Local actors, musicians, museums and community groups continue to find ways to stay merry for this unusual holiday season, offering distanced, driving or virtual celebrations throughout the week. Here are multiple ways to keep up the Christmas spirit (with masks required for in-person events):
Dress as Santa for on-your-own stroll
The Bourne Historical Society will supply the costumes for its first-ever virtual Santa Stroll as a way to raise money and spread holiday cheer. Participants ($25 for individuals, $50 per family of four) will get a four-piece Santa suit (hat, beard, jacket and belt), commemorative Santa Stroll “race bibs” and commemorative Santa Stroll medals to take a walk or walks totaling two hours anytime and anywhere during December. Walkers are asked to share photos and videos of Santa Strolling on Facebook or Instagram (tag @BourneHistoricalSociety and use the hashtag #BHSSantaStroll). Proceeds from the event will help pay for the society’s new signs at Museums at Aptucxet. Information and to participate: https://bhsSantaStroll.eventbrite.com/?aff=press.
Holiday trees, dogs in Osterville
Visitors can explore the historic Crosby Boat Shops (outdoors) and enjoy holiday decorations for the 12th annual Festival of Trees at the Osterville Historical Museum’s Festival of Trees. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10-12, with a silent auction of the trees decorated by local merchants and area artists to benefit the museum. Masks and social distancing are required. Admission is free. Information: 508-428-5861.
Over on the lawn at the Osterville Village Library (43 Wianno Ave.), there will be a Holiday Dog Parade and Costume Contest starting at 11 a.m. Sat. There will be prizes and dog treats. Information: ostervillefreelibrary.org.
Holiday events try it again
The storm last weekend moved two events to Saturday: Wellfleet Preservation Hall will now hold its outdoor Holiday Bazaar craft fair with more than 20 vendors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 335 Main St. There will be entertainment from local musicians, and food and drink available. To see who’ll be there and buy from store web links, too:https://www.wellfleetpreservationhall.org/.
The Hyannis Village Holiday Stroll will take place along Main Street and around downtown, including outdoor dining (bring a blanket), decorated shops, live music, and a storywalk for kids of “The Mitten Tree” along a decorated Gingerbread Lane at the Harbor Overlook. Information: hyannismainstreet.com. The storywalk is available to view anytime, and children can go to Hyannis Public Library noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for a free book and craft while supplies last (information: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Stroll to see South Yarmouth decorations
No cookies or indoor visits this year, but the South Yarmouth Library Association has changed its annual visit around the Bass River Village neighborhood to a distanced 12 Days of Christmas Stroll. From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, visitors can find decorated front doors representing all “12 days” from the favorite carol, including the Partridge in a Pear Tree at the library (312 Old Main St.) No advance tickets, all sold (cash or check) starting at noon Saturday at the library. A $10 donation to the library is requested.
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod (307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth) will hold an open house and holiday shopping from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Included will be a demonstration and work by the Cape Cod Wood Turners, and a chance to see art exhibits, including work by Bill Davis and Raymond Perry.
Centerville’s Main Street lights up for drive
The annual stroll in Centerville has turned into the 2020 Centerville Christmas Drive, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday (rain date is same time Sunday). Starting at the intersection of Henry Place and Main Street, near Monument Park, participants are invited to drive down the brightly light Main Street, and can stop at the Centerville Recreation Building, converted to a Santa’s Village where Santa will accept children’s letters and hand out gifts. Carols will play in the background and elves will monitor traffic and collect donations for the Families in Need program. Information: http://m.facebook.com/XmasStroll02632.
Choruses join for virtual broadcast
The Cape Cod Chorale will give a virtual joint concert with the Choral Art Society of the South Shore called “’Tis the Season of Song,” broadcast at 4 p.m. Sunday via Zoom teleconference. Registration to receive the Zoom link is due by 8 p.m. Saturday. The free program, directed by Danica Buckley, will include an arrangement of “Jingle Bells” by David Willcocks and John Rutter; the traditional Hanukkah song “Ma’oz Tzur (Rock of Ages),” “Et in Terra Pax (from Gloria),” and “In the Bleak Mid-Winter.” There will also be a “Name that Holiday Tune” game. For the concert, the vocalists recorded themselves singing their parts for each piece, and then the videos were stitched together to form a “virtual choir” accompanied by Ellyses Kuan of the Choral Art Society and Cathy Bonnett of Cape Cod Chorale.
A concert for peace
The Federated Church of Orleans’ fourth Community Concert for Peace & Harmony has gone online this year, airing at 4 p.m. Sunday at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwY13GwoZUMdtLzAUeUjXDw/live. Featured will be New York City soprano Diana Solomon-Glover; Orleans singer David Roth; and Boston’s Willie Sordillo Jazz Ensemble.
CLOC leads caroling for holiday special
The College Light Opera Company will hold a free virtual party at 7 p.m. Sunday titled “CLOC Goes a-Caroling: a Holiday Special Event.” The event will include alumni performances, an online raffle, a sing-along and more. Register to join in by emailing RSVP@collegelightoperacompany.com. Donations are welcome: www.collegelightoperacompany.com.
Plummer narrates Nantucket ‘Christmas Carol’
Legendary actor Christopher Plummer will narrate an audio podcast version of “A Nantucket Christmas Carol” that The White Heron Theatre Company will debut at 7 p.m. Monday. Mark Shanahan’s adaptation of his own holiday staple will be the center of a video “Watch Party” as a fundraising benefit for the theater. “Fezziwig’s Virtual Holiday Bash” will also include illustrations by visual artist/cast member Steve Pacek to accompany the audio story plus a video broadcast celebrating Nantucket during the holiday season.
