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Family Shellfish Discovery Day

October 1, 2016 by Beth Colt

Learn about the shellfish that live in Falmouth’s local waters during this free discovery day hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Falmouth Department of Marine and Environmental Services. We’ll teach you the basics of local quahoging – what you need, how to do it, and where to go – and introduce you to the bay scallops that swim below the surface of West Falmouth Harbor. This will be a fun and educational activity for the whole family!

Please dress to get wet and muddy. You do not need a Falmouth shellfishing permit to participate in this event. The Coalition will provide all necessary equipment (rakes, peck baskets, gauges, and waders) for you to use, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Fees: Free

Registration Link:http://support.savebuzzardsbay.org/site/Calendar/1161504412?view=RSVP&id=101148

Movies under the Stars

August 31, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Peg Noonan Park
Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

Wednesdays through August 31

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

Movies start at dusk or approximately 8 pm. Enjoy dinner in one of Falmouth Village’s restaurants, then bring a blanket or chair and some snacks and plan to enjoy an outdoor family movie.  Check schedule atwww.falmouthvillageassociation.com

International Folk Dancing

August 31, 2016 by Julia Pearl

International Folk Dancing

Every Wednesday through September 7. Family friendly dances. $5 adults, children free

Lobsters on the Lawn @ St. Barnabas

August 29, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Saint Barnabas Memorial Church
91 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

July & August, Mondays

LOBSTERS ON THE LAWN AT ST. BARNABAS  

This popular event is held every Monday night during July and August from 5-7 pm at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on the Green in Falmouth.  Lobster rolls, chips and pie on the big lawn across from the Falmouth Village Green. www.stbarnabasfalmouth.org

Falmouth Town Band

August 25, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Music and Arts Pavilion
Marina Park Scranton Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02540

July & August, Thursdays

FALMOUTH TOWN BAND CONCERTS        

Every Thursday evening at the Music and Arts Pavilion, Marina Park, next to Falmouth Harbor; all concerts are free of charge and open to the general public. Bring your chair or blanket for your comfort and enjoyment.   www.falmouthmass.us

Laughter Yoga

August 22, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Marine Park
180 Scranton Ave
Falmouth, MA 02540

Fun – Family Friendly – Free

Laughter Yoga is a fun and easy way to breathe deeply and laugh heartily through playful exercises.  And, it’s really good for you!

Every Monday Morning, June 27-August 29 (except July 4)

Beginning promptly at 9:27 am, finishing at 10:07 am

Please bring: A folding chair, if you have one. Dress comfortably in layers. Bring a willingness to play and laugh.

LEADERS: Clare & Alan Goodwin,www.capecodlaughteryoga.com, 800-990-8290

“We continue laughing together in the fall at Gus Canty Community Center, Main St, Falmouth”

Falmouth Town Band Concerts

August 18, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Music and Arts Pavilion
Marina Park Scranton Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02540

July & August, Thursdays

FALMOUTH TOWN BAND CONCERTS        

Every Thursday evening at the Music and Arts Pavilion, Marina Park, next to Falmouth Harbor; all concerts are free of charge and open to the general public. Bring your chair or blanket for your comfort and enjoyment.   www.falmouthmass.us

August 11, 2016 by Beth Colt

Music and Arts Pavilion
Marina Park Scranton Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02540

July & August, Thursdays

FALMOUTH TOWN BAND CONCERTS        

Every Thursday evening at the Music and Arts Pavilion, Marina Park, next to Falmouth Harbor; all concerts are free of charge and open to the general public. Bring your chair or blanket for your comfort and enjoyment.   www.falmouthmass.us

Lobsters on the Lawn at St.Barnabas

August 8, 2016 by Beth Colt

Saint Barnabas Memorial Church
91 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

July & August, Mondays

LOBSTERS ON THE LAWN AT ST. BARNABAS  

This popular event is held every Monday night during July and August from 5-7 pm at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on the Green in Falmouth.  Lobster rolls, chips and pie on the big lawn across from the Falmouth Village Green. www.stbarnabasfalmouth.org

Cape Cod Laughter Yoga

August 8, 2016 by Beth Colt

Fun – Family Friendly – Free

Laughter Yoga is a fun and easy way to breathe deeply and laugh heartily through playful exercises.  And, it’s really good for you!

