Tickets, Tickets, Everywhere…
We had heard stories that, during the Dragon Boat Festival the last weekend of September, so many parking tickets were issued that the streets looked as though they’d been “lined with little flags.” Participants and spectators questioned why police officers would target the harbor area during an event that not only raises money for charity (over $10,000) but brings so many people — and so much business — to Cape May during our shoulder season. “I understand the cops were just doing their job,” one person, who opted to remain anonymous, told us. “But it’s kind of like giving out tickets at a funeral. They could have looked the other way.” This man received a $54 fine for not leaving 25 feet between his vehicle and the corner, although, he says, he’s not sure how the ticketing officer knew for certain, without a measuring tape, that this was the case. “I’ll say this much; it was very close,” he told us.
Others, including Doreen Talley, Outreach Officer for the Greater Cape May Chamber of Commerce, which put on the event, say the police weren’t issuing fines for the sake of it. “All of the violations we have heard of were blatant violations,” Doreen said. These include the blocking of fire hydrants and the parking of vehicles in clearly labeled, off-limits sections of the Coast Guard base.
Change Of Command
On Wednesday, Ron Goldstein, who you might remember from his Park Boulevard dental practice, was sworn in as President of the Greater Cape May Chamber of Commerce. “I am very happy to stay involved with our business community and will strive toward increasing tourism through cooperation and friendship with the city of Cape May and county tourism,” he told us. This officially ends the three-year term of John Cooke, although we know John will long be an advocate for Cape May. Just last week, he contacted us with this info: Those flag-pole looking structures which have been erected on the dunes of our beach are part of a wireless PA system being installed by the city primarily for use by lifeguards. Thanks for the tip, John, and thanks for your service. And best of luck, Ron!
Birds Of A Feather
The Young Birders Club will host a Young Birders Day at various venues on October 19, with free opportunities for kids to take part in hawk and songbird banding demos. It’s a wonderful chance to meet with learned naturalists and discover what makes Cape May the birding capital of the planet. Another reason to participate? “Study after study has shown that kids who go out into the natural world are healthier and happier,” Debra Crossley told us, back when she founded the Young Birders in April. “That’s the goal. It’s about enjoying the outdoors, which is such a difficult thing these days with so much time spent on computers.” But even more than that, it’s about cultivating the next generation of conservationists. “These are the wardens of the future,” she said. Email email@example.com for more information.
A Sporty Film Festival
Last year’s Cape May Film Festival featured a movie about ballet, which “didn’t generate much male interest,” according to Cape May Film Society President Dottie Knapp. To appeal to both genders, this year’s festival, happening October 25-27 at the Chalfonte Hotel, includes a talk by CBS sports announcer (and this reporter’s former journalism professor at Saint Joseph’s University) Glen Macnow, once called by Philadelphia magazine the best sportswriter in the city. He authored, along with NFL Hall of Fame Writer Ray Didinger, The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies, and the two writers will be discussing their favorite of these films. “They’ll be showing excerpts from these movies,” Dottie says. “which, of course, aren’t just about sports; they’re about life.” Also on the docket this year? A class on editing your home movies so that they become, rather than “just a mess on your iPhone,” something a bit more watchable; a series of short films for your viewing pleasure; a showing of Oscar-nominee The Beasts of the Southern Wild with a special appearance by the film’s co-producer, Chris Carroll; and, as ever, so much more. “The chairs are hard-bottomed,” Dottie says. “All you need to remember is to bring a pillow to sit on.” Visit njstatefilmfestival.com.
Mad Batter Beer Dinner
On 10/11, enjoy local microbrews paired to a delicious four-course meal. $65. 7:30pm. Call 609-884-5404.
Murder Mystery Dinner
From 10/12-10/14, The Impromptu Players invade the dining room of Carriage House Cafe and Tea Room for the new mystery, Revenge is Sweet. $45. 7pm. Call 609-884-5404.
West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
On 10/12, a celebration of Cape May’s storied agricultural past takes place in Wilbraham Park. 9am-5pm.
Grand Slam Breakfast
On 10/12, the Freemasonry opens its doors to the public for this breakfast and tour. 1105 Seashore Road. 9am-1pm. Adut tickets, $7; children free.
Winery Cellar Tour And Tasting
From 10/12-10/13, spend an afternoon at the award-winning Cape May Winery, learning the the wine-maker’s art. Call 609-884-5404.
Champagne Brunch Walk
On 10/13, build up your appetite with a walking tour of the Historic District that begins at the Washington Street Mall, and then enjoy a southern-style breakfast buffet with mimosas at the Chalfonte Hotel. Call 609-884-5404.
Christmas Parade Fundraiser
Enjoy Dot Burton’s Southern Fried Chicken dinner at the Chalfonte Hotel’s
Magnolia Room Restaurant. Tickets are available at the West Cape May Borough Hall or at the door. Cost: $25 per person. Cash bar available. Seating begins at 6pm. Call 609-884-1005 ext. 2.
Tea Luncheon, Temperance Debate
On 10/15, join Dr. Physick at the Carriage House Cafe And Tearoom as he attempts to maintain decorum.12:30pm. $25. Call 609-884-5404.
Hurricane Sandy Photography Show
On 10/16, Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society presents Dale Gerhardt. who will share his collection of storm photos from Hurricane Sandy. 7pm. Visit cmcmuseum.org.
On 10/20, expect “the atmosphere to be relaxed,” says Michael Craig of the Washington Inn and Cape May County Beach Plum Association. He’s talking about the local oyster roast, happening at The Cape May Winery on October 20, which the Beach Plum Association has sponsored for three years. This time, all proceeds will benefit The 4-H Foundation of Cape May County. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased by calling 609-884-5697.
Violin and Piano Concert
On 10/19, Access To Art’s “The Passion of Romanticism” will perform at Cape Island Baptist Church on Gurney and Columbia Streets. Call 609-465-3963.
Rea’s Harvest County Fair
On 10/10, stop by Rea’s Farm on Stevens Street for hayrides, pumpkins, a flea market and critters. Rain date Sunday.
From 10/19-10/20, New Jersey Lighthouses, museums and lifesaving stations will be open to the public, and your’e challenged to visit them all. Visit lighthousechallengenj.org.
On 10/20, come for music, entertainment, and dozens of costumes… spooky to kooky. Trick-or-treating starts on the mall beforehand at noon. Parade registration starts at 1:30pm on Perry and Washington Streets. Parade begins at 3pm.
68th Annual Cape May Autumn Birding Festival
From 10/24-10/26, discover why it’s known as THE bird show. Contact the Cape May Bird Observatory at 609-884-2736.
GABLES “Revenge of Sandy” Halloween Party
On 10/26, there will be a DJ, dancing, and snacks at Marq’s Pub. 8-12pm. $15 for member tickets; $18 for non-member tickets. After-party at Martini Beach. Visit gablescapemay.com.
Showing Now At SOMA NewArt Gallery:
October 5-October 27: Sam Donovan: “Down A Lazy River” and Penny Beck: “Second Nature”
Playing Now At Cape May Stage:
Freud’s Last Session: Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud pioneered the Id, the Ego and the Superego. Writer C.S. Lewis created The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In this new play, they meet in 1939 as England goes to war against the Nazis. Their evening of electrifying conversation will spark controversy. Tuesdays through Sundays through October 19 at 8pm. Call 609-884-1341.
Playing Now At East Lynne Theater:
The Late Christopher Bean: After his death, the art world wants Bean’s work. But did a New England family destroy his paintings? Through October 13 at 8pm. Call 609-884-5898.
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