remember. "The Railroad Train to Heaven, now up to Part 167, is a story of 'the unexpurgated memoirs of Arnold Schnabel,' recounts one man's memories of a day in Cape May several decades ago. I believe there is some time travel involved.

I can't say I've read too many of the chapters, but it is generally interesting in an unusual sort-of-way. And by 'unusual' I mean original, and certainly worth reading. And it certainly features Cape May!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Now that's a bunch of birders!

Todd Klein was nice enough yesterday (Oct. 4, 2009) to share photos and stories about his trip to Cape May Point yesterday in this blogpost. His blog looks awfully darn interesting, too. Make sure to check out the Cape May Point trip blogpost for photos of birders, birds, birding, and butterflies! The photo above shows just how many people "flock" to the Point for birdwatching each Fall. AMAZING!

Cooking with Cape May Magazine's Persnickety Chef! (Part 1)

Last week, I stole a page from Julie and Julia and decided to cook Julia Chi--- oops, I mean, some of the Persnickety Chef's recipes.

Who is the Persnickety Chef?

If you're here, you must know that the Persnickety Chef is Cape May Magazine's resident chef-columnist. Each month, he shares some recipes with the Cape May-loving public. I do not have a cooking bone in my body, but I have long wanted to try out some of the Persnickety Chef's recipes. So, my children and I piled up all the Cape May magazines (I'm missing two) and started looking for good Sunday dinner recipes. And hence began our journey into a Cape May cooking extravaganza!

To start our meal off right, we started with the Fried Oysters from the July 2008 magazine. We tweaked the recipe a bit since we don't live where "Cape May Salts" are readily available -- we replaced oysters with shrimp. If you saw the pickings here, you'd have understood.

This recipe was a great deal of fun to follow. The recipe requires the cook to dredge the oysters (shrimp in our case) in flour, then egg, then the special bread crumbs. This three-step process perfectly fit my three daughters' desire to participate in the Cape May Cooking experiment.

They loved each taking a step, and they took turns switching positions so that each would take care of the three steps at one time or another. My beautiful wife then fried them up on the stovetop, and they were positively exquisite.

Verdict: The Chef's Fried Oysters (read: shrimp) were unbelievably good. After that amazing appetizer, we were looking forward to a mix of a June 2009 and Winter 2006 combination for the main course. To read about the rest of the meal, click
HERE! Next up: Burgers and spinach, anyone?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

At the Alpaca Farm

Gus and Jelly Bean (that's Gus in the photo) visited the Alpaca Farm last week. Beyond that cute blog entry about the alpacas, visit the blog for a number of Cape May-related entries.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Admiral's Reverend

An interesting blog post from someone who remembers Reverend McIntire. I bumped into Reverend McIntire once in front of the Admiral. I had a Journey concert t-shirt on. He asked me if I knew the rock band Styx. Of course; both Journey and Styx were huge at the time. Reverend McIntire told me I was on a "Journey" down the River "Styx" to Hell.

I had no idea what he was talking about.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Welcome to the Cliveden Inn

If you've ever driven, walked, or biked by the Cliveden but never went in, well, here's your chance to take a tour!

Oct 24 and 25 Weekend

As if you need another reason to visit Cape May, don't forget the Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 25--

Witches and goblins to march in Cape May’s 26th Halloween Parade

CAPE MAY—The 26th annual Cape May Halloween Parade sponsored by the city of Cape May, the Cape May Kiwanis Club and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts will step off in frightening fashion on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. with a menagerie of scary and comical costumes participating. With this big event on the horizon, now is the time to start making your costumes and building scary floats. Registration will be conducted on Oct. 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Victorian Bandstand in the Rotary Park, and judging is from 2 to 3 p.m. The parade will form on Lyle Lane behind the bandstand and march off promptly at 3 p.m. The parade route will travel Lyle Lane to Perry Street, south on Perry Street, east on Carpenter’s Lane to Washington Street and north to finish at the Emlen Physick Estate on Washington Street.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Even on the West Coast

Even in California they know how special Cape May is. Here's a great story about birding in Cape May, published in the L.A. Times this week.