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 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 email@example.com. 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.
WHFMS regulars will be delighted to see Bill again — he was here when we started in 1973 and has returned every year since. A beloved icon in the folk music world, his contemporary American classics have been covered by the best in the business, from Priscilla Herdman to the Clancy Brothers. He is our own New England Cowboy, a national treasure, a wonderfully subtle left-handed guitarist, a singing storyteller whose songs of nature and humanity tell the tale of America: Yukon explorers, young couples, long-distance truckers, sailors, pilots, and of course singing animals. He’s guaranteed to warm hearts of any age and to get you singing along. Bring friends, family, grandkids — and especially your singing voice. “One of the best songwriters in folk music today.” – Associated Press
Internationally known harper and composer William Jackson has been a major force in Scottish Music for many years. As a founding member of the band Ossian (1976-1989) he was part of the revival of traditional music in Scotland in the 70’s and 80’s, and became known as an innovative composer, using a mix of traditional and classical musicians in such acclaimed works as The Wellpark Suite (1985), A Scottish Island (1998) and Duan Albanach (2003).
It’s been a few years since Joel has been here — eight, to be exact — but no grass has grown under this esteemed Midwestern singer-songwriter and humorist in the meantime. A self-described maverick in the folk world, he defies easy pigeonholing. By turns he may play fiddle or mountain banjo to accompany an ancient ballad, sing a witty song about modern life, pair a Carter family song with a sweet Irish melody on guitar, swing a hot jazz number, or reach deep for commentary on finding value in today’s troubled world. He has two dozen albums, the latest being “A Bird in This World” (2015), has been featured at many major festivals including Philadelphia and Vancouver, and has shared the stage with top artists from John Prine to Joan Baez. We’re very pleased to welcome him back!
Lissa Schneckenburger is a young master of traditional New England fiddling as well as a composer and singer whose voice has been called “pure and clear, full of simple emotion” by All Music Guide. She grew up in Maine, surrounded by music of many kinds, especially the sprightly New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles, Ireland and Quebec with homegrown twists. Lissa’s fiddling is uplifting and lively – Folk Roots calls it “tasty and feisty” — and her singing is gentle and evocative. Her latest CD project explores some long-forgotten Downeast songs and dance tunes from her childhood. She will be accompanied by Bethany Waickman, whose creative and driving rhythm guitar style has made her one of the most sought-after young accompanists in the area. Bethany joined the Lissa Schneckenburger Band in 2008 and has toured with Lissa in the US, Canada and Europe.
We welcome back multitalented phenomenon Troy MacGillivray from the shores of Nova Scotia. Returning for the fourth time, Troy is best known for a powerful, roots-centered fiddling style that evokes the music of his ancestors and features lesser-known gems from the traditional repertoire. His musical prowess can be attributed to both commitment and bloodline, as from a very young age he was impressing local audiences with his fiddle, piano and step dancing skills.
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).
Guy Davis is back to perform the music of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs and stories. He’s an accomplished musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. His music can be soulful or playful and bouncy as a hay-ride. He has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and on nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Whether performing in front of 15,000 people at major festivals, or teaching at intimate gatherings of students at music camps, Guy gives everything he’s got.
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.
Falmouth Mass on Cape Cod knows how to celebrate the holidays with their annual “Holidays by the Sea” weekend. In early December (Dec 7 – Dec 9, 2018), the whole town rolls out the red carpet with sparkling lights, a marine visit from Santa Claus, local craft sales with everything you need for your Christmas list, caroling at sunset at famous Nobska Lighthouse and of course the Holiday Parade — the largest gathering of it’s sort in southeastern Mass.
Here is a brief run down of some of the highlights of this world class holiday kick off celebration:
Carol Sing at Nobska Light – Sunset Friday, Dec 7th – Join professional carolers as the sun sets over Vineyard Sound and the islands in this unique and solemn gathering.
Jingle Jog and Elf Run – 9.30 am Saturday, Dec 8 – Hundreds of festive runners participate in this 5k jaunt through the frosty streets of Falmouth. The Elf Run is for kids under 12, which is super adorable to see the young runners set off before their parents.
