Celebrating the legacy of environmentalist pioneer Rachel Carson, crowds came out in droves this past weekend in Woods Hole free movie screenings, science in the street for kids, guided bike rides, selfies with a real-life Rachel Carson and most popular of all, the rebirth of the famous “Anything But A Boat” race in Woods Hole’s Great Harbor.
What is “Anything But A Boat” you ask? An Un-Boat is constructed from anything but that which one might imagine you can make a boat — no paddle boards, no surf boards, no fiberglass — you get the picture. Eight intrepid creators entered the race with air mattresses, cardboard, bubble wrap and Styrofoam concoctions on Sunday September 16th at Waterfront Park.
About four hundred people showed up to observe the race which went off at noon led by race manager Shelley Dawicki (from NOAA) and her talented team of volunteers. “Bamboo Banger” captained by Willie Hatfield with Kelly McKeon finished the race well ahead, winning first prize — a free stay at Woods Hole Inn plus a $100 gift certificate from Black Dog Tavern.
The “Warrier Princess” led by Julie Allen raced to honor a daughter fighting breast cancer and finished with a special award for the “Biggest Heart” of the day.
The “Sons of Carpentry” won “Best Engineered” award with this elaborate, unique paddle boat. Led by Captain Zachary Grace, the carpenters are employed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic (WHOI) carpentry shop but were quick to share that materials and effort were all their own. What a great team!
After the awards, viewers wandered over to Luscombe Ave to partake in a block party with free music from Crooked Coast and Brother’s Rye on the shells at both Landfall Restaurant and Quicks Hole Taqueria from 2 – 6 pm.
Beach balls entertained the youngest members of the crowd while beer donated from the Long Trail Brewing Company was sold with proceeds over $800 donated to Falmouth Water Stewards, a local non profit working on water quality issues in Falmouth. The event was produced by the Woods Hole Business Association in collaboration with the science community.
Rooster and Maryanne Fricke of Nobska Farm hot sauce fame danced up a storm, and many party-goers dreamed of a day when we might shut the whole block down for this sort of end-of-summer fun. Maybe next year!!
To close, please enjoy this video of local phenom musician Ben Patterson with his band Brother’s Rye. This photo essay is brought to you by Woods Hole Inn. You will not regret a decision to come visit us in Woods Hole one of these late summer days.
The invitation comes in your mailbox, hand written with neighborly love. A simple message — join us on Saturday afternoon for the annual Woods Hole cider press. Bring your own apples, but only if they are free. The Saturday in question dawns unseasonable warm, so you stroll over to this casual gathering on the lawn near the Woods Hole Oceanographic Challenger House.
Safe to say, le tout Woods Hole is in attendance. Dad’s with baby’s strapped on, kids of all ages chasing a sugar high, grandparents struggling with the old wooden press and shoveling apple remnants into a well worn Garden Way cart. Even a few guests of the Woods Hole Inn, welcomed like old family friends with fresh pressed cider with maybe a nip of good bourbon.
Long afternoon shadows and views out over Little Harbor with Martha’s Vineyard island shimmering in the distance. A nice breeze coming in from the southwest. A few of the old salts talking about how it would have been a good day for a knockabout race, but who knew it would remain this warm so long this year? Still in shirtsleeves.
An endless supply of fresh pressed cider is passed around and the sweets table is laden with home made goodies as well as a box or two of Dunkin Donuts. No one wants to show up to the Cider Press empty handed. Don’t miss Jenny’s apple spice cake — it’s the bomb, says her friend.
Time to walk home, sugar buzzed and happy. What a great community is drawn to the surrounding natural beauty of Woods Hole. What fun at the end of a busy summer to reconnect at an authentic local cider press. Feeling pretty lucky to live in Woods Hole Cape Cod on a day like today.
Woods Hole is a village of the town of Falmouth, and three miles up the road is the center of town which we call Falmouth Main Street. Crowded with year-round restaurants, adorable shops, candy stores and ice cream parlors, Falmouth’s Main Street is a nice bike ride from the Woods Hole Inn, where we offer bicycles to our guests. It’s also an easy drive, and Main Street Falmouth has plenty of parking with no meters.
If you choose to bike from the Woods Hole Inn, hop on the bike path in front of the Steamship Authority and enjoy the three mile journey with vistas towards Martha’s Vineyard and several good spots to stop for a swim. Once in Falmouth, head off the bike path at Depot Avenue (you will see the Falmouth Bus Depot filled with green Peter Pan buses there) and ride past the Queens Byway onto Main Street.
There are dozens of locally-owned restaurants on this historic stretch which like Woods Hole has been protected and preserved as a historic district. You can choose from Indian, Mexican, Italian, Traditional Cape Cod, fabulous French bakeries, brunch spots, delis and much more. There really is something for everyone on Main Street Falmouth, MA.
Then of course, the shopping. Fancy upscale stuff at Lily Pulitzer, Maxwell & Co, Pilgrim and others. Great summer finds at Port Cargo, Green Eyed Daisy, Cape Chic Co and more. Gift shopping too at Celebrations, Treasure Chest, Pink Polka Dot. Real old time shopping from small vendors who know their customer — and that customer is you.
Don’t leave Main Street in Falmouth without a visit to one of the many patisseries, candy or ice cream shops. Perhaps a taste test is in order? There is Gelfi’s, Ben and Bill’s, Tisberry Yoghurt, Cupcapes of Cape Cod and the fancy French bakery called Maison Villatte for starters. Don’t miss Coffee Obsession or Pies a la Mode, at either end of this long stretch of charming shops. Main Street is really a great hang out for the sweet tooth in us all.
Enjoy your exploration of our quaint town. Falmouth Main Street is famous for being one of the nicest shopping and dining experiences on Cape Cod. Here are photos of some of my favorite Main Street Falmouth MA spots. Or click here for more info and a map of the area.