The Real Housewives of Cape May can be dragon ladies, but only for a good cause.

They don't break furniture or throw tantrums. They break a sweat on the water, rowing a dragon boat for the Nature Center of Cape May, said Brandy White, 41, of Cape May.

White, owner of Wanderlust Coastal Concepts for the Home, a "beachy" interior design store on Jefferson Street, said the group got started in a venue you might expect a Real Housewife to frequent - the local yacht club.

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"A bunch of us were sitting around having drinks, talking about housewives behaving badly," she said. "We fashioned ourselves the Real Housewives of Cape May."

The group is a mix of outdoor types, fashionistas, full-time moms and moms who work outside the home. Their logo, a '50s-style housewife serving drinks, was created by member Heidi Cummings, of Inkwell Printing in Cape May.

When they heard the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May was holding a dragon boat festival and race for the first time last year, they fielded a 22-member team and rowed in pearls, tiaras and dish gloves for the Nature Center. All have ties to the nonprofit through children's classes, kayaking or nature walks.

They had so much fun, they will be back again this year, rowing the Chinese crew-like boats with dragon heads. At their festival tent, they will also auction off catered food for two cocktail parties.

Excellence in service

Immaculata "Mac" Maier, laboratory medical technologist at Cape Regional Medical Center, is the hospital's Service Excellence of the Month award winner for August.

Maier was nominated by a colleague who said her caring attitude creates a wonderful working atmosphere in the lab. She joined Cape Regional in 2011, lives in Wildwood and is active with the Elks, a hospital representative said.

'Gamers' screening

Christine Farina, associate professor of communications at Richard Stockton College, will hold a question-and-answer session following the free screening of her documentary, "Gamers," at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in Stockton's Arts and Sciences Room 102.

The film, which explores the underground culture of fantasy gaming in America, won the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 New Hope Film Festival and Best Feature Documentary at both the 2012 Downbeach Atlantic City Film Festival and the 2013 Indie Jam Fest. It was screened in France this summer at the Cannes Film Festival.

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