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CHATHAM – Speakers at a forum last Sunday agreed: Climate Change is real – and humanity bears most of the responsibility for it. Sea levels will rise as much as two to six feet by the end of this century, with higher levels resulting from storms. The coastlines of the Cape, and many key facilities such as hospitals, schools, fire and police departments, and government buildings, will be affected. Reducing the ...

Wilderness Sarchild Takes A Poetic Approach To Aging

By: Debra Lawless

Wilderness Sarchild, who will turn 70 in a few days, has found her own way of coping with aging: Embarking on a new career as a poet and a playwright. Her book “Old Women Talking” (Passager Books, 2017) begins with the words of an anonymous poet who writes that she doesn’t want people to think of her as “a sweet old lady.” Rather, she wants them to think “What’s she up to now?” The same can be said for Sarchil...

Romance Is In The Air

By: Debra Lawless

Locals Name Area's Most Romantic Spots   As red roses and hearts proliferate in store windows to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we asked a few residents and summer visitors to name some romantic spots in our towns. For a pair of Chatham’s long-time summer visitors from Mt. Vernon, N.Y., the fireplace area at Where the Sidewalk Ends Books holds romance. It was there last September that Michael Tener proposed ...

Cape Cod Theatre Company's 'Really Rosie' Is Really Fun

By: Amy Tagliaferri

As soon as Rosie comes through the door, this Ethel Merman wanna-be will capture your heart. Rosie is all heart and more, and she wants to share her joie de vivre with the world. Maurice Sendak’s “Really Rosie” brings us back a world when children played and acted out stories before little screens tore them away. And what a great way to welcome in 2018 for the “little theater that could,” Nina Schuessler, produci...

Homeless Benefit From Annual Knit-A-Thon

By: Debra Lawless

A homeless woman was so touched that she cried when she was given one of the beautiful blankets knit by volunteers during A Great Yarn’s knit-a-thon last year. “People have been just blown away,” says Laura Reckford, director of community relations for the non-profit Housing Assistance Corporation on Cape Cod (HAC) in Hyannis. Speaking of the blankets, she says, “they’re beautiful. They have this wonderful aur...

HARWICH ─ A unique art and history class collaboration allowed students at Monomoy Regional High School to travel back in time while remembering one of the country's, and Cape Cod's, beloved political figures: John F. Kennedy. Working with the JFK Museum in Hyannis, students in David Alexander's Kennedy Years history class and Deb Donovan's Portfolio I art class learned about the influential 35 th president...

Skylark Vocal Ensemble of Greater Boston will premiere compositions by Gregory Brown, the brother of Dan Brown, the internationally-bestselling author of “The Da Vinci Code” and the recent “Origin,” during its Feb. 1 performance in Chatham. “Greg wanted Skylark to premiere it,” Skylark’s Artistic Director Matthew Guard said during a telephone interview from his home in Atlanta last week. “ We ’ ...

Academy's 'Liar' Explores The Art Of The Lie

By: Ellen Chahey

It’s a “translaptation,” according to its playwright, an idea based upon an idea that is based, yet again, upon an idea. That’s what David Ives wrote about “The Liar,” his translation of a French play, “Le Menteur,” written in 1643 by Pierre Corneille and based upon a yet-older Spanish source. If you’re not confused enough yet, the play that you would see at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Orleans throug...

Three Plays Explore Prejudice, History And Family In 'Shadows'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Injustices of the past cast long shadows which color the present. On Jan. 19, 20 and 21 three plays by award-winning local playwright Candace Perry, collectively titled “Shadows,” will address the long-reaching effects of slavery, the Holocaust and other instances of injustice, prejudice and racism. The productions will take place at the Chatham Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, at 7:30 p.m. and will be fo...

CHATHAM — For Chatham teen Alexis Comeau, 2017 went down as the year of her first great adventure. And it won’t be her last. Following months of research and work, Comeau and her boyfriend embarked on a cross-country trip in early September, driving a custom-outfitted cargo van from Cape Cod to California and back and returning in time for Christmas. Her parents set aside their worries for their 18-year-o...

For Madhavi Venkatesan, greater understanding of the relationship between sustainability and economics is the key to saving the environment. One aspect of that is plastic bottles; specifically, educating people on their cost and working toward a Cape-wide ban. The Cape Cod is the perfect place to demonstrate how a plastic bottle ban can help both the economy and the environment, said the Brewster resident, and...