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35—the number of dealers to appear in the Chatham Elementary School for the 12th Annual Antiques Show & Sale on September 25 and 26. High-quality furniture, quilts, 19th-century China, jewelry, carpets, books, works by distinguished Chatham artists, and many more antiques are up for grabs in this major annual fundraiser for the Chatham Historical Society. New this year, the $6 admission price includes a complimentary appraisal by Bob Eldred, a well-known antiques appraiser and owner of Eldred’s Antiques Auction Gallery in East Dennis. Stick around for the silent auction, which puts roughly 50 unique items up for bid, and enjoy free admission to the Atwood House, which features an antique car exhibit showcasing a Ford Model T and a number of automotive relics from the 1950s. Log on to www.chathamhistoricalsociety.org or call (508) 945-2493 for more information.

Three Can’t-Miss Happenings at Fall for Harwich

Life October 2010 Autumn has Harwich visitors seeing red—literally. The crimson of cranberry bogs is a perfect backdrop for the Second Annual Fall for Harwich, a celebration of the community’s arts, culture, and history. During the festivities from September 9 through October 10, be sure to make time for these three events:

  1. Family Day at the Beach: On September 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., squeeze in one more day in the sun at Red River Beach, complete with a petting zoo, a sand sculpture contest, face painting, music, and more fun events.
  2. Harwich Cranberry Festival Arts & Crafts Show: Held at Brooks Park on September 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this two-day fair features locally made handicrafts, a parade through downtown Harwich and performances by folk, rock, and bluegrass musicians.
  3. Harwich Dinner Dance: The Wequassett Resort & Golf Club hosts a delicious, multi-course meal followed by a star-lit evening dance on October 22. It’s the perfect conclusion to a spectacular month of festivities.

Visit www.harwichcc.com or call (508) 430-1165 for information.

Second Annual Color of Nature Art Show at the Rowley Gallery – October 2

When Elizabeth Rowley decided to combine two of her favorite things—flowers and art—at an extra-vibrant opening at her gallery on Route 6A in Orleans last year, she called floral designer Deborah McCauley-Buck. “[I said] you can come into the gallery and pick anything you want, and then design the arrangements,” Rowley recalls. McCauley-Buck crafted floral arrangements based on works by en plein art painter Mary Giammarino. One arrangement interpreted Days’ Cottages by using glass vases, sea grasses, white hydrangeas, yellow tulips, blue delphiniums, and pink zinnias. The artists and floral designers will meet once again at this year’s show, which takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 2. Visit www.elizabethrowleygallery.com or call (508) 255-3690.

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4—the number of original works by playwright Tennessee Williams performed during the Fifth Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. With the theme “Under the Influence,” the playwright’s original works are complemented by musicals, dance pieces, and eight additional plays inspired by Williams’s legacy, as well as tons of mixers, opening receptions, art shows, film screenings, and more. A major highlight of the festival is the world premiere performance of American Gothic, one of Williams’ earliest works, which imagines the lives of the farmer and wife from the renowned Grant Wood painting. The festival runs between September 23 and 26. Visit www.twptown.org for information.

Three Can’t-Miss Happenings at Eastham Windmill Weekend – September 10 – 12

Life October 2010 Gather ‘round the oldest existing windmill on Cape Cod for the 33rd Annual Eastham Windmill Weekend, a three-day event that celebrates the history and culture of Eastham. “The windmill is, more or less, the symbol that’s most used when talking about Eastham, a recognizable landmark that’s a very big part of the heart of Eastham,” says greens coordinator Paul Biegelsen. Here are three weekend highlights

  1. Sand Art Competition at First Encounter Beach: Get your hands dirty or watch from the sidelines as sand artists of all ages vie for three different prizes, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
  2. 16th Annual Vehicle Show: Muscle cars, antique automobiles, and all manner of classic cars fill the parking lot of the Orleans/Eastham Elks Lodge on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
  3. Sunday Parade down Route 6: A squad comprised of marching bands, antique cars, and other festive groups leads the way from Brackett Road to the Windmill Green on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.Visit www.easthamwindmillweekend.com for more information.Listings by Ashley Owen

Tenth Annual Wellfleet Oysterfest – October 16-17

With local food vendors, raw bars, and much more, the Wellfleet Oysterfest offers a taste—in more ways than one—of the savory shellfish to the tens of thousands that crowd Wellfleet’s Main Street. For Mac Hay, president of Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, the nonprofit group that organizes the festival, the best part comes early. “I really enjoy it before the masses get there,” he says. “There’s an excitement in the air. Everyone is opening their first oyster, and I go around to all the tents and pick out the best-looking oyster, and eat it.” For others, the highlight is watching the fastest shuckers in the region compete for a $1,000 prize at the Oyster Shuck-Off; last year’s winner opened 24 oysters in two minutes and five seconds. Visit www.wellfleetoysterfest.org for more information.

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