Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 93 of 147 92 summer, free live music is performed by local musicians on the Windmill Green on Samoset Road, about one mile from the iconic Eastham Windmill. Bring blankets, a picnic basket filled with snacks and enjoy a perfect summer night. For continued history, be sure to visit the 1869 Schoolhouse Museum, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1869 that today serves as a glimpse into Eastham's past. The museum exhibit shows a model schoolroom, farming tools, shipwreck treasures, old currency, Na- tive American artifacts and a 13-foot jawbone from a finback whale. At the museum, visitors can also enjoy the Eastham Painters Outdoor Gallery, which exhibits original artwork by lo- cal artists and members every week during the summer season. The Wonders of Wellfleet Home to the Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters is Wellfleet, a town with an abun- dance of natural resources. To witness the se- rene beauty of nature, walk the hillsides and shoreline of the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you'll find a salt marsh, secluded beach area and pine woodlands with an assortment of wildlife. The sanctuary also has a green nature center that features several exhibits and aquari- ums, maximizing the experience. From the sanctuary, head to Marconi Beach for not only the sun and sand but to explore the Marconi Wireless Station, the site of the first transatlantic wireless communication between the United States and Europe, which took place on January 18, 1903. Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi and his Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America built the first United States transatlantic wireless station; and Cape Cod was chosen due to its ideal location -- it is the easternmost land in the United States. Today, the world we live in is more digitally con- nected than ever before; and the site serves as a memory of how this digital revolution began. Wellfleet is perhaps best known for its high quality shellfish, specifically Wellfleet Oysters. Thanks to its clean, cold waters, the high salinity in Wellfleet Harbor as well as big, fast tides, oys- ters of Wellfleet have a distinct taste, sometimes described as creamy and sweet. The oysters are so popular in town that each year, Wellfleet Oys- terFest is held on Main Street, featuring music, food, a spelling bee, road race and a"shuck off." During the shuck off, participants are given 24 oysters to open as quickly as possible amongst expert town shuckers, like fisherman and chefs. It's not to be missed, so mark your calendars for Wellfleet OysterFest on October 19-20. End the day under the stars at the Wellfleet Drive-in Theatre, originally built in 1957. As one of the last, few vintage drive-ins remaining in the United States, the theatre provides a unique movie viewing experience and is a perfect way to spend a summer night, rain or shine. The Small Town of Truro Just a few miles past Wellfleet lies Truro, the smallest town on Cape Cod. If you ask Kristen Roberts, vice president of the Truro Chamber of Commerce and co-owner of Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, the town may be small, but it has a lot to offer. "The beaches are among the most beautiful and pristine, and there are lots of places to visit, including the iconic Highland Lighthouse, The Payomet Performing Arts Center, Jobi Pottery, the Atlantic Spice Company and some diverse Wellfleet Oysterfest Photo: Courtney Rose Photography Photo: Ben Nugent Wellfleet Drive-in

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