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Month: November 2011

1890s Portland Cutter Sleigh at Emlen Physick Estate

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is adding a full-sized, restored 1890s Portland Cutter sleigh to its Victorian Chritsmas scene at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. The sleigh was recently transported from Falls Church, Va., home of its owners, Ioanna Iliopulos and Tom Cataldo. It is through their generosity that visitors will enjoy viewing this authentic piece of Victoriana on the grounds of the estate throughout this holiday season and for seasons to come. The cutter is a classic type of sleigh many people associate with old-fashioned Currier & Ives illustrations.

Pictured with the sleigh are MAC’s museum educators who portray, from left: Dr. Emlen Physick (Robert Heinly), the Cape May Lighthouse Keeper (David Yeager), John Philip Sousa (Rich Chiemingo), Dr. Physick’s mother Mrs. Ralston (Audrey Conant) and his Aunt Emilie Parmentier (Barbara Lamont).

Couple Donate 30-foot Douglas Fir to Congress Hall

Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Annette Borgia of North Cape May and Bethlehem, PA. donated this year’s Congress Hall Christmas Tree [pictured at left] which will be lit Friday, Dec. 3 – festivities beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Borgias love Christmas at Congress Hall and said they were honored to donate the 30-foot Douglas Fir. The staff at Congress Hall will spend the week decorating in anticipation of the event which will include a choir concert, rides, a hot cocoa bar, and a Christmas Village of vendors as part of the Winter Wonderland experience.

Women’s Community Club of Cape May Celebrates 90th Anniversary

The Women’s Community Club of Cape May recently celebrated their 90th year of community service with and Afternoon Tea held in Sunset Lounge of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal.

Club president Barbara MacLean introduced the special guests including New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs President Patty Whitehouse, New Jersey State Treasurer Carole Speechley and past Southern District Vice President Ora Kokol.

Members enjoyed a pleasant afternoon at the Tea with decorations using the club colors of pink and blue. They were entertained by the Angelus Chorus of Cape May.

This club is affiliated with the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs devoted to charity work in their communities, state and country.

The Grey Ghost

Text by Karen Fox. Photographs by Macy Zhelyazkova.

It is a summer place. But as the days shorten, the shadows lengthen and waters turn steely, the Grey Ghost in all of her high Victorian Gothic elegance takes hold of the landscape and reigns over land’s end where the ocean and bay meet.

Lofty dunes thrown up by winds and storms protect the Grey Ghost’s first floor backside. Spectacular views open wide from second and third floor windows, decks, verandas and screen porches. Each vista offers a special look. Many views framed in bedroom windows and porch pillars are as well composed as the watercolors that hang about the house. There are scenes of the Cape May Point Lighthouse, the Cape May-Lewes ferries, fishing and sailing boats, oil freighters, beachgoers, dolphins playing in the surf, native vines and bushes lacing the dunes, and the manicured gardens below. The place is magical.

Beloved by artists and photographers for its romantic porches, finial-topped dormers, peaked roof lines and the special light that plays off the waters, the Grey Ghost’s image is among the most popular at Cape May Point. There it shares history with other architectural treasures – the lighthouse, St. Mary-by-the-Sea, St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea and the John Wanamaker Cottage.

The Grey Ghost began its historical journey as a cottage in the Sea Grove development. More than 130 years later, it is one of the best preserved early Victorian buildings at the Point.

Owner Anne “Mimi” Thorington says the house is believed to have been built in 1879 as one of the cottages erected as part of the Sea Grove community. “According to old maps,” she says, “this house originally stood on Beach Avenue, then on Diamond Avenue, and finally here at Cape and Pearl avenues. The house was moved twice to prevent destruction by the sea. The original locations are in Delaware Bay.”

In the beginning, the house stood next to the American-bracketed, villa style Wanamaker Cottage. It, too, has been moved and, ironically, is still a neighbor, now situated diagonally across the street from the Grey Ghost.

Anne Thorington purchased the Grey Ghost in 1987. She had been fascinated with the house for years, as had been her mother. She bought it as soon as it was for sale, before it went on the open market. The house at the time had just undergone a major renovation and she added some finishing touches, including the lovely garden that provides colors and textures from spring to late autumn.

