The Paragon Carousel is 85 years old! To celebrate this milestone we are inviting all who are also 85 this year to ride the carousel and enjoy an ice cream during the last week in August! So if you and the carousel share the same birth year -- 1928 -- come on down and celebrate with us August 25-31!
Check out the current issue of AAA's magazine, Horizons. An article highlighting Hull mentions the historic Paragon Carousel.
Thanks to Maxwell McDonald for this great article!
|Hull, Mass., is small, but there’s much to do|
|By Maxwell McDonald|
WHY YOU SHOULD GO
Hull is geographically one of the smallest towns in Massachusetts, yet it has many miles of coastline. Nantasket is Hull’s most well-known beach, surrounded by shops and cafes. Many notable people have owned summer homes in Hull, including President John F. Kennedy’s grandfather, former Boston Mayor John F. Fitzgerald, and President Calvin Coolidge.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Paragon Carousel: It is the last-standing relic from Hull’s days as an amusement park. Although Paragon Park is long gone, people of all ages come for a spin on the carousel. This is my favorite part of my hometown!
Nantasket Beach: If you enjoy long beach walks, sand, surfing, kite surfing, sailing or swimming, then you will love Nantasket. It is a good beach for all ages.
Hull Lifesaving Museum: It is one of the oldest lifesaving stations ever, established in the early 19th century. The museum is filled with historic information about Hull.
WHERE YOU SHOULD EAT
Jake’s Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market: I think this is the best restaurant in town. It has excellent seafood, with all sorts of original dishes. It also has a great view of Steamboat Wharf Marina.
The Red Parrot: This is one of my favorites because it has a beautiful view of the ocean. It is great to come from a long day at the beach and sit down and have one of their burgers or fish sandwiches.
We invite you to share an itinerary for a day trip to your hometown. To participate, click here, and fill out the form. If we print your submission, we'll contact you and you'll receive a four-pack of movie tickets.
To see interactive maps of towns that have been featured, click here.
Maxwell McDonald, 12, is the son of AAA members Alexandra and Michael McDonald of Hull.
Shhhhhhh!!!! It's a secret!
You'll have to wait until Sunday, June 23, to find out which seaside gardens will be revealed for the enjoyment of guests of the 14th Annual Secret Garden Tour. This popular event will be held from 11am until 3 pm, rain or shine, and is always a sellout. This year awe-striking, lush lawns, statuary and gardens replete with perennials lining stone walkways are just a few of the secrets you'll discover on this self-guided tour through Hull's beautiful neighborhoods. You will also find artists painting in each of the gardens so leave time for enjoying their work, too. For the more adventurous, ride your bikes--you'll get plenty of exercise finding our gardens from one end of the peninsula to the other!
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased either online (see button below) or at the Carousel, or on the day of the event. Garden locations will be revealed the day of the event. If you have tickets, drive up to the Carousel and grab a map and garden descriptions and go! We'll be in front of the Carousel with tour brochures on a push cart waiting for you!
We are having a blast at the carousel today! The sunny skies and warm weather have encouraged the beach crowd to return to Nantasket Beach today. The Paragon Creamery is busy with customers ordering Gifford's premium ice cream, soft serve, grilled cheese and hot dogs. Every carousel ride is full of riders. Author Kate MacLeod Emery is here signing copies of her book, Muffy MacMouse and the Village of Friendship, and our face painter Annie is creating beautiful designs on little faces! If you don't make it down today, stop by on Friday and all of next weekend. We open every day beginning June 15! Summer is almost here!
Join our Field of Flags this year!
Our Field of Flags has been installed on the lawn outside the Paragon Carousel and is growing each day!
Here is a list of those who are being honored with a flag:
Each June we salute the American Flag, veterans and members of our armed forces with a Field of Flags installed on the lawn that surrounds the Paragon Carousel. During the month of June we install the flags and on Sunday, June 16 a Flag Day ceremony will be conducted at 1:00 PM. This year our ceremony will be highlighted with patriotic selections from the Paragon Carousel Chorale. The names of those honored with a flag wil also be read aloud.
Stop by the Paragon Carousel to purchase your flag, or purchase via the PayPal button below. For a donation of $20 your flag will carry the name of the person that you honor.
Thanks to George Washington Toma TV and Appliance for sponsoring this annual event once again!
Below is a button to purchase a flag. Please email the name of the person or persons you are honoring, along with your name and phone number to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks for your kind donation.