Provincetown Sets The Gold Standard For Year-Round Women-Focused Events and Attractions
Provincetown, Mass. – Provincetown is world-renowned for celebrating diversity and welcoming, unbridled, free expression by all. It then should come as no surprise that Ptown, as many call it, celebrates the role of women in many special ways.
Art lovers know Provincetown as America’s oldest continuous artist colony. Historians will note that the spot was the first stop by the Mayflower during the Pilgrims’ journey to the New World, and the place where the Mayflower Compact was inked. For travelers, it is the vacation destination named number two on Travel and Leisure’s list of quirkiest towns in America in 2014, in addition to many other top ratings. The LGBTQ community would point to Provincetown as America’s first destination for same-sex marriage and the culturally progressive spirit that comes with that title. Even CNN has jumped on the bandwagon this year, recently publishing “8 Ways to Love a Tiny Cape Cod Oasis.” But Provincetown is perhaps most meaningful to women who live, play and work in a community where the gender-equity is woven into the spirit and leadership of Cape Cod’s most favorite place for visitors.
Embedded in the history of Provincetown are the remarkable women with cultural, artistic, literary and modern family achievements. Take a look at the town’s calendar of events and you see no shortage of activities exclusively for women, some of which have been around for decades.
In 1984, several entrepreneurial women innkeepers convened to discuss the summer vacation season and ways to bring women back during the fall season. This discussion blossomed into what was then called “Women’s Weekend” – a clambake on the beach each October. The innkeepers wrote letters to their women summer guests, inviting them back to enjoy Provincetown’s off-season while soaking in the picturesque surroundings, local entertainment and savoring a quintessential New England clambake. Each Columbus Day Weekend, the event adds to Ptown lore and Women’s Week finds resounding success today as one of the longest running lesbian events on record nationwide. Eventually, the women officially became known as the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown, inviting new women innkeepers to create a hospitality industry like no other, catering primarily to tastes of women by women.
Over the past three decades, Women’s Week has exceeded all expectations. Special events during the week include a variety of comedians, performance artists, zany drag revues, jazz, blues and contemporary musicians that have delighted audiences of all types. Some of the performers include award-winning LGBTQ entertainers like Kate Clinton and Poppy Champlin, musicians including Janis Ian, and authors Marianne K. Martin, Lynn Ames and Georgia Beers.
Provincetown has become a women’s destination for all seasons, where many choose to take in the beauty and solitude of winter days when hustle and bustle give way to a serenity hard to find anywhere else. In anticipation of summer’s arrival, memorable events begin to blossom, building anticipation each year for celebrations of women. May 15-17, 2015, marks the annual Single Women’s Weekend, where the stream of young women celebrating the end of another school year swells the ranks of nightspots, street scenes and beaches. Women of Color Weekend, June 4-7, 2015, offers the only singles gathering specifically for women of color. Rounding things out is the annual Girl Splash, which takes place each summer in late July, and gives women a chance to let their hair down and bask in the sun. More Information for these events can be found here or by visiting www.provincetowntourismoffice.org.
Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown Director of Tourism, says, “Celebrating women comes naturally to us in Ptown. We like to look at events like Women’s Week as a collection of options women have to enjoy here, just condensed into seven days. Women interested in a Ptown experience during any time of the year will find options suited to their interests,” says Fuccillo. “Whether it be the art and performance scene, landscapes and beaches, the fine dining, beach outings or quaint community explorations, our progressive town will delight all tastes.”
Provincetown is a women’s place for all seasons and all reasons.