Cape May's Rite of Spring

Posted 3/07/10
by Jane Kashlak

Cape May, NJ —Cape May visitors and locals headed for Sunset Beach Saturday evening to mark the first real break from our bone cold winter.

It was an instinctive response to the first really nice day we've had in a long, long time.

More than a hundred people gathered to witness the magnificent sunset over Delaware Bay.

By sundown, it was a bit chilly, yes. Maybe a little too cold for the lightweight parkas many of us were wearing. But who wears a winter coat and gloves when we're celebrating the Coming of Spring?

Some got just about as close as they could get to the sunset - standing by the edge of the water or on rocky outcroppings along the bay.

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Others held back - trying to capture the big picture with their cameras from the dunes.

And still others put the camera aside and simply watched as the sun started sinking slowly below the horizon. Real memory would have to replace digital memory.

We were doing more than simply watching the sunset Saturday evening.

We were marking a turn in the weather for this snow weary town.

No more boots and snow shovels and winter gear for us. No more sloshing through icy slush or stomping through snow.

Those days, we were saying, are behind us.

It might not be Spring on the calendar but, this weekend, Cape May turned the page for good.

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