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