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MBL Club: Folk Singing

August 16, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Join Jeremy Korr & Friends for the return of this MBL tradition and Woods Hole favorite! Every Tuesday throughout the summer season. MBL Club Members, free; Guests, $5; Children 10 and under free.

Slow Flow Yoga

August 16, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Join Carmina Mock for another season of Slow Flow Yoga.Session (minimum 5 class), $10/class; Drop in, $12/class

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
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  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.

MBL Friday Evening Lecture

July 15, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Bacteria as Master Regulators and Aphrodisiacs” Nicole King, University of California, Berkeley; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

MBL Friday Evening Lecture

July 7, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Digging for Genes that Affect Behavior” Hopi E. Hoekstra, Harvard University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Friday Evening Lecture Series: “Fishing for the Secrets of Stickleback and Human Evolution” David M. Kingsley, Stanford University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

June 24, 2016 by Beth Colt

Lecture Abstract:

How do new traits evolve in nature? Can we find particular genes and mutations that underlie dramatic differences in colors, or skeletal structures, or the nervous system in wild species? Are evolutionary mechanisms predictable, or are there many different ways of evolving new traits? For many years the answers to such questions were largely unknown. However, in recent years, new methods have begun to reveal the detailed genetic and genomic basis of evolutionary change in natural species. Dr. Kingsley will describe the insights that have come from his pioneering genetic and genomic studies of very young fish species that adapted to many new environments around the world. He will also illustrate how the lessons learned from this system can now be applied to many other organisms, including studies of modern human variation, and the search for key mutations that have contributed to the unique traits and capabilities that have evolved in the human lineage.

The Irvin Isenberg Lectureship- From Woods Hole and back: how an ordinary scientist navigated scientific mazes”

June 20, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Irvin Isenberg Lectureship – “From Woods Hole and back: how an ordinary scientist navigated scientific mazes” Wenying Shou, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Science Before Supper Series

January 14, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Secrets Genomes Tell Us: G’s, T’s, A’s, and Seas”
Huntington Willard, Director and President, MBL

FREE Admission!

A series of talks by MBL scientists designed especially for non-scientists! Co-sponsored by the MBL Associates and the Falmouth Public Library

All talks are at 5:00 PM in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Falmouth

Bell Center Seminar Series Lecture

December 14, 2015 by Beth Colt

“The Evolution of Color and Structure in Birds: Insights from Sensory Ecology and Bioengineering”
Mary Caswell Stoddard, Harvard University
Speck Auditorium, 12:00 Noon

Ecosystems Center Seminar Lecture

December 8, 2015 by Beth Colt

“Evidence for Regime Shifts of the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf”
Michael Fogarty, NOAA NE Science Fisheries Center
Speck Auditorium, 12:15 PM

MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series 2015-16 Presents: “Brave Genius: Jacques Monod’s Adventure from the French Resistance to the Novel Prize”

December 4, 2015 by Beth Colt

“Brave Genius: Jacques Monod’s Adventure from the French Resistance to the Novel Prize” – Sean B. Carroll, award-winning scientist, writer, educator and executive producer

A series of lectures, performances, and presentations brought to you by the MBL Associates. Lillie Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Lectures are free and open to the public. View recordings of some of our recent Forums: http://videocenter.mbl.edu/videos/channel/9/

An optional buffet dinner precedes each lecture at 6:00 pm at the MBL’s Swope Center. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Main Street, Falmouth. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM on the Tuesday prior to the event. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu.

For more information, please visit: http://www.mbl.edu/falmouth-forum/?

Ecosystems Center Seminar Lecture

December 1, 2015 by Beth Colt

Ecosystems Center Seminar Lecture – “Potential Consequences of Nitrogen Fixation in a Warming World: Predicting the Effect of Climate Change on Stream Ecosystems Using a Natural Geothermal Laboratory” – Jill Welter, St. Catherine University

Speck Auditorium, 12:15 PM

6th International Oyster Symposium

October 21, 2015 by Beth Colt

The One International Oyster Conference
Don’t Miss It! 

To become a member of WOS for 2015, at no charge, click here:http://www.worldoyster.org/membership

1. Symposium Registration

Includes all Conference materials, admission to all Technical and Workshop Sessions during the conference; Lunch during Wednesday’s Plenary Session; Opening Reception; Exhibition Hall.

To become a member of WOS for 2015, at no charge, click here.

Member Nonmember
Early Bird Rate (until 4/1/15) $295 $340
Standard Rate (until 10/7/15) $340 $395
At-the-Door Rate (after 10/7/15) $395 $440
Student Rate $150 $195

Students are required to provide current student status (ie. Student ID) to qualify for the Student Rate.

2. Day Pass

Includes all Conference materials, admission to All Technical and Workshop Sessions during the conference, and Tradeshow and Expo for the specific day selected.

