In memory of a fellow Patriot

Royden Richardson, former Barnstable Town Council President, founder of CHIP’S House, Osterville Rotarian and dedicated Cape Cod Commissioner, died Sunday. He was 90. 

Richardson represented the Town of Barnstable on the Cape Cod Commission from April 2006 through April 2018 and served in town government for many decades.

Town Manager Mark Ells commended Richardson’s roles with numerous health and human service agencies, including the CHIP’S House, Salvation Army and the Community Action Committee.

Among Richardson’s legacies is the town’s Tourism Mini-grant Program, which continues to benefit nonprofits in the seven villages of Barnstable.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Doane Beal Ames Hyannis, MA. COVID protocols will be followed. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cape Head Injured Persons’ Housing and Education Group Inc, 9 Park Ave, Centerville, MA 02632.

Food Truck Fest

Two dozen food trucks will be rolling into the Cape Cod Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. for eating, drinking, fun, and more eating. Along with the trucks, attendees will find 50+ craft beers, family activities, and lawn games.

Here is a sampling of the truck menus festival attendees will have a chance to try: Binge BBQ, Trolley Dogs, Grilled Cheese Lobsta Love, Olivia’s Organics, Travelin’ Bones, Shishkaberry’s chocolate-dipped strawberries, TC Scoops, and Whoopie Pies.

For craft beer lovers, each brewery will have three to five different beers to choose from: DuClaw Lawson’s Finest, Toppling Goliath Press Hard Seltzer, Citizens Cider, Flying Monkey, Mighty Squirrel, and Jiant Hard Kombucha.

General admission tickets are available for purchase in advance for $5 or at the gate for $10. VIP HOUR tickets also available online for $25, and Beer Lover’s Packages for $43 online only. To purchase tickets, please visit The Cape Cod Fairgrounds is located at 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth.

Old Home Week

Centerville is celebrating its 118th annual Old Home Week Aug. 9-14. Pack a picnic dinner and head over to Mother’s Park for some old-fashioned fun and games Monday between 5 and 7 p.m. With a focus on kids, there will be yoga in the park, storytelling, bubbles, Hula Hoops, and Kindness Rocks to paint and take home. Kids of all ages are welcome to join us for this free activity. 

Savor Strawberry Shortcake on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. and stick around for the Annual Meeting at the Centerville Public Library lower level and patio. Following brief remarks by Association President Aaron Webb will be a brief awards ceremony. Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells and Town Engineer Griffin Beaudoin will provide updates on wastewater management and the Vineyard Wind project.

Assemble at South Congregational Church on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 and enjoy a performance by Hyannis Sound. The 10-member, male, acapella group has been a Cape Cod tradition for over 25 years. Each summer, a new group of 10 college age men come together under the guidance of the Music Director and Business Manager and bring their unique sound to public and private events across the Cape. Masks are required for all attendees.

On your mark Thursday for a 5K Road Run and Walk that starts and finishes at Covell’s Beach at 5 p.m. This year, the event includes a memorial in honor of Bill Dalyrimple, a kind, generous, dedicated, person who was a great race walker. Bill passed away from COVID-19 over the winter.

The memorial is sponsored by Hanlon Shoes, Cape Cod Athletic Club, Chips House, and SEMCSports. Hanlon Shoes is donating a pair of shoes to the fastest walker of the 5K that evening. You are on your honor that evening to let us know you are a walker. Youth runs included!! Register online at:

On Friday night, the Centerville Historical Museum will host a History of Centerville and Social Hour at 7 p.m., followed by a social hour with wine and cheese during which the presenter and museum Board of Directors will be on hand to answer any additional questions.

The first annual Antique and Vintage Car Show is set for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Centerville Historical Museum invites everyone to join them. From the grounds of the museum to the parking lots of the Rec Center, it will be cars, cars and more cars. Over 30 antique and vintage cars are expected to participate. Bring your kids, tell your neighbors, and make sure you don’t miss this free event!

Return to the South Congregational Churchyard for the HUGE Yard Sale between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Come check out the wide variety of goods from home decorations to small furniture, and practical household items. You never know what you might find.

