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Atwood House Opens Season With Three New Exhibits

By: Debra Lawless

Step into the Chatham Historical Society's Atwood House and Museum this weekend and you will hear the musical soundtrack that would have been performed live to accompany a black and white silent film at the original Orpheum Theater on Main Street, Chatham. A padded bench has been set up so you can watch the silent film; old theater posters and a movie projector are displayed nearby. This is a part of the new “...

A powerful show of religious paintings called “Violent Grace” has just opened in the Gallery at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham. Artist Edward Knippers was on hand last week to help his friend of about 40 years, curator Sandra Bowden, hang the 30 or so paintings, linocuts and monotypes. All but one takes as its subject a New Testament story, with many depicting an aspect of the crucifixion and resu...

A native of Chatham and Orleans who now lives in Oregon has written an intriguing and creative book, “Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities” (Skaket Books and Art, 2019), that can be used with students in grades four through 12. “Most people know nothing about the USLSS but then become so inspired by all these men achieved,” author Rebecca Fadely Locklear said ...

Do you love the 1940s? The music, the dresses and hats, the pay phones and jukeboxes? The idea of a local watering hole where regulars come on a rainy night not just to drink but to dance romantically and to share their stories and get a little support from one another?  And do you also embrace that the wonderful trappings of that decade also included the never-changing human condition: violence in the home wi...

There’s magic in the air! And the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre is on the receiving end!  The creative team at the theater on Division Street in Harwich should take a bow along with the fantastic troupe of players in this razzle-dazzle trip called “Pippin.” The Tony Award-winning show is a campy hodgepodge that’s part circus, part “puppet show,” part musical with nearly 20 spell-binding song ...

A few nights ago I met some extraordinary people. We are introduced to Catherine as she sits on the porch of her childhood home seemingly celebrating her 25 th birthday with her dad. She’s pensive, eloquent and maybe a bit tense but moves so elegantly. Robert is a complex individual. His every word is heavy with meaning, and he demands attention. He must be tough to live with, you think. And just as you think tha...

A Day To Remember

By: Mary Richmond

There aren’t many days that I can spend the whole day outdoors with the birds, flowers and trees. Like most people I have work, chores and other things to attend to that demand my time and attention. I generally get outdoors every day for at least an hour or two, but long, lazy days to spend just meandering are rare and wonderful days that I save up for like some people save up for fancy things. This past w...

Nature On The Move

By: Mary Richmond

Spring is such a busy time. Everywhere I go, I am reminded that much of our local nature is on the move. Some are leaving, some are arriving, and some are just moving about cleaning up, clearing out and settling in.  Most notable are the migrating birds and fish, but we, being part of nature, are also on the move. Snowbirds have been returning in droves, filling our roads and shops once again. The quiet days o...

Bestselling author Anne D. LeClaire’s new novel “The Orchid Sister” (Lake Union Publishing, 2019) explores, in part, how things go wrong when people defy nature and seek the fountain of youth. “What kind of a culture have we become that we pursue anti-aging in such a fear-filled way?” LeClaire asked during a recent interview in her South Chatham home. Yet “the desire for eternal youth is eternal.” The germ ...

Eventide Gives Warm, Romantic Sheen To 'She Loves You'

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Some musicals endure the test of time better than others, and Eventide Theatre Company’s “She Loves Me” is one of them. This delightfully charming romantic comedy is sure to warm the heart and leave you singing all the way home. Although lesser known than some classic musicals, “She Loves Me” is a 1963 adaptation of the 1937 play “Parfumerie,” which also inspired the popular 1998 film “You’ve Got Mail.” Bot...

The Guild's Mystery Painting Puzzle Is Assembled

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Nearly 100 people participated in the Mystery Painting Puzzle painting party sponsored by the Guild of Harwich Artists at the cultural center on Saturday as part of ArtWeek 2019. People were provided one of 96 small panels which contained an image for them to paint. Put together, the panels would create a Harwich image. The four-foot by six-foot puzzle turned out to a painting of the Red River Marsh in Sout...

'The Burn Zone' Author To Speak In Chatham

By: Debra Lawless

How is it possible that an intelligent, educated, worldly woman can be brainwashed and inducted into a cult in the 21 st century? Author Renee Linnell, 45, tells her frightening story in “The Burn Zone: A Memoir” (She Writes Press, 2018). “When we’re young we hide what makes us different, to fit in,” Linnell said during a telephone interview last week. Linnell, who lives in Colorado, is on a book tour that...