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.

Barnstable Historical Society Museum

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 Association

Barnstable Village 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 Historical Map and self guided walking tour

Barnstable Village Historical Map and self guided walking tour

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. 

Free maps are available at Cape Cod Art Association, area Barnstable Village businesses and online.  

 

Cape Cod Art Center

Cape Cod Art Center

An organization with a mission to promote the creation and appreciation of visual art by providing a supportive environment for education and exhibitions. The CCAC includes a gift shop, two galleries for monthly exhibitions and two studios for classes, demonstrations and workshops in a variety of art media.   Formerly the Cape Cod Art Association.

3480 Route 6A, Barnstable

 

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

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.

 

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature center and trails on Barnstable Harbor.  Year-round and seasonal programs, including kayaking, aquatic exploration cruises, tours of Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands, Barnstable Harbor excursions, and other water-based programming.  Also has a Nature Play Area, butterfly mosaic trail, and bee observation hive. 

 

Lothrop Hill Cemetery

Lothrop Hill Cemetery

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

Rev. John Lothropp (1584–1653) — sometimes spelled Lothrop orLathrop — was an English Anglican clergyman, who became a Congregationalist minister and emigrant to New England. He was among the first settlers of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Perhaps Lothropp's principal claim to fame is that he was a strong proponent of the idea of the Separation of Church and State (also called "Freedom of Religion"). This idea was considered heretical in England during his time, but eventually became the mainstream view of people in the United States of America, because of the efforts of John Lothropp and others. Lothropp left an indelible mark on the culture of New England, and through that, upon the rest of the country. He has had many notable descendents, including at least 6 US presidents, as well as many other prominent Governors, and government and business people.

 

Map of the Seven Villages

Map of the Seven Villages

This map includes all seven villages, downtown Hyannis, Main Street Barnstable Village, and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.

 

Photography Center of Cape Cod

Part of the Cape Cod Art Center, CCAC Photography was created to help photographers develop their skills, share their passion, and to promote a greater appreciation of photographic arts. They offer classes, workshops, exhibits, portfolio reviews, and other activities for photographers of all levels, from beginners to professionals and children, too.

Cape Cod Art Center - Photography is located at 3480 Route 6A (Main Street) in Barnstable.

 

Tales of Cape Cod

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 with special events held throughout the year, historical lectures, and re-enactments.

 

Upcoming events in Barnstable Village

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition Discussion with Zee Crocker at Sturgis Library 2/27

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition Discussion with Zee Crocker at Sturgis Library 2/27

February 27, 2018 6:00 pm

We will hold a discussion given by Zenas Crocker of the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition regarding what is going on around Cape Cod in regards to our public water supply. The discussion will take place Tuesday, February 27th from 6 to 7:30 PM.

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition: A Rescue Mission

Clean water is important to our health, environment and local economy. On Cape Cod, our marine bays are impaired by excess levels of nitrogen and other contaminants, our freshwater ponds are threatened by high levels of phosphorous, and the groundwater from our sole source aquifer used for drinking is compromised from these dangers. Utilizing education, monitoring, mitigation and advocacy, the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition is working to address the threats to our waters in the 75-plus square miles of the Town of Barnstable.

Learn about the new generation of water conservation advocacy led by the Coalition. This lecture will present the restoration plan for the Marstons Mills River to address the water quality problems caused by excessive nitrogen in the Three Bays Watershed. This innovative plan includes a range of strategies including aquaculture, pond dredging, wetlands restoration, and alternative septic system technologies.

Admission is free. Registration is appreciated.

Call the Library at 508-362-6636 or register via email at sturgislibrary@comcast.net. You may also register online here:http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/barnstable-clean-water-coalition-discussion-with-zenas-crocker/

 

Location: Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Intro to Fiction Writing Class at Sturgis Public Library 3/7-5/9

Intro to Fiction Writing Class at Sturgis Public Library 3/7-5/9

March 7, 2018 6:00 pm

Free Fiction Writing Class at Sturgis Public Library

Wednesdays From March 7th-May 9th. 6 to 7PM. Registration Required. Ages 16-99

Funded by a generous grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Sturgis Library will be hosting an intro to fiction writing class every Wednesday night from March 7th through May 9th, 6 to 7 PM. Classes will cover character creation, plotting, genre, language, grounding readers, regionalism, setting, editing, and publication. Corey Farrenkopf, author and Adult Services Librarian, will instruct the class. (visit https://www.coreyfarrenkopf.com/ to view previously published stories)

In addition to workshops, visiting authors will give readings from their work. The first of these will be Paul Tremblay, winner of the British Fantasy Award, on April 4th starting at 7. Preregistration is required. Limited openings.

Call 508-362-6636 or send and email to sturgisreference@comcast.net.

Adults and young adults welcome. Reading Materials will be provided.

