Category Archives: Provincetown

New mixed use development proposed in Ptown

old reliable fish houseA 31-room hotel, restaurant and bar with outdoor dining, and four condominiums was presented last month to the Provincetown planning and zoning boards with the intention to redevelop the Old Reliable Fish House property on the waterfront at 229R Commercial Street.

The Old Reliable was a popular place to eat in Provincetown in the 1970s and through  the 1990s the waterfront restaurant offered cozy dining on the beach but the restaurant has now been closed for years and the building has fallen into severe disrepair and was condemned in 2015 following a fire. You can read more about this interesting real estate development in the heart of Ptown in The Provincetown Independent and you can learn more about the history of 229R Commercial Street (and see some great photos of the property), here.

Kayaking Provincetown harbor

provincetown floating unicorn

While kayaking in Ptown harbor, we met up with this ferocious sea monster.

Each year my friend Ed and I kayak out to Long Point lighthouse then kayak along the interior, curling dunes that protect Provincetown harbor from the open sea until we get to the Red Inn. It really is a great way to see Provinceotwn, mingle with curious seals, bump into others and get some exercise all at once.

Below is my amateur illustration of the route we took after leaving Flyers Boat Rentals. None of the photographs of the pod of seals came out so I opted for a cuter cartoon caricature to show approximately where they were feeding and sunning themselves, but all the other photos were snapped by me.

The weather was picture perfect, and the roughly 3.5 mile trek was made easier because high tide was cresting and there was no headwind. Our first leg had us cutting through the harbor, making a beeline to Long Point lighthouse but as we neared the sandy hook of the tip of the Cape, we noticed a boat full of men in various stages of undress jumping off the boat, swimming and basically just having a good time. I was so clueless and ended up awkwardly kayaking between them. They were good sports about it and since I was all of 5′ from them, I refrained from gawking or taking photos.

provincetownAfter we pulled our kayaks up on the beach we walked around a bit and took the obligatory selfies in front of Long Point lighthouse which was constructed back in the early 1800s.  Neither Ed nor I felt much like sitting still so we put our kayaks back in the water, hugging the coastline and coming to shore so I could snap this photo (see below) which shows how narrow the dunes get: below is a photo of open ocean on the left and Ptown’s sheltered harbor on the right.

After, we aimed our kayaks for the historic Red Inn to enjoy some ‘light refreshments’. En route, we found ourselves surrounded by a pod of about 20 seals. They were both curious and skittish so while it was fun to see them swimming all around us, none of my photos could quite capture the moment.

Part of the reward of all that kayaking, is knowing we will enjoy cold beers and raw bar. After about 2 hours of ‘relaxing’ by the bar, we put our kayaks back in the water one final time to return the rentals. On our way back we stumbled upon these two sea monsters who turned out to be quite friendly and the perfect ending to a great day out in Provincetown.

Provincetown unicornIf you have questions about kayaking in Provincetown or other suggestions should you be planning a visit, feel free to reach out to me.

Provincetown’s Provinceland bike trail

Provincetown duneSergio and I come to Provincetown a couple times each year and whenever we visit I’m reminded how much I enjoy it here. It really is a special place for us.

Earlier this week I opted to rent a bike and escape the heat by riding out to Race Point which you can get to on bike trails on Cape Cod’s National Seashore. The hilly ride through the dunes and forest in Provincetown is such a fun way to spend a few hours of your day if you want to get out and enjoy the weather.

Below are a few more photos from that bike ride. Provincetown duneProvincetownProvincetown duneWhile there is never a bad season to visit Provincetown, there is something very rewarding about working up a sweat biking through the bicycle trails and ending up at Race Point Beach where you can hop in the water, take in the spectacular coastline and cool off.

I biked the Cape Cod Provinceland Trail for more info about the bike trail visit, The Cape Cod Bike Guide.

Much thanks to our friends Dave & Chris who invited us to join them in Ptown, which afforded me the opportunity to share these great photos. 

Entertainment in Ptown: August & September shows

Provincetown summer entertainment

When readers reach out to me for suggestions about Provincetown I always make sure to suggest catching a show. The variety of entertainment is really astonishing; there is something for everyone.  So if you are planning a trip to Ptown this summer check out who might be performing.

Below I have listed entertainers who perform throughout the summer and below that is a listing of shows that will be taking place for a limited time in Aug & Sept.

SHOWS RUNNING ALL SUMMER

ILLUSIONS DRAG REVUE
Starting in May at The Crown & Anchor (performance days vary)
MISS RICHFIELD 1981 “GENDER FLUIDS”
From May 25 – September 13 Wed thru Sun at The Pilgrim House
THIRSTY BURLINGTON
From May 26 – September 5 on Wed & Fri at The Crown & Anchor
DINA MARTINA
From May 30 – September 15 Wed thru Sun at The Crown & Anchor
MARTI GOULD CUMMINGS
From June 7 – Sept 21 brings her NYC drag show to the Pilgrim House
VARLA JEAN MERMAN: A STAR IS BORED
From June 21-September 6 on  Mon|Tues|Th|Fri at the Art House
JUDY GOLD
From June 21 – August 30 on Th & Fri at the Art House
LIBERACE & PEGGY LEE COMEBACK TOUR
From June 21 – September 7 at the Pilgrim House
GOLD DUST ORPHANS PRESENT THE EBONIC WOMAN
From June 23 – September 8 each Sun at Fishermen Hall
MISS CONCEPTION
From Jun 27 – Sep 8 on Mon|Tues & Fri|Sat at The Art House
BENDELACREME: READY TO BE COMMITTED
From Jun 30-Aug 31 Wed thru Sat at The Crown & Anchor
THE KINSEY SIX: NAKED DRAG QUEENS SINGING
From Jun 30-Sep 8 Sun thru Tues at The Art House
STEVE GRAND: TOP TO BOTTOM
From July 2-September 5 Tues thru Th at The Art House
SWEENEY TODD
From Jul 8 – August 29 Mon thru Th at The Provincetown Theater
FIRST WIVES CLUB
From July 3 – Sep 5 on Wed & Th at The Art House
JINKX MONSOON
From  July 6 – September 1 on Sat thru Mon at The Art House
GENE & KARL ARE PTOWN AF
From July 23 – August 5 Tues thru Th at The Crown & Anchor

Provincetown summer entertainmentLIMITED ENGAGEMENT – AUGUST / SEPTEMBER

WILL AND ANTHONY: BROADWAY OUR WAY
Aug 3 & 4 at The Crown and Anchor
DEVON GREEN
August 3, 5 & 6 at The Art House
DEBRA MESSING AND KATHY NAJIMY
August 4 is at Town Hall
SUZANNE VEGA
August 5 & 6 at The Pilgrim House
LINDA LAVIN
August 5 & 6
ADA VOX (from This season’s American Idol)
August 7 & 9 at the Pilgrim House
SANDRA BERNHARD: QUICK SAND
August 8 & 9 at The Crown and Anchor
MICHAEL CERVERIS
August 9 & 10 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
UNITARD
August 9 & 10 is at The Art House
SCHMOOZING WITH FRAN DRESCHER
August 10 at Town Hall
BOB THE DRAG QUEEN
August 11 at Town Hall
WELL STRUNG (One Week Only!)
August 11 – 16 at The Art House
JOHN LLOYD YOUNG
August 13 at The Crown & Anchor
KIM DAVID SMITH SALUTES KYLIE MINOGUE
August 14 & 15 at The Crown and Anchor
PTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL
August 15 at The Crown and Anchor
LIZ CALLAWAY
August 16 & 17 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
TODRICK HALL
August 17 is at Town Hall
THE BOY BAND PROJECT
August 19 – 25 at The Crown and Anchor
FAITH PRINCE
August 25 & 26 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
LINDA EDER
August 26 & 27 is at The Crown and Anchor
MARILYN MAYE
August 28 – September 1 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
MISS COCO PERU “HAVE YOU HEARD?”
September 4 – 6 at the Pilgrim House

Have an event that I overlooked? Add it in the comments section and / or email me at bosguymail@gmail.com to have the event added.

