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“Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve: Why We Must Protect It and How“ with Mark Forest

Program for Sunday, February 28, 2021

Mark Forest will discuss the controversial siting of a machine gun range on the base and ongoing efforts to preserve one on the most ecologically important regions in the northeastern United States. This location is one Forest knows intimately. He was the driving force behind the creation of the 15,000 acre Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve, which is also the source of much of Cape Cod’s drinking water supplies. As a former aide to Congressmen Gerry Studds and Bill Delahunt, he spent 26 years working on a wide range of issues at Joint Base Cape Cod and played a key role in securing funding for the clean-up of pollution at the base.

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Last November, Mark Forest was elected as a Barnstable County Commissioner. He is also a Yarmouth Selectman.  He teaches American Government and International Relations at Cape Cod Community College. In addition, he works for Suffolk University, coordinating the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree program on Cape Cod.  Mark is Chairman of the Cape Cod Conservation District which raises funds for the restoration and preservation of Cape Cod’s salt marshes, shellfish and fisheries resources. Recently he served as Chairman of the Housing Assistance Corporation and was a founder of the Community Development Partnership.  He started his career in the Provincetown Town Manager’s office and recently served as the Interim Town Administrator for the Town of Brewster.


Program for Sunday, December 20, 2020

A selection of seasonal music preformed by Harpist Thom Dutton, videotaped at Chapel in the Pines.

Harpist Thom Dutton

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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.

Winter is Just Ducky!

Program for Sunday December 13, 2020

Think winter is a slow time for birds on Cape Cod? Think again! Fresh and saltwater ducks, loons, and grebes are plentiful on open water throughout the winter and early spring. This illustrated presentation by Mass Audubon Cape Cod Director Melissa Lowe will introduce the most common winter waterfowl we see on the Outer Cape, and hopefully by the end you’ll think winter on Cape Cod is just ducky too!

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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.

As part of a recent reorganization, Melissa Lowe was promoted to Director of Mass Audubon Cape Cod. In this role, Lowe will continue to oversee Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary while taking on regional leadership. A 25-year veteran of Mass Audubon and environmental education, Lowe worked for much of that time as Wellfleet Bay’s education director and public programs coordinator, before taking a position with the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies. She succeeded longtime Wellfleet Bay director Bob Prescott upon on his retirement last year.





Living with purpose: Sustainable Practices

Program for Sunday March 15, 2020

Madhavi Venkatesan started the Sustainable Practices film series in the fall of 2017 and screened Divide in Concord in the spring of 2018. The film documents the first plastic water bottle ban in the U.S., in Concord, Massachusetts and this screening was a turning point for Sustainable Practices Ltd. The film’s embodiment of all the elements of sustainability literacy, stewardship, environmental activism and courage inspired and helped the group understand what is needed to make the individual behavioral and system-wide economic changes required of us today. In many ways, Divide in Concord influenced the Sustainable Practices Cape Plastic Bottle Ban campaign and the filings of the 2019 Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban and the 2020 Commercial Single-use Plastic Water Bottle Ban. Madhavi will share information about these efforts, along with the motivation for the environmental activism that defines the actions of Sustainable Practices.

Madhavi Venkatesan is the executive director of Sustainable Practices Ltd.  She earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. A recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship (Philippines), she has contributed to numerous books and journal articles on the subject of sustainability and economics. Madhavi resides in Brewster and is on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston.

“Disentangling Whales”

Program for Sunday, January 12, 2020

Scott Landry has been working at the Center for Coastal Studies for over 20 years on whale research and conservation. He will discuss our current understanding of how entanglement in fishing gear impacts individual whales and whale populations.

Scott directs the Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) program at the Center for Coastal Studies, in Provincetown Massachusetts. Scott trained with David Mattila and Stormy Mayo starting in 1999, later helping to coordinate and train responders for the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network. The MAER team responds to entangled whales and sea turtles off southern New England, a region with a diverse and high number of entanglement sightings, year-round.

