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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Great Octoberfest Video

The Chamber of Commerce has posted a great video from this month's Octoberfest. Not something to be missed!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Planning

The City of Cape May will host a trio of Halloween events this month to thrill and entertain children and families. Sun., Oct. 23 will be a big day with Trick or Treat on the Washington Street Mall from 12:00-2:00 p.m. followed by the Cape May Halloween Parade at 3:00 p.m., with lineup and judging at 1:30 p.m. Then on Mon., Oct. 31 the city-wide “trick or treat” will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  The Halloween events are sponsored by the City of Cape May, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May, the Washington Street Business Management Association, the Cape May Kiwanis Club and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts.

For information call Civic Affairs 609-884-9565 or go to www.capemayrecreation.org.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Morning Sunrise

Before Sunrise October 16, 2011 (credit John Cooke)

Cape May Chamber of Commerce President John Cooke outdid himself with Poverty Beach photos today which he shared via Twitter.  Hopefully I will introduce them to more people by posting the photos here, as well.  Follow John on Twitter for many more great photos like the one above and the two below.

Poverty Beach Sunrise 10/16/11 #1 & #2, by John Cooke

Friday, October 14, 2011

Your Thoughts?

 This week's Exit Zero magazine is chock full of good stuff as always. My co-favorite feature in the magazine -- Terry O'Brien's Undertow -- is back for a special edition. Ostensibly Terry is back to talk about the scary-goings-on at "Morey's Fears" (f/k/a Morey's Piers) in Wildwood for Halloween. But really his column, like all his old columns, is just full of good writing, funny comments, and the occasional insight. Terry should be writing that column each week, if you ask this member of the peanut gallery.

 But really the reason I'm featuring Exit Zero today (more than usual) is to ask for your thoughts on the back-and-forth between the publisher/editor of EZ -- the one and only Jack Wright -- and Jim Testa of the Beach Theatre Foundation ("BTF"). Jack had some comments for the BTF last week that apparently the BTF took as unfairly critical. Therefore, this week EZ (i.e. Jack) gave Jim space to respond to Jack's column of last week; finally, Jack replied to Mr. Testa's response. I encourage you to read this week's EZ online (click link and then turn to page 49) in order to read these columns if you have not read them yet. I'll wait for you to get back.... okay, now that you've read them, what do you think? Obviously, it's never a good idea to get into an argument with the man who owns the printing press, but on the other hand some might say that the man with the printing press sort of picked this argument. Having read the back-and-forth-and-back, I wonder what the readers of Exit Zero think? Please let me (and us) know in the comments section below. Thanks!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Birding Weekend Oct 28-Oct 30th

Cape May's Annual Autumn Birding Festival is set for October 28 to October 30. Click HERE for more details.  Should be a great time.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday Links

Beautiful Cape May sunrise photos from earlier this week RIGHT HERE.  Thanks to photographer Stephen Tabone for the photos.

Guy and Girl Travels  reviews Elaine's Halloween show HERE.

And finally, a few of the artists featured at the West End Garage are featured HERE.

1/2 way through the week, right?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cape May council proposes banning smoke on beach, Promenade

According to this Atlantic City Press story, Cape May's City Council is proposing a complete smoking ban on the beaches and the asphalt Promenade along the ocean.  Heavy handed? Yes.  A good idea? Yes.  Kudos to the City Council (although perhaps they should consider a smoking section).

Hopefully this bird and his feathered friends won't be picking up butts in Cape May anymore...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Morning Clicks

Todd Klein, longtime Cape May Point Bird Observatory volunteer, shares some nice photos and stories from this past weekend's birding and butterfly bonanza RIGHT HERE.

 The Herald covers the passing of a Cape May fireman right here.

Hawk Watch Count Board photo courtesy Todd Klein.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Sunset

Nothing more necessary when you're looking at a Cape May Point sunset. Have a good work week.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Lima Beans, Victorians, Birds, and Butterflies: What a Weekend!

There is so much going on this weekend you would think it was the height of summer. You love Cape May because of Victoriana? Then check out the Victorian Ball and other events scheduled for Victorian Weekend You love Cape May because of the fun small-town events that regularly take place? Then check out the West Cape May's Lima Bean Festival. You love Cape May because of the abundance of nature? Then check out the birding and the butterflies that are making their way south via the Cape May peninsula as we speak. The video above comes from Philly's ABC news affiliate and its feature on the butterfly migration. Can't think of a better place to be than Cape May this weekend (or any weekend, for that matter).

Friday, October 7, 2011

Lima Bean Festival!

I already mentioned that this weekend is Victorian Weekend. Click this link learn more. But in West Cape May, it's the annual Lima Bean Festival. From the West Cape May home page: "The West Cape May Annual Lima Bean Festival is the one event you must attend. Great food, quality vendors, antiques, entertainment and fun. Come out and celebrate West Cape May's farming heritage. You will never think of legumes the same way again. Located in Wilbraham Park from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Rain date October 9. Call Diane Flanegan at 609-884-9325 for information." Lima Bean hat photo courtesy Cape May Times website.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cape May Time Machine

I usually don't have much use for Facebook, but Cape May historian Ben Miller has created a nice facebook site for Cape May fans called Cape May Good Times. He and others have posted many old photos of Cape May, the site is truly fantastic. The two photos on this page are both from the FB-site, and they are just a drop in the bucket. Frankly, there are many better photos but I'm a sucker for photos of the arcade in the 70s and the Admiral anytime.
Photos courtesy Ben Miller's Facebook site.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Falling Behind a Bit

Sorry for the slow posting the last week or so. A bit hectic in my non-blog life right now. THIS is a very funny blog post about crabbing at the bridge between Cape May and Wildwood. Although every day is Victorian Day in Cape May, this weekend is the annual Victorian Weekend. Read about the many weekend events planned HERE. Wildwood blue crabs photo courtesy StripersOnline.com

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cape May Times Writes About Beach Theatre Demolition

The Cape May Times website may pre-date CapeMay.Com, if I remember correctly. Whether or not I am correct on that, there can be no question that it is a longtime Cape May-related website. Earlier this week the Times wrote a very nice story about the tearing down of the Beach Theatre. The story includes many good photos, including the one above. Photo courtesy Cape May Times