It was declared a federal holiday by Abraham Lincoln, in midst of Civil War, after a passionate campaign by Sarah Josepha Hale

Dr. Emlen Physick, portrayed by Ben Ridings, in the formal dining room at the 1879 Physick House Museum, Cape May’s Victorian House Museum.

CAPE MAY — Thanksgiving was the crusade of Sarah Josepha Hale, a Victorian powerhouse of passion and influence. Literary editor of the popular women’s magazine, Godey’s Lady’s Book, she advocated from 1822 to 1863 for one national day of Thanksgiving, at a time when a hodgepodge of some 20 states had declared their own Thanksgiving holidays.


Susan Krysiak, at the Cape May Lighthouse

(This staff feature comes in a Q&A format, with Ayeshah Dickerson and Eliza Lotozo asking questions of the author of this blog @CapeMayNewsfeed, Susan Krysiak.)

(May 6, 2020) CAPE MAY — Susan Krysiak is Cape May MAC Director of Media Relations. She earned a bachelor of arts degree and a Juris Doctor degree and has worked in media, public relations and the law. She loves film, art and poetry.

AD: How does your past work life help you navigate media relations at Cape May MAC?

SK: All the skills I’ve acquired in my life and career help in this position…


Cathy Baldacchini

(April 7, 2020) CAPE MAY — Cathy Baldacchini of Lower Township is Cape May MAC's Information Technology Manager. She manages and maintains the organization's computer hardware and software and problem-solves all variety of technological issues for an organization of 25 full-time and 125 part-time employees.

With the COVID-19 crisis temporarily stopping Cape May tours from April through mid-June, and staff working from home, Cathy has been as busy as usual, and more, helping to keep staff connected virtually.

"As soon as we understood that the new norm included the need to work from home I had to look at requirements…


Jody Alessandrine

(April 14, 2020) CAPE MAY — Jody Alessandrine of Town Bank is Cape May MAC’s Director & CEO. He took over the position full-time in February, just as the COVID-19 virus began to take hold across the nation. “Timing is Everything” and that’s certainly true here.

“While the 2008 Financial Crisis pales in severity compared to the current pandemic — now, it’s physical lives, not solely financial capabilities being lost — the experience did prepare me in a sense,” Alessandrine said.

His extensive experience in the non-profit and for-profit worlds, as well as in local government, have served the organization…


KARA Restaurant Group launches its newest venture in Cape May — Vintage — an outdoor dining experience with a “wild” menu for brunch and dinner

Vintage is open daily for brunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. Call 609–224–6064 for reservations & takeout orders.

CAPE MAY — Put aside the last three months of humdrum meals at home and limited trips to the grocery store: an exciting new restaurant, Vintage, has opened on the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate.

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) has partnered with KARA Restaurant Group to oversee its restaurant operation beginning this year. KARA operates some of the most successful and exciting restaurants in the Cape May region — George’s Place, Scola, Shamone, YB — and now Vintage, featuring menu items that are unique, as co-owner Chef Nikolaos “Niko” Goutzouris describes them, and “wild.”

Vintage is open seven…


This first Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) tour since the state COVID-19 shutdown served to soothe the weary and elevate spirits

Six gardens were on display during the Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) Spring Celebration Garden Tour June 13.

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

Audrey Hepburn

CAPE MAY — A chance to get out in the world after being cooped up inside for three months was a thrill for 150 garden lovers on the Spring Celebration Garden Tour, presented by Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) Saturday, June 13. Tickets were limited to help maintain social distancing, and ticket holders were required to wear masks for safety. It was a gloriously sunny afternoon of seeing, smelling, talking, and walking along garden paths.

The tour is held once a year. Like all organizations and businesses in the state…


One can step back in time to 1876 and imagine the clip clop of horses, the rumbling of carriages and the clinking of bridles. Who knew a shop could be so sweet?

The Carriage House Museum Shop reopens to the public Monday, June 15, daily, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

CAPE MAY — If you’re on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate and enjoying the gardens or walking the paths you might well find your way to the Carriage House— an 1876 structure originally built for Dr. Physick’s horses and carriages, with a second floor hay loft. Today, the carriages and horses and hay are gone, and the building has several purposes quite different than its original use: it houses the Carriage House Museum Shop, the Carroll Gallery, and “Vintage,” Cape May MAC’s (Museum+Arts+Culture) new restaurant venture with KARA Catering.

In March, the organization closed its doors to the…


The restoration of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate is one of Cape May MAC’s crowning achievements. Thousands who’ve toured return from year to year for a new take on this architectural gem.

Guided tours of the Physick Estate are available daily now, with social distance and masks required.

CAPE MAY — When you walk into the 1879 Physick House Museum, you step back in time to a much different era. The crown jewel of Cape May MAC’s (Museums+Arts+Culture) three historic sites, it is, in equal parts, an outstanding example of Victorian Stick Style architecture, beautifully and lovingly restored, and a testament to the dedication and perseverance of visionaries who fought tooth and nail to save it.


The boat is a restoration project of the Cape May Maritime Museum, illuminating life saving history at the Jersey Shore

Photo courtesy of Jerry Tarrant

LOWER TOWNSHIP — A Monomoy life saving boat is now on display on the grounds of the Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park. The boat is a restoration project of the Cape May Maritime and Educational Center and will be on long term display here, in association with Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture).

The Cape May Lighthouse is one of three historic sites managed by Cape May MAC. While the lighthouse has not yet reopened to the public due to the COVID-19 crisis, the park, where the lighthouse is located, is open for recreation as of this writing, and…


This historic landmark stands as a reminder that enemy attack during wartime along the Atlantic coast and Delaware Bay was a very real fear. Each year on Armed Forces Day, many gather here to pay tribute to veterans and military men and women. This year that experience will be virtual.

LOWER TOWNSHIP — The World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23), located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, is New Jersey’s last freestanding World War II Tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. Built in 1942, the tower was one of 15 towers used as observation posts to detect enemy vessels and direct the artillery fire from nearby coastal batteries.

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Media info from Susan Krysiak at Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture). Cape May MAC has been helping people discover Cape May and its history since 1970.

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