There was excitement, edged with a slight tension, aboard the Charles W. Morgan as she sailed out of Provincetown Harbor on an overcast Friday morning. The first sighting of a whale - a small minke - brought cheers. It was the first time the ship had been next to a whale in almost a century, but a full expression of the sentiment surrounding the ship's reunion with whales came later in the day, as a humpback whale fed off the starboard side. Whoops and one passenger's cry of "I think that was an 'apology accepted'" brought peals of laughter from those nearby.
Have you ever noticed how some blueberries are light blue and others are dark navy? How some are tart and some are sweet? Some tiny and some huge? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with the owner of a pick-your-own blueberry farm in Dennis about what varieties he grows and why. You can learn more about both wild and domesticated blueberry varieties and find a recipe for blueberry buckle on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.
What do a memoir set in Concord, Massachusetts, 1940 mysteries featuring Maud Silver (elderly spinster private detective,) David Hockney, Virginia Woolf's gardens, and playgrounds all have in common? They are all featured on The Point potluck book show with guests Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times.
They call it the "Canaliversary.' It's been 100 years since a private developer conducted the grand opening of the canal as a toll waterway. For the past several days, a celebration has been ongoing along the canal's banks. Locals and tourists alike have been visiting tall ships and watching boat parades. And it all culminated yesterday with the official anniversary celebration, which included speeches, a tugboat parade and a fireworks display from one of the canal's three bridges.
Bourne is considered the Gateway to Cape Cod, whether one travels across the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge, and like much of the Cape, Bourne includes a number of distinct villages. Mindy Todd talks with local author Goia Dimock about her book History Images of America, Bourne. Then we revisit an interview with Jay North Conway about his book The Cape Cod Canal, Breaking Through the Bared and Bended Arm.
Cape Cod has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the United States. In response to the prevalence of the disease on the Cape, a Mashpee resident has opened up a Lyme disease wellness center, one of the first of its kind in the nation. He wants there to be a place where people who suffer with long-lasting symptoms of Lyme disease – often called chronic Lyme – can go to get the help they need.
While aboard the Charles W. Morgan, Heather Goldstone caught a whiff of olden times: the odor of whale that is STILL detectable in an original oak barrel. The barrel is part of the whale ship's try works, where blubber was rendered into oil. Here's a clip of her conversation with Dave Wiley, Research Coordinator for Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, about the scent.
We look back at the life of Richard Miner, a much-loved Falmouth resident who was admired for his volunteer work around town. Miner died this past May, but he leaves behind an irreplaceable legacy through his recorded interviews with veterans.
Richard Miner was never one to let the grass grow around his feet. During his retirement, he filled his days volunteering for a number of organizations in Falmouth. One was a food pantry called the Falmouth Service Center, where Brenda Swain is Executive Director.
The West wins it, led by Chad Gassman of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. The right mix of pitching, the Falmouth Commodores' talent, and the LSU contingent combined to launch the West All-Stars to a 5-0 shutout victory over the East All-Stars at Doran Park. Read more at CapeCodBaseball.org
The game is under way, but just before the first pitch, our reporter Ginger Poulson chatted with East Division Coach John Schiffner of the Chatham Anglers.