“When Fred Ohliger purchased the house before me, in 1985, it was virtually unsafe,” says Mrs. Thorington. “For the next year the house underwent extensive rehabilitation under the supervision of Mr. Ohliger’s associate Ruth Frost and performed by contractor Shramm and Hallman. Sections of the house had to be jacked up to make it level. The second floor porch was about to fall off. Existing porches on the first and second floor were rebuilt and third floor porches were added. Back stairs were revamped and a bathroom added.”

The cramped Victorian kitchen was transformed into a utility room featuring the home’s original sink. A large handsome kitchen was installed in a “catch-all” area. The big white globe light fixtures in the kitchen and utility room are antiques from a post office. And the old tins atop the cupboards were found in the house.

An unusual feature is an antique elevator from the first to the second floor, installed for a previous owner who was handicapped. The mechanisms are in place, but not functional. The Thoringtons use the elevator shaft areas as closets.

The interior of the cottage, like the sea and sky on a perfect summer’s day, is bright and airy, with sheer and lace curtains. Wallpapers and fabrics cool in soft pastels and the furniture is a happy combination of white whicker and white metal/brass beds. The floors and staircase are pine restored to a silky gloss.

The Grey Ghost is a demanding property, says daughter Debbie Thorington. “The blowing sand acts like sandpaper on the home’s paint, and winds from the nearby ocean can make dampness a real problem. The house with its two tones of grey and maroon trim frequently takes on the spirit of the weather around it and on a foggy rainy night seems almost spooky.”

“No one is sure how the Grey Ghost came by its nickname,” says Mrs. Thorington, “but before its renovation, it did look ghostly.” She is too practical to believe in ghost stories. However, there was a painter who refused to work on the house because he apparently heard about ghosts there.

Anne Thorington loves houses – and horses.

Horses are part of her local history, past and present. When she was a girl her mother packed up the family in Philadelphia, including Anne’s pony named Betty, to spend the summer in Cape May. More recently Mrs. Thorington acquired a Cape May Carriage horse that eventually led her to competitive driving.

She has owned several Victorian homes in Cape May. The first, at 210 Congress Place, required extensive work. The next, the rosy-pink house with the blue shutters and white gingerbread trim, located on the corner of Hughes and Franklin streets. “I put a picket fence around it,” she says, “because when I came out the door, there would be strangers on my porch. Hughes was too far away from the ocean for me.” She moved closer to the water, purchasing 23 Ocean Street. “The house needed a lot of help,” she says. “I completely renovated it, including restoring the exterior Victorian detail. I named it Beaver Cottage after its first owner. It is now Beauclaire’s B&B.”

And then, the Grey Ghost at the Point. Because the house was moved, Mrs. Thorington says its early history has been difficult to trace through the normal channels of deeds and mortgages at the courthouse. A previous owner had commissioned a gentleman by the name of Gil Gilbert to put together a nomination for Historic Landmark status. The nomination was never submitted, but the information helps tell the early story of what is now the Grey Ghost.

The porches, tall façade, hard-angled dormers and gables lead to a description of the Grey Ghost as “the largest and the ‘purist’ in style of a number of Gothic cottages,” designed by Philadelphia architect James Charles Sidney in the Sea Grove development.

Sidney, born in England, was a leading surveyor in the United State and had experience in civil engineering, cartography (map making) and landscape design. He is credited with designing a large portion of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park and homes for the affluent in Chestnut Hill and Germantown.

He was a logical choice when wealthy wool merchant Alexander Whilldin and retail merchant John Wanamaker decided to carve a religious community from the wilderness and call it Sea Grove. The two merchants, devout Presbyterians, were dismayed by the sinning – the gambling, prostitution and drinking – at resorts, including the city of Cape May. Sidney’s assignment was to design a community that would become “a moral and religious seaside home.” It was to be a place where the devil was not welcome.

The 260 acres of tangled forest were owned by Alexander and Jane Whilldin, who transferred the property to Sea Grove for $42,000. There were 980 building lots. When Sea Grove opened in the summer of 1875, more than 200 lots had been sold and 27 cottages were ready for occupancy. As fast as the community developed, it failed financially.

