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Ride in an airplane, hop on a boat or experience stand-up paddle boarding. Learn about the town’s history and architecture by walking down Main Street. No matter which you choose, you’ll see Chatham from a different perspective through the eyes of a tour guide.

Local surfers and stand-up paddle board enthusiasts hit new surf shops and hip clothing stores in downtown Chatham.





Everyone knows the iconic home on Shore Road, but very few have seen the backyard. There are plenty of hydrangeas, of course, but also an expansive lawn, a sycamore maple, a circular garden with roses and a conservation area that abuts the property. Here’s a peek behind its public face.

Chatham Farmers Market brings people together through farm-fresh eggs, vegetables, homemade jams and jellies and delicious baked goods.

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An expanded Cape on Morris Island, built in the 1980s, gets a complete makeover from Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders to accommodate a client’s growing family.

From favorite breakfast and lunch spots to the best place to take a quiet walk and watch the sunset, Chatham resident Joseph Porcari writes about some of his top picks.

In restaurants, museums and theaters throughout Chatham, more than a half-dozen murals comprise an astonishing array of public art created over the past 80 years.

Architect Patrick Ahearn and Whitla Brothers Builders preserve and renovate a beloved 19th-century house on School Street in Chatham.



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A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE At Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, visitors can wander the trails, explore the shoreline, view rare and endangered wildlife and take a guided tour.

KIDS’ FASHION ON THE STREETS OF CHATHAM Two friends and the town’s mascot Chatham Charlie take in the sights and sounds of Main Street, the beaches and a Cape Cod League Baseball game on warm, summer days.

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Memories & Milestones A few years ago, my older son participated in First Sail, a new program launched by Pleasant Bay Community Boating. At the time, Quinn was in third grade and it was his first boating adventure. The project is fantastic because it introduces sailing to every third grader in the Monomoy and Nauset school districts. I love looking at the framed picture in his bedroom—his classmates, all wearing life jackets, are gathered on large rocks after their journey. With his arms up in the air, Quinn looked like he had the best time of his life. The image always makes me smile. In “Days at Sea,” writer Lisa Cavanaugh visits with the people involved with this organization, whose mission is to make boating affordable and accessible to all.

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When I started outlining this issue last summer, author Anne LeClaire expressed interest in writing a story on public murals in town, different in both style and eras, at the Chatham Orpheum, Chatham Filling Station, The Atwood House & Museum and Chatham Community Center. Along the way, she discovered several more around town. More than a half-dozen murals comprise an astonishing array of public art created over the past 80 years. Read about their interesting backgrounds in “Magnificent Murals.” Do you have a favorite? If you’re looking for a good breakfast spot or the best place for a quiet walk, check out the story “Live Like a Local,” written by Chatham resident Joseph Porcari. He highlights more than a dozen of his favorite places in town and includes some insider tips. “The paradox of living like a local,” says Porcari, “is needing to shift gears, slow down and appreciate Chatham as if for the first time—much like the visitors who travel here from all over the world.” This year, the Chatham Squire is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The iconic restaurant has a lively backstory, which owners Richard Costello and George Payne share in “Squiring Around for 50 Years.” Don’t miss the sidebar featuring former and current workers who dish out their own memories at the Squire—a place where they learned both restaurant skills and life lessons. Anyone up for a sightseeing airplane tour, boat tour or nighttime stand-up paddle board adventure? Meet local tour guides in Faces of Chatham.

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chatham. Originally from New England, LISA CAVANAUGH summered on Cape Cod, where she now lives, and graduated from Boston College. After working in Off-Broadway productions in New York City, she moved to Los Angeles where she became a Hollywood story editor, producer and freelance writer. She moved back east in 2010 and now writes about the lifestyles, occupations and interests of Cape Codders. For this issue, she wrote “A Day at Sea,” about Pleasant Bay Community Boating; the 50th anniversary of the Chatham Squire; and profiled six tour guides for Faces of Chatham.


JULIA CUMES is a South African-born photographer based on Cape Cod. Her work often appears in Cape Cod Magazine, as well as The New York Times and The Boston Globe. For this issue, she photographed six tour guides for Faces of Chatham. Her blog, “Apertures and Anecdotes,” which primarily focuses on her travel photography and photojournalism, features a range of images from around the world and the stories behind them.

DAN CUTRONA appears in Cape Cod Magazine frequently. For this issue, Cutrona photographed the fashion shoot with surfers and stand-up paddle boarders at Jackknife and Hardings beaches. Cutrona has also shot extensively for Cape Cod Magazine’s sister publications Chatham Magazine, South Shore Living, Home Remodeling and Southern New England Home. He recently moved from Mashpee to Cotuit with his wife and three young children.

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MARINA DAVALOS is a native Cape Codder from Centerville. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in communications from Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont, she moved to Los Angeles, then to Maui, Hawaii, where she lived on and off for 15 years. She’s traveled to 16 countries and taught English in Mexico, Guatemala and Korea. For this issue, she chatted with organizers and vendors for a story on the popular farmers market.

A 20-year resident of Cape Cod, MARCY FORD has spent most of her education and various careers focused on the natural world and photography. For this issue, she spent time as a volunteer on Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and photographed endangered species and wildlife. Rarely leaving her home in Harwich without her camera, Ford spends her free time photographing landscapes, flowers and wildlife.

MICHAEL AND SUZ KARCHMER are Harwichbased husband-and-wife photographers who love to capture the people and places of the Cape. They share a particular fascination for photographing theater and musical performances. As you flip through this issue, you’ll see their photographs of public murals around town, customers and vendors at the farmers market, and the Chatham Squire, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

LAUREL KORNHISER has written dozens of articles about homes and gardens on the Cape and Islands. For this issue, Kornhiser penned two stories: “It Takes a Village,” a story about the renovation of a 19th-century house on School Street; and “A Dream Escape,” about a renovated Cape on Morris Island. A full-time instructor of English at Quincy College, she is also the author of “Women and the Sea,” a book published by Claire Murray.

Brewster resident DEBRA LAWLESS, a former political press secretary, is a prolific freelance writer and published author. For this issue, she wrote about an archaeological dig in North Chatham that uncovered the Nickerson family’s hearth and the feature, “Hydrangea Walk’s Private Side.” Lawless is the author of a two-volume history of Provincetown.

Best-selling author ANNE D. LECLAIRE has written 10 novels, including “Entering Normal” and “The Halo Effect,” and one work of nonfiction, “Listening Below the Noise.” She has also been published in Redbook, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. For this issue, she tells the stories behind eight murals in places such as the Chatham Filling Station diner, the Chatham Orpheum Theater and the Atwood House & Museum.

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JOSEPH PORCARI is a Massachusetts native, graduate of Boston College and a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow. A founding partner of The Artful Hand Gallery in Chatham, he is interested in writing about artist entrepreneurs. He is also a frequent contributor to Chatham Magazine’s sister publication, Cape Cod Magazine. For this issue, he visited his favorite places, restaurants and sights around town for “Live Like a Local.”

New England native GREG PREMRU has been photographing architecture and interiors for 20-plus years. His photos can be seen in “It Takes a Village,” a story about the renovation of a beloved 19th-century house on School Street in Chatham. His work is routinely published both regionally and nationally. His love for New England can be seen in his book “New England Icons,” with author Bruce Irving.

BRIAN VANDEN BRINK is an architectural photographer based in Camden, Maine. His work regularly appears in Chatham Magazine’s sister publications Cape Cod Magazine, Home Remodeling and Southern New England Home, as well as Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Dwell and Coastal Living. He works extensively on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard photographing houses, and has had six books of his own work published. He lives in Camden with his wife, Kathleen. For this issue, he photographed a home on Morris Island by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders.

Yarmouth Port-based BETTY WILEY, a frequent contributor to Chatham Magazine and our sister publication Cape Cod Magazine, moved from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Massachusetts nearly 30 years ago and quickly fell in love with the natural beauty of the area. For this issue, Wiley photographed the iconic Hydrangea Walk on Shore Road, and reveals a peek behind its public face in “Hydrangea Walk’s Private Side.”One of the images from this garden photo shoot made it onto this year’s cover.


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Longtime Chatham resident KIM RODERIQUES is passionate about photographing people, places and dogs on Cape Cod. For this issue, Roderiques photographed Chatham through the eyes of a young girl wearing the latest fashions from Chatham Kids. They visited shops on Main Street, the beach, Sharks in the Park and Veterans Field to take in a Chatham Anglers game.

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Jim Donovan and Woody Metzger, owners of First Light Boatworks, take pride in building hand-crafted boats, such as this plank-on-frame 36-foot vessel.

When the owners of Pease Boatworks were ready to sell the business more than a year ago, the stars aligned for Woody Metzger and Jim Donovan. Metzger had known the brothers for years and even worked at Pease before buying the boatyard a year ago with Harwich native Jim Donovan, who had been running his own home building business in St. John. “Traditional boat building drew me back and this sense of place,” says Donovan, a Harwich native. After purchasing the boatyard on Mill Pond in Chatham at the end of 2016, they renamed it First Light Boatworks, a reference to First Light Seaventures, a charter company owned by Pease and run by Metzger many years ago. The boatyard also sells a boat called Monomoy First Light. “When we came to name the company, I said, “Let’s bring it back around and pay homage to the brothers,” says Metzger. Other than the name, very little has changed. The talented and experienced crew of nine continues to build, restore and service wooden boats. “When something gets launched here,” says Metzger, “it doesn’t feel like technology made it. It has energy and you have a connection with it.”


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Their love for the craft runs deep: Donovan, the grandson of Harwich fisherman Fred Bennett, built his first boat with his grandfather when he was 12. Metzger, whose dad was a commercial fisherman, grew up on Town Cove in Orleans and his earliest memories are of wooden boats and being on the water. Currently, the First Light crew is working on a beautiful, hand-crafted plank-on-frame 36-foot vessel that will take a year and a half to build. “Every piece of this boat has been gone over with human hands multiple times,” says Donovan, “and it feels different when you’re on a boat like that.”


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To shed light on the growing problem, Arnold created poster boards showing her trash, which have been on display at First United Methodist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House. When she finds a lobster trap tag, she sends it to the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies so they are aware of the problem. “Although our Cape beaches usually look clean,” says Arnold, “the debris is found in the wrack line—not the usual place to walk.” Her hope is to get Cape schools and teachers involved in educating young people about how balloons and plastic toys can cause harm to fish, animals, birds, the ocean and the Earth. “I’m doing a lot,” says Arnold, “but a small amount compared to what’s on Chatham beaches.”


Rubber lobster claw bands. Foil helium balloons. Ribbon tangled in seaweed. Fishing line knots. These are just a handful of the items that environmentalist Rebecca Arnold might pick up during a morning walk at Lighthouse Beach or Morris Island in Chatham. Arnold’s interest in beach trash happened serendipitously. While out with the Chatham Walkers at Hardings Beach one morning four years ago, Arnold began picking up a few pieces of debris on the way to the lighthouse. Since then, she has created 43 categories that started with fishing line and has grown to include knots, frayed lines, toys, chewing tobacco cans, Ziplock bags, bottles, plastic tops and Styrofoam.


MAKING HISTORY In his new book, “Timeless,” architect Patrick Ahearn takes readers on a tour of 18 iconic homes he designed over his 45-year career, including several in Chatham. He explains how he applies the greater-good theory to each of his projects by honoring the past and looking toward the future. He believes that architecture has the power to improve lives, increase happiness and encourage friendly and familiar interactions. We couldn’t agree more!



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Next Level Barber Shop, owned by Chatham native David Duarte, offers haircuts, straight razor shaves and services for wedding parties.

“I’ve wanted my own barber shop since I started cutting my buddies’ hair in high school before basketball games,” says David Duarte, owner of Next Level Barber Shop Cape Cod in Chatham. “I wanted to go to college to play basketball, but I knew eventually I’d end up in barber school. So, I gave up the ‘hoop dream’ and just did it.” Five days a week for nearly a year, Duarte commuted from the Cape to the Massachusetts School of Barbering in Quincy. From there, he worked at Ramzi’s Barber Shop in Orleans for eight years until the opportunity arose to open his own business in Chatham, where he was born and raised. His father, Manny, helped him build the shop—along with several buddies and his 9-year-old nephew—while his wife, Sanja, took care of the design and marketing. “There’s a lot of heart and soul in that building of mine,” says Duarte, with pride. In May 2017, he opened his doors to five customers, and business has been growing steadily ever since. So steady, in fact, that Duarte and his coworker, Jon


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Rouillard, are planning to hire an additional barber. Next Level offers haircuts, straight razor shaves and hot towels, as well as services for private parties and wedding parties. “We really want to gear more toward the guys’ section of a wedding party—we cut hair and get them ready for the wedding,” explains Duarte, who believes that Next Level’s attention to detail and steadfast customer service really sets the shop apart. Duarte recently bought his childhood home in Chatham and stays connected to basketball by assistant coaching at Monomoy Regional High School. “I couldn’t be happier in life right now,” he says. “My barber shop is less than two miles from my house. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.”


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PEDAL POWER Wheelhouse Bike Co., located near the bike path, is a welcome addition to Chatham.

Written by M E L I S S A S A N C E S For the Bergquists, owning a bike shop is a dream come true—and a (wonderfully) busy reality. Since they opened Wheelhouse Bike Co. in April 2017, Dan and Sarah Bergquist have sold, rented and serviced bikes in Chatham Village almost around the clock. “It’s three separate businesses basically in one,” says Sarah, “but we’ve had a lot of community support. [Our son] Jakob is up the street at the local elementary school, our home is three miles away, our shop is right by the bike path, and people love coming in and talking to us because we know the area and all the best spots to ride.” Dan, who grew up in Chatham, met Sarah at Lyndon State College in Vermont, where he built and sold bikes. He went on to get certified for bicycle mechanics at the Barnett Bicycle Institute in Colorado and became a member of the New England Mountain Bike Association. Dan introduced Sarah to Cape Cod, and the two started a family whose motto has become “Pedal Power.” Jakob, 8, joins his parents in the shop after school, where he puts bike parts together and also shares his mom’s love of welding. She works as a metalsmith while handling the books and advertising for Wheelhouse. While Sarah acknowledges that the shop has a lot to offer, she says that two products really set it apart: balance bikes, which help kids learn to ride without training wheels; and electric bikes, which allow people of all ages to endure longer rides on battery-powered, environmentally friendly models. Wheelhouse may only be a year old, but Sarah sees a promising future for the business. “We can picture it being here 25 years from now.”

The new Wheelhouse Bike Co. sells, rents and services bikes, including electric bikes.


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DAYS AT SEA Pleasant Bay Community Boating believes everyone should share in the joy of being out on the water.

