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A Cozy Cottage on Display for Cape May’s Designer Show House PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 19, 2009 at 04:14 PM

A Cozy Cottage on Display for Cape May’s Designer Show House

Talented designers have done a beautiful job at the Carpenter Cottage at 511 Franklin St in Cape May, New Jersey for the 5th Annual Designer Show House. You can tour the gothic style show house from 10 – 3 pm daily, & 7 – 9 pm excluding Sat. night from now until December 31. Proceeds benefit the Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. You’ll be amazed and inspired as you take a leisurely walk through this magnificent seaside cottage and see before and after pictures. All furnishings are for sale at the end of the year. They offer Breakfast, Tea and Dinner Packages with your tour. 609 884-5404


The charming white picket fence, a lovely wrap around porch and gingerbread make for comfortable living in this island getaway.

The Study- An elegant retreat of warm green and tan colors with a great desk and lighting.

The Living Room – Unique faux wall paint with wicker and fun pillows.

The Dining Room – Great entertaining for coastal living. Don'tmiss the overhead mural.


The Kitchen - Fabulous bright modern kitchen by Holloway Home Improvement Center of Marmora. Notice the tile and granite.

The Bathroom – all the modern conveniences.

Bedroom – Lovely shades of lavender and green

Bedroom – The Octopus Garden .

Bedroom. Seashell accents!

Checkout this year’s booklet to see all the fabulous businesses who have donated time and material and all the volunteers on hand for the self guided tour. Congratulations on another spectacular year!



Last Updated ( Aug 19, 2009 at 04:34 PM )
Jersey Corn Tastes Great! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 16, 2009 at 09:47 AM

Jersey Corn Tastes Great!

Summer Begins at the Jersey Shore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jun 21, 2009 at 08:27 PM

Summer Begins at the Jersey Shore

Last Updated ( Jun 21, 2009 at 08:28 PM )
Flower Show at the Ocean City Music Pier Brightens a Rainy Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jun 14, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Flower Show at the Ocean City Music Pier Brightens a Rainy Weekend

The Flower Show was another huge success this year celebrating their 37th year staged by the Garden Club of Ocean City.





We enjoyed learning about the bonsais from Frank Leone who won many first place ribbons.

For someone who enjoys gardening, the show was a nice escape on a rainy Friday night.

The Show displays artistic flower arrangements.

First Place Winner Artistic Design Bridal Show Tea

and beautiful purple orchids.

I used to work at Brighton Orchids in Linwood so I really enjoy seeing the variety of colorful orchids on display.

See the vibrant yellow orchid above.

and the unique cattleya with a pink throat.

Mardi Gras Arrangement

A beautiful rose in the Roses Horticulture Division


Last Updated ( Jun 14, 2009 at 03:35 PM )
Summers at the Jersey Shore in the 60s- As Good as it Gets! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jun 11, 2009 at 09:51 AM

Summers at the Jersey Shore in the 60s- As Good as it Gets!

My earliest teenage memories of growing up in Ocean City, New Jersey in the 60s were of getting up early on a summer morning, packing a thermos with milk,  making peanut butter and jelly crackers and heading down to the beach to beach comb: one who scavenges along the beach- (Am. Heritage Dictionary). My cousin Susie or a girlfriend and I  would look for tickets under the boardwalk that might have been dropped from the amusement park, searched for abandoned buckets, shovels and maybe even some money. This was even before metal detectors!

One summer, I even had a paper route and would fold newspapers to our 45s to the tunes of the Monster Mash, Angel of the Morning and The Twist - my Dad's collection from when he co-owned "The Tuckaway" dance hall in Tuckahoe, NJ.

An afternoon outing on the boardwalk, of course without parents, would include a quarter for a walk thru the Tahiti "Jungle Fun," the Glass House or the Spook House, a scary ride in the dark. Then with our other quarter, we would hit Lazalere's, the penny candy store and maybe even splurge for a macaroon at George's or salt water taffy at Shriver's. On a special occasion, we might do a painting with spin-art where you get to choose the colors by squeezing paints. Having your portrait done in chalk was not in our price range.  But we might splurge for 4 photos at the photo booth- 25 cents as well. (Check out the evidence in the above photos)!

If lucky we might spend a day at the Flander's Hotel salt-water pool or tan all day at the beach. Those were the days when there were no beach tags and no SPF on the lotion; baby oil was the lotion of choice.

Then at night, we would head back to the boardwalk for mini-golf, the Ferris wheel, the Scrambler and Tilt-a-whirl- my favorites. I never liked the bumping cars, because I thought it quite rude for these young macho boys to keep ramming their cars into mine while I was still spinning in circles.

If we were daring, we would go into The Bird Cage which was the local "head shop" for hippie clothing. I also remember the crowds of hippies who would stand in groups on the boardwalk in their anti-establishment clothes. All that I dreamed of was to fit in to that group when I got older. In a few years, I graduated into the worn blue jeans, flannel shirt, afgan shawl, floppy felt hat and moccasins and listened to the preachers of our day-Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Who. The Purple Dragon Coffee Shop was off-limits, because that was where the kids on drugs hung out to be counseled by the adults serving coffee-an interesting concept!

The food on the boardwalk was awesome from Mack & Mancos Pizza to Johnson's Popcorn to Kohr Brother's soft serve ice cream. Another staple was Simm's Restaurant with their famous cinnamon buns. Once I was old enough, I spent 4 summer's at Chris's Seafood Restaurant on the bay working my way up from breading girl  to payroll secretary to selling boat tickets for a ride on Chris' famous Flying Saucer or the Wild Goose. The restaurant was also known for their famous rum buns. Sadly Simm's and Chris's are no longer there. I only lasted one day trying to swirl ice cream into cones and one day as a waitress. I could never remember if they wanted iced tea or soda.

The smells and sounds of summer are still with me...the screams on the rides, the pizza, the ice cream, the popcorn. What a wonderful childhood to have grown up in Ocean City... And to pass those memories on to our children and now our grand children...As good as it gets.


Last Updated ( Jun 11, 2009 at 09:55 AM )
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