New Year Shines in Provincetown

While Provincetown is gorgeous year round, the winter brings strong slanting light and a brilliant clarity to the air;  this is when Provincetown truly shines.  It’s the time to bundle up and walk the beaches or the many paths through woods, to see wildlife and dramatic weather shifts, clouds, strong sun and incredible sunsets, iced inlets and frozen marshes.  The crowds diminish, the trees are bare, the boats are mostly gone, the beauty of Provincetown is starkly present.

And the town is yours.  Over thirty stores stay open*, friendly shopkeepers offer sales and conversation and many restaurants have specials. There are trivia nights, whale talks, movies, and readings.  It’s a time to dig in and see what Provincetown is really about.  Below are a few highlighted events and a list of restaurants that stay open.  Come cozy up in our hidden gem, your own private resort!

The Fine Arts Works Center presents a reading by fellows Austin Segrest and Praveen Krishna, Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room on Pearl Street.  Readings are free and open to the public.

Join the Center for Coastal Studies Right Whale Ecology Team for “An Evening with the Right Whale Team” upstairs at Napi’s Wednesday, January 30 at 7 pm.  Six scientists from the Center discuss their experiences as a Right Whale Team.

Fellows Laura Neal and Kannan Mahadevan from The Fine Arts Works Center will read from their works, Thursday, February 14 at 6:30 in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room on Pearl Street.  Readings are free and open to the public.

February 14, Valentines Day and the following restaurants are open for reservations:  Napi’s, Crown Pointe, Crown and Anchor, Mac’s Seafood, Liz’s Cafe, the Canteen, the Governor Bradford, The Mews, Fanizzi’s, The Pilgrim House, 1620 Brewhouse, Ross’ Grill, Bayside Betsy’s, Spindler’s, The Squealing Pig, Jimmy’s Hideaway, and George’s Pizza.

February 22-24 brings Snowbound Leather Weekend XII to Provincetown, where you’ll find a competition for Mr. Snowbound, a beer blast, brunch, and parties.  Get out of the cold and into the heat!!

On Wednesday, February 27 at 7 pm, naturalist Peter Flood of the Center for Coastal Studies will talk about indigenous birds in his presentation “Shear Excitement:  Shearwaters and other Seabirds Seen from Race Point” upstairs at Napi’s.

At the Provincetown Public Library, throughout January and February, Wednesdays are free movie nights.  January features the movies of Cary Grant.

The Provincetown Art Association and Museum hosts a Film Art Series, curated by Howard Karran, arts editor of the Provincetown Banner, with a discussion after the movie.  This occurs every other Wednesday at our local movie theater, Water’s Edge Cinema; see the website for more details.

Our local radio station WOMR presents two free movie nights weekly.  On Mondays, DJ Jack Burton presents, “One Man’s Trash” and on Thursdays DJ Brad Moore presents “On Reel Film.”  There’s popcorn and beer and wine available.  It’s free, with a suggested donation of $5.00.  Proceeds benefit the commercial-free community radio station.