Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 75 of 147 74 Pina also recommends stopping by the Orleans Police Block Party on Wednesday, Au- gust 21, an annual block party on Main Street that brings together more than 3,000 people. At least 100 antique and classic cars line up along the street, and entertainment is provided through music, kids' games, cornhole and more. Beyond these events, visitors can always catch a live theater performance at The Acad- emy Playhouse, formerly Orleans' old town hall. With 162 seats and more than 12 shows a year, the Playhouse offers visitors family-friendly enter- tainment in rain or shine. Throughout the year, renowned theater directors and costume design- ers come to the Playhouse and partner with local artists to produce spectacular programming. From the theater, take in the history of Orleans by visiting the Jonathan Young Wind- mill, one of the oldest windmills in the United States. The windmill was originally built in the early 1700's in South Orleans and moved to Hyannisport in 1897. Then, in the mid-1980's, the mill was dismantled and brought back to Orleans and, today stands in its present location at the Town Cove Park in Orleans. For additional history, the French Cable Station Museum on Route 28 in Orleans is the perfect destination. During World War I, Gen- eral Pershing in France communicated with the U.S. government through this cable station; and, in 1927, a message that Charles Lindbergh had landed in Paris also came through this sta- tion, which was then communicated to the en- tire nation. Today, the museum offers free guid- ed tours as well as a large collection of historic undersea cables, maps and other memorabilia. A piece of nautical history that is not to be missed is the Coast Guard Motor Life- boat CG-36500, a 36-foot lifeboat docked at Rock Harbor. The lifeboat was built in 1946; and, in 1952, it's crew was credited with one of the greatest ever Coast Guard rescues at sea, when four Coast Guardsmen saved 32 of 41 crewmen from the tanker SS Pendle- ton, which was snapped in half during a nasty 70-knot nor'easter storm. Today, the boat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and operated by the Orleans His- torical Society. Pina also recommends families take a trip to Cape Adventure Gold, the largest mini golf course on the Cape as well as the Charles Moore Arena, one of only three ice skating rinks on the Cape and open during the summer for those looking to cool down. The Lower Cape isn't just a gateway to other towns within Cape Cod -- it is a trove of history, vibrant culture, entertainment and sce- nic beauty. With so much to offer, it's time to explore the "elbow" of the Cape as your next summer destination.• Nauset Beach, Orleans Motor Life Boat CG36500, Rock Harbor, Orleans

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