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Falmouth Village Blooming

April 24, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Falmouth Village BloomingFalmouth Village Blooming is a celebration of all that is Spring. The spring celebration kicks off on May 1st with a self guided tour through Falmouth Village to view May Baskets on display.

You have a chance to vote on the Falmouth Village Facebook page for your favorite as participants vie for the People’s choice award.

Enjoy Flower Power Happy Hours at participating restaurants from 3- 5 pm during the first two weekends of the May. Throughout the Village be on the lookout for Blooming Bargains at all the participating retail shops.

Some of the very special scheduled events include: Cinco de Mayo celebration at Anejo’s Mexican Bistro on May 5th, Ring around the Maypole at Highfield Hall on May 4th, Annual Falmouth Beautification Sale on May 10th, Just for Kids Colonial Gardening at Falmouth Museums on the Green on May 10th and the Falmouth Bed & Breakfast Association Garden Tour on May 10th from 1 – 3 pm.

There is something fun for everyone during Falmouth Village Blooming. For the latest information and schedule click here to go to the Falmouth Village website.

Highfield Hall Garden Programs

March 27, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Highfield Hall Garden Programs start on May 17th from 10-11:30 am with a special lecture by Louis Raymond. His lecture is titled Plays Well with Plants: Creating a Garden of a Lifetime. Louis is a professional landscape designer located in Rhode Island and he has had his work highlighted in major publications as well as being featured on various national and local television shows.

Following the Louis Raymond lecture there is a special fund raising luncheon opportunity being offered at an elegant home in Gansett where you can view gardens especially designed by Mr Raymond. The fund raising for this special event will benefit the plantings and gardens of Highfield Hall. Gardens of the Museums on the Green in Falmouth Cape Cod

On June 21st the next presentation at Highfield Hall will be held and will be given by rose expert Gretchen Ward Warren. Her presentation is titled Historic Roses of Woods Hole and she will share the remarkable history of the rambler rose varieties which were developed in Woods Hole over a century ago by Michael Walsh. She will also share historic photographs of the rose garden on the Fay estate in Woods Hole where Michael Walsh was the Head Gardener.

Cape Cod Hurricane Photos

March 12, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Cape Cod Hurricane Photos from 1944 were part of a number of recently discovered historic photos many featuring The Captain’s Manor Inn formerly known as Mostly Hall. We came across a number of very impressive photos while working with the Falmouth Historical Society and we are going to be doing a few postings so we can share with you a little bit of Falmouth history.

In this posting we are sharing pictures of some of the devastation on Cape Cod here at the Captain’s Manor Inn during the 1944 Hurricane. This storm carried winds peaking at 145 miles per hour and as a category 2 storm. Because the storm was so massive in both its size and intensity it was given the title the Great Atlantic Hurricane and it was the first storm to get a name by the National Hurricane Center then based in Miami and known as the Miami Hurricane Warning Office. One sad fact is that the storm was famous for sinking what was known as the lightship LV Vineyard Sound killing all 12 men who were on board.

Cape Cod Hurricane 1944 at Mostly HallCape Cod Hurricane 1944 at The Captain's Manor Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Cod Hurricane 1944 at Mostly HallCape Cod Hurricane 1944 at Mostly Hall

 

Master Chefs teach at Highfield Hall

February 22, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Master chefs teach at Highfield Hall this spring for the sixth year running. During the months of April through June, a number of local and not so local chefs will be on hand at Highfield, teaching the art of cooking.

Alan Zox personal chef teaches at Highfield Hall in FalmouhOne of the exciting offerings is with Personal Chef, Alan Zox. Allen’s recipes will focus on vegetables and are very much in sync with America’s growing interest in learning to eat less meat. This is a three-part series or you can opt to register for a single class. The classes include demonstrations, tastings and product information. You will learn how to make featured recipes from the award winning cookbook, Jerusalem . Classes are held at 3 PM on April 2, April 23, and May 14.

 

Highfield is thrilled to have Chef Jean-Jacques Paimblanc  demonstrate some of his favorite dishes on April 6 at 1 PM. Chef Paimblanc is a founder of the certificate program in the culinary arts at Boston University along with Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.