By 1878 Sea Grove’s name was changed to Cape May Point, and only a few more cottages were being built. One was the original of the Grey Ghost. Albert G. Croll, a Philadelphia dry goods merchant, bought a plot of land on the beach in 1878 with the provision he build a house in 14 months and the construction apparently was completed within a year.

According to Mrs. Thorington, “We do know that in 1917 John Sharp Blackburne, Jr. and his sister, Agnes Croll Blackburne, moved the house to its current site, which had been the location of the Centennial Hotel. Built in 1876, the hotel was destroyed by fire in the early 20th century. The Blackburnes were from Philadelphia and, in fact, Mr. Blackburne owned and leased the land on which the John Wanamaker store stood, an obviously enviable financial situation.”

The two Blackburnes summered at the house from 1917 until Mr. Blackburne’s death in 1969. It was known as the Croll-Blackburne House or Blackburne Cottage. Mrs. Thorington says that in 1970 the property was sold to George and Sarah Qualls, (later to become Sarah H. Thompson). The couple subsequently was divorced and the property divided, with the wife getting the house and the husband the vacant land. The land was sold and a new house was to be built on it. But Anne Thorington, a couple of years after she bought the house, purchased the vacant land to once again make the property whole. It is used as a natural area for birds and butterflies.

That’s the story of the Grey Ghost. But are there ghost stories? Certainly the house has been home to many personalities. And the building itself has a strong personality, an etheric, the ability to provoke awe and spiritual connections with the sea, sunrises, sunsets, through all kinds of weather, especially when the fog rolls in. Then she rises out of the haze in all her high Victorian, Gothic elegance. It’s part of her mystique, and perhaps one can imagine ghosts – or angels – there.

Your Must-Do List for the holiday season

November is here and the holidays are JUST around the corner; and if you were wondering what’s going on around the Island, we’re here to tell you. Cape May does not shut down like other shore towns. There’s plenty do and plenty to see, and here are a few events which are at the top of our must-do list.

Photo appears courtesy of MAC

Sherlock Holmes Weekend

Friday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 6

Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, and his partner Dr. Watson return to Cape May to unravel a baffling new case for 2011, The Case of the Surreptitious Ghoul!

Join the famous detective and his partner as they explore the Gothic Habitants of Underground London Society, or G.H.O.U.L.S., for short. Psychics, mystics, mediums and a murderer inhabit this bleak world. The duo will need your help as they peer deep into the darkness and face the fears that lie within. As the Raven states, “Nevermore,” will Holmes reply, “The game’s afoot?” Join Holmes and Watson for another “edge of the seat” thriller.

It is clear that “The Game’s Afoot” on Friday, at 8:30 p.m. Join Holmes and Watson Watson for Act I, an evening reception at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St.
It is here that the crime is committed and your exciting weekend begins. A cash bar will be available. Registration begins at 7 p.m. and doors open for seating at 8 p.m.

Full weekend packages are available at $180 per couple or $95 per person. Full Weekend Packages include the welcome reception, tour, performances and lunch. Please call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, ext. 162 for more information or to reserve your overnight package or visit

If you prefer a more detached Holmes experience, The East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) presents an optional activity this weekend, Sherlock Holmes’ Adventure of the Norwood Builder. On Friday and Saturday, step back in time, as ELTC presents this tale in the style of a vintage radio broadcast, complete with live sound effects and commercials, just like the Sherlock Holmes radio series on NBC that premiered on Oct. 20, 1930. To save an innocent man from prison, Holmes and Watson must find the thief who stole a valuable gem. The production is adapted from the work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Craig Wichman, the founder and producer of the nationally acclaimed Quicksilver Radio Theater. Productions take place at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Decatur and Hughes streets. General admission is $25, full-time students are $15, ages 18 and under admitted free.

Candlelight Walk at Historic Cold Spring Village

Friday, Nov. 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Follow luminaries throughout Historic Cold Spring Village, 729 Rt. 9 South, and visit a selection of historic buildings where wine, beer, cheese and lite fare will be served. Enjoy special holiday discounts at the Country Store, plus fireside desserts and music in the Pavilion. Advance ticket sales only, $25. Please call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10.

