Category Archives: Sunday Programs

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.

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, 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.