Entertainment in Ptown: July shows

Provincetown summer entertainment

When readers reach out to me for suggestions about Provincetown I always make sure to suggest catching a show. The variety of entertainment is really astonishing; there is something for everyone.  So if you are planning a trip to Ptown this summer check out who might be performing.

Below I have listed entertainers who perform throughout the summer and below that is a listing of shows that will be taking place for a limited time in July.

SHOWS RUNNING ALL SUMMER

ILLUSIONS DRAG REVUE
Starting in May at The Crown & Anchor (performance days vary)
MISS RICHFIELD 1981 “GENDER FLUIDS”
From May 25 – September 13 Wed thru Sun at The Pilgrim House
THIRSTY BURLINGTON
From May 26 – September 5 on Wed & Fri at The Crown & Anchor
DINA MARTINA
From May 30 – September 15 Wed thru Sun at The Crown & Anchor
MARTI GOULD CUMMINGS
From June 7 – Sept 21 brings her NYC drag show to the Pilgrim House
VARLA JEAN MERMAN: A STAR IS BORED
From June 21-September 6 on  Mon|Tues|Th|Fri at the Art House
JUDY GOLD
From June 21 – August 30 on Th & Fri at the Art House
LIBERACE & PEGGY LEE COMEBACK TOUR
From June 21 – September 7 at the Pilgrim House
GOLD DUST ORPHANS PRESENT THE EBONIC WOMAN
From June 23 – September 8 each Sun at Fishermen Hall
PAM ANN: BUCKLE UP BITCHES
From Jun 26 – Jul 27 Wed thru Sat at The Crown & Anchor
MISS CONCEPTION
From Jun 27 – Sep 8 on Mon|Tues & Fri|Sat at The Art House
BENDELACREME: READY TO BE COMMITTED
From Jun 30-Aug 31 Wed thru Sat at The Crown & Anchor
THE KINSEY SIX: NAKED DRAG QUEENS SINGING
From Jun 30-Sep 8 Sun thru Tues at The Art House
STEVE GRAND: TOP TO BOTTOM NEW THIS MONTH!
From July 2-September 5 Tues thru Th at The Art House
SWEENEY TODD NEW THIS MONTH!
From Jul 8 – August 29 Mon thru Th at The Provincetown Theater
FIRST WIVES CLUB NEW THIS MONTH!
From July 3 – Sep 5 on Wed & Th at The Art House
JINKX MONSOON NEW THIS MONTH!
From  July 6 – September 1 on Sat thru Mon at The Art House
GENE & KARL ARE PTOWN AF NEW THIS MONTH!
From July 23 – August 5 Tues thru Th at The Crown & Anchor

The following shows listed below are limited engagements so be sure to buy tickets early if there is a show you know you’ll want to see.

Provincetown summer entertainmentLIMITED ENGAGEMENT – JULY

LISA LAMPANELLI: AN EVENING OF CONVERSATION
July 1-2 at The Crown and Anchor
TORI SCOTT
July 2 & 29 at The Art House
DIXIE LONGATE HOSTS THE BEST TUPPERWARE PARTY EVERJuly 4 & 9 at The Pilgrim House
GAVIN CREEL
July 5 & 6 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
LESLIE JORDAN: EXPOSED
July 8 & 9 at The Crown and Anchor
MISS KASHA DAVIS: THERE’S ALWAYS TIME FOR A COCKTAIL
July 10 – 12 at The Pilgrim House
JESSIE MUELLER
July 12 & 13 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
MARGARET CHO
July performs at Town Hall
MATT ALBER
July 15 at The Crown and Anchor
BIANCO DEL RIO
July 15 at Town Hall
JUSTIN SAVRE
July 15 & 16 at The Pilgrim House
BEARLESQUE: THE WOOFIEST SHOW IN TOWN
July 15 – 17 at The Crown and Anchor
DANIEL FRANZESE: YASS! YOU’RE AMAZING!
July 17 – 19 at The Pilgrim House
MELISSA ERRICO
July 21 & 22 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
YOLI MAYOR
July 24 & 25 at The Crown and Anchor

