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A Look at the 2021 Cape Cod Baseball League Season
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, July 27, 2021

After missing the 2020 season because of the CoViD-19 pandemic, the Cape Cod Baseball League is back in full swing in 2021.

The league sees some of college baseball's finest players head to the Cape for the summer, where they compete for ten local teams. Cape Cod residents and visitors love this league because it provides high-quality baseball action and gives an early glimpse at some of the next stars to hit the Major Leagues.

All Cape Cod League games are free to attend and take place in Brewster, Harwich, Yarmouth, Orleans, Chatham, Bourne, Falmouth, Cotuit, and Hyannis. There's also an off-Cape team in Wareham.

Here's a look at what has been happening during the 2021 season and what you can expect if you can check out a game on your Cape Cod vacation.

The Standings

Thus far, three teams are dominating the Cape Cod Baseball League: the Brewster Whitecaps, Harwich Mariners, and Bourne Braves. No other squads are above .500, so it looks like the battle for the league championship will come down to those teams.

The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, Orleans Firebirds, Falmouth Commodores, and Cotuit Kettleers are competitive, too, while the Chatham Anglers, Wareham Gatemen, and Hyannis Harbor Hawks have struggled.

The playoffs get underway on August 6 and should provide a highly entertaining conclusion to the season.

Stand-Out Players

A few players are lighting it up for their respective Cape Cod League teams in 2021, starting with Tyler Locklear of the Orleans Firebirds.

Locklear is a 20-year-old infielder from Abingdon, Maryland, who's going into his junior season at Virginia Commonwealth University. Although he's hitting just .233 on the season, he leads the league in home runs, with nine, and RBIs, with 26, in only 103 at-bats. Scouts have surely taken notice of Locklear's power numbers this season, and he's a name worth watching in the future.

Brock Wilken just turned 19 in June, but he's having a fantastic season for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Wilken, who plays both third base and catcher, will begin his sophomore season at Wake Forest in the fall, and he'll be getting significant attention from scouts thanks mainly to his hitting ability. On the season, Wilken is hitting .321 with six home runs and 24 RBIs. These numbers put him in the top four of every major offensive category and give him a realistic shot at a triple crown if he gets hot over the last few games of the season.

On the other side of the ball, two names worth watching are Bryce Hubbart and Trey Dombroski, two southpaws that have been nearly unhittable this season.

Hubbart, a junior at Florida State University, is sporting a 3-1 record with a league-leading 45 strikeouts. He also has a 0.87 ERA on the season. He has surrendered only 14 hits in his 31 innings pitched, as well.

Dombroski, a junior from Monmouth University, has started and come out of the bullpen in relief this season for the Harwich Mariners. He has a 2-0 record with an impressive 38 strikeouts in just 24.2 innings and has shown excellent control by only walking a single batter.

Adam Mazur and his sparkling 0.38 ERA are also worth keeping an eye on as he competes for the Wareham Gatemen. Mazur is a sophomore with South Dakota State University and is 2-0 on the season.

There are stand-out players every season on Cape Cod who end up improving their draft positions through their performances, making themselves a lot of money in the process.

What's Next?

Even if you don't get out to a Cape Cod Baseball League game this season, you can expect similar performances by next year's crop of college players, too. This league attracts some of the best young baseball players in the country each summer, giving locals and visitors alike the opportunity to experience something special whenever they attend a game.

Past Cape Cod Baseball League players include Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Frank Thomas, and Carlton Fisk, all of whom are honored in Cooperstown. Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, Aaron Judge, and Thurman Munson offer a small sample of the league's other notable alumni.

In addition, roughly one in seven MLB players goes through the Cape Cod Baseball League, and some seasons see Cape Cod League alumni account for about a third of all first-round picks in the MLB draft.

This league is something special, and it's truly worth checking out a game or two on your Cape Cod vacation because you never know who you'll get to see in action.

