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92 Cool Cape May Things To Do This Summer!
Bulldozing Cape May A Chat With Mother Wawa Four Great Beer Dinners The City’s Hottest Chef Truth Behind The Lighthouse The Magic Of Sea Glass
KILLER READ Part One Of A Chilling New Short Story
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FEATURES welcome to summer 7 Thirty-two fun events to get the season started
four top draft picks 18 Pairing great beers with great food... it’s a win-win!
food and drink guide 25 A ridiculously comprehensive guide to eating out
seeing the light 38
The stories behind Cape May’s three lighthouses.
my perfect day reverend robert davis 46 larry hume 91 jack lindeman 105 barbara masemore 141
man with the pan 48 New challenge for wonder chef Lucas Manteca
the stars align 55 Major NY and LA players are performing with Cape May Stage
a chat with will knapp 33 sean conners 37
bulldozing cape may 60 The battle for the soul of a city in the ’60s and ’70s.
arts coverage harriett sosson 69 gail pierson gallery 70 east lynne theater 100
a killer read 72 First chapter of a brilliant new Terry O’Brien short story
must haves 85
A shopping tour around the streets of the city
27 questions for... mother wawa 137
touch of glass 94 How one woman turned a beach hobby into a career
puzzle time cape may crossword 144
activities 106 The best Cape May guide you will ever read!
a wild passion 126 Two hours that could change your life, by Seymore Thanu
cover painting by victor grasso
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HIS is a curious animal you are holding in your hands. Actually, you may WELL be holding a curious animal in your hands as you read this, but I’m talking about the magazine. This is the first ever issue of Exit Zero magazine that carries a cover price. For the last seven years we have been giving away our frothy little black-and-white periodical for free every week, along with glossy color issues several times a year. Worry not. The weekly magazine will still be free, but from now on the color magazines will be for sale – four issues every year, published from the middle of May to end of September. But wait... before you protest, have you LOOKED at this yet? Forget false modesty, we think it’s amazing. Cape May has never seen a magazine produced on this kind of scale, with this kind of quality. The large 9 x 12 format and thick, luxurious paper allow us to showcase photography and feature articles with a style that I hope excites you. And then there’s the cover... Regular readers of Exit Zero will be aware of the genius of Victor Grasso, who has been painting bewilderingly-good covers for us since 2006. This one might be my favorite yet. His technical ability is astounding – many people refuse to believe that it is actually a painting, but it is. Add to that his mischievous imagination and allaround creative flair and genius for the unpredictable and you have an artist that
we are very lucky to have as a contributor. As for the model she deserves a shout-out, too. Some of you may recognize Julie Papendick or, as she is now known, Julie Menz, after her wedding to Tai Menz, member of the family that owns the Inn of Cape May. Julie, who runs the Pink and Victorious stores with her big sister Jennifer, was a delight to work with, and a real trooper. In case you’re wondering, we didn’t actually ask her to stand on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway. She was photographed in Victor’s studio, which sits near the bay in Townbank, and then he painted her on to the side of the road, using a photograph of the Parkway’s Exit 0. The original is a thing to behold – it’s six foot tall and will be a centerpiece of Victor’s exhibiton at SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May in August. So that’s the cover. What about the inside? There’s a crazy amount to read – 12 feature stories, along with a compelling, irresistible, super-tasty selection of columns and a wonderful crossword to finish everything off. Foodies will love the feature on a beer-and-food pairing at Lucky Bones plus a revealing interview with Lucas Manteca, the wildly talented young Argentinian who is in charge of the kitchens at The Ebbitt Room, The Blue Pig Tavern and The Rusty Nail. I want to single out Kate Chadwick, who did a terrific job with that story. Kate, you’re a exit zero
lady and the champ Artist Victor Grasso in his studio with model Julie Menz, who visited him for a photo session after the cover painting was finished. Victor was a little too hungover to participate in a meaningful, attractive shoot (he had been celebrating the completion of the painting with some Kraken rum the night before) so we shot him again on his own a week later, when he was looking a little more human. Aleksey Moryakov
real talent and a gem of a girl. Also worthy of special mention is Dan Mathers, whose contribution to this issue was immense – Dan wrote a bunch of first-class feature stories, a few interviews, pulled together a great Activities section and generally hustled like a hero when he had to. I don’t have enough superlatives to describe our photographer Aleksey Moryakov, who is such a pleasure to work with that it’s almost unnatural. Aleksey, you are a superstar. Terry O’Brien has written another superb short story, “A Killer Read”, which makes its debut on page 72 and which will thereafter be serialized in the weekly edition of Exit Zero. Nice one, Terry. And finally, Jason Black, as usual, worked like a well-oiled machine to corral the ads, while Doree Bardes designed them with flair and energy in equally high proportions. What a team! I hope you love the magazine, and I hope you subscribe. See the previous page to see how. Jack Wright Editor/Publisher
Welcome to the summer
ET’S be honest – the sun doesn’t always shine and even if it did you might not be the kind of person who likes to spend every waking (along with snoozing) moment of the day on the beach (though credit should be given – Cape May’s beaches ARE difficult to resist). So with that in mind we hereby list a lot of things for you to do between now, the very beginning of summer, and the Fourth of July. Don’t miss the next special color issue of Exit Zero, out on June 24, to find out what’s happening after that. Also check out the FREE weekly version of Exit Zero (see www.exitzero.us). Without further ado... May 20 to 23 SIDEWALK SALE Bargains galore on the beautifully-renovated Washington Street Mall, from 9am to 7pm. Browse an eclectic variety of merchandise from local stores. May 20 to June 10
IT TAKES A VILLAGE Clare Juechter, manager of Cold Spring Country Store at Historic Cold Spring Village, which is a beautifully staged vintage shopping experience, stocked with a kaleidoscopic range of goodies. As for the Village itself, it’s a 22acre wooded wonderland of buildings ranging from the 17th to 19th centuries. Throughout the summer it hosts a satisfying assortsment of festivals and exhibitions. Maciej Nabrdalik
CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL The 21st anniversary season, presented by PNC Arts Alive. Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music and a World Traditions series. For more information, call (609) 884-5404, 800-2754278 or visit www.capemaymac.org. See pages 12-13 for festival highlights. May 21 to 23 NEW JERSEY AUDUBON’S CAPE MAY SPRING WEEKEND Congregate where the birds migrate – join NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory for a three-day nature festival featuring naturalist-led field trips, indoor and outdoor workshops, lectures, boat trips, and more. Witness amazing spring migration of warblers, shorebirds, and horseshoe crabs. Keynote speakers include Pete Dunne and Dr David Mizrahi. Contact Marleen or Sheila at (609) 884-2736, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.BirdCapeMay.org. May 22
DELAWARE BAY LIGHTHOUSE ADVENTURE Enjoy a cruise up the Delaware Bay for an afternoon of lighthouse viewing. Hear bay lore on fishing, spawning grounds and more. The cruise includes a lavish complimentary cold luncheon buffet, including shrimp, finger sandwiches, cheese and fruit trays and dessert. A cash bar is available. Limited to 175. Starts at 10am, admission $99. For more information, contact Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC), at (609) 884-5404, 800-275-4278 or visit www. capemaymac.org. May 23 CAPE MAY WINE TRAIL Spend the day visiting Cape May County’s wineries, sampling the unique flavors of each. First enjoy lunch at one of Cape May’s restaurants and then board the trolley, which will take you to the wineries where you’ll learn about viniculture and visit the tasting rooms.
From noon to 5pm, admission $75 per person and includes lunch, wine tastings at each vineyard and a wine-tasting glass. Limited event, reserve early! Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 8845404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www. capemaymac.org.
buildings and learn about the Village. There are guided walking tours of the Village throughout the day. Visit www. hcsv.org for more information. May 31 MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY Honor America’s fallen heroes at this special ceremony, held at the monument on Columbia Avenue at 11am.
May 29 CRAFTS AND ANTIQUES FOR MEMORIAL DAY Visit the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street for a wide selection of country crafts, folk art, custom-designed jewelry, antiques and a choice selection of Victorian items. Free admission to the grounds, 10am to 4pm. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
June 5 THE ANNUAL WEST CAPE MAY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL The festival is held every year on the first Saturday of June in Wilbraham Park featuring Jersey Fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, seafood, kettle corn, fresh produce, fresh barbecued meats, and other treats. There are also vendors featuring antiques, arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, and art. Live entertainment. From 9am-5pm. Free parking and admission. Call (609) 884-9325 for information. Rain date June 6.
May 29 and 30 OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE Free admission from 11am to 3pm at this beautiful site, a short drive from downtown Cape May. Visit select
June 5 and 6 CELTIC FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE Pipe band, dance workshops, children’s programs, pub tent, live music, traditional food and craft vendors. Held on exit zero
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Like drinking wine? Like sitting on a large, lovely deck enjoying a view of a verdant vineyard, while sipping a glass (or a few) of wines produced here? Then you should visit Cape May Winery, which is well equipped for giving tours of its facilities – visit the Barrel Room, browse the shop and, of course, hit the deck! The winery is on Townbank Road, a couple minutes north of downtown Cape May – see the listings for details of a Cape May Wine Trail, organized by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities.
the beautiful grounds of this living history museum – the buildings are closed for the weekend. Visit www.hcsv.org for more information. June 10 to 13 30TH ANNUAL SOUTH JERSEY SHARK TOURNAMENT Just ask any sharker and they’ll tell you that this event, based out of Cape May’s South Jersey Marina, is the largest and most lucrative shark tournament around. Catch the action at the weighins, which are at South Jersey Marina, in front of the Ship’s Store. The marina is situated at the entrance to Cape May, just past the Lobster House and across from Lucky Bones. Weigh-ins are from 3:30pm to 7pm on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. June 12 VICTORIAN FAIR A traditional Victorian fair on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum. The day features live musical performances, crafts, collectibles, living history characters, children’s activities and refreshments, from 10am to to 4pm. Free
don’t be afraid to go to the harbor... Just ask any sharker and they’ll tell you that the annual South Jersey Shark Tournament, based out of Cape May’s South Jersey Marina and now in its 30th year, is the largest and most lucrative shark tournament around. Catch the action at the weigh-ins, which are at South Jersey Marina, in front of the Ship’s Store. The marina is situated at the entrance to Cape May, just past the Lobster House and across from Lucky Bones. Weigh-ins are from 3:30pm to 7pm on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. (And in case you haven’t noticed on your way into town, the guy on the right is the mascot at Jim’s Bait and Tackle shop, which is located opposite South Jersey Marina.)
admission and parking and a free trolley shuttle from the Washington Street Mall. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org. June 12 and 13 DOWN ON THE FARM WEEKEND AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE Various farming operations and antique tractors on display throughout the Village, which is comprised of 22 acres of beautiful wooded land. Visit with your favorite farm animals including horse, sheep, goats and more! Visit www.hcsv.org for more information. June 18 to January 2 CAPE MAY’S SIXTH ANNUAL DESIGNER SHOW HOUSE The region’s top designers and suppliers transform the lovely Fairthorne Cottage on Ocean Street into Cape May’s sixth annual Designer Show House. Daily self-guided tours and can be combined with breakfast, lunch and dinner packages and special events. Open daily, Sundays through Fridays, 10am to 3pm and 7pm to 9pm, and Saturdays only,
A FINE DAY IN WEST CAPE MAY The West Cape May Strawberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 5 in smallbut-charming Wilbraham Park, site of the trees that were dressed in wool by the now worldfamous group called the Salty Knits. The festival features, ahem, strawberries, naturally, along with vendors showcasing art, antiques and various other random items. A perfect day of browsing in the park. Aleksey Moryakov
10am to 3pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 8845404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www. capemaymac.org. June 19 CAPE MAY POINT FIVE-MILE RUN It’s a win-win! You get fit AND you get to enjoy the enchanting (and there really is no better word for it) environs of charming Cape May Point. Registration is at 8:30am near the fire hall. Call (609) 884-1087 for more information. June 19 HARBOR FEST Join in the celebration of seafood and song, the sea, its culture, and its ecology on Cape May’s harbor. Fresh seafood, live music, seafood cooking demonstrations, and arts-and-craft vendors fill the streets while marine educational programs, a blessing of the fleet, a kayak and canoe regatta, and much more fill your day. Saturday, June 19 (rain date June 20). Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). For more
information, call (609) 884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org. June 19 and 20 MILITARY TIMELINE AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE Experience field camps, displays and exhibits depicting military life from ancient times to the 20th century. Living history encampments will include World War II, Civil War, Roman Imperial Army, English Hundred Years War and more. Visit www.hcsv.org for more information. June 20 CAPE MAY WINE TRAIL Spend the day visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the flavors of each. First, enjoy lunch at one of Cape May’s restaurants then board the trolley, which will take you to the wineries where you’ll learn about viniculture and visit the tasting rooms. From 12pm to 5pm, admission $75 per person and includes lunch, wine tastings at each vineyard and a wine-tasting glass. Limited event, reserve early! Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC).
Harry’s is Celebrating Summer...
• Harry’s Happy Hour (5pm-7pm), featuring more than 30 bottles and draughts • Harry’s Wine Vault, featuring Cape May’s best selection of local and international wines • Groove to Local Musicians on Harry’s Beachfront Patio
• Win Cash and Prizes! Play World Tavern Trivia and Poker!
Great Food at Great Prices! New This Year
• Meatloaf • Eggplant Parmigiana • Lobster & Crab Ravioli • Grilled Pork Chop • Drunken Steamers • Honey dipped fried Chicken • 6 types of sliders And so much more……..
Check out our Daily Specials and Brand New Menu at harryscapemay.com! Become a part of Cape May’s newest tradition! Madison and Beach Ave. Cape May, NJ 609-884-6113 Don’t miss out on our Patio Bar. Great view of the ocean!
A feast of world-class music
ROM May 20 to June 10 the CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL will celebrate its 21st anniversary season, presented by PNC Arts Alive. Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music and a World Traditions series. For more information, call Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities at (609) 884-5404 or 800-2754278 ,or visit www.capemaymac.org. Thursday, May 20 KEVIN BURKE AND CALL SCOTT, traditional Irish music, at Star of the Sea Church, Washington Street Mall, 8pm. Sunday, May 23 GEORGE MESTERHAZY AND FRIENDS WITH PAULA JOHNS, at First Presbyterian Church, Hughes and Decatur, 8pm.
Tuesday, May 25 NEW YORK CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: “Four’s a Crowd” Sibelius Duo in C Major, at Episcopal Church of the Advent, Franklin and Washington, 8pm. Wednesday May 26 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT: “The Prince and the Pauper” at Lower Cape May Regional High School, Route 9, Erma. An original composition by Eliot Bailen and students from local schools, featuring a chorus of local students. Sunday, May 30 ATLANTIC BRASS BAND at the Rotary Bandstand, Lafayette Street, 8pm. Tuesday, June 1 NEW YORK CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: “Will the Real Mozart Please Stand Up?”, at Episcopal Church of the Advent, Franklin and Washington, 8pm.
Thursday, June 3 BAY-ATLANTIC SYMPHONY: “Looking Bachwards”, at First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, Hughes and Decatur, 8pm. Sunday, June 6 NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, at Episcopal Church of the Advent, Franklin and Washington, 8pm. Tuesday, June 8 NEW YORK CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: “Flings” Music for Flute and Strings, Episcopal Church of the Advent, Franklin and Washington, 8pm. Thursday, June 10 BABATUNDE LEA (Afro-Cuban music), at Star of the Sea Church, Washington Street Mall, 8pm.
COMPLETE HARMONY Jed Gaylin conducts the Bay Atlantic Symphony, who will be playing Thursday, June 3 at the First Presbyterian Church
For more information, call (609) 8845404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www. capemaymac.org. June 26 DELAWARE BAY LIGHTHOUSE ADVENTURE Enjoy a cruise up the Delaware Bay for an afternoon of lighthouse viewing. Hear bay lore on fishing, spawning grounds and more. The cruise includes a lavish complimentary cold luncheon buffet. A cash bar is available. Limited to 175. Starts at 10am, admission $99. Contact the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC) at (609) 884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit them online at www.capemaymac.org.
VINTAGE bASEBALL What a cool way to spend an afternoon. Every year, the folks at Historic Cold Spring Village organize the classic game as part of their Fourth of July celebrations. The game will happen at noon on Saturday, July 3. The Village is a short drive from Cape May – visit www.hcsv.org for more information.
QUILT & FIBER FEST: SPIN TO STITCH AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE Receive $3 off admission with donation of hand-knit mittens. A Quilt Show and celebration of the fiber arts featuring vendors, demonstrations and workshops, at Cape May’s living history museum, located on 22 beautiful wooded acres, a short drive from town. Lacemaking, knitting, sheap shearing and more. Visit www.hcsv.org for more information. June 28 to August 27 SUMMER CHILDREN’S SCIENCE PROGRAMS What a wonderful way to keep the kids happy, inspired and excited! Which is good news for adults, too. Held at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1610 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, (609) 8988848.
June 26 ANTIQUE FAIR The Greater Cape May Historical Society are hosting this event, in Wilbraham Park, West Cape May, opposite the CVS pharmacy. Proceeds benefit the city’s Colonial House Restoration Fund, so you’re doing a good deed when you shop here. From 9am to 5pm. Rain date June 27. June 26 and 27
July 3 KIWANIS PANCAKE DAY Enjoy a fine breakfast and help out a great cause at the same time – the Kiwanis Club do a fantastic job of offering scholarships to local kids. From 7am-12:30pm on the boardwalk near Convention Hall (which is, as you prob-
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ably know, is being demolished to make way for a brand-new center!). July 3 INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE Celebrate the glorious Fourth with this colorful, fun annual parade that celebrates the day those pesky Brits were told to leave this land (though it took quite a few more years before that actually happened). Starts at 1pm in front of Convention Hall. July 3 and 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE At noon on Saturday witness a fascinating 19th-century baseball game. Patriotic programs both days, including The Story of Old Glory and live music, all held at this living history museum on 22 beautiful wooded acres, just north of downtown Cape May. Visit www.hcsv. org for more information. July 4 FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA Every year, those good folks at Congress Hall, aided by the City of Cape May and the local Chamber of Commerce, put on a five-star fireworks show for thousands who gather on the hotel’s great lawn, on the boardwalk, and in surrounding streets. Let’s hope the clouds stay away. Starts at 9pm. July 5 CAPE MAY KIDS’ PLAYHOUSE Visit the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette Street, for familyfriendly performances in partnership with Cape May Stage. Starts 10am, $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12). Co-sponsored by Cape May Stage and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit them online at www.capemaymac.org. July 7 KIDS’ DAY AT THE EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE Learn what life was like more than 100 years ago from the parlor to the playroom on a tour of the Estate. Stroll around the grounds of the Estate, covered in tents filled with fun activities like dress-up, hat-making, singing, storytelling, face painting, Victorian games, Teddy Bear Tea Parties at the Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe and more. From 10am to 3pm, $5 for children (ages 3 to 12), free for adults.
Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 8845404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www. capemaymac.org. July 7 TEDDY BEAR TEA PARTY BYOB – that means bring your own bear (or dolly). Teddy Bear Tea Parties at the Carriage House Tearoom and Café feature kid-friendly menus and teddy bear music. Miss Jeanne and a special guest from The Cape May Teddy Bear Co. will be presenting stories and activities for the Teddy Bear Tea attendees as well as providing a goody bag. At 11am and 1:30pm, $18 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3-12). The Carriage House Tearoom and Café is located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit them online at www.capemaymac.org. exit zero
Farmers Market is a lark in the park STARTING June 29, the West Cape May Farmers Market & Community Concerts will be held at the Backyard Park, behind Borough Hall on Broadway, from 3pm to 7:30pm). The market will run for 10 weeks this year, every Tuesday through August 31. Not only is there a great selection of fresh produce and herbs, but there are also purveyors of antiques, fresh coffee, barbecue, seafood and kettle corn, plus live art demonstrations and ALWAYS a great band playing. Limited free parking. If you can, walk there, and avoid the parking crush. Either way, come to this event regularly for a great afternoon in a park setting. It’s one of the highlights of the summer season, for locals and visitors.
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WO years ago an article appeared in Draft magazine titled “Sam I Brew, Sam I Am.” It was a conversation between Jim Koch, founder and brewer of the Boston Brewing Company (most famous for their Sam Adams beers) and Sam Calagione, the founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, located just across the bay in Delaware. Through the course of their conversation they discussed the craft beer movement and the complexities of beer. The conversation stuck with me. As a college student, being a connoisseur of wine was far beyond my budget, but I could walk to the local bottle shop and assemble a world-class six-pack for $10. I began to appreciate the complexity and diversity of flavor that beer offered. I’d head to Zeno’s Pub, in State College, PA, where the bartenders would serve a different draft each time and explain its composition. While working on a guide book to Rehoboth Beach I began talking to Sam Calagione’s wife, Mariah. When I contacted her again more recently about doing an article on food and beer pairings she was instantly receptive. Sam got back to me, thanking me for thinking of Dogfish Head and congratulating me on the
MAN ON A MISSION Our man Dan Mathers with girlfriend Tanya and his aunt and uncle, Eileen Mathers and Joe Spinelli
exciting project. He said, “Craft beer has all of the complexity, variety and food-compatibility of high-end wine at a fraction of the price.” When it came time to choose a location for a beer dinner, Lucky Bones was the obvious choice. Their excellent food, unrivalled draft selection and casual atmosphere made the perfect setting. Owner David Craig was excited
about the idea and offered up a section of the restaurant solely for our indulgence... I mean, scientific testing. On a Thursday afternoon I cut out of work early, grabbed my girlfriend Tanya and headed to Lucky Bones to meet my Aunt Eileen and Uncle Joe for a mouthwatering adventure. The following is our four-course meal...
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First Course Hoegaarden & Sofia Pie EVEN Without a clever marketing campaign like Corona’s, Hoegaarden has managed to become a popular summer beer through word of mouth from one beer enthusiast to another. With a slice of orange, this cool, crisp beer is the perfect drink on a hot afternoon. Hoegaarden is brewed using wheat and gains its flavor from a collection of plants and spices, collectively called gruit. Its flavor is a mix of Lahara peels (a bitter orange from Curaçao) and coriander. It is classified as a witbier (white beer) because its unfiltered and top-fermented brewing process leaves it with a characteristically cloudy, white appearance. Because Hoegaarden’s flavors are so subtle it went perfectly with Lucky Bones’ Sofia Pie. The soft textures of Hoegaarden blend nicely with the garlic and shrimp thin-crust pizza. We divided the pizza four ways and though it is a tried-and-true favorite of Tanya’s, she was pleasantly surprised by how well it matched the beer: “The beer is light and you can still taste all the flavor of the pizza.” A richer beer would certainly overwhelm your tastebuds and drown out the taste of the shrimp, much like a pizza with tomato sauce would overpower the comparatively lightly flavored Hoegaarden.
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Second Course Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA and Bacon-Wrapped Scallops INDIA Pale Ales (IPA) were derived out of necessity during the British colonization of India. The time spent in casks traveling around the Horn of Africa left ales tasting flat and sour. To counteract this, brewmasters added extra hops. The additional hoppiness in Dogfish Head’s beer is achieved by continuously adding hops for 60 minutes while the beer is boiling, hence the name 60-Minute IPA. While the bitterness of many American-style pale ales makes them more likely to trigger your tastebuds in the fall and winter months, Dogfish Head’s 60-Minute IPA manages a smooth, citrusy flavor in what is ultimately still a very rich brew. The 60-Minute IPA is best partnered with strong or spicy dishes that won’t be dominated by the beer’s hoppiness and bold flavor. The locally caught scallops used at Lucky Bones are wrapped in thick slices of blackpepper bacon. This gives them a strong flavor and a fantastic kick that pairs perfectly with the IPA. According to Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, “The 60-Minute IPA is the perfect partner for this dish – the alcohol and carbonation cut through the fattiness of the bacon and the citrus notes of the hops compliment the meaty, briny character of the scallops.” After a bite of scallop and an experimental sip of Hoegaarden, my aunt looked at me from across our beer-covered table and said, “The Hoegaarden just gets lost when you eat these scallops. This beer [the IPA] isn’t my favorite, but it’s definitely a great match for the scallops.” exit zero
Third Course Dos Equis Ambar and Grilled Whole Dorado DOS Equis Ambar is a rich, Vienna-style lager coming out of the northeast of Mexico. The reason one of the most popular Mexican beers is Vienna-styled is because Moctezuma Brewery, the maker of Dos Equis, was founded by a German immigrant in 1884. Regardless of their incarnation, beers from Mexico tend to be associated with summer. Dos Equis Ambar, despite its Germanic heritage, is no exception. The fact that it is often served with a slice of lime probably helps with the summertime appeal. That slice of lime also adds a citrus note that blends with the meaty dorado fish. Lucky Bones chef Shaun McCullough explains that it’s a very simple dish. “We just put a couple of slices in the skin, rub on some of Lucky Bones’ signature Cuban spice, a little thyme and throw it on the grill.” We picked the bones clean, and my uncle Joe commented, “I feel like a Grizzly bear – in a good way.” The dorado, coming fresh all the way from Greece, was exceptionally flavorful for a white fish, and Ambar is exceptionally rich for a lager. As Dos Equis’ website says, “Think of it as lager’s dark, moody and passionate cousin.”
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Fourth Course Guinness & Ecuadorian Chocolate Cake THE characteristically frothy head of a good pint of Guinness is achieved with the help of nitrogen that keeps it under high pressure without making it bubbly. This allows it to be forced through a screen and out the extended Guinness tap. This is key in the beer’s signature flavor and body. Really, Guinness is the dessert of beers. It is rich and creamy yet light like a chocolate mousse. So it is no surprise how well it paired with Lucky Bones’ Ecuadorian Rainforest Chocolate Decadence Cake. Made with free-trade chocolate, the cake was rich and slightly bitter with a sweet, raspberry syrup garnishing the plate. Typically I can’t tear my lips from a Guinness, but the partnership of beer and cake was so perfect – bitter and sweet, rich and smooth – that I alternated bites and gulps until I’d finish a pint and a half with my cake and (admittedly) some of my girlfriend Tanya’s. I wasn’t the only one in bliss, between the food and the mounting inebriation. My aunt Eileen looked up from her plate and said, “This is the perfect way to finish. This is sweet; that is bitter. It’s my favorite flavor combination.”
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SAUCY COMBINATION The Black Duck on Sunset has a breezy, chic interior and a menu that’s small in size but huge on quality
A CA MIA The Place: A classy Euro bistro with an outdoor patio for people-watching on the mall. The Food: Northern Italian specialties, featuring superb local seafood and innovative poultry and meat dishes. Homemade desserts are irresistible. The Details: Serves lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. Children’s menu, reservations accepted, and takeout available. The Location: 524 Washington Street Mall, Cape May, (609) 884-6661, www.acamia.com. ALEATHEA’S The Place: Classic, elegant setting, with a casual vibe. You wouldn’t feel out of place if you dressed up, and you’d also be fine in a T-shirt (but not JUST a T-shirt). The Food: Talented young chef Tai Menz likes to mix it up, so there’s some elaborate stuff among the staples. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted, takeout available. The Location: 7 Ocean Street (at the Inn Of Cape May), (609) 884-5555, ext. 226, www.innofcapemay.com. AVALON COFFEE The Place: Top-notch coffee house. The Food: Great coffee, superb snacks. The Details: Serves coffee, breakfast and lunch. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking at the North Cape May location, children’s menu and takeout are available.
The Location: Two of them – at 7 Gurney Street, Cape May, (609) 898-8088, and at 3704 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, (609) 846-0040, www.avaloncoffeecompany.com. AXELSSON’S BLUE CLAW The Place: Superb food, an elegant atmosphere, and a beautiful old bar combine for a local classic. The Food: The seafood is exquisite. These folks have been doing this for a long time, and they’re still setting the bar as high as ever. Check out the Clipper Ship Pub for more casual fare. The Details: Serves dinner only. Accepts Visa, MC and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted, and takeout available. The Location: 991 Ocean Drive, 884-5878, www.blueclawrestaurant.com. BACKSTREET The Place: A small, cute eatery that the locals just love. The Food: “Simply delicious” is their motto, and it fits. The Details: Serves dinner. Accept Visa, MC, and AMEX. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted and takeout available. The Location: 600 Park Boulevard, West Cape May, (609) 884-7660, www.backstreetcapemaynj.com THE BAYSHORE The Place: Traditional bar that’s been given a revamp by its new owners, who are well acquainted with the local restaurant scene. The Food: It’s classic pub grub.
The Details: Serves lunch and dinner. Accept Visa, MC, and AMEX. On-site parking, children’s menu and takeout available. The Location: 3832 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, (609) 886-2200. BELLA MANGIATA The Place: A family-friendly joint that all will love. The Food: Delicious Italian cuisine that won’t break the bank. The Details: Serve breakfast, lunch and dinner Accept Visa, MC, Discover and AMEX. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted and takeout available. The Location: 1891 Bayshore Road, Villas, (609) 889-6800. BELLA VIDA CAFÉ The Place: A casual, quaint cafe on Broadway. The Food: Fresh, healthy and wholesome with some of the best vegetarian dishes around. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, and takeout available. The Location: 406 N. Broadway, West Cape May, (609) 884-6332, www.bellavidacafe.com THE BLACK DUCK The Place: Handsome interiors – all whitewashed wooden walls and hardwood floors. The Duck gives off a cool, uncluttered vibe. The Food: Chef/owner Chris Hubert always delivers the goods. We’d call this a modern American cuisine, with
Great food, great drinks and great music...
TASTEBUD ALERT Acclaimed Argentinian chef Lucas Manteca took over the kitchen at The Ebbitt Room (in the Virginia Hotel on Jackson Street) last year and has infused the menu with some irresistible concoctions some global influences. The Details: Serves dinner. Accepts Visa and MC. On-site parking, no children’s menu, reservations accepted, and takeout available. The Location: 1 Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May, (609) 898-0100, www.blackduckonsunset.com. BLOODY MARY’S The Place: A local eatery with a tropical vibe. A great place to host your beach wedding. The Food: Seafood and steaks with a tropical flair. The Details: Serves breakfast, dinner and cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. Children’s menu and takeout available. The Location: 1035 Beach Avenue, Cape May, (609) 884-7000, www.bloodymarysbarandgrill.com.
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BLUE PIG TAVERN The Place: Situated in the heart of Cape May, inside majestic Congress Hall. Intimate wooden booths and a considerable fireplace keep this place cozy in the winter. The Food: Enjoy tavern-style food by the cozy fire on cooler nights. A great mixture of straightforward classics, with a few twists along the way to keep things interesting. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted and takeout is available.
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The Location: Perry Street and Congress Place, (609) 884-8422, www.congresshall. com. BOILER ROOM The Place: Cool brick-and-steel nightclub in Congress Hall. The Food: Late-night snacks available – ask at the bar. The Details: Serves cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking available. The Location: Perry Street and Congress Place, (609) 884-8421, www.congresshall. com. BROWN ROOM The Place: Alluring decor and enticing cocktail bar that’ll make you feel like a character from The Great Gatsby (without the tragic ending). The Food: You can eat at the bar and order from The Blue Pig Tavern menu. The Details: Serves cocktails and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, reservations accepted, and takeout. The Location: Perry Street and Congress Place, Cape May, (609) 884-8421, www. congresshall.com. CABANAS The Place: Cape May’s classic beachfront bar and restaurant with a fun and friendly ambience. The Food: Tasty pub food and a great snack menu that has something for everyone. The Details: Serves lunch, dinner and
A classic copper bar, a great martini list, and modern American cuisine. What more could you want?
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cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. Children’s menu, reservations accepted, and takeout is available. The Location: 429 Beach Avenue, at Decatur Street, Cape May, (609) 884-4800, www.cabanasonthebeach.com. CAPE MAY WINERY The Place: Gather up the gang for a picnic on the terrace. Overlook the gorgeous vineyard at this lovely custom-built, barn-style structure located on Townbank Road. The Food: Gourmet cheese boxes made by Seaside Cheese Company or you may bring your own! The Details: Serves local wines and hosts a killer tour of the winery on Saturdays at 3pm (need a reservation). Accepts Visa and MC. On-site parking and taste two wines for free! The Location: 711 Townbank Road, North Cape May, (609) 884-1169, www.capemaywinery.com. CAPE ORIENT The Place: Test your tastebuds on a cross-culturing experience at Cape May’s home of Asian cuisine. The Food: Choose from Chinese, Thai and sushi, all done extremely well... or try all three. This place never disappoints! The Details: Serves lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, reservations accepted, and takeout is available. The Location: 315 Ocean Street in Washington Commons, (609) 898-0088, www.capeorient.com. COLLIER’S LIQUOR STORE The Place: Cape May’s liquor store has a great selection, friendly service, and bad jokes (hello Dan!). It’s everything you need in a neighborhood liquor store. The Food: No food here... just delicious spirits and we don’t mean the ghostly type. The Details: Sells beer, spirits and all the accessories to enjoy them. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. Plenty
of on-site parking available. The Location: Perry Street at Lafayette, (609) 884-8488. CUCINA ROSA The Place: Chef Guy Portewig serves classic Italian every single time. The Food: Tenderloin Tuscany... a nine-ounce filet mignon stuffed with gorgonzola cheese, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, then grilled medium. Not to mention the dessert that’s to die for. We’re so there! The Details: Serves dinner only. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. No on-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted, and takeout is available. The Location: 301 Washington Street Mall, (609) 8989800, www.cucinarosa.com. C-VIEW INN The Place: A British-style pub that’s a huge hit with locals and visitors. The Food: Good ol’ fashioned pub grub, just as it should be. Famous for their wings. The Details: Serves lunch and dinner only. Accept Visa and MC. On-site parking, children’s menu, no reservations, and takeout is available. The Location: 1380 Washington Street, Cape May, (609) 884-4712. THE EBBITT ROOM The Place: One of Cape May’s culinary greats. Acclaimed all over the east coast for its deluctible cuisine. The Ebbitt is as elegant as they come, and now offers lounge as well as dining room eating. The Food: We’d call it Modern American with a LOT of exotic infusions. The Details: Serves dinner, reservations accepted. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. Valet parking available, no children’s menu, no takeout available. The Location: 25 Jackson Street, Cape May, (609) 884-
A family place A first-date place A dinner-and-a-movie place A perfect place for any occasion.
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INVENTIVE ITALIAN Frescos, on Bank Street, has consistently won awards for its mouthwatering cuisine
5700, www.virginiahotel.com. ELLIE’S BAKERY The Place: The large glass front of Ellie’s makes for great people-watching along Broadway. The Food: Ellie serves fresh baked breakfast sweets, decorated cakes, sticky buns, muffins, cupcakes, double chocolate brownies, and pies The Details: Superb, homemade baked goods. Street parking and children’s food available. The Location: 301 North Broadway, West Cape May, (609) 884-4007 FISH AND FANCY The Place: A popular take-out seafood joint in the Villas... but you can also dine in if you like. The Food: Seafood, seafood and more seafood... this place serves some of the freshest finds from the sea. They have a large creative selection. The Details: Serves lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking available, children’s menu and takeout available. The Location: 2406 Bayshore Road, Villas, (609) 8868760, www.fishandfancy.com 410 BANK STREET The Place: One of the first gourmet restaurants in Cape May, and still one of the best. The Food: French-Caribbean cooked up by the legendary Chef Sing. The Details: Serves dinner, reservations recommended. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking available, children’s menu, no takeout available. The Location: 410 Bank Street, Cape May, (609) 884-2127, www.410bankstreet.com FRESCOS SEAFOOD TRATTORIA The Place: One of Cape May’s most acclaimed restaurants.
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The Food: Award-winning, inventive Italian that has developed a fervent following. The Details: Serves dinner, reservations recomended. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking available, children’s menu, no takeout available. The Location: 412 Bank Street, Cape May, (609) 884-0366.
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GECKO’S The Place: This Cape May favorite is a southwestern joint just off the mall. The Food: Downhome southwestsern with some wicked sauces and great vegetarian dishes. The Details: Serves lunch and dinner. Accept Visa and MC. Children’s menu, reservations available, no on-site parking, but takeout is available. The Location: Carpenter’s Square Mall, Cape May, (609) 898-7750.
3832 Bayshore Road North Cape May (609) 886-2200 exit zero
SERVED WITH STYLE Panico’s offers excellent Italian-inspired food and brick oven pizza in a charming, airy former church building on Broadway, West Cape May
GODMOTHER’S The Place: A no-fuss Italian restaurant that won’t let you down – from the same chef/ owner of The Black Duck. The Food: A classic Italian place that is perfect for the whole family. The Details: Serves dinner. Accepts Visa, MC. On-site parking, reservations accepted and takeout available. The Location: Broadway and West Perry Street, Cape May, (609) 884-4543, wwwgodmothersrestaurant.com.