Written by L I S A C A V A N A U G H

Photography by W I L L I A M H . H A Y E S

Pleasant Bay Community Boating offers youth and adult lessons, adaptive sailing programs and informal boat races.

If you follow Route 28 out of Chatham, hugging the shores of Pleasant Bay until you reach the spot where Brewster, Harwich and Orleans meet, you will arrive at a sprawling campus of wooden buildings perched on a hill above the ocean. Here, at the 3-1/2 acre former McClennen estate, Pleasant Bay Community Boating is ready to welcome you to experience the pleasures of a day on the water. The 15-year-old organization, whose mission is to make boating affordable and accessible to all, moved to their new site in 2014 after a dozen years of offering sailing lessons at Jack Knife Cove in Chatham. PBCB offers youth and adult lessons, adaptive sailing programs, informal boat races, marine education, environmental stewardship and a residential program on campus. The group formed in 2003 when John Dickson, a local teacher, and several volunteers began looking for ways to provide recreational opportunities

for young people in the Pleasant Bay communities. They believed the joy of boating shouldn’t be reserved only for the privileged. With donations of sailboats from area residents, the fledging organization began offering community lessons. “We recognized that access to the water was difficult for a variety of reasons—prohibitive cost, lack of time and physical or cognitive limitations,” says Ted Baylis, chairman of the PBCB board. “PBCB was created as a community boating experience that could give access to the water to everybody.” More generosity followed from the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association in the form of seven Flying Scots, easy-to-handle day sailing boats, and soon PBCB began offering programs free of charge for students with intellectual and developmental challenges.

Greg Kelly, PBCB’s sailing director and a founding member of the organization, recalls how they started to get interest from special needs kids attending the former Chatham High (where he was sailing coach). The organization eventually launched an annual boating program in conjunction with Special Olympics for cognitively impaired youth and adults, to which local organizations, such as Cape Abilities, send participants every summer. Plans are currently in the works to build an adaptive dock to accommodate physically challenged boaters. Another program that Kelly spearheaded is First Sail, which enables every third grader in Harwich, Chatham, Brewster and Orleans to learn how to sail. Kelly, who has always shared his love and extensive knowledge of sailing with young people, says his motivation for the project came from his experiences as

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Chatham and now Monomoy High School’s sailing coach. “Third grade is the right age to get kids hooked on boating,” says Kelly, “so I came up with the idea and one of our volunteers wrote to the US Sailing Foundation, who sponsored our first year.” The Friends of Pleasant Bay have also financially supported First Sail, a program that Baylis says brings tears to his eyes whenever he talks about it. He himself was fortunate enough to come from a sailing family and he wants to spread that joy. “It’s a great way for us to introduce sailing and the bay to these kids, most of whom have never been on a boat before.” Having a permanent home is allowing the organization to broaden their reach. “When we had the opportunity to purchase this property, we saw the chance to offer more than just boating,” says Baylis. To that end, PBCB brought on science director, Sarah Griscom, who has created programs aimed at adults and children. “I feel strongly the kids aren’t going to think about the environment unless they are connected to it,” says Griscom, who has a Ph.D. in oceanography. PBCB’s STEM to Stern uses sailing as a way to understand physics, engineering, geometry, chemistry, ocean science and mathematics, while their Muddy Creek Explorers project takes kids 11 to 17 into the Muddy Creek wetlands to explore, conduct water quality analysis, observe shellfish and plant life populations, and work with scientists and engineers. Ultimately, the main goal of the PBCB staff and board is to continue living up to their mission. “The original group had a great vision,” says Kelly. “Sailing is a way of life that we can share with everyone.”



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SQUIRING AROUND FOR 50 YEARS The Chatham Squire, a town institution, celebrates five decades of merrymaking, good food and memorable times.

Written by L I S A C A V A N A U G H

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In the summer of 1968, a 12-year-old Chatham boy tired of mowing lawns went to the back door of a newly opened restaurant on Main Street to ask for a job. The cook, who just happened to be the brother of one of the owners, asked him a couple of questions. The boy told one lie, claiming to be 14, and one truth: His name was Mike Wade. “Well, I’m Mike,” said the cook, “and we have another Mike here already. So you can be ‘Pork Chop’ and you can start right away.” The nickname stuck as Wade became one of the very first employees of the Chatham Squire, a town institution celebrating 50 years of food, drink and communal merriment. “I can’t imagine what the over/under odds would have been then of two young guys from Boston making it all the way till now,” says Wade, referring to Richard Costello and George Payne, the founders and co-owners of the Squire


(as it is colloquially known). But make it they have, providing a half-century of good food and fun for everyone from the locals of Chatham to visitors from around the world. “We worked together at the Branding Iron in Boston,” says Costello, who started in the restaurant business as a cook. “George was a professional bartender who knew what he was doing.” Payne’s grandmother lived in Orleans and he had always liked Chatham, so when the opportunity came up to lease what was then The New Yorker Restaurant, Payne and Costello, just 27 and 26 respectively, decided to go into business together. They officially opened The Chatham Squire in the section of the building that is currently the dining room. “We tossed a bunch of names around and that one stuck,” says Payne. The young partners had a lot of work

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to do. They pulled up the linoleum floors and upgraded the kitchen. They didn’t have much money for improvements, but they had a lot of friends, from Boston and the Cape, who volunteered to help. And the regular clientele, intrigued by the new ownership, continued to come in for dinner and drinks. “George made their drinks just as they liked them,” says Costello. “We brought in musicians and we were having a wonderful time.” That first summer was a success, and by September word of just how well they were doing had reached their landlord—through a citation from the Chatham Police. “We had people living upstairs in what is now the office,” says Costello. “The day after Labor Day the landlord, who I’m meeting for the first time mind you, arrives with a police report about a big celebration the night before. Our names aren’t on it, although we’re the only ones

The Squire Family: A Look Back

George Payne and Richard Costello

By Lisa Cavanaugh


For employees, the Chatham Squire has always been a special place to work. Their experience waiting tables, washing dishes or serving drinks gave them more than a simple paycheck. It was a home away from home, a place where they learned both restaurant skills and life lessons; where they met new loves and made new friends. From all five decades of the Squire’s existence come words of praise and fond remembrance:

supposed to be living upstairs. Basically, he gave us the choice to get out or buy the place.” Buoyed by youth, confidence and support from friends in the banking business, Costello and Payne financed the purchase of the entire building, eventually taking over the adjacent retail stores to open the tavern side of the Squire. On opening day in the spring of 1968, there were at least 100 people lined up on the sidewalk waiting to come in, recalls Costello. “It was mind boggling to be a part of it.” Although they initially only had an April through November liquor license, they soon operated year-round, despite everyone thinking they were crazy to stay open in the winter. “In those days, if you walked outside the day after Labor Day, you could wait 10 minutes, no exaggeration, for a car to go by,” says Payne. “And it was a good chance you’d know who was driving the car!” laughs Costello. They made serving delicious food, especially seafood, a priority, and created a niche for themselves among the establishments on Main Street. The friendly atmosphere appealed to everyone. “The two front tables would be full of local people playing cribbage all winter,” says Costello, “and the fishermen were our saving grace in the

early days.” The key to their longevity has been rooted in that homey sense of belonging, for both customer and employee. Wade, who started as a dishwasher, worked summers through high school and college and ended up managing the bar before leaving to become a successful magazine publisher. He credits his experience at the Squire for his work ethic. “It is thanks to the lessons I learned there that I was able to succeed,” he says. Costello explains their simple but effective approach: Customers are welcomed and thanked, and the staff can be themselves. “We want our employees to be able to laugh out loud and have a good time,” he says, “as long as they take care of the customers.” As the Squire grew in popularity, so did the crowds. It became a regular sight to see lines of people outside on a weekend night, as eager patrons vied for spots at the bar. Sarah Varney Muto, who, along with her brother, worked for many years at the Squire, recalls the electric atmosphere. “It was so much fun, but you had to keep up with the pace of the bar while maintaining your sanity.” While the Squire is renowned for its customers’ boisterous merrymaking with live bands and dancing, it was

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our town. even more raucous in years past. Costello and Payne give particular kudos to former longtime bartender Amy Tagliaferri for her skill in managing a room full of partiers. “She was the best,” says Payne. “Amy could handle the whole place without batting an eye.”

brother a ride to work on her bike.


Tagliaferri, who now works for The Cape Cod Chronicle, has fond memories of a former era when a lot went on behind the scenes. “Back then, there was a Wild West feel at times, but management always had our back,” says Tagliaferri. She points out that Costello and Payne have long supported the staff with full benefits and perks like health club memberships. “They are always working for their employees,” she says. Dozens of staff members stay for decades, sometimes leaving for years only to return for Round 2 of life at the Squire. Wade retired from publishing in 2004 and now tends bar occasionally, having returned to the Cape when his sister Wendy, who happened to be Costello’s wife, fell ill with cancer. Wendy, who succumbed to the disease a decade ago, met her future husband by giving her younger


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“I met my own wife here, too,” says Wade, echoing a love story that has been repeated time and again at the Squire. The same is true for Payne, whose wife was a chef at the restaurant, and whose two sons worked there as well. Chris Matheson, who is the current bar manager, also met his wife on the job. “Lots of Squire employees fell in love and got married,” says Matheson, who started there in 1992. “It is part of what makes this place special.” The owners are proud of the connection their staff and customers have with their business. From the hundreds who come to snap photos of the iconic license plates that adorn the walls (“They are all given to us and people come back to find their plate,” says Payne) to the brides who want to end their wedding celebration with drinks at the bar, the clientele have been joining the employees in one big, happy Squire family for 50 years. “Everyone comes back,” says Costello, “and when they come back, everyone feels young again, everyone feels Cape Cod again, everyone feels Squire again.”

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During an excavation last fall, 17th-century rubbish led an archaeological team to the Nickerson’s family hearth in North Chatham. An upcoming dig will likely yield even more information about what life was like here hundreds of years ago. Written and photographed by D E B R A L A W L E S S


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Archaeologist Craig Chartier and Ron Nickerson of the Nickerson Family Association.

The clearing in the woods behind the Nickerson Family Association campus in North Chatham.

or more than 350 years, the site of the first English settlers’ homestead in Chatham has been buried beneath a foot of soil tangled over with invasive honeysuckle and scrub pine trees. That will soon change. In the coming months, the Nickerson Family Association (NFA) hopes to sponsor a 40-day archaeological excavation, a continuation of a five-day dig last fall where an archaeological team, led by Craig Chartier, made a spectacular breakthrough. Their work uncovered the circa 1664 hearth where William and Anne (Busby) Nickerson cooked their meals and warmed themselves during long winters on the frontier. “The hearth has psychological significance,” says Chartier, director of the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project. “It’s the center of family life.” The upcoming dig will yield more information about the Nickersons, their home and how they lived among Native Americans.

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port fortune. William Nickerson was born in Norwich, England, in 1604 and

Potsherds found in the hearth.

became a weaver by trade. In 1637, he and Anne, along with

their children, arrived in Salem. The family lived in various places in Plymouth Bay Colony until 1664 when they arrived in Monomoyick—an area where William bought more than 1,000 acres from the sachem Mattaquason. The couple’s 17th-century homestead and its outbuildings once sprawled over land owned today by the NFA and Chatham Conservation Foundation.

a 19th-century farmer “ploughed up the foundation of a chimney

Archaeology can offer many

and found relics of the past.”

tantalizing insights into what

A decade ago, coordinating

life was like in the Nickersons’

Smith’s information with GPS

day, says Chartier. “We get a lot

technology, the Nickersons

more details from the trash he

located the approximate site of

[William Nickerson] left behind

the homestead and marked the

than from any kind of diary.”

spot with a granite stone. When

For most of the 20th century, the NFA has known roughly the location of its ancestors’

The stones of the 8-foot-by-8-foot hearth are uncovered.

the site where the house stood,

Chartier’s crew excavated the hearth, it was only about 15 yards from the stone.

homestead behind the NFA

Chartier began digging test

campus at 1107 Orleans Road in

holes near the stone in 2016 and

North Chatham. In his “History

soon found a remarkable “halo”

of Chatham, Massachusetts,”

of strewn household trash—

William Smith noted that on

fragments of broken English and German pottery dating to the late 17th century, pipe stems, animal bones, handmade nails and slag

“We get a lot more details from the trash he [William Nickerson] left behind than from any kind of diary.” — Archaeologist Craig Chartier

from blacksmith activities. From these bits of 17th-century rubbish, Chartier knew the homestead was nearby. His suspicions were confirmed when two of his workers dug up the 8-foot-by-8foot hearth where granite rocks, each about the size of a melon, had been settled into the ground beneath bricks. In the hearth, the crew found two fragments of


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Staffordshire pottery dating to the 1670s, raising the likelihood that Anne Nickerson broke a pot while cooking a meal. Because of the position of the hearth near a slope, Chartier speculates the Nickerson homestead was of the

Craig Chartier examines a test pit while Gregory Lott sifts soil.

“hall and parlor” style with the chimney at one end rather than in

Bruce Brockway, left, and Blaine Borden uncover the hearth.

the center. Finding the perimeters of the homestead is one of the goals of the upcoming dig. This site, long used by Native Americans, was inhabited by the Nickersons from only circa 1664 to the 1680s or 1690s and then abandoned. (William is believed to have outlived Anne by three or four years; he died in 1689/1690.) The couple’s married daughter, Sarah Covel, possibly lived in the house for a time after her parents’ deaths. At some point in the 1690s, “somebody must have just taken the house right away,” says Chartier. “It could have been lifted out and dragged by oxen.” If the house had rotted in place, the soil would be littered with nails, and few have been found.

The crew found two fragments of Staffordshire pottery dating to the 1670s, raising the likelihood that Anne Nickerson broke a pot while cooking a meal.

