Archive for December, 2011


December 29, 2011

December 31

Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham

12p.m. – 2p.m.

Climbing the lighthouse requires significant physical exertion on 44 steps followed by 8 steps on a ladder. Anyone not wishing to climb is welcome to visit the base of the lighthouse for a brief history. CHILDREN UNDER 5 NOT ALLOWED ABOVE BASE! Proper footwear required. Free admission. Reservations not required. TOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION DUE TO RAIN. For info, e-mail Lighthouse Keeper Betty Marshall:


December 29, 2011

December 31

Cape Cod Children’s Museum, 577 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee



11a.m. – 3p.m.

Come enjoy a New Year’s Eve party at Cape Cod Children’s Museum! Photo op with Father Time and the Sugar Plum fairies, cookie decorating (while quantities last), mask making, bubble wrap noisemakers and confetti. Accapella Entertainers Tom and Sheila Monaghan, Falmouth Fun Factory will provide juggling and face painting, Winter Wonderland Games with Lori Dutra. Magical ball drop at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Frank’s Franks–outside selling lunch. Tickets available November 25. Pre-registration tickets are $7 per member, $8 per non-member.


December 29, 2011

December 30

Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, off Route 6A, East Sandwich



3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.

Work as a family to create 2 quick and easy recipes to take home and enjoy. Make old-fashioned Butterscotch Pennies and Creamy White Marshmallow Fudge. Children must be at least 6 years of age to participate in any kitchen classes. Fee: Member Family: $20, Non-Member Family: $25


December 29, 2011

December 27-31

Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane (off Route 6A), Dennis Village



Friday 10a.m. – 5p.m., Saturday 10a.m. – 1:30p.m.

Bank of America is sponsoring the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s 30th Anniversary Arts for All allowing the museum and its galleries to be open to the public free of charge between Christmas and New Year’s, December 27 – 31. Artwork on exhibition during 30th Anniversary Arts for All includes: Through Young Eyes: K-12 Cape Student Exhibition; Of Face and Body, the paintings of Nancy Ellen Craig; Photography by Bill Armstrong; Timeless: Explorations in Wax-Based Media, the works of Mary Moquin and Marc Kundmann; and 200 Years of Cape Cod Art. This will also be one of the last chances to see The Great Silence, the critically acclaimed installation created by Lorrie Fredette specifically for the Bank of America/Hunter Gallery; the exhibition closes January 8, 2012. During this week, visitors to CCMA can take a docent tour Thursday at 11 am and 2 pm and Saturday at 11 am. Also, visitors, children and adults alike, may discover unique details with ArtQuest, an art treasure hunt. Cape Cod Museum of Art, the regional art museum of Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts, is located off Route 6A, 60 Hope Lane, on the grounds of Cape Cod Center for the Arts, Dennis. Admission: $8, free for ages 18 and younger and museum members. As of January 1 (through March 31), galleries are closed Monday – Wednesday; gallery hours are Thursdays, 10 am – 8 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm; and Sundays, noon – 5 pm. Information: 508-385-4477 or

40th Anniversary Cookbook Signing

December 16, 2011

December 17 from 10AM – 12PM

Black Dog General Store, 20 Steeple Street, Mashpee Commons, Mashpee


The Black Dog General Store is hosting a book signing of their 40th Anniversary Cookbook from 10:00 -12:00 pm on Saturday December 17! Co-authors Rob Douglas, CEO and Charles Esposito, Former Chef and long-time Black Dog Associate, will be on site to answer questions and sign a copy for your holiday gifts. WMVY will be broadcasting live from the store! Plus enjoy 10% Off your entire purchase (excluding sale items) when you purchase a Cookbook. This offer is valid December 17 only at out Mashpee General Store. See you there, Woof!

Woods Hole Film Festival Presents: Dinner & a Movie

December 16, 2011
The Woods Hole Film Festival winter film series Dinner & a Movie offers elegant dining with superb independent film at the Captain Kidd Restaurant located at 77 Water Street Woods Hole.  For $25 per person, select from a preset menu of sumptuous food prepared specially for the evening.  The price includes  entree and movie, but does not include beverage, dessert, tax or tip.
Dinner is served from 5:30 pm – 7:00 p.m. and the screening begins at 7:30 pm.  Reservations are required.  Call (508) 548-8563 for reservations.   When possible, the filmmakers will attend the screening.  For more information about Dinner & a Movie, contact the Woods Hole Film Festival at (508) 495-3456 or
Feature Documentary by Jack Sanderson and Jeff Myers|2010

When Christmas rolled around again after his father’s death, Jack Sanderson realized he was not looking forward to the holiday. It seemed to Jack that Christmas had become a burden. He had only two choices, avoid it entirely or dive into the deepest part of the Christmas pool. In such a commercial culture, avoiding it seemed impossible so Jack decided the best way to get through Christmas was to be the eye of the Christmas Season storm. Jack would become Santa Claus and do as many of the things Santa is asked to do as possible.

