Friends know that I, basically, detest shopping. Except, of course, for the Carousel Lavender Farm near Doylestown, PA, and virtually any farm market. Chatham’s past lives on. Its present is alluring. And here is an emporium I will never find at home!
NJWILDBEAUTY readers know that Jeanette Hooban, Carolyn Yoder and I spent the last week of October on Cape Cod. Seven summer weeks per year, my beloved daughters and I had lived these scenes together, in the 70’s and 80’s.
These images reveal that Chatham remains as enticing and yes, quaint, as ever. Even Christmas shopping, which I really eschew, is a pleasure in old Chatham. Come, stroll with me.
Chatham Pottery still reigns supreme. One of my few souvenirs is a handsome hand-crafted mug, brilliantly glazed by the mother of the potter, sporting what may be the current (there never used to be one) Chatham icon – the HYDRANGEA.
Sushi did not exist in Chatham ‘in our day’, except for the whales and the gulls.
We took every guest to Candy Manor, still turning out handsome, hearty sweets — my favorites being dark-chocolate-covered cranberries, of course. I think Massachusetts is neck-and-neck with NJ, craynberry-wise.
If your rented haven didn’t have lobster pot, crackers, picker-outers, chowder bowls, bibs and napkins, this was and is the place to go.
Chatham trucks are irresistible. This connoisseur was lunching at the Impudent Oyster.
In our Chatham years, this was our rainy-day shop — puzzles and coloring books. It’s still there. So much is still as it was. Miraculous and gratifying…
Pine Acres Realty led us to our cottage on Nantucket Sound, and to later treasures in forested Harding’s Beach Hills, high above a saltmarsh.
Even Municipal Chatham is appealing.
Olde Chatham still reigns supreme, between Chatham Light and the water, alive with seals and adrift with fishing boats returning to Chatham Fisheries and the Chatham Fish Pier while we were there this fall.
Down the road apiece from Main Street’s Shopping, one arrives at a bluff high above the sea, the ever-perilous sea.