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We all had to adapt to a new way of life with COVID-19 looming over everyday activities. Some of us had a lot more time on our hands than we might otherwise have had, with only our interests to keep us occupied. The thriller film “Red River Road,” produced entirely during the pandemic, is a strong example of how the time spent in lockdown could have been put to good use. The movie, which opens Jan. 21 at the...

Just Another Winter Day

By: Mary Richmond

The day dawned a bit gray but a hopeful tinge of a color that might be described as a pale pink blushing coral seemed to want to escape the prison of dullness and streak across the sky just above the horizon. I packed a lunch, my bag of sketch materials, and a lot of hope for a wonderful day exploring the Lower Cape on a winter day. Winter may be my favorite season for exploring on the Cape. I don’t mind the c...

Cape Playhouse Welcomes New Artistic Director

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

          The Cape Cod Center for the Arts (CCCA), which owns and operates the historic Cape Playhouse in Dennis, has named Tony Award-winning producer  David Elliott as its new artistic director. Elliott will take over for Michael Rader.           Elliott brings a wealth of experience to his new position. For the past 15 years he has served as co-director of Perry Street Theatricals, an award-wi...

The Brewster Book Store and Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters will co-host a book launch for New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard’s latest novel “The Good Son” (MIRA, 2022) on Jan. 20. Mitchard, a resident of Brewster, came to prominence when her first novel, “Deep End of the Ocean,” was named the opening selection for Oprah’s Book Club in 1996. A native of Chicago, Mitchard has had a long acquainta...

Nature Connection: The Simple Things

By: Mary Richmond

January seems to be a time of reflection and realigning our goals and aspirations. The older I get the more I realize less really is more. When you’re young that sounds counter intuitive, but as we age, we get it. So many things drop by the wayside over the years as we hone in and focus on the things that are really important, almost none of which are material. These last few COVID drenched years have been a c...

Nature Connection: If Nature Made Resolutions

By: Mary Richmond

Nature doesn’t keep the kind of calendar that separates days, weeks, and months. She goes by the seasons, which aren’t always as cut and dried as our own paper calendars try to insist. Sometimes it feels that Nature moves along at her own pace, which can change in an instant, perhaps surprising her as well as us. Other times she can appear quite orderly and predictable. This past week we celebrated the beginni...

Cape Noir Rings In The Holidays With 'Gift Of The Magi'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

          If you're looking for a way to celebrate the holidays but you also want to cuddle up at home with a warm beverage, maybe some loved ones or pets and a blanket rather than going out in the cold, look no further. Our talented friends at Cape Noir Radio Theater have cooked up an audio treat brimming with Christmas cheer, and all you'll need is an internet connection or a radio.     ...

Theater Review: A New Magical, Fanciful 'Alice' At CCTC/HJT

By: Amy Tagliaferri

This holiday season you and your family should take a trip through the looking glass to Wonderland. “Alice: A New Musical for the Holidays” is a fanciful, hilarious, madcap and beautiful celebration of childhood. The Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre undertakes this classic tale with a twist based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and treats us to theater magic. The play, written by Andrew...

This book, “A Bronx Boy’s Christmas Story: When I Believed in Santa Claus…” comes with a spoiler alert from author Sebastian Mudry of Harwich. If you plan to read the book aloud to someone age seven or under, do not share the book’s subtitle. The subtitle, of course, gives away the spoiler that Santa may not exist. Those seven and under will say, “Well, doesn’t everyone believe in Santa Claus?” Mudry said d...

Eventide Theatre Company Prepares For 'Our Town'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

        As the year draws close to its end, Eventide Theatre Company is just getting started. The company is finishing up the process of casting the first play in its 2022 season, the theme of which is “No One Is Alone.” The sentiment is more than welcome following the isolation many felt as theaters were forced to forced to go dark or go remote during the long, lonely days and nights of the COVID pandemic.  ...

When Joel Esten, now of South Orleans, was growing up in Woonsocket, R.I., he “experienced the magic of Christmas” most vividly through music. Musician Esten, 78, has written improvisations for 13 familiar Christmas carols ranging from “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel” to “Jingle Bells.” And now, just in time for Christmas, Esten has collected his improvisations in a spiral-bound volume called “Christmas Piano Varia...

Holly Jolly Holiday Social At Cape Rep Theatre

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

          Get into the spirit of the season at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19 at 4 p.m. at the Holly Jolly Holiday Social, a chance to gather with friends in the name of sugarplums and mistletoe while favorite Cape Rep performers give voice to classic holiday songs. This fun musical event is part of a full month of Brewster for the Holidays festivities.           Cape Rep Mark...