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Nature Connection: When All Else Fails

By: Mary Richmond

Some days I wake with storm clouds in my head, even when the sun is rising over the horizon and there are few actual clouds in sight. Nothing easily clears that stain of grumpiness, whether from a leftover dream gone wrong, the endless drone of depressing world news, or a spontaneous but uninvited countdown of every regret I’ve ever had, real or imagined. Even a good cup of coffee fails to make them go away.  ...

Harwich's ArtWeek Celebrates The Arts Virtually

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Although ArtWeek, the annual statewide creative festival produced by the Boch Center, is taking an official intermission this year due to the pandemic, t he Harwich Cultural Center has decided to celebrate ArtWeek virtually this week, May 1 through 10. While the center remains closed to the public, the creative heart inside is going strong with a virtual studio tour and reading, an online video playlist from...

Nature Connection: A Special Day

By: Mary Richmond

There are some rare and wonderful days that become stamped on our memories forever. They often start out with a plan that is simple and ordinary but which, in the end, morphs into a delightful sequence of events that add up to a unique and memorable day. Last week was a school vacation week locally and my youngest grandson, who is 14, and I had planned a day to go out birding. He has done the Mass Audubon Bird...

CHATHAM – Even as the vaccination rate increases, it's likely that large, in-person gatherings will be limited this year. Among the hardest hit by this are local nonprofits, which depend on summer fundraisers for support. Many local organizations are planning to either continue virtual events begun last summer or launch new ones. Next month, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center will hold its first-ever “Antenna...

Lisa Jason And Friends Create Music Across The Miles

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Almost a year ago to the day, I spoke with local singer Lisa Jason about a project she took part in to record a collaged, socially distanced version of the 1957 Patty Page tune “Old Cape Cod.” The project was the brainchild of Chatham's Tony Raine, general manager and head of production at the Cape Cod Melody Tent since 1994, who found himself thinking of ways to bring local musicians out of isolation and crea...

Nature Connection: Connecting Through Stillness

By: Mary Richmond

Golden fingers of sunlight reached up through the trees, beckoning me. I pulled on my jeans and a sweater, packed my sketchbook and binoculars in my backpack, swigged a last gulp of coffee and drove off to see and hear what was happening out in the world. The morning was a cool but clear one at the wetland area where I started my walk. Reflections shone off the pond with little distortion as red-winged blackbi...

CCTC/HJT's Virtual 'Open Mic Night' Is Fun With Heart

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

On Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre will present a new play, “Open Mic Night” written by New York based playwright Justin Jay Gray, filmed and directed by CCTC/HJT technical director Matt Kohler. The play will be broadcast on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Jester51 and on the theater's Youtube channel at CCTC HJT. After five years of highs and mostly lows running the ...

Have you ever forgotten someone’s name? Ever gone down into the basement only to wonder, at the bottom of the stairs, why you’re there? Ever driven off-Cape and don’t recall crossing one of the bridges to get there? When you’re over 40, or 50, or 70, you might fear that these memory lapses are a sign that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are right around the corner. If this describes you, local author...

Finding Peace Can Be Fishy

By: Mary Richmond

All week long the weather folks had predicted a perfect spring day on the horizon, so I cleared my calendar, packed a snack and some water along with my binoculars and sketchbook and prepared to drive off shortly after dawn the next day. I slept and dreamt of wandering, then woke and hit the road. As most of you probably know, getting from here to there is fraught with utility trucks, construction cones and tr...

Nature Connection: Listening To Spring Arrive

By: Mary Richmond

It was dark when I got up on this dreary, rainy morning. I could hear the splatter of raindrops against the glass of the windowpane but mostly I was listening to the cardinals. Song sparrows and cardinals are always some of the first birds we hear singing in the spring in our own backyards, and their songs are a welcome sound come April. “My” pair of song sparrows is already nesting beneath the forsythia, but ...

Marconi Talk Explores The World Of Autonomous Vessels

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

When you hear the words "robot" and "autonomy" applied to boat operations, what do you think? If the image of Captain-less boats moving on Nantucket Sound springs alarmingly to mind, you are on the wrong track, according to Captain Lauren Lamm. Lamm, the speaker at last week's Chatham Marconi Maritime Center online program titled "Seagoing Robots," is a graduate of the Mass Maritime Academy, an experienced Cap...

Family Fun Fair Saturday At Monomoy High

By: Tim Wood

HARWICH – If there's one thing most people agree on, it's that after a year of social isolation, the time is right to get out and have some fun. Doing that, albeit within health and safety protocols, is one of the aims of the Family Fun Fair, a free drive-by event being held at Monomoy Regional High School on Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. “It's been a really tough year for parents with young chi...