Victor Grasso Lightens Up

Running into Victor Grasso at the grocery store is disconcerting. Remember when you were a little kid and you’d see your teacher someplace out in the world? That’s kind of what it feels like. You think of them as belonging in one place, as one thing, and seeing him or her anywhere else feels…weird. Since…

Soap Story

Spring cleaning is all about making the time to refresh and rejuvenate after a long winter. But while most people focus on the home, don’t forget the body. It’s time to clear out the old bath products and look into a few of these handmade varieties from local artisans. When customers step into Bath Time,…

Restless Spirits: Cape May’s most haunted bars

The traffic signals were winking continuously yellow on a beautiful autumn day last October, as Cape May resident Brady Schoenrock drove down Beach Avenue. “They were blinking in perfect sync,” he recalls. “No traffic at all, just these empty streets.” What a great picture this would make, he thought, and popped his iPhone onto the…

The Devil and the Details

It isn’t too likely that Chris Carter, creator and screenwriter for Fox-TV’s The X-Files, had Benjamin Franklin on his mind back in 1993 when he penned the script for Season 1, Episode 5: The Jersey Devil. But in truth, it turns out that the genius behind Poor Richard’s Almanack had more than a little to…

Creative Spaces: A visit to some local artists’ enclaves

After featuring area artists in our Local Talent column for the past year, we decided to take a look at some of their studios and workshop spaces to get a feel for where the magic happens. To that end, we paid a visit to the creative spaces of five artists—three painters and two crafters—to check…

Cocktail: Blueberry Ouzo Lemonada

This cocktail is a cool, refreshing blend of lemonade, grape juice, and fresh mint picked right from our garden, and the added kick of Ouzo, the Greek aperitif. Simply put, it’s a symphony of summertime splendor.

The Drama Backstage

I’m not exactly an actor. Actually, I’m precisely not an actor. Before this year, the entirety of my experience onstage was three and a half decades ago, when I played the role of King Claudius in an amateur production of Hamlet. Although I’m on the board of directors of Cape May Stage, which puts on…

Tapping into History

On an early morning in February, Cold Spring Village is still in hibernation. From the crushed clamshell parking lot you can see a few facades of the 26 buildings that make up this living history museum. As winter ebbs, they look perfectly frozen in time—a still, pastoral picture of the Early America we all read…

How I came to jump off the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

I am a typical 49-year-old man. I have a wife and my two children are in college. I own a business that occupies a lot of my time and energy. A couple of years ago I realized I was carrying more weight than I should. My clothes were tight and I really didn’t have the…

Painting the Town

The term “painted ladies of Cape May” might seem like a dig at someone who overdid the eyeshadow, but it definitely isn’t off-color when it comes to describing the city’s Victorian homes. Painting the exterior of the home is more than just surface protection, more than presenting a fresh face to the community; it is…