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Falmouth’s Fourth of July festivities are unlike any other. The day will begin with a recitation of the Declaration of Independence outside the bookstore, and end with what Travel and Leisure Magazine named one of the top ten fireworks displays in the country. From start to finish, July 4th is one of the best days to be in Falmouth.

festive bikes in Woods Hole

Embrace your patriotic side and don your flag themed garments at the bike and carriage parade which begins at 10am at the village green. In addition to outfits, participants are invited to deck out their bike, wagon, scooter, or carriage in red white and blue and follow Uncle Sam down Main Street. The parade culminates at Peg Noonan Park where awards are given to parade participants. Main Street has plenty of al fresco dining so you can also opt to watch the parade from the comfort of a cocktail.

When dusk falls, the Falmouth skyline will explode with color in a truly impressive fireworks display. More than 50,000 people will travel to Falmouth to watch the show, which originates from Falmouth Heights Beach but can be seen throughout the town. The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate and honor our country and what better place than Massachusetts – the place where it all began.

 
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Falmouth’s Fourth of July festivities are unlike any other. The day will begin with a recitation of the Declaration of Independence outside the bookstore, and end with what Travel and Leisure Magazine named one of the top ten fireworks displays in the country. From start to finish, July 4th is one of the best days to be in Falmouth.

festive bikes in Woods Hole

Embrace your patriotic side and don your flag themed garments at the bike and carriage parade which begins at 10am at the village green. In addition to outfits, participants are invited to deck out their bike, wagon, scooter, or carriage in red white and blue and follow Uncle Sam down Main Street. The parade culminates at Peg Noonan Park where awards are given to parade participants. Main Street has plenty of al fresco dining so you can also opt to watch the parade from the comfort of a cocktail.

When dusk falls, the Falmouth skyline will explode with color in a truly impressive fireworks display. More than 50,000 people will travel to Falmouth to watch the show, which originates from Falmouth Heights Beach but can be seen throughout the town. The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate and honor our country and what better place than Massachusetts – the place where it all began.

 
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Falmouth’s Fourth of July festivities are unlike any other. The day will begin with a recitation of the Declaration of Independence outside the bookstore, and end with what Travel and Leisure Magazine named one of the top ten fireworks displays in the country. From start to finish, July 4th is one of the best days to be in Falmouth.

festive bikes in Woods Hole

Embrace your patriotic side and don your flag themed garments at the bike and carriage parade which begins at 10am at the village green. In addition to outfits, participants are invited to deck out their bike, wagon, scooter, or carriage in red white and blue and follow Uncle Sam down Main Street. The parade culminates at Peg Noonan Park where awards are given to parade participants. Main Street has plenty of al fresco dining so you can also opt to watch the parade from the comfort of a cocktail.

When dusk falls, the Falmouth skyline will explode with color in a truly impressive fireworks display. More than 50,000 people will travel to Falmouth to watch the show, which originates from Falmouth Heights Beach but can be seen throughout the town. The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate and honor our country and what better place than Massachusetts – the place where it all began.

 
Street of Tents and Shoppers MarjiEnjoy a three-day culture fest this June in downtown Falmouth. Arts Alive is a vibrant (and free) event thatDSC_0019 includes sixty performances ranging from theatre and spoken word to dance and music. In addition to performances, fifty artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their works across from the library lawn.

This year’s festival takes place Friday June 19 from 5pm-9pm, Saturday, June 20 from 10am-9pm and Sunday, June 21 from 11am-5pm. Friday night’s performances include a drum circle, jazz band and a town dance with music from the Bart Weisman Group. Saturday will be an all day, all night affair and include a rock fest in the performance tent, Amy Larkin and Friends in the music tent, the Woods Hole Theatre Company in the library tent and much more. Sunday will conclude with Falmouth Fiddlers, Vic Solo (Elvis) and Eric Treehouse. A full lineup of performances and artists can be found here.

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The festival will take place in beautiful downtown Falmouth – the perfect place to dine alfresco, visit unique boutiques and museums rich with Cape Cod history. Arts Alive is sponsored by Arts Falmouth, a non-profit membership organization that celebrates and promotes arts and culture in and around Falmouth.

 

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Call any of our Inns to inquire about availability for this special promotion where you book a two night stay for either April or May  and receive your choice of either 2 ferry tickets to Martha’s Vineyard OR a 50% credit for 2 roundtrip Peter Pan bus tickets from Boston.

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Japanese red maple soaks in the sun

Japanese red maple soaks in the sun

 

Fall is an amazing time here in Falmouth. What we love about Cape Cod in the summer becomes somehow more magical in the fall.

