Friday, June 29, 2012

4th of July, Cape May (Sandy)

The biggest day of the summer rapidly approaches... July 4th.  I will try and keep track of all the goings-on for you.  Underneath the video, you will find the first calendar of events I have found, thanks to shorenewstoday.com.  I will fill in more information as I learn it. But first, here's the Jersey Shore's own, Bruce Springsteen, singing an acoustic version of 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)...

And here's that schedule for you:

CAPE MAY – The city will stage a weeklong independence celebration beginning June 30, highlighted by a fireworks extravaganza sponsored by the City of Cape May, Congress Hall and the Chamber of Commerce.

Fireworks are scheduled for Wednesday, July 4 at approximately 9 p.m. from a barge off Congress Beach.

The festivities reach a pinnacle on Saturday, July 7 with the 33rd Annual Independence Parade at 1 p.m., followed by the Fralinger String Band concert in Convention Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

The celebration commences on Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. with the Cape May Diamonds reunion concert at Cape May Convention Hall. Also on June 30 at 8 p.m., The Doctors of Rhythm are one of the 40 free Rotary Park band concerts offered throughout the summer.

The Lagond Honors Band makes a stop at Cape May Convention Hall on Sunday, July 1 at 7 p.m. as part of their Mid-Atlantic Tour. The concert will feature a group of serious minded, young musicians who bring events to life with Latin, Jazz, and Funk rhythms. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Magician Rich Lessig will appear at Cape May Convention Hall for a free performance July 3 at 7 p.m. The hour-long program combines magic and humor with his upbeat personality to capture your attention.

The Fourth of July begins at Congress Hall with the Great Lawn Party, which will feature three legged races, potato sack races, face painting, balloon twisting and great BBQ food. Later in the evening, the Congress Street Brass Band will play at Rotary Park starting at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will start around 9 p.m.

The John Clark Little Big Band will play at Rotary Park on Friday, July 6. On Saturday, July 7 the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be held at Congress Hall in the morning. The city will stage its annual Independence Parade at 1 p.m. with parade participants gathering at noon.

The parade route is on Beach Avenue from Philadelphia Avenue to Patterson Avenue with the reviewing stand near Convention Hall. Capt. William Kelly, Commanding Officer of the U.S.C.G. Training Center, Cape May will serve as Grand Marshal and his entourage will include the U.S. Coast Guard Band and Color Guard.

Other entries highlighting the procession are Mayor Dr. Edward J. Mahaney, Jr. and city council, VFW Post 386, American Legion Post 193, Congress Street Brass Band, Super Girl, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts with Dr. Emlen Physick, the Forgotten Warriors Museum, Bonsal Blues Band, The Quaker City String Band, The Duffy String Band and The Fralinger String Band.

Capping off the evening of July 7, the Golden Eagle Band will play a free concert in the Rotary Park bandstand, and the legendary Fralinger String Band will strut into Cape May Convention Hall for a one night performance at 7:30 p.m. This will mark the first time a Mummers String Band will play a show in the new Cape May Convention Hall.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bloggy Thursday

Lately it seems blog entries about visits to Cape May have slowed down.  But today, we have two new blog reports chock full of photos of our favorite town.  Check out the Sunshine + Design Blog for photos of the Southern Mansion, the Chalfonte, and much more; and also check out The Newest Vegetable for the blogger's report on her visit to Cape May.  To wet your whistle, here are a few photos from those blogs:

Beach Houses June 2012 by Sunshine + Design
Cape May Meadows by The Newest Vegetable

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cape May project removes many, but not all, rocks from experimental beach project - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Cape May County News

The Press of Atlantic City follows up on the rocks on the beach: Cape May project removes many, but not all, rocks from experimental beach project.

You have to wonder if the City and Army Corp of Engineers will give up on backpassing b/c of this unintended consequence or if they will learn from the mistake.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Victorian Clothing

Click HERE for some interesting in-depth writing about the Victorian age and what and why women were wearing what they were wearing.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kenny Chesney brings in Summertime in Wildwood

Once in a while, the Cape May Blogger features Wildwood.  Something big has to be going down for me to turn my focus up the GSP or Ocean Drive -- and yesterday, something big was definitely happening in Wildwood. Kenny Chesney, a very popular country music star, brought his tour to the beach in Wildwood, and it was a smashing success.  You can read about it HERE in the Cape May County Herald.  You didn't even have to be on the beach to see it, as they web-casted the concert live on Youtube. Even if you don't like this particular type of country music, you couldn't deny that the concert looked like a whole lot of fun.  Congrats to Wildwood for a great kickoff to summertime!

