Get ready for your visit with this roundup of entertainment recommendations and news items from GateHouse Media's Cape Cod publications.
10 best bets for the weekend
1. Little Feat and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes share a twin bill 8 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Cape Cod Melody Tent, West Main Street, Hyannis.
2. "2 Pianos, 4 Hands," a light-hearted, musical look at the development of two pianists is being performed through June 30 at the Cape Playhouse, Rte. 6A, Dennis.
3. Author Mary Higgins Clark will sign copies of her latest novel "I Heard That Song Before" and "Ghost Ship," her first Children's book. Clark and illustrator Wendell Minor will hold a book signing 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday July 5, at Eight Cousins Book in Falmouth. Clark, Minor and Clark's daughter author Carol Higgins Clark will be at Yellow Umbrella Books, 501 Main St., Chatham, from 1-3 p.m. on Friday July 6. Clark and her daughter will be at Stop and Shop, Patriot Square, South Dennis, from 1-3 p.m. Clark will speak at the Cape Cod Cinema from 2:30 to 4 p.m. July 8, and will also include a book sale and signing. A reception from 4 to 6 p.m. will be held at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Both venues are located on the grounds of the Cape Playhouse, Rte. 6A, Dennis.
4. "From Sea to Shining Sea: Reflections of America," a touring exhibit
featuring works by various artists is up through July 15 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Rte. 6A, Dennis.
5. Drummer Bart Weisman hosts his weekly jazz jam at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Oyster Company, 202 Depot St., Dennisport
6. The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (Rte. 6) hosts a Seashore Ramble for the whole family on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, or go birding with a naturalist from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Call 508-349-2615 to make reservations.
7. What's a visit to Cape Cod without a local lobster or scallop roll? If
you're in Chatham, drop by St. Martin's Masonic Lodge between 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Also on the menu: clam fritters, clam chowder and hot dogs. Take out available. 52 Old Harbor Road, Chatham. Call 508-945-2853.
8. There's rock 'n roll at the Harwich Junior Theater, 105 Division St., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. "Rock n' Roll Tonight" is a rock retrospective that will have you dancing in the aisles. Call the box office at 508-432-2002. General admission is $18.
9. Kayak Barnstable Harbor Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Mass Audubon. Kayaks, paddles and life vests provided for $40. Meet at Visitor Center, 345 Bone Hill Rd., Cummaquid. To register, call 508-349-2615.
10. "Clean House' is a comic tale of obsession, and also the debut show at the new Julie Harris stage at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Wednesday through Sunday at 8:15 p.m. General admission is $29. For tickets call 508-349-9428.
(Recommendations from Cape Codder arts and entertainment editor Doug Karlson and Joseph Burns, A&E editor for the Upper and Mid-Cape region.)
Fourth of July celebrations
Sunday, July 1:
Fireworks in Orleans: Fireworks will be set off at dusk over Rock Harbor. Rain date July 2. Call 508-240-2484 for information.
Wednesday, July 4:
Parade in Chatham: The annual parade will start at 9:30 a.m. from Shore Road, to Main Street to the Rotary. For information, call 508-945-5199.
Events in Falmouth: The annual parade begins at 11 a.m., and will leave from Village Green and continue along Main Street to the library/Peg Noonan Park. Adults and dogs are welcome, too. At dusk, the fireworks will be set off from Falmouth Heights Beach. For information, call 508-548-8500.
Parade in Hyannis: The annual parade will begin at 4 p.m. at Ocean Street and will head to Main Street and Sea Street.
Parade in Orleans: The annual parade will step off at 10 a.m. For information, call 508-240-2484.
Parade and fireworks in Provincetown: Parade on Commercial Street begins at 11:30 a.m.; fireworks at the harbor area at dusk. For further information, call 508-487-7000, ext. 536.
Parade in Wellfleet: Antique cars at 9 a.m. town parade at 10 a.m. from the harbor to the town center. For information, call 508-349-2510.
Thursday, July 5:
Fireworks in Mashpee: At dusk at high school
Friday, July 6:
Fireworks in Hyannis: Dusk, harbor area (rain date July 7)
Rte. 6 crash kills teen, injures another
BARNSTABLE - Nicole Scleparis, 18, of Plymouth died when her Subaru Forester left Route 6 in Barnstable early Tuesday morning and rolled over in the median. A passenger, Emily Sylvia, 18, of Davenport, Fla. was seriously injured and was taken by helicopter to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for treatment.
Sandy Neck expansion troubles some neighbors
BARNSTABLE - Traffic and excessive parking top the list of concerns for neighbors of the planned expansion at Sandy Neck Beach Park.
The plan is to renovate the park in three stages. Phase One will see the demolition of the bathhouse, construction of a new one and the expansion of the lower parking lot. The first leg of the project would also see the beginning stages of a new westerly parking lot -- bringing the total parking spaces at that time to roughly 333. The westerly section of the parking lot will be finished during the second phase of the project adding the remaining parking spaces plus a parking area for tour buses. The third phase of the project would be to build the Coastal Interpretive Center of aquatic exhibits.
Cape hospital tops in state for heart attack survival
HYANNIS - Cape Cod Hospital has been designated as the highest-rated hospital in Massachusetts in the category of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) 30-day mortality -- the likelihood of someone surviving at least 30 days after a heart attack. The designation is part of a report by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Cape Cod Hospital is one of only 17 other hospitals around the nation exceeding national averages for 30-day AMI mortality rates. Approximately 4,500 hospitals were measured in the study. Of the 64 hospitals measured in this study in Massachusetts, only Cape Cod Hospital scored "better than the U.S. national rate" in the 30-day AMI mortality category.
Rundown former Chez Lenor bridal shop finally razed
WEST YARMOUTH - There's one thing that has been on Bob DuBois' "to do" list since he first became executive director of the Yarmouth Area Chamber of Commerce close to two decades ago. "I've been at the Chamber for 17 years now and literally, since the first month on the job, everyone points to this building as what is wrong with Route 28," said DuBois about the infamous eyesore Chez Lenor property near the corner of West Yarmouth Road and Rte. 28. The bulldozing of the former bridal shop finally took place Wednesday morning.
Harwich teen dies in South Dennis crash
SOUTH DENNIS - For the second time in a month, a car crash has claimed the life of a Harwich teenager. Dennis police said Kelly Ann Brennan died early Tuesday morning when she lost control of her car on Old Chatham Road in South Dennis, near the Harwich town line. She was 18. The single-car accident occurred at about 5:30 a.m. Brennan was the only person in the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police reports, Brennan's car struck a tree and split in two as a result of the impact. Harwich police also responded to the scene, said Harwich Police Lt. Thomas Gagnon.
Police are continuing to investigate the crash. No further information was immediately available . Brennan's death follows the early June crash that killed Angela Randall, whose car hit a tree on Megan Road in Hyannis. She was 17.
Busy intersection slated for a fix
HARWICH - The busy intersection at Queen Anne Road and Rte. 124 will be expanded and a traffic light will be added, hopefully within three years, under new a plan. Modifications include widening Rte. 124 into two lanes on either side of Queen Anne Road. A left-turn arrow will enable the left turn onto Queen Anne for drivers approaching from the north on Rte. 124.
(Items compiled from GateHouse Media publications The Cape Codder, Bourne Courier, Sandwich Broadsider, Falmouth Bulletin, The Register and Harwich Oracle.)