Wednesday, October 21st $145
Plenary Session with Lunch at MBL
Thursday, October 22nd $125
Friday, October 23rd $125

3. Exhibition Hall Pass $50

Good for admission to all exhibits for the entire run of the trade show and expo. Note: included in Symposium Registration

4. Pre-Conference Industry Tours $100 (per Tour)

  • BAY SIDE Tour – Details TBA
  • SOUTH SIDE Tour – Details TBA

5. Entertainment Oyster-tainment

Wednesday Evening Concert + Theatre Comedy $35

A performance organized by Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory and The Living Arts Institute, inspired by the words of Dr. Mori, President of the World Oyster Society, «Let the Sea live, Let Us Live with the Sea» featuring music, movement, media, and a memorable oyster tale.

Thursday Evening Oyster Grand Tasting $50

Executive Chefs will present oyster culinary delights and also inspire us with simple recipes for the home cook.  Raw bars featuring oysters from the Cape Cod region will be featured. 

Friday Evening BiValve Beach Bake with Band $125

Closing Ceremony, Awards and Announcements, and Party.

Cancellation of registration must be received – in writing – no later than September 21, 2015. Refunds for registration fees will be subject to a 20% handling fee. Refunds are processed after the conference. No refund will be made for cancellations received after September 21, 2015 or for “no shows”. After September 21, 2015, no refunds will be made for professional or personal emergencies, flight cancellations, denied visa, weather related cancellation or other travel emergencies.

MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series 2015-2016

September 18, 2015 by Beth Colt

A series of lectures, performances, and presentations brought to you by the MBL Associates. Lillie Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Lectures are free and open to the public. View recordings of some of our recent Forums:http://videocenter.mbl.edu/videos/channel/9/

An optional buffet dinner precedes each lecture at 6:00 pm at the MBL’s Swope Center. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Main Street, Falmouth. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM on the Tuesday prior to the event. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu.

The 2015 – 2016 MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series: Additional details are being included as received; please check back for updates.

09/18/15 “Sacred Powers of Water: an a cappella concert” – Rockefeller Chapel Choir, University of Chicago

10/01/15 “A Wild Approach to Climate Change” – Thomas Lovejoy, Conservation Biologist and Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation

11/06/15 “Symphony Confidential: A Revolutionary Approach to Classical Music” – Jung-Ho Pak, Cape Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor

12/04/15 “Brave Genius: Jacques Monod’s Adventure From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize” – Sean B. Carroll, award-winning scientist, writer, educator and executive producer

03/04/16 “How To Build a Heart: Lessons From Man and Nature” – Duke Cameron, MD, Professor and Chief of Cardiac Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

04/01/16 “This Verse Business: One-Man Show about Poet Robert Frost” – Gordon Clapp, Emmy-winning actor date TBD “Life Lessons from Living in Space” – Sunita Williams, Captain, US Navy

For more information, please visit:http://www.mbl.edu/falmouth-forum/?

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

“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.

MBL Falmouth Forum: “The Economic Costs of Climate Change”

March 13, 2015 by Beth Colt

Scholars have wondered for centuries about the link between climate and economic development. In the context of climate change, understanding these linkages has become all the more urgent. This talk will review a rapidly expanding body of new research that sheds light on how, when, and where temperature and other climatic variables influence economic outcomes. This talk will also consider the implications of recent research findings for public policy.

Benjamin Jones is a Professor of Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Jones’s research considers obstacles to growth in developing countries, with recent work considering subjects such as national leadership, higher education, and climate change. He further studies the forces that drive technological progress in advanced economies, with recent work examining the relationship between age and creativity and the role of collaboration in innovation. His publications have appeared in leading academic journals such as the Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Science, and have been profiled in media outlets such as CNN, the Economist, and the Freakonomics blog of the New York Times.

Sponsored by the MBL Associates, and generously supported this season by Sandy and David Bakalar, the event is free and open to the public.

An optional buffet dinner will precede Jones’ lecture at 6:00 PM at the MBL’s Swope Center, 5 North Street, Woods Hole. Tickets are $30 (meal includes salad, pasta or potatoes, two entrees, wine, dessert, tax and gratuity) and must be purchased in advance at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 10. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu.

MBL Falmouth Forum: “Out of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World”

February 27, 2015 by Beth Colt

Whales’ Teeth, Sea Cucumbers and Castaways Topic of MBL Falmouth Forum

Sponsored by the MBL Associates, and generously supported this season by Sandy and David Bakalar, the event is free and open to the public.

The histories of Whippy, Cary and the commodities they traded offer testimonials about cultural and environmental changes during the nineteenth century. Their stories also reveal the deep interconnections between maritime communities in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific.

