Topics: Community events

A Coffee House For A Great Cause At MRHS

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – There is a wealth of holiday bazaars and craft fairs on Cape Cod during the holidays, but the newest one at Monomoy Regional High School aims to raise money for a great cause. On Dec. 6 the Sandscript Club will host its first Holiday Market and Coffee House/Open Mic event to raise funds toward future writing adventures. For those unaware, Sandscript, a creative writing club, is one of the oldest club...

SOUTH CHATHAM — Maybe it was the years of breathing sawdust and fiberglass particles, or maybe it was a fluke of genetics. Or perhaps it was completely random. But 44-year-old Rick Merrill now has severe scarring on his lungs, and he’s waiting for the double lung transplant that will save his life. A Chatham native and 1993 graduate of Chatham High School, Merrill is a big man with a firm handshake and kind ey...

ORLEANS – Orleans has for 33 years benefited from an often-invisible organization comprised of volunteers who, in collaboration with the town, chamber of commerce and private individuals, raise funds, underwrite and oversee projects that improve the quality of life for all its citizens and visitors. Brick sidewalks, urns of flowers maintained by The Farm, and soon to be installed custom-designed manhole covers on...

CHATHAM – The Women’s Club of Chatham got a crash course in women’s safety in September, and also learned a little about what it’s like to be the only female officers on the Chatham and Harwich Police Departments. Sergeant Sarah Harris of the Chatham Police and Sergeant Amy Walinski of the Harwich Police Department joined forces on Sept. 23 during a special meeting of the Women’s Club where they spoke with rou...

HARWICH – Having epilepsy can mean long stays in the hospital, but comfy socks can help. This is something Cole Strzepek knows all too well. But the last time he was at Children's Hospital in Boston, their sock supply was nearly gone, with Cole getting one of the last pairs. Soon, a plan for procuring more socks was hatched, though neither Cole nor his family had any idea just how successful it would become. ...

'Celebrate Our Waters' Turns 10 This Weekend

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — If you haven’t had a chance to get out on the water this summer, or even if you have, you won’t want to miss the 10th annual Celebrate Our Waters weekend. It’s a series of fun events for families and individuals, and it’s a strategy by the Orleans Pond Coalition to build public involvement in initiatives that protect the town’s watersheds, estuaries, ponds and lakes. The public is invited to help kic...

A New Ms. Eelgrass Is Crowned

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A new Ms. Eelgrass has been crowned! That may sound bit grandiose for the somewhat subdued event—at least by Ms. Eelgrass standards—held at the VFW Sunday afternoon. But the beauty pageant (if you could call it that) carried on a tradition first begun more than 35 years ago, albeit in a more family-friendly atmosphere. There were four contestants, one fewer than the first Ms. Eelgrass contest held...

Harwich Hometown Parade Drew Socks And Smiles

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Sunday provided welcoming weather for the Harwich Hometown Parade as people lined the streets and held cookouts through Harwich Port and along the route that extended to the Harwich Elementary School on South street. The third annual parade sponsored by the chamber of commerce had better fortune than the Beach Day sponsored by the Harwich Cranberry Festival, which was planned for Saturday but was can...

Cranberry Festival Weekend Offers Crafts, Music And Fireworks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — If you like music, crafts, art, food truck cuisine and plenty of socialization, then the Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival is where you want to be this coming weekend. If that’s not enough, there will also be the chamber of commerce’s fireworks display on Saturday night. The festival has been a late summer tradition in the community for more than 40 years and offers a weekend of activities, i...

Gagnon To Serve As Hometown Parade Grand Marshal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents will be lining the streets to celebrate Harwich “Then and Now” as the Hometown Parade rolls along Route 28 in Harwich Port on Sunday in the annual chamber of commerce-sponsored event. “The town will be stepping out to Celebrate Harwich ‘Then and Now.’ Come line the streets and show your Harwich spirit,” Cyndi Williams, executive director of the chamber, said of one of events leading into th...

CHATHAM – Since the beginning of June, Veterans Field has been home to summer baseball, but on Aug. 18 the outfield was temporarily transformed into two soccer fields where seven scrappy teams got their kicks in the 10 th Annual Kenny Kup Soccer Jamboree. The event, held in honor of the late Ken Owens, a Chatham High School graduate who died in a skydiving accident in 2009, featured a day of soccer between pl...

CHATHAM – It's been almost 10 years since Chatham High School graduate Ken Owens died in a skydiving accident in Hawaii, and while the hole he left in his tight-knit family will never be filled, what helps is the support of loved ones and the annual Kenny Kup Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree, this year slated for Aug. 18 at Veterans Field. The 2019 event marks the 10 th Kenny Kup, an event Ken's parents, Da...

CHATHAM — If you were in Chatham in the summertime in the ‘90s, you might remember the antics of Otis Russell and Tim Wood in the annual Art of Charity pro-am charity art auction. Backed by a team of volunteers, they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s charities, producing an evening filled with surprises, fine art, community spirit and frequently off-color humor. “We used to be funny,” Ru...

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,...

CHATHAM – When Monomoy Regional Middle School students want a drink of water, they visit the nearest hallway fountain or turn on the tap. When students in Kenya want a drink of water, they have to walk, sometimes many miles. To help ease their situation, MRMS students are raising funds through their first Walk to Water event with the goal of creating a water station near a school in Kenya. According to MRMS li...