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“Gather the People, tell the Story, Break the Bread” with Marilyn Lariviere

10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 25, 2022

Marilyn Lariviere, director of Homeless Ministries with the Cape Cod Council of Churches, will share the story of Youth StreetReach. Youth StreetReach provides area teenagers with the opportunity to interact with people who are homeless. It sheds light upon injustice and teaches participants to respect all people with dignity. All are welcome.

Live at the Chapel and on Zoom.

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Marilyn Lariviere is the President of Church Women United of Cape Cod and from 2012-2016 served as Church Women United’s National President. She is native to the Cape, a graduate of Skidmore College, and a member of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville. Marilyn has been active in prison ministry at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility and integral to many projects that have advanced human rights in the county. A member of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence since 2015, she has 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

“Restoration Agriculture for Our Yards” with Gretel Norgeot

Sunday September 18, 2022

Gretel Norgeot has been an advocate for locally grown food, farms, and farmers’ markets for decades. Nowadays, she focuses on soil health and its relationship to human health.  Join us as she explains how Restoration Agriculture can make a positive change for future generations and fight climate change. The main ideas are to not use chemicals and to encourage the natural microbes in the soil so that carbon can be removed from the atmosphere and stored in the soil and more food can be grown. It’s a win-win for everyone.  “The more people that take part,” she writes, “the better it is for all of us.” All are welcome!

Live at the Chapel and on Zoom.

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“The Gray Curtain” with Peter Trull

10:00 a.m. Sunday, August 28, 2022

Through discussion and vivid photographs, Peter Trull will show us the relationship betweens commercial fishing, expanding Gray Seal populations, and the occurrence of Great White Sharks along the beaches of Cape Cod and the northeast coast. This “Gray Curtain” has come about after geologic and environmental changes, range expansion of marine mammals, animal migrations and population growth. Each has had an effect on the Cape’s marine ecology and economy observable in daily and seasonal changes. While fishermen and scientists don’t always agree, both have played a role in these dynamic coastal changes.

Live at the Chapel and on Zoom. All are welcome!

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Peter Trull has studied, researched, and taught about wildlife on Cape Cod for over forty years. He coordinated seabird protection and research for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. As Education Director at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, he developed classroom and field programs and began studying Eastern Coyotes in 1989. Through the 90’s, as a researcher and Education Director at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, he developed and taught classes related to whales and marine birds. He has written five books on various subjects, including Eastern coyotes, humpback whales, and local birds.


“Right Whale Conservation: A Look to the Future” with Christy Hudak

10:00 a.m. Sunday, August 14, 2022

Live at the Chapel and on Zoom. All are welcome!

North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis, are among the rarest of the baleen whale species. Distinct populations of right whales were scattered across the oceans of the world until they were decimated by heavy and consistent whaling. For 30 years, researchers at Provincetown’s Center for Coastal Studies have worked to learn more about right whales, their use of Cape Cod Bay and their habitat requirements. This presentation looks at the emergent whale behaviors, challenges to their conservation, and new strategies for monitoring and protecting this endangered species.

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Christy Hudak has been a Research Associate in the Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies for over ten years. After obtaining her M.S. in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, Christy worked at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, heading the Manatee Program at the Tequesta Field Station. From the sunny shores of Florida, Christy brought her experience in marine mammal necropsies, rescues, tracking, aerial surveys, and photo identification to the cool shores of Cape Cod and currently focuses on the food resource of the North Atlantic right whales, microplastics, and eDNA.

“Come-to-Meeting Concert” with Jim Rohrer & Katie Hickey

10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022

Outer Cape favorites, husband and wife duo Jim Rohrer & Katie Hickey perform traditional and contemporary acoustic music with roots in bluegrass, Celtic, old-time county and Southern gospel music. Katie and Jim’s musical partnership goes back to the 1980s and their days together in the Boston area bluegrass scene. All are welcome to enjoy this free concert!

Live at the Chapel at Chapel in the Pines, 220 Samoset Road, Eastham.

Photo credit Michael and Suz Karchmer

Vocalist Katie Hickey has sung with the Outer Cape Chorale and has appeared in the WHAT for Kids production of the magic cloak.  Jim Rohrer (vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo) has toured and recorded with Southern Rail, and more recently has performed in the duo, Cumberland.  Jim can also be heard on the radio as host of WOMR’s The Old-Time Depot .

