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The Boatslip tea dance has returned

Tea dance at the Boatslip has finally returned! Today is the first tea dance of the 2021 summer season. Proof of vaccination will be required for entry so snap a photo of your vaccination card before you head out. Be kind, and tip the staff generously.

June 2021 Provincetown performances

Live entertainment has returned to Provincetown this summer and both the performers and the venues could use your support. You can purchase tickets for any given show through the links shared in the post below. I will work to update this list throughout the summer. If there is a show that I’ve missed, add the information in the comments section.

June Performances in Provincetown

Ryan Landry Presents: Showgirls performances each Monday
At Pilgrim House Parking Lot June 7, 14, 21
At Fisherman Hall June 28 – Sept 6
Tickets available at House of LaRue

Thirsty Burlington performances each Monday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Dina Martina – performances each Thursday – Sunday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Donnelly & Richardson Sing Dolly – performances each Friday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Paige Turner – performances each Friday & Saturday
At The Pilgrim House Theater

Miss Richfield 1981! – performances each Friday & Saturday
At the Pilgrim House Theater

Illusions – performances each Friday & Saturday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Donnelly & Richardson Sing Broadway on the Beach – June 5
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Provincetown Follies – June 6
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Hump Day Drag Revue – June 9
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

The Immaculate Miss Conception – June 11 – August 8
At The Pilgrim House

Jon Richardson & Todd Alsup – Starting June 14, performances each Monday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Varla Jean Merman – Starting June 15, performances Tuesday – Saturday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

The Cake – June 28 – July 22
Provincetown Theater

Judy Gold – Starting June 29, performances each Monday and Tuesday
At The Art House

Christina Bianco – June 29 – 31
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Bianca Del Rio – one performance only on July 11
At The Town Hall

Jenn Colella w/Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performances July 23 & 24
At The Art House

Cacophony Daniels “Drag Dad” – performances July 24 – 27
At The Pilgrim House

Leslie Cararra-Rudolph – one performance only July 26
At The Art House

2021 Provincetown theme weeks

provincetown floating unicorn

While the impact of the coronavirus can still be felt in Provincetown, it is hard not to feel optimistic with so many Americans getting vaccinated. As a result, Provincetown is cautiously opening back up this summer and bringing back many of their theme weeks and weekends.

If you’re planning a trip to Provincetown this summer, check the calendar of theme weeks, fundraisers and parties that are currently scheduled for the summer of 2021. Tea Dances at The Boatslip begin one week from today on, Thursday, June 3rd.

May & June theme weeks in Provincetown

Memorial Day WeekendMay 28 – 31, 2021
Also known as “Baby Dyke Weekend” for the attracted demographic, there are parties, along with boating, dancing, pool parties, and drinking. Come and celebrate with everyone. Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of the 2021 summer season in Provincetown.

Pride WeekendJune 4 – 6, 2021
This is a relatively new theme weekend for Provincetown which officially celebrated its first Pride Weekend in 2018. This year Provincetown Pride starts on Friday with music, a gay market and parade.

Women of Color WeekendJune 4 – 7, 2021
This is a four-day event that coincides with Pride Weekend and is designed to elevate, strengthen, educate and celebrate LGBTQIA women of color, trans- people of color, non-binary people of color, gender-fluid people of color and their accomplices.

23rd Annual Provincetown International Film FestivalJune 16 – 25, 2021
This worldclass film festival showcases new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors. If you love gay and independent film – this is your week.

Men of Color WeekendJune 17 – 20, 2021
This is a relatively new theme weekend for Provincetown but it is a very welcome addition. The annual summer celebration is presented by the fun and welcoming social group in Boston, Men of Melanin.

CabaretfestJune 23 – 27, 2021
Do you love cabaret music? You’ll want to come to Provincetown for the four days of parties, workshops, performances and networking and ofcourse, music.

Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the FleetJune 24 – 27, 2021
Provincetown is a Portugeuse fishing village. This annual celebration recognizes and celebrates its Portugeuse roots and includes live music, dancing, parades, food, games, and the annual parade of boats.

