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Monday, July 28, 2014

jul28 Wellfleet

Ghost and gags abound in 'Surfside Snoops' under the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater kids' tent

Look out Hardy Boys. There is some new competition in the mystery-solving business - the highly observant (and female) Surfside Snoops and their psychic cat, Fluffy, now playing in.(cue the eerie music) "The Surfside Snoops and the Ghost of Great Island." WHAT for Kids is known for producing local playwright Stephen Russell's many creative works, mostly based on fairy tales and fables. This summer, for his 18th kids' play, he wrote something completely different - a fun, family-friendly mystery with many local landmarks and historical references amusingly woven in. Set in 1961, in the Outer Cape town of Bayville, something smells fishy, and it is not coming from the local fishermen. Homes and businesses are being broken into, there are sightings of pirate ghosts, and land-crazy "Moneybags" Carbone is trying to develop pristine Great Island. Luckily for the small tourist town, the two proven village sleuths, Beth and Ellie, are on the case. As Beth, Freya Rich, 12, gives a commanding performance portraying the determined, self-assured and sneaky lead detective. Playing Watson to her Sherlock, Lucy Blood, 11, with her natural ease on stage, is the reliable friend and sidekick Ellie, who always travels with her temperamental cat, Fluffy. This is the third summer the two local girls have been in the WHAT for Kids show. Russell says he wanted to highlight their talents so he wrote this mystery with the two in mind. In all fairness, the snooping Beth has the unfair advantage: her father is the police chief. Rich McKey plays the soft-spoken law officer who can't connect the dots as quickly as his levelheaded daughter. Beth listens in on his phone calls whenever she can. McKey is also the narrator, amusingly keeping the audience informed about the past events that has the mysterious Velma (played by Sarah Lyons) investigating lore about hidden treasure connected with the famous sunken pirate ship Whydah. Ellen Anthony is the kind but stubborn old-timer Jennie Farnsworth, who refuses to sell her ancestral property for development. Usually typecast as a king in many of Russell's past productions, Dick Morrill has a different kind of role as a local handyman who has a private agenda, unbeknownst to Jennie. Jacob Baron plays six different characters; his humorously different interpretation of each provides much fodder for laughter, especially when he impersonates a Girl Scout selling cookies. The ensemble cast of 12 is a capable mix of mostly adults, the majority of whom are multiple-year veterans, under the WHAT tent. The set, designed by Jack Golden, is a nicely detailed, old Cape-styled home - with a secret chamber. Barbara Rugg and Amy Strickland's costumes capture the early '60s and have an exaggerated flair, especially when it comes to pirates and town eccentrics.


jul28 Wellfleet

Wellfleet Montessori Preschool's Big Night Out Fundraiser

jul28 Wellfleet-Brewster

Cape Cod Children's Place Art Outside the Box Lunchbox Auction & Golf Tournament

Golf with us on the Cape's only Nicklaus Design 18-hole golf course then join us for the Auction & Cocktail Reception in the Mansion Ballroom featuring music by the Bert Jackson Trio, gourmet food stations, Wellfleet Raw Bar, silent & live auctions, wine pull, beautifully hand-painted lunchboxes, raffles & cash bar. To view our fabulous live auction items, visit our website at, or contact us at (508) 240-3310 for more info.

jul28 Provincetown

New regulations rankle lobstermen

Outer Cape lobster fishermen say that new federal regulations protecting whales don't just threaten their livelihood, they threaten their lives. But supporters of the new rules say it's time to cut back on the nearly half-million lobster pot and fishing gear lines that entangle whales at twice the rate allowed under federal laws enacted nearly 20 years ago. "This is the first (lobster) regulation where you will have wholesale civil disobedience," predicted Orleans lobsterman Steve Smith, while transferring totes of lobsters from his skiff to his pickup truck at Snowshore Landing recently. "People just aren't going to do it." State surveys show that at least 30 percent of Massachusetts lobstermen regularly fish alone and many of them set a single lobster pot connected to a single marker buoy. That's particularly true of Outer Cape lobstermen who fish in one of the most exposed ocean environments in New England from vessels less than 30 feet. But, they say, fishing solo is an economic necessity because of limits on the number of traps and the shallow inlets they follow to get offshore. National Marine Fishing Service data shows that there is an average of nearly 227,000 vertical fishing lines in the water every month in the Northeast. All but 6,200 are for buoys marking lobster pots. The new regulations, which go into effect Jan. 1, stipulate that lobstermen use a minimum of two traps per buoy with the goal of reducing the number of vertical lines in the Northeast by 30 percent. Smith has a hydraulic winch to bring each pot up from the bottom, and can stand in one spot to pull the lobsters out of the trap, rebait it and let it slip back over the side. But with two traps, he'd have to put both on the deck and then move around to unload and rebait them. That means two things: He is more at risk for getting entangled in the extra line and he would have to move away from the throttle, which is critical in stopping a moving vessel if he gets caught by the rope and is pulled overboard. Also, these traps are heavy, as much as 125 pounds apiece. Twice the weight means a lot when they get balled up in a storm, and even more when it threatens to drag you down to the bottom. "Right now, if you're caught (entangled) in a single trap, you're right at the controls. You can put it into neutral and cut the line or get untangled," said Truro lobsterman Bill Souza. "With more than one, there's no way you can hold that back. It will take you right over the stern." Lobster fishermen have a fatality rate 2Ż times the national rate for workplace deaths, according to a 2005 report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The majority are due to entanglements. In a safety institute survey of 103 lobstermen, 73 percent said they had lost clothing or been pulled to the stern or overboard by their own gear. "Without a sternman, adequate deck space, and sufficient hydraulic power, the risk of injury to the lobsterman is unacceptable," Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Director Paul Diodati wrote to NMFS regional administrator John Bullard on July 16 urging the agency to reconsider the impacts on Cape lobstermen. The problems don't stop there. In his letter, Diodati also said that the new plan is flawed because it is based on a computer model based on incomplete data that might be underestimating whales and fishing activity outside Massachusetts.


