Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bill Staines Returns to Woods Hole in 2015

For 43 years, the Woods Hole Folk Society has been bringing world-class folk artists to the region.  And for 43 years, singer-songwriter Bill Staines has been part of the lineup.  Staines, who is based in New Hampshire, is best known for his songs that capture the American landscape and the day-to-day life of hardworking people and families.  He is a veteran of the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the 1960's and continues to travel across the county to this day, playing up to 200 concerts a year.
Some of his original songs such as "Roseville Fair", "Yellowstone Winds", and the childrens' favorite "A Place in the Choir" (All God's Critters) have been covered by artists Nanci, Griffith, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, Fairport Convention, and Gordon Bok. Griffith said of Staines, "Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off-carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew".
Part of the appeal of attending a Woods Hole Folk Society concert is the venue itself.  Concerts take place in the Woods Hole Community Hall at 68 Water Street.  Located at the drawbridge in the village of Woods Hole, the Hall was built in 1878 and has been serving as a gathering spot for the community ever since.
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $15 (discounts available for members, seniors,and children) and can be purchased at the door only.
Staines will appear on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  The Woods Hole Folk Music Society 2015 concert series goes through April 12.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015 - Get Out & Enjoy It!

Lots of people like to kick off the New Year with an energizing outdoor activity.  Fortunately, the start of 2015 in Falmouth will have bike paths and walking trails free of snow and ice as well as reasonable temperatures, if you consider the mid-30s reasonable.  Here's a couple of ideas:
The Waquoit Bay Reserve will host a First Day Hike on January 1, starting at 1 PM.  This will be a guided hike around the waterfront estate.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28 in Waquoit.  Dress for cold weather and wear winter boots.  Dogs on the leash are welcome at this free event and hikers are invited for a hot chocolate afterwards.
Beebe Woods, on the property of Highfield Hall and Gardens in  Falmouth is another option. Encompassing almost 400 acres, Beebe Woods has a vast network of trails over varied terrain.  A number of trails lead to the Punch Bowl, a kettle pond located deep within the woods.  There's plenty of parking at Highfield  and you can download a map of Beebe Woods here.
Also in Falmouth are Long Pond, the Knob, and the Shining Sea Bikeway - all good for an invigorating walk.
If you prefer to start your year with more of a jolt, there's several polar plunges that should do the trick, and, they help support local charities.  The 2015 Old Silver Beach New Year's Day Run and Dunk takes place at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel, 350 Quaker Road in North Falmouth.  You have the choice of a 5.7 or 3-mile run followed by a dip in the ocean.  All proceeds go to the Cape Cod Center for Women, which provides services for women and children impacted by domestic violence.

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!