If you’ve ever been to Wellfleet out on old Cape Cod you might know Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Main Street. The church was built in 1912, and remained virtually unchanged until the hippie days of 1976 when two itinerant artists were allowed to camp in the garden for the summer in exchange for creating two hand-carved doors. Depicting the four evangelists, and episodes from the life of Mary, the doors became a landmark and source of pride for the town. In 2001 the Town of Wellfleet purchased the church from the Diocese of Fall River and decided the property — now called Wellfleet Preservation Hall — should be used as a year-round, nonprofit cultural and community center.
What does this have to do with art and travel? Well, if you happen to be in Wellfleet this Sunday you can attend the Wellfleet Preservation Hall’s Art and Travel Auction. Join auctioneers Seth Rolbein and Bill Fidalgo in the gardens behind the hall at 335 Main Street, on Sunday July 27 at 4 p.m. to find plenty of artwork as well as travel opportunities to destinations as varied as Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Vieques, Puerto Rico, and Prince Edward Island, Canada. A preview and reception is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. You can also preview the offerings by visiting their website.