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NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 2 Putting It On the Table: Scallops – Karin and Elaine Tammi share the history, recipes and Julia Child connections that went into the creation of their 2011 book, "Scallop: A New England Coastal Cookbook." Delicious tastings are provided by George's Fish Market & Dancing Spoons in Harwich. At the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. 508-896-3867; www.ccmnh.org

NOVEMBER 5 Join retired newspaper reporter Joe Hurley at Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village for an inside look at his epic walk along Route 6, one of America's few coast-to-coast highways, in "Behind the Scenes of Ten Million Steps," the story of his fancy footwork on the nation's longest continuous highway. Visitors will follow right along in his footsteps, using copies of Hurley's book about the journey. 508-362-6636; www.sturgislibrary.org

NOVEMBER 7-24 The Barnstable Comedy Club performs Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," directed by Marcia Wytrwal, with choreography by Geralyn Moquin. 508-362-6333; www.barnstablecomedyclub.com

NOVEMBER 10 Young ladies – and their dolls – are treated to a day of shopping, arts and crafts and a special tea during Girls and Dolls Day, sponsored by the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce. 508-477-0792; www.mashpeechamber.com

NOVEMBER 8-9 The Cultural Center of Cape Cod hosts a special Holiday Show and Sale, with the galleries full of paintings, pottery, jewelry, fabric art and other special gift ideas. 508-394-7100; www.cultural-center.org

NOVEMBER 10 The Cape-based Brentwood Brass Quintet presents music ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries, classic to popular, in a lively concert at the Brewster Ladies' Library. 508-896-3913; www.brewsterladieslibrary.org

NOVEMBER 10-DECEMBER 31 A group artist exhibition and holiday sale, "The Gift of Art: Size Small," takes place at Woodruff's Art Center in Mashpee Commons, where more than 100 unique small paintings and crafts by 25 Cape Cod artists are on display and sale, with proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod. Meet the artists at a reception on November 10. 508-477-5767; www.woodruffsartcenter.com

NOVEMBER 15-16 Eventide Arts Theatre performs "Marilyn Monroe, Communist," a one-woman theatrical experience starring Melissa Nussbaum Freeman on the Gertrude Lawrence Stage in Dennis. Freeman delivers a compelling, inventive story about the famed actress and her identity, legacy and heartbreak. 508-398-8588; www.EventideArts.org

NOVEMBER 16 Pianist and lecturer Robert Wyatt considers the work of Johann Sebastian Bach in "Bach is Best!," a combined talk and piano recital performed at Falmouth's Highfield Hall. 508-495-1878; www.highfieldhall.org

NOVEMBER 16 More than 60 paintings of whimsical and classic chairs, all created by area artists, are the subject of the "Sitting Pretty" painted chair auction organized by the Orleans Branch of the Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary and held at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the new and expanded Lyndon P. Lorusso Emergency Center at Cape Cod Hospital. www.ccha-orleans.org

NOVEMBER 17 Historian and raconteur Duncan Oliver presents a lively talk on the early days of whaling from the perspective of the men who went to sea from Dennis and Yarmouth, at the Jacob Sears Library in East Dennis, sponsored by the Dennis Historical Society. 508-385-2232; www.dennishistsoc.org/

THROUGH NOVEMBER 17 An exhibit of work by "Cape Cod's Master Decoy Makers and Bird Carvers" continues at the Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich, with unique wood creations by well-known master carvers from this area and beyond. Oil paintings of native bird species by Russell W. Gordon are also on display. 508-888-6870; www.thorntonburgess.org

THROUGH NOVEMBER 18 The Tri Club Photography Competition and Exhibition continues at the Falmouth Artists Guild, Falmouth Art Center. Competing photography clubs include the Upper Cape Camera Club, Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club and Cranberry Country Camera Club. 508-540-3304; www.falmouthart.org

NOVEMBER 19-DECEMBER 22 The Cahoon Museum of American Art hosts a Small Works Exhibition and sale in honor of the holiday season, spotlighting southern New England artists whose paintings capture the beauty of our locale. In the museum's Little Gallery, see artworks by Cataumet artist Hal DeWaltoff. 508-428-7581; www.cahoonmuseum.org

NOVEMBER 19-DECEMBER 30 Hundreds of glass ornaments adorn holiday trees in a glittering display at the Sandwich Glass Museum, in the 4th annual "Glassblowers' Christmas," created by local and national glass artists. Angels and other winged figures that appear in nativity scenes take front and center in the museum's special gallery in "Christmas Crèches, In the Company of Angels," which features rare nativity displays from around the world. 508-888-0251; www.sandwichglassmuseum.org

NOVEMBER 22 Travel back in time for a movie presentation of Charlie Chaplin's silent flick "The Circus," as the little tramp falls in love with a beautiful circus performer, all with live piano accompaniment by John Read, at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. 508-394-7100; www.cultural-center.org

NOVEMBER 22 The prize-winning Linden String Quartet performs in concert at Highfield Hall in Falmouth. 508-495-1878; www.highfieldhall.org

NOVEMBER 22-DECEMBER 28 Edaville Railroad hosts 19 separate excursions on the "Polar Express" throughout the holiday season. Travelers wear their PJs, get comfy and enjoy a trip filled with readings and carols, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa when the authentic steam train reaches the North Pole. Trains are scheduled on November 22-24 and 27; December 1, 5-6, 8, 12-13, 15, 18-20, 22-24 and 26-28. 508-866-8190; www.edaville.com

NOVEMBER 23 Find something special for the holidays at Old Mother West Wind's Christmas Fair at the Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen in East Sandwich. Choose among handcrafted gifts and decorations, shop for homemade jam, jellies and relishes, and warm up with chowder and chili cooked in the historic Jam Kitchen. The proceeds benefit environmental programs of the Thornton W. Burgess Society. 508-888-6870; www.thorntonburgess.org

NOVEMBER 23 Zoe Lewis plays jazz, jump jive, Latin, swing, international folk and funk originals, on instruments from piano to spoons, in a rockin' concert at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. 508-394-7100; www.cultural-center.org

NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 23 Shop for locally made gifts of art and handcrafts at the Falmouth Art Center Holiday Market, held at the Falmouth Artists Guild. 508-540-3304; www.falmouthart.org

NOVEMBER 27 Don't miss the annual lighting ceremony at dusk at the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. The lights shine on until early January. www.pilgrim-monument.org

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 1 Candle-lit services of Advent Lessons and Carols, with readings, prayers and carols sung by Gloriae Dei Cantores, are held at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans. A holiday tea with sandwiches, teas and desserts is served prior to the program. 508-240-2400; www.churchofthetransfiguration.org

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 1 The holidays sparkle with festive lights and decorations during Heritage Museums & Gardens' annual celebration of lights. This year Heritage adds a new touch with Kriskindlemart, a European-style outdoor holiday market, and includes live music and dance performances, a display of gingerbread houses and marshmallows roasting at the Magnolia Café. Visitors can explore Hidden Hollow by moonlight and watch holiday decorating demonstrations. 508-888-3300; www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 8 Holidays at Highfield: Top decorators and designers showcase their talents in the elegant rooms of Highfield Hall in Falmouth. There's a gift gallery, crèche collection, tea shoppe and activities for the whole family. 508-495-1878; www.highfieldhall.org

NOVEMBER 30 Al, Lewis, Dana and Dave, the four experienced musicians of The Most band, play rock and roll like you remember it, during the Saturday Night Music Café at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, café style, with a dance floor. 508-394-7100; www.cultural-center.org

NOVEMBER 30 Visitors to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster can attend an "Eyes on Owls" live raptor program with Marcia and Mark Wilson and their beautiful, canny live owls. 508-896-3867; www.ccmnh.org

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER The Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth has a busy schedule, with an Artisans' Fair and Flea Market (Nov. 9-10); sales of Christmas trees and wreaths throughout the season; orders for homemade pies and breads; and wreath decorating workshops (Dec. 14-15 and 21-22). Their specialty grocery store, gift shop and café are open on weekends right up to Christmas. 508-563-2560.

