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This morning we received a wonderful e-mail from the great folks at Cape Cod Museum Trail.

It was filled with so many useful tips for upcoming cultural events that we wanted to share it with our readers. Cape Cod is such a unique mecca for fun, relaxation and culture- all combined to create a perfect getaway!


Majestic Journey


This is one of several pieces of art being auctioned at the 10th anniversary of Zion Union Heritage Museum during its evening celebration featuring Andrea Baker’s Sing Sistah Sing vocal performance. 
Click here for details and to listen to Baker.  


Plant & Garden Sales

The Museum Trail features several sales throughout June. This one on Saturday, June 2 at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History has a pollinator theme featuring 

native plants specifically aimed at increasing the health of butterflies, honey bees, native bees, bats, and insects.
On the same day, also visit Sturgis Library for its plant and garden sale featuring flowers, vegetable plants, shrubs, houseplants, seedlings, yard and garden accessories, gardening books, pots, tools and birdhouses.


Gardeners can also visit Heritage Museums & Gardens as its week-long Rhododendron festival continues. This Saturday, discover how the work done by two hybridizers – Charles Dexter and Jack Cowles – contributed to the genus Rhododendron and created the plants that are so loved today.  Click here.
Then on Sunday, June 10, plant lovers should head to Eastham’s Swift-Daley House where the historic society hosts its White Elephant and plant sale. Make sure to tour the historic homestead while shopping.


 End of the Tsars
March 1917 reexamines the tumultuous events and their consequences that led the abdication of the Russian Tsar and the rise of the Soviet empire. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Will Englund at the Falmouth Museums on the Green for a compelling new analysis of the month that transformed one of the world’s greatest nations.


Shortcake and Root Beer
The Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit presents its annual Strawberry Festival at the Dottridge Homestead.  Enjoy strawberry shortcake  and root beer floats to complete this classic summer tradition. 


Digital Archaeology
And on June 2, explore Digital Archaeology – preserving history through modern technology. Roger Michel of Harvard and Oxford universities will speak as guest of Chatham Marconi  Maritime Center.
Annual Auto Show
This family-friendly event highlights antique and classic automobiles, hot rods, and custom cars displayed on the Parade Field at Heritage Museums & Gardens. Kids can build a LEGO® car, participate in a family auto show challenge and watch the parade of show cars


Landscapes of the Past
Using a geoscientific perspective, what can be learned about the settlements and adaptations of the First Peoples in New England? Geoarchaeologist Suanna Crowley, a.k.a. “Dr. Dirt,” will take a look at the landscapes of post-glacial New England and the incredible evidence for human resilience and sustainability.  Click here
Puritans and Gun Control 

In conjunction with the Falmouth No Place For Hate alliance and the Falmouth Gun Buyback Program, this presentation at Falmouth Museums on the Green explores how guns fit in

to the culture that the  earliest European settlers brought with them to New England, when Massachusetts was the “wild west” frontier on the continent of North America. Click here.



60 Years of Science
 In celebration of Wellfleet Bay’s 60th anniversary, the sanctuary takes a look back at six decades of research with Science Coordinator Mark Faherty and Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott. From birds to horseshoe crabs to turtles, Wellfleet Bay’s research program has grown by leaps and bounds.  Click here.


Walk Historic Nantucket

Wear your walking shoes on your visit to the island as the Nantucket Whaling Museum offers historic tours of downtown throughout the summer.  You will

explore two centuries of life and catch a glimpse into the lives of people and characters who have inhabited the homes along the tour. Click here.



Japanese Prints in the Floating World
Tom Silver explores the origin and development of Japanese prints during the Edo era (1600-1867). The first rudimentary prints focused on courtesans and kabuki actors, with the genre ultimately developing into the sophisticated art form admired by the likes of Monet and van Gogh. It’s at Sturgis Library. Click here.
The Imperial Historian

 In the first major biography of this defining figure in Kennedy’s Camelot, Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian presents a dramatic life and career set against the backdrop of the American Century.  draws on oral history, rarely seen archival documents to craft a portrait of the incandescently brilliant and controversial historian.


Plants Behaving Badly

This presentation at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History focuses on two groups of plants that exhibit such intriguing behavior that a century and a half ago they attracted the attention of Charles Darwin. In two, one-hour films, ‘Plants Behaving Badly’ reveal a world of deceit and treachery worthy of any fictional thriller.


Music & Movies 
 Sawyer Lawson in Concert   
Based out of Cambridge, Lawson’s sound can best be described as folk rock. From the poignant melodies in his acoustic songs to the energetic guitar riffs in his full band material, the music is tied together by an underlying warm authenticity and thoughtfulness of lyrics.
Comedy Cabaret
The Orleans Historical Society presents the Riccardi duo with songs like “Covfefe” and “Boy From Mar-a-Lago.” This all-comedy, 90-minute show features raucous political satire by this team that has appeared across the nation.  Click here


Over 40?
This musical at the Cotuit Center for the Arts unleashes three divine but disillusioned women who develop a taste for hot, young men. They let their inner cougar roar and purr, finding self-love and empowerment in the process. Click here.



