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2016 OysterFest preparations are underway! Check back in late spring for new and exciting program information. Below are details from the 2015 event.
2015 Schedule of Activities
Around Town starting Friday, October 16, 2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Race Registration, Number and Shirt Pick-Up
Baker’s Field Recreation Building across from Mayo Beach
Register for Sunday's 5K Road Race and pick-up your number and t-shirt. Registrations will be done electronically either in advance or on-site at Bakers Field. Click here to register. For questions call 508.349.0314 or email: recreation@wellfleet-ma.gov
6:00 pm Oysterfete'
Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street An elegant evening of art and design with sumptuous food and wine.Handpainted oyster plates and platters will be featured and available for purchase. $75 per person limited seating. To purchase tickets visit wellfleetpreservationhall.org.
7:30 pm Environmental Shorts - Film Screening
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet
In collaboration with the Woods Hole Film Festival Series and the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), Wellfleet SPAT will present a series of short films from festival partners. Rebuilding the Alvin (produced by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Song of the Whale (co-produced by International Fund for Animal Welfare and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Safe Harbor (produced by local filmmaker Richard Elson about Wellfleet Harbor). Admission is free but seating is limited. Advance reservations are required. Visit: what.org
Saturday, October 17, 2015
OysterFest 2015 Kickoff and Main Street Festival
Welcome and Announcements from the Main Stage
Admission fee $5 per day, $8 for two days and children 12 and under are Free. Food, Arts & Crafts and Education booths open. Shuttle Service available from designated beach parking lots and Town Pier. Walk-in parking from Cove Corner Parking Lot and Wellfleet Elementary School. Handicap parking offered at the Mayo Beach lot with wheelchair accessible shuttle bus. No outside alcohol or pets permitted. Click here to purchase tickets.
SPAT Booth
Located on the corner of Main Street and Town Hall Lot
Shop for lots of great OysterFest merchandise and support the educational mission of Wellfleet SPAT, Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc., which includes a college scholarship program, community grants awards and initiatives to support the shellfishing and aquaculture industries.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm SPAT Information Booth and Volunteer Check-in
Located within the Admissions Tent at Main and Bank Streets
Stop by for information, volunteer check-in, registration forms, directions, email list sign up and more.
10:15 am - 11:15 am Crabgrass
Main Stage, Town Hall Parking Lot
A traditional bluegrass line up that mixes old and new bluegrass music. The focus is on the vocals, but the drive comes from the picking. Real songs about real life, played with drive and feeling, sung from the heart, through the nose.
crabgrassbluegrass.com
10:30 am - 11:00 am Farming The Flats – Presentation
Wellfleet Public Library, 55 Main Street
Oysters, quahogs, scallops and mussels—this talk will describe the history of shellfish harvest and growing, the way that shellfish reproduce, and the economic and ecological aspects of shellfish farming. We will also explore shellfish aquaculture at the local level and learn how growers produce the famous Wellfleet oyster. The presenter, Barbara Brennessel, Ph.D, is Professor Emerita at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She has shellfished (non-commercially) in Wellfleet for over 30 years and served on the Wellfleet Shellfish Advisory Board for the past 9 years. Her research and volunteer interests include shellfish, horseshoe crabs, river herring, marine mammal strandings, sea turtle strandings, and diamondback terrapins. She is also the author of the book Good Tidings: The History and Ecology of Shellfish Farming in the Northeast. Copies will be available for purchase and signing; on sale on a special OysterFest rate of $5 per copy! Free, no registration required.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Tennis and Pickle Ball Round Robin
Mayo Beach Tennis Courts, 70 Kendrick Avenue, Wellfleet
Prizes awarded to all participants. All proceeds go to the Wellfleet Recreation Department Tennis Fund for rebuilding the tennis courts and creating programming for children and adults. Registration fee $25. Informational Flyer available by clicking here or by visiting the Recreation Department, Town Hall, 300 Main Street. For questions call 508.349.0314 or email: recreation@wellfleet-ma.gov
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Race Registration, Number and Shirt Pick-Up
Baker’s Field Recreation Building across from Mayo Beach
Register for Sunday's 5K Road Race and pick-up your number and t-shirt. Registrations will be done electronically either in advance or on-site at Bakers Field. Click here to register. For questions call 508.349.0314 or email: recreation@wellfleet-ma.gov
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Family Fun Area
Wellfleet Preservation Hall Garden
The enchanting park behind Wellfleet Preservation Hall will feature educational activities, moon bounces, oyster jewelry making, pumpkin painting, cotton candy, face-painting and more!
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Fortune Teller Sufi Lin
Kids and adults, find out what is in your future!
