VOLUME LII, ISSUE 3
Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival comes to the Emlen Physick Estate You won’t want to miss this remarkable event now in its 10th year! It’s time once again to enjoy steamed crabs, local and regional craft beers and food vendors, wine, spirits and allday music and family entertainment during one of Cape May’s largest summertime events — the Craft Beer & Crab Festival, Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. The festival is presented by Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) and
sponsored by PNC Bank, as well as Madison Resorts (Montreal Beach Resort) and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Come to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and stretch out on your lawn chair or relax under the tent during this all-day festival that celebrates the best of summer in Cape May and was named one of the 5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY. Admission to the grounds is free and (CONTINUED ON PAGE 12)
New tour combines trolley tour with visit to Tubman Museum This summer visitors to Cape May have been immersing themselves in the stories of the dangerous days of the anti-slavery movement in the mid-1800s in Cape May. It’s the new, 2.5-hour Combination Underground Railroad Trolley Tour & Harriet Tubman Museum Tour offered Tuesdays at 9:30am. Cape May was part of the Underground Railroad, and this combination tour tells the story of those perilous days. It brings together stories of the Underground Railroad in Cape May and information about its hero, Harriet Tubman, with details of her connection to Cape May. The tour combines (CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)
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Shown here, Cynthia Mullock guides combo tour-goers through the exhibits in the celebrated Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey. This new combo trolley and museum tour is offered Tuesday mornings.
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Lighthouse Full Moon Climbs are offered monthly through November.
The Year of the Keeper: Lighthouse activities fill this summer and beyond An emblem of homecoming, of maritime history, and of this historic seaside town, the Cape May Lighthouse is a must-visit locale—and at the height of summer, is host to a variety of unforgettable experiences. From a nighttime lookout of the Delaware Bay under the stars to an up-close viewing of the full moon to a grand historical cruise, this summer (CONTINUED ON PAGE 13)
In This Issue Coming Attractions.................... Page 3-5 From the President........................Page 6 Membership News .......................Page 7 Recent Happenings...................... Page 2 Thank You Department..........Pages 8-9
RECENT HAPPENINGS Spring Wrap-Up Like Nature, Cape May MAC abhors a vacuum! April, May and June were a whirlwind of activity at our historic sites and throughout Cape May. Here are a few highlights: On April 26, we were happy to bring back our Volunteer Recognition Reception after a two-year pandemic hiatus. We were excited to be the first event hosted at The Lookout, the new restaurant at Ferry Park. Sara Kornacki, Volunteer & Membership Engagement Manager, had the event organized to a tee and more than 100 volunteers joined us to honor an invaluable part of our organization. Our 33rd annual Cape May Music Festival began May 1 with a Jazz Brunch at Vintage and ran through June 30 when the full Bay Atlantic Symphony took the stage in Cape May Convention Hall. During this 8-week span, we welcomed the return of Bach’s Lunches at Vintage, once again hosted the New Jersey Symphony Chamber Players and presented two openair concerts at the Physick Estate. The New York Chamber Ensemble returned as ensemble-in-residence with three concerts at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. Barry Miles and friends created a moving tribute to the late George Mesterhazy entitled “We Gather Together,” which opened with Barry’s beautiful arrangement of the old Dutch hymn of the same name. It was good to enjoy a semblance of normalcy after two hybrid seasons. Cape May’s beautiful gardens took cen-
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Cape May MAC benefitted from the generosity of FiNS Bar & Grille, 42 Decatur St., Cape May, N.J., on Sunday, May 8 as the recipient of a percentage of the proceeds from patrons from 10:30am-2:30pm. Shown here, FiNS Owner Jeff Gernitis presents a check to Cape May MAC, from left, Cape May MAC volunteer Cheryl Gulish, Chief Outreach Officer Eliza Lotozo, Director and CEO Jody Alessandrine, Gernitis, and IT Manager Cathy Baldacchini.
ter stage on May 21 and June 25, during the Gardens of Cape May Tour. While the May tour featured five lush gardens, the June tour was a virtual mini-marathon with 12 stops. The Garrett Family Preserve at Cape Island Creek participated both times, allowing us to share their four miles of walking trails with their ever-changing landscapes with our guests. Our thanks go to the homeowners who spent so much time creating these wonderful gardens and the volun-
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, Sara Kornacki, Susan Krysiak, Anna Marie Leeper, Evelyn Maguire 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 • Summer 2022
Cape May MAC’s public history programs are funded in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State.
teers who freely gave of their time so our visitors could enjoy them. The same day as the May garden tour, we offered free admission at the World War II Lookout Tower as a way of celebrating Armed Forces Day. On Sunday, May 22, we hosted Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz (USCG, Ret.) at Vintage to discuss her book, “Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters,” a talk based on her remarkable 40-year career in the United States Coast Guard. The Cape May Lighthouse has been open daily and entertaining visitors for several months now. We opened in the evening for Full Moon Climbs in April, May and June and also reconfigured Stairway to the Stars for New Moon climbs. During the New Moon, the Moon is wedged between Earth and the Sun and barely visible and its light doesn’t compete with other celestial objects. This makes for the perfect time for a bit of stargazing and the Lighthouse is the perfect place. The Brick Paver Project is coming along but there is still plenty of availability. It’s a timeless way to honor someone special to you. You can find the information by CLICKING HERE. Janice Corkery, Director of Special Events and Visitor Services, juggled an ar-
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Lunch & Learns
Take time to infuse yourself with knowledge during these free talks presented by Cape May MAC educators and offered both live and online. For assistance or more information, call 609-884-5404. In person at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Ave., and also available on Zoom. For more information CLICK HERE.
• The History of Gardens, Part 2
Wednesday, July 20, 12pm: Elan Zingman-Leith continues his talk about garden history with a look at the 19th and 20th centuries, including Victorian, Edwardian, and Modern gardens. (Masks required at request of presenter)
• What Does a Symphony Conductor Do Besides Wave a Baton?
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 12pm: Jed Gaylin of Bay Atlantic Symphony gives us insight into the parts of his job we don’t see him do on stage.
• Vintage Tweets: Suffrage Era Postcards
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 12pm: Using an assortment of vintage postcards, women’s memorabilia collector Carol Crossed tells the story of 19th and early 20th-century women’s fight for the right to vote.
• Centuries of Cello
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 12pm: Cellist Brenda Leonard takes us through the history of the cello with live performance of works from each of the six centuries the instrument has been in existence.
