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Christmas Parade Falmouth England

Community Community Parades in Falmouth and Mashpee Create Lasting MemoriesWe want to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year and remind folks to dispose of their Christmas trees by taking them to a recycling location or make sure they get picked up by the appropriate service.

And please refrain from trying to burn your tree in a fireplace or wood stove-especially dry ones! Each year chimney fires occur when Christmas trees are burned in fireplaces or wood stoves. Live Christmas trees are usually very dry by the time they are taken down, and burning a tree in a fireplace or wood stove can cause a dangerous chimney fire, which can lead to a house fire. According to The National Fire Protection Association, while chimney fires caused by Christmas trees are rare, they should be avoided because of the possibility of a very intense and dangerous fire.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & The Islands is here to help 24/7 if you have a situation that needs cleanup or call us at 508-888-5985.

Chimney Fires caused by Christmas trees are rare, but the NFPA recommends to avoid the possibility of a very intense and dangerous fire.

We want to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year and remind folks to dispose of their Christmas trees by taking them to a recycling location or make sure they get picked up by the appropriate service.

Our SERVPRO truck tows the float sponsored by the Cape Cod Children's Museum and Cape Cod Moms in Falmouth's Annual Christmas parade

The holidays are one of my favorite times of year and now that we have a granddaughter, they are even more wonderful. This year is particularly magical because I am getting to experience the magic of the holidays through the eyes of my two year-old, granddaughter, Mackenzie.

I was so excited when I heard that the Cape Cod Children’s Museum had gotten together with Cape Cod Moms to enter a float in this parade. The design for the float used each organization’s trademarks—two whales sporting jingle bell antlers on their head represented Cape Cod Moms while the signature starfish of the Cape Cod Children’s Museum adorned the rest of the float. Five beautiful Christmas trees, courtesy of the Falmouth Rotary Club and purchased from Mahoney’s Garden Center were also a part of the float. After the float was dismantled, the trees would be donated to five nonprofit organizations: Cape Cod Center for Women, Heroes in Transition, Mashpee Senior Center, Falmouth Senior Center and one tree would be donated to a Mashpee family.

Community A Safety Message from SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & The IslandsEverything was coming together so nicely and as President of the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, I was proud and excited to see this collaboration with Cape Cod Mom’s. All systems were set to go until the groups realized they needed transportation, (and by transportation I mean a truck with a tow), to pull the float in the parade. As the owner of a restoration company, we had a pick up truck large enough to pull the float. My husband Billy and I were thrilled to help out.

The day was absolutely beautiful—an unseasonably warm December day—and it was such a thrill to ride on the float and to witness the wonder of this experience with Mackenzie as she took in all of the sights, waving to the tens of thousands of people who lined the streets of Falmouth to see the parade. To say Falmouth takes pride in this tradition is a bit of an understatement.

I wished I could relive it all over again!

Flash forward a week— to Saturday night—and there I was again—with Mackenzie, this time riding along the route in Mashpee’s annual Christmas parade. Starting at the Mashpee Library and traveling through Mashpee Commons and onto Route 28, there we were, waving to the crowds that filled the streets on another unseasonably mild winter night. The parade started just after 5 p.m., and the floats were decorated with lights illuminating the dark December night.

Community A Safety Message from SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & The IslandsI was so happy and lucky to participate in these two annual traditions and to have gotten to make these memories with my granddaughter—after all, that’s what the holidays are all about—making memories!

Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time on the Cape or Islands knows there are a few local annual events that are not to be missed—the Scallop Festival in September moved recently to Falmouth from Buzzards Bay, the Daffodil Festival on Nantucket in April, and the New Balance Falmouth Road Race in August. (Cape Codders simply refer to it as the Falmouth Road Race.)

I've been seriously thinking about running in this famous local race since 2012. After moving to Pocasset last August, I started running as a new hobby or habit (whichever way you look at it). Despite record snowfalls and cold temperatures last winter, I did not miss my daily run. By early spring I had added a few more miles to my workout and before I knew it, I found myself training for the road race, a seven-mile route that travels from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights. Before you ask … yes, there are hills involved!

As the owner of SERVPRO of Upper Cape and the Islands, I am a member of several Chambers of Commerce and I see first hand the good work that these organizations do for the local business community. Before opening the doors to my own business, however, I worked for Community Connections, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping adults with disabilities. This position gave me insight into the thousands of nonprofit organizations spread out across the Cape and Islands. I firmly believe that at a certain point in our life we have an obligation to give back to our community so in 2014, I decided to volunteer my time and experience to a nonprofit. The big decision, however, was choosing one from among the thousands. As the mother of three children and grandmother to one granddaughter, Mackenzie, I chose to donate my time and talents to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum. I chose this non-profit among the many because of the wonderful educational opportunities it provides to young children and the outstanding activities available to families. I joined the board of directors in June 2014 and I soon found myself serving as the board’s President.

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