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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Program on Sea Songs and Stories for Families

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Date: July 14, 2009
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421 ext 15

Have you ever sung a song about a horseshoe crab or laughed with a pirate? Have some fun in the seashore this summer with songs, stories and dance.  “Stand-Up Chameleon” Jackson Gillman will present Once Upon A Tide: Sea Songs and Stories for the Family on Tuesday, July 21 at 3:30 PM at Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown, and at 7 PM at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. 

These two rollicking performances of interactive songs and stories are guaranteed to delight and enchant all ages. For this show, Gillman will draw on his fishy repertoire from the sandy beach and the briny deep. He magically transforms himself into a wide array of eccentric characters. He might be a salt lobsterman one moment, and then one of the various creatures he comes across while fishing.

Jackson has created two dozen story/song programs over his thirty year career and has performed throughout the country. Through his many talents as mime, actor, songsmith, and storyteller Gillman brings the audience into the imaginative worlds of creative adventure.

The upcoming programs are part of the annual “Tuesday Evening Series” at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Held weekly at 7 PM in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs cover the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages, free of charge and accessible. The series, and additional special program at Province Lands Visitor Center, is sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.


Province Lands Visitor Center is located on Race Point Road in Provincetown, and can be contacted by

calling 508-487-1256. Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The visitor centers are open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the exhibits, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of the area and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles and games. For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.



Did You Know?

Piping Plover

Cape Cod National Seashore is one of the most important nesting areas for the federally-threatened Piping Plover. Abundant in the 19th century, the beach-nesting Piping Plover declined in the 20th century, but have begun to recover as a result of active protection and visitor education.