Town Talk

13th June

Catch Brian Sances at the Bandstand this Thursday, June 14th at 6pm

Since the late 1990’s, Brian Sances has been a permanent fixture in the Cape Cod music scene. His first band, “The Shotgun Bandits” was formed as a trio with friends Matt Loomis (bass) and Chris Carroll (drums) while attending Sandwich High School. From 2005-2009, Brian was a part of other projects such as “From the Ground Up” and “TRIPL3CROWN”, reuniting with Loomis and Carroll. Since 2010, Brian has been involved in various groups and recording projects. Brian was a member of Adam Hofmann Revival, and his vocals and guitar work can be heard on the album “You’ll Get There”. In August 2010, Brian released his debut album, “Here Today”, which features 14 original tracks, recorded at his home.

In 2013 Brian released the 5 song EP, “Driving Home”, recorded at Joe’s Garage Studios in Sandwich with his then drummer and current bassist, Dylan Vaughn. In 2015, Brian released his second full length album, “Trails”.

Brian’s third album, “Flying Colors” was released January 6, 2018 at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth MA.

Currently, Brian can be seen playing with his group Brian Sances Band and also performing solo acoustic shows. Catch Brian performing live at Mashpee Commons’ Bandstand on Thursday, June 14th, from 6-8pm.

All events at the Bandstand are free, open to the public, and family friendly. The only thing you need to bring is your own chair or blanket to set up on the lawn in front of the stage. Check out the complete schedule of music, movie nights, and theater performances here, and be sure to mark your calendars for some of these fabulous Cape Cod events.

12th June

Join us for the first Sidewalk Festival of the season this Saturday!

Join us for our first Sidewalk Festival of the 2018 season, taking place the this Saturday, June 16th from 12-8pm. You’ll find live music, a magic show, complimentary face painting, balloon animals, sidewalk chalk galore, and a sidewalk sale taking place throughout the neighborhood.

Check out the detailed list of activities below:  

Face Painting: 12-8pm, Fountain Plaza, near Trevi Café Wine Bar & Market Street Bookshop

Balloon Animals & Glitter Tattoos: 12-8pm, near Suits You Swimwear, Siena Italian Grill & Bar and Setting The Space.

Cornhole: 12-8pm, cornhole boards can be found throughout the Commons including in front of MOCEAN, Vineyard Vines Cape Cod, The Black Dog, Hot Diggity, Southern Tide, and near Unique Boutique.

Sidewalk Chalk: Chalk art demos, led by the The Cape Cod Art Bar, will be taking place from 12-4pm on the Fountain Plaza (near Market Street Bookshop and Trevi Cafe Wine Bar). Additionally, you can design your own chalk art creations with chalk located throughout the neighborhood from 12-8pm.

Magic Shows: Marcus the Magician will be performing two 30-min shows beginning at 2pm & 3pm, in Central Square, near Red Balloon Toy Shop.

Live Music:
Kim Moberg & Heather Swanson 12-1:30pm, Central Square, near Red Balloon Toy Shop
Melic Moon 4-5:30pm, Central Square, near Red Balloon Toy Shop
Heyday 6-8pm, Central Square, near Red Balloon Toy Shop

Live Broadcast:
Cape Cod Broadcasting Live Broadcast featuring Cat Wilson 1-3pm near Hot Diggity and Unique Boutique.

All activities are free and open to the public. And don’t forget, extended summer shopping hours are currently in place, so you can visit your favorite businesses through 8pm.

