Cape Cod and the Islands Magazine Fall-Winter 2021

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FALL-WINTER 2021 /2022





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riter George Saunders stood in front of a graduating class delivering a commencement speech on the importance of kindness. This was many years ago, yet his words still ring true today. He said, “What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness…Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.” So, what is kindness? It’s many things. It’s the opposite of selfishness. It’s thinking of others and going out of your way to make them feel better and more appreciated. These can be small acts, such as letting someone go ahead of you in the grocery store line, or larger efforts like giving your time to volunteer at a local nonprofit. Over the summer, many Cape and Island businesses, especially restaurants, faced challenging situations, such as hiring and keeping staff and meeting increased demands. In some cases, these challenges had a ripple effect causing prolonged wait times and shortages of menu items. Unfortunately, some business owners and their employees were not met with kindness. Apt in Brewster had more than a few unpleasant encounters with impatient customers, and when one employee was brought to tears, owners Regina and Brandi Felt-Castellano decided enough was enough. They shut the doors of Apt for a “Day of Kindness.” The act caused another ripple effect: the story was picked up by national news outlets and some businesses followed their lead by instituting days of kindness. In this issue, writer Elizabeth Shaw and photographer Matt Gardner visit Apt to tell more of the restaurant’s story (“Farmers, Friends, and Food,” 132). There are many examples of kindness within these pages. The staff at Wild Care in Eastham witness numerous acts of kindness daily. Over its 27-year history, the nonprofit has taken care of more than 30,000 animals, most of which are brought in by empathetic community members. Writer Alice Lesch Kelly spoke with Executive Director Stephanie Ellis about the organization and its recent rescues and rehabilitations (“A Second Chance for Cape Wildlife,” 42). Another way to be kind shows up in recipe creator Jenny Shea Rawn’s story “Made for Sharing” (124). Working with locally harvested seafood, she gives readers three recipes to make for your next get-together—because a homemade dish is always a welcome treat for loved ones. As we approach the holiday season, we can all find ways to be kind to neighbors, family, and community members. I hope this issue inspires you to do just that. I also hope you have many days of kindness ahead.

Thank you for reading. Kelly Chase Editor-in-Chief

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Patrick Flanary is a dad, journalist, and host of CAI’s Morning

Edition. His reporting on music, mental health, politics, business, and equality has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, ProPublica, Quartz, and elsewhere. Patrick spent a year reporting on the Cape Cod murder trial of former Coast Guardsman Adrian Loya. His prison interview with Loya was expanded into a feature for Psychology Today magazine, which explored how Loya’s range of psychiatric diagnoses revealed the difficulty of untangling mental fitness from criminal intent at trial. For three years Patrick lived in Beijing, where he contributed an American perspective on China Radio International. He lives in Hyannis Port.

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New England. After graduating from Boston College and working in Off-Broadway production in NYC, she moved to Los Angeles where she became a Hollywood story editor, producer, and writer. Now back as a full time Cape Codder, Lisa and her husband, a commercial fisherman, reside in the Yarmouth house that was originally her grandparents’ home.

Elizabeth Shaw grew up in Massachusetts, visiting the Cape whenever she could in the summer, before becoming a washashore alongside her family. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Writing and Film and has been writing about the Cape for the last four years, with a focus on the arts, culture and food of the region. You can usually find her exploring the Cape through her camera lens, with her pup Watson by her side. In this issue, she highlights the great food and community spirit that Apt is bringing to Brewster, as well as the off-season magic of the Upper and Lower Cape.

Jenny Shea Rawn MS, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian,

recipe developer, food photographer, and content creator. Her website ( features local seafood recipes, coastal-living inspiration, and all things Cape and islands. Jenny lives in Falmouth with her husband and two young children. In this issue, she shares three recipes for family gatherings. Follow her on Instagram at @JennySheaRawn for seaside inspiration, and seafood recipes, tips, and tricks.

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Chatham Living By The Sea and South Shore Home Life and Style. Her genres include commercial and brand photography, fashion photography, lifestyle and portraits. She also holds an MFA in Writing and has been published in national magazines and literary journals. For this issue, she photographed “Let’s Go For a Walk.” She lives in a tiny seaside village with her two young children for whom her business, Ellie Finn Photography, is named after. 8 »

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49. Capturing the Cape

80. Festive Season

124. Made for Sharing

110. Fall Fashions

16. Off Season On the Cape

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70. Family Ties

42. A Second Chance for Cape Wildlife


16 / Off Season On the Cape


26 / Boundless Art


36 / Cool Weather Cycling


42 / A Second Chance for Cape Wildlife


49 / Capturing the Cape: The region’s photographers share their favorite places and times to shoot.


64 / Cape-Inspired Design Trends with Staying Power 70 / Family Ties: A modest ranch is transformed into a twostory gambrel. 80 / Festive Season: Tips for decorating your home


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100 / 40 Places to Shop Local 110 / Let’s Go for a Walk: Children’s fashion favorites at Gray’s Beach in Yarmouth Port.


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Travel O F F S E AS O N

Upper Cape


See & Do When most people think of the Cape, they think of sunny, 80-degree days on the beach, dining al fresco in the evening, and sitting in bridge traffic. But those in the know understand that the real magic of the Cape happens in the off-season. There’s nothing like fall in New England, so head outside because there’s so much to see and do. In Falmouth, visit the Knob for easy hiking trails and stunning views. The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway spans the length between the two bridges and is perfect for any outdoor activity, whether you’re looking to take a walk or run, a bike ride, or even do a little fishing! Too cold to be outside? No problem. Bring the kids to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee for some hands-on learning. And if history is more your speed, make sure to visit the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Museum.

Whether you stick to Route 6A or Route 28, there’s plenty of shopping to be done on either side. Main Street (Route 28) in Falmouth has something for everyone, from unique gift emporiums like Twigs of Falmouth to clothing stores like The Black Dog and Maxwell & Co. Mashpee Commons is home to over 50 retailers, including the only L.L. Bean store on the Cape. Take a drive down scenic Route 6A and experience Sandwich in the off-season. Titcomb’s Bookshop is a favorite among locals and visitors thanks to its cozy atmosphere and incredible selection of books, stationery, and local gifts. If antiquing is more your style, check out Sandwich Antiques Center, which is one of the largest antiques venues in the area.

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THE BLACK DOG 465 Grand Avenue, Falmouth, MAXWELL & CO 200 Main St., Falmouth, MASHPEE COMMONS 22 Steeple St., Mashpee,

L.L. BEAN 7 Market St., Mashpee, TITCOMB’S BOOKSHOP 432 Route 6A, East Sandwich, SANDWICH ANTIQUES CENTER 131 Route 6A, Sandwich,

Eat Before you start your day of exploring, fuel up at Café Chew in Sandwich. With a focus on organic, natural, and whole foods, Café Chew serves hearty, healthy breakfasts and lunches year-round. “In Sandwich, it’s a little different. We have the fewest number of second homeowners on Cape Cod and we don’t see the exodus after Labor Day,” says Café Chew owner Bob King. “It’s a great year-round community.” Cape Cod Coffee has additional caffeinated options for you as well as breakfast and lunch at its Mashpee Commons location. The company’s roasting facility, which is also in Mashpee on Route 130, features a café for all your coffee and baked goods needs, but also a kitchen that cooks delicious lunches and dinners, and a bar with a rotating tap of local brews. When it’s time to wind down for the evening, visit Naukabout Taproom and Beer Garden in Mashpee for classic IPAs and more adventurous brews like milkshake IPAs and fruity Hefeweizens. Ready for dinner? Bobby Byrne’s Pub, a Cape favorite since it opened in 1973, has locations in Mashpee and Sandwich, where you can relax and enjoy a hearty lunch or dinner. If you are looking for carefully crafted tacos and burritos to be paired with gourmet cocktails, stop by Añejo Falmouth, which offers guests an upscale approach to Mexican cuisine. Bleu in Mashpee Commons is an upscale option where you can be transported to France for a meal. Añejo Falmouth


Isaiah Jones Homestead Bed & Breakfast

When booking your stay, whether you prefer an inn, a hotel, an Airbnb or anything in between, you’ll feel at home on the Upper Cape. The Woods Hole Inn offers vintage rooms with modern updates, conveniently located right by the Martha’s Vineyard ferry. Or rest your head in an 1848 Victorian home at the Isaiah Jones Homestead Bed & Breakfast in Sandwich. “We’ve always been open year-round, and we love to provide an opportunity for people to experience the Cape when there aren’t the crowds,” says the bed and breakfast owner Katherine Sanderson. The Falmouth Tides Motel offers waterfront views at affordable costs and is just minutes away from bustling Falmouth Center.

CAFÉ CHEW 4 Merchants Road, Sandwich,

BOBBY BYRNE’S PUB 6 Central Sq., Mashpee,

CAPE COD COFFEE 10 Evergreen Circle (Route 130), Mashpee,

AÑEJO FALMOUTH 188 Main St., Falmouth,


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WOODS HOLE INN 28 Water St., Woods Hole ISAIAH JONES HOMESTEAD BED & BREAKFAST 165 Main St., Sandwich, FALMOUTH TIDES MOTEL 267 Clinton Ave., Falmouth,


Travel O F F S E AS O N

Mid Cape


See & Do Barnstable Comedy Club is the Cape’s longestrunning theater, now in its 100th season, with plays running from November to May. For those who are looking for hands-on activities, pottery and painting classes are offered year-round at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis. “The winters are not as quiet as they used to be,” says Benton Jones, art director at the museum. “There’s quite an offering for somebody who might be here for just a weekend.”

Cape Cod Museum of Art

Get some fresh air with a hike through the protected wetlands of Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, or along the seven-mile Sandy Neck Nature Trail, both of which are accessible all year from Barnstable. Those feeling extra adventurous can hop on a bike and pedal the 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail to the Outer Cape.

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Bookworms can browse Isaiah Thomas Books in Cotuit and Parnassus in Yarmouth Port for a wide selection of antiquarian titles and beach reads. Then end your day with one of the best sunsets you’ll ever see, from the boardwalk on Grays Beach (also known as Bass Hole) in Yarmouth Port.

BARNSTABLE COMEDY CLUB 3171 Main St., Barnstable 508-362-6333,

ISAIAH THOMAS BOOKS 4632 Falmouth Road, Cotuit 508-428-2752;

COTUIT OYSTER COMPANY 26 Little River Road, Cotuit 508-428-6747,

CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART 60 Hope Lane, Dennis 508-385-4477,

PARNASSUS 220 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port 508-362-6420;

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SPANKY’S CLAM SHACK 138 Ocean St., Hyannis 508-771-2770,

SEA STREET CAFE 50 Sea St., Hyannis 508-534-9129,

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NIRVANA 3206 Main St., Barnstable 508-744-6983, GINA’S BY THE SEA 134 Taunton Ave., Dennis 508-385-3213,

Eat Enjoy mouth-watering local oysters while overlooking Hyannis Harbor at Spanky’s Clam Shack, which serves until mid-October. Year-round, grab a box to-go from Cotuit Oyster Company, or slurp in style at Five Bays Bistro. Even if you sleep in, you can still grab breakfast all day at the year-round Sea Street Cafe in Hyannis. Coffee is always an option at the ever-popular Nirvana Coffee in Barnstable. At lunchtime, try an on-the-go vegan wrap from Earthly Delights in Osterville. Find waterfront dining at Italian favorite Gina’s by the Sea in Dennis, open through Thanksgiving, and the Ocean House, which serves seaside meals until New Year’s Eve. For a microescape within your getaway, book a five-course meal aboard the Cape Cod Dinner Train from Hyannis Station until late October. Breweries abound year-round here: Barnstable Brewing, Cape Cod Beer, and Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. are worth the trip for a flight of craft IPAs, sours, and stouts. Live music quiets down; however, rock and blues acts are booked through winter at the Music Room in West Yarmouth.

Nirvana Coffee

Stay An indoor water park? And a year-round outdoor heated pool? Some families check in and never want to leave the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis. For cozier digs, plenty of B&Bs are open in the off-season. The pet-friendly Lamb and Lion Inn was a favorite respite of the Kennedys, and Ashley Manor offers a culinary paradise, sourcing food from the organic farm across the street. Want a fireplace? Or a whirlpool tub? Have both at the Captain Farris House, open until mid-December. “We provide an experience,” says innkeeper Carol Watson. “When people come, they can really just exhale and relax, and feel like they’re away.” Ashley Manor

OCEAN HOUSE 425 Old Wharf Road, Dennis Port, 508-394-0700,

BARNSTABLE BREWING 485 West Main St., Hyannis, 774-470-6989;

MUSIC ROOM 541 Main St., West Yarmouth 508-694-6125,

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Travel O F F S E AS O N

Lower Cape


See & Do There’s no shortage of off-season activities, whether you like the outdoors or gravitate towards shopping. Along Route 6A is the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. “The high season seems to be jam packed with families and kids. In the off-season, when it’s not as busy, we’re able to provide programs for our Cape Cod community,” says Teresa Izzo, program coordinator and publicist at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. (The museum will be taking a hiatus from December 19th 2021 until February 2022.) After your visit, continue down 6A to Nickerson State Park or make your way into Chatham to the Harding’s Beach Trail to put what you’ve learned to use.

Nickerson State Park

While you’re in Chatham, don’t forget to visit the iconic Chatham Candy Manor, where you can pick up some homemade fudge and other treats. General stores are a staple on the Cape—and the Lower Cape is no exception. The Brewster General Store and Murphy’s General Store in Harwich have penny candy galore, toys, local treasures, and antiques. “It’s definitely changing and getting busier in the winter months. People seem to be staying longer and enjoying the off-season,” say owners of Murphy’s General Store Jay and Heather Skowronek. “And it’s nice to be a connective tissue to other year-round businesses. With more people, it’s nice to be open and having people know you and come back again and again. And we love being a part of the community here in Harwich Port.” The Bird Watcher’s General Store in Orleans has something for everyone (though birders will feel the most at home). The Bird Watcher’s General Store

CAPE COD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 869 Main Street/Route 6A, Brewster, NICKERSON STATE PARK 3488 Main St., Brewster HARDING’S BEACH TRAIL Hardings Beach Road, Chatham

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CHATHAM CANDY MANOR 484 Main St., Chatham 508-945-0825,

MURPHY’S GENERAL STORE 540 Route 28, Harwich Port 774-408-7322,

SNOWY OWL ROASTERS 2624 Main St., Brewster 774-323-0605,

THE BREWSTER GENERAL STORE 1935 Main St., Brewster 508-896-3744,

BIRD WATCHER’S GENERAL STORE 36 Route 6A, Orleans 508-255-6974,

RUGGIE’S 707 Main St., Harwich 508-432-0625,

Eat Whether you’re in need of a hearty breakfast, brunch, or lunch, or just a mid-morning pick-me-up, there are plenty of places to choose from. Snowy Owl Roasters in Brewster is open year-round while their Chatham Espresso Bar is open through New Year’s. The Brewster location features a menu that is full of organic, ethically sourced coffees and teas, from classic espressos and lattes to seasonal specialties. If you’re looking for more savory dishes and a classic diner feel, stop by Ruggie’s in Harwich and enjoy their simple yet satisfying menu of fan-favorite breakfast and lunch plates. When the sun goes down and it’s time to enjoy dinner with friends and family, the Lower Cape has a treasure trove. A trip to the Lower Cape isn’t complete without a meal at Land Ho!, where the casual pub atmosphere and comforting food makes it a favorite of locals and visitors alike. While the brewery scene on the Cape has exploded over the last few years, Hog Island Beer Co. has held onto the title of “outermost brewery” since opening six years ago. Hog Island is also host to The Jailhouse Tavern, named for the building the brewery and restaurant reside in. For a fine dining experience, visit the famed Brewster Fish House for a contemporary bistro dining experience. And if you’re looking for a different execution of the Cape’s incredible seafood, look no further than Chatham’s Bluefins Sushi & Saki Bar for everything from Wagyu burgers, grilled octopus, tuna poke, and of course, sushi.

Snowy Owl Roasters

Stay With every type of accommodation to choose from, there’s no reason to leave the Lower Cape when it’s time to turn in. If you’re looking for a home-away-from-home (but right on the bay), check out Linger Longer by the Sea apartments in Brewster. Here you can experience the tranquility of the Brewster Flats in the off-season, and all you have to do is step off the porch. For more waterfront views, book a room at The Cove Motel in Orleans. And The Chatham Wayside Inn offers luxury accommodations right in the heart of Chatham center.

