Saturday, December 31, 2011

Five More Favorite Posts from 2011

Yesterday I featured five blog posts from the first half of the year that were a bit personal.  Today's posts, from the second half of the year, are more universal.

1. Fourth of July, Cape May Style - July started out with a bang this year.  Fourth of July in Cape May this year was HUGE.  Bigger crowds than ever.  This post was one of several of mine over the holiday weekend, a weekend which saw those visitors googling up information on the smart phones about the CM holiday events and landing repeatedly on my blog.  Hundreds and hundreds of visitors, for a blog that on a good day one year ago would have...say...25 or so.  A fun weekend.

2. Beach Theatre Foundation Tries to Save Beach Theatre - I followed the Beach Theatre Foundation (BTF)'s efforts to save the Theatre throughout the last few years. That effort ended this year when the City political leaders decided the Theatre was a part of history the leaders did not care about.  There were a number of small surprises involved with the failed effort -- the City's shutting down the Zoning Board of Adjustment's hearings on the matter, the City caving to the threat of Franks Theatres' litigation efforts, Judge Armstrong's ruling against the BTF, among others.

Perhaps a lesser-noticed but no less surprising circumstance to emerge from the debacle was the way certain non-elected city leaders criticized the efforts of the BTF to save the Theatre.  That these critics only took this public stance after the effort to save the theatre failed seemed a peculiar -- and unnecessary -- attempt to add insult to injury.  From this vantage point, the BTF certainly didn't deserve the unfair criticism it received after the fact.

Kudos to the BTF for fighting the good fight, even if it ultimately was in vain.

3. Hurricane Irene - This blog's visit numbers went crazy as Hurricane Irene approached.  Thankfully, Irene did not damage our favorite little beach town.  Check this post out for some videos of the damage, taken by "Cape May Point Chris," a new Twitter friend...which brings me to my next post...

4. Twitter/Louisa's Restaurant - I discovered Twitter this year, and I'm glad I did.  You cannot get better, and faster, information about Cape May anywhere else.  The Cape May denizens on Cape May love Cape May as it stands today. One of my favorite Tweet-ers is Louisa of Louisa's Restaurant, who's featured in the above post.  John Cooke, of the Cape May Chamber of Commerce, is another legend of the Cape May Twitter.  Check them out.

5. Cape May Time Machine  and Remembering Cape May -- Finally, if you love Cape May as it stood in the past, you must get acquainted with the Cape May Good Times social site included within Facebook.  Cape May Historian Ben Miller, and Cape May locals too many to count, have created a Facebook group that amazes everyday.  Photos from nearly 150 years ago? Check.  Photos of the Admiral throughout its lifetime? Check.  Photos of people and places long gone but not forgotten? Checkmate.  You must check this group out if you love Cape May.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Next year I will try once again to update each and everyday.  Please leave me a comment or two if you like it! I know I have visitors -- I want to hear from you!

Happy New Year!!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Five Posts from the First Half of 2011

I did a review of my favorite posts in 2009, but failed to do so in 2010.  So, here is my bi-annual review of my favorite posts from the year.  These are posts from January through June 2011. Tomorrow I'll feature the second half of the year, which was a bit more eventful.  Without further ado, and in no particular order...

On June 14th I wrote a personal blog entry about what starts and ends my favorite type of day in Cape May: Sunrise~Sunset at the Point.  My son and I start the day at dawn, fishing at the Alexander Street Jetty. Catching a fish or two is gravy -- it's spending the time with my son at the most peaceful place on Earth that makes this morning special.  And then, regardless of what we do the rest of the day, ending the day with Marvin Hume's flag ceremony at Sunset Beach as the sun sinks into the bay.  I wonder if I'll ever find a more perfect day than one that begins and ends at the Point.  I doubt it.

That same month the world lost a giant of a man when it lost Clarence Clemons.  His passing is related to Cape May in that: 1) he is a legend of the Jersey shore; 2) his saxophone, and his lead singer's voice, dominated the summer of 1984 in Cape May; and 3) this is my blog and I can do what I want.  I'm not much of a Lady Gaga fan but I do appreciate that she featured the Big Man on her most recent album, on the song named Edge of Glory that gave Clarence one last chance to reach the top of the charts.  Listen for his solo; it brings a tear to my eye.  I don't think it's an accident that song has more soul than most any other song I've heard by this latest pop diva... and I give her immense credit for recognizing the immortal talent Clarence had. Rest in peace, big man.

