A historic village with modern twist, there is plenty to do in the Barnstable Village Cultural District, a charming seaside village on the north side of Barnstable. A balance between colonial history and 21st century flair, the district is filled with historical buildings, quaint shops, working artist studios and galleries, locally-owned shops, musical and theater groups, and restaurants. The original county seat, the Greek Revival county courthouse (3195 Main Street) is built of Cape Cod granite.  On the front lawn, bronze sculptures of Mercy Otis Warren and John Otis stand tall.

The district  is steps away from Barnstable Harbor, a spectacular backdrop with its working waterfront and panoramic views of Sandy Neck Beach and Lighthouse. Visitors can learn about the harbor and beaches on an eco-tour or whale watcher tour where spotting whales along with seals and dolphins is always a treat.

Step back in time on a self-guided walking tour of sea captain and patriot homes from the 1600's; meet Smithy, a working blacksmith who will share stories about the inmates at the old jail and U.S. Customs House, now home to the U.S. Coast Guard Heritage Museum. Take a guided nighttime ghost walk through the centuries-old graveyard if you dare, led by storytellers from Tales of Cape Cod; or find your genealogical history with archives dating back to colonial times at Sturgis Library, the oldest library building in the United States. From community theater at Barnstable Comedy Club, outdoor concerts, lectures and gallery tours; chatting with the local potter while he creates right before your eyes, or taking part in one of several festivals. Throughout the year the district provides a full day of arts and cultural attractions, experiences, and memories.

Arts Barnstable_all things arts and culture all seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail

Arts Barnstable_all things arts and culture all seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail
 

Aselton Park_Free Summer Concerts around town

Aselton Park_Free Summer Concerts around town

The Town of Barnstable is alive with the sound of music this summer. Enjoy FREE concerts and other entertainment around the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District and Barnstable Village Cultural District, all family friendly. Bring your blankets, chairs and dancing shoes and celebrate the season with song-no rain dates. Performances are subject to change without notice.

 

Barnstable Historical Society Museum

Located in the heart of historic Barnstable Village, 3087 Main Street, Barnstable

The Museum displays early portraits of local sea captains, maritime memorabilia and several rooms with early memroabilia and collections.

Admission is free.

Off season hours call to schedule an appointment to visit the museum or email :  508-362-2982  or info@barnstablehistory.org

 

Barnstable Village Civic Association

Each of our village associations support our year round and part time residents, playing a vital role in enhancing the best interests of the community;  fostering and promoting local businesses represent the interests of citizens on matters that affect neighborhoods, citizens and quality of life in the villages.

 

Barnstable Village Farmers Market

Every Saturday, July-September, 9am-noon at the Grounds of Superior Courthouse Route 6A 

Barnstable Village Farmers Market on Facebook

 

Barnstable Village Historical Map

Barnstable Village Historical Map

A self guided walking tour in historic Barnstable Village.

Trace history as you stroll through the self-guided tour, and experience the rich historical heritage of this area on the Old King’s Highway.  Walk from the Barnstable House, just beyond Rendezvous Lane to the Unitarian Church and cemeteries, start at any point on the map and follow in either direction. It traces the evolution of the area, hopefully creating a picture of what life was like here in its early history.    

 

Cape Cod Art Association and Photography Center of Cape Cod

An organization dedication to promoting the creation and appreciation of visual art and artists.   The CCAA includes a gift shop, two galleries for monthly exhibitions and two studios for classes, demonstrations and workshops in a variety of art media.  

 

Cape Cod Organic Farm

Cape Cod Organic Farm

Cape Cod Organic Farm is a Certified Organic Farm located along historic Route 6A in Barnstable Village.

The farm specializes in growing organic fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, and native grasses used in land restoration and breed and raise Heritage Breed Pigs for pork. 

 

Coast Guard Heritage Museum

Features items and information covering the history of the Life Saving Service as it existed on Cape Cod. Greeting visitors onsite is also the "Village Smithy", part of the Old Jail House, America's oldest wooden jail and museum.

 

Lothrop Hill Cemetery

Reverend John Lothrop founded Barnstable in 1639.   His tomb stil lstis in Barnstable's Lothrop Hill Cemetery alongside his extensive family. 

