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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.

The Harper and the Minstrel

Jay and Abby Michaels to perform Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

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.

Immediately following this performance, there will be a special Open House celebrating the 95th birthday of NFUU member Jari Rapaport. Please stay or stop by to join in wishing her many more!

Cape Cod Modern: Lecture and Book Signing

Program for Sunday October 13, 2019

Starting in the late 1930s, in the back woods of Wellfleet and Truro, a group of self-taught American designers collaborated with some of Europe’s most influential avant-garde architects to create the outer Cape’s unique modern houses. This illustrated lecture by Peter McMahon will discuss the vibrant community that developed there – which included Walter Gropius, Florence and Hans Knoll, Eero Saarinen and Saul Steinberg – and the distinctive architectural style that emerged. Join us to explore this story and current efforts by the Cape Cod Modern House Trust to save a group of important abandoned houses, and to re-purpose them as a platform for new creative work.

Peter McMahon is the Founding Director of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, incorporated in 2007 to archive, restore and celebrate the Outer Cape’s outstanding modern architecture and the creative culture that surrounded it.  He is co-author, along with Christine Cipriani, of Cape Cod Modern. Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, (2014, Metropolis Books), winner of the 2015 Historic New England Book Prize. His design practice in South Wellfleet, MA, focuses on sustainable, modern architecture and restoration of mid-20th century buildings. His summer house in Wellfleet has been featured in House Beautiful and Outside Architecture

Befriending and Helping Your Brain

Program for Sunday September 22, 2019

We can influence the function of our brain in very positive ways. Current neuroscience research into the brain has given us a much more complete portrait of brain functioning than has ever before been possible.  In this program we’ll focus on where memory is stored in the brain and how we can nurture and build this area through movement and the foods we eat. With a little knowledge and effort, our brain and our memory can be well cared for! 

Wellfleet resident Jaya Karlson is a Somatic Therapist, Buddhist Minister, certified Gestalt coach and renown cheesemaker. She has a deep and investigative interest in understanding how the human brain operates. In this presentation, Jaya will share findings from recent research and from a lifetime teaching meditation, qigong and hatha yoga.

“W.E.B. DuBois: the Forgotten Prophet of Civil Rights” with Pancheta Peterson

Program for Sunday September 8, 2019

Rev. Pancheta Peterson is well known to many Cape Codders for her untiring efforts on behalf of social justice while being a calm and measured presence, seeking to engage and inspire participants.  She was an active lay leader in Eastham UMC for about 20 years before being invited to join the staff at First Parish, Brewster, where she served for about 10 years and was ordained as Community Minister.  Passionately interested in Diversity Issues, she was actively involved with Cape Cod schools for many years as a Trained Diversity Specialist.  She was born in Jamaica and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, and her M.A in Diversity Issues from Cambridge College.  

My Spiritual Journey(s) Abroad

Program for Sunday September 15, 2019

Software developer Will Bullard began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching technical drawing at vocational high school in Moshi Tanzania, near the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. But his overseas experiences began as a 17-year-old when he was an AFS high school exchange student to Chile, and included a summer in The Gambia with Cross Roads Africa while in college. Will Bullard has recently moved to North Truro from his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas and will speak about his spiritual journey with an emphasis on how living abroad led him to become a Unitarian Universalist in 1990.

Adelante Micro-Entrepreneur, Alma Hilgado

From 2004-2007, Will and his family lived in La Ceiba, Honduras while he raised funds for the Adelante Foundation. This amazing non-profit is a micro-credit financial institution and an official Grameen Bank Replicator. Adelante makes small loans to approximately 5,000 women of very limited resources so they can start their own businesses.

Edward Gorey and the Tao of Nonsense

Program for Sunday September 29, 2019

Edward Gorey House curator Gregory Hischak discusses the life and works of Edward Gorey and shares some thoughts on the House’s 2019 exhibit Hippity Wippity—Edward Gorey and the Language of Nonsense. Hischak has appeared previously at Chapel in the Pines as a musician, as a poet, and now as the Curator of the Edward Gorey House which showcases the many talents of writer-illustrator-book artist Edward Gorey. Located in Gorey’s Yarmouth Port home, the museum constantly revolves its space to reflect the personality, sensibilities, and creative process of an artist who absorbed everything, was fascinated by everything, and effected everyone who knew or worked with him.

Hischak has been the Curator / Managing Director of the Edward Gorey House since 2013. He is a graphic designer, poet, and playwright—the recipient of a 2015 Mass Cultural Council Fellowship in dramatic writing. Hischak and his wife, Rachel, reside in the upper floors of the Edward Gorey House and, at this point, have yet to bump into Edward.

Program for Sunday August 25, 2019

John Basile presents an Illustrated History of Jazz on Cape Cod

Funeral parade in honor of Lou Colombo

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.

Program for Sunday August 18, 2019

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.


Program for Sunday, August 11, 2019

“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.