Woods Hole App

Bridge 1 Bridge 2 LobsterKids flocked to Woods Hole this summer to play with a new app which was designed to lead young people on a scavenger hunt of science, discovery and plain old fun all over the kid-friendly village of Woods Hole. The free app is easily downloaded on your mobile phone, and offers fun for all ages.

Developed by Zephyr Marine and Aecern, this inventive way to engage kids in the discovery of a seaside village on Cape Cod received grants from the Woods Hole Community Association, the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank and the Woods Hole Business Association. The app allows kids to choose an avatar, like a chatty crab or a smiling shark, then answer questions that lead them on a scavenger hunt to interesting spots all over town including the aquarium, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit, the Rachel Carson sculpture, the famous Woods Hole drawbridge and much more.

“There is so much for kids to see and do in Woods Hole,” said Quicks Hole owner Beth Colt, “it’s as if the village was designed for family fun. The Woods Hole Business Association was thrilled to be involved in a small way in the development of this great tool.”

“Watching young people engage with technology to discover and learn from the great outdoors and all Woods Hole has to offer is really exciting,” said Dr. Andone Lavery, WHOI Scientist and Co-Founder of Aecern. “We are pleased to have been able to participate in such a innovative community project.” Aecern is a Woods Hole-based education organization that creates discovery learning tools and experiences for students from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras to Cape Town, South Africa.

Rob Reynolds of Zephyr Marine said, “This project meets our mission of helping to make the public aware of the marine science resources in Woods Hole, and we are so excited to share it with everyone visiting Woods Hole.” Zephyr Marine Education Foundation is located at 97 Water Street, and offers a marine science and technology program for visiting school groups.

Download the free Woods Hole app on your next visit to Woods Hole by searching “Woods Hole” in the App Store.


Woods Hole Science Stroll

ScienceStrollFlyer11x17v2On Sunday, August 9, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the science organizations of Woods Hole have joined together to present a free public day of interactive science along Water Street. Tour the NOAA ship Bigelow, see the submersible Alvin and other ocean robots, explore science displays, animal touch tanks, and hands-on activities. Fun for the whole family! For more information, visit http://www.whoi.edu/woodsholesciencestroll/.

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R. Keith Rendall, master printmaker, exhibition “Below the Surface” at Zephyr Education Foundation

July 24 – August 2, 2015

HarborSealInternationally recognized artist, Keith Rendall will be showing select works in an exhibition, “Below theSurface” at the Zephyr Education Foundation July 24 – August 2, 2015. Rendall, a master printmaker is known for his unique, large- scale woodcuts and exquisite etchings. His life long experiences in Maine have taken him from the mountains and lakes of the Rangeley area to the islands and rocky coast, inspiring his images of landscapes, birds and marine life through direct experience. “Images conceived and realized in intaglio and relief can be graced with truth,” says Rendall, whose work explores the elements and nature in unusual but moving form.

With marine wildlife as a reoccurring motif, Rendallʼs work offers a mysterious entry point into the ancient rhythms of humanity and nature. Renderedin stark relief with generous contrasts of light and dark, his semi-narrative works offer a point of view and a point of departure. For months he works to carve each block and prints each image by hand in the traditional way using only the finest japanese paper and a rice paddle. Rendall works in very limited editions, perhaps just 2 or 3, and each will differ from the other using the power of the line and variations of color creating a unique image each time.

Rendallʼs work can be seen at Zephyr Education Foundation, 97 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA from 11-6 daily, July 24-August 2, 2015.

Woods Hole Theater Company will hold auditions for the thriller, “The Birds” by Conor McPherson


The Woods Hole Theater Company will hold auditions for the thriller, “The Birds” by Conor McPherson, from a story by Daphne du Maurier, Sunday June 28 at 2 pm, 
Monday June 29 at 7 pm, and Tuesday June 30 at 7 pm at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole.  Director is William Kennedy.

There are roles for a woman late forties/fifties
, a man forties/fifties
, a woman in her twenties
 and a man in his fifties.

The play based on Daphne du Maurier’s short story, is also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted by Conor McPherson—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.

Production dates are:  
September 10-12, 
and 24- 26 at 8 pm.  
There will be one Sunday matinee TBD.

Godspell presented by the Woods Hole Theater Company


Cast of Godspell: Left to right, back row: Kevin Kenneally, Gillian Norton, Robert Minshall, Alex Valentine, Hannah Carrita, Dan McSweeny, Kim Mitchell, Sitting, left to right: Michelle Rossi, Rachael Kenneally, Samantha Minshall

» Read this article from the Cape Cod Times

The Woods Hole Theater Company will present the musical “Godspell” at the Woods Hole Community Hall June 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, Thursday to Saturday, at 8:00 PM, and Sunday June 21 at 2:00 PM. “Godspell”  was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.   Directed by Corinne Cameron.  Music direction by Katie Lynch Koglin.  Show is enhanced with ASL interpretation.  Tickets:  $18.00.  Credit card reservations on line at www.woodsholetheater.org,  Ovationtix: 866-811-4111.

