Our writer recalls his favorite moments from 18 Figawi races across Nantucket Sound
“WE ARE GONNA HIT THAT BOAT!” The man yelling those words over the wind, out in the middle of Nantucket Sound, was my first Figawi captain. Read more…
Despite their capricious behavior on the line—and on the grill if you don’t cook fast enough—bluefish remain one of the most fun species to catch.
Here’s the thing about bluefish: they’re not quite blue. Their coloring is really more sea green to a silver belly fade. Here’s the other thing about bluefish: they’re mean. They have sharp teeth. They’re aggressive, and they bite everything in sight. They’ll destroy your tackle and, if you’re not careful, your fingers. So why are they among the most popular gamefish in New England? Read more…
- Posted in Nautical
The Photography Center of Cape Cod gives guidance to a congregation of camera clickers on Route 6A.
The days when photographers would expose, develop, process, stop-bath, and drip-dry paper just to see a single print are mostly gone. But while the techniques required to draw exposures from film are easing into antiquity, the craft of photography on Cape Cod is perhaps more popular than ever. “With the light and the scenes available, we have opportunities here on Cape Cod that you just can’t find anywhere else,” says Roberta Miller, president of the Cape Cod Art Association. “We are seeking to share that with a larger audience.”
Step up to the headquarters of the Cotuit Oyster Company at 26 Little River Road in Cotuit. Walk down the white shell driveway, past the combination loading dock and deck wrapped in pale blue, wrist-thick dock lines, down the path, past the beat-up work skiffs, to the dock out back. That’s where you’ll find owner Chris Gargiulo, a man rarely at a desk. “I love being outdoors, being on the water,” says Gargiulo.
It’s the faces, the sudden faces. You see them as you wade through the crowds at the Wellfleet OysterFest. Some you know, most you don’t, but there’s a commonality. It’s that look of ballpark expectation: big eyes, easy smiles. “You see everyone,” says Elspeth Hay, a Wellfleet-based writer and author of the popular culinary blog Diary of a Locavore. “Everyone’s there, in the street, both days. I love that.”
- Posted in Food
Twelve years ago, Neil Mahoney was just one of thousands that head to Los Angeles each year in search of a place in the spotlight. Just like the rest of them, Mahoney, an Osterville native, thought he had a story to tell. But unlike most, he’s now a bona fide film director.
Carving out a name in the fledgling realm of online comedy, Mahoney found his own path to Hollywood and worked alongside some of the funniest folks in the industry. In 2010, one of his online films won a prestigious award, and earlier this year he wrapped production on his first feature, Freak Dance.
Growing up on the Cape, Mahoney enjoyed fishing and clamming with his father. He was into skateboarding and setting up punk rock shows in VFWs and warehouse spaces. He graduated from Barnstable High, then cum laude from Emerson College, where he spent his final semester in 1999 in Los Angeles, landing an internship with Dakota Films. His application was simple. “I wrote them requesting an internship and included an eight-by-10 glossy of myself as a baby wearing green velvet lederhosen,” he says.
Mahoney was hired by some interesting folks. Back then, Dakota Films was the production company behind Mr. Show, a cutting-edge 1990s program that spent four seasons reinventing sketch comedy into a kind of comedic cubism on HBO—something like a latter-day American Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Mr. Show was ahead of its time—ignored during its original run, but inspiring a generation of comedy writers and performers. After the show was canceled, Mahoney worked as assistant to director Troy Miller on the film Run Ronnie Run! and helped with the Mr. Show Live Tour.
After that, Mahoney plunged into L.A.’s underground comedy scene, a competitive crapshoot where every bartender is hawking a screenplay and every valet burns to direct. In his first years in town, Mahoney says, “No one wanted to hire me.” He started at the bottom—literally. “I swept out the sand from the pool they used to sink the Titanic,” he says.
As production assistant to flamboyant fitness guru Richard Simmons’ show Richard Simmons’ Dream Maker, Mahoney ran any number of oddball missions, from fetching birdseed to delivering snakes. He helped produce several scenes for Toxic Avenger IV: Citizen Toxie, a stint that had Mahoney playing a dead body floating in the grotto at the Playboy mansion.
All the while, he wrote and wrote. He tried stand-up comedy, and he met funny people. Soon, he was working with Mr. Show alums Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter, creators of Comedy Death-Ray, a popular live comedy show. CDR has played to packed houses in LA since 2002, showcasing already and soon-to-be famous comedians. Read more…
In just a few short years, Wellfleet’s Ariel, Sarah, Nora, Rose, and Lydia Parkington have gone from busking on the streets of Provincetown to sold-out concerts and national tours. Today, this band of sisters hit the stage with violins and a cello. They are fearless, playing music that one can’t readily dance to, nor even really sing along with, yet they transfix audiences. They are bright, articulate young women. There’s just one question they can’t answer: What does their music sound like?
The sisters’ range is considerable, and their influences are not always apparent. They often close shows with a Radiohead cover. But at the conclusion of a recent performance at the Jailhouse in Orleans, even as sustained applause faded and the sisters began to file off stage, Rose playfully began the familiar keyboard intro to “Jump,” Van Halen’s pop-metal paean from 1984, an album that came out four years before she was born. Read more…
In a basement in Orleans, a working train yard comes to life—at a fraction of the size. The 3,000-square-foot basement—comprised of layouts of train tracks, buildings, and scenery—brings all of the intricacies of a life-sized operation to life, from the puffs of smoke to the whine of whistles. And the trains themselves are substantial, constructed from brass, steel, or plastic and sized to five different scales. Read more…
Nauset Marine plans a full summer season of events in celebration
of a half-century of service.
This summer Nauset Marine celebrates 50 years on Cape Cod. Read more…
- Posted in Nature
For fishermen, there’s a magical tide that washes over Cape Cod and the Islands every year. The temperature notches up, and fish of all varieties rush into the warmer waters in bays, estuaries, and rivers around the Cape. There are cod, fluke, flounder, black sea bass, tautog, scup, and bluefish—and those are just some of the edible saltwater varieties—that swim in the waters around Cape Cod. But for thousands of anglers, the ultimate is the striped bass.
The pilgrims served it at the first Thanksgiving. Today, the striped bass is the most coveted recreational fish in the Commonwealth. “A striper can thrill an 8-year-old by eating a sandworm fished from a harbor jetty,” says Kevin Blinkoff, editor of the New England fishing magazine On The Water, “and do the same to an Orvis-clad adult by turning its nose up at a perfectly presented crab fly.”
Stripers, he says, “make you feel like nature has created a perfect fish, just for you.” Read more…
- Posted in Nature