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The Chatham Drama Guild has a first class winner on its hands in the form of its final production of the season, "Murder on the Orient Express." With a talented and seasoned cast that loves what it is doing and exceptionally creative staging, "Murder" is an engaging and entertaining mystery complete with drama, comedy and surprises. The show is also the Cape Cod premiere of a new adaptation by playwright Ken L...

HARWICH PORT — Here’s a fact that may surprise you: As of 2020, only 219 women had ever been elected to the Massachusetts House, as opposed to over 20,000 men. Kathleen Teahan, a Harwich Port resident for the past 13 years and one of those 219 women, has written a memoir, “For the People, Against the Tide: A Democratic Woman’s Ten Years in the Massachusetts Legislature” (2021). The book offers a fascinating in...

CHATHAM PORT —  Anyone who has visited the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center is acquainted with the groundbreaking work of Guglielmo Marconi in developing wireless service, particularly ship-to-shore communications. But when Marconi's radio station assets were purchased by RCA after World War I, what came next for Marconi is less well known. Paul Hawkins, the author of "Point to Point – A History of Internati...

Nature Connection: A Rainbow Kind Of Day

By: Mary Richmond

It was just an ordinary late fall morning, a little cold and a lot gray. I had an appointment on the other side of the Cape, so I was out early enough to be caught in high school traffic in three separate towns. A few raindrops fell on my windshield and then more and more until I was caught in a bit of a downpour. Just as I took my windshield wipers off the intermittent setting, however, the rain suddenly stopped...

Fish Buyer Auerbach Helps Cape Cod Feed The World

By: Doreen Leggett

Captain Kurt Martin says Jared Auerbach, who owns Red’s Best at the Chatham Fish Pier, is not your average fish buyer.  Martin, from Orleans, has said more than once that he wished more people would eat scup. He says it’s great-tasting, but you would be hard-pressed to find someone making it for dinner. So Auerbach set up a trip for a few chefs at influential restaurants in Boston to come on Martin’s boat w...

'Storm Lake' At Orpheum Theater Monday CHATHAM – Local journalism is dying, the conventional wisdom goes. More and more community newspapers are closing or getting bought out by hedge funds that strip them of their assets and leave them a shell of their former selves. But there are exceptions. Such as The Cape Cod Chronicle, and The Storm Lake Times. Next Monday, Nov. 8, The Chronicle will sponsor a scre...

Not many of us remember the thrill of having a penpal, or even the thrill of getting personal letters in the mail. The concept of exchanging letters has become more, shall we say, electronic and instant these days. For those of you who haven’t experienced a penpal, a penpal by definition is “a person with whom one becomes friendly by exchanging letters, especially someone far away whom one has never met.” Ofte...

All Aboard For Chatham Drama Guild's 'Murder On The Orient Express'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

It's all aboard for a murder mystery with a touch of laughter as the Chatham Drama Guild presents the Cape Cod debut of an adaptation by Ken Ludwig of Agatha Christie's classic  “Murder on the Orient Express.”  Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the scene as the luxurious Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snow drift. The passengers have no choice but to wait until the tracks can be cleared, but ...

A new study aims to project in close detail the flood risk facing communities across the Cape over the next 30  years, but one local expert says the findings should be looked at with skepticism.  The First Street Foundation study, titled “Infrastructure on the Brink,” says that Orleans, Chatham and Harwich are at low to moderate risk of serious flooding over the next three decades. The study, released Oct. 11,...

Twin Brothers Team Up To Create Audio Drama

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Just in time for Halloween, Cape Noir Radio Theater is back for a second season with another original audio drama. This time it's a family affair. Cape Noir creator J Hagenbuckle has joined forces with twin brother Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, a writer living in New York City, to create “Ick-A-Body,” an adaptation based on a longer work by Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle. Hagenbuckle describes the work as a dark c...

Nature Connection: Becoming A Bird Or Nature Watcher

By: Mary Richmond

These days I see a lot of articles and social media posts giving people all sorts of information about how to “become” a bird or nature watcher. I have a personal opinion about this which doesn’t involve a single penny, so it won’t be popular with those selling books, podcasts, videos, etc. but here it is. Get outside. Look and listen. Tada! You are now a bird and nature watcher. Can you learn more with books,...

CCCO's 'Ghost Hunters' Blends Music, Local Lore

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Has the Halloween season got you feeling haunted by a desire to contemplate spooky local legends while listening to the enchanting tones of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra? Brush off the cobwebs, put on your spooky season finery and get ready for a concert which is sure to satisfy the shadowy yearnings of even the most enthusiastic of Halloween-loving music fans. Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s upcoming pair of perf...