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SPECIAL NOTE WINTER 2020 / 2021 KELLY CHASE

kchase@capecodandtheislandsmag.com Editor-in-Chief

ERIC BRUST-AKDEMIR

In the late nineteenth century, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon needed

an answer. Her father encouraged her to write a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun. Editor Francis Pharcellus Church responded on September 21, 1897. His response has become one of the most reprinted newspaper editorials in history. We hope you enjoy this issue and find the wonders in your homes, communities, and this beautiful corner of the world.

ericbrust@capecodandtheislandsmag.com Creative Director / Publisher

PATRICK O’DONNELL

patrick@capecodandtheislandsmag.com 203.913.7691 A s s o c i a t e P u b l i s h e r & M a n a g e r, Business Development

REBECCA BANAS

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KATHY RUSINOSKI

kathy@capecodandtheislandsmag.com 508.971.4643 Advertising Account Executive

yea rs old. OR: I a m 8 DEA R EDIT is no s sa y there tt le fr iend li y m f o e S om s. .’ Sa nta Clau SU N it’s so e it in TH E se u o y f ‘I Papa sa ys, ta there a Sa n e tr uth; is th e m ll te Plea se Claus? . O’H A N LON V IR GIN IA STR EET. ET Y-F IFTH IN N T S E 115 W

FATIH AKDEMIR

fatihakdemir@capecodandtheislandsmag.com Managing Publisher LISA CAVANAUGH SKIP FINLEY COURTNEY LINCOLN LANNAN M. O’BRIEN AL STARKEY SARAH WALDMAN LAUREN WOLK C o n t r i b u t i n g Wr i t e r s ELIZABETH CECIL RODRIGO ERENO NEIL FOLEY HEATHER FONE NICOLE RIDGE SIMON UPTON Contributing Photographers

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VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

*This editorial was originally published in New York’s Sun on September 21, 1897.

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FROM THE TEAM

Kelly Chase is the editor-in-chief of Cape Cod & the Islands. In

Kathy Rusinoski, advertising account executive, is a

this issue, she enjoyed speaking with local experts about the benefits of getting outside even when the weather is bad. This winter, she plans to take their advice and bundle up herself and her one-year-old daughter to explore Nickerson State Park and Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary after a dusting of snow.

media sales professional with over 35 years of experience throughout southern New England. She lives with her significant other, 96-year-old mother, six cats, and sweet Black Lab mix rescue dog. For 2021, her goals are to return to a healthy lifestyle that includes joining Nové Yoga & Wellness virtual yoga and expanding and improving her organic gardens with the help of Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod.

Rebecca Banas, advertising

account executive, is a passionate supporter of animals, local businesses, and the arts. In 2021, she plans to be greener with the help of Green Road Refill, and care for more animals with Wild Care Cape Cod. She is looking forward to supporting more innovative entrepreneurs with EforAll Cape Cod and making more memories with her boyfriend and recently leash-trained cat.

Patrick O’Donnell, associate publisher and manager of business

development for Cape Cod & the Islands, is also a published writer and photographer. He lives in Falmouth with his wife, Ellen, and they share a love of the outdoors and spend time together fishing and exploring the beaches on Martha’s Vineyard. In the New Year, Patrick aspires to read more books from Eight Cousins Bookshop on Main Street in Falmouth and also take advantage of the Shining Sea Bikeway, which leads to his favorite breakfast spot, Pie in The Sky Bakery in Woods Hole.

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Fatih Akdemir, managing publisher, and Eric Brust-Akdemir, art director and publisher, live in Sandwich with their two cats and many chickens. Any time of the year they like getting out on the beach (with their cats) off-roading on Sandy Neck, and walking on trails in Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. They enjoy Snowy Owl Coffee in Brewster and Mac’s Fish House in Provincetown. Some new favorite places are The Rooftop at Pelham House Resort and The Pheasant both in Dennis.


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CONTRIBUTORS

Skip Finley has summered on Martha’s Vineyard since 1955

and has lived on island since 1999. From 2012 to 2017 Finley penned the Vineyard Gazette’s weekly Oak Bluffs Town Column and remains a regular contributor to several publications. He is the author of Historic Tales of Oak Bluffs, and Whaling Captains of Color-America’s First Meritocracy. In 2021, along with his resolution to leave 2020 in hindsight, Skip plans to reduce his agricultural pursuits to growing heirloom tomatoes and gladiolas and jarring grape jelly, and increase his support of CSAs. HISTORY, 26

Lisa Cavanaugh is a lifestyle writer for Cape Cod & the

Islands. This winter she will find time to read more fiction and biographies from some of her favorite Cape Cod bookstores, including Titcomb’s Book Shop in Sandwich. While not a big fan of traditional New Year’s resolutions, Lisa is determined to plan for an even better pollinatorfriendly garden next year, seeking advice from Cape Cod Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program and buying plants, seeds, and supplies from Green Spot Garden Center in South Yarmouth. MAIN STREETS, 32

Lannan O’Brien is a lifelong Sandwich resident and

food columnist for Cape Cod and The Islands. In warmer months, she splits her time between freelancing and running a local food truck with her husband called Fish on the Fly. No matter what the coming year brings, she resolves to make a routine of enjoying her favorite local treasures: walks with her dog at Jehu Pond and Ryder Conservation Areas, and trying new creative brews from Cape Cod Beer. WINTER COCKTAIL, 72 BREWERS & ROASTERS, 74

Al Starkey is a past winner of two International poetry

prizes and a recipient of The Carriage House Poetry Prize of Tiferet Journal in 2016. His poetry has appeared in several journals and magazines. Locally, his poetry has been exhibited in Cape Cod art galleries and museums, published in The Cape Cod Times and aired several times on NPR radio. His latest book of poems is Whistling Underwater, which was published in 2018. Al and his wife, Susan, lived in Ireland and Colorado before settling in the village of Yarmouth Port in 2015. WRITER’S SHACK, 84

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INSIDE THE ISSUE

P32. CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS’ MAIN STREETS

P44. WINTER HIKES

P58. REAL ESTATE SPOTLIGHT: 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW

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EVENTS

10 / A Collection of the Season’s Live and Virtual Events

SHOP LOCAL

12 / Gifts for Everyone on Your List

HISTORY

26 / The Wôpanâak Language Lives On

LIFE + STYLE

32 / The Year-Round Delight of Cape Cod and the Islands’ Main Streets 44 / Cold Play: Embrace ”Open Air Life” This Winter

HOME

52 / High Design: A Designer’s Provincetown Escape

REAL ESTATE

58 / Year in Review: Cape Cod & the Islands’ Market Spotlight

FOOD & DRINK

72 / Cape Cod Coffee’s White Christmas Marg 74 / Where to Go to Fill Your Cup

RECIPE

78 / Wrapped with Love: Homemade Food Gifts to Share for the Holidays, Birthdays, or Just Because

WRITER’S SHACK

84 / The Work of Local Poet Al Starkey

BOOKS

86 / Winter Literary Gift Guide

FINAL THOUGHT

88 / Four New Year’s Resolutions for Happier Living on the Cape and Islands

P52. High Design Out of respect for the land, a Provincetown home is built up in the trees.

ON THE COVER P.78 Martha’s Vineyard-based photographer Elizabeth Cecil captures Sarah Waldman’s recipes that taste great and also make the perfect gifts.

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EVENTS

Ed Chesnovitch’s Man on the Marsh

DECEMBER 4 – FEBRUARY 7, 2021 Man on the Marsh is a visual documentary of one artist’s unique journey of living and working on a Cape Cod salt marsh and how it has influenced his life and art. Ed Chesnovitch fills his mostly largescale landscape paintings with bold, saturated color and extraordinary mark-making resulting in unique and powerful compositions. He uses oils, mixed media and pastels to record his observations and express his intense connection to the environment in which he lives and works. This exhibition of landscape and phragmite paintings will leave the viewer in awe of the artist’s spectacular and personal vision of the marsh. Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, ccmoa.org

Fireside Cheer, December 26 & 27, Heritage Museums and Gardens

village. Children will have a rare chance to see and hear Santa while he reads stories from his perch amongst the outdoor woodland village. Children will also find all the ingredients to mix some holiday reindeer food magic for the big night. National award-winning storyteller Jackson Gilman brings his Winter Wonders to Highfield Hall where he will read safely and outside against the backdrop of Stickworks and the Winter Woodland Village. Check Highfield’s website for additional information. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, 508-495-1878, highfieldhallandgardens.org

Gardens Aglow

Mudflat Maze, 60 x 48”, oil, 2020. At Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Santa’s Village at Mashpee Commons

DECEMBER 5 & 6; 12 & 13; 19 & 20, 12-3 P.M. Santa and his favorite elf will be safely stopping by Mashpee Commons this holiday season. To keep Santa and his guests safe, he will be welcoming families into his workshop one at a time for a distanced visit and photo. Santa’s Village will be located by the big Christmas tree across the street from Siena Restaurant. Mashpee Commons, 21 Steeple Street, Mashpee, mashpeecommons.com

Holidays at Highfield Hall and Gardens

THROUGH DECEMBER 13, 12-6 P.M. Event stylist Rita Pacheco leads the holiday transformation of Highfield Hall by masterfully blending old world charm with contemporary elements. Come see how natural woodland themes enhance elegant seasonal surprises, guaranteed to inspire, and leave an everlasting impression on all visitors. New this year will be the Winter Woodland Village to be installed in and around the Patrick Dougherty Stickwork sculpture, A Passing Fancy. If you love the fairy houses, you will love the woodland vignettes! For the first time since March, music will fill the house with classical guitar, harp, and piano performances by faculty and students of the Cape Symphony and more Friends of Highfield. The 19th century comes alive with the return of the Victorian clad carolers singing from a distance and entertaining visitors to the winter woodland 10 » capecodandtheislandsmag.com

SELECT NIGHTS THROUGH DECEMBER 27, 4:30-8:30 P.M. This year Heritage will continue the celebration of lights that has become a treasured holiday tradition with a fully outdoor experience. This event features beautiful light displays throughout the gardens, as well as many activities throughout the grounds. Roast marshmallows at the fire pits. Participate in a reindeer scavenger hunt. A new addition to the event is the McGraw Family Garden of the Senses, which features a stunning model train display. Enjoy festive treats and hot drinks at the Magnolia Café. Visit with Santa Claus at the Outdoor Stage. Find fun photo opportunities throughout the grounds. Enjoy Cape Cod Donuts, a warming area, games, and music at the Parade Field. Shop for fabulous holiday gifts in The Shop. Stroll the gardens with family and friends, and enjoy Heritage in a whole new light. Tickets are limited to provide a safe experience. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and are date specific and include timed entry. Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich, heritagemuseums.org

Santa VIP Experience

SELECT NIGHTS THROUGH DECEMBER 23, 3:30-4:15 P.M. A limited number of tickets will be available for this exclusive fully outdoors Santa VIP experience, available by advance sale only. Families will be treated to early bird parking, story time, cookies and hot chocolate, a meet and greet with Santa, and holiday mural making. Participating families may then experience the rest of the Gardens Aglow holiday delights around the grounds for the remainder of the evening. Tickets are limited and this event will sell out. Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich, heritagemuseums.org

Fireside Cheer

DECEMBER 26 & 27, 7:30-9:30 P.M. A limited number of tickets will be available for this exclusive experience that includes a drink and a snack while you relax with family and friends around the fire pits enjoying music, and after-hours access to the Gardens Aglow event. Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich, heritagemuseums.org


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A Christmas Carol Streaming Event

THROUGH JANUARY 3, 2021 The Cape Playhouse has partnered with On The Stage streaming service to bring this critically acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol, starring Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays, directly to your home this holiday season. Experience A Christmas Carol unlike any other – past, present or future. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Mays plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. This theatrical achievement comes from the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden. Staged exclusively for this production and captured live with breathtaking clarity, this must-watch streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theatre home for the holidays. Purchase tickets at capeplayhouse.com Cape Playhouse, 820 Main Street, Dennis, capeplayhouse.com

A Wild Winter Night In

A VIRTUAL EVENT AND AUCTION FOR WILD CARE FEB. 13, 2021, 5:30 P.M. Join Wild Care of Cape Cod for a virtual winter fundraiser. The feature presentation, Women of Wildlife, will highlight the dedication of Cynthia Wigren of Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Kathy Zagzebski of National Marine Life Center, and Priya Patel of Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center, who work tirelessly to preserve wildlife populations in the region. Wild Care Executive Director Stephanie Ellis will offer closing remarks. Wild Care of Cape Cod, 508-240-2255, wildcarecapecod.org

JANUARY 13 – MARCH 3, 2021, 5 P.M. This virtual Calmer Choice eight-week program introduces participants to mindfulness through experiential practices, large and small group discussions, movement and other related activities. Participants should be prepared to engage with other class participants and spend time between classes practicing mindful awareness. Calmer Choice’s curriculum has been researched by Yale, Harvard, MIT, and Tufts. Recent studies showed positive brain changes in children who received the Calmer Choice program. Register ahead of time at calmerchoice.org

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Gifts S H O P L O C A L

Gift Guide 2020

Wrap the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list this year, no matter where you are celebrating. We’ve searched local shops and located items for family and friends, from the beach lover to the home chef.

