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We’ve Grown Accustomed to Lerner and Loewe: A Robert Wyatt Lecture

September 10, 2015 by Beth Colt

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady experienced a six year run which smashed all previous records, cemented stardom for Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, and immortalized the names of its creators. In temperament, personality and background, Lerner and Loewe were perhaps the most dissimilar of all songwriting teams, two men who somehow accommodated their often tempestuous relationship to generate brilliantly crafted musical productions—Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, the filmGigi, and finally Camelot. What a pair of songwriters!

 call, 508-495-1878, ext 303 or reserve tickets online here

Quicks Hole Music: The Hot Jazz Jumpers

August 3, 2015 by Beth Colt

early jazz from Appalachia & New Orleans to Gullah & Geechee with Mona’s mainstay Nick Russo (guitar, banjo), broadway star Betina Hershey (guitar, vocals), creative vocalist Miles Griffith (vocals, voice, singing and then some!), the rhythmic David Pleasant (percussion & vocals). Reservations strongly recommended: August 3, August 4, August 5. All three shows at Quicks Hole Tavern, Woods Hole, 9:00 PM.

Farm to Table Series: Salad Daze with Gustari Oils & Vinegars

July 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Another summer of “Buy Local, Eat Local” and we will give you lots of ways to “Cook Local.”  Vendors from local markets and farms will supply the ingredients and we will work with these high quality products in order to help you put the best tasting and freshest dishes on your table at home.   Some artisans may join the classes to promote their products and answer any questions you might have.  Recipes and tastes are provided. Each class will feature a different theme.

Register early, menus TBD, register on-line or call, 508-495-1978, ext. 2.

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.

Quicks Hole Music: Matt Munisteri and Friends

June 29, 2015 by Beth Colt

Guitarist Matt Munisteri has been called “sparkling,” “wicked,” “wry-yet-honest” and “swings like a madman.” Matt leads his own bands and accompanies Catherine Russell, Loudon Wainwright, Mark O’Connor, Henry Butler, etc. He’s in Woods Hole for three shows. On June 29, Matt will join with the amazing duo of Joe Walsh (mandolin) and Wes Corbett (banjo) to play the Lost Music of Willard Robison, a confluence of American folk traditions and free flowing improvisation. On June 30, Matt will join Joe Barbato (accordion) and Dennis Lichtman (mandolin, clarinet) for a night of big fun linking European melodies to New World rhythms. On July 1, Matt will go it alone to play “sub-standards from The Great American Wrongbook.” Reservations and more info for each night: June 29, June 30, July 1. All shows at Quicks Hole Tavern, 9:00 PM

Cape Cod Cocktails, the best of Woods Hole summertime concoctions

June 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

There’s certainly no shortage of places to sit down and enjoy Cape Cod cocktails in Woods Hole.  However, given so many good options it can be a daunting task to choose the right beverage for you. Don’t fear! This past week, a couple friends joined me for a Cape Cod cocktail tour and we did the “work” for you. Below you will find our favorite drinks at each of the seven waterfront restaurants we visited – all of which are walking distance from each other. Hope you enjoy and remember to read responsibly.

LANDFALL

Drink of choice: Bloody Mary

Secret house recipe served with Spanish olives and celery.

Notes: If you’re waiting for the afternoon ferry and you need something to tide you over before dinner the Landfall is the place to go. Their Bloody Mary is the best around and its zesty, savory, and spicy flavors will keep your mouth entertained until the very last drop. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere!

Landfall

 

CAPTAIN KIDD

Drink of Choice: The Tarpaulin Brothel

House-made Privateer Spiced Rum, Angostura Bitters, Rinse of Absinthe, twist of orange

Notes: This drink is an adventure in a glass. If you’re feeling the winds of good fortune at your back and the call of the open seas then you’ve got to dive in. This bold drink from a watering hole that’s a self described “pirate bar” features Captain Kidd’s special house-made spiced rum and a dash of absinthe. Before long, it will have you wanting to chase buried treasure and hoist the main sail. If you’re looking for a drink to get you in touch with your inner Jack Sparrow then this drink is the “X” that marks the spot on Captain Kidd’s menu.

Captain Kidd

 

QUICKS HOLE TAVERN

Drink of Choice: Little Harbor Lavender

Muddled Raspberry, lavender infused Grey Goose, St Germain, and fresh lemon

Notes: Fresh, sweet, and modern like the new restaurant that serves it, this drink has a pleasing and relaxed flavor. Quicks Hole Tavern opened it’s doors last year and has quickly become a favorite with an innovative and imaginative menu. Looking to view the harbor as if from the prow of a ship?  Sip your Little Harbor Lavender and watch your ship come in with the best view of the Martha’s Vineyard ferry in Woods Hole.

Tavern

 

QUICKS HOLE TAQUERIA

Drink of Choice: House-made Sangria

Secret blend of red and white wines, fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice

Notes: One of my very favorite things to do in Woods Hole is to grab some friends and post up at the Quicks Hole Taqueria for some chips and salsa and their fantastic house-made sangria. They sell it by the pitcher and it’s the perfect complement to kicking back on a sunny afternoon and people-watching in the heart of Woods Hole. If you swing by on a Friday or Sunday evening, you can even catch one of the fantastic local bands that perform for free in the parking lot next to the restaurant.

PHUSION

Drink of Choice: Ruby Red Crush

Absolut Ruby Red Vodka, fresh mint, Combier Pamplemousse Grapefruit Liqueur, fresh lemon.

Notes: As this restaurant’s name would lead to you to believe, Phusion’s menu consistently presents interesting blends of different international flavors and styles. This French-influenced beverage features imported grapefruit liqueur and fresh mint that was picked from the restaurant’s in-house herb garden moments before it was added to our drink. The Ruby Red Crush is a light and refreshing drink that will have you crushing on summer and saying “au revior” to all your troubles.

Phusion

 

FISHMONGER

Drink of Choice: Mongerita

Tequila, Cranberry Juice, Triple Sec, Fresh Lime juice, Agave Nectar

Notes: This drink is the Fishmonger’s Cape Cod twist on a classic margarita. The addition of cranberry juice fills this cocktail with the tart refreshment you need on a warm summer day. Also, if you happen to be in Woods Hole on a Thursday evening, Fishmonger is a must – thanks to their Thirsty Thursday free appetizer special and great selection of draft beers.

fishmonger

SHUCKERS:

Drink of Choice: Shucker’s Smash

Vodka, Dark Rum, fresh squeezed orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon, and Grenadine.

Notes: In addition to recently being featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Shuckers boasts a world famous raw bar, sushi and a great waterfront location. We asked for something summery and I think they found a way to fit summer into a mason jar. This drink was just the right amount sweet with a fresh squeezed citrus twist to keep you feeling like you’re sippin’ on sunshine, Cape Cod cocktail style.

Woods hole Jazz: Howard Alden and Anat Cohen

June 23, 2015 by Beth Colt

Quicks Hole music: Mona’s Hot 3

June 21, 2015 by Beth Colt

two nights of hot jazz, western swing, bluegrass, etc., with Dennis Lichtman (clarinet, mandolin, violin), Grant Gordy (guitar) & Jared Engel (bass, banjo). Dennis Lichtman, the band leader of Mona’s Hot Four, ground zero of NYC’s hot jazz explosion, has recently been on the road with Pokey LaFarge and Jim Kweskin among other greats. Grant Gordy sat in the guitar chair of the David Grisman Quintet for six years (original occupant, Tony Rice) – need I say more?. Bassist Jared Engel anchors Mona’s trad jazz jam on Tuesday, and he also holds Mona’s Monday night bluegrass jam together. Different shows each night. Reservations strongly advised: June 21. June 22. Both shows at Quicks Hole Tavern, Woods Hole, 9:00 PM.

Free Concerts at the Quicks Hole Taqueria

June 19, 2015 by Beth Colt

Free concerts at the Quicks Hole Taqueria every Friday featuring local favorites.  Enjoy the band outside and try the famous wicked fresh lobster tacos! Sangria and locally brewed Cape Cod beer are just right to go with the all you can eat salsa bar and exciting ambiance of Woods Hole.