Andrea Aldana presents “Lower Cape Housing and Community Development Initiatives”

Program for Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Community Development Partnership (CDP) is a nonprofit community development corporation helping people live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape since 1992. CDP supports a vibrant year-round economy by working with small business owners, including fishermen and shellfishermen. Andrea Aldana, CDP’s Director of Housing Advocacy explains what CDP is doing to preserve and create affordable housing opportunities. Get a big picture overview of the affordable housing crisis on the Lower Cape, what is being done about it and how you can be a part of the solution.

Andrea Aldana was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, a first generation US-born daughter of Colombian immigrants. She holds a BA in Urban Studies from New York University with a minor in Environmental Science. She first joined the Community Development Partnership in 2011 as a volunteer, then as Office Manager and now as the Director of Housing Advocacy. Her primary focus is supporting the creation of affordable housing by managing the Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership. She also manages CDP’s homeownership education program including the in-person First Time Homebuyer Workshops and Online Homeownership education. Andrea serves on CHAPA’s (Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association) Policy Leadership Council and is on the Board of the Wellfleet Farmer’s Market.

The “LOST WAX” Casting of Bronze Sculpture

Program for Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sculptor Robert Marcus discusses two different methods for making bronze sculptures by “Lost Wax” casting methods, sharing his aesthetic considerations in using these methods to create sculptures.

Robert Marcus enjoys the texture, appearance and strength of bronze, and most of his sculptural ideas find their final form in bronze metal. Marcus is inspired by the flowing curves of the human form and the negative spaces they create. His work ranges from wall reliefs of wistful biomorphic shapes to life-size bronze abstractions, often including playful topological shapes. Bob’s sculptures have won prizes in competitions and shows over many years in the New Jersey-New York area, and many of his pieces are in private collections in this country and in Canada.

The Value and Challenges of Multi-generational Theatre

Program for Sunday, December 8, 2019

Nina Schuessler and Tamara Harper will discuss the value and challenges of multi-generational theatre and education.

From a production of Anne of Green Gables

Since its inception 68 years ago, Cape Cod Theatre Company – Home of the Harwich Jr. Theatre’s core work has been to use theatre as a vehicle for educating and entertaining young people and adults on Cape Cod. The theatre mounts eleven main stage shows each season for family audiences; these include classics, musicals, new work and dramas that range from Hans Christian Andersen to Roald Dahl and Shakespeare to Sondheim. These productions provide artists and audience members alike with opportunities that inspire the imagination, develops the creative spirit and fosters and empathetic response.

Cape Cod Theatre Company / Harwich Jr. Theatre also offers a broad range of classes that educate, empower, and inspire students of all ages and from all backgrounds to explore and expand their creative talents and aspirations, to experience and appreciate live theatre, and to develop and nurture a lifelong love of the performing arts.

The Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Jr. Theatre is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural landmark of education and entertainment. For performance details, tickets, class registration, and additional information about Cape Cod Theatre Company events, please visit:  

Why A Unitarian Fellowship?

Program for Sunday, December 15, 2019

Judith Whitney-Terry, a 4th generation Unitarian, will talk about the history of Unitarian Universalism and why some members choose a Fellowship over a Parish/Church. Is there a difference? And what makes up Unitarian Universalism? The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism will also be discussed.

If you are curious, or if you have been thinking about joining Nauset Fellowship UU, this program will answer some of your questions and provide an opportunity for you to ask others.

Observing, Photographing and Learning from Wellfleet Harbor’s Ospreys

Program for Sunday October 27, 2019

Also known as fish hawks, osprey are some of the most predictable birds on earth, as they have distinct routines that they follow every year. That’s one reason we love them so. The osprey found on Cape Cod leave every September and head south to Central and South America. By the end of October, the osprey’s inhabiting the nest at Wellfleet Harbor will have left us for warmer waters.

But we can still enjoy them thanks to the compelling images captured by photographer Larry Newman.

For the past five years, photographer Larry Newman has been chronicling these raptors to better understand the nuances of their habits and life cycle. He’ll be sharing astounding pictures of these magnificent birds to illustrate some of the anecdotes and insights gleaned from this patient, long term observation.