Captain Tom Lawrence House Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast Inn

75 Locust Street, Falmouth, Massachusetts 02540
Innkeeper(s): Jim Cotter & Anne Grebert, Owners

2014 College Light Opera Company Season 19 Jul 2014, 2:34 pm

The 46th season of the College Light Opera Company is in full swing and getting rave reviews.  CLOC is an independent, non-profit theater company comprised of singers, musicians, and technicians from colleges and universities across the country. Under the guidance and direction of a professional staff they put on nine musicals and operettas, accompanied by a full orchestra, throughout the summer season.

The current production is The Pajama Game, based on the 1954 Broadway hit that tells the tale of labor unrest and romance at a pajama factory.  A review in the Cape Cod Times says the production tells the story "in an engaging way with strong vocals, quirky characterizations and inventive Fosse-infused choreography".  The reviewer goes on to say that "with talent from all over the country, CLOC has developed a well-earned reputation of staging an impressive array of complicated productions".  Next up is Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, starting on July 24.

Performances take place in the air-conditioned Highfield Theater at 58 Highfield Drive in Falmouth.  Single-admission tickets are $35.00.  The Box Office is open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 2 to 5 p.m.; and 7 to 9 p.m.  Call 508-548-0668 for more information.

Fourth of July in Falmouth 28 Jun 2014, 1:48 pm

Everything is in place for a great 2014 Fourth of July weekend in Falmouth.  The festivities kick off with the weekly Falmouth Town Band concert on Thursday, July 3 at Bigelow Marine Park on Scranton Avenue.  Of course, the theme is patriotic music.  Bring your best singing voice as the audience will be invited to sing along.

Start the Fourth off with the 3rd Annual Run Jack Run, a 1.2 mile family fun walk/run that starts at 9 a.m. at Falmouth High School and goes to Trotting Park.  Check-in and same day registration from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  All proceeds benefit Jack'sPACT, a community group, scholarship fund, and anti-drunk driving campaign.  Jack'sPACT was started in memory of 16 year-old Jack Pearsall who was struck by a drunk driver after leaving a fireworks display in 2011.  He died of his injuries on July 4, 2011.

If you love a parade, there's the Bike and Carriage Parade on Main Street in Falmouth at 11 a.m.  Decorate your bike, wagon or stroller and join the fun.  The Marine Biological Laboratories Fourth of July Parade starts at noon at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute parking lot on Water Street in Woods Hole.

The main event is the fireworks display (voted one of the Top Ten best in the country) at Falmouth Heights Beach, which gets under way at dusk.  No need to go to the Heights to see the show, the beaches along Surf Drive offer a great view as well (and less traffic). Special thanks to the Falmouth Village Association as the Underwriting Sponsor for the fireworks this year.  Rain date is Saturday, July 5.

Arts Are Alive in Falmouth 8 Jun 2014, 3:29 pm

From June 20 - 22, 2014, be sure to set aside some time to head to Main Street in Falmouth for the 2014 Arts Alive, a celebration of music, dance, theater, crafts, and art.  The festivities kick-off on Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m.  Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and  Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The area around Falmouth Library is the hub - with performances under tents on the library lawn and craftspeople displaying their work on Shore Street Extension.

Highlights include a Town Dance on Friday evening, with swing dance music by the Charlie Jamieson Trio. Saturday's featured activity is a Rock Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. Nearly 50 artisans will be offering pottery, photographs, jewelry, beadwork, and all manner of handcrafted items.  It's also an opportunity for local non-profits to spread their message and showcase the good works they do in the community.

All activities are free and open to all and the party is on, rain or shine.

 24 May 2014, 12:04 pm

Rhododendrons are bustin' out all over.  It's been a spectacular flowering season for these Cape favorites, with vibrant blossoms in pink, white, red, and purple. As you can see in this photo, the "rhodies" at the Captain Tom Lawrence House Inn are just getting ready to bloom.  Elsewhere in the area they are out in full force.

For one of the region's best displays, check out  the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich.  Their annual Rhododendron Festival runs through May 25, 2014, with walking tours, a plant sale, and talks by experts.  Here in Falmouth there is the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary off  Route 151 and Spohr Gardens.  Or, just take a drive through town.  They're everywhere!

History in Art in Falmouth 17 May 2014, 10:01 am

Every year, the Falmouth Historical Society and Falmouth High School Ceramics Program collaborate on a project that showcases the history of Falmouth through the creativity and talent of the school's art students. In this year's project, If These Houses Could Talk, the students created ceramic birdhouses that reflected the architecture and history of homes in Falmouth Village.  The Captain Tom Lawrence House was honored to be included in the collection.

The birdhouses were on display at Historic Highfield until May 14 and now hang at each of the homes they depict.  A self-guided walking tour is being created and will be available at the Museums on the Green and Falmouth Chamber of Commerce.  The tour will continue through September 15, 2014.

