Hello, My Name Is: Tom Bednark

Ever wonder about your neighbors? Why not strike up a conversation with them like we do every week in “Hello, My Name Is…”. With baseball season in full swing, we had the chance to get to know the man behind the bats at the Barnstable Bat Company! 


Tom Bednark, Founder of The Barnstable Bat Company

Hello, My Name Is: Tom Bednark

Occupation: Founder, Barnstable Bat Company 

What was your first paying job?

It was back in 1964 . I assembled bikes and pedal cars at Jack and Harry’s on Main Street Hyannis for  $1.10 an hour

When was the last time you laughed really hard? Why?

Last week. I was spending time  with my  granddaughters. They are just so cute, innocent and funny!

Did you grow up on the Cape? 

I am as local as you can be! Born right in  Hyannis. 

Where is your ‘go-to’ spot for a scoop of ice cream?

Sundae School in Harwich Port. They have the best hot fudge sundae around! 

Do you have a favorite non-profit group here on the Cape? Who? What makes them stand out to you?

The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope. I knew Glenna and her family. I love the beach and sunshine but we all have to be careful when it comes to over exposure to the sun.  From their website: The Glenna Kohl Fund works to increase awareness of the Cape Cod community to the importance of early detection and prevention of melanoma and to support those fighting this deadly disease.

What is the one thing you love to do that surprises people the most?

I really enjoy cooking great, healthy, delicious meals and mixing in a nice cocktail in before the eating begins! 

In a parallel universe, what would you be doing? 

I’d be an airplane pilot with an outstanding collection of vintage airplanes like a P51, P38, a nice biplane… or two!

What person had the greatest influence on you and why?

My parents.  They were both hard working, inventive, loving and caring people. A great way to grow up is with parents who cared, communicated, advised and kept me straight on course.

If I looked in your refrigerator right now, what would I see?

I keep my fridge packed with good fresh food of all sorts! I also have plenty of condiments, sauces and international tastes to spice up my stir fry, my tamales or my steak and lobster. 

If you could go out on a boat fishing for a day, who would you bring ?

I would definitely invite Ernest Hemingway! He loved fishing, a good time and a good laugh. Also imagine the many good stories he’d tell.

Click HERE to read about the Barnstable Bat Company in Centerville who celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2017! 

We are always looking for new people to feature in “Hello, My Name Is…”. If you know an interesting member of the Cape community, please send us their name: CatWilson@CCB-Media.com. When possible, please include their contact information and a little about them.
Thank you!

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Alice Cartier, Home Health Aide

Aanjes Hershfield, Brazen Belles 

Freeman Johnson, WWII Navy Veteran 

Brian Sances, Cape Musician

Brian Morrison, Barnstable Police Department 

Amanda Braga-Tipton, Chaplain Candidate United States Army

Betsy Siggins, Founder of New England Folk Alliance

Tracy Post, Town of Yarmouth Selectman

About Cat Wilson

Cat Wilson is "That Girl" on Cape Country 104 – a Cape Cod native and longtime Cape radio personality. She is a passionate supporter of Military and Veteran causes on the Cape and also hosts local music spotlight program, “The Cheap Seats” on Ocean 104.7.

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