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:)
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:)