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Woods Hole Jazz: Frank Wilkins Quartet

May 12, 2015 by Beth Colt

Dinner & a Movie: By and By: New Orleans Gospel at a Crossroads

May 9, 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:

By and By: New Orleans Gospel at a Crossroads

‘By and By’ tells the story of a fading tradition, a torn community, and a family bound to keep them both alive. At the center of the film is a powerful New Orleans gospel quartet, the Electrifying Crown Seekers; a group USA Today calls ‘the essence of Jazz Fest … more explosive than any rock headliner.’

Set against a backdrop of post-Katrina New Orleans, ‘By and By’ is a classic family story of change vs. tradition, young vs. old, focused on a son’s unavoidable conflict: to continue the 46 year musical legacy of his father, or to strike out on his own. Powered by raw gospel music and a cast of unforgettable characters, the story of ‘By and By’ is truly timeless.

Trad-Stroll Woods Hole

May 2, 2015 by Beth Colt

Trad-Stroll Woods Hole

A day of Traditional Music in Woods Hole Saturday, May 2, 2-10pm on the Streets of Woods Hole.

In restaurants and various venues, 9 groups will be playing  a wide range of Celtic, old-time folk, fiddle, and early music, from lively fiddle tunes to intricate harmonies on ancient instruments. The day ends with a fiddler jam session and an old fashion square dance.

All free and everyone welcome – rain or shine www.ArtsFalmouth.org  508-548-2892 – info@artsfalmouth.org

Dinner & a Movie: Brave New Wild

April 25, 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:

Brave New Wild

Stumbling upon her father’s hi8 tapes, a daughter discovers a world of delinquent oddballs and wino nomad-poets who dedicated their life to an absurdist art form: rock climbing. Through a kaleidoscopic mishmash of campfire stories with the most eccentric climbing pioneers, colorful archival footage, hand-animated cartoons, and the director’s family home videos, Brave New Wild explores an answer to the question of why climb when there’s nothing to gain — and everything to lose.

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend on Earth Day

April 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

Women gather around copper beech and hug it before it gets cut down April 2015 Woods HoleEarth Day is always special in Woods Hole, as the village is packed with scientists and others who study, examine, support and cherish mother earth and her oceans.

But this Earth Day was unique, as locals gathered on Challenger Drive to say goodbye to an enormous copper beech tree that has offered shade and comfort for 150 years.  Aborists have determined the tree is beyond saving, and this massive old friend will be cut down soon for safety.

About 40 people gathered as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution leader Susan Avery said a few words about how hard it is to say goodbye to a tree of this stature.  Local theologian Deborah Warner spoke about nature, then read a moving Mary Oliver poem that began, “When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness, I would almost say they save me, and daily.” (From “Thirst, poems by Mary Oliver,” Beacon Press, 2006)

Susan Witzell, a local historian, shared anecdotes about Joseph Story Fay who once owned this property and planted these seedlings back when Woods Hole had been cleared for timber and was mostly meadow used for sheep.  Fay was devoted to planting trees, and along with his gardener Michael Walsh, is responsible for much of the forest that now dominates this end of Falmouth.

In closing, a group gathered around the base for an actual tree hug.  It was such a warm spring day, with long shadows drifting across the impossibly green spring grass.  Susan Avery spoke of planting a new copper beech in the same spot and emotions ran high thinking about this symbolic new era in Woods Hole, a time for saplings, spring and new beginnings.

WCAI also reported on this special day, and you can hear their radio version of the story here.

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Woods Hole Historical Museum: Model Boat Show

April 18, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Historical Museum’s biennial Model Boat Show will be held on Patriot’s Day Weekend, April 18 & 19. This will be the 10th biennial Model Boat Show, a festive and impressive way of marking the end of winter. The Show was started by sailors who love boats, but find April too early to work on a boat in the yard or to go sailing. But the model boats are just right to satisfy a craving for things nautical in the very early spring. These people come to the Show in droves to celebrate the art and craft of boats built on a small scale, and some are lucky enough to be offered a chance to sail one of the radio-controlled boats in Eel Pond.

This celebration of small ships is an opportunity to view exquisite workmanship. Some of the vessels are so small they can fit inside a light bulb, most are much larger, ranging from 12 in. to 12 ft. Most have fine detail. Some are stationary, exhibited inside; others go into the water. Some are powered only by the wind, yet steered by radio control.

