Once in a Lifetime (Thursday, Nov. 18)
Lifetime Learning at Snow Library, 67 Main St. in Orleans, continues with “Slavery in Massachusetts Before the Civil War” on Thursday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to noon. Linda Kennedy will discuss the 150 years that slavery was practiced in the state before its abolition in 1780. Then, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., John Whelan presents “I Am of Chatham.” The class is based on Whelan’s book by the same name containing the stories of 70 Chatham residents alongside photographs by Kim Roderiques. Both classes are in person and on Zoom. Registration for each with $10 suggested donation at friendsofsnowlibrary.org.
I’m Lichen It (Friday, Nov. 19)
Learn about lichens in an online program hosted by Mass Audubon on Friday, Nov. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Naturalist Tia Pinney will explain how lichens arise from a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and an algae or cyanobacteria. Registration is $24 at massaudubon.org.
Tough Love (Friday, Nov. 19)
Who will be Mr. New England Leather 2021? Find out at the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St., on Friday, Nov. 19. There will be a welcome dinner at 7 p.m. followed by a contestant meet-and-greet at 10 p.m. The event will be hosted by last year’s winner, Roberto Cuero. Visit mr-nel.com for the program and contestant application.
Contra-Band (Friday, Nov. 19 & Sunday, Nov. 21)
Put on your dancing shoes! Outermost Contra Dance comes to Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., on Friday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. There will be live music featuring Rose Clancy on fiddle, Max Cohen on guitar, and John Alden calling. Free with proof of vaccination; donations accepted. The Wellfleet Farmers Market sets up its “Annual Harvest Market” behind the hall on Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stock up on local Thanksgiving provisions while enjoying music by Shannon Davis. Details at wellfleetpreservationhall.org.
Mixed Bag (Saturday, Nov. 20)
There will be a book sale at Snow Library, 67 Main St. in Orleans, on Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, coffee table books, children’s books, CDs, and DVDs. In the last hour of the sale, buy a brown paper bag for $5 and take home whatever you can fill it with. More info at friendsofsnowlibrary.org.
Still Here (Saturday, Nov. 20)
The Cape Cod National Seashore hosts “400 Years Later: Wampanoag Culture and History Then and Now” on Saturday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. Earl “Chiefy” Mills Jr. of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will discuss life for the First People before the colonists arrived, the effects of their arrival, and its repercussions in the present day. The free outdoor talk will take place at Fort Hill in Eastham. Call 508-255-3421 to register.
Pie and Piano (Saturday, Nov. 20 – Sunday, Nov. 21)
Don’t miss the “Holiday Pie Sale and Craft Fair” at the First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., on Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be sweet and savory pies to purchase outside the church, as well as knitwear, jewelry, and other crafts inside. The next day, on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m., the church hosts a piano recital by Matthew Erikson with works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Berg. The concert is free, with donations benefitting First Congregational Church.
Rewriting History (Sunday, Nov. 21)
Nauset Fellowship presents “It’s Complicated,” a Zoom talk by K. David Weidner, executive director of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, on Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. Weidner will discuss the museum’s new permanent exhibit that readdresses the Mayflower’s 1620 landing to reflect historical accuracy and the effect on Native people. Registration is free at nfuu.org.
Echo Chamber (Sunday, Nov. 21)
The Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra performs “Shaw, Handel, Tchaikovsky: Sustaining Sounds” on Sunday, Nov. 21, 3 to 5 p.m. at Yarmouth New Church Preservation, 266 Main St. in Yarmouth Port. The program includes Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, Handel’s Concerto Grosso No. 4, Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Tickets are $30, children and students free, at capecodchamberorchestra.org.
Save Some Room (Tuesday, Nov. 23)
Katherine Alford teaches a “Thanksgiving Pie Workshop” at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, 10 Meetinghouse Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 5 to 8 p.m. Alford goes beyond the traditional pumpkin with apple cranberry lattice pie, ginger pear galette, and pecan chocolate chip rum pie. The cost is $75, including ingredients, at castlehill.org.