The Waldorf School of Cape Cod, located at 140 Old Oyster Road, Cotuit MA, announces its 27th Annual Holiday Faire on Saturday, November 18th from 10 am to 4 pm. Everyone in the family will enjoy this enchanting faire. Shop the Artisan’s Market for one of a kind items crafted by local artists and enjoy unique family activities and seasonal crafts for children. Participate in outdoor challenges, listen to some live music, enjoy scrumptious home-cooked foods, or sit by the bonfire to roast chestnuts. Crafts for children include hand-dipped candles, snow globes, gingerbread houses, and more. Children’s activities feature the Angel Room, the Dragon’s Den, the Fish Pond and the Pocket Lady. Outside, we’ll hold archery. Visit the Luncheon Tavern for some festive fare offered by our very own Chef Creighton Peet. The slow-roasted turkey sandwich with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce has become a favorite tradition all its own. This is a holiday faire like no other. Experience our school transformed into a magical wonderland and make this part of your Cape Cod holiday tradition.
By Gary DellaPosta, CPA
Some tax rules affect everyone who files a federal income tax return. With that in mind, here are seven facts about dependents and exemptions that taxpayers should know about.
1. Exemptions lower your income. There are two types of exemptions: personal exemptions and exemptions for dependents. You can usually deduct $4,050 for each exemption you claim on your tax return.
2. Personal exemptions. You can usually claim an exemption for yourself. If you're married and file a joint return you can also claim one for your spouse. If you file a separate return, you can claim an exemption for your spouse only if your spouse had no gross income, is not filing a return, and was not the dependent of another taxpayer.
3. Exemptions for dependents. You can usually claim an exemption for each of your dependents. A dependent is either your child or a relative that meets certain tests. You can't claim your spouse as a dependent. In addition, you must list the Social Security number of each dependent you claim. If you don't have a social security number, special rules apply.
4. Some people don't qualify. You generally may not claim married persons as dependents if they file a joint return with their spouse. Again, there are some exceptions to this rule, so please call your accountant if you have questions.
5. Dependents may have to file. People that you can claim as your dependent may have to file their own federal tax return. This depends on many things, including the amount of their income, their marital status and if they owe certain taxes.
6. No exemption on dependent's return. If you can claim a person as a dependent, that person can't claim a personal exemption on his or her own tax return. This is true even if you don't actually claim that person as a dependent on your tax return. The rule applies because you have the right to claim that person.
7. Exemption phase-out. The $4,050 per exemption is subject to income limits. This rule may reduce or eliminate the amount depending on your income. Please call if you need additional information about the exemption phase-out.
Gary DellaPosta is a CPA and owns his own firm on Cape Cod. A graduate of Bryant University, he is a member of the American Institute of CPA's as well as the Massachusetts Society of CPA's. In addition to providing accounting, tax and advisory services to individuals and businesses, he also provides litigation support to attorneys and has been recognized as an expert in numerous Massachusetts' courts. Mr. DellaPosta serves on the Board of the Barnstable County Mutual Insurance Co., where he serves on the audit, investment and employee benefit committees. He is a Director at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, where he serves on audit, governance, and personnel committees, and chairman of the Audit Committee at the Falmouth service Center. He is also a former director of Eastern Bank and Plymouth Savings Bank, the former Treasurer of the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and is a former trustee of Heritage Museum & Gardens.
Holiday Meals Made Easier Thanks to Whole Foods
Thanksgiving and the holidays are my favorite time of year. I love getting together with my family and just enjoying time catching up, playing board games and enjoying some delicious food. The food is definitely one of the highlights because everyone is always trying their best recipes and old family favorites. The only thing I dislike about the holidays is all the pressure and stress of getting everything done and feeling like I would rather just sit down with the kids.
Sunday, I was invited to go visit Whole Foods in Hyannis to check out the Holiday Menu, sample some of it and see what I thought. I admit the ease of having the work already done for me plus no mess or time spent cleaning up certainly appeals to me plus the food was delicious! As a huge cheese fan, I was immediately drawn to the delicious looking baked brie with apple, cranberry and raisin on top. As soon as I tasted it I knew I had to have it for dinner this weekend! It comes frozen and all you have to do is pop it in the oven. I definitely will be adding this to my holiday meal shopping list and will unashamedly take full credit for making it myself to anyone who asks. It really is that good and perfect for an appetizer!
We moved on to sample some other delicious foods including green beans with crispy shallots, vegan roasted cauliflower, vegan lentil & mushroom stuffing and my personal favorite mashed potatoes rutabaga. I have no idea what rutabaga is or what it normally tastes like, but these mashed potatoes were the best I have ever had. I am responsible for the mashed potatoes this year and I am seriously contemplating ordering some and again passing off as my idea.
Last but certainly not least was the delicious roast turkey which Ethan gave a thumbs up. He is a super picky eater and he got several samples of turkey and declared it the best ever. All of these foods even the tasty pumpkin pie for dessert are sure to be a hit at any Thanksgiving table this year. I recommend giving Whole Foods in Hyannis a call and preorder something to make your life just a little easier. Whether you are cooking the meal or bringing a dish, order it ahead and spend more time with the kids. These meals give you one less thing to worry about! Check out the flyer below and be sure to order asap (orders must be made by the Monday before Thanksgiving).
With the holidays fast approaching and your calendar filling up, it can be very difficult to keep track of all the amazing Christmas and Holiday events taking place across the Cape Cod community for your family! This time of year is already hectic enough with everything you Moms have to do that we wanted to make your life simpler!
We have compiled our annual list of all family friendly Christmas and Holiday Events taking place on Cape Cod as well as Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Plymouth, Carver and Surrounding Areas. Our listings include parades, cookie strolls, train rides, Santa, and so much more!
Last year's Cape Cod Family Holiday Calendar Event Guide was such a success again that we once again compiled it all in one place. We chose to put the list in date order but broken down by daily events, town wide weekend events and month long events this year! If you know of any events we have missed please let us know by commenting below or emailing us!
Santa & Mrs. Claus' 7th Annual Visit for A Baby Center!
Date: Nov 26
Where: Capecodchapter NRHS
2469 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable
Join us for Santa & Mrs. Claus' 7th Annual Visit for Luke's Love to BENEFITA Baby Center Hyannis held at the WEST BARNSTABLE TRAIN STATION... Chooo Chooo! They’re the Real Deal and they'll be arriving on a West Barnstable Fire Department Truck with all the bells and whistles. They want to hear your Christmas wish list and and take some awesome Christmas photos with you! There will be light refreshments provided by Chapins Restaurant. And a couple of Bouncy Houses too! This is a Free event, open to the public and sponsored by The Luke Vincent Powers Foundation. *We simply ask that you BRING A GIFT (diapers, wipes, clothing) FOR A BABY CENTER so we can STUFF the Baby Mobile chock full and help local babies
The Spectacle of Trees
Date: Nov 26-Dec 9, 2017
Where: Cape Cod Mall
The Spectacle of Trees features beautiful trees complete with the trimmings AND all of the gifts! Fifteen very deserving non profits throughout the Cape and Islands each decorate a tree and add their own gifts. These beautiful trees are on public display to help you get in the holiday spirit at the Cape Cod Mall. On December 9, one lucky winner will be chosen to go home with the tree and all of the gifts! Each ticket purchased is a donation directly back to the organization that you choose! Come support local charities and get some help on your holiday wish list!
16th Annual Cape Cod Enchanted Village
Date: Dec 1- 23, 2017
Be dazzled by thousands of lights, a Santa's Village, topiary annimals and more at the 16th Annual Cape Cod Enchanted Village at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa from 12/1/17 thru 1/1/18! Santa will visit each weekend from 12/1 'til 12/23 and so will the Cape Cod Surftones! FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!! Nightly bonfire (weather permitting). Marshmallows & hot chocolate for sale. Bring a gift card or new, unwrapped toy for Giving Tree. All proceeds go to Independence House. Lights stay on 'til New Year's Day. For more info: www.CapeCodderResort.com
Hyannis Christmas Stroll
Date: Dec. 2,2017
Where: Hyannis MA
The day will begin with Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, then the Hyannis Christmas Stroll on Main Street followed by the Boat Parade at the harbor! This year will feature an artificial ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, ice sculptures, and so much more!!!
Christmas Stroll 2017
Date: Dec 3, 2017
Where: 2135 Main St, Marstons Mills, MA 02648
Meet your neighbors as you stroll through the heart of our village at Christmastime. Special treats and giveaways. Tree lighting ceremony with carol singing.
Upper Cape Cod Tech Holiday Show
Date: Nov 18-19, 2017
Where: Upper Cape Cod Regional Tech School
A Piece of Sandwich is so excited to be a vendor for the first time this year at the Upper Cape Cod Tech Show! Be sure to visit us and all the other amazing vendors as you jump into your Holiday shopping and decorating for this year. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30-3:30 each day. We hope to see you there!
Date: Dec. 1,2017
Where: Roxy Theater Otis AFB
Join us for our annual Base Tree Lighting on December 1 at 6pm at the Roxy Theater!
We will have holiday music, free hot cocoa and a visit from a very special guest! The Roxy Theater will also be showing The Polar Express immediately after. Hope to see you there!
For more information, contact the MWR Information Desk at (508) 968-6689 or by email at MWR.InformationDesk@gmail.com
The Train to Christmas Town
When: Multiple departure times
Where: Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay
Tickets: Ticket prices vary
More Info: (888) 797-7245; Cape Cod Central Railroad
You’ll feel the holiday magic in the air the moment you arrive! You’ll be greeted by our cheery staff and directed to gather your ticket before the conductor calls “All aboard! If you’re takin’ this train, time to get on board!” Have your official Christmas Town ticket ready to be punched by the conductor on the ride.
The music begins as we depart the station and you’ll be clapping along and motioning pulling on a train whistle “Whoo-whoo” along to our peppy theme song “Takin’ the Train to Christmas Town” (download the song for FREE now from our website to get the family pumped!). Elves will be dancing in the aisles leading sing-alongs with other favorite Christmas songs. When you hear the “Chocolate Christmas” song begin to play you’ll know it’s time for cookies and hot chocolate to be served!
Before you know it we’ll be arriving at Christmas Town so gather together to share the views from the window of the magical lighted town. Wave to Santa and his elves before they climb aboard to greet each boy and girl and present them with a special gift.
All our guests will enjoy other activities and games on board as they interact with the cast and crew. Kids will be able to play a game of I-Spy as they look for animal friends hidden throughout the car like the gentle snowy owls and Bubble and Squeek the chatty mice that frequent the train. We’ll be singing our theme song as we pull back into the station and we promise you’ll still have this tune on your mind all the way home!
We are excited to welcome everyone aboard to try this new experience and continue the holiday tradition of Christmas and Santa on the train. I’m takin’ the train! Whoo Whoo!
We encourage everyone to get into the festive spirit of the event by wearing Christmas themed outfits, dress clothes, pajamas, ugly sweaters, etc.for your added interaction and enjoyment.
Brewster for the Holidays
When: December 1-3, 2017
Where: Various locations in Brewster
Admission: Many free activities
Brewster for the Holidays
This town-wide celebration is a long-standing tradition in the historic "Sea Captains Town" of Brewster.Festivities begin on Friday morning when local shops, galleries and inns open their doors for a weekend of family-friendly events, activities and promotions. Highlights of Brewster for the Holidays include the Tree Lighting and the Lighting of the Windmill at Drummer Boy Park, blacksmith demonstration and windmill tours, a Holiday band concert, Arts & Crafts Show, and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History's Gala Family Party.
Friday, December 1:
10 AM - 5 PM...Gallery Stroll self-guided tour of many of Brewster's fine arts and antiques galleries. Click here for the Gallery Stroll Calendar of Events for locations, hours and offerings.
4 PM...Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree at Drummer Boy Park includes tree and windmill lighting, carol sing-a-long, tours of the Windmill Village, cider and donuts, and a visit from the jolliest old elf himself! Sponsored by Bennett Environmental Associates, Inc; Brewster Historical Society; Coastal Engineering Co.; Hole in One Donuts; Tom Hague Building & Remodeling; and WeNeedaVacation.com.
7 PM...The Brewster Band Holiday Concert at Brewster Baptist Church sponsored by oldCape Sotheby's International Realty and Peggy Farber, Realtor. Featuring the very popular holiday sing-a-long!
Saturday, December 2:
8:30 AM - 1 PM..."Where's the Snowman?" Contest just for children 12 and under! Visit Brewster businesses, find the snowman and enter to win a $10 'kid friendly' gift certificate. Pick up your Snowman Passport at these participating businesses: Brewster Book Store, Brewster Sweets, By-the-Bay Designs, Cape Cod 5 - Brewster, Hopkins House Bakery & Gifts, Karma Foods & Wellness, Lemon Tree Pottery, Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters, Steven M. Ellard CPA, True Value Hardware - Brewster, Village Toy Store and Woodworks Gallery. Sponsored by Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.
10 AM - 4 PM...Holiday Arts & Crafts Show in the Eddy Elementary School. Handcrafted and Vintage items! Click here for the list of artisans. Free parking andFree admission!
10 AM - 5 PM...Gallery Stroll self-guided tour of many of Brewster's fine arts and antiques galleries. Click here for the Gallery Stroll Calendar of Events for locations, hours and offerings.
Sunday, December 3:
10 AM - 5 PM...Gallery Stroll self-guided tour of many of Brewster's fine arts and antiques galleries. Click here for the Gallery Stroll Calendar of Events for locations, hours and offerings.
2 - 4 PM...Gala Family Party at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Music, crafts, home-made confections buffet and photos with Santa! FREE admission for everyone! Confection Buffet by Cafe Alfresco, Eat Cake 4 Breakfast, Hopkins House Bakery & Gifts and Spinnaker. Sponsored by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Crocker Nurseries and Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club.
All Aboard for Pancakes for Pajamas Polar Express
When: Dec 2, 2017
Where: St Martin's Lodge, 52 Old Harbor Rd Chatham.
A reading of this holiday classic with music by the Chatham Band Adults $10, Kids 45
Santa Comes to the Fish Pier
When: December 3, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Chatham Fish Pier, Barcliff Avenue, Chatham
Chatham Merchants Association
When Santa makes his pre-Christmas journey to Chatham, it's big doings! No less than the United States Coast Guard provides his escort - delivering Jolly Old Saint Nick safely to the Chatham Fish Pier via Coast Guard cutter.
It's all part of Chatham's festive Christmas by the Sea!
Chatham Christmas Stroll Weekend
When: December 8-9, 2017
Where: Throughout the town of Chatham
Admission: Many events and activities are free
Chatham Christmas Stroll
Christmas in Chatham will bring you back to days gone by. This weekend is part of a month-long celebration of the Holidays that includes a town light parade, caroling, visits with Santa, music and theater performances, sweet treats, Christmas fairs, open houses and shopping throughout the town.
Sounds of the Season
Date: Dec 21, 2017
Where: Chatham Bars Inn
5:30 PM Cocktails; 6:00 PM Concert
Join The Academy Playhouse for our annual holiday celebration in the beautiful Monomoy Room of Chatham Bars Inn. Featuring holiday favorites from Broadway, Hollywood, and beyond! Cash bar and great raffle prizes!
First Night in Chatham
When: December 31, 2017
Where: Various locations in Chatham
Admission: Some events are free, others require a Chatham First Night "button". Buttons may be purchased locally or online. Adults $20, kids ages 3-11 $5, children 2 and under Free.
First Night Chatham Chatham celebrates the arrival of 2018 with a gala, full-day festival filled with events for the whole family. The highlight of First Night in Chatham, as always, is the dropping of the Cod and the midnight fireworks display. (NYC has their glass ball drop. Chatham, appropriately, drops a codfish replica ;-) If you're in the area, come to Chatham and ring in 2018 Cape Cod seaside style!
A Teddy Bear Breakfast
Date: Dec. 2, 2017
Where: Clancy Restaurant, Dennisport, MA
Sponsored by Clancy's Restaurant for Independence House. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Belgian waffle station. All children receive a plush new teddy bear and a photo with Santa.
Cost: Adults $15/ Kids $10. More info here!
LoveLocal Fest: Holiday Edition!
Date: Dec. 3, 2017
Where: Cape Cod Community Media Center 17 Shad Hole Rd., Dennis Port, Massachusetts 02639
Mark your calendars - don't miss Love Live Local's annual ultimate LOCAL holiday shopping event! Last year's LoveLocal Fest Holiday Edition at our new location - the Cape Cod Community Media Center - was a hit, with more than 100 quality local vendors in a variety of categories, delicious local food + beer, and activities for the kiddos! Your $5 suggested donation upon admission supports the Media Center's great work and community resources, as well as LoveLiveLocal's #ProjectCapeMade, which provides micro-grants to local independent makers. Please note - there is NO PARKING ONSITE ... we have awesome shuttle services provided by Cape Destinations from the Ezra Baker Elementary School on Route 28 and the Sand Dollar Bar & Grill just down Shad Hole Road on Lower County Road. It's super easy to park + ride! The 2017 #LoveLocalFest Holiday Edition is brought to you with support from The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.
Carols on the Green in Eastham
When: December 3, 2017 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Where: Windmill Green in Eastham
What's better than Christmas caroling on a crisp December night? Caroling by the light of a festively decorated Eastham Windmill! This year, Nauset Honors Chorus will lead the event. Bring the family and your Holiday spirit, and enjoy!