11th June

Find the perfect gift for Dad with our Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re seeking the perfect gift for Dad this year, be sure to take a look at our Father’s Day Gift Guide. We combed the businesses here in the neighborhood and compiled some fabulous gift ideas from 10 different shops. In addition to our picks below, you can find great gifts for Dad at MOCEAN, Wish Gift Co., Market Street Bookshop, and more. Check out our shopping directory for a list of the 100+ businesses located here in the Commons. If your Pops is a foodie, there are plenty of top-rated restaurants to explore, our dining directory can be found on our website as well. Check a few of our gift ideas below…
father's day gift guide
1. Life is Good Crusher Tee & Salt Life Boardshorts, available at All Good
2. Bering Solar Powered Watch, available at Kensigton’s
3. “My Dad Used To Be So Cool” Children’s Book, available at Fox + Kit
4. Black God Tavern Trucker Hat and T-Shirt, available at The Black Dog
5. Beer Cookbook, available at Modern Mix
6. Oakley Sunglasses, available at Sol Optics
7. MLB Authenticated Game Used Boston Red Sox Broken Bat Bottle Opener, available at The Lili Pad
8. “I’d Rather Be Fishing” Mug available at Modern Mix
9. Bulova Watch, available at Sachs Jewelers
10. Vineyard Vines Cape Cod Tee, available at Puritan Cape Cod’s Signature Vineyard Vines store
11. Peter Miller button down & quarter zip tops, available at Puritan Cape Cod

7th June

Meet the Cotuit Kettleers at the Commons this Sunday

Year-round Cape Codders and summer visitors alike look forward to the Cape Cod Baseball League’s (CCBL) summer season. CCBL is recognized as the best amateur summer league in the country by college coaches and professional baseball scouts. Players from across the US, representing all college divisions are recruited to play in the 10-team loop. Over 300 CCBL Alumni currently play in the big leagues and more then 1,100 alumni have played at a professional level. The teams are located throughout Cape Cod, and our local team here in Mashpee is the Cotuit Kettleers.

We are thrilled to be hosting a “Meet and Greet” with the Kettleers this Sunday, June 10th from 12:30-2:30pm. Stop by to meet some of the local players and pick up a schedule for the 2018 season while you are here.

6th June

Live Music and Theater at the Bandstand begins this week

Join us on Thursday, June 7th and Friday June 8th for the first concert and live theater performance of the season at the Bandstand.

On Thursday, you can catch Schuyler Grant performing from 6-8pm. Schuyler is an American songwriter and performer based here on the Cape. He was introduced to the creative world early in his youth by his father, multi-media artist William Hemmerdinger, accompanying him to exhibition openings and private collection appraisals in the Los Angeles area. Grant’s music, a Blues-driven Americana, is greatly influenced by his years in New Orleans and Manhattan’s West Village.

Working with Grammy-nominated producer Jon Evans (Tori Amos, Sarah Mclaughlin), Schuyler recorded his first studio album, “Moving On.” Written in April of 2014 in American icon and actor James Dean’s former Manhattan apartment, the four song LP documents the progression of a difficult breakup. The album was released on May 1, 2016 and is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

Schuyler is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA (class of ’12) where he spent four years absorbing the city and its culture. “A show at Preservation Hall is the best $12 you could ever spend,” he says of the French Quarter’s storied dixie-jazz joint. Upon graduating, Schuyler moved to Manhattan’s West Village, cutting his teeth as a songwriter in many of the same clubs where his idols (Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Ray Charles, and Ritchie Havens) did the same.

On Friday, June 8th, swing by the Bandstand to catch a theater performance by The Canalside Players. Canalside is the Drama Club of Upper Cape Tech. This talented group of students will be performing live beginning at 6pm.

All events at the Bandstand are free, open to the public, and family friendly. The only thing you need to bring is your own chair or blanket to set up on the lawn in front of the stage. Check out the complete schedule of music, movie nights, and theater performances here, and be sure to mark your calendars for some of these fabulous Cape Cod events.

30th May

Join us for our June First Friday Concert, featuring Washashore Cowgirl, Monica Rizzio

We are so excited to kick-off our 2018 First Friday Concert Series with Cape Cod’s Washashore Cowgirl Monica Rizzio! Monica is a Country/Folk singer-songwriter who grew up in the bible belt of East Texas and now resides here on Cape Cod. She has enjoyed a richly diverse musical career as both a performer and teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Monica has maintained a private teaching studio for the past five years teaching voice, violin, piano, flute, guitar, music theory and song-writing. She has recorded three albums with pop-folk group Tripping Lily and presently maintains an active performance calendar, singing in various venues both locally and nationally. Monica was nominated for the IMA Country Album of the Year, stream her album on Spotify to have a listen.

