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A Holiday Q&A with Paige Turner

by Steve Desroches

It’s the holiday season and guess who is hopping on Santa’s sleigh and celebrating her first Holly Folly ever…none other than the Showbiz Spitfire Paige Turner with her brand new holiday show Drag Me to Christmas at the Post Office Cabaret. This oversized Barbie wants a lot this Christmas and isn’t taking no for an answer. ‘Tis the season to be greedy, so come be a misfit, get your stocking stuffed, and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, Paige Turner style. The show features live singing of over-the-top parodies and holiday classics like Mariah Carey, Bing Crosby, and parodies, as well as original holiday songs written for Miss Turner. A full afternoon of presents just waiting to be unwrapped! Turner took some time to talk in her New York City home while packing for a trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, about her plans for the holidays, why she loves just how tacky Christmas is, and how Santa never brought what she actually wanted as a child so as an adult she just bought all the toys she was denied…and then some! (Spoiler alert: she wanted a Barbie doll real bad).

Provincetown Magazine: Are the holidays a particularly favorite time of year for you?

Paige Turner: I know Jesus was born this month, but oohhh Mary, so was Paige Turner. It all started for me at Christmas, and here I am going into my 12th year! Christmas is such a great time to do shows, because there’s instant familiarity for everyone around holiday themes—and Christmas is so gaudy, bawdy, and jam-packed with tinsel, perfect for a Christmas Queen!

PM: Was there a present you really wanted as a child, but was told no because “it’s not for boys”? Or did an open-minded Santa visit your house?

PT: Barbie! Always Barbie! And no I never got one! Growing up in Indiana (the town next to Ralphie’s in A Christmas Story), you can imagine what that was like.  Instead of getting a Barbie, one year, I got the Stretch Armstrong doll. Yes, the muscular guy in the speedo. Needless to say, I never let him out of my sight!

PM: Christmas is a delightfully tacky, over-the-top holiday perfect for drag. How is your house decorated for the holidays?

PT: I love mid-century anything—especially Christmas mid-century. I have random blow molds, Christmas ceramics my mother painted, ornaments from my childhood and even a pink Barbie Christmas tree filled with Barbie Hallmark keepsake ornaments that I collect!

PM: What do you have in store for Provincetown with Drag Me to Christmas?

PT: Surprisingly I’ve never done Christmas in Provincetown, even though I just finished a full season with my summer show. You will get all your holiday favorites, a hell of a lot of parodies, and even original songs written for me by composer Billy Reece.  Lots of presents waiting to be unwrapped that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit! I even have one of my costumes designed after a Barbie Christmas doll. 

PM: What New Year’s resolutions are you making for 2023?

PT: To actually go on a vacation where it’s not attached to a performing gig and four suitcases. Maybe Santa cccwill take me there on his sleigh. Ho, ho, ho!

Paige Turner presents Drag Me to Christmas at the Post Office Cabaret, 303 Commercial St., on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m. Tickets ($35) are available at the box office and online at postofficecafe.net. For more information call 508.487.0087.

               

Ring in the Holidays!

Paige Turner is not the only fun you’ll find in town this season. Far from it!

Founded in 1978 to promote Provincetown as a vacation destination to the LGBTQ community the Provincetown Business Guild has over the years grown to also produce events like Pride and of course Carnival each August. As the holiday season is here the PBG is busy producing two other signature Provincetown events: Holly Folly and First Light. This year is in fact the 25th incarnation of Holly Folly, which kicks off December with a weekend of holiday traditions both naughty and nice. And First Light of course welcomes the New Year on the Cape tip each year with parties, shows, and more! Here’s a list of just some of the events planned for each event.

In addition, the Provincetown theater has some events to keep in mind, and take a look at our feature on Sweet Honey in the Rock, performing at Town Hall on December 18, as well.

NOVEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 4

Tiny Beautiful Things

Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St.

A play based on the New York Times bestselling book and podcast by Cheryl Strayed, about hope, healing, hilarity and helium; adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos. Visit provincetowntheater.org for tickets and more information. 

HOLLY FOLLY

Friday, December 2

Holly Folly Gallery Stroll, 1 – 5 p.m.

Many of Provincetown’s galleries are still open to find the perfect gift during this special holiday stroll – join the members of the Provincetown Art Gallery Association for this annual art event. provincetownartgalleryassociation.org

Holly Folly Follies, 8:30 p.m.

Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St.

Ring in the season with ‘the gayest show in town’ with a cheery holiday version of the Provincetown Follies, featuring some of  Provincetown’s most beloved performers as they take to the
Town Hall stage. onlyatthecrown.com.

Nutcracker Ball, 10 p.m.

The Vault at the Crown and Anchor, 247 Commercial St.

Have you been naughty or nice? Strap into the holidays with your favorite leather look to celebrate both Holly Folly and the 30th Birthday of Cameron Pierce’s – Mr. Snowbound Leather.

Saturday, December 3

Annual Jingle Bell Run, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fanizzi’s  to the Provincetown Brewing Company

539 Commercial – 141 Bradford St.

One-horse-open-slay your way down Commercial Street in as little clothing as you dare for this frosty fun-run! Folks will gather at Fanizzi’s for coffee, strip down, and run through Provincetown to the Lobster Pot Tree before climbing into their favorite onesie for a Brew Brunch at Provincetown Brewing Company. ptown.org/fanizzisrestaurant.com and provincetownbrewingco.com.

Whales & Wassail, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Center for Coastal Studies, 5 Holway Avenue

The Center for Coastal Studies will host artisans and artists selling products related to their mission, under Spinnaker, their incredible humpback whale skeleton. There will be a silent auction and small events throughout the day along with wassail and cookies. coastalstudies.org.

Holly Folly Gallery Stroll, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Many of Provincetown’s galleries are still open to find the perfect gift during this special holiday stroll – join the members of the Provincetown Art Gallery Association for this annual art event. provincetownartgalleryassociation.org.

Souper Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Tin Pan Alley/Firehouse, 269 Commercial St./256 Commercial St.

The Soup Kitchen in Provincetown’s (SKIP) annual Holly Folly fundraiser! Local businesses donate soul-warming soups to be ladled off at $8 a bowl at Tin Pan Alley. You can also get cold quarts of soup at the Firehouse next to Town Hall. tinpanalleyptown.org/skipfood.org.

