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!

Speaking of the Pocket Park

Here are a couple of before and after pictures of the Pocket Park, just in case anyone forget the battle that the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee waged to beautify a graffiti riddled trash strewn lot. Another big Thank You to DPW for their expertise and assistance over the years at this location. Last, but not least a Round of Applause for the Town Meeting members who voted in favor of purchasing this park at the Fall meeting in 2011.


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Looking from rear parking lot towards Rt. 28.

Looking from rear parking lot towards Rt. 28.

A lot of time effort and money went into this Park. A big Thank You to DPW and the Town of Dennis.

A lot of time effort and money went into this Park. A big Thank You to DPW and the Town of Dennis.

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Pocket Park Cleanups

The Pocket Park has received some much deserved attention this summer. The Garden Club of Dennis and South Side Civic Association have adopted the park and along with the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee and Dennis DPW have spent a number of hours donating time, material, plants, fertilizer and labor in making this park one of a kind and a labor of love. Pat Sakellis of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee and also a member of the Garden Club has been leading the Charge into making it a beautiful park. A big Thank You to Pat and her crew as well as DPW for donating stone dust and mulch. Missing from the below photo was the photographer Mario Sakellis. Left to right: Eileen Griffin, Pat Sakellis, Pat Scanlon, Jean Cormier. The other pictures are from the initial spring cleanup with 14 volunteers from the above mentioned organizations.

Approx. 35 man/women hours went into the Spring Cleanup

Approx. 35 man/women hours went into the Spring Cleanup

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It Can Happen Here

Click on the link to Dan Fortier’s blog and a copy of a story of the Hurricane of 1944 that was written by Nicole Muller in the Register in 2008. This is being brought up because of the new FEMA flood maps.

Main Street Dennisport 100% Occupied!

By Dan Fortier

A walk down Main Street in Dennisport is breathtaking! For the first time in years every storefront has a tenant! Even though the Barlow’s will soon be retiring, I have had several calls from interested buyers for the property. I do not believe that attractive stretch of sidewalk will be empty for long, if at all.

Please click here to read the rest if the story.

New Improved Website

I would like to welcome our readers to a new improved and upgraded website. We all know there is a learning curve with something new. Give me a month or two to work out the kinks. We want to maximize the interaction and feedback we can get from our readers. With this new website you will be able to leave comments on specific articles. We will be adding slideshows on some presentations. We will also be using the website for South Side Civic Association news and information. We will keep you up to date with latest information from the Dennis Police and Crime Watch meetings. If you want to know what is happening in Dennis Port, this will be the place. Bookmark this page now.

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