It’s easy to understand why cooking is such a hot topic on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. All around us there is a great land and sea buffet of superb choices for memorable dishes like Bay Scallops in Puff Pastry or Grilled Striped Bass with Herb Butter. When getting fresh seafood is as easy as a quick trip to the closest harbor for right off the boat lobster, fish, or scallops and farmers markets burst with fresh bounty grown just around the corner, it’s easy to see why Cape and Islands cookbooks are a flourishing business for both local and nation-wide booksellers. Judy Shortleeve, our food consultant, shares some recipes from Cape and Islands cookbooks that are easy to make and will leave that sweet taste of the seaside with you long after the last dish is licked clean. Read more…
When interior designer Hope Van der Wolk began redecorating a grand turn-of-the-century seaside home in the Mid Cape area, she knew the house had a lot to reveal. But the summer house’s starry presence was being dimmed by some of it best features: the dark wood paneling, high ceilings, and vast scale.
So the Osterville designer, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and veteran of the studios of Ralph Lauren and Mario Buatta, called on her mastery of color, texture, and form to give the century-old beauty an interior lift. “I knew of the house, so the possibility of working on it was very exciting,” Hope says. She now has a deep relationship with the house, redecorating it two or three rooms at a time. Read more…
Walking through the extensive plantings of the Hydrangea Farm Nursery on Nantucket in July, one feels swept away by an undulating sea of color, awash with deep and subtle blues, subtle pinks, gradations of purple, and brilliant whites. The bushy mopheads and delicate lacecaps sway in the wind with a rhythm that is visually intoxicating.
This year marks the farm’s eleventh in business, and owners Malcolm and Mary Kay Condon have given the word retirement a new definition. Their passion for the shrub doesn’t allow them much down time after leaving behind 14 years as innkeepers of the island’s Stumble Inn. Yet it was in the garden of the inn that they first became enamored with the hardy cultivar. Their love affair with this quintessential Nantucket shrub began with just two plants in pretty poor shape. Read more…
Truly Custom, Truly Local
The Sourcebook of Architectural and Design Elements Handcrafted on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket is issuing a 2011 edition with the addition of a new addendum. Compiled by The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the book is a resource for builders, architects, designers, and home owners who want to find custom, high-end items created by local craftsmen. The beautifully presented guide features the 52 artists from the first edition and ten new ones in the addendum. The book ($39.95) is a “must have” for anyone who wants “truly custom, truly local” design elements. Visit www.capeandislandssourcebook.com for ordering information.
Crack the cover to Martha’s Vineyard Tile: Hidden Gems in Island Homes and open the world of possibilities provided by artisan tile. This elegant hardcover book, photographed by Alison Shaw with text by Shelley Christiansen, provides an in-depth tour of the kitchens, bathrooms, and enviable surroundings of well-appointed Vineyard homes using tile in creative ways. The pages are peppered with useful design and decoration tips as well as profiles of local artisans. Produced by Vineyard Stories in conjunction with the Martha’s Vineyard Tile Company, this book is an indispensable resource. $34.95. To find out more, log on to www.mvtileco.com or call 508-693-9707.
Homes for the Ages
Hutker Architects has constructed more than 200 homes over its 26 years. In Heirlooms to Live in: Homes in a New Regional Vernacular, Mark Hutker, the founder of the award-winning firm, with offices in Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, outlines his theories on designing and building exceptional homes. Hutker focuses on regional character in architecture, and crafting homes that become family keepsakes—not just dwelling spaces. The handsomely designed book brings these concepts to life by looking at 25 of the firm’s notable projects with comprehensive selections of sketches, blueprints, and photographs by Alison Shaw and Brian Vanden Brink. $75. Published by Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers. For more information, visit www.hutkerarchitects.com.
