Can you Swing Dance? Can You Lindy? Can you Samba? It doesn’t matter. Tom Cupp will be there to teach you how to move with the best of them to the music of 1940s big band jazz. Suzie and I have been to the Naval Air Station Wildwood Big Band dance and it wonderful ! Young airmen and nurses dance, flip, and amaze. We just do a less athletic Lindy Hop.
Dance the night away
There’s food, music, and dancing from 7 P.M. To 10 P.M. Tom Cupp will teach Swing, Ballroom and Samba for us newbies; and prizes will be awarded for great 1940s costumes. Call at 609 886-8787 for tickets or go to their website and order on line.
These days, the Cape May news seems to be all about beer. Aside from the two festivals; the Craft Beer and Crab festival two weeks ago, and the Brew Fest this week – both at the Emlyn Physick Estate hosted by MAC, The Cape May Brewing Company has been in the news. First, they got a coveted status as a Jersey Fresh product for their honey porter, made with Cape May honey. Second, they’ve been in the news for their new beer brewed in honor of Pope Francis’ visit – You Only Pope Once or YOPO a pale hoppy beer designed to go with Argentine beef.
In our other hoppy news, Historic Cold Spring Village will soon be giving the Cape May Brewery some competition. Anne Salvatore (and her husband Dr. Joe Salvatore) are re-erecting an 1804 century barn. They have their permits from the State and are planning on brewing historic beers like spruce beer made with spruce sprigs and honey porter. If you drive by the village, you can see the barn going up near Seashore Road.
Experience the thrill, the adrenaline, and the teamwork of dragon boat races. Enjoy the sheer fun of being connected on a level comparable to nothing else. It’s power, speed, synchronization and endurance! It’s the fastest growing international team water sport. Join us at the 4th Annual Cape May Dragon Boat Festival presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May and the City of Cape May on Saturday September 19th. Paddles up!
Yesterday, Suzie and I and my sister-in-law Rena had the extraordinary experience of a sail aboard the A.J.Meerwald. It’s an oyster schooner from the 1920s, restored and operated by a not-for-profit organization as an educational institution, but that’s not what makes it so special. When you are aboard and leave Cape May harbor, the experience is magical. I know absolutely nothing about boats, but the feeling aboard the Meerwald is nothing like a ride on a motorboat. Instead of plowing through the waves, you slice through the water; ride along pulled by the wind in the sails.
It’s very sweet that the crew are earnest young people who are eager to share their information about the history of oystering, or the protection of watersheds and avoiding water pollution. It’s charming that the staff from the Bayshore Center are wonderful, enthusiastic hosts. But the real star is the boat. The ride on the Meerwald can lift a visit to Cape May from a pleasant vacation to a transcendent experience.
There are still sailings available out of Cape May Harbor, so call them at 856 785 2060, or go online at bayshorecenter.org. Hurry, there are only a couple of weeks left and there is no other experience like it. Of course, when youi visit Cape May to sail on the Meerwald, it would be nice if you stay with us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast.
Last week, I blogged about beer, so this week I’m going to blog about. . . Beer!
This is the most popular event of the year in Cape May – the Craft Beer and Crab Festival, Saturday, August 8, from 11 to 6 P.M. There are crabs, of course, and pulled pork barbeque, as well as burgers and dogs. Come hang out at the Physick Estate and listen to music all day long. The performers include New Pony, Shady Side, Audrey and Chris, Radio Neon Duo, and Sean K. Preston. Bring the kids to be entertained by the Give and Take Jugglers little circus.
I know that it’s early, but think about next September. Cape May’s first Harvest Brew Festival will be Saturday September 19th from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.. Lots of craft beers at the Physick Estate; with local food, local produce, local wine – and local talent for entertainment. (four local bands!) There will also be a farmers’ market, a crafts show, and activities for the kids.
The Harvest Brew Festival will also take place during the week-long celebration of gourmandize called the annual Food and Wine Festival (September 11th through 20th). This is our nineteenth year for the Food and Wine Festival, and it never fails to delight everyone who participates. You already know that Cape May is home to some of the best restaurants in New Jersey, and this week gives them a chance to show off. The MAC website will give you lots of information about a Lobster Bake Dinner, grape picking at Natali Vineyards, a Chocolate Lover’s Feast, a Beer Tasting luncheon, and dozens more. Call us today or go online to make your reservation for the gluttony gala in Cape May!
