Turkeys on Cape Cod

December 20th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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Turkeys stopping traffic

Turkeys on Cape Cod have become a not so uncommon sighting on Cape Cod right here in Falmouth Village. They have been known to stop traffic and be quite brazen about it.

Click on this funny link Huffington Post video to see how one of our local Falmouth postman has taken to carrying a long rod with him to ward off his new “friends”.

 

 

The turkeys have hit big time most recently with video footage on Boston TV stations such as WBZ as well as a story in the Boston Globe. The highlight of their notoriety though was in the Jimmy Fallon monologue in mid December.

The highlight of their notoriety though was in the Jimmy Fallon monologue in mid December.

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Turkeys at Bear in Boots

One of their favorite hangouts in Falmouth Village early in the morning is at Bear in Boots Gastropub. We recently found out why….someone had left out some peanuts in shells and some corn shaved off the cob. So we are thinking one of our neighbors did a bit of research on favorite foods for turkeys.

You may not know that these birds do sleep up in trees. Many have been caught off guard on their early morning walk down main street when they go by our public library

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Turkeys near the library

where we have numerous large trees and all of a sudden a noise is heard and down swoop the turkeys (mind you is is not a graceful flight).

 

All in all these birds have a rather interesting past as well. I certainly did not know until recently that they were Ben Franklin’s choice for the United States national bird.  I for one am very glad that the bald eagle won out and is our national bird seeing as they are certainly a more majestic bird!

Some other interesting facts are that it is only the male turkey that will display his ruffled feathers and fanlike tail. The mail bird also has a bright beard and their gobble has a distinctive sound that can be heard a mile away.  As for the female turkey they may lay 4 to 17 eggs. The mom will feed her chicks after they hatch—but only for a few days. The young turkeys have to learn pretty quickly to fend for themselves as part of  a mother/child flock can be well over a dozen.

So on your next visit to Falmouth be sure to be on the lookout for our famous flock of turkeys 🙂

Village of Scarecrows

November 11th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

The Village of Scarecrows was once again a wonderful Fall celebration in Falmouth Village. Over 20 different and creative scarecrows were set up to adorn the lightposts throughout the village. Children and adults of all ages have been strolling along Main Street over the past couple of weeks to enjoy, snap pictures of and vote for their favorite scarecrow. Voting ends on November 15th. If you would like to participate in the voting and see all of the scarecrows for 2015 all you need to do is to go to the Falmouth Village Association facebook page and enter your vote for favorite.

In addition to the scarecrows on Main Street a scaredy crow contest is underway. The contest involves searching in various merchant restaurants and shops for their scaredy crow and finding out it’s name to complete the scavenger hunt form. All completed forms will be handed into the Eight Cousins bookstore where a winner will be drawn. The winner wins a shopping spree for over 10 different retailers on Main Street.  Happy scaredy crow hunting to all 🙂

We put together a sampling of the many scarecrows for your viewing below. We hope you enjoy!

Village of Scarecrows Pickle Jar

Pickle Jar

Village of Scarecrows Cupcake Charlie

Cupcake Charlie

Village of Scarecrows Bank of Cape Cod

Bank of Cape Cod

Cape Chic Scarecrow

Cape Chic

 Country Fare Scarecrow

Country Fare

Quarterdeck Scarecrow

Quarterdeck scarecrow

Jazzfest Falmouth

September 29th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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Jazzfest Falmouth happens Friday, October 2nd and we could not be more excited to th4host The John Salerno Trio on our very own front porch! The evening for your ears begins at 5:15 at Museums on the Green. Come down town early and have a listen to the Bart Weisman Group as they play their ‘Keeping Jazz Alive on Cape Cod’ set. After this Jazzfest Falmouth kick-off concert, we suggest stopping for a bite to eat at one of Main Street’s many restaurants. If you choose to dine outside, you’ll be able to hear Jazzfest happening all around you; more than fifteen local businesses will be playing host to amazing musicians. Wherever your night takes you, just make sure you’re at The Captain’s Manor Inn by 7pm for a world renowned music sensation.