Holiday Preview Weekend

Friday Nov. 18 to Sunday Nov. 20

The first of Cape May’s three Christmas tree lightings takes place at the Physick Estate on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Get a head start on the Holiday season! Santa and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings. Enjoy a wide variety of holiday tours and food and wine events to get you into the Christmas spirit. The Physick Estate becomes a Christmas wonderland during the holiday season. The Carriage House Gallery exhibit, An Old-fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years, captures the feeling of Christmas past with a Dickens Village collection, model trains, trees, toys and much more (through January 1, 2012). Visit the Estate on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. as Santa arrives to flip the switch for the festive Tree-Lighting Ceremony (sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank). That evening the Physick House will be open for free, self-guided tours. Visitors are encouraged to share in the holiday spirit and bring a non-perishable food item for the Cape May Community Food Bank. For kids, there are Santa’s Trolley Rides and a chance to visit with old St. Nick himself. Grown-ups will enjoy holiday ghost tales during Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides.

City of Cape May’s Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

Join city officials at the Rotary Park Gazebo/Bandstand, Lyle Lane, behind the Washington Street Mall, for the official Cape May tree lighting. Santa will be on hand to make sure kids stay off the naughty list. Carolers will lead everyone in Christmas carols and you will see what a special time it is for both locals and visitors.

Congress Hall’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Ceremony

Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

We sure like Christmas here in this little town. After the city lights up their tree, stroll over to Congress Hall and you’ll get another treat – this tree lighting comes complete with a presentation from the Congress Hall Choir. Visit the Congress Hall Shopping village and the Hot Chocolate Bar while you’re there.

West Cape May Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 5 p.m.

Always the first Saturday in December, The West Cape May Community Christmas Parade sets the stage for the areas holiday season. Now in her 46th year, the parade steps off at 5 p.m. sharp from the WCM Volunteer Firehouse and marches South on Broadway, winds East on Perry, and onto Carpenters Lane in the City of Cape May. Under the able leadership of Parade Lady Charlotte Daily, a small army of volunteers assembles an unforgettable hometown memory each year! The Parade reschedules to 12/4/11 in the case of inclement weather.

Candlelight Hospitality Nights on the Washington Street Mall

Thursday, Dec. 8 & 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Merchants open their doors to welcome shoppers, visitors and friends. If you have been a good girl or boy, you might even get offered a treat and some spirits along the way. And be sure to join in with the Towne Crier Carolers who will be strolling the three-block avenue of the Washington Street Mall singing Christmas carols and wishing you Christmas cheer.

Fall in Cape May

Each season in Cape May has its pluses, but Fall is a particular favorite of all. The weather is still warm and lovely. The crowds have diminished, but there are still enough people around to make life interesting. Birders flock here to watch the Autumn migration. The foliage, which takes much longer to turn than that of our New England neighbors, still inspires merchants, farmers and  B&B owners to get out the pumpkins and start decorating.  Enjoy this Cape May postcard.

Pictures by Macy Zhelyazkova and Susan Tischler.

Taking the chaos out of the kitchen

The mere thought of cooking for a crowd sends some people into full-blown panic attacks. Cooking for a dozen or more people in a home kitchen does present some challenges, but there is no need to reach for the Valium or martinis to ease the stress. Most professional chefs do have the advantage over the home cook with regard to space and equipment. The greatest tool a chef uses however, is not a knife or a fancy oven, but their ability to logistically organize the event. The real challenge to the party host is how to put out an excellent meal and not be chained to the kitchen. The industry phrase for this is Mise En Place, meaning everything in its place. Good mise en place is not only having the food prepared, but your tools sharp and organized plus a detailed prep list, time line and a good menu.

Menu planning is often the key to a successful holiday meal. If you have too many dishes that need last minute preparation, kitchen chaos will consume you. To avoid this, there are a few friends you can turn to. No, not Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. The crockpot. In the professional kitchen, chefs use a steam table to hold side dishes and sauces. The crockpot, which most people have hidden away in a corner cabinet, can act as a home steam table. Mashed potatoes can be made several hours in before the turkey finishes and held on low in the crockpot. This frees up valuable stovetop space for dishes that need last minute preparation. Pre-preparation can also save valuable last minute time.

