The festival season is on us, both in Britain and across ‘The Pond.’ Brewster welcomes the Spring with a three-day Brewster in Bloom Festival http://www.brewsterinbloom.org/ The original daffodil festival 23 years ago has grown into something like Budleigh’s Gala Week, with parades and ‘open house’ for the town’s shops. Later in the year comes the pre-Christmas Brewster For the Holidays "A Sea of Lights" Festival http://www.02631.com/
Brewster has three nationally acclaimed 18-hole golf courses, including The Captains, Cape Cod's premier public golf course http://www.captainsgolfcourse.com/, the Cape Cod National Golf Course http://www.capecodnational.net/, and the Ocean Edge Golf Course http://www.oceanedge.com/.
The coastlines of both Budleigh Salterton and Brewster were once important for producing salt.
At Budleigh in medieval times salt was manufactured in large pans situated at the mouth of the River Otter, and owned by the monks of the priory at the village of Otterton upstream.
Brewster is home to the highly regarded Cape Cod Repertory Theatre, known as the Cape Rep Theatre http://www.caperep.org/ Situated in the grounds of an old scout camp and approached by a winding road through trees and woods, the theatre exterior is of a modest cinderblock construction. Inside however the 137-seat wood framed space impresses with what has been described by director Kim Weild, currently preparing the summer 2009 production of My Fair Lady, as “a sense of history, quaintness and a ‘can do’ attitude.”
Budleigh Salterton has an equally idiosyncratically located (down an alleyway off Station Road) but well-supported theatre in the Salterton Playhouse where the Salterton Drama Club http://www.saltertondrama.co.uk/ stages four plays a year. The town also has a special relationship with the Operatic Society of Imperial College London (ICOS) http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/arts/opsoctour/home/index.php , which has been annually touring shows to Budleigh since 1968. Every summer, usually the last week in July and the first week in August, around 60 members of the ICOS cast and crew stay for a fortnight in the town, presenting ten performances in the Public Hall, as well as organising a charity concert in St Peter's Church.
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