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Upcoming Events

Join us for our exciting calendar of events & lectures this winter.

Driftwood Valentine Workshop - SOLD OUT

Tuesday, February 7th, 5:30pm

Looking for a special gift for someone this Valentine’s Day? Join us as artist Denise MacLaughlin leads us through making a 12” driftwood heart, which you can accent with a special shell or sea glass in the center. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own driftwood bits, shells, sea glass, jewelry, etc. BYOB, if you’d like. Class limit 10. $75 per person.

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The Pendleton Rescue

Sunday, February 19th, 2:30pm-3:30pm VIA Zoom

On February 18, 1952, a brutal New England storm split the oil tanker PENDLETON in two. Four Coast Guard sailors set out from Chatham on a suicide mission to save 32 mariners on the sinking ship. What followed is still held to be one of the finest small-boat rescues in Coast Guard history. Boat enthusiast and racer Bob Reilly joins us to share this remarkable story. This free lecture is online ONLY. Pre-registration required.

Bob Reilly learned to sail in 1974, when he joined Explorers Post, racing Lightnings on the Hudson River. After college, Bob joined the Darien/New Cannan Power Squadron where he earned the rank of advanced pilot. He taught the Safe Boating Course and sailed extensively from Virginia to Massachusetts and throughout the US and British Virgin Islands. Photo credit: The CHO (The Centers for Culture and History in Orleans)

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Gyotaku and Sips! - ONE SPOT LEFT

Tuesday, February 21st, 5:30pm-7:30pm

The Japanese art of making prints from fish is back! We are NOT using real fish, we will be using silicon molds of fish. Enjoy sipping wine, sake, and soda as you print and play. We’ll provide paper, plain tote bags, and paint. Bring along a tee shirt if you’d like to leave with wearable art. Class limit 10. $50 per person. Pre-registration required. 

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Problems with Marine Plastics

Sunday, March 5th, 2:30pm-3:30pm VIA Zoom

Plastics are forever. Every bit of plastic that has ever been produced still exists, except for a minute amount that is incinerated. It’s estimated that there are about 270 million tons of plastic currently in the ocean, and millions of additional tons enter our ocean every year. Join us to learn more about this important issue, and hear what you can do to help. 


Jesse Mechling is the Marine Education Director at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown Massachusetts. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2004, and was a John Knauss Marine Policy fellow in Washington DC in 2005. Jesse works closely with schools, organizations and the public to educate them about the dangers of plastic pollution.

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Beachcomber’s Blessings Necklace or Wall Art

Tuesday, March 7th, 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Ever wanted to work with polymer clay, but didn’t know where to start? Join Debra Wood as she leads us through basic techniques—rolling a bead, making impressions, and twisting two colors together to make a “pod” that you can model into a fish or Jellyfish! No experience necessary—come and have fun! All materials included. Class limit 10. $65.00 per person.

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The Latest in White Shark Research

Sunday, March 19th, 2:30pm-3:30pm VIA Zoom

White sharks are apex predators that play a critical role in maintaining a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem. They are also considered a keystone species, meaning they are integral to the ecology they inhabit. Join us to hear the latest in white shark research from the Atlantic  White Shark Conservancy.


Maddie Poirier has worked for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in multiple roles since 2020, and currently is the Community Educator for the organization. Maddie Poirier attended Elon University in North Carolina, where she studied environmental science and education. She enjoys helping people of all ages learn about the ocean and the species that inhabit it.

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Gyotaku and Sips!

Tuesday, March 21st, 5:30pm-7:30pm

The Japanese art of making prints from fish is back! We will NOT be using real fish, we will be using silicon molds of fish. Enjoy sipping wine, sake, and soda as you print and play. We’ll provide paper, plain tote bags, and paint. Bring along a tee shirt if you’d like to leave with wearable art. Class limit 10. $50 per person. Pre-registration required. 

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Duck Decoys

Sunday, March 26th, 2023, 2:30pm VIA Zoom​

Duck decoys are both functional and artistic items. Thirty years ago, Paul Phillips was known as “the buoy man” at the weekend flea market in Wellfleet, until the day he saw a piece of wood in his garage that looked vaguely like the body of a duck. After a bit of work with a jack knife and paint, and the encouragement of Cape Cod auctioneer Richard Bourne, Paul began a new career as a carver of working duck decoys. Join us for this free-wheeling discussion of his craft. This free lecture is online ONLY. Pre-registration required;

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Always Ready: Military Women on the Cape and Chatham's Top Secret WWII Coast Guard Station

Sunday, April 2nd, 2:30pm-3:30pm VIA Zoom

During World War II, the Armed Forces called on America's women to join their ranks. Cape Cod, already a hub of military activity, was flooded with WACs, WAVES, SPARs, WASPs, and military nurses from all over the country for the duration of the war. Join CCMM curator Emily Sullivan to learn more about these pioneering women, including the members of the first all female run Coast Guard station in Chatham. 


Emily Sullivan joined CCMM as Curator in February of 2022. Emily has a BA from Boston University in History, and an MA from American University in Public History. She has served as Historian at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and at History Associates, Inc., of Rockville, Maryland.


Reading the Glass: A Captain’s View of Weather, Water and Life on Ships

Sunday, April 16th, 2:30pm-3:30pm VIA Zoom

We all imagine ships battling storms at sea, but in reality a mariner's relationship with the weather is ongoing and multifaceted. Join us as a career tall ship captain speaks on the inseparable connection between ships and weather. 