The Chatham Wayside Inn

LAND HO! 38 Main St., Orleans 508-255-5165,

BREWSTER FISH HOUSE 2208 Main St., Brewster 508-896-7867,

LINGER LONGER BY THE SEA 261 Linnell Landing Road, Brewster 508-896-7714,

HOG ISLAND BEER CO. 28 West Road, Orleans 508-255-2337,

BLUEFINS SUSHI & SAKI BAR 513 Main St., Chatham 508-348-1573,

THE COVE MOTEL 13 S Orleans Road, Orleans 508-255-1203,

THE CHATHAM WAYSIDE INN 512 Main St., Chatham 508-945-5550,


Travel O F F S E AS O N

Outer Cape


See & Do If you only have time to visit one beach on the Outer Cape, it should be Marconi Beach in Wellfleet. Nestled in the breathtaking expanse of the National Seashore, it’s one of the many scenic biking stops along the Rail Trail. Until mid-November, book a private or group sunset ride through the Provincetown dunes with Art’s Dune Tours. Or head to Eastham, where Nauset Light and the Three Sisters stand among the Cape’s most legendary lighthouses.

Three Sisters

Shops are open sporadically right now, so call ahead. Womencrafts is one of Provincetown’s oldest boutiques, promoting female artisans, artists, and authors yearround. Until November, throw on a coat and roam Wellfleet’s sprawling outdoor flea market at the Drive-in Theatre. Year-round galleries showcasing local creations include the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Also worth a look: “They Also Faced the Sea,” a waterfront exhibit of giant photographed faces looking out on Fisherman’s Wharf. Provincetown partying comes out of hibernation for New Year’s, during the town’s annual First Light street celebration from December 30 through January 5.

Eat No taste of the Outer Cape is complete without exquisite Wellfleet oysters, picked at low tide year-round. Slurp ’em by the dozen at laid-back Moby Dick’s in Wellfleet until midOctober, and don’t pass up the lobster rolls and fried clams. For something a bit fancier year-round, Brine in Eastham serves gourmet burgers and salads in addition to seafood. Fewer dessert options are better than fresh malasadas—fried dough topped with sugar— from Provincetown Portuguese Bakery, open until Christmas. “We all seek out something sweet,” says Chuck Stanko, who with his husband George Carroll took over the 120-year-old bakery this year. “People love tradition. It’s part of the heritage of the town, and keeping that tradition is so important to me and George.”

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MARCONI BEACH 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet 508-255-3421, ART’S DUNE TOURS 508-487-1950, NAUSET LIGHT 120 Nauset Light Beach Road, Eastham,

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Save room for more sweets at Chequessett Chocolate in North Truro, open until January 1. Take some to pair with an after-dinner glass of wine at nearby Truro Vineyards, open weekends during winter. “The Outer Cape in the off-season is the best-kept secret,” says Kristen Roberts, whose family owns Truro Vineyards. During the October harvest, volunteering for a few hours with staff will score you a sweet deal. “You put in a half-day of work,” says Roberts, “we’ll send you home with a bottle of wine.”

THREE SISTERS Cable Road, Eastham WOMENCRAFTS 376 Commercial St., Provincetown 508-487-2501,

WELLFLEET DRIVE-IN THEATRE 51 State Highway Route 6, Wellfleet 508-349-7176, TRURO CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT CASTLE HILL 10 Meetinghouse Road, Truro 508-349-7511,

PROVINCETOWN ART Association and Museum 460 Commercial St. 508-487-1750, MOBY DICK’S 3225 State Highway Route 6, Wellfleet 508-349-9795,

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Stay After a day of hiking and tasting, nothing beats a cozy bed and breakfast rest in winter. Among the year-round accommodations are the Waterford Inn in Provincetown, a restored sea captain’s mansion. Enjoy breakfast without even getting out of bed at the charming Salt House Inn. Their room service breakfast is the inn’s signature offering, and brings your morning meal of choice right to your door. For something closer to the National Seashore, try an unpretentious Wellfleet cottage at the Holden Inn. And the Rugosa in Eastham, formerly known as the Penny House, welcomes your dogs, too.

BRINE 4100 State Highway Route 6, Eastham 774-561-2967,

CHEQUESSETT CHOCOLATE 8 Highland Road, Truro 774-538-6249,

WATERFORD INN 386 Commercial St., Provincetown 508-487-6400,

HOLDEN INN 140 Commercial St., Wellfleet 508-349-3450,

PROVINCETOWN PORTUGUESE BAKERY 299 Commercial St., Provincetown 508-487-1803,

TRURO VINEYARDS 11 Shore Road, Truro 508-487-6200,

SALT HOUSE INN 6 Conwell St., Provincetown 508-487-1911,

RUGOSA 4885 State Highway Route 6, Eastham 508-255-1248,


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On a balmy evening in June, several dozen spectators are spread across the sand at Corporation Beach in Dennis. Before them, with a stunning backdrop of gentle greyblue waves, are a small group of classical musicians and modern dancers, performing and moving interpretatively to “The Swans” from Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. The sublime setting, the delicate music, and the expressive gestures combine to create a uniquely transportive experience. These collaborative artists are part of Beyond The Bounds, a newly formed nonprofit arts organization, whose mission is to promote connection through outdoor performances. “Our goal is to create opportunities to share an engaging experience with each other and with nature,” says founder Naomi Steckman, a classically trained cellist, who relocated from Boston to Cape Cod soon after the Covid-19 pandemic began.


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“I’ve played with the Cape Symphony,” says Steckman, “so I knew Cape Cod would be a wonderful place to retreat to, especially after live performances came to an abrupt stop.” Once Steckman was settled in Brewster, she found herself spending an enormous amount of time exploring the woods and beaches near her new house. “I feel most at home outside,” she says. “I’m grounded when I’m in nature.” The quiet forest also proved to be an ideal practice space, and the experience of playing her cello amid a serene grove of birch trees spurred a new idea. “I was loving being on the Cape, but I also missed being part of an orchestra,” she says. “Auditions just were not happening at that point, but I knew I still needed performance experiences.”

Recruiting several fellow graduates from her orchestral studies master’s program at Boston University, Steckman pulled together a series of pop-up concerts that combined her passions for classical music and the natural world. She also joined forces with another artist, dancer Diana Steinberg, who had been as inspired as Steckman to perform outside. “The pandemic created this driving need to head outdoors,” says Steinberg. “Being, and dancing, in nature felt like a liberation, and it was soul satisfying to connect and communicate with the environment that way.” After that first event, Steckman formalized the interdisciplinary collaboration into Beyond The Bounds, gaining nonprofit status as well as dedicated audience members. “I think people are really affected by the combination of the exquisite natural beauty of Cape Cod and the creative expression of the artists,” she says. So far, their performances have taken place at town beaches and in the National Seashore. “I’m trying to be intentional about the locations we choose for performing,” says Steckman. “And I think it’s important that the people who happen to be enjoying the natural spaces also get to listen and experience this art.” With more than three decades of cello playing behind her (she began lessons at age three), Steckman is passionate about making her music accessible. “I believe classical music can touch everyone, which is another reason I am doing this. I think it is something everyone needs,” she says.

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When I hear from the audience members and the other performers how much the experience means to them, it keeps reminding me I’m doing the right thing. This feels like where I need to be. — Naomi Steckman

As concert halls reopen, Steckman has begun to return to playing orchestral jobs, but she remains committed to Beyond the Bounds. Her goal is to raise enough funds to pay the artists and continue offering streaming video of their shows. “When I hear from the audience members and the other performers how much the experience means to them, it keeps reminding me I’m doing the right thing. This feels like where I need to be.” As the sun dips lower over Cape Cod Bay, the Beyond the Bounds quintet begins the first of two movements from Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor. The dancers move with emotion as glorious pink and orange tinged clouds fill the sky, and it is easy to understand why Steckman chose this grand piece. “Dvorak wrote this to be about hope and the outdoors, so it truly matches the atmosphere,” she says. “That is our entire goal: to synthesize the music, the movement, and the place, and engage the audience members in that amazing conversation.”

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ne pleasant afternoon earlier this fall, I joined a group of offroad enthusiasts on a favorite local activity: oversanding on a Cape Cod beach. With a light breeze in the air and at least two hours before the sun was due to set, it proved to be the perfect time for a Sandy Neck four-wheel-drive adventure. Located in West Barnstable, close to the Sandwich town line, Sandy Neck Beach is a six-mile-long natural treasure, with numerous opportunities for swimming, strolling, fishing, and birdwatching. It is also one of a handful of beaches on Cape Cod that allow recreational beach driving, which gives all-terrain vehicle owners a chance to explore the far reaches of the strand in a singular way. With our Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) permit secured, we arrived at the gatehouse in a new GMC Canyon AT4 pick-up truck. The friendly attendant directed us to the ORV access road, where we joined a handful of other vehicles in the process of airing down their tires. Reducing your tire pressure creates a wider base for driving over sand and lessens the potential for creating ruts or getting stuck. (In addition to a tire gauge, all ORV drivers must also pack a shovel, tow straps, a jack, a spare tire, and a support board.) Once our tires were aired down to 18 psi, we proceeded at the mandatory five miles per hour towards the shoreline. As we inched along through low dunes, a group on horseback ambled past, having explored the beach in their own distinctive manner. Turning east onto the sand, we first came upon a row of RVs, lined up perpendicular to the waves, and then the open expanse of Sandy Neck lay before us.

The Canyon AT4’s suspension handled the sand beautifully, and it also maneuvered over the rocks that formed our parking spot on a berm above the shore. I was surprised to see only a smattering of other four-wheel-drive vehicles around us. My guides explained that the fall and winter are the best times to explore Cape Cod beaches in an ATV, as you are more likely to find a secluded spot. We settled in with beach chairs and fishing rods, and began preparations for a sunset campfire. We were soon joined by the President/Dealer Principal of Robertson’s GMC in Wareham, Ali Robertson, and her son Andrew, who drove up in an Acadia AT4, GMC’s mid-size SUV. Although she lives off-Cape, Ali has a personal familiarity with Sandy Neck Beach. “It is fun being back because I grew up coming down here to camp with my family,” says Ali. “It was awesome. We used to stay for a whole week in our camper, which my dad called the white whale. There were three of us kids, and we always found lots to do. I loved it!” FALL - WINTER 33

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Ali was happy to share today’s experience with Andrew, who works in the sales department at Robertson’s GMC. He is the third generation of Robertsons at the company (her father Howie is the founder of the dealership). “I was just telling my son he should get a camper like we had!” she says. For shorter visits, she noted that driving a four-wheel-drive vehicle like the Canyon or the Acadia is a great way for people to spend a day on the beach. “The AT4 trim package has special suspension and tires meant just for this kind of driving,” she says. Although Ali is more equipped than most coming from a background that includes a stint as a cross-country truck driver, the AT4 certainly makes it easy for everyone to go off-road. “Anybody can do it,” she says. “It’s really simple to switch over to four-wheel drive with just a press of a button.” “Everyone is always looking for a fun day trip,” she continued, “with the right vehicle you can come down here and have a wonderful time.” All of the GMC AT4s have room for bikes, tents, and even kayaks, and the Acadia can accommodate up to seven passengers, making it ideal for a family outing. “The AT4 is a popular configuration for people and their active lifestyles,” says Ali. “It is absolutely perfect for this kind of adventure.” Dusk was falling, the fire was lit, and everyone savored the quiet beauty of Sandy Neck. “I love it here in the fall,” remarked Ali. “It has a different feel than the summer. Everyone is gone, the light is gorgeous. It’s a hidden gem.”

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Robertson’s GMC 2680 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham 508-273-2525; @robertsons.gmc


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If you think cycling season ends as temperatures go down, think again. When the weather turns chilly on the Cape and the Islands, cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy the cool beauty of fall and winter while staying warm. What are the best trails for off-season cycling? We asked the owners of some popular bike shops to share their recommendations, along with tips on fun things to do after your ride.


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Melissa Ayala Little Capistrano Bike Shop Eastham and Wellfleet

When it comes to the bicycle business, the Little Capistrano Bike Shop is all about family. “We’re the sixth generation to own the property, which has been a bike shop for 54 years,” says owner Melissa Ayala. “Currently, three generations work at the shop.” Named after the migrating cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano in California, the shop rents, sells, and repairs bicycles.

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One of Ayala’s favorite rides is the Nauset National Seashore Trail, which takes cyclists to the Cape Cod National Seashore’s Coast Guard Beach. “This is one of the most beautiful rides in New England,” Ayala says. (Be sure to leave time to check out the National Seashore Center’s walking trails and yearround visitors’ center in Eastham, with its theater, store, and museum.) And don’t miss the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT), a 25-mile trail that follows the path of the former Cape Cod Central Railroad, which ran from the early 1800s to the 1960s. The CCRT takes you through various Cape Cod towns, from South Dennis to Wellfleet. “You’ll pass by marshes, ponds, cranberry bogs, restaurants, and more,” Ayala says. CCRT connects with several other cycling trails and goes through Nickerson State Park, which has biking trails, ponds, and picnic areas.

LITTLE CAPISTRANO BIKE SHOP 30 Salt Pond Road, Eastham (year-round) 1446 Route 6, South Wellfleet (Memorial Day through Columbus Day)

Jeff Craddock

Harvey Young

Sea Sports Cyclery & Outdoor Hyannis

Young’s Bicycle Shop Nantucket

Born and raised on the Cape, Jeff Craddock has worked at Sea Sports Cyclery & Outdoor in Hyannis since his father, Jim, founded the store in 1993 and has owned it since 2004. Outdoor sports aren’t just Craddock’s business, they’re his passion: In addition to being an elite cyclist, he’s also a kayak and paddleboard instructor and master dive instructor.

Plumber Harvey Young founded Young’s Bicycle Shop in his Nantucket backyard in 1931, after he began repairing bikes for neighborhood kids. Today, his first namesharing grandson Harvey, who took over in 1993, is moving towards retirement, making way for the next generation—his children Emma and Jasper—to take the handlebars.

For road biking, Craddock recommends the south (on-Cape) side of the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway. “In the fall, the warm water in the canal can often raise the air temperature a few degrees,” he says. Fall and winter are also an excellent time to ride off-road trails, which can be warmer than open paved trails. “Some people even ride with lights, and as daylight starts to fade, they ride at night in groups off-road,” he says. “It’s more fun to be outside getting fresh air and exercise as opposed to riding a spin bike inside.” He likes the off-road trails around Hathaway’s Pond in Hyannis, the trails in the Old Jail Lane Conservation area in Barnstable, and the Mary Dunn Connector trail in Yarmouth. Cyclists who enjoy sandriding can take fat-tire bikes for a spin at Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable or the tidal flats in Dennis. After your ride, Craddock suggests a locally made brew at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis or dinner at Barnstable Tuscan Cuisine.

Nantucket offers cyclists a wide range of cool-weather choices. “We have many miles of paved bike paths,” Young says. For a sweet ride to see some wild surf—and perhaps a stop at Cisco Brewers—Young recommends the bike path to Cisco Beach along Hummock Pond Road. (See Young’s website for maps and self-guided tours.) The Cliff Road path to Dionis Beach and Madaket Beach highlights the historic architecture of Nantucket, as well as lovely conservation areas and views of Nantucket Sound from atop the dunes. And the Siasconset Loop via Polpis Road takes you to the enchanting village of Siasconset. “The headlands of Sankaty Bluff and the towering Sankaty Lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean are a must-see,” Young says. After your ride, learn about the island’s history at the Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum.