Every Monday Morning, June 27-August 29 (except July 4)

Beginning promptly at 9:27 am, finishing at 10:07 am

Please bring: A folding chair, if you have one. Dress comfortably in layers. Bring a willingness to play and laugh.

LEADERS: Clare & Alan Goodwin,www.capecodlaughteryoga.com, 800-990-8290

“We continue laughing together in the fall at Gus Canty Community Center, Main St, Falmouth”

Woods Hole Science Stroll

August 6, 2016 by Beth Colt

August 6, 2016 • 11am – 3pm

Water Street, Woods Hole

A FREE public event

  1. Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Marine animals, touch tanks, harbor seals in an outdoor pool.

  1. NOAA Dock

NOAA Fisheries
Displays related to research on whales, sea turtles and other protected marine species, fish, water chemistry and plankton, and tracking ocean currents. Learn how to identify whales; identify sea turtles; step inside a life-size (43-foot) inflatable humpback whale (weather permitting).

US Coast Guard (USCG)
Tour the USCG 45-foot response boat;* see a shipboard damage control demonstration and techniques to control flooding; watch a search and rescue demonstration with a USCG helicopter and rescue swimmer. Time of demonstration will be communicated on the day of event. *Availability of activities is subject to change based on USCG operations.

US Geological Survey
See the SeaBoss vehicle, which collects seabed images and sediment samples in coastal regions, and participate in interactive demonstrations of underwater video capabilities by the SeaBoss.

  1. Waterfront Park

Buzzards Bay Coalition
Learn all about the 10th annual Watershed Ride to help save Buzzards Bay. Get details, ask questions and sign-up for this fall tradition.

Sea Education Association/SEA Semester
From Plastics to Plankton! Conduct simple experiments to better understand plastic pollution in the ocean, a serious problem that affects birds, fish, and ocean mammals; use a microscope to get up-close and personal with the ocean’s wanderers: plankton!

US Geological Survey
Meet the authors of a new book on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Check out the interactive displays on shoreline change, 3-D sea-floor mapping, and predicting hurricanes. Try your hand at a demo about how scientists sample gas from the Earth.

Woods Hole Historical Museum
Check out reprints of historical photographs and publications about the long history of science in Woods Hole. Kids will enjoy a number of games including a “fishing game” with cod of various sizes in a bucket.

Woods Hole Research Center
Learn about Climate research conducted around the world by the Woods Hole Research Center. Measure the amount of CO2 absorbed by plants, using a CO2 Analyzer.

WCAI – the Cape, Coast, and Islands NPR Station
Play “Guess That Sound,” a children’s activity involving ocean life and ocean environment sounds. Meet the host of “Living Lab,” Heather Goldstone.

  1. Marine Biological Laboratory Pierce Visitor Center and Gift Shop

Colorful exhibits tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences.

  1. Marine Biological Laboratory Marine Resources Center

Tour the facilities and see live animals in the touch tanks. Space is limited; sign up on-site.

  1. Zephyr Education Foundation

See the effects of sea level rise, storm surge waves, and tsunamis as you model coastal processes using “augmented reality sandboxes.” The activities are suitable for ages 9 and up. Younger children benefit from adult supervision.

  1. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Dock

NOAA Ship Bigelow
Reserve a space for your tour* of the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow. Learn about the research conducted aboard the ship and see what it’s like to live onboard. *Reservations required. Visitors to the ship must have a valid photo ID. Tours require the ability to climb several flights of stairs. Please wear sensible shoes; no backpacks, no strollers. For free ticket visit http://woodsholesciencestroll.org/

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution displays
Get up close with some working oceanographic instruments and research vehicles used in oceans around the world. Check out Splash Lab science demos and make your own Science Stroll souvenirs at the kids activities table.

  1. WHOI Redfield Auditorium

Come see a kid-friendly film for free at 2 pm sponsored by the Woods Hole
Film Festival
.

  1. Buzzards Bay Coalition Discovery Center

Explore a marine touch tank full of animals from Buzzards Bay and hands-on family friendly activities.

  1. WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

Videos, displays, and exhibits include marine mammals, Titanic, hydrothermal vents, polar research and many more.

Cape Cod Laughter Yoga

July 18, 2016 by Beth Colt

Fun – Family Friendly – Free

Laughter Yoga is a fun and easy way to breathe deeply and laugh heartily through playful exercises.  And, it’s really good for you!

Every Monday Morning, June 27-August 29 (except July 4)

Beginning promptly at 9:27 am, finishing at 10:07 am

Please bring: A folding chair, if you have one. Dress comfortably in layers. Bring a willingness to play and laugh.

LEADERS: Clare & Alan Goodwin, www.capecodlaughteryoga.com, 800-990-8290

“We continue laughing together in the fall at Gus Canty Community Center, Main St, Falmouth”

Barnstable County Fair (July 18-24)

July 18, 2016 by Beth Colt

July 18-24

BARNSTABLE COUNTY FAIR   

The Barnstable County Fair has been an annual summer tradition on Cape Cod for over 170 years. The Fair is affordable, old-fashioned family fun for all ages. Make your memories this year. Group Rates and multi-day passes are available. There are animal shows, 4-H demonstrations, petting zoos, horticulture displays, rides, games, live music, arts & crafts, food and commercial vendors with various arts and crafts for sale. Cape Cod Fairgrounds, East Falmouth  www.capecodfairgrounds.com

Highfield Hall & Gardens Summer’s Upon Us! Open House

June 26, 2016 by Beth Colt

Highfield Hall & Gardens Summer’s Upon Us! Open House

Stop by Highfield for the opening of the CWAJ Japanese Print Show, an estate tour, artist receptions, activities for children and families. 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. www.highfieldhall.org

Arts Alive Festival

June 19, 2016 by Beth Colt

Free Fun for the Entire Family!  Arts Alive is a three-day arts festival with events and activities for all members of the family. 60 performances of music, theater, and dance take place under 3 large tents on the Falmouth Library Lawn. Exhibits and Cape Cod artists and craftspeople offering their works for sale, will be held on Shore Street Extension.  Food and drink will be available, face painting, balloons and a tent with arts activities for the young.

Arts Alive Festival

June 18, 2016 by Beth Colt

Free Fun for the Entire Family!  Arts Alive is a three-day arts festival with events and activities for all members of the family. 60 performances of music, theater, and dance take place under 3 large tents on the Falmouth Library Lawn. Exhibits and Cape Cod artists and craftspeople offering their works for sale, will be held on Shore Street Extension.  Food and drink will be available, face painting, balloons and a tent with arts activities for the young.

Arts Alive Festival

June 17, 2016 by Beth Colt

Free Fun for the Entire Family!  Arts Alive is a three-day arts festival with events and activities for all members of the family. 60 performances of music, theater, and dance take place under 3 large tents on the Falmouth Library Lawn. Exhibits and Cape Cod artists and craftspeople offering their works for sale, will be held on Shore Street Extension.  Food and drink will be available, face painting, balloons and a tent with arts activities for the young.

Annual Easter Egg Scramble and Stroll

March 26, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Saturday before Easter, meet for pictures with the Easter Bunny at Margaret E. Noonan Park at 12 pm. Then, head over to the Library Lawn for an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 pm. For children 9 and under accompanied by an adult. Village merchants open their doors to hand out Easter eggs to the children as they pass by.  www.falmouthvillageassociation.com

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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