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Theme: "Recreation and Re-creation"

This event occurred on
October 21, 2012
10:00am - 6:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Cape May, NJ
United States

Journey to Cape May, America's first seaside recreation destination, and explore the interplay of recreation and re-creation with some of our region's most creative and accomplished innovators, artists and entrepreneurs. The program offers 12 live presentations, three TED video presentations, discussion groups over a gourmet box lunch and concludes with an open bar reception at the Congress Hall Hotel.

Our TEDxCapeMay program of presenters:
-Curtis Bashaw: Re-creation of "Service"
-Michael Bierut: Re-creation of "Design"
-Sandra Bloodworth: Re-creation of "Public Spaces"
-Tom Carroll: Re-creation of "Historic Places"
-Marguerite Chandler: Re-creation of "Enjoyment"
-Daniel Cohen: Re-creation of "Offshore Wind Energy"
-Lynette Hull: Re-creation of the "Icon"
-Chase Jackson: Re-creation of "Life"
-Lauren Mulholland: Re-creation of "Perseverance"
-Hanna Miller: Re-creation of "Cooking"
-Jack Morey: Re-creation of the "Kid in All of Us"
-Jack Wright: Re-creation of the Resort "Rag"

There will be an exhibition of local artists from the SOMA NewArt Gallery

Congress Hall Hotel
Cape May, NJ, 08204
United States
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Curtis Bashaw

Re-creation of "Service" A Jersey boy, Curtis spent his early summers in Cape May. Now as CEO and co-founder of Cape Advisors, Inc., Curtis has recreated resort service and hospitality through his real estate development company located in Cape May, NJ and New York, NY. Curtis’ real estate projects focus on adaptive reuse and historic preservation. Most notable are the renovations of the Congress Hall and Virginia Hotels in Cape May, which he still operates. Curtis is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Stockton College, and he previously served as Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) from 2003-2005. He is on the New Jersey Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council and as a Trustee of the New Jersey Cultural Trust. He earned a Masters of Business Administration at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature at Wheaton College.

Michael Bierut

Re-creation of "Design" Michael studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, graduating summa cum laude in 1980. Prior to joining Pentagram in 1990 as a partner in the firm’s New York office, he worked for ten years at Vignelli Associates, ultimately as vice president of graphic design. His clients at Pentagram have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Harley-Davidson, The Museum of Arts and Design, United Airlines, The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, Mohawk Paper Mills, New World Symphony, Princeton University, the New York Jets, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Morgan Library and Museum. He has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Montreal. He has served as president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1988 to 1990 and is president emeritus of AIGA National. He also serves as on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and New Yorkers for Parks. Michael was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1989, to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2003, and was awarded the profession’s highest honor, the AIGA Medal, in 2006. In 2008, he was named winner in the Design Mind category of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. Michael is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art, and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management. He writes frequently about design and is the co-editor of the five-volume series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic published by Allworth Press. His commentaries about graphic design in everyday life have been heard nationally on the Public Radio International program “Studio 360” and his appearance in Helvetica: A Documentary Film is considered by many that movie’s funniest moment. Michael is a co-founder of the weblog, and his book 79 Short Essays on Design was published in 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press.

Sandra Bloodworth

Re-creation of "Public Spaces" Sandra is the director of Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit and Urban Design. As director, she is responsible for the Arts for Transit programs, whose mission it is to commission public art that enhances the transportation environment. In addition to Arts for Transit’s award-winning permanent art program, she is responsible for Music Under New York, the Transit Poster program, Poetry in Motion, and the Light Box Project. She represents the MTA on station aesthetics and urban design issues, with a focus on promoting design excellence. She joined Arts for Transit in 1988 as a manager and became deputy director in 1992, and director in 1996. Her previous experience includes working as a development associate for Studio in a School Association. Sandra has taught Visual Art and Urban Design in the Department of Art and Arts Professions graduate program at New York University and studio classes in the fine arts departments at Florida State University and the University of Mississippi. Ms. Bloodworth is an artist and holds a B.S. from Mississippi College, an M.A. from the University of Mississippi and an M.F.A. from Florida State University. Ms. Bloodworth received the Fund for the City of New York’s 2005 Sloan Public Service Award in recognition of her work in the field of public art. She is the coauthor of Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit. An accomplished artist, Sandra has exhibited widely from New York City to Charleston, Mississippi, where she was born. Sandra is represented by SOMA NewArt GALLERY in Cape May, NJ and the William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ. In 2008, she was included in the Art Now Fair, a Miami Basel satellite show with SOMA NewArt GALLERY. Sandra will be exhibiting in The Noyes Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition titled: Feast for the Eyes: The Art of Food, to be presented September 14, 2012 - January 13, 2013. Sandra and her husband, Fred May, spend quality time at their home in Cape May (Cold Spring) where they share their love of gardening and cooking. Their roundels of rudbeckia, roses, irises and hydrangeas provide an elegant backdrop to the seasonally prepared meals they enjoy sharing with friends and family. Sandra and Fred take advantage of all that Cape May offers to artists -- in the garden, in the kitchen, and in the studio.

