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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 Annual CraftFest in Cotuit – a compelling combination of local food, local crafts, and local performances. (more…)

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The best float at the Cotuit parade was this squirting clam number. Nothing says "Happy Birthday, America" like a water-spouting mollusk.

The best float at the Cotuit parade was this squirting clam number. Nothing says "Happy Birthday, America" like a water-spouting mollusk.

A float from the Cotuit Parade

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Beautiful Sampson's Island

Beautiful Sampson's Island

Touring the Cape by kayak is one of the most profoundly pleasurable and peaceful ways to travel the bays, rivers, and ocean that surround us. Or so I imagine. Alas, I don’t have a kayak of my very own – leaving me to suffer through bouts of envy as I watch the lucky ones paddle around me. But, I was fortunate enough to be invited to kayak out to Sampson’s Island this morning to soak in some sun and, if only momentarily, feel like one of the lucky ones. Sampson’s Island is a wild barrier beach in Barnstable County that is a quick 15-20 minute kayak ride away from the Cotuit Town Landing or Loop Beach on Ocean View Avenue. The island has tidal flats, salt marshes, and miles of perfect sandy beaches. And also, to my mind, the warmest ocean water on the Cape. It’s also a popular nesting area and hangout spot for many of our charming shorebirds. (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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Cahoon CookingIt seems that there is nothing but a sad cluster of rainy days ahead of us, so let us find comfort and entertainment where we can. Few things lift my spirits better than the cheerful and whimsical mermaid paintings by the folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon. The Cahoon Museum, housed in a 1775 Georgian colonial farmhouse on Route 28 in Cotuit, where the artists’ once lived and worked, is a perfect place to shake off the soggy day blues. Though their paintings tend to evoke New England coastal scenes from the 19th century, Ralph and his wife Martha were painting in the second half of the 20th century, becoming two of America’s premier and successful primitive painters, collected by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Paul Mellon, and the DuPonts, among others.

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The Mary Burton Land Trust

The Mary Burton Land Trust

Not that I blame them or would have it any other way, but the piping plovers chicks are cramping my style. Let me explain. For most of the year, my dog and I go to South Cape Beach in Mashpee for a nice morning walk along a thin sandy trail that has low dunes on the ocean side and swan-filled Waquoit Bay on the other side. It’s picturesque, it’s peaceful, it’s beautiful in any weather – all and all a perfect way to start the morning. But, alas, it is plover nesting season, and the plovers set up shop in the dunes of South Cape Beach. And those cute little plover chicks are as fragile and delicate as Blanche DuBois on a bad day, so my dog and I are forced to find a place to go where we won’t trample or terrify any creature protected by the Endangered Species Act. We both try not to hold a grudge. We understand. We love the plovers as much as the next person. We do, but still… (more…)

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