Woods Hole Theater Company is very pleased to be working with Corinne Cameron, Director of GODSPELL. Below are some of her thoughts regarding this show.

2015 has been a special year thus far theatrically as I was able to direct a show that is close to my heart and to do so twice. In March, my students at Mashpee High School performed Godspell under my Direction and Katie Lynch Koglin’s Music Direction. That incredible experience led me to wanting to direct the show in a community theatre venue. Luckily the WHTC board was able to accommodate my love for the show and has been with me every step of the way in order to give you, the audience, a great theatrical experience. My good fortune continued during the audition process where I was able to cast top-notch talent, whose youthful exuberance spans four decades, fully embodying the community spirit this show showcases. When I speak about Godspell as a whole, I always state that the musical is, first and foremost, about the formation of a community. Yes, it is the story of Jesus and the parables He taught which shows the growth of that community, but it is merely the vehicle that was chosen, rather than a religious statement. Persons of every faith can appreciate the lessons taught and come away with a facet of the show that can only be described as powerful.

In our production, you will notice that on most nights we have guest performers to aid in singing “On the Willows”. These guests are Katie Lynch Koglin’s and my students from The Blue Falcon Theatre Company’s version of Godspell. During their production, we had community members come in to join them and this opportunity makes our current production sort of an extention of the Mashpee HS version. Although there are similarities such as the community involvement, the show you are about to experience is quite different from the other. It’s a true testament to how differently the same material can be presented by being influenced by its actors and what they bring to the table. In keeping with our communal theme we are very excited to be able to have Lizzy Smythe, who has her degree in interpretation and deaf studies, take on the huge undertaking of translating a good portion of the text as well as all the music into American Sign Language. While it isn’t a complete translation, we are thrilled to be able to offer this enhancement for our hearing- impaired community members.

For the past forty plus years, Godspell has been delighting audiences around the globe. The wonder of this musical is that every production is unique and audience members come away with something different due to the personalities of the cast members and the vision of the director. So, whether you have seen this show twenty times or you’re a Godspell novice, ‘prepare ye’ for a totally new experience. Thank you so much for being a part of our WHTC Godspell community.

Spring is Coming: Daffodil Days in Woods Hole

spring in Woods HoleSpring is right around the corner here in Woods Hole, and it’s a perfect time to visit Cape Cod and especially Woods Hole as the daffodils bloom in Spohr Gardens and all along Woods Hole Road.  The cherry trees pop at about the same time (late April to early May depending on the year) and this year we are gathering in Woods Hole on May 2, 2015 for a the second annual traditional music festival organized by Arts Falmouth. Here is the line up of music from last year, to give you a sense of this awesome event.

Woods Hole blooming, sign for Spohr Gardens with cherry blossoms in full bloomAfter the music, wander down the bike path about a mile from Woods Hole to the incredible Spohr Gardens for the best view of daffodils blooming on the sea water’s edge.  This gorgeous piece of property was preserved for all by the generous Spohr family, and its gentle sloping hills are dotted with old millstones which come alive in spring when surrounded by daffodils of many varieties.

daffodils blooming in spring spohr gardens near Woods Hole on Cape CodIf you are lucky, you will see the swan that make Oyster Pond their spring home as you explore the waterfront at Spohr Gardens.  If not, you will still enjoy the views, crisp salt air and collection of large seafaring anchors that decorate the space.

view of Oyster Pond at Sporh Gardens with waterline, rocks and anchors

Spohr Gardens is located at 45 Fells Road off of Oyster Pond Road in Woods Hole.  Spring is the perfect time to visit Spohr Gardens, one of Woods Hole’s hidden gems.  Book your stay in Woods Hole today by exploring our accommodations listings here.    See you in spring Woods Hole!

(photos by Woods Hole Inn all rights reserved)

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Winter in Woods Hole

Winter winds in Woods Hole photo credit Woods Hole Inn

The last time the Eel Pond froze over for skating was 2004, and the last time we saw this much snow fall in Woods Hole was probably the Blizzard of 1978.  That’s right, it has been a tough winter in Woods Hole — with lots of snow, shoveling, ice, below zero temperatures and arctic winds.

skating in winter on Cape Cod photo credit Woods Hole Inn

But the beauty of winter on Cape Cod is pretty amazing.  Imagine playing hockey on Eel Pond, walking across the ice to explore frozen boats, sledding on the gold course or walking out to Paradise Rock off Stoney Beach on the ice.

winter in Woods Hole photo credit Woods Hole InnWander the village and see the summer houses boarded up, no need to plow or shovel because no one is coming until spring.  For about ten days in February, it was possible to explore at least a half mile out onto Buzzards Bay from Stoney Beach.  People were strolling to Quissett Harbor, walking to the Knob, exploring Penzance from the water… all on foot!  This is dangerous stuff, and NOT recommended for anyone but the skilled with the right gear, and even then it’s not that safe.

ice chunks in passage into Eel Pondnear Woods Hole drawbridge photo credit Woods Hole InnThe ice also clogged up Woods Hole Great Harbor, and Coast Guard ice cutters came out daily to keep the ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard running.