Holidays by the Sea Gingerbread House Making
Date: Dec 2, 2017
Time: 10am-11:30am or 12:30pm-2pm
Where: Shoreway Acres Inn, Falmouth
Come and enjoy festive gingerbread decorating as the kids put their own creative spin on their houses for the holidays! Enjoy cookies and cider and be sure to check out the amazing holiday train setup which is sure to fascinate the kids! Cost: $11.95 per child. Call 508-540-3000 to reserve your spot today!
Holidays By The Sea Weekend
Date: Dec 1-3, 2017
Time: Various Events
Where: Various see below
Join us for an amazing Holidays by the Sea Weekend!
Friday Night December 1 - Caroling at Historic Nobska Lighthouse December 1, 2017, 5:30 pm
Saturday December 2 - Jingle Jog 5k & Kids Elf Run Marine Park - December 2, 2017 7:30-10:30 am
Seafaring Santa - Santa Arrives Falmouth Harbor at 10:30 AM
Holiday Stroll on Main Street Falmouth - Holiday Stroll starts 5:00 PM.
Lighting of the Village Green - 7:00 PM
Sunday December 3 -This parade will be boradcast on the Cape Cod Moms LIVE Facebook feed as it happens!
When: NOON the 54th Annual Christmas Parade! Theme: "Dashing Through the Snow"
Parade steps off at noontime from Dillingham Avenue and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Known as Southeastern Massachusetts’ largest holiday parade, featuring theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus! NOON.
Details here: http://www.falmouthchamber.com/holidays-by-the-sea.html
Christmas in Harwich
When: December 1 - 3, 2017
Where: Various locations in Harwich
Admission: Many activities and events are free
Christmas in Harwich
This weekend in Harwich begins with the Harwich Port Stroll where locals and visitors join together for the tree lighting ceremony and caroling. Also on Friday evening, have your photo taken with Santa (he arrives by fire truck), and take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Harwich Port.The rest of the weekend includes merchant open houses, village stroll, music, refreshments, and plenty more.
Friday December 1st- Harwich Port Stroll 5:15-9:00pm
Welcome 5:15pm Doane Park
5:30pm- Tree Lighting and Caroling Doane Park5:30pm-9:00pm Stroll through all the Harwich Port Businesses
6:00pm-9:00pm Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
6:15pm-Santa Arrive by Harwich Fire Truck
6:15pm-8:00pm Pictures with Santa
Saturday Dec 2, 2017
8:30am Breakfast with Santa
9:30am-1:00pm Garden Club Holiday Fair
“New” Rocking Christmas in Harwich
and More to Come……NEW Events
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017
Watch for more ….
Gingerbread House Workshop at Cape Cod Children's Museum
Date: Dec. 2, 2017 11am-12pm
Where: Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Celebrate the Holidays with a Gingerbread House Workshop! We provide the house, candies and sweet building materials, plus plenty of frosting for you to design a unique decoration. We'll clean up the mess and you'll go home with a festive gingerbread house to enjoy throughout the Season! Space is Limited. (Museum admission is not included.) Pre-Registration is Required.
Mashpee Christmas Parade
When: December 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Parade begins at Mashpee Commons
Mashpee Christmas Parade
Among all the festive events on Cape Cod in December, the Annual Mashpee Christmas Parade is one you won't want to miss! Each year the parade seems to get bigger and better. Stay tuned for details on the 2017 parade theme and special, featured performers.
A Magical Noon Year's Eve Celebration!
Date: Dec 31, 2017
Where: Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Join us for 'A Magical Noon Year's Eve' at Cape Cod Children's Museum to welcome 2018!
Enjoy all the fun of New Year's Eve at midday instead of midnight. Ring in the New Year with a family-friendly celebration including make-and-take crafts, photo souvenirs from Mirror Mirror Interactive Photobooth and amazing entertainment by Marcus the Magician! Festivities begin at Noon with Marcus the Magician's show at 1:00pm. Admission for this special event is $12 per person; $8 for Museum members. Pre-registration is NOT required. All admission is at the door. Not combinable with any other coupons or special offers.
Seaside Christmas in Orleans
When: Beginning November 25th and continuing through December
Where: Various locations in Orleans
Admission: Many free activities and events
Seaside Christmas in Orleans
For a host of family friendly Cape Cod events in December, come to Orleans! During the month-long Seaside Christmas celebration, shopkeepers, gallery owners and restaurateurs welcome visitors with special events and tasty treats - and some nice discounts and promotions to help preserve your shopping budget. Getting out and about around town, there's a jam-packed roster of things to see and do including Christmas tree lightings, caroling, Nauset Model Railroad Club's Open House, and tons more.
Pancake Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Santa Arrives by Boat
Saturday, November 25th 2017
Pancake Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Santa Arrives by Boat: 8am-10am
Orleans Yacht Club, 39 Cove Rd. Orleans
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Mrs. Claus while awaiting the arrival of Santa by boat at 10am! Breakfast spread by the Hole-In-One Restaurant. $7 adults, $5 children.
Santa will meet with the children at Snow’s Home and Garden, 22 Main St. Orleans, 10am-Noon.
Orleans Christmas Shopping Stroll
Hop aboard one of our old-fashioned trolleys and enjoy shopping throughout Orleans at the Christmas Shopping Stroll! Stores throughout town will host special events, sales and more. Fun for the whole family!
Annual Stroll and Winter Wonderland Lighting at Village Green
Sponsored by the Orleans Improvement Association
Meet with Mrs. Claus at Snow’s Home and Garden at 4:45pm. Stroll with caroling begins at 5:00pm, Winter Wonderland Lighting immediately after stroll.
Santa Stampede 5k and Family Fun Run
Saturday, December 2nd 2017
Registration 9:00am, Race Start: 10:30 a.m.$25 Pre-Registration, $30 Day Of Event. Register NowRace Start: The Barley Neck Inn, 5 Beach Rd. Orleans, MA 02653
Get your Santa suit, elf costume, antlers, stockings and lights! Create a festive costume and enter our Holiday Costume Contest! Walkers Welcome! A Fun Family Friendly Event! Kids Only Run Too!
Professionally timed 5k. After Party Celebration with DJ Matty Dread and Award Ceremony held at The Barley Neck Inn! Prizes include Fastest Mr. Claus, Ms. Claus & Mini Claus, Overall Fastest in Holiday Costume: Male & Female, Overall Fastest Military & First Responder: Male & Female, Holiday Costume Contest Winner (Bib required). All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the following age categories receive a ticket for our Red Sack Prize Raffle! 13 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ Please bring wrapped gifts for the Lower Cape Outreach Council and gift cards for teens for the Homeless Prevention Council “Adopt a Family” program.
6th Annual Winter Lights 5K
Date: Dec 1, 2017
Where: Plymouth Main Street
The 6th Annual Winter Lights 5K will take place on Friday, December 1st, 2017. Join Santa and the Town of Plymouth for the annual tree lighting on Main Street as part of the Christmas in Historic Plymouth Celebration. When the tree lights go on, the race begins. Run through the downtown and along the waterfront for this early evening event to celebrate the start of the holiday season. The race will begin at approximately 6:15 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/170047913565538/
Holly Folly Weekend
When: December 1 - 3, 2017
Where: Around town in Provincetown
Admission: Some events free, others require paid tickets/contributions
Holly Folly Weekend
Holly Folly Weekend, the Provincetown Business Guild's Gay and Lesbian Holiday Festival, kicks off on Friday with the "Holly Folly Shop Hop", a great time to peruse Provincetown's amazing variety of shops and galleries for unique gifts that'll "Wow" everyone on your list - pets included!
Throughout the weekend there'll be events all over town. Open houses, dance parties, drag bingo, a Jingle Bell Bathing Suit Run down the center of town ... that's just a little sampling of the fun and frivolity in P'town on Holly Folly Weekend.
Annual Glassblowers' Christmas
When: November 13 - December 30, 2017 during Museum hours (9:30 am - 5 pm)
Where: Sandwich Glass Museum, Main Street, Sandwich Village
Admission: Adults $9; Ages 6-14 $2; 6 and under free; Members free
508) 888-0251 / Sandwich Glass Museum
The Sandwich Glass Museum is all dressed up for the Holidays. In addition to the spectacular glass exhibits the Museum is known for worldwide, this time of year features special trees decorated with hundreds of unique glass ornaments created by some of the region's foremost glass artists.
When: Weekends (Fri., Sat., & Sun.) November 24 to December 30, 2017 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich
Admission: Adults $18; children $7, 2 and under free
(508) 888-3300, ext. 175; Heritage Museums & Gardens
Heritage Museums & Gardens is putting on the glitz again this Holiday Season with it's treasured annual event - Gardens Aglow!At this extra-special time of year, the good folks at Heritage adorn their acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands with more than 10 miles of twinkling, sparkling lights. It's truly an awesome thing to see!
Come stroll throughout the grounds and buildings and enjoy festive holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmallow-roasting, music and special performances, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains - and even a visit by some baby animals.