 

Location: Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Lost and Found: Mixed Media w/ Jackie Reeves 3/17

Lost and Found: Mixed Media w/ Jackie Reeves 3/17

March 17, 2018 9:30 am

Lost and Found: The art of letting go of control and embracing process through drawing, painting and collage
Day: Saturday, March 17th
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Skill Level: Some art experience is required, knowledge of the basics of drawing, and composition.
Class maximum: 12
*Workshop cost includes material fee — materials will be provided by instructor in addition to the materials you will bring to the workshop

The goal of this workshop is to loosen up, experiment and play with drawing marks, painting spills, drips, drags, imprints (etc), and collage. The idea is to let go of control and push your limits allowing the materials to take the lead as you aim to develop a small series of artworks by the end of the day. This could potentially serve as a launching pad to give you new direction in your work.

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable Village, MA

March 24 Making Masks w/ Barbara Braman 3/24

March 24 Making Masks w/ Barbara Braman 3/24

March 24, 2018 9:30 am

Making Masks with Barbara Braman Workshop
Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Cost: $75 Member | $95 Non-Member
*This is an intermediate level class.  Some experience with creating mobile digital art, using any app, is necessary.
Workshop Description:
What is a mask? In digital art, a mask is a tool to let you do something to a part of the image but not the whole.
What sort of something?  Anything.  You can change the exposure in a dark area of the image.  You can smooth only the skin.  You can make part of the image black and white.  You can blur the background.
You can ADD things to an image.  You can add a texture to the background.  You can add an object.  You can REMOVE or REPLACE things from an image.
We are going to focus on making masks in two apps: iColorama and Procreate.  I will also show you a simple way to cut out objects from photos that is useful for composite images. Different apps work in different ways, and different masking techniques work better for certain types of jobs. After you are comfortable with basic masking, we will explore some more advanced masking techniques.

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable Village, MA

April 4 Drawing on an iPad w/ Barbara Braman 4/4 and 4/11

April 4 Drawing on an iPad w/ Barbara Braman 4/4 and 4/11

April 4, 2018 6:00 pm

Drawing on An iPad
Instructor: Barbara Braman
Days: Wednesday, April 4th & Wednesday, April 11 (This class will meet two consecutive Wednesdays)
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm (4th & 11th)
Cost: $75 Member | $95 Non-Member

Drawing and painting are just two of the things you can do on an iPad. You can also transform your photos and drawings, make collages of images, combine effects to make complex images.
In this introductory class we will explore drawing and painting as well as simple collage techniques with the app Procreate. This one platform allows you to create drawings, paintings and collages.
This is an art class, not a technology class! The apps we use are simply tools, like brushes and paints, that respond to your creative input and can be used to express your ideas and vision. Practical uses include using your iPad as a sketch book, trying out new ideas with easy changes and no cost in media or paper, and, of course, creating finished work that can be printed and framed.

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable Village, MA

Paul Tremblay Reading and Book Signing at Sturgis Library 4/4

Paul Tremblay Reading and Book Signing at Sturgis Library 4/4

April 4, 2018 7:00 pm

Sponsored by a generous grant from the Art Foundation of Cape Cod, join Sturgis Library for a night with Paul Tremblay. Paul Tremblay is the author of Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghost, The Little Sleep, and other works of fiction. He has won The Massachusetts Book Award, The British World Fantasy Award, a Bram Stoker Award, and is on the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards. Books will be on sale at the event provided by Titcomb’s Books of Sandwich. A Q and A will follow the event. FREE to the public. Registration is not required, but appreciated. Call 508-362-6636, email sturgisreference@comcast.net, or follow this link: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/paul-tremblay-reading-and-book-signing/
April 4 7-8PM

 

Location: Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Intro to iColorama App w/ Rita Colantonio 4/14

Intro to iColorama App w/ Rita Colantonio 4/14

April 14, 2018 9:30 am

Intro to iColorama App
Instructor: Rita Colantonio
Day:  Saturday, April 14th
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Price: Members $75/Non-Members $95
This workshop offers some basic workflows for iColorama. iColorama is a popular mobile art app for Apple mobile devices. A powerful app with a full range of tools, artists and photographers use iColorama to edit photos, create digital montages, and create artwork from scratch.
In this workshop, you will learn how to adjust photos for color, tone, and clarity. You will learn how to blend images together and add textures, as well as how to make changes selectively to specific parts of your image.
This is a hands on class, so please bring your iPad (preferred) or iPhone with some images for editing. An Apple Pencil or stylus would be helpful but is not required. Please download iColorama before the workshop. It is available in the Apple App Store.  Check out the glowing reviews for more information on the scope of this terrific app!

