Winter’s Coming

Cape May, NJ -  You get a glimpse of it on the newly empty streets on a Monday afternoon. There’s a whiff of it in the early wood smoke from a neighbor’s house.  You hear it in conversations about installing back up generators.

Winter’s coming.

No matter how many festive holiday events are happening right now – and there are many – we who live year round on Cape Island know what’s next.

Cape May in winter has never been an easy proposition. Just ask the native Americans who, hundreds of years ago, came for the summer oysters but got out of here by November.

blizzard february 2010

Mall during the Blizzard, February 10, 2010

Last year, the Blizzards of 2010 upped the ante significantly.

After digging out of several feet of snow and losing power for days in February 2010,  Cape May residents would never again look at winter in the same way.

That was the year our local psyche morphed into a Buffalo, New York frame of mind.


This year,  we’re basking in unseasonably warm temperatures, with nary a frost in sight,.

We marvel at the ageratums still blooming in our yard as we string our holiday lights.  We wear light jackets, not coats, to do our Christmas shopping.

But we can read a calendar. And smell the wood smoke.  So, even in the midst of the holiday preparations, our thoughts stray to Nor’Easters and back up generators.

We know what’s next.

About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.