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Weekend Outlook

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There are a lot of places to celebrate New Years Eve on the Cape and the Islands. Among the communitywide celebrations, the biggest, and the oldest, is Chatham's First Night, which features many activities and culminates in the lowering of the illuminated cod.


The Outer Cape Chorale is giving concerts in Provincetown and Orleans this weekend, and these are special because the chorale members are saying goodbye to someone very important: conductor Jon Arterton, who founded the chorale in 2002 and is now moving to Florida.

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Holiday spirit and activities can be found all over Cape Cod and the Islands this weekend.  There are festivals, holiday craft markets, and other events happening in many of the towns and villages. We've got a rundown.

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Right after Thanksgiving, we jump into the holiday season. This weekend there are some annual traditions starting up. One of those is the Gardens Aglow exhibit at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich.

How many things can you do with a turnip? There’s one good way to find out. Saturday is the 12th annual Turnip Festival in Eastham. 

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has its own way to give thanks at this time of year and will hold that event on Saturday. More info.

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Cat's Eyes, Taws, Bumboozers, and Clambroths - the vocabulary of marbles is almost as varied as the glass balls themselves. You can knuckledown (prepare to shoot your marble) at Marble Mania at the Sandwich Glass Museum, which opens its annual Glassblowers Christmas exhibit this weekend. 

Pease Boatworks

Most boats these days are made of fiberglass, but wooden boats have their enthusiasts, and some Chatham organizations are joining together to celebrate them on Saturday.

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There are plenty of activities for children this Halloween weekend - but what about costume events for adults? Plenty of organizations are throwing a party, and here's a listing.

Heritage Museum and Gardens

With Halloween coming up on a Saturday next week, and some organizations not wanting to get in the way of trick-or-treaters, this turns out to be the big weekend for many Halloween-related events. 

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Oysters take pride of place this weekend, featuring in two different events. Wellfleet's annual OysterFest celebrates all things related to the bivalve, and culminates with the much-anticipated oyster shucking contest. And the 6th Annual Oyster Symposium takes place on the Upper Cape - the first time this international event has come to North America.

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Want to hone your Davy Crockett-style tracking skills? Head to Harwich this Saturday, where the Harwich Conservation Trust presents naturalist and tracking instructor Todd Kelley for a workshop on how to identify wildlife and their tracks by interpreting the clues they leave behind.

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Dog-lovers should to head to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds this weekend, as more than 900 dogs of many breeds compete in the annual Cranberry Cluster All-Breed Dog Shows.

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This weekend may be what many people consider the unofficial end of summer, but there is plenty going on both this weekend and on into the fall. Here's a preview.

A different kind of food buffet takes place at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth on Saturday, as more than 25 food trucks roll into town.