Features

Letting Go: Total Strangers Call It Quits

By: Tim Wood

It may not be quite as momentous as the breakup of the Beatles – although they do play some of their songs –but the decision of The Total Strangers to call it quits is certainly a blow for local music fans. The band will play its final gig at the Chatham Squire's upcoming 50 th anniversary bash, which is fitting, since they reformed back in 1998 to play at the restaurant's 30 th anniversary. Prior to that, i...

Chatham, Harwich And Orleans Hold Memorial Day Ceremonies

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Residents of Chatham, Harwich and Orleans will mark Memorial Day next Monday, May 28, in separate ceremonies in each of the towns.   Chatham Residents will gather in the community center at 10 a.m. to remember those who gave their lives for their country. Public Ceremonies Committee member Ted Miller will be master of ceremonies. Participants will members of the Chatham VFW and American Legion, Chat...

CHATHAM – Every spring, calls come in to the town's animal control department about turtles crossing roads – or worse yet, getting struck and killed by cars as they attempt to cross. Those calls almost always refer to the same locations year after year. “They have it hardwired into their brains where they want to go and breed and feed,” said Animal Control Officer Diane Byers. “Sometimes they're just sitting t...

The hit show “Wrinkles, the Musical” is returning for an encore performance at the Cape Cod Theatre Company (CCTC) with two new cast members, a new song, and a tweaked script. “It’s a little different from last year, tighter, stronger,” says CCTC Producing Artistic Director Nina Schuessler, who is directing “Wrinkles.” “The relationships among the characters are drawn a bit deeper and there’s more of a bond as...

CHATHAM – In early May, Chatham Friends of Trees celebrated its 40th year as a nonprofit by holding an Arbor Day event at the community center. This event was a good opportunity for DeeDee Holt, a long-serving member of Friends of Trees, and other locals like Stephanie Ellis, the executive director at Wildcare, to inform the community on the importance of trees to the environment and wildlife. For the last ...

"The Miracle Worker," which opened on May 11 at the Chatham Drama Guild, is both interesting and insightful. Directed by Pam Banas, the play is set in Alabama during the 1880s and is based upon the true story of 8-year-old Helen Keller – blind, deaf, and mute since infancy – and her new teacher, Annie Sullivan. Thrown into tantrums, rage and violence as a result of her inability to communicate, Helen is in dang...

Frank, Charley and Mary have been friends for decades, friends through thick and thin, from poverty to fame and success. “Who’s like us? Damn few!” We first meet them in 1976, and it’s soon apparent there has been some kind of falling out between the three. How did they get here? In Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” this trio merrily and sometimes not so merrily go back in time stopping every few years u...

CHATHAM – Watching just the trailer for “I'll Push You,” a documentary that screens at the Chatham Orpheum Theater May 24, conveys the emotional depth of the experience Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray went through when they traveled the El Camino de Santiago in 2014. Filming the two friends' journey also changed the life of director Terry Parish. “When you're on the journey with them you are also a pilgrim of...

Mother-Daughter Pair Bring Heart To 'The Miracle Worker'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Whether between a teacher and a student, a mother and a child or a reader and a story, a moment of connection can be nothing short of miraculous. From May 11 to 27, these connections and more will be celebrated as the Chatham Drama Guild presents “The Miracle Worker,” the inspiring story of the young deaf-blind Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. The performances will be made even more special by the ...

Women's Music Festival Message: Rock Yes, Plastic No

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

It's that time of year again. On Saturday, May 12 the sixth annual Cape Cod Women's Music Festival (CCWMF) will once again light up the stage – and the outdoor tent – at The Cape Playhouse in Dennis. This year's lineup is sure to bring down the house while raising funds for Cape Wellness Collaborative (CWC) to provide free integrative therapies to those facing cancer on Cape Cod and the Islands. This year, with...

There’s nothing worse for a play to be than mediocre. Luckily, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial By Jury” is anything but, a fact that holds especially true with the current performance by the Eventide Theater Company. If you haven’t heard of the Eventide Theater Company, you might not be alone; they consider themselves to be Dennis’ little secret, an unfortunate fact given the fantastic performances I witnessed o...

From May 23 to 26, the organization known as Destination Imagination will hold its annual global competition at the University of Tennessee and will once again host a team from Cape Cod. Destination Imagination (DI) is an innovative problem-solving competition composed mainly of high school and middle school students. It is meant to be highly challenging and competitive in order to sort out the students who wo...