Friday, December 31, 2010

Memories of 2010 biggest story & favorite story

Happy New Year!
I suspect that Susan Tischler over at Capemay.com will do such a good wrap-up story on 2010 that I'm not even going to try. Instead, I will suggest that the Cape May story of this year was the trials and tribulations of Convention Hall. To read all my posts on that subject -- you'll see that at one point the Hall was going to be worthy of the original Hall, and at other points it was debatable as to whether it would ever be renovated, and now the old Hall is gone -- to see all those posts from 2010, click here and here.

If Convention Hall was the biggest story, then the 'funnest' story was the story of the salty knitters. You can read my coverage of the Salthy Knitters a/k/a Midnight Knitters right here, but the best way to get a feel for 1) how fun they were and 2) what a big story they were is to watch this CBS Evening News (yes, they made national news!) story about them (when you hit play on the video you have to watch a brief commercial and then the story plays):

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See you in 2011!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Updating the Blizzard and Merion Inn Status

blizzard dec. 2010, photo courtesy Capemay.com
CapeMay.com brings the blizzard photos here, including the photo above.

The Merion Inn re-opened for business today, and for a fuller update read the Herald's news story here. But it's nice to read the good news that the restaurant is open and the brother of the owner -- injured in the fire -- will be okay.

Monday, December 27, 2010

snow/surfer cam

You can get an idea of the snow at this live "surfer" webcam... wait until it shows the end of Beach Drive as it runs into the Cove... you can see the snow there, and the accumulation, and see the wind whipping the ocean...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cape May Blizzard Ends the Year Similar to How it Began

Blizzard Dec 2010 photo courtesy CapeMay.Com

Couldn't believe my eyes this morning when Cape May was the lead video on the Weather Channel. This photo above, courtesy CapeMay.Com, shows why. And the Cape May County Herald has a news update on how the cities in the county are coping, which includes a list of snowfall amounts as of this afternoon:

Green Creek: 7.8 inches at 3:45 p.m.
Petersburg: 7 inches at 3:59 p.m.
Erma: 7 inches at 3:45 p.m.
Wildwood Crest: 7 inches at 3:44 p.m.
Fishing Creek: 7 inches at 3:53 p.m.
West Cape May: 6.5 inches at 3:47 p.m.
Seaville: 6.5 inches at 3:53 p.m.
North Cape May: 6 inches at 3:50 p.m.
Cape May: 6 inches at 3:48 p.m.
Villas: 5 inches 3:52 p.m.
Beesley’s Point: 5 inches at 3:55 p.m.
Wildwood: 2 inches at 11 a.m.
Woodbine: 1.5 inches at 11 a.m.

And of course there is more to come. I will try to follow up this post with updates. Here is a list of closings courtesy of the AC Press:

Cape May County
-- County parks and the Cape May County Zoo are closed.
-- The county library is closed.
-- Sunday's games in the 13th annual Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center were canceled.
-- The Cape May-Lewes Ferry has canceled Monday crossings at 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. are also canceled.
-- The Route 52 causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is closed. Tolls have been waived on several bridges including the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, the Townsends Inlet Bridge and the Middle Thorofare Bridge.
-- Lower Township trash and recycling collection for Monday has been cancelled due to weather conditions. Collection will resume on Tuesday but will be delayed because of the Christmas holiday. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merion Inn Fire

Nothing good about this story, other than it appears no lives were lost. But let's hope the Merion Inn can re-open soon and better than ever.

Update: This story says the victim who was taken to the hospital is in fair condition, and it also says that the restaurant is closed this weekend. But perhaps it may reopen for next (that's not known).

And the Herald has a news story right here, and based on the reader comments with the story it appears that fire dept did a great job saving the building. Nice to read.

And finally, here's
a video news report from WMGM.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Off-Topic Post, a bit of a Christmas Present

If you haven't read David Foster Wallace before, you are missing out. His fiction work -- like Infinite Jest -- can be a bit daunting. Rewarding, but daunting like most 1200 page doorstop of a books tend to be. But his non-fiction is more accessible and, for that matter, shorter. Try his essay Shipping Out which you can read at that link, which is about Wallace's experiences on a cruise. Or try Consider the Lobster, about the annual Maine Lobster Festival on the surface and about a certain questioning of our morality below the essay's surface. Wallace is insightful but at the same time very, very funny.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Shore News Today brings us a very nice story about the Alpaca Farm off New England Road today.

A nice quote from the story:

THE LOWER CAPE – Every year at holiday time, Warren and Barbara Nuessle welcome an increased number of visitors to the gift shop located at the back of the home they built for their retirement. Potential customers are invited to drive up the Nuessles’ lengthy driveway on New England Road, park next to the family vehicles, and walk around to the back of the house.

But it takes many customers well over half an hour to find their way – because they’re enchanted en route by the sight of alpacas grazing and playing in the pastures that blanket the Nuessles’ property.

Thirty eight alpacas, to be exact.

That is not just a nice quote, it is accurate -- it describes my family when we visited the farm last summer. The pictures in this post are from that visit. No question -- for a fun afternoon diversion, check out the farm, and then go explore the nearby beach area (yes, the infamous Higbee Beach). You will be surprised at how undeveloped this area of Cape May is if you haven't explored it much previously.