jul28 Provincetown

Young renaissance man's solo show opens in Provincetown

By sponsoring artist Adrian Hackney, age 13, in a solo show this week at her gallery, Oils By the Sea, Shirl Roccapriore has found a creative way to honor those who once helped her gain her own footing as an artist. As a child, she says, she had the good fortune of having a few people take her under their wings, welcome her as the only kid in an adult painting class and display her work. "This was something I'll never forget," she says. "It validated my passion for art and who I was at a very young age. Hosting Adrian in my gallery now is my way of giving back." She chose Adrian, she says, because of his disciplined pursuit of art. As a member of the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Hackney has attended workshops there and participated in art programs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain and Milton Academy. Roccapriore timed Hackney's show to coincide with Provincetown's Family Week, she says, because "the number of creative kids who come to Provincetown that week is astounding. My kids' corner table, where kids could paint their own mini-canvases with easels, took off when I had one of the trap sheds on the pier. Having an opening at a gallery for a young teenage emerging artist is an event that parents could take their kids to and enjoy a night of culture." Making art, Hackney told the Banner, has been part of his life for about as long as he can remember. "I had many art supplies to experiment with, both at home and at preschool," he says. "I started to express my artistic ability at the bead table, making countless strings of beads. I would also draw and paint every day." Hackney's parents supplied him with an easel and chalkboard so he could experiment with painting and drawing. He soon demonstrated a creative gift, an affinity that went far beyond basic playtime activity, and then he began taking formal art classes. He credits artist Cathy Skowron, one of his teachers at the Art Association, for introducing him to new materials and showing him their use. "I learned new art forms from her and she helped me refine what I had learned beforehand. I took multiple classes and gained a great deal of my knowledge studying with her." While at Boston's MFA School and the Eliot School of Art in Jamaica Plain, Hackney expanded his explorations into drawing, linoleum-block printing and creating mosaics. He also learned about stagecraft and scale through various tech crew classes. As a middle school student at Milton Academy, he became very absorbed in photography, which allowed him "to learn the process that goes into each piece of work in more detail."


jul28 Provincetown

Film Screening Thursday Benefits the Matthew Shepard Foundation

This Thursday the Provincetown Film Society will present a special screening of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, a new documentary commemorating the 15th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming freshman who was kidnapped by two homophobic men he had met in a Laramie, Wyoming, bar. Matt was tortured, tied to a fence and left to die in one of the nations most notorious hate crimes on record. This vicious crime created headlines worldwide, and the universal condemnation of this horrendous act of violence started a crucial dialogue about hate crimes and intolerance toward LGBT people, leading to the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009. This important 89 minute film, touring nationwide in theatrical and festival screenings. will be shown in Provincetown one night only, at 7 PM on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Waters Edge Cinema, on the second floor of Whalers Wharf, at 237 Commercial Street. The film will be followed by an audience Q&A with Matt's parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, and director Michele Josue. The Q&A will be moderated by the Rev. Christie Hardwick, a local minister of the Centers for Spiritual Living. Tickets are $12, with all proceeds benefitting the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Get tickets online or at the Cinema box office. Director Michele Josue was a 19-year-old film school student at Emerson College in Boston when she learned of the murder of her dear friend in Laramie. She says that before he "became 'Matthew Shepard'-his identity forever tied to unspeakable violence and hate-he was just Matt, a normal kid who happened to be gay, with a loving family and supportive friends. He was real. And I think it's important that the world knows that." Watch the trailer for '"Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine", and see the film this Thursday night at Waters Edge Cinema.

jul28 Orleans

New artist shanties open in Orleans

Orleans artist Philip Bergson occupies one of the new artist cottages on Old Colony Way in Orleans.

jul28 Orleans

Free concerts in Orleans

A free concert of acoustic swing and bluegrass music by Easy Street will take place Monday, July 28, at the Nauset Beach gazebo, sponsored by the town's parks and beaches department. The Cape Cod Jazz Quintet will perform Wednesday, July 30, on the Village Green (weather permitting) from 6 to 7 pm, courtesy of Snow Library and part of the Fred Brotherton Music Series. Thursday, Cape Cod Arts Foundation is sponsoring free music, featuring Chandler Travis Philharmonette, also at the gazebo. Check out our video (below) of the crowd bouncing around to the Spampinato Brothers at a foundation-sponsored concert earlier this month.