Probably not new to you, but new to me in 2011 was Harpoon Henry's Restaurant in North Cape May.  We celebrated Father's Day there, and were dumbfounded that such a great restaurant was hidden away where seemingly few tourists know about it.  We went a second time for good measure, and can't wait to hit it again this summer. If you haven't been there, you need to go.

If you've been reading this blog a while you're familiar with Terry O'Brien and his world-famous Terry'oke. I may not be as famous as his most famous Terry-oke-singer (that would be Anne Hathaway), but my family and I loved our chance to shine on his stage at Congress Hall's Boiler Room.  You need to try Terry'Oke if you have not tried it yet -- and this is coming from someone who had never done karaoke previousy!

And finally, I featured the old La Mer Golf Course earlier this year.  I got a lot of feedback from that post, and even ended up corresponding once or twice with the now-grown-up daughter of the La Mer owner.  I remember her when she was a little kid and I was a bit older, playing the video games for hours that La Mer had sitting next to the golf course.  Based on the many replies I got to that post, the La Mer Golf Course is one of the truly missed things-to-do in Cape May.

Tomorrow I will feature the second half of the year, including a visit from a hurricane, and other fun memories.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

This and That

The Press of Atlantic City often does a good job profiling local business people.  They've done it again with this nice article about the owner  of The Antique Doorknob in West Cape May. Give it a read and find out more about one of the more interesting stores in the Cape May area.

In other news, Taylor Swift has been in town this week.  Thanks to Jersey Shore Jen for the 411.

Tomorrow I will write the first half of my end of year blog post featuring my favorite stories of the year! Don't miss it!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Recycling the Past

I wrote this short essay below as a blog "guest post" on a friend's blog several years ago when blogs were still sort of new. Perhaps it's not exactly on point for the "Cape May Blog" but it is on point for the season.  So without further ado,

One Lawyer's Question This Christmas: Why Is It Them, Instead of Me?

"Well tonight thank God it's them, instead of you."
--from the song Do They Know It's Christmas, written by Bob Geldof, sung by Bono.
I don't know what Bob Geldof was thinking exactly when he wrote that rather arrogant (to my American eyes) lyric, but as of late the line has weighed on me. The line cuts me to the bone. If you are reading this weblog, you are blessed beyond any measure many people in this world could ever imagine. You may be a 'social work' lawyer, making pennies on the hour in relation to the time you put in to your job. Or you may be a legal 'master of the universe' (to steal and misapply a phrase from Tom Wolfe), making scads of money doing mergers, or commercial real estate, or class-action work, or defending same. Most likely, you're somewhere in between the two.
Regardless of where you fall on this professional continuum, more than likely I know what you do during much of your workday. You stare at a computer. You type. You dictate. You make phone calls. You avoid phone calls. You meet clients. You find clients. You fire clients. You research. You read. You write. You e-mail. You argue. You marshal evidence. You record. You go to court. You win. You lose. You settle. You think.
Lawyers get complained about, and do a great deal of complaining themselves. We whine about how hard we work. We moan about how little respect we often get from the public. I've gotten to know lawyers in all shapes and sizes, yet both the former and latter are consistent complaints up and down that professional continuum above-mentioned.

 Meanwhile, there are Iraqis driving down the road waiting for a makeshift roadside bomb to blow up their auto.

Meanwhile, there are thousands of motherless children wandering the desert of Sudan, fleeing a brutal government which seeks to exterminate them.

Meanwhile, there are dissidents jailed in Cuba indefinitely for speaking against the government.

And meanwhile, in Ethiopia, the land which spawned the song quoted above, more than 3/4 of the population lives on less than two dollars a day.

Today. I sit here in front of my computer, and look out the window at a marvel of Mother Nature, an intracoastal waterway populated by birds of more species than I know, fish which jump out of the water with alarming frequency, dolphins, and vessels which are astounding for many reasons, not the least of which is their beauty and elegance.
This Christmas night I'll ask God ... no, I will demand of God: why is it them, instead of me?

And after hearing His answer and failing to understand, I'll give Him thanks, just as Bono and Bob told me to do, when I was a child.

Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by the Cape May Blog.  Bless you and yours.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Post-Employment Benefits for Me, but not for Thee

According to this story in the AC Press--

Cape May, Cape May Point officials want New Jersey to end unemployment benefits for seasonal workers  --

city officials in both Cape May and Cape May Point believe life guards should not receive unemployment during the off season.  I thought these benefits were both well known and well accepted but according to the story, the mayor of Cape May Point had no idea such was the case.  Cape May Mayor Ed Mahaney and City Manager Bruce MacLeod both support the idea of eliminating these benefits, as well.  Their point is that once you are no longer working for the city, you should no longer receive benefits from that prior employment.

Apparently it's not much money when compared to those cities' budgets but the city officials feel this is a place to make a stand on principle -- eliminating benefits for those who guard the lives of tourists and locals alike during the summer.

 Money is tight these days and every penny must be accounted for, according to MacLeod and Mahaney. Mr. Mahaney says in the story:

“Our position is these seasonal employees have applied for a seasonal job. They know there is no employment after a certain date,” Mahaney said.

You have to have a great deal of respect for principled politicians like Mayor Mahaney and City Manager Bruce MacLeod.  I anticipate the next move Mahaney and MacLeod will make is to eliminate any sort of post-employment benefits -- like say, pensions -- that they receive.  Once these city officials have moved on from their job, neither of them should be paid, if I understand their principled stand correctly.  They applied for a job and they know there is no employment once they leave their jobs -- those are Mayor Mahaney's words, after all.

Please let me know when MacLeod and Mahaney renounce any pension benefits to which they were formerly entitled.  Every penny must be accounted for in these tough economic times.  And these two men of principle are just the men to set an example for the rest of us.

ADDENDUM:  It has been brought to my attention that some readers of this post believe I am supporting the Mayor and City Manager's decision to seek to terminate unemployment benefits for seasonal workers like lifeguards.  Apparently my sense of humor and sarcasm are too subtle (or my writing skills are terrible).  I am criticizing the Mayor and City Manager in this post, as I'm sure they would not renounce any pension benefits they have (the City Mgr has pension benefits, I am not sure the Mayor does).  My point is that there are many better places to cut costs than on the backs of the unemployed seasonal workers.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Science Teacher in Cape May

Doyle is a science teacher in Bloomfield NJ who has a place either in Cape May or on the bay. I have featured his blog before; here's his most recent post about Cape May.

That's his hand pictured up there (the human one).

Friday, December 16, 2011

Random Cape May by Tumblr

Tumblr is the blog for hipsters or something like that. I've looked at it a few times over the last year or so; I suppose my favorite Tumblr site is the famous: Mallory's Clothes, which reviews what Mallory Keaton (Justine Bateman) wore on each and every episode of Family Ties.

With photos.

Inexplicably, the site is fascinating.

If you liked Family Ties (who didn't?), then you will probably NOT want to click that link unless you want to spend several hours reading the blogger's comments on Mallory.

Since I'm way too old to be a hipster, I don't really get Tumblr for the most part. But if you click this link, you will get to see each and every Tumblr post that includes a "hashtag" for Cape May (#cape may). I discovered the great photo above by clicking that link. Click through and see if you can find something you like. But I warn you that the stuff is pretty random, although usually related to Cape May.

And again, don't click the Mallory's Clothes link unless you have nothing to do for the next two hours.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Preserving the Franklin Street School

Preservation New Jersey takes a look at the recently-finished effort to preserve theFranklin Street School in Cape May.  The article is worthwhile reading. Here's a portion:
Designed in the Colonial Revival Style by the architectural firm of Edwards and Green of Philadelphia and Camden, the Franklin Street School opened in September 1928 as an elementary school for Cape May’s African-American children.

The school was converted to an annex for Cape May City High School after segregation in New Jersey’s public schools was banned in 1947. It was used as a municipal storage area for some time, and through the years, fell into a state of disrepair. Advocacy efforts by the Center for Community Arts (CCA), a multicultural arts and humanities education association, led to the school’s designation as an African-American Historic Site by the state of New Jersey. The Franklin Street School was also distinguished as a contributing building within the Cape May National Register Historic District in 1995 for its significance to local African-American history.

