The TD Bank Summer Concert Series will fill the air with music this summer in 8 towns across the Cape. Presented by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the popular free series brings family- friendly, weekly outdoor concerts to the towns of Chatham, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Mashpee, Orleans, Sandwich and Yarmouth.
According to the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s Executive Director, Kevin Howard, “If you want to experience the rich musical talent that Cape Cod has to offer, these concerts are the opportunities to do it. With the enjoyment of a diverse audience in mind, all our performers are excited about playing at these wonderful venues.”
All concerts are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket to the concerts. There will be no rain dates. Full schedule is available atwww.artsfoundation.org /summer-concerts.
MONDAY NIGHTS IN YARMOUTH AT PARKERS RIVER BEACH, 6-7:30 P.M.
7/1/2013 Brian Sances & The Big 3 7/8/2013 Bart Weisman Smooth Jazz Group 7/15/2013 The Fringe 7/22/2013 Four Guys In Tuxes
It is difficult to identify the best beaches without specifying for whom: fearless surfers or timid toddlers, party types or incurable recluses? At the bayside and sound beaches, for instance, the water tends to be much more placid than it is on the ocean. So without further ado, here’s some of the best for different reasons.
Sandy Neck Beach: This relatively unpopulated, 6-mile barrier beach, extending from the eastern edge of Sandwich to sheltered Barnstable Harbor, features pretty little dunes seldom seen on the bayside. Hike in far enough (but avoid the nests of Piping Plovers), and you’re sure to find a secluded spot.
Nauset Beach: Located along the outer “elbow” of the Cape, this barrier beach descends all the way from East Orleans to a point opposite Chatham — about 9 miles in all, each mile increasingly deserted. The entry point, however, is a body squeeze: It’s here that the young crowd convenes to strut their stuff. Administered by the town of Orleans but still considered part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Nauset Beach has paid parking, restrooms, and a snack bar.
Race Point Beach: Unlike many of the beaches closer to Provincetown, which are tacitly reserved for gays or lesbians, Race Point — another Cape Cod National Seashore beach, at the northernmost tip of the Cape — is strictly nondenominational. Even whales are welcome — they can often be spotted with the bare eye, surging toward Stellwagen Bank. The Province Lands Visitor Center at Race Point (tel.508/487-1256) has particularly good views.
Thanks to Frommer’s for this information. This is just a short list of the spectacular beaches that can be found. For more information about the beaches and especially our favorite, Paine’s Creek Beach, just ask when you’re here.
Written and Directed by Art Devine
The year is 1967. Over a game of pool, two young men swap identities. One goes to prison; the other to war. Inspired by true events and pulsating with the sights and sounds of the late 1960s, 9-Ball was Art Devine’s hugely successful first play at Cape Rep and is being brought back by popular demand! This engaging play runs June 20 to July 13.
Artists who wanted to develop a company dedicated to creativity and professionalism founded Cape Rep Theatre in 1986 and have worked hard to choose plays and musicals that continually challenge the artists who work here. We have two theatres on 7 acres of land in Nickerson State Park in Brewster: a 135-seat Indoor Theater and Cape Cod’s only Outdoor Theatre, a 200-seat beauty. We produce a 5-play Indoor Theater season from May through December. During the summer, we use the Outdoor Theater for daytime children’s shows and in the evening, we produce more mature fare “under the stars.” We make a deliberate choice to bring in artists from outside our community to keep our vision broad, our company connected to the wider world and our productions as professional and creative as possible. We want to work with the best theater we can find. Often our choices are works that may not ordinarily be produced because we try not to let size of cast, degree of difficulty (or relative obscurity!) step in the way of choosing a show. And, most important, we have and will continue to produce new work. To all playwrights out there: we love producing new work!
For a full schedule of works this season, go to Cape Rep’s website.
Jim and I got a chance to hit the bike trails again last week. We decided to do the stretch from Harwich Center to Chatham. Though not officially a part of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, you can access the this stretch from the Dennis end of the CCRT. Since time was limited, we decided to drive from the Inn on Route 124 to maximize our time on the Harwich-Chatham trails.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to see and do. Our entire round trip took just about 2 hours, with few stops, but this can easily be a full day of sightseeing, perhaps a dip in White Pond, a lunch at the Chatham Train Museum, or travel just a little further down to Chatham Harbor. No matter what you eventually do, this is a relatively easy bike trip and we highly recommend it.
Each year, this popular attraction provides a picturesque setting to view art made by both man and nature. A visit to the artist shanties guarantees a cultural experience that is unmatched! This is a unique opportunity to meet Cape Cod artists and watch them work along the inspiring backdrop of Hyannis harbor.
Works vary and include photography, painting (acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolors), handmade jewelry from metals, gemstones and glass to beach stones, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, mosaics, mariner knot work, photography, wood carving, tapestry, fiber art and much more!
Visitors to the shanties can make a day of it – stroll along the boardwalk, visit artists, have a picnic in the park! There is no fee to browse but if you enjoy fine handmade local arts and crafts or giving them as gifts, it’s a terrific place to shop. It’s a perfect place for a picnic or there are plenty of waterfront restaurants at the harbor and many more right on Main Street.
weekends Friday-Sunday, and Monday, Memorial Day, May 17th-June 23rd 11AM-5PM
seven days a week, beginning June 28th, 11AM-8PM
seven days a week, September 2nd-29th, 1AM-5PM
The present Nauset Lighthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is made of cast iron with a brick lining and stands 48 feet high. It was built in 1877, and was located in Chatham as a twin to the one that is there today. In 1923, the smaller wooden lighthouse in Eastham was retired, and the north tower in Chatham was dismantled, moved to Eastham, and reconstructed about 200 feet from the edge of the cliff near the relocated keeper’s house. In the 1940s, Nauset Light was painted red and white as a daytime indicator of the red and white beacon.
Coastal erosion continued to plague the lighthouse, and by 1996, it was dangerously close to the edge of the cliff. Less than 35 feet remained in November 1996 when Nauset Lighthouse was moved in one piece approximately 300 feet to a new site across the road.
The NLPS provides public tours of Nauset Lighthouse and the oil house on Sundays May through late October and also on Wednesdays during July and August. A full schedule of tours can be found at http://www.nausetlight.org/NLtours.htm
For a limited time at our historic Cape Cod inn, sample the unique flavor of Cape Cod wines with this special package highlighting Truro Vineyards and the Grand Cru Wine Bar. Price per couple: $450.00 (tax included)
You’ll spend two nights at our Cape Cod MA Bed & Breakfast in one of our king bedrooms with private bath (other rooms available for an upcharge). On your arrival, you’ll find a bottle of Truro Vineyards signature lighthouse bottle of wine (either blush, white, or red) to enjoy. Each night will be followed by a great 3 course home-cooked breakfast. On Saturday, you’ll enjoy a private tour of the vineyard and winery including a history of the property, explanation of the grape growing process and a little introduction to fermentation and wine making. After the tour enjoy a selection of 5 wines to taste and a sample of local artisan cheese paired with the wine. You get to take their souvenir glass home with you. This private tour takes about 1 hour. On your return to the Inn, you’ll want to freshen up before heading to the Grand Cru Wine Bar in Hyannis. Enjoy great food and wine with a gift certificate provided in this package.
The deadline for the May 10th Weekend is May 3rd. Or plan ahead and reserve for our September 13th Weekend.
We are proud to announce that the Sea Meadow Inn has now been certified a GREEN property and operation by two independent certification programs. Through our continuing efforts, we look forward to improving our green practices to achieve higher levels in the Cape & Islands Green Initiative and the Trip Advisor GreenLeaders programs.
Cape & Islands Green is an environmental initiative organized by a committee of representatives from the business community with support from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and Sandwich Chamber of Commerce to help Cape & Islands organizations and businesses earn a green verification. Cape & Islands Green began its work in the fall of 2008. Since then, the group has developed a program to guide businesses through a verification process. The program has three levels, each with criteria for the business to achieve in order to gain recognition from the program. The Sea Meadow Inn has completed Level I and is well on the way to achieving Level II status.
The Cape & Islands Green mission is to educate and encourage people in their places of work to engage in better practices which reduce our collective impact on the natural environment.
Similar to many of the certification programs in our industry, GreenLeaders scores a property based on its green practices. There are numerous categories in which one can score points—Energy, Water, Purchasing, Waste, etc. All qualifying properties must have a basic set of green practices in place: use at least 75 percent energy-efficient bulbs, have current and active towel and linen re-use plans in place, recycle at least two types of waste, offer staff training on green practices, and offer guest education on green practices.
Four Levels of GreenLeader Status
As a GreenLeader one can achieve Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status. To be a GreenLeader, one must meet the program’s basic requirements and achieve at least a 30 percent score on the Green Practices survey. The Sea Meadow Inn has been awarded Silver status. All participants must reapply on an annual basis to ensure their continued enrollment in the program, and to maintain the GreenLeader award on their property’s page.
We invite all our guests to participate in our environmental and ecological efforts during their stay. Feel free to ask how you can help or make suggestions to improve our efforts.
Taken from ABC Good Morning America…
When two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, thousands of people ran for their lives and others ran straight into the chaos to help.
Carlos Arredondo and his wife were in a VIP section passing out U.S. flags to National Guard runners with Run for the Fallen Marine, an organization established to honor Marines who have been killed since the 9/11 attacks, when one of the bombs exploded right in front of them.
“My first instinct was just to run across the street and start helping people,” Arredondo, 52, told “Good Morning America” today.
He sprang into action, rushing to help a bystander who had lost both of his legs. Arredondo helped control the bleeding and stayed by the man’s side, holding his hand until help arrived.
A still-shaky Arredondo called it “a horrifying scene.”
“He’s a little bit in shock and that’s why he’s shaking,” Arredondo’s wife, Melida, 47, said.
One of the National Guard runners was in the marathon in honor of the Arredondos’ son, who was killed by sniper fire in Iraq in 2004.
This is the TRUE SPIRIT of America. We choose to honor those who ran to help the unfortunate rather than dwell on the horror of the bombings. Our prayers are with the victims.
The Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, from 04/26/13 to 04/27/13 at 7:30pm
Gloriae Dei Cantores (Singers to the Glory of God) holds a passionate dedication to illuminate truth and beauty through choral artistry, celebrating a rich tradition of sacred choral music from Gregorian chant through the twenty-first century. The choir has received extensive critical acclaim for its artistic elegance, performance authenticity, and compelling spirituality. Sharing its vision of inspiration and hope, Gloriae Dei Cantores has toured extensively, touching the hearts of audiences in 24 countries in Europe, Asia, and North America.
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