TODAY AND EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR—ENJOY A GOOD WALK ON OUR NATURE TRAILS

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Our nature trails are open from dawn to dusk every day of the year. You’re welcome to enjoy them FREE. Find out more at the end of our Calendar.

It’s early in the New Year and our Events Calendar is still taking shape.
So be sure to return to this page regularly as we keep updating it.

JANUARY 2019

WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 2nd - FEBRUARY 6th (Six Wednesday Evenings, 6 - 8PM)
"Cape Cod History” by Duncan Oliver 
This is the one history class you don’t want to miss, covering all the stuff everyone who lives here should know about the history of the Cape and its people, with a little extra emphasis on Yarmouth. Even if you know nothing about Cape Cod history you will leave with a better understanding of how our little sandbar developed into a world-famous destination. No tests, free handouts, and an opportunity to meet others, some brand-new wash-a-shores. Sponsored jointly by HSOY and Dennis-Yarmouth Adult Education. Sessions run two hours on Wednesday evenings at the Dennis-Yarmouth High School Auditorium on Station Avenue. Call Dennis-Yarmouth Adult Education for reservations 508.398.7601 — $15 complete for all six sessions. Plus every attendee qualifies for a FREE Membership in HSOY, for the first year, should they want one. (Hint. Yes, yes, of course you do.)

CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP —Duncan Oliver, your presenter, was recently featured in Cape Cod Life’s 2018 Annual Guide.

CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP—Duncan Oliver, your presenter, was recently featured in Cape Cod Life’s 2018 Annual Guide.

JANUARY - MARCH
Classroom Visits to Yarmouth Schools  HSOY Member Volunteers bring local history to life as they present programs on the History of Saltworks on Cape Cod, Sea Captains (Captain Bangs Hallet), Shore Whaling (Ichabod Paddock), and Native Americans to all 3rd grade classes in Yarmouth.

ADVENTURE CALLS —Captain Bangs Hallet returns to recruit a fresh crew among Yarmouth 3rd graders, singing the praises of long trading voyages in the 1800s: strict discipline ("If you thought your parents were tough, I have news for you"), hard work, bad food, pirates, and the possibility of sinking and drowning or being captured by cannibals. Did we mention no Wifi? Gradually the hands went down. There were no takers—again.

ADVENTURE CALLS—Captain Bangs Hallet returns to recruit a fresh crew among Yarmouth 3rd graders, singing the praises of long trading voyages in the 1800s: strict discipline ("If you thought your parents were tough, I have news for you"), hard work, bad food, pirates, and the possibility of sinking and drowning or being captured by cannibals. Did we mention no Wifi? Gradually the hands went down. There were no takers—again.

FEBRUARY 2019

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2PM
Winter Lecture Series:
“Cape Cod Salt Works”, Robert Kelley. At one time one of the major industries on the Cape was the extraction of salt from sea water. There were as many as 440 of these Salt Works along our shores. In some ways they were quite advanced and innovative, using wind power to pump water into large pans and solar power to extract the salt. Cape Cod Cultural Center. Donation $10. No reservations required.

BOB KELLEY  is an authority on the Salt Works that dominated a good portion of the Cape coast for a time.

BOB KELLEY is an authority on the Salt Works that dominated a good portion of the Cape coast for a time.

MARCH 2019

SATURDAY, MARCH 16th, 9AM - 2PM
Giant Indoor Yard Sale
at Yarmouth Senior Center, 528 Forest Road, South Yarmouth. A great opportunity to dispose of items you don’t need while being tempted to take home others that catch your eye. Our annual event is known for unusual items and good bargains featuring antiques, collectables, jewelry, crafts, books, and miscellany all on display in two bright rooms. Everything individually priced. Lots of free parking and NO ADMISSION CHARGE. To rent your own table for $35, call 508.362.3832. To donate items for sale, call 508.362.3652.

CHANCES ARE WE HAVE WHATEVER YOU NEED— Drop by and take a look. Our Annual Indoor Yard Sale has everything from antiques and collectibles to everyday items you can never find when you need them. Be sure to pick up a few while you’re at it.

CHANCES ARE WE HAVE WHATEVER YOU NEED—Drop by and take a look. Our Annual Indoor Yard Sale has everything from antiques and collectibles to everyday items you can never find when you need them. Be sure to pick up a few while you’re at it.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24th, 2PM
Winter Lecture Series: “Peleg Nye, The Jonah of Cape Cod”, Nils V. Bockmann. At the Cape Cod Cultural Center. Donation $10. No reservations required.

A MAN SWALLOWED BY A WHALE?— You can’t make this stuff up. Nils Bockmann is a retired Cape Cod Community College professor. This is his first biographical volume.