In January 2002, CCA took their recognition of the importance of the Franklin Street School to Cape May’s history a step further, signing a 25-year lease for the school building with the City of Cape May. Currently, the Center is working with the city to rehabilitate the school for use as a community cultural center and the focal point for African-American heritage tours of the area.  Funding from grants and various organizations will assist CCA in their vision to create a permanent educational center, housed in one of Cape May’s most significant historic landmarks.
Read the whole thing.

Photo of entrance to Franklin Street School Courtesy African American Heritage Preservation Network.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Let's Keep the Christmas Videos Rolling

Since I've linked to the Herald's Christmas video, and CapeMay.Com's most recent Christmas video, today I link to a video taken last Christmas that includes many of the beautiful B-and-B's, like the Mainstay, the Abbey, and many others.  It ends with an absolutely breathtaking lighthouse at sunset.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hospitality Night 2011

I featured the Herald's Christmas video yesterday, so why not feature CapeMay.Com's Christmas video today.  CapeMay.Com's video below was taken a few nights ago as the City of Cape May celebrated Hospitality Night. It features in part the proprietor of Swede Things (hence the photo above).  Enjoy...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Shelton College Blast from the Past

The Cape May Good Times Facebook group provided a link to this treasure from the past: a Shelton College Pamphlet, featuring Reverend McIntyre and photos of the Admiral (the "residence for women") and Congress Hall (the "residence for men").

 So what is the photo above? That's a portion of a google maps bird's-eye view of what remains of Shelton College today. Those nondescript buildings in the upper left corner are the buildings that made up much of Shelton "campus" (when you don't include the hotels and Angel of the Sea, etc.) To calibrate yourself, this is the eastern side of Cape May -- the bottom right corner is the beginnings of Poverty Beach, where Beach Drive ends. If that doesn't help you to understand the photo, then perhaps you know Cape Roc Condominium? That's Cape Roc and it's light-colored expansive parking lot in the bottom middle of the photo. But I insist that you click on the link above to the Shelton College pamphlet. It is a riot.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sunrise, Sunset

I can never get enough of good Cape May sunrise and sunset photos. Thankfully, the internet keeps washing more of them up on my shore. A Photo Addict's Showcase is a blog dedicated to gorgeous photography, and that's where I found the four photos above. The photos are the work of Victoria, a retiree who loves Cape May. You can see these photos and read about their creation right HERE.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

If You Like Food and Will Travel, then Head to Cape May

A foodie blog named Likes Food, Will Travel recently visited Cape May and that trip produced a very
nice review of the Lobster House. I have to agree with the reviewer that scallops at the Lobster House are really exceptional.

Monday, December 5, 2011

New Blog on the Block

Seriously Southern Jersey - We're Talking Exit Zero is a relatively new blog about Cape May.  Based on this Welcome Post, the blogger -- a local -- has been blogging pretty regularly since September 2011.  You can read his opinions on Cape May's best pizza HERE, and Cape May's best surf shops HERE.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Catching up after a few days

A 3-day hiatus for the blog may be the longest in its history. Sorry about that. A few stories I missed:

 The Atlantic City Press lets us know that the Cape May Brewery officially opened earlier this week. This is a great story and I can't wait to see the many successes in store for the owners of the brewery.

 Last night the City of West Cape May held its annual parade; read about it HERE in the Cape May County Herald.

And finally, the City lost another long-time member of the community: Larry Muentz, owner of Alexander's Inn. Rest in peace, Mr. Muentz.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Going to the Cape May Chapel?

Everyone's favorite Jersey Shore blogger, the one and only Jersey Shore Jen, reports Anne Hathaway is getting married.  Jen suggests that Anne get married in Cape May.  I bet odds are pretty good on that, based on how often North Jersey's own movie star has visited Cape May recently.  If it happens, Jen can say it was her idea!

P.S. If you're looking for shore-related Christmas gifts, check out Jen's  new E-Book (that's the cover of the e-book over there ---->)
and her recently-published Explorer's Guide The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May: A Great Destination (Second Edition).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More Christmas Events

Yesterday I featured Christmas events in Cape May proper. But if you're interested in broadening your horizons a bit, Shore News Today has a list of Christmas events throughout the county at this link.

