Salon of Shorts @ Cotuit Center for the Arts

June 17, 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.

David Diamond lecture: “Nathaniel Hawthorne”

June 17, 2015 by Beth Colt

In commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, we examine a different part of his writings. Hawthorne’s tales and romances exert intense psychological force. Driven by desire, Hawthorne’s characters face painful conflicts with each other, their community and an inescapable conscience. Their troubled past is always threatening to overtake them.  Anticipating Freud by a half a century, Hawthorne exposes the intricate workings of the haunted mind.

Wine and Music Wednesday

June 17, 2015 by Beth Colt

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!

Make it Ahead: Tips for Entertaining from Ina Garten

June 17, 2015 by Beth Colt

Magellan Culinary Series: Magellan sailed the world looking for spices.  We will surf the internet for a collection of recent cookbooks that will make you a better cook.  Demonstrations, tastings, and talk about spices (and where to get them) are the focus.  These classes are co-taught with Lisa Foley of Spice Merchants Cape Cod. More details to come, register early.

3 class series price: $98.00 – call to register for this series: 508-495-1878 x2

Historic walks through Falmouth Village

June 16, 2015 by Beth Colt

Meet in the Hallett Barn Visitors Center at the Museums on the Green to take a 90 minute guided stroll through time.  This tour explores Falmouth’s historic landmarks through picturesque Falmouth Village. Reservations recommended;

Barnstable Harbor Cape Cod Ecotour

June 16, 2015 by Beth Colt

Cape Cod has so many great places to explore, but my friend Bonny and I were looking for something that could be described as a Cape Cod ecotour — you know, a fun day in the sun with a little learning and an eco twist.

Enter Captain Joe, who along with his staff at Barnstable Harbor Eco-Tours, offers a leisurely cruise around the harbor aboard a charming pontoon boat called The Horseshoe Crab.  Packed with a wealth of interesting information about the history of the harbor and natural life, the tour was guided by expert naturalist Phil Kyle. Bonny and I really enjoyed Phil’s enthusiasm for history, especially his tales about the Prohibition-era rum running from this storied harbor.

Sam and Bonny ready for the tour aboard the Horseshoe Crab

Barnstable Harbor itself is gorgeous, well worth the trip. On one side it is bordered by the white gold dunes of Sandy Neck Beach, a six mile long barrier beach, and on another there is a large field of marshland which draws myriad species of shorebirds which we learned about from Phil.  Sandy Neck Light

Might not sound much like a Cape Cod ecotour, but the best of the day was views of the Cottage Colony at the very end of Sandy Neck Beach. The Cottage Colony is home to a collection of beautiful beach cottages as well as Sandy Neck Light – a picturesque lighthouse marking the end of the peninsula. The cottages are in the historic district of the peninsula and most are more than 100 years old. As the boat neared the Colony it appeared we were visiting an idyllic little seaside kingdom, best captured from a boat.

Sandy Neck Point

There were many opportunities to take photos of the harbor and I couldn’t help snapping a couple gorgeous shots for my Instagram, and I thought about coming back another day and exploring Sandy Neck on foot to see more of this stunning harbor and unique ecosystem system from the land.  Well, there is always next year.


Buoy returning to Barnstable Harbor

Barnstable Harbor is approximately a 50 minute drive from the Woods Hole Inn. Tours last about 2 hours and are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Woods Hole Inn concierge staff would be happy to assist guests in scheduling a day like this one on Barnstable Harbor.  Or call Captain Joe @ 508.221.6162 for more information or to schedule your Cape Cod ecotour – what a great way to spend the day exploring Cape Cod!  — from guest blogger Sam Frawley

Captain Joe, Phil Kyle, and the Horseshoe Crab

Falmouth Flag Day 5K

June 14, 2015 by Beth Colt

The 3.1-mile route starts and finishes in front of the British Beer Company, 263 Grand Avenue, Falmouth Heights, Massachusetts, USA. Runners and walkers of all speeds and ages are welcome. Medals are given to every finisher age 17 and under. Plaques and merchandise gift certificates are given to top age-group and open finishers.  All proceeds support the Falmouth public schools.

“Godspell” by the Woods Hole Theatre Company

June 11, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Theater Company will present the musical “Godspell” at the Woods Hole Community Hall

June 11-27, Thursday to Saturday, at 8:00 PM

Sunday June 21 at 2:00 PM

Reservations:  508-540-6525.

Uli Knoepflmacher lecture: “Rudyard Kipling”

June 11, 2015 by Beth Colt

2015 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudyard Kipling . Kipling is usually identified with India and is considered to be an “imperialist.”  He had indeed achieved immense fame as a very young man in India and in England with his poetry, newspaper reports, and short stories.  Yet it was in America that Kipling became an author of children’s literature. A good many American readers still aren’t aware that his first and second JUNGLE BOOKSwere written in Vermont, where he had settled with his American wife and where his first two children were born.  His first three “Just-So Stories for Little Children” were told to his first born “American maiden” and published in the U.S., as were most of stories of the first JUNGLE BOOK.   Even KIM, his best known novel, was begun in Vermont, though it appeared after the Kiplings had abruptly left New England to return to Britain, right after the publication of CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS, a boy’s book set in Massachusetts.  What made Kipling want to become an American author?  What impelled him to leave New England and to resettle in the country he had left behind?

