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Cape May Music Festival will soon be underway We’re excited to announce our plans for the 2021 series. The festival will feature a combination of virtual and live events this spring and includes the return of our long-time partners and friends Jed Gaylin, music director of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and Eliot Bailen, artistic director of the New York Chamber Ensemble. We begin with a virtual concert for classical music lovers to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes! After the concert, you can join the Zoom Q&A session to ask questions about the performance as well as past music festival concerts.
Participation is free and easy, although donations are always welcome! Details will be posted on our Music Festival page on our web site. The program includes the Godard Suite featuring Susan Rotholz on flute and Jed Gaylin on piano, the Vivaldi Double Concerto with Eliot Bailen on cello, and the Brahms Symphony No. 4, 1st movement, performed by members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony. The Atlantic Brass Band, under the baton (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)
Restoration begins on Estate outbuildings Almost as soon as work on restoring the Cape May Lighthouse interior staircase project concluded, work began on restoring the nine outbuildings that complement the Physick House Museum on the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. Eastern Industrial Services of Newark, Del. was the selected contractor to scrape, sand and caulk all wood surfaces, then prime and repaint all nine structures. Assured Envelope Solutions of Mannington, N.J. will
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be repainting the roofs — some are cedar, others metal. The project is scheduled to be completed by late spring 2021. You may recall that the estate was built for Dr. Emlen Physick, his widowed mother (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)
“Vintage” reopens for the 2021 season
One of Cape May’s most talked about restaurants, Vintage, is set to open for the 2021 season on Friday, April 23, bringing patrons delicious menu choices for brunch and dinner, with some exciting new features. Vintage features menu items that are unique, as co-owner Chef Nikolaos “Niko” Goutzouris of KARA Restaurant Group describes them, and “wild.” With a diverse and eclectic menu and creative dishes, Vintage has taken its place as one of Cape May’s best destination restaurants, having experienced an extraordinarily successful first season in 2020. Niko said the 2020 season was an “absolute gem.” Being open for dinner on the lovely grounds of the Physick Estate at nighttime and outdoors was a huge attraction. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)
Celebrate a light in your life! Cape May MAC is offering a firsttime, limited opportunity to honor someone special by purchasing an engraved brick that will be a fixture along the pathway at the Cape May Lighthouse, as a remembrance, or simply to celebrate your own or your family’s love of the lighthouse. The Cape May Lighthouse Brick Paver Program is now accepting applications. Funds raised will support Cape May MAC’s mission of promoting the preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for all. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
RECENT HAPPENINGS Winter Wrap-Up
As has been our experience for a year now, the winter season was anything but usual. Typically, we would close the Cape May Lighthouse and suspend trolley and house tours while we cleaned and fixed up. This year, we found a demand for activities so had only a little gap in our operations, which at times had Chief Operating Officer Melissa Payne and her staff scrambling to arrange resources. The winter is always a busy grant-writing and reporting time and this year it seemed to be all that and more. We submitted every application available to us and secured additional COVID funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the CARES Act. Even with the Lighthouse open on weekends, we had the opportunity to repaint the interior and stairs, and restain the Watch Room. Between January 1 and the end of March, even observing the limits imposed by the COVID 19 pandemic, we had more than 2,000 visitors climb the tower. Presidents Weekend usually sees us gearing up for the season. Unfortunately, we were unable to present our normal schedule of special events. We did officially reopen the 50 Years of MAC exhibit and offer a well-viewed Facebook Live event to unveil our 50th anniversary mural hosted by Cape May MAC President Tom Carroll and Director Jody Alessandrine. The mural was created by Mike and Brian DeMusz and was sponsored by the O’Hara Family, owners
Photo by Susan Krysiak
Sherlock Holmes Weekend was held March 19-21 at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May. “Making the Grade” attracted enthusiastic participants. Saturday’s Search for Clues Tour was not offered to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, but weekend participants enjoyed a pared-down version outdoors, while enjoying the full weekend experience indoors. Cape May MAC and Aleathea’s managed social distancing to assure a safe experience for all.
of Uncle Bills. We launched the Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tours for the year and then rounded out the weekend by hosting a drive-by food drive for the Cape May Food Closet at the Carriage House on Monday, February 15. The event was the brainchild of Anna Leeper and netted $800 worth of food and another $400 in donations for the Food Closet, March saw the return of the master detective Sherlock Holmes to Cape May.
NEWSLETTER Published by Cape May MAC, a not-for-profit corporation P.O. Box 340, Cape May, NJ 08204 • Phone: 609-884-5404 New Jersey Relay Center for TTY Customers: 800-852-7899 Web Site: www.capemaymac.org • E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Jody Alessandrine • Assistant Editor: Jean Barraclough Contributors: Sandra Adams, Ayeshah Dickerson, Susan Krysiak, Anna Marie Leeper and Mary E. Stewart
OUR MISSION Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. ---- v ---OUR VISION Preserving Cape May’s rich heritage and assuring its vitality through superior cultural programs and events Page 2 • Spring 2021
Cape May MAC’s public history programs are funded in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State.
Still operating under capacity limits, we hosted 42 avid amateur sleuths eager to match wits with Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson at Aleathea’s Restaurant. It was somewhat bittersweet in that this is the first event we’ve had there since the passing of our longtime partner in crime Beth Eastman. Laura Fling from Telford, PA, was our Grand Prize Winner and won two tickets for next year’s weekend ($230 value). Claire Fisher from Woodbury, NJ, was our Clueless Wonder winning $50 in cash. On March 26, we launched daily tours and are happily seeing a continued demand for activities. By the end of March, more than 300 visitors have enjoyed a tour of the Physick House and more than 700 have ridden our trolleys. The 2021 season looks most promising. -- MES
Ben Ridings, wearing his Museum Education Coordinator hat, has continued our popular Lunch & Learn series. Mike Urbanski presented a program on Doo Wop Wildwood in February, followed by the second installment of Fabulous First Ladies presented by Mary Stewart in March in celebration of Women’s History Month. Both programs, presented via Zoom, were
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“This Old House” Physick Estate Theme for 2021
Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) interpreters give guided tours of the Physick House Museum that are revised each year to feature specific aspects of this architectural masterpiece, with new glimpses into Victorian life and culture. This year, in continuation of Cape May MAC’s 50th anniversary year in 2020, the tour theme is “This Old House: Preservation of the Physick Estate,” in which the focus is on the Physick House itself, from its years as a grand residence for the Physick family, to its tragic decline, to its near demolition and, finally, to its proud rise as a fully restored local historic landmark and one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country. The complete arc of this story is full of fascinating details and history and can be heard on a full guided tour of the estate, now available daily. capemaymac.org
Virtual Armed Forces Day & Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony
Weekends beginning Friday, April 23; Daily beginning Friday, May 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m.: Experience Vintage, one of Cape May’s newest destination restaurants with delicious outdoor brunch and dinner dining on the Carriage House patio under the tent, on the grounds of the beautiful Emlen Physick Estate. Visit capemaymac.org for schedule and menu, and OpenTable.com to make reservations. Pet-friendly, take-out available. Free off-street and on-site parking. Members receives a 15% discount (discount not applicable to entire party). capemaymac.org.
MURDER MYSTERY DINNERS
In 2021, Armed Forces Day and Peace Officers Memorial Day fall on the same day, Saturday, May 15. Join us online for a pre-recorded virtual ceremony honoring veterans and the military and fallen peace officers, led by Cape May County Commissioner Jeffrey Pierson. The virtual ceremony can be viewed at 11 a.m. via the capemaymac.org website. Sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower, an affinity group of Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac. org.
Gardens of Cape May Tour
Saturdays, April 24, May 22 & May 29: 7 p.m. Enjoy a four-course dinner and watch the mystery and drama unfold around you during “All Bets Are Off,” this spring’s Murder Mystery Dinner at Aleathea’s Restaurant, at the historic Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. Admission is limited. $65 includes a four-course dinner. capemaymac.org.
PAINTED LADIES, PORCHES & MORE WALKING TOUR Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 4-27: 10:30 a.m.
Here is your invitation to step past the frontage and explore the private plants and blooms of some of the Cape May area’s most dedicated gardeners and take home ideas for your own gardens. Smell and see what’s blooming and flourishing in several different seashore locations dominated by sunlight, ocean breezes, sand and salt, but each uniquely situated. Physick Estate gardens are included! Maps and activities will be available the day of the tour outside on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with Cape May Winery wine tastings, and vendors on the grounds! Saturday, June 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, June 13. Admission is $20. capemaymac.org
Performances at the Physick Estate Outdoor Stage in 2021
Cape May MAC now offers customized golf cart tours of Cape Island for small groups of family or friends year-round to experience Cape May together. Includes a dedicated driver and guide and can accommodate groups of up to four or six passengers on a golf cart, navigating Cape May in comfort and convenience for a personalized tour of Cape Island with door-todoor service. Learn about Cape May history, architecture and legends, and visit historic sites, such as the Cape May Lighthouse, the Emlen Physick Estate and the World War II Lookout Tower. Tours can be customized based on interests and time. Tours require two business days advance notice. Call Susan Gibson at 609-224-6030 to make your reservation. capemaymac.org.
PAINTED LADIES, PORCHES & MORE WALKING TOUR & OPTIONAL BRUNCH Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 1-Aug. 31: 9:30 a.m.: Take a walk from the Physick Estate to the Washington Street Mall with a knowledgeable guide and experience charming Cape May, a National Historic Landmark city, up close. Delight in beautiful gardens as you learn about Victorian architecture and Cape May’s colorful history along the way. Comfortable shoes recommended. Tour only: $15 adults; $10 children (ages 3-12). Add brunch at Vintage after the tour: $25 per person. capemaymac. org.
Stay tuned in 2021 for a full schedule of events at the outdoor stage on the beautiful grounds of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, including jazz concerts from SpyBoy Productions, stage performances from REV Theatre, performances from Without A Cue, and musical performances produced by Bob Rose. Stretch out on the lawn in socially distanced areas, and bring a blanket or chair and a picnic to enjoy! The Carriage House Museum Shop sells Cape May Winery wine by the bottle, and Vintage will be open for dinner reservations. Parking is free. capemaymac.org.
DINNERS WITH VINTAGE: MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND DINNER
Saturday, May 8: 6:30 p.m.: Treat mom to a special four-course dinner at Vintage on the eve of Mother’s Day and enjoy the Herb Moore Duo on strings under the evening lights. $75 per person. Admission is limited. capemaymac. org.
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Cape May’s Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival returns in 2021!
It’s back! Cape May MAC’s most popular outdoor festival returns in 2021, this time for two days! Join us with friends and family on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for crabs, beer, music and more, and then on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a 5K run and more fun on the grounds. Social distancing will be maintained and prevailing limits on crowds will be managed to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. capemaymac.org.
Lighthouse Full Moon Climbs
Don’t miss the romance of a nighttime climb to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse. These special opportunities are only offered a few times each year, during a full moon. Regardless of a clear or cloudy night sky, you will join a select group who have experienced stepping out onto the Watch Gallery at nighttime. Lighthouse Full Moon Climbs are offered from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, Wednesday, May 26, Thursday, June 24, Friday, July 23 and Sunday, Aug. 22, with additional dates possible. Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, at 215 Lighthouse Ave., and normally closes at dusk. Admission for these special nighttime climbs is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3-12). capemaymac.org
Crafts & Collectibles Shows in 2021
Shop outdoors on the grounds of the beautiful Emlen Physick Estate among crafters and collectibles dealers from the tri-state region. capemaymac.org. Admission is free: • April Crafts & Collectibles Show, Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Spring Crafts & Collectibles Show, Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Summer Crafts & Collectibles Show, Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • National Lighthouse Day Crafts Show at the Lighthouse, Saturday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival Crafts & Collectibles Show, Saturday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Harvest Brew Fest Crafts & Collectibles Show, Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles Show, Sunday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Halloween Crafts & Collectibles Show, Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop and browse inside Cape May Convention Hall among crafters and collectibles dealers from the tri-state region this fall. capemaymac.org. Admission is $2: • Crafts & Collectibles By the Sea Show, Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $2. • Fall Crafts & Collectibles Show, Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $2. • Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show, Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $2. Masks are required at this time both indoors and outdoors at all Cape May MAC tours, events and historic sites to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and for the health and safety of all. Schedules subject to change and capacities may be limited. -- SK Page 4 • Spring 2021
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FREE ADMISSION FOR MOMS & DADS
Sundays, May 9 & June 20: Moms and dads are admitted free at two of Cape May’s historic sites, the Cape May Lighthouse and the World War II Lookout Tower, on their respective holidays, Mother’s Day, May 9, and Father’s Day, June 20. capemaymac.org.
MAGIC & MYSTERY HOUSE TOUR
Wednesdays & Saturdays May 1-29: 6 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 1-29: 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays, July 1-Aug. 28: 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Take a step back in time to the Victorian Era in the 1879 Physick House Museum and learn about the Victorians’ fascination with magic, illusion, the mysterious and the odd. Hear about the Great Lafayette, Houdini, Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and much more! Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing; advance tickets recommended. $20 for adults; $15 for children (ages 3-12). capemaymac.org.
