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  • Dahlias

    (originally published on October 3, 2013)

    This summer, the Ptown neighbors expanded their dahlia flower bed. It went from this in May ...

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    ... to this towards the end of the summer.

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    I took photos again every time I was there. New gorgeous flowers popped up in between visits. A few of my favorites ...

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    And, now, I am missing summer more than anything. Pumpkins just don't compare!

  • Tiny's

    (originally published on June 13, 2013)

    You know how I always say you have to look up? Tiny's in Ptown is a perfect example of what you'll miss if you don't. 

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    Located upstairs on a second floor deck on Commercial Street, the place is easy to miss. Tiny's focuses on local food (most ingredients are purchased within 150 miles) and has some amazing healthy and unique options for any foodie.

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    Plus it has a view of the water and of the street traffic below, which, if you know Ptown, is the best show on earth.

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    I had their lobster dog -- house made lobster sausage sauteed in brown butter and topped with a dill slaw. It was delicious! And the fries were just perfect!

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    I also had the most refreshing basil and pink grapefruit soda made from fresh squeezed juice, basil syrup, and a splash of soda. 

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    I plan to return many times this summer so I can try other things on their wonderful menu! And remember to look up. You never know what you'll find.

  • 25: Swim for Life *the actual event

    (originally published on September 17, 2012)

    I've been dragging my feet. I don't really want to post my last summer-themed topics. Sigh. Here goes ...

    Last weekend was Summer Extension Weekend, which is filled with rituals we've developed to close out the season. One of the most important ones is cheering on the swimmers who participate in the Swim for Life. And this year was the 25th anniversary so there were lots of swimmers and lots of cheerleaders to help us with our closing weekend. Some scenes form the morning ...

    They added flags to help the swimmers know where to go when they reach land. Definitely helpful! I've seem them come ashore up and down the coastline.

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    This is my friend, JR, who had a friend swimming again this year.

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    The drum section leading the cheers.

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    So great to see so many people participating (with the landmark Pilgrim Monument in the background.)

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    Gorgeous blue sky day!

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    This instagrammed photo is my best shot of the actual swimmers. It was such a low tide that they hit sand far out into the harbor. JR and I thought they should have to sprint to the waterline. This is a sporty event! Run!

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    Towards the end of the pack, the kayakers who guide the swimmers start to land on shore.

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    And the surest sign of the end of the Swim  ...

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  • Sunrise, Sunset

    (originally published on September 14, 2012)

    The Mr. and I crossed off an item on his Life List recently: watching a sunset and sunrise over water in the same day. I don't think there are many places where you can do this as easily as you can in Ptown, which sits on a sandbar in the middle of the ocean.

    We had set the alarm for 5:00 am the night before and were pretty efficient about grabbing clothes and some coffee before jumping in Black Beauty for the short ride to Head of the Meadow beach. When we arrived, there were a few other people there and a handful of seals out in the water (so cute! and so scary these days with those Great Whites swimming about in our waters).

    I decided the best thing to do was to climb the empty lifeguard chair and watch from there. I had always secretly wanted to sit in one. As it turned out, it was super buggy up there and we decided to walk around instead. So I did something else I always wanted to do: a Baywatch-style dismount. Mistake. My back went into a spasm and I spent the next two weeks not able to bend. Here we are sitting on the top of the chair in the dark before my sports injury ..

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    When the sky started to lighten up, it looked like this. Puffy and pink.

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    And THEN! a red dot of a sun appeared above the horizon! We thought it would appear over to the right in the center of the streaks so we were shocked that it popped up where it did.

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    So pretty! And totally worth getting up in the dark and the hobbling I had to do for weeks afterwards.

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    On the way home, we saw a group of turkeys! So wild. (Heh! Heh!)

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    For the sunset, we picked up pizza and sandwiches from Twisted Sister and drove over to Herring Cove. A couple of things about this photo: 1) The cooler was my grandfather's. They don't make them like this anymore! 2) You can see that Tipper is laying in the sand rather than on the blanket that we brought for her. She clearly gets by on her looks.

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    There are always a lot of people here for the sunset, many of them doing exactly what we were doing. Some only there for the grand finale. Others with beach fires set up for the long haul.

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    It was a pretty sunset. Not super dramatic, but nice.

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    There was some cloud coverage preventing us from seeing the sun actually go over the edge, but the aftermath was quite lovely.

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    I'm so glad we took the time to do this. Such a simple thing.

  • Gallery Signs of Ptown

    (originally published on September 11, 2012)

    This week, I'll be closing out the summer slowly on Juniper Disco. (I don't care that it was 68 degrees yesterday, those flip flops are not going anywhere!) The summer-to-fall transition is the hardest for me, so give me some time. I'll get there. But if one more person tells me how much they love this cool weather ...

    As I've been walking around this summer looking for shapes, I've noticed the diverse signage for all the galleries. (I've also noticed signs in general, as you well know.) Here are a few of my favorite art gallery signs ...

