April In Provincetown

Author: , April 2nd, 2014
Photo by Petar Dopchev

Photo by Petar Dopchev

Officially spring arrives in March, but in Provincetown April starts off the season. Many restaurants, shops and galleries that may have been closed for the winter re-open in April. Local favorite the Lobster Pot opens for its 35th year on April 11th.

April is also the time when we find out about some new restaurants in town.

El Mundo across the street from Town Hall went away to be replaced by Tin Pan Alley. Ten Tables is being replaced by Backstreet. Lorraine’s closed on the west end and relocated to our neck of the woods. Hot L on Bradford decided not to re-open. Cerraldi, which was very hot last year is relocating to a permanent space, but so far it’s a secret. We’ll let you know when we find out.

Of course you have probably heard that Liza Minelli is coming to Provincetown this summer to do two sold out benefit performances.

Other notable performers include:

  • Joan Rivers on July 5th
  • Helen Reddyon July 21st and 22nd
  • Leslie Jordan on June 30th and July 1st
  • David Sedaris on Friday, August 1st

Many more to come, we’ll highlight them as we hear of them. And we’ll give you an update on shops and galleries in the future.

What’s going on in April and beyond?

  • April 1 – The Pilgrim Monument and Museum opens for the season on April.

  • April 12 – Whale watching begins. Check out whalewatch.com for more information.
  • April 18-21 – Patriot’s Day Weekend
  • April 19-27 – Appearances Green Arts Festival
  • April 25-27 – Gays for Patsy Annual Spring Stomp
  • May 3 – Women’s Music Festival at Town Hall
  • May 16 – Fast ferry service from Boston begins
  • May 16-18 – Single Women’s Weekend
  • May 23-26 – Memorial Day Weekend.

My partner Bob and I own The Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Provincetown location. It’s on Commercial Street across the street from the water. We’d love to have you stay with us. We have availability for Memorial Day Weekend, the week of July 4th and limited availability for Bear Week. Click here to check availability and make your reservations.

New Provincetown Restaurants for 2013

Author: , May 14th, 2013

Provincetown has several new restaurants opening for the 2013 season, many of them focusing on the fresh fish and seafood so readily available here on Cape Cod.

The largest restaurant with approximately 250 seats will be opened by MACs Seafood in the old Clem & Ursies spot on Shank Painter Road.  A seafood and deli market will open in June with Mac’s P’town Fish & Oyster opening in the fall. 

The old Tips for Tops’n on Bradford Street has been purchased by Devon Ruesch, owner of Devon’s on Commercial Street.  Tentatively called Devon’s Deep Sea Dive the new restaurant will focus on great versions of familiar classic seafood preparations including clam fritters, stuffed lobster, lobster bisque, etc.

CanteenThe Canteen is opening on Commercial Street next to the bank and will be a unique take on the classic New England summer shack.  Summer fare will include perfected versions of Cape Cod favorites like lobster rolls, fish and chips, chowders and a raw bar.  Other classics will include summer salads, fritters, grilled seafood and house-made sausages.  They will be open 11am to 2am, sounds like the perfect spot for the late night munchies.

Blondies’ Burgers was in the space The Canteen now calls home.  They moved across the street into the Ptown Art House replacing Frappo 66 which has closed.  In the Aquarium Mall is their sister restaurant, Naturally Blonde which will feature healthy fast food.  Also new to the Aquarium Mall is Uma Loucura which features authentic Brazilian appetizers, entrees, salads and sweets.  

We’ve done the research for you, all you have to do is come to Provincetown and enjoy yourself!  And of course we know you need a place to stay.  For lodging information please visit The Somerset House Inn web site or call 1-800-575-1850 for reservations and availability.  We’re easy walking distance to almost all the great restaurants in Provincetown.

Coming up in Provincetown:
May
17 – 19          Single Women’s Weekend
17 – 22          Restaurant Week in Proincetown
24 – 27          Memorial Day Weekend
31 – 6/03       Encaustic Conference
June
19 – 23          Provincetown International Film Festival
26 – 30          Portuguese Festival

For a complete calendar of events visit the calendar page on our web site.