HARBOR VIEW The Place: Beautifully located, right on the harbor-front. This happening joint has tremendous views and an option for every craving – even sushi. The Food: Try the seafood fra diablo, their famous seafood sampler, and don’t miss sushi on the deck. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa and MC. On-site parking and takeout are available. The Location: 954 Ocean Drive, (609) 8845444, www.harborviewcapemay.com. HARPOON HENRY’S The Place: Cape May’s version of a Key West vibe. The Food: Casual and satisfying. There is something for everyone! The Details: Serves lunch, dinner and cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu and takeout are available. The Location: Beach Drive and Browning in North Cape May, (609) 886-5529, www. harpoonhenrys.net HARRY’S OCEAN BAR AND GRILLE The Place: Harry’s is replacing Café Promenade at the Montreal Inn and will still offer the beach-chic atmostphere and outdoor seating. The Food: A great selection of casual cuisine, in a lovely oceanfront setting.
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The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu and takeout. The Location: At the Montreal Inn on the corner of Beach and Madison Avenue, Cape May, (609) 884-6113, www. harryscapemay.com. HAWK HAVEN VINEYARD AND WINERY The Place: Situated on the Wuerker family’s 100-acre Farm in Rio Grande, just minutes from the Cape May bridges. Enjoy high quality local wines at their spacious tasting room bar, outfitted with wine barrel bar stools and tables for you to sit, relax and enjoy. The Food: Gourmet specialty foods for sale and picnic baskets to borrow, or reserve your picnic lunch by 4pm on the previous day. The Details: Daily wine tastings ($5, keep the imprinted tasting glass), wines by the glass ($5-$6) or buy by the bottle for consumption on premises, take home, or carry to your favorite Cape May BYOB. Accepting MC, Visa, AMEX. The Location: 600 South Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande. Just before the intersection of Route 47 and Seashore Road, (609) 846-7347, www.hawkhavenvineyard.com. HEMINGWAY’S The Place: A comfortable, island atmosphere and a stylish bar. The Food: Hemingway’s pride themselves on having fantastic steaks and a great selection of seafood. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are accepted. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu and takeout available. The Location: 1045 Beach Avenue in the Grand Hotel, Cape May, (609) 884-5611, www.hemingwayscapemay.com. HIGHER GROUNDS The Place: Higher Grounds has the feeling of a place where you just want to hang out – and you can.
The Location: 702 Beach Avenue, Cape May, (609) 8848826, www.henrysonthebeach.com. HOT DOG TOMMY’S The Place: A hole-in-the-wall on Jackson Street at the corner of Beach Avenue. The Food: Delectable hot dogs, other irresistible treats, and some real bad jokes from Tommy. The Details: Serves lunch and dinner. Children’s menu and takeout are available. The Location: At the corner of Jackson Street and Beach Avenue, (609) 884-8388, www.hotdogtommys.com.
GOURMET ITALIAN Cucina Rosa serves up ridiculously-tasty Italian classics on the Washington Street Mall – try and get a patio table for superb people-watching The Food: Everything is fresh, made to order and as organic as possible. Kate makes some great cakes and sandwiches. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and desserts. Cash only. Takeout and children’s food are available. The Location: 479 West Perry Street, Cape May, (609) 8841131, www.highergroundscapemay.com. HENRY’S ON THE BEACH The Place: A family joint located right on Cape May’s beautiful promenade. The Food: A wide array of good food that can easily satisfy the whole family The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, and Discover. Children’s menu and takeout are available.
ISLAND GRILL The Place: A fun and funky restaurant with excellent, exotic food fusions. The Food: Caribbean-influenced menu with a huge range of lunch and dinner options. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations. Cash only. On-site parking, children’s menu, takeout available for breakfast and lunch only. The Location: Right next to Collier’s Liquor Store, at 311 Mansion Street, Cape May, (609) 884-0200. LA VERANDAH The Place: A superb three-star restaurant located in the beautiful Hotel Alcott. The Food: Upscale and elegant. The Details: Serves dinner, Reservations suggested. Accepts Visa, MC, and AMEX. The Location: 107-113 Grant Street in the hotel Alcott, (609) 884-5868, www.hotelalcott.com. LOBSTER HOUSE The Place: Warning! You may need to come up for air while reading this selection! Choose from the fine dining room, the Raw Bar, a takeout window on the deck, the Schooner American bar, a coffee shop, or the fish market. Like we
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Will Knapp.. Mr Music Man
ILL Knapp is an entertaining guy... his life is immersed in the world of singing, dancing and performing in general. For his day job he is the Marketing and Promotions Director for Cabanas and Martini Beach. In his spare time, he is one half of the band Acoustic Mayhem. Dan Mathers asked him for his views on the Cape May entertainment scene. What does your job involve? My primary function is to promote customer loyalty and development. I’m in charge of both the external and internal marketing – from the ads that go out around town to the posters on the walls in here. How did you end up in that position? I started out working part-time in marketing and moved to a promotional products business in Ocean City. I bought the company from the owner’s family after he passed away. Cabanas were one of my biggest clients and after a while they asked me to come work for them. What do you think of the entertainment in this town? I like the out-of-the-ordinary
things the festivals do to promote original music. I think that comes from living in Manayunk and Philly and being a part of that scene before coming here. Really, though, the truth is that this town thrives on the “Jesse’s Girl” type of cover bands. What do you see in the future for Cape May entertainment? I just see more of the same, until we can develop an identity with things like the Singer Songwriter festival. It comes down to the summer tourists. They want to go out to the bars, spend some money on drinks and hear some songs that they can sing along to. What makes Cabanas different? I like to think we take a slightly bigger risk. It might not always be a huge commercial success, but it will help to brand Singer Songwriter Cape May and indentify Cabanas as the type of place where you can hear great, original music. At the same time, though, we shouldn’t drive people away. What can we expect from Cabanas this summer? We’re planning on bringing in a couple of really big, event-type bands every month – the kind that can draw a fun crowd. And we’re trying to get original music in here every Wednesday in assoexit zero
up on the boardwalk “The truth is that this town thrives on the “Jesse’s Girl” type of cover bands... I just see more of the same, until we can develop an identity with things like the Singer Songwriter festival,” says Will Knapp, Marketing and Promotions Director for Cabanas and Martini Beach. He will be playing Hippie Hour every Friday from 5pm-7:30pm at Cabanas – it’s an acoustic happy hour featuring folk/rock tunes from the 1960s and ’70s. Aleksey Moryakov
ciation with Singer Songwriter Cape May. How do you try to market Cabanas? We always try to keep our mission statement in mind – the ultimate vacation dining experience. While we’re not in the Caribbean, we still try to embrace the fact that we’re on the beach – from the reggae music that plays in the afternoon to the overall feeling of the bar. You’ve recently started promoting on Facebook. How is that working? We’re still feeling it out. Social media in general is a fantastic way to reach new people. Its everywhere, it’s ubiquitous. We have lots of friends, but how many of them actually respond to us? I don’t know. Is that the future of marketing? I think it might end up either changing or becoming obsolete because of the way it works. You have to post your events so many times every day just to get them out there. Once every bar, restaurant and store starts doing that, people are going to get bombarded by it and get sick of it. But it’s the thing right now. Still, the time-tested ways of marketing like your print advertising still have the broadest reach.
said... they’ve got options. The Food: World-class seafood, as fresh as they come – straight from the sea that is. And if you don’t eat fish, there are plenty of alternatives. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations unavailable, but takeout is available. The Location: Fisherman’s Wharf, Cape May, (609) 884-3064, www.thelobsterhouse.com.
Paradise found... Good food, friendly atmosphere and beautiful waterfront dining at two happening places!
LUCKY BONES The Place: There’s a reason it’s one of the busiest restaurants in the area. Great bar scene and reliably good food from a family that knows what it’s doing. The Food: Philly-class thin-crust pizza and a large selection of imaginative, satisfying dishes and sandwiches. The Details: Serves lunch and dinner. Accept Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover. Onsite parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted for parties of eight or more, and takeout available. The Location: 1200 Route 109, Cape May, 884-BONE (2663). MAD BATTER The Place: Cape May’s granddaddy of restaurants is still going strong after four decades! The Food: Simply exquisite. A traditional place with a twist of the unpredictability. And their breakfasts and brunches are legendary. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. No on-site parking but reservations are accepted. The Location: 19 Jackson Street, Cape May, (609) 884-5970, www.madbatter. com.
91 Beach Drive, North Cape May (609) 886-5529
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MAGNOLIA ROOM AT THE CHALFONTE The Place: In the grand old lady of Cape May, the gorgeous Chalfonte Hotel. The Food: Classic downhome food, with a strong southern influence. The fried chicken is unmatched. The Details: Serves breakfast, dinner and cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. No on-site parking but reservations are accepted. Children’s menu. The Location: 301 Howard Street, Cape May, (609) 884-8409, www.chalfonte. com. MARIE NICOLE’S The Place: Fine dining in an elegant-yetrelaxed environment. The Food: Modern American cuisine with a European ambience. The Details: Serves dinner and cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, reservations accepted. The Location: 9510 Pacific Avenue in Wildwood Crest, (609) 522-5425, www. marienicoles.com. MARTINI BEACH The Place: A fun restaurant and bar right on the beachfront. The Food: They brought tapas-style food to Cape May and still like to mix up clas-
sic dishes with some innovative creations. The Details: Serves dinner and cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. No on-site parking. Children’s menu, reservations accepted. The Location: 429 Beach Avenue, Cape May, (609) 884-1925. MERION INN The Place: Classic bar and restaurant with an old-school vibe and world-class piano music from Grammy-nominated George Mesterhazy. A favorite in town. The Food: Wonderful fish, meat and poultry with some irresistible combinations. The Details: Serves dinner and cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking. Children’s menu, reservations accepted. The Location: 106 Decatur Street at Columbia Avenue in Cape May, (609) 884-8363, www.merioninn.com. OCEAN VIEW The Place: A family place that both locals and visitors love. The Food: Classic and delicious homemade food for the whole family. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, and takeout is available. The Location: Beach Avenue and Grant Street, Cape May, (609) 884-3772. OLD GRANGE The Place: Gorgeous Historic Cold Spring Village sets the scene for this classic restaurant, a very short drive north of Cape May. The Food: American classics at affordable prices. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accepts Visa, Master Card, Am Express, and Discover. Children’s menu and takeout. Reservations are suggested. The Location: 735 Seashore Road, Cape May, (609) 884-0114. OYSTER BAY The Place: A locals’ favorite for years, and it’s easy to see why. The copper top bar is perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail. The Food: No matter what your preference, enjoy meat, poultry and fish done right. Every time. The Details: Serves dinner and cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted, takeout not available. The Location: 615 Lafayette Street, Cape May, (609) 884-2111. PETER SHIELDS INN The Place: An exquisite Georgian revival mansion right on the beachfront. The place will inspire you. The Food: The Peter Shields has been one of Cape May’s jewels for years. Try the bistro elk tenderloin for something different! The Details: Serves dinner. Accepts Visa, MC and Discover. No on-site parking, but street parking nearby. No children’s menu or takeout available. Reservations suggested. The Location: 1301 Beach Avenue, (609) 884-9090, www.petershieldsinn.com.
PIER HOUSE The Place: A stylish restaurant with a great little bar scene. Try and reserve one of the booths next to the bar, overlooking the promenade. The Food: Inventive modern American dishes. The Details: Serves breakfast and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted, and takeout is available. The Location: 1327 Beach Avenue, Cape May, (609) 8980200, www.thepierhousecapemay.com RIO STATION The Place: A couple miles up the Parkway, this bar/restaurant has long been a destination for folks from around here. The Food: Excellent wings, steaks, crab cakes and some choice lunch specials. The Details: Serves lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC and Discover. On-site parking available, children’s menu, reservations accepted, and takeout is available. The Location: 3505 Route 9 South, Rio Grande, 889-2000. RUSTY NAIL The Place: The beachfront bar and restaurant where you can eat and drink with your toes in the sand, or grab a seat in the cool indoor area. The Food: Casual, but delicious, with an emphasis on locallycaught seafood. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, takeout , but no reservations. The Location: 205 Beach Avenue, Cape May, (609) 8840017, www.beachshack.com SEAN’S RESTAURANT The Place: Charming, warm and welcoming – you’ll feel right at home in this beachfront restaurant. The Food: A variety of fresh dishes like the Iron Chef Special – shrimp and goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto with scal-
lops and raspberry-chipotle sauce. The Details: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accept Visa and Mastercard. Reservations accepted, takeout and children’s menu available. The Location: Beach Avenue between Perry and Jackson Streets, Cape May, (609) 898-0017 SEASIDE CHEESE COMPANY The Place: The shop that Cape May desperately needed! The Food: A first-rate selection of classy, traditional and exotic cheeses. This place has got the goods! The Details: Accepts Visa and MC. On-site parking available, children like cheese (they do!), no reservations needed, and takeout is what they do. The Location: 600 Park Boulevard, West Cape May, (609) 884-8700. TOMMY’S FOLLY COFFEE SHOP The Place: Just inside the front doors of Congress Hall. The Food: La Colombe coffee, great sandwiches for breakfast, wraps for lunch and hand-dipped ice cream. The Details: Serves coffee, breakfast and goodies. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, and takeout. The Location: 251 Beach Avenue in Congress Hall, Cape May, (609) 884-6522, www.congresshall.com. UGLY MUG The Place: A traditional pub, with a warm and welcoming vibe and brand-new booths by the sides of the bar. The Food: As you’d expect, downhome pub grub. We particularly like the chicken chipotle sandwich. The Details: Serves lunch, dinner and cocktails. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. No on-site parking, children’s menu, reservations not available, but takeout is. The Location: Washington Street Mall, (609) 884-3459. UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE HOUSE The Place: The pancake gurus... bring the family to enjoy
breakfast any time. The Food: People line up for a long time in the season to taste spectacular pancakes and more besides. The Details: Serves breakfast and lunch. No credit cards accepted, but there is an ATM on site. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations not available, but takeout is. The Location: Beach Avenue and Perry, (609) 884-7199. UNION PARK The Place: A multi-award-winning casual fine dining restaurant with multi-talented chef John Schatz at the helm. The Food: It’s wonderful! No wonder New Jersey magazine voted it one of the best in the state. The Details: Serves dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. No on-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted, and takeout is available. The Location: Beach and Howard, inside the Hotel Macomber, (609) 884-8811, unionparkdiningroom.com. VINCENZO’S LITTLE ITALY II The Place: Dependably-good Italian restaurant. Pizza, pasta, they got it all. The Food: The chicken saltimbocca alla Romana is excellent, but, really, so is everything else! The Details: Serves lunch and dinner. Accepts Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. On-site parking, children’s menu, reservations accepted, and takeout. The Location: 3704 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, (609) 889-6610. ZOE’S BEACHFRONT EATERY The Place: A friendly little café right on the beachfront, next to the Beach Theatre building. The Food: Excellent downhome food, at prices that won’t empty your wallet. The Details: Serves breakfast and lunch. Cash or traveler’s checks only. Children’s menu and takeout are available. The Location: 715 Beach Avenue, Cape May, (609) 884-1233.
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At long last... a classic lobster roll!
EAN Conners has been in the restaurant business in Cape May for 12 years, has eaten his way across the US more than once, and is now the executive chef and owner at Sean’s Restaurant, on Beach Avenue, near Perry Street. “After my kids were born I realized I couldn’t work for anyone else. My wife and I decided to go for broke and start our own place,” said Sean We’re delighted to announce that Sean is going to be introducing a classic Maine Lobster Roll this summer because such a thing does not exist in this lovely seaside town (as far as we know), and we think that’s quite a serious omission. “We should have a classic lobster roll – we live right by the sea after all,” said Sean. Here’s the recipe if you want to try it at your first home, second home or condo (though the lobster roll served at Sean’s get’s a few special touches).
INGREDIENTS 1/2 pound fully cooked lobster meat or a 2 1/2 pound live lobster 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced 1/4 cup yogurt 1/2 tablespoon fresh dill 2 small scallions, thinly sliced Kosher or sea salt Freshly ground pepper 2 to 3 New England-style hot dog buns 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
DIRECTIONS IF USING live lobsters, steam or boil them. Let them cool at room temperature. Use a cleaver to crack and remove the meat from the claws, knuckles and tails. Remove the cartilage from the claws, and the intestines from the tails
of the cooked meat. Cut the meat into half-inch dice. You may pick all the meat from the carcass and add it to the meat or freeze the carcass for soup or broth. Place the cucumber in a colander for at least five minutes to drain the excess liquid. Combine the lobster, cucumber, yogurt and dill. Add the scallions. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes to one hour. Preheat a large heavy skillet (12 to 14 inches) over medium-low heat (a black cast-iron pan is perfect). Lightly butter both sides of each bun. Place them in the pan and cook for about two minutes until golden brown. Turn the buns over and toast the other side. Or toast the buns under a broiler instead. When the buns are ready, stuff them with the chilled lobster salad. Place each roll on a small paper or china plate; garnish with pickles and potato chips. Serve at once and wash it down with a glass of sauvignon blanc or a crisp, light beer like Hoegaarden.
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Some historians will tell you an earlier lighthouse was built in the area around the late 1700s, but the claims are based on a misinterpretation of history.
HE Cape May Lighthouse is 157 feet tall, built 151 years ago, with a beacon that can be seen up to 24 miles out to sea. Sailors have been relying on a Cape May lighthouse since 1823, when the first beacon on the island was built. That first tower stood only 68 feet tall, but the layout of Cape May Point was considerably different back then and it was built on a small bluff. There are some historians that will tell you an earlier tower was built in the area around the late 1700s, but the claims
SHINING A LIGHT The Cape May lighthouse was erected in 1851 and is the third structure to perform the duty at the Cape May Point location, the southern tip of New Jersey Maciej Nabrdalik
are based on a misinterpretation of history. One gentleman quotes an advertisement to me that appeared in a Philadelphia newspaper in 1801. It extolled the virtues of the “…confluence of the Delaware Bay with the ocean, in sight of the Lighthouse…” I researched the claim and Ellis Hughes DID place an announcement in the Philadelphia Gazette on July 2, 1801. In it, he spoke of a “light house”, though he did not specify where the light was located. It’s my belief that Hughes was speaking of the Cape Henlopen light, which was erected in 1764, directly across the Delaware Bay from Cape May.
