An evening with John and Rachel Nicholas… with special guest David Dodson

November 14, 2015 by Beth Colt

An evening with John and Rachel Nicholas… with special guest David Dodson” is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th at 7pm at the West Falmouth Library. Tickets are $15, available at the Library. John and Rachel Nicholas have been making music together for more than 30 years. They lived in Falmouth for almost 30 years before moving to Maine in 2012. Their original songs are steeped in the varied history of folk and popular music and their lyrics tell stories that are deep and true. They sing of love and loss, and the strivings, comedies and everyday worries of the human heart. “They sing with one voice.” David Dodson is a well known singer-songwriter in his own right in Maine and will back up John and Rachel for more than half the show on acoustic and electric guitar. He will also have a mini set of his own as part of the show with John and Rachel backing him.

The Harry Allen Trio

November 11, 2015 by Beth Colt

Harry Allen Trio. Harry Allen (tenor saxophone),  Rossano Sportiello (piano) and Frank Tate (bass).

Jazz Vocalist Donna Byrne

October 20, 2015 by Beth Colt

Jazz Vocalist Donna Byrne returns to Falmouth with Tim Ray (piano) Marshall Wood (bass) and Jim Gwin (drums).

Fall Fun on Cape Cod, Woods Hole style

October 20, 2015 by Beth Colt

We hope everyone had a wonderful end of summer. Here in Woods Hole, fall is well underway, and we greet the crisp air (and available parking!) with open arms.  Hello to fall fun on Cape Cod.


Pumpkins on porch of Woods Hole InnVibrant pumpkins replace flip flops and beach towels on the patio of the Woods Hole Inn…

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An empty Stoney Beach is shocking to the eyes, especially in contrast to busy peak summer when families are packed to the brim along the shore.


Coffee Obsession returns to its quirky off-season hours…


And the infamous Quicks Hole Taqueria crawdad gears up for winter storage.


It’s hard to imagine that only a few months ago, this very road held over 12,000 Falmouth road race runners.


But, despite the lull and quiet peacefulness that autumn brings, there are still signs of life! Pie in the Sky forever stays open, epicenter of fall fun on Cape Cod, serving their renowned popovers and locally roasted coffee….

And tourists and sightseers continue to frequent Nobska Lighthouse.



Last but not least, Quicks Hole Tavern donuts hit the spot on a chilly weekday lunch.

Looking for fall fun on Cape Cod?  Piping hot donuts in hand, you may have hit the jackpot.

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Toni Lynn Washington with the Frank Wilkins Quartet

September 30, 2015 by Beth Colt

Featuring Bobby Tynes (saxophone) Frank Wilkins (piano) Dave Zox (bass) Sergio Bellotti (drums). This program is in conjunction with JazzFest Falmouth.

“The Birds” – Woods Hole Theater Company

September 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Theater Company will perform, “The Birds” by Conor McPherson, adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, directed by William Kennedy and Ann Stone.

Performances will be held September 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26 at 8:00 PM with a matinee 2:00 PM Sunday, September 13th

Tickets: $15.00.  Tickets are available from Ovation Tix:  866-811-4111 or via the WHTC Website

Fall Faculty Lecture Series: The Pacific World

September 20, 2015 by Beth Colt

Fall Faculty Lecture Series, The Pacifc World, Dr. Mary Malloy

Sea Education Association
James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall
171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA

Free and Open to the Public

About the Lecture

For more than a century, scholars have described an “Atlantic World,” where ships connected Europe and Africa to the Americas and Caribbean, creating a web of commerce, cultural exchange, resource exploitation and devastating population loss in the New World. Because it is so much more vast than the Atlantic, it is only recently that the same kind of scrutiny is being given to the Pacific.

