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Refuse The Straw

By: Debra Lawless

Panel Offiers Tips To Help Clean Up Plastic Pollution Just about every four days Rebecca Arnold of Chatham walks along one of the town’s beaches collecting trash for an hour or so. In five years she has collected 25 distinct types of trash including waterlogged shoes, Styrofoam coffee cups, plastic shell casings and lots and lots of wayward plastic byproducts of commercial fishing and lobstering. Last Sa...

Comic Timing Maximizes Laughs In Eventide's 'Fools'

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Sometimes it’s enjoyable to play the fool, but what if you were doomed to play it forever — and even worse, your whole town was intellectually challenged? This is the basic premise of The Eventide Theatre Company’s delightfully silly “Fools.” Set in the 1800s, Ricky Bourgeois plays the mildly-pompous Russian schoolteacher Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, who has come to teach the doctor’s beautiful but dim...

Predictions For Sunday's Academy Awards

By: James Cole

The Chatham Orpheum Theater will be presenting the 89 th annual Academy Awards on the big screen Sunday, Feb. 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are free but limited. In advance of the event here are my thoughts on this year’s nominees. Best Supporting Actor. The nominees are Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”), Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”), Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”), Mahersh...

HARWICH ─ Fans of Celtic music, rejoice, for Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are coming back to Cape Cod. On March 6, the talented twosome will take to the stage at Monomoy Regional High School for their Visions of Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration, and family is at the heart of the show. “Our children will be coming along, and will inevitably make their way to the stage at some poin...

'The Wiz' A Wild Musical Journey Down The Yellow Brick Road

By: Amy Tagliaferri

I thought I was going to just "Ease on Down the Road” Friday night when I went to see “The Wiz” at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, but instead I was blown away like the tornado that touched down in Kansas!   A fantastic cast of 17 adults and children under James P. Byrne’s innovative direction with Robert Wilder’s musical know-how and four (yes four!) equally innovative c...

Newbery Honor Book Author To Speak At Eldredge Library

By: Debra Lawless

Here’s the thing about “Wolf Hollow,” the new novel by Lauren Wolk of Centerville: the story is so compelling that when you finish it, you’ll be thrilled to know that another novel by Wolk will soon be released. “Beyond the Bright Sea,” set in the Elizabeth Islands off Falmouth, is due out in May. “Wolf Hollow” is for ages 10 and up and was named a 2017 Newbery Honor Book and won the New England Book Award....

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic's “Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1” was soft-released late in 2016. The official album release party is set for Saturday, Feb. 18 at Preservation Hall in Wellfleet. The 17 tracks are, not surprisingly, all over the map. But in a good way. By design. One standout track is “The Strongman of North America (bedhead remix).” Co-written with frequent Travis collaborator David Greenbe...

Art 4 Kids A Truly Creative Endeavor

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ There was paint everywhere in Carol Trull's art classroom at Monomoy High, and she wouldn't have had it any other way. Neither would the student members of the National Art Honor Society and the Art Club who were happily hosting the last class in their Art 4 Kids series, which introduced area children ages 3 to 6 to various forms of creativity. An extension of last year's “Play With Clay” series...

HARWICH ─ Dissections are a typical part of most high school biology classes, but thanks to a special partnership between Monomoy Regional High School and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, students in Adriana Picariello's Marine Science class recently had the unique opportunity to necropsy a quartet of Kemp's ridley sea turtles. “The Audubon rescues the stranded turtles and sends them off to...

School News, Feb. 9

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School In Spanish: Kindergarten and first grade students have been learning parts of the face with our friends at Monsters Inc. Second graders have been learning the days of the week with dialog and many songs. Third and fourth graders learned months in Spanish while doing the Macarena and fourth graders went a little further to say their birthdays in Spanish. Last week students took a qui...

School News, Feb. 2

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich Elementary School One hundred dictionaries were donated to third grade students from the Orleans-Eastham Lodge of Elks #2572. Every year third graders are gifted a dictionary from the Lodge. They have done this for many years, supporting students here as well as in many other schools on the Cape. Harwich Elementary School provides an integrated preschool program that is designed to meet the req...

Academy's 'Driving Miss Daisy' Gets Better With Age

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

The Academy of Performing Arts’ third reprisal of “Driving Miss Daisy” is a heartwarming period drama, rich with layers about discrimination, aging, the American South, and most of all friendship. American playwright Alfred Uhry immortalized his strong-willed grandmother, Lena Fox, in the role of Miss Daisy. The play won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was turned into a 1989 film, starring an all-star ca...