As the dig continues, Chartier hopes to determine that the house had a cellar, and discover even more 17th-century trash— gold for the archaeological team. Chartier will investigate the yard, which would have had outbuildings, such as a barn, and possibly, as evidence suggests, a blacksmith shop run by William. A shop would represent “the oldest such site ever found in Massachusetts and one of the few ever found in New England,” Chartier wrote in his preliminary report. 78

After the dig concludes, Chartier

the NFA can use the artifacts and

will spend weeks analyzing

information about the homestead

the finds. To help pay for the

to illustrate 17th-century life in

estimated cost of $48,000 to


complete the work, the NFA has

“A scale model (diorama) of

been raising funds and is also applying for a town grant to continue the work.

the homestead complex might be envisioned in a miniature tabletop size; a roadshow of the

Once the dig is finished, the site

artifacts could be assembled and

will be filled in and returned

put on display in various venues,”

to its natural state. NFA board

says Nickerson. “The possibilities

member Edmond R. Nickerson

are endless.”

looks forward to learning how

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Ride in an airplane, hop on a boat or experience stand-up paddle boarding. Learn about the town’s history and architecture by walking down Main Street. No matter which you choose, you’ll see Chatham from a different perspective through the eyes of a tour guide. Written by L I S A C A V A N A U G H Photography by J U L I A C U M E S


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When Kyle Takakjian was a child, his family would travel from their New York home to spend their summer vacations in Brewster. He distinctly remembers sitting with his parents and watching Airforce planes bomb the target ship in Cape Cod Bay. “It was like fireworks!” he says, and the sight helped plant the aviation bug in him. He first got to know Chatham as a Coast Guardsman in 1984 and remained in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve for nearly 30 years, with a concurrent career as the Truro police chief, retiring in 2017. But his desire to fly never left him. “I learned right here in Chatham in 1996, from a wonderful local instructor, Red Beach,” says Takakjian. When airport manager Tim Howard took over the Stick’n Rudder aerial sightseeing company in 2014, Takakjian took to the skies as one of his pilots, flying a replica of a 1930s design for mail planes and crop dusters. “Over the years, I obtained different flying licenses,” he says, “and since I had a lot of experience flying tail wheel aircraft, I got the bi-plane.” Stick’n Rudder Aero Tours offer 15-, 30- and 60-minute sightseeing rides, and Takakjian is up in the air three or four days a week, sometimes operating eight flights a day. He likes to talk to his passengers about the natural history of Cape Cod as well as tidbits about aviation, marine biology, the local fishing industry, tidal flows and Marconi and his transcontinental wireless signals to Europe. But what he most relishes sharing are the unbelievable views. “We start out over Chatham, and then head toward Monomoy or up the coast, crossing over Nickerson State Park to Nauset Beach,” he says. “And people are absolutely amazed. It is so breathtaking up there and they are seeing things they’ve never seen before.”

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Over the past eight years, veteran fisherman Mike Anderson has told fish tales to thousands of people. As one of the knowledgeable hosts of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance’s Pier Host Program, Anderson has become a well-known presence on the observation deck above the Chatham Fish Pier. On Fridays through Mondays between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, he and other seasoned fishermen are on hand to share the experience of working on the water and offer insight into the Cape’s commercial fishing industry to interested visitors. “I’ve been a ground fisherman since the ’60s, so I have a unique perspective,” says Anderson, who helped form what is now the Fishermen’s Alliance. “I tell them how it was, how it is now and about the differences in fishing, then and now.” The Pier Host program is a satisfying way to share his years of knowledge with people who don’t know much about Cape Cod’s fishing industry, and he isn’t surprised that most of them are unfamiliar with the local species—like skate and monkfish—that Cape fishermen catch now. “People tell me it’s quite enlightening,” he says, although British tourists, to their surprise, sometimes recognize Chatham dogfish as the ingredient in the fish ’n’ chips back home. Anderson grew up in Wakefield and knew early on that a staid life behind a desk was not for him. “I wanted to have an adventure and I thought if you only live once, you should do something you like.”


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A few years ago, Cape Cod Chronicle editor Tim Wood was traveling in London with his wife and children, enjoying some informative historical walks through the city. “My wife suggested that I could do the same thing here,” says Wood, “and that’s how I started Chatham Walks.” Wood has lived in Chatham since 1982, after a childhood in Connecticut that included trips to a family summer home in Eastham. After he graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English and a desire to be a journalist, he moved full time to Cape Cod. His first job at the Chronicle was in production, and eventually he was hired as a reporter and worked his way up to editor, a job he has held for just over 12 years. Now every Wednesday morning, June through Labor Day, Wood strolls Main Street followed by interested walkers and points out historic, cultural and architectural sights. He has a keen interest in history, and his job helped him amass a trove of information about the town. “I’ve had to research the area and learn about historic incidents as part of my work, so I’ve built up quite a bit of knowledge and background history on Chatham,” says Wood. His favorite building is the Eldredge Public Library and he admires the story of the generous former resident, Marcellus Eldredge, who gifted it to the town in the late 1890s. The 90-minute tours usually include five to a dozen walkers, depending on the weather, and they can be customized to a group’s interests. “In many ways, Chatham is a typical New England seaside town, but it also is very rich in its history and its people,” says Wood. “It’s a very vibrant community.”


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When people comment that their ride on Chatham Boat Tours made for “the best day of their vacation,” Tom and Helaine Broderick are thrilled. “It doesn’t get much better than that,” says Tom. “When we see those reviews, we’re so happy,” says Helaine, “because we feel so lucky to show people Chatham by water.” The Boston natives, who built their house in Chatham in 1982, have been boat owners since the mid-’90s. Once retirement loomed—he was a union carpenter and civil engineer, she worked as a teacher and in information technology—they decided to explore the charter boat business while living full time on Cape Cod. Tom got his USCG Charterboat Captain’s License, while Helaine began to man the phones. The experience has exceeded their expectations. “Having a boat allows us to open up a new dimension of the Cape Cod experience for our customers,” says Tom. The Brodericks find that while some people just like to be out on the water looking at Chatham from a different perspective, others are more adventurous. “The tours with children are usually more hands-on,” says Tom. “They can see fish and crabs up close and pull lobster pots.” Their 22-foot Eastern Seacoast lobster boat named Nora Dora is outfitted with a three-step ladder that allows people to alight onto the shores of the beautiful beaches they visit. The Brodericks have met a lot of interesting people from all over the country and the world, including admirals, marine biologists, professional athletes, world famous photographers and regular folks who have a keen interest in the marine environment. Chatham Boat Tours typically operates from May to Thanksgiving, with their peak season falling between July 1 and Labor Day.


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Most people visiting Cape Cod in 2010 had never heard of stand-up paddle boarding, much less tried it, but Justin Labdon, founder of Adventure Chatham, had recently discovered the sport and decided to add it to his successful Cape Cod Beach Chair Company. “There were only three manufacturers of the boards then,” says Labdon, “and no one on the Cape was renting them yet.” Growing up in Brewster, Labdon spent a lot of time on his parents’ boat in Stage Harbor and, after a career in marketing in Boston, returned to the Cape with his wife in 2002. He started making beach chairs in his garage, and by 2009 had purchased the building on Queen Anne Road where the workshop and retail store for both businesses is located. Labdon was among the first on the Cape to offer SUP lessons. “When we started, we did lessons all day long, every day,” says Labdon, “but now everyone has seen them, tried them or have friends who own them, so we do more guided tours than lessons.” His SUP tours go out in various locations in and around Chatham, such as Pleasant Bay, the Stage Harbor area and Oyster Pond. The more adventurous, seal-seeking guests will launch in Chatham Harbor. One of their most popular offerings is Glow Tours, nighttime SUP adventures with high lumen LED lights attached to the bottom of the boards. As night falls, the lights begin to attract squid and little bait fish, as well as shore-bound people, who wander down to see the neon glow of stand-up paddle boarders as they glide by.


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LEFT TOP: Wyatt, a Staffordshire terrier, chills out with THOMAS, decked out in a gray rasta White Marlie T-shirt with red Toes on the Nose board shorts from White Marlie, and Izzy models a Locals Only baseball shirt and original SurfChick denim high-waisted shorts, both from Beach Bum Surf Co. LEFT BOTTOM: Swimwear by Mary Grace Swim, from All Points Beautiful. KAIA holds onto her Hemlock Hat Co. straw hat from Beach Bum Surf Co. IN FRONT OF VAN: IZZY models a Locals Only baseball shirt and original SurfChick denim high-waisted shorts, both from Beach Bum Surf Co. ZACH wears a Human shirt and pants from All Points Beautiful. STEPHEN models a navy long-sleeve red, white and blue White Marlie T-shirt and light blue Toes on the Nose board shorts, exclusive to White Marlie, while THOMAS wears a gray Rasta White Marlie T-shirt with red Toes on the Nose board shorts.Â

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AT TOP, CLOCKWISE: ZACH takes Atlas for a walk on Hardings Beach wearing a Human hat, RVCA button-down shirt and Rhythm trunks from All Points Beautiful. IZZY carries her surfboard wearing a Beach Bum Surf Co. crop tank top with the original SurfChick tropical denim shorts and DIFF polarized sunglasses from Beach Bum Surf Co. STEPHEN shows off a Beach Bum Surf Co. original Locals Only crew neck and Surfer Dude denim shorts. KAIA models a floral top and bottom designer dress from All Points Beautiful THOMAS sports a Beauty & the Beast SS button-up from RSVLTS paired with red, white and blue Tribong X Boardies from Billabong, all from The Break Room. 94

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KAIA models a Debbie Katz dress paired with a shell and tassel necklace from White Marlie.


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TOP, CLOCKWISE: At Jackknife Beach, KAIA wears a White Marlie silver one-piece suit with crochet long sweater, with one-of-a-kind shell necklace from White Marlie. Her mother, JENNIFER, stand-up paddle boards in a turquoise Skull & Crossbone White Marlie rash guard. JENNIFER models a white tunic from Debbie Katz, exclusive to White Marlie, while daughter KAIA makes a statement in a White Marlie two-piece reversible bikini.


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On KAIA, left: Lucy Love skirt with Mary Grace bikini top and pink Bali shawl, from All Points Beautiful. DIFF sunglasses from Beach Bum Surf Co. On IZZY: White one-piece by Tavik, from All Points Beautiful. On THOMAS: Sunday Bloody Funday SS button-up from RSVLTS over golden Tribong LT Overdye Boardies from Billabong, all from The Break Room.


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Everyone knows the iconic home on Shore Road, but very few have seen the backyard. There are plenty of hydrangeas, of course, but also an expansive lawn, a sycamore maple, a circular garden with roses and a conservation area that abuts the property. Here’s a peek behind its public face.

Written by D E B R A L A W L E S S Photography by B E T T Y W I L E Y


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“If you don’t have hydrangeas out front, it would just be the ‘Walk,’” says David Hawk, president of Hawk Design, who redesigned the gardens in 2005.

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The majesty of the property dictated that we needed to be somewhat simple and elegant. — David Hawk, president of Hawk Design

“I feel when I’m back here, that I’m in my own world,” says homeowner Debra Jones.


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or decades, Hydrangea Walk has been one of Chatham’s most photographed sites. The elegant property on Shore Road features two double rows of stunning blue hydrangeas separated by a red brick walkway that leads from the road to the front door of a stately white colonial. Velvety lawns fan out on either side. “It’s an icon,” says David Hawk, president of Hawk Design, a landscape architecture and land planning firm in Sagamore. Debra and Rob Jones, who bought the six-acre property in 2005, hired Hawk to redesign the gardens. “Everyone knows Hydrangea Walk.” But not everyone knows the backyard. Hydrangea Walk shows one face to the public, and another to the Jones’ family and its guests. “This is the tranquil part of the house,” says Debra, referring to the back lawn. The sun is still climbing this July morning, and patches of shade mingle with sunshine on the flat back lawn. “This is where we will tend to hang out.” Here, away from the tourist photographers, the Joneses could have planted anything. But in a sense the house, “a grand old home that deserves to be placed in a proper setting,” suggested the landscaping, says Hawk, who began with a canvas of more than two acres from which he removed tired hollies and pines. Then came the lawn. “It’s a wonderful lawn that stretched out and gave you an idea of the size of the property,” says Hawk. Because the house is nearly 9,000-square feet, it “needed that [lawn] to ground the house.” Just off center in the lawn stands a venerable sycamore maple, about the height of the house. Its dappled shade evokes relaxing summer days.


The lawn winds westward until it joins a natural area abutting conservation land where deer and coyotes, and perhaps the odd fisher cat, roam. Debra recalls telling Hawk that she and her husband wanted to “preserve the openness of the land and feature hydrangeas, which are the heart of the property.” A courtyard sheltered on three sides by the house features large bluestone patios and red brick walkways set in a herringbone pattern. Once these spaces were laid out, “everything started to take shape,” says Rob. “Then we tried to keep it relatively simple.” Hawk agreed. “The majesty of the property dictated that we needed to be somewhat simple and elegant,” he says. Up by the house, he created pocket gardens among the patios. Here, a circular garden of pink Knock Out roses are surrounded by a low boxwood hedge and lawn. There, in the corners created by the architecture, more roses and Nikko blue hydrangeas framed by low hedges of boxwood balls. Russian sage softens a low wall separating the lawn from the terrace. As for border gardens, Hawk decided the “nostalgic property” was “screaming” for traditional plant materials in a Cape Cod palette. On the south side of the lawn, a tall privet hedge formed a privacy shield, and here Hawk added evergreens, flowering deciduous plants and, yes, hydrangeas. Stepping stones lead past the colorful perennial gardens that Hawk designed to bloom from mid-to-late summer in half sun, half shade. He chose a mixture of old-fashioned perennials for a traditional Cape Cod garden: peonies, phlox, Shasta daisies, tickseed, black-eyed Susans, lamb’s ear, yarrow, Calamintha nepeta, coral bells, daylilies, Russian sage, bearded iris, astilbe, lavender, lamium, joe-pye weed and perennial geranium coneflowers. Hydrangeas pop up here and there, tying the back gardens in with the front.


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Hydrangeas pop up here and there, tying the back gardens with the front.

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A little farther west from the perennial gardens, the morning sun is just now touching a dazzling sea of Nikko blue hydrangeas. These are the very hydrangeas that once grew famous on the front walk. Here, away from the scorching sun and biting winter winds off Chatham Harbor, just across Shore Road, “they fare pretty good,” says Edson E. Eldredge of North Chatham Landscape. Eldredge, who has tended Hydrangea Walk’s gardens and lawns since the 1990s, has an even older connection to the property—his uncle Horace Reynolds built the house in 1938.

Hydrangea Walk shows one face to the public, and another to the homeowners’ family and their guests.


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One of the Jones’ daughters was married in these gardens and the other hosted her wedding reception here. In fact, the hydrangeas dictated the July dates of the ceremonies. While one daughter wanted a June wedding, “I told her it had to be in July for the hydrangeas to be in bloom,” says Debra. With the sun setting in the west at the far end of the lawn and the sycamore maple festooned with huge dangling lights, the yard was a magical spot that evening. The Joneses first used the gardens as a backdrop for weddings. Today, when the entire family gathers to celebrate the Fourth of July, the backyard is the spot for the grandchildren to play, far from the street and the public eye. One of the homeowners’ daughters was married in these gardens and another hosted her wedding reception here.


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“I feel when I’m back here,” says Debra, “that I’m in my own world.”


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A venerable sycamore maple stands tall in the backyard. “This is where we will tend to hang out,” says homeowner Debra Jones.

