Matthew J. Gill - Cape Cod LIFE Publications



Welcome to Main Street in Falmouth

For two days last August, photographer Charles Sternaimolo and I explored Falmouth’s lovely Main Street, attempting to capture the color and charm of the village for the photo essay on the following pages. We took in some great sights and met a lot of interesting people along the way, including a waiter from Macedonia, bowling fans from New Jersey, and…

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Golfers might call this a safe approach

With a change in ownership, many club members now own equity in TGC in Falmouth

There are many fantastic golf courses on Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Shore, but there’s only one that goes by the name “The Golf Club.” Located in East Falmouth, TGC—as the club is now officially known—is a private, top-of-the-line golf-only club, meaning few distractions…

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The Changing Shape of the Cape & Islands: An introduction to our series

“Rather suddenly, about 12,000 years ago . . .

“Rather suddenly, about 12,000 years ago, a rapid warming of the world climate set in and the ice sheets of North America and Europe began to waste away.” Such begins a paragraph in writer Arthur N. Strahler’s 1966 book, A Geologist’s View of Cape Cod, where the author describes the melting…

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Did you know? – 17 fun trivia items about the Cape & Islands

1. Bourne

Did you know? That the term Sagamore—as in Bourne’s Sagamore Village, the Sagamore Bridge and the Sagamore Inn Restaurant—is a Native American term that means chief or sachem. On the mainland side of the canal, consider visiting Sagamore Hill, which is located within the Scusset Beach State Park. The site is a peaceful walking area with gorgeous trees and…

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CAPE COD LIFE’s 2016 student art contest–winners, details, and a slideshow

Inspired by the entries we received last year, we decided to host another art contest to help us illustrate the six local history articles in this issue, our 2016 Annual Guide. The contest was open to all high school students on the Cape and Islands—and the response was fantastic.
In total, we received 165 entries from students at nine Cape &…

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A real-life blockbuster

Author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses the disaster of the whale ship Essex—and the new film bringing the story to life

In the 2015 Warner Bros. film In the Heart of the Sea, Chris Hemsworth and other actors portray crewmembers of an early 19th-century whale ship in hot pursuit of their prey in the Pacific. During one day’s hunt, a particularly large and…

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There’s a lot to like about alpaca

Vineyard farm spreads the word about this gentle animal’s many attractive qualities

Let’s call this a story of love at first sight. A little over ten years ago, Barbara Ronchetti of Edgartown came across a few cute faces while perusing the animals and exhibitions at the annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair. How cute are we talking? Very, very cute! The animals attached to…

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Cape coffee company has bold intentions

Falmouth resident launches coffee company with a cause

Here’s an easy prediction: if Thomas A. Baxendale were alive today, Bob Taft would buy the man a cup of coffee. A longtime resident of Falmouth’s Megansett village, Taft has long admired Baxendale, who lived on Amrita Island in nearby Cataumet just about a century ago. During the 1890s, Baxendale and his wife,…

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Good things are brewing at Cape Cod Coffee Roasters

Mashpee company offers a variety of roasts and flavors, facility tours, and more

Like most endeavors, success in the world of commercial coffee roasting requires a focus on and a commitment to the fundamentals. And in the coffee business, everything begins and ends with the beans.

At Cape Cod Coffee Roasters in Mashpee, the company uses beans imported from more than a…

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A day in the life of a Cape Cod tuna fisherman

Hitting the high seas with Tyler Macallister and the Cynthia C!

The directions come down from above. “One o’clock—six boats. Twelve o’clock— three boats, two boats . . .” As pilot Dan d’Hedouville spots individual or schools of tuna while circling in the sky above, he radios the fish’s coordinates to the crew aboard the Cynthia C below.…

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