Few people today are aware of that particular lighthouse, because it was lost to erosion in April of 1926. Another claim among historians is based around a land purchase in 1785 that featured a caveat dictating that the land was to be used for a light. As I discussed in my book The First Resort those same people also believe that President George Washington spoke to congress about creating a Cape May lighthouse in 1790. I researched the issue and found a 1791 issue of Clay Poole’s Daily Advertiser that recounted what President Washington actually said. You see, while it’s true that the president did speak about build a lighthouse on Cape Island in 1800, he referenced a message from the Governor of North Carolina. I dug deeper and found that the General Assembly of North Carolina had a plan to build two lighthouses, including one on their own Cape Island, now known as Cape Hatteras. Further research has revealed that the first Cape Hatteras, NC lighthouse was constructed between 1799 and 1802. The nail in the coffin for the earlier lighthouse claim is a 1790 report by former Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, who surveyed the area. In his report, he noted that there was no lighthouse in Cape May. Getting back to the story, the 1823 lighthouse was the original and it was built on a small hill overlooking the ocean. That first tower was constructed with the same graduated design we see in today’s lighthouse, featuring thick walls at the base that grow thinner as it rises. Unfortunately, the bluff upon which it was constructed was too close to the water. The land eroded right out from underneath it in the fury brought about by a succession of formidable storms that hit the Cape in the 1840s. By the time the light was last lit on May 1, 1847, the ocean had completely encroached upon the tower and it was surrounded by water. The US government believed the
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Cape May lighthouse was vital and quickly had a new one built. Aside from the abundance of fishing off the coast of New Jersey, the Cape May light also protected ships traveling into the Delaware Bay on their way to the busy commercial port in Philadelphia. That replacement light was constructed in 1847 and it rose to 78 feet tall, allowing it to be visible farther offshore. With the loss of the first beacon, the government wasted no time in replacing it and in the process, built a severely flawed tower. The main fault was in the wall thickness and the lack of a tapered design to distribute the weight on the lower level and foundation. Government inspectors did not look fondly on the Cape’s second lighthouse and issued a scathing report of its condition just five years after it was first lit. Among the chief complaints of the inspector were, “Thin plate-glass 20x28 in the lantern; no paint in dome or frame of lantern – painted black originally; astragals and sashes rusty, and greatly in want of paint,” along with the equally disturbing, “Woodwork rough beyond anything seen before; supports to stair-
THROUGH THE YEARS 1. Cape May’s last lighthouse keeper was Harry Palmer (1924-1933), who lived on the grounds with his wife and nine children Don Pocher 2. The author on the observation deck Ben Miller 3. Defying the protective cage, Pennsylvania man Henry Givler climbed over the bars and leapt to his death in 1995 Ben Miller 4. A newspaper in Portland, ME announcing the new lighthouse in November, 1823 5. Each of the three buildings in this old photo has been renovated and reused Bunky Wertman
way not planed; everything rough and unfinished; tower damp, from base to lantern.” Within 10 years, it became clear that the second lighthouse was not going to survive the test of time and plans were drawn up for a third one. The United States Lighthouse Service took the situation seriously and decided on a doublewalled design that they felt would last for generations to come. Construction on the third tower started in 1857 and took two years to complete. The outside wall was tapered from just under four feet thick at the bottom to one and a half feet thick at the top. The inside wall was a uniform, eight and a half feet thick from top to bottom. The spiral staircase that was attached to the interior wall included 199 steps to reach
the observation balcony and another small ladder to reach the lantern room. When the new lighthouse was placed into service on October 31, 1959, it featured a first-order Fresnel lens with sixteen flash panels to direct the light into a concentrated beam. The beam of light was fixed to shine from the lighthouse ever 30 seconds, allowing sailors on the horizon to distinguish between the beacon and any other light. Professional lighthouse keepers employed by the government lived with their families on the grounds and ensured the light was kept in good order. They carried whale oil up and down the spiral staircase to fuel the fire lantern behind the Fresnel lens and ensured the wicks were kept trimmed. The lighthouse was significantly
SEEING THE LIGHT While the 1962 Nor’easter obliterated all trace of South Cape May, it also provided today’s visitors to the Cove Beach with an incredible view of the sunset over the lighthouse Ben Miller
modernized in 1938, with electric lines added to the tower and the lantern replaced by a 250 watt light bulb. The final lighthouse keeper, Harry H. Palmer, retired but was allowed to remain on the premises with his wife and two of his daughters. In 1939 the United States Lighthouse Service was disbanded and the Coast Guard began servicing the lights themselves. Another milestone came two years later when the light was kept dark during World War II, marking the first time Cape May Point was without an active beacon since 1823. All lighthouses were ordered extinguished and all properties along the
A NEW ERA While under the Coast Guard’s control, the beacon was automated and given a 15-second flash pattern Cape May Point State Park After the third lighthouse was built the second was dismantled, although the base was kept and used for storage Cape May Point State Park
coast were told to hide any visible light in the evenings to confuse enemy ships and thwart any invasions. Following the war in 1946, the lighthouse was placed back in service with a new rotating lens that was fully-automated. The Fresnel lens was removed and placed in storage, along with the old 250-watt bulbs. The new lens was given a much more powerful beacon in the way of a modern 1000-watt light. Today’s visitors to Cape May Point are now afforded the opportunity to see the lighthouse up close and climb to the top like the keepers of yore. Thanks to the hard work of countless volunteers who
helped refurbish the structure and the efforts of the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC), the Cape May lighthouse is open to the public. MAC negotiated a deal to begin leasing the lighthouse from Coast Guard in 1986, and successfully lobbied the government for federal funds to restore it to a safe and pristine condition. More than two million dollars in grant money were used in the renovation. In 1992, the Coast Guard transferred ownership of the lighthouse to the State of New Jersey, which continued leasing the tower to MAC. For information on tours, visit www.capemaymac.org.
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OW, I have to be truthful. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is sit right in my chair and turn on the TV. I always have to catch up on my news. Now, I’m not much of a coffee person, but I do like it when my wife Carolyn makes breakfast. Some days, though we’ll head over to town and eat at one of the great restaurants. I am very much a breakfast person. I like to have my eggs and toast and bacon. Oh, and grits. I’m a southern boy – born a North Carolinian – and I have got to have my grits. I like it now that I don’t have many appointments in the morning. I can just
relax at home after breakfast. I was a pastor for 44 years – I’ve been here since 1961 – and I’m so used to keeping busy that it’s nice to just be able to sit back in my chair. For lunch I like to go out to The Lobster House. I always sit inside. They always give me a seat by the window, though, because they know that’s my preference. I like to just have a sandwich, or if they have a special going on, I’ll try that. In the afternoon I might head up to Rio Grande to look in some of the shops up there, but usually I like to just sit and relax somewhere. The lord has let me live long enough that now I may reap my reward by just exit zero
a man at peace “The lord has let me live long enough that now I may reap my reward by just taking it easy,” says the Reverend Robert Davis, who retired last year as minister of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Cape May after 44 years Aleksey Moryakov
taking it easy. In the evenings I like to go on up to Congress Hall to The Brown Room. It’s one of my favorite places to be. You know, I’m 84 years old now and I’ve been here for so long that everyone there knows me. I have my own wingback leather chair by the fire and most people know I like to sit there, so they don’t bother. If we’re at The Brown Room we’ll probably head over to the Blue Pig Tavern for dinner. We eat out quite a lot, and I always enjoy the dinner there. After dinner we might just head back to The Brown Room. I don’t do too much moving around at my age, and I see plenty of my friends there, so I just like to relax and enjoy it for the rest of the night.
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F YOU are what you eat, I want what Lucas Manteca is having. One year after taking the reins at one of Cape May’s finest dining establishments, the revered Ebbitt Room at The Virginia Hotel, the man is the picture of health – glowing, relaxed, surfer-dude serenity completely intact. When you consider the fact that he has also taken on the supervision of two of Cape Resort Group’s other kitchens, at The Blue Pig Tavern and The Rusty Nail, has a child under the age of two, and a wife who recently opened a restaurant of her own – in another state, mind you – those glowing good looks and preternatural calm are mind-boggling. If this is what eating right and loving your job does for you, I’m in. In case you’re unaware of the stir Manteca has caused since his arrival here, he came to Cape May from his home country of Argentina via some of the finest restaurants across the globe, including stints in Costa Rica, Spain, Britain, Miami and New York City. His initial splash locally was the highly-regarded Sea Salt in Stone Harbor, where he was executive chef and co-owner with his wife Deanna, as well as the beloved Quahogs Seafood Shack, which he still owns. A comedy of errors, including a sick child (mine), precluded us from meeting at his home in Cape May Court House, as planned. So I found myself headed to the eminently cozy sun porch at the Virginia Hotel on a rainy afternoon. Here are some snippets of our conversation. How is your wife and your baby – the baby is how old? She is a year-and-a-half, and she is great, but getting into everything, absolutely everything. And her favorite word is no – everything is no, no! Clearly she’s a decision-maker. And your wife Deanna – what is she up to? She has opened a restaurant in Philly. You’re kidding me, right? (Laughing)
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HE LIKES IT HOT Lucas in the kitchen of The Ebbitt Room, which he runs along with The Blue Pig Tavern and Rusty Nail exit zero
No, it’s true. She and my partner from Costa Rica, he is a friend from Argentina. It’s been a lot of work, but now that it’s up and running, she only needs to go up there a couple of times a week. What’s it called? Hoof and Fin, kind of a take on surf and turf. So you’re not involved in this project? No, this is entirely hers. At first it was annoying because I seem to get a lot of press and reporters were calling me and asking me about it. I had to make it clear more than once that this was not my project! It wasn’t fair to her, after all her hard work. I’m proud of her, and it’s nice that she has her thing and I have mine. You two must have a great baby-sitter. We do, actually – that’s worked out well. She works for the company [Cape Resorts Group], too. She’s a singer, so she gets our crazy schedule. And how would you say your first season went here at The Ebbitt Room, overall? It was great. Of course, it took time to adapt our cuisine to the clientele. We wanted to keep things contemporary and eclectic, and still respect what The Ebbitt Room did so well over the years. And we’ve also had time to step back and analyze and adapt some of the things we’ve done well and some things we need to change. It is a service industry, and we want to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. So even though we made some changes the roots are still there. Speaking of change, it seems that your role at Cape Resorts Group has evolved beyond executive chef at The Ebbitt Room. What plans do you have for The Blue Pig and The Rusty Nail? We’re going to emphasize the Nail as more of a seafood
FAMILY TIME Lucas and wife Deanna with their daughter Catalina
DINNER PARTY AT HOME WITH THE CHEF Lucas at home in Cape May Court House prepared pizzas for friends – he’s pictured grilling a tomatobased crust with sopresata, arugula and parmesan, and a white pizza with parmesan, truffle oil and egg
place than it was last year. It’s a good fit with the location, and it’s got a real beach vibe. Most places here serve seafood, but besides the Lobster House, there really isn’t a real seafood place. We’re thinking about things like clambakes and grilled lobster. We’ll still have meats and sandwiches, so we can cater to the seafood crowd without alienating everybody else. For The Blue Pig we’re thinking a little more upscale tavern environment, without being pricier. Of course you’ll still be able to get simple tavern food, like a grilled pork chop, but we want to take it up a little bit. And we want to be able to utilize the farm a little more for both places, like we do here. We talked about Beach Plum Farm the last time we met – how great is it to have something as useful as a working farm at your disposal? What would you say the time frame is from pulling a carrot out of the ground to its appearance on a plate? Oh, for the time frame, I’d say it’s the same day. It’s amazing, and as a chef it’s so inspiring. In my new position I’m getting the opportunity to get more creative – not just with the menu, but with things like designing the fields and ordering the exit zero
When I go out it’s about the whole experience. Whether or not my table is ready when I arrive is not going to ruin my evening. The most important thing is the company of your friends or family. I don’t let anything get in the way of an evening out.
seeds. We’re always trying to come up with a better plan to maximize the farm – it’s such an amazing resource. We’re also working on creating our own merchandise and featuring it in the restaurants, like our own pickles. We’re thinking about having a complimentary plate of them on the table at The Blue Pig – an offering from the farm. We’re also talking about merchandising our own preserves and doing more baking in-house. Sound like some really exciting changes are in the works. In keeping with that theme, how often do you think a restaurant should change the menu? I’m a fan of changing it every week. Poor Johanna – she is our manager – I think I was driving her crazy for a while. She would say “You have to stop, we are killing trees!” But that was part of the analysis and research that I was talking about earlier. You need to keep in mind that people like to be familiar with the menu at their favorite places. What we are thinking now is having some signature dishes, the standby dishes, the favorites, and changing everything else seasonally – this would be at both The Blue Pig and The Ebbitt Room, since The Rusty Nail is only
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open seasonally. Yes, some Exit Zero sweetbreads fans have noticed that they went missing from The Ebbitt Room menu – I was told to ask about that! Well, that’s a good example. We started with them maybe in April, and served them with scallions and a double meat stock. Then in the summer we grilled them with thyme, lemon and honey and served them over Bibb lettuce with a tomato confit. It’s the same item, but we changed the preparation according to the season. So things will go away and then return, like a cycle, but the signature dishes will remain. And it’s not just keeping the guests from getting bored with what you serve, you want to keep the chefs from getting bored. Sometimes when everything is rolling along people get complacent – then it’s time to change. How do you feel about the practice of overbooking restaurants? I’ll tell you both of my viewpoints. As part of a service industry, and a company that really values our customers, our bottom line is that the customer has to leave happy. Mistakes will happen, especially in the busy season, and considering that you have reservations through several sources – you can reserve online, on the phone, the hotel can book for you as a guest, and we always want to accommodate our regular customers, whether they have a reservation or not. So mistakes can happen, and maybe we offer champagne while you wait, or a complimentary dessert – whatever it takes to make it right. For me personally, though, when I do get to go out, it’s about the whole experience. Whether or not my table is ready when I arrive is not going to ruin my evening. To me that is secondary to the most important thing, which is the company, being with your friends or your family. Being in this business, it’s easy to criticize everything, because you’re so much more aware of it, and I used to be that way. It can ruin your night if you let it. But now, I don’t let anything get in the way of an evening out – it exit zero
doesn’t happen all that often, so it’s really not worth it. Favorite places to eat? Besides Hoof and Fin, of course! I do like it there! But probably Louisa’s and The Black Duck are still my local favorites. They have really simple, honest food. And I like diners, we go to diners a lot. That might sound silly, but it’s good, honest food. I can’t imagine that you indulge much in fast food, but I’ll ask you anyway. Let’s face it, we all have. We might not want to say it, and maybe after too many drinks, but we all have probably gone to McDonald’s. I try not to eat food that’s bad for me, but usually when I’m not eating well it’s because of time and nothing else. Do you have a favorite cocktail? Not really. I’m definitely more of a wine guy. I would imagine that you really don’t get much in the way of downtime. What do you and your family do when you have time off? Believe it or not, we talk about the business. It sounds crazy, and at first we were like we need to stop, we need to not let the business take over our lives. But after a while, we said you know what – this is our lifestyle. It’s not just a job to us, this is who we are. It sounds as if you’ve surrendered, that you’ve given in to this idea. That’s exactly right! But you know, it’s much better this way – we enjoy it. We are a little crazy, sure, but it is better this way. And when we do have time off, we spend it at the beach, whenever we can. You have that surfer look – do you actually surf? Yes, I love to surf, and I do it as much as I can. To me the beach and the surfing are part of finding the balance I’m trying to achieve in my life. It was a huge challenge for me to come here, and I worked very hard towards that challenge. I’ve become more confident, and I’m finding that balance, and the beach is an important part of it. We have moved a LOT in our lives together, but it has always been around the water. Just the energy that you get from it – it really drives me. The beach and my family is what drives me.
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the stars align FROM BROADWAY AND LA TO CAPE MAY STAGE... GET READY FOR A SUMMER OF BIG NAMES! Story Dan Mathers Photograph Rachel Hulin
WELCOME TO CAPE MAY Heather Matarazzo, star of Welcome to the Dollhouse and The Princess Diaries, is performing at Cape May Stage in May and June. Photographed in New York in March.
N 2004 Thaao Penghlis could be seen on Days of our Lives on NBC every afternoon, Heather Matarazzo was in two major motion pictures, and Cape May Stage was struggling to raise the necessary funds for much-needed renovations to their theatre. Fast forward to 2010 and not only has Cape May Stage made those renovations but under the guidance of Artistic Director Roy Steinberg they have reemerged as an equity theatre company with the necessary prestige to draw these big names to Cape May. You can catch Penghlis and Mata-
OLD FRIENDS REUNITED Thaao Penghlis and Cape May Stage Artistic Director Roy Steinberg in Los Angeles in March. “He always had this great energy when he would come on the set,” Penghlis says of former TV soap director Steinberg. Rick Ryan
razzo in the world premier of Class, a new play by Charles Evered that will be playing at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse from May 14 to June 12. It tells the story of a seasoned acting coach and his young student in New York City. Though the play takes place in an acting class the two characters come to learn more about their lives and about each other than they do about acting. According to Roy Steinberg, who will be directing Class, “It’s also funny. It pokes fun at the modern class of celebrity. In today’s culture you have reality stars in the same class as great artists. You have reality stars on Letterman sit-
ting right next to Yo Yo Ma.” Australian-born actor Penghlis will be playing the role of veteran teacher. Among other theatre and television roles, he honed his acting skills in the fast-paced world of the soap opera. His first daytime television role was as Victor Cassadine on ABC’s General Hospital, before making the move to NBC where he met Steinberg. “I know Thaao from my days of working TV as a producer on Days of Our Lives,” said Steinberg. “He was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Count Anthony DiMera.” “He was a very available director and producer,” Thaao recalled of Steinberg.
