Things to Do This Week on Cape Cod

 

7/14 – 7/24, 8PM, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Cape Playhouse – The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, humorous reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music. For more information, click here.

7/19 – 7/25, Barnstable County Fair, Cape Cod Fairgrounds – At the Main Stage on Monday July 19th will feature “The Voice” Runner up Emily Roberts, Tuesday will be the “Teen Demo,” Wednesday will be the “Demolition Derby,” Thursday will feature Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, Friday “The Guess Who,” and the headliner Saturday is “Earth To Mars” a Bruno Mars Cover Band. For more information click here.

7/24, 6PM – 9PM, Taste of Cotuit, Dottridge Homestead – Enjoy a “taste” of delicious food offerings made especially for this event by our local eateries. Live music, wine and beer, door prizes, and our silent auction featuring “The Cotuit Collection”, beautiful photographs taken by Cotuit residents of Cotuit. Under the grand tent at the Dottridge Homestead. Proceeds benefit HSSC Capital Campaign. Reserve you ticket now as this event sells out quickly. For more information, click here.

7/24, 10AM, Blessing of the Animals, Federated Church of Cape Cod – This is a first-ever event hosted by the MSPCA Cape Cod. Bring your pet in a carrier or on a leash – and if that’s not possible, a photo will do. Donations for the MSPCA gratefully accepted.

7/24, 12PM, Meet & Greet with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, Cape Cod Mall – Come meet some of your favorite Cape League Players – the Harbor Hawks will be signing autographs in the Dining Pavilion. The first 200 fans get to take home an autographed baseball. Come meet players who may be future major league stars!

7/25, 5PM, Midsummer Night’s Auction, Dennis Inn – Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction to benefit the Dennis Conservation Land Trust. Tickets are $100. Can’t be there in person? Check out the Silent Auction Items online.

7/25, 11AM, Love Local Fest, Aselton Park – Live music, food, local vendors, and lawn games – plus the Cape Cod Maritime Museum will be hosting maritime themed activities for families and kids from 12-4pm on their back patio. This is the first event of the 9th season of these fun family festivals! Future dates are September 26, December 4 & 5. For more information, click here.

7/28, 9:30AM, A Rainforest Reptiles Show – Reptiles Rock!, The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History – The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster presents Reptiles Rock! a Rainforest Reptiles Show Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 9:30am. Reptiles Rock, the Rainforest Reptile Show’s most popular and unique presentation engages children of all ages at hands-on level. Reptiles Rock includes a mini zoo set-up with 10 to 14 smaller animals such as bugs, frogs, snakes, and lizards to look at. Plus, the fun and informative presentation by a Rainforest Reptile herpetologist with 4 larger animals including a large red or yellow foot tortoise ( S. America), a large monitor or tegu lizard (Africa or S. America), a 9 to 10 ft. boa or python (S. America or Myramar/Burma) and of course, the American alligator (USA). All habitats are tropical or semi-tropical rainforests. Throughout the presentation there will be opportunities for volunteers to come up and assist. After the program, everyone will have the opportunity to handle one of these amazing reptiles! Tickets: $15 per person / Space Limited / Does not include Museum Admission. Tickets sold ONLINE ONLY at www.ccmnh.org.

7/29, 9AM- 3PM, 44th Outdoor Antiques Show and Sale, Eastham Village Green – 24 quality dealers from across the Cape and throughout New England who will present a wide array of 18th, 19th, and early 20th century antiques. Both long-time collectors and new buyers will find American country furniture; garden antiques; pottery; glassware; paintings; quilts; jewelry; books; decorative items and more. The Eastham Historical Society will also be selling treasures from its collection.

7/31, 6PM – 9PM, The Cape Playhouse & Cape Symphony in Harmony GALA CONCERT, The Cape Playhouse – This unique event will feature an exclusive preview from the upcoming Broadway Musical Austen’s Pride, featuring a book, lyrics, and music by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs. Acclaimed Broadway stars will be supported by The Cape Symphony for the event. The full-length musical captures the thoughts of one of the world’s greatest authors as she transforms her rough draft of Pride & Prejudice into the beloved classic. Early critics claimed Austen’s Pride as a highly entertaining fresh twist on the novel. To purchase tickets and for more information, click here.