Fgallery1-13-lgJohn Salerno, originally from the Boston area, has traveled the globe perfecting his craft. From Italy and England to Turkey and Greece, John Salerno has studied all types of music and has taken bits and pieces from his travels and incorporated them into his one-of-a-kind sound. The front porch of the Captain’s Manor Inn will come alive with the IMG_9126-427x640sounds of swing, big bang, and maybe even some show tunes! Bring your suggestions, and your auditory appetite for smooth Jazz. Enjoy seasonal refreshments under the stars!

The John Salerno Trio will play until 8:15, but that’s hardly when Jazzfest Falmouth ends. Enjoy live music until 11pm in Falmouth Friday night. We couldn’t think of a more wonderful way to welcome the fall than with great music for the whole community to enjoy. Hope to see you Friday night!

Fall in Love with the Cape

August 25th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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th9Fall in love with the Cape this autumn and experience all of the wonderful seasonal activities this vacation destination has to offer. After the hot days of summer fade into the cool crisp days of fall, a new kind of beauty emerges on the oceanfront landscape. Where there were once crowds of beach goers, there are now quiet miles of coast – the perfect place for an evening stroll with a warm sweatshirt. Here are our suggestions for making the most of our favorite season on the Cape:

Fall Foliage Tours

Whether you travel by bike, by kayak, or on foot, the bright amber hues simply cannot be missed.

By Bike

th2The Shining Sea Bike Path spans 10.7 miles from North Falmouth to Woods Hole. You will pass through picturesque cranberry bogs,  inlets with amazing wildlife, and beautiful wooded areas all while winding around the Vineyard Sound shoreline. The path ends in Woods Hole, the perfect place to stop and grab some lunch to fuel up for your ride back.

By Kayak

Whether you rent a kayak for a few hours and head out on your own, or sign up for a th3sunset tour – kayaking is one of the best ways to see the hidden inlets and marshes of the Cape. Nothing compares to the serene environment of being out on the water where the only noise audible is the sound your paddle makes as it glides through the water.

On Foot

Cape Cod is home to some of the most beautiful nature walks, and the gorgeous colors of the fall foliage enhance the experience that much more. Beebe Woods at Highfield Hall and Gardens is just one of the many beautiful places to enjoy the fall by foot. Home to the “punch bowl” (a picturesque pond that lies deep within the woods), Beebe Woods has a trail for everyone.

Fall Harvest

Roll up your sleeves and get into the spirit at a local farm this fall and enjoy the beautiful bounty of the season!

Pumpkin Picking

Coonamessett Farm is a 20 acre farming and research enterprise and they invite you t7hto get a day pass to pick your own pumpkin at for only $8!

Apple Picking

Peachtree Circle Farm is run by a husband and wife team and founded in 1990. Spend the day wandering their 7 acre farm and leave with some sweet treats!

Cider Tasting

Falmouth Wine and Sprits hosts fall cider tastings each Saturday afternoon. Sample some new ciders, compare the classics, and enjoy some delicious doughnuts! Feel free to purchase some cider and enjoy it on the veranda back at the inn – Falmouth Wine and Spirits is a short walk away!

Haunted House Tours

Fall simply wouldn’t be complete without a little spookiness!

Barnstable Village Haunted House Tour

Walk the historic Old Kings Highway in Barnstable Village and hear stories of the IMG_0654small quaint town. There are over ten stops and eight ghost stories will be told. You will visit Cobb’s Hill Cemetery where many strange and unusual things have taken place. You’ll visit places like the Barnstable Tavern & Restaurant where a mischievous specter lurks in the dining room. The tour ends in the old jail built in 1690.

Haunted Hayride

Tony Andrews Farm is home to the ‘Harvest of Horrors,’ one of Cape Cod’s most frightful hayrides! Guests first board a tram which brings them to the entrance of the haunted forest where the guests are then split into small groups as they enter. The winding outdoor path is a 1/4 mile long and not for the faint of heart!

