Author Archives: Judith Whitney-Terry

Program for Sunday June 16, 2019

Abigail Franklin Archer: “Tracking the Town Brook Travelers”

This past September, the final major step in the nearly 16-year project to restore Plymouth’s historic Town Brook began: the removal of the Holmes Dam. Through this period, Abigail has tracked the river herring moving through the brook both before and after the dame removal. She’ll share the findings of her research with us, along with pictures and anecdotes from her study.

Abigail Franklin Archer works as an Extension Agent and Marine Resource Specialist for two entities with shared goals; the Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Marine Program and Woods Hole Sea Grant. She works with shellfish growers, municipal natural resource managers, shellfish constables and river herring wardens to carry out monitoring and scientific research projects that answer their questions about marine resources. As a volunteer she serves on the Town of Brewster Coastal Committee and is working with her fellow members to help the town plan for the effects of sea level rise.

Abigail earned a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Dance from Hampshire College in 2002 and a Masters of Science in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2009.  In 2009 she served as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, Domestic Division. 

Program for Sunday, June 30, 2019

“Our Monarch Butterflies” with Bill Allan

Ecologist Bill Allan initiated a conservation project in 2002 to recover the population of the threatened diamondback terrapin in Eastham’s bay marshes. For the past 17 years, he has spent every day during nesting/hatching season finding & protecting terrapin nests, then releasing the hatchlings. The number of nests has quadrupled to 245  in 2018 and, correspondingly, the number of hatchlings released has increased from about 400 to 2000. Although still classified as threatened, the population of terrapins is much healthier today. Recently, he & his wife Annie observed monarch butterfly caterpillars on some milkweed plants in their backyard which, through their involvement with the Eastham Conservation Foundation, got them interested in helping recover the population of monarch butterflies.

Program for Sunday, June 9, 2019

Travel to Myanmar with Marilyn Cook

Each year, Marilyn travels to Asia to explore a new culture.  Last year she flew into Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and spent two weeks exploring the country by bus, marveling at the hundreds of old temples thousands of years old, some of gold leaf, one of gold.  She took a hot air baloon over the temples of Bagan as the sun was rising.  This Sunday, Marily will share her impressions of this very old culture and tales of her adventures while traveling there.

Marilyn’s passion for Asia began in the early 2000’s. She and her husband became ‘Global Volunteers’ and went to China every year to teach Conversational English to Chinese English teachers.  We got to know many Chinese and went to State dinners as well as dinners in our student’s parent’s homes in small villages and Mountain areas. After her husband passed, she traveled throughout Cambodia & Thailand with her son. Since then, she been traveling by herself to the Philippines, Vietnam, Burma and Bali, Indonesia.

Whaling Captain Edward Penniman was 73 years old when reporters from the New Bedford Times interviewed him for a profile. It had been almost 20 years since his last voyage but he was full of tales from his journeys, some accompanied by his wife Betsy (“Gustie”), encountering confederate warships and bringing baby bear cubs on board. Join Bob Seay for a deep dig into a little visited slice of local history.

Bob Seay is the president of Nauset Fellowship and was its founding president in the early 1970s. Bob’s been an avid collector of local lore for decades although he may be better known for his broadcast work as a public radio personality on Boston’s WGBH and occasional contributor to WCAI.

Program for Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tom Ryan, Vice Chair Eastham 400 Commemorative Committee, “Observing the 400th Anniversary of the First Encounter”

How can a commemoration serve to address today’s important questions? The Eastham 400 Commemorative Committee has been focusing on re-membering our area’s origin story of the violent musket and arrow First Encounter of December 8, 1620 to release competing narratives and pervasive themes. Why do this hard work of lamentation and reconciliation? What in these stories can prepare us to face future challenges as individuals and as a community? Learn about and participate in this project on Sunday, May 19 at Chapel in the Pines.

Tom Ryan lives in Eastham and serves as the consultant on liturgy, architecture and liturgical art for the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans. He has served as the Director of the Center for Pastoral Liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, coordinator of Liturgical Architecture for the Archdiocese of Boston, and liturgist for the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston. Tom is internationally known for his writings, including The Sacristy Manual – the definitive guide for all English-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries, and The St. Andrew’s Bible Missal. He is on the Board of Directors of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, and Coordinator of the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission.

Program for Sunday, May 12, 2019

“Preventing Domestic Violence and Abuse on Cape Cod”

For 40 years, Independence House has been helping domestic violence and sexual assault victims, survivors and their children by creating opportunities to find safety and become empowered through crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, referral, outreach, prevention, education and inspiring change in our community.

Chris Morin will present information on the work Independence House does to prevent violence in relationships, promote healthy and safe communities, and inspire change in our community. She will talk about the “Mentors in Violence Prevention” program in area High Schools and the coalition-led Enough Abuse Campaign, which educates community members about the prevention of child sexual abuse

Bringing the Clothesline Project to Orleans (2019)

Chris Morin began work at Independence House in 2011 and is presently the Director of Prevention, Education and Outreach.  Her initial training in domestic and sexual violence was in Virginia, working on the Statewide Hotline for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Although her primary job responsibilities are prevention and education, she is a trained domestic and sexual violence counselor and covers the Provincetown office.

Program for Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Harper and The Minstrel  are Jay and Abby Michaels

Music from the past sung and played on a variety of traditional plucked, bowed, hammered and woodwind instruments.

The Harper and The Minstrel specialize in beautiful ayres and ballads, but are quite adept at jigs, reels & dances. Their vast repertoire includes unique arrangements of music ranging from medieval Spain’s 13th century Cantgas de Santa Maria to the music of Elizabethan era English lutenist John Dowland to 17th Century Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan to the music of Sting, the Beatles and much more.

Program for Sunday, March 24, 2019

Climate Justice Sunday with Richard Delaney

Climate Changes are Happening Now. . . .

This discussion will focus on global, national and local impacts from rapidly warming climate and what actions are happening and need to happen in order to mitigate the worst scenarios.


Richard Delaney is the President and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies. Previously, he served as founding Director of the Urban Harbors Institute at University of Massachusetts Boston;  Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs and Director of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Program.  He is an officer in the Global Ocean Forum and has organized international “Ocean Days” at many climate conferences including the Paris Climate Conference in 2015.   He is also founding President of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative.



Program for Sunday March 17, 2019

Aisling Gainer presents “Chair Yoga with a Bit of Ireland”

Aisling explains: “My love for dance and movement is where I found my love of yoga. Raised in Ireland and growing up an Irish dancer, it was brilliant to find a practice less jarring on my joints. Through the deeper connection with breath, yoga has made me a happier, healthier, and saner human being. I receive inspiration by all those who have struggled in any way and still find a way to say ‘thank you’ and mean it.”

Aisling’s program for us will involve movement, music, and instruction as she shares with us her love of yoga and its abilities to heal and transform.

Aisling Gainer is a well-known and much appreciated teacher. She lives in Orleans, MA.

Program for Sunday, March 10, 2019

A musical morning with Cumberland – the acoustic duo of Jim Rohrer and Lynda Shuster

Cumberland performs the traditional songs and tunes of Southern Appalachians accompanied by guitar, banjo, tenor banjo and mandolin. Jim and Lynda draw heavily on the repertoire of the Carter Family and early bluegrass and string band music, and weave these influences into contemporary songs as well.

Jim Rohrer has toured and recorded with Southern Rail. His is currently host of WOMR’s Bradford Street Bluegrass. Lynda Shuster is also a member of Bourbon Street.