By kind permission of the Addison Art Gallery (http://www.addisonart.com) in Orleans, visit-provincetown.com welcomes on its home page, some of the most talented contempory Cape Cod artists: David Burns, Rick Fleury, Lynne Foy, Frank Gardner, Mark Hanson, Peter Kallil, Kim Kettler, Marc Kundmann, Jonathan McPhilipps, Amy Sanders, Paul Schulenburg, Cleber Steicei, John Murphy, Elizabeth Pratt, Cammie Watson.
You will discover acres of dreams and a peaceful haven with those dramatics images of land and sea during the autumn and winter seasons.
You will see the intransigent beauty of Cape Cod — a pristine wilderness, spectaculars skies and seas, mysterious atmospheres.
With “Seasons of Peace” you definitely want to visit Cape Cod on the autumn and the winter time, and meet those artists full of passion for Cape Cod.
Text & Photos by MM Sebastian Araujo
Overcast and cloudy,an occasional drop or two,chilled beer in my hand…and
best of all, my 5 year old pal Elsha next to me catching all the booty her little basket will hold. Its Carnival Week here in olde P-Town and everyone is letting their hair down…except the Drag Queens who have been teasing theirs for days.My little pal has stood next to me often over these past years and I always am amazed at what catches her eye and what she is drawn to,so this year I follwed her eyes as much as possible and took every picture I could while on my knees dogging the crush of laughing folk. The passing parade amazed and bewitched her imagination . Often her eyes wide and laughter coming from her lips …and I thought yes,This is exactly how it should be…and more of these parades are needed in the world…so we all can be children again and live and love and laugh out loud and often…SO if you live someplace where the Parade doesn’t pass too often well than my friend all you need do is click your heels 3 times and repeat after me…There is no place like Ptown,There is no place like Ptown.
Tens of thousand of merrymakers begin to descend on Provincetown this week for the annual rite of summer’s passage – Ptown’s annual Carnival Week extravaganza. It is a time where village homes are transformed and individual and group costuming rivals that of Rio and New Orleans. More than a few Elvis impersonators and run away brides are likely to be seen this year as the theme, “Viva Las Vegas” sets the moods for the gaiety and street scene.
Carnival Week has grown to be the first and longest running festival of its kind in New England, always hosted in Provincetown, known as America’s first destination. Designated so because of so many firsts, Ptown enjoys a first in American history, being the first landing spot of the Pilgrims. Many recognize the town as first to officiate gay and lesbian marriages and as a primary destination welcoming diverse population who revel in rich artistic traditions, history, beautiful landscapes, and a progressive cultural scene.
This year’s Carnival Week is packed with variety, humor and the outrageous. The fun began on August 17, with a Pre-Carnival party hosted by Svedka Vodka, in a complex of bars, including the town’s largest nightclub, the town’s only video bar, a cabaret venue, as well as a heated pool and poolside bar.
The official Carnival Week got underway Sunday with the Rehab Pool Party at The Brass Key Guesthouse, part of a unique resort made up of nine restored buildings, which surround a courtyard, infinity pool and large in-ground spa. For a $10 entrance fee participants can soak up the sun poolside and recover from the night’s previous activities or prepare for what’s to come. The Rehab Pool party will last from 2pm to 5pm, and is the best way for first time Carnival-goers to “get their feet wet.”
Carnival activities today include the Vendor Fair at Bas Relief Park, on Bradford Street at the Portuguese Square. Visitors can peruse local arts and crafts for the perfect, eclectic memento from their trip. The fair begins at noon and runs until 4pm. Monday evening, at the Boat Slip Resort, is the Provincetown’s Original Costume Party, that will sure to be a highlight of the week. The night gets underway at 9pm and goes until midnight, the theme being “Don’t Be Yourself.” Judges will award CASH prizes, sashes, crowns and even a chance to be in the ever-popular Carnival Parade. Admission is $10.
Tuesday brings even more fun to the Carnival agenda with the “Hound Dog Party” at the Watership Inn, from 3pm – 5pm, where guests can pay a $10 admission to enjoy cocktails, beer, wine and light food. Directly following, from 5:30pm – 9pm there’s the Mirage Boat Cruise at MacMillian Pier for those who’d like to get out on the open water. Admission is $25 and DJ Lee Thornhill will be providing the music. Another female-exclusive option is the “Luck Be a Lady Sailing Cruise” from 6:30-8:30pm, also at MacMillan Pier. It’s ladies choice on this intimate women-only cruise on the iconic Viking Princess around Provincetown Harbor, as attendees can enjoy beer, wine, food and the views of Ptown’s coastline. Closing the night from 10pm-1am is the “So Gay Dance Party” ($10) where partygoers can dance the night away with Resident DJ and Billboard Magazine reporter David LaSalle. A portion of each admission charge goes to benefit the Provincetown Business Guild & Girl Power.
Don’t miss the “Tropicana Las Vegas GLAM Clambake” on Wednesday at 5:30pm, ($55-$75) at the Crown & Anchor, followed at 6:30pm by “Jubilee Drag Bingo’ at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House. Another ladies-exclusive event, The “Flamingo A-Go-Go Dance Party,” will be held at the Pied Bar, where ladies are encouraged to wear white or pink, with prizes for the most creatively dressed. (9:30pm-1am, $10). Wednesday night, Club Purgatory will host the first annual “Sin City Leather Dance Party” from 10:30pm-1am ($5).