The boats will be exhibited in seven buildings ashore, stretched from the Museum’s own building and down the length of Water Street, and in two locations on the water. One of these watery sites is a shallow pool created especially for this weekend, where children are invited to sail models they have built themselves. The other water site is in Eel Pond, where radio-controlled boats will be sailed and raced in easy view from the drawbridge. These events take place almost constantly through the two days of the Show.
Another very appealing feature of the Show is that many of the craftsmen stay onsite and are happy to talk with the public about their models. Some work on their projects during the Show and will explain their techniques. This year — for the first time — there will also be a Dockyard Sale. The sale will be an opportunity for modelers to sell gear they no longer need and to buy gear from other modelers.

Within the Show are a series of illustrated talks. This year they will include a professional modeler who specializes in restoring antique ship models, and a father and son modeling team whose company designs state-of-the-art sails for full sized sail boats, most famously the America’s Cup challenger from New Zealand. In their spare time, they delight in building scale replicas about 6 ft. long that they race in competitions in Connecticut. Also, an engineer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who designs and builds small remotely operated submersibles will talk about his work, marking parallels to model boats.

This is the tenth time the Museum has held this festive event, and it is rumored to be the last of a good run, so if you have been meaning to attend but have never gotten around to it, be sure to come this year. Tickets, which are good for both days, are $ 12 for adults, $ 5 for kids, or $25 maximum for nuclear families.

Anyone who builds model boats and who would like to exhibit at this festive event should either call the Museum at 508-548-7270 or email director@woodsholemuseum.org. Anyone who has ever been tempted to attend should come this year to be sure to be part of this celebration of boats built on a small scale.

For more information, call the Museum at 508-548-7270.

Dinner & a Movie: Life Inside Out

April 11, 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:

Life Inside Out

Life Inside Out tells the story of Laura, the mother of three teenage boys, and her youngest son Shane, the family misfit and a disappointment to his father. When we first meet Laura, she is half-heartedly hosting a scrap booking party for her sister Lydia’s new multi-level marketing business. When she stumbles upon her long forgotten guitar, a gift from her mother and the former passion of her youthful life, she is taken under its spell and soon rediscovers her love for songwriting. Shane, sullen, ear buds perpetually in his ears, has cut himself off from the activities that his father and brothers enjoy. When Laura impulsively decides to sing at her first open-mic night, she takes Shane along for the ride; an act of both pity and motherly instinct. Her first performance is a borderline disaster but with Shane’s encouragement, she eventually tries again. Despite her rocky entry into the late night mélange of musicians and unusual characters that populate the open mic nights, Laura starts to blossom and Shane seems oddly at home. Soon, following his mother’s lead and with the help of YouTube and a couple of new-found mentors at the club, Shane picks up Laura’s guitar and begins to discover musical gifts of his own. As family pressures rise Laura finds herself pulled between the worlds of responsibility and creative joy. Ultimately, her first brave steps prove to be the catalyst for changing not only her life, but also Shane’s, in complex and unpredictable ways.

Woods Hole Jazz Presents Nicki Parrott with Jon Weber

April 7, 2015 by Beth Colt

Nicki Parrott, world-renowned double bassist and jazz vocalist, performs with Jon Weber, host of NPR’s Piano Jazz with Jon Weber, on Tuesday, April 7th, 7:30PM at Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, 02543 as part of the Woods Hole Jazz series. Tickets are $20. Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki Parrott started her musical training at age four, studying piano, flute, and eventually double bass. She attended the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music in Sydney where she won many awards and scholarships including first place in the Jazz Action Society’s Song Competition and a grant from the Arts Counsel of Australia to come to New York to study with premier bassist and educator Rufus Reid. Parrott quickly established herself as a top New York musician and was the long time bassist and vocalist for the legendary Les Paul, who said of her, ““She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.” She continues to appear regularly as part of Les Paul’s Trio. She has performed with jazz greats Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman and Michel Legrand among many others. Jazz Times described her playing this way, “Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness, and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements.” Parrott has recorded 15 vocal albums for the Japanese label, Venus Records, has made numerous recordings for Arbors Records, and released her first CD on Ooroo Records this year. She received Swing Journal’s Best Jazz Vocal Award in 2007 and 2008 for her albums, Moon River and Fly Me to the Moon. Her album Black Coffee received Swing Journal’s Gold Disc Award in 2010. Parrott has appeared at most international jazz festivals including Newport, Detroit, Newport Beech, Ascona, and Bern. She has also performed in the Broadway shows: “Avenue Q”, “Imaginary Friends”, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, “Summer of ’42” and “Jekyll and Hyde” and has made several television and documentary appearances including “The Gossip Girls”, “Chasing Sound” and “Thank You Les”, a tribute to Les Paul, which debuted on PBS in 2013. Parrott is known as both a top-notch musician and a wonderful entertainer. Cabaret Scenes Magazine says, “Nicki Parrott could make anyone love jazz.” Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous honors for performance, composition and television scoring. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning, Ørsted Pedersen and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Weber’s music. His most recent album SIMPLE COMPLEX, a collection of is original compositions, was critically acclaimed. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR’s Piano Jazz with Jon Weber. He was a frequent guest host for Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, which ran on NPR for 40 years. “He’s at once an exceptional musician as well as a gifted historian and storyteller, and, above all, a true piano polymath.” -Wall Street Journal. Tickets are available online at www.WoodsHoleJazz.org or in person at Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, Under the Sun in Woods Hole, or cash at the door while tickets last.

