Here are all the events we held in 2017.
If you missed any, don't worry. We're already busy planning
a new program of events and celebrations for 2018.
Return to this page in the New Year and you'll find them.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4th
Cape Cod History by Duncan Oliver. First session of a six week course on all the history of Cape Cod as only Duncan Oliver can present it, with a little extra emphasis on Yarmouth. You don't need to know anything about Cape Cod history to attend. But 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. Sessions run two hours on Wednesday evenings from 6-8PM at the Dennis-Yarmouth High School. $15 complete (for all six sessions). Plus every attendee can receive a FREE Membership in HSOY, for the first year, should they want one. For reservations call Dennis-Yarmouth Adult Ed. 508.398.7600.
JANUARY - MARCH —
Classroom Visits to Yarmouth Schools. HSOY Members bring local history to life as they present programs on the History of Saltworks on Cape Cod, Sea Captains, Whaling, and Native Americans to all 3rd grade classes in Yarmouth.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12th, 2PM (Snow date Feb. 19th)
Winter Salon at the Captain Bangs Hallet House, 11 Strawberry Lane on the Common in Yarmouth Port. With All My Heart, the reading of love letters between historical figures. Directed by Cara Caldwell Watson with Cape Cod actors Garry Mitchell and Nina Schuessler. Performances at 1:00 and 3:15. Tea and refreshments following the program. Reservations required at 508.362.3021. Members $10, non-members $15.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11th, 9AM-3PM
Giant Indoor Yard Sale at the Yarmouth Senior Center. Say goodbye to items you no longer need. To rent your own table for $35 call 508.362.3832. Or to donate items for sale call 508.362.3652.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9th, 2PM at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum
Presentation by author Stephen Hopkins on the clipper ship Red Jacket. The Red Jacket set the never-equaled speed record for sail from Boston to Liverpool with Captain Asa Eldridge of Yarmouth Port at the helm. Drawings, ship model and art works will be part of the presentation. FREE to the public, but space is very limited so reservations are REQUIRED. Call 508.362.3021.
SUNDAY, MAY 21st, 10AM
Spring Trail Walk with Gretchen Moran Towers, Cape Cod birder from the 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 this 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.
THURSDAY, JUNE 15th, 4PM at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum
Opening Reception for Members featuring an exhibition of the paintings of New York City and Yarmouth Port artist Bernard Shirley Carter. An extraordinary watercolorist, his paintings of Yarmouth Port in later life depict the history of the village and capture his love of the sea. The Carter family will attend the opening reception on the anniversary of their father's 100th birthday. FREE to Members.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th 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 of the watercolors of New York City and Yarmouth Port artist Bernard Shirley Carter (see next listing below). The Museum is now open four days a week—Thursday thru Sunday through September, 1-4PM (last tour 3PM)1-4pm. Adults $5; FREE to HSOY Members, Yarmouth Residents and Kids.
JUNE 16th Through SEPTEMBER 5th
B. Shirley Carter Watercolor Exhibit at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. A retrospective of the watercolors of artist B. Shirley Carter (1917-2002) on the 100th anniversary of his birth and throughout the summer at the Museum in Yarmouth Port. Carter was a prize-winning artist who painted and exhibited widely in New York City and the Northeast, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Boston Museum of Fine Arts and many private collections. He is a descendant of the Thacher family, founders of Yarmouth Port, and lived on the family farm the last years of his life. The exhibit will feature his Cape Cod paintings and will be for sale.
TUESDAY, JULY 4th, 11AM
Annual Fourth of July Picnic at the Kelley Chapel Meadow for Members and their guests. Come and enjoy food and beverages at an old-fashioned picnic to celebrate our country’s birthday. FREE.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4th, 10AM-3PM
Flower Show at the Captain Bangs Hallet House. Joint Program with The Garden Club of Yarmouth featuring botanical specimens in the Kelley Chapel, plant and garden art sales in tents on grounds.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 1-4PM
“All Around The Common” Open House at the four historic properties on the Yarmouth Port Green. All will be welcoming visitors FREE.
SEPTEMBER 26-30th & EXTENDED—OCTOBER 5-8th, 11-4PM
NOIR—All Things Black: Unlocking the Secret Power of "The Little Black Dress"
Noir - the very term suggests mystery and intrigue, with a hint of the exotic. And something even more, perhaps? In deed, All-Black Garments have a way of sending silent messages all their own. They communicate meaning in non-verbal, highly visual ways. which is what makes them so interesting and appealing as a subject of this informative and enlightening event - personally assembled and conducted by Anne Grammer, our Curator of Costumes.
Understand the Mystery: Anne will unravel the mysteries of black garments, how they work their spell on us and the unspoken messages they send in this combined Lecture and Exhibition Event featuring dozens of vintage garments—both men's and women's—all carefully restored. It's a unique presentation with something for everyone—from design students and professionals to fashionistas, and just about everyone who owns a wardrobe. It's an eye-opening look at the power of the garments we choose to wear.
Presented at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum (11 Strawberry Lane, on the Green in Yarmouth Port) and Kelley Chapel by Anne Grammer, HSOY Curator of Costumes. Includes lectures at 1, 2, and 3PM daily in Kelley Chapel. Admission $15 ($10 HSOY Members).
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 1PM start, followed by reception
The Defining Moment—capturing the dramatic rescue of the M/V Pendleton. A unique one-time only Artist and Author Event arranged by HSOY and the Cape Cod Museum of Art commemorating the 65th anniversary year of the dramatic rescue of the crew of the M/V Pendleton, a huge vessel snapped in two in the violent seas and bitter cold of a raging gale off Chatham in February 1952. The program features celebrated Muralist Tony Falcone, noted Cape Cod Author/Historian Theresa Mitchell Barbo, and Patricia Webber Hamilton, the daughter of Bernard Webber, the heroic Massachusetts Coast Guardsman who led the rescue that saved the lives of 32 mariners in what has been called "The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in U.S. Coast Guard History."
Reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation. The Screening Room at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis. Admission: $15, including reception with light refreshments. Reservations recommended. Call the museum at 508.385.4477 Ext. 20. OR simply go to the museum's website—anytime—to make your reservations online. Visit www.ccmoa.org/pendleton.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 1 and 3PM (Rain date October 14th) Quaker Village
A costumed tour of the Quaker Meeting House and cemetery in South Yarmouth where Native Americans previously lived when it was Indian Town. Learn the history of the village and its people who lived as Quakers and their legacy from costumed characters—both young and old—who tell of the lives they lived and share their stories. At the Quaker Meeting House on North Main Street in South Yarmouth. Reservations required. Call 508.362.3021. Members $10, non-members $15.
MuseumWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 5 PM
Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Old Yarmouth Inn. Featured speaker will be Vin Miles, local author of
The Lost Hero of Cape Cod: Captain Asa Eldridge and the Maritime Trade that Shaped America, who will talk about Yarmouth's Asa Eldridge and his two brothers, John and Oliver, sea captains all. For reservations call 508.362.3021.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 3PM
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in the Historic Kelley Chapel, nestled in a secluded meadow behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office, Rt 6A. Join friends and neighbors seated on 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 3rd, 1-4PM
Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll. Visit the museums, B&B, 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. There will be carol singing and a tree lighting on the Common, too. Did we mention the Trolleys? ALL FREE.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 4-6PM
New Members' and Volunteers' Reception at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum.