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The Thornton Burgess Society
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Adult Programs

WILD Women – Wednesday Walking Club     1:00pm-3:30pm
These Wednesday afternoon walks led by Education Director Mary Beers continue year-round on a monthly basis. Check the monthly E-Newsletter for that month’s date and location or call the Society office or email mary.beers@thorntonburgess.org

Members: $9
     Non-members: $13 (per walk)

Watch a slide presentation of a walk    SMILEBOX PRESENTATION

Introduction to Folk Art

The Green Briar Nature Center will host a three part lecture series, An Introduction to American Folk Art, by Art Historian Elizabeth Friend on Thursday evenings October 20th, November 3rd and November 17th beginning at 7:00pm. 

These three lectures will cover the important art historical period in America commonly called Folk Art.  Each lecture will highlight significant areas within this large genre.  The first lecture, “an overview,” will cover many of the interesting aspects of early American Folk Art touching on each briefly so as to bring the listener in on what will follow.  Portraits, mourning pictures, landscapes and more will be introduced.  The subsequent lectures will cover in detail Portrait Limners and landscapes.  Each talk will be profusely illustrated with color slides and examples from the presenter’s collection.  There will be time for a question and answer period following each presentation.

Elizabeth Friend holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the History of Art from Wheaton College in Norton, MA as well as a Masters Degree.  She has previously presented lectures to historical societies in Springfield, Falmouth, Chatham and Sandwich as well as to a number of civic groups across Cape Cod.  In addition, her full course on American Folk Art has been given at Cape Cod Community College as part of the college’s Academy for Life Long Learning program.

 Lectures will be held in the Education Building at Green Briar.  Admission to each lecture is $5 for members of the Burgess Society, $7 for non-members and may be paid at the door but please call to register  508-888-6870. 



The Thornton W. Burgess Society is pleased to offer more birding excursions with Cape naturalist and field leader John Hanlon to a variety of habitats on the Cape.  On Saturday, October 29 participants will meet at 7:00am at the Green BriarNatureCenter in East Sandwich and travel by passenger van to local sites, returning by 10:00am.  An additional birding excursion is scheduled for Saturday, November 19.  John has worked for the National Park Service on Cape Cod and at Yellowstone, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and as a Coastal Shorebird monitor for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  

These trips are open to all levels, especially beginners looking to develop their birding skills and others wishing to improve their ID sound and sight skills.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or borrow a pair with advance notice.  The fee per trip is $12 for Burgess Society members, $16 for non-members.  Advance registration is required by calling 508-888-6870. 


Join Janice Dill and her group of dedicated volunteers in the Green Briar Wildflower Garden on Monday mornings from 9:00am to11:00am or later for an educational and fun volunteer experience learning to recognize the keepers and pullers of the Plant Kingdom. Coffee and munchies are provided during a mid-morning break.







Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537