jul28 Brewster

The Nickerson Park Report

Nickerson State Park, 3488 Route 6A in Brewster, offers outdoor activities all season. Programs are free; an adult must accompany children. There is a $5 daily fee for vehicle entry into the park. Season passes are $35 to state residents; $45 for non- residents. State residents 62 and older can obtain a free pass. Outdoor programs are cancelled in the event of rain. Info: 508-896-3491. Here's a sampling of next week's programs:

  • Tuesday, July 29: Early Birding 8 to 9 a.m. Start the day with a short and easy walk and develop the skills to identify birds by sight, sound and behavior. Available to all ages and level of ability. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at Fisherman's Landing Cliff Pond. 2 miles in from the park entrance to the left.

  • Wednesday, July 30: At the Amphitheater: Trevor the Juggler 7 to 8 p.m. Juggling fun for the whole family. Park at Area 1 parking lot a half-mile in from park entrance to the right.

  • Friday, Aug. 1:Off the Beaten Path 2 to 4 p.m. Explore vernal pools and other habitats around Higgins Pond. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes for hiking two to three miles. Meet at the entrance to Area 7, three miles in from park entrance to the end of Nook Road.

  • Friday, Aug. 1:Night Walk 8 to 9:30 p.m. Learn how nocturnal birds and animals survive in the dark. No flashlights. Meet at Fisherman's Landing Cliff Pond. two miles in from the park entrance to the left.

  • Saturday, Aug. 2: Nature Exploration - The wonders of Little Cliff Pond 9 to 10:30 a.m. Learn about the fragile habitats and endangered wildlife of this coastal plain pond. Go a quarter-mile in from the park entrance and turn left onto Flax Pond Road and follow to the end.


jul28 Chatham

Monomoy refuge public hearing tomorrow in Chatham

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding two additional open houses for the public to learn about the draft comprehensive conservation plan/environmental impact statement for Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. The open houses will be held Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Chatham Community Center. The open houses will also provide an informal setting to meet service staff and another opportunity for the public to submit written comments on the draft plan. At previous open houses and a public hearing, a number of residents decried the part of the draft plan that expands the refuge to include 717 acres of South Beach and about 4,000 additional acres of tidelands, or "submerged lands." The comment period for the draft is open through Oct. 10. Through the end of the comment period, comments can also be submitted via e-mail at; please include "Monomoy NWR Draft CCP/EIS" in the subject line. Comments can also be mailed to Libby Herland, Project Leader, at Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, MA 01776 or faxed to 978-443-2898. Comments can also be dropped off during regular business hours at the refuge complex's Chatham or Sudbury offices. For the latest information about the Monomoy NWR draft CCP/EIS,

jul28 Chatham

Strong performances make 'South Pacific' memorable at Monomoy Theatre

The Chatham Anglers, playing baseball in the back fields of the Monomoy Theatre, aren't the only college students here on the Cape having the summer of their young lives. The theater itself showcases students from distant universities who have come here to participate in an ambitious season of plays. Theater-loving Cape audiences are the winners here via the theater's long-running relationship with the Ohio University Players and University of Hartford. Take "South Pacific," for example, the current musical theater production offered at the Monomoy. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is notoriously hard to stage because of its large cast and because certain members of that cast are of a very specific type. The musical, a fixed part of the Great American Songbook, demands that its cast members be both singers and actors: singers who can act up a storm and actors with beautiful singing voices. Not an easy feat on a lazy, summer night with ocean breezes drifting through hydrangeas. But this South Pacific, with its young students as young participants in an inexplicable war, is as sweet and clear as can be. A great deal of the production's success, directed by MichaelJohn McGann, can be attributed to Steve French as Emile De Becque, the French plantation owner whose island estate borders a World War II U.S. naval camp. He is a remnant of the French colonization of the Tonkin area (later chapters of this story will involve Vietnam, but that's a different lament), and he just happens to have an incredible singing voice and a rather puzzling crush on a naval nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas. Not only is Emile the key element to "South Pacific," having to deliver the operatic "Some Enchanted Evening" and "This Nearly Was Mine" show-stopping numbers under the musical direction by Phil Rittner, but his transformation from recluse to hero is an important parallel to our American heroine, Nellie the nurse, standing in for all of us in her journey out of small-mindedness. Nellie may shampoo in the fun of "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair" but what she really needs is a good scrub of the mind.


