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ORLEANS – In 2010, Bill Doherty was driving down Cedar Cove Road on his way to a yard sale. Recently retired from a long career as a captain of U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine ships, he had begun busying himself with taking apart and rebuilding old fishing gear, and he was curious to see what he'd find. But his biggest discovery that day came as he turned past an old, worn sign that bore a familiar name. "I p...

Nature Connection: Enjoying Nature’s Gifts

By: Mary Richmond

Over the last week I’ve packed my sketchpad, pen, watercolors, binoculars, camera, water, and lunch and taken off to see what I could see. While others were flying off to other states, even other countries, I’ve been revisiting some of my favorite local places while having a bit of a break between teaching summer and fall classes. It’s been great. I’ve walked in the woods, along salt marshes, up and down more ...

Local Ballroom Team Takes The Floor At Nationals

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     Local dancers had an unforgettable experience recently as instructors and professional ballroom dancers Adam DiCecca-Spencer of Adam in Chatham and Angel Fox of Angel Fox Dance Company accompanied 10 of their dance students from Cape Cod and the South Shore to compete in the United States Dance Championships in Orlando, Fla.      For an entire year, the students, some of whom are relatively new to ballroom...

Thunder, Lightning, torrential rains, flooding in the streets letting up just in time to meet the new “Dracula” on opening night at the Chatham Drama Guild. Playwright Bragan Thomas surely called on the darkness of the foreboding Halloween season to summon his beloved vampire, setting the tone for his world premiere original adaptation to Bram Stoker’s “Count Dracula” that first appeared in a novel and short stor...

The flag painted on the side porch and the magnificent copper beech are well-known highlights of the sprawling family homestead at the corner of Water and Main Streets in Chatham, a fixture in the Old Village since at least 1810. The charming Greek Revival home at 135 Main St. has been in the same family for nine generations, including some significant early settlers of Chatham. In the early 19th century, the ...

Nature Connection: A Whale Of A Good Time

By: Mary Richmond

It probably won’t surprise you to learn I was a huge fan of Jacques Cousteau television specials when I was growing up. I was totally mesmerized by images of huge, gentle whales underwater and dreamed of someday seeing one. I was terribly afraid they’d be extinct by the time I reached adulthood, so when I was asked to be a monitor for a class of middle school students on a whale watch when I was 25, I was beside ...

Nature Connection: Slowing Down For A Better Connection

By: Mary Richmond

My early morning walks now occur in partial darkness. The sun rises behind the trees as I make my way through the neighborhood. Tradespeople are already out and about, driving off to pick up other members of the crew. Students grudgingly stand at bus stops, backpacks full, hands stuffed in pockets when not holding phones. Nature has slowed down a lot these days, but she’s quietly busy. A red-bellied woodpecker...

Murder In Chatham: Town, Monomoy Inspire New Mystery Novel

By: Debra Lawless

“Into the Realm” (BooxAI, 2022), Todd Forrest Sherman’s debut novel, serves up plenty of Cape Cod atmosphere with just the right dose of Monomoy creepiness. Sherman, 56, a seventh-generation Cape Codder who lives in his hometown of Hyannis, sets his novel in Chatham. Sherman has taken the pseudonym Todd Forrest, dropping his surname. Complicating matters further, his character’s name is Caleb Forrest. So is...

Chatham Drama Guild Bites Into New ‘Dracula’ Adaptation

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     Halloween season is just around the corner, and fans of the more shadowy reaches of the theater spectrum are in for a treat as The Chatham Drama Guild welcomes none other than “Dracula” to the stage from Sept. 22 to Oct. 16.      We’ve all heard of Dracula, of course. The immortal vampire from the Carpathian Mountains has been a part of our cultural consciousness since Bram Stoker’s novel — which has never...

     On Saturday, Sept. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. the Addison Art Gallery will hold a reception for Orleans Pond Coalition’s Celebrate our Waters Festival featuring new works inspired by the waters surrounding Orleans, including Town Harbor, Rock Cove, and the area’s many freshwater ponds. The event will feature painting demonstrations by artists Paul Batch and Sharon McGauley.      The weekend of Se...

Nature Connection: Finding Our Way

By: Mary Richmond

There’s not a lot of wilderness left on Cape Cod. One could make a pretty fair argument for no wilderness at all, but the sea and dunes might disagree, vehemently in fact. The land may be filled with houses, shops, cars, and parking lots but the sea is still wild and untamed, no matter how many boats float upon her. Our peninsula is small and narrow, curved and mostly flat. Our trees tend to be stunted by slas...

Former Squire Owner Gifts Millions To Cape Nonprofits

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Richard Costello's Bequests Benefit Seven Organizations   by Amy Tagliaferri “Transformational,” “trusting,” “faith,” “a belief in you,” “thoughtful,” “a spirit of living and giving.” These are a few of the words and phrases shared among the organizations and recipients of donations from the estate of Richard W. Costello. Even for those who knew Richard, and knew of his generosity, the magnitude of ...