 

 

 

The weather can be warm one day and then nipping at our noses the next.

Sudden snow makes a single November day of beauty

Sudden snow makes a single November day one of beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trees are bright with color and the skies are beyond blue.

There is so much beauty in nature it’s time to stop and take a look at the changing lands around us.

Bright yellow on the village green

Bright yellow on the village green

 

 

 

 

 

As we are watching the last of the local color make its way to the ground, the town of Falmouth is busying itself with all the preparations for Holidays by the Sea, our annual town celebration.The streets are getting decked out.

 

 

Choo Choo!

Choo Choo!

The train set in Eastman’s Ace Hardware window on Main Street is new this year. Soon the square will have its displays, tree and choirs. The lights will twinkle all up and down the avenue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And all our Innkeepers are readying for our Bed and Breakfast Open House.  There will be sweets and treats and a raffle.  It is $10 per person.  The proceeds from the event will benefit the Falmouth Military Support Group.  It will be held Sunday, December 8  from 1:30 to 4:30 right after the best parade on the Cape!

A perfect apple pie to share makes everyone smile

A perfect apple pie to share makes everyone smile

So come experience Falmouth during the Holidays and get a chance to feel the warmth of a community.

falmouth hospitalFalmouth is in the midst of a summer-long celebration of the 50th birthday of Falmouth Hospital.  This outstanding community hospital has 95 beds, the latest in diagnostic imaging technology, surgery and outpatient surgery, and a maternity center.  Providing more than 40,000 visits a year, its emergency room is among the busiest in all of Massachusetts during the summer months.

Our town is fortunate to have such a community resource.  Thanks, Falmouth Hospital, for taking good care of the residents and visitors to Falmouth!
WH film festivalThere’s still time to take in some great independent films, meet filmmakers, participate in a workshop, and just enjoy the ambiance of Woods Hole at the annual Woods Hole Film Festival.  Now in its 22nd year, it is the oldest film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands.

This year’s offerings include more than 100 documentary, animated, and narrative films from around the world, with an  emphasis on local filmmakers. For instance, “By Way of Home”, tells the story of a woman who returns to the Cape to work in the family restaurant.  “The Golden Scallop” is about the finalists in a seafood shanty contest.  With a nod to the renowned scientific community that hosts the Festival, several films have a science theme.  “Atlantis/Earth” was filmed aboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s research ship Atlantis and features local oceanographers and a unique look at their life at sea.

The fun runs through Saturday, August. 3. Tickets are available at the Festival  box office at 72 Water Street.   The 2013 Woods Hole film Festival concludes with an awards ceremony at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Redfield Auditorium, followed by a closing night party at The Waterfront.

We invite you to visit our inns during the holidays.  The Falmouth Bed & Breakfast Association is pleased to be part of the town’s annual holiday celebration.  On Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 2 to 5 p.m., properties of the Falmouth Bed & Breakfast Association are welcoming visitors to a Holiday Open House Tour.  The tour includes inns in Falmouth Heights, Falmouth Village and Woods Hole.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce or any of the participating inns.  All proceeds will go to the Falmouth Military Support Group, which provides support to our area’s service members serving abroad and also when they return home. The group also provides support for military families and friends.

Participating properties include, in Falmouth Heights, Bailey’s by the Sea and Inn on the Sound; in Falmouth Village, Captain’s Manor Inn, Inn at Siders Lane, and Palmer House Inn; in Woods Hole, Woods Hole Inn and Woods Hole Passage.  Look for the red and green balloons.

We look forward to sharing some holiday cheer with residents and visitors to our town!

Cape Cod birding is best in Falmouth

Did you know that Falmouth, with all it’s open space, forests, beaches, marshland and cranberry bogs, is known  as one of the best places for Atlantic coastline birding?

Yes, you will find the Merlin, the Sanderling, the Cooper’s Hawk and the Warbler all hiding in the rushes here in Falmouth in various seasons.  And if you love spotting the dramatic Osprey, the huge hawk that likely gave “Buzzards Bay” it’s name, you will find them nesting all over the place in summer here, and delight in watching their enormous wing span, wild twig-ridden nests, and fishing prowess.  Osprey migrate from here to the Amazon in winter, but return to this area for nesting and hatching their young.  Osprey were threatened by the use of DDT, a chemical that was sprayed in the 1950s and 60s to keep mosquitoes down, with the unintended effect of killing bird populations including the Osprey.  Since it was banned, they have come back to our area.

Craig Gibson is a Falmouth resident and passionate bird photographer.  Up at dawn with his long lenses and a sea kayak, Craig hunts the bird life deep in the marshes, and on the small barrier islands and sand dunes where they nest and breed.  His collection of photos “A Year of Falmouth Birds” will take your breath away.  Copies are available for sale in local book shops, and benefit the 300 Committee Land Trust, our local conservation group.

