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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 weather was quite grim and drizzly this morning, so I decided to celebrate the general atmosphere of melancholy by visiting The Gorey House – a gorgeous old place on 6A in Yarmouthport that was once the home of the brilliant author and illustrator Edward Gorey (1925-2000) and is now a museum dedicated to his life and his work. Gorey is famous for his macabre tales and illustrations which feature doomed ballerinas, ill-fated children, strange, sad-eyed monsters, and mustachioed dandies decked out in long fur coats and old timey racing goggles. Gorey’s humor is as dark as the blackest of nights, his language is delightful, eccentric, and addictive, and his drawings are crosshatched perfection.
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