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Barney Frank: “Frank: A Life in Politics”

July 29, 2015 by Beth Colt

Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage is one man’s account of the country’s transformation–and the tale of a truly momentous career. Many Americans recall Frank’s lacerating wit, whether it was directed at the Clinton impeachment or the pro-life movement. But the contours of his private and public lives are less well-known. For more than four decades, he was at the center of the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness. From the battle over AIDS funding in the 1980s to the debates over “big government” during the Clinton years to the 2008 financial crisis, the congressman from Massachusetts played a key role. In 2010, he coauthored the most far-reaching and controversial Wall Street reform bill since the era of the Great Depression, and helped bring about the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
In this feisty and often moving memoir, Frank candidly discusses the satisfactions, fears, and grudges that come with elected office. He recalls the emotional toll of living in the closet and how his public crusade against homophobia conflicted with his private accommodation of it. He discusses his painful quarrels with allies; his friendships with public figures, from Tip O’Neill to Sonny Bono; and how he found love with his husband, Jim Ready, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage. He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to expose his opponents’ hypocrisies and delusions. Through it all, he expertly analyzes the gifts a successful politician must bring to the job, and how even Congress can be made to work.

The Yo-Yo People at Highfield Hall & Gardens

July 29, 2015 by Beth Colt

Join us on the lawn with your picnic at 5:00 pm, or enjoy snacks from our food vendors.
Our featured entertainment is the Yo-Yo People.  There will be crafts and activities for children and good old-fashioned fun for all.

Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard, exploring Aquinnah and Gayhead Cliffs

July 26, 2015 by Beth Colt

As a photographer I don’t like to admit this, but I can honestly say that there are some things that just have to be seen in person. These places that defy my desire to capture in a photograph are so magnificent and breathtaking that a picture just can’t do them justice. My day trip to Martha’s Vineyard to visit the Gayhead Cliffs in Aquinnah proved to be one of these places. Last week, my sister Olivia was on the Cape with one of her best friends from school and I wanted to treat them to a day of adventure. My sister and I have made many day trips to the towns on Martha’s Vineyard but had never visited Aquinnah, so we were very excited to get off the beaten path.

We took an early afternoon ferry from Woods Hole and found a great spot up on the top deck to hang out as we crossed the Vineyard Sound aboard the Steamship Authority’s Island Home ($17 passenger ticket RT). The ferry ride itself is gorgeous and it is easy to enjoy the views of the surrounding coast line, Nobska Lighthouse, and Martha’s Vineyard.

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Once we landed in Vineyard Haven we made a quick stop at the Black Dog for lunch. The first year round restaurant on the island started in 1971, this iconic spot on the harbor in Vineyard Haven is worth the trip alone.  The fish and chips were excellent and we were now fueled up for our journey to the cliffs.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and organization of the public transportation system on the island. The VTA (Vineyard Transit Authority) has published a detailed and intuitive map with bus schedules and extensive routes that take people all over the island. For just $8.00, you can purchase a day pass to hop on and off all day long. We got on the bus in Vineyard Haven, made a switch in Chilmark and arrived in Aquinnah in about 50 minutes.  This day trip to Martha’s Vineyard is inexpensive and convenient as a guest of the Woods Hole Inn, where the Woods Hole ferry terminal is located across the street.

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The Aquinnah bus drops passengers off at the top of the Gayhead cliffs where there is a gorgeous observation deck to view the vibrant multicolored cliffs cascading into the surrounding seas. You can also see the iconic Gayhead Lighthouse which was just recently relocated. Almost $3.5 million dollars were raised to move the lighthouse from the rapidly eroding cliffs, and the elaborate job moving this antique brick structure was completed this spring saving the famous lighthouse from certain ruin within a few years.

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From the observation deck, we made our way down to the beach below where we were able to get a closer look at the clay cliffs. They were saturated with jeweled tones of rust, powdery whites, mustard yellow, and honeydew green. So amazing to have an incredible natural landmark located just a short ride day trip from Woods Hole.  No wonder the Wampanoag’s (native Americans from the Cape and Islands) consider this a sacred spot.