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable Village, MA

The History of Sailor’s Valentines with Gregg Roberts at Sturgis Library Tuesday April 17 @ 6PM

The History of Sailor’s Valentines with Gregg Roberts at Sturgis Library Tuesday April 17 @ 6PM

April 17, 2018 6:00 pm

Award winning artist, Gregg Roberts, will be giving a lecture on the history of Sailor’s Valentines, a traditional style of folk-art once crafted by sailors in the whaling industry. These designs utilize a broad selection of natural shells and flat rope knotting techniques painstakingly made by the artist. Roberts will discuss both what goes into creating such works and the cultural significance of the tradition. His work will be on display in our lobby throughout April.
FREE to the public. Registration is appreciated but not required. Call 508-362-6636, send an email to sturgisreferrence@comcast.net or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-history-of-sailors-valentines-with-gregg-roberts/

 

 

Location: Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Intro to Bonsai at Sturgis Library 4/24

Intro to Bonsai at Sturgis Library 4/24

April 24, 2018 5:00 pm

Intro To Bonsai Class At Sturgis Library (TUES) April 24 @ 5PM
Join us for a 3 hour introduction to Bonsai Course with the Cape Cod Bonsai Club. For 15 dollars, you will be given a young tree, taught how to prune and shape it, along with the basics of tree care. There will also be an in depth lecture covering the history of the art form and how it has evolved throughout the ages. Class will be taught by Charles Orr and Andrew Arnault, the president and vice president of the Cape Cod Bonsai Club.
Registration is Required.  Limited seats. Call 508-362-6636 or email sturgisreference@comcast.net

 

Location: Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

April 28 Watercolor-Secrets of Success with Becky Haletky 4/28

April 28 Watercolor-Secrets of Success with Becky Haletky 4/28

April 28, 2018 9:00 am

Secrets of Success in Watercolor
Saturday, April 28
9AM-3:30PM
$125 Members $175Non-Members

Becky will share her 38 years of watercolor painting experience. The class will
learn how to create impactful watercolors, using her unique methods.
Instruction will include drawing techniques, composition and perspective.
Developing your own personal style and originality will be emphasized.
Becky will demonstrate painting techniques: capturing light, color mixing, wet into
wet skies, textures, hard edged realism and how to fix mistakes.
All levels welcome

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable Village, MA

April 28 Blending with iColorama w/ Rita Colantonio 4/28

April 28 Blending with iColorama w/ Rita Colantonio 4/28

April 28, 2018 9:30 am

iColorama 2 – Blending with iColorama
Instructor: Rita Colantonio
Day: Saturday, April 28th
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Cost: Members $75 | Non-Members $95
Blending in iColorama.
This workshop is designed for iPad users who have taken my Intro to iColorama workshop or are familiar with the iColorama app.  iPhone only users who are familiar with this app may also benefit from this workshop. This app can be used with photographs generated from any mobile device, or sent to your mobile device from your computer. Blending and masking in iColorama is unique to the app but is quite rewarding when mastered and can lead to beautiful montages or image composites. Blending can also be used for textures, colors and lighting effects.
This is a hands on class, so please bring your iPad (preferred) with images loaded for editing. An Apple Pencil or stylus would be helpful but not required. Please load iColorama onto your device before arriving.
The app can be purchased at the app store, and while you’re there, please take a look at the reviews. They are glowing!

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable Village, MA

Roger McGuinn at the Cotuit Center for the Arts 5/5

Roger McGuinn at the Cotuit Center for the Arts 5/5

May 5, 2018 7:30 pm

Cotuit Center for the Arts and Payomet Performing Arts Center are proud to present Rock’n'Roll Hall-of-Famer Roger McGuinn at the Tilden Arts Center in Barnstable. As the singer and guitarist for the Byrds with hits such as ‘Turn! Turn! Turn, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, ‘Eight Miles High’, and ‘So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’, McGuinn’s chiming guitar would influence generations of musicians.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
At Tilden Arts Center
2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA
Ticket prices:
$40-$85
To buy tickets, visit the link below, or call the Payomet Box Office at 508-349-2929.

 

Location: Tilden Arts Center, Iyannough Rd. West Barnstable

May 19-20 Learn Portrait Sculpture w/ Neil Grant 5/19-20

May 19-20 Learn Portrait Sculpture w/ Neil Grant 5/19-20

May 19, 2018 10:00 am

Learn Portrait Sculpture
Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20
10:00AM – 4:30PM with lunch break
$225 Members/$255 Non-Members (includes $30 Material Fee for model fees and clay)

The ability to sculpt a realistic head in clay allows the artist to capture the essence or likeness of someone they admire or love in a three-dimensional form.
This class is for beginner and intermediate level students who want to learn how to create realistic portraits in clay.  Instructor Neil Grant teaches a step by step method that demystifies the process for sculpting a head.
Using a model and other materials as reference, students will learn how to look at a person, simplify what they are seeing and sculpt a realistic likeness.  At each stage of the process, Neil will explain the theory, give a demonstration of the technique, and then work one on one with each student as they create their sculpture.  The aim of the workshop is to give students a method they can take away with them and use to make portrait sculptures in the future.

*Stands and tools will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own preferred tools if they have them.

 

Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable Village, MA