chat with a local :: Sarah Swain


When Sarah Swain was a little girl dreaming of one day working at K-Mart, she couldn’t have imagined her life today on Cape Cod – three fantastic children, one super talented husband {Mr. Steve Swain of the Frying Pan Gallery – you’ve seen his steel art work on all the Cape Cod Beer tap handles and on schools of fish all over Cape Cod!}, some chickens, a dog, a band, a non-profit … well, let’s let Sarah tell you all about it!

What part of the Cape do you call home?
I moved to the Cape in 2004 with my husband, Steve. We have a nice quiet little spot on Long Pond in East Harwich where Steve’s family has been for a few generations.  It’s especially nice to come home to the peace and quiet in the summer season after a busy day working at the Frying Pan Gallery in Wellfleet!

We heard you got a pretty sweet new guitar. Are you making an album or something?
Funny you should mention it! Yes! The Oh Boys and I …and some extra special guests…are working on a new album that will be out this summer. It’s gonna be a fun one!

Tell us about your other, other, full-time role as President of Cape Wellness Collaborative {CWC}.
CWC connects people facing cancer on the Cape and Islands to free-of-charge complimentary and integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, Chiropractic, Reiki/energy work, yoga, meditation and more. These wellness therapies have been shown to go a long way to help people during and after their treatment. This is done though a gift card program – our clients receive a $500 card that works at any of the approved CWC practitioners. To date we have served over 55 people (in the past 8 months) with many more in process, and have had amazing feedback from our clients and the practitioners. The support we have had this year from our community has been so touching – so far we haven’t had to turn anyone away because of lack of funding. I love the fact that when people donate to CWC, they are not only helping their friends and neighbors get through a rough time … the donations are recycled back into our local economy since we are paying local practitioners. We deeply believe in valuing the professionals and feel this is the best way to create a sustainable program. We also send out an informative monthly wellness newsletter for everyone! You can request services, donate, apply to join our practitioner team, volunteer, sign up for the newsletter and more at

Is there an exciting event coming up you want people to know about?
Yep! We have our first-ever Race to the Pint coming up in collaboration with Cape Cod Beer, with all the proceeds going to the Cape Wellness Collaborative! There’s a 5k and a 10k – you can walk or run – and of course, a free pint is included in your registration {21+}. Non-racers can join the after-party at the brewery for $5. Children 12 and under are free! There will be awesome food from Not Your Average Joe’s and Fiddlestix, and 57 Heavy is playing. You can register and get all the details. We can’t wait to see you!

And, of course, we hope you’ll take advantage of early-bird pricing by May 1 for the 4th Cape Cod Women’s Music Festival (and yes guys can come too)! It’s on May 21 at the Cape Playhouse; it’s great music for a great cause and it sells out.

With the kids, what are your favorite places to go and things to do on the sandbar?
We are a science-loving family so we love the Audubon Centers, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shark program for girls called Gills Club, Nauset Outer Beach, Beech Forest in P’town. We also love Cape Cod Ballet Theater for Children and the Payomet Circus Camp. A cool recent discovery for us is the science programs at the Marconi Center in Chatham. We also can’t wait for our yearly family pilgrimage every spring to the Vineyard!

Sans little people, what are some of your Cape Cod dream days?
For me it would revolve around music, art and food! Too many places to list but there are so many great musicians and venues to catch live music on the Cape including: Harvest Gallery Wine Bar, Barley Neck Inn, O’Shea’s, Wellfleet PearlCultural Center of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Preservation Hall in Wellfleet and Payomet … and so many more. Steve and I also have a yearly date where we grab a coffee and hit art galleries. This little sandbar rocks. 

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