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Things to do Cape Cod Oct 29-Nov. 4: dance, Ukulele Fest, speakers


It doesn’t all have to be about Halloween this weekend, right? There are other non-scary or non-costumed activities that will be fun or educational as well.

Two highlights we found involve the music: a dance party to blues music and more at the Cape Cod Cultural Center (bring your own refreshments and proof of vaccination or COVID-19 test); and an outdoor festival in Sandwich devoted to ukulele music (and yes, there will be Halloween tunes there).

Next week you can sit down to learn from some of the experts at a variety of lectures: on local wildlife in Falmouth; flower design at Brewster; land and art in Dennis; and global communication in Chatham.

Dance party with the Chris Fitz Band

The Chris Fitz Band will present an evening of blues and dance with guest Ken Clark on the Hammond B3 organ. The band is known for infusing their sound with a mix of swing, jump and Chicago and Texas blues styles with a dose of funk, soul, rock ‘n’ roll and a touch of British blues rock. The dance party will include tables, a dance floor and refreshments to bring. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative test required.

When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Or: Cape Cod Cultural Center, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth

Admission: 25 $

Information: https://cultural-center.org; 508-394-7100

Ukulele Fest with a Halloween twist

Seven local ukulele groups will provide an afternoon of music in Sandwich Village as the Sandwich Arts Alliance hosts this year’s Ukulele Fest. Between sets, improv Cape Cod artists will offer short improvisation games based on audience suggestions. Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the library lawn and can expect to hear a variety of ghoulish melodies to celebrate Halloween. There will also be a raffle and a SAA Gallery sale.

When: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

Or: Lawn of the Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main St.

Admission: To free

Information: https://sandwichartsalliance.org

Robert Finch has published seven essay books and is co-editor of "The Norton Book of Nature Writing."

“Meet the wildlife” with naturalist Robert Finch

The Falmouth Academy 2021-22 Community Series returns in person with Cape Cod naturalist Robert Finch as he discusses “Encountering Wildlife.” He has lived on Cape Cod since 1971 and, for his body of work, was named one of the New England Literary Lights in 1999 by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. He has written seven books and is co-editor of “The Norton Book of Nature Writing”.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Or: Hermann Theater at the Simon Center for the Arts at Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive

Admission: To free

Information: http://www.falmouthacademy.org/community

Gardening clubs will welcome the master floral designer

Dennis’ Village Garden Club, in conjunction with the Brewster Garden Club, will host a public meeting with master floral designer Anna Holmes. She will design and demonstrate, step by step, four vacation arrangements for the house. Holmes, who is 40 years in the industry, is the host and co-producer of “Floral Designs Made Easy with Anna” on Falmouth Community Television. Door prizes will include all four arrangements as well as other items.

When: 10am Wednesday

Or: Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church, 3600 Main Street, Brewster

Admission: $ 10

Information: https://villagegardenclubofdennis.org; https://gardenclubofbrewster.org

Speakers to discuss art inspired by Dennis Conservation Land Trust

In conjunction with the Cape Cod Museum of Art exhibit “Printmakers of Cape Cod: Inspirations from The Dennis Conservation Land Trust”, two consecutive lectures will examine the history of the land and of art. Trust President Joe Masse will kick off the event by sharing the story of DCLT’s mission, lands and vision for the future. Next, Leslie Kramer of Printmakers of Cape Cod will talk about the different printmaking techniques presented throughout the “Inspirations from DCLT” exhibition.

When: 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Or: Cape Cod Art Museum, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis

Admission: $ 12

Information: https://ccmoa.org

Author to discuss Marconi and beyond

For much of the 20th century, global communications were carried via longwave and shortwave radiotelephone and telegraph services developed by Guglielmo Marconi and his competitors. In this Zoom talk, radio engineer, historian and author Paul Hawkins will talk about “What Marconi Did Next… And Beyond”, telling the story of point-to-point international radio from his home in the UK.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Or: Focus on the event

Admission: $ 10

Information: https://chathammarconi.org

To have your event considered for the best bets, contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected]

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