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Nature Connection: Welcoming The Light

By: Mary Richmond

By the time you read this we will have turned the now mostly figurative hands on our clocks ahead an hour, giving us an extra hour of light at the end of the day. Ironically we lose one in the early hours of the morning, making this my least favorite week, but there’s not much point in grousing about it, unless I was a grouse, of course, in which case I wouldn’t bother with clocks at all. Light is an amazing t...

Nature Connection: Sweet Anticipation

By: Mary Richmond

There’s a restlessness in the air. The birds are singing, urging the snow to melt and go away. The trees are limbering up, their sap rising, their buds filling out, their branches once again strong and flexible. A few hardy bees have been buzzing about and the snowdrops are in bloom, even through the icy coatings flung over them by careless Winter as he begins to pack his bags for his trip back around the sun. We...

CCTC/HJT Presents New Comedy 'The Sherlock Problem'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     It's many an author's dream to create a character who will resonate so strongly with readers that they just can't get enough. But what happens when the character becomes so charismatic, so compelling, so popular that he outshines the author?      Why, it's elementary, my dear Watson. What happens is "The Sherlock Problem."      From March 18 to April 3, Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre wi...

     At long last, Monomoy Regional High School is back with an in-person production, and this one is worth the wait. “The 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a musical comedy that will deliver laughs while setting your toes tapping. Can you spell H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S?      Two years ago, as if we need to be reminded, the arrival of COVID-19 forced the MRHS performing arts department to halt production of “...

After 25 Years, CCTC/HJT's Nina Schuessler Retires

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     HARWICH – “Find something you love to do, and you'll never work a day in your life.”      The love portion of the old adage certainly pertains to Nina Schuessler, Producing Artistic Director of Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre for the past 25 years. Schuessler's love has shone in her every action at the beloved West Harwich theater. As for the never working a day in your life? Over 25 years...

Craig Poosikian's Passion For Fishing Was No Fluke

By: Doreen Leggett

Craig Poosikian was a summer kid from New Jersey fishing in Harwich when he caught the fish that got him hooked. “I caught my first fluke when I was 11. They are the most awesome fish in the ocean. The lowly fluke – just awesome,” he said. He caught the bottom-dwelling summer flounder, as it is also called, with a popper that floats on the surface. He was curious about the flat, toothy fish and talked to on...

Art Heals At Outer Cape Health Services

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     HARWICH PORT – Let's be honest. For most of us, going to see a doctor isn't necessarily among our top 10 favorite ways to spend an afternoon.      At the Outer Cape Health Services Harwich Port Health Center, however, a visit to the doctor means a chance to see a new art exhibit every six months. Since the Harwich Port location opened in December 2018, rotating “healing art” exhibits have been display...

New Works Create March Mayhem At Academy Playhouse

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     ORLEANS – March hares aren't the only ones with spring fever this season. Throughout the entire month of March, the Academy Playhouse in Orleans presents March Mayhem, an inspiring month of community-created theater that's sure to warm you up after a long winter.      March Mayhem will showcase the best of the region's talented theater community, from One Act Wednesdays to original new play readings, a one-...

Nature Connection: Planting Seeds Of Hope

By: Mary Richmond

By the time you read this, March will have snuck in the window, spread her brightly checkered tablecloth on the floor and invited you to a picnic to celebrate her arrival. She never minds knocking any remaining icicles off the windowsill to do so, and she brings with her a promise of spring that even we old, cynical Cape Codders hope is true. That promise of spring is a crinkly paper bag full of seeds with our na...

EAST HARWICH – Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School students have been learning by looking hard at the lives of children who died during the Holocaust rather than at the numbers that have since been gathered into near-incomprehensible tallies of death. “Understanding that these were individuals is essential in helping students grasp the enormity of the Holocaust because we often spend a lot of energy dwelling on...

After being shelved due to the pandemic, “Give or Take,” a feature-length comedy/drama shot in various places around Cape Cod, including Chatham and Orleans, has been officially released, much to the happiness (and relief) of director and co-writer Paul Riccio and co-writer Jamie Effros. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, “everything was put on hold for a while,” explains Riccio. After a brief run around the fes...

Open Mic Classical Celebrates Black History Month

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     On Sunday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. Open Mic Classical will present a program via Zoom featuring Linking Legacies, a group of Ohio-based performers presenting works by Black composers with ties to Ohio and the greater Cleveland area. This event, held in celebration of Black History Month, will be presented as part of the Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Investment Portfolio grant.      Open Mic Classical is ...