Country Christmas Open House
When: Weekends (Sat. & Sun.) from November 25 to December 17, 2017
Where: Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich
Thornton Burgess Society
Step back in time, into Ida Putnam's 1903 jam kitchen, for a glimpse of Christmas on Cape Cod over a century ago. The scent of jams and jellies cooking on the stove will have your mouth watering!
Try a sampling of the delicious Jam Kitchen products and a cup of mulled cider. Browse the variety of holiday gift ideas in the Green Briar shop offering jams, jellies, relishes, books and many nature-related items.
Wreath Decorating Workshop
Date: Dec. 3, 2017
Time: 10am & 1pm
Where: Scenic Roots 349 Rte 6A, East Sandwich
Join us and our designers as they help guide you to creating your own wreath masterpiece! All supplies included, refreshments also.
Reservations highly recommended. Choose the 10am class or the 1pm class. (508)888-0044 $40.00
Sandwich Chamber Holiday Market
Date: Dec. 5,2017
Where: Henry T Wing School
Come join us for a night of shopping and also a chance to meet 20 local businesses so you can Shop Small this holiday season.
First Night in Sandwich
When: December 31, 2017, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Sandwich Village, Main Street, and other venues in Sandwich MA
Admission: Most outdoor events are Free; Indoor events require admission button $10/adult, $6/child (ages 3-12) Buttons available locally and online.
First Night Sandwich Cape Cod's oldest town celebrates First Night in high style with an evening of traditional and unique, family friendly events. (Who's up for a rousing game of "Glow Bocce"???) Some highlights of First Night in Sandwich include live music, ice skating, giant illuminated sculptures (gorgeous!), ice carving, kids' crafts and story time, lanterns set afloat on the pond, plenty of tummy-warming food, and a costumed Revelers Parade that's not to be missed!
Taylor-Bray Farm Holiday Festival
When: December 2 & 3, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Taylor-Bray Farm, 108 Bray Farm Road, Yarmouthport
Admission: Free. $5 parking donation requested.
More Info: Taylor-Bray Farm
Bring the kids or the grandkids to historic Taylor-Bray Farm for this back-in-time Holiday Festival. Visit with the donkeys, sheep, chickens, and other farm animals. There'll be delicious homemade baked goods and handmade wreaths, swags, centerpieces and crafts for sale in the barn. Complementary refreshments will be served.
Yarmouthport Christmas Stroll
When: December 3, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Rt. 6A, Yarmouthport
Yarmouthport Christmas Stroll
The village of Yarmouthport rings in the Holiday season with its annual Christmas Stroll. As is the tradition, the Village's businesses, restaurants, B&Bs, and museums welcome all with holiday decorations, food, and seasonal music.
Historic Bass River Holiday Cookie Stroll
When: December 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Old Main Street, South Yarmouth
Admission: $20 (tickets sell out well in advance of the event)
Tour grand homes in the historic village of Bass River, see the sights, and pick up home-baked cookies along the way. What could be better?? When you purchase a ticket for the Cookie Stroll, your ticket is actually a cookbook with recipes for cookies served at the sites along this two-mile walking tour. Tickets to this popular event are limited and sell out quickly.
We recently heard about one of the Top Holiday Toys for 2017 called: Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition. It is a fun family game that is sure to make the whole family laugh. Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya' Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks - while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes competition - and laughter - to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena.
Throwdown Edition has already been Awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider & selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List.
Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays? Your search is over. 15% off Coupon Code: 15THROWDOWN and purchase it here! Our moms have been offered a chance to review the game so stay tuned for our personal thoughts and tips on how to play Check out how to play below and add it to your holiday shopping list because it will definitely keep the laughter going all day long plus help engage the family in quality together time! Enjoy and remember: Watch Ya' Mouth!
Cape Cod Moms Parent Resource
February 3, 2018 Cape Cod Moms will be hosting the Inaugural Cape Cod Moms Parent Resource Fair at The Waldorf School of Cape Cod from 10am-2pm. Our mission is to continue to empower, connect and engage local parents with resources and family friendly businesses. We are hoping our Inaugural year is an overwhelming success!
If you have a family friendly business or non profit then we would like you to consider helping to support this event. Click here for more information including how to advertise in our program, host a vendor table, host a demo class, be a guest speaker, and more. There are deals for non profits (we do consider waiving the fee based on the non profit).
Please check out our 2017_mediakit.pdf for more info!
Verizon GoPro Hero 5 Session Ensures Long Lasting Memories
A few months ago, our family had the opportunity to check out Verizon GoPro Hero 5 Session in time for Back to School. We had some amazing adventures and fun with the camera and you can read our review here. More recently we had a chance again to take a GoPro Hero 5 Session with us on a parent only vacation in exchange for sharing what we thought about it. It was an amazing opportunity to record memories from vacation to share later with friends and family!
This time we were supposed to check out the GoPro Hero 5 Black, which has a screen in order to be able to see what you are recording versus the Session. Unfortunately there was a little confusion during the shipping process and we were sent the Session again. Verizon had the Black sent overnight to us and it arrived the night before we left however the camera was missing one of the waterproof plugs for the cord connection to the computer so we could not use it in the water. Verizon did everything they could to ensure our positive experience with the camera. But as we know as parents, sometimes things just happen and we roll with it!
Having used the Session before I knew how to secure it and use it, making me a pro this time. It’s so easy with one button operation and voice control and perfect for snorkeling adventures which is our favorite thing to do on vacation. Our most recent vacation we finally took our honeymoon sans children thanks to the grandparents! We traveled down to the beautiful country of Grenada, which is the furthest south we have ever been. One of the reasons we picked Grenada was due to the country’s beauty and underwater snorkeling. There is an underwater sculpture park which is a concept that combines art and coral protection with 68 different attractions dispersed along the shallow waters off Moliniere Point. It’s a great place to go snorkeling. It was created by the British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. The aim of the project was to build an artificial barrier where the coral and other marine life could migrate to and find a new home in an area that was highly devastated by the Hurricane Ivan in 2004. This has helped ocean life return to the area as well as helped stimulate the economy for the region. Due to the very active hurricane season, our trip kept getting pushed back all week and almost didn't happen due to water visibility issues. Lucky for us by the day before we left, they took us out and off we went with our GoPro in hand!
This excursion was the perfect way to get full use of the Session. The camera takes 4K video and 10 MP photos. It has the ability (again only 1 button!) to take single photos or a burst of photos depending on your setting. The session really does a lot despite being tiny in size it even has the ability to stabilize your videos. The pilot your own boat trip out to the snorkeling was so much fun! I love zipping across the water with the wind in my hair! I easily secured the GoPro to the front of our boat and recorded the sights as we traveled. When we arrived the underwater park took my breath away, it truly is amazing. Each set of sculptures has a story behind it representing the local culture and we learned so much about the Grenadians. I set the GoPro on record and just took video the whole time knowing I could edit upon our return home and the results were spectacular as you can see from the photos and video.
We were also given a rare chance to see a baby turtle release which as you can see from my video below I was able to catch up close with the GoPro. This was pretty amazing to see close up and the GoPro was super easy to get set up near them as they raced to the ocean! There were lots of other people with a GoPro at the resort however 99% of them had special cases for their cameras. Many of them were fascinated with the fact that the Verizon GoPro Hero 5 Session did not need one as it is waterproof up 33 feet!
Overall I think the Verizon GoPro Hero 5 Session is a great camera and perfect for families especially with the holidays quickly approaching. It is small, easy to use and gets fantastic video. My only negative was that I couldn’t see any of the pictures or videos on the camera that I was taking until we arrived home. As a result there were a few photos that I wish I could have retaken and would have had I known. There is an app to use with it however being a frugal mom I did not purchase an international plan before the trip so the app would not work for me out of the country. The session does have the ability to automatically upload your content directly to the cloud for viewing, editing and sharing or can make videos quickly via the app. Personally for me I like being able to quickly see what photos I am taking as I do them, but for convenience and all the features this camera really is great and an affordable option for families. I am so glad we had this opportunity from Verizon to capture these memories of a beautiful place and our first vacation without the kids!
Dr. Seuss Museum
This past Sunday my family and I had the opportunity to head out to Springfield, MA for a complimentary visit in return for an unbiased review of the museum. The Dr. Seuss Museum is part of the Springfield Museums which are open Tuesday–Saturday: 10–5 Sunday: 11–5 Monday: Closed and are located at 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA 01103. There is a small free parking lot by the entrance to the visitors center. Admission is as follows Adults: $25, Seniors (60+): $16.50, Youth 3–17: $13, Children Under 3: Free and Students: $16.50 which gets you into all the Springfield Museums.
