Sunday, October 31, 2010

Looking for Something?

I featured photos by Steve Ingraham yesterday... for more of his Cape May photos, click here for photos like the one above and here for some more CM photos.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sunset over Cape May, Fall

I don't know what more there is to say after posting a photo like that. So I will tell you just to click here to see more amazing Cape May photos taken by Steve Ingraham and posted to his website Steve Ingraham's Pic of the Day.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Convention Hall News, and a Nice Article in the AC Press

I have used the CM Blog to follow the saga of Convention Hall for quite awhile now, and I intend to continue to follow it at the new home. According to this story in the CMC Herald and this story in the Shore News Today, the schedule to build the new Hall by Memorial Day 2012 is on track.

Let's hope they're right.

In the meantime, for a nice walk down memory and history lane, check out this in-depth AC Press article about the sale of a shipbuilding yard at Schellenger's Landing to Cold Spring Fish & Supply (the Lobster House). The article includes a number of old photos of the yard from the family of lifeguard Buzz Mogck; Buzz's family owned the yards years ago.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wild New Jersey Shore

Wild New Jersey may sound like a website devoted to the crazies on "Jersey Shore," but in fact it is a website about 'natural' New Jersey - the beautiful nature and environment of NJ, and all that entails. The recently posted a link to two videos of last month's monarch butterfly migration through CM, which you can see by clicking this link.

And in other Cape May-on-the-internet-news, the internet's home for rabid liberals/progressives, Daily Kos, posted some photos from a member's recent visit to Cape May. Here's one of the photos: and to see the others click here. (No political commentary here, I link to the site only b/c of the Cape May connection, thank you very much.) I like to post a "house of the day" photo on Thursdays, so think photo will fit today's bill.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cape May Moms Meet Terry O'Brien's Ghost Ship

I think the old commercial jingle was, "two great tastes that taste great together"... something like that. Well, today's post features two different Cape May institutions coming together in the interest of a blog post.

First, in this corner, I give you the Cape May Moms Blog, a longtime blog in the area run by Elizabeth Norton and friends. This is not a tourist-y blog; the Cape May Moms Blog is for locals.

In the other corner, I give you Exit Zero's own Terry O'Brien -- author, famous karaoke host, and all-around bon vivant.

As you most likely know if you've gotten so far into the Exit Zero Universe that you're reading this remote outpost of a blog, Mr. O'Brien recently brought the Ghost Ship of Morey's Pier to life.

Meanwhile, Ms. Norton and friends recently took a tour of the Ghost Ship, and the video of that tour is fun to watch. If you haven't set sail on the Ghost Ship, then this video gives you a taste. And if you are not familiar with the Cape May Mom's Blog, perhaps after watching the video you will start checking it out. The video is definitely worth a watch:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween, Halloween and More Halloween

I'm sensing a theme this week.

The AC Press has a nice story about 55 scarecrows that have set up shop at the Physick Estate. For even more on the scarecrows, and the other Halloween activities at the Physick Estate, click out this handy-dandy Physick Estate Halloween season schedule.

And at CapeMay.Com, you can see photos from Sunday's Halloween Parade by clicking here.

Monday Post on Tuesday (sorry about that)

With Halloween around the corner, Cape May got a jump on the holiday with its annual Halloween Parade. Courtesy of the Herald, you can read about the parade here. Or, you can see a snippet of the parade for yourself, thanks to the magic of Youtube -- just click the link below:

Cape May Halloween Parade 2010.

Once you've watched this great video, I think you will agree with me: the people in Cape May apparently have a great deal of time on their hands during the offseason.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bad News Travels Faster Than Good News

Major computer problems delay today's post, but better late than never.

The Cape May Carriage Company provides one of the truly memorable experiences of Cape May -- the horse drawn carriage ride through town.

Initially, I did not intend to link to the story of the animal cruelty charges lodged against the Cape May Carriage Company, but Cape May County Herald's Jack Fichter has what I perceive to be a very fair write-up about the charge and the defense. On its face I find the charges dubious. After reading Mr. Fichter's article, and this Star-Ledger article, I suspect -- and hope -- that these charges will ultimately be dismissed.

Friday, October 22, 2010

If You Don't Stop and Look Around Once in a While, You Could Miss It

(For the time being (perhaps permanently), I will cross-post on both blogs...)

