70th Anniversary V-J Day Celebration

Falmouth Will Host a Wonderful 70th Anniversary V-J Day Celebration

A dinner will be hosted by the Falmouth Historical Society at 6:00 pm on September 2nd. The celebration will take place at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. The festivities will be held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, which was when the allies were victorious over Japan. At the dinner, those who served in the Armed Forces during the war will be honored. The event will include a meal and music that will be reminiscent of the era.

Guests will include senior officers of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Maritime Service. Army General Gordon R. Sullivan, president and CEO of The Association of the United States Army and 32nd Chief of Staff of the U. S. Army, as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the featured speaker.

"The Kissing Sailor" by Alfred Eisenstaedt 70th Anniversary V-J Day Celebration
“The Kissing Sailor” by Alfred Eisenstaedt

The guest of honor will be George Mendonsa. George is best known as, “The Kissing Sailor”. He was immortalized in Alfred Eisenstaedt‘s photo of Times Square on August 14, 1945. The image shows Mendonsa passionately kissing a nurse to celebrate the end of fighting. The photo was taken moments after the announcement that Japan had surrendered to the Unites States, which ended the conflict between the Axis and the Allied powers. Two week after the photo was taken, it was published on the cover of LIFE magazine. Unfortunately, in the pandemonium of the moment, Eisenstaedt did not get the names of the people in the photograph. For years no one knew who the subjects were. It was not until 2012 that the sailor and nurse were identified. The person who identified them was author Lawrence Verria. Vierria will also be a featured speaker at the dinner. In his talk, he will tell the story of how he was able to track down Mendonsa and prove that he was the sailor in the photo. The search is a fascinating story on its own.

Many believe that this is the most famous photograph that was taken during the war. With out a doubt, it was the most celebrated photo ever published by LIFE magazine.

Tickets can be purchased online at Museums on the Green. The tickets are $75.00 per person. However, all World War II military veterans will be admitted free. Advanced reservations are required. Please call 508-548-4857.

In addition, The Palmer House Inn is offering a limited number of complimentary rooms to World War II military veterans who will be coming from out of town.  For Palmer House Inn reservations call 508-548-1230.


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 history on Cape Cod, 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.

A Cape Cod Holiday Walk

Cape Cod holiday holly detail.

A Wonderful Cape Cod Holiday Holly Walk December 7th

Join us for a guided stroll through the Ashumset Holly Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bill and I have been members of the Massachusetts Audubon Society for eight years. We have truly enjoyed their publications, emails and visiting the sanctuaries throughout Cape Cod and eastern Massachusetts. We have found their information especially interesting during the spring and fall seasons when many species of birds fly over the Cape while on their migration.

Cape Cod Holiday Holly

Falmouth is fortunate to have the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary in East Falmouth on the Mashpee town line. On Saturday December 7th. from 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Sanctuary director Ivan Ives will conduct a “Holly Walk” to celebrate the season. The guided walk is free for Mass Audubon members and supporters of Long Pasture and the Mid and Upper Cape sanctuaries. However, guests are welcome to accompany me on the walk. Each person will receive a locally grown bough of holly to decorate your home.

Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary has sixty-five varieties of holly trees that are planted throughout the Sanctuary.  While walking the trails with director Ives, you will hear the inside story of how the unique sanctuary came into existence.

The diversity of holly trees at Ashumet Holly is the legacy of Wilfred Wheeler who saved many American holly species from destruction on the Cape. His work spanned the years from 1930 – 1961. Wheeler was considered one of the most knowledgeable horticulturists on Cape Cod. Landscapers, gardeners, botanists, and horticulturists sought his advice for many years.

The walk with director will also feature a fascinating inside look at the Mass Audubon Society’s ground breaking work with wetlands restoration at Ashumet Holly Sanctuary.  In addition, you will learn about the “Eastern Spadefoot Toad Restoration Project”. This secretive and endearing native Cape Cod toad is an endangered species and you will learn about what Mass Audubon Society is doing to save it from extinction.

Cape Cod holiday holly detail.
Holly and berries.

If you would like to attend and are not members of the Mass Audubon Society but will be staying at the Palmer House Inn that weekend, please call so that we can take you with me on the walk as our guests. I will call ahead to reserve space for you. To make a reservation at the Palmer House Inn and to let us know to include you on the walk, please call the Inn at  508-548-1230 or email us at innkeepers@palmerhouseinn.com.

For more info. about the walk : jtowne@massaudubon.org

Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary
Ashumet Rd, Falmouth, MA 02536

Palmer House Holiday Holly Walk Event Details

Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Cape Cod’s Stowe Room, A

The sanctuary is located just 7 miles from the Palmer House. While all of our rooms have their own Cape Cod charm, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room, or the Emily Dickinson room. All three rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your adventures in Falmouth.


Woods Hole Fishing Derby

Woods Hole Fishing Derby

The Woods Hole Fishing Derby (Free) and the Calcutta Fishing Derby – Two Great Fishing Tournaments on the Cape this Fall

Each year the Woods Hole Business Association sponsors the Calcutta Fishing Derby.” The  goal”  says Don Este, “is to get out on the water and have a good time.” Don is co-owner of the Landfall Restaurant in Woods Hole, which is where the weigh-in station is located.

Woods Hole Fishing Derby
Woods Hole fishing fleet.

The Woods Hole Fishing Derbies begin at 12:01 AM, Sunday, September 15, 2013 and end on Sunday October 13, 2013 at midnight. The weigh-in times are between 9:00 AM and 10:00 PM each day. All fish must be weighed-in within 15 hours from the time of being caught. All state and federal laws must be complied with. At the time of weigh-in the fisherman must present his/her badge and provide the weigh-master all requested information.

There will be two divisions, striped bass and bluefish. The entry fee is $50.00, however, children under twelve are free.

A new addition, to the Derby, this year is a free component. You will not be eligible for the grand prize but for each bluefish or bass the fisherman will receive a Landfall prize. It could be a drink, or a cup of soup, or a Landfall tee-shirt. Each fisherman can weigh as many fish as he likes and there is no charge. In addition the fisherman will receive a raffle ticket for a framed print of an oil painting by local Cape Cod artist Julia O’Malley-Keyes. The print is now on display over the fireplace at Landfall.  The raffle drawing will be at the awards party on Monday, October 14th. at 6:00 PM.

One requirement is that you can only participate in one of the fishing derbies; either the Calcutta Derby or the Free Fishing Derby.

Celebrating the Fishermen, and Women, of the Woods Hole Fishing Derby

Landfall will host the awards party on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM. Daily prizes will be given out for the biggest catch of the day and the grand prizes will be awarded on the last day. The minimum length for an entry is twenty-eight inches. A first prize will be awarded each day for each division (Bluefish and Striped Bass). At the awards party the money from the entry fees will be split in half with fifty percent going the fisherman who caught the largest Striped Bass and fifty percent going to the one who caught the largest Bluefish.

So go on out on those beautiful Cape Cod waters, enjoy the Woods Hole fishing derby and have fun.

For more information about the Woods Hole Fishing Derbies go to www.woodshole.com/fishing-derby.html.

Other Activities in Woods Hole


Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

The Palmer House Inn is located just a couple miles from the village of Woods Hole. 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 or the Emily Dickinson room. Both rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your fishing adventures.