Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Art in the studio

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod Serving the Entire Cape Community

ByPat O’Connell | Photos by Pat O’Connell

The mission statement of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod is:

“To serve the entire Cape community and visitors to the area by offering instruction, entertainment, and exhibition in the visual, literary, and performing arts.”

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod can be found in an exquisite 19th century building in South Yarmouth, which was once home to the Bass River Savings Bank. After being vacant for almost twenty years, the architectural gem was quickly decaying.  A group of local citizens decided to start a non-profit in order to raise funds to transform the old building into a “much-needed” cultural center. The local non-profit embarked on a six year long journey of fundraising, beginning in 2000. In 2006, the Town of Yarmouth released $400,000 in Community Preservation Act Funds to continue and complete the necessary renovations on the future Cultural Center. The center was opened in 2007 with the primary purpose of serving “under-served” populations in the community, including at-risk youth.

 Robert Mesrop
This is Robert B. Mesrop. He is one of the artists who has a studio on the second floor of the center. He also teaches classes and specializes in watercolor and oil painting.

Since its opening, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod has served over 200,000. The Center offers a wide variety of events, exhibits, and educational exhibits in the visual arts, culinary arts, humanities, music, movement, and more. No matter your age, ability level, or financial situation, the Center is available to anyone wishing to enrich their creativity and improve upon their talents. In the efforts to reach an even wider population, the Cultural Center opened a brand-new Education Wing in 2016. Here you will find a Culinary Arts Center, a state-of- the-art recording studio, and pottery studio.

Night Owl Recording Studio
Night Owl Recording Studio

On the upper level of the Education Wing are the Owl Studios. The Owl Studios are home to 5 individual local resident artist’s studios, which remain open to the public. If the artist is there at the time you visit, they are always open to talk about their works or the arts in general. The Studios are a unique way to observe the artist’s entire creative process and to learn through observation, a variety of techniques. The Cultural Center takes pride in their “democratic philosophy of inclusion, encouragement, and accessibility” and the positive results are undeniable.

Drums in the recording studio
Drums in the recording studio.

Other innovative and diverse opportunities offered at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod include the Bass River Press, the Rise and Shine Program, and the Gorelick-Guest Library. Established in 2015, the Bass River Press was created to support local poets and to engage the community in the literary arts. Each year, the Bass River Press publishes one complete collection of works by a Cape and Islands poet. The poet of the year is chosen through an annual submission and judgment process. In the near future, the Press hopes to publish a work of fiction and non-fiction each year as well. The Rise and Shine program offers a variety of workshops to the at-risk youth population. Upon completion of the workshops, the program holds a celebration of the participants work through different exhibits, performances, and readings held at the Center.

At the Gorelick-Guest Library, you will find an extensive collection of books about the arts that is open to the public for research and inspiration. Be sure to check the website for their ever-changing exhibits and events as well. Truly unlike any other Cultural Center around, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod has
something to offer virtually everyone and perfectly encompasses their motto: “All the Arts for All of Us”

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
508-394- 7100


Mary Moran is a Falmouth native and knowledgeable about Cape Cod. In addition to writing for the Palmer House Inn, she’s also frequently at the inn and available  to answer quest’s questions. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time exploring Falmouth’s coastal waterways.

Bangkok Thai Cuisine

Bangkok Thai Cuisine dumplings

Falmouth’s restaurant Row has a wonderful new Thai restaurant – Bangkok Thai Cuisine. They have a bright charming location at 293 Main Street and also do a brisk take-out business. It is just a ten minute walk from the Palmer House Inn.

dining room Bangkok Thai Cuisine
Dining room.

The menu features seafood such as: Pinky in a Blanket, Shu Mai Shrimp, Shrimp Tempura, Crab Rolls and Steamed  Muscles.

“Steamed Mussels” are served in a aromatic Thai herbal broth with basil leaves.

“Pinky in a Blanket” is made by wrapping whole shrimp in a crispy egg roll wrapper and stuffing them with vegetables. It is served with sweet and sour sauce.

“Crab Rolls” are stuffed with crabmeat, cream cheese and onions.

