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Apr 16: “Historical Reinterpretation of Indigenous Artifacts Exhibits” with Sheryl Jaffe

10:00 a.m. Sunday, April 16

Coordinator of the Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum, Sheryl Jaffe, will speak about the re-interpretation of Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum Native artifacts exhibits: “Before 1620, Who Was Here?” and “Delilah Gibbs, Wellfleet’s Last Indian?” Jaffe will address how working with Wampanoag educator and historian Linda Coombs has helped to re-frame the stories of our shared history on the Outer Cape.


  • Attending in person?  The Chapel, located at 220 Samoset Road in Eastham, will open at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome; masks are strongly encouraged.
  • Attending via Zoom? Please pre-register for this program at this Zoom program registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please log in a few minutes early; the program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Apr 23: “Protecting Our Natural Environment: Eastham Conservation Foundation – 45 Years in Action” 

10:00 a.m. Sunday, April 23, 2023

Eastham Conservation Foundation (ECF) was founded in 1978 as a volunteer, non-profit membership organization to help protect and enhance Eastham’s natural environment.  How is ECF doing today, and where should we be heading?  Joanna Buffington, a volunteer Director and Clerk for ECF since 2012, will share some of the current activities that address the mission to protect land, provide stewardship and educational programs for the public to enhance the natural environment and protect wildlife.  She will also share several items that will be on this year’s Eastham Town Meeting warrant for the voters — items that relate to the protection of our fragile Outer Cape Cod environment. All are welcome!

Live at Chapel in the Pines and on Zoom.

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Joanna Buffington has been a full time resident in Eastham since 2010, when she retired from the US Public Health Service, serving as a medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for 20 years.  Joanna quickly became involved with local environmental organizations, starting with Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, participating in protecting diamondback terrapin nesting and hatchlings and patrolling beaches for cold stunned endangered sea turtles; expanding to serving with the local land trust, becoming a Director and Clerk for ECF.  She has served and still serves on multiple Town committees, including Eastham’s Board of Health for 10 years, the Open Space Committee, Board of Assessors, Strategic Planning, and Finance.   







Jan 22: “Human Kinship Language with Nature” with Rebecca Burrill


10:00 a.m. Sunday, January 22, 2023


Rebecca Burrill believes our primary language is ecocentric, a kinship bond between humans and Nature. There is a connection between her work on understanding the aesthetics of human kinship language with Nature, and the work of the 60-year-old Findhorn Foundation on the North Sea in Scotland, where, in the 60’s and 70’s the founding members were in communication with Nature Elementals for guidance in growing gardens in the sand dunes. Come and find out what that connection is.

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Rebecca R Burrill, EdD, is a dancer, artist, movement-based child developmentalist and educator. From her studies and practice, she has derived an understanding of a primal and primary language, which humans have in kinship with all of Nature. She works with people of all ages in a deep movement-based experience of this kinship language. Her most recent publication is “Art as Ecology: A Mutual Nod.”


Dec 18: “Stopping on the Bridge” with Dianne Ashley

10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 18, 2022

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Dianne Ashley will read from her just published book, Stopping on the Bridge, which presents the wonder of the Eastham bridge on Bridge Road and the Boat Meadow River that flows under it. Cape Cod towns, marshes, and beaches are at the heart of this book, but Ashley presents a full life from many places. The morning will be enhanced by the reading of poems by Lucile Burt whose celestial poems are sure to delight, by Trevor the Juggler juggling a poem, and by the incomparable duo of Billy Hardy and Beth Sweeney playing and singing their lilting Irish music, appropriate to the solstice in the coming days.

Before retiring to Eastham, Dianne Woods Ashley taught English and Literary Magazine at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia, and before that at Penn State, and in the Peace Corps in the rural middle school in Senafe, Eritrea. She has received awards from the Tony Hoagland National Poetry Competition at the Cape Cod Cultural Center, the Veterans for Peace Poetry Competition, the WOMR Joe Gouveia Regional Poetry Competition, and the Passager poetry contest issue. Her poems have been published in the Cape Cod Times, the anthology World of Water, World of Sand, and the national collection Poets Against the War.

Dec 11: “You Can Save a Life Now!” with Pat Hatch

10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 11, 2022

Cape Cod Grandmothers Against Gun Violence holds rallies on the 14th day of all but the coldest months at the Airport Rotary in Hyannis. They have done this for the last eight years. The group’s former President, Pat Hatch, will give a brief history of the group and introduce their latest campaign to prevent gun violence, “You Can Save a Life Now!” Like all of the group’s educational programs, this campaign raises awareness around issues of gun safety, extreme risk protection orders and suicide prevention. Hatch will also offer a brief update on the current legislative state of affairs both locally and nationally regarding gun violence prevention. All are welcome.