Nice article in the AC Press about antiquing in Cape May County right here.

Mary Ann Melton of Texas, who I've written about before, has a very interesting post about the raptor-banding project in CM Point right here. Others have written about this project, but Ms. Melton gives us some great photos, too. Here's her photo of a peregrine falcon (and handler):

And finally, the New Yawk Daily News has a write-up about winter-time getaways, with a little bit about the The Virginia Hotel and its off-season specials which reads:

While the seaside town of Cape May, N.J., is known as a bustling summer destination, it's lovely Victorian-era homes and small-town feel make it a perfect romantic escape during the holidays, too. The Virginia Hotel, one of the town's oldest and most luxurious establishments, is offering a selection of packages tailor-made for couples looking for a comfy cold-weather getaway just a two hour-drive drive from New York City. The Thanksgiving Day Package, available Nov. 23-27, includes discounted accommodations, a special Thanksgiving Day dinner for two at the hotel's well-known the Ebbitt Room, plus daily continental breakfast served in your room or the Ebbitt Room lounge. The Yuletide Getaway, available Nov. 28-Dec. 30, features discounted accommodations, a $110 voucher at the Ebbitt Room, daily continental breakfast, two tickets to a Christmas Inn tour and two glasses of Champagne. Rooms start from $109; other holiday deals are available. For more information go to www.virginiahotel.com or call 1-800-732-4236.

Working out the new location

I am still working on the new blog loading like the old blog. But in the meantime, to read my daily posts click on this link and the blog posts at the top of the list should be the new ones. I'm trying to set the blog up so that once you click on the blog you don't have to 'click thru' in order to read the whole blog post, more of the blogger default format since that's what I'm used to (and the readers). But, we'll see -- always willing to learn a new trick.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Moving Day

I will write more later, but in the meantime please check out Cape May Blog's new home:
right here.

I promised news, and I delivered!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

(Light)House of the Day

photo by Mary Ann Melton

Mary Ann Melton, a Texan who describes herself as a person who "love[s] being outdoors [where] the beauty of God's creation really feeds [her] spirit[,]" recently visited Cape May and took some very nice photos of the Lighthouse and Point area. Check her photos and "Mary Ann's Photos" site out here. Since today is 'photo of a house' day, that is her photo at the top of this post of the Lighthouse.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Bearer of Bad Tidings

According to Cape May.Com, I didn't win the Our Lady Star of the Sea car raffle. And unless you've never introduced yourself to your humble blogger, it turns out that you didn't win, either. Someone named Jeanette from Peckville won. Congratulations Jeanette!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Washington Inn Rave Review

Jennifer, a blogger who runs The Jersey Shore Journal, shares about her recent visit to the Washington Inn right here. You hafta see her photo of the chocolate mousse tower.

And since it's Monday, I must post a Cape May sign. Well, here you go:

Friday, October 15, 2010

More on the Monarchs

Monarchs in Flight © 2010 Michael O'Brien

I linked to Carole Brown's Ecosystem Gardening blog the other day, and today I discovered she is part of a team of bloggers at a blog named Beautiful Wildlife Garden. To see Carole's great blog post on the monarch migration, click here. Carole posted the photo I have linked to above, and she also posted a number of other excellent photos from the migration through Cape May. That photo above -- where must the photographer have been standing when that photo was taken? I suppose on a jetty - is that the Alexander Street jetty or is there a different one he could have been standing on?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jersey Bites Loves Cape May Fish Market

I suppose at some point I will concede that the Cape May Fish Market is not a "new" restaurant anymore. It's been smack dab in the middle of the mall for a few years at this point.  Beverly A. Beveridge, a restaurant reviewer for the Jersey Bites website, gives a great review to the Fish Market and you can read that review right here. With a surname of Beveridge, one would have to assume the restaurant reviewer has found her calling.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ecosystem Gardening Blog Brings It Strong

Carole Brown of the blog Ecosystem Gardening has a great blog post about Cape May in the Fall. The post includes a number of great and recent photos of Cape May, including the one above. Highly recommended.

I should note that I hope to have exciting news about the blog soon. Stay tuned.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Video for Monday

A website that specializes in fun trips with children brings us the nice video visit to Cape May Point and the Lighthouse. Thank you to the Fun Things to do With Your Kids in Delaware County for the video, and don't complain to me if you think the video conflicts with the title of their blog. (Perhaps Cape May is a symbolic part of Delaware County, I don't know.)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mike Crewe's One-Year Anniversary Post

Mike Crewe's Birding and Wildlife blog is absolutely required reading for a "Cape Mayniac", as I understand the new term goes. Mike's latest post -- right here -- must be one of Mike's best posts. He writes about butterflies, birds, and his one-year anniversary in Cape May. The photo above is from Mike's blog, as are the photos below. Definitely check his blog out regularly.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cape May's Chautauqua

The Cape May Forum's Chautauqua at the Shore begins today. What is the Chautauqua at the shore? According to the website, it is an annual, four-day event "in historic Cape May to learn, talk, be inspired, and challenged to explore the critical issues of our times." Cost listed here, speakers listed here, and schedule here.

I don't know much about this but both CapeMay.Com and Exit Zero have been raving about it. So it must be good. If you're in Cape May, you should try and visit.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Postcards and Ghosts, oh my.

postcard from CapeMay.com

CapeMay.Com has a nice feature on vintage Cape May postcards, like the one above that is featured (among others) on their site.

Cape May's own personal ghost hunter, Craig McManus, shares his plans for what has gotta be his biggest month of the year right here. The plans include trolley tours, lectures, and teas. And lots of ghosts, I expect.

Since it's 'house photo day' on the blog, I will share Craig's haunted house photo:


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cape May allows bait and tackle stores to sell fresh bait on the beach - pressofAtlanticCity.com

Click this link: Cape May allows bait and tackle stores to sell fresh bait on the beach - pressofAtlanticCity.com to read about the city council's approval of selling bait on the beach.

If I follow this story correctly, the bait and tackle store at the top of Sunset Blvd (for lack of a better description) will now sell bait and tackle at a fixed location on the beach, specifically at Poverty Beach (intersection of Madison and Beach).

Is this decision supposed to make sense?

In my experience, Jim's Bait and Tackle is open much earlier than the West Cape May bait shop ... in fact I've been annoyed at times by how late the shop on Sunset opened, such that I had to turnaround and head over to Jim's to get bait/tackle when I intended to fish off the Alexander St. jetty. (And as a customer, I think the guys at Jim's are as nice as they come in terms of helping the average angler).

But putting that aside, why is a bait and tackle shop in West Cape May now going to have an 'fbo' (fixed base of operations) at Poverty? I believe the owner of the store asked to have a moving operation depending on where the fish were running. That certainly makes sense. And if he has to close up shop at 9am, it would seem that this is something that many vacationers won't even know about, let alone find disagreeable. There's not many people up and about between 6 and 8, so really only the last hour will impact anybody.

So if it's a circumstance that would hardly bother anyone, why limit this businessman to only one location -- and an out-of-the-way location at that?

I apologize if this sounds overly critical and I'd be happy to hear the counter-argument in favor of handling the matter this way. But right now it doesn't seem to me that the council did this guy any favors (yet they think they did).

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Beach Theatre, Bacchus Inn, and Butterflies

Cape May continues to seek repayment of $100k from the Beach Theatre Foundation and those who pledged to help repay the loan. On its face, the city's behavior strikes me as strange. Perhaps the city's behavior is defensible, but the officials are not making that case. Of all the problems facing Cape May, $100k for the theatre hardly rises to the level of making a very public case about it.

Click here for some nice photos of Cape May's Octoberfest celebration this past weekend, courtesy of the Bacchus Inn blog.

And finally, click here for some videos of the Cape May great butterfly migration from a few weeks ago.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Quiet Monday

Not much exciting news to report today... it's so quiet, I thought a photo of the library was in order. Have a great work week!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

More on South Cape May

If you've been reading here awhile, you know I have linked to other stories about South Cape May in the past. The author of the new book on South Cape May is featured in the Philly Inquirer this weekend. To buy Remembering South Cape May: The Jersey Shore Town that Vanished Into the Sea, click this link. To see a few photos that the Inquirer has posted of South Cape May and the author, click here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Poor Richard? Poor me!

Poor Richard's Inn is for sale. Click the link to see how amazing this home is, built in 1882. What an amazing home.

And the Albert Stevens Inn is running a sweepstakes where the prize is two nights in their Inn. I entered the contest, what are you waiting for?