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Bruce Gertz Quartet

March 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

Tim Ray on piano, Tucker Antell on sax, Bruce Gertz on bass, and Austin McMahon on drums.  Check out more on http://woodsholejazz.org.

Joe Sutton Band

March 22, 2015 by Beth Colt

No tickets needed, just drop on in to the Quicks Hole Tavern and check out Joe on guitar & vocals, Marc Fuller on Violin, Ted Fill on Banjo and Tom Renshaw on bass.

Rushad Eggleston

March 16, 2015 by Beth Colt

Rushad Eggleston: Reservation only, please bring $20 cash

Rushad Eggleston is a cellist from another planet. He’ll play a concert in a Woods Hole living room on Monday, March 16. Please bring $20 cash per person, a few munchies or drinks to share, an intact sense of humor and whatever you can scrape together of your left-over childlike wonder. Leave at home your adult view of the world, your ideas about what good music is and, if possible, your car.

Reservations required: http://rushad.doattend.com/. Reservation holders will be informed of location details sufficiently in advance of the show.

The Boston Globe describes Maestro Eggleston thusly:

Onstage, the cellist and fountain of off-kilter creativity looks like an overgrown elf in his pointed cap and brightly colored stretch-pants. His songs are populated by strange characters and littered with inscrutable neologisms, with story lines sometimes taking place in an imaginary world he playfully calls the Land of Sneth. He once played a solo while dangling high above his band on wires, Peter Pan-like.

But behind the boisterous showmanship and dogged weirdness is a natural talent who netted a Grammy nomination while still an undergrad at Berklee College of Music. As a collaborator with fiddle great Darol Anger, a founding member of popular bluegrass revisionists Crooked Still, or leader of his own varied solo efforts, Eggleston has followed an unpredictable path.

The Reunion Band

March 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Calling all bluegrass fans — the Reunion Band is back! Known for tight vocal harmonies and a solid traditional bluegrass sound, the Reunion Band features Boston-area veterans Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), Laura Orshaw (fiddle) and Catherine ‘BB” Bowness (banjo).  Formed in 2002, the group’s core members have played together in various configurations for over 30 years.  lead singer and rhythm guitarist Dave Dillon played with Don Stover as well as renowned Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys.  Richard Brown, Monroe-style mandolinist and lead/baritone, joined Dave in the Hudson Valley Boys and the Stony Lonesome band.  Rhythm bassist and high tenor Margaret Gerteis also played in the Stony Lonesome, as well as Apple Country and Hazel Dickens.  They are joined by two newer members: young fiddler & singer Laura Orshaw, praised bu far and wide for her “boundless energy and contagious joy,” and New Zealand native BB Bowness, who won the Uncle Dave Macon banjo competition at the tender age of 15.  Together, the Reunion Band will blend their communal experience and vitality into a night of hot picking and sweet singing.

Hiroya Tsukamoto in Concert

March 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. Influenced by his native musical roots, as well as North and South American styles, his music delivers skillful and innovative guitar instrumental solos.

This concert is part of the Library benefit series, “Listening at the Library”.

Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and may be purchased starting 2 weeks in advance at the Woods Hole Library, the Bank of Woods Hole, Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, and at the door the day of the show.

Dinner & a Movie: The God Question

March 14, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Film Festival Winter Film Series & Quicks Hole Tavern are proud to collaborate to present DINNER & A MOVIE, the winter film series of the Woods Hole Film Festival.  Dinner and a Movie offers elegant dining with superb independent films at the Quicks Hole Tavern located at 29 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole.  For $27 per person, select from a preset menu of sumptuous food prepared specially for the evening.  This price includes entree and movie, but does not include beverage, dessert, tax or tip.  Quicks Hole Tavern will offer two dinner seatings at either 5:15pm or 6:30pm and the screening follows at 7:30pm at Redfield Auditorium, WHOI, 57 Water Street, Woods Hole, a short walk down the street.  Reservations are required for both dinner and the screening.  The Woods hole Film Festival will offer a screening only option for $15 per person.  Reserve by email info@woodsholefilmfestival.org or call 508-495-3456.  For online reservations and to read descriptions of the upcoming films please visit www.woodsholefilmfestival.org — evenings do sell out!

