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A Storm At Sea

By: Bill Amaru

Boy – Thar’s a Jesus lot o’wind that blows on George’s Bank. Perhaps one of the most beautiful and moving experiences nature offers the human condition can be found at sunrise, at sea. The sunrise over the North Atlantic Ocean in summer can be extraordinarily beautiful. The breeze which is almost always busy at sea seems to pause for the moments it takes for the sun to rise above the horizon. The heat th...

What makes for a great beach read? For Jessica Devin, it's something that's difficult to pin down to any one author or genre. "I'm a believer that it really varies from person to person," said Devin, who co-owns the Brewster Book Store on Route 6A. True enough, what makes a great beach book for one person might not suit another. Some like fiction and others non-fiction. The sports fanatic might crave a tell...

BREWSTER — In recent years, Cape Cod locals and tourists alike have grown more cognizant of the reality that we share our local waters with one of the ocean’s most high-profile apex predators: great white sharks. Our knowledge of great white sharks and their behaviors has grown as new technologies are introduced from local shark experts, including Sharktivity — the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s free mobil...

DENNIS — Some audience members were doing the twist at intermission. By the finale, fans were on their feet for a standing ovation that lasted the duration of the closing medley. Not bad for a Wednesday matinee performance of “Grease,” the first indoor production at Cape Playhouse since 2019 and the premier under Tony Award-winning Artistic Director David Elliott, who signed on in January. Directed by Joyce Ch...

In the 19 th century, 25,000 women convicted of petty crimes such as stealing a bucket of milk were transported to Tasmania, then known as Van Deimen’s Land, with “tin tickets” stamped with their convict numbers hung around their necks. Harwich author Deborah J. Swiss’s 2010 acclaimed non-fiction book, “The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women,” is about to be made into a television ser...

Paul Saliba is certain that kindness can solve a lot of problems. The Nauset Regional High School junior from Harwich knows from firsthand experience that kindness can uplift people and improve their day, but in Saliba’s mind, being kind can have an even greater impact. “Bringing more kindness, in my opinion, helps other people have better days,” Saliba said. “I believe kindness can change the world.” Salib...

“Hold your head up high and greet the world like the incredible steel magnolia you were meant to be.” “Steel Magnolias” opens the Chatham Drama Guild’s 91st season of entertainment with a six-member all-female cast, each a uniquely talented actress, dramatizing the stories of women seeking their own personal blossoming. And it all happens on women’s territory, Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in Chinquapin, La.  Brigh...

Starting the summer season with a play set at Christmastime compels audiences to immediately shift gears to get into “Straight White Men,” which runs through June 24 at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT). It's WHAT’s first performance back on the Julie Harris stage since 2019, and the staffers are as pumped as little kids on Christmas Eve. “It’s great to have energy back in the building again,” said Lig...

Nature Connection: Splendor In The Dunes

By: Mary Richmond

June on Cape Cod is one of my favorite months. It has many of the joys of summer without all the crowds or heat and humidity. The past week or so I’ve been roaming around in the sand, both on the beach and on dune and salt marsh trails. Fortunately for me, there are many to choose from all over the Cape. Sand dunes are beautiful to behold but they are full of challenges for the plants and wildlife that have ad...

Nature Connection: The Healing Power Of Flowers

By: Mary Richmond

In a week where the news just got worse and worse, I took off on a drizzly morning to walk through rhododendron gardens drenched with color and raindrops. Originally begun as breeding gardens for rhododendron hybrids and classic varieties by Charles Owen Dexter a hundred years ago, the gardens at Heritage Gardens in Sandwich Village have become a favorite place for springtime and summer walks for locals and visit...

Think “Blazing Saddles” on steroids or Monty Python if set in the Old West, with a dash of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and you might come close to describing “Tumacho,” the show making its regional premiere at the Cape Rep in Brewster. This hilarious show is silly and inane and is giving audiences some well-deserved laughs in this unsettling time. “I think I’m going to wake up in the middle of the night laughi...

‘Steel Magnolias’ Bloom On Chatham Drama Guild Stage

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

The Chatham Drama Guild will open its 2022 season with "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling, directed by Anna Marie Johansen, on Friday, June 3. Performances will continue throughout the month of June. “Steel Magnolias” is set in a small community in Louisiana. When a young beautician arrives in search of work at a local salon, she enters a world in which a group of women share a bond of friendship and travel ...