When 2020 said, “fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride,” it wasn’t kidding!
Governor Baker announced a lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions on May 29th. Rules, regulations, and guidances are changing nearly minute-by-minute, and business owners in Provincetown are scrambling to keep up. This issue reflects the most current information as we sent it to the printer: ptownie.com will always have the most updated information and listings, so check us out there.
But don’t leave this issue behind, because it’s packed with tons of great new stuff! We’re starting off with an entire section of What’s New in 2021, and I am amazed at the abundance of fresh, creative things happening in our town as we emerge from the long “winter” of the pandemic. Seems a lot of people spent their time planning how to make a splash this summer!
This is also our annual Food Issue. This year we received so many of your favorite recipes from your favorite restaurants in town that we had to put it all online! So check them out at ptownie.com/recipes.
The food scene in Ptown continues to get better and better, with ideas and menus that are going to wow you. We decided to take a peek under the hood of a couple of favorite places. The first is Far Land Provisions. For many of us year-round locals, it’s truly a go-to “third space” in Provincetown. There’s a good reason for that: Tom Boland and Jim Farley. We take a look at how they created a place that feels like home away from home.
Our second food feature goes a little beyond our normal geographic scope at ptownie… but there’s a good reason to leave Provincetown and head out to North Truro: the Truro Vineyards has become my “must-do” when friends come to town and want a relaxing elegant Cape Cod experience. It’s a magical spot for a most magical meal and we want to make sure you know about it.
The pandemic made many people rethink their lives—where they live, what they do, how they move forward into a new normal. Provincetown’s offseason population swelled this past winter as second-home owners found it feasible to “work from home” here at Land’s End. So ptownie has come up with the definitive Guide on how to do that! We’ve included everything you need to know to work remotely—or even to start a business here. We’ve included a feature on The Commons, which is an important part of our creative and business life, and should be part of yours, too. Even if you’re just here for a week or two, if you need to get some work done, we think you’ll find this section of the Guide very helpful.
George Watson is back with Art We Love & Why with a focus on a new gallery that looks at the past. Make sure to catch his blog on ptownie this summer along with special guest bloggers for his column! You just might discover a gallery or artist you’ll fall in love with…
Finally—and importantly—we at ptownie ask you to be especially patient and kind this summer. Businesses may be open, but they’re all severely understaffed. Everything will take longer, sometimes a lot longer. That’s okay. You’ve made it through a pandemic, you’re on vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world… and we’re worth the wait!
— Mike Miller: Publisher