SEA SPORTS CYCLERY & OUTDOOR 1441 Iyannough Road, Hyannis Open year-round

YOUNG’S BICYCLE SHOP 6 Broad Street, Nantucket Open mid-March to mid-December FALL - WINTER »

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Gregg Woodworth Canal Cruisers Bicycles Buzzards Bay

This seven-mile path is always very well maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. It is a nice scenic, flat, level paved path. Walking, running, rollerblading, and dog walking are also welcome. — GREGG WOODWORTH

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Canal Cruisers Bicycles in Buzzards Bay opened in 2009 as a rental shop. “We gradually grew into service and repair, and expanded as time went on,” says owner Gregg Woodworth. Today, Canal Cruisers rents a range of bikes, threewheelers, trailers, tagalongs, and fishing bikes that are specially designed to carry fishing poles and gear. Woodworth points cyclists to the north (off-Cape) side of the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway between the Bourne Bridge and the Sagamore Bridge. “This seven-mile path is always very well maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers,” Woodworth says. “It is a nice scenic, flat, level paved path. Walking, running, rollerblading, and dog walking are also welcome.” For mountain biking, head to the Frances A. Crane Wildlife Management Area in East Falmouth. “If you are an off-road bicyclist, Crane’s Otis 151 Mountain bike trails are a must!” For beach riding, point your fat-tire bike to Scussett Beach in Sagamore. Satisfy your post-ride hunger with a delicious meal at Krua Thai Restaurant, Mahoney’s on Main, or Buzzards Bay House of Pizza.

CANAL CRUISERS BICYCLES 199 Main Street, Buzzards Bay Open March to December

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Smart cycling always makes sense, but it’s even more important in chilly weather. Follow these guidelines for a safe, enjoyable ride.

Phil Hughes Wheel Happy Bicycle Shop Martha’s Vineyard RideHAPPY, liveHAPPY, and beHAPPY: That’s the guiding principle at Wheel Happy Bicycle Shop in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. Owner Phil Hughes, with his wife Alleyne, his daughters Madison and Taylor, and his sons-in-law Jesse and Nick, have been running Wheel Happy Bicycle Shop for 18 years. Wheel Happy offers cycle and equipment sales, rentals, and service. Hughes’s favorite cool-weather bike ride is the bike path to Oak Bluffs on Beach Road. “On the way to Oak Bluffs you are surrounded by water with Sengekontacket Pond and the Vineyard Sound as you cross over the ‘Jaws bridge’ that is famous from the movie Jaws,” Hughes says. “In Oak Bluffs you roll through the Methodist Campground and its famous gingerbread cottages.” He also likes the ride from South Beach/ Katama Beach, with its arresting ocean scenery and views of spectacular homes. “Both rides are doable in the same day, and with so many fine restaurants and inns so close your stay can be quite enjoyable.” Hughes suggests grabbing snacks at the Katama General Store and have a post-cycling cocktail at the Dunes Restaurant in the Winnetu Oceanside Resort.

WHEEL HAPPY BICYCLE SHOP 8 South Water St., Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard Open March through November; staff is usually on call when the shop is closed

DRESS RIGHT Today’s high-performance cycling apparel can help keep you warm at almost any temperature.

EQUIP YOURSELF FOR SAFETY Carry trail guides, water, and a charged cell phone. Use reflective gear when visibility is poor, and be sure your bike is in good shape.

WEAR A HELMET Research has found that bike helmets reduce serious head injuries by as much as 60 percent.

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ne day last summer, an injured common loon was found beached near Nauset Light in Eastham. Trauma to one of the bird’s feet prevented it from being able to swim and dive for fish. The beachgoer who discovered the distressed bird feared it would die, so she contacted Wild Care, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center in Eastham. After diagnosing the loon’s injuries, Wild Care’s consulting veterinarian, Dr. Louise Morgan, surgically repaired the bird’s foot. Then, the loon spent time healing and rehabbing in one of the organization’s two seabird therapy pools. “Soon, the bird was swimming, diving, and using the foot normally,” says Stephanie Ellis, executive director of Wild Care. Several weeks after the injured loon was found, Wild Care staff released it back into the wild at Town Cove in Orleans. The loon is one of about 1,800 injured, sick, and orphaned birds, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that Wild Care will rescue and rehabilitate this year. During its 27-year existence, Wild Care has cared for about 30,000 animals representing 275 species, including songbirds, seabirds, turtles, snakes, owls, osprey, and even bald eagles.

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In the spring and summer, Wild Care raises scores of orphaned baby birds in its Critical Care Room. Taking care of baby birds is painstaking work; some, such as ruby-throated hummingbirds, must be fed every 20 minutes with a thin syringe. During a busy afternoon last July, patients at Wild Care included a five-day-old Eastern gray squirrel pup that had tumbled from its nest, a herring gull that had fallen into a vat of cooking oil, an American an with a fractured humerus, and an injured common tern that had become entangled in fishing line in Quitnesset Point in Chatham. During the colder months, Wild Care rehabilitators rescue and care


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for an array of migratory birds that become sick or wounded while wintering in Cape Cod and the Islands, including Atlantic puffins, razorbills, Northern gannets, and dovekies. Ellis believes humans owe it to wildlife to provide them with care when they are hurt. “Nearly half of the animals that come through our doors at Wild Care have been impacted negatively by humans, either directly or indirectly,” Ellis says. “It is our responsibility to rectify these issues and to educate the community about how they can reduce their negative effects on wildlife.” Wild Care has a small staff of professional animal rehabilitators, as well as a few summer interns and an army of volunteers. One such volunteer is Peter Kosewski of South Wellfleet, who has been with the organization for six years. He helps out with wildlife care, cleaning, and rescue. One of his favorite experiences occurred last winter, when he responded to a call about a Northern gannet that had become stranded in the woods in Provincetown during a winter storm. “A Northern gannet is a big, strong, fierce seabird that you never see on land unless there is something wrong,” Kosewski says. After rescuing the bird and having it checked out by staff at Wild Care, Kosewski was thrilled to have the opportunity to release it back into the wild at Boat Meadow landing in Eastham. “There’s nothing like seeing a bird take off on its own.” Some of Wild Care’s volunteers have been with the organization for over 20 years, Ellis says. “We absolutely could not do what we do without our volunteers and interns.” Supporters provide an array of animal care supplies, including food (such as nuts, berries, mealworms, baby food, and formula), medicine, and cleaning products. Volunteers also donate tiny hand-knitted bird nests, handmade wooden bird and squirrel boxes, and acorns collected from backyards. Fundraising is in process for a new building that will provide space for more wildlife, as well as an education center and a laundry room. JENNIFER TAYLOR Animal Care Coordinator 46 »

In addition to diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating wildlife, Wild Care educates people of all ages about how to protect wild creatures, such as through its Trash Your Tackle initiative to reduce the impact of marine debris on wildlife. Rehabilitators visit community groups and schools to spread the word about how—and why—to protect wildlife.


“Every animal plays an important role in the ecosystem,” Ellis says. “Whether it is a federally endangered piping plover or a common whitefooted mouse, all animals are deserving of care and a second chance. And I am thrilled that they get a second chance at Wild Care.”

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CAPTURING T HE CAPE The region’s photographers share their favorite places and times to shoot as well as tips and tricks for getting started.

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@sanchez_saunders Where are your favorite places to take photos? Nantucket. The beautiful beaches and landscapes are endless. What is your preferred camera? Canon 5DSR for my landscape. I also use a Canon 5D III and a Canon 7D II. My workhorse lens is my Canon 24-105 II F4 but my favorite lens is my Canon 70-200 II F 2.8. What’s been the most exciting moment you’ve experienced while shooting? One morning I went to Madaket for a sunrise shoot. The water was calm with a few boats docked. I always survey the scene and create multiple images in my head before even reaching for my camera. That is when I saw two sailboats moving gracefully on the calm water. I immediately grabbed my camera and tripod because the sun was about too grace us with its warm and beautiful light. I shot about 30 images as the light changed and as the boats changed position. My photograph “New Beginning” is from this day.

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@howiseetheworld Where are your favorite places to take photos? All the town conservation lands, the Audubon Sanctuaries, Fort Hill in Eastham, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and the National Seashore. What is your preferred camera? Canon 7DMarkII, 100-400mm lens for wildlife What’s been the most exciting moment you’ve experienced while shooting? I was walking a trail and I saw a Snowy Owl sleeping in the top of a pitch pine and I sat down under a cedar tree nearby and watched it just sleep for at least an hour. When it finally awoke it gave the biggest yawn that I was able to capture.




@tomriley Where are your favorite places to take photos? Chatham is the town I call home and it is my favorite place to take photos. There is so much beauty all over the town. Preferred camera / lenses to shoot with? Canon EOS Rebel T8i DSLR with the standard 18-55mm lens. I love using my DJI Mavic Mini drone. Any photography tips and tricks for our readers? Utilize apps and websites. For capturing sunrises/sunsets, I use the PhotoPills app which provides me with specific time ranges and locations for the sun. For drone safety, I use the B4UFLY app to understand rules and regulations. For finding photo spots, I use Instagram and Google Maps, and also a website I am building called


@kmmarr_ Where are your favorite places to take photos? I love shooting in Chatham: The charming town center, the Hydrangea Festival, Chatham Fish Pier and Lighthouse Beach, there’s so much “Cape-y” content. Preferred camera / lenses to shoot with? Canon Mirror EOS R / full frame camera and Canon 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens. What’s been the most exciting moment you’ve experienced while shooting? This past summer, while shooting Brant Point aboard the Nantucket ferry coming into port, a classic sailboat came gliding behind the lighthouse into frame. I couldn’t click fast enough.

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@bettywileyphoto Where are your favorite places to take photos? Grey’s Beach Boardwalk in Yarmouth Port, Salt Pond in Eastham, Stony Brook Grist Mill in Brewster, Stage Harbor Light in Chatham and Nauset Beach in Orleans. One of my favorite times to head out are at sunrise or sunset or right after a storm when the light is dramatic and the skies are the most interesting. What is your preferred camera? I currently shoot with Canon’s mirrorless cameras. By far, my favorite lens when there is a dramatic sky and gorgeous clouds, is my Canon RF 15-35mm, F2.8 lens. Any photography tips and tricks for our readers? Most importantly, learn how to operate your camera and research your locations. I use multiple weather apps which help me predict the best conditions for shooting…but there are no guarantees. I often return to a particular location many times in order to get the shot that I want. FALL - WINTER 53




@simplymekb Where are your favorite places to take photos? Nauset Beach, Sesuit Harbor, Chatham, Nantucket, and Breakwater Beach to name a few! What is your preferred camera? I just switched to a Canon EOS R6, the mirrorless was calling my name! I love my 24-105mm lens, it’s heavy but so versatile. What’s been the most exciting moment you’ve experienced while shooting? Probably finding a snowy owl completely by accident while walking at the beach in the winter. The owl was just sunbathing on a piece of driftwood and luckily I had my camera to snap some photos of it from a safe distance away!

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@dennisjweeks Where are your favorite places to take photos? Coast Guard Beach in Eastham and Nauset Beach in Orleans. What is your preferred camera? My favorite camera is a Nikon D7500. I do many landscape photos and like using a Nikon 10-20mm wide angle zoom. What’s been the most exciting moment you’ve experienced while shooting? Shortly after moving to Cape Cod, I was exploring my neighborhood near the Bourne Bridge, when a large cruise ship appeared. It was perfect timing as the sun was setting in the background as the ship passed under the bridge.

@madaketlady Where are your favorite places to take photos? Madaket beach on Nantucket. Many of the paths around the island in all seasons: Squam Swamp, Sanford Farm and the Shrubland Bluff Walk. What is your preferred camera? I actually shoot everything on my iPhone in Portrait Mode! Any photography tips and tricks for our readers? The only tip I have is to go exploring! Don’t feel beholden to shoot the most popular places in your area, but find the hidden gems. Thanks to the preservation groups on this island, there are plenty of beautiful locations that are just waiting to be found and appreciated, they just need the right person to find, appreciate, and shoot them. FALL - WINTER 55



@capecodgirl4life Where are your favorite places to take photos? National Seashore. My favorite time to take photos is during low tide and sunset on the flats. What is your preferred camera? Google Pixel 4 XL. I use a Moment lens and attach it to my phone if I need to use a wide lens. Any photography tips and tricks for our readers? Interesting composition is the number one most important aspect of a photo in my opinion. You need the contour, proportions, and leading lines of your image to draw your audience into that little square.

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@magri_photography Where are your favorite places to take photos? Hatches Harbor, Race Point beach and Captain Jack’s Wharf in Provincetown. Rock Harbor in Orleans. Shore Road and Highland Lighthouse in Truro. What is your preferred camera? Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 16-35mm and Tanrom 150-600mm. Any photography tips and tricks for our readers? Get to your location at least 30 minutes before the sunrise and stay at least 30 after the sunset. That’s when you are going to get the best and most intense lights and colors. FALL - WINTER 57




@bob_amaral_photography Where are your favorite places to take photos? Dennis, Brewster, and Orleans. Another favorite is Chatham. What is your preferred camera? I am a Canon guy. Canon EOS R with a RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens and Canon EOS M50 with a Sigma 16mm f/1.4 lens. Any photography tips and tricks for our readers? Never shoot for the obvious. Always look for the smallest details to include in your pictures. Some of the best pictures have been below my feet and at low-level angles. Just don’t look at the sun and snap the shot. Look what is on the ground and on the sides of you. You can have a three thousand dollar camera and still take bad pictures. 58 »

RODRIGO ERENO Where are your favorite places to take photos?Around Chatham, Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham Lighthouse Coast Guard Station and Race Point Road in Provincetown. What is your preferred camera? Sony a6500 / Tamron Lens What has been the most exciting moment you’ve experienced while shooting? There is so much to explore on Cape Cod and you can find something extraordinary in any corner. The ocean in particular always takes my breath away: I just love the sound of the waves, the colors at any time of the day, the aroma of the salty air and the endless horizons your eyes will never reach.


@ben.forrester Where are your favorite places to take photos? Town Neck Beach In Sandwich and the coastline of Falmouth. What is your preferred camera? Mavic 2 pro Any photography tips and tricks for our readers? Just go out and shoot. You can have all the knowledge in the world regarding photography but that is insignificant if you’re not practicing the art every day.





@ashleybilodeauphotography Where are your favorite places to take photos? If every moment is happening exactly in its perfect timing and placement then how could I pick a favorite spot? The true beauty on this planet is, as it is, not my attachment to it or what I’d like it to become. What is your preferred camera? I’m a Canon girl. Any photography tips and tricks for our readers? Shoot as much as you can. No moment is wasted. Until you have to remember to step out behind the camera and just be alive. Remember the greatest camera you have is your eyes and the biggest memory card is your brain.

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@julia cumes Where are your favorite places to take photos? As a photojournalist by background, I’m always drawn to photographing people, so anywhere people are engaging in the world in an interesting setting. What is your preferred camera? Canon 5D Mark IVs, my go-to lenses are my 70200mm 2.8 lens, my 24-70 2.8mm lens and 50mm 1.4 prime lens. Any photography tips and tricks for our readers? One of the most common mistakes made by inexperienced photographers is that they do not fill the frame with their subject or the major elements of the image. I recommend filling about 80 percent of your frame with interesting subject matter. Try to show the viewer a version of the world they don’t see every day. Shoot, for example, from down below or up above. Julia’s photos can also be seen at @cape_cod_imagery



Technology F I B E R O P T I C S

Downtown Connections OpenCape, a community-focused partnership, means Main Street Falmouth businesses can count on being up and running all year long. PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAN CUTRONA

wo years ago, George Sykes was feeling frustrated. At his busy bicycle shop on Falmouth’s Palmer Avenue it was the hectic summer season and his staff members were having their usual internet issues. “With our previous provider, we suffered numerous outages,” says Sykes, who has owned Corner Cycle for more than 35 years.” We couldn’t get data between locations or to our online store. We couldn’t process credit cards. That basically crippled our business.” So when Sykes heard that a local not-for-profit fiber company would be offering affordable high-speed internet connections in downtown Falmouth, he was ready. “I think I must have been the first person to say yes,” says Sykes. “Once I knew that OpenCape was going to offer network connections here, I was in!” Headquartered in Barnstable Village, the OpenCape Corporation owns and operates the region’s only 100-percent fiber optic network. Originally built with funding from both the Commonwealth and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), the OpenCape network now serves hundreds of local governments, businesses, schools, community organizations, and residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. PHOTO OPENCAPE

“The Falmouth Gigabit Project was initially a reaction to an immediate and pressing problem for the small businesses on Main Street,” says OpenCape CEO Steve Johnston, referring to the broadband initiative launched through a partnership with the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce and the Falmouth EDIC. Utilizing specific hardware known as a Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON), OpenCape has connected more than fifty small businesses in downtown Falmouth to a shared Gigabit of ultra high-speed and consistently reliable internet, and the project continues to expand to more customers. “High speed internet service provided at a competitive price has enabled dozens of Main Street businesses to run more efficiently,” says Falmouth Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Michael Kasparian. “By leveraging technology and eliminating service interruptions, business owners can focus more on providing better personal service to their customers.” The newly connected companies on Main Street agree. “We don’t have to worry about the Internet anymore, and that is a good thing.” says Sara Hines, co-owner of Eight Cousins Books. Hines and her two business partners were enthusiastic about community-focused solutions to retail challenges, and they saw that the town of Falmouth and OpenCape were putting a lot into the project.