The son of Jerry and Lalise Melillo of Falmouth, Edward “Ted” Melillo, a graduate of Falmouth Academy, earned his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in history from Yale University. After a one-year position as the Kiriyama Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim, he taught for a year in the history department at Oberlin College and spent a year as a visiting assistant professor in the Earth and Environment Department at Franklin & Marshall College. Since 2009, Melillo has been a faculty member at Amherst College where he teaches courses on global environmental history, the history of the Pacific World, and commodities in world historical perspective.

Melillo is the author of the forthcoming book, Strangers on Familiar Soil: Rediscovering the Chile-California Connection, 1786-2008, which will be published in the fall of 2015. He is also the co-editor of Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History, published in December 2014.  His articles have appeared in numerous journals, and he has given nearly fifty lectures and presentations on topics ranging from the social history of the global nitrogen cycle to the role of insect-derived commodities in shaping world history.

An optional buffet dinner will precede Melillo’s lecture at 6:00 PM at the MBL’s Swope Center, 5 North Street, Woods Hole. Tickets are $30 (meal includes salad, pasta or potatoes, two entrees, wine, dessert, tax and gratuity) and must be purchased in advance at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5:00 pm on Tuesday February 24. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu.

Science Before Supper Series 2014/15

February 19, 2015 by Beth Colt

The MBL Associates and the Falmouth Public Library  present “Science Before Supper,” a series of talks by MBL scientists designed to whet the public’s appetite for all things science.
The free talks are designed especially for non-scientists.
Light refreshments will be served.

February 19

  Interrogating a Microbial Planet
Mitch Sogin, Senior Scientist, MBL’s Bay Paul Center

 

MBL Falmouth Forum: A Poetry Reading with Rosanna Warren

January 16, 2015 by Beth Colt

Rosanna Warren is the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

Warren’s book of criticism, Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, came out in 2008. Her most recent books of poems are Departure (2003) and Ghost in a Red Hat (2011). She is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New England Poetry Club, among others. She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Warren will read from her recent book, Ghost in a Red Hat (W.W. Norton 2011) and more recent poems. Themes of human disturbances in nature, among other matters.

Science Before Supper Series 2014/15

January 8, 2015 by Beth Colt

The MBL Associates and the Falmouth Public Library  present “Science Before Supper,” a series of talks by MBL scientists designed to whet the public’s appetite for all things science.
The free talks are designed especially for non-scientists.
Light refreshments will be served.

January 8

  Exploding Volcanoes and Microbial Life in the Deep Sea
Julie Huber, Associate Director, MBL’s Bay Paul Center

MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series – Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians

November 14, 2014 by Beth Colt

MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series – Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians
Justin Martin, biographer of Genius of Place: the Life of Frederick Law Olmsted
Lillie Auditorium, 7:30 PM

Lectures are free and open to the public.

An optional buffet dinner precedes each lecture at 6:00 pm at the MBL’s Swope Center. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM on the Tuesday prior to the event. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu.

Fourth of July

July 4, 2013 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Fourth of July

 

Woods Hole has the most distinctive Fourth of July parade in America.  Organized by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), this gathering of young scientists celebrating our nations birth is filled with costumes, dancers, and balloons.  Representing things like cell reproduction, neurobiology, marine resources and much more, student laugh and dance their way down a spectator-packed Water Street.

Tossing candy along the path, the parade takes starts at noon every year and takes about fifteen minutes.  One fun tradition is that after students cross the drawbridge, they break into a serious water-balloon fight, a nice respite from a hot Cape Cod day.

On the porch of the Woods Hole Inn, we offer cool lemonade, iced tea and Charlene’s fresh baked cookies to as many people who will fit.  It’s a great birds-eye view of the whole event.

Half hour later, the streets are empty as people dash back to the beach.  Ahh, Cape Cod summah.

Hope to see you there next year!  Happy Fourth.

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Graham Nash visits Woods Hole

July 22, 2012 by Beth Colt

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A guest post by blogger Megan Jensen

Since coming to Woods Hole, I’ve been surprised again and again at how busy this small town can be. You really never know what opportunities might turn up each week.

Last night I was lucky enough to attend a ceremony held by the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary awarding singer/songwriter Graham Nash of Crosby Stills Nash and Young with the Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Award.

Mr. Nash, who is well known for his work with CSNY as well as The Hollies is a true renaissance man. He is also photographer, artist and strong advocate of the environment. After a brief explanation of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Nash was asked to give his thoughts on current environmental issues we are facing today.

Nash stressed how important it is that we leave a better world for our children, and that we work together to do all that we can. He quoted Willie Nelson, who recalled that things were better when, “you looked around and if there’s anything wrong here, there, anywhere, you took care of your own area. And I think that’s a pretty good thing to go by. If everyone just takes care of their own area then we won’t have any problems. Be here. Be present. Wherever you are, be there. And look around you and see what needs to be changed.”