Marguerite Chandler

Re-creation of "Enjoyment" A social entrepreneur, Marguerite Chandler has helped found more than ten non-profit organizations including the Food Bank Network of Somerset County, the Heritage Trail Association, the PeopleCare Center, Crossroads of the American Revolution, Celebrate NJ! and Slow Food South Jersey, a chapter of Slow Food USA. In her business career, Marguerite was an accountant, had her own human relations training and consulting business, and ran a large industrial park in Central Jersey for 25 years. She has chaired major capital campaigns, created many successful fundraising events, and facilitated board trainings and strategic planning retreats. Marguerite was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala (1966-68) and volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity (1981) in Calcutta, India. She has received many awards, being named "Person of the Decade in 1989" by the Courier News, listed in "Who's Who 2002 Business Leaders" by Business News New Jersey, and chosen as a NAWBO "Woman of Inspiration" in 2006. Marguerite Chandler is currently a certified Life Coach and has a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. In 1990, she ran for U.S. Congress in NJ's 12th District.

Daniel Cohen

Re-creation of "Offshore Wind Energy" Daniel "Danny" Cohen is a principal and President of Fishermen’s Energy, a fishermen owned offshore wind company, which is developing two offshore wind farms off the the coast of New Jersey. A long term goal of Fishermen’s Energy is to organize the fishing industry from Maine to South Carolina to develop offshore energy resources. Danny is also a principal and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc. an East Coast vertically integrated fishing company operating over 20 fishing vessels with facilities in New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Danny is committed to building natural resources companies, pairing the twin goals of sustainable renewable resources in a scientifically managed marine environment with an economically sustainable fishing industry. He was recognized for this environmental leadership role by being awarded the “FINese Award for Responsible Fisheries” by the National Fisheries Institute, the largest association of seafood harvesters, processors, marketers and importers in the United States. In 2009, Danny was recognized for his environmental leadership by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities when he was named New Jersey’s “Clean Energy Advocate of the Year." __________________________________________

Lynette Hull

Re-creation of the "Icon" When an early foray as a small business owner was interrupted by parenting, Lynette applied her entrepreneurial energies to eighteen years of adaptive home-schooling and led her three children in a program of innovative curriculum, international travel, musical training, and intensive amateur sports. As her pedagogical charges gradually transferred to a variety of Ivy League institutions and conservatories, she embarked upon a study of Byzantine Iconography. In 2004, she began regular study with the American-Russian Prosopon School of Iconography. The Prosopon School ( is one of the pre-eminent institutions committed to the embodiment of Byantine iconological ideals and the development of iconology in contemporary culture. Lynette is a student of Master Iconographer Vladislav Andrejev. Her lecture invitations include Princeton University, Wheaton College, Cambridge University. She has participated in exhibitions in the United States and was recently included in an important exhibition at the Andriaki Art Institute in Moscow. Her commissions are featured in churches and private collections in the United States. Lynette holds a BA from Wheaton College (IL).

Chase Jackson

An accomplished performing artist, Chase has been a featured actor, director and blues vocalist for over 25 years. She has worked in theater in Norfolk, Virginia with Norfolk Players Guild, Norfolk Little Theatre and Norfolk State Players, as well as with theater companies in New Jersey. She has written and performed two memoir-based solo shows in Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival. Her most recent show, “A Minute With Miz. Mamie: Hard, But Fair”, played to standing room only. As a storyteller, she won audience favorite her first time out at Philadelphia’s First Person Arts’ Story Slam. That feat led to an automatic entry into their 2009 Grand Slam. Chase introduced story and poetry slams under the title “Shore Slams” to Cape May audiences while Director of Arts Programs at the Center for Community Arts. While no longer with CCA, she won their 2011 Grand Slam with “Keloid”, a story that will have you reeling with rage through your tears. On a lighter note, a Blues fanatic, she was the first ever manager of Saffire-the Uppity Blues Women, national recording artists on the Alligator label. She has also performed under the name of Miz Mamie with her own band, the wRight Blues Band in Red Bank, NJ and as a member of De Gut Bucket Blues Band in Norfolk, VA. Currently the producing director of Chase Arts, in 2011, she has produced, “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuf” by Ntozoke Shange; Truth Be Told Slams, a story and poetry slam; and Cape Jazz Aficionados, a jazz listening club. For 2012 she will produce “Everybody, Everybody: I Am!” conceived by Chase and written by youth from Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro’s Homework Club (Mar 24); “The Colored Museum” by George C. Wolfe (May 4/5); “Messages from Men: Machismo, Mayhem, Merriment & Maturity”; conceived and developed with local male performing artists (Oct 8); and “Siren” written and performed by Kumani Gantt, a one woman show (Dec 3). Outside of connecting with the community through the arts, Chase is an avid sailor, swing dancer and creative writer. Chase is the founder of the Natchel Blues Network, a blues society in Norfolk, VA ( and founding/initiating director of AFR’AM Fest, both in Norfolk, VA. Professionally, Chase is an arts administrator with over 30 years in the field. She is volunteer crew on the A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s tall ship and is in the process of writing her memoirs and an industry book on the life cycles of non-profits.

