Provincetown – Independence Day of Pride and Place
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United Statescommemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from theKingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues,carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
Happy Fourth of July all, or better yet Happy “Independence Day”
This morning, when thinking about what I wanted to share with you about Provincetown in conjunction with “Independence Day”,
it occurred to me that over the years Provincetown has provided a safe harbor and an independent lifestyle for so many reasons.
First and quite important is that: Provincetown Harbor was the initial anchoring place of the Pilgrims traveling on the Mayflower in 1620, before they proceeded to Plymouth, Massachusetts. This may come as a surprise to many of you who have always thought it was Plymouth.
Provincetown is many things to many people. One of the reasons people began going to Provincetown was to feel safe and be free from judgment from society to be able to live and be who they wanted to be, hence why so many artist and those in the gay community sought “refuge” there. Independence, safety, acceptance and freedom from judgement and prejudice, liberty and justice for all.
I think of this especially today because a friend very dear to me feared what his family would think when he came out 2o years ago as a young man. He and his partner went to PTown, declared their “independence” calling their families and sharing their news. Today their families love them for who they are. It’s my hope that the world can become a kinder, gentler place and that all people can be independent and free.
Just a little history: Provincetown was the epicenter dating back to the Pilgrims, for fishing and whaling with very strong Portuguese fishing community. Today Wellfleet and Provincetown are still home to the best oysters ANYWHERE. ( A must while there)
P-Town as it’s kindly referred, has the most incredible natural coastal preserves called the Province Lands (a future post), quirky and unusual characters of all kinds, classic New England coastal cottages and fantastic homes and gardens, if you happen to be a “photo junkie of homes, doors and more” like me, beaches second to none, something to do (or nothing) anytime of the day or night and one of my favorite pass times while there is art. From the East End to the West end you can find anything you want. I think from my travels I would have to say it’s affordable AND a great value and investment. Provincetown’s art/art history/as an art colony’s history is way too important and in-depth to cover today, another day for sure. Why? Because I think art is an amazing way to make your kitchen renovation unique. People often forget that it’s simply a great place to hang their favorite piece. Since our kitchen’s are like”living rooms” today why is it that people tend to hang their favorites in their Living Rooms, a room seldom used. That’s a discussion for another day, however I always said that my writing would ultimately flow back to “kitchens, food and cooking” so today think independently in your home and hang art in the kitchen. If you need help, you know the girl to call. Enjoy these images of the day.
This is a painting done by my mom that I had not really taken much notice of, but to my surprise when my mom passed away three weeks ago now, members of my family are saying how much they loved this painting and would like to have it.
Notice the small flag stuck in the sand. It really is lovely the more I really look at it and I love the dark sky that’s twinkling.
Below is one of my favorite houses in the West End. Restored beautifully. I love that you can still see the original window placement. Look below and you can see the likeness. I’m on a mission to get “inside this home to see more. I just love walking when I’m there and discovering how the “front porch” looks each year. Instead of incorporating every square inch to the interior, I think it was so clever that they chose to keep a little piece of the front to be the welcome mat for all to enjoy.
I was so taken with this photo I just had to include it to share with you all. Once the home of a prominent resident, this home is rumored to have millions of dollars worth of art work inside. The home and the art, part of an estate, is of great controversy and local fodder. The home now appears to be undertaking a significant restoration. I’ll show you when it’s finished. In the meantime, it’s another one on my list of “must get inside” The lines and shape of this cupola has inspired me to design a nautical themed island as part of a nautical collection I’m working on. Remember I told you ,this is one of the main reasons I love to travel. Design inspiration.
Provincetown’s most exquisite place to stay, The Red Inn at the West End of the town is perhaps the loveliest place to stay, although a bit pricey,it’s a room with an extraordinary view, unmatched visuals at every hour of the day. Many artist paint in Provincetown because of what is referred to as the “Cape Light” At any given time of the day the views are changing because of the light and the movement of the sea. Sitting on their Adirondack chairs ( drink in hand) at dusk is one of the most magical settings to view the sunset.
Another beautiful place to stay, The White WInd Inn. If the convenience of Commercial Street is your thing then this is one of the best places. It happens to be a terrific place to watch the parade during Carnival Week. A crazy week to experience at least once. It should be on everyone’s “Bucket List” They are so decked out for Carnival regalia. On year I will try to have seat on that porch. I think one has to be “inn” the know to get a spot here. Hmmmm…. now who do I know, that’s ”inn” the know?
Walking town day after day, season after season I never tire of photographing doorways, gardens, planters, pergolas, planter boxes filled with color so amazing they make your heart stop. God is so incredibly talented.And now it’s time to start my Fourth of July holiday with a yummy dessert. I told you…. life happens in the kitchen and my posts will always take you back there. ENJOY!
All images other than 2 old images in Firehouse photo (found at www.capecodfd.com) are the property of Rebecca Reynolds Designs