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Stretching through some of the most beautiful scenery on Cape Cod, the Shining Sea Bikeway is a beloved mode of transportation and fun.



A family’s home is filled with seaside memories, past and present.


Aptly named “Angel’s Welcome” reflects the owners’ genuine joy of life.

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78 END-OF-THE-ROAD TOWN A tale of thirteen generations of Cape living.







After 18 years of hard work, a husband-and-wife team, who own the children’s clothing company Tuff Kookooshka, opens a retail space on the Cape.


Woods Hole potter Joan Lederman works with deep-sea sediment from all over the world.



With 68 miles of coastline, Falmouth has some of the finest beaches around.


Falmouth’s famous road race turns 45 this year.

122 PRESERVING NOBSKA A new chapter for Falmouth’s iconic light.


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Photographer Dan Cutrona captures one of the beloved cottages along Surf Drive Beach.

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Local gems to cherish, scenic hikes worth the trek, the benefits of small town living and where the local fire department likes to blow off steam.



Woods Hole as a dining destination and a comprehensive restaurant listing.

Falmouth Academy’s

SIMON CENTER FOR THE ARTS Grand Opening Performance July 3rd Featuring The

Harlem Quartet

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Local photographer Michael Petrizzo captures the coast.





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Janice Randall Rohlf EDITOR

Kelly Chase: Falmouth Magazine, Hingham Magazine, Cape Cod Guide

hen I put together an issue of a magazine, I never start with a theme, I start with stories. To qualify as a great story, it needs to, of course, be interesting, but it also has to reflect the spirit of and be important to the community. When I was planning Falmouth Magazine, stories began to evolve from many conversations with locals. Soon, assignments went out to freelancers, deadlines were decided and later stories were filed. But months later, in the phase when we begin to stitch the issue together story by story, unintentional parallels always seem to develop.

In this issue, there are stories that will encourage you to get outdoors. Dan Mathers and his two children hit the Shining Sea Bikeway, and he writes a story about teenage disagreements that will make every parent sympathize, but ends with a memory made along Falmouth’s path. Falmouth native Jaci Conry has created an insider’s guide to the beaches of Falmouth. She writes about saltwater and freshwater swimming spots and reveals a few secrets, such as where to beachcomb, find quiet and catch waves.

There are tales of tradition. This year, the Falmouth Road Race turns 45. Bill Higgins, former sports editor for the Cape Cod Times, writes about the Falmouth Road Race, which he has attended 43 times. “This whole thing—the race, the town, the runners, the volunteers, everyone—has a seductive hold on me,” Tommy Leonard tells Higgins. “It was borne out of friendship. Those who were already friends and those who would become friends. I wanted to do something that would make people feel good.”

There are accounts of community pride. Several local volunteers have formed the Friends of Nobska Light, which is dedicated to preserving the town beacon. Writer Marina Davalos and photographer Albie DiBenedetto climb up the spiral staircase to the widow’s walk marveling at the tower’s history and later hear about the group’s plans for the iconic structure’s future. Deborah Griffin Scanlon is an 11th-generation Falmouth resident. (Her grandchild born this year is the 13th generation.) Her ancestors came over on the Mayflower, so it’s fair to say she’s rooted here. She writes what it means to be from Falmouth. The parallels I see now in our mix of stories are natural beauty, family, tradition and community pride, or as Scanlon puts it in her essay, “taking care of our own.” I hope you draw your own parallels with the stories in this book that reinforce the reasons you choose to spend time in Falmouth.



Maria Allen: South Shore Living, Plymouth Magazine Rachel Arroyo: Home Remodeling Rob Duca: New England Golf & Leisure Lisa Leigh Connors: Cape Cod Magazine, Chatham Magazine Colby Radomski: Southern New England Weddings Tom Richardson: New England Boating, New England Fishing Janice Randall Rohlf: Southern New England Home, New England Living ............................................ CREATIVE DIRECTOR



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Lenore Cullen Barnes, Jaci Conri, Marina Davalos, Bill Higgins, Lannan O’Brien, Dan Mathers, Deborah Scanlon CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Jaci Conry is a Falmouth native. As a writer and editor, she covers design, travel and parenting topics for many publications and is a regular contributor to “The Boston Globe Magazine.” She lives with her husband and their son and daughter in downtown Falmouth, where she feels blessed to be within walking distance to the beach, the bustle of Main Street, and her children’s school. Bill Higgins is an award-winning former newspaper sports editor and writer who has covered everything from World Series, Super Bowls, Stanley Cups and NBA championships to the Masters golf tournament, Boston Marathons, America’s Cup yacht races and World Cup soccer matches. And, of course, lots of high school games. In this issue, he wrote about the Falmouth Road Race, an event he has attended 43 times, and counting.



Dan Cutrona is a freelance photographer who lives his life on the edge. When he’s not braving the elementary school drop-off lines, he’s capturing beautiful things that end up in front of his camera, whether it’s an amazing example of architecture, or portraits of chefs at the newest watering hole. He spends his winters shooting in Miami. “The diversity and polar opposite design style of Miami compared to Cape Cod keeps me on my toes,” he says. Julia Cumes is a South African-born photographer based on Cape Cod for the past 16 years. During the past four winters, she spent time teaching photography to children in Rwanda as well as to tribal Samburu women at the On’gan Women’s Cooperative in Kenya. She also teaches a variety of photography workshops and classes locally on Cape Cod and is a resident photographer at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod where she has a studio gallery.


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Marina Davalos is a freelance writer specializing in hospitality, design and the arts. For this issue, Marina spent time surrounded by a 270-degree water view from the top of Nobska Lighthouse while talking with the Friends of Nobska Light about their plans for its future. When she’s not out galavanting for stories, she’s spending time with her niece, her dog and her cat. She lives in Cotuit.

Lannan O’Brien, from Sandwich, is a writer/photographer and digital content manager for Lighthouse Media Solutions. A Cape native, she can often be found with sand beneath her feet and a camera in hand, snapping pictures for her photography business. For this issue, she had fun exploring some favorite local attractions and enjoyed learning about the daily work of a Falmouth firefighter—and the immense challenges it brings.

Dan Mathers is a freelance writer and editor and former associate editor for “Offshore” magazine. He currently publishes an outdoors website called NortheastExplorer. com. His articles on the outdoors lifestyle have appeared in “Cape Cod Magazine,” “South Shore Living” and “Chatham Magazine.”


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DAN MATHERS Albie DiBenedetto is a Bostonbased marketing professional, photographer and graphic designer. He grew up on the South Shore and has always found creative inspiration in the sights and sounds of his seaside roots. In this issue, he captured Falmouth’s iconic light.


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Lenore Cullen Barnes is a Bostonand Cape Cod-based freelance writer, who regularly contributes to regional magazines with a focus on interior design, home remodeling, cultural events, destinations, weddings and personalities. She was formerly a feature writer for Virginia’s “Richmond Times Dispatch.” Having lived in Europe and various parts of the U.S., she’s enjoying life in New England with her husband, son, daughter and Westie.



Lee Geishecker and Stefanie Cavallo of VIEW photography had each traveled the world and chronicled their journeys through their photography for years before meeting on Cape Cod. They opened their first studio in Falmouth in 2008, and in 2013, they relocated to Queens Buyway. VIEW Photography is known for newborn, family and professional portraits as well as wedding and event photography. Geishecker is also active in the community. She is vice president of the board of directors for the Falmouth Village Association as well as the Professional Photographers of Cape Cod, and she serves on the board of directors for Arts Falmouth and Professional Photographers of Massachusetts.

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SIP MORNING BREW AT COFFEE OBSESSION. If nothing else, three things are true about the ever-charming Coffee O’ (so called by regular customers): the baristas are always sunny, regardless of the weather; the coffee is always delicious; and the mismatching chairs seldom change, making a return trip to this hangout spot feel like coming home. We’d trust anything on their coffee menu, which changes frequently, and the house brew is a great go-to for less adventurous types. Tip: It’s worth the wait to settle into one of their few comfy, albeit well-worn armchairs. 110 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth; 508-540-2233 38 Water Street, Woods Hole; 508-540-8130




Before you give up on finding the perfect birthday gift or souvenir for that hardest-to-buy-for friend, walk down Main Street and explore the many stores. Inside Twigs much of the merchandise, from women’s clothing and jewelry to handmade candles and soaps, comes from small Cape and Massachusetts-based businesses. Tip: Look for “stone people” art by Ellen’s Designs. These small wood blocks feature the figures of couples, families and even pets made from beach stones, driftwood and other sea treasures. Main Street, Falmouth fa l m o u t h m a ga z i n e .co m


While many small, independent bookstores have been lost to the Internet age, Eight Cousins continues to thrive, playing a special role in the Falmouth community for over 30 years. Maybe it’s the knowledgeable staff, the diverse selection for young readers or the distinctive, arched storefront windows that draw people inside (the same windows that are depicted in the business logo, symbolizing books illuminating ideas and views of the world). Most likely, it’s all of the above that make this the best place to indulge your inner bookworm. Tip: You’ll find a nice selection of titles for grown-ups too. Check the website for a list of new book releases. 189 Main Street, Falmouth; 508-548-5548

EXPLORE HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS. Originally owned by the Beebe family, this 1878 estate was saved from the wrecking ball in the ’90s and restored as a museum. Art exhibits inside change throughout the year, as do the colors in the gardens and wooded paths that surround the building. Not the museum type? Put on your sneakers and follow the foot trails and old carriage roads of Beebe Woods. Tip: Find the ice house outside, which was once used to store ice from nearby Shivericks Pond. 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth; 508-495-1878


Just off the Shining Sea Bikeway, there’s a 41-acre parcel of land with walking trails open to the public. Transferred from Mass Audubon to the Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuaries in the 1960s, this wooded area is beautiful year-round and offers views of Salt Pond flanked by Elm Road, Mill Road and Surf Drive. You can find parking at the corner of Mill Road and Surf Drive on Elm Road near the intersection of the bike path and off Pondlet Place. Tip: Download a trail map before you go at

SAVOR QUALITY SEAFOOD—AND BEER—AT QUAHOG REPUBLIC. If you’re looking for that off-the-beaten-path, greasy spoon-style place to grab a bite, this is it. On any given day, regular customers occupy the stools at this self-described dive bar. The house brew—a light, hoppy beer called Quahog Grog—pairs perfectly with the Crunchy Cod Fish n’ Chips (it’s worth the upcharge to substitute Truffled Parmesan Fries for traditional fries). Tip: It’s pronounced “co-hog,” not “quay-hog.” 97 Spring Bars Road, Falmouth; 508-540-4111

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A small family-owned chain, Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium is a chocolate lover’s paradise. Step inside to browse a dazzling array of handmade chocolates, candies and hard-serve ice cream flavors. When it comes to ice cream, we’re partial to the triple chocolate, but it’s really all delicious. Tip: It’s a mortal sin to leave without a box of the sea salted caramel chocolates. We mean it. And go early, because they sell out fast. 209 Main Street, Falmouth; 508-548-7878

RELAX WITH A MARGARITA ON ANEJO’S PATIO. Sometimes you need a change in perspective. After spending much of the day walking Main Street, there’s something sweetly refreshing about watching passersby—an experience enhanced only by a warm summer evening and an expertly crafted margarita in your hand. Anejo can make it all happen (minus the weather). We recommend their namesake margarita, made with Hornitos Anejo tequila, Torres Orange Liqueur, organic sugar cane, squeezed lime and cucumber. Tip: The food is as amazing as the cocktails. You can’t go wrong with the Verde Chicken Chimichanga or Baja fish tacos. 188 Main Street, Falmouth; 508-388-7631


WATCH THE SUNSET AT THE KNOB. It’s worth the hike to see this natural landmark, a hidden gem accessible only by wooded trails from Quissett Harbor Road. Jutting out into the ocean from a thin stretch of land, The Knob offers clear, open views of Quissett Harbor and Buzzards Bay. Trek to the tip of the landform itself or dig your toes in the soft sand of nearby Crescent Beach—a small beach also reached via the main trail—to end your day on a peaceful note. As the sun disappears below the horizon, listen to the waves crash and reflect on all you’ve seen and done. Tip: Only a few parking spaces are available. Especially in the summer, try to get there as early as possible or find alternatives to parking your car. Off Quissett Harbor Road, Woods Hole



Rumor has it that during prohibition, this building was a carriage house where men would drink, while women would visit a teahouse out front. What exists now is the diviest bar in town and local music hub. Even after gaining national attention, Cape-formed alternative band Crooked Coast continues to play here, occasionally with up-and-coming alternative band Diamond Guts. “Whiskey & Stout” is an opportunity for musicians who haven’t been scheduled to show up and play. Perhaps most unique to this spot is the mixed crowd. As bartender Chris Stone says, “You could come in and sit down next to a painting contractor, an investment banker, a lawyer or a doctor.” Tip: There’s typically a $5 cover, but you can get in free with passes from Coffee Obsession. Limited number available. 29 Locust Street, Falmouth; 508-540-3930

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PARKING: Stagecoach Way, Falmouth

PARKING: Cape Cod Conservatory (60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth), Peterson Farm (McCallum Drive, Falmouth), and Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth

PARKING: Brick Kiln Road and Goodwill Park

MOCK MORAINE TRAILS Short trails crisscross throughout the Mock Moraine Parcel. Eaton Overlook is the highest point on the trail where hikers can see out to Buzzards Bay. “I am very fond of the Mock Moraine parcels. There are lots of spring wildflowers. There’s a kettle hole with huge pines and beautiful, old stone walls covered in lichen. You can hike for half an hour and not see another person.” - Dick Payne, 300 Committee board member and land steward

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Beebe Woods and Peterson Farm comprise Falmouth’s most-visited conservation area. Trails traverse the quiet woods and alongside bucolic farmland. “I find there is a tranquility about being in the woods. Yet for kids, there is a sense of adventure. There are large rocks for them to climb as well as several ponds they can explore for fish and frogs. I like it best in the fall when the leaves are changing as well as the winter when I can cross country ski.” - Gary Walker, former 300 Committee board member and current volunteer

A dirt road encircles Long Pond, one of Falmouth’s largest bodies of water and the town’s drinking supply, so it’s a great place for walking and bike-riding. History and geology combine to make this a fascinating area. “Long Pond is one of our largest water bodies and it’s in the middle of significant forest. It probably looks much like it did when the colonists arrived. At one point cows grazed here. The forest has grown back, but you can still see the old stone walls that marked the field boundaries. Also, there are many geologic features to see and discover along with a huge variety of trees and wildflowers.” - Tom Stone, 300 Committee board president

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Taking a walk in the woods is like hitting the reset button. Quiet, sylvan retreats, however, can be hard to come by on the Cape. Luckily, thanks to The 300 Committee Land Trust, the Town of Falmouth, the State, small land trusts, such as Salt Pond and Oyster Pond Environmental Trust and the foresight of many individual land donors, the town has 2,500 acres (and counting) of conservation land. With the help of local land stewards, we’ve pulled together six scenic hikes that offer solitude and a variety of vistas.







PARKING: Long Pond, Brick Kiln Road, Service Road, Falmouth Tech Park, Route 151

PARKING: South side of Gayle Avenue or at end of Pacheco Path.

PARKING: Off Route 28A in West Falmouth

The Moraine Trail runs from Long Pond to Route 151 and there are various access points. In some parts it’s hilly and challenging; in other parts it’s quiet as you pass old stone walls, fern patches and cathedral pines.

Sea Farms Marsh has trails through the quiet woods and along the way are views of Bournes Pond through the trees.

“The trail from Thomas Landers to 151 is one of Falmouth’s hidden treasures. It is a good one-hour hike one way, without having to cross roads. With the exception of occasional noise from the highway, you feel as though you are traveling through a secluded northern New England forest.” - Anne Curi Preisig, 300 Committee volunteer

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“It’s so nice to see the change of seasons along these trails: in the summer, you have all of the foliage and everything is growing beautifully and and you can come and get away from the crowds. In the fall, it’s nice to see the leaves changing. Each season there are new birds and all year-round it’s quiet and peaceful. This area is really special to me because I grew up in Falmouth right down the street from here. Back then there were only two side streets and now there are 35 side streets, so it’s nice to still have this pocket within all the developed areas.” - Claire DeMello, 300 Committee land steward

Walk through the woods by working farmland and cranberry bogs—it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular places to walk in town. Bourne Farm is owned and managed by Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. Surrounding Wing Pond Woods and Cardoza Farm are town-owned properties stewarded by the 300 Committee. “This whole area is a gem and covers a variety of topography and scenery. I’m really attracted to all its elements: open fields, kettle holes, rolling hills, oak and pine woods, pond and cranberry bogs. All these conservation areas are easily accessed by the Shining Sea Bikeway.” - Molly Cornell, 300 Committee volunteer


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A day in the life of a Falmouth firefighter BY LANNAN M. O’BRIEN

here is a quiet escape in walking down Falmouth’s Main Street. Something about the architecture of its quaint shops and restaurants when paired with the American flags that line the street seems to extend a hand in a warm greeting to those who grace its sidewalks. Perhaps this is why thousands of people travel to Falmouth each summer from all over the country—the world, even—for a taste of its Norman Rockwell-esque charm. But pass the library and Peg Noonan Park heading toward King Street, and you’ll find the headquarters of men and women who face a different reality of town life. It comes in the form of 9-1-1 calls, and they are the ones who typically arrive at the scene first. They are the roughly 75 members of the Falmouth Fire Department. Captain Bruce Girouard has been with the department since 1992. As firefighters, he says, “We’re going to see a lot of stuff in our careers that’s not very pretty, that 99 percent of the public will never see unless they watch a movie.”



