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Otis Russell of Chatham, well-known locally after 45 years in the hospitality business, has just published his first book for “edgy children,” “Sammy Finds a Home” (Wicked Whale Publishing, 2021). The 49-page hardcover combines Russell’s words with the gorgeous illustrations of award-winning artist Barbara Harmon. Harmon has made a name for herself as a biological and medical illustrator. She lives in Orleans ...

CCTC/HJT Unveils In-Person 70th Anniversary Summer Season

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

The announcement that Cape Cod Theatre Company/HJT lovers have been waiting for about live summer in-person performances is finally here. Get ready to mark your calendar, because we now have official dates and shows to look forward to. CCTC/HJT's 70th anniversary summer season will include four family shows on the new outdoor CCTC/HJT stage (under construction), sponsored by the Bilezikian Family Foundation, w...

CHATHAMPORT – What was it like to retire to Cape Cod in the mid 1660s? That was a question that archeologist Craig Chartier asked himself while overseeing excavations over the past five years at the homesite of Chatham founder William Nickerson and his wife Anne. More than two dozen people turned out recently for the Protect Our Past virtual Speakers Series presentation by Chartier, focused on what was learned...

Chatham Drama Guild: The Show Will Go On

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

After a very long pandemic, audiences will be thrilled to hear that the show will finally go on at the Chatham Drama Guild, as the comedy “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig opens July 8 and runs through Aug. 8. Guild President Pam Banas had a difficult decision to make when COVID-19 health restrictions made in-person performances impossible last year. With “Leading Ladies” on the docket for the opening show of summer...

It’s not often that a writer has the opportunity to see their work transformed into a new format. So, when renowned playwright and sound designer J Hagenbuckle approached Jen Sexton-Riley asking her if she had any short fiction she felt would make a good radio play adaptation, Sexton-Riley jumped at the opportunity. Sexton-Riley, a Chronicle feature writer and ArtCast columnist, presented Hagenbuckle with mult...

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 ...