Easter Brunch at the Quicks Hole Tavern

April 5, 2015 by Beth Colt

Celebrate Easter Brunch on Cape Cod in Woods Hole with a waterfront view, fine food and great friends.  We are now accepting reservations for this special Cape Cod Easter brunch.  Call 508-495-0048 after 10 am please.

Quicks Hole Tavern is located in the middle of Woods Hole at 29 Railroad Avenue.  From your perch in the second floor dining room you will enjoy the coming and going of ferry boats to and from Martha’s Vineyard, and have a birds eye view on the hustle bustle of Woods Hole’s port. In our first floor pub, you will enjoy the panoramic black and white photo behind the bar with an iconic view of Woods Hole from the 1890′s.

Easter Brunch will offer a few specials as follows: fresh lobster and asparagus quiche with a tomato relish and house salad (18),  braised spring lamb with eggs sauteed spinach and herbed jus (16),  smoked pastrami cured salmon with truffled potato cakes and farm fresh goat cheese (16) plus the rest of our Brunch Menu which you can read here.

We are proud of our steady positive feedback, so here are a few comments we have received from customers in the last month:

“Loved being there on top of Woods Hole and sharing the view with my family.”

“The menu, quality of food, and service were all exceptional.”

“Great atmosphere, friendly service and delicious food!”

“Food is always excellent. We have dined there many times and have tried most of the menu…even the homemade ice cream sandwiches….and have never been disappointed.”

Ever grateful to current and future customers for feedback and support.

Happy Easter Brunch to all, especially those of you who love looking out over the water on Cape Cod.

Ocean Celtic

March 29, 2015 by Beth Colt

OCEAN Celtic is a quartet featuring key member from the cutting-edge Celtic-fusion band OCEAN Orchestra.  Based in Maryland, they are known for electrifying jigs and reels, soaring vocals and otherworldly airs, steeped in both deep scholarship and quirky humor.  Jannifer Cutting, protegee of folk revival pioneer A.L. Lloys and Library of Congress ethnomusicologist, is a celebrated bandleader who founded several WAMMIE award-winning bands including The New St. George.  Lisa Moscatiello has a voice that Billboard described as “one of the most gorgeous vocal instruments in all of folk-tinged pop”; she has sung with several bands including Ceoltoiri and Whirligig.  Balladeer Stephen Winick, a Library of Congress folklorist with a melodious voice and a penchant for sea shanties, studied with legendary Irish singer Frank Harte.  And multi-champion Scottish fiddler Andrew Dodds of the acclaimed group Iona rounds out this diverse and lively band.  Together, they combine award-winning original songs, fiery fiddle tunes, and innovative arrangements of obscure traditional tunes… a signature blend they call “Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns.”

Dinner & a Movie: Wicker Kittens

March 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:

Wicker Kittens

Open the box. Dump out all the pieces. And scramble for your lives. Because this is competitive jigsaw puzzling. And it turns even the mildest of mannered Midwesterners into stone-cold competitors. Every January, the top teams in the game gather at the St. Paul Winter Carnival in frigid Minnesota to determine the fastest puzzlers in the country. Wicker Kittens invites you to choose your favorite contestants„the returning champs, the upstart challengers, the sunny family or the dark horse team with nothing to lose„and watch them try to put the pieces back together.

Seal & Seabird Watch

March 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.

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.

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