CLUELESS AT THE PHYSICK ESTATE: “HOOK, LINE & SINKER”
Saturdays, June 5-26: 6:45 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 1-Aug. 31: 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.: “Clueless at the Physick Estate” returns this summer with an engaging new mystery based on the popular board game. “Hook, Line & Sinker” is this season’s “whodunit” mystery that dramatically unfolds as you travel through the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. $25 for adults; $20 for children (ages 3-12). capemaymac.org.
FRIENDS OF THE CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENT “A MUSICAL INTERMEZZO”
Wednesday, June 16: 4 p.m.: Enjoy an intimate performance and light refreshments in the lovely setting of Vintage, under the Carriage House Tent on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. This event raises funds to share outstanding classical music with the community throughout the year. Reservations necessary. $25 for adults; $20 seniors and $15 for students. capemaymac. org.
DR. PHYSICK’S NEIGHBORHOOD WALKING TOUR & BRUNCH
Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. this summer: Take a walking tour of Dr. Emlen Physick’s neighborhood and learn about his life, and the architecture and the neighbors who lived there. Enjoy a delicious brunch afterwards at Vintage, on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. Comfortable shoes recommended. capemaymac.org.
DINNERS WITH VINTAGE: DINNER & FIREWORKS
Saturday, July 3 & Sunday, July 4: 6:30 p.m.: Here’s an exclusive chance to see the area’s Independence Day fireworks from atop the Cape May Lighthouse. Enjoy a four-course dinner at Vintage then board the trolley at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. for a short ride to Cape May Lighthouse then climb to the top to watch the fireworks. Reservations necessary. Capacity limited. Subject to cancellation if fireworks are cancelled. $125. capemaymac.org. -- SK
The Mullock family
Longtime Cape May resident and owner of Cape May National Golf Club Bob Mullock and his family have been business leaders in the Cape May community and supporters of historic preservation and community organizations, including MAC, now known as Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture), for some 40 years. The Mullocks, Bob and wife Linda, sons Dillon and Zachary and daughters Cynthia and Ellie, have poured energy, passion, acumen, experience and commitment into taking monumental steps to preserve the character and quality of historic Cape May. Bob and Linda were married at one of Cape May’s most important historic buildings, The Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., in 1980. In July Photo by Susan Krysiak 2008, Bob purchased The Shown here, at the historic Whalers Cottages at Batts Lane, from left, Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey Chalfonte from long-time, President Lynda Anderson-Towns, Cape May City Mayor and Museum Construction Officer Zachary Mullock, beloved previous owners Museum Director Cynthia Mullock, Linda Mullock, Dillon Mullock, and Museum Chairman Bob Mullock, who Anne Le Duc and Judy Bartella. in January 2021 purchased the property for the Museum from Cape May MAC. With them, from left, Cape May Since then, the family has MAC President Tom Carroll, along with Chris and Dave Clemans, who after saving and restoring the cottages infused it with new energy and gifted the property to Cape May MAC in August 2019. resources, keeping its uniquely important Civil War era legacy and educates the public about the people, town. It was a town of volunteers. MAC was alive and well. places and sites throughout the country primarily a volunteer organization in those In August 2019, Chris and Dave Cle- connected with the Underground Railroad. days.” mans, who like the Mullocks are longtime But the location of the cottages on As years went by a new connection Cape May business and civic leaders and a rural residential road made bringing was forged when the Mullocks bought supporters of Cape May MAC, gifted Cape trolley tours to see them problematic. It The Chalfonte Hotel and began offering May MAC with two beautifully restored, became apparent in 2020 that Cape May MAC precious space for events and historic cottages at 1017 and 1019 Batts MAC needed a solution. But what? Several receptions. Then Mullock initiated a new Lane, Lower Township, which they had options were considered, and money Civil War Tour and Dinner at the hotel, in saved and restored. Listed on the National was spent to explore them, but none partnership with MAC. Mullock led the Register of Historic Places, one of these, seemed satisfactory and not all would have tour and MAC sold the tickets. Researching The Owen Coachman House, incorporates been in keeping with Cape May MAC’s that tour unearthed Cape May’s previously a circa 1700 “Whalers Cottage” – one of mission, a commitment to promoting the unknown connection to Harriet Tubman. the oldest surviving structures in Cape May preservation, interpretation and cultural “The Civil War Tour developed some County. It was moved to this site in 1846 by enrichment of the Cape May region for its interesting history, great history,” he said. Owen Coachman, a free Black man who residents and visitors. “It was just amazing – the story of the purchased land here for a farm, with other *** Civil War and Cape May including Harriet free Black persons as neighbors. The connection between Cape May Tubman.” For many months in 2019 and 2020, MAC and the Mullocks goes far back to the The research had unearthed an obituary Cape May MAC included the cottages as a organization’s earliest days. Mullock used from Tubman’s local newspaper in New stop on the popular Underground Railroad to lead MAC walking tours. He helped York State. She had been interviewed by a Trolley Tour, developed by the Center for during Victorian Week when it featured an local reporter specifically for that obituary. Community Arts (CCA) and co-sponsored outdoor bar manned by volunteers, with “In part of that interview she said in by Cape May MAC. The trolley tour is part many of Cape May’s Renaissance founders answer to a question whether she had of the National Park Service’s Network pitching in on Physick Estate grounds. to Freedom, a national program that “It was a party,” he said, “and in those (CONTINUED ON PAGE 12) documents, preserves, commemorates days almost everyone volunteered in www.capemaymac.org
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Cape May MAC’s Museum Shops:
Navigating changing times Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) operates two museum shops: the Carriage House Museum Shop and the Lighthouse Museum Shop. Director of Retail Operations Sharon Falkowski took some time to talk to Director of Media Relations Susan Krysiak about the ins and outs of managing the Cape May MAC retail experience during changing times.
interested in the house: the history of the house, the family who built it. But they are also interested in Cape May as a whole and its Victorian history. The Physick House Museum represents that history. Merchandise includes items related to the house, but also things reflective of the Victorian era itself. We have books on Cape May but also fiction and
Susan: Has the pandemic altered how people shop at Cape May MAC’s two museum shops? Sharon: I don’t think it’s altered how people shop. They seem to still purchase the same things. Of course, the traffic to both shops was curtailed by COVID restrictions. It affected the Carriage House Museum Shop more than the Lighthouse Museum Shop. Traffic at both locations is driven by people on tours. The Lighthouse got much more foot traffic for the simple fact that more people visited it and climbed it. COVID restrictions required us make both shops more “open,” so display cases and racks were removed. By necessity, we had less jewelry being offered at the Carriage House, fewer toys, especially plush animals, at the Lighthouse. Susan: What is it that makes each shop special and inviting for customers when they come in? Sharon: The customer experience is very different in each store and reflects the shopper in each. The people who shop at the Lighthouse are enjoying a very specific experience. They’ve climbed the Lighthouse or have come to the park specifically to see the Lighthouse. Almost all the merchandise at the Lighthouse is specifically “lighthouse” merchandise. T-shirts, magnets, books. Also, nautical or seashore-themed. Because we get many more families with young children at the Lighthouse, we have much more children’s merchandise. Once again, most of this merchandise is either lighthouseor seashore-related. The shopping experience is also geared to the shopper who is looking to pick up something as a souvenir. So, everything is grouped together by merchandise type: mugs, shot glasses, shooters all together; toys all together; clothing items all together. The customers at the Carriage House are a little different. Our traffic at the shop is almost completely driven by our house tours. Those who go on the tours are very Page 6 • Spring 2021
non-fiction books about or written during the Victorian era. Tea and teatime are things linked to a Cape May past. Visitors to the Estate and those who take the house tours are usually not day trippers, like many of the visitors to the Lighthouse. When they browse through the Carriage House, which we must remember is part of the tour, they spend more time. They visit the Gallery; they are more likely to “browse” rather than pick up a quick souvenir. Susan: What do you and your staff do to go above and beyond to help meet shoppers’ demands or requests? Sharon: Customer service is extremely important. If we are out of stock for a particular item, or a particular size for a t-shirt or sweatshirt, we will take the customer’s name and contact them when the item is back in stock. If we know an item is in stock, but not available in the store, we will pull it out of inventory. On quite a few occasions, we’ve gotten phone calls from the Lighthouse for a specific item that is not there but in stock and had the person come and purchase it at the Carriage House. Susan: What qualities do your staff share? Sharon: I think the one thing my staff shares is their strong support of Cape May MAC as an organization and its mission of promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Susan: What are some of the challenges of managing our two museum shops? Sharon: There are many challenges. Choosing merchandise is vitally important. Each shop attracts a different shopper. Retail trends change over time. Staying on top of these trends is important. Working for a non-profit, I’m always aware of my budgets. Purchasing and pricing strategies are important. We are now building an online store. Staying on top of inventory, ordering on a timely basis, all the paperwork that accompanies this can be pretty overwhelming. Making sure each store is clean and attractive to the customer is important, along with training staff. Now, during COVID, attending to health precautions for both staff and customers is vitally important. Susan: How do you personally get inspired (CONTINUED ON PAGE 11)
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MEMBERSHIP NEWS Welcome New Members
Kathleen & Joe Barbieri of Medford, NJ; Maria & Rogel Basquinez of Lumberton, NJ; Angela & Mark Cohen of East Petersburg, PA; Jeannie Crowley & Nick Dembowski of Pelham, NY; Anita Dangelo of Mt. Laurel, NJ; Graham & Mickie Gelling of Warrenton, VA; Shauna McMunn & Brian Coffey of Oaklyn, NJ; Christine & John OConnor of Cape May, NJ; Emily Perschetz & Matthew Morano, Cape May Point, NJ; Caty & Jim Smith of Media, PA; Matthew & Myra Stock, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Grandparents: Deidre & Bill Graupner, Cape May, NJ; Joan Turner, North Cape May, NJ. Joint: Margaret & Tom Bryan of Mount Laurel, NJ; Jeff & Ann Corbin of Fleetwood, PA; Mason Craig & Bonnie Heath of Pottstown, PA; Mai Duong & David Manh, Bayside, NY; Kathleen & Steven Gewirtz of Brooklyn, NY; Anita Gill-Anderson & Monroe Anderson, Herndon, VA; James & Linda Gillis, Denville, NJ; Nancy & Scott Holland of Downington, PA; Mary & Larry Houck of Chester, MD; Patricia & Donald Kane of Doylestown, PA; Jennifer & John Keuler of Cape May, NJ; Deborah & Chris Kops of Cape May, NJ; Timothy & Sandra Milford of Mount Airy, MD; Kim & Alan Latini of Nutley, NJ; Patricia Litterio & Brendalee Schreiber of Brick, NJ; Ralph & Esther Milnes of Sante Fe, NM; Maureen & Thomas Moritz of Kendall Park, NJ; Susan Palmisano & Keith Zalinger of Branford, CT; Maureen & Roger Pollard of Sayreville, NJ; Lillian Rehrig & Franklin Trimmer of Oldsmar, FL; Christine Ryba & Bryan Bethke of Moorestown, NJ; Elizabeth & Philip Schneider of Elmer, NJ; Stephen Sheftz & Mike Palmreuter, North Cape May, NJ; Diane Sesti & Bill Rauschenberg of Upper Nyack, NY; Irene Stia & John Chemerynski of Hackettstown, NJ; James & Concetta Travers, Maspeth, NY; Doug & Maria Wong of Ridgewood, NJ; Fred & Olivia Zollers of Hatboro, PA; Individual: Joanie Blyskal of Wantagh, NY; Madlyn Bradford of Rochelle Park, NJ; Honorable Joan Dempsey of Alexandria, VA; Margaret Feil of Ocean View, NJ; Lisa Foley, Mendham, NJ; Eileen Mathers of Cape May Court House, NJ; Bonnie Martzen of Hazel Township, PA; Kathy Raynor of Villas, NJ; Anne Walters of Villas, NJ; Jeanne Wienkoop of Wildwood Crest, NJ; Phyllis Yeramian of Staten Island, NY. www.capemaymac.org
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A rare snowfall added to the charm of Cape May on Thursday, Feb. 11, shown here, creating a beautiful winter scene at the Physick Estate. Cape May MAC trolley tours are available in the winter months, too! Membership has its privileges: Members get free tours year-round.
Sponsor: Charles Adamson of Haddon- Condolences to: field, NJ; James & Teresa Knipper of Cape May, NJ’; Liang Wu & James Russiello of Bradley Beach, NJ.
Student: Allyson Latini of Nutley, NJ; Nicole Latini of Nutley, NJ. Congratulations to:
Jim Ridgway, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May, on being named Vice President of the J. Byrne Agency; Chris & Sylvia Zammit, on the birth of their daughter Jazlyn.
