Memorial Day Weekend on Cape Cod

US Flag hanging from a crane for Memorial Day Weekend on Cape Cod
US Flag hanging from a crane for Memorial Day Weekend on Cape Cod
US flag hanging from a crane for Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend in a Small Town

Guests from our Bed and Breakfast and many Falmouth residents took time out of their busy Memorial Day Weekend holiday plans to remember those who gave their all, so that we can live in peace and freedom.

Falmouth’s Memorial Day event began at 9:45 AM this morning, with participants lining up at the Village Green and parading down Main Street onto Memorial Lane in front of the Falmouth Public Library. Alan C. Beal was the unit commissioner for all Falmouth based Scouting units and was the parade marshal. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Sea Scouts paraded with the honor guards from the Falmouth Police Department and the Falmouth Fire and Rescue Department. The Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band marched and played as did the Falmouth Schools Band.

One could say that the most unique thing in the parade was apiece of steel that was recovered from the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was towed on a trailer and was displayed next to the American flag the fire department hung from one of its fire engines. The steel remnant will eventually be permanently located in front of the Falmouth Fire and Rescue headquarters on Main Street as part of a redesigned memorial.

Memorial Day Weekend Ceremony, Cape Cod
Crowd at the Memorial Day Weekend Ceremony, Cape Cod.

Ahmed A. Mustafa, chairman of the Falmouth Veterans Council, served as master of ceremonies. He introduced Reverend David V. Calhoun, the chaplain for the police department and paster of John Wesley United Methodist Church who lead the audience in the opening prayer.

The combined Falmouth Public School band performed “The Star Spangled Banner”. Next two elementary school students lead the the audience in reciting the  “Pledge of Allegiance”.

At that point, the Greater Falmouth Mostly All-Male Men’s Chorus sang “America”.

The keynote speaker was Patrick J. Dillon who served in the Marine Corps and is currently a reservist in the US Coast Guard. Following Mr Dillon’s speech, the choir sang the “Navy Hymn” and the roll call of the names of the 27 deceased Falmouth veterans listed at Memorial Lane were read. During the reading a bell tolled and the Brian Boru pipe band played “Amazing Grace” . When the roll call was completed, baskets of flowers were laid at the World War I and World War II memorials by the Falmouth Garden Club.

After the flower Baskets were placed ,”Taps” was played and a Coast Guard helicopter did a flyover. Next the Falmouth School Band played “America the Beautiful” followed by the closing prayer.

All Falmouth residence love “America the Beautiful” because it was written by Katherine Lee Bates, a native daughter, who wrote the poem in 1913, after taking a  across-country journey. The poem was later adapted to music by Samuel D. Ward.   After the adaptation, it became one of America’s favorite patriotic songs.

After the ceremony, a lunch was held at the Elks Lodge.

That, my friends is how “small town USA” celebrates Memorial Day Weekend. It is truly heart warming to see the crowd build each year. This is an extremely patriotic community and we are happy to be living and working in this wonderful town.

Kousa Dogwood in our Cape Cod Garden

Kousa Dogwood in a Cape Cod garden.

This beautiful Kousa Dogwood tree is in our garden at our Cape Cod B&B.

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Garden Kousa Dogwood Flowers.
Kousa Dogwood blooms at breakfast.
Cape Cod B&B Garden Kousa Dogwood Berries
Kousa Dogwood berries.

We thought that we were going to lose this beautiful tree two years ago. Half of the tree was dead. We called in our arborist, who told us that our only chance of saving the tree was to give it a deep root feeding. Last year it seemed to be gaining strength so we gave it another feeding and this spring we were rewarded with these lovely blossoms. In a few weeks red seed pods will appear.

During warm summer mornings, we serve breakfast on the deck that is shaded by this lovely tree.

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast on the deck.
Breakfast on the deck.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Inn

Cape Cod Inn's Mother's Day Bouquet

Happy Mother’s Day from Our Inn on the Cape

Cape Cod Inn's Mother's Day Bouquet
Cape Cod B&B’s Mother’s Day Bouquet

Bill and Pat O’Connell and the staff at the Palmer House Inn wish  all mothers a happy and healthy Mother’s Day filled with the love and joy that only our children can bring.

This year one of our daughters sent this lovely bouquet. It is on the front porch for this photograph, but we have placed it in the parlor for everyone to enjoy.

A Mother’s Touch in the Inn’s Parlor

Cape Cod Elopement champagne and bouquet
Bouquet and champagne on the parlor table.

This room is one of our favorite spaces in the Inn because of the lovely morning light that streams through the windows, and because of the special antique items it contains.

The antique dutch extension table, carved sideboard and carved china cabinet were purchased by my mother. When I was small we lived in a pre-revolutionary colonial house on the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. My mother had a keen eye for antiques and these pieces were a wonderful foundation for many family events in that old house, and now at the Inn on Cape Cod.

The rose-colored, cut-glass punch bowl is also a family antique that originally belonged to my mother’s mother. She and my grandfather lived in a Victorian house very much like the Palmer House Inn. It was located on Tower Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. This has been the centerpiece for many elegant gatherings and weddings for years.

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Chandelier with Wedding Decor
Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Chandelier with Wedding Decor

The last piece I enjoy seeing every time I walk into the parlor is the chandelier. This was a brilliant find when, as an adult,  we moved to Maryland. All it needed was a good cleaning and this beautiful piece has shined ever since. When we moved to the Inn, Bill found the perfect plaster molding circular surround and we completed the look with a Victorian chain cover. We enjoy adding flowers and decorations to it for weddings, elopements or red lamp shades for the holidays.

In the afternoons coffee, assorted teas, ice water, candies and homemade cookies are provided in the parlor. Iced tea, lemonade, hot mulled cider, or hot chocolate are also offered in season.