• Two Women, Two Worlds
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 12pm: There was a big divide between upstairs and downstairs life in the Victorian Era. Mary Stewart explains the roles women of different classes played in society, what opportunities were available and what was forbidden.
Clueless at the Physick Estate: The Exoneration
Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 5-Aug. 30: 7pm, 8:30pm and Thursdays & Saturdays, Sept. 1-29: 6:30pm, 7:45pm
“Clueless at the Physick Estate” returns this summer with an exciting new mystery based on the popular board game. Written by Jacklyn Fazio, “The Exoneration” features a twist on the challenge of identifying the murderer. Step inside Cape May’s new Home for the Criminally Insane, where three local murderers are serving out their life sentences. Rumor has it one of these convicts was unfairly framed and is innocent. Join us for this special 10th Anniversary Clueless at the Physick Estate program, where, instead of determining who is guilty, you decide who will be exonerated. Visitors will step inside Cape May’s Victorian House Museum, the 1879 Physick House Museum, and encounter the characters as this mystery unfolds. Adults $25, children (ages 3-12) $20. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 4) www.capemaymac.org
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Brunch is offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-3pm; Dinner is offered Tuesdays through Sundays, 5pm–9pm (last seating): Vintage B.Y.O.B. offers brunch and dinner and features some new and exciting menu items in 2022. Outdoor dining under the tent is a hallmark of Vintage, on the patio of the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate. The Carriage House Museum Shop is a licensed retail outlet for Cape May Winery wines, available with brunch or dinner. Stop in the shop when you arrive or bring your own. Vintage is dog-friendly, has plenty of outdoor seating and take-out is available. Parking is free. For reservations, CLICK HERE or call (609) 224-6064. For takeout, call (609) 224-6064. For more information and menu, CLICK HERE.
UPCOMING CRAFTS & COLLECTIBLES SHOWS IN 2022
Family Fun Crafts Show at the Lighthouse: Wednesdays through Aug. 24 at the Cape May Lighthouse 9-2. Craft Beer and Crab Festival: Saturday, July 23 at the Emlen Physick Estate 10-5. National Lighthouse Day: Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Cape May Lighthouse 9-2. Harvest Brew Festival: Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Emlen Physick 10-5. Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles: Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Emlen Physick Estate 10-4. Crafts & Collectibles by the Sea: Saturday, Oct. 22 at Cape May Convention Hall 10-4.
Halloween Crafts & Collectibles: Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Emlen Physick Estate 10-3. Fall Crafts & Collectibles: Saturday, Nov. 5 at Cape May Convention Hall 10-4. Holiday Crafts & Collectibles: Friday & Saturday, Nov. 25 & 26 at Cape May Convention Hall 10-4. FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE
ROOTS OF CAPE ISLAND TROLLEY TOUR
Wednesdays, through Sept. 18: 3:30pm; Saturdays, through Aug. 27: 10am: The roots of Cape Island and the surrounding area’s economy are in whaling and farming and while new industries have evolved since then, that heritage is still celebrated today. Hear how whalers centuries ago eked out a dangerous but lucrative living near Town Bank and how the area’s rich Summer 2022 • Page 3
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Walking Tours Architectural Walking Tour
Sundays through Sept. 25: 9:30am: See America’s only National Historic Landmark City up close on this one-hour walking tour that explores Cape May’s renowned historic district by foot. Put on your sturdy shoes and stroll along the sidewalks of streets such as Hughes Street, Howard Street and Columbia Avenue, with a knowledgeable guide to show and tell what makes Victorian Cape May so interesting. See where Victorian gamblers won or lost their shirts, where the Great Fire of 1878 burned, and learn why front porches were so important to Victorian social life. Adults $15; children (ages 3-12) $12. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE.
Painted Ladies, Porches & More Walking Tour
Tuesdays & Thursdays through Sept. 29: 9:30am: Take a walk from the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., 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. Discover the interesting features of various Victorian styles and learn why front porches were so important to Victorian social customs. Comfortable shoes recommended. Adults $15; children (ages 3-12) $12. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE.
Fisherman’s Wharf Walking Tour
Mondays & Fridays through Aug. 26: 10:30am: Take a guided tour of the Fisherman’s Wharf at the Lobster House. Learn how your seafood gets from the sea to your table and discover how Cape May has become the second largest commercial fishing port on the East Coast. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Adults $15; children (ages 3-12) $12. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE.
Whose Crime Is It, Anyway? Presented by Without A Cue Productions July 20 & 27; Aug. 3, 8, 15, 22 & 29: 7pm
Murder is afoot at the outdoor stage of the Physick Estatet! In this interactive murder mystery, the audience gets to vote online and determine all of the elements of the crime, leaving the actors to improvise around those choices! Every scene produces additional choices for the audience. Who will the detective question next, the victim’s wife, or his therapist? Was the motive jealousy, or a soured business deal? The audience builds the case while the actors work to solve it. With 10,000 different possibilities, each show is unique! This hilarious, fast-paced performance turns improvisational theater on its ear by putting the audience completely in control, while asking the question: Whose Crime Is It, Anyway? Adults $39; children (ages 3-12) $30. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE.
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farming heritage continues to be a source of tremendous community pride. Learn about the Union Bethel community in 1831 in which Black residents thrived and the diverse community that continues to contribute to the vibrancy of island life today. Adult admission is $25, children (ages 3-12) $15. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE.
MANSIONS BY THE SEA TROLLEY TOUR
Mondays through Saturdays through Sept. 3; daily Sept. 4-Oct. 31, Nov. 5, 12: various times: You’ll hear how the rich lived in the early 1900s in the most elegant part of town on this trolley tour that includes the eastern beachfront. This narrated tour travels along Beach Drive through the early 20th century East Cape May Development areas. Guides discuss history and architecture. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Adult admission $20, children (ages 3-12) $15. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE.
CHILDREN’S TROLLEY RIDE
Tuesdays & Thursdays, through Aug. 30: 3pm; Mondays & Wednesdays, through Aug. 31: 4:30pm: Board Cape May MAC’s red trolley for a half-hour guided trolley tour of Cape May’s Historic District created especially for children. Designed for kids aged 3-7 accompanied by a parent or guardian, it’s funny, informative and smart-alecky. Adult admission $15, children (ages 3-12) $10. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE.
PHYSICK ESTATE CHILDREN’S TOUR
Mondays, through Aug. 29: 11:30am: Youngsters will see what life was like more than 100 years ago on this half-hour guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum, geared especially for 5-10 year-olds. Adult admission $15, children (ages 3-12) $10. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE.
