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Academy Playhouse Shines With 'Once'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

hat speaks to an audience in a way that is uniquely suited to the moment. After a long wait due to the pandemic, “Once” at the Academy Playhouse speaks to audiences returning to live theater in just that way. “Once” opened on Nov. 27 to a sold out crowd, and with its combination of knockout musical talent and uplifting themes of friendship, love and resilience, the Academy Playhouse performers had the audience ...

Rev. Wesley Williams: Faith In A Better Future Together

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Rev. Wesley Williams of Orleans, retired minister of the Orleans Methodist Church, doesn't look upon retirement as a time to just relax and watch the world go by. On the contrary, Rev. Williams serves as convener of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Action Team of the Nauset Interfaith Association, and he has recently been named as a new director on the 15-member board of directors of Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS)....

CHATHAM – Even though it's been 15 years since author Bernard Cornwell's last book featuring British rifleman Richard Sharpe, taking up the character's story again was as easy as slipping on a familiar and comfortable piece of clothing. “He's been in my head forever,” said Cornwell, a Chatham resident. His first Sharpe novel, “Sharpe's Eagle,” came out in 1981, “so I know him quite well.” “Sharpe's Assassin...

Orleans Author Pens Second 'Cape Cod Foodie Mystery'

By: Debra Lawless

Author Amy Pershing, a summer resident of Orleans, has just released her second fun Cape Cod Foodie mystery, “An Eggnog to Die For” (Berkley, 2021). This follows on the heels of “A Side of Murder,” released last February. Local readers will delight in the town Pershing calls Fair Harbor — a reimagined Orleans with pieces of Chatham and Wellfleet mixed in, Pershing said in an email interview last week. “I...

Local Author, Studio Big Winners In Regional Dance Competition

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Some of the best stories sometimes seem to be heading in one direction, and then, without warning, they spin and swoop you off into another direction with all the grace of a dancer on a gleaming dance floor. That's exactly what recently happened to one of our very own local storytellers, bestselling author Anne D. LeClaire, and it came close to sweeping her off her feet. LeClaire recently competed in the Common...

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...