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Articles by Susan Tischler

Susan Tischler is the editor of CapeMay.com and Cape May Magazine.

  1. Polar Bear Plunge 2014

    By Susan Tischler January 21st, 2014 Comments Off on Polar Bear Plunge 2014

    The Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics New Jersey took place in Wildwood Saturday, January 18. More than 900 registered at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Each participant pledges $100 or more to take a brazen romp into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Are they crazy? Crazy generous. Donations totaled $188,170.

  2. Christmas Eve at USCG Training Base, Cape May

    By Susan Tischler December 30th, 2013 1 Comment

    The 187 recruits at Cape May’s Training Center for the United States Coast Guard were the beneficiaries of the Jersey Cape Military Spouses’ Club ‘s Adopt-a-Recruit program. Now in its third year, the wives gather together a few days before and stuff stockings for the recruits filled with gift cards, hair gel, other necessities, some […]

  3. Sunshine News & Beach Celebrates Grand Opening

    By Susan Tischler December 3rd, 2013 518 Comments

    Sunshine News & Beach owner Ron Sayle made it official this morning when members of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May gathered at the funky store on Gurney Street, near Beach Avenue, to cut the ribbon. The store’s Facebook page describes it as “intellectual, international, special interest magazines, newspapers, greeting cards,products made from […]

  4. Fall Festival at Beach Plum Farm

    By Susan Tischler October 8th, 2013 433 Comments

    The first Beach Plum Farm Fall Festival was Saturday Oct. 5. The Fest continues each Saturday throughout the month of October.

  5. Coast Guard Chiefs Win 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Race

    By Susan Tischler October 1st, 2013 547 Comments

    The Coast Guard Chief were the ovrall winners in the 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Festival.

  6. Japanese Delegation Visits South Cape May Meadows

    By Susan Tischler September 24th, 2013 509 Comments

    It seems Japan is mighty interested in the preservation efforts which restored South Cape May Meadows in 2006.

  7. Alexandra Marie Bruno Crowned 81st Queen Maysea

    By Susan Tischler August 13th, 2013 6 Comments

    Mayor Edward Mahaney, Jr. crowned Alexandra Marie Bruno the 81st Queen Maysea last night at a ceremony held at Convention Hall. Alexandria’s first job as queen will be to lead the 81st Annual Baby Parade Friday, August 2. Last year’s queen, Erin Rose Connelly, was on hand to turn over the reins. Speaking to a […]

  8. 38th Annual Peach Festival

    By Susan Tischler August 9th, 2013 Comments Off on 38th Annual Peach Festival

    Cobblers, Cakes, Pies, Peaches & Ice Cream – highlighted this year’s The 38th Annual Peach Festival, sponsored by the Women’s Community Club of Cape May.  The festival was  held Friday, August 9 in Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Hall. All proceeds from the event go to various community projects. The Women’s Community Club […]

  9. 81st Cape May Baby Parade

    By Susan Tischler August 2nd, 2013 374 Comments

    The newly crowned Queen Maysea – Alexandra Marie Bruno – led the 81st Annual Cape May Baby Parade Friday morning down Beach Avenue to Convention Hall where Mayor Edward Mahaney, Jr. announced the coveted Baby Parade trophies. The winner of the Carlyle Dennis Memorial Award for Best Overall Entry was the float Surfer Girl – […]

  10. Solar Boat Chronicles Docks in Cape May

    By Susan Tischler July 9th, 2013 213 Comments

    Solar 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 […]

  11. Cape May Celebrates 34th Independence Day Parade

    By Susan Tischler July 9th, 2013 7 Comments

    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. [nggallery id=161]  

  12. Designer Show House Opens to the Public

    By Susan Tischler July 1st, 2013 8 Comments

    On 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 […]

  13. ArtBox Opens in WIldwood July 2

    By Susan Tischler June 28th, 2013 406 Comments

    The Wildwood boardwalk is known for the gleeful screams of children on rides, the tram car and its long and free beaches. Now added to the list will be the ArtBOX. The ArtBOX is a collection of 11 upcycled shipping containers on Adventure Pier. It now houses everything from art studios and an Exit Zero […]

  14. Saltwater Cafe opens at South Jersey Marina

    By Susan Tischler June 28th, 2013 7 Comments

    The newly renovated Saltwater Café in the South Jersey Marina is officially open and serving breakfast and lunch. Not only does the café offer both indoor and outdoor seating at the restaurant, they have available both shower and laundry facilities for boaters. Coming soon is a new deli, featuring dockside fare, as well as a […]

  15. 6th Annual Harbor Fest Enjoys Sunny Skies and Great Crowds

    By Susan Tischler June 17th, 2013 259 Comments

    Cape May’s 6th Annual Harbor Fest, Saturday, June 15  combined the best elements of a street festival and community block party complete with vendors, nature programs, children activities, live music, exhibits, a beer garden, and the ever popular scallop challenge.This year WIBG (Wibbage) & Philly Bill Culp broadcast live from the festival this year. Five […]

  16. Who’s New, Who’s Moved, Who’s Gone 2013

    By Susan Tischler June 1st, 2013 7 Comments

    It’s June and time for the long awaited CapeMay.com’s Who’s New, Who’s Moved and Who’s Gone.

