Gone with the Waves

For half a century, South Cape May was the summer retreat of working-class families, tourists and titans of industry. By the early 1950s, most of the town had washed out to sea. But for one early resident, the memories linger on.

Beach’s End

Even the Boss couldn’t save the Beach Theatre. Ten years ago, in the midst of a campaign by an ad hoc group of Cape May citizens to rescue the historic Beach Theatre, Bruce Springsteen joined the chorus. The citizens group, assembled under the banner of the Beach Theatre Foundation, had scrabbled together enough money to…

The World is Your Oyster

In 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I started believing in fate because of a batch of oysters.

Dogs On the Way to Cape May

Outfitted with soft beds instead of seats, a bright red van makes its way south on the Garden State Parkway. A joyful summertime journey made by countless visitors to the Jersey shore is different for this particular vehicle in one significant way: its eight excited passengers are dogs. The purpose of their journey is a…

Lightning in a Bottle

With the opening of a new farm-based distillery in Cape May, the region is catching the first wave of a growing trend toward small-batch spirits.

A Sea Change: The challenge of rising oceans to Cape May’s future

Less than a year after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coast in 2012, wreaking $50 billion in destruction across the New York-New Jersey region, the Rutgers Climate Institute issued its State of the Climate Report 2013. Its sobering conclusion, in a nutshell: that Sandy was a warning, and that things could get much…

Mary O’Hara: Jersey Girl

At the end of the 19th century, Cape May Point was a thriving little community established as a religious retreat by prominent ministers and businessmen. Here, on July 10, 1885, a baby girl was born to the Reverend and Mrs. Reese Alsop. They called their daughter Mary O’Hara, after her maternal grandmother. Years later, upon…