Highfield Hall: Violinist Akiko Kobayashi

November 8, 2015 by Beth Colt

After winning the prestigious MTNA national competition, she appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Devine in New York City, before traveling to Europe to play recitals and orchestral performances in Bavaria, Germany and Italy. As the grand prize winner at the IBLA Competition in Sicily, she was noted for her “precise and honest playing, with no artificial effects.” Ms. Kobayashi is a young artist with rare sonic and interpretive gifts. $25/$20 members

High Rock Mountain Bluegrass Concert

February 21, 2015 by Beth Colt

High Rock Mountain is a Boston based 5 piece bluegrass band playing a mix of traditional and original bluegrass tunes featuring broken-hearted love songs, murder ballads, and everything in between, featuring two and three part harmonies and lively, ripping instrumentals.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and are available in advance at the Woods Hole Library, Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, the Bank of Woods Hole, and at the door.

Doors open at 7 pm.

New Perch in Woods Hole

July 31, 2013 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Inn, best place on Cape CodMeet Phil Stanton, a friend of mine and local fisherman extraordinaire.  Phil has won more fishing derbies than most people have collected parking tickets, is renowned for having re-located a raft of eider ducks from Maine to Penikese Island (not to mention being a world-expert on the species),  and is a dedicated participant in all elements of the Woods Hole community from auctioneer to fishing guide to horse wrangler to deer hunter to welcome wagon.  It’s not an exaggeration to say Phil is the ultimate renaissance man, Woods Hole style.

Phil took my son fishing last summer and showed him a secret spot where the squid gather in the Woods Hole current at certain tides.  “Cast right in there,” he said, pointing to a swirl near the rocks about 10 feet in diameter.  Ten minutes and several large Stripers later, the fishing trip was over and my twelve-year-old came home with a huge catch and a huger smile on his face.  Phil’s generosity and knowledge inculcated another young convert to the secret joy of fishing.

Last winter, Phil offered to build a stone bench to honor his mother on the side of the Community Hall. There has been much hoopla in town about the new Rachel Carson statue, and tongues wagging about a new MBL whale-tail sculpture that is possibly dangerous for climbing children.  But to date I have seen no notice of this wonderful bench Phil financed which might be the best addition to town in decades, perched as it is on the edge of the channel into Eel Pond at just the right spot to catch both the view and the breeze. (Of course, Phil would know that!)

With a stunning view out toward Nonamesset Island, this bench is the perfect place to watch the drawbridge go up and down, with boats large and small flowing in and out of our protected harbor. You will enjoy the view, the constant southwesterly breeze… and if you are patient, you will see Phil heading out in his boat, as he goes fishing most everyday.

Phil Stanton view from the bench, Woods Hole Phil Stanton Betty Stanton bench SEA