The Gorey Museum is right up our street in more ways than one. It is another compelling reason – as if we needed one- to visit, indeed stay in Yarmouth Port. Edward Gorey fans from across the globe, converge upon this picturesque New England village each year. We are thrilled to be so close to this quirky attraction, and many of our guests who are unfamiliar with Edward Gorey when they arrive, depart firm fans. The Gorey museum is yet another hidden jewel of this understated, charming village.
The Gorey Museum is in the former house of Edward Gorey, and the exhibits of his works have been beautifully and creatively put together. It is located in one corner of the village green and many of the tourists who drive along Route 6A just a matter of yards away, are blissfully unaware of its existence.
The Ed Gorey Museum has much on show from the life’s work of this celebrated author, illustrator, playwright, set creator and cartoonist. There is a rich diversity, something for everyone, to especially entertain those of us looking for originality and strikingly unique art, that shocks and amuses often at the same time. So this is quite simply a must for visitors coming to Cape Cod.
We cannot speak more highly of this entertaining experience. Oh and prepare to be wowed by the gift shop which has so many clever and innovative gifts that make excellent presents for friends and family.
Finally, a word or two about Gorey’s passion and concern for animals and their welfare during his life. The Gorey Museum continues to honor this worthy cause and supports a variety of animal welfare non profit organizations. In fact one weekend in September – yet to be announced this year on the Gorey Museum’s website – a special event is held around Yarmouth Port’s Village Green. The centre piece is the Adopt an Animal event.
Yarmouth Port has long been a global focal point for animal welfare, thanks to our illustrious neighbors in Summer Street, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which has its international headquarters, just a walk from our inn. Their building, Cape Cod’s largest totally Green development, is incredible. This non profit organization has masterminded or lent its support to, a multitude of campaigns aimed at protecting endangered species, preventing the suffering of animals, both domestic and in the wild, and has been largely responsible for many breakthroughs and innovations in the field of science related to animal welfare. Nothing could be more poignant in this part of the world in terms of achievement than two great recent innovations that are already saving whales. IFAW took the lead in both cases and must take a large part of the credit. The change to the design of fishing nets here in New England was followed by the recent introduction of an iphone app designed to alert ships bridges that whales may be close by. Thus, significant inroads have been made into tackling the two main causes of slow lingering death and suffering that a lot of whales go through. But the daily battle goes on – well done though to the dedicated, resourceful staff of IFAW - we should undoubtedly think of them whenever we are lucky enough to see marine mammals in their natural habitat.
However, I am almost forgetting IFAW’S Rescue Team, largely made up of some 300 or so wonderful people here on Cape Cod. IFAW is the global leader in the science of marine mammal stranding, and every year dolphins and whales inexplicably beach themselves, especially at Wellfleet. At first, several years ago, when there was a lot less known about how to successfully rescue these stranded creatures, the survival rate was less than 20%. The winter of 2011/12 saw one of the highest totals of dolphin strandings, exceeded 200. IFAW’s volunteers were working around the clock, day after day in a state of physical exhaustion. They frequently found themselves chest deep in the near freezing water temperatures, endeavoring to send dolphins back to open water, but not before they had medical check-ups, not before useful data and samples had been taken and finally not before they had been meticulously documented and tagged. What dedication and endurance! Not without its rewards, because although not every attempt was successful, and this must have been so upsetting, by the time the campaign was over, the percentage survival rate had climbed into the seventies. At long last there was a little media coverage, which will increase awareness. But IFAW’s continued success will always depend on us lending our support. We can do so much to help. Thank you.