Tonight’s feature:

The God Question

A startling breakthrough at MIT produces the first super-intelligent computer capable of thinking independently. However, when it shuts down hundreds of websites it finds offensive, federal regulators quickly padlock the MIT lab in order to study it. Stephen Kendrick, who runs a supercomputer at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, taught at MIT previously and was one of the key code writers for the project. Hearing this, a Yale philosopher, Jane Hurst, suggests this: Feed the computer every book, news article, research paper – essentially all human knowledge – then ask it the ultimate question. Is there evidence for God, for a spiritual framework to life? Kendrick tells her the question was one of the first the MIT team planned to ask – until the federal ban was imposed. However, Kendrick has a copy of the MIT software and a computer capable of running it. He decides to secretly defy the federal ban and ask the question, aided by a colleague, Alan Moss. They make plans to try on the weekends, when they can work undetected. There is an obstacle, though: The computer itself. Each time they load the MIT software and ask the question, the computer eventually shuts itself down, destroying its memory and leaving no trace of what it was thinking, no matter what they do to get around it. When the FBI begins to question Kendrick, Moss loses his courage and drops out. However, Jane Hurst joins Kendrick for one final attempt to get the answer.

Seal and Seabird Watch

March 14, 2015 by Beth Colt

Join the Coalition for a heated boat tour to look for harbor seals and winter seabirds on Woods Hole. Begin at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center, where guests will learn about harbor seals and their life in Buzzards Bay and beyond. Then board the M/V Richard Edwards to search for these playful mammals on the water. Binoculars provided.  Members $20, Non Members $30, Children under 12 $15.  Registration is required for all Bay Adventures.  To RSVP please contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219.

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.

Yoko Miwa Trio

March 10, 2015 by Beth Colt

Critically acclaimed pianist and JVC Victor Entertainment Recording Artist Yoko Miwa has spent the past decade honing one of the most musical trio sounds on the jazz scene. Miwa is an artist with a unique sound, style and meaning to her fans. In addition to being voted Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix in the 2012 Best Music Poll, The Yoko Miwa Trio made their Blue Note NYC debut in 2014 to rave reviews. “Miwa had just as much fun sending the rhythm section away and swinging by herself as she did engaging in a tightly spiraling, interlocking web of melody…pensively spacious minor-key blues, a scampering right hand against a stern left, tension and release around a central tone, intricately conversational interplay with the guys in her fantastic trio…She’s fun to watch and just as tuneful.” — The New York Music Daily.

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald

March 1, 2015 by Beth Colt

This rising Celtic roots duo features sisters born in Halifax, raised in Antigonish and steeped in Nova Scotia’s diverse and vibrant musical traditions. They play driving fiddle, piano, guitar, banjo and accordion — and true to the tradition, both sing and step dance as well. They are equally at home with traditional material, driving contemporary and original tunes, and wacky juxtapositions such as Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata woven into a set of fiery reels. They’ve won a variety of awards including Canada’s prestigious “Galaxie Rising Star” in 2010. Says Cheryl Prashkar, President of North East Regional Folk Alliance: “There is something very special about their sound, their dedication and their spirit that drew me to want to see every moment of their performances!” Their newest album, Sterling Road is “the last minute surprise of the year from a major new force on the scene! WOW!!” –Live Ireland radio. Don’t miss this cutting-edge duo in their first Woods Hole performance.

Dinner & a Movie: The Longest Game

February 28, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Film Festival Winter Film Series & Quicks Hole Tavern are proud to collaborate to present DINNER & A MOVIE, the winter film series of the Woods Hole Film Festival.  Dinner and a Movie offers elegant dining with superb independent films at the Quicks Hole Tavern located at 29 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole.  For $27 per person, select from a preset menu of sumptuous food prepared specially for the evening.  This price includes entree and movie, but does not include beverage, dessert, tax or tip.  Quicks Hole Tavern will offer two dinner seatings at either 5:15pm or 6:30pm and the screening follows at 7:30pm at Redfield Auditorium, WHOI, 57 Water Street, Woods Hole, a short walk down the street.  Reservations are required for both dinner and the screening.  The Woods hole Film Festival will offer a screening only option for $15 per person.  Reserve by email info@woodsholefilmfestival.org or call 508-495-3456.  For online reservations and to read descriptions of the upcoming films please visit www.woodsholefilmfestival.org — evenings do sell out!

Tonight’s feature:

The Longest Game

Meet Hal, 87; Charlie, 87 and Maurie, 87. Three of a group of friends who gather every day at one p.m. in the village of Dorset, Vermont to play a game called ‘paddle tennis’. They have been playing together for years. Poignant and funny, THE LONGEST GAME takes on the ‘game’ of life, the stories we tell and the underlying forces that connect us all.