 

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 1 Harpist and singer Aine Minogue performs a Celtic Solstice Celebration. "To Warm the Winter's Night," a blend of music and storytelling that's symbolic of the winter season, at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. 508-394-7100; www.cultural-center.org

DECEMBER 4 Food writer and teacher Gail Blakely holds her popular class, "Gifts for the Holidays," that's chock full of adventurous ideas for making edible holiday gifts in your own kitchen, from the simple to the sublime. At Highfield Hall in Falmouth. 508-495-1878; www.highfieldhall.org

Rollin' and Strollin' through the holidays

NOV. 30 through DEC. Live music, refreshments, snappy gifts and galleries and North Pole fly-in visitors deck the halls of the annual "Seaside Christmas in Orleans." 508-255-7203; www.christmasinorleans.com

DEC. 6-8 Santa sails in for the tree lighting and carols ring out during Nantucket's famed Christmas Stroll weekend.

DEC. 6-8 Brewster for the Holidays weekend boasts 60 different events, including concerts, tree and windmill illumination, chowder festival, food and wine, a polar plunge and gallery strolls. www.brewsterfortheholidays.org

DEC. 7 The 8th annual Mashpee Christmas Parade steps off in lively fashion from Mashpee Commons. 508-477-0792; www.mashpeechamber.com

DEC. 7 Visitors to the Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll will enjoy food tastings, horse and carriage rides, a holiday treasure hunt, candy making demonstrations and plenty of family fun, on Hyannis' Main Street. 508-775-7982; www.hyannismainstreet.com

DEC. 8 Museums, inns and businesses along Old King's Highway welcome visitors during the Yarmouthport Christmas Stroll. 508-362-3021; www.capecodchamber.org

DEC. 8 Falmouth's 50th annual holiday parade is sure to be a wow, with floats, bands, live animals and costumed characters joining the fun during the town's Holidays by the Sea Weekend. 508-548-8500; www.falmouthchamber.com

DEC. 8 Music, visits to a historic manse, trolley rides and Santa all highlight the Dennis Village Stroll. Don't forget to bring your food pantry donations or a Toy for a Tot. 508-385-6000; www.dennischamber.com

DEC. 8 Cape Playhouse in Dennis hosts a Holiday Theater Stroll, including hay rides, theater open houses and a visit with Mrs. Claus, including a holiday Carol Sing-along. 508-385-3911; www.capeplayhouse.com

DEC. 13-15 Light the tree; sing a carol; cheer a parade; ring a bell – all during Chatham's Christmas Stroll Weekend. 508-945-5199; www.chathaminfo.com

DEC. 15 See how homeowners and innkeepers, along with area designers, florists and retailers decorate Sandwich's finest homes as a welcoming celebration of the season during the Holly Days Home Tour. www.sandwichhollydays.com

DEC. 31 "Light up the Town" is the theme for First Night Sandwich, from 4-9 p.m. in Sandwich Village.

DECEMBER 5-15 Buzzards Bay Productions in Wareham welcomes the season with Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Cratchit in all their glory in a production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." 508-591-3065; www.buzzardsplayproductions.com

DECEMBER 5-22 Cotuit Center for the Arts opens its doors to two holiday events: in the main theater, "Christmas in Cotuit," a new show full of wit and wonder, directed by Theater Under the Stairs; and "The Santaland Diaries," a humorous account (what else?!) of David Sedaris' experiences working as a Macy's elf, performed at the Center's Black Box Theater. 508-428-0669; www.artsonthecape.org

