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white crest beach - wellfleet ma

A favorite spot for surfers on Cape Cod, White Crest Beach is Wellfleet could soon offer up more parking to locals and visitors. Plans call for expanding the parking lot at the beach by hundreds of spaces, but it may not be as many as previously thought.

Right now the lot has room for around 200 vehicle spaces, but future plans could make additional room for a total of 460 cars to park in the area. Originally, planners set out to make a lot for up to 600 parking spaces, but its been reported that engineers weren’t able to add that many spaces to their plan.

Some had also previously suggested making space for 1,000 vehicles, initiating concerns about how that could lead to increased traffic in the area, and mean a drain on the efforts of local police

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pleasant bay real estate

Several Cape Cod communities are banding together to help protect Pleasant Bay now, and for years to come. The towns of Chatham, Brewster, Orleans and Harwich all share its watershed.

Just recently they joined together, gaining issuance of the first Watershed Permit ever in the state. While it may seem that everything came together in recent weeks, it’s actually been a work in progress for a couple of decades.

That’s when the four towns first adopted a Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan, and began implementing it via the Pleasant Bay Alliance. The new permit, however, specifically outlines all of the measurable steps the towns plan to take together and individually, all aimed at addressing threats to the health of the Bay.

With it, the towns are

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harwich port

Family-friendly entertainment is on tap all summer long with live music strolls in both Chatham and in Harwich Port. While the tradition has been a long-standing one in Harwich, the fun just spread to Chatham this summer season.

Dubbed Mondays on Main, the new Chatham addition brings musicians, bands and other types of live entertainment to Main Street. The Monday evening event stretches for eight weeks this summer, from locations including the Chatham Wine Bar to the rotary, and features a variety of themed nights designed to especially appeal to families.

Entertainers are stationed in courtyards, on lawns and on patios just off the main sidewalk to encourage visitors to enjoy the entire area. The idea is to give people a fun and unique way to

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bike path

Exploring Cape Cod doesn’t necessarily always mean out on the water. While boating is, of course, a popular pastime, it’s not the only way to see all that the region has to offer.

Chatham, in particular, is a great location to view on two wheels. With that in mind, there are plenty of bike trails in Chatham to take on, most notably the Chatham branch of the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Often used by bicyclists, the trail winds through a generally wooded area of Chatham, often crossing over existing roads.

To help ensure the safety of cyclists, especially at these points, Chatham town officials are now pushing for millions of dollars in improvements to fund a bicycle master plan for the community. This involves everything from possibly installing new signs to

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crowes pasture - dennis ma

Photo: Maura Monahan

One of the last remaining exposed tidal flats in Massachusetts will stay open to off-roaders, at least for now. Selectmen in Dennis recently voted to withdraw the town’s application to update its beach management plan for Crowes Pasture Beach.

That’s significant because the off-road beach faced the possibility of being closed off to all off-road vehicles. While that’s been allowed at Crowes Pasture for decades, some suggest state regulators began calling the practice into question only after the town took action, proposing to make an update to its long-standing management plan.

Citing concerns over things like pollution and erosion, state regulators proposed banning all recreational vehicles from driving out on the Crowes Pasture

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cape cod rail trail

The already popular Cape Cod Rail Trail is likely headed north. Crews are now working on a design to extend the trail up into Wellfleet, while at the same time the state purchases a private campground to compliment the new route.

Already, the 22-mile long trail is one of the most popular parks in the state, a place for families and for other bicyclists to get in some fun, outdoor recreation. Open daily from sunrise to sunset; the paved trail is one of the best ways to experience the scenery of the area at your own pace.

From South Dennis to Orleans, the rail trails follows along the path of the old Cape Cod Central Railroad line. You’ll find it’s a great place to stop and have a picnic, or even grab some ice cream along the way.

As you head north, the

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stony brook grist mill - brewster ma

With a picturesque setting and well more than a century of history to its name, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is perhaps one of the most recognizable sites in Brewster. First constructed in the late 1800s, the mill and accompanying museum are the only remaining structures left from the old Factory Village, a once prominent industrial section of Brewster.

Generations ago, the grist mill was extremely important to Cape Cod, grinding up barley, rye and corn for the area with its water-powered wheel. Later abandoned, the Town of Brewster eventually purchased the mill and property around 1940.

In more recent years, a larger water wheel was installed as part of a restoration project aimed at bringing the grist mill back to operation, much as it was in the

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cape cod symphony

Cape Cod is full of fantastic beaches and historic sites, but one Cape attraction truly presents a great night out. The Cape Cod Symphony traces its roots back more than a half-century, now maintaining its role as one of the largest symphonies of its kind in the entire state of Massachusetts.

Around 75 musicians and soloists make up the symphony, which also brings in some guest artists. Past artists have included the Vienna Boys Choir and renowned cellist and prodigy Yo-Yo Ma.

Generally the artists take the stage at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. The center is found within the campus of Barnstable High School. Upcoming productions include Haydn to Brahms later this month and a tribute to some of the most popular Broadway shows and songs

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great island - wellfleet ma

Rich in history and tradition, Cape Cod also allows for plenty of room for natural exploration, with Wellfleet’s conservation trails being some of the best options for enjoying the beauty of the area. There are several ways to experience Wellfleet Bay, from a nature center to numerous conservation trails.

The Bay View Trail, in particular, leads visitors along a windy trail through woodlands. Noted as the longest trail within the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the trail also takes visitors right along the edge of a salt marsh. It’s a fantastic way to see, hear and appreciate wildlife, with a variety of birds coming to the area throughout the year. It’s also a great location to see the unusual sandplain grasslands, filled with rare animals and

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wellfleet harbor actors theater

The award-winning Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater offers an intimate and adventurous outlet for the arts on Cape Cod, with a long-standing tradition of entertaining the crowds. Known more simply as WHAT, the non-profit theater operates year-round, with a 200-seat stage right off Old Route 6 in Wellfleet.

First founded in the mid-1980s, the theater is currently celebrating more than 30 years of history on Cape Cod. The intimate stage is named after the late five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris, a former Chatham resident. Harris additionally once served as an honorary board chairwoman of the theater.

To the theater’s credit, and to its namesake, it’s said there’s not a bad seat in the house, where patrons have the choice of orchestra or balcony seating.

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