“Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore,” a multimedia presentation by Don Wildling, will take place on August 15 at 7 PM at the Green Briar Nature Center. Mr. Beston’s book,
“The Outermost House,” was written in 1927 after he spent a solitary year in a tiny cottage on Eastham’s outer beach. His book was cited as a major influence in the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961.
Mr. Wilding, co-founder of the nonprofit Henry Beston Society on Cape Cod and author of “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod,” has presented this program on Cape Cod and across New England extensively since 2001. Admission to this drop-in program is free. Call 508-888-6870 for more information.
This year “Peter Rabbit’s Animal Day,” an annual event for families, takes place on August 16 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the center. The public can participate in live animal exhibits, take part in games of chance for young children, check out the pet rabbit show, and enjoy story times and personal appearances by Peter Rabbit himself. At 11 AM, members of the Harwich Jr. Theater will present a performance of Thornton Burgess’s animal stories. Admission to Peter Rabbit’s Animal Day is free.
Jam making workshops continue throughout the year at the historic Green Briar Jam Kitchen in East Sandwich. Instruction and all materials are provided, and participants take home four to six jars of finished product to enjoy. Workshops for adults are offered on specific Wednesdays from 6 to 8 PM or Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. On August 6 or 9 make old-time yellow squash pickles; on August 13 choose between spiced peach jam or peach jam; on August 20 or 23 make tomato marmalade; on August 27 or 30 make zucchini apple chutney. Family workshops, which include one adult and one child working together, are offered on Saturdays from 1 to 3 PM.
On August 9, family workshop participants can choose between plum jam or plum ginger jam; on August 23, make apple plum jam and on August 30 make apple butter. Adults alone are also welcome to join the family workshops on Saturday afternoons. The fee per workshop is $35 for members of the Thornton W. Burgess Society, $45 for nonmembers. Paid advance registration is required for all workshops. For reservations call 508-888-6870.
Each Tuesday at 10 AM through the month of August, an informal guided tour of the award-winning Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden at the Green Briar Nature Center is conducted by a knowledgeable volunteer. Situated in front of the 1780 homestead, the garden covers one-third acre including a locust-shaded bank, a sunny meadow, and an open swamp bordering the “Smiling Pool” pond of Thornton Burgess’s stories. The garden was designed for teaching, so among the native plants are others wild in their country of origin. Registration is not necessary for this drop-in tour, which is $3 for members of the Thornton W. Burgess Society and $5 for nonmembers. Proceeds support the maintenance of this special spot.
Green Briar is at 6 Discovery Hill Road, just off Route 6A in East Sandwich.