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At the Cultural Center

Stick around after work Friday for the opening of four new exhibits from the Cape Cod Cultural Center: Trans(formation): A Series of Collaborative Portraits Exploring Gender Identity in Our Cape Cod Community” by Julia Cumes; “Floating on a Paper Sea” a collection of mixed media and digital prints by Val Roy Gericher; “Little Gems 2022”, featuring mosaics by members of the New England Mosaic Society; and “Forces”, an exhibition of paintings and of digital prints by John Stringfellow The Center is located at 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth.

Cape Cod Art Center honors Roberta Miller

A 1972 grand opening of Barnstable Village made way for a new Cape Cod Art Center building whose modern design by Richard Sears Gallagher still commands attention along the historic Old King’s Highway neighborhood. The center’s classes, workshops, exhibits, lectures and events throughout the year have attracted 1,000 members.

An expansion of the building begun last June will end with an official inauguration ceremony on Saturday, May 7 at noon. A new wing of studio classrooms, with an elevator to service the center’s three floors, is dedicated to Executive Director Roberta Miller, who has held the position since 2009. 3480 Main St, Barnstable Village.

Wetu talk and hike

Join Nipmuc – Wampanoag Marcus Hendricks on Sunday, April 24 at 10 a.m. for a one-mile Native American walk/conversation along the Thacher Trail in Yarmouth Port, beginning at the meadow on the grounds of the Old Yarmouth Historical Society.

Discussions will range from the Forest Period up to 200 years after the Contact Period; hunting, fishing, domestic life and local native Thomas Greenough, one of the ‘Praying Indians’ and the last of the Nobscusset tribe in Yarmouth. Online tickets at www.hsoy.org/events.

Cyr named honorary president of “Prelude to Summer”

The Cape Cod Arts Foundation named State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) honorary chair of its Summertime Prelude fundraiser at the Hyannisport Club on Thursday, June 9. “Julian has been a strong advocate for the arts and understands the vital impact the arts have here in Cape Town,” said Julie Wake, Executive Director of the AFCC, in an April 25 press release.

A former member of the Nauset High School choir, Cyr led the promotion of arts and tourism, securing strong funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and sponsoring a bill to increase arts representation at State House. Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.artsfoundation.org.

Here is the bride

A Mashpee Commons Bridal Event offers a unique opportunity for brides to experience a wide range of wedding products and services all in one location at Mashpee Commons on Sunday, May 1 from noon to 4 p.m.

Hosted by Beyond the Barn Boston and Head Over Heels Bridal Boutique, the event will feature nearly 20 additional Mashpee Commons businesses targeting couples planning weddings and other post-pandemic celebrations.

“I realized that an entire wedding — from dresses and tuxedos to flowers to pedicures — could be planned at Mashpee Commons,” Ewing said. “Our neighbors at Head Over Heels Bridal Boutique agreed and soon we had several other Mashpee Commons and local merchants on board to make this event a reality.”

Participating merchants and service providers include: Ghelfi’s Candies; Green floral design; Sea Salt Luxury Studio Spa; Sachs jewelers; Manufacturing; Beauty by Caitlin; Cape Cod Nail Co.; Upside Down Escape Room; The Chocolate Rose; Cape Cod Coffee; Brent Burwell; Williams Sonoma; Mashpee Chamber of Commerce; Pottery Barn; and Luxe Paperie.

On-site registration for the event begins at noon at Beyond the Barn Boston, located at 43 Market Street in Mashpee Commons. Registration is limited. The first 24 brides to register will receive a gift bag. All participants will receive a “passport” which will be stamped when visiting participating companies. Duly stamped passports will be entered to win a gift basket.

Barnstable’s Great Cleanup

On Sunday, May 1, community members are invited to join the Great Barnstable Cleanup, part of a city improvement initiative led by Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, Pick Up Mass and the Cape Cod Package Store Fine Wine and Spirits in Centerville.

Get some fresh air while helping the Town of Barnstable with a deep spring cleaning. This is a great opportunity to ensure the community is litter-free before summer arrives.

Participants must register in advance to participate in the cleanup. Volunteers will meet for the cleanup on May 1 at 12:30 p.m. at Barnstable High School parking lot, 744 W Main St in Hyannis. Cleaning is scheduled until 3 p.m.

Supplies including; Gloves, trash grabbers, vests and safety bags will be provided to all volunteers by on-site organizers before they continue to their assigned cleaning areas.

Aw, beep-beep: Hyannis Roadwork

Work will be carried out daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, May 2 to Thursday, May 5. Temporary lane restrictions will be in place. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will pave a section of Hyannis Main Street beginning in Barnstable and ending in Yarmouth.

The work will be performed near the intersection of Route 28, Bayview Street to Route 28, and will involve lane restrictions and/or alternate one-way traffic. Please slow down, be patient and exercise caution.

Backdoor Colonial Gardens

Author and teacher Joyce Prince will discuss the use of medicinal plants by colonial women in “Backdoor Colonial Gardens” on Wednesday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at Kelley Chapel in Yarmouth Harbour. It will describe the culinary, medicinal and domestic uses of plants and herbs.

Prince, who lives in Hyannis Port, taught Hispanic Studies at Thayer Academy in Braintree and Wheaton College before turning to writing books. She has written an award-winning bilingual book which is used to teach children in Middlesex County Family Court.

She says she’s not so much a gardener as she is interested in the stories and folklore surrounding the use of plants and herbs for various purposes in colonial New England. It does not promote any current use of the plants.

The talk and slideshow are sponsored by the Old Yarmouth Historical Society where reservations for $10 can be made at www.hsoy.org/events or on the HSOY Facebook page.

Buy local

Here we go, says Elizabeth Wurfbain, who is recovering from all the action last weekend at Hyannis Main Street Spring Adventure with Gilbert the Party Pig.

Local merchants are stocked for Mother’s Day shopping this Saturday and the day after, and Hyannis Open Streets returns on Sunday, May 15. Remember, when you shop local, your money stays local.

Tales of Cape Cod holds its court

Tales of Cape Cod invites volunteers to roll up their sleeves and spruce up the grounds of the Olde Colonial Courthouse this Saturday, April 30 from 9-11 a.m.

Then it’s showtime on Monday, May 9, with John Murelle, pianist John Salerno, and special guest Dennis Nobrega in a concert of songs and stories. $25 per person; $20 members; includes wine and Italian dessert reception.

Woot: Memorial Day weekend

Registration is open for the 51st annual Figawi, which begins Friday, May 27 at the Hyannis Yacht Club. The event includes two days of racing on Nantucket Sound Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29, start and finish area off the Hyannisport Pier. Details at www.figawi.com.

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