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Low Key and Low Budget


February 11th, 2014

Maybe you're in town visiting friends for a few days, or you've come down for a low-key (and lower-cost) weekend of mellow entertainments. Here are some tips on how to relax and have fun in Provincetown, even on a budget!

The Church is a popular space to congregate and socialize during winter so shop in the thrift store, then buy a nutritious, tasty and very filling lunch at the Soup Kitchen of Provincetown!

Movie fans, the Provincetown Public Library provides weekly free movie screenings TWO nights a week! Their original Wednesday free movie night is showing “Mortal Instruments” on the 12th, “The Wolverine,” on the 19th and the comedy “We're the Millers” on the 26th. In response to popular demand, this year the Library has added the Tuesday Movie Selection Series, which this month features “Rushmore” on February 11th (Wes Anderson film of the month), “Timecop” on the 18th (this month's choice for “February Awesomely Bad” film), and the documentary “The Act of Killing”, on the 25th. Movies start at 6 pm in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room, and people are welcome to bring their own snacks and refreshments!

Perhaps you'd prefer some live performance? The Provincetown Theater has begun its annual Winter Reading Series, which runs Tuesday evenings through March 11. Local artists are recruited to perform staged readings of selected plays, which include: “Two Gothic Tales” by Bragan Thomas (February 11th), “The House of the Fallen Snow” by Merridith Allen (February 11th), and “Hope Throws Her Heart Away” by Susan Goodell (February 25th). Readings begin at 7:30 pm, and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

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If you want some fun, unique and low-budget browsing and shopping, then try out our local “go-to” spots for winter congregating and goodies! Right in the middle of town is Ruthie's Thrift Boutique, where you can find clothing for men and women, shoes and boots, lots of cheap books in all genres, small appliances, gently used dinnerware and home décor items, and more. Every visit is like a treasure hunt, as Ruthie's gets in new donations every day. Recently, a special sale included sweaters (a number of them designer names) for $1 each! The boutique, currently managed by local David Hall and staffed by volunteers, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm, and all proceeds are donated to local charities like AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Helping Our Women, Carrie A. Seamen Animal Shelter, Interfaith Council for the Homeless of Lower Cape Cod, the Pilgrim Bark Park, Provincetown Theater, and the Provincetown Rescue Squad!

Across town at the United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, you can find a wide variety of lovely decorative and collectible items, furniture, books and videos, toys and books for kids, electronics and appliances, picture frames and posters, clothing and accessories, linens, office supplies, and a lot more. I was over there the other day, and found a lovely 35-piece set of fine china for $15! In addition to donations to local and area nonprofits, the Thrift store has also contributed funds to disaster response efforts in Japan and the southern U.S. The Church is a popular space to congregate and socialize during winter so shop in the thrift store, then buy a nutritious, tasty and very filling lunch at the Soup Kitchen of Provincetown!

At the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, you can check out new exhibits in their 100th anniversary year, or attend a lecture in their “Gallery Conversations” series. Their February 22nd panel gathers curators Midge Battelle and Pasquale Natale along with local artists and art historian and collector Jim Bakker for this conversation in conjunction with the new “DUOS” Exhibition (running January 31 – May 4, 2014)! PAAM's Winter Film Series continues at Water's Edge Cinema, with “Bigger than Life”, a study of a 1950s schoolteacher/family man's descent into pill addiction and madness (February 25th at 7 pm).

Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and office-guru-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”

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