windmill weekend, swimming, le mans seaside
With summer crowds dwindling and children returning to school during the week, the weekend festival and big event season is beginning to take over Cape Cod and the islands for when the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Cod is promoting the “Second Summer” this year.
Seems fair when you look at all there is to do in the area. On Saturday, September 10 alone, for example, five marquee annual events are making a comeback after being impacted in various ways by the pandemic in recent years. And since it’s the 45th year for one event and the 35th for another, you know the anticipation must be high.
While organizers are hoping for good weather for these outdoor celebrations, here are five potential ways to spend your weekend:
Eastham Windmill Weekend
After a two-year hiatus, Windmill Weekend will return to Eastham for its 45th year with a three-day festival that celebrates what organizers describe as the community’s ‘history, small-town character and vibrancy’.
The event, which runs from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, will, according to an announcement, feature family-friendly activities, live music, local food and more, with activities centered on Eastham’s Windmill Green (2515 Route 6, or State Highway), but also take place at other locations in the city. Details and full schedule of events: https://easthamwindmillweekend.org/.
Many familiar activities are back, including, at 7 p.m. Friday, a launch of the Community Talent Show at the Eastham-Orleans Elks Lodge (10 McKoy Road).
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Saturday activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Windmill Green will include a local vendor fair and craft show with over 60 booths; games for children and families sponsored by the Eastham Recreation & Beaches Department; local food vendors; and a new Beer and Wine Garden in partnership with Hog Island Beer and Truro Vineyards.
At Eastham City Hall (2500 Route 6, State Highway) there will be a mini Touch-a-Truck event featuring public safety vehicles from Eastham Police, Fire and Department public works and a video game truck.
The Windmill Weekend Antique Vehicle Show will be held all day at the Eastham-Orleans Elks Lodge.
On Sunday, the festival will end with the Windmill Weekend Parade along Route 6 starting at noon, themed “Once Upon a Time.” Then, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be live music, food and a raffle on the Green.
There will be a free shuttle service available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, according to the website, which will stop at the Green, Lodge and First Encounter Beach for the parking and activities.
Provincetown Swim for Life and paddler flotilla
Over 35 years, the Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla has raised over $6.5 million to help local groups that support AIDS patients, women’s health and the community at large. And on Saturday, around 250 supporters will take to the water.
In recent years, the swim and kayak course has changed from a Provincetown harbor crossing at Long Point to a 1.2 mile swim/kayak on the East End coastline due to concerns about the presence increasing numbers of sharks offshore, with a spotter plane in the air to help keep participants safe.
“The energy is the same, but it’s a reconfiguration of events,” says Jay Critchley, director of the Provincetown Community Compact which runs Swim for Life. “A lot of people miss crossing the harbour, but there are a lot of people who don’t feel able to cross the harbour, but feel they can swim along the shore.”
Critchley notes that the past three years of the charity event have been tested first by a hurricane and then by the pandemic. While he hopes for good weather this year, he notes philosophically: “As in any organization, you work with what you have.”
Swimming will begin at 11 a.m. on the beach at the Breakwater and Harbor hotels and end like last year at the new Cannery Wharf (387 Commercial St.), where there will be food and drink, courtesy of Far Land Provisions , and live entertainment by Zoe Lewis.
Lifeguard parties to encourage swimmers were held along the shore at St. Mary’s of the Harbor Church (517 Commercial St.) and Cape Codder Guest House (570 Commercial St.), beginning at 11 a.m. h. Private parties are also encouraged. , and Critchley encouraged to notify the Compact at [email protected] and the organization can provide poster boards for signs and other aids.
The finish line at the Big White Tent will include the Prayer Ribbon Garden, a 150-foot semi-circle set up on the beach in front of the retaining wall as a celebration and memorial.
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A parallel swim for life will take place from 8 a.m. Saturday at the Great Pond in Wellfleet.
Information and registration (including the day of the event): https://www.swim4life.org/. Kayakers can also register as late as that morning, Critchley notes, and Provincetown Aquasports will provide a free loaner of a kayak for the event. He expects 50 to 75 of the participants to be in kayaks.
Beneficiaries of the September 10 swim will include AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC), Helping Our Women (HOW), Outer Cape Health Services, Provincetown Rescue Squad Association, Lower Cape Ambulance Association, the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP) , Provincetown Schools, The Compact Community Fund, Accessible Provincetown, West End Racing Club, Cape Cod Children’s Place and Native Land Conservancy.
The Mashpee-based Native Land Conservancy is a new recipient of Swim for Life funding for its work to rescue, protect and help restore regional lands to their original state whenever possible. The compact information indicates that he recognized the former lands of the Wampanoag Nation on Cape Cod for many years before adding this financial support. Information: http://www.nativelandconservancy.org/.
Lori Meads, CEO and President of Seamen’s Bank, which runs a foundation that is a major sponsor of Swim for Life, is due to receive the volunteer award at an awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at Cannery Wharf Park, 387 Commercial St.
Cape Cod Wildlife Festival
Wildlife organizations from Cape Cod and beyond are expected to gather from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, Cummaquid for the annual Cape Cod Wildlife Festival.
Designed as a day of family fun, the festival will feature interactive exhibits, live animal demonstrations with Bethany Jakubson and her amazing Animal Ambassadors (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.); live music; food trucks Cape Cod Donuts, Lewis Brothers Solar Ice Cream and The Filling Station; and guests from local environmental groups involved in the Cape Cod Wildlife Collaborative who talk about their work. Local authors connected to Books by the Sea in Centerville will sign books from noon to 1 p.m.
Admission is free, donations are appreciated.
Groups involved include the Sanctuary, Cape Wildlife Center, Center for Coastal Studies, IFAW Marine Mammal Rescue & Research, National Marine Life Center, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, Whale & Dolphin Conservation and Wild Care.
Information: 508-746-2522; https://www.facebook.com/CapeCodWildlifeCollaborative.
Seaside Le Mans
If auto racing – at least in carts – is more your speed, the 21st annual Seaside Le Mans charity event – The Race for the Cape Cod Community is also scheduled for Saturday. The event starts at noon, with thousands expected to watch the endurance race of European-style Formula 1 racing carts roll around (and around and around…) the installed quarter-mile outdoor track. at Mashpee Commons.
Each cart is sponsored by a local business, with supporters and employees swapping places in the driver’s seats, and each raises money for local charities. The event has brought in donations of over $8.5 million over the years. Beneficiaries of the 2022 race are the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Calmer Choice, Cape Cod Healthcare and Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center.
The free event, which lasts until 4 p.m., also includes an infield to watch (accessible via a pedestrian bridge), music, food and a family entertainment area. Information: https://seasidelemans.org/.
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Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival
The 11th annual Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival will return to Ocean Park near Oak Bluffs Harbor, with a day – “still full of summer breezes”, according to the website – of kite-making and flying and model sailboats for children.
There will also be frisbee games for all ages and prizes in two age groups. Entrants can win for the largest and smallest kites, the best “wind sculpture”, the best team effort, the best kite created from the Vineyard Gazette and the “flying object the most creative and unusual”. The events are free and the rain date is Sunday.
The schedule indicates kite-making for ages 12 and under from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and a flying contest for this age group from 12pm to 1pm, with prize giving afterwards. An adult flight contest takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Community kiting continues until dusk.
There will also be live music, bubbles and kite making kits for adults.
Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.