Ferry Tales: The Bennett’s Family Tradition

Ferry Tales: The Bennett’s Family Tradition

Well, we never actually spent much time in Provincetown, to tell you the truth. My parents had a cottage in Wellfleet and I remember growing up, going there summers, the whole old Cape Cod experience, kids in the back of a station wagon and mosquitoes and campfires...
Ferry Tales: Kathryn’s Wedding Proposal

Ferry Tales: Kathryn’s Wedding Proposal

So yeah, Missy and I were living together for like, I don’t know, ten or twelve years? We both taught in the public school system, and I remember someone saying something about “spinster teachers,” which we thought was really a riot. And we were fine. But then...
Ferry Tales: Peter Has a Fling

Ferry Tales: Peter Has a Fling

This was a long time back—in the 1970s, when Provincetown was still one of the only places you could go to be yourself. I was in college in Boston, and I was still pretty much in the closet. I know I used to go to Dignity services, and I can’t even remember where,...
Ferry Tales: Andrew Finds a Home

Ferry Tales: Andrew Finds a Home

Like everybody else, I’d been thinking about buying a place in Ptown. My boyfriend and I live in New Hampshire, but every chance we get we head out to the Cape, usually by car, which gets really old really fast, if you know what I mean. And we were spending a fortune...
Ferry Tales: Sister Clare’s Ocean Adventure

Ferry Tales: Sister Clare’s Ocean Adventure

I first took the ferry from Boston to Provincetown when I was twelve or thirteen… what I remember most about it was that it was the best day of my life! My father had made some sort of sale and wanted to celebrate, so we all (my parents, my brother Alan and I) boarded...
Ferry Tales: Napi’s Coins: Diving Into the Pier

Ferry Tales: Napi’s Coins: Diving Into the Pier

Back in those days, the ferries would come in and people got off them, all sorts of people, you’d see everyone there. A lot of them were dressed up fancy, and we’d be there on the pier, waiting for them. I was just a kid back then, a whole group of us would be waiting...
Ferry Tales: A Love Story: Whale Talk on the Weekend

Ferry Tales: A Love Story: Whale Talk on the Weekend

I was living in Boston and working at a bank downtown. I loved working and I made such good friends at the bank, all the other girls, we were all about the same age and none of us was married, and we all used to sit together outside on nice days with our bag lunches...
Ferry Tales: Jack’s Business: An Unexpected Encounter

Ferry Tales: Jack’s Business: An Unexpected Encounter

Like everybody else I knew in Boston, I always looked forward to the ferry trip to Ptown. It was the best way to ease into the environment, to go from meetings and phone calls and traffic to the (relative) calm of Commercial Street and Herring Cove. But I’m the kind...
Ferry Tales: The Dance that Changed Olivia’s Life

Ferry Tales: The Dance that Changed Olivia’s Life

I guess you could say that I kept meeting my husband. I’d been introduced to him somewhere before, and he’d liked me from the beginning. He even told someone, “that’s the girl I’m going to marry.” I was sixteen and a half. It was August of 1946. We all worked so we...
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