July theme weeks in Provincetown

July 4th and Independence WeekJuly 1 – 5, 2021
This is party-week central and often referred to as circuit-boy week. The town fills to capacity so if you’re planning to come make sure you secure a reservation and ferry ticket. The town puts on a fun fireworks show (~8:45pm over Provincetown Harbor) and a Parade (~11am) to celebrate the 4th of July.

Bear WeekJuly 10 – 18, 2021
The largest bear event in the world takes place in Ptown each July. Like Independence week, Provincetown fills to capacity; overrun by hairy, leather, and large men. Personally, I find this to be the friendliest week of the year. Just be sure to make your restaurant reservations in advance – Bears love to go out and eat.

Girl SplashJuly 21 – 24, 2021
This weekend is for the ladies. It includes concerts, comediennes, parties, and dancing.

Family WeekJuly 24 – 31, 2021
This is the largest annual gathering in the world of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified parents and their families. Sponsored by the Family Equality Council, this fun-filled week will include more opportunities than ever to build community. All families are welcome!

August & September theme weeks in Provincetown

Ptown, Provincetown, Carnival
Provincetown Carnival Parade || Photo credit Kyle Szary

Provincetown Jazz FestivalAugust 1 – 16, 2021
The 17th annual Jazz Festival calendar was still coming together at the time I wrote this post so check back for concert dates and times.

Carnival: Somewhere Over the RainbowAugust 15 – 21, 2021
Provincetown’s Carnival is one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts with a week of revelry, costumes, and a parade. This is Sergio and my favorite week all summer and is always a lot of fun. This year’s theme of Over the Rainbow seems quite appropriate considering everything the world has been through.

Labor Day Weekend White Party September 3 – 6, 2021
The annual Labor Day White Party which started in 1986 when a small group of friends gathered to play croquet, have a few drinks and close the summer season together has grown into one of the largest parties of the summer. The summer season officially closes Labor Day Weekend.

Celebration of Life & Swim for LifeSeptember 10 – 11, 2021
The Celebration of life concert is the prelude to the next morning’s Swim for Life in Provincetown’s harbor.

Cape Cod ClassicSeptember 16 – 19, 2021
The NGPA is the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aviation professionals and enthusiasts from around the world

Annual Harbor to the Bay Bike RideSeptember 18, 2021
Launched in 2003, Harbor to the Bay (H2B) has raised over $5 million for four local HIV/AIDS organizations; Fenway Health Center, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Community Research Initiative (CRI), and AIDS Action. The ride from Boston to Provincetown is a wonderful annual event and fundraiser.

Yankee Lambda Car Club Invitational September 18, 2021
This annual classic car show hosted in Provincetown at the Monument parking lot from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. concludes with a parade down Commercial Street.

14th Annual Tennessee Williams Theater FestivalSeptember 23 – 26, 2021
The festival honors Tennessee Williams by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays, the work of his peers, and new work inspired by Williams’ creative vision worldwide.

Mates Leather WeekendSeptember 30, 2021 to October 4, 2021
A kick-back, have a good time, meet some hot new friends weekend for those who want to hang out, socialize, relax or party with other like-minded people in leather, rubber and uniforms.

2021 Provincetown summer performances

When people reach out to me for suggestions about things to do in Provincetown I always suggest catching a show. As we slowly return to normal, live entertainment is also returning to Provincetown and both the performers and the venues could use your support.

If there are any performances that I’ve missed please add them in the comments section. Each month starting in June, I will have performances for that month listed, and I will do my best to update those monthly posts.