Join us this Friday at 6pm in Central Square (near the Red Balloon Toy Shop and Ghefli’s Candies) to enjoy the free concert. We will have some tables and chairs available on a first-come first-serve basis, and you are welcome to bring your own chairs as well. See you there! (PLEASE NOTE, THE JUNE FIRST FRIDAY EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE LANES BOWL & BISTRO DUE TO THE WEATHER)

Mashpee Commons First Friday Concert Series will be taking place on the first Friday the month, June through October. The monthly music series will feature local Cape Cod musicians and all events are free and open to the public. Visit our facebook event to RSVP and share with friends.

26th May

Check out what’s happening around the Commons over Memorial Day Weekend

The outdoor bar and bocce court are open for the season at The Lanes Bowl & Bistro

Memorial Day Weekend has arrived (otherwise known as, the unofficial start of summer here on Cape Cod). If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends and fam this weekend, be sure to stop by the Commons. You’ll find several activities taking place throughout the neighborhood including sales, Riddle’s pop-up escape booth, paint parties at the Cape Cod Art Bar, live music at The Lanes Bowl & Bistro, and more. Check out the details below:

Sales & store events throughout the neighborhood:
Sidewalk Sale at The Black Dog 
-Sidewalk Sale at Soft as a Grape 
-Swimwear & Shoe sale at Fox + Kit Children’s Boutique
-Store-wide Memorial Day Weekend Sale at The Lili Pad
-Gifts with purchase event at Southern Tide 
-Stop by Fabvilla to check out their new location, location in Central Square, near Bobby Byrne’s.

Riddle’s pop-up escape-booth:
Riddle is the first and only Escape-Room here on Cape Cod. Located at 61 Market Street (near the Organic Market and Cape Cod Coffee), Riddle consists of six different games. An Escape Room (also known as Escape Game, Mystery Room) is a live action adventure game where players have 60 minutes to work together as a team to complete a mission by solving a series of puzzles, riddles and connecting clues. Each of the six games at Riddle has a unique theme with puzzles integrated into the storyline. Participants must use their wit, creativity, inquisitiveness, problem-solving skills and teamwork to successfully complete the mission. Get a taste of the Riddle experience this weekend during their pop-up “Hot-Seat” escape booth event, located in Central Square near the Red Balloon Toy Shop & Ghelfi’s Candies. Tickets are $5 and participants get 3 tries to complete the game. Winners are entered into a raffle to win 2 tickets to one of Riddle’s 60 minute escape rooms.

Riddle is co-owned and created by Nicole Merriman and Ashley Carr, also co-owners of Hot Diggity. For more information, visit their website or give them a ring at 508-648-7664.

Paint Parties at the Cape Cod Art Bar:
Paint a masterpiece and bring it home with you the same night at The Cape Cod Art Bar. No Experience needed, they provide all art materials, step-by-step instructions led by a professional artist, aprons, cups, plates, napkins, corkscrews, and bottle openers. The events are BYOB (bring your own beverage) so don’t forget your favorite wine or beer (for those age 21 and over). Guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled class time, as events will begin promptly as scheduled. We suggest booking your reservation in advance, as many of their classes do sell out. You can reserve your space on their website or by calling the art bar at 508-477-ARTT (2788).

Classes this weekend include Summer Dune, May 26th, 7pm and painting with Haley Rae on Monday, May 28th at 12pm.

Live Music and more at The Lanes Bowl and Bistro:
The Lanes is a contemporary version of a traditional blowing alley, providing gastropub style dining, live entertainment, weekly events, and (of course) bowling. The casual yet modern atmosphere includes the bistro with space for bands and various entertainment, ten-pin bowling lanes, and a seasonal outdoor bar, cafe and bocce court (now open for the season!). This weekend you can enjoy:

-Live music by 57 Heavy in the Bistro on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 9:30pm
-Bloody Good Sunday Brunch on Sunday, May 27th (includes your choice of a meal and a brunch cocktail for $12)
-Trivia with Ashley on Monday, May 28th at 7pm

23rd May

Join us at The Bandstand this Summer for Live Music, Movie Nights, & Theater

Join us for our second season of programming at The Bandstand at Mashpee Commons. Our calendar is packed with cultural events including theater performances, movie nights, and live music. All events are free, open to the public, and family friendly. The only thing you need to bring is your own chair or blanket to set up on the lawn in front of the stage. Check out the schedule below, and be sure to mark your calendars for some of these fabulous Cape Cod events.

