So May Choices in Cape May, So little time

Barry Tischler

Barry Tischler

It’s a frustrating time of year to live in Cape May. Why? Glad you asked. There is still so much to do in this town. People think we roll up the sidewalks and head south for the winter in Cape May. While that may be true for some, those of us operating in year round businesses traveling must wait for truly slower times.photoGordonVincent

On a recent Thursday night there was so much to do it was excruciatingly difficult to choose. A Celtic style concert at a local winery, a good friend playing guitar in a local restaurant, another ensemble playing in another bar. And to add insult to injury for this Irishman, it was Irish night at the Ugly Mug.

You see the dilemma? Interesting that much of this centers around music. Just the night before this particular Thursday another local favorite, Gordon Vincent packed the Mad Batter Bar and Restaurant on what would be an otherwise slow Wednesday night.  Again, it does seem that Cape May has a thriving enclave of super talented musicians. In fact on almost every Friday night there is at least one open-mic night somewhere in town. Musicians from all over the surrounding area descend on Cape May in one establishment or another to perform and sing just for the love of it.

Yes many of us are getting ready for the winter slow down. But don’t worry about us. We’ll be sitting by the fire listening to live music performed by soon to be discovered artists who play for the love of it. Of course all will be right with the world.  Ok, have to run to hear Barry play “Whiskey in the jar”.


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  1. Megan Cattau-Zahumensky Family
    December 29, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    we just left this morning!!! we drove down from Pittsburgh…this was our first time in Cape May for the Winter. We had plenty to do! We will be back August 8-15 can’t Wait!!!!

    • captcooke
      December 30, 2013 / 9:28 am

      Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting Megan. Pretty sure you stayed with us here. Have a happy New Year.

  2. Beverly Yanich
    December 25, 2015 / 11:42 am

    Thanks much for your blogs, John. Merry Christmas! Best wishes for a glorious New Year!

    • December 26, 2015 / 12:11 pm

      Thank you Beverly, Happy New Year to you as well.