Cranberries are a wild native fruit to Cape Cod. It is well known that Native Americans introduced cranberries to early Cape Cod settlers and taught them how to use cranberries for medicinal purposes and to produce red dye. In the north village of Dennis, Henry Hall discovered cultivated cranberries by accident in 1816. After cutting a stand of trees north of his bog for firewood, a northern storm blew the exposed, native sands over his bog. Thinking his bog was ruined, Mr. Hall was amazed to find that his crop actually increased the following harvest. This event inspired Mr. Hall to move all of his cattle to “Molly’s Pasture” (the very same bog as Annie’s Crannies) and experiment with the cultivation of the native fruit. His timing was perfect. Shortly after Mr. Hall’s discovery the ship building industry slowed. Many sea captains and ship builders turned to growing cranberries to make a living. Dennis remained the cranberry cultivation center until 1850 when other cape towns joined in.
Dennis, Massachusetts was not only the birthplace of the cultivated cranberry, but to the invention and standardization of harvesting, packaging, and shipping equipment and practices. In 1868, Captain Warren Hall invented an improved cranberry gatherer. In 1876, Luther Hall (Henry Hall’s grandson), Zebina Hall and Captain William Crowell patented the cranberry picker. The most successful invention was William Crowell’s fruit box, patented in 1877, which is still used today for cranberries and other fruits. Dennis cranberry growers were also instrumental in standardizing the methodology for branding the variety, size, quality and durability of cranberries which became the in the 1880’s.
Thanks to Annie’s Crannies for this history of cranberry cultivation. You can read more about this amazing fruit at her website, http://anniescrannies.com
Recording artist Helen Reddy had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the United States. She was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three #1 hits in the same year. And now we are thrilled to welcome her to The Crown & Anchor for her Provincetown debut!!!
The limited number of VIP tickets are sold out. The lucky VIP ticket purchasers will get the best seats in the house, AND enjoy an invitation only Brunch the morning after the concert with Ms Reddy in the Central House restaurant.
Preferred Seating is also sold out, but there are still general admission tickets left, although they too are going fast!
Do not miss this opportunity. Date/Time: 10/13/13 8:00 pm Check out the details at the Crown & Anchor.
It’s showtime! The race for the 2013 Cape Cod A-List is officially on. Each year, Cape Cod area voters turn out in droves to support their favorite local businesses, places, people and brands. This year, the list features more than 1,700 nominees across 79 categories.
Over the next few weeks, you’ll have the chance to fill out your ballot with the things that make Cape Cod great. Vote for your favorite restaurants, shops, bars and more. Tell your friends what places you love, show off your expertise about all things Cape Cod and sing the praises of the people and services that make your life better.
You can keep an eye on the most closely contested categories throughout the contest, at the hot contests page. You can see how your ballot stacks up against the most prolific voters on the Cape Cod A-List Leaderboard.
We’ve been nominated for Best Bed and Breakfast on the @CapeCodAList – we would love your vote!
Stay for two consecutive nights and get the third night free on weekdays (Monday through Thursday nights) between September 2013 and March 2014! This offer is valid for reservations made after August 25, 2013 and before March 1, 2014, cannot be applied to existing reservations, may not be combined with any other discount or offer and is offered for a limited time based on availability. A minimum of two nights is required to validate your third free night. This special is not valid on weekend nights (Friday-Sunday). We’re sorry, but we cannot accept gift cards or gift certificates for this promotion.
Reservations for this Cape Cod Special Three for Two must be made by telephone (508) 896-2223 or (800) 822-4001.
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When: September 28-29, 2013, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Barnstable County Fairgrounds, Rt. 151, Falmouth
Admission: $5 for adults, free admission for children 8 and under (Parking is free, too!)
More Info: (508) 563-3200 / www.barnstablecountyfair.org/harvestfest
Autumn is definitely in the air at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds during the two-day Harvest Festival. The festival will include live entertainment by local bands, a marketplace of local farmers and crafters, pony rides, hayrides, 4-H equestrian drill team, a haunted house, and plenty of food. The first day of the Harvest Festival also features the Cape Cod Brew Fest, hosting 50+ different breweries with over 200 beers to sample from.
Note: If you plan to attend Brew Fest, it’s a good idea to buy your admission ticket in advance.
General Admission tickets are $50 in August, $55 in September, and $65 if you wait until the day of the event to buy your ticket. Admission to Brew Fest gives you entry to one tasting session, a complimentary pint glass, unlimited sampling of the different beers, plus admission to the Harvest Festival.
The Cape Cod ArtsApp is the best way to create your own Arts Trail, finding Cape Cod artists, craftspeople, galleries, museums, art centers, theaters, and concerts!
