Summer Beach Time is here & a Bikini Bottom Cocktail

      Welcome to June and the beginning of summer (at least that's what our meteorologist is telling us). Yes we know that the real date is 6-21 and will go through 9-23 this year. So we actually get a really good time of it, but we are greedy and needy and so ready for the sunlight to shine and the warmth to overtake the cold. Now if we could only get the waters to warm up like the weather. But unfortunately that takes a bit longer and only a hardy New Engalnder would dare jump in any sooner. I just call that crazy, not hardy but oh well. Anyway, the weather is turning little by little and those vacant beaches will soon be filled with the sounds of families with little kids running all over the place kicking up sand in places that should not be kicked. My folks would not allow me to run on the beach where others were for anything. They respected others sharing the same beach space as we did and especially on the weekends when the crowds were heavier. The "older" kids would lay on their blankets with their radios on towards the back of the beach, some playing volleyball, other throwing a Frisbee but on our beach they were for the most part respectful of those around and families with kids. It's been a while since I have been to a crowded beach and would hope that is still being instilled in our kids today, but what I'm seeing on the streets and in the school I question it. Today I go after work, when others either are or have packed up there blankets and and bags, taken hold their floaties, balls and umbrellas and lets not forget those boards, boogie, body and even an occasional sail or paddle board and headed back to the room, cottage or grandpa's place to get ready for dinner. Me, no minds I have dinner at the house, and going later, allows me a near clear beach without having to fight the masses in the water or on the beach. And for the weekends, no way am I going to go, especially if it is sunny and mid 70s or above. I will take the towel out back and lay on my deck on my comfortable lounges, with no sand in my face or worse in my beer. Now for those of you who are coming down, do take up real estate on the beach, your good news in this, I will not be there taking up more space that will already be at a premium. Please enjoy your time here and go enjoy your dinners out and help keep my neighbors mortgages paid and their kids warmly dressed this winter on their way to school. So to all this, summer is here, and the beaches are ready, please enjoy and remember to be mindful of those around you and have a great and wonderful time right here on old Cape Cod.  

      Local businesses report, This is an interesting one, Places that are music venues. I sometimes only think of the obvious one and forget there is much more here on the cape. The first thing will be all the local night spots through the summer that will have live music. Whether in Falmouth, Sandwich, Hyannis, Dennis, Chatham, Orleans, or P'town or any off the other towns so many will have live music especially on the weekends and many every day of the week starting here soon. A lot of these are local, Cape Cod artist that do a great job and offer many different kinds and styles of music. 
      The next list is the more known list, or maybe not. If you have not been to any of these google them and check out what is going on or when they are performing. 
      Highfield Theatre - Falmouth - home to the College Light Opera Company
      Falmouth Theatre Guild - Falmouth
      Cape Cod Melody Tent -  Hyannis - all different kinds of big names performing in the round.
      The Cape Playhouse in Dennis - Live theater
      Cape Cod Symphony - Hyannis, mix music and theater. 
      Payomet Performing Arts Center i- North Truro - mixed performances 
      Bandstands - Falmouth, Chatham. 
      Performing Arts Playhouses - besides Dennis noted above there is Brewster Playhouse, Barnstable Performing playhouse, Cape Cod Theater Company in West Harwich, Orleans Academy of Performing Arts, 
      Harwich Junior Theater - Harwich
      Chatham Drama Guild - Chatham
      Woods Hole Choral Society and Woods Hold Theater Company- Woods Hole 
      Buzzards Play Production - Wareham
      Monomoy Theater - Chatham
      Provincetown Theatre Company - Provincetown 
   And folks Im still missing many. The Cape is chuck full of performing artists, groups, chorals, dance and other groups that you can not count. I am sure you could find a different venue every night between mid June and Labor Day and not do one twice, or at least see something different each time you went. So get out there and enjoy some great theater, music, or any other type of performing art, that you could only do it is such a spectacular setting like you would have on Old Cape Cod. 
      Hi-de-ho there neighborly folk and hope the beginning of summer from a meteorology standpoint has started out great for you. Last weekend was a wicked awesome one and we were shuffling folk in and out on a constant basis. The light tower got a good workout and the view wasn't bad either as the sun was in and out most of the day and the temperatures were reasonable enough that the lamp room did not get overbearing. So the folks who came had a very pleasant time. We had a good turn out of volunteers that were wonderful and were able to man/ or in many spots woman all the areas and be able to rotate some around. And Ma was doing her thing in the kitchen again, but she would not let me hang in there too long, How an I suppose to be the taste tester if I am not allowed to stick around. She tells me that's the point. Anywho, No major reports of any accidents out on the waters from a boaters perspective and the water still a little chilly for a lot of folks, but it does not seem to bother the kids. But the one good things is it is still a bit chilly for the sharks as well, but keep your whits about you and your minds, they are coming and they will be here. So keep an eye open for the reports the warmer the water gets. Well thats about it for this round. Remember we are open 7 days a week from now till Labor Day, but not all lighthouses and stations are, so check out there web sites for times open and go visit them too. Until we meet again, have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      First Wednesday of the month, time for a cocktail, I am wondering if I should change the 5th Wednesday to a nighttime nightcap, LOL. Anyway, cocktail names just kill me, it seems sometimes they compete with each other to who can come up with the raunchiest name or the most bizarre names. Then when they can't think of anything else they start renaming new cocktails with old names, and then there is the race and the colorful. If you can think it, there is most likely a cocktail by that name or at least several within the subject. Anyway, Im not sure where or how this category every came about but one thing I know the more I drink the better my eyesight gets. Now on with the show for this week:
 
      This week's recipe: Bikini Bottom Cocktail
 
      2      oz      Rum, mango
      2      oz      Rum, pineapple
      2      oz      Orange Juice
      4      oz      Papaya Juice
      1                handful Ice
      1       slice  Oranges
 
      Blend all ingredients except for the orange slice and pour into glass. Place orange slice on the rim. Use a tall glass like a hurricane glass. 
      Please note this recipe is all over the web, not limited to one place, so I just say thank you to whomever came up with it. 

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