Creative Fundraising on Cape Cod
By: Sarah Richards
Who here dreads fundraisers? (Not another magazine drive!)
We were looking for a social (and local!) way to both raise some funds for our kiddos, and to bring new business to some locals. After bouncing the idea of having a wine and oyster night off of Cape Cod Winery owner Erika Orlandella, she was thrilled at the idea! And just like that, we were off and running.
The West Falmouth Preschool held their first annual wine and oyster fundraiser at Cape Cod Winery this past Saturday on a quintessential New England October afternoon. Complete with crisp air, a beautiful sunset, pumpkins, cheery mums, haybales, cornstalks, and fire pits, guests lounged in Adirondack chairs overlooking the vineyard, and sipped their vines under the twinkling lights of the grand white tent on the hill.
The school provided deliciously "stick-to-your-ribs" comfort foods like New England Clam Chowder, pulled chicken sandwiches, and Portuguese "Jagg," for guests to purchase. Accompanying these soul foods were the freshest oysters from the famed (and local!) Megansett Oyster Company. These sweet and briny delicasies were such a hit, we had sold a whole bushel in less than an hour!
Guests were wowed by the musical offerings of the Black Velvet Band (an Irish duo) and singer/songwriter Ric Allendorf throughout the afternoon and evening. The beautifully elegant Pop-Up Bubbly Van provided limited edition bubbly versions of Cape Cod Winery's famous "Mermaid Water" Rose and Riesling, which were a huge hit with the crowd! Additionally, guests were treated to the most gorgeous backdrop (for all their Instagram pics!) complete with a towering white flower wall and (biodegradable) balloon display from Elevated Impressions.
Delicious wine flowed, music wafted through the crisp air, firepits cast warming glows all around, chowder warmed the soul, and everyone enjoyed the company of good friends!
And all this fun for a great cause AND while supporting local businesses on Cape?
Be sure to stay tuned for when our event will be in 2020!
Sarah is a newbie to the Cape, but has a deep love for the ocean. She has recently left her job of 10 years in music education and re-located to Falmouth to support her husbands' business. This "Mom-prenuear" is busy growing her Pure Haven Essentials business by helping families to live toxic free, clicking away behind her camera, chasing after her 2 adorable sons! She enjoys cooking/baking healthy (and guilty!) foods, fitness, boating, singing, and connecting with awesome new people. Sarah also helps manage our free community calendar and events. Feel free to email her information at firstname.lastname@example.org For more insight on Sarah's adventures, or to just connect, follow her on Instagram: @bunz_n_the_oven
Cape Cod Parents Night Out!
Cape Cod Moms, Cape Cod Children's Museum & Totally InTouch Vacations invite you to a fun evening with friends!
Wednesday, August 21 at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Cape Cod Children's Museum
577 Great Neck Road South
Mashpee, MA 02649
Join Amy & Melissa from Cape Cod Moms, Cape Cod Children's Museum & Totally InTouch Vacations for a fun evening mixing and mingling with friends new and old!
FREE Childcare; all attendees will receive a FREE 1 year membership to Cape Cod Moms Shop Local club and will be eligible to win prizes. We will also have refreshments; the museum will be offering a discount on a membership & in store purchases. In addition any one who books for the Mother's Day trip will receive an additional gift.
RSVP here by emailing us your name and attendees.
RSVP's will be eligible to win an extra door prize!
Quick's Hole Tavern Teams Up With Cape Cod Moms to Offer a Babysitter Reimbursement Giveaway
We know how hard it is these days to try to make time for YOU and get out to enjoy a good meal and have a date night or a night out with friends. One of the hurdles parents in this community face is trying to go out for a meal and then also having to pay for a babysitter! This makes it hard for parents to have quality time with one another or just themselves. It is crucial that parents take time for themselves so they can then be their best with the children. It is great for your mental health and studies show parents who do some time for themselves are healthier and their families in turn healthier!
We have teamed up with the Quick's Hole Tavern team down in Woods Hole for an awesome giveaway! Every month beginning in January we will select 3 winners to receive credit towards their sitter! All you have to do to enter is signup for our newsletters below!
