December Art Auctions Hailed a Success for Chapel in the Pines Restortation

EASTHAM – An effort to raise funds for a historic Eastham chapel during the holiday season is being hailed a success.

Online and live art auction events were held for the Chapel in the Pines in December.

Restoration work for the chapel, which was built in 1889, include a new roof, a handicap access ramp, kitchen modernization and a rear deck.

“It went well. We raised money,” said Deborah Ullman, a volunteer. “But most importantly we raised a sense of shared, open access, free, community here in Eastham.”

The project has an estimated cost of $375,000.

Ullman said fundraising efforts will continue.

“We hope and think some of this is going to be sustainable as the restoration work has actually broken ground now,” she said.

Fundraising folk concerts are being planned for the spring when the chapel reopens.

The chapel was constructed in the late 1800s after Captain Penniman expressed a need for a more progressive church in the Eastham.

The restortation efforts will not affect the sanctuary or the building’s acoustics, according to Ullman.

Renovations also include the addition of a green room for musicians and making a bathroom handicap accessible.

Donations for the restoration can also be made at

The Nauset Fellowship hopes to expand its Sunday programs beginning in the spring.

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