Of course birders will be familiar with the Great Blue Heron, or the Snowy Egret, but for first time visitors to our area, these extraordinary birds will impress and awe you.  Come to Falmouth to learn more!
Cape Cod birding is best in Falmouth

Did you know that Falmouth, with all it’s open space, forests, beaches, marshland and cranberry bogs, is known  as one of the best places for Atlantic coastline birding?

Yes, you will find the Merlin, the Sanderling, the Cooper’s Hawk and the Warbler all hiding in the rushes here in Falmouth in various seasons.  And if you love spotting the dramatic Osprey, the huge hawk that likely gave “Buzzards Bay” its’ name, you will find them nesting in summer here, and delight in watching their enormous wing span, wild twig-ridden nests, and incredible fishing prowess.  Osprey migrate from here to the Amazon in winter, but return to this area for nesting and hatching their young.

Craig Gibson is a Falmouth resident and passionate bird photographer.  Up at dawn with his long lenses and a sea kayak, Craig hunts the bird life deep in the marshes, and on the small barrier islands and sand dunes where they nest and breed.  His collection of photos “A Year of Falmouth Birds” will take your breath away.  Copies are available for sale in local book shops, and benefit the 300 Committee Land Trust, our local conservation group.  You can also see his great action shots weekly in our local newspaper, the Falmouth Enterprise.

Of course birders will be familiar with the Great Blue Heron, or the Snowy Egret, but for first time visitors to our area, these extraordinary birds will impress and awe you.  Come to Falmouth to learn more!
Cape Cod birding is best in Falmouth

Did you know that Falmouth, with all it’s open space, forests, beaches, marshland and cranberry bogs, is known  as one of the best places for Atlantic coastline birding?

Yes, you will find the Merlin, the Sanderling, the Cooper’s Hawk and the Warbler all hiding in the rushes here in Falmouth in various seasons.  And if you love spotting the dramatic Osprey, the huge hawk that likely gave “Buzzards Bay” it’s name, you will find them nesting all over the place in summer here, and delight in watching their enormous wing span, wild twig-ridden nests, and fishing prowess.  Osprey migrate from here to the Amazon in winter, but return to this area for nesting and hatching their young.  Osprey were threatened by the use of DDT, a chemical that was sprayed in the 1950s and 60s to keep mosquitoes down, with the unintended effect of killing bird populations including the Osprey.  Since it was banned, they have come back to our area.

Craig Gibson is a Falmouth resident and passionate bird photographer.  Up at dawn with his long lenses and a sea kayak, Craig hunts the bird life deep in the marshes, and on the small barrier islands and sand dunes where they nest and breed.  His collection of photos “A Year of Falmouth Birds” will take your breath away.  Copies are available for sale in local book shops, and benefit the 300 Committee Land Trust, our local conservation group.

Of course birders will be familiar with the Great Blue Heron, or the Snowy Egret, but for first time visitors to our area, these extraordinary birds will impress and awe you.  Come to Falmouth to learn more!
Cape Cod birding is best in Falmouth

Did you know that Falmouth, with all it’s open space, forests, beaches, marshland and cranberry bogs, is known  as one of the best places for Atlantic coastline birding?

Yes, you will find the Merlin, the Sanderling, the Cooper’s Hawk and the Warbler all hiding in the rushes here in Falmouth in various seasons.  And if you love spotting the dramatic Osprey, the huge hawk that likely gave “Buzzards Bay” it’s name, you will find them nesting all over the place in summer here, and delight in watching their enormous wing span, wild twig-ridden nests, and fishing prowess.  Osprey migrate from here to the Amazon in winter, but return to this area for nesting and hatching their young.  Osprey were threatened by the use of DDT, a chemical that was sprayed in the 1950s and 60s to keep mosquitoes down, with the unintended effect of killing bird populations including the Osprey.  Since it was banned, they have come back to our area.

Craig Gibson is a Falmouth resident and passionate bird photographer.  Up at dawn with his long lenses and a sea kayak, Craig hunts the bird life deep in the marshes, and on the small barrier islands and sand dunes where they nest and breed.  His collection of photos “A Year of Falmouth Birds” will take your breath away.  Copies are available for sale in local book shops, and benefit the 300 Committee Land Trust, our local conservation group.

