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Island Queen To Martha’s Vineyard + The Flying Horses Carousel – Music By Chandler Travis Philharmonic

FALMOUTH – Cape Cod is the best place in the world, and one of many nice perks about being on Cape Cod is the short-ish commute (at least from Falmouth) to Martha’s Vineyard, which is pretty darn nice as well.

We took the Island Queen ferry on a perfect mid-August day, and the ride over was an actual breath of fresh air. The short ride over to the island began in Falmouth Harbor, and then across Vineyard Sound to the very cool Vineyard town of Oak Bluffs.

There, we did the tourist thing that you do – we took a ride on the Flying Horses, the oldest carousel in America, and then we hung out at a couple of restaurants on the harbor, watching the boats go by until the Island Queen came back to get us.

While it can be easy by the end of summer to sometimes complain about the tourist invasion of Cape Cod every year, it’s important to sometimes be a tourist yourself in this extraordinary place we call home. Here is a small taste of an afternoon trip to the Vineyard.

This video is accompanied by the Chandler Travis Philharmonic playing a song, “Ronald” off of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic album, “Tarnation an Alastair Sim (a/k/a ‘Kitty’)”.

Travis is a prolific legendary Cape songwriter/musician who early in his career opened for George Carlin, and has since been a member of the iconic and now defunct Incredible Casuals, and several other bands including, currently: the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Chandler Travis Three-O, the Incredible Buttercups, and the Incredible Butterheads.

Chandler is the best…. Buy his music. Go see any of his many great bands. 

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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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