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'Tis The Season … To Love Your Local!

The cold weather may have arrived but we can tell you that there is no shortage of fun to be had on the sandbar.  As always, we’ve highlighted some of the events that we think you might enjoy checking out – but don’t stop there.  The off season is a great time to be curious, so get out there and explore! 
In this issue
 If you’re reading this, you are well aware of our dedication to Cape Cod’s artisans and small businesses.  You’ve seen our pleas to “shop local” and “put your money where your heart is” but you may not entirely get the “why.”  We thought it was time to show you why it matters so much.  Our first feature this month is designed specifically to help you understand the powerful impact that shopping local has on our economy.
We’ve been lucky to get to know dozens of local artists, designers and makers as part of producing the LoveLocal Fest series of events. This month, we spoke to four of them who share a passion for producing apparel and accessories that speak to their love of Cape Cod (and, we admit to drawing inspiration from WMVY’s series “Just Four Guys” in coming up with this piece!).
New Year’s Eve and 2015 are just around the corner.  It’s not too early to make plans, and if you want to get in on some of the awesome packages offered by local hotels, you’ll want to make your reservations sooner rather than later!  We’ve got options for every budget and nightlife style.
It’s no secret that we Love yoga – especially this time of year. Whether you’ve tried it before or not, we have a great way to start 2015 off right.  For our Live spotlight this month, we couldn’t neglect all the holiday strolls that are coming up this weekend and next.  Finally, there is seemingly no end to Local ingenuity. Read about a project tailor made to save the environment and your wallet!
what’s up + where to get down
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Locally yours,
 Amanda, Jen and Kate 
We at Love.Live.Local are not shy about encouraging people to shop locally; we have even asked locals to take a pledge to only shop at Cape Cod-owned businesses for holiday gifts. So, we felt we needed to delve deeper into why this is so important to the economic health of our community.

We enlisted the help of local illustrator Vinnie Arnone to create an infographic specific to the Cape that shows the local impact of shopping locally, at national chains, and online.
Based on studies implemented by economic analysts at Civic Economics, we were able to come up with averages for how much of each dollar spent stays on this side of the bridge, depending on where you shop.

When shopping online, zero (nothing, nada, the big goose egg) of your dollars spent stays on Cape Cod. When you press the submit button on an online purchase, that money goes directly to the owner of that website – most likely a large corporation.
When you shop at a national retailer or dine at a chain restaurant, approximately .24 cents of every dollar stays here on Cape Cod – generally in the form of wages to low-paid workers.

However, when you shop at a locally owned Cape Cod business, approximately .57 cents of every dollar spent stays here on Cape Cod. It is reinvested in this community over and over again – spent on wages, using local services, buying local goods, and supporting local nonprofits and community organizations.

What does this mean in terms of real dollars spent? If every adult consumer on Cape Cod spent $50 of their disposable income at a local business instead of – not in addition to – an online or national chain, it would generate $4 million more for the Cape Cod economy.

Imagine what a difference that could make to our entire community…Shop Local. It Matters!

Cut From The Same Cloth
Meet Four Cape Cod Designers

Among the Cape’s creative entrepreneurs are a group of apparel and accessories makers who are helping to shift our visual language bringing a new, fresh look to Cape Cod souvenirs and swag.
Vinnie Arnone, the illustrator behind Cabo Cado (as well as our Shop Local infographic and the LoveLiveLocal logo) is a Cataumet native who has designed for major international brands as well as local businesses. He draws on a blend of his travel experiences and iconic images like vintage Cape tea cloths to create souvenir items like totes, postcards, koozies and tee shirts, filling a void he noticed in quality, American-made souvenirs.  His map-based images have a clear retro feel, made current by modern reference points for various beloved parts of the Cape.
No matter where Nate Robinson’s travels have taken him, his hometown of Bourne has his heart. Inspired by the “villages, necks, islands, and other nooks and crannies that make (Bourne) so unique,” Nate created a typography map of the Cape’s most undervalued town and gave his friends and family sweatshirts bearing the image. Broader demand quickly followed, and now those who share Nate’s pride in his town can find the cozy sweatshirts on his website, Bourne Local.
Rope bracelets are a Cape Cod standard, but Patrick Clark of Cape Clasp has found a way to make an impact with that simple accessory. Hand tied with cast clasps in the shape of the Cape, whales, hooks and sharks, a percentage of profits go to organizations like the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. With his brand, Patrick hopes to inspire people to explore the Cape and to educate them on conservation efforts.
Like Vinnie, Dennis native Sean Fitzgerald noticed a gap in Cape Cod souvenirs that he or his friends would wear, so he decide to create some – and to use the opportunity to make a difference in the community. Cape Cloth was the result, a line of "hats that give back" – $1 per purchase goes to local non-profit Cape Abilities, a natural fit given their long-term interest in empowering people with disabilities to live meaningful, active lives.
We are excited to see more good things from Vinnie, Nate, Patrick and Sean, and hope to see you representing the Cape with their gear!  (You can find Cabo Cado, Cape Cloth and Cape Clasp products at LoveLocal Fest on December 7 at Cape Cod Beer.)
Happy New Year!
Celebrations Capewide

There is no need to look beyond Cape Cod to make fun, flashy or family-friendly New Year’s Eve plans, as there are plenty of options to celebrate the arrival of 2015 on this side of the bridge.

