The First Annual Sandy Feet 3 Mile Run Creates New Memories For One Family

It’s Summer Celebration Kick-Off Week in Yarmouth which means boatloads of fun events and entertainment for the family, much of which is free to attend.  A new addition to the calendar this year is a 3 mile fun run on Bass River Beach…..yes that’s 3 miles entirely in the sand!  The event was organized by our local running store; Bayside Runner located in the Yarmouth Shopping Center at 484 Station Ave in Yarmouth.

I arrived at the Sandy Feet 3 Miler ready to take some photos and help promote the event in the hopes that it would do well and become a regular part of Yarmouth Summer Celebration festivities.  It was a nice afternoon, it wasn’t too hot and a nice breeze was blowing over the beach.  The first runner to return to the finish was none other than Bayside Runner’s co-owner Adam Stuhlfaut.  Bayside’s other co-owner Tom Pena finished in the top four as well.

The Sandy Feet 3 Mile Race was held entirely on Bass River Beach in Yarmouth, MA

The Sandy Feet 3 Mile Race was held entirely on Bass River Beach in Yarmouth, MA

 

After taking a few photos of the kites I decided to wait at the finish for more people to come through.  It was then that I struck up a nice conversation with a gentleman named Ray Hodorski. Ray crossed the finish with a young boy and the two of them were congratulating each other and talking about how great the run was.  I thought to myself how nice it was to see them running it together.  I soon learned they had a whole crew of family members there with them.  My simple inquiry tuned into a lovely conversation and I quickly realized that this family is the exact reason we hold summer celebration in the first place!  Let me tell you more about Ray and his family and you’ll understand why.

Ray and ten of his family members converge at the Riviera Beach Resort as a kick off to summer.  Their family has been doing this for seven years!  With two teachers in the family and family members spread across Florida and Connecticut they say “We always come up here to the Cape first before spending a few weeks in CT and use it as our summer kick off.”  Sure enough, one by one another nine family members would eventually make their way to the finish of the race (Ray’s brother Joe wasn’t able to participate).

Thankfully a few of the family members were walking and it gave me more time to connect with Ray.  As we’re chatting I learn that they happened upon the Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick Off Week three years ago and have been making it the center of their family vacation ever since.  Ray said the kids look forward to it every year and he feels like they’ve grown up here. They love the Riviera Beach Resort and all the activities it offers.  With kids ranging in ages from 16 to 9 they always find something for everyone to do.  Aside from a few day trips to the National Seashore or Martha’s Vineyard, the family finds they have everything they need for a great vacation right here in Yarmouth, including the Skipper Restaurant which they admit to eating at, at least three or four times every year saying “The food has been consistently excellent and the staff always makes the kids feel welcome.”

When the family arrives at the Riviera they always get a list of activities. This year they were excited to see the Sandy Feet 3 Miler as a new addition to the events. “We saw the Sandy Feet Run and decided it would be a great activity for our entire group” said Ray.  We couldn’t agree more!

Watching these family members come in was a real treat.  As each family member approached the end of the run the others already there were cheering and waving them in.

Young girl finishes Sandy Feet 3 Miler

 

It was a wonderful sight to see such a supportive family working together.  In fact one of the children twisted an ankle somewhere out there and I had to chuckle as I heard one of the other children tell everyone in an authoritative voice that they all had to make sure they cheered him on extra loud because he was hurt and a little upset.  As a mom of two young kids I have to say that I hope and pray I’m succeeding at instilling this caring nature and strong family ties in my own children, as these adults obviously have in theirs.  They are clearly a tight knit unit.

From a distance we then all see the flag that many of us around Yarmouth have come to recognize as Steve Xiarhos, a member of the Yarmouth Police Department.  Only Steve isn’t carrying the flag this time, a young boy is.  That young boy turns out to be Ray’s ten year old nephew!  I have to tell you the whole family (and pretty much everyone in the general area) thought it was pretty neat to see this ten year old running with the flag with pure pride and determination on his face.  He kept running with that flag right past the finish all the way to the jetty!