FAMILY FUN OUTDOOR CRAFTS SHOWS AT THE LIGHTHOUSE
Wednesdays, through Aug. 24: 9am2pm: Enjoy a crafts show with familythemed entertainment at the Cape May Lighthouse, 215 Lighthouse Ave. Free admission to the grounds. MORE ON THE LIGHTHOUSE, CLICK HERE.
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BRUNCH & BINGO AT BELLA VIDA
Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19: 9am: Bella Vida Restaurant in West Cape May is ready to host you for 10 rounds of bingo over a delicious breakfast during Brunch & Bingo at Bella Vida, a new location for this classic Cape May MAC event. Laugh along with your friends as you play a little bingo, compete for prizes and enjoy a fashion show by Lace Silhouettes/ Cotton Company. It’s all over a scrumptious breakfast at Bella Vida Restaurant, 406 Broadway, West Cape May. $25 for adults. Advance purchase required. Capacity is limited. FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE.
PLUS MORE TOURS!
Photo by Susan Krysiak Plan now for the Harvest Brew Fest, an annual event that raises funds for Cape May MAC and celebrates life and community in Cape May! Come to the Physick Estate, at 1048 Washington St., on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10am-5pm and connect with family and friends. Enjoy craft beers, food vendors and family entertainment, along with crafters and great live music. Admission is free.
Is War with China Inevitable? 10th Annual Lessons of History lecture features Dr. Steven David on this timely topic
Dr. Steven David, Ph.D., professor at Johns Hopkins, an authority on international relations and three-time winner of the university’s “Outstanding Teacher Award,” presents “Is War with China Inevitable?” in Cape May in this year’s annual Distinguished Lecture Series. David will speak on the critical issue of whether the rise of China makes a Sino-American war inevitable. Many scholars have argued that war is virtually certain when a rising power confronts the existing world leader. David’s lecture will examine both sides of this debate and offer his own views as to who is right. He looks forward to a spirited discussion with the audience on what might be the most important issue confronting America and the world in the 21st century. For ticket information CLICK HERE.
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FROM THE PRESIDENT: As we welcome the 2022 summer season and all the activities and events Cape May MAC has planned, I wanted to take just a moment to express the gratitude of the Board of Trustees to all those who played a role in allowing Cape May MAC to not only endure, but to come out stronger because of, the COVID-19 pandemic. To the hundreds of volunteers who continued to generously give over 6,000 hours of service during that time, we thank you. To the dedicated staff who both sacrificed and showed incredible creativity to continue to offer programming to the public when most could not, we thank you. To the over 240,000 customers who supported Cape May MAC by visiting our historic sites, taking tours and enjoying the array of other programs, we thank you. To the leaders in local, state, and federal government who provided the lifeline which so many – including Cape May MAC – needed to endure, we thank you. And finally, to our committed members and generous donors whose overwhelming
support we will be forever grateful for, we thank you! Looking ahead to the second half of the year, Cape May MAC not only has a full slate of programming on tap, but has set ambitious goals in our mission of
Brian Groetsch preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment. One of these is a partnership with the Cape May County Department of Tourism and Southern Shore Region Destination Marketing Organization in the development of an Economic Impact Study, which will, in part, concentrate on Cape May MAC’s activities throughout the year. It is our hope that the information derived from this study will help us to learn and improve as an organization, so we can better serve our membership and strengthen relationships with our partners. Another item of great anticipation is an application currently underway with the Federal Government to support capital projects at the Emlen Physick Estate. With the support of both Senators Booker and Menendez, we have set a lofty goal in seeking a grant that would provide transformational support in our stewardship of these historic sites. We hope to learn more about our application this fall. We wish everyone a safe and happy summer season and look forward to seeing you soon!
Underground Railroad (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) the Cape May MAC/CCA Underground Railroad Trolley Tour that launched in 2017, with a visit to the new Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey, dedicated in 2021. The tour is co-sponsored by Cape May MAC, the Center for Community Arts and the Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey. The tour begins at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth and travels through parts of Cape May and West Cape May. Stops along the route allow tour-goers to disembark to explore historic sites, including a view of the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, a symbol of freedom and an actual beacon to safety for six enslaved persons escaping by boat from Delaware, and a stop to explore the Mount Zion Cemetery, where the great granddaughter of Tubman’s niece, Florence Cooper, is buried. Tour-goers will visit the renowned Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey. The museum officially opened in 2021 to national accolades. Visitors will hear how the legendary anti-slavery fighter walked these streets, as did prominent and wealthy businessperson and former slave, Stephen Smith, whose railroad cars carried hundreds to freedom. The museum features artifacts and exhibits that illuminate Tubman’s work. On a recent Tuesday, Kathy Passarelli of North Cape May took the tour. Page 6 • Summer 2022
“When I saw that you were offering this, the trolley and the museum, I thought it would be very informative to learn about the history. … I thought it was so interesting. I would recommend this tour to other people. If you didn’t know anything about Harriet Tubman, you would learn so much about her,” Passarelli said. Helena Lund took the tour and is a Swedish national who has been coming to New Jersey for 30 years. “I thought it was very interesting,” she
said. “I knew about slavery. I wasn’t too clear that it was different in New Jersey than in other states.” Suzanne McMonigle, of Philadelphia and Cape May, also has been coming to Cape May for 30 years. She said the tour was interesting and a valuable opportunity, “to learn more about the community beyond the beaches and the things that are obvious.” For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. -- SK
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The National Park Service has recognized the Underground Railroad Trolley Tour in its Network to Freedom program and included it in its new Travel with Tubman app. The trolley tour now can be taken alone or combined with a visit to the Harriet Tubman Museum. Shown here, one of the stops along the trolley route is the Mount Zion Cemetery. Cape May MAC
MEMBERSHIP NEWS Welcome New Members Sponsor:
Lisa & John Boecker of Cape May, NJ; Ken Kirby of Havertown, PA.
