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There’s More Here Than Just Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, February 15, 2018


While Cape Cod is eastern Massachusetts' top attraction, and with good reason, areas off The Cape that are worth checking out if you're in the region. Much like on Cape Cod, there is always something happening or somewhere to visit during the summer, so if you want to change things up a little bit, cross the Bourne Bridge and do some exploring. You could even choose to rent a vacation property off Cape, in Onset, Marion, or Mattapoisett and commute whenever you want to visit the beaches, trails, and atmosphere that Cape Cod has to offer.

Events and Activities in Onset Village  

When the weather in Onset Village warms up, it can only mean one thing: the Summer of Love Concert Series. The series runs Wednesday nights between the end of June and the end of August, bringing regional and national acts through the area. Every concert takes place at the Onset Band Shell and shows are free and family friendly, ensuring that concert-goers of all ages have a good time.

If you’d like a little more adventure, consider taking one of the canal cruises through the area. These cruises leave from Onset Town Pier near Onset Beach and run through the waterway under both Sagamore Bridge and Bourne Bridge, all the way to Cape Cod Bay. You'll see Scusset Beach Fish Pier, the Vertical Lift Railroad Bridge, and the Sandwich Boat Basin along the way.

Since 1992, the Onset Blues Festival has been a fixture in the area. The festival, which runs in early August, attracts some significant players in the blues music scene. It also has food and drink vendors, in addition to shopping opportunities. A good time is had by all at this festival, so make sure you get your tickets early if you plan to attend.

Slow Things Down in Marion

Just south of Marion’s town centre is Silvershell Beach. This beach isn’t very big, and there is a private resort nearby, but it provides outstanding views of Sippican Harbor. If the beaches of Cape Cod are too busy for your liking, give Marion a try for a quieter experience.

When shopping for souvenirs, Dean Ross Home is worth a stop. The house is home to all kinds of unique gift ideas, with many of the items available sharing a nautical theme. A number of other stores and shops are in the area around Dean Ross Home, so this area provides a pleasant, small-town retail experience.

Spend Some Time in Mattapoisett

No matter where you're staying in the area, Old Rochester Farmers Market in Mattapoisett is something you must experience. Between early December and the end of April, the winter market runs twice a month on Saturdays. The summer market runs every Tuesday from early June until late October. Both markets feature local produce, crafts, meats, and live entertainment and take place at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School.

Shellfishing is a favorite pastime in Mattapoisett and is worth trying if you’re in the area. Before heading out, make sure you know which areas are restricted and have the proper permits in place. Keep in mind that you’ll have to jump through some hoops and apply in-person if you’re not a local resident. Taking the time to get your permit will give you the chance to grab some of the world’s best seafood, however, so it’s well worth the effort.

The middle of July brings Harbor Days to Mattapoisett, courtesy of the Mattapoisett Lions Club. The two-day festival is held at Shipyard Park and features an artisan market, food vendors, live entertainment and a raffle draw. This is a fun, family-friendly event that provides a full weekend of entertainment. If you're lucky, you might catch a fish fry or lobster-eating opportunity while you're there.

Just Beyond Cape Cod

Your Cape Cod holiday doesn’t have to be spent entirely on the Cape because the surrounding towns provide a similar, yet somewhat different, experience.

Each of these towns in under 20 minutes from Bourne, so you won't spend the entire day driving from place to place. After all, you're here to relax on Cape Cod and any time spent travelling and not soaking up the sun, enjoying the food, and partaking in the festive atmosphere of this fantastic area is a waste.



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Getting to Know Cape Cod’s Performing Arts Scene
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, January 15, 2018


One of the great things about Cape Cod is that there is so much to do outdoors. While you're here, you'll probably spend hours lounging on the beach, hiking the dunes, or biking the scenic trails.

At the same time, you might want to mix things up a little when spending time on the Cape this summer and, luckily, the area’s performing arts scene has you covered.

