Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Quick Roundup of the Year in Blog Posts 2013 (Part One)

This year, the blog slowed down as my business sped up. But for what it's worth, here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:

In January, the popular Hotel Impossible tv show visited The Periwinkle Inn. The whole country got a glimpse into the most beautiful city in the world, and those of us outside the hotel industry got a glimpse of the work that goes into managing the great inns and motels and hotels of Cape May. Read the post HERE.

Thanks to Twitter, in February I learned about this great video that combines two of my loves - Cape May and soccer. Check it out:

In March, the blog's favorite Chamber of Commerce president, John Cooke, started a blog. It's still going: read it HERE.

So you wannna be a lifeguard? In April I learned that the Cape May Beach Patrol lists the requirements HERE. Go to that page and then click the link that says employment. I wonder if a 43-year old lawyer could pass the test? Unlikely.

In May the blog took a day trip to Wildwood and were introduced to this priceless 1950's era promotional video for that great town. Watch it here:

June arrived and with it came summertime and a new event: Escape the Cape! A triathlon that began with a jump off the Cape May-Lewes Ferry! Cuh-razy. Read about it (and watch 2 videos) HERE.

In July Exit Zero magazine celebrated its Tenth Anniversary by sharing stories of other ten-year olds who loved Cape May. One of them is my daughter - who actually turns 10 today! Here's the photo and blurb that Exit Zero ran about my littlest girl:

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving & A Special Thanks to Officer Krissinger!

Happy Turkey Day to You! I know I have gotten a bit lax in my posting but I certainly must be sure to note the heroics of Cape May Police Officer Scott Krissinger earlier this week. Hopefully you've heard the news earlier but Officer Krissinger is a true hero, saving a life on Sunset Blvd. this past Monday evening when a truck was on fire and the driver overcome by the smoke.  And note that Officer Krissinger ran back - after saving the driver - to the burning truck in order to see if there was a passenger. He risked his life TWICE in this short video and it's certainly inspiring! Thank you, Officer Krissinger!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Shoreline Changes Over the Centuries

THIS is a very neat blog entry. Joseph Smith has taken a map from the 1600s of the North Cape May shoreline and by way of some sort of internet black magic you can compare the map to today's shoreline by dragging a little cursor over the two maps back and forth to see yesterday/today from different perspectives. I've copied the old map here (which shows just north of the ferry terminal) but you really have to CLICK THRU TO THE LINK in order to see the internet magic.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Presidential picks make for tasty drinks at Cape May's Congress Hall - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Life

Presidential picks make for tasty drinks at Cape May's Congress Hall - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Life: From the article --

There's a lot of history at the Congress Hall hotel in Cape May, the nation's first seashore resort.
The prestigious hotel itself was built by Thomas Hughes, who originally called it The Big House before being elected to the House of Representatives and changing the name to attract his political pals. Although residents at the time thought it too big to succeed (nicknaming it Tommy's Folly), the stately building anchored the growing tourism market and captured the attention of not one, but four U.S. presidents who vacationed there.
Benjamin Harrison went so far as to make the hotel his "summer residence," leading to state business being conducted on its sweeping verandas and vaulted halls.
"There's so much history here, it's easy to connect it, even though we're talking about the 1800s, when there wasn't much mixology going on," says Congress Hall's food and beverage manager, Thomas Von Muester, who touts a series of mixed drinks themed to the hotel's political history. "They probably had just a few kinds of brown spirits - like rye - and absinthe. So they weren't necessarily drinking these cocktails, but we can still tie it in."
That's kind of the reasoning behind The General, an old fashioned cocktail of rye, herbsaint and bitters named for tough-guy Ulysses S. Grant. It's served in a martini glass with simple syrup and an orange-twist garnish. Think about it, just chilling the cocktail would have presented a logistical problem.
The Bachelor, named for the unmarried James Buchanan, is a stiff mix of Dewars whisky, Italian vermouth and cherry-sweet Chambord mixed with orange juice. The candied Amarena cherries used to garnish it taste similar to maraschino cherries, only with a smoother flavor that emulates their darker color.
Coming to the U.S. from Germany taught Von Muester to soak in his surroundings and work to understand what guests in that region seek. And his fun, can-do attitude has served him well in the five years he's worked for Cape Resorts Group, which operates Congress Hall as well as its sustainable-food partner Beach Plum Farm and the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City, where he also worked.
For example, with all the election fever in the air lately, he worked with head bartender and sometime mixologist Stephen Augustine to create cocktails to toast the 125th anniversary of Harrison's election, highlighting that long-term guest's stay in Cape May.
"Stephen has a fine sense of what our customers want. No one knows them better," Von Muester says of Augustine. "If someone comes into the bar and says 'I had this drink on vacation and it was pink…' he has the patience to talk to them and say, 'Was it sweet like pineapple or coconut? No? Like rum, maybe?' or they say, 'You had this special a few years ago called the Nor'easter' and he asks what they liked about it and he remembers so much."
For his part, Augustine says he enjoys the challenge of recreating a special request. But really, he loves talking to his guests about what they enjoy and being able to serve up a custom experience they won't soon forget.
"You want to keep it approachable," he says of signature cocktails. "If it takes 27 ingredients and 15 minutes to make, in our experience, the customers doesn't want to sit and wait that long. But if we're designing a cocktail for a themed banquet or wedding, we can design it with special key ingredients. Or you can have that pink cocktail from your vacation at your wedding and we'll make it taste right."
When thinking of a drink to remind people of New Englander Franklin Pierce, Von Muester recalled offering a soda beverage called Moxie when he worked in that region. He remembered the drink, created in 1876, came from a Boston brewery and he was able to secure delivery of the oldest version of canned soda in America.
It tastes more like ginger than caramel, as compared to say, a Coke. And it's more effervescent than bubbly.
The refreshing taste adds a little jolt of moxie when mixed with gin and lime juice in the New Englander, but Von Muester and Augustine decided against the Worcestershire sauce originally called for in their "recipe." That was just too spicy, they explained, and Moxie is bold enough to stand up to the gin on its own.
And these are meant to be drinkable cocktails. While Von Muester says he enjoys working with Chef Jeremy Einhorn to match entree specials and seasonal cocktails when appropriate, these drinks were designed to sip and enjoy in their own right, as elegant and important politicians and historical figures would do.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cape May Beachfront in 1919

