Need Info on Old Motel

The Dennis Historical Society received a request from a past visitor if a motel was still at the corner of Old Wharf Rd.( west side ) and Lower County and if anyone remembers the name. This is circa 1950/60’s. The motel is still there, but they are now condos. If anyone knows the name or has pictures could you please email us at There is no doubt somebody out there knows the name. Thanks in advance……

The New Swan River Bridge is Open

The new Swan River Bridge on Rt. 28 opened to all vehicle traffic late yesterday, Monday, April 14, 2014.  Work will begin to dismantle the temporary bridge over the next 4-6 weeks. Everything should be back to normal by mid June.IMG_4039 IMG_4040 IMG_4041 IMG_4042

Dennis Port Halloween Block Party


Inaugural Dennis Port Halloween Block Party to be held Saturday, October 26th

Dennis Port, MA — The merchants of downtown Dennis Port , many of whom are newly opened, are teaming up to present the inaugural Dennis Port Halloween Block Party.  A dozen Main Street retailers will offer Trick-or-Treating and a range of holiday activities for children, adults and dogs throughout the day on Saturday, October 26th. Activities range from bocce lessons to a Haunted Hound Walk for pooches, and nearly all are free.
This comes on the heels of a recent revitalization of downtown Dennis Port.  In just the past thirteen months, seven new retailers have opened their doors, once again putting Dennis Port on the map as a charming downtown destination for dining, shopping and entertainment.  The Block Party is a result of a collaboration between the local business owners in an effort to introduce the new Dennis Port to those who haven’t visited lately.
“The Dennis Port Revitalization Committee is thrilled to share in the new excitement and collaboration among the new and established businesses of downtown DP. The best is yet to come,” said Donald Robitaille, Member of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee.
Activities take place from at 11 AM – 6 PM.  The full line-up is listed below.  All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Trick or Treating for kids and dogs in costume from 2-6 PM at any merchant with orange and black balloons outside.
Pumpkin Painting at Sodium from 11 AM – 4 PM. Kids and adults can unleash their Halloween creative spirit!
Auntie’s Ice Cream will host games, contests, caramel apple making, rubber band bracelet crafting, hot dogs, treats and spooky story telling with Auntie Donna ($5 for everything). Phyllis Horton and Burt Derek, local historians and authors of the Gazetteer of Dennis, will sign books from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  The book includes fun facts and trivia about the town.
A Haunted Hounds Block Walk (costumes encouraged) for people and their dogs beginning at The Village Green behind Hot Diggity Dog Wash & Boutique at 1 PM.  Prizes will be awarded to the top doggie costumes.  The parade will be led by a Fiddle Ensemble from West Bend Music.
Free Halloween temporary tattoos for dogs at Hot Diggity Dog Wash & Boutique
Complimentary Halloween treats for anyone wearing a costume at Buckies Biscotti
Face painting by local artist and muralist Hans de Castellane at Castellane Gallery. The gallery will also showcase a special exhibition of its students works (ages 8-12) from 2-4 PM.
Greg Mentzer Studios will be raffling off a free photo shoot valued at $99.  All are invited to stop by and enter their names.
Performances by students of West Bend Music throughout the day at West Bend and several of the Main Street merchants.
Free samples of the Dennis Port General Store’s Outrageous Pumpkin Dip and other specialties.  The store will also welcome Author Katie O’Sullivan for a signing of her book Son of a Mermaid.
Bocce lessons and games on the Village Green hosted by the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee
Live yoga demonstrations, light refreshments and free chair massages at Power Yoga Of Cape Cod

The Dennis Port Natural Market will offer free samples of non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) products and literature.  They will also  donate 10% of sales that day to the Non-GMO project.
Porter & Mags Home Furnishing and Design Studio   will feature (weather permitting) a sidewalk sale and live music by jazz pianist Zack Cross. They will also raffle off a beautiful basket full of goodies collected from all of the neighboring businesses.

“Hot Diggity has had great success with our Halloween Parade in Mashpee Commons and we are really excited to bring this fun, light-hearted event to Dennis Port,” said Nicole Merriman, Owner of Hot Diggity Dog Wash & Boutique. “We hope people will come out and see the transformation that is happening in Dennis Port.  We have a fabulous group of new young merchants who are bringing a vibrant energy to a town that has the makings to be one of the best little Main Streets on Cape Cod.”
Added Monica Rizzio of West Bend Music:  “West Bend Music is thrilled to be in Dennis Port and is excited to bring a community of people together on Cape Cod for our first fall event. We are thrilled to be part of the new change happening and will make every effort to continue to support the amazing things happening right in our backyard. “
“Enthusiasm is building and as each new innovative business opens, the passion and love for Dennis Port is returning,” said Donna Silva of Aunties’ Ice Cream Parlor. “Our one year anniversary is fast approaching and we feel privileged to be part of this revitalization process”.

