South Harwich, Walkers with Love and Freedom to Nantucket
Meeting the man who lost by 5 votes
By the end of the previous day, I had wrapped up my walk through Harwich Port and continued east along Route 28. I had started the morning looking at Milton Welt's work, and here it was now, the end of the day, at a gallery in South Harwich, when in came the artists himself. That's his painting of