Women’s Week at Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

07 Sep Women’s Week at Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

Poppy Champlin

The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) will host “Women’s Week at the Monument” a series of 12 events for Provincetown’s 2018 Women’s Week from October 6 – 13, with a return of many popular events from last year’s inaugural series and several new programs that will educate, entertain and inspire visitors.

This year, there are several new events including a workshop for women who want to try their hand at stand-up comedy taught by the “Queen of Comedy” Poppy Champlin, followed by a “Women in Comedy” concert featuring Poppy and her workshop students. “Women’s Week at the Monument” also includes a presentation by Alix Dobkin who is often called the mother of Lesbian music who will also perform in concert at the Monument.

Rounding out the week’s events is the return of the favorite “Old Dykes with Herstory,” panels and workshops on women writers, caregiving, women in politics, women’s walking tour, networking events and new this year, “Stargazing” with NASA ambassador Don German.

Admission to workshops and brown bag lunches are for a suggested donation of $5 or free to all PMPM members.  All week long, as a “Women’s Week at the Monument” special, anyone is welcome to join or renew their membership with $10 off.  Tickets for the Alix Dobkin concert ($20 admission) and the Women’s Walking Tours ($20 admission) may be purchased for sale online at https://squareup.com/store/pilgrim-monument/ or at the PMPM entry desk.

President of the PMPM Board of Trustees Courtney Hurst says that “Women’s Week at the Monument is returning with exciting new programming that reflects the mission of the PMPM to educate, interpret and exhibit historical materials depicting important events in the town’s history. “Last year, our Women’s Week programming was a resounding success and we wanted to make this year just as memorable.  We have put together events and programming to entertain and engage our visitors in discussions that have an impact on women’s lives,” said Hurst.

Michelle Crone, PMPM Event Coordinator “Women’s Week at the Monument” events and is excited to present new programs and also bring back those that were popular last year. “Women’ Week in Provincetown is such a special time and we are hosting events that will appeal to a variety of interests.

We will have programs where there will be serious discussions about issues in women’s lives and we will also have events that are pure fun.  The Monument is the place to be for Women’s Week!” said Crone.

PMPM’s Women’s Week Series


How to do Stand-up Comedy Workshop – October 10, 12pm – 1:30pm

Learn from the Queen of Comedy, Poppy Champlin, on how to be a stand-up comedianChamplin is one of the quickest witted comedians working either coast today. Besides Poppy’s deep comedic chops, she has a good voice that she puts to use during each performance. She erupts onto the stage, fearless, upbeat and energetic spitting out jokes, quips, songs, impressions and even birdcalls. Poppy’s’ shows can be described as spin art – “No two alike.”


Women in Comedy Concert – October 13, 1pm – 3pm

Poppy Champlin’s students who have taken the workshop will show us what they have learned in their debut comedy show held in the PMPM Mayflower Room.

Presentation by Alix Dobkin – October 11, 2pm – 3:30pm

Alix Dobkin, often called the mother of Lesbian music, will share her amazing stories from her life as a fierce warrior in the early days of women’s music.  Since the 1970’s, Dobkin, a singer-songwriter, has been creating music by, for, and about women. In 1973, with Kay Gardner and Marilyn Ries, she produced Lavender Jane Loves Women, the very first album by, for and about Lesbians in the history of the world. From then until now, she has focused on the lives, concerns and perspectives of women who love women.

Alix Dobkin Concert – October 12, 3pm-5pm

The concert is a rare treat to see Alix Dobkin, a music icon, perform live in concert in a beautiful and unique venue. ($20 admission)

Crone’s Brown Bag Lunch Series – Bring your own “brown bag” lunch and join the discussions at the Shallop Café where there will be a variety of topics discussed on women’s issues lead by experts in various fields.  The lunch series are scheduled from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and are free admission.

October 6                             Women Writers – Come listen to women writers share their process. Once you’ve written your book, what’s next?


October 7                            Caregiving of Parents/Partners/Self – Hear about ways to handle caregiving issues and share insights and experiences.

October 8                            Single Life: What’s a Gal to Do? – This session will focus on ways to live your life as a single and share ideas on how to meet other women.

October 12                          Old Dykes with Herstory – This was the most popular session last year. Hear from longtime Ptowners who will share their stories that will delight you as well as make you blush! Learn all about the early life of Lesbians on Cape Cod.

Other Signature “Women’s Week at the Monument” Events


October 9                            1pm-2:30pm Women in Politics – Women are running and winning elections at a record pace across the country. Find out what’s happening at the local, state and national levels.


Women’s Herstory Walking Tours – Take a step back in time and join our walking tour of Provincetown and experience the impact that women have had throughout history.  The tour includes stops where you will learn about Miriam MacMillan, wife of artic explorer and Provincetown native Donald MacMillan who accompanied him on several expeditions.  You will also visit the sites of the original women’s clubs that were established to create safe spaces, and learn more about the AIDS crisis and how it was local women who became the caretakers of the men who were dying from the disease.

Walking Tour tickets are $20 per person, per tour and advanced reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the PMPM at 508-487-1310.


October 9                            9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

October 11                          9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


October 11                          6pm-8pm – Stargazing – Don German, NASA Ambassador, will host a discussion on “How Stars Are Born” followed by a stargazing party on the law. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars.

About the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

Dedicated in 1910, the Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620.  Here they signed the historic Mayflower Compact, the first agreement to establish a government by the people in the ‘new world;’ which became the cornerstone of American democracy. They explored the Cape for five weeks before sailing on to Plymouth. At 252 feet, the Monument is an engineering marvel and the tallest granite tower in the United States. Visitors can climb the Monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps at a leisurely pace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Cape and visit our webcam for a live “View from the Top.” The Provincetown Museum at the base of the Monument presents engaging exhibitions of important chapters in our national heritage and the Town’s history and oversees Provincetown 400, the committee developing the commemorations for 2020, the 400thanniversary of the Mayflower voyage and landing in Provincetown.  Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is a non-profit educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. For more information please visit pilgrim-monument.org.

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