Chef Feufeu the Chef/Owner of Bleu Restaurant will host a cooking class at HIghfield Hall in FalmouthJoin admirers of Chef Frederic  Feufeu for a delectable experience. Chef Feufeu is the owner of Blue, an award winning restaurant in Mashpee Commons just a 20 minute drive from Falmouth. This April 27th at 1 pm will mark Chef Feufue’s sixth teaching appearance at Highfield.

During June there are three offerings with different experts in the Seafood Specialties Series.

On Sunday, June 1st at 3 pm a Seafood Specialties Series will be conducted. Linda Depres will be your teacher. Linda spent 40 years in our own Woods Hole at the National Marie Fisheries Service as a fishery biologist. She will provide you with insight into how to choose the seafood you purchase and answer any questions you might have on the art of cooking with fish. This claScallops cookbook event at Highfield Hallss includes wine tastings along with the seafood offerings.

Come to cook on June 8th at 3 pm with Elaine and Karin Tammi who have shared their extensive experience in the cookbook Scallops.  The class will provide instruction, tastings and a wine pairing focused on all you need to know about preparing and cooking scallops.

The third in the Seafood Specialties Series will be held on June 15th at 3 pm with David Shahzade  the owner of Falmouth Fish, a highly regarded local fish market in Falmouth for over 25 years. This class will include seafood and wine tasting and David will talk about endangered species and local seafood.

For more information or to register for any of these foodie events please click here.

Carriage House Construction

February 4, 2014 by Trish Robinson

The carriage house construction is well underway here at The Captain’s Manor Inn in beautiful Cape Cod. We are hopeful for an April 1 completion in line with the contract and yet it could be April Fools on us. That being said we are very much looking forward to completion of the Carriage House at which time Kevin and I will move over from the Inn to the Carriage House and the current apartment in the Inn will become available for an Assistant Innkeeper that we plan to hire this Spring.

The carriage house doors have been crafted to look authentic and we are in the process of looking for antique hinge hardware to finish them off. We made a trip to New Bedford to the Salvage Warehouse where they have incredible artifacts from old houses, barns and buildings that have either been demolished or remodeled. We have not found the hardware yet but we keep looking. Take a look at where we are now and how we got there.Carriage House Construction Progress

Captain's Manor Inn Garage

The garage prior to our newest poject

Captain's Manor Inn Garage Demo

The garage as it is being demolished

Captain's Manor Inn Carriage House Framing

The new framing work underway

Captains Manor Inn Carriage House LIving Room

The 1st floor of the new Carriage House

Captains Manor Inn Carriage House 2nd Floor

The upstairs of the new Carriage House

Captains Manor Inn Carriage House Back

The back of the Carriage House

 

National Chocolate Month

February 1, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium store in Falmouth VIllageNational Chocolate Month is February and it is a time to celebrate for Ghelfi's Candies in Falmouth Villageall of us chocoholics! Pretty much a day does not go by that I don’t have a little bit of chocolate. We are lucky here in Falmouth, Cape Cod that just a short stroll down from The Captain’s Manor Inn on Main Street in Falmouth Village are two great places to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

You may stop in at Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium or Ghelfi’s Candies or like many guests visit and sample both. At Ben and Bill’s many of our guests love the mocha chip ice cream which has the largest pieces of chocolate you can enjoy. A favorite of guests who frequent Ghelfi’s Chocolates are there different flavored salted caramels from milk chocolate to dark or white chocolate and even crème brulee.
You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to search for that special chocolate treat any time this month will do. The healthy benefits of chocolate are being lauded in all sorts of magazines such as Women’s Health, and even the Wall Street Journal had a story.
Chocolate is even being talked about as a superfood. Of course for us chocoholics, National Chocolate Month is not even enough. So if you need a reason to justify why you are eating chocolate why not follow the national chocolate day calendar.

THE YEAR IN CHOCOLATE HOLIDAYS


January 3:               National Chocolate-Covered Cherries Day
January 8:               National English Toffee Day

January 10:             National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

January 27:             National Chocolate Cake Day

February:                National Chocolate Lovers Month
February 1:             National Dark Chocolate Day

February 14:           National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

February 19:           National Chocolate Mint Day

February 28:           National Chocolate Soufflé Day
March (week 3)       American Chocolate Week
March 19:               National Chocolate Caramel Day

March 24:               National Chocolate-Covered Raisins Day

April 21:                 National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day

May:                      National Chocolate Custard Month
May 1:                   National Chocolate Parfait Day