7/31 – 8/7, 30th Woods Hole Film Festival – This year’s Festival will be VIRTUAL PLUS – at home and in person. Attend in person (with attendance at each venue subject to state guidelines) or watch from wherever you are, as all of the films and events will be available on the Festival’s virtual platform. Passes go on sale June 1st and Tickets go on sale July 1st! Click here for more information.

8/4 – 8/14, 8PM, Songs For A New World, Cape Playhouse – It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from TONY Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), is a moving collection of powerful songs that examines life, love and the choices that we make. With a powerhouse cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score that runs the gamut of today’s music, this is a celebration of life and music for the whole family. For more information, click here.

8/5, 9PM, Chatham Fireworks, Veterans Field – Bring a blanket or lawn chair and some food or support the Chatham Anglers with a visit to the concession stand for snacks/dinner. The fireworks were postponed from 7/1 until 8/5. 

8/6, 4PM, 5th Annual Barnstable Unity Day, Hyannis Village Green – Enjoy a fun, inclusive, memorable celebration, presented by People of Action, the BPD, and the Town of Barnstable. The Breakaway X-GRILL will be on hand again this year to cook up burgers and hot dogs. The event is free and open to all and will include food (and ice-cream!), music, dancing, and fun activities for all ages. Please bring your own chairs and blankets.

8/7, 12PM – 5PM, 8th Cape Cod Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, Cape Cod Fairgrounds – Thirty of New England’s most popular food trucks will serve up everything from BBQ to pizza to spicy Korean to mac and cheese and just about any other favorite you can think of – then wash it all down with your choice of more than 50 local and regional craft beers. Lawn games and live music will round out a great afternoon. Get your tickets at here.

8/13 – 8/20, Carnival Week in Provincetown – No parade this year, but the opening Carnival Night Gallery Stroll is on Friday the 13th, the Costume Ball is Sunday the 15th at the Crown & Anchor, and the Closing party is on Friday the 20th at the Crown & Anchor. The theme is “Over the Rainbow.” For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

8/20 – 8/22, 10AM – 5PM, Chatham Festival for the Arts, Chase Park – The festival showcases and celebrates the work of 120 fine artisans and craftsmen presenting their original and handcrafted artwork, jewelry, fabric, pottery, fashion, wood, glass, metalwork and so much more. For more information, click here.

8/21, 12PM – 10PM, Bands for Badges, Sat, 8/21, Noon – 10PM, Cape Cod Fairgrounds, Falmouth – Some of your favorite local bands (The Moonlighters, Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, The Joshua Tree (U2 Tribute Band), Steve Smith and the Nakeds, and more) get together for an all-day music festival to support our local First Responders. All ticket proceeds go directly to a fund set up at CC5 to help our heroes in need. This is a family event – so in addition to the live music there will be food, face painting, a bouncy house and more. Tickets are $35 adults, $10 for youth, and 12 and under admitted for free. bandsforbadges.com

8/22, 11AM, Dennis Antique Car Parade, beginning at West Dennis Beach – This annual event for car lovers is a go! Pay just $10 to show off your classic wheels or find a spot along the route to enjoy with the family. Details on the Dennis Chamber’s FB page.

9/4, Wellfleet’s July 4th Parade – Wellfleet’s July 4 parade has been postponed to Labor Day Weekend. The parade, which was originally supposed to take place on Saturday, was postponed for reasons related to the health and safety of the community, according to the Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce in a recent press release. “Wellfleet’s Workers” will be the theme of the parade when it occurs on September 4 over Labor Day weekend. Participants and spectators are welcome to the event, which will be holding registration and releasing guidelines at a later date. For more information, click here.

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2/3 – 12/30, Electric Garden of Unearthly Delights, Sandwich Glass Museum – Featured in the Hirschmann Theater, the Sandwich Glass Museum is proud to present the special exhibition, Electric Garden of Unearthly Delights by glass artist Mundy Hepburn. Mundy takes blown glass forms and fills them with rare gas mixtures such as helium, neon, argon, krypton, and xenon. He activates the gas filled glass with high frequency static electricity causing them to come alive with a kaleidoscope of swirling patterns of multicolored light. The science behind Mundy’s work is based on the same principle as television and fluorescent light. A native of Connecticut, Mundy has made a living through glass art for over thirty years. His work has been exhibited in over thirty installations, and featured in five publications. A member of the Glass Art Society, Mundy has made a name for himself with a unique style of art – luminous glass. A pioneer in this art form, Mundy combines technology with art to create a new breed of moving, living art. 