Seal and Seabird Watch

February 28, 2015 by Beth Colt

Join the Coalition for a heated boat tour to look for harbor seals and winter seabirds on Woods Hole. Begin at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center, where guests will learn about harbor seals and their life in Buzzards Bay and beyond. Then board the M/V Richard Edwards to search for these playful mammals on the water. Binoculars provided.  Members $20, Non Members $30, Children under 12 $15.  Registration is required for all Bay Adventures.  To RSVP please contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219.

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.

Sarah McKenzie – Australian Vocalist, Pianist, Composer

February 25, 2015 by Beth Colt

At age 27, Melbourne native Sarah McKenzie is a rising international jazz star.  Her 2011 debut album, Don’t Tempt Me, a collection of jazz classics, originals, and even a Bossa nova arrangement of the Elvis Presley hit “Love me Tender”, was nominated for an ARIA award, the Australian version of the Grammy.  Her second album, Close Your Eyes, won the ARIA award for Best Jazz Album 2012.

A musician with an unusually brad skill set – pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger, her performances are an earthy, bluesy mix of straight ahead jazz standards, original pieces, and fresh unusual renditions of jazz classics.

High Rock Mountain Bluegrass Concert

February 21, 2015 by Beth Colt

High Rock Mountain is a Boston based 5 piece bluegrass band playing a mix of traditional and original bluegrass tunes featuring broken-hearted love songs, murder ballads, and everything in between, featuring two and three part harmonies and lively, ripping instrumentals.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and are available in advance at the Woods Hole Library, Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, the Bank of Woods Hole, and at the door.

Doors open at 7 pm.

Dinner & A Movie: Druid Peak

February 14, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Film Festival Winter Film Series & Quicks Hole Tavern are proud to collaborate to present DINNER & A MOVIE, the winter film series of the Woods Hole Film Festival.  Dinner and a Movie offers elegant dining with superb independent films at the Quicks Hole Tavern located at 29 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole.  For $27 per person, select from a preset menu of sumptuous food prepared specially for the evening.  This price includes entree and movie, but does not include beverage, dessert, tax or tip.  Quicks Hole Tavern will offer two dinner seatings at either 5:15pm or 6:30pm and the screening follows at 7:30pm at Redfield Auditorium, WHOI, 57 Water Street, Woods Hole, a short walk down the street.  Reservations are required for both dinner and the screening.  The Woods hole Film Festival will offer a screening only option for $15 per person.  Reserve by email info@woodsholefilmfestival.org or call 508-495-3456.  For online reservations and to read descriptions of the upcoming films please visit www.woodsholefilmfestival.org — evenings do sell out!

Tonight’s feature:

Druid Peak

“On the ragged edge of the world I’ll roam, and the home of the wolf shall be my home.” –Robert Service, The Nostomaniac. Druid Peak is a coming of age story about a troubled teenage boy who finds a home tracking wolves in the wild lands of the Wyoming. Sixteen year-old Owen is a bully with a mean streak. Growing up in coal country West Virginia, he struggles against the claustrophobia of small town life, lashing out against school and family. But when his actions lead to the death of a friend, he is sent to live with his estranged father, Everett, a biologist on Yellowstone’s wolf reintroduction program. At first, Owen wants no part of this new life. Then he comes face to face with a wolf. The creature’s deep, penetrating gaze startles him, stirring something long dead inside his own self. Sensing signs of change, Everett encourages Owen to collect some basic data about the wolf he saw and its family pack. Owen’s small assignment grows into a passion and his own life becomes tied to the Druid Peak pack and their struggle for survival. Shot on location in West Virginia, Wyoming, Montana and Utah, the film stars Andrew Wilson (Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums), Spencer Treat Clark (Mystic River, Gladiator) and Rachel Korine (Spring Breakers, Septien). A coming of age story with a conservation twist, Druid Peak is a film about the human soul’s need for wild things, and the challenges of holding onto them.

Seal and Seabird Watch

January 31, 2015 by Beth Colt

Join the Coalition for a heated boat tour to look for harbor seals and winter seabirds on Woods Hole. Begin at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center, where guests will learn about harbor seals and their life in Buzzards Bay and beyond. Then board the M/V Richard Edwards to search for these playful mammals on the water. Binoculars provided.  Members $20, Non Members $30, Children under 12 $15.  Registration is required for all Bay Adventures.  To RSVP please contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219.