Pilot program for marijuana cafes in Massachusetts

Yes on 4, legalize pot in MassachusettsProvincetown named as one of five potential communities to pilot cafes

Last week Boston.com shared a story on how Massachusetts state regulators are now starting to focus on licensing “consumption establishments” so they can open for business in the state. Referred to as cannabis cafes or marijuana lounges, social consumption establishments are just what they sound like. But of course since this is Massachusetts this will likely take time as regulators discuss and debate how to proceed before a cafe is licensed to open.

A pilot program is being evaluated and will be capped at a maximum of 12 communities, beginning with the five — Amherst, North Adams, Provincetown, Somerville, and Springfield — that participated in the working group, if they choose to opt in. At the moment, regulators are suggesting two types of licenses under the proposed pilot: Primary-use licenses, like cannabis cafes, and event host licenses for public events where marijuana could be consumed, like a concert or festival. At the moment indoor smoking would be prohibited due to the statewide ban on indoor smoking but the proposed pilot program would let event hosts could allow smoking in a designated outdoor area and vaping could be allowed indoors with proper ventilation.

You can read the full article on Boston.com, here.

2019 Provincetown summer performances

Provincetown summer entertainmentWhen first time visitors reach out to me for suggestions about Provincetown I always make sure to suggest catching a show. The variety of entertainment in the summer is really astonishing; there is something for everyone.  So if you are planning a trip to Ptown this summer check out who might be performing.

At the time I wrote this post Lea Delaria’s new jazz & comedy club (which is in the space formerly occupied by the Pied) was still under construction and there was no word on the summer line up so check back.

SUMMER SHOWS

ILLUSIONS DRAG REVUE
Starting in May at The Crown & Anchor (performance days vary)
MISS RICHFIELD 1981 “GENDER FLUIDS”
From May 25 – September 13 Wed thru Sun at The Pilgrim House
THIRSTY BURLINGTON 
From May 26 – September 5 on Wed & Fri at The Crown & Anchor
DINA MARTINA
From May 30 – September 15 Wed thru Sun at The Crown & Anchor
MARTI GOULD CUMMINGS
From June 7 – Sept 21 brings her NYC drag show to the Pilgrim House
VARLA JEAN MERMAN: A STAR IS BORED
From June 21-September 6 on  Mon|Tues|Th|Fri at the Art House
JUDY GOLD
From June 21 – August 30 on Th & Fri at the Art House
LIBERACE & PEGGY LEE COMEBACK TOUR
From June 21 – September 7 at the Pilgrim House
GOLD DUST ORPHANS PRESENT THE EBONIC WOMAN
From June 23 – September 8 each Sun at Fishermen Hall
PAM ANN: BUCKLE UP BITCHES
From Jun 26 – Jul 27 Wed thru Sat at The Crown & Anchor
MISS CONCEPTION 
From Jun 27 – Sep 8 on Mon|Tues & Fri|Sat at The Art House
BENDELACREME: READY TO BE COMMITTED
From Jun 30-Aug 31 Wed thru Sat at The Crown & Anchor
THE KINSEY SIX: NAKED DRAG QUEENS SINGING
From Jun 30-Sep 8 Sun thru Tues at The Art House
STEVE GRAND: TOP TO BOTTOM
From July 2-September 5 Tues thru Th at The Art House
SWEENEY TODD
From Jul 8 – August 29 Mon thru Th at The Provincetown Theater
FIRST WIVES CLUB
From July 3 – Sep 5 on Wed & Th at The Art House
JINKX MONSOON: TOGETHER AGAIN AGAIN
From  July 6 – September 1 on Sat thru Mon at The Art House
GENE & KARL ARE PTOWN AF
From July23 – August 5 Tues thru Th at The Crown & Anchor