Buy a button and bring your family or gather a group of friends for First Night Chatham, a celebration of the arts with over 70 performances and events throughout the town of Chatham starting with the Town Photo at the Chatham Lighthouse at noon, and culminating with fireworks at Oyster Pond at midnight.
For a more condensed version of First Night, head to Sandwich for their 3rd annual celebration from 4 to 9pm. The event features an exhibit of 36 sculptures created by the owner of The Glass Studio, Michael Magyar, as well as live musical performances and activities for children. The grand finale will be the lighting of Magyar’s giant lighthouse at Town Hall Square.

Date night or a night out with friends? CCYP is hosting their first ever New Year’s Eve bash with a bioluminescence-inspired evening at Cotuit Center for the Arts from 9pm to 1am. The night will also include music from DJ Sinnetti that will be sure to get you on the dance floor, and an aerial performance by Twin Cities Trapeze Center. Glowing gowns and black light inspired outfits are encouraged! 

You can make an entire night of it with the Sea Crest Hotel’s overnight New Year’s Eve package, which not only includes an overnight stay, two tickets to their semi-formal party, dinner buffet, dancing to Boston band The Marsels, and champagne toast at midnight, as well as breakfast on New Year’s Day.

There are also plenty of options for a festive evening at local restaurants and bars. The Brazilian Grill is hosting an evening of a special buffet dinner and live music. Embargo starts the night out with jazz and dinner specials; the dance party with DJ Liberty starts at 10pm.  Harvest Gallery Wine Bar has local band Kite School playing into the New Year. Sarah Swain & the Oh Boys will be playing in Orleans at Joe’s Beach Bar, and Boombasnap at The Island Merchant in Hyannis.

Cheers to a happy, healthy and local New Year!

30 Day Yoga Challenge
Who doesn’t love a challenge?! Starting on January 2, the 3rd Annual Global 30 Day Yoga Challenge will start on Cape Cod. There are many yoga (and other fitness) challenges that take place throughout the year, driven by various organizations and groups, but this particular challenge, which runs from January 2 through 31, was officially brought to the Cape by Jill Abraham, founder of Power Yoga of Cape Cod.
During the challenge, participating yoga studios act as ‘hosts’ and track student participation and progress. The challenge is really quite simple: do (at least) 20 minutes of yoga every day for 30 days. You can do it at home, in a studio or wherever else you may find yourself!
We at LoveLiveLocal have participated over the last few years and the rewards are immeasurable. Dedicating 30 days to take some time for yourself, to improve your health and physical state, is dare we say…game changing! Join us and our sister organization, Love Yoga Fest as we celebrate the completion of the challenge with a fun workshop, led by several of the Cape’s beloved yoga teachers on January 31. Challenge or not, all are welcome!
Seasonal Strolls
Cape Cod continues to sparkle in the off season.  Most towns on the Cape bring locals together for Christmas strolls that offer an opportunity to eat, drink and be merry as a community.
Falmouth’s Holiday by the Sea event features caroling at Nobska Lighthouse (12.5), the 3rd Annual Jingle Jog 5K Run & Elf Run, and on Sunday, the 51st annual Christmas Parade.
Highlights of the super family friendly Hyannis Stroll (12.6) include Breakfast with Santa, Santa's Boat Parade, horse & carriage rides, holiday arts & crafts, a cookie contest among Hyannis businesses and more.
Also this weekend are Christmas in HarwichBrewster for the HolidaysEastham’s Holiday Festival and Toy Drive, Yarmouthport’s Christmas Stroll (12.7), Provincetown’s Holly Folly weekend, a not-so-traditional, totally fun celebration and the quaint Centerville Stroll on Sunday (12.7) evening.
Chatham celebrates their 35th annual event the weekend of Dec. 12 in a scene straight out of Currier & Ives, as do Dennis, Osterville and Wellfleet, with full days of holiday activities. 
The ArtWorks School to Career Partnership program spearheaded by Heritage Museums & Gardens started in 1997 as a way to connect area high school juniors and seniors with working artists across Cape Cod & the Islands.  Approximately forty students participate in an eight-week internship with area artists in disciplines including painting, photography, illustration, pottery, graphic design, and fashion.

The internship culminates with a project presented by the students to their mentors and the public in early 2015.

One of the students is getting a head start, however, and presenting some of her final project at an event on December 30. Falmouth junior, Lily Hennessy has been working with local sustainable fashion journalist Amy Dufault on her yearlong fashion “fast,” where Amy did not purchase new clothing; she enlisted local tailor Kathryn Hilderbrand to rework the clothing she already had in her closet. Aptly called, The Tailor Project, Amy enlisted the photography skills of Lily to document some of her interactions with the hardworking local tailors.

The free event will not only feature Hennessey’s photographs, but also show some of the revamped items from Amy’s closet.