Dinner & A Movie: Little White Lie

January 17, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Film Festival Winter Film Series & Quicks Hole Tavern are proud to collaborate to present DINNER & A MOVIE, the winter film series of the Woods Hole Film Festival.  Dinner and a Movie offers elegant dining with superb independent films at the Quicks Hole Tavern located at 29 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole.  For $27 per person, select from a preset menu of sumptuous food prepared specially for the evening.  This price includes entree and movie, but does not include beverage, dessert, tax or tip.  Quicks Hole Tavern will offer two dinner seatings at either 5:15pm or 6:30pm and the screening follows at 7:30pm at Redfield Auditorium, WHOI, 57 Water Street, Woods Hole, a short walk down the street.  Reservations are required for both dinner and the screening.  The Woods hole Film Festival will offer a screening only option for $15 per person.  Reserve by email info@woodsholefilmfestival.org or call 508-495-3456.  For online reservations and to read descriptions of the upcoming films please visit www.woodsholefilmfestival.org — evenings do sell out!

Tonight’s feature:

Little White Lie

Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity „ despite the questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different. At eighteen, she finally confronts her mother and learns the truth: her biological father was not the man who raised her, but a black man named Rodney with whom her mother had an affair. Afraid of losing her relationship with her parents, Lacey doesn’t openly acknowledge her newly discovered black identity with her white family until her biological father dies shortly before Lacey’s thirtieth birthday. Following the funeral, Lacey begins a quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life and heal her relationship with her father. What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents? Lacey discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents’ stories as well as her own. She pieces together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life. Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and redemption.

Seal and Seabird Watch

January 17, 2015 by Beth Colt

Join the Coalition for a heated boat tour to look for harbor seals and winter seabirds on Woods Hole. Begin at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center, where guests will learn about harbor seals and their life in Buzzards Bay and beyond. Then board the M/V Richard Edwards to search for these playful mammals on the water. Binoculars provided.  Members $20, Non Members $30, Children under 12 $15.  Registration is required for all Bay Adventures.  To RSVP please contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219.

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.

A Concert of West African Music, Ft Kora and Flute

January 11, 2015 by Beth Colt

The popular “Listening at the Library” series at the Woods Hole Library continues on January 11 at 2 PM, featuring Sean Gaskell on the 21 string harp-like West African Kora, and Dave Kobrenski on Fulani flute. Both musicians have traveled extensively in West Africa and studied with traditional masters. Their music has been described as rich, melodic and haunting, with traditional rhythms and vocals mixed in.

Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and may be purchased in advance beginning 2 weeks prior to the show at the Bank of Woods Hole, Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth, the Woods Hole Library, and at the Library on the day of the show.

Steve Jobs Mega Yacht Venus

January 5, 2015 by Beth Colt

inside maga yacht venus Steve JobsIs is fitting that I captured images of the late Steve Jobs yacht Venus with my iPhone?  Yes.  Would he have been amused that posting them to Instagram later that day would cause an international stir?  I am thinking not.

I took a vacation last week, sailing around the British Virgin Islands with my family and a few friends on a small rental sailboat from a great outfit called the Moorings in Tortola.  On our last night out at sea, we anchored in the Norman Island Bight, famous as an ancient hideaway for pirates and rum runners.  Captain Kidd hung out there, or so they say at the pub onshore.

In any case, I was snorkeling and enjoying the trade winds on our last day out when this extraordinary mega yacht anchored at the mouth of the harbor.  It looked like something suitable for a villain in a Bond movie.  Not really even like a ship — boxy, clear, highly structured.  From a distance it appeared that the bow was square, like the whole thing was a floating Bauhaus inspired cube.   More like something you would see in the Malibu hills than on the ocean.  More like an Apple store.

When we got closer, we saw the huge bow deck littered with teak furniture and red cushions.  The illusion of a box from afar was created by a polished chrome bowline that reflected the water.  The whole boat was like a mirror, mirroring images that passed (like our tiny sailboat that looked positively trailer trash in comparison).  The stern was open like a tin can, with a ziggurat of steps cascading down to the water.  We circled peeking into what was clearly an exercise room with a huge shiny X that reminded me of the Mondrian Hotel in LA.  Several crew members were in there, polishing the chrome, scrubbing the deck  and rearranging the bicycle collection.  There were paddle boards, a small umbrella, room for the launch which appeared to be elsewhere.