Family/Grandparent: Donna Grigg & Amanda Hero of Saylorsburg, PA; Melanie & Arthur Mathews of Summit, NJ; Gwynne Oosterbaan & John-Michael Maas of Maplewood, NJ; Jeannine & David Salisbury of Branchburg, NJ; Tracy Sikorski & William Romer of Toms River, NJ; Laurie Wheeler & Mary Haag of Exton, PA . Joint:
Marissa Calderin & Mark Lantieri of West Chester, PA; Mary Coan & Gregory Paulsen of Frederick, MD; Alice & Richard Dalla Palu of Cape May, NJ; Gail & James Dignam of Mt Laurel, NJ; Ashley Franklin & Thomas Reig of Bayville, NJ; Donna Garry & Don Depczynski of Linden, NJ; Jennifer Hassel & Kelly Tillery of Cape May Point, NJ; Theresa Kirkpatrick of Cape May, NJ; Desiree Lyston & Savanna Smith of Rio Grande, NJ; Heather & Barry Markson of Jackson, NJ; Wendy & John O’Toole of Blue Bell, PA; Anna & Mike Rhine of Wayne, PA; Linda & Louis Riccio of Cape May, NJ; Karen
& George White of Bethlehem, PA; Carol & Glenn Miller of York, PA; Jayne Roscht & Marek Garncarz of East Rutherford, NJ; Bonnie Smith of Del Haven, NJ; Deborah & Martin Van Walsum of Cape May, NJ; Marilyn White & William Parry of Blackwood, NJ; Mary Vanderhoof of Cape May Point, NJ.
Mercedes Adames of Pomona, NJ; Dianne Hanley of Cape May, NJ; Andy Prosky of Astoria, NY; Philippa Campbell of Philadelphia, PA; Sharon Kewish of Vineland, NJ; Deborah Mason of Villas, NJ.
Staff: Susan Krysiak of Del Haven, NJ.
Jill & Kevin Bremer, on the birth of their grandchild; Emily Dempsey, long-time member of CCA’s History Committee, on receiving the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award; Mark Hynds & Drew Tuano, on their marriage.
Warren Brodt, on the death of his wife Elizabeth; Carla Colson, Cape May MAC Office Assistant, on the death of her brother; Susan Gibson, Cape May MAC Group Tour Manager, and her husband Wayne, on the death of Wayne’s father, Albert Gibson; Hugh McStravick, Senior Vice President at PNC and great friend of Cape May MAC, on the death of his mother, Rose; the family and friends of Joe Picard, recently retired Director of Public Works for the City of Cape May; Linda Riccio and family, on the death of her husband, Lou; John Seubert, World War II Tower volunteer, on the death of his wife, Sophia; Joe Steady, on the death of his wife, Mary; Mark Wheaton, on the death of his wife, Mimi; Grace Williams, on the death of her husband Harvey.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Interpreter Kathleen Familetti; Barbara Hubmaster, former Volunteer Coordinator; member and volunteer Gus Mosso; World War II Tower Observer Bruce Tell.
Cape May, with its pristine beaches, cultural variety, beautiful natural features, historical attractions and status as National Historic Landmark City, is one of the most popular resort destinations in the country and the accolades keep rolling in! Cape May has been named by Jersey’s Best as the 2022 N.J. Destination of the Year, chosen by Peter Genovese of NJ.com as among the 25 Greatest Jersey Shore Towns in 2022, has been celebrated as one of America’s 11 Coolest Small Towns for a Summer Vacation, and recently, the Smithsonian magazine chose Cape May as one of the 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2022, for its boundless historic attractions. No wonder we love it so much! www.capemaymac.org
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‘T H A N K YO U’ N E W S DONATIONS
LESSONS OF HISTORY FUND DONORS $2,000 and up Donors: Robert Dixson. $1,000-$1,999 Donors: David & Eunice King. $100-$249 Donors: Malcolm & Dorothy Knapp, Marvin & Lee Zektzer.
& Bill Winter. Musician’s Circle (Under $100): Christine Bevilacqua, Lynnie Braun, Frances Galbraith, G. David Hammond, Vicki Heebner, Anita Impellizeri O’Brien, Martin Levitas & Roberta Rote, Jackie Mclean, Peter Muracco, Joanne Myers, Gina O’toole, Louis & Linda Riccio, Charles Shields, Cody Smith, Gayle Stahlhuth, Patricia Swain, Jeanne Testa, Ed & Cindy Zeuner.
CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL DONORS
Solo Sponsor ($4,000 and up): Brown & Brown of NJ. Trio Sponsor ($1,000-$1,999): Cape Publishing (Bernie Haas). Quartet Sponsor ($500-$999: Joyce Lieberman. Conductor’s Circle ($100 - $499): Elinor Brasher, Ned Corini, Susan Greene, Jacobs Music. Musician’s Circle (Under $100): Sandi Adams, Frank Demartino, Anthony & Marilyn Petrocci.
• Richard & Donna Bell, for a $1,000 donation to the Cape May MAC Preservation Fund. • Warren & Janet Coupland, for a $5,000 donation. • Russell & Lora Jo Dickhart, for a $1,000 donation to operations. • Jacob & Amanda Pashelinsky, for a $2,500 donation. • Barbara Zicari, for a $1,000 donation to operations. DONATIONS
CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL DONORS/ GEORGE’S ANGELS
• Joanna Adu, for a $10 donation. • Chalfonte Partners, Inc., for an in-kind donation of discounted accommodations for Cape May Music Festival Musicians. • Ralph & Ginny Cooper, for a $40 donation to the Friends of the Cape May Music Festival. • Susan Greene, for a $50 donation.
(Donations received between April 11 and June 24, 2022)
Conductor’s Circle ($100-$499): Lynne Cutler, Stephanie Lineburgh, Robert & Therese Maher, Victoria Palchak-Tryon, Nora Pascarella, Gabrielle Rinaldi, Rita Selby, Sandy & Mary Stewart, John & Renee Welde, Elaine
• Mario’s Pizza, for donating ice for the June 23 Music Festival Concert. • Pamela Mullis, for a $5 donation to the Cape May Lighthouse. TICKET BUYERS WHO ADDED A DONATION WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS Marie Adair, Vittorio Amato, Lynn Anderson, Ashley Archambo, Debra Baker, Peter Barletto, Natalie Beckmann, Maria Benevenga, Allen Biehl, Claude Blouin, Stefanie Bodine, Celia Bradford, Suzanne Brinn, Ellen Brody, Stacey Brown, Jake Buglione, Cyndi Byrnes, Brenda Chiorello, Victoria Church, Kristina Conner, Diane Crisalli, Alexander Curio, Lucyellen Dahlgren, Cathy Davis, Karen Delong, Mark Donovan, Jen Eisenhofer, John Elliott, Peter Ferrara, Daphne Fleck, Cynthia Flynn, Kelly Friel, Amy Gennusa, Angela Gisondi, Douglas Houck, Theodore Hubbard, Tonette Hunt, Sarah Hutton, Nikita Karakchiyev, Lauren Karczewski, John Kennedy, Doris Key, Kristen Kulesa, Frank Kuzmin, Stephan Lawrence, Margot Lischin, Suzanne Loori, Mary Malkemes, James Martin, Deborah Martinelli, Bernadette Matthews, Paul Moseng, Dawn Murdock, Georgiana Murnaghan, Paula Neff, Jutak is Nolan, Jessica Oleary, Deborah O’rourke, Katie Oreilly, Linda Peterson, Lynn Pricskett, Barbara Pumplun, John Razzano, Catherine Reid, Carson Remig, Rosemary Rettino, Ronald Rigolosi, Ross Rocklin, Stephen Rodzinak, Diane Rogers, Margaret Rosamilia, Jeff Saitz, Melanie Sams, Clare Sapienza-eck, Chistan Servello, David Simpson, Sarah Starr, Rebecca Stokes, Donald Strang, William Tiedeken, Amy Tiihonen, Karen Ware, Mu Xia, Joan Yetzer.