Barnstable Harbor Cape Cod Ecotour

June 16, 2015 by Beth Colt

Cape Cod has so many great places to explore, but my friend Bonny and I were looking for something that could be described as a Cape Cod ecotour — you know, a fun day in the sun with a little learning and an eco twist.

Enter Captain Joe, who along with his staff at Barnstable Harbor Eco-Tours, offers a leisurely cruise around the harbor aboard a charming pontoon boat called The Horseshoe Crab.  Packed with a wealth of interesting information about the history of the harbor and natural life, the tour was guided by expert naturalist Phil Kyle. Bonny and I really enjoyed Phil’s enthusiasm for history, especially his tales about the Prohibition-era rum running from this storied harbor.

Sam and Bonny ready for the tour aboard the Horseshoe Crab

Barnstable Harbor itself is gorgeous, well worth the trip. On one side it is bordered by the white gold dunes of Sandy Neck Beach, a six mile long barrier beach, and on another there is a large field of marshland which draws myriad species of shorebirds which we learned about from Phil.  Sandy Neck Light

Might not sound much like a Cape Cod ecotour, but the best of the day was views of the Cottage Colony at the very end of Sandy Neck Beach. The Cottage Colony is home to a collection of beautiful beach cottages as well as Sandy Neck Light – a picturesque lighthouse marking the end of the peninsula. The cottages are in the historic district of the peninsula and most are more than 100 years old. As the boat neared the Colony it appeared we were visiting an idyllic little seaside kingdom, best captured from a boat.

Sandy Neck Point

There were many opportunities to take photos of the harbor and I couldn’t help snapping a couple gorgeous shots for my Instagram, and I thought about coming back another day and exploring Sandy Neck on foot to see more of this stunning harbor and unique ecosystem system from the land.  Well, there is always next year.

 

Buoy returning to Barnstable Harbor

Barnstable Harbor is approximately a 50 minute drive from the Woods Hole Inn. Tours last about 2 hours and are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Woods Hole Inn concierge staff would be happy to assist guests in scheduling a day like this one on Barnstable Harbor.  Or call Captain Joe @ 508.221.6162 for more information or to schedule your Cape Cod ecotour – what a great way to spend the day exploring Cape Cod!  — from guest blogger Sam Frawley

Captain Joe, Phil Kyle, and the Horseshoe Crab

Quicks Hole Music: Howard Levy and Friends

June 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Howard is, objectively speaking, the best diatonic harmonica player ever. And a piano monster. He co-founded Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Trio Globo, and a dozen other musical projects. There will be three Woods Hole shows. On June 15, Pianist, Sound Healer and Yoga Practitioner Meg Ruby will join Howard. On June 16, Howard will play with “Celloman” Eugene Friesen. On June 17, Howard will be backed by his son Miles Levy (drums) and Steve Bailey (bass), Chair of the Bass Department at Berklee School of Music. Reservations strongly advised for each show: June 15,June 16, June 17. All three shows at Quicks Hole Tavern, 9:00 PM.

“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.

Ten Signs of Spring in Woods Hole

June 10, 2015 by Beth Colt

Graffiti on a boat house in Woods Hole MA on Cape Cod

As winter comes to an end, there are relentless signs of spring here in Woods Hole, in fact Woods Hole spring is made famous by the writings of environmentalist Rachel Carson whose research for her world-changing treatise “Silent Spring” started right here. For me, the signs of spring Woods Hole are everywhere, so I will list my top ten (Letterman style) saving the best signs of spring on Cape Cod for last.

10. Fog

The water remains cooler than the air for some time, and this causes these intense clouds of fog to roll past even on a bright sunny day.  It’s really fun to sit on the beach and just watch, but remember a sweatshirt because when you are enveloped by a cloud it gets chilly quickly.

red boat overturned on harbor Cape Cod Woods Hole

9. Roofers

Spring is the time for house repairs and the village rings with the sound of hammers, scrapers and the comforting blast of commercial radio loud enough for everyone on the crew (and the neighborhood) to enjoy “Paint it Black” and other classics.

