Monday, January 31, 2011

Historic Watch List Coverage in the Herald

Jack Fichter has more details about the Fed's "Watch List" of historic landmark districts right here. He includes some quotes from Barbara Skinner, who often can be found around these types of controversies.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


To check out the new Cove (new in the sense that the beach replenishment project appears to have created a new beach), click on this live webcam of the Cove. Amazing!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Historic Designation In Danger

Interesting that the Feds put the city on a watch list, which means the city is in danger of losing national historic landmark status, at the same time that the city considers whether to allow Frank Investments to tear down the Beach Theatre.

Correlation does not mean causation, yadda yadda yadda. But when the city chooses to take a centerpiece of the town -- the convention hall/movie theatre area -- and turn it into a bland building tribute to cost cutting (the new Convention Hall and the soon-to-come condo complex where the theatre was -- one wonders if the city leaders have decided the nearly 40-year experiment in using its role as a national historic landmark to draw tourists has failed?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wildwood Goes to the Movies

Although Wildwood is certainly not Cape May (physically, mentally, socially, historically, metaphysically, etc.), Wildwood does sit in Cape May County. Longtime readers know I use this as an excuse to occasionally feature Wildwood on this Cape May Blog. Anywho...

I stumbled into this video snippet of the Wildwood Boardwalk as it appeared in the 1988 smash-movie, "The In Crowd." And by "1988 smash movie" I mean "who the heck ever heard of this movie???" This movie review from the Unknown Movie Reviewer Site actually says the movie is quite good, and is a bit of a lost classic. I read another review which compared it favorably to Dirty Dancing; the comparison is apt because the movie is set in 1965 Philadelphia, and features a DJ character not unlike Jerry Blavat ("The Geator"). The movie starred Joey Pantoliano in that Geator-esque role, as you'll see in the video if you watch it. Apparently Donovan's son (Donovan -- you know, "Mello Yellow") starred in the movie, as well. I understand the movie may be on Netflix instant queue, although I haven't actually checked.

Anyway, with no further ado, here is Wildwood Boardwalk 1988, playing the role of Wildwood Boardwalk 1965, in the movie "The In Crowd."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chatter from a Nest in Cape May

from Cape May Wren's site

A blogger in Cape May County that I have previously missed mentioning is Cape May Wren. Her site has photos of the Point, and other areas of Cape May County, and comes with her point of view. One of the great things about blogs is you get to see what other people think and feel, people you probably never would have known otherwise. Check out her Chatter from the Wren's Nest blog by clicking this link.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The history of Cape May County, New Jersey: from the aboriginal times to the present day

If you have one of these new-fangled e-readers, you may want to download The History of Cape May County, New Jersey: From the Aboriginal Times to the Present Day, written by Lewis Townshend Stevens, and published in 1897. Google scanned a copy of the book in Harvard University's library, and now it's available as a pdf download for free at that link.

Technology may have its issues, but it also has its benefits. I haven't read the book yet, but I will be downloading it- this is for sure.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Interesting Point Artist

Toni Voskia, proprietor of her eponymous website, paints skyscapes and seascapes of the place where she lives, Cape May Point. Her medium is oil on canvas and she seeks to evoke a feeling of light and movement in her portrayals of skies and seas. No two paintings are alike and each conveys the mood of a different time of day in varying seasons. She also sells her photography of the Point, which pictures include the one I have posted at the top of the page. I always like featuring Cape May artists, and I encourage you to check out her seascapes and notecards.

Lastly, in case you're new, I reassure you that I feature sites like Toni's not because she pays me, or I even know her. I feature sites like hers because I love Cape May and if you landed here, then you probably do, too. And artists like Toni (and all the artists I've featured) should be encouraged, imho.

Have a good Sunday!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Weird New Jersey Visits the Concrete Ship

I find it hard to believe, but I don't think I've ever liked to this video of Weird New Jersey visiting the Concrete Ship. It's a great video and fun to watch. Probably one of the best things on the 'net about Cape May. (Yes, that's a bit subjective.)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Christmas Owl in Cape May

photo from CapeMayTimes.Com

I'm a bit late to this, but Jane Kashlak of CapeMayTimes.Com recently wrote a great piece about the birders of Cape May and the saving of A Christmas Owl in Cape May.

Q: Does this happen anywhere else other than Cape May?