jul28 Harwich

Two injured in fiery crash in North Harwich

A man was seriously injured in a fiery crash on Depot Street after police spotted him driving a sport utility vehicle at a high rate of speed through the area early Sunday morning. Harwich police were called for a possible domestic disturbance on Main Street in North Harwich at 2:20 a.m., according to a statement from police. A police officer on patrol on Depot Road in West Harwich who was responding to the call spotted a black SUV exit Center Street onto Depot Street in Dennisport and travel north at a high rate of speed, according to the statement. After losing sight of the SUV the officer stopped at the intersection of Depot Street and Great Western Road, according to the statement. The officer then heard the SUV accelerate and spotted it go through a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Depot Street and Main Street in North Harwich, according to police. The officer radioed dispatch to alert Brewster police, lost sight of the SUV again and then found long skid marks going off the right side of the road where the SUV had traveled through two yards, into a car in a driveway and then into a tree, according to police. Harwich police officers put out a fire in the engine compartment of the SUV and rendered care to the male driver and a male passenger, according to police. The driver had to be extricated from the SUV by Harwich fire personnel and was taken to Barnstable Municipal Airport where he was taken by medical helicopter to an off-Cape hospital, according to police. The passenger was taken to Cape Cod Hospital. The accident is under investigation by members of the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council Crash Reconstruction Team and members of the Harwich Police Department, according to the statement. The driver will face numerous motor vehicle violations, according to police. Police did not provide any further information as of Sunday evening, including the driver's name or whether he or his passenger was connected to the original domestic disturbance call.

jul28 Harwich

Harwich High School demolition work begins

Although it might not look it from the outside, the demolition process has begun for Harwich High School. Employees of the building contractor have started preparing the 50-year-old structure for demolition work, although it may be September before most of the exterior comes down. The contractor is required to coordinate demolition activities with police and fire. They must take measures to minimize dust, remove all hazardous materials and an environmental hygienist will be on-site measuring air quality. In September, the new $450 million Monomoy Regional High School, located behind the old Harwich High, will open its doors.

jul28 Harwich

Harwich Junior Theater provides love connection for 'Alice' star

The love story between Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas began with their connection to Harwich Junior Theatre, and they'll return there Monday night to help raise money for a place and person they both treasure. Nina Schuessler, HJT producing artistic director, "is very proud of having introduced us. We love that about her," says Lavin, an award-winning actress with years of success on TV ("Alice," "Sean Saves the World"), film and stage (including "Broadway Bound" and "The Lyons" on Broadway). "We like to credit her with a good deed - to take these two individuals (and launch them into) as rich a life as we have made is a feather in her cap. "She's a lovely, ebullient, joyful, sweet and talented person, and we're happy to come up and participate in what she's been doing for years." So for Monday's "Linda Lavin: Portrait of an Artist" event, the actress will talk about her career, and sit still. Bakunas - an actor/set designer/artist/musician Renaissance man - will ask questions while painting a portrait of her, which will be raffled off at the end of the 90-minute show. They fully expect their little dog, Mickey - a Jack Russell/beagle mix who will be lying on the stage - to steal the show, but say their chemistry together has made four past fundraising events like this around the country into successes. Bakunas acknowledges being nervous at first about having to create a painting on demand in such a short time, but he enjoys the challenge and Lavin says audience members tell her it's an exciting and unique event to watch. "Hopefully, we'll raise some money and get tushes into seats," Lavin says in a joint phone interview. "We want to get people there to see an event like they've never seen before because there never has been anything like it. Nobody has the chutzpah we have. For Steve to sit down and paint a picture - artists work alone, they don't work in front of an audience. I do, I work in front of an audience "╗ but the two of us are taking a risk, which is how we live our lives." And every time they do this show, it's different "because we're different people every day - all of us are," Lavin says. So she might recall different memories based on Bakunas' questions, and sometimes they're stories he doesn't know. "We've been together a long time," he says, "but we're still evolving." Returning to HJT will, for him, literally mean going home. During the years he lived, worked and acted in community theater on Cape Cod in the 1990s, he sometimes slept in the theater's attic. In 1999, he was traveling back and forth to Los Angeles, but was frustrated at where his life was going - or not going.



On this day in 1914: Cape Cod Canal opens

On this day in 1914, the world was told about the opening of our canal which would save hundreds, if not thousands, of ships from peril. One of the first ships allowed through the canal during the opening ceremonies was the steamer Rose Standish which carried the canal company executives and government officials. You can see some of the onlookers waving in the old sepia print on the right. The story in the New York Times began: The hotels are crowded tonight with steamship men and railroad officials waiting to board the fleet of private yachts and other vessels at anchor in the harbor which will start for Buzzards Bay at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning to sail in procession through the Cape Cod Canal, which cuts Cape Cod from the mainland of Massachusetts and shortens the sea route from Boston to New York by sixty-six miles...


What's That Smell? Whale Odor Lingers for a Century

While aboard the Charles W. Morgan, Heather Goldstone caught a whiff of olden times: the odor of whale that is STILL detectable in an original oak barrel. The barrel is part of the whale ship's try works, where blubber was rendered into oil. Here's a clip of her conversation with Dave Wiley, Research Coordinator for Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, about the scent. These photos from the Library of Congress show the gruesome process of rendering the whale oil: imagine the smell! The Morgan sails again this time not to hunt whales for lamp oil, but with a mission to benefit them.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

jul27 Wellfleet

Police looking for man who teen girls say approached them in Wellfleet

Police were looking for a white Volkswagen with Pennsylvania license plates Friday night after a man in that type of vehicle allegedly tried to get two teen girls in his car at the town pier, according to Wellfleet Police Lt. Michael Hurley. The alleged incident occurred at 9 p.m. at the pier, off Kendrick Avenue, when the man started a conversation with the girls and asked if they wanted to see a dog inside his vehicle, Hurley said. The girls left the area and then encountered town Recreation Director Becky Rosenberg, told her about the alleged incident and Rosenberg then called the police. The girls recorded the man's car license plate number, Hurley said. Under that license plate number, no incidents were on record with police departments on the Cape, or in the Philadelphia area where the car is registered, Hurley said. None of the Cape police departments had responded by Saturday morning as having seen the vehicle, Hurley said. Hurley emphasized Saturday that no physical contact with the man or pursuit by him is alleged by the girls, and that police are assuming the license plate given by the girls is correct. "Once they walked away, there was no further contact," Hurley said.