• Dan Alicea, Kim Constantine, Kait Giovinazzo, Brian Jones, Jimmy Maugeri, Stacy McNeill, Alycia Raroha, Chester Santana, Dustin Seraile and Olivia Suarez, of the Montreal Beach Resort for their grounds work at the Earth Day Planting Party. • Tina Angstadt, for volunteering for the Volunteer Team. • Jill Bremer, for volunteering for the Membership Committee. Photo by Susan Krysiak
Private homeowners generously opened their home landscape and outdoor spaces to the public for this year’s Gardens of Cape May Tours on May 21 and June 25 and beautiful weather made the events even more enjoyable. Page 8 • Summer 2022
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• Sue Currie, for calling out the numbers at Brunch & Bingo at Bella Vida Garden Café. • Pastor Jeff Elliott, for the use of the Cape May Lutheran Church Hall for staff training
‘T H A N K YO U’ N E W S sessions, Lunch & Learn presentations and the Volunteer Orientation. • Joseph Evangelista, for taking photos at two Cape May MAC events. • Roger Henry, for polishing the brass on the trolleys. • Mary McArdle, for administrative assistance in the Tour Department. • Evalina McBride, for assisting the Marketing Department with graphic design skills. • Kathy & David Morais, for assisting with the installation of engraved bricks at the Cape May Lighthouse. • Frank Scott, for providing marketing photos for the National Park Service Travel with Tubman app and Underground Railroad Trolley Tour. • Mary Stewart, for the presentation of a Fashion Show Lecture for the Group Tour Division. Crafts & Collectibles by the Sea Volunteers: Sharon Agin, Bonnie Bowman, Susan Brozina, Bill Currie, Jerry Loewe, Carole Ulmer.
Cape May Music Festival Volunteers: Sharon Agin, Pixie Angelo, Susan Beal, Bill Currie, Sue Currie, Chris DuBois, Donna Flegal, Chris & George Fore, Scott Griffith, Roe & Bob Gorgone, Tori Heimall, Carole Irwin, Karen McGuire Tricia Nolfi, Mary Beth Toewe, Carole Ulmer, Carolyn Vinci, Stephen Ward, Jim Yingst. DEAI Planning Team: Pip Campbell, Quanette Vasser McNeal, Janis Washington White. Gardens of Cape May Tour Participating Properties: Valerie & Marty Carlin, The Garrett Family Preserve at Cape Island Creek, Cheryl & John Gulish, Evelyn Lovitz. Gardens of Cape May Tour Volunteers: Pixie Angelo, Michael Baldacchini, Misty Bratton, Janet Coupland, Chris DuBois, Jan Dwyer, Donna Flegal, Yvonne Kuemmerle, Kathy Morais, Tricia Nolfi, Terrie Rosania, Deb Yamashita, Jim Yingst. Grounds Crew Volunteers: Jan Dwyer, Walt Gabriel, Roe & Bob Gorgone, Carol Lindsay, Ed Melega, Dave Morais, Bill Schlitzer, Michele Uhl & Ben Werner, Deb Yamashita. Staff Advisory Volunteers: Joyce Barth, Ann Burrows, Jill Connell, Peggy Gora, Carol Hartman, Brian McGrath, Harry Schmidt.
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Saturday, July 23, Cape May MAC will be hosting its 10th annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival at the Physick Estate from 10am-5pm. This summer hit was named one of the 5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY, and it’s a huge draw for visitors. We expect upwards of 5,000 attendees on that day. It is also an enormous fundraiser for us, helping support our Educational Outreach initiatives. As you can imagine, such a largescale event has a large-scale volunteer need. We need you! Consider volunteering -- it’s a great way to get involved, meet people, enjoy music and popular summer food favorites. Plus, you can bring your friends and family, too. Will you join us? To find out more CLICK HERE.
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MARCH: Dave & Kathy Morais APRIL: Brenda Leonard MAY: Jan Dwyer, Donna Flegal, Ernestine Zeli-Bove, Chris DuBois, and Tina Angstadt JUNE: John & Cheryl Gulish JULY: Jed Gaylin, Bay Atlantic Symphony and Eliot Bailen and Susan Rotholz of the NY Chamber Ensemble www.capemaymac.org
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The Episcopal Church of the Advent has been called a “jewel box” of a space, with its beautiful stained-glass windows and its outstanding acoustics. This year music lovers enjoyed classical music performances in this inspiring venue from the New Jersey Symphony Chamber Players, the New York Chamber Ensemble and the Bay Atlantic Symphony, as part of the 33rd Annual Cape May Music Festival. Shown here, Director and CEO Jody Alessandrine welcomes the crowd. Cape May MAC
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New partnership forged with Summer Sunset Solo Series Flight Entertainment and Cape May MAC are pairing up to bring two world-renowned, exciting musical performers, Paul Cullen on Aug. 11, and Eliot Lewis on Aug. 25, to the outdoor stage for some classic rock unplugged on the beautiful grounds of the Physick Estate, as part of the new Summer Sunset Solo Series. Doors open for both shows at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 11, world renowned musician Paul Cullen (www.paulcullen. rocks/bad-company), formerly of Bad Company, is the headline performer with a talented trio of guest performers. Enjoy a variety of classic hits such as “Feel Like Makin‘ Love,” “Shooting Star” and more. While touring Europe with the classic rock band, he turned Bad Company into Good Company when he fell in love with fine wine, exquisitely prepared food and the culture that surrounds both. Now known as Chef Paul Tagliaferro Cullen, he has brought these dining experiences to the doorsteps of homes at Delaware beaches with his latest creation called Paul’s Kitchen. Paul immerses his audiences with a special show combining his love of food, wine and music while telling great stories of his life on the road as a rock & roll superstar. Rising star Camille K will perform a warmup set for our headlining guest. She is a Philadelphia, Pa.-based musician, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Hooked on music from a very early age, she learned electric guitar beginning at the age of 7. Within a few years she was openPage 10 • Summer 2022
We are super excited to bring these two intimate shows to the Cape May market as the beginning of a long-term development plan in areas of music, art and culture.
