|Panorama - Macmillan Pier, the bay, Pilgrim's Monument|
|Graduating Class 1960|
Dani Shapiro, the celebrated author, was teaching a creative writing workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center.
|Reunited with Michael after 44 years!|
|The Schoolhouse Gallery|
Speaking of art, Provincetown is the oldest artist colony in America and currently boasts over 75 galleries. Two of my favorites are the Schoolhouse Gallery where Amy Arbus is currently being exhibited
and the Packard Galleries, which celebrate the works of Anne, Cynthia and Leslie Packard. Most of the galleries are located on Commercial Street. Although the East End is chock-full of them, you'll find a scattering of them in the West End too, heading towards the marshlands and the beaches.
|Captain Jack's Wharf|
Located nearby at 93 Commercial Street is the fantabulous Relish. They make the best sandwiches in town and although I didn't try any of the sweets myself, people rave about their cupcakes and desserts.
For instance, I didn't know that in 1818, out on Long Point, the sandy tip of the finger of the cape that is now accessible by walking out along the mile and a half stone causeway, there used to be an entire village of houses, including a school and a post office. It's still a mystery as to the exact reason the villagers started leaving Long Point around the mid-1800s but eventually the town was abandoned.
This house to the left, that was floated back, was the home of Donald Baxter Macmillan. Born in Provincetown in 1874, this teacher/lecturer/explorer made over 30 expeditions to the artic including one with Robert E. Perry. In fact, Macmillan Pier is named in his honor.
|The Pilgrim Monument|
|We took a pic looking up the tower!|
From November 27, 2013 through January 5, 2014 they string 3,500 white "landing lights" from top to bottom on the memorial, to celebrate the Pilgrim's first arrival. Some say that on a clear night you can see this holiday beacon all the way from Boston.
And there were so many shows going on the week I visited! Varla Jean Merman aka Jeffrey Roberson is a figurehead of the summer lineup. His shows are hysterically funny, well written, and he sings live - no lip-synching. Jeffrey has appeared on Ugly Betty, All My Children and Project Runway. He played Mary Sunshine in Chicago on Broadway and starred in Lucky Guy Off-Broadway. He's also performed at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House and - for my UK readers - soon will partner up with Well-Strung and play the Leicester Square Theatre in London.
Well-Strung. Wow! These men are such talented musicians - not only with their stringed instruments - but they sing too! Brilliantly. And did I mention, each of them in their own way, is sexy, adorable, and unique? Edmund Bagnell, Christopher Marchant, Daniel Shevlin and Trevor Wadleigh offer a face paced, moving performance and a wild ability to mash classical music with pop. Think Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" shaken, not stirred, with Brittany Spears' "Toxic." Breathtaking!
And of course there's a special nod to my LGBT community. Going strong as usual are all the bars and clubs...The A-House, The Gifford House with the Porchside Lounge and Purgatory, The Vault, Pied Bar and Tea Dance at the Boatslip, just to mention a few.
And to end on a delicious note - my absolute favorite new discovery in P-town is - SAGE located at 336 Commercial Street.
Martinis first! The Sage Cucumber Cocktail with gin, cucumber, ginger, fresh sage, and lemon juice... and the Celery Inferno with cucumber vodka, celery juice & celery bitters, ancho chile & black pepper syrup, and fresh lime juice. Like nothing I've sipped before!
Their nibbles are scrumptious. Here is the meza trio with herbed goat cheese, classic hummus and olive caper tapenade with grilled pita.
Next we tried two different flatbreads dujour - the smoked herb oil, micro greens, mozzarella and parmesan...and the prosciutto, grape tomatoes and fig. My mouth is watering as I type this.
We also loved the seared crab cake duo with avocado mousse and black tea marinated onions and...
the eggplant frites with curry chive aioli. I could have eaten three servings of this riff on traditional french fries.
Last but certainly not least are Alana's mini peanut butter pies! Oreo crusted, peanut butter, cream cheese cuties...they are melt-in-your-mouth sinfully good. And don't forget to try her carrot cake. Oh...and I just discovered they are offering cooking classes this fall. I better look into this!
I also want mention, in Diane and Jeanne's own words..."In the off-season, Sage will offer a special welcome to participants of courses and programs offered by Ptown’s creative arts and natural science organizations. We aim to fill our Inn with artists interns, students, and scientists and foster an off-season arts and education industry in this truly unique and special place." Talk about paying-it-forward.
The only sad thing about Provincetown...is leaving. But there's next summer to look forward to. But treat yourself and experience this rich and artistic community off-season too. It's beautiful year-round.