Photo Credit: Cape May County Herald

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Random Great Shots of Cape May

Chris Thorpe is a recent retiree who takes great photos and posts them to his blog.  Recently he turned his shutter towards Cape May.  Click here, here, here, here, and here to see his work.  Great stuff.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Convention Hall Kiddie Dances Are Back!

A few months ago I asked if the City planned to bring the old kiddie dances back once the new Convention Hall opened.  Well, the Herald brings word that the Convention Hall Kiddie Dances Are Back!  Click the link to see when (I believe it's Friday nights).  But this is great news and shows the City Administration does understand the meaning of tradition at least a little bit. Hats off to them.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! That's my dad with my four children at our favorite breakfast joint in Cape May: McGlades, of course!

Friday, June 15, 2012

HarborFest! HarborFest! HarborFest!

Cape May's mid-June HarborFest is still relatively new (this is the fourth year) but I think it has become one of the best events on the annual calendar. Great food, fun things to do, water sports, arts and crafts, all in one place -- on the beautiful Cape May harbor!  When?  TOMORROW! Saturday, June 16th.  Watch this great video featuring the Chamber of Commerce's John Cooke, who continues to do a great job promoting all that Cape May is, and can be.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Shore Stories" - An Anthology of the Jersey Shore

Back in 1998 the wonderful publisher Down the Shore Publishing put together a fantastic anthology of works (fiction, poetry, photography, & non-fiction) called Shore Stories.  I cannot recommend this work highly enough, as I have gone back to it time and again to read the short stories, and portions of larger stories, that the editor carefully picked for this work.  Some of the authors published in Shore Stories include: Gay Talese, John McPhee, and William Wharton -- if you know writing, you know this is a who's who of New Jersey writing powerhouses.

You can buy Shore Stories right HERE, by the way.

One of the poems in the book was written by Karen Zaborowski, a high school English teacher from Atlantic County.  I hope she won't mind if I reproduce it here since I'm giving her credit:

Beach Glass -- Cape May Point
by Karen Zaborowski

She drifts toward me and bends
to scoop grains of wet sand.
She searches the loam for something
like shells, clear-white pebbles
the locals call diamonds.  I see by her mouth
she will talk to me, a stranger
resting by the edge of the tide
and my fine silences rushes away.
You can search forever and never find blue,
she says, as if I, too, need this blue thing.
She spreads her hands to show greens
and browns, cloudy edges, all ordinary.
She lifts the blue pendant which dangles
around her neck.
Once I prayed for a blue diamond
in the sport where you're sitting, 
and this glass washed up to my feet, 
a miracle from God.
I listen to dune grass smoothed by wind,
my roughness sanded down.
Solitude is all I ask of God, I say,
but she is drawn away
and follows her path.
A gull tosses back its head, laughs like one
dismissing a foolish idea.
It drifts on its own luck,
searching for a clamshell or a crab,
as the surf washes over my toes,
my skin-- marks my belonging
a little more each time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NYC, London & Cape May!

Bedandbreakfast.Com has named the Top 10 summer destinations for B&B visitors, and Cape May came in third behind NYC and London! Amazing stuff! Here's a portion of the press release:

Monday, June 11, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Time Marches On

Every year Susan Tischler of CapeMay.Com writes a great column called Who's New, Who's Moved, Who's Gone.  Click HERE to read her new article on that topic.  Bye bye, Lemon Tree! We'll miss you!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

I Dreamed A Dream

Anne Hathaway of northern New Jersey stars in Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables, and is getting married later this year (perhaps in Cape May!)... here she is in the trailer for the new movie musical version of Les Miserables. Having just seen the Broadway On Tour production of Les Miserables, I must admit I can't wait to see this movie. The touring version was just as good as I recall the actual Broadway version, and afterwards my family and I snuck backstage to meet Marius and a few other cast members.  Anyway, here's the movie trailer: