TrailFest Partner & Vendor Spotlight

With TrailFest a little more than one week away, we’re excited to spotlight some of our vendors and partners for our August 18th event. We’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing local businesses and organizations to make TrailFest a fun-filled event. See below for a preview of what we have to offer! 

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You probably recognize the signature styling of our TrailFest poster, created by Bourne illustrator, Vinnie Arnone of Cabo Cado. Vinnie is the talent behind our logo and is a big supporter of the BRT. We will have limited number of Vinnie’s BRT and TrailFest posters available at TrailFest! 

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Naukabout Beer, a local brewery based in Mashpee, will be offering a beer tasting at TrailFest! Located just 10 miles from the Bourne Bridge, Naukabout strives to craft beer that reflects the uniqueness of our Cape Cod community and we can't wait to try out some of their brews!

 

 

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The husband and wife team of Pat and Jenny Ross are the founders and owners of Monks Cove Oysters. Dedicated to local and sustainable shellfish production, and honoring Bourne’s history, we are thrilled that they will be shucking at Trailfest!

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Tom of Barking Claw will be serving up lots of lobster rolls next Saturday! As a local favorite in Falmouth, the Barking Claw balances tradition and quality while never shying away from trying a new recipe. Looking for something other than seafood? Try one of their amazing hot dogs or sausages! 

 

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We’ve teamed up with our friends at MassBike to provide bike valet and secure bike parking at Trailfest. Whether you’re planning to ride your bike to TrailFest or plan to take a ride on the canal, MassBike has you and your bike covered with free and secure parking! 

 

 

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In need of a quick adjustment or tuning on your bike? After a ride on the Cape Cod Canal, stop by our bike tune-up station at TrailFest courtesy of SailWorld of Buzzards Bay!  

We're Headed to the Falmouth Farmers' Market

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Next Thursday, July 26th, the Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail are headed to Falmouth to participate in the Falmouth Farmers' Market! Every Thursday, from May to October, some of the finest farmers, bakers, and artisans come together at Marine Park by Falmouth Harbor to sell their goods directly to consumers. They have just about everything, from fresh veggies to flowers to apple cider donuts! 

Next week, we are thrilled to be able to join the market and spread the word about the Bourne Rail Trail in Falmouth! We're bringing plenty of postcards to hand out and t-shirts to sell, so stop by and say hello.  

Interested in joining in on the fun as a volunteer? Contact Meagen at mcolon@bournerailtrail or sign-up on our volunteer opportunities page!

Photo via the Falmouth Farmers' Market Instagram

Tremendous Public Support For TIP

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This past spring, the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) released a draft of the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) detailing a series of projects throughout Cape Cod for funding over the next five years. And while the Bourne Rail Trail project was mentioned in an appendix as a project requiring funding, our project was not included in the funding for this coming TIP.

For the BRT to move forward within the next five years, it was crucial to have our project included in this TIP. During the review/comment phase of this plan, we called on BRT supporters to use their voices as citizens and advocates to reach out to the Cape Cod Commission asking for the Bourne Rail Trail Project be included in the next five years of planning. And our supporters came out in full force!

The Cape Cod Commission received over 150 letters of support for the BRT project, astounding officials and proving to the planning committee that the BRT project is wildly supported by the Cape Cod community. 

We were truly humbled by this level of support and feel even more sure that the BRT project will be a success! 

Thank you!

The FBRT Join Cape Cod Smart Transportation Week

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This past week, the Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail joined in on Cape Cod Smart Transportation Week! In collaboration with The Cape Cod Commission and Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, Cape Cod Transportation Week is an annual week-long event designed to promote transportation options that reduce traffic impacts. We were both honored and excited about the opportunity to organize a bike ride on the Cape Cod Canal in honor of smart transportation options for Cape Cod. 

While the weather turned out to not work in our favor, the rain didn't stop us from bringing our bikes out on the Canal! Gray Gables Market provided our riders with Cape Cod Coffee and delicious muffins as we discussed how the Bourne Rail Trail could potentially offer a whole new transportation option for the Upper Cape. We left the rainy day excited about the impact this project will have alongside the other forward thinking transporation offers throughout Cape Cod!