Harwich Organizations Planning Return Of Festive Events

By: William F. Galvin

The Harwich Cranberry Festival will return this year after a hiatus due to the pandemic. FILE PHOTO

HARWICH — There is a sense of normalcy returning to the community as pandemic threats diminish and local organizations begin planning to bring back traditional events, including the Harwich Cranberry Festival crafts fairs and concerts this summer and arts and music festival and hometown parade in September.

The Harwich Cranberry Festival committee has met and is planning “a full range of activities” this summer, said president Ed McManus. Two Harwich Cranberry Festival Artisan Market crafts fairs are scheduled for July 10 and 11 and Aug. 14 and 15 on the front lawn of the cultural center on Sisson Road.

The CranFest in the Courtyard music series will also be held on eight Thursdays in July and August in the courtyard at the cultural center beginning July 8.

The Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19 and will include the CranJam Music Festival.

The craft fair was relocated from its usual location at Brooks Park to the cultural center lawn because the park is “booked up” for the summer, McManus said.

The festival committee has also scheduled Family Beach Day on Saturday, Sept. 11. With no Harwich Cranberry Festival activities during the past year, some members retired or left town, so McManus put out a call for volunteers to assist with events and serve as ushers for the concert series.

There will be a hometown parade rolling through Harwich Port on Sunday, Sept. 12, according to Harwich Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams. The Grand Marshal of the parade will be retired fire chief Norman Clarke.

Williams also said that the annual Toast of Harwich, usually a springtime event, has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 27, the weekend after Thanksgiving. The chamber is waiting to hear from the town on whether the Wednesday evening Port Summer Nights music events will be allowed this summer, she said.