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Buying Some Souvenirs at Truro’s Jobi Pottery
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Wednesday, October 20, 2021

No matter how much time you spend on the Cape, taking some souvenirs home with you is always a priority. Many times, you’ll have loved ones waiting for a gift purchased on your vacation, while in other situations, you’ll want something to commemorate your trip.

Of course, you could visit any souvenir shop on the Cape to pick up a t-shirt or shot glass with the words “Cape Cod” written on it, but very few of those items are actually made here. For an authentic Cape Cod souvenir, finding a local shop selling handmade goods is essential.

One such location in Truro is Jobi Pottery, a store and art gallery selling retro-style pottery designs and local art that’s sure to capture your attention.

Here’s a look at everything you should know about Jobi Pottery and why it’s worth a stop on your Cape Cod vacation.

About the Shop

Jobi Pottery has a long history on the Cape, as it first opened its doors in 1953. At that time, friends Joe Colliano and Bill Hastings, known as the Jobis when you combine their first names, opened a small pottery shop in an old hot dog stand near the Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse.

When that area became the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1966, the duo was forced to relocate to North Truro. They later sold the business to Lee and Elizabeth Locke, who changed the name to Truro Crafters and continued to operate until 2002.

Jobi Pottery was out of business for about a year when current owner Susan Kurtzman resurrected it in 2003. She uses the same traditional designs that the Jobis used in the 1950s to create authentic, retro-styled pottery for all who want it.

Every item available at Jobi Pottery is created on-site by locals. The designs are painted freehand, and the pottery is then fired in the pottery barn. It doesn’t get more authentic than the creations available at this retailer.

Kurtzman has also added an art gallery to the business’ present-day location on Route 6 in Truro, so you can find a great item to bring home with you, even if you aren’t into the pottery. She curates new exhibitions seasonally and is even known to speak with local collectors about who they want to see featured at the gallery.

What You’ll Find There

There is a lot going on at Jobi Pottery, as Kurtzman is hard at work using the same methods, designs, and casting molds as the Jobis.

Available pottery items include mugs, pinch pots, plates, bowls, trays, clocks, butter dishes, vases, pitchers, and ornaments, to name a few. You can also grab some purely decorative pottery for your home.

The art gallery features creations by local artists like Ed Christie, Heather Blume, Nancy Bloom, Milton Wright, Warren Green, Elizabeth Lazeren, and Garrow Throop. Many paintings depict scenes from the Cape, so have a look around for locations you’ve visited during your travels.

Where Else You Can Buy

Jobi Pottery’s storefront is relatively easy to reach, but there are some other places you can grab some pottery or artwork, too. While these spots won’t have as much selection, they might be more convenient for some visitors.

In Provincetown, you can pick up some pottery at the Pilgrim Monument, the Provincelands Visitors’ Center, or the Provincetown General Store. Items are also available at the Salt Pond Visitors Center Gift Shop in Eastham, Truro Vineyard, Oceana in Orleans, and Gathering at Home in Dennis.

Off-Cape, 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, Massachusetts, is also an option.

Of, if you aren’t comfortable flying or traveling with your pottery, you can order items online through the Jobi Gallery website.

A Cape Cod Institution

Souvenirs are everywhere on the Cape, but there’s something special about picking up an item from an authentic Cape Cod original. All the pottery at Jobi Pottery is made on-site, and the designs are painted freehand, too, adding to their originality.

In fact, it’s safe to say that every item sold at Jobi Pottery is one-of-a-kind and that anything you purchase will immediately become one of your favorite ceramics.

Jobi Pottery has been an institution on Cape Cod since the early 1950s, and the fact that the same techniques and casting molds the original owners used are still in operation adds to its incredible allure.

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Wellfleet: The Art Gallery Town
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, July 15, 2019

Although the Provincetown art scene gets most of the attention, Wellfleet has something special for art enthusiasts, as the town is full of art galleries, most of which are within a short walk of each other. Those in the know refer to Wellfleet as “The Art Gallery Town” because of its abundance of studios, so if you want to enjoy outstanding exhibits without the hoopla, this is the place.

These art galleries come in all sizes and show off various forms of art. If you’re an art-lover, consider Wellfleet as the destination for your Cape Cod vacation because you can spend days on end exploring everything that this town of just 3,500 year-round residents has to offer.


Berta Walker Gallery

The Berta Walker Gallery sits on Wellfleet's Main Street and celebrates the history of American art. Many of the artists featured here are from Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown, and there's a second gallery location in Provincetown, as well. The studio is open Thursday to Money from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM between May 23 to June 30 and every day except Tuesday between July 1 and Labor Day.


Blue Heron Gallery

At the Blue Heron Gallery, you can visit any day of the week between the middle of May and Columbus Day to view diverse collections of local sculptures, paintings, and photography. The gallery's Bank Street location has show openings and artist receptions on Saturday nights between 6:00 and 8:00 PM throughout the summer, as well.


Burdick Art Gallery

Dating back over 50 years, the Burdick Art Gallery is an institution in Wellfleet. The venue, which sits on Bank Street, usually features works by members of the Burdick family, in addition to those of other local artists.


Celeste Fine Arts Gallery

You'll find that the Celeste Fine Arts Gallery is a one-woman show, as all of the works featured here are by Celeste Woodes-Koper. Celeste is a self-taught painter from Boston who spent summers on Cape Cod growing up and decided to open an art gallery to showcase her impressionist work about 20 years ago. The gallery is on Commercial Street and only open in the summer.


Cherry Stone Gallery

Over on East Commercial Street, just across from Uncle Tim's Bridge, the Cherry Stone Gallery continues the legacy put forth by founders Lizzie Upham and Sally Nerber by showcasing local artists and bringing high-end shows to Wellfleet. The venue sits in what was once Cora Holbrook's store and is open every day except Sunday between June and September.


Cove Gallery

At the Cove Galley, new exhibits open every Saturday night all summer long and run throughout the week. There are also jazz performances on select Fridays during the summer that you can check out as you wander the town. The gallery enjoys an ideal location on Commercial Street, and offers custom framing, as well.


Front Porch Gallery

One of the few art galleries that isn’t on Commercial Street or Main Street is the Front Porch Gallery, which enjoys a convenient Baker Street location. This venue is open every day except Sunday throughout the summer and featuring abstract paintings, woodwork, fiber art, pottery, and other works from local artists. The gallery sits in a house built in 1855, so it gives you the chance to experience a bit of history, as well.


The Frying Pan Gallery

Although it's on Commercial Street, The Frying Pan Gallery is right on Wellfleet Town Pier, so it's a little away from many of the other galleries. This venue features fishing-inspired pieces by local artists, including owner Steve Swain, and shares a parking lot with Wellfleet Pearl, a renowned seafood restaurant.


Harmon Gallery

Another art gallery that shares a parking lot with a well-known restaurant is the Harmon Gallery, which is right beside Mac's Shack, perhaps Wellfleet's most famous dining room. The gallery is open throughout June, July, and August, from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM every day except Sunday when it opens at noon. The Harmon Gallery focuses on contemporary art with an urban flair, bringing in both emerging and established artists from around the Cape and beyond.


Left Bank Gallery

Just a few doors down from the Cove Gallery on Commercial Street is the Left Bank Gallery, a venue specializing in glassware, jewelry, pottery, wood items, wearables, sculptures, home furnishings, and paintings from local artists. The paintings come in rotating collections, while the rest is there throughout much of the season. You can visit the gallery every day of the week between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, and there is a second location on Cove Road in Orleans.


Off Main Gallery

The Off Main Gallery got its name because of its location, as it sits in an 1875 barn behind A Nice Cream Stop on Main Street. The gallery is in a pretty busy area, especially in the summer, as Winslow's Tavern is next door and Wellfleet Market Place is down the street, but it is set back from the road, creating a quiet environment. The gallery features rotating exhibits throughout the summer, with opening receptions and artists' talks taking place on the first Saturday of each release. The venue is open from late May through October, with changing days and times each month. Check their website for more information.


Visit Wellfleet for the Art

In June of 1980, the Wellfleet Art Gallery Association was established with the goal of promoting Wellfleet as a destination for fine art lovers. Since that time, the number of art galleries in the town has grown, and today, you can't walk more than a few minutes without coming across another studio in Wellfleet.

Have a look at the opening dates for some exhibits this summer because on some Saturday nights, you’ll be able to walk from gallery to gallery experiencing the best that Cape Cod’s art scene has to offer.

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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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