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Easter, Passover, music & laughs: 11 top things to do on Cape Cod April 15-21 - Cape Cod Times

The holidays of Easter and Passover intersect this weekend, and there are some egg hunts and a talk focusing largely on the more festive part of the Christian holiday, while a film festival offers stories related to themes important to the Jewish one.
Other events to consider are walks around Mashpee, a look in Provincetown at unusual art by a longtime artist, music played for a new tour, a book talk and signing with a bestselling author, and some laughs at a local brewery. To learn more about current events while supporting the people suffering from war, Cape Cinema is hosting a benefit for Ukraine with a film based in its history and culture. Take a look: 
The Falmouth Jewish Congregation will be part of a nationwide virtual Passover Film Festival that will offer streaming movies, presented by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. The festival includes be eight Jewish and Israeli feature films and documentaries engaging with the themes of Passover, which begins on Friday. To enhance the festival experience and offer an opportunity for audiences to further explore the holiday’s themes – ranging from connecting with the past, tradition, strangers in a foreign land, redemption and miracles – the Passover Film Festival will present video conversations with the filmmakers and additional resources created by My Jewish Learning, a Jewish online resource at
When: available for streaming April 14–24
Where: Online
Tickets: $5 for each film, $18 for all the films; discounts available with the code fjc2022; a portion of proceeds goes to the local congregation.
Reservations and information:
The Mashpee Conservation Department will continue its schedule of free naturalist-guided tours with walks on Friday and Saturday mornings. Tours last for an average of one to two hours but time will vary depending on the participants. All ages are invited and children are encouraged to come. Friday’s program will be a Conaumet Neck Hike through a beech, oak and birch forest with views of Mashpee-Wakeby Pond. Saturday’s tour will be the Santuit Pond Preserve, with a look at habitats as diverse as vernal pools, upland forest, a herring run, freshwater marsh, a river and abandoned cranberry bogs.
When: 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: On Friday, meet at Lowell Holly Reservation, South Sandwich Road; on Saturday, at parking lot on Route 130 (just past the Shell station)
Cost: Free  
Information: 539-1400, ext. 8540
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Daffodil festival includes egg hunt
The Bourne Historical Society will finish off its second annual Daffodil Festival at the Museums at Aptucxet with classes and an egg hunt. The grounds are filled with more than 5,000 daffodils for viewing, then on Friday there will be a “Felting for Kids” class with Wendy Bagley (supplies provided) at the same time as a class on crystals with Danielle Briggs, which will include meditation, chakra information and balancing. The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday.
When: classes noon to 3 p.m. Friday; egg hunt 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Museums at Aptucxet, 6 Aptucxet Road, Bourne
Cost: $10 each for the classes (sign up at trading post); free egg hunt
Osterville Village Library will host a talk called “Easter Traditions in Boston with Anthony Sammarco” that involves the author and historian discussing such holiday traditions as decorating Easter eggs, choosing an Easter bonnet, Easter egg hunts and Boston’s one-time Easter Parade along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The talk will include the tradition of Easter sunrise services, and how a holiday that finds its origin in religion has evolved over the years. On Saturday, the library will host an Easter egg hunt courtesy of Pocket Full of Posies children’s shop.
When: 1 p.m. Friday for talk; 9:05 a.m. Saturday for hunt
Where: Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Ave.
Admission: Free
Reservations (required for talk) and information:
There will be an opening reception for an exhibit showing the work of Mary Ann de Buy Wenniger, a past resident and gallery owner, just after her 90th birthday. De Buy Wenniger creates original fine prints, known as collagraphs, in her home studio in Gloucester that “express her delight in everyday life.” She has published four books on printmaking. The Provincetown exhibit runs April 13-20, with hours noon to 7 p.m. and by chance or appointment.
When: Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Gallery 444, 444 Commercial St., Provincetown
Admission: Free
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Mike Zito, a five-time Blues Music Award winner, and Albert Castiglia, the 2020 BMA award winner for Rock Blues Album of the Year with “Masterpiece,” will partner for the Blood Brothers tour, which will stop at the Music Room. Each musician’s band will play for a set, then the two will join for a finale. Both have new albums just out earlier this year.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: The Music Room, 541 Main St., West Yarmouth
Tickets: $45-$100
Reservations and information:
Mashpee Commons will celebrate Easter with a day of free, family-friendly festivities. There will be an egg hunt through the shops, with sweet treats available at stops where Easter Egg posters are hanging; photos with the Easter bunny with some sweet treats at Central Square (indoors if there’s rain); and an online coloring contest through April 17. 
When: Saturday: hunt 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; photos 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Mashpee Commons, intersection of routes 151 and 28
Cost: Free
The Easter Bunny will visit Kate Gould Park in Chatham, with candy eggs hidden around the park. Whoever finds the prize egg will also win an Easter basket filled with goodies. The event is sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce & Merchants’ Association, with candy donated by Chatham Candy Manor. Cancellation will happen, organizers say, only if there is a “major downpour.”
When: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Kate Gould Park, Main Street Chatham
Cape Cinema will join movie theaters nationwide in screening the 2014 movie “The Guide,” directed by Oles Sanin, as a benefit to raise money for the Ukraine Relief Fund of the Human & Civil Rights Organizations of America Inc., which helps those impacted by the Russian invasion. The movie is set in the early 1930s and centers on 10-year-old Peter, who is living in the midst of turbulent Soviet Ukraine and flees from police after his father, an American engineer, is killed for obtaining secret documents about the repressions, which now are hidden in Peter’s book. A blind kobzar (Ukrainian folk minstrel) traveling with Peter tells him elaborate stories that make him believe there can be a different reality from what he sees around him.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19
Where: Cape Cinema, 35 Hope Lane, Dennis
Tickets: $20, with additional donations welcome from those who do or don’t attend
Information: On the cause:
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Naukabout Brewing Company will host the Nauk Comedy Night with headliner Pete Costello, a Boston comedian frequently seen at college campuses, comedy clubs and nightclubs, fundraisers and performances for organizations. Costello’s material is aimed at both young and old and he associates humor with everyday occurrences.
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19
Where: Naukabout Brewery and Taproom, 13 Lake Ave., Mashpee
Titcomb’s Bookshop and Sandwich Public Library will join forces to host an author talk, Q&A and book signing with David R. Gillham for his new book “Shadows of Berlin.” Books will be available for sale at the event. Gillham is the New York Times bestselling author of “City of Women” and “Annelies.” His new book, set in 1955 New York City, is about a woman who escaped from war-torn Berlin who is having trouble leaving her past behind.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Where: Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main St.
Admission: Free
Registration (required):, or by calling the library at 508-888-0625 or Titcomb’s Bookshop at 508-888-2331.
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