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Yes, Cape Cod Now Has an Opera
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 26, 2019

Cape Cod Opera

You no longer have to visit larger centers like New York and Boston if you want to attend the opera thanks to the Opera Theater of Cape Cod. Although the theater is in its infancy and only holds a few performances per year, the fact that you can take a late-summer vacation to the Cape and check out the opera is exciting news.

The opera is sure to expand in the coming years, giving lovers of the arts even more opportunities to see high-end performances featuring some of opera's most memorable stories. Stay up to date on everything the Opera Theater of Cape Cod has planned in the coming years and design your next vacation to the Cape around their shows.

Started as an Indiegogo Campaign

One of the great thing about the Opera Theater of Cape Cod is that it's a grassroots startup that received support from Cape Cod locals, visitors, and businesses when getting established. In May of 2018, founders Joseph Turbessi, Ethan DePuy, and Eileen Christiansen, all of whom are well-known in the opera industry, put together a crowd-funding campaign in an attempt to bring opera to Cape Cod.

The money raised was put towards paying the performers, coming up with travel and lodging money, renting the venues, advertising the shows, and producing the opera, all of which was completed on a shoestring budget. Luckily, the campaign was an immediate success, raising over $1,200 in its first 24 hours and $4,840 overall; far beyond its goal of $3,000.

Raising this cash provided Turbessi, DePuy, and Christiansen with not only the funds required to hold their shows but also with the confidence that the Cape Cod community would support their endeavor.

Season One in 2018

After a successful fundraising effort, the Opera Theater of Cape Cod was able to present its inaugural season in September of 2018. The first season was made up of two performances of "The Tragedy of Carmen", a Peter Brook adaptation of Georges Bizet's 1875 opera entitled "Carmen". The group was able to attract some big names in the world of opera, as Fran Rogers, Kathryn McKellar, Andrew Miller, Carley DeFranco, and Richard Wingert all had parts, while Christiansen played the title character.

These performances took place September 7 at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall and September 9 at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, captivating audiences with performances rarely seen outside of large cities.

The theater followed up its late summer shows with a February 16 performance called "Some Enchanted Evening", which was essentially a gala featuring renditions of some of opera's greatest hits. Proceeds from this show went towards the production costs of their summer 2019 schedule.

Season Two in 2019

In 2019, we'll see Giacomo Puccini's classic "La Bohème" take the stage on Cape Cod. This time, however, there will be three performances, including a special preview on August 30 at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall. The other shows will take place on September 6 and 7 at the Tilden Arts Center in West Barnstable.

This year, opera stars like Sarah Joyce Cooper, Fran Rogers, Hannah Carlson, Scott Ballantine, Matthew O'Donnell, Fred Funari, and Miles Rind will take the stage in what is sure to be an event worth attending. The shows will feature acts I and III of the original "La Bohème" opera. Also worth noting is that the cultural councils of Wellfleet, Eastham, Chatham, Brewster, Truro, and Orleans provided additional funding. Keeping opera alive on Cape Cod has become a team effort with many different groups getting together to help it succeed.

Check Out the Opera Theater of Cape Cod

Yes, it's small, but the reality is that Cape Cod now has an opera and it's quite popular. The fact that the theater is already attracting some well-known artists from around the country also bodes well for its future. While you certainly won't mistake the opera venues on Cape Cod for the Sydney Opera House, Palais Garnier, La Scala, or Metropolitan Opera House, you can't beat the value provided here. After all, tickets go for $20, and there isn't a bad seat in the house at the Tilden Arts Center.

If you're considering a visit to the Cape, you won't regret getting out for an opera during your time here.

Antique Shopping On Cape Cod Opera Tilden Arts Center

Where to Go Antique Shopping on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 20, 2018

While Cape Cod is widely known as a place to spend time in the outdoors, enjoy a good meal, and experience the quintessential New England way of life, there is another side to the Cape that you might not have considered. You likely know that Cape Cod has a great deal of history since it was one of the first places to be settled by Europeans following the arrival of the Pilgrims, and people have lived here ever since. Going hand-in-hand with this long-time inhabitation is a sizeable selection of historic goods, many of which are available for purchase in Cape Cod antique stores.

Walking into any antique shop on Cape Cod could give you access to antique furniture, nautical gear, jewelry, coins, military memorabilia, photos, toys, kitchen items and anything else you might want to find. And since there are so many shops on the Cape, if you don't see what you're looking for at one, just walk a few minutes to the next one. When vacationing on Cape Cod, you should know that the area has the highest concentration of antique shops in the northeastern United States, as nowhere else has more stores per square mile. In fact, the Old King's Highway between Sandwich and Orleans alone is home to over 50 antique shops, with many sitting in historic houses, making your search even more memorable.

