Topics: Cape Verde

Cape Verdean Official To Speak In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There has been a strong connection between the island of Brava in the Cabo Verde archipelago and the town of Harwich for more than a century. That bond is about to become a little firmer with a planned visit of President Francisco Tavares, the mayor of Brava. Albert Raneo informed selectmen last week that Tavares will visit the community on Aug. 28. There are numerous residents of Cape Verdean descen...

Cape Verdean Festival Honors Mabel Canto

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The 90-degree temperatures kept participation to a minimum in Saturday's third annual Cape Verdean Festival in Brooks Park, but it was nonetheless a day to celebrate the late Mabel Gomes Canto, who was recognized for her commitment to the community. Each year the festival honors a person who has made major contributions to the community. Shawn Fernandes, vice president of the festival committee, reco...

Annual Cape Verdean Festival Saturday In Brooks Park

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The third annual Cape Verdean Festival will take place Saturday at Brooks Park, providing attendees the opportunity to experience authentic Cape Verdean food, art and “folklorico.” The festival celebrates Cape Verdean heritage and culture and recognizes the instrumental role its people have played in Harwich and across the Cape. Last year, Selectman Ed McManus noted the early contributions to fishing...

HARWICH – The era of firsts continued at Monomoy Regional High School on Sunday when the Class of 2019 became the first to attend the school from its opening day in 2014 through five years of classes, athletics, activities, concerts, musicals, and multicultural festivals, culminating in a heartfelt commencement at the school on June 2. Erin Starkey,...

The Cape Verdean Spirit Filled Brooks Park On Saturday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The weather and the warmth of the Cape Verde community made for a wonderful day in Brooks Park on Saturday, with music, dance and food defining the island's culture of the Second Annual Cape Verdean Festival. The Cape Verdean community here has long been an instrumental part of the town. Selectman Ed McManus said he is proud of the part its played, including early contributions to the fishing and cra...

Cape Verdean Festival Gets Underway On Saturday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The second annual Harwich Cape Verdean Festival will enliven Brooks Park on Saturday. The festival showcases Cape Verdean culture and contributions to the community from residents who have come from the 10-island archipelago located 380 miles off the west coast of Africa. Last year's festival was considered a great success. The day-long event included performances by Cape Verdean International singer...

Cape Verdean Museum To Open On Friday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Cape Verdean Museum located in the Cultural Center will open its doors to the public on Friday with a goal of educating and expanding the knowledge of Cape Verdean culture. Southeastern Massachusetts has a large Cape Verdean population. Many inhabitants of the archipelago located about 400 miles off the West Coast of Africa came to Nantucket and New Bedford on whaling vessels several generations ...

HARWICH — With old-timers getting older, and with the town’s demographics changing, there’s a real danger that parts of Harwich’s history could fade from memory. The new Cape Verdean Heritage Oral History Project, a video documentary series produced by Angelina Raneo Chilaka, aims to keep that from happening. “I’ve got a list of people we want to interview,” Chilaka said. Their stories will help form a perma...

Robert Cutts And Barbara Burgo: Cape Verdean Strength And Wisdom

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Robert Cutts and Barbara Burgo, both Harwich-born and of Cape Verdean descent, have only known each other for a few short months, but the two have joined forces in a labor of love. Their shared passion is the creation of the Harwich Cape Verdean Museum in order to preserve and share the unique culture, food, language and history of the nation of islands off the coast of West Africa which gained independence from ...

HARWICH — A proposal to establish a Cape Verdean Exhibit/Cultural Center, potentially in the Harwich Middle School, received strong support from selectmen Monday night. The proposal was put forward by Barbara Burgo and Jane Teixeira-Henry. Burgo worked as one of the curators in collaboration with the Harwich Historical Society in hosting So Sabi , a Cape Verdean exhibit at Brooks Academy in 2012. “During t...