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For the Home Cook $35.00 Cape Cod Cookbook Elburne elburne.com

$25.00 Wine Club Membership Truro Vineyards trurovineyardsofcapecod.com

$12.95 La Tourangelle Organic Sunflower Oil Gustare Oils & Vinegars gustareoliveoil.com

$98.00 Cobalt Colander Isabel Souza Studio isabelsouzastudio.com

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For the Home Body $10.99 Cozy Night Tea Wish Gift Co. wishgiftco.com

$15.00 Fleece-lined Leggings Sundance Clothing sundanceclothing.com

$69.00 Diamond Cotton Throw Elburne elburne.com

$36.00 Everything Tumbler Isabel Souza Studio isabelsouzastudio.com

$48.00 Michael Enterprise Cape Cod Cribbage Board Oceana oceanacapecod.com

$32.00 Barnacle Pot Adorn adorncapecod.com

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$26.00 Mariposa Sand Dollar Bottle Stopper Oceana oceanacapecod.com

$36.00 Stacking Wine Cup Isabel Souza Studio isabelsouzastudio. com

$49.00 Bay Garland Diffuser Elburne elburne.com

$19.99 (each) Lighthouse Bottles Truro Vineyards trurovineyardsofcapecod.com

$26.00 Merritt Striper Rectangle Loaf Tray Oceana oceanacapecod.com

$42.00 (each) Bud vases Isabel Souza isabelsouzastudio.com

$10.50 1830 Sea Salt - Cape Cod Gustare Oils & Vinegars gustareoliveoil.com

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For the Kids $17.00 Bravery Magazine Wish Gift Co. wishgiftco.com

$32.00 Animal Balaclava Hat and Mitten Sets Littlenecks littleneckscapecod.com

$12.95 Binoculars Pocket Full Of Posies pocketfullofposies.com

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$20.00 LED Rechargable Hat Sundance sundanceclothing.com

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$18.00 Puffins Beverage Insulated Sleeping Bag Sundance sundanceclothing.com

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FALMOUTH JEWELRY SHOP 225 Main St., Falmouth 508.548.0487 falmouthjewelryshop.com

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POCKET FULL OF POSIES INC. 7 Wianno Ave, Osterville 508.420.8895 pocketfullofposies.com

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THE WÔPANÂAK LANGUAGE RECLAMATION PROJECT AND THE WEETUMUW SCHOOL BY SKIP FINLEY

eologists estimate Cape Cod and the islands were formed by glaciers 10,000 years ago. Anthropologists indicate that the Wampanoag inhabited all of southeastern Massachusetts 12,000 years ago. The Wampanoag people have a story that was passed down through oral history of the giant benevolent being, Moshup, who dragged his foot through the land to allow water to fill in and form the islands of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Noman’s Land. He also taught the people to fish, catch whales, and presided over the people’s destiny. This story, which was passed down through generations, was almost always told in Wôpanâak, the language of the People of the First Light. However, some anthropologists invalidated oral histories of Native people and ignored knowledge of their past, which led to stories and a language being lost. [1] Four hundred years ago, the Wampanoag met the Pilgrims in Provincetown and brought them food at Plymouth in 1621 at what is termed the first Thanksgiving. In 1648, Martha’s Vineyard’s Thomas Mayhew proselytized Hiacoomes, who is believed to have been the first Native converted to Christianity. This was thanks to Hiacoomes and Mayhew having learned to speak each other’s languages.[2]

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History W Ô PA N Â A K In 1663, John Eliot translated the Bible into Wôpanâak, the first book of any kind published in the New World. The Bible, along with a number of documents (like deeds and wills), was written by Native speakers and has been studied by linguists for years. Wôpanâak, in fact, was the first native language to use an alphabetic writing system.[3] There were originally over 40,000 members of the Wampanoag. Today, about 3,000 remain. Over time, Wôpanâak slipped away and was not used by Wampanoag for well over a century. For hundreds of years, they have not had a spoken language to share their cultural stories and traditions. As long as 500 years ago, the Wampanoag’s oral history predicted the loss of its language, but, according to the prophecy, a woman in the east would someday bring it back. That came true in 1993, when jessie little doe baird had recurring dreams of seemingly familiar people speaking an unfamiliar language. Driving through Cape Cod, it occurred to her that the street names were Wampanoag words, which she says, allowed her to interpret the dreams as a call from her ancestors. She and Aquinnah Wampanoag elder Helen Manning co-developed the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project to relearn and teach the native language.[4]

Devoted to resurrecting Wôpanâak, jessie little doe baird spent many years studying the language. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology became involved when baird began working with the late Ken Hale, a renowned linguistic scholar from MIT where baird earned her master’s in Algonquian Linguistics.[5] Once her research was complete, jessie little doe baird developed an introduction to the grammar of the language and created a curriculum for teaching it with a dictionary that has over 11,000 words. Propitiously, and likely with ancestors who had greeted the Pilgrims smiling on, jessie little doe baird and her husband Jason Baird had a daughter, Mae Alice. Born on July 4, 2004 during the annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow, “kuweeqâhsun” was the first word baird spoke to her baby, which means “you are in the light.” It was the perfect introduction to the child who would become the first fluent Wôpanâak speaker in seven generations.[6] Now Vice-Chairwoman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, jessie little doe baird taught Mae Alice to speak Wôpanâak, and in October 2012, she hired Jennifer Weston to oversee the development of a school to teach other Native children their language. Weston, who now serves as director of WLRP and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Language 28 » capecodandtheislandsmag.com


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Fun With Words Here are some words used in our every day American language that are derived from Wôpanâak:

Moccasin:

Skunk:

Moose:

Mahkus (mah-kus) Covers the whole foot

Sukôk (su-konk) Ejects body fluid

M8s (moos) moose

Additionally there are many locations that still retain the place names in the original Wôpanâak language.

Massachusetts

Mashpee

Cotuit

Mâsach8sut (maa-sa-choo-sut) Translation: Place of the foothill. This was probably referring to the Blue Hills.

Mâseepee (maa-see-pee) Translation: Big water. This refers to Mashpee Pond.

Kut8ut (ku-too-ut) Translation: Talking place. This was most likely a place for meetings.

Sippewisset

Monamascoy

Aquinnah

Seep8eesut Translation: Brook Place. This refers to a particular brook there.

Mônâmashkayut Translation: Abundant grass and herb place.

Âhqunah Translation: The end of the island.

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Department, initiated a partnership with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Education Department and the Montessori Academy of Cape Cod in North Falmouth to begin training Wôpanâak language teachers in the Montessori method. [7] Since then, four WLRP teachers have become certified Montessori Classroom Directors through the Institute of Guided Studies. Weetumuw School principal Nitana Hicks Greendeer and a staff of nine operate the school that is available to enrolled and household members (tribal or non-tribal) of the four Wampanoag communities of Mashpee, Aquinnah, Assonet, and Herring Pond. Participants fondly call it the “Wampessori” School. The mission of the school is preparing students for academic excellence and community leadership by instilling traditional Wampanoag values of respect,

[1] Katharine Vickers Kirakosian, “Curious Monuments of the Simplest Kind: Shell Midden Archaeology in Massachusetts,” University of Massachusetts Amherst, Doctoral Dissertations and Theses, April 2014. [2] Skip Finley, Historic Tales of Oak Bluffs, The History Press, Charleston, South Carolina, 2019 [3] Nicole Carroll, “The Language Had Gone Quiet,” USA Today, usatoday.com, August 27, 2020 [4] Conversations with Jennifer Weston [5] Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Council Members, mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/council-members [6] Ellen L. Lutz, “A Language Out of Time,”• Cultural Survival, culturalsurvival.org, June 2007. [7] Elsa Partan, “Wampanoag Immersion Preschool Gets Started,”• The Cape, Coast, and Islands NPR, GBH Education Foundation, capeandislands.org, May 4, 2016. [8] Angela Rowlings, “Wompanoags Resurrect a Language in Schools,”• Boston Herald, bostonherald.com, May 27, 2018. [9] Nicole Carroll, “The Language Had Gone Quiet,”• USA Today, usatoday.com, August 27, 2020

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honesty, compassion, humility, bravery, and gratitude through Wôpanâak language immersion and culturebased education using the Montessori model—without English. Mukayuhsak Weekuw (The Children’s House) teaches preschool and kindergarten students and Wushkeenune8ak Weekuw (The Young People’s House) offers grades 1-3, with plans to grow to serve fourth to sixth graders. The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project also offers daily language classes for students in grades eight through twelve at Mashpee middle and high schools, and it also plans to offer a new seventh grade class in the spring. The original $890,000 grant for the Weetumuw School required that children receive 500 hours a year of language immersion but under WLRP’s model they’ve received one thousand hours annually during the 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. day (pre-pandemic, which has moved most classes online for shorter sessions). The Weetumuw School is one of only about 50 tribal language schools in the country.[8] Said jessie little doe baird; “Words on paper are not a language. A language lives through the people who speak it”.[9] The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project (WLRP) now has 15 adult speakers of the Wampanoag language and over 100 children at various levels of fluency. Since the project started over 1,000 household members have been exposed to the language.

For more information visit: wlrp.org; or to place a donation, send to Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, P.O. Box 2241, Mashpee, MA 02649

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THE YEAR-ROUND DELIGHT OF CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS’

MAIN STREETS BY LISA CAVANAUGH

CHATHAM M A I N ST R E ET

Chatham’s Main Street offers a dose of charm. “It’s quintessential New England,” says Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Merchant Association Executive Director Mary Cavanaugh. “Classic New England architecture lines Main Street, where you can meander past shops, galleries, and restaurants and discover all kinds of neat things to do or buy.” There are numerous businesses that have graced Chatham’s downtown for many years, including clothing store Puritan Cape Cod, which just celebrated its centennial last year.