In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Mary Malloy will describe new ways of looking at the “Pacific World.” Starting with the voyages of Polynesians, Dr. Malloy will discuss how human populations have effected and managed island environments. She will examine the impact of Europeans and Americans on cultures and ecosystems, including the collapse of indigenous populations to disease and the decimation of a number of species with economic value back in the Atlantic world or in Asia, including whales, tortoises, sea otters, and sandalwood. She will draw connections, both ancient and modern, among various destinations around the Pacific Rim and Oceanic islands.

About the Lecturer

As a Professor of Maritime Studies and Program Director ofSEA Semester: The Global Ocean, Dr. Mary Malloy has traveled aboard SEA’s Pacific ship, the SSV Robert C. Seamans, along the Northwest Coast of North America, from Hawaii to French Polynesia, and in the waters of New Zealand. She has a PhD from Brown University and has written numerous books and articles dealing with trans-Pacific trade. 508-540-3954

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:

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

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:

“The Birds” – Woods Hole Theater Company

September 17, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Theater Company will perform, “The Birds” by Conor McPherson, adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, directed by William Kennedy and Ann Stone.

Performances will be held September 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26 at 8:00 PM with a matinee 2:00 PM Sunday, September 13th

Tickets: $15.00.  Tickets are available from Ovation Tix:  866-811-4111 or via the WHTC Website

“The Birds” – Woods Hole Theater Company

September 10, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Theater Company will perform, “The Birds” by Conor McPherson, adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, directed by William Kennedy and Ann Stone.

Performances will be held September 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26 at 8:00 PM with a matinee 2:00 PM Sunday, September 13th

Tickets: $15.00.  Tickets are available from Ovation Tix:  866-811-4111 or via the WHTC Website

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.

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.


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.


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.


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


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.

Fun at the Falmouth Farmers Market

July 12, 2015 by Beth Colt

If you’re looking for local flavor, there’s nothing quite like wandering around the local farmers market. The Falmouth Farmers Market (just up the road from the Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole, MA on Cape Cod) has a long standing tradition of attracting farmers and artisans from all over eastern Massachusetts to sell local produce and share rich, unique stories. Boasting a new waterfront location this season (at Marine Park adjacent to the harbor), the Falmouth Farmers Market now has abundant free parking, cool sea breezes and great water views.

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The farm to table movement has blossomed on Cape Cod in recent years, with the Falmouth Farmer’s Market leading the charge.  Many local restaurants and chefs avail themselves of this wonderful weekly tradition, starting at noon on Thursdays in summertime.  How lucky are we to have access to berries picked earlier that morning, fine artisan breads baked right on the Cape, sweet corn ripened at the peak of summer, farm fresh eggs still warm from the nest?

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On a recent visit, I was inspired by the passion and generosity that exists within this community of people. As my brother and I strolled from booth to booth, we were greeted with smiles, free samples and an education about the energy and love that goes into creating this delightful array of goods. I never thought I could be so entertained learning about artisan Balsamic Vinegar. No joke! You have to stop by Tony Melli’s tables and hear about his craft firsthand.

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Each booth overflowed with hand made, organically grown, and fresh baked goods, on which I easily could have blown all of last week’s paycheck.  I’ll be back for the all natural herbal bath and beauty products from Thyme After Thyme, hand made soaps from Woods Hole Soapworks, homemade salad dressings from DD’s Dressing, artisan olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Olio di Melli, craft wines from Westport Rivers Winery, and loads of gorgeous, fresh produce from Allen, Silverbrook, Pariah Dog Farms just to name a few.

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The Falmouth Farmer’s Market convenes every Thursday from noon until 6 p.m from spring though fall. It’s a 10 minute drive to Falmouth Harbor from Woods Hole (which is a village of the town of Falmouth).  This farmers market is a must see for any one interested in communing with the locals and tasting the unique flavors of Cape Cod.  You will find us there procuring herbs and inspiration for the weekend’s breakfasts at the Woods Hole Inn.

— from guest blogger Sam Frawley

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.


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!




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.

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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.




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.


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.




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.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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