Holly Folly Inn Stroll, 1 – 4 p.m.

Pop your antlers into many of Provincetown’s most iconic inns to enjoy warm decor and wintery treats and libations. For full list of participating inns visit ptown.org.  

Snowball Bar Crawl, 1 – 4 p.m.

Wine and wassail your way through the streets of Provincetown with the merriest of revelers. Fugly sweaters, Santa suits and tinsel-toes encouraged. Visit ptown.org for a list of your favorite Provincetown stops on the way to the North Pole.

Holly Folly Tea, 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Red Room, 258 Commercial St.

The weather may be cold, but this tea is still served hot! Don’t miss out on your favorite Provincetown tradition this Holly Folly – all the beats and drinks will keep you cozy at Red Room. redroom.club.

Fugly Holiday Sweater Party, 5 – 6 p.m.

Harbor Lounge, 359 Commercial St.

Put on your ugliest holiday sweater and head over to the Harbor Lounge for great drinks and good laughs.

A Soulful Christmas with Mike Flanagan
& Lauren Scales, 6 p.m.

The Post Office Cafe & Cabaret, 303 Commercial St.

A hip and swinging musical Christmas celebration! postofficecafe.net.

The Anita Cocktail Variety Hour, 7:30 p.m.

The Post Office Cafe & Cabaret, 303 Commercial St.

Provincetown’s own Anita Cocktail host this holiday drag spectacular featuring visiting queens from all over New England. postofficecafe.net.

Hung with Care: A Queer Holiday Burlesque
Spectacular, 8:30 p.m.

Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St.

Now in its 10th season, and making its Provincetown debut at Town Hall, this original, fully scripted show is a scintillating sleigh ride of yuletide classics featuring performances from some of the nation’s premiere cabaret artists with specialties ranging from burlesque to dance, circus, live singing and so much more! ptown.org.

Anne Hutchinson Comedy Show, 9 p.m.

The Post Office Cafe & Cabaret, 303 Commercial St.

Banished for her revolutionary beliefs Anne Hutchinson is back and is ready to set the record straight and have you rolling in the aisles. postofficecafe.net.

Sunday, December 4

Pajama Brunch, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bayside Betsy’s, 177 Commercial St.

Join the team at Bayside Betsy’s for the return of their annual pajama brunch to celebrate Holly Folly weekend. baysidebetsys.com.

Holly Folly QAF Bingo, 1 – 3 p.m.

Crown and Anchor, 247 Commercial St.

Come with the full fam to enjoy everyone’s favorite vehicle for fun, drinks, and luck at our Holly Folly Bingo. This annual fundraiser for the PBG will feature eight rounds of exciting prizes from your favorite Provincetown shops and more! ptown.org.

Drag Me to Christmas with Paige Turner, 4 p.m.

Post Office Cafe & Cabaret, 303 Commercial St.

This oversized Barbie wants a lot this Christmas and isn’t taking no for an answer. ‘Tis the season to be greedy, so come be a misfit, get your stocking stuffed, and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas…Paige Turner style. postofficecafe.net.

Sugar and Spice Cookie Party hosted by
Abby Cummings, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Post Office Cafe & Cabaret, 303 Commercial St.

Enjoy live music by Mike Flanagan and fill your stockings with as many delicious baked goods as possible at the Post Office Cafe & Cabaret. postofficecafe.net.

DECEMBER 14 – 17

Townie Holiday Extravaganza

Provincetown Theater,

238 Bradford St.

The popular annual townie talent show, Thursday – Saturday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Visit provincetowntheater.org for tickets and more information. 

FIRST LIGHT

Saturday December 31

Ball Drop Bingo, 1 – 3 p.m.

Crown and Anchor, 247 Commercial St.

Come with the full fam to enjoy everyone’s favorite vehicle for fun, drinks, and luck at our Ball Drop Bingo. This annual fundraiser for the PBG will feature eight rounds of exciting prizes from your favorite Provincetown shops and more! ptown.org.

Christine Ebersole with Billy Stritch, 7 p.m.

Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St.

The two-time Tony-winning Broadway star takes to the stage for an incredible New Year’s Eve concert. arthouseptown.com.

Sunday, January 1

Provincetown Polar Bear Plunge, 11 a.m.

Johnson Street Beach

Join emcees Trampolina Glenellen and Chris Racine for a brisk dip in Provincetown Harbor on New Year’s Day to help raise funds for the Center for Coastal Studies. Register and get the details at polarbearplunge.redpodium.com

Hair of the Dog Disco, 1 – 4 p.m.

Provincetown Brewing Company, 141 Bradford St.

After a raucous night on the town ringing in the New Year, now’s your chance to imbibe and recharge with the hair of the dog at the Provincetown Brewing Company. provincetownbrewingco.com

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The Taste of Honey : Payomet Brings Sweet Honey in the Rock to Provincetown

by G.W. Mercure

Sweet Honey in the Rock, the timeless and dynamic collective that has been creating daringly-inclusive, female-forward music for almost half a century, will perform a special holiday show produced by Payomet at Provincetown Town Hall on December 18. The show will feature the band’s signature spiritual amalgams and holiday fare familiar to western revelers, as well as selections from other faiths, traditions, and cultures.

The collective was founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon, who retired from the group in 2004. The current line-up includes two original members (Louise Robinson and Carol Lynn Maillard), a bass guitar player (Romeir Mendez), an interpreter of American Sign Language (Barbara Hunt), as well as singers Nitanju Bolade Casel, Rochelle Rice, Christie Dashiell, and Aisha Kahlil.

“They asked me to audition,” Kahlil says. “I was bussing tables in a vegetarian restaurant—I was vegan at the time. I was making ten dollars per night bussing tables, but at least I got to eat for free.”

The audition went well. “They asked me if I wanted to join the group and I said, ‘Sure, I’ll do that for a little while.’” She laughs. That was 1981. “Time passes,” she says.

Time passes, and times change. Asked if a show like the one Sweet Honey in the Rock puts on is more relevant in such divisive times, Kahlil says, “It’s built around the concept of unity of religion, of spirituality. There are certain aspects of spirituality that seem to come with focusing on different cultures, especially this time of year.”