Get Well Wishes to:
Rich Chiemingo, former Cape May MAC Lighthouse Keeper and Museum Educator; Barbara Hubmaster, former Cape May MAC staffer.
The family and friends of former volunteer Tony Bevivino; the family and friends of Lorette Smith Bivins, former owner of Aunt Lorey’s Antiques; Cory & Dorey Bryan, on the death of Cory’s mother Mary; Kathleen & Bob Familetti, on the death of Kathleen’s brother; the family and friends of Howard Ferguson; Ginger Killino, on the death of her husband Frank, a former Cape May MAC Museum Educator and volunteer; Cape May MAC volunteer Ruth Leo, on the death of her husband John; Gayle Stahlhuth, on the death of her husband Lee O’Connor, a long-time Cape May MAC volunteer; the family and friends of guitarist Sonny Troy, who played at our Jazz Brunches; the family and friends of former Cape May MAC staffer Armand Turano; Byron & Jill Vile, on the death of Byron’s father Byron Sr.; Janet & Carl Yunghans, on the death of Carl’s father Roland.
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share news of the passing of one of our most popular Museum Educators, Frank Killino. Frank and his wife Ginger were a dynamic duo, visiting schools in the area, offering Tales of Olde Cape May and portraying Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. They also volunteered for our outdoor festivals. We will all miss Frank’s smiling face. -- MES
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‘T H A N K YO U’ N E W S CHARTER MEMBERS OF THE 2020 SOCIETY
($25,000 pledges over 5 years)
Dan Barbera Curtis Bashaw Lee & Jill Bellarmino Tom & Sue Carroll Chris & Dave Clemans Tom & Peg Curran Mary & Tedd McKenney NJM Insurance Group Jay & Lisa O’Donnell Bill & Audrey Schwab Patricia Valas Joan & Dane Wells
PLATINUM MEMBERS OF THE 2020 SOCIETY
Photo by Susan Krysiak
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Shown here, the Physick Estate’s historic outbuildings are being repainted this winter, a painstaking job which continues this spring. A huge thank you to those who donated this year to our annual appeal. Your donations allow Cape May MAC to continue to be excellent stewards of our historic sites.
John & Sylvia Baer Brown and Brown of New Jersey Bob Fite Richard and Susan Foxx Myles and Leslie Martel Doug and Anna Marie McMain Jim and Betty Moffatt Barbara Morris PNC Bank Sue Priester Catherine Rein Steve and Sandy Sheller Sturdy Savings Bank You can help ensure MAC’s future by becoming a GOLD MEMBER of the 2020 Society with a $4,500 pledge over 3 years
ANNUAL APPEAL DONATIONS • Under $100.00 Donors: Jeffrey Pierson. 2020 SOCIETY DONATIONS • $5,000 and up Platinum Donors: Lee & Jill Bellarmino, Tom & Sue Carroll, NJM Insurance Company (Patricia Hartpence). • $1,000-$2,499 Silver Donors: Kit & BJ Marlowe. • $500-$999 Bronze Donors: Karen Smith. • $100-$499 Friend Donors: Joan Maguire, Barbara Rittenhouse. • Under $100 Donors: Frank Cahill, Mike & Sue Smith. Page 8 • Spring 2021
LESSONS OF HISTORY FUND DONATIONS • $1,000-$1,999 Donors: Joan Dempsey.
• The Priester Foundation (Sue Priester) for an $8,000 donation.
CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL DONORS • Conductor’s Circle ($500 - $999): Myles & Leslie Martel, John & Janice Rose. • Presenter’s Circle ($250-$499): Lee & Jill Bellarmino, Sharon Falkowski & Ron Holman, Peggy & Stan Gora, Roger Henry, Karen & Alan McGuire, Don & Alethia White. • Musician’s Circle ($100-$249): Jody & Cheryl Alessandrine, Barbara Biller, Joal & James Britton, Janet & Warren Coupland, Bill & Sue Currie, David & Eunice King, Tricia Kraemer, Lori & Steven Lazan (Cape May Vacation Properties), Dee & Art Miller, Paula Murray (The Bedford Inn), Bill Paladini & Pamela Nardone. • Friends (Under $100): William Conte & Ken Whitworth, Dwayne & Sandra Ebersole, Ross & Sharon Ellison, Grace Gisolfi, Mary Beth & Alex Hager, Jeanne-Marie & Frank McCall, Mary Ann & Gus Mosso, Tom & Maria Quigg, Vivianne & Don Rogers.
• Beverly & George Avery, for a $50 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse in memory of Keith Chatten. • Joyce & Howard Barth for a donation of $50 in memory of Carol McCullough & Cheryl MacDonald. • Margaret & Anthony Battistelli, for a $50 donation to the Physick Estate. • David Bongi, for a $25 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • Susan Burgos, for a $100 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • Tom & Sue Carroll, for a $325 donation.
MAJOR DONATIONS • Brown & Brown of NJ (Stephen Rankin), for a $500 donation. • The Cape May Film Society (Doreen Talley), for a $500 donation. • Joseph & Elizabeth Garner, for a $500 donation. • Bob & Terri Lamendola, for a $500 donation.
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Volunteers of the Month FEBRUARY: Eunice Hudzik MARCH: Ayeshah Dickerson APRIL: Anna Leeper
‘T H A N K YO U’ N E W S Donations (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7) • Dawn Cassel, for a $50 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • Marybeth & Thomas Connors, for a $50 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • William & Susan DeHart, for a $300 donation. • Sue & Matt Dowling, for a $50 donation to operations. • Wayne & Gail Edwards, for a $50 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • Margaret Feil, for a $15 donation. • Alan Fisher, for directing a generous donation of $203.21 from his participation in the Union Pacific Fund for Effective Government PAC Charitable gift program. • Joyce Flynn, for a $50 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse in memory of Keith Chatton. • Joseph Freiert, for a $150 annual donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • Teri Graves, for a $100 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse in memory of her cousin, Douglas Borie. • Brooks & Lynn Inciardi, for a $100 donation. • Charlie Jamison, for a $100 donation to the Physick Estate in memory of Gigi Embs. • Elaine Jordan, for a $100 donation. • Maria Kastner, for a $100 donation to the Physick Estate. • Stephen & Laurie Kern, for a $50 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse in memory of Gertrude Kern.
