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On the cover: The Dinghy crew and friends take to the slopes at the Cotuit Highground Golf Course during this Winter’s first and epicly short-lived snow storm. (Not so) fine print. Dinghy is published bi-weekly right here on Cape Cod, by a locally owned business. We believe in supporting local at every possible opportunity and think you should too. We’d love to hear your comments, story ideas, or submissions. Send ‘em to If you’re not of the digital persuasion, you can use the good ol’ USPS at P.O. Box 404 Cotuit, MA 02635. Although at that point you may as well just give us a call at (508) 348-9845. Can’t wait for the next issue? Or make it Facebook official:

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Happy Trails

by Peter Crosson photo James Joiner

Our resident bird harrassser breaks down some great outdoorsy activities to help lose those computer and video game tans, even in the (usually cold) winter months. They are the words every parent dreads: “I’m bored!” Even the most creative child-rearer can be brought to their knees by this hopeless statement. Lately, as my kids grow up and get increasingly addicted to their handheld electronic taskmasters, I hear how bored they are more and more. Personally, I think today’s kids spend way too much time indoors and have lost touch with the natural world around them, so my wife and I spend a lot of time coming up with outdoor activities to keep the kids interested and active. In previous issues of Dinghy, I contributed articles about letterboxing and hiking on Sandy Neck, both great activities with kids. Here I wanted to introduce a few others of our kids’ favorites. Feed the birds – from your hands: The Beech Forest in Provincetown is not exactly next door, but it’s worth the trip for the unique experience of hand-feeding chickadees and other small birds. Bring a small bag of birdseed (#2 blend from the Birdwatchers General Store works best), have your kids stand very still with a handful in their grubby little paws, and have the camera ready to capture

the look of awe on their faces as the birds drop in like hungry little street urchins. When to go: Anytime, though fall/winter is best. Get your feet (very) dirty: Our kids love exploring mudflats, much to their mother’s chagrin. Pick any tidal area (we like the bay side of Dowses’ Beach in Osterville), wait for low tide, and walk out in the stinky, squishy mud to find hermit crabs, oysters, tube worms, shorebirds, and other sea treasures. Even if they don’t find anything, they’ll have a great time getting disgustingly muddy. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History does a walk called “Mudflat Mania” in the summer that is a blast as well. When to go: Summer to early fall. Watch butterflies flutter by: Who doesn’t love butterflies? To see them up close, visit Long Pasture Mass Audubon sanctuary in Cummaquid. The newly created Butterfly Garden trails wend through fields full of flowers preferred by native butterflies. Kids in the Wild Arts summer camp net the butterflies and learn about their unique physiology. For the rest of us, we can content ourselves with how gosh-darn purty they are. When to go: Spring to fall. Get your science on: Best playground on Cape Cod? Easy. It’s at Mullen-Hall School off Main Street in Falmouth. We call it the “Science Playground”, for obvious reasons – there is a climbing structure modeled after DNA, maps of the solar system, and many other sciencerelated goodies. Your kids will be learning while they banzai head-first down the slides. When to go: Anytime. Sled a par 3: Golf may be kinda dull for the kids (OK, very dull), but sledding sure isn’t. The exceedingly steep slope of the par 3 off West Bay road in Osterville provides plenty of adrenaline on a cold winter day. On a good snow day, half the kids in Barnstable will show up there to test their luck and nerves. The other half apparently go to the Courthouse hill in Barnstable Village; we haven’t tried that one yet, but next big snowfall… When to go: Winter (duh!)

H E l l t o w n Workshop

images courtesy Helltown Gallery


Way out on the tip of the Cape, a collective of local, non-traditional artists have become fed up with the status quo and started their own scene. Tucked away in the second floor of Whalers Wharf in Provincetown, the Helltown Gallery is rapidly becoming known far beyond our sandy shores as a haven for cutting edge artists, and in doing so is changing the way the art world views Cape Cod. We digitally conversed with the core group about who they were, what they were up to and why.

Okay, first things first, what is Helltown, and how did it get its start? Ethan Manach: “Helltown� is a name that was given to Provincetown many years ago. It was a place that the misfits of the world could express themselves without persecution. Helltown Workshop at its present location was originally started in 2009, but before that it was a traveling art show, taking over resturaunts and bars. Helltown Workshop is an artist collective. The original concept was the creation of Mat Millett, Kris Smith, and Ethan Manach. After the second year and other members dropping out, Joey Mars joined the group and in year three, Andrew Jacob joined. What is the focus of the gallery? What prompts you to choose the artists and pieces that you do? Ethan: The original concept and focus of the gallery was for the members to show their own art. After many years of moving around and rejections from other galleries we decided to go it alone. The gallery concept at present is to show contemporary, outsider, and lowbrow artists. In the opening year we accepted many entrants to comb through talent and give our audience a broad selection of artists. Many of the artists we chose were friends of ours who were in the same boat of not having a space to show. Joey Mars: For me it’s freedom. We are renting freedom. I do not have to censor myself in the slightest. The immediacy is important as well. We have a salon gallery off our main gallery that is just for the Helltown 5 and if I create a piece of art in the morning I can hang it on a wall and be

