Fantastic Cape Events This Fall

3 Fantastic Cape Events this Fall in Falmouth, Cape Cod.

3 Fantastic Cape Events This Fall

Festivals, fine music, and frights for everyone.

3 Fantastic Cape Events this Fall in Falmouth, Cape Cod.
3 Fantastic Cape Events this Fall in Falmouth, Cape Cod.

Scallop Fest 2015, September 18, 19, 20, 2015

Scallops by the sea, Cape Cod
Scallops by the bay.

50,000+ Patrons over 3 fun-filled days! Famous Fried Scallop & Herb Roasted Chicken Dinners, a Food Court – Beer & Wine, Chowder, Lobster Rolls, Raw Bar, Hotdogs, Burgers, Salads, Wraps, Fried Dough, a Juried Arts & Craft Show, Fantastic Entertainment, an Inflatable Ride Park & Obstacle Course, and more. Held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, just 15 minutes from the Palmer House Inn.

www.scallopfest.org

JazzFest Falmouth, September 26 – October 4

JazzFest Falmouth
JazzFest Falmouth

Our second fantastic Cape event this Fall is wonderful, JazzFest Falmouth, an eight-day celebration of a uniquely American art form presented by ArtsFalmouth. There will be lectures, recitals, concerts, a Jazz Stroll, a Jam Session, and a jazz brunch. 

We will have cranberry oatmeal cookies and cider as afternoon refreshments. By the way, the Friday evening entertainment starts at the Queen’s Buyway shops with entertainment in the shops. Then they stroll past the Palmer House to the Museums on the Green where there will be more entertainment, then down to Main Street for an evening where the shops stay open late with entertainment.

www.jazzfestfalmouth.org

Falmouth Village of Scarecrows, October 2015

Each fall for the last few years, one by one the scarecrows begin appearing throughout Falmouth Village, MA.  See if you can find all them all. We’re also looking forward to Falmouth’s annual Halloween festivities: the Trick or Treat Stroll, A Visit with the Night Watchman at the Museums on the Green, and Halloween Spooktacular at Highfield Hall.

Falmouth Village of Scarecrows, Palmer House
Falmouth Village of Scarecrows, Palmer House

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures sampling the fantastic Cape events this Fall, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Hullabaloo and the Nimrod Too

Nimrod Model
Fife and Drum Corps
Fife and Drum Corps

On the evening of January 28, 2014 the town of Falmouth commemorated the 200th anniversary of the bombardment of the town by the British ship HMS Nimrod. The Nimrod was a man-of-war that patrolled New England’s waters during the War of 1812. She was the most feared ship in these waters at that time and was involved in most of the battles that occurred in this area. Falmouth was one a few Cape Cod towns that refused to pay ransom to the captain of the Nimrod. In fact Falmouth residents routinely harassed the ship when it was in our waters. There were two brass cannons at Surf beach that had fired upon the ship. Also, the folks in Woods Hole had been known to take pot shots at the sailors when they were in their long boats. The people of Falmouth were a great annoyance to the Nimrod’s captain and crew. Other towns did pay ransom including the island of Nantucket that made a treaty of neutrality with England so that they could continue uninterrupted trade during the war.

Nimrod Model
Nimrod Model

On the morning of January 28, 1813 the Nimrod was anchored about a quarter of a mile off Surf beach, when they sent a long boat ashore, under a flag of truce. A ransom was demanded and they also demanded the two cannons and a Nantucket mail sloop that was tied to the stone dock. Weston Jenkins was the captain of the Falmouth Militia said ” You can have our  cannon, but we will give you what’s inside them first.” It was then announced that the bombardment would begin in two hours. The reason for the delay was to allow the evacuation of women and children.  The captain’s log entry reads, “…to destroy the town”. The bombardment began at 12:00 noon and continued for 4 1/2 hours until darkness fell. Many buildings were damaged  including the main house of the Elm Arch Inn and the house that was the Nimrod restaurant but thankfully, no one was hurt. In those buildings the damage is visible to this day, however, most of the damage, throughout the bombarded area, was repaired. The salt works, that were located across from Surf Drive was heavily damaged  also. Salt was an important part of Falmouth’s economy at that time. Prior to refrigeration it was necessary for people to preserve meats and fish for winter use. Salt was also put on ships and sold to the southern states.