  Christmas Island photo courtesy Cape May Historian Ben Miller.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Biggest Christmas Weekend of the Year Coming Up

New blog on the block Cape May Times News points out that this coming weekend is the best weekend for Cape May Christmas events. From the article:
In Cape May, the biggest holiday weekend of the year isn’t Christmas weekend. It’s three weeks earlier.The first weekend of December most definitely is the time to be here. Just about every group in the Cape May – Wildwood area holds a holiday event this coming weekend. From Friday night to Sunday evening, there are: Two tree lightings Two Christmas parades Two different holiday plays Two house tours Two open houses.
Read the whole article to learn more. Cape May at Christmas Photo courtesy The Storage Anarchist at Home.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

John F. Craig House by Candlelight

The John F. Craig House frequently updates its blog with worthwhile information and events scheduled for Cape May.  To that end, the blog tells us about upcoming Candlelight Events set the next month leading up to Christmas.  Check out both the blog and the house, one of the prettiest houses in town.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Two things I'm thankful for:

 1. You. I enjoy writing this blog knowing that at least a few people come here because they enjoy reading what I write. So thank you!

 2. Jack Wright and Dan Mathers. Jack and Dan asked me to join Exit Zero as a blogger over a year ago, and I have really enjoyed the opportunity. To both of you: Thanks for asking me to join your team in the manner that I have, thanks for indulging me and basically leaving me to my own devices at virtually all times, and thanks for supporting the blog. (The Exit Zero Blog at ExitZero.US is a near-identical twin of this blog.)

 Yes, that's actually three things I'm thankful for. I'm not good at counting.

 Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

  Thanksgiving image courtesy Cape May County Library.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Let it Snow (Geese)!

This blog's favorite bird blogger, Mike Crewe, the Brit Bird Blogger, now blogs at the Cape May Bird Observatory site.  Yesterday he shared news of the many snow geese making their way through Cape May on the way to sunnier climes.  The photo above shows those snow geese making their way past CM, and apparently locals heard them most of the night earlier this week.

Thanks to Mike Crewe for the above photo.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Remembering Cape May

I have mentioned the old Steger's Store on Beach Avenue many times in the past, but until now I've never seen photos on the web of the store. But thanks to the wonderful Facebook group Cape May Good Times, I now have photos of Steger's to go with my memories. These photos are just the tip of the iceberg. The members of this Facebook group share photos going back more than a century. For example, today Richard Gibbs posted a photo of a trotter/race horse on Beach Ave. right in front of the corner of Beach and Ocean Street. In the background you can see the Colonial Hotel/Inn of Cape May, and in the foreground just behind the trotter there's a store ("Smith's Studio") at the corner of the intersection (where the grass lot/pool sits today for the Inn of Cape May). I cannot begin to describe how evocative this photo is -- it shows a corner we all know and recognize but it shows it as it looked more than 100 years ago. I'm not going to post the photo because I demand that you go look at it on Facebook at the Cape May Good Times group. You'll thank me after you go look at that group and see all the great photos they have shared with the rest of us.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Congress Hall's Christmas Tree

Did you ever wonder where Congress Hall gets its Christmas Tree?  Yeah, neither have I.  But well, now you know, thanks to the Atlantic City Press.  NBC40 has covered this tree story as well, and you can watch this video if you don't want to read about it.

Congress Hall Christmas Tree photo courtesy Congress Hall Facebook Page.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dude! It's time to head south!

The Monarch Monitoring Project Blog was one of my favorite Cape May discoveries this year. Here's the website's latest and likely last update of the year. That little guy pictured above is the reason for that last post. Click the link to read more about him (and then check out the rest of the blog).

Butterfly photo courtesy Monarch Monitoring Project Blog.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Odd Goings-On at the Washington Street Mall

The AC Press tells us that the owner of Madame's Port is alleged to have stolen an Ugly Mug sign a few days ago. The article suggests that a dispute among proprietors in the Washington Street Mall Business Improvement District underlies this alleged theft. Regardless, it's embarrassing to Cape May and to everyone involved with the Business Improvement District. If you click thru to the Press you'll see the video that shows the alleged sign stealers doing their dirty work.

  Ugly Mug photo courtesy CapeMayViews.com.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Is the Goose Getting Fat Yet?