ing for Jon Anderson of Yes on his 1,000 Hands Tour (with PGRA Philly), and played the iconic Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., and The Bitter End in New York City. Her song “I Believe in Miracles” is featured in the upcoming movie “Philly Christmas” to be released during the 2022 holiday season. Her vocal styling is sweet and soulful, influenced by classics, and ready for today. Camille continues to write, record and perform original music with more releases in the works. Cape May MAC
On Thursday, Aug. 25, world renowned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis (www.eliotlewis.com) is the headline performer for a special night of storytelling and classic hits. Eliot Lewis has toured the world as a member of the band Hall & Oates (https://hallandoates.com/), inductees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and one of Philadelphia’s own, most beloved and successful bands. Lewis is the original featured musician on the award-winning TV show “Live from Daryl’s House.” Over the course of his career Lewis has earned a stellar reputation working with some of rock and roll’s most prominent musicians and groups, including The Average White Band, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, Train, Cheap Trick, Ben Folds Five, Jewel, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw and more. Enjoy a variety of classic hits from these artists. Independent artist and hometown favorite Hannah Stone will perform a warmup set for our headlining guest. Hannah has written and recorded vocals for various TV and Netflix shows including “Search Party,” “Never Have I Ever” and “Vanderpump Rules.” In May of 2020 she released her first two singles “It’s Raining” and “Sleep Through the Summer,” followed by her debut EP Album “God’s Against This.” Her songs feature a unique soundscape and a refreshing sense of ingenuity within her lyricism, delivered by a sultry and impassioned voice. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 11)
Partnership (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10) These two concerts are something new and exciting that came about through a connection that goes back many years. “Flight Entertainment Group is associated with Schaffer Sound Productions, with whom I’ve been familiar since its founding,” said Cape May MAC Director and CEO Jody Alessandrine. “Their reputation as one of the premier mobile and club disc-jockey entertainers in the Delaware Valley is exceptional. I recently became familiar with the Flight division and their diverse services. The quality of the performers they had direct access to, and their availability, fit exactly with our goal: to broaden our live entertainment here on the Physick Estate grounds. The result is the Summer Sunset Solo Series. These concerts are especially timely knowing that a partnership with SpyBoy Productions for a 2022 Sunset Jazz Series was not feasible this year, considering their other commitments.” “Through my unique partnership with Madison Resorts, we met with Cape May MAC earlier this year to discuss long term entertainment solutions for Cape May as a whole, and to my pleasant surprise, Jody happened to be in that initial meeting,” said Flight Entertainment owner Jon Schaffer. “Not only is he a lifetime family friend, but he also helped build our business as Sales Director for Schaffer Sounds for years. I get the benefit of collaborating with a friend, mentor and partner who shares my passion for building large scale community events. We are super excited to bring these two intimate shows to the Cape May market as the beginning of a long-term development plan in areas of music, art and culture. My hope for Flight is to establish our business as a staple in the South Jersey market as the leader in top level entertainment concepts and solutions while driving awareness and revenue dollars into Cape May and Cape May MAC in particular.” “Considering the array of services Flight provides and thinking positively that this year’s trial of two concerts will be successful, I believe there could be many opportunities for partnership throughout the calendar year going forward,” Alessandrine said. For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. -- SK
Carroll Gallery exhibit and Physick House Museum tour theme in 2022 highlight working life on the estate A new exhibit opened at the Carroll Gallery and the 2022-23 tour theme began during guided tours of the Physick House Museum May 27. Both focus on working life at the Emlen Physick Estate. Shown here, the opening ceremony for the Carroll Gallery exhibit titled “The Victorian Toolbox: Necessities, Curiosities, Frivolities.” The exhibit is open daily through Monday, Oct. 31 and features the tools that Dr. Physick and his family and staff would have used on the estate in the 19th and early 20th centuries, along with some of the luxury items. The Carroll Gallery is in the Carriage House on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Admission to the Carroll Gallery is free. Complementing the exhibit is the new theme for guided tours of the Physick House Museum in 2022-23, titled, “Meet the Staff: The Work and Life of Dr. Physick’s Employees” which began Friday, May 27. Each year the Physick House Museum presents tours of the house guided by a new theme, bringing out unique items from the collection to tell the story of this Cape May Victorian family. The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington St. Admission to the Emlen Physick Estate Tour is $20 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12). To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
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The Carroll Gallery Exhibit “The Victorian Toolbox: Necessities, Curiosities, Frivolities” opened June 3 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Carriage House. Shown here, from left, Chief Outreach Strategist Mary Stewart, Immediate Past President and Chair of Cape May MAC’s Development Team Tom Carroll, Board Member Janet Coupland, Exhibit Designer Jean Barraclough, Board Member Bob Gorgone, Director and CEO Jody Alessandrine, Board President Brian Groetsch and City of Cape May Mayor Zack Mullock. The exhibit is open through Oct. 31 and admission is free. Cape May MAC
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Craft Beer & Crab Festival (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) free parking is available off site at the Cape May Elementary School, 921 Lafayette St. A free trolley shuttle will operate from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street to the estate throughout the day. There will be a charge for crabs, food, beverages and some activities. Proceeds of the event benefit Cape May MAC educational outreach programs. Have fun cracking open freshly steamed crabs and savor these seaside favorites. Choose from a variety of tasty food items for purchase from food truck vendors, including Jonathan’s Harbor, Mermaid Mutineer, Rollin’ Bones, Gaiss’ Market, Bake ’n Bacon, House of Cupcakes, Executive Catering and Smoker & Adel, along with Pirate Pete’s Soda. Wash down delicious summertime foods with craft beers from local and regional breweries in the beer garden on the estate lawn, including brews from Cape May Brewing Company, MudHen Brewing Company, Ludlam Island Brewery, Coho Brewing Company, 7 Mile Brewery, Cold Spring Brewery and Slack Tide Brewing Company, along with wine, and spirits from Nauti Spirits and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Cape May Winery also sells a variety of wines by the bottle in the Carriage House Museum Shop. Relax under the huge tent and listen to live music on the outdoor stage. Bring a lawn chair or spread out your beach blanket for a great afternoon of musical performers. Sean K. Preston will play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preston delivers a soulful, driving brand of funk and soul with a little Southern flavor that gets audiences moving. His music draws heavily on a variety of influences including the blues and classic heartbreak of Country & Western music from the ’40s through the ’70s, along with rock’n’roll and the lyrical sophistication of musical poets like Bob Dylan and Nick Cave. Preston is inspired by the raw energy of punk and the spirituality of mountain gospel music. His own songs range from delicate laments and lullabies to fiery sermons and confessions. http://www.seankpreston.com/ BOD will play from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. BOD has been part of the New York City music scene for over a decade. They are a distinct cover band with a mission to be the band that, on any given night, gives their audience the most fun they’ve ever had. Well known in and around the tri-state area, BOD’s set list is jam-packed with crowdfriendly cover songs. They are a passionate group of talented, professional and Page 12 • Summer 2022
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Crabs and beer are a favorite combo at the annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival, now in its 10th year at the Emlen Physick Estate and set for July 23. This rain or shine event also features live music, crafts and food vendors, and family entertainment.
dedicated, high-energy musicians doing what they absolute love to do, with Barry Friedman - Lead Vocals and Guitar, Dennis Rossi – Keyboards, JoJo Posillico - Bass and Backing Vocals, and Mark Maffei - Drums and Backing Vocals. https://www.bodofnyc. com/. Bring the entire family and well-behaved pets to enjoy kid-friendly activities including lawn games. Mystery Circus Arts will
perform circus acts and magic shows from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mackie the Stilt Walker will greet visitors. A cooling off tent for pets will be available. Purchase customized festival T-shirts produced on-site from Flying Fish Studio. Explore the variety of crafts and collectibles vendors on the estate grounds selling handmade and vintage items. For more information CLICK HERE. -- SK
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Cape May Lighthouse (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) and coming fall has an event for everyone, whether young or old, casual lighthouse visitor or dedicated lifelong fan. Each month, from July to October, the Cape May Lighthouse will welcome visitors for the “Stairway to the Stars Lighthouse Climb.” On dates of the monthly new moon — July 28, Aug. 27, Sept. 25 at 8pm and Oct. 25 at 7pm — visitors can climb the 199 steps to view the unique, starry nighttime vista that comes once a month at the start of a new lunar cycle. Admission is $20 adults; $10 children (ages 3-12). Akin to a new moon climb is the favorite Lighthouse Full Moon Climb, likewise taking place monthly through November — Aug. 11, Sept. 10 at 8pm and Oct. 9, Nov. 8 at 7pm. From over 150 feet above the Delaware Bay, visitors are welcomed to take in a beautiful view under the light of the full moon. Admission is $20 adults; $10 children (ages 3-12). For those who are interested in making the moment truly unforgettable for an engagement at the lighthouse, contact Carla Colson, Cape May MAC Wedding & Event Coordinator, at 609-224-6040. On Aug. 7, the Cape May Lighthouse will celebrate National Lighthouse Day. This annual holiday was established in 1989 to “honor the beacon of light that, for hundreds of years, symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea,” according to the National Lighthouse Society. We’re proud to celebrate the Cape May Lighthouse as part of this annual holiday from 9am to 2pm on the grounds of the Lighthouse. Yard games, a craft fair which includes crafts for kids, and visits from some scaly and furry friends, courtesy of the Wetlands Institute and the Cape May Zoo, will make the day one to remember for the entire family. For true lighthouse lovers, we’re happy to recommend the Grand Lighthouse Cruise and, of course, the much-anticipated annual Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey. In partnership with the Cape May Whale Watcher, the Grand Lighthouse Cruise will take participants on a 5-hour cruise to visit seven off-shore lighthouses and learn the rich history of each. Breakfast and lunch buffets are included on-board. These memorable cruises are offered on July 16, Aug. 13, and Sept. 24, setting sail at 10am. Adults $129.95, children (ages 7-12) $75. And a drum roll for the pièce de resistance… The 2022 Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey! This year, the annual state-wide challenge will be held on Oct. 15-16, as it always takes place the third weekend of October. The challenge put to participants is to www.capemaymac.org
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The annual Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is an exciting and educational journey for families. From north to south and east to west, participants drive from site to site, traveling the state and seeing its changing landscape, learning about New Jersey’s rich coastal and maritime history at each stop along the way. Shown here, one of the stops is the Cape May Lighthouse.
visit 10 land-based lighthouses, three lifesaving stations, one museum, one virtual site, and the Lighthouse Society of NJ site all over the course of the weekend. 2022
has been deemed The Year of the Keeper in honor of those who have dedicated their careers to the caretaking of New Jersey’s lighthouses. -- EM
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Immediate Past President and Chair of Cape May MAC’s Development Team, Tom Carroll, with wife Sue, donated a bench at the Soldiers and Sailors Park in Cape May on Columbia Avenue at Gurney Street. The park was dedicated on May 31, 2021. The bench honors Capt. Frank Furness, architect of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, for his military service in the Civil War and as a Medal of Honor recipient. Cape May MAC
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Getting married? Brides and grooms choose to hold their wedding or engagement at one of Cape May MAC’s three historic sites because they want a memorable, meaningful way to celebrate their commitment to each other. Couples choose to rent a Cape May MAC trolley for their wedding day because it’s an iconic, cheerful and delightful symbol of Cape May that signifies togetherness, while being a practical and memorable means to transport the wedding party to where they need to be, when they absolutely need to be there. Cape May MAC Wedding & Event Coordinator Carla Colson helps couples plan their wedding or engagement event and bring their imagined day to life. Cape May MAC Group Tour Manager Susan Gibson helps couples secure the services of one of Cape May MAC’s iconic red trolleys for their wedding, complete with driver. Both Colson and Gibson are busy all year long and both have years of the right experience to
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help a couple planning their important day. Colson has years of experience in management in the food service industry. She worked for Cape May MAC helping manage the organization’s on-site catering service and tearoom, assisting with reservations, party arrangements, party set-up and clean up. Since then, she launched her own food service business and continues to manage it as she brings her expertise back to Cape May MAC in this position. “As an event coordinator, I design a blueprint of goals and objectives to best suit our patrons’ needs and wants for their special event,” she said. “Our patrons are looking for hands-on assistance to bring their visions to life; our goal is to simplify their lives by taking
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the stress of arrangements and planning off their shoulders. Ultimately, we provide them with a stress-free event so they can sit back and bask in all the glory while we take care of the rest.” Each of three historic sites, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse and the 1942 World War II Lookout Tower, are places that are special in some way to those who choose them. They add meaning, set the tone, create beauty and inspire awe and add to the excitement of the event, by helping to create the special memories of this important day that are unique to each couple. Getting there, of course, is half the fun. Engagements happen all year at these three historic sites, many with advance help and planning from Colson.
