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.

For decades, the iconic Chapel in the Pines has inspired Cape Cod Artists.

Now we’re asking Cape Cod Artists to help restore the Chapel.

The Chapel in the Pines at 220 Samoset Road is the only building within Eastham’s historic district that has never been properly refurbished. Plans approved by the town of Eastham include restoring the wood shingled roof and steeple, construction of a commercial grade kitchen, a handicapped accessible bathroom, a pond-side deck, installation of a state-of-the-art fire suppression system, and improvements to the wheelchair ramp and adjacent parking. These upgrades to the existing facilities will improve the chapel’s functionality in countless ways without compromising its historic beauty.

You can help restore the Chapel by contributing your art, or perhaps art you have collected. Your help in publicizing this event will be invaluable.

Edward Hopper, “Church in Eastham” (1948)

What: Art Show and Charity Art Auction featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, usable art and jewelry. This show will be juried and open to works by Artists with ties to Cape Cod.

Where: Eastham Public Library

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 31

Preview Week: Saturday, November 25 – Friday, December 1

Opening Reception and Silent Auction Kick-off: Saturday, December 2

Wine Reception and Live Auction: Saturday, December 16

Organized by Chapel in the Pines Building Restoration Committee in partnership with the Friends of Eastham Library and with the heartfelt support of the Eastham Painters Guild.

Interested in donating? Contact Here’s what we need to know:

  • Donor’s Name
  • Artist’s Name (if different)
  • Artist’s Career Highlights (for publication in on-line catalogue)
  • Name of piece
  • Dimensions of piece
  • Medium/Materials of piece
  • Estimated value of piece
  • Minimum acceptable bid

Terms: Pieces can be donated outright or sales price can be split with contributing artist. All proceeds from the sale of artwork donated from personal collections will go to the Chapel Restoration Fund.

Not an artist? There are still lots of ways you can help make this event a success and help the Chapel. Talk to Laura about event sponsorship or volunteering: 617-888-3286.