 

Tales of Cape Cod

One of the first organizations in the country to preserve oral history, via the tape recording of interviews with old time Cape Codders. Tales of Cape Cod preserves and disseminates Cape Cod's unique history in many ways including special events held throughout the year, historical lectures, and re-enactments.

 

W.F. Jones House, Museum and Research Facility, Home of the Barnstable Historical Society

Repository for all things Barnstable history.

 

Upcoming events in Barnstable Village

Artist's Vision Art Exhibit February 13-March 12

Artist's Vision Art Exhibit February 13-March 12

February 27, 2017 9:00 am

Visit Cape Cod Art Association between February 13-March 12 to view the Artist’s Visions Fine Art Exhibit. This open juried exhibit features paintings and sculptures of all media. Stop by to view the exhibit and vote for your favorite piece to win the coveted People’s Choice Award. The public is invited to the exhibit opening and award ceremony on Thursday, February 16th from 5PM-7PM.

 

Location: Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Rte 6A/Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630

Abstract Painting with Mellissa Morris Mondays Feb 20th through March 27th 2017

Abstract Painting with Mellissa Morris Mondays Feb 20th through March 27th 2017

February 27, 2017 1:00 pm

In this class students will develop a visual language,  work in series, hone in on individual styles and personal point of views. Demonstrations and techniques will be given on how to manipulate the properties of paint via color mixing, using mixed medias, and composing dynamic imagery.  Beginners to advanced students welcome.  Depending on your particular style and or ideas about what you would like to paint and what materials you would like to play with -will determine how much and what type of supplies you’ll need.
Mondays 2/20-3/27   1-3 PM

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable, MA 02630

Intro to Digital Photography with John Tunney Mondays 2/20-3-27

Intro to Digital Photography with John Tunney Mondays 2/20-3-27

February 27, 2017 6:00 pm

We will cover the essentials of good photography, including your camera’s controls, the principles of good composition and how to use shutter speeds, exposure and depth of field to craft your pictures. In addition, we will cover the basics of how to process and print your pictures at home. Plan to take lots of pictures. Classes will include weekly photo assignments and helpful critique sessions.  Mondays 2/20-3/27 6-8 PM

Bring to class your camera, manual and 5-10 pictures on CD or smart drive.

DAY: Monday
TIME: 6-8pm
BEGINS: February 20, 5 weeks
INSTRUCTOR: John Tunney
PRICE: $135 Members/$150 Non Members

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable, MA 02630

“Then & Now - Barnstable Village & West Barnstable” Exhibit February 1-28 2017

“Then & Now - Barnstable Village & West Barnstable”   Exhibit February 1-28 2017

February 28, 2017 10:00 am

Exhibit at Sturgis Library

Peter Barrows is an Award Winning Fine Art Photographer living on Cape Cod. The artist’s photography primarily captures seascapes, the art of wind and reflection on the water, boats, and landscapes. Peter’s whimsical side enjoys photographing pets and wildlife. The artist served for 10 years as the Vice President of the Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club. He continues to be an active member of CCAA Camera Club and also teaches the art of photography. His photography has been displayed in numerous venues on Cape Cod,the Cape Cod Art Association, where he is a juried artist,and his home gallery.
His “Then & Now” series takes postcards from the early 1900’s and recaptures the scene today.  Presently the “Then & Now” series includes Barnstable Village & West Barnstable, Yarmouthport, Bass River Yarmouth & Dennis, and Lewis Bay & Hyannisport.
www.peterbarrowsphotography.com
Library Hours:
Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Closed Sundays & holidays

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main St (Rte 6A) Barnstable Village

Intro to Lightroom with Betty Wiley Tuesdays 2/21-3/28

Intro to Lightroom with Betty Wiley Tuesdays 2/21-3/28

February 28, 2017 10:00 am

This is a 6 week introductory course on using Lightroom. Over the 6 week period, students will learn how to import and organize images in Lightroom as well as how to develop images and use the other features in this popular editing program.  This course is ideal for beginners through intermediate users or those who want a refresher on how to use the software.

Because we all learn by doing, students are encouraged to bring laptops to class (note that students will need to be familiar with how to use a computer and be able to navigate to folders on their hard drive).  Students will need to have Lightroom (preferably version 5.x) installed and running on their computers. This class will be hands-on and will be focused on the features in Lightroom 6 however much of the course material will also be applicable to Lightroom 5.