May Performances in Provincetown

Illusions – Weekends only
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Thirsty Burlington – May 28 & 31
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Live From Provincetown Variety Show – May 29
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Paige Turner – May 29 – Sept 18
At The Pilgrim House Theater

Miss Richfield 1981! – May 29 – Sept 18
At The Pilgrim House Theater

Donnelly & Richardson Sing Dolly – May 31
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

June Performances in Provincetown

Ryan Landry Presents: Showgirls performances each Monday
At Pilgrim House Parking Lot June 7, 14, 21
At Fisherman Hall June 28 – Sept 6
Tickets available at House of LaRue

Thirsty Burlington – performances each Monday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Dina Martina – performances each Thursday – Sunday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Donnelly & Richardson Sing Dolly – performances each Friday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Paige Turner – performances each Friday & Saturday
At The Pilgrim House Theater

Miss Richfield 1981! – performances each Friday & Saturday
At the Pilgrim House Theater

Illusions – performances each Friday & Saturday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Donnelly & Richardson Sing Broadway on the Beach – June 5
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Provincetown Follies – June 6
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Hump Day Drag Revue – June 9
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

The Immaculate Miss Conception – June 11 – August 8
At The Pilgrim House

Neptune – June 13, 17-19
Provincetown Theater

Jon Richardson & Todd Alsup – Starting June 14, performances each Monday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Varla Jean Merman – Starting June 15, performances Tuesday – Saturday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

The Cake – June 28 – July 22
Provincetown Theater

Judy Gold – Starting June 29, performances each Monday and Tuesday
At The Art House

Christina Bianco – June 29 – 31
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

July Performances in Provincetown

The Cake – performances Monday thru Thursday until July 22
Provincetown Theater

Jon Richardson & Todd Alsup – performances each Monday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Ryan Landry Presents: Showgirls – performances each Monday
Art House Parking Lot
Tickets available at House of LaRue

Thirsty Burlington performances each Monday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Illusions – performances each Monday, Friday & Saturday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Edmund Bagnell (from Well Strung) performances each Tuesday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Judy Gold – performances each Monday and Tuesday
At The Art House

Varla Jean Merman – performances Tuesday – Saturday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Dina Martina – performances Thursday – Sunday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Donnelly & Richardson Sing Dolly – performances each Friday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Paige Turner – performances each Friday & Saturday
At the Pilgrim House Theater

Miss Richfield 1981! – performances each Friday & Saturday
At the Pilgrim House Theater

Donnelly & Richardson Sing Broadway on the Beach – each Sunday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Sierra Boggess w/Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performances July 2 & 3
At The Art House

Dixie Longate – performances July 2 – 7
At The Pilgrim House

Lewis & Liberace – one performance only, July 4
At the Pilgrim House Theater

Matthew Darren – performances on July 8 & 15
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Tori Scott w/ Jesse Kissel at piano performances July 9 & 10
At The Art House

Steve Grand – July 10 – 20 (Saturday thru Tuesday)
At the Pilgrim House Theater

Provincetown Follies (Bear Week) – one performance only on July 11
At The Pilgrim House

Alaska Thunderfuck – one performance only on July 11
At The Town Hall

Simply Barbra – July 15 – 17
At The Art House

Zoe Lewis & Bitch! – one performance only, July 18
At the Pilgrim House Theater

Melissa Ferrick – one performance only on July 22
At The Art House

Jenn Colella w/Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performances July 23 & 24
At The Art House

Cacophony Daniels “Drag Dad” – performances July 24 – 27
At The Pilgrim House

Leslie Cararra-Rudolph – one performance only July 26
At The Art House

Rachel Bay Jones w/Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performance July 31
At The Art House

August & Labor Day Weekend Performances in Provincetown

The Glass Menagerie – performances Monday thru Thursday
Provincetown Theater

Jon Richardson & Todd Alsup – performances each Monday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Ryan Landry Presents: Showgirls – performances each Monday
Art House Parking Lot
Tickets available at House of LaRue

Thirsty Burlington performances each Monday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Illusions – performances each Monday, Friday & Saturday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Edmund Bagnell (from Well Strung) performances each Tuesday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Judy Gold – performances each Monday and Tuesday
At The Art House

Ginger Minj – performances Wednesday thru Saturday
At The Art House

Varla Jean Merman – performances Tuesday – Saturday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Dina Martina – performances Thursday – Sunday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Donnelly & Richardson Sing Dolly – performances each Friday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Paige Turner – performances each Friday & Saturday
At The Pilgrim House Theater