After the firm Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders of East Harwich completed extensive renovations on the house about a decade ago, it was time to landscape. Because the Joneses were renovating gardens at such a beloved, well-known house, they knew they faced unique challenges. The Joneses elected to retain the hydrangea walk. Homeowner Debra Jones herself had loved the property since she visited Chatham with her parents the summer she was seven. Yet the hydrangeas in the front were “in pretty poor shape,” she recalls. Hydrangeas normally do not thrive in full sunlight, and these were “scorched.” The couple transplanted those hydrangeas that could be salvaged to the partly shaded backyard. The public, not understanding their plan, was enraged and someone even complained to the police. “People were grabbing hydrangeas from the dumpster,” says Rob Jones. The couple replanted the walk with Endless Summer, a variety of hydrangea that can endure unrelenting sunshine, along with a row of yellow lilies for contrasting color and texture. “If you don’t have hydrangeas in the front, it would just be the ‘Walk,’” says David Hawk, president of Hawk Design.


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Saturday, August 4, 2018 Please join us for our most important fundraiser of the year and the best summer social on the Cape, the 17th annual Hookers Ball! Your participation will fund our work to provide fishermen with resources to carry out their ideas to make improvements for healthy oceans, thriving fishing businesses and strong coastal communities. Join the fun, and together, we’ll build a better future for fish and fishing on Cape Cod.

Where/When: 6 – 10 p.m. Under the Big White Tent Chatham VFW 150 George Ryder Rd.

Premium Tickets: Includes 5 p.m. check-in, cocktail hour and reserved seating $250

General Tickets: $175 (on or before June 30) $200 (on or after July 1) * Hookers Ball is a 21+ event

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Chatham Farmers Market brings people together through farm-fresh eggs, vegetables, homemade jams and jellies and delicious baked goods. Written by M A R I N A D A V A L O S Photography by M I C H A E L A N D S U Z K A R C H M E R

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Kathy Sanders, owner of Thyme After Thyme, is the manager of the Chatham Farmers Market. The Local Color Gallery truck is one of †he first things customers see as they enter the market.


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ara Sneed, owner of The Bashful Tarte bakery, frequently has customers lining up at her booth before the Chatham Farmers Market opens at 3 p.m. “You can’t sell until the bell rings,” laughs Sneed. “The market doesn’t open till Kathy rings the bell.” Sneed is referring to Kathy Sanders, owner of Thyme After Thyme herbs and manager of the farmers market. A Chatham native, Sanders returned to the Cape after living nearly 20 years in Colorado and opened up Thyme After Thyme to sell her all-natural “bath, beauty and soul” products. In

The market sells a variety of products, from dog treats and herbal prodcuts to homemade cookies and homegrown tomatoes.

the late 1990s, the Chatham Farmers Market was serendipitously located in front of her little shop on Morton

was looking for a bigger place,” says

Road and Route 28, and by default,

Eldredge-Dykens. “I could envision

she ended up managing it. “It fell

their tents up on our property—I

right into my lap,” says Sanders, who

knew it could work.” Eldredge-

had experience with farmers markets

Dykens rents the space for her gallery

in Colorado.

from the family of Jane (Harding)

As the Chatham Farmers Market

Patterson, who passed away in 2016.

began to grow and attract more farmers and more customers, space and parking became an issue. Enter

“We asked Job Lot if they would be OK with us hosting the market, and they agreed to let us use the parking

Julie Eldredge-Dykens, artist and

lot. It’s a win-win situation.”

owner of Local Color Art Gallery,

Dykens says she delights in hosting

located next to Ocean State Job Lot

the market, and looks forward to it

on Route 28. “I heard through the

every Tuesday. “I love being in the

grapevine that the farmers market

company of so many great people.” Jeff Deck, owner of Not Enough Acres Farm in Dennis, has been a vendor at the farmers market for six years. Sadie, his dog, accompanies him. “It’s great fun,” says Deck. “We’re always busy.” He sells primarily fresh greens. “We grow pretty much everything—kale, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, potatoes, onions, carrots, asparagus,” he adds. Not Enough Acres has been in his wife Elizabeth (Crowell) Deck’s family since 1710, when it was given as a King’s grant.

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our town.

The Bashful Tarte crew, from left to right: Bella Cohrs, Mary Ellen Murray, owner Sara Sneed, Susanna Creel and Sophia Cohrs.

Daniel D’Amour sells Who’s Your Farmer T-shirts.

The criteria for joining the farmers market as a vendor, says Sanders, is that the farm should be local, and if not a farm vendor, that products be handmade and/or sourced from local farm fare. Farmer Green Man Dirty Dan specializes in fresh eggs. “We have 40 egg-laying chickens,” he says. Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest of Harwich sells homemade jellies and jams, and Summer House Natural Soaps of Hyannis sells homemade soaps, including dog soaps. Fromage à Trois in Dennis specializes in homemade cheeses and pasta. And who could have pasta without tomatoes? Stella Farms specializes in Heirloom tomatoes, growing more than 40 varieties at their farm in Sandwich. “My dad was the original tomato man,” says Eric Stella, who grew up outside of Boston. “I’m Italian. We had a huge tomato patch,” he says. In addition to growing traditional red tomatoes, such as hybrid red, big beefsteaks, Stella grows specialty tomatoes like black krim, indigo

Tom Barrett of Allen Farms in Wesport offers a variety of organic produce.

blue beauty and lucid gem. CHATHAM FARMERS MARKET VENDORS Allen Farms Certified organic produce since 1987 Westport, The Art of Roasting Coffee roasters Chatham, 508-945-1613,   The Bashful Tarte  Occasion cakes, pies and desserts 23S Whites Path, South Yarmouth 508-619-3938, Blue Sky Ranch/Westminster Meats  Healthy, pasture-raised meats Sandwich, Facebook: Blue Sky Ranch Cape Cod Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance Solutions that help stabilize the Cape’s small-boat fishing fleets 1566 Main St., Chatham 508-945-2432, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension / Master Gardeners’ Program Providing horticultural information to the Cape 508-375-6690,

Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest Homemade jellies and jams 33 Rocky Way, Harwich 508-280-8237, Cape Cod Cutlery Homemade historic and modern knives, plus kitchen cutlery 31 Timber Lane, Marstons Mills Cape Cod Hummus / Pure Joy Farm Small organic farm in Truro specializing in vegetables and eggs Facebook: Pure Joy Farm   Cape Cod Kombucha Small-batch kombucha brewed and fermented on the Outer Cape 316 US 6, Truro, 508-246-7765 Facebook: Cape Cod Kombucha LLC   Cape Cod Wicked Good Kettle Corn Homemade kettle corn Route 6, Mattapoisett, 860-782-1916 Facebook: Cape Cod Wicked Good Kettle Corn


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Coco Chew Natural dog chews crafted from coconut fiber   Eldredge Farm 17-acre farm specializing in crops, livestock, composting and wetland protection 24 Cranberry Trail, Brewster 508-760-2696,   Elixir Confections Homemade sweets and confections made to order 32 Souwest Drive, Harwich 774-408-7316, The Floral Factory  Floral service featuring flowers for events and celebrations. Owned by Greta Ribb. 17 Field House Lane, Harwich, 508-360-3209 Facebook: The Floral Factory Foss Farms  Backyard farming, organic living, cooking classes Forestdale, 774-836-3723, (continued on page 124)

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Sanders, who sells her herbal products at the farmers market, reflects on the market’s success. “We’re at the right place at the right time. People are more aware these days, they want to meet their farmers and see where their food is coming from,” says Sanders. She adds that Chatham Farmers Market now accepts EBT cards. “We want everyone to be able to eat healthy.” Sanders says she has other programs in the works, such as teaching children how to grow

Pick up fresh flowers from The Floral Factory or enjoy cold-pressed juice from The Local Juice.

food. “My goal is to get more young farmers involved,” she says. Sanders is passionate about fresh food and community, and sees the farmers market as a place for people from all walks of life to come together. “We’re a solid family,” she says. Sneed of The Bashful Tarte, who sells homemade scones, muffins and cookies, agrees with Sanders. “It’s been such a great opportunity to meet local people who are my neighbors,” says Sneed. “I really enjoy the sense of community. People come every week, even in the

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CHATHAM FARMERS MARKET VENDORS Fromage à Trois: The West Village Pasta and Cheese Shoppe Specializing in homemade cheeses and pasta 581 Main St., West Dennis 508-258-0212, Green Man Dirty Dan’s Cranberry farm plus fresh eggs Facebook: Green Man Dirty Dan   Hemeon’s Farm One of the Cape’s oldest farms, growing quality fruits and vegetables Off 186 Bank St., Harwich, 508-432-3947  Local Color Art Gallery Eclectic art gallery featuring local artists 1652 Main St., Chatham 508-237-9233,   The Local Juice Bar & Pantry Café offering organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies, plus sandwiches and snacks 539 South St., Hyannis 508-775-5552,  



Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Federally designated wilderness area 30 Wikis Way, Chatham, 508-945-0594, Monopati Farms High-quality fresh farm products from the mountains of Kalamata, Greece 7 Queens Way, Sandwich 508-888-1045, Not Enough Acres Farm Six-acre farm growing vegetables and herbs, plus dairy and eggs 107 Sesuit Neck Road, Dennis, 508-737-3446 Facebook: Not Enough Acres Farm Pain D’Avignon European-style bakery featuring breads, treats and bistro meals 15 Hinckley Road, Hyannis 508-778-8588, Red Dogs & Company  Grain-free dog treats, handcrafted dog products. 774-836-3195,

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Stella Farms Family-operated farm specializing in heirloom tomatoes 9 Victory Drive, Sandwich, 508-274-9328 Facebook: Stella Farms   Summer House Natural Soaps Handmade natural soaps 1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis 508-827-4145,   Tekla’s Braids and Breads Homemade Swedish and Finnish coffee breads Facebook: Tekla’s Braids and Breads Thyme After Thyme Homemade herbal products for bath, beauty and soul East Orleans, 508-247-7268,   Tuck-A-Way Farm Quality produce and root crops, plus seasonal items Depot Street at Barkley Way, North Harwich, 508-237-3515, Facebook: Tuck-A-Way Farm


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An expanded Cape on Morris Island, built in the 1980s, gets a complete makeover from Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders to accommodate a client’s growing family.

The home received a new roof and siding, a three-bay garage, new shutters with Polhemus Savery DaSilvadesigned starfish cutouts and a new entry.

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hen the homeowner first saw this dated Cape on Morris Island while searching for the perfect summer escape with her daughter, she wasn’t exactly impressed. “It looked like a spec house. Not everyone would have looked at it and said, ‘This is it.’” Her daughter, however, saw past its imperfections. They both loved that it was an expanded Cape, and it came with a yard big enough for a pool—a key requirement given that the client’s three grandsons are competitive swimmers. Before she bought the place, the homeowner consulted with Peter Polhemus of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, who investigated the house and pronounced that it had “good bones.” The owner, who worked with architect Sharon DaSilva,

The family room has white woodwork, which matches the kitchen, and custom bookshelves.

said the highest priority was creating spaces for play and privacy for herself, now semi-retired, her grown children and five grandchildren. DaSilva knew she needed to simplify and clarify the existing structure. She spent time with the house, absorbing its layout, sketching her thoughts, imagining what this misshaped 1980s Cape could be. “The house looked fairly traditional, but it was dated and oddly asymmetrical,” says DaSilva. “There were dormers and roofs everywhere, with multiple 128

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The mahogany-topped island includes ample built-in storage, and new white cabinets balance the dark counters and island.

With the help of Classic Kitchens & Interiors, the kitchen received a dramatic makeover.

architectural styles.” There were issues with how the house flowed. Hallways were narrow and cramped. Other spaces were large and poorly defined. Spaces that wanted to be open to each other were connected by “mouse holes”—narrow openings with arched tops. “The Cape is a formal symmetrical design,” she says. “It required a fair amount of reorganizing to make sense out of the spaces.” The house was gutted and rebuilt.

In the study, a handsome wood mantel surrounds marble facing, adding both weight and warmth to the room.

Outside, it received a new roof and new siding, a newly designed cover for the connector between the house and the three-bay garage, new shutters with PSD-designed starfish cutouts and a new entry. “Capes don’t typically have a front porch,” says DaSilva, “but the owner wanted one, and she wanted something traditional.” The new entry, with its thoughtful arch and columns, twinned windows on each side and petite two-over-two-paned windows above, looks seamless. There had been three tiny dormers over the original entry, but DaSilva removed those and added two larger dormers to the wings, which further improved the symmetry and allowed the bathrooms on the second floor to be enlarged.

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A bunkroom over the garage features built-in beds with storage and nautical lights.

The first-floor master bedroom “was rearranged to make better use of the space,” says architect Sharon DaSilva.

The major renovations continued inside. With the help of Classic Kitchens & Interiors, the kitchen received a dramatic makeover. While the original was large, its layout was awkward, with full-height cabinets and ovens occupying its center, requiring everyone to walk around them. “We took that out and put in an island with a sink in the middle, which opened up the kitchen,” says DaSilva. The range is now situated across from the island, so the space makes sense with a proper food prep area and cooking zone. The mahogany-topped island includes ample built-in storage and the new white cabinets balance the dark counters and island. The family room, too, was rearranged. “The room wanted to be symmetrical,” says DaSilva, “so we took the two dormers that had been on the other side of the room from each other and put them across from each other instead.” Though in her other homes the homeowner has favored a clean, white, modernist aesthetic, she knew in this vacation home, the furnishings “needed to be able to stand abuse,” so she selected dark, sturdy fabrics for the sofa and loveseat.


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house. A fish weathervane selected by the homeowner adds a personal touch.

The first-floor master bedroom “was rearranged to make better use of the available space,” says DaSilva. Some of the space occupied by the oversized dressing area was reclaimed and The landscape was designed by Clara Batchelor of CBA Landscape Architects.

transformed into a study nook and intimate sitting area with a fireplace. The master bath was outfitted with a new tile shower and tile flooring;

A built-in storage unit provides plenty of storage for shoes, hats, bags and towels.

a soaking tub replaced the outdated Jacuzzi. Not only were the original spaces redone, new spaces were added, including an all-season sunroom that overlooks the pool that has become a favorite spot and playroom for the grandkids. To accommodate the three grandsons, DaSilva created a bunkroom over the garage. Each has his own space with a built-in bed and storage underneath, a nautical light and bookshelf with an outlet. This is DaSilva’s favorite room: “As a kid, I would have loved having my own space like that.” Dressed in nautical blues and whites, the space has a tidy ship feel to it. A long window seat overlooks the pool that the grandsons love so well.


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The outdoor living space includes a beautiful pool, waterfall, fire pit and mahogany deck.

The asymmetrical guest house adds architectural variety.

