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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...

Cape Codders Transported To Antietam In Murder Mystery

By: Debra Lawless

Author Lee W. Doty is back with her second mystery novel “Last Casualty” (Publisher Page, 2021) — this one revolving around Cape Codders transported to their new home near the Antietam Battlefield in Maryland. During an email interview last week, Doty, a former Chatham summer resident, talked about what it is like to become a fiction writer after retiring from a career as an attorney. “I’ve tried to underst...

Letting It All Fall Away

By: Mary Richmond

The morning dawned cloudy and gray with just a tinge of light over the trees. It was so faint I had to blink a few times to be sure I was really awake and seeing clearly. The mockingbird that claimed the sprawling holly tree began to call, followed moments later by a house wren that mumbled an off key tune. The crickets and other insects that sing in the dark were bringing their chorus to a close and I knew that ...

Nature Connection: No Empty Lots

By: Mary Richmond

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of walking in various towns and neighborhoods in addition to my regular treks along the beach or through the woods and meadows. I highly recommend this as you get to see so much more on foot than you do when driving by.  I walk in all sorts of neighborhoods, some poor, some not so poor, and some very well off. It’s been a very educational few months. Unlike many walkers and jogge...