Jul 4: Jaws
Jul 11: Despicable Me
Jul 18: Top Gun
Jul 25: Moana
Aug 1: The Avengers
Aug 8: Finding Dory
Aug 15: A League of Their Own
Aug 22: Ghostbusters
Aug 29: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Jun 7: Schuyler Grant
Jun 14: Brian Scances and Colin Bradley
Jun 21: Jordan Renzi
Jun 28: Kim Moberg
Jul 5: Hurricane
Jul 12: New Motif
Jul 19: Palmer Egan and Friends
Jul 26: Monica Rizzio
Aug 2: TBD
Aug 9: Catie Flynn Band
Aug 16: Soul Purpose
Aug 23: Monica Rizzio
Aug 30: Schuyler Grant

Jul 6: The Tempest – CCCC THEATER CO.
Jul 13: Tales and Anecdotes – Story Telling
Jul 20: Montage Once Upon this Island & A Year with Frog & Toad
Jul 27: Zombie Apocalypse
Aug 3: Shakespeare on the Bandstand
Aug 10: Love Letters
Aug 17: The Tempest – CCCC THEATER CO.
Aug 24: Centertronix (a cappella)
Aug 31: The Infants Terrible Puppet Theater

Sep 1: Kim Moberg
Sep 8: Kathleen Healy
Sep 15: Molly Parmenter
Sep 22: Amy Hart
Sep 29: Jim Decatur
Oct 6: Bert Jackson
Oct 13: TBD
Oct 20: TBD

16th May

Check out what’s happening around the neighborhood this Saturday…

Summer hasn’t event begun and there’s already so much going on here in the Commons! This Saturday, be sure to stop by our pre-season Sidewalk Sale, taking place from 10am-6pm throughout the neighborhood. You’ll find deals at some of your favorite shops, including MOCEAN, The Black Dog, Fox + Kit, Cape Kids, All Good, Soft as a Grape, Modern Mix, and more! This is the perfect opportunity to beat the summer rush and stock up on some items from your favorite boutiques before Memorial Day arrives. Participating shops throughout the Commons will have sale items on display both outside (weather permitting) and inside of their stores.
Stop by Cape Kids for their grand opening celebration! This adorable children’s boutique was recently purchased by a local Cape Cod Mom and she has revamped and restocked the store with some super cute items.
Mashpee Mini-Golf re-opens for their second season on Saturday as well. They will be holding a fundraiser for the Mashpee High School Football Team, which will be open to the public. A rain-date is scheduled for Sunday, May 20th. This charming course offers a fun outdoor experience for the whole family. The course is particularly delightful when the twinkly garden lights kick on in the early evening. A round of mini-golf is relatively quick to complete, making it the perfect activity for just before or after dinner.
Be sure to also check out Southern Tide’s Stand to Honor event on Saturday, May 19th. The event will support Folds of Honor in their mission to raise money for educational scholarships for spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Contact Southern Tide at 508-681-0446 for more info.

We’ll see you here!

15th May

Shop fabulous deals at Italian jewelry store Roberto Coin during the Sidewalk Sale this Sat!

If you’re seeking the perfect accessory for an upcoming formal event (hello wedding season!) or are simply looking for a pretty gift for someone special in your life, be sure to stop into Italian jewelry boutique, Roberto Coin during our Sidewalk Sale this Saturday. Various pieces will be on sale, up to 50% off! Robert Coin offers a wide selection of elegant, fine-crafted jewelry. You’ll find pieces that are classic, as well as contemporary, within his collections. Roberto is inspired by a love for both art and design, which resonates in his work. For more information, stop by Roberto Coin’s Mashpee boutique on Steeple Street next door to The Black Dog and across the street from Setting the Space, or give them a ring at 508-477-7772