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Art Attack/ Oak Bluffs Spreads the Love

September 1, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Currently on display throughout the Oak Bluffs Cultural District is ArtAttack/Oak Bluffs, a series of 52, 9×12″ oil paintings on canvas boards installed in, and around the area.

The exhibit is a collaborative effort between Oak Bluffs residents Harry Judd and Peter Mallen as a personal response to the escalating terrorism in the world today.  The message the artist hope to convey is that “love can be created by giving in small, but meaningful ways. Be kind…listen to people. Don’t become desensitized.” ArtAttack/Oak Bluffs will remain in place through September 11th of this year.

Kayak Quest

August 24, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Enjoy Sengekontacket Pond at your own pace on this self-guided tour. Rhyming “quest” clues (think treasure hunt!) will help you uncover the story of the Pond’s people, places, and wildlife.

Mass Audubon Members: $37/kayak**
Nonmembers: $47/kayak**

**Single & double kayaks available; call to reserve. Up to 2.5 hours; all boats must be returned by 3:30 pm. Age restrictions may apply, call for more information.

How to Explore Chappaquiddick Island, Edgartown MA in four steps

August 23, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Woods Hole Shipyard Authority

Chappaquiddick Island, the island off of Martha’s Vineyard

Located off Martha’s Vineyard is Chappaquiddick Island, or Chappy as the locals call it.  Barely connected to the main island by a thread of beach, often breached in storms, the main way to Chappy is by ferry from Edgartown. Exploring this remote island is one of the highlights of a visit to Cape Cod and can be accomplished in four easy steps from the Woods Hole Inn.

1 — Take the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry 

The ferry terminal is about 100 steps out the back door of the Woods Hole Inn, with ferries departing to Oaks Bluff and Vineyard Haven regularly from 6am- 9:30pm. The trip takes about forty minutes ($17 RT passenger fare plus an additional $8 for your bicycle).  My friend and I hopped on the 9:30am ferry to Oaks Bluff to start our bike adventure to Chappaquiddick Island.

Oaks Bluff - Edgartown Jaws Bridge

2 — Ride the Beach Street Bike Path 

Once in Oak Bluffs, we hopped onto Beach Street.  This six mile bike path takes you along stunning Joseph Sylvia State Beach, right onto the center of upscale Edgartown, MA. It is a beautiful ride of about 45 minutes, and we successfully resisted diving off the famous Jaws Bridge — saving that for the way back.

Chappy Ferry

3 — Find the Chappy Ferry 

The Chappy Ferry is located right next to Memorial Wharf, off Dock street in Edgartown. The ferry travels 527 feet, lasts about 2 minutes and delivers you to a whole other world ($6 round trip with a bike). The ferry is called “On Time” as it has no official schedule, just goes back and forth all day.  We enjoyed the brief ride, waved to the ferry driver and zipped out the only road.

Wasque Point

View from Wasque Point

4 — Explore Chappaquiddick Island

We biked about four miles on pavement before the road turned to dirt. Wobbling over pebbles and spinning out in sand pockets was a bit tricky in our street bikes, but we managed. After about a mile, we crossed a small bridge which opened up to the gorgeous Wasque Point, facing the Atlantic to the southeast.  From here, it’s clear sailing, blue sky ocean as far as you can see, next stop Spain.

Our Chappaquiddick Island adventure took us to a whole other world with 38,000 acres of pure nature, conservation lands and unparalleled ocean views. The Island is larger than you think, so I highly recommend taking your bike over — maybe with tire repair kit for that sandy road.  Bikes are also available for rent in Oak Bluffs.

Next time, we will visit Poucha Pond at the Mytoi Japanese Gardens or find the famous Cape Poge Lighthouse.  There is much to see on Chappaquiddick, the island off the island, a memorable day trip from the Woods Hole Inn.  I called them four easy steps, but only you can be the judge of the “easy” part.  Enjoy exploring!

Summer Festival of Poetry

August 18, 2016 by Julia Pearl

The PathwaysARTS /Featherstone/Noepe Summer Festival of Poetry begins at Featherstone Center for the Arts on July 12 and continues through August 16. Poets will read at 7pm. Admission is free; seats are available on a first come basis on day of event. Featured poets are as follows July 12: Martha Collins; July 19: Annie Finch; August 2: Fan Ogilvie & Arnie Reisman; August 16: Jennifer Tseng.

