The Art of Living Well

Creativity seems to flourish on Cape Cod and the Islands. Maybe it’s because we live surrounded by water—life seems to ebb and flow here without boundaries, a perfect environment for an artistic imagination.

Think about last year’s American Idol star and Marstons Mills native, Siobhan Magnus. An artist without limits if ever there was one, Siobhan’s multi-octave voice soared above every other contestant’s, sometimes sounding like an osprey’s wild call. Siobhan is just the latest in a long line of Cape and Islands song birds. Dan Dewey

Five sisters from Wellfleet are continuing that tradition. Their band, the Parkington Sisters, is playing to sold-out concerts nation-wide. One of the sisters, Sarah, describes growing up in a house with “a basement full of instruments—there were pianos, banjos, you name it.”  The five girls hold seven musical degrees and their band is becoming a big name on national tours. Read about Sarah, Nora, Lydia, Rose, and Ariel on page 42.

We continue our celebration of performing artists with a story about Osterville native Neil Mahoney. “Neil Mahoney was just one of thousands that head to Los Angeles each year in search of . . . the spotlight,” says Rob Conery on page 46. “Mahoney thought he had a story to tell. But unlike most, he’s now a bona fide film director. Mahoney found his own path to Hollywood . . . In 2010, one of his on-line films won a prestigious award.”

Talk about fame—one of our talented editorial interns, Lindsay Oliver, got the chance of a lifetime this summer, when she interviewed The Bachelorette TV star and Cape native, Chris Lambton. Lindsay talked to Chris just weeks before hearts broke with the news that he is engaged. Get up close and personal with Chris on page 38—you will enjoy Lindsay’s story.

Lastly, in this issue we welcome you to a new section, “Living Well.” Our story on Cape Cod Hospital traces this busy healthcare center’s rise as one of New England’s busiest and best hospitals, kicking off a series on healthy living on the Cape and Islands.

To show you that I am doing my own personal best to live healthy, the above photo was taken in my vegetable garden in early July. You may remember the shot  taken in my just-planted garden in our May issue. I am pretty thrilled with the organic goodness that has been bursting from our little patch of Cape Cod. Luckily, my husband is a good sport about my passion for fresh vege-tables—although he does draw the line at my love for Brussel Sprouts.

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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