Musician Chandler Travis of Eastham said he organizes the Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless every year because he likes to try to help out those in need.
His way of helping includes a one-of-a-kind festive event with some of the top musicians on the Cape performing holiday music and skits to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd of fans. The concert gives much-needed funds to the NOAH Shelter in Hyannis, where homeless men and women can find shelter, meals and a hot shower year-round.
This year’s Cavalcade, the tenth annual, was held at the Jailhouse Tavern in Orleans and featured, among others, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Rip It Ups, Zoe Lewis, the Ticks, the Greenheads, Tripping Lily, Monica Rizzio, Kami Lyle, Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys, Steve Shook, the Catbirds, Sarah Burrill, Fred Fried, Bruce Maclean, Lydia Parkington, Christine Rathbun, Anna Whiteley, Steven Russell, the Fix-It Sisters, and Athol Thingerth, and Toast and Jam.
Approximately 300 tickets were sold and Chandler also gathered sponsors for the event. Those sponsors included the Wellfleet Beachcomber, Mac’s Seafood, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Spiritus Pizza, Hot Chocolate Sparrow and Cape Cod Audio.
Though donations are still coming in, the event has so far raised about $6,000 from the concert, another $1,200 from a second concert at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), plus hundreds raised through sponsorships for a total over $9,000, the highest ever from the Cavalcade!