FROM LA TO CAPE MAY Former TV soap director Roy Steinberg in the beautifullyrenovated former church which is the home of Cape May Stage’s Robert Shackleton Playhouse Aleksey Moryakov
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“He always had this great energy when he would come on the set. He got me as an actor, and I got him as a producer.” Before he was approached by Steinberg about taking the role, Penghlis had never heard of Cape May Stage. “When I think of theatre, I think of New York,” said Penghlis. “But I liked the idea that the church had been converted into a theater, and I had done great work with Roy before.” Though he admits that his familiarity with Steinberg was partly responsible for his decision to come to Cape May, it was really the play itself that drove him. “If I didn’t think that it was challenging material with great potential, I wouldn’t do it. I’m not doing this to pad my bank account – it’s for love of the theatre.” From Steinberg’s perspective, Penghlis was an easy choice for the role. “Thaao is not just an actor; he’s an acting teacher. He was actually an assistant to Milton Katselas, one of the most important acting teachers of all time.” Steinberg also pointed out that he thought Penghlis was an excellent match on a personal level. “He has those old-world sensibilities,” Steinberg said as he thought of previous meetings. “He’s the type of guy who rises when a lady enters the room.” When asked what it would be like to be an acting teacher acting as an acting teacher, Penghlis laughed. “I think all
actors are teachers in many ways,” he said. “One day you look back down the journey you’ve had, and you try to share that.” Penghlis’ young student will be played by Heather Matarazzo, an upbeat New York native who described her entire career as a high point. “I get to do what I love,” she said. Matarazzo’s portrayal of exit zero
from 2009 Above left: Larry Daggett and Deborah Jean Templin in Souvenir and, right, Ron and Lynn Cohen in Social Security
Dawn Wiener, the lead role in 1995’s Welcome to the Dollhouse, launched a successful career in television, theatre and film. Later she took on the role of Lily Moscovitz in The Princess Diaries, playing the best friend of Anne Hathaway. It was Anne’s mother, Kate Hathaway, who was responsible for bringing Matarazzo to Cape May.
I’ve heard that Cape May is picturesque and quiet with a lovely beach and nice people. Quiet is always good. It will be a nice break from all of the noise of Manhattan.
“I was discussing this play with Kate Hathaway and she said, ‘I think Heather would be an interesting choice,’” said Roy Steinberg, “and when I met her I was instantly seduced by her artistry. She’s like a detective who takes apart the script. I thought the dynamic would be fantastic.” Neither of the actors had ever been
to Cape May, but both expressed a great interest. “I hear it’s a beautiful place,” said Penghlis. “It’s old world, and it’s close to New York City, which I like because that was my first home base here in America.” “I’ve heard that it is picturesque,” said Matarazzo, “and quiet with a lovely beach and nice people. Quiet is always good. It will be a nice break from Manhattan.” For Matarazzo, like Penghlis, her decision to perform at Cape May Stage came back to the script. “It always comes back to the work,” she said. “If the writing is solid and the people are solid, if there is the chance to make the audience think and feel differently when they leave than they did when they came – that’s the reason I wanted to do it.” Throughout the process, Matarazzo has worked with Steinberg to fine-tune the play into what is set to be a Broadway-quality performance in downtown Cape May. exit zero
BIG NAMES IN CAPE MAY Top, from left to right: John Tyrell and Wrenn Schmidt in the spectacular 2009 production of Proof at Cape May Stage; Thaao Penghlis with Leann Hunley at the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles Getty Images; Anne Hathaway, Cape May Stage debutante Heather Matarazzo, and Robert Schwartzman in The Princess Diaries; Dominic Chianese and Tony Gandolfini in The Sopranos – Chianese will act at Cape May Stage this summer. HBO
As the opening play of the season, Class sets the tone for all the performances to come. It will be followed by I Hate Hamlet, which debuted on Broadway in 1991. It tells the story of Andrew Rally, a successful television actor who is living in John Barrymore’s old apartment. He struggles with his girlfriend’s commitment to chastity and is pestered by the ghost of Barrymore. For Steinberg there is a personal connection to the show. “It is an examination of our culture, of what it is to be an artist. It’s sort of my story, from making big money on TV to coming to Cape May so I could make art.” Cape May Stage will be offering a season full of inspiring and thought-provoking plays with high-caliber casts. “We have lots of artists coming in from Broadway,” said Steinberg. “These aren’t actors coming from down the road – they’re coming from New York, from Los Angeles.” This season will feature performances from the likes of Lynn Cohen in Happy Days. Additionally, Cape May Stage’s Second Stage Series will feature such artists as The Sopranos star Dominic Chianese and Tony winner Karen Ziemba. “Last summer was the beginning of raising the bar,” said Steinberg. “This year we have jumped over it.”
before the mall Washington Street, pictured in the 1920s, had been Cape May’s main business district since the mid-1800s Don Pocher
bulldozing HOW URBAN RENEWAL TORE CAPE MAY APART – AND THE BATTLE THAT STOPPED IT BEFORE IT WENT TOO FAR Story Ben Miller
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HE concept of Urban Renewal can be difficult to grasp, especially in a town like Cape May that is so anchored in the past. I have often been asked about the project that redefined Cape May by modern visitors who find it hard to believe. The word ‘urban’ seems to be the sticking point, as they find it hard to imagine the charming old village as anything but the pristine resort they see today. So many Victorian structures, renovated and restored to a brilliant luster, only serve to add to the confusion. It’s easy to look at all the homes and businesses that were built a decade or more ago and think the city must have always looked this way. It didn’t. Try to picture Cape May without the Washington Street Mall, all those restored Victorian homes, landmark hotels like Congress Hall or the Inn of Cape May, gourmet restaurants on every corner… you get the picture.
Before you cull ‘Mulligan’ on the absence of Congress Hall and the Inn of Cape May, consider that three of the resort’s biggest hotels were leveled during the early stages of urban renewal. The nearly 100-year-old Elberon Hotel, which sat across the street from Congress Hall, was demolished to make way for the Victorian Motel. The original Lafayette Hotel, built in 1884 and boasting 125 guest rooms, fell to the wrecker’s ball in 1970 and was replaced by the Marquis de Lafayette. Then there was the four-story Baltimore Inn, built in 1894 and spanning a city block from Jackson to Decatur streets. Even with the hotel’s immense size it was reduced to a pile of twisted lumber within days. Congress Hall was next on the docket and developers were vying for the large, oceanfront property. The founders of Cape May’s Urban Renewal movement, Mayor Frank A. Gauvry, City Manager David Teel and City Planexit zero
COLLIER’S OLD NEIGHBORS Collier’s Liquor Store on the right of the photo is still standing, but the two other buildings were demolished and replaced with parking lots. Don Pocher saving the pink house The Eldridge Johnson home, or Pink House, right, was moved to Perry Street from its original site on Congress Place, after it was slated for demolition. Ben Miller
ner John S. Needles, were not going to stand in the way. Their original intent with the project was to beautify the city and rejuvenate the local tourism industry, which had severely waned. Preservation was not a concern in the beginning of the project. Rather than renovating the many old structures that were in less than pristine condition they were simply knocked down with a bulldozer. The remains of all those buildings were then trucked to the school and temporarily stored in big piles on the front lawn. Needles, who became the new Director of Urban Renewal, met with officials of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in early 1966, joined by Gauvry and Teel. They proposed a plan to turn Cape May into a sort of Victorian theme park. The cornerstone of their design was the creation of a 77-acre ‘Victorian Village’ in the center of town, made up of a pedestrian mall, restored buildings and fake Victorian facades. It wasn’t so important that the buildings retained their historical integrity, as long as they looked good. Their
proposal was solid and it seemed to be a good way to bring Cape May back into the good graces of visitors. Before you judge them, remember they didn’t have the luxury of knowing what we do now about the success of Cape May’s Victorian renaissance. Back then the pedestrian mall and Victorian Village were considered cutting edge. It was a one-of-a-kind project, the first in the country. HUD chose to back the city’s plan and in 1967 they approved a five-year plan, financed by $3 million of federal funds. Mayor Gauvry proudly proclaimed, “We think this will make Cape May a year-round resort, much as Virginia’s Williamsburg is.” Along with the mass demolitions
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For many years people believed a rumor that the gargantuan Baltimore Inn on Jackson Street had been moved to Cape May from Chicago. When the hotel was demolished during the Urban Renewal movement, workers were able to verify that it was built locally and finally put the rumor to rest. The site is now home to the Tides condominium development. Greater Cape May Historic Society
A small group of local citizens joined forces with self-described ‘cottagers,’ who owned second homes in Cape May. They vowed to fight the demolition. exit zero
the city quickly went to work replacing traditional street lamps with Victorian gas lamps and getting things ready for the new pedestrian mall. Carpenter’s Lane was built on land that once housed private homes and businesses, as was Lyle Lane and a double stretch of Mansion Street. An entire neighborhood was erased from the map and replaced with Rotary Park, while the old Washington Street train station and nearby businesses were razed to facilitate extending Ocean Street northward. Prior to urban renewal, Ocean Street did not extend beyond Washington Street. It was around this time that the Sylvania Hotel, which had gone by many different names over its lifespan, was also leveled and replaced with a retirement home called Victorian Towers. Next up was the development of a large Washington Street property just a couple blocks east of the center of town. Developers eyed a large piece of land known as the old Ralston property that was littered with rotting structures and a broken-down mansion. Plans were submitted to the city calling for the
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demolition of all buildings and the construction of tract housing on the land. The old Ralston property is now known as the Emlen Physick Estate and the development plans turned out to be a step too far. A small group of local citizens joined forces with self-described ‘cottagers,’ who owned second homes in Cape May. They vowed to fight the demolition and put a stop to what they considered an affront to the city’s genteel character. The cottagers were led by an architectural historian named Carolyn Pitts, a remarkable woman who had actually been brought to Cape May by the city. She had been given the task of cataloging the many historic structures around town and as she was doing it Pitts was struck by all the history being lost to the wrecker’s ball. Pitts and her cottager friends began to fight back and founded the MidAtlantic Center for the Arts (MAC), a not-for-profit group tasked with saving the Physick Estate. The city responded by making it clear that they would no longer heed any advice from the Historic District Commission. Some argued that
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they had already made that point by allowing the construction of the ACME supermarket and a number of demolitions, over the objections of the commission. The fight took a different turn in December of 1970, when Pitts and Edwin C. Bramble were able to get the entire city placed on the Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. Mayor Gauvry and other leaders were flabbergasted when they learned of the designation, since it was done without their approval or any notification to the city government. The new designation meant that no property within the historic limits could be modified without federal approval, if state or federal funds were to be used in exit zero
This gas station on Washington Street (opposite page) was removed, along with an old train station next door, and the property is now home to the Washington Commons Mall stores. Don Pocher Mayor Frank Gauvry and other city officials touted the “Victorian style” of the Cape May Convention Hall that was built in 1962 (top) when they proposed their Victorian Village idea to officials from HUD. The Emlen Physick Estate (above) was close to being demolished and became the flashpoint in the battle between the city council and preservationists Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities
the process. With their bold and unprecedented actions, Pitts and Bramble had halted urban renewal in Cape May. Mayor Gauvry and his fellow city council members were removed from power in the next election and replaced by new Mayor Bruce Minnix and a city leadership team comprised of other preservationists. They continued to fund beautification projects in the city and promote the renovations of hundreds of Victorian structures around Cape May. Former Director of Urban Renewal Needles’ fear that, “We’re not going to survive if it’s going to be just Victorian architecture” proved to be false, as did his warning that, “You can’t get people to stay in a Victorian structure because they’re concerned about fire.” Under Minnix’s leadership, Cape May saw a renaissance that turned the sleepy seaside town back into the Queen of the Seaside Resorts. Cape May’s summer population has nearly doubled since the change in direction, going from 25,000 in the early 1970s to nearly 46,000 people in 2007, the last year it was estimated.
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ARRIETT Sosson runs the quirky Poor Richard’s Inn on Jackson Street and is also a talented artist. Her latest show, “Reinventing the Romans”, opens at SOMA NewArt Gallery, on Perry Street on Saturday, May 22. Exit Zero’s Dan Mathers caught up with Harriett as she finished preparing for the show (there will be around 30 of her paintings on display). How do you balance life as an innkeeper with your desire to create art? I get up early in the morning and work on the general maintenance of the house, getting everything ready, and then I can spend the rest of the day doing my art. I do a lot of my work at night. Are you able to find time to focus on art during the summer? No. Maybe this year I will because I’m really into the flow of it. A lot of it has to do with the help that I have available and the overall state that the building is in. Generally I find my time during the winter. What keeps you working on your art even when life is busy? It is kind of like a pendulum, and it just becomes a need that has to be fed. More than that, it just balances me. Where do you find the inspiration for your pieces? I follow the flow – let it take me where it wants to go. Sometimes I have a completely
SUMMER JOB Harriett outside her inn, Poor Richard’s, on Jackson Street
different idea for it than what it ends up being. You went to The Academy of Fine Arts to learn how to be a painter. How did you end up going from that to doing collage? The first time I saw collage I was on a fellowship from the academy in France. The first time I saw it I thought, “Oh, I really want to do that.” And when did you first start working on collages? I came back from Europe because I ran out of money. I went to New York City with $200 in my pocket and I needed to find a job. So, I did what all of the other artists did and got a job working at the Met [The Metropolitan Museum of Art]. I was working in the print shop and was surrounded by great Italian art. Whenever one of the prints got broken or torn I could keep it. exit zero
That’s when I started cutting things up. What goes into a collage? The first thing I do is go through what I have and group them by color and pattern. Then I cut everything out and see what I have color-wise. From there the principles are the same as what goes into painting a picture – the balance, the color. Is there a deeper meaning behind the composition of the pieces? It’s not always something you have to understand. I just want it to flow easily because, often times, it’s already complicated enough. People who look for a meaning might be finding something that I’m not seeing – I’m not masking how screwy I am. The majority of your pieces seem to have a face in them, looking out. Tell me about that. I always have what I call “the observer.” In a lot of ways, they are judgmental – these renaissance or roman figures saying, ‘Look at what you’ve become. Here’s what I used to be.’ So, it’s a sort of statement about what society has become.” Your son, Max Samuelson, will have his wooden bicycles featured in this show. How did that fit in? I think Janet Miller [director at SOMA] has wanted to show them for a while. She has offered in the past. But, really, it’s just about the mother-son connection and that he’s creative. There’s just too much creativity in this house.
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FTER a successful first year, the Gail Pierson Gallery heads into summer 2010 with exciting news. The gallery will be expanding into a second adjoining space at Cranberry Court, at 660 Washington Street. The new gallery space – which Gail calls the “Art District” – will enable her to accommodate additional artists, provide venue to local talent and promote group exhibits. The Art District
will open over Memorial Day weekend. The Gail Pierson Gallery will host the juried fine art show of The Cape May County Art League. This exhibit is all new work from members of the Art League. There will be a Memorial Day opening reception on May 29 and the show will run through June 28. The gallery is also launching a oncemonthly Prickly Pear Weekend, in collaboration with the Art League. On July 1, the gallery will host the return of exit zero
the work of Judith Anderson. Her new exhibit, “Trains” (see painting above), is a distinctive departure from her previous work. The gallery also has an ongoing show of drawings and collages by Ellen Priest, titled “Jazz: Herbie’s Dolphin Dance.” Priest’s work will be available through the Gail Pierson Gallery through July 2010. The gallery hours is open daily, except Tuesday, 10am–10pm.
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CHAPTER ONE North by Northwest Chris Jay finishes jotting down a reminder, leans back in the chair and puts his pen on the table. “I should be rich with the amount success we’ve had,” he says, “but I’m not.” Chris fronts a band called Army of Freshmen – an odd name for a group of guys all bordering on 30. They’ve recorded four full-length albums, had music videos on television and played world tours in front of thousands of people. Still, Chris is wearing a worn, black Cape May hoodie and excitedly sharing stories with me across his parent’s dining room table in North Cape May. The house is divided between living space and Mr. J’s Music Shop, a store run by his parents, local music teachers Lisa and Edward Jurewicz. His light blue eyes are framed by dark eyebrows, thick sideburns and slickly gelled black hair. The Army of Freshmen website lists his pet peeves as: War, Cilantro, Animal Cruelty, Poison Ivy, Dance Music, Bullies and The Warren Commission. Most of Chris’ sentences end with a laugh, and he even smiles as he tells me,
“Arena rock is dead.” This seems to be a constant theme in Chris’ life – that the music industry is suffering – though he won’t openly say it’s a bad thing; the illegal downloading of music is “a double edged sword” and he’s “not bitter about it.” Somehow he finds the positive in everything, but he’s realistic about the situation he’s in. “People just aren’t making money in this industry anymore,” he says. Even as a kid who just graduated high school Chris was acutely aware of the challenges ahead of him. “I knew that if I was going to make anything of music I had to take it somewhere else. This town has a way of sucking you in, and if you don’t get out you’ll end up waking up one day wondering where the time went.” In his own words Chris’ story is, “the classic tale of ‘the young man goes west.’” He moved to Ventura, California alone with his guitar wanting to be a singer/songwriter like Bob Dylan or Randy Newman. Instead, after months of sitting alone in his room writing music, Chris ended up singing for a pop-punk band in the vein of A New Found Glory and Fallout Boy.
Christian glanced across. At this hour the theater was dark, but a couple of red pinpoints glowed near the front doors. No doubt there was some sort of rehearsal and a couple of degenerate smokers needed to fix their tobacco jones.
BACKGROUND Is everyone in the band a full-time musician? Everybody has day jobs when we’re not on the road or in the studio. Some people have to bounce around and some people are lucky enough to have jobs that are flexible. I’m lucky enough to do music stuff full-time. I do a lot of production – a lot of writing for other people. All band member’s ages: Chris: 30, Aaron: 30, Kai: 27, Owen: 30, Dan: 30, Mike: 27 What Band or artist do you admire the most? I’m a very big Tom Waits fan, and a very big Arlo Guthrie fan. Actually when I was in high school I arranged for him to play at Lower Cape May Regional solely so that my band could open for him. What band or artist has been most influential in the music you make? The first Weezer record, The Blue Album, that was sort of like the soundtrack to my high school existence. I realized that people can say something and have very clever and interesting lyrics but still be extraordinarily catchy. And They Might be Giants. Ever since I was in the sixth grade
and saw them at the Chestnut Cabaret in Philadelphia I have been a fan of them. They’re so melodic and so interesting and so eclectic. They’ve gone on to be millionaires without being rock stars.
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THE DECISION Did you get into music with a dream in mind, or did you develop an idea of where you wanted to go after you started playing? When I was in the second grade, for the talent show I put on a jacket, put gel in my hair, grabbed a guitar and lip-synched to Elvis. What I wanted to do with it obviously grew and became more goal-oriented, ever since I saw The Hooters at LCMR when I was 6 years old I was like, “There is something extraordinarily cool that’s occurring here.” At what point in your life did you first considered seriously pursuing a career as a musician? In high school I started a band name Yclept, we played all-age shows around town, and at that point I very much found myself. We were just having fun in high school and going with the flow, but then senior year there was a cultural shift and a lot of the people I was in the band with just didn’t want to go elsewhere. I knew that to have success with it you had to go somewhere else. One by one they backed out until I was the only one who was like, “Okay, I’m gonna go to California.”