Main Street Stroll – All weekend long, the Falmouth Main Street shops welcome you with gorgeous displays as well as end of season specials. Don’t miss this unique small business community as they show you the best of the best, and help you get into the holiday spirit with their creativity.
Santa Claus arrives by Boat – Noon on Saturday, Dec 8th at Marine Park Falmouth Harbor. You need to see this to believe it, all the way from the North Pole comes Santa Claus rolling into Falmouth Harbor by boat. Time for kids to meet Santa plus the best photo ops of the season.
Falmouth Holiday Parade – Noon on Sunday, Dec 9. More than 50,000 people crowd the streets of Falmouth to enjoy this one of a kind small town parade that kicks off the Christmas season. Led by the Hallamore Clydesdale team, these well-trained animals will take your breath away while the marching bands, baton tossers and inspired floats from local businesses will fill your heart with the warmth of holiday feelings. There is a reason this is the best attended holiday event in Southeastern Mass.
Your perfect lodging for this incredibly delightful weekend is the Woods Hole Inn where we decorate extensively for the holidays to get you in the spirit. Located right on the waterfront, in the middle of Woods Hole village, the Woods Hole Inn is the perfect place to start the holiday season right.
Blue bird skies and puffy white clouds, a steady cool breeze from the southwest and bikes in the back of the pickup … yes, summer is the perfect time to go on a Cape Cod adventure and explore the Cape Cod Canal! My husband, son and I managed to make a day of it today, journeying from Woods Hole to Bourne to bike along this amazing man made structure.
We drove about a half hour from Woods Hole, and got off at the first rotary to avoid possible bridge traffic, taking County Road to Monument Beach. We parked in a lot adjacent to the railroad bridge at the western end of the Canal.
We hopped onto our bikes, exploring east along the canal towards Sandwich. We passed under the massive Bourne Bridge, then followed the meandering curves of this incredible structure. There was no railing which made me a little nervous, but we enjoyed seeing fishermen and sun lovers gathered on the steep slope towards the water.
The wind was strong in our faces heading out, and then pushed us like sails as we returned. There were people walking, jogging, strolling, biking but it was not crowded at all. Boats were moving up and down the canal, some racing with the current and others fighting the decent seas where wind and water churned.
We put plenty of sunscreen on, and took a selfie on the way back with the Bourne Bridge in our sights. Good to already be on Cape, not fighting the traffic up on the bridge.
We worked up quite an appetite with our exploring, and we could have cycled to the nearby Lobster Trap restaurant but I was not sure how far it was so we threw the bikes back into the truck and drove over to this popular hangout. Another option would have been to explore towards Mashnee Island and take a swim in Buzzards Bay, but we were hungry at this point.
The Lobster Trap is perfectly situated on the edge of a gorgeous marsh near a railroad bridge. It’s so busy in summer, they offer valet parking! We strolled inside and were lucky to get a table right away.
This place has long been a locals secret, but it was thrown onto the national map earlier this month when word that Bono and The Edge ate here after performing a private concert in a local backyard. My invitation to that event must have been lost in the mail, but I enjoyed seeing clips of the six songs they sang on Facebook.
You can see why they might have wanted to visit this iconic lobster shack. My son had a killer lobster roll, my husband enjoyed the lobster salad and I shared a few appetizers including excellent tender calamari, creamy fresh New England clam chowder plus an original take on tuna tartar with wontons, seaweed salad and avocado. Yummy!
The view over the marsh with the waters of Buzzards Bay beyond reminds you of how close we are to the excellent fisheries here, and of course why seafood is especially fresh in this locale. Our Cape Cod adventure had come to a close, but there is always tomorrow. We will be back Cape Cod Canal, what a fun way to while away a summer Saturday. Next time, with Bono, right? A girl can dream.
Don’t just flirt with Woods Hole. Fall in love.
Join us at the Woods Hole Inn this spring for your “Spring Fling” weekday escape PLUS a complimentary “Oyster Three Ways” appetizer when you enjoy dinner next door at Quicks Hole Tavern, named Best Gastropub by Yankee Magazine. Get a true taste of the Cape with three local oysters prepared to your pleasing — fried, broiled or straight up raw.
Why choose the Woods Hole Inn?
This special spot was named one of the top ten bed & breakfasts in the country by Bed&Breakfast.com, and continues to earn great reviews from Tripadvisor for it’s excellent location and hospitality. Learn more about Cape Cod’s best bed and breakfast here.