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Although I got some great shots of the cliffs, I know there will always be more ways to capture their natural beauty. I have already started to make plans for my next day trip to Martha’s Vineyard where I will once again challenge myself to fit the feeling of seeing them first hand into a photograph. But in all honesty, you really just have to go see them for yourself.  -Sam Frawley, guest blogger

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Teddy Bear Picnic and Tea

July 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Falmouth Museums on the Greens’ most popular children’s event is a true “make and take affair!” This program is for children and grown-ups alike! Parents and grandparents can bring their child and build their own teddy bear. You can name it, dress it and take it home.  Once it is built, we will take it for tea.  Reservations are required for this event.

Falmouth Farmers Market

July 23, 2015 by Beth Colt

Support the local farms of Cape Cod as well as bakerys, bee keepers, and many other homegrown businesses every Thursday from 12-6pm at Marine Park by Falmouth Harbor.

Alan Driscoll: “War Dogs”

July 22, 2015 by Beth Colt

War Dogs have been a part of this country’s military since the early days of World War II.  Unfortunately, the general public knows very little about either their history or the sacrifices and contributions they have made on behalf of the United States.  War Dogs have been responsible for saving thousands of soldier’s lives and the protection of millions of dollars of critical equipment.  In many cases the deeds of these K9 partners are only remembered by their handlers and will, in most cases, be lost to future history.

Toe Jam Puppet Band at Highfield Hall & Gardens

July 22, 2015 by Beth Colt

Meet on the lawn with your picnic at 5:00 pm, or enjoy snacks from our food vendors.  Our featured entertainment is Toe Jam Puppet Band.  There will be crafts and activities for children and good old-fashioned fun for all.

Nancy Witter: Hot Flash Laughs

July 21, 2015 by Beth Colt

Live from New York!  Comedienne Nancy Witter presents “Hot Flash Laughs” – one night only.  It’s stand up for Ladies Night!

About Nancy:  I grew up in a very large Irish “Cathaholic” family.  It gave me all the comedic material I needed to sustain me throughout my comedy career. It helped me win three New York City MAC Awards for “Outstanding Female Comedian” and a MAC Award for my one woman show “Dignity Check… Please”.  One of my big breaks was being one of five finalist on Nick at Nite’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America” in 2005.  Soon after, I joined two other finalists and for five years we toured in sold out theaters across the country in the hit comedy show “Mama’s Night Out”.   “The New York Times” has described me as having “a razor sharp wit”  and Backstage Magazine named me to their list of “Comedy Best Bets”.  

Barnstable County Fair

July 20, 2015 by Beth Colt

For over 170 years the Barnstable County Fair has been the spotlight of the summer her on Cape Cod.  Families can spend the day riding the Ferris wheel and petting livestock, then relax with some fried dough and watch live music on the lawn.  Every day holds different events from the demolition derby, to tractor pulls and drill team.  This classic fair blends local culture with the thrills of a traveling carnival for an experience you will return to year after year.

 

SUNDAY ESTATE WALK & HISTORY OF THE BEEBE PROPERTY

July 19, 2015 by Beth Colt

Estate Walks are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from April to October, weather permitting. Reservations appreciated for groups of 5 or more people: 508-495-1878, x 2.

Docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700 acre estate.  Learn about the role the Beebe family played in the history of the town of Falmouth, and how their land later became Beebe Woods, Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth Academy and so much more.

$5 suggested donation

More at highfieldhall.org

Violinist Bella Hristova Accompanied by pianist Steven Lin @ Highfield Hall

July 16, 2015 by Beth Colt

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist. Her talent has been recently recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to outstanding instrumentalists and based on excellence alone.  The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb”, and the Washington Post has stated she is “a player of impressive power and control”. 
Event includes a post concert wine reception with the artists

 call, 508-495-1878, ext. 2 or register here

Falmouth Farmers Market

July 16, 2015 by Beth Colt

Support the local farms of Cape Cod as well as bakery’s, bee keepers, and many other homegrown businesses every Thursday from 12-6pm at Marine Park by Falmouth Harbor.

