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How many times have you seen a person knitting on a park bench, or on a beach, or anywhere in public? Chances are, not very often. That’s going to change this Saturday, June 10. You’re likely to see quite a few people knitting in groups outdoors as knitting stores all over Massachusetts, including Adventures in Knitting in Harwich and A Great Yarn in Chatham, usher their flocks of knitters out into the open. W...

CHATHAM – Chatham’s labyrinth at Chase Park, a gift from the town’s seven churches and its clergy association five years ago, centers many people with its gentle invitation to walk its path as a form of meditation and prayer. And now it’s about to take center stage as the focus of a workshop led by one of the world’s labyrinth experts. On June 17, Dr. Lauren Artress of California, an ordained Episcopal priest,...

Authors Rob Conery, a Chronicle contributor, and Susan Blood of Orleans will release their new books during a party that also marks the launch of their new publishing venture, Surface Popper Publications, on June 3. You know that friend who describes life’s trials and tribulations in a way that makes you laugh? That’s Blood in her debut book “How Not to Do Things.” When her daughter asked what Blood would c...

The beloved musical-writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are being honored by the Chatham Drama Guild in their original and uplifting musical revue “Rodgers and Hammerstein in Chatham.” Jeff Spencer reservedly plays Hammerstein, as he takes the audience down memory lane, giving the backstories on the eight Broadway shows being highlighted. One of many interesting tidbits he offers is that R...

Wellfleet Harbor Actor Theater kicks off their summer season with another titillating title, “Sex with Strangers.” In spite of the shamelessly shocking name, the drama is truly attention-grabbing, compelling and timely. Laura Eason is not only a talented American playwright, but also a noteworthy screenwriter. She is credited with writing a number of episodes for the award-winning Netflix drama “House of Cards...

Photographer Kim Roderiques of Chatham teamed up with a writer and an illustrator to create a children’s book with a message: You’re never too young to give back. The beautifully illustrated book “Max and Charlie Help a Hero” tells the story of a young Chatham boy, who with his newly-adopted dog, raises money to buy a wounded veteran on Nantucket a service dog. A portion of the proceeds of the book, which is f...

Embrace your wrinkles! Or maybe embrace the face lift! Sixty years old is not the end, it’s a new beginning. Love yourself, love your journey and accept no limitations. If you are lucky enough to know Chatham’s Naomi Turner, you know this woman embodies those words, so much so that Turner and her friend Wilderness Sarchild put those sentiments into words and music, and with help from composer Malcolm Granger a...

Harwich artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy does not want the Emanuel Nine, murdered during a hate crime shooting in Charleston, S.C. in June 2015, to be forgotten. This Sunday, May 21, the Harwich United Methodist Church will hold a service focused on healing and race relations. Present will be the sister of one of the Emanuel Nine as well as an icon Chatterton-Purdy created to honor the memories of the victims. ...

School News, May 18, 2017

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Cape Cod Tech On April 29th, the Cape Cod Maker Faire was held at Mashpee High School and a team from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School walked away with a first place trophy and the only perfect score in the robotics competition. Frankie Gaw of East Harwich, Henry Gomar of West Barnstable and Cassie Madru of Hyannis may only be freshmen in the engineering technology group at the school but they obvi...

Education can be an equalizer and a ticket out of poverty, but why are the so-called “uneducated” quickly discounted? Can education satisfy a desire for a better life, or does it ultimately make one cynical? Eventide Theatre Company explores these questions in its illuminating drama “Educating Rita.” Playwright Willy Russell’s semi-autobiographical, Pygmalion-type play focuses on Rita (Erica Morris), a ...

Weddings and funerals bring families together. It’s hard to avoid that. The Apple family has convened in a house on a death watch; a family member is under hospice care in a room upstairs. Richard doesn’t want to linger but is forced to stay as his three sisters welcome the opportunity to confront and advise him on his shortcomings. Uncle Benjamin is in and out of a dementia-induced fog, and Tim, Jane’s boyfriend...