SUMMER PREVIEW : : Culture & Entertainment 2023

McGRATHPR.com – Summer weather and entertainment is about to drift into Boston’s South Shore, Cape Cod and across New England, with plenty of incredible opportunities to enjoy the arts, education, and culture.  Here’s what’s in store for McGrath PR clients for the summer, 2023:


The James Library & Center for the Arts

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A History of Paragon Park with Author Chris Haraden

Sunday, June 4, 3 to 4 pm

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Students

Writer Chris Haraden shares his stories of growing up literally in the shadow of Paragon Park’s Giant Coaster.  From his home on the hill behind the park, Haraden learned the stories of Paragon, and the broader scope of Hull’s history, from his grandfather, a park employee best known for walking the tracks of the roller coaster each morning before the gates opened. Haraden’s first job was in the penny arcade, where he might have embellished his age to be hired and where met his future wife, Marilyn – one of the many love stories that began on the shores of Nantasket Beach.

In addition to compiling a history of Paragon Park, Chris Haraden authored “Storm of the Century: New England’s Great Blizzard of 1978” and contributed to “Hull & Nantasket Beach: Then & Now.” He is a writer for The Hull Times and serves on the Advisory Board of the Friends of the Paragon Carousel.  Sponsored by Napier Financial and Hull Cultural Council.

For more information about The James Library & Center for the Arts lending library, gallery, programs, or performances, visit jameslibrary.org.


South Shore Ballet Theatre

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Beginnings – a debut performance of the Asian American Ballet Project

Friday, July 7, 4pm and 7pm

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St, East Cambridge

Tickets: $25

Witness the very first Asian American ballet company as the Asian American Ballet Project takes to the stage in their inaugural performance, Beginnings. Prepare to be captivated as our company dancers breathe new life into the classic christening scene from Sleeping Beauty. Transport yourself to ancient Mongolia with “Suho and the White Horse,” a compelling ballet that unveils the dramatic origin story of the horse-head fiddle. Be among the first to behold two groundbreaking world premieres that push the boundaries of creativity and expression. Join us for Beginnings and walk away inspired by the power of Asian American artistry.

Summer Dance Program

Monday through Friday, July 10 through 28, 9 am to 3 pm

Monday through Friday, July 31 through August 4, 9 am to 12 noon

For students ages 7 to 18, $575 per week

Guest faculty provide daily ballet class plus variations, pointe, modern, musical theatre, jazz, tap, hip hop, yoga, and conditioning.  The final “Nutcracker Week” prepares students interested in participating in the school’s annual 2023 production of the holiday season classic, including an end of program performance on July 28.  Students receive personalized, professional instruction.

For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre’s programs and performances, visit southshoreballeththeatre.com.


Water Street Flower Farm

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Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, May 6, 11 am to 2 pm

Water Street Flower Farm, 176 Water Street, Hanover

Admission is free Water Street Flower Farm, the South Shore’s newest floral farm, design, and event studio – an experience destination – hosts an official “Grand Opening Celebration,” welcoming the public to enjoy light bites and refreshments, view sample Mother’s Day arrangements for preorder, peruse the monthly floral workshops schedule, and purchase wildflower seedling kits and other seasonal gifts. Grand opening workshop discounts and gift cards are also available online and on site.

Window Box Design Workshop

June date TBD
Water Street Flower Farm, 176 Water Street, Hanover

Advance Registration Fee:  $200

Learn the secrets of designing gorgeous window boxes. Flower designer Dana Roberts teaches attendees inside design principles and how to work with the farm’s large selection of farm grown annual flowering plants.  The workshop includes all tools and supplies to create your own window box. Delicious snacks and refreshments provided.

Floral display at Water Street Flower Farm’s studio, images by McGrath PR

Topiary Design Workshop
July date TBD
Water Street Flower Farm, 176 Water Street, Hanover

Advance Registration Fee:  $200

Learn how to transform a plant to a beautiful decorative topiary. Flower designer Dana Roberts provides attendees with a lush plant to design into a topiary form.  The workshop includes all tools and supplies to create your own topiary. Delicious snacks and refreshments provided.

Hand-Tied Bouquet Design Workshop
August date TBD
Water Street Flower Farm, 176 Water Street, Hanover

Advance Registration Fee:  $150

Learn how to create a gorgeous garden style bouquet in a beautiful farm studio setting. Adapt the basics of garden style inspired design and learn how to work with the farm’s gorgeous blooms. Choose blooms from the flower bar of the farm’s gardens. Attendees can also harvest a few select stems for their bouquet while on site.  The workshop includes all tools and supplies to create your own hand-tied bouquet. Delicious snacks and refreshments provided.

For more information about Water Street Flower Farm’s workshops, events or to place a floral design order, visit waterstreetflowerfarm.com.


Massachusetts Cranberries

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Exhibit:  Rhapsody in Red: 200 Years of Massachusetts Cranberries

June 1 through 30, during operating hours

Cohasset Historical Society’s Captain John Wilson House, 4 Elm Street, Cohasset

“Rhapsody in Red: 200 Years of Massachusetts Cranberries” is a curated traveling exhibit in celebration of Massachusetts Cranberries’ bicentennial, created in 2016. This one-of-a-kind original exhibit showcasing the Commonwealth’s official state fruit and top agricultural crop was generously supported by the Cranberry Educational Foundation in its mission to introduce the American cranberry, cranberry farming, and its heritage to the public. The timeless display explores commercial cranberry growing in Massachusetts, focusing on key themes of the cranberry industry’s rich history, commitment to environmental stewardship, technological innovations, and its growing diversity.

Cranberries and cranberry bogs are an iconic element of Massachusetts’ historical, cultural, and natural landscapes. As one of only four commercially-grown berries still native to New England, the cranberry draws strong historical ties to the earliest inhabitants of the Commonwealth, including the first English settlers. Today, in the 21st century, growers strive to keep the tradition alive as part of the common cultural landscape by combining sustainable agricultural practices with environmental stewardship. The industry protects essential upland and wetland habitats, harnesses renewable energy such as wind and solar power, and adopts new technologies to reduce water use on bogs.

The opening panel of the Rhapsody in Red exhibit, curated by public historian Hilary Goodnow for McGrath PR

Cranberry Field Trips for Summer Youth Camps

Field trips are available weekdays from, July 1through August 31, 9 am to 3 pm, by advance reservation

Massachusetts Cranberries Education Barn, Carver

Custom rates based on group size available on request

Massachusetts Cranberries offers educational field trips for summer camp organizations. Youth have the opportunity to learn all things cranberry, including the cranberry history of Southeastern Massachusetts, and how cranberry farming works. Activities include historic equipment displays, bog-side grower discussions, the Association’s Traveling Bog, and a cranberry farming game. Each attendee is welcome to create their own “bog in a cup” to take home. Free parking for buses and passenger vehicles is available on site. Group field trips (15 minimum attendees) are booked by advance reservation only, and last approximately 90 minutes. For more information and rates, email [email protected] or call 508-866-7878, ext. 13.

Cranberries on the vine, image courtesy of Massachusetts Cranberries

Spring and Summer Group Tours

Tours are available weekdays from, July 1through August 31, 9 am to 3 pm, by advance reservation

Massachusetts Cranberries Education Barn, Carver

Custom rates based on group size available on request

Massachusetts Cranberries cranberry group bog tours enables guests of all ages to learn all things cranberry, including the cranberry history of Southeastern Massachusetts, and how cranberry farming works. Activities include historic equipment displays, bog-side grower discussions, and industry information. Free parking for buses and passenger vehicles is available on site. Group tours (15 minimum attendees) are booked by advance reservation only, and last  approximately 60 to 90 minutes. For more information and rates, email [email protected] or call 508-866-7878, ext. 13.  Fall harvest season tour tickets will be available on August 1.

For more information about Massachusetts Cranberries, programs, health benefits, recipes and more, visit cranberries.org.


Americana Theatre Company & Studio Americana

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Big Fish – a musical

Select dates from July 14 through 30

(Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are at 7 pm, Sunday shows are at 2 pm)

Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $35.00 adults, $30.00 students/seniors at americanatheatre.org/tickets

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, “Big Fish” tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, “Big Fish” is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier, and bigger than life itself.

Junie B. Jones – a Middle/High school student production

Saturday, July 15, 2 pm

Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $10 at the door

Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade.

It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

Alice in Wonderland – an upper elementary school student production

Saturday, July 22, 2 pm

Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $5 at the door

Welcome to Wonderland where everything is curiouser and curiouser. This innovative children’s script brings Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic to life!

Mean Girls Jr. – a Middle/High school student production

Saturday, July 29, 2 pm

Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $10 at the door

The Plastics have deemed Broadway Junior worthy of their presence in Mean Girls JR! This “fetch” musical from book writer Tina Fey (30 Rock), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and composer Jeff Richmond (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) is packed with keen wit, an undeniably catchy score, and a sincere message for everyone.

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. Cady and her friends devise a “Revenge Party” to end Regina’s reign with Cady going undercover as an aspiring Plastic. When the lines between the real Cady and her Plastic self get blurred, she must find her way back to herself and her true friends.

For more information about Americana Theatre Company or Studio Americana’s programs or to purchase tickets, visit americanatheatre.org.


The Company Theatre

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Divas with a Twist

Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 pm

The Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $30

For a decade, Divas with a Twist have been selling out shows in the Boston area. This band features five powerhouse female vocalists backed by high energy, Grammy® nominated musicians.  With a unique blend of vocals combined with new arrangements to pop favorites, classic rock, Motown and originals, the Divas do not disappoint.

A.C.T. Summer Workshop

Monday, June 26 through Friday, July 14, 9 am to 3 pm

The Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tuition: $1310

Preregister with non-refundable $400 deposit to guarantee participation

“A.C.T. Summer Workshop” students choose their own schedule from over seventy classes in the performing and visual arts. The diverse class selection includes acting, singing, media arts, painting, photography, dance, technical theatre, playwriting, stage combat, culinary arts, and much more.

Programs are tailored to students based on age and ability, with multiple levels offered throughout the day. Students make new friends as they become a part of the vibrant community of an award-winning working theatre. The workshop culminates in an Arts Festival on Saturday, July 15.  Families and friends are invited to watch performances from classes, view artwork, and participate in improv and theatre game demonstrations.

Chicago – Teen Edition

Thursday, July 13 through Saturday, July 15, 7:30 pm

The Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $35 Premium, $25 Standard

It’s the Roaring ‘20’s Chicago, and Roxie Hart murders her lover and convinces her faithful husband to take the fall…until he finds out he’s been duped! Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie, and another “Merry Murderess”, Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream” – fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score and legendary Bob Fosse staging.

DEBUT: Born to Do This – The Joan of Arc Rock Opera

Friday, July 28 through Sunday, August 20

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, Sundays, 3 pm

Tickets: $58 Premium, $50 Standard

The unbelievable becomes a reality! From the creators of “Paragon Park the Musical,” Zoe Bradford and Michael Hammond, together with Melissa Carubia, creator of “T: An MBTA Musical” comes the world premiere of a contemporary rock opera about the life of a young, ordinary 15th century girl turned warrior who does extraordinary things! When her country needs a leader, what can one girl do?


Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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American Voices – Celebrating Our American Heritage Summer Concert Series

Featuring Pilgrim Festival Singers (a Pilgrim Festival Chorus ensemble)

Saturday, June 10, 4 pm, First Trinitarian Church 381 Country Way, Scituate

Sunday, June 11, 4 pm, First Congregational Church 254 Main Street, Plympton                                            

Saturday, June 24, 7:30 pm, St. Bonaventure Parish 803 State Road, Plymouth

Sunday, June 25, 4 pm, St. Bonaventure Parish 803 State Road, Plymouth

Tickets: $15 for Adults, Children age of 14 and under are free, at the door or in advance at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org 

Conducted by Artistic Director William B. Richter; accompanied by Artistic Director Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, piano

The American experience has always been unique. In Pilgrim Festival Chorus’s program, “American Voices,” the summer choral ensemble shares music on the themes of remembrance, strife, and fun. This delightful concert features music showcasing folk songs, spirituals, shape-note hymns, and songs from two American musicals – “Ragtime” and “Guys and Dolls.”

PFC participates in the Card to Culture Program, a collaboration between Mass Cultural Council and the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by broadening accessibility to cultural programming. This program is supported in part by grants from Plymouth, Plympton, and Scituate Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information about Pilgrim Festival Chorus or to purchase tickets, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.


Sandwich Arts Alliance

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The Writers’ Critique Group:  Thursdays, June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, and August 3 and 17, 1 to 2 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

This group of writers meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  A chapter of a current project is emailed to members of the group, read, and critiqued, and brought to the meeting where it is read aloud and further discussed.  Supportive, encouraging, and informative.  All are welcome.

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Art ‘n Vroom ~ A Sandwich Arts Alliance and British Car Club Show

Saturday, June 3, 1 to 3 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

Admission is free

“Mixing Oil Paint and Motor Oil, Art ’n Vroom” is a joint venture with the Cape Cod British Car Club. The Club will cruise through Sandwich on the Adirondack Chair Trail, culminating in a car show at the Alliance Center from 1 to 3 pm. Stop by to enjoy 10 or more British motor cars in the SAA parking lot, enhanced by SAA artist creations on exhibit, interspersed among the classic cars.

Finding The Writer Within: Summer Intensive

Presented by Linda Maria Steele

Monday, June 5 through Thursday, June 8, 10 am to 12 noon

Fee:  $100 members, $120 non-members

“Finding the Writer Within” invites writers of all levels and interests to explore different writing genres in a supportive writing community. Participants write and read their work throughout the week. This highly regarded workshop is playful yet productive and recommended for writers and non-writers alike.

Sandwich Showcase Open Mic

Wednesday, June 7, and Wednesday, August 2, 7 to 9 pm

Cafe Chew, 4 Merchants Rd, Sandwich

Walk-in registration, $10 donation requested at the door

​Do you sing? Play an instrument? Can you tell a story, read a poem, perform a monologue, improv, stand-up comedy? Consider reading the latest chapter of your new book, play, or screenplay. Dance a little, talk or demonstrate your art, delight the listeners with an opera aria!  Share your talent during this monthly showcase with a kind and appreciative audience. You’ve got five minutes to shine and have fun!

Art & Soul Gala

Wednesday, June 14, 6 to 10 pm

The Ridge Club, 70 Country Club Road, Sandwich

Tickets are $125, available at sandwichartsalliance.org, or at Sandwich Arts Alliance Center

SAA’s “Art & Soul Gala” is an evening of festivity celebrating another great year of arts and cultural programming, featuring a buffet dinner, silent auction, and live music.  Attendance and donations supports the efforts of this volunteer-driven organization.

Writer’s Networking:  Wednesdays, June 14, July 12, August 9, 11 am to 12 noon

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

This exchange, open to all, is held on the second Wednesday of each month. It offers a variety of programs from speakers to casual, convivial information exchanges on writing and publishing. ​

A Gathering of Poets:  Tuesdays, June 20, July 18, and August 15, 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

A supportive and informative poetry critique group, meeting monthly on third Tuesdays; all are welcome.  Attendees read their poems aloud each session, consider suggestions, and make observations.

Children’s Book Writers:  Thursdays, June 22, July 27, and August 24, 1 to 2 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

This new group of writers working on publishing children’s books bring their latest work to read aloud and receive comments and suggestions.

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival

The Fornari Gardens

Tuesday, July 11, 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine

Admission: $5 per person, per garden

Love abundant flowers and a large kitchen garden?  You’ll enjoy walking this landscape created by Dan (a scientist) and C.L. (the author of eight gardening books), located on a lovely Cape Cod lake. Wander through the cutting garden and trial beds. Observe the solar-heated seed-starting shed, and the rustic fence Dan built out of locust. Sit in the shade of the grape arbor, note the abundant planted containers, and enjoy the perennial beds and vegetable garden. Explore  the magical stump plantings, the rain garden, and blueberry patch. See many varieties of hydrangeas, groundcovers, flowering perennials, and a wide selection of shrubs and trees.  Proceeds benefit Sandwich Arts Alliance.

The Velocity of Autumn ~ featuring Annie Hart Cool and Don Cross

August 18 through September 2

Fridays and Saturdays, 7 pm; Sundays, 2 pm

​​The Glass Town Stage, Sandwich Historic Town Hall, ​130 Main Street, Sandwich

Tickets: $20

“The Velocity of Autumn” swirls around Alexandra, a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra’s corner are her wit, her volcanic passion, and the fact that she’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon: estranged son Chris who returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra’s second floor window, and becomes the family’s unlikely mediator. No sooner are the words “Hi, Mom” uttered than the emotional bombs start detonating. 

Adirondack Chair Trail Auction

Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

The Sagamore Inn Pavilion, 1131 Sandwich Road, Sagamore

Admission is free

Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on your favorite artist-designed and decorated Adirondack chair! Join the party, bring your friends and neighbors, and celebrate the craftsmanship of our talented local artists whose work adds so much to the Cape community.

Exhibits:

SAA member exhibits in the gallery and at community venues are

on view during business hours, and also viewable at sandwichartsalliance.org

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center’s Gallery, 124 Route 6A, Sandwich

Member Exhibit:  May 26 through July 5; reception and awards: Thursday, June 8, 5:30 to 7 pm
June Kershaw Open Exhibit: July 5 through August 23; reception and awards: Thursday, July 13, 5:30 to 7 pm
Member Exhibit: August 23 through October 4; reception and awards: Thursday, August 31, 5:30 to 7 pm

Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main Street, Sandwich

Artist Linda Sharp: June 6 through July 3

Fishermen’s View Restaurant, 20 Freezer Road, Sandwich

Works in SAA artists’ rotating exhibits are available for purchase

For more information about Sandwich Arts Alliance’s gallery, exhibits, programs, events and membership, visit  sandwichartsalliance.org.


Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

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Celebrating its 44th year, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2023 season of concerts performing from July 25 through August 18 in venues across Cape Cod.  Artistic Directors Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu.

Sinta Quartet

Tuesday, July 25, 7 pm

National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Rd., Eastham

Admission is free

Inspired by the writings of composer Marc Mellits, the four-saxophone Sinta Quartet, functioning as one machine powered by four individuals, performs a program of works for the ensemble influenced by funk, folk, soul, and post-minimalism; all with a lyrical tone that fuses with earlier works from the chamber music/classical canon that highlight a full palette of compositional and instrumental colors.

Debut: The Lee Trio                                                                

Tuesday, August 1, 5:30 pm

Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit

Tickets:  Adults $40, students with ID $15, children under age 18 admitted for free

The Lee Trio (Lisa Lee, violin, Angela Lee, cello and Melinda Lee Masur, piano) perform works by Beethoven, Pulkkis and Schumann.

The Borromeo Returns                                                           

Wednesday, August 2, 5:30 pm

First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St., Chatham

Tickets:  Adults $40, Students with ID $15, Children under age 18 admitted for free

The Borromeo String Quartet, (Nicholas Kitchen, violin, and a former Festival director, Kristopher Tong, violin, Melissa Reardon, viola, Yeesun Kim, cello) a beloved frequent ensemble at the Festival, performs works by Bartók and Beethoven.

Danish Quartet Returns

Thursday, August 3, 5:30 pm

First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

Tickets:  Adults $55, Students with ID $15, Children under age 18 admitted for free

The Danish String Quartet (Frederik Øland, violin, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin, Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola, Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello) perform works by Haydn and Shostakovich.

Isidore, Nakamatsu & Dvorak

Tuesday, August 8, 5:30 pm

Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit

Wednesday, August 9, 5:30 pm

First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St., Chatham

Tickets:  Adults $40, Students with ID $15, Children under age 18 admitted for free

The Isidore String Quartet (Adrian Steele, violin, Phoenix Avalon, violin, Devin Moore, viola, and Joshua McClendon, cello) perform works by Mozart and Dvořák (August 8 performance) and works by Mendelssohn and Schumann (August 9 performance), featuring Festival Co-Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu, piano.

Vivian Fung Premiere and a Rising Star                                             

Friday, August 11, 5:30 pm

First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

Tickets:  Adults $40, Students with ID $15, Children under age 18 admitted for free

Festival Artistic Directors Jon Manasse, clarinet, and Jon Nakamatsu, piano, perform works of Williams and a debut work by award-winning guest composer Vivian Fung, in addition to a Liszt sonata performed by acclaimed performing artist and international competition celebrity Parker Van Ostrand, piano.

The Brahms Clarinet Sonatas                                                             

Monday, August 14, 5:30 pm

Simon Center for the Arts, Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Dr., Falmouth

Tickets:  Adults $40, Students with ID $15, Children under age 18 admitted for free

Festival Artistic Directors Jon Manasse, clarinet, and Jon Nakamatsu, piano, perform two Brahms sonatas, with commentating by acclaimed New Yorker writer, lyricist and librettist Adam Gopnik.

Imani in Dennis

Wednesday, August 16, 5:30 pm

Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street, Dennis

Tickets:  Adults $40, Students with ID $15, Children under age 18 admitted for free

Imani Winds (Brandon Patrick George, flute, Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe, Mark Dover, clarinet, Kevin Newton, horn,

Monica Ellis, bassoon) perform works by Pixinguinha, D’Rivera, Shorter and Piazzolla.

Cape Farewell:  The Emerson String Quartet

Friday, August 18, 5:30 pm

First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

Tickets:  Adults $55, Students with ID $15, Children under age 18 admitted for free

The legendary Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, violin, Philip Setzer, violin, Lawrence Dutton, viola, Paul Watkins, cello), winner of nine Grammy® awards, bid Cape Cod fans a fond farewell in this four-decade career-culminating performance, featuring works by Walker, Shostakovich, and Beethoven.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit capecodchambermusic.org.


Deertrees Theatre

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Artist Reception

Friday, June 23, 6:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Admission is free

A gathering Deertrees Art Gallery’s exhibiting artists.  This night of food and artistic beauty enables attendees to honor and engage with visual artists.   Entertainment features Dan Fox, saxophone, and Gail Phaneuf, piano, in Deertrees’ cozy Salt Lick Cabaret – a great, social event to kick off the summer season.

Gong Show – Open Mic Night

Saturday, June 24, 7 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Entry fee: $5, Audience admission: $10 A fun-filled night of music, song, storytelling, and comedy!  Come and share your talents in Deertrees Theatre’s gorgeous, historic environment.  Aspiring performers are invited to showcase their talents in Deertrees’ Salt Lick Cabaret space.  The caveat?  If the audience chooses to gong your act – you get the hook! 

Hosted by Sami Sabbagh; beer, wine, canned cocktails, and snacks are available in the Café.  Bring your best, quirky, unusual, and astounding talents for a fun night of surprises – maybe your big break!  All are welcome, whether performing or just enjoying the show from the audience.  Please schedule a performance time slot at deertrees-theatre.org/gong-show-open-mic-night.html.

Magic Bus – The Who Tribute Band

Friday, June 30, 7:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $27

The Who, one of rock’s most iconic bands, made the charts in 1964 with their hit song, “Can’t Explain,” launching their amazing journey to fame.  With five decades of performances under their belt, The Who’s music can be heard in commercials, television theme songs, and on the radio. Magic Bus, a tribute band based in Portland, Maine, captures The Who’s authentic original sound and feel. Band members take the audience on a musical tour of the rock band’s discography, covering top tracks from “My Generation” to “Who Are You,” and select songs from rock operas “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia.”

Almost Maine – A Real Romantic Comedy

Fridays, July 7, 21, and 23, and Saturdays July 8, and 22, 7:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $25

John Cariani’s play “Almost, Maine,” comprises nine short plays exploring love, loss, and a little bit of magic in a remote, mythical almost-town named “Almost,” Maine. On a cold, clear midwinter night, under the northern lights in the sky above, Almost’s residents are falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Love is lost, found, and confounded, and life for the people of Almost will never be the same.

“Almost, Maine,” premiered at Portland Stage Company, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim.  Playwright John Cariani released a new novel based on the play in 2022.  The warmth and humor of the Mainers populating this story are truly extraordinary. What better place to enjoy this show than in “Maine’s Most Enchanting Playhouse?”  Featuring the official Maine state song “My Sweet Maine,” by local composer Terry Swett.

Tipping Points:  The Halcyon Quartet – A Benefit Concert for The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy

Sunday, July 9, 4 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: from $5 to $60 (pay what you can)

​The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) presents a multimedia performance featuring The Halcyon Quartet, raising awareness for environmental challenges.  CEBE engages the community in addressing the climate emergency. The nonprofit organizes, educates, takes direct action, and implements practical, ecological solutions for a just transition to a thriving, regenerative economy. Located in Norway, Maine, CEBE welcomes volunteers to support its greatest potential as a community, creating a future where all can thrive.  Performance proceeds benefit The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy.  Learn more at ecologybasedeconomy.org, or follow @ecologybasedeconomy on social media.

Sebago Long Lake Music Festival 
Tuesdays, July 11 through August 8, 7:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $35 per concert, season passes are $135

Deertrees plays host to Sebago Long Lake Music Festival’s 51st annual season, offering five Tuesday evening classical music concerts that will astound audiences as the signature event of the Festival’s season. Deertrees’ picturesque, historic setting at the top of Long Lake in Harrison, Maine, complements the Festival’s stunning chamber music under the summer stars.

Family & Movie Musical Songs – with Susie Pepper, Ali Butler, and Mixology
Thursday, July 13, 3 pm, and Friday, July 14, 6:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $15

Performing artist Susie Pepper and her amazing twin sister Ali Butler bring their voices and unmatchable energy to two concerts geared for families and kids, ages 2 to 102!  Attendees are encouraged to enjoy making costumes to dress up as their favorite movie character and attend the concert in high-style! 

Donor/Sponsor Dance Party – featuring The Cobblestones Band

Saturday, July 15, 6:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Suggested $10 donation, free admission for all sponsors, donors, and volunteers

Dance the night away in honor and appreciation of the generous donors, volunteers, and sponsors that support Deertrees Theatre year in and out.  The popular Cobblestones Band performs tunes to sway and dance to all night long.   Enjoy complimentary bites and a cash bar, mingle with friends, listen to great music, and explore Deertrees’ Art Gallery, Salt Lick Café and cabaret setting, and the welcoming back porch under the Maine stars!  Sponsored by Deertrees’ Board Members Jane Curran and Gail Bowen


Camp Encore Coda’s Faculty Ensemble Concert

Monday, July 17, 6:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted

The talented staff of Camp Encore Coda present a 20-piece chamber orchestra concert, free to the public. ​Camp Encore Coda’s unique combination of incredible faculty and teachers in a traditional camp setting makes Camp Encore Coda a true masterpiece for musicians.