For more information on the event, visit or stop by any of the downtown retailers for a flyer.
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Free Classic Film at Library

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Dennis Public Library’s free Classic Film Series continues with the 1958 Paul Newman film “The Long, Hot Summer.” The library is on the corner of Route 28 and Hall Street in Dennisport. Call 508-760-6219 for information.

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Let the Bocce Games Begin

It was a great afternoon on the Village Green with 18 players from the Yarmouth Senior Center, under the tutelage of Ray Petruccelli, to test out our new Bocce Courts. 16 people could play on the 2 courts at the same time and their were 2 alternates. Everyone got to play and there was some excellent competition. There were also plenty of laughs and a good time was had by all. Check out the pictures by clicking on the title of this article.

Yarmouth Senior Center Bocce Players trying out our new courts. The new courts got raving reviews.

Yarmouth Senior Center Bocce Players trying out our new courts. The new courts got raving reviews.

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Downtown 2 years ago, Downtown Now

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A big “Thank You” to Summit Realty and Fred McFadden for the rebirth and rejuvenation of Downtown Dennis Port. These are pictures from just 2 years ago ( 2011 ) and this summer.

This is where Hans DeCastellane and Aunties Ice Cream are now located.

This is where Hans DeCastellane and Aunties Ice Cream are now located.

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New Bocce Courts are Open

The 2 new Bocce Courts on the Village Green are now open for public play.We hope to start a fall league after Labor Day. If you are interested in playing or have any questions leave a message below this article or email Don Robitaille  at

The courts were marked out today. There will be several teams playing tomorrow ( Thur. 8/15/13 ) at 2 p.m. Come on by and check it out…At this time it is bring your own balls, chairs and scoreboard. Hopefully in the near future we will have benches and a table.

Power Yoga of Cape Cod is Open

Power Yoga of Cape Cod is officially open at 675 Route 28, Main St. Dennis Port, MA. Check it out at

Stop by and welcome the owner, Jill,  to the neighborhood. It’s amazing what they did to the interior of this building. Another classy business in downtown Dennis Port.

Dennis Summerfest-2013

Calendar of Events


Phone (508) 760-5950

Dennis Summerfest

Dennis Small Business Association, P.O. Box 254, S. Dennis, MA 02660 508-760-5950

Everyday—Water Safaris Narrated Cruise on Historic Scenic Bass River – 11 AM, 1,4, & 6PM, 1 1/2 hrs. each. Howie�s Kayak Rentals (10 AM-6 PM). Call 508-362-5555 for reservations. $2.00 off ea. adult ticket on River Cruise; $2.00 off ea. kayak rental with this flyer. Tickets at Windwmill Plaza, 109 Main St., Route 28, West Dennis 02670

SATURDAY 8/17—FAMILY NIGHT OUT,W.Dennis Beach, 4:30-10 PM. —BON FIRE, 5:00 PM until after fireworks show. Toast Marshmallows.—AMVETS Post 333 Ceremony, 6:30 PM.—The Most Band, 6PM until after fireworks..—FIREWORKS, at DUSK – Presented by the Atlas PryoVision Productions Co. **Free SHUTTLE BUS, park at the West Dennis Graded Schoolhouse, West Dennis, from 4:30 on, Provided by First Student Inc.

Sat., 8/17—39th Swan River Canoe Race, Registration 11 AM; Race 12 Noon, 5 Lower County Rd., Dennisport. $25 per canoe (includes post race buffet/award ceremony). Sponsored by Swan River Seafood Restaurant – to benefit Hospice of Cape Cod. Rain or Shine. 508-394-4466.

Sat., 8/17—Colonial Open House @ the Josiah Dennis Manse, 10 AM-4 PM, 77 Nobscussett Rd., Dennis. Open hearth cooking, pie-making & spinning. Children�s games and more. Walk through gardens. Refreshments will be served.

Sat., 8/17—Captain’s Yard Sale, 10 AM-2 PM, Baked goods, attic treasures, white elephant, jewelry, linens, raffle and more. Refreshments served, Parish Hall, Congregational Church of So. Dennis, 218 Old Main St., S. Dennis.

Sun., 8/18—ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR, 10 AM-4 PM, NEW LOCATION: at Nathaniel H. Wixon Middle School in South Dennis. Artists, Crafters, and Food Vendors (Hot Dogs; hamburgers; Ice Cream; Drinks, and more), Children�s Root Beer Races,and more. 1:30-2:30 Dan McCarthy will be entertaining with his favorite tunes. Plenty of parking in lower lot.

SUN., 8/18 CAPE COD SALTIES – Learn to Fish Day, 10:00am � 3pm at Nathaniel H. Wixon Middle School in South Dennis.

