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Classic Cars at the Gazebo

July 12th, 2009 by johnmatusiak

The classic cars have sauntered into town this July 11th. If you are looking for something to do while at staying at the Bacchus Inn stop by the Classic car show. There is a nice variety of cars down by the Washington St Mall today. The Lincoln Continental and vintages Woodies may be the oldest but MGs, Corvettes, and Jaguars offer and eyeful as well. Prizes will be award this afternoon but the real prize is a stroll through the park. This event is free to the public.

There are Plenty of Activities in the Waters that Surround Cape May

July 7th, 2009 by johnmatusiak

Cape May is an island. It has been since the army core of engineers made it so during World War II. The canal was carved from the main land in an effort to protect the Delaware river from sub attack during the war. The canal gave the then navy base (currently the coast guard base) easy access to the river in case of attack. That canal also made the Cape May peninsula an island.

There are three distinct waterways that surround the island: the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware bay/river, and the inland waterway tributaries. Each of these waterways offer fun and adventure for Cape May bed and breakfast guests.

Cape May offers dolphin and whale watching. There are several options available at the marina like Cape May Whale Watching and Miss Chris. These boats take visitors out several times a day. The tour normally circles the island with curious dolphins following along ship side.

www.capemaywhalewatch.com
www.misschrismarina.com

Kayaking has become a popular recreational activity in the ocean and inland waterways. Miss Chris and Kayak adventures offer tours and kayak rentals.

www.capemaykayakfishing.com
www.misschrismarina.com

A charming sea adventure could be to try Key of the Sea sail boat. This is a sailing ship that will take guests for a fee for a cruise in a sailboat in the Atlantic ocean or Delaware Bay.  One can go for a morning, afternoon or sunset cruise.

www.sailcapemay.com

Jet skiing and parasailing rides are available at the marina as well. East coast Jet Ski offers 2 location in Cape May and Wildwood with daily rentals. 609.898.8754.

If you are looking for a more casual boating experience or enjoy birding then the Salt Marsh eco cruise may be for you. The MV Osprey takes tours from the marina 3 times a day:
10 am
1:30 pm
6:00 pm

Tours are normally 2 hours.

www.ospreycruise.com

So next time you check into your bed and breakfast in Cape May hop in the car and hit the South Jersey marina. There is plenty to do on the water on your next vacation in Cape May.

Cape May has plenty to do on the July 4th holiday

July 1st, 2009 by johnmatusiak

While you are staying at the Bacchus Inn Bed and Breakfast several events are happening in Cape May this July 4th holiday weekend.

The Cape May Point July 4th Parde begins at 11 am.

The Annual Cape May July 4th Parade begins on July 4 at 1 pm.

Cold Spring Village is offering authentic american food and music on July 4th. The main event of the day is a vintage baseball game. The game will be between The Flemington Neshanock vs. Elkton Eclipse.

The Cape May Fireworks will begin at 9 pm at Beach and Perry on July 4th.

Harbor Fest is a new Cape May Tradition

June 18th, 2009 by johnmatusiak

The end of June is near and that means it is time for Harbor Fest. This is a great new Cape May Tradition that started a few years back. Cape May Harbor Fest offers several attractions and is so well managed that a shuttle is available to effortlessly ferry patrons from town to the Cape May Harbor area.

This years event will feature a tribute to the fallen sailors from the tragic fishing boat accident earlier this year.  So although the event is a time of fun in the sun a sense of respect and remembrance for sailors will be present.

Some of the attracts will be an assortment of seafood, cooking demos, arts and crafts, and live music.  There will also be a canoe and kayak regatta and wharf tours. So this spring festival has a lot to offer.

One of the best features of the event is the convenient trolley that will shuttle patrons from the Washington street mall to the Harbor area. This makes browsing the Harbor Fest a care free event because guest of Cape May Bed and Breakfast or hotels can easily walk to the trolley stop and not worry about driving and parking.

Harbor Fest will take place Saturday June 20, 2009 from 10 am to 5 pm. If you would like additional info dial: 609. 898.8848.

31st annual Cape May Point 5 Mile Run

June 14th, 2009 by johnmatusiak

If you like to run then Cape May Point is the place this weekend. The Cape May Point Fire Company is sponsoring the event.

There are 2 events a 2 mile run and a 5 mile run. The race begins at the Cape May Point Fire house on Yale street at 8:30. The 5 mile race begins a 9:00.

28th Annual South Jersey Shark Tournment

June 13th, 2009 by johnmatusiak

This is one of the largest shark tournaments in the Mid Atlantic region in Cape May. The tournament is expected to have $300,000 in prize money. It begins June 11th and ends June 14th at South Jersey Marina, Cape May.

If you are interested in trying your luck the fee is $525.00 per boat.

For more details dial:  609.884.2400.

Picture of last years Tournament Winning Fish At South Jersey Marina

Cold Springs Celtic Festival is a great option for Cape May Vactioners

June 6th, 2009 by johnmatusiak

Each year in June the Celtic Festival takes place on the grounds of Cold Springs village just outside historic Cape May. It is a great option if you are looking for activities on your next vacation in Cape May.