Shore News Today gives us the scoop on Saturday evening's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Physick Estate:

Cape May's Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank, on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Join representatives from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), Mayor Ed Mahaney and the Cape Harmonaires at the gazebo on the grounds of the estate for a round of Christmas carols. Old Saint Nick arrives at 7 p.m. and flips the switch to light thousands of bulbs on the giant 60-foot Christmas tree. Children can meet with Santa, sit on his lap and bring their Christmas lists. Warm beverages with traditional cookies will be available. The authentically-decorated 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, complete with Victorian Christmas vignettes, will be open for free, self-guided tours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by the Carriage House Gallery at the Estate to see "An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit: Holiday Traditions through the Years." This year's main attraction will be the Dickens Village collection beneath the bough of a giant Christmas tree. This impressive Department 56 collection was generously donated by Ernie and Betsy Heegard. Visitors are encouraged to share in the holiday spirit and bring a non-perishable food item for the Cape May Community Food Bank.
For other Christmas-related activities, check out the MAC's detailed schedule right here

Christmas Tree at the Physick Estate photo courtesy CapeMay.Com.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dredging Today Takes on Cape May

I can't start a morning without reading my favorite read: "Dredging Today." And lo and behold, in this morning's issue Cape May is the featured topic. According to the story, more beach replenishment begins this month in Cape May. There will be a City Council meeting on the topic today, as well.

Photo above of Cape May Point map from Lighthouse Museum. It shows the changing shoreline of the Cape May & Point area, a factor in the constant beach replenishment efforts made over the past 20 years.  Click on the photo to get a larger view of the map.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Twitter-Photo Sunday

Relax Concierge is a locally-owned business which "enhance[s] your ... Jersey Shore vacation by providing you with premium rental items and personal services."  Check out their website for more info.  I'm featuring Relax Concierge this morning because this morning on Twitter they shared the great Jersey Shore sunrise photo pictured above.  Yeah, it's not Cape May but it's close enough for horseshoes. 

And for Cape May photos my twitter feed has produced many this morning.  For today's Cape May sunrise, click right HERE (photo courtesy Suzanne C). Or for the Higbee Beach meadows this morning, click HERE courtesy Carolinn P. Woody.  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cove Beach - Most Serene Place on Earth?

Gorgeous series of Cove Beach sunset photos -- including the one above -- right here. The photos are from earlier this Autumn.

Photo above courtesy Daclaren of the Life on Dac's Planet blog.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ann Delaney from up the coast a bit is worth following

Ann Delaney of Avalon blogs and tweets about life in Cape May County, and usually those blogs and tweets include beautiful photos of beautiful Avalon and/or Stone Harbor.  I recommend following her blog and twitter account and if you're looking to buy a property in the Avalon or Stone Harbor area, she's a realtor, too.

As always, I write about people or businesses because I like them -- I've never been given a discount or any other enticement to write about somebody or something.  

Photo of today's sunrise (Nov 7, 2011) by Ann Delaney.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Birding During a 'Noreaster

The Blog This.Great.Planet visited Cape May for the Fall Birding Festival the last weekend in October.  Of course, you may recall that a 'Noreaster hammered New Jersey that weekend.  You can read about the adventures of a couple of birders in Cape May, as recounted on This.Great.Planet, right HERE.  The photo of the Lighthouse in the rain comes courtesy of that blog.  You can read about some of the bloggers' other visits to Cape May RIGHT HERE

Friday, November 4, 2011

Passive Aggressive Cape May Blogging

 Don't forget to check out this week's Exit Zero. Ben Miller gets a very nice and well-deserved shout out this week in the Ramblings from the Editor column regarding his facebook posts. I'm not sure what your humble blogger has to do in order to become worthy of a passing editorial comment about the now-more-than-one-year-old Exit Zero Blog (twin sister of this here blog). Perhaps one day your lowly blogger, who toils away most every day looking for something worthy of a daily blog post, will get a mention, at least in passing, in the hallowed pages of the dead tree edition of Exit Zero. Dream big dreams, kids. Dream big dreams.

