Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas in Chatham, MA

7:56pm- Christmas Car
Originally uploaded by Chris Seufert.
A car speeds by the Christmas tree in the triangle of downtown Chatham.

Christopher Ryder House


Can anyone tell me if there is a restaurant know as the Christopher Ryder House in Chatham? I think that it was one of the top restaurants in the U.S. at one time. Any information would be appreciated.

Jacqueline Clifford

Channel 18 Broadcast


I recently went to see my granddaughter and her classmates perform at the Chatham elementary school. I have heard that the show will be on channel 18. Is there a way to view the schedule to see when it will be aired.?

Bob Riddell

Friday, December 15, 2006

Chatham First Night and Christmas.

Downtown Chatham, MA
Originally uploaded by Chris Seufert.
The Christmas decorations are up. First Night is very popular here and lots of people come from Boston for it. This is the main square (actually a triangle) in town.

See Chatham photos and gifts at

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Stage Harbor Light and Dory.

A November dawn at Stage Harbor.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Chatham Orientation Info


I am trying to reasearch information as it is possible. I may have the opportunity to move to Chatham in the near future as part of the May Institute working as a support worker ina residential home or as a teaching assistant.

In preparatioin for this I am looking to find out what living costs are like in Chatham or surrounding areas. I currently live in Northern Ireland and am keen to research into this.


Michael Bolster

Fox at Hardings Beach

This hill is actually one large sand dune and is situated behind the main strip of sand at Hardings Beach. At dusk the foxes tend to come out and trot along the beach for their free meals, mostly shellfish and possibly crabs.

Christmas Stroll Information Sought


What weekend is the Christmas Stroll this year?

Nancy Beaumont

Chatham First Night


When can we order tickets for this coming first night? Also, when will there be info on activities and performances?
FM Sandles

Street Name Sought


I am trying to find 120 Depot street in Chatham. The name has been changed. Can someone give me the name of this street now and the name of the cemetery behind it.

The Young family home was on Depot Street and my mother and grandmother were born there. I would appreciate any help.

Thank you,
Ramona Hastings

Christmas by the Sea


When is the big week-end Christmas celebration this year in Chatham?

Margaret Wedgewood

WCC Christmas Stories Wanted


In the 1960's I went to sea with Thomas Pennypacker, Radio Operator. WCC Chatham was our life-line. I'm looking for WCC stories. Does anyone know of a source of such stories?

Tom Aldrich

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Chatham Flower Shops


I was wondering if someone could help me. I am trying to Contact a Girl called Marjorie, who is a beauty therapist in Chatham. or a local florist to send my sister some flowers. Im living in Ireland and she in Chatham, a telephone number would be gratefully appreciated, if you could.

Thanks Jane

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Zad Crol - Chatham Grave Stone

Zad Crol
Originally uploaded by Chris Seufert.
This is one of the earlier gravestones in the oldest cemetery in Chatham, MA. It has a very large population of smallpox victims. Most of the town then were relatively poor famers (rather than fishermen) and it was common in the 17th and 18th century to use unmarked field stones and even wooden posts, which are now gone. The lack of a date probably puts it into this early period. This probably dates to the mid to late 1700's and is a poor spelling of the common local name "Crowell."

Monday, September 18, 2006

Old Harbor Station


In the mid 1950s, when I was about nine years old, my family was invited by a business friend of my father’s to stay at his house off the Chatham mainland. The man’s name was either Howard or Harold Rose. He was an engineer, as was my father. The home he owned was an old coast guard station and there were also several outbuildings on the property. We stayed in one of these. We parked in Chatham and a man who worked for him, named Nate, picked us up by boat. We stayed for a week. On one side was the Atlantic. My family has vacationed many times on the Cape since then and we have tried to locate where I stayed as a child, but without success. We will be on Cape Cod next weekend with friends. Is there any chance you could direct us to where I might have stayed so long ago? Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
Christine Mullaney

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

6:39pm- Lobsters at Chatham Fish Pier

This gillnetter brought in a nice tote of lobsters in addition to the traditional cod, haddock, and monkfish. Within hours these lobsters will go from the bottom of the ocean to the top of a plate. The one on top would make a nice end of summer feast.

Surf Tags


Recently I found some "surf tags" labeled "surfman 1-25" or something they are in a foot locker of sorts. They were in possession of my grandfather, who collected nautical artifacts and spent his childhood in wellfleet, hanging out with the u.s.l.s.s. at cahoon hollow. If you could shed any light on the significance of these tags, and the locker they occupy, please e mail me back.

I would be able to get you some pictures if you need

thanks -andrew-

Bristol Branting Club


I was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about the Bristol Branting Club. I have a copy of their By-laws from June 9th, 1888, and a certificate of membership to it. I know hunting is not allowed, and hasn't been for a long time, but I was hoping you might know of some of the history of this club,

John Lebsack

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Chatham Booklet


My name is Eileen and I'm visiting Chatham in a few weeks - do you have a booklet on your town I could go through? I can't wait to see it, I have heard so much about it from my gal pals.

Thank you,

11:38pm Fish Pier- Chatham, MA

The sturgeon moon shines over the abandoned fish dollies and hampers at Chatham fish pier, while a few longliners head out on the horizon.

©Christopher Seufert

Christopher Ryder House


I’m trying to find out if the Christopher Ryder House restaurant is still in business. We are traveling to Chatham week after Labor Day.

- We would like to have dinner in the restaurant while there.

- We were there years ago. If it’s still open could you send us directions? If not, maybe you could send other fine restaurants and their locations.

Thank you, Albert Anderson

H. Brett Painting


I have been trying to find the novel that illustrates a painting that I have. The painting (original oil) by h. brett is titled CAPE COD dated 12-26-27. I know this painting was depicted in one of lincoln's books, but I don't know which one. The beach is crowded with people looking out to sea fearing for boats that are in danger of rough waters. In the forground is a young mother cluching her young son worried about someone on one of the boats. Other people (fishermem) are pointing helplessly out towards the troubled boats. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreaciated.

Rose Stephens

Chatham Buses


I have heard of a senior bus that leaves from Chaham to Provincetown. Is this so? Could someone give me some information on the schedule?


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Kite Surfing at Chatham Light Beach, Massachusetts.

A kite surfer cuts a turn in the rips off South Beach. It's become one of the most popular places on the Cape for the new sport.

See here for more info.

Condition of Ridgevale Beach

I am writing about the condition of Ridgevale beach this summer. I met a woman leaving the beach with her 2 children in tow and greatly annoyed that she had to leave after paying $15 to park at the beach. She found the beach very dirty and the children unable to wade in the water because that area was closed. One side of the beach is closed because of bacteria and the other side is heavy with seaweed. The seaweed also draws the fillies and makes it undesirable to swim. It has continued this way all summer. I think it is unfair of the town to collect this fee when conditions are so bad.

Have you had comments regarding this problem? Do you know if anything think is being done regarding this beach? Hardings Beach does not seem to have the seaweed problem.

Irene Hennessey

Chatham Water Taxis

I'm hoping you can help me. I'm trying to find info on water taxis to North Beach. I understand that I may be able to get one ot the fish pier.

Are you able to give me any additional info?


Susan Boucher

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

9:17pm - Chatham Fish Pier, Massachusetts

It's bright for this time of day isn't it? The sturgeon moon this week made everything here on the Cape look a little brighter and sharper when the sun went down. My shots of the moon itself didn't come out very well (I'll have to work on that a bit) but the dusk shots did. The fishing industry here in Chatham is still vibrant and profitable, despite the trend toward factory ships happening in the rest of the world. Provincetown and Chatham still have day boats making 12 hour to 3 day runs off the coast and our closeness to the fishing areas allows the boats to save on gas also. Longlining, gillnetting, weir fishing, shellfishing, lobstering, and trawling are all part of the approach and some go between the various fisheries, depending on the stocks. How long this will continue is anyone's guess.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Chatham Appliance Store


I have a summer home in Chatham and need to purchase a new fridge
and apartment sized stove. Is there a store in the vicinity that
sells these appliances?

