They are out there and for the moment in one spot at Kate Gould Park in Chatham together for one last day. It started as a idea that became a summer kick off and a fun thing to do while vacationing on Cape Cod. Chatham always has a way of bringing art to Kate Gould Park, in the fall with their pumpkin people and now with the sharks.
At first there were 24 sharks but with merchant enthusiasm it became 54 sharks in the exhibit in the park. Each shark is 5 feet long and sponsored by a local business who either created themselves or commissioned an artist to represent them. After June 2 it is said that the sharks will be moved to various location around town so that it will create the "shark sighting" around Chatham. This will be until the Shark Gala on August 1, when the artwork will be auctioned off to raise money for a shark and marine life education center in Chatham.
A series of smaller sharks about 30 inches will be displayed in 38 businesses throughout Chatham from May 24 through Labor Day in a project called "Sharks in the Shops". The smaller sharks are decorated by local artists.
It will start a "scavenger hunt" of sorts as people will be able to pick up a logbook which pictures of the sharks so that people will be able to search as they are shopping for the sharks throughout local businesses. Once the sharks have been found and the logbook is completed it can be dropped off at the information booth.
The completed log will be entered into a drawing for three gift baskets filled with gifts and gifts cards from the local Chatham merchants.
So get your logbooks ready, its going to be a Artful Fun Summer. And if you missed the Sharks in the Park, then enjoy my video and the great art. Have fun Shark Hunting!!!!!
Get the table ready with Oscar flair. As you sit by your big screen television tonight try some tasty bites with the Oscar nominees in mind.
Silver Lining Playbook is a film set in Philadelphia about a man who loses everything his house, his wife and his job who moves back with his parents. Mini Hoagies and steak/cheese sandwiches. Pretzels and dip.
Lincoln is a film about Abraham Lincoln. Mini Apple Pies
Beasts of the Southern Wild is about a six year girl who is on the brink of being an orphan. Crab Dip
Zero Dark Thirty is about the search and capture of Bin Laden. Hummus and Pita Chips and Chickpea Salad
Django Unchained is a western about brutality in the antebellum South. Mini Burgers and Bean Dip
While everyone has their own version of the Oscar night buffet and everyone should, I just wanted to share some of my choices. Because Silver Lining Playbook was set in Philadelphia with a family obsessed with the a matriarch who made crabby snacks before each Eagle game, you could do anything to do with Philadelphia. And my KFC was because of a passing scene with a woman eating the chicken in the movie Argo. Have fun with your menu tonight and enjoy.
And the winner is................................
The holidays are through and decorations are slowly coming down and the frost on my windsheild is making me feel bound. Its cold and kinda dreary and 36 degrees feels like 29 .Its that time of the year when I try to get through the winter blues by visiting the breakfast spots that are so busy during the summmer in an effort to get me through the cold winter blues and into the hopeful spring season. It also gives me a chance to sample the wonderful flavors of Cape Cod, so that I can be a culinary expert of sorts to my friends and family on just where to go for good food.
One must first start with a hearty breakfast on a cold morn' like this and where else to go but to a friendly Ireland Homestead of sorts at the Keltic Kitchen. Upon entering, you feel like you are visitng a friend's home and are greeted by the friendly staff who welcome you in with a fresh brewed cup of coffee or tea. Its the rustic quaintness, the Irish brogue and wafting smell of cooking that all helps to make you feel like you have taken a trip of sorts. Their menu although small offers a good selection of breakfast choices with sides of Irish favorites. Rashers are the Irish version of bacon, less fatty and just a bit thicker.
Irish sausage or bangers are made of ground pork, eggs, bread crumbs and special seasonings, and its the seasoning that gives it that extraordinary flavor. The White Pudding is a sausage made from lard or suet,oatmeal and spices and is a sure treat. And Black Pudding is another type of sausage made from the pig's liver, oatmeal and seasonings and is compariable to the the Portuguese version of Morcilla except with different spices and is a sure treat for someone who is adventureous.
Now after that if you are up for the experience, you can sample The Keltic Fry, which will let you sample all of those food choices with two eggs served your way and a choice of golden home fries or baked beans. And there is always a choice of fresh brown bread, scones or toast to further enhance your now overflowing breakfast plate. If you love French Toast but always have trouble on deciding what kind to get, then this your place as you will want to order the French Toast Sampler with regular, cinnamon, portuguese sweet bread, and raisin toast. Or try something different with the golden Potato Pancakes topped with scallions and sour cream or the Bacon, Apple and Cheddar Potato Pancake with a creamy savory flavor. Everything is good here.
So whether you want a traditional american breakfast or searching for something a little different to awaken your taste buds, visit the Keltic Kitchen and you wouldn't leave disappointed.
The crowds in the summer can't be wrong and now we can enjoy it without the long but worthwhile wait out the door.
And don't forget if you love the home cooked taste of Corned Beef with onions and peppers then this is your palce. Check ou their website.
It's the New Year and time for fresh starts.
The morning after our celebration for this new start may leave us a little groggy and tired, but its nothing that a quick dip in the ocean wouldn't cure. An awakening of sorts with wind chills and goose bumps, making us more aware that a new day has stated and life goes on.
