Cape Cod activities from December 10 to 16: concerts, authors, monkeys, shopping

There are plenty of events to enjoy this week that have nothing, or at least very little, to do with Christmas. Musical options include the Sandwich High School Choir, fundraising for a future competition, and a classical concert in Wellfleet.

Two virtual events will bring authors to your home to talk about their books. On a visit to the Cape Cod Natural History Museum in Brewster, you can learn about the fascinating snow monkey community, while photographs of local wildlife are central to a Wellfleet exhibit. And there is a chance for women to network and shop in South Yarmouth.

Sandwich Soul choir show in concert

Sandwich Soul – the award-winning 37-person Sandwich High School choir – will perform classic and contemporary selections in groups and by various soloists, as part of a fundraiser. All proceeds from the concert go directly to the students to help fund their next trip to New York City to attend a national choral festival and attend a Broadway Musical Theater workshop.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Or: Glass Town Stage, Sandwich Town Hall, 130 Main Street.

Admission: $ 15 cash or check at the door

A snow monkey story

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will continue its “Nature Screen” film series with the PBS documentary “Nature” “Snow Monkeys”. The film is set in the icy valleys of the Shiga Highlands of Japan, following a troop of snow monkeys as they make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege. A little monkey, innocently oblivious to his lower social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond. A second screening will take place on December 28.

"Snow monkeys" follows a herd of monkeys through the frozen highlands of Japan.

When: 11:30 am Saturday

Or: Cape Cod Natural History Museum, 869 Main Street, Brewster

Admission: $ 10 adults, $ 5 children (entrance to the museum)


Listen to sonatas for violin and cello by Bach, Castello, Vivaldi, Corelli

Guy Fishman, principal cellist with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, and baroque violinist Renee Hemsing will come together for a Wellfleet concert on period instrument. Each will perform one of Bach’s canonical works for violin and cello by Bach, then the two artists will team up for baroque sonatas by Castello, Vivaldi and Corelli.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Or: Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street.

Admission: $ 30


Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra.

The author talks about a 19th century serial killer

The Falmouth Museums on the Green will host a virtual conference on the book “The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer” with author Dean Jobb. The book tells the story of Dr Thomas Neill Cream, who was brought to justice in 1892 after, for over 15 years, killed up to 10 people in the United States, Britain and Canada. Many were desperate women who had turned to him for medical help, and his trial shows their vulnerability and the awkwardness of investigators.

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Or: In line

Admission: $ 10, $ 5 for members

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A family of foxes in Provincetown, part of a photo exhibit at Wellfleet Preservation Hall by Ben Achtenberg.

Animal photographs “birds, animals and beach waste”

Wellfleet Preservation Hall will host an artists reception for “Birds, Beasts, and Beach Trash,” an exhibition of wildlife photographs by local documentary maker and photographer Ben Achtenberg. The show, which runs until January 5, focuses on Cape Town’s wildlife which is everywhere but can rarely be noticed. In addition to Achtenberg’s own photographs, the images include “selfies” taken by deer, coyotes and other animals on motion-activated cameras set up in the photographer’s backyard in Wellfleet. The show also chronicles some of the wildlife encounters the photographer and his wife, Emily, experienced in the American West.

When: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday

Or: Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street.


Literature spoken with four authors

Barnstable’s Sturgis Library will host authors Leni Zumas, Mona Awad, Jake Wolff and Aja Gabel for a Zoom discussion on all things literature. A question-and-answer session will follow as well as a digital book sale.

When: 6 pm-7.30pm Tuesday

Or: Focus on the event

Admission: To free; to register, send an email to [email protected]


Holiday networking and shopping dinner

The Cape Cod Women’s Association will welcome Jeni Wheeler – Chief Culinary Artist of Catering Company Jeni’s Joy and Co-Founder / Co-Director of Family Table Collaborative – as a guest speaker and host of its December meeting, which is open to the public. Wheeler will share his inspiring comeback story after surviving life-changing injuries and his “coming home,” which includes his latest non-profit. Attendees can enjoy dinner, shop at the Holiday Market, and hear Ayanna Parrent, local author and founder of B Free Wellness, give pro vacation tips.

When: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday

Or: Family Table Collaborative, 1338 Route 28, South Yarmouth

Admission: $ 35 to $ 40


To have your event count for the best bets, contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected]

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