We arrived at the museum at 10:30 so the kids could play in the sculpture garden before the museums opened. They had a great time running around the Horton Court sculpture and looking at the Grinch and Lorax sculptures. At 11am we entered the Dr. Suess Museum where we spent 90 minutes. We started in the Fairfield Street room (where Seuss grew up) where the kids liked ringing the bell to hear the zoo animals and checking out the Howard Street Armory. In Young Ted in Springfield you can play in a bakery like Ted did in his grandparent's bakery as a child. You can also create your own virtual fish, and build your own zoo out of Duplos. In Readingville you can build a turtle tower, play ABC games of a computer, do Green Eggs and Ham word play, and make your own story with story blocks. On really neat feature that can be found in the Oh the Places You Will Go is you can write down a goal, desire or what you want to be when you grow up and place it in the Things You Can Wish wishing boxes. The last room on the first floor is the pet shop where you can watch old animated Dr. Seuss stories and play with lots of stuffed animals in the pet bed, cat climbing structure, animal carriers and put hats of them.
In the basement you can enjoy reading all different Dr. Seuss books, do crafts, and play games. The basement is setup much the way a preschool classroom might be with an easel that has a sign that tells what the three activities are that day. On Sunday the actives were an apple craft, Fall tangram puzzles, and apple matching game. My seven year old's favorite part was the apple craft and she would have spent lots of time making lots of different apples if we had stayed at the craft room for an hour.
The second floor is less interesting for young children as it is mostly history and artifacts from/about Ted Geisel’s life plus information about the making of the sculpture garden. I didn’t really get an opportunity to look at because the kids were done with being in the museum and wanted lunch. But my husband said there were lots of interesting information and artifacts to look at.
You could definitely make a day at the museums. I would recommend going to the Luxe Burger Bar that is 6/10s of a mile from the museum and has something for everyone from vegan to carnivore.
Have you been to the Springfield Museums? What was your favorite exhibit?
Hey there friends! What better way to spend a Friday night than helping other families in need while having FUN! Come bowl with Montessori Academy of Cape Cod FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3rd 5-7 for families of Sabana Hoyos Puerto Rico. We want ya on our team! $25 or teams of 4-6 people. Who's in?
Caling all community members! Lets get together to show our support for Puerto Rican families of Sabana Hoyos, Arecibo County who have been affected by the devestation from Hurricane Maria. THIS IS AN ALL INCLUSIVE FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!
$25 for a team of 4-6 for an hour of bowling! 5-6 pm or 6-7 pm slots. Vouchers are available for purchase and will go fast! Please contact Alvie Valentin or Alvielis1991@gmail.com or 774-362-2250
Click here for the Facebook Event Page
THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF CAPE COD, North Falmouth MA
Please consider having all your team members bring a donation:
Non- Perishable Food
Personal Care Items
First Aide Items
Kind Friendly Activities
Donations will be accepted upon arrival or can be picked up. Contact Amy Wyman of Tones in Motion Music and Movement Therapy for pick up 774-302-0427
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3rd 5-7 pm! LETS BOWL!
‘Twas The Night Before King Richard’s Faire But What Could We Possibly Wear?!
Our family began going to King Richard’s Faire when my daughter’s were 5 and 3. Now that they are 9 and 7, going to the Faire has become a Fall tradition. As soon as school starts the girls begin asking when we’re going to the Faire? It’s never soon enough for them. They love how it feels as though you have truly traveled in time when you enter through the Carvershire gates. There is an assortment of sights and smells that bring them so much joy and excitement. We had this year’s visit last weekend, and it did not disappoint! This is the last weekend of King Richard’s Faire in Carver and you should go!! It’s so much fun and there is nothing else like it happening near here the rest of the year, so if you can go, do it!
I urge you to dress up when you go to King Richard’s Faire. It may feel silly and you (or your kids) may worry they will be the only ones dressed up, but when you arrive it will enhance your family’s feeling of inclusion within this special time and place. Truly the ones that stand out as different are the attendees that have not dressed up. How often do we have opportunities to go all out and be someone (or something) different then our every day selves? We love costumes and it doesn’t take much to convince us to dress up. It doesn’t have to be a big effort either, maybe a cape you have laying around from a Halloween past, maybe a left over pair of fairy wings. Maybe you have a lovely dress that makes you feel like a princess, perfect! Go full steam ahead and pile on your jewelry. Add some hair pins to each end of a necklace, pin each end on opposite sides of your head and let it drape down your forehead – instant crown!
The last month has been a struggle in our family. Sometimes things can be hard, challenges more intense, and harder to overcome. That’s how it’s been for us recently which means even though we’d been looking forward to the Faire, somehow getting our costumes together slipped through the cracks. Suddenly it was the night before and I realized I never got my act together to create the vision the girls had described (in detail) to me weeks before. All I can say is, thank God for Pinterest! I was able to find a way to make fairy wings with things I had at home, I used one flat bed sheet cut with a hole in it for a tunic for my husband which he belted and use one more bed sheet to make a cloak for a friend that was attending with us (it’s made exactly the same way as the gray one in the picture of my hubby below that I made last year)
Here is the link where I found the amazing fairy wing directions from Griffin Street Productions on Instructables.com:
She uses some other materials in her instructions but I cut it down to what I had on hand:
I made the easiest cape ever which was super fast to whip up and all I needed was:
Rain from liveabout.com made a fantastic tutorial that you can find here:
After a night (and a few early morning hours) of work, we had costumes! We were ready to go to the Faire!
If that all seems like too much, you’re in luck because you can still have a costume to wear at the Faire thanks to the lovely artisans at Seams Like A Dream where you can rent costumes for as little as $10 –up to $65. More info here:
Each year I wonder if the Faire will be able to top our previous year’s visit but it always does!
I think the fact that the girls are getting older creates a different experience for them every year because they’re seeing things from a different perspective as their knowledge grows and interests develop. I love how they’re starting to make connections there with things they are reading in books or learning about in history or hearing in music classes. It’s a wonderful way to bring learning to life!
Our favorite knight, Sir Geoffrey, was not there this year. But a new (younger and quite handsome!) knight, Sir Daniel, was competing in his place. He complimented the dress of one of the young ladies in our group and seeing this 12 year old, composed sweet girl blush with happiness was one of the highlights of the day for me! It’s always a thrill to see the joust and the horses are so beautiful!
Another highlight this year was the Big Cat show, this is always a favorite of my girls but this year the show has really improved. The Mistress of Ceremonies was dressed appropriately for the Faire and not at all in a revealing outfit as in some of the year’s past and was very knowledgeable, relatable, and engaging. The cats were amazing and so fun to see at such a close proximity!
The girls are always allowed to pick one souvenir and for the 3rd year in a row they picked a dragon from My Dragon Pets who have created wonderful dragons that I’ve never seen anywhere else. Check them out here: http://www.mydragonpets.com/
Some people worry that the Faire is not appropriate for kids, but as a cautious mom with very sensitive children, let me reassure you that it is very family-friendly! I hope that you take advantage of this last weekend of King Richard’s Faire for this year and go make some great memories in Carvershire!
Cape Cod Moms Adviser Receives a Massachusetts Employer Award for Supporting Mothers in the Workforce
Cape Cod Moms Adviser, Gary DellaPosta, CPA was recently awarded a 2017 Breastfeeding – Friendly Employer Award from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition. This award is given to employers who are supportive to breastfeeding mothers and their children. This is the second time our office has received this award. All award recipients were showcased at the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition annual conference on September 25, 2017 at the Massachusetts Medical Society. The criteria that they look for with employers are:
• A private space for employees to pump/express breast milk or nurse their babies.
• Flexibility for employees to bring young babies to work with them.
• Regular break times or a more flexible work schedule to facilitate pumping/nursing.
• Access to an electric breast pump.
• A refrigerator for storage of expressed breast milk, and sink area for cleaning equipment.
• Services of a lactation consultant.
• Information on workplace breastfeeding support services to all employees.
Congratulations to Gary DellaPosta, CPA on this award and for helping to support working women.
WALDORF SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH CALMER CHOICE IN A NEW AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Starting October 26th, a Calmer Choice after school program will be offered at the Waldorf School in Cotuit. The program is open to all students in grades 2-6 on Cape Cod, teaching children how to effectively and safely manage stress and resolve conflicts so that they live happy, healthy and successful lives. The Waldorf School and Calmer Choice share the same goal in teaching students useful skills for mindful living. This course is designed to be a fun opportunity for children to learn skills to cope with the ongoing challenges of their day to day life along with their friends and classmates. Eighty six percent of children who have participated in Calmer Choice say they learned useful tools that help them in school, at home and in life. The program will be on Thursday afternoons from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm and will run for 7 weeks from October 26th until December 14th. All children are welcome to participate, scholarships may be available. Parents and caregivers may register children for this program by visiting the Waldorf School’s website at www.waldorfcapecod.org/after-school
Cape Cod Moms Social BMAX Fitness Fun with Andy Berler, Trainer for the New England Patriots Cheerleaders
Cape Cod Moms
Social Fitness Fun
What: BMAX Fitness Fun Featuring Andy Berler, trainer for the New England Patriot Cheerleaders!