The pool, with its enchanting waterfall, is just part of the outdoor living space. There is also a shower, a wind-protected dining area, a mahogany deck and a fire pit encircled by curved stonewalls and a sectional wooden bench with plenty of storage. All of this is set in a lush landscape tamed and designed by Clara Batchelor of CBA Landscape Architects. At pool’s edge is another new addition: an asymmetrical guest house. It feels like it came out of a fairy tale, with its own kitchenette, sitting area and powder room on the first floor, and bedroom and bath on the second. While the guest house adds architectural variety, the original home pays homage to the classic extended Cape. Named “School House” for those in the family involved in the education field, this Cape may feel brand new, but it has a timeless appeal. “My daily walk often takes me by the house,” says DaSilva, “and it makes me happy to hear the voices of The expanded Cape has a timeless appeal.


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From favorite breakfast and lunch spots to the best place to take a quiet walk and watch the sunset, Chatham resident Joseph Porcari writes about some of his top picks.

would not presume to call myself a “local,” like the Nickersons or Eldredges. But after dividing my time between Boston and the Cape for most of my adult life, I have been living in Chatham year-round for the past five years. In that time, I’ve sampled most of what the town has to offer for both locals and summer visitors. As a recent “washashore” strolling about town, you can trace my tracks to some of my favorite spots on the following pages.

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BEST WAY TO START THE DAY It has been said that all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. Since their opening in 2017, my path to breakfast happiness leads to the Chatham Filling Station. Owners Caren and Rik Morse’s enthusiastic and fun approach to the day’s first meal is reflected in a menu that combines breakfast classics ranging from French toast, biscuits and gravy to eggs benedict, blackboard specials like smoked pork shoulder hash and eggs, and lemon mascarpone pancakes with a mixed berry compote. My only problem is, I usually want to order everything on the menu. As with all popular breakfast spots, early birds rule.

QUIET WALK If you’re in need of a break from the summer crowds downtown or at the beaches, I’d recommend a quiet walk on one of the trails maintained by the Chatham Conservation Foundation. One of my favorites is Frost Fish Creek Trail. The 1.1-mile loop follows the eastern edge of its

The Filling Station is available for private parties in the

namesake creek and the remains of

evening. With its retro roadside diner vibe, it’s the perfect

an old cranberry operation, which

place for a sock hop birthday party: Elvis or Buddy Holly?

is gradually returning to natural

CHATHAM FILLING STATION Located at 75 Old Harbor Road, abuts the town playground and playing fields.


wetland. There’s an upper and lower section of the trail; the lower portion parallels the brackish freshwater creek and is bordered with marsh grasses, cattails and ferns. The upland section snakes through pine and oak


For a moment of pure serenity, I never

woodland. Overall, it’s a great place

tire of watching the sunset at Oyster

for birdwatchers.

Pond Beach in town. Facing due west, the views from the beach surpass those of any painting. When there’s a partial cloud cover, the sunset produces unimaginable shades of orange, red and pink. The beach is an easy walk from downtown and near the rotary. Parking is available.

The entrance to the trail is on a dirt road off Route 28. Look for the oval Chatham Conservation Foundation sign. Parking is available. Trail maps are available at the CCF headquarters downtown at the historic Mayo House at 540 Main St.

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live like a local. For a one-of-a-kind experience, go to Yellow Umbrella Books on Main Street. The narrow aisles can be a challenge, but the patient browser will be amply rewarded with a wealth of unexpected finds, including “Midnights: A Year with the Wellfleet Police,” by The New Yorker writer Alex Wilkinson. Beyond the obvious bestsellers, there is an in-depth collection of classic and contemporary literary titles, as well as just about anything written about Cape Cod, both in and out of print. Owner Eric Linder, himself a published poet, is proud of the store’s poetry selection. A favorite is “East of America,” an anthology of


poems about Cape Cod by some of America’s greatest poets from the 20th century: Mary Oliver, Stanley Kunitz and Elizabeth Bishop. Published in 1961, “East of America” is out of print, but Linder manages to hunt




down copies for the store.


Some of the best salads and sandwiches in town are to be found at Chatham Cookware. I often order their chicken salad sandwich with tarragon, chopped walnuts and grapes on homemade bread. I will either sit on their peaceful backyard deck or sit on the dock at Mill Pond, located off Main Street on Mill Pond Road. It’s a surprisingly quiet spot. My only companion might be a stray harbor seal taking its own break from the vast herd off Lighthouse Beach.

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When I need a quiet moment to read or think, I often head to the main reading room at the Eldredge Public Library. The circa-1895 red brick RomanesqueRenaissance Revival building (unique on Cape Cod), with a slate roof, sober quartered oak wainscoting and stained glass windows, provides a sanctuary from busy Main Street. No outside noise could ever penetrate this fortress-like building. The reading room is filled with a good selection of reference books (including the monumental 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary), magazines and newspapers. In this era of online subscriptions, reading a real newspaper, smelling the ink and rustling the pages is an experience to savor.




I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I can’t


resist the Candy Manor’s dark chocolate sea salt

There aren’t many cinemas in the country where

fudge. A favorite of locals and summer visitors

you can sit back on an extra wide seat snacking on

since the 1950s, the Manor is famous for their

truffle fries or tempura chicken bites and drinking

homemade fudge, hand-dipped chocolates,

a “Yoda Soda” or “Mos Eisley Iced Tea” while

truffles and saltwater taffy. Browsing the store feels

watching “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” All of this is

like walking the game board of Candy Land—the

possible at the Chatham Orpheum Theater on

air is scented with chocolate, everyone is smiling

Main Street. The theater houses a café and full bar,

and all feels right with the world.

plus two screens with state-of-the-art Dolby 7.1

Buffy’s is Chatham’s Empress of Ice Cream and

Surround Sound and Barco digital projectors.

has reigned supreme for 25 years. Homemade

The purchase and restoration of the nonprofit

ice cream flavors like peanut butter, salty caramel

theater, which opened in 2013, is a triumph

crunch and coffee Oreo are rich and old-fashioned

of community organization and fundraising.

tasting. I love the home-baked chocolate chip

Executive director Kevin McLain is dedicated to

cookies, their crispy waffle cones and the freshly

the Orpheum’s mission to educate as well as to

squeezed lemonade and lime rickeys.

entertain. There are many documentary films,

The ice cream shop, known for its iconic

lectures and other events scheduled throughout

pink bench out front, is a place where family

the year for local schools and organizations.

summertime memories are created. The slapping

During the summer, there are 9 a.m. showings of

sound of Buffy’s screen door opening and closing

films for kids such as “The Secret Life of Pets” and

announces to all that summer is truly here.

“Lego Batman.” I’m looking forward to Shark Week in July when they run “Jaws” … and to their “Shark


Bite” cocktail made with blue lemonade, Deep Eddy and a bloody splash of cranberry puree.

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live like a local. If I’m in need of a midday wakeup call during the dog days of summer, I head to Chatham Perk on Route 28 in North Chatham to sip one of their richly brewed Vienna Roast coffees at the outdoor tables covered with red Tuscanstyle umbrellas. For a non-caffeinated jolt, I’d recommend the Perk’s freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. I like the “Green Garden” juice—a combination of kale, cucumbers, pineapple, mint and ginger; and the “Cape Cod” smoothie—banana, mango


and cranberry juice. Another one of my favorites is Monomoy Coffee on Main Street in


Chatham’s East End for an espresso

307 Orleans Road (Route 28), North Chatham


macchiato. If you can snag a table in their patio area, you’ll be treated to a


bird’s-eye view of Main Street. For a bit

447 Main St., Chatham

of la dolce vita, Chatham style, it’s the


perfect place in town to people watch.

There’s an urban buzz and a welcoming whiff of wood smoke from the Italian pizza oven at John Zartarian’s Del Mar Bar & Bistro on Route 28 in Chatham. It’s my favorite place in Chatham to dine with family and friends. At this dinner-only restaurant, chef Maria Pollio offers an engaging variety of choices, many with an Asian twist, like Chinese-lacquered pork belly or honey hoisin seared tuna. The wood-fired catch of the day is always a sure bet. There’s an energetic bar scene and the bartenders mix up a nightly special cocktail. Eddy vodka and elderflower liqueur, is a favorite. In the summer, on Tuesdays through Thursdays, there’s live music with, among others, the mellow jazz of the Matt Brown trio. This restaurant is always packed, and in the


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CREATIVE COCKTAILS According to writer H. L. Mencken, “martinis are the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” For pure poetry, I’d suggest an expertly mixed martini at the Impudent Oyster, accompanied by their signature appetizer, Devils on Horseback (sea scallops wrapped in bacon), and a new and innovative item on the starter menu, Salt Cod Tater Tots. Another Oyster favorite is the “Cold Toddy”: Bulleit Bourbon poured over shaved ice, with a splash of their housemade honey lemon nectar. If you arrive early, you’ll have a chance to admire the oyster bar, composed of white pine planks, planed and laminated from a single massive tree. Local legend has it that the Oyster is housed in


a building formerly used as a church. In fact, the

For summer theater at its best, I head to The

Bernard opened the Oyster in 1972.

Monomoy Theatre, which offers a variety of

Fun fact: The stained glass windows and pews are

plays each season ranging from comedies and contemporary classics to musicals and Shakespeare. I’m always impressed with the acting and set designs. The productions are a collaboration of college theater majors working alongside professional directors and guest artists, all in affiliation with the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. The 2018 season will include performances

building was first a men’s clothing store and then a watering hole called “Sign of the Surf.” Peter

from a church in Maine. Celebrated for their impeccable sushi served up in a sleek and contemporary setting, Bluefins Sushi & Sake Bar on Main Street offers creative cocktails which pair perfectly with the menu. Try their Tokyo Negroni: Maker’s Mark bourbon, Campari and plum sake, or choose from their impressive list of premium sakes.

of Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter,” Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls” and Kaufmann and Hart’s “You Can’t Take It with You.” Anglo-British author and Chatham resident, Bernard Cornwall, will be returning to play Jacques in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Cornwall’s experiences with the Monomoy Theatre inspired his latest historical novel, “Fools and Mortals,” set in the time of Shakespeare.

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our town.

In restaurants, museums and theaters throughout Chatham, more than a half-dozen murals comprise an astonishing array of public art created over the past 80 years. From seascapes and streetscapes to familiar town images and iconic Hollywood stars, the variety of murals is both timeless and timely.


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our town.

Alice Stallknecht’s murals at ATWOOD HOUSE & MUSEUM The oldest of the murals are those of Alice Stallknecht, a selftaught painter originally from New York City who moved to Chatham in 1910. She began the first of the murals in 1931 and completed the last in 1945. Located at the Atwood House & Museum’s Mural Barn, the artwork features dozens of individual panels that each tells its own story. “They are a national treasure,” says Chatham artist Carol Odell. In the past, the panels have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Bold and dramatic in the style of German Impressionism, the panels depict scenes of working-class life in Chatham. Although stripped of romanticism—the faces are dour and sea-weathered—the paintings are Stallknecht’s love letter to her town. “Here, the whole town of Chatham is drawn upon,” says her son Frederick Wright. “From sea captain to sailor to Coast Guard to businessman to the town lawyer, they and their wives are all here.” The occupations and preoccupations of the citizens are represented in vignettes of scallopers, oystermen, lobstermen, teachers, churchgoers and servicemen in their daily life, rendered in precise detail. Today, standing in the quiet of the gallery, current residents sit in communion with their ancestors, occasionally pointing out a grandfather or grandmother, and visitors can feel almost as if the subjects are speaking to them.

Mural Barn at the Atwood House & Museum, 347 Stage Harbor Road,


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CHATHAM SQUIRE The work of Walter “Skipper” Hart, displayed on walls in both the dining room and bar at the Chatham Squire, differs vastly in mood and style from Stallknecht’s, but they both offer familiar and quintessential scenes of the seaside village. In the late 1960s, Squire owners Richard Costello and George Payne reached out to Hart, a local sign painter, and the idea of the murals evolved naturally. “They wanted something different,” remembers Matt Hart, the artist’s son. “Not commercial.” At that time, the Squire was closed during the winters, so it was the perfect time for Hart to begin the project. The building was without heat and it was so cold that Hart worked in his overcoat. Despite the heaters and fans, paint froze in the cans. For the murals, Hart projected images from vintage postcards and personal photographs onto the sheetrock using an opaque projector. He then outlined the buildings and boats in charcoal. The landscape was filled in by hand. The finished paintings were done in shades of sand and brown. “Not many people knew it,” says his son, “but my father was colorblind and that is why he chose that palette.” The murals featuring the Mitchell River drawbridge, the fish pier, the windmill overlooking Chatham Harbor, the windswept dunes and dories resting along the shore all capture a timeless spirit.

Chatham Squire, 487 Main St.,

The mural at Mom & Pops Burgers, designed and illustrated by Chatham-based Vervaine Design Studio, covers the west wall and is patterned after a vintage postcard and depicts symbols that reflect the bi-coastal connections of owners Thomas and Pelinda Deegan. On one side of the mural is the Golden Gate Bridge and on the other side is Chatham Light. Mom & Pops Burgers, 1603 Main St.,

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CHATHAM ORPHEUM THEATER In the lobby of the Chatham Orpheum, patrons are greeted by “The After Party,” a mural measuring 28 feet by 12 feet and featuring characters that represent Hollywood’s most iconic figures, including Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp and Robert De Niro. It has become an attraction in its own right. “It was the most fun I ever had doing a mural,” says Hans de Castellane. “I lost myself in the project.” From an original list of 500 characters, the artist curated the room to the final selection of 119. “It was a guest list from my dreams,” says de Castellane, an admitted film buff. “In it, I could pay homage to all genres of film.” He created the panels in his Dennis Port studio and didn’t see the completed project until it was installed. The mixed-media mural is comprised of decoupage photos he had reproduced and around which he painted the scene of the party. He incorporated 3-D elements like Meryl Streep’s pearl necklace and Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond earrings that lend a touch of whimsy. The meticulously designed project required a lot of math and design elements to get the scale right. He created the mural from the viewer’s perspective looking down on the scene from a balcony. “Figuring out the scale of the heads was challenging,” says de Castellane. “Those at the top had to be big enough to be seen at a distance from 12 feet, and those in the foreground larger than life, but not feel like monsters.” The mural is filled with wit, youthful energy and private jokes other film buffs can appreciate, such as having director Stanley Kubrick dressed in the Apollo sweater from his film “The Shining.” De Castellane hoped the mural would be an interactive amusement for theatergoers. Conversations in the lobby café are often shared between tables as patrons try to identify each actor and the character portrayed. Can you pick out the only two Hollywood stars depicted twice? (No spoiler alert here.)

