Every year since 2001, home builder Cape Assocites of North Eastham, Mass., has built a playhouse replica of a local historic building. Past models have in-
cluded the town library, the Coast Guard station, and the famous Outermost House, which was swept off the beach during a winter storm in 1978. This year’s model honors the Penniman House, a French Second Empire design
built in 1868 for a prosperous whaling captain and now owned by the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. The playhouse is raff led off during the post-Labor Day festivities at Eastham’s Windmill Weekend. The proceeds — which usually amount to “a few thousand dollars,” according to company spokesperson Lindsay Richards — are donated to local charities. Although the
cost of building the playhouse usually exceeds the earnings, the project is good for the charities and great PR for the company.