10 Year Old Runs with Flag at Sandy Feet 3 Miler

 

Shortly thereafter the last of the Hodorski/Theroux crew arrives.  With high fives and congratulations all around and the promise of ice cream soon to come, I ask if I can take a family photo and email it to them as a memory of their inaugural race together.  They were gracious enough to let me publish them here in our blog.

Hodorsky:Theroux Family at the Sandy Feet 3 Mile Run Hodorski:Theroux Family at Yarmouth Summer Celebration

 

This is what Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick Off is all about, good old fashioned fun and spending time together as a family.  Ray’s story is exactly what we strive for here, creating experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime; “My ten year old nephew was given the opportunity to carry the American flag across the finish line at the end of the race and that was an honor he will never forget.  In fact, he is already planning for the race again next year so we hope this will become an annual event and new tradition for our families.”  To that I say Thank You Ray! Thanks to you and all your family members for sharing your experiences with me and providing a shining example of why we love Yarmouth Summer Celebration and look forward to it every year as the kick off to summer and memory making on Cape Cod.  With about 60 runners participating this year, we’ll hope for an even larger turnout next year.  You can bet we’ll be looking for the Hodorski/Theroux crew at the start!

~April

 

Learn more about all the great businesses and events in the post on Facebook:

Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick Off

Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce

Bayside Runner

Riviera Beach Resort

The Skipper Restaurant

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After Work Is Done It’s Time For Some Business After Hours Networking Fun!

Members of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce got together for another Business After Hours Networking event.  Our location this month was the Cape Cod Inflatable Park.  Boy was it fun!  The Cape Cod Inflatable Park has been investing time and resources to extend the size and offerings at the park and it REALLY paid off.  What a great time we had touring the inflatable equipment and the grounds!

Visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the sheer size and variety of inflatables at the park.  There’s something for almost everyone.

Cape Cod Inflatable Park

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In addition to the inflatables, the park also has an entire arcade inside with games provided by Ryan Family Amusements.

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All in all it was a great night. Chamber members enjoyed playing games, eating and networking and we thank everyone for their participation. See you next time!

 

Down to business at the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Business After HoursWinning at Plinko at the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Business After HoursEnjoying good food at the Business After Hours Networking Event with the Yarmouth Chamber of CommerceBusiness After Hours with the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce

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Yarmouth Summer Celebration 2013

The Yarmouth Summer Celebration is Back!  2013 promises to be just as great as last year.  The event has extended to nine days this year from June 21st-June 29th leading up to the July 4th holiday week.

One of the main attractions for the celebration is the commission of 36 sand sculptures around Yarmouth.  The sculptures are created by professional sand sculptor Greg Grady of Hampton Beach, NH and have vastly different designs.  You can find additional details about the sculptures and their locations on the Yarmouth Summer Celebration website at http://yarmouthsummercelebration.com/events/sand-sculpture-map/

Yarmouth Summer Celebration Sand Sculpture Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other free events lined up for the week include a fishing derby with a team led by Riverview Bait and Tackle, Kite flying with Archie Stewart & Friends, Salsa by the Sea and Nature Walks with Naturalist Connie Boyce.

You can also take in not one but two Y-D Red Sox Games at D-Y High Field. The Y-D Red Sox are again the non-profit sponsor host of the Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick-Off with funding provided by the Town of Yarmouth’s Tourism Fund and proceeds going to the Y-D Red Sox.

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On Wednesday people can participate in a fun run on the beach called the Sandy Feet 3 Miler with Bayside Runner.  After the run, cool down with the always popular Ice Cream Social.  For $5 people can sample 5 scoops of ice cream from the Cape’s best ice cream shops.  It’s a win-win event, get your exercise on and then be rewarded for your efforts!

The celebration caps off on Saturday night with a Y-D Red Sox game and a family movie night with the cartoons on the big screen at D-Y High Field followed by a fireworks display set to music.

All in all it’s a fantastic time to visit Yarmouth.  Many of the lodging establishments and restaurants have specials and the weather is fabulous.  It’s quintessential Cape Cod fun for the whole family and we hope to see you there!  We can’t forget to say a BIG thank you to our presenting sponsor the Cape Cod Irish Village who has been so generous in support of this event.

