Pilgrim Monument Marking Milestone

 

PROVINCETOWN MASSACHUSETTS  – The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown will turn 100 on August 5th, 2010. The statuesque, 252-foot granite Pilgrim Monument was completed in 1910 to commemorate the Pilgrims’ first landing in America Nov. 21, 1620, in Provincetown. The Pilgrims also signed the Mayflower Compact, an early declaration of self-governance, in Provincetown harbor.

Back 100 years ago, the monument’s dedication on August 5th 1910, was a national revelation. Three years earlier President Theodore Roosevelt had arrived to help lay down the first cornerstone and kick off the construction. Then with the monument’s completion in 1910, bleachers were built around the base to seat 3,000 people. A U.S. Navy fleet sailed into the harbor. President William H. Taft arrived on the presidential yacht Mayflower and anchored roughly where the original Mayflower was thought to have anchored. Taft addressed the crowd after an introduction by Governor Eben Draper.  At the end of the ceremony, a young Mayflower descendant unveiled a commemorative plaque on the monument. Afterward, the partying went late into the night with a dinner for 500 people and a ball at town hall. Lots of people — including Governor Deval Patrick will be here for the celebration but not President Obama even though he was invited.

What:
100th anniversary of the Pilgrim Monument Dedication
Where: Pilgrim Monument, High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown
When: August 5th, 2010
Schedule: 10 a.m. – Parade on Commercial Street; 1 p.m. – 100th anniversary and rededication ceremony at Pilgrim Monument with Gov. Deval Patrick (free); 7:30 p.m. – Closing ceremony and concert at Pilgrim Monument ($20 entry fee); 9 p.m. – Fireworks over Provincetown Harbor

Looking for a place to stay?  Try the Revere Guest House on 14 Court Street.  It is an historic home built in 1830.  Recenlty remodeled in the style of the nineteenth century with all modern conveniences.

 

Provincetown’s Pilgrim Bark Park on Cape Cod makes Dog Fancy’s Top 10

Provincetown dogs can play in one of the top 10 dog parks in the US.  In summer the Pilgrim Bark Park provides a safe, friendly place to let visiting dogs really enjoy their vacation. The park only adds to Provincetown’s reputation as a dog friendly destination, where owners can treat themselves to alfresco dining with their dogs at their side along the sidewalk cafes.
More information on the Dog Fancy Top 10 Dog Parks list can be found in the June 2010 issue of the magazine. In honor of the magazine’s 40 th anniversary, the list has been expanded this year to include the top 40 dog parks in the country.

Starting with the memorial area just outside the park’s gate (where you will find a large stone in memory of my dogs Mona and Nina), the influence of Provincetown’s artistic community is felt with a graceful sculpture overlooking the memorial bricks. Pilgrim Bark Park’s benches are works of art, including the Mayflower bench, in keeping with the park’s colonial theme. The park has two separate play areas, one for dogs under 25 pounds and one for all dogs.

Tapping into the creative community, last year’s fundraiser featured Lily Tomlin and Kate Clinton at MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown.

The Dog Fancy Top 10 Criteria
Magazine readers submit nominations for the top 10 dog parks based on Dog Fancy magazine’s criteria of fencing, double gates and free clean–up bags. Other considerations include availability of water, shade, lighting and parking. Dog parks with active support organizations that offer special events, educational workshops and low-cost health clinics were given extra points.

The Dog Fancy Top 10 Dog Park list:
 Jackass Acres K-9 Korral New River AZ 
Kenton Paw Park, Covington, Ky.
Cosmo Dog Park, Gilbert, Ariz.
Puptown Dog Park, Chicago, Ill.
W.O.O.F. P.A.C. Park, Santa Maria, Calif.
Hermon Dog Park, Los Angeles, Calif.
Prairie Pastures Dog Park, Clinton, Iowa
Wantage Dog Park, Wantage, N.J.
Bow Wow Beach, Stow, Ohio

Provincetown and the Pilgrims – A bit of Trivia !

Provincetown Massachusetts

How much do you know about the Mayflower, Pilgrims,  Wampanoag Indians and Provincetown?  Here are some interesting facts about them.  Before the Pilgrims hired her, the Mayflower was in the wine trade with France; before that, she was in the fish trade with Norway.  It took the Mayflower 66 days to reach Massachusetts and while traveling to the new world there was one baby born on board the ship.