 And now for something completely different... if you're in the market for a bed and breakfast that needs quite a bit of love and care but is still one of the prettiest dames on the block, The Abbey (pictured above) is still for sale and I believe the price on the place just dropped considerably. I think it would make a nice lawyer's office, myself. That last comment makes more sense when you know what I do for a living.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Two Stories in the AC Press

A couple of bald eagles are visiting Grassy Sound in Middle Township this Fall.  Click the link for a bunch of fantastic photos of the eagles.

And here's an article about Cape May's proposed Tourism Utility to address the $ raised by the new convention hall.

Thanks to AC Press for the bald eagle photo.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Haunted House?

According to this article, you will find a number of ghosts at the Physick Estate. Thankfully, the Estate no longer looks it did in the photo above, which is the Estate circa 1970. But one can imagine ghosts in that Scooby-Doo-looking haunted house!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Physick Estate photo courtesy the MAC.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Book for Halloween

Lily's Ghosts is a kid/teen mystery set in an old Cape May home that involves...ghosts. I read it a few years ago; not the most memorable book I ever read but a good read for tweens -- not too scary.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Then & Now

 Great video put together by Ben Miller to show many of the old hotels and what exists on the spots where they used to sit. Thanks, Ben! (and sorry I didn't post the video correctly, but hopefully it's there now.)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Birds, Bicycling, etc.

Click here for another article about the quest to see a life bird in Cape May.

Click here for a fun article about surrey bike riding in Cape May.  This article proves that any topic can be interesting if the writer knows his subject and writes well.  And it causes me to break my rule about not posting photos of my family on the blog.  I don't have very many photos of surrey bikes, and this surrey bike is improved by the beautiful twelve-year old (my daughter) standing next to it.  That's a pretty random spot where she's standing.  To her right (our left) is a restaurant sign just outside the frame -- I wonder if anyone can guess the restaurant?  The background limits the possibilities...

And finally click here for some random photos from the last few months which include shots of Cape May and Cape May Point, including a barren porch of the Congress Hall.  Well, barren of people. (broken link fixed.)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Scary Stuff

Who's been to Morey's "Fears" this October season?  Since Exit Zero star Terry O'Brien is behind it, I suspect it's pretty darn fun.  Read more about it HERE. (And yes, this is Wildwood news but I reserve the right to write about whatever I want.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cape May Map Machine

The above map comes to us via the Brooklyn Historical Society Blog. It dates from 1666-67, and if you look closely you'll see "Cape May" labeled about where it should be. You can also see references to "Cape Hinlopen," "Barnegat," and "Lange Eylandt."  If you want to read more about the political implications of the map (how it shows the different claims to lands by European nations at the time), CLICK HERE.  The blogpost is definitely worth a read.

Goos Map image courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society Blog.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Birding Birding Birding

It's Fall so you know I'm going to feature many birding blogs -- and and here's another one. This Quebecer has posted about his visit to Cape May several times in the last week or so; you can see those posts HEREHEREHEREHEREAND ALSO RIGHT HERE. These blog posts are replete with gorgeous bird, nature, and dragonfly photos.  Here's how the blogger describes Cape May:

The inspired placing of Canadian Thanksgiving during autumn migration gave us the opportunity to take a few days at Cape May in New Jersey. Despite being a good drive the birding prospects nulified the numb bum such trips bestow and we chanced upon great weather and excellent passage.

We stopped at the reasonably priced Jetty Motel, modest but very well placed for a birder. Literally on the doorstep was seawatching, a walk around the beach took you into the Meadows nature reserve and then on to Cape May State Park. Complimenting our trip was a birding cruise aboard The Osprey, $35.00 each well spent as it took us into areas we could not drive or walk to.

Here's a few more of his photos:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

More from Bird Light Wind

The Bird Light Wind blogger blogs some more about his time birding at Cape May Point.  Click the link to see more of Mr. Kitundu's great photography at the Point.

Photo by Walter Kitundu.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bird Light Wind visits Cape May Point

If you're looking for a blog that features the beauty of nature with fantastic photography, you won't do much better than Bird Light Wind. The website's proprietor is Walter Kitundu, a "Rennaisance Man" who invents musical instruments and has quite an eye for raptors and nature in general. He recently visited Cape May and has blogged about that visit here, here and here. His posts are full of amazing photos like the one above of a raccoon at the Point and the one below of a storm of birds on their way through the Point for the winter. Check his blog out for many amazing photos.
 Both photos on this page credit Walter Kitundu.