From Belfries to Bats & Other Entertainment
The First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., about one-quarter mile west of Route 6 (tel. 508/349-6877; www.wellfleetchurch.org), hosts organ concerts Sundays at 7:30pm during July and August on its elaborate 1873 instrument. They're a good excuse to stop in and take a look around -- the soaring 1850 Greek Revival church has the world's only bell tower ringing ship's time (an innovation introduced in 1952). Admission is free.
Wednesday nights in July and August, Wellfleet's workaday fishing pier (off Kendrick Ave.) resounds to the footfalls of avid amateur square dancers of every age. Call the Wellfleet Recreation Department at tel. 508/349-0314 for more information.
How about a night hike or bat walk? Both are offered at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (tel. 508/349-2615). Rates vary; call for schedule and reservations. Just don't take in any vampire movies at the drive-in beforehand.
The Wellfleet Drive-In Theater, 51 Rte. 6, just north of the Eastham border (tel. 508/349-7176; www.wellfleetcinemas.com), clearly deserves National Landmark status: Built in 1957, it's the only drive-in left on Cape Cod and one of a scant half-dozen surviving in the state. The rituals are unbending and every bit as endearing as ever: the playtime preceding the cartoons, the countdown plugging the allures of the snack bar, and, finally, two full first-run features. The drive-in is open daily from late May through mid-September; showtime is at dusk. Call for off-season hours. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for seniors and children 5 to 11.
The principals behind the Wellfleet Harbor Actors' Theatre (WHAT), 2357 Rte. 6 (next to the post office), or 1 Kendrick Ave. (next to the town pier; tel. 508/349-9428; www.what.org), aim to provoke -- and usually succeed, even amid this very sophisticated, seen-it-all summer colony. WHAT's newer 200-seat space, the Julie Harris Stage, which opened in June 2007 on Route 6, is up and running. Smaller shows are still done in the 90-seat harbor theater. WHAT for Kids shows are performed in a tent on the Route 6 property. What makes this theater stand out is that they go to great lengths to secure original work, some local and some by playwrights of considerable renown, with the result that the repertory rarely suffers a dull moment. Performances at the harbor and on the Julie Harris Stage are given Wednesday to Sunday, with afternoon and evening shows from late May through October; call or check their website for a schedule. Tickets are $29 for adults, $15 for students 17 and under. WHAT for Kids performances cost $10 for open seating in the tent, Mondays through Thursdays at 7:30pm.
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