The department responds to roughly 7,300 calls per year, ranging from medical emergencies to boating rescues, and of course, fires. For Capt. Girouard and his shift team, witnessing traumatic experiences is simply part of the job, but recognizing that doesn’t diminish the challenges they face in their daily work. Sometimes, levity can be the best medicine. They usually decompress from a difficult call simply by making each other laugh. “99.9 percent of the time we deal with it on the shift,” Capt. Girouard says. After every incident they return to the station and talk about it in a practice called Post Incident Analysis (PIA). The discussion allows them to critically review the incident and ensure the wellbeing of everyone who responded. Usually, the captain recognizes any issues beforehand. “I know my guys and I know when someone’s not 100 percent,” he says. For especially serious cases, the department has the option of calling on the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team (CISD), a team of firefighters and police officers trained to work with departments after traumatizing incidents.

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While the issues that firefighters encounter are often beyond their control, he says, it’s important for them to remember the goal of their work: to help the individuals and families who are experiencing emergencies. The vast majority of calls that the department receives are medical, and what callers perceive as an emergency is not always serious. For younger firefighters, Dep. Smith says, this can be frustrating. “I just remind them that someday it could be them asking for help,” he says. “If they have an elderly person having a bad day… we might not think it is an emergency, but it is to them.” After years of working his way up through the ranks, Dep. Smith has seen “more than most guys would ever see in their careers.” That, he says, is just the nature of the job. Despite all this, he still believes firmly that firefighting is the best job in the world—and, he says, most of the other firefighters would agree. “If you have a good rescue, if you reversed an overdose, if you were able to help somebody—


Everyone deals with stressful situations differently, says Deputy Chief Timothy Smith, who is in his 30th year at the department. “One incident could affect somebody or cumulative incidents throughout your career could have an impact.”




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We asked members of the Falmouth Fire Rescue where in town they go to blow off steam. Here’s what they had to say. MICHAEL SMALL - FIRE CHIEF

HOW HE UNWINDS: “I go out to Añejo (Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar). One of my friends bartends there.” DRINK OF CHOICE: “I only drink beer, so Negra Modelo.” FAVORITE APPETIZER: “The guacamole is really good.”

HOW HE UNWINDS: “I go fishing.” GO-TO SPOTS: “I haven’t really been down here yet.” He currently lives in Hyde Park and is moving to Falmouth soon. “I’ll do the canal or I go out of Barnstable. I have a little freshwater boat.” Taylor and Thomas, who graduated from the state fire academy in December, are the newest members of the department.



HOW HE UNWINDS: “I go home and spend time with my family.” He has one son in high school and another in college, attending the University of Vermont. FAVORITE LOCAL SPOTS: “I like all the local places. Chapoquoit Grill, La Cucina (Sul Mare).” WHY HE LIKES FALMOUTH: “Falmouth is unique because of Main Street. We’ve got some great places. One thing that I like is that you go out here and there’s always going to be someone you know.”


HOW HE UNWINDS: “When I want to blow off steam, I go on the water… boating, fishing, diving, all of the above.” “That’s my release. As soon as you get on the water, everything disappears.” WHERE TO FIND HIM AT SEA: “The big rock,” he jokes. “It depends on what I’m chasing because there’s a season for everything on Cape Cod.” WHAT HE’S FISHING FOR: “Once the striped bass are running, I’ll be chasing those. After fishing, there’s clamming to do. Then hunting season will be here.”



HOW HE UNWINDS: “Harley and Davidson.” Chief Small rides his motorcycle, often with his wife, about nine months out of the year. He also plays electric and acoustic guitar. FAVORITE ROUTE: “Central Ave. to Menauhant Road, down to the Heights, then Surf Drive to Nobska (Light).” For longer trips, he rides to Laconia, New Hampshire, and sometimes up to Canada. WHEN HE’S NOT ON THE ROAD: “Almost everything I’ve done to blow off steam in the past few years has been family-related.” Chief Small’s oldest daughter recently graduated from the University of Delaware, and his youngest daughter currently plays hockey there. “We’ll go to visit and catch hockey games.”



HOW HE UNWINDS: “In the summertime, I like the Landfall. In the offseason, I’d say Grumpy’s. I like that they have pool tables and affordable drinks. The live music is good in the winter, and Crooked Coast plays there.” FAVORITE OUTDOOR SPOT: “I like to take walks down at The Knob. It’s a cool spot.”


HOW HE UNWINDS: “Probably the (Shining Sea) Bike Path. It takes my mind off everything.” FAVORITE ROUTE: “I usually start up north because I live in Wareham.”


HOW HE UNWINDS: “We go to (J.R.) Brody’s a lot. Or I go boating.” WHERE TO FIND HIM AT SEA: “The water,” he jokes. Kidding aside: “Oak Bluffs, Washburn Island.”

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BY JACI CONRY If you told me as a teenager that I would live as an adult in Falmouth, I would never have believed it. Back then I couldn’t wait to leave Cape Cod—it felt confining, way too familiar. I went to college in Rhode Island and lived in Boston after graduation. Yet, as the years passed, I was drawn back to my hometown. When the chance to work as an editor on the Cape presented itself 12 years ago, I leapt. The job didn’t last long, but I have never regretted the move back home. Falmouth, with its sparkling coastline and bucolic downtown, is a beautiful place. But it’s not the physical attributes that I find most appealing, it’s the intangible sense of belonging I feel here. Around almost every corner is a place woven into the fabric of my youth. On any given day, I may drive by my elementary school; the waterfront restaurant where I worked for seven summers; the orthodontist I dreaded going to in junior high. I have friends who wonder what it’s like to live as an adult in the small town I grew up. I tell them I feel connected to the community. Here, my family and I are part of something bigger than ourselves. Falmouth has a strong school system, hard working business owners, residents who readily help neighbors during a crisis. My children will grow up similar to the way I did—they’ll have their own struggles, their own paths to forge, but I feel secure knowing I have a visceral understanding of the territory. My former tennis coach now teaches my son the game and our pediatrician’s office is the one I went to as a child. Thirty years later, the prize drawer is



still located in the same spot under the orange Formica counter. Two friends who were pivotal to me at different points growing up live in our neighborhood. While I’d grown apart from both of them, reconnecting now is equally familiar and new. I have old photos of us as carefree kids tucked in dusty albums: getting older is easier to embrace when I can recall these younger versions of ourselves. Living here isn’t all about looking back. Since we became parents seven years ago, my husband and I have met and forged many close bonds with other families. I enjoy watching my hometown evolve as my generation becomes more involved in its stewardship. A high school classmate of mine was just elected to the board of selectman; others are local doctors, builders, and teachers. Living among people who’ve known me my whole life is not without its awkward moments: like when I run into the boyfriend I had when I was 18. As comfortable as I am with my adult self, occasionally, I’ll revert for a flash to adolescence as I did when I realized the tough girl who tortured me in seventh grade was the mother of a kid in my son’s preschool class. Sometimes I don’t feel like catching up and I avoid making small talk in the grocery store or at the gym. Usually, though, I’m happy to encounter familiar faces. Recently, a friend, a young

mother, lost a long battle with cancer. I felt a sense of unity when my paths crossed with others who echoed my sadness: we shared hugs and knowing looks that seemed to say: “we are in this together.” When two Falmouth High School hockey players were killed in a car accident last December, the startling tragedy bonded residents. For the boys’ wakes thousands waited in line in the rain to express their sympathy. Before the funerals, the town’s student athletes solemnly stood in rows in front of the church to symbolize their solidarity. I’ve never felt more proud of my hometown. There’s a 19th century mansion called Highfield Hall in town. When I was a teenager it was derelict. Kids partied behind the abandoned structure: the broken windows and vast empty rooms spooked me. It was saved from demolition in the late 1990s and a decade later, just as the estate was restored to its original splendor, my husband and I were married there. My children now participate in activities on the property. I was offered a job in New York City years ago. Sometimes, I wonder how my career would have turned out if I took the opportunity. But, as I recently watched my kids running around Highfield’s rolling lawn, it struck me that I couldn’t imagine my life anywhere else but Falmouth.

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Five Woods Hole Eateries with Inventive Menus, Fresh Plates and an Emphasis on Atmosphere.



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or decades, Woods Hole, the terminus for the Steamship Authority ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, was merely a quick stopover for travelers en route to the island. The tiny village lies at the edge of Falmouth, at the most southwestern corner of Cape Cod where the ocean waves lap one side of the land and the protected waters of Eel Pond are on the other. Woods Hole is known for its world-renowned science research facilities, including MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) and WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), and the area has long been home to scientists and fishermen who keep their boats in the deepwater harbors. The village feels a little lost in time (in a good way): the main drag is lined with shingled 18th- and 19thcentury buildings and a drawbridge that opens on the half hour causes the pace to be perpetually slow. The scent of the sea is omnipresent; you just can’t help but feel serene. In recent years, Woods Hole has evolved into a burgeoning destination that beckons tourists to explore. While you could always get a plate of clams, chowder and a lobster roll here, the village was certainly not lauded for its cuisine. Times have changed—much to the delight of foodies. Lately, established restaurants have put more emphasis on the dining experience and new eateries with inventive menus have emerged on the scene. The only challenges are selecting the restaurant that suits your palette and hoping they have a table for you.

BY JACI CONRY PHOTOGR APHY BY DAN CUTRONA Pan-seared scallops over summer succotash from Quicks Hole Tavern.

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Run by members of the Crowley family since the 1970s, Captain Kidd has been a favorite watering hole for nearly a century. You’ll feel the history as soon as you step through the door into the bar, where a mural on the wall, painted in the 1930s, depicts the famed pirate Captain Kidd. The bar’s charm is that it seems of a bygone era: wrapped in dark wood with time-worn brass and marble accents, it’s an enveloping space that makes you want to linger—and many patrons do. Beyond the bar, the ample dining area overlooks Eel Pond, Woods Hole’s inner harbor, and has a much brighter appeal, the result of a significant renovation in 2014. Walls are painted bright white and banquets are upholstered in nautically inspired blue and white stripes, and there’s outdoor seating on a dock that extends out into the harbor. The menu has pub classics that resonate with the seaside setting, including a wonderful lobster roll, steamers and raw bar offerings. New dishes with a modern flair include tuna ceviche and lobster fritters. Larger entrees appeal to a range of eaters. Vegetarians are enticed by the eggplant zucchini stack: panko and herb-encrusted grilled local summer squash, zucchini and fresh mozzarella with house-made marinara. Carnivores will be more than happy with the 12-ounce New York sirloin, which can be paired with a lobster tail. fa l m o u t h m a ga z i n e .co m






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A laid-back hot spot, Quicks Hole Taqueria was a big hit with the locals when it opened in 2008. With counter service, both indoor and outdoor seating and frequent live music, there’s much to love about this place. The menu combines a California surfer vibe with classic New England fare (think: lobster tacos). With an emphasis on farm to table, the offerings include tacos with slow roasted pork or sweet Baja shrimp; burritos with crispy beer-battered cod or fire-roasted veggies, and a slew of Baja bowls—all the burrito without the tortilla. The signature Sangria is to die for and there are always local craft beers on tap. When the old Leeside across from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry tunnel shut down, Quicks Hole Taqueria owner Beth Colt leaped at the chance to create another restaurant. Quicks Hole Tavern offers a more refined dining experience than the taqueria, with a menu that changes seasonally and features original twists on local seafood. The corn nut-crusted sea scallops with summer vegetable succotash are a favorite and the bag of doughnuts after dinner is a must. The most popular item on the menu is Pig Candy, an appetizer made with house-smoked pork shoulder braised in maple syrup and house spices.





There is no resisting Pie in the Sky. The lauded bakery has been around since the 1980s. Owner Erik Gura has finely tuned the business over the years and it’s only gotten better with time. But Gura is hesitant to take any credit; he insists that the establishment is as good as it is thanks to the stellar team assisting him. All of the delectable baked goods are made on site every day. The offerings are endless: scones that melt in your mouth, muffins bursting with nuts and berries, sinfully decadent cheese Danish and chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies the size of a large hand. The establishment’s signature popovers are absolutely unrivaled (order an egg sandwich on the popover and you’ll never be able to eat one on an English muffin again.) Come lunchtime, the menu expands to include soups—house made, of course—and a slew of roll-ups and sandwiches. Somehow, the sleek 1,700-pound coffee roaster doesn’t overpower the bakery’s tiny eating area, but rather seems right at home. Onlookers are always intrigued by the methodical roasting process, which takes place daily. The aroma is so pleasant and comforting it lures pedestrians walking by the bakery to pop in to view the action and sample the result. There’s ample outdoor seating as well, and the place stays open deep into the evening and always opens up to start the day at 5:00 a.m.



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There was much anticipation preceding the opening of Water Street Kitchen in the spring of 2016, and when the first meals were served in May, customers were not disappointed. Owners Molly, who manages the front of the restaurant, and John Wilson, the chef, revamped the interior, which overlooks the Eel Pond drawbridge and open ocean beyond. Dark walls and rustic wood finishes envelop diners with a cozy feel. The menu specializes in locally sourced dishes with ethnic flair. Entrees have influences ranging from Southeast Asia to different parts of the United States; signature dishes include curried monkfish with aloo saag and green bean slaw, and the Ten Hour Pork Shank with roasted red potatoes and sweet pepper apple salad. There’s housebaked bread and continually changing desserts such as the dark chocolate pretzel tart with peanut butter mousse. The restaurant’s craft cocktails are an absolute must-try, mixed by bar manager Chelsea Doohan, who happens to be Molly’s sister. The Rested Dove, for example, is a blend of tequila, grapefruit, homemade bitters, lime and a trace of mescal. Woods Hole has emerged as a culinary hotspot—much to the surprise of those who frequented the haven years ago when a cup of chowder or a modest piece of fried fish was all you could expect on the menu. It’s a destination for foodies who can’t wait to see what the local eateries cook up next.



