The Center of the Sea

July 28, 2011 5:39 pm0 comments

The secrets of the ocean have fascinated people for generations. Whether the sea was home to mythic beasts of ancient lore or the bountiful blessing that fed coastal communities, it has always been an integral part of human life. The creatures that live in the ocean are incredibly numerous and diverse – many not fully understood yet, some not known at all. It’s easy to see how two marine biologists and a geologist, having just attained their Ph.D.s and moved to Provincetown, would find themselves carried away with a passion for the ocean.
According to Dr. Charles “Stormy” Mayo, one of those marine biologists and a Provincetown native, this fascination is what led him with fellow scientists Barbara Mayo and Graham Giese to the found the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) back in 1976.
“I think it was mostly serendipitous. We didn’t think we were forming an organization. We thought we were going to have some fun teaching,” recalls Mayo.
The trio of scientists started out with a desire to share knowledge about coastal ecosystems with the Provincetown community at large in 1975, leading beach walks and other informal educational initiatives. But the teaching rapidly developed into the major research and education facility that PCCS has become.
PCCS celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with a slate of public programs, a gala dinner to honor its founders, as well as their usual activities, like the incredible Whale Week programming described in the sidebar to this article.

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Lemonade for Sale! 50 Cents!

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With the endless parade of humanity along Commercial Street, there are a few who stand out and become icons. There’s Jan Kelly with her poinsettia-covered bicycle, Dottie “the window washer” telling friends when the bluefish are running, and of course, there was Ellie, the quintessential Commercial Street superstar, a distinction granted to those who are known for being themselves. Included on the list is a young girl who made herself a mini-business mogul by taking a classic American summer pastime for children and adding her own flair. She’s Xia Maxwell and she sells lemonade – for fifty cents.
Twelve-year-old Maxwell just finished the sixth grade in her hometown of Glastonbury, Connecticut.  She’s been spending summers in Provincetown with her mother, Christine, who owns Mad Maxine’s Jet Ski rentals, and her four older sisters (Krista, Mariko, Katelin, and Samraiweit), since she was adopted from China. She began selling lemonade on Commercial Street with her sisters when she was five years old. Along with Mariko and Katelin, she sold lemonade over the summer of 2006 and donated the money raised to the orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Samraiweit lived before joining their family.  As a family they have traveled all over the world to volunteer in orphanages. Now the revenue raised goes to Xia’s college account, with a little set aside for her to spend.

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dennis lehane comes to town hall

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altrecent release, Moonlight Mile, a sequel to Gone Baby Gone, made the New York Times bestseller list as well. A writer for television, he has worked on episodes of the HBO series The Wire. He also occasionally makes an appearance on screen in the TV series Castle, where he plays one of the crime writer’s poker buddies.

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Bradley Edward Farrell and Michael Joseph DeVellis

June 13, 2011 12:57 am0 comments

altBradley Edward Farrell and Michael Joseph DeVellis are to be married on June 18th, 2011 in Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. A long-time holiday destination for both grooms, Provincetown also holds special meaning as the location of their first weekend trip together, as well as the spot where Mr. Farrell proposed to Mr. DeVellis in May, 2010.

The ceremony will be held at the historic Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in the town center and will be officiated by both James Vincent, a renowned make up artist and close friend of the couple, and the Reverend Dave Johnson. A reception will follow on the grounds of the iconic Pilgrim Monument overlooking Provincetown Harbor.

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Our Carnegie Hall

May 20, 2011 12:03 pm0 comments

by Steve Desroches Almost since the day it opened, Provincetown Town Hall has been an important entertainment venue attracting big names and hot acts to the Cape tip. With about 700 seats, it is the town’s, and indeed the Outer Cape’s, largest performance venue. If you’re invited to perform at [...]

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Celebrate Maritime Days on the Outer Cape

May 5, 2011 6:00 am0 comments

Jutting out into the northern Atlantic, Cape Cod has a rich and fascinating maritime heritage. For the 18th year, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is presenting Maritime Days, a month-long, Capewide celebration of our maritime history. The month of May is packed with a long list of entertaining, educational, [...]

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Ellie December 1, 1931 – April 7, 2011

April 8, 2011 7:40 pm0 comments

altEliot Stanton Castillo, age 79, known as “Ellie”, Provincetown entertainer, died peacefully Thursday, April 7th, at the McCarthy Care Center in East Sandwich, MA, after a valiant fight 56 days after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by family throughout that time.

Eliot is survived by his first wife, Irene Illing Fariss, the mother of his first four children, Andree Clearwater of Shelburne Falls, MA, Lisa Andrews of Halver, Germany, Peter John Castillo of Northampton, MA and Thomas Castillo of Amherst, MA. He is predeceased by his second wife, Kay Castillo. Their son,  Sergeant First Class James Castillo resides in Oceanside, CA. Eliot is survived by his older sister Gloria of Malden, MA, twelve grandchildren, two nieces and countless friends.

Eliot was born in Malden, MA on Dec.1, 1931.  He spent summers with his family at their summer home in Clementsport, Nova Scotia. He graduated from Malden High School , attended Bates College for two years and graduated from Tufts University in 1954. He was the founding minister of the First Baptist Church in Wilmington, MA in 1957. He pastored an Assembly of God church in Middleton, MA in 1959. He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Gordon  Divinity School  in South Hamilton, MA in 1961. He pastored the First Baptist Church in Framingham, MA from 1960-1966. During his tenure, he opened the door to the ecumenical movement, inviting Richard Cardinal Cushing to speak to a standing room only congregation. Time Magazine hailed this as the first time a Roman Catholic prelate had been invited to speak in a Protestant church.

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Pilgrim Monument Opens for the 2011 season

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Climb to the top of the Pilgrim Monument on April First

March 21, 2011-Provincetown, MA – The tallest all granite building in the United States kicks off the season with a bargain, free climbs to the top of the Pilgrim Monument and free admission to the Provincetown Museum located at the base of the Monument.

“What better way to keep your New Year’s ‘get in shape’ resolution than with a 116 step trek to one of the few 360 degree views of Cape Cod,” says Program Manager Laurel Guadazno.

“After your climb be sure to stop in the Museum and visit our newest exhibit on Provincetown’s role in the Great Rebellion, better known as the Civil War. One hundred and fifty years ago Provincetown’s young men marched from the tip of Cape Cod to Boston to fight for the North.  The exhibit features the banner they proudly carried along with vintage photographs and objects from that era,” Guadazno added.

Also at the Museum is a preview of the special exhibit, Souvenir of Provincetown, featuring artwork from the collection of Helen & Napi Van Derek, one of the largest private collections of Provincetown art, combined with objects, photographs, and other materials from the collection of Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum.

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Wedding Announcement

March 15, 2011 4:06 am0 comments

Provincetown Magazine is now accepting free wedding announcements. Please email your announcement to : [email protected] and include in the subject line, free wedding announcement.  congratulations and thanks !!

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