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When you formed AOF, did any of you have grand ambitions for where you wanted to go with it? All we wanted to do was play at the Venture Theatre, which was the big theatre in town, and that was it. If we could play at the Venture theatre – that was success to us. How do you feel about those ambitions now? [Laughing] It’s remarkable how your goals change. Three months in we accomplished our only goal and suddenly you’re looking around like, “okay, what’s next?” If you talked about the goals and the ambitions that I have now with the 17-yearold kid that I was when I left home, I
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would have thought that was crazy… which is a good thing. Was there a specific, defining moment when you made the decision as a group to go for it? I think that when we did our first tour, that was sort of saying, “We’re not gonna be a local band, we’re gonna go bring this music to other people in other places,” and there’s a commitment that goes along with that. What was the goal when you made that decision? The goal was just to tour. That was the most exciting, interesting leap of faith – to be out in the wild of America, bouncing around in the van, eating fast food, walking into dirty clubs that you’ve never been to, meeting new people every night. That was such a romantic notion to a 20-year-old. Where’d your first tour go? [Laughing] We came to Cape May. We came here. It was the only place I knew that people would know who we were and come see us. We drove cross country, 48 hours in the minivan my parents gave me when I graduated high school, put a U-Haul trailer on the back of it, and we did a week of shows on the East Coast culminating in a show at the high school. Cape May has sort of become a tradition. How famous do you think you are? [Laughing] Umm... In the music world? I would say we’re 50/50. You know what I mean? We’re a 5 out of ten, but put a couple of beers in me and we’re a 6 or a 7. How do you feel when someone recognizes you? It’s flattering. I don’t dislike it, but I certainly don’t live for it. When you’re not famous and someone still knows you, and likes what you do, and says “hi,” or notices you, it makes you feel good about what you do – makes you feel like you’re headed in the right direction. Is there like a pinnacle of fame you’d like to reach, but go no farther? I am content with where I am. I would like my paychecks to be a little bigger, but it’s nice that when people know who we are, and like what
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we do, they can come appreciate us, but you can still go to the mall. If I got really famous I’d be fine with it, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m still happy. TOURING: How many days a year are you guys usually on tour? At our peak, 2007, we were gone 8 months out of the year, then as the economy slid into a downward spiral, it went down to 3 months in 2009. We were playing 6 or 7 nights a week. Are there days of rest in between, or are you really just travelling and playing? There were one or two thrown in there, but you wanna play – you’ve gotta make money. We weren’t at the level that there were a lot of amenities. We need money to keep gas in the RV or bus or van. We need money to eat. It’s important when we actually make the commitment to go out that we’re playing constantly. With that, you really start to get lost. You get in a mental fog. That’s one thing people don’t understand about touring – it changes you. I’m not saying it’s like going to war, there’s no danger, but you’re just in your own universe – days melt into days – you keep strange sleep schedules.
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How do you maintain the energy, stay upbeat through all of that to put on a good show? You’re body starts to become attuned to that. The sun’s going down, throw a drink or two in yah, crowd starts showing up; the energy level naturally kind of crescendos. The alcohol is not a major factor, but – god it sounds awful – but you have a drink or two before you play, and it definitely takes the nerves out of it a bit. Having too many drinks is clearly a bad thing and goes in another direction. Still, depending on how late you play, it moves from sober to relatively sober. What do you do with your down time when you’re on the road? We got this weird thing that we started of going to graveyards of famous people. We got a graveyard book, and if we’re in a town where someone famous is buried we check it off. We’ve been to like hundreds of grave yards – I’m not a morbid person at all, but it’s really fascinating to see where someone famous, or iconic or special is located. You could spend your whole life trying to find JD Salinger, but the minute he dies everybody is gonna know exactly where he is. I kind of find that fascinating;
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these people that lead these lives, where do they come to rest? BEHIND THE SCENES What has been your absolute lowest point? It occurred this year where we had a substantial investment deal that I had been working on and waiting on for a very long time and it came through halfway then the stock market bottomed out and the person who was working with us disappeared. Basically we were left holding a lot of bags. A lot of plans had been made, a lot of money had been spent and everything was cancelled. We had a whole tour of the UK that had the plugged pulled on it. The second single for the last record came to a stop. These were things that were really having a lot of success in the UK, and we were like one single away from this thing blowing wide open, and that’s when the financial train stopped. It was a real heartbreaker. We had worked so hard for so long and we starting to get a piece of that different level of success and had it pulled away from us basically because we couldn’t afford to play. What’s the biggest high you’ve experi-
enced as a musician? Thank God, but that occurred this year as well. We were invited to China to play a music festival. We were going to a communist country. American bands never go there. It was kind of scary, it was kind of exciting and “festival?” We don’t know what that means. In Chinese that could mean 20 people in a muddy field. We rolled up and it was a full-fledged, massive, rock festival. We played second to last, opening up for the guy who is like the John Lennon of Chinese rock ‘n’ roll, Cui Jian, and we played in front of 15,000 people who were absolutely losing their minds. I turned around and realized I was on the JumboTron – my first JumboTron moment – problem was the JumboTron showed me, staring at me on the JumboTron.
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Are drugs as prevalent among rock stars as we’re led to believe? I think hard drugs are a thing of the 70’s and 80’s, and there’s a lot of rumors and expectations about that. Does it exist? Yeah. But it exists as much as it exists in any profession. I definitely think drinking is more prevalent in the music business and being on tour, but in terms of drugs? We never really associated ourselves with that. Do you have women who make themselves available to you because you were the guy up on stage? Uh. No. I think that occurred up until the time of Nirvana. The minute they threw the sexism out of Rock ‘N’ Roll suddenly the whole groupie thing disappeared. So, unfortunately, I missed that train. I think that’s more just with whatever false perception of fame a person has. Yes, if you go to a small town in Idaho, and you play the club, and you’re on the radio there, there’s gonna be girls that you can meet and hang out with. There’s no doubt about it. But, to the level of excess and insanity that people think and are led to believe? No. A person has a better chance of partying in Cape May every weekend and hooking up with someone than you would being in a band touring around. may/june
Does your lifestyle make it hard to hold down a relationship? When you’re on the road and have a bad night, and you’re upset, and you’re alone, and you have a couple drinks, and someone gives you some attention it’s just basic human nature. It’s not a music thing. It’s a real life thing. It’s a traveling salesman thing. God knows a soldier has that. Having to travel and maintain a long distance relationship is a difficult combination for the person who’s at home and the person who’s traveling. Where is your favorite place to hang when you have time off? When I’m not touring, my favorite place to be is Cape May. I know that sounds cliché, but my family’s here and my friends are here, and God… in the summer time it’s just a pretty wonderful place. I’ve never come home and had a bad time. What is the craziest tax-deductible thing a musician can get away with? I’m not, in an interview, gonna say that I cheat on my taxes. I mean, that’s gone wrong for a lot of people in the past. I would say like CDs, DVDs stuff like that which is sort of entertainment for most people is a business thing for me. I’ve gotta hear what the competition sounds like. It’s important that I know movies. I need to know what songs are in those movies. iTunes is a tax writeoff. There’s enough people stealing music, I might as well get a piece of it. IN HINDSIGHT: What is the state of the music industry today? Well, it’s changing dramatically. It HAS changed dramatically, and anybody who says that it’s not is just a fool. The music industry is a big, beautiful castle but the inside is just deteriorating and crumbling, but there’s one guard outside saying, “Everything’s okay inside.” But it’s not. What everyone’s trying to do right now is figure out, “What’s the next step? Where can I make a career out of this? How can we sustain?” No one is getting rich anymore.
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The people that you see who are rich and huge and all that – the U2s, the Bon Jovis, the Paul McCartney’s – come from a very, very different era. They existed when the whole world was different, and you’ll never see anybody reach those heights again. There will never be another Beatles. What is the difference? They were pre-Napster, predownload, pre-9/11, whatever you wanna call it. Those artists became huge in an era when that industry made a lot of money because people bought physical CDs. Music is now an intangible, free thing that kids collect and put on a tiny unit. It’s not cool anymore to have a room full of CDs. It’s all about scrolling a wheel. You lose appreciation for it because you can’t hold onto it. It’s like having a gazillion online girlfriends, but not having a real one. I believe this firmly: in 15 years you will not be able to go see a musical concert in a stadium. There will be no more Billy Joel, there will be no more Elton john, there will be no more Rolling Stones, and no one will fill that void. Kids will not be able to go to a stadium show and half of that is their fault. I’m not saying I’m bitter about it. We’ve been lucky because of it on an exposure level, but we’ve been devastated by it on a financial level. What is your opinion on the illegal downloading of music? Illegal downloading has been a double edged sword. Personally it’s got our music to people who never would of ever heard of us let alone bought a record but the downside is there’s no money made. So it’s created a culture of smaller acts being able to be exposed to more people than ever but they’re not making any money. No doubt it’s devastated the music industry but it was an industry that was so greedy for so long it’s fitting in a way. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Writing and producing music for myself and for others. I’d also like to see the movie and the TV show that I’m working on have a lot of success. I created and wrote the pilot for a cartoon show called Spank Finatra
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that’s obviously a play on a Frank Sinatra character, and I’m working on a movie with a producer friend of mine called K through 12. It’s a romantic comedy about a guy who attempts to go back and find the girl that he had a crush on in every single grade of his life. Looking back, if you could change one thing about your career, what would it be? You have to pick something. We were on the Warped Tour in 2004, it was a very big year for the warped tour, there were a lot of artists who ended up being huge like Fallout Boy, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold. We worked so hard on that tour, and it was so difficult for us because we were crammed in a van, it was all on our shoulder, we had to beg to play and hustle CDs, and it was all so tiring for us that we didn’t go to the nightly barbeque. Basically had we not worked as hard at promoting and just gone and partied it up every night for a full summer with guys who were gonna be massive, there’s no telling what kind of relationships we could have cultivated. Do you encounter people who look down on you for the decisions you’ve made? Certainly not my family, cuz they’re incredibly supportive. I’m very lucky that way. Unfortunately, it comes down to financial things, especially the older you get. There’s a real equation of happiness or, more so, success that’s based around finance. It’s really weird that as much as everybody knows that money can’t buy you love or happiness, we’re still all a part of that rat race, and it’s sad. I’m an incredibly rich person when it comes to experience. The majority of my dreams have come true. I think that goes for all the arts, it’s not just about being a musician. No one gauges success unless it’s ridiculous heights. People are always like, “When am I gonna see you on Johnny Carson.” It’s always, “When are you gonna be on TV?” and it’s like, “Well, we’re on TV in the United Kingdom,” or, “We’re on TV in Japan.” That doesn’t factor
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Located right across from Collier’s Liquor Store (which, appropriately, is a big green building!), there is a store housing nothing but Irish imports. They have T-shirts, hand-knit fishermen’s sweaters, greeting cards, pewter, calendars, Waterford crystal, Belleek china, jewelry, perfume and even biscuits!
At that funny little intersection where Perry Street bends into West Perry Street there is always a great selection of Americana, furniture, costume jewelry, clocks, watches, vintage postcards, magazines, books and more. Vintage figurines such Mickey Mouse and Raggedy Ann are hot right now.
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In the illustrious Chattel House Village on Sunset Boulevard, across from the Shell gas station, is an extensive selection of bird houses, scented wax pottery and Wind and Willow mixes, plus garden accents and home decor. The collection of bird houses varies from Victorian and traditional styles to urban and eclectic designs.
Every beautiful home deserves a matching garden, and Cape Island Home and Garden, just off Broadway, is the one place that has everything. Not only is their floral selection unrivaled in Cape May, but they have the know how when it comes to gardening in the sandy, nutrient depleted soil of the Jersey Shore.
Follow Sunset Boulevard out to Lighthouse Avenue, turn left. Make a right onto East lake Avenue and you’ll find the CMBO where everything a nature lover needs is available. From field guides, binoculars and spotting scopes to clothing and books, if it’s about nature, then you’re sure to find it here.
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Located right across from CVS on Park Boulevard in West Cape May, Cape May Linen Outlet has the handpicked deals and good-old-fashioned service that keeps the customers coming. Your source for everything linen, from aprons and table cloths to linen by the yard, are now celebrating 20 years of business.
Right off the Washington Street Mall by Happy Baby Boutique & Louisa’s Café you’ll find way more than a sandal shop. They have a wide and varied selection of jewelry, bags, T-shirts and fashion accessories. But don’t forget they stock sandals of every shape size and style you could possibly hope to find.
Cape May Wicker is on Sunset Boulevard just past the Shell gas station and Chattel House Village. Wicker is a classic piece of furniture that looks good in any room of the house (or even outdoors) and is sure to compliment any style of decorating. Cape May Wicker’s wicker baskets are, ahem, wicked.
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On Broadway just before the windowless, brown Verizon building as you leave town is Cape Winds Florist, a family-owned business with more than 30 years of experience in the field. They always go the extra mile to make their floral gifts perfect and offer beautiful and elaborate floral arrangements.
Caroline’s is on Carpenter’s Lane between Jackson and Decatur Streets right behind the Washington Street Mall in a cute cedar-shingled cottage. It’s a contemporary boutique that features beautiful clothing and accesories. Caroline has a great line of Michael Stars Tees with great colors and comfortable fabric!
Cape May’s premier shoe store is conveniently located on the Washington Street Mall. They have everything you need to deck out your feet, from classic, men’s leather shoes and sexy, strappy women’s footwear to Sanuks and sandals for the beach. Plus, Uggs, which originated on the beach, are perfect all year.
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Head to the corner of Washington Street and Ocean Avenue in Washington Commons for all things Cape May. They have the most fun souvenirs in town, plus a huge selection of Cape May T-shirts, sweatshirts, jewelry and more. And, it’s the place to go to find yourself a crustacean companion (hermit crab).
Located in the West End Garage on West Perry street (just across from the CVS) is THE place to find everything you could possibly want or need for you furry friend. Cookie’s also has a collection of homebaked goodies on hand so you can make sure to spoil the cute critter in your life.
Cohwen J. Allen opened Cohwen’s Ink Emporium after 13 years of experience in the field. Located on Bayshore Road at East Bates Street in Villas, it is Cape May’s only five-star-rated body art studio, so it’s the place to go. They specialize in freehand, custom designs, cover-ups and repairs.
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The cute-as-heck Chattel House Village, on Sunset Boulevard, across from the Shell gas station, plays home to the Exit Zero Store, Gallery and Global HQ. You’ll find the coolest Cape May souvenirs, a superb selection of local interest books, designer T-shirts and an unrivaled collection of historical, Cape May prints.
Everything you need to knit is in the Washington Commons Mall. Knitting has become the new “it” hobby for a whole new generation, and Fiber Arts is your one-stop shop to get started. They have an incredible selection of yarns in a kaleidoscopic range of colors, plus all the help and know-how you need.
At Flying Fish, right across from CVS on Park Boulevard, owner Sue Lotozo hand makes (and designs) a great collection of cool, off-beat shirts. You will find original, funk, retro designs on high-quality shirts. Plus, Flying Fish have a collection of T-shirts that celebrate the towns wonderful beaches, like Steger, The Cove and Poverty.
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On Washington Street, across from City Hall is a fineart gallery that’s as charming as the center city distrcit in which it resides. It introduces new artists and art lovers to the beauty of Cape May. Art education and online, interactive technology are both key focuses in this new gallery.
On Carpenter’s Lane, on the corner of Jackson Street you’ll notice the aromatic blending of candles and incense floating out the door. Inside, it mixes with the twinkling of lanterns, jewelry and gifts to delight your senses. Good Scents have a fantastic collection of scented candles and incenses.
Just off the mall on Carpenter’s Lane, you can find some of Italy’s finest exports in this European-style boutique. Italian Garden carries the largest selection of L’Erbolario, an exclusive, botanical skin-care line and exotic perfumes, in the US. The Alviero Martini Designer “World Map” Handbags, and Murano Glass Jewelry.
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A huge selection of stylish, fun and comfortable clothes for your favorite little one, from every corner of the world available just off the Washington Street Mall on Jackson Street. Among the many items, don’t miss the white bubble sunsuits and peasant tops with ruffled capris.
Sometimes it’s difficult to tell one jewelry store from the next, but that’s not the case with Henry’s, Cape May’s Landmark Jeweler. Henry’s is the exclusive dealer for the Original Cape May Hook Bracelet. They also have a fantastic collection of other jewelry you just have to browse through.
In West Cape May on Park Boulevard, really close to Seaside Cheese Company is a cute little shop just bursting with flowers and creativity. Kate and her staff dispense advice not just on flowers but also on things like philosophy and good books and generally stimulating subjects.
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In the heart of Cape May’s outdoor shopping district are more spices, oils, sauces, herbs, fresh coffees and salad dressing than you can shake a spoon at (they have those too!). Love The Cook carry Hot Spots, silicone pads that act as trivets, hot pads, jar openers and the perfect surface for mixing bowls and cutting boards.
Just four miles up the Parkway sits one of the best selection of sporting gear you’re bound to find anywhere. If you’re active and in the area, you’ve got to get to Kona sports. They’ve got the supplies for a day on the beach, like Billabong boardshorts, and all you’ll need for your activities off the sand.
It may be the smallest shop on the Washington Street Mall, but it’s packed with beautiful things – Rolex watches, pearls, sapphires, porcelain vases, cut-glass and pocket watches to name a few. Mary Ann’s sells stunning estate and new jewelry featuring a large selection of traditional and fancy colored diamonds.