But the times haven’t changed what Sweet Honey in the Rock does, according to Kahlil. They have always been about transcending the struggle—it’s right there in the name of the group. “There has to be honey in the rock today,” she says. “Bernice Johnson Reagon, who founded the group and named the group ‘Sweet Honey in the Rock,’ she took it from a verse from the Bible that talks about a land that’s so sweet that honey comes from the rocks. She thought that that aptly described Black women because throughout our history here in this country we had to be incredibly strong just to withstand slavery and discrimination, not just as a Black woman but as a woman,” she says. “We’re trying to hold families together, we’re trying to make a mark, or make a stepping stone for our children and grandchildren coming up after us.” For women and Black women—“the lowest on the totem pole,” she says—that struggle required a rock: “A very hard type of exterior, just to survive and be able to do all of these things. But the sweetness is still there: Crack that, and honey will flow out of it. As far as me, I always have hope,” she says.

Her hope, like Sweet Honey in the Rock and their performances, is dynamic, personal, inclusive, endless. “I hope it goes on forever,” she says of the group. “Not only continue but also flourish.” Even if it continues and flourishes without her. “Someday I’m going to be somewhere in the sun by the beach,” she laughs. “I’m going to make that happen!”

The strength, the perseverance, the longevity of the group is built into its ideals. And she believes that the same can be said of our culture, our nation. Her words here are worthy of the band, worthy of the country, worthy of the ideals underpinning each: “I realize that everything is a struggle. But as long as there are enough people who keep that understanding of what that means, the very precious nature of what that means, how treasured it is, the ideals that we said this country was based on: Freedom, independence and freedom. As long as that remains the dominant ideal in this country, I feel that there will be honey again from those rocks, regardless of how many times we have to battle through. To understand that we will go through whatever we have to go through to obtain that, it’s amazing.”

Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform on Sunday, December 18, 3 p.m., at Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St. For tickets ($33 – $55) and information call 508.349.2929 or visit payomet.org.

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Restoring Valor : A New Mission for a Veteran’s Vessel

by Rebecca M. Alvin

“It was love at first sight.”

Commodore Adam R. Howard, a U.S. Navy service-connected disabled veteran, knew the moment he saw the Dutch boat modeled on Princess Beatrix’s own Royal Yacht in 2021, that he had to buy it. The boat was owned by fellow Navy veteran Tony Dziadzul, who served in Desert Storm, and it was in rough shape. Valor, which started its life in 1979 as Antje in the Netherlands, would ultimately require a six-figure investment in restoration and upgrades, but it was well worth the effort, not only because of the beauty of her lines, the richness of its history as everything from a trophy-winning wooden boat on Lake Michigan to a rumrunner in the Florida Keys to a shrimp boat, but because Howard had a very specific plan for the vessel. Valor would not be restored to be some rich guy’s private yacht, but rather to be a source of joy and healing for his fellow veterans, their families, and the disabled community at large, stationed right here in Howard’s home of Provincetown as the vessel for Project Valor Sailing.

All photos by Tony Dziadul

“So the idea here is I created this nonprofit with this boat,” explains Howard. “We’re going to be sailing veterans and disabled people and first responders, active-duty personnel, all for free. Okay, so how do you do that? Well, we’re going to have a sailing school, an academy on the water on this boat, which picks up right where West End [Racing Club] leaves off when their kids are 14, 15 and they’ve got no place else to go.” He also adds that anybody who wants to learn the art and craft of sailing and boating—maintenance, machinery, ropes, everything related to it—will be able to take classes on the boat. In addition to the school, the boat will also be available for film shoots or private events, etc., all to make sure the free program is sustainable.

“We’ll be servicing veterans… [but] it will be available to the community for all kinds of activities and in support of the community,” he adds. “If it’s Helping Our Women want us to do a cruise for them, or if it’s the AIDS Foundation, I mean, whoever, we’re happy to accommodate and raise money to make sure that everybody—I want this boat to be everybody’s boat, in the sense that we try to take care of everybody with the boat… I want this to be like Provincetown’s flagship. I mean, Plymouth’s got the Mayflower—it should be here, but they’ve got it,” Howard laments.

Howard’s driving motivation is his deep connection to the veteran community as well as his love for Provincetown. He says he wants the boat to be a resource and that collaborating with other organizations in mutual support is also part of the plan. For example, the Provincetown VFW, which sold its building years ago, continues to meet locally and put on events for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Howard says he has offered the boat free of charge to them for their meetings in the warmer months, as one example of connecting to the worth others are already doing.

“I got banged up in the service. So, unfortunately, because that happened, I had to cut my obligation and my tour of duty short—it wasn’t my decision—which was very disappointing to me. So ever since that time, which was like 1978, I’ve been trying to find a way to be of service and to, you know, finish out what I had started. So, years and years went by, and I’d done a lot of work with veterans, veterans organizations, I worked a lot with national parks, all kinds of stuff. So, an opportunity came up; I stumbled into a little pot of money, and I saw this boat.”

Although originally from New Jersey, Howard’s connection to Provincetown goes back decades. “I got here in ‘84 and was here for a while and then I met somebody and of course chased him all the way back to Jersey,” he says with a faint smile. “I came back summers over the years and stuff, always wanted to get back here full-time at some point. And then he passed away in 2000. And then I was living down in Pennsylvania in like the middle of redneck hell, you know, Proud Boys country, before I said we gotta get out of here. This sucks. So we came back here.”

Sometimes being a member of these two communities is complicated. While most agree veterans require services and want to see them get more help after their service ends, divisive politics around American foreign policy and our cultural problems with toxic masculinity and violence can sometimes overshadow these issues and make dialogue difficult. Howard acknowledges this, but also sees a lot of support in the community here in this unique town.

“We’re completely apolitical. We’re not a political organization, we’re a service organization. We’re not interested in anybody’s politics or whatever,” Howard emphasizes. “I know that some people have a very dim view of the military and people running around with guns and stuff, but if it wasn’t for that, trust me, we would all be speaking German, or Russian. And the fact of the matter is, you know, the average soldier, sailor, whoever, they’re not making the policy, they’re just doing their job. So I mean don’t give them a hard time. You know, talk to your congressman, if you have a complaint.”

While he says joining the military was “ the smartest thing I ever did,” part of the reason for Project Valor is to use sailing as a therapeutic treatment for veterans with physical, emotional, and mental disabilities.