Miss Richfield 1981! – performances each Friday & Saturday
At The Pilgrim House Theater

Donnelly & Richardson Sing Broadway on the Beach – each Sunday
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Rachel Bay Jones w/Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performance August 1
At The Art House

“PETIT SPEAKEASY” w/ Zoe Lewis & The Bootleggers – Aug 1 & 29, 2021
At The Pilgrim House

Melissa Errico – performances August 4 & 5
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Deven Green with Ned Douglas – performances August 6 &7
At The Art House

Matteo Lane (comedian) – performances August 7 – 9
At The Pilgrim House

Kristin Chenoweth – performance August 8 (two shows)
At The Town Hall

Naked Boys Singing – performances August 11 & 12
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Unitard – performances August 12 & 15
At The Art House

Edie “Las Vegas Showgirl: Unleashed” – performances August 14 – 24
At The Pilgrim House

Liz Callaway w/Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performances August 13 & 14
At The Art House

Kelli O’Hara w/ Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performance August 15
At The Town Hall

Live From Provincetown Variety Show – performance August 17
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

The Boyband Project – August 18 & 19
Poolside at the Crown & Anchor

Susie Mosher w/Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performance August 21
At The Art House

Stephanie Block w/Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performance August 22
At The Town Hall

“Some Like It Hot” w/ Zoe Lewis & Qya Cristal – August 22, 2021
At The Pilgrim House

Nicholas King – performance August 26
At The Art House

Lillias White – performances August 27 & 28
At The Art House

Marilyn Maye – performance August 31 – September 4
At The Art House

Sutton Lee Seymour: Booby Tunes – performances August 28 – September 1
At The Pilgrim House

Beth Leavell w/Seth Rudetsky (Broadway Series) – performance September 5
At The Town Hall

Christine Pedi – performance September 11
At The Art House

Getting to Provincetown

Traveling between Boston and Provincetown (a.k.a. Ptown) is easy. Driving is the most common form of transportation but it is the slowest way to travel between Boston and Ptown and can take much longer than ferry service or flying.

Entering-Provincetown

Provincetown High-Speed Ferry Service

Ferry service is a convenient way to travel. Two companies offer high-speed ferry service that is faster than driving (90-minutes) and have the added benefit of some amazing views. If you are flying into Boston, enroute to Provincetown, water taxi service is available as are the Blue and Silver Line subway lines.

Boston Harbor City Cruises: Provincetown High-Speed Ferry is the larger and slightly faster ferry service between Boston and Provincetown. The Salacia has a capacity of 600-people but it remains to be seen if any capacity restrictions may be implemented due to COVID-19. The 2021 Summer ferry service to Provincetown begins on May 16th. For more information visit the 2021 Boston Harbor Cruise Provincetown Ferry Schedule. The cost of a ticket is $95 RT or $63 one way (Mon – Thurs) or $98 RT or $64 one way (Fri – Sun).

Boston Harbor City Cruises is located at One Long Wharf, Boston MA and is accessible by water taxi (from Logan airport and other parts of the harbor), the Blue Line Aquarium MBTA station, and there is a Boston Blue Bikes docking station at Long Wharf. For more information visit them online or call them at 617-227-4321.

Bay State Cruise Company: Conveniently located in Boston’s Seaport District the Bay State Cruise Company offers a 149 person high-speed ferry with service between Boston and Provincetown 7-days a week. The 2021 Summer ferry service to Provincetown starts on May 16th. For more information visit the 2021 Bay State Cruise Company Ferry Schedule. The cost of a ticket is $90/$96 RT or $61/$64 one way. The higher price is for peak demand departure times.

Bay State Cruise Company is located at the Seaport World Trade Center Marine Terminal on Seaport Boulevard. It is easily accessible by water taxi (from Logan airport and other parts of the harbor), the Silver Line World Trade Center MBTA station, and there are two nearby Boston Bikes docking stations. For more information visit them online or call them at 617-748-1428.