Thursday is the crown jewel of the week, as it is the 35th annual Carnival Parade down Commercial Street through of throng of thousands of revelers. Join Provincetown residents in taking in the sights, sounds and incredible pageantry of this procession down the city’s main drag from 3pm-5: 30pm. Be sure to look for the last float of the procession announcing the theme for the 2014 Carnival week!
Friday, August 23rd concludes Carnival Week, where the “Hangover Drag Brunch” at Patio American Grill from Noon-2pm at Patio American Grill, benefitting the Helping Our Women charity, has the crowds taking pictures and sharing the laughs of letting it all go. Directly following is the “Going to the Chapel Inn Stroll,” with various Inns around town participating, all of whose locations can be found inside of the Carnival Booklet (2pm-5pm, $25). The evening brings comedian Kate Clinton’s “Sis-Boom-Bah” show from 7-10pm at the Crown & Anchor for an admittance fee of $45. The week’s festivities conclude late with two separate parties, the first option being the “Circus Circus” Closing Dance Party from 9pm-1am ($15), at the Crown & Anchor. The second is the “Girl Party Black and Red” Dance Party, from 9:30pm-1am ($10), at the Pied Bar. As with each frolicking day, Tea Dance at the Boatslip Resort and late hours at the Vault and Little Bars or dancing at the Atlantic House, keep the beat continuously rocking. For additional information on the week’s events, please visit http://ptown.org/Carnival.asp
Text & Images by; M.Sebastian Araujo
Creativity has always been a cornerstone of life in New England.
Poltically,Architecurally,and Artisitcally…it seems to be alive and thriving in this little olde town,called Provincetown, Ptown to those of us who come back time and again! Every Friday night during the ” Season” and for many after the galleries of Ptown have openings,to showcase “Art”. After many visits to many galleries a over the years,one does become a bit used to seeing the classical genre ” landscape” paintings,which are all quite lovely and some rather masterful…this past Friday evening however, I went to see something quite different,the work of Richard Lacasse.
Aptly titled “Transitions” this is Richard’s first gallery showing . Using everyday often discarded objects to tell his own personal narrative…he composes and develops organically formed ideas which resound in the viewer and give new meaning to otherwise rather mundane objects. These “Still Lifes” break barriers of what we may consider to be Art. Taking into the sun consciousness of the 21st Century ,showing a modern idea of media and technology and yes even emotion.
The show is on view until August 15th 2013 @ the Larkin Gallery, 405 Commercial Street, Provincetown or online http://www.larkingallery.com .
From the colorful and boisterous reception ,I believe we will be seeing more of Richard’s work in the future.
Text & Images :M.Sebastian Araujo
Having lived in Provincetown for nearly a decade, I have seen many thing that are unique to the place that seduced me into forgetting the bigger world beyond Cape Cod. It has provided me with a center to my mind,body and spirit,that continues stimulate and nurture me.Elsewhere there are four seasons in every year, here there is a fifth..
Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, MA, has been on the leading edge ever since America was launched with the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and the town is now unveiling a smartphone app as unique as its one-of-a-kind reputation. For instance, it should be no surprise that the button on the app for ‘Useful Information’ depicts the iconic telephone operator played by Lily Tomlin who made “one, ringy, dingy” a classic skit.
Home of the country’s oldest continuous art colony and a model for progressivism, Provincetown has gone digital to make their attractions and features as easy to access as they are to enjoy. The app is named “iPtown” and will feature nearly a dozen different sections to help visitors and locals find services, food and lodging, shopping, special events and happenings around town.
The app will offer hundreds of links to individual business and attraction webpages, and it integrates its functions with social media. “iPtown” will also connect users directly to businesses via phone, and provides directions to anything in town a person could ever want to find. Unlike most apps, iPtown is not a commercial enterprise by a single business that wants to promote itself. Rather, iPtown is a product of Provincetown itself, affording users a boundless tool to explore and enjoy a town that has become well known as a hub of artistic progress, an eco-tourism haven for nature lovers, a clarion call for progressivism, and a playground for anyone who is looking for a good time in a safe environment.
“Everyone who has a special relationship with Provincetown can now become an iPtowner,” said Anthony Fuccillo, Ptown’s director of Tourism. “The iPtown app will not only be a wonderful tool for those new to Provincetown, but it will also be a great resource while there – or for those just daydreaming about a trip to where memories are made.”
It is the approach to the information that makes iPtown a fun tool. Users will have access to a directory of town businesses, a calendar of events, and notifications of town happenings. Weather, emergency services and other useful information are only a finger swipe away. What’s fun is the artistic approach to the information. Using the quaint town architecture as a motif and background, The app boasts images of a Town Crier, Street Artist, Pet Fetching a Frisbee, Cycling Shopper, and a colorful rainbow-covered town scene welcoming the LGBT community, whose members consider Provincetown one of the most welcoming places on the planet.
The iPtown app is free to all and is available on all platforms.
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