Cape May 1919
This is an amazing photo of the Cape May beachfront circa 1919.  Look at the boardwalk with the arches, look at the Petroff's/Maureen's/Cabanas area on the other side of the street that looks remarkably similar even today, the Ocean Deck Restaurant looks the same (I can't remember current name of it).... just incredible. And there's the Hotel Cape May/Christian Admiral looming in the distance! Thanks to the Cool Cape May Facebook group for sharing this amazing photo.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Nice Photoblog with Many Cape May posts

Michael Rappa, a photo-blogger, spends quite a bit of time in Cape May. You can see his many Cape May sunset photos right HERE, you can see his great Congress Hall shots right HERE, and his relatively unique photos of the Lighthouse right HERE.   Hopefully he won't mind if I post one of those unique lighthouse photos right here.

Michael Rappa photo of lighthouse

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rest in Peace, Ernest Utsch, Jr. of Cape May

UTSCH, ERNEST JR. 90 - of Cape May passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 13, 2013. The UTSCH family came to Cape May for its fishing as his father Ernest Sr. loved his fishing. They rented a summer place on Yacht Avenue in Cape May, liked it so much, that in 1943, midway through WW II they built a house in the Schellengers' Landing area just outside of the City of Cape May. There the family could fish and farm. Ernie enlisted in the US Army and soon became a translator because of his German/Irish background in the 2nd Armored Division in an M-4 Sherman Tank. He landed in Normandy on his 21st birthday, served in The Battle of the Bulge, and before wars' end he would earn a Purple Heart for his service. After the war Ernie went to work for Sun Oil Company until his father, Ernie Sr., offered him the opportunity to become a candy maker and learn the trade. Soon they were making fudge, caramels bon bons, clear sugar Easter Toys and every other type of homemade candy imaginable. The summers in Cape May continued and eventually they had a Party Boat named the "Gertrude W." , built in Cape May by Ernest Pharo and Sons on Lafayette Street. He and his Dad sold the Gertrude W and bought another boat, the "Tern", which was also suited to commercial fishing. This led Ernie Jr to build their own marina which opened in 1951, so with the help of his father, the dream was launched. Soon the marina expanded to a point where there was no time for his own boat and the family migrated from Philadelphia to live full time down the shore in the Cape May area. The marina constantly expanded to the point where he took both his sons as partners who operate the marina to this day. Ernie never completely retired, and continued to keep a hand in the business until his passing. He was so proud of both his sons and took much joy in the fact they took over the business and were his partners. He truly loved all his children, Ernie III, named after him and his father, Charles P, named after his wife's father and Rose Marie, named after his wife. Ernie joined the masons in Philadelphia becoming a member of St Johns Lodge in Philadelphia. After both his sons became Masons, he became a duel member in Cape Island Lodge #30. He was a 32 degree mason in The Valley of Southern New Jersey belonging to Excelsior Consistory in Collingwood where his son, presiding in the East, gave him is 18th degree. He is predeceased by his wife, Rose Marie Utsch (nee Koehler) and his two sisters, Doris Knade and Sarah Doell. Ernie will be dearly missed by his loving family which includes his daughter, Rose Marie (and Robert) Artley; two sons, Ernest, III (and Janice) Utsch and Charles (and Barbara) Utsch; three grandchildren, Rachel, Ashley and Chad; his longtime companion and love, Anne Collins. Visitation will take place on Thursday evening from 6PM to 8PM at the Spilker Funeral Home, 815 Washington St., Cape May with Masonic Service beginning at 8PM. Interment will take place on Friday at 11:30AM in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Rose M. Utsch Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Utsch's Marina 1121 Route 109, Cape May, NJ 08204. Info and condolences: spilkerfuneralhome.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressofatlanticcity/obituary.aspx?n=ernest-utsch&pid=167560762#sthash.mUErTYPg.dpuf