A: I don't think so.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Best Place to Get Away

photos courtesy Cape May: The Best Place to Get Away

Cape May: The Best Place to Get Away is a long-time, lesser-known blog on the Cape May scene. The blogger has many interesting gadgets on her website, all related to Cape May. And by gadgets I mean that the blogger has much more technical know-how than I do, thus on her blog you will find tide charts that update regularly, a bird forecasting map of the northeast part of the country, a video of a storm rolling into Cape May, etc. It's all quite interesting and I wish I knew how to post so many interesting things on my blog.

The blogstress also lives in CM part time, and thus we get some beautiful pictures, like the ones above and below, both taken over the last two weeks or so. Check out Cape May: The Best Place to Get Away!

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Right Day To Mention The MAC's New Exhibit

Can I Get A Witness! Exhibit at the MAC

Today being a special day of remembrance of an American hero for all of us, I think it's the right time to mention that Cape May's Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts at the Physick Estate ("MAC") has a new exhibit featuring the history of the African-American Church in Cape May County. Hopefully you knew that Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad used to run through Cape May? If you didn't, well now you do. But I digress. The MAC's new exhibit sounds like a good one, and I encourage you to check it out. Here is a description from the MAC's website:

January 14 through April 17

Can I Get a Witness!
A Testament to the Black Church in Cape May County
The black church has a distinctive and uniquely powerful community outreach tradition. Indeed, the black church’s historic role in providing blacks with education, social services, and a safe gathering place foreshadowed its historic role in the growth and stability of the African American community in Cape May County.
The collection of artifacts, photographs and documents brought together in this exhibit begins to tell the story of the impact the church has made among Cape May County African Americans during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and of their contribution to the birth of what came to be known as the "Black Church" in the United States.


Monday, Jan. 17: 4pm

Sunday, Feb. 27: 4pm

Whether you can make it to the exhibit or not, remember to say a prayer of thanksgiving today for Martin Luther King, Jr., and all he did to help bring about a country that tries to judge people by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Very Cold Inn of Cape May

from the Inn of Cape May's facebook page

My favorite hotel was, is, and shall ever be The Colonial Hotel... err, I mean The Inn of Cape May. Anyway, for a quiet Sunday I give you this very cold photo of The Inn of Cape May's porch. If you've never stayed at the Inn, I recommend it.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

You Want Snow Photos?

photos courtesy Shore News Today

For Cape May snow photos from the past week, check out Shore News Today's great selection. This one certainly will become a favorite:

Have a great Saturday!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Replenishing the Cove

Jack Fichter has an interesting article in the Herald about efforts to make the Cove Beach retain a gently sloping entry beach, instead of the sudden dropoffs found at some of the other beaches because of beach replenishment.

If you're interested in tracking how the replenishment is going, check out the Surfer Cam, which provides live video of the Cove all day and night. It's particularly interesting to watch at night as the various sand-moving machines move up and down the beach, with lights guiding the way. Usually at night this camera shows a peaceful serene beach with the lighthouse occasionally coming into view. Not now. Now it is full of action. Worth a look for sure.

Lighthouse, Dogs, & Washington's Crossing

photos courtesy Margaret Montet

I have featured freelance writer Margaret Montet before but it's been awhile. Margaret has a nice post about the Lighthouse Crawl she and her friends engaged in a month or so ago, visiting 11 lighthouses in all. And for an older post I enjoyed but failed to link to earlier, check out this post by Margaret's dog about Cape May's friendliness to dogs.

Finally, although it's off-topic for the EZ/CM Blog, Margaret's write-up of the recent reenactment of Washington's Crossing of the Delaware is worth a look, too. You can see that post right here and for a neat photo of the event, check this out:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Craig House

The John F. Craig House remains one of the most popular b-and-b's in town. To learn more about the reality of the house, check out its blog. To learn more about the un-reality of the house, check out ghosthunter Craig McManus's interesting CapeMay.Com story about the ghosts which roam the home's halls.

In other news, yes there was more snow in Cape May, but at this point snow in cape may is becoming not-even-newsworthy!

Monday, January 10, 2011



I can't find much blogworthy today, thus I give you this photo of one of my family's favorite stores, Whiskers. Whiskers is nothing if not whimsical, which is good since those words share the unusual wh- beginning. It's located on Ocean, which is one of my favorite streets in town. If you have a loving pet, or you need a gift for someone who has a loved pet, then this is the store for you.

Whiskers is whonderful.