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Chatham Candy Manor, Chatham Jewelers and the Ben Franklin store are all more than sixty years old, and the popular bar and restaurant The Chatham Squire turned fifty in 2018. “We have dozens of interesting shops, galleries, inns, and eateries along Main Street,” says Cavanaugh, “and there are two delightful parks nearby for visitors and residents to enjoy.” Kate Gould Park is right on Main Street next to the Wayside Inn while Chase Park is just around the corner off Cross Street. There are banks and historic churches downtown,


as well as the revitalized Chatham Orpheum Theater and the Eldredge Public Library. “We are also very close to the famous fish pier and the Chatham Light lighthouse, and there are plenty of other businesses off the beaten track that are well worth visiting,” adds Cavanaugh. Chatham is particularly merry during the holidays, and even though many of the in-person events will not happen in 2020, Cavanaugh says that downtown Chatham will still be decorated with wreaths and lights, there will be “Selfies with

Santa” opportunities, and they will have a tree lighting in Kate Gould Park—although this year it will be virtual and streamed by Lower Cape TV. “We are also kicking off a Twelve Days of Christmas promotion,” she says, explaining that businesses of all kinds can participate by offering individualized promotions for their customers during the event. “We know that despite the changes, visitors to Chatham will really enjoy themselves, discover wonderful gift ideas at local stores and have a lot of holiday fun.”

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BARNSTABLE V I L LAG E

One of the oldest towns on the Cape, Barnstable Village, which runs along historic Route 6A, also has the honor of being the very first place in the American colonies to break from Great Britain. Two years before the Declaration of Independence was signed, over one thousand residents of Cape Cod gathered at the Barnstable Courthouse, which sits on a rise above what was then called Old Kings Highway, to proclaim independence from British Rule. “There is so much to learn as you walk through Barnstable Village,” says Meghan McLaughlin, president of the Barnstable Village Association. “People come from miles away just to take in our little piece of history here.”

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Barnstable was incorporated in 1639, and you can see every era represented in the historical preservation of homes, statues, and commemorative plaques, while still enjoying a vibrant stroll that includes restaurants, craft shops, and coffee houses. The most venerable restaurant on the street is The Dolphin, a family-run eatery housed in a centuries-old building, which has been joined recently by two newer spots, Barnstable Tuscan Cuisine and The Butter Cup Cafe. McLaughlin also mentions Nirvana Coffee Company, which epitomizes the friendly nature of the Village. “It’s like most places you go in the village,” she says. “Everybody from every walk of life goes there, and everyone talks to each other. It’s really comforting.”


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“We are not like a sleepy Cape Cod town that shuts everything up in the winter” adds McLaughlin, “We are here year-round and there is something to look forward to in every season.” While Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream has seasonal hours, much of the village is busy throughout the year. There is a working pottery studio and gallery (Barnstable Pottery) a women’s clothing store (Oz Cape Cod), a grocery and wine store (Barnstable Market), plus a US Post Office, Barnstable Fire Station and numerous County offices in the complex behind the courthouse. “We really are a self-sufficient village with contractors, lawyers, landscapers,” says McLaughlin. She points out that Sturgis Library

is just up the road to the west, while Barnstable Harbor and Milway Beach are also very close by, with fish restaurants, harbor tours, whale watches, and charter fishing available. “Barnstable Village has a real sense of community every day, whether it is summer or winter” she says. The popular annual Holiday Stroll had to be canceled this year, but the Village Association devised a cheery alternative, with Santa Claus riding on a BFD truck through town, and ending his parade by lighting the village Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn. “We will also have the whole parade route lit by luminaria, to give the event something extra special and beautiful,” says McLaughlin. “So we will still have a lot of holiday spirit in Barnstable Village!”

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FALMOUTH

“Downtown Falmouth has an overwhelming sense of friendliness and community,” says Nicole Fox, marketing director of the Falmouth Village Association. “Whether you are a resident or a tourist, everyone loves our village.” Spanning the tree-lined Main Street to Queens Buyway and including the extension of Main Street down Palmer Avenue, this historic downtown is filled with locally owned shops, a wide variety of restaurants, plenty of services, historic attractions and nearby accommodations. “Everyone knows everyone else,” says Fox, “and everyone works together.” She mentions some of the more long-standing businesses,

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such as Ghelfi’s Candies, which has been in the same family for decades. “Scott Ghelfi runs it now,” she says, “and he continues to make delicious candies using the same tools of the trade as generations before him.” She notes that Scott’s wife, Wendy, operates Caline For Kids across the street, which has been selling high-quality children’s clothing for over 47 years. “They are a perfect example of how our business community supports our village,” adds Fox. Recently, many small businesses on Main Street have been able to connect to


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high-speed internet through a partnership between the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, the Falmouth EDIC and OpenCape, the region’s nonprofit fiber internet network. Shops and restaurants such as Eight Cousins Bookstore, Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub, Falmouth Stamp & Coin, Coffee Obsession, Pickle Jar Kitchen, and the newly opened Aquatic Brewing have joined the recent connectivity project to better serve their customers, no matter what the season. Fox believes that part of the enduring appeal of downtown Falmouth is because the town is a year-round community.

“People live, shop, and dine year-round, so Falmouth Village can really offer a dose of normal in the wintertime,” she says. “It is still vibrant with many things to do.” Of course, this winter looks a little different, and Falmouth has made adjustments. “We typically do a popular Holiday Stroll, but this year we have to be flexible and offer more virtual opportunities to celebrate the season,” says Fox. “We will still have wreaths and other festive decorations, and people will still be able to enjoy our small-town charm this winter, or whenever they come to visit.”

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PROVINCETOWN Traveling up the Outer Cape from Chatham, visitors will find an appealing winter destination in Provincetown when summer crowds are long gone. “Provincetown in winter is a revelation, a respite from the outside world,” says Anthony Fuccillo, director of tourism for the Town of Provincetown. “It’s the season for reflection, quiet beach walks, and for biking along the trails of the Cape Cod National Seashore.”

The lure of nature notwithstanding, there is still plenty to do on Commercial Street, the main thoroughfare in Provincetown. The narrow one-way street is filled with galleries, shops, and restaurants, and it is perfect for pedestrians looking for gifts, souvenirs, original fine art, and a variety of cuisines. One legendary restaurant, The Lobster Pot is seasonal, but others, such as Fanizzi’s and The Mews offer dining year-round, as does Napi’s, which is around the corner on Freeman Street. For art lovers, Commercial Street is filled with treasures: Rice-Polak Gallery, William Scott Gallery, Bowersock Fine Art Gallery, and Kobalt Gallery are just a few of dozens of galleries that feature artworks of all styles and mediums. It is no surprise that creativity abounds in Provincetown. Not only has it long been home to actors, writers, and performers, but visual artists have found Provincetown to be a perfect combination of atmosphere and inspiration for centuries. “The special P-town quality of light is even more striking in winter and the skies turn cobalt blue,” says Fuccillo. “It’s the mood that has long inspired painters and writers to retreat here in the colder months.” Like many other towns on the Cape and islands, large-scale holiday events are on pause this winter, but the Provincetown Tourism board confirms that there will still be the iconic tree made of lobster pots constructed in Lopes Square. “The center of town will have festive holiday lighting,” says Gayle Conran, a spokesperson for the tourism board, “and shops and restaurants are open, mostly on the weekends.” She reiterates that Provincetown’s priority will always be to keep residents and visitors safe while still experiencing the special atmosphere the town offers.

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EDGARTOWN Main Street, North and South Water Streets, and Winter Street make up the center of downtown Edgartown on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Edgartown, which is the oldest settlement on the island (1642), has retained the look and feel of being founded by sea captains. There’s a density of whaling captains’ homes, some privately owned, and some turned into inns, shops, and places to eat. Retail stores include Pasts and Presents, a locally owned and operated antique shop, Murdick’s Fudge where all the fudge is made by hand in the front window of the shop, the Island’s original Vineyard Vines and Edgartown Books, which is a colorful, eclectic shopping experience. Locals and visitors adore l’etoile and Alchemy for fine dining, the Wharf and The Seafood Shanty for casual family fare, The Newes From America for pub-style food and Bettini at the Harbor View Hotel, Atlantic Fish & Chop House and The Dunes at the Winnetu for the perfect combination of atmosphere, views, and dining.

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Morning Glory Farm is also a must-see for any island visit. They have a selection of fresh produce from its farm as well as other island farms. Also, prepared foods, morning coffee, and delicious bakery items are all on the menu. Edgartown embraces the winter holidays with zeal, and the town center is traditionally lit with twinkle lights and festooned with natural greens. The 39th annual Christmas in Edgartown is on for December 10-13, 2020. The Martha’s Vineyard Chambers of Commerce confirm that this year’s event will take place with “appropriate (and magical) modifications to continue Edgartown’s work of keeping our community safe, supported, and open for business.” They suggest that one-of-a-kind shops offer the perfect opportunity to select distinctive gifts with meaning and Edgartown is a place “to take your time, browse, enjoy a treat along the way, go for a bike ride, walk the wide wind-swept beaches, get a massage, enjoy chowder by a fireplace, and truly relax.”


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NANTUCKET Nantucket packs a big punch when it comes to captivating downtowns. Twenty-eight blocks make up the core of the town’s cultural district but Main Street is the primary street. “Main Street is Nantucket’s historic and de facto heart,” says William P. DeSousaMauk, president of DeMa Public Relations and head of media relations for the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. “Walking along this enchanting thoroughfare from the harbor, one easily imagines stepping back into the mid-19th century.”

Historic homes crowd the street, intermingled with a plethora of distinguished businesses beloved by residents and visitors alike. Murray’s Toggery Shop (est. 1945) was originally known as the island’s main supplier of the essentials and remains a reliable stop for just about anything that one might need. To millions of needleworkers Erica Wilson was America’s First Lady of stitchery, and her boutique features Nantucket-style fashions, fibers, fragrance, and needlework. Mitchell’s Book Corner has been the choice for reading material since 1968, while old-fashioned newsstand The Hub of Nantucket (est. 1950) is a perfect spot to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and read the newspaper on its outside benches. Anderson’s Nantucket features gifts, furniture, lighting, linens, and home accessories in chic Nantucket style and Nantucket Perfume Company offers a sensory abundance of women’s perfume, men’s cologne, and other aromatherapy products. Restaurant choices include the famous The Chicken Box, Straight Wharf, and The Club Car. The Ships Inn, which is on nearby Fair Street, is housed in the historic home of one of the world’s most famous whaling captains, Obed Starbuck. Nantucket typically hosts a very popular annual Christmas Stroll, but with community safety as its top priority, the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce has reimagined its celebration of the holidays this season, and is instead presenting Nantucket Noel, a shop-local initiative, that will run from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve. Christmas trees will still be decorated by volunteers (including local children), but the annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be virtual this year and will air on Nantucket Community Television. DeSousa-Mauk notes that while winter is often a quieter time on the island, “Nantucket is home to more than 11,000 people and visitors will notice how friendly, cordial, and caring these residents are to each other, to strangers, to everyone.” He believes this idyllic sense of community really enhances people’s lives. “No one visiting Nantucket, regardless the season, cannot be impressed and dazzled by the authentic feeling of being a little lost in time, in a good way.”

