Topics: Arts

HARWICH — A decade ago town officials pursued an Adams Grant to develop a cultural and historic identity for Harwich Center that would spur economic growth. While that didn't come to fruition, there have been several initiatives over the past couple of decades that have been marginally successful in using town cultural assets to attract tourists. A new program may help realize those earlier visions. The tow...

Adjustments Considered For Harwich Cultural Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The success of the Harwich Cultural Center in the former Harwich Middle School was evident Monday night when selectmen discussed some potential adjustments there. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey told selectmen there is a 21-person waiting list to access space in the facility. Carey said she is working with Facilities Maintenance Director Sean Libby to upgrade the three portable classrooms to ...

HARWICH — The sign outside now identifies the former middle school as the Harwich Cultural Center, and members of the community are being invited inside to explore the transition during an open house from Thursday to Saturday of this week. “There seems to be quite a bit of interest,” Community Center Director Carolyn Carey, who has been charged with leasing rooms in the center, said this week. “I'm excited abo...

Open House Planned For Cultural Center At Middle School

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Interest continues to grow in the use of the former Harwich Middle School as a cultural center. Nearly all of the rooms on the first and second floor have been rented as artist studios, and town officials think its time to invite residents in to observe the activity. “It's a chance for residents to come in and see the operation there and the success of the cultural center concept,” Community Center D...

CHATHAM – Over the past 25 years, the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance has accumulated a trove of videos and still photographs documenting the local commercial fishing industry, many of them generated by the fishermen themselves. But the collection has not been documented or curated in any significant way. “We do have quite an archive, but we've never had anyone dedicated to going through those and tel...

Former Middle School Becoming A Booming Cultural Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Helen Davis attended fifth and sixth grades in the former Harwich Middle School. Now an artist, she is renting one of her former classrooms as studio space. “This place has such a huge ability to be a great arts center,” Davis said. “It brings artists together and artists need artists.” The former Harwich Middle School is quickly emerging as a cultural center providing space, opportunity, camarade...

Two films made by local residents are making their debut this month, but in very different venues. “They Are Mine,” a thriller written and directed by Michael James Hull, became available for viewing on Amazon.com earlier this month. And on March 23, “Runner,” a short thriller written and directed by Paul Schuyler, will get its premiere on the big screen at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. Both films show what ...

HARWICH ─ When Mary Jo Keenan went for medical testing in 2005, it was for something minor, which happened to lead to something major when Keenan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Now, more than 11 years later, Keenan is lending her support to the annual Dancing for a Cure fundraising event, while soldiering on through her own ongoing treatments. Like many women, Keenan had no symptoms regarding her ovarian...

HARWICH ─ This weekend, when the curtain rises at the start of the Reaching Heart School of Ballet's “The Nutcracker,” it will mark the 14 th season of the show. It will also be the first time in those 14 years, according to the ballet school's director Melissa Heart, that there will be no special showing for Monomoy School District students during the school day. “We always have done school shows,” said He...

Young Dancers' 'Idols And Icons' Raises Funds For A Chance To Dance

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Everyone deserves a chance. In fact, everyone deserves a chance to dance. On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, young dancers who have been given just that chance will gather at Betsy's Ballroom in Yarmouth for two dance performances as the Icons and Idols event raises funds for the Chance to Dance program based at Chatham's Studio 878. The pursuit of ballroom training is prohibitively expensive for many y...

ORLEANS — If you're reading this on Thursday, Dec. 1, why not call Lower Cape Community Access Television at 508-694-3500 to book a slot for today's PSA Day? This invitation to tape a brief public service announcement is for members of the nonprofit community with connections to the five towns Lower Cape TV covers: Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Wellfleet, and Truro, but it illustrates the welcoming nature of t...

ORLEANS — Known as the commercial hub of the Lower Cape, the town may be on its way to a new status as the region's cultural capital. The Nauset Endowment Fund (NEF) rolled out plans this weekend to turn the Nauset Regional Middle School auditorium into the Nauset Performing Arts Center, a “dynamic, multipurpose facility for everyone.” Proposed upgrades include installing air conditioning to allow summert...

Paris Through The Eyes Of Cape Codders

By: Debra Lawless

Local Photographers Exhibit Photos Of The City Of Light by Debra Lawless Two well-known Chatham photographers will be featured in a dual show, “Images of Paris,” opening on Sept. 24 at Chatham’s Gallery Antonia. “It’s going to be fun,” says gallery owner Domonic Boreffi. The gorgeous photographs of Paris by Kim Roderiques and Jennifer Eldredge Stello will offer something a little different to Cape au...

Artist's 'Icons' Keep 9/11 Memories Fresh

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy went to her easel to express the deep emotions she was feeling and to try and find spiritual meaning behind the senseless violence. Now, 15 years later, her series of “Icons of 9/11” paintings are once again going on display in an exhibit at the Cape Cod Art Association. “Hard to believe that it has been 15 years...

CHATHAM ─ The Monomoy Theatre's season finale is a play that is known as much for its ribald humor as its fugacious nature, but director MichaelJohn McGann is optimistic that the country's current political climate will propel “Johnny On A Spot” into side-splitting success. The show, which McGann describes as being “about a Yankee, a fixer, an amanuensis who comes to a Southern governor, gets to be his frien...

As with other aspects of life in Chatham, sharks have worked their way into the 45 th Festival of the Arts sponsored by the Creative Arts Center (CAC) in Chatham. “I have always loved sharks,” said Rich Benson of Harwich, a woodcarver, one of 120 artists and craftsmen participating in the show which begins on Friday. “I began carving whales, stripers, tuna and all kinds of fish back in the ‘80s,” Benson ex...