jul27 Wellfleet

Wellfleet police warn of phone scam

A phone scam urging residents to provide money to a caller purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service has snagged at least one victim in Wellfleet, according to the police. A 63-year-old man called police Wednesday to report that he had purchased 10 $500 prepaid gift cards and given the card codes to a caller who claimed to be from the IRS, the police said in a statement Thursday. The caller had claimed the Wellfleet resident owed the IRS $5,000 and that if he didn't correct the problem immediately with the prepaid gift cards, he would be subject to arrest, seizure, fines and other penalties. After the resident provided the codes for the gift cards, the caller then said the resident needed to pay an additional $9,000. At that point, the resident contacted the police. The police investigation into the incident is ongoing. The Wellfleet Police Department wants to remind residents and others that the best way to handle these types of situations is to slow down the chain of events, think, talk to someone and contact the Police Department before acting.

jul27 Wellfleet

"1960 A Pivotal Time" by Rick Cochran

Richard (Rick) Cochran grew up in Wellfleet, 1952-1970. His father was the last principal of Wellfleet High School before Nauset opened in 1959. Rick has written a series of short stories that detail life for one Wellfleet family in the fifties and sixties. Some of the topics featured in Rick's stories include Wellfleet High School and it's teachers (Dick Cochran, Tom Kane, Elisabeth Hooker, and Martha Porch), Wellfleet's first Little League team, good old Charlie Bean, Nelson's Market, Captain Higgins, Miss Judy's Dance Studio, and life around the Wellfleet Marina. With affection and humor, Rick captures life not only in Wellfleet, but what could be any small town of that era. The next piece is presented below:

1960 A Pivotal Time

The Last Principal of Wellfleet

Wellfleet Consolidated School 1938-1959

"1960 A Pivotal Time"

The Town Hall burns to the ground on March 4, 1960 (Photo- Wellfleet Historical Society)

In one of the worst blizzards in memory, the original Wellfleet Town Hall and Library burned to the ground on March 4, 1960. I don't know exactly when or how we heard about it, the power would have been out, and the phone may have been out too, but I do remember it was shocking news. I was eleven years old and had never experienced anything so catastrophic. I felt a particular loss over the obliteration of the library. An avid reader, the library had become a favorite place.

In the months that followed, a temporary library was set up in an empty store front in the town center. People donated hundreds of books that were stacked in jumbled piles. Lacking space and shelving, the search for a book was a scavenger hunt, more an adventure than a book selection. Each visit to the temporary library was a reminder of the power of the fire.

Of course, like the Phoenix, a new Town Hall and Library rose from the ashes, and the event spurred the eventual building of a separate Wellfleet Library on the site of the old Curtain Factory. It seems appropriate the event occurred at the beginning of a new decade, the onset of the sixties

In the late fifties Wellfleet completed the harbor dredging, breakwater and Wellfleet Marina project that propelled the nice little pier and harbor into a modern facility and deep water destination for the growing population of recreational boaters. The dredged-up muck from the channel created fill for the Mayo Beach baseball field, and provided the land for what is now the wonderful Mayo Beach Recreation Center.

In 1957 Wellfleet leaped into the modern area with the opening of the drive-in movie theatre on the Eastham/Wellfleet town line. For an eight year old it was an exciting event. The closest movie theatre was in Orleans and I rarely got to go, although my sister, Judy, or my mother took me to some of the Disney classics like Bambi and Snow White. My father rarely went to the movies because of his migraine headaches, and in the summer my family worked night jobs, so most of the time I went to the drive-in with my friend's families, the Sherwins, Weintraubs and Armstrongs.

I remember hearing one funny story about the drive-in and a town youth group. One of the church groups in town went to the drive-in to see the "one night only" showing of the seemingly religious themed movie, "Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden." Sounded like a good Sunday night field trip, but much to everyone's surprise it turned out to be an excuse to film a "Naturalist" movie that mainly featured Adam and Eve running around in the buff. OK, I can't confirm this story. Unfortunately it wasn't my church group, but if it isn't true, it should be.

The Wellfleet Drive-in is one of the very few outdoor theatres still in operation, and in recent years it added a multi-screen, indoor, year round facility. It is also noted for its large flea market that has been in operation for decades.

In 1959 the last class graduated from Wellfleet High School, and that fall Nauset Regional Jr./Sr. High School opened in Orleans. Wellfleet was no longer the center for high school activities. Wellfleet students made new friends from Eastham, Orleans and Brewster. New opportunities opened: a larger band, orchestra and chorus, along with new sports, soccer, field hockey, track and baseball.