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EMBRACE “OPEN AIR LIFE” THIS WINTER BY KELLY CHASE

SANFORD FARM, NANTUCKET

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he chilliest, darkest days of the year are upon us, but perhaps this year more than others, there are enough reasons to approach the season with a new frame of mind. Take, for example, Scandinavia. The region experiences frigid temperatures and short days, but the population reports some of the lowest cases of seasonal depression. So, what’s their secret? It could be friluftsliv, which roughly translates to “free air life” or “open air life.” The Norwegian concept is about finding cold-weather activities to enjoy and getting outside even in bad weather. Stepping into nature regularly has proven benefits from increasing vitamin D levels to boosting endorphins and reducing stress. Cape Codders and Islanders know this, and as a result there’s been an increase in foot traffic on area trails. “More people are getting out there and finding space and refuge in nature, which is absolutely amazing because nature is proven to have healing qualities to it,” says Amy Henderson, executive director of Brewster Conservation Trust. “By spending just 20 minutes outside, it is really helpful and healing.” The same nature-induced benefits apply during the winter months, but when the wind chill is up, it can be hard to find the motivation. But don’t lose faith—sometimes the appropriate gear is all it takes. “As they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing,” says Ian Ives, sanctuary director at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable, who adds that the protected trails on the Cape and islands are some of the region’s best kept secrets, especially in winter. “There’s no safer place to be than a wildlife sanctuary right now,” says Ives. “Give it a try, get outdoors, get your endorphins going, you’ll feel more alive, and if you give it a shot, you might just connect with nature in ways you didn’t know before.” As daylight hours wane and temperatures drop on the Cape and islands this season, join us as we aim to embrace a spirit of open air living. Here are 20 trails that are open all year long.

MIDDLE MOORS TRAIL, NANTUCKET

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Overlooking Wellfleet Harbor, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a destination for any season. The sanctuary’s waterfront location lends itself to stunning views, and also means that snowfall doesn’t stick around for long, which leaves the trails accessible for winter walks. There are five miles of trails that cross through salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands.

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WELLFLEET HARBOR, WELLFLEET BAY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

“The Bay View Trail is my favorite in the winter,” says Christine Bates, visitor experiences and community outreach coordinator at the sanctuary. The trail is the longest in the sanctuary and is carved through pine and oak woodlands. “The trail is elevated so it has some nice expansive views over a large salt marsh and Cape Cod Bay.” A few years ago, when temperatures dipped so low that slushy waves rolled and ice chunks floated through the bay, the trail offered an interesting vantage point. “You could see the shiny, big chunks of ice out there,” recalls Bates. A shorter trek is the Goose Pond Trail, which is 1.4 miles and winds through a variety of habitats from salt marshes to heavily wooded portions and finishes at the sandy barrier beach on Cape Cod Bay. Roads and parking lots are open and plowed throughout the season. Check in at the nature center and remember to bring money for admission if you aren’t a Mass Audubon member.

GOOSE POND TRAIL

IF YOU GO… Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet, massaudubon.org

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OBER TRAIL

Weather depending, all of Nickerson State Park’s trails are accessible to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking. The trails are also ideal for winter walks. The main park roads and parking lots are open and plowed in the winter. After a good snowfall, snowshoers can head out along Deer Park Trail, Cedar Trail, and Ober Trail. Cliff Pond is one of the longest hikes in the park at 3.5 miles, and it wraps around the pond that was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. “Along Cliff Pond, there are a number of hidden alcoves that are really beautiful,” says Eric Levy, park superintendent at Nickerson, who adds that the trail and park also offer plenty of opportunities for observing wildlife. Most recently, two bald eagles have been spotted and named Ellie and Earl. Levy reminds those who are visiting the park to carry out what they’ve carried in, keep dogs on leashes, dress warm, bring water, and follow mask-wearing and social-distancing guidelines. Visit the sanctuary’s website and review the trail system before heading out. Winter may be chillier, but Levy says it’s worth it to get outside and breathe in the fresh air. “We’re a sanctuary. This is what Cape Cod looks like without homes and neighborhoods, there are kettle ponds and snow clinging to white pines,” he says. “The quiet and the serenity offer a stillness and a break from busy Cape Cod life.”

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CLIFF POND

Amy Henderson, executive director of the Brewster Conservation Trust, recommends the Eddy Bay Trail on Lower Road in Brewster. “It’s a nice wooded trail through a white pine grove,” she says. “There’s a holly grove towards the end and a beautiful bluff that overlooks Cape Cod Bay.” When the white pines are dusted with snow, it’s particularly magical. The one-mile loop is a popular choice and has a rewarding view from atop the last wild bluff on the Brewster coast. “Any time of day is beautiful, but it’s a really great place to catch the sunset,” says Henderson. Close by Sheep Pond is a 152-acre freshwater pond that is considered one of the cleanest in Brewster. Sheep Pond Woodland is a 1.3-mile trail that leads to a kettle marsh and old cranberry bog, which is connected to the waterway. The quiet loop passes through oak and pitch pine forest.

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IF YOU GO… Nickerson State Park, Flax Pond Road, 508-896-3491, Brewster, mass.gov Eddy Bay Trail, Lower Road (past the Community Garden and Eddy Sisters Trail entrance), Brewster, brewsterconservationtrust.org Sheep Pond Trail, Intersection of Route 137 and Underpass Road, Brewster, brewsterconservationtrust.org


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MID CAPE HEATHER FONE

The 110-acre Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary’s 2.5 miles of trails, including Harbor Overlook Trail and Beck Family Trail are open to hikers, cross country skiers, and snowshoers. “There’s a patchwork of interconnected trails that make their way through all sorts of habitats,” says Ian Ives, sanctuary director at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Among the habitats, Ives points out Sandy Neck Barrier Beach as well as tidal flats, salt marshes, open pastures, and pollinator pastures, all of which are home to a variety of wildlife. “In the winter months, this is a great site to come and look out at Barnstable Harbor where there are huge flocks of wintering ducks that are looking for open water that’s not frozen over.” Ives mentions scoters, eiders, pintail ducks, wood ducks, loons, and owls. On a daytime expedition, hikers can search the snow for tracks of other animals like weasels, otters, fisher cats, and mink.

SANDY NECK BARRIER BEACH TRAIL

IF YOU GO… Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable, massaudubon.org Barnstable Great Marsh, 244 West Main Street, Barnstable, massaudubon.org

For a scenic walk, head to Barnstable Great Marsh, where trails have views of Barnstable Harbor and Sandy Neck Barrier Beach and its salt marsh. Keep an eye out on Otter Trail, where otters are most likely to be spotted in February and March. “This is a popular spot for owls,” says Ives, who adds that the 1.3 miles of trails pass through shady oak woodlands and trace the edges of two open ponds. Walkers might also find sea turtles making their way into the ocean. Sometimes the turtles get stuck, and if you come across a stranded turtle, call Mass Audubon (508362-7475). The team rescues turtles and brings them to the New England Aquarium for rehabilitation.

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UPPER CAPE

Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary in East Falmouth is home to over 1,000 American holly trees. Naturalist Wilfrid Wheeler, who owned the property in the early twentieth century, planted over 50 varieties. “In the fall and winter, the berries on the female trees come into full glory with bright red, yellow, and oranges berries,” says Ian Ives, who added that Wheeler propagated and sold the trees across the region, so chances are if there’s a holly tree on the Cape, it came from Ashumet Holly. The sanctuary has six trails including the Mystery Tree Trail and the Ashumet Farm Trail. “The sanctuary is smaller, but it’s a bundle of awesomeness with open fields, pitch pine forests, coastal habitats, playing ponds, and kettle ponds,” says Ives. Along the Grassy Pond Trail, is a Franklinia, a rare tree that no longer grows in the wild, but blooms inside the sanctuary every fall.

IF YOU GO… Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary, Ashumet Road, East Falmouth, massaudubon.org

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NEIL FOLEY

NICOLE RIDGE

NANTUCKET

MIDDLE MOORS

ALTAR ROCK SUNSET IN THE MOORS

IF YOU GO… Squam Farm, Squidnet Road, nantucketconservation.org Windswept Bog and Stump Pond, Polpis Road, nantucketconservation.org Sanford Farm and Ram Pasture, Madaket Road, nantucketconservation.org

“Winter out on Nantucket means lots of wind,” says Neil Foley, Interpretive Education Coordinator and Ecologist at Nantucket Conservation Foundation, who guides walkers and others who are looking to embrace friluftsliv toward places that are more protected. Squam Farm and Squam Swamp are home to some of the oldest forests on the island, nearing 100 to 150 years old. Squam Farm has 1.8- and 2.1-mile loops through retired pasture. “An excellent spot for a stroll even when the winds howl and winter sets in,” says Foley. The trail connects to Squam Swamp Trail, which is a 1.8-mile walk through freshwater, spring-fed wetlands, and vernal pools of the eastern side of the island. “The striking shapes of the tupelos and beech trees will make you forget that you’re 30 miles out to sea,” he says. Walk through retired cranberry bogs, hardwood forests, shrub swamps, and freshwater ponds at Windswept Bog and Stump Pond. Foley recommends the Easterly Edge Trail, a 3.2-mile trail around the freshwater wetland, Stump Pond. “Narrow forested paths, raised boardwalks, and places of quiet reflection make this trail a great way to spend a weekend of exploration,” says Foley. Nearby, the Middle Moors conserves over 3,200 acres of land and there are a variety of trail systems carved throughout. “Take the winding and hilly Meandering Firebreak Loop, which is 4.9 miles, over the exposed hillsides and hidden kettle ponds of this glacial landscape,” he says. Another option is Folger’s Hill Loop, a 3.4-mile steady climb to the second highest point on the island. Chances are the trail head that includes Sanford Farm and Ram Pasture will be busy with morning joggers and dog walkers. Be sure to maintain six feet apart and bring a mask. The North Look is a quick 1.7-mile loop while the Ocean Walk is 5.8 miles and treks to the south shore of the island. “Make sure to stop at the Sanford Barn overlook to see sprawling views of Hummock Pond and Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s permanently protected grasslands and outwash plains along Nantucket’s south shore,” says Foley. ACKTrails is free on iOS and Android has over 40 trails from 13 properties, and the app has additional information for hikes such as ecology, history, and current science and stewardship information.

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BY KELLY CHASE PHOTOGRAPHS BY SIMON UPTON

OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE LAND, A DESIGNER’S THREE-STORY HOME IS BUILT UP IN THE TREES.

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esigner Ray Booth and his husband, John Shea, were enjoying their vacation in Provincetown when they started to wonder what it would be like to have a house there. “We fell in love with the architecture, the rich history of the area, and the arts scene that exists there,” says Booth. “It just felt like there was a little bit of everything—it was gay, straight, black, white, purple, and it offered a rich diverse experience for this teeny tiny, town at the end of the Cape.” Booth, a principal at architecture and design firm, McAlpine, originally wanted to buy a house. “We had designed our house in Tennessee, so we were really looking to move into something,” he says. Unfortunately, their search proved fruitless. “We looked and nothing was exactly right,” he says, which led them to a lot of land at the end of a shell driveway. The plot had never been built on, which was a plus, but when they arrived at the site, it was overgrown with briars and completely inaccessible from the road. “It was nothing you’d want to buy,” he says. “We went back to the place we were staying feeling discouraged.” Later, Booth decided to check the address on Google maps, where he noticed a fire road that skimmed the back of the property. “I rode my bike over at the very end of the afternoon, and there were no briars, I walked right up to the property, which was surrounded by wetlands and trees,” he says. “The light was setting to the west and it was coming in horizontally through these mature maple trees. There was this moment and I knew I found something that could be something special for us.”