However you choose to enjoy the fall season here on the Cape, you will certainly not be at a loss for things to do. Falmouth is centrally located, and offers so much do right here in the village.

 

 

The Woods Hole Film Festival

July 16th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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firestation_pic1The Woods Hole Film Festival is the oldest film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands and is celebrating its 24th year this summer. Independent and emerging filmmakers will come together and premier over 100 films and 8 short programs. Programs include workshops, master classes, panel discussions and parties complete with live music. Spotlighting the history and beauty of this region is a goal of the Woods Hole Film Festival and those films that feature or have a connection to the Cape or the surrounding New England geography will be especially highlighted. Another way the festival honors the beauty of the area is through their venue choices. From the Old Woods Hole Fire Station, to iconic restaurants and landmarks, you’ll watch these films and attend accompanying events in some of the most loved buildings in town. This year, in addition to the Woods Hole locations, Falmouth Academy as well as Falmouth Cinema Pub will also be featuring films.

Opening night will feature Maya Forbes‘ (Cambridge, MA native) directorial debut “Infinitely Polar Bear” which features Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Other highlights are expected to be Richard Ray Perez‘ film “Cesar’s Last Fast,” a documentary chronicling Cesar Chavez’ struggle to secure humane and fair treatment for America’s farmers; and Sally Taylor‘s, (daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon) presentation of her documentary. Preparation for Taylor’s documentary “Consenses” began when she asked 150 artists over the span of two years to interpret each other’s work and share their reactions. The documentary reveals those reactions and evolves into a greater conversation about human reaction and the understanding of art as it pertains to the individual.

There will be multiple events each day, and tickets are available online through Woods Hole Film Fesitval’s website. This is a highly anticipated and extremely well attended event each year and 2015 promises to deliver!

 

 

 

Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons

June 29th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons are a great afternoon goodie to enjoy here at the Inn.

Chocolate Covered Coconut MacaroonsThe recipe is fairly simple with only a few key ingredients.

We hope you enjoy the recipe.
Servings: 2 dozen macaroons
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

• One 14-ounce bag sweetened shredded coconut (such as Baker’s Angel Flake)
• 7/8 cup (a scant cup) sweetened condensed milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs whites
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate – best quality such as Ghirardelli (We use local chocolate at Ghelfi’s on Main Street)

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Set oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract then set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form.
4. Use a large rubber spatula to fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.
5. Using two spoons, form heaping tablespoons of the mixture into mounds on the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart.
6. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden and the bottoms and edges are deeply golden.
7. If dipping the macaroons in chocolate, we melt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. If you do not have a double boiler you can melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at medium power, stopping and stirring at 30 second intervals, until just smooth and creamy.
8. Dip the tops of the macaroons in the chocolate, letting any excess drip back into the bowl, and return to the lined baking sheets. Place the macaroons in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.

 

July 4th Celebration

June 27th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

The July 4th Celebration in Falmouth Cape Cod will once again include the annual bike and carriage parade sponsored by the Falmouth Village Association.

July 4th CelebrationParticipants will meet on the Village Green the morning of July 4th and the Parade will begin by heading down Main Street at 10am. Over the years this event has grown in size to several hundred who enjoy celebrating freedom on this special day.

bikeparade (2)Children of all ages will be wearing their red, white and blue and it is great fun to see the great decorations people have adorned their bicycles and carriages with. From tricycles, to unicycles to tandem bicycles everyone gets in on the fun. After working up an appetite folks love strolling Main Street and stopping for a snack at Ghelfi’s Candies and Ice Cream of Cape Cod or Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium or for lunch at any number of great eateries like Stone L’Oven, Anejo’s Mexican Bistro, Quarterdeck, La Cucina Sul Mare, Pickle Jar Kitchen or Pies ala Mode Cafe.

