Susan Spencer - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

Dream Caster

Martha’s Vineyard’s Janet Messineo wins fishing derby trophies—and devoted fans—for her superlative surfcasting skills.

Every year, when the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby consumes the island in a frenzy of fishing, Janet Messineo turns into an insomniac. At night, she casts a line to catch stripers during their prime feeding hours. In the daylight, she angles for bluefish, bonito,…

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Preserving the Cape Cod Character

The Cape Cod National Seashore Celebrates 50 Years

Gazing across the Fort Hill overlook in Eastham, the magnificence of Cape Cod’s natural beauty and rich cultural history comes into full view. The Nauset salt marsh and ocean that sustained native peoples and early European settlers spreads out below. Heathland and fields, still populated by migratory birds, butterflies, and rabbits, reflect the…

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Growing Green Hands

Cape students learn how to protect their fragile coastal environment with hands-on activities.

When teacher Christine Fawkes’ first grade class gathers in the hollow of windswept dunes on Cape Cod’s Sandy Neck Beach one bright summer morning, it marks the culmination of a season’s worth of work. Since springtime, these students from Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School and others schools around the…

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100 Years Strong

Festive crowds lined streets draped in patriotic regalia at Provincetown’s impressive Pilgrim Monument dedication ceremony 100 years ago.

Provincetown is hosting a celebration this summer, and the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum plans to party like it’s 1910. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of 252-foot granite monument atop High Pole Hill, organizers are planning a “Rededication Ceremony”, that…

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