An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
I did something this week that I thought I would never do. I was completely against it, was unwavering in my convictions, thought it was a pointless waste of time (and I waste enough time engaging in pointless activities). Despite my resolution, I caved in and signed up for a Facebook account. Now I’m completely consumed! It hasn’t even been a week, and I already fully realize what a valuable tool it can be. For the record, I know that I’m somewhat behind in trends, but that’s always been the case. I like to be a silent observer before I become an active participant.
My initial intention was solely to reconnect with high school classmates. However, as I expanded my search, I realized how many shops, restaurants, and events (yes, actual events) have Facebook pages. For some of you, this information may be old news. However, if like me, you haven’t joined this social networking community, or if you have, but have not fully discovered its potential, now is the time to pay close attention! This is beneficial to both residents and visitors of Cape May.
Currently, I’m “following” Cabanas Beach Bar, Cape May Winery, Lucky Bones, and Martini Beach. But you can choose Cape May Jazz Festival, Cape May Whale Watching, Singer-Songwriter Cape May, Cape May Chamber, and Cape May Beaches, just to name a few. You will receive up-to-date information about specials, discounts, events, new items, schedules, and menus. You can post questions and actually have staff or patrons respond. For example, I learned that Cape May Winery has tours starting every day at 3pm, reservations are recommended, and you can taste two wines for FREE or six wines for $6 and keep the glass! I also learned that there is a sidewalk sale on September 16, Cabanas has a tailgate buffet for Monday Night Football and drink specials with local flavors of the host teams, Oktoberfest is on October 2 on Jackson Street, Lucky Bones serves breakfast, and Martini Beach has a $5 happy hour daily from 3-6pm. Whew! This is only a sliver of the information that I obtained. Now, you may wonder what the difference is between “following” these places and events on Facebook and just searching for them the traditional way on the Internet. With Facebook, you have the information sent to you on a silver platter — as soon as it is posted; the news is contained on your own page, or “wall”. It’s that easy and convenient.
So join the rest of the world, as I reluctantly did, and sign-up for Facebook to stay in touch with Cape May, learn about upcoming events, and follow Exit Zero!