The Museums on the Green will kick off its 2014 season on May 23.  The museums and exhibits will be open Tuesday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Our 2014 season begins May 23rd and goes to October 11th. We will be open 11 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday and 11 am to 2 pm Saturdays. Guided tours will be held at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm weekdays; 11:30 am and 12:30 pm Saturdays.
    Historical Society Office Hours remain Tuesday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.
    Research Library open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 1 pm. Appointments are suggested.
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays
  • Our 2014 season begins May 23rd and goes to October 11th. We will be open 11 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday and 11 am to 2 pm Saturdays. Guided tours will be held at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm weekdays; 11:30 am and 12:30 pm Saturdays.
    Historical Society Office Hours remain Tuesday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.
    Research Library open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 1 pm. Appointments are suggested.
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays

A Nice Spring Walk - Four Ponds Conservation Area 2 May 2014, 2:11 pm

About a 10-minute drive from the Captain Tom Lawrence House Inn is the Four Ponds Conservation Area in the town of Bourne.  Named for - you guessed it - four ponds within the tract - it is 280 acres of well-maintained wooded trails, about 3.6 miles in all. The walk is described in "Walking the Cape and Islands" by David Weintraub, as moderately difficult, with all manner of flora and fauna, such as the Mute Swans shown here.  It is mostly rolling terrain, but, to get the heart pumping and keep things interesting, there are a few hills.
To do the entire walk would take a couple of hours, but the main loop around the ponds is less than an hour. We have found the trails to be well marked and, for the most part, wide.  If you need a rest or just want to take in the scenery, there are benches in many spots along the trails.
Four Ponds Conservation Area is located off Barlows Landing Road in Bourne.  It is open all year and dogs are allowed on leash.

Falmouth Road Race 2014 23 Apr 2014, 1:24 pm

The world's attention has been on the Boston Marathon in recent weeks. By all accounts, this year's Marathon was a special event, filled with  remembrance and celebration.

Now we turn to what is widely regarded as the second biggest running event in New England - the Falmouth Road Race.   World-famous for its beauty and challenge, it is a 7-mile course that winds through hilly, winding, shaded roads past Nobska Lighthouse, along the beach road next to Vineyard Sound, around Falmouth Harbor, to the end at Falmouth Heights Beach.

There's a few important changes to 2014 Road Race:

  • New date - it will be held on the third Sunday of the month, August 17.
  • New time - start time is 9 a.m.

It's thought by the race organizers and medical team that the earlier hour will reduce the chances that runners will be negatively impacted by the heat.  It also allows the neighborhoods impacted by the race to return to normal a bit sooner.

All registration is now online.  Falmouth residents can register between May 1 - May 7.  For non-residents, the online lottery registration is May 8 - May 18.  An email notification will be sent to lottery applicants on May 26.

For those wishing to stay in Falmouth, make your reservations early.  It's one of the busiest and most exciting weekends of the year!

Daffodil Season in Falmouth 16 Apr 2014, 1:35 pm

Our unusually long and cold winter has finally given way to more spring-like conditions in Falmouth.  Daffodils are in full bloom, just in time for the annual Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days which takes place on Saturday, April 19 and 26.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can tour the Gardens, which boast of thousands of daffodils of every variety. There will also be sales of plants, gardening books, and accessories as well as special activities for children.  At 3 p.m. on April 19, there will be traditional music by the Falmouth Fiddlers. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.  The Gardens are operated and funded entirely by volunteers and the Friends of Spohr Gardens.
Next up at Spohr Gardens are the azaleas, rhododendrons, and, eventually, day lilies.

Historic Highfield Hall Opens for 2014 Season 7 Apr 2014, 1:21 pm

Highfield Hall & Gardens launched its eighth season on Sunday, April 6 with a full slate of activities.  From scavenger hunts to nature walks to art exhibitions and music performances, there was something for children and adults alike.

The art exhibition, entitled "A House for  All Seasons", was a collaboration between the Falmouth Artist Guild, Falmouth Museums on the Green, and Falmouth High School Art Department.  Artist Guild members painted various historic homes in downtown Falmouth, while art students at the high school created ceramic birdhouses of prominent Falmouth buildings.  The Captain Tom Lawrence House was honored to be included in the birdhouse collection.  The exhibit runs through May 14.

Once the home of the Beebe Family of Boston, Highfield was saved from demolition in the mid-1990s.  After years of meticulous restoration, it opened to the public in 2006.  Gardens were restored and opened in 2011.  Today, Highfield Hall & Gardens is a vibrant community and cultural resource and hosts art exhibits, cooking classes, education programs, nature walks, and private events and celebrations.  The property is open through October, Mondays through Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. A suggested $5 admission supports programming and preservation of this Falmouth landmark. 

Woods Hole - One of the Best Small Towns to Visit 28 Mar 2014, 12:16 pm

 There's a new honor bestowed on Woods Hole! In its third annual  Best Small Towns to Visit list,  Smithsonian Magazine has named Woods Hole as Number 5, right after Williamsburgh, VA and Steamboat Springs, CO.  The list highlights 20 towns (Woods Hole is actually a village in the Town of Falmouth) of fewer than 15,000 residents that are noteworthy for their history, music, visual arts, learning, food, theater and science.  Woods Hole certainly fits the bill.

 "Science, in a word, is what sets Woods Hole apart from other salty Cape Cod towns, and the good news is you can get pretty close to the action", the article states. The village was singled out for its renowned scientific institutions including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Science Aquarium, as well as smaller institutions of learning such as the Woods Hole Research Center, Sea Education Association, and Children's School of Science. 

The article also notes that Woods Hole strikes a pleasant balance between science, the arts, the charm of small-town living, and the natural beauty of local beaches, trails, ponds.  Whatever your interests, don't pass up a visit to acclaimed Woods Hole.