DECEMBER 5-22 The whole family will enjoy a holiday production of the musical "Oliver!" at the Provincetown Theater. 508-487-7487; www.provincetowntheater.org

DECEMBER 6-7 Gloriae Dei Cantores continues the celebration of their 25th anniversary with a Gala Concert featuring works by Martin, Finzi, Walton, Poulenc and others, at the Church of the Transfiguration in Rock Harbor, Orleans. A talk about the music precedes the concert, with a reception following. 508-240-2400; www.gdcchoir.org

DECEMBER 7 Soups are donated by restaurants at venues across Provincetown on Souper Saturday, a benefit for the Soup Kitchen of Provincetown. Try some homemade soup and spread the warmth of the season! www.ptownsoup.org

DECEMBER 7 Festive harbor lighting and the annual parade of boats off the Ocean Street docks add a special nautical flavor to the annual Hyannis Main Street Stroll weekend. 508-775-7982; www.hyannismainstreet.com/info

DECEMBER 7-8 The Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen in East Sandwich hosts a Country Christmas Open House – a perfect time to browse among an assortment of holiday gifts and enjoy a cup of mulled cider. Open House dates continue on December 14-15 and 21-22. 508-888-6870; www.thorntonburgess.org

DECEMBER 7-8 Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouthport holds a Holiday Festival, with trees, wreaths, swags, crafts and farm products on display and for sale. Specialties include delicious baked goods and the farm's own Beach Plum Jelly. There'll be refreshments and haywagon rides besides. 508-398-2231; www.taylorbrayfarm.org

DECEMBER 8 Costumed docents and holiday refreshments await you at "Christmas at the 1736 Manse," the festively decorated historic home of the Rev. Josiah Dennis, that is. The Dennis Historical Society hosts this special holiday event during the annual Dennis Visions holiday stroll. 508-385-2232; www.dennishistsoc.org/

DECEMBER 8 Jan (Allen) and Dale (Melikan) perform a Christmas concert and invite the audience to a singalong of standards, show tunes, country and a wide selection of holiday music, old and new, at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. 508-394-7100; www.cultural-center.org

DECEMBER 8 The Nauset High School First Encounter Jazz Band, under the direction of Tom Faris, performs in concert at the Brewster Ladies' Library. The band was the 2012 recipient of a gold medal from the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators. 508-896-3913; www.brewsterladieslibrary.org

DECEMBER 13 A narrator reads the tale, and the Readers Theater Company brings the characters to life in Elements Theatre Company's production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," performed at Elements Theatre, Rock Harbor, Orleans. 508-240-2400; www.churchofthetransfiguration.org

DECEMBER 13-14 The Osterville Historical Museum hosts "Starry, Starry Night" – its 5th Annual Festival of Trees, including a silent auction of spectacular trees decorated for the holidays by local artists and merchants, open for bidding to benefit the Museum's programs. The magical display is held during the village's annual Stroll festivities. 508-428-5861; www.OstervilleMuseum.org

DECEMBER 14 Putting It On the Table: Lobster – You can steam it, bake it, stuff it or put it in a salad on a toasted roll, and this is the season to enjoy a tasting of the iconic crustacean, courtesy of George's Fish Market & Dancing Spoons in Harwich, in a program at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. 508-896-3867; www.ccmnh.org

DECEMBER 14 The ticket is a cookbook; the event is the Bass River Holiday Cookie Stroll, a two-mile walking tour to 11 sites, including private homes, to taste the many cookie treats listed in the book. There's free trolley transport to help you on your way. This edible event benefits the South Yarmouth Library. 508-760-4820; www.yarmouth.ma.us/

DECEMBER 14-15 The Falmouth Chorale's holiday concert, "Joy Around the World," held at First Congregational Church in Falmouth, celebrates music from diverse cultures. The chorus is joined by baritone soloist Philip Lima, along with strings, percussion and piano, all under the direction of John Yankee. 774-392-2383; www.falmouthchorale.org

