Rambling About Cape May

Rambling About Cape May

It’s Wednesday, or for some, it can be hump day. In Cape May, that generally means Wing Night at the C-View on Texas Avenue.  The Squares or Dan Barry are playing music at the Mad Batter. It also means Exit Zero Magazine is at the printer. What we don’t know is whether this week’s publication will contain editor Jack Wright’s Ramblings Column. This Wednesday I’m rambling about Cape May.

Running a publishing company, a busy restaurant, one of the only gas stations on the island and a smart-looking retail empire is a fairly good reason to leave out Ramblings. For most people, I suppose Exit Zero is about the pictures. You pick it up and thumb through looking to see if Aleksey snapped your photo, somewhere in the past week.

Aleksey incidentally celebrated his birthday this week. Something you might not know unless Facebook told you so. Personally I like the content in Exit Zero. I was an avid reader of Jack’s column. Likewise, Terry O’Brien gets some ink each week. Occasionally he mentions people he sees around town. Kind of an informal accounting of who he owes drinks.


Wednesday is also the day the Star and Wave hit the newsstand. This week we will learn who paid over $6,000,000.00 for the Beach Theater Complex. I imagine we will learn what will happen with the complex. It is pre-approved for condos. Will the marquee be preserved? Will it be another hotel in Cape May?

I am immensely grateful when the editor of the Star and Wave tells me he needs a photo for the front page. A theme or topic is all he usually provides and leaves the subject up to me. The header photo of this blog post was the front page this past week.

Plenty to be Rambling about Cape May

Cape May Magazine arrives in the mail this week. Diane Hutchinson is this month’s Islander. A superbly written column by Thomas Raniszewski. Diane is the former innkeeper of the Fairthorne Cottage on Ocean Street. Hospitality is in her blood. You might recognize her at the Merion Inn now.  Tommy ( I have to call him that) included me in his column last year. Consequently, Tommy’s Islander account about me was a tipping point in my employer’s pursuit of me. The entire issue is a visual and informative feast.

Covert Cape May is a newcomer to the Cape May scene. A wise woman once told me, “to say there isn’t room for one more blog is like saying there isn’t room for another restaurant.”  In the meantime, Madison Musinski has created an informative blog about Cape May businesses and local people. Her piece on Star and Wave writer Rachel Shubin was quite nice.

Speaking of writers, Diane Stopyra wrote an excellent piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer on the Harriet Tubman museum. Diane is a (West) Cape May local who freelances for some top-notch publications, including the New York Times and Exit Zero Magazine. I especially liked how Diane portrayed the Mullock Family as spearheading the community-wide effort to establish this important museum. Coincidentally Diane is married to Jack Wright, the aforementioned composer of the original Rambling.

Cape May is catching her breath from another wildly successful Jazz Festival. One of my guests departing on Sunday relayed a wonderful Jazz Fest story. While enjoying the music on Friday night, another attendee had to leave town early. My guest was “gifted” the other person Jazz package at a fraction of the cost.

In conclusion, both people got to enjoy world-class music and in keeping with my motto about tourism: Its all of us.

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  1. November 13, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    It sure is easy to ramble on and on about Cape May! Thanks for the mention!

  2. David Greene
    November 23, 2019 / 10:56 am

    Wow! So much excellent and fascinating information in this wonderful article. Huge thanks John! I also read Diane Stopyra’s Philadelphia Inquirer article on the Harriett Tubman Museum that you linked to. (It moved me to donate.) So thrilled this museum is being built in Cape May, and that a historic, otherwise-to-be-demolished home is being renovated for this purpose. And, the story of Cape May coming together to build the museum, under the leadership of the Mullocks, is moving in itself.

    John, your blog — including the articles you choose to link to — is a fount of insightful information on Cape May. I am so grateful for it. Thank you.