October 16 - 1987: Sixty pilot whales stranded

2002: Edward Gorey House opens
The Edward Gorey House on Strawberry Lane in Yarmouth Port. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

1987: "Volunteers Mobilizing to Save Stranded Whales"

This is the season when strandings occur here

When pilot whales were stranding in record numbers in 1987, Cape Codders jumped to their rescue. The New York Times story began:

As the season nears when the nor'easters pound Cape Cod Bay, hundreds of volunteers are being organized and trained to rescue the pilot whales and other large marine mammals that are often driven ashore by the storms.

On one occasion last December at least 60 pilot whales were stranded on bay beaches in Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. Two weeks later, another 30 to 40 pilot whales were driven ashore in these same areas.

When word of the first strandings was spread, scores of Cape Codders rushed to the beaches. Many plunged into the frigid waters to push or heave the pilot whales, most of them 25 feet long or more and all weighing several tons, out into deeper water.

Read the rest of the story here.

2002: Edward Gorey House opens

The eerie Victorian artist is immortalized

In 2002, the artist Edward Gorey's home in Yarmouth Port was opened to the public as a museum following his death. 

A story in the New York Times began:

The last home of the artist and author Edward Gorey, a 200-year-old shingled Cape Cod classic far different from his eerie Victorian landscapes, is now a museum displaying his eccentric talents.

Read the rest of the story here.

That's an example of Gorey's art on the right. Here are the five Gorey stories everyone should read according to the Christian Science Monitor.


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