Thursday, August 13, 2009

Our annual summer event is over.

The Falmouth Road Race of 2009 has come and gone. It was a glorious, sunny day...not too hot for the runners. We only had 6 running from our group of family and friends this year, but they represented us well. Our oldest grandchild ran for the first time and he was amazing! The race is 7.1 miles long and began 37 years ago when three local guys were at a bar in nearby Woods Hole. Because that bar was closing they ran 7.1 miles to another bar in Falmouth Heights that was open for another hour or two. Somehow, that silly event evolved into an international road race with prizes of $10,000 to $15,000 for the winners.

The race draws famous names, including former Olympians like Joan Benoit. Our home just happens to be at the 4.5 mile mark along the race route and we take full advantage of that. Son-in-law, Johnny, rigs up a sound system that rivals even the loudest rock band. Another member of our group does a terrific job with a wireless microphone, calling out runners as they pass, and whooping up the crowd. When the race is over, we celebrate with our very own Uncle Frank's famous sausage grinders and an assortment of other delicious dishes. We even have Aruban Pistache.
Our annual Famouth Road Race party has become a family reunion, of sorts. It's that day of year when everyone is welcome. Friends and family come from near and far and with a bit of luck, we even get in a few hours at the beach. The day always ends the same way...a big fire in the fire pit with everyone gathered around for singing and smores. Not a bad way to celebrate the waning days of summer.

In the midst of all this, I did take some apron pictures with Emily modeling. I'll be posting them to my etsy shop as soon as all our road race guests depart. In the meantime, check us out at


  1. What fun! I'm vacationing on the Cape next week and I can't wait.

  2. Riverwood Primitives...
    Ah yes...never a day goes by that I don't count my blessings at being able to live here.
    What town are you staying in on your vacation?

  3. Wow, looks like a great time was had by all. David and I always remember how much fun we had that summer that we were in Falmouth during the race. I can just smell Uncle Frank's sausages and peppers! :)

  4. Thanks Margaret. I remember that visit of yours very well. Every time we make Margaritas, we reminisce about that meal you made and the pitcher of Margaritas. And...remember the spaghetti dinner? I don't know how you pulled that off in our tiny kitchen.
    Maybe you'll make it again one of these years.
    Love, Auntie Joanne


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