The holiday season is a great time of year to be a resident of Southport, Cape Cod’s best retirement community, and it’s also a terrific time to live in the town of Mashpee. With Thanksgiving leftovers still in the fridge, Southport homes will begin filling with holiday cheer. Wreathes will be hung in doorways, candles will appear in windows, and white lights will dot the landscape in front of many residents’ homes. Southport’s Garden Club will soon “deck the halls” of the model homes too, with dreidels and tinsel, menorahs and life size Santa Claus – a must see for anyone who visits the community!
Outside the gates of Southport, there’s lots to do too! The day after Thanksgiving, the Town of Mashpee and Mashpee’s Chamber of Commerce kick off their annual, Season of Illumination, with the annual Mashpee Rotary Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Thousands of people will come from all over to see the Mashpee Rotary Holiday Light Display illuminated for the first time this year. Beginning at 5:00 pm on November 24th, the tree lighting will be projected on a gigantic television screen in the center of Mashpee Commons where people gather to watch, and dine and begin their holiday shopping.
On December 9th, the Mashpee Chamber’s annual Christmas Parade leaves from Deer Crossing Plaza at 5:30 p.m. Each float in the parade is created by a local organization and will be illuminated to reflect this year’s theme, “Mashpee Celebrates Under the Stars!” If the floats, live bands and carollers aren’t enough to keep the crowd ooo-ing and ahh-ing, this year’s Grand Marshal sure should! Southport’s own builder and developer, Ron Bonvie earned the honor when he was named Mashpee Chamber of Commerce’s, “Business Citizen of the Year” in May. Ron, his wife Donna and their dog Gracie will ride the parade route in his antique Model-A car, waving to their friends and many Southport residents all along the way.
Following the parade, Ron and his team and the band of merry Southport residents dive into the giving spirit, and begin collecting gifts for deserving families and children. Gifts are donated to the families of our service men and women stationed at Joint Base Cape Cod, and to the children of women at a local shelter who have fallen on hard times. Presents are collected beneath the Vye Larkin Angel Tree and delivered on Christmas, and the Base even asks that Santa make an appearance!
Between the Mashpee Rotary lights and the Christmas Parade, Yankee swaps, cookie exchanges and caroling throughout Southport, Cape Cod’s best retirement community, even the biggest Scrooge will be hard pressed not to find his heart swell a size or two this holiday season!