Life in Cape May

A column about Cape May, NJ through the eyes of a year round resident.

Spring 2014 or Winter: What Season is it Anyway?

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Cape May, NJ -  Today we officially mark the first day of Spring 2014.  Everyone is aching for Spring to get here and stay here, after this long, cold winter.  And the weekend ahead certainly sounds like a Spring weekend. But, before we pack up our winter coats for good, lets look back a week. [...]

Cape May’s Concrete Ship: A Valentine

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Cape May, NJ – Go to the little cove known as Sunset Beach and, in the distance, you can see a bump in the Delaware Bay. It’s the deteriorating hulk of a once massive ship. Her name is Atlantus. The remains of Atlantus have no function and certainly no beauty. There’s no reason for anyone [...]

Cold Weather Freezes Pipes in Cape May Homes

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Cape May, NJ -  Cape May’s cold weather this month is doing more than freezing portions of the Cape May Canal and the Delaware Bay.  Vacation homeowners along the shore are finding their water pipes are freezing and bursting like never before. It seems everyone knows someone who’s had to deal with a frozen or [...]

Cape May Winter Fog

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You know what the daylight will bring even before you get out of bed. The pinger on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal jetty tells you that you will be greeted by fog and this morning was no exception. Winter fog is not infrequent in Cape May.  This morning’s fog was particularly thick and much of [...]

West Cape May’s Pumpkin Man

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West Cape May, NJ -  Every Halloween for years, one West Cape May house has been a must visit for children both young and old. Doug Letterman and Susan Crossan have delighted a generation of West Cape May kids with dozens of hand carved pumpkins. But this year, they put the word out to the [...]

West Cape May Lima Bean Festival, At Last!

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Cape May, NJ – Empanada Mama was serving up her famous flaky pastries filled with lima bean succotash.  The Good Earth Restaurant was ladling out cups of homemade lima bean pasta fagioli soup.  Bliss Ice Cream had dozens of containers of homemade lima bean ice cream at the ready. All seemed almost normal at West [...]

September in Cape May

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Cape May, NJ -  Every year, right around Labor Day, you can feel the change in the air and the town. Summer’s intensity gives way to autumn’s sigh of relief. Vacationers with school aged children vanish from the beaches almost overnight. Time to get back to the classrooms. In their place are wide open swaths [...]

Cape May Ferry Crossing

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Cape May, NJ – A lazy summer day on the Cape May Lewes Ferry.   What do you do when you have over an hour to kill in the middle of the Delaware Bay, between Lewes and Cape May? There’s nothing more Zen-like than staring out to sea, especially if it’s a sunny, calm day on [...]

Holiday Christmas Light Extravaganza

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North Cape May, NJ – Just on the other side of the Cape May Canal, two sisters stand in a front yard and plot this year’s holiday decorations. When the post hole digger comes out, you know this will not be  your ordinary strand of colored lights. Tracey and Carollee Schick, along with Carrollee’s son [...]

West Cape May Christmas Parade 2012

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Cape May, NJ – The firetrucks were flashing on and off like 3-D day-glo art works.  Mummers and marching bands filled the night with music. The only thing missing in the West Cape May Christmas Parade Saturday night were winter coats. It was  a remarkably balmy evening. Parade goers along Broadway hopped from open house [...]