|Granny and me.|
and the warm fried dough dusted with powdered sugar we purchased from the Portuguese Bakery...
and that we spent hours vicariously navigating our way out along the stone causeway connecting the mainland with Long Point, the absolute fingertip of the Cape.
And as you can see, the same candy shop, the same bakery, and the same causeway still exist. Plus a whole lot more!
|Colorful Commercial Street.|
As you can see, even back then, gender-bending was happily accepted. Front row left is Karen in some sort of homemade chieftain headdress and with his arm around her is Fred Abdella. Back row is Mickey (?), followed by me as Priscilla Mullins - Mayflower Pilgrimess extraordinaire. Next is Sam as I think Hester Prynne from The Scarlett Letter. (Yes, she appears 22 years later but there is a great resemblance, especially with Sam's mustache.) And on the far right is Ilona looking a bit more like a Brazilian carnival dancer than a Native American. Karen is now 91 and Ilona, a mere 93.
Notice that Karen is wearing the same expression on her face. So is Ilona, for that matter! In 1985 Ilona asked me to sit for her and she did my portrait. Last year when I visited for the summer she shocked me. I had forgotten all about the drawing and...she gave it to me. Truly, I will cherish it forever.
Ilona is still painting and sketching and she is featured in Ari Seth Cohen's book Advanced Style, a book devoted to (mostly) women 60+ who "live with grace and panache, marching to the beat of their own drummer." So, she's not only a style icon now and the new face of Karen Walker eyewear...
she also does a show, The Eyelash Cabaret, which she performed the week I was there, at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum with the brilliant Zoe Lewis at the piano.
|Ilona and Zoe - Eyelash Cabaret|
|View from the porch of the Crow's Nest at Poor Richard's.|
|Bud and the Crow's Nest up top. The Barbary Lane of P-town.|
|Poor Richard's Landing and Garden.|
|Pepe's - Bay side table and the best lobster roll in town.|
I don't think I've seen as many shows in Provincetown as I did on this trip. And before several of them, Bud and I frequented my favorite place for a smart cocktail before starting off the evening, the Harbor Lounge. With a pier that stretches out into the bay, it's comfortable, classy and the drinks are fantastic.
An unexpected delight performing at The Post Office Cabaret and restaurant were the Seattle based Atomic Bombshells hosted by Ben De La Creme.
Not only did they have me in tears of laughter, they are really great burlesque dancers. Not to be missed is Jett Adore's peacock number!
And for dinner after the show we visited a restaurant I've known about for years but had never tried, Front Street. Wow! On many levels.
Dizzy Note: For those of us with hyper-sensitive hearing due to inner-ear imbalances, (or even if you don't have ear issues) the noise level in this charming but popular and packed restaurant is so loud, you may have to read lips to understand each other.
Having said that, the food was off the charts good. Some of the dishes we tried were...
|Burrata - an Italian delicacy of mozzarella and cream. Melts in your mouth.|
|Fried, stuffed zucchini flowers - a first for me. I could eat them every day.|
|Herb crusted rack of lamb. Gnaw on the bone delish and not gamy.|
|And ricotta cheesecake with blueberry sauce. Classic!|