Jazz, books, animals & an oyster: 5 top things to do on Cape Cod Nov. 26-Dec. 2 – Cape Cod Times

Visitors to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History can meet Sammy Spat, star of the new book “Sammy Spat and the Big Rescue,” by author Kahren Dowcett. In the story, Dowcett takes a deep dive into the world under the sea, taking Sammy, a one in a million oyster, on a marine adventure that weaves life lessons with ecological awareness. The book shines a light on oysters, not only as a sustainable food source, but as a keystone species. Dowcett will be on hand, signing copies of her book.
When: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main St., Brewster
Admission:  $10 adults, $5 children (museum admission)
Information: https://ccmnh.org
Amy Pershing, author of the Cape Cod Foodie Mystery Series, will treat guests to a reading from her recently released book, “An Eggnog to Die For,” over a holiday brunch. Guests will receive copies of both that book and her “A Side of Murder” to be signed by Pershing following the reading. Brunch highlights include spiked eggnog, a mimosa bar, and white chocolate peppermint martinis.
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Mad Minnow Bar & Kitchen, 554 Route 28, Harwich
Admission: $75
Information: https://bit.ly/BrunchAP1128
The jazz ensemble of eight-string guitarist Fred Fried and the Bruce Abbott Quintet, featuring vocalist Marcelle Gauvin, will play a concert of works by such composers as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mandel, Michel LeGrand and Bill Evans. Sax, flute, bass and drums round out the ensemble’s sound.
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth
Admission: $20
Information: https://cultural-center.org
Museums on the Green will host a live and live-streamed talk with Nantucket author Nathaniel Philbrick, discussing his latest “Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy.” In the fall of 2018, Philbrick embarked on a journey into what Washington called “the infant woody country” to see for himself what America had become in the 229 years since the birth of the nation. “Travels with George” follows Philbrick’s own adventures with his wife and their dog as they follow Washington’s presidential excursions and grapple with his legacy as a man of the people, a reluctant president and a plantation owner who held people in slavery. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and personalization.
When: 4 p.m. Monday
Where: First Congregational Church, 68 Main St., Falmouth
Admission: Free
Information: https://museumsonthegreen.org
The documentary feature “The Way Home: A Century of Finding Loving Companions for Shelter Animals” will have a public screening as the Animal Rescue League of Boston continues its celebration of 100 years of service on Cape Cod. The film highlights the human/animal bond and the league’s work over the past century. Following the film will be a musical performance featuring Lisa Jason, a singer-songwriter from New York with Cape roots, backed by piano, drums and bass. Proceeds will benefit both the league and Cotuit Center for the Arts.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road
Admission: $25
Information: https://artsonthecape.org
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