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BEAR IN BOOTS GASTROPUB Comfort food from around the world, made in-house from scratch, from salads to venison. 285 Main St. (508) 444-8511 THE PIER 37 BOAT HOUSE One of Falmouth’s most popular waterfront spots for lunch, dinner and drinks. 88 Scranton Ave. (508) 388-7573 BRITISH BEER COMPANY Right across from the beach and Vineyard Sound, this pub offers craft beers, burgers, seafood and more. 263 Grand Ave. (508) 540-9600 THE CAPE GRILLE AT THE CAPE CLUB RESORT An upscale, fine-dining experience for dinner, featuring steaks, seafood and pasta. 125 Falmouth Woods Rd. (508) 540-4005 CAPTAIN KIDD RESTAURANT A bar and restaurant with a storied history in the heart of Woods Hole. The menu boasts local seafood, mouthwatering steaks and handcrafted cocktails. 77 Water St., Woods Hole (508) 548-8563

CHAPOQUOIT GRILL From Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to wood-fired brick-oven pizza, just about everything is made from scratch. 410 W. Falmouth Hwy. (508) 540-7794 CLAM SHACK OF FALMOUTH Guests can dine on classic fried seafood in this rustic spot on outdoor picnic tables or a roof deck overlooking the harbor. 227 Clinton Ave. (508) 540-7758 CONFERENCE TABLE Noted for its casual décor, friendly customer service and great meals for lunch and dinner, the Conference Table is a true local hangout. 205 Worcester Ct., #8B (508) 540-7136 ELI’S AT THE COONAMESSETT INN Featuring Sunday brunch plus daily luncheon and dinner specials and an exceptional wine list. 311 Gifford St. (508) 548-2300 DOGGZ & HOGGZ With specialty gluten-free, 100-percent beef hot dogs, other eats include pulled pork and St. Louis-style ribs and many barbecue options. 781 Main St. (508) 548-3663



C. SALT WINE BAR & GRILLE Modern American cuisine with continental influences, serving dinner and Sunday brunch, plus a wine bar featuring wine and food pairings. 75 Davis Straits (774) 763-2954

DJ’S FAMOUS WINGS FAMILY SPORTS PUB Bringing original-style Buffalo wings to Cape Cod since 1989. 874 Main St. (508) 457-9464 FALMOUTH RAW BAR Waterfront dining with raw bar classics, homemade clam chowder and a bustling nightlife. 56 Scranton Ave. (508) 548-7729 THE FLYING BRIDGE RESTAURANT Waterfront dining at the mouth of Falmouth Harbor serving great seafood for over 30 years. 220 Scranton Ave. (508) 548-2700

CASINO WHARF FX Seaside dining with spectacular views of Martha’s Vineyard, offering inspired dishes from both sea and shore. 286 Grand Ave. (508) 540-6160 CELESTINO’S RESTAURANT Serving European cuisine with a French flair, favorites include lamb, crab-stuffed flounder and salmon Florentine. 444 N. Falmouth Hwy. (508) 392-9741

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THE GLASS ONION RESTAURANT Wines from around the world, Washburn Island oysters and a dinner menu featuring contemporary American cuisine. 37 North Main St. (508) 540-3730 GRUMPY’S PUB This well-known local pub features live rock, reggae and blues bands, and patrons can enjoy a game of pool or darts. 29 Locust St. (508) 540-3930 J.R. BRODY’S ROADSIDE TAVERN A family-style, neighborhood pub with burgers, steak and seafood. 734 Teaticket Hwy. (508) 444-8677 LIAM MAGUIRE’S IRISH PUB A Cape Cod favorite pub for over 20 years serving traditional Irish fare. 273 Main St. (508) 548-0285 THE LANDFALL A rustic but spacious waterfront restaurant, this Cape Cod classic serves up fresh local seafood. 9 Luscombe Ave., Woods Hole (508) 548-1758

QUICKS HOLE TAQUERIA Baja California cuisine meets New England favorites in this casual spot for lunch and dinner. 6 Luscombe Ave., Woods Hole (508) 495-0792 FALMOUTH MAGAZINE


OYSTERS TOO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE A cozy eatery with surf and turf options, early bird specials and live entertainment. 876 E. Falmouth Hwy. (508) 548-9191

THE QUARTERDECK Delicious steak and seafood in a casual setting for lunch and dinner for over 40 years. 164 Main St. (508) 548-9900 RED’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE AT THE SEA CREST BEACH HOTEL A premiere seafood spot adorned with sports memorabilia reminiscent of the late former Boston Celtic Red Auerbach. 350 Quaker Rd. (508) 540-9400 SHUCKERS WORLD FAMOUS RAW BAR AND CAFÉ A casual Cape Cod waterfront eatery known for its many ways of preparing and serving lobster. 91 Water St., Woods Hole (508) 540-3850 SILVER LOUNGE RESTAURANT Serving seafood, steaks, sandwiches and cocktails to Cape Cod locals and visitors since 1938. 412 North Falmouth Hwy. (508) 563-2410

HOME PORT SUSHI & KITCHEN Fresh and authentic Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner. 316 Gifford St. (508) 540-0886

QUICKS HOLE TAVERN The menu changes with the seasons in this nautically inspired spot by the ferry. 29 Railroad Ave., Woods Hole (508) 495-0048 takeout options, including fish and chips, chowders, rolls and more. 157 Teaticket Hwy. (508) 540-0045 GREEN POND FISH MARKET Offering local fresh catches as well as signature fried clams, seafood specials and platters. 767 E. Falmouth Hwy. (508) 548-2573 ITALIAN/MEDITERRANEAN BUCATINO RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR Serving seafood, gourmet pizzas and wines for lunch or dinner in a family atmosphere. 7 Nathan Ellis Hwy. (508) 566-8960 A SLICE OF ITALY: ITALIAN GOURMET FOODS An Italian grocery store, deli and bakery, offering non-GMO groceries, organic olive oils and gluten-free pasta, to name a few. 890 Main St. (508) 495-1106

LA CUCINA SUL MARE RISTORANTE A popular restaurant serving fresh pastas, seafood selections and wine. 237 Main St. (508) 548-5600 OSTERIA LA CIVETTA Serving fresh local ingredients, this spot is known for its homemade pastas, wine and hospitality. 133 Main St. (508) 540-1616 ASIAN DYNASTY BUFFET Classic Chinese-American favorites such as coconut shrimp, General Tso’s chicken, and crab rangoon. 28 Davis Straits (508) 548-6689 GOLDEN SAILS RESTAURANT Family owned and operated since 1977, serving authentic dishes from family recipes. 143 E. Falmouth Hwy. (508) 548-3521


QUAHOG REPUBLIC A family of restaurants including Whaler’s Tavern, the Waterfront Eatery and the Dive Bar. Cape Cod casual with homemade stuffed quahogs, lobster rolls and clam chowder. 97 Spring Bars Rd. (508) 540-4111

GOURMET GARDEN FALMOUTH Serving Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner. 452 Main St. (508) 540-8204

WATER STREET KITCHEN An upscale, waterfront dining experience right on the water. 56 Water St., Woods Hole (508) 540-5656

HONG KONG RESTAURANT Family-oriented, neighborhood spot with authentic dishes made from scratch. 165 Teaticket Hwy. (508) 457-0020 MIN’S KITCHEN Using the highest-quality ingredients, Min’s is known for its modern interpretation of classic cuisine. 350 Main St. (508) 495-3388 INDIAN GOLDEN SWAN INDIAN CUISINE Chana masala and paneer tikka masala are a few of the authentic Indian dishes served here. 323 Main St., #1 (508) 540-6580 MEXICAN AÑEJO MEXICAN BISTRO & TEQUILA BAR Contemporary Mexican cuisine and select tequilas in an upscale setting located in the heart of Falmouth. 188 Main St. (508) 388-7631 CASA VALLARTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT & TEQUILA BAR Mexican cuisine in a casual dining environment with Happy Hour specials and top-notch margaritas. 70 Davis Straits (508) 299-8177



THE CLAM MAN For fresh fish, shellfish, soups and chowder. 15 Boxwood Cir. (508) 548-6044

BEAN & COD A specialty grocery store featuring quality sandwiches and deli favorites such as homemade potato salad. 145 Main St. (508) 548-8840

FALMOUTH FISH MARKET A locally owned, retail fish market offering fine, local seafood as well as



SEAFOOD SAM’S Lobster rolls, fried seafood and chowder make Seafood Sam’s a classic on the Cape. (Falmouth Location) 356 Palmer Ave. Falmouth (508) 540-7877 (Sandwich Location) 6 Coast Guard Road, Sandwich, MA (508) 888-4629

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BETSY’S DINER A Falmouth icon, this retro-style diner, known for its “eat heavy” neon sign, features reasonably priced plates for breakfast and lunch. 457 Main St. (508) 540-0060 CAPE COD BAGEL CAFÉ Serving fresh bagels and flavored cream cheeses, plus a full menu of signature sandwiches and salads. 419 Palmer Ave. (508) 548-8485 CAPE COD BURGERS & FRIES A casual spot for classic burgers as well as meatloaf, turkey and veggie burgers. 420 E. Falmouth Hwy. (508) 388-7770 COFFEE OBSESSION With fresh baked goods including gluten-free options, this coffee shop is known for its lattes and its variety of coffee flavors. 110 Palmer Ave. (508) 540-2233

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COFFEE OBSESSION CYBER CAFÉ The sister shop to the Falmouth location offers delectable coffees and baked goods. 38 Water St., Woods Hole (508) 540-8130 COONAMESSETT FARM CAFÉ Featuring specialties prepared with ingredients grown right on the farm. Farm membership packages available on their website. 277 Hatchville Rd. (508) 563-2560 COUNTRY FARE RESTAURANT A cozy spot for breakfast with rave reviews of the French toast and sausages. 319 Main St. (508) 548-9020 CRABAPPLE’S Family owned and operated spot with a seafood-heavy, locally sourced menu. 553 Palmer Ave. (508) 548-3355

CUPCAKE CHARLIE’S Offering 16 cupcake flavors and many other cake-based, sweet treats! 153 Main Street | (508) 540-2253

DANA’S KITCHEN A casual country restaurant in an airy bungalow setting with wraps, sandwiches, salads and pastries. 881 Palmer Ave. (508) 540-7900

MOONAKIS CAFÉ A favorite for breakfast with pancakes and omelets, and for lunch try the burgers, wraps or paninis. 460 Rte. 28 (508) 457-9630

MOLLY’S TEA ROOM A full-service tea room with a selection of sandwiches, salads and quiche. 227 Main St. (508) 457-1666

PARKSIDE MARKET Eggs for breakfast and specialty sandwiches for lunch with natural roasted meats. 281 Main St. (774) 763-2066 FALMOUTH MAGAZINE


SIMPLY DIVINE PIZZA CO. Offering a creative selection of handtossed, Neapolitan-style pizzas using locally sourced ingredients. 271 Main St. (508) 548-1222

PICKLE JAR KITCHEN In a historic building on Main Street, this cafe is known for homemade pickles and also serves a variety of breakfast and lunch fare. 170 Main St. (508) 540-6760 WEST FALMOUTH MARKET A Falmouth icon since 1902, this traditional neighborhood market also serves sandwiches and pizza. 623 Rte. 28 (508) 548-1139 WILD HARBOR GENERAL STORE A classic Cape Cod general store for over 160 years. 200 Old Main Rd. (508) 563-2011 WOODS HOLE MARKET AND PROVISIONS Find a full-service deli and gourmet bakery and shop for everyday groceries at this year-round market near the Eel Pond drawbridge. 87 Water St., Woods Hole (508) 540-4792



PIES A LA MODE Classic sweet and savory pies, plus pastries and quiches. (508) 540-8777;

PIZZA GRILL 500 PIZZERIA AND BAR Neighborhood pizza parlor, bar and grill. 500 Waquoit Hwy. (508) 495-4200 PAUL’S PIZZA AND SEAFOOD This hometown favorite has been around since 1960 and has 32 available toppings for your pizza. 14 Benham Rd. (508) 548-5838

PRIME TIME HOUSE OF PIZZA Two Falmouth locations serving quality pizza, subs, calzones and more. 286 Old Main Rd., N. Falmouth (508) 563-1900 38 E. Falmouth Hwy., E. Falmouth (508) 540-3595 ROUTE 151 DRIVE-IN All American cuisine with a retro-style feel. 557 N. Falmouth Hwy. (508) 563-6966

STEVE’S PIZZERIA & MORE Pizza, dinner plates, grinders, and more for dining in, pick up, or delivery. 374 Main St. (508) 457-9636 SUPREME PIZZA & SUBS Friendly service and quality pizzas, subs and salads. 147 Teaticket Hwy. (508) 548-4200 ICE CREAM & CANDIES BEN & BILL’S CHOCOLATE EMPORIUM Featuring chocolates and ice cream, this sweetshop uses recipes handed down through generations. 209 Main St. (508) 548-7878

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EULINDA’S ICE CREAM & FROZEN YOGURT Located right by the Shining Sea Bike Path, this is a great stop for a frozen treat. 634 W. Falmouth Hwy. (508) 548-2486 GHELFI’S CANDIES OF CAPE COD A variety of delectable chocolates including fudge and truffles with gift baskets and wedding favors available. 228 Main St. (508) 457-1085 HOLY COW ICE CREAM Friendly service, a wide selection of flavors, and waffle cones. 75 County Rd. (508) 274-6571 JIMMY’S OF WOODS HOLE Directly across from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry, Jimmy’s features the “Jimmy Burger,” fried foods, and lobster rolls, as well as delectable ice cream. 22 Luscombe Ave., Woods Hole (508) 540-6823 SMITTY’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM Homemade ice cream, waffle cones, banana splits, root beer floats and ice cream cakes to order. 326 E. Falmouth Hwy. (508) 457-1060

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BAKERIES MAISON VILLATTE An authentic French bakery offering fresh croissants and baguettes, plus tarts, pastries and cakes. 267 Main St. (774) 255-1855 MARY ELLEN’S PORTUGUESE BAKERY A favorite breakfast and brunch spot featuring Portuguese bread and pastries. 829 Main St. (508) 540-9696 PIE IN THE SKY BAKERY & CAFE Handmade baked goods and fresh sandwiches plus organic and fair trade coffee roasted right on the premises. 10 Water St. (508) 540-5475


WINDFALL MARKET BAKERY Fresh breads made from scratch, cheese cut from the wheel plus pastries, pizza and deli platters at this local bakery. 77 Scranton Ave. (508) 548-0099





Outside, it was a bright and beautiful early autumn morning. But inside my house, the morning was dark and gloomy—the kind of gloomy found only in a household where a 13-year-old girl resides. My daughter, Emma, and I were having a disagreement. My kids had the day off from school, and I had planned what I thought would be a fun family adventure. I’d take Emma and my 11-year-old son, Owen, biking along the Shining Sea Bikeway. The 10.7-mile paved path passes through some of the best scenery on Cape Cod, from salt marshes to cranberry bogs to gorgeous beaches with expansive ocean views. I had wanted to ride it for years. Now we were going. But my daughter wasn’t having it. Her plans for the day included watching TV and texting her friends. She eventually said she’d go, but she wasn’t going to enjoy it. As we arrived, I mentioned how perfect the morning was for a bike ride, with not a cloud in the sky. Emma responded, “I could still be sleeping right now.” It was 10 a.m.




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There are many scenic stretches along the bike path.

Our plan was to rent bikes from Corner Cycle, a bike shop that’s been in Falmouth Village since 1988. The shop is a stone’s throw from the bikeway, and from there it’s easy to ride south along Vineyard Sound to Wood’s Hole, or head north along Buzzards Bay past wide-open salt marshes. Devin Enos, the manager of Corner Cycle, greeted us at the shop and told us about the bikeway. “It really is a beautiful trail,” says Enos. “It gives you a taste of everything the Cape has to offer.” We had picked a perfect time of year, he told us. In early fall, the air is just right—not too warm or cold—and with most tourists having left the Cape for the season, the crowds on the bikeway are gone.



He set us up with bikes and helmets. Having brought along sweatshirts, waters and snacks, I had worried about how to carry them. But the bikes had storage packs with plenty of room for our gear. Enos suggested we head north to view the bogs, and then turn around and head to Woods Hole for lunch. That sounded like a pretty good plan. The Shining Sea Bikeway runs through four Falmouth villages, from Woods Hole on Vineyard Sound up along the coast of Buzzards Bay to North Falmouth. It was created as part of a bicentennial project in 1975, and since then has grown to its current length of 10.7 miles. Its name, “Shining Sea,” honors famous Falmouth native Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote “America the Beautiful.” The name is taken from fa l m o u t h m a ga z i n e .co m

Oceanographic Institute. He and several other WHOI scientists ride from their homes to the bikeway and down to Woods Hole each workday. And not just in fair weather. When Mother Nature turns nasty, Lindell says they just dress for the weather and still ride to work on most days. “The rain and cold don’t bother me,” he says. I imagine few commuters in Massachusetts describe their commute with such joy as Lindell. Instead of complaining about traffic, Lindell talks about fresh air, scenery and the unique appeal of the Shining Sea Bikeway. “You really do bike in close proximity to wonderful stretches of water, beaches, salt marshes and cranberry bogs,” says Lindell. “That’s quite unique. I don’t think there’s another bikeway that encompasses all those wonderful features.” Exploring a short trail off the bike path.

A solo biker enjoys a weekend ride.

Because it is so appealing, explains Rothstein, the bikeway does draw a crowd. And it can be congested on many summer days. But when people follow the path’s rules and communicate—stay to the right; let people know when you are passing—things work smoothly. The bikeway’s popularity, says Rothstein, is proof that people want bikeways and will use them if communities build them. “I challenge you to go out on that bike path and find someone who looks unhappy,” says Rothstein. “It’s a mood changer.” That may be, but my daughter seemed determined to test that theory. We got on the bikeway and headed north. Both sides of the path were heavily wooded for a long stretch. As we rode, cyclists nodded to us as they headed in the opposite direction. Smiling pedestrians waved and said “Hi” as we passed. I turned to Emma. “Having fun yet?” I asked. She rolled her eyes.

the line, “And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.” Pamela Rothstein is a member of the Falmouth Bikeways Committee, which helps support bicycle use in Falmouth. She says the Shining Sea Bikeway has become a treasured part of the town. “It’s a wonderful asset,” says Rothstein. “It has proved to be the number one tourist attraction in town.” But it’s not just tourists who use the bikeway. It is hugely popular among locals who enjoy riding on the path or using it for walking, jogging or taking their dog for a walk. It’s also used by some for commuting to work. Scott Lindell, the chairman of the Falmouth Bikeways Committee, works as a scientist at the Woods Hole

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Not long into our trip, we came to a lookout on the left that had several benches and a bike rack. It looked out over Little Sippewissett Marsh, where patches of dark water were surrounded by tall reddish-purple grass that swayed gently in the breeze. We lingered to admire the view before riding on. As we continued north, Emma suddenly zoomed by me. “You’re so slow,” she said with what looked like a half-smile as she passed. Speeding ahead of me, she lifted her feet off the pedals and kicked them out to the side. “Hmm,” I thought. A little farther north, the thick woods along the bikeway disappeared, dramatically opening up into a wide marsh. This was Great Sippewissett Marsh, a 140-acre protected salt marsh. The kids hopped off their bikes and scampered down to the small river that passed beneath the bikeway. The river snaked through greenish-yellow tall grass out to a sandbar where about a half dozen bright white snowy egrets were gathered along the river. Beyond them, the marsh stretched




out to the wide expanse of Buzzards Bay, where we could see a lone white sailboat on the horizon. Emma and Owen explored the river’s edge, spotting little fish. As they did, a pair of ducks flew overhead, and we saw a great blue heron spread its wide wings as it landed in the marsh. The kids were having such a good time, we ended up staying much too long. I had hoped to continue north, where the bikeway passes scenic West Falmouth Harbor, cranberry bogs and Bourne Farm, with more than 49 acres of fields, trails and woodlands. But with us taking our time to enjoy scenic spots—and there are many— we wouldn’t have time to see the entire bikeway. We decided to head south to Woods Hole. We would save Bourne Farm and the bogs for another day. Heading south, both kids now sped up, seemingly more energetic after our stop at the marsh. We passed pull-offs with signs for the Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuary. Salt Pond has a network of nature trails winding through 41 protected acres. Maps are available at two trailheads along the bikeway. We soon came to a beautiful sandy beach that looked out onto Vineyard Sound. We found a plaque honoring Katharine Lee Bates, and we thought it was appropriate as we looked out onto the sound that it seemed the sea was actually shining today, as the sunlight sparkled on the water. We parked our bikes and the kids ran down the beach to the water’s edge. Across the sound we could clearly see Martha’s Vineyard. A handful of boats were on the water, and a ferry was making its way toward Woods Hole. The kids played on the beach for a while, collecting shells. We continued on, but soon they hopped off again when they spied old pilings off a section of beach. A few cormorants on the pilings grew nervous and flew off as my kids approached. Emma and Owen found a few beautiful scallop shells. Owen was excited to find horseshoe crab shells, but was disappointed when I said they couldn’t come home with us. Approaching Woods Hole, Emma was no longer hiding her enjoyment. She was getting brave. Besides sticking her feet out to the sides of her bike, she was experimenting with riding with no hands. When I told her I didn’t want to end the ride with a trip to the hospital, she playfully stuck her tongue out at me and then rode ahead with a smile on her 56


The path is clearly marked, making it easy to travel through town.

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While riding it’s recommended to make frequent stops for exploration.

face. It seemed the bikeway actually was a mood changer. As the bikeway entered Woods Hole, it passed through a large parking lot. The bikeway remained well marked, so it was easy to navigate all the way into the village. At the end of the bikeway, we took a right and went to Pie in the Sky Bakery and CafĂŠ, where they roast their own coffee and have a huge selection of baked goods, smoothies, sandwiches, soups and salads. Owen riding near Great Sippewissett Marsh.

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There are a number of places to rest and enjoy the view along the path.

The path’s mostly flat terrain make it family friendly.

We had worked up a mighty appetite. Owen got a hot dog. Emma and I split a roast beef sandwich. And we treated ourselves to cookies, brownies and apple bear claws. We considered that using restraint, since there were so many more treats we wanted to gorge on. We sat down and ate outside, where wooden tables are set up with green plastic chairs and umbrellas. The kids laughed as small birds landed nearby looking for crumbs. Happily stuffed, we climbed on our bikes and headed back toward Corner Cycle. Emma weaved her bike back and forth along the path when no one was around, and Owen kept slowing down to let us pass and then speeding by us before letting us pass again. After returning our bikes, the kids talked about what they wanted to do next time—how they wanted to go farther north and see the cranberry bogs, how they wanted to spend more time on the beach and, of course, how they wanted to have treats at Pie in the Sky again. It seems we’ll be making another trip to the Shining Sea Bikeway. And I expect next time, morning in my house won’t be nearly as gloomy.

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A Falmouth family’s home is filled with seaside memories, past and present BY LENORE CULLEN BARNES PHOTOGRAPHS BY MATT KALINOWSKI

ummers on Cape Cod were the stuff of childhood dreams for Paula Hennessy and her seven siblings. Moving from their hometown of Newton to their rambling house in Falmouth Heights for the months of late June, July and August was a perennial ritual of freedom and joy. Paula’s mother ran The Horizon’s Inn out of their gambrel-style home. With a houseful of guests, the girls slept in cots in the dining-room-turned-dormitory, and as Paula remembers, “usually in our bathing suits.” A picture window with views across the sound to Martha’s Vineyard inspired sweet dreams and an impetus to jump out of bed in the morning. Paula’s brothers bunked in a room in the garage, dubbed the “sock room,” due to the earthy aroma emitted by the boys’ socks. In this pleasantly crowded family home, summers were all about being together and days were ruled by the briny water just outside their door, splashing treasures onto its sandy beaches every day. Those summers set the stage for the rest of Paula’s life. She met her husband, Paul, through her summer job, when she worked with Paul’s brother at a local grocery store. Paul is a Falmouth native and spends his days on the water as a captain for the Steamship Authority. Like Paula, he comes from a large family, and his mother and two of his five siblings live in Falmouth. One brother works for the Woods Hole Oceanography Institution; another lives off-Cape but brings his three sons for some serious clamming whenever possible. They’re all ardent fishermen, drawn to the coastal life into which they were born. Eventually, Paula speculates, “they’ll all end up here.”



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Paul and Paula Hennessy met during a summer in Falmouth. Today they’ve built their life in town.

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In the living room, a faux fur covered stool makes a playful counterpoint to the antique French brass and glass cabinet. Above: Everyone’s favorite room in the house, the pantry. Left: The vintage door from the china closet in Paula’s parents’ house.



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“Falmouth is the kind of town you can’t get out of your system,” says Paula. “When you grow up on the ocean, it becomes necessary. There’s a strong feeling of calmness it creates.” That serenity is the backdrop for the hustle and bustle of daily life in the Hennessys’ contemporary Cape-style home. Paul began construction of the house in 1997, and he, Paula, and their six-month-old daughter, Lily, moved into the fledgling version of the family’s current house. “We moved in while the house was still a work in progress,” Paula says. “The upstairs was unfinished. And it’s been a work in progress ever since.”

Reclaimed wood walls contribute to the nautical “yacht-club” feel of Harry’s bedroom.

The couple had two more children, daughter Emma, now 18, and son Harry, 14. Over time, they added a mudroom, office and fourth bedroom to the original floorplan. The addition allowed Paula to transform the former laundry room into a hardworking but elegant pantry, perfect for her collection of antique barware. A small refrigerator, sink and three dishwasher drawers facilitate entertaining. Salvaged wood and a Carraramarble counter bring an Old-World feel to the space. The Hennessys regularly host their extended families on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Paula relishes the decorating, which is right in her wheelhouse. She owned two home decor stores, Smith Pratt in West

Falmouth and HennHouse in Cataumet, consecutively for more than a decade. The Hennessys’ ever-evolving home reflects Paula’s exuberant creativity and passion for interior design. “My taste is based on memories of summers at Falmouth Yacht Club,” Paula says. “We love boating and I love that look—the use of wood, brass and neutral masculine colors with touches of navy and tan.” Paula integrates a mid-century modern look amid the neutrals and woods, exemplified in the unexpected chrome and faux leather chairs that surround the darkstained pine table in the dining room. She bought them from a used office furniture company. “I drove two hours to western Massachusetts to this big warehouse to get them, then reupholstered them in faux leather,” Paula recalls.

An exposed pendant light and black painted trim on the windows lend sophistication to the office. The wood table was made by long-time friend Everett Francis of Falmouth.

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With no less than three inviting seating areas, the kitchen is a favorite spot to gather, as cozy for two as it is hospitable for a holiday crowd of 30. A pair of upholstered chairs on the sunny side of the kitchen is where the couple start their mornings over coffee. The window seat and bistro table is where Paul and Harry like to watch sports on the television on the opposite wall. Friends love to linger on the comfortable stools at the island Paul built, crafting the base from two old doors and topping it with poured concrete. A vintage door from the china closet in Paula’s parents’ house now graces the Hennessys’ china closet.




Lily’s bedroom reflects her love of fashion and design. The chandelier adds a touch of glamour. Below: In Emma’s room, Paula took out the closet and made a built-in desk and full-size closet system.

Even the functional mudroom is customized with thoughtful features and vintage materials. Dark-stained doors that Paula found at New England Demolition front three closets, one for each child. Inside, they are clad with old gray wood. The back entry door is also from New England Demolition. Paula designed each child’s bedroom to reflect his or her personality. “Emma loves the water, so she has serene, very light blue walls,” says Paula. “I took out the closet and made a built-in desk and full-size closet system. She’s really into makeup, so we made her a vanity table.” Lily’s gold and yellow-toned room reflects her love of clothes and design. A chandelier lends a “funky cool look,” says her mom. Her closet system looks and functions like a piece of furniture. Paula added old furniture legs to a countertop to create Lily’s desk. “Harry’s room is all boy and athlete,” says Paula. She indulged her fondness for the yacht club look in its masculine tones and textures. A horizontal stripe with Harry’s initials is painted along one wall and barn wood adds coziness to another.

Best seat in the house: Harry oversees food prep at the island his father crafted from vintage doors and poured concrete.



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A framed photo of Paula’s childhood summer home in Falmouth Heights graces the living room wall.

When the weather allows, the Hennessys love nothing more than to be together on their boat, a 28-foot Bertram named Classic, cruising to the Vineyard, Cuttyhunk, Woods Hole and the Elizabeth Islands. Even now, the family’s summer days are filled with salt air, whitecaps, and beaches offering a treasure trove of flotsam and jetsam. At the day’s end, together they head back to a home infused with their essence and personal history and in place that has always been home.

Lily and Paula relax on the cozy window seat, one of three inviting sitting areas in the kitchen.



“Falmouth has always been a special place for me,” reflects Paula. “It’s a combination of the sea, the architecture and the people,” says Paula. The Hennessys really felt the support of their hometown a few years ago. “We realized how amazing the community really is when our daughter Emma got sick. The town, the teachers, our workplaces, people we don’t even know offered their help. It was amazing and touching to receive such kindness. Emma will tell you all the support really made a difference in her recovery. We are proud to be a part of this community, which is beautiful inside and out.”

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The house’s facade blends in with the neighborhood. Look through the front door and you can see straight out to the ocean.



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he mostly summer homes clustered around Megansett Harbor in North Falmouth exude an air of friendly informality. Constructed at different times in various styles, they are for the most part not what you would call McMansions. So when Colleen and John Boselli set out to build in the neighborhood, a top priority was that their new home be unique yet still fit in. And Colleen had another important request: “I wanted it to be happy,” she says. “Comfortable and approachable, and every inch of it useful.” The home is all that and more. From its whimsical, unassuming façade to its water views from nearly every room, the 5,000-square-foot house embraces the husband, wife and four children with sunlight and cheerful colors. It is pretty yet practical; big enough but not the least bit bombastic. “The Bosellis are not into ostentation, but they still wanted something special and high quality,” says John DaSilva, design principal at Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD), both the architects and builders of the house. “The house is a fairly quiet presence, relatively traditional, and modest as it faces the street,” adds DaSilva. “Yet, it’s still full of great spaces.”

The patio is a natural extension of the house.



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The open-plan living area includes the living room, kitchen and dining room and boasts gorgeous views of Buzzards Bay.

Such a benevolent house needed an appropriate name and, together, homeowners and architect came up with “Angel’s Welcome.” A playful image custom designed by PSD is cut into the robin’s egg blue screen door. It depicts a pair of angels, long tresses blowing in the wind, and the word “Welcome” escaping from their long-necked trumpets. The house is heaven not only for family and friends, but also occasionally for newcomers. Colleen, a breast cancer survivor for whom it’s important to “give back healing opportunities” organizes women’s “retreats” here. Boasting a big, round dining table that faces Buzzards Bay and seats 14, the open-plan first level is an “inspirational space” says Colleen, who should know: her company, Strength Catalyst Partners, works with senior executives worldwide to empower and inspire them to recognize their authenticity and strategically maximize their strengths. Her and her husband’s international business skills came in handy when building “Angel’s Welcome” required long-distance communication and collaboration. The family was living in England at the time, so they entrusted PSD (and Skype) to interpret the vision of their oceanside abode from across the pond.

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In the corner-positioned master bedroom, waking up to the sea view is a delight.

The front of the house, says DaSilva, presents “a relaxed, casual vibe” with its narrow façade punctuated by an off-center front door. “Semi-classical columns announce the entryway but otherwise the façade is very straightforward,” he elaborates. “The expression of how the family sees themselves happens on the street side.” The back, which faces the water, presents a very different character. The elevation of the house is a full two stories in order to maximize exposure to the stunning panoramic view. But facing north as it does, the house gets very limited direct sunlight and none at all in the winter. Drawing on his ingenuity, DaSilva designed a T-shaped floor plan that allows all-day light into the living spaces on both floors and even filters light into the downstairs mudroom/bathroom core as well as the upstairs bedrooms. Among the more than one hundred windows, a trio of big bay windows on the back of the house expand the views east and west. In addition, an airy central stairway brings in light. The homeowners’ pragmatism also influenced interior designer Charline Sullivan of Simply Design in Dedham, Massachusetts. “Colleen is practical,” says Sullivan, who has now worked with the family on several houses. “She wants things that function well and last a long time.” For Angel’s Welcome, Sullivan repurposed and reupholstered a lot of furniture already owned by the family. For example, ottomans were recovered, twin-bed headboards reupholstered and lamp bases painted a new color. High-end vinyl from Kravet that resists stains was used to cover a pair of club chairs (white) as well as an enormous sectional couch (red) in the finished basement that has endured the family’s peregrinations. Sullivan has seen the homeowners gradually expand their décor horizons, evidence of which is sprinkled throughout the house: contemporary patterned Cole & Son wallpaper from Lee Jofa, shower tiles in a bold chevron design, shiny metal discs tiled into the bathroom floors. Colleen was thrilled with several purchases from Restoration Hardware, including a stairway chandelier and a stainless steel double vanity. There are notable custom touches too, like local Cape fisherman-turned-artisan Nick Nickerson’s shell mirror in the master bathroom and the dining table with a sandblasted driftwood finish from noted furniture maker Keith Fritz.



A calm and pretty space to work.

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Custom designed by PSD, the blue screen door depicts a pair of angels flanking the word “Welcome.”

The aqua ceiling in a daughter’s bedroom reflects the cheery bedspread.

An airy central stairway brings light into the house.

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The patio was built for alfresco dining and entertaining.

A cozy window seat is tucked into an alcove at the foot of the staircase.

On Buzzards Bay, near Wild Harbor where dinghies shiver against wooden docks, stands a house. At the front door: angels brandishing bugles. A fanfare. A salutation. You must not ask their names, for their names are too beautiful to be spoken. You cannot hear their trumpets for their music is too beautiful to be heard. If you catch them moving, it is only a trick of light, for their movement is too beautiful to be seen—not unlike a bolt of silk unraveling into the ocean’s black waters. In front, the roof of the house is tri-gabled, these three points like alpine peaks or pine trees or the tines on an emperor’s crown. In the back of the house, a hipped roof sloping towards the bay. Each roof conceals the other, like hands clasping. A game of geometry. A puzzle. The coming together of shapes, of sea and land, of angels and of men. GennaRose Nethercott Poet in Residence Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders



This is the second house in the neighborhood for the Bosellis, who started visiting the Cape when their children were young. Their first, a modest ranch across the street, was renovated into a guesthouse by PSD. “We built this new house in order to create meaningful, restorative experiences with friends and family who could enjoy the natural beauty—harbor, sun, and shoreline—up close and personal on the water side of the street,” says Colleen. “PSD and Charline were fantastic collaborators to deliver even more than we imagined.” About GennaRose Nethercott, Polhemus Savery DaSilva (PSD) and Angel’s Welcome: GennaRose Nethercott is a Boston-based poet, performer, and folklorist, originally from the woodlands of Vermont. Her poetry appears widely in journals and anthologies. She is the winner of Spark Creative Anthology’s 2015 poetry competition, the Lindenwood Review’s 2015 flash fiction contest, and Holland Park Press’ 2014 What’s Your Place contest. Nethercott has been a writer-in-residence at Shakespeare & Company in Paris and Art Farm Nebraska. On sunny days, she is often found stationed on street corners writing ‘poems to order’ for passersby on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter. A collection of this poetry was assembled into a chapbook, Poems for Strangers, released by Honeybee Press in 2015. In creating their most recent book, Living Where Land Meets Sea: The Houses of Polhemus Savery DaSilva, the firm collaborated closely with Nethercott. The nine poems she contributed offer insight into the creative intent of the firm’s work and are nearly magical in their reflection of the heart and soul of the buildings featured and their coastal New England context. To extend written poetic interpretation of an experientially poetic architecture to individual homes, PSD continues the collaboration by periodically commissioning Nethercott to write poems about specific PSD houses. After visiting the house “Angel’s Welcome” and discussing it with members of the PSD team, she created the poem Angel’s Welcome as one of those new works.

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T H I R T E E N G E N E R AT I O N S O F C A P E L I V I N G While sailing across the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower in the fall of 1620, young John Howland got restless and ventured above deck during a powerful storm as the rest of the Pilgrims huddled below. He was swept overboard, but managed to grab a topsail halyard and hang on until he was pulled back onto the ship with a boat hook—luckily, because he went on to have 10 children and thousands of descendants, including me. My family has lived in Falmouth since the 1660s. The natural beauty of the town is certainly one of the reasons I’ve stayed, but the strong sense of community, independence and free thinking keep me here. About 1660, my ancestors, Isaac Robinson and Jonathan Hatch, left Barnstable because they got in trouble with the General Court for sympathizing with the Quakers and protesting their persecution. They were among the 14 founders of Falmouth, where they showed tolerance to Quakers and established good relations with the Wampanoag tribe. Even in its earliest days, non-conformity and acceptance were part of Falmouth’s fabric. Maybe it is because, as my husband says, this is an end-of-the road town, and at the end of the road is the ocean (well, the Bay and the Sound), so we all learn to get along.


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Falmouth’s proximity to the water has had a major impact on its evolution. Earlier inhabitants encountered and successfully fended off the British several times during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Falmouth was homeport to whaling ships, and a number were built here. Commercial fishermen were based here (a few still are), and ferries have been running to the islands since 1818. Being near the water is a major part of our free time. We swim (a few of us year-round), we gather scallops, oysters and clams for dinners throughout the year. We appreciate all 11 harbors—the town waiting list for moorings is years’ long. We enjoy boating, both sail and motor, and there are yacht clubs at most of our harbors that each have their own brand of competitive and fun racing. Even when we’re not on the water, we’re outdoors frequently. Our 10.7mile Shining Sea Bikeway, stretching from North Falmouth to Woods Hole, allows us to bicycle, walk and run pretty much year-round, while paths maintained by Falmouth’s 300 Committee offer access to 2,000 acres of open land.



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Spencer Baird brought marine science to Woods Hole in 1871 when he opened the US Commission of Fish and Fisheries (now the National Marine Fisheries Service). The Marine Biological Laboratory, founded in 1888, attracted scientists from around the world to the village in the summer. My grandmother, who lived on Eel Pond, rented rooms to some scientists who returned annually. “Roomers,” as she called them, included Sister Florence, a nun from Seton Hall College with a PhD from Columbia, who conducted research on tunicates (marine invertebrates). A warm and friendly woman, I remember her enjoying a cocktail with my grandparents in their front room. In 1930, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was established and by World War II, science became a permanent and defining industry of Falmouth. My parents, who grew up here, always said that life in Woods Hole and Falmouth in general was intellectually stimulating, allowing them to feel far more worldly and cosmopolitan than most small-town residents. The scientific institutions, which have grown in number, size and prominence, have certainly made an impact on my life. As a young reporter in 1973, I was able to go sea for 17 days on the National Marine Fisheries Service’s research vessel, Albatross IV, taking part in a larval herring survey that took us into the Gulf of Maine in stormy December seas. Many years later, I worked at the MBL’s Ecosystems Center and several times I traveled to the research station on the North Slope of Alaska, 140 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

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Town issues are always thoughtfully considered: letters to editor in the “Falmouth Enterprise,” the community newspaper owned by the Hough family since 1929, can take up several pages. Town Meeting goes on for days.

Libraries are full, vibrant and supported. In an era when it is lamented that hardly anyone reads anymore, these libraries continue to be renovated and expanded. On the arts and entertainment scene, the theaters, both winter and summer, have for years offered first-rate performances. A personal favorite of mine is the College Light Opera Company where I can still see, at least twice a summer, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. There is great music, from folk to jazz to bluegrass to classical, and artwork and historical artifacts in large and small galleries and museums.



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As for sports, the Cape Cod Baseball League attracts up-and-coming baseball players from colleges all over the country for a summer of working and playing ball. Notable alumni include Jacoby Ellsbury, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek and Chris Sale. An optional donation is all it costs to attend a game at Guv Fuller Field; spend a few bucks for a hot dog or popcorn from the concession stand and you have a classic summer night out.

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View of Woods Hole in 1843 from the present site of the Woods Hole Golf Course. Painting by Franklin Lewis Gifford (Courtesy of Woods Hole Historical Museum).

While Falmouth has eight villages, each with its own flavor and character, there is a strong, town-wide sense of community. When the Falmouth Service Center requests donations for Thanksgiving for those residents experiencing hard times, the line of cars with people dropping off turkeys and other food items is so long that it requires a police officer to direct traffic. A recent proud moment in Falmouth sports came in December when the Falmouth High Clippers won the state championship in football. The team returned from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro to Falmouth, their buses passing by the Village Green just after the Christmas lights were turned on, to the cheers of the crowd. Two days later, riding down Main Street in two huge trucks, they were the highlight of Falmouth’s annual Christmas parade.

Each generation of my family has left Falmouth at some point for college, career and adventure, and most of us have come back. Recently, we welcomed the 13th generation to live on Cape Cod, Claire Elizabeth, a Hatch descendent who lives, appropriately enough, in Hatchville. Her ancestors would be proud.



Deborah Griffin Scanlon is executive director of the Woods Hole Historical Museum. A graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, she has worked at the Falmouth Enterprise as a copy editor and reporter, and at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Ecosystems Center as communications coordinator. She and her husband, Jack Scanlon, live in North Falmouth.

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After 18 years of hard work, a husband-and-wife team who own the children’s clothing company Tuff Kookooshka opens their first retail space in Cataumet. B Y K E L LY C H A S E P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y K AT E D O N O VA N 86


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Anastassia and Brian Gonye inside their new retail space.

n the second-floor loft of Tuff Kookooshka’s new Cataumet retail space, owner Anastassia Gonye is working on a new design. She’s stylish and cool with wavy blond hair and bright blue eyes and very matter-of-fact as she explains the shark-shaped SeaCozy that’s draped over the tables. She’s making the sleepsack wider to make room for growing feet. Next to her workspace, shelves are stuffed with fabrics and beside them lean bolts of corduroy, cotton and denim, waiting for her to experiment with later. “At first, I thought there was so much competition with cottons. People can go anywhere for them, but I made a few pieces and I learned people were actually waiting for it from me,” she laughs. “So I am going to do a little bit of cotton. I’ve also never done denim, but I am going to try.” Anastassia started Tuff Kookooshka with her husband, Brian Gonye, out of their Falmouth home in 1999. Eighteen years later, the Gonyes sell to stores and boutiques across the United States, Canada and Japan, and operate a production space in Fall River. Last year, the couple opened up their first retail location off County Road in Cataumet next to Cataumet Coffee House and Courtyard Restaurant. Kookooshka means “Little Cuckoo Bird.” It was a nickname Anastassia’s Babushka called her. About eight years ago, they re-branded the company from Tuff Cookie to Tuff Kookooshka after their registered trademark was challenged. Many people and companies still refer to them as Tuff Cookie, but “Tuff Kookooshka is more reflective of who we are and what we do,” says Anastassia. Experimentation and steady progress, Anastassia says, have been the keys to her business’ success. “Every year, I introduce new things to people. I never repeat, I always have fresh ideas and colors. Customers will find something similar and it’s always the same quality, but it’s never the exact same product,” explains Anastassia. “It’s like illustrating a book; it’s the same character, but it’s moving in different directions and finds itself in different scenarios.” Each piece of clothing she creates could be plucked from the pages of a fairy tale—a winter hat with furry ears and the face of a friendly bear, a fleece with a layered flower appliqué and a pointed elf hood. “I want children to feel like they are playing dress up without actually dressing up,” says Anastassia. All of Tuff Kookooshka’s clothing is made in the United States using locally manufactured fabrics, and all of the appliqués are handmade by Anastassia. She pulls out her recent designs: foxes on jackets, owl hats, and scarves with a smiling cat on one end and faux fur tail on the other. Each design is bright, vibrant and simple, but is the result of many drafts. “There’s a lot of trial and error. I spend a whole day just moving pieces around,” says

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BUSINESS PROFILE Anastassia. “It looks effortless and easy, but even the simplest garment, you need the right material and it needs to drape right. You can have the best idea, but it has to be functional and comfortable.” To understand Anastassia’s passion, consider her greatest childhood influences: Her grandmother was a costume designer for theater and opera houses in Russia, and her mother was a textile artist and the master of embroidery for the Russian Olympic figure skating team. Anastassia often fell asleep to the rhythmic click of her mother’s Singer sewing machine, and all around her home were jars of sequins and works-in-progress. After an education in fine art and folklore, she established herself as a women’s fashion designer in Moscow, designing dresses and outerwear.

Years later, after meeting Brian, who was working as a photographer in Moscow, and having their son, the couple traveled to Falmouth—Brian’s hometown—for his brother’s wedding. They spent the summer, then a few more months, and settled into the coastal town. “We came from this dirty city with this sweet baby to here, where there was fresh air, ocean, grass,” she says. “I wanted to go back home to Russia, but we couldn’t be so selfish and deny our son better opportunities.” The couple resettled and reset. “I started working at the restaurants and tried to figure out how to get back on my horse and it took some time,” says Anastassia. At night, she satisfied her passion for designing and sewing, initially repurposing vintage clothing, and later by taking trips to PolarTech’s factory in Lawrence, where she and Brian would collect discarded pieces of fleece for a dollar of pound. Instead of recreating her business in Moscow, she decided with a toddler model crawling around her feet, fewer materials available to her, and her love of whimsical creations, it made sense to make children’s clothing. Fleece hats came first.



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After many church fairs and craft shows and a few displays around Falmouth, including one at Cape Cod Bagel that garnered attention, a sales representative put Tuff Kookooshka out to bigger retailers. Soon, larger orders began coming in, and Anastassia left her waitressing job and launched into sewing and designing full time. “It was a scary jump to go from a stable income to something that you don’t really know, but the restaurant I worked at closed and this opportunity came along and I thought ‘OK, this is it—I guess I have to just go and explore this thing,’” she says. When Tuff Kookooshka outgrew the Gonye’s sunroom and kitchen table, they hired additional seamstresses and opened a space in Fall River. In the last year, the couple decided they needed a studio closer to home. When the Cataumet space became available, they realized it could also function as a retail space. “It gave us the opportunity to have a studio and also to be part of

the community again and service the people who helped me when I was just starting,” says Anastassia. Standing in their latest endeavor—a storefront (something they’ve never done before), Brian and Anastassia piece together the story of their 18-year journey chasing a passion. Fragments of their story are everywhere in the store: antique Singer sewing machines serve as the base of clothing racks, and in her studio, paintings of her grandmother’s costume designs hang for inspiration. Some parts of their story have become blurry over time and the couple takes turns inserting memories, stitching together their chronology. But timelines are retrospective and easy to recount, the hard parts are the leaps in the dark, the constant experiments, the day-to-day redesigns, and the uncertainty of a life spent pursuing a passion.

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“This is the thing I know how to do the best, and I love doing it,” says Anastassia. “It’s this constant experiment. You don’t know how people are going to react, what people are going to love, what is going to work and what won’t. It’s fun, but it’s scary, too. Our numbers every year are different, but being able to create a garment and send it out into the world and see kids wearing it—it’s rewarding.”

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Woods Hole potter Joan Lederman works with deep-sea sediment from all over the world. B Y K E L LY C H A S E PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIA CUMES

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n her Falmouth studio, potter Joan Lederman pulls out a rectangular box that’s filled with wet mud. The shiny silver matter was extracted from the ocean floor 4,500 meters below sea level. If you look closely, stuck in the mud’s gray coat are tiny sand-colored specks. These are called foraminifera; scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute less than a mile away study these fossils for climate change. Lederman studies them, too. When applied as a glaze to Lederman’s clay pieces and fired in the kiln, these tiny particles disintegrate and interact with other minerals in the glaze creating unpredictable patterns and shapes. Her first time experimenting with ocean sediment as a glaze was in 1996 when a crane operator from one of WHOI’s vessels brought her a bucket from a recent voyage. She began experimenting with different temperatures and ratios. “I became a possessed person,” says Lederman. “I never got the same results twice, even with the same sediment. It was enough to make me hypercommitted.” She began receiving buckets of sediment from all over the world and each had its own unique attributes: In the Chukchi Sea between Alaska and Russia, the mud deep on the ocean floor is cold gray; in the Gulf of Mexico it’s a smooth brick-red color. In the Mediterranean, it’s gray with thin swirls of red-orange. Glazes on Lederman’s pots and plates derived from deep sea depths look as if they could wash ashore after years of turning in the tides. Because of the unpredictable nature of her medium, no two creations are alike. In her studio cupboards, masking tape labels rows of pots by region—Alaska, Antarctica, Penobscot Bay. She has received sediment from about 100 places; on a map in her studio red pins mark the location of each extraction. Lederman had never heard of the scientific theory Snowball Earth, which claims that 635 million years ago Earth was covered in ice and slush, when WHOI scientist, Peucker-Ehrenbrink brought her a bucket of the ancient powder from an outcrop valley near Fransfontein, Namibia. “We talk about the earth as a blue marble, and Snowball Earth refers to a time when scientists believe the earth was covered with glaciers—even the equator. It could have looked all white, like a white marble,” says Lederman. When applied to porcelain and ceramics the results vary. “On a vertical surface it runs and flows—I never expected a rock would melt into something so fluid,



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Joan Lederman in her studio.

but it did. On porcelain it’s very white and on clay it has brownishgolden tones because clay underneath comes through and reacts with Namibian rock powder.” All artists talk about happy accidents, but Lederman’s whole life has been a series of serendipitous events. She grew up summering near the ocean in Rockaway Beach, New York, went to Boston University and earned a bachelor’s in painting—the one thing that caused time to stand still for her. “When I painted, I had no concept of time,” explains Lederman. “I just became so immersed and there was nothing else that I did that allowed me to feel that way, so I went to art school, which is a really weird reason I think.” After college, Lederman moved to Vermont, where she wanted to teach but was missing one credit—ceramics. She enrolled at Goddard College and took an independent study with Phil Holmes, a teacher she credits for her lifelong passion. “He was such a good teacher for me. He never gave me any more than I needed. I was always out on a limb. I was always stretching towards him, he would give me content verbally, but it didn’t mean anything until I was on the journey myself and then it began to click,” remembers Lederman. Gathering seaweed.

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The small loft space above her studio has a view of Vineyard Sound.

Lederman’s studio, near Woods Hole, is a former boathouse.

As an artist living in Vermont, Lederman found herself involved in numerous side gigs. She was making pegs for a post-and-beam barn and two of the carpenters were from Woods Hole. She was curious about their town, so she went. “Living in Vermont I learned a lot, but it was very isolating and there weren’t a lot of job opportunities. Also, in order to have an interesting life you had to drive a lot. I did drive a lot, but I just didn’t really want to anymore. Then I came down to Woods Hole and it tapped a very old memory system of when I was a child in Rockaway Beach.” The studio space came from a friend. She was invited to spend the summer in the boathouse that was occupied by a sailboat. She slept in the loft space that whole summer next to the window. “At the end of that summer the owner said, ‘If you buy me a tarp for my boat you can stay.’ I have been here ever since,” she says, smiling. Forty-one years later, here she sits on her potter’s bench. A beam of afternoon light pushes through her open studio door. She’s off a dirt road and steps away from the ocean, so close you can hear the soft crash of waves as they roll in. There’s a small bit of beach next to a Coast Guard building on Vineyard Sound where she likes to collect seaweed for her pieces and go for swims. On this day the water is sparkling blue and smooth as it stretches across to Martha’s Vineyard. It feels like the edge of the earth, it’s certainly the edge of the Upper Cape, yet for four decades Lederman’s path has paused here, permitting her to pursue her passion and allowing dust to settle in her studio from the farthest reaches of the earth. Finished works include mugs,



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ith 68-miles of sparkling coastline, Falmouth has some of the finest beaches on Cape Cod. There are 10 public beaches in town, each with its own distinct allure. Some have rocky shores perfect for beachcombing, others are prime spots for people watching. There are family-oriented beaches with shallow waters and those that tend to get bigger waves, which attract adventurous types. Some beaches are optimal at sunset and there are others where you should plan to arrive early in the day. Parking is available at all public beaches with a resident beach sticker that lasts the whole season; non-residents may purchase stickers by the week or month; and at select beaches, it’s possible to buy a day pass. Read on for a primer that will help target the perfect beach for you.