Grand Illumination night on the Falmouth Ferry

August 17, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Falmouth Edgartown Ferry Service
278 Scranton Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02540

Falmouth Edgartown Ferry Service to Oak Bluffs for the Grand Illumination Night on Martha’s Vineyard

Departs Falmouth at 6:30PM and Departs Oak Bluffs at 10PM

$50 per person

Reservce your tickets, call 508-548-9400

www.falmouthedgartownferry.com

Science made public – The power of waves at Martha’s Vineyard

July 19, 2016 by Beth Colt

During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Power of Waves at Martha’s Vineyard

Anna Wargula, Joint Program Student, Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
Department

Norton Point, the southern barrier beach of Martha’s Vineyard, is one of the most dynamic coasts in Massachusetts. In April 2007, an inlet breached during the Patriot’s Day storm, exposing Katama Bay to tides and waves from the Atlantic Ocean. In August 2011, Hurricane Irene struck Martha’s Vineyard with 18-foot waves and 40-mile-per-hour winds and stopped the normally two-knot tidal flows out of the bay. Learn how WHOI scientists make measurements in breaking waves and strong currents and what these measurements tell us about ocean waves’ impacts on tidal flows in inlets and bays.

My Edgartown Bike Trip, a day on Martha’s Vineyard

July 12, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Vineyard Bike trail

My Edgartown bike trip started with the short pedal from the Woods Hole Inn to the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal across the street.  It was the perfect day to explore the island, leaving from Woods Hole to the port of Oak Bluffs.

Ferry ride in to Oaksbluff

Ferry to Oak Bluffs

The ferry was about forty five minutes but it didn’t feel long with the cool ocean breeze, the view of distant shores and plenty of boats to watch from the ferry deck (passenger ticket $17 plus $8 for the bike).

Beach street Bike Path

Once in Oak Bluffs,  I took the scenic Beach Road towards Edgartown.  The five mile ride along Joseph Sylvia State Beach takes about an hour …  if you can resist stopping to dip your toes in those clear Atlantic waters.  The path does run along the main road, but don’t worry, it’s pretty flat with guardrails to separate bikes from vehicular traffic.

jaws Bridge

Jaws Bridge

The “Jaws Bridge” marks the Edgartown – Oak Bluffs line. As I neared the bridge made famous by the Steven Spielberg film, I saw shirtless beach lovers on the railings ready to jump. The Jaw’s Bridge is on the bucket list of many visiting Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard) and you too can ignore the signs and leap into Nantucket Sound in this glorious location.

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Beach Street flowed into Upper Main Street and the center of Edgartown where I found upscale shops, local galleries, epic summer flower displays and many friendly faces.  My favorite was the Backwater Trading Company, full of local crafts, designers creations, silly cards and original t-shirts.  What a hoot!

Edgartown Light

Edgartown Lighthouse

My Edgartown bike trip would not be complete without a jog over to the Edgartown Lighthouse Beach — less than a mile from the center of town.  A short walk out on a sandy peninsula, the lighthouse was smaller then I imagined, but still an incredible vantage point between the harbor and the sea. With many tourists milling about,  I had to wait for my perfect empty shot!

Atlantic Fish & Chop House

Atlantic Fish & Chop House

Before making the trek back, I decided to re-fuel with a lobster salad at the Atlantic Fish & Chop House. Their patio seating was an ideal spot to watch the high end yachts and old wooden sailboats jostling through ritzy Edgartown Harbor.

WOods hole Ferry

I feel lucky to be spending the summer day-tripping from the Woods Hole Inn to cool places like the bike path between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown , a convenient place from which to explore all of Cape Cod and the islands.

Want to follow in my footsteps?  Enjoy lunch at the Atlantic Fish & Chop House in Edgartown as part of a special package, details here.

Live Music at Offshore Ale

May 31, 2016 by Beth Colt

Join us at Offshore Ale Tuesdays for live jazz from 6:30-9pm with  Jeremy Berlin + Eric Johnson.

MV Chamber Music Society Spring Concert

May 29, 2016 by Beth Colt

Annual Spring Concert. Pianist Delores Stevens will be joined by other talented musicians. Kick off spring with an impressive line-up of musicians.

Tickets available at Ticketsmv and  sold at the door on evening of concert $35 for adults (or $30 on presentation of an Island Club Card); students FREE. Cash or check ONLY at door; NO credit cards.

Live Music at Offshore Ale

May 24, 2016 by Beth Colt

Join us at Offshore Ale Tuesdays for live jazz from 6:30-9pm with  Jeremy Berlin + Eric Johnson.