THROUGH DECEMBER 15 Take a high-speed boat ride back in time at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis while viewing the exhibit "Risky Business: Rum Running on Cape Cod," a look at Coast Guarders and gangsters and a clash of murder and mayhem on the high seas during the prohibition era. 508-775-1723; www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org

DECEMBER 15-JANUARY 5 Harwich Junior Theatre presents "A Christmas Story, the Musical," based on those unforgettable stories told by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Joseph Robinette. 508-432-2002; www.hjtcapecod.org

DECEMBER 20 John Yankee and the Falmouth Chorale, along with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, continue a musical tradition as they host a Community Sing of Handel's "Messiah" at the First Congregational Church of Falmouth. 774-392-2383; www.falmouthchorale.org

DECEMBER 28 Relax and have some fun at a post-Christmas games day at the Brewster Ladies' Library. Adults and kids ages 8 and up are invited to come and play new board and card games, provided by Matt Donle of Wicked Fun Games. 508-896-3913; www.brewsterladieslibrary.org

Compiled by Barbara Clark

 

Contacts

 

Academy of Performing Arts
120 Main St., Orleans
508-255-3075
playhouse box office: (24 hours)
508-255-1963
www.apacape.org

Acupuncture & Associated Therapies
681 Falmouth Road, Mashpee
508-539-0299
www.acupuncturecapecod.com

Animal Rescue League
Paws for Celebration
Nauset Regional Middle School
70 Route 28, Orleans
508-255-1030
www.arlboston.org/pawsforcelebration

Barnstable Comedy Club
3171 Route 6A, Barnstable Village
508-362-6333
www.barnstablecomedyclub.com

Brewster Ladies Library
1822 Main St.
508-896-3913
www.brewsterladieslibrary.org

Cahoon Museum of American Art
4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit
508-428-7581
www.cahoonmuseum.org

Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane, Dennis
508-385-4477
www.ccmoa.org

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
869 Main St. (Route 6A), Brewster
508-896-3867
www.ccmnh.org

Cape Rep Theatre
3299 Main St. Route 6A, Brewster
508-896-1888
www.caperep.org

 

Centerville Historical Museum
513 Main St.
508-775-0331
www.centervillehistoricalmuseum.org

Centerville Public Library
585 Main St.
508-790-6220
www.centervillelibrary.org

Chatham Drama Guild
134 Crowell Road, Chatham
508-945-0510
www.chathamdramaguild.com

Cotuit Center for the Arts
4404 Route 28, Cotuit
508-428-0669
www.cotuitarts.org

Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth 508-394-7100
www.cultural-center.org

Falmouth Artists Guild
Falmouth Art Center
137 Gifford St., Falmouth
508-540-3304
www.info@falmouthart.org

Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth
508-548-0400

Harwich Junior Theatre
105 Division St., West Harwich
508-432-2002
www.hjtcapecod.org

Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove St., Sandwich
508-888-3300
www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

 

Highfield Hall
56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth
508-495-1878
www.highfieldhall.org

Historical Society of Old Yarmouth
Strawberry Lane, Yarmouthport
508-362-3021
www.hsoy.org

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Museum (Building N51)
265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
617-253-5927

Orleans Historical Society
Main Street and River Road
508-240-1329
www.orleanshistoricalsociety.org

Provincetown Art Association and Museum
460 Commercial St.
508-487-1750
www.paam.org

Sandwich Glass Museum
129 Main St.
508-888-0251
www.sandwichglassmuseum.org

Thornton W. Burgess Society/Green Briar Nature Center
6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich
508-888-6870
www.thorntonburgess.org

Unitarian Church of Barnstable
3330 Main St.
508-362-2123

Woodruff's Art Center
One North Market St., Mashpee
508-477-5767
www.woodruffsartcenter.com

Yarmouth Art Guild
P.O. Box 235, South Yarmouth
508-420-5416
www.yarmouthartguild.com

 
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