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2012 Best Of Winners!

The BEST of Cape Cod & the Islands - Cape Cod Life 2012 Readers' Choice Awards

2012 Best of Awards

Whether it’s a restaurant with savory seafood, a boutique with fabulous clothing, or a beach with a blazing sunset, our readers are always eager to share their favorite locales from around the Cape and Islands. And this year, 20 years after first making their voices heard, more Cape Cod Life readers than ever have weighed in with their region-by-region favorites. Read on and find out why our awards are the original…and still the BEST. 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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A Fine Wine & Dine on Nantucket

World class wines from France. Fresh oysters from Duxbury. Black bass caught off the coast of Nantucket. Superb salmon flown straight from Scotland. Fine cuts of lamb from Colorado. Black truffles ordered from Paris. All prepared and served by highly regarded chefs and sommeliers in an elegant Nantucket home on a lovely summer evening.

Terry Pommett

These were just some of the attractions for a “Great Wines in A Grand House” dinner held last summer as a premiere 2011 Nantucket Wine Festival event. The evening was a star-studded extravaganza created by well-known chef, Robert Sisca of Boston’s award-winning Bistro du Midi, several French winemakers, and a Nantucket couple who shared their historic home with 18 lucky guests. Read more…

Connecting with Cape Cod Life

Celebrity sighting at the Cape & Plymouth Business Connect 2011! Cape Cod Life Publications’ Director of Sales Steve Dewey, Web & Print Advertising Designer Jennifer Dow and capecodlife.com Sales Representative Julie Wagner with Troy Brown, part owner and spokesperson for Narragansett Beer and former New England Patriots football player.

Our Fall Life

Autumn on Cape Cod and the Islands is a special time, treasured by year-rounders and “shoulder-season” visitors alike. The earth, sea, and sky are often glorious panoramas of light, shadow, and color, as if Mother Nature saved summer’s end for stunning grand finale fireworks. Skies are suffused with brilliant purples and blues, seaside meadows, backyard gardens, and even deck planters burst into rainbows of color, marshes turn golden, and cranberry bogs are so incredibly scarlet that you can’t believe such a color is real.

It is a time of year that never grows old, a surprising treat especially for those of us who work round the clock all summer spreading the word about this place we love. “Just wait until September comes,” we say to each other as we envy this world on vacation all around us—visitors relaxed on beaches, barefoot at ice cream stands, strolling through shops. “Come back in October,” we say to friends who hate to head back over the bridge to America—the real world—and life without an ocean and a bay, miles of dunes, bogs round every corner, and the light, the uplifting light all around us.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say, “September and October are the best months of the year on the Cape and Islands.” Aside from the autumnal beauty of nature, there are also dozens of seafood festivals, craft fairs, art gallery openings, and outdoor concerts in all 17 Cape and Islands’ communities in the autumn. In this issue, we tell you about lots of those events, from that perennial favorite, Bourne’s Scallop Festival, to Wellfleet’s incredibly popular OysterFest, and out to Nantucket’s third annual gourmand Hogtoberfest.

In this issue, we also explore the wealth of Cape Cod’s multi-season art world in our feature on talented Rowley Gallery artist Lorraine Trenholm (don’t miss her oil painting demo in Orleans on September 24th!), take you along through the thrills and chills of a ghostly tour in historic Barnstable, and keep you warm on cool fall days with fresh bread and roll recipes from Cape and Islands bakers. And if you spent too much time in our famous summer sun, we even share hints from local skin care doctors and professionals on how to rejuvenate your skin.

In our new Social Life section, we share some snap shots of last summer’s fun. Be sure to take a look at one of the highlights of my summer—my first fishing trip ever as part of a fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society, I had the thrill of landing a whopper of a striped bass off Nantucket. The above photo is a preview of that moment. And that’s just the beginning of the fun and fabulous tales we share with you in this issue of your Cape Cod LIFE.

Come back again soon,

May 2011

Social Life

Social Life Bourne Farm Wine Tasting–June 11
At the second Annual Wine Tasting held at West Falmouth’s Bourne Farm to benefit Falmouth’s Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, President Barrie W. Murray, left, and her daughter Whitney Murray were all smiles.


Social Life Summer Fête en Plein Air– June 18
John MacPhee of Aspen Cross Financial Group and Irina MacPhee, owner of West Barnstable’s Pastiche of Cape Cod, savored the success of the Annual Summer Fete en Plein Air, hosted on the grounds at Pastiche of Cape Cod. The event benefitted and was sponsored by the West Barnstable Civic Association.


Social Life Cahoon Museum Gala– June 30
Bunnie Stevens, co-chair, Alyce Morrissey, chair, and Francesca Carriuolo, honorary chair, enjoyed the Cahoon Museum Gala at Osterville’s Wianno Club.
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