January - February 2014

A message from our president




"M.O.B." means "Man Over Board" for mariners. However, for Friends this winter it stands for Movies, Owls, and either Blizzard or Boat move. 


First, the Friends-sponsored Movies at Salt Pond Visitor Center start on Sunday, January 19th and continue each Sunday through February.


Secondly, Owls are big in the news. Not just our "regular" owls, but a lot of Snowy Owls have been sighted on our more isolated shores. The lucky folks who dare to come out to this sparse peninsula this time of year have been duly rewarded with glimpses of these beautiful birds.


Thirdly, we experienced a true Blizzard out here, with winds over 50 mph and dry snow accumulations to 15 inches, with much higher drifts. Two, in fact!


Also thirdly, the long anticipated arrival of the refurbished 26-foot motor surfboat actually happened! For almost two years negotiations have been underway to acquire a donated motor surfboat and have it ensconced in the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station. The boat was accepted, volunteers sanded and painted it, and a combined Park Service staff, volunteers, and the crane operator magic of Mike Winkler finally came together on a sunny January day. The boat has a Cape Cod history, which will be told when Open Houses at Old Harbor start again in May.


The cooperation that exists between our Friends group and the staff of Cape Cod National Seashore is a joy to experience.



Richard Ryder


Blizzard 2
Overwash at Ballston Beach 
January Blizzard at the Seashore
More than a foot of snow fell across the National Seashore on January 3, with extremely high tides, big waves and gale force winds. 
There was damage to the north parking lot of Herring Cove Beach and overwash at the Pamet River, Ballston Beach, Truro. Unfortunately, once again the stairs at Nauset Light Beach took a hit, but this year it was only the lower portion that washed away.
Three days later the snow was all but gone from the Cape due to a welcome warm spell.
Nauset beach steps
Nauset Light Beach steps once again washed away in latest blizzard. 


Into the Wild 

Cape Cod National Seashore's
 Winter Film Festival


Spend your winter Sunday afternoons at this FREE film series, funded by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore! 
Each winter a different theme or genre is explored, and this year's focus is how people interact with landscapes and nature - both real and imagined. Films will show on six consecutive Sundays at 1:30 PM, beginning on January 19, on the theatre-size screen at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Refreshments will be provided 30 minutes prior to each film.


January 26:  Never Cry Wolf
Award-winning cinematography is featured in this dramatization of the true story of Farley Mowat in his struggle to survive in the harsh arctic environment while researching caribou and wolves.  (106 minutes)

February 2:  An Inconvenient Truth
In this Oscar-winning documentary, former vice president, Al Gore, wages a personal campaign for the environment.  (96 minutes)

February 9:  Into the Wild

In this gripping film, a young man (played by Sean Penn) gives up everything to lead a solitary life in the Alaskan wilderness. (148 minutes)


February 16:  Avatar

This highest grossing film of all time features an interstellar conflict over preservation and the mining of precious metal on Pandora. Nominated for 9 Oscars, the film won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. (162 minutes)  

February 23:  Wild America
Based on a true story of three brothers who grew up to become renowned animal photographers, this film chronicles their summer adventure roaming America with a camera. (102 minutes) 



Movie-goers are invited to participate in the National Seashore's Into the Wild raffle. For every movie viewed, participants receive a raffle ticket, for up to six chances to win binoculars, field guides, and trail treats provided by the National Seashore's gift and bookstore partner, Eastern National.


 News from the National Seashore

The February art exhibit in the Perspective Series, Seeing Cape Cod National Seashore through Art, will feature the work of landscape photographer, Jim Gillen. Salt Pond Visitor Center.
Jim Gillen exhibit
Visit our February exhibit that includes this Jim Gillen photograph
The Nauset Bike Trail rehab is completed and the new picnic shelters at the Doane Picnic Area are almost done.
The park is proceeding to finalize the decision on the Herring Cove Beach North Public Access Site Plan Environmental Assessment.


Visit us at Facebook

Be sure to check out Cape Cod National Seashore's Facebook page for the latest news and photos of the park. You will surely find something to "like" there!  

Crane 1
Motor Surfboat Arrives at Old Harbor

Friends members have worked hand-in-hand with park staff to rehabilitate a motor surfboat and transport it to Race Point, where it will be on display at the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station. It was installed on January 17, hoisted by a crane - no small feat! 

Recently acquired for the museum, the surfboat will show the progression from surfboats rowed by surfmen, to motorized surfboats. There was a similar boat at Old Harbor in 1916, a year after the transition from the U.S. Life-Saving Service to the U.S. Coast Guard. Come see it when Old Harbor opens this May!
Crane 2