Cape Cod is home to prominent theater companies and lively concert series that add diversity to a summer holiday in the area. Experience the cultural, art-eccentric events that set the community apart from others regions of the East Coast to make the most of your time here.

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If you love the theater, Cape Cod is the place to be this summer. Everything from Broadway musicals to small local productions are present at the many performing arts venues scattered up and down the coast, leaving you with all kinds of variety when choosing an event to attend.

Located on Main Street in Orleans, The Academy Playhouse is perhaps the preeminent performing arts center on Cape Cod. The theater puts on nine different productions annually, and although it runs all year round, summer is when things pick up. The venue often hosts Broadway musicals, although comedies and dramas are also quite common.

It doesn't get much better on Cape Cod than the Cape Playhouse in Dennis Village. Since its opening in 1927, this venue has hosted performances by legends like Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, and Ginger Rogers, giving it the moniker, Where Broadway Goes to Summer. The Playhouse manages to pack its entire season into the summer months, with performances taking place almost every day.

The Cotuit Center for the Arts features two different venues, the main stage, which is outdoors, and the Black Box Theater. The theater company presents various performances throughout the summer, including Broadway productions with nationally recognized performers in an intimate setting. The shows put on by the Cotuit Center for the Arts positively contribute to the distinct feeling around Cape Cod in the summer.

Summer Concert Series on Cape Cod

Of course, if you’d prefer to check out some musical performances, rather than a play, Cape Cod has the perfect event for you through its various concert series and music festivals. As with many events on The Cape, you’ll find yourself outdoors for much of the experience, providing something far different from your basic concert.

Summer in Hyannis means the Cape Cod Melody Tent is sure to make an appearance. The Melody Tent is a circus tent that hosts some of the top musical acts to visit The Cape in any given year. The venue provides a uniquely intimate atmosphere, as the stage is directly in the middle of the tent and surrounded by seating. As a result, the view is outstanding from any seat. This one of only two continuously-operated music tents in the entire country, so make sure you check it out.

Even though the Provincetown Jazz Festival doesn't have the same history as many of the other performing arts events on Cape Cod, as it only came into existence in 2005, the gathering is a favorite among locals and visitors alike because of its diverse nature. Performances are held all over the area, with many of them taking place right along the ocean. The festival is relaxing, the events are affordable, and there's even a free shuttle into the area for those not staying in Provincetown.

The Cape’s Operas and Symphonies

If you’re looking to experience a little culture and some acts that you won’t see anywhere else in the country this summer, keep watch for the events presented by the orchestra and opera companies on Cape Cod.

The Cape Symphony Orchestra has been around since 1962 and is among the most extensive groups of its kind in all of Massachusetts. The orchestra plays at Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis, although outdoor events are common during the summer. For example, the group has performed a free show at the amphitheater at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the past couple of summers, providing a unique environment in which to experience their renditions of pop hits and classical favorites.

Classical music is also abundant at Cotuit Library through the Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series, a group of events that attracts well-known musicians to this small venue during the summer.

The Highfield Theatre in Falmouth is home to College Light Opera Company, which has been in business since 1969. The company has 32 singers and an 18-piece orchestra, providing the full opera experience for attendees. In fact, the theater company scours the nation every year to find the best up and coming performers to join, so you can be positive that you'll see outstanding performances by some of the country's best talent every time you visit.

Start Planning Your Cape Cod Vacation Today

It’s never too early to start organizing your Cape Cod summer vacation because, in all honesty, the area fills up quickly. There’s a reason why vacations rentals are booked months in advance, so if you want to get up close and personal with Cape Cod’s complex and surprisingly intimate performing arts scene, the time to book is now.

There's more to Cape Cod's performing arts scene than has been detailed here, as the Cape Cod Theatre Company, the Barnstable Comedy Club, the Cape Sands Ballroom are other popular places to enjoy weekly performances and special events on Cape Cod.

Do your research before you arrive to ensure that you come at the right time during the community's busy summer months.



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