FAMILY FUN DAYS AT THE CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE Wednesdays, July 7-Aug. 18: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, is a beacon for fun! Join us this summer and enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and crafts vendors at the base of the lighthouse. Free admission to the grounds. capemaymac.org. www.capemaymac.org
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Cape May MAC collected close to $800 in food and other household items along with additional monetary donations of $426 for neighbors in need on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15, in support of the Cape May Community Food Closet. Shown here, Chief Outreach Officer Eliza Lotozo and Assistant to the Director Anna Leeper man the tables. The drop-off was organized outdoors in front of the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., to promote the health and safety of staff, volunteers and donors.
• Linda & Stephen Kilmer, for a $100 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • Denise Kish, for a $25 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse in memory of Keith Chatten. • James & Teresa Knipper, for a $100 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • Carol Kunkel, for a $50 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • Anna Leeper, for a $25 donation in memory of Frank Killino. • Lester & Cheryl Lottman, for a $100 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. • Rose & Robert Maher, for a $50 donation to Operations. • Ralph & Esther Milnes, for a $50 donation. • Thomas & Ellen Palumbo, for a $50 donation. • Heather Roark, for a $25 donation to Operations. • Ellen & Mike Rodowicz, for a $50 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse in memory of Ellen’s Mom, Sandra B. Moser. • Theresa Rosiak, for a $25 donation to Operations. • Daniel Santagata, for a $100 donation to Operations. • Stephen Sheftz, for a $25 donation. • Richard Sterner & Diane DeGurian, for a $100 donation. • Diana & Edward Stevens, for a $50 donation in memory of Frank Killino. • Helen Stiskal, for a $25 donation to the Physick Estate. • Jane Valdes-Dapena, for a $100 donation to the Physick Estate in memory of Bill & Pat Cape May MAC
Carpenter. • Deborah & Steven Viola, for a $100 donation to the Physick Estate. • Ellen & Don Wallover, for a $25 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse in memory of Keith Chatten. • Dawn White, for a $25 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse in memory of Jebediah P. Lobster. • Carol Zacney, for a $100 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse in memory of Frances Roam. Ticket Buyers who added a donation when purchasing tickets: Nicole Aquino, Anita Escriba, Rebecca Bauserman, Adam Christopher, Susan Dewitt, Marc-Anthony Hourihan, Lori Koch, Al & Martha Maffeo, Deja Martini.
• Joyce Barth, for assistance with a trolley tour. • Jill Bellarmino, for assistance with Collections inventory and condition reports. • Chris DuBois, for assistance with the Cape May Community Food Closet drive on Presidents Day. • Carol Hartman, for assistance with Graveyard, Ghosts & Mansions Tour planning. • Anna Leeper, for organizing the Cape May Community Food Closet drive on Presidents Day. • Roger Henry, for polishing the brass on the trolleys.
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Music Festival (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) of Salvatore Scarpa, takes to the stage at the Rotary Bandstand on Sunday, May 30 at 7pm. This is the perfect concert for Memorial Day Weekend, with a selection of rousing American pieces, including a Sousa March or two. This concert is co-sponsored by the City of Cape May and admission is free. If at all possible, the June 3 concert will be live on the outdoor stage at the Physick Estate. It is another collaboration of the Bay Atlantic Symphony and the New York Chamber Ensemble. The repertoire will include the Handel Trio Sonata Op. 5, no. 4 and Beethoven’s Sextet in E-flat major, Op. 81b. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Rain date is Friday, June 4th. In the event the concert must be virtual, details will be available on our website. The Friends of the Cape May Music Festival are presenting A Musical Intermezzo on Wednesday, June 16 at 4pm. Held in the intimate setting of Vintage restaurant, the performance by members of the New York Chamber Ensemble will also include light refreshments. Wine from the Cape May Winery will be available for purchase, This is a benefit for the Friends to help them achieve their mission of increasing the presence of classical music in Cape May. The Bay Atlantic Symphony and New York Chamber Ensemble return to the outdoor
Outbuildings stage at the Physick Estate for their final live performance on Thursday, June 17 at 7pm. The concert will feature members of the combined ensembles for Faure’s Elegy for Cello and Strings as a memoriam for those who have been lost to COVID. Other repertoire includes Danzas de Panama and Telemann’s Suite in A Minor for flute and strings. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Rain date is Friday, June 18. The series concludes on Sunday, June 27 with a perennial festival favorite Paula Johns on the outdoor stage at the Physick Estate. Paula’s program this year is “The Real Me.” Be it R&B, Classical or Jazz, there are songs and certain artists that have inspired and touched Paula throughout her life, that have pushed her into some of the musical choices she has made. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Rain date is Monday, June 28. As happy as we are to announce our 2021 festival schedule, we have a bit of sad news to share. We recently learned of the passing of Lee O’Connor who had been a long-time volunteer for our concerts at the Presbyterian Church and Convention Hall. When we had a technical question, Lee was our go-to guy. If something needed rigging, there he was. His helping hand, wry humor and smiling face will be missed. -- MES
Vintage (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) “It was such a blessing,” he said. “The community really looked out for and supported us as a new restaurant. People loved the outdoor dining at the Physick Estate at nighttime.” The calm and beauty of the estate grounds offers a superb setting away from the hustle and bustle and honking horns of downtown Cape May. “A lot of patrons really enjoy that,” he said. “It’s a destination venue. It’s in Cape May, but it’s out of the downtown area. There’s peace and quiet, and no feeling of being rushed.” Patrons also expressed their gratitude that the restaurant is pet-friendly, he said. Vintage in 2021 will feature some new menu items, additional lighting, a new tent covering and more, and reservations will be available via OpenTable for ease this season. The Carriage House Museum Shop is a licensed retail outlet for Cape May Winery wines and they can be enjoyed with brunch or dinner. Stop in the shop when you arrive. Customers can also bring their own. The restaurant will reopen weekends beginning Friday, April 23 with new hours
for brunch at 10am-3pm and dinner at 5pm9pm. The restaurant will move to seven days a week later in the season. CHECK BACK HERE for details. Call 609–224–6064 for reservations and takeout orders or visit OpenTable.com. To view the menu, CLICK HERE. Vintage is dog-friendly, has plenty of outside seating and take-out is available. Parking on site is free and ample off-street parking is also available. -- SK
