The Independence Day Bike and Carriage Parade in Falmouth Village was an enjoyable event for one and all.
It began at 10:00 AM . The staging for the parade took place in the Saint Barnabas Church parking lot and ended at the Mullen Hall school playground.
George Sykes of the Corner Cycle Shop lead the way on his antique velocipede. He was followed by Mike Kasperian as Uncle Sam. Then came the children of all ages and sizes. They came with there bicycles. tricycles, wagons, strollers, cooters and carriages. Each one was decorated in red, white and blue by its owner.
The parade proceeded down Main Street then took a left turn onto Shore Street, across Katherine Lee Bates Road and into the playground. At the playground, gifts, prizes and snacks were handed out. The parade is sponsored each year by the Falmouth Elks Lodge.
Nobska Light is going to be open to the public this coming Saturday June 23, 2012, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The tours are conducted by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla II-2., weather permitting.
The first Nobska lighthouse was built in 1829, because Woods Hole’s deep harbor had attracted a substantial whaling fleet and many steam vessels passed by while crossing through Vineyard Sound. During the year that it was built over 10,000 vessels passed the light.
The second lighthouse was built on the site in 1876. It is a 40 foot tower made of cast iron and lined with brick. It has a fifth order Fresnel lens. In 1888 the lens was upgraded to a fourth-order lens and at that time a red sector was added to warn boaters of the hazardous L’Hommedieu and Hedge shoals.
In 1985 the light was automated and the lighthouse keepers were no longer necessary. Now the Commander of the Coast Guard Sector Southern New England resides in the lighthouse tenders former quarters.
Nobska will be open to the public six more times during 2012.
REMEMBER: Children must be at least 45 inches tall to enter. Shoes and shirts required. No food or drink. No smoking in the lighthouse. Large bags are not allowed in the light room. Infants in carrying pouches not allowed in the lighthouse.
If you’re keen on a nautical theme to your lighthouse holiday our Herman Melville Room is cozy and decorated with original drawings of local whaling ships. The Richard Henry Dana Room features more of these beautiful drawings and boasts a king bed and whirlpool tub… for those who prefer a good soak at the end of a day sightseeing.
The Palmer House is dressed in its finest and ready to celebrate the wearing of the green. Later this evening we will be taking a stroll to Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub where Rory, Heather, Shea, Kelly and Ryan will be making a shamrock on the top of each Guinness they pour. There will be fine Irish music played all day. You can be sure that a tin whistle will be played and a fiddle and it wouldn’t be Saint Paddy’s Day without the pipes. Corn beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash will be on the menu to mention just a few of the delectable offerings.