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Taking a Piece of Cape Cod Home This Holiday
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, November 26, 2018

Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

After spending a week or two in your Cape Cod vacation rental, you'll probably want to pick out a souvenir or two to commemorate your time here. But what to choose?

Of course, you could always go with the ever-popular t-shirt or shot glass, if you want to make the obvious choice. You can find these products in souvenir shops, but keep in mind that most of them are made in China and don't have any real connection to the Cape.

Or, if you're looking for something that is unique to Cape Cod, you could have a look at some of the remarkable items that Cape residents produce and sell here.

These items will not only remind you of the great time you had on the Cape, but they’re also things that you can use, or eat, once you return home. And best of all, you might have the chance to visit the place where they were actually made, which is something that you don’t have the opportunity to do every day.

Have a look at the following souvenir ideas so that you can bring a piece of the Cape home with you after this year’s vacation.


Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

The Cape Cod Beach Chair Company has been around since 2002 and prides itself on its innovate, comfortable chairs that are made to last. The wooden chair frame construction maximizes their lifespan, while the premium canvas on the rest of the chair allows for the use of a variety of patterns and styles.

The factory and store sits on Old Queen Anne Road in East Harwich, which is right between Route 6 and Route 28. In addition to chairs, you can also purchase beach towels, coolers, beach games, and chair accessories, so even if you're not in the market for a new chair, you can buy something. And if you are flying into Cape Cod and don't have space for a chair, it's possible to order one and have it shipped to your home.


Scargo Pottery

The locally produced pottery and artwork found at Scargo Pottery is exceptional, and it's easy to see what this location is so popular with locals and visitors alike. Everything available here is handmade, including the candles, wooden spoons, plates, pots, and jugs, and you'll be blown away when you see the scope of the items found at the storefront on Dr. Lord's Road in Dennis. You'll even see a collection of sculptures here, should you want to invest in some artwork.

The artisans, Kim Holl, Tina Holl, and Meden Parker, have a wealth of experience in creating these items and have a passion for the industry. Custom work is sometimes available, depending on the current workload of the artists and your timeline for getting the articles completed. Stop by if you'd like to remember your vacation with a one-of-a-kind souvenir.


Barnstable Bats

What could be more American than picking up a baseball bat as a souvenir? Not much, especially if you're able to head to the actual site where the bat was made. Barnstable Bats are created in Centerville from Ash, Maple, and Birch and with over 500 bats in stock in the showroom, you're sure to find something that you like.

Barnstable Bats dates back to 1992, and by 1994, they were commonly used all over the Cape. By 1996, the bats had reached Major League Baseball, and although they're no longer in use in MLB, college, high school, and men's senior leagues still love them. You can even order a birth bat with your child's name, birth-date, and weight on it if you're looking for something custom to commemorate a special occasion.


Cape Cod Chocolatier

Want to bring something edible back from Cape Cod but don't know where to look? Cape Cod Chocolatier on Falmouth Road in Centerville is a great place to start because not only does it have some of the best chocolate you'll ever taste, but it's all made right on the Cape.

Cape Cod Chocolatier dates back to 2002 when Carol and Rob Cronin decided to get into the chocolate business. They only use the finest of ingredients and traditional chocolate-making techniques, such as a wooden paddle and copper kettle, in their goods, so you can be sure that you end up with the purest and tastiest chocolate you’ve ever tried.


Other Things to Take Home

This is just a partial list of ways that you can take a piece of Cape Cod home with you, as you could also bring some locally produced Cape Cod Beer, Truro Vineyards wine, or Cape Cod Potato Chips, if you want to go small, or a boat that was made on the Cape by E.M. Crosby Boatworks, if you're looking to go big.

While Cape Cod might not have a reputation as a major producer of goods, you’ll soon learn that there are plenty of things made here by locals with the utmost in care. Once you see the time and effort that goes into keeping these modest operations afloat, you can’t help but support the small businesses the call the Cape home.

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Cape Cod's 2018 Christmas Concerts and Performances
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, November 19, 2018

Cape Cod has an incredible performing arts scene, as the sounds of high-end plays and concerts from local, national, and international acts fill the air in the summertime. When tourist season ends in the fall, however, playhouses tend to take a hiatus before starting up again around Memorial Day, or sometimes even later.