During this course, the student will also learn tips and tricks for keeping their lightroom catalogs organized so images can be found quickly and easily as well as how to optimize images to their fullest potential.

INSTRUCTORS: Betty Wiley
DAY: Tuesdays Six weeks Beginning February 21
TIME:10AM-Noon

COST:$96/$126

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable, MA 02630

150 Years of Reading Great Books

150 Years of Reading Great Books

February 28, 2017 6:30 pm

Sturgis Library first opened its doors for business in August 1867, making 2017 our 150th anniversary.  As part of our celebration, our winter literary discussion program will focus on books of note from the past 150 years. 
Anne Speyer, editor, library director and teacher, will lead a discussion of selections from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. 
When the first edition of Walt Whitman’s anthology Leaves of Grass burst onto the literary scene in 1855, it not only changed forever the shape of poetry but also revolutionized its content.  Shocking to American nineteenth century sensibilities—and it surely shocked many staid Cape Codders—Whitman celebrated everything about being human and being alive: our bodies and emotions, our work and our play, our desires and our diversity.
This program is free, but registration is required

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main St. (Route 6A) Barnstable Village

Sturgis Library “Off the Shelf” Art Project

Sturgis Library “Off the Shelf” Art Project

February 28, 2017

Create a piece of art from a piece of Sturgis Library! Stop by the Sturgis Library’s Circulation Desk and ask for a shelf from old 1920s bookshelves that were stored for many years in the basement. Take the shelf home and transform it into something new. Paint on it, sculpt it, carve it, cut it up, sand it down — whatever inspires you. Then donate it back to the Library by August 1st, 2017 to be auctioned off at the Library’s 150th Anniversary gala.

All proceeds from these works of art will benefit the newly established Sturgis Library Preservation Fund. Monies from this fund will be used exclusively for the preservation of the Library’s building, grounds, special collections, and archives.
February 6-March 31

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main St (Rte 6A) Barnstable Village

Beginnings Cape Wide High School Student Exhibit March 13th-19th 2017

Beginnings Cape Wide High School Student Exhibit March 13th-19th 2017

March 13, 2017 9:00 am

Join Cape Cod in celebrating the importance of visual arts for youth in this annual Cape-Wide High School Student Exhibition. Ten students from each of the Cape’s High Schools are selected by their art department to partake in this invitational exhibit. CCAA is honored to provide a professional gallery setting for students to showcase their art outside of their schools to gain exposure in the local community.

 

Location: Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Rte. 6A, Main Street

Lighting is Key Photography Exhibit March 20-April 9

Lighting is Key Photography Exhibit March 20-April 9

March 20, 2017 9:00 am

Lighting is key for producing exciting images. It not only illuminates your subject, but with it you can invoke emotion, create atmosphere and tell your story. Visit Cape Cod Art Association between March 20 and April 9 to view this photography exhibit.

 

Location: Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Rte. 6A/Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630

Points of View Fine Art Exhibit from April 10-May 7.

Points of View Fine Art Exhibit from April 10-May 7.

April 10, 2017 9:00 am

This special exhibit is a collaboration between Cape Cod Art Association’s photographers and painters/sculptors. CCAA painters/sculptors picked from ten images provided by CCAA photographers to interpret in their medium of choice.  The photo with its interpretations will be hung in a group. It is always exciting to see how artists can view the same subject differently. View the Points of View Exhibit from April 10-May 7.

 

Location: Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Rte. 6A/Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630

All Cape Cod Fine Art Exhibit May 8-June 4

All Cape Cod Fine Art Exhibit May 8-June 4

May 8, 2017 9:00 am

Artists from near and far are participating in this annual exhibit. Whether you are a Cape Cod local, wash-ashore, or are just inspired by the Cape’s majestic beauty, we invite you to visit Cape Cod Art Association between May 8 and June 4 to view the beautiful artwork.

 

Location: Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Rte. 6A/Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630

The National Fine Art Exhibit July 10-August 13, 2017

The National Fine Art Exhibit July 10-August 13, 2017

July 10, 2017 9:00 am

Cape Cod Art Association proudly presents the Fourth Annual Master Artist Invitational Exhibit. This show honors the creative talent of our Master Artist Members. These artists have obtained the highest level of membership within CCAA through a rigorous portfolio review and all have exhibited and won awards in nationally advertised shows.

 

Location: Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Rte. 6A/Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630