Salon of Shorts @ Cotuit Center for the Arts

July 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Cotuit Center for the Arts offers an open mic series called Salon of Shorts on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Art Studio. Award-winning poets, playwrights, and spoken word performers Christine Rathbun Ernst and Gregory Hischak host the series, which encompasses all types of performances: poetry, storytelling, essay reading, music, performance art, improv, and stand-up.

Admission is free.  Wine is served, $5 per glass.

Wine and Music Wednesday @ Cotuit Center for the Arts

July 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Featuring The Familiars

Wine and Music Wednesday is an open house held in the Cotuit Center for the Arts Gallery on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, with wine tasting and live music.

The first event was held in March of 2010 and it has become a very popular event at the Center. It’s the perfect way to end your day, start your evening or just join friends for a night out looking at terrific art. Tickets are just $10 or $5 for members and are only available at the door.

Join for a splendid selection of wines and live music!

Wayne Potash at Highfield Hall & Gardens

July 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Meet on the lawn with your picnic at 5:00 pm, or enjoy snacks from our food vendors.  Parent’s Choice Award winner and family favorite singer-songwriter Wayne Potash is our featured performer for the evening.  There will be crafts and activities for children. Admission by free will donation.

For more information on Wayne Potash, visit his website at: Wayne Potash

Farm to Table Series: Salad Daze with Gustari Oils & Vinegars

July 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Another summer of “Buy Local, Eat Local” and we will give you lots of ways to “Cook Local.”  Vendors from local markets and farms will supply the ingredients and we will work with these high quality products in order to help you put the best tasting and freshest dishes on your table at home.   Some artisans may join the classes to promote their products and answer any questions you might have.  Recipes and tastes are provided. Each class will feature a different theme.

Register early, menus TBD, register on-line or call, 508-495-1978, ext. 2.

Jamaican Night at Coonamessett Farm

July 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Feast on a fine Jamaican buffet of locally produced food, in the Cape Cod night air, while listening to the upbeat sounds of steel drum music by Vernon.  Explore the beautiful grounds of Coonamessett Farm complete with Alpacas and countless rows of delicious veggies.

Wednesday Evenings through September 16th

5 – 8 pm

 

 MENU
 Salads

CF Caesar
Jamaican Tossed
Spanish Town Style Potato
Millie’s Cucumber
Tropical Fruit
Watermelon
Rasta  Pasta
Jalapeno Cornbread
One Down Soup 
 

Entree’s
Curried Goat
Seasoned Rice and Peas
Callaloo 
Fried Plantains
Festival Dumplings
Corn on the Cob

Batata  Pudding
 

From-the-grill:  Jerk Chicken and Pork with fresh fruit salsa

Iced Tea and Damian’s Elixir!
 
Farm Members: Adults, $21.95
Non-Farm Members: Adults, $24.95
Children 4 to 9 yrs old: $12.95
Children 3 yrs old or less: Free
All prices are subject to a 7% Mass meal

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival: Hydrangeas at Highfield

July 12, 2015 by Beth Colt

Highfield Hall & Gardens kicks off the Cape Cod Hydrangea FestivalJoan Harrison, author of Hydrangeas: Cape Cod and the Islands, will be offering a lecture on hydrangeas on Cape Cod as well as a book signing; Barbara Conolly will present a talk about how to grow hydrangeas and Terry Soares will introduce the newest hydrangea varieties.

Throughout the event: Prides Corner hydrangeas, including new varieties, will be available for purchase; members of  the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod will be painting en plein aire; Falmouth Garden Club  arrangements will be on display throughout the mansion; new hydrangea varieties will be on display around the gardens; light refreshments will be available.

Falmouth Farmers Market

July 9, 2015 by Beth Colt

Support the local farms of Cape Cod as well as bakery’s, bee keepers, and many other homegrown businesses every Thursday from 12-6pm at Marine Park by Falmouth Harbor.

