Topics: Community events

Tidal Wave Of Revelers Greet Christmas By The Sea

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM — One of the largest crowds ever seen at Chatham's Christmas By The Sea turned out last Friday evening for the annual light parade and tree lighting. Led by Santa and the Send the Love student carolers, who were raising money for essentials for Cape kids in need, the procession created a festive scene down Main Street as it wound its way to Kate Gould Park, where Santa helped light the tree before hearing...

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 ...

CHATHAM – There's no stopping the Cookie Express. The annual holiday event sponsored by the First Congregational Church, which stops at the Chatham Congregational Church this Saturday, Dec. 14, has been chugging along for many years, perhaps two or three decades, first as part of a church Christmas fair, and on its own for at least the past 15 years. What's crystal clear, however, is that its ongoing popularit...

Run, run Rudolph, Santa has to make it to town Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down Run, run Rudolph, reeling like a merry-go-round – Chuck Berry, “Run Run Rudolph” CHATHAM – There will be a lot of Rudolphs running in downtown Saturday thanks to a new event that's been added to this weekend's 41 st annual Christmas By The Sea celebration. “Rudolph's Flight” takes off on ...

Santas Stampede In Orleans

By: Barry Donahue

ORLEANS — Some 180 runners braved frigid temperatures Saturday to compete in the annual Santa Stampede, sponsored by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Funds raised in the event help support chamber programs. Challe Burns won the kids portion of the race. BARRY DONAHUE PHOTO ...

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...