The festival  has grown in popularity each and every year. The festival appeals to aficionados of traditional Celtic folk music, and crafts. This is not a St Pat’s day drinking party, it is a cultural experience.  Family, friends and music lovers appreciate the focus on traditional Celtic folk music.

The Cold Springs Celtic Festival will take place over 2 days June 6th and 7th from 10am to 4:30 pm. The festival cost $6.00 a day or save with a 2 day pass for $10.00.

For More info:

www.hcsv.org

For Directions use the address below in our map link:

Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9 South
Cape May, NJ 08204

http://www.bacchusinn.com/directions.htm

Photo for www.hcsv.org

Strawberries are coming- West Cape May Strawberry Feastival

June 6th, 2009 by johnmatusiak

It is time for the annual West Cape May Strawberry Festival. Participants can stroll under the shade of Wilbraham Park and find Antiques, crafts, ornamentals, and food.

The highlight of the festival is strawberries. There will be frozen strawberry drinks, strawberry shortcake, and much more.

Wilbraham Park is just a few blocks from the Washington Street Mall. The park is nestled between West Perry street and Mrytle St in West Cape May. Below is a link to a map to help you navigate to the park:

http://www.bacchusinn.com/directions.htm

The West Cape May Strawberry festival will be June 6 from 9am to 4pm. In the event of rain the rain date is June 7th.

Cape May Restaurant Week

May 30th, 2009 by johnmatusiak

If variety is the spice of life then the Cape May restaurant scene is as spicy as Poblano Pepper powder. Cape May has a fantastic variety of restaurant choices from the Depot Market to the Merion Inn.

Many seaside resorts have limited restaurant selection for visitors. Unfortunately some of those selections will fill your belly but not offer much more. This is not the case in Cape May. You can have a relaxing causal experience at places like Gecko’s or Lucky Bones. The Washington Inn, Union Park, 410 Bank, and Merion offer a more elegant dining experience. There are many more to chose from because Cape May offers more than 50 options this side of the Cape May bridge.

This next week some of those restaurants are participating in Cape May Restaurant Week, May 31 to June 7, sponsored by the Cape May Chamber of Commerce.. You can purchase tickets to indulge in the coming feast. There are 2 tiers priced at $ 22.09 and $ 35.09 respectively. The tiers offers a significant selection of restaurants. Each restaurant offers at least a 3 course meal composed of appetizer, entree, and dessert;) Check out the web link for more information.

http://www.cmrestaurantweek.com/index.html

If you are looking for accommodations for Cape May Restaurant Week then try The Bacchus Inn Bed and Breakfast at 609.884.2129.

At Cape May Zoo, cages aren't the only safety measures

May 26th, 2009 by johnmatusiak

Article from The Atlantic City Press
By M Miller

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The skull and crossbones on the back of the cage say it all: Do not open under penalty of death.

The Cape May County Zoo does not take any chances with its timber rattlesnakes or the other dangerous animals in its collection. Only the snake handlers have keys to the heavy-duty Master locks securing the viper exhibits.

This is one of countless examples of security measures de-signed to keep staff, visitors and animals safe.

Keepers work in teams whenever handling the Reptile House’s venomous or constricting snakes or alligators, including a 400-pound brute named Oliver who can be moved only with the manhandling of eight staff.

The zoo’s no-nonsense security was on display last month when it relocated Rocky, its resident Siberian tiger, for the first time in nine years. A Cape May County Sheriff’s deputy armed with a shotgun supervised the move of the tranquilized cat so its exhibit could undergo renovations.

Keepers have to be adaptable when handling peripatetic prairie dogs, phobic giraffes or 11 feet of angry gator.

Hot zone

Safety protocols are most obvious at the Reptile House, home to several species of vipers, venomous lizards and pythons.

“Hot,” reads the simple hand-lettered sign on the locked door leading to the back of the exhibits whenever keepers feed the animals. Reptile keepers post the sign to warn other employees who might be leading a group on a behind-the-scenes tour.

Reptile House Director Kevin Wilson always has a co-worker nearby at feeding time. Even the non-venomous but powerful Burmese python can be lethal. At 10 feet long, the snake can strike well beyond its narrow cage.

If bitten, Wilson said a keeper would have to act fast to spray the enormous constrictor with a hot-water hose, a trick known to repel the snakes. Keepers bitten by smaller constrictors can use a credit card to disgorge the sharp rows of teeth one at a time so as not to harm the animal or further injure the victim, Wilson said. But so far, this scenario has been hypothetical.

But Wilson remembers once mistakenly picking up the mildly venomous 6-foot mangrove snake with his 4-foot reptile hook.

“He nearly bit me on the nose,” he said.

One busy morning, a crowd of parents and children gathered around the timber rattlers’ – safely ensconced behind glass – as Wilson prepared to feed the two slithery serpents.

