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DW's Cape Cod booking talks now

Don presents a talk for the Harwich Conservation Trust. (Photo by Danya Mahota)

Don is now booking walks and talks for the upcoming fall, winter and spring seasons.

In addition to his popular Rum Running, Shipwrecks, and Outermost House lecture programs, the veteran Cape Cod storyteller is also introducing two new lectures — “Post Cards From Cape Cod,” and “The Pilgrims: From Cape Cod to Plymouth and Back”.

Program details are listed below. Click here for more details and to book Don for a talk. Hope to see you in the coming months!

  • NEW! POST CARDS FROM CAPE COD: Featuring images from each town on the Cape, join Don for this hour-long photo tour from the Cape Cod Canal to Provincetown. The journey takes the audience to Sandwich Village, the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport, Scargo Tower in Dennis, the Eastham WIndmill, the Marconi site in Wellfleet, Highland Light in Truro, the Dune Shacks of Truro and Provincetown, the Pilgrim Monument of Provincetown, and so much more.

  • NEW! THE PILGRIMS: FROM CAPE COD TO PLYMOUTH AND BACK: The Pilgrims are often linked to Plymouth, but their story in America began in Provincetown, and after two decades, many of them returned to the shores of the Outer Cape. Join Don during the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' landing for this look back from the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower to the 1644 settlement of Nauset.

  • RUM RUNNERS OF CAPE COD: During the era of Prohibition (1920-1933), rum running was big business on Cape Cod. Farmers and fishermen of the Cape took to the seas, heading offshore to "Rum Row" to bring the criminal yet coveted alcohol to the mainland under cover of darkness, while the possibility of being caught by the Coast Guard was always present. Busy harbors and remote estuaries, many of which are now popular tourist destinations, were all game for bringing the booze ashore, while law enforcement officials often turned a blind eye. Join Don for this comprehensive look at how "the Noble Experiment" turned into a profitable and potentially dangerous undertaking for many of the Cape's residents.

  • SHIPWRECKS OF CAPE COD: A look at some of the great shipwrecks and rescues on the Outer Beach of Cape Cod, ranging from the earliest days of the U.S. Lifesaving Service (1872) to the early years of the U.S. Coast Guard in the first half of the 20th century. Don will look at the wrecks of the Castagna, the Francis, the Montclair, the Jason, the Portland, and many more.

  • HENRY BESTON’S CAPE COD: Henry Beston’s book, “The Outermost House,” is considered to be one of the great nature books ever written. Learn how Beston’s trail to Cape Cod began at the Battle of Verdun in World War I, how he tapped into the healing power of nature on Cape Cod’s Outer Beach, how “The Outermost House” inspired legislators in Washington to establish the Cape Cod National Seashore, and the influence that Beston and “The Outermost House” had on Rachel Carson, other nature writers, and the American environmental movement. Featured are archival photos and video footage.

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