The Pilgrims landed at Provincetown, MA, at the tip of Cape Cod, on November 11, 1620. Since the land was not good for farming, they moved to Plymouth. To eat, the Pilgrims used a knife, spoon, a large napkin, and fingers…no forks. They also shared plates and drinking vessels.  In the Pilgrim household, the adults sat down to dinner and the children waited on them.

Lobsters, clams, and mussels were considered “hard rations” when the food supply was low. Many Pilgrims thought that lobsters were fit only for pigs!  Now when you come to Provincetown to vacation  or just visit for the great restaurants, those delicious items are considered a must.   Now the turkey was familiar poultry in England since it was brought to Europe 100 years earlier by the Spanish. There were only four married women who survived the first harsh winter from 1620-1621. They supervised the food preparations for the three-day harvest feast for the 50 colonists, Chief Massasoit and the 90 Indians who attended. That event became known as “the first Thanksgiving.”

Pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce were not eaten at the first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims did eat roast wild fowl such as duck, goose, and turkey; corn meal; cod; sea bass; and venison brought by the Indians.  Now while in Provincetown you can find some of these prepared in a delicious way particularly at the Mews Restaurant or one of my favorites the Red Inn at the end of Commerical Street.

Now to know a bit about the first people that first inhabited Cape Cod, it was the  Wampanoag Indians of southeast Massachusetts who befriended the Pilgrims. Their name means “People of the Dawn” and they continue to live on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and inland.  Now Provincetown is settled by a very diverse and interesting crowd.  By the 1970s, the town’s long tradition of tolerance and progressive attitude coupled with its beautiful environs and exciting town scene led to the adoption of “P-town” by the gay community.

Today, Provincetown retains many elements of its past, rich heritage while remaining a haven for the arts and alternative communities. The diversity of its population lends itself to an extraordinary blend of small town charm and big city sophistication. This is a town where everyone will feel at home and stay in one of those charming all American Bed and Breakfast such as the well known Revere Guest House.

Humpback Whales Spotted Off The Coast of Cape Cod

Dozens of Humpback Whales Were Spotted off the coast of Cape Cod

Dozens of humpback whales have been spotted off the coast of Provincetown Cape Cod Massachusetts. Restrictions have been put into place to make sure the whales are protected.  “The biggest threat” in the past had been shop strikes, but a year ago the federal government passed a regulation to slow ship speeds up and down the eastern seaboard while these whales moved into the Cape Cod Coast.

Scientists said they are encouraged about the future of the whales, who have experienced a bit of a baby boom in recent years.  The hope is that the more people see these beautiful creatures, the better the commitment to help them thrive. You can go on a whale watch excursion from MacMillian Wharf in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  There is Dolphin Fleet or the Portuguese Princess Excursions.

So come to Provincetown for a few days not only to go whale watching but to enjoy some of the most beautiful beachs on the east coast.  You can  stay at one of the most distinctive and historic inns in Provincetown has to offer, The Revere Guest House. It will become one of your favorite Ptown accommodation.

Provincetown Bed and Breakfast

Provinctown bed and breakfasts are located throughout this cute New England town at the very tip of  Cape Massachusetts, so choice in accommodations is what Provincetown is all about.  In some resort and vacation destinations you’ll find one or two establishments that cater to the GLBT traveler.  In Provincetown the number is in the hundreds.  None of the  bed and breakfasts in Provincetown are exactly the same either. They are all as unique and different as the people that visit.

Perhaps due to being at the remote end of the Cape and because of its variety of beautiful scenes,  Provincetown has attracted artists of all types over the years  and is one of the oldest artist colonies in America. There is also the persistence of an attitude of tolerance, making Provincetown a preferred home and travel destination for many gays and lesbians.

“P-town”, as it is sometimes called, also has an intriguing history as the first landing site of the Pilgrims and the place where the Mayflower Compact was signed. Fishing and whaling have also been a huge part of Provincetown’s past.  Its large, safe harbor and prime location made it the Cape’s fishing center, with thousands of ships calling it home port. The glory days of fishing are now gone and only a couple dozen ships continue the traditions but it has become a wonderful vacation destiny and a place to go whale watching.

Provincetown is also blessed with pristine beaches all around and dunes on the Atlantic side.  Race Point Beach has often made the lists of top beaches in America. It is also one of the few spots on the east coast where one can watch the sun set into the water.

So now is the time to come to Provincetown where you can enjoy a wonderful and comfortable stay at one of these unique bed and breakfasts while also enjoying the sun, entertainment, beaches and shopping.

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