Topics: Arts

ORLEANS – When banker Valerie LaBelle reported to work at the Rockland Trust branch here on the Tuesday after the long Memorial Day weekend, she saw something that made her very happy: A small color rendering of an inlet running through marsh grass was tucked up behind the Plexiglas of a poster in the bank’s ATM lobby. When she retrieved the original art and turned it over, she saw the words in black ink: “Fro...

If you think art is something to be appreciated from afar, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, pick up a paint brush, knitting needle, or chisel and start creating. That’s the message from the organizers of ArtWeek, a 10-day, state-wide festival that gets underway tomorrow. While there are ArtWeek demonstrations, classes and lectures around the Cape, the Lower Cape—and Harwich in particular—will be a center of ...

“But I persevered!” These three simple words may sum up the personal and professional experiences of Chatham resident Heather MacKenzie. An artist, photographer, photojournalist and poet, MacKenzie’s life and work are center stage at the Orpheum Theater during the month of March as a collection of her pictures is displayed, a video is shown about her creative activities, and her newly published book becomes av...

HARWICH — Walking through the Harwich Cultural Center, one can feel an energy from the days when the former middle school was filled with students. Now, however, it's coming from the artists who occupy the building, many of whom are teaching their crafts to enthusiastic residents. “It's not just for the artists, it's for everyone,” said Community Center Director Carolyn Carey, who oversees the cultural center ...

Sara Sneed is a star twice over. She is a star baker and she is a star on many of the community theater stages of Cape Cod. And now she is an award-winning star. Born and raised in Kansas, Sneed began singing with her church choir at 4 years old and performed on stage in “Peter Pan” when she was 8. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance and earned a m...

CHATHAM – For more than six decades, local theater enthusiasts have flocked to the Monomoy Theatre to see shows evoking a sense of Broadway in their backyard. Now, the future of the landmark is in jeopardy after recent health and safety violations prompted the University of Hartford to terminate its lease, which in turn has motivated the property owners to put the property up for sale in the coming weeks. The ...

CHATHAM – For more than six decades, local theater enthusiasts have flocked to the Monomoy Theatre to see shows evoking a sense of Broadway in their backyard. Now, the future of the landmark is in jeopardy after recent health and safety violations prompted the University of Hartford to terminate its lease, which in turn has motivated the property owners to put the property up for sale in the coming weeks. The ...

Boston is a center for higher education, sports, government, history, tourism and culture for much of New England. While offering concerts, plays, art exhibits, and other events year-round, during the holiday season Bean Town hosts special programs ranging from a month-long series of concerts by the Boston Pops to presentations like Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” and traditional performances of Tchaikovsky’s “...

Cultural Districts Create A Community Story Line

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Cultural districts should serve to develop the character and a story line for their communities, Luis Cotto, of the Massachusetts Cultural Council told stakeholders in Harwich recently. Cotto, the council’s program manager, came to help local officials plan for two cultural districts in town. In two meetings on Thursday, proponents off the districts in Harwich Center and Harwich Port met with Cotto a...

HARWICH — The energy level was high as stakeholders gathered last week to push for a cultural district designation for Harwich Center. The district is seen as one of the cogs in the wheels that could get the vitality of the village rolling once again. During the session led by Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams at the Harwich Cultural Center last Tuesday,...

Stakeholder Meetings Underway For Cultural Districts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The first stakeholder meeting for the formation of two cultural districts in town was held last week, with a focus on Harwich Port. A second event is scheduled next Tuesday night, Oct. 30, at the cultural center and will focus on a Harwich Center district. The Harwich Port district session was moderated by Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh, who...

Paradox 2018 Takes The Stage At Cape Cod Theatre Company

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Something unique and beautiful is coming to Harwich, and for lovers of dance it will be a must-see event. The Brewster-based Movimento Project will present Paradox 2018, a unique, site-specific contemporary dance concert featuring a collaboration between American, Canadian and Brazilian dancers, for six performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 21 through 30 at Cape Cod Theatre Company in Harwich. T...

Jo Ann Ritter: Color Captures It

By: Pamela Quirinale

CHATHAM — As a little girl, Jo Ann Ritter was fascinated by color. She "colored continuously." And later in life, as an artist, this is evident in her work. Beautiful colors in harmony with each other, combined with a subtle use of shading, create a calm, peaceful mood in her oil paintings. Ritter is a plein air painter, one who paints outside and captures the scene fresh from life. Ritter initially studied ...

Lisa Jason Finds Hope And Connection In New York

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM - Singer, composer and dancer Lisa Sullivan Jason has refashioned her life in middle age by moving from Chatham to New York City to pursue her dreams as a performer on a larger stage than Chatham Bars Inn and the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club provided. “It was cool to go back to New York as an older person,” Jason said during a telephone interview last week. “I look back on life at the Cape – I have ...

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.” So begins Robert Frost’s famous 1916 poem “The Road Not Taken.” Wouldn’t it enhance Frost’s poem if you could read it while standing in a picturesque wood? Since mid-June you can. This and 27 other poems—half for adults, half for young readers—are set out on Chatham’s first Poetry Walk thanks to a collaboration between the Eldredge Public Library (EPL) and the Chatham ...

Harwich Gets Grant To Shape Cultural Districts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has received a $10,000 Communities Cultural District Initiative grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to establish two cultural districts, in Harwich Center and Harwich Port. Harwich over the past year has become very active in focusing on cultural activities as a means of driving the local economy. The conversion of the former Harwich Middle School into the Harwich Cultural Center h...