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(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) Frances Ralston, and his maiden aunt, Emilie Parmentier. While being born into wealth and earning a medical degree, Emlen never actually practiced, instead relocating to Cape May from Philadelphia and having this piece of what was then his 21-acre property developed. In addition to the Physick House Museum, most people have also visited the Carriage House, the site of the estate’s Museum Shop and the Carroll Gallery, and may also know of Hill House, a popular place to buy tour and event tickets, or a Cape May MAC membership. All but one of the other outbuildings have been on the estate for almost as long as the main house. The Children’s Playhouse is a newer structure, placed on the property by a member of the Cape May County Art League (then Cape May MAC’s tenant of the Carriage House), shortly after the organization was formed as the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts in 1970. While not dating back to the days of the Physicks, this, the smallest of all the outbuildings, is now even more than half a century old. The Carriage House is actually the oldest Physick building, dating back to 1876. The mansard-style structure thus predates the main house by three years. Emlen is purported to have lived in it while the house itself was being constructed. It was enlarged in 1890, 1900 and 1915 to how it now appears. And it was where the doctor later parked his 1915 Ford truck and fivepassenger Packard automobile. The Hill House (circa 1889) was said to be Emlen’s “man cave,” long before those became popular, proving the good doctor was ahead of his time. It is where he painted, did woodworking and even stored his rowboat in the rafters. The Feed Barn (1889) is currently where the refrigeration units for the on(CONTINUED ON PAGE 11)
LESSONS OF HISTORY:
BREAKFAST LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING AT VINTAGE RICHARD STRINER PRESENTS: “THE AUDACITY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN”
Wednesday, July 28: 9 a.m.: Richard Striner will present a 45-minute talk “The Audacity of Abraham Lincoln” at Vintage, Emlen Physick Estate. The event is sponsored by the Cape May MAC Lessons of History Team. A spell-binding public speaker, Striner taught history for more than 30 years at Washington College, Chestertown, Md. He is author of more than a dozen books, an acclaimed Lincoln scholar, and his books and articles have covered political history, presidential history, literature, economics, film, architecture, and historic preservation. His most recent book is “Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), which will be available for purchase at the Carriage House Museum Shop. Event is limited. Light breakfast is included, with book signing to follow. For ticket information call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Cape May MAC
Outbuildings (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10) site restaurant, Vintage, a Kara Restaurant Group establishment, are located. It was used as its name suggests— to store feed and other supplies for the horses stabled in the Carriage House next door. The Cow Shed (1889), now serves as public restrooms for visitors to the estate, as well as some employees, especially those who work at the Hill House, or the Wagon House, now known as the Maintenance Barn. The Physick family kept a few cows on their property until well beyond Emlen’s death in 1916. Many calves are said to have been born in the Cow Shed. Which brings us to the aforementioned Wagon House (1890). Its present use is certainly similar to that in Dr. Physick’s day. Back then, it bordered a large area of marshland that stretched southward all the way to the beach. A portion was used by the Physicks to grow salt hay, excellent feed and bedding material for their livestock. The building also housed the large, flatbed hay wagon used to harvest the crop. The building is still home to many of the doctor’s original tools. The Hay Barn and Stable (1900) currently is a woodworking shop for maintenance staff and volunteers, as well as a storage unit for
Cape May MAC’s publications. A portion has a second story, which was used to store hay, while the one-story section served as a small stable. Interestingly, the stable’s door was cut two feet off the ground, enabling resident fowl (some guinea fowl and peacocks were kept on the estate) to meander in and out. Ironically, in the past few years, a small flock of turkeys has paraded around the estate, giving it a feeling of what it must have been like over a century ago here. The Dovecote (1889) is where gardening supplies are stored by staff and the plethora of volunteers that help maintain the (now) four-acre Physick Estate. Dovecotes had been practical places to house doves or pigeons, which provided eggs and meat for food. By the time the estate was built, however, they had become more ornamental. Dr. Physick, a wealthy gentleman farmer, appreciated the history and romanticism such structures would connote, and decided to include one on his property. The Privy (1879) is also now used for onsite storage. More commonly known as an outhouse, it was discretely placed a distance from the main house. That said, the Physick House was built with indoor plumbing. Why an outhouse then? Sadly, for the service staff.
Funding for the restoration of these historic structures has been generously provided by grants from the Cape May County Open Space & Farmland Preservation Historic Sites Program and the New Jersey Historic Trust. Cape May MAC is currently working with its historic architectural firm, HMR Architects of Princeton, NJ, on a historic site review/ plan, and will be applying for a New Jersey Historic Trust planning grant this year to help fund it. “Our goal is to better interpret these structures that have their own unique history, investigating ways to make them available to the public even more so,” said Jody Alessandrine, Cape May MAC’s Director/ CEO. Visitors to the Emlen Physick Estate can already experience these unique historic structures almost anytime, though. There are Story Stops on the grounds where visitors can listen to first-hand accounts of life on the estate during Victorian days in Cape May. And the Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt is fun for the whole family. A map helps visitors explore the grounds to find the answers to questions about the estate. For more information, CLICK HERE. -- JJA
about Cape May. And, of course, for both shops, postcards and magnets are always in demand. Susan: What are some of the new items you’ve brought into the shops that you are especially excited about? Sharon: A few years ago, we introduced the “Aunt Emilie’s” jams and jellies. Recently we’ve introduced a line of tea towels and totes featuring our three iconic properties, the Physick House, the Lighthouse and the World War II Lookout Tower. These branded items are very exciting, and we hope to add more. Susan: How do you manage to appeal to the wide range of people who visit, i.e., women, men, children, or, say, history buffs? Sharon: I think there are things in each of our shops that appeal to all these people. In addition to our books on Cape May and Lighthouse history for adults, we carry books for young readers. The subject can be local interest like Carol King Hood’s ”Saving Higbee” or Mary Ann Castagnetta’s “Haunted Vacation,” or it can be about historical figures in general, like Harriet Tubman.