Provincetown summer entertainmentSPECIAL PERFORMANCES – LIMITED ENGAGEMENTS

MAY & JUNE

DONALD C. SHORTER GENDEROSITY
May 28 – 29  at The Provincetown Theater
CABARETFEST: GROOVIN’ TO THE MEMORIES OF THE 60’s
May 29 – Jun 2 at The Pilgrim House
REBECCA MAKKAI & CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI
May 31st at The Hawthorne Barn
SHARON MCNIGHT
May 31st at The Pilgrim House
DAVID MIXNER: 1969
June 4 & 5 at the Provincetown Theater
MIKE ALBO: SPERMHOOD
June 11 & 12 at The Provincetown Theater
SCREENING: DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS
Made in 1919 – this is the first known pro-gay film ever made
June 14th at The Hawthorne Barn
MARGA GOMEZ: LATIN STANDARDS
June 18 & 19 at The Provincetown Theater
CELLO / VOCAL DUO: BRANDEN & JAMES
June 22 & 23 at The Art House

JULY

LISA LAMPANELLI: AN EVENING OF CONVERSATION
July 1-2 at The Crown and Anchor
TORI SCOTT
July 2 & 29 at The Art House
DIXIE LONGATE HOSTS THE BEST TUPPERWARE PARTY EVER July 4 & 9 at The Pilgrim House
GAVIN CREEL
July 5 & 6 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
LESLIE JORDAN: EXPOSED
July 8 & 9 at The Crown and Anchor
MISS KASHA DAVIS: THERE’S ALWAYS TIME FOR A COCKTAIL
July 10 – 12 at The Pilgrim House
JESSIE MUELLER
July 12 & 13 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
MARGARET CHO
July performs at Town Hall
MATT ALBER
July 15 at The Crown and Anchor
BIANCO DEL RIO
July 15 at Town Hall
JUSTIN SAVRE
July 15 & 16 at The Pilgrim House
BEARLESQUE: THE WOOFIEST SHOW IN TOWN
July 15 – 17 at The Crown and Anchor
DANIEL FRANZESE: YASS! YOU’RE AMAZING!
July 17 – 19 at The Pilgrim House
MELISSA ERRICO
July 21 & 22 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
YOLI MAYOR
July 24 & 25 at The Crown and Anchor

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER

WILL AND ANTHONY: BROADWAY OUR WAY
Aug 3 & 4 at The Crown and Anchor
DEVON GREEN
August 3, 5 & 6 at The Art House
DEBRA MESSING AND KATHY NAJIMY
August 4 is at Town Hall
SUZANNE VEGA
August 5 & 6 at The Pilgrim House
LINDA LAVIN
August 5 & 6
ADA VOX (from This season’s American Idol)
August 7 & 9 at the Pilgrim House
SANDRA BERNHARD: QUICK SAND
August 8 & 9 at The Crown and Anchor
MICHAEL CERVERIS
August 9 & 10 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
UNITARD
August 9 & 10 is at The Art House
SCHMOOZING WITH FRAN DRESCHER
August 10 at Town Hall
BOB THE DRAG QUEEN
August 11 at Town Hall
WELL STRUNG (One Week Only!)
August 11 – 16 at The Art House
JOHN LLOYD YOUNG
August 13 at The Crown & Anchor
KIM DAVID SMITH SALUTES KYLIE MINOGUE
August 14 & 15 at The Crown and Anchor
PTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL
August 15 at The Crown and Anchor
LIZ CALLAWAY
August 16 & 17 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
TODRICK HALL
August 17 is at Town Hall
THE BOY BAND PROJECT
August 19 – 25 at The Crown and Anchor
FAITH PRINCE
August 25 & 26 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
LINDA EDER
August 26 & 27 is at The Crown and Anchor
MARILYN MAYE
August 28 – September 1 is part of the Broadway at The Art House series
MISS COCO PERU “HAVE YOU HEARD?”
September 4 – 6 at the Pilgrim House

Have an event that I overlooked? Add it in the comments section and / or email me at bosguymail@gmail.com to have the event added.