  17. The Garden Club of Cape May Hosts 2013 Flower Show at Convention Hall

    By Susan Tischler May 1st, 2013 169 Comments

    The Garden Club of Cape May returned to Convention Hall for its 2013 flower show. The theme, “Victorian Pastimes: The Way It Was” was held Tuesday, April 30 from noon to 5 p.m.  Restricted by social rules and traditions the Victorians successfully communicated through the language of flowers.  The show featured floral design entries in […]

  18. First Annual Capt. Mey Day on the Washington Street Mall

    By Susan Tischler April 22nd, 2013 Comments Off on First Annual Capt. Mey Day on the Washington Street Mall

    The merchants of the Washington Street Mall and the City of Cape May celebrated the first annual Captain Mey Day Saturday, April 20th. It is a celebration of the founding of Cape Mey (later Anglicized to May) by the Dutch sea explorer Captain Cornelius Mey. Events included authentic Dutch Klompen (dancers), a guest appearance by […]

  19. The Bread Lady

    By Susan Tischler April 16th, 2013 488 Comments

    Her name is Elizabeth Degener. Her father calls her Biz. Her friends call her Liz. But to all who queue up on a Saturday or Sunday morning along Sunset Boulevard, she is simply known as The Bread lady.

  20. Coast Guard Searches for One – Good Samaritans Rescue Two in Cape May

    By Susan Tischler April 11th, 2013 Comments Off on Coast Guard Searches for One – Good Samaritans Rescue Two in Cape May

    Crew members from Coast Guard Station Cape May, N.J. are seen in the photo at right transferring two boaters to emergency medical services personnel who were waiting on the station’s pier, Thursday, April 4, 2013, after good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessels Captain Brown and Sandra Lee rescued them from the water. The station crew […]

  21. 2013 Easter Fashion Stroll

    By Susan Tischler April 1st, 2013 1 Comment

    The 2013 Easter Fashion Stroll, sponsored by the City of Cape May, the Washington Street Mall Merchants and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May,  prevailed even though light showers threatened to dampen the day mid-way through the judging.  But both the judges and the participants braved on. Mayor Edward Mahaney, Jr. presided over […]

  22. North Wildwood Fifth Graders Celebrate American History at Congress Hall

    By Susan Tischler February 14th, 2013 Comments Off on North Wildwood Fifth Graders Celebrate American History at Congress Hall

    Fifth grade students at Margaret Mace School dressed up as past U.S. Presidents Wednesday, Feb.13 and toured historic Congress Hall.  They will also met “President and Mrs. Benjamin Harrison,” of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), who stopped by to give the students a tour and quick history lesson.  The students will […]

  23. Cape May Music Festival named ‘Favorite Music Festival’ in 2012 People’s Choice Awards

    By Susan Tischler February 11th, 2013 Comments Off on Cape May Music Festival named ‘Favorite Music Festival’ in 2012 People’s Choice Awards

    The Cape May Music Festival, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), has been chosen “Favorite Music Festival” in the 2012 annual People’s Choice Awards administered by the Discover Jersey Arts program of ArtPride New Jersey. Now in its fifth year, the awards honor the work of arts organizations over the […]

  24. Cape May Brewery Company: Not Your Ordinary Home Brew

    By Susan Tischler February 1st, 2013 8 Comments

    Going to a Cape May Brewery tasting is like going to a party.

  25. Mission Inn and Albert Stevens Inn Ranked Top B&Bs in the Country

    By Susan Tischler January 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Mission Inn and Albert Stevens Inn Ranked Top B&Bs in the Country

    Trip Adviser has released their Travelers’ Choice 2013 Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the U.S. and our very own Albert Stevens Inn on Myrtle Avenue in West Cape May and The Mission Inn on New Jersey Avenue in Cape May ranked number five and number 25, respectively. One of the reasons cited for the […]

  26. MAC Volunteer of the Month

    By Susan Tischler January 9th, 2013 9 Comments

    Taylor Zeides, 14, of Ocean City, N.J., is the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) Volunteer of the Month for January. MAC Chief Outreach Officer Mary Stewart nominated Zeides for her assistance this past fall. She is the youngest daughter of Melissa Zeides, MAC’s Chief Operating Officer, and she volunteers for MAC events […]

  27. Local Wines and Local Chef Featured at the James Beard Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner

    By Susan Tischler December 31st, 2012 Comments Off on Local Wines and Local Chef Featured at the James Beard Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner

    Brush with Greatness Alert!

