TODAY AND EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR—ENJOY A GOOD WALK ON OUR NATURE TRAILS
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.
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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 have whisper devices to assist in hearing Gretchen at a distance.
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. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 508-362-3021. Funded by the Mid-Cape Cultural Council.
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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15th, 1PM
Walking Tour of Historic Yarmouth Port. Includes historic sites along the Old King’s Highway (Route 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.
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.
TUESDAY, JULY 16th, 6PM
“First People and Early Settlers of Old Yarmouth.” Join Todd Kelley, 12th generation descendant of early
Yarmouth settler David O’Killia “the Irishman” and Wampanoag and Nipmuc descendant Marcus Hendricks for a talk and slide show presentation about the nature of Cape Cod and the culture of First People and early settlers of Yarmouth. Consider the insight and wisdom of community from the perspective of traditional values directly related to the land itself. Come away with a greater understanding and conviction for the deeper meanings of sense of place belonging that is Cape Cod today. At the New Church in Yarmouth Port. FREE. Funded by the Mid-Cape Cultural Council.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th, 1PM and 3PM (rain date August 18th)
Pilgrim Descendants’ Walking Tour of Yarmouth Port’s Ancient Cemetery where you will meet costumed characters such as Stephen Hopkins (who built the first house in Yarmouth in 1639), the Whites, Aldens, Howlands & Hallets, representing descendants of the Mayflower passengers and hear their stories. $10 Members & $15 others. Reservations required, Limit 30 each tour. Call 508.362.3021. This event supported in part by a Yarmouth Tourism Grant.
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 28th, 10AM-NOON
Walk The Bounds of Yarmouth’s Indian Reservation 1713-1779. Join 12th generation Cape descendant Todd Kelley and Wampanoag/Nipmuc Marcus Hendricks for a walk around the former boundaries of Yarmouth’s Indian Reservation.
Start Location: Packets Landing, South Yarmouth. FREE. Reservation Required. Tour will be limited to 30 participants. Wireless hearing assist devices will be available. Call 508.362.3021. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. This walk is on a level paved surface, is almost 2 miles, and will take about 2 hours.
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!
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.
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.
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.
TODAY AND EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR—ENJOY A GOOD WALK ON OUR NATURE TRAILS
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.