Phil ’n the Blanks

Thursday, July 27, 7 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $10

Phil Allen sings and plays his guitar all around southern Maine as a solo artist and as the front man of Phil ‘n the Blanks.  Studying music, theatre and opera as a young man, his vocal training comes through in his tight intonation and dynamic control.  Phil learned to talk with the crowd and improvise melodies while playing the street corners of Key West and New Orleans.  His gratitude for living his dream comes through in his stage presence and soulful guitar solos.  Phil’s original songs reflect lessons hard learned and the joy that comes from a life dedicated to his art. Come chill with Phil in Deertrees’ Salt Lick Cabaret space!

The Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy

Saturday, July 29, 7:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $34

What do you get when you combine Elton John and Billy Joel on one stage? A night of Grammy® award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducing magic! “Piano Men – The Music of Elton and Billy” is a tribute to the amazing songs of Billy Joel and Elton John, featuring Joe Boucher on piano and vocals with arrangements by Christopher Eastburn.  Elton John and Billy Joel have collectively sold more than 350 million records worldwide.  For four decades they have been at the top of the world’s musical landscape, with continuous radio airplay, topping album charts and performing to sold out audiences. Sponsored by Garvey Construction.

An Evening at Dave’s Sauna, 2022 performance, image by Ram McDonough

An Evening at Dave’s Sauna

Friday, August 4,7:30 pm, and Saturday, August 5, 7:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $29 The “Rated N for Naughty” musical is back by popular demand! All bets are off in this tale of a Saturday night in 1980 at the legendary Dave’s Sauna in South Paris, Maine, where hippies, rednecks, bikers, townies, swingers, and all kinds of folks would come for a sauna (and maybe more)! 

This original musical is based on true accounts of the sauna back in its heyday.  Meet Weird Rob, Bearded Hippie, Off-Duty Waitress, 9-5 Guy, Neighbor Not Happy, Local Town Cop, Trailer Park Woman, MassHole, Dave’s best friend Saul, his wife Nancy, her best friend Josephine, the seductive Sauna Sirens and many other colorful characters.  Sponsored by Camp Laughing Grass and Cook Farms.

Lobster Roll Fundraiser

Friday, August 11, 12 to 4 pm

Purchasers pick up their order at United Parish UCC, 77 Main St., Harrison.

Preorder: $25 each, at deertrees-theatre.org/lobster-roll-fundraiser.html

Preorder accepted online by August 5 to enjoy delicious lobster rolls (chock full of tail, knuckle, and claw meat), a bag of chips and a cookie, all in support of Deertrees Theatre. 

Midnight Breakfast

Saturday, August 12, 7:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $22

Admission includes a glass of bubbly (attendees must be age 21+ up)

Maine’s five-piece Indie-soul band Midnight Breakfast has quickly become a household name. Drawing inspiration from across the rich, multiethnic pantheon of American musical traditions, the band aspires to honor their pioneering predecessors by continually creating musical concoctions with new invigorating flavors and flair. Improvisational live performance style, commanding stage presence, and groovy melodies make each Midnight Breakfast show unique, energizing, and ultimately unforgettable.

3 Day Funk

Thursday, August 17, 7 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $10

Enjoy 70’s to 90’s-era hard classic rock in Deertrees Salt Lick Cabaret setting.  3 Day Funk is a classic rock trio paying homage to the great bands of yesteryear. With attention to detail and dedication to their craft, this trio create a sound that will blow listeners away! With a music catalogue of familiar songs – whether blues, hard rock, or a little funk – attendees are sure to enjoy a rockin’ good time.

Susie Pepper Sings Carole King and Bonnie Raitt 
​Friday, August 18, 7:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $35

Susie Pepper & Mixology present a one-of-a-kind concert featuring the beloved songs of Carole King and Bonnie Raitt.  This thrilling selection of songs will soar to the star-filled sky over Deertrees, where this artist is loved!  Susie Pepper is a dynamic and highly sought-after vocalist throughout the region. Her talents led to her win Fox23’s “Maine Idol” competition and become Miss Maine in 2009.   She has been featured in Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Magic of Christmas series, in addition to countless other performances. 