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our town. The mural at the Chatham Community Center on Main Street is comprised of colorful folk art panels that celebrate 25 years of Chatham’s First Night celebrations. Chatham Community Center, 702 Main St.,

WILD GOOSE TAVERN AT CHATHAM WAYSIDE INN Hans de Castellane’s work can also be seen at the Wild Goose Tavern. The artist was 23 when he was commissioned to paint the street scenes that border the tavern walls. It was his second public project in town, the first being a mural at the old Christian’s restaurant. “It was a mess when I was working,” de Castellane remembers. “There were paint cans and ladders everywhere, so the owners closed the room off.” In spite of the closed doors, people kept popping in to watch as he worked. “There was such interest, that eventually the room was opened to diners,” he says. “While they were eating, I was standing on a stepladder painting. I was the live entertainment.” The challenge of the project was selecting which buildings were important enough to be included and then to arrange them in a way that made sense, as if the viewer was driving down Shore Road and then turning down Main Street. There is a timeless sense to the mural, which is deliberate. “The goal,” says de Castellane, “was to paint something that represented Chatham in a way that the work felt like it had been there the whole time and wouldn’t feel dated in five years.”

Wild Goose Tavern at Chatham Wayside Inn, 512 Main St.,


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CHATHAM FILLING STATION The mural on the south wall of Chatham Filling Station diner on Stage Harbor Road is one of the most recent additions to the town’s murals. Owners Rik and Caren Morse commissioned Helen Kelsey, a decorative painter by trade who traces her family roots on the Cape back four generations and splits her time between Delray Beach, Florida, and Orleans. “Rik wanted something that would capture the all-American roadside culture and celebrate old Cape Cod,” says Kelsey, who added that Rik also wanted the mural to provide visual entertainment and stimulate conversation. The resulting work is whimsical and playful. Humorous touches and iconic images from past eras abound, including a Woody wagon, a shirt with Red Sox idol Carl Yastrzemski’s name and number emblazed across the back, a Kennedy for President bumper sticker, a shot of the moon landing displayed on an old television, a trio of field mice shouldering fork, knife and spoon as they scamper across the bottom, and a vintage Esso road map and visitor’s guide. Each object reflects the diner’s retro vibe. “I loved working in collaboration with Rik, absorbing his ideas and bringing them to life,” says Kelsey. “It was a real challenge and an honor to do.”

Chatham Filling Station, 75 Old Harbor Road,

Another work by Hans de Castellane is featured in the Library at Monomoy Middle School on Crowell Road. The mural is 30 feet at the top of a vaulted ceiling and is comprised of images in 50 overlapping circles. Monomoy Middle School, 425 Crowell Road,


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house. Architect Patrick Ahearn and Whitla Brothers Builders preserve and renovate a beloved 19th-century house on School Street in Chatham.


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he expression “It takes a village to raise a child” is well known. But equally true is the idea that it takes a village to care for a home. We all live as part of a larger community and have a responsibility to preserve elements of a community’s past, contribute to its vibrancy in the present and create a legacy for the future. The story of a 19th-century house on School Street in Chatham is a perfect microcosm of all of those forces. Originally designed by architect Luther Edwards in 1870 for its first owner, Josiah Nickerson, the Greek Revival farmhouse served as a home as well as a private school over the next century. In the 1950s, it was subject to a series of unfortunate additions, described by Doug Whitla, its 21st-century construction cosmetic surgeon, as “a long train wreck.” Even so, the villagers of Chatham knew this downtown home and loved it, despite its architectural flaws. When a Washington, D.C.-based family bought the home several years ago and decided to renovate, there were plenty of locals to answer to, including the board charged with overseeing the “Old Village” National Register Historic District in which the house resides. Among the most concerned were the neighbors, who wondered what the new owners would do. Would they make it too formal and disrupt the homey feeling of the neighborhood? Would it become too large and dominate the area? Fortunately, the new owners contacted Patrick Ahearn of Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC, who specializes in historic architecture. He in turn enlisted the services of Whitla, owner of Whitla Brothers Builders, whose college This is a house that actually tells two stories. Looked at from

major was historic preservation.

the outside, the street-side façade is, says Patrick Ahearn, “more historically correct.” The private side of the home, however, presents “implied symmetry,” with its double gable wings flanking a covered columned porch. The same holds true

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house. The medley of textures in the living room is symphonic, from the linen Schumacher on the sofas to the Galbraith & Paul fabrics on the pillows and ottomans.

Yet even with professionals so well versed in historic renovation, the reality was that this home needed to serve clients who are fully immersed in the 21st century. Besides adding a pool, cabana, carriage house and expanded indoor and outdoor living spaces, Ahearn had to ensure privacy for the family so they could enjoy these spaces, despite the fact that their home faced two public streets. To begin, Ahearn preserved the integrity of the original structure and its beloved front faรงade. To accomplish this, the house was lifted from its crumbling brick foundation and set aside on cribbing piles, while a new


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“We kept the same pitch of the roof and created spaces with a shed roof to look as if added over time.” — Architect Patrick Ahearn

Oversized sofas, rattan chairs, a blue jute rug and impressionistic painting of a day sail by Emyo create the perfect coastal-inspired space for relaxing.

“One of the first things we did was reorganize the house and create the spine,” says Ahearn. “It was a mishmash of rooms, and we created a hierarchy. When you walk through the wainscoted entry, the staircase is in the middle of the house, so you can traverse the house from front to back in a logical way, and then spaces open to the side.”

poured-concrete foundation

“What we were proposing was

structure. “We kept the same pitch

was set. “This was the biggest

more sympathetic.” Gone were

of the roof and created spaces

challenge with this house,” recalls

a long sunroom, dining room,

with a shed roof to look as if

Whitla, “lifting it up and putting

kitchen, breakfast area and a

added over time. We also added

it down level.” They were able

separate living unit on the far

dormers to keep the roof line low.”

to save the exterior walls, and

end of the house, with its own

when possible, reused the original

staircase, living room, kitchen

To help design the interiors,

rafters. New materials were added

and bedrooms. Gone too were the

to meet structural and insulation

small, narrow rooms, all sharing

codes. Back in its place, the

one bathroom, that occupied the

original farmhouse now offers a


fresh yet familiar welcome with

In their place, Ahearn added a

convenience,” says Chiappone.

stepped-back gabled wing that

“They have young girls and a dog.

allows the original structure

As they will probably retire here,

its white picket fence and brick walkway leading straight to its entrance.

the owners hired Jocelyn Chiappone of Digs Design Company in Newport, R.I. “My clients wanted to keep a historic flair with modern comfort and

to maintain its street-facing

they wanted an all-season feel

As for the additions made in

prominence. Created in real time,

with coastal sensibility.”

the ’50s, Ahearn recommended

this wing was designed to look

their removal: “The historic

like it evolved over a long period.

The front of the home is more

commission recognized that the

“We created what looks like a

earlier wings had not been added

series of additions,” says Ahearn,

in an attractive way,” he explains.

who respected the Greek Revival

formal. An antique dresser in the entryway adds weight and a sense of time past, as does the nearby library with its millwork walls,

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The kitchen, with its crafted cabinetry and millwork “feels historically correct,” says Ahearn, adding that its counter-toceiling Andersen windows allow light to penetrate deeply into the home. Imported British copper pendants hang over the Carrara marble island.

The dining room keeps the textural interest going with its blanched French Grange table, Schumacher upholstered Noir chairs and oversized transparent rectangle chandelier.

antique flooring, and reclaimed wood beams and timber. The dark Newburyport Blue wall color nearly matches the sofa and armchairs: “We tend to do a dark color to match the upholstery for a comfortable feel, and it transitions to a wall with pops of color,” says Chiappone. In this case, burnt orange found in the window shades are picked up again in the accent pillows and area rug. The first-floor master bedroom respects tradition, with its warm colors and subtle West Indian sensibility derived from its Phillip Jeffries glasscloth wall covering, custom interior shutters and bamboo-inspired bed by Redford House. Broad-striped Harlequin drapes preserve privacy, while French doors lead out to the pool and patio areas. A second master bedroom on the upper floor is designed to feel more cottagey. The Brownstone four-poster bed is a driftwood gray and the walls are clad in a Phillip Jeffries grasscloth. On


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“The biggest compliment is when, in the end, you can’t tell where the old ends and the new begins.” — Doug Whitla, owner of Whitla Brothers Builders

this level, the French doors lead to a mahogany deck, which offers a slice of a water view and a sweep of the surrounding village roofscape. Each daughter has an upstairs bedroom, designed to suit her personality. One, nestled under the gable at the front of the original structure, is bohemian with a flower burst chandelier and Anthropologie bedding. The second reflects the daughter who described herself as “preppy” to Chiappone and whose more serious side is reflected in blue-and-white print bedding and Benjamin Moore Hale Navy-blue built-ins. The only way you can tell where the old part of the house ends and the new begins is by stepping down, a design that allowed added head height as well as disguises the transformation. “The biggest compliment,” says Whitla, “is


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house. Just beyond the mudroom, where there was nothing before but backyard, glistens the pool and evidence of efficient use of the hilly topography. A shell driveway leads to a lower level two-car garage, and steps up from there is the upper level with the cabana and guest quarters.

when, in the end, you can’t tell where the old ends and the new begins.” Old fieldstone retaining walls mark transitions around the property, and mature plantings, including birches, rose of Sharon and hydrangeas—all designed and put into place by Copper Moon Landscape and Design of Chatham—create the illusion that this is the way things have been for some time. Thanks to the sensitive design of this house and its grounds, it has gotten “a very good Old fieldstone retaining walls and mature plantings were designed and put into place by Copper Moon Landscape and Design of Chatham.

response from the historic district neighbors,” says Ahearn. The home responds to the clients’ needs now, while respecting the past and anticipating the future, all achieved through a combined effort not just by Chiappone, Whitla, and Ahearn, but also by a concerned public. “With this house right there in the old village,” says Whitla, “so many people wanted to know what’s going on. So many experts, some naysayers, but this is a rebirth for the house. We saved it for the next 200 years.”


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At Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, visitors can wander the trails, explore the shoreline, view rare and endangered wildlife and take a guided tour.

Susan Wojtowicz, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee, carefully makes her way through the tern colony on South Monomoy Island during a population survey.


Refuge manager Matthew Hillman on South Monomoy Island.

Nowhere in Chatham is nature more present, protected and undisturbed than at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Twenty years ago, as a student at University of Massachusetts Amherst, I spent a summer as a volunteer, assisting biologists and working in the visitors center. Since then, I have enjoyed this wild and wonderful oasis. Last summer, I once again volunteered and witnessed firsthand how much the protection of this vital habitat has benefited wildlife. It is also an asset to the town because of educational opportunities and community partnerships.

A little over a mile from Chatham Lighthouse, across the Morris Island causeway on Wiki’s Way, is the entrance to the refuge and visitors center. The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1944, encompasses approximately 7,921 acres of wildlife habitat, including barrier beach, dunes, fresh and saltwater marshes and freshwater ponds. In 1970, most of the land

Seasonal interns Kaitlyn Nafziger, Devan Blazey, and Kacey Srubas, conduct a vegetation survey on South Monomoy Island.

was designated by Congress as a wilderness area—the only coastal

A golden-crowned kinglet at the Monomoy banding station at South Monomoy Lighthouse.

wilderness in Southern New England,

Visitors may wander the shoreline

which protects wildlife and further

and trails, view wildlife, wade into

limits activities allowed within those

the shallows or take a guided tour.

boundaries. But Monomoy isn’t just a

Fishermen may cast their lines or dig

sanctuary for wildlife, it’s also a haven

for shellfish. Photographers discover

for visitors to experience some of the

an endless amount of inspiration from

Cape’s unique habitats.

wide, unencumbered landscapes to the macro environments of the mudflats. Bird enthusiasts flock from all over the world to witness the abundance of species that nest, feed

Matthew Hillman speaks with school children in the visitors center.

or pass through the refuge during migration. Whatever time of year you visit, there is always something different to see, with the changing tides and seasons.

Special thanks to refuge manager Matthew Hillman and wildlife biologist Kate Iaquinto for their assistance with this article and providing the data, resources and opportunity to experience the refuge.


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The intertidal zone at low tide on South Monomoy. A Hudsonian Godwit feeds among the short-billed Dowitcher on the flats around Minimoy, a small island.

HOW TO GET THERE Common Tern nest

The mainland portion of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is accessible by car. The islands are open to the public within areas not posted and the flats are open for fishing and shellfishing.

Seasonal interns Devan Blazey, left, and Lori Leach, right, lead a group of children from the Monomoy Community Services program during a tour of the Morris Island trails.Â

There are two ferry services in Chatham that are specifically permitted to transport visitors to the wilderness of North and South Monomoy Islands to watch birds, go shellfishing, fin-fish for striped bass or view gray seals. The ferries shuttle visitors back and forth from beaches that are open to the public.

For more information: Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge ( and Facebook @MonomoyNWR


Monomoy Island Ferry, South Monomoy Tour, naturalist-led private tours, seal cruises, departs from Stage Harbor 508-237-0420 Monomoy Adventures, 508-292-3060

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While visitors enjoy the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, important work is being conducted by biologists, interns and volunteers under the direction of refuge manager Matthew Hillman and refuge biologist Kate Iaquinto. Research conducted by biologists since 1996 documents the success of a continually protected habitat. Below are some facts about Monomoy’s birding population and ongoing research projects.

The largest colony of nesting common

North Monomoy Island boasts a nesting population of snowy

terns on the eastern seaboard depends

egrets, great egrets, black-crowned night heron, willets,

on Monomoy, and specifically, South

saltmarsh sparrows and great black-backed and herring gulls.

Monomoy Island. Other species who nest on South Monomoy Island include the federally endangered roseate tern, the state-threatened least tern, the federally threatened piping plover,

There are an estimated 285 species of birds that utilize the refuge

the American oystercatcher and the

throughout the year to nest, feed or rest, undisturbed, as they

laughing gull.

pass along the Atlantic Flyway during migration.

COMMON TERN 1997 1,400 pairs

LEAST TERN 1997 73 pairs

ROSEATE TERN 1997 1 pairs

PIPING PLOVER 1997 25 pairs

LAUGHING GULL 1997 0 pairs

2017 11,723 pairs

2017 773 pairs

2017 18 pairs

2017 48 pairs

2017 2,714 pairs

BLACK SKIMMER 1997 5 pairs



SNOWY EGRET 1997 49 pairs

GREAT EGRET 1997 0 pairs

2017 18 pairs

2017 185 pairs

2017 100 pairs

2017 25 pairs

2017 2 pairs


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Beyond the research on nesting birds at the Refuge—the Monomoy Shorebird Project and the Monomoy Refuge Banding Station—other projects throughout the year include vegetation surveys, horseshoe crab surveys and tagging, Northeastern beach tiger beetle surveys and the re-introduction of seabeach amaranth, a federally threatened vegetation.

Common Tern in flight

Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle: South Monomoy is only one of two areas north of the Chesapeake Bay where a population of this federally threatened beetle species exists. Their success depends on beaches that are uninterrupted by human activity and are indicators of a healthy beach ecosystem.