July 10, 2011, 10-3pm
Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy PAAM’s 14th Annual Secret Garden Tour with a double header garden experience. The day begins with a self-guided walking tour of gorgeous Secret Gardens in Provincetown’s east end. Ticket-holders will receive a map and booklet with stories and details about each garden. Visitors are then invited to the Provincetown Art Association and Museum to tour the Art of the Garden, an exhibition of floral works in air-conditioned galleries. All proceeds from the event benefit PAAM exhibitions and educational programs.
The Secret Garden Tour leads guests through hidden stone paths and crooked wooden walkways into borders and beds of specimen plants, common and exotic flowers, and lush greenery. The owners and tenders of fragrant and visually stunning Provincetown gardens plan to welcome more than 500 visitors.
Free parking for the tour is provided at Benson, Young and Downs Insurance Agency and Gately-McHoul’s Funeral home, found at the end of Harry Kemp Way. A fleet of shuttle-cars makes continuous stops between the parking lots and gardens throughout the day. Tickets to the Secret Garden Tour include admission to PAAM’s galleries for the Art of the Garden exhibition. This event continues to be a success year after year due in part to the kindness of more than fifty dedicated volunteers.
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Thanks to everyone who came to the 2011 Boston Flower & Garden Show! We launched our exciting new publication, Cape Cod GARDENS, at the show this week. This special issue is coming soon to subscribers and newsstands as the April issue of Cape Cod LIFE.
Take a look at the Cape Cod Life pergola and other exhibits at the Boston Flower & Garden Show.
Take a 360º tour from inside the Cape Cod Life pergola.
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Take a look at the Cape Cod Life pergola and other exhibits at the Boston Flower & Garden Show. We launched our exciting new publication, Cape Cod GARDENS, at the show this week. This special issue is coming soon to subscribers and newsstands as the April issue of Cape Cod LIFE.
11th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
March 18-20 Experience innovative filmmaking in the off-season at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. Held at the Chilmark Community Center, the festival is packed with more than 50 feature-length productions, short films, discussions, and other events. To find out more about this year’s festival, including an updated schedule of films, visit www.tmvff.org or call 508-645-9599.
Brewster in Bloom
April 29–May 1 The Brewster Chamber of Commerce presents Brewster in Bloom, a celebration of springtime in this pristine Lower Cape community. The weekend itinerary is chock-full of events like craft shows, open houses, culinary events, sales at local shops, and much more. Visit www.brewsterinbloom.org or call 508-896-3500 for more information.
Figawi Race Weekend
May 28-30 It wouldn’t be a proper start to summer without the Figawi Race Weekend, a friendly sailing competition across Nantucket Sound that celebrates its 40th occasion in 2011. The race is also accompanied by cocktail parties, award ceremonies, and time well spent on the island. On May 21, the kick-off Figawi Charity Ball, which allocates its proceeds exclusively to local charities, is held at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. Visit www.figawi.com or call 508-221-6891 for more information.
10th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Festival
June 11-12 The ever-popular Cape Cod Maritime Festival returns to the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis to celebrate the region’s rich maritime heritage. Explore the museum’s catboat Sarah, check out a host of historical exhibits and nautical crafts, dine on local seafood, and experience other facets of Cape Cod’s maritime heritage. Visit www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org or call 508-775-1723 for more information.
14th Annual Secret Garden Tour
July 10 The Provincetown Art Association and Museum opens a world of natural wonder in several private gardens on its 14th Annual Secret Garden Tour. The vibrant gardens are a great source of inspiration and a pleasure to experience firsthand. Proceeds from the event benefit the museum and its programs. Visit www.paam.org or call 508-487-1750 for more information.
Falmouth Road Race
August 14 The prestigious Falmouth Road Race returns for its 39th year. The race traverses a scenic seven-mile course and traditionally draws more than 10,000 racers—and many thousands more spectators—to raise money for several charities and nonprofit groups. For information on entering the race or sponsoring a runner, visit www.falmouthroadrace.com or call 508-540-7000.