“So, me being service-disabled and having some issues around you know, PTSD—I don’t have any problem saying it—being on the water is a proven therapeutic modality for people. It’s what’s good: it’s fresh air, it’s exercise, it really reduces stress. It’s teamwork, team-building for a lot of guys and gals that were in the military… And so it really is helpful in that way.” In fact, the Veterans Administration has cited studies on using sailing for therapeutic purposes with great results,  particularly when compared with traditional therapies (such as talking therapy), which have a low rate of active participation in the veteran community for a variety of reasons. Something about activities on the water has been shown to reduce stress and help veterans in similar ways to traditional mindfulness practices.

“And the boat is going to serve as a floating veterans’ resource center, meaning that we’ll have all tons of literature onboard guiding people to services, everything from the Veterans Crisis Line all the way down to health care, benefits. We’re very involved with the VA rep up here,” he says. “We want to do outreach to the younger veteran community and get them engaged and involved. And one of the problems we have in the veteran community is that while there are tons of services and funds and programs out there— and the Congress and the VA do wonderfully in establishing all these programs—but they’re kind of lousy at letting people know about them.” He cites as an example an annuity he had been eligible for that he didn’t know about until he spoke to a VA rep and she gave him the details.

Although at press time it was unlikely the vessel would arrive in Provincetown in time for the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, November 11, Howard is determined to have it here this year, with plans for a larger event in the spring when the weather is more conducive to something on the water. “We’re going to be flying a Purple Heart flag from the boat. I’m not a purple heart recipient myself, but we will definitely be honoring the fact that you know, all gave some and some gave all, and we don’t want to forget that.”

The community has been incredibly supportive, he says, but there are still financial challenges to overcome. “It was in really bad shape at one time,” Howard says of Valor. “So literally, we replaced a lot of wood. We replaced all the iron with stainless, we’ve completely rebuilt the engine, all the systems and lines and hoses. New mahogany decking, mahogany cap rail, new sails… So I’d say we had an original goal of a $150,000 project, including purchase price which was not too high because it was a little bit of a rough shape, and I think we’re just about $25,000 short of that right now to finish everything up, truck it here, and then, of course, the ongoing expenses of maintenance, keeping it in storage, and all that.”

It’s been a year-long restoration project but Howard promises the boat will be here definitely by Christmas, although due to weather this time of year, it will not be in the water until next season.

“Everyone’s very interested and everybody’s excited to see it. But it’s been in the ether for a year, and everybody’s like, ‘you know, where’s this boat already?’ It’s like, hey, it’s a slow boat to China. It’s coming. It’s coming!” he says. “ We want this to really be a feather in the cap for Provincetown, doing something for not only veterans but the disabled and first responders—I mean it really is a good, good program.

To donate funds, follow the restoration progress, learn more about Project Valor, and see updates on when Valor will arrive in Provincetown visit projectvalorsailing.org or follow the Project Valor Sailing Facebook page.

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A Very Burlesque Christmas

by Jaiden van Bork

Many believe that all the fun in Provincetown ends along with the summer, but longtime visitors and locals alike know that the P-Town season isn’t complete without the yuletide festivities of Holly Folly. Now in its 25th year, the celebration is one of, if not the oldest LGBTQ holiday festivals in America. And just like everything else in town, this historic Helltown staple is also ever-evolving and changing. And this year it’s welcoming a brand-new show thanks to new Provincetown Business Guild Executive Director Stephan Hengst.

Roughly a decade ago, Hengst created Hung with Care, a queer holiday burlesque spectacular, while working with Big Gay Hudson Valley in New York. Along with his husband, Patrick Decker, Hengst founded the organization in 2008, attempting to connect the relatively disjointed queer community of the mid-Hudson-Valley region through arts and culture. “Unlike Provincetown, we didn’t have gay bars around,” says Hengst, “We didn’t have watering holes where we could all get together. So we created Big Gay Hudson Valley as a way to gather with friends.”

Since 2008, the organization has brought in iconic queer performers, hosted countless events and festivals, and provided numerous resources to the LGBTQ community of the area. The idea for Hung with Care didn’t manifest until 2011 though, when the return of “boylesque” made headlines in the New York Times, thanks to the work of performer Chris Harder (a.k.a. GoGo Harder), who ran a burlesque school in New York City. Inspired by this trend, Hengst drew on queer performers from the New York City area to create what he describes as “a fully scripted, two-hour long, produced, queer burlesque spectacular,” hoping to bring rural queer people together for the holidays.

Broody Valentino Photo: Atticus Media Productions

Hengst’s vision received backlash at first from the conservative community of the area. He says numerous threats and “nasty letters” were sent to the premiere venue in Poughkeepsie ahead of the sold-out show. However, this resistance only led to more buzz about the up-and-coming act, enabling the team to add a second performance that year and entertain a full house once again.

“It’s really become a crazy runaway thing over the years,” says Hengst. Now a decade into its run, the cast of the hit show has changed repeatedly, and Hung with Care has traveled up and down New York State, becoming a staple event for local queer communities.

“I think there [are] a lot of attendees who… have spent the whole holiday with their friends and their family,” says Hengst, “And by Friday or Saturday of Thanksgiving week, they’re like, alright, we all need a break—we’re going to take mom and dad to go see a burlesque show together, or we’re just going to get some time out of the house ourselves.”

The show offers a refreshingly different kind of holiday festivities, and an opportunity for families (chosen or otherwise) to experience something unique and exciting together. “It’s kind of nice to think about the holidays as a good excuse to get a little sexy,” says one of the show’s core performers, GoGo Gadget. “Cuddle up! Find a cuddle buddy!” Gadget, who goes by the name Alberto Denis off-stage, found his way to burlesque while working for Apple in New York City. Having been a dancer for over a decade, Denis had reached something of a juncture in his career, and was introduced to queer burlesque arts after attending a New York show featuring none other than boylesque master, Chris Harder. Denis was fascinated by the art form, and after attending Harder’s classes, he developed his own burlesque persona and began performing shows around New York in addition to his work in traditional theater. The dancer has seen much success since then, and in 2019 headlined the London Burlesque Festival — but not before being recruited by Hengst and company to perform in Hung with Care, to which he would return for every show but one thereafter.