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Octoberfest excitement!

Congress Hall had a small fire today, you can see a "vine" at the scene HERE. It's under control, according to man on the scene John Cooke.  Big event today is Octoberfest on Jackson Street.  Here's a photo from early today, during set up (again thanks to John Cooke):

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sunday Morning with Billy Joel

Terry O'Brien and his band play tribute Sunday morning to Billy Joel in the courtyard of the Robert Shackleton Playhouse. And, to the delight of anyone who knows "Only the Good Die Young", classic brunch cocktails like Bellinis and Bloody Marys will make an appearance, along with delightful dishes and desserts. "Go to Extremes" by bidding on a secret live auction item or participating in a raffle worth its weight in gold! "This is the Time" to grab your "Uptown Girl" for an event you're sure to remember. Tickets are $50. All proceeds will help support Cape May Stage programming and production costs. For tickets & information, call the Cape May Stage box office at (609) 770-8311.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project: Slow and steady.

Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project: Slow and steady.: While your Monarch Monitoring Project team has stayed busy with presentations to many Cape May visitors, the monarch migration hasn't ch...

Monday, September 30, 2013

Strong finish salvages soft summer revenues along Jersey Shore - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Atlantic County News

Strong finish salvages soft summer revenues along Jersey Shore - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Atlantic County News

I like this quote from Diane Wieland of Cape May County Tourism:

 "We're saying it was a soft season," said Diane Wieland, director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism.
"One of the things we all have to take a look at is the new normal. People's spending habits are changing, and it's more of a debit than a credit society, and families are trying to pay down debt. … At the end of the day, it's fewer dollars," Wieland said. "We're not seeing that changing anytime soon, and we all have to readjust our business practices and our expectations."
"The New Normal," she says.  Who do we have to thank for the 
new normal? It's been five years of seemingly intentionally poor 
leadership on the economy. And three more to go. Hope and 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Dragon Boat Festival #2 This Weekend!

From the moment you pick up a paddle, you’ll love Dragon Boat Racing!
Join us at our 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Festival located at the Cape May Harbor. Experience the thrill, the adrenaline, the teamwork, and the sheer fun of being connected on a level comparable to nothing else.
The Cape May Dragon Boat Festival is a great way to have fun and to raise money for your favorite charity.  The race is a 250 meter straight course.  No equipment is necessary, everything is provided.  Just bring your team.
The festival will also have an eye dotting ceremony, demonstrations, entertainment, food, and shopping.
Plan to stay for a while, as Cape May is full of excellent accommodations, restaurants, shopping and attractions.
Remember to tell your friends and family to come out to cheer you on.

Let's get wet together!

Paddles Up!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cape May Sandwriting

Interesting "Sandwriting" business you can read about here: etsy.  The business is based in Cape May and that's where all the "sandwriting" takes place. What's sandwriting? Something like this:

As always, I do not get paid (or any renumeration whatsoever) for mentioning a business. Usually I just find the Cape May-related business interesting and worthy of recognition.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Brian Nice on Journey Across USA to Raise $ for TBI Survivors

Check out the story of Brian Nice, a photographer from upstate New York about to embark on a trip across the country.  His first planned stop is in Cape May. Worth a watch (or 2 watches, or 3). If you click the image below you will be taken to a website where you can learn a bit about his journey and watch a video about his story.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