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Cape Cod African Dance and Drum
Come dance and drum to uplift your spirits! African Dance and Drum will bring you and your family together in happiness, health and community!
capecodafricandanceanddrum.com
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Trevor the Juggler
Trevor will entertain all with juggling feats that defy mind, matter and gravity.
trevorjuggling.com
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm The Elbows
Fun-loving music for kids of all ages. This band will make you groove, move, sway and play.
theelbows.net
11:00 am - noon Chef Philippe Rispole – Cooking Demo
Lower Level, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street
Chef Philippe’s passion for fine cuisine was cultivated at the young age of 14, which marked his first cooking apprenticeship. His diverse experiences have shaped his cooking style into something quite innovative and unique. Many of his creations feature the region’s Provençal influences, seasonal ingredients, and Mediterranean flavors. Now Philippe is owner and chef of PB Boulangerie & Bistro, one of the Cape’s finest restaurants. During this cooking demonstration, Chef Philippe will give you a sneak peak at how incorporates a French flare into his specialty oysters. Cost is $5/per person and participation is limited to the first 75 attendees.
Purchase tickets here.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm The Daggers
Main Stage, Town Hall Parking Lot
An infectiously danceable eclectic original brew of rock, R&B, funk, latin, country, and more.
daggers.com
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Restoring Oysters, Restoring Our Waters - Presentation
Wellfleet Public Library, 55 Main Street
We all love oysters in our own ways—from shellfishing, aquaculture, art and delicate healthy food—but what else can we learn from this amazing and beautiful shellfish? For more than 350 million years this species used to thrive, and make our coastal waters clean and healthy; oysters engineered vast of reefs and biodiversity along the global coasts, until today. However, there are efforts underway to mitigate that loss. So join us with Anamarija Frankic, Director of UMASS Boston’s Green Harbors and Living Labs to hear about the Wellfleet’s oyster restoration project. You will also have an opportunity to learn from the Mashpee Wampanoag representative about oyster uses in Native American traditional culture on Cape Cod, and see a trailer of the documentary “Oyster Revival” by Allison Keir. Free, no registration required. wellfleetlibrary.org
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Oyster Shuck-Off, Shucking Contest Preliminaries
Emceed by local hero and reporter, Eric Williams, host of CapeCast, the daily webcast of the Cape Cod Times: capecodonline.com/capecast Register at the SPAT booth by 12:00 noon. Advance registration form available here or for more information email: info@wellfleetoysterfest.org
Prizes awarded: 1st Place-$1,000 2nd Place-$500 3rd Place-$250
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm SK8 Competition
Baker's Field Skateboard Park, Kendrick Avenue
"Skate Jam," including a "best trick" and "Game of S-K-A-T-E". Food, Music and Prizes. Donations welcomed. Sponsored by the Wellfleet Recreation Department. For questions call
508.349.0314 or email recreation@wellfleet-ma.gov
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm The Long Haul: The Future of New England’s Fisheries - Presentation
Wellfleet Public Library, 55 Main Street
The Long Haul: The Future of New England’s Fisheries is a critical, but hopeful, journalistic presentation on the health of the region’s fisheries and marine environment. Originally presented as a series of radio broadcasts on WCAI, Cape Cod’s local NPR station, the individual stories within this book focus on the science, policy, history, and future of our region’s fishing industry—from declining baitfish to the rise in aquaculture. While it would be easy to get caught in the dark wave of grim fish population statistics and complaints of mismanaged fisheries,The Long Haul purposefully highlights the innovative solutions that local fishermen, biologists, and managers are making to turn the tide. Join us for a special presentation and Q&A with the following contributors to this book: Sean Corcoran, WCAI’s Managing Editor and Editor of ;The Long Haul; Heather Goldstone, WCAI’s Science Editor and Living Lab Host; and WCAI’s Southcoast reporter Brian Morris. Copies of The Long Haul: The Future of New England’s Fisheries will be available for purchase and signing. Or you can purchase copies of the book in advance at The Long Haul .
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Taste the Terroir and the Merroir
Lower Level, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street
Learn more about oysters, terroir and merroir (the French word for "taste of place") through this educational and fun seminar. Sample oysters form various regions of Wellfleet paired with wines produced in Truro. This program will be co-presented by: Wellfleet oyster grower Andrew Cummings; Barnstable County Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist, Diane Murphy; and Truro Vineyards Brand Manager, Rebecca Gawley. The fee is $100 per person and participation is strictly limited to 50 people.
Purchase tickets here.
3:00pm - 5:00 pm OysterFest Spelling Bee
Wellfleet Public Library, 55 Main Street
Test your spelling skills at the annual OysterFest Spelling Bee, with children's and adult rounds, prizes, and fun! Beekeeper Ed Miller returns with a new list of words this year. Registration form for both Littlenecks (12 and under) and Quahogs (13 and up) available here and at the library. Please register by 2:30pm. Littlenecks round begins at 3pm with the Quahogs round to follow.