Thank you!


Monday, August 07, 2006

Transient Boat Slip Wanted


I am planning on a vacation trip to Chatham during the week of August 28, 2006. I am interested in renting a transient slip for my 23ft. boat.

Are there any rental slips available at the Chatham Fish Pier or other locations with access to the Atlantic side of Monomoy Island?

I would appreciate any references and information.


Thomas R. Sahrmann

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Chase Park Art Show


I’m interested in finding put when the art show in Chase Park will be held. I know it’s usually in August, but would love to know the specific dates.


Karen Matlock

Fisherman on the F/V Rugrats Unloads.

Fisherman F/V Rugrats
Originally uploaded by Chris Seufert.
Codfish are sorted into totes aboard the Chatham, Cape Cod gillnetter Rugrats. From there the tote is emptied into a hydraulic bin which is raised, then emptied down a chute, where they're put onto ice and sent out the back door of the pier into waiting trucks. Chatham codfish.

Off-Season Suggestions


We are planning an extended weekend to your area early part of Dec. unless
another weekend has a special event. Please email me and let me know of nearby
cities scheduled events or events near by? Thanks.

Gloria Pierce

Monday, July 24, 2006

11:45pm- The Chatham Squire, Massachusetts.

You might meet anyone from your past in here, from anywhere and any context.

Cape Cod Kite Surfing

We are planning to come in your area for a week; can someone help me with the following?

Which beach is the best for:
-For the kids
-Kiteboarding and for kids if possible

Jean Bergeron

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Harwich, Cape Cod History


I was amongst the volunteers to recently install the trail and parking area
at the Monomoy River woodlands area, and one day while we were working out
there a gentleman hiker mentioned something of the history of the property:
pointing out a rusted shell of a car just off the trail he insisted that it
was a remnant from an old road and taxi route that used to run, and that
"sometimes when the taxis broke down they would just abandon them by the
side of the road." I was wondering if this were true, and if so whether or
not you have any more information on the subject (or at least know of a
source who might) as your website is the closest thing to an answer my
Google searches have come up with thus far. Thank you and have a nice day.


Patrick Cassin

Program Supervisor
AmeriCorps Cape Cod
3195 Main Street
P.O. Box 427
Barnstable, MA 02630

Saturday, July 08, 2006

8:49 PM at the Monomoy Theatre- Chatham, Cape Cod.

Patrons file into the side garden for lemonade. Chinese lanterns and fireflies. You've seen it in a dozen tattered movies but this is a real place right here in Chatham. The Ohio University Players are based here.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ridgevale Beach Motel

To Whom It May Concern-

I am looking for the above mentioned Inn...I haven't been able to find it on any site....I was wondering if you might be able to help me.

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Roman Candle - July 4, 2006

The amateur fireworks at Chatham's Pleasant Steet Beach were just as festive as the official town displays.

Cape Cod State Parks?


Are their any state parks or state lands near Harwich or Brewster.
thank You
Henry Rogers

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Hotel Mattaquasson


My father-in-law worked at the Hotel Mattaquason in Chatham during the summers while
attending college.

We have some great pictures of the entire staff outside the hotel and wondered
where it was/is located?

Frederick Wilkey was the owner at the time.

Roxanne Cartwright

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Rainy Day in Chatham- 6:12pm

The weekend tourists and residents join together to find parking, food, and bookstores.

Monday, June 19, 2006

7:10pm, Chatham Harbor

Some Cape Codders still end the day this way. And some actually still catch codfish.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Lost Camera at Lighthouse Beach

Hi There:

We were just there yesterday at the beach (We were at the beach by the lighthouse in front of the Jetty and parked at the visitor's 30 minutes parking lot, across the street from the light house.) and lost our camera which have a lot of our precious pictures in it. It is a digital camera, silver, Canon, and have picture of an Asian family, two children, a boy and a girl, two older people in their early sixties, and two adults in their forties.