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Yarmouth Seaside Auction – Largest Fundraising Event of the Year for Chamber

The Yarmouth Seaside Auction takes place May 29th at the Red Jacket Beach Resort. The event is the premier fundraising event for the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce each year and hopes to draw a great crowd this year as well.  The event not only benefits the Chamber, half of ticket sales and select auction items will benefit three local organizations: The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Katelynn’s Closet and The Yarmouth Food Pantry.

The evening begins at 5:30pm with Hors D’oeuvres, a cash bar, entertainment and a silent auction.  At 6:45pm the live auction begins with auctioneer John Terrio.  Tickets to the event are $25 with half of the ticket fee going to the charities mentioned above.

The event is always great fun and last year over 140 businesses contributed to the event.  This year the event is being hosted by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, Petal & Stem Florist, Rockland Trust and Red Jacket Resorts.  Please join us in supporting your local chamber at what is sure to be a great night out.  You can purchase tickets by calling 508-778-1008 or email rsvp@yarmouthcapecod.com.

We’re excited to offer a wide range of items up for auction at this year’s event.  Here’s a small sample of what you’ll be able to bid on.  You can’t bid if you don’t attend so be sure to join us at 5:30pm on May 29th!

Yamouth Seaside Auction Print for Bid Yarmouth Seaside Auction Print to Bid On Yarmouth Seaside Auction Auction Items New England Patriots Print at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction Stewart Painting item for bid at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction Items at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction Picnic set at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction Gift basket for bid at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction Wine themed gift basket at the Yarmouth Seaside Festival Print available at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction Nantucket Pillow for bid at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction Yarmouth Seaside Auction item Boston Red Sox Tickets for bidding at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction Framed print for bid at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction Diamond earrings for bid at the Yarmouth Seaside Auction

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Searching for the perfect gift for mom? You have plenty of options right in Yarmouth and certainly on Cape Cod.  We hope you’ll remember this Mother’s Day to shop small and shop local.  To help you out we’ve created a Mother’s Day Gift Idea board on our Pinterest page.  You can find it at http://pinterest.com/yarmouthchamber/mothers-day-gift-ideas/. Our Mother’s Day Gift idea board on Pinterest links directly back to the website of the company mentioned making it easy for you to find the location, view product details or view other ideas from that merchant.

Our Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board includes Cape Cod themed jewelry, spa services, handmade gifts, home accessories, flowers and services such as maid cleaning, makeup application and more.  For the ultimate gift, give the gift of time and relaxation.  We’ve offered a few options for places to send Mom locally for a night or weekend.  Whatever you decide to do for Mom this Mother’s Day, make it heartfelt and keep it local.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mom’s out there!

Here are a few ideas from our board:

Give the gift of relaxation!

Give the gift of relaxation!

A family photography session would make a great Mother's Day gift

A family photography session would make a great Mother’s Day gift

You can't go wrong with flowers!

You can’t go wrong with flowers!

Cape Cod Jewelry

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Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce April Business After Hours Networking Event

We love networking nights and our April event was no exception.  The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce held our April Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday the 9th.  The event was jointly sponsored by DiParma Italian Table and WeNeedAVactation.com.  The event was held at DiParma and also served as a celebration for WeNeedAVacation.com who is celebrating their 15th year in business serving Cape Cod.

Business After Hours, WeNeedAVacation.com

WeNeedAVacation.com celebrates 15 years on Cape Cod at the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours April Networking Event

 

WeNeedAVacation.com founders Joan and Jeff Talmadge created the business as a way of matching vacationers and homeowners, and now lists over 3,500 properties on Cape Cod and the islands.  They spoke a few minutes about their love of Cape Cod and how much they’ve enjoyed growing their business and serving the needs of renters and vacationers.  With such a large audience and robust data WeNeedAVacation.com can offer excellent insight into the tourism and rental market from year to year.  It was positive to hear them report that the summer season of 2013 is up 3+ percent and more interestingly that vacationers are booking later into the shoulder season, than they’ve seen in the past.  This is excellent news for our local businesses!