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I rode my bike over at the very end of the afternoon, and there were no briars, I walked right up to the property, which was surrounded by wetlands and trees. The light was setting to the west and it was coming in horizontally through these mature maple trees. There was this moment and I knew I found something that could be something special for us. — RAY BOOTH

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Locking in an untouched piece of land in historic Provincetown was special, but given the location, the land came with strict zoning laws. Booth worked with Mark Kinnane and his team at Cape Associates to build up—constructing a threestory, 2,700-square-foot house that fit the bill of the homeowners while also fitting into the defined parameters of the property. “The project was kind of like a jigsaw puzzle, but we got the right pieces in the right places,” says Kinnane. The native ferns and an old maple were the inspiration for much of the home’s footprint and layout. “The form of the house was derived out of respect for land and need to build as far from the vegetated wetland as possible and we wanted to enjoy the beautiful maple tree,” says Booth. The first-floor ceiling heights were capped at 7.5 feet to make space for ten-foot-high ceilings on the second floor and main living space. Floorto-ceiling windows invite dappled sunlight and frame the surrounding ferns and trees. To take advantage of the woodsy location, there are six decks and four of them are screened in. “They are great places to sleep and also read, especially on rainy days,” says Booth.

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Inside, exposed Douglas fir beams were weathered to resemble driftwood and the European oak floors are finished in Dune to mimic sand under the homeowners’ feet. Yet, Booth admits that while there are hints of coastal influences, most are subtle. “We are beach bums, and we are at the beach every day we are there,” he says. “We don’t need more beach than that.” The staircase ascends three levels and was constructed with solid oak treads bolted into the framing to give the appearance of floating and to have more opportunities for natural light. For cooler nights and for the holidays that the couple plans to spend in Provincetown, there’s a threestory granite chimney. The exterior is painted black, a departure from the typical shingled cottages of Cape Cod, but the darker shell provides additional cover. “I wanted the house to go dark and fall into the shadows and be a quiet house at the edge of the woods here,” says Booth. The 60-inch-wide front door is a pop of color painted high-gloss blue, and pivots on a hinge. “Having the shorter, wider door was a way of creating a welcoming gesture to the house,” says Booth. While Booth and Shea spend a lot of their time on the area’s sandy beaches, there are other gems that they’ve discovered in town. “The town offers so much,” he says. “We go to restaurants and galleries. We love that we can get on bikes and tool around downtown or head to the bike trail. We have found a lot of joy on the Cape.” WINTER 2020 / 2021 » 57


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87 SEAPUIT ROAD, OSTERVILLE

This private, five-bedroom Osterville home is a luxurious escape with amenities such as a chef-inspired dual kitchen, four-season sunroom, gym, sauna, and spa. Architectural gardens surround the home and a pool with a waterfall provides a perfect backdrop for relaxation. For those who are looking to venture out, the abode is just minutes away from beaches and Osterville Village. FACTS: 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 7,829 square feet on 2.00 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $2,650,000 SOLD DATE: October 9, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Witter & Witter, 508-776-1971, Compass BUYER’S AGENT: Kim A Hanlon, 508-274-4316, Alante Real Estate

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Year in review BY KELLY CHASE

From Woods Hole to Provincetown and across the Sound to Nantucket, every town on the Cape and islands saw an uptick in home sales in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic caused some major changes to take place in the workforce sending many city-dwellers to the coastal communities that offer beach walks, ocean views, conservation space, quaint villages, and a slower pace of life. Add enticing interest rates to the mix and the region’s realtors could barely hammer a For Sale sign in the ground before scheduling a closing. As we closeout an unprecedented year, we have decided to take inventory of some of the most appealing listings that came on (and off) the market this year.

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Sandwich & Bourne

The canal-bordering towns of Sandwich and Bourne offer convenience as well as private beachfront finds and lovingly maintained historical properties.

1 MAPLE PLACE, EAST SANDWICH

This beachfront home sits on 1.86 acres and is nestled in the dunes overlooking a private sandy beach and Cape Cod Bay. FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, 4,210 square feet on 1.86 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $3,000,000 SOLD DATE: May 8, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Robert B Kinlin, 508-420-1414 204, Robert Paul Properties

114 SALT MARSH ROAD EAST SANDWICH

Set between over 50 acres of conservation land and the shores of Spring Hill Beach, this oceanfront home is coastal living at its best. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,532 square feet on 2.04 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,085,000 SOLD DATE: September 15, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Jane Bodrie, 508-737-4915, Sotheby’s International Realty BUYER’S AGENT: Susan DeCoste, 508-789-5753, Jack Conway

7 COLONY AVENUE MONUMENT BEACH

594 CIRCUIT AVENUE POCASSET

FACTS: 2 bedrooms, 2..5 baths, 1,447 square feet on 0.31 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $410,000 SOLD DATE: July 23, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Amanda Lucido, 508-364-0336, Lucido Real Estate

FACTS: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1,665 square feet on 0.29 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,400,000 SOLD DATE: August 14, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Team Heath & Holly Coker, 508-548-8888, Robert Paul Properties BUYER’S AGENT: Marie Souza Team, 508-790-2000, Cape Cod Real Estate Services

Natural light abounds in this updated contemporary Cape on a quiet road.

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Water views are in every room of this newly built home on Hen Cove.

10 GROVE STREET, SANDWICH

A landmark colonial steeped in history includes a waterfront lot on Shawme Pond and walkability to shops, restaurants, library, museums and more. FACTS: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3,346 square feet on 1.04 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $625,000 SOLD DATE: May 5, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Beverly Comeau, 508-364-0084, Kinlin Grover Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: Linda Whitcomb, 508-737-4457, William Raveis


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Falmouth & Mashpee

These active year-round communities attract homeowners who are looking to enjoy that coastal lifestyle without losing access to the amenities of busy town centers.

264 CENTRAL AVENUE EAST FALMOUTH

It’s all in the details of this custom-built craftsman home with an in-law apartment over a two car garage. FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3,609 square feet on 0.51 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $860,000 SOLD DATE: July 1, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Kim Bedford, 978-500-0252, Kinlin Grover Real Estate

41 OLD MAIN ROAD, UNIT 5A NORTH FALMOUTH

Situated along the Shining Sea Bikeway and close to Old Silver Beach, shopping, and dining, North Falmouth’s The Village blends beloved Cape classic with modern amenities. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2,616 square feet WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $675,000 SOLD DATE: September 15, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Linda J Stoll, 508-776-5380, Kinlin Grover Real Estate

13 OCEAN BLUFF DRIVE NEW SEABURY

A bright and cheery four-bedroom gives permission to spread out with an open floor plan and three floors of living space. FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2,460 square feet on 0.34 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $2,685,000 SOLD DATE: July 24, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Team Cass Costa-Marlene Susienka, 508-843-2985, Robert Paul Properties BUYER’S AGENT: Robert E Malcolm, 508-280-2753, Robert Paul Properties

65 BAYSHORE DRIVE, MASHPEE

Wake up in the morning to birds singing and swans swimming by. FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,734 square feet on 0.51 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $995,000 SOLD DATE: June 12, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Witter & Witter, 508-776-1971, Compass BUYER’S AGENT: Karen Sanft, 617-875-1144, Coldwell Banker Realty

188 GANSETT ROAD, WOODS HOLE

Listed for the first time in over a century, this property includes two private stretches of shoreline, a boathouse and private dock, and a majestic residence with nine bedrooms and over 8,000 square feet of living space. FACTS: 9 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, 8,383 square feet on 4.00 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $5,500,000 SOLD DATE: August 3, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: John Cotton, Jr, 508-428-9115, Co-listed by: Donna Sawyer, 508-654-4359, Sotheby’s International Realty WINTER 2020 / 2021 » 61


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Barnstable

The largest town on the Cape has seven villages, including Cotuit, Osterville, Centerville, Hyannis, Barnstable, West Barnstable, and Marstons Mills. At 76-square-miles, Barnstable has plenty to offer from large coastal homes with names to tidy capes with great backyards.

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“Faraway” includes ten acres on Oyster Harbor and views of Cotuit Bay, Sampson’s Island, Nantucket Sound, and Martha’s Vineyard on the horizon. FACTS: 8 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 2 half baths, 6,460 square feet on 9.00 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $13,750,000 SOLD DATE: July 29, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Robert Kinlin, 508-420-1414 204, Robert Paul Properties

91 DORAL ROAD, CUMMAQUID A renovated ranch in a great little neighborhood. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1,548 square feet on 0.82 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $390,000 SOLD DATE: October 1, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: The Cape House Team, 508-737-1248, William Raveis

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135 CEDAR STREET, WEST BARNSTABLE A contemporary home with an open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows, nine-foot vaulted ceilings, oversized kitchen island and more near Sandy Neck Beach. FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 4,300 square feet on 1.01 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $775,000 SOLD DATE: September 10, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Kathy Craig, 508-958-6708 Robert Paul Properties BUYER’S AGENT: Cristina Junqueira - Amorim 508-737-5280, Seaport Village Realty

1075 OLD POST ROAD, COTUIT

“Owl Hollow” is a blend of old and new with views of North Bay, a spacious front lawn, private beach, and deepwater dock. FACTS: 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3,671 square feet on 4.89 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $3,850,000 SOLD DATE: September 2, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Janet Gosselin, 508-280-7991, Co-listed by: Kevin Cosgrove, 508-209-3396, Kinlin Grover Real Estate


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1356 OLD POST ROAD, MARSTONS MILLS

A ten-room colonial on the Cotuit-Marstons Mills line with plenty of room to grow. FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3,016 square feet on 0.98 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $760,000 SOLD DATE: September 30, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Jeanette Neeven, 508-944-2275, Kinlin Grover Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: Livia Freitas Monteforte, 781-285-8028, Compass

569 LUMBERT MILL ROAD, CENTERVILLE

This three-bedroom gambrel has comfort with wide pine floors and a wood-burning fireplace, plus a backyard with gardens, a greenhouse, and oversized shed. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1,337 square feet on 0.39 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $345,000 SOLD DATE: August 11, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Annie Hart Cool Team, 508-868-0664, Co-listed by: Steven P Strojny, 508-509-3705 Sotheby’s International Realty BUYER’S AGENT: The Team of Cape Cod, 508-934-6745, Seaport Village Realty

59 BAY LANE, CENTERVILLE

Paddle your way to Long Beach from this waterfront home with an acre of land and private dock on Bumps River. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,250 square feet on 1.07 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,425,000 SOLD DATE: August 26, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Trish Lyons, 508-648-0340 Kinlin Grover Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: Witter & Witter, 508-776-1971, Compass

45 HARBOR BLUFFS ROAD, HYANNIS The elevated master suite in this five bedroom features a walk-in closet, master bath, and private balcony with views of Lewis Bay. FACTS: 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,601 square feet on 0.19 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,195,000 SOLD DATE: September 30, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Craig Sexton, 508-364-8024, CapeBuilt Development LLC BUYER’S AGENT: Secino Sexton Associates, 508-420-6166, William Raveis Real Estate

58 WILLIAMS PATH WEST BARNSTABLE

At the end of a quiet dead-end street, this five-bedroom overlooks Cape Cod Bay and the dunes of Sandy Neck Beach. FACTS: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3,912 square feet on 1.24 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,275,000 SOLD DATE: September 10, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Sandy Tompkins, 508-776-4667, Kinlin Grover Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: Lauren T Scioletti, 774-208-3502, Kinlin Grover Real Estate WINTER 2020 / 2021 » 63


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Yarmouth & Dennis

Two towns in the heart of Cape Cod have sandy beaches, salt marshes, and tidal creeks plus plenty of restaurants and shops that make locals regulars and influence vacationers to return year after year.