Horseshoe Crabs aren’t actually crabs, but arthropods believed to be at least 445 million years old. Monomoy has one of the highest concentrations of spawning horseshoe crabs in Massachusetts where their harvest is prohibited. When you walk the beaches of the Cape and find piles of horseshoe crab shells, you are seeing a layer that has been shed as the animal grows. Sometimes you may find a crab with a tag on its shell. When you find a tagged crab, be sure to report it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because it helps track the crab’s population, individual movements and mortality. 1-888-546-8587,

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South Monomoy is also home to Monomoy Point Lighthouse. The original lighthouse was built from 1823 to 1828, but has been rebuilt or restored several times since 1849. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is in the process of being restored through private donors and volunteers, private companies and government agencies. Last June, in conjunction with historic Chatham, Friends of Monomoy offered Monomoy Point Lighthouse tours during Chatham History weekend. The one-mile roundtrip walk to the lighthouse from the beach included historic information, facts about the refuge wildlife

FRIENDS OF MONOMOY The Friends of Monomoy is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate for the continued protection of the

and a chance to see the pristine habitat. In the future, Friends of Monomoy hopes to run more frequent public tours. The lighthouse itself is used throughout the year by refuge biologists and other scientists for shelter while conducting research on the island.

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, assist in its management and increase public awareness of its unique wildlife and ecosystems through education and fundraising. Their members volunteer in many capacities, such as overseeing the maintenance of the visitor’s center and gift shop. They conduct guided tours, organize beach cleanups and offer free talks throughout the summer at the Chatham Community Center on subjects such as the Atlantic white shark, horseshoe crabs, seals, pollinators and coastal birds. On Facebook: 508-945-3430 South Monomoy is the largest Barbara Waters, a Friends of Monomoy volunteer, and summer interns Tien Tran and Paige Crane educate visitors at the Chatham Farmers Market. 

haul-out site for gray seals on the Eastern seaboard. You can see large populations around South Monomoy throughout the year, but the largest numbers arrive in the fall and stay through the winter months when pupping occurs.


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Two friends and the town’s mascot Chatham Charlie take in the sights and sounds of Main Street, the beaches and a Cape Cod League Baseball game on warm, summer days.

M A E R C E C I S BUFFY’ Kaylee, in a polar bear sweater and polka dot leggings, shares some ice cream with Chatham Charlie on the iconic pink bench in front of the shop.

Kaylee hangs out at the iconic shack, located on South Beach, dressed in a shark sweater and matching Cali Kids knit pom-pom hat.


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KATE GOULD PARK Kaylee, wearing a nautical striped dress, walks Charlie through Sharks in the Park with a leash from Life is Good.

Kaylee is ready to dance in a Deux par Deux sea life halter dress. A perfect summer day means a trip to Veterans Field to watch the Chatham Anglers play in an Anglers sweatshirt and baseball cap.

Kaylee takes delight in shopping for her favorite ducks and toys at the popular shop dressed in a Bampidano polka dot dress, Wee Ones striped bow and sparkling handbag.


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Kaylee enjoys a quiet moment in a Jude Connally Rachel dress with Charlie. Kaylee and her friend, Grace, play dress up with Chatham Charlie wearing Chatham Bandstand T-shirts, an exclusive design to Chatham Kids, and nautical hair accessories.

That’s a wrap! Kaylee expresses her excitement of spending the day at the beach in a Cabana Life swimsuit and cover up.




Kaylee and Chatham Charlie will be featured in an upcoming book this summer entitled: “Kaylee Finds a Friend,” written by Anne D. LeClaire and photographed by Kim Roderiques.

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With the seasons in mind, Bistro on Main is a low-key spot offering an eclectic menu and great people watching. 593 Main St. | 508-945-5033 CHATHAM RAW BAR

“Nature Uninterrupted.” Offering local shellfish and seafood in its purest form. 593 Main St. | 508-945-5033 BLUE CORAL SEASIDE CUISINE & SPIRITS

An open-air restaurant in a garden setting, offering casual lunches and candlelight dining. 483 Main St. | 508-348-0485 BLUEFINS SUSHI & SAKE BAR

Asian-infused brunches, lunches and dinners with sushi and martini bar. 513 Main St. | 508-348-1573 CAPTAIN’S TABLE

Family owned and operated, a favorite destination for more than 50 years. 576 Main St. | 508-945-1961


seaside favorite for sunset clambakes and cocktails. STARS Fine oceanside dining by candlelight at the Chatham Bars Inn. THE SACRED COD A classic, upscale tavern featuring local ingredients, including produce from the Chatham Bars Inn Farm. 297 Shore Road | 508-945-0096 800-527-4884 CHATHAM PIER FISH MARKET

The freshest seafood from local day boats. Available for takeout or enjoy one of the outside picnic tables. 45 Barcliff Ave. Ext. | 508-945-3474 CHATHAM SQUIRE

Family restaurant celebrating its 50th anniversary this year offers a tavern atmosphere with a diverse menu. Check website for events and live entertainment schedule. 487 Main St. | 508-945-0945 CHATHAM WINE BAR & RESTAURANT

Offering more than 100 wines by the bottle, craft beers and artful entrees for brunch, lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating and fire pit. 359 Main St. | 508-945-1468


Asian-infused brunches, lunches and dinners with sushi and martini bar. 513 Main St. | 508-348-1573 CHATHAM PIER FISH MARKET

The freshest seafood from local day boats. Available for takeout or enjoy one of the outside picnic tables. 45 Barcliff Ave. Ext. | 508-945-3474


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Home to the famous French breakfast muffins, “the Cookware” serves up breakfast and lunch daily. 524 Main St. 508-945-1250





Bistro cuisine, wood-fired pizza and an extensive wine list make this one of Chatham’s coolest nightspots. 907 Main St. | 508-945-9988 An upscale eatery in a former church, featuring a fresh take on seafood plus a bustling bar scene. 15 Chatham Bars Ave. 508-945-3545 LONGSHORE RESTAURANT

Family owned and operated, Longshore offers a casual dining atmosphere for a burger, seafood or selection from the raw bar. 1077 Main St. | 508-945-1700 MOM & POPS BURGERS

Pressed burgers, including the Dyablo (hot!), and steamed cheeseburgers, plus homemade lumpia—hand-rolled Filipino pork eggrolls. 1603 Main St. | 774-840-4144

Coastal cooking with styles and flavors from around the world, with décor from local artists. 2653 Main St. | 508-432-4600 Chatham’s sports pub tavern, consistently rated best burgers on the Cape. 746 Main St. | 508-348-0469 THE TALKATIVE PIG

Chef Jeff Mitchell serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss their signature hand-pulled pizzas. 2642 Main St. | 508-430-5211 WEQUASSETT RESORT AND GOLF CLUB: TWENTY-EIGHT ATLANTIC

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Featuring appetizers and sandwiches or a five-course wine pairing series. 637 Main St. Chatham Orpheum Theater 508-348-1227 PATE’S RESTAURANT

A Cape Cod landmark since 1957, Pate’s offers prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood and a classic lounge menu. 1260 Main St. | 508-945-9777


A Cape Cod landmark since 1957, Pate’s offers prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood and a classic lounge menu. 1260 Main St. | 508-945-9777


Neapolitan-style thin crust pizza using whole wheat flour and signature chunky tomato sauce. 790 Main St. | 508-348-0200 native and seasonal ingredients with creative, award-winning flair. Waterfront location. THOREAU’S A club-like bar adjacent to Twenty-Eight Atlantic, Thoreau’s offers a unique menu, an extensive wine list, and a wide selection of martinis and specialty cocktails. LIBAYTION Beachfront bar offers the best water views on Cape Cod. Guests may enjoy the diverse menu featured at the Outer Bar & Grille. Open during summer months for lunch and dinner weather permitting. 2173 Route 28, Harwich 508-432-5400 WILD GOOSE TAVERN AT CHATHAM WAYSIDE INN

Destination dining in the heart of Chatham village, “the Goose” offers local seafood and organic and glutenfree options. 512 Main St. | 508-945-5590


For the freshest fish and chips within a baseball’s throw away from Veterans Field, home of the Chatham Anglers. 75 Old Harbor Road 508-945-2447 CHATHAM FISH & LOBSTER CO., INC.

The freshest, highest-quality local seafood caught daily. Takeout, eat-in and picnic tables. 1291 Main St. | 508-945-1178 CHATHAM PERK

A local coffee bar and café, featuring specialty sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, and catering for any size event. 307 Orleans Road | 508-945-5005 CHATHAM VILLAGE CAFÉ & BAKERY

For fun summer lunches and ice cream. 434 Ridgevale Road 508-432-4339 | CHATHAM PERK


Great breakfasts, service and prices in a relaxed downtown location. 639 Main St. | 508-945-0631


Authentic Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine cooked in an open kitchen. Takeout. 1587 Main St., Shop Ahoy Plaza 508-945-7788 PUBLIC CAFÉ

Locally roasted organic coffees, breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring ethnic cuisine and gluten-free options. Located next to Sandi’s Diner. 641 Main St. | 508-444-8833



Specialty pizzas and more in a retroinspired setting. 595 Main St. | 508-945-5300

Local hometown bakery featuring hand-cut donuts and gourmet sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. 69 Crowell Road | 508-945-3229


Home to the famous French breakfast muffins, “the Cookware” serves up breakfast and lunch daily. 524 Main St. | 508-945-1250






Baked goods, breakfast and lunch in a retro diner environment. Located in the former Old Harbor Bakery location, next to Chatham Fish & Chips. 75 Old Harbor Road 508-945-1250

A fun place to stop by for a burrito, panini or whoopee pie. 1403 Old Queen Anne Road 508-432-1077 |





Featuring appetizers and sandwiches or a five-course wine pairing series. 637 Main St. Chatham Orpheum Theater 508-348-1227

Neapolitan-style thin crust pizza using whole wheat flour and signature chunky tomato sauce. 790 Main St. | 508-348-0200

Offering classic breakfasts and lunches, such as eggs benedict and fish tacos, including gluten-free options. 240 George Ryder Road, Chatham Airport | 508-593-3655

Featuring organic coffees and all-fruit smoothies, plus breakfast sandwiches, wraps, paninis and more. 400 Main St. | 508-348-5621


Classic pizza, subs and salads with a Greek flair. 1200 Main St. | 508-945-9070


A local coffee bar and bakery featuring assorted muffins, scones, cupcakes and special occasion cakes. 307 Orleans Road | 508-945-5005


An old-fashioned penny candy store with a great selection of ice cream, fudge and saltwater taffy. Corner of Main St. and Seaview St. 508-945-3518 CHILLER’S HAWAIIAN ICE

Authentic Hawaiian shaved ice plus ice cream and frozen yogurt. 22 Barn Hill Road | 508-776-5555 EMACK & BOLIO’S

In addition to ice cream for the connoisseur, customers will find homemade yogurt, chocolates and fudge. 2 Kent Place | 508-945-5506 KREAM N’ KONE

This family owned landmark has served award-winning fried seafood and soft ice cream for more than 30 years. 1653 Main St. | 508-945-3308 SHORT ‘N’ SWEET

With a large selection of flavors and a friendly staff, located in the Old Schoolhouse building, a Chatham icon. 2334 Main St. | 508-432-7464

Local hometown bakery featuring hand-cut donuts, whoopee pies and cupcakes. 69 Crowell Road | 508-945-3229 MARION’S PIE SHOP

Serving breakfast and lunch since 1955, this unassuming eatery offers classic American fare. 1591 Main St. | 508-945-3964

Established in 1947, this specialty bakeshop offers gourmet pies and more. 2022 Main St. | 508-432-9439



Fresh muffins and bagels daily, homemade flavored cream cheeses and grab-and-go sandwiches. 447a Main St. | 508-945-5662

A local coffee bar and café, featuring specialty sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, cupcakes, special occasion cakes and catering for any size event. 307 Orleans Road 508-945-5005


A Chatham landmark with friendly service and large portions. The most difficult thing is deciding on a flavor! 456 Main St. | 508-945-5990


Offering more than 100 wines by the bottle, craft beers and artful entrees for brunch, lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating and fire pit. 359 Main St. | 508-945-1468

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calendar of events.

May 2 - Oct. 13 Chatham Lighthouse Tour Located on the grounds of Coast Guard Station Chatham, Chatham Light has a long and rich history and is available to tour during select months. Free admission. 1-3:30 p.m. Chatham Lighthouse, 37 Main St. Visit for specific dates.

May 12 & 31 Caravaggio: The Ideal Exhibition Antonio Natali, director of the Uffizi Gallery for more than 10 years, recreates his ideal exhibition of Caravaggio to give viewers a fascinating and comprehensive portrait of one of the greatest, most controversial and beloved artists of all times. 10 a.m. Chatham Orpheum Theater, 637 Main St., 508-945-0874,

May 4-6 Wellness Weekend at Wequassett Acclaimed lifestyle medicine presenters, nurse practitioner Carol Penfield and David Penfield, M.D., will provide a motivational and educational weekend, including nutritional assessments, morning exercises with a healthy breakfast and a cooking demonstration with Wequassett’s executive chef. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, 2173 Route 28 Head of the Bay Road, Harwich, Call for reservations, 800-225-7125.

May 17

May 10 & 26

In Search of Haydn

Leonardo: From The National Gallery, London This film was produced in tandem with the 2011 exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan,” which opened at The National Gallery, London. The film provides a fascinating exploration of Leonardo’s great works. 10 a.m. Chatham Orpheum Theater, 637 Main St., 508-945-0874,

By speaking to some of the greatest living exponents of Haydn’s music, this film sheds light on the master and his work, showing the full scope of his creative achievement. Phil Grabsky hopes that Haydn will reach a wider audience who will be entertained and enthralled by Haydn’s wit and insatiable creativity. 10 a.m. Chatham Orpheum Theater, 637 Main St., 508-945-0874,

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May 17 I, Claude Monet Based on more than 2,500 letters and narrated by Henry Goodman, “I, Claude Monet” reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to Impressionism, but who was also perhaps the most influential painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who suffered from depression and loneliness. 7 p.m. Chatham Orpheum Theater, 637 Main St., 508-945-0874,

May 19 Free Locals Day Are you a Cape Cod resident? Do you enjoy history, technology and sharks? The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Atwood House & Museum are teaming up to celebrate a free day of fun, education and local history. Show us a Cape Cod driver’s license, and your group will be admitted for free to three of Cape Cod’s most exciting places! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Chatham Marconi Center, 837 Orleans Road (Route 28), Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, 235 Orleans Road, and the Atwood House & Museum, 347 Stage Harbor Road.

