On Chappy
Peter Wells
Sally and I have been meandering through New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California for the past 10 days. There is something about the exaggerated vertical and horizontal scale of this land that is rejuvenating to me.
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On Chappy: April 11
Peter Wells
When you drive past me on the road I’m humming along to country or folk music on the radio, but when you pass Abigail Southard Chandler she’s likely to be going over the arias.
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On Chappy: April 4
Peter Wells
The Trustees of Reservations, in an effort to cultivate more public interest in Mytoi Garden, have concluded that perhaps all that is needed is a name change.
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On Chappy: March 28
Peter Wells
Slip Away Farm is showing outward signs of the coming growing season. The front field has been tilled, just in time for Wednesday’s snowstorm.
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On Chappy: March 21
Peter Wells
If you haven’t been in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital lately, I’m happy for you. That’s usually good news, but you’ve been missing out on the fabulous exhibits of photographs and paintings in the main hall.
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On Chappy: March 14
Peter Wells
This is the height of mud season here on Chappy. There is very little that can be done to economically smooth out a muddy road.
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On Chappy: March 7
Peter Wells

About two years ago Skip Bettencourt and I were looking out over the Katama opening from atop the bluff near the Wacks’ house. Norton Point had grown eastward rapidly to within several hundred yards of the Chappaquiddick shore. At that moment the flow of water through the opening was barely discernible. Regardless of what I knew of the well-documented timetable that previous openings had followed, I could easily picture this one choked off by sand very soon and in the very location that it then occupied.

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On Chappy: Feb. 28
Peter Wells
The next Chappy potluck will be on Wednesday, March 5, hosted by Pat Rose and John Ortman. Catching up on gossip begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner bell ringing at 6:30. The potlucks are always a lot of fun and lately have a good turnout of children.
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On Chappy: Feb. 21
Peter Wells

Spring is upon us. There are many signs, some of which seem to conflict with the thermometer reading. Just within the last few days the ferry captain on the afternoon shift has been able to get home before darkness sets in. I have seen the new 2014 seed catalogs at friends’ houses. The full moon in mid March is known as the Worm Moon, in contrast to the recent Snow Moon of this month. Though the fields at Slipaway Farm are covered in snow, the hen house is a real crowd scene with at least four dozen hens all talking at once. The farm needs egg cartons as you can imagine.

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Chappy Town Column: Feb. 14
Peter Wells

Happy Valentine’s Day and happy birthday to my daughter Nearess who is here visiting with my grandsons Isaiah and Bailey. She has flown in from California to be with us for a week. Their grandmother will be pretty tired but very happy to have all five of her grandchildren in one place at one time.

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