(ed. -- Egads that is terrible. Please accept our apologies for that terrible play on letters by the resident blogger.)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Jen Miller's New Book

Jen Miller, one of my favorite shore-related writers whom I have often featured (and to whom I am not related), is gearing up for the release of the second edition of her book, The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May. I have previously recommended the 1st edition and I look forward to reading the second. Congratulations to Jen!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Exit Zero Burns' Supper at the Ugly Mug -- Coming Soon!

If January 27th was a weekend night, my wife and I would have figured out how to attend the hottest Cape May night in January -- the Burns Supper. But if you're closer than we are to Cape May -- which is likely true -- than I recommend you figure out how to get there. Here is the key information you need:

The Seventh Annual Exit Zero Burns Supper will be held at the Ugly Mug on January 27 from 7pm-11pm. It is sure to be yet another sell out, so reserve your seats today. $30 gets you a 3-course Scottish meal including either haggis (we promise, it really is good!) or traditional Fish-N-Chips. PLUS there will be bagpipes, poetry recitals, songs and dance. Cash Bar. Proceeds benefits Cape May Stage.

And what is the Burns Supper? Well, here's an explanation from the Emperor/Guru/Capitan/Senor Bossman of Exit Zero itself, Scotland's own Jack Wright:

For those readers who don’t have a clue what we’re going on about (and surely you are in the minority by now), the event celebrates Scotland’s most famous poet, Rabbie Burns, who wrote, among many other things, “Auld Lang Syne.” And the reason we celebrate him is because EZ’s publisher is Scottish, which might strike you as a tenuous reason for having such an event, but just go with it. The event features Scottish singalongs, poetry recitals, and bagpipes played by the men of the Irish Pipe Brigade. Those burly men doing laps around the bar while pumping out such classics as “Amazing Grace” and “Scotland the Brave” is enough to give a grown man goosebumps (and does every time).

The Burns Supper also features, at its heart, that most controversial and misunderstood food: the haggis. Or, as it’s known in Scotland, the haggis. Many Americans still refuse to sample this fine food, which is such a shame, because, trust us, it is no longer made up of all sorts of offal (deliberate usage) things wrapped in a sheep’s stomach – it’s simply choice meat mixed with oatmeal and spices. In other words, delicious. Now don’t be a wuss and try some. For those who simply won’t, there will be fish ‘n’ chips.

Tickets for the event are STILL $30 (just as they were at the inaugural event, in 2005). Trust us, you need to reserve them in advance because tickets will almost certainly not be available at the door. To buy them, you can either call us at (609) 770-8479 or buy them from our website at www.exitzero.us. You can also mail us a check (see our address on the inside back page) or stop by the office.

Either way, be there. And there’s a bonus this time around: the Mug has installed nifty wooden booths, which have added to the capacity and which also allow for a more intimate experience.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Young Photographer + Old City = Great Photos

According to this young photographer and blogger, Cape May is "the most beautiful place[.]" Well, we here at the CM/EZ Blog certainly agree. To see all of her gorgeous sunset photos, like the one above, check out her blog "S Rothwell Photographics."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Bunker

People love to photograph the Cape May "bunker." Click Here for some nice artistic photos taken recently of the bunker. If you look around this blog (where I found this photo) has some other nice Cape May-area photos as well.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Rudy on the Radio

I have written about my favorite longtime pastor in the Cape May-area -- Pastor Rudy Sheptock -- many times. Rudy is not just a pastor of the Lighthouse Church, he's also a DJ who starts a new morning show on Fun 106.7 FM in Cape May County this morning. He will be on each morning, M-F, from 7am to 10am. To listen live to the program via the internet, click this link. If you're in Cape May, then just turn your dial to 106.7.

His show, like all the shows on the station, will feature hits from the 50s thru the 80s. Right now I'm listening to Bruce sing Glory Days. I hope you check his show out!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Old Sites Bring New Pleasures

photo courtesy Mike Crewe

As the New Year begins and I search for Cape May news, I remember that Mike Crewe's Cape May Birding Blog never disappoints. Click the link to read up on his December posts, which talk about homicidal sea gulls, and the massive bird flights in December like the one pictured above.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

First Post of the Year

As I predicted yesterday, Susan Tischler of CapeMay.Com wrote a very nice summary of 2010- the year that was. Better job than I could do, I don't mind admitting.

Happy New Year Everyone!