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The new Rotary Park is taking shape

Bernie Haas posted this on July 11th, 2016 | No Comments

If you’re in Cape May, you’ve surely been watching as a totally revitalized park has been coming together between Lyle Lane and Lafayette Street. And you’re probably aware that the fountain started circulating water last week. Today the new Gazebo with it’s lighted crown was tightened into place. while workers positioned both flowering shrubs and evergreens around the park’s perimeter. The Rotary Park of 1974 has taken on new life, adding a whole new dimension to Cape May’s Victorian reputation.

The result of private and public funding, the park is scheduled for a grand opening on July 22nd.

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Why JAWS on the beach is the best movie-going experience

Jessica Leeburg posted this on July 5th, 2016 | No Comments


I have a confession to make: I’ve enjoyed a single beach day in the past decade. In the summer, when Cape May’s beaches swell to capacity and beachgoers slather themselves in sunblock, hoping for a tan, I’m happily installed in my air-conditioned office above the Fudge Kitchen on the Washington Street Mall, in the company of tea, working on Cape May Magazine.

But there’s one thing able to coax me onto the sand. Every August, an inflatable screen tethered to the sand shows one of my favorite films. I can’t resist the terrifying, wonderful sense of sitting mere feet from the ocean, listening to the ominous slosh of it against the shoreline while the film’s title character terrorizes the seaside town of Amity. Sigh.

Movies on the Beach started a few years ago, and Jaws, Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster, is the only title on the schedule every year–a testament to its popularity. You can’t see the sand for the movie-goers. Some order pizza before the sun sets, and some–like my organized co-workers!–pack totes with snacks and juice boxes. (I’m lucky to remember a towel.) If you thought cheering the Resistance in a sold-out theater was great, it’s nothing compared with an entire beach shouting Jaws’ iconic lines (“Hooper drives the boat, chief.”) or celebrating the explosive climax.

And the best part about Movies on the Beach? It’s free to attend. Bring your own chairs, towels, blankets (it gets cold after sundown, especially if you’re sunburned), and snacks to Stockton Beach, right by Convention Hall. Activities start at eight, so plan to get there at least a half hour early to find a good place in the sand. You won’t have trouble hearing, but if you’re sitting on a towel, you might want to sit closer–it’s hard to see over people in the taller beach chairs. In the event of poor weather, you can catch the movie inside Convention Hall.

Here’s this summer’s schedule:

July 7 – Surf’s Up
A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick. Rated PG

July 14 – The Lego Movie
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Rated PG

July 21 – Tomorrowland
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. Rated PG

July 28 – Finding Nemo
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. Rated PG

August 4 – Toy Story
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room. Rated PG

August 11 – Jaws
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. Rated PG

August 18 – Free Willy
When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale. Rated PG

August 25 –  Minions
Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Rated PG.

Movies on the Beach is every Thursday from July 7-August 25. Children’s activities at 8pm; the featured movie begins at 8:30pm. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown in Convention Hall. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Cape May and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May. For more information, call 609-884-9565.

Video: Musket demonstration with Al Conly posted this on June 30th, 2016 | No Comments

Al Conly demonstrates how to load and operate a Brown Bess musket. You can see this musket demonstration in person at the Colonial House, 653 ½ Washington Street, from 1-4pm on Wednesdays in July.

Cape May’s 1st Annual Hops Festival

Bernie Haas posted this on June 25th, 2016 | No Comments

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the beginning of summer at the Physick Estate, with a perfect sunny day devoted to regional craft beers, rum tasting, spicey jambalaya, bacon-on-a-stick, super crepes, and the traditional food favorites, live music, crafts and collectibles and kids activities. Sponsored by Cape May’s Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities on the beautiful grounds of Emlen Physick, the merriment was an all day affair.


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Escape the Cape 2016 Triathlon

Bernie Haas posted this on June 12th, 2016 | No Comments

On the morning of Sunday June 12th, in Cape May NJ, 1,750 participants jumped off the ferry into the Delaware Bay in the “Escape the Cape” Triathlon. Voted the “Best Triathlon” in the Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Regions, and in 2014 named the “Best of Competitor,” this morning’s competition started with some very challenging waters and bright sunshine. Cape May has hosted the “Escape the Cape” since 2013, each year bringing more enthusiastic participants.

Step one: Jump off the Cape May - Lewes Ferry

Step one: Jump off the Cape May – Lewes Ferry

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