This opportunity was unique for Denis. “I love that [burlesque artists] get to perform in pretty seedy places sometimes,” he says, “But here we were given an opportunity [to perform in] well-lit, theatrical settings… My theater-arts self was all about it.” As Hengst also stresses, Hung with Care has a high production value, and a pleasantly theatrical aspect to it that not every burlesque show provides.

The act also boasts a remarkable cast. Denis/Gadget is joined this year by notable performers like Pearls Dailey, Jack Barrow, Broody Valentino, and Boy Radio. And emceeing the show is none other than the Big Apple Circus’ first Afro-Latina ringmaster, Storm Marrero.

But Hung with Care is also very much a local affair, wherever it travels, recruiting local performers to join alongside the traveling cast. And Provincetown’s show is no exception, where the out-of-towners will be joined by Provincetown’s favorite rising burlesque stars: Mackenzie and her dolls.

It’s a cast of skilled burlesque veterans, united in a mission to celebrate the art form and its potential. While many people, particularly of an older generation, might dismiss burlesque (especially queer burlesque) as “low art” meant to reside in the underground, the cast of Hung with Care and other neo-burlesque performers around the globe feel that burlesque has a very important role to play.  “There’s so much sexual repression [and] conservatism around our bodies [and] how we interact with each other,” says Gadget, “One of my favorite things about burlesque is that [along with] it being very much about body positivity… I love that it’s also very sex positive. It’s a great vehicle for exploring that.”

And so, while Hung with Care might not be great for the kids, the rest of the family is encouraged to come along to the “adult-family-friendly” performance, as Gadget calls it—perhaps even the most conservative among them can take something away from this celebration of the body. If you’re feeling a little bored of run-of-the-mill holiday parties, Hallmark movies, and cookie-decorating this year – Hung with Care may have something truly special to offer you. This holiday season, choose burlesque.

Hung with Care: A Queer Holiday Burlesque Spectacular is performed on Saturday, December 3, 8:30 p.m., at Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St., as part of the Holly Folly festival produced by the Provincetown Business Guild. For tickets ($45-$55) and information visit ptown.org/hollyfolly or call 508.487.2313.

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Back to the Garden : Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch Ring in the New Year at Town Hall

by Steve Desroches

It’s a reflective and auspicious time for Christine Ebersole, as often the coming of a New Year can be. But for the celebrated actress of stage and screen, it’s a particularly special time. This coming year she’ll turn 70 and mark 50 years in show business. Her three children are now out on their own and she and her husband are adjusting to the empty nest. In September she released her sixth solo album, After the Ball, featuring tracks like “Autumn Leaves” and “I’m Old Fashioned” that harness the mood to reminisce Ebersole is in. And in November she was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in a ceremony at New York City’s Gershwin Theater, along with playwrights Lynn Nottage and Suzan-Lori Parks, director Frank Galati, and actor Mandy Patinkin, among others. All of this while she continues to tour with concert dates and shoot the hit CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, a comedic look at the love affair of an American-born man and a Nigerian immigrant.

It’s been quite the year, and Ebersole is looking forward to 2023 as she takes to the stage on New Year’s Eve with her longtime friend and collaborator Billy Stritch at Town Hall for an evening of music and fun.

“At this point in my life and career I’m so grateful for everything that’s come my way,” says Ebersole. “There’s no guarantees. I’m just grateful. I’m not chasing life the way I used to, but rather I’m staying open to all the possibilities.”

The calm and confidence in her voice communicates how her talent, hard work, and intelligence has taken her to this place of gratitude and accolade. And her resume is indicative of the possibilities that became realities for her as she’s maneuvered film, television, and theater so successfully she’s been a part of numerous projects with enormous cultural impact. She’s appeared in such films as Tootsie, Amadeus, The Wolf of Wall Street, and most recently the Academy Award Best Picture nominee Licorice Pizza. She got her start in television on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope before landing a gig as a cast member of Saturday Night Live going on to make memorable guest spots on popular shows like Murphy Brown, Ally McBeal, Will & Grace, Ugly Betty, American Horror Story: Coven, and Pose. But it’s her work on the stages of Broadway that catapulted Ebersole to legendary status, and the hall of fame, appearing in celebrated productions of Camelot, Oklahoma!, War Paint, Blithe Spirit with the late Angela Lansbury, and her Tony-winning performances in 42nd Street, and of course, Grey Gardens.

Based on the 1975 documentary about the eccentric relatives of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy living in a decrepit mansion in East Hampton, New York, the musical Grey Gardens became a mega hit all on its own. Written by Doug Wright with music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie (the latter two are associated with the Art House’s Mark Cortale’s theater lab New Works Provincetown developing the musical The Last Diva), Grey Gardens cemented Ebersole’s iconic status as a Broadway star for her portrayal of both Edith “Big Edie” Beal and her daughter “Little Edie.” Sure, the musical began at a good jumping off point as the documentary, and Little Edie, are both beloved figures in American pop culture. But Ebersole’s performance is really what drove the musical to its huge success. The wonderful yet intimidating challenge of portraying such a well-known figure is always a thrill and a worry. It’s of course what actors do. But to take on a character with which audiences are familiar with the minutia of everything from their movements to speech idiosyncrasies is on a whole new level. It’s a feeling Ebersole is familiar with even when portraying fictional characters as she played Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and Guenevere in Camelot, roles originated and made famous by Celeste Holm and Julie Andrews respectively. Preparing to create these characters and make them your own is more a marathon than a spring, explains Ebersole.

“I think with Grey Gardens I just immersed myself,” says Ebersole. “I watched the documentary over and over. That helped with Little Edie, but there is no footage of Big Edie when she was young entertaining in her garden. You eventually have to rely on your imagination to fully inhabit the character. I think when it’s a revival and you’re playing a role created by someone like Julie Andrews, you can’t really compete with that. You really can’t. But you can try to inhabit that character in a way that goes down to the bone and you inhabit it and make it your own experience, for you and the audience.”

At her Town Hall show with Stritch, who she’s known since meeting him during the run of 42nd Street, Ebsersole will present a pastiche of favorite songs from everything from the Great American Songbook, to pop music to Broadway as well as a few holiday classics in rhythm with the season. Ebsersole has performed many times in Provincetown at the invitation of the Art House, blowing the roof of the venue each time she performs (and did the same when she made a surprise appearance at Ryan Landry’s Showgirls one night when the show was at the Atlantic House). She tours the world performing at concert halls and venues large and small, but she recalls each trip to Provincetown not just for its natural beauty, but distinct culture and character.