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Patricia Hatch had spent twenty-four years as a computer engineer and then as a manager at Raytheon when she retired to Cape Cod. She was enjoying retirement by taking art classes and helping at a wildlife center when Sandy Hook happened and changed her life. So, in 2012, she began Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, a nonpartisan nonprofit grassroots organization which strives to understand more clearly the effect of gun violence in our communities and to share that awareness with the public.

Nov 27: Heatwaves: A Panel Discussion about Extreme Heat on Land and Water

10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 27, 2022

Heatwaves: A Panel Discussion about Extreme Heat on Land and Water

This summer was another hot one for many, with long, sweltering stretches of higher-than-usual temperatures—and not just on land. Heatwaves are also sweeping the ocean, with implications for marine life and the people who depend on it. Join us for a discussion about the links between the atmosphere and ocean, why heat waves are on the rise, and what it means for our ocean planet. We’ll watch parts of a recording of a panel discussion among some of the world’s top climate scientists, then talk about it among ourselves afterward. All are welcome.

Recorded on September 21, 2022.

Speakers:        Dr. Glen Gawarkiewicz, Physical Oceanographer, WHOI
Dr. Svenja Ryan, Physical Oceanographer, WHOI
Dr. Jennifer Francis, Atmospheric Scientist, Woodwell Climate Research Center

Hosted by Veronique LaCapra, Director of Special Projects for Advancement, WHOI

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“Morning Music” with Sarah Burrill 

10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 20, 2022  

Sarah Burrill brings to her music and performance a depth and passion that is nothing short of contagious. Whether she is belting out a blues, caressing the melody of a delicate love song, encouraging social consciousness and change or singing about her pajamas, it is an experience that inspires courage, strength and hope. She does all of this while creating an atmosphere of playfulness and spontaneity that is disarming and uniquely Sarah. Join Sarah for a Sunday morning acoustic set sure to lift your mood.

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A nationally acclaimed artist Sarah Burrill has performed throughout the country and has opened for many well-known artists including Jesse Colin Young, Patty Larkin, Richard Shindell and Ferron. She has recorded with Ric Okasek, released an EP with her then band Uncertain Terms and her early nineties CD Stained Glass received national air play and rave reviews. Sarah is an Eastham native who first began performing at First Encounter Coffeehouse’s Open Mic nights in 1974

“Searching for Turnips in the Eastham Archives” with Marca Daley

10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 13, 2022

A prelude to next weekend’s Turnip Festival, this presentation will explore what members of the Eastham Historical Society found when they searched for “The History of Turnips in Eastham” in the local archives.  The focus will be on the process of the search, the sorts of historical records available, and the connections made to Eastham and the greater Cape Cod area.  Using a historical perspective, researchers looked at Eastham’s reputation in agriculture and other industries, and listened to well-known Eastham residents explain the intricacies of turnip farming over the past one hundred plus years. All are welcome.

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Marca Daley was born and raised in Eastham.  She is recently retired after forty-three years of teaching both here on Cape Cod and abroad.  She volunteers for the Eastham Historical Society in the archives and at their museums, and is also a member of the Eastham Historical Commission.  When not involved with historical pursuits, she sings with the Outer Cape Chorale and Chamber Singers.  





“What’s New at the Center for Coastal Studies?” with Sarah Oktay

10:00 a.m. Sunday, October 23, 2022

In January of 2022, Sarah Oktay succeeded Richard Delaney as Executive Director for the Center for Coastal Studies, a distinguished and beloved Provincetown institution. Dr. Oktay believes strongly in bridging the gap between scientists, policymakers, and the public to aid communities and effect change, and she’s eager to meet you. Join her at Chapel in the Pines for an overview of the Center’s research agenda, which runs the gamut from whales to sharks to seals, water quality, sea level rise, seafloor mapping and marine debris. She’ll share bad and good news about the waters around us and the life within them. All are welcome.

Live at Chapel in the Pines and on Zoom.

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Sarah Oktay, Ph.D., comes to us from the University of California Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment where she served as Director of Strategic Engagement and Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve Manager from 2018 to 2021. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the University of Massachusetts Boston Nantucket Field Station. She has spent 30 years conducting research, teaching, fundraising, and communicating with the public. She received her B.S. in Marine Science and a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from Texas A&M University – Galveston.





“Pond Village, North Truro” with Ellen English

10:00 a.m. Sunday, October 16, 2022

Through stories and pictures, Ellen English will take us deep into the little known history of
Pond Village, the neighborhood around Pilgrim Pond in North Truro. In the 1900s, vibrant
industries thrived in Pond Village including candle making, weir fishing, fish freezing and
canning. Ellen, a member of the Truro Historical Society’s  board, will share her research, drawing on many sources including the Society’s rich collection of documents and artifacts.

All are welcome. Live at Chapel in the Pines and on Zoom.

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Growing up, Ellen English spent part of her summers on Pond Road from toddlerhood on, after
her parents purchased a house there in 1958. She is delighted to now live in North Truro year-round with her husband, Will. Together, they run a small software company out of their home.
They have two grown daughters living off-Cape: one in Newton, MA and one in New York City.