John Basile presents an Illustrated History of Jazz on Cape Cod
The first notes of jazz hit Cape Cod in the very early days of the genre. Bournehurst-on-the-Canal hosted top bands, and emerging swing era dancers packed the hall. Cape Cod’s “First Lady of Jazz,” Marie Marcus, was a child prodigy in Boston and studied stride piano with Fats Waller in New York. At the very tip of the Cape, the Atlantic House in Provincetown showcased performances from some of the biggest names like Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday and Stan Getz. John Basile detailed the fascinating history and amazing musicians that made Cape Cod a music destination in his 2017 book Cape Cod Jazz: from Colombo to The Columns. John will share some of the best stories from his research, brought to life with photos and recordings.
John Basile is known on Cape Cod as the longtime editor of the Register newspaper. Before turning to the newspaper field, he was—for more than a decade—a radio newscaster, first on WOCB and later on WQRC on Cape Cod, where he worked alongside Dick Golden, host of the popular Nightlights program. First as a member of the Cape Cod Jazz Society and later as its president (succeeding the legendary Marie Marcus), John helped to present many jazz parties and concerts. More recently, as a member of the board of directors of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, he helped to organize jazz-related events including concerts and art exhibitions.
Bob Prescott: “Looking Back, Looking Forward . . . 50 Years of Nature Observation”
This September, Bob Prescott will retire as Director of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary after nearly 40 years of service. What is he reflecting on as he prepares to step back from his leadership role? What is he anticipating as he looks forward to the next chapter in his life? Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating hour with one of the most beloved naturalists on Cape Cod.
In addition to his other leadership roles with the Sanctuary, Bob is the Massachusetts Coordinator for the Northeast Sea Turtle Stranding Network. He has a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts and has studied such diverse topics as whale strandings, harbor seal distribution around Cape Cod, and, most recently, the home ranges of box turtles. His particular interests include seabirds and coastal ecosystems. Bob has led tours throughout the world, including Baja, Costa Rica, the Galápagos Islands, Churchill, Antarctica, Belize, and Big Bend, Texas.
“A Virtual Trip to Antarctica” with Elizabeth Bradfield
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of four books, most recently Toward Antarctica. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere. She works as a naturalist/guide locally as well as on expedition ships and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.
Toward Antarctica documents and queries Elizabeth’s work as a guide on ships in Antarctica, offering an incisive insider’s vision that challenges traditional tropes of The Last Continent. She uses photographs, compressed prose, and short poems to examine our relationship to remoteness, discovery, expertise, awe, labor, temporary societies, “pure” landscapes, and tourism’s service economy. A complicated love letter, Toward Antarctica offers a unique view of one of the world’s most iconic wild places.
“Made in Heaven,” a staged reading of Candace Perry’s play performed by the author and Laura Cappello (well known for playing Patsy Cline). Talk back with Ms. Perry to follow the performance.
What is “Made in Heaven” about? In Heaven, each person is matched for all time to their one true love. Only problem is, some folks don’t much like the match, like Faye (Mrs. Eugene) McBride of Montgomery, Alabama. A traditional, white woman, she discovers that God matched her to Henry, her gardener of many years. Her black gardener. It’s up to God’s “assistant,” Marie Louise Benson to prove to Faye that God’s matches are never mistaken.
About the playwright: Candace Perry began her playwriting career in 1989 when the Provincetown Theatre Company produced her one act, Keepers. Family and other career demands led her to write short stories for the next ten years, but in 1999 she returned to the Provincetown Theater’s Playwrights’ Lab, and her ten minute play, Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep,was produced featuring the legendary Julie Harris. Since then, Perry has had more than thirty short plays produced in Provincetown and elsewhere, has written four full length plays, and won some awards. She teaches a class in Writing the Short Play, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Provincetown Playwrights’ Lab.
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.
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.
“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
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.
The Harper and The Minstrel areJay 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.
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.