Among the large voice cast joining Plummer will be “White Heron regulars, alumni and friends,” including Shanahan, Tony-winning actresses Judith Ivey and Celia Keenan-Bolger; and off-Broadway actor Dan Domingues as Scrooge. Tickets: $25, with the show available to watch at www.whiteherontheatre.org. The event will include a pre-show gathering.
The audio will be available on most podcast platforms after the benefit broadcast, and 97.7 WACK-FM will also broadcast the piece over the holiday season: www.ackfm.com.
Virtual concert features a cappella and barbershop
The Centertonix a cappella group, based at Cotuit Center for the Arts, will appear online at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of the Cape Cod Tufts Club Virtual Holiday Songfest. The public can watch from home for the debut of the group’s holiday album “Not So Much a Winter Wonderland,” including two new parody songs by Brian Morris. Also performing will be the Cranberry Shores Chorus, a Cape women’s barbershop chorus. Centertonix director Steve Stein will host the webinar presentation live, providing historical details and other information. The event is free, but donations welcome, which will be divided between the Cotuit center and both choruses.
After registration (due by Tuesday) at https://rsvp.tufts.edu/HolidaySongfest, patrons will receive an email confirmation that contains a link to print the lyrics for a home sing-along and to donate.
Cavalcade benefit is back in online edition
Chandler Travis and other masterminds behind the annual Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade concert to benefit Housing Assistance Corp. had so much music from past shows that they’ve divided it into two virtual concerts. Travis promises some new music and greetings edited into the broadcasts as well.
The first show is at 7 p.m. Thursday, second at 7 p.m. Dec. 20, found on Travis’ YouTube page and through the Chandler Travis Philharmonic Facebook page. Shows are free but donations for HAC are encouraged. Both shows will be hosted by Ding Donnelly and Danny Devereaux, and both have music with audio enhancement by Chris Blood, Mark Usher and Travis.
Performers will include Kate & Tad from Sidewalk Driver, Cla Da Bossa Nova, Zoe Lewis, Jordan Renzi, Suede, Toast & Jam, Fred Fried, Broadway Central, Gip Hoppe, Kami Lyle, Tripping Lily, the Spampinato Brothers, Christine Rathbun Ernst, Steve Shook & the Elftones, The Snowflakes, Fred Boak, Trevor the Juggler, Siobhan Magnus, The Ticks, John Shuman, Tom Fettig, Pierre Beauregarde, The Greenheads, The Rip-It-Ups, The Catbirds and Scream Along With Billy.
Musicians lead concert and carol sing
Irish Harpist Mairead Doherty and actor/singer Richard Jay Sullivan will lead Cape Cod Theatre Company/ Harwich Junior Theatre’s live-streamed “Family Christmas Concert and Carol Sing” at 7 p.m. Thursday. The free concert (donations appreciated) will be broadcast on the theater’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jester51 or on YouTube at CCTC HJT.
Doherty has performed on her harp around Cape Cod and the country. Sullivan has performed in numerous shows at CCTC/HJT and other local theaters. Information: www.capecodtheatrecompany.org.
Continuing events and activities
? For an “Illume!” event through Jan. 6, the kerosene lamp posts on the grounds of the Cape Playhouse will be decorated and lit, with Christmas trees at the theater entrance, for visitors to enjoy on a drive or walk through the property at 820 Main St.
? The annual Enchanted Village offers a light display through New Year’s Day in the courtyard at the Cape Codder Resort, 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis. Santa will be on hand for socially distanced visits from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 19, with a waiting line through a room of holiday scenes. (Masks and distancing required.) Gifts will be collected for Toys for Tots. Information: capecodderresort.com.
? The Santa’s Village at Mashpee Commons will be open noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 12-13 and 19-20, with one-family-at-a-time visits available with Santa and elf Sparkles (with masks and distancing). There will be free hot chocolate, coffee and sugar cookies. The 24-foot Mashpee Commons tree with 2,800 lights in front of Siena restaurant is also available as a photo backdrop.
? “Gardens Aglow” at Heritage Museums & Gardens includes decorated trees, light tunnels and displays, visits with Santa (behind plexiglass) a model-train set-up and more. Hours are 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and other select dates through Dec. 27; 67 Grove St., Sandwich. Advance tickets (timed admission): $18; $9 for ages 3-17; free to age 2 and under. Reservations and information: https://heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/gardensaglow, 508-888-3300
? “Holidays at Highfield” offers decorations around the grounds of Highfield Hall & Gardens and decorated rooms and small events inside from noon to 6 p.m. through Sunday at 56 Highfield Dr., Falmouth. Advance tickets (timed admission): $10, free for children and military. Reservations and information: https://highfieldhallandgardens.org (click on “Holidays”), 508-495-1878.
? Cape Cod Central Railroad will run multiple rides of the “Polar Express” train through Dec. 23 — weekends at first then weekdays closer to Christmas — for children to immerse themselves in the trip to the North Pole made famous in Chris Van Allsburg’s classic book and the later movie version. Visitors can view lighted displays from the train, the book will be read and carols sung, though all guests, Santa and other workers will need to be masked and treats will be left until after the ride. Tickets: $39 to $99. Reservations: https://www.capetrain.com/rides/the-polar-express-train-ride/. Discounts are available for groups of 25+, active military and first responders. More information: email@example.com, https://www.capetrain.com/rides/the-polar-express-train-ride/.
Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.
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