May 2:                   National Chocolate Mousse Day

May 3:                   National Chocolate Custard Day

May 12:                 National Nutty Fudge Day

May 15:                 National Chocolate Chip Day

June 3:                  National Chocolate Macaroon Day

June 7:                  National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 16:                Fudge Day

June 26:                National Chocolate Pudding Day

June 22:                National Chocolate Eclair Day
July 7:                   Chocolate Day

July 8:                   National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

July 28:                 National Milk Chocolate Day
August 4:              National Chocolate Chip Day
August 10:            S’mores Day

August 20:            National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

September 12:      National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13:      International Chocolate Day

September 22:      National White Chocolate Day

September 27:      National Chocolate Milk Day
October:               National Caramel Month (with Chocolate)

October 18:           National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 28:           National Chocolate Day

November 7:         National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
December 12:       National Cocoa Day

December 16:       National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

December 28:        National Chocolate Day
December 29:        National Chocolate Day

Source: National Confectioners Association, Foodimentary, CandyUSA.com.

Top things to do in Falmouth

January 31, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Top things to do in Falmouth …well that is a hard list to put together as there is so much to consider. We have done our best to compile the top 5 (in no particular order) based on much input from visitors to Falmouth and our personal experience.

Things to do in Falmouth Shining Sea Bikeway  Travel the 10.7 mile Shining Sea Bikeway which spans from the historic seaside village of    Woods Hole up through North Falmouth. This scenic bikeway winds through beautiful marshes and cranberry bogs in the North and along the scenic Vineyard Sound shoreline to the South. The trail is the only bikeway on Cape Cod to skirt the shore. For all who enjoy the pleasure of nature this bikeway is set back off the main roads and follows the Old Colony rail trail avoiding the busy roads except for a few road crossings along the route.

Explore treasures of our 68 miles of coastline surrounding Falmouth. Since you can’t see it all we bundled three different coastline locations into this spot on the list of things to do. The three coastline spots are the Knob, Nobska lighthouse and Old Silver Beach. The knob has eventhings to do in Falmouth Nobska lighthouse been highlighted by the Boston Globe as a great spot to watch a sunset to cap a Cape Cod vacation. The trail to The Knob overlook is just less than one mile from the parking area and close to 100 bird species have been identified in the area. When you reach the tip of The Knob you will enjoy gorgeous views of Buzzards Bay. Knobska lighthouse is an active U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse which was established in 1829. The views of Vineyard Sound and Martha’s Vineyard from the lighthouse are incredible. Old Silver Beach is located in North Falmouth on the Bay side of Falmouth and is known to be the widest beach in Falmouth and featuring the whitest soft sand.

things to do in Falmouth Falmouth Village Main StreetStroll along the picturesque Main Street in Falmouth Village. The historic village of Falmouth is an absolute treasure of unique locally owned shops and restaurants as well as art galleries. You can find special treats from our very own French bakery or chocolatiers on Main Street or perhaps a good book at the famous Eight Cousins Bookstore who among other activities spearheaded the national Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt with local bookstores. Whether you are looking for comfortable or classic dress clothing there are a number of wonderful clothiers in Falmouth Village. The choices are vast for anything you have in mind while strolling Main Street in Falmouth Village

things to do in falmouth sail the Island Queen

Sail away for a day trip on the Island Queen ferry or Steamship Authority ferry to the island of Martha’s Vineyard. This top pick by visitors of things to do while visiting Falmouth is just a short 45 minute trip over Vineyard Sound until you arrive on the shore of Martha’s Vineyard. Once on the Vineyard spend the day visiting Edgartown, Oaks Bluff and Vineyard Haven. The gingerbread houses in Oaks Bluff are one of the most photographed spots on the island. Edgartown is known for its beautiful ship captain homes and great shopping and restaurants. If you have time a trip out to Aquinnah would be great with its iconic lighthouse and red clay cliffs.

things to do in falmouth walk the Highfield Hall Sunken GardenVisit the Falmouth Museums on the Green and Highfield Hall and Gardens to include things to do in falmouth explore Falmouth Museums on the GreenBeebe Woods 382 acres of walking trails. Highfield Hall was the home of the historically important Beebe family of Boston and Falmouth. This 1878 home has been lovingly restored and is now a key cultural and community center for upper Cape Cod as well as a special venue for weddings and other celebratory gatherings.