We don’t have to worry about the Internet anymore, and that is a good thing. SARA HINES, EIGHT COUSINS BOOKS

Reilly, Staff Member, Eight Cousins Books

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Reliable, fast, reasonably priced internet is hard to beat. GREG HORNING, AQUATIC BREWING

Greg Horning, one of the owners of the newly opened Aquatic Brewing echoed her sentiments. “OpenCape is very competitive in price and we like supporting a local business to build community.” Aquatic operates a taproom at the far end of Main Street, where it runs its point of sale system through the internet and offers WiFi to customers. “Reliable, fast, reasonably priced internet is hard to beat.”

Alex and Greg, Owners, Aquatic Brewery

You are saving money and the product is better. It really is a no brainer! SCOTT GHELFI, GHELFI’S CANDIES

“Our goal is to offer an affordable choice in robust internet services across our region,” says Johnston. “We are talking to several other communities right now that are interested in replicating what Falmouth is doing on the Cape.” OpenCape has already installed the same GPON hardware in Hyannis, for example, where it also launched its first residential fiber pilot program last year in a multi-use building on Main Street, developed by CapeBuilt Companies. The not-for-profit is also currently connecting fiber to CapeBuilt’s newest project—the nearby Sea Captains Row residences. “While we can and do offer commercial-level connections to residents that require that kind of dedicated symmetrical service, we also strongly support municipalities that are seeking town-run Fiber To The Home solutions,” says Johnston. “OpenCape is happy to work with customers to deliver whatever they need.” For the shops, restaurants, and services on the bustling streets of downtown Falmouth that means fast, consistent, and reliable internet. Rory Maguire of Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub touts the “peace of mind” the new fiber broadband connection gives them, while Scott Ghelfi, owner of Ghelfi’s Candies, another recent OpenCape customer, recommends that any local business take a look at the costs and benefits. “Since we’ve changed over to OpenCape, it’s been great,” says Ghelfi. “You are saving money and the product is better. It really is a no brainer!”

OpenCape Corporation 3195 Main St., Barnstable 508-362-2224 Scott, Owner, Ghelfi’s Candies


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Cape-Inspired Design Trends W I T H S TAY I N G P O W E R Some design trends come and go quickly. Then there are styles that are introduced, and most of us can’t imagine layouts any other way (think kitchen islands and mudrooms). We talked to Kathy DeMeyer, Owner/General Manager of Encore Construction about time-honored home elements that she and her team see work well in project after project here on the Cape and islands.

Open Spaces & Casual Dining Formal dining rooms serve a great purpose, but most homes that are built today need another more casual option for meals. Breakfast nooks and farm tables off the kitchen have become high-use areas in many local homes. “Every homeowner I meet wants that openness around the kitchen because they don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen when they are hosting,” says DeMeyer. “The kitchen is the main gathering place. No matter how nice the dining room and great room are, kitchens are where people gravitate.” In a Hyannis Port renovation, homeowners Kurt and Linda Hulteen worked with Encore, and they agreed about open space. Their 1960s home was closed off with separate rooms, and they decided to open up all of the walls, losing the formal dining room altogether. They added a sitting area right off of the kitchen. “We love to have people over and it’s just so much easier and more enjoyable when the cooking and getting everything together can coincide with the visiting,” says Linda. “I’m not locked away in the kitchen, which is great.” For the space to really sing, the table and its lighting should be showstoppers. In the Hulteens’ house, the table was from their old home in Alaska and it’s a beautiful live-edge maple. “We spent a long time seeking out this table, and we bought it in Alaska, and it’s ten years old, so when we moved we were determined to bring it with us,” says Linda. 64 »

Screened-in Porches Cape Codders and Islanders can only enjoy sitting outside for so many months, which is why locals find ways to get out in the fresh air whenever possible. Screened-in porches protect loungers from pesky insects, but also offer a place to curl up in when the weather turns. “Very few people are building houses today and not building a screened in porch,” says DeMeyer. The Hulteens added one to the back of their house and it has a view of their backyard. “I have always wanted a screened-in porch,” says Linda. “The one Encore built for us is fresh-looking and clean. We also put a big ceiling fan out there, and that has been great on hot summer nights and days. We use it all of the time, and we’ve even had dinner parties out there.”

Backyard Havens For those who didn’t think about their backyards as personal sanctuaries before 2020 that has probably changed by now. The pandemic has shifted mindsets, and many homeowners put more attention (and more money) into their backyards in the past few years. The most important thing to think about when dreaming up your outside space is asking yourself how you want to use it. For the Hulteens, that meant installing a roof deck on top of the garage and a putting green. “Having a putting green is like having a mini golf facility in the backyard, and it’s really fun when people come to visit. It encourages competition and conversation,” says Kurt Hulteen.


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Kitchen Islands We, of course, couldn’t write this list without mentioning kitchen islands. A sturdy design trend for over 15 years now, DeMeyer says it can be a starting point for those who aren’t sure what they want in a kitchen, but they know they need an island. “An island is inviting—it says that you are welcome in my kitchen to guests, and it’s a rarity that we do a kitchen that doesn’t have an island,” says DeMeyer. “Sometimes we have to take a wall down to get the homeowners the island that they want.” Islands not only offer necessary seating and additional storage options, but homeowners have been using islands as an opportunity to brighten their kitchen spaces with color. “People are really mixing it up, and in 50-60 percent of kitchens we do, the islands are a different color than the rest of the kitchen. I’ve seen blues and greens, there are so many options, and when you walk into the room it’s really beautiful and adds a nice pop of color.”

Mudroom Magic More than a place to hang your hat, mudrooms have elbowed their way into the square footage of homes—and for good reason! “There’s nothing worse than coming directly into the house and not knowing where to put things. Stuff can pile up, especially if you have kids,” says DeMeyer. Mudrooms allow for additional storage opportunities for the outerwear and footwear required for the many New England seasons. They are also the home’s greeting space, so homeowners have made a point to make these transitional spaces a welcoming place to take your boots off. “If we are doing a remodel, and the homeowners don’t have a mudroom, chances are we are going to create space for a mudroom. It’s always high on the priority list.” 66 »

Defined Entries The importance of a good first impression can’t be understated when it comes to homes. “Curb appeal is really of great importance,” says DeMeyer. Encore works with homeowners to define their entry ways, so they get a warm welcome when they arrive home. For one project on Allen Harbor, the home had to be raised two feet to escape the flood zone. Instead of an exposed foundation, DeMeyer guided the homeowners to stonework, which gave some additional character to the front of the house. Another interesting addition are the gutter downspouts on either side of the entry. “These are called rain drains, and they are really cool, they look like droplets but function like gutters,” says DeMeyer.

Decisions, Decisions Renovations and new builds require vision and patience on the homeowners part; they also require a lot of decision making. Encore Construction helps make the process easy by either accompanying clients or providing them with guides at local stores, such as KAM Appliances in Hyannis and Supply New England in Orleans and Yarmouth. “The decisions that homeowners have to make can be so overwhelming, so we make sure someone on our staff—typically our in-house designer—goes with them to make selections,” says DeMeyer. “We also have a dedicated person at KAM and Supply New England, who knows the project details and can work with them.” Beyond whether homeowners like the look of tile or bath fixtures, they also need all of the pieces that go inside the wall for installation. “Those are things that most of the time, you don’t care what they look like, but you need them and the person at the shop makes sure that all of those items are ordered.” The Hulteens said having the guidance of Encore’s team was critical when shopping for tile, plumbing, countertops, and cabinets. “It was so much fun and it was so helpful to have the designer with us,” says Linda. “Kurt and I make decisions really quickly. We know what we like and what we don’t like, and what made the process easier was having someone there to tell us what would work and what might not work in our space.”

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Place to Call Home Cape Light Compact helps homeowners save on energy costs.

Cape Light Compact, which is part of the Mass Save Program, was established in 1999 with the mission to provide residents in the 21 towns on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard and Dukes County with energyefficient programs for their homes. “Mass Save as a whole and its energy-efficiency programs are going to play a key role in our greenhouse reduction targets over the next 30 years,” says Dan Schell, Senior Analyst at Cape Light Compact. The locally controlled program offers energy-reducing opportunities to homeowners on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. “With Cape Light Compact, it’s really unique that we have local control over something that is typically administered by utility companies,” says Schell. 68 »

We spoke with Dan Schell about Cape Light Compact’s three main offerings:

Home Energy Assessments: WEATHERIZATION AND INSULATION Home energy assessments are a good way to tell how efficient your home is yearround. Many times, here on the Cape and islands that can mean figuring out how much heat is escaping through older doors or windows. “The number one energy cost in a home is heating, and the number one way to save is insulation,” says Schell. Cape Light Compact partners with Rise Engineering as well as HAC for incomeeligible participants. After scheduling an assessment, a licensed Energy Specialist will visit your residence to test the quality of insulation and sealing. There are a lot of older homes on the Cape, and many weren’t built for year-round use. “The nice thing about this program is Cape Light covers 100 percent of air-sealing costs, and we cover 75 percent of insulation install costs,” says Schell. “For anyone in moderate to low-income categories, we cover 100 percent and the same goes for renters.”

It is important to note that you do not have to own your home to take part in the program. “Both homeowners and renters who have residential electricity accounts on the Cape or Martha’s Vineyard are eligible for home energy assessments,” says Schell. Also, the initial assessments are free.

Electric Heat Pump 101: TRANSITIONING OIL AND PROPANE TO ELECTRIC With the costs of oil and propane rising, electric heat pumps can save residents money. The reason more people aren’t making the switch, according to Schell, is awareness. “If someone has been happy with a propane or oil furnace for years then they are hesitant to change,” says Schell. He also notes that the electric pumps of 10 years ago are not the same today. “They’ve changed and the technology has evolved, so that they work well in the cold weather environments,” he says. If homeowners decide to install an electric heat pump, they would get an assessment from Cape Light Compact and then work with a local HVAC contractor to replace their current propane or oil system. After the work is complete, Cape Light Company issues a rebate. Electric pumps are better for the environment, according to Schell. “When you use propane or oil, you’re burning fossil fuels,” says Schell. “Massachusetts is moving towards relying on renewable energy year after year. When you use an electric system, the energy that you are consuming for your home becomes greener and greener.”

Cape Light Compact has an energysavings calculator for residents, so they can do the math and see how much they might save with an electric heat pump.

Insulation is the key piece as we head into winter. If folks feel like their home is drafty in winter, then now is the time to get it taken care of before really cold weather hits. Not only will their home be warmer and more energy efficient, hopefully they’ll see cost savings on their heating bills. — DAN SCHELL

Appliance Rebates: MONEY BACK FOR GOOD REASONS Cape Light Compact offers rebates for a number of home appliances, including dehumidifiers ($30), window air conditions ($40), electric dryers ($50), and air purifiers ($40). The appliances just have to be energy-star certified, which is something that is clearly visible when you are purchasing a new product. “You’re getting a rebate, which is immediate savings, but also there’s an electric cost savings throughout the life of the piece of equipment,” says Schell.

Cape Light Compact also helps homeowners recycle old appliances, such as refrigerators. “At no cost, we will come pick up and recycle your old, working fridge, and then mail you a check for $75,” says Schell.

CAPE LIGHT COMPACT 508-375-6644 261 Whites Path, Unit 4, S. Yarmouth FALL - WINTER » 69

Life + Style Home R E MGOODLEFLI N G


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With the help of McPhee Associates, a modest ranch is transformed into a two-story gambrel to maximize water views and family time. PHOTOGRAPHS BY AMBER JANE BARRICMAN


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hildhood memories of summers well-spent on the Cape brought Christine and Paul to the area when they were searching for their second home in 2012. When a modest ranch popped on the market, Christine couldn’t join her husband for the showing, but he called her and told her it was the one. The property was on a cul-de-sac just a few roads away from Christine’s brother’s house and had water and marsh views out back. “We bought it before I saw what it looked like inside,” she says. The interior wasn’t a top priority for Christine. “Once we identified the property it didn’t matter too much what it looked like. I wanted to be on the water and to see the channel and all the activity,” says Christine. When she was finally able to step into the house with keys in hand, she realized there were some renovations in their future. “It definitely needed updates, and we did some,” she says. Christine and her husband worked with McPhee Associates to design a master suite over the garage right away, but the rest of the house stayed the same. “My husband wanted to renovate before moving in, but I wanted to live in it and see how we used the space first, and I’m so glad we did.” Over the next couple of years, Christine and Paul’s visions evolved. When they were ready to start the process, they called McPhee Associates again, who also happened to be the original builders of the house. “My dad built the original house in the 1980s,” says Rob McPhee, President of McPhee Associates. “We’ve done a lot of projects where McPhee was the original builder, and some where we are even working with the same family a generation or two later. It’s great when homeowners want to go back to the original builder.”

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The homeowners worked with architect Karen B. Kempton on the new design before demolition began with McPhee. The house’s footprint stayed the same, and except for the garage with the master suite above, the ranch was completely remodeled with the direction of McPhee Construction Manager Jon Phillips. Some of the biggest challenges with the renovation included working with new building rules and regulations. “Since the house was constructed in the 1980s, flood zones had changed,” says Sue Contonio, Vice President, Senior Estimator & Project Coordinator at McPhee Associates. “We had to meet new requirements and do a few things like move all mechanicals out of flood zone.” Once the house was up to code, the homeowners started seeing their vision come to life. “The house’s location is right on the bay, so the homeowners really wanted to maximize the views,” says Contonio. McPhee added walls of windows on the waterside. A few windows were also strategically placed out front, so that when the owners pull up to their home, they can see a dash of blue bay as soon as they arrive. “We wanted all of the emphasis to be on that water view,” says Christine. FALL - WINTER » 73

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McPhee also added a deck off of the updated kitchen, both of which have become the gathering spaces they were intended to be. “They have four grown children who have significant others, so there are a lot of them visiting often,” says Contonio. “The existing kitchen was a kitchen of its time, and with the updates it’s now open, has more casual seating options, and their views are maximized out to the deck area, which also allows for easy traffic flow.” The homeowners wanted a home where they could be together as a family, but they also wanted their adult children to have their own space where they could relax, too. “As people get older in life, they are trying to incorporate older kids, so that they can come back and enjoy themselves for the weekend,” says McPhee. “This is really a family house, and they wanted to find ways to accommodate family.” The second floor of the home was constructed with longterm guests in mind. “The second floor was built in a way that a whole other family could use it, and not feel like they are in the way,” says Contonio. In addition to full bathrooms off of each bedroom upstairs, there’s a washer and dryer as well as a gas fireplace. Working with interior designer Dennis Coyne of Dennis Design Inc., the homeowners were able to have a little fun with the décor by adding touches of wallpaper, such as coy fish in the powder room and jellyfish in an upstairs bedroom. “I know what I like, and Dennis really picked up on that,” says Christine. “It helped that he had a similar vision, so he was able to listen to what I wanted and then source everything.” She adds, “But he was also very honest, if he didn’t agree with me, he would let me know and then offer another solution, it was great.”

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Many of the design choices are a departure from her primary home—they are a little bolder and more fun. “We built our primary home in 1992 when we had one child and another on the way,” she says. “You build a different house when you are building 30 years later. We also had more time and experience to think about selections for this house.” A feature that can’t be missed is the second-floor boat bar. The vision was Paul’s and he worked with McPhee as well as Horgan Millwork in Hyannis to create a full bar that resembled a boat. “We worked with them on design and approved color, and they really did a beautiful job,” says Christine. “The bar is exceptional, and the wooden top is so nice.” One weekend was spent collecting potential names for the boat bar, and the family landed on “One Particular Harbour,” a nod to Paul being a Jimmy Buffet fan. So far, the family has enjoyed many weekends and summer days at the home, and they are looking forward to many more. “We like to entertain,” says Christine. “The layout lends itself to fall football, too—you can put the fire on in the fireplace and enjoy.” The deck out back is a great spot after a beach day, and also first thing in the morning. “There’s a lot of sun out there in morning, and it’s amazing to sit on the deck with a cup of coffee and look out at the water,” says Christine. “It’s our happy place. We love how it turned out.”