2/3 – 6/13, Glass Menagerie A-Z, Sandwich Glass Museum – For centuries glassmakers have interpreted the animal kingdom in glass. From Ants to Zebras, the Sandwich Glass Museum will highlight their creations in the special exhibition, Glass Menagerie: A-Z, which opened last year. The exhibit features the works from our local glass artists, augmented by items from the Museum’s collections, as well as a special loan from the New Bedford Museum of Glass, which has an outstanding collection of glass animals. These often whimsical and sometimes practical creations entirely made of glass will sure to delight everyone. It is truly an enchanting time at the Sandwich Glass Museum. 

2/3 – 10/31, Contemporary Gallery: Fritz Glass, Sandwich Glass Museum – This year’s featured artist in the Contemporary Gallery is Fritz Lauenstein. He started blowing glass in 1974 at the Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. He then attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts. He moved to the Cape, where his family is from, and in 1990 set up his studio in Dennis where he has been designing both functional and decorative glass. His stunning creations include a wide variety of glass objects including spectacular marbles, paperweights, perfume bottles, jewelry, vases, and bowls to name but a few. His work has been shown and sold in Museums and over 200 galleries, predominantly in the United States. 

3/10 – 10/31, In Her Voice: Influential Women in Glass, Sandwich Glass Museum – The Sandwich Glass Museum is pleased to present its 2021 Special Exhibition, In Her Voice: Influential Women in Glass. Featured are the works of 17 glass artists, who have challenged the concepts of traditional glassmaking by using innovative glass techniques or by re-imagining glass as a medium for self-expression. For more information click here.

5/29 – 10/11, Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail, Town-wide – This is the 10th anniversary of Yarmouth’s Sand Sculpture Trail! Celebrate all the creations along the trail, which will be ready for you to enjoy from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. Make sure to pick up a Sand Sculpture Trail map at the Yarmouth Visitor Center – they should be ready for Memorial Day weekend, and enter your selfies in the annual photo contest at yarmouthcapecod.com.

6/28 – 9/6, Highfield Hall & Gardens Summertime Storywalks®, Highfield Hall & Gardens – In collaboration with the Falmouth Library Youth Services Department, Highfield Hall & Gardens will present a Storywalk ® along the ADA Accessible Historic Beech Tree Path for 10 weeks this summer. A new story will be installed each Monday, starting June 28, 2021 and ending September 6, 2021. The walk will begin at the gravel parking lot entrance and travel down among the musical instruments and beautiful historic Beech trees which are over 100 years old! Families will be able to enjoy the serene setting while reading a story together. For more information, visit highfieldhallandgardens.org.

6/29 – 8/31, 7PM Tuesdays (with one Friday bonus concert), Evenings at Salt Pond, Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham – The Cape Cod National Seashore is again free evening events at the outdoor amphitheater on the shores of Salt Pond, or in the indoor auditorium. For outdoor programs, bench and lawn seating are available, picnicking is welcome, and bug spray is suggested. Indoor programs are held in the air-cooled auditorium. In the event of rain, outdoor programs will be moved indoors, except “Saddle-Up,” which has a rain date. All events are free and sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Tues, 7/13 – Saddle Up Family Circus Show
Tues, 7/20 – Wampanoag Ways Family Program
Tues, 7/27 – Big Jazz
Fri, 7/30 – BONUS CONCERT – The Jason Spooner Band

6/30 – 7/25, 7PM, SHIPWRECKED! An Entertainment, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater – The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. SHIPWRECKED examines how far we’re willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. Click here for more information.