After this hopeful discussion Nash was given his award and preceded to play a few favorite tunes. In the spirit of marine conservation he played “Wind on the Water,” for the first time ever on acoustic guitar, which he wrote after an encounter with a blue whale while on a sailing trip. The ceremony ended with Nash playing “Teach Your Children” and the audience couldn’t help but to sing along.

Having grown up listening to CSNY, it was amazing to meet Graham Nash, right here in Woods Hole!

(CSN is currently on a 70-plus date world tour, and they just released their first live performance in over two decades titled, CSN 2012).

Devil in the Details

November 2, 2011 by Beth Colt

What does “vintage” mean to you? And how do you renovate an old building without losing it’s soul?

The devil is in the details.

My goal in this renovation of the Woods Hole Inn is to dance on the fine line of “new-ish” — by which I mean modern, comfortable, functioning — without losing the soul.  As they tear out the horsehair plaster, am I robbing the building of something precious and irreplaceable?  Modernity (i.e. new bathrooms, electrical outlets that work without burning the place down and other small details like that) can not be achieved without some demolition.  But how much is enough?  And will next year’s guests appreciate it?

Honoring the small design details is important to me; check out this bulls eye door trim which I am fighting to keep upstairs.  Even an exact copy of this will never look the same as this original with it’s 20 coats of paint, each one a badge of honor in a long and useful life.

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Or how about this incredible floor in the front living room of the Inn.  People come into the inn, regularly, and ask me how I got this “effect”   …Ummm, let’s see.  Start with original growth hardwood, cut up on the hill right here and planed in a sawmill.  Paint it four or five times over the course of a century, walk on it a lot preferably with muddy quahog boots.  When you celebrate it’s 100th birthday, ask someone to sand it down but (this part is very important!) fire him about half way through the job.  Then, wait another 25 years, put one layer of polyurethane down, pour yourself a gin and tonic and enjoy.

These are the “vintage” parts of the inn that people come and admire. But not everything that I fight to save strikes a chord with guests.  Let me share a brief example with you.

I am a fan of old mirrors like the one in Room One (see below).   I very deliberately renovated around this, admiring the flowering mercury glass effect that is working it’s way up from the bottom.  For me, it is like a tangible reminder of many hot, sticky summer days where you throw yourself in the salt water for relief then come home for a nice cool shower before a dock-side dinner of ice-cold oysters, lobster claw drenched in salty butter, hot summer corn and hand-churned vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. This look only comes with years of exposure to salty ocean air.  It feels earned, like a stylish survivor.  When I look at myself in this aging mirror, I feel a bit like Glenn Close in Dangerous Liasons, like I have a period costume on and my day will surely be filled with love letters.

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Look closely on the bottom of the mirror to see the mark of the ocean air on this vintage mirror cabinet.

But some guests disagree.  One recently wrote a review on TripAdvisor specifically calling this detail out as something that she did NOT value.  She is not the first!  Others have mentioned to me that they specifically did not like this feeling of age on this particular mirror.  And when I look at it in that light I think, what am I crazy!  Rip it out!  Who cares about my own likes and dislikes if it keeps guests happy.

And it doesn’t stop there.  The judgement calls, they come up every day.  Should we leave the old brick fireplace exposed or cover it up?  Can the wide-board floors be repaired, new wood inserted where the walls once were so that you will see the old layout, the bones of the building preserved?  Or will that look like we simply cut corners?  If the window trim can be saved, should it be at the expense of less insulation in the walls?  What is more “green” – saving the trim or making sure the building is more heat efficient?  Wow!  These are hard questions!!

There is a fine line between vintage and just old.  I was grappling with this today as I walked home and I passed these two guys outside the Marine Biological Labs (“MBL”) scrubbing rust out of 1970’s era radiators.  Another fellow stepped outside just as I walked by and said with disdain, “They gave it away.”  And one of the seated guys said incredulously, “Gave it away! Why would anyone do that?”  I don’t even know what “it” is, but I feel their pain.

"Why would anyone do that?"

Woods Hole is a thrifty, Yankee place where scrubbing out rusty radiators is preferable to buying new, where lathe is left in walls and mirrors with water-damage are cherished, where even in cutting edge scientific institutions it is not abnormal to see two guys huddled in the lea of a November north wind cursing the fool who didn’t see the value in an old piece of metal.

I strive to bring this spirit to the restoration of the Inn without losing the modern vibe.  The push pull of old vs new, the constant barrage of questions about what to keep and what to toss, the thrill of the new space and the sorrow as they cart off the old is at the core of why I love my job.  I just don’t want to hear “Why would anyone do that?” come April.

So….What do YOU think I should do about the mirror in Room One?

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