Ken Turino: “Christmas Traditions in New England”

December 3, 2015 by Beth Colt

The history of Christmas in New England.

Trivia Buff at Liam Maguires

December 2, 2015 by Beth Colt

Trivia Buff is a team-oriented trivia game that is found at an establishment near you! Come to Liam’s and bring five friends to form a team and win prizes by coming out on top. Mix strategy and knowledge with specialty rounds like Name That Tune and you have the fun and excitement of Trivia Buff!

Karaoke with DJ Andy

December 1, 2015 by Beth Colt

Come down and get your Sing on with DJ Andy every Tuesday night! Show us what you got!

Holiday Book Sale

December 1, 2015 by Beth Colt

Friends of Falmouth Public Library

Holiday Book Sale

Falmouth Library, Hermann Room (Lower Level)

December 1 & 2 1:30-8:00PM

December 3 & 4 10:00-5:00PM

December 5 10:00 – 4:30PM

Books in Great Shape and Suitable for Gifting!

Pop-Ups, Childrens, Gardening, Cookbooks, Recent Fiction, Modern Scholar DVDs, Art Books….and MORE!

All Proceeds Benefit the Falmouth Public Library

Ecosystems Center Seminar Lecture

December 1, 2015 by Beth Colt

Ecosystems Center Seminar Lecture – “Potential Consequences of Nitrogen Fixation in a Warming World: Predicting the Effect of Climate Change on Stream Ecosystems Using a Natural Geothermal Laboratory” – Jill Welter, St. Catherine University

Speck Auditorium, 12:15 PM

Gardens Aglow

November 27, 2015 by Beth Colt

Add this annual celebration to your list of holiday traditions!

Heritage sparkles this holiday season with Gardens Aglow, featuring over nine miles of holiday lights throughout the gardens, a stunning model train exhibit in the Special Exhibitions Gallery with new features this year, and music and dance performances in the Automobile Gallery. St. Nick will hold court in the Model T.

Other activities include holiday crafts, Hidden Hollow by moonlight, rides on the vintage carousel, and marshmallow roasting over outdoor fire pits. Stroll the gardens with family and friends, and enjoy Heritage in a whole new light.

Throughout Gardens Aglow, Heritage is hosting a toothbrush/toothpaste drive to benefit the Sandwich Food Pantry. Bring in new, unwrapped toothpaste and toothbrushes to the donation box located in The Shop at Heritage.

New this year! A selection of original Currier & Ives winter scenes lithographs on display in the Special Exhibitions Gallery.

Saturday, December 5th ONLY: Chip Koser of South Cape Ice Sculptures will create a four block ice sculpture that he will be demonstrating live from 4:30-8:30pm. The sculpture will feature three Eskimo children with carved out faces so that visitors can take photos with it.

Save time! Purchase tickets online and skip the lines! Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only. Closed Christmas Day. Cost: $15 Member Adults, $5 Member Youth, $18 Non-Member Adults, $7 Non-Member Youth, 2 and under free, $12 Group Adult, $6 Group Youth, 2 and under free

Holidays at Highfield

November 27, 2015 by Beth Colt

Holidays at Highfield is open daily from November 27-December 6, Friday-Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, Monday-Thursday 12 – 4 pm.  This holiday season, Highfield takes you around the world! Designer/stylist Sandra Cavallo has asked our decorators to incorporate elements of international holiday celebrations into their decorating themes.  Enjoy learning about traditions from the North Pole to France as you wander from room to room.  It’s a brand new Holidays at Highfield.

Traditional highlights:

The Gift Gallery, featuring items that range from fine crafts to hostess gifts
The international crèche collection courtesy of  Bill Hendel
The Tea Shoppe serving holiday breads, gingerbread men, cookies, Highfield Holiday Tea, cider and coffee

The trains will be running all day throughout the event.

