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october love.
After an awesome LoveLocal Fest :: Locals’ Edition, we are ready to fully embrace the fall season here on Cape Cod in all its sweater weather glory!
A highlight of the September Fest was introducing a new member of our Project Cape Made apparel line – a cozy crewneck sweatshirt – which will support local entrepreneurs with micro-investments through a dedicated fund. You can shop #ProjectCapeMade online today!
in this issue
  • During Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are proud to shine a light on a few local fundraisers that help further the cause and raise money at the same time, including Barre for Boobies!
  • Chat With A Local: Peter Hanlon has been growing cranberries for sale across the Cape and beyond since 1991 – but the story goes back a lot further than that.
  • Where To Find It: Don’t be fooled by big box store advertising – you CAN find home appliances locally at competitive prices and with excellent customer service!
  • We Love more ways to display our local pride for the Cape’s 15 towns … Can’t Live without our local bartenders + waitstaff … Wondering how to get involved with Local sports? Look no further.
what’s up + where to get down
  • Put on your knit hats and boots – it’s time for The Farm Fall Fest! Food, music, crafts and more for the whole family to enjoy in Orleans. {10.8; 9am}
  • Payomet Performing Arts Center has an awesome “Second Summer” series for music lovers – catch Tom Rush {10.8} or Martin Sexton {10.15} among others.
  • How about a “Sea to Screen” evening at Coonamessett Farms presented by the Woods Hole Film Festival – watch “Sustaining Sea Scallops” with a Q&A to accompanied by a delicious meal featuring Atlantic sea scallops, locally caught fish and vegetables harvested from the farm! {10.9; 6pm}
  • Time to close out summer … for REAL this time … head to Terra Luna’s season finale, all-you-can-eat bonanza featuring The Sacred Mounds! {10.10; 5-11pm}
  • Join the 2nd annual Miles for Meghan 5K in Cotuit to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fybrosis - sign up early and get a long-sleeved tee! {10.15; 11am}
  • Oyster lovers rejoice! The 16th annual Wellfleet OysterFest is a highlight for visitors and locals alike featuring music, food, local artisans, and an overall awesome time {10.15-16} … can’t make it all the way down Cape or just want more? The Lobster Trap and Monk’s Cove Oysters have you covered at the 4th annual Oyster Bash – very limited tix so buy now! {10.22}
  • The first Hyannis Open Streets was a huge success so it’s happening again! Come on down to play in the streets and enjoy Hyannis. {10.23; noon – 4pm}
  • The visitors are {mostly} gone and Locals’ Nights are back! Check out the sublime sushi at Bluefins in Chatham. {10.18; 5-9pm}
  • Everyone loves a John Sullivan production … and he’s back with Captain Lazarus’ Haunted Harbor at the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennis! Too scary for kids under 10 but perfect for older kids and adults who like to be spooked. {10.20-30; 6pm}
  • Party for a whole bunch of great local causes at the annual Nauset Disposal Trash Bash! Bring food and clothing donations and enjoy awesome food, The Grab Brothers and more. {10.21; 5:30-11pm}
  • Shop and spook local at Hyannis Main Street’s annual Safe Trick or Treat! {10.31; 4-6pm}
And - Save the date for our LoveLocal Fest :: Holiday Edition! We’re thrilled to announce that the wild popularity of the prior two events means that we need a bigger venue … so we’re packing up the Cape Cod Beer trailer and bringing it over to the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennis (just minutes from Route 6) on Sunday, December 4 from noon to 5pm! Don’t worry – we’re working out parking plans and the games will be on in a dedicated space!

Locally yours,
Amanda, Kate and Jen

PS :: Keep your #lovelivelocal photos coming, and don’t forget to tell us how you’re using the CapeMade Field Guide!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
We are all about sharing great events, telling you the scoop about cool local businesses and giving you a different perspective on living it up on Cape Cod. But sometimes we need to infuse a more subdued note into our information sharing, especially when October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the Silent Spring Institute Cape Cod has a much higher breast cancer incident rate than the rest of Massachusetts. But in true Cape Codder style of generosity and compassion the fitness community is stepping up (pun intended!) to raise money for the cause.

