With the heat and humidity carrying us into September, we can’t help but fantasize about the chillier months here on Cape Cod, when sipping hot chocolate in front of a fire and knitting our new relatives teeny tiny hats is the best way to spend a winter weekend.
What better way to experience the Cape Cod winter land than with a December weekend trip to the Woods Hole Inn? By booking the first weekend of December, you’ll get to experience a true gem: the Renaissance Fair, right in the heart of Woods Hole. The Cape Cod craft fair is somewhat of an institution Cape-wide, but this is one of the best.
Every year, the Woods Hole Community Hall is filled to the brim with locally crafted goodies (think award-winning homemade hot sauce, gorgeous nautical prints, handcrafted ornaments, beeswax candles, letterpress stationary, and local honey). A visit to the Woods Hole Renaissance Fair is the perfect way to complete your holiday shopping with unique, hand-made items.
The mood is festive with live music all day. It’s something we look forward to every year, and always encourage our guests to check out! Head home with a hand-crafted holiday wreath, made on frames of dried grape vines with locally cut greenery. Or try the soups and tasty breads offered from our local church – an amazing selection of home made delights sure to warm your heart.
This year, we’re taking it a step further with our first ever “Renaissance Fair Weekend Special.” Book your two-night stay from December 2nd-4th and get a Standard King for $399 or a queen for $379 queen, plus $25 worth of “Woods Hole Inn Bucks” to spend at the fair.
The Renaissance Fair is open to the public from 10 to 3 pm on Saturday December 3, 2016 and located at 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. There is plenty of street parking in Woods Hole. Parking is included for guests of the Woods Hole Inn.
Join us at the Woods Hole Community Hall for all kinds of fun. Wreaths, local crafts, gifts Solstice Singers and more!
I have served the last of the turkey soup, polished off the pecan pie, and fought my kids to scarf the final serving of stuffing so Thanksgiving is officially over and it’s time for the holiday decorations to come out. In Woods Hole, that also means it’s time for the Renaissance Fair, a wonderful 30+ year tradition of gathering, shopping and feasting at the Woods Hole Community Hall.
Imagine a wreath-making shop with hand-made garlands and wreaths, a “tea house” with sweets and cookies of all kinds, plus plenty of hot tea and cocoa, the Community Hall (our local secular gathering place) decorated and packed with craft vendors selling all sorts of original items from beaded jewelry to stained glass, from sock monkeys to hand knit sweaters, from local photography to letterpress books and journals with covers from old maps.
This wonderfully eclectic collection is topped off by a visit from the “Solstice Singers,” a local choral group that will appear in Renaissance garb carrying a large stuffed pig on a platter. I often wonder whose basement that paper mache pig lives in all year long, as he looks a bit worse for the wear with a few chunks missing, but the overall effect with the sun coming in sideways through the Hall’s windows and the good cheer in the room, plus the lovely voices of the singers brings a lump to the most cynical throat.
It has been a rough month for the Woods Hole community, as we lost a young man who grew up here and died in a car crash on our main road a few weeks ago. People in this community came together to cradle his parents and siblings with love, helped fashion a pine box for him, crowded his funeral at the Church of the Messiah, passed a loaf of challah large enough for everyone lovingly made by his friends, the bakers at Pie in the Sky.
His mother has long been one of the organizers of the Renaissance Fair, and I can not help but think that this year will be especially poignant as we gather to kick off the holidays with hot cider, neighborly smiles and good cheer. The fabric of a small town is rendered with these interactions, and it is as important to celebrate the winter solstice as it is to mourn a terrible loss.
Long Live the Renaissance Fair!
December 1st from 10 to 3 in Woods Hole. Ample nearby parking.
All invited, free to enter.