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One Kook's Safari > Sweet September, the happy time for surfing

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, September 20, 2013 01:26 pm

  A shortboarder finishes a ride with a splash on Friday morning. There were some decent waves from morning until night, and plenty of surfers trying to get in on the fun. A shortboarder finishes a ride with a splash on Friday morning. There were some decent waves from morning until night, and plenty of surfers trying to get in on the fun.

On Thursday morning I had some of my best rides of the summer.

Shut up. It is too still summer. Memorial Day and Labor Day have nothing to do with the season. Summer runs from the solstice to the equinox. So that means it’s still summer until Sunday night. So until then, go ahead and go to the beach, wear white shoes and keep those gin and tonics coming.

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Valhalla’s Pirates to board Cape May-Lewes Ferry

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:00 am

 Captain Black and crew of Valhalla’s Pirates will entertain on the Sept. 28 ferry crossing. Captain Black and crew of Valhalla’s Pirates will entertain on the Sept. 28 ferry crossing.  CAPE MAY - Pirates will climb aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Saturday, Sept. 28 for historical and theatrical presentations for passengers of all ages.

The crew from Valhalla’s Pirates will board the Twin Capes ferry departing 2:30 p.m. from Cape May for Lewes, Del. Passengers departing from Lewes can see the same performance on the 4:15 p.m. sailing. 

The show is designed to be both historical and theatrical. Valhalla’s Pirates teach the differences between pirates, privateers and ordinary sailors and their impact on history with the goal of demonstrating that history can be not only interesting but fun, according to their website.

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Cape May ferry offers Wine Lovers Cruise at sunset

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 18, 2013 03:30 pm

The cruise includes round-trip foot passage, wine samplings and hors d’oeuvres.  The cruise includes round-trip foot passage, wine samplings and hors d’oeuvres.

Wine Lovers Sunset Cruises on the Delaware Bay are back at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The cruises are scheduled to leave the terminal at 6 p.m. on four successive Saturdays starting Sept. 14.

The cruise is scheduled to coincide with sunset over the bay. While listening to live music, passengers will sample various wines and nosh on hors d'oeuvres.

The fare is $50 and includes round-trip foot passenger ferry cruise, wine samplings and pairings. Cruise passengers can also purchase the featured wines by the glass.

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Found it in … Clermont

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 18, 2013 03:00 pm

Smelling like a brewery generally isn’t looked upon as a good thing. But Cape May Soap Company has teamed up with the Cape May Brewing Company to make this soap – which gives new meaning to the expression “relaxing with a beer.” Made with the brewery’s Sweet Stout, the Beer Soap sells for $7 a bar at Teaberry Antiques in Clermont.  Smelling like a brewery generally isn’t looked upon as a good thing. But Cape May Soap Company has teamed up with the Cape May Brewing Company to make this soap – which gives new meaning to the expression “relaxing with a beer.” Made with the brewery’s Sweet Stout, the Beer Soap sells for $7 a bar at Teaberry Antiques in Clermont.

Smelling like a brewery generally isn’t looked upon as a good thing. But Cape May Soap Company has teamed up with the Cape May Brewing Company to make this soap – which gives new meaning to the expression “relaxing with a beer.” Made with the brewery’s Sweet Stout, the Beer Soap sells for $7 a bar at Teaberry Antiques in Clermont.

“We shed a tear or two for using this fantastic brew for our soap base, but some sacrifices must be made for art,” reads the label on the soap. The company claims that hops, which most beer is made with, are beneficial for the skin. Other ingredients in the soap include coconut, palm, olive and soy oils, along with avocado, golden jojoba, aloe butter, avocado butter, cocoa butter, mango seed butter, shea butter and pure New Jersey wildflower honey.  

   

Sit, stretch or dance your way to fitness

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY - Sea Isle City continues to offer various adult fitness programs through September.

Certified instructor Teri O’Connor conducts yoga on the beach at JFK Boulevard from 7:30-8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Participants are advised to bring water and a yoga mat or blanket. The cost is $10 per class.

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People Poll> Friday the 13th

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, September 13, 2013 06:00 pm

Friday the 13th occurs twice in 2013 – this week and again in December. Are you suspicious about Friday the 13th? 

Salvatore DeGrazia Salvatore DeGrazia


No – I’m just not a superstitious person.
- Salvatore DeGrazia, Lindenwold

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Cinemania> Unhinged ‘Riddick’ is Vin Diesel at his best

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, September 13, 2013 03:30 pm

‘Riddick’ loses some of its spark after the first half-hour but is entertaining enough. ‘Riddick’ loses some of its spark after the first half-hour but is entertaining enough.

The first film in this series, “Pitch Black,” was a low-key, character-driven sci-fi action film and a bit of a cult favorite. “The Chronicles of Riddick” was a sprawling, epic space opera that managed to bore most audiences to tears. “Riddick,” the third movie in a franchise that most people probably forgot – if they were aware it existed in the first place – is entertaining enough for an end-of-summer release, even though it’s rather hollow.

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One Kook's Safari > Still waiting for the perfect storm

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, September 13, 2013 11:48 am

 One Kook's Safari > Still waiting for the perfect storm  One Kook's Safari > Still waiting for the perfect storm

I’ve got to say, Gabrielle is looking pretty good. 

No, not Xena’s pal from the warrior princess show, although Renee O’Connor remains a handsome woman. Tropical Storm Gabrielle is heading up the coast, set to pass Jersey way offshore on Friday, far enough so it’s not expected to do any harm, but close enough to kick some waves our way. What those waves are going to look like depends on whose forecast you believe, but some surfers are feeling pretty confident about the coming swell.

