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CHATHAM – Samantha Clarke has a passion for making bracelets. She also adores animals. After seeing news footage of the Australian wildfires, she was struck with a desire to help, particularly the animals in greatest need, so Clarke put her creativity to good use and is now raising funds through her bracelet sales to benefit wildlife rescue efforts. ...

Review: Academy’s ‘Snow White’ Keeps The Magic Alive

By: Brielle Whalen

Everyone knows the classic story of “Snow White,” but, oddly, it is rarely seen on the stage. Luckily, The Academy of Performing Arts has just opened the world premiere of Judy Hamer and Sam Govoni Roderick’s adaptation, bringing new life to this beloved tale. The hour-long show begins with a young Snow White (Calla Pearson) voicing her concerns about her new stepmother to her rabbit friend Clover (Chiara Cast...

Presidential politics continue to divide us as a nation, but Eventide Theatre Company’s “Assassins” is a surprising unifier. The semi-revue won five Tony Awards in 2004 (including Best Revival of a Musical), after opening off-Broadway to mixed reviews in 1990, and only running for two months. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” focuses on the many attempted and sadly successful assassinations ...

Remember bringing home a brand new record album, dropping the needle on the vinyl disc and poring over the jacket as the tracks unfolded in the sequence chosen by the artist? Often, those songs have a special resonance, an association that brings back memories whenever you hear the music. And hearing them on vinyl, rather than in the digital format more common today, just adds to that experience. Vinyl, onc...

HARWICH – Students from Sturgis East and West Public Charter Schools in Hyannis, including students from Chatham, will perform two one-act plays revolving around war and its effect on families at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre this weekend. “Mother Courage and Her Children” by Bertolt Brecht will be co-directed by Diana Young, Sturgis East’s theater teacher. “Dark Road” by Laura Lundgren S...

Nature Connection: In A Flash

By: Mary Richmond

It happens often, especially if you’re looking for it, a flash of movement or color. Perhaps you catch it in your peripheral vision or the blink of an eye. Nature can be tricky like that, a hint here, a clue there. When I walk to my car in the morning I often see a flash of gray and white as the resident mockingbird lets me know the overgrown, multiflora infested forsythia is his, not mine. Many birds and anim...

Nature Connection: Get The Kids Outside

By: Mary Richmond

It’s a common lament these days, especially among older people, that kids today are too focused on screens and structured activities with little or no free playtime. The thought seems to be that many children never get outside unless they are going from building to car and back again. This is disturbing for many reasons, but perhaps we should also ask ourselves if it’s really true. Since the beginning of t...

Harwich Artist Ann Hart Exhibits In Signature Boston Show

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Ann Hart's interest in the arts started at a very early age, having grown up in a creative family. She said her mother was an “artsy-craftsy person” who did a lot of work with furniture and antiques, and she took notice. Observation paid off for Hart, an East Harwich resident, whose work will be on display in February at the Signature Member Show of The New England Watercolor Society on Newbury Stree...

Who doesn’t love a thriller set in the often-paranoid world of spies, where nothing is quite as it seems to be? Author Keith Yocum’s “Valley of Spies” (Time Tunnel Media, 2019) has been named to Kirkus Review’s 2019 prestigious list of Best Indie Mysteries, Crime Stories and Thrillers. “Valley of Spies” is the third book in the trilogy that began with “Color of Blood,” and continued with “A Dark Place.” All...

Nature Connection: Beach Finds

By: Mary Richmond

Winter is a great time to go beachcombing. High winds, high tides and rough seas churn up a lot of stuff and leave it on shore for the discriminating walker to find. What you find will vary with where you are on the Cape, so bring your sense of adventure, bundle up and don’t forget to bring your binoculars because you may find some pretty cool birds as well. If you’re really lucky you might spot a right whale...

Through its long history, Chatham has been known by many monikers, and now it may be acquiring a new one. “Without doubt, Chatham will be the organ town,” says the Rev. Joseph Marchio, pastor, director of music and organist at the First Congregational Church of Chatham. The church, celebrating its tercentennial this year, is joining St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and the First United Methodist Church in...

McPherson Shines In 'Driving Miss Daisy'

By: Ellen Chahey

It’s a star turn for Chatham’s Karen McPherson as she reprises her favorite role—the title role—in the 1988 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry. This time, it’s at the Barnstable Comedy Club, on Route 6A in Barnstable Village, and it’s playing through Jan. 26. McPherson first played Daisy Werthan in 2011 at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, and it’s obvious she’s not tired ...