Of course birders will be familiar with the Great Blue Heron, or the Snowy Egret, but for first time visitors to our area, these extraordinary birds will impress and awe you.  Come to Falmouth to learn more!
Visit Falmouth for interesting culture and funRobert Wyatt Lecture
The Black Magic of Johnny Mercer
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am
at Highfield Hall
With 18 “best song” Academy Award nominations – and four wins – Johnny Mercer was a sizzling triple threat: composer, lyricist and sensational singer. Hear how his rich, nurturing childhood provided the foundation for one of the most beloved songwriters in American history. $20 for Historic Highfield Members / $25 for non-members.

The Cape Cod Marathon kicks off this Sunday, October 28th, with runners coming from all over the country and the world to experience what “Runners World” Magazine has called one of the top ten “most scenic” marathons in America.

The race, which starts and ends on the Falmouth Village Green conveniently located next to several of Falmouth’s B&B’s (see list for more info), winds past cranberry bogs, down to famous Woods Hole village, past Nobska Light and along several of Falmouth’s white sand beaches.  It is a challenging and truly stunning course.

Runners are encouraged to book early, as accommodations often sell out this weekend, and consider booking two nights or more to appreciate all Falmouth has to offer, and shower, rest and recuperate after the long run.

 

Cape Cod’s 2012 Strawberry Festival Was a Tasty Start to the Summer

Strawberry Festival 2012 poster.

Strawberry Festival 2012 poster.

Each year on the third Saturday in June, Falmouth’s Saint Barnabas church has its annual Strawberry Festival. The 2012 Strawberry Festival was held on June 23 and ran from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Smiling strawberry toy on a table at the Strawberry Festival 2012.

Smiling strawberry.

There were games,  face painting and cotton candy for the little ones. Also there was a “Flea Market” for those who are looking for a bargain and huge bowls of Falmouth grown strawberries and real whipped cream. There are hot dogs on the grill and of course lobster rolls. Folks come from all over the Cape to see this charming New England town celebrate the beginning of summer.
Nobska Lighthouse all decked out for the holidays

Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to Cape Cod this year! The Falmouth “Holidays by the Sea” weekend is right around the corner (November 30 – December 2, 2012) so book your getaway today at one of Falmouth’s wonderful B&B’s!

What a great time to be on Cape Cod.  Wander the quaint boutiques and shops of Falmouth and find the very best in original gift ideas.  Take a tour of a real lighthouse, Nobska Light, one of the most famous in New England.  See the lights come on for the decorations on the Falmouth Green, and watch Santa arrive by boat to our harbor.

Best of all, the Falmouth Christmas Parade, attended by thousands as one of the best spectacles of the season, kicks off on Sunday December 2nd this year.  Staying in one of Falmouth’s B&B’s, you will get insider information about the best place to watch this awesome holiday festival.

For a full schedule of events, please see the Falmouth Chamber’s website.

Looking forward to getting into the holiday spirit with you in Falmouth this year!  Ho, ho, ho!!

Falmouth Cape Cod Jazz performances Greg Abate Jass Quartet will play at Historic Highfield Hall this October, Sunday October 21st at 4 pm.

What a great way to usher in the cool fall weather with a drive up to this gorgeous restored mansion, and an afternoon of warm jazz to soothe your soul.

Tickets recommended, register online at Highfield Hall ($25) or ask your friendly innkeeper to help you coordinate this!

Music is a great part of a relaxing Cape Cod getaway!

Highfield Hall is located at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth, Mass.  Totally restored with community funds, this historic mansion is a wonderful center for arts and events on Cape Cod.

Come to Falmouth to stay and enjoy a musical celebration September 25th through the 30th.  JazzFest Falmouth 2012 presents more than twenty groups with music ranging from classic jazz standards to jazz infused with the blues, Latin rhythm, r hours Jazz at Liam McQuire’s Irish Pub, Grumpy’s and the Nimrod Jazz Lounge.

Please visit the JazzFest website for full details  :   http://www.jazzfestfalmouth.org/

 

For the 48th consecutive year, the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce on Cape Cod will sponsor the largest Christmas Parade in southeastern Massachusetts.   The Parade is just one of many events scheduled for the weekend of December 3 and 4.  A listing of events follows.  More information regarding these holiday events can be found at the Falmouth Chamber’s website:   http://www.falmouthchamber.com. (Photos by Rachel Greenfield)

Saturday December 3

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Family Pancake Breakfast & Parade Raffle

11:00 a.m. Seafaring Santa Sails into Falmouth at Falmouth Harbor.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.  Nobska Lighthouse Public Viewing:  Santa visits at noon. 

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Main Street / Queen’s Buyway Stroll. 

7:00 p.m.  Lighting of the Falmouth Village Green


Sunday, December 4

12:00 p.m. 48th Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade:  Presented by the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce Theme: “Christmas Memories, Celebrating 325 Years”

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