When: Monday, October 30, 2017
Where: Infinity Fitness, 747 MA-28, East Falmouth, MA 02536
RSVP HERE on our Event page so we can send an email reminder!
Join us for a complimentary, fun night out and find out how to fit in a well designed and organized workout into your busy mom lifestyle-BMAX style!
Workout & listen to Andy Berler, Personal Trainer for the New England Patriots Cheerleaders & Founder of BMAX! This event will start with a quick introduction with Andy followed by a 29 minute workout. We will then sample some fine wine while Andy chat with us about how to fit this amazing workout into our everyday routine.
Its challenging enough to find time to run out just for coffee, never mind running out to grab a quick session at the gym. But what if you were able to accomplish your workout at home with guaranteed results?
BMAX (Berler Maximum Activation Xtreme) is a complete less than 29-minute full body fitness program that delivers the five critical health components of physical fitness in EVERY workout: CARDIO HEALTH, FLEXIBILITY, MUSCULAR STRENGTH, MUSCULAR ENDURANCE, AND BODY COMPOSITION!
Every BMAX workout starts with a three-minute dynamic warm up and is followed by the body of 18 exercises. You will perform each exercise for 40 seconds, followed by a recovery period of 30 seconds between each exercise. These 18 exercises are designed and organized to target the six primary muscle groups: chest, triceps, back, biceps, shoulders, and legs while activating every supporting muscle fiber throughout your body.
BMAX was created to bring a complete full-body fitness program to both the home and gym. BMAX requires no machines, delivers quick workouts, and provides amazing variety! And due to Andy’s training principle, MAXIMUM ACTIVATION, you only need to use the program every other day to get on the road towards THE BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE.
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Woods Hole Child Center Clothing Sale: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! An Event of Shared Community and Cooperation
Woods Hole Child Center Clothing Sale: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
An Event of Shared Community and Cooperation
On Saturday October 21st, the Woods Hole Child Center will be hosting its 31st annual clothing sale at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Hall on the Falmouth Village Green. The selection of clothing is enormous and includes outerwear, women’s and men’s casuals and professional attire, children’s clothing, shoes, some children’s equipment, and Halloween costumes.
Doors open at 9am. Clothing is priced very reasonably, most items priced between $1-$5. The sale ends with a “$5-a-bag” blitz from 2-3pm. This is a very popular part of the event and many who shop earlier in the day return for this bargain bonanza. Proceeds from the clothing sale will help cover the Center’s operational expenses.
The Woods Hole Child Center Clothing Sale has been a staple in the lives of many Falmouth and greater Cape Cod residents. Many hands pitch in to make light work of this event and clothing donations are always welcome. The Child Center accepts gently used clothing and equipment, and they are happy to sell items on consignment with a 50/50 split. Interested donors are encouraged to visit the website and click on the tab labeled “clothing sale” or contact the Child Center at 508-548-1773 for more information. Clothing drop off is scheduled for Friday, October 20th from 9am-12pm, at St. Barnabas Hall.
The quality of clothing should be mentioned too. Year after year, shoppers are astounded at the bargains that are available. In a time of increasing awareness of our responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment, recycling clothing in this manner makes this truly a “green” event!
In order to further benefit the community, the WHCC would like to work with other local charitable entities by offering them the opportunity to come pick up the clothing at the end of the sale. This must be pre-arranged through the Child Center.
WALDORF SCHOOL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL & OPEN HOUSE
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod, located at 140 Old Oyster Rd in Cotuit, will hold their first annual Pumpkin Festival and Open House on Sunday October 29th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. All are welcome to attend.
The open house will feature pumpkins for sale, a pumpkin carving activity room, a seasonal craft, henna tattoos, and interactive demonstrations for children of all ages. There will be pies for sale from local bakeries and pumpkin soup will be available for lunch.
Faculty members and staff will be available to give school tours and classrooms will be open for viewing to learn more about the Waldorf teaching method and why it is beneficial to children on Cape Cod.
The first Waldorf School was founded in Germany in 1919, and Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent, non-sectarian school movement in the world with almost 1,200 schools in more than 50 countries.
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is celebrating its 33rd year on Cape Cod. The school is located on a beautiful 13.5 acre property surrounded by woods. Further information about the school and this event is available by calling the school at 508-420-1005 or by visiting the school’s comprehensive web site at www.waldorfschoolofcapecod.org.
Ever since I discover the amazing vegan donuts at Cafe Gratitude in California I have had an eye out for them in Massachusetts. It resonantly came to my attention that Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge has vegan donuts but only on the weekends and there is only a very limited number of the two different flavors that change weekly. The donuts are available starting at 9AM when they open to dine-in guest, takeout or special order via email until they sell out. You can see what the flavors are via their social media.
Lucky for me they had donuts on Columbus Day and due to my husbands travelling we were in Cambridge Monday morning. The kids and I arrived a little before 9AM and were the first in line for donuts. On Saturday morning the apple cider donuts sold out in seven minutes! We ordered two apple cider donuts and two pumpkin donuts to go. I tried the pumpkin donut first it was a raised donut with pumpkin frosting and I found it very disappointing it was chewy and bland with an off pumpkin taste. The apple cider donut was better but too dense and not worth $3; it was a cake donut with cinnamon sugar on the outside. My kids said they were not very good donuts and the apple cider one was better than the pumpkin. The donuts at Cafe Gratitude were very delicious and definitely worth the cost and calorie consumption but the Veggie Galaxy donuts were very disappointing and I would not recommend them. If you do find yourself and Veggie Galaxy I do recommend the Taza Brownie Sundae and I want to try the Buckeye Brownie.
Do you have a favorite donut place (I do love Hole In One’s sour cream donut)? Or a great place to get vegan goodies?
Cape Kids' Treasures Children's Consignment Sale Fall Event:
Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 2017
Saturday, 8am - 6 pm
Sunday, 10 am - 2pm
Half-price Sale (select items), Saturday from 3-6 pm and Sunday from 10am -2pm
SAME LOCATION: 770 Main Street, Osterville, MA 02655 (behind Wimpy's Restaurant)
It is a unique, highly-organized event that brings together buyers/sellers in one place for greater exposure of your items and a large selection for shoppers. Make money on your children's outgrown items, while shopping for needed items at a fraction of the retail cost.
Over 30,000 items will be available! You will find:
*New and gently used baby & kid's clothing (sizes newborn-children's 16 and teen sizes), including holiday outfits
*Shoes and accessories
*Toys, games, puzzles, books, etc.
*Baby gear- strollers, pack-n-plays, bouncy seats, exersaucers and more!
*Nursery decor, furniture and so much more!
We accept CREDIT CARDS in addition to cash!!
For more information and to sign up for our mailing list, please visit our website at http://www.capekidstreasures.com/.
Visit our Facebook Event page and let us know you're coming to shop! Invite your friends too!
The KEENZ Stroller Wagon (7S)
or There and Back Again:
Is the striking 7S the next must-have... or just another ephemeral piece of baby gear?
Find them at www.KEENZ.us
The Keenz 7S stroller wagon (“stragon?”) is not at all like the Radio Flyer that won’t fit in our car. Light and agile, it scrunches up into a surprisingly small fold and will then roll like a suitcase.
There is a stationary, optional canopy zippered with mesh. Both long sides of the canopy have full curtains rolled and concealed at the edge, which can be used for shade or privacy. The material is tough backpack-type polyester. Best of all, instead of serious shoulder pain after a few hours of hauling a wagon behind, the Keenz has an adjustable height handle at each end. Push down the streets, and pull through the beach sand. Oh, the physics of it all.
It’s a wagon – meant for young kids over 12 months… but in reality, used by everyone. With unofficial capacity to hold whatever one dares to pile in ( up to the 110 lb. weight limit) rather than two little seats that cannot easily be shared, there is room for creativity. Some parents use it for special needs children who don’t want the “baby stroller” stigma. Closely-monitored infants can nap and play in it like a mini Pack N Play. Parents fleeing Hurricane Irma said that their youngsters were happy to sleep in a familiar, happy spot while evacuated. Pet parents push their frosty faced canines who can no longer hike on their own.
It’s a stroller – JPMA certified and thus allowed on planes and in theme parks like Disney, with two 5-point harnesses. The impressive push is said to be comparable to a City Select. At $360 MSRP (but there are plenty of sales), this luxurious ride falls short of the investment required for many double strollers and most triples. It really does have a premium feel: from the embossed handle cover to the superb handling.
Ultimately, its value also lies in its versatility. Unlike the brightly-colored plastic baby gear in our attic, e.g. the jumperoo that was mission critical at 6-9 months and useless since, this stroller wagon will be seen hauling beach gear, sports gear, coolers, and lawn chairs for the forseeable future. Are you going to put beach chairs in a Double BOB five years from now? No. It will be taking up space in your garage or gone for a fraction of what you paid.