The fun for our July 4th celebration does not stop with the parade and fun on Main Street. You should head down to Falmouth Heights Beach or Surf Drive Beach later in the evening to take advantage of the spectacular fireworks show set of on the barge out on the Ocean of Vineyard Sound. The Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association is a proud sponsor of the Fireworks July 4th Celebration.July 4th celebration fireworks

Grand Marnier French Toast

June 1st, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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Grand Marnier French Toast is a twist on an American Favorite Breakfast treat. Many ingredients in the batter are what you would expect however the surprise of the Grand Marnier liqueur is what takes this breakfast to a new level. Another twist is that we offer our guests the option to have this breakfast made with three different types of bread. There is the French Toast bread which is made with maple syrup and brown sugar baked in or the Apple Fritter which has small slice or apple baked in or the Blueberry Struedel with blueberries baked in. Some guests are daring and try one slice of one bread and another slice of a different bread. We hope you enjoy this recipe.

Serves 8

Ingredientsgrand marnier french toast for Grand Marnier French toast

10 eggs
½ cup of Half and Half Cream
1 ¼ tsp Sugar
½ tsp Vanilla
½ tsp Grand Marnier liqueur
1/8 tsp cinnamon
16 slices of bread (we offer guests 3 types of bread – French Toast bread or Apple Fritter or Blueberry Struedel bread

1. Preheat your griddle to 350 degrees
2. Crack your eggs into a bowl and mix with Half and Half Cream.
3. Stir in your Sugar, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Grand Marnier liquer.
4. Pour your mixture into a rectangular baking dish so it is easier to place your bread in for coating.
5. Place your bread slices in the mixture and soak for about 1 minute then flip the slices over and soak for another minute.
6. Coat your griddle with a light spray of canola oil and a little butter.
7. Grill your French toast slices for approximately 4 minutes per side.
8. Plate your French toast and sprinkle with a little confectionary sugar and some fresh berries.
9. Serve the French toast with warm maple syrup.

Cape Chic a Cape Cod Boutique Women’s Shop

May 6th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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Cape Chic a Cape Cod boutique women’s shop is located at 104 Palmer Avenue in the Queens Buyway shopping venue of Falmouth Village. Cape Chic womens clothing in Cape Cod
Year Established – Cape Chic was established in April of 2013 by Sandy Mullins.
The story behind the name/logo – Sandy wanted to communicate that her boutique shop would offer chic styling but also that the fashions offered would be casual, comfortable and relaxed for a coastal area. The chic being an easy stylish feel vs. a casual sporty feel. Sandy shared that she wanted customers to enjoy casual comfort while having fun with fashion too.
The logo is very interesting because Sandy held an online tournament to create her logo. She did not know any local artists so by using the tournament she had people from all over the world compete to design her logo. The final logo selected was done by an artist in Italy. The tournament process includes typing up a brief for the artists and then an email blast will go out to designers and you provide a cash prize for the selected winner. The coloring for the logo and store interior was already in her mind from a visit she had made to a vineyard tasting room in Oregon years earlier. The color scheme is beachy, fun, happy but not blue as so many other beach destinations use.
Why This Dream – Sandy had dreamed of this type of a shop since she was a little girl but never really thought of it seriously until she grew up in market research, marketing and brand management in the corporate world. Sandy says that as a brand manager you act a bit like a CEO for the brand you are working on. You lead a number of different departments when you are a brand manager including finance, product development, and information technology so Sandy felt that the broad background in managing those areas and her consumer research background and passion for fashion gave her the background to start her own women’s boutique venture here in Cape Cod.
Sandy loves the ocean so she looked at coastal Connecticut and Cape Cod as she selected a final location. Being from Massachusetts, Falmouth became the choice because of Famouth Village and the Main Street walkable community that is thriving. She loved the small town, unique, boutique feel and felt the culture was wonderful in Falmouth Village with events like the JazzFest and all the wonderful restaurants.

