Cape Memories Burn Bright

As a boy, Michael Gaffney spent his summer vacations in Chatham with his family. It’s where he learned to fish and it’s also where he took his wife, Cara, on their honeymoon. Cara has fond Cape memories, too, as she spent summers with her grandparents in Mashpee. The owners of Seawicks Candle Company in Edgecomb, Maine, now share their love for the peninsula with their first Cape Cod candle, which captures the essence of Cape summers with scents such as water hyacinth and sea grass. “Cara and I wanted a warming scent and something that emulated the Cape’s warm, summer breeze,” says Michael, who says they try to visit the Cape every summer with their two young boys, Finn and Ross. The candle’s map highlights popular areas, such as Buzzards Bay, Sandy Neck, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Chatham.  “I hope our Cape Cod candle evokes summer memories when lit,” says Michael. “All of our candles are inspired by our memories of time spent with family and friends along the coasts.” When you are done burning the candle, you can also recycle the holder and use it as a glass for your favorite beverage or summer cocktail!

–Lisa Leigh Connors

The Cape Cod candle retails for $28. Seawicks candles are sold across the Cape, including Seabags in Chatham and Mashpee, Roots Home & Garden in Provincetown and Design Works in Yarmouth Port. For more information, visit

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