Friday, January 29, 2010

Blog Time Machine (redux)

Great article from the 1878 Baltimore Sun about the Great Fire of 1878. A disaster then gave birth to the beautiful city now.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

blog time machine

If I did this right, click on the link below the first photo for an interesting blog post from the recent but not too recent past. The other photos are from other older blog posts, as well.

the Point in the Past

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A rowdy - and tasty - salute to Scotland's national poet - pressofAtlanticCity.com : Life

A rowdy - and tasty - salute to Scotland's national poet - pressofAtlanticCity.com : Life

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Now that looks like fun! Leave it to the guys at Exit Zero to create something fun for the January quiet season in Cape May.

art stuff

Louis Dallara

Great photoblog right HEREwith Cape May posts (including this photo above) HERE, and HERE.

And don't forget some Cape May artists I've highlighted before, including Thomas Pohlig.

Kind of a random post, I'm doing my best during these January doldrums!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Laelaps returns to Cape May

photo by Brian Switek

Paleontologist Brian Switek runs a blog named Laelaps. I have featured his blog previously, and he occasionally runs photos of very interesting Cape May locations or creatures. Today, he features a mother duck and her ducklings...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Not too Much Out There Today

The Cape May Naturalist is blogging again. Always a good read. Otherwise, it's pretty quiet... like January in Cape May, I suppose.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Susan Tischler of CapeMay.Com has written a wonerful story about African-American history in Cape May. The story -- a few years old -- seems appropriate for today. You can read it HERE.

pottery people

photo by David Macomber

David Macomber is an artist and photographer in the Cape May area. That's one of his great photos to the right. David has painted many of the signs around Cape May, for example, the Louie's Pizza sign.

If you recall the "Paint Your Own Pottery" studio that used to sit next to Louie's Pizza, then you probably met David's wife Melissa Mae. My children and I painted many pieces of pottery in her studio, and we miss that great storefront.

Anyway, for David's photoblog, click HERE.

Happy MLK Jr. Day to you!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Wine in Cape May

A very nice review of two wineries in Cape May HERE. This wine expert is surprised by how much she liked the Cape May wines she tried, one from the Cape May Winery, which I've tried and liked, and one from Hawk Haven Vineyard, also in the Cape May area.

And for upcoming wine and food events in Cape May, read this article from the
Atlantic City Press:

CAPE MAY - There are no winter doldrums for food lovers in Cape May, where a full schedule of food-related classes and events offers items of interest for foodies with a wide variety of tastes.
Beer is the topic at the Mad Batter Restaurant as the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts presents the Mad Batter Beer School. On Sunday, the topic is home brewing while a Valentine's Day event is on "Pairing Beer and Cheese - a Marriage that Goes Way Back."
Classes begin at 2 p.m. and each class includes five samples of beer as well as light refreshments. Admission is $25 per person.
If beer isn't your thing, Sunday also brings an event for wine lovers. The Cape May County Wine Trail includes visits to Cape May County wineries and tastings of their product. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. and kicks off with a lunch at the Jackson Mountain Cafe on Washington Street Mall. The tour includes stops at the Cape May Winery, Natali Vineyards and the Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery. Tickets are $75 per person and include lunch, wine tastings at each vineyard and a wine-tasting glass. The Wine Trail tour is repeated Feb. 21.
If you can't make the tour, every Saturday the Cape May Winery hosts a cellar tour and tasting. The tasting is accompanied by cheese and fruit. The event begins at 3 p.m. and tickets are $20.
Wine is also the topic Feb. 14, when the Washington Inn hosts a Cape May Wine School session on Italian wines. The event starts 1 p.m. at the inn, 801 Washington St. Admission is $30.
Those whose tastes run to sweeter treats will want to check out the Chocolate Fantasy Buffet, 2 p.m. Feb. 13, also at the inn, where the buffet is comprised entirely of all types of chocolate.
The inn's chef, Kathleen Cressman-Pastiu, will be at the event, which costs $35 per person.
All the food events are sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. For more information or to make reservations, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

January in Cape May

Mike Crewe has provided us another glimpse of Cape May and its beauty. Click his name to go to his most recent update. If you look closely at his photos you'll see the Sunset Beach Gift Shop, one of my favorite gift shops in the world!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Writer's Workshop this Weekend

photo by CT Photo

Neat Lighthouse image HERE.

This weekend there is a fantastic Writer's Workshop. The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway looks very rewarding for aspiring writers. Click HERE for more details.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Even the beach looks cold

photo by the "Arctic Blast Comic.

Even the Cape May beach looks cold today.

And for even more excellent wintertime Cape May photos, click HERE.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Good News on the MAC front...

It was the Philly Inquirer which posted the worrisome story about the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC), and now the Inquirer is back with a much more positive news story regarding the finances. Good news!

Life in Cape May: Cape May's Frozen Spectacle

photo by Jane Kashlak

Wonderful new photos at the Cape May Times, showing Cape May in the throes of a very cold winter. Don't miss this article to see the photos:
Life in Cape May: Cape May's Frozen Spectacle

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Oystercatchers in Cape May.

and for more Cape May birding photos (the year in birding in Cape May), click HERE!

Have a good weekend.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The contest (update #2)

As you know, I've been tracking the Washington Street Mall contest (see here and here). A contest which awards two nights at the Carroll Villa is worth keeping track of!

