We are fortunate to have many volunteers with wide-ranging interests and expertise on our team. This month we are shining our Volunteer Spotlight on…ALL OF YOU! On a balmy mid-September evening, we threw a party to thank our many volunteers for their service to PBCB and our communities. All enjoyed a wonderful evening of food, drink, friendship and gratitude for all that we have accomplished together. To see a gallery of photos from the evening, click here.
Orleans Pond Coalition held its annual “Celebrate Our Waters” festival on September 15-17, and PBCB played a starring role. During this weekend of free events and activities focused on the beauty of our waters, we were delighted to provide free sailing to 60 festival participants, many of whom had never sailed, been on Pleasant Bay, nor visited our campus. We all had a blast!
Among those sailing with us was a journalist who set out for her very first sail, accompanied by PBCB volunteer Steve Najarian. She describes her adventure in this
The Orleans Pond Coalition’s “Celebrate Our Waters” Weekend Festival will be held September 15, 16 and 17. This weekend, filled with free events, centers on the beauty of our waters. Enjoy many activities and learn how to become a steward of our valuable natural resources.
Choose from more than 50 activities for the whole family, including kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, nature walks and tours, model sailboats, and a beach bonfire! Have fun and learn how we can all become stewards of our valuable natural resources! And PBCB is joining in the fun by offering sailing with our instructors! Information on the sailing opportunities will be available at the festival.
Festival headquarters is located at Depot Square, Old Colony Road, in Orleans. Here you can gather information on events and register for sailing.
Click here for more information on the festival. Hope to see you there!
PBCB is proud to present the important and acclaimed film The Last Bay Scallop? that focuses on one of our areas’s most critical yet threatened natural resources: our scallop fisheries. At the Chatham Orpheum Theater on Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 am.
We brought out the boat, and yes, the Jeep, the flags, the banners – even our Christmas tree! – and joined the festivities in both Chatham and Orleans. The sun shone, the crowds cheered, and we had a blast!
Under conditions described as “wild and wooly,” the 2017 Cumming Cup was held at PBCB on June 30, 2017. The action and competition was fierce, and in the end, Stone Horse Yacht Club sailed off with this year’s cup. But our own heroes from PBCB pulled off a fantastic comeback from a last-place finish in the first race, to first place in the final (third) race! In the end, they placed third overall. Congratulations PBCB sailors!
For the third year, our signature First Sail program introduced third graders from the Monomoy and Nauset Regional School Districts to sailing on Pleasant Bay.
During the month of June, we welcomed more than 300 students from Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Brewster, Eastham and Wellfleet Elementary schools to the campus – and the kids loved it! For some of them, this was truly their “first sail.”
Through First Sail, students engage with the marine environment of Pleasant Bay and experience the thrill of sailing. We hope many of these new sailors return to our campus during the season and eventually become PBCB members, sailors, paddlers and, of course, future stewards of the bay. We thank the Friends of Pleasant Bay for their generous grant that made this program possible. Click here to see the 3rd grade sailors!
In June 2017, 200 people gathered at the Weequasett Inn to hear Rich Delany, CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) address the risks that climate change pose to the Cape Cod environment. PBCB and CCS co-sponsored the event, which was also the the kick-off for the new organization, the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative (5Cs), formed by twelve Cape-based organizations.
We filmed this important event. Click here to watch the video of the presentation and introduction of the founding members of the 5Cs.