The most significant event of lasting impact occurred in 1961 with the creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It was very controversial at the time, but there is no doubt it preserved much of the Outer Cape. Now that I live off Cape, I am amazed when I visit my old haunts. Newcomb's Hollow, Cahoon Hollow, Lecount Hollow, Gull Pond, Long Pond, Great Pond and Duck Harbor have changed little in sixty years. I can close my eyes and picture them in 1960.

If Henry David Thoreau could walk the beaches of the Outer Cape he would still marvel at its rugged beauty. I know I do!

Previous stories by Rick Cochran


jul27 Eastham-Orleans

Orleans goes over the line into Eastham

Now that the closures for plovers have been lifted, people are parking the length of Nauset Spit. About half of the beach is in Eastham and Eastham has made it clear that they have a bylaw that prohibits driving on the beach. However, so far, Eastham has not posted the boundary line. Orleans has installed signs, but they continued to disappear so natural resources director Nate Sears was told by selectmen not to continue to put them up. When asked this week, Sears said Orleans had said Eastham police officers could use Callanan's Pass to access the beach if necessary, but the Eastham police chief said he would call if he needed to get on the base. So far the phone hasn't rung. "It's a tough one," said Sears.

jul27 Provincetown

The Cape Cod Dance Festival returns to Provincetown's Province Lands amphitheater

What could be more magical than sitting in an outdoor amphitheater surrounded by the dunes of Cape Cod watching dancers perform on a warm summer night? The Cape Cod Dance Festival returns to the Province Lands Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, July 26, with another extraordinary lineup of chorographers and dancers from performance groups that include the Boston Ballet and the Paul Taylor and Martha Graham dance companies. What's more, WOMR community radio's much-loved Lady Di is the mistress of ceremonies. This year there are five world premieres among the dances. And there is drama behind the drama. Catherine Cabeen, artistic director of Hyphen and one of last year's favorite dancers, had planned to return, but called in May to say that she broke her clavicle and had to cancel. Dancers have both the strongest and the most fragile of bodies. They train relentlessly and twist their bodies into seemingly impossible shapes. Careers that took years to develop can end in a nanosecond with one wrong step or turn. Snap, and it's a knee tear, a stress fracture or a back injury - and it's over. Fortunately, this was not the case for Cabeen. "Last week she called again and said she was back in her studio and had created a new work called "Left" because she couldn't use the right side of her body," says festival co-producer Liz Wolf. "'Left' explores Cabeen's struggle with her injury both personally and professionally while seeking to honor and celebrate those who have nursed broken parts of themselves and transformed pain into clarity, fractures into windows and obstacles into opportunities. That's a dancer's journey right there," Wolf says. The four other premieres are equally exciting and impressive. Boston Ballet soloist John Lam brings a new piece by Georgian choreographer George Birkadze. Patrick Corbin, a former Paul Taylor dancer and now artistic director of Corbin Dances, is creating a new moody and dynamic piece using Beethoven's Sonata No. 31. New to the festival, Los Angeles-based Nickerson-Rossi Dance is debuting a pas de deux called "Deeply Rooted," choreographed by artistic director Michael Nickerson-Rossi with music by French Composer Quentin Sirjacq. "His dancers are so edgy and sexy and beautiful," Wolf says. The fifth premiere is a new piece by Project Moves, the compelling company of youth dancers that was so gripping last year. Artistic Director Rennie Gold works with young dancers creating pieces dealing with crime and injustice against humanity. This year's new dance is all about anti-bullying and hope. To watch this new generation perform is to believe in a better tomorrow.


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Landry's 'Seven Bottoms' is a wickedly funny fairy tale for grown-ups in Provincetown

Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans' "Snow White and the Seven Bottoms" is top-of-the-line Landry. He's a comic genius who knows how to upend a fairy tale and twist it into another dimension while retaining the spirit of the original story. Some comic writers have clever ideas. Others know how to make an audience laugh. Landry is a master of both gags and original thinking. Who else could think of not only turning the seven dwarfs into large hand puppets but also making them into miniature drag queens? Instead of Sneezy, Dopey, Happy and Grumpy, he gives us Liza, Ethel, Cher and Betty. The show opens with a bang. Tall hunky men in lederhosen and adorable women in dirndl dresses dance and sing about Germany. A queen gives birth to Snow White and then has a long and uproarious death. Who knew that dying could be so funny? Landry plays the wicked stepmother, a part he was born to play. He's regal and the best of all possible evil queens. He may be over the top but he's grounded in reality, so we're always on his side. Maybe he's a villain and does horrendous things, but who doesn't have a quibble or two about growing old while watching their beautiful stepdaughter blossom. Our empathy for him is exactly what's so special and unique about Landry's troop of players, the Gold Dust Orphans. Yes, the writing is hilarious, but more importantly they know how to play both outrageous and real at the same time. You have to be a skillful actor to pull that off. These are not just funny guys doing spit takes; they are real pros. They are masters of character-driven timing. Director James P. Byrne gets this group of actors, dancers and singers - some who have worked together for years and others who are newcomers - to play in the same style and tone. Olive Another (Ryan McGuire) plays the Talking Mirror. She's sassy and brassy with a show-stopping killer laugh. Seeing Landry and Another play together is like watching Lucy and Ricky, Homer and Marge, or Archie and Edith. Plenty of people can design beautiful costumes; Scott Martino's are not only beautiful but also funny and always illuminate character. For example, Leicester Landon, as Prince Charming, gets to wear a costume that is both princely but also a tad silly. We get "Prince Charming" before he even says a word. Martino plays a wistful and tender footman with a large F on his chest. Jessica Barstis is a perfect Snow White. She sings like an angel, moves like a ballet dancer and looks like a porcelain Disney Doll. However, because she is a Landry Snow White, she is an innocent with a wickedly comic edge. She happily helps the seven bottoms find men by doing some wickedly funny acrobatic rope tricks.


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Brewster Historical Society to host "Sea Captain's Tour"

Brewster is often referred to as "The Sea Captains' Town" with good reason. In the year 1850 alone, 50 different sea captains lived in the town. Many of their homes are still standing and serve as iconic historical buildings that make up the flavor of the town. With that in mind, The Brewster Historical Society has created a fascinating "Sea Captain's Tour" of 30 historic homes and sites that runs through the summer. The tour is conducted on a comfortable air-conditioned bus driven by volunteer Kurt Carlson. It is narrated by other volunteers such as longtime Brewster Justice of the Peace Marie Sherman, who lives in an historic home herself. The narration of the tour was written by historical novelist Sally Gunning. It offers great insight into what life was like for these brave men who took to the sea and for the women they left behind. The sea captains lived colorful and adventuresome lives. While some of them died peacefully in their homes, many of them were lost at sea, including one third of the 38 sea captains who whose pews are marked with a brass plaque at First Parish Church. These are tales of piracy, shipwrecks, adultery and misfortune. There's the story of the missing gravestone at Ancient Cemetery behind First Parish Church and the mystery of who the person memorialized actually was. There's a sea captain shipwrecked in the South Pacific who amused himself with a copy of "Jane Eyre" and built a boat with nothing but an ax and some rags. He came home to a very big surprise in the form of a new daughter whose birth dates didn't match up to his last visit home. In the case of Captain Charles Hopkins, it is his wife Sophia who ended up becoming the more famous family member. After her husband died in Havana, she became a housemother and the Perkins School for the Blond and brought Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan to Brewster to visit several times. One of the most exciting stops is at Captain Elijah Cobb's house on Lower Road. The Brewster Historical Society recently signed a purchase and sale agreement to buy this former sea captain's house and turn it into a museum (see story, next page). It was also the home of Cobb's great-granddaughter Caro Dugan, whose turn of the century photographs are a wonderful part of the historical society's permanent collection. The tour includes a few stopping points where people can get out and walk. The first is Breakwater Beach, a former packet landing used to load and unload packet ships carrying goods between Brewster and Boston. The tour also stops at Lower Road Cemetery where most of the sea captains mentioned on the tour are buried. The cemetery is like a who's who of the sea captain world, with stones both simple and ornate.


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Blueberry Pond sale in Brewster will hold a benefit yard sale Sat. Aug. 2, and Sunday Aug 3, rain or shine, under the tent at the Brewster VFW on Freeman's Way. The sale includes antiques and collectibles, bikes, furniture, all sorts of stuff. Anyone who wants to donate items or volunteer should call Glenda at 617-816-2820. Items should be clean and working and dropped off at the VFW Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to

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Vacation Bible School in Brewster

The Northside United Methodist Church will hold their 'Weird Animals" vacation Bible School at the church from Monday Aug. 11, to Friday Aug. 15. The youngsters will learn about some of God's most creative creations, participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they'll take home and play with for the summer. And they'll learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. The Monday morning program is free with a snack and runs from 9 a.m. to noon. The optional afternoon program (bring a bag lunch) has a small fee and runs from noon till 3 p.m. The kids will join in mission efforts to collect food for their Yarmouth Food Pantry and by collecting baby items for the Baby Center in Hyannis. Weird Animals VBS is for kids from Pre-K (potty trained please) to 5th Grade (can be entering the 6th Grade). For more information, please call Evy at 1-508-385-8622.

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Kayaker rescued in Chatham by Coast Guard after capsizing

A kayaker's decision to wear a life jacket helped save his life Friday evening when his boat overturned, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard rescuers were notified by a witness at 6:45 p.m. that two kayakers were in distress in Chatham Harbor. A Coast Guard vessel in the area diverted to where the call was reported and found one kayaker in the water and one that had made it to shore. The man in the water and his kayak were pulled onboard the Coast Guard vessel and brought to shore. The rescued man did not need medical attention, the Coast Guard said in a statement issued Saturday. "This was a successful rescue, largely in part because the kayaker was wearing his life jacket," according to Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Zimmerman from Coast Guard Station Chatham.

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Meet the Fisherman: Bruce Peters of Chatham

Captain Bruce Peters is a 14th-generation Cape Codder with a long line of ancestors who took to the seas fishing. He grew up in East Orleans, but now lives in Eastham. He fell in love with fishing at an early age, and spent most of his money from his newspaper route on fishing lures. He began fishing in fresh water ponds, but by the time he was 12, he had graduated to surf casting in the ocean at Coast Guard Beach. After graduating from high school in 1974 he moved out to California and worked as a commercial fisherman out of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. He quit fishing for a few years and in 1989 decided to move back to Cape Cod to be closer to family. In the years since he has become a commercial fisherman for striped bass and blue fin tuna and he also is a charter boat captain offering fishing charters for both fisheries with his business Capeshores Charters. "I don't do any long lining," he says. "It's strictly a rod and reel fishery. I do charters from June to October and I've branched out into doing tuna charters. It always was more bass, but now it's about 50/50 between bass and tuna." He fishes out of the Chatham Fish Pier on the Marilyn S., a 34-foot fishing vessel named after his mother. The tuna season lasts from June 1 until the quota is caught or the fish move to warmer waters, usually around mid-November. Even though he fishes both recreationally and commercially, he can't do both in the same day. The process is different for each as well. Peters likes to use lighter gear when recreational fishing both striped bass and tuna because it's more thrilling for his charter clients. For tuna charters, clients are fitted with stand-up tackle with a harness. The fishing rod is shackled to the harness in such a way that if the fisherman feels in danger of being pulled overboard by a giant tuna he or she can simply pull a clip to be released. "The rod goes overboard without the angler going with it," he says. "They're designed to use leverage to put maximum fighting pressure on the fish so that helps the fish get caught quickly, so if you want to release them you can release them. It also saves the angler from fatigue." When fishing for tuna commercially the fishing rods are placed in rod holders. Even though he isn't holding the rods he constantly works the lines when a fish is on them, adjusting the drag and angling the boat to work with the tide and wind. Once the tuna is close to the boat, he harpoons it and then uses both the harpoon line and the rod and reel line to land the fish. Once the tuna is on board he ties a sturdy rope around the fish's tail.


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Birders, get thee to the 'elbow'!

The waters surrounding the Cape and Islands are some of the most biologically rich and diverse on the planet. As you read this, Cape Cod Bay, especially the waters up near the end of the Cape off Provincetown and on Stellwagen Bank are "going off." They are loaded with small fish called sand lances, or sand eels, that are massing in huge schools over large areas. A better setup for marine mammals - specifically the great whales and seabirds - can hardly be imagined. For those of us lucky enough to be on the Cape and Islands at this season, there is relief from the heat with relatively cool southwest breezes and the refreshing waters surrounding us. Best of all to beat the heat, while also always an adventure, is to get out on the water. Getting out on a whale-watching boat from Plymouth, Barnstable Harbor or Provincetown has the potential to be epic with what you might see. Rave reviews from birders and whale watchers have been coming in for the past 10 days from boats out of any harbor going out to Stellwagen Bank. The sand lances are schooling in extraordinary numbers, which are the base of the food chain for pretty much everything else. Many of the shearwaters - mostly the large, yellow-billed, Cory's shearwaters - are so full of these fish that they are unable to fly, their bellies so full of this abundant food source. They paddle and flap across the surface to get out of the way of boats, then stop again to digest their feast. A dedicated pelagic birding trip organized by The Brookline Bird Club left Hyannis Harbor at 2 a.m. on the morning of July 19 aboard the F/V Helen H bound for the canyons along the edge of the continental shelf south of Nantucket and then returned the same day. The boat was full of birders who paid handsomely for a chance to get to New England's last birding frontier. They had excellent weather and had a great trip, seeing many birds that really cannot be seen elsewhere, except occasionally on sea trips from Cape Hatteras. Highlights included a very hard bird to find off North America: a white-faced storm petrel, eight band-rumped storm petrels, 39 Leach's storm petrels, 14 Audubon's shearwaters and two immature long-tailed jaegers. They also encountered a pod of some 125 striped dolphins, a mammal that had not been seen by anyone aboard before and a couple of species of flying fish. The trip was a great success and offers us a brief snapshot of pelagic birdlife. The shores, the tidal flats, exposed sandbars and undisturbed spots in and around any of the ponds on the Cape and Islands are far and away the most productive spots for birds right now. Sandpipers, plovers, terns and gulls are staging at favored spots. There are many good places, but for the most impressive numbers and variety of birds, South Beach/Monomoy in Chatham at the "elbow" of Cape Cod is the best. Fantastic numbers of birds can be seen on these beaches; in fact it can be overwhelming to attempt to identify, let alone count the incredible number of birds using this important and scenic location. A good variety of shorebirds are currently visiting Cape and Island shores. These birds move in two distinct peaks during migration. The first peak is occurring now, when the southbound adults arrive to feed and gain fat reserves for the next leg of their endless journey. Then as their numbers begin to decrease in mid-August the first juvenile shorebirds, birds that hatched on Arctic tundra this year, begin to filter in until the big peak right around the end of August or the first week of September. The actual peak days are entirely weather-dependent and concur with strong cold fronts. Until next week - keep your eyes to the sky!


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