Green tarp covers Woods Hole House for roofing in the spring.

8. Osprey

I have heard that these huge hawks gave Buzzards Bay it’s name back when Gosnold passed through, and they return each spring to make their sprawling nests.  If you want to watch them up as they spawn, I recommend the WHOI OspreyCam for a Cape Cod dose of wildlife viewing.  And thanks to Woods Hole’s own Rachel Carson- without her work which raised the alarm about the over-use of DDT in our environment back in the 1960’s, we might not have osprey around anymore.

WHOI osprey cam

7. Bright Colored Rowboats

As the snow recedes, the bright colored bottoms of the stored row boats and kayaks pop with color off the newly green grass.  In April, the Woods Hole historical museum hosts a model boat show — you can see one of the model boats racing across Eel Pond in the background here.

romantic getaway Cape Cod

6. Rolling Bags

More than a million people take the ferry from here to Martha’s Vineyard each summer, and about this time the streets start to become full of people walking with their rolling bags, their distinctive lopsided gate followed by a gravelly roar of rubber.

Woods Hole hotel

5. Coffee Roasting

At Pie in the Sky Bakery, our neighbor here in Woods Hole, the busy coffee season is marked with extra roasting.  A lovely smell of fresh coffee drifts over the village when the wind blows the right way, and with a deep sniff you feel energized and alive.

coffee roasting

4. Clear Water

The colder water of spring is especially clear, so photos from the beach make the waters look downright Caribe-like, and debris from the winter becomes uncovered (thank goodness for “Clean Up Eel Pond Day” as this rubber tire is long gone).

romantic vistas Cape Cod

3. Daffodils

The daffodils burst improbably out of the brown leaf litter lining the road sides like toy soldiers.  Each year as I drive around admiring them, I think about the person that dug them into these woodsy locations and how they disappear for most of the year, only to emerge in spring with their sunny surprise.

Close up of bright yellow daffodils with the words "Woods Hole Colors"

2. Landfall Cocktails

The Landfall re-opens in mid-April, and this is the time to get in for that perfect fresh-squeezed cocktail on the dock looking out over the Woods Hole passage with the ferries coming and going.

Landfall restaurant in Woods Hole

1. Lobster Tacos at Quicks Hole

The ultimate sign that spring is in full swing is when Quicks Hole re-opens their famous Taqueria and I enjoy my first lobster taco of the season.  So glad winter is over, so happy summer is almost here.

Lobster Tacos in Woods Hole

A Book Signing with Sarah Leah Chase, author of The New England Open House Cookbook

June 8, 2015 by Beth Colt

Come by Highfield Hall to meet the author!

Historic Tours of Nauset Lighthouse

June 7, 2015 by Beth Colt

The NLPS provides public tours of Nauset Lighthouse and the oil house on Sundays May through late October and also on Wednesdays during July and August. Educational groups can arrange special tours of the lighthouse at any time of the year by emailing NLPS or calling our message service. Volunteers provide the historic background of the lighthouse station and conduct tours to the top of the tower. Tours are free and open to the public (donations accepted).
 The tower will be open for tours in 2015 every Sunday from May 10 through October 25 as well as Wednesdays in July and August. Our annual moonlight Full Moon Tour will close our season on Tuesday, October 27.

 

Under the Waves- WHOI Science in Local Waters

June 7, 2015 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers work in ocean basins all over the world. But what’s happening in our local waters? Come and meet scientists, engineers, and other WHOI staff  and see some of the equipment used to uncover the mysteries within our own regional waters.

  • SharkCam
  • Make your own jellyfish
  • Imaging Flow Cytobot
  • Whale buoy
  • Squid, river herring, oysters, offshore canyons
  • and more

 

Exhibits will be on the lawn behind the Redfield Building, 45 Water Street, and at the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center, 15 School Street.