Dan, a guest blogger, and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn since 2005. 

New Year’s Eve in Provincetown

Author: , December 26th, 2012

New Year’s Eve weekend is fast approaching and Provincetown is ready. The lineup is set and includes the following:

Illusions Drag Review at the Crown & Anchor Paramount – 8pm on Friday, December 28th.  Provincetown’s longest running drag revue featuring performers Billie Jean and Tisch DeWilliams along with special guest performers, this Las Vegas style revue gives you glamor and skin!

Miss Richfield 1981 at the Crown & Anchor Paramount – 9pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 29th and 30th.  “2012: We’ll All Be Dead By Christmas” is the new production Miss Richfield 1981 brings to celebrate her 10th year in Ptown and the end of the world. Come see how Miss R changes her show because well, it’s the day after Christmas and we’re still here.

Comedian Jimmy Tingle performs at The Provincetown Theater at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 30th.  Jimmy Tingle performs his ‘American Dream’ in a benefit for The Provincetown Theater.  For tickets please call 508-487-7487

Suede in concert at the Crown & Anchor Paramount – 7:30pm on Sunday, December 30th.  A New Year’s Eve weekend tradition Suede returns.

Need a quieter evening? Don’t miss Bobby Wetherbee at the Central House at the Crown & Anchor. He’s at the piano on Saturday and Sunday at 9pm and on 10pm on Monday, December 31st.

New Year’s Eve parties are everywhere in town including The A-House, The Crown & Anchor, and The Porchside Bar.

Now for the perfect ending to a great weekend see The Bootlegger’s Ball on New Years Day at The Velvet Lounge and Cabaret. Zoe Lewis headlines an assortment of prohibition era jazz performers. Doors open at 6:30pm and performances start at 7pm.

Restaurants will be hopping, but many still have availability. Check out the celebrateprovincetown web site for a list of restaurants and contact information.

And of course we know you need a place to stay. Please visit The Somerset House Inn web site or call 1-800-575-1850 for reservations and availability. We’re easy walking distance to all the fun and festivities.

Dan, a guest blogger, and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn since 2005.  We wish all PurpleRoof readers a Happy New Year !

Special Christmas Music in Provincetown

Author: , November 25th, 2012

The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra will perform a special Christmas version of Handel’s Messiah in the Provincetown Town Hall Auditorium on Sunday, December 16th at 3pm. Imagine sitting in the beautifully restored Town Hall Auditorium and listening to this incredible performance. What an amazing event this will be.

One of the most inspiring stories ever told. One of the greatest musical experiences of all time. Hear it as Handel first envisioned – in period-style with orchestra and chorus. Hear it performed by New England’s finest soloists and a critically-acclaimed choir. Hear it in an intimate setting, surrounded by its beauty, drama and joy. We want you to hear Messiah like you’ve never heard it before. And make it unforgettable.

You may purchase tickets in advance through the Crown and Anchor web site.

If you need accomodations that weekend please visit The Somerset House Inn reservations and availability page for available rooms. Or give us a call on our toll-free number at 1-800-575-1850. We are easy walking distance to Town Hall.

Coming up in Provincetown:

November
30-12/2      Holly Folly
December
7 & 8            Outer Cape Chorale in Concert
16                 Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah
28 – 1/01   New Year’s Eve Weekend in Provincetown

Dan is a guest blogger from Provincetown.  He and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn since 2005.

Off-Season Provincetown

Author: , November 18th, 2012

A number of people ask what Provincetown is like in the off-season.  In response we created a web site to answer that very question.  The Celebrate Provincetown web site was created by Dan a couple of years ago so visitors would know what restaurants are open and what activities are going on.  There’s no question Provincetown is much quieter in the off-season than in July and August, but a number of great restaurants are open year-round.  Find out which ones and what days they are open by visiting the celebrateprovincetown.com web site.

