July Programs for Tales of Cape Cod

A little something for everyone...
Author Barbara Sillery will discuss her book "The Hauntings of Cape Cod and the Islands" - just one of the interesting programs offered by Tales of Cape Cod this July.

Tales of Cape Cod, a non-profit organization dedicated to “bringing history to life”, offers the programs listed below for the month of July.  All programs are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.  Programs take place in the historic Olde Colonial Courthouse, 3046 Main Street, (at the corner of Rendezvous Lane and  Route 6A), Barnstable Village. Doors open at 6:15 pm and programs begin at 7 pm.  Parking is available on the street, at St. Mary’s Church and at the Sturgis Library. Refreshments and a dessert reception will follow each program.

Monday, July 9th:  Sponsored by Doug Mitchell. THE LOST HERO OF CAPE COD; ASA ELDRIDGE & THE MARITIME TRADE presented by Vincent J. Miles

  • About the Talk: Asa Eldridge was a nineteenth century sea captain who became famous for among other things voyages he made to and from Liverpool (the place of Miles’ origins) and whose career exemplifies many important aspects of US Maritime history.
  • About the Speaker: Vincent Miles grew up in Liverpool but has lived in the US for 30 years.  He purchased the home in Yarmouthport originally owned by his book’s subject Asa Eldridge.

Monday, July 16:   Sponsored by Jim Fitzgerald and Lauren Shannon.  I AM OF CAPE COD, THE PEOPLE & THEIR STORIES, presented by John Whelan.   

  • About the TalkI Am Cape Cod is the first book to celebrate the ordinary people, natives and washashores who make their lives on Cape Cod and the special connection they feel with the region. Whelan and photographer Kim Roderiques drove the length and breadth of Cape Cod, to all 15 towns from Provincetown to Sandwich to interview and photograph the 139 people who appeared on the pages of this book .The selection of subjects collectively represent a cross section of Cape Codders and each shared a personal and moving story about what living on the Cape means to them. Such notables as Judy Walden Scarafile, former president of the Cape Cod Baseball League and a Mercy Otis Warren Woman of the Year recipient; Nancy Viall Shoemaker, a West Barnstable historian (and this year’s MOW Woman of the Year recipient!), Bonnie Snow, an Orleans historian (and a past recipient of the MOW Award!), Dolores Daluz, Civil Rights Activist (and former Mercy Otis Warren Woman of the Year….a pattern emerges!) are included in this book.
  • About the Speaker:  John Whelan, a Cape Cod author, lives in the Village of Chatham with his wife Nancy. He is a retired stockbroker who hosts an old oldies rock n roll radio program on WOMR called American Pie. He has previously published two books for children. He has been a columnist for Cape Cod Chronicle since 2009.

Monday, July 25:  Sponsored by Diane and David Munsell.  THE HAUNTING OF CAPE COD  presented by Barbara Sillery. 

  • About the Talk: The author will take the audience on a ghostly tour of over two dozen haunted historic sites from Highfield Hall to the Sandwich Glass Museum, from Old Yarmouth Inn to the Simmons Homestead and to the Old South Church in Nantucket.
  • About the Speaker: Barbara Sillery is an award winning television producer, documentary scriptwriter and author.  Through her books and documentaries, she uncovers tantalizing tales of ghosts, haunting, and lost cultural treasures. As a guest speaker, she entertains and delights her audiences with amazing plot twists and colorful characters.  Based on Cape Cod, she travels nationwide for her work.
  • Sponsor:    David & Diane Munsell

Monday, July 30:   Sponsored by Terrie Reilly.  ALL ABOARD! RAILS TO TRAILS, HISTORY OF RAILROADS ON CAPE COD, presented by Jay Stradal.

  • About the Talk: Stradal will discuss the history of railroads on Cape Cod, when and where they were built, how they expanded, how they operated and what it was like to ride them in the late 1800s.
  • About the Speaker:   Stradal is vice Chair of the Orleans Historic Society and a railroad enthusiast.


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