Chatham Bars Inn Celebrates Centennial With Throwback Events

What started as a humble hunting lodge on June 9, 1914 is now an upscale Cape Cod resort.


The Chatham Bars Inn is marking the anniversary with a series of throwback events, including an ice cream social June 9 at 3 p.m. to mark the official anniversary. The treat is free and open to guests and the local community, and will include music by the Chatham Town Band, face painting, balloon twisters, food and other family friendly events.

On June 14, there will be lawn games, antique cars, a speakeasy and a roaring 20s costume ball. The family stuff happens during the day, and that night, with tickets at $95, the ball runs from 6-10 p.m., with cocktail reception, three-course dinner with cash bar,  a centennial keepsake and dancing to a 20-piece band playing big-band music and jazz. Prizes for best attire will be awarded.

Also that night, Sacred Cod tavern turns into Hardy’s Speakeasy, a nod to founder Charles Ashley Hardy, starting at 5 p.m., with food, drinks and live jazz.

A retrospective by the Hardy family, led by oral historian Charles Ashley Hardy III, will be held June 24, with family photos and memorabilia, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the South Lounge. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the Chatham Historical Society.

The inn underwent a $100-million renovation in recent years, and has 217 rooms and suites, dining, a spa and several dining options. For information visit   

(Photo: Eric Doyle for The Boston Globe)

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