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CHATHAM — Though we might still like to complain about them, modern weather forecasts are undeniably better than they were even a few years ago, thanks in large part to sophisticated computer modeling. But those models are only as good as the data that’s fed into them, and that’s where Chatham’s Upper Air Station comes in. Twice a day, in all kinds of weather, Tim Morrissette and two colleagues launch radios...

As summer begins and visitors fill our sunny beaches and streets, what could be better than a cool evening’s entertainment at one of Cape Cod’s treasure-trove of fine theaters? Get out your calendar, because 2018 is sure to tempt you with more than one night of theatrical merriment. Whether at the Academy Playhouse in Orleans, Cape Cod Theatre Company: Home of Harwich Junior Theatre, Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Ca...

Adrift In '80s New York

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Three Young People Grow Up In Hard-hitting 'This Is Our Youth The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater opens its 34th season with the high-energy “This Is Our Youth”— a play set in the '80s, the same time the theater got its start. First performed in 1996, playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s coming-of-age drama showcases three young adults adrift in New York City’s materialistic and cocaine-snorting Reagan years. W...

Photographer Christopher Seufert of Chatham says he considers the drone he uses to photograph the beautiful landscapes of Cape Cod to function like a very tall ladder or flexible tripod. Seufert has just released his seventh book of photographs, “Cape Cod and the Islands: A Drone’s Eye View” (Schiffer Publishing, 2018). Thumb through the book and what will strike you immediately are the gorgeous greens and blu...

When wrinkles start to hit your face instead of freckles, it gets to be seriously time to dance. That’s the lesson of “Wrinkles,” the musical produced by the Cape Cod Theatre Company, the home of the Harwich Junior Theatre. It will be performed through June 17. Based on stories of Cape Cod women told to writers Naomi Turner and Wilderness Sarchild, the book for this musical was a 60th birthday project for them...

Letting Go: Total Strangers Call It Quits

By: Tim Wood

It may not be quite as momentous as the breakup of the Beatles – although they do play some of their songs –but the decision of The Total Strangers to call it quits is certainly a blow for local music fans. The band will play its final gig at the Chatham Squire's upcoming 50 th anniversary bash, which is fitting, since they reformed back in 1998 to play at the restaurant's 30 th anniversary. Prior to that, i...

Chatham, Harwich And Orleans Hold Memorial Day Ceremonies

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Residents of Chatham, Harwich and Orleans will mark Memorial Day next Monday, May 28, in separate ceremonies in each of the towns.   Chatham Residents will gather in the community center at 10 a.m. to remember those who gave their lives for their country. Public Ceremonies Committee member Ted Miller will be master of ceremonies. Participants will members of the Chatham VFW and American Legion, Chat...

CHATHAM – Every spring, calls come in to the town's animal control department about turtles crossing roads – or worse yet, getting struck and killed by cars as they attempt to cross. Those calls almost always refer to the same locations year after year. “They have it hardwired into their brains where they want to go and breed and feed,” said Animal Control Officer Diane Byers. “Sometimes they're just sitting t...

The hit show “Wrinkles, the Musical” is returning for an encore performance at the Cape Cod Theatre Company (CCTC) with two new cast members, a new song, and a tweaked script. “It’s a little different from last year, tighter, stronger,” says CCTC Producing Artistic Director Nina Schuessler, who is directing “Wrinkles.” “The relationships among the characters are drawn a bit deeper and there’s more of a bond as...

CHATHAM – In early May, Chatham Friends of Trees celebrated its 40th year as a nonprofit by holding an Arbor Day event at the community center. This event was a good opportunity for DeeDee Holt, a long-serving member of Friends of Trees, and other locals like Stephanie Ellis, the executive director at Wildcare, to inform the community on the importance of trees to the environment and wildlife. For the last ...

"The Miracle Worker," which opened on May 11 at the Chatham Drama Guild, is both interesting and insightful. Directed by Pam Banas, the play is set in Alabama during the 1880s and is based upon the true story of 8-year-old Helen Keller – blind, deaf, and mute since infancy – and her new teacher, Annie Sullivan. Thrown into tantrums, rage and violence as a result of her inability to communicate, Helen is in dang...

Frank, Charley and Mary have been friends for decades, friends through thick and thin, from poverty to fame and success. “Who’s like us? Damn few!” We first meet them in 1976, and it’s soon apparent there has been some kind of falling out between the three. How did they get here? In Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” this trio merrily and sometimes not so merrily go back in time stopping every few years u...