He used long hooks to pick each up gingerly and lower them into a garbage can where they would eat frozen mice warmed to body temperature in a bowl of hot water. The state donated the snakes to the zoo after they wandered too near residential homes, Wilson said.

“People are afraid of snakes in general. But rattlesnakes? Forget it. People get really freaked out,” Wilson said.

Since rattlesnakes give birth to live young – and since baby rattlesnakes are just as deadly as adults – the keepers have a running joke about making sure both of the exhibit’s vipers indeed are girls. (They are.)

Precautionary measures

In a refrigerator where keepers pin pizza menus, Wilson has a pouch with index cards identifying each employee’s allergies and medical history. Beneath the cards are vials of antivenin.

All of the zoo’s venomous snakes boast the same type of venom, treated by a hemotoxic serum made especially for pit vipers.

The vials are expensive at $900 each and expire after a few years. A single bite requires an initial dose of 10 vials, an expense that explains why the zoo does not have cobras or other species of snake that require a different kind of serum.

Area hospitals keep additional doses on hand because rattlesnakes are native to southern New Jersey. They all share serum when necessary.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City sent an ambulance to retrieve the zoo’s stockpile of antivenin after a guest of a private snake collector in Egg Harbor Township was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake, Wilson said.

The zoo kept its snake cages locked down for a few days until it could restock the fridge with serum.

The zoo also has a Mexican beaded lizard capable of inflicting a nasty and mildly venomous bite, treated with antibiotics, Wilson said.

Wilson said the less keepers have to handle another dangerous reptile, the eyelash viper, the better. To that end, they use a simple clear-plastic shield to keep the snake cornered when cleaning its exhibit.

Modern zoos allow far less keeper interaction with the animals than once was common, Wilson said. The big cats are strictly hands-off. The zoo uses food rewards to move the hoofed animals.

Wilson said the zoo considered getting rid of its alligators when he took over as director five years ago because of the risk. Back then, zookeepers would wrangle thrashing gators by jumping right on their backs, much like the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.

“Does it work? Yes. Is it dangerous? Absolutely,” Wilson said. “It’s cowboy stuff.”

But Wilson took an intensive course to learn new ways to work with alligators in confined spaces. Now the zoo uses noose poles like those favored by animal-control officers.

“It’s all about technique – finding a safer way to do the same thing,” he said.

Breaking out

Keepers also have to learn how safely to move animals 10 times their size. For years, Wilson worked with the giraffes, animals known to inflict punishing kicks that can kill a lion.

The world’s tallest animal might also be the most neurotic, Wilson said.

“They’re the ‘Monks’ of the animal kingdom,” he said. “They won’t step in rain puddles. One time, I tried to get them out of the barn, but they wouldn’t budge because there was a piece of paper on the ground. They won’t come back in the barn unless the lights are on.”

The zoo has not had any major animal escapes since 1996, when vandals cut locks and released four bison and two elk that were found grazing on front lawns in suburban Cape May Court House one morning.

The animals were herded back to the zoo without incident. The Press of Atlantic City captured the escapade this way: “The elk stayed fairly close to home. Not surprisingly, the buffalo roamed.”

Jackson Township police know what can happen when security measures fail. In 1999, they shot and killed a 431-pound tiger on the prowl.

Efforts to tranquilize the big cat failed when the thick scrub deflected the darts, said Capt. David Newman, who served as deputy incident commander.

With the surveillance aircraft running low on fuel, police decided to take no chances and shoot the tiger, which was believed to have escaped from a private reserve.

“We had no other choice. The tiger was encroaching on residential properties,” Newman said.

The closest Cape May County has come to an animal escape in recent years was when some ingenious prairie dogs made a jailbreak like the penguins in the movie “Madagascar.”

The tunneling rodents had no hope of digging out since the dirt-covered exhibit was encased in poured concrete. Instead, the persistent animals built a dirt ramp to scale the low wall, Wilson said.

The prairie dogs did not go far. An electric fence around the exhibit confounded subsequent escape attempts.

The Middle Township Police Department has a Dangerous Animal Escape Plan with emphasis on the “Code Red” animals: the lion, tiger, black bears, cheetahs, bison, elk, alligators and leopards.

“We don’t use lights and sirens to respond,” police Lt. Christopher Leusner said. “We don’t want to startle the animals.”

The plan calls for establishing a perimeter around the escaped animal and taking direction from zookeepers about the best course of action.

This level of preparedness no doubt comes as a relief to neighbors such as Carole Donohue in suburban Cape May Court House. Donohue, who lives across the street from the zoo, said she has faith in its security measures.

She is reminded daily how close her family lives to deadly predators. She hears Brutu the African lion’s thunderous roar from her backyard swimming pool. It is one of the neighborhood’s simple charms, she said.

“It’s awesome. He does a big roar followed by four bursts,” she said. “I can always tell when it’s feeding time.”

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If you need accommodations on you next trip to the Cape May Zoo then try the Bacchus Inn at 609.884.2129.


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