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Doo Wop in Wildwood, Everything Old is New Again!
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 23, 2007 at 06:04 PM

Doo Wop in Wildwood, Everything Old is New Again!   


 

 

Have you ever heard, “You miss the forest for the trees?” Well that’s how it may have been in Wildwood. You may have driven through Wildwood and not paid attention to all the Doo Wop architecture. The Doo Wop Preservation League offers a tour on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 – 9 pm with a great tour guide, Tony, to point out all the remarkable Landmarks you may have missed. Now that it gets dark earlier, it is also great to see all the neon signs lit up.


 

 

The tour starts at the Doo Wop Museum across from the Wildwood Convention Center. You can get your tickets there, $10 Adults, $5 Children. According to their website, Wildwood has “the largest concentration of Doo Wop , or mid-century commercial, motels in the nation.” The museum is the restored Surfside Restaurant with the Jitterbug Malt Shop that is open from 11 am – 10 pm with great food, shakes and memorabilia from the Doo Wop era.


 

 

Doo Wop began in the post war era from 1950 – 1965 and included use of excess metal after World War II, neon signs, the “busty” railings, pools with plastic palm trees and the bold use of color. 300 of the motels are on the National Registry of Historic Places and Wildwood is on the list of most endangered historic sites.


 

 

Back then the motels incorporated hotel names from themes around the world, because most travelers at the time would never get to Hawaii or Tahiti, hence names like the Pan American, Tahiti, Bel Air, Star Dust, Star Lux, Riviera, Carribean, Chateau Bleu and Waikiki Motels.


 

 

The tour is very informative and Tony is a high-energy, positive person whose love of the Wildwoods is very evident. Some news things I learned about the Wildwoods: Wildwood used to be called “Holly Beach” and is also referred to as “5 mile beach,” North Wildwood is also called “Angelsea,” Wildwood Crest is a dry town, and Diamond Beach is along the beach in the Crest. The Two- Mile Landing is south of Wildwood Crest.


 

 

Some of the modern businesses to use Doo Wop signage are the Wawa, Commerce Bank, McDonald’s and Harley Davidson. The Pink Cadillac Diner looks like a great place to go and the Cool Scoops Motel was shown on the TV Show “Trading Spaces.”


 

 

Wildwood also does a great time bringing in acts from www.thefabfifties.com and hosting the ‘Fabulous 50s Weekend’ Oct. 19 – 21. Hear Bobby Rydell, The Coasters, The Chantels and the Cadillacs, to name a few. Wildwood is also building a “Fitness Park” and a new entrance to the boardwalk with Beach Balls. They have also included a Neon Garden at the Museum to save old motel signs. Why not take the tour and help preserve this time in history. Visit www.doowopusa.org and www.retroviews.com  


 

 

Doo Wop Museum and Tour Across from Convention Center 3520 Ocean Ave.

Wildwood (609) 729-4000

Last Updated ( Sep 02, 2008 at 12:53 PM )
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Tea for Two at Physick Estate Rave Review
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 17, 2007 at 07:35 AM

Tea for Two at Physick Estate Rave Review

 


 

 

If you’d like a little escape from the hustle and bustle to return to simpler times, then the Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe at the Physick Estate in Cape May is the place for you. The day we visited was a very hot day, so we opted for indoors with air conditioning. On cooler days sitting outside under the tent sounds fun too. We had a superb meal, quaint ambiance, and friendly service.


 

 

Our lunch ($17.50) was very filling and started with a tray of carrot bread, pistachio bread and orange currant scones with a choice of a bottomless pot of hot tea or iced tea. The next course was tomato red pepper soup, tangerine salad or tomato mozzarella salad (the daily special). All grand!


 

 

Then we enjoyed a plate of tea sandwiches which included turkey and asparagus, lovely cucumber mint, chicken salad and shrimp curry. Egg salad and roasted vegetables with hummus were other choices. If you want soup and salad you get the choice of 2 sandwiches. You get 4 sandwiches if you choose salad or soup.


 

 

I enjoyed the peach iced tea and our delightful server Sharon made sure we had refills of tea and water throughout the meal. Then for dessert, we chose a pot of hot tea from a great selection of Harney & Sons teas. The Indian Spice was excellent.

 

august 2007 130.jpg - 314.59 KB Then to top things off, I enjoyed Apple Pie with sauce and my husband enjoyed a Flourless Chocolate Cake. He asked not to have the coconut topping and our server suggested raspberry sauce. He loved it! Other menu choices include sandwiches, wraps, flank steak salad and ahi nicoise salad.


 

 

We were seated in one of the immaculately restored horse stalls of the original carriage house. There is also a great gift shop where you can get great items and their tea breads as well. I highly recommend a visit to the Tea Room. It would be a great place for a party, wedding shower or wedding. If you have time you can also tour the Physick Estate as well. There is free off street parking, a rarity in Cape May! For more info www.capemaymac.org 609 884-5404


Carriage House Tea Room at the Emlem Physick Estate

1048 Washington Street  Cape May, NJ

For Tea Lovers “Southern Tea Tour” to Savannah & Charleston Sun. Oct. 14 – Sat. Oct. 20 

Stay at the Greenbriar, Mansion on Forsyth Park and Charleston Place

    

For more info call Ann 609 383-2332

Last Updated ( Sep 02, 2008 at 12:55 PM )
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Everything You Wanted to Know about the Port of Cape May
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 15, 2007 at 02:31 PM

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Port of Cape May

 

The Lobster House in Cape May offers an informative tour of the fishing industry on their docks on Tuesday and Thursday at 11 am.

The Tour is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. The Lauderman family, who bought the restaurant in 1936, still own it today. They sell fresh seafood in their main dining room, fish market, take-out restaurant and raw bar. The restaurants seat 631 people.

 

In the early 1900s, 500 acres were dredged to make the Cape May harbor. During World War I and II the Coast Guard and Navy had stations in the harbor and the Coast Guard base is still there today. The Cold Spring Fish Packing Plant at Axelson and Johnson’s is also considered part of the port of Cape May.

 

At the Cape May wharf they can produce 1,000 tons of ice an hour (ice machine pictured below) and each ship uses between 30 – 40 tons per trip. The bright green and yellow nets can cost between $5,000 and $100,000. They trawl for flounder, lobster, scallops and bunker. The lobster boats (left) go 90 miles off shore. The scallop boats go out for 7 – 10 days. The day that we were there it was too hot for the ships to even go out fishing. When they do go out the fish are brought into the packing plants and kept on ice until they are shipped in refrigerated trucks. august 2007 112.jpg - 199.28 KBThe scallops are shucked at sea and they shuck about 7,000 scallops a day. Axelson’s is the port for all the crabs and clams that come in. 70 – 90% of the country's clams are processed in New Jersey. The restaurant imports halibut from Alaska, salmon from Japan and crabs from Louisiana and Maryland.

If you get time to go to the Lobster House Tour you will learn a lot about the fishing industry and why Cape May has the freshest seafood around.

Last Updated ( Aug 17, 2007 at 07:34 AM )
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