“It’s just hard to describe,” says Ebersole. “It is the best mix of a big city feeling, but in a small, beautiful town. I’ve never really been anywhere like it. It’s just so beautiful in every way.”

Christine Ebersole performs with Billy Stritch on the piano at Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St., Saturday, December 31 at 7 p.m. Tickets ($50-$150) are available at the Art House box office, 214 Commercial St. and online at ptownarthouse.com.  For more information call 508.487.9222.

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The Witching Hour : Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales Conjure Halloween Magic at Town Hall

by Steve Desroches

When it comes to Halloween, visions of autumn foliage, inky black skies at night, and leaf-littered streets come to mind. In short, Halloween looks like New England in October. That’s in part why drag-queen superstar Jinkx Monsoon is excited to perform at Town Hall this Halloween weekend. As a lover of Halloween, and a longtime fan of the cult classic film Hocus Pocus, which was set and filmed in Salem, Massachusetts, as was its recently release sequel, Monsoon is looking forward to celebrating in New England and experiencing Halloween in a place that looks like Halloween should, at least according to folklore and Hollywood. She’s only ever been to Provincetown in the summer, save one quick visit during Christmastime, and is eager to see the different animal the town turns into on the high haunted homo holiday. While some drag queens think of Halloween as “amateur night,” Monsoon loves the spirit and magic of the season, with drag queens positioned as high priestesses overseeing a conversion of the masses.

“What I love about Halloween is that it’s the time of year everyone takes a sip of the same potion that drag queens do all year,” says Monsoon. “Everyone taps into the drag queen sensibility.”

Indeed, Halloween does bring out the queen, or king, in us all. And these days Monsoon increasingly appears to be the reigning queen, both figuratively and literally, as since winning season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, in which all the cast members were previous winners of a season of the traditional format, Monsoon is now the “queen of queens.” Since the pop culture phenomenon debuted in 2009, and since Monsoon won the first time in 2013, the show has a whole new generation of fans, many of whom have no access to drag performance any other way than via television or the Internet. This new live show, which Monsoon created here with her frequent collaborator and co-star Major Scales, is titled She’s Still Got It, a wink and a nod to her longevity as well as her reinvigorated celebrity and acclaim.

Seeing the show, its debut, in Provincetown over Halloween weekend will be witnessing the beginning of Monsoon’s second act, or perhaps even third. Perhaps more than any former cast member of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Monsoon can pivot from the narratives and performances on TV to being able to present her own vision and viewpoint without having to repeat or stick to the confines of her television persona. That does take some choreography, explains Monsoon, who now says she must conscientiously mix some traditional standards as well as new features in each show to enchant her longtime fan base as well as those who have recently only become aware of her, many of them young people. Monsoon has been such a fixture of the drag queen phenomenon in this country and overseas for so long, and her drag character oozes and slinks with a sophistication and wisdom of the ages usually found in classy vampire movies. Monsoon giggles that she’s already considered a grand dame of drag, and she’s only in her thirties. But nevertheless, to young fans she’s considered part of an older generation.

“I feel weathered and experienced because I’ve been doing drag for 20 years, but I’m only 35,” laughs Monsoon. “I guess in drag years I feel 40. Drag queens live in half-life. We tend to age faster than everyone else.”

This Halloween show also marks a return to Provincetown for Monsoon, an important place to her professionally and personally. Since making her debut here in 2013, Monsoon spent several years here performing summer long runs, with shows like The Ginger Snapped, Together Again, Again, and the landmark The Vaudevillians, all with Major Scales as well as All I Want For Christmas is Attention with BenDeLaCreme, another frequent visitor to town, for Holly Folly in 2019. And only a few weeks after Halloween the two will hit the road touring with The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, with dates all over the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. But first, Monsoon is focused on casting a spell on Provincetown this Halloween to revel in a town that has in turn enchanted her upon arrival. In fact, she says it was a bit of a struggle breaking the spell that kept Monsoon here so she could continue to expand her reach and opportunities, though the town will always be close to her heart.

“We took a hiatus from Provincetown because there were lots of things we weren’t getting to experience because we love Provincetown so much,” says Monsoon. “That’s the double-edged sword. You love it in Provincetown and you’re so happy there, but then 10 years go by and you realize, ‘I’ve never been to Scotland!’ So we decided to take a break from summers in Provincetown to do things like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Writing a new show every year is demanding, too, and you have to do that for Provincetown. But we needed to break up the routine and not get too complacent, otherwise we’d turn into fat and lazy house cats lounging around. But we’ll be back for a long residency someday for sure. We love Provincetown too much not to.”

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales present She’s Still Got It at Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St., on Saturday, October 29 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets ($75-$200) are available at the Art House box office, 214 Commercial St., online at provincetownarthouse.com and at the door the day of the show if not sold out. For more information call 508.487.9222.

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Tales From The Dork Side: Ghosts and Guffaws Abound in Austin Tyler’s Halloween Spook Show

by Steve Desroches

Growing up in central Connecticut Austin Tyler had a seemingly normal childhood….except for all the ghosts. Throughout his young life Tyler would occasionally see quick flashes of people that would then vanish or he’d feel an energy present or hear things that no one else noticed. These encounters weren’t really frightening, but rather intriguing. Some may just chalk it up to an active imagination or just a child explaining a real experience with a supernatural explanation. But as Tyler grew older and reached adolescence, he began to form his own viewpoint as to what was going on: he embraced an identity as clairvoyant, as his natural intuitiveness and heightened senses gave him a view of the world around us that included some imagery and vibrations from the other side. This realization felt a combination of confusing and comforting, but that would soon give way to acceptance and even a joy at settling into self-awareness.

“One of the reasons I was able to grow up that way was really because of my parents,” says Tyler. “They never told me what I encountered was not real. They just told me not to let it take control or be afraid.”