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Previewing the 2021 Provincetown Jazz Festival
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Provincetown Jazz Festival is always one of the year's most anticipated events, as locals and visitors alike look forward to performances by national and international jazz musicians. The festival is entering its 17th year in 2021, and although it will look slightly different due to CoViD-19 uncertainty and precautions, it'll still provide an excellent opportunity to check out some live music on the Cape.

It's worth noting that none of the official Provincetown Jazz Festival performances will take place in the town of Provincetown in 2021.

However, it's still possible to spend your vacation in Provincetown and attend these events. You could also book a vacation rental elsewhere on Cape Cod because the venues the festival is using are easily accessible.

Here's a look at the facilities and lineups you'll see at the 2021 Provincetown Jazz Festival, which takes place on August 2 and 16.

The Venues

This year, you'll have to visit the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth or the Cotuit Center for the Arts if you wish to attend the Provincetown Jazz Festival. The reason is that these venues are large enough to allow for some level of social distancing during the shows.

There had been plans to hold performances at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, but the venue is too small to accommodate large crowds while keeping a safe distance between attendees.

The Crown and Anchor is another venue that often hosts performances during the Provincetown Jazz Festival, but it's more of a nightclub environment, and there were no plans to hold events there in 2021.

The Cotuit Center For the Arts is a large campus with multiple buildings on Falmouth Road. One of the newer buildings contains a 400-seat theater that organizers will use during the Provincetown Jazz Festival. There's plenty of on-campus parking, too, making the center simple to reach.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is located on Old Main Street in South Yarmouth, just over the Bass River Bridge from West Dennis. It's easily accessible, but keep in mind that parking is limited in the surrounding area.

Who'll Be There

On Monday, August 2, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod will host concerts by Krisanthi Pappas and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet.

Pappas is an accomplished jazz singer who has been compared to Norah Jones and Diana Krall. She has performed with some of jazz music's biggest names, including Branford Marsalis and Gary Burton, and has won the Billboard World Song Contest in the jazz category twice.

The Cape Cod Jazz Quintet is well-known in this area because they frequently headline events on the Cape. The band features drummer Bart Weisman, bassist Ron Ormsby, pianist Fred Boyle, trumpeter and flutist Steve Ahern, and saxist and flutist Bruce Abbot.

The performances at the Cotuit Center for the Arts will take place on Monday, August 16, and feature two performers making their Provincetown Jazz Festival debuts.

First, there's Peter and Will Anderson, identical twins from Washington, D.C., who play clarinet and saxophone. The duo has performed at Blue Note New York and the New Orleans Jazz Festival and headlined venues like the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center over the years.

There will also be a concert by Leslie Boyle at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Boyle, a prominent jazz vocalist from the Cape, will be accompanied by members of the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet as she sings songs from multiple genres in a performance that's sure to impress.

Getting Tickets

Tickets for the 2021 Provincetown Jazz Festival are available through each venue's website. There's a link to both on the Provincetown Jazz Festival's official website, as well.

For shows at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, you can also place your order by phone at 508-394-7100. The same goes for performances at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, which you can purchase at 508-428-0669.

Tickets are $30 each and include both nightly performances at the venue. A percentage of every ticket sale is donated by the Provincetown Jazz Festival to worthy local causes.

Getting Back to Normal in 2021

The Provincetown Jazz Festival usually has at least one event in Provincetown, but that wasn't in the cards for 2021.

Still, having the opportunity to check out some live jazz music in an intimate environment should provide attendees with a sense of normalcy after a 16-month period that has been anything but typical.

If you're planning a vacation to the Cape this summer, buying some tickets to one of these concerts is sure to provide an evening of entertainment. It also offers hope that we're finally coming out of this pandemic and returning to normal sometime in 2021.