*King Room with private bath starting at $149 per night Sunday through Thursday
*Free breakfast, wifi and parking included with your stay
* Includes a free “Oyster Three Ways” appetizer with dinner at Quicks Hole Tavern
Cozy up in a Standard King (Sunday – Thursday) starting at $149 per night plus tax with free WiFi, award-winning breakfast and parking. Upgrade to a Deluxe King for just $20 per night. Reserve online using Booking Code: GLOBE18 or call us at 508-495-0248 to book this special offer today.
*Offer will be valid on bookings up to June 21st 2018; subject to availability and blackout dates; cannot be combined with other offers; new reservations only. Book now, while supplies last.
On Sunday January 21, Woods Hole citizens reported an oil spill in Woods Hole, visible at the Town Dock on Great Harbor next to the NOAA aquarium. Coast Guard, Mass DEP and other first responders jumped to attention, containing the spill with absorbent cotton booms that kept the slick from blowing.
Boats circled the harbor all night protecting the boomed area, and the situation was improved by quiet, calm weather which allowed for better containment. Crews from Clean Harbors worked for the next several days with cotton batting and other absorbent materials to remove the spill and rescue affected wildlife. Truckloads of materials were hauled on and off over the course of several days until the water was clean again.
On January 25th, a press conference was held at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium, the room filled with concerned citizens, scientists, responders and journalists. The cause of the spill had not yet been identified, but investigators said that analysis of the diesel bilge oil had them close to announcing a culprit. If you are interested in a video of this press conference, please check out this live post from the Woods Hole Inn Facebook page.
Coast Guard reported at this press conference that over 20 sea birds had been found on the shoreline dead, but that due to a recent cold snap it was not possible to say how many were killed by exposure to the oily debris.
On January 30th, the Coast Guard released news that the spill was caused a tug boat Ocean King owned by Patriot Marine. Charges for the rescue and clean up efforts, as well as possible penalties and fines for not self-reporting the spill will be issued to Patriot Marine. Ocean King is a 95 foot tug built in 1950 — see her in her 70 year old glory, tied up at the Woods Hole dock here.
Coast Guard ensign Nathan Mendes led the spill clean up efforts. Stationed right here in Woods Hole, our community is lucky to have these brave men and women at the ready to help with this sort of crisis. A recent trip down to the Woods Hole waterfront shows no sign of the impact of this event, thanks to the readiness and hard work of crews.
Bringing you this news live from Woods Hole, thanks to the citizen journalists of the Woods Hole Inn.
Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or absolutely loathe it, the holiday is the perfect opportunity (or excuse!) to get away. This year, we’re doing something special, with steep discounts on all the rooms and too-good-to-pass-up add ons. Join us for two nights and you’ll have a bottle of chilled Prosecco waiting when you arrive, an order of “Oyster & Pearls” plus two craft brews at Quicks Hole Tavern, and a hearty breakfast to start the day in our sunny reading room. Plus, we’ll let you decide which weekend is better for you — the one before or the one after — Valentine’s Day. Check out the pricing here.
So, pack your bags, bring your loved one, and enjoy the peace and quiet of Cape Cod in the winter! Woods Hole Inn is across the street from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal, so adventurous souls need not feel restless. Other options: the best pastries on Cape Cod at Maison Villatte (we recommend the chocolate chip cookies, chocolate almond croissants and olive cheese bread), a picturesque sunset walk on the Knob, or a day trip to the National Seashore.
For those of you inclined to stay inside, we’ve got you covered with 600 thread count sheets and all the rom coms you could ever want. 🙂
See pricing details here, and call (508) 495-0248 to book today!
Middle image via Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association.
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, which we would argue is the perfect excuse to celebrate the fun holiday all weekend long! We’ll be “cheers-ing” with cold beers at the Tavern (right down the road), and we’re inviting you to join in on the fun, Cape Cod style.
Book your visit at the Woods Hole Inn and receive 10% off your stay, plus 2 Guinness beers and a small Charcuterie plate at Quicks Hole Tavern, just a skip and a hop from the Inn and across from the Martha’s Vineyard Steamship Authority. Take a stroll down picturesque Falmouth Main Street, or venture to the Vineyard for a sneak peak at the cozy off season (we’ll direct you to our favorite lunch spots). Who would say no to a yummy weekend on the Cape, right as the weather starts to warm up, and the salty spray from the ocean smells of summer?
