Topics: Community events

Fall For Harwich Returns

By: William F. Galvin

Hometown Parade Kicks Off Celebration Sunday, But Beach Day Cancelled HARWICH – After a year's hiatus due to the pandemic, Fall for Harwich is back, with numerous events scheduled over the next several weeks beginning with Sunday's Hometown Parade. Saturday's planned Beach Day, however, has been cancelled. The Harwich Cranberry Festival Committee announced that it was not able to muster enough volunteers to...

Celebrate Our Waters Returns After COVID-19 Hiatus

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS -- Water quality continues to be a cornerstone issue on Cape Cod, and for almost 20 years, the Orleans Pond Coalition has been doing its part to try and improve the region’s waterways. From piloting programs to conducting research into new ways to help keep the town’s ponds clean, the coalition has taken numerous approaches to addressing the issue of water quality since it began in 2003. Part of the co...

Celebrity Chef Fundraiser Brings In $100K

By: Debra DeCosta

Restaurateur, TV personality and cookbook writer Chef Ming Tsai teamed up with Tom Woods, the executive chef at the Ocean House Restaurant in Dennis Port, for a benefit Monday the Family Reach program. Woods had worked for Tsai in two of his restaurants in the past, the Blue Ginger in Wellesley and the Blue Dragon in Boston. This was the first time in five years the two cooked together; both were thrilled to be w...

ORLEANS -- Outside Nauset Middle School on Aug. 26, backpacks sat in orderly rows on the grass waiting to be picked up, each one specially packed up for individual students across different grade levels.  The Homeless Prevention Council has so far provided backpacks full of school supplies for approximately 285 students for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year through its annual Backpack to School program. Now i...

Chatham Reinstates Independence Day Parade

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though it might not be as grand as usual, the town will have a real, in-person parade to mark Independence Day this summer. On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the select board followed the advice of the parade committee and gave the event its go-ahead. The board also voted to allow a fireworks display on Veterans Field on Thursday, July 1. The parade will happen on July 3, since July 4 falls on ...

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...

April Fools Swimmers Jump In For Jennie

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On Saturday, the water off Harding’s Beach was a frigid 40 degrees. But it was still a couple degrees warmer than the air temperature. Neither one deterred the April Fools of Chatham, who made their annual swim for a good cause. The event was postponed from April 1 because of a gusty rainstorm. This year’s plunge was made in honor of 36-year-old Jennie Porter, who is recovering from the effe...

CHATHAM — In a couple of weeks, people will be queuing up to take a brisk swim in Nantucket Sound for a good cause. They’re Chatham’s April Fools, and they’re back this year with a pandemic-safe plunge to benefit a local woman facing medical challenges. Each year, the April Fools raise money for a different local individual or family in need, usually to ease the financial burden of an illness or injury. And,...

HARWICH – In the years before COVID-19, We Can Team of The Gasp, a long-distance fundraising cycling event, looked forward to a day of camaraderie and celebration. Though the pandemic might have changed the face of the annual ride, it couldn’t dim the dedication of those taking part, including Team We Can. Located in Harwich, We Can is a non-profit organization aimed at empowering women through an array of uni...

Local Jimmy Fund Walkers Take Steps Toward A Cure

By: Kat Szmit

If determination had an image, it would be of a cancer patient still smiling in spite of enduring harsh treatments that don’t come with a guarantee of success. Behind them would likely be family and friends in their Jimmy Fund Walk shirts, raising funds for research and taking steps they hope will one day lead to a cure. Brenda Azure and her daughters Sienna and Alexa know that walk well, for they’ve completed...

Whales In The Park Raise Record Breaking $82K

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It's official: Whales are more popular than sharks. Or, at least, people were willing to pay more for the painted and decorated whales on exhibit in Kate Gould Park this summer than they were for the sharks that populated similar displays in the past. Auction of the whales in this year's Chatham Merchants Association-sponsored Art in the Park brought in a total of $82,480, which beat out the previ...

HARWICH PORT – A lobster clambake, with a side of community spirit, would go a long way in filling the void the coronavirus pandemic is creating in our dining and social habits this summer. Outer Cape Health Services plans to help satiate these desires with its “Lobster Without the Fest” fundraiser. In the past OCHS has held an annual Lobster Fest gala and auction event. Because of the pandemic, however, co...

Oars In The Stores Make Waves On Main Street

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

CHATHAM – The annual Chatham Merchants Association’s scavenger hunt is on, as the Oars in the Stores make waves through Labor Day in shops and businesses throughout downtown. Twenty-nine uniquely painted oars are on display in shop windows and businesses throughout Chatham. Scavenger Hunt Log Books are available at the Oars in the Stores Headquarters, also known as the downtown visitor information booth locat...

Harwich Chamber Cancels Fall Events

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — This year's Fall for Harwich and the town's traditional Christmas events are not likely to resemble the celebrations of the past, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the chamber of commerce board of directors decided to cancel September's fireworks and Hometown parade, centerpieces of Fall for Harwich, and indicated that the annual Christmas stroll will be substantially changed and downsized. ...

While masks have become an important piece of equipment in the fight against COVID-19, Rick White knows one thing is still certain. “You don’t have to see the smile to know it’s there,” he said. White is a member of the Dennis-Harwich Lions Club, which recently embarked on a mission to make and supply masks, free of charge, to Cape Cod residents that need them. Through the Make-A-Mask Challenge, the Dennis-...

HARWICH – On May 25, for eight minutes and 46 seconds, George Floyd cried out for help, calling for his mother, a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck until Floyd’s life ended on the street of the Minnesota city. On June 6, an estimated 1,000 peaceful protesters kneeled in silence in Brooks Park for eight minutes and 46 seconds in Floyd’s honor, the only sounds the chirping of birds in nearby trees ...