5 LONGELL ROAD, DENNIS PORT

A turn-key, year-round beach getaway with two levels of ocean-facing decks, plus a crow’s nest up top. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,737 square feet on 0.28 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,550,000 SOLD DATE: August 21, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Rob Serroni, Jr., 508-566-9639, Coldwell Banker BUYER’S AGENT: Mary O’Donnell, 774-722-0726, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

134 NOBSCUSSETT ROAD, DENNIS

A stone’s throw away from the Nobscussett Association Beach, this 2016-built home has been meticulously maintained. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,868 square feet on 0.39 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,390,000 SOLD DATE: June 30, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Jill Cohen, 781-838-2482, Redfin Corporation BUYER’S AGENT: Lomenzo & Lomenzo, 508-737-8272, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

106 PHEASANT COVE CIRCLE, YARMOUTH PORT

Watch shore birds riding the wind from this three-bedroom Cape Cod-style home overlooking a tidal creek bordered by marsh grasses and sand dunes. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2,505 square feet on 0.41 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $965,000 SOLD DATE: October 1, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Cathleen McAbee, 508-246-0900, Kinlin Grover Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: Sandy Scannell, 617-347-6638, Keller Williams Realty

5 PRUDENCE WAY, WEST DENNIS

Seaside living at its best in this desirable West Dennis location. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1,662 square feet on 0.19 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $530,000 SOLD DATE: June 26, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Team Martin Lapsley, 508-331-1404, Kinlin Grover Real Estate

33 FERNCLIFF ROAD, DENNIS PORT

30 MARSHSIDE DRIVE, YARMOUTH PORT

FACTS: 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, 908 square feet on 0.11 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $340,000 SOLD DATE: April 28, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Amanda Howey, 774-722-7804, RE/MAX BUYER’S AGENT: David F Bisbee, 508-776-2323 William Raveis Real Estate

FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, 3,003 square feet on 1.03 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $805,000 SOLD DATE: July 10, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Laura Johnson, 774-238-9093, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty BUYER’S AGENT: Daneen Law, 508-237-0977, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Cute, perfectly formed and close to Dennis Port beaches.

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In the seaside village of Yarmouth Port Custom this custom-built, one family home with timeless appeal.


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Brewster & Orleans Old captain’s homes and private abodes can be found in Brewster and Orleans. In addition to beaches and ponds, these towns have antique shops, restaurants, and conservation areas to explore every weekend.

16 SNOW WAY, ORLEANS

Perched on a knoll overlooking Town Cove and Rachel’s Cove, “Bluefish House” is private waterfront estate set on 10.5 acres in East Orleans. FACTS: 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 3 half baths, 9,682 square feet on 10.5 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $11,000,000 SOLD DATE: August 21, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Pothier/Leonard LuxRE CapeCod, 508-237-2671, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

9 PHEASANT DRIVE, ORLEANS

With the exception of singing birds and the sound of the ocean, this light-filled fourbedroom is quiet, private, and surrounded by lush foliage. FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,686 square feet on 1.04 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $696,000 SOLD DATE: September 24, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Jorie Fleming, 508-246-3721, Compass BUYER’S AGENT: Robin Thayer, 508-922-4391 Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

18 CAPTAIN THATCHER ROAD BREWSTER 130 HILLBOURNE TERRACE, BREWSTER

Stunning sunsets are a daily event as are sweeping Cape Cod Bay views. FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,540 square feet on 0.63 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,965,000 SOLD DATE: October 9, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Hardman-Liberles Team, 508-237-8038, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty BUYER’S AGENT: Martha Knapp, 508-314-3747, Kinlin Grover Real Estate

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A short walk from this three-bedroom cape takes homeowners to bayside beaches, including Saint’s Landing and Mant’s Landing. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,729 square feet on 0.35 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $660,000 SOLD DATE: August 28, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Michael Leighton, 508-896-1222 Leighton Realty


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Harwich & Chatham

Harwich and Chatham have long been popular summer destinations for their beaches and freshwater ponds. When visitors tire of their beach chairs, Chatham’s tree-lined Main Street is quintessential Cape Cod with tried-and-true shops, inns, and restaurants.

617 FOX HILL ROAD, CHATHAM

The exterior gardens of this fourbedroom colonial were designed by a master gardener to be an outdoor oasis. FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 7 baths, 6,736 square feet on 0.98 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $2,800,000 SOLD DATE: September 30, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Livia Freitas Monteforte, 781-285-8028, Compass BUYER’S AGENT: Jessica A King, 508-237-1650, Compass

159 SEAPINE ROAD, NORTH CHATHAM

Find a serene waterfront setting at this expanded and renovated Cape perched on Crows Pond with striking views from every room. FACTS: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2,978 square feet on 0.84 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $2,250,000 SOLD DATE: September 4, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Barbara Francke, 508-240-2320, Co-listed by: Sherri Simms, 508-292-7264, Kinlin Grover Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: John C Ricotta, 508-945-5000 110, John C Ricotta & Associates

20 DAVIS, HARWICH PORT

Situated on a premier lot in Harwich Port, around the corner from Merkel Beach and Wychmere Beach and Tennis Club, this property has luxury amenities, including privacy, an abundance of versatile space, and spectacular panoramic views of Nantucket Sound. FACTS: 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, 4,516 square feet on 0.43 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $3,250,000 SOLD DATE: June 12, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Sandra Tanco, 508-737-5775, Kinlin Grover Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: N/A

9 HIAWATHA ROAD, HARWICH PORT

11 CREST CIRCLE, CHATHAM

FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,400 square feet on 0.13 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $830,000 SOLD DATE: September 11, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Amy Brady, 508-221-5071, William Raveis Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: Janet Baker, 508-432-2599, Cape Cod Associates Real Estate

FACTS: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2,836 square feet on 0.80 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,225,000 SOLD DATE: August 27, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Lori Jurkowski, 508-360-8738, Kinlin Grover Real Estate

A well-maintained three-bedroom located in the village just steps to Wyndemere Bluffs Association Beach.

This cape is at the end of a cul-de-sac and overlooks a tidal salt marsh with ever-changing views.

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Wellfleet & Eastham When much of the town’s coastline is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and over 1,000 waterfront acres are part of a wildlife sanctuary, there’s something that generations of locals knew to preserve. Both Wellfleet and Eastham have lots to offer when it comes to beaches, ponds, parks, and aquaculture.

320 COVE VIEW ROAD, WELLFLEET

113 4TH STREET, WELLFLEET

FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,080 square feet on 0.53 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $619,999 SOLD DATE: October 16, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Jessica L Larsen, 774-722-4631, Jessica Larsen Realty BUYER’S AGENT: Allen Associates, 508-534-7200, Keller Williams Realty

FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,332 square feet on 0.75 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,325,000 SOLD DATE: August 7, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Anthony R Bartolini, 508-237-5058, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty BUYER’S AGENT: Paul McCormick, 508-776-1936, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Renovated and decorated by an HGTV featured designer, this home boasts 14 years of vacation rental history and is being offered fully furnished, accessorized and guest ready.

165 HARMES WAY, EASTHAM

Renovated beachfront home on Cape Cod Bay with two bedrooms, open living area, and plenty of extra space for guests. FACTS: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,226 square feet on 0.49 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $615,000 SOLD DATE: August 14, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Jorie Fleming, 508-246-3721, Compass BUYER’S AGENT: Sherri Simms, 508-292-7264, Kinlin Grover Real Estate

75 SHADY LANE, EASTHAM

Kingsbury Beach, Wiley Park, Great Pond, and the Cape Cod Bike Trail are close to this three-bedroom lovingly maintained cape. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,175 square feet on 0.73 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,200,000 SOLD DATE: July 24, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Bud Macomber, 508-240-9232, Meadow Marsh Inc BUYER’S AGENT: Sandra Milano, 774-212-3141, Cape Lifestyle Real Estate

205 SAMOSET AVENUE, WELLFLEET

Light and bright home with cathedral ceilings and lots of windows to bring in harbor and bay views. FACTS: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,295 square feet on 1.02 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $2,375,000 SOLD DATE: October 2, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Eva Scott, 508-776-9231, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty BUYER’S AGENT: Rose Kennedy, 508-560-0866, Kinlin Grover Real Estate

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Truro & Provincetown The towns at the tip of Cape Cod have beaches, character, culture, and history. In the seventeenth century, Provincetown was the first stop on the Mayflower’s voyage before it landed in Plymouth. Today, real estate is hard to come by in either location but there are still a few gems to snatch up.

3 MARY’S WAY, TRURO

Located on the bluffs of Truro, overlooking Cape Cod bay, this 4,940-square-foot beachfront property is a classic Cape Cod home. FACTS: 7 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4,940 square feet on 1.72 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $2,850,000 SOLD DATE: October 15, 2020 LISTING AGENT: David J Dubuque, 321-432-6838, Co-listed by: Adam Rouillard, 508-241-5994, EXIT Cape Realty BUYER’S AGENT: Brett E Holmes, 508-360-3690, Kinlin Grover Real Estate

432 COMMERCIAL STREET, UNIT R2 PROVINCETOWN

510 SHORE ROAD, UNIT A NORTH TRURO

This large studio apartment on Commercial Street is located in the Gallery District with shops and restaurants just steps away.

Sea Haven, a contemporary bungalow, provides 180-degree views of Long Point, Provincetown, and Beach Point.

FACTS: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 370 square feet on 0.12 acre WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $350,000 SOLD DATE: July 30, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Steven K Miller, 508-487-9550, Coldwell Banker

82 COMMERCIAL STREET PROVINCETOWN

This historic seven-bedroom house on Commercial Street is close to town but surrounded with lush gardens for privacy. FACTS: 7 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3,294 square feet on 0.24 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $3,750,000 SOLD DATE: April 21, 2020 LISTING AGENT: David M Nicolau, 508-487-2430, Atlantic Bay Sotheby’s International Realty BUYER’S AGENT: Joe T DeMartino, 508-272-5843, Coldwell Banker 70 » capecodandtheislandsmag.com

633 COMMERCIAL STREET, UNIT 4 PROVINCETOWN With exposed beams, a vaulted ceiling, and wood floors, the Boathouse is rich with character.

FACTS: 2 bedroom, 2 baths, 1,250 square feet on 0.17 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,185,000 SOLD DATE: September 9, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Emily Flax, 508-487-2430, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty BUYER’S AGENT: Lee Ash, 508-237-6342, William Raveis Real Estate

FACTS: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,335 square feet WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $865,000 SOLD DATE: August 31, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Lee Ash, 508-237-6342, William Raveis Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: Deborah D Martin, 774-487-0956, Cove Real Estate

10 COMMERCIAL STREET, UNIT 14 PROVINCETOWN Family-like living awaits you in the highly sought after Delft Haven Condominium.

FACTS: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,142 square feet on 0.65 acre WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $1,455,000 SOLD DATE: September 22, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Gabby A Hanna, 917-696-8952 William Raveis Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: Brett E Holmes, 508-360-3690, Kinlin Grover Real Estate


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Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard 34 POND VIEW WAY, VINEYARD HAVEN

This home is what happens when a premier builder builds his own home — thoughtful design around every corner. FACTS: 3 bedroom, 3 full baths, 3 half baths, 3,884 square feet on 1.24 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $3,100,000 SOLD DATE: April 27, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Stephanie Roache, 508-627-3737, Sandpiper Realty Inc BUYER’S AGENT: Michele Casavant, 413-250-9090, Vineyard Village Realty

3 SHERBURNE TURNPIKE, NANTUCKET

Just moments to Steps Beach, the Galley Restaurant, town and the Westmoor Club. FACTS: 5 bedroom, 5.5 baths, 4,416 square feet on 0.26 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $7,750,000 SOLD DATE: October 8, 2020 LISTING AGENT: Michele S Kelsey, 508-228-4449, Jordan Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT: Michael O’Mara, 508-228-6999, Berkshire Hathaway Island Properties

55 KING POINT WAY, EDGARTOWN Sited directly on Slough Cove, with exquisite views across the Edgartown Great Pond toward the barrier beach and Atlantic Ocean beyond, this property offers one of most private, superlative and pristine settings on the island.