This story at CNN.Com visits a number of families who lost loved ones on 9/11. The photo of T.J. photo courtesy CNN
Hargrave to the right was taken in Cape May in 1982, and if you look closely you'll see why the photo became meaningful after 9/11/01. Mr. Hargrave lost his life while working for Cantor Fitzgerald that day in the upper floors of the World Trade Center. The CNN story shares more about Mr. Hargrave and his family, as well as a number of other families.
God bless Mr. Hargrave's family and all the families who lost loved ones on 9/11.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Cape May Point lets sand grow nature’s bounty

Cape May Point lets sand grow nature’s bounty - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Today's Top Headlines - no more raking the Cape May Point Beaches.  Here's a video of the people behind this change. They clearly know what's best for the beach.

Rather than have the 'taggers' clean the beach, it seems to me the people who are so sure this is the right move should clean the garbage each morning. I don't mean to sound cynical. But if you know what's best, then how about you do it? I doubt the taggers are paid enough to pick up the garbage left behind by the humans on the beach.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Take a Spin Around Cape May

The videographer here knows his Cape May geography and history. It's long but fun to watch.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

CapeMay.Com Celebrates 15 Years!

I made that twitter suggestion a few days ago and, lo and behold, I was onto something! (Most likely a coincidence.) CapeMay.Com presents 15 years of home pages (and logos) at this link:

CAPEMAY.COM: Celebrating 15 Years

Thank you to Bernie, Susan, Jess, and the rest who helped me to remember why I loved Cape May so much back in 1998 after I had been away for a few years.  They have run a photo of mine in the magazine for their This is Cape May feature, they have linked to my blog in its early days when my family and I spent a day cooking some of the Persnickety Chef's recipes, and  as I've said before their website helped convince me that I should start my own blog.  That, in turn, ultimately led to me deciding to open up a law office in Cape May County.

So I owe them quite a bit. :-)

Congrats 2 all of u!

-Mark Miller

Dogs at the Water Park in North Wildwood

Coast Guard Report on the Sinking of Lady Mary

If you've been reading this blog awhile, then you know that I covered the tragic sinking of the Lady Mary relatively closely.  You can read some of that coverage by clicking THIS LINK and scrolling through the article where I covered the accident.

Last week, the Coast Guard released its report about this fatal accident. The report is most notable because the Coast Guard has concluded that it's more likely than not that the Cap Beatrice, a large freighter in the area of the sinking, did NOT collide with the Lady Mary.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Oprah on the Wildwood Boardwalk Last Night!

RT @GayleKing: Stars they are just like us! On the boardwalk in wildwood NJ ! And the boardwalk looks great New… http://instagram.com/p/dqOEJiMn8J/

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery...

Well lookee lookee! CapeMay.Com has started a blog.  And it's called the CapeMay.Com Blog! Awfully close to the "Cape May Blog" name but I appreciate that the neighborhood Bigfoot didn't just take the name of this little ole' blog outright.

And of course, I am a big fan of CapeMay.Com as I have followed it since nearly the day it started (way back in the Stone age of 1998 or so). Kudos to Bernie Haas (a/k/a @obee111) and Susan Tischler (a/k/a @susan_tischler) for a great website, a great magazine, and now a great blog.

....................A Hungry Teacher....................: Red Store

....................A Hungry Teacher....................: Red Store:     Red Store Cape May Point, NJ Final Grade: B             In the past 3 weeks, I have called this place the wrong name too ...


Nice review, check it out!


Governor Christie continues shore tour, visits Cape May

Governor Christie continues shore tour, visits Cape May: A large crowd of residents, visitors and business owners helped welcome Governor Chris Christie as he continues his tour of the shore.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Rusty Nail Doggie Pageant

Joy wondering why Dad hasn't filled her food bowl.

This past weekend the Rusty Nail/Beach Shack hosted it's First Annual Doggie Beauty Pageant.  Read about it HERE. The dog above is @cookecapemay's golden retriever Joy, who should have won the competition! I understand she won a portion of the competition but not the final overall.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Jason Eng of Sony Shares Some Great Cape May Photos

This summer through the magic of Twitter I discovered that Jason Eng, a senior social media strategist and community manager for Sony Professional Solutions of America, was spending time in Cape May and posting great photos to his many social media accounts. Jason, who lives in NYC, was nice enough to allow me to post some of his amazing photos to my blog.  These beautiful photos were taken with a Sony NEX-F3 camera.  And by the way, if you are a photography enthusiast, I highly recommend following Jason on Twitter or his other social media outlets. Here is his Twitter page and his about.me page, and here's his Instagram account and here's his Tumblr

