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Month: July 2013

New Kid on the 500 Block

So if you haven’t checked it out yet, stop by the 500 block of the Washington Street Mall and take a look at Galvanic, which took over the building previous occupied by Gifts Galore. By “take over,” I mean they gutted (and ripped out the floor right down to the dirt), re-imagined the layout, brought in a ton of reclaimed wood for the walls, and repainted the exterior.

Galvanic carries what I’m calling slightly upscale men’s casual and beachwear. They also stock a line of men’s grooming products, Uppercut, from New Zealand. It’s a completely different look and feel for our mall, so stop in the next time you’re in Cape May. You can also like them on Facebook.

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Solar Boat Chronicles Docks in Cape May

solar-boat-chroniclesSolar Boat Chronicles – a TV realty show based on four total strangers circumnavigating the Great Loop (6,000 miles) in a solar powered boat in order to set a Guinness record – docked briefly in Cape May shortly after midnight Sunday, July 7 and set sail at noon Monday. The crew reported that everyone at Miss Chris dock “was wonderful.”

The series is inspired by Skipper Jim Greer’s dream to circumnavigate the Great Loop in a solar powered vessel. The custom-built boat, RA (named from the Egyptian god of the sun) is built specifically for solar power and not luxury accommodations. Filming began in January and the show is expected to air on “one of the major networks very soon.” The crew also includes Danny Johnson, Suzdariffe David and  and Jaime Nudd.

Bon voyage!

Designer Show House Opens to the Public

DSC_2663On another day in Victorian Cape May, find yourself taking a peak into this year’s Designer Show House, The Cavalier Cottage. Nestled on 1109 Washington Street, it is right across from the Emlen Physick Estate. Brought to you by the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, visitors can take either guided or self-guided tours of the cottage. Admission is $15. Self-guided tours are offered daily from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours are offered nightly at 7 p.m. except for Saturdays and July 4. Add a lunch or dinner package to your tour. Lunch packages are offered daily from 11:30 a.m. with the Carriage House Café  & Tearoom ($35).  Dinner packages are available Sundays through Fridays at 5:30 p.m. with Cape May restaurants ($50). Tours of the Designer Show House can be combined with tours of the Emlen Physick Estate. Free parking. See for more information.

Parading in the Fourth


Cape May is one of the most wonderful places to be on the Fourth of July. All throughout the town there are multiple events to attend during the week of the 4th.

On July 3, Lower Township hosts a Festival & Fireworks. Beginning at 5 p.m. there are rides, food, entertainment and fun for all. Fireworks begin at 9 pm. Located on the Bayfront in North Cape May, between Lincoln and Emerson Ave. Rain date July 5.

On both July 3 and 4, from 7-9 p.m., take an excursion on the Cape May Whale Watcher to see fireworks on the Delaware Bay (July 3) and on the Oceanside in front of Congress Hall (July 4). The trip includes free pizza and hot dogs, a little dolphin watching, the sunset and of course the incredible fireworks display. Visit for tickets and more information.


On July 4, find yourself at Congress Hall for carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting, family lawn games and more, 4-9 p.m. rain or shine. On the veranda there will be the Congress Hall Festival Choir’s Patriotic sing-a-long with live music. At 5 pm, there is a picnic on the lawn featuring all American barbeque favorites and apple pie for dessert. Tickets are $12; bring your own chairs and blankets. Congress Hall also has a seated event – The Lobster Bake. Tickets are $85 for adults and $35 for children. The buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes Maine lobster, clams, sirloin steaks and more. Reserve a table for the veranda or keep cool in the ballroom. Cash bar available. Call 609-884-8421 for tickets and more information. These events are sponsored by The City of Cape May, The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May and Northstar Marine Inc.

At the Rusty Nail, entertainment includes Gregg Carpenter at 4:30 p.m. and Red Mare on at 9:30 p.m.. Gregg Carpenter makes everyone feel right at home covering all of your favorite tunes. He’s known to have a soft spot for songs that make you want to sing-along-with selections ranging from the Beatles to Steely Dan to James Taylor. The band Red Mare has grown out of a collaboration of seasoned musicians with many ties to the Cape May area. Rose Kelly, Ed Dobbs, Chuck Manich, and Andy Vernon have earned their chops in the Cape May-Philadelphia music scene.

At 7:30 p.m. in Rotary Park (Lyle Lane between Decatur and Jackson Streets) listen to the Congress Street Brass Band. Bring your own beach chair or relax on one of the comfortable park benches. Enjoy and participate in the lively music and dancing.

Cape May’s fireworks display begins at dusk, approximately 8:45 p.m. The fireworks are shot off a barge in the ocean and are visible from the promenade.

Wildwood also has Fireworks on the Beach event, located at Pine Ave. The event is free and visible from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods. Visit for more information.

On Saturday July 6 at 1 p.m., Cape May hosts its 34th Independence Parade on Beach Avenue near Convention Hall. The Fourth of July parade features a multitude of floats with marching bands, bicycle brigades, scout troops and more for all ages to enjoy.

On Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7, there are afternoon concerts, patriotic programs and family activities and more at the Historic Cold Spring Village. Visit for more information. end

What’s happening this July


Cape May in the month of July is full of exciting events for people of all ages. Fourth of July celebrations, plays and concerts are just a few of the events you can choose from to attend.

Monday July 1 at the Cape May Stage, Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker Present World Premiere of New One-Acts at 8 p.m. Two of Cape May Stage’s favorite performers are this husband and wife duo. Best known as the stars of NBC’s L.A. Law, split their time between New York City and Italy. They will perform a world premiere of amusingly anecdotal stories illustrating the entertaining dichotomy of their vastly different home lives. Go to for tickets and more information.

Tuesday July 2 the East Lynne Theater Company presents an Evening of Fables at 8 p.m. It is a Student Workshop Production with an admission-free performance. Visit for more information.

Wednesday July 3 features to Family Fun Day at the Cape May Lighthouse, located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. Kid friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique craft vendors at the base of the lighthouse from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. This event takes place every Wednesday throughout the month of July.

The Independence Day fireworks can be seen beach front at dusk on July 4. Independence Parade on Beach Avenue, near Cape May Convention Hall, takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday July 7. See Parading in the Fourth of July 2013 for more event details.

Friday July 5 at the Emlem Physick Estate, you can attend the Princesses and Pirates Luncheon. Lunch includes princess dress-up, mani-pedis and etiquette tips for the girls, and pirate gear, lessons in pirate walking and balloon swords for the boys. Enjoy a story too! $23 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12). Price includes lunch. Event limited to 20 children so reserve early. Beings at 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. For more information call 609-884-5404 or The event takes place every Friday in July.

Another event at the Emlem Physick Estate is Teddy Bear Tea Party. It is BYOB – bring your own bear (or dolly). This event features kid friendly menus and teddy bear music. Miss Jeanne and a special guest from the Cape May Teddy Bear Co. will be presenting stories and activities for the attendees as well as providing a goody bag. 11 am to 1 pm. $18 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. For more information call 609-884-5404 or The same event takes place July 21.

On Sunday July 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Cape May Macedonia Baptist Church will host “Vendors in Wilbraham Park.” This event features a variety of crafts, antiques and edible delicacies. Proceeds help support the Church building fund. Contact Dianne and Terril at 732-229-3359 for information. Rain date is July 8. Free parking and admission.

Wilbraham Park hosts Arts and Antiques Saturday, July 20 – Art & Antiques in the Park. This event is to benefit the West Cape May History Committee. From 9 am – 5 pm, rain date July 21. Call 609-884-9326 for more information.

The performance on Monday July 8 at the Cape May Stage is The Great Love of Broadway. This is performed by Star of Stage and Screen, Ron Raines and Broadway Musical Director, Don Pippin. Raines is a Tony, Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award-nominee. Their repertoire will include a number of renowned Broadway favorites, as well as a selection of songs from Raines’ latest album, Celebrating the American Spirit. Tickets are $50; visit for tickets and more information.

Cape May Convention Hall is the venue for some wonderful Stockton Goes to the Beach concerts this summer. The first performer is John Ford Coley with special guest singer-songwriter Robbie Dupreen on July 8 at 8 p.m.. Coley is known for his hit songs “Love Is the Answer,” “Gone Too Far” and “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” to name a few. Dupree is best known for his 1980 top ten pop hit, “Steal Away.” All seats are $35, call 609-884-9563 for tickets.

On Wednesday July 10 at 10:30 a.m., Stockton Performing Arts Center in conjunction with The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, is proud to present Children’s Summer Playhouse, Winnie-The-Pooh. Next week on Wednesday July 17, the performance is Jack & The Beanstalk. Wednesday July 24 the show is Dorothy Meets Alice: The Wizard of Wonderland. On Wednesday July 31, the last show of the month is Rapunzel. For all shows, tickets are $10; call Cape May Convention Hall Box Office at 609-884-9563 for more information.

The Promenade Art Show will be held on the promenade from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine. Visit or call 609-8849565 for more information.

From July 12 to July 20, East Lynne Theater Company presents Lost on the Natchez Trace. The year is 1825 and slave auctioneer Malcolm Jeters is headed home when he falls from his mule in Mississippi’s Natchez Trace during a violent storm. Injured and starving, he yells for help. The only one who appears is a runaway slave. The question is who will save whom? Visit for more information.

The second Stockton Goes to the Beach Concert features Christopher Cross on July 15 at 8 pm. Cross was the biggest new star of 1980. He defined adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit “Sailing.” He will sing all of his hits at the concert. All seats are $35, call 609-884-9563 for tickets.

Stockton Goes to the Beach continues on July 22 with Helen Reddy at 8 p.m. Reddy is a Grammy-Award-winning singer. Her hits include “I Am Woman,” “Leave Me Alone (Red Ruby Dress),” and “Angie Baby” to share a few. All seats are $35, call 609-884-9563 for tickets.