  28. Couple gets engaged at Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate

    By Susan Tischler December 20th, 2012 Comments Off on Couple gets engaged at Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate

    Pictured Here: Staff members at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) were in on the secret prior to Mike Wulster, 24, right, of South River, N.J., asking Michelle Gallagher, 23, left, of Staten Island, N.Y., to marry him. Shown here, after the proposal, the newly engaged couple celebrates the moment at the […]

  29. Battle of the Bulge Veterans Honored at the Mad Batter

    By Susan Tischler December 5th, 2012 Comments Off on Battle of the Bulge Veterans Honored at the Mad Batter

    Veterans of that campaign were honored at the Mad Batter, Jackson Street, Wednesday, Dec. 5.

  30. Congress Hall Celebrates 6th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Concert

    By Susan Tischler December 4th, 2012 329 Comments

    Congress Hall became a haven for families as it lit up Friday night for the holidays. Transforming into its own winter wonderland, Congress Hall was infused with holiday spirit and decorated from head to toe with Christmas trees, wreaths and garland. This year the Congress Hall Christmas tree was a 30-foot Blue Spruce Evergreen with […]

  31. 47th Annual Christmas Parade

    By Susan Tischler December 3rd, 2012 3 Comments

    Unseasonably warm weather made this year’s 47th Annual Christmas Parade a delight for young and old. Crowds lined the parade route along Broadway, West Perry and Carpenters Lane. And a good time was had by all. The winners are listed by categories below. [nggallery id=149] Decorated Fire Trucks First Place #90 Tuckahoe Second Place #70 […]

  32. Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

    By Susan Tischler December 3rd, 2012 520 Comments

    Mild weather drew an unusually large and enthusiastic crowd Friday Nov. 30 for the Annual Cape May City Christmas Tree Lighting held at Rotary Park. City officials, the Cape Harmonaires and a special visit from a jolly old man in a red suit highlighted the event. [nggallery id=148]

  33. Annual Congress Hall Christmas Tree Donated by Local Man

    By Susan Tischler November 20th, 2012 811 Comments

    Local Man Donates 30 foot Tree for Annual Congress Hall Holiday Celebration Congress Hall’s Christmas tree is a time honored Cape May tradition. This year’s tree was donated by Mr. John Gerolstein, a local resident of Cape May. Workers cut down the 30-foot Blue Spruce Evergreen on Monday, November 19th and then transported it the […]

  34. MAC Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Physick Estate

    By Susan Tischler November 20th, 2012 7 Comments

    The first of Cape May’s three Christmas Tree Lightings took place Saturday at the Physick Estate grounds. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts event kicks off the holiday season on the Island and  kids were thrilled to see Santa arrive just in time to pull the  switch and light the giant tree. Visitors could also […]

  35. Merchants Decorate Mall with a Touch of Whimsy

    By Susan Tischler October 25th, 2012 Comments Off on Merchants Decorate Mall with a Touch of Whimsy

    The Decor Committee for the Mall merchants did a bang up job again this year. Individual stores created scarecrows to adorn the Mall. Hay bales, pumpkins and corn stalks added the finishing touches. [nggallery id=142]  

  36. Annual Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat on the Mall a Howling Success

    By Susan Tischler October 22nd, 2012 328 Comments

    Thousands of little Trick-or-Treaters descended the Washington Street Mall Sunday, Oct. 21 for the Mall Merchant’s annual event. Following Trick-or-Treat, the Cape May’ Halloween Parade got underway and brought out the best and the worst in scary and whimsical masqueraders. And the winners are: 012 Cape May Annual Halloween Parade Final Awards List Special Awards […]

  37. Scarecrow Alley Scarier and More Creative Than Ever

    By Susan Tischler October 15th, 2012 3 Comments

    The 4th Annual Scarecrow Contest sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is underway, and it’s time to rally friends, family, schoolmates and colleagues to visit the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, and vote for your favorite goulish crow whose creators are competing for prizes, with an overall prize of $200 […]

  38. 1st Annual Dragon Boat Fest Floats to Success

    By Susan Tischler October 15th, 2012 Comments Off on 1st Annual Dragon Boat Fest Floats to Success