Joan and Jeff Talmadge

Joan and Jeff Talmadge, founders of WeNeedAVacation.com

The event also featured the amazing culinary work of DiParma Italian Table, widely recognized as one of the most popular Italian restaurants on Cape Cod.  We recommend following DiParma on their Facebook page as they often have great contests and discounts.

DiParma Italian Table

Amazing Food Provided by DiParma Italian Table

Members enjoyed networking with friends and discussing the 2013 summer season.

April 2013 Business After Hours

Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Members at Business After Hours

 

 

Yarmouth Business After Hours Networking Event

Other items discussed at the event included the upcoming St. Patrick’s 5k road race taking place on May 4th at 11am.  This is the Sons of Erin Cape Cod’s First Annual St. Patrick’s Beach.  They’re offering shirts to the first 200 registered.  Participants can Meet, Great and Run with Boston Marathon and Hawaii Ironman Legends Dick and Rick Hoyt.  It will be a great event and you can find out more (and register) at http://stpatricks5kbeachrun.org.

Since this is our blog we’ll also put out a request for information which we mentioned at the event.  If you own a business on Cape Cod that is opening for the summer season, or you have a special event or offering, we encourage you to email that information to our Social Media coordinator April Merrill at april@coastalmountaincreative.com.  We’d love to help promote your business!

Finally, as always we’d like to remind you to follow the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce on all of our social networks.  We’re working hard to increase our communication online and encourage all of our members, travelers and residents to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  We use these platforms to share travel and business related information pertaining to Yarmouth and Cape Cod.  They are your best resource for up to date news and offers.  Follow us today!

One last (last) thing!  Don’t forget to visit and share our Online Guest Guide!  We work hard to produce this guide each year and want to do everything we can to promote the businesses advertising in it and make sure everyone has a chance to benefit from the information and coupons it offers.  Find it online at www.capecodwithinreach.com.  Please add it to your social networks and share the link as often as you can.

 

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New Photos of Cape Cod

It’s time to update the cover photo on our Facebook page.  Our existing photo of Bass Hole Boardwalk is beautiful, but we’re ready for change.  This seemed like the perfect time to get out there and take some new spring photos.  We decided to go ahead and ask our Facebook fans what they’d like to see a photo of and let that guide us.  You can see the post here, but the requests ranged from daffodils to “a field of cranberries” to Judah Baker Windmill.  It’s a great list, and it’s fun to see what people miss about Yarmouth.  We didn’t hit everything on the list yesterday but we’ll be back out to shoot the remaining requests in the next few days.

So off we go, out and about town.  Here are a few of the shots that were taken.

Windmill Beach, Weather on Cape Cod in April

What a gorgeous April day we’re having here on Cape Cod This one is from Windmill Beach in South Yarmouth.

Judah Baker Windmill

A beautiful day in April at the Judah Baker Windmill in South Yarmouth, MA

Windmill Beach in South Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Windmill Beach in South Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Cranberry Bog in Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

A “Sea of Cranberries” in Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Finally we did use one to update the cover photo of our Facebook page which you can view at www.facebook.com/yarmouthcapecod or  here.  We selected a patch of daffodils that just shouted ‘Spring on Cape Cod!’  We hope you like it, tell us what you think in the comments below.

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The daffodils are popping up in Yarmouth to welcome spring to Cape Cod.

Are you someone that doesn’t get to visit the Cape often? Is there a photo you’d love to see?  We’d love to help you out!  Comment below or send an email april@coastalmountaincreative.com and let us know what you’d like to see photos of on our blog or other social media pages and we’ll do our best to go out and snap those photos for you.

 

 

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Spotlight On The Historical Society Of Old Yarmouth

The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce recently had the pleasure of touring the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum located on Strawberry Hill Common in Yarmouth Port, MA.  Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum is the only fully furnished sea captain’s home on Cape Cod that is regularly open to the public.  For just $3 for adults and $.50 for children this is a wonderful way to experience history and the life of a sea faring family from the 19th century.

sea captain's home, Captain Bangs Hallet House

The Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. The perfect place for individuals or bus tours to learn about the history of Yarmouth and the life of a 19th century sea captain’s family.

