Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the absolutely spectacularly beautiful, breezy island of Nantucket! On this glorious Thursday afternoon–the 16th day of July, 2015–I bid you and yours a fair and fine adieu. Only wish you were here. For words cannot really describe the feeling of flying around on a two wheeler (like a five year old), on a day such as this one. I highly recommend visiting US here on this little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by that Last Great Ice Age, for if memories are the best part of a vacation, you know, the love you bring home, well then, I cannot think of a better place on this planet than Cape Cod and Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard! We will, as always leave a LIGHT on for you.
In this ongoing saga, “Better Know Your District!” (credit: CBS’ “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert), I mean Cape Cod town or island, I believe we are up to number four, the town of “Osterville”, one of seven towns within the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA, is next up on the docket, so to speak. This town was originally known as Cotacheset, based on the Native American name for the area. Over time, it became a center for “oystering” (harvesting wild oysters), thereby changing the name to “Oysterville”, until someone left out a consonant on a map and thus, shortening the name to what it is known today– “Osterville”.
As confusing as that is, how confused would the original settlers of this area be if they stumbled ‘out of time’ and found themselves in this 21st Century America? A town truly unrecognizable! For this once quiet sea side village of mostly working people–living off the land and sea to a great degree, with a few wealthy mansions dotting the landscape here and there, (sea captains, bankers from Boston)–has been transformed over the past century, spilling over into this current one, as the downtown area, especially the business district, resembling Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or what many have come to know it as a “mini-Palm Beach”.
Indeed, take a walk down quiet Main Street and one will notice the Royal Bank of Scotland, along with a handful of other prominent Wall Street investment banks. Couple that with plenty of commercial banking presence, and perhaps five to seven high end real estate firms and your friend from the 19th, or even the early part of the 20th Century would not recognize the place. High end women’s fashion, the quaint/excellent high quality of the ever popular “Fancy’s Market”, and all of the fine restaurants such as “Five Bays Bistro” and “Crisp”, one can’t really go wrong as one strolls up to “Kelly-Armstrong Park” (oldest and largest privately owned park on Cape Cod–open to the public), to take in all of the beauty Mother Nature has to offer. With many trails guiding one through the well groomed gardens all done by “Grumpy Old Men” (the real name of the volunteers who make it so beautiful winter, spring, summer, or fall!). Crosby’s Boat Yard is famous for it’s “Wianno Senior” and “Crosby Cat Boat”, the former a favorite of nearby Hyannis Port resident John F. Kennedy.
A steel drawbridge connects the village to Little Island & Grand Island (better known as “Oyster Harbors”), a gated community featuring many luxury homes and a private country club. The neighborhood of Wianno abuts East Bay section of Osterville. There are two private country clubs in Osterville: The Wianno and the Oyster Harbors Club. Both clubs have private 18 hole golf courses, private tennis facilities and a private beach. Wianno has sailing lessons for the kids. The late, great actress Lee Remick lived here for many years, passing her last years in the peace and solitude “Oyster Harbors” provided her…
Like Nantucket, during July and August, Osterville’s population balloons due to summer residents who live in greater Boston during most of the year, maintaining this second home in Osterville, which is famous for it’s many, many sea side mansions.
But one can also take a humble walk over to “Joshua’s Pond” leading to “Mike’s Pond”, taking in all of that nature, serenity and peace of these ancient forests that surround many of the deep glacier made Kettle Ponds scattered about this true sand bar created by those retreating glaciers roughly 11-12 thousand years ago. It is sometimes nice to think that these little ponds might hold some of that ancient water that once was in another form: ice. Perhaps leaving a little drop of hope in an otherwise mad, mad world…
Have a wonderful day folks!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M