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Sandwich Photo Essay: A slice of life in one of Cape Cod’s prettiest towns

A slice of life in Sandwich, May 2017 Cape Cod LIFE |

Town Neck Beach – Photo by Charles Sternaimolo

Another major draw is the museum’s classic car collection, most of which were autos from Lilly’s own collection. The 40 or so immaculate vintage automobiles—some more than a century old—are housed within an impressive replica Shaker Round Barn. Dean’s favorite is a 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster, and she enjoys watching visitors “interact” with the cars and often asks them what their first car was—“and they smile and remember.” While we spoke, a group of Maryland visitors posed for a photo in a 1913 Model T Ford.

At the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center, Samantha Gray, park ranger and the center’s manager, pointed out a display monitor that shows all of the vessels approaching and traveling through the canal—the Cape’s 103-year-old manmade waterway. “I like how dynamic the canal is,” says Gray. “It’s fun to be able to see what’s coming and going.” In addition to boats and ships, Gray says she regularly sees wildlife in the canal, from cormorants and seals to dolphins and whales.

The visitor center is open daily from May through October, and welcomes about 45,000 visitors per year. Exhibits include a timeline of the canal’s development over the years, a 3-D canal model featuring all three bridges, and educational displays on the international maritime alphabet and how to tie common knots used in shipping, such as the bowline. There’s also a gift shop with canal postcards, books, and other souvenirs.

In the marina, we stopped in at Fishermen’s View, the new-in-2016 restaurant and seafood market owned by brothers Robert and Denny Colbert. The Colberts are both Mass. Maritime graduates and well seasoned commercial fishermen. The company has a water tank that holds 26,000 pounds of lobster and crabs, and guests walking in the front door are welcomed by an attractive, custom-built wooden skiff. “This is a boat-to-table concept,” Robert Colbert says. “Seafood, if it’s fresh, is just unbelievable.” In the market, patrons can find everything from crab cakes and lobster meat to halibut and mahi mahi. Elizabeth Colbert, the company’s chief operating officer and Robert’s daughter, says one of the most popular dishes on the restaurant menu is the seared scallops in corn and crab risotto with basil oil. Another dish, the lobster fra diavolo for two, comes with a 2-lb. grilled lobster, shrimp, mussels, littlenecks, and homemade pasta in a spicy red sauce.

Pulling up to the canal to watch the sun set over the Sagamore Bridge, we navigated cyclists and walkers who had a similar idea. Eventually, we saw Brian Nunes and David Gerber, two recreational lobstermen, baiting their traps along the rocks. Their work is labor-intensive—and we observed it from a safe distance—but Nunes says he enjoys it, especially when he gets to transfer his catch to the grill as soon as he makes it home.

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