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The Legend of Moby Dick's: Wellfleet's Premier Seafood Shack
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Wednesday, July 14, 2021

If you're at all familiar with Herman Melville's classic novel, Moby Dick, you know that parts of the story take place near Cape Cod. In fact, the tale begins with Ishmael traveling from Manhattan to New Bedford before making a stop on Nantucket, and the second mate of the Pequod is a man named Stubb who hails from the Cape.

Cape Cod's history as a shipbuilding and whaling hub also creates a connection with the book because the entire story is about Captain Ahab's obsession with the giant sperm whale he's chasing.

It makes sense, then, that someone on Cape Cod would create a business named after this famous story, and that's precisely what has happened in Wellfleet with Moby Dick's Restaurant.

This clam shack on Route 6 is a local favorite because of the fresh seafood dishes they serve and is a location you'll definitely want to check out if you're visiting the Cape in the summer.

Here's a look at what you can expect once you walk through the doors of Moby Dick's Restaurant in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

The Atmosphere

As you approach Moby Dick's, you'll feel like you're walking up to a beach house. There's a nautical theme, both inside and out, and the venue makes you feel like you're right on the ocean.

Heading into the building, you might think you've walked onto a ship. The interior is designed to feel like the inside of a wooden boat, which definitely adds to the ambiance.

You can enjoy your meal outside on their patio, too, which is a nice touch when you don't want to leave the Cape's beautiful summertime weather.

The Menu

You'll want to take a few minutes to read the entire menu at Moby Dick's because there are many options.

First, there's the soup, including clam chowder, lobster bisque, and seafood gumbo. Appetizers include steamers, mussels, crab cakes, and Moby's Famous deep-fried Spanish onion, as well.

You can also grab Wellfleet oysters, scallops, cod, swordfish, and salmon, to name a few options, and they have a full menu of fried platters from which to choose.

If you're in the mood for lobster, Moby Dick's has full dinners served with corn on the cob. You can add Chatham steamers to the meal and make it a clambake, too, or go for their lobster roll platter.

The seafood sandwiches at Moby Dick's are well-known throughout the Cape, as you can choose from cod, salmon, crab, and clam, all of which are served on a bun or roll with fries.

Those who aren't into seafood don't have to worry because Moby Dick's has a decent selection of burgers, and a chicken breast sandwich, as well.

There are kid's and dessert menus, with Moby's Famous Key Lime Pie being the headliner.

No matter what you're looking to eat this vacation, there's a good chance you'll find it at Wellfleet's Moby Dick's Restaurant.

Bring Your Own Beer

For beverages, you can order ice tea, iced coffee, milk, juice, water, frappes, and freezes from the restaurant. They also have hot coffee and tea.

If you'd like an alcoholic drink with your meal, though, you'll have to head to the store and bring it yourself. Moby Dick's is a BYOB establishment, so you can grab a bottle of wine or a couple of beers and enjoy them with your food for no extra charge. They'll even supply cups, bottle openers, and ice buckets.

Wellfleet Spirits Shoppe is a two-minute drive from the restaurant, so you won't have to travel far to bring your own drinks to Moby Dick's.

The Gift Shop

Moby Dick's is a pretty well-known establishment, so it makes sense that they'd sell some merchandise. What you might not expect, though, is that they have a full souvenir shop next door called Moby's Cargo.

After your meal, you can head over to Moby's Cargo to look at their selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, travel mugs, coffee cups, hats, and other memorabilia that are equipped with the restaurant's logo.

These items are the perfect way to remember your meal at this famous restaurant and a great thing to bring home at the end of your Cape Cod vacation.

Your Cape Cod Vacation

Moby Dick's has a long history on the Cape, as it first opened its doors in 1983. It's known as a gathering spot for locals, but its doors are always open to Cape Cod visitors looking for one of the area's best dining experiences.

Spending your vacation in Wellfleet allows you to wander its beaches, explore its quaint downtown, and head to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Finding some of the Cape's best seafood along the way at Moby Dick's is sure to make your time here that much more special.

