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  Everywhere you look in Second Glance Thrift Boutique in West Harwich you see beautifully-decorated Christmas trees – large and small, white and green. Support Helping Neighbors Women’s clothes in red, green and black, suitable for any holiday gathering you might be planning to attend, are hanging nearb...

If you've attended a screening in the Chatham Orpheum Theater's Art and Music Film Series, you've see the work of Brandon DeTraglia. The “Featured Artists Series,” commissioned by the Orpheum, links Cape artists to the wider artistic world with an under-10-minute personal profile that plays before each of the feature documentaries, which focus on classic artist, art galleries or musical performances. DeTraglia...

The Academy of Performing Arts is getting into the Christmas spirit early this year with some beloved holiday characters. Their completely child-focused show is a mixture of two Christmas readings and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The homegrown celebration starts off with Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” professionally narrated by Richard Wilber. The Grinch is dramatically played by Alison Colli...

How A WWI Blimp Pump Made My Day

By: Dan Broderick

It's really interesting, even intriguing, how things (they are called gifts if we want them, or other unusual words, if we don't) end up in a museum. Viewing these potential donations is usually pre-arranged by a phone call. The caller indicates they have a number of things that might be of historical interest. To the potential donor, everything has sentimental value. "We are moving and want to donate our item...

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep…” Playwright Alison Weller chose from Juliet’s words to Romeo as the title for her play that opened this past week at the Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster because the sea is indeed “Boundless.” A fisherman’s love for the sea is also boundless. Despite the obvious obstacles of the dangers on the sea, and now the strangling modern rules and regulations, a fisher...

The battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, as detailed in the documentary “Power Struggle,” has a lot of parallels with the effort to close the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth. But the Pilgrim story has significant differences, noted filmmaker Robbie Leppzer. Whereas the voices of citizens and the Vermont legislature played a major role in the closure of Vermont Yankee – although Entergy, th...

In First Novel, Graham-Pye Finds Magic In Everyday Life

By: Debra Lawless

Susanna Graham-Pye, a learning specialist at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Harwich who also teaches creative writing, has just published her debut novel, “There Is A Season” (Hound Hill Press, 2017). “I believe there is magic in the natural world if we pay attention, and that it is a part of our stories,” Graham-Pye said in an email interview last week. “I like to think there are glimpses of that m...

Speaker To Chronicle Dynasty Of Rowing Boat Builders

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

HARWICH – “'The Boys In The Boat'…The Rest Of The Story,” set for Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 pm at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, is the next program in the church’s speakers series. The speaker is Jim Pocock, great nephew of famed boat-builder George Pocock, who built the boat that won the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The 2013 best-selling book “The Boys In The Boat” recounted the story of the ei...

For Halloween this year, forget about fiendish clowns, cackling witches or even the scary state the world’s in. Escape to the theater on Division Street in West Harwich where you’ll meet Seymour and his mysterious plant with the insatiable appetite. The production of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, is a creepy yet funny experience, the perfect All Hall...

Powerful 'Turning Of The Screw' Haunts At WHAT

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

“The Turn of the Screw” is a Gothic ghost story that is currently haunting Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater with much success. Adapted from the 1898 novel by Henry James, the delightfully creepy story is open to interpretation, which ultimately produces more questions than answers. The hour-and-twenty-minute-long play is set in an English country estate called Bly. We are told that the events of the story unfol...

The Orleans Surf Film Festival will be holding its fifth annual event this coming weekend – Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21 – at the Hog Island Brewery, sponsored by the Orleans Chamber Foundation. The program features between 12 to 14 films chosen by six members of the community from criteria including story, cinematography and, as described by Festival chairman Sassy Richards, “the general Stoke factor.” Th...

Intimate 'Love Letters' Benefit HJT Scholarship Program

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

This Sunday, Oct. 22, for one afternoon performance only, the North Chatham home of Lou and Carole Maloof will be transformed into a performance venue. Lou Maloof and Nina Schuessler, Harwich Junior Theater Producing Artistic Director, will take on the roles of Andrew and Melissa in A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer nominated play “Love Letters.” The relationship between Andrew and Melissa unfolds in a series of letters,...