“Shu Mai”, is stuffed shrimp and vegetables and served with honey soy sauce.

“Shrimp Tempura” is assorted vegetables with tempura and shrimp and it is served with sweet and sour sauce.

They also feature chicken and pork dishes such as: Crispy Rolls, Fresh Rolls, Chicken Satay, Chicken Teriyaki and Todmon-Fried Chicken.

“Crispy Rolls” are golden brown egg rolls that are stuffed with sliced vegetables and chicken and served with sweet and sour sauce.

“Fresh Rolls” are made of soft rice paper that are stuffed with vegetables and chicken and are served with peanut sweet chili sauce.

“Chicken Stay” is made by marinating the chicken in coconut milk and Thai herbs. The chicken is then placed on skewers and grilled. It is served with peanut sauce and sweet cucumber dip.

“Chicken Teriyakiis” served over a bed of lettuce ans sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Todmon Fried Chicken” is a Chicken pancake that is marinated with shrimp chili “paste, sliced green beans and lime leaves. It is served with sweet and sour sauce and cucumber dip.

They also serve a series of Thai rice noodle dishes such as Pad Thai, Thai Spaghetti and Pad Kee Mao. All of these dishes can be made with Tofo & vegetables, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, and/or mixed seafood.

“Pad Tai” is a stir -fried recipe where Thai rice noodles are combined with eggs, scallions and bean sprouts and topped with ground peanuts.

“Thai Spaghetti” is a spicy rice noodle that is stir fried with eggs, tomatoes, peppers, scallions, basil in Thai chili sauce.

“Pad Kee Mao” is a large flat rice noodle that is stir fried with onions,  eggs, scallions, bell peppers, mushrooms, basil leaves, and served with a moderately spicy sauce.

I am especially fond or their soups. They are wonderful on a cool winter evening. They include: Tom Tom Kim, Tom Ka Kai, Wonton Soup, Veggie soup, and Beef or Chicken Noodle soup.

“Tom Tom Kung Soup” is made with shrimp, lemongrass broth, baby corn, lime juice, mushrooms and tomatoes.

“Tom Ka Kai Soup” has the creamy taste of coconut milk and is seasoned with galangal, lemongrass, baby corn, mushrooms and cilantro.

“Wonton Soup” is a clear chicken broth that is filled with marinated chicken and vegetables that are wrapped in a wonton skin.

” Wonton Soup” Is a delicious clear vegetable broth that has assorted vegetables and diced tofu.

“Thai style Noodle soup” contains chicken, shrimp and bean sprouts in their famous Thai clear broth.

Crape Cod

Chalkboard menu at Crepe Cod

Falmouth’s “Restaurant Row” just keeps getting better. We now have a wonderful French cafe, Crepe Cod, that serves the most delectable crapes, soups, smoothies,  and salads. That is not to mention their mouth watering Moroccan confections.

Crape Cod
Upon occasion Magali, the chef, will venture into the dining room, to offer suggestions and advice.

Crape Cod is an authentic French creperie. The owners are Magalie and Jaafar Chbarbi. Magalie is in the kitchen and Jaafar runs the dining room. Because most Americans are not familiar with the world of crapes, each table is adorned with the framed  history of the crape and its uses.

They explain that Crape is a French word that means pancake.  However, crapes are thinner than our traditional American pancakes and they are made with wheat flour. They originated in Brittany in the 12th century and now are considered France’s national dish.

Savory and sweet make up the two types of crapes. The savory is known as galettes but the sweet are more familiar to most diners. Savory crapes are made from buckwheat or sarrasin flour and sweet crapes are made from white flour. Savory crapes are healthier and are higher in fiber and are an excellent source of protein. They also contain all eight amino acids and are gluten free.

It is a tradition in Brittany for crapes to be served with local cider.  Brittany cider is dryer and sharper than the traditional British cider. The locals pour it into clay cups and enjoy it with their crapes.

Crape Cod is conveniently located at 649 Main Street and is just a ten minute walk from the Palmer House Inn. The interior design is quintessentially French modern. It is open daily for lunch and dinner. They also have an extensive wine list.

For more information:

649 Main Street

Falmouth MA 02540

774 763 2570