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March 6 - 19 2012

Fun & frolic on Cape Cod.


So why not try it?


A fundraiser for Magalie Chbarbi

The Chbarbi family: Nathan, Magalie, Victoria, Jaafar

Where: Bleu Restaurant, 10 North Market Street, Mashpee, MA When: Monday, March 12th, 2012 Time: 5:30 –7 for appetizers, wine, beer, and silent auction (cash bar available) Live auction at 7pm Tickets: $15 sold at the door or in advance at these Mashpee Commons locations: Cape Kaleidoscopes, Cape Mac, BodyWork, and Roberto Coin

hile undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and gene receptor treatment for stage 3 breast cancer, Magalie Chbarbi, a sales associate at Cape Kaleidoscopes in Mashpee Commons, will need assistance with: hospital and medical bills, lumphedema treatment, custom gloves and sleeves, acupuncture, and child care. Her insurance just doesn’t cover enough of these costs, causing the family’s incurrence of considerable debt already. Exceptional items, to name a few, will be offered at this fundraiser in both a live and silent auction: Atlantic Gateway vacation, 10 days/9 nights in Poitou-Charentes (Cognac) region of France and the island of Re Roberto Coin diamond and rose gold necklace Large Contempo kaleidoscope in brass by Jon Greene, donated by Cape Kaleidoscopes My Day Away from BodyWork Health & Wellness Center Space kindly donated by Dinghy magazine

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(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:

Lifeguard chairs stand silent sentry as warmer weather slowly returns (did it ever really leave?). Photo James Joiner

Holy cow, this is issue 9! Not quite the milestone that 20 or 50, or even 10 will be, but still, when we take a look at the (not so) little stack of them it sure does seem like a lot. That’s 288 pages. I have to admit, we weren’t totally sure we’d make it this far. Yet we have, and the amount of support you, our dear readers and Cape-mates have shown, is pretty incredible. A hearty thank you is certainly in order! As we come into the spring / summer season, you’re going to see some changes slowly taking place (no silly, we aren’t becoming werewolves). Our page count is going to increase, and our distribution will gradually encompass most of the Cape and even an island (or two). What began as a lark is becoming something more, and we couldn’t be happier. Did I mention we really appreciate your support? We do! See you out there.

Get your Cape Cod on.

Do people read introductions? To be fair, I don’t think that I usually do. Well, I guess there’s only one way to find out – first few “You laugh now, but sit tight and come summer we’ll people to email will have the best spot on the beach.” get a sweet (literally) prize.

10. Manatees will move up here from Florida. 9. Price of coffee goes down since we can grow it here now. 8.Perma tan. Not orange – tan. 7. Lifeguarding as a career. 6. Polar bear plunge? Piece of cake!

5. 4 Seas Ice Cream in February. 4. No more shoveling. 3. Spring Break : Cape Cod. 2. Fruit trees replace scrub pine. 1. Every day is a beach day.

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With St. Patrick’s day right around the corner, we decided to come up with something easy, yummy and, of course, green for this issue’s recipe. Shortbread is a rich, delicious treat just about any time, and adding pistachios gives these cookies a nutty, salty overtone and, of course, a seasonably appropriate pastel color. Enjoy!

Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature. 1 box (3.4 oz.) instant Jell-o pistachio pudding. 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup shelled, finely chopped pistachios

Pistachio Shortbread

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease two round 8” or 9” cake pans. To avoid sticking, greased parchment paper can also be used.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, beat together butter, pistachio pudding mix, sugar and salt. Then beat in flour. Mix may seem dry at first – keep beating ‘til it comes together. If it absolutely won’t come together, add 1 tablespoon water slowly until it does.

3. Divide the dough in half. Press each half into one fo the prepared pans, smoothing surface with your fingers or mini rolling pin.

4. Use a fork to prick the dough all over; this allows any steam to escape and prevents bubbling as the shortbread bakes. Divide the chopped pistachios between the two pans, spreading evenly and pressing lightly into the surface of the dough.