Live Music at Offshore Ale

May 17, 2016 by Beth Colt

Join us at Offshore Ale Tuesdays for live jazz from 6:30-9pm with  Jeremy Berlin + Eric Johnson.

Live Music at Offshore Ale

May 10, 2016 by Beth Colt

Join us at Offshore Ale Tuesdays for live jazz from 6:30-9pm with  Jeremy Berlin + Eric Johnson.

Daytrip Martha’s Vineyard – my tour of the fabulous new Nobnocket Inn

May 8, 2016 by Beth Colt

the Doctors House on MVMother’s Day in Woods Hole, rainy and overcast with teenagers sleeping in … the perfect day for a little “me” time!  Walked across the street to the ferry to daytrip Martha’s Vineyard and visit our friends Simon and Anabelle, who have just purchased a fabulous property in Vineyard Haven called the Nobnocket Boutique Inn.

Martha's Vineyard ferryMy trip over on the ferry was uneventful – I enjoyed the hot tea available from the commissary on the upper deck, and watched the fog roll over and back across the islands. Lots of lovely wooden sloops back in the harbor — despite the relentlessly chilly spring weather we are having, someone must believe summer is around the corner.  The ferry ride is one of the best parts of the daytrip Martha’s Vineyard, a forty five minute boat ride across Vineyard Sound (passenger ticket $17 round trip).

Visit Martha's Vineyard

The Nobnocket Boutique Inn is about ten minutes walk up the hill from the ferry landing, through a charming residential neighborhood.  Simon and Anabelle told me it was once the island doctor’s residence, and in an earlier incarnation was a B&B called “The Doctor’s House” that had an unusual reliance on busy wall paper.

new bathroom marble Nobnocket Inn

All that is the distant past with Simon and Anabelle’s tasteful renovation.  With newly polished hardwood floors, plenty of fresh white paint, fabulous modern tiles, sparkling new large bathrooms — the Nobnocket is a fantastic luxury property that is sure to wow the Vineyard visitor.  I simply can not wait to recommend this to Woods Hole Inn guests headed over to the Vineyard for a few days.

Nobnocket, a neighbor to the Woods Hole Inn on Martha's Vineyard

The common areas are large and attractive, with an indoor sun room that feels like you could be in a swank London boutique hotel.  From every window, you look out over the large property offering true Martha’s Vineyard quiet and tranquility, all within a close walk to the restaurants, beaches and hustle bustle of Vineyard Haven.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn on Martha's Vineyard

After a nice hot cup of tea (and some innkeeper to innkeeper chat:) with Simon and Anabelle, I wandered the short walk back to Vineyard Haven to survey the shops and restaurants near the ferry terminal.  I love this one just for the name…and it was an appropriately rainy day to stop in and explore as travelers have done since 1973.

gerat shopping on Vineyard HavenI am always impressed in Vineyard Haven by the consistently adorable window dressing, which was true of most of the shops along this stretch — art galleries, jewelry stores, t-shirt shops, a killer bookstore where President Obama shops every August, interior design, fabulous furniture, housewares and much more to explore just steps from the ferry landing.

day trip from Woods Hole InnA quick stop into the Waterside Market for their popular “Cab” sandwich (ciabatta with chicken, avocado, bacon $11) reviewed last summer by Guy Fiore of Diners Drive-ins & Dives fame is a MUST… super yummy, great place, busy even on a rainy Sunday in May.

lunch on a daytrip to Vineyard Haven

Then finally the ferry ride home, still a bit foggy but starting to burn off, the end of my daytrip to Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole.  What a fantastic way to spend Mother’s Day — enjoying some quiet time visiting friends and shopping the charming town of Vineyard Haven.

Woods Hole Inn daytrips

And don’t forget to check out the Nobnocket Boutique Inn.  Simon and Anabelle are the nicest, and this place is sure to knock your socks off.  Day-tripping to Vineyard Haven from the Woods Hole Inn is one of my favorite activities.  Perhaps it will also be one of yours.

a new B&B on Martha's Vineyard

Horseshoe Crab Survey Training

May 7, 2016 by Beth Colt

Learn how you can help Felix Neck gather information on breeding Horseshoe crabs on Island this spring. Training Sessions at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. Please wear clothing appropriate to wear to edge of pond.
Registration is required. Please call the Sanctuary at 508-627-4850 for more information and to register for training or online at www.massaudubon.org/felixneck