Download to your mobile device to find what’s nearest to you while you wander around the Cape. Plan visits to studios of artists inspired by the Cape’s natural beauty, galleries highlighting award-winning artists, and museums and performing arts venues that reflect the unique arts community of Cape Cod. You’ll find well known places and hidden gems, displaying arts and performing work from the cutting edge to family friendly. Artists creating one-of-a-kind, high-quality, locally made items welcome you into their studios. You’ll meet people who love what they do and love sharing their work with you.
Take classes and workshops with local artists. See a performance that might include a celebrity alongside local talent in a venue you’ve never been to. Visit our historic museums for a friendly and inspiring look at the rich history of Cape Cod. Find events that will create special memories that will last a lifetime.
Going to be on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket? The companion ArtsApp’s for each island can be accessed on the website. The apps are kept current and brought to you by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and Coastal Community Capital, with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
To download one or more apps, go to The Cape Cod Chamber website at http://www.capecodchamber.org/artsapp
Famous Scallop and Herb-Roasted Chicken Dinners plus Entertainment for Everyone
The focus of the festival is, of course, our great Scallop or Herb-roasted Chicken dinners, prepared by J & J Concessions, Roger & Hope Pinard of Lakeville, Massachusetts. You can enjoy your meal and listen to entertainment in the Big Tent or take your meal outside and enjoy the view of the Cape Cod Canal and the famous Railroad Bridge.
Yearly, over three tons of succulent Scallops are deep fried and served to over 55,000 visitors. Our delicious Chicken dinners are herb-roasted and both meals are served with French Fries, Cole Slaw, Roll & Butter plus your choice of soda from our sponsor, Coca-Cola.
- Famous Scallop & Herb Roasted Chicken Dinners
- Food Court – Beer & Wine, Chowder, Lobster Rolls, Raw Bar, Hotdogs, Burgers, Desserts and Much More
- Juried Craft Show
- Non-Stop Entertainment
- Midway of Rides & Games
This year’s festival runs
September 20, 21, 22, 2013
More information at the Bourne Scallop Festival website at http://www.bournescallopfest.com/
Kayak Cape Cod with experienced naturalists from Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. We will lead you away from the crowds to discover the rich aquatic life and beauty of Cape Cod and will experience some of the Cape’s most pristine waterways! Join us as we kayak Chase Garden Creek in Yarmouth Port. This creek is a long, meandering creek that is protected from the stronger winds of Barnstable Harbor. Close encounters with osprey nests and other bird life is a certainty.
Previous kayaking experience (within the last few years) and swimming ability are required for this trip. Although intended for those with previous kayaking experience, all experience levels are welcome! Participants will be required to wear a life vest. Kayaks, paddles & life vests provided! $40 for Members of Mass Audubon; $45 for Non-Members.
Times: 7pm to 9:30pm
Location: Launching from Grays Beach (also known as Bass Hole)
Contact Information: Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information go to www.massaudubon.org/longpasture or call Long Pasture at 508-362-7475 x 9353.
Chillingsworth, is housed on the 300 year-old Chillingsworth Foster estate in the beautiful, historic and quaint town of Brewster. Set among six acres of lawns and gardens, it has been the Cape’s premier restaurant for more than thirty years. A second restaurant known as the Bistro, offering a more casual dining experience, is located in our Greenhouse / Gallery area. The Bistro is a great choice for those times you crave Chillingsworth cuisine, but don’t have time for the seven course menu offered in the Main Dining rooms.
Chillingsworth has long been known for its 7 course dinners. After a long history, Chillingsworth is now offering an a la carte menu in their main diningroom. The Bistro continues to offer superb food with an exceptional menu offering 3 course $25 meals.
Chillingsworth also schedules very special meal packages that feature fine food and fine libations. On August 10th, the Vintner’s Dinner will begin at 6:30 with Brice Jones of Emeritus Wines sharing his expertise and superb Pinot Noirs. Then on September 1st, Mario Rinaldi will host the Annual Champagne Dinner, also beginning at 6:30. Reservations are required and these special dinners are priced at $125 per person which includes an hors D’oeuvres and wine reception, 4 course dinner, wine pairings with dinner, dessert, tax and gratuity.
Contact Chillingsworth at http://www.chillingsworth.com/ or by telephone (508) 896-3640.
This big Broadway musical hit swept the Tony Awards in 1986. A hilarious murder mystery, the audience decides whodunnit! Come and cheer on your favorite hero–or villain!–and create the perfect ending for this romp through Dickens’ famously unfinished novel.
July 25 - August 24
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 pm; Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm Ticket Price – $30 – 35
For tickets and information visit our website www.caperep.org or call the box office at 508-896-1888.
We’re big fans of the Cape Rep Theater and encourage our guests to plan ahead to attend a show, whether it is the Mystery of Edwin Drood or another superb performance at the theater. Come visit Cape Cod, the Sea Meadow Inn, and the Cape Rep Theater before their season ends on December 6th.