Inmates set up for Eastham Windmill Weekend

Sarah Smith, main organizer for the 39th running of the Eastham Windmill Weekend, goes over how various event stations will be laid out with Marty Mickle, the town’s assistant DPW director.  “A weekend of wholesome, family entertainment” is how Smith describes the fair-like atmosphere of the event, always held the weekend after Labor Day.


While Smith and Mickle consult on the big picture, an inmate from the Barnstable County Correctional Facility is busy setting up a tent, donated  for events like this by the Sheriff’s Office.  As Deputy Sheriff Jeff Wiseman, this day’s crew chief, points out: “The tent is a sure-fire winner.  If it rains during the event, people will have a place to seek shelter.  If it’s sunny and hot, it becomes a great place for shade.”


As you can see, the skeletal roof is assembled and ready to be raised once the tent side poles are in place. The town’s windmill, among the Cape’s truly iconic landmarks, is in background on a triangular parcel of land that doubles as Eastham’s cherished town common.  Route 6 is in the middle distance and behind it (mostly out of view) is the police station, the fire station, and the town hall.


Wiseman, Smith, and another event volunteer go over precise placement of this landscape trailer full of event paraphernalia.  In addition to erecting the tent, the deputy and his four-man inmate crew off-loaded and set up several such loads of gear – all the trappings of an outdoor, Cape Cod festival.  The Sheriff’s Office provided the trailer as well as the tent.  Concluded organizer Smith: “The inmate piece is instrumental in the set-up and break-down that sustains events like this.”

Media release and photos furnished by Barnstable Sheriff’s Office

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