Seaside Decorating for the Holidays

Fanciful octopuses with glittery tentacles dancing on a hallway table. Holiday tablescapes brightened by silvery starfish. Tiny  wooden squirrels peeking out of autumnal mantel garlands. And all the glory of Cape Cod and the Islands’ natural bounty. On these pages, we share the holiday visions of seven Cape and Islands interior and landscape designers. Take a look and be inspired…

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Sandwich artist Michael Magyar inspires community with his GIANT creations

Taking a drive to peruse Christmas lights in December is a time-honored tradition for families around New England, yet this festive endeavor has reached new heights recently in the town of Sandwich. Heralding the start of the holiday season, those who live in or travel through Cape Cod’s oldest town can view a magical display of gargantuan twinkling figures gracing…

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Thanksgiving football rivalries on Cape Cod and the Islands

Very early on Thanksgiving morning in 1987, a few years after he had stepped down as head football coach at Barnstable High, Don Dorr gathered his young son, Jayme, and daughter, Lyndsey, out of bed, and drove with them to his sister and brother-in-law’s house in Falmouth. A holiday visit, for sure, but this was no social call. Dorr’s sister,…

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Exhibit Covers Provincetown’s Whaling History

During the Charles W. Morgan’s recent tour of the Cape and Islands and points beyond, Stephen Borkowski had the rare opportunity to sail aboard the historic wooden whaling vessel as a reward for the commitment he has shown to the study of Provincetown’s history. Borkowski, a member of the Provincetown Historical Commission, had been on the ship before, having visited…

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Journalist had a Dramatic Start

In his travels around the globe as a correspondent for CBS News, Seth Doane has covered stories in South America, Africa, and beautiful Bali, Indonesia. What’s better? The 1996 Harwich High School graduate is currently on a two-year assignment in Beijing, China and when the weather is nice, he bikes to the company’s news office in the city’s diplomatic region.

Before…

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Chatham Bars Inn – 100 Years of Luxury

When the Chatham Bars Inn opened for business in June of 1914, the new resort was the picture of luxury. Situated high on a bluff overlooking Aunt Lydia’s Cove—and the Atlantic beyond—the inn offered farm-fresh ingredients in the dining room, and soundproofed plastered walls and running water in the guestrooms—luxuries of the time. The grounds also featured two pools—one freshwater,…

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Along the Water

Every summer, millions of migratory fish make their way through the Cape Cod Canal, chasing their next meal. In hot pursuit, thousands of fishermen from around the region descend upon the 100-year-old waterway and cast their lines from April to November, when the striped bass run. Anglers may hook anything in the canal, from a bluefish to a tautog, but…

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One Marvelous Anniversary

Written into his contract for the construction of the Cape Cod Canal, August Belmont was also tasked with building two passenger bridges that would span the new waterway—one in Bourne, one in Sagamore—and a railroad bridge in Buzzards Bay. During the project’s buildout from 1909 to 1914, railroad lines that had run along the north side of the canal site,…

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A Page from Real Life

Sara Hoagland Hunter has worked as a journalist and a teacher in her career as well as a documentary film producer and a writer of both songs and children’s books. Her varied professional background reflects a deep and genuine interest in humanity, a sentiment that permeates her fiction.

“I think the common thread is a desire to share good ideas with…

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A Permanent Legacy

Every year, millions of people visit John F. Kennedy’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, paying respects to the late president whose office on Pennsylvania Avenue was just a few miles away, across the Potomac River.Kennedy’s grave famously features an eternal flame, which is set within a circular stone and surrounded by flat, lightly colored stones that are arranged…

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