Posted by John Cooke in Blogging, Cape May on November 18, 2017
Harry Kulkowitz Family Dedicated Memorial Bench
A bench memorializing Harry Kulkowitz was dedicated this week at the World War II Lookout Tower operated by the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. In the shadow of the WWII tower overlooking the eternal flame sculpture, watching the sunset–the consensus being Harry would have loved the location.
Bartenders stood next to chefs and musicians in the afternoon breeze for the funeral of the former operator of Cape May’s Mad Batter Restaurant and Carroll Villa Hotel. He was laid to rest Thursday August 24th. Many of those staff took a break to join the afternoon memorial this week.
Harry landed on Utah Beach, Normandy on June 6, 1944 as a 20-year-old with the 114th Signal Company, sea-sick and frightened and as he says not knowing what the hell was going on! After landing, Harry went on through the whole European campaign eventually finishing in Germany.
Long after the war, in 1978, Harry started the Mad Batter restaurant and the Carroll Villa Hotel on historic Jackson Street in Cape May New Jersey. The opening of the business helped to facilitate the renaissance of great restaurants in Cape May.
Fitting perhaps the location Harry Kulkowitz family dedicated the memorial bench, was on a site managed by the organization responsible for the historical renaissance of Cape May.