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Notes from Land's End: Sept. 5

Sweet September

September 5th, 2012

Provincetown breathed a collective sigh of relief this morning as rain held off for the sunniest Labor Day weekend in years. The vibe on Commercial Street has changed mercurially to Sweet September, aka “Townie Summer”. Join us for events that welcome sailors, swimmers, performance artists and actors, as well as visiting dogs with their owners. Come play at Solid Gold Pet Tea or see Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece “The Glass Menagerie.”

The vibe on Commercial Street has changed mercurially to Sweet September, aka “Townie Summer”.

And the Light! – It will change over the course of this month until the wondrous hues in the sky become the catalyst of many a painting, photograph, play and even a festival.

Below are web links to buy tickets, participate, volunteer or donate.


Put on a windbreaker and your deck shoes for The Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta September 1-7th. A week-long celebration of Provincetown’s rich maritime history includes the Long Point Schooner and Yacht Race Friday, September 7th. The Parade of Sails begins at 10:30AM with a Noon Race while artists “Paint the Town” aboard the M/V Captain John. At 6:00PM, a barbeque and crew party on MacMillan Pier features the band “Dirty Blonde" (tickets are $25).


The beating of drums from the Boatslip Resort marks the beginning of the 25th Harbor Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla, Saturday, September 8th. Jay Critchley will bring four hundred swimmers and scores of kayakers and volunteers together to honor those who have died with a cleansing one mile swim from Long Point to the shore. In the last quarter century, the ‘Swim’ has grown to raise over $200,000 (2011 total) for the ASGCC (Aids Support Group of Cape Cod), HOW (Helping Our Women) and other Outer Cape non-profits.

The Celebration for Life Concert, with John Thomas and others, kicks off the iconic fundraiser, Friday, September 7th, at 8PM at the UU Church.


Be here for the second Afterglow: Provincetown Live Performance Arts Festival starting Tuesday, September 11th to Sunday, September 16th. It begins at the Harbor Lounge (698 Commercial) with an Opening Night Reception 5PM-8PM ($100 or part of the Glamour Pass). This fabulous gathering will have treats from 141 Market and FarmMaid Foods, oysters shucked by Josiah Mayo coupled with highly creative cocktails. It will be followed by a stellar variety show “Starsky + Cox STEER THE STARS” featuring festival artists, 9PM at the Crown and Anchor (247 Commercial). The variety show is gratis to Townies with proper ID.

Purchase tickets in person at the Crown and Anchor Box Office or online at www.afterglowfestival.org. Cost: $30 for a single performance or buy a Glimmer Pass to see two or three shows for $51 or $78.

Wednesday: Amber Martin, Justin Vivian Bond, Joseph Keckler
Thursday: Tina Alexis Allen, Lady Rizo, Heloise & The Savior Faire
Friday: Bridget Everett, Cole Escola + Erin Markey
Saturday: Dan Fishback, John Cantwell
Sunday: Jay Brannan, John Cameron Mitchell + Stephen Trask


In its 7th year, music inspires this season’s ten innovative productions coming from as near as Boston and as far as Italy and South Africa. Actors and singers will perform literary works by – and inspired by - the genius Tennessee Williams Thursday, September 20th to Sunday, September 23rd.

On the roster is The Actors Theater of Alabama (directed by Will York) riveting performance of the masterpiece “The Glass Menagerie”($30 or included in a Flex Pass). New this year is the delightful addition of “Williams 101: Everything You Wanted to Know”, a daily one hour lecture with Williams scholars at the Sage, 336 Commercial for $15. Parties, performances and all things Tennessee include the visual accompaniment of White Line woodcuts and drawings by William Evaul. Theater goers come from all over the globe for this magical weekend. Tickets and pass selections are available at www.twptown.org.


Provincetown is the most dog friendly town in the country, so naturally there is a weekend for the pooches and their owners. “The dogs pay for the cats” says CASAS President Carol MacDonald about Solid Gold Pet Tea, an annual fundraiser benefitting the CASAS no-kill animal shelter. From 4PM to 7PM, dance to “Who Let the Dog Out?” as you check out doggie costumes and their owners Saturday, September 29th at the Boatslip Resort. For the entire schedule (9/28-9/30), visit www.casasanimalshelter.org

See you this September!

“Notes from Lands End”, by artistic bon vivant Laura Shabott, is a weekly account of the people, places and events that make our town so special.

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