If you click on the Events/Entertainment page you can find a list of activities for the month.  You can find out about  theater happenings at the Provincetown Theater or that the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will be appearing at the town hall auditorium on Saturday, December 1st.  Or that the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra will be performing a special Christmas version of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 16th in the town hall auditorium.

And it’s never too early to think about spending New Year’s Eve weekend in Provincetown.  The calendar is aligned perfectly this year as New Year’s Eve is on Monday.  Spend a perfect three day weekend (or more) in Provincetown to celebrate the start of 2013.  Check out the celebrateprovincetown.com web site for details, but we’d suggest seeing Miss Richfield on Saturday night and Suede in concert on Sunday night and then you have lots of options for New Year’s Eve.

Coming up in Provincetown                                                                                                                                                                     

  • November 21  - Annual holiday lighting of Pilgrim Monument
  • November 30 through December 2 - Holly Folly 
  • December 7 & 8 - Outer Cape Chorale in Concert
  • Decenber 16 - Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah 
  • December 28 through January 1 - New Year’s Eve Weekend in Provincetown

And don’t forget when looking for lodging in Provincetown The Somerset House Inn is here for you.  We’re open year-round and would love to have you stay with us.  We think we have one of the best locations in Provincetown, right on Commercial Street where you are steps away from everything.  Come spend New Year’s Eve with us in Provincetown!

Dan is a guest blogger for Purple Roofs, he and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn in Provincetown since 2005.

Provincetown’s MEWS Coffeehouse

Author: , November 5th, 2012

The 22nd season of the Monday MEWS Restaurant Coffeehouse starts tonight, November 5th.  The ‘open mic’ Coffeehouse runs almost every Monday through mid May.  Check their schedule for the dates and a list of featured performers.  Peter Donnelly, one of the originators of the Coffeehouse and still the host, provides the schedule on his web site.

The weekly ‘open mic’ has been providing an open stage for budding and established musicians, writers and poets and other performers to practice their craft in front of a live audience.  The open mic starts at 8pm and performers get five to eight minutes.  Each week there is a featured performer who usually takes the stage around 9pm.  The first featured performer of the 2012-2013 year is Marcia Mello Delta Blues.  The Coffeehouse is just one of the many amazing surprises during the off-season in Provincetown.  More on that in future blogs.

The MEWS Restaurant is located at 429 Commercial Street, please call (508) 487-1500 for reservations.  You may think a Monday night in the off-season in Provincetown, I’ll just walk in and get a table.  The Coffeehouse is VERY popular so to be on the safe side you should call ahead.  Whenever we have guests in town if they are here for a Monday night we send them to the MEWS for Coffeehouse.  They get great entertainment and a great meal, it’s a perfect evening.  A decadent tip – save room for the White Chocolate Creme Brulee, mmmmmmmm good!  Everything on their menu is wonderful, we can honestly say we’ve never had a bad meal at the MEWS.

And don’t forget when you need Provincetown lodging the The Somerset House Inn is here for you.  We’re open year-round and would be happy to have you stay with us.  We think we have one of the best locations in Provincetown, right on Commercial Street where you are steps away from everything.  The MEWS Restaurant and Monday night Coffeehouse are a couple of blocks from our inn.

Dan is a guest blogger for Purple Roofs, he and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn in Provincetown since 2005.

Provincetown Fantasia Fair

Author: , October 14th, 2012

Fantasia Fair returns to Provincetown October 14 through 21. It’s a week long long celebration of gender diversity and is the longest running annual event in the transgender world.

Quoting from their web site:  “Fantasia Fair is unique amongst transgender events as it takes place in beautiful Provincetown – a wonderfully accepting community where anyone can mingle in the streets in friendship, safety, and acceptance. Yes, you really are welcome and free in all of Provincetown, and, yes, you will make friends at Fantasia Fair that you will keep forever.”