From Blues to R&B

McGuirk has made a career of captivating audiences with her unique blend of hypnotic R&B grooves, folk songwriter lyricism, classic soul delivery, and a gravelly blues temperament. With a focus on lively improvisation, strong instrumentals and her own buttery voice, her earliest years as a performer were spent earning residencies across four continents. Click here.
 After a long and luminous career composing music for film, TV, and video games, Rod Abernethy has returned to his first and best love, the acoustic guitar, to perform the kind of music closest to his heart. He’s appearing at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.
New Art Exhibitions


Encaustic Exhibit and Conference
On June 1, the Provincetown Art Association Museum hosts a conference built around its exhibit of Encaustic art, bringing together a community of gallerists, curators, critics and collectors engaged with wax, printmaking, mixed media, professional practices and more.


Modernists Out of the Mainstream
Cape Cod Museum of Art exhibits artists in its collection who broke from tradition as they found new ways of looking at art during the 20th Century. They were part of an energetic movement influenced by European artists that established America as the center of the art world.


For the Love of Wood
This Edward Gorey House 2018 exhibit investigates his life-long fascination for the murder mystery genre. Crime writers – specifically Agatha Christie – but also including Dorothy Sayers, Georgette Heyer, Josephine Tey, Michael Innes, Margery Allingham, Edmund Crispin, and Cecil Street among others, were the passion of a man who some might have considered to be somewhat passionless.
Looking Back a Century
An inspirational journey through various periods of Kennedy’s life, the exhibit features 80 plus photographs, text panels, video and artifacts and celebrates the centennial anniversary of the late president with a focus on the years he spent in the place he loved and called home: Cape Cod. 
Memories Push My Pencil
This body of work by artist Connie Saems, Memories Push My Pencil, came out of an earlier project of crafting boxes from basswood based on childhood memories.  The creation of these boxes led her to further explore my relations with animals and with drawing itself.
This national exhibition features the work of 29 exceptional artists who work in a diversity of media including printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, metalwork, drawing and painting.  The exhibition’s goal is to foster a better appreciation of people with disabilities through their artistic achievements and extraordinary stories. Click here.


Connections – Visual Fellows 
This show at the Cape Cod Museum of Art honors the 50th Anniversary of the Fine Arts Work Center. It focuses on fellows who chose to stay on the Cape to develop their art.   Click here.




Click here to scroll through June for a class for you.



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Daily Calendar
June 1-14 
Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3 – Rhododendron Festival
Heritage Museums & Gardens     

Friday, June 1 Critter Capers  

Green Briar Nature Center 
Friday, June 1 –  Students and Mentors Art Works
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Friday, June 1–  Diary of a Hammerhead
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Friday, June 1Don’t Rip It Up; Fix It Up
Cultural Center of Cape Cod 
Provincetown Art Association Museum  
Friday, June 1 –  Bruce Marshall’s Open Mic
Cotuit Center for the Arts 
Friday, June 1 –  Comedy Cabaret
Orleans Historical Society  

Saturday, June 2 – 

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History  
Historic New England
Saturday, June 2World of Wendall Minor 
Heritage Museums & Gardens   
Saturday, June 2  Nature Club
Green Briar Nature Center  
Saturday, June 2 – Plant and Garden Sale
Sturgis Library 
Saturday, June 2 –  Nauset Marsh Kayak Trip
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary  

Saturday, June 2 –  

Zion Union Heritage Museum    
Saturday, June 2 –  Digital Archaeology 
Chatham Marconi Maritime Museum   
Saturday, June 2 –  Sawyer Lawson in Concert
Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Sunday, June 3 – 

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Monday, June 4  – Tails and Trails
Green Briar Nature Center
Tuesday, June 5 – Tuesday Tweets
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 
Tuesday, June 5 –  Table Francaise 
Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Tuesday, June 5 – 

Cultural Center of Cape Cod 
Nantucket Whaling Museum

Wednesday, June 6 –  

Green Briar Nature Center 
Wednesday, June 6 –  Historic Sandwich Walking Tour
Sandwich Glass Museum


Wednesday, June 6Wildflower Garden Book Club
Green Briar Nature Center
Wednesday, June 6

Thanks Cape Cod Museum Trail for organizing such a wonderful summary of upcoming cultural events on Cape Cod.

Homemade donuts

While we are filling up for July and August we still have availability for the next few weeks. Our mid week prices are very affordable for the next few weeks- come and see why we were voted into Trip Adviser Hall of Fame and voted best inn on Cape Cod. Our flowers are blooming, our salt water pool open and our summer menu a crowd pleaser. Come and savor a homemade Brioche Donut and our new Intermezzo homemade sorbets.

Homemade Raspberry Sorbet

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