Reminiscing About Some Old Cape Cod Places

The other night, some friends of mine were sitting around talking about our younger days. Somehow, the conversation turned into us reminiscing about some of the places, stores and venues we used to go to on Cape.

When I was little, my parents loved “Lobster in the Rough” do you remember where that was right on 28 in West Yarmouth. “Red Face Jack’s” is there now. There was a little novelty shop attached to it and my father would always buy me a little something and then we would go next door and enjoy a delicious lobster dinner!

After that, we would take a stroll down Main Street in Hyannis and go into the Peanut Store. I think it was actually called “The Planters Peanut Store” and it was so much fun sticking my hand in the big vat of warm peanuts and eating them all the way home. I won’t mention where the shells ended up! LOL. I wish that store was still there!

As I got older, my friends and I would go to all the clubs like “Brothers Four” in Falmouth Heights with Captain Wendell on the turntables. His claim to fame was playing air guitar while standing on top of the console. I loved it there!

Now, I will admit I loved disco and my friends reminded me that when we would go into “Tingles” in the Resort and Conference Center. (back in the day) We would barely see each other because we would be dancing all night and then get together when the lights came up at the end of the night. We also dressed like real disco chicks.

It was a sad day when the Mill Hill was torn down.

Our favorite place though was the Mill Hill Club. Who hasn’t been to the Mill Hill!? John Morgan would play there during afternoon happy hours! That’s IF we could even get into the Mill Hill because the line was always down 28. If those walls could talk! WOW!

Then, at the end of our 2 hour reminiscing session the other night, my friend was saying how the first concert she ever went to was Van Halen at the “Cape Cod Coliseum” in the late 70’s! It’s a concert she will never forget because her parents trusted her for the first time to go with a group of her girlfriends! I hope they didn’t regret it!

The Coliseum when it was open. Photo courtesy of Todd Kennelly.

Great memories of things that “used to be” Cape Cod. It always makes me smile and chuckle just a bit!

Karen xo

About Karen Blake

Karen Blake is the host for The Karen & Ralphie Morning Show weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. on The Q (WQRC 99.9 FM), Cape Cod’s Fresh Mix.