This spring and summer many events have been postponed or cancelled due to public health protocols; however, that hasn’t stopped a number of organizations on Cape Cod, the islands, and beyond from creating virtual offerings for their audiences. The list continues to grow, and we’ve pulled together a few experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Heritage Museum and Gardens
Heritage Museum and Gardens has a variety of virtual collections, including photographs of its gardens currently in bloom as well as tutorials with senior gardener Laura Swain. They’ve also put together interactive activities such as bracelet- and mobile-making instructions as well as virtual scavenger hunts, which highlight the close to 18,000 pieces that are part of its permanent collection.
Highfield Hall and Gardens
The paths surrounding Highfield Hall and Gardens continue to be open from dawn until dusk, which means that visitors can see outdoor sculptures, such as Patrick Dougherty’s “A Passing Fancy.” Every week, the museum offers online cooking classes led by chef Gail Blakely. Blakely uses staple pantry items and shows participants how to cook up a wide variety of meals from plant-based sloppy joes to wacky cakes.
Beginning in the 1950s, historical society members traveled around Chatham inviting residents to share their stories, and now those audio recordings are available on the Atwood Museum’s website. Listen to fascinating oral histories from fishermen, artists, doctors, and get a better idea of what life was like in Chatham in the early- to mid-twentieth century.
Google Arts and Culture
Google Arts and Culture has joined forces with thousands of museums worldwide to create a number of virtual experiences, from a walk through Musée de’Orsay in Paris to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. You can also watch artists from Milan’s La Scala performing Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra.”