Falmouth Farmers Market

June 11, 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.

Historic Walks through Falmouth Village

June 11, 2015 by Beth Colt

Meet in the Hallett Barn Visitors Center at the Museums on the Green to take a 90 minute guided stroll through time.  This tour explores Falmouth’s historic landmarks through picturesque Falmouth Village. Reservations recommended;

Ten Signs of Spring in Woods Hole

June 10, 2015 by Beth Colt

Graffiti on a boat house in Woods Hole MA on Cape Cod

As winter comes to an end, there are relentless signs of spring here in Woods Hole, in fact Woods Hole spring is made famous by the writings of environmentalist Rachel Carson whose research for her world-changing treatise “Silent Spring” started right here. For me, the signs of spring Woods Hole are everywhere, so I will list my top ten (Letterman style) saving the best signs of spring on Cape Cod for last.

10. Fog

The water remains cooler than the air for some time, and this causes these intense clouds of fog to roll past even on a bright sunny day.  It’s really fun to sit on the beach and just watch, but remember a sweatshirt because when you are enveloped by a cloud it gets chilly quickly.

red boat overturned on harbor Cape Cod Woods Hole

9. Roofers

Spring is the time for house repairs and the village rings with the sound of hammers, scrapers and the comforting blast of commercial radio loud enough for everyone on the crew (and the neighborhood) to enjoy “Paint it Black” and other classics.

Green tarp covers Woods Hole House for roofing in the spring.

8. Osprey

I have heard that these huge hawks gave Buzzards Bay it’s name back when Gosnold passed through, and they return each spring to make their sprawling nests.  If you want to watch them up as they spawn, I recommend the WHOI OspreyCam for a Cape Cod dose of wildlife viewing.  And thanks to Woods Hole’s own Rachel Carson- without her work which raised the alarm about the over-use of DDT in our environment back in the 1960’s, we might not have osprey around anymore.

WHOI osprey cam

7. Bright Colored Rowboats

As the snow recedes, the bright colored bottoms of the stored row boats and kayaks pop with color off the newly green grass.  In April, the Woods Hole historical museum hosts a model boat show — you can see one of the model boats racing across Eel Pond in the background here.

romantic getaway Cape Cod

6. Rolling Bags

More than a million people take the ferry from here to Martha’s Vineyard each summer, and about this time the streets start to become full of people walking with their rolling bags, their distinctive lopsided gate followed by a gravelly roar of rubber.

Woods Hole hotel

5. Coffee Roasting

At Pie in the Sky Bakery, our neighbor here in Woods Hole, the busy coffee season is marked with extra roasting.  A lovely smell of fresh coffee drifts over the village when the wind blows the right way, and with a deep sniff you feel energized and alive.

coffee roasting

4. Clear Water

The colder water of spring is especially clear, so photos from the beach make the waters look downright Caribe-like, and debris from the winter becomes uncovered (thank goodness for “Clean Up Eel Pond Day” as this rubber tire is long gone).

romantic vistas Cape Cod

3. Daffodils

The daffodils burst improbably out of the brown leaf litter lining the road sides like toy soldiers.  Each year as I drive around admiring them, I think about the person that dug them into these woodsy locations and how they disappear for most of the year, only to emerge in spring with their sunny surprise.

Close up of bright yellow daffodils with the words "Woods Hole Colors"

2. Landfall Cocktails

The Landfall re-opens in mid-April, and this is the time to get in for that perfect fresh-squeezed cocktail on the dock looking out over the Woods Hole passage with the ferries coming and going.

Landfall restaurant in Woods Hole

1. Lobster Tacos at Quicks Hole

The ultimate sign that spring is in full swing is when Quicks Hole re-opens their famous Taqueria and I enjoy my first lobster taco of the season.  So glad winter is over, so happy summer is almost here.

Lobster Tacos in Woods Hole

June 9: Greg Flemming, “At the Point of a Cutlass”

June 9, 2015 by Beth Colt

Based on a rare manuscript from 1725, At the Point of a Cutlass uncovers the amazing voyage of Philip Ashton — a nineteen-year old fisherman who was captured by pirates, escaped on an uninhabited Caribbean island, and then miraculously arrived back home three years later to tell his incredible story.

Historic walks through Falmouth Village

June 9, 2015 by Beth Colt

Meet in the Hallett Barn Visitors Center at the Museums on the Green to take a 90 minute guided stroll through time.  This tour explores Falmouth’s historic landmarks through picturesque Falmouth Village. Reservations recommended;

A Book Signing with Sarah Leah Chase, author of The New England Open House Cookbook

June 8, 2015 by Beth Colt

Come by Highfield Hall to meet the author!