Flying to Provincetown

Cape Air is the only airline to offer daily flights between Boston and Provincetown. With a flight time of approximately 25 minutes this is the fastest way to travel between Boston and Provincetown.

The planes used by Cape Air are tiny but reliable and the Provincetown airport is a 10 minute drive to the center of town. Cape Air also provides flights to Provincetown from White Plains, NY, Saranac Lake, NY, and Portland, ME (but not with the same frequency).

For information about flight times and fares or to book a flight visit Cape Air.

Bus service to Provincetown

The most affordable way to travel between Boston and Provincetown is bus service. It also happens to take the most time (approximately 4 hours), but for those on a budget it is hard to beat the price, which fluctuates but can cost as little as $20 each way. Click the link to learn more about bus service to Provincetown.

Provincetown Film Society’s Winter Auction

Provincetown

The 23rd Provincetown International Film Festival, hosted by the Provincetown Film Society, will take place June 16 – June 25, 2021. The winter auction which opens later this week uses the money raised to help support the cinemas and continue their year-round programming including the annual Women’s Media Summit, Film Financing Forum, Jamaica on Film Festival, and the LGBTQIA2+ Young Film-Maker Mentorships.

Provincetown Film Society Winter Auction January 29 – February 7, 2021

Click here to check out the items for this year’s online auction

About Provincetown Film Society (PFS): The Society is an advocate for gender, racial, and LGBTQIA+ representation in film, providing year-round programming and platforms that allow voices of all kinds to be heard. PFS’s work postively impacts the cultural and economic vitality of Provincetown, and its work helps shape industry discussions around parity in film.

Vintage gay

Although all official celebrations in Provincetown were cancelled this year due to COVID-19, this coming weekend would be Holly Folly a LGBTQ+ holiday-themed festival. Since I have Ptown on the brain, I thought I’d share this vintage photo of guys posing on the beach in Provincetown. You can barely makeout the Pilgrim monument in the far right of the photo.

I believe this photo is part of the George Chapin Scott and Edward F. Bernier Collection now owned and cared for by The History Project which would likely date this to the 1940s or 1950s.

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

Halloween in Provincetown

Halloween, Boston, Provincetown, Providence, Ogunquit

Halloween in Provincetown a.k.a. “Spooky Bear” can be an amazing experience. It combines the theatrics and creativity you only find in LGBTQ enclaves in major cities like NYC and Los Angeles with small town charm and quirkiness. I don’t know if there is another small town in America (Ptown has < 3,000 year round residents) that can compete.

Unfortunately, the pandemic will inevitably blunt the experience for anyone planning to visit next weekend. All large-scale events and traditional parties hosted each year have been cancelled. If you’ve not heard, many businesses closed prematurely for the season (including huge venues like the Crown & Anchor) and several businesses are going out of business (I will miss Bodybody and their post season sales terribly).

The Provincetown Guild has a complete list of businesses that remain open through Halloween weekend, and I recommend you check this out if you’ve yet to make plans but are contemplating spending next weekend in Ptown.

Oh yeah, and as a sidenote, MaineStreet in Ogunquit has closed for the season. Can we all agree that 2020 really stinks and we need someone who can end this f*cking pandemic!

Provincetown’s Long Point light house

If the weather is good (warm and not much of a breeze) you’ll probably find me on a kayak in Ptown harbor. Last year’s post, Kayaking Provincetown harbor, is one of many I’ve shared over the years. Keeping with tradition, Sergio joined me  kayaking out to Long Point. It was a great workout and a great way to escape the heat of  the day. Sadly, we didn’t see much wildlife this year.

About Long Point is located at the extreme tip of the Provincetown peninsula, that curls back in on itself to create Provincetown Harbor. The Long Point Light was built in 1827. The lighthouse once shared this peninsula with a settlement of fishermen that came to be known as Long Point, Massachusetts, that thrived from 1818 until the late 1850s. When the settlers decided to leave Long Point, they took most of their houses with them.  Today, Long Point is a ghost village – nothing remains, except for the lighthouse and an earthen mound, the last remnant from the earlier military post.  More about Long Point here.

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.

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