Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Art in the studio

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod Serving the Entire Cape Community

ByPat O’Connell | Photos by Pat O’Connell

The mission statement of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod is:

“To serve the entire Cape community and visitors to the area by offering instruction, entertainment, and exhibition in the visual, literary, and performing arts.”

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod can be found in an exquisite 19th century building in South Yarmouth, which was once home to the Bass River Savings Bank. After being vacant for almost twenty years, the architectural gem was quickly decaying.  A group of local citizens decided to start a non-profit in order to raise funds to transform the old building into a “much-needed” cultural center. The local non-profit embarked on a six year long journey of fundraising, beginning in 2000. In 2006, the Town of Yarmouth released $400,000 in Community Preservation Act Funds to continue and complete the necessary renovations on the future Cultural Center. The center was opened in 2007 with the primary purpose of serving “under-served” populations in the community, including at-risk youth.

 Robert Mesrop
This is Robert B. Mesrop. He is one of the artists who has a studio on the second floor of the center. He also teaches classes and specializes in watercolor and oil painting.

Since its opening, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod has served over 200,000. The Center offers a wide variety of events, exhibits, and educational exhibits in the visual arts, culinary arts, humanities, music, movement, and more. No matter your age, ability level, or financial situation, the Center is available to anyone wishing to enrich their creativity and improve upon their talents. In the efforts to reach an even wider population, the Cultural Center opened a brand-new Education Wing in 2016. Here you will find a Culinary Arts Center, a state-of- the-art recording studio, and pottery studio.

Night Owl Recording Studio
Night Owl Recording Studio

On the upper level of the Education Wing are the Owl Studios. The Owl Studios are home to 5 individual local resident artist’s studios, which remain open to the public. If the artist is there at the time you visit, they are always open to talk about their works or the arts in general. The Studios are a unique way to observe the artist’s entire creative process and to learn through observation, a variety of techniques. The Cultural Center takes pride in their “democratic philosophy of inclusion, encouragement, and accessibility” and the positive results are undeniable.

Drums in the recording studio
Drums in the recording studio.

Other innovative and diverse opportunities offered at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod include the Bass River Press, the Rise and Shine Program, and the Gorelick-Guest Library. Established in 2015, the Bass River Press was created to support local poets and to engage the community in the literary arts. Each year, the Bass River Press publishes one complete collection of works by a Cape and Islands poet. The poet of the year is chosen through an annual submission and judgment process. In the near future, the Press hopes to publish a work of fiction and non-fiction each year as well. The Rise and Shine program offers a variety of workshops to the at-risk youth population. Upon completion of the workshops, the program holds a celebration of the participants work through different exhibits, performances, and readings held at the Center.

At the Gorelick-Guest Library, you will find an extensive collection of books about the arts that is open to the public for research and inspiration. Be sure to check the website for their ever-changing exhibits and events as well. Truly unlike any other Cultural Center around, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod has
something to offer virtually everyone and perfectly encompasses their motto: “All the Arts for All of Us”

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
508-394- 7100


Mary Moran is a Falmouth native and knowledgeable about Cape Cod. In addition to writing for the Palmer House Inn, she’s also frequently at the inn and available  to answer quest’s questions. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time exploring Falmouth’s coastal waterways.

3 Great Summer Monday Events in Falmouth, Cape Cod

3 Great Summer Monday Events in Falmouth, Cape Cod

Three wonderful Falmouth Village venues have teamed up to create one great series of evening events on Mondays this summer. The series will begin on Monday, July 7th and will conclude on August 18th.

3 Great Summer Monday Events in Falmouth, Cape Cod

3 Great Summer Monday Events

  1. Photograph Copyright (c) L.V.O'Connell 2009. All Rights Reserved.
    Conant House Museum

    The first location is “Falmouth Museums on the Green“. They will be open late from 5:00 to 7:00 pm – a perfect time to step out for a little historic town culture. The Falmouth Historic Society is the overseer of the Museums. The society was established in 1900 and its mission is to preserve and present the town’s history and share that history with the public. The museum buildings  are located across from the Falmouth Village Green at 55-65 Palmer Avenue and a few steps from the Palmer House.

    The buildings on the Museums’ campus include two historic homes, the Conant House that was built in 1730 and the (Dr. Joseph) Wicks House that was built in 1790. The Wicks House is a hansom example of Federalist Period architecture. There are also lovely colonial style flower gardens and a kitchen herb garden.  The third building on the campus is the Visitor Center or the rustic Hallett Barn and the adjacent Cultural Center. The barn has a charming gift shop and it is where tours begin. Tour guides will be present to direct visitors around the to the buildings. The two major exhibits this summer are “Victorian Life in Falmouth” and “Expressions in Stitches – Then and Now”. Admission is free.

  2. First Congregational Church Spire
    First Congregational Church Spire

    The second Summer Monday evening event will be “Hyannis Sound” at the First Congregational Church at 68 Palmer Avenue. The shows begin at 7:00 pm.”Hyannis Sound” consists of ten young men with the voices of angels who sing popular music, a cappella. As one might imagine the music is filled with the youthful energy and the harmony is wonderful. Their choice of music spans the decades. “Hyannis Sound” is a semi-professional singing group the men come from around the United States and convene each summer on Cape Cod. Their signature preppy look, of pastel shirts and ties with khakis, is created with the help of “Vineyard Vines” a local clothing store. Tickets are sold at the door and are $5.00 for children and $12.00 for adults.

  3. Cape Cod event: Lobster on the lawn
    Lobster on the Lawn

    The third, and arguably the tastiest Summer event, is at Saint Barnabas Church’s “Lobster on the Lawn”. The brown bag dinner begins at 5:00 pm. The meal consists of a lobster roll, chips and your choice of beverage.   For desert, a slice of pie. The price is $15.00 and there is also an appropriately priced child’s meal.  The proceeds go to their food pantry to feed the homeless.

After enjoying all 3 great summer Monday events, stroll down Falmouth Village’s  charming Main Street to shop in  unique shops or have a relaxing night-cap at one of our fine eateries on Main Street’s Restaurant Row. Many of the restaurants have sidewalk dining under the stars.

To conclude your evening, walk back to the Palmer House Inn where you can relax on the veranda rocking chairs while sipping a cool beverage before retiring to your bed chamber where your bed has been turned down and delightful Cape Cod chocolates await.


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.