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Menauhant Road, East Falmouth

A five-minute walk from the more heavily frequented Falmouth Heights Beach, Bristol draws a smaller crowd who prefer a more relaxed experience and a little more space to spread out. There’s a small creek that flows between Little Pond and Vineyard Sound where kids enjoy attempting to catch sea creatures in the tidal surge. There’s a large parking lot and resident beach stickers are required.



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Chapoquoit Road, West Falmouth

Long and narrow, this beach overlooking Buzzards Bay tends to have a secluded feel. With medium-sized waves, it’s a hot spot for windsurfers and skim boarders. Resident stickers are required, but out-of-town day-trippers can get lucky if they bike to the beach since it’s a short detour off the Shining Sea Bikeway. At sunset, when there are no parking restrictions, the lot is a wonderful spot to catch the sun dipping beneath the horizon.

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FALMOUTH HEIGHTS Grand Avenue, Falmouth

This large stretch of sand draws a diverse mix of active 20-somethings engaged in a game of volleyball or Ultimate as well as older folks who set up camp with their extended families. Arrive early—resident parking is limited and it can get so crowded you may be sitting towel to towel with a fellow sun worshipper you’ve never met. The beach has a paved boardwalk with benches that appeals to walkers and two restaurants are mere steps away: The Casino Wharf FX and The British Beer Company.

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Menauhant Road, East Falmouth

The longest beach in town, Menauhant is divided into an east side and a west side by a tidal stream that connects Bournes Pond to Vineyard Sound. It’s seldom crowded here and the shoreline is typically full of sea treasures. While the waters are warm, the current is strong and the waves can be big, much to the delight of bodysurfers. Resident stickers are required, or you can pay a one-day rate of $10 to park.

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County Road, North Falmouth

Tucked away off the beaten path in one of North Falmouth’s residential neighborhoods, Megansett is wide and sandy and privy to lovely views of the boats moored in Megansett Harbor. Primarily frequented by local families who stroll to the beach from their weathered-shingleclad homes nearby, it’s possible to park in the small lot with a resident sticker.



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Gifford Street, Falmouth

Nestled in Goodwill Park, this freshwater pond has a sandy shoreline. Since the park is shrouded by towering trees, parts of the small beach are in the shade, which can be delightful on a hot, humid August afternoon. There’s a roped off swimming area and volleyball nets set up on the sand. It’s a great spot for a family picnic, and just beyond the beach are barbecue grills and picnic tables. If the kids tire of the beach, take a break in the park’s playground.

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Gosnold Road, Woods Hole

Less than a mile from the center of Woods Hole, this small beach—one of Falmouth’s better-kept secrets—feels like an idyllic haven. Usually quiet and crowd-free, the shores are sandy. Sheltered from the southeasterly breezes, there are seldom any waves. Local kids call to one another as they conduct a search for hermit crabs or clamber along the jetty. Owned by the Marine Biological Laboratory, the beach has a small lot for resident parking.



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Easy to get to from Route 28, Old Silver tends to draw outof-towners, who will wait hours in their cars—seriously— for a parking spot to open up. (The lot is open to anybody for a $20 fee.) It’s easy to understand the appeal: white sand and shallow waters, there’s fun for all ages with onsite windsurfing and paddle board rentals and tide pools across the street. At the end of the beach, the Sea Crest Beach Hotel has an outdoor bar that appeals to the 21-plus crowd.



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Surf Drive, Falmouth

Here, convenience is key. Surf Drive, where the beach sticker office is located, is the closest beach to town center, and there’s also a concession stand on site. For $15 you can park here for the day. Waters tend to be calm and the parking lot never seems to fill up. The beach stretches over a half mile, so there’s usually no problem finding your own spot in the sand. Look across Vineyard Sound to Martha’s Vineyard and watch the Island Queen transporting passengers to and fro.



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Sippewissett Road, Falmouth

The favorite family beach in town, Wood Neck is situated in Sippewisset, on the western Buzzards Bay-facing shore of Falmouth. The sand tends to be pebbly, which makes it a great site for shell collectors. At high tide the beach becomes very narrow, but during low tide sandbars make it possible to wade far out into the ocean. Behind the beach’s grass-covered dunes is Little Sippewisset Marsh, a haven for children who love to hunt for crabs, minnows and barnacles. A tidal current connects the beach to the marsh, but beware as some days it moves very fast. While the parking lot is large, it fills up quickly so be sure to get an early start on the day.



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Falmouth’s famous road race turns 45 this year. BY BILL HIGGINS PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIA CUMES



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he New Balance Falmouth Road Race will celebrate its 45th renewal on August 20 when nearly 13,000 runners gather at the Woods Hole drawbridge for a seven-mile jaunt to the ball field by the beach in Falmouth Heights. Call it a Sunday symphony of sweet sweat, choreographed by director Dave McGillivray, assisted by a finely tuned staff and upwards of 2,000 volunteers. It is a well-orchestrated movement of the masses in what has long been a centerpiece of summer on Cape Cod. “My role is more of a conductor,” says McGillivray, now in his sixth year with the baton. “My strength is surrounding myself with good people and letting them do what they do best. I’m just trying to keep all the pieces working together smoothly and harmoniously.” If McGillivray is the leader of the band, then Tommy Leonard is Falmouth’s maestro. The irrepressible Leonard was inspired by watching Frank Shorter win the 1972 Olympic marathon. Leonard’s dream of staging a local road race came true in 1973 and blossomed into a world-class spectacle with an elite international field competing for prize money and one of the most coveted non-marathon crowns in the sport. But it wasn’t always this way.

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I’m a caretaker, I’m trying to be respectful of those who created a world-class event. Falmouth was here long before me and it will be here long after I am gone. — Dave McGillivray

A runner for many years, this is Dave McGillivray’s sixth year as the road race director. “My role is more of a conductor. I’m just trying to keep all the pieces working together smoothly and harmoniously.”



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Leonard was into running before running was in and competed often in the Boston Marathon. He also spent many summers as a bartender on the Cape and in 1972 was at the Brothers 4, a popular club in Falmouth Heights. The 1972 Summer Olympics were in Munich, Germany, and when the marathon came on the television, Leonard turned up the sound and shut down the bar. Instead of dispensing drinks, he poured his heart out with animated analysis as Shorter raced to victory, the first American gold medalist in the event since 1908. “Wouldn’t it be fantastic,” Leonard remembers saying, “if we could get Frank Shorter to run a race on Cape Cod?” And the rest is history.

Runners roll out of Woods Hole in the first of seven scenic miles.

Leonard met John Carroll, a teacher and track coach at Falmouth High School, and Rich Sherman, the town’s recreation director. Together they organized the “Woods HoleFalmouth Marathon” for a rainy Wednesday afternoon on August 15, 1973—Leonard’s 39th birthday. Of course, it wasn’t a 26.2-mile marathon, but the peculiar idea of road racing was in its infancy and such details were of little consequence. In fact, it was a fun run from one bar (Captain Kidd) in Woods Hole to another (Brothers 4) in the Heights. Thus, the quirky distance of seven miles. Leonard and Sherman were two of the 92 finishers. The legendary marathoner Johnny Kelley, 65 at the time, also ran and was the star at the post-race party jitterbugging on the dance floor amid Schlitz beer and bologna sandwiches.

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Pounding the pavement on the way to the finish in Falmouth Heights.

For the second race in 1974, Leonard recruited Bill Rodgers, promising that there would be girls in bikinis passing out water along the beach. He wasn’t yet “Boston Billy,” a future Boston Marathon winner and Hall of Famer, but he nonetheless beat the betterknown Olympic miler Marty Liquori. Press reports called him “Will Rogers.” He won a blender and his car was towed. In 1975, Leonard’s fantasy became reality when Shorter, the Olympic champion, indeed came to town to run and win. He won in 1975 and in 1976, and he has been back many times, as has Rodgers. Falmouth was off to the races as a “must-run” on the sport’s calendar. “I was a track runner,” says Shorter. “Falmouth was my first real road race and I knew right away it was something special, and that’s because of the powerful personality of Tommy Leonard. Falmouth always has a tremendous number of spectators. People watch it and say ‘This looks like fun,’ and the next year they jump in to run. It’s a great way to spend a summer day.” Rodgers agrees. “Boston is the classic marathon and Falmouth is the classic American road race.” Shorter and Rodgers, now both 69, are scheduled to return for the 45th celebration. Also expected is Joan Benoit Samuelson, the “First Lady of Falmouth.” She is a six-time champion and the gold medalist at the inaugural women’s Olympic marathon in 1984. She turned 60 in May and is still a fierce age-group competitor. “In many ways, my career launched at Falmouth,” says Samuelson. “Coming back every year is like a homecoming, and I think it’s that way for a lot of the runners. It just feels right.”

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This whole thing—the race, the town, the runners, the volunteers, everyone—has a seductive hold on me, It was borne out of friendship. Those who were already friends and those who would become friends. I wanted to do something that would make people feel good. — Tommy Leonard

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Falmouth will celebrate its 45th year on August 20 with a field of nearly 13,000 runners.

by Bill Higgins The 45th Falmouth Road Race is August 20 and I’ll be there for the 43rd time. My first was 1975 when I was a young “Cape Cod Times” reporter and Olympic champion Frank Shorter was running. Since then, I’ve spent 41 consecutive August Sunday mornings in Woods Hole. Neither family affairs, hurricanes or hangovers have kept me from reaching the Heights. And so, seven memories for seven miles:


In 1978, Alberto Salazar collapsed at the finish and nearly died. His condition was so severe he was administered last rites. He recovered, and returned to win in 1981 and 1982.


In 1983, Joseph Nzau became the first Kenyan champion. In 1997 he dropped out along the course and tried to hitch a ride from the pace car, which didn’t stop.


I was running in 1980, when a rugged, bald man wearing sweatpants and construction boots passed me. It turned out to be middleweight boxing champion Marvin Hagler.


In 1992, Lynn Jennings won the women’s race a few days after winning a bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics. She let me hold the medal, which was very cool.


It wasn’t so cool in 1991 when a tire sheared off the press truck and bounced dangerously down the road toward race leader Steve Kogo. He dodged the runaway rubber and went on to win.


Falmouth’s 2012 race was out of this world. NASA astronaut Suni Williamson ran the race tethered to a treadmill aboard the International Space Station.


Mark Curp’s victory in 1988 led a 1-2-3 American sweep. No U.S. runner has won the men’s race since. 120


Leonard, now 84, will be on hand as the grand marshal. “This whole thing—the race, the town, the runners, the volunteers, everyone—has a seductive hold on me,” says Leonard. “It was borne out of friendship. Those who were already friends and those who would become friends. I wanted to do something that would make people feel good.” Leonard remains the beloved spirit of Falmouth and his imprint was recognized at the 40th anniversary with a plaque naming the starting line in his honor. For his part, McGillivray has carried the baton from the original directors, Sherman and Carroll. “I’m a caretaker,” says McGillivray. “I’m trying to be respectful of those who created a world-class event. Falmouth was here long before me and it will be here long after I am gone.” The race is big business, with corporate sponsorships, paydays, parties, T-shirts and trinkets. But Falmouth has never lost its soul. A holiday atmosphere abounds and an enduring image is the large American flag flying at the beach, ushering runners to the finish. For all the camaraderie and competition on race day, Falmouth’s impact on the community is year-round and significant. Race proceeds benefit numerous nonprofits and youth groups. There are also student scholarships for Falmouth residents. Since 2012, the race has helped charities raise $16 million and Falmouth Road Race, Inc. has contributed more than $1 million through its Community Giving and Grants program. “We’ve worked hard to be good neighbors,” says Scott Ghelfi, president of the board of directors. “I think the town appreciates us and what we do. We’re committed to promoting health and wellness and supporting local organizations. That’s our mission and we take it very seriously.” And so, strike up the band and let the good times roll. It’s go time in Falmouth once again.

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Jeff Thomas has been leading tours at Nobska Lighthouse since 1994.

here’s something magical about lighthouses,” says Falmouth resident Jeff Thomas. He should know; he’s been leading tours at Nobska Lighthouse since 1994–first as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and currently as tour and volunteer manager for the Friends of Nobska Light, a nonprofit which was officially formed in February 2015. Its mission: preserving Nobska Light Station. The need for such an organization arose in 2013.




From 1985 until 2013, the lightkeepers’ houses on the Nobska property were used as housing for Coast Guard Commanders and their families, and changed occupancy every three years or so. But by 2013, it became apparent to the Coast Guard that the houses and the lighthouse tower were in need of costly repairs and would no longer be suitable as living quarters. The property was thus abandoned, with only Coast Guard Auxiliary members designated as lightkeepers coming on and off the property to perform basic maintenance. That was when the members of the Falmouth Historical Society, the Woods Hole Historical Museum, Highfield Hall & Gardens, and the Woods Hole Community Association joined forces. Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, when federally owned lighthouses listed on the National Register of Historic Places, such as Nobska, are in need of repairs that are too costly or excessive for the Coast Guard to maintain, the caretaking of these structures can be transferred to the hands of another agency such as a museum or a nonprofit, according to the National Park Service. “All four organizations had a meeting with the public to decide what to do,” says Catherine Bumpus, executive director of Friends. “The public decided that the community should take on Nobska. There was just this feeling that we needed to.” However, the project of taking on Nobska was too big and too diversionary for any one of the organizations to take on single-handedly, adds Bumpus. So members from all four organizations came together and formed Friends of Nobska Light.

The cast iron tower, lined by brick inside, replaced the old wooden structure in 1876.



On March 7, 2016, the Coast Guard granted a license to the Town of Falmouth for maintaining the four-acre property, including the tower and the lightkeeper’s quarters. In a ceremony on April 25, 2016, the Coast Guard officially handed over the keys to Friends, who will maintain and restore the property. Bumpus estimates that to begin with, Friends will need to raise $800,000 for repairs, which will include installing 41 new windows and a new heating system. Plans are in the works to turn the property – tower and lightkeeper’s quarters into a high-tech maritime museum by 2020. The museum will include automated, interpretative graphics with touch-screen swiping, where visitors can take a virtual tour of Nobska’s history.

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The Friends of Nobska Light gather in the former lightkeeper’s quarters to discuss future repairs. From left: Brian Nickerson, Barbara Meissner, Jeff Thomas, Susan Shephard and Denise Thomas.

Nobska is one of only 3 lights in the country adorned with lighthouse-shaped finials.

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The lighthouse at Nobska was first built in 1829. According to documents at the Woods Hole Historical Museum, the four acres on which it’s situated belonged to two families, the Davises and the Lawrences. The land was conveyed to the government in 1822 for purposes of building a lighthouse, for the total sum of $160.00. The first structure was of wood, but in 1876 it was replaced by the iron tower that stands today. Originally painted in a brick-red color, the structure was built in Chelsea, MA, and stands 40 feet tall, made of cast iron on the outside and lined with brick on the inside. Civilian lightkeepers lived on the property in those days, lighting the way for seafaring mariners coming in and out of Great Harbor.




The longest stay of any civilian lightkeeper was that of Oliver Airey Nickerson, lightkeeper from 1874 until his death in 1911. The light in his day was lit by sperm whale oil, later replaced by kerosene in the 1870s. It shone onto a lens known as a Fresnel lens, specifically designed for lighthouses by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel in 1825, according to the U.S. Lighthouse Society. In 1888, the Fresnel lens was upgraded from a level 5 order lens to a stronger, more powerful level 4 Fresnel–the lens is still in the lighthouse today. Egg-shaped and about two feet tall, it is made of stepped glass, which converts a light source into a beam. Shining the light wasn’t the only responsibility of the lightkeeper back then, however. According to Brian Nickerson, president of Friends and a distant relative of Oliver Airey Nickerson, Oliver Airey’s daughter, Florence played an important role—it was her task to count and track the ships coming in and out of Great Harbor. “Family was expected to work together,” Brian says. It is said that an estimated 10,000 ships would pass through each year. Nobska was one of six lighthouses visible from boats on the Vineyard Sound, according to Jeff Thomas. “In the 1800s, this was the second busiest passage, because of whaling, second only to the English Channel,” he adds. In 1919, electricity came to Cape Cod. Kerosene lamps were replaced with a 150-watt bulb and Nobska became electrified. The spiral staircase inside the tower.

