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March-April, 2012 





       We have set the date for our 25th Anniversary Celebratory Party and Fundraiser! It will be held on Wednesday, August 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Please see details below.   


Richard Spokes





                                                          Photo by Ross Johnson


    To celebrate 25 years of service to the Seashore, Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore is planning a gala fundraiser on Wednesday evening, August 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.


      We are delighted to announce that our special guest and speaker will be Sebastian Junger, noted author of The Perfect Storm. You are invited to join Friends members and supporters for a wonderful celebratory evening of speeches, live music, wine and beer, hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, and conversation on the Salt Pond terrace overlooking beautiful Nauset Marsh and the Atlantic. 


      See Friends website for further updates. SAVE THE DATE!






"Come at once. We have struck a berg." 

                               -Titanic's Marconi wireless man


       Everyone knows about the sinking of the Titanic, but many will be surprised that Marconi's wireless station in Wellfleet played a significant role in the rescue of 740 survivors by the Carpathia.


      "Titanic 100 Years Later and Marconi's Wireless Technology",  April 12 - 19, is a week-long commemoration featuring films and programs by Cape Cod National Seashore, the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association, and the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center to remember the souls lost and interpret wireless communication. (See side bar or go to http://tinyurl.com/7fvfu9v  for detailed listing of films and events.)


        Friends is proud to be a sponsor of this event, providing funds for a speaker, printing, and refreshments. All programs are free and open to the public. 


        The Marconi Station site is preserved within the CCNS and may be visited on April 14-15 and April 21. This year's commemoration of the Titanic tragedy will transition into the annual International Marconi Day on April 21. We encourage you to participate in the week's programs and learn more about the role Marconi's wireless technology played in the rescue.




                              MEMBER EVENT: 

"Peepers and Leapers"


    A program just for Friends members was held on March 27 at Salt Pond Visitor Center. Bob Cook, NPS Wildlife Biologist, educated and entertained a group of some 21 members on a cold and blustery night with a talk about spring amphibian activity within the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Peepers 1  

     Highlights of Cook's presentation were his ability to pinpoint towns within the Park where specific types of species could be found and his amazing renditions mimicking the sounds of bullfrogs and peepers.





Spring Turkey Hunt


         A spring Eastern Wild Turkey hunt will begin for the first time this year, as part of the National Seashore's program toward increasing hunting opportunities for native upland game species, while phasing out the release and hunting of ring-necked pheasant, a non-native species. 


        The 2012 National Seashore turkey season will run the first three weeks of the State's four-week season, from April 30 through May 19. A Seashore hunting permit will be required at no cost (in addition to the State hunting license and turkey stamp.) 

         See the park's website at www.nps.gov/caco for more information about acquiring a permit.


dune shack

Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District Now on the National Register
      The National Park Service's National Register listing is the culmination of two years of intensive research and collaboration with community members intimately connected with the dune shacks. 
      The 60-page nomination documents the many facets of the 1,950-acre district that make it significant, including dune shack architecture; association with art and literature; the life of Harry Kemp; potential archeological resources; and the complex strands of maritime history, recreation, and the efforts of long-time dune shack dwellers who lovingly crafted homes amidst the shifting sands of the backshore of Truro and Provincetown