5. Bake until shortbread is a deep golden brown around the edges, about 35 - 40 minutes. 6. Remove from oven, and immediately remove from pans. 7. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut each round into wedges (do this while warm, or it will just break when you try). Transfer wedges to a rack to cool.

photo Dan Cutrona

Camera Guy James Joiner

We don’t have a masthead here at Dinghy, but you may have noticed this guy’s name gracing the majority of our images. Not just a photographer, despite his claims to the contrary, James is one of our co-founders as well as contributor to a variety of other publications and companies. He’s found his way to where he is now by trying – and occassioanlly spectacularly failing – a good many things. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

First of all, what’s the deal with Dinghy? What else do you work on? Dinghy started more or less on a whim… We were already publishing our other mag, which is more of an outdoorsy / music mag, The Highly Acclaimed, and wanted to do something local. Now, there’s already a ton of great mags and newspapers here on the Cape, but we felt as though we could bring something different to the table. Something for the people, by the people, so to speak. The cool thing is it’s really just a reflection of the lives our group of friends lead, which means you can have art one issue, fishing the next and a birding adventure the one after that. Since most of us have young families, it takes on a family-friendly vibe, and we really wanted it to be, I don’t know, classy I guess? So it’s printed in really great quality – right here on the Cape, might I add. How did you get involved in publishing? It was kind of an accident, and it’s kind of a long story. Basically I have some sort of crazy ADHD and need to be constantly doing something, have as many irons in the fire as possible,

Mike Gordon

and being part of a magazine lets me work on a variety of projects under one – at least mildly constructive – umbrella. It hasn’t always been pretty. I’m an awful businessperson, and I tend to charge into things sometimes without thinking, but I have a good group around me now to talk me down when I start getting crazy. Lots and lots of trial and error! Do you think growing up on Cape Cod has influenced you in any way? I would say definitely. In a lot of ways we were the last generation to come of age without the Internet and cell phones, which made the Cape a lot more… I guess the best way to put it is remote. We had to do a lot to create what we wanted, and that led to kind of a do-it-yourself attitude. Seeing all the older folks putting on concerts and art shows, building places to skateboard, it really sparked something . It taught me that you can create your own reality, to some degree. Plus in the winter it can get kind of mind-numbing, so we were always finding things to keep busy, which led to various artsy projects like ‘zines and such.

You say you’re primarily a photographer… What else do you shoot besides what we see published here? What’s your favorite thing to photograph? I shoot it all! No, actually, that’s not true. My primary “style”, if you could call it that, leans towards the journalistic, in that I like the image to tell a story. I’ve been lucky enough to shoot for a wide range of publications and companies over the past few years. My favorite thing to shoot is probably music or action… I like people in motion, in the midst of creating things. It’s like you can tap that energy with your images, you know? Lately I’ve gotten to shoot a bunch of bigger-named artists like Blind Pilot, M. Ward and Mike Gordon from Phish, which has been pretty neat. I like to try to capture the experience of being there. What does the future hold? Any shout outs? Last words? Well, with the summer season coming things always get crazy around here! We’re going to expand the size – page count, not dimensions – and distribution of Dinghy, which is exciting. Dave Weigand getting some August snow in Alta, Utah

I’m also working on a documentary with a friend, so I’ll be travelling around for that, and I’m photographing part of the Shins’ amphitheater tour in Utah and Colorado. I have a calendar and some postcards coming out, plus The Highly Acclaimed has a slew of things up its sleeves which will necessitate some serious time behind the lens. New stuff pops up all the time! As far as thank you’s, well, there’s probably too many to list. I’d say Mountain Khakis for making me an ambassador and all the support they’ve lent over the years, my family, Angie and my daughter Isabella for putting up with me, friends, and all the people who rally and support the stuff we keep making. Last words sounds kinda creepy and final, but how about just saying, “get off the computers and go experience life!”