Also on July 22 at 8 p.m. is the Broadway and Cabaret star, Karen Akers, in a Cole Porter Tribute at the Cape May Stage. For the first time, the Tony-Award-nominee performs her Porter tribute in Cape May. Her repertoire of Porter classics will include faves like I Get a Kick Out of You, I Love Paris and Always True to You (In My Fashion). Tickets are $50; visit for tickets and more information.

Running from July 24 to August 31, East Lynne Theater Company presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 8:30 pm. Washington Irving’s supernatural story is adapted by James Rana who so vividly created ELTC’s last season’s The Poe Mysteries, with a cast of six playing many roles to bring the tale to life. Visit

The last Stockton Goes to the Beach concert of July ends with Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of ultimate girl group, The Ronettes, on July 29 at 8 p.m. Sherecorded the Grammy-Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.” All seats are $35, call 609-884-9563 for tickets.

Running July 31 to September 13 at Cape May Stage, Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti. Tuesdays to Sundays at 8 p.m. Bernard is engaged to Gloria. And to Gabriella. And to Gretchen. His supersonic lifestyle hits turbulence when all three invade his swanky bachelor pad in this high-flying farce from the swinging sixties. Visit for tickets and information.

Wednesday July 31 the 81st Queen Maysea Coronation at Cape May Convention Hall takes place at 8 p.m. Visit or call 609-884-9565 for more information. end

Marvin Hume

The Islander - Marvin Hume

Since being wounded in The Battle of Saipan during World War II, Marvin Hume has been eligible for the prestigious Purple Heart, a military decoration which he refuses to this day. “I saw guys much worse than me during the war,” Hume explains. “Guys with limbs missing. I wasn’t looking to beat any drums. I just did what I had to do.”

His patriotism is unwavering as he presides over the flag lowering ceremony each evening at Sunset Beach to pay honor to the men and women who have served the country.

Widowed, Hume lives with his life partner Patricia Wolfe in Erma where he recently welcomed Cape May Magazine to discuss his life, and the love he has for his community and his country.

Time to Get Sauced


Sauce making is not an art form. Art relies on inspiration to come to fruition. If diners waited for chefs to be inspired to create sauces, there would be a lot of dry food and hungry patrons. Sauce making is craftsmanship. A craftsman learns to utilize his tools, materials and skills to create a superior product. Art is admired from a distance. The product of a craftsman is utilized and enjoyed by the consumer. Craftsmanship can be learned. So can building great sauces.

The function of a sauce is to elevate and enhance the focal point of a meal. Some sauces are painstakingly built over hours and even days. These sauces are the pinnacle of the saucier craft. They require time and patience, two ingredients often in short supply for the home cook with a hungry family that wants to eat ten minutes ago. Good, even great sauces are within reach of the home cook. The place to begin to learn the craft of sauce making is at the bottom of the pan. The humble pan sauce is quick, easy and delicious.

The key qualities of a sauce are flavor, appearance and texture. The building blocks to achieve these goals are a flavorful liquid, aromatics and a thickening agent. Pan sauces provide the cook with an added flavor tool, deglazing. Searing and roasting proteins creates a caramelized exterior to the product yielding the yum factor which provides the bulk of flavor to the dish. This flavor is also left behind in the pan this can be incorporated into your sauce by deglazing with a liquid. This liquid is often wine or booze but can also be stock or even water. This is then reduced to fortify the flavors and thicken the sauce.

Enough of the theoretical jargon, we will walk through the basic pan sauce. Follow these steps and you can create a multitude of dishes by simply varying the ingredients.

  1. To make Scallops with a Mushroom-thyme Cream Sauce, dry the protein. Moisture is the enemy of browning.
  2. Get your pan hot and have all your ingredients close by. This is going to happen fast.
  3. Add oil to hot pan.
  4. Sear protein until brown on both sides and remove. Don’t worry about cooking the item thoroughly. It can be finished in the oven or returned to the sauce to finish.
  5. Add mushrooms, shallots and garlic.
  6. Move pan or stir to cook items quickly and avoid burning.
  7. Add sherry or white wine and reduce until most of the liquid is gone.
  8. Add cream and simmer until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.
  9. Finish with fresh herbs like thyme or tarragon.
  10. Add the scallops back in to warm.
  11. Taste the sauce. Adjust seasonings and serve.

Don’t like scallops? Use shrimp, chicken or veal. Don’t want a heavy cream sauce during swimsuit season? Use stock or even carrot juice. The ingredients can be varied to suit your own tastes, the technique for building the sauce never varies. That is the mark of a good craftsman.

Enjoy this month’s video and recipe for creating a pan sauce. Look forward to hearing about the dishes you create utilizing this template. end

Scallops with Sherry-Mushroom Cream Sauce

(Serves 2)

  • 10 large scallops
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 Tbsp chopped tarragon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup cream
  • ¼ cup sherry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat large sauté pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add oil. Let come to temperature.
  3. Brown scallops 4-5 minutes per side remove.
  4. Add mushrooms, shallots and garlic. Cook until softened.
  5. Deglaze with sherry. Reduce liquid by two thirds.
  6. Add cream. Reduce by half.
  7. Add tarragon, salt and pepper.
  8. Add scallops back into sauce. Warm and serve.