There's a reason why we on the Cape and Islands welcome summertime...
There’s a reason why we on the Cape and Islands welcome summertime… In fact, there are many reasons: open windows and the smell of fresh-cut grass, the sun piercing the veil of haze along the shoreline, the line for ice cream—three deep, and we still enjoy the wait. Sure, there is an allure to the off-season in the hurried heat of summer when it couldn’t feel further away. But the span of time between Memorial Day and Labor is a special one that even the surliest curmudgeon wouldn’t trade for anything else.
On the following pages, Cape Cod Life presents some of the best destinations and diversions to make of the most of the idle moments between Memorial Day and Labor Day, wherever you are on the Cape and Islands. Enjoy—just make sure to send us a postcard.
ALL IN THE FAMILY // falmouth
From July 10 through July 31, historic Highfield Hall in Falmouth hosts Family Nights on Wednesday nights throughout the month. Each of the four nights features different entertainers that are sure to keep family members of all ages captivated. On July 10, the Yo-Yo People put on a show that David Letterman called “unbelievable” for good reason. On July 17, the entire family can do-si-do and promenade at the Highfield Hoedown. The Elbows play fun-loving music for kids of all ages on July 24. And on July 31, the Toe Jam Puppet Band brings original songs, masterful shadow puppets, storytelling, and good old-fashioned fun to the final Family Nights evening. Each event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations of $5 per family are greatly appreciated.
Highfield Hall, highfieldhall.org, 508-495-1878
WRITERS’ BLOCK // sandwich
Route 6A is dotted with iconic markers along the way, but few greet drivers as colorfully as the wrought-iron colonial statue in front of Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich. Since 1969, Titcomb’s has been a family-owned and operated establishment. “We’re a fourth-generation, family-run bookshop, where just about every member of the family helps out,” says Manager Vicky Titcomb. This three-story bookshop, housed next to a Cape-style home dating back to 1690, contains gems for bibliophiles of any taste. The top floor is dedicated to an expansive rare and antique book collection; the main floor carries the latest and greatest in fiction and nonfiction, as well as toys and puzzles; and the bottom floor houses used and bargain books.
Each summer, Titcomb’s welcomes celebrated authors as part of its Book Talk and Signing series. “One of the real joys of having a bookshop is the opportunity to host authors. We absolutely love to hear the stories behind their books,” says Titcomb. “It’s also a real pleasure to see authors with their avid fans, young and old, and to hear from fans how books touched their lives and made them laugh, or cry.” This summer Titcomb’s hosts over a dozen such talks and welcomes speakers including Howie Carr, author of Rifleman: The Untold Story of Stevie Flemmi, Whitey Bulger’s Partner, on June 1; John Carafoli, author of Cape Cod Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Buzzards Bay to Provincetown, on June 16; Barbara Shapiro, author of The Art Forger; on June 29; and Courtney Sullivan, author of The Engagements, on July 24. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Titcomb’s Bookshop, titcombsbookshop.com, 508-888-2331