Captain Elliot Rappaport is an Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation at the Maine Maritime Academy. He has had a long career at sea focused on the operation of sail training and oceanographic research vessels. He earned a BA from Oberlin College and an MS(T) from the University of Maine, and holds a 1600-ton master’s license.


Gyotaku and Sips!

Tuesday, April 18th, 5:30pm-7:30pm

The Japanese art of making prints from fish is back! We will NOT be using real fish. Enjoy sipping wine, sake, and soda as you print and play. We’ll provide paper, plain tote bags, and paint. Bring along a tee shirt if you’d like to leave with wearable art. Class limit 10. $50 per person. Pre-registration required. 

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The Exciting World of Ice Yachting,

Sunday, April 30th, 2:30pm-3:30pm VIA Zoom

While sailors in New England spent the winter dreaming of getting back on the water, sailors in the competitive world of ice yachting have been busy! Join us for this talk by Deb Whitehorse, who grew up up above her father’s iceboat shop in Monona, Wisconsin. She is the longtime Secretary of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club in Madison, WI, and a member of their Honor Roll. She is also the Secretary  and Treasurer of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association, the world’s largest ice sailing class.

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Shell and Resin Art Workshop

Saturday, May 6th, 10:00am-12:00pm

After a winter absence, we’re happy to welcome back Robin Pierson, Cape Cod’s "original decorative window and mirror artist!” Robin will share her 20 years of experience making art with shells and resin, so you can create your own 8 x 10 seascape artwork. Makes a wonderful Mother’s Day gift! All materials are supplied, but feel free to bring your own special trinkets, like jewelry, shells, or broken pottery. Sign up fast—this class sells out quickly! Class limit 15. $90 per person.

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Cape Cod: The Cradle of the Invasion

Sunday, May 7th, 2:30pm-3:30pm VIA Zoom

Eighty years ago, Cape Cod became the center for invasion training for the U.S. Army. Both the Engineer Amphibian Command and the Amphibious Training Command were headquartered on Waquoit Bay. Join us to hear about this little-known chapter in the history of World War II, with Joe Yukna of the Cape Cod Military Museum.

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Beachcombing with Gil Newton

Saturday, May 13th, 10:00am-11:00am

Join us to learn about the marine plants and animals you can find along the Cape shoreline—mollusks, crabs, horseshoe crabs, sponges, seaweeds, and more! Our guide will be the ever-popular Gil Newton, marine science educator and the author of several books about the Cape’s shoreline. This is a great trip for anyone who wants to share the wonders of the Cape’s beaches, salt marches, sand dunes and tide pools with kids or grandkids. 


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Past Lectures: Fall 2022 to Winter 2023

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Cephalopods: Amazing Brains and Morphing Skin, with Dr. Roger Hanlon

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PT Boats in the Pacific and PT 109, with Elizabeth York, CCMM Executive Director

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Shellfish in the Northeast: Fifty Years of our Interaction with these Succulent Shelled Creatures with Sandy Macfarlane

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Restoring the Charles River Watershed with Hartman Deetz, Charles River Watershed Association

Past Lectures: Fall 2021 to Spring 2022

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Winslow Lewis and the US Lighthouse Establishment by Emily Sullivan, CCMM Curator

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River Herring: Bringing the Ocean to New England’s Freshwater, by Abigail Archer

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Sea Turtle Rescue, with Bob Prescott of Mass Audubon

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Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad, with Dr. Timothy Walker

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Cape Cod and the Slave Trade, with Dr. Meadow Dibble of the Atlantic Black Box

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Leading in Uncharted Waters, with Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz,USCG (Ret.)

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The Ecology of Horseshoe Crabs Around Cape Cod, with Sarah O’Toole

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Saltmarsh Ecology and Restoration, with Jordan Mora

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The Portland Gale by Don Wilding

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Cape Cod’s Marine Food Webs, by Agnes Mittermayr

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The Golden Age of Steamboat Travel in New England by Elizabeth York

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Wampum Belts and the Law of the Land, with Hartman Deetz (Mashpee Wampanoag)

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Maria Mitchell: Daughter of an Unusual Island and Family, with Jascin Leonardo Finger of the Maria Mitchell Association

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Shorebirds on Cape Cod, with Mark Faherty of Mass Audubon

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Sailing the USS Constitution with Carl Herzog

Past Lectures: Winter to Spring 2021

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All About Seals by Brian Sharp

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Sharks: Awareness Inspires Conservation, by Kristen Kibblehouse 

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Climate Change and Cape Cod
with Andrew Gottlieb

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Wild, Unclaimed Beauty by Barry Beder

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Sea Lions and Submersibles

by Dr. Frank Fish

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In the Wake of the Mayflower by Karen Rinaldo and Kevin Doyle

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Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: The Triumph and Tragedy by Don Wilding

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Beachcombing Field Trip with Gilbert Newton

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Global Winds and the History of Exploration by Captain Elliot Rappaport

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Tiggie's Fishing Lore Sets the Hook with Sandy McFarlane

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Lighthouses of Nantucket Sound, by Jeremy D’Entremont

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Beachcombing by Gilbert Newton

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Sea Shanties 101 by Coco Raymond

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The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Blockade! - Cape Cod in 1812 by Charles Johnson

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