Free Guided Walk of Caroline Tuthill Preserve

May 7, 2016 by Beth Colt

Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation staff will lead a free guided walk through the scenic Caroline Tuthill Preserve of oak and pitch pine forest and wooded wetlands, with expansive views of the salt marshes along Sengekontacket Pond. The preserve was formed by the Cape Cod lobe of the Late Wisconsin glacier and includes glacial features such as high knobs and sunken kettleholes. Lady’s Slippers grow along the trail and at the foot of the preserve’s oak trees; we hope to find some in bloom.  Meet at the Trailhead kiosk on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd in Edgartown. Directions: From the Triangle intersection in Edgartown, travel 0.4 miles west on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road to the roadside parking and trailhead kiosk. From the four-way stop at the junction of the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and Barnes road, travel east 3.7 miles on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road to the roadside parking and kiosk. The walk will be held rain or shine.

The Sheriffs Meadow Foundation is Martha’s Vineyard’s largest and oldest non-profit land trust whose mission is to conserve the natural, beautiful, rural landscape and character of Martha’s Vineyard for present and future generations. This free guided walk is part of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation’s ongoing Education Program which includes a School Based Program for all island schools and Family/Adult Programs of free guided walks and free public lectures.

Annual Pink & Green Weekend

May 6, 2016 by Beth Colt

The annual Pink & Green Weekend, which is a celebration of Spring and Mother’s Day, will be held in Edgartown May 6-8, 2016. Enjoy the Pink & Green Prom, Mother’s Day Brunches, sales, promotions and the 4rd Annual Pub Crawl and more! Details coming soon – all events will be posted to this page as they become available.

Island Stories from the Museum

May 5, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Museum published Island Stories: Highlights from the MV Museum in June 2015, which includes fifty storied objects from the collection. Dive into the stories behind ten of these objects each month all winter long. This month, join Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy at the Edgartown Library, and learn about ten objects from the book.

Live Music at Offshore Ale

May 3, 2016 by Beth Colt

Join us at Offshore Ale Tuesdays for live jazz from 6:30-9pm with  Jeremy Berlin + Eric Johnson.

Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard, exploring Aquinnah and Gayhead Cliffs

July 26, 2015 by Beth Colt

As a photographer I don’t like to admit this, but I can honestly say that there are some things that just have to be seen in person. These places that defy my desire to capture in a photograph are so magnificent and breathtaking that a picture just can’t do them justice. My day trip to Martha’s Vineyard to visit the Gayhead Cliffs in Aquinnah proved to be one of these places. Last week, my sister Olivia was on the Cape with one of her best friends from school and I wanted to treat them to a day of adventure. My sister and I have made many day trips to the towns on Martha’s Vineyard but had never visited Aquinnah, so we were very excited to get off the beaten path.

We took an early afternoon ferry from Woods Hole and found a great spot up on the top deck to hang out as we crossed the Vineyard Sound aboard the Steamship Authority’s Island Home ($17 passenger ticket RT). The ferry ride itself is gorgeous and it is easy to enjoy the views of the surrounding coast line, Nobska Lighthouse, and Martha’s Vineyard.

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Once we landed in Vineyard Haven we made a quick stop at the Black Dog for lunch. The first year round restaurant on the island started in 1971, this iconic spot on the harbor in Vineyard Haven is worth the trip alone.  The fish and chips were excellent and we were now fueled up for our journey to the cliffs.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and organization of the public transportation system on the island. The VTA (Vineyard Transit Authority) has published a detailed and intuitive map with bus schedules and extensive routes that take people all over the island. For just $8.00, you can purchase a day pass to hop on and off all day long. We got on the bus in Vineyard Haven, made a switch in Chilmark and arrived in Aquinnah in about 50 minutes.  This day trip to Martha’s Vineyard is inexpensive and convenient as a guest of the Woods Hole Inn, where the Woods Hole ferry terminal is located across the street.

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The Aquinnah bus drops passengers off at the top of the Gayhead cliffs where there is a gorgeous observation deck to view the vibrant multicolored cliffs cascading into the surrounding seas. You can also see the iconic Gayhead Lighthouse which was just recently relocated. Almost $3.5 million dollars were raised to move the lighthouse from the rapidly eroding cliffs, and the elaborate job moving this antique brick structure was completed this spring saving the famous lighthouse from certain ruin within a few years.