The Titans IV- Cape Symphony Orchestra

June 6, 2015 by Beth Colt

Be among the first to hear Nth Degree, Cape Symphony’s new force in chamber music. Jae Cosmos Lee, our Concertmaster, directs this exciting new group which features our incredibly talented Principals and some special guest artists we can’t wait for you to meet. Each concert in this four-part series brings you a different piece from three undisputable geniuses: Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. Playing the music of the Titans is like stepping inside a Rolex watch, a world of precision, intrigue and beauty.The repertoire we’ve chosen for this series is purposely eclectic. Some pieces were commissioned. Several had a muse in mind. Many were genuine works of inspiration. Each one shows another facet of the composers’ brilliance through different instrumental configurations. Each one exposes the talent and range of the Symphony musicians in a way you’ve never heard before. Each one has a story to tell. That’s why we’ve chosen the setting as carefully as the music. Intimate. So we can talk, share and really get to know the music – and each other – before, during and after the concert. Interesting pairings. Interesting people. All the ingredients for a very entertaining evening. Come play with us.

Beethoven Serenade for String Trio, op. 8
Jae Cosmos Lee, Violin
TBA, Viola
Bo Ericsson, Cello

Mozart Piano Trio in B-flat major
Jae Cosmos Lee, Violin
Bo Ericsson, Cello
Donald Enos, Piano

Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor, op. 25
Jae Cosmos Lee, Violin
TBA, Viola
Bo Ericsson, Cello
Donald Enos, Piano

Ticket Price – $35 General Admission

Held at –
Falmouth Academy
7 Highfield Drive
Falmouth, MA 02540

Science Journalist Angela Posada-Swafford on “The View from Antarctica”

June 6, 2015 by Beth Colt

Talk by Angela Posada-Swafford, science journalist and recipient of the 2014 Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences
“The View from Antarctica: Reporting on Climate Change from the White South”
This talk is part of the MBL Ecosystems Center 40th Anniversary Celebration – Free and open to the public
Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole

The Brothers Rye at Quicks Hole Taqueria

June 5, 2015 by Beth Colt

Free concerts at the Quicks Hole Taqueria every Friday featuring The Brothers Rye, a local favorite.  Enjoy the band outside and try the famous wicked fresh lobster tacos! Sangria and locally brewed Cape Cod beer are just right to go with the all you can eat salsa bar and exciting ambiance of Woods Hole.

Quick Hole Music Series: Roy Williams and the Human Hands

May 27, 2015 by Beth Colt

Gypsy jazz, Western swing and original compositions by Roy (guitar) with Alex Hargreaves (fiddle), Jeff Picker (bass) & Nick Anderson (percussion), four hard-swinging, incredibly talented, imaginative, up-and-coming instrumentalists.

May 25 is Western Swing Night and May 27 is Gypsy Jazz Night.  Make reservations and get the info on these amazing musicians:  Both nights at Quicks Hole Tavern, 9:00 PM.

Woods Hole Jazz: Rossano Sportiello and Frank Tate

May 26, 2015 by Beth Colt

Quicks Hole Music Series: Roy Williams and The Human Hands

May 25, 2015 by Beth Colt

Gypsy jazz, Western swing and original compositions by Roy (guitar) with Alex Hargreaves (fiddle), Jeff Picker (bass) & Nick Anderson (percussion), four hard-swinging, incredibly talented, imaginative, up-and-coming instrumentalists.

May 25 is Western Swing Night and May 27 is Gypsy Jazz Night.  Make reservations and get the info on these amazing musicians:  Both nights at Quicks Hole Tavern, 9:00 PM.

 

“Peter and John” film Screening @ Falmouth Academy

May 23, 2015 by Beth Colt

The film is set in 1872 Nantucket, when reverberations from the civil war were still in the air.  It tells the story of two brothers whose relationship strains when the younger one receives word of an unexpected and strange inheritance-and both boys become interested in a mysterious young woman who arrives on their island.

$25 for 6pm reception with film maker, Jay Craven

$15 for screening only

tickets on sail at Eight Cousins Bookstore or online at www.woodsholefilmfestival.com

Woods Hole May Festival

May 23, 2015 by Beth Colt

Join Woods Holes for the annual spring time kickoff!  Join in at Taft’s Playground for music, crafts, food, and games.

Woods Hole Jazz: Frank Wilkins Quartet featuring Bobby Tynes

May 13, 2015 by Beth Colt

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