07-30-19 Beach Employee Appreciation Breakfast held at Surf Drive Beach

OSDA Board Member Anne Prior and Margie Mitchell of the Falmouth Beach Committee arranged the annual Summer Beach Employee Appreciation Breakfast.  It was an opportunity for the OSDA to thank them for the work they do for us on our beaches on a daily basis before they leave for other jobs, school, etc.

The breakfast was held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in coordination with the beach employees weekly meeting at Surf Drive Beach.  OSD members assisted Anne setting up and welcoming the employees that morning.  Cape Cod Bagel graciously provided 6 dozens bagels.

OSD Members in attendance were (L to R in the featured picture) – Karen Rinaldo, Jack Driscoll, Anne Prior, Polly Thayer, Jay Thayer, Steve Saunders, Mike Herlihy, Kevin Doyle

Special Guests included (L to R in picture below) – Selectman Doug Brown, Beach Superintendent Bruce Mogardo, Town Manager Julian Suso, Beach Committee Member Dan Shearer and Beach Committee Chairman Paul Miskovsky

These young people really appreciate this and it is gratifying to see the caliber of employees that Bruce recruits for our beaches.  See group picture below.

August 10th, 2019|

07-30-19 OSDA Presidents E-mail to Members and Friends

Hello neighbor and greetings from the Old Stone Dock Association

We are mid-way through the Summer and I hope that you are enjoying yourselves.  We have had an abundance of sunny days this year and the reports from homeowners, businesses and vacationers have been very positive.  Downtown merchants, restaurants, hotels and rentals all report new records being set for the summer of 2019.  I wanted to update you on several upcoming events and topics that may be of interest to you.

Our 2019 Membership Drive was a success with over 200 of you renewing your membership for 2020.  Thank you!  If any of you haven’t gotten to that yet you can still renew on our website, www.oldstonedock.com, or by sending your application and check for $25 to P.O. Box 835, Falmouth, MA  02541.

It’s almost time for our Annual Summer Social!  Don and Joyce Filiault at the Beach Breeze Inn are looking forward to hosting us once again and their grounds are a really nice backdrop for our event!  This year we have scheduled Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM as the date and time for the Summer Social.  Write to president@oldstonedock.com if you need another invite emailed to you.  I look forward to seeing you there.   Briefly,

We have kept the tradition of the $25 per person (only $5 for children 12 and under).
Host Don Filiault has arranged with Eat Your Heart Out caterers for another fine meal under the Big Top!
Falmouth Town Officials are looking forward to joining with us once again.
We have many new members to introduce.
2019 College Tuition Assistance winners will be announced.
Remember to please respond now or by August 23rd.  This is important because our caterers need an accurate count as soon as possible.

Falmouth Road Race is coming up on Sunday, August 18. That makes for a pretty busy morning in the neighborhood with over 13,000 runners participating. Plan your travel that morning accordingly.

Thank you for supporting the Old Stone Dock Association and I hope to see you on Sunday, September 9, 2019!

Jay Thayer

August 10th, 2019|

07-14-19, Falmouth Triathlon – Traffic Control

The annual Falmouth Triathlon took place on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Surf Drive beach.  The event organizers communicated to their participants that there is NO PARKING on neighborhood streets and this has worked well the past several years.  To help make this happen, Old Stone Dock members worked with the Falmouth Police and the Sheriff’s department on traffic control and parking directions in several key locations on the morning of the event.  The event organizers have generously supported the Old Stone Dock Association and will continue that support this year.  This financial support goes towards the OSDA Tuition Assistance Program.  Members worked from 5:15 am to 7:30 am.  Volunteers are listed below:
Pictured (L to R):  Steve Saunders, Jay Thayer, Mike Herlihy, Ed Jackson, Rocco Maffei 
Missing from picture:  Jack Driscoll, Polly Thayer, Terry Saunders

 Other pictures from the days events:


July 23rd, 2019|

07-11-19 Community forum on litter

OSD Member Anne Prior shared a Facebook posting by Jay Zavala.  He advised that a Community Forum on Litter will be held on Thursday, 07/11/19 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Hermann Foundation Room of the Falmouth Public Library at 300 Main Street.  This is being sponsored by the Falmouth Litter Reduction Team.  If you have any interest in this issue, please be sure to attend.

If you’d like to know more about “Talking Trash…” see the story published by The Falmouth Enterprise on Friday, 06/21/19.