“The Waters of Cape Cod” with Andrew Gottlieb

10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2022

Nutrient enrichment is impacting the health of our embayments and ponds and will be the focus of Andrew Gottlieb’s presentation. What can towns, property owners and residents do to improve water quality? There will be time for discussion about all things water as well as other issues of environmental concern. All are welcome!

Live at the Chapel and on Zoom.

Zoom registration link is here.

Andrew Gottlieb is the Executive Director at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and, from 2007 to 2017, was the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative. Prior to that, as Chief of the Office of Commonwealth Development, he coordinated Massachusetts’s energy, housing, environmental and transportation policies. During his 16 years at the Department of Environmental Protection, Andrew conceived the successful estuaries preservation program and built an innovative revolving fund into the nationally recognized model for watershed protection funding. Andrew is serving his fifth term on the Mashpee Board of Selectmen. He has served as a Water and Sewer Commissioner, has been a Board member of the Massachusetts Climate

“Green Burial: Reclaiming a Dying Tradition” with Sophia Sayigh

10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2022 

Live at the Chapel and on Zoom.

For some people, a green burial is their culminating environmentally sensitive act. While many cemeteries do not yet allow it, green burials are legal in Massachusetts. Join Sophia Sayigh, Director of Green Burial Massachusetts, to learn about options available here on the Cape. She will talk about your rights, the laws, logistics, and provide practical information to accomplish natural death care, a component of Green Burial disposition. All are welcome!

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Sophia Sayigh was drawn to the idea of returning to the earth as naturally as possible as soon as she found out about it ten years ago, and immediately organized a well-attended GBM information night at her local library to spread the word. A former librarian and lay breastfeeding counselor, she currently volunteers for AHEM, a homeschool advocacy nonprofit, and is a member of the Brewster Cemetery Commission.

“Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Tragedy and Triumph” with Don Wilding

Program for Sunday, July 10, 2022

Cape Cod’s outer beach has always been known for its shipwrecks. Between 1626 and the mid-20th century, this solitary 40-mile stretch of beach and sandbars saw the demise of over 3,000 vessels. It’s been said that if all the wrecks were raised, one could walk from Provincetown to Chatham without getting his or her feet wet. Join Cape Cod historian Don Wilding, author of the new book, Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Tragedy & Triumph, for a look back at some of these disasters, such as the Jason in 1893, the Monomoy Disaster of 1902, and the Castagna in 1914, as well as the heroism of the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

To attend this program via ZOOM, pre-register by clicking here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meeting platform will open at 9:30 for informal socializing. Program will begin promptly at 10:00.

Since the start of the millennium, Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history. An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers since 1985, Don has contributed the “Shore Lore” history column for The Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of two other books: Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore and A Brief of History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod. He is also a tour guide and lecturer, and has taught local history classes for adults on the Outer Cape.

“Edward Hopper’s Eastham” with Bob Seay

10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 26, 2022 

American Realist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is most often associated with Truro, where he and his wife, Josephine, spent their summers and where Hopper did some of his most well-known paintings. But in her diaries, Jo remarks that Eastham was one of her husband’s favorite towns on the Cape. In this illustrated talk, broadcast journalist Bob Seay shares insights gleaned from years of researching Hopper and his paintings of Eastham locations and landscapes, and in particular Hopper’s painting “Church in Eastham” depicting the Chapel in the Pines where this talk is being given.

Atlantic Black Box: Researching New England’s Complicity in Slavery

Chapel in the Pines Sunday Program for June 19, 2022 via Zoom only

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass famously asked, “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?” On Sunday, June 19, Meadow Dibble will ask members of the Nauset Fellowship and their guests to consider “What to the Cape Codder is Juneteenth?” What, in other words, do we have to do with slavery? As the Founding Director of Atlantic Black Box, Meadow will share the discoveries that caused her to launch this grassroots public history project that empowers communities throughout New England to take up the critical work of researching and reckoning with our region’s complicity in the economy of enslavement.

Pre-register for this program by clicking here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meeting platform will open at 9:30 for informal socializing. Program will begin promptly at 10:00. All are welcome.

Meadow Dibble, Ph.D. is Director of Community-Engaged Research at the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations in Maine and a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She received her Ph.D. from Brown’s Department of French and taught Francophone African literature at Colby College from 2005–08. Originally from Cape Cod, Meadow lived for six years on Senegal’s Cape Verde peninsula.