Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 74 of 147 73 offers nature walks out to Monomoy Island as well as sightings of seals and fishing boats in the distance. For tranquility, the Monomoy Wildlife Sanctuary, an extension of Chatham, is a stretch of eight sandy miles off of the "elbow" of Cape Cod. At the 7,604-acre sanctuary, tourists can find wildlife habitats among the oceans, dunes, freshwater ponds and marshes. The refuge pro- vides resting, nesting and feeding for migratory birds as well as other wildlife and plant species, giving them a safe haven to avoid extinction. A livelier atmosphere can be found at Chatham's Main Street, the central hub of the town and home to most of Chatham's com- munity activities. "Our Main Street shops and restaurants are great, and the street is great for walking and seeing the town. We also have a great down- town area, complete with a park, museum and more," said Mary Cavanaugh, Executive Direc- tor at the Chatham Chamber of Commerce. "Right off of Main Street is Kate Gould Park, where every Friday night during the summer there are live band concerts in the gazebo that are free to the public." Cavanaugh also recommends visitors watch a show at the Chatham Orpheum The- ater, which originally opened in 1916 as the town's first and only movie house. In 1987, the theater ceased operations and was purchased and converted to a pharmacy. Then in early 2013, thanks to a local non-profit organization, the theater was brought back to life; and today residents and visitors enjoy entertainment at one of the few theaters on the Cape. Orleans, the Cape's Convergence Located just east of Brewster and north of Cha- tham and Harwich is the town of Orleans. Three main roads on the Cape intersect in Orleans, making it the largest commercial center within the Lower Cape. "In addition to commerce, Orleans has several events for visitors during the year," said Noelle Pina, Executive Director at the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. "We put on the 'Live in Orleans' summer concert series every Tues- day in July and August from 5:30-7:30 p.m. downtown. The music changes each week and people really enjoy it. They come out and have a great time!" According to Pina, the Orleans Surf Film Festival is another can't miss event held on Oc- tober 18-19. "Each year, it takes place at Hog Is- land Beer Company, and we show local and na- tionally acclaimed surf and board sports movies. They're always inspirational and family-friendly - it's one of two film festivals that takes place in New England," she said. At the Chatham Fish Pier, fishermen can be seen daily unloading their catch. A visitor's balcony provides a front row seat for those looking to watch the action.

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