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Nature Connection: Welcoming The Dark

By: Mary Richmond

November sinks into the year like an old familiar log in mud. It’s a little unsteady and unpredictable but there’s something alluring about a little danger and darkness, so we take that wobbly step forward in spite of our apprehension.  Since the beginning of human time on earth we have tried to light up the dark, to see what was otherwise hidden. Back in the day, November’s shorter days and longer nights prob...

Small Business Owners Detail Struggle To Survive Pandemic

By: Bronwen Walsh

DENNIS — The recent screening of “Hello, Bookstore,” a documentary filmed in Lenox, Mass., brought back mixed memories for three Cape Cod small business owners who struggled to survive during the pandemic. “I was just thinking, god, that was awful,” Tom Deegan, owner of Mom and Pop’s Burgers in Chatham, said of the pandemic. “We did what we needed to do; we made a decision to keep (food service) outside, and w...

CHATHAM – After a successful inaugural season, the Cape Cod Shakespeare Festival in Chatham will return next summer, again presenting two of the Bard's plays in Kate Gould Park. The comedies “Much Ado About Nothing” and “As You Like It” will play in repertoire July 24 to Aug. 3 free of charge for audiences in the park. Produced by alumni of the Monomoy Theatre, the shows averaged about 300 people per night,...

Frying Pan Gallery Opens Orleans Location

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     Fans of the Frying Pan Gallery in Wellfleet and the work of steel artist Steve Swain have something to cheer about. The gallery, which opened in a rehabbed 100-year-old oyster shack in 2009, has now opened a second location at 125 Route 6A in Orleans. Situated in the former Vec Surfboards location, the new gallery features the same great variety of original local art that has made Frying Pan Gallery a favor...

CCTC/HJT’S 24 Hour Play Festival Returns

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     Everyone’s favorite all-nighter is back.      On Nov. 18 and 19 Cape Cod Theatre Company/HJT’s 24 Hour Play Festival returns for another nonstop marathon of creativity and innovation. The heroic efforts of four playwrights, four directors and a cast of actors drawn at random from a hat will culminate in a must-see performance showcase for the public on Saturday, Nov. 19.      The 24 Hour Play Festival, no...

Boy meets girl, boy likes girl, and girl likes him, too. Soon Peter and Rita fall in love, he meets her parents and they plan a wedding. But just as the sign at the roller coaster says “ride at your own risk,” love can be a quite a ride. One never knows what twists and turns, what uphill and downhill consequences can happen when you commit to another. In the love story that’s “Prelude to a Kiss,” playwright Cr...

Nature Connection: Finding gratitude everywhere

By: Mary Richmond

A few years back I decided to begin a gratitude journal, thinking that the act of writing down what I was grateful for daily would be a wonderful, even life-changing thing to do. I had a bunch of notebooks hanging around so one day I began. Three and a half years later I have several notebooks filled with all the things I’m grateful for. I write two sentences a day, noting two different things I’m thankful for. I...

If you love live theater, “Murder on the Nile” will keep you on the edge of your seat as the cast and crew at the Chatham Drama Guild escorts the audience to the observation saloon on a paddle steamer in Egypt. True to the Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie’s 1944 play, a cast of talented thespians sips champagne while challenging one another with talk of friendship, family, love, marriage, jealousy, faith, travel,...

Benefit Concert Supports Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Immigrants

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

          Home is a concept most of us hold dear, especially as the weather begins to cool and the holidays approach. For some, however, home is a place that is no longer safe. For these people, both individuals and families, leaving the familiar behind and making the difficult journey to a new home is the only way to find safety and security.           On Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at the South Harwich Meetingh...

Two Plays Light Up Cape Rep Stage

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

          In November two different plays will light up the Cape Rep stage.           From Nov. 10 to Dec. 4, “Prelude to a Kiss” will complete Cape Rep’s 2022 season on the indoor stage Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with an additional performance on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Concurrently, on alternating evenings, Cape Rep’s new Bold Company, known as BoldCo, will perform the gr...

Nature Connection: November Quiet

By: Mary Richmond

November mornings are dark and quiet. Birds move without sound and the trees that still hold their leaves drop them silently, one by one, or in a rush with a gust of wind. We are entering a time of muted colors and a dormant landscape. There is still life afoot and in the air and sea, but it is not generally life that announces itself. We have to look and listen for it. On a recent walk through a meadow once g...

Benefit Concert Supports Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Immigrants

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

          Home is a concept most of us hold dear, especially as the weather begins to cool and the holidays approach. For some, however, home is a place that is no longer safe. For these people, both individuals and families, leaving the familiar behind and making the difficult journey to a new home is the only way to find safety and security.           On Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at the South Harwich Meetingh...