The Ageless Arcades

Your family’s day at the beach is done. The kids have had enough of surf and sand, soft-serve custard and SPF 50. But in Cape May, the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. New Jersey’s southernmost resort is a far cry from Wildwood, with its mega-amusement piers and giant Ferris wheels. But its…

A Coast Guard Family Legacy Of Service & Saving Lives

In a Coast Guard town like Cape May many tales are told about old salts and their adventures at sea. But this story, about an extended Coast Guard family, is one for the history books. Llewellyn “Lew” Midgett was among the first young men to finish boot camp when the Coast Guard Training Center was…

The Ghost of Christmas Present(s)

The day after Cindi and Tom Alvarado left for their honeymoon back in 1985, they found out they’d received an unusual—although not entirely unexpected—gift. “We used to sell porcelain dolls,” recalls Cindi, who together with Tom, owns the Winterwood Gift & Christmas Shoppe in Rio Grande. “That morning, my mom called and said that she’d…

Chasing Norman Rockwell

“It’s like a Norman Rockwell painting,” I’d say, describing Cape May’s charming atmosphere. I grew up 50 miles “up the road” from Cape May, and visiting was a bi-annual excursion. On college Christmas breaks, my mother and I would walk the quiet beaches and streets and look at the historic homes, on one visit bringing…

Freedom’s Corner

In the tense years before the Civil War, when heated debates about slavery resonated in the halls of Congress, when churches increasingly denounced its evils, when free blacks were beaten in northern cities, when thousands of courageous, determined people managed to free themselves and escape north, Cape May was deeply embroiled in this struggle for freedom.

A Story Told In Slides

It has been more than half a century since two major fires ripped through Schellenger’s Landing. The first, in 1966, destroyed the Lobster House restaurant, and the second, a year later, incinerated Fisherman’s Wharf and threatened a major explosion.  Just this summer, a treasure trove of never-seen-before photographs of the wharf inferno was shared with…

Cocktail: Spiced Apple Manhattan

Ingredients 2oz Crown Royal Apple 1oz ginger liqueur 1oz sweet vermouth 2 dashes Angostura bitters Caramel drizzle 1 brandy spiced cherry (a cherry soaked in brandy with cinnamon, allspice, and cloves) Pour Crown Apple, sweet vermouth, ginger liqueur, and bitters over ice in shaker. Stir for 20 seconds. Pour into martini glass lined with caramel….

Smuggler’s Paradise

TV viewers may be familiar with the iconic opening from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Bottles of liquor from some unknown smuggler’s boat wash ashore on the Atlantic City coastline at the feet of fictitious Prohibition kingpin, Nucky Thompson. The isolated sandy shore of South Jersey was a convenient offloading spot for Prohibition smugglers. But the same…

Golden Slumbers

On the evening of December 8, 1980, Gene Schultz, now a Lower Township resident, but then of the prestigious Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in New York City, was assisting a family with funeral arrangements for their deceased loved one at one of Campbell’s associate chapels. During their solemn preparations, Gene and the family became…