Harvest Season is Crush Time

It’s harvest time, the big sink-or-swim moment where winemakers learn if Mother Nature’s been good to them. Local wineries kick into high gear starting in late August, when the literal fruit of the year’s labor is picked, crushed, fermented, bottled, and finally enjoyed. Harvest time means all hands on deck at Hawk Haven Vineyard &…

Your friend, Charlie

When Kathy Brand wanted to teach her sixth grade class about World War II, she called out the army—literally. In the early 1990s, as the Canton, Ohio special-needs educator prepared her lesson plan, she learned that the U.S. Army’s 69th Infantry Division was planning a reunion in Cincinnati. Brand arranged a meeting with the vets,…

Past Tense: Exploring a former Cape May house with a history

The old house is gone now. A victim of demolition. For more than a decade, the former homestead sat sadly by the side of Seashore Road, just south of the Cape May Canal near Seahorse Farm, deteriorating, rotting—awaiting any hope of salvation. But decades of apathy wore away any possibility the building could be saved….

Stephen Smith: Cape May’s Underground Railroad Leader

You’ve probably walked past the unimposing pale yellow house at 645 Lafayette Street many times, and perhaps you read the historical marker out front—the one saying that Stephen Smith was a businessman, philanthropist, abolitionist and founder of Cape May’s AME Church. But what you didn’t know is that Smith, who spent many summers in Cape…