Brian Nickerson, president of the Friends of Nobska Light, in front of the keepers’ quarters.



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In 1888, the Fresnel lens was upgraded to a stronger, more powerful level 4 Fresnel, which is still in the lighthouse today.

Vineyard Sound.

A portion of the lighthouse keeper’s quarters.

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A small lookout inside the tower.

Civilian lightkeepers and their families continued to live at Nobska until 1985, when the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England took over the premises and began using Nobska as housing for commanders and their families. The Coast Guard Auxiliary became the new lightkeepers in 1994, keeping up basic maintenance and giving tours of the premises to the public. Jeff Thomas has been a tour guide since then, rendering him the last lightkeeper of Nobska. He says he’s grateful he can keep giving tours with Friends. “I love sharing it with people. It’s very comforting to be able to do that.” In 2013, after deeming the property unlivable, the Coast Guard ceased giving tours to the public.

The ladder up to the lantern room.

“It sat vacant from 2013 until the spring of 2016,” says Barbara Meissner, chair of the development committee for Friends. The former president of Highfield Hall, Meissner’s role is to create strategies for fundraising and raising awareness in the community. She says she is thrilled to be a part of Friends and to be leading tours herself, which are free and open to the public. “Most people who come here have never been here before, and there is so much energy going on here: the wind, the water, the waves and the boats. The ferries and the fishing boats, you get to know them as friends. It’s always a such fun thing seeing people here for their first time and watching them become mesmerized by the beauty here.” Meissner adds that the group is in the process of planning events to raise awareness, and they encourage people who love Nobska to join in the volunteer effort. The Falmouth Chamber of Commerce has had an active role in the formation of Friends, according to Chamber president and CEO Michael Kasparian, a Falmouth resident of 12 years. “The Friends represents a great group of individuals. Nobska is our logo, it’s our symbol. It represents Falmouth and our maritime history, and the Friends represents a really dedicated group of people.”



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From harbors and boats, to lighthouses, seascapes and shingled cottages, the Cape has it all. — Michael Petrizzo

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Michael Petrizzo is an award-winning fine art photographer, portrait artist and fine art print artist. He was recently recognized by the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts for photographic excellence in their annual print competition. Petrizzo is adept at the marriage of traditional photography and digital technology, using these modern tools to create beautiful art. He is also a skilled portrait artist and his work ranges from family shoots to fine art heirloom portraiture to head shots for professional use. He is the owner of Fine Art Productions, a giclĂŠe print service for artists and photographers. His studio is located in Falmouth at Homeport, 350 Building Gifford St., 860.209.1990,



For generations, the special light and subject matter that Falmouth and the Cape offer, has been a draw to artists from all over the world. — Michael Petrizzo

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JUNE 1-OCTOBER 19: HIGHFIELD HALL GARDEN WALKS & CARRIAGE TRAILS Your host, Highfield archivist and historian Lisa Willow Dunne, will guide your tour of the property and carriage trails, with anecdotes about the Beebe Family, the history of the mansion and Beebe Woods. Every first and third Thursday. $5. 10 a.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, JUNE 3-DECEMBER 2: FIRST SATURDAY DANCING IN WOODS HOLE Every first Saturday, Woods Hole Folk Orchestra plays for a dancing crowd in Woods Hole. The evening is led by professional dancers from around the state. $8. 8-11 p.m. Woods Community Hall, 68 Water St., JUNE 4-OCTOBER 15: OUTDOOR SUNDAY ESTATE WALK & HISTORY OF THE BEEBE PROPERTY Docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700-acre estate. Learn about the role the Beebe family played in the history of the town of Falmouth, and how their land later became Beebe Woods, Falmouth



Hospital, Falmouth Academy and so much more. Inquire about group tours. First and third Sundays. $5. 12:30 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, JUNE 9: THE FEASTS OF FALMOUTH AND BEYOND The Falmouth Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) will be holding its 15th annual food fair, the Feasts of Falmouth and Beyond. The community-centered event features some of the region’s best restaurants and caterers, serving up their specialties. The 2017 Feasts of Falmouth will feature many Cape Cod specialties and local favorites, ranging from lobster salad, chowders, crab cakes, pasta creations, ethnic dishes and wings, to homemade sweet and savory pies, cake and fudge. Vendors will offer appetizer-sized tastes of their dishes. In addition to the great variety of food, there will be music

and plenty of seating. Funds raised at the event are used to provide training and support for VIPS’s 1,000 volunteers and for VIPS programming and materials in place in each of Falmouth’s seven public schools. This year’s event will be hosted by Mahoney’s Garden Center, rain or shine. $20 adults/$5 children (ages 3-12)/Free for children under three. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the VIPS office at Falmouth High School, at the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, or online at falmouthvips. org. Tickets will also be available at the door. 5-7 p.m. Mahoney’s Garden Center, Rt. 28, JUNE 10: FALMOUTH ROTARY CLUB’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST It is a tradition to enjoy a wonderful old-fashioned pancake breakfast with all the fixings. $6. 8 a.m. Holiday Inn, 291 Jones Road,


MAY 25-OCTOBER 5: FALMOUTH FARMERS’ MARKET Find locally grown flowers and produce, to locally made apple cider vinegar doughnuts at the Falmouth Farmers’ Market. Stop by each week for a “taste of Falmouth.” Thursdays. 12-6 p.m. Peg Noonan Park, Main St.,

JUNE 16-18: ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL Celebrate this coastal town’s rich art community at the Arts Alive Festival. There will be over 50 vendors and over 50 performances over the course of three days. Friday 5-9 p.m.; Town Dance 7-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Rock Fest 6-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Library Lawn, 300 Main St.,

JUNE 10: CAPE COD COMEDY FEST The Cape Cod Comedy Festival is a chance to bring the community together for unforgettable, clean and uniquely uplifting comedy in a world that has forgotten to laugh. Celebrate some of the best homegrown talents now sharing their careers with national audiences. 2-10 p.m. Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, E. Falmouth, 508-5633200,, JUNE 11: WOOD HOLE JAZZ SUMMER SERIES AT HIGHFIELD HALL: THE TIM RAY TRIO Pianist Tim Ray’s technique sparkles and his musical concepts are unique and dazzling combination. He brings his long-time favorite colleagues John Lockwood, bass and Mark Walker on the drums, and this summer evening of jazz music is one not be missed. $30/$25 members. 4 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, JUNE 14 & 28: FARM TO TABLE CULINARY SERIES Another summer of “Buy Local, Eat Local” will give you lots of ways to cook local. Vendors from local markets and farms will supply the ingredients, which will inspire you put the best tasting and freshest dishes on your table at home. Recipes and tastes are provided. $49/$39 members. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878,

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JUNE 14-AUGUST 12: CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE GAMES Watch the Falmouth Commodores square off against teams from the Cape Cod Baseball League. Check online for a complete schedule Guv Fuller Field, 790 Main St.,

JUNE 28-AUGUST 30: MOVIES UNDER THE STARS Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a selection of family friendly movies under the stars in Falmouth. Dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Peg Noonan Park, 270 Main St.,

JUNE 16: “THE EVOLUTION OF MINDREADING: INSIGHTS FROM NON-HUMAN ANIMALS” Join Marine Biological Laboratory for their Friday Lecture series. The topic is “The Evolution of MindReading: Insights from Non-Human Animals” with Laurie Santos of Yale University. Free. 8 p.m. Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Falmouth, 508-548-3705,

JUNE 30: “A SHORT HISTORY OF METABOLISM, FROM THE AGE OF INDUSTRY TO THE EPIGENETIC PRESENT” Join Marine Biological Laboratory for their Friday Lecture series. The topic is “A Short History of Metabolism, From the Age of Industry to the Epigenetic Present” with Hannah Landecker of the University of California, Los Angeles. Free. 8 p.m. Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Falmouth, 5 08-548-3705,

JULY 2: CLOC ORCHESTRA AND VOCAL COMPANY’S INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT CLOC Orchestra and Vocal Company will present its second annual Independence Day Concert on the Falmouth Library lawn. Free. 4 p.m. College Light Opera Company, 508-540-3783, JULY 4: FOURTH OF JULY BIKE AND CARRIAGE PARADE This is a fun Falmouth tradition and many dress in reds, whites and blues and parade through town. The parade begins at the Village Green, moves down Main Street and ends at Peg Noonan Park where prizes are awarded. 10 a.m. Village Green, Main St.,

JUNE 17: STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Indulge in fabulous strawberry shortcake and lobster rolls, hot dogs or barbecue chicken under the tent on the St. Barnabas lawn, across the street from the Village Green. Guests can expect arts & crafts vendors, home-baked goods sale, plant sale, face painting, dunk tank, small children’s games. Saint Barnabas Memorial Church, 91 Main St., JUNE 23: “THROUGH THE BLACK WIDOW’S WEB: HOW UNUSUAL MATING BEHAVIOR UNTANGLES PLASTICITY” Join Marine Biological Laboratory for their Friday Lecture series. The topic is “Through the Black Widow’s Web: How Unusual Mating Behavior Untangles Plasticity” with Maydianne Andrade of the University of Toronto. Free. 8 p.m. Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Falmouth, 508-548-3705, JUNE 24: BARK IN THE PARK DOG PARADE Bring your furry family member and show off his/ her talents in the first dog parade. Categories will be judged for the dog with the Best Stride, Bad Hair Day, Best Trick, Best Smile, Best Drool, Owner/Pet Look Alike and many more categories. Prizes to be awarded. Registration begins at 9:30 am with a cost of $5 per dog, cash only at the time of the event. Bring your own seating. 10-11:30 a.m. Dog Park at Sandy Pond, Buck Island Road, Yarmouth, JUNE 25: SUMMER’S UPON US OPEN HOUSE Dominique Ehrmann and The Storybook Fairy Houses of Highfield Hall The event everyone is talking about! Be the first to see the fairy houses and meet all the artists who make the magic happen. Visit the goats from Goatscaping munching away on the weeds and enjoy free ice cream and a fairy house making workshop for families. Learn how tapestries and quilts are made in our education center and enjoy estate and garden walks. Performers from the College Light Opera Company will be on hand for special entertainment. The event is free and all are welcome. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878,

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CALENDAR JULY 4: FALMOUTH FIREWORKS Voted one of the 10 best fireworks displays in the country by “Travel and Leisure” magazine, the fireworks are scheduled for dusk at Falmouth Heights Beach. 8:30 p.m. Falmouth Heights Beach, Grand Ave., JULY 5-AUGUST 26: FOLK DANCING ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS Stop by Woods Hole Community Hall for folk dancing every Wednesday night. Woods Community Hall, 68 Water St., JULY 5-AUGUST 31: FREE WALKING TOURS OF WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE Get a free tour of WHOI and learn all about the work of local oceanographers. Monday-Friday (by reservation), 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s Information Office, 93 Water St., JULY 7: “DRUNKEN SAILORS, COIN FLIPS AND HOW TO READ GENOMES” Join Marine Biological Laboratory for their Friday Lecture series. The topic is “Drunken Sailors, Coin Flips and How to Read Genomes” with Rob Phillips of California Institute of Technology.

The College Light Opera Company is a summer-stock theater that presents nine productions at the Highfield Theatre each summer. The company is comprised of college-aged students from across the country.

JUNE 27: 49TH FESTIVAL SEASON FOR THE COLLEGE LIGHT OPERA COMPANY The College Light Opera Company will open its 49th festival season with a double-bill of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial By Jury” and Sullivan and Rowe’s “The Zoo.” The season will feature nine different productions, each opening on following Tuesdays. Other favorites will include Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Friml’s “The Desert Song,” and many more! College Light Opera Company, 508-540-3783, Free. 8 p.m. Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Falmouth, 508-548-3705, JULY 7-16: ANNUAL HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is an annual celebration of the region’s blue, pink, and white signature flowers. The ten-day festival’s main attractions are the daily tours of private gardens and each has a unique charm because it is designed and maintained by the individual homeowners. Gardens are only one part of the festival. Enjoy workshops and lectures presented by leading international horticulturalists, discover promotions at participating

nurseries and home centers, take a class to learn proper hydrangeapruning techniques, or even watch a painting demonstration by renowned Cape Cod artists both in studio and in the gardens. Garden tours are $5 per person per garden. Each garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and only on the days specified. All garden tours are rain or shine and nonrefundable. Open gardens would be located on Cape Cod, from Provincetown to Woods Hole. JULY 7-AUGUST 11: CONCERTS IN THE PARK Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy a summer evening with live music. A variety of musicians perform at these Friday concerts throughout the summer. 6 p.m. Peg Noonan Park, 270 Main St., JULY 7-AUGUST 25: PEANUT BUTTER CLUB These free, WHOI-sponsored talks and videos are a chance to relax, chat with friends and learn about a wide range of socially relevant subjects. Fridays, 12 p.m. Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., JULY 11-AUGUST 29: “SCIENCE MADE PUBLIC” LECTURE SERIES A series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers. Tuesdays, 3 p.m. Ocean Science Exhibit Center Auditorium, 15 School St., JULY 12 & 26: FARM TO TABLE CULINARY SERIES Another summer of “Buy Local, Eat Local” will give you lots of ways to cook local. Vendors from local markets and farms will supply the ingredients, which will inspire you put the best tasting and freshest dishes on your table at home. Recipes and tastes are provided. $49/$39 members. 11



a.m.-1 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, JULY 12-AUGUST 31: SPLASH LAB Learn about ocean science with handson activities for all ages. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Ocean Science Exhibit Center Auditorium, 15 School St., JULY 12: PROFESSIONAL ARTS & CRAFTS STREET FESTIVAL Falmouth’s Main Street is blocked off for this popular annual event in which over 200 artists and crafters display their work. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Main St., JULY 12: FAMILY NIGHT WITH TOE JAM PUPPET BAND Stop by Highfield Hall for an evening of family fun. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, JULY 14: “BACTERIA AS MASTER REGULATORS OF METABOLISM” Join Marine Biological Laboratory for their Friday Lecture series. The topic is “Bacteria as Master Regulators of Metabolism” with Lora Hooper of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Free. 8 p.m. Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Falmouth, 508548-3705, JULY 16: WOODS HOLE JAZZ SUMMER SERIES AT HIGHFIELD HALL: SVETLANA AND THE DELANCEY FIVE Mid-July is hot on Cape Cod but Highfield Hall will be even hotter as Svetlana brings her Delancey Five from NYC to Highfield Hall. Whether singing at the Roxie Hotel and other premier New York City jazz club, down to the secret underground speakeasies, Svetlana and her Delancey Five play hard swing 1920s-40s jazz standards as well as charismatic originals. It’s hard to imagine such incredible musical energy coming from one tent on the lawn of an historic Cape Cod mansion and its gardens. So bring along your dance shoes because the tent will be packed but not all of the lawn surrounding it! $35/$30 members. 4 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878,

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JULY 17-23: BARNSTABLE COUNTY FAIR This annual summer tradition has live animal shows, 4-H demonstrations, petting zoos, horticulture displays, fireworks, live music and arts and crafts. Enjoy delicious fair food and the thrill of Rockwell Amusement Midway rides. 12-10 p.m. Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, E. Falmouth, 508-563-3200, JULY 19: FAMILY NIGHT WITH JOSH AND THE JAMTONES Stop by Highfield Hall for an evening of family fun. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, JULY 20: A NIGHT OUT WITH FRIENDS! FLORAL DESIGN CLASS WITH ANNA HOLMES Professional tips to create a long-lasting vase design without floral foam. You will learn best care practices to keep your flowers fresh, design principles & techniques that you can apply to all your designs for years of enjoyment. $45/$40 members. 6-8:30 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878,

Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878,      AUGUST 4: “MAPPING THE WIRING DIAGRAM OF CELLULAR LIFE” Join Marine Biological Laboratory for their Friday Lecture series. The topic is “Mapping the Wiring Diagram of Cellular Life” with Brenda Andrews of the University of Toronto. Free. 8 p.m. Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Falmouth, 508-548-3705, AUGUST 5: A ROBERT WYATT LECTURE: BLUEGRASS! Bluegrass, sometimes called the “jazz of country music,” evolved from the string band style developed by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in the late 1930s. The sound is characterized by masterful, often improvisational, instrumental performances combined with distinctive vocals and harmonies. A native of Kentucky, Monroe named his band after

the Bluegrass State. He merged old-time mountain music with blues and gospel tunes. Over the next 50 plus years, Monroe performed with countless musicians who served “apprenticeships” as Blue Grass Boys, then left to start their own groups. By the 1960s, the music was known simply as bluegrass. $25/$20 members. 10 a.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, AUGUST 5, 9 & 23: FARM TO TABLE CULINARY SERIES Another summer of “Buy Local, Eat Local” will give you lots of ways to cook local. Vendors from local markets and farms will supply the ingredients, which will inspire you put the best tasting and freshest dishes on your table at home. Recipes and tastes are provided. $49/$39 members. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (except August 23, 6-8 p.m.). Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878,