As he grew older, though, some of his phantasmagorical encounters became chilling as he leaned into sensitivities and educated himself more about the world of the supernatural.  And at the same time he also satiated the fun aspects of things that go bump in the night, developing an affinity for horror films, Halloween, and working the haunted attractions industry, which according to the Haunted House Association now generates $300 million annually in the United States each fall, adding to the $5.5 billion Americans spend on the haunted holiday. Straddling the two worlds of the believers and the skeptics, respecting both, allowed Tyler to personally study the paranormal while also embracing the fun side of being spooked. All of this experience, mixed with a penchant for crafting a good yarn, is culminating in Tyler’s first full-length solo show in Provincetown this Halloween weekend, Are You Afraid of the Dork?

“I’m good at telling stories and scaring the hell out of people,” laughs Tyler. Performed in the Wave Bar at the Crown and Anchor, the show will be presented in theater-in-the-round style with the audience cozying around like they’re at a campfire to hear true tales of Tyler’s apparitions and snapshots of the past that manifested before his eyes, some benevolent and some not. But as the title suggests, this show also takes out the comedic Ouija board to conjure up some laughs with stories meant to tickle the funny bone and enchant even the most ardent doubting Thomas. While Tyler explains the show is one part true ghost tales and one part stand-up comedy in the spirit of Halloween, there is also a nod to the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on November 1 and 2.

This past April Fool’s Day Tyler did a bit of stand-up as part of a comedy revue here in Provincetown. After the show he was approached by a woman named Stephanie, who had sadly recently lost her partner Tammy. Several years prior to her death Tammy began taking stand-up comedy classes, but never got a chance to perform due to the pandemic and then illness. After Tammy’s death Stephanie found six pages of notes and jokes, and she asked Tyler if he would someday perform her work as an honor to her memory since in life she never had a chance to present it herself. Tyler recalls reading the pages and realizing Tammy “was funny as hell.” In addition to this comedic ofrenda, the altars created for the Day of the Dead, Tyler will also touch upon the beautiful ache that can come with grief when he tells the story of having to give the eulogy at his sister’s funeral and the day he read it to her before she passed.

All combined Are You Afraid of the Dork? is a bit like a séance with comedic relief performed at a time of the year when multiple cultures believe the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. It’s a large part of the traditions of Halloween, a holiday where we make fun of that which scares us, with death being a central theme, and the Day of the Dead, where beauty and remembrance soothe the pain of loss. This Halloween happening is very much like a horror film or a thrill ride in that you might feel scared or unsettled, but ultimately you know you are protected, even empowered.

“I love Halloween in Provincetown because Halloween here feels like it did when I was a kid,” says Tyler. “I love the playfulness of it and that its adapted for adults. It encourages creativity and exploration that taps into who you really are or who you want to be. It also allows for getting all kinds of things out of your system. You can make fun of what scares you, which is often death. Halloween gives you power over all that frightens you.”

Are You Afraid of the Dork? is at the Crown and Anchor, 247 Commercial St., Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($35) are available at the box office and online at onlyatthecrown.com. For more information call 508.487.1430.

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Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues

by G.W. Mercure

There’s something about the name James that seems to bind itself to blues music. James Cotton, Etta James, Skip James, Elmore James (and Jimmy Reed, technically), not to mention Rabbit Brown’s “James Alley Blues,” and the ubiquitous “St. James Infirmary.” And who knows: Further research might yield more Jameses among the Blinds and T-Bones and Bigs and Slims and Tampas and Memphises, and all the other place names south of the Mason-Dixon line. It’s like if you’re born with the name, first or last, you will at some point have to make a decision about the blues. And then there’s James Montgomery.

Montgomery, who will be playing the Elks Music Hall in Eastham with his band on November 5, is a blues man’s blues man, a workhorse blues troubadour more comfortable on a stage than in a studio. The list of blues legends he has logged time with is longer than Sonny Boy Williamson’s legs (that’s the second Sonny Boy Williamson, for you aficionados) and every bit as daunting: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, The Blues Brothers (James Belushi era), and B.B. King, just to name a few—and those are just the straight blues folks. He’s also shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, Charlie Daniels, The Allman Brothers, and many others. The players who join him in The James Montgomery Band reflect his resume. “The best in the business,” he calls them. “Pretty much the A Team.”

“We always put on a really high-energy show,” he says when asked what can be expected of his upcoming performance here. “First of all, we love that venue. It’s always a crowd that comes ready to party, ready to go. We like to show up as ready as they are. It will be a high-energy, danceable show,” he says. “Once you get there,” he adds. “Once you get through that one-lane thing [the stretch of Route 6 between Dennis and Orleans]
where some guy’s going 22 miles an hour in front of you!”

Montgomery’s familiarity with Outer Cape traffic comes naturally: He was born in Detroit, Michigan, but has adopted New England, residing in Newport, Rhode Island, and serving for a time as the president of the New England Blues Association. He hosted a popular radio program as well, broadcast on stations in Boston, Newport, Block Island, Portland, and Portsmouth. The syndicated show featured blues music and interviews with iconic blues musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, and others. The show often explored the ways in which blues musicians were first exposed to and impacted by the blues. “Bonnie Raitt was at camp, and a counselor pulled out a guitar and played a Tom Rush blues song and that moment struck her,” he says.

That impact—something not as common in other genres of music—is nearly sacred to Montgomery. “We don’t want the blues to get watered down so that it doesn’t strike people in that really visceral way,” he says, reflecting on the future of the music. “Blues is cyclical, and it will always move into a realm of acceptance and popularity, and like a wave it will recede, and then come up again.” He makes a comparison with efforts by the Country Music Association to expand the reach of country and western music, ongoing since that organization was founded in 1958. “The Blues Music Association [founded in 1998 and since integrated into The Blues Foundation] did the same thing years ago. We kinda dropped it, you know, because ultimately we didn’t want to see the blues become pop music,” he explains.

If the future is cyclical, and who can tell where on the wheel we are, the present, for Montgomery, is bright. He cites a laundry list of contemporary blues musicians who move him: Larkin Poe, Beth Hart, Gary Clark, Jr., among others. “Keb Mo, even though he’s been around for 40 years or whatever, he always seems like a new act to me.”

“So, I see the blues as always being around,” he says. “I see it as always having a super-dedicated fan base. It’ll always be around and it will permutate and become jazz and rock and roll and hip hop and all the things that it has [transformed] into. So, it’ll continue and people who come to blues will continue to spin off into different forms of music. But there’s something about that moment that people have when they really GET blues, and they decide that they will follow it or play it or listen to it. There’s something about that deep visceral moment that will always keep the blues around. There’s something about that form of music that strikes such a deep chord.”

