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News Release Date: February 12, 2016

Contact: Dani Crawford, 508-255-3421 x 0305

Nature walks, tours of a whaling captain's home, a presentation on the Pendleton rescue and motor lifeboat featured in the movie "The Finest Hours," films, and a talk on sharks are among the programs being offered by Cape Cod National Seashore between February 13 and 21. Many programs are geared towards families who live on Cape Cod or are visiting during February vacation week. In addition, the seashore's Winter Film Festival continues. In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, this year's festival features silent films from 1916 and later films they inspired. All programs are free, and many occur at Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham. For outdoor programs, dress warmly and prepare for the weather. If the weather is inclement, call ahead to 508-255-3421, ext. 0 to see if the program will occur as scheduled, or will be moved indoors.

Sunday, February 14:

Film: Snow White and the Huntsman, 1:30 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center. An updated take on the Snow White tale finds the maiden battling the evil queen with skills learned from the huntsman sent to kill her. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Monday, February 15:

Film: Guarding Tess, 1:30 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center. A Secret Service agent is assigned to protect the first lady. Everything changes when she is kidnapped. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Tuesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 18:

Tour: The Captain Penniman House, 2 PM. On this one-hour tour you'll learn about the life, hardships, and adventures of the prominent whaling family who lived in the house. Meet at the Penniman House, 70 Fort Hill Road, Eastham.

Wednesday, February 17:

Walk: Winter Survival Games, 2 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center. On this one mile, 90-minute family program we'll explore how New England animals survive the winter. Do they hibernate, stay active and leave tracks in the snow, or head somewhere warmer? Dress for the weather for this indoor and outdoor program.

Friday, February 19:

Walk: Winter on the Beach, 11 AM. This one-hour family program looks at how beaches change from season to season, and how erosion is changing the shape of Cape Cod. Bring binoculars, if you have them, to look for birds. Wear winter boots and dress warmly. Meet in the parking lot at Coast Guard Beach, Eastham.

Talk: Great White Sharks, 2 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center. This 45-minute talk features an in-depth look at one of the ocean's most fascinating predators. Explore the natural history of white sharks, their habits, and why they're becoming the hottest topic on Cape Cod.

Saturday, February 20:

Talk: The CG36500—Her Story, 1 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center. The CG36500 was the wooden lifeboat used in the 1952 rescue of 32 men off the tanker, Pendleton. The rescue and boat are featured in the current box office hit, "The Finest Hours." During this one-hour talk, Richard G. Ryder, maritime historian, author, and current operations manager for the CG36500, will reminisce about Chatham in the 1950s, the rescue, and the process to restore the original boat and open it to the public. The program will be followed by informal conversation about the making of the film, in which Mr. Ryder and several other locals served as extras.

Sunday, February 21:

Film: Chaplin, the Movie, 1:30 PM, Salt Pond Visitor Center. The film showcases comic icon Charlie Chaplin's poignant journey through triumph, failure, infamy, and government persecution. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

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 4:30 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 book and gift store featuring books, maps, puzzles, games, apparel, and other national seashore-related items. There are short films shown throughout the day. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs call 508-255-3421, or check the park's website,

Last updated: February 12, 2016

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