The romantic Cape May Lighthouse
The Cape May Lighthouse is unique in that it is the only such venue in all of Cape May. The lighthouse serves par-
Tie the knot in a historic setting
ties of 15-50, with 15 people able to be accommodated “topside” and 50 people able to be accommodated on the grounds. The grounds are wheelchair accessible. “I believe people who choose the Lighthouse as a wedding venue, romanticize it,” said Colson. “It proves to be nostalgic to most guests I have served thus far. It often calls to mind childhood memories, family vacations, or a frequented or special date spot for the couple.”
The beautiful and historic Emlen Physick Estate grounds
“We offer a spacious outdoor feeling with all the amenities at the Emlen Physick Estate grounds,” Colson said. “Beautiful gardens, first class restaurant, a Victorian theme, spacious grounds for guests to spread out, our Gazebo for a point of feng shui for matrimony, and a historical appeal to those who like history or are drawn to Victoriana.” The Physick Estate grounds accommodate 50-100 guests ideally, with options for smaller parties as well as larger parties up to 120 guests. The grounds are wheelchair accessible. “We have an allin-one on grounds for those looking to simplify their arrangements,” Colson said. “We offer a Wedding Coordinator to assist with all needs; we have an estab-
lished network of partners if needs require outside arrangements; we have an existing caterer, and plenty of grounds for guests to feel comfortable.”
The stalwart World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23)
Couples who are enthusiastic about military history, or history in general, or
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Getting married (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15) have a unique connection to the Tower, are attracted to Fire Control Tower No. 23, but anyone with a family military history will find the setting meaningful. “I believe any ceremony here would serve to honor a fallen family member or feel in a sense a part of history; a connection to those who have sacrificed for us,” said Colson. The Tower can accommodate smaller parties, of 10-15 people. The site’s boardwalk is wheelchair accessible.
Rent a Wedding Trolley to travel in style
Cape May MAC’s popular red trolleys have a personality all their own. Transport your wedding party or guests in style aboard one and your guests will thank you. Our trolleys are available for any event, including rehearsal dinners, after-parties, and even private tours for your group. Each trolley holds up to 34 people, with a wheelchair-accessible option available upon request. Cape May MAC Group Tour Manager Susan Gibson is a Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) and has years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. She can help you arrange trolley transportation for your special day. -- SK
For more information: WEDDING PLANNING:
CARLA COLSON 609-224-6040 email@example.com TROLLEY RENTALS:
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Recent Happenings (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11) ray of events at new venues over this threemonth period. The Murder Mystery Dinners moved to the Magnolia Room at the Chalfonte Hotel. Writer/Director Jackie Fazio put her cast through their paces with each event a sellout. Brunch & Bingo moved to Bella Vida this year. It’s a smaller venue but was still a popular event with sell-out audiences each time it was offered. At the Emlen Physick Estate, Janice also organized four Crafts & Collectibles Shows, fully subscribed with local vendors, which gave our guests plenty of interesting wares to browse through and buy. Curator Ben Ridings with assistance from Registrar Donna Szemcsak introduced a new tour theme to the Physick House on May 27. “Meet the Staff: The Work and Life of Dr. Physick’s Employees” focuses on the “downstairs,” the heart and soul of a Victorian era mansion. Ben also pulled together the Carroll Gallery Exhibit which complements the tour theme. “The Victorian Toolbox: Necessities, Curiosities, Frivolities” shows the tools that would have used on the estate in the 19th and early 20th centuries, along with some of the luxury items the family used. The exhibit shows the realities of working life for those who worked here to earn their living. The exhibit is open daily, and admission is free. Education Manager
Elan Zingman-Leith and Chief Outreach Strategist Mary Stewart assisted with the exhibit which was designed by Jean Barraclough. A formal opening was held June 3. The exhibit runs through October. The Tour folks were equally busy, preparing for the summer tour schedule. Much of April and May was spent on staff training sessions. The schedule includes a number of walking tours, including some old favorites and some new offerings. We are again offering an Architectural Walking Tour, which allows you to get up close to our Victorian treasures. The Fisherman’s Wharf Tour is also on the schedule as is Painted Ladies, Porches & More Walking Tour. Lace up you comfy walking shoes and join us on one of these hikes. Cape May MAC was recently awarded a grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to work with a DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion) consultant to help us develop a plan to make the organization and our programming more diverse and inclusive. Our team has been working for several months and has developed an exciting list of projects. We were delighted to be included in the National Park Service App Travel with Tubman and now offer a combination Underground Railroad Trolley Tour and visit to the Harriet Tubman Museum weekly. A collaborative project on
an Underground Railroad trail through several Southern New Jersey counties is being brainstormed right now. The Education Division has been busy as well, presenting Lunch & Learns by Zoom in April, May and June. We covered an eclectic array of subjects: gardens through the ages, a history of baseball with a stop-over in Cape May history and a look at tools of the trade that complemented the current Carroll Gallery exhibit. New Museum Educator Brenda Leonard has developed a two a month series to begin in July. Brenda also concluded her More About Music series of live and livestreamed programs, providing wonderful context for the Music Festival mainstage concerts. We continued programs at the Blind Center of the Jersey Cape, Victorian Towers and Haven House. A new educational outreach event this year which debuted June 18 and is still on-going is our Summer Book Club. It’s the brainchild of Outreach Assistant Evelyn Maguire. Evelyn chose six books from lesser-known Victorian authors (which are available at the Carriage House Museum Shop). Lively book discussions designed for all audiences are presented on select Saturdays at 11am. You can find the livestream link for upcoming programs and view previous programs by CLICKING HERE. -- MES
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An alumni group from Louisiana and Texas visited Cape May on June 15 with Diamond Tours and with planning assistance from Cape May MAC’s Group Tour Manager Susan Gibson. Shown here, the group listens to Interpreter Ellen McDevitt on a guided tour of the 1879 Physick Estate. The group gave their entire tour experience in Cape May excellent ratings.
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