The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth offers tours of the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum for individuals or bus tours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 1 through October 15, with tours at 1, 2 & 3 p.m.  Upon entering the Captain Hallet House you view the formal room where all of the best china and furniture would be displayed.  As you move through toward the back of the house to the family room, dining room, small kitchen and eventually upstairs to the living sleeping rooms.

The house currently displays a wonderful collection of clothes, furniture and accessories.  The guides are incredibly detailed in their description and knowledge of historical fact and the day to day life of families during this time period.  It’s fascinating to learn about art made out of human hair (common with those who could not have photographs taken), the gorgeous silk fabrics and the maps within the home.  A large original 1858 map of Cape Cod hangs in one room.  Then there are other items such as a glass walking stick manufactured in Sandwich, MA and original top hats worn by the captains and the children’s toys on display.  Put together, these items are an impressive glimpse into life during this time period.

Outside the home sits a gorgeous old weeping beech tree, one of only a few here on Cape Cod. In the summer the tree will be spectacular with sweeping branches that will almost hide it’s trunk entirely, well worth the trip itself!

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One of only a few weeping beech trees on Cape Cod.

 

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Trunk of a weeping beech tree at the Captain Bangs Hallet House in Yarmouth Port MA

The Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum is a great stop for bus tours.  People interested in history, 19th century living, Cape Cod history and the life of Sea Captains and their families will find the Captain Bangs Hallet House fascinating and the rich history entertaining and educational.

The museum is fully funded by donations and memberships.  Memberships include free entrance to the Captain Bangs Hallet House and the nature trails surrounding the building as well as invitations to the member’s tea and tour, fall annual dinner meeting and more.  Full details can be found on the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth website. Those interested should note that in September the Captain Bangs Hallet House will host 20 stunning, antique wedding gowns. This event is set to take place the first two weekends in September and is sure to be a large draw.

Buses are encouraged to schedule their stops in advance and may do so by calling 508-362-3021.

 

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Yarmouth, MA Town Hall Has All New Yarmouth Branded Merchandise For Sale

If you haven’t been to the Yarmouth Town Hall in awhile then you probably haven’t seen the new little store we have set up.  Town Hall, located at 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 is now selling Yarmouth branded merchandise including t-shirts, coffee mugs and re-useable Eco-friendly tote bags.

Yarmouth TShirts, Yarmouth Coffee Mugs, Yarmouth eco-friendly bags

Head to Town Hall to purchase T-Shirts, eco-friendly bags, coffee mugs and beach stickers.

These items are perfect for residents and also for visitors to remember their Cape Cod vacation.  The coffee mugs are a great gift idea for year round use and are a beautiful blue color.  Purchase one today, the items range in price from $2-$15 and can be purchased year round from 8:30am-4:30pm at Town Hall.

Yarmouth, MA Coffee Mug

Show your love of Cape Cod every day with a Yarmouth Coffee Mug.

 

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A Cape Cod Winter Video On The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel

Have you visited the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel yet?  You can find it at www.youtube.com/user/YarmouthCapeCod.  We just added a new winter video highlighting winter scenes from our last snowstorm in Yarmouth, MA.  We hope you enjoy it.

On our YouTube Channel you’ll find playlists for various video categories including:

Places to Stay on Cape Cod – Yarmouth

Just A Day At The Beach! Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Things To Do In Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Yarmouth Cape Cod Restaurants

Yarmouth Cape Cod School related videos

Yarmouth Cape Cod Seasonal Videos

This Is Yarmouth – Cape Cod Within Reach with Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce related videos

Yarmouth Cape Cod Events

Our YouTube Channel is a great place to learn more about Yarmouth, MA and all the great things to see and do here.  Be sure to subscribe to our channel (and our blog) to stay up to date on all the great things happening around Yarmouth and Cape Cod.  Feel free to let us know if you have videos from around Yarmouth that we should add to our playlists.

 

 

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