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Second Look

Pilgrim Monument adds ground appeal to stature

PROVINCETOWN — It hasn’t gotten any easier to climb the 116 steps and 60 ramps to the top of the Pilgrim Monument, the tallest all-granite structure in the country. But this season you can fortify yourself before or after your climb at the new Shallop Cafe, a food concession on the grounds. Visitors can buy sandwiches, salads, beverages, and ice cream and enjoy a picnic at a table or on a blanket overlooking Provincetown and Cape Cod Bay.

This season’s exhibition at the Provincetown Museum, at the base of the monument, presents a collection of fishing boat models of eastern rig dragger vessels of the Provincetown fleet made by the late Alfred Silva Sr. of Provincetown. Entitled “Fleet’s In,” the exhibition also includes paintings by Arthur Cohen and Salvatore Del Deo, and a large-scale model of an eastern rig dragger made by Marion “Rocky” Taves. Opened in 1910, the monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620 in Provincetown Harbor.

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