Special Music:
Throughout the event: pianist Judy Risch
Saturday, November 28 at 10:00 am: the students of Nikki Engstrom
Sunday, December 6 beginning at 10:00 am: the harp students of Cy O’Neil

Falmouth Theatre Guild members performing selections from their holiday production of
A Christmas Carol: Sunday, November 29, 1:00 pm

Santa will be on site from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on:
Friday, November 27
Saturday, November 28
Sunday, November 29
Saturday, December 5
Sunday, December 6 (please note that Santa may be late this day due to the Christmas parade!)

Culinary Director Gail Blakely and her kitchen elves will be making cookies and welcoming guests in the kitchen on:
Friday November 27
Sunday, November 29
Friday, December 4
Sunday, December 6

The Harry Allen Trio

November 11, 2015 by Beth Colt

Harry Allen Trio. Harry Allen (tenor saxophone),  Rossano Sportiello (piano) and Frank Tate (bass).

A Visit from the Night Watchman

October 30, 2015 by Beth Colt

In October near All hallows Eve, Spirits and memories come alive in old houses after dark.  Join the night watchman to see what spirits inhabit the Dr. Francis Wicks House.

Falmouth By the Sea Trolley Tours

October 28, 2015 by Beth Colt

Explore Falmouth’s seafaring past with a local historian.

The two-hour guided tour departs from the Hallett Barn Visitors Center, Falmouth Museums on the Green at 10 am.

Wednesday’s in September and October.

Reservations strongly recommended:


Alix Christie, “Gutenberg’s Apprentice”

October 27, 2015 by Beth Colt

Novelist Alix Christie brings to life one of the most momentous events in history: the birth of printing in medieval Germany—a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal, told through the lives of the three men who made it possible.

Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him to meet “a most amazing man”–Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, who has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. As they produce copies of the Holy Bible, mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, these men must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles—a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them.

Falmouth Chorale October Concert “Awake My Soul”

October 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Falmouth Chorale under the direction of John Yankee presents “AWAKE MY SOUL” on Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th at 4:00 PM at Falmouth High School, Falmouth, MA.

Soloists will be soprano Sarah Callinan who appeared with the chorale in Carmina Burana and baritone Philip Lima, a much beloved and frequent guest soloist.

100 musicians will perform in this uplifting and celebratory first concert of the season.

John Rutter’s masterpiece Mass of the Children is the centerpiece of an all-British program.

Tickets are $20/adult in advance, $25 at the door. Students $5. Buy online at or from any member of the Falmouth Chorale.

For more information call 744.392.2383

Cape Cod Marathon & Half Marathon

October 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

Starting and ending in beautiful downtown Falmouth.

M.T. Anderson, “Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmiti Shostakovich and the Seige of Leningrad”

October 21, 2015 by Beth Colt

In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Residents burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—one another to stay alive. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory.This is the true story of a city under siege: the triumph of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds. It is also a look at the power—and layered meaning—of music in beleaguered lives.

6th International Oyster Symposium

October 21, 2015 by Beth Colt

The One International Oyster Conference
Don’t Miss It! 

To become a member of WOS for 2015, at no charge, click here:

1. Symposium Registration

Includes all Conference materials, admission to all Technical and Workshop Sessions during the conference; Lunch during Wednesday’s Plenary Session; Opening Reception; Exhibition Hall.

To become a member of WOS for 2015, at no charge, click here.

Member Nonmember
Early Bird Rate (until 4/1/15) $295 $340
Standard Rate (until 10/7/15) $340 $395
At-the-Door Rate (after 10/7/15) $395 $440
Student Rate $150 $195

Students are required to provide current student status (ie. Student ID) to qualify for the Student Rate.

2. Day Pass

Includes all Conference materials, admission to All Technical and Workshop Sessions during the conference, and Tradeshow and Expo for the specific day selected.

