Welcome. Edgartown News was born from the simple fact that I have ink and Dektol in my veins and I need to write and photograph more than I need air or food, and from my love for this little town where I grew up and raised my family, the town I have left a few times but can't quite shake for good. Here you will find wanderings and musings, photographs and commentary; the people, places, and happenings - past and present - of a small island town: my home town.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

After Sandy


Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Edmund Willoughby, at the fore in Edgartown's post-Sandy clean-up.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts


Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Edgartown Yacht Club

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Edgartown's nearly-empty outer harbor, a rare occurence.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Ditto for the inner harbor.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts


Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts


Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Boats are going back into the water.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Captain Sandy Fisher readies for another day of scalloping, having barely missed a beat.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
The beat goes on, as well, for Clinton Fisher and Steve Kuehne who are Cape Pogue-bound. The question for today is, "Will the scallops still be out there, or did they get blown away?"

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Good luck, fishermen.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
This little dinghy stood up to its namesake storm just fine.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
One of the three Edgartown Sandy Fishers - a fisher by name and by trade, and Clinton's Uncle.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Scalloping partners Jake Bassett and Jay Bennett, carrying on another family legacy - the long-standing Bassett-Bennett connection.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Davis Lane

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
The Hagerty crew.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts
High tide at South Beach.

Hurricane Sandy, aftermath, Edgartown, Massachusetts

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane!

Hurricane Sandy - which advance reports were touting as a "Frankenstorm," due to an unusual confluence of weather systems - arrived in the wee hours on Monday. So far, Edgartown has not been hit as hard even as near-by Oak Bluffs (I may have been the last car passing into that town via Beach Road this morning before it was closed for the day; I have since heard that the road near the sea wall has completely washed out), and certainly the Vineyard is not being hit as hard as New Jersey is currently being slammed (as I write on Monday evening); these photos being a somewhat relaxed photo journalistic report of a meteorological event that is, farther down the US Atlantic coast, in the process of creating a disaster zone.


Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
High tide Monday morning, Anthier's.

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
State Beach looked more like South Beach this morning.

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
My sweet little Bend in the Road, now churning, frothing, and foreboding.

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
Fishermen's Pier.

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
High tide, minus three hours.

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
The bottom of Main Street.

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
Derby HQ

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
The Reading Room

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
Collins' Beach

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
"No Parking Between Signs," right fork parking lot, South Beach.

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown
South Beach

Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown


Hurricane Sandy, Edgartown

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Family Messes

When is the only time that a family mess is a good thing? Why, October in Edgartown, of course.

Today, a crisp and succulent October Sunday, with the air filled with bits of confetti-like fluff, dried and set loose from the roadside reeds and puff-ball bushes by the brisk northwest wind (in celebration of what, I wonder? Oh yes! My birthday tomorrow, no doubt) was a perfect day for picking up a family mess of scallops.






This father was apparently teaching his daughter the finer points of dip-netting for scallops. I learned from my cousin Cyrus Norton.


The proper outfit is half the fun.





Headed home with this week's family limit.