I posted these photos to Instagram right after I saw the ship.  I could not resist, even though I try to keep my photo stream focused on fun things to do here in Woods Hole.  Little did I imagine that these images would go viral the next day. First on Gizmodo, then Business Insider, Time MagazineCult of Mac, you name it.

So what does Steve Jobs’ mega yacht have to do with the Woods Hole Inn?  Challenging question.  I am a big fan of the iPhone, especially for photos, and I teach a seminar called “ten tips for great photos with your smart phone” with a session coming up next week.  Not nothing, but not likely to get me the TED talk that might earn me an invite on this ship. Of course, there is always Captain Kidd.  He hid out around here too, in amazing harbors like Tarpaulin Cove and Quicks Hole — equally beautiful places in summertime.  (There is even a Captain Kidd restaurant right here in Woods Hole!)  And we share the beautiful Atlantic waters as Cape Cod is the last stop on the East Coast for the Gulf Stream.

OK, maybe you are right — the connections between the Woods Hole Inn and Steve Jobs’ mega yacht Venus are tenuous at best.  I doubt publishing these photos will help get me my dream invite on board, but I’ll keep you posted.  I can only imagine the stir true inside shots might make.  All rights reserved.

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Dinner & A Movie: The Winding Stream

January 3, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Film Festival Winter Film Series & Quicks Hole Tavern are proud to collaborate to present DINNER & A MOVIE, the winter film series of the Woods Hole Film Festival.  Dinner and a Movie offers elegant dining with superb independent films at the Quicks Hole Tavern located at 29 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole.  For $27 per person, select from a preset menu of sumptuous food prepared specially for the evening.  This price includes entree and movie, but does not include beverage, dessert, tax or tip.  Quicks Hole Tavern will offer two dinner seatings at either 5:15pm or 6:30pm and the screening follows at 7:30pm at Redfield Auditorium, WHOI, 57 Water Street, Woods Hole, a short walk down the street.  Reservations are required for both dinner and the screening.  The Woods hole Film Festival will offer a screening only option for $15 per person.  Reserve by email info@woodsholefilmfestival.org or call 508-495-3456.  For online reservations and to read descriptions of the upcoming films please visit www.woodsholefilmfestival.org — evenings do sell out!

Tonight’s feature:

The Winding Stream

The Winding Stream tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes.  Starting with the Original Carter Family, the film traces the ebb and flow of their influence, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters, June Carter’s marital alliance with legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of present-day family to keep this long musical legacy alive. The Carters didn’t just play the music of the hill country. They helped invent it.  A.P. was both composer and song collector, arranging snippets of ancient, musty melodies into commercial American popular music.  Maybelle took the then-underutilized guitar and made it into the cornerstone of country instrumentation, in no small part by developing innovative ways of playing it that are now commonplace. And Sara became the first well-known woman’s voice in country music, stamping it with the eerie Gothic quality we find in so much of that genre’s canon now. The stream these three created has turned into a rushing river and has moved through several generations of musicians. Arguably, there would be no Folk Revival of the ‘60s without them, no country-rock bands of the 70s, and no alt-country hipsters of our present era. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?  Keep on the Sunny Side. Worried Man Blues.  Are You Lonesome Tonight?  These are just some of the hundreds of songs the Original Carter Family presented to the world. It’s hard to overstate their influence on American music.

Ranaissance Music & Swords

December 21, 2014 by Beth Colt

A mid-winter wassail with Solstice Singers, renaissance song, instrumental music, readings of the season and English sword dancing and a newly crafted mummers play.

Photo of the Year, Pick Your Favorite from the 2014 Season

December 20, 2014 by Beth Colt

Call me shutterbug.  All year long, I wander around Woods Hole and snap photos with my iPhone.  I post these photos daily on the Woods Hole Inn’s Facebook page under the moniker “Woods Hole Colors.”  Maybe some of you already follow me there.

As we hurtle towards the New Year, I decided to review 365 days of my photo library and share my favorites.  There are so many breathtaking vistas in and around Woods Hole, but I am always hunting for new light, a new angle, a new take.  Somehow, the scenery manages to change and familiar spots continue to look new to me.

My photo of the year essay starts in the winter, perhaps my favorite season because it is new to me.  As a wash-ashore aka former summer person (the lowliest form of life to a real Cape Codder:), the landscape I know so well never ceases to amaze me when bathed in snow.

snow on Eel Pond Channel in Woods Hole winter 2014

A close second to snow scenes are winter sunsets.  I am not sure if they are more beautiful because we need them to be to keep our spirits up in the cold, or perhaps we are more likely to appreciate them because they come so much earlier in the day.  In any case, the light across the water with storm clouds hovering also captures my imagination.

sunset and research vessel in Woods Hole, MA on Cape Cod

When spring comes, I wait for these three cherry  trees to blossom.  You can see them from Woods Hole Road as you drive into town, and their high bloom only lasts a day or so, less if the wind blows hard.  Perched as they are atop a hill in the golf course, these three sisters epitomize late spring for me.

cherry trees on Woods Hole golf club in full pink blossom in springCome summer, I like to visit Menemsha on Martha’s Vineyard.  You can get there via the ferry to Vineyard Haven, then hire a taxi or hop the public bus system.  This spring, I held an iPhoneography workshop at the Inn and on Sunday we visited this tiny fishing village.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a commitment to get all the way out to Menemsha.  Off the grid.  Rustic.  Old school.

Menemsha Fish Market closed for the seasonIn late June, the Corwith Cramer comes back to her home port.  This metal hulled clipper ship sails the seven seas with college kids aboard as part of the “Sea Education Association” (aka S.E.A.).  Her slip in Woods Hole is right across the street from the Woods Hole Inn.  All of a sudden, Woods Hole feels a bit more like the whaling village it once was.

Corwith Cramer from the stern at port in Woods HoleHigh summer, the days are so long it does not get totally dark until after 9 pm.  The view from the Eel Pond drawbridge is beautiful every day, but some days, with the stillness of evening settling the water to glass, a ferry perched on the horizon and the sky tingling with hues of pink and baby blue?  Thank goodness for that iPhone in my pocket!  Poems should be written about this channel, children named after it, world leaders brought here to fill their hearts with tranquility before global negotiations.  I share the immeasurable healing power of a single vista.

Martha's Vineyard ferry in the distance from Woods Hole draw bridge

Summer is a blur of guests from far and near with the streets of Woods Hole packed like Manhattan, the buzz of late night revelers walking in the warm air, buskers, beach days, sailing trips, outdoor showers, sand on the floor, piles of salty towels on the porch, little sleep and lots of fun.

green bike with red wagon on Falmouth MA beach photo by Beth ColtFriends visit: we enjoy restaurant meals, ferry rides, books on the beach and long walks home under the bright stars.

friends gather at Quicks Hole Tavern including Timothy OliphantThe kids love these long days filled with cousins, trips to Cuttyhunk for ice cream, climbing the copper beach in front of Pie in the Sky, trying every item at the penny candy store.

Cuttyhunk ice cream store summer Cape CodSummer is all about parties and invitations.  This was a memorial gathering in the forest outside the house of my friend Jill (a wicked talented architect) who lost her daughter earlier this year.  It was an understandably muted festivity in honor of Lizzie, but there was plenty of square dancing after the pot luck meal.

hay bales for chairs and wooden board tables at pot luck gathering summer of 2014 in Falmouth MA

 

Of course there are also spectacular summer sunsets, and many people have roof decks.  Sweet huh.

sunset on roof deck overlooking Buzzards Bay on Cape Cod

Not every day is perfect.  Sometimes the fog rolls in and you can hear the ferries talking to each other with their horns as they pass in pea soup of Vineyard Sound.  A hush seems to fall over the village, even the street conversations are quieter.  OK, you’re right – it’s perfect in a different way.

Eel Pond Channel in fod with red light in foreground and mysterious large ship in the distanceThen with a headlong rush comes fall.  It’s later here because the Gulf Stream keeps temps high until the end of October.  As my kids carved pumpkins on the front porch at Halloween this year, a gaggle of eighth graders came by in towels from a swim at the beach. (I think they were showing off, but whatever.)

Road winding away with yellow leaves and old fashioned fence in Woods Hole MAFor the final best photos of the year, I will take you home to a recent autumn picture of the Woods Hole Inn, where a warm welcome awaits you should you decide to come experience the Cape Cod seasons for yourself.  If you have a favorite from my collection, let me know in the comments below.

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Woods Hole Inn instagram filter with autumn leaves in forground

 

 

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