Events & Happenings
Calendar of Events
Basic Lifesaving CPR
1:00 PM Redfield Auditorium
BASIC LIFE SAVING CPR COURSE: Will be held on Tuesday, December 6, in Redfield Auditorium, at 1:00 p.m. This class serves both as a recertification course and as a course for first time CPR students because of the minor differences between the two courses. This course is open, free of charge, to all WHOI and MBL employees. Please register for these courses by calling the WHOI Safety Office at (508) 289-3347.
Sponsor: WHOI Safety Office
Other Events and Notes of Interest
PEANUT BUTTER CLUB: December 9
Presents the video “Ripley: Believe It or Not”on Friday, December 9, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. LeRoy Robert Ripley rose to fame during the Great Depression, transforming himself from a skinny, buck-toothed boy into an entertainer who mesmerized the nation with his razzle-dazzle blend of homespun Americana, colorful exotica, and freakish oddities. Americans not only loved his bizarre fare, but were fascinated by the man himself. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.
PEANUT BUTTER CLUB: December 16
Presents the video “Bonnie & Clyde” on Friday, December 16, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as numerous robberies and kidnappings. Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history -- Bonnie and Clyde. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: December 7
Will be held the first Wednesday of each month at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. The next one will be Wednesday, December 7, from 7:30-10:00 p.m. All ages and levels are welcome; no partner necessary. Admission is $5 for adults. Children are free. For more information, call (508) 540-8950.
WOODS HOLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Every year, for more than 10 years, several local potters have generously supported the library by donating a piece of their work to the library for a raffle. The library is extremely grateful to these, their favorite local potters: Ann Newbury, Anne Halpin, Tessa Morgan, and Hollis Engley. This year, the potters have contributed to a diverse offering. Tessa, who specializes in “sgraffito,” in which she creates an image by carving away the surrounding surface, leaving it unglazed, has donated a large bowl decorated with sunflowers and crows. Ann Newbury’s piece is a large blue incised jar with lid, excellent for holding cookies. Anne Halpin’s donation is a beautiful rich blue covered porcelain dish. Hollis’s piece is very different, rustic and organic, looking like a primitive art form, large and rounded. All the pottery is on view when the library is open. For specific hours, and to see images of the pots, visit the library’s website www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org. Also, all the potters’ studios are open for holiday viewing and shopping. Tickets for the raffle, which are $2 for one ticket and $5 for three tickets, are available at the library at 581 Woods Hole Road. Tickets will also be on sale at the Renaissance Fair on December 3. The final day to buy tickets is Wednesday, December 7, when the drawing will be held. The library will be hosting a short series of festive and free classic holiday films on the first three Monday evenings in December. They will start on December 5 with “Holiday Inn” published in 1942 and starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. The next week will feature “The Bishop’s Wife” produced in 1947 starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. The culmination of the series will be on December 19 with, of course, “White Christmas” produced in 1954 and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney. All films will start at 7:00 p.m. Entrance will be through the handicapped-accessible lower entrance, and, in a nod to the season, cocoa will be served. All are welcome. The second “Story Hour for Grownups” of the season will take place on Sunday, December 11, at 3:00 p.m., downstairs in the Ratcliffe Room. Three short stories will be presented, opening with Jeannette Fullerton, reading V.S. Pritchett’s “The Voice,” a story that takes place in London during the Blitz. A church has been bombed. Despite the fact that the church was presumed to have been empty during the night bombing raid, it is obvious that someone has been trapped beneath the rubble. That someone can be heard by the rescue party, and by the church’s rector, who gets involved with the efforts to save him. Alan Steinbach’s original work, “Lunch Box,” will follow, read by the author. The story’s narrator stops in to eat at a small café south of Providence, on the recommendation of a friend. The fare is Dominican, in spite of the sign in the window advertising “Spanish food.” A collection of old metal lunch boxes adorns the walls. The owner serves up mangu, a fried plantain dish, and shares a personal story flavored with cultural history, bittersweet with pain and memory. Jeannette will close the readings with a tale she has waited patiently to present for well over a year. Jane Gardam’s “The Zoo at Christmas” imagines what takes place when the human personnel take the day off and the animals decide to investigate what is going on. The readings are free and open to the public. All are welcome. For more information, call the library at (508) 548-8961 or visit the website www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org.
THE SOLSTICE SINGERS
And guest artists will present “Joyful’st Feast” – a pageantry of songs and carols, instrumental music, poetry, drama, and dance in the style of Medieval to Renaissance eras. Performed in colorful, period costumes, the program is woven around a 16th century poem by George Wither called “So, Now Is Come Our Joyful’st Feast” which describes Christmas celebrations of old, from wassailing around the town to ringing the rooftops with merriment. Formed in 1992 under the guidance of the late Patricia C. Brown, the Solstice Singers, ranging from 10 to 15 singers, has performed under the direction of Lore Loftfield De Bower of Woods Hole since 2000. The group’s primary mission is to provide community enrichment by performing music in the style of the Renaissance. The singers, many of whom have been with the group since its inception, come from Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. The shows will be on December 17 and 18 at 4:00 p.m., in the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. The hall is accessible to people with disabilities. Attendees are invited to a reception that follows each performance. Free three-hour street parking will be in effect in Woods Hole on both days. Admission is $20 for adults ($17 when purchased in advance), $12 for students, and $1 for children under 12. Advance tickets are available at Eight Cousins Books on Main Street in Falmouth and at Market Street Bookshop located in Mashpee Commons. Tickets are also available online. For more information, visit www.solsticesingers.org.
WHOI OCEAN SCIENCE EXHIBIT CENTER & GIFTSHOP
Located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, the center is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Center will close at 2:00 p.m., on December 2 for an employee function. For more information, call (508) 289-2663. WHOI merchandise is available year-round by visiting our online store at http://shop.whoi.edu/.