A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN // cape-wide
From behind home plate, announcer John Garner looked out onto the field of the 2005 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game in Hyannis and saw something that stood out in 13 years of calling games. A half dozen different pitchers threw faster than 95 miles per hour in the same game, and a scout from the New York Yankees had the readouts from a radar gun to prove it. Within a few years, all six wound up in the major leagues, joining the more than 975 past and present Cape League alums who have gone on to the MLB. Starting on June 12, the CCBL’s 10 teams embark on a 44-game regular season, filling diamonds from Wareham to Chatham with some of the best collegiate players around, and the All-Star game takes place on July 27 at Red Wilson Field in South Yarmouth. Come out to a game, and who knows? You might catch a glimpse of the future, hurtling from the mound at high speed.
Cape Cod Baseball League, capecodbaseball.org
HARBORING CREATIVITY // hyannis
No summer on Cape Cod is complete without a walk around Hyannis Harbor. In the summer, it’s the perfect place to stroll along the boardwalk, grab fresh seafood at one of the many waterfront restaurants, or meet artists at the Hyannis Harbor Artist Shanties and watch them work in a famous setting. Artists occupy these seaside studios on a weekly or monthly basis, so there is always something new and exciting to see. Works can include photography, painting, handmade jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, stained glass, mosaics, mariner knot work, photography, woodcarving, tapestries, fiber art, and more. The shanties are open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., starting June 28.
Hyannis Harbor Artist Shanties, hyartsdistrict.com, 508-862-4990
OUT OF THE BLUE // yarmouthport
Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouthport was made for summer excursions, whether it’s a stroll through 22 acres, a brown-bag lunch at a picnic table, or face time with a cavalcade of animals. But for two weeks in July, the 17th-century farm off of Route 6A draws visitors looking to snag succulent blueberries from more than 50 bushes. Blueberry picking takes place between sunrise and sunset on Tuesdays and Fridays—the lulls in between give the bushes a chance to repopulate, says Lynn McIntyre, who shares caretaking duties with her husband, Don—and families are asked to pick no more than two quarts per visit. “If you grasp a berry and it doesn’t fall readily into your hand, then it’s not ripe,” McIntyre says. Keep up to date by visiting the Taylor-Bray Farm website, and don’t delay once the blueberries come into bloom. “A lot of people know about the blueberries,” McIntyre adds. “They all come down, and they converge on the berries. It’s like, oops, where’d they go?”
Taylor-Bray Farm, taylorbrayfarm.org, 508-385-9407