May 26 & 27

A celebration of women in science. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and signature dishes prepared by award-winning chefs. Proceeds benefit the Ruth Hiebert Memorial Fellowship, which provides scholarships to outstanding women associated with the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. 6:30-10 p.m. Tickets: $195. The Beach House at Chatham Bars Inn, 297 Shore Road, Chatham. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Opening Weekend at the Atwood House & Museum

May 28 Memorial Day Ceremony The ceremony begins at the WWI Memorial at the Chatham Community Center. The procession will then proceed down Main Street and stop briefly at Nickerson Park. Participants will move to five different memorial sites and conclude at Veterans Circle. At each site, there will be a brief ceremony to include a wreath placement, a rifle salute by members of the Chatham VFW, and a playing of Taps. 10-11:15 a.m.


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May 25 & 26

Chatham Shark Center Opening Weekend The center offers an in-depth look at the great white shark. Through interactive exhibits, videos, displays and virtual reality experiences, visitors will learn about one of Cape Cod’s most captivating summer residents. 235 Orleans Road, 508-348-5901,

May 24

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Visit the new “Double Take” exhibit, featuring 10 large “then and now” panoramas from Chatham and 10 smaller panoramas from the early 1900s. Wander through several updated exhibits, including the Joseph C. Lincoln Room, celebrating Chatham’s most prolific writer of the early 1900s, as well as other local authors inspired by Lincoln. Don’t miss another season of the vintage “Windows into Time: Clothing & Artifacts” and “Chatham in the Military.” Atwood House & Museum, 347 Stage Harbor Road, Chatham, 508-945-2493

June 2 Book to Film Group Read a pre-selected book for the month, then watch the movie version and discuss the merits of each. Facilitated by a library staff member, the event is expected to have an interesting exchange of ideas, thoughts and impressions. Held on the first Saturday of each month, 2-4 p.m. Visit eldredgelibrary. org or call the library at 508-945-5170 for a list of upcoming titles. 564 Main St., Chatham.

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June 9

June 9

The 5th Annual Chatham Municipal Airport Open House

One Ocean, One Cape Cod: A Marine Celebration Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids (OPAK), based in Milton, will be screening Sylvia Earle’s critically acclaimed documentary “Mission Blue” at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. Following the film, there will be a Q&A featuring scientists, educators and businesses to discuss ocean advocacy and how everyone can make a difference through their actions. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Chatham Orpheum Theater, 637 Main St., 508-945-0874, For more information about OPAK, visit

“A Day of Planes, Trains and Automobiles” will feature aircraft displays of a World War II TBM Avenger and SNJ/T6 Warbirds, antique automobiles, a working model railroad display and RC Aircraft exhibition, kids area and face painting. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A free, family-friendly event. Hangar B is open for business. Chatham Municipal Airport, 240 George Ryder Road, Chatham,

June 13 Annual Summer Gala

June 15-17

One of the Creative Arts Centers biggest fundraisers. Located at the Chatham Bars Inn, there will be live music, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction items. Chatham Bars Inn, 297 Shore Road, Chatham, 508-945-0096,

Chatham History Weekend The Atwood House & Museum will be open 1- 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with half price admission to the museum. The Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum also opens its regular summer season this weekend. In celebration of Chatham History Weekend, museum admissions are discounted, and other historic venues are free.  10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on June 15 & 16 and 1-4 p.m. June 17. Atwood House & Museum, 347 Stage Harbor Road, Chatham, 508-945-2493,; Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, 847 Orleans Road, Chatham, 508-945-8889, 

June 17 Sunday Lecture: John King “Close Encounters of the Ocean Kind: A Photographic Journey,” by world traveler, renowned photographer and popular lecturer John King. Admission: $10/free for current members. Seats are limited and on sale at the event. Be sure to come early to be guaranteed a seat. Doors open at 1:15 pm. Atwood House & Museum, 347 Stage Harbor Road, Chatham, 508-945-2493,


June 15-Aug. 17 Sharks in the Park and Where are the Whales!

The sharks are back, but not at Kate Gould Park. In years past, the sharks start at Kate Gould Park and are then moved to the Eldredge Library Public lawn. Instead, 40 sharks will be on display in front of the library the entire time. The sharks are later auctioned off online at Also this year, there will be 36 whales in the shops for summer visitors to “hunt” and find to win a basket filled with gifts from Chatham Merchants Association members. Each entrant turning in a completed logbook will receive a prize.

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June 24 Chatham Harbor Run/Walk The 37th annual Chatham harbor/ run walk will start and finish at Monomoy Middle School on Crowell Road. The 3.1-mile walk and 6.2mile run is administered by the Cape Cod Athletic Club. Starts at noon. For more information, visit

June 19 Aug. 25 Monomoy Theatre 2018

The season kicks off with “Guys and Dolls” (June 19-30), music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. The rest of the season includes: “Scapino,” by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale (July 3-7); “Charley’s Aunt,” by Brandon Thomas (July 1014); “Present Laughter,” by Noel Coward (July 17-21); “Little Shop of Horrors,” with music by Alan Menken, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman (July 26-28 & July 30-Aug. 4); “As You Like It,” by William Shakespeare (Aug. 7-11); “Lost in Yonkers,” by Neil Simon (Aug. 14-18); and “You Can’t Take it With You,” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (Aug. 21-25). Monomoy Theatre, 776 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-1589. For more information about Monomoy’s entire season, visit

June 29-Aug. 31

June 29-30 37th Annual Sacrifice Art Sale A great opportunity to purchase original artwork from the Creative Arts Center members such as oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, photography, pottery, jewelry, art supplies and frames at low prices. Be sure to stop by early for the best selection! 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday. Creative Arts Center, 154 Crowell Road, Chatham, 508-945-3583,

Lobster Roll Suppers

June 29 - Aug. 31 The Chatham Band Concerts Every Friday evening at 8 p.m., all roads on the Cape lead to the Chatham Band concert at Whit Tileston Band Stand at Kate Gould Park on Main Street in Chatham. There will be musical numbers by the band, folk dances for the children, dance numbers for grownups and community singing for everyone. 8-9:30 p.m. Whit Tileston Band Stand, Kate Gould Park, Main St.


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“Serving our summer visitors and friends” 5-7 p.m. every Friday. Eat in or take out. Payment by cash, check or credit card. You may call in advance to reserve your meal. First United Methodist Church, 16 Cross St.,

July 4 Independence Day Parade Chatham’s parade, which started in 1908, is one of the oldest in the United States. It attracts more than 20,000 spectators and showcases the pride of the community, its visitors and residents. The theme for 2018 is “Hooked on Chatham!” 9:30-11:30 a.m.

July 4 Strawberry Festival Following the Fourth of July parade, enjoy fresh strawberry shortcake, hot dogs, sandwiches and beverages. First United Methodist Church, 16 Cross St.,

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July 6-15 The 4th Annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival An annual celebration of the region’s blue, pink and white signature flowers! This 10-day festival’s main attractions are the daily tours of private gardens, each designed and maintained by the individual homeowners. As you admire beautiful spaces, you will also be supporting a variety of local nonprofits. On July 13, four gardens in Chatham will be available for viewing. Proceeds from the tours will benefit Chatham Garden Club. Admission is $5 per garden tour.

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July 21

2018 Arts Foundation Summer Concert Series

Evening to Remember

Presented by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. The concert series consists of four weekly family-oriented concerts on Wednesday evenings at the bandstand at Kate Gould Park. Concerts are free and open to the public. 6-7:30 p.m. Kate Gould Park, Chatham,

July 22

July 30

Great White Gala

Taste of Chatham

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s third annual gala will be held at Chatham Bars Inn. This event will benefit shark research and the conservancy’s education programs. Live music and dancing, silent and live auctions. 6:30-10 p.m. Chatham Bars Inn Beach House, 297 Shore Road, Chatham. For more information, visit

Monomoy Community Services presents its 31st annual Taste of Chatham. Each year, local restaurants and food purveyors prepare their finest dishes and serve samples to attendees. The event is one of the most important sources of revenue for MCS, which provides affordable childcare and other services to local working families. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Chatham Community Center field, 702 Main St. For more information, call 508-945-1501 or visit

Jawsome Shark Biology Workshops at Pleasant Bay Community Boating The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is teaming up with Pleasant Bay Community Boating to host a series of shark biology workshops for youth entering grades 4-8, ages 9 to 15. Workshops will be offered four times during the summer: July 13, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24.


This year’s fundraiser for the Atwood House & Museum will take place at the magnificent Sur Mer property, located on beautiful Shore Road. Live auction, cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres will help make this a memorable evening. Visit the museum’s website for ticket information and reservations:

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Aug. 11

Hookers Ball

Monomoy Yacht Club Boat Parade

The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance 17th annual party has a goal to raise more than $200,000 to fund its work to keep local seafood on dinner plates, healthy fish populations in the ocean and a sustainable and profitable small-boat fishing industry on Cape Cod. Enjoy live music and dancing; a silent and live auction; and raw bar and local seafood. 6-10 p.m. 150 George Ryder Road, under the big white tent at Chatham VFW.

The 6th annual boat parade through Stage Harbor and up Oyster River to Oyster Pond is open to all small boat operators. Participants will deck out their boats and crew in a way that will catch the eye of spectators and judges. While anything goes, a red, white and blue patriotic theme is always welcome. Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. Prizes awarded for the most creative boats. Rain date: Aug. 12.  For more information, visit

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Nov. 11

47th Festival of the Arts

Veterans Day Parade

More than 100 artisans and craftsmen showcase their art, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, metalwork, design work, ceramics, fabric and fiber arts. Food trucks, children’s tent with art and crafts activities, and a beautiful park to stroll make this a must-attend part of Chatham’s summer program. Chase Park, Cross Street, 508-945-3583 or email:

Oct 5 & 6

Oct. 15-31 Pumpkin People in the Park The creative and innovative Pumpkin People are fashioned by local businesses, organizations or just plain folk. They are on display from Oct. 13 until Halloween! These larger-than-life creations are just the frost on the pumpkin the day of the Oktoberfest festival. Come and see these outrageous displays in October and plan to be at the Oktoberfest in Chatham. Kate Gould Park, Main Street,

14th Autumn Sacrifice Art Sale A fantastic opportunity to purchase original artwork from Creative Arts Center members such as oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, photography, pottery, jewelry, art supplies and frames at low prices. Be sure to stop by early for the best selection. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday. Creative Arts Center, 154 Crowell Road, Chatham, 508-945-3583,

Sponsored by the Cape Cod Athletic Club, the 10K course will follow the same scenic course of the Harbor Run in June, but with cooler temperatures. Starts at 11 a.m. For registration and more information, visit

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Oct. 20 Beer, bratwurst, pie contest, music and kids’ games. All of these events are just a small part of Chatham’s Oktoberfest in Kate Gould Park. Arrive early because the lines start forming at noon for old-fashioned games, tasty German fare and beer and fun in the park. 10:30-4:30 p.m. Kate Gould Park, Main Street,

The ceremony will take place at Veterans Circle (aka the Rotary). Participants will line up at Veterans Field parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and depart from the rotary at 10:55 am. The procession will proceed down Main Street to Veterans Circle. Participants will include members of the Chatham VFW and American Legion, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Chatham VFW, the Chatham Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and boys and girls from Scout organizations.

14th Annual Chatham Turkey Trot Fun run or walk more than 3.1 miles on rolling paved roads. Coordinated by the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House and The Chatham Walkers. Benefits the Lower Cape Outreach Council. Registration 7-8 a.m. behind the Chatham Orpheum Theater. Adults: $15 plus a bag of non-perishable groceries. Children 5-16: $5. Under 5: free with one grocery item. Free T-shirts while they last. Interested in volunteering? Call Mary Parsons at 508-432-7194. For more information, visit

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Annual Holiday & Small Works Sale Looking for a unique gift? The Creative Arts Center has a huge selection of small original art, sterling silver jewelry, pottery, handmade items and cards on display—all made locally by our members. Children can make holiday candy lighthouses for free. Nov. 23 and 24. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The sale continues through Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Creative Arts Center, 154 Crowell Road, Chatham, 508-945-3583,


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Visit our masterfully restored theater for new and classic movies, special screenings, and live events — all in 7.1 Digital Surround Sound with comfortable seating — equipped with Descriptive Audio, Hearing Assist Devices, and Closed Captioning. Stop by the Orpheum Café for sides and starters, burgers and sandwiches, our signature cocktails, and so much more — all available to take inside the theater or enjoy at the Café. 637 Main Street, Chatham Box Office: (508) 945-0874

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Christmas by the Sea Holiday Stroll Weekend

Chatham Historic Inn Tour

Chatham shops welcome hundreds of shoppers with homemade cookies, a treelighting ceremony, carolers, a brass trio, horse and carriage rides, breakfast with Santa, Santa’s workshop and more!

Organic & Local food • flowers • gifts • apparel

Dec. 8 Annual Tree Lighting Parade & Ceremony

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Meet at the Chatham Community Center for the parade that begins at 5:45 p.m. and proceeds down Main Street to Kate Gould Park. Tree lighting ceremony follows at 6 p.m.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas as you visit Chatham’s intimate inns all decked out for the holiday season. More information and participating Inns to be announced later in the year. 1-4 p.m.

Dec. 31 First Night Chatham A family-friendly, alcoholfree, town-wide celebration of the arts with more than 70 performances and events. Don’t miss the circus show, ice sculptures and fireworks! It’s a full day of fun and entertainment, starting with the town photo at noon at the Chatham Lighthouse, and culminating with fireworks at Oyster Pond as the Countdown Cod takes revelers to the stroke of midnight.

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The story behind the capture: This was taken with a Canon 70D while I was lying on the floor, looking straight up. Day job: I work for Snow’s Fuel Company in Orleans as a heating service technician. Through my ability to deliver fuel and also do maintenance/upgrades, there are very good photo opportunities.  When did you start your Instagram account @leboucanier1? In 2012. I was turned onto Instagram through a friend, who enjoyed what I took with a simple point-andshoot. What is the meaning behind your Instagram name? “Le Boucanier” has been a nickname of mine. It’s the original French pronunciation of buccaneer. We all grew up hearing stories about pirates and buried treasure. Chatham connection: I was born and raised here. My dad’s parents, Eddie and Hattie Boudreau, moved to Chatham in 1948-49. He was a fisherman. My mom’s parents built a summer cottage overlooking Forest Beach around 1949. My dad, Louis, and my uncle Bob followed suit. My dad, 69, is still an avid Chatham shellfisherman. Growing up, I spent a lot of time on and off the water commercially— digging for steamers and quahogs to small and big boat fishing. When and where are your favorite places to shoot: Anytime of the year; places only accessible by four-wheel drive or by boat. Any beach, landing, marsh or fish pier will do. 


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Chatham Magazine - Summer 2018  
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