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Postponed from May 7th!

The South Shore Beach and Waterfront Tour runs ON Saturday, May 20th!

We will be gathering on Saturday, May20th, between 9:30 and 10:00 AM in the large parking lot at Hingham Harbor on Route 3A just past the bandstand (look for the Alfa banner). Just like last year, turn in at the traffic light, as it will be easier to exit onto 3A. While waiting for all of the Alfas to arrive, we'll partake in the Hingham beach and waterfront scene, where I will have coffee, edible goodies, good conversation and "Alfa talk" at the ready. Also, it is the first day of the Hingham Farmer's market, adjacent to where we will assemble.

When we start the caravan at 10:30 AM, we will proceed from the Hingham beaches, Crow Point and waterfront to Nantasket beach for a short "pause for the cause" and to view the waterfront and beach scene there (crowds should be minimal at this time of year, we hope). We will stop at the "summit" of the Hull cemetery for a 360º panorama of Hingham, Hull and Boston harbors on the way to "Hull Gut." Then, backtracking, we'll take a short side trip out to Spinnaker Island in Hingham Bay to see the (little) remains of the early 20th century "Fort Duvall" coastal artillery placement of two 16" guns strategically located to protect the coast. The guns are long gone and condominium units are now placed on the fort's foundations.

Then it's on to Cohasset's "gold coast", (terrific views, homes and roads), Cohasset Harbor and Back Harbor, motoring on to the Minot Beach overlook and the historic Minot lighthouse, where we'll stop for the fantastic photo line-up of Alfas with the ocean backdrop. I will provide color maps with stopping points along the way in case we get separated, because it has been a bit tricky keeping all the cars together at times in the past.

As we did last year, we'll drive by several historic sites — the historic Hingham Cemetery (some folks have been there since the early 1600s — they must like it!), then the the "Old Ship Meeting House" (circa 1681, the oldest continually operating church/meeting house in the U.S.). I will try to get a special tour of the Old Ship for those interested after our drive. As time allows, we can drive by the "Lawson Tower" in Scituate, a wooden water tower designed after tower designs in Germany in the early 1900s, claimed to be the "most beautiful water tower in the world". We will then proceed to the historic Scituate lighthouse and Scituate Harbor. From there it's on to lunch at either "Jake's Seafood Restaurant" at Nantasket Beach or on the deck of the Mill Wharf Restaurant, on the overlooking Scituate Harbor, complete with sailboats and fishing trawlers. There, we'll have a leisurely lunch and great conversation. Both have everything from burgers to seafood, and are reasonably priced and casual.

After lunch, we will work our way back to Hingham harbor where we started. Those who need to leave earlier can take a shorter route back to the expressway.

Okay, that's all you really need to know for now, but check back prior to the tour, as well as your email inboxes as the date gets closer, for any changes or updates. If you're planning to join in, please contact Tom Lesko (links above) so that he can give the restaurant a head count!

RPMs up, and let's go enjoy our cars along the waterfront!

 — Tom Lesko

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Directions (see button above)

If you use your GPS or phone it will take you through Quincy Center, which may be a bit shorter but will take longer and you will have Quincy traffic and stop lights. So, from the north or south, take Route 3 to Exit 14, the "Hingham/Rockland" exit. If you are coming from the north, go left from the off-ramp; if coming from the south, go right from the off-ramp. This puts you onto Route 228 north — follow it for 4.5 miles. Just after Arnold Road on the right, Route 228 takes a hard right; instead, get into the left lane and bear left onto Central Street. Follow Central about a mile to North Street (Square Cafe on the right). Take a right and follow North Street until it ends at a stop light (about 1/2 mile). Go left at the light, and after about 200 yards you will see the white bandstand on the harbor/bathing beach on the right. Go past it and turn into the parking lot at the traffic light.


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