Revised On May 16, 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 May and June 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!



Tuesday, May 1, 12 Noon Janet Gibbins, Arts and Crafts

Thursday, May 3 Participation in the County Senior Jamboree

Tuesday, May 8, 12 Noon John Pekich, Riddles and Jokes

Thursday, May 10, 12 Noon Andrew Hink, Jazz Pianist

Tuesday, May 15, 12 Noon Games with Mike Mowery

Thursday, May 17, 12 Noon Sean Farrow, Avalon Library Technology Lesson

Tuesday, May 22, 12 Noon June Willis, Music Program

Thursday, May 24, 12 Noon Caring and Sharing

Tuesday, May 29, 12 Noon Janet Gibbins, Arts and Crafts

Thursday, May 31, 12 Noon Tom Celendine, Discussion of Famous Personalities


Tuesday, June 5, 12 Noon Bell Ringers from First Presbyterian Church of Cape May Presented by June Willis

Thursday, June 7, 12 Noon Speaker to be Announced

Tuesday, June 12, 12 Noon Sean Farrow, Avalon Library Technology Lesson

Thursday, June 14, 12 Noon Bingo

Tuesday, June 19, 12 Noon Janet Gibbins, Arts and Crafts


Thursday, June 21, 12 Noon Tom Celendine, Discussion of Famous Personalities

Tuesday, June 26 Annual Picnic at the Cape May County Zoo

Thursday, June 28, 12 Noon Mario Tobia, Technology Lesson

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

On Tuesday, March 13 the Blind Center of the Jersey Cape held its annual St. Patrick’s Day
Party. Volunteers Audrey Emery, Mary Lewis, Janet Gibbins, Lottie Honer, Carol Fiore and Eileen MacCormack prepared a delicious Irish lunch of corn beef and cabbage and all the accoutrements. Volunteer Lottie Honer and her brother Gerry MacFarlane provided the musical accompaniment. They played and sang leading the group in the singing of Irish favorites and other popular songs.

During March and April the Avalon Library assisted the Blind Center by sending several of its technology experts to help the Blind Center participants with their I-Pads and I-Phones. They emphasized how the group could access favorite novels in audio form. The Library will continue with its assistance to the Blind Center participants with appearances in May and June.

May and June will see the return some favorite programs of the Blind Center.

John Pekich will make another appearance with his unique selection of jokes and riddles on Tuesday, May 8. John will then go off to Europe for a grand tour of the Continent for the summer. We look forward to John’s return in the fall to hear his stories of his travels throughout Europe.

Jazz Pianist, Andrew Hink returns to the Center to entertain the participants and volunteers with his unique renditions of popular favorites in a jazz format. Andrew is also noted for the drafting of songs of his own creation. The Blind Center looks forward to his appearance on Thursday, May 10.

June Willis will again bring into play for the Blind Center participants the Bell Ringers from the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May. These Bell Ringers are favorites of the Center and perform semi-annually for the group and will be with us on June 5.

The Blind Center will continue with its annual outdoor picnic on Tuesday, June 26 at the Cape May County Zoo. We also look forward to hearing the music of Jim Doran and Clint Adams which is a popular attraction at the picnic. Last year we were rained out so we hope for better

luck this year.

Also to educate and entertain the Blind Center participants in May and June will be favorite speakers June Willis and Tom Celendine, and also Janet Gibbins with her unique craft projects.


The Blind Center of the Jersey Cape sends its heartfelt thanks to the Polish-American Club who on Tuesday, April 17 presented to the Trustees and Volunteers of the Center a check in the amount of $3,000. We appreciate this very generous donation which will assure that the Blind Center can continue through the remainder of the year to provide interesting and educational programs for the blind and visually-impaired residents of Cape May County. See below the photo of Polish-American Club representatives presenting the donation check to trustees and volunteers of the Blind Center.


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

1. I come in more than 2,500 varieties.
2. I’m most often found in warm climates.
3. Fossils show I was around when dinosaurs roamed.
4. I’m mentioned in the Bible.
5. I can grow as tall as a three-story building.
6. My fruit can be as small as a berry…
7. …or as big as a bowling ball!
8. My leaves are called fronds.
9. I provide sun protection on tropical beaches.
10. A California desert resort city is names for me.


“Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often more accurate than you are willing to believe.”….Claudia Black

“Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.”…..Cicero


A well planned life? Two women met for the first time since graduating from high school. One asked the other, “You were always so organized in school, did you manage to live a well- planned life?” “Yes,” said her friend. “My first marriage was to a millionaire; my second marriage was to an actor; my third marriage was to a preacher; and now I’m married to an undertaker.” Her friend asked, “What do those marriages have to do with a well-planned life?” “One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go!”

The older crowd: A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?” “Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor told her. There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, “I’m wondering then just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked ‘No Refills’.”



The Civil War: As soon as the Confederate seized Fort Sumter, in April 186, the spirit of patriotism spread over Cape May County. Military organizations were formed throughout the area. The Cape Island Home Guards, under the command of Captain John West; the Seaville Rangers, under the care of Captain Joseph E. Corson; and a company at Cape May Court House, under the command of N. N. Wentzell were quickly organized. “Long Tom”, the only cannon in the County, was brought out; “Tom” had also been used in the War of 1812.

On May 7, the Board of Freeholders were asked to repair the cannon carriage. They however refused to do it as these men were not in sympathy with President Lincoln. The Board also disregarded the communications from Captain West concerning the Home Guard. As more serious events happened along the Border States, the Board of Freeholders at last realized that they must act, and turned their sympathies toward the Union cause.

A committee consisting of one person from each township and Cape Island was appointed to look after the wants of the soldiers’ families. These committeemen were authorized to give each soldier’s family six dollars per month as long as the head of the family was in service. On September 10, 1866, the New Jersey legislature, in special session, ratified the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Despite the war, the 1865 census showed that the population had increased to 7,625 persons, or a gain of 495 in five years. At this time, farming was the principle occupation and the number of manufacturing establishments was 38.

Transportation: The mode of travel to and from the County was primarily by stage or vessel. In 1802, a steam packet inaugurated service to Philadelphia; it left Cape May one day and returned the next. Eight years later, a steamboat began service from Philadelphia to Cape May. By 1819, a regular summer season schedule had been established and continued to operate until 1913.

The stages ran by way of Bridgeton and Tuckahoe. The “Bridgeton Stage” passed through the bayshore towns from Cape Island to Bridgeton while the “Tuckahoe Stage” passed through the villages on the seashore side of the County, going to Mays Landing and on to Philadelphia. The stages, before the advent of the railroad, carried the mails. When nearing a village, the driver would herald his approach by tooting a big horn.

On May 13, 1863, the Board of Freeholders passed a resolution allowing the Cape May and Millville Railroad the right to lay tracks over the Cape Island Bridge, and within a short period the railroad opened to Cape May. It was not until August 29, 1879 that it was united with the West Jersey Seashore Railroad. The one dollar excursions became very popular during the summer. Today the Atlantic City Railroad has secured control.


About 1880, came the dawn of beach prosperity on all the ocean fronts in the County. These towns included Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, and the Wildwoods. Turnpikes were laid across the meadow by laying poles close together and covering them with sand and gravel. These formed a fair road, but washed out with each storm. Eventually the rutty, dirty roads were improved.

As the coastal beaches of Cape May County were linked together, the area prospered – fashioned by nature and developed by man. It is America’s Oldest Seashore Resort!

Programs & Scheduling: Phil Harrison – Typing & Circulation: Judy Dolan
(I am a palm tree)