Everyone is invited to an open house and end of the summer celebration of arts and culture on Cotuit’s stretch of Route 28! This block party marks the first ever collaboration between the Cahoon Museum of American Art, Chapman Art Gallery, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Isaiah Thomas Bookstore, Turtleback Limited, and Villaggio Ristorante – all located along Route 28. Each venue will be open and free to the public. Enjoy visual art, food, drink, tours, music, literature and bring your friends, family and neighbors. Visitors may park at any of the participating venues. Admission is free!
There will be a complimentary shuttle making a loop between all venues between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Experience the arts in Cotuit!
Shipwrecks Along the Cape Cod Coast Greg Ketchen, President, Coast Guard Heritage Museum
August 15 | Cotuit Library | 7 PM
The outer coast of Massachusetts has been called the Graveyard of the North Atlantic, with more than 3,000 shipwrecks off Cape Cod since European sailors began exploring the Western Hemisphere.. The earliest recorded wreck was that of the Pinnace Sparrow Hawk in 1626.. Many wrecks followed, particularly in the 19th century, as commercial sailing vessel traffic peaked along our coast. Advances in modern navigation, weather forecasting and vessel technologies have not eliminated the risks, evidenced by the grounding of the cruise ship Royal Majesty off Nantucket in 1995 and the fast ferry Iyannough in 2017 as it approached Hyannis Harbor. Navigational errors, extreme weather, equipment failures and human error are some of the causes. The Wydah, HMS Somerset, Pendleton, City of Columbus, Argo Merchant, Andrea Doria, and Norwegian Majesty are just a few of the marine accidents in our local waters that have shaped life-saving innovations in rescue equipment and operations. Greg Ketchen is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain living in Osterville. He is currently serving as the president of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum, located in Barnstable’s Old Custom House.
Free Fun Friday: The Big Red House with the Blue Trees
Friday, August 16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Free Fun Fridays comes to the Cahoon! Stop by the Museum for a fun day of activities and art. To kick off the day, from 11:00am – 12:30pm, steel drum instructor Amy Hughes and her students will play away and lead a drum stick making craft activity. At 12:00pm, Puppet Man will appear for an hour and from 1:15 to 2:15 Bubble Man will delight us with his giant, floating, magical orbs under the Blue Trees in the Museum’s yard. Admission is FREE for all!
The Museum will be open for free all day from 10:00am – 4:00pm. View the current exhibitions, Exquisite Shells: The Art of Sailors Valentines, Valerie Hegarty: Secrets of the Sea, Selections from the Permanent Collection, and The Blue Trees. Explore the Family Room and learn about why the trees are blue and take a minute to cool off.
Free Fun Fridays are sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation and offers visitors no-cost admission to 100 of the most treasured cultural institutions in Massachusetts. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free.