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Nantucket for the Holidays

From the first of November until New Year's Day, Nantucket lights up with fun, revelry, and good cheer.

As temperatures plummet and the countdown until the holiday season begins, Nantucket prepares for a festive season. Islanders blend the old with the new this year, mixing tradition with creativity. In addition to the eagerly anticipated Christmas Stroll and the Nantucket Historical Association’s Festivals of Wreaths and Trees, the island has a special surprise in store this year: the first community-wide Nantucket New Year’s celebration. Islanders invite you to be a part of their holiday season, from the first of November, until the last horn blows on New Year’s Day. Read more…

Open Hearts and Open Homes

When local animal shelters fill up, foster families welcome abandoned pets—and often enjoy life-changing experiences.

What most people don’t realize,” Cassie Marischen says, “is how many animals we actually take in.” Marischen is the manager of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Cape Cod Adoption Center, a Centerville shelter that cares for all kinds of animals that have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners, including cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, rabbits, and even chinchillas. When other shelters turn animals away because of old age, aggressive behavior, or because they’re full, animals need to go somewhere else. “We are the somewhere else,” says Marischen.’ Read more…

Fall into Place

Fall is the Perfect Season for exploring Cape Cod...

Fall into Place

With warm weather and a fraction of the crowds, fall is the perfect season to explore  Cape Cod. In this edition of our annual autumn activities round-up, we’ve compiled weekend itineraries outlining some of the best celebrations from the Upper Cape out to the Islands as well as must-do diversions to enjoy during your trip. We’ve also gathered insights from experts to make your experiences as rich as possible, like the physical characteristics of bird species making a southerly migration through the region to the flavors that distinguish one variety of oysters from the next.After another bustling summer, the off-season is here. Savor it! Read more…

Wampanoag Wisdom

For Chief Flying Eagle, sustainability is as old as the dunes.

As he walks the rows of his bountiful garden outside his humble Mashpee home with shears and deadheaded blossoms in hand, Earl Mills, Chief Flying Eagle of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, is a man attuned with nature. A candid delight washes over Mills’s face as he points out the ivory-white hydrangeas and bouquet-ready zinnias that stand proudly among Black-Eyed Susans and delicate Yarrows, drawing in butterflies and bees. The fluttering, buzzing, rustling, and chirping of the fauna drawn in by the garden provide a pleasant accompaniment to the incessant drone of June bugs high above. Read more…

Modern History

Forgotten furniture and abandoned antiques get a second life at Modern Vintage Design Studio in Sandwich.

No piece of furniture is as alluring or romantic as the vanity table, an artifact from a bygone era. Vanity tables, with elegant drawer pulls, large mirrors, and intricately carved legs, were once a staple in every bedroom, places where women spent hours primping. It’s not hard to imagine that every vanity was once the scene of an interesting personal story. Read more…

Birds of a Feather

In the autumn, Cape Cod is a birdwatcher's paradise.

Last September, Mike O’Connor’s endless curiosity about the bird world and hunger for surprise sent him to Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable, a birding locale that rarely disappoints. What winged creatures on this fall day would be making their way along the long stretch of sand as they eventually head further south, like so many (human) snowbirds? Read more…

Paddle Up!

Riding The Cape's Paddleboard Wave

Paddle Up

Bob Babock stood up on a stand-up paddleboard because sometimes it was tough to stand up anywhere else.

In late 2003, Babcock was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. The subsequent treatment literally left him out of balance. “I was having a hard time even walking sometimes, or driving a car,” says the Carver resident, now 54. “Normal things became very difficult for a while.” Years of doctor-prescribed exercises produced little improvement. Then one autumn day in 2007, Babcock’s older brother, a former windsurfer, arrived with a gift: a stand-up paddleboard. Babcock was a “typical suburban dad,” he says. He had never surfed, but he had a lifelong love of the ocean. And the ocean seemed a better place for rehabilitation than a doctor’s office. Read more…

Kidding Around

A Guide to Children’s Activities This Summer on the Cape & Islands

For many children, once that final bell rings and closes out another school year, it’s time to power down the brain and focus on soaking up every drop of fun before the morning alarm goes off in September. Fortunately, many organizations on Cape Cod have found ways to bridge the gap between learning and fun. The following institutions have curricula that combine all things that make those golden weeks between June and September so wonderful—digging in the dirt, playing outdoors, exploring the beach—with a few character-building lessons thrown in for good measure.

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On Cape Cod mornings in weather fair or foul, you might see 79-year-old Stan Snow rowing his boat on Orleans’ Town Cove. Just like his great grandfather, Aaron Snow, who often sailed up and down the East Coast in search of the best products for the family’s famous store, Stan knows the importance of sticking to things.  Read more…

Chip Bishop

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Scan the footnotes of Theodore Roosevelt’s life story and you’ll find the name Joseph Bucklin Bishop more than once. Bishop was a Roosevelt booster in the editorial pages of New York newspapers, a controversial appointee during the construction of the Panama Canal, the first of many biographers of the 26th president, and editor of the 1920 best-seller Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children. Read more…

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