Get in on the fun of Fishing. Hands-on instruction and demonstrations covering all aspects of fishing will be going on throughout the day. Learn how to tie a new knot or find out where to catch the big one.

Kids up to twelve can enter the casting contests. A morning contest will run from 11:00 am till Noon and an afternoon contest will run from 1:00 till 2:00.

Prizes will be awarded for both contests.

Professional fly tyer Joe O�Clair will be available to tye a fly or bucktail that you design. Bob Davis will be showing his handmade lures and explaining lure making techniques. Lou MacKeil will be on hand to discuss his time tested techniques. Lou has instructed over 1,000 people through his �Take a Course, Catch a Fish� sessions given throughout the Cape.

Even if you are already an avid angler come out and learn about the Cape Cod Salties Sport Fishing Club from the Salties themselves. Salties are men and women from all over the Cape who enjoy fishing and the fellowship the organization provides.

Sun., 8/18—54th ANTIQUE CAR MOTORCADE and DISPLAY, Starts at West Dennis Beach at 12 Noon, travels through Dennisport, back Upper County Rd., crossing Rte. 134, to Liberty Hall, then right on Old Main St. to Old Chatham Rd. to Route 134 and into the Nathaniel H. Wixon Middle School in South Dennis where cars will be on display (approx. 1-3PM). (Pre-register cars with Penny Bach, Motorcade Chairman, 508-760-4524, and receive a Beach Pass)

Sun., 8/11—Sand Sculpture Contest, 6:30-10 AM, Mayflower Beach, Dennis. Rise early to stake out your spot & get your sculpture created. Prizes awarded as tide comes in. (This is the weekend before because of the TIDE.)

Sun., 8/18—White Elephant Sale 10 AM-12 Noon & Lawn Party, 12 Noon – 2 PM, Liberty Hall, S. Dennis.

Sun., 8/18—Summer Fun Days at Jericho Historical Center, 11 AM-2 PM, Costumed guides demonstrate the varied skills needed for life in the 1800s. Children�s games, spinning demonstrations, House, Barn w/Tools, and Driftwood Zoo, 1801 Jericho Historical Center, corner of Old Main St. (#90) & Trotting Pk. Rd. Refreshments will be served.

Sun., 8/18—Open House at the 1867 West Dennis Graded School House, 12 N-4 PM, Special Maritime Exhibit continues “The Bounty of the Seas.” 67 School St., West Dennis, Learn about school life in the 1800s.
See school rooms and 20thC fishing artifacts and Shiverick Shipyard presentation.

Story about Dennis Port Beaches

This article was copied from the electronic copy of the Lynn Item

Rich on Running: Up the mileage down the Cape

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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 3:00 am

To my right, waves coming in from Nantucket Sound crashed onto the shore, with two Michael Phelps look-alikes braving the surf. Ahead of me stretched the sandy coast of Dennis Port, with a rocky breakwater making a 90-degree angle on the horizon. My girlfriend Laura and I sat down on a pair of comfortable beach chairs, but before long, I was talking about going for a run.

If you’d like to get in a vacation beach run or two this summer, Cape Cod might just be the place to do it. The ocean beaches, including the one we saw in Dennis Port, offer dramatic views and sounds of waves slamming onto the shore. The bay beaches, several of which we went to in Orleans, are much more serene, although this does not detract from them as a running spot. Wherever you run, you can reward yourself with a cool dip in the ocean afterward … and in fact, when the tide is coming in, you can even take a mini-dip during your run!

We walked to the Dennis Port beach on Saturday after checking out of the English Garden Bed & Breakfast on Inman Road. After weeks of running in my trusty New Balances on the packed earth of Lynn Woods and the hard concrete along Lynn Shore Drive, it felt different to run barefoot on a sandy surface that had a little “give” to it.

Running on a beach often presents a choice of what kind of surface to run on. Many beaches slope down towards the sea, and this one was no exception. I alternated between running on the high, uneven ground, and running right beside the ocean, which felt nice and cool when it covered my feet.

Other things you step on don’t feel quite so nice … namely, every rock and shell on the beach. Barefoot running enthusiasts often emphasize taking light steps, but it seems no matter how lightly you step, you’re still going to feel the impact of every piece of flotsam and jetsam you land on.

I ran almost to the breakwater and turned back … then felt like I had enough for another run to the breakwater. I reached its rocky line and retraced my footsteps, as if I was running an out-and-back course at Lynn Woods. The beach wind added a challenge. I ran against it on the way back and had to hold onto my Patriots cap.

By the way, beach running is contagious. After I finished my run and stretched out on a beach chair, Laura decided to go for a run of her own.

One word of caution, though. You might want to know when high tide arrives, and how high it reaches. You don’t want the sea to outrun you to your beach blanket!