August 2, 7 pm: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell”

“The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI’s Hunt for America’s Stolen Secrets


spy-who-could-not-spellBefore Edward Snowden’s infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell.

In December of 2000, FBI Special Agent Steven Carr of the bureau’s Washington, D.C., office received a package from FBI New York: a series of coded letters from an anonymous sender to the Libyan consulate, offering to sell classified United States intelligence. The offer, and the threat, were all too real. A self-proclaimed CIA analyst with top secret clearance had information about U.S. reconnaissance satellites, air defense systems, weapons depots, munitions factories, and underground bunkers throughout the Middle East. Rooting out the traitor would not be easy, but certain clues suggested a government agent with a military background, a family, and a dire need for money. Leading a diligent team of investigators and code breakers, Carr spent years hunting down a dangerous spy and his cache of stolen secrets.
In this fast-paced true-life spy thriller, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee reveals how the FBI unraveled Regan’s strange web of codes to build a case against a man who nearly collapsed America’s military security.

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Special Movie Screening: “Patriot’s Day” with Mark Wahlberg



Recovering Champions, a substance abuse treatment center with locations in Falmouth and Sandwich, will host a special screening and discussion of the acclaimed film “Patriots Day” with celebrated author Casey Sherman on Thursday, August 3 2017 at beginning at 6 p.m. at the Falmouth Museums on the Green.

“Patriots Day” starring Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Bacon, is based on Sherman’s bestselling book “Boston Strong” (with Dave Wedge) and recounts both the terrifying and inspirational moments and days following the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013.

“Patriots Day” was named one of the year’s best films by the National Board of Review. Boston Strong has been honored by the National Crime Museum as the definitive book on the marathon bombings. Sherman will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session following the screening.

“We are very excited to present this important film here on Cape Cod,” said Ken Weber, CEO, Recovering Champions. “The marathon survivors continue to inspire us and show us that like people battling addiction, recovery is a journey, a marathon.”

“Addiction impacts all of us,” said author Casey Sherman. “Recovering Champions does amazing work giving people the treatment and long term tools needed to lead healthy and productive lives. I’m proud to support this worthy organization.”

Casey Sherman is international bestselling author of ten books including “The Finest Hours”, which was also adapted into a feature film for Disney starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.


Doors open at 6 pm. Screening will begin at 6:30 pm

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at

About Recovering Champions:

 Recovering Champions is a substance abuse treatment facility with locations in Falmouth and Sandwich, Massachusetts. They tailor their treatment plans to fit the unique physiological, psychological and spiritual makeup of each client. Recovering Champions teaches and reinforces the life-changing principles and practices of the 12 steps to recovery. More information is available online at or by calling (844) 888-5391

August 9, 4:00 pm: Martha Hall Kelly, “Lilac Girls”

kell_9781101883075_are_all_r1.inddNew York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

Our August lectures are sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank

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Thursday, Aug. 10, 5:30 pm: Katharine Lee Bates Poetry Fest

Thursday, August 10, 5:30-7:00 pmKatharine Lee Bates Age 41 Professor at Wellesley College

Born in Falmouth, Katharine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” in 1893, as well as many other works. She celebrated her life in Falmouth throughout her writings and we honor her memory by allowing others to create original pieces of poetry. This annual celebration of her life and works allows local schoolchildren and adults to submit their original works in her honor. There will be judging and winners will be informed well in advance of the program. This event is free and open to all!

To submit an entry: Please print off entry form below.  Each original poem must be 25 lines or less.  Each poet can submit up to 3 original entries. Poems should be on a separate page, unsigned, ready for photocopying.

Deadline for submission: May 25, 2017

Click below to upload entry forms and rules:

KLB Poetry contest cover letter 2017

KLB Poetry Fest Entry Form for Adults 2017

KLB Poetry Fest Entry Form for Students 2017


Rose Kennedy play August 12-13

Rose Kennedy during "Rose Parade" Benefiting Special Olympics at State House in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Rose Kennedy during “Rose Parade” Benefiting Special Olympics at State House in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

The Woods Hole Theater Company and the Museums on the Green are pleased to present the one-woman play “Rose” by Laurence Leamer. The play features Linda Monchik as Rose Kennedy and is directed by Joan Edstrom. This is the first cooperative venture between the two organizations and is done in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy.

The scene is the Kennedy home in Hyannisport, where the matriarch of America’s First Family is granting an interview to a Mr. Coughlan. We see this mother of perhaps the favorite son of Massachusetts, discussing her marriage and family, and among other things, the tragic events surrounding Ted Kennedy’s accident at Chappaquiddick.

“Rose” is a remarkable portrait of a woman who played the hand she was dealt without ever looking back.’–

Performances are on August 12th at 7:30 pm and August 13th at 2:00 pm at the Museums on the Green’s Cultural Center.  Seating is limited. Admission is $ 15. There will also be performances at the Community Hall in Woods Hole on August 18 and August 19 at 7:30 and on August 20 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are also $ 15 for those performances.

Produced  by special arrangement with Dramatists play Service

To purchase tickets, click below:

Rose Kennedy Play Saturday August 12 7:30 pm


Rose Kennedy Play Sunday August 13, 2:00 pm

August 12, 2 pm: Melinda Ponder, “Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea”

Melinda PonderOn August 12, the birthday of Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), poet of “America the Beautiful,” biographer Melinda M. Ponder will talk about her new book, Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea.

 It tells the story of this brilliant trail-blazing woman—poet, teacher, community builder, and patriot—who challenged Americans to make their country the best it could become in its values and literature.

Drawing on extensive research in Bates family diaries, letters, and memoirs, this biography brings Katharine to life in her journeys from her childhood in Falmouth, where she felt she had been “rock’d in a clamshell,” to Wellesley College, Boston, Oxford, Spain and Egypt. Although her passion was poetry, Katharine’s three alluring suitors (two men and a woman) pulled her into major reform movements in a changing America. She was a dynamic woman with public triumphs, an anti-war activist poet during America’s tumultuous growth into a world power, who suffered personal heartaches as a single woman faced with choosing between marriage and a career. She refused to let an impoverished childhood in a Cape Cod village or the closed doors of the male-only bastions of the ministry, graduate schools, or the Yankee literary establishment prevent her from creating an inspiring life. This book is for those who love her song and those who root for the unlikely triumph of a complicated women “from sea to shining sea.”

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August 16, 7 pm: Peter Cozzens, “The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West”

earth-is-weepingWith the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace, and explores the squalid lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies.

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Annual Antique Show and Sale, Saturday, August 26,10am-4pm

Saturday, August 26, 10:00 am-4:00 pm


EARLY BIRD ADMISSION (9:00 am): $ 15

Looking for a great bargain on a wide swath of antiques? Come and visit our 47th annual Antique sale featuring over 30 different New England dealers.  Your support of the Antique Sale helps with the Historical Society’s education programs as well as providing you with some great deals!