Commercial Street runs about 3 miles along the ocean. This is how you reach the harbor and the fishing fleets and the whalewatch boats. In the summer months, the center of Commercial Street is quaint and festive with restaurants. shops, art houses, and galleries, all majestically amidst the back drop of the bay and ocean. In the winter, it is desolate, just right for a writer or artist or contemplative soul to nestle into winter.
You can walk from one end of town to the other in about an hour. Every house and every sight is breathtaking in its own way. The sea is everywhere: you can see it and smell it and hear it and feel it.
P-town is all about fun. Folks come from all over the world for a day or a season because this is a place that pushes its creative and expressive freedom to the limit. My friend Marilyn painted this mermaid cutout a few years back when I was involved in developing some businesses in town. The angels and little dolls sitting around a pond is a typical example of what you might see in someone's yard. And these two fine gentlemen are the Hat Sisters: brothers, really, they've been around for 25 years or more, participating in parades and town events with their classic whimsy and heterosexual take on life in Provincetown.
The light on the outer Cape is like no other. Artists come from everywhere to capture it. Sometimes you only have 30 seconds to mix your paints before the sky changes color. I've seen the sky brillant pink and unbelievable purple. These photos can't do it justice, but this is really truly what it looks like sometimes when you walk along Commercial Street, the bay, or the beach.
jb and I have always spent part of our summers in P-town. We have a 3 room place a block from the ocean, now rented out, that has always been a sanctuary. Almost two years ago we moved away after spending two years living there full time. It was not an easy time but my memories are driven by the sheer beauty and my deep love of the town. What more can I say? I hope I've done some justice with this tribute. The place is in my blood, my memories, my roots, my heart. It's a terrific spot. I recommend you put it on your list of "someday".
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