Ideas, idle gossip and occasionally important odds ‘n’ ends
WE WERE recently discussing how the measure of a quality small town is having an independent hardware store. Swain’s is the perfect example of that. You’ll often wander the aisles of Home Depot or Lowes just hoping to bump into someone who might be able to direct you toward what you’re looking for. At Swain’s, the only problem is choosing which side of the store you’ll start browsing. There’s always someone to help.
This all came up because it seemed that winter was rapidly approaching. Winds were howling, temperatures were dropping and suddenly that airy home a couple blocks from the beach felt drafty and frigid. It was time to lock windows and prep for winter. Everyone in town was remembering how brutal last winter had been, so it was off to Swain’s.
Sometimes it feels like this town has two seasons: summer and winter. Those few brief moments of spring are spent clearing out the house/restaurant/shop, making sure the air conditioning still works and prepping for summer. As September ends we’re hauling our bikes inside, figuring out how to windproof that old door that’s constantly warping from humidity and prepping for winter. We get a few more weeks outside, but as November rolls in, we seek the solace of warm sheets and check the thermostat.
It’s not that we’re advocating everyone board up their doors until May – we’re just commenting that in a seaside town like this there seems to be a much more pronounced change in the air when September ends. In fact, what we ARE saying is exactly the opposite. Maybe we should all keep in mind that summer doesn’t mean the death of fun in Cape May. It does mean a lack of crowds, meters and traffic, but this weekend should be a testament to the fact that there is still plenty to do in Cape May – so drop the dour demeanor.
Which brings us to the Cape May Film Festival… flip this issue over and, hey presto, you will discover an instant festival program! Congratulations once again to festival director Tom Sims and his team. The EZ boys will be out and about at this event and we hope to see you there.
ASSEMBLING a Halloween costume is one of the the social calendar’s most exciting-yet-exhausting rituals. At first we thought a revisit to some costumes of our college days would prove a safe option, but the appeal of a couple’s plug -and-outlet costume (or any member of the Jersey Shore MTV crew) seems a little sophomoric, especially since we’re competing in the big leagues next week at the Congress Hall Phantom Ball. After flipping through last year’s photos of the event, we were a bit intimidated by the extravagant get-ups. There where smurfs and superheroes, cross-dressers, cross-bow wielding vampire hunters, Marie-Antoinette coifs bedazzled with butterflies, and at least one glam rocker with a hairspray problem.
Luckily, the Phantom Ball awards prizes in all kinds of categories. You can win for Best Couple, Funniest, Sexiest, Scariest and Most Creative. So if you missed out on a superlative in your high school yearbook, here’s your chance to claim your title.
As for the EZ crew, we’ve been scouring thrift stores and each other’s closets for the perfect components. So far we’ve got the makings of a mean Mad Hatter costume, and the bare bones of a convincing monkey get-up (if anyone’s looking to get rid of a prehensile tail, please contact the office immediately). And if you haven’t gotten your fill of Halloween fun at the Phantom Ball, keep the party going on Friday at the GABLES event in the Inn of Cape May – where that monkey costume will be quickly recycled into Bi-Curious George.
SPEAKING of superlative entertainment, if you haven’t yet seen Cape May Stage’s sensational production of Topdog/Underdog… do so! The show is of the very highest quality and even had Denzel Washington (who’s a friend of one of the stars) raving. Okay, so he never saw the show in Cape May, but he wanted to! It ends this Saturday. Call (609) 884-1341 and reserve some tickets.
THANK you to eagle-eyed realtor Bill Bezaire, who noticed our mess-up in the new EZ color issue. The last few words of Ben Miller’s scary story was cut off. Here is what was missing: “stories demonstrated, the good old days of Cape May’s past were not so pure and simple. History around every corner, indeed.”
We hope that didn’t spoil your enjoyment, and we apologize for the slip-up.