Holiday activities reach their crescendo this weekend, with events to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the Solstice.
For Christmas, there’s the Living Creche in Dennis. Did you know, this treasured tradition started in 1982 when a fire destroyed the plaster Nativity, and, with no time to replace it, a suggestion was made to use live people and animals? True Cape Cod Holiday fact.
WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts local and regional journalists to discuss the news of the week. Joining Sean is reporter George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; and WCAI South Coast reporter Brian Morris.
Artist Jon Goldman is painting 781 portraits of his Woods Hole village to bring his community closer together. 781 is the number of people living in Woods Hole, according to the 2010 U.S. census.
Goldman hopes the project will bring his community together. He says, “If it gets people talking about the community, if it gets people talking about art, then I’ve been successful. So if one person asks a question…one person recognizes somebody that they see, it’s a success.”
These days, we don't often interact with the animals we eat. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with three local people about raising, slaughtering, and butchering pigs. She weaves their voices together to bring the animals from life to death and finally to the table.
The week just passed had a remarkable assemblage of birds found on the Cape and Islands from across the taxonomic realm of birds found in New England. The first Christmas Bird Counts were conducted with the Outer Cape Count being conducted on December 14. Also on this day was the Newport R.I./Westport, MA. CBC and the Greater Boston Count. All counts enjoyed spectacular weather. The winds were light and variable with periods of sun and partial overcast-ideal and rare conditions for a Christmas Bird Count!
We are social creatures, and when your children have difficulties understanding social cues, helping them find play dates, friendship, and social skills groups can be a real challenge. Clinical PsychologistMichael Abruzzese discusses those challenges and what options are available in our area, with host Mindy Todd on The Point.
Newlyweds Rachel and David Shepard built and moved into a "tiny house" as a way to avoid the seasonal housing shuffle and stay on Nantucket, where the median price of a single-family home on Nantucket is just more than $1 million.
Newlyweds Rachel and David Shepard were making dinner at home on Nantucket. In many ways, it was a typical house. It had electricity and running water. True to Cape Cod, it was even shingled. But it was also what’s called a ‘Tiny House’.
" A normal house," Rachel said, "except it’s built on a trailer. So it’s mobile, and the trailer limits the size. It’s twenty feet long by eight feet wide."
The names of our local ponds, like those of our roads, were not always fixed. In fact, a certain ambivalence attaches to some of them today. On the Wellfleet-Truro border, for instance, there is a pond known to some local residents as “Ryder Pond,” but to others it is “Aunt Mary’s Pond.” The Ryder family was the first to build a house on that pond, so I suppose they have historical precedence for their name, though I have no idea who Aunt Mary was, and for all I know she has perhaps the better claim.
Wheat has long been a part of the western diet because it is nutritious and has many uses. Yet a growing number of people are being diagnosed with celiac disease, an inability to process gluten-the protein found in wheat. Many others have found that eating gluten free has improved their health.