Historic Tours of Nauset Lighthouse

June 7, 2015 by Beth Colt

The NLPS provides public tours of Nauset Lighthouse and the oil house on Sundays May through late October and also on Wednesdays during July and August. Educational groups can arrange special tours of the lighthouse at any time of the year by emailing NLPS or calling our message service. Volunteers provide the historic background of the lighthouse station and conduct tours to the top of the tower. Tours are free and open to the public (donations accepted).
 The tower will be open for tours in 2015 every Sunday from May 10 through October 25 as well as Wednesdays in July and August. Our annual moonlight Full Moon Tour will close our season on Tuesday, October 27.



June 7, 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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Under the Waves- WHOI Science in Local Waters

June 7, 2015 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers work in ocean basins all over the world. But what’s happening in our local waters? Come and meet scientists, engineers, and other WHOI staff  and see some of the equipment used to uncover the mysteries within our own regional waters.

  • SharkCam
  • Make your own jellyfish
  • Imaging Flow Cytobot
  • Whale buoy
  • Squid, river herring, oysters, offshore canyons
  • and more


Exhibits will be on the lawn behind the Redfield Building, 45 Water Street, and at the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center, 15 School Street.


June 5, 2015 by Beth Colt

Open greenhouse events, guest speakers, seedling and plant sales every Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 9th through June 7th.

Leila Fawaz: “A Land of Aching Hearts”

June 4, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Great War transformed the Middle East, bringing to an end four hundred years of Ottoman rule in Arab lands while giving rise to the Middle East as we know it today. Among those who suffered were the people of Greater Syria—comprising modern Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine—as well as the people of Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt. Beyond the shifting fortunes of the battlefield, the region was devastated by a British and French naval blockade made worse by Ottoman war measures. Famine, disease, inflation, and an influx of refugees were everyday realities. But the local populations were not passive victims. The war’s aftermath proved bitter for many survivors. Nationalist aspirations were quashed as Britain and France divided the Middle East along artificial borders that still cause resentment. The misery of the Great War, and a profound sense of huge sacrifices made in vain, would color people’s views of politics and the West for the century to come.Leila Fawaz chronicles the initiative and resilience of civilian émigrés, entrepreneurs, draft-dodgers, soldiers, villagers, and townsmen determined to survive the war as best they could. The right mix of ingenuity and practicality often meant the difference between life and death.

Falmouth Farmers Market

June 4, 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.

Falmouth Farmers Market

May 28, 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.

Quick Hole Music Series: Roy Williams and the Human Hands

May 27, 2015 by Beth Colt

Gypsy jazz, Western swing and original compositions by Roy (guitar) with Alex Hargreaves (fiddle), Jeff Picker (bass) & Nick Anderson (percussion), four hard-swinging, incredibly talented, imaginative, up-and-coming instrumentalists.

May 25 is Western Swing Night and May 27 is Gypsy Jazz Night.  Make reservations and get the info on these amazing musicians:  Both nights at Quicks Hole Tavern, 9:00 PM.

Centerboard Wine Dinner at Quicks Hole Tavern

May 27, 2015 by Beth Colt

Please join us Wednesday May 27th at 6.00 pm for a Centerboard wine dinner featuring the wines of the Inman Family winery.  In attendance will be Kathleen Inman to talk about her family estate and share insights into the sustainable wines that come from their Sonoma County, California vineyard in the Russian River Valley and on the Sonoma Coast.  This is a unique opportunity to savor the wines from the Pacific coast with fresh cuisine and a view of the Atlantic.

The menu has been designed by executive chef Stephanie Mikolazyk to compliment the flight of wines offered.  Reservations are required.  Please call us at 508-495-0048 after 10 am.  $75 per person plus tax and tip.

First Course
Pan Seared New Bedford Scallops with a Yuzu buerre blanc, piquillio peppers, crispy shallots, paired with Inman Family “Endless Summer” Rose 2014


Second Course
Pea green salad with roasted vegetables & citrus vinaigrette,
paired with Inman Family “Russian River” Chardonnay 2012


Third Course
Pan seared crispy skin sea bass with fennel pollen, toasted orzo & almond brown butter, paired with Inman Family “Russian River” Pino Noir 2011


Fourth Course
Coffee and coriander crusted pork tenderloin, smokey lentils & cherry gastrique, paired with Inman Family “Olivet Grange Vineyards” Pinot Noir 2007


Thanks to Falmouth Wine & Spirits for helping us coordinate and promote this unique evening.

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 26, 2015 by Beth Colt

The annual memorial day parade showcases local bands and businesses as they march to honor those that have served our country.  Down town Falmouth comes alive with food, fun and fantastic shopping.  This is a great event for all ages.