The James Montgomery Band will perform in a show presented by Payomet Performing Arts Center’s Road Show series at the Elks Lodge, 10 McKoy Rd., Eastham, on Saturday, November 5, 7 p.m. For tickets ($35-$45) and information call 508.487.5400 or visit payomet.org.

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Still Here : Wampanoag Art for the Ages

by Rebecca M. Alvin

When in 2020 the whole world basically shut down because of a fast-spreading virus, it was hard not to notice the timing as everyone from Plymouth to Provincetown had been planning ways to commemorate that year the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing on these shores, bringing with them disease and eventual destruction to Native communities. While the folks in Plymouth worked on their own commemorative projects, here the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum opened a new exhibit, OurStory: The Complicated Relationship of the Indigenous Wampanoag and the Mayflower Pilgrims, designed by Wampanoag creators from Mashpee that told the story of the first encounters with Europeans from a Native American perspective. Signaling a larger change and progress in correcting the historical record, the Museum installed it as a permanent exhibit, not just a one-time show at this key moment.

Author Lee Roscoe at an event for her new book

For writer Lee Roscoe, it was also a moment to bring attention to not just the past experiences of the Wampanoag people, but also to their continuing existence and specifically, the ways in which art and life were—and still are—intertwined for them. She wrote a piece for Provincetown Arts, but over a lifetime of interest in the subject, she had gathered enough information for a full manuscript. Earlier this year, that manuscript was published by Coyote Press as Wampanoag Art for the Ages: Traditional and Transitional.

Artisan Annawon Weeden and wampum
Photo: Webb Chappell, WGBH archives

“I’ve been interested in the Wampanoag lifeway for decades. And when I was teaching environmental education, and well before that, actually, when I was still living in Manhattan, I tried to read everything possible about the history and as much as I could about the lifeway,” she explains. When she moved to Cape Cod she continued learning and had the benefit of being able to meet and get to know members of the Tribe here, becoming friends with Chief Earl Mills, for example. “When I got to know certain Wampanoag artisans and I got to know a little bit more about their material and spiritual practices, I just thought it would be a really cool thing to look at how they lived through their arts, starting in the wetu, which is the home, and looking at all the artifacts, which have art in them, such as pottery, regalia clothing, adornment, wampum, matting, twining, etc., and talk to artists about how they do their art, what their rationale is.”

Philip Wynne Many Hands inside a wetu at Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Photo: Richard Taylor

It’s not enough to correct the historical record; Wampanoag people still live here, and yet their creative output is typically relegated to historical museums rather than art museums. This is not the case around the country, where many artists included in the book have been able to show their work as art. Here in Provincetown, America’s oldest art colony, it seems particularly strange that art institutions don’t feature work by Native Americans from this area, who, after all, were making art here long before Henry Hensche and other celebrated early artists. It may have something to do with the distinctions between “art” and “craft” that have limited the art world for at least a century (a problem with roots in class systems, colonialism, and misogyny), but as Roscoe’s book makes clear, it is also a function of differing perspectives on what art is.

“All of the artists that I talked to are rooted in their ancestral traditions and they all thank their ancestors for bringing down the knowledge to them through those thousands of years that they’ve been here. But they also very much stress that they are of the present. They are still here. And they do their art—many of them, not all of them—with a modern twist,” says Roscoe. She gives an example of artist Anita Peters, also known as Mother Bear, who makes regalia based on traditional designs. “She always quips that she doesn’t need to go to the forest anymore to get sinew from deer. She can go to Joanne’s Fabrics,” Roscoe laughs. “That kind of embodies that perfect mix between past and present.”

Contemplating the Universe (24×48”, acrylic on canvas) by Robert Peters

The book features artists who incorporated western perspectives into their work, such as painter Robert Peters and Emma Jo Mills Brennan, and also those who see the function of the work as its purpose rather than pursuing art for art’s sake. “I mean Annawon [Weeden], for instance, will say, ‘I don’t do art that hangs on a wall. No disrespect, but my art, even if it’s making a spoon or a mishoon—which is a dug-out boat—, it’s the art of living; it’s how we live. It serves the purpose it serves to use.’ But there are artists like Robert Peters, who is a painter and self taught, who draws on his traditions to create art that hangs on a wall. And that’s more like the transitional artists, like Emma Jo Mills Bremen, also very much rooted in her tribal traditions and rituals, but also does art that can hang on the wall,” she explains.

Roscoe has been involved with issues affecting Wampanoag people for many years, including gathering signatures in favor of federal recognition when the Tribe didn’t have it and helping to protect 300 acres of land in Marstons Mills, much of which is sacred to the Wampanoag. Still, she is careful to acknowledge she is not Native American, but rather an ally who brings her perspective to her work while being guided by her friends in the community. Asked about this delicate relationship, she cites her Jewish heritage as a bridge. “Coming from oppressed people, I identify with others who are oppressed,” she says. “Because I have suffered antisemitism, and I know what it’s like to be on the other side… I’ve always been able to talk to people who are outside of the dominant culture. And I did establish relationships with the Wampanoag through things that I’ve done over the years… So I think they got to know of me and trust me enough to give me the privilege of access.”

Wampanoag Art for the Ages by Lee Roscoe is available at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, the Truro Historical Society and Highland Museum; the Wellfleet Historical Society, as well as many other bookstores on Cape Cod and beyond. For more information visit artistsandmusicians.org/wampanoag.

Wampanoag Artist Web Sites

Many of the artists featured in Lee Roscoe’s book have their own web sites where you can learn more about them and in some cases, purchase their work.

Hartman Deetz

ockwaybaywampum.com

Kerri Ann Helme

facebook.com/Dawnlanddesigns

Marcus Hendricks

wampanoagshells.com

Julia Marden Bluejay’s Vision

facebook.com/bluejaysvisions

Elizabeth James Perry

elizabethjamesperry.com

Jonathan James Perry

jonathanjamesperry.com

Robert Peters

https://xeepuuaee.wixsite.com/robert-peters-art/robert-peters-mashpee-wampanoag-art

Annawon Weeden

firstlightfashion.square.site

Jason Widdiss

etsy.com/shop/JasonWiddissWampum

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