The popular PBS TV show “Thomas and Friends” has sparked the imagination of young children for generations. Each summer, railroad amusement park Edaville USA in Carver hosts a “Day Out With Thomas” weekend that includes a ride on a train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine himself. And the experience is about to get a whole lot bigger. Construction is underway on Thomas Land, a new Thomas theme park on the grounds of Edaville. The new park isn’t much to look at now, but by this time next year, it’ll be the biggest Thomas Land in the world.
Each summer, vacationers come to the Cape in droves. Many pay a summer premium for the visit, staying in local hotels and inns. But some people are here not to vacation, but instead for seasonal work, for school, or for a special activity. A few summer programs offer these visitors housing. But not all can afford to, which means the burden of housing falls to Cape Cod families. Perhaps no organization relies on locals more than the Cape Cod Baseball League. But it’s not just the players who benefit from the experience of living with a host family.
Cape Cod has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the United States. In response to the prevalence of the disease on the Cape, a Mashpee resident has opened up a Lyme disease wellness center, one of the first of its kind in the nation. He wants there to be a place where people who suffer with long-lasting symptoms of Lyme disease – often called chronic Lyme – can go to get the help they need.
This image depicts the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620 at Plymouth. Plans are underway to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing. But some local Wampanoag are concerned that their perspective on the historical event will not be adequately told.
For the Wampanoag who have called coastal Massachusetts their home for more than 10,000 years, the founding of Plymouth in 1620, doesn’t feel that far removed, nor does its 400th anniversary bring reason to rejoice.
“We won’t be celebrating," said Ramona Peters, the chief historical preservation officer for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. "I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s not many native people that will be involved.”
As Peters sees it, the Wampanoag story and the Pilgrim story -- they can’t be put on the same stage.
It’s still six years away, but already plans are being made in Plymouth for the400thanniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower. All this month, a group of students from UMass-Boston are busy digging on the north side of Burial Hill Cemetery, site of the original Pilgrim settlement. It’s anarchaeologicaldig, a collaboration betweenPlimothPlantation and the university. They’re searching for parts of a wall – what they call a palisade – that surrounded the original Plymouth settlement
A boatyard on Martha’s Vineyard played a part in the restoration of the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan, which is visiting the Island as part of its 38th Voyage around New England. WCAI’s Louisa Hufstader spoke with the Vineyard Haven boatbuilder whose shop produced one of the whaleboats the Morgan carries on her deck.
Vineyard Haven harbor resounded with cheers, ship horns and cannon blasts as well-wishers turned out to greet the Charles W. Morgan when it arrived in Martha’s Vineyard from Newport, Rhode Island. The 173-year old vessel is America’s last surviving whale ship. It’s based at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and recently underwent a 5-1/2 year restoration there. The Morgan is traveling around New England this summer on its 38th Voyage, stopping at ports where it has strong ties. This is the first time the Morgan has sailed since its last whaling voyage in 1921.
Many parents find they’re unable to spend enough quality time with their kids during the week. The pressures of work and other obligations often makes that difficult, if not impossible. This is especially true for parents and students at the Hannigan School in New Bedford. These students are attending classes at a facility two miles away from their regular school building, while it undergoes extensive renovations But a new program gives these students and their families a chance to re-connect on weekends by cultivating gardens together.
Charles “Stormy” Mayo is one of the founders of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, an organization well known for its pioneering whale research and other types of ocean science. But Stormy Mayo is also an avid boat builder – so avid, in fact, that he’s been building a schooner in the small side yard of his Provincetown home on and off for the last 38 years. And today, that schooner was finally ready to be taken from that side yard to its new home in the waters of Cape Cod Bay. Reporter Brian Morris was there and has this report.
The Charles W Morgan is currently undergoing sea trials off New London, as America’s only surviving whaler prepares for this month’s cruise to New Bedford and Vineyard Haven. Harbor Master Mike Cormier says it was the buzz generated by the Morgan’s restoration that resulted in the lamp’s rediscovery.