What are you doing for New Year’s on Cape Cod? 10 ideas to say goodbye to 2021, hello 2022

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Besides the myriad of activities planned for townwide celebrations in Chatham and Provincetown, there are a lot of other ways to ring out the Old Year and ring in the new one — music, comedy, icy water and more. Here are 10 ideas, five for the final night of 2021 and five ways to greet the first day of 2022:

New Year’s Eve

Scamps New Year's Comedy Show 2021: 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 31, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road. Tickets: $35, $33 for seniors, $30 for members. Information: 508-428-0669, artsonthecape.org, ScampsComedy.com. The two shows for the New Year’s Eve Night of Live Comedy are presented with Scamps Comedy, hosted by local Jim Ruberti and headlined by Boston comedians Bob Niles and Jason Merrill. (Patrons 12 and older must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours to enter; patrons under 12 must be masked at all times.)

Jim Ruberti will host two comedy shows on New Year's Eve at Cotuit Center for the Arts. COURTESY PHOTO
Jim Ruberti will host two comedy shows on New Year's Eve at Cotuit Center for the Arts. COURTESY PHOTO

Bart Weisman Jazz Group: 7-10 p.m. Dec. 31, Cape Codder Resort & Spa, 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis. Live jazz in the Grand Cru Restaurant, with no cover or reservations required. Information: 508-771-3000, bartweisman.com. Weisman will also play with other musicians on New Year's Day at The Club in Provincetown.

The Bart Weisman Jazz Group will perform New Year's Eve at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis. COURTESY PHOTO
The Bart Weisman Jazz Group will perform New Year's Eve at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis. COURTESY PHOTO

New Year’s Eve Bash with the Grab Brothers Band: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31, The Loft Restaurant, 183 Main St., West Yarmouth. Information: theloftatthecove.com.

Crooked Coast NYE Bash: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31, Grumpy's Pub, 29 Locust St., Falmouth. Information: https://www.bandsintown.com. This is the first hometown show in a long time for the band, with full light show, big sound and new music. The warm-up act will be DJ XP. Crooked Coast plays indie rock, reggae, hip hop, electronic and pop music. The group’s “Rise & Shine” debuted at No. 5 on the iTunes reggae chart last year, and the band recently released a string of singles and music videos.

New Year’s Dinner or Brunch at Ocean Edge: The Brewster resort will offer three New Year’s Eve dinner options, with four-course dinners as part of The Igloo Experience at The Frost Bar (inside a heated igloo with Adirondack chairs, blankets, a heater and Bluetooth speaker) or inside The Frost Bar restaurant itself. Bayzo's Pub will be open with live music until 1 a.m. There will also be a New Year's Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Frost Bar that will include Maine Lobster Benedicts, Cinnamon Bun Pancakes and a build-your-own-Bloody Mary bar. https://www.oceanedge.com/dining

The "igloos" at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club and the adjacent Frost Bar are open with a four-course meal for New Year's Eve, with the restaurant open for a brunch for New Year's Day. MERRILY CASSIDY/CAPE COD TIMES
The "igloos" at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club and the adjacent Frost Bar are open with a four-course meal for New Year's Eve, with the restaurant open for a brunch for New Year's Day. MERRILY CASSIDY/CAPE COD TIMES

New Year’s Day

Winter Magic antiques show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 1, The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. Cost: $5-$6. Information: 508-394-7100, cultural-center.org. This full-scale antiques show will feature dealers from Cape Cod and beyond the bridges. Antiques will include country furniture, nautical items, samplers, Canton China, Chinese Export, cut and pressed glass, folk art, paintings, chocolate molds, prints, hooked rugs, baskets, stoneware, decoys, Bennington pottery, and more. All proceeds benefit the cultural center.

Antiques for the Winter Magic show on New Year's Day at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.
Antiques for the Winter Magic show on New Year's Day at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.

Monument Beach Polar Club Plunge: This is the 25th anniversary for the club’s New Year’s Day Plunge, which will take place at noon at Monument Beach, again as a fundraiser for Bourne Food Pantry. Those who would rather not gather that day can plunge anywhere anytime before Jan. 1 and document it. Registration and information: www.mbpcpolarplunge.org. There will be chowder afterwards at the Weary Traveler’s Club. Cost with a T-shirt is $25, with registrants encouraged to seek sponsorships.

The Polar Plunge at Smuggler's Beach, a fundraiser for the Friends of Yarmouth Council on Aging, is due to take place again on New Year's Day. MERRILY CASSIDY/CAPE COD TIMES
The Polar Plunge at Smuggler's Beach, a fundraiser for the Friends of Yarmouth Council on Aging, is due to take place again on New Year's Day. MERRILY CASSIDY/CAPE COD TIMES

Polar Plunge: The Friends of Yarmouth Council on Aging will hold its 12th Annual Polar Plunge at noon Jan. 1 at Smuggler’s Beach. Proceeds will benefit Yarmouth Senior Services. Hot cocoa and baked items will be available to participants willing to brave the cold.

Cinderella” by The Metropolitan Opera – Live in HD: 12:55-4 p.m. Jan. 1, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, 2357 Old Route 6 Road. Tickets: $30. Information: 508-349-9428, what.org. Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Massenet’s “Cendrillon” is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess. Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a cast that includes mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians.

Siren Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard will perform "Being Alive" from "Company" as part of a Stephen Sondheim tribute for Cape Symphony's New Year's Day concert.
Siren Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard will perform "Being Alive" from "Company" as part of a Stephen Sondheim tribute for Cape Symphony's New Year's Day concert.

New Year’s Day Party concert by Cape Symphony: 3-5 p.m. Jan. 1, Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main St., Hyannis. Reservations and information: capesymphony.org. The program focuses on Viennese waltzes and marches in the spirit of a New Year’s celebration in Vienna, combined with a fresh take on pop hits and opera classics. It will also include a tribute to late composer Stephen Sondheim, featuring Siren Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard singing "Being Alive." There will also be a nod to Beethoven’s birthday, with concertmaster Jae Cosmos Lee performing “Romance for Violin and Orchestra.”

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