Tropical Storm Philippe hammered Woods Hole all last night and today with sad results out on Great Harbor where a fishing boat broke loose from the town dock and swept two house rafts off their moorings onto the beach. Sustained winds of about 40 mph were observed, with highs at 60 mph clocked at Nobska Lighthouse and mid 70’s out on the Vineyard. Ferries were cancelled all morning due to the high winds, and the coffee shops of Woods Hole were abuzz with all the storm news — gossip of tree limbs, roads blocked, cars obliterated.
By late afternoon the winds has subsided somewhat, and marine salvage experts were working with dive gear to get the stranded fishing vessel off the sand and back into deeper water. Wind continued to drive into Great Harbor from the south with crews racing against the dusky end of day, making it difficult to imagine the situation will be resolved this evening.
Many of Woods Hole’s year-rounders were clustered around the spectacle, hushed voices shared concern. “Not sure how well lashed she was,” one person remarked of the large metal hulled fishing boat. “Fog just upgraded that raft this season,” clucked another.
As the sun set and clouds raced across a newly blue sky, locals wandered back to bail their dinghies then off to warm kitchens and more talk of storm news over suppertime, the end of another stormy day on Cape Cod.
At the height of the storm mid morning, it was raining and the sun was out. White caps were bursting across Eel Pond as the boats moored there quivered and dove on their moorings. A huge flock of cormorants was clustered in the middle of the pond, and at certain points they dove through the waves fishing for minnows. Here is a snippet of video from this exciting day of storm news:
Stevens Doherty has been our jack of all trades here at the Woods Hole Inn for the past several years. Stevens is a breakfast cook, housekeeper and valet during the summer, so one day he might park your car, the next he might serve you breakfast but always with a big ol’ “Good Morning” smile. “My first role here is to go above and beyond for our guests,” which he does on a constant basis!
What is the best part of the job? Interacting with people is the best part of the job. I love seeing that look on their face when you go above and beyond.
What is your favorite breakfast item at Woods Hole Inn? It has got to be the quiches, specifically the bacon.
What is your biggest accomplishment? My son.
What is your favorite place on Cape Cod or the islands? Lower Cape beaches, like Eastham and Wellfleet with my son, or any golf course.
Fun Fact! Steve used to be a firefighter in New Hampshire.
What is the best place you have traveled so far and why? Probably Paris. It is just beautiful – the museums, the artwork, the people.
With the heat and humidity carrying us into September, we can’t help but fantasize about the chillier months here on Cape Cod, when sipping hot chocolate in front of a fire and knitting our new relatives teeny tiny hats is the best way to spend a winter weekend.
What better way to experience the Cape Cod winter land than with a December weekend trip to the Woods Hole Inn? By booking the first weekend of December, you’ll get to experience a true gem: the Renaissance Fair, right in the heart of Woods Hole. The Cape Cod craft fair is somewhat of an institution Cape-wide, but this is one of the best.
Every year, the Woods Hole Community Hall is filled to the brim with locally crafted goodies (think award-winning homemade hot sauce, gorgeous nautical prints, handcrafted ornaments, beeswax candles, letterpress stationary, and local honey). A visit to the Woods Hole Renaissance Fair is the perfect way to complete your holiday shopping with unique, hand-made items.
The mood is festive with live music all day. It’s something we look forward to every year, and always encourage our guests to check out! Head home with a hand-crafted holiday wreath, made on frames of dried grape vines with locally cut greenery. Or try the soups and tasty breads offered from our local church – an amazing selection of home made delights sure to warm your heart.
This year, we’re taking it a step further with our first ever “Renaissance Fair Weekend Special.” Book your two-night stay from December 2nd-4th and get a Standard King for $399 or a queen for $379 queen, plus $25 worth of “Woods Hole Inn Bucks” to spend at the fair.
The Renaissance Fair is open to the public from 10 to 3 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and located at 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. There is plenty of street parking in Woods Hole. Parking is included for guests of the Woods Hole Inn.