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Holidays by the Sea Weekend 2014

December 5, 2014 by Beth Colt

Friday, December 5

Holiday Carol Sing at Nobska Lighthouse
5:30 PM
Join us for a festive seasonal sing along followed by hot chocolate and cookies.
Historic Nobska Lighthouse, Nobska Road,
Woods Hole.

Saturday, December 6
3rd Annual Jingle Jog 5K Run & Elf Run 

sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts & Anytime Fitness
 Registration 8-9 am, Elf Run 9:30 am, 5K at 9:45 am

Starts from Marine Park, around Falmouth Heights (follows some of the Falmouth Road Race route) and back to Marine Park.
(Elf Run is shorter and for children 12 and under.)

Seafaring Santa Sails into Falmouth 

sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts
10:30 AM

Head to Marine Park at Falmouth Harbor to welcome Seafaring Santa! Falmouth High School Chorus will be singing Christmas carols. Join us for the annual children’s bike raffle, hot chocolate & treats courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Nobska Lighthouse Public Viewing

sponsored by the Coast Guard Auxiliary
12 – 2 pm (Subject to change  by USCG)
Historic Nobska Lighthouse, Nobska Road,
Woods Hole. Santa visits at 12:30 pm!

Main Street / Queen’s Buyway Stroll

sponsored by the Falmouth Village Association

& Falmouth Chamber of Commerce

In the spirit of the lighting of the Village Green, many Main Street and Queens Buyway shops will remain open until 8 p.m. Before and after the lighting, stroll the street and enjoy the festively decorated shop windows, holiday refreshments and caroling while you get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Annual Lighting of the Falmouth Village Green

sponsored by Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
7:00 PM
The Falmouth Brass Choir will lead the caroling before a special visit from Santa.
People are encouraged to bring flashlights. Dress warmly.

Sunday, December 7
51st Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade
12:00 PM
Presented by the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce
Theme: Christmas Magic
Parade steps off at noontime at the Falmouth Mall and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Known as Southeastern Massachusetts’ largest holiday parade featuring theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus!

The Big House

February 13, 2010 by Beth Colt

Cover art for George Colt's memorable memoir about 100 years in the life of a Cape Cod summer house.

Author George Colt (“The Big House”) will be speaking in Falmouth on March 1st.  He is staying at the Woods Hole Inn that night and has offered to breakfast with guests and sign copies of his wonderful Cape Cod memoir over our gourmet coffee and chef Sara’s sweet delights.

George is my first cousin and the characters who inhabit his book are my family.  The now-famous “big house” out on Wings Neck belonged to my grandmother Mary Forbes Atkinson.  And it is my father who (along with George’s father) once dominated the tennis scene there, my Aunt Mary who taught the young Colt boys to fish, my Aunt Sandy who died so young of cancer that she left a baby boy who grew up as my defacto brother.  See, it’s close stuff.

Having a memoir-ist in the family is a scary proposition — will we like how we are described? — but George supplies such insight, affection and humor that I found his book touching, revealing and a wonderful page-turner (and I know the ending!).   I look forward to my boys being old enough to read it.  They will laugh and cry along with the countless others who have enjoyed the book, all the while learning more about than I can possibly remember to tell them about our eccentric family.

So consider coming by  the Woods Hole Inn on a cold day in March.  I like to think of the Inn as a new kind of “Big House” where book lovers can wake from a restful sleep and then congregate over the kind of gourmet breakfast that my grandfather used to make (without his habit of using every pot and pan in the kitchen).  We keep spares of George’s book around so if you can’t come in March, feel free to come later and extend your stay to finish it.  It really is a great read.

George Colt lecture and reading at 7 pm March 1, 2010 at Falmouth Academy.  Breakfast with George on Tuesday March 2nd at the Inn approx 8  – 9 am.  Interested locals also welcome for coffee and a bite, just call us so we will have enough pound cake for you:)

Sippewissett Pound Cake with blackberries served at the Woods Hole Inn.

POST SCRIPT – This post is so popular!   Many people have asked me what the Big House looks like now.  I visit it regularly to pay respects to my Aunts Ellen and Mary who are often there.  So here is a glimpse of the renovated house, saved from the wrecking ball by my lovely first cousin and her husband.  Still the steep roof and the commanding views of the Bay, with all the charm of my grandparents and less eel grass insulation and mice:)

The Big House on Wings Neck as she is now.

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