The exception to this shutdown, of course, is the Christmas season, as performing arts venues all over the Cape feature exclusive holiday performances starting in late November and running throughout December.

If you’re lucky enough to be spending a portion of the holiday season on Cape Cod, get yourself some tickets to at least one of these shows, or check out a free one, as they are well worth the price of admission, and then some.


Holiday on the Cape

Perhaps the most anticipated Christmas performance in 2018 is Holiday on the Cape, which is an annual tradition put on by the Cape Symphony. On November 30 at 4:00 and 8:00 PM, December 1 at 3:00 and 7:30 PM, and December 2 at 1:00 and 5:00 PM, you can experience all of your favorite holiday music at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center.

You'll quickly find yourself singing along to the classic songs you'll hear, especially since you'll have the Chatham Chorale and the Vintage Vocal Quartet providing vocals. Tickets range from $72-52 for adults and $36-26 for students between the ages of six and 22. These concerts always sell out, so you’ll want to buy your tickets right away if you’re visiting Cape Cod in early December.


Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

We all know the story of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, where three spirits visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in an attempt to turn him into a kinder, more thoughtful human being. Before the three apparitions take Scrooge through Christmases past, present, and future, however, the ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business partner, makes an appearance.

Every Friday and Saturday night between December 1 and 29 at 7:30 PM, The Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans will feature Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, which tells this classic tale through the eyes of Marley and shows why he felt the need to help Scrooge on his journey, while redeeming himself in the process. This performance adds an entirely new dynamic to the story and is something you'll surely want to see if you're a fan of the original. Tickets are $25 for adults and $21 for students.


Celtic Christmas Celebrations

The Cape has a couple of Celtic-themed events taking place, starting with the 10th Annual A Cape Cod Celtic Christmas Celebration, which takes place on Saturday, December 15 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth. The concert features the music of Celtic duo Stanley and Grimm, with special guests also making appearances throughout the night. Everything gets started at 7:00 PM and tickets are $18 each.

Another Celtic celebration on Cape Cod this holiday season is called A Celtic Christmas featuring Rose & Robbie. The concert will take place at Elks Music Hall in Eastham and brings Robbie O'Connell, who is originally from Ireland and brings a unique, humorous style, and Rose Clancy, a local musician, to the stage. Tickets range from $20-30, and there will be an opening performance by Cape Cod's own Celtic Roots.


Madeline's Christmas

Between November 30 and December 30, Friday nights at 7:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM, The Cape Cod Theatre Company will present Madeline's Christmas. The play is based on a story by Jennifer Kirkeby and follows the adventures of a young girl named Madeline who is at a boarding school in Paris. Her only wish is to return home for Christmas, but difficulties arise when everyone at school falls ill.

Tickets to the show are $25 for adults and $15 for those under 21. Additional matinee performances will take place on the 26th, 27th, and 28th of December at 2:00 PM. If you're on the Cape for any part of the holidays, you'll have plenty of chances to get to Harwich to take in a show.


Outer Cape Chorale Concert

For a free show, make sure you check out the Outer Cape Chorale Concerts, which will be held three times between December 7 and 9. The first two shows take place at Provincetown Town Hall at 7:00 PM, with an additional Sunday show coming at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans at 3:00 PM.

This year, the chorale will be performing Requiem, a soothing, yet haunting, work by French composer Gabriel Fauré and When Icicles Hang, a secular arrangement by English composer John Rutter that takes inspiration from the texts of William Shakespeare. Tickets are not needed to attend, although donations at the door are appreciated.


Christmas on Cape Cod

In addition to these shows, you’ll find free performances at the various Christmas strolls and other holiday events found throughout Cape Cod in December. These holiday gatherings give you the chance to witness performances by some of the Cape’s very own local groups, who put together Christmas shows every year and take a lot of pride in doing so.

Book your Cape Cod vacation rental in December to experience something completely different during the holidays. If you’ve only seen the Cape in the summer, you’re missing out on the infectious small-town holiday spirit that is prevalent here throughout the season.

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