Hyannis Open Streets, Where Spring Finally Arrived – Slideshow

Hyannis Open Streets
Written by Brian Tarcy

HYANNIS – It was straight out of that famous Boston song, “Rock and Roll Band,” because folks really were dancing in the streets of Hyannis yesterday.

The first of four Hyannis Open Streets, to be held this spring and fall, in which Main Street was opened to pedestrians for five hours, was held Sunday and the weather was sunny and, finally, spring-like. The street was crowded all afternoon.

Volunteer Pam Brown said the popular event was more crowded than previous Hyannis Open Streets.

“I think it’s because it’s the first nice day of spring,” said volunteer Bob Phear of Hyannis. “It got everybody outside.”

A number of people echoed the sentiments of Robert Carver of Hyannis, who called Hyannis Open Streets a great event for families. “There’s not a lot for families to do that’s free,” he said.

And Carver said it was a chance for him to see people he hasn’t seen in more than two decades. He ran into a high school friend. “He said, ‘Where have you been?’ and I said, ‘Right here in Hyannis.'”

From chalk painting on the street to bands that enticed the dancing in the street, to games and jugglers and more – even a kids zone on the Hyannis Green – the event turned Hyannis Main Street into, for a day anyway, one of the most fun Main Streets in America. It looked like this.

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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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