FACTS: 4 bedroom, 4 baths, 3,364 square feet on 4.19 acres WHAT IT SOLD FOR: $5,495,000 SOLD DATE: September 30, 2020 LISTING & BUYER’S AGENT: Wendy Harman, 508-627-4567, Point B Realty WINTER 2020 / 2021 » 71


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Holiday Spirits A TASTE OF CAPE COD COFFEE’S FESTIVE OFFERING BY LANNAN M. O’BRIEN

Cape Cod Coffee has a drink to put some extra cheer in your season. The White Christmas Marg looks the part of a holiday cocktail—off-white with a sugar rim and garnished with cranberries and a rosemary spring—but tastes like a tropical vacation. Made with Tres Agaves Tequila, Grand Marnier, lime, coconut cream, and coconut rum, this winter special will have you imagining you’re enjoying the holidays poolside. The cocktail is one of several winter specials available at the coffee company’s new location on Evergreen Circle in Mashpee. The staff calls it the roasting facility, but in reality it’s part-roastery, part-kitchen and bar, and overall a fun, modern, coffee-themed gathering space with a relaxing, welcoming vibe. “It’s like a brewery on steroids,” says Jan Aggerbeck, who has co-owned the business with his wife, Pamela, since 2015. He’s not wrong: it’s a great place to grab a drink and a bite to eat, whether you’re with friends, family, or even your dog. There are plenty of local beers on tap, but it’s not just about brews. “We wanted to create a place where there is something for everybody,” Aggerbeck says. Cue the creative cocktails, wine list, coffee and espresso drinks, and more. Unique to the destination are beers and cocktails made with Cape Cod Coffee roasts, the results of collaborations with local businesses like Cape Cod Beer and Cape & Islands Distillers (for instance, look for specialty drinks made with Cape Cod Coffee Vodka or their custom blend of Cleveland Bourbon). The best part? The space has a fully covered and heated outdoor area, meaning you can feel comfortable dining there all winter during the pandemic. Weekly live music will continue through the off-season, making the roastery a destination for food, fun, and delicious drinks.

Cape Cod Coffee 10 Evergreen Circle (Route 130), Mashpee 508.477.2400 capecodcoffee.com @capecodcoffee

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Food + Drink B E E R + C O F F E E

Brewers & Roasters BY LANNAN M. O’BRIEN

Over the years, locals have seen a growing presence of small businesses devoted to two of our favorite things: coffee and beer. Whichever type of brew you’re into—morning or evening, hops or beans—the Cape and islands are dotted with small businesses crafting specialty sips you’re sure to savor.

BARNSTABLE BREWING Opened just a few years ago, this family-owned business has made a name for itself with friendly service and great beer like its raved-about Coffee Vanilla Milkshake IPA. 485 West Main St., Hyannis 774.470.6989 barnstablebrewing.com

@BarnstableBrewin @Barnstable_brewing

CAPE COD BEER Once the only brewery on the Cape, Cape Cod Beer has become known not only for its delicious beers, but its role as a gathering spot that frequently hosts community events and gives back to local nonprofits. 1336 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis 508.790.4200 capecodbeer.com

@CapeCodBeer @CapeCodBeer

CAPE COD COFFEE Enjoy freshly roasted coffee in every flavor at Cape Cod Coffee’s Mashpee Commons cafe, or visit the nearby roastery for weekly live music, a beer, and a bite to eat. Roastery & restaurant: 10 Evergreen Circle, Mashpee 508.477.2400

Cafe: 53 Market Street, Mashpee 774.361.6506 capecodcoffee.com

@CapeCodCoffee @CapeCodCoffee

SNOWY OWL COFFEE ROASTERS Snowy Owl serves high-grade, fair-trade coffee in a relaxed atmosphere, and works with cooperatives dedicated to causes like environmental sustainability and economic development. Cafe & roastery: 2624 Main Street, Brewster

Espresso bar: 483 Main Street, Chatham socoffee.co

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HOG ISLAND BEER CO.

B SIDE COFFEE CO.

A fun, family and dog-friendly spot for great brews and a bite to eat, named for a nearby island rumored to hold Captain Kidd’s buried treasure.

Organic, small-batch coffee sold at Hangar B Eatery in Chatham and local retailers. Be sure to look for the B Side Coffee trailer at area farmers’ markets!

28 West Rd., Orleans 508.255.BEER hogislandbeerco.com

Chatham 774.368.0808 bsidecoffee.com

@HogIslandBeer @HogIslandBeer

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BAD MARTHA BEER You’ll find nothing but good vibes from Bad Martha, whether you’re relaxing to live music at one of its farmer’s breweries or sipping something at home (like the Honey Helles, a lager made with local wildflower honey). 876 E Falmouth Highway, East Falmouth 508.444.6571 270 Upper Main St., Edgartown 508.939.4415 badmarthabeer.com

@BadMarthaBeer @BadMarthaBeer

THREE FINS COFFEE ROASTERS A specialty coffee roaster that focuses on fair trade, small farm, and small lot coffees—and welcomes all to enjoy a cup at its beautiful coffeehouse in West Dennis. 581 Main Street (Route 28), West Dennis 508.619.3372 threefinscoffee.com

@ThreeFinsCoffee @ThreeFinsCoffee

Due to the pandemic, many businesses have new protocols or limited services. We recommend checking the websites listed for information on hours and operations prior to visiting.

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PROVINCETOWN BREWING CO. Provincetown Brewing Co. makes activism—or what staff members call “draftivism”—taste delicious by donating 15 percent of profits to various causes and nonprofits. Try it at the brewery or find it at local liquor stores, bars and restaurants. 141 Bradford St., Provincetown 508.413.9076 provincetownbrewingco.comm

@PTownBrewingCo @PTownBrewingCo

NAUKABOUT BEER COMPANY A hidden gem with a lakeside beer garden, Naukabout is a cozy spot to relax and enjoy a pint. Select brews are available at local liquor stores too.

BEANSTOCK COFFEE ROASTERS Open since 1996, this small-batch coffee roaster is all about quality, freshness, and maintaining close relationships with the customers. 165 Holmes Road, Unit 2, Eastham 508.255.9939 beanstockcoffee.com

@BeanStockCoffee @BeanStockCoffee

13 Lake Ave., Mashpee 508.444.9822 naukabout.com

@Naukabout @Naukabout_Brewery

DEVIL’S PURSE BREWING CO. This small brewery has gained a big following since opening in 2015, and now you can find its ever-popular Handline Kolsch (among other new brews) on tap at local bars and in cans at most liquor stores. 120 Great Western Rd., South Dennis 508.694.7171 devilspurse.com

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NANTUCKET COFFEE ROASTERS A 25-year-old small business that takes pride in hand-roasting its coffee to order and sells its products to fine restaurants across the island. Nantucket 508.228.6862 nantucketcoffee.com

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CISCO BREWERS Cisco’s beers have become New England staples (you’ll find Whale’s Tale and Grey Lady at almost any local bar), and while it is currently open for retail only, the island brewery is a treasured “happy place” with food trucks and entertainment in warmer months. 5 Bartlett Farm Rd., Nantucket 508.325.5929 ciscobrewers.com

PIE IN THE SKY With homemade baked goods and fresh-roasted coffee, espresso, and cocoa drinks, it’s easy to see why this seasonal bakery and cafe is a local favorite. Roastery & cafe: 10 Water Street, Woods Hole 508.540.5475 piecoffee.com

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OFFSHORE ALE CO. In addition to its list of rotating craft brews on tap, the Vineyard’s first brewpub is a great spot to enjoy a quesadilla, burger or brick-oven pizza. 30 Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs 508.693.2626 offshoreale.com

CHILMARK COFFEE COMPANY A small, family-owned business, Chilmark’s coffee and espresso roasts can only be found at markets across the island. Chilmark 508.560.1061 chilmarkcoffeeco.com

@ChilmarkCoffee @ChilmarkCoffeeCompany

@OffshoreAle @OffshoreAle

SHOAL HOPE CIDERWORKS Locally produced, small-batch hard cider with varieties like Honey Baby, which is flavored with cranberry bog honey, and Little Tart that is fermented with the juice of Cape-grown cranberries. Visit Shoal Hope’s “taproom” hosted at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, or find its ciders at local liquor stores. Provincetown 978.758.7860 shoalhopeciderworks.com

EAST TO WEST COFFEE Handcrafted by a husbandand-wife team, East to West’s coffee and espresso blends are sold online and at the cozy Nat’s Nook cafe in Vineyard Haven. Edgartown 508.627.0886 easttowestcoffee.com

@EasTtoWestCoffee @EasTtoWestCoffee

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Recipe V I N E YA R D K I T C H E N

Homemade food gifts to share for the holidays, birthdays, or just because BY SARAH WALDMAN PHOTOGRAPHS BY ELIZABETH CECIL

Whether to thank a teacher, celebrate a friend, support a hostess, surprise a neighbor, or add spirit to a gettogether, a handmade (and in this case edible!) gift is the ultimate expression of joy, hope, and cheer. Many people are simplifying the holiday gift-giving process and trying to acquire and give less stuff and more experiences, charitable donations, time together, and consumable gifts that don’t clutter living rooms after the big day. All four of these recipes for simple and joyful edible gifts will work for almost anyone on your list. You can bulk up the gifts too by pairing a hot chocolate mix with the Pecan Crescent Cookies, a locally raised roasting chicken with the raspberry vinegar, a pound of Chilmark Coffee beans with the Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn, or a six pack from Cisco Brewers with the Sweet & Smoky Cocktail Nuts. I can guarantee that whoever receives your edible creation, they will thank you and feel the spirit of community with every bite.

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Pecan Crescent Cookies MAKES ABOUT 24 COOKIES

My grandmother, Polly, makes these simple, meltin-your-mouth Pecan Crescent Cookies every Christmas. With a short list of simple ingredients, and a dough made completely in the bowl of a food processor, these sugar-dusted cookies are an easy holiday bake and taste just as good in the morning with a cup of coffee as they do after dinner.

INGREDIENTS 1 cup pecans ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS 1 Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. 2 In a food processor, pulse the pecans until the nuts become the texture of coarse sand. 3 Add in the butter, granulated sugar, flour, and vanilla. Pulse until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. 4 Remove the dough from the machine and place in a mixing bowl. 5 Grabbing about one tablespoon at a time, form the dough into small crescent shapes. The cookies should be about one inch long. Roll the crescents in powdered sugar and place on an ungreased baking sheet. 6 Bake the Pecan Crescents for 30 to 40 minutes. 7 Once the cookies are out of the oven and cooled, roll a second time in powdered sugar. 8 Pecan Crescent Cookies can be gifted in small tins, boxes, or filled inside of a mug.


Raspberry Vinegar MAKES 1-2 GIFTS The holiday season is certainly a time of indulgence which is why I love gifting a bright vinegar to balance out the sugar and butter. Raspberry Vinegar is delicious in salad dressings, BBQ sauces, and marinades. Plus, the deep pink hue is incredibly festive.

INGREDIENTS 1 pint raspberries 2 cups white wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS 1 Bring the vinegar to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. 2 Add in the berries and cook for 5 minutes. 3 Remove the pot from the heat and let cook slightly. 4 Pour the raspberry-vinegar mixture into a jar fitted with a lid and leave in the pantry for 3-4 days. 5 After a few days, strain the vinegar through a coffee filter to remove the fruit and seeds. Pour the raspberry vinegar into two tall jars for gifting.


