Friday, December 12, 2014

'Tis the season for merriment, giving, family and friends. Falmouth is a great place to do all of that! Homes, shops, restaurants, and attractions throughout town are decked out in their holiday finest. Just think of all that is going on at Highfield Hall and Gardens. Although their annual holiday decoration showcase is over for this year, there's still the Holiday Ball on December 13, a culinary class on delicious holiday treats with Gail Blakely on December 17, and "A Fine Winter's Night" concert with Irish duo Matt & Shannon Heaton on December 21.
If you're looking for gifts, Main Street and Queens' Buyway have a variety of offerings. You might also want to check out the holiday market at Falmouth Artists Guild on Gifford Street. They are open every day through December 23 and have a variety of unique and locally made gifts. 
Not to be outdone, Falmouth's restaurants are festive and warm and many are offering special holiday menus on New Year's Eve. 
Whether you're a resident or a visitor, you're sure to enjoy the holiday season in Falmouth.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 College Light Opera Company Season

The 46th season of the College Light Opera Company is in full swing and getting rave reviews.  CLOC is an independent, non-profit theater company comprised of singers, musicians, and technicians from colleges and universities across the country. Under the guidance and direction of a professional staff they put on nine musicals and operettas, accompanied by a full orchestra, throughout the summer season.

The current production is The Pajama Game, based on the 1954 Broadway hit that tells the tale of labor unrest and romance at a pajama factory.  A review in the Cape Cod Times says the production tells the story "in an engaging way with strong vocals, quirky characterizations and inventive Fosse-infused choreography".  The reviewer goes on to say that "with talent from all over the country, CLOC has developed a well-earned reputation of staging an impressive array of complicated productions".  Next up is Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, starting on July 24.

Performances take place in the air-conditioned Highfield Theater at 58 Highfield Drive in Falmouth.  Single-admission tickets are $35.00.  The Box Office is open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 2 to 5 p.m.; and 7 to 9 p.m.  Call 508-548-0668 for more information.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fourth of July in Falmouth

Everything is in place for a great 2014 Fourth of July weekend in Falmouth.  The festivities kick off with the weekly Falmouth Town Band concert on Thursday, July 3 at Bigelow Marine Park on Scranton Avenue.  Of course, the theme is patriotic music.  Bring your best singing voice as the audience will be invited to sing along.

Start the Fourth off with the 3rd Annual Run Jack Run, a 1.2 mile family fun walk/run that starts at 9 a.m. at Falmouth High School and goes to Trotting Park.  Check-in and same day registration from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  All proceeds benefit Jack'sPACT, a community group, scholarship fund, and anti-drunk driving campaign.  Jack'sPACT was started in memory of 16 year-old Jack Pearsall who was struck by a drunk driver after leaving a fireworks display in 2011.  He died of his injuries on July 4, 2011.

If you love a parade, there's the Bike and Carriage Parade on Main Street in Falmouth at 11 a.m.  Decorate your bike, wagon or stroller and join the fun.  The Marine Biological Laboratories Fourth of July Parade starts at noon at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute parking lot on Water Street in Woods Hole.

The main event is the fireworks display (voted one of the Top Ten best in the country) at Falmouth Heights Beach, which gets under way at dusk.  No need to go to the Heights to see the show, the beaches along Surf Drive offer a great view as well (and less traffic). Special thanks to the Falmouth Village Association as the Underwriting Sponsor for the fireworks this year.  Rain date is Saturday, July 5.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Arts Are Alive in Falmouth

From June 20 - 22, 2014, be sure to set aside some time to head to Main Street in Falmouth for the 2014 Arts Alive, a celebration of music, dance, theater, crafts, and art.  The festivities kick-off on Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m.  Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and  Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The area around Falmouth Library is the hub - with performances under tents on the library lawn and craftspeople displaying their work on Shore Street Extension.

Highlights include a Town Dance on Friday evening, with swing dance music by the Charlie Jamieson Trio. Saturday's featured activity is a Rock Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. Nearly 50 artisans will be offering pottery, photographs, jewelry, beadwork, and all manner of handcrafted items.  It's also an opportunity for local non-profits to spread their message and showcase the good works they do in the community.

All activities are free and open to all and the party is on, rain or shine.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Rhododendrons are bustin' out all over.  It's been a spectacular flowering season for these Cape favorites, with vibrant blossoms in pink, white, red, and purple. As you can see in this photo, the "rhodies" at the Captain Tom Lawrence House Inn are just getting ready to bloom.  Elsewhere in the area they are out in full force.

For one of the region's best displays, check out  the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich.  Their annual Rhododendron Festival runs through May 25, 2014, with walking tours, a plant sale, and talks by experts.  Here in Falmouth there is the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary off  Route 151 and Spohr Gardens.  Or, just take a drive through town.  They're everywhere!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

History in Art in Falmouth

Every year, the Falmouth Historical Society and Falmouth High School Ceramics Program collaborate on a project that showcases the history of Falmouth through the creativity and talent of the school's art students. In this year's project, If These Houses Could Talk, the students created ceramic birdhouses that reflected the architecture and history of homes in Falmouth Village.  The Captain Tom Lawrence House was honored to be included in the collection.

The birdhouses were on display at Historic Highfield until May 14 and now hang at each of the homes they depict.  A self-guided walking tour is being created and will be available at the Museums on the Green and Falmouth Chamber of Commerce.  The tour will continue through September 15, 2014.

The Museums on the Green will kick off its 2014 season on May 23.  The museums and exhibits will be open Tuesday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Our 2014 season begins May 23rd and goes to October 11th. We will be open 11 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday and 11 am to 2 pm Saturdays. Guided tours will be held at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm weekdays; 11:30 am and 12:30 pm Saturdays.
    Historical Society Office Hours remain Tuesday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.
    Research Library open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 1 pm. Appointments are suggested.
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays
  • Our 2014 season begins May 23rd and goes to October 11th. We will be open 11 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday and 11 am to 2 pm Saturdays. Guided tours will be held at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm weekdays; 11:30 am and 12:30 pm Saturdays.
    Historical Society Office Hours remain Tuesday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.
    Research Library open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 1 pm. Appointments are suggested.
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays

Friday, May 2, 2014

A Nice Spring Walk - Four Ponds Conservation Area

About a 10-minute drive from the Captain Tom Lawrence House Inn is the Four Ponds Conservation Area in the town of Bourne.  Named for - you guessed it - four ponds within the tract - it is 280 acres of well-maintained wooded trails, about 3.6 miles in all. The walk is described in "Walking the Cape and Islands" by David Weintraub, as moderately difficult, with all manner of flora and fauna, such as the Mute Swans shown here.  It is mostly rolling terrain, but, to get the heart pumping and keep things interesting, there are a few hills.
To do the entire walk would take a couple of hours, but the main loop around the ponds is less than an hour. We have found the trails to be well marked and, for the most part, wide.  If you need a rest or just want to take in the scenery, there are benches in many spots along the trails.
Four Ponds Conservation Area is located off Barlows Landing Road in Bourne.  It is open all year and dogs are allowed on leash.