    The city’s first Dragon Boat Fest, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May,  had a remarkably beautiful, crisp fall day and many, many participants to make it a great success. Boaters raced from noon to 5 p.m. at Cape May Harbor raising money for their charitable causes. Thirty-three teams, made up of […]

  39. Vintage Ball Adds Grand Flair to Victorian Weekend

    By Susan Tischler October 8th, 2012 Comments Off on Vintage Ball Adds Grand Flair to Victorian Weekend

    Couples waltzed their way ‘round the dance floor during the Vintage Dance Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7. Vintage Dance instructor Martha Griffith taught dance students to  kick-up their heels as they did in Cape May’s Victorian heyday.  Later Saturday evening students tested their new steps at a costumed Vintage Ball with […]

  40. Doris Wilcox Wins Cape May Magazine’s Lima Bean Counting Contest

    By Susan Tischler October 8th, 2012 Comments Off on Doris Wilcox Wins Cape May Magazine’s Lima Bean Counting Contest

    Drum roll please – Doris Wilcox of Flemington, NJ is the big winner of Cape May Magazine’s Lima Ben Counting Contest. Doris eyeballed the Lima beans at Saturday’s West Cape May Lima Bean Festival held at Wilbraham Park. Her guess was 2,681. The actual count? 2,743. Doris wins a one year subscription to Cape May […]

  41. Lima Bean Fest 2012

    By Susan Tischler October 8th, 2012 843 Comments

     The lowly legume gets the attention it so deserves once a year at the West Cape May Lima Bean Festival. Organizers could not have had better weather and people came by the throngs to Wilbraham Park to buy Lima Bean soup, t-shirts, potter and ear rings and so much more. Originally organized to celebrate the […]

  42. Oktoberfest 2012

    By Susan Tischler October 1st, 2012 325 Comments

    The Jackson Street Oktoberfest was held on  Saturday, September 29. It was a beautiful day and a great way to enjoy it. Beer, oompahpah band music and tons of vendors selling their wares and yummy food and treats. Everyone walks back with a  smile – we’re sure the beer helps – but no matter the […]

  43. Washington Street Mall Fall Sidewalk Sale Underway

    By Susan Tischler September 13th, 2012 366 Comments

      The semi annual Washington Street Mall Sidewalk Sale is underway. It began at 9 a.m. Thursday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 16. Sidewalk sale hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A spring Sidewalk Sale takes place in May – the weekend before Memorial Day. [nggallery id=135]    

  44. Biking the Island

    By Susan Tischler September 1st, 2012 186 Comments

    We take you on a tour of Cape May’s best bicycle routes.

  45. 80th Annual Baby Parade – Another Winning Year

    By Susan Tischler August 3rd, 2012 412 Comments

    The 80th Annual Cape May Baby Parade came back home to a new Convention Hall after a four year outdoor hiatus. All the participants welcomed coming into the new AIR CONDITIONED Convention Hall to receive their awards. And a good time was had by most. [nggallery id=129]

  46. The Schooner Wolf Docks in Cape May

    By Susan Tischler July 9th, 2012 298 Comments

    The Schooner Wolf docked at South Jersey Marina last week for a brief stop off. Visitors were permitted to board the 74-foot topsail schooner and get a glimpse of the past. The Wolf is homeported in Key West, Florida and is designated the Flagship o the Conch Republic. She sailed the waters of the Florida […]

  47. 33rd Annual Independence Day Parade

    By Susan Tischler July 9th, 2012 Comments Off on 33rd Annual Independence Day Parade

    Despite the record breaking heat, the City of Cape May’s 33rd Annual Independence Day Parade began on time – 1 p.m. at the corner of Madison Ave. and Beach Avenue.     [nggallery id=124]

  48. The Boys of Summer

    By Susan Tischler July 1st, 2012 14 Comments

    In 1932, the depression loomed heavily over Cape May. Bath houses, once popular, were becoming passé. So Steven J. Steger set up his own beach rental operation, and the rest is history.

  49. Mary Stewart – 25 Years of Service Honored

    By Susan Tischler June 22nd, 2012 Comments Off on Mary Stewart – 25 Years of Service Honored

    The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) honored Outreach Director Mary Stewart Monday, June 18 for her 25 years of service to the organization. She was presented with a plaque and a bouquet of flowers at an informal surprise gathering at the Carriage House Cafe & Tea Room on the grounds of the […]

  50. 33rd Annual Great Cape May Footrace

    By Susan Tischler June 21st, 2012 8 Comments

    The 33rd Annual Great Cape May Footrace, held on May 12, gave runners a first hand look at the new Convention Hall which opened Memorial Day weekend. The race began in front the Convention Hall at 8 a.m. In the 5K race, the top male finisher was Kai Bithell (No. 53) of Cape May.  Top […]