Wednesday, October 21st $145
Plenary Session with Lunch at MBL
Thursday, October 22nd $125
Friday, October 23rd $125

3. Exhibition Hall Pass $50

Good for admission to all exhibits for the entire run of the trade show and expo. Note: included in Symposium Registration

4. Pre-Conference Industry Tours $100 (per Tour)

  • BAY SIDE Tour – Details TBA
  • SOUTH SIDE Tour – Details TBA

5. Entertainment Oyster-tainment

Wednesday Evening Concert + Theatre Comedy $35

A performance organized by Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory and The Living Arts Institute, inspired by the words of Dr. Mori, President of the World Oyster Society, «Let the Sea live, Let Us Live with the Sea» featuring music, movement, media, and a memorable oyster tale.

Thursday Evening Oyster Grand Tasting $50

Executive Chefs will present oyster culinary delights and also inspire us with simple recipes for the home cook.  Raw bars featuring oysters from the Cape Cod region will be featured. 

Friday Evening BiValve Beach Bake with Band $125

Closing Ceremony, Awards and Announcements, and Party.

Cancellation of registration must be received – in writing – no later than September 21, 2015. Refunds for registration fees will be subject to a 20% handling fee. Refunds are processed after the conference. No refund will be made for cancellations received after September 21, 2015 or for “no shows”. After September 21, 2015, no refunds will be made for professional or personal emergencies, flight cancellations, denied visa, weather related cancellation or other travel emergencies.

Falmouth By the Sea Trolley Tours

October 21, 2015 by Beth Colt

Explore Falmouth’s seafaring past with a local historian.

The two-hour guided tour departs from the Hallett Barn Visitors Center, Falmouth Museums on the Green at 10 am.

Wednesday’s in September and October.

Reservations strongly recommended:


Jazz Vocalist Donna Byrne

October 20, 2015 by Beth Colt

Jazz Vocalist Donna Byrne returns to Falmouth with Tim Ray (piano) Marshall Wood (bass) and Jim Gwin (drums).

Fall Fun on Cape Cod, Woods Hole style

October 20, 2015 by Beth Colt

We hope everyone had a wonderful end of summer. Here in Woods Hole, fall is well underway, and we greet the crisp air (and available parking!) with open arms.  Hello to fall fun on Cape Cod.


Pumpkins on porch of Woods Hole InnVibrant pumpkins replace flip flops and beach towels on the patio of the Woods Hole Inn…

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An empty Stoney Beach is shocking to the eyes, especially in contrast to busy peak summer when families are packed to the brim along the shore.


Coffee Obsession returns to its quirky off-season hours…


And the infamous Quicks Hole Taqueria crawdad gears up for winter storage.


It’s hard to imagine that only a few months ago, this very road held over 12,000 Falmouth road race runners.


But, despite the lull and quiet peacefulness that autumn brings, there are still signs of life! Pie in the Sky forever stays open, epicenter of fall fun on Cape Cod, serving their renowned popovers and locally roasted coffee….

And tourists and sightseers continue to frequent Nobska Lighthouse.



Last but not least, Quicks Hole Tavern donuts hit the spot on a chilly weekday lunch.

Looking for fall fun on Cape Cod?  Piping hot donuts in hand, you may have hit the jackpot.

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Highfield Hall Garden Walks & Carriage Trails

October 20, 2015 by Beth Colt

Tuesdays, October 6 and 20, 11:00 am, $5 donation suggested

Please inquire about group tours: 508-495-1878 x 303

Your host, Highfield archivist and historian Lisa Willow Dunne, will guide your tour of the property and carriage trails, with anecdotes about the Beebe family, the history of the mansion and Beebe Woods.

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Fall Faculty Lecture Series: What’s the Story with Sargassum?

October 18, 2015 by Beth Colt

Fall Faculty Lecture Series, What’s the Story with Sargassum?

If you’ve vacationed in the Caribbean recently, you may have encountered a flood of golden brown Sargassum. The abundant seaweed’s economic impacts on tourism and fishing even prompted Trinidad to deem the situation a natural disaster.

But there’s far more to Sargassum than its tendency to pile up on beaches and tangle with boat propellers. In this illustrated lecture, three SEA Semester scientists will share surprising discoveries from sea about this biologically important ocean flora, including the diverse creatures that interact with it, from familiar sea turtles and flying fish to lesser-known camouflaged crabs.