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  • Summer of Lobster

    (originally published on September 8, 2012)

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    Lobster sliders, Harbor Hotel pool, Provincetown

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    Lobster truffle mac and cheese, Front Street, Provincetown

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    Curried coconut lobster chowder, Frappo 66, Provincetown

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    Lobster tips, The Tip Tap Room, Boston

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    Lobster rolls, PJ's, Wellfleet

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    Fourth of July lobster roll, Clubs at Charles River Park, Boston

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    Lobster bisque, Odyssey dinner cruise, Boston

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    Lobster grilled cheese, Hot L, Provincetown

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    Lobster carnage, Moby Dick's, Wellfleet

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    Lobster roll, Moby Dick's, Wellfleet

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    Fried lobster tails, The Mayflower, Provincetown

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    Lobster rangoons, The Coffee Pot, Provincetown

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    Warm Maine lobster with caramelized summer corn, Eastern Standard, Boston

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    Lobster roll, Governor Bradford, Provincetown

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    Surf and Turf Burger, Local 186, Provincetown

  • Yarn Bombing in Ptown

    (originally published on August 31, 2012)

    When I first saw these around town, I thought, "Oh how fun! Someone made cute little sweaters for the sign posts!" And then I learned that it was a thing. Yarnbombing has been around for a few years apparently, as I learned on Wiki. Whether it is political or just creative, it's added another level of whimsy to the town.

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  • An Afternoon of Art by the Sea

    (originally published on August 30. 2012)

    On Sunday, N and I went to see the Motherwell exhibit, Beside the Sea  -- marking the 70th anniversary of his first visit to Ptown -- at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. I remember when the building was dark and cramped. It's now uber modern and light and airy with terrific large gallery space. For a small town, this museum is rather impressive.

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    This is all I can share of the exhibit, as no photographs were allowed. If you have an opportunity to go, please do. Robert Motherwell was longtime resident of Ptown and created large amounts of work here. It's always amazing to me how much creativity is inspired by this place. 

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    A nailhead figure greeted us on the way in.

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    The other major exhibit was a showing of art from the Long Point Gallery, the longest continuing cooperative gallery in Ptown (from 1977-1998.) It was completely self-run by member artists, and the spirit of which continued the art colony tradition of Ptown. Here's the sign that hung out front.

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    Photographs were allowed in these galleries. A few views for you to get a sense of the place.

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    Provincetown Pier, Paul Resika

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    The Gothic VII, Judith Rothschild

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    Nocturnal, Michael Mazur

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    Lynching, New Orleans, Edward Giobbi

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    Ah, Winter!, Tony Vevers (I was immediately drawn to this work ... until I saw the title. I'd change it to, Ew, Winter!)

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    Man and Woman #1, Nora Speyer (The detail on this snake was incredible and the paint was so thick, it was practically three-dimensional.)

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    After we absorbed as much art as we could, we drove down to the far West End to take a look at Robert Motherwell's house, Sea Barn (at 630 Commercial Street). 

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    Only one house separates it from Norman Mailor's house. Imagine, just imagine, what that must have been like. Especially if you were the one who lived in the house in between them!

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  • 25: Swim for Life

    (originally published on August 28, 2012)

    Sunday was a gorgeous day in Ptown. Perfect for walking into town in the morning, no one around. People were either sleeping off their Saturday night, at the beach, or hanging out with the Vice President who was at the Pilgrim Monument for a fundraiser. I took a ton of photos, bought a space hat for my costume for the Space Camp Party at Camp Mighty, and grabbed an iced coffee to drink on the deck of the Aqua Bar while watching the boats move in and out of the harbor and the sun sparkling on the water. Although I could feel the weight of summer ending and the deep sadness that always accompanies it, late August can be pretty amazing.

    In a couple of weeks, Ptown will hold it's 25th annual Swim for Life. As part of the celebration, 2,500 prayer ribbons collected over the years are displayed in front of the town library. Each one is dedicated to someone who has been honored, both in life and in death. Most have died from AIDS. I took some time out of my morning to photograph them and read through the messages. I'd like to share a few with all of you.

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  • Cape Cod Modern House Tour *part two

    (originally published on August 25, 2012)

    Let's continue (if you missed part one, start here) .... so, it turns out Young Whippersnapper and I made a pretty good house touring team. She managed the directions (following the dot on her smartphone) and I drove, making more left turns on Route 6 than I ever have in my life. Not fun. YW was also pretty good at snagging the cookies at each house and sharing them with me.

    Our fourth stop on the tour was the figure eight-shaped Zindler House, built in 1977 and designed by Elenore Petterson (who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright.) One of the cool things about Modern houses is that you never quite know where the entrance is. I love that!

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    The path leading up to the house was lined with wooden posts, each displaying a different rock cluster. This particular vignette is so Cape Cod -- beach rocks, pine needles, pine cone, and drift wood.

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    Inside was the swankiest, 70s-est sunken living room I've ever seen. It was fabulous! Why don't they make these anymore? I want one.

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    And the house, like the others, was filled with art. Or plastic doll chairs on a table. As soon as I saw them, I said to YW, "This was just made for instagramming," as I pulled out my own smartphone and snapped away. And smirked.

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    The only way to get upstairs was to use these wonderful spiral stairs.

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    More of the fun art inside ...

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    This view is outside from the back. It's hard to see the figure eight plan, but you get a sense of it better from the inside.

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    And they had a lovely pool.

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    The last house on the tour was YW's favorite. To get here, we had to go down yet another questionable road and drive over a huge asphalt bump that almost gutted Black Beauty. 

    The Ozbekhan House was built in 1974 by another female architect, Anne Ozbekhan, who studied with Mies van der Rohe. The "house" is really a compound with three buildings - the two you see here and the studio which is behind me, up the hill.image

    This place was filled with art and creative touches, too!

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    Don't you just love that wood stove?

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    The woman who lives here is an artist. I loved catching glimpses of the huge sculptural faces randomly placed around the complex.

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    And inside the studio was some of the owner's amazing work! 

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    Pretty fantastic! In the end, I dropped off YW and her smartphone at Castle Hill and made it back to Ptown for my boat home. If you are interested in doing the tour next year, be sure to stalk the Castle Hill web site in late April/early May when tickets go on sale. It's definitely worth it!