For the sake of this article, we'll look at some of the well-known antique shops on each section of Cape Cod, so you'll know where to search on your next vacation. Keep in mind that no matter where your vacation rental is located, you'll only be a few minutes from an antique shop that is sure to have some great pieces of history that are worth exploring.


Upper Cape Antique Shops

As you enter Cape Cod over the Sagamore Bridge, you'll quickly come across Brian Cullity American Antiques and Ship & Shore, which specializes in nautical artifacts. Both venues are near the Cranberry Highway, which will later turn into Route 6A. Just a few blocks east is the Sandwich Auction House, which holds auctions two or three times a month on Wednesdays during the summer. If you're in search of a hidden gem, this auction is the place to go. As you head into the heart of Sandwich, you'll find a cluster of antique shops along the Old King's Highway. These shops include the Sandwich Antiques Center, Cat's Meow Antiques, Coco Plum Garden Antique, Historical Antiques & Coins, and Paul Madden Antiques. The great part about downtown Sandwich is that you can park your car and walk to explore the antique stores in the area.

If you choose to head south after entering Cape Cod, there is another cluster of antique stores in the heart of Falmouth. These shops include Jacqueline's Gifts & Antiques, Atlantic Dry Goods, and Antique Button Jewelry. Once again, you can find a parking spot nearby and walk to all of these shops, since most are right along Main Street.


Antiquing on the Mid Cape

On the Mid Cape, you can take two different antiquing routes, depending on where you're heading and what you're looking to find. Along Route 28, you'll come across Simply Vintage of Cape Cod in Centerville, before continuing into West Yarmouth, which is home to the Antiques Center of Yarmouth, which, with over 100 on-site dealers, is one of the largest antique stores on Cape Cod. Continuing along Route 28, you'll come across West Dennis Antiques, which sits in an 18-century building with period décor, and the Dennisport Main Street Antiques Center.

On Route 6A, an entirely different set of stores are there to be found, including the Antiques Center of Cape Cod, Antiques 608, and Gatherings By the Sea, all of which are located in Dennis. As you continue along the highway, there is East Dennis Antiques and Eldred's Auction, one of the East Coast’s top antique auction houses, along with a series of art galleries, if you want to change things up a little bit.


Lower Cape Antique Shopping

Right beside Dennis along Route 28 is Harwich, home to the Harwich Antique Center and Windsong Antiques. Windsong has an outstanding selection of ceramics and silverware, making it worth a visit if that's the type of thing you are looking to purchase. It is then a short drive to the Chatham area, where you'll come across Maps of Antiquity, home to a collection of antique maps. In Chatham's downtown area, shops like Kahn Fine Antiques, Chatham Village Antiques, and Demos Antiques are right on Main Street and within an easy walking distance of each other.

In downtown Brewster on Route 6A, you have Wisteria Antiques, Antiques By the Bay, and Wayne's Antiques, among others, all of which are within walking distance. The downtown Brewster area is one of the best antiquing locations on Cape Cod because you can park and explore numerous stores quickly. Wisteria Antiques is particularly notable because it feels more like a museum than a store, thanks to its location in a Victorian home with period furnishings and decor.


Buying Antiques on the Outer Cape

The Outer Cape, outside of Provincetown, doesn't have as much in the way of antique shops as the other sections, but you'll still find Diamond Antiques & Fine Art in Orleans, the Gristmill Antiques Gallery and Buddha Bobs in Eastham, and Farmhouse Antiques in Wellfleet.

When you get to Provincetown, you'll encounter another cluster of shops right along Commercial Street, including Time Tunnel Antiques, Scott Dinsmore Antiques, and Yesterday's Treasures, making the town well worth a visit. Everything within Provincetown is a short walk from each other, so you can spend the day walking Commercial Street and visiting the various shops.


Antiques on Cape Cod

Although dozens of shops are mentioned here, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the antique shopping available on the Cape, as there are dozens more to be found. Keep in mind that antique shops tend to set up near each other in the historic parts of each town, so take a wander to see what you can find. You’re sure to come across some very impressive artifacts when exploring the antique shops on Cape Cod. As a result, one piece of advice is to leave some space in your suitcase for packing your finds home with you.

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