Autumn open doors, frightful nights, oyster shells, notes of the city


Autumn at Cotuit

Shop the sale of homemade pies and enjoy free open-hearth cooking demonstrations at Dottridge Farm from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at the Cotuit-Santuit Historical Society. All proceeds, including a 25% discount on a table in the gift shop, go to the programming of the Cotuit-Santuit Historical Society. Details on

Open House of the Discovery Center

Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary will host a free community open house for its new Discovery Center on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. , parking and driveway.

A seaside mural by artist Barbara Harmon covers a wall in the reception area of ​​the new Discovery Center.

Sanctuary staff will offer tours of the multi-purpose building and discuss its intended uses. Then, visitors are invited to hike a trail and explore the rest of the shrine. Note: Visits inside the Discovery Center will require the use of face coverings.

Mass Maritime is hosting the first of four in-person open houses on Monday, October 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for prospective cadets.  Tour the campus and TS Kennedy training ship with cadets, faculty and staff on hand to talk about student life and the MMA experience.

Night (s) of Fear with Greg Williams

Join the Hyannis Public Library at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12 for an Evening Zoom presentation by Gregory Williams on the historic rise of snatching.

Williams served as a District Court Judge for 15 years, before retiring in 2015. For his last 10 years, he served as the Chief Judge of the Edgartown District Court and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Council of administration of the Sturgis library.

Registration is required to attend. Visit to register, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you on the day of the event.

Storyteller Greg Williams is said to have adopted snatching.  Catch it Tuesday on a zoom in from the Hyannis Public Library.  Or wait to see it "Headless and heartless" October 26 or 27 at the Sturgis Library.

Later that month, Willams’ equally sensational and grotesque presentation, “Tales of the Headless and the Heartless,” at Sturgis Library on October 26th sold out, but another performance was added. Dare to register to participate on Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m. by emailing

Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish perform at the 4th Annual Cape Cod Beer: Shuck!  Saturday October 16.  A portion of ticket sales will go to the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition.

Pod! Cape Cod beer

The 4th Annual Oyster Festival: Shuck! An Oyster & Beer day! is Saturday, October 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy eight different raw bars, sip your favorite local beers, and listen to live music all day!

Cape Cod Beer partners with Big Rock Oyster & Cape Cod Oyster Co. to bring oysters, shrimp and baby necks from seven local oyster farms. Our BARS (Barnstable Association for Recreational Shellfishing) buddies will have chowder for sale all day, and JP’s Twisted BBQ will serve a limited menu.

First performance at 2 p.m. by Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to BCWC. Want to help? Volunteers welcome; contact Heather at

The Comedy Club auditions

The Barnstable Comedy Club will be hosting public auditions for Last of the Red Hot Lovers on October 23, 24 and 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the club’s theater at 3171 Main Street in Barnstable Village.

Director Lance Norris is looking for a 35- to 50-year-old man and three 20- to 50-year-old women for this classic comedy written by Neil Simon. Those who audition should be fully immunized. Reading scriptures available at Sturgis and Hyannis Public Libraries.

Performance dates are scheduled for January 6-23, 2022 Character descriptions and more information can be found online at or call 508-362-6333.

Hyannis HyArts Artist Huts are open Friday through Sunday on weekends from October through October 24.  Live music every Saturday at the Harbor Overlook location.  Special events in November and December.

Calling all artists

Barnstable is now accepting applications from artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2022 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program.

Applications received before November 1 are considered for a first round for the following season. Applications continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis until all places are filled based on need and availability. Download an app from:

Artist Huts are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis and a short walk from the Harbor Overlook, at the corner of South and Ocean Streets, overlooking Aselton Park and Hyannis Harbor.

The expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program to two locations creates an additional attraction for visitors walking from Main Street to Hyannis Harbor via Hyannis Village Green along the Gateway to the Sea, providing affordable retail space and increased exposure for local artists and artisans.

Yarmouth Seaside Festival

Joshua Sears Memorial Field on Route 28 in South Yarmouth hosts an arts and crafts test, featuring 125 exhibitors, as well as live music, games, rides and a rotating program of tented children’s events between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a full schedule of events visit

Open streets

Hyannis Open Streets: The Halloween Edition returns on Sunday, October 17 with free events all day long, from noon to 4 p.m. Check out the full schedule at and check Facebook for weather updates. Date of rain: October 24.

Construction on Phinney’s Lane

National Grid is scheduled to begin work Friday on a 10 to 12 week project to replace approximately 3,300 linear feet of an 8-inch natural gas line from 1600 to 1900 from Phinney’s Lane to Barnstable, between Kidd’s Hill Road and Hyannis-Barnstable Road.

As part of the project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main line to gas meters in approximately 17 rooms.

Weather permitting, construction will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Traffic will be limited to alternating one-lane vehicle traffic. Police details will be on hand to help direct traffic. Drivers are urged to reduce their speed and exercise caution.

Last Sunday was the long-awaited official welcome of the pastor of the Federated Church of Hyannis, Reverend Derek White, whose celebration has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Special guests included Reverend Reed Baer of West Parish Church, West Barnstable;  Reverend David Berube, retired;  Laurent Brown;  the Rev.  Connie Bickford, Barnstable Association, SNEUCC;  and the Reverend John Terry, South Congregational Church, Centerville.
St. Mary's Animal Blessing Scene on Sunday at Barnstable Village.


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