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Sweet & Smoky Cocktail Nuts MAKES ABOUT 5 GIFTS

Small jars, tins, bags tied with ribbon, there are a million ways to gift these snackable Sweet & Smoky Cocktail Nuts. Want to really get in the spirit? Grab a friend’s favorite craft beer and drop off a six pack along with a jar of cocktail nuts— now that’s a nice gift!

INGREDIENTS 5 cups unsalted mixed nuts 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons maple syrup 3 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary (about 4 stems) ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon smoky paprika 1 teaspoon kosher salt

DIRECTIONS 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2 In a small saucepan, melt the butter, maple syrup, rosemary, cayenne, smoky paprika, and salt together. 3 Put the mixed nuts in a mixing bowl. Pour the melted spiced butter over the nuts. Toss to combine. 4 Spread the flavored nuts onto a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10 minutes. 5 Remove sheet from the oven and let the Sweet & Smoky Cocktail Nuts cool completely before packing into small jars, bags, bowls, or tins for sharing. The nuts will last for two weeks but taste best within the first five days.

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Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn MAKES 4-6 GIFTS

Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn has the perfect addictive balance of sweet and salty. If making your own caramel sauce at home intimidates you (it can be tricky!), try this simplified technique using brown rice syrup. It is straightforward and packed with winter spice.

INGREDIENTS 6 cups popcorn (you can pop your own, but I usually purchase plain salted popcorn to save time during the holiday season) 1/2 cup brown rice syrup 3 tablespoons peanut butter, smooth or chunky 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more to sprinkle

DIRECTIONS 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 2 Set popcorn aside in a large mixing bowl. Add rice syrup to a small pot, place over medium heat, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. 3 Remove from heat, and add peanut butter, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon, and mix until smooth. 4 Pour mixture over popcorn and mix well with a rubber spatula to coat the popcorn. 5 Spread the sticky popcorn onto the lined baking sheet and bake for six minutes. 6 Remove the popcorn from the oven and sprinkle with a few more pinches of cinnamon. Allow to cool completely before packing into small bags, tins, or boxes. Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn is best within three days of making.

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WRITER’S SHACK

I know I’ve read a really fine poem when both my head and heart respond. The first line of Al Starkey’s remarkable poem “What in the World” grabs me because the clouds are killing time. And when he then compares those clouds to yoked oxen, I’m all in. But it’s the last three lines, with their layers of resolve and hope and possibility, that make me cry. They are both moving and thoughtful. And they remind me that poetry is, as Robert Frost put it, “when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found its words.” A matter of both the head and the heart. In balance. As one. —Lauren Wolk

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WHAT IN THE WORLD by Al Starkey Creeping clouds once killed time on the horizon Like yoked oxen, poised to plow into earth. Now they’re here, stealing our bright-eyed skies Darkening things, even the murders of crows The black water ponds and the pall of despair. They’ve taken to spitting hail the size of bullets Hammering and hunching once broad shoulders That don’t have an inkling for when it might end. And yet I cannot escape the sense, sewn with desire That this head-scratching labyrinth of a life Is but a dream with a strange story-line A dream from which we will one day wake Wondering what it all could have meant As we ditch the creeping clouds of night And step into the day of an untried world Unplugged, clear-eyed, infant souls again.

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BOOKS

Winter Literary Gift Guide BY COURTNEY LINCOLN

BOOK NOOK

SNOWY OWL COFFEE ROASTERS Snowy Owl sits on the 13-acre property of Great Cape Herbs, where there are plenty of spots to sit, cozy up, and enjoy a pour-over in the crisp winter air. 2624 Main Street Brewster socoffee.co

COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS

ELDREDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN CHATHAM CHRISTMAS ON NANTUCKET by Leslie Linsley

New Englanders know that the holiday season on Nantucket is an especially magical time. Nantucket’s Winter Stroll tradition began in 1973 as a way to encourage island shoppers to buy their gifts locally. The event has evolved over the past four decades into a weekend-long event every December that brings the spirit of the holidays to the cobblestoned streets. There are singing carolers, twinkling Christmas trees, visits with Santa Claus, cozy dinners at local eateries, and a Festival of Trees. Although this year’s Winter Stroll has been postponed until 2021, Leslie Linsley’s book, Christmas on Nantucket, may be the right gift for a loved one who is missing holiday travel this year. Readers will enjoy a tour of the island during the holiday season as Linsley, a style and craft expert, offers advice on how to create a Nantucket-style Christmas in the comfort of our own homes. SHOP INDIE Independent bookstores need the community’s support this holiday season. If you are able, please shop early and shop local. Many local bookstores are happy to ship books to readers who may not be able to visit in person, and they would love to help you find gifts for the loved ones on your holiday list. Visit indiebound.org to find an independent bookstore near you. 86 » capecodandtheislandsmag.com

The Friends of Eldredge Public Library in Chatham host a monthly book club discussion on Zoom. December’s pick is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, and January’s pick is The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. All are welcome. (If you’re a baker or home cook, the library has a cookbook club!) For more information, call Linda Nixon at 508-945-2094 or visit eldredgelibrary.org

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NANTUCKET BOOKWORKS Shop gifts, books, and audiobooks with this whimsical, locally owned bookstore on the island that’s been a mainstay in the community since 1972. Owned by Wendy Hudson, who also founded Cisco Brewers with her husband Randy, Bookworks is well known for its dedication to customers and commitment to preserving history and community on Nantucket. 25 Broad Street, Nantucket nantucketbookworks.com


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FOR COMFORT READERS AND ARMCHAIR-TRAVEL SEEKERS

PERESTROIKA IN PARIS by Jane Smiley

Described as evoking the same feelings one experiences while watching The Great British Bake Off, Jane Smiley’s latest novel is a feel-good story about unlikely friendship.

FOR BOTH BAKERS AND BAKED-GOOD ENTHUSIASTS

PASTRY LOVE: A BAKER’S JOURNAL OF FAVORITE RECIPES by Joanne Chang

Joanne Chang is a James Beard Award-winning baker who is best known for her Flour bakeries in Boston, and in her book, Pastry Love, readers will find 125 recipes to share with loved ones this winter, including Apple Cider Sticky Buns, Malted Chocolate Cake, and Peppermint Kisses.

FOR CURIOUS, CREATIVE LITTLE ONES

WHAT WE’LL BUILD by Oliver Jeffers

For both children and parents, What We’ll Build is a heartwarming story about memories, building a future, and a parent’s love.

FOR HISTORY LOVERS AND LIFELONG LEARNERS

CASTE

by Isabel Wilkerson With rich storytelling, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson deepens readers’ understanding on the history of division in America, while reminding us that the path forward is one of hope and acknowledgment in our shared humanity.

FOR FUN-LOVING ADVENTURERS WHO LOVE A LITTLE MISCHIEF

THE VANDERBEEKERS SERIES by Karina Yan Glaser

Young readers will fall in love with this heartwarming series about the Vanderbeekers family, a family of seven (plus their band of three pets), who live in a brownstone apartment in New York City and encounter all sorts of adventures. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street is the first of four books in the series, and would make the perfect holiday gift with the first book taking place at Christmastime.

FOR YOUNG READERS WHO LOVE ANIMALS AND STORIES OF FRIENDSHIP

COZY

by Jan Brett With the beautiful, striking illustrations that Jan Brett is known and loved for, her latest book, Cozy, is a heartwarming read for a cold winter’s night.

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Final Thought

Time to Reimagine 3 Find and Redesign.

New Year’s Resolutions for Happier Living on the Cape and Islands START OFF 2021 WITH A FEW NEW HEALTHY HABITS. BY KELLY CHASE

1 Try One New Recipe Each Week. Add variety to your menu and challenge your culinary prowess by incorporating new tastes. Gail Blakely, local food columnist and culinary director at Highfield Hall and Gardens, says the cooking resources are plentiful. “I’m constantly amazed at how much new stuff there is to do with cooking—new styles, new recipes, and new appliances,” she says. “I really encourage people to take a look around, and to see what’s out there and what grabs their attention.” The new year is also a good time to take stock of kitchen gadgets and fill in any gaps, but Blakely adds that a souped-up kitchen is not necessary for success. “Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and you can do a lot without investing in too much,” she says. Blakely hosts regular (virtual) cooking classes at Highfield and covers a wide range of foods from braised meats to easy breads. “Our two-hour bread class almost always sells out,” she says. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, highfieldhallandgardens.org

2 Eat More Local Veggies. “Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, and seasonal veggies bought from local farmstand and farmers’ markets are the most nutritious, ripest, and tastiest available,” says Rebecca Westgate, Program and Marketing Manager at Buy Fresh Buy Local. By filling your plate with a medley of food groups and colors, you give your body more of the nutrients it needs. “This not only ensures a greater diversity of beneficial plant chemicals but also creates eyeappealing meals,” she says. On the Cape and Islands there are a number of CSAs and markets that run all year long, including Orleans Farmers’ Market, the oldest market on the Cape, and Sandwich Farmers’ Market, which will have its first winter market series. Regional produce in the colder months includes cabbage, potatoes, dark leafy greens, winter squash and more. Also, the benefits of buying local are far-reaching: “In a nutshell, supporting local markets keeps your dollars in your community, supports our local farmers and open space, and promotes a safer, sustainable food supply,” says Westgate. Buy Fresh Buy Local, buyfreshbuylocalcapecod.org

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Spending more time at home? It could be a good opportunity to reevaluate indoor spaces. According to interior designer Angela Hamwey of Mackenzie and Company, seasonal refreshes can be as simple as a new coat of paint. “Paint really gives you the biggest bang for your buck,” she says. This season, Hamwey and her team have assembled a palette of colors inspired by local tidal marshes and ponds. “Instead of bright-blue coastal, we incorporated warmer, earthier colors,” she says, like Cloud Cover and Pale Oak from Benjamin Moore and Elephant’s Breath and French Gray from Farrow and Ball. For those who have their sights set on a larger redesign, Hamwey suggests starting with an inspiration board. She encourages her clients to go on Pinterest or look through magazines and pull images that inspire them. “Your board doesn’t have to be just interior images either,” she says. “I like images of ballet and scenes of Europe, so I’ll pin those.” she says. If you take the time, the process can be rewarding. “It can be very therapeutic, and it provides a great visual for what you like in terms of tones and colors,” she says. “You might like earthy, or maybe you prefer bright, or maybe it changes room to room.” Mackenzie & Co., 396 Main Street, Hyannis, designedbymac.com

More 4 Practice Self-Compassion. Self-criticism is common—we all beat ourselves up every now and again, but too much negative self-talk can have an unhealthy impact. Calmer Choice is a nonprofit that teaches mindfulness to children and adults and gives them tools to practice more self-compassion. “Self-compassion seems like such an easy thing,” says Stephanie Goley, an instructor at Calmer Choice. “We can so readily give compassion to others, but it can actually be quite difficult to give it to ourselves.” In January 2021, Calmer Choice will offer an eight-week virtual program for adults. Classes cover a range of topics, but one takeaway includes strategies to recognize harsh critiques and negative thoughts and introduce positive language. “Guided practices will offer supportive words to say to yourself, like ‘May I be kind to myself,’ and ‘May I know that I belong,’” says Goley. Being kinder to yourself can have lasting effects, especially when it comes to reacting to inevitable and unpredictable external stressors: “When you offer yourself self-compassion, your relationship with a situation changes,” she says. “It doesn’t make pain go away, but it can make moments of pain a bit more bearable.” Calmer Choice, 23G2 White’s Path, South Yarmouth, calmerchoice.org


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