Following Up on the Foster House

Two years ago, Cape May Magazine published an article about the Lower Township Foster House, an almost 300-year-old house that had remained in the same family until willed by the last descendent, Isabelle Foster Sakewicz, to the Cape May County Museum and Genealogical Library in 2006. It was subsequently sold to Cape May County and…

The Cape May Garden, by Claudia Vance

Paperback, 2020, 118 pages (Self-published through Amazon) The summer is not off to a great start for Margaret Wilder, whose husband of 15 years is MIA, her work hours at the local animal life refuge have been cut back, and impending storms threaten her beloved garden. Along with her two daughters, Margaret lives in the…

Going Gray

Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past, people thought the color gray was pretty depressing. We wanted nothing to do with it, as a paint color or a hair color. Gray, in fact, literally seemed to represent the exact opposite of what we wanted in our lives: where we wanted light and sunshine, gray…

The Blue Jay

If you look up into the sky on a beautiful fall day you will typically see squadrons of medium-sized black and white birds flying over. Dozens, hundreds, sometimes thousands, of these round-winged beauties steam overhead with steady wingbeats. They reach the water and clog up the airways as they decide whether they want to chance…

What Broad Shoulders You Have!

The dwindling “off” season makes Cape May a (nearly) year-round destination. As recently as a couple of decades ago, Cape May was seen primarily as a summer destination. Like many New Jersey seashore communities, the proverbial sidewalks would roll up after the summer or maybe early fall and stay that way until the following spring….

410 Bank Street Review

Just about 20 years ago, I dined for the first time at 410 Bank Street, the quaint and cozy spot located at (guess where) in Cape May. It was then that I had my first taste of their Bayou Oyster Stew, a memorable moment, and those flavors stayed with me. Since then, whenever my friends…

Eliza Lotozo

Eliza Lotozo lives in the house she grew up in. Nestled on West Cape May’s rural Stimpson Lane with its door’s-always-open feel and Bohemian eclecticism interior, the house reflects the free-spirited, art-based community here which has thrived for generations. As I entered her home, the topics I’d planned to discuss were swept away by the…

An Old Gray Owl Returns

Preserving the soul of a community through the care and restoration of its historical architecture—one house at a time. They had names like The Puritan, The Lexington, The Van Jean, and The Martha Washington. Each home was listed on a page in a catalog, featuring a black and white illustration, floor plans, a brief description,…