For the documentary “Becoming Santa”, director Jeff Myers followed Jack on his journey to become Santa which entailed getting a custom Santa suit from Adele Saidy of ‘Adele’s of Hollywood’, attending the ‘American Events Santa School’ taught by Susen Mesco in Denver, Colorado and then Santa jobs. Along the way, Santa Jack rides in the 57th Annual Quincy Christmas Parade, rings a bell on a street corner in New York City for Volunteers of America and appears on the Susquehanna Railroad’s ‘Polar Express’ in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

At Mesco’s School, Jack learns that there is a lot more to being a good Santa than a great suit and an excellent ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’. Susen Mesco teaches her novice Claus’ how to answer really tough questions from children (Can you get my parents back together?), the right way to pose for pictures, how to handle screaming babies and petulant parents and proper make-up techniques for Santa.

Rachel Weinstein, at Volunteers of America, dresses Jack in their version of Santa’s suit and sends him out to the streets of New York on the coldest day of the year to ring a bell. John Stocker, a Conductor on the Susquehanna Polar Express, guides Jack through six grueling hours of Santa visits on a moving train. In Quincy, MA, Parade Organizer, George White sacrifices an unsuspecting Santa Jack to a crowd of a hundred tots and then puts him atop a fire truck in a position of dubious safety.

Wrapped around Jack’s journey into Christmas, like the red stripe around a candy cane, are interviews with professional Santas, Santa aficionados and historians who provide the fascinating little known history of Santa Claus in America and how the Civil War helped to shape the Christmas holiday as we know it today.


The Annual Holiday Concert at Highfield Hall: “A Civil War Christmas with the Revels Repertory Company

December 16, 2011

December 18 at 7PM

Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Dr, Falmouth

508-495-1878 x 303


Many American Christmas traditions were observed during the Civil War although the day was observed with mixed emotions. Despite holiday tables set with vacant chairs, spirits lifted after dinner with dancing, recitations and singing around the piano. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the War Between the States, join the Hutchinson Family Singers as they gather in Highfield Hall’s sumptuous parlor for a joyous remembrance of Christmas past. Special guest Jacqueline Schwab, pianist for the Ken Burns PBS documentary, The Civil War, will join the Boston Revels Repertory Company as accompanist and soloist. Tickets are $40 and should be purchased in advance at or by calling 508-495-1878, ext. 303.


“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” – Puppet Show

December 16, 2011

December 17 at 2pm & 4pm

Held at the Falmouth Public Library, Main St, Falmouth



The Woods Hole Theater Company presents the puppets of Le Theatricule Stoique (created by Edward Gorey) performing, Dylan Thomas’, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”. Puppet master is Joe Richards. Shows will be Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM at the Falmouth Public Library, Hermann Foundation Meeting Room. Small children are invited to sit on a carpet in front of the puppet stage and collect the wrapped candy, which is thrown over the transom at intervals during the show. Free Admission, refreshments.

Narrators are Dan Trittle and Cleo Zani. Puppeteers are: Lafe Coppola, Tom Lyons, Haley Johnson, Gina Peters, Janet Gardner, Emma Munroe, C. J. Kemp and Lauren Johnson. This puppet show an annual event for this Woods Hole Theater Company troupe, a Christmas treat for parents and children alike. This is the fourth year this puppet show has been performed at the Falmouth Public Library. Refreshments are served after each show.

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” is a one-act play, about 30 minutes long, with an adult looking back at Christmas when he was a child. The story is told by a narrator standing in front of the puppet stage with the action being performed by the charming finger puppets of Le Theatricule Stoique, with lots of activity, blizzards of snow, and showers of wrapped candy from time to time. The puppets are the invention of the late illustrator/playwright, Edward Gorey, whose home in Yarmouth is now a museum to his memory.



December 16, 2011

Today will be very gusty as we have a high winds weather advisory.  They predict winds could be up to 50mph!  Also we have a little surprise for everyone tomorrow- SNOW!  Yes you did read that correctly!  There will be a light mix of rain/snow so we probably won’t have any accumulation, however I think we are all ready for winter on Cape Cod!


December 11, 2011

December 11

Mayflower II on Water Street at the The State Pier in Plymouth



3:30p.m. – 5:15p.m.

Come join us from 3:30-5:00 PM for this FREE interactive event aboard Mayflower II. Sailors of Mayflower (including Master Christopher Jones) succumb to the holiday spirit and begin to celebrate Christmas by eating, singing, and generally having a good time, while some of the “Separatists”, who don’t approve of celebrating Christmas, gently deride what is taking place all around them. Be ready to join the crew in some Christmas song during the celebration. Shortly after 5:15 PM we will light a “modern” Christmas Tree atop of the Mayflower II. Happy Holidays from all of us at Plimoth Plantation!