Friends Annual Meeting

Friends of the
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
12:30 – 2:30pm in the Auditorium

Featuring The State of the Museum
Presented by Bob Dwyer
Executive Director, CCMNH

12:30 Potluck luncheon
1:15 Friends business meeting & election of officers
(click here for the list of candidates)
1:30 State of the Museum address

Join us for the potluck!  Bring enough to serve six…

A-H   Entree
I-N    Dessert
O-Z  Appetizer or Salad
Drinks & utensils provided

All are welcome!


CCMNH Holiday Party

Come one, come all,
Friends, Volunteers, and Staff!
It’s the annual

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30 – 8:00pm

Light hors d’oeuvres & beverages
Entertainment by CrabGrass, Cape Cod’s “premier bluegrass band”

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
869 Main Street (Route 6A), Brewster


November Membership Meeting features Don Wilding

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, in the Auditorium
Potluck Lunch at 12 Noon

Program: Presentation by Don Wilding, Cape Cod Historian, Writer and Public Speaker

“A Cape Cod Sampler – The Portland Gale and The Blizzard of ’78”
In this special presentation, Don takes a look at the wreck of the steamship Portland in November 1898, and the Blizzard of ’78 on Cape Cod.

Since the start of the millennium, Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history through lectures, video, and the written word.

​An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of the book, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore.” His next book, “A Brief History of Eastham,” is due to be published by The History Press in the summer of 2017.

​To visit Don Wilding’s website click here.


Friends’ Fall Trip to New England Aquarium

The Friends of CCMNH fall trip will take place on Tuesday October 3, 2017 with a visit to the New England Aquarium in Boston. Cost $35 per person and includes admission, tour, bus transportation, and gratuities.

Click here for details, including lunch and sightseeing options near the aquarium. Note that the trip is strictly limited to 30 people so if you are interested in going you should call the museum now at 508-896-3867 x133 to make your reservation.


Museum Gardens Looking Good

Just a note from GFL —  The Bobbie Williams Garden, the Rain Garden, and the Pollinator Path have enjoyed this summer’s weather.  The Rain Garden is recovering nicely from last year’s drought, the Pollinator Path is serving as an excellent example for those inclined to plant their own, and the Bobbie Williams Garden is filling in nicely. But we must remain ever-vigilant in the struggle to remove the dastardly mint.

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Rain Garden has gotten rain in 2017!

Pollinator Garden sign available in CCMNH gift shop

Bobbi Williams Garden in mid August

Why mint spreads!


GFL visits Chatham Bars Inn Farm

On a perfect Cape Cod morning ​f​​​ive​ members of Gardening for Life met at the Chatham Bars Inn Farm​ in Brewster. ​Although tours are not usually available during the summer,  employee Mallory Kender gave us an extra gracious one because we were from CCMNH!  A Brewster native who returned to the Cape after college, Mallory offered us opportunities to smell and taste some of the beautiful flowers and vegetables as we walked around the grounds while she responded to our many questions, including “Why aren’t the blueberry bushes protected?” The answer, “There is enough here to share with the birds and other critters,” was a statement that greatly pleased the Gardening for Life visitors!

Mallory Kender

Before we left, Mallory packed up for us a box of the biggest cherry tomatoes in many warm shades I have ever seen, which we then shared at Dee Anson’s family homestead, a short distance down the road.  Just as the Gardening for Life members often have coffee together after a work shift, Dee provided us with many treats in her antique-filled dining room, including a delicious lemon cake whose recipe has been a favorite of her family for several generations.

For me, who will be returning to Baltimore at the end of the summer, the morning reinforced how beautiful Brewster is and how enjoyable it is to look behind its gates to see the many choices there are here for a life enhanced by nature.

Post and photos by Doris Shiffman

Ann Harris, Doris Shiffman, Alice Berry, Shirley Vautin, Dee Anson


Butterfly House Donation

Alice Berry, Vice President of the Friends of CCMNH, presents a check for $1500 to Marjorie Williams, Senior Aquarist & Butterfly House Lead, and Bob Dwyer, Executive Director of CCMNH.  The donation supports the introduction of several new butterfly species, including Red Admirals and Cecropia moths, to the Butterfly House for the 2017 season.

Photo by Teresa Izzo