Monday, December 20, 2010


The Cape May Times website has some very nice photos of this weekend's snowfall (including the one above) -- you can see those photos right here.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

All Quiet on the Cape May Front

Not much news to report so I give you a Cape May Christmas tree ornament. Yeah, I'm reaching today.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Weekend at the Hall

Jen Miller, blogger extraordinaire and no relation, writes about her weekend visit to Cape May right here. She even shares a nice photo of the interior of Congress Hall wit her readers.

Sorry for the slim pickens today, but I have work to do...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Henry's On the Beach Has Left the Building

photo from the AC Press

You've probably eaten ath Henry's On the Beach, the restaurant which sits at the end of the run of stores on the boardwalk, where you may recall the Ocean Deck Restaurant used to sit. According to its website, the restaurant is pining for the fjords:

After 13 years at Henry's on the Beach, it is with deep regret that we are having to close. Business has been going down and costs have been going up, especially with no Convention Hall, Movie Theater and Tisha's and the Oasis were both forced to leave, the area no longer attracts anyone. We have tried to negotiate with the city for a reduction in rent because of convention hall being closed for 3 years but that didn't work out. We aggressively re-bid on the promise that a new larger convention hall would be completed by 2011, which is not happening.

We are so grateful to all of you who have been customers over the years and sorry that we can no longer be there for you. A very special thanks to our wonderful employees for the many years of service and friendship, some of you have been here since we opened and we appreciate your loyalty over the years. We have been very involved in Cape May and have served in many capacities to help make Cape May a better place for our residents and visitors and we are saddened that we will no longer have a business in the city of Cape May. So thanks again and hopefully we will see you at Harpoon Henry's, our restaurant in North Cape May.

Ed & Teresa Henry

Bummer. And interestingly, the AC Press has a story on this turn of events , and the city's intention to pursue the Henrys for rent payments due under the Henrys' lease with the city.

One more story to follow in the city that always fascinates.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

History on the Web

Shoreham Hotel - Sisters of St. Joseph

If you like history, check out this historical buildings site for information on some of our favorite Cape May buildings, including the Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Home, once known as the Shoreham Hotel. You'll find pictures, histories of owners of the land and the buildings, etc. Here's the page for the Christian Admiral, and here's a nice photo of the seldom-seen back of the Admiral:

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hat Tip to Another Blogger

Jen Miller, one of the great shore shore bloggers, has a nice article in the Inquirer today about Holiday Decorating that mentions Congress Halls and its well-known owner, Curtis Bashaw.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Buh-Bye Old Convention Hall

CapeMay.Com has photos of the Convention Hall demolition from beginning to end right here. The photo above is the last one in the series, but there are many photos to show how the project progressed.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

a few additions

I have tweaked the blog a little, but hopefully unobtrusively. First off, to your left you'll see a list of my favorite Cape May-related books. I recommend them highly, and have recommended them previously on this blog. If you decide you'd like to buy one (or more), you can buy through these Amazon links and the price will be the same, but I'll get a little percentage of the purchase. It's a win-win!

Underneath the Amazon links, you'll see a list of the most popular posts to-date on the blog. I may make this rotate every 30 days in the future, but for now you can see which posts have proved most popular. Marvin Hume, with his 15 minutes of (well-deserved) fame, clearly has received the most attention on this blog from visitors.

A step or two below this list of popular posts, you will see that I've begun sprucing up the external link section of the blog with more details. I will try to continue this sprucing up by adding new recommended links in the near future.

And finally, an Amazon search box is way down low on the left side of the blog. If you're after something on Amazon, use that search box and -- like I mentioned earlier -- I'll get a small percentage of the sale. No pain for you, as the price is the same either way.

I think that's it for now. I hope to also add a running Cape May news banner, but alas I'll have to figure that out later!

Shopping at Christmas

photo courtesy Kara

Here's a nice little blog post about a weekend visit to Cape May this past week (a visit which included taking the picture above).

Monday, December 6, 2010

Blogs on Monday morn

photo courtesy Dottie Sheehan's blog

Dottie Sheehan has a 'posterous' blog (not sure what that is, frankly, but I've seen them more than once over the last few weeks) and she has posted nice photos of Cape May at Christmas that you can see here and a very nice shot of the interior of Our Lady Star of the Sea that you can see by clicking here.

And at this fairly basic personal blog, you can see this evocative Christmas-time photo taken from the porch of the Inn of Cape May:

photo courtesy Ken Cogdus

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Mason

The proprietors of the Mason Cottage share a nice blog post about their efforts to make Christmas special at their b-and-b.

Friday, December 3, 2010

When the Walls Come Tumblin' Down

Courtesy of Jack Fichter and the Herald, here is some video footage of the Convention Hall tearing-down.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Queen Victoria Top 10

Here's the link, which describes the ILoveInns.Com award. From the article:

The Queen Victoria in Cape May, New Jersey boasts a rich Victorian look and sumptuous detail in four painstakingly restored buildings in the center of Cape May’s historic district. Add to your arsenal of skills of loving by taking advantage of the couples instructional massage session. Your private lesson will culminate in two personal 30-minute massages. You’ll get homework that you won’t mind doing.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas in Cape May

Yes, this Mid-Atlantic Center video is a bit happy-pappy, but if you're not going to get to Cape May for the holidays, at least you can kinda see what you're missing.