Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 44 of 147 43 SANDWICH Foodies looking to experience tastes of the Cape should head to the town of Sandwich for the Annual "Sandwich Fest." Teri Stanley, former Executive Director of the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, says that Sandwich "townies" and visitors alike gather along Water Street on the last Saturday of June. While the whole street is shut down to traffic, it's buzzing with chomp- ing jaws as restaurants compete for the coveted "Best Sandwich in Sandwich" award. This year, the competition will take place on June 30; and Stanley says that only a limited number of tick- ets are available to the public to vote for their favorite sandwich. "The day also boasts artists, food trucks, kids' activities and music for a day of celebration for one of our favorite foods: sandwiches," she says. Once bellies are full, visitors are invited deeper inside the oldest town on Cape Cod, home to one of the oldest residences on the Cape, the Hoxie House, a saltbox named after a whaling captain who owned the house in the mid-1800's. The Hoxie House, located on Wa- ter Street, reflects life in the 17th century and is open for tours from June to October, Saturday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4:30 p.m. It is a first-period house restored and furnished to reflect early colonial construction, including gun stock posts, pumpkin-pine Maine beams and wide floorboards. Sandwich also offers Heritage Museum & Gardens, which is celebrating its 50th anniver- sary this year. Guests can explore 100 acres of trees, shrubs, gardens, gorgeous flowers and lawns. Vacationers who visit in spring will get a glimpse of Dexter Rhododendrons and flower- ing trees; summertime brings the famous Cape Cod hydrangeas and daylilies; fall welcomes the brilliant foliage and Franklinia. One of this year's exhibits at Heritage is called "From Carriage to Classic: How Automo- biles Transformed America," which sweeps at- tendees through the history of the automobile. Visitors will also have the opportunity to check out some antique cars, including a 1909 White Steamer, a 1910 Cadillac, a 1916 Brewster and more. Car lovers who want a closer look are able to take "Behind the Scenes Auto Tours," which are given twice a month in season. Ad- vance registration is recommended – tickets sell out frequently. For those looking for a more typical Cape Cod vacation, Sandwich has all that visitors need: beaches, a boardwalk, bike paths, boat- ing, boutique and family lodgings, great restau- rants, small town shops, the unique Titcomb's Book Shop on Route 6A, galleries and more. "All the quaintness and comfort Cape Cod is known for," Stanley says. MASHPEE A little further down the road brings vacation- ers to Mashpee, home of the Wampanoag Tribe. Katy Acheson, Executive Assistant for the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce, says the town's heritage stems from this tribe, and is still celebrated today. Visitors can tour the Mash- pee Wampanoag Museum at 414 Main Street, which offers exhibits about the tribe's culture and history from the Stone Age to the pres- ent. The tribe holds an annual powwow, which will take place July 5 through 7 this year, at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Government Cen- ter located at 483 Great Neck Road South. The powwow is a traditional celebration of Mashpee Wampanoag culture, featuring Native American dancing, drumming, games, food, art, jewelry, wampum, gifts, crafts and clothing. The entire event is open to the public. Acheson says Mashpee also likes to boast about its seafood, namely its oysters. "The oysters that grow here are favored by chefs like Emeril Lagasse," she says. Those looking for something other than seafood should save their appetites for the annual long-table Ital- ian Feast – La Travola - taking place on August 9. For just $50, guests are served a five-course meal – soup, salad, bread, spaghetti, meatballs and more, and they will be serenaded by Italian tenor Aaron Caruso. Visit Photo by Rose Provencher Sandwich Boardwalk

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