In keeping with the spirit (pun intended) of this blog, we thought we’d just toss out some observations about Harwich for those who don’t live here year round or are new to the place. (The old saying is that in general, you aren’t a real Cape Codder unless you’ve been here at least four generations, and have a peck of beach sand in your blood.) But anyway… Trying to describe “The Harwich Experience” (Lawd how we hate that expression!) is kind of like trying to nail thin Jello to a scrub pine tree on a hot August afternoon – good luck. About the only thing that comes to mind is that passage by John Steinbeck:
“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses. Its inhabitants are, as the man once said, ‘whores, pimps, gamblers and sons of bitches,’ by which he meant Everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, ‘Saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,’ and he would have meant the same thing.”
While Harwich isn’t quite that outwardly hoary, it is that dichotomous, especially between Summer and Winter. For those who visit in July, December Harwich is another world…
But there is a weird stark beauty to this town at this time of night and year… Almost as if it’s resting after a long tourist season and the usual day to day. So down route 28, Georges and the Hot Stove quietly serve unwinding folks from every walk. The Port of Call gift store is still like your proverbial grandmother’s home, just not on Thanksgiving. Brax is open, the entry way is dark, and the seating at the bar just a bit more spacious and subdued. And the Harwich Spirits Shoppe is open, though we cats may be sleeping. In short, Harwich has calmed down. Just think of the image below…
See you by the wine racks,
Two cats blogging
* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.