Well, I've called, and I've emailed, and yesterday the Washington Street Mall's email contact -- Susan Tischler of all people!-- let me know that the winner has not responded to email contact, thus she's going to have to snail mail him. Perhaps the winner is no longer interested and they'll have to do a re-drawing of a winner??? We can only hope! Of course, Susan gave me no reason to think that will happen, but we can hope, can't we?! (And I'll note that the contest rules do allow for an alternate winner if the first does not respond.)

new blog to check out...

A blogger with a blog named Victorian at Heart would have to love Cape May. Not surprisingly, the blogger visited Cape May last Fall and indeed, discovered
she loved Cape May. Lots of good photos at the link.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Convention Hall News Starts to Emerge

(photo by Jack Fichter)

You may remember that last month I noted a report about some strange goings-on as to the new Convention Hall. Well, the County Herald has now picked up on the story. Jack Fichter reports:

CAPE MAY — The rumor mill has been running rampant with the theory the city will have to move the new, proposed Convention Hall 50 feet closer to Beach Avenue to receive approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

If the scuttlebutt is true, DEP will not issue a Coastal Area Facilities Review (CAFRA) permit if the city intends to use 50-feet of virgin beach as part of the proposed Convention Hall.

Editorials chastising the city for being closed-mouthed have appeared in two local publications.

Mayor Edward J. Manahey Jr. has refused to comment on the situation. At a Jan. 5 City Council meeting, he told the Herald he would have no comment on Convention Hall for two weeks. He had told the Herald he would comment in two weeks on Dec. 15, 2009.
Mahaney told the Herald that DEP has not yet issued a CAFRA permit for the project and the city was waiting for an approval.

Without discussion, City Council passed a resolution Jan. 5 approving an amendment to its professional services contract with Convention Hall architects Kimmel Bogrette. The resolution states: “Whereas, as a result of changes which are required in order to obtain a Coastal Area Facilities and Review Act (“CAFRA”) permit, which will entail moving the building forward toward Beach Avenue, the City will require enhanced landscaping design in order to achieve an aesthetic streetscape along Beach Avenue and the Promenade.”

The resolution authorized Kimmel Bogrette to enter into a subcontract for landscape design with Think Green (L.L.C), “which includes the schematic design, design development, construction documentation, construction administration and as-built plans, for a total lump sum fee, inclusive of costs, in the amount of $16,116.”

Before Christmas, DEP spokesperson Darlene Yuhas told the Herald the CAFRA permit for Convention Hall was still being reviewed.

City Manager Bruce MacLeod told the Herald council’s resolution was to engage a landscape architect for design work in the area of the Promenade and the front end of the building.

“It’s not the actual building itself,” he said.

MacLeod said the city’s original application for a CAFRA permit was still open and under review. He said it was likely the city would hold a special meeting on Convention Hall in two weeks.

In closed session Jan. 5, council discussed “negotiations” with Kimmel Bogrette.

As early as last March, residents were asking about the progress of the city receiving a CAFRA permit.

Mahaney told the Herald April 8, 2009 that Aislinn Gandy, an environmentalist with Fralinger Engineering, who prepared a CAFRA permit application for the new Convention Hall, had traveled to Trenton with City Manager Bruce MacLeod to meet with land use personnel at DEP. He said the CAFRA permit application was formally submitted at that time. The mayor said CAFRA permits generally take six to 12 months to receive from the time of application.

At that time, Mahaney said in a best-case scenario, construction of the new hall could begin in October 2009 with a completion date in late 2010.

In September 2009, Mahaney said the opening date for the new Convention Hall would likely be in early 2011, not in the fall of 2010 as predicted earlier.

The building’s initial design included a main hall that would accommodate 1,151 seats with a soundproof partition to divide the room in half with a floor allowing multiple uses. Three community rooms will be located on the second floor, one room with a capacity for 75 persons and two other with a capacity of six persons.
Three retail stores will occupy the front of the hall.


I don't understand the secrecy. The Mayor should be much more open about the process. I won't comment on the potential plan b/c it's hard to say what the plan is.

Jack Fichter also has another story about Cape May selling memorabilia from the old Convention Hall. Now that sounds like a great idea!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

this and that

(photo by Lauren Theis) You can find the great shot above -- can you guess where in Cape May this photo was taken? -- at this link:
right here.

Mike Crewe has wowed us again with another great update
on his birding blog. As usual, he gives us many great shots of Cape May, including an amazing shot of the Concrete Ship looking completely unrecognizable in the winter cold:

(photo by Mike Crewe)

And I still hope to update who won the contest, hopefully will know later today! Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Who Won?

You may recall I blogged about the Washington Street Square Mall's contest last year... the winner was to receive two nights at the Carroll Villa, dinner at the Pilot House, yadda yadda yadda. According to the Washington Street Square Mall's website, a winner was to be picked on December 30th. I will follow-up to find out who won, although I suspect it was not me! Maybe it was you? Please let us know via the comments if it was!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Game, Set, Life...

Game.Set.Life. is the motivational blog of Ed Tseng, author of a book of the same name as the blog and apparently a popular motivational speaker for tennis-related activities. He has posted a video for the New Year, and the video takes place on the beach in Cape May. It's worth a watch as we all motivate ourselves for the New Year...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Looking Back for one more day

Our favorite Cape May online magazine -- CapeMay.Com -- gives its readers a GREAT LOOK BACK on the year that was 2009. And Susan Tischler also has put together the best summary anywhere of the-year-that-was in Cape May...you can read that by clicking HERE!

Happy New Year!