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Summering Traditions

Jennie Sparrow | 6/6/2019 (updated 1/24/2020)

As a Cape Cod native, I have treasured memories from everywhere on the Cape. Of all the towns, though, Provincetown is my favorite — not just on Cape Cod, but in all of the U.S.! From the architecture to the restaurants, the dunes to the arts culture, the town brings a warm feeling each time I enter it.

When I was a child, a visit to P-town was not complete without stopping in at the Portuguese Bakery for some freshly fried dough, drenched in cinnamon sugar, or a visit to The Penney Patch where I would gleefully fill my basket with candy. On rainy days, we’d peruse the stacks at the Provincetown Bookshop and choose one special book to spend the afternoon reading. I loved eating dinner with my family at The Mayflower restaurant. While I’d munch, I’d study the fascinating caricatures on the walls, and sometimes, to my delight, I’d actually find those faces walking the streets! Walks on the wharf, with the boys diving for change, always gave me a thrill! And no summer was complete without venturing to P-town for the 4th of July fireworks!

I now bring my own family to Provincetown, where we continue to experience those same places and feelings. I have to say that the thrill and excitement is still just as strong as it was when I was younger. And my experiences are even better now that I get to share them with my own children.