Category Archives: Sunday Programs

Provincetown and the Pilgrims

“From Cape Cod to Plymouth and Back Again,” with historian Don Wilding.

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Program for Sunday, February 9, 2020

Since the start of the millennium, Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history through lectures, video, and the written word. 

An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of two books, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore,” and “A Brief History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod,” from The History Press. T

“Make a UU Turn!” Reflections of the Reverend Edmund Robinson

Program for Sunday, February 23, 2020

Several years ago, Beth Avery of the Chatham Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, designed and had printed a bumper sticker advertising that congregation with the legend “Make a UU Turn!.”  This program tries to tease out what the words mean in the context of the ongoing UU movement. Reverend Robinson’s sermon is part of Nauset Fellowship’s ongoing series exploring what Unitarian Universalism means to us and might mean to those interested in joining the fellowship congregation.

Beth Avery’s Bumper Sticker

Reverend Edmund Robinson recently retired from the position of minister of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, Chatham, after eleven and half years there.  He has also served congregations in Staten Island, NY and Wakefield and Belmont, MA.  Before entering the ministry, he was a trial lawyer in South Carolina.   He lives in Brewster with his wife Jacqueline Schwab, awaiting the next turn of events in his life.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

with Melissa Lowe

Melissa Lowe has been working “for the love of nature” her entire professional career which spans almost 30 years and several environmental education and research organizations. In September 2019, she became the new Sanctuary Director for Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, only the third person to hold that title since the sanctuary was established in 1958. Please join us for a conversation with Melissa to get to know her better, find out what projects she has been engaged with during her first 6 months on the job, and share your thoughts on what the new year holds “for the love of nature” in our community.

Thom Dutton performs “The Beasts of Bethlehem”

Program for Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Beasts of Bethlehem is a cycle of Christmas songs for alto and harp, composed by Carol Wood and based on poems by the great American poet X. J. Kennedy

Harpist Thom Dutton

Shortly after earning his B.Mus. degree in 1982, Thom Dutton was a featured singer at a wedding. It happened that his accompanist was a harpist, and that was his first enchantment with the harp. He moved from New York to Massachusetts the following year; unable to transport his piano with him, he began playing the harp instead. Thus began a span of thirty years playing the harp at more than 1,400 performances.

Over the years, Thom Dutton has been recognized with multiple awards. His honors include the Judge’s Overall Performance Award for Outstanding Musicianship at the New England Regional Folk Harp Competition and twice silver medalist at the Mid-Atlantic Folk Harp Competition. He has also received awards for playing incidental music for live theatrical productions: The Evelyn Lawson Award from the Association for Community Theater Excellence for “Eleemosynary” and a Certificate of Recognition Honoring Outstanding Achievement from the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters for “Three Tall Women”. Thom has recorded five critically acclaimed CDs and has published more than a dozen books of harp music.

“The Ecological Animal” with Deborah Ullman

Program for Sunday, November 24, 2019

Deborah Ullman presents a story of human evolution and culture, with implications for reclaiming our interdependence with all life forms today. She suggests practical ways to re-tool for a post fossil- fueled world based in healthy, diverse relationships and communities, incorporating some videos and personal narrative.

Deborah is a Gestalt Therapist, supervisor, trainer, and coach, as well as Cape Cod Director of Get Empathy, an initiative of the international Relational Movement. She has published 2 books as lead author. She grew up in Eastham descended from 12 generations of English Separatists residing here.

“The State of the Seashore” with Superintendent Brian Carlstrom

Program for Sunday, November 17, 2019

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about 2019 accomplishments at Cape Cod National Seashore such as the repair and reopening of the parking area at Herring Cove Beach and the completion of the rehab of the Head of the Meadow Bike Trail. Find out about current and future projects such as the rehab of the historic station at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham and the rehab project at Highland Light about to get underway.

During his 30-year National Park Service career, Brian Carlstrom has served as a park ranger, recreation planner, natural resource specialist, legislative affairs specialsit, and superintendent. Before coming to Cape Cod in 2018, Superintendent Carlstrom served in the National Park Service Washington Office as Deputy Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science.

Tim Sweeney & the Zen of Uke

Program for Sunday, November 10, 2019

Join Tim as he returns to the Chapel in the Pines to inform and entertain on the humble yet dynamic ukulele.  He will present a brief history of this lovely little instrument, celebrate it in song, and correlate its essence with the basic tenets of zen buddhism. 

Program for Sunday July 14, 2019

Great White Sharks off the Coast of Cape Cod

Cape Cod has become a white shark hot spot in the Northwest Atlantic, presenting a rare opportunity to study the species and unique challenges related to public safety.  White sharks are apex predators that play a critical role in maintaining a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem. They are also considered a keystone species, meaning they are integral to the ecology they inhabit.

Cynthia Wigren established the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in 2012 to provide sustainable funding and resources for research, improve public understanding of sharks, and inspire conservation.  Come hear her talk about their findings, ongoing work and perspective on this evolving phenomenon.

Cynthia holds a BS in Wildlife Management from University of New Hampshire and MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Cynthia spent twelve years working for online trading companies in the energy industry, with a focus on project management and strategic planning. Cynthia is an avid traveler and a scuba diver with a deep appreciation for wildlife on land and sea. Her underwater experiences with whale sharks, great hammerheads, nurse sharks, and great white sharks, inspired her to leave the corporate world and establish Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to support shark research and conservation.

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.