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'Waverly Gallery' Examines Alzheimer's With Heart And Humor

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

“ It’s no fun getting old.” This is a familiar sentiment and one that Howard shares with his octogenarian mother-in-law Gladys in playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery,” currently at The Eventide Theatre Company. But the heart-wrenching play is about much more than the challenges of getting older — it thoroughly explores how the whole family system is affected by the devastating effects ...

School News, Oct. 12

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School A Parent University session on school safety will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the CES media center. School Resource Officer Sgt. William Massey, Deputy Chief David DePasquale and Firefighter Justin Tavano will give a presentation on school safety procedures at CES. The presentation will include information on fire safety procedures and drills, the MSRD safety manual, a...

Actors' Chemistry Shines In Academy's 'Sunshine Boys'

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

The Academy of Performing Arts is continuing their celebration of playwright Neil Simon’s 90 th birthday with “The Sunshine Boys,” their second Simon play this fall. The comedy is a fun take on aging and explores how two vaudeville comedians deal with it. Willie Clark is not enjoying his retirement; in fact, the widower refuses to be put out to pasture. Having spent 57 years in show business, W...

School News, Oct. 5

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School The Chatham Department of Natural Resources and Board of Health will provide free voluntary seasonal flu vaccine to the students, families and employees of the Monomoy Regional School District on Oct. 17 from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. at Chatham Elementary School. Flu is very contagious, especially among children, and they can also spread the flu to people in the home who could get very sic...

Rodgers and Hammerstein showed a curiosity about cultures different from theirs, and this interest was evident in the Chatham Drama Guild ’s freshly retooled production of “Rodgers and Hammerstein in Chatham.” The revue originally opened in May and returned Sept. 29 and will run for the weekends of Oct. 7 and 14. While the show took the audience to such faraway places as Thailand and China, it also provid...

Irish music with a dash of Irish history is coming to the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Chatham on Oct. 12 when the highly-acclaimed Irish folk singer/songwriter Sean Tyrrell performs “Message of Peace: The Life of John Boyle O’Reilly in Song and Story.” “The show consists of a range of songs drawn from many sources—poets whose work I have set to music and songwriters,” Tyrrell said in an email last ...

CHATHAM – In the late spring of 2016, Christine Padgett walked into the Atwood House Museum with a box of photographic negatives. It didn't take museum Archivist Jean Young long to realize the significance of the material. “I knew immediately when she brought in the box,” Young said, especially when she saw a number glass plate and panoramic negatives. “I told her she made my year!” The photographs did inde...

CHATHAM – Revising is second nature to author/illustrator Bob Staake. The illustrations in each of his children's books go through many versions, as his thick files attest. But his latest book is different. Folders holding the various iterations of the drawings and manuscript for “The Book of Gold” were so thick he had to put them in a separate box. Ten years in the making, the book's manuscript went through n...

Monomoy Schools Announce Adjusted Bus Routes Updated bus routes and times have been released by the Monomoy Regional School District. The new schedule was scheduled to go into effect on Wednesday. According to Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter, in the first few weeks of school middle and high school buses were arriving just before the start of class or a few minutes late. Bus company Cape Destinati...

Sometimes even in our high tech world the closest bonds are formed through the simplicity of handwritten letters. One hundred and eighteen, to be exact, which arrived at Monomoy Regional High School last spring in a tattered manila envelope that, once opened, began a correspondence between students from vastly different parts of the world who have since been learning that in spite of their unique home countrie...

Cape Rep's 'New Brain' A Zany Delight

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Who will miss you when you’re gone? How will they react when you die? Family, friends, co-workers, and even the people on the street you see every day? Ever wonder that? Gordon Michael Schwinn, songwriter for a children’s show starring a frog named Mr. Bungee, has a severe case of writer’s block and a brain disorder. Will he survive either? “A New Brain,” an imaginative and madcap musical/operetta by William F...

Celebrating Orleans Waters By Going For A Sail

By: Ellen Chahey

Earth and fire would come later in the day, via a great bonfire, but Saturday morning of Orleans’ Celebrate Our Waters weekend was all about wind and water. A photographer and a reporter (coincidentally husband and wife), completely inexperienced with sailing, had volunteered to board a sailboat, courtesy of Pleasant Bay Community Boating (PBCB), to skim the bay’s gentle waves. We’re so inexperienced, in fact,...