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After three years of virtual programming, the Alliance will host its first ACONS LIVE event on Thursday, September 21 on Nantucket Sound at The Beach Club on Long Beach Road in Centerville. This event is free to attend.

Sessions will be held throughout the day, with local experts discussing Nantucket Sound’s economic impact to the Cape & Islands, its environmental significance, tribal history, and historic value.

Cocktail and Networking Hour begins at 5pm. Beverages and light fare offered.

Guest Speakers include:

Keynote Speaker: Former State Senator Rob O’Leary

Karen Moore DourdevilleSea Turtle Stranding Coordinator, Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Seth EngelbourgNaturalist Educator, Linda Loring Nature Foundation

Greg KetchenU.S. Coast Guard Captain, Coast Guard Heritage Museum

Zak MertzExecutive Director, Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center

Wendy NorthcrossExecutive Director, JFK Hyannis Museum

Elizabeth YorkExecutive Director, Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Plus live music and stories performed by Mark Alan Lovewell and Molly Conole!

And more!

What is ACONS?

Launched in September 2020, ACONS (A Celebration of Nantucket Soundis an educational webinar series designed to celebrate Nantucket Sound’s exceptional environment, rich maritime and tribal history, and economic importance to the Cape and Islands. The webinars have provided free, accessible, and fun learning opportunities for individuals and families through Zoom. Each webinar features a renowned expert, who discusses one of the Sound’s unique values (i.e., the Blue Economy, marine mammals, shipwrecks, historic properties). To date, this successful series has welcomed over 3,000 registrants through 20 webinars. Our goal is to increase awareness about the Sound’s exceptional history and environment, strengthen its identity, and foster environmental stewardship.

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