Builder: McPhee Associates, Inc. Architectural Design: Karen B. Kempton, AIA Photography: Amber Jane Barricman Interior Design: Dennis Coyne, Dennis Design Inc.





Stephan Brown of Great Cape Herbs & Shayna Ferullo and Manuel Ainzuain of Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters

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A trip to Brewster is not complete without stopping by Cape Herbs and Snowy Owl, two neighboring places that bring culture, herbs, great coffee, and more to the community. “Stephan was the first to make that site a magical place, and since Shayna and Manuel have been on the scene it has just blossomed,” says Katie.


303 Red Top Road, Brewster


his builder’s home is unmatched—it’s a magical combination of soul, substance, and polish,” says Katie Clancy, realtor/owner of the Cape House at William Raveis Real Estate and also the host of What’s Good Cape Cod, a YouTube lifestyle series. At 3,400-square feet, there’s plenty of space inside and the thoughtful layout can accommodate any type of get-together from casual hangouts to the most formal holiday meals. “Walking into this home, you get the feeling that everyone is welcome,” says Katie.

Great Cape Herbs 2624 Main St., Brewster Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters 2624 Main St., Brewster,

PLACE » Brewster Flats

Measuring close to 12,000 acres at low tide, the Brewster flats are one of the largest in North America. When the tide goes out it exposes two miles of sandbars, clam beds and tidal pools, the temporary scene is stunning as ribbons of sand and water grasp treasures waiting for patient beachcombers.

The rambling cape gives the homeowners plenty of space: In addition to four bedrooms, there’s a loft with an attached office as well as areas that include a recreation room, gym, and workshop. Inside find plenty of places to relax and unwind by fireplaces and in reading nooks. If you’ve ever dreamed of a secret door, here’s your chance: One of the library’s bookcases opens into another room. The sprawling deck out back exposes a border of evergreens that create a living wall of privacy. This 1.92-acre property has a level yard and is tucked in the woods down a long, tree-lined private drive. “At the end, the forest opens up just enough to hold this home and its bright, sunny backyard,” says Katie. More information: Katie Clancy The Cape House at William Raveis 508.737.1248;; 78 »


Penny Candy at the Brewster General Store Penny candy is still a thing at the Brewster General Store, which has been a general store since 1866. “There is such nostalgia at the Brewster General Store,” says Sarah Lapsley-Martin, a local real estate agent at Kinlin Grover and co-host of What’s Good Cape Cod. “It takes me back to being a kid picking out penny candy and now we do that with our daughter.” The store also sells apparel, gift baskets, linens, kitchen gadgets, and “many other unusual gifts from the past and present.” Brewster General Store 935 Main St, Katie Clancy and Sarah Lapsley Martin host a weekly show called What’s Good Cape Cod where they show you Cape Cod through the eyes of a couple of locals. Find all episodes at

Ali Rosa Photography



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Courtney Brunelle, interior designer and owner of House of Coco Interiors, discusses her coastal style and shares her expertise on thoughtful holiday design. PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATIE BARTOW


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We’d love to hear a little bit about your background and how you came to work in interiors.

Courtney Brunelle Founder + Designer House of Coco Interiors

At a young age, I was inspired by good design and art. My grandmother was a Cape Cod artist, and I believe I got the creative gene and spark from her! I started out as an esthetician and makeup artist for print and editorial photoshoots, which really brought me into the world of styling. From there, I worked for an interior design firm, where I honed my craft and saw the behind-the-scenes world of design. I really took that time to soak everything up, which has laid the foundation for House of Coco Interiors.

What inspires you? How would you describe your style? I find myself constantly inspired by nature and the coastal landscape that surrounds me. I like to describe my style as organic coastal living, which incorporates modern, organic elements as well as lots of textures and layers of neutrals. My aim is to create a refined but casual space—one that feels fresh yet cozy and approachable. I believe that good design can translate to a feeling of inner peace and happiness within the home.

What services do you provide? We are a full-service interior design firm focusing on renovations, new builds, interior design furnishings and styling.

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dining table On the dining table, we incorporated many layers and textures to make an elegant statement on a gorgeous ten-foot table. We had a custom, neutral gingham runner that swept down the center of the table. Then we added festive greens as a table centerpiece. Candles were layered in to add warmth and ambiance. For place settings, we used ceramic off-white plates and vintage sterling silver silverware, and we created custom name tags, which were grounded by marble holders.


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coffee table Coffee tables can be a fun opportunity to showcase holiday décor. Bring in natural elements such as layers of greens as well as mixed materials like wood, glass, and ceramics. Create height by stacking books or using a tray to hold everything. Try not to clutter your space, and instead aim to have a balance of holiday items and neutral staples to create a cohesive arrangement.

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Mantle The mantle is a grounding space within a room. With a simple approach, the green garland adds the perfect amount of detail without being cluttered and the asymmetrical positioning of the stockings simplifies the scene without losing tradition. To balance out the design, we paired wooden, handmade trees with textured brass candlesticks.

entry way When designing a front door, I like to create an entrance that will last for the entire winter. Here we added a wreath with winter greens and berries. I love grounding the front door with an oversized doormat that can be layered with an indoor/outdoor rug. By incorporating a planter with a tree, we added elevation to the front entrance, which is warm and welcoming to guests.

What is your favorite part of the design process? I love seeing an idea come to life. After months of sourcing, planning, and designing, the cherry on top is seeing it all come together. To me, it’s the little details, which give a space personality and turn a house into a home. The organic touches translate into a big hug for clients.

Is there a family tradition that you look forward to around the holidays? I have three little ones under the age of five, so Christmas in our house is full of magic! It’s so much fun seeing the holidays through their eyes. Every Christmas Eve, we make Christmas cookies and have a lobster dinner.

What’s your favorite way to make a dining table feel festive without cluttering the space? I love adding a lot of layers. Candles of different heights make the table feel elevated and intimate. Also, greenery is always a must for me when designing a tablescape; it brings an element of life and a pop of color without it being over the top.

More information COURTNEY BRUNELLE HOUSE OF COCO INTERIORS 729 Main St., Dennis @houseofcocointeriors 774.200.7434 Photographer: KATIE BARTOW SIMPLY ME PHOTOGRAPHY @simplymekb; Custom table Linens (runner & napkins): KIMBERLY FOLEY THE WORKROOM @theworkroomkfoley Floral Designs (mantle greens and dinning table greenery centerpiece/ wreath): KELSEY HARRIS AMERICAN STEMS @americanstems; 508.5230188;

Place card calligraphy: ABIGAIL ROSE LIEN @abigailrosejewlry Décor: Simon Pearce Glass Christmas trees: OCEANA 1 Main St., Orleans @oceanacapecod 508.240.1414 Wooden Christmas tree and coffee table candle: ELBURNE 744 Main St., Dennis @elburneshop 508.694.5536 All other décor is inventory from House of Coco Interiors.



Events Pushing the Edge

September 22-October 23 “Pushing the Edge” is an exhibition by We4 artists Rebecca Fellows, Anne Morse, Susan Overstreet, and Sally Vince. Each artist has a different style and medium; they come together to pursue a single direction: “pushing the edge.” The exhibition will be presented in the Constantinidis Great Hall Gallery from September 22-October 23. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth,

Lost and Found: Time, Tide, and Treasures October 7-January 2

Based on the book by the same name, this exhibition presents the work of six artists/beachcombers connected to Provincetown and each other who have collected treasures from the beaches of Provincetown and used them for inspiration in making their art. Some of the collections will be on display, as well. Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis,

“Night Light,” Oil Paintings by Sarah Tietje-Mietz October 20-November 13

Sarah Tietje-Mietz’s “Night Light” oil paintings explore theatrical night scenes and the intrigue created as night falls. Sarah’s night scenes are influenced by architecture and cityscapes. The exhibition will be presented in the Education Wing from October 20November 13. The Cultural Center will host a reception on Friday, October 29, from 5-7 p.m. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth,

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Efficiency, Savings & Home Comfort

“Beyond the Sea,” Photography by Bobby Baker

October 27-November 13 “Beyond the Sea,” is a collection of coastal photography inspired by Bobby Baker’s love for seaside life. The exhibition will be presented in the Saben Board Room Gallery from October 27-November 13. The Cultural Center will host a reception on Friday, October 29, from 5-7pm. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth

Learn more and view available rebates for heat pumps at:

Pumpkin People in the Park October 15-31

The Chatham Merchants’ Association’s Oktoberfest & Pumpkin People in the Park are events that include the community. In Kate Gould Park, CMA members, local businesses, and others assemble creative displays with pumpkins, and every year has its surprises. Kate Gould Park, Main St., Chatham,




Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument November 11

The Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument celebrates the pilgrims’ landing in the New World on November 11, 1620 in Provincetown. The event is a beloved Cape Cod tradition and one that is supported by PMPM’s members and friends. One High Pole Hill, Provincetown

Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys Rockabilly Dance Party November 13 Come have some fun with this great dance band, which plays everything from rock to country! With Sarah on guitar and vocals, Ron Siegel on upright bass, Mark Usher on lead/slide guitar, and Liam Hogg on drums, vocals. Until further notice, ticket holders for Cultural Center events will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test conducted within 72 hours prior to the event. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth,

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A Taste of the Turnip November 20

In lieu of Eastham’s Turnip Festival, the Eastham Public Library presents A Taste of Turnip Day! On Saturday, November 20th, local food establishments will feature a turnip dish on their daily specials menu. These dishes will range from turnip soup to turnip side dishes, turnip entrees to turnip ice cream! Support local restaurants by ordering a turnip dish, and be amazed by this versatile root vegetable ~ the pride and joy of Eastham!

Real estate moves at its own pace. I’m here to help you move at yours. Times like this require an experienced REALTOR®. Please contact me for your real estate needs. I am here to help you and would love to hear from you.

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Gingerbread Lane & Artists Market November 26

On Small Business Saturday, visit the artist market and explore free crafts and enjoy music and fun for all ages. Ocean Street, Hyannis

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Mashpee Commons Tree Lighting Ceremony November 26

The holidays are a time to deck the halls and light the trees! Start of the season with a community tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 PM bringing together neighbors and friends alike. Bundle up and share in the Holiday Cheer! Mashpee Commons 22 Steeple St., Mashpee

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride November 26-December 23

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a 1 to 1 ½ hour trip to meet Santa. Once on board, the conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets. Hot chocolate and a delicious cookie will be served. Passengers are invited to read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his elves board the train at the North Pole to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. Hyannis Depot 252 Main St., Hyannis,

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Gardens Aglow

Select nights, November 26-December 26 Gardens Aglow is a celebration of lights that has become a treasured holiday tradition. This event features beautiful light displays throughout the gardens, festive seasonal décor, and fun activities for all. Stroll the gardens with family and friends, and enjoy Heritage in a whole new light! Tickets must be purchased online in advance and are date specific and include timed entry. Heritage Museums and Gardens 67 Grove St., Sandwich,

Nantucket Noel

November 26-January 1

Nantucket Noel includes a number of festive holiday events. Local shop owners decorate their windows and fill their stores with a range of gifts, and Christmas trees line Main Street. The annual tree lighting in downtown will take place on November 26. The Christmas Stroll will take place December 3-5. During the Christmas Stroll, carolers in costume sing familiar holiday tunes at various downtown locations. A variety of live entertainment is offered in the middle of Main Street, which is closed to traffic. There are craft shows, performances, special dinners at island restaurants, tours, and exhibitions. Many merchants offer holiday refreshments to shoppers. Visit for more information.

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Holidays at Highfield Hall and Gardens November 26-December 12

Inspired by the theme “Season of Joy,” event stylist Rita Pacheco returns to lead the holiday transformation of Highfield Hall by masterfully blending old world charm with contemporary elements! The Holidays are set for another year of spectacular decorating, seasonal activities, displays and Santa is expected to set up residence on specific days. The Gift Gallery will once again be alive with artisan gifts for all ages. Come on in and complete your Holiday shopping! Returning this year will be a special outdoor holiday “village” to be installed in and around the Patrick Dougherty Stickwork sculpture, “A Passing Fancy,” before it leaves the grounds. If you love the fairy houses, you will love the woodland vignettes! Highfield Hall and Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, 508-495-1878,

Falmouth Holidays By The Sea December 3-5

The crisp snap of seasonal glitter starts with the Holidays by the Sea Weekend in Falmouth. Begin the festive weekend by singing carols at Nobska Lighthouse as the winter sun sets over Vineyard Sound. Greet Santa as he arrives by boat at beautiful Falmouth Harbor. Join in the caroling at the lighting of the Village Green, enjoy the hospitality of merchants as you stroll down decorated Main Street before and after the lighting. Get ready for the biggest small-town Christmas parade in all of Southeast New England on Sunday!




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Cape Symphony Holiday on the Cape December 3-5

The holiday season begins with the Cape Symphony! Enjoy joyous music and moments that put you in a holiday mood. Emmy-winning author and journalist David Pogue of “CBS Sunday Morning” and the New York Times will appear in his other roles as musician, conductor, and music lover. Showtimes on December 3-5: Fri, 4-8 p.m., Sat, 3-7:30 p.m., Sun, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

58th Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade December 5

The theme of the 2021 parade is “Together for Christmas!” The parade steps off at noon from the corner of Dillingham Avenue and Davis Straits, and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Known as Southeastern Massachusetts’ largest holiday parade featuring theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus!

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Love Local Fest December 5

Gather and show your support for the local business community at the Cape’s ultimate holiday shopping experience. Find unique holiday gifts from local makers, artists, artisans and brands. Enjoy local entertainment and plenty of holiday cheer!

Victorian Christmas December 7

A Victorian Christmas presentation by Donna & Ron Lasko at 2:00 pm. Discover how to put more fun, joy, hope and peace into your holiday season! The Victorian society (1837 - 1901) embraced the history of the holiday season and blended the traditions of both mankind and religion into the customs that continue to formulate this worldwide greatest celebration. The Lasko’s will exhibit a wide variety of holiday symbols, advent calendars, antique Christmas cards and Christmas collectible accessories. The Dunbar House One Water St., Sandwich

Christmas in Edgartown December 9-12

Save the date for the 40th Annual Christmas in Edgartown. Traditionally one of New England’s most charming holiday weekend festivals, Edgartown over the holidays will not disappoint this year! The parade featuring floats, music, dancers, and more will take place on December 11 on Main Street between Pease’s Point Way and Water Street. Main Street, Edgartown,

Chatham Christmas By The Sea Stroll Weekend December 10-12

Events in festively decorated Chatham include tree lighting ceremony, Christmas caroling, holiday shopping and more.