Imagine two sets of identical twins, one including a jealous wife and her smitten sister. Their father is scheduled to be beheaded at sunset, but in come an angry nun, a dim hooker and to top it all off, an exorcism . Is it the latest from the Kardashians? Is it the last installment of The Jersey Shore? No, its A Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare, as performed by the very bizarre REV Theater Company. It’s the lighthearted, fun approach to Shakespeare, and a great afternoon at the Physick Estate. The performances will be July 14 through 18 and July 21 through 25. Go to the MAC website for more information and to buy tickets. Kids are free.
To enjoy this and the thousand other things to do in Cape May, come stay with us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast. Call (609 884-1934) or go to our website to make your reservations.
LEITH HALL’S GREAT MIDWEEK SPECIAL 30% off the second night, now through mid-June
Midweek Special. Not only are there wonderful things to do in Cape May for the next month, but now it’s cheaper! We are offering 30% off your second night during the midweek. Remember, for us the weekend is Friday and Saturday night and the midweek is Sunday through Thursday night.
From May 24 through June 11 is the Cape May Music Festival, with Irish music, The Atlantic Brass Band, and a tribute to our own George Mesterhazy – featuring many musicians playing favorites from “The American Songbook.”
May 31 through June 7 is Restaurant Week in Cape May, with a host of food-related activities. There’s a progressive dinner, with each course in a different restaurant. There are contests among the chefs and waiters, a many special events with classes and demonstrations by the star chefs of Cape May. When you add Cape May’s wine and craft beer to the mix, it’ll be a fantastic experience.
This recipe is for Jiheon. We had cream puffs for teatime yesterday. I filled them with sweetened whipped cream and iced them with very strong bittersweet chocolate icing. This paté à choux recipe is the simplest one I’ve ever seen, and it works perfectly.
1 cup water 1 stick (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter 1 cup flour pinch salt 1 heaping Tbs. Sugar 4 eggs
Heat the water, butter, salt and sugar in a small saucepan until the butter melts. Don’t keep boiling the water as this will change the amount. Take the saucepan off the fire and dump in the flour. Mix vigorously with a whisk until the flour is incorporated. Put back on the fire and continue mixing for a minute. The dough will stick together a little and leave the sides of the pot. Take off the fire and dump into the mixing bowl of an electric mixer. Beat. Then beat in one egg. Then a second. Then a third. If the batter falls from the beaters when you lift them, you’re done. If it sticks, beat in the fourth egg.
Transfer to a pastry bag and pipe onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Or, use a large spoon to make even size mounds. Preheated 425 F. oven. Bake for ten minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 F. and bake for twenty minutes more. The cream puffs should be brown rather than tan.
Hints- 1 -When you make the mounds of batter, don’t leave little points on top, as these will burn before the cream puffs are crisp. 2 – When you take the cream puffs out of the oven, pierce each one on the side to let the steam escape so they don’t get soggy. You can also return them to the turned-off oven for a few minutes to crisp them. 3 – You can make them without an electric mixer by beating in the eggs, one at a time, with a whisk.
For the whipped cream, I used a cup of heavy whipping cream and a quarter cup of confectioner’s powdered sugar. Confectioner’s sugar has a little bit of cornstarch in it which helps stabilize the whipped cream. When it is whipped, add a teaspoon of the best vanilla extract you can find. I use vanilla bean paste which has bits of vanilla seed in it. I fill them using a pastry bag fitted with a small pastry tube, but you can use a plastic zip-lock bag in a pinch, or even cut them and use a small teaspoon to fill them.
So, you’re considering visiting Cape May for the second weekend of Spring Festival, May 8, 9, and 10. As we described in the last post, there are dozens of things to do – but no, you want more. Well, we’ve got it. That weekend is also our first Coast Guard Community Festival. Cape May has just been designated a Coast Guard Community. We’ve always been very close to the folks at the Coast Guard base. Lots of Cape Mayers are Coast Guard spouses and retired career Coast Guarders. This May, were going to celebrate the Coast Guard in Cape May.
There will be tours of Coast Guard boats, fishing boats, the Cape May harbor, and a search-and-rescue operation. There will be a barbeque, dinners with entertainment, as well as exhibits of Coast Guard stuff. Visit the Cape May County Chamber’s website for more information. Also, you can go to the Coast Guard’s Channel Community – their social media blog; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget the Spring Festival events while you’re soaking up our maritime heritage; chocolate tasting, winery tours, crafts and collectables, and several lunches with entertainment. This is going to be one of the busiest weekends of the Spring – in terms of things to do. (Or, you can do nothing: watch the sunsets, walk along the beach, gorge on tea treats, and read – it’s up to you.) Don’t miss it!
If the barbeque picture is what’s catching your eye, look at the Leith Hall blogpost for two weeks ago. Cape May has three new restaurants to add to the dozens of great places to eat already here. Look at our websites restaurants page.