A few other rules:
A Kid free Lunch at Moby Dick’s
This past weekend my kids went to stay with my parents giving my husband and I some kid free time. So on Saturday afternoon after seeing the best lobster rolls on the Cape list I decided to try Moby Dick’s in Wellfleet (not on list but recommended by a friend plus they have steamers). There offerings include mussels, chowder, calamari, crab cakes, raw oysters, salads, clam bakes, grilled fish, fried seafood, lobster roll, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, and even a veggie burger plus desserts. It is a totally kid friendly restaurant with outdoor seating as well (but you might want bug spray) the kids menu includes chowder, cheeseburger, hot dog, grilled cheese, fish and chips, grilled salmon, chicken tenders and Kraft mac & cheese. Another advantage to Moby Dick’s is it is BYOB!
My husband and I arrived at Moby Dick’s a little past noon and it was quiet. The menu is listed up on the wall with prices plus printouts of the specials. I knew I wanted steamers and was deciding between a steamed lobster or a lobster roll; I went with a lobster roll platter. You order at the counter by the entrance of restaurant and then they bring the food to you. We choose to sit in the upper dining room which is more open and you have a better view the other dining room is more cozy. My steamers came quickly and were still very hot. They were sand free and so sweet they required no butter for dipping and were definitely worth the $11. The lobster roll came as I was finishing up the steamers which was perfect timing. The platter came with slaw and fries neither of which were very good (next time I would go with just the lobster roll). The lobster roll was nicely stuffed with lots of sweet claw meat and just a touch of mayo and some bay seasoning on top which I could have done without because I felt like it detracted from the lobster flavor. I enjoyed the lobster roll and it was definitely was better than average but not as amazing as I hoped it would be and at $26 the price was a little steep. I would have liked to try the amazing looking desserts that included frappes, Moby’s Key Lime pie, Blueberry Crisp, Lemon Sorbet, Ice Cream, Lemonade Freeze, Strawberry Shortcake, Moby’s Ultimate Madness, and Fudgy Wudgy Chocolate Cake but I decided Moby’s Ultimate Madness which is a brownie, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream might make me not feel well as my body is not accustomed to really eating shellfish or much dairy anymore. The good news is I didn’t seem to have any issues from eating the shellfish and I now wish I had gotten the Moby’ s Ultimate Madness as I do love a homemade brownie sundae!
Have you been to Moby Dick’s what is your favorite thing to get there? Where else do you like to get steamers and lobster rolls from?
Molly, her husband, and their 4 and 6 year split their time between their little piece of the cape in Orleans and Cambridge. She was a kindergarten teacher before her oldest was born then became a SAHM. She loves running, books, supporting literacy, nature walks, arts, craft, knitting and sewing as well as being outside and on the beach!
Why I Love the Drive On Beach
Dear drive on beach,
I love you. You make my life as a Mom easier. You make my family happier. You are the epitome of why I love living on Cape Cod and raising my children here.
More specifically, we love you Sandy Neck beach.
Thank you for letting our dog come along.
For allowing me to pack AS MUCH STUFF in the car as I please. That I don't then have to lug out onto the beach along with my pack of children. Even if things never leave the car, no sweat for me. Beach high chairs, coolers, grills, tents, blankets, snacks, clothes, towels, friends... we shove it all in there!
Oh and people pulling up and visiting by boat?? Well that's a good way to get to see all the kid's brains explode from happiness.
It's where life long friendships are made.
You want your kid to get off a screen and come join the world? Strand them on the beach with no choice but to experience how beautiful the Earth is.
Make an everlasting memory while building a sand castle with your Mom.
Destress in front of a campfire.
Fall in love with the place you live watching a sunset.
Don't forget, if you get the night off from kids, it is the cheapest/best date night or afternoon you could have. 6 pack of beer, sandwiches, the radio, and no one in sight. That's how husband and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary.
Let's not forget that you can drive a camper out there and spend the night. Waking up at the shore of the ocean sometimes makes me wonder if I have stumbled into a dream.
Wondering how you can get in on this Cape life living??? Here is some more information on the drive on beaches of our beautiful home.
Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA
Permits available on a first-come, first-serve basis, you can plan a getaway on the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Nauset Beach, Orleans, MA
Down Cape you can also enjoy Nauset Beach this summer! Camp fires, swimming, and sand beneath your toes. Nail down the proper permit and get out there!
Race Point Beach, Provincetown, MA
The most remote beach the cape has to offer is Race Point Beach. The beauty of this beach could take the stress away from any person who steps on its shores.
Sandy Neck Beach Park,Barnstable, MA
Local residents can get discounted permits. Sandy Neck Beach Park stretches seven miles like a dream. This is the beach to go to if you plan on driving on regularly.
Britt is a Beach bum, Mom, Wife, Sister, Friend, Coach, Wanna be Photographer, Special needs advocate, Library enthusiast, Yogi, Mom blogger. Britt lives in a barn on Cape Cod with her husband, two toddlers, and stinky black lab. You can read more of her adventures at You're Somebody's MOTHER. Or if you have a short attention span, follow her on Instagram @somebodys_mother
Moms, I am so excited to share with you a great opportunity for a date night this weekend. A friend of the Cape Cod Moms family, Isabeau Miller will be performing at the Cotuit Center for the Arts on both Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Ms. Miller was born and raised on Cape Cod. She relocated to Nashville to follow her dreams and share beautiful songs with the world. Ms. Miller is also a mom and balances her family while pursuing her dreams. Ms. Miller is an inspiration as she is constantly giving 100% to her family and her dreams. Ms. Miller's lust for life, insistence on honesty, penchant for words, and love of love propels audiences big and small, young and old to unlock their hearts, live unabashedly and follow their dreams by embracing their authenticity, developing a blueprint for action and venturing fearlessly into their own potential.
Stories and Songs in the Art Barn with Isabeau Miller
Friday, November 28 at 7:30pm
Join Nashville songwriter and performing artist Isabeau Miller for an intimate performance and behind-the-scenes discussion about music and life in Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. Get a peek at the inspiration and perspiration that goes into a song, the real stories of the entertainment industry and the heart behind the pursuit of passion.
Living in a Love Song: Isabeau Miller in Concert
Saturday, November 29 at 8:30pm
Join Singer/Songwriter, Isabeau Miller, and touring musician Shaun Balin, for a night of music and stories behind the songs as they bring Nashville to Cape Cod. Share the journey of a Cape Cod girl in a Southern world, and hear the songs that have been described by Nashville music pros as soulful exposés of heartbreaks, triumphs and a ruthless dedication to creating music that inspires hope, touches a nerve and challenges the "impossible".
Some more background on Ms. Miller:
Isabeau Miller appeared as one of four finalists on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" in 2007 as the youngest and heaviest female contestant in the show's history at that time. In conjunction with the show, Isabeau appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live", "Extra", "Access Hollywood", "Entertainment Tonight" and in various commercials and print publications.
A native New Englander, Isabeau attended Berklee College of Music where she majored in Songwriting and Music, and upon graduating, moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career as a songwriter. After being invited to move to Los Angeles for 5 months to film, "The Biggest Loser", and appearing in national ad campaigns and publications such as "Got Milk?", "Subway", "Access Hollywood", "Extra", "Prevention Magazine", "People" and "US Weekly", Isabeau worked on Music Row while building a Personal Development company, which served clients in 40 states and in multiple countries. Over 7 years as a songwriter in Nashville, Isabeau's catalog includes over 150 pop/soul/country/rock songs with an emphasis on detailed, thick lyrics and a piano-heavy sound.
Inventive, inspiring and ambitious, Isabeau utilizes her unique experiences to offer passionate, heartful performances as an artist and writer. As a speaker, truth-filled sermons and inspiring presentations about life, art, business, body and love, packed with witty quips and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, connect audiences and promote positivity, provoking thought and inviting action.
Beyond her passion for music and helping others build their dream lives, Isabeau is the proud mother to a young son, Beckham, is an avid Crossfit athlete, a published author, and enjoys cooking healthy meals, traveling, and hosting dinner parties.
Cape Cod Moms