Susie Pepper, courtesy image

Yesterday Once More – Music of The Carpenters
Thursday, August 24, 7 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $20

Back by popular demand, performing artists Katie Connor, Gail Phaneuf, and Patti Hathaway sing your favorites and lead a cabaret performance of some of The Carpenters’ most famous hits, and its suddenly yesterday once more!  With Sam Levy on electric guitar and Dan Fox on saxophone, this is a fun night to kick back and “Sing a Song” in Deertrees’ Salt Lick Cabaret setting. Sponsored by Bob and Carol Phaneuf.

Dark Side of Somewhere, image by Erin Phelps

Dark Side of Somewhere Dance Immersion

Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm, and Saturday, August 25, 7:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $25

“The Dark Side of Somewhere” is the world premiere of a unique and immersive multimedia dance and circus arts experience brought to life by sisters Nettie and Hannah Gentempo.

This new, exciting production is set to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary Pink Floyd album “Dark Side of the Moon”.   Conflict, greed, time, money, life, death, and a deep dive into the imagination are all themes explored through this production that includes a full cast of dancers and flow/circus artists, puppets, costumes, and a stunning, large-scale video backdrop.  Sponsored by The Ballroom.

A Tribute to Jeff Buckley – with Sami Sabbagh

Thursday, August 31, 7 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $10

Join first-time Deertrees artist and theatre intern Sami Sabbagh as he makes his solo debut and carries listeners through the history and meaning behind one of the world’s most enchanting artist’s songs.  Explore a retrospective of the life and times of Jeff Buckley, son of famous folk singer Tim Buckley, whose life was cut short by a riptide in the Mississippi River. In a live Salt Lick Cabaret performance, Sabbagh covers multiple songs from Buckley’s albums “Grace” and “Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk.”

Kippy – Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!
Friday, September 1, 7 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $20

A one-woman theatrical imagining of Kip Tiernan, “Kippy – Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!” explores the life of social justice hero and founder of Boston’s Rosie’s Place, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Healthcare for the Homeless, The Poor People’s United Fund, and many others.  

Kip Tiernan was an extraordinary character and a force of nature who changed the face of social justice in Boston. Passionate and salty-tongued, she engendered outrage and empathy for the plight of poor and homeless women in crisis.  Kip founded Rosie’s Place in 1974, the first ever homeless shelter for women in the United States.  Written and performed by playwright and Deertrees’ Artistic Director Gail Phaneuf.  Sponsored by Lakes Region Recovery Center.

“Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Still Only the Piano Player!” – David Sheel, Comedy/Piano

Sunday, September 3, 7 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $24

It’s no small wonder that his style is often compared with the late, great Victor Borge. Comedian and pianist David Sheel welcomes audiences to spend a night alternating interludes of hysterical laughter with technically brilliant piano performance.  David was titled “A master of the keyboard,” by The Times, Critics’ Choice, London, and lauded for his “Brilliant mayhem! He is a master of improvisation, accents, comedy, and down-right beautiful music,” by Adelaide Advertiser, Australia.  Constantly evolving with fresh material, David enjoys enormous success worldwide. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Friday, September 8, 6:30 pm, and Saturday, September 9, 6:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $20

A modern staging of this Shakespeare classic, set during 1960’s America – a nation in transition, in the real-world city of Athens, Georgia. Serving today as a safe haven for queer and genderqueer persons, in the 60’s, Athens was full of tight-knit townsfolk in one of the most conservative towns in America. The setting transforms the faerie characters from fey spirits to queer and genderqueer aliens, whose interaction with conservative Athens fundamentally changes the city for the better.​​  From the minds of Shakespeare veterans Rob Faucher and Hal St. Louis comes a night of love, magic, and robots unlike anything you’ve seen before. Brace yourselves to experience something otherworldly – the extraterrestrial universe just got a whole lot bigger in this fabulous frolic!

~  The Salt Lick Café Cabaret Series  ~

Deertrees’ Salt Lick Café opens two hours before each event, and is home to

Deertrees Art Gallery curated by Artist Karen Pettengill.  The café offers beer, wine, canned cocktails

and a variety of sweet and savory snacks.  The Salt Lick Cabaret space has art gallery table seating

for up to 65 people, serving as a cozy, intimate space for Deertrees’ smaller performances.

For more information, visit deertrees-theatre.org/salt-lick-series-events.html.

Deertrees Theatre’s ticket prices include a $2 Heritage Fee that supports the ongoing restoration and improvements to Deertrees Theatre.  To purchase tickets, or more information, visit deertrees-theatre.org.


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