3:00pm - 5:00 pm Rip It Ups and Friends
Main Stage, Town Hall Parking Lot
The Rip-It-Ups and friends! An 8 piece OysterFest original playing roots rock/original tunes. Good friends Steve Shook, Jordan Renzi, Rayssa Rabeiro, Sarah Burrill and Mac Hay will play together to create some jump up, rock out, dancing feet fun!
theripitups.com
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm Dance Party
Baker's Field, Kendrick Avenue
Why wait in traffic for hours? Come party under the tent at Baker's Filed until the traffic clears up. Music by DJ Curtie Cut. Disco, Reggae and Top 40. Donations welcomed to support the Wellfleet Recreation Department Music Programming. Sponsored by the Wellfleet Recreation Department. For questions call 508.349.0314 or email recreation@wellfleet-ma.gov
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Race Registration, Number and Shirt Pick-Up
  Baker’s Field Recreation Building across from Mayo Beach
Register for Sunday's 5K Road Race and pick-up your number and t-shirt. Registrations will be done electronically either in advance or on-site at Bakers Field. Click here to register. For questions call 508.349.0314 or email: recreation@wellfleet-ma.gov
7:30 pm The Power of One Voice - Film Screening
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet
In collaboration with the Woods Hole Film Festival Series and the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), Wellfleet SPAT will present The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson - a groundbreaking documentary examining the life of Rachel Carson and the profound implications of her environmental work. The film features interviews with Rachel Carson’s adopted son, Roger Christie, her biographer, Linda Lear, and other notable writers, scientists and advocates. Rachel Carson remains a role model today and inspiration for people across the globe, even as the controversy created by her challenge to the chemical industry continues unabated.
Visit: what.org
Sunday, October 18, 2015
9:00 am 5K Adult Road Race
New route this year – Begin at Great Island Parking Lot, run along Chequessett Neck Road to the corner of Kendrick Avenue and Chequessett and back.
Sponsored by the Wellfleet Recreation Department. Check-in and on-site registration beginning at 7:30 am on Sunday. All Runners Must Take the Free Shuttle Bus From the Town Pier to the Start of the Race and Back. Shuttles Will Leave The Pier Starting At 7:30 AM and continue until 8:45 am for the Adult Race. Shuttle for the Kids Race runs 9:40 am until 10:00 am. Prizes given to first, second and third place, First Wellfleet Resident and First Race Walker male and female! T-shirts limited to first 100 entrants aged 13 and older. Online registration only. Click here to register. For questions contact the Recreation Department at 508.349.0314 or recreation@wellfleet-ma.gov
Race results will be available on coolrunning.com
9:30 am – 10:30 am Walk with Oysters: Healthy Waters = Healthy Humans
Town Pier, Opposite the Harbormaster’s Building
Learn about oyster aquaculture and shellfishing first-hand from Wellfleet's own Shellfishing Constable, Andy Koch, on a tour of the intertidal flats and shellfish grants. This tour will continue with an introduction to the oyster reef restoration project to improve water quality in the harbor. Anamarija Frankic, the chief scientist of the project, will discuss the critical role shellfish play in a healthy coastal ecosystem and coastal communities. Free, no registration required.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Main Street Festival
Main Street and Town Hall Parking Lot
Admission fee $5 per day, $8 for two days and children 12 and under are Free. Food, Arts & Crafts and Education booths open. Shuttle Service available from designated beach parking lots and Town Pier. Walk-in parking from Cove Corner Parking Lot and Wellfleet Elementary School. Handicap parking offered at the Mayo Beach lot with wheelchair accessible shuttle bus. No outside alcohol or pets permitted.
Click here to purchase tickets.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm SPAT Booth
Located on the corner of Main Street and Town Hall Lot
Shop for lots of great OysterFest merchandise and support the educational mission of Wellfleet SPAT, Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc., which includes a college scholarship program, community grants awards and initiatives to support the shellfishing and aquaculture industries.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm SPAT Information Booth and Volunteer Check-in
Located within the Admissions Tent at Main and Bank Streets
Stop by for information, volunteer check-in, registration forms, directions, email list sign up and more.
10:15 am 1.4 mile Children's Fun Run for ages 12 and under
New route this year – Great Island Parking lot along Duck Harbor Road and back.
A timed fun run with prizes given to all participants. All children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. T-shirts limited to first 50 entrants aged 12 and under. All Runners Must Take the Free Shuttle Bus From the Town Pier to the Start of the Race and Back. Shuttles Will Leave The Pier Starting At 9:40 am for the Kids Race and continue until 10:00 am. Sponsored by the Wellfleet Recreation Department. For questions call 508.349.0314 or email: recreation@wellfleet-ma.gov
Online registration only. Click here to register.