Luke Ydstie of Blind Pilot

Steve Martin

P h o t o s

A dinghy awaits warmer months in Craigville. Photo James Joiner

Winter snacking. Photo James Joiner

View from the bottom, the European weeping beech tree at the Captain Bang Hallet house in Yarmouth Photo James Joiner.

Spring is springing! Photo James Joiner

DEP workers near Long Beach. Photo James Joiner

A boat returns to port in Yarmouth. Photo James Joiner




Remember when it was super fun to stay home from school, even if you were sick? Those salad days of sitting on the couch, watching daytime television, beating Legend of Zelda while your doting mother brought you whatever your little heart desired? It’s funny how perspectives changes things. My daughter – whom I love more than anything in the world – has been home with a stomach bug for three days now. Which means that, no matter how healthy and full of get-up-and-go the rest of us are, we’re all sick. I have to admit feeling a touch of suspicion at the onset of the illness, conveniently just after bedtime on the last Sunday of February vacation. I mean, who wouldn’t want just one more day of rest and relaxation before returning to that third grade grind? Her being her father’s daughter and all it certainly wasn’t outside the realm of possibility for this debilitating ailment to be more of the, “oh man, that battered brown corduroy couch in the living room mom and dad keep talking about replacing but never actually do sure does sound like a swell place to spend a Monday” variety than the, “clear the way, I’m makin’ for the toilet before we blow” one. Either way, I figured better safe than sorry, and granted her a Monday Mulligan. As has been pointed out to me on a number of occasions, I’m a bit of a doting father. By halfway through the day, things were looking up, and Tuesday appeared to be a great day to get back to the education system. Unfortunately, Tuesday night consisted of some of those

aforementioned “clear the way” moments. This naturally led to A) her staying home again and B) a burden of intense, self-inflicted guilt for my doubts, however quiet I had kept them. I tried to outrun these feelings by purchasing almost the entire Popsicle and ginger ale departments of the local grocery store, but it didn’t really help. And you know your kid’s really not feeling well when she doesn’t have a varietal preference in fruit flavored frozen sugar water. So there we sat, hunkered down on that nasty brown couch, pretending it didn’t smell like the glorified dog bed that it is, clogging up the neighborhood Internet connection with straightto-Netflix movie after movie. There is nothing more soul-crushing than watching your normally ebullient offspring wither under a heavy mass of animal print blankets, wrapped in a yuck you can’t do anything to stave off. One advantage our generation of parents has over preceding ones is the inclusion of social media. What is normally just a way to avoid getting anything done or be targeted for “friendship” by people you tried hard to leave in high school can become a shining beacon of support when housebound. The faceless Facebook masses love a chance to comment or offer advice, seeming to hang on every utterance of frustration, regurgitating self-help jargon like so many guidance counselors’ motivational posters. It’s really very comforting to read your second cousin twice removed telling you to “hang in there”, and even more so when they do interesting and creative things like alternate capital and lowercase letters or insert hearts, smiley faces and other cutesy caricatures while you dodge sprays of projectile vomit and attempt to navigate the stormy seas of bipolar-esque mood swings. Better still is the inclusion of links to various communicable diseases that are currently making their way around remote regions of third world countries and who’s symptoms roughly correlate with the common flu. (cont’d)

Luckily this wasn’t a case of the Tamarind Monkey Pox, and rather than melting into a puddle of psychotic, flesh-eating goo by day three our little patient had started to come out of it, finally eating (and maintaining) solid foods and even expressing a desire (gasp!) to go to school the next day (thank you bad movies). Barring any sort of last minute relapse – fingers crossed, wood knocked upon – she will be back in the saddle so to speak in the morning, at which time I will curl up on that threadbare, stinky couch and nap for a solid day. Or at least until I have to go and pick her up from school.

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Dinghy. The Little Magazine. Issue 9  
Dinghy. The Little Magazine. Issue 9  

Fun and frolic on Cape Cod