Culminating Old Home Week on Saturday night is the Bonfire on the Beach with love music by The Moonlighters starting at 6 p.m. on the Osterville end of Craigville Beach. Again, we welcome the Moonlighters, a band with the reputation for playing the best in R&B, Soul, Rock, Classical and Blues. Bring a picnic and join us for the traditional bonfire for all to see and enjoy!

At Tales of Cape Cod

Are There Runes in The Dunes? Find out Monday at 7 p.m. when Tales of Cape Cod presents popular speaker and Barnstable and London resident Timothy Lindburg. Lecture sponsored by Jeffrey and Nancy Bilezikian. Admission $15; non-members, $20 at the door of the Olde Colonial Courthouse on Route 6A, Barnstable Village. Includes homemade dessert reception by Jude Martin.

Water quality reports

Tune into Zoom for a virtual update on PFAS cleanup efforts at the former Hyannis Fire Training Academy. The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18. To access the meeting by phone, call 781-469-0191 and use the Phone Conference ID: 319 436 325#. 

Keyes Beach is re-opened to swimming. A re-sample of the beach shows good water quality and results that meet the standards set by Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations.

Warning-level cyanobacteria signs are posted at Lovell’s Pond, Long Pond and Shubaels Pond in Marstons MIlls and Long Pond in Centerville, and a Pet Advisory is in place for Parker Pond in Osterville.

In memory of Liz Mumford

Gee Gee Murphy, president of the Osterville Garden Club, presents her design for the Art Blooms at Heritage Flower Show July 27-29 sponsored by the Southeastern District Clubs, a member of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.

Floral designers interpreted their favorite piece of art, and Murphy chose a piece by local artist Liz Mumford, who recently passed away from a long battle with cancer.

Continuing by Zoom with as many of the club programs as possible during COVID, Murphy will be serving an additional year as Osterville Garden Club president as members resume the traditional programs.

An Unclouded Day

Join the Unitarian Church of Barnstable for a summer performance tour featuring ballads and upbeat a cappella favorites by Friends in Song vocal ensemble “Unclouded Day” on Sunday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m.

This program of uplifting songs is designed to inspire renewal in the wake of a pandemic-clouded year, stirring audiences and singers alike. The group’s repertoire is diverse in genre, united by a “cloudless skies” mindset, and conveyed through inspirational lyrics.

Friends in Song is an ensemble of 15 vocalists, many professional musicians, who have performed together in for 11 years. The group is recognized across the region for their tightly woven harmonies and joyous concerts. Singers from the South Shore and Cape Cod include Diana Barnes, Larry Carlson, Caroline Chapin, Brian Dudley, Todd Herrmann, Lynne Hare, Chris Holl, Kate Holl, Anne Jones, Dan Miot, Michelle McGrath, Music Director William B. Richter, Nathaniel Sides, Anne Smith-White and Sally Tucker.

Admission is $10 at the door. The Unitarian Church of Barnstable is located at 3330 Main St. (Route 6A) in Barnstable Village.

Greg Williams sighting

Accused of a 1920 South Braintree robbery during which two men were murdered in cold blood, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted and sentenced to death. But did evidence support their convictions “beyond a reasonable doubt?” Or were they “convicted” simply because they were Italian immigrants — and anarchists? The Sacco and Vanzetti case became an international cause célèbre, igniting massive demonstrations, splitting families apart, and to some, staining Massachusetts justice forever.

Join Hyannis Public Library on Monday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. for an evening Zoom presentation by Gregory Williams on the anniversary of Sacco and Vanzetti’s deaths. Registration is required, and a Zoom link will be sent to participants the day of the event.

Williams was a District Court judge for 15 years, retiring in 2015—for his last 10 years, he was First Justice of the Edgartown District Court. He holds degrees from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) (B.A., English); Queen Mary College, University of London (M.A., English [20th-century British Literature], and Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D.). He is the immediate past president of the Sturgis Library, and his Facebook page is Gregory Williams Speaks.

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