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast at Peg Noonan Park

July 8, 2015 by Beth Colt

Come watch family friendly movies projected over Peg Noonan Park each Wednesday, in the historic downtown Falmouth area.  Grab dinner and some ice cream, and sit back to relax in the festive main street atmosphere.  Chairs or blankets recommended. Begins at dusk.

Jamaican Grill Night at Coonamessett Farm

July 8, 2015 by Beth Colt

Feast on a fine Jamaican buffet of locally produced food, in the Cape Cod night air, while listening to the upbeat sounds of steel drum music by Vernon.  Explore the beautiful grounds of Coonamessett Farm complete with Alpacas and countless rows of delicious veggies.

Wednesday Evenings through September 16th

5 – 8 pm

 

 MENU
 Salads

CF Caesar
Jamaican Tossed
Spanish Town Style Potato
Millie’s Cucumber
Tropical Fruit
Watermelon
Rasta  Pasta
Jalapeno Cornbread
One Down Soup 
 

Entree’s
Curried Goat
Seasoned Rice and Peas
Callaloo 
Fried Plantains
Festival Dumplings
Corn on the Cob

Batata  Pudding
 

From-the-grill:  Jerk Chicken and Pork with fresh fruit salsa

Iced Tea and Damian’s Elixir!
 
Farm Members: Adults, $21.95
Non-Farm Members: Adults, $24.95
Children 4 to 9 yrs old: $12.95
Children 3 yrs old or less: Free
All prices are subject to a 7% Mass meal

SUNDAY ESTATE WALK & HISTORY OF THE BEEBE PROPERTY

July 5, 2015 by Beth Colt

Estate Walks are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from April to October, weather permitting. Reservations appreciated for groups of 5 or more people: 508-495-1878, x 2.

Docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700 acre estate.  Learn about the role the Beebe family played in the history of the town of Falmouth, and how their land later became Beebe Woods, Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth Academy and so much more.

$5 suggested donation

More at highfieldhall.org

Falmouth Farmers Market

July 2, 2015 by Beth Colt

Support the local farms of Cape Cod as well as bakery’s, bee keepers, and many other homegrown businesses every Thursday from 12-6pm at Marine Park by Falmouth Harbor.

Jamaican Grill Night at Coonamessett Farm

July 1, 2015 by Beth Colt

Feast on a fine Jamaican buffet of locally produced food, in the Cape Cod night air, while listening to the upbeat sounds of steel drum music by Vernon.  Explore the beautiful grounds of Coonamessett Farm complete with Alpacas and countless rows of delicious veggies.

Wednesday Evenings through September 16th

5 – 8 pm

 

 MENU
 Salads

CF Caesar
Jamaican Tossed
Spanish Town Style Potato
Millie’s Cucumber
Tropical Fruit
Watermelon
Rasta  Pasta
Jalapeno Cornbread
One Down Soup 
 

Entree’s
Curried Goat
Seasoned Rice and Peas
Callaloo 
Fried Plantains
Festival Dumplings
Corn on the Cob

Batata  Pudding

From-the-grill:  Jerk Chicken and Pork with fresh fruit salsa

Iced Tea and Damian’s Elixir!
 
Farm Members: Adults, $21.95
Non-Farm Members: Adults, $24.95
Children 4 to 9 yrs old: $12.95
Children 3 yrs old or less: Free
All prices are subject to a 7% Mass meal

Farm to Table Series: Everything about Fish with Linda Despres

July 1, 2015 by Beth Colt

Another summer of “Buy Local, Eat Local” and we will give you lots of ways to “Cook Local.”  Vendors from local markets and farms will supply the ingredients and we will work with these high quality products in order to help you put the best tasting and freshest dishes on your table at home.   Some artisans may join the classes to promote their products and answer any questions you might have.  Recipes and tastes are provided. Each class will feature a different theme.

Register early, menus TBD, register on-line or call, 508-495-1978, ext. 2.

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