July 9th, 2019|

06-23-19 OSDA Members sell t-shirts and collect donations for Falmouth Fireworks Committee

On 06/23/19 OSDA Members Rebecca Bevilacqua, Terry Saunders and Steve Saunders sold t-shirts and collected donations for the Falmouth Fireworks committee from 9 am to noon at the Ellen T Mitchell Bathhouse.  Terry Saunders and Steve Saunders also manned the table on Sunday, 06/29/19 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Pictured from left to right:  Artist and t-shirt designer Karen Rinaldo, OSD Members Rebecca Bevilacqua, Terry Saunders, Steve Saunders and Arthur Ratsy, one of the Founding Falmouth Fireworks Committee member 39 years ago.

July 9th, 2019|

06-23-19 Flower Boxes – Funds received in memory of Eileen & Palo Peirce

The OSDA was notified by the estate of Palo Peirce that he had made a donation to the OSDA.  Funds were received and were put towards the purchase of flowers at the Ellen T Mitchell Bathhouse this spring.  The Peirce family explained to President Jay Thayer that their parents enjoyed seeing the floral display over the years and the work that the OSDA did in the neighborhood.  The plaque reads “2019 Fondly Remembering Eileen and Palo Peirce”.

July 9th, 2019|

06-28-19 Email to Membership from OSDA President Jay Thayer

Old Stone Dock Association June-July Activities

Hello Neighbor – Greetings from the Old Stone Dock Association,

Summer is here, and activities of all kinds for all ages are picking up in the village and in the neighborhood. The year-round population of Falmouth is just over 32,000 but the population has recently been estimated to increase to 105,000 in the summer months. This has the added benefit of supporting a wide mix of commercial, professional, artistic and cultural offerings making Falmouth feel like a larger town all year round.

The Falmouth Fireworks Display Thursday, July 4 at dusk with a rain date of Friday, July 5. Voted one of the 10 best fireworks displays in the country by Travel and Leisure Magazine! Held each year at the Falmouth Heights beach, this is a classic Cape Cod summer event supported entirely by local donations. More information and event details, parking and traffic information can be found at: falmouthpolice.com/events/falmouth-fire-works/ .

The Friends of Falmouth Station have also invited us to an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 6 from 2:00 – 4:00PM at the Falmouth Station, 59 Depot Ave. Hot dogs, ice cream and entertainment on the Holiday weekend afternoon! Details are attached.

The Falmouth Village Street Fair Wednesday July, 10, 2019 –  The annual Street Fair/Arts and Crafts Festival is coming up and promises to be a main attraction of the Summer season. Hosts, The Falmouth Village Association indicate there will be over 200 artists and artisans set up along Main St that day. Be aware of changes in Main Street area traffic pattern adjustments that day.

The Falmouth Triathlon Sunday July, 14, 2019 – The annual Falmouth Triathlon will be held once again with events centered at the Surf Drive beach. Improvements this year include a new road cycling course which takes cyclists off of Woods Hole road. This change was initiated last year, and participants and residents agreed that it worked well. The event organizers communicate to their participants that there is NO PARKING on neighborhood streets and this has generally worked well. To help make this happen, Old Stone Dock members work with the Falmouth Police and the Sheriff’s department on traffic control and parking directions in several key locations on the morning of the event. The event organizers have generously supported the Old Stone Dock Association in the past and will continue that support this year. This financial support goes towards the OSDA Tuition Assistance Program that I discussed in my last letter.

If you are interested in lending a hand this year from about 5:30AM until 9:30AM on Sunday morning, July 14 please RSVP to info@oldstonedock.com so we will know who to expect. We will let you know exactly where to be that morning once we know how many volunteers we have.

The Falmouth Road Race Sunday August 19, 2018 – The 47th running of the Falmouth Road race is set to go off on Sunday morning August 18. Although the OSDA does not take an active role in the event, the course does put 13,000+ runners down Surf Drive on a Sunday morning and they are accompanied by many pedestrians and spectators along the race course. Plan your travel around Falmouth that day accordingly.

OSDA Membership Renewal – The annual OSDA membership drive is coming to a close with a very successful response from you and your neighbors. We thank over 250 of you for participating in the neighborhood association and allowing us to keep our neighborhood visible to Town leaders and pass along items and information which may be of interest to you and your neighbors. If for some reason you have not renewed […]

July 9th, 2019|

05-10-19 Email from President Jay Thayer to members

Hello Neighbor – Greetings from the Old Stone Dock Association

Spring is taking its time making its way into Falmouth this year but there are signs that summer is not far off and the Surf Drive Beach will soon be enjoyed by many of us once again. I wanted to make you aware of several upcoming events and activities being organized by the Old Stone Dock Association (OSDA).

The OSDA Annual Beach Clean-up and Presentation of 2019 Beach House Flower Boxes on Surf Drive Beach will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. We wanted to do a final cleanup before the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Protect yourself by wearing long pants, shirts with sleeves, sunblock and use garden gloves.  We’ll have a membership promotion table and registration by the Ellen T Mitchell Bathhouse where refreshments will be provided and OSDA logo wear will be available for sale.  We will also be gathering for a light lunch afterwards so we will need to know if you will join us. If you are able to lend a hand, please RSVP toinfo@oldstonedock.com so we will know who’s coming.

Dues Renewal Notices are being mailed this week to 350+ new, current and past members.  Please support the OSDA by remitting your dues of $25.00 per family now to P. O. Box 835, Falmouth, MA  02541 for the current year of 06/01/19 to 05/31/20.  The membership renewal form can also be found on our website at oldstonedock.com if that is more convenient for you. We thank you in advance for participating in the neighborhood association and allowing us to pass along items and information which may be of interest to you and your neighbors.

Tuition Assistance Applications are available to children and grandchildren of Old Stone Dock Association members who will be freshmen at a 2 or 4 year college in September 2019.  Members must be paid up and current with their 2019/2020 dues.  Applications will be accepted between May 1, 2019 and June 23, 2019.  The quantity and amount of scholarships provided annually will be determined by the Board of Directors and recipients will be selected by the committee.  The Tuition Assistance Application can be opened on the OSD website (oldstonedock.com) as a fillable PDF form, saved and printed from your PC.  A copy is also attached to this email if you would like to print it and fill it in by hand.  Applications must be mailed to OSDA-Tuition Assistance, P.O. Box 835, Falmouth, MA  02541 and be postmarked by June 23, 2019.

Old Stone Dock Association Information is always available on the website at oldstonedock.com. Director Terry Saunders does a fantastic job updating the website with events and activities that are going on with the Association and documenting many of our events with photographs.  She also welcomes any information you might want to offer for the enjoyment of all.

Article of Interest  My wife, Polly, recently came across an interesting article in the BU Today online magazine. The article is written by food, travel and outdoor recreation writers Diane Blair and Pamela Wright. It is titled “Three Perfect Cape Cod Day Trips” and details three of the best day trips on the Cape. As you may have guessed, Falmouth is on the list. The section “Bike the Shining Sea” is a great description of Falmouth attractions and natural wonders near the bike trail. It reminded me of some of the many reasons that we are drawn to the Cape and Falmouth in particular. The article can be found at:  https://www.bu.edu/today/2019/cape-cod-day-trips/

Request from the Beach Breeze Inn  I wanted to repeat a request that I made last Fall regarding a unique opportunity in our neighborhood this Summer. Every year the Beach Breeze Inn sponsors three young women on […]

May 22nd, 2019|

05-18-19 OSDA held their annual beach and roadway cleanup

The OSD annual beach cleanup and membership drive was held at Surf Drive Beach on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 am to noon. Fourteen members and friends participated and gathered at the Ellen T Mitchell Bath House.  We cleaned the beach and both sides of Surf Drive as well as the corners of Mill Road, Bywater, Walker and Shore. The Mill Road parking lot was cleaned as well. We took a group picture before heading out.

Those in the picture:

*Seated left to right: Terry Saunders, Judy Labins, Rebecca Bevilacqua and Carol Reed

*Standing left to right: Bob Lehtinen, Jack Driscoll, Polly Thayer, Jay Thayer, Ed Jackson, Lenny, Steve Saunders and Cindy Lehtinen

*Late comers who participated but were not in the picture were: Kathleen McGoey, Louise Mitchell, Laura Puopolo and Scott Puopolo

Rebecca Bevilacqua and Steve Saunders manned the registration and logo wear table. We sold men’s and ladies t-shirts and sweatshirts, baseball caps, winter hats, bags and notecards. As neighbors and visitors walked by they explained that the OSDA members were cleaning up the area and provided brochures to those interested. Light refreshments were provided to participants and those who visited our table to hear more about the association.

After the cleanup we enjoyed a delicious luncheon at the home of Jay & Polly Thayer.

It was decided that the evenings were still a little cool to install the flower boxes at the Ellen T Mitchell Bath House so they’ll be put up in the next couple of weeks. At that time we’ll share with you the individual that made a contribution towards the purchase of the flowers this year.  A plaque will also be put up recognizing the family.

Terry Saunders, Beach Cleanup Committee Member
Other Committee Members: Jay Thayer, Polly Thayer

May 22nd, 2019|

12-19-18 Holiday Party & Parade 12-09-18, update after event

On Sunday, 12/09/18 Old Stone Dock members marched in the Falmouth Christmas Parade. Members Jay Thayer, Kevin Doyle and Paul Smith proudly walked behind the banner and waved to parade goers along the way (see feature picture).