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The Top 5 Coffee Shops in Falmouth, Massachusetts
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, July 8, 2021

You'll want to get every day off on the right foot during your Cape Cod vacation, and for many, it all begins with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

Of course, reserving a vacation rental allows you to brew a pot at your leisure without having to leave the property, but there's something to be said for wandering a few of the Cape's towns and experiencing some local coffee shops.

Falmouth has numerous options when seeking that first cup of the day, including chains and local shops.

Here's a look at five of the best places to get a cup of coffee, or grab breakfast, in Falmouth, MA.

1) Daily Brew Coffee House

You'll find the Daily Brew Coffee House at the north end of Falmouth, right where the town meets Bourne. The vibe here is laidback and mellow, making it an excellent place to stop at first thing in the morning.

Daily Brew serves Jim's Organic Coffee, both hot and frozen, and has a selection of specialty drinks include its caramel latte, cappuccino, cafe latte, cocoa java, and cafe au lait. You can also add flavor shots to your coffee or grab a smoothie.

If you're in the mood for a full meal, a variety of sandwiches and wraps are available at Daily Brew, as well.

2) Talk of the Town Diner

Another venue in North Falmouth is called Talk of the Town Diner, a small restaurant in the North Falmouth Shopping Center. This diner is open for breakfast and lunch, with locals appreciating its coffee and other early morning offerings.

There's nothing necessarily unique about the coffee at Talk of the Town, but it usually comes with a delicious home-style meal in a friendly atmosphere.

You can get tea, hot chocolate, or a smoothie at the diner, as well.

3) Coffee Obsession

Fortunately for visitors to Cape Cod, Coffee Obsession has two locations: one in downtown Falmouth and another in Woods Hole. Coffee is the name of the game at both of these shops, as you can grab an espresso, macchiato, Americano, cappuccino, cocoa java, or cafe au lait, to name a few options.

Coffee Obsession also serves traditional drip coffee and has an extensive tea menu that is worth checking out if you're in the mood for something a little different.

The Woods Hole cafe has a full kitchen, too, so you can choose a breakfast to enjoy in-house or take it back to your vacation rental with you.

4) The Black Dog Heights Cafe

The Black Dog is a Martha's Vineyard-based chain with multiple locations on Cape Cod, in addition to Nantucket, Wareham, Newport, Rhode Island, and Mystic, Connecticut. The Falmouth location is called The Black Dog Heights Cafe, and it features an extensive breakfast and lunch menu that's sure to keep you coming back. It also enjoys an outstanding location on Falmouth Harbor, which is an excellent place for a walk in the morning.

The coffee menu at The Black Dog Heights Cafe includes both hot and iced options. You'll also find espresso, mocha latte, Americano, cappuccino, and tea available at the restaurant.

There's a lovely patio at The Black Dog Heights Cafe, and while you can't quite see the harbor from this outdoor area, it's just a short wander away before or after your visit.

5) Cape Cod Bagel Cafe

The Cape Cod Bagel Cafe is a counter-service establishment with a courtyard patio and a decent breakfast menu. As its name suggests, the restaurant focuses on bagels, but you can also get wraps, soups, salads, and sandwiches in the afternoon.

There's an on-site bakery at the Cape Cod Bagel Cafe, and they have a coffee bar featuring most of the basic items you'd want to drink in the morning. Their drip coffee comes from New England Coffee, as do their iced java offerings. You'll also find various types of tea on their menu.

As a bonus, you can buy a box of coffee at the Cape Cod Bagel Cafe, too. This box makes it easy for you to return to your vacation rental with enough java to keep the entire household happy.

Enjoy Your Coffee on the Cape

You'll have a few mornings to explore Falmouth's various coffee shops on your Cape Cod vacation, allowing you to try all of these venues if you wish to do so.

However, you might just find that the first one you visit is your favorite, and it could become an early morning staple as you spend time on the Cape.

Cape Cod is full of fantastic local businesses to visit during your time here, so make sure you get out there and give some of them a try.

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