If anyone turn it in, I would appreciate that we will be contacted. My name is Theresa, (858) 345-0966. If you have any info on any other sources that we can contact, we would really appreciate it. Thank you so much for your help.

Theresa Nguyen-Muth

PS- Our family have combed the area where we were at and I am very sure that it is not there anymore. I know someone has probably picked it up. I am just hoping that at least the pictures can be returned. We were right across the lighthouse, there were some steps that goes down to the beach and we were around the right area of the the beach. Noone was around that area except for two men who were fishing. It was within minutes of when we left and I discovered the camera missing. When I returned, it was gone.

Once again, thank you so much for your help.

Monday, May 22, 2006

4 Wheel Drive Permit

My wife and I are traveling from PA to Cape Cod in June for a long weekend of relaxation and fishing. I will have a 4x4 vehicle and was wondering how to purchase a permit (and how much does it cost) to allow us to drive on the access road from the Harding's Beach parking lot out to the Lighthouse to fish in the inlet at night. My brothers and I have walked the road many times and noticed that other people have driven out to park and fish... I'd rather not have to make that walk with my wife and all of our fishing equipment (LOL).

Please advise.

Thanks in advance,
Brian and Wendy Moyer

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Christopher Ryder House


I am looking for information on the Christopher Ryder House.

My parents honeymooned in Chatham 36 years ago and have not stopped talking about this restaurant. I realize it may not be there anymore, but I really wanted to give them a little piece of memorabilia for this year’s anniversary. I am getting married in July (same month as their anniversary), and wanted it to be a “before I go on my honeymoon, here is something to remember yours” type of gift.

Is there any information someone can send me on post cards, pictures, write ups, etc. on this restaurant?

Anything would be helpful!
Thank you in advance.
Kim Doran

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Chatham Area Violin Lessons

I'm searching for violin lessons for a 12 year old beginner.

Thanks. Bob

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Chatham Commercial Fishermen


I'm trying to aquire a list of commercial fisherman. I'm hoping you can help me with this. I'm in seafood sales throughout Boston, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Any assisitance with this would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Cinelli

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Locations of Erosion in Chatham


I was down in the Chatham area this past weekend doing some exploring. I just purchased a place down in Dennisport and I have been doing a lot of reading about the Cape. There is a lot of talk about erosion and the cliffs of Chatham. I was trying to locate these area's?

Also I drove as fae as I could downold harbor road and saw what to be houses out on a sand bar, is this nauset beech dunes I was looking at?


Fishing Equipment in Chatham


Can someone please send me the following info. I am renting a house in Chatham in August;

Can you rent rods/reels/tackle on the pier?
Where is the nearest PARTY BOAT to Chatham--not charters?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.------


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Chatham on NPR


I wanted to make everyone aware of a series on Hidden Poverty on Cape Cod and the Islands which will begin airing on March 13th on National Public Radio (90.1,91.1and 94.3). Two Cape Cods On Tuesday, March 14th at 7:35 a.m. the story is titled "Hunger in Chatham." As part of the story, the reporter discusses the Pantry Partners program and the involvement of the Chatham Realtors in helping with the hunger problem. Thank you very much for your continuing interest in this issue.

Lynne O'Brien
Pantry Partners

Summer Arts Festivals and Fairs

I am a watercolor artist located on the south shore, and was interested in information on your 2006 summer art festival if anyone has info. My work may be viewed on my web-site at If interested, my e-mail address is

Thank you
David Holt

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The History of Kate Gould Park

Hi All,

When entering the name of my girlfriend for a random search on Google, it brought up a very interesting namesake. My girlfriend's name is Kate Gould and of course, she shares her name with the park in the centre of the town of Chatham, Massachusetts.

I'm very interested to find out the origins of the Kate Gould which the park was named after. Are you able to inform me or could you point me to someone who might?

We'd very much like to visit the town one day and set foot in the park. Therefore, could you also suggest what time of year would be the best to visit and how we'd get there bearing in mind we'd be most probably flying into Boston?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Many thanks

Phil Viles

Eastgate House
Cardinal Square
10 Nottingham Road

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