Arts Alive Festival

Arts Alive Festival

Arts Alive Festival in Falmouth

Arts Alive is free 3-day celebration of the arts in Falmouth and the Upper Cape. Friday, June 17, 5 to 9pm; Saturday, June 18, 10am to 9pm; Sunday, June 19, 11am to 5pm

60 performances of Theater, Spoken Word, Dance and Music for all tastes – jazz, classical, folk and fiddle, show tunes.

There will be a Town Dance on Friday night, and a Rock Fest on Saturday Night.

More than 50 artisans and crafts people display and sell their wares.

Arts and crafts booths, Arts Alive Festival
Arts and crafts booths.

During this weekend local artists and photographers will have their works displayed in the windows along Main Street. There will be tents on the library lawn with musicians playing their instruments, vocalists singing, and dancers dancing.  There are chalk drawings on the sidewalk  in front of the library and there is a face painting artist and Disney characters in front of Kaleidoscope toys. Shore Street between K.L. Bates Road and Main Street is lined with tents and booths featuring artists and craftsmen.

Arts Falmouth is a non-profit alliance of artists, cultural organizations, businesses and individuals who believe in the importance of the arts for the vitality and future of our town.

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 romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures discovering Cape Cod’s treasures, 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.

Hurricane Sandy on Cape Cod

Falmouth Harbor Hurricane Sandy
Falmouth Harbor Hurricane Sandy
Falmouth Harbor at 4pm, an hour before the height of Hurricane Sandy.

Fortunately Falmouth was not in the direct path of this monster storm. The height of the storm was at 5:00 PM on Monday. High wind gusts were measured at seventy-five miles per hour throughout Cape Cod.  Almost half of the homes and businesses in Falmouth lost electric power.

The Palmer House Inn was without electricity for almost twenty-four hours. Fortunately the temperatures were mild, so keeping warm was not a problem. We had flashlights and oil lamps to help us get through the night and we had a pleasant conversation about the chapters of our forty-five year marriage. We discussed the wonderful highs and the unpleasant lows and how we were able to weather the true storms by holding together and trusting in the Lord.  During the day, Bill was able to do some reading about the War of 1812 and Pat camped out with a cup of tea by the kitchen window and did some sewing on a Christmas gift for our granddaughter. The inn sustained only minor damage. We are glad that we have been keeping up with tree maintenance on the property. The charming weather-vane on the top of the turret was blown off and destroyed. Also, many small branches and lots of leaves were blown out of the trees. We had plenty of warning about this storm so we were able to remove the hanging  plants and secure the outside furniture. Now the clean-up begins.

Falmouth Harbor Beach in Storm
Falmouth Harbor Beach in Storm

The Shining Sea Bikeway at the Trunk River was heavily eroded and covered with debris from  the storm serge. The water in Falmouth Harbor rose level with the piers and waves crashed up into the Clam Shack restaurant. The channel leading to Little Pond is completely filled with sand. The docks at the Woods Hole Yacht Club were submerged under the high water of the storm. Serf Drive was covered with water and the sand had to be bulldozed back onto the beach on Tuesday. On Menauhant Road along the beach, sections of the sidewalk and seawall were dislodged. High water in the Childs River covered the docks at Bosun’s Boat Yard but no boats were damaged. The Landfall Restaurant weathered the storm quite well. There were signs that water had penetrated the floor, however, Jimmy and Donny had removed the furniture and fixtures and there is no doubt that they will be back in business on Thursday. The authorities have warned us to be cautious of very high tides during the next few cycles because the storm surge has not yet receded. All of this sounds very minor when one watches the television coverage of the devastation to our south.

We have to be thankful for small blessings. This storm arrived after the season was over. Last year’s hurricane Irene arrived on our shores in September, when we still had two months of the busy season left.  This year, all is well.

A Cape Cod Independence Day Parade

Cape Cod Parade: Children's Wagon

Happy 4th of July from the Cape.

The Independence Day Bike and Carriage Parade in Falmouth Village was an enjoyable event for one and all.

Cape Cod parade Velocipede at Start
George Sykes, Corner Bike Shop, and his antique velocipede

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.

Cape Cod 4th of July Parade Uncle Sam
Mike Kasperian as Uncle Sam.

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.

Cape Cod Parade: start
Start of the parade.

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.