showing that night. It really lets you take chances and show the work you want to show. You don’t have to worry if it sells or if it’s going to match someone’s couch. It just needs to be seen. It’s about having impact and changing the dialogue. How has it progressed over the past couple of years? Have you run into any complications? How about friction from the more “traditional” art scene? Ethan: As of the present time, we now have a rigorous selection process – we have only a few available slots, as the rest of the gallery is then filled with the Helltown 5 members. I believe that we have been received well. Helltown in its short time has established itself as a reliable purveyor of art and new artists. Joey: It’s always evolving as we craft what we think Helltown is and can be. We really work hard at getting better at being a gallery and all that entails, from working with the artists to promoting and selling and then getting the pieces to the patrons and all the little things in between. The three years have gone well in the space we are in. Whalers Wharf owners and management have been extremely supportive. The other tenants in the building often come to our shows and buy work. Provincetown has a very diverse art scene, from cutting edge progressive to traditional to decorative. We have had a lot of great compliments from other galleries. They like what we are doing and the energy we bring. It’s such a “live and let Kris Smith

live” town that there has been no friction. Kristopher Smith: Its been labor of love, it’s amazing to see people’s reaction to the artwork and the gallery events… Theres always complications, but I think as a group we find ways to overcome. I don’t think we are very concerned with friction from the traditional art scene, there’s room for everyone. Especially when it comes to selfexpression through art. What do you think your success says about the artistic tastes and maybe even shifting cultural demographics here on the Cape? Ethan: There has been big shift in the way people perceive art and what is now called fine art. The culture of the art seen in Provincetown has gone through many stages and some galleries have settled into a “vanilla” or safe way of showing art and what ultimately is going to make money. Our success has come from showing what isn’t safe. Helltown wanted to bring back the element of “Helltown”, where art was freeform and experimental and that was the norm. Joey: There is a growing acceptance and excitement of low brow, cartoon surrealism, graffiti and outsider art . I think there is a generational shift on as well. You see it in all aspects of the art on the outer cape. Theater, restaurants and galleries. There are a lot of thirty-somethings and forty-somethings starting restaurants and clubs, opening galleries and putting on theatrical stagings and it is reflected in the arts. These generations have grown up in a different world and have been exposed

Kris Smith

and entertained differently. There is a tremendous amount of under-exposed talent on the Cape and they have been growing their fan base slowly in the shadows and it’s really starting to make its way out into the light. What is the ultimate goal of Helltown? What do you have coming up for this season, and when does it kick off? Andrew Jacob: I would say some of our ultimate goals are growing, enlightening people’s minds to art and new realms/styles, getting people excited about a night of art, new work from friends/favorite artists etc... Getting people involved in collecting art and becoming part of the art world. We enjoy showcasing the unseen talent of the Outer Cape and giving them a platform to present their work and having a bit of fun in the process. We as an art group and with our own unigue backgrounds and groups of art friends/connections pool together a hodgepodge of diverse talent from around the globe, bridging gaps and meshing styles. I feel like our strength is our alternative yet O.G. P-town mentality of risk taking, cutting edge talent that may not yet be understood by the masses. Ethan: As a group we’ve come to look at this an experiment that could have a farther reach. Establish ourselves as a source of fresh ideas and new artists. This season we will be concentrating on the core of Helltown members, and also bring in some strong talent that we have worked with in the past. We start our season every year on

the last Friday of April with our Local Nugz Group Show, which showcases some of the most talented local artists and craftsmen. This year the date is April 27th. We will also exhibit the work of Silas Finch in August, a sculptor and constructionist from New Haven Connecticut – His work is amazing, he has some deep roots on the Cape as well as Jessy Nite, who is quite the rising star in the street art/ gallery world – Any last words? Joey: Well, we really need to thank all the patrons and fans and the businesses who help us do what we do. Special thanks to Cape Cod Beer, George’s Pizza, Coastline Tattoo, The Wellfleet General Store and Shop Therapy who sponsor us in our little adventure. Andrew: Check us out on Facebook and our website. Thanks to everybody that has come and checked out the shows.