Blanching vegetables will allow you to serve green beans deserving of that moniker. Canned-green-bean casserole often occupies a space on the holiday table more for its ease of preparation than for its culinary desirability. Blanching is the partial cooking of an item that will be finished at a later time. For green vegetables, boiling salted water is needed as well as ice water to shock the vegetables and stop the cooking process. To properly blanch vegetables, cook until the desired color and texture is reached, slightly less if you are persnickety about your vegetables. Immediately drain the vegetables and run cold water over them in a colander a couple handfuls of ice will also help to quickly stop the cooking process. Drain the vegetables well and store the cooled vegetables in the refrigerator in covered containers. They can now be sautéed at the last minute retaining their freshness and nutrients. Sweet potatoes can also be partially cooked ahead of time. then baked in your favorite casserole recipe. With sweet potatoes and other root vegetables. slightly undercook and let cool naturally placing these types of foods in cold water just makes them soggy.

Knowing what foods can be prepared ahead of time and safely held can be an invaluable tool for the home cook. Roasts, such as turkey and prime rib, are also time savers for the holiday host. If you are feeding a large quantity of people, think about two medium turkeys or rib roasts instead of trying to cook Birdzilla or Babe the blue ox in your home oven. Two 12-15 lb. turkeys can be fit in the same oven, side by side, and will take much less time than cooking a 20-plus pound behemoth bird.

Another chef tip is browning flour in the oven for darker gravies and sauces. This step can be done days ahead of time and kept in a tightly covered container. Use browned flour instead of kitchen bouquet or gravy master, both of which are nothing more than overpriced food coloring.

A technique that separates the professional from the home cook is letting the meat rest. Often at home, all the food is waiting on the table for the dang pop-up thermometer to let you know it is safe to eat the bird. As soon as the thermometer appears Dad or Grandpa are hacking at the turkey, like a five year old at a birthday piñata. Instead, remove the meat from the roasting pan. Place it on a platter, loosely cover with foil. While its resting for fifteen minutes or more, you can transform the pan drippings into gravy. This will also allow you to finish sautéing your blanched vegetables or other last minute dishes without being rushed. Your calm demeanor and delicious food will make your guest’s think that you kidnapped Martha Stewart and you have her chained to a stove in a secret basement kitchen.

Careful planning and pre-preparation can allow you extra time for what is really important around the holidays, more cocktails or, if necessary, it allows you to spend more time with friends and family and less time slaving over the stove. Try these side dishes that can be prepared ahead and finished at the last minute. Until next month, Bon Appétit.

Brussel Sprouts

(Serves 10)

  • 2 lbs Brussel sprouts (Stem trimmed, x cut in the bottom, then blanched for 6 minutes, cooled, then quartered. Can be done up to 2 days in advance.)
  • 4 oz slab bacon, diced
  • 1 onion medium, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into squares ⅛-inch thick
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup chicken stock

Have all items prepped ahead of time. Heat sauté pan over medium heat. Add bacon render. Add onions. Sauté 4 minutes until golden. Add carrots and garlic. Add Brussel sprouts. Toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Add stock. Simmer until stock is reduced by half. Swirl in butter.Toss with parsley. Serve immediately.

Browned Flour

In roasting pan, add 6 cups flour. Cook at 300 degrees for 1½ hours. Stir every 29 minutes until evenly browned. Cool. Store in air tight container in cool place for 6-8 weeks.

Hazelnut Sweet Potatoes with Sage

Persnickety Note: Not a single baby marshmallow was harmed in this recipe

  • 1 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts (Toast ahead of time. Store in fridge until ready to use.)
  • 5 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-2-inch cubes
  • 1 bunch sage, cut chiffonade
  • Flavored Butter
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 minced shallots

Whip butter with brown sugar, cinnamon and minced shallots. Can be done 3 days ahead. allow to soften day of event.