Lauren Mulholland

Re-creation of "Perseverance" Lauren Mulholland has survived two bouts with cancer which resulted in the removal of a kidney at age nine and a lung transplant at age 15. That is her medical history in the tightest of nutshells. For Lauren, it was the life after cancer or cancers that was the most difficult. The treatment for the cancers, the kidney removal and the transplant were all necessary to just stay alive in the moment and once this act of survival was accomplished the journey of life was able to truly begin. Her story of perseverance is inherent in her survival and her life today. Now 22, Lauren has graduated from Wildwood High School and is currently an undergraduate at Rowan University. Although all the repercussions of her illness ridden youth effect her on a day-to-day basis, Lauren pushes on and plans to graduate college and enter the working world.

Hanna Miller

Re-creation of "Cooking" Born and raised in the Cape May restaurant scene, Hanna has followed her passion for food, cooking, and culture to her current research at Harvard University on the intersections of food, popular culture, and religion in American society. In particular she is interested in the ways culinary innovation, and a literal re-creation of food, has changed the way America perceives the preparation of food, and how this is affecting the way we eat on a daily basis. Hanna received her BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Williams College and Oxford University in 2009. After graduation, determined to pursue her interest in the culinary world, she continued on to receive a degree from the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and then to a position cooking at the Michelin starred Gramercy Tavern restaurant in New York City. Since returning to academia her research has taken her as far afield as South Korea, Jerusalem, and Utah. Hanna is currently completing her master’s degree at Harvard with plans to continue on to a doctorate.

Jack Morey

Re-creation of the "Kid in All of Us" Jack is a 2nd generation co-owner of Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks, ranked among the top three seaside amusement parks in the world by Amusement Today. As Vice Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Jack playfully and passionately decribes his work and ethos as "tacky and proud of it!" He is quick to argue that he is actually not creative all, but rather has a very open mind which allows him to direct his vast array of truly creative and artistic colleagues. In addition to what he refers to as "sculpting" the amusement piers for the kid in all of us, he has a passion for the importance of the Wildwoods' public spaces and places. He is privileged to have worked on several civic projects including the Doo Wop Preservation League, the Wildwoods gateway welcome sign, Doo Wop design guidelines, Boardwalk design guidelines and more recently the Wildwoods Vision 2015 Plan which focusses on projects from parking garages to host hotels to public beach parks. Lastly, he is enthusiastic about the prospects of never being done.

Jack Wright

Re-creation of the Resort "Rag" Jack Wright re-created this resort ever since he resorted to Exit Zero: "A sprightly sheet full of the sprays of the old ocean Cape May, New Jersey, USA." He's an accomplished New York City editor and publisher who fell in love with Cape May. While he's a man of words, when it comes to himself, he possesses an amazing ecomomy of words! Position: Editor/Publisher Hometown: Paisley, Renfrewshire, UK Current Residence: Lower Township/West Cape May Favorite Drink: Prosecco in summer & Kraken Rum in the winter Favorite Hobby: Making Books…and Antiquing

Tom Carroll

Re-creation of "Historic Places" Cape May has no greater champion of historic preservation than Tom Carroll. Not only has Tom taken innkeeping to new heights, he has been a local and statewide leader in historic preservation and cultural tourism. He is also an outstanding civic leader in Cape May. For 34 years, Tom and Sue operated the Mainstay Inn, which enjoyed a national reputation as it was featured on the cover of five national magazines. The Mainstay Inn was selected by the Historic House Association of America to receive an award for excellence in restoration and for its contribution to the preservation movement. The Mainstay was also rated in the top 100 USA Resorts and Inns in the 1999 ZAGAT SURVEY. Tom’s civic leadership is seen through the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, where he has twice served as President, and led in the restoration and preservation of the Emlen Physick Estate and the Cape May Lighthouse. Tom is also a past Trustee and former Chairman of the New Jersey Historic Trust. Gov. Kean appointed him in 1986, and Governors Florio and Whitman reappointed him. He completed 17 years of service in 2002. Currently Tom serves as a Vice Chair on the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Tom also serves our country, and has received the Coast Guard Commandant’s Meritorious Service Award during assignment as Commanding Officer, Reserve Unit Cape May.

Organizing team


Cape May, NJ, United States
  • Jack Morey
    Owner, Morey's Piers
  • Jack Wright
    Principal, Exit Zero Publishing
  • Marguerite Chandler
    Social Entrepreneur
  • Richmond Shreve
  • Gail Pierson
    Owner, Pierson Gallery
  • Ronnie Cohen
    Chair, Cape May Forum
  • Nancy Bacher Long
  • Steve Miller