Matt Millett

Tilt/shift sunrise in the Narrows. photo James Joiner

P h o t o s

Post snow. photo James Joiner

Foggy winter boating. photo James Joiner

The sun beats snow yet again. photo James Joiner

Attempted distraction. photo James Joiner

A cardinal braves a snowstorm’s gusts for a snack. photos James Joiner

Post snow warmth. photo James Joiner

BIG COLLAGE’S BIG FEBRUARY ART EXHIBITIONS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS During the month of February 2012, the Big Collage Art & Music Collaborative will be hosting two art exhibitions. The following are guidelines for inclusion in the show(s). Big Collage’s past exhibitions have tended to represent the lesser-known art of Cape Cod and its surrounding areas. We enjoy giving the esoteric, outsider, unusual, daring, and strange art of the region a space to be seen.


FEBRUARY 3rd - 16th


FEBRUARY 17th - 29th

February is known for Valentine’s Day; as a tribute to the idea of love, we invite you to submit work relating to what you love. This doesn’t necessarily mean romantic love - your work could be about whatever moves you, such as nature or color or darkness or life or... even pizza. If you love it, it qualifies.

February is the shortest month, and we are hosting a show of small works of art to reflect that aspect. Each piece must be 12” x 12” or under, and must be priced under $125 each. Artists’ work will be arranged in a cluster, surrounded by others’ work to create a densely packed art environment.

You are invited to submit one large or two small pieces of art related to the theme of What We Love.

You are invited to submit up to five of your smaller pieces of art to be hung in this large group show.

The show opens Friday, February 3rd with a reception from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. There will be refreshments as well as a live ambient score by Todd Goyette. The show will hang until February 16th.

The show opens on Friday, February 17th with a reception from 7:30 to 10:00 pm featuring refreshments as well as a live ambient score by James Anderson. The show will hang until Februrary 29th.

The deadline for entry in this exhibition is Friday, January 27th.

The deadline for entry in this exhibition is Friday, Feb. 10th.

Please email two or three photos of the pieces you are submitting or that exemplify the type of art you make to for consideration. Include the medium, sizes, titles, and prices of work to be submitted when possible. We are looking to exhibiit art of all media, from photography to painting to sculpture to video. All are welcome. Please Note: The Guyer Art Barn will receive a 30% commission on all art sold during these exhibitions. �


Brigadeiros photos James Joiner

Foodie magazine Saveur named brigadeiros one of their favorite things for 2012, and after one creamily decadent mouthful it’s easy to see why. A candy on the come-up, you can be sure that this new trend will stick around for a while! Grasiela Roper, owner of the Cape’s own Brigadeiro Barn, talks shop just in time for Valentine’s Day. Okay, for the un-initiated, what are brigadeiros? Where did you learn how to make them? Brigadeiro ( Bree-gah-day-ro) is a Brazilian truffle made with condensed milk, chocolate and butter. They were created in the 1940s to support a presidential candidate’s campaign. His name was Eduardo Gomes and he was a Brigadier ( Brigadeiro is Portuguese for Brigadier) in the Brazilian military. Women supporters started making these truffles to raise money for his campaign. Although he didn’t win, the truffles became very popular. People started calling them “the Brigadier’s sweet” and eventually just brigadeiro. I grew up making these truffles. It is probably the first thing I ever learned how to make as a child. How are they different from regular truffles? What are your most popular flavors? Brigadeiros are smooth and chewy at the same time. People are always happily surprised by their texture. Brigadeiros

don’t have a hard chocolate shell on the outside and they are rolled into different toppings like Belgian chocolate flakes, nuts and coconut, just to name a few. Brigadeiro Barn uses only the best quality ingredients available, and we buy local and organic whenever possible. Brigadeiro Barn’s most popular flavors are our classic chocolate, salted caramel and toasted coconut and in the summer our “caipirinha” (most beloved drink in Brazil) brigadeiro with lime zest and Brazilian rum called cachaça. Delicious! Tell us about your packaging… Do you really design everything by hand? I do design all my packaging and yes, I make everything by hand. I wanted to provide something very unique and elegant that people would be proud to have at their events or to give as a gift.

What inspired you to start making them here on the Cape? Cape Cod it is a great place for events. People come from all over to get married here, or just to spend their summer. Also people have a great sense of community. Everyone takes pride in supporting the local businesses. Where can people get the brigadeiros? Do you take custom orders? They can go to our website: or just call or email us. Brigadeiro Barn is working on shipping, pretty soon people will be able to order brigadeiros online to have them shipped anywhere in the USA. Custom orders are welcomed. We are able to customize all of our packaging to meet everyone’s needs. What’s the next step, what does the future hold for you and Brigadeiro Barn? The next step is to have Brigadeiro Barn’s products available at different shops, cafes, bakeries, and of course, my own Brigadeiro Barn shop!

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Dinghy (the little magazine) Issue 7  
Dinghy (the little magazine) Issue 7  

Fun and frolic on ye olde Cape Cod.