Discover Cape Cod: Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and More with Shawnie Kelley

Discover Cape Cod: Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and More with Shawnie Kelley


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Join a published author as we discover Cape Cod in this introductory seminar. We’ll cover four centuries of colonial, maritime, architectural, and economic history, along with travel suggestions throughout the Cape, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket.

Using short stories and beautiful images, our journey begins on Martha's Vineyard then moves through time around the region. Suggestions are made as to how to experience these historical moments - whether it's visiting a museum or historic sites, climbing the country's tallest granite tower, or sniffing out the local cuisine. Cape Cod's history is brought to life in ways that make exploring "the bared and bended arm of Massachusetts" (as Henry David Thoreau wrote) a rich, educational experience.

Learn about an English privateer who named many of the Cape’s major landmarks and how the humble cranberry saved the region from economic depression. We explore the Cape's oldest town of Sandwich and the vibrant arts scene in Provincetown. The conversation also covers two extraordinary maritime disasters, tales of pilgrims and pirates, colorful seas captains, the Cape's Portuguese connections, and several Cape Cod "firsts" that changed the world.

Led by the author of “Discover Cape Cod”, Shawnie Kelley, this seminar encourages travelers to look beyond the beaches to actively Discover Cape Cod through its rich history, cultural offerings, and breathtaking landscapes. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away from this seminar with a unique perspective on visiting the Cape, as well as some practical travel advice.

Columbus-based author, Shawnie Kelley is a travel and food writer who has published four books, including "Discover Cape Cod" and "It Happened on Cape Cod," as well as hundreds of history, food and travel related magazine articles. She attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA., The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. and The University of Edinburg in Scotland. Her academic background is in Art History with a focus on medieval and renaissance architectural history. In 2008, she started Wanderlust Tours, a cultural and culinary travel company for which she has conducted tours through France, Great Britain and Cape Cod. Shawnie has been traveling to Cape Cod both personally and professionally her entire life and visits her place in Yarmouth whenever she has a chance. As a food lover, Shawnie is particularly interested in regional culinary traditions and how food connects us with a culture and with each other. She has been teaching travel and cooking classes for the past 14 years through an adult lifelong learning program in Columbus, OH. Shawnie is an avid home cook and culinary instructor, runner, herb gardener, and cat lover.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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Pamela M (Summerland Key, US)
Extremely helpful

I really enjoyed the presentation. Perfect for the wannabe vacationer.

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Roderick Chu (New Albany, US)
An informative, delightful insider's view of the Cape & Islands

In just an hour or so, Shawnie provided insights into the Cape and its islands that even someone who's been there several times found interesting and informative. So much to cover, I look forward to delving into more detail in her book.

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Shawnie Kelley (New Kensington, US)
Pleasant and Educational

I found this class very pleasant. I enjoyed the historical chronological order of Cape Cod. Thank you.

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Maria Victor-Smith (Danbury, US)
Great presentation. Learned a lot about Cape Cod and the Islands

Great presentation. Very informative and put together program.
Also thanks for the notes

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Noel Stillings (Hollywood, US)
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Good overview of 350 years of Cape Cod history, from author who has written books about Cape Cod. And what a history - indigenous peoples, pirates, shipwrecks, site of transatlantic cable, glass and maritime industry, conservation of natural resources- that and more! Also covered Nantucket and showed the pre Civil war homes and architecture!

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
43%
(3)
43%
(3)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
P
Pamela M (Summerland Key, US)
Extremely helpful

I really enjoyed the presentation. Perfect for the wannabe vacationer.

R
Roderick Chu (New Albany, US)
An informative, delightful insider's view of the Cape & Islands

In just an hour or so, Shawnie provided insights into the Cape and its islands that even someone who's been there several times found interesting and informative. So much to cover, I look forward to delving into more detail in her book.

S
Shawnie Kelley (New Kensington, US)
Pleasant and Educational

I found this class very pleasant. I enjoyed the historical chronological order of Cape Cod. Thank you.

M
Maria Victor-Smith (Danbury, US)
Great presentation. Learned a lot about Cape Cod and the Islands

Great presentation. Very informative and put together program.
Also thanks for the notes

N
Noel Stillings (Hollywood, US)
Review

Good overview of 350 years of Cape Cod history, from author who has written books about Cape Cod. And what a history - indigenous peoples, pirates, shipwrecks, site of transatlantic cable, glass and maritime industry, conservation of natural resources- that and more! Also covered Nantucket and showed the pre Civil war homes and architecture!