So that is a list of the top things to do in Falmouth yet we would be remiss if we did not suggest spending some time in the village of Woods Hole to visit the Aquarium, and Woods Hole Oceanagraphic  Institute’s Titanic education display featuring Alvin the submarine involved in Titanic exploration.

St. Patrick’s Day in O’Falmouth

January 24, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in O’Falmouth where everyone has a “bit of the Irish” in them for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  The fun and activities begin on Friday, March 14th and continue through Monday, March 17th. We encourage you to keep on top of all the activities by liking the Falmouth Village Association facebook page.

We will also share some of the early plans below as we to tell you about The Captain’s Manor Inn St. Patrick’s Day weekend package.St. Patrick's Day at Captain's Manor Inn

Guests will arrive on Friday, March 15th and find a “Luck of the Irish” welcome basket with a number of goodies waiting in their guestroom. Your innkeepers, Trish and Kevin, will host a wine, beer and snack “Irish Reception” in the Inn’s Bistro from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. We encourage everyone to check out Liam Maguire himself serenading diners at Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub just a stroll down Main Street from the Inn.

Saturday will be a great day to scavenge for all the great green dot sales found on all variety of retail goods at the unique shops on Main Street in Falmouth Village. On both Saturday and Sunday you can enjoy traditional Irish Music at Liam Maguire’s with Rossacroo-Na_Loo starting at 3pm and Shanangan’s starting their entertainment set at 9 pm until closing.

Sunday wake up and enjoy a delicious Irish breakfast at The Captain’s Manor Inn before heading out to enjoy festivities of the day such as the Irish Step Dancing Demonstration across from the Inn at the Museums on the Green.

Monday there will be a Hat Parade down Main Street sidewalks to the Village Green.

 

Holidays at Highfield Hall Falmouth

November 29, 2013 by insideout

Holidays at Highfield Hall

International Creche Display

Holidays at Highfield Hall once again showcases incredible holiday decor in the beautiful historic Beebe family home in Falmouth.  This lovelingly restored 1878 home of the Beebe family has been transformed into a wonderland where top decorators and designers have clamored to showcase their talents in the elegant halls and rooms of Highfield Hall.

For a nominal five dollar admission for adults (children free) you can tour Highfield Hall and learn about its history while getting holiday decorating ideas. A gift gallery will also be featured at this event and will contain items ranging from Hostess gifts & crafts to a wreath sale. In the new Highfield, reading room. the any soldier project will be featured. A tea shop will be part of the festivities with homemade goodies and the brand-new “Highfield Blend” tea.

Some of this year’s special exhibits will include Bill Hendel’s impressive international crèche collection, a Victorian Regina music box with numerous musical desks, a re-creation of a Victorian Christmas parlor and Salley Mavor’s Pocketful of Posies Christmas tree and dollhouse. Just around the corner from The Captain’s Manor Inn this is a favorite place to visit not just during the holidays but all year long!

For more information go to: http://www.highfieldhall.org/event/the-holidays-at-highfield/

Highfield Hall | Mosaic Signatures

July 23, 2013 by insideout

Highfield Hall is one of Falmouth’s great treasures.  It was preserved thanks to the determination of some of Falmouth’s most dedicated citizens who cared deeply about the history and beauty of the Beebe family mansion.  While visiting Cape Cod you should plan to tour this beautifully restored estate.  The expansive grounds feature a restored victorian sunken garden and acres of walking trails.  The interior of the Beebe family mansion has also been lovingly restored with historic details preserved wherever possible.  Just to the left of the front foyer you can tour what was an old parlor and now hosts an exhibit of the history of the Beebe family and Highfield Hall.

Currently there is a fabulous mosaic exhibit underway that will continue through September 1, 2013.  The exhibit is called Signatures and features the work of 15 extremely talented mosaic artists. The artwork on display is rich in color and detail and includes everything from landscape to floral and portrait mosaics.

Below are pictures of some of the mosaics on display at Highfield Hall.

Signatures Mosaic event at Highfield HallMosaic Signature artwork at Highfield HallSmall mosaic art work at Highfield HallMosiac art exhibit at Highfield Hall

 

Mosiac lighthouse art at Highfield Hall

Mosaic lighthouse art

Mosaic floral arrangement at Highfield Hall

Mosaic floral bouquet

For more art exhibition information at Highfield Hall click here.

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