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KNOW this is supposed to be about my perfect Cape May day, but there are a lot of them (two to three per week mid-June through September when I’m not working – not that I don’t enjoy work). We locals can sometimes forget that we live in one of the most beautiful beach towns in America, which is why so many people come to visit as much as they can. On my perfect day I’d wake up and have my first cup of coffee on the back deck, which faces south, while I anticipate a day spent relaxing on Grant Street beach. On the way there we’ll stop at one of our favorite coffee spots and see friends. It’s either Kevin at Donut Connection in
North Cape May (yes, I sometimes drive back out of Cape May to go there) or at our favorite new spot on the island, Higher Grounds, on West Perry Street. Kate has opened a really cool coffee shop AND she has also created an excellent organic menu. Now off to the beach. There is no way to describe in a short article the pleasure of a family day on the beach in Cape May. The combination of sand (I know people who hate sand – they’re weird), sun, body surfing and enjoying doing absolutely nothing does the body good. What’s for lunch? HotDog Tommy’s, enough said. Want an iced coffee? (I know, you think I drink too much coffee.) exit zero
taking time out “There is no way to describe in a short article the pleasure of a family day on the beach in Cape May,” says Larry Hume, photographed at the pebbly Sunset Beach, a haven not for sunworshippers but for seekers of the famed Cape May Diamonds Aleksey Moryakov
See Jenny or Charissa at Coffee Tyme right on Beach Avenue – nice folks. Two ways we would end our day: 1. We land on the deck of Angela and Deo’s condo overlooking the ocean. Maybe with some take-out food from Secret Spot or Mario’s and enjoy beer or wine with friends; 2. A group treks home to our back deck and pool for a barbeque, food, and drinks. If we want dinner out it would probably be Vanthia’s or the Pilot House. I guess that’s one of our other days. There are too many people, friends and places that my wife, boys and I frequent to mention them all by name here. Cape May – my favorite place to live, work and play.
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a touch of glass FOR DARLENE ELDREDGE, LOOKING FOR SEA GLASS ISN’T JUST A WALK ON THE BEACH... SHE’S MADE A LIFE OUT OF IT. Story Kate Chadwick
F YOU have a question about the law, you ask a lawyer. If you’ve got a question about your health, you ask a doctor. And if you want to learn about sea glass, well – you ask a mermaid, of course. Although Darlene Eldredge, aka The Funky Mermaid, has only been living in Cape May county for the last nine years or so, her family history can be traced back 12 generations in Cape May, her family having been among the first five to settle the area. Darlene inherited both her love for sea glass and a portion of her impressive collection of it from a great uncle. And in the nine years since she has made Cape May county her home she has managed not only to become the area’s leading expert on sea glass, but a top-notch artisan – with 36 awards and counting to her credit – crafting exquisite jewelry, as well as ornaments and mobiles from these treasures of the sea. She also custom-crafts other people’s sea glass into their own special keepsakes. Last fall, Darlene formed the Sea Glass Sisters, a band of like-minded women who are also fans of these beau-
One of the things I teach people who come to me for information is the difference between real sea glass and artificial sea glass.
tiful baubles from the ocean, and her reputation continues to grow, largely by word-of-mouth. I sat down with Darlene and her husband/co-worker, John Blaetz, for a chat in the ballroom at Congress Hall. They brought along some of the stunning jewelry fashioned from the sea glass they collect on local beaches... Let’s start at the beginning. What, exactly, is sea glass? Sea glass is shards and pieces of glass that have been put into the ocean, intentionally or unintentionally, which are tumbled about and worn down by the water and the sand, and then wash up on the beaches in a different form – they all started out as something else. One of the things I teach people who come to me for information is the difference between real sea glass and artificial sea glass. It has become so popular that there is now a market for manufactured sea glass, which is unfortunate. Real sea glass has a frosted appearance, whereas the fabricated stuff is generally clearer in appearance. How long have you been collecting sea glass? Since about the age of 20. I have
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always been drawn to the ocean and the beach – it’s always given me such a sense of peace. I’ve only been focused on doing it seriously since moving to the Cape May area about 9 years ago. And what did you do in your former, pre-sea-glass life? Believe it or not I ditched the corporate rat race to do something I love, something creative. I spent a lifetime in corporate marketing, specifically the hospitality industry, and my husband John also had a high-powered corporate career. But when his job was outsourced several years back, we reassessed our lives and decided to realize a lifelong dream, to just go for it and move to the shore. We were kind of flying by the seat of our pants at first, but it forced us to discover just how creative we could be! What was the deciding factor that working with sea glass was the way to go? I have to say that John has been the driving force behind my success with this in so many ways. And it started with him saying, “Honey, this stuff’s piling up everywhere – you’ve got to do something with it!” So, I started doing something with it!
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Ah, so John really is your partner in crime? Absolutely. He not only motivates and supports me in this enterprise, he actually helps me create these jewelry pieces by drilling the holes in the sea glass. He is so focused and unbelievably patient – I could never do it! Wow, John – I’m assuming that you don’t just use a standard drill that you’ve got lying around in the shed for such precise work. No, and there are special bits that need to be used as well. We really had to educate ourselves on all of this, and it’s been quite a learning process for us. Like Darlene says, it’s been seat of our pants and trial and error – which means I’ve shattered quite a few pieces of glass over the years. So is this your full-time job – a sevenday-a-week, year-round endeavor for the two of you? Pretty much. Weather permitting, of course. Actually, one of the best times to find sea glass is the day after a bad storm. We’re out there, scouring the beaches, looking for treasures. And we have our favorite, topsecret spot to find the best sea glass. Tell me a little bit about the Sea Glass Sisters. Well, I have noticed that quite a
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few of the women who purchased from me, whether at shows or galleries or at the Frog and the Toad in Stone Harbor, all seem to have the same connection to the sea that I feel. These jewelry pieces keep that connection real to them. A lot of them live out of the area, and they can touch that piece of sea glass hanging around their neck and feel close to the seashore. It’s especially gratifying to me that most of my success has been largely through word of mouth. So, I got the idea to get everyone together, and we had a breakfast at Congress Hall. I gave an informational talk, displayed some of my work, and then after breakfast we all went to the beach to look for sea glass. It was such a successful event that I’m planning another one in mid-May. It will be on a Sunday, so keep an eye on my website for details! It was really exciting for me to see how into it all of them were – we even had a participant in her 70s who scoured that beach like a pro! So the lesson here is: ditch the rat race, move to Cape May, and follow your bliss? Yes – it can be done. This thing has really taken on a life of its own – getting
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FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit Darlene’s websites at www. thefunkymermaid.com, and her newest one, www.seaglasssisters. com, for photos and information on her work and upcoming Sea Glass Sisters events. Darlene’s jewelry can now be found in Cape May at the Whale’s Tale on the Washington Street Mall and at Splash, on Carpener’s Lane, as well as at the Frog and the Toad in Stone Harbor.
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T REQUIRES less mental effort to condemn than to think,” was one of Emma Goldman’s favorite sayings. She always spoke her mind, whether it was on women’s rights or the widening gap between rich and poor. She was a fascinating woman in a fascinating time: America in the early 1900s, teeming with immigrants like herself, all longing for a better way of life. Hear more of what she has to when East Lynne Theater Company’s production brings Emma Goldman: My Life to Cape May in June and July. Written and performed by Lorna Lable and directed by Karen Case Cook, this world premiere was commissioned by ELTC, the recent recipient of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Achievement of Excellence Award” for “30 years of celebrating America’s heritage through productions and educational programs.” Opening on June 16 with an after-show open-
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ing night party at one of Cape May’s finest restaurants, Emma runs for four weeks, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street, Cape May, where the company is in residence. Performer/playwright Lorna Lable’s credits include an Off-Broadway production of Grandma’s Funeral and roles in the film Keeping the Faith with Ben Stiller and TV’s Third Watch. Director Karen Case Cook has directed several ELTC shows including last season’s Alice on the Edge. She recently
helmed Tennessee William’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble in NYC. The rest of ELTC’s exciting mainstage season includes Paul Robeson Through His Words and Music; Richard Harding Davis’s comic South American adventure The Dictator; John L. Balderston’s timetraveling romantic fantasy Berkeley Square; ELTC’s popular radio-style Sherlock Holmes’ Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle; and an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. New this year is dinner theater at The Mad Batter. In the fall on Sunday and Monday nights, enjoy Susan Tischler’s Helpful Hints and a lovely threecourse meal for only $50. Mainstage tickets are $28 general admission; $23 for seniors and those with disabilities and their support companions; and $13 for full-time students. Children ages 12 and under are always free. Season tickets are still available through June 30 – five shows for only $90. For information and reservations, call (609) 884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org/. The twenty-first year of Tales of the Victorians,” where an ELTC performer reads a classic American tale at various Cape May locations during tea-time, begins on Thursday, June 17 at 4pm. Contact ELTC for locations.
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BAD day in Cape May beats a good day anywhere else, but the perfect day starts before breakfast with a bike ride to the beach. With or without a board every day should start with the ocean. There is nothing in the world that can wake you up and get you moving like diving in the Atlantic and riding some waves. Eventually, breakfast always calls and I head up Broadway to Bella Vida to treat myself to one of their omelets After breakfast my family and I prepare for the beach. Snacks, balls, books and lots of sun lotion comprise the next few hours of the day. When hunger sets
in we herd the family down the shoreline – like we’ve done since we were kids – to HotDog Tommy’s, which are probably the best dogs I’ve ever tasted. Two chilicheese dogs (with sauerkraut and mustard) and a frozen coke later, and we’re on our way back to the chairs and umbrellas on First Avenue (which is clearly the best beach in Cape May). After the guards clear the beach we pick up some hamburger and buns at West Side Market and the freshest produce on earth at Rea’s Farm Market. Throwing their white corn on the grill is the best side at any cookout. The grilling always begins as the family vies for turns in the outdoor shower. exit zero
BAND OF BROTHERS “After the guards clear the beach we pick up some hamburger and buns at West Side Market and the freshest produce on earth at Rea’s Farm Market,” says Jack Lindeman, photographed with brothers Steve and Tommy John Lindeman
Dinner is a long affair that ends with Nana’s famous blueberry crisp around eight. Nighttime brings mini-golf and ice cream at the mall with the cousins. After bedtime claims the little ones we head to The Rusty Nail for music and drinks with our feet in the sand. We’ll spend the night shuffling between the Nail, Carney’s, Cabanas and the Mug Remarkably, my perfect day has not changed much since I was a kid (well, apart from the bit about the bar crawl). This town is timeless despite the changes it has undergone through the years as I have grown. The essentials – what makes it perfect – will always be the same.
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HERE is so much more to do in America’s Original Seaside Resort than lounging on the beach. You may already know some of them, but there are plenty out there that may never have crossed your mind. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s close. We’ve even included ideas for a rainy day (). So, enjoy!
Cape May has a great variety of activities that you can enjoy with the entire family. Here is a great list of ideas to get you started. 1. Historic Cold Spring Village Ever wonder what it was like to live in Cape May 200 years ago? The answer can be found at this openair living history museum, a sevenminute drive from town. Through interactive, educational, and hands-on activities, visitors can make a connection with the past by experiencing it. The many authentically-restored homes, amid idyllic shaded areas, make it hard to not feel like Abe Lincoln’s in office… and it’s even easier when the Civil War re-enactment rolls into town. Cold Spring is a can’t-miss for history buffs. Give them a call at (609) 898-2300 or visit their website at www. hcsv.org. 2. Cape May-Lewes Ferry Take a trip over to Lewes, Delaware, a small, quaint seaside town, then make sure you check out bustling Rehoboth Beach, the Fenwick Island Lighthouse or Cape Henlopen State Park. You can also take advantage of the tax-free shopping at the outlets. No matter what you choose once you’re there, enjoy the quiet and vastness of the bay on the deck of the ferry as you watch for dolphins and whales. They even have a bar onboard! For more information or to book a reservation, call 800-64-FERRY or visit capemaylewesferry.com. 3. Whale and Dolphin Watching Dolphins are fairly common in the waters off Cape May, but it’s still a big joy to see these beautiful creatures. Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch and Research Center offers you the best chance to see them up close. And, as the name implies, you might even see a whale. Tours take off from Wilson Avenue. If the ship is docked you can see it on your left as you cross the small bridge before the Lobster House on
your way out of town. For directions or more information, call (609) 8980055 or visit them on the web at www. capemaywhalewatch.com. 4. Cape May Family Treasure Hunt Discover the fun of exploring Cape May and uncovering its architectural elements from a kid’s perspective. Packet includes a clue sheet and map that will take you on a self-guided discovery tour. Packets for the entire family are available for $5. For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org. 5. Antiquing For a different kind of treasure hunt, check out the amazing variety of antique shops that are available in Cape May – just don’t get disheartened when you see your favorite childhood toy selling for $100. Here are some treasure troves (all 609 area code): Antiques Emporia, 405 West Perry Street (898-3332), Bridgetowne Antiques, Broadway and Mechanic (884-8107), Out of The Past Antiques, 394 Myrtle Avenue, corner of Perry (884-3357), Cape May Antique Center, 1228 Route 109 (898-4449). 6. Cape May Lighthouse, Oil House and Museum Shop The structure, built in 1859, has 199 steps leading to the watch gallery for a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape and Atlantic Ocean. The Museum Shop carries souvenirs, books, videos and other maritime items. Admission to the Visitors’ Orientation Center and the ground floor of the Lighthouse is free. Tower admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org. 7. Bay Springs Alpaca Farm This one’s hard to believe, but Cape May has an Alpaca Farm. Near the end of beautiful New England Road Warren and Barbara Nuessle live what they call the “alpaca lifestyle” – quiet and simple. Visit them between 10am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays and see how alpaca fiber is spun into yarn,
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or call (609) 465-5271 for more information. 18. Harbor Safari A marine biologist leads tour goers through Cape May’s beach and marsh habitats. Tours are offered Saturdays at 11am until June 12 and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am beginning June 22. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org. 19. Miniature Golf So, you can’t drive the ball far, or get those iron shots as straight as you want – who cares? This is all about putting! Yes, even the worst golfer can manage a par at some of the town’s fabulous golf courses. Cape May Miniature Golf on Jackson Street features sculpted greens, lush landscape, and real sand traps. A tropically-themed ice-cream oasis named Cocomoe’s is connected next to the course. There’s mini-golf available up by the ocean at Ocean Putt, on the corner of Beach and Jackson, or a bit farther inland on Bayshore Road in North Cape May. There is also a new mini golf course at the shops at Sunset Beach, and each hole has ocean views! So, go grab a few friends, arrange a tournament and go golfing. 20. Historic District Walking Tour Designed for those who like history up-close and in detail, this tour features knowledgeable guides who will lead a stroll down the streets of Cape May’s Historic District. Tours are offered Saturdays at 10am until June 12 and Sundays and Wednesdays at 10am after June 20. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac. org. 21. Buy Fresh Produce Forget seafood, New Jersey is the Garden State for a reason. There’s some great farmland in the area, and markets like Duckie’s and No Frills on Broadway carry some of the freshest produce around. There is also one on Sunset Boulevard, on the way to Cape May Point. 22. Keeper’s on Duty This informational session is the perfect prelude to a climb of the Cape May Lighthouse. Learn the historic beacon’s story, as told by one of the current keepers at the Education Center in Cape May Point State Park. All Keeper’s on Duty sessions are free and open to the public, and will be offered Sundays at 11:30am. For more infor-
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Cape May is a great getaway for couples. Here are a few ideas for activities that you and your loved one can enjoy together. You will notice that some of these events are family-friendly, too – we’ll let you be the judge. 1. Local Wineries You might not know this, but southern Jersey is emerging as a serious wine-growing region. Cape May Winery, on Townbank Road, has wine tours from 3-5pm on Saturdays for $20 a person. Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande have a beautiful wine bar and offer tastings and food pairings. Turdo Vineyards is yet another option. They have 12 varieties of wine, and give tours Friday through Sunday. Call (609) 884-1169 for Cape May Winery or visit www.capemaywinery. com. Call (609) 846-7347 for Hawk Haven or visit www. Hawkhavenvineyard.com. Call (609) 884-5591 for Turdo Vineyards, or visit www.turdovineyards.com. 2. Cape May-Lewes Ferry Take a trip over to Lewes, Delaware, a small, quaint seaside town, then make sure you check out bustling Rehoboth Beach, the Fenwick Island Lighthouse or Cape Henlopen State Park. You can also take advantage of the tax-free shopping at the
outlets. No matter what you choose once you’re there, enjoy the quiet and vastness of the bay on the deck of the ferry as you watch for dolphins and whales. They even have a bar onboard! For more information or to book a reservation, call 1-800-64FERRY or visit capemaylewesferry.com. 3. Cape May by Moonlight Trolley Ride Take this romantic trolley ride through the moonlit streets of Cape May as a guide tells tales of Victorian romance. Tickets are available at the Washington Street Mall information booth. Tours are offered Saturdays at 8:30pm, Fridays at 8:45pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 9pm and Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:15pm. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org. 4. Whale and Dolphin Watching Dolphins are fairly common in the waters off Cape May, but it’s still a big joy to see these beautiful creatures. Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch and Research Center offers you the best chance to see them up close. And, as the name implies, you might even see a whale. Tours take off from Wilson Avenue. If the ship is docked you can see it on your left as you cross the small bridge before the Lobster House on your way out of town. For directions or more information, call (609) 898-0055 or visit them on the web at www.capemaywhalewatch.com.
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5. Carriage House Tearoom and Café The Carriage House features a tea luncheon of sandwiches, salads, soups, breads, pastries and beverages. There is also an elegant afternoon tea option composed of finger sandwiches, pastries, scones and beverages. The café menu offers heartier fare with a selection of entrée salads, soups, sandwiches and wraps. Carriage House Tearoom and Café is on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, located at 1048 Washington Street. To make reservations call (609) 884-5111, or for more information, call (609) 8845404 or visit www.capemaymac.org. 6. Carriage Ride Forget about the car, bike or your own two feet; let the clip-clop of a horse’s trot guide you through the town in style. Taking a carriage is a truly unique, historic and romantic way to see the town. Besides, it beats parking. Cape May Carriage Company is based at Ocean and Washington Street. Call (609) 884-4466 to set up a ride. 7. Parasail You don’t need to be a daredevil to let your body rise 500 feet above the ocean, nor do you need wings. Parasailing has become a popular pastime that lets you soar in the air and see Cape May from a view many people never have. It may be a view to die for, but we can assure you that you won’t be risking anything – the boat captains are Coast Guard certified and extremely safe. There are two options to choose from: East Coast Parasail in Cape May at Utsch’s Marina (898-8359) and Atlantic Parasail at the Two Mile Landing restaurant and marina on Ocean Drive highway (522-186).
