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Project Playhouse ribbon cuttings set for July 1

Posted on Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Project Playhouse Cape Cod: Building Hope for Cape Kids is a new fundraising event to support the children’s programs of Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC). Local builders have constructed playhouses that will be displayed this summer and won in raffles by three lucky winners.

HAC partnered with Cape builders Cape Associates, the Valle Group and EJ Jaxtimer to build three one-of-a-kind playhouses that will be showcased at three highly visible venues: the Cape Cod Mall, Mashpee Commons and Four Seas Ice Cream.

The playhouses will be on display beginning with ribbon-cutting ceremonies on July 1 at 11 a.m. at Mashpee Commons, 5 p.m. at the Cape Cod Mall (near Sears) and 7 p.m. at Four Seas Ice Cream, 360 South Main Street, Centerville.

Raffle tickets for a chance to win the playhouses will be sold to the public for $10 online (at through Aug. 12 and at the three Playhouse locations July 1 through Aug. 12. The goal is to raise $40,000 for program support and to raise awareness of the issue of family homelessness on Cape Cod. The winners will be selected on Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at Mashpee Commons, 5 p.m. at the Cape Cod Mall and 7 p.m. at Four Seas Ice Cream.

On Cape Cod alone, there are nearly 1,000 children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. For these children, homelessness means sleeping in shelters, on couches, in cars or sometimes in a tent. It means frequent moves, being separated from relatives and friends, and being uprooting from schools and community.

Housing Assistance Corporation serves Cape Cod families in need through three emergency family shelters, homelessness prevention programs, foreclosure counseling and development of affordable housing for purchase or rent. In 2010, HAC served 10,114 households on Cape Cod.

About the Playhouses

• Four Seas Ice Cream Playhouse (designed and built by EJ Jaxtimer with materials donated by Botello Lumber): Founded in 1934, Four Seas Ice Cream is one of the most acclaimed ice cream shops in America. Project Playhouse Cape Cod will give you a chance to own a child’s-size version of the ice cream shop that’s been drawing lines of visitors for almost 80 years. Whether you prefer chocolate, vanilla or peppermint stick, you’ll love playing in your own miniature Four Seas. On display at Four Seas Ice Cream, 360 South Main Street, Centerville.

• Green EsCape Playhouse (designed by Zero Energy Design and built by Cape Associates with materials donated by Shepley Wood Products): You’ll love the cool features built into this playhouse. The inside includes a chalk board wall, a toy storage bin that also can be accessed from the outside and a loft with a telescope. If you get tired from playing on the climbing wall, you can rest on a built-in lounge chair that slides across the deck. On display near Sears at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis.

• The Starfish Playhouse (designed and built by The Valle Group with material donated by Falmouth Lumber): The coolest new “shop” at Mashpee Commons is a playhouse with an ocean theme. The interior has classic Cape Cod beadboard and shelving for sea glass, sand dollars, fish stamps and more. The Starfish “store” has a countertop with a cash register. Exterior features include an awning, flower boxes and a working solar panel (donated by Cotuit Solar).

HAC is grateful to the local businesses that have sponsored Project Playhouse Cape Cod:

Star Sponsors: Business Center of Cape Cod, Cape Associates, Cape Cod Mall, Four Seas Ice Cream, E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Mashpee Commons, Roe Osborn Photography, Shepley Wood Products, The Valle Group, and Zero Energy Design

Hope Sponsors: Absolutely Juiced, Botello Lumber, Falmouth Lumber, Falmouth Toyota, Ghelfi's Candies of Cape Cod, Market Street Bookshop, Oceanside Restoration, Puritan Cape Cod and Red Balloon Toy Shop.

Friends Sponsors: Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Trust Foundation, Dowling & O’Neil Insurance and Heald Hoffmeister and Company.

Supporters: The Barnstable Painter, Cape Cod Paper, Dimeco & Company and Graphic Design.

For more information about Project Playhouse Cape Cod, visit or call 508-771-5400.