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CBI Launches Second Season Of Winter Art Series

By: Debra Lawless

Here’s a fun idea for art lovers this winter: The third annual Winter Art Series, 11 weeks of shows featuring Cape Cod galleries and artists, will begin at Chatham Bars Inn on Friday, Jan. 17. The series runs through Friday, March 27. “People really come—it’s been a great social thing for people,” says Domonic Boreffi, owner of Gallery Antonia at 1291 Main St. Boreffi schedules the shows. The shows are open...

Boar’s Head Festival Brings Medieval Pageantry To Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A gathering for to mark the medieval holiday of Epiphany will be a first for the South Harwich Meetinghouse this weekend. The historic former Methodist Church has had many different experiences, but never a Boar’s Head Festival. There will be festive pageantry, dance, song, music and animals taking the audience back to England in the 1400s to the medieval village of Harwich-on-Herring to experience E...

New Nonprofit Puts Spotlight On Local Arts Economy

By: Debra Lawless

“Only connect…” the novelist E.M. Forster famously wrote in 1910. ArtsLight, a new nonprofit endeavor spawned by the nonprofit Lower Cape TV dedicated to giving a voice to the local creative economy, aims to do just that. “In a world where information seems evermore scattered and suspect, we need to trust in ourselves and in connections that go deeper and create lasting bonds that transcend surface noise,” ...

Expecting The Unexpected

By: Mary Richmond

My childhood obsession with birds began when I was eight years old. We had a bird feeder attached to the kitchen window and I had a brand new deck of Audubon bird cards. I also had a third grade teacher who shared her own sightings and recommended that I go to the then fairly new Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Saturdays for class field trips. My parents agreed to take me and after a few weeks of bouncing a...

You Can't Keep Charlie Dodge Away From The Fish

By: Doreen Leggett

On both sides of his family, as far back as he can trace, Charlie Dodge descends from commercial fishermen. Some roots go to Norway and England, and then there is Tristam Dodge, of Newfoundland, hired by the settlers of Block Island in 1616 to teach them how to fish so they wouldn’t starve. Charlie Dodge was born on that small island 350 years later. His parents tried to buck centuries of tradition and insiste...

Meditating Naturally

By: Mary Richmond

All through the natural year there are reasons to love being outdoors. There are all the living things, animals and plants, that fill our senses with color and light as well as scents both wild and wonderful. There are the textures of the seasons, from soft and lush to brittle and stark. There is the ever-changing night sky and the ongoing symphonies that fill our heads and hearts with an amazing variety of sound...

Head For The Slopes In January

By: Rob Conery

“Who wants to ski alone?”asks Nancy Bradford of Harwich. That's part of the reason she joined the Cape Cod Ski Club over 20 years ago. “I love meeting like-minded people, chatting about our upcoming ski trips at the early meetings, and laughing about the past ones in spring.” She lists Vermont's Killington as her favorite New England ski area and especially praises both the on-mountain grooming and the good resta...

26 Apartments Proposed For Former Royal Village

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Royal Apartments, LLC is proposing to convert the former Royal of Harwich Village assisted living facility at the corner of Bank and Parallel streets into 26 apartments. The conversion from the former assisted living facility to multifamily use proposes no exterior changes to the building and minimal reconfiguration to the interior of the existing structure. In plans filed with the planning board, th...

HCT Sponsors Winter Series Of Conservation Talks

By: Contributed

HARWICH – This winter, the Harwich Conservation Trust will sponsor a series of presentations at the community center. There is no cost to attend, but a suggested donation of $5 will be accepted.  On Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. learn about “Fishers: Biology and Behavior” with Jason E. Zimmer, District Supervisor of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Southeast Wildlife District. The fisher (Mart...

It's All Systems Go In Middle School Robotics Club

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM – There might be Legos scattered about the Monomoy Regional Middle School room that houses the Robotics Club, but don't be fooled. These aren't your grandparents,' or even your parents' colorful bricks. They, and the students that use them to create working robots, are building the future one connection at a time. Kenny Watts makes adjustmen...

Nature Connections: Old And New

By: Mary Richmond

As I settle in to write about the end of one year and the beginning of the new one, a flock of robins is busily stripping the holly tree I can see through the window of its berries. They are gorging themselves on this frigid but sunny afternoon and I can hear them chuckling back and forth as they work. The berries we may see simply as pretty winter decorations are life saving food for birds like robins, cardin...

CHATHAM – A guardian angel with a sense of humor was looking out for Kim Roderiques last Thursday evening when it came time for her sell-out fundraising event “Pirouettes, Pliés and Pets” to begin at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. The successful event took in $40,000, but at the last minute it nearly didn’t happen. Roderiques, a photographer, had devoted one year to planning the evening to raise money for three ...