Captain Kidd restaurant in Woods Hole in snow photo credit Woods Hole InnMany of your favorite places were closed for the winter, but Fishmonger Cafe, Woods Hole Market, Pie in the Sky and Quicks Hole Tavern remained open all winter long, welcoming visitors with Woods Hole warmth and style.

Quicks Hole Tavern in Woods Hole in winter photo credit Woods Hole InnAs March comes in like a lamb with temps warming up to the high 30’s, we are dreaming of summer, but happy to share this photo essay of what Woods Hole looked like in the historic winter of 2015.  Winter in Woods Hole, a beautiful place to visit and explore in any season!

Martha's Vineyard Cape Cod ferry in Woods Hole winter 2015 photo credit Woods Hole InnPhoto Credits: Woods Hole Inn ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Renaissance Fair in Woods Hole Dec 6th

Renaissance Fair Woods HoleJoin the Woods Hole community at Community Hall (72 Water Street) this weekend on Saturday December 6th for the annual “Renaissance Fair” with crafts, hand-made wreaths for sale, Solstice Singers and much more!

This years crafts include over 30 artisans with hand made goods, local photographs, watercolors, wonderful jellies, jams and hot sauces, jewelry, knit hats, candles and kids toys.  The Woods Hole Renaissance Fair is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping, while enjoying the festive Woods Hole atmosphere.  For lunch in Woods Hole, try the home made soups from Church of the Messiah at the Firehouse, or the sweets upstairs in the “Tea Room” a pop-up bakery cafe.

The Fair starts at 10 am and goes until 3 pm.  Music and singing is scheduled all day long, with help from Rich and Ellie Armstrong, the Solstice Singers and others.

Partial Vendor List: Nobska Farm, Peach Tree Circle Farm, Woods Hole Film Festival, Flying Pig Pottery, Damon Crook Watercolors, Handworks, Cape Cod Shiburi, Grampy’s Soap, Cape Cod Vintage Postcards, Waldorf of Cape Cod, Mother Turtle Herbals, Woods Hole Historical Museum and many more!

Free parking is available in the WHOI Dyer lot between Fishmonger and Coffee Obsession on Water Street.  There are also over 100 metered parking spaces in Woods Hole on Water Street, Luscombe Ave and Railroad Ave.

Several local restaurants are open including Woods Hole Market, Pie in the Sky Bakery Cafe, Coffee Obsession, Landfall, Fishmonger Cafe & Quicks Hole Tavern.

Please join us for a festive day in Woods Hole!  Rain or shine:)

Renaissance FairNobska Farms Hot SauceQuahog Shell JewelryWaldorf Schoolwreath making in Woods Hole

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CASTING CALL – Do You Know Someone Who Should Represent Cape Cod On TV?

casting-callSome of you may already know, but for those of you that don’t, we have been working with a prominent Los Angeles based production company to bring a television show to Cape Cod for a while now. Well, we are officially going into production on a project to do a reality television show about, what else? The Real Cape. This production company works with the Nat Geo network and they are 100% on board with producing a show that is authentic in respect to the Cape Cod that we know and love. We would not have signed off on this project otherwise.

So here’s what we are doing. Since The Real Cape television show needs to be just as real as this website, in conjunction with the production company, we are holding an open casting call for all of you Cape Cod characters. This isn’t going to be some shallow show about sunsets and lighthouses, this is going to be about what really makes Cape Cod tick. Our goal here has always been to shine a national spotlight on the real Cape Cod and we’ve found the perfect company to do it with.

We are looking for the fisherman, the businessmen, the locals and the washashores. We are looking for the carpenters, the bankers and the quahoggers. We are looking for the people that are salty and the people that are saline, we are looking for the people of The Real Cape.

Do you know someone who you’ve always thought should be on television? Let them know about this casting call so we can find the hidden gems that make Cape Cod the Cape Cod that the rest of the country doesn’t know about. Let’s do this together and show the world what makes us such a great community. Let’s show the world The Cape that has culture, let’s show them The Cape that is thriving, The Cape that we love… The Real Cape.

The production team is flying in from Los Angeles over Thanksgiving and we’ve set up a casting call for Saturday November 29th. The executive producers will be on hand with cameras in tow at The Beach House in North Falmouth at 7 Nathan Ellis Highway (corner of 151 and 28A) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please share this post so everyone hears about this opportunity, this casting call is come one, come all, so let’s come together as a community and make a bad ass TV show that represents us the way we want to be represented.