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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Songs of the Sea with Paul Kaplan

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Date: August 1, 2011
Contact: Bob McCormack, Park Ranger, 508-255-3421

Families are invited to come to Cape Cod National Seashore on August 16 for a nautical journey with storyteller-musician Paul Kaplan.In "Songs of the Sea," Kaplan will share the story of Gail the Whaler, a young girl who, disguised as a boy, ships out on a 19th century New England whale ship bound for California. There will be a 3:00 PM performance at Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown, and a 7:00 PM performance at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. The performances are free, accessible, and sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

As a songwriter and musician, Kaplan believes that music is unique in its ability to cross the boundaries of time and place, opening minds and hearts along the way.He has been an enthusiastic participant in the folk and world music scenes since the late 1960s. Long associated with Broadsideand Fast Folkmagazines, Kaplan's songs have been performed by many other noted folk musicians, including Pete Seeger. His National Seashore audiences will sing along and interact with him during a thrilling adventure straight out of New England history.

If you go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5 PM.The center includes a lobby with expansive views of Salt Pond, Nauset Marsh, and the Atlantic; and a museum featuring the park's natural and cultural stories. The Buttonbush and Nauset Marsh Trails, and the Nauset Bike Trail are located nearby. Province Lands Visitor Center is located on Race Point Road in Provincetown and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It offers a 360-degree view from its upper observation deck and access to the Province Lands Bike Trail. Staffs at both centers are available to assist with trip planning, and each center has a store with books, maps, puzzles, games, t-shirts, and 50th anniversary items. There are short films shown throughout the day. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs check the park's website, www.nps.gov/caco.

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Wellfleet kettle ponds

There are twenty permanently flooded freshwater kettle ponds within the Cape Cod National Seashore. They range in size from 2.5 to 100 acres and from 6 to 65 feet in depth.