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From the observation deck, we made our way down to the beach below where we were able to get a closer look at the clay cliffs. They were saturated with jeweled tones of rust, powdery whites, mustard yellow, and honeydew green. So amazing to have an incredible natural landmark located just a short ride day trip from Woods Hole.  No wonder the Wampanoag’s (native Americans from the Cape and Islands) consider this a sacred spot.

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Although I got some great shots of the cliffs, I know there will always be more ways to capture their natural beauty. I have already started to make plans for my next day trip to Martha’s Vineyard where I will once again challenge myself to fit the feeling of seeing them first hand into a photograph. But in all honesty, you really just have to go see them for yourself.  -Sam Frawley, guest blogger

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Jamaican Night at Coonamessett Farm

July 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Feast on a fine Jamaican buffet of locally produced food, in the Cape Cod night air, while listening to the upbeat sounds of steel drum music by Vernon.  Explore the beautiful grounds of Coonamessett Farm complete with Alpacas and countless rows of delicious veggies.

Wednesday Evenings through September 16th

5 – 8 pm

 

 MENU
 Salads

CF Caesar
Jamaican Tossed
Spanish Town Style Potato
Millie’s Cucumber
Tropical Fruit
Watermelon
Rasta  Pasta
Jalapeno Cornbread
One Down Soup 
 

Entree’s
Curried Goat
Seasoned Rice and Peas
Callaloo 
Fried Plantains
Festival Dumplings
Corn on the Cob

Batata  Pudding
 

From-the-grill:  Jerk Chicken and Pork with fresh fruit salsa

Iced Tea and Damian’s Elixir!
 
Farm Members: Adults, $21.95
Non-Farm Members: Adults, $24.95
Children 4 to 9 yrs old: $12.95
Children 3 yrs old or less: Free
All prices are subject to a 7% Mass meal

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast at Peg Noonan Park

July 8, 2015 by Beth Colt

Come watch family friendly movies projected over Peg Noonan Park each Wednesday, in the historic downtown Falmouth area.  Grab dinner and some ice cream, and sit back to relax in the festive main street atmosphere.  Chairs or blankets recommended. Begins at dusk.

Jamaican Grill Night at Coonamessett Farm

July 8, 2015 by Beth Colt

Feast on a fine Jamaican buffet of locally produced food, in the Cape Cod night air, while listening to the upbeat sounds of steel drum music by Vernon.  Explore the beautiful grounds of Coonamessett Farm complete with Alpacas and countless rows of delicious veggies.

Wednesday Evenings through September 16th

5 – 8 pm

 

 MENU
 Salads

CF Caesar
Jamaican Tossed
Spanish Town Style Potato
Millie’s Cucumber
Tropical Fruit
Watermelon
Rasta  Pasta
Jalapeno Cornbread
One Down Soup 
 

Entree’s
Curried Goat
Seasoned Rice and Peas
Callaloo 
Fried Plantains
Festival Dumplings
Corn on the Cob

Batata  Pudding
 

From-the-grill:  Jerk Chicken and Pork with fresh fruit salsa

Iced Tea and Damian’s Elixir!
 
Farm Members: Adults, $21.95
Non-Farm Members: Adults, $24.95
Children 4 to 9 yrs old: $12.95
Children 3 yrs old or less: Free
All prices are subject to a 7% Mass meal

Robert Luddington: Interior Design for the Kennedys

June 30, 2015 by Beth Colt

Presented in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation, Inc.

Mr. Robert Luddington, decorator to the Kennedy family,  will present his new book,  Private Collection, Robert Luddington, Kennedy Main House 1957-1960. The images of the decorated rooms, fabric and details in this book are from Mr. Luddington’s private collection. He still works as a design consultant to members of the Kennedy family in Hyannis Port.

The home of Rose and Joe Kennedy was in many ways the home of the entire Kennedy clan. From family celebrations to family tragedies, the big house was the center of their lives. During the Kennedy presidency it was also the site of important government meeting with both national and foreign dignitaries. Robert Luddington captures these important photos of the main house.

Register on-line or call, 508-495-1878, ext. 2

A Book Signing, Reception and Talk with Architect Mark Hutker A Sense of Place: Houses on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod

June 25, 2015 by Beth Colt

Mark Hutker will speak about “The Cape House” as a family gathering place, the importance of legacy and location in family compounds, and how that narrative plays out in designing new architecture.

Admission free, reservations requested, phone 508-495-1878 x 2, or go on-line to reserve.

Ruhlman’s Twenty: Basic Techniques from Michael Ruhlman

June 10, 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

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