Join us for a virtual research expedition to the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, where SEA Semester students and scientists on recent high seas sailing voyages have been using old-school techniques and cutting-edge technology to better understand where all this Sargassum is coming from—and its implications for marine environments.

About the Lecturers

Dr. Deb Goodwin is a SEA Semester Assistant Professor of Oceanography. She holds a PhD in oceanography from University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Jeff Schell is a SEA Semester Associate Professor of Oceanography and director of the Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program. He holds a PhD in aquatic ecology from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Amy Siuda is a SEA Semester Associate Professor of Oceanography and director of the Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program. She holds a PhD in biological oceanography from University of Connecticut.

Free and Open to the Public 508-540-3954


October 18, 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

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An American Music Sampler

October 17, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Spectrum Singers, a 12-piece chamber ensemble, will provide a one-hour program that a selection of America’s best choral music framed with commentary to provide historical context.

The program is:

The New England Tunesmiths

Northfield                                    Jeremiah Ingalls (Andover, MA)

Amanda                                      Justin Morgan (W. Springfield, MA)

Euroclydon                                  William Billings (Boston, MA)


Shaker Music

Come Life, Shaker Life                 Elder Issachar Bates, New Lebanon, NY

Learned of Angel                          Sabbathday Lake, ME

I’ll Beat My Drum                         EldressJane Sutton, Pleasant Hill, KY

In Wisdom’s Lovely Pleasant Ways (“Original Shaker Music”)  North Family, Mt. Lebanon, NY

Simple Gifts                                 Elder Joseph Brackett, Alfred, ME


The Civil War and the American West

Battle Cry of Freedom                         George Root (Sheffield, MA)

Ellen Bayne                                        Stephen Foster

Somebody’s Coming to See Me Tonight        Stephen Foster

Crossing the Grand Sierras                  Henry Clay Work (Middletown, CT)


Spirituals and Ragtime

Ain’-a That Good News!                        Arr. William Dawson

Nobody’s Fault but Mine                       Arr. John Andrew Ross (Boston, MA)

Aunt Dinah Has Blowed de Horn           Scott Joplin


The Great American Songbook

In the Still of the Night                        Cole Porter

Fascinating Rhythm                             George Gershwin

Stormy Weather                                  Harold Arlen

Ain’tMisbehavin’                                   Thomas “Fats” Waller


The Massachusetts Connection

Warm-up                                                Leonard Bernstein (Lawrence)

The Road Not Taken (poetry by Robert Frost)          Randall Thompson (Boston)

The Lobster Quadrille                                Irving Fine (Boston)

Lie Low, Marmot Fat   (poetry by Norma Farber)       Daniel Pinkham (Lynn)

At the River                                              Aaron Copland


Tickets are $ 15 each.  Families of four (2 children 12 and younger) are $ 40 each.

Seating is limited, so reservations are requested

Village of Scarecrows

October 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Fall in love with scarecrows in Falmouth Village! Similarly to the May basket competition in the spring, we’re enlisting your help once more to determine who’s crafted the best scarecrow! Take a stroll down Main Street and around Queen’s Buyway from October 15 – November 21 and scope out the competition. Then, log on to our Facebook page and like, share and comment on the photo of your favorite scarecrow. The people’s choice winner will be crowned based on your input.

Falmouth By the Sea Trolley Tours

October 14, 2015 by Beth Colt

Explore Falmouth’s seafaring past with a local historian.

The two-hour guided tour departs from the Hallett Barn Visitors Center, Falmouth Museums on the Green at 10 am.

Wednesday’s in September and October.

Reservations strongly recommended:


Pianist Chad Bowles

October 11, 2015 by Beth Colt

Sunday, October 11, 4:00 pm, $25/$20 members
A rising star in the piano world, classical pianist Chad R. Bowles is increasingly recognized as a master of his instrument and routinely hailed for an ideal combination of innate musicianship and stunning virtuosity.