Monday, February 25, 2013

Cape May Time Machine: Next Stop, the 1980s

Lately I've been listening to old Casey Kasem American Top 40 from the 1980s. I love 80s cheese-pop, I must admit.

Anyway, since I can't find any news worth reporting this morning, I thought I would cut and paste a few links, and part of a story, to 1980's-era stories about Cape May.  That is the decade that cemented my love for Cape May, and it's interesting to see what's changed and what's stayed the same.  Here are two stories from the NY Times archive: August 17, 1984 Ambling on Sunswept Cape May in New Jersey and July 4, 1982, For the Shore, the Season is Here.

From the July 1982 story:

 And from the 1984 story:

 You should really read both articles!

And since today is Monday, and at least one of the articles mentions the Chalfonte, here is today's Sign of the Day:

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Back in Time

A travel blogger marvels at Cape May's street art, Dellas 5&10, and trolleys right HERE.  With photos.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cape May after Sandy Ready To Go

Nice article in the Central Pennsylvania Patriot News about Cape May after Sandy: read it HERE.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Urban Birder Visits Cape May

David Lindo, a/k/a the Urban Birder,  visited Cape May earlier this month and he has several nice posts with photos about his trip.  Click HERE, HERE, & HERE to see his great photos.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Cape May's Victorian charms are also its money pits - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Breaking News

I've been reading the AC Press pretty regularly for about five years or so. This is one of the best, most insightful articles I've read in that paper regarding a Cape May-related topic: Cape May's Victorian charms are also its money pits.

Monday is Sign Day so....

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cape May Chili & Chowder Cook-Off this Sunday

The annual Chili&Chowder Challenge takes place this Sunday at Congress Hall.  This is an event you don't want to miss!
Here's a nice Courier-Post article about the event: 
When you have a good thing going, stick with it.
William Walter has a good thing going with his roasted red pepper and crab chowder. He had won multiple awards before entering last year’s Chili & Chowder Challenge for the first time.
He won that challenge as well. Now he’s entered again in the third annual challenge to be held Sunday at Congress Hall in Cape May.
“I’m going with the same recipe this year,” said Walter, the chef at the Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast in Cape May.
The challenge runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and visitors can sample chowder and chili from regional chefs, along with amateurs, to select a winner in each category. The winner gets bragging rights and a plaque. Chefs from Congress Hall, the Ebbitt Room and the Rusty Nail expect to participate. The $5 admission fee benefits local food banks.
“Each year it gets bigger with more participants,” said Doreen Talley, marketing and events director for the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May, which sponsors the event. “This is the time of year where we try to promote things to do that say the town is open even when it’s chilly out.”
A handful of chefs make both chili and chowder to optimize their products and chances.
One of them is Walter, who is participating in the chili end this year. If you go, try Walter’s Southern Louisiana Bayou Chili, stocked with Creole seasoning, sausage, ground beef and pork, and a blend of vegetables and spices.
“It puts little firecrackers in your mouth,” he said.
DJ Ed McDonough will spin cool tunes during the challenge, and a cash bar will be available to wash down the chili and chowder.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Walter said. “I enjoy doing the competition. And you get to sample the other competition while there.”

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oldies with a Heart & Rudy Sheptock Return to Radio

If you've been reading a while, then you know that I am a big fan of Pastor Rudy Sheptock, the Pastor for the Lighthouse Church in Cape May Courthouse. Rudy also has served as a radio DJ in the Cape May area for at least the last 10-plus years, at times as a morning drive time host, and at other times with weekly or twice-weekly shows.  He has been off the air for about a year but he returns to the air on Sunday, February 24th, on 94.3 WIBG-FM and WIBG-AM. He will host a talk show "Speaking in the Light" on the AM dial and an oldies show (with a heart!) on the FM dial.  If you've never listened to his show before I recommend you check it out, as he brings the smiles and the great, lesser-heard music on the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  Welcome back to the airwaves, Rudy!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Winter roller skating returns to Cape May Convention Hall - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Cape May County News

Nice story about roller skating at the new Convention Hall in the AC Press: Winter roller skating returns to Cape May Convention Hall.

And here's your sign of the day for Monday:

Can you name where these signs are found? (Hint: not in Cape May proper).

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Tear Down This Sign?

Cape May Chamber of Commerce President John Cooke brings us this picture of a new, light-studded sign at the end of Beach Drive as you look out over the Cove. You can see the sign if you use the Surfcam link to look at the Cove via the link on the right side of this page.

John suggests that people should mobilize to complain to the town/county leaders in order to hasten the removal of the sign.  

I hope he's successful in his effort.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday News & Notes

Want to be a playwright? Perhaps you should attend the East Lynne Theatre Company's Playwriting Get Away Weekend on March 1st and 2nd.  Sounds pretty neat.

If you didn't think a story about roadwork could make you tear up, then you haven't read this story about the removal of the traffic lights on the GSP.  Tragic tragic tragic. Here's a snippet from the Cape May County Herald story:

"On the Garden State Parkway the only three traffic lights you will find are the ones outside here. We all agree they don’t belong and today we mark the start of a $110-million project,” said New Jersey Turnpike Authority Executive Director Veronique Hakim
Those infamous exits, 9, 10 and 11, at Crest Haven Road, Stone Harbor Boulevard and Shell Bay Avenue, have been the location of numerous accidents, some of them fatal.
Eric Meyer, of Mayville, knows too well the need to remove the hazardous signals from the highway. He lost his 17-year-old son, Christopher, in a two-car crash Nov. 4, 2004 at the intersection of the Garden State Parkway and Stone Harbor Boulevard.
“Eric is just a hardworking Cape May County man with a 17-year old boy who was just sitting at a traffic light,” said Sen. Jeff VanDrew (D-1). “He never harmed anyone and never, ever did anything wrong to anyone and he pretty much instantly died. That’s why we’re here today.”
After his son’s death, Eric Meyer became an advocate for removal of the traffic signals in hope of saving another family from the pain his family has felt since the death of Christopher. In a voice choking with tears, the elder Meyer said many people gave him their support to have the signals removed but warned him not to expect their removal to come to fruition.
“I hope this will never happen to anyone else,” said the father of his son’s death. “Let me be the last. We didn’t just lose a son; we lost a whole family because no one is the same. We’re not the same people we were after that night.”

Monday, February 4, 2013

Nice Photography Site for a Monday

David Wolanski is a photographer who recently brought his camera to Cape May.  Take a look at his dream-like photos right HERE.

Anyway, since today is Sign of the Day Monday, here's one of my photos for you, with a window sign from Freda's Cafe:

Friday, February 1, 2013

Whither Cove Beach Replenishment?

Photo by John Cooke: Cove Beach 1/31/13
 Based on this photo (and others posted to Facebook), it appears that what the federal government giveth Mother Nature is intent on taking away (again).  The beach replenishment project had built up quite a beach at the Cove, as photos taken earlier this month had shown. But this photo suggests that the new Cove Beach may look like the old Cove Beach sooner rather than later.