Susan: Can visitors purchase mementos at the World War II Lookout Tower? Sharon: Yes – the Tower appeals to those who want to learn more about Cape May’s role in World War II. Visitors can bring home mementos such as World War II Tower T-shirts, caps with the Tower embroidered on them, books about Cape May during the war, magnets, postcards and military seals and decals. Susan: Tell me about our new online store. Sharon: We are very excited to have launched our online store in 2020 at Cape May MAC. Originally, it was a way to generate revenue during our three-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The response was so positive that we have made it an integral component for our retail division. Items for sale include T-shirts, books and ornaments, and Cape May MAC merchandise. CLICK HERE to visit our online shop. Susan: What is the most popular memento of Cape May that visitors purchase from our shops, if there is one? Sharon: Probably postcards featuring the Physick Estate or the Lighthouse. -- SK
Museum Shops (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6) when thinking about how to manage our two museum shops? Sharon: I read lots of trade publications to see what merchandise categories are trending. I go online and look at other museum shops. I consider what tours, events and activities MAC is scheduling and see how I can tie in merchandise. I consider seasonality. Susan: What makes each museum shop unique? Sharon: First, each “feels” different. You realize when you are at the lighthouse that you are in the old oil house. And in the Carriage House, you’re in the first building on the Estate. I think their different histories set them apart. And the retail staff at both locations are trained and happy to share those histories with the customers. Susan: What are some of the items in our shops that are perennial favorites? Sharon: At the Lighthouse it is the “I Climbed” T-shirts and buttons. We even have an “I Was Carried” tee for infants. At the Carriage House it has to be our selection of Harney’s Teas, our scone mixes and our branded “Aunt Emilie’s” jams & jellies. Plus, any history book or picture book www.capemaymac.org
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Donor Profile (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5) been in Cape May at some point, that, ‘Yes great abolitionists. It was threatened by Black history and Cape May Civil War era for that period of time Cape May was my a proposed redevelopment plan that history, telling the story of institutional headquarters.’” would have taken the distressed building slavery’s effect on the Black community This then became a fascinating part to the ground. The parsonage stands and society-at-large. But as 2020 ended, of that Civil War Tour, Mullock said, in squarely within the section of Cape May on the pandemic’s capacity limitations and addition to other little-known facts such as Lafayette Street steeped in Black history, the site’s challenging location were slaves crossing the Delaware Bay guided including the Franklin Street School, the coming to a head for Cape May MAC, as by the Cape May Lighthouse to escape Stephen Smith House, and the historic the property’s expenses were not being Delaware, a slave state, which many people Black churches, Macedonia Baptist Church offset with tour revenue. Cape May MAC from Delaware and leadership explored Philadelphia didn’t several options. realize. The research The best option formed the basis for was realized when the Underground Carroll reached Railroad Trolley Tour out to Mullock and of today. Mullock reached “It was because out to Carroll, MAC was wanting and in only three this history out there months a transfer and sponsored the of the property was Civil War Tour that it made in January suddenly opened 2021, from Cape up a whole thinking May MAC to the process about Cape Harriet Tubman May’s involvement Museum. In taking in the Civil War and this monumental slave issues,” said step, Mullock has Mullock. “So, if MAC helped Cape May hadn’t sponsored MAC fulfill and that, it probably continue its 50would not have been year mission, while done. It just shows securing a precious Photo by Susan Krysiak you the importance piece of Cape May of MAC. It just happens in ways Dave and Chris Clemans in front of the Owen Coachman House in 2019 County Black history for future you don’t even think about. … generations. The reach of the organization is that it not and Allen AME Church. “MAC had the necessity to fund it (the Mullock credits many in Cape May with property) through tours,” he explained. only is tourist-related and business-related in tourist attraction, but also obviously their commitment to rescue the building “But on our end, we can keep it on a lowin preservation of historic properties … and create this museum, including Lynda key basis — taking our major donors to encouraging people to preserve these Anderson-Towns, museum president show them as a special event.” “This is something that is so much in buildings … Beyond that, also re-finding and trustee of Macedonia Baptist Church, history of the town, which gives us a firm who took the brave step to leasing the our bones as a museum and an entity,” he parsonage to the Mullocks to start the said. “Sometimes, just at the right moment basis for things to happen.” museum, and Barbara Dreyfuss, historian and with some money, these things can One thing leading to another. Now, the family’s newest commitment of the museum and the Underground happen.” Mullock values the evolution of this is to saving, preserving and celebrating Railroad Trolley Tour, as well as Cape May the astounding, unearthed history of MAC President Tom Carroll and his wife preservation success story and attributes Harriet Tubman and her role in Cape May, Sue, and Dave and Chris Clemans, and it to the goodness of individuals along the through the establishment in 2020 of the others connected to Cape May MAC, way. “I think the thing to recognize is that all Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey, like Warren and Janet Coupland. The at 632 Lafayette St. The museum has been couples worked on very successful fund- those involved in the process are really, recognized by Smithsonian Magazine raisers for the Harriet Tubman Museum really good people,” he said. “One of the as one of the top 10 most anticipated and supported its preservation when it things about these stories is that individuals museum openings in 2020, alongside was threatened, a story worthy of its own pass on; we all have term limits. But the great museums in the United States and the telling. Its dedication in 2020 and its future goodness of people is forever. And if you mark a new chapter in historic preservation work to find the goodness in people, it world. CLICK HERE for article. The museum is housed in the historic of Black history in Cape May. is there all the time — 100 percent. When parsonage building of the Macedonia *** you hit that vein of goodness, that is there Baptist Church which dates to the late The Whalers Cottages at Batts Lane forever.” 1700s and was once owned by Quakers, are a crucial and little-known part of that -- SK Page 12 • Spring 2021
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A message from the Director:
The outlook is positive Spring has sprung, and with the latest forecast of 300 million Americans being fully vaccinated by summer, there’s much to be excited about. Healthy Americans, more willing and able to visit their favorite places, are great for tourism meccas like Cape May, America’s First Seashore Resort and the nation’s only National Landmark City. That said, Cape May MAC has been operating -- even on a limited basis -- without any break this winter, providing Physick House Museum Tours, trolley tours and the Cape May Lighthouse on weekends. March 26 marked the resumption of our regular sevenday schedule for those activities, and we also re-opened the World War II Lookout Tower for the season. The 32nd Annual Cape May Music Festival promises to be a return to some degree of normalcy. Last year, the pandemic forced us to have just two live, outdoor concerts. But we realized the value of Jody Alessandrine, Director/CEO virtual concerts, thanks to our friends at the Bay Atlantic Symphony (BAS) and the New York Chamber Ensemble (NYCE). This spring, we open the festival with those same musicians performing a virtual concert, followed by a live Zoom Q&A with the conductors and featured artists on May 13. That’s followed by the traditional, live Atlantic Brass Band performance at Rotary Park on May 30, live BAS/NYCE concerts on June 3 and 17 on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, and Paula Johns performing at the Estate on June 27. The Friends of the Cape May Music Festival special concert is slated for June 16. The event season actually kicks off on April 24 and May 8 with Crafts & Collectibles shows on the Emlen Physick Estate grounds. The Gardens of Cape May tour will be held on June 12, featuring the gardens of several area homes. We anticipate the return of the Sunset Jazz Concert Series at the Estate later this spring or early this summer, as well as other musical concerts and theatre performances throughout the season. Stay tuned for more details. Cape May is surely gearing-up for a promising 2021. We’re blessed to be able to provide our visitors with so many things to do as the world slowly returns to its axis. This pandemic has taught us how fortunate we are and reminded us how precious every moment and everyone we care about is to us. And there’s no better place to celebrate that than in our beloved Cape May. Hope to see you soon!
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