Gunkholing: Celebrating Village LIFE

Cape Cod Life  /  November/December 2018 / ,

Writer: Brian Shortsleeve / Photographer: Timothy Little 

Mashpee Commons

One of the most beautiful times of year to visit our villages is when they are decorated for the holidays. The photo above shows Steeple Street in Mashpee Commons, in front of the offices of Cape Cod Life Publications.

In the last issue of Cape Cod LIFE, we began our new series, “Village LIFE,” by focusing on the village of Dennis on Route 6A, also lovingly known as the Old King’s Highway. In this issue, Village LIFE focuses on Mashpee. We invite our readers to explore these villages and plan day trip and weekend getaways for shopping, dining, lodging, plus cultural and entertainment opportunities and more. Our online version of Village LIFE also includes a drone video of the area plus an inviting photograph of a nearby beach.

“Village” is derived from the Latin word “villa,” which, according to my Oxford dictionary of English Etymology, referred to “a country residence, originally one with farm buildings and (more recently) a residence in the suburbs of a town, or in a residential district, suburban villas.” Nowadays a villa usually implies luxury, privacy and a “choice” lifestyle.

The term “village” has a certain charm to it; not unlike the word “villa,” to me it implies a lifestyle and it speaks of a “gentler time.” When we think of visiting our villages, from Sandwich to Siasconset, from Vineyard Haven to Harwich Port, from Menemsha to Mashpee, the village itself becomes a destination.

If general parking is readily available, the proximity of the local businesses invites one to walk, or “stroll” if you will, at a leisurely pace. Mashpee Commons is a good example of such a destination. All within “strolling” distance, the number and variety of retail shops and restaurants is very impressive and very inviting. The managers and staff get to know their customers, and their friendliness only adds to the charm of visiting this destination.

Further, using the example of Mashpee Commons, one finds a movie theater, a bank, the library, plus apartments and office space for rent. Also, just across the street in both directions are major supermarkets, plus many more fine shops and restaurants. A very short drive to the south brings one to the Popponesset Marketplace, the New Seabury Country Club, plus the fabulous South Cape Beach.

Mashpee is a great destination for many reasons. Go to capecodlife.com/events to see a listing of Holiday Events and Shoppers’ Strolls in not only Mashpee but also throughout the Cape and Islands. Enjoy our villages this holiday season!

My Best,

Brian Shortsleeve, Publisher

Brian Shortsleeve

Brian Shortsleeve is the owner, publisher, and founder of Cape Cod Life Publications. His personal column, “Gunkholing,” has appeared in all issues of Cape Cod LIFE since the very first issue in 1979.