In October near All Hallows Eve, spirits and memories come alive in old houses after dark. Join the night watchman to see what spirits inhabit the Dr. Francis Wicks House. www.museumsonthegreen.org
Woods Hole Theater Co. presents “Tales and Anecdotes #2” for 2 nights only on October 28th and 29th at 7:30 pm.
Come join 8 Storytellers who will be sharing 8 different interesting, adventurous, unique, fascinating, personal stories. You may recognize many of these talented local storytellers as entertainers, writers, public servants, with a great variety of backgrounds and storytelling styles. This is sure to be a hit, so don’t miss this opportunity to see them for 2 nights only.
VILLAGE OF SCARECROWS
Come to Falmouth Village and see the creativity and spirit of Main Street merchants as they display imaginative home-made scarecrows in front of the stores & restaurants. Join the fun and support your local merchants!www.falmouthvillageassociation.com
This is a celebration of the true American art forms of jazz and blues that includes a variety of concerts and a Friday evening free jazz stroll in the park and shops along Main Street, at the Falmouth Museums on the Green, and in the Queen’s Buyway. Fall for Jazz! Check the website for schedule.www.artsfalmouth.org
Marking one of the high points of the town’s year-round festival of the arts, this musical extravaganza was founded nine years ago to bring nationally known artists to town and to showcase the rich reservoir of regional talent for residents and visitors. You’ll hear soloists, combos and wall-to-wall brass bands playing every genre of jazz: from hot to cool, oldies to cutting edge, sultry to stomping. Events during the festival include concerts, talks, brunches, and art exhibits. Every year is different, and every year is exciting.www.jazzfestfalmouth.org
Fresh locally grown products
Friday, September 23, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 24, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
John Wesley United Methodist Church
270 Gifford Street, Falmouth
Selections of: Mums, Asters, Kale, Cabbage, Perrenials and PUMPKINS
Proceeds to benefit John Wesley United Methodist Church and its mission to our community
Fall in love with scarecrows in Falmouth Village! Similarly to the May basket competition in the spring, we’re enlisting your help once more to determine who’s crafted the best scarecrow! Take a stroll down Main Street and around Queen’s Buyway from October 15 – November 21 and scope out the competition. Then, log on to our Facebook page and like, share and comment on the photo of your favorite scarecrow. The people’s choice winner will be crowned based on your input.
Spend a beautiful fall day at historic Bourne Farm. Pick your own pumpkins, pony rides, hayrides, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo, crafts and characters. Lunch available and bake sale. Free admission and parking. Ticket sales per activity. Rain or Shine.
In the days after a hurricane, we sometimes get the clearest most beautiful weather of the year. Today, the water is glistening in the clear sunshine, and there are big puffy clouds scattered across a vibrant blue sky.
We were spared this season in Woods Hole, and there is no lasting damage from Hurricane Sandy. Our power was restored within a few hours (thanks NSTAR!), the few trees downed have been cleared and the minimal flooding has receded.
Even the fall foliage is mostly intact, and looking gorgeous on this cooler fall day, which was not true last year after Hurricane Irene sprayed salt water over all the trees. I think since Sandy blew from the East here, we were in the lea and the salt spray did not roll in as it sometimes does, blanketing us in an early winter brown.
As I watch the TV news and see the devastation in New York and New Jersey, my heart goes out to those suffering and in need. At the Woods Hole Inn, we are donating to the Red Cross, visiting the blood bank and hoping that our friends and guests from these places are safe and sound.
Work continues at the Inn at a breakneck pace, as both my contractor and I are eager to get the place sealed up before the real cold socks in. The Marvin custom windows take longer than you might think — now they are saying early December. Ergh. But everything else seems to be going well, knock wood. The weather has obliged, it is still a balmy 50 degrees in the daytime here. Days are getting shorter and work starts early and finishes at dusk.
The views from the upper floors continue to astound me. Last week the floors were still open allowing a two story view of the place:
Then in an instant (it seemed) down went the third floor, plus new stairs were installed. I wasn’t keen on balancing the rafters like the boys, but now I can walk up there. The structural engineer came by and liked the solid feeling that comes from all this re-enforcement. “Stiff” he called it, while bouncing a bit on the new plywood. I guess that’s good.
Today was a bit of a shocker as I arrived mid-morning to the roof open to the sky. The front dormers had shed roofs added incorrectly decades ago. No wonder the windows eventually blew out — the structure was totally compromised by hacking the roof rafters. It had to be completely rebuilt to come up to code. I guess the good news is that despite the expense, this part of the building will be like new. OK, not just like new. Actually ALL new.
It was a bit glower-y and at one point it started to sprinkle, but thankfully the weather report was accurate and there was no real rain. By late in the afternoon, thanks to a hard-working framing crew, the roof was starting to come back together. I love the way these guys work in concert, moving around and cooperating with so much grace. I guess they study the architectural drawings the night before so that there is no time wasted on site. They have a plan. Best of all, they seem to always be smiling. There is a joy in the work, singing and laughing. I can feel it in the finished product.
And while our crew scurried around on our little ant-hill, the ferries came and went carrying people to the Vineyard, many of whom didn’t notice that say, the roof is gone from that building over there. Across the street at the coffee shop, they were serving lattes to customers who heard a bang but had no idea that a room up there was totally exposed to the harbor. In the laboratories of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (aka “WHOI”) right next door, same thing. Even my husband, back at his desk, totally unaware. We are all in our own little worlds… Micro-climates… Fishbowls…
This blog is about me sharing my small fishbowl with you:) Happy Thanksgiving! May your weekend be filled with the joy of a new roof successfully installed on a New England fall day.