Canon Ball in Tree Trunk
Canon Ball in Tree Trunk

The cannon balls went over the heads of the men who were manning the cannons and who were positioned to prevent a landing on the beach. The cannon balls weighed 32 pounds and were five inches in diameter. One theory is that because they were so large, it was easy to see them coming and people could get out of the way before the impact. After the bombardment people went around the town and collected the balls there were about 350 balls counted. Many were used as door stops or as weights for garden gates. The Falmouth Historic Society has a tree trunk with an embedded ball. That tree was on the Village Green and came down in a hurricane in the 1930’s. That section of the trunk was preserved and can be seen at the Falmouth Museums on the Green.

At that time the American Navy had three war ships and the British had one hundred fifty-four. The Nimrod was a brig and was not one of their larger ships, however, with eighteen guns and one hundred ten feet in length she was small in comparison to the seventy-four gun ships that were the pride of their fleet.  By comparison, the pride of the US fleet was the USS Constitution that has 44 guns.

The name Nimrod comes from the Old Testament  and means “Great Hunter”. It is not a unique name, in fact over the years, the British had several ships bearing that name.


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Liam Maguire Becomes an American

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Liam Maguire accepting a certificate.
Liam accepting a certificate.
Liam's son.
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On Thursday February 27th Bill and I were invited to a private party at Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. It was an absolutely wonderful affair. That morning the four Maguires; Liam, with his wife Deb and their sons Rory and Shea, traveled to Faneuil Hall in Boston to be sworn in as an American citizen. There were over 300 other immigrants becoming citizens that day. Deb Maguire described the ceremony as inspiring.

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Liam is 72 years old and has lived and worked in Falmouth for 20 years. There were over 50 people at the party and a fine time was had by all. The party was a complete surprise to him. As he and Deb were driving into Falmouth after encountering a blinding snow squall on the way home from Boston, Liam announced, that he wanted to go home in order to take a nap to prepare for his scheduled performance that evening. Deb fortunately was able to convince him to stop by the pub on their way to the house. We can only imagine his surprise when he saw the red, white and blue bunting decorating the pub’s exterior.

Liam told reporters, “I am happy to be an American. I’ve lived here a long time and it’s about time I become a citizen.” None of us could figure out why it took so long for him to apply for citizenship. The explanation was that he has been busy and just had not taken the time to fill out the papers. Liam said, “It was the land of opportunity, that is why everyone came to America. There was work. I didn’t leave to stay. I left to work and I got more work and more work and all of a sudden, I ended up staying. This is my home now. I’ve lived here 20 years.”

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Liam went on to talk about how he eventually found his niche in Falmouth. He talked about the strife in Northern Ireland where he lived up until he turned 20. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1941.  He and his twin brother were only 3 weeks old when the Nazis bombed his village. At that time his father, who was originally from Northern Ireland decided to move back to his homeland. That was where Liam would spend his youth. At the age of 20 he traveled to London to work, then to Spain, then to Germany and finally back to Ireland. He played music as a profession, mostly as a solo performer but occasionally with bands. To this day he continues to play traditional Irish music. After working as a musician and balladeer, he was offered work in the US and Canada. He goes on to talk about all of the work that was offered to him in America that  made him think that this is where he should make his home. He says, “I think I’ve toured most of the United States. Alaska is the only state I haven’t been to.”

liam-maguire-partyIMG_3827In 1980 he moved to Boston for a year and the following year he moved to Washington D C, where he stayed for 13 years. He married Deb a year after arriving in the city and their sons were born there.  However, the constant touring became difficult with a young family and he and Deb decided to buy a business on Cape Cod. He now says “I’ve got a lot out of this country and I’m staying in this country. I respect the country, I like their policies. I like the way the government runs. I like this freedom of speech.”  We are all happy that the Maguires made the decision to make Falmouth their home.


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures and citizenship parties, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.