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Food and Wine Celebration flaunts the many flavors of Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 13, 2013 07:13 am

 The Cape May Clambake noon-3 p.m. at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande  The Cape May Clambake noon-3 p.m. at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande will include steamed clams, lobster tail, corn on the cob, shrimp, mussels, wine and more.

CAPE MAY – Saturday is the start of a nine-day celebration of food and wine in Cape May, a town many consider to be the restaurant capital of New Jersey.

The 17th annual Cape May Food and Wine Celebration will pay homage to local gastronomic delights with winery tours, food, wine and beer tastings, food demonstrations, Chef’s Dine-Arounds and other events from Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 22.

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Friday the 13th

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 am

Some might call 2013 an unlucky year. Not only does it end in the number 13, but it has two Fridays that fall on the 13th of the month – one this week and one in December.

Friday the 13th superstitions have endured for centuries – possibly even millennia.

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Beach Writers Autumn Retreat to focus on protecting author rights

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The Beach Writers, in conjunction with Atlantic Cape Community College, will host their inaugural Autumn Retreat Sunday, Oct. 27 at Jessie Creek Winery, 1 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House.

The one-day seminar is a satellite of the North Wildwood Beach Writers Conference held annually in June. The retreat complements the conference’s focus on writing and publishing with the next step: protecting your rights as an author.

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Found it in … Clermont

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 am

  Mermaids Mermaids

CLERMONT  - Mermaids may be the stuff of legends – and Robert Kline has made them the object of his art. This lithograph print is a reproduction of an original watercolor by the St. Augustine, Fla., artist. Found at The Marketplace at Teaberry on Route 9 in Clermont, it retails for $15.99. Kline’s paintings and stories about mermaids, pirates and lighthouses reflect local folklore. This image, according to the story printed on the back, is based on lore from North Carolina’s Outer Banks about a young man who escapes from a pirate ship and is living in hiding on an island when a mermaid washes ashore after a storm. He rescues her and restores her to health. “Though I cannot attest to the tale’s veracity, it seems possible. No less than 16 natives of the island claim the story to be fact,” Kline writes – “the women delighting in the couple’s happiness and the men anxious to explain it was because she could not speak.”

   

Nice day for a Wildwood wedding

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Written by Christie Rotondo Saturday, September 07, 2013 08:40 am

Photo  courtesy of Memoreys / Krista and Ben Eyer steal a kiss on the carousel during their wedding at Joe’s Fish Company.    Photo courtesy of Memoreys / Krista and Ben Eyer steal a kiss on the carousel during their wedding at Joe’s Fish Company.  More couples are choosing beach, boardwalk and amusement parks for nontraditional nuptials 

For Judith Hilton, it all started with a wedding bouquet made of Dum-Dum lollipops.

Hilton, 46, was attending a bridal show at the Wildwoods Convention Center when she saw the bouquet at the Morey’s Piers booth. The employees working the booth, she said, were enthusiastic in their promotion of weddings in Wildwood as truly unique.

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Record big-eye reeled in; plenty of tuna and flounder about

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, September 06, 2013 09:48 am

 Dr. Nick Rouse, the dentist for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, reeled in a 259-pound big-eye tuna aboard Hooked Up II with some help from his friends. It was the largest tuna reported so far this season at South Jersey Marina in Cape May. Dr. Nick Rouse, the dentist for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, reeled in a 259-pound big-eye tuna aboard Hooked Up II with some help from his friends. It was the largest tuna reported so far this season at South Jersey Marina in Cape May.     Capt. Joe Gillan, left, of Wildwood and crew of the Y-Knot out of Wildwood pose with a 157-pound big-eye tuna they caught on a spreader bar near the 100 Fathom line. Other crew members are, from left, Greg Bulifant of Cape May Court House, Dave Raub of Pottstown, Pa., Michael Bulifant of Bridgewater and Steve Hoyer of Pottstown. Capt. Joe Gillan, left, of Wildwood and crew of the Y-Knot out of Wildwood pose with a 157-pound big-eye tuna they caught on a spreader bar near the 100 Fathom line. Other crew members are, from left, Greg Bulifant of Cape May Court House, Dave Raub of Pottstown, Pa., Michael Bulifant of Bridgewater and Steve Hoyer of Pottstown. Now that the unofficial end of summer is behind us, boat traffic has begun to subside, but fishing and crabbing remain active. Even the flounder are still biting. Back in mid-July the state Marine Fisheries Council voted to extend the open season on summer flounder. Instead of the last day being Monday, Sept. 16, the season was extended eight days and this year has closing date of Tuesday, Sept. 24. It has been a great flounder season overall, and keeper-sized fish are being netted even in the back bays at this late date.

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One Kook's Safari > Shape matters

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, September 06, 2013 06:54 am

 Brian Wynn at his shop in Egg Harbor Township says he has probably shaped a few thousand boards so far. Brian Wynn at his shop in Egg Harbor Township says he has probably shaped a few thousand boards so far.

Every element of a board makes a difference in the ride

Back in the days when missionaries were chastising the Hawaiians to stop wasting all that time playing in the waves, there was only one material for surfboards: wood.

Keep in mind that those Hawaiian riders, who were keeping alive an ancient Polynesian pastime, didn’t even have fins on their boards. They were skilled boat builders – I mean, I’d imagine they’d have to be – so they understood float and currents and how materials move in the water. But what they were riding was dramatically different from the surfboard you can grab off the rack these days.

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