Anyway, Keenz very generously sent a 7S for review, and I gleefully and resolutely drove or dragged it through everything.... in the name of science! Fully loaded (seriously at the 110lb. max weight capacity), we glided over uneven sidewalks and popped up stairs. We wove through the skinny aisles in Eight Cousins book store, easily navigated the partially-obstructed walkways of Woods Hole, and managed all but the worst roots of Carvershire at King Richard's Faire. I am impressed.
Playground mulch and our crushed stone driveway would stump my umbrella-style Maclaren but posed no problem for the 7S stroller wagon.
At the beach, the Keenz 7S could certainly handle the three littles plus all gear safely through the parking lot. However, once securely in the sand, the twins got out and walked. There is a reason Keenz beach wheels (a separate purchase) exist: "the baby and the gear" was a more appropriate load in the soft, deep sand of Old Silver and Chappaquoit Beaches with these standard wheels. Fair enough.
The twins are huge for their age (3), and it is a bit of a squeeze to ride side by side (cozy" in real estate terms). When the pinching and fighting starts… it’s close quarters in that Keenz stroller wagon, just like any other stroller. (Graham crackers, toys, and board books usually keep the peace effectively.) It’s nice to know a Baby Jogger glider board can be attached in the future.
Green is the only light color, and it is probably a safer bet to get a darker one: gray, purple, black. My beige interior is holding up surprisingly well. I dumped out the wagon and used a couple baby wipes (which rival duct tape in versatility). Still, I cringe when the kids ask for juice… although polyester more famously shows grease spots. Ideally, this stragon will be rocking a liner soon.
Let me just say – it is cruel for most playgrounds to be completely without bathrooms, and many bathrooms without changing tables. I have changed a thrashing, angry, strong baby at the playground and beach in the bottom of the Keenz. No sand, no sticks, no pine needles... no prying eyes. It was everything I thought it could be. In addition, I have applied the brakes to all wheels, and the Keenz served as a toddler scaffold at the petting zoo.
Lastly, my Keenz 7S stroller wagon arrived with a malfunction by which a front wheel remained locked. It seriously impacted the handling but was easily "fixed" with tape. Keenz offered to send a new axle, two weeks later, or for me to return the 7S for a replacement. I was already in love and could not box up my new ride and say goodbye. Plus, I wanted to see what hassle a paying customer could potentially face. It was easy but still seemed noteworthy.
Hopefully, the possibility of this mechanical issue has since been fixed.
We boldly went where some double and all triple strollers never would have fit, on terrain where other strollers and wagons would falter, enjoyed adventures that would have been an epic fail... or a major inconvenience at the very least. The Keenz 7S is a sharp-looking and valuable asset to any family.
Lauren is a Mainer who moved to the Cape in 2003 with her husband. After starting in Research and Development for a biomedical manufacturer for five years, Lauren is living a very different adventure as a SAHM of four, including twins. It's a very busy mix of feeling grateful and overwhelmed.
We have compiled a listing of all the Fall Fun & Halloween Activities taking place on Cape Cod and the surrounding areas. If we have missed a few please feel free to email us or comment below with all the information and we will get it added! It takes a community!
Our list is compiled alphabetically by town and then in date order under each town. We hope you enjoy all the family fun that Cape Cod has to offer this fall!
Barnstable Village Halloween Stroll
WHAT: Barnstable Village Halloween Stroll
WHEN: Saturday, October 28 at 4 PM - 6 PM
WHERE: Barnstable Village County Complex
This is the 3rd Annual community event for all. Wear your costumes and join the parade around the County Court House complex. (Everyone will gather on the court house lawn promptly at 4:00) You won't want to miss the dance party by DJ Ben-Jammin, Food, costume contest, and lots more. This year Main street won't be closed, everything will be held in the County Complex. Pets Welcome! This event is sponsored by the Barnstable Village Association.
Pumpkin Festival Open House
WHAT: Pumpkin Festival Open House
WHEN: Sunday, October 29, 1-4pm
WHERE: Waldorf School of Cape Cod 140 Old Oyster Rd Cotuit, MA
Celebrate Fall at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod with seasonal crafts and pumpkin carving. School tours available. Enjoy some pumpkin soup and apple cider. All are welcome!
The Enchanted Forest
WHAT: The Enchanted Forest
WHEN: Friday Oct 27 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary @ 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable
For one night only, the woodlands will awaken. A guide will lead you along a lantern – lit trail where you will encounter creatures of the night – some strange, some silly and some who have much to say. All are welcome to come in costume. MA Audubon Member Adult $10 Child $7, Non-member Adult $12 Child $9. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 508-362-7475 or visit website or Tickets
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Monday October 30, 2017 3:30-7:30pm
WHERE: National Marine Life Center @ 120 Main Street, Bourne
Join us for our Halloween Open House! Come in costume! Learn about spooky ocean animals! Enjoy arts and crafts and games and refreshments. Tour our Marine Animal Hospital and meet our seal and turtle patients. Admission: $5/person; Members FREE Admissions help care for sick turtles and seals. Tickets: http://nmlc.org/.
Family Halloween Movie
WHAT: Family Halloween Movie
WHEN: Saturday, October 21 at 2 PM - 3:30 PM
WHERE: Brewster Ladies' Library 1822 Main St, BrewsterSpend your Saturday celebrating Halloween at the Library! We’ll be watching a spooky movie based on the children’s book series by R.L. Stine, and making some monster bookmarks. Library staff will also provide monster blood punch and snacks to get us in the spirit. It's sure to be a hair-raising good time! The movie we will be watching is rated PG. Run time is 103 minutes. This event will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 2 PM. Admission is free.
WHAT: Halloween Parade
WHEN: Friday, October 27 at 10 AM - 11 AM
WHERE: Brewster Ladies' Library 1822 Main St, Brewster
Come celebrate Halloween at the Brewster Ladies’ Library! All ages are invited. Wear your costume! We will have a Halloween parade, walk over to the Brewster Store, stop for songs with Cathy Hatch, and then head to Kinlin Grover Real Estate for snacks. This event will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Brewster Ladies’ Library. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.
Pumpkin People in the Park
WHAT: Pumpkin People in the Park
WHEN: October 13 – October 31
WHERE: Kate Gould Park 2377 Main St, Chatham, Massachusetts 02633
Pumpkin People in the Park can be found in Kate Gould Park and the bandstand on Main Street. The creative and innovative Pumpkin People are fashioned by local businesses, organizations or just plain folk. They are on display from October 13 until Halloween! These larger-than-life creations are just the frost on the pumpkin the day of the Oktoberfest festival. Come and see these outrageous displays in October and plan to be at the Oktoberfest in Chatham.
Oktoberfest in Chatham
WHAT: Oktoberfest in Chatham
WHEN: Saturday, October 21 at 11 AM - 4 PM
WHERE: Kate Gould Park, Chatham Ma
Pumpkin People in the Park, great beer, bratwurst, music, kids’ games. All these events are just a small part of Chatham’s Oktoberfest in Kate Gould Park. The park is filled with creative and innovative Pumpkin People fashioned by local businesses, organizations or just plain folk. They are on display from October 13 until Halloween. These larger-than-life creations are just the frost on the pumpkin the day of the fest. Get here early because the lines start forming at noon for the old-fashioned games, the tasty German fare and beer, and fun in the park.
Family Fun Saturday
WHAT: Family Fun Saturday
WHEN: Saturday October 7, 2017 11am-4pm
WHERE: Cape Abilities Farm 458 Main St # 6A, Dennis,
Saturdays in October are for family fun at Cape Abilities Farm! Build a scarecrow, make a cornhusk doll, decorate a pumpkin, or do the farm scavenger hunt. There will be apple and cider tasting too. We will move indoors if it's raining.
2nd Annual Dennis Village Halloween Hootenanny Parade
WHAT: 2nd Annual Dennis Village Halloween Hootenanny Parade
WHEN: Tuesday, October 31 at 5:15 PM - 7 PM
WHERE: Village Green, Dennis MA
Safe HALLOWEEN NIGHT Fun for the WHOLE FAMILY! Join us for a Costume Parade down Rt. 6A in Dennis Village followed by MUSIC • DANICING • FOOD • TREATS and FUN at the Dennis Village Green!
Trunk or Treat
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Sunday, October 29 from 5-6:30 pm
WHERE: John Wesley United Methodist Church 2570 Gifford Street, Falmouth
Carnival games, decorated cars, exotic animals, face painting, bouncy houses, hot cider, hot dogs, candy!
Teaticket PTO Trunk or Treat
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Sat Oct 21 3-6pm
WHERE: Teaticket School @ 45 Maravista Avenue Extension, East Falmouth MA
Funds raised will benefit the Teaticket PTO.
