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Print Posted on 05/14/2017 in Happening

Pre-Summer Happenings - Arts and Parties

Pre-Summer Happenings - Arts  and Parties

The pace of life begins to really percolate in later May, with writers talks, concerts, benefit road races, parties, and more!  Below is a sampling of what’s happening mid to late May.

The annual 20 Summers at Hawthorne Barn, which commences May 12th, offers a varied schedule of writers' talks and unique musical performers, which include: the David Wax Museum (Duo) on the 19th; the Aurea Ensemble on May 26th and the delightful Emily Wells on May 29th!  Husband-and-wife duo David Wax and Suz Slezak will immerse you rousing Latin-folk-inspired indie rock, while Aurea Ensemble's string quartet will present their own tribute to Moby Dick with “Melville and the Great White Whale”, featuring Beethoven, Webern, sea shanties and other nautically evocative music, as well as readings from Melville’s novel an correspondence with Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Performer, singer, composer and classically trained violinist Emily Wells uses a variety of instruments, from strings and drums to synths and beat machines, to create what NPR has praised as “gospel-folk music that’s immersed in secular desires and experiences”!  All concerts begin at 7:00 pm tickets are $30 

Do you have a secret nerd inside you?  Unleash it at Nauticon , a 21+ convention for fans of anime, science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and all things nerdy, from May 19th-21st!  Held annually at the Provincetown Inn (the entire Inn), you get the benefit of a sunset view over the water while playing Battleshots at the Barfleet party!  Nauticon also has panels ranging from anime to science fiction and web comics, discussions of Star Trek or Doctor Who, programs run by the Dirty Old Lady's League and the Miracle Providers Drag Queens, and everything in between. Activities include a hike out to the lighthouse, incredible shopping in Provincetown, a creativity table, karaoke, kite flying, fan-run parties, and the Artists Colony. All of this is part of your badge cost! You can register at the door, but it rates are higher than the $80 charged for online registration.  For a small fee you can join in on tastings of mead or Scotch, or food pairings like bourbon and chocolate!

This year, the unofficial beginning of summer occurs May 26-29th Memorial Day weekend, and it's a great time for everyone to get that summer feeling! Every year women from all over the world travel to Provincetown to kick off the summer season for the annual Memorial Day Weekend Celebration This year will offer you shopping, cruising, dancing, boating, beaching, biking, barbecues, and parties. Some of the performers that will entertain you are Poppy Champlin, Suzanne Westenhoefer and Kate Clinton!  The $60 Party Pass for the weekend covers you for all activities, except performances by the entertainers.  Check out the full schedule at the Provincetown for Women website!

If you love Sunday morning exercise, why not participate in the Provincetown Cares 9th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Diva Dash 5k Fun Run/Walk?  Get pledges from your friends and co-workers, then head out from the Harbor Hotel on May 28th for this 1-hour race, from 10-11 am!  Prizes awarded for Best Costume, Best Male & Female Runner, and top three fundraisers for individuals and teams! The best part?  Proceeds directly benefit Helping Our Women (HOW), Outer Cape Health Services, and and Dr. Susan Love's Army Of Women Foundation.

            If you’d like to relax for a while late Sunday afternoon, you can opt for a musical delight  and attend the 19th season of Great Music on Sundays @5. The series debuts with it’s Annual Piano & Organ Celebration Concert at 5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House.

Chris Daniels is a writer/photographer and administrative guru who shares her life with a bossy cat named Miss Lily and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”

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