Mashpee Christmas Parade December 11

This unique, nighttime event features brilliantly illuminated floats and festive music! The parade kicks-off at 5:30 p.m. at Deer Crossing on Route 28 in Mashpee and culminates at Mashpee Commons. Mashpee Commons 22 Steeple St., Mashpee

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Summer has come early. Featuring soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915. Barber paints an idyllic, nostalgic picture of Knoxville, Tennessee based on text by James Agee. The work is a simple, dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American South narrated by a child. Sat. December 11th, 2021, 5 PM (This concert is a benefit for WE CAN) St. Christopher’s Church, 625 Main St., Chatham Sun. December 12th, 2021, 3 PM Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port


West Dennis Holiday Stroll December 11

Enjoy the 8th Annual Holiday Stroll in West Dennis. Food, fun, raffles and more from area merchants. Primarily along Main Street (Route 28), West Dennis.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Stroll December 12 The South Yarmouth Library Association (SYLA) presents an all-outdoor holiday event – The Twelve Days of Christmas Stroll. Featuring 12 decorated and lighted front doorways and yards on the streets surrounding the South Yarmouth Library in Bass River Village. Tickets will be on sale at the South Yarmouth Library starting at noon on the day of the stroll. Sorry, no advance sales. Look for The Partridge in a Pear Tree at the Library on December 12 to get started! Donation are greatly appreciated. Stroll the village streets with your booklet map to help you find all “Twelve Days.” Look for the blue snowflake flag in front of each location. Return your correctly completed ticket booklet to the South Yarmouth Library by 5 p.m. on Saturday to be eligible for the drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Gerardi’s Café, South Yarmouth. South Yarmouth Library 312 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth

Charles Dickens Dinner December 12, 19, 21

With all the hustle and bustle that goes along with holiday preparations, this is a wonderful way to relax and create warm memories with your loved ones. A cozy fireside 4-course dining while Dickens’ classic story is read. English Pea Soup, Yorkshire Pudding Cup, Poached Pear Salad, Roasted Stuffed Christmas Goose and Britich Plum Pudding. Three nights: Sunday, December 12; 4 PM – 8 PM Sunday, December 19; 4 PM – 8 PM Tuesday, December 21; 4 PM – 8 PM The Dunbar House One Water St., Sandwich

Beethoven in the Barn

February 20, 2022 Beethoven in the Barn returns to the automobile barn at Heritage Museum & Gardens for an exciting program of George Walker, Copland, Beethoven, and a world premiere by composer-inresidence Cody Forrest. Sunday, February 20, 2022, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM at Heritage Museums & Gardens.


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Inside Ross Coppelman’s showroom and workshop in Dennis, every piece of jewelry is made by hand. In fact, when visitors step into the shop on 6A, they will see jewelry makers, and Coppelman himself, hammering, soldering, and tinkering away in the workshop. Coppelman’s designs are varied, and each new style reflects his longevity in the business. For this issue, we spoke with Coppelman about his approach to jewelry design.

Passion Prevails

Ross Coppelman has been handcrafting jewelry for half a century.

You graduated from Harvard with degrees in English and Psychology, what drew you to your profession as a jeweler? When I got out of college, I wanted to do something manual instead of mental. I was looking for something grounded, and I thought I would try a craft. I didn’t have any inclination into which craft, but I was moving to Cape Cod, and the first person I spoke to was a jeweler and he offered me a job, so that’s what I did. I didn’t go into it with a passion for making jewelry or for art, but that definitely came later.

When and why did you open your own shop on the Cape?

Narrow Tidal Sands Diamond Cuff

I started off doing mall shows up and down the East Coast—that was really hard, even at a young age. I was also wholesaling my work to lots of shops around the country. All this time I had been working in my house. Our family was growing, and it was time to move the business out. I rented a tiny studio with a little showroom where I started to sell to clients here on the Cape. Then 8 years later I moved to more a visible location on Route 6A in Dennis. With a showroom and workshop, the business took off, and I was able to stop doing shows. Today, my work is only available at my shop, through my website or at the Granary Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard. At the beginning of my career I wanted to be a hermit, locked away doing my work, but now one of my favorite parts is seeing and interacting with customers.

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You’ve been designing jewelry for over 50 years! Do you intend to stop any time soon? The short answer is no. I really don’t know when I am going to stop. Honestly, it’s never been more fun, interesting or creative for me than it is right now. I don’t know what I would do if I stopped making jewelry, I find it so satisfying. Some people can’t wait to retire, so they can do what they want to do, but I am fortunate that I am doing what I want to do now.

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Citrine Leaf Pendant

You find a lot of your inspiration locally. Tell our readers what inspires you here on the Cape and how it makes its way into your work. For my first 30 years as a jeweler, I was inspired more by antiquity than by the world around me on Cape Cod. Then in 2002, my wife and I moved onto a tidal marsh in Yarmouth Port and nature beat me over the head with its beauty. Every day I was seeing birds, wildlife, water—it was beautiful. As a result, my work did a compete 180, and everything since then has been very influenced by what I see around me. When we first moved into that house, I developed a whole line of wave-inspired jewelry—the Ocean Collection. Then I began to look closely at the patterns of sand on my favorite beaches and at the bird life all around me. All of this found its way into my work and evolved into their own design collections like the Bird Collection and the Gold Dust Collection. Leaves, branches, tree bark, and swirling water have been my latest inspirations. They show up sometimes as specific images and sometimes as the textures I create in the metals.

Landscape Ring with Platinum Dust

Turquoise Rockham mered Ring

Your medium seems like it can be difficult to experiment with, what is your creative process and how do you continue to create new pieces all of the time? I do have a certain process, but like any artist, there is this whole inexplicable thing that happens when I’m designing pieces. The seeds get planted somehow—and these days those seeds for me are all nature-inspired seeds. I’m also pretty restless, so I’m always wanting to come up with something new. When working on a new design, I don’t draw it first, I work directly with the metal. Most people draw first, but it doesn’t work like that for me. When I work with metal that’s when the inspiration wiggles in.

What are people most surprised by when they visit your shop? People come in and either they are out of here in three minutes or they stay for an hour. That’s what makes my work stand out, it’s not like anybody else’s – for some that’s a plus because they want something that looks different. Everything is made by hand. I use 18K gold, and I also use semiprecious stones and crystals, and things that don’t typical make their way into jewelry. I do wedding rings, which is great because they aren’t like anyone else’s wedding rings. I think most people are surprised by the range: The shop represents 50 years of design and most people are surprised that one person has made all of these designs.

Amazonite Teardrops

Lithic Diamond Drop Earrings

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Shop Local When you do your holiday shopping locally, not only are you giving unique gifts to loved ones, you are supporting your community. Here is a list of a few favorites, but there are so many more to explore on the Cape and islands.

ACK 4170

ACK 4170 has products that have been created fit your salty lifestyle, such as quality apparel, accessories, homewares, artwork and jewelry created by small makers and artists. 1A Old North Wharf, Nantucket 508-680-1777;

Atlantic Spice Co.

Adorn cape cod

On the way to Nauset Beach, Adorn is run by a mother and daughter who have curated a thoughtful collection of handcrafted jewelry, local fine art, gifts, accessories, home decor and more! 211 Main Street, East Orleans 774-316-4245;


Artful Hand Gallery

Artful Hand Gallery has featured imaginative gifts, designer jewelry, and works by local artists since its founding in 1981. Visitors can also find a selection of home decor and folk art furniture. 459 Main Street, Chatham 508-945-5681;

Barn Hill Pottery


Atlantic Spice Co. has spices, herbs, teas, extracts, salts, essential oils and much more—all great gifts for the home cook in the family! 2 Shore Road, Truro 508-487-6100;


Beef Jerky Outlet Cape Cod

Bird Watcher’s General Store

Inside Beef Jerky Outlet in West Yarmouth there are more varieties of jerky than you’ve ever thought possible. Throughout the year, they have gift baskets that will satisfy the jerky lover in your life. 525 Route 28, West Yarmouth 774-470-6542;

The Birdwatcher’s General Store has great gifts for birdwatchers, such as binoculars for adventurous types to supplies to outfit backyards for those looking to enjoy many mornings and evenings of bird watching. 36 Route 6A, Orleans 508-255-6974;

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At Barn Hill Pottery, find pottery in Cape Cod colors with sea-inspired designs. Locate the perfect handmade gift by perusing the variety of mugs, vases, wine coolers, landscape platters, chicken roasters, and more. 46 Barn Hill Road, Chatham; 508-945-1027

Cellar Leather

Cellar Leather crafts handmade, nautically-inspired leather belts and buckles for men and women. All belts are bench crafted and hand cut to order from full grain leather to last a lifetime. 578 Main Street, Hyannis 508-771-5458;


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S H O P L O CA L Chequessett Chocolates

Find great gifts for chocolate lovers inside Chequessett Chocolates. The North Truro shop has been making craft chocolates from the cacao bean since 2014, and they have a wide selection of products and flavors. 8 Highland Road, North Truro 774-538-6249;


Elburne is a conscious living shop that offers inspired and sustainable home goods and gifts. The owners curate pieces by local artists and worldwide communities alike. 744 Main Street (Route 6A), Dennis 508-694-5536;

Falmouth Jewelry Shop

Falmouth Jewelry Shop has many nautically inspired items as well as one-of-a-kind jewelry, such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings. 225 Main Street, Falmouth 508-548-0487;

Gustare Oils & Vinegars

Gustare Oils and Vinegars offers a European-style tasting experience in downtown Chatham. Visit and sample the world’s finest extra virgin olive oils and traditional balsamic vinegars. You’ll also findgifts for cooks of all skill levels. 461 Main Street, Chatham 508-945-4505; 102 »

Heart Pottery features high-fire porcelain and raku by Diane Heart, and everything is made on site. Plus, the shop has scenic and nature photography by Mark Preu. 1145 Route 6A, Brewster 508-896-6189;


Littlenecks is a children’s boutique located in the heart of Dennis Village. You can expect to find Littlenecks’ shelves filled with a selection of organic, new, vintage and pre-loved clothing and gifts. 620 Main Street, Dennis 508-470-0270;

Maximum Weather Instruments at The Weather Store

Maximum Weather Instruments offers a unique view of your local weather conditions while adding a beautiful, functional piece of décor to your home. 146 Main Street, Sandwich 800-646-1203;

Modern Vintage

Modern Vintage is a home-design shop in Sandwich Village. It specializes in unique gifts, clothing, painted furniture, signs, and personalized gifts. 157 Main Street, Sandwich 774-413-5737;

Honey Candle Co.

Kandy Korner

Help loved ones incorporate more hygge into their winter with a gift from Honey Candle Co. The shops candles are all made from American beekeepers and composed of beeswax and bayberry. 37 Main Street, Orleans 508-255-7031;

Kandy Korner in Hyannis is a candy store for all ages. Stop in to satisfy a loved one’s sweet tooth and choose from a variety of products and flavors. 474 Main Street, Hyannis 508-771-5313;

Maps of Antiquity

Mashpee Commons

Maps of Antiquity has a wide selection of antique maps, charts, and prints with a special focus on the Northeast including many town maps. A selection of reproductions are also available, as well as framing, appraisals. 1409 Main Street, Chatham

The Commons is home to over 100 shops set in a charming New England-style village. Find unique dining, one-of-a-kind shops and entertainment for the whole family. Routes 151 and 28

Mayflower Shop

From unusual greeting cards and note pads, to unique scents, signage, home decor and novelties, the Mayflower has something special for everyone. 475 Main Street, Chatham 508-945-0065;

Narrow Land Pottery

Classic shapes and amazing glazes combined into handmade works of art at Narrow Land Pottery. The shop offers unique porcelain, stoneware, and wood-fired work. Step inside to find pieces that are decorative, functional, and one-of-a-kind. 2603 Route 6, Wellfleet 508-349-6308;

Mermaids on Main

Plan to check the mermaid and ocean lovers off your gift list with a trip to Mermaids on Main in Chatham. The shop has merchandise for young people as well as those who are young at heart! 410 Main Street, Chatham 508-945-3179


Oceana features the work of many local artists and photographers and high-end jewelers. Gifts for the home, bath and body items and more. You’ll find the perfect gift here. 1 Main Street Square, Orleans 508-240-1414;


Heart Pottery


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Zuppa di Pesce, named Cioppino by Italians that immigrated to San Francisco, is now an Italian-American classic. Serve over linguine or with toasted focaccia. Mangia! Serves 6 -8

1 large bulb fresh fennel, cleaned 6 large garlic cloves 1 Vidalia onion 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried rosemary 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes, to taste ½ tsp black pepper ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 ½ cups dry red wine

28 oz can tomato puree 2 envelopes St. Ours Clam Broth 2 bay leaves 1 tsp salt, to taste 1 lb mussels cleaned 1 lb cod/white fish, cut 2” squares 1 lb large shrimp peeled, deveined ½ lb fresh lobster meat shelled ½ lb fresh sea scallops Shredded fresh basill eaves

In a food processor or blender add the fennel bulb and Vidalia onion cut into pieces, garlic cloves, pulse until chopped, then puree (by hand cut very fine). In a large pot heat the olive oil on medium until shimmering then add the puree plus oregano, thyme, rosemary, pepper flakes, and black pepper. Cook stirring for 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, cook for 2 minutes then add the wine, tomato, St. Ours Clam Broth dissolved in 2 cups hot water, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally then simmer for 30 minutes. Taste the broth and add salt if needed. Increase heat to medium hi and bring the stew to a slow boil. Add the cleaned mussels, reduce to low, simmer covered 5 minutes. Stir in the rest of the seafood, simmer covered for 5 -10 minute until fully cooked, throw out any unopened mussels. Serve as a soup or over pasta, garnish with fresh basil and fennel fronds.

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When you need authentic Seafood Flavor, think inside the shell. Clam stock made from steaming fresh, sustainable, North Atlantic clams is dried to produce All Natural, non-GMO and gluten free St. Ours Clam Broth. Find our product at a store near you or visit our website to order online Cape Tip Fish & Lobster Mart (Provincetown) Cook Shop (Brewster), Fishermen’s View (Sandwich), Market Basket, Seahorse/Cape Cod Chowder (Marion), Uncle Bill’s Country Store (N. Falmouth), Stop & Shop (local rack)


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S H O P L O CA L Osterville Mercantile

Osterville Mercantile offers both kitchen essentials and fun must haves. The shop has a little bit of everything: beautiful lotions and soaps, books, hats, vegan bags, clothing, and things for the home. 846 Main Street, Osterville 774-361-6678;

Pocket Full of Posies

Pocket Full of Posies has a wonderful selection of unique and exclusive clothing, books, toys, games, and accessories. The staff does all monogramming on site and offers complimentary wrapping. 7 Wianno Avenue, Osterville 508-420-8895;

Puritan Cape Cod

Puritan Cape Cod has a number of locations and a wide variety of gifts for anyone on your list. 408 Main Street, Hyannis; 508-775-2400 573 Main St, Chatham; 508-945-0326 25 Steeple Street, Mashpee; 508-477-4333 199 Main Street, Falmouth; 508-548-0116

Ross Coppelman

Ross Coppelman has been handcrafting jewelry for over 50 years. His necklaces, rings, bracelets, and more comes in a variety of styles—many which have been inspired by the local landscape. 1439 Route 6A, East Dennis 508-385-7900;

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S H O P L O CA L Sativa

Sativa has an abundance of home decor, such as mirrors, picture frames, tableware, glassware, cutting boards, Mariposa dish ware and so much more to grace your home. 517 Route 28, Harwich 508-430-4410;

Sundance Clothing

Sundance Clothing has a fun selection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories that make for wonderful gifts. 497 Main Street, Chatham; 508-945-5096 4 Merchants Rd Unit 5, Sandwich; 774-338-5191


Twigs in Falmouth has many gifts from candles and handbags to pottery and artwork. The owners take pride in providing customers with items that can’t be found elsewhere. 178 Main Street, Falmouth 508-540-0767;


Weekend is an upscale lifestyle boutique that has a selection of gifts that are sure to delight and inspire, from small keepsakes to stunning textiles. 217 Main Street, East Orleans 508-255-9300;

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Stop by Sickday Surf Shop to find unique, cool gift for people who love to surf. The store has surfboards, skateboards, standup paddleboards as well as lesson packages. 3 West Main Street, Wellfleet 508-214-4158;

Sunset Leisure

Visit Sunset Leisure to satisfy all your leisure lifestyle needs. The shop has gifts to outfit a home bar, a variety of custom-etched gifts, and more. 96 Route 6A, Orleans 774-316-4641;

Under the Sun

Under the Sun in Woods Hole is a boutique that showcases American made pottery, glass, jewelry, as well as select clothing, accessories and shoes. 22 Water Street, Woods Hole 508-540-3603;

Wish Gift Co.

Wish Gift Co. has handcrafted gift items as well as curated gift boxes. The Sandwich shop’s items are made by both creative designers and independent makers. 4 Merchants Road, Sandwich 888-978-9474;


Solis has everything you need to fit your (or someone on your list’s) dreamy coastal lifestyle. 521 Route 28, Harwich 774-408-7088;

The Toy Boat

The Toy Boat has handmade, classic toys for kids that inspire creativity, imagination, and a sense of wonder. Straight Wharf 41, Nantucket 508-228-4552;

Watson’s Men’s Store

Open since 1951, Watson’s Men’s Store has brandname, quality clothing, including resort wear, casual wear, work wear, and formal wear. 34-A Main Street, Orleans 508-255-3003;

Yankee Ingenuity

Yankee Ingenuity has a collection of fun and affordable arts and crafts. Your bound to find a gift after scanning the store’s large selection of jewelry, sculpture, lamps, clocks, and whimsical folk art. 525 Main Street, Chatham 508-945-1288;

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Littlenecks, a local boutique, shares children's fashion favorites at Gray's Beach in Yarmouth Port.

