July 12, 2012

A Marine Life Themed Fourth of July

Fourth of July in Woods Hole is, to put it simply, unique. Think graduate students dressed as green florescent sporozoites (whatever that is!) and you will start to get an idea.   Combining the love of marine biology and patriotism, local scientists come out in force for a fun and quirky parade. I got to Woods Hole early, thinking I could grab a coffee with plenty of time to find a spot on Water Street. By the time I got there, the streets were already flooded with people, jostling for spots to watch this distinctive show. From socks to hats, the […]
July 12, 2012

Nobska Beach

Not far from the village of Woods Hole lies one of the best beaches in Falmouth – Nobska. A white-sand crescent, nestled in the rocky shoreline and under the shadow of scenic Nobska Light, this iconic Cape Cod beach looks out over Vineyard Sound. This point, which juts out toward Martha’s Vineyard, marks the start of the treacherous Woods Hole Passage, and has had a lighthouse on it since 1828.  In Wampanoag, Nobska means “rocky place” or ledge” – an important designation if you were planning to cross to the islands in a canoe. People visit Woods Hole from all […]
July 3, 2012

The Wired Village

It might not look like it on the outside, but Woods Hole is a cutting edge place, so it should come as no surprise that the entire village is packed with Internet hot spots. Hidden inside these weathered shingle buildings is a robust WiFi network, making catching up on the fly a breeze. Sitting at Coffee Obsession, a local coffee shop, my computer immediately recognized twelve devices that I could connect to. Passwords to most are clearly printed inside the various shops. For instance, Coffee Obsession’s password is on a sign at the counter above the Thunder Beans and near […]
July 2, 2012

A Woods Hole Tradition

At first a bakery may seem an odd spot for music and spoken word performance, but this isn’t any old bakery, it’s the heart of Woods Hole.  Since 2001, Randy Gummow has MC-ed “Open Mic Night” at Pie in the Sky bakery in Woods Hole.  Gummow is a devotee of the format, as he said, “because it gives everyone an opportunity to shine.” Gummow has an unusual claim to fame – in his ten-year tenure, he has never missed a performance at this quirky local bakery.   Open 364 days a year, “Pie” (as the locals call it) is always packed […]