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Sublime Sunflowers Pastel Painting Workshop with Greg Maichack

Saturday, July 26 at 1:00 pm


Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack’s conducts his all-new workshop: “Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters." This pastel painting workshop serves sheer beginners to advanced adult artists and is free and open to the public. Seats may fill quickly and space is limited, so come into the library or call 508-760-6219 to pre-register.
 
In this fun pastel painting workshop for adults, Mr. Maichack will provide insights into the lives of the old masters who painted the Sunflower: Vincent van Gogh, Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe. A beautifully structured sunflower drawing of one of O’Keeffe’s sunflower paintings will be the jumping off point for participants as they are coached to create their own sunflower pastel painting. The essentials of pastel painting will be demonstrated as participants follow along. As always, the participants will keep their pastel paintings and use hundreds of Greg's professional-grade pastels, paper, and materials.
 
Maichack, pastel painting demonstrator at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, nominated twice for a Massachusetts Gold Star Program Award, will display his original pastel artwork to illustrate his talk. This program is made possible by a grant from the Dennis Arts and Culture Council, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
 

The Railroad and the Cape Cod Canal

Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm

This year on July 29th the Cape Cod Canal turns 100 years old. Come and learn how railroads helped make the canal possible. Ted Shrady, railroad enthusiast and author, discusses how vital railroads were to the building of the Canal. The canal’s monumental construction project took place over five years from 1909 to 1914. Along with huge steam shovels, two dozen dredgers, and hundreds of workers, two railroads were employed in its construction: the New Haven Railroad and a temporary, narrow gauge railroad built by the contractor. Despite many obstacles, such as troublesome weather and financial issues, the Cape Cod Canal finally opened on July 29, 1914, and each year thousands of people still use it to use to access the Cape.  

2014 Bayberry Quilters’ Raffle Quilt on display

Saturday, July 19 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Once again, the Bayberry Quilters have created a masterpiece in fabric to raffle off and help fund scholarships and toolships for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students. This year’s quilt features blocks of beautiful lighthouse scenes. Buy your raffle tickets at the library on THAT DAY ONLY, $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Check out the Bayberry Quilters website at: http://www.bayberryquiltersofcapecod.com/. Be generous and be lucky!

The History of Railroads on Cape Cod

Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 pm

Railroad buffs and other curious history seekers welcome! Ted Shrady, railroad enthusiast and author, shares the story of railroads on Cape Cod. "Railroads were, are, and will be on the Cape." In 1848 the railroad arrived in Sandwich, and by 1887 it advanced to Falmouth, Hyannis, Chatham, and Provincetown. The railroad was an important factor in the growth of the Cape in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Passenger trains came from Boston, New York, and Washington until 1959 and 1964. Amtrak had summer service from 1986 to 1996; scenic trains that run today began in 1981; and now the new Cape Flyer from Boston is a hit. Come hear all about the great old form of transportation that still makes its mark on the sandy peninsula.

On the Trail of Bonnie and Clyde

Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00 pm

Part travelogue and part history, this lecture presented by Christopher Daley will chronicle the story of Bonnie and Clyde, separating myth from reality!

Eighty years ago in 1934 a police ambush put an end to bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. For years the public has been fascinated with the story of this Dust Bowl Romeo and Juliet. However, much of what people know is derived from the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde," and, more recently, from a highly fictionalized movie seen on A&E & the History Channel. Much myth, conjecture, and outright lies have grown up about the two Texas bandits, but when one delves into the true story of these two lovers, a much more interesting and human story emerges, truly better than the entertainment industry creations.

Christopher Daley has traveled over 4,000 miles through the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri on the "Trail of Bonnie and Clyde," photographing and making video of the sites of their homes, murders, robberies, shootouts and hideouts. Along the way he met characters like L.J. "Boots" Hinton, the son of lawman Ted Hinton - a member of the posse that took down Bonnie & Clyde in 1934 - and the mayor of dusty Kemp, Texas, who related a fascinating story of Bonnie's incarceration at the Kemp Calaboose. Get ready to experience the real story of this infamous duo!

Author's Friday - John P. DiNatale

Friday, June 27 at 2:00 pm


John P. DiNatale’s book The Family Business is a memoir that tells the story of a multi-generational private investigation agency, founded by Phillip DiNatale, a former Boston police detective who was chosen to be one of four investigators tasked with catching the Boston Strangler. John began his apprenticeship with his father in his late teens accompanying him on surveillances and investigations, taking notes during interviews of criminal defendants, penning witness statements, and ultimately learning the art of investigation through practical experience.

Please register at the Library or call 508-760-6219. This year's Author's Friday Series is charging a $5 fee for attendance, which benefits the Friends of the Dennis Public Library. All funds raised help pay for library programs and materials.

4th of July Holiday Hours

ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY!


Thursday, July 3rd - The library will CLOSE at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, July 4th - The library will be CLOSED all day.

Saturday, July 5th - Regular library hours resume.

Masterpiece Classic Club

The NEW! Masterpiece Classic Club (formerly the Downton Abbey Fan Club) is taking a break for the summer. Please stay tuned and check our website in the fall for meeting dates and times.
Enjoy your summer!

Local author Shirley Pieters Vogel

Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm

Shirley Pieters Vogel is a respected inspirational speaker, author of wHispers and Faith, Favorites, Fun, and Fotos of Cape Cod, and she has written articles that have appeared in many publications, including Leadership Journal.

Shirley’s passion for serving God is complemented by her nursing experience, helping people through Caring Ministries, a ministry she founded in her church; working with Bridge to Hope, a prison ministry; and her marvelous sense of humor. Visit her website at www.shirleyvogel.com. Shirley will hold a raffle at her presentation, and the prize will be a free book.