JULY 21: ”KATP CHANNELS AND NEONATAL DIABETES: FROM MOLECULE TO NEW THERAPY AND BEYOND” Join Marine Biological Laboratory for their Friday Lecture series. The topic is ”KATP Channels and Neonatal Diabetes: From Molecule to New Therapy and Beyond” with Frances Ashcroft of the University of Oxford. Free. 8 p.m. Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Falmouth, 508-548-3705, JULY 28: “MODELING AND UNDERSTANDING AGING” Join Marine Biological Laboratory for their Friday Lecture series. The topic is “Modeling and Understanding Aging” with Anne Brunet of Stanford University. Free. 8 p.m. Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Falmouth, 508-548-3705, JULY 29-AUGUST 5: WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL The Woods Hole Film Festival is the oldest independent film festival on Cape Cod, featuring eight days of film screenings, musical performances, workshops, panel discussions and staged readings. JULY 30: MEETING HOUSE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL AT HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS The Meeting House Chamber Music, directed by pianist Donald Enos, will bring a piano trio to Highfield Hall with two exceptional artists from New York City. Joyce Hammann is an eclectic violinist, equally at home on the concert stage, in a jazz club, or in front of screaming fans at a rock concert. She has performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Sting, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen. Joining her will be cellist, Matthias Naegele, a chamber musician and soloist who has performed in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Asia. Pianist Donald Enos is a popular solo and chamber pianist, a member of the Cape Symphony for over twenty years. Their program will include trios by Brahms, Perera and Mozart. $30/$25 members. 4 p.m. Highfield Hall and

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AUGUST 6: 7TH ANNUAL BLUEGRASS ON THE LAWN For the seventh year in a row, we’ll turn the front lawn blue—blue as in Bluegrass. Perennial favorite Chasing Blue, a hot young ensemble from the Berklee College of Music, will be joined this summer by The Lonely Heartstring Band. They’ll heat up this summer’s foot-stomping, family concert.  Bring a picnic or let our food vendor serve up supper. Free. 3-7 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, AUGUST 11: “EXPLORING THE DYNAMICS OF THE UNCONSCIOUS BRAIN UNDER GENERAL ANESTHESIA” Join Marine Biological Laboratory for their Friday Lecture series. The topic is “Exploring the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain under General Anesthesia” with Emery Brown of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Free. 8 p.m. Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Falmouth, 508-548-3705, AUGUST 13: WOOD HOLE JAZZ SUMMER SERIES AT HIGHFIELD HALL: HILARY GARDNER, VOCALIST & EHUD ASHERIE, PIANO Hilary Gardner‘s repertoire takes you back to the old standards of the Golden Age of Broadway and forward



to the new and edgy sounds of American music in the 21st century. But there is a freshness to her delivery that makes people breathe just a bit harder. She brings with her Israeli pianist Ehmud Asherie, who will make magic on our Mason & Hamlin grand piano. $30/$25 members. 4 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, AUGUST 19: 24TH ANNUAL FALMOUTH WALK The Falmouth Walk is an annual event that raises money for local Falmouth charities. It’s held in August on the day before the Falmouth Road Race, and was founded in 1991 by local celebrities Eddie Doyle and Tommy Leonard. The distance is 3.2 miles. A picnic and raffle will follow. Register on August 18 at the Quarterdeck Restaurant, 164 Main St. 10 a.m. The race starts at Falmouth Town Hall Square, 59 Town Hall Square, and ends at Saint Barnabas Memorial Church, 91 Main St., AUGUST 20: 45TH ANNUAL NEW BALANCE FALMOUTH ROAD RACE The world class New Balance Falmouth Road Race celebrates its 45th race this year. With over 12,000 runners, including many of the world’s elite, this event will have the whole

crowd cheering and applauding the runners. 9 a.m. The race starts at Woods Hole Community Center, 68 Water St., and ends at Falmouth Heights Beach, AUGUST 24: INTRODUCTION TO IKEBANA This class will begin with a short demonstration of the Ikebana form Moribana in which flowers are arranged asymmetrically in a low bowl (suiban) with water visible. A workshop will follow during which participants will create their own Moribana arrangements. Simplicity, harmony and naturalism will be emphasized using a few, basic rules. It’s fun, and anyone can do it! All necessary materials, including pin cushion holder (kenzan), low container, and floral materials will be provided. Participants may take this home with them after the workshop. $60/ $55 member. 6-8:30 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, AUGUST 27: ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL Calling all food lovers! The annual Food Truck Festival features more than 20 of New England’s most popular food trucks and over 50 craft beers ready to be poured from

their taps. Enjoy live music and shop at the festival’s Etsy market. $5 in advance/$10 day of/$18.50 for Beer Lover’s Package/Free for children 12 and under. 12-6 p.m. Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, 508-5633200,, SEPTEMBER 3 & 4: 17TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE AND CRAFT FAIR This Labor Day weekend event features over 60 vendors from all over New England as well as entertainment, refreshments and book sales. $2/ Free for children under 8. Sunday, September 3 8 a.m.-4 p.m. & Monday, September 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Marine Park, Scranton Ave., Falmouth Harbor, SEPTEMBER 10: CAPE COD CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 14TH ANNUAL PRINCESS TEA It’s a whole new world at Jasmine’s Arabian Tea! Travel to Agrabah for a gourmet brunch, crafts, activities, costumed characters, face painting, photo booth, a performance by Beth Walsh Dance Centre, raffles, prizes and lots of surprises. Coonamessett Inn, 311 Gifford St., Falmouth,,

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SEPTEMBER 10-OCTOBER 31: “CONVERSATIONS OF BEAUTY: WORKS BY MEMBERS OF THE PRINTMAKERS OF CAPE COD” This fall Highfield Hall and Gardens will have a variety of exhibitions, including “Conversations of Beauty: Works by the Printmakers of Cape Cod,” “The Artist and the Garden: Works by Andrea Moore” and “Journey in Watercolor: The Art of Deena Gu.” All artist receptions: September 10, 1-3 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-4951878, SEPTEMBER 22-24: 48TH ANNUAL SCALLOP FEST The largest scallop festival on the East Coast, the 48th Annual Cape Cod Scallop Fest has been voted a Top 100 Event by American Bus Association for six years in a row. This event is fun for the whole family and includes scallop and chicken dinners, juried arts and crafts show, rides and games, corn hole tournaments, live entertainment, beer and wine and specialty foods. September 22 & 23, Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy (Route 151), E. Falmouth, 508-759-6000, SEPTEMBER 28: THE ART OF JAPANESE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT WITH SELF-MADE “BASKETS” This class will begin with a short demonstration of freestyle Ikebana designs using self-made, woven structures to support the floral materials. A workshop will follow during which participants will create their own “baskets” and floral arrangements. Simplicity, balance and harmony will be emphasized. It’s fun, and anyone can do it! All necessary materials, including palm strips for the baskets, a stapler, a cup container, and floral materials will be provided. Participants may take this home with them after the workshop. $60/ $55 member. 6-8:30 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 7: JAZZFEST FALMOUTH This musical extravaganza features nationally recognized artists as well as talented local performers. Come hear soloists, combos and wall-to-wall brass bands playing every genre of jazz. Events during the festival include concerts, talks, brunches and art exhibits. Jazz Stroll, Friday, October 6, 6-10 p.m. along Queen’s Buyway and Main St. The headliner concert on Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Highfield Theatre, 60 Highfield Dr., fa l m o u t h m a ga z i n e .co m

OCTOBER 1: PIANIST ANASTASIA SEIFETDINOVA After Anastasia Seifetdinova’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, the “New York Concert Review” wrote: “hearing a new pianist with a truly warm, luscious tone is like breathing in the scent of jasmine blooming - a pleasure to be recalled again and again - and so I’m happy to report that from the first note she touched at her Weill Hall recital, Anastasia Seifetdinova was a genuine pleasure to listen to.” Anastasia is a spectacular pianist possessing a powerful Russian technique and a rich sound which is both seductive and gratifying. $30/$25 members. 4 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, OCTOBER 1: WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY PRESENTS JEZ LOWE Jez Lowe is a masterful singer and songwriter from the coal mining region of northern England. $20 (discounts available for members, seniors, youth and children). 7:30 p.m./7 p.m. doors. Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water St., OCTOBER 15-31: VILLAGE OF SCARECROWS Fall in love with scarecrows in Falmouth Village! Similar to the May basket competition in the spring, Falmouth Village Association is enlisting the town’s help once more to determine who has crafted the best scarecrow. Take a stroll down Main Street and around Queen’s Buyway to scope out the competition. Then log on to Facebook to like, share and comment on the photo of your favorite scarecrow. The People’s Choice winner will be crowned based on your input. Falmouth Village Assocation, Main St., Falmouth,

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OCTOBER 15: WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY PRESENTS JOEL MABUS Joel Mabus is an esteemed humorist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. $20 (discounts available for members, seniors, youth and children). 7:30 p.m./7 p.m. doors. Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water St., OCTOBER 19: AUTUMN COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT WITH ANNA HOLMES Don’t purchase a thing for your next arrangement—collect what you need! Leaves, twigs, dried hydrangea blossoms, pods and grasses are just some of nature’s fall materials you can easily collect and team with a vase you already own. Bring a vase (or two) 10-14 inches tall, with an opening 5”-7” wide. Plan to share your

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collected materials with the others in the workshop—and incorporate their finds into your arrangement. Floral Designer Anna Holmes will show you how to pull everything together to create something unique and economical whenever the mood strikes you. Pre-registration required. $35/$30 members. 6-8:30 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, OCTOBER 19: FALMOUTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL 10K RAFFLE & COCKTAIL PARTY Join the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce for a chance to walk away with a $10,000 prize. 5:30-7:30 p.m. OCTOBER 28: TRICK-OR-TREAT STROLL Wear a costume and join in on the fun that begins with a parade down Main Street and ends with trick or treating at local shops on Falmouth’s Main Street. A special stage will be set up at Peg Noonan Park for fun, fall-themed photos. 12:30 p.m. Village Green, Main St., Falmouth, OCTOBER 28 & 29: CAPE COD MARATHON WEEKEND Starting and ending downtown



OCTOBER 14: SIXTH ANNUAL CAPE COD BREWFEST This event, now it its sixth year, is the premier beer festival on Cape Cod and features local favorites like Cape Cod Beer, Hog Island Brewing and Devil’s Purse. With nearly 100 brewers, dozens of food vendors and live music—this 3.5 hour festival is always fun! 2-5:30 p.m. Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, E. Falmouth, 508-563-3200,, Falmouth, Runners’ World called this race one of the ten most scenic marathons in America. Half marathon on Saturday; Marathon and relay on Sunday. Check online for additional information, OCTOBER 29: WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY PRESENTS GEOFF MULDAUR Geoff Muldaur is one of the greatest voices to emerge from the 1960s folk and blues scenes. $20 (discounts available for members, seniors, youth and children). 7:30 p.m./7 p.m. doors. Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water St.,

NOVEMBER 2 & 4: A ROBERT WYATT LECTURE: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN The musical theatre of the Victorian era radiated the brilliance of librettist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan and to the works they jointly created. Between 1871 and 1896 they collaborated on fourteen comic operas of which “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado” are among the best known. Along with Gilbert’s clever and fanciful words, Sullivan added melodies which could convey both humor and pathos. Together, their brilliance of form and composition opened the doors for

the pioneers of the American musical theater who emerged early in the twentieth century. $25/$20 members. November 2, 7 p.m. & November 4, 10 a.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, NOVEMBER 5: MICHI WIANCKO, VIOLIN AND MICHAEL MIZRAHI, PIANO Michi Wiancko is an internationallyacclaimed and multi-dimensional violinist and composer who gave her debut concerto performances with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, made her NY recital debut in Carnegie Hall and released a solo album on Naxos. Her most notable ensembles have included Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax and her collaborator for the November 5 recital is pianist Michael Mizrahi. Dr. Mizrahi has performance at Carnegie Hall, Toyko’s Suntory Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Chicago Cultural Center and Houston’s Jones Hall. $30/$25 members. 4 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878,

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CALENDAR NOVEMBER 12: WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY PRESENTS THE JOHNSON GIRLS The Johnson Girls are a powerful a cappella quartet singing traditional and contemporary songs of sea and shore. $20 (discounts available for members, seniors, youth and children). 7:30 p.m./7 p.m. doors. Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water St., NOVEMBER 13: LANTERN WALK WITH SALLY EGAN Create a beautiful, hand-crafted lantern, then let your light shine on this autumn walk. $5/per family at the door. 4-5:15 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 3: HOLIDAYS AT HIGHFIELD See the mansion elaborately decorated and view special exhibits, toy trains, Santa and more. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, NOVEMBER 30 & DECEMBER 4: HOLIDAY TABLETOP BOXWOOD TREE WITH ANNA HOLMES It’s time to pull out the holiday greenery! Learn how to make this festive classic Christmas tree design using fresh boxwood branches with white lights, ornaments and ribbon with a tree topper. Your tree will last throughout the holiday. $55/$50 members. 6-8:30 p.m. Highfield Hall and Gardens, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-495-1878, DECEMBER 1: CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT NOBSKA LIGHT Warm your heart and get ready for a fun evening caroling with neighbors and the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce staff at Historic Nobska Lighthouse. Join the carolers as they lead a festive seasonal sing-along of familiar holiday classics. Enjoy the nighttime vista of Vineyard Sound with hot chocolate and treats. Remember to dress warmly. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nobska Light, 233 Nobska Road, DECEMBER 1-3: HOLIDAYS BY THE SEA The crisp snap of seasonal glitter starts with the Holidays by the Sea weekend in Falmouth. Begin the festive holidays singing carols at Nobska Lighthouse as the winter’s sun sets over Vineyard Sound. Greet Santa as he arrives by boat in Falmouth Harbor. Run the Jingle Jog 5K along Vineyard Sound. Join in the caroling at the lighting of the Village Green.



Enjoy the Main Street festivities of the Holiday Stroll and get ready for the biggest small-town Christmas parade in all of southeast New England. Falmouth Village, Various Locations, DECEMBER 2: 6TH ANNUAL JINGLE JOG AND KIDS ELF RUN Wear your wildest holiday outfit to run the course that starts at Marine Park in Falmouth Harbor, follows the New Balance Falmouth Road Race course then winds back through Falmouth Heights. The Elf Run will consist of a half-mile run for children 12 and under. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Marine Park, Falmouth Harbor, Scranton Avenue, DECEMBER 2: VILLAGE HOLIDAY STROLL Stroll down Main Street, past the beautifully lit Village Green and through Queens Buyway. Enjoy the trolley ride through the festively lit street to Santa’s Workshop. Enjoy holiday festivities, movies, music, refreshments and caroling while you get a head start on your holiday shopping! Extended shopping hours. 5 p.m. Main St., DECEMBER 2: LIGHTING OF THE FALMOUTH VILLAGE GREEN The Falmouth Brass Choir will lead the caroling before a special visit from Santa as the town lights up the green. People are encouraged to bring flashlights and dress warmly. 7 p.m. Village Green, Main St., DECEMBER 3: 54TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE The parade starts at noon from Dillingham Avenue and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Known as southeastern Massachusetts’ largest holiday parade, featuring theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa! 12 p.m. Falmouth Village, Dillingham Avenue to the Village Green, DECEMBER 16 & 17: SOLSTICE SINGERS Celebrate the lengthening days with the sights and sounds of the Renaissance presented by the Solstice Singers on their 25th anniversary. 4 p.m. Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water St.,

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Highfield Hall & Gardens, the elegant Victorian home of Franklin Beebe of Boston, is a unique combination of historic home, beautiful gardens and vibrant cultural center. Located in the heart of Falmouth and surrounded by 400 acres of conservation land with walking trails, Highfield hosts art exhibitions, music events, festivals, culinary classes, family and children’s programs, garden tours and estate walks. Plan a visit today!


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I’m a native New Yorker—born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I moved to Cape Cod in 1985, and I was hired by the Falmouth Police Department as summer officer in 1986, and I became a full-time officer the following year. In late December 2015, I purchased a digital camera and photo editing software for personal use, and began taking landscape photos. Shortly thereafter, the police department asked officers to submit photographs of cruisers, buildings and police-related activities to post online. I submitted a few photos just to appease them, then I began taking scenic shots, which were well received by the community. Some of the photographs are taken on patrol whenever possible with the approval of the police department administration, but the majority aren’t, and all of the editing is done on my own time. Police officers encounter situations on a daily basis that can’t be shared with the general public, however treasures we can share are pictures of our town. What’s been rewarding for me, is being able to bring back good memories to many viewers through my pictures.



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