Thanks, Jason!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Random Photo of the Day

I wonder when this will be fixed? It's Beach DRIVE, people! Get it straight!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Visit to the Lobster House

If you like cooking videos, you may want to watch this. To see the Lobster House skip to 2:45.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Storm Kites and Castles event Cape's first tourism boost from Sandy aid - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Breaking News

Storm Kites and Castles event Cape's first tourism boost from Sandy aid - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Breaking News

Nice Story about yesterday's Stronger Than the Storm Event in Cape May at the Cove.  Personally, I find it ridiculous the way the media has politicized the Stronger than the Storm campaign.  It's a classic example of dirty politics - attack your opponent's strength so as to make it a weakness - but what bothers me is the media doing Governor Christie's opponents' bidding.  I have been amazed at the bias in some mainstream journalists I follow on Twitter. They do not even make a pretense of objectivity. Anyway, here's part of the AC Press story, read the whole thing:

Storm Kites and Castles event Cape's first tourism boost from Sandy aid

CAPE MAY - Residents and vacationers at a Stronger Than the Storm event on the Second Avenue beach Saturday expressed relief Hurricane Sandy did not hurt Cape May as much as it did other communities.
The message at the Storm Kites and Castles tourism event was the New Jersey Shore is back and stronger than Hurricane Sandy.
About 300 people, mostly families, gathered to build sandcastles and fly kites. Stronger Than the Storm spokeswoman Shannon Eis said it was the first time the consumer campaign focused on Sandy recovery had come to Cape May County.
"We prioritized more on towns that were heavily impacted by the storm," Eis said.
The $25 million state tourism campaign is funded by the federal disaster aid package that was approved by Congress earlier this year. The campaign to boost the state's $38 billion tourism industry is managed by the state Economic Development Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Kim Downes said although the Cape May region did not experience as much storm damage as elsewhere, the economy was hurt because of the incorrect outside perception the shore wasn't ready for this summer season.
Downes, a year-round resident of Cape May, said she was thankful most of the county was spared the damage and devastation other communities experienced after Hurricane Sandy. She said the message that the Cape May region is open for business could have gotten out to the public a little sooner.
"Hopefully our good summer season will help towns up north. People are back," Downes said as her children built sandcastles at her feet. "For us, down here we can't complain. This is a great event, and anytime we can expose the beach it's a good thing."
The beach was crowded Saturday. Laurie Weber said she was lucky to have not experienced Sandy damage at her Cape May vacation home or her primary residence in Ridgewood, Bergen County.
"Up in Bergen County, I saw my place down here in Cape May on the news three times during the storm with water rushing into my garage. Luckily, I had no damage up north at my home and none down here - just a clean garage," Weber said.
Weber said she bought her house in Cape May because each time she made the three-hour trip she wondered why she was leaving.
"This is the kind of place that if you weren't born here or raised here, you adopt it as your own. That's why I bought here," she said.
Like I said, click the link and read the whole story!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!  The summer's end approaches, believe it or not.

In local news, someone stole a bike in Cape May. Yes, this happens quite a bit in Cape May but this bike was pretty special.  Read about it HERE.

Good Scents made the ACPress yesterday. And if you thought this store was only about fragrances, you need to read the article.

If you're in Cape May, have fun!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pirate Cruise Fundraiser Tonight!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

To Do Today?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Off Topic Post That May Save a Life

New Cover, New Day

As you can see above, I have changed the "cover photo" of the blog. I try to change it up once a year or so. That last photo was kinda depressing I think.  Hopefully the above photo cheers everyone up. It's a shot taken at Poverty Beach a few weeks ago as the sun was rising at around 6am-ish.

As you know, the blog posting slowed down in July. I will do my best to try and post something everyday but I recommend you follow me on Twitter at @capemayblogger as I don't think a day has gone by where I haven't tweeted at least a few times, whereas the blog went at least a week or so without an update in July. It's much easier to tweet than blog! What a weird sentence that is.

Have a good weekend! Don't miss the Crab & Craft Beer Festival at the Physick Estate tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cape May Point's Beaches Grow After Sandy

No question that Cape May Point has more beach than I can remember in many years (if ever).  The Alexander Street Beach is particularly annoying because it makes fishing from the jetty very difficult (if not pointless). Here's a short video from the pressofatlanticcity.com that discusses the issue.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Two Million Visitors!

 More than 2 million visitors have visited the Cape May Lighthouse since 1988.

