In 1979, BRIAN Nice was part of a 12-man relay team that ran from Los Angeles to Maryland, landing him in the Guinness Book of World Records. And he worked as a photographer for international magazines like Elle. But four years ago, Brian suffered a traumatic brain injury. Mentally, Brian is fine, but he can no longer walk, and he lives with constant body shakes. “I make one helluva margarita,” he says.
In order to offer inspiration to other TBI survivors, Brian will begin another cross-country trip this week, this time in the car. Along the way, with the help of a team, he’ll shoot photos of America. The project, called My Point of View, will culminate in a coffee table book, a gallery exhibition, and a documentary film. Donations have been collected to fund the trip, and any surplus will be donated to New York’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center, which helps TBI survivors.
And what does all this have to do with our island? Cape May is the first stop on Brian’s 12-stop journey. He’ll only be here one day, Friday the 27th, but be sure to check out his blog (mypointofviewproject.wordpress.com) for updates on what he’s seeing and doing.
YOU know about brides — from the blushing kind to the bridezilla kind — but the lima bean kind? This will be Rachel Trasatti, a North Cape May local, on October 12, the day of the West Cape May Lima Bean Festival in Wilbraham Park. Every year, the festival celebrates Cape May’s storied agricultural past with entertainment, lima-inspired food and crafts, and a crowning of the lima bean queen. This year, in a who-knew-things-could-get-any-quirkier addendum to the regularly scheduled programming, the festival will also celebrate the love between Rachel and fiance Robert Lester.
The couple, along with Rachel’s five-year-old daughter, spent many days this summer admiring the shady space that is Wilbraham Park. “When most people think of having a wedding in Cape May,” Rachel told us, “they think of the beach. But West Cape May is a special, hidden part of town. One day, I said to Robert, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to get married here?’.”
Of course, the couple hadn’t anticipated tying the knot this soon — Rachel’s dress hasn’t even arrived yet, and she’s still not clear on all the details of her ceremony. But last month, when friend Todd Land, a member of the Friends of Wilbraham Park, came into Big Lots in North Cape May, where Rachel and Robert both work, and he and Rachel got to talking, it seemed like a fun idea. Event organizer Diane Flanegan, loved it immediately.
Approximately 30 of the couple’s family members and friends have been invited… along with the entire town. You’ll be able to see the wedding, too, if you’re at the festival around 4pm. Just look for the woman carrying the lima bean bouquet. “I always came to this event as a kid, hoping to be the lima bean queen,” Rachel told us. “Now I get to be the lima bean bride.” Congratulations to the happy couple, who are expecting a little bean of their own this March.