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Fan Favorite Items – One of the top fan favorites would be the Nally & Millie apparel. The fabric feel is very comfortable, travels well and the style is figure flattering with fun colorful prints and a great price point for the customer. The jewelry is a very popular accessory selection in Cape Chic. She gets most of her jewelry from New York but also some from Atlanta and the West Coast.
Unique Offering – Coastal Casual Chic is her store tagline. She strives to offer a bit more contemporary feel than some other Cape Cod boutique shops.
Another fan favorite that is unique to Cape Chic in the area are the Jag jeans that Sandy carries. These are a popular pull on jean that are very comfortable and look stylish with an untucked top style that women are wearing and they have still have a full jean look.
Interesting Trivia – Sandy brings her international brand marketing experience to her boutique. She lived in the UK for some time and conducted market research in Germany, Italy, France, and Sweden.
General Information – Cape Chic is open year round with summer hours daily of 10-6. Winter hours are Wednesday – Friday 10-6 and on Sunday from 12-5.

Falmouth Village Blooming

April 29th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

 

Falmouth Village Blooming, a Cape Cod Spring Celebration, will kick off on Friday May 1, 2015 and continue through Sunday May 10, 2015 – the day we celebrate Mothers everywhere.

A highlight of the Falmouth Village Blooming events is the display and judging of the May Baskets that can be found all along Falmouth Village Main Street and Queen Buyway at the many retail shops, restaurants and Bed and Breakfast’s that line Main Street.  Several awards are given such as Most Creative however the one most enjoy is the People’s Choice Award which is decided based on the many voters who join in on the fun with the Falmouth Village Facebook display of all the participating May Baskets. You can expect more than 30 different participants with unique and creative basket presentations.

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All throughout the May 1st through May 10th timeframe you will find Flower Power Happy Hours at the restaurants and Blooming Bargains at retailers.

For the first weekend of festivities, May 1-3, bring the kids for some special fun as part of Kids Spring Hat Weekend. A number of stores and restaurants will provide the ingredients and instruction for special hat-making projects. Some of the participating stores are Eight Cousins Bookstores, Black Dog, Pies ala Mode and Pickle Jar Kitchen Restaurant.

On May 3rd you might enjoy participating in an Estate Walk at Highfield Hall starting at 12:30. You can start in the gardens where Terry Soares, the Highfield Garden Coordinator will be on hand and then join the estate walk docent who will share stories of the Beebe family who built this beautiful estate.

On May 5th join in the 5th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration courtesy of Anejo Mexican Bistro where the adjoining street is closed to traffic and under a tent you will find freshly prepared $5 burritos as well as margaritas and beer all while enjoying live music. The additional nicety is that all the proceeds go to the ALS Foundation.

Also on May 5th from 6-8 pm you may be inspired to head to Highfield Hall and get your hands dirty while you create your very own May garden basket with your teacher for the event Anna Holmes.

A spring story time event is another kid centric activity that is planned on Saturday May 9th at Eight Cousins bookstore. The feature is the ever popular Guess How Much I Love You. Be sure to get your very own photo with Little Nut Brown Hare who will be on hand for the fun.

Closing out Falmouth Village Blooming are two great gardening events.

First is the Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association Garden Tour which runs from 1:00 to 3:00 on May 10th.

Last year The Captain’s Manor Inn created a brand new leisure garden for guests. This year be sure to visit The Captain’s Manor Inn and The Palmer House Inn which are both by the Falmouth Village Green. The Captain’s Manor Inn is featuring a new raised bed gardening event with cattle troughs and The Palmer House is doing a herb container garden presentation. The Woods Hole Passage Bed and Breakfast is having a child centered garden project. Several other bed and breakfasts are having tea and cookies on the porch open houses such as Woods Hole Inn and Baileys by the Sea.

Second is the Falmouth Beautification Council Plant Sale from 9 am to 3 pm at Town Hall Square in Falmouth Village. This is a extremely popular annual event where you can find daylilies, shrubs, herbs, annual, perennials, veggies and more. This year some workshops will also be offered for kids and gardeners.

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