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Cars beware! On Commercial Street pedestrians and bikers rule. So, to all those drivers out there, roll your windows down, go 3 miles per hour, and, for goodness sake, park your car as soon as possible, and get out into the action.

In “Land’s End,” novelist Michael Cunningham’s must-read book about Provincetown, he writes,

Provincetown is, has always been, an eccentrics’ sanctuary…It is the only small town I know of where those who live unconventionally seem to outnumber those who live within the prescribed boundaries of home and licensed marriage, respectable job and biological children…Among strollers and shoppers [on Commercial Street] on a summer afternoon, it is not unusual to see, within a fifty-foot radius, all of the following: a crowd of elderly tourists who have come for the day on a tour bus or have disembarked from a cruise ship anchored in the harbor; a pack of muscle boys on their way to the gym; a vacationing mother and father shepherding their exhausted and fussy children through the shops; a pair of lesbians with a dachshund in a rainbow collar; two gay dads in chinos and Izod shirts pushing their adopted daughter in a stroller; a dread-locked and ostentatiously tattooed young woman who works at the head shop; a man dressed, very convincingly, as Celine Dion; elderly women doing errands; several closeted schoolteachers from various parts of the country who come to Provincetown for two weeks every year to escape the need for secrecy; several weary fisherman coming home from their stints on a scallop boat; a bond trader with three-hundred-dollar sandals up for the weekend from New York; and a brigade of furious local kids on skateboards, seeing how close they can come to the pedestrians without actually knocking one over, a stunt that is usually but not always successful.

Throughout “Land’s End,” Cunningham perfectly and lovingly captures Provincetown in all of its strange and glorious beauty. And I couldn’t help but think of the above description chronicling the rich and vibrant street life found on the town’s main drag as I walked along Commercial Street for an afternoon of window shopping and practicing the underrated art of loafing around.

Now, first let me discuss the limited scope of this blog post. The rich gallery scene, the vast cultural offerings, and the incredible night life will be not be included here. Each deserves its own space – and I will be sure to get to them soon. So, let this blog post act as just a dip of the toe into the ocean of things that can be said about Commercial Street. (more…)


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Cotuit Park

For two short, perfect summer days, from August 14 to Saturday, August 15th, over a hundred sweet white tents full of arts and crafts will occupy the gently sloping park that surrounds the Cotuit Federated Church and the town library. It is the 39th AnnualĀ CraftFest in Cotuit – a compelling combination of local food, local crafts, and local performances. (more…)

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Flying Pig Bowls

When I blogged about my love of Scargo Pottery in Dennis, I asked everyone out there to let me know about their own personal favorite potters on Cape Cod. A couple people mentioned Flying Pig Pottery in Woods Hole, so I was excited to pay a visit to see what all the fuss was about. And on my recent trip to the Flying Pig’s small, subterranean gallery/work space, I can say that I quickly fell in love with the whimsical and utterly cheerful creations of Tessa Morgan, the ceramicist behind Flying Pig. (more…)

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Isaiah Thomas Books and Prints has an exhaustive selection of books on the Cape and Islands.

Isaiah Thomas Books and Prints has an exhaustive selection of books on the Cape and Islands.

One of the most weather-resilient (though not water-resistant), entertaining, yet affordable pleasures there is in this life of ours is reading a good book. And there’s no better time to fall back in love with the act of reading than in the bits of leisure time we can carve out of the summer months. And there’s no better place for that forgotten bibliophile in each of us than the Isaiah Thomas Bookstore on Route 28 in Cotuit. As comprehensive as it is quirky, Isaiah Thomas Books is rich in readable treasures, carrying over 70,000 new, used and rare books. (more…)

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