WEDNESDAYS, 6 - 8PM, for 6 weeks beginning JANUARY 3rd
Cape Cod History by Duncan Oliver This is the one. The six week course on all the history of Cape Cod as only Duncan can present it, with a little extra emphasis on Yarmouth. You say you know nothing about Cape Cod history? That's okay. You will leave with a better understanding of how our wonderful little sandbar developed into a world-famous destination. No tests, free handouts, and an opportunity to meet others, some brand-new wash-a-shores. (Did we mention there were no tests?) Sponsored jointly by HSOY and Dennis-Yarmouth Adult Ed. Sessions run two hours on Wednesday evenings at the Dennis-Yarmouth High School on Station Avenue. $15 complete for all six sessions. Plus every attendee qualifies for a FREE Membership in HSOY, for the first year, should they want one.
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.
KENNEDY MUSEUMS BUS TOUR now set for WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14th, 8:30 - 4:30
Bus tour to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the newer Edward M. Kennedy Institute that opened in 2015 in Dorchester. Be sure to catch the featured Centennial Exhibition JFK 100: Milestones & Mementos. Prepare for a full day. Pick up is at 8:30 and return is approximately 4:30.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10th, 9 - 3PM
Giant Indoor Yard Sale at the Yarmouth Senior Center. Our popular annual event is a great way to say goodbye to items you no longer need and scout for some honest-to-goodness bargains.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18th, 2PM
Lecture, “Still Family History: Ties to the Underground Railroad” Samuel Still, our featured lecturer, is the third great-grandson of William Still, the African-American abolitionist of Philadelphia often called “The Father of the Underground Railroad.” The presentation, describes the early beginnings of two former enslaved Africans, Levin and Charity Still, and their progeny. William Still was a major conductor of the Underground Railroad, his brother Peter Still was left in slavery as a young boy and survived 40 years to reunite with his family, and Dr. James Still was a self taught herbalist, who became one of the wealthiest African Americans in New Jersey during the 1800’s. It's a real life story of an American family raised with strong work values, pride, and self-determination to persevere through life challenges. In the Owl Club Room at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28th, 7PM and SUNDAY, APRIL 29th, 2PM
"Tales of Our Past, Part III" Joint program with the Dennis Historical Society presenting dramatized vignettes from the history of the two towns, which were once the original town of Yarmouth. Carleton Hall, Dennis.
SATURDAY, MAY 12th, 9AM
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 8:45. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes and bring your binoculars. Rain will cancel the event. (Intended for adults and children 12 and over). FREE.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10th, 2-4PM
BOOK SIGNING of the new Arcadia book Yarmouth by Authors John Sears III and his sister, Priscilla Sears at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. The images featured in the book are all from private collections, many never before seen by the general public. HSOY agreed to publish this volume to get the images and their captions into print because they provide needed history for the town revealing its transition from a maritime-based economy to one based on tourism. After the book signing, copies will be available at HSOY's Cobbler Shop Archive & Administrative Office at 229 Route 6A, and at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. For more information call 508.363.3021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13th, 4 - 6PM (EVENT CONCLUDED!)
The Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum Opening Reception for Members featuring a special exhibition, "Let There Be Light: Early Lighting Devices" provided by Charlie and Barbara Adams. FREE.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15th, 1-4PM
Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum OPENS FOR THE SEASON Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it 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. Now also on display, a Special Exhibition: "Let There Be Light: Early Lighting Devices." The Museum is now open four days a week—Thursday - Sunday through October 14th. Docent-guided tours 1, 2, and 3PM (last tour). Adults $5; FREE to HSOY Members, Yarmouth Residents and children under 12.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1PM
Walking Tour of Historic Yarmouth Port—guided by Brian Sheehy. This summer will be filled with Walking Tours. In this one, which will be repeated in July and August (see below), you will learn the history of Yarmouth Port, while visiting many important historic sites on the Old King's Highway (Route 6A). Allow about 2 1/2 hours.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4th, 11AM
Annual Fourth of July Picnic at the Kelley Chapel Meadow for Members and guests. Come join us for food and beverages at an old-fashioned picnic to celebrate our country’s birthday. FREE.
THURSDAY, JULY 26th, 1PM
Walking Tour of Historic Yarmouth Port—guided by Brian Sheehy. In this Tour, which will be repeated in August (see below), you will learn the history of Yarmouth Port, while visiting many important historic sites on the Old King's Highway (Route 6A). Allow about 2 1/2 hours. Limit 30 participants. $10 Members, $15 others. Reservations required. Call 508.362.3021.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th, 11AM & 1:30PM (Rain date AUGUST 19th)
Costumed Walking Tour of Historic South Yarmouth—guided by Judy LeGrand & Bob Kelley. Your guides will lead you on a tour of historic sites along Old Main Street and other notable Bass River locations where you will meet costumed characters who resided there in centuries past and hear their stories. Allow about 1 1/2 hours. Limit 30 participants. $10 Members, $15 others. Reservations required. Call 508.362.3021.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30th, 1PM
Walking Tour of Historic Yarmouth Port—guided by Brian Sheehy. Learn the history of Yarmouth Port, while visiting many important historic sites on the Old King's Highway (Route 6A). Allow about 2 1/2 hours. Limit 30 participants. $10 Members, $15 others. Reservations required. Call 508.362.3021.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, 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.
Members' Scavenger Hunt and Potluck Supper Participants will meet at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum to receive instructions and later learn the location of the supper (Did you think we would make it easy for you?) This event has surprise elements and few additional details will be provided. Reservations required. Call 508.362.3021.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10th, 5PM
Annual HSOY Meeting and Dinner at the Old Yarmouth Inn. Featuring guest speaker J. Duncan Berry, PhD, who will be speaking on The Classical Language of Architecture in Old Yarmouth. $40 per person includes dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations required. For information call 508.362.3021.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31st, HALLOWEEN, 4-7PM
B-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o! Welcome to SAFE TRICK-OR-TREAT YARMOUTH PORT. The undead will come alive promptly at 4PM all around the Yarmouth Port Common this All Hallows Eve. It’s the Great Halloween Howl… as spooks and spirits, ghosts and the occasional witch, greet Trick or Treaters at the New Church (cue the spooky organ music), the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum (the spirits of long dead Sea Captains), the Compass Rose Inn (decorated with candy and treats), and the Edward Gorey Museum (featuring its own special brand of, ahem,“poison candy”). Fun and treats await all who dare approach.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 3PM
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in the Historic Kelley Chapel nestled in a secluded meadow behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office, Route 6A. Join friends and neighbors seated on original 1790 Quaker Meeting House pews in front of a potbellied wood stove and enjoy traditional hymns of the harvest season. Reception with light refreshments and conversation follow the service.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 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 at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum which will be featuring a Special Exhibit: "Doll Houses from Christmas Past", curated by Sandra Kuhfahl. There will be carol singing and a tree lighting on the Common, too. Did we mention the Trolleys? ALL FREE.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 4-6PM
New Members' and Volunteers' Reception at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum.