…and the town’s filling up!
In Oysterville, it feels a little like it did thirty or forty years ago when most of the part-time residents would show up on holiday weekends. Nowadays, with our ever-increased mobility, home-owners and their friends and family seem to come and go whenever the spirit moves – not necessarily for special occasions only. But… yesterday, as the town started filling up, I had a little bit of déjà vu.
For starters, I think the Accuardi family is planning to be here in force to celebrate Fred and Gail. They have sold their Red Cottage after twenty years of careful stewardship and their large family is gathering to wish them well and to say ‘arrivederci to Oysterville’ – at least to this chapter. Martie and Steve at the Captain Stream house will continue the family’s connection with the village with energy, enthusiasm and next generations – “as God intended” as our friend Te would say.
In the Red House (not to be confused with the Red Cottage) Cousins Abby and Dan Ronco and kids (the sixth generation of Espys) have arrived with friends. Their plan is to have an Easter Egg Hunt throughout the town on Sunday. I hope the weather cooperates, but knowing my intrepid cousins, a little rain and wind won’t slow them down.
Other folks are in town to take advantage of the long overdue clam season. We haven’t been out but we understand the digging is great. We’ve already been offered some freshly cleaned clams from neighbors Tucker and Carol! (Sometimes there are advantages to being old or infirm.)
And, of course, there are all of the ‘regulars’ –those spirited neighbors who are here every-weekend-no-matter-what. Plus, those who live here full-time but have been away for parts of the winter. Add us all up and the town seems a-bustle. As my folks used to say, “It feels like Old Home Week.” Throw in a bit of intermittent sunshine and we can almost imagine that spring and summer are on their way after all!