I always like to join that brave heart group of people who make their way to the ocean .
Polar Bear Plunge Fundraiser on New Year's Day To Benefit Hope Dementia & Alzheimer's Services
Noon at Bank Street Beach in Harwich Port
If you want to stay warm inside, then mediate on changes to come this year.
I found this video on You Tube from a local artist. Enjoy it as I have and may the New Year bring you all that you need.
Happy New Year !!!
As I look out my window at beautiful crisp snow clinging to the trees and bushes, I sit here reminiscing of a warmer time when the leaves were slowly blowing about making way for the new growth about to happen in spring in the distance future. No matter how we try to hold back changes they inevitably come our way and sooner or later I will be silently cursing as I shovel and clean a safe path through the now wet and heavy snow.
It just makes me think about the New Year before us and whether or not I will brave the cold to welcome in the New Year in Chatham. I know that Chatham really knows how to celebrate the events of life and I enjoyed their Octoberfast with the Pumpkin People in the Park as I do every year. I hope you enjoy my video of the Pumpkin People and consider making it to First Night in Chatham.
In this day and age when fast food is just a nuke away and seconds in our hands, you have to wonder if you could have just grabbed something from home and for less money. I always enjoy a quick breakfast sandwich when I am on the go and one grows tired of the fast food dance. It's always good the first time you have it but after repeated visits it gets old or loses the quality that we should get. But after all it is fast food and we can't expect too much from it; or should we ?
Along my breakfast journey, I have found a local business who serves up smiles, small talk and tasty food. Bagels and Beyond serve up truly delicious fresh bagels made that morning. Now why have a nuked sandwhich when you can have a freshly grilled sandwich made just the way you like and believe me it's always as good as the first time. The prices are reasonable with a basic egg and cheese on a bagel for 1.99.
Start your day with a delicious Egg sandwich on a freshly baked bagel of your choice!1.69
Egg and cheese.............................1.99
Egg cheese and ham, bacon, sausage or limguica..2.99
Enjoy a breakfast sandwich on a butter croissant are baked right there! Egg...................................2.39
Egg and cheese.........................2.69
Egg, cheese and bacon, ham, sausage or linguica...3.69
Check out their menu and support a local business with good food.
Read the menu here.
Some great music about the Cape on you tube.
It was fun....
A cold 32 degrees didn't keep the people of Cape Cod from picking up their last minute decorations and party essentials. Not even a sweeeping snowstorm with white out condtions hours before the parade kicked underway. Rick and Dick Hoyt know adversity and have been facing and overcoming it, in long before they started their run in 1977. Rick was born in 1962 and diagnosed with spastic quadraplegia and cerebral palsy. He and his father have participated in more than 1000 races. Today they were the Grand Marshalls of the 7th Annual Cape Cod St.Patrick's Parade. The Sons of Erin had their Colleen Pageant Float which in conjunction with the Cape Cod St.Patricks's Parade committee awards a $1000 scholarship to their queen and three runner ups get $500 scholarships. They also had a Ms Senior Collen who this year was awarded to Mary Kennedey O'Leary. Its was politics as usual with lots of candidate solicitations to give us something to think about. Scott Brown and his wife Gail Huff showed up to inspire and support the cause. People along the parade route built their snowmen from the remaining snow that clinged along the route and a cold breeze kept everyone moving and singing. It was chilling to see those brave men in their kilts march along playing those wonderful irish tunes laced with bagpipes. Even more chilling was the Ancient Mariners, a fife and drum troupe who usually march barefooted keep the tradition with three members quickly moving their frozen feet on the rough pavement. It was great to see the Dennis Yarmouth Dolphins who were the state champions as well as the Dennis Yarmouth Hockey Team aboard their float with Hockey Sick and Penalty Box. Just seeing everyone dressed in green and showing their support even though it was cold was fast fun. I know they will be planning for the next parade and I will be there.
Missed the Parade then see clips on You Tube
Get out and enjoy the sights and smells of Fall. What's your favorite thing about Fall??? For me its just about everything and the Cape is full of things to do during the Fall. Hope you are enjoying it all.
Oktoberfest - Pumpkin People in the Park, a Chatham Merchants Association sponsored event
Oct. 15 - Oct. 31
Pumpkin People in the Park. Kate Gould Park and the bandstand are surrounded by the creative and innovative Pumpkin People fashioned by local businesses, organizations or just plain folk. They are on display from Oct. 15th until Halloween! However, these larger-than-life creations are just the frost on the pumpkin the day of the festival.
Don't forget just about any soup can be a harvest treat when you clean out a pumpkin shell and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour.
Candy Corn Fudge
8 oz cream cheese 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 3 cups white chocolate chips
2 cups confection sugar 2 cups mini pretzels 1 cup dried cherries
1 cup candy corn
1. Line a 8 or 9 inch square pan with parchment paper.
2.Using an electric mxer blend cream cheese,sugar and extract.
3.Melt chocolate then add to the cream cheese mix.
4.Fold in preztels and cherries.
5. Refrigerate 2 hours.
6. Top with Candy Corn and serve.