August 25 - 1985: The "tackiness" of Cape Cod

1958: Cruise around Cape Cod. 1987: Fare of the country - Cape Cod's beach plums
This Friendship Sloop passing through the canal is typical of the sailboats cruising the Cape a half century ago. Photo by Walter Brooks.

1985: The "old media" takes its first bite out of the "New Provincetown"

The NY Times talks about our "tackiness"

On this day in 1985, the national media was describing Provincetown as one of the least tasteful destinations possible. A scathing article by the Associated Press appeared in countless newspapers across the country including the New York Times


Provincetown, once a remote, picturesque fishing village that attracted writers and artists fleeing the material world, is fighting to rid its main street of gaudy displays and street markets that obscure its historical charm.

In the summer, tourists jamming the streets of the village at the tip of Cape Cod are greeted by rock music blaring from a leather boutique and vendors hawking cotton candy and fudge. Many stores cater to tourists, selling painted seashells, plastic religious statues, leather sandals, caps with rabbit ears, brass jewelry, foot-long hot dogs and dried starfish....

''No denying it's tacky,'' said Candice Collins, executive secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. ''Tackiness is something we want to combat.''...

Read the full story here. CC Today photo of Bear Week in Ptown.

1987: Fare of the country: Cape Cod's Beach Plums

The NY Times touted the tastiness of Cape Cod beach plums.

The story began: 

Between the end of August and mid-October, visitors to Cape Cod who travel the back roads near the ocean or the bay are likely to come upon residents toting white plastic Cape Cod Potato Chips pails and staring like bird watchers at the shrubbery.

Actually, these Cape Codders are taking part in one of their favorite seasonal pastimes - the search for the wild beach plum. Though prunus maritima, or the beach plum, is found on bushes up to 10 feet in height in the sandy soils of dunes and coastal flat lands from Maine to Virginia, Cape Cod and the nearby islands have, above all, celebrated and appreciated its uses and beauty. 

Read the full story here.Photo by Wiki Commons.

 1958: Summer Cruise to Cape Cod Is Rewarding for Any Old Salt

 Cape Cod is meant for sea-goers first and landlubbers thereafter

In August of 1958, the New York Times was touting a sail through the canal to Provincetown or a cruise along Nantucket Sound to Chatham.

The travel yarn began:

Other areas have ambitions for the honor but Cape Cod can prove beyond much doubt it is the pleasure boatman's perfect North Atlantic waterway vacation spot. It would be hard to swing a dock line without hitting one of what must be hundreds, if not thousands, of harbors, anchorages, bights, bays. Cape Cod is meant for seagoers first and landlubbers thereafter...

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