Lower Township Mayor Michael Beck and Councilman Glenn Douglass visited the Cape May Lighthouse Aug. 1 to see improvements made this year by the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) and to congratulate the organization on the 25th anniversary of opening the building to the public.

The lighthouse is located in Lower Township at the foot of the Lower Cape May Meadows at Cape May Point State Park.

Michael Zuckerman, MAC director, said 75,000 visitors per year come to the lighthouse.

“Since its restoration they managed to have 2,125,878 visitors come to the lighthouse” said Beck. “We recognize in Lower Township that tourism is the backbone of industry in Cape May County and were glad to be able to showcase not only the lighthouse but all the assets that we have in Lower Township and the surrounding area.”

He said the township was grateful to MAC for their work in restoring and operating the lighthouse.

Windows were removed, refurbished and reinstalled in the lighthouse this year as well as the building receiving a light wash to brighten the exterior paint.

Tom Carroll, a longtime MAC volunteer who was instrumental in the restoration of the lighthouse, said when he first saw the lighthouse before work began there was deterioration of the bricks and staircase. He said the Coast Guard had to option of placing a beacon on a tower rather than using the lighthouse.

“That was last thing that any of us in Cape May County wanted,” said Carroll.

MAC maintains the building while the Coast Guard maintains the light.

Nanci Coughlin, director of tour operations, said the lighthouse keepers, who actually serve as tour guides, have a passion for the lighthouse and go above and beyond in their duties. New interpretive panels are being installed at the lighthouse to help educate visitors.

The Cape May Lighthouse has been an aid to navigation since 1859 and is one of the oldest continually operating lighthouses in the nation. National Lighthouse Day is Aug. 7.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Movies on the Beach Tonight!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Take Me to Cape May Tonight! Ronnie Spector is in town!!

The Stockton Performing Arts Center is offering concerts on Mondays and plays on Wednesdays throughout the summer at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Boardwalk, Cape May.
The concerts are part of the 12th annual Stockton Goes to the Beach Concert series. The plays are part of Children’s Summer Playhouse, which is in its 33rd season in Cape May.
Next up is Ronnie Spector, 8 p.m. Monday, July 29, at Cape May Convention Hall.
As lead singer of the girl group The Ronettes, Ronnie Spector recorded a string of classic pop hits: teen anthems like the Grammy Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and the international No. 1 smash “Be My Baby.”
Tickets are $35. Call (855) 708-9699.

Friday, July 12, 2013

TEDxCapeMay 2013 Explores “Nature & Nurture”

TEDxCapeMay 2013 Explores “Nature & Nurture”