The Annual after the Parade Holiday Party hosted by OSD members Dorie and Greg Ketterer took place at ShoreWay Acres Inn from 2 to 4 p.m.  It was attended by over 100 members and guests including several public officials.   There was a delicious buffet enjoyed by all.

Cindy Lehtinen, Bob Lehtinen and Jennifer McGovern welcomed guests at the registration table. The children enjoyed face painting by OSDA member Kathy Hall and gingerbread house decorating sponsored by OSDA members Dorie & Greg Ketterer of ShoreWay Acres. Liz Saunders and Ted Jellinek Duo entertained the guests with popular tunes and Christmas favorites.

The Old Stone Dock Logo Wear table was manned by Steve Saunders and Terry Saunders and included new winter caps. Other items included pink caps and green caps, T-shirts, sweatshirts, canvas bags, etchings of the dock and Old Stone Dock note cards.

Jay Thayer reviewed the association’s accomplishments this past year, introduced the officers and board of directors and asked new members to stand be recognized. Town Manager Julian Suso, Police Chief Edward Dunn and Deputy DPW Director Peter McConarty each addressed the crowd.

Committee Members Pat Keck, Polly Thayer and Terry Saunders solicited the Falmouth Village Business in November and they were extremely generous in providing door prizes for our guests.  Below is a list of the donors and recipients.  This list of local business as well as others who assist us throughout the year can be found on the OSDA Events Page under “Local Business Supporters”. Please be sure to shop or eat at these fine establishments and thank them for their assistance in making this year’s event so special.
























Falmouth Village & Others
2018 Gifts

Anejo Mexican Bistro
188 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Sandy Smith

Atlantic Dry Goods
104 Palmer Ave
Spice Jar – add liquor
Anne Prior

Bean & Cod
145 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Kate Harding

Ben & Bills Chocolate
209 Main Street
Kids- Gift Certificate
Michael Butler

Caline for Kids
149 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Stephanie Suso

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids- Coggy Brain Teasers
Celia Scharmer

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids- Elf on Shelf Kit
Eliza Scharmer

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids- Holiday Flashing Necklaces
Jay Barrass

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids – Holiday Flashing Necklaces
Anna Wilson

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids- Unicorn String Art
Suzanna Butler

Country Fare Restaurant
319 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Maureen Sullivan

Cup Cake Charlies
153 Main Street
Gift Cert – 6 cupcakes
Grace Rakeman

Eastman’s Ace Hardware
150 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Lorraine Fox

Eight Cousins Books
189 Main Street
Kids- Gift Certificate
Lily Hopewood

Falmouth Chamber
20 Academy Lane
Falmouth Beach Towel
Betsy Jackson

Falmouth Jewelry Shop
225 Main Street
Sterling Silver CC Necklace
Cindy McConarty

Ghelfi’s Candies & Ice Cream
228 Main Street
Kathleen Dunn

Green Eyed Daisy
199 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Kathleen Doyle

Hannoush Jewelers
352 Main Street #2
Alex & Ani Gold Puzzle Bracelet
Denise Reed

Hannoush Jewelers
352 Main Street #2
Alex & Ani Silver Dove Bracelet
Pat Keck

Harvest of Barnstable
261 Main Street
Sparkle Tree
Brian Doyle

Highfield Hall & Gardens
Highfield Drive
Annual Membership-Advocate
Jim Crossen

Howlingbird Studio
91 Palmer Ave
Gift Certificate
Ann Tolkoff

John’s Shoe Store
141 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Jim Fox

La Cucina sul Mare
237 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Kate Cary

Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub
273 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Ginny Pimentel

Livin’ EZ Casual Wear
226 Main Street
Falmouth Sweatshirt
Robert Pritchard

Maison Villatte Boulangere
267 Main Street
Food Gift Basket
Amy Herlihy

Martha’s Restaurant
281 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Steve Saunders

Martha’s Restaurant
281 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Jen Rakeman

Molly’s Tea Room
227 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Ed Rakeman

Old Stone Dock Association

Gift Certificate
Pat Doyle

Port Cargo
156 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Cindy Lehtinen

Puritan Clothing Cape Cod
199 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Kevin Doyle

Ryans Amusement Center
23 Town Hall Sq
Kids- Gift Certificate
Shane Harding

Settings – Home Décor
143 Main Street
Canvas Cutlery Holders – 10
Christine Marguerite

Settings – Home Décor
143 Main Street
Canvas Cutlery Holders – 10
Brenda Campanelli

Settings – Home Décor
143 Main Street
Canvas Cutlery Holders – 10
Sharon Butler

Settings – Home Décor
143 Main Street
Canvas […]

December 20th, 2018|