Lightly grease casserole dish with a little cinnamon sugar butter mixture. Toss sweet potatoes with salt, pepper and hazelnuts. Layer with butter. Roast at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or at turkey cooking temperature. Remove. Toss with sage and more butter mixture if desired.

‘Tis The Season!

What a wonderful autumn it has been for traveling and enjoying the outdoors with our dogs! Sunny, bright comfortable days, just a little chill in the air in the morning and evening, fall colors emerging on the trees, the southern migration of birds and butterflies filling the skies, fall festival weekends, and more! A great time of year to enjoy walks thru town, in the woods, over hill and dale! And, as we enjoy all of this, we begin to think about the winter season’s approach, the many holidays to celebrate with family and friends, and the true joy of caring, sharing, and giving. Like us, our dogs are very lucky – we have each other. But neither everyone, nor every dog is quite so lucky!

As the holidays near, we all think of how we can help to bring some joy, comfort, peace, and pleasure to others. There are so many very worthy organizations that devote their efforts to helping others in need that it becomes difficult to choose while at the same time being impossible to give to all. Like me, I’m sure you want to help in some way, but also want to be sure your donations – be it money, supplies, time and work – truly make a difference, and support the work and ideals that you feel are important. So, since the holidays will be here before we know it, let’s do some valuable research and think about how we can best help and support our causes, whether it’s an organization helping dogs/animals, or people, or both. We need to know and understand an organization’s mission – what they do and what they stand for – to be sure our donations are helping in the ways we intend.

Donating locally and donating nationally are NOT the same. Local organizations usually have more direct hands on work with the animals, while national organizations usually work more for a cause – protective legislation, animal cruelty, animal rights, etc. Even your local ASPCA or Humane Society is not always directly connected to the national organization except in name, though they all work for animals in some way.

If you want to support your local shelter or animal organization, be sure you understand the local organization’s procedures to insure that you agree with what they do and how they do it. If you want to help locally, it’s also valuable to donate time and supplies. You can be a volunteer once or more a week to be a dog walker, you can spend several hours a week helping to feed the animals and/or clean cages, you can help by fostering an animal until a forever home is found, you can collect and deliver supplies that are needed by a local organization. Every November at our house, we put up our Animal Giving Tree on our porch. Neighbors, local business people, and visitors see our sign and will bring over used/clean blankets, quilts, towels, to line crates/cages; animal food, treats, and toys; collars, leashes, and coats; and many send a check. In our neighborhood schools, several of the teachers use the collection of items for the local animal care organizations as a classroom project. We collect and we deliver. It’s all very helpful and all appreciated. You speak with a local organization near you, and do the same for them. They even like old t-shirts and aprons so they don’t get bleach on their clothes when cleaning crates/cages or washing food dishes.

You can also help locally by sharing of yourself and your dog by getting advance permission to visit a neighbor who is alone, a local assisted living facility or nursing home.

If you want to donate on a state or national level, do some research to find organizations that work for the causes you feel are important. Sandra Miniutti, Vice President of Charity Navigator, an online organization that does watchdog work rating charities, including their financial health, accountability, and results, says when donating, “Be inspired by your heart to give, but take time to use your head to make an informed choice.”

So, as the holidays approach, consider caring, sharing, and giving of yourself in some way to an organization that works full time for the causes you believe in. Consider and research how you can help with – local donations to directly help animals; state and national organizations to promote legislation for animal protection and rights; organizations which help with disaster relief and animal cruelty enforcement; organizations which support special causes such as service dogs for vets/disabled, guide dogs, hospice dogs, Puppies Behind Bars, Paws and Stripes dogs trained to assist disabled veterans, and Educated Canines Assisting the Disabled (ECAD) which is an integral part of this month’s Good Read recommendation book.

Do your research – it’s easier than you think – and enjoy the warm wonderful feeling of knowing that your donation is truly helping! Happy Thanksgiving!

Some of the above information was taken from Until Tuesday (this month’s good read recommendation), from Best Friends Magazine, from Dog Friendly Magazine, and from The Art of Giving, by Lynn M. Hayner.

Good Read Recommendation of the Month: 

Until Tuesday by former Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan

A wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him. A book of honor, injury, loyalty, hurt, devotion, and love.