Fall Activities & a Purple People Eater Cocktail

      Well what can I say I am so looking forward to the next two weekends here on the Cape, we have the Yarmouth SeaSide Festival coming up this weekend October 6-8 with a lot of the activities happening at the Joshua Sears Memorial Field on Rt 28 just across the street from the State Highway Patrol Barracks or just east of the South Yarmouth Shaws grocery store. Check out all the festivities at http://www.yarmouthseasidefestival.com/. It is always a great time and even comes with a parade, bed races, crafts show, and even fireworks. So don't miss the fun and come for part come for all and have a great time in South Yarmouth. 
      Also this weekend just off Cape in Wareham is the 15 Annual Cranberry Harvest Feastival October 7-8 and is held at A.D. Makepeace Co., 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham, MA 02571. You can also get information at http://admakepeace.com/events_tours_functions/calendar_of_events/cranberry_harvest_celebration_-_october_6_7. There is an admission fee and again the money does go back into the community. This is a huge even so do one festival one day and the other, well the other. 
      Next is the weekend following Columbus Day and that is the Welfleet Oyster Festival in the center of Wellfleet up and down Main St. Tickets are 10.00 each day with kids under 12 free, and no pets allowed please. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online. You can also get more information to all the evens happening at wellfleetspat.org. Remember the price of the tickets does go to help Wellfleet SPAT that goes right into the community and for scholarship in aquaculture industry. Fresh Oysters on the half shell, Music, Oyster shucking contests and Arts & Crafts show, oh and did I mention food. But remember to bring the money with you as most only take cash. This is a fun time for all and there is plenty to do for the entire family. 
      Last but not least also happening this weekend on October 13 is the 7th Annual Cape Cod Brew Fest held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds. Find more information and ticket information at capecodbrewfest.com. There will be over 100 breweries with over 300 samples available. There are even special discounted tickets for the designated driver, so bring someone who does not enjoy beer but loves you enough to go with you so you can really enjoy yourself. 
      This is what is so fun about this time of year living on the Cape and this does not even account for the nature trails, the rail trails, the start to the cranberry harvesting, the changing of leaves, fishing from the shore, and the list keeps going. With so much to do and so little time to do it all in. That is one of the issues I have with living here, is that as a local resident I still have work to pay the bills, I still have to do the daily chores, I still need to,, well you get the point. When you are on vacation, your time is dedicated to doing what you want on your time off. You leave the responsibilities of everyday life behind you for another day. But living here, most of us still have everyday issues with us and only when we get off work and pray the sun is still out that we get to enjoy why we live here. But I would not change a thing in living here, ok maybe a few less bills and a whole lot more money to do it with. But that is life and we go on. I hope that over the next couple weeks you can find some time to get out and enjoy why we live here, or to those who can, come on back and enjoy some of the extras that don't go on during the summer. The bottom line is we have several opportunities to make many memories, get out there and make them both for the present but also for the future. And as always have a wicked wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.       
      Small Business report: With the seasons changing be mindful that some of our restaurants are coming to their seasonal end. Columbus Day is coming upon us quickly and that will be the next big closing. So if there are any of those favorites that are still open give them a call and check their hours and hit them up before it's too late and you have to wait till next year. 
      So with that what a good place to go to get some local stuff that still open. For starters Cuffy's, with the weather changing and need for some warmer threads you will want to check an old favorite out. The Main store in West Dennis on Rt 28 is open year round (unless making interior updates during the winter months) and is a great place for locals to start reinvading now that high season is over. We know Cuffy's caters to the tourists during tourist season, but did you really know they try to take care of us locals during the rest of the year. If it's been a while since you've been there, now is the time to do so, they have great gifts for Christmas and stocking stuffers as well as taking care the seasonal clothing needs. 
      One of the Other places that we forget a lot about is Cape Cod Creamery, the Christmas Tree Plaza in Hyannis is also open year round. Who says that ice cream is only for those days in the 80s between June and August. A good Sundae is enjoyable any time of the year. They also run some awesome lunch specials that are work checking out. I particularly enjoy Rum Raisin this time of year along with Butter Pecan and Coffee or Mocha ice cream. So no matter if you are just in the mood for a treat or you need a fund lunch break, give Cape Cod Creamery a try, now that the crowds have thinned out.  
      Hello one and all, can we say that fall is finally upon us? I do thing so with the cool evenings and cloudless pleasant days. My oh my what can I say. This is a light keepers dream day to the optimal nth degree. I don't have to worry about storms, no high winds, maybe a tad bit of fog in the evenings but overall just some wicked awesome days. I am hoping that it holds out through this coming weekend as we go full blown on the Halloween/Fall Festive celebrations. Be sure to come on out Thursday through Sunday evenings 5-10. Of course we will be having the bonfires weather permitting, an there will be a snack bar open for nominal donations please. Remember this is one of our fund raisers to keep this place going for all to have fun at and keep this old girl going the way she is. As far as real business, with days like this there really isn't much to report. We have the usual cargo ships and a couple cruise ships passing by, but other than that it has been very quiet and for that we are very grateful. Fishing boats are coming and going with no issues, and we have not had to deal with any rescue needs. Most of the recreational boats are out fo the water for the season and the beaches are relatively clear. Nice and quite just like we like it. Well that's about it for this week, Enjoy the weather and hope to see you over the next couple of weekends for some seasonal fun. Until we meet again have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. 
      Well I have said it in previous months some cocktail names come with more different recipes than a cat has lives and this is one of them. So if you review this recipe and go, No that's not what I remember, you may be right, but seriously I have counted at least 7 different concoctions and I know I did not look at all of them. However I did find more than 3 sights that had this specific recipe so if fits my bill for having cranberry juice in it, thus I am going to offer this one. If you find another and enjoy it more, all the power to you. But for this season and this month if you have never had one of these cocktails, well now is the time, it is a perfectly ghoulish cocktail to have. And remember, please be a responsible consumer, and just as seriously be a responsible host, we want all of you back here next week, next month, next year. Now on with the show:
      This week's recipe: Purple People Eater Cocktail
1 1/2       oz      Vodka
      1       oz      Blue Curaçao
      1       oz      Sweet & Sour Mix
      1       oz      Grenadine
      1       oz      Cranberry Juice
      Rim:            Purple Sugar
      Garnish:      Lemon Wheel  

    In a shaker pour your vodka, blue curaçao, sweet and sour mix, grenadine and cranberry juice. Shake to combine. Rim your glass with purple sugar. Fill serving glass with ice and pour over mix. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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