Art & Nature Archives - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

The Changing Shape of Popponesset Beach, Mashpee

Located in southeastern Mashpee, Popponesset is a small, quiet and scenic village with a population of just 220, according to the most recent U.S. Census. The village is situated along Popponesset Bay, which is fed by the Mashpee and Santuit rivers, which lead out to Nantucket Sound through a channel around the Popponesset Spit, a lengthy yet narrow extension of…

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A simple man, an extraordinary talent

Harwich’s A. Elmer Crowell—the father of decorative bird carving

In 1874, a son of a Harwich cranberry farmer receives a gift of his first 12-gauge shotgun. He’s 12 years old, but this is a different era for fish and game hunting, when it would not have been uncommon for a Cape Cod farm boy to hunt waterfowl in his spare time.…

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Inspiration, joy and a whole lot of color

Falmouth resident reaps a bounty of rewards from his backyard garden

Meandering through Dave Lynch’s luscious gardens in midsummer is a delight to both eyes and nose. Outside Lynch’s Falmouth home, colorful annuals and perennials dance on either side of a stone walkway that winds its way through the flowers, wraps around a frog pond, and disappears into tall stalks of…

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Cape Cod is “Coyote country”

Once foreign to the area, this wildly resourceful animal can now be found across the peninsula

Amy Blake moved to Cape Cod from a small town in Ohio in the summer of 2005, renting a cottage beside scenic marshlands in West Barnstable. One evening she heard an unfamiliar sound coming from the yard: wild animals were howling in the darkness. “I…

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Upcoming Cape & Islands events: April through September

Check out this robust listing of unique, fascinating and fun upcoming events on Cape Cod and the Islands!

Through September 1
In 2016, the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis celebrates its 35th anniversary. The museum is hosting exhibits and events during the year, including a national juried exhibition, the Annual Gala & Art…

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Did you know? – 17 fun trivia items about the Cape & Islands

1. Bourne

Did you know? That the term Sagamore—as in Bourne’s Sagamore Village, the Sagamore Bridge and the Sagamore Inn Restaurant—is a Native American term that means chief or sachem. On the mainland side of the canal, consider visiting Sagamore Hill, which is located within the Scusset Beach State Park. The site is a peaceful walking area with gorgeous trees and…

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Nantucket – 2016 island profile

Many visitors to Nantucket feel that when they step off the ferry, they are taking a step back into history. And with good reason! The cobblestones lining the roads downtown were brought here in ships; the island—affectionately known as The Gray Lady—is dotted with historic sights such as the Old Mill and the Nantucket Atheneum; and most island homes feature…

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Martha’s Vineyard – 2016 island profile

A mecca for tourists, a retreat for presidents and the home of Island Alpaca, The Black Dog and Jaws—the 1974 thriller was famously filmed here—Martha’s Vineyard is a short ferry ride from both Woods Hole and Hyannis . . . and a very special place.
At just under 100 square miles, the Vineyard is comprised of six towns, each with its…

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Provincetown – 2016 town profile

Located on Cape Cod’s outermost tip, Provincetown is a vibrant community with a fascinating history, a colorful arts scene and some great shops, restaurants and beaches. The town is famous for its gay community, which celebrates at several unique annual events including the Carnival festival in August and Holly Folly in December.
In November of 1620, the Mayflower set anchor in…

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