Category Archives: Provincetown

Provincetown in an uproar over Cirque du Soleil

I love ProvincetownUPDATE: The Provincetown Independent Reports Cirque will not come to Provincetown this summer. Details here

Last month heads started to spin when it was reported that Cirque du Soleil would be coming to Provincetown for the summer. More than 70 members of the town’s entertainment community have formerly voiced opposition to the plan which has been shrouded in secrecy. Edge Media reported that town officials have signed non-disclosure agreements, but an announcement is expected at the town’s select board meeting tomorrow, Monday, February 10th.

While I can appreciate the appeal of Cirque du Soleil, I wanted to share my point of view (not that anyone asked but this blog affords me such indulgences).

  Provincetown should reject this plan

If the Cirque would like to come to Cape Cod, towns more centrally located like Hyannis are a far better fit; providing a larger population, better infrastructure and less strain on room inventory already stretched in the summer. Choosing a location at the edge of the Cape will require much of their audience to come from Ptown and surrounding communities.

As amazing as Provincetown’s homegrown arts and entertainment industry may be it is still a fragile thing and promoters cannot compete with the marketing budget and muscle of an international brand like Cirque. Cherished institutions like the Art House, Provincetown Theater, The Crown & Anchor, The Pilgrim House, etc… will be crushed and the arts landscape of Ptown will be left in the dust long after the Cirque packs up their big tent and pulls out of town.

I hope this plan is soundly rejected and any commitments that may have been made can be undone. The first step in making a change is for residents and business owners alike to show up in force on Monday to voice their opposition.

Marijuana dispensary opens in Provincetown

smoking weed, pot, 420Cape Cod’s first adult-use retail marijuana dispensary opened today in Provincetown. Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. is located at 170 Commercial Street in the heart of Ptown under Joe’s Coffee.

For now, the store’s hours of operation will be 10AM to 6PM, Monday through Saturday and from 10AM to 5PM on Sunday. However, store hours will expand from 9AM to 9PM during the summer season.

Vintage gay

Back in March of 2016 I posted this photo, here. Since then these weekly “vintage gay” blog posts have grown in popularity, which is in part why this week’s post is my 199th Vintage Gay blog post. I hope you continue to enjoy reading these posts – they are a personal favorite of mine.

I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

Previous Vintage Gay Photos

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.