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The Outermost House and Henry Beston Program Presented by Don Wilding and Daniel Payne

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Date: July 11, 2011

The Henry Beston Society will present a program on the author Henry Beston and his classic book, The Outermost House on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:00 PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. It is accessible, free, and sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

The pesentation will feature pre-production footage from the Beston Society's documentary film project, and will include two speakers, Don Wilding of the Henry Beston Society and Beston biographer Dr. Daniel Payne. Wilding is the producer for the Beston Society's documentary about Beston's influence on the national seashore and is working with director Christopher Seufert of Mooncusser Films in Chatham. The Dennis resident is the executive director and co-founder of the Beston Society and author of the book, Henry Beston's Cape Cod. Dr. Payne is a professor of English at the State University of New York in Oneonta, New York and is writing a critical literary biography, with a working title of Orion on the Dunes, about Beston.

This program is one in a series offered every Tuesday evening in July and August at Salt Pond.All of the programs are sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which raises awareness of national seashore resources and issues; provides funds for important park projects; sponsors interpretive and educational programs that advance the understanding of park stories and resources; and carries out significant volunteer work, especially in the area of trail maintenance.

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; a museum featuring the park's natural and cultural stories; staff to assist with trip planning, and a store with books, maps, puzzles, games, t-shirts, and 50th-anniversary commemorative items. There are short films shown throughout the day. The Buttonbush and Nauset Marsh Trails, and the Nauset Bike Trail are located nearby. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs call 508-255-3421, or check the park's website, www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

Race Point, Provincetown, MA

The area at the northernmost tip of Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown is known as “Race Point”. It gets its name from the swift tidal “race” that swirls from ocean to bay around the point. The swimming beach is located a safe distance away in calmer waters.