Massachusetts may have 1,000 but Falmouth has the best.
I was out on the new extension to the Shining Sea Bikeway this past weekend (I know it's not officially open, but it was teeming with bikers, walkers, and stroller-pushers all soaking in the sun and spectacular views), when I thought of former Rep. Eric Turkington's last legislative effort in highlighting 1,000 great places in Massachusetts. As I looked out over the simple but powerful beauty of the Great Sippewissett Marsh as an osprey soared above, I thought that Eric was onto something - only the focus might just as well been on Falmouth.
Although there is not enough space here to dwell on 1,000 great places here in Falmouth, here's a partial list that I came up with of great places to see - or be - in our town:
At Highfield Theater this weekend, as another great display of community theater kicks off with the Falmouth Theater Guild's Peter Pan...any portion of the aforementioned bike path extension, which takes you through some of the most breathtaking views on our planet...watching the line out the door at Ben & Bill's as families wait for ice cream - with a smile...at the Falmouth Inn on Saturdays to here locals, including Paul's Jack Sorgi, crooning with our own version of Idol...at the Heights ball field any Saturday this time of year to watch hundreds of our youth learn soccer and sportsmanship thanks to a phenomenal Recreation Department program...at Marina Park any Thursday this summer to help usher in a fantastic new band shell...at the Coonamessett Inn on May 7 to wish a deserving Tommy Leonard well as Falmouth's 2009 citizen of the year...at the Woods Hole Aquarium any day this summer to watch the delight on a kid's face as he holds a starfish for the first time...at Guv Fuller Field almost any night this summer to hear the crack of a wooden bat and watch the 2009 version of the Commodores...sauntering through the tree lined canopy of Davisville Road on a summer afternoon...at a jam-packed Lawrence Auditorium with the din of democracy rising to the rafters...challenging the waves at Chappy on a windy Saturday...sitting anywhere in Town, Enterprise in hand, appreciating the value of a local newspaper...on the library lawn near the statute contemplating what the view must have been like for Katherine to write that song...at family night at Coonamessett Farm watching a vibrant and successful local farm live enthusiastically through its owners and visitors...in the ER of Falmouth Hospital, watching the finest emergency staff around provide unmatched care...standing in line on a cold and rainy March afternoon shivering from the cold and excitement as the window slides up for the first time of the season at Dairy Queen...watching the sun rise from the Heights on any quiet morning...seeing progress on Gifford Street...sitting on a park bench on Main Street, watching a sea of humanity pass by and appreciating the vibrancy and value of a true downtown...ringing the bell on the trolley as it makes its way to Woods Hole...skating on a frozen bog...sitting at Woodbriar and hearing the gift of Mildred Allen poetry...sitting at Cape Cod Bagel and listening to the old-timers reminisce about the way things used to be and theorize about the way things should be...standing at any polling place on May 19 and watching people proudly exercise their right to be heard...walking hand in hand with a loved one soaking in the beauty of Spohr Gardens...driving down Route 28A and shrieking with delight to see that Smitty's is open for the season (I know, third ice cream reference)...at Town Hall virtually any night of the week to witness some of the hundreds of volunteers that are the cogs in the machine of our local government...standing on the knob and contemplating, while taking in the panorama, how lucky we are to live here...in a booth at Betsy's savoring the aroma and flavor of eating heavy...and feeling the unbeatable sensation of warm sand sifting through your toes at Old Silver Beach.
I'm sure I could get to one thousand, but I'll leave the rest to your imagination...or input.
Isn't Falmouth Nice?
This column is reprinted from the Falmouth Enterprise.