Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Marquis de Lafayette

Keeping up the string of stories about local hotels, today I invite you to read about the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel, courtesy of the Press of Atlantic City.  The article gives a little bit of insight into the managing of this 'condo-tel.'  It's long gone but I had many early-bird special dinners at The Gold Whale, and also ate at Top of the Marq many many years ago.  Definitely a Cape May landmark even if it's disappointing that the original hotel was torn down.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Periwinkle Inn Owners Speak Out About Hotel Impossible

If you saw the Hotel Impossible show about the Periwinkle Inn, you know that the owners of the Periwinkle did not come across well. The owners have told their side of the story to Jack Fichter of the CapeMayCountyHerald, and I recommend you read it so that you see both sides before making your mind up about this very interesting little tv show and what happened at the Periwinkle.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Hotel Impossible Visits Cape May

photo courtesy Trip Advisor website
Hotel Impossible is a show on the Travel Channel.  The gist of the show is the star visits a hotel that's not doing well and he explains how to improve it. I think that's the gist, I've never seen it.  Anyway, the show visited the Periwinkle Inn last summer, and the show airs on Monday, January 28th.  Here's how the show describes the episode (which airs at 10pm):

Periwinkle Inn

Anthony heads to Cape May, NJ -- America's oldest seaside resort town -- to help the Periwinkle Inn return to its pre-recession state. After angering the owner and bringing her daughter to tears, can Anthony make amends and salvage this Cape May mainstay?

Sounds like it could be a fun watch. And based on the photos posted on the show's website -- which you can see here -- many spots in Cape May will appear on the show.  SO WATCH IT!

To visit the Periwinkle Inn's website, click HERE.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cape May budget proposal calls for 5 percent boost to tax rate - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Breaking News

Cape May budget proposal calls for 5 percent boost to tax rate - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Breaking News - but don't worry about it.  The City Manager indicates that taxes could have been raised even higher but for the tourists.  Coulda been worse is the message.

Do taxes ever go down or is it some sort of rule that they must only go up?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

West End Garage Video

Here's a video about the crafters at the West End Garage.  When in town you should check out the WEG -- always great stuff for sale!

Monday, January 21, 2013

MLK Day News & Notes

To paraphrase an old song ... "Mister we could use a man like MLK Jr. today."

In timely news, the MAC is hosting an exhibit that explores Cape May County's African-American heritage. The exhibit opens today. Here's more:

Celebrate our region's African American heritage at an exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery, 1048 Washington St., that will explore the significance of black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life.
The public is invited to attend the free exhibit opening of "Celebrating Community Service: Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Organizations of Cape May County," on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open on Saturdays, Jan. 19 through March 16, Feb. 17 and daily, March 22 through April 14 (except Easter Sunday, March 31). Hours vary. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Arts (CCA) and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
This exhibit will uncover the significance of black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life. Because the African American community is often ignored by mainstream organizations, the GEMS, Masons, Eastern Stars and the Black USO - to name a few - have emerged with the sole purpose of enhancing the lives of African Americans. In addition, black organizations can serve specific needs that only pertain to African American families. Hundreds of these organizations exist nationwide with local chapters in cities and towns. The focus of this exhibit will be the black organizations of Cape May County.
The Center for Community Arts is a multicultural educational non-profit organization whose arts and humanities programs foster creativity, community building, and appreciation for the rich diversity of our world. The Center's Community History Program is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating Cape May's African American heritage through exhibits, tours, and its John and Janet Nash African American History Archive. The Center is currently rehabilitating the Franklin Street School, a Cape May African American Historic Site, to house a community cultural center, runs youth arts programs and operates WCFA-LP 101.5 FM, a community radio station. For further information, call 609-884-7525 or access CCA's web site atwww.CenterforCommunityArts.org.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC's year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC's Web site atwww.capemaymac.org.

In other news...

Jack Fichter & the CapeMayCountyHerald.com report that a new booking agent is handling Convention Hall events this year.  Sounds like a good match.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

John F. Craig House to Become Whole House Rental

This news is a few days old, but still a bummer for those who love Cape May Bed and Breakfasts: The John F. Craig House will no longer serve as a B and B.  Like many others (see, The Abbey), the JF Craig House will become a whole house rental.   The Mainstay is also for sale -- I would think it's unlikely that the Mainstay would succumb to the whole house rental trend, but who knows?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Liberty Way

Today's sign o' the day is the sign for Liberty Way.  This photo was taken a few weeks ago yet it lists the Lemon Tree.  Hmmmm. Not only is the Lemon Tree gone, but the Yellow Monkey Kidney Restaurant, or whatever it's name was, the restaurant which replaced the Lemon Tree, has also flown the coop, if I understand right.

Some nice Cape May in the winter photos right HERE, at the "Tales of Me & the Husband & Five Kids" blog written by a woman who visited CM recently with family.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Carol King Hood Paints Cape May Scenes to Life

Carol King Hood is a local Cape May artist with a real flair for capturing Cape May as our hearts see it.

Check out her website HERE. And here's a few of her works to whet your appetite.

by Carol King Hood

"Missing George" by Carol King Hood

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Brown Room in the AC Press

The Atlantic City Press profiles the Congress Hall Brown Room today.  It is a great place to spend some time on a winter's evening, a summer's evening, or anytime in between.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Rubber Ducky You're the One

In case you were wondering, the rubber duckies at Cape May's Bath Time store do not fly south for the winter.

These photos prove it (photos taken on 1/1/13).

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Beach Replenishment 2012-13

If you haven't seen the Cove in the last few days, you're in for a big surprise. Here's one photo from ShoreNewsToday.Com, and here's another I took on New Year's Eve (mid-day).

The Cove Beach is now huge! Let's hope it doesn't wash away.

Cove Beach NYE 2012

Monday, January 7, 2013

First Monday of the Year

Got the Monday blahs? Well, here's a Cape May Sign of the Day to cheer you up:

Winterwood's Gift & Christmas Gallery sits at the front of the Mall in an old bank building.  The photo is blurry b/c I took the photo while running around town last week on New Year's Day morning. I guess you could say it's blurry b/c we have now moved past the Christmas season and are moving forward into the future!

To infinity! And beyond!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Best of 2012 (part 3 of 3)

And finishing up the Best of 2012 as we move further in to 2013...

October = Sandy. No review of 2012 is complete without a discussion of Hurricane Sandy, which thankfully spared Cape May for the most part, but not thankfully wreaked havoc further north on the Jersey Shore and in the NYC area.

I pretty busily 'tweeted' about Sandy as it occurred, and the blog became secondary. But here are my Sandy-related posts: one, two, three, and four.  Check out those posts for many great photos and links to more in-depth Sandy coverage.

November: November saw the rise of what I think will become a new Cape May tradition, the Exit 0 Jazz fest. You can read about it HERE.  The event was incredibly popular and I suspect will start to gain significant national attention in the next few years.

December - a review of the TedX event.  Earlier in 2012, the Cape May Forum hosted a great day of speakers on success in the 21st century, a/k/a Recreation and Re-Creation.  In December, the Forum made the talks available on Youtube. Watch them HERE.

And that's that.

I hope to get the blog moving again on a daily basis, following up on all the events that Cape May has to offer in a positive way.  Here's to a great 2013!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Best of 2012 (Part 2 of 3)

Continuing where I left off...

in May, I discovered that there are people on the Internet who love old elevators. One of those people posted a video of her surreptitious ride on the Inn of Cape May (The Colonial Hotel)'s old Otis traction elevator.  It's neat:

In June, Kenny Chesney, a country star, visited Wildwood and played a concert on the beach. Yes, this is Wildwood news and not Cape May news, but I really enjoyed watching the concert on Youtube and streaming it to my tv via some sort of device. Felt like I was there and that's a memory I won't soon forget.
Kenny Chesney in Concert (photo credit Cape May County Herald)
July was a slow month of posting because I spent the month gearing up to take (and pass, thankfully) the New Jersey Bar Exam.  I wasn't sure an old Florida lawyer could still pass a state Bar exam.  In this post in July, I posted several photos of the sun rising in Atlantic City on the morning of the first day of the exam (I took the exam at the Atlantic City Convention Center. I went for a long run that morning on the boardwalk and definitely think that helped to clear my head... and even if it didn't, at least it gave me the good photos in that post - which I repost below for convenience. (and as for a Cape May connection for this post, I stayed at Curtis Bashaw's Chelsea Hotel in A.C. while I took the exam, so that's good enough to make this a CM-related post).

Movies on the Beach has become an annual tradition that many look forward to, especially me. In August the City presented "How to Train Your Dragon," "Field of Dreams, and "Ghostbusters."   But I had seen Lord of the Rings on the beach in July (after the Bar exam), and this August post about the movies on the beach allowed me to share this photo of Movies on the Beach from the Lord on the Rings showing. (with a view of the New Convention Hall, to boot.)


CapeMay.Com posts its annual "Best of" poll results in September, and I always find out a new thing or two in the poll. One thing I already knew was that the Victorian Motel was one of the best hotel/motels in town, thanks to @CookeCapeMay (on Twitter), a/k/a John Cooke, the hotel proprietor and President of the Cape May Chamber of Commerce.  The poll takers voted it the "Best Hotel With Children" i.e., best hotel for families.

I will finish this up tomorrow...