A MAN SWALLOWED BY A WHALE?—You can’t make this stuff up. Nils Bockmann is a retired Cape Cod Community College professor. This is his first biographical volume.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT, EXPERTISE
OR COLLECTION YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

As you can see HSOY offers lots of opportunities for you to share your interests
and expertise with others while adding to the quality of life
that makes our community so special.
If you have a particular interest, field of expertise or even an unusual collection,
let us know and we’ll help you find the best way to share it with others.
They’ll appreciate it and so will you.
Now is a great time to get started.

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MAY 2019

SATURDAY, MAY 4th, 10AM
Spring Trail Walk with Gretchen Moran Towers, expert birder from the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster. Gretchen, also known as the Cape Cod Bird Nerd, specializes in leading bird walks through our local natural surroundings. With a degree in Animal Science and a fascination with birds in particular, she relates to bird-lovers of all ages. Participants will be encouraged to identify the species seen and heard on the walk, and a record of the findings will be recorded on her blog. Join us for 1 1/4-mile tour of HSOY's 50-acre preserve. Meet at the Gate House behind the Post Office on 6A in Yarmouth Port beginning at 9:45. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes and bring your binoculars. Rain will cancel the event. (Intended for adults and children 12 and over). FREE. NOTE: We will also have whisper devices to assist in hearing Gretchen at a distance9

SO THAT’S WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE!— At last year’s Spring Walk we introduced devices to assist in hearing. They were such a success we are offering them again this year.

SO THAT’S WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE!—At last year’s Spring Walk we introduced devices to assist in hearing. They were such a success we are offering them again this year.

SATURDAY, MAY 25th, 10AM
Mid-Cape Native American/Geology Walk
with Todd Kelley and Marcus Hendricks (joint program with Yarmouth Port Library), “Thomas Greenough: Yarmouth’s Last Warrior”, HSOY Nature Trails; meet at P.O. parking lot on Rte 6A at 9:45, Yarmouth Port. (rain date, Monday, May 27) FREE.

JUNE 2019

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12th, 5-7PM
Captain Bangs Hallet House Opening Reception for Members including 2018 New Members and Volunteers. Sign up for a free year’s membership and attend the Special Exhibition of Marine Artifacts provided Ryan Cooper. FREE.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13th, 1-4PM
Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum OPENS FOR THE SEASON
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is the only furnished Sea Captain's house regularly open to the public on Cape Cod.
Discover the life of a Sea Captain and his family during the Victorian era and the Golden Age of Sail, when Cape Cod's skilled mariners sailed America's famed Clipper Ships on trading voyages to India, China, and other faraway lands. Walk through rooms filled with period furnishings and antiques, porcelain, silks, paintings, and extensive maritime artifacts. Knowledgeable docents tell how the family lived and entertained and share stories of the perils these seafarers faced—from treacherous waters and violent storms to pirate attacks—and how families sometimes waited in vain for their return. Summer Special Exhibition of Marine Artifacts by Ryan Cooper. The Museum is open four days a week—Thursday - Sunday THROUGH OCTOBER 13th. Docent-guided tours 1, 2, and 3PM (last tour). Admission $5.  FREE to children under 12 and all Yarmouth residents.

A SURPRISE IN EVERY ROOM —Yarmouth's deep water sea captains acquired many unique pieces, like this Asian Temple, during their voyages to distant, exotic lands. Their lives were far more cosmopolitan than many of their land-bound neighbors, and more dangerous, as you will discover.

A SURPRISE IN EVERY ROOM—Yarmouth's deep water sea captains acquired many unique pieces, like this Asian Temple, during their voyages to distant, exotic lands. Their lives were far more cosmopolitan than many of their land-bound neighbors, and more dangerous, as you will discover.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15th, 1PM
Walking Tour of Historic Yarmouth Port.
Includes historic sites on 6A, Yarmouth New Church, Kelley Chapel and conservation area, Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, and the historic English Weeping Beech Tree. Guided by Brian Sheehy. Limit 30 participants. $10 Members, $15 others.  Reservations required. Call 508.362.3021.

A SHORT WALK INTO THE PAST— Brian Sheehy leads a small group uncovering treasures of the Old King’s Highway.

A SHORT WALK INTO THE PAST—Brian Sheehy leads a small group uncovering treasures of the Old King’s Highway.

JULY 2019

THURSDAY, JULY 4th, 11AM
Annual Fourth of July Picnic at the Kelley Chapel Meadow for Members and guests. Come join us for food, beverages, and music at an old-fashioned picnic to celebrate our country’s birthday. FREE.

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE— Bring a folding chair and a friend and join us for good food, cold refreshments, and some friendly music as we celebrate the nation's birthday, Independence Day 2019.

