Brewster in Bloom: How it All Began

Michael Leighton
Michael Leighton
Published on April 26, 2017

Brewster in Bloom has been a part of the town of Brewster for 31 years now, signaling the end of the long, harsh winter and the beginning of spring for residents and visitors alike. Brewster in Bloom spans an entire weekend in May and it includes a variety of activities throughout Brewster to help you put the winter behind you and get excited for the warm weather ahead. Residents and visitors from over the bridge look forward to this town wide event every year, bringing people out of hibernation to enjoy the beautiful town of Brewster. So how did this town wide celebration of spring begin? Here is a brief history of the Brewster in Bloom that has been a part of the town of Brewster for over 30 years.

The Beginning of the Brewster in Bloom

The Beginning of the Brewster in Bloom

Back in 1986, over 31 years ago, a group of local business owners decided to collectively plant daffodils along Route 6A. Hundreds of bright yellow daffodil blooms decorated the side of the route for all to enjoy. The beautiful yellow blooms all along the popular route taken by most Cape Cod residents and visitors at that time was a bright and cheerful way to mark the end of the cold and dark of the winter months and usher in the bright warmth of spring. This simple gesture to plant daffodils along the side of the road is what inspired what we know as the Brewster in Bloom. It has turned into a 3 day event in the town of Brewster to celebrate the end of winter and beginning of spring. No one could have guessed that his small gesture to brighten the day of those driving down the road, turned into such a popular event that draws in crowds to partake in the spring time fun!

How the Brewster in Bloom has Bloomed

How the Brewster in Bloom has Bloomed

The Brewster in Bloom has gone from an out of the box idea of local businesses in town to brighten up Route 6A to a collaboration between the town of Brewster and the Brewster Chamber of Commerce that attracts visitors every year. The Brewster in Bloom festival has become so much more than enjoying the beautiful blooms of the season, it has become a community wide event that brings everyone out of hibernation, bring them back together to enjoy the beautiful town of Brewster and the warmer weather. Currently, there are over 80 local businesses as well as a number of local residents that participate in putting together this event, which draws visitors from all over to the small town to partake in the festivities. Residents enjoy it because it is something fun to do for the family or on your own, and an opportunity to meet up with neighbors or new friends. Visitors of the Cape make the trip to the small town of Brewster to also partake in the fun and enjoy this beautiful place we live in.

Brewster in Bloom Fun 2017


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Brewster in Bloom Fun 2017

The Brewster in Bloom event this year has a number of events that would appeal to visitors and locals of every age spanning the entire weekend. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there is a “Closest to the Pin” event at the Captain’s Golf Course from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm. There are a number of contests you can win at their Closest to the Pin event throughout the weekend. You can win by your golf ball being closest to the pin, closest to the closest ball to the pin, win the daily raffle, win for having your ball on the green or even if your ball is the closest to the pin for the day.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday you could participate in the 6th annual Arts & Antiques Excursion where you take a self guided tour of galleries and antique shops which are marked in red on a map. Make sure you check the times that specific galleries and shops are open, as they vary so you do not miss out on your favorites! Friday at 7 pm there is a spring band concert happening at the Brewster Baptist Church. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm there is a Juried Fine Arts and Craft Show on the Cape Cod Sea Camps grounds. Admission and parking is free for this event.

On Saturday, there is a 5K which is sponsored by the Cape Cod 5 Savings Bank and the Woodshed in Brewster. You can register online if you are interested in participating in the 5K. On Saturday, a kids event will be hosted by both the Laurel School and Drummer Boy Park from 10 am – 3 pm. Parking is free at both locations, but some activities at Drummer Boy Park cost $5 because they are put on by the Nauset Youth Alliance. The Laurel School kids event is rain or shine. On Sunday there is a parade which starts at 1 pm, starting at the Eddy Elementary School West on Main Street, down to Swamp Road. If you are interested in participating in the parade, you can download an entry form at the Brewster in Bloom page of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce.

Brewster in Bloom

Brewster in Bloom

The Brewster in Bloom has become an event that Cape Cod residents and visitors look forward to every year. The Brewster in Bloom is a fun and creative way for all ages to say goodbye to the long cold winter months and hello to warm spring days ahead! Who would have guessed that some local merchants planting daffodils along the well traveled Route 6A 31 years ago would turn into such a large event, involving so many local businesses and residents. The Brewster in Bloom has become a reason for visitors to come to the Cape during the shoulder season, giving the area a little preview of the summer fun ahead. Come and enjoy beautiful Brewster and all the fun it has to offer this year at the 31st Brewster in Bloom. There’s an event for everyone to enjoy.

 

Brewster in Bloom: How it All Began
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