Revised On November 12, 2018

(A no-fee to participate organization)
P.O. Box 624, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609)624-0931


First Methodist Church of Avalon
3344 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202
(609) 967-4204

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday and Thursday
10 AM to 1:30 PM


Congratulations to all our November and December Birthday participants, volunteers and instructors!


Our prayers and good wishes go out to our fellow participants and volunteers who may be “under the
weather”. Hope you will be feeling well soon!



Thursday, November 1, 12 Noon Speaker from MAC, “History of Halloween”

Tuesday, November 6 BLIND CENTER CLOSED

Thursday, November 8 BLIND CENTER CLOSED

Tuesday, November 13, 12 Noon Janet Gibbins, Arts & Crafts

Thursday, November 15 Thanksgiving Luncheon

Tuesday, November 20, 12 Noon June Willis, Music Program

Thursday, November 22 BLIND CENTER CLOSED

Tuesday, November 27, 12 Noon Bingo

Thursday, November 29, 12 Noon Bonnie Kratzer, Parish Nurse, Discussion on Resistance to Winter Colds


Tuesday, December 4, 12 Noon June Willis Presents the Bell Ringers

Thursday, December 6, 12 Noon Caring and Sharing

Tuesday, December 11, 12 Noon Janet Gibbins, Arts & Crafts

Thursday, December 13, 12 Noon Speaker to be Announced

Tuesday, December 18 Christmas Party

Thursday, December 20 BLIND CENTER CLOSED

Tuesday, December 25 BLIND CENTER CLOSED

Thursday, December 27 BLIND CENTER CLOSED

(NOTE: Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM, Carole Donohue with Exercise Program.)

Following up on the participants’ requests for more excursions outside of the Church meeting room, on September 18 the participants and volunteers visited the Avalon Historical Society where they received a talk on the history of the City of Avalon and the surrounding environs. Subsequently, the group retired to its meeting room for a pizza lunch.

On October 9, the volunteers and participants journeyed to Cape May for a ride on a trolley sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) which passed through the historic district of old Cape May. The moderator from MAC described the historic buildings and provided an interesting and humorous account of events in old Cape May. After the trolley ride the group retired to Stewart’s restaurant on the mall for a satisfying lunch.

The Blind Center’s traditional anniversary celebration was held this year on October 23 at the Avalon Links Restaurant with several invited guests providing congratulatory messages to the participants and volunteers of the Blind Center of the Jersey Cape. Included among the guests congratulating the Blind Center for 18 years of service to the blind and visually impaired of Cape May County were Dan Mulraney, Director of Fare Free transportation, Christa Fitzsimons of the Cape May Department of Aging and Disability Services and our own Reverend Doctor Dave Montanye of the First United Methodist Church of Avalon. Subsequently the participants, volunteers and guests enjoyed a delicious luncheon prepared by the courteous staff of the Avalon Links. See photos below:


More photos from our Anniversary Luncheon:


The Blind Center was saddened this year to learn of the closure of the Pudgy Pelican Restaurant where the group had for many years celebrated with a Thanksgiving luncheon. However, the volunteers, led by Audrey Emery, Mary Lewis, Carol Fiore, Janet Gibbins, Mike Mowery and Eileen MacCormack will prepare a delicious Thanksgiving lunch for the Blind Center and the longstanding tradition will not be lost.

On October 11, the Blind Center of the Jersey Cape was honored to receive a donation of $1,000 from the Avalon Lions Club which has been supremely supportive of the Blind Center for the past several years. See below the photo of Avalon Lions Club President Maryann Snyder presenting the Lions Club check to volunteers and participants of the Blind Center:


The Blind Center’s traditional Christmas Party will be held on December 18 at the Blind Center’s meeting room at the First United Methodist Church of Avalon. Santa Claus has appeared at the Center’s Christmas Party in past years. Will we be honored again this year?


The Blind Center will be closed November 6, Election Day; November 8, Church Christmas Bazaar; November 22, Thanksgiving Day and December 20, 25 and 27, Christmas closure.

(Answer on last page)
Can you guess what I am?

1. I’m a natural attraction…
2. …and a snow-capped landmark.
3. I am part Swiss and part Italian.
4. I am more than 14,000 feet high…
5. …and I have a distinctive silhouette.
6. In Italy, I’m called Il Cervino.
7. I have my own museum in Switzerland.
8. I “reside” in the Alsp…
9. …where people like to climb me.
10. I share my name with a classic bobsled ride in Disneyland.


“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.”…………Kahill Gibran

“Stop thinking and talking about it and there is nothing you will not be able to know.”….Zen Paradigm


A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan. “What was that for?” the man asked. The wife replied, “That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on it that I found in your pants pocket.” The man then said “When I was at the races last week, Jenny was the name of the horse I bet on.” The wife apologized and went on with the housework. Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious. Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit him again. “Your horse phoned!”

A U.S. National Register of Historic Places

The Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, located on Seashore Road in the Cold Spring section of Lower Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey, is a historic two-story church on the National Register of Historic Places. The current church building, known as “Old Brick”, was constructed in 1823 by Thomas H. Hughes, who was also the architect of Congress Hall in Cape May. This red brick building replaced a frame and shingle church erected in 1764, which itself replaced a 1714 log meetinghouse. The church’s cemetery is the site of a 1742 grave (that of Sarah Eldridge Spicer) and of the most Mayflower descendants anywhere outside of Massachusetts.

The congregation was founded in 1714, following the settlement of the area by Connecticut Presbyterians. The first regular pastor was the Rev. John Bradner, who served from 1715 until 1721, when he moved to Goshen in Orange County, NY. The Rev. Hughston Hughes served as pastor for one year, starting in 1726, before being dismissed for “his too free use of intoxicating drinks.”

The Rev. Samuel Finley served as pastor for several years. Finley, who was a graduate of the Log College, later became president of the College of New Jersey, the predecessor of Princeton University. Another Log College graduate, the Rev. Daniel Lawrence, served as pastor from 1752 until his death in 1766. His tombstone in the adjacent graveyard was inscribed:

In yonder sacred house I spent my breath,
Now, silent, mouldering here I lie in death,
Those silent lips shall wake and yet declare,
A dread amen to truths they publish there.

The two hundredth anniversary of the church was celebrated on August 16, 1914. John Wanamaker, who attended when a child, contributed generously to the endowment fund. President Woodrow Wilson sent a congratulatory letter.

Programs & Scheduling: Phil Harrison – Typing & Circulation: Judy Dolan
(I am The Matterhorn)