10:00 am –11:00 am Uncle Tim’s Bridge Walk for All Ages
Tour Meet at Uncle Tim’s Bridge, Commercial Street
Walk across Uncle Tim’s Bridge to explore Cannon Hill with Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary director Bob Prescott. Dress for the weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at Uncle Tim’s Bridge.
10:15 am - 11:15 am Catie Flynn Band
Main Stage, Town Hall Parking Lot
Catie Flynn is a published songwriter and Berklee graduate who grew up in Harwich. When she came back from Nashville she formed a band with guitarist Aaron Mayo, Drummer Joseph Hoyt and Bassist Karl Hoyt. They've been together for four years playing all sorts of outer cape venues.
facebook.com/CatieFlynnBand
11:00 am - 11:30am Safe Harbor Film Screening – a short film about Blackfish Creek
Wellfleet Public Library, 55 Main Street
The unique nature of Wellfleet Harbor is featured in this 30 minute film produced by Richard Elson, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and part-time Lieutenant Island resident. Oysters, horseshoe crabs, and diamondback terrapins and the people who work with them take center stage and tell the story of this fragile harbor and coastal environment.
Free, no reservations necessary.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Family Fun Area
Wellfleet Preservation Hall Garden
The enchanting park behind Wellfleet Preservation Hall will feature educational activities, moon bounces, oyster jewelry making, pumpkin painting, cotton candy, face-painting and more! wellfleetpreservationhall.org
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm The Elbows
Fun-loving music for kids of all ages. This band will make you groove, move, sway and play.
theelbows.net
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Fortune Teller Sufi Lin
Kids and adults, find out what is in your future!
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Trevor the Juggler
Trevor will entertain all with juggling feats that defy mind, matter and gravity.
trevorjuggling.com
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm The Keltic Kids
An Irish music band made up of kids from all over Cape Cod. They love performing and sharing their music.
keltickidsmusic.weebly.com
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Chandler Travis Philharmonic
Main Stage, Town Hall Parking Lot
A nine piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion and singing valet. It’s possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra.
chandlertravis.com
noon - 1:00 pm Rescuing Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles - Presentation
Wellfleet Public Library, 55 Main Street
Across Cape Cod, a number of dedicated individuals from several organizations are trained to rapidly respond to the rescue of marine mammals (whales, dolphins, and seals) and sea turtles that become stranded, entangled, cold-stunned or otherwise injured. This presentation and Q&A with representatives from organizations including International Fund for Animal Welfare, Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and NOAA National Marine Fisheries will provide an introduction to the types of marine animal strandings we encounter on Cape Cod, the theories behind the strandings, and an overview of the rescue efforts. Information on how to help marine wildlife will also be shared. Free, no reservations required.
wellfleetlibrary.org
noon – 1:00pm Sarah Leah Chase - Cooking Demo and Book Signing
Lower Level, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street
Nationally-known cookbook author Sarah Leah Chase will demonstrate two recipes from her new cookbook. Ms. Chase launched her culinary career on Nantucket Island when she opened her specialty food shop and catering business, Que Sera Sarah in 1981. Although she moved with her family to Cape Cod at the end of 1999, she continues to write the weekly food column for Nantucket’s Inquirer & Mirror newspaper. Sarah is also a best selling cookbook author and recipe consultant to Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa). Sarah’s most recent cookbook, New England Open House, was released this summer. The fee for this program is $5 per person and is limited to 75 people.
Purchase tickets here.
1:00 pm –1:30 pm Sustainable Seafood - Presentation
Presentation Wellfleet Public Library, 55 Main Street
Many of us New Englanders have traditional seafood favorites like haddock, lobster, and scallops – but did you know that our region also has a variety of lesser-known and equally delicious fish like Acadian redfish, whiting, and Cape shark? The Gulf of Maine Research Institute works with fishing and seafood businesses here in our region to help seafood lovers find restaurants, grocery stores, and other outlets serving local seafood that you can feel good about. Learn more about what’s going on in New England’s fishing communities, and how you can play a part by seeking out regional seafood, with Kyle Foley from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
wgmri.org/seafood
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Oyster Shuck-Off, Shucking Contest Finals
Main Stage behind Town Hall
Cheer on your favorite contestant in the final round of Cape Cod’s famous Oyster Shucking Competition. Prizes will be awarded: 1st Place-$1,000, 2nd Place-$500, 3rd Place -$250. Advance registration form available here or for more information email:
email: info@wellfleetoysterfest.org
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys
Main Stage, Town Hall Parking Lot
Sarah Swain and The Oh Boys are a delicious blend of rockabilly, Americana and a splash of soul.
sarahswain.com
5:00 pm OysterFest closes for 2015
Thank you for your support. See you next year!
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