Kids Trick or Treat at the Falmouth BBC
WHAT: Kids Trick or Treat at the Falmouth BBC
WHEN: Friday 10/27/17 4-6pm
WHERE: British Beer Company Falmouth @ 263 Grand Avenue, Falmouth MA
Trick or Treat Stroll
WHAT: Trick or Treat Stroll Falmouth Village
WHEN: Saturday October 28 12:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Village Green @ Main Street, Falmouth MA
A Visit from the Night Watchman
WHAT: A Visit from the Night Watchman
WHEN: Saturday October 28, 2017 6-9pm
WHERE: Museums on the Green @ 55 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth,
Strange spirits haunt the town of Falmouth, and those that visit will be treated to interactions all throughout the 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks House as this mildly scary haunted experience comes to life. Recommended for families with children age 6 and higher. Tickets can be purchased the night of the performance. Admission Prices: Adults, $ 10, Children (12 and younger), $ 7, Families of 4: $ 25
Reservations NOT required but visitors should expect a short wait before touring.
Trunk or Treat
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Tuesday October 31, 2017 5:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Cape Cod Church 1205 Rte 151 Hwy East Falmouth
Trunk or Treat is a safe, fun, free community Halloween Festival for the whole family.
Last year, nearly 5,000 people enjoyed the carnival-like atmosphere, which included bounce houses, face painting, refreshments, and of course, lots of free candy!
At the center of Trunk or Treat are the 50 themed and decorated cars (the "Trunk" in Trunk or Treat) where children receive free candy. This year's theme for cars is "superheroes"!
Fall Fun Fair & Touch-A-Truck!WHAT: Fall Fun Fair & Touch-A-Truck!
WHEN: Saturday, October 21 at 10 AM - 1 PM
WHERE: Cape Cod Regional Technical High SchoolIt's that time of year again! Join us SATURDAY OCTOBER 21ST 10am - 1pm at CAPE COD TECH for the 3rd annual FALL FAMILY FUN FAIR AND TOUCH-A-TRUCK!
Games, prizes, crafts, food, and more!
Joining us this year will be:
Cape Cod Ready Mix
Brewster Sand & Gravel
Harwich Police Dept.
Harwich Fire Dept.
All donations and funds raised will benefit the Angela Champ Memorial Scholarship Fund. This resource was established in honor of Angela, a 2008 graduate of Cape Cod Tech's Graphic Arts Department, after her passing in 2009. The award is available to a deserving Graphic Arts student pursuing higher education upon graduation. Angela was an artist and a photographer. Every year we have some of her art work on display, and some of her original photographs and hand-designed bookmarks for sale. Angela wrote and produced a children's book entitled "When I Grow Up" for her senior project at CCT, and we also have copies of this available for purchase.
Toe Jam Puppet Band
WHAT: Toe Jam Puppet Band
WHEN: Saturday, October 28 1PM
WHERE: Snow Library
WHAT: Halloween Stroll
WHEN: Saturday, October 28 2:30pm
WHERE: Main Street Orleans
Halloween at Heritage Museums & Gardens
WHAT: Halloween Family Festival
WHEN: Saturday, October 28 from 5-8 pm
WHERE: Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA 02563
COST: $5; family maximum of $25; children 2 and under are admitted free Tickets
All visitors will be treated to special Halloween-themed activities, including a dance party hosted by DJ Ooch, tractor-pulled hayrides around the grounds, and create a Halloween themed craft. Halloween-themed drinks and snacks will be available at the Magnolia Café, as well as free rides on the vintage carousel. Visitors can also enjoy performances of Thriller by Sandwich Soul, Sandwich High School’s award-winning show choir. Guests can support Sandwich community partners by participating in special ticketed activities. Play carnival-style games and get your face painted with festive designs to support the STEM Academy/Sandwich High School PTSA. Join in on a cake walk to benefit Sandwich Soul’s national competition fundraiser.
YMCA Fall Festival
WHAT: YMCA Fall Festival
WHEN: Saturday Oct 14, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Camp Lyndon Sandwich, MA 02563
Join us at Camp Lyndon and come dressed in your Halloween costume to get a free spin on our special prize wheel! Activities include crafts, games, healthy snacks and pumpkin carving.
6th Annual Pumpkin Fest
WHAT: 6th Annual Pumpkin Fest
WHEN: Saturday Oct 21, all day
WHERE: Sandwich Glass Museum @ 129 Main Street, Sandwich, Massachusetts, 02563
Enjoy a pumpkin patch filled with hand-blown glass pumpkins of all sizes crafted by prominent local and national glass artisans. Wander the grounds of the Sandwich Glass Museum and admire a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind pumpkins designed to reflect nature’s brilliance in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. No two are alike! They are perfect for decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving and make a lovely gift.
WHAT: Fall Festival
WHEN: Saturday October 7, 2017 at 10 AM - 4 PM raindate 10/8
WHERE: 108 Bray Farm Rd N, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675-1550,
Pumpkins, hay rides, visit with the animals, tour the restored farmhouse, refreshments will be available, apple cider, hotdogs! please no dogs the day of the festival
Trunk or Treat
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Sunday, October 31 from 4-7 pm
WHERE: Wellfleet Drive In
Boo at the ZooWHAT: Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: October 14 – October 30 6pm
WHERE: Buttonwood Park Zoo
425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740
BOO AT THE ZOO – slightly spooky fun that cannot be missed!
Grab your favorite costume and join us at BOO AT THE ZOO for an evening of Halloween fun! There’s enough thrills and chills for all ages at BOO AT THE ZOO! Climb aboard a spoooooky train ride, stroll down the Trick or Treat trail, take a spin on our wild carousel, and enjoy Halloween themed activities plus animal encounters! Thank you to our presenting sponsor Bristol County Savings Bank for collaborating with the Zoological Society to bring Halloween fun to the Zoo for all to enjoy!
Save time getting into BOO AT THE ZOO by purchasing a Bat Pass. A Bat Pass is a single use, non-refundable pass and must be surrendered at the separate Bat Pass entrance upon your visit.
Rides are included in the price of admission. Children under 3 are free. BOO AT THE ZOO runs Saturday October 14, Sunday October 15, Saturday October 21, Sunday October 22, Friday October 27, Saturday October 28, Sunday October 29, and Monday October 30
Cranberry Harvest CelebrationWHAT: Cranberry Harvest Celebration
WHEN: October 8, 2017 10am-4pm
WHERE: The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is a great way to see and learn about the picturesque cranberry harvest while enjoying some old fashioned family fun. Watch as we harvest the crimson berries continuously each day. You can even put on a pair of waders and step into a corral of berries!
Visit educational and historical displays, view the spectacular landscape and harvest by taking a helicopter ride, enjoy live cooking demonstrations by some of the area’s finest chefs and culinary professionals, shop the marketplace with over 40 juried exhibitors from around the region, listen to local musicians, and peruse the farmers' market and food concession areas for the best fare around.
Children’s activities include pony, paddle boat, train, live entertainment, wagon rides and much more.
The event is held rain or shine. No pets are allowed. Last bus to the cranberry bog departs at 3:30 p.m.
For more information or for vendor applications please visit our website at www.cranberryharvest.org.
Jane Muum 2016 Premium Stroller Review
A few months back the Jane Muum 2016 Premium Stroller was available on Amazon for a really amazing price and since I didn’t save my Bugaboo Cameleon when I went to a double stroller I decided to give it a try. I decided to get it in teal and order a bassinet attachment to use with it. Unfortunately the car seat adapter that was suppose to come with the stroller was discontinued and I can’t find one for sale anywhere.
The stroller itself weighs about 25lbs and can be fold with or without the seat attached and is definitely a bit of a beast if you are going to be doing a lot of loading and unloading from your car trunk, that being said most strollers of this type are beasts. The detachable seat can face parent or face the world and has three seating positions; almost flat to almost upright allowing it to be used from birth to 50lbs. It also has an adjustable foot rest. With an adjustable handlebar that can range from 31.5”-43” high it can be adjust for most height parent. The maneuverability of the stroller is pretty good although not as good as my Bugaboo but as the Jane was also on sale for about ¼ of the price of a Bugaboo it may not be a fair comparison. Operating the brake is fast and easy it is a flip flop friendly foot brake that just requires a tap of the foot to engage and disengage. The canopy and storage baskets are both decent sizes and the stroller includes a belly bar, seat liner, rain cover and cup holder. With high density tires you never have to worry about a flat and suspension in each wheel allows for a smoother ride. The stroller fabric is machine washable allowing for easy cleaning. Overall I am happy with the stroller for the price I paid. The bassinet which I added onto the stroller does not seems as sturdy as the Uppababy or Bugaboo bassinet and I would not use to for overnight sleeping but I should work well for on the go napping.
What is your favorite stroller and why?
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