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE—Bring a folding chair and a friend and join us for good food, cold refreshments, and some friendly music as we celebrate the nation's birthday, Independence Day 2019.

TUESDAY, JULY 16th, 6PM
Todd Kelley and Marcus Hendricks Lecture at the New Church in Yarmouth Port. “Native American Life on Cape Cod and the Geological Development of the Cape.” FREE.

AUGUST 2019

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th
Walking Tour of Yarmouth Port’s Ancient Cemetery
where you will meet costumed characters representing descendants of the Mayflower passengers and hear their stories. $10 Members, $15 others. Reservations required. Call 508.362.3021.

SEPTEMBER 2019

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th, 1-4PM
“All Around the Common” Open House at the four historic properties on the Yarmouth Port Green: The Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, the Yarmouth New Church, the Edward Gorey House, and the Winslow Crocker House all will be welcoming visitors. FREE.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th, 1PM
Walking Tour of Historic Yarmouth Port.
Includes historic sites on 6A, Yarmouth New Church, Kelley Chapel and conservation area, Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, and the historic English Weeping Beech Tree. Guided by Brian Sheehy. Limit 30 participants. $10 Members, $15 others. Reservations required. Call 508.362.3021.

A SHORT WALK INTO THE PAST  Brian Sheehy leads a small group uncovering treasures of the Old King’s Highway.

A SHORT WALK INTO THE PAST Brian Sheehy leads a small group uncovering treasures of the Old King’s Highway.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 10AM
Mid-Cape Native American/Geology Walks
with Todd Kelley and Marcus Hendricks (a joint program with Yarmouth Port Library). South Yarmouth: Friends Village and Indian Town,” Meet at 9:45. (Rain date Monday, Sept. 30th). FREE.

OCTOBER 2019

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16th
Annual HSOY Meeting and Dinner at the Old Yarmouth Inn. Reservations required. For information, call 508.362.3021.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13th
Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum Closes for the Season.
Thanks to all who visited us this year. Our Docents are looking forward to hosting visitors again beginning in Mid-June 2020. Be sure to check our News and Events Calendar in 2020.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 4-7PM
“Safe Halloween Trick or Treat”
around the Yarmouth Port Green. Visit the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, Edward Gorey Museum, the New Church, and The Compass Rose Inn for treats and some scary Halloween fun in a safe environment. All ages welcome! FREE!

Mmmmmmwahahahahahahahah!— Be sure to stop by. We’ll be expecting you. AHHhahahahaha!

Mmmmmmwahahahahahahahah!—Be sure to stop by. We’ll be expecting you. AHHhahahahaha!

NOVEMBER 2019

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, 3PM
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in Historic Kelley Chapel nestled in a secluded meadow behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office, Rte 6A. Sit on 1790 Quaker Meeting House pews in front of a potbellied stove as we gather together to enjoy traditional hymns and an inspirational message. Refreshments and conversation follow the service. FREE.

DECEMBER 2019

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 1-4PM
Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll. Visit the friendly museums, B&Bs, inns, and businesses along the Old King's Highway in the famed section known as the Captains' Mile as they welcome you with holiday decorations, tasty treats, and music of the season. Children are invited to have their photos taken with Santa at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. There will be carol singing and a tree lighting on the Common, too. Did we mention the Trolleys? ALL FREE. Special Exhibit TBD.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA —Santa will be waiting to take children’s requests at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum again this year.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA—Santa will be waiting to take children’s requests at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum again this year.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10th, 4-6PM
Our Annual New Members’ and Volunteers’ Reception
at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. We’re in the process of arranging a Special Exhibit. More on that later.

A BIG “THANK YOU” —Our Annual Reception is a festive occasion and the perfect way to greet all our New Members and salute all those who have volunteered to help us continue our mission.

A BIG “THANK YOU”—Our Annual Reception is a festive occasion and the perfect way to greet all our New Members and salute all those who have volunteered to help us continue our mission.

TODAY AND EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR—ENJOY A GOOD WALK ON OUR NATURE TRAILS

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Our Nature Trails are open from dawn to dusk every day of the year. You’ll find all manner of people taking advantage of them, too. Individuals, couples, families, and friends like this group, all enjoy the trails that run through these 50 acres of Cape Cod woodland. Start at the trailhead located at the Tufts Gatehouse (on the lane just behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office) and go all the way around Miller’s Pond and back. You can even bring your dog—provided you keep it on a leash. NEW THIS YEAR: We’ve added sturdy marble benches at various points along the way so you can stop and simply enjoy the surroundings. But please don’t litter. Take out whatever you bring in. Enjoy your visit—FREE—but all donations are happily welcomed.