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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SandwichFest 2012

Photo of SandwichFest crowd in Sandwich, MA
 It’s time for the annual SandwichFest in our quaint little village. Guests at our bed and breakfast really enjoy this event every year. It is part entertainment, part street fair, and, most importantly, an opportunity to try sandwiches featured in our local restaurants. You will actually help select the best Sandwich sandwich. This is small town fun at its best.

We are fortunate to have so many good restaurants here. Putting their best sandwich forward will be the Aqua Grille (who has won this event a couple of times), the Belfry Inne, Beth’s Special Tea’s, Bobby Byrne’s, the British Beer Company, Momo’s, Hemisphere, the Dan’l Webster Inn, Café Chew, The Clubhouse Sports Bar & Grille, and the newest restaurant in town, the Café Riverview. There will be three seating’s for attendees. The first is at 11:00 am, there is one at 12:00 noon, and the last is at 1:00 pm.

Gregg Harper
The entertainment will begin at 11:00 am when Gregg Harper will be performing. Gregg is a wonderful local talent who is well-known on Cape Cod. Following him at 12:30 pm will be Brian “Fishmonger” Kelly and at 2:00 pm will be Brian Sances and The Big Three.

In addition to great food and entertainment, there will be a fun Pet Tricks Competition and Parade, Sandwich Bag Races, an Antique Car Show featuring autos from the Heritage Museum & Gardens private collection, a Farmers Market, a Sandwich Artisans Show and Sale, and a Raffle for $10,000.

The event is on Saturday, June 30th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, and is on Jarves Street. The street will be closed to automobile traffic and vendors will be set up all along the street. Tickets to sample sandwiches and vote for your favorite are just $15 per person. The street fair and entertainment are absolutely free. For more information, contact the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce.

The generous sponsors for this event are Scenic roots, Vermont Pure, Nauset Disposal, Reid-Hofmann Insurance, and radio stations WXTK and COOL.

The Sandwich Food Pantry will have a donation location at the street fair. Please remember those who are in need and stop by.

 Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Provincetown, MA Day Trip

Or - Jan's and Charlie's Day Off

Recently, Charlie and I took advantage of a rare night off from taking care of guests to take a little trip to Provincetown. As most folks know who have stayed at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast, we travel in a motor home during the winter. When we return to Sandwich, we always hope for a short get-away before the season gets really busy and we have to put our winter home in storage for the summer. One such opportunity presented itself this week. So, off we went.

Photo of Charlie at the PO Cafe in Provincetown, MA
Charlie at the Post Office Cafe
 We had some things to take care of in Provincetown so we packed the RV for an overnight stay, grabbed the kitty, and jumped on Route 6 headed down Cape. The weather was picture-perfect and the drive to P’town was glorious. We had reserved an over-night camping spot at Dunes Edge Campground. We checked in and were shown to our site. It was nestled amongst the trees and so peaceful, with a slight breeze and the smell of the ocean and salt marshes in the air. We had brought along burgers to grill and a large salad for dinner. Really, doesn’t food just taste better when cooked and enjoyed outdoors?

Chalie at the Provincetown Town Hall
Provincetown Town Hall

The next morning, we headed into P’town for breakfast at the Post Office Café. What a treat to have someone else cook breakfast for us. By the way, we loved this little café and they have a great menu for lunch and dinner as well. After enjoying our breakfast and watching people come and go, we headed off on our errands and to do a little exploring.

We have been to Provincetown many times but we always find something new when we are there. We had not seen the Town Hall since the restoration began, and we wanted to have a look. We both love historic buildings and, built in 1816, this one is a real Victorian beauty. The pale green color with a cream highlight echoes the original colors of the building. Town Hall is the real heart of town life and the scene of art exhibits, concerts, performances, lectures, dances, and Town Meetings  ---well this is New England where public Town Meetings are still held to decide town policy. If you go there, be sure to check out the inside and the murals entitled Spreading Nets and Gathering Beach Plums.

Pat and Bill of Habitat for Humanity with kayak.
Pat and Bill with HfH Kayak

What a treat for us when, outside of Town Hall, we ran into some old friends whom we had not seen in years. Pat and Bill were selling raffle tickets for a kayak they built to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. This is an annual project for these amazing people and we were truly delighted to run into them.
Next, we stopped by one of our favorite restaurants, the Lobster Pot. We have a Whale Watch package during the summer months that includes a gift card to have lunch or dinner there. We were fortunate to find the owner, Joy, out front controlling lunch traffic into the busy and oh-so-popular restaurant. Joy has owned this restaurant for 40 years.

Charlie & Lobster Pot owner, Joy.
Charlie and Joy
After stopping in Cuffy’s for one of their great sweatshirts and checking out the shoes at the leather shop, we walked over to the Chamber of Commerce office to pick up information about Provincetown to give our guests. The folks there are so friendly and helpful. After a quick visit to the Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch office, it was time to head home.

Provincetown is an easy day-trip for guests who are staying at our inn. If you go there, stop by the Chamber of Commerce office and pick up one of their great pamphlets that will guide you on a Historic Walking Tour of the town. They can also tell you what all is going on that day so you won’t miss anything.

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cape League Baseball 2012

‘Take me out to the ballgame…..’
It's that time of the year and you can hear the crack of the wooden bats from Bourne to Brewster and from Falmouth to Orleans. On Thursday, June 14, the 2012 season of the Cape Cod Baseball League gets underway; the 147th year for this fantastic summer baseball tradition. The ten teams of the CCBL play a 44-game regular season schedule, plus the playoffs. So, there are five games almost every night from June 14th until the playoffs begin on August 9th. Anyone who enjoys baseball will love to see these games played by the cream of the college crop on classic, local fields. Among these talented players are often future stars of the major leagues.

Map of Cape Cod Baseball League fields.
A few years back, one in seven professional Major League Baseball players had honed their skills on our Cape Cod ‘fields of dreams’. CCBL is critical to many players development because it is one of only two organized summer leagues that uses real wooden bats instead of the aluminum bats that most young players learn the game on. Players who dream of a future in the major league, and the scouts who come to see them play, need to know if they can hit the real thing. Thus that lovely crack of the ball coming off a wooden bat, and not the piercing ping of metal. 

 The ten teams of the Cape League are the Warehamn Gatemen, the Bourne Braves, the Falmouth Commodores, the Cotuit Kettleers, the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, the Harwich Mariners, the Brewster Whitecaps, the Chatham Anglers, and the Orleans Firebirds.

We have the schedule posted on the bulletin board at our bed and breakfast and can give directions to the closest games to our guest during their stay. Some on our past guest have embraced a local team and now plan their summer holiday around that team’s schedule. For details about the teams, location of the fields, and game schedules see the Cape Cod Baseball League website.

Charlie Preus, the Innkeepers Assistant and resident Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts