LLL’s Summer Bucket List

Often, the LoveLiveLocal ladies are so busy promoting all the amazing things going on from Woods Hole to Provincetown that we don’t make enough time to just enjoy them ourselves. Thus, our Summer 2017 Bucket List, a not-exhaustive list of some of the events we don’t want to pass us by. Join us!

Feast on seasonal flavors. So many of our favorites are staying open all year, but there’s just nothing like a summertime lobster roll at Mac’sthe Black Cat, or the Sesuit Harbor Cafe with a cold local beer or a mudslide from the Chart Room at Crosby’s. Our friends at Chequessett Chocolate just opened the High Tide Kitchen so we plan to sample the Southeast Asian vibe there … maybe on our way to a day on the beach at Race Point with a stop at Salty Market for snacks or the newly minted The Captain’s Daughters for something refreshing! Sometimes we’re secretly jealous of the carefree visitors playing cornhole and laughing with friends at our local breweries … this summer, we’re hitting Cape Cod Beer (maybe for Farmers’ Market, Yappy Hour, or Hoops + Hops?!), Devil’s Purse, and Truro Vineyards for some fun and leaving our “in the know” perspectives behind! The Taste of Chatham is back and better than ever – and we can help raise funds for local families, which matters to us. And of course, we MUST get some ice cream – Katie’s, Sundae School, The Local Scoop, Ice Cream Smuggler, Cape Cod Creamery, Four Seas, just to name a few!!

Appreciate art + artists. The Cultural Center of Cape Cod welcomes one of our favorite potters, Kim Sheerin of The Barn, for a retrospective of her work called Generations: The Art of Influence. This crowd won’t take itself too seriously and that’s right up our alley; the opening is July 22. There’s also something really lovely about a casual art opening that doesn’t try too hard. Homegrown author and artist Kate Schelter is throwing some of her breezy, summer-on-the-Cape-inspired watercolors (think tennis rackets, sailboats, and Bean totes) on the walls at Design Works on July 21 – we’ll be there to get our signed copy of Classic Style.  Let’s do it at Cotuit (Center for the Arts), a world-class resource in our backyard. Sunday In The Park With George looks fantastic, and we’re not going to miss another midsummer production! After chatting with the founders of the Woods Hole Film Fest, we’re definitely going to buy a pass and make a night of it (Water Street Kitchen, here we come!). We’ve also downloaded the Arts Cape Cod app!

Listen up. Payomet Performing Arts Center is such a gem and we don’t get there enough – hoping to catch The Wailers or Aaron Neville! Generally, we avoid the Beachcomber after locals’ night in May. This summer, we’re going to embrace the traffic and general craziness to enjoy an afternoon of Goombays and oysters that bleeds into a night of sweaty dancing to a great band. Jazz brunch at The West End? Twist our arm. Of course, we have our LoveListenLocal series all summer in Hyannis … and we’re going to make an effort to check out a few other acts at local bars.

Get outdoors + play tourist.  With the CapeMade Field Guide as our trusty companion, we’re going to take our own advice on getting out and exploring. Our natural world is just incredible right now so we definitely want to go on a Barnstable Harbor Eco Tour and a Hyannis Whale Watch. It’s been a sad couple of years (yikes!) since we had a good ol’ beach bonfire on Sandy Neck (RIP, Grand Cherokee). For the price of a cord of wood, tasty treats, and a six pack, we’ll convince a friend to give us a ride out with our Cape Cod Beach Chairs. A recent fascination with the Cape’s history is drawing us to spots like the Bourne Historical SocietyMashpee Wampanoag Museum, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Oooh – we also want to check out the Chatham Shark Center! A Cape Cod Baseball League game is a must as well; luckily the schedule is in the CapeMade Field Guide so it’s easy to find.

Shop local.  Sure, the three of us do this all year round. We’re doubling down on it this summer, however, because they are lots of new spots to check out, as well as longtime favorites who are mixing it up. All Points Beautiful has a pop-up “surf-tique” at Vec Surfboards in Orleans. The Snow Goose Shop has a brand-new location in Harwich, and Brewster’s Ocean Edge Resort has a new Beach House Spa! We’ll bring a copy of The Current Quarterly along to help inspire our local shopping adventures!

Of course, our absolute favorite summer activity is LoveLocal Fest, where we can combine all these activities into one free, family friendly day celebrating our sandbar’s best. Join us on July 30, 11am to dusk, for the kickoff to our FIFTH season of fun!

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