Photography by Kate Rogan of Ellie Finn Photography Models: Charlie Dunn, Leo Dunn, Elliot Johnson, Liv Martin and Lily Raciti Produced by Eric Brust-Akdemir and Erica Dunn (owner of Littlenecks)


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This Sweet Hearts Dress by Maddie & Connor Co. ties in the back and is perfect for twirling.


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This Apple of My Eye series makes for great family matching and photo opportunities. Items above are all from Maddie & Connor Co. and include pima cotton apple polo and matching shorts, hand-smocked apple dress, and handsmocked Jon Jon.


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Seaside Fair Make bedtime fashionable and fun with these seaside printed two-piece and footie pajamas from Maddie & Connor Co.

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This long-sleeve cotton shirt from Littlenecks pairs well with jeans and a crisp fall day. All clothing was provided by Littlenecks. Visit them at

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How to Eat

Sustainably Year-Round BY EVAN SENIE

If you live on Cape Cod or visit in the off-season, you’re familiar with Cape Cod’s annual transformation from bustling tourist hub to sleepy set of small towns. In many ways, it’s the nicer part of the year. You can take walks on the empty windswept beaches, bike on the rail trail through autumn foliage, and drive a couple towns over without getting bogged down in traffic. On the other hand, the departure of the tourists each year means many businesses closing their doors, and if you like local food, it can feel like options are limited until spring. Fortunately, if you know where to look, there are all kinds of local treats available in the off-season, from quail eggs to scallops to fresh winter produce. Searching out and supporting these locally-owned businesses that produce and use food from right here on Cape Cod helps to keep you and the local economy healthy. Here is a compilation of some of the spots that offer products year-round.

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Farms Cape Abilities Cape Abilities Farm, located in Dennis and with a market on Main Street in Chatham, provides “jobs, homes, transportation, social and therapeutic services for people with disabilities across Cape Cod.” The farm also works actively to address food insecurity on the Cape. They also have variety: along with produce from its farm, customers will find local products from more than thirty local vendors. The staff at the farm plan to be open this winter, so be sure to stop by the farm market in Dennis. 458 Main Street, Dennis, 508-385-2538,

Cape Cod Organic Farm

Coonamessett Farm

Looking for wreaths and Christmas trees during the winter season? Check out Cape Cod Organic Farm, which has them available into December.

Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth offers fresh greens at the farm store until Christmas. After that, you can find the staff selling salad greens and eggs at the Windfall Market in Falmouth all winter long.

3675 Main Street, Barnstable, 508-362-3573,

277 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, 508-563-2560,

DaSilva Farm At DaSilva Farm in Teaticket, customers can get chicken through the end of the year and turkeys for Thanksgiving. Yearround, the farm also offers pickles, jams, and jellies, including bacon jam, and you can always stop by the farm for eggs. 104 Brick Kiln Road Rear, Teaticket, 508-548-1248 (Make appointments via Facebook or email at

Fresh From The Vine There are lots of great fall options at Fresh From The Vine Farm in West Yarmouth, which is open into December. In the fall and winter, there are baked goods, handcrafted items, some fall produce, seasoned firewood, and dryharvest cranberries. You can also take a walk around the farm and see the cranberry-harvesting process. 300 Main Street, West Yarmouth, 508-360-3701

E&T Farms Located in West Barnstable, E&T farms has honey year-round along with eggs and various greens. In addition to the farm, the team can be found at the Orleans farmers’ market that runs year round. 85 Lombard Ave, West Barnstable, 508-362-8370,

Great Cape Herbs Inside Great Cape Herbs in Brewster, customers can find various tinctures made with plants from the Cape—some are even sourced from Great Cape Herbs’ own farm. The tinctures are available year-round, and the store is located next to Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters and Fare and Just Kitchen. As the friendly folks will say, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food!” 2624 Main Street, Brewster, 508-896-5900, FALL - WINTER 119

Food E AT S U STA I NA B LY Halcyon Farm/Bed and Breakfast Halcyon Farm, a one acre organic farm and bed and breakfast in Brewster, offers various vegetables in the winter from its unheated greenhouse. The staff sells spinach, lettuce, kale, chard, and sometimes garlic at the Orleans farmer’s market. They also offer storage roots, carrots, and Eastham turnips, which are thought to be the only vegetable that originated on Cape Cod. 3915 Main Street, Brewster,

Little River Beeworks Little River Beeworks in Cotuit has honey and one hundred percent beeswax candles available year-round. Orders can be made directly via email, or you can find them at the Cotuit Fresh Market all through the winter. Fun fact: In her lifetime, a honeybee makes only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey!

Peachtree Circle Farm Peachtree Circle Farm in Falmouth grows fruits, vegetables, and flowers using sustainable practices and focusing on land stewardship. Carrie Richter has run the farm for seventeen years, and in the winter she sells jams, jellies, salsas, pickled items, and savory sauces online. 881 Palmer Ave, Falmouth,

Hidden Acres Farm If you’re looking for milk and eggs, head out to Hidden Acres Farm in Dennisport, where you’ll see farmer Jan working among the animals, and you might even come across some ducklings! At the farm you can pick up chicken and duck eggs, goat’s milk, and goat cheese, and various homemade products like wool and soaps. 120 Upper County Road, Dennis Port, 508-776-2221

Longnook Meadows Longnook Meadows Farm in Truro sells honey year-round, and Eastham turnips into November. For both products you can call ahead and pick up at the farm, though the honey is available at retail locations as well, such as Truro Vineyards, The Captain’s Daughters, and Atlantic Spice. 12 Longnook Road, Truro, 508-349-9738

Truro Vineyards Looking for a nice bottle of wine made with Cape Cod grapes? Find it at Truro Vineyards. The family-run vineyard grows Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot grapes on its five acres. A trip to the vineyard is a must, and visitors can try food from Crush Pad Food Truck while sipping on wines produced from start to finish right here on Cape Cod. 11 Shore Road, North Truro, 508-487-6200,

Uli’s Mushrooms/Cape Coastal Products Uli Winslow, a twenty-five-year-old second-generation mushroom grower in Truro, produces shiitake, oyster, and lion’s mane mushrooms. The latter two are grown year-round inside, utilizing meticulously controlled climate conditions. According to Winslow, oyster mushrooms have a gorgeous growth pattern and woodsy savory flavor. The mushrooms are also versatile: they are good for pastas, soups, stir fries, and sandwiches. Lion’s mane mushrooms, while strange looking, have a flavor like lobster and a texture like chicken. In addition to being nutritious and flavorful, mushrooms absorb vitamin D, making them an especially nice option for the short sunlight winter months. Find Winslow at the Orleans farmer’s market, or order directly via text or Instagram. End of Holsbery Road, Truro, 774-408-0279, @ulismushrooms

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Meat / Eggs

Eldredge Farm Eldredge Farm in Brewster has trees, shrubs, and perennials available into the winter. To order, contact them via Facebook or call Starboardside Landscaping at 508-760-2696 @eldredgefarm

Peterson Shepherds

Rieck Family Farm

Using a strategy called rotational grazing, Peterson Shepherds produces one hundred percent pasture-raised meat and wool while helping to preserve the environment. The farm offers chorizo and sweet Italian sausage year-round, and in late October brings the half lamb sale, which is always a huge hit. To get your order in now, use their website and head out to the farm for a pickup!

Rieck family farm in East Sandwich offers chicken eggs, quail eggs, duck eggs, and sometimes honey. If you haven’t tried quail eggs, which are nutrient-packed and extra creamy for baking, make sure to pick some up.

15 Virtue Circle, Falmouth,

Seawind Meadows

Tuckernuck Farm

Looking for locally raised beef and fresh eggs? Check out Seawind Meadows. The family-owned business sells grass fed and finished beef at the Orleans farmers’ market and Truro farmers’ market. They raise Scottish Highland heritage cattle, which produce lean, flavorful meat that gets dry-aged for fourteen days. They also team up with Great Hill Dairy in Marion, so when you stop by for meat and eggs, you can pick up a wedge of blue cheese as well.

At Tuckernuck Farm most of the production is done by the winter months, but they have winter radishes all year round. Feel free to call or stop by the farm to pick them up. 89 Fisk Street West Dennis, 508-364-5821

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Fish Markets Barnstable Sea Farms

Cape Tip Seafoods

Barnstable Sea Farms has been growing sustainable shellfish for almost twenty-five years. In the winter you can call in to pick up an order of oysters, and in the warmer months you can take an oyster tour, which includes an information session and a sampling of every type of oyster.

Cape Tip Seafoods has a market in Orleans open year-round and a market in Truro that plans to be open at least through the end of the year. Both often feature local options in the winter, including hake, haddock, and scallops.

98 Governors Way, Barnstable, 508-566-7686,

Chatham Shellfish Company Chatham Shellfish Company offers oysters, mussels, sauces, and merchandise from late March through December. Order online or stop by the store during regular hours. 393 Barn Hill Road, Chatham, 508-241-7503,

18 Old Colony Way, Orleans, 508-225-722; 300 Route Six, Truro Central Village, 508-487-2164,

Chatham Fish and Lobster Seafood Market/Mac’s Chatham Fish and Lobster This establishment combines Mac’s, which owns the restaurant, with the original Chatham Fish and Lobster Market. Fish is fresh from the nearby docks, and shellfish is sourced locally and available year-round. Also, the restaurant offers gluten-free fried fish, a rare treat! 1291 Main Street Chatham, 508-945-1178,

East Wind Lobster and Grille Cotuit Oyster Co Cotuit Oyster Company raises oysters on 33.83 acres in Cotuit Bay and offers online ordering year-round. In addition to oysters, there is a limited supply of local clams as well. 26 Little River Road, Cotuit, 508-428-6747,

East Wind Lobster and Grille not only has a selection of year-round seafood including cod, haddock, lobster, oysters, and steamers, but the staff also makes excellent homemade dishes using local catches. They plan to be open on weekends in the winter and you can check out their Facebook page for specific winter hours and special daily deals. 2 Main St, Buzzards Bay, 508-759-1857,

Fishermen’s View Market


At beautiful Fishermen’s View Market in Sandwich, located right on the water, you can find plenty of tasty and local year-round seafood. The shop opens every day from eight to six and features local shellfish, haddock, cod, sole, tuna, and more. 20 Freezer Rd, Sandwich, 508-591-0088,

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FV Isabel and Lilee FV Isabel and Lilee, a family-owned scallop operation, fishes in the winter when possible, and often has scallops available for pickup. The team also does pop-ups at Cape Cod Beer in the colder months, so you can wash down fresh scallops with a local brew. 508-237-7133,

Mac’s Seafood Lobster Trap Market The Lobster Trap has a seafood shack, bar, and fish market located right on the Back River in Bourne. It offers local scallops, cod, and halibut in the winter along with local Massachusetts-brewed beer and cider. 290 Shore Road, Bourne, 508-759-7600,

Midnight Our Captain Jesse of F/V Midnight Our sells scallops straight off the dock in Harwich Port year-round. Text the number below or reach out via Facebook to order. When you buy directly from the fisherman, it can’t get any fresher! Wychmere Harbor, Harbor Road Harwich Port, 508-737-6189,

Mac’s Seafood has a number of locations around the Cape, and sells local haddock, flounder, monkfish, pollock, and a wide variety of shellfish including oysters, mussels, lobster, bay scallops, and sea scallops. All locations except Wellfleet are open year-round. 85 Shankpainter Road, Provincetown, 508-487-6227; 4680 State Route 6, Eastham, 508-255-6900; 1291 Main Street, Chatham, 508-945-1178; 485 Route 134, South Dennis, 508-394-1181,

Superior Lobster Visit Superior Lobster in Sandwich for local cod, flounder, haddock, and shellfish. The friendly, dedicated staff at this family-run establishment pick the fish, lobster, and shellfish from local boats themselves. 8 Gallo Road, Sandwich, 774-338-5721,

Farmer’s Markets ORLEANS


Dates: Year-round (Different locations for warm and cold seasons) Location: 21 Old Colony Way, Orleans Hours: From May through December on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; From January through April on Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dates: May through October Location: Marine Park, 180 Scranton Ave, Falmouth Hours: Thursdays 12 to 5 p.m. (Plus a special market on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.)

PROVINCETOWN Dates: May through October Location: Town Hall Lawn and Ryder Street Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CHATHAM Dates: June through October Location: 1562 Main Street, Chatham Hours: Tuesdays 3 to 6 p.m.

SANDWICH Dates: Weekly June through October, and monthly beginning in November Location: The Wing School, 33 Water Street, Sandwich Hours: Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

HARWICH Dates: June through October Location: Brooks Academy Museum, 80 Parallel Street, Harwich Hours: Thursdays 3 to 6 p.m.

WELLFLEET Dates: May through October Location: Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet Hours: Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Accepts SNAP and Debit/ATM cards

Love Live Local If you’re excited about supporting local business on Cape Cod, check out Love Live Local, a nonprofit run by Amanda Converse and Jen Villa whose mission is to foster an economically sustainable, creative, and exciting future for the Cape! They collaborate with small businesses, produce community events, and publish information that can help you become a supportive part of the Cape Cod community. Villa also opened The Local Juice and The West End restaurant, both located in Hyannis. If you’re interested, there are several ways to get involved. You can follow them on social media, sign up for their monthly emails, volunteer, sponsor an event, or simply visit any of the wonderful local businesses that they work so hard to support. FALL - WINTER » 123

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SEA-INSPIRED APPETIZERS FOR YOUR NEXT GET-TOGETHER These three dishes are simple and unique and perfect for celebrating events small and large. (Think football food, weekend eats or for holiday festivities!) Each recipe uses seafood from our local waters, which makes them extra special as well as sustainable. Not to mention so much of our local seafood lends itself to bite-sized apps, such as scallops, oysters, clams, lobster, and mussels. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful fall and holiday season here on Cape Cod and the Islands. Enjoy!


Tag me @jennyshearawn and @capeandislandsmag if you try any of these recipes.


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INGREDIENTS 12 oysters, shucked, with their liquor 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 garlic clove, minced ½ cup seasoned panko crumbs FOR GARNISH 1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley Zest from 1 lemon

Buttery Roasted Oysters These buttery, crispy oysters are simple to make yet fancy on presentation making them the perfect appetizer for your special guests this season. Serve them with your favorite bubbly to kick off a festive evening. For this recipe, you’ll roast the oysters with butter, garlic, and seasoned panko crumbs until bubbly and golden brown then top them with fresh parsley and lemon zest. TIME: 20 minutes SERVES: 4

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FOR SERVING 1 lemon, cut into wedges Sparkling wine of your choice



TIP: Look for oysters with a deep cup, as these will sit better on a baking pan

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a small baking pan with rock salt, or alternatively, crumple up a piece of tin foil, then stretch it back out. Nestle the shucked oysters into the salt or into the crumpled foil so that their liquor remains in the shell.


Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add panko crumbs and cook about one more minute until the panko has absorbed the melted butter.

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Spoon panko mixture into oysters.


Remove oysters from the oven. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and lemon zest. Serve with lemon wedges and sparkling wine.

Place oysters into the oven for 8-10 minutes, until the oysters are bubbling and golden brown, keeping an eye on them so the topping doesn’t burn.

RECIPE NOTES Look for deep cupped oysters, which will hold their liquor and the butter mixture nicely in the oven. When shucking the oysters, be careful not to spill the liquor (liquid), as it is pure briny deliciousness. Also, make sure to sever the oyster from the bottom shell for ease of eating.

NUTRITION HIGHLIGHT This is not exactly a healthy appetizer, but it’s worth noting a few health benefits of oysters themselves because they do pack quite a nutritious punch. Oysters are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals; they are notably high in zinc, essential for immune system health, and iron, critical for transporting oxygen throughout your body.

FUN TIDBIT My children are fascinated by oysters and oysters shucking. They love being close by in the kitchen when mom or dad is shucking oysters—it is quite fascinating to watch, isn’t it?


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Fish Taco Bites These light fish taco bites are flavorful, fun, and crowd-pleasing (even kids love them!). Scoop-sized tortilla chips are topped with cumin- and garlic-spiced cod fish, red cabbage, avocado crema, and bright pickled onions. This appetizer is perfect for your seafood-loving guests.



1 red onion, thinly sliced ¾ cup seasoned rice vinegar

½ lb cod or haddock filet (or any mild, white, flaky fish), patted very dry

1 teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon kosher salt

TIME: 30 minutes SERVES: 10-12


TIP: Look for oysters with a deep cup, as these will sit better on a baking pan

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon canola or grapeseed oil or other high heat, neutral cooking oil

Juice of 1 lime ½ bunch cilantro (leaves and stems)


1 clove garlic ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

50 tortilla “scoop” chips (about half of a 10-ounce bag)

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼ head red cabbage, thinly sliced then roughly chopped FOR GARNISH AND SERVING Cilantro leaves 1 lime, cut into wedges

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RECIPE NOTES Any mild, flaky, white-fleshed fish may be used in this recipe, just adjust cooking time according to the thickness of your filet. Serve these fish taco bites right away, as they will get soggy if left to sit. You can substitute whole grain scoop chips for regular, if preferred.

RECIPE SHORTCUTS Instead of the avocado crema, use a prepared storebought guacamole. Use pre-shredded red cabbage or a shredded cabbage mix instead of slicing up red cabbage.


DIRECTIONS FOR THE PICKLED RED ONION In a small bowl, combine red onion, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Refrigerate until ready to use. Place any leftover onion in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week. FOR THE AVOCADO CREMA Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add more salt and black pepper to taste, if needed. FOR THE COD


Pat the fish very dry. Combine cumin, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Press spice mixture into the flesh on both sides of the fish.


Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and swirl. Once oil is hot and shimmering, add cod. Reduce heat to medium and cook 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the fish is cooked through, opaque and flakes easily with a fork when inserted and twisted at the thickest point. Fish should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, as measured by a meat thermometer in the center of the thickest portion of the filet. Flake fish.

Cod is rich in lean protein and provides vitamin B12, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorous, vitamin D, and selenium. The fish of the region also contains a modest amount of omega-3 fatty acids.

ASSEMBLY Place tortilla scoops on a large platter or two medium platters. Add a small amount of red cabbage to each chip. Top with avocado crema, flaked fish and pickled red onion. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with lime wedges.


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Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Apple and Balsamic Scallops wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon with apple and balsamic glaze. These salty, savory and sweet scallops add a fresh fall twist to traditional bacon-wrapped scallops. TIME: 25 minutes SERVES: 6-8


watercress, roughly chopped

1 lb applewood smoked bacon

Balsamic glaze

1 teaspoon canola oil or other neutral high heat cooking oil

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lb fresh sea scallops, patted dry, tough side muscle removed (I use U10/20 scallops, which means ~10-20 scallops per pound.) ¼ granny smith apple, sliced into matchsticks, then matchsticks halved

0.25 ounces chives, thinly sliced (1/2 of a small clamshell)

FOR SERVING 1 lemon, cut into wedges

2 ounces peppery baby greens or



Cook bacon over medium low heat in a large skillet until almost cooked through, but not fully (about 3-4 minutes on each side). Bacon should still be pliable, not crispy.


Wrap each sea scallop with a slice of slightly cooled partially cooked bacon, using a toothpick to secure. Depending on the size of your scallops, you may have excess bacon after going around the scallop with the bacon once. If so, feel free to trim the excess bacon.


Heat oil in a large, clean non-stick skillet over medium high heat. (If you’re using the same skillet you used for the bacon, make sure it’s cleaned thoroughly, otherwise the scallops may stick and burn.) When oil is hot and glistening, swirl, and add scallops. Reduce heat to medium. If needed, cook scallops in batches to avoid crowding the scallops. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until seared. Flip scallops and continue cooking until scallops are opaque, just 2-3 minutes more. Remove scallops from the pan, and set on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb extra fat from the bacon.


Plate scallops onto a serving tray. Top each scallop with a few apple matchsticks and a small piece of watercress or baby greens. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and sliced chives. Serve with cocktail forks.

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RECIPE NOTE To prevent green apple from browning, squeeze a lemon wedge over the matchsticks and toss.

NUTRITION HIGHLIGHT Though bacon wrapped scallops are an indulgent appetizer, there are a few nutrition highlights of scallops. In addition to being rich in protein, scallops also provide notable amounts of vitamin B12, selenium, and phosphorous.

*All seafood featured in this article was purchased at the Clam Man in Falmouth.


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Regina and Brandi Felt-Castellano, owners of Apt in Brewster, bring farm-fresh, sustainable meals to the neighborhood. BY ELIZABETH SHAW PHOTOGRAPHS BY MATT GARDNER


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The house-made rosemary garlic bread along side bacon jam and Chef’s Magic Mix (a blend of spices).

A drive down scenic Route 6A is a popular activity for many, thanks in part to the abundance of restaurants that welcome visitors to the Cape with a variety of delicacies. And new-kid-on-the-block Apt is looking to make its mark on the legendary Cape restaurant scene. The restaurant serves elevated yet approachable dishes, such as the seared day boat scallops that come with pumpkin risotto, or the ramen made with pork belly and simmered in miso broth. The owners have worked hard to establish partnerships with farmers across the Cape and Massachusetts, allowing them to bring the fresh, local ingredients to patrons’ plates. Partners in life and in business, Regina and Brandi Felt-Castellano opened Apt in July 2019. The restaurant began as a pop-up at the Brewster Coffee Shop, where they served highend, farm-to-table tasting menus. In the fall of that same year, the owner of the coffee shop decided to step away from the business and the landlord approached the Felt-Castellanos about taking over. “He said ‘I know you’re looking for a home, do you want this to be your home?’” Brandi recalls. “We said ‘Heck yeah, we do!’”

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Bacon jam

HYDRO BIBB SALAD WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF WINES Hydro Bibb, bacon jam, tomato, blue cheese dressing and crumbles.


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Next came the discussion about whether to stick to dinner or breakfast. “We’re year-rounders, and we’re locals, so it was important to us to not take something away, but to add something,” she explains. At night, they continued to offer chef tasting menus as well as tapas, and decided to embrace the legacy of the Brewster Coffee Shop by crafting a new breakfast menu. “We changed up the breakfast,” Brandi explains. “We wanted to bring an elevated breakfast to the space with farm to table, which is still in line with what we do for dinner. Focusing on fresh, local ingredients as much as we can.” Regina is the executive chef and Brandi is the charcuterie and wine curator. The couple works closely with local farmers at Chatham Bars Inn’s The Farm and the Cape Abilities Farm, and they frequent farmers’ markets across the Cape to provide guests the freshest ingredients possible. “Regina has never met a farm stand she didn’t love,” Brandi laughs. “We can no longer take the backroads when we go for a quick trip somewhere.” But, despite the Cape’s abundance of farms and farm stands, there are some things that just aren’t always available, and in which case, the Felt-Castellanos make sure to stay within 100 miles of the Cape when sourcing.

Avocado toast topped with two sunny-side eggs and bruschetta from Apt’s brunch menu.

Chef Regina Felt-Castellano and Brandi Felt-Castellano

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Conscientious buying is at the heart of Apt’s mission. “We try to work with small, local, sustainable, women-owned, or new farms,” Brandi explains. “Not only is this better for the environment, but the closer to home you get your ingredients from, the better it is for you.” Apt also works closely with the Fisherman’s Alliance to ensure the fish used is responsibly sourced. Their commitment to farm-to-table dining doesn’t waver in the winter months— they just get a bit more creative. One of the couple’s original goals was to create a year-round space for residents to enjoy quality meals. “It’s important to us because a lot of people, speaking as a year-round resident, wait to hit their favorite spots once it calms down, and we want to offer that to everyone who wants to try our food,” Brandi explains. “The menu does get a little smaller in the off-season. There aren’t as many people coming in, but there also isn’t as much product to work with.” When the weather cools down, the Felt-Castellanos work with the variety of greenhouses that operate in Massachusetts for produce. With breakfast and brunch menus, five-course tasting menus (with or without wine pairings), and live music every Sunday, Apt offers a unique experience for guests all year long.

Apt’s Day of Kindness This summer brought demand that the summer of 2020 lacked, however the surge put strains on some local restaurants that were already struggling to find staff and fulfill orders. Many establishments have stories about impatient and downright rude customers. Apt’s motto is “Come as Strangers, Leave as Friends,” and it applies to everyone who walks through the door, from owners to employees to guests. That philosophy was tested this summer when a situation arose between a customer and an employee. “We have told our staff that they have value not only as employees but also as humans and should be treated with kindness and respect,” emphasizes owner Brandi Felt-Castellano. “They are allowed to tell the guest that it is inappropriate to talk to them that way, and if need be, we will intervene and ask the guest to leave the premises. We would like everyone to feel warm and welcome when working or dining here.” After the incident, the Felt-Castellanos looked at their employees and saw that it was time for a pause. To stay true to their mission, they decided to close their restaurant for a day of kindness, giving their employees the day off for self care. The story made national headlines, and hopefully made Apt’s employees feel appreciated.

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Get Cozy with a Few Literary Gems BY ELIZABETH SHAW

Between Tides ANGEL KHOURY In her debut novel, Angel Khoury tells a fictitious tale based on a true story. In the 1890s, Gil Lodge leaves his wife and his job at a Chatham Beach Lifesaving Station and escapes to the Outer Banks where he begins anew. In the 1940s, his daughter is on her way to help the war effort when she takes a detour to meet her father’s first wife on Cape Cod. This story of family, betrayal, grief, and passion blends history and rich, human realities that spans not only decades, but tides. Khoury was inspired after meeting the real “Gil’s” daughter in the 1990s and hearing her story. Originally planning on writing a nonfiction account of the family, Khoury found herself filling in the multitude of missing parts and chose to tell a different story.

Harlem Shuffle

The Postmistress of Paris

The Sentence




In 1960s Harlem, Ray Carney balances two selves—the upstanding furniture salesman and the accidental crook.

Inspired by the life of heiress Mary Jayne Gold, this novel follows a young heiress who helps artists escape wartorn Europe.

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An independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted by a former patron, and the newly employed, formerly incarcerated Tookie must help the lost soul.

Book Nook Eastham Public Library At the Eastham Public Library, you can find many nooks and crannies to curl up and enjoy an endless collection of books. The recently remodeled library features expansive views thanks to large windows that will protect you from that offseason chill while still exposing visitors to the natural beauty of the Cape. 190 Samoset Road, Eastham,

The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois HONORÉE FANONNE JEFFERS Follow along as a young woman embarks on a journey into her family’s past to discover the truth of not only herself but America.

Bookseller Sea Howl Bookshop, Orleans In the spring of 2020, Jonathan and Kazmira Nedeau took over what had been Main Street Books on Orleans Main Street and opened Sea Howl Bookshop. Inspired by their individual upbringings and shared love of all kinds of books, Sea Howl Bookshop offers a range of genres as well as rare and vintage books and stationary gems. Along with traditional in-store shopping, customers can order online and pick up curbside or have their goodies shipped right to their doorsteps. 46 Main St., Orleans

Com munity Discussion

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse CHARLIE MACKESY Renowned cartoonist Charlie Mackesy brings together some of his most well-loved illustrations and pairs them with important life lessons for all ages.

Vineyard Haven Public Library’s Annual Literature Seminar, led by professor Philip Weinstein, will focus on one of the twentieth century’s most influential authors, Toni Morrison. Over four sessions via Zoom, participants will read and discuss four of Morrison’s most beloved works. Events will be held on: Wednesday, October 14th Wednesday, October 28th Thursday, November 12th Wednesday, December 2nd Visit for more information. 200 Main St., Vineyard Haven FALL - WINTER 139

W R I T E R ’ S S H AC K

Poets Paula Erickson and Lucile Burt are very good at making the ordinary extraordinary. They enchant us with mud, a tailpipe, a speck of seed. How? By rendering them beautifully but also by proclaiming them sacred, joined to what we love, cornerstones in the architecture of our lives. Poems like the ones on these pages—ringing with elements of prayer, and blessing, and faith—are a form of worship, elevating the elemental to the sublime, and making us grateful to be where we are. — LAUREN WOLK

PAULA ERICKSON is a performance artist, naturalist, activist, and poet. She founded the Fleet Fund to address urgent financial needs for residents of Wellfleet, where she has lived for some two decades and change. When she’s not gathering mulch or composing flower bouquets, she might be found paddling, or clamming, or collaborating to form the Lily House, a social model community home for living and dying.

LUCILE BURT is a retired high school English and creative writing teacher currently living in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Her poems have appeared in various small press journals and in the anthology Teaching with Fire. Her chapbook Neither Created Nor Destroyed won the 2012 Philbrick Poetry Prize from the Providence Athenaeum. Her latest book, The Cone of Uncertainty, was published in 2018 by Kelsey Books. The rural landscape of her childhood in upstate New York and the narrow arc of outer Cape Cod are the landscapes of her inspiration. The work of writing poetry, with its careful attention to sound and rhythm, is a kind of meditation that helps her see connections that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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Hamblen Farm Morning, Wellfleet by Paula Erickson

Overalls over thermals all tucked into rubber boots coffeed and fed enough to go on buckets, rake and Elke in the truck, we hiccup the dirt road to the farm. A February thaw gives rise to whiffs of feverfew and the old cedar, its fruit scattered juniper blue against pale grass, the mudded earth forgiving and soft underfoot. Mind easing, I set to work casting aged manure, darning dark furrows, tucking garlic under a mantle of cord grass winnowed by the sea. My dog finishes her survey of invisible wild things, sees I am too dull to play, settles with a sigh atop her new mulch bed. When hunger calls for a second breakfast I gather tools and load up. Something—a stick perhaps, rings the tailpipe like a bell as if to consecrate the morning.


W R I T E R ’ S S H AC K

Think of the air then. Think of atoms from a burned beeswax candle lifted by heat into air, atoms that were once nectar, and before that, bud, stalk, root, seed, all that grew from life decomposed, whisked off on wind. I buried only half of my parents’ co-mingled ashes. The rest I saved for the garden. I left them unburied for years, inert in their urn. They nagged, not for burial, but the untended garden. Their atomized hearts and lungs were already gone on the currents, rained on the ocean perhaps, or a London street or a field in China, turned to hurricane, run-off, rice. Finally, November, I pull up overgrown grass and weed. I turn over earth and memory. Here grew food for the summer table. Over the raw earth, I scatter their ashes, dig them down to root depth where they wait all winter. In June, no practical plants rise from their bones. Instead, the last of them blooms into poppy, snapdragon, daisy, into coreopsis, columbine, cosmos, the riotous chorus of matter.

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Neither Created Nor Destroyed by Lucile Burt

Drift by Lucile Burt

Dried pods of butterfly weed split open, spilling bursts of silky filaments, each ferrying a speck of seed. Briefly the air fills with floating bits of fluff, fragile, lovely as hope adrift on wind’s whim. Few will fall on fertile ground, rest in winter-cold earth, burst forth in spring in some unexpected place. From one small brown seed packed tight with bright gifts for monarchs and honey bees, the orange surprise of survival.

Deceived by water at their roots and thin light of winter sun, bulbs send out shoots into this wrong season. They do not know betrayal, do not retreat, do not refuse to open perfumed blooms, in brief display that dazzles,

Forcing Narcissus In January by Lucile Burt

a simple yielding to water, light, quickening at the core, the impulse to bloom into whatever is offered.



Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness. — Mary Oliver, Snowy Night

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Winter tips

These represent some of the greatest concerns that we see:


If it’s really cold outside, consider protective clothing! This is especially important for puppies, senior dogs, and short-haired dogs.

KEEP CATS INDOORS As always cats should stay inside. Since cats left outdoors may stay warm in car wheel wells or under hoods, awake any sleeping animals by wrapping on your car hood before starting the engine.

WINTER WALKS Keep walks short during extreme weather! Consider reflective collars, leashes, and other safety gear to keep you and your pet safe during the shorter days.

ICE MELT When you return from a walk wash your dog’s paws. You don’t want them to lick toxic chemicals like ice melts and salts off their paws.

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