The schedule is full of events each day with workshops and speakers each day to special events each evening. If you’ve always wanted to walk the runway sign up for the fashion show held on Wednesday evening. Again, quoting from their web site “Being in the fashion show is a ton of fun and a great way to get some modeling and stage experience. The audience is always warm, welcoming, and out to have a good time. In the entire history of the Fair, no one has ever died from entering the Fashion Show!” It’s still a great event to attend if you are a little on the shy side.

And don’t forget when you need Provincetown lodging The Somerset House Inn is here for you. We’re open year-round and would be happy to have you stay with us. We think we have one of the best locations in Provincetown, right on Commercial Street where you are steps away from everything.

Coming up in Provincetown

October

14-21        Fantasia Fair

17-21        Provincetown Roundup

26-31        Ghost Town Haunted Attraction

26-28        Halloween Weekend

26-28        Spooky Bear Weekend

November

9-11           Men’s Weekend

21               Annual holiday lighting of Pilgrim Monument

30-12/2      Holly Folly

2012 Provincetown Women’s Week

Author: , September 30th, 2012

The 28th annual Women’s Week in Provincetown begins on Monday, October 8th and runs through Sunday, October 14th.  What started out in 1984 as a ‘clambake on the beach weekend for women’ has grown into one of the most popular events in Provincetown during the year.

An amazing list of entertainers are in town and this year and includes Jennie McNulty, Michelle Vought, Mimi Gonzalez, Judy Gold, Vickie Shaw, Kate Clinton, Suzanne Westenhoeffer and more. I’ve always thought Women’s Week was one of the best organized events in Provincetown. If you like planning out your entire day pick up the calendar of events when you get into town and plan out the events you want to attend. Or if you are a little more casual with your planning pick up the calendar of events and decide on the spur of the moment which events you want to attend. Either way a number of performances do sell out so the sooner you buy your tickets the better.

Everyone has different tastes in activities and events, but I’d suggest a few ‘don’t miss’ activities.

Monday at 8pm – Women’s Week Kick-Off Party at The Pied Bar

Monday, Thursday or Saturday from 4pm to 7:30pm – Sunset Dune Tour and Beach Fire – The Dune Tours themselves are amazing, add in a beautiful Provincetown sunset and a fire on the beach and you have a wonderful event. I’d suggest trying to go on this tour when it’s a mostly clear day.

Tuesday at 3pm – Afternoon Music Cruise with Zoe Lewis – Imagine a gentle tour of the Provincetown bay while listening to the gorgeous voice of Zoe Lewis. Can it get any better than that?

Thursday or Saturday at 11am – Provincetown Walking Tour with Richard Olson – Richard’s walking tours are a Women’s Week tradition. Get some exercise and learn about the famous (and infamous) women of Provincetown’s colorful history.

Thursday at noon – Kate Clinton Football Classic – This is a hugely popular event, come to participate or as a spectator, always a lot of fun.

Saturday at 3pm – Provincetown Cares presents ‘The Women’ – See the beautifully restored Provincetown Town Hall auditorium and attend a benefit reading of The Women.

If you have a performer you just can’t miss and would like to purchase tickets in advance click on the following:

The Crown and AnchorKate Clinton, Jessica Kirson, Vickie Shaw, Karen Williams, Judy Gold, Karen Grenier, or Suede.

Post Office Cabaret: For Kristen Becker, Cris Williamson, Poppy Champlin, Suzanne Westenhoeffer, Jennie McNulty and Sabrine Jalees.

As you plan to attend Women’s Week keep in mind that our average daily temperature is 60 degrees during the day and 45 degrees in the evening. If you are doing an event on the water, even if it seems warm out make sure your bring a jacket.

And don’t forget when you need Provincetown lodging The Somerset House Inn is here for you. We’re open year-round and would be happy to have you stay with us. We think we have one of the best locations in Provincetown, right on Commercial Street where you are steps away from everything.

Dan is a guest blogger from Provincetown, Massachusetts.  He and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn since 2005.