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Humarock, so named for the gentle sound of the surf rolling through the rocks at the silver sandy beach – the “humming rocks” – is a worthwhile day trip. St. Theresa’s Chapel, a stone and wood structure set upon a hill, was built for the handful of parishioners in 1927 and the “Little Flower” Chapel still stands to greet passers by on the short and lovely drive from Route 3A to Humarock. It speaks of the charm of “coming home” to the generations of visitors and residents where simple things mean so much.
Once upon a time the magnificent 100-room Hotel Humarock advertised its location with its “grand ocean view, and on the west the beautiful North River” and “near the village of Greenbush with its orchards, the meadow, the deep tangled wildwood,” noting in one advertisement that it was “entirely free from the carousing element that is so distasteful.” The Humarock Hotel attracted visitors from near and far but sadly, it was burned to the ground on June 16, 1901.
Scituate’s village of Humarock carries on. The friendliness and vitality of this little village invites us to swim, dine and even carouse a little. Its alphabet streets with views of both the North River and the Atlantic Ocean, and the activities offered by the South Humarock Civic Association established in 1945, offer nostalgia, such as the annual “Horribles Parade”, and a myriad of opportunities for family fun. Visit Humming Rocks Gifts and meet Chris, the owner for 38 years. The only place so named in America, Humming Rock Gifts celebrates the unique nature of Humarock, Massachusetts with Mermaid Hair, toys, books, salts, incense, ceramics, jewelry and an endless variety of “Humarock” apparel.
On to The Voyage restaurant, open for three mealtimes each day, and offering delicious New England fare as well as many Irish favorites, like Shepherd’s pie. A “spuds bar” and local seafood are offered to accompany the “best martini on the South Shore.” Monday night is Singo-Bingo; on Wednesdays, our beloved Peter Mundt performs; Friday and Saturday nights offers dancing with live bands, and Sundays bring family and friends for the Irish Music Sessions.
Boaters and all manner of maritime recreation are welcomed in Humarock. It is so popular that on past Fourth of July celebrations, a flotilla of upwards of 500 celebrants paraded down the North River. Visit Humarock for the atmosphere, the fresh air, the scenery along the river and for the beaches.
Upcoming events in Scituate include:
October 24 – “Fall for Scituate” – This is a “don’t miss” event sponsored by the North Scituate Merchants and features a Chowderfest, kids activities, artisans, food, music and more – fun for the entire family, 12-4.
October 30, 31 – Haunting Tower Creepy Concert at Lawson Tower by the Scituate Historical Society, 6:00-6:45 p.m.
October 30 – The Joy of Recovery 2.0, A Comedy Show to Benefit South Shore Peer Recovery – Presented by SSPR and Comics for a Cause – At St. Mary’s Hall. Doors open at 6pm with dinner courtesy of Caffe Tosca; Show: 8-10pm Costumes encouraged!! Tickets $25
November 6 – St. Luke’s Church Fair
November 13 – Scituate High School Craft Fair
See you around town…