With array of presenters and performers at Cape May Convention Hall, Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cape May, NJ (GistCloud) July 12, 2013 – In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TEDxCapeMay returns to Cape May this year at Convention Hall on Sunday, October 20, 2013, beginning at 9:30am for a full day of diverse performances and presentations under the provocative theme: “Nature & Nurture.” The TEDxCapeMay program features over 12 outstanding presenters and performers, along with added TEDTalk videos. Attendees receive a gourmet boxed “shoobie” lunch and an evening open bar reception at Congress Hall. Tickets are $75 per person. For the full program and registration, go to TEDxCapeMay.com.
“Our first TEDxCapeMay program drew over 200 attendees, so this year we moved to the new Convention Hall with the Atlantic Ocean in view, and extended our range of presenters,” said organizer Norris Clark. “This year we’ll explore ideas at the intersection of ‘Nature & Nurture’ here on the Jersey Shore“
TEDxCapeMay 2013 is sponsored by Exit Zero Publishing, Congress Hall, and Cape May Forum. Presenters include the following:
  • Award-winning singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia presents an eclectic mix of refreshingly original songs and inventive covers, finding inspiration in Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950’s west-coast jazz, and contemporary pop.
  • With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. She developed a language of storytelling by paper cutting multi-layered stories. In 2011, Béatrice strode onto the TED stage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, Béatrice tells stories informed by life. Her own life colors her work: after briefly studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, Coron experienced life with a series of odd jobs. She moved to New York in 1985, where she reinvented herself as an artist. Coron’s oeuvre includes illustration, book arts, fine art and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek. She also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media. Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Walker Art Center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.
  • A dynamic yoga instructor from California, Chrissy Graham, considers the ancient practice of yoga in the modern world and asks – “what’s it good for?” Chrissy has been a student of yoga for 15 years, and is a Certified E-RYT Yoga Instructor. She presently teaches public classes, workshops, Immersions, and Teacher Training throughout the California Bay area, and abroad.
  • As the CEO of the world’s largest social media charity, Dave Girgenti has a very unique job — he is a wish-master. He connects people in need with everyday heroes who can help through his website, Wish Upon a Hero.  Perfect strangers helping others, hundreds of times a day.  Why do they do it?  Do people truly like helping others? Is there an emotional connection for the hero? Or are they motivated by guilt, perhaps?  Have YOU ever helped a complete stranger?  Dave will analyze news and entertainment media coverage of ‘good deeds’ that often forms public perception.  He will also cite his own first-hand experiences of wishes that have been granted, and will explore the questions above.  Dave will challenge the audience to ask themselves if they, too, have this capacity to do ‘good’ and be someone’s hero.
  • As Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria, British Columbia, Eliot McIntire raises a provocative question: If biodiversity is all about “survival of the fittest,” are the fittest always the strongest competitors? According to McIntire, global biodiversity is not just a matter of “dog eat dog,” but rather a matter of one species helping another.
  • Eliot Glazer is a writer and comedian who looks at old footage of his grandfather and discovers deep parallels, and asks, “Am I My Grandpa?” Eliot has contributed to New York Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and is the editor of My Parents Were Awesome (Random House, 2011), an anthology of essays based on his blog of the same name. Eliot is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He continues to perform sketch and storytelling all over New York City, and is the co-creator of the web series, It Gets Betterish, which takes an irreverent look at what it means to be young, gay, and weird. He has appeared on MTV, NBC, NPR, Fox News, ABC World News Tonight, BBC Radio, and Sirius Radio XM, as well as Blackbook, Redbook, Entertainment Weekly, and Wired Magazines.
  • Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac., C.N.S., shows how men can thrive after cancer through CaPLESS living. Dr. Geo is a renowned naturopathic urologist and is a recognized authority in integrative treatments for urologic conditions and prostate cancer. Dr. Geo, as he is known, is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC).
  • Can you imagine opening your window to a moving garden, or a parking lot converted into a park? Plants and green infrastructure can bring much to the city, but how? Artist Marco Castro shares ways to creatively nurture urban communities with nature in practical and playful ways, such as he did with his award winning public project – Bus Roots – utilizing plants as a creative medium.
  • As a child, Jen Miller was bullied, and the only place she could escape her tormenters was heading down the shore. There, she found solace, and a sense of herself. In her talk, she discusses the importance of having that other place in nature, one that has a sky and not a ceiling.” Jen Miller is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner’s World, Details, Allure, Philadelphia Magazine and New Jersey Monthly. She’s also the author of three books, two about the “Jersey Shore.”
  • Kamau Stanford asks whether perseverance is a matter of nature or nurture, as he perseveres to build schools as places of information, opportunity and exposure, not just for students, but also to the community at large. As the Community Engagement and Extra Curricular Director at Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus in Philadelphia, Kamau attended the prestigious Central High School, Howard University and the Howard University School of Law.
  • R. Jay Magill, Jr. expertly navigates history, theology, art, and politics to create a compelling portrait of “sincerity,” an ideal that, despite its abuse, remains a strange magnetic north in our secular moral imagination. R. Jay is a writer, editor, and host of a radio program on NPR Worldwide. He is the author of Chic Ironic Bitterness (Michigan, 2007) and Sincerity: How A Moral Ideal Born Five Hundred Years Ago Inspired Religious Wars, Modern Art, Hipster Chic, and the Curious Notion that We All Have Something to Say (No Matter How Dull) (Norton, 2012), a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Wall Street Journal top-ten book of 2012. Magill holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hamburg and an MA in art history and philosophy from SUNY-Stony Brook, and he has taught at the University of Lüneburg and at Harvard University, where he received a Derek Bok award. He has has written for the American Prospect, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Print, Spiegel Online, and the Boston Globe, among other publications.
  • Ryan Krill will explore the nature and nurture of making beer. As the co-founder of Cape May Brewing Company, the Jersey Shore’s first microbrewery. The Cape May Brewing Company won the Best IPA at the 2012 Atlantic City Beer Festival, won the Business Venture Award and Conservation award by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and was given an Economic Development loan to assist in the most recent expansion and the brewery is already planning its next move.

  • How can we free ourselves to live authentically, fully, with joy and fulfillment? How do we know and live our heart’s purpose and passion while living our lives, as they are now? Sigal Brier is a motivational coach, inspirational teacher, rabbi, researcher and artist, with training in psychology, art, integrative methods, and holistic lifestyle. Her innovative approach integrates body-mind methods that rely on the understanding of neuroscience and brain research. She teaches internationally and facilitates experiences of transformation in diverse venues, including Temple University and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She was featured on CBS Sunday Morning News and on several shows on NPR (National Public Radio.) Sigal is an Israeli-American with two MA degrees who has written for the Journal of Counseling and Development and the Journal of Loss and Trauma. She is also the founder of Integrative Spirituality and the creator of Sh’maYoga™, and is an accomplished musician who has recorded several original music CDs.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Horse-Drawn Carriages in the News

Nice Article in AC Press about horse-drawn carriages in Cape May:

The clomping of a 2,000-pound horse is a familiar sound on the crowded streets of Cape May, one of the few New Jersey towns with regular horse-drawn carriage rides.
But there's another side to the job of carriage driver - one apart from controlling a massive animal in bumper-to-bumper traffic while giving a 30-minute historical tour.
"You know when you see someone and think, what a cool job they have?" said Chantel Semanchik, co-owner of the Cape May Carriage Co. and a carriage driver in New Jersey and New York City for a decade. "We have that cool job."
They are witnesses to hundreds of marriage proposals, some ending with an uncomfortable silence and a surprise rejection, some with a particularly amorous "yes."
They need to be aware of the bodily functions associated with draft breeds such as Percherons and Clydesdales that can drink 20 gallons of water a day.
And there are the daily interactions of the horses with the public, particularly curious children.
"One time this horse was standing there sound asleep and this young kid was doing everything in his power to get the horse to look at him. He was doing ninja moves right in front of the horse's face, saying 'hii-yaa' in front of the carriage stop," Semanchik said. "The mom was like, 'Get over here and knock it off.' And slowly the kid would wander over and start again."
The Cape May Carriage Co. employs about 15 drivers in the summer. Semanchik and partner Mario Lattuca Bonamico, both 36 and living in West Cape May, purchased the business in 2011 from former owner Beverly Carr.
Their experiences go back much further.
Semanchik was a carriage driver in New York City's Central Park and at Ocean Grove in Monmouth County, she said.
Lattuca Bonamico is a second generation driver in Central Park, who has been doing the job for nearly 20 years and still owns a carriage and horse in New York City.
"The horses get a little celebrity status. … Today people are so focused on technology, it's a fun job as a whole where you have people who just want to take time with their family and just clear their minds," he said.
Of course, knowing how to handle and drive these horses is a major function of the job. So is finding horses that will not be rattled by horn honks, noisy beach-goers and vehicles with much more horsepower than them.
"Our biggest problem is finding good drivers. A lot of people want to do the job, but only a handful can do it," Semanchik said.
"It takes a person with horse sense and skill," Lattuca Bonamico added. "Understand the body language of a horse, how they act and react to your handling, physically, vocally. You have to work together as a team. … If a horse doesn't trust you, he will never trust his surroundings."
Horse-drawn carriages are popular settings for wedding proposals. Often, drivers are notified the question will be popped. The answer is another story.
"In some, the ladies don't expect it or they'll just scream," he said. "Or the others will stay there silent - you hear the guy's voice but you don't hear the girl's voice. And you wonder, well, what happened?"
"Not every one ends in a fairy tale. I haven't experienced it here, but I have in New York, where I guess they get thrown off guard. They were taking a romantic ride, the ring pops up. Then she goes her way, and he's stuck in the carriage all by himself," he said.
Others tell drivers of the impending proposal but nerves stop them.
"Other times they get cold feet, don't know what to do, and the ride's over," Semanchik said. "Now they're in the carriage stop proposing in front of all the people and the audience. So she says yes and everybody screams and hollers."
Dealing with a horse's bodily functions is another unique feature of the job, one that requires a 5-gallon bucket. Horses are trained to relieve themselves at the carriage stop.
They also have diapers that catch the other function, often to the "ewwws" of children, she said.
Working in Ocean Grove, Semanchik said, photos of that end of the business were among the most popular taken during class field trips.
"When you stare at a horse's (behind) for as long as we have, you start to know all these things," she said.
Semanchik and Lattuca Bonamico acknowledge the job has come with controversy, particularly in Central Park. There, horse-drawn carriages have drawn the ire of animal rights advocates who want them stopped.
The couple says their horses are well cared for and are doing what they were bred to do, although people will sometimes walk up to them and say the horse looks thirsty, Semanchik said.

"I've bet people. I tell them if my horse will drink, I'll bet you every penny you have my horse isn't thirsty. … I know because the horse just drank five minutes ago. I know that because I know my horse," she said.