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ends, walk the path towards the beach and enjoy some splendid shore. 10. Murder at the Physick Estate Some’s been murdered! Interact with a cast of suspicious characters, look for clues and try to solve the mystery inside the Estate. Afterwards, interact with your evening’s performers over coffee and dessert in the Carriage House Tearoom & Café. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for children. For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org. 11. Get a Massage Even though Cape May is relaxing, why not make it even MORE relaxing? Try these local miracle workers: Cape May Day Spa (898-1003), Artizan Salon and Spa (884-4499) and Accent On Beauty (884-7040) or Sea Spa at Congress Hall (8846543). 12. Local Theatre Cape May Stage, based in a beautifully-renovated church in the center of town, is the city’s premier Equity professional group and features a season that’s packed with drama, comedy, music and superb performances from some pretty famous names. Call (609) 884-1341 or visit www.capemaystage.com. East Lynne Theater specializes in Early American Theater and is well worth a visit. They operate out of the First Presbyterian Church on Hughes Street. Call (609) 884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnecompany.org. For a bag of laughs, you can’t go wrong at Elaine’s Dinner Theater, based on Lafayette Street – call (609) 884-5898 for reservations.
CAPE MAY FILM FESTIVAL NJ People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Film Festival!” Second Year in a Row! Thanks to everyone who attended our Winter/Spring Series, including our first Green Film Series, and to those who support our work with students and at-risk youth throughout the year! Call for details or to volunteer for the Film Festival: 609-884-6700 or visit www.capemayfilm.org
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Cape May doesn’t just have to be about relaxing. There are a lot of physical activities to get out and try. 1. Golf Cape May National Golf Club has “three of the best holes in New Jersey” according to The Jersey Golfer and is nestled in 50 acres of private bird sanctuary. Visit Cape May National at www.cmngc. com or call 609-884-1563. But, if it’s your wedge that needs some work, Cape May Par 3 will let you play 18 holes for just $14.95. No bag? No problem. Cape May Par 3 rents clubs for just $1. Visit them at www.capemaypar3.com or call (609) 889-2600. 2. Bike Ride It’s no secret to tourists and locals alike: Cape May is a biking town. Have you even tried to navigate the streets of Cape May during rush hour? It’s enough to make you want to start jogging places. But have no fear; there are bike rentals that beat braking (and braking again, then honking, then braking once more). Try Cape Island Bikes at 727 Beach Avenue or 135 Sunset Boulevard (609-884-8011). 3. Nature Trails Next to the lighthouse in the Cape May Point State Park there are several trails weaving through ponds, dunes, marsh and forest. There are different levels of difficulty marked by colors, and most of the trails have wooden walkways. Even on the longest trails, breathtaking scenes in a tranquil setting will make you wish it was longer. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes.
4. Yoga Join Sharon Fruchtman on the lawn of Congress Hall for classes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The classes start at 8:30am and pre-registration is required. Stop by the front desk of Congress Hall or call 609-884-8421. If it’s indoors that you desire to do downward dog, then don’t hesitate in visiting Balance Pilates, located at 600 Park Boulevard in West Cape May. Call Judy Heany at 609-884-3001. 5. Tennis The William J. Moore Tennis Club – named after the first black (as well as the oldest) tennis pro
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Guided trolley tours offer an excellent way to see Cape May. All tickets can be purchased at the information booth at the end of the Washington Street Mall. For more information call (609) 884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org. 1. World War II Take a guided, two-hour tour of the coastal fortifications at Cape May Point such as Battery 223 and Fire Control Tower No. 23, the Cape May Canal and the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum. Tours are available Saturdays at 10:15am and Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm. 2. Best of the West Ride through West Cape May, and learn of its history, farms, shops, vintage cottages and AfricanAmerican heritage. Tours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:15pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. 3. Children’s Trolley Ride A guided tour of Cape May’s Historic District, geared specially children. Tours are offered daily at 4pm. 4. Ghosts of the Lighthouse Travel to the Cape May Lighthouse, and listen to the ghost tales that have been unearthed by a pyschic medium. Yyou’ll feel the presence of the spirits as you climb the lighthouse. Trips run Saturdays at 8:45pm until June 12 and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:15pm and 8:45pm. 5. Historic District Knowledgeable guides present entertaining and
educational stories about the nation’s original seaside resort. Times offered vary daily. 6. Historic Haunts Combo Tour A tour of some of Cape May’s regal Victorian residences (reputed to host more than the living). Then it’s off for a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) Physick Estate with a discussion of Victorian spiritualism. Tours run Saturdays at 7:15pm until June 12 then Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:15pm beginning June 18. There is an additional tour offered on Saturday, May 30 at 7:45pm. 7. Mansions by the Sea This tour features a century of beachfront development, from Victorian cottages of the 1870s
through the most up-to-date of today’s housing. It is offered daily at 12:45pm until June 17 and Monday through Saturday at 10:45am beginning June 18. 8. Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tour Try out this guided trolley tour of Cape May’s Historic District, followed by a guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum. Its new theme for 2010 is “On the Town, Dining out and Entertainments during the 19th Century.” 9. Pirates & Plunder A narrated, family-friendly trolley tour that describes the legendary pirates and privateers of Cape Island. The thirty-minute tours are offered daily beginning June 18. 10. Shipwrecks of the Cape Hear stories of Cape Island’s maritime history, full of shipwrecks, legends, and lore. Offered Fridays and Saturdays at 5:45pm until June 12, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 9 and Sundays at 8 pm beginning June 20. 11. Tales Around Town MAC storytellers really get “rolling” on a 30-minute ride around town. The whole family will be entertained with this interactive performance featuring delightful tales from Cape May’s history. Trolleys take off Saturdays at 2pm and 3pm through June 12 and Monday-Thursday and Saturday beginning June 19 – times will vary. 12. Welcome to Cape May Discover points of interest, activities and special events throughout Cape May – it’s a perfect introduction to town.
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FTER the spectacular opening of Class on our main stage, the Second Stage Series roars into 2010 with a special Broadway Series and special programs to complement our mainstage productions. On May 24, Thaao Penghlis will present an evening called “Journeys” in which he will lead us through his voyages to sacred sites around the world. Thaao will present his show at Cape May Stage before it is aired on the History Channel. Once again, Cape May Stage patrons are the first to experience ground-breaking shows. Viewers will recognize Thaao Penghlis as the Emmy-nominated star of Days of our Lives, where he played Tony and his brother Andre. The show begins at 8pm and tickets are $20. On June 7 internationally acclaimed Ron Rand presents his solo performance as Harold Clurman in Let There Be Art. Clurman was a part of the Group Theatre in the 1930s and was one of the most important directors, critics and teachers in American theatre. Since Class concerns an acting teacher we thought we would bring you a show about the epitome of acting teachers. Mr. Rand will conduct an acting workshop on Tuesday, June 8 that anyone interested in theatre must attend. He has led this workshop around the world and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have it here in Cape May! “I Hate Hamlet” opens on our main stage on June 17 and the Second Stage has two shows planned to complement that production. Standup comic Dave Konig will entertain us on June 21 so bring your father and celebrate Father’s Day a day late by laughing until you hurt! The following Monday, June 28, brings us Joe Plummer Jr and Sr performing Shakespeare in a funny show. July and August is the time to come to our party that is called the BROADWAY SERIES! Major stars from Broadway and Hollywood will
Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba and former Sopranos star Dominic Chianese will be performing be here to share their work with us. The best news of all is that if you buy a subscription you get one show absolutely free! James Reynolds, the Emmy-nominated actor who performed last season in I, Too, Am America is returning with Lissa Layng, whose award-winning A Woman Of Independent Means was a favorite show last season. They perform together on July 5 in Where She Stops Nobody Knows, which has wowed audiences on the west coast. On July 12, Mary Testa returns for another triumph! This two-time Tony nominee performed Sleepless Variations last season and brought the house down. Fans of The Sopranos will be surprised to learn that Junior is also a magnificent singer. Dominic Chianese will sing Italian songs and tell you about his work on many feature films and television shows. Come on Monday, August 2 at 8pm for a fabulous night! If ya don’t like it, ya get whacked! On August 16, Tony Award winner and twotime Tony Award nominee Karen Ziemba will perform for us. You’ll be no further than six rows
Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker away from the Broadway star of Chicago, Steel Pier, Forty Second Street and Contact. This is an evening that can’t be missed. On Monday, August 30 we wrap up our series with Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker performing Love Letters by A. R. Gurney. You’ll probably remember these great actors from LA Law and many other shows. Buy four Second Stage Broadway Series tickets for $200 and get the fifth free! Cape May Stage is the best entertainment deal around.
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TOP! Hold everything. Did you know that this very minute if you are fortunate enough to be reading this excellent diatribe anywhere within the confines of Cape May that you are within easy walking distance of a Snowy Egret, a Bald Eagle, a Least Bittern, four species of terns, four species of gulls, 50 songbirds, two species of owl, four different hawks, Captain Kidd’s treasure and the Holy Grail? Okay, I lied about the grail business but the rest of it is true. Who knows if Captain Kidd buried some of that treasure at Higbee Beach – never been proven otherwise! Even the eagle (make that eagles – there’s a nesting pair) is (are) a fact! When you passed Exit 0 on the Garden State Parkway, you crossed into one of the planet’s greatest, most acclaimed bird-watching hotspots. Truth! Cape May has been celebrated for its bird life for more than 200 years. That’s before the internet, before milk came in bottles, before baseball,
YOU’VE GOT COMPANY Dunlins are regular visitors to the beaches of Cape May – this stretch is between the Cove and the lighthouse Mike Crewe Previous page: A Least Bittern can be a little on the shy side, but you can see them in Cape May if you pay attention
shredded wheat, and the Republican Party! If you are reading these words in Cape May you are standing where about 40,000,000 Americans (and an equal number of Brits, Danes, Dutch, Israelis, Aussies, South Africans) would give almost anything to be right now. Forty million Americans? That’s the low end estimate for the number of bird-watchers living in the US. The high end, according to a US Fish and Wildlife Service sponsored survey, is closer to 70,000,000. Brits, Danes, Dutch, Israelis, Aussies, South Africans? These are a few of the countries whose populations are riddled with bird-watchers and who export a bunch of them here. So it begs the question. How is it that you’ve come all the way to the epicenter of the known birding universe and you didn’t even pack binoculars? Didn’t pack a field guide to the birds either. Didn’t even plan to go on one of the Cape May Bird Observatory’s regular morning bird walks. Until now.
It’s okay. Chances are you forgot your travel hair-drier and the insulated wine bottle carrier, too. There’s time to redress that scheduling shortfall. When it comes to bird walks, just like Woody Allen said, “All you have to do is show up”. No preregistration. No muss; no fuss; no worries – and no binoculars. Bird-watching is, after all, about having fun (and maybe discovering and engaging some of nature’s most wonderful envoys). I’m talking about birds, but this probably applies to birders, too. It gets better. When you show up for a morning bird walk you won’t need to carry a field guide to the birds. Heck, in Cape May there’s a likelihood that one of the leaders may have written it. You can’t swing a Canada Goose and not hit an expert birder in these parts. As for binoculars, morning walks come with a ready supply of loaners. Superlative ones, too. Ever looked through a $2,000 binocular before? At 30 feet, the image of a Snowy Egret will sear your retina. The sight of a male Indigo Bunting in full sunlight will blow your cognitive
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ALL EYES ON THE PRIZE Birders of all nationalities and all ages congregate on the ramp that leads from the hawkwatch platform to the beach at Cape May Point Mike Crewe Right: A Great Horned Owl sitting outside an office window at Cape May Bird Observatory’s Northwood Center in Cape May this past winter Mike Crewe
on your way to the lighthouse – and hardly anyone visits Cape May without at least driving past the lighthouse. Second right off Lighthouse Avenue - East Lake Drive. Park and walk in. Pick up your FREE birding map, birding checklist, and schedule of events. Stick around to see the Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren, and Red-bellied Woodpecker that are almost cer-
tain to be coming to the feeders. Not to mention many warblers species in the trees around the property and along Lake Lily. If you want to browse the store, buy a field guide, or introduction to birdwatching book, or test drive binoculars be our guest. Cape May Bird Observatory has the finest selection of optics in New Jersey. And CMBO members enjoy MAP pricing on most models (the lowest price allowed by the manufacturer – hence Manufacturers Allowed Price = MAP). But like I said you don’t need a field guide to help you identify the birds or even binoculars. Just go on a walk. Let the discovery begin. There is a small charge for the walk. Six dollars for members; $10 for nonmembers. Expensed out, that comes to about a nickel a bird. Cheaper than chewing gum. Going on your first bird walk is a heck of a lot easier than going to your first dance. You don’t need to know any dance steps. You don’t even need a partner. You’re going to find that bird-
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one of the leaders suggest using one of the loaner pairs, DON’T BE OFFENDED AND DO TAKE THEM UP ON THE OFFER! There are binoculars and there are binoculars. Just because yours may make things look closer doesn’t mean that they are designed for birding. Fact is the biggest problem new birders face is binoculars that hinder instead of help them. Do ask questions. Answers don’t
get formulated without them. Field trip leaders are well informed but not clairvoyant. Do let leaders know if you don’t see a bird. Getting you on a bird is what they want to do. Do keep up with the group and do not walk ahead of the leader. You don’t want to flush a bird before it can be identified. Quiet conversational talking is fine. Birding is social; bring a friend; bring the family. Don’t worry about what you DON’T know. What will surprise you is how much you’ve learned (and seen) by the end of the walk. At the end of the walk, take out the checklist of birds you picked up at the Cape May Bird Observatory (or ask your leader for another). That checklist is your scorecard. Fill in the date and location, check off the birds you saw and heard. Now you have a souvenir of your first birding experience in Cape May. That all there is to it. A single twohour walk and you become the world’s newest birder. And since you did it at
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Cape May, there are about one hundred million birders around the world who are jealous of you. Makes you feel double good, doesn’t it? It’s summer and Cape May will be full of visitors looking for something different to do. Just head over to the Cape May Bird Observatory – THE place for anything to do with nature and pick up the spring schedule of daily walks. The CMBO (609-884-2736) is located at 701 East Lake Drive overlooking lovely Lake Lily in Cape May Point and is open 9:30am to 4:30pm every day but Tuesday during June, July, and August. If you have any questions at all, ask any of our staff or volunteers – they are always glad to help with anything you need, even things you didn’t know you needed yet. While there, check out the view of the lake from the wide selection of scopes and binoculars, the latest in books, bird feeders, and some great new and fun merchandise, including our exclusive CMBO logo jewelry, clothing, totes, and more. Take a look at the sightings log or our website to
A SIGHT TO REMEMBER This pair of bald eagles were shot last November by British birder Pete Dunn at the hawkwatch platform in Cape May Point
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Seymore Thanu is none other than New Jersey’s own Pete Dunne, Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and Vice President of Natural History for New Jersey Audubon Society. Author of several books on and about nature (available at the Cape May Bird Observatory), he has written for virtually every birding publication and for The New York Times.
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HEN Cape May was ravaged by winter storms and residents lost power Karen Pommer, the manager of the Texas Avenue Wawa, gave free coffee to every North Jersey electrical worker who came down to rescue us. She would tell each of them, “Thank you for being there for our community.” It’s just as well she’s a people person because people are her business. Karen runs the store as a team business – she bought bicycles for her summer employees so they wouldn’t have to walk to work and when an employee called in saying it would take her longer to get back to work than expected, Karen said, “Not a problem. Don’t rush yourself and risk making things worse.” She moved from South Philadelphia to Cape May County on Memorial Day of 1973 to raise her sons, John Paul and Anthony, and made her way to Cape May in 1985 to work as an assis-
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Y PERFECT day starts with the beautiful blue Cape May sky. From my bed I can see it through the transom above the door that leads to our garden. The bright colors of an early dawn set the tone for my day. After a while I stumble out to fix the first pot of coffee. I have the system down to an art. I can just plant my feet in front of the coffee maker and – voila! – four minutes later Juan Valdez is wafting through the house. While the coffee is brewing I set off for a walk around town. I love to take in the rhythms of early mornings in Cape May, whether it is folks just sitting on benches gazing at the ocean, people on their early morning power walk, the more energetic
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The Cape May Crossword SO YOU love crosswords and you love Cape May? Great. Sit down, get a cup (or glass) of your favorite beverage, relax and enjoy this puzzle. The answers can either be found in these pages or are related to Cape May and summer in general. The solution can be found on the front page of our website, www.exitzero.us. Compiled by Dan Mathers ACROSS 4. Don’t miss fresh seafood, live music, arts and crafts, and marine educational programs at this event on June 19. (2 words) 5. In 1976 Cape May was designated as a National Historic Landmark because it had a large concentration of well-preserved buildings in this architectural style. 7. She’s been seen on the big screen alongside Anne Hathaway, and you can catch her at Cape May Stage this summer. (2 words) 12. Cape May is the sole training facility for this branch of the US Armed Forces. (2 words) 14. Jersey’s own Pete Dunne is the director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and takes on this pen name. (2 words) 16. He is the founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware. (2 words) 18. It is the oldest continually operating hotel in Cape May.
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19. Though it was expanded to include all who died in military service, Memorial Day was originally enacted to honor those who died fighting for this side in the American Civil War.
23. Want to buy a $2.5 million home on Harbor Cove? Call this realty company.
10. This former Cape May Borough was, quite literally, swallowed by the sea. (3 words)
24. He was the first explorer to chart the Cape May area. (2 words) DOWN
11. There’s no reason to drive all the way around the bay, just take this for a leisurely trip over to Delaware. (4 words)
1. Pennsylvania Railroad’s Summer Station was cornered at the intersection of Beach Avenue and this Street. (Hint: The name is commemorated by a building to this day.)
13. Originally known as the Eldredge Johnson house when it was built in 1892, this building on Perry Street is more commonly called this, as characterized by its color. (3 words)
2. It’s “a diamond in Cape May’s crown.” (3 words) 3. She’s the innkeeper who was more than happy to share her perfect day. (2 words)
14. June 21 marks the first day of summer. This day coincides with the sun reaching its highest point in the northern hemisphere, an event known as this. (2 words)
6. George Miller is famously quoted as having said, “The problem with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again,” in this restaurant’s ad. (2 words)
15. Local residents nicknamed this hotel “Tommy’s Folly,” thinking it was simply too big to succeed. Turns out they were wrong – in its location this building now stands. (2 words)
8. William Shakespeare’s tale of four Athenian lovers that takes place on the shortest night of the year. (4 words)
17. It’s the tallest building on the island of Cape May.
20. Bruce Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave in this documentary. (3 words) 21. Built in 1878 this mansion is a cornerstone of Cape May’s historic district and is home to the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and
It’s 132 years old! – see 21 Across
9. The druid celebration of the wedding of heaven and earth, marking the beginning of summer, is still celebrated at this ancient stone exit zero
22. In 1878 a great fire started on this street and swept through Cape May. The fire allowed the island to rise from the ashes into the resort you know today.
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