7/1 – 9/2, Thursday Nights 9PM, Mashpee Commons Summer Movies on the Green Series – Enjoy a movie with the family – and FREE popcorn from Smith Family Popcorn, along with some other fun giveaways. Open to all. Rain postponements will be listed on the Mashpee Commons FB page.
July 1: Ghostbusters 1
July 8: The Lion King
July 15: The Incredibles
July 22: Coco
July 29: Wonder Woman 1984
August 5: Moana
August 12: Dirty Dancing
August 19: Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2
August 26: Jaws
September 2: Avengers: Age of Ultron

7/5 – 8/29, 6PM – 7:30PM, Yarmouth Summer Concert Series, MONDAY nights, Parkers River Beach
These concerts are FREE to enjoy on Monday nights in July and August, thanks to TD Bank, the Yarmouth
Chamber, and the Yarmouth Tourism Fund! Bring your lawn chair and your dancing shoes!
July 5: Steve Morgan and the Kingfish
July 12 – Crocodile Tears
July 19 – Summer Town
July 26 – Clayton Restaino Project
August 2 – Steve Morgan & the Kingfish
August 9 – Drumma Queens
August 16 – Juventas Music
August 23 – Jukin’ J and the Rockers
August 30 – Clayton Restaino Band

8/3 – 8/13, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Resumes Live Summer Performances – Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival is back on stage, August 3 through 13, 2021. The venerable chamber music festival’s 42nd season features performances by Artistic Directors Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu, the Escher Quartet with Brian Zeger, and Imani Winds. Audiences have their choice of three atmospheric venues: The historic, 300-year-old First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, picturesque Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center in Eastham, and Cape Cod’s major performing arts hub; the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Year-round residents and summer visitors alike will have the opportunity to enjoy world class performances in nine concerts over two weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

8/21 & 8/22, CraftFest Cotuit – Organized and produced by The Cotuit Federated Church, the annual outdoor crafts festival attracts thousands of visitors to the bucolic Cape village, located in the Town of Barnstable, on the hilly and wooded shores of Cotuit Bay and Popponessett Bay near Nantucket Sound. Click here for more information.

8/28 & 8/29, 10:30 – 5:30, Cape Cod Pirate Festival, Skull Island, S. Yarmouth – Enjoy two stages of pirate themed entertainment during this two-day event – including live music, shanties, interactive pirate skits, games, black powder demonstrations, and pirate themed vendors. Try your hand at knife and axe throwing, get a fantasy face painting, or just enjoy the music and performers. CapeCodPirateFest.com.

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11/19 – 12/30, The Sandwich Glass Museum’s 12th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas – Begin your holiday festivities with the opening of the 12th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas on November 19, through December 30 at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Each year the Museum’s Gift Store decorates multiple trees with hundreds of unique glass ornaments all handmade by local glass artists. From the traditional colorful orb to the more unusual sea creatures and animals, each artist’s creation is meticulously crafted. So whether you are looking for a new ornament for your tree or a special gift, be sure to visit the Museum’s Store. Remember, for the best selection come early and be sure to visit the Museum’s Special Exhibit: Forever in Bloom: Florals Depicted in Glass. The Sandwich Glass Museum is a magical place at the holiday season.
Reminder: The Museum is open daily from 9:30-5:00pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Admission: $12 Adults, $2 kids 6-14, $11 Seniors, $0 Active Military, $11 Retired Military and $0 for MTA, ROAM and AAM all with card.
Handicap Accessible. State/CDC Protocols in Place

11/19 – 12/30, Special Exhibit: Forever in Bloom: Florals Depicted in Glass – The Sandwich Glass Museum is pleased to present its Winter Exhibit, Forever in Bloom: Florals Depicted in Glass, as part of its 12th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas celebration. This colorful display will brighten any winter’s day with works from the Victorian era, as well as examples from some of our local class artists. Although floral motifs were always popular, they gained momentum during the late 19th century. Keeping up with the trend, floral motifs were depicted o a wide range of items produced by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (1825-1888). Today, glass artists feature flowers in many forms. For example, Sandwich Glassmaker, David McDermott used a murrini cane to create a floral landscape for a vase inspired by the painting , Field of Flowers, by Egidio Antonaccio. The Red Poppy, which dominates the vase, was a symbol of conciliation of sleep. We hope you will join us during the holidays for an early glimpse of Spring in Forever in Bloom, which opens November 19 and into the Spring. Please check our website for additional hours and holidays: www.sandwichglassmuseum.org. State and CDC Protocols in place. Handicap Accessible.



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