Wellbeloved Wellness is hosting a Barre for Boobies fundraising class on Saturday, October 15 from 9:30-11:30am, where you can take a barre class, buy a raffle ticket to win a basket of local goodies and purchase barre gear. All of proceeds from this event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Later on that same day at 1:30pm Falmouth’s 241 Fitness will host its 6th Annual Party in Pink Zumbathon at the Gus Canty Community Center. The Zumbathon will consist of Zumba instructors from all over Cape Cod volunteering their time leading a two-hour Zumba class.

More of a low impact exerciser? Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is hosting a 2-4 mile walk to celebrate survivorship around Barnstable Village to help raise money for research, education, and services by the American Cancer Society.

So, whether you or someone you know has been faced with this horrible disease, you can try and help keep yourself healthy while joining the fight.
chat with a local :: Peter Hanlon of P.J. Cranberries

What’s more Cape Cod than cranberry bogs? Not a whole lot, and yet as locals we don’t often get to experience much of this fascinating industry that takes much attention and care throughout the year for a brief but distinctly fall harvest. We talked with Peter Hanlon of P.J. Cranberries in Sandwich’s Spring Hill Historical District - near the Town Neck / Sandy Neck beaches on the edge of a large fresh water marsh system - to learn more about real Cape Cod cranberries.

How + why did you get into cranberry growing?
My grandfather was a cranberry grower, and my father always told me that my grandfather lost his bogs on Tupper Road in Sandwich right after the Great Depression for back taxes of $20.43. That stayed with me. I was with the Massachusetts Environmental Police for many years, and started the bogs in 1990 on 10.5 acres as a family business with the help of some good friends and learning as I went. P.J. Cranberries represents the third and fourth generation of growers. My sons Patrick and Pete both have full-time jobs but they help out here and are part of the business.
Tell us about the growing and harvest process.
From about April until June you’re on call for frost – the temperature in the bog can be a lot lower than that in the air. You can lose your crop in 15 minutes if the temp drops, so we watch it and irrigate as necessary. Depending on the season, fresh fruit is available from late September through Christmas, but I generally deliver until Thanksgiving.
We sample everything first by hand using my grandfather’s scoop, which dates to the 1930s. Once the berries are ready to pick we use a machine, and then the fruit is put into our 1934 Hayden separator to remove vines and sort by size, and then checked again by our own eyes for quality.
Where can we find your fruit locally?
I’m about as “buy local” as you can get! It has a lot to do with supporting where you live and your neighbors. We’ve always sold locally and I personally know every single one of the business owners. It gives me a lot of pride when I see that “cranberries” sign go up at Crow Farm after I’ve brought them their first fruit.
You can also find us at Windfall Market, Coonamessett Farm, and Jack In The Beanstalk (Falmouth), Barnstable Market, Peterson's Market (Dennis) and Guaranteed Fresh Produce (Hyannis). Chatham Jam & Jelly are wonderful people – they use the berries all year long!
Do you have a favorite way to prepare cranberries?
Our cranberry bread recipe is exquisite! And the cranberry pancakes, too – you have to use a Cuisinart to slice the berries up though.  When you’re buying, Stevens are mild, while Howe and Early Blacks have tang to them. A good berry bounces and a bad one plops!
What do you do when you’re not working on your business?
I’m often right here on the bog – it doesn’t get any better! I enjoy taking photographs of our resident pair of osprey -  they have raised young here since 2006, from about March to August. Once the male got entangled in fishing line; my son Pete cut him free and Wild Care came to help. We were able to let him go back here and the osprey have been here for another three years. I make way for them –  they’re part of it here! I also love to eat at Fishermen’s View. Every so often I visit Eldred’s Auction in Dennis looking for antiques.

Looking for a secluded, rustic wedding venue? Consider getting hitched overlooking Peter’s bogs ... and definitely ask for his cranberries wherever you, or those produced by other Cape Cod local growers!

How to Shop Local?
a monthly Q & A with LoveLiveLocal

Over the past three years LoveLiveLocal has become a resource for Cape Codders who are wondering where they can purchase things locally. So, we’ll be answering questions each month in order to help our collective mission to put more of our dollars into the local community.

We were asked recently where one can purchase appliances like stoves, refrigerators, and washers and dryers.
Most people automatically assume that purchasing an appliance at a smaller, more local shop will mean that the price will be significantly higher. This is due to clever marketing and merchandising by large corporate retailers that lead shoppers to make assumptions about price differences and affordability, which are not necessarily true.

We consulted a few friends who had recently shopped for appliances for their new homes. One shopped online with a national store, and had nothing but headaches. The first refrigerator she ordered didn’t fit – even though she ordered the same size as the previous one – and it took weeks for her to get through customer service to get a replacement of the correct size.    

Our other friend did a significant amount of research online on the brands she wanted and the prices she was willing to pay for her new appliances. She said due to LoveLiveLocal’s influence and suggestions about local appliance stores like Crane Appliance, Ferguson or KAM, she decided to shop local first.  At the local shop, she found that the brands she wanted were available and the right price, and the customer service was incredible. On her way to a national retailer to comparison shop, she decided she would not fall for the false claims of national retailers that they have a cheaper and better product, and spend her dollars locally.

Do you have something to add to the conversation? Please add a comment. Do you have a question about where to find something you need at a locally owned store? Email us at and we will try to include it in our next email.

                                           Cape Fifteen

Cape Cod natives and best friends since fourth grade Kyle Rumberger and Shane MacNeill always connected to the idea of supporting their community – from riding bikes through the neighborhood looking for ways to help out neighbors to starting an apparel brand that supports local charities, a passion for sharing Cape Cod’s stories and beauty has been their inspiration.
Kyle’s and Shane’s brand Cape Fifteen launched in 2015 and has been a hit, complementing other distinctive Cape Cod brands while keeping their own unique vibe. Through their “XV” (that’s 15 for those who forget their Roman numerals) logo where the V is shaped like the Cape, the duo is hoping to unify the fifteen towns that represent our sandbar while also educating people about their home.
A portion of proceeds from their apparel, including a peace bus tee designed by Kyle’s brother, local artist Austen Rumberger, benefit local organizations including the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Cape Cod Veterans Association, and the Rare Bird Foundation.
You can shop Cape Fifteen online or at LoveLocal Fests, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

Best of Cape Cod Bartenders Ball

Because Cape Cod is such tightknit community, walking into most bars can feel like an iconic “Cheers” moment: everybody knows your name, and the bartenders and waitstaff take good care of you. But have you ever stopped to think about who takes care of them if something happens and they are not able to work? They are paid hourly, and many do not have the benefits to cover costs associated with health care and lost wages.

This is where the Art Westfall Foundation comes in. Named after a Pufferbellies manager who was facing cancer and could not afford the high costs of care, the Foundation has been raising money for 20 years in order to help out a waitress who has a broken ankle or a bartender who needs surgery.

Their premiere fundraiser this year is the Best of Cape Cod Bartenders Ball, which takes place October 9 at 7pm at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa. At $75 per ticket guests will be treated to a red carpet, casino photo booth, hors d’ouevres, a psychic, DJs and the 10-piece band Hip Pocket Orchestra. And, they will announce the winners of the Westfall Foundation Best of Cape Cod poll!

CASL (Cape Adult Sports League)

Who’s down for a friendly game of kickball, soccer or dodgeball? Maybe a cornhole or Ultimate Frisbee tournament is your thing? A pick-up softball game for charity? Look no further as the CASL is here to help! Dennis resident Shaun Conway founded the Cape Adult Sports League (CASL) in the summer of 2014 with the goal of bringing the adult sports league movement he had seen throughout the country, including in his former home of Denver, Colorado, to the Cape.
CASL is a co-ed social sports league whose focus is bringing the fun on the field, in the court and everywhere in between to the adults of Cape Cod. Summer seasons of kickball, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee just ended; weekly bowling nights and dodgeball start up this month. Dodgeball is currently sold out unless enough interest triggers an expanded schedule (so get in touch!).
CASL hosts athletic tournaments and special events throughout the year as well as socials after each game held at various local businesses. Conway hopes to grow his partnerships with local bars, restaurants and venues throughout the Cape as the league continues to grow and further their connection with the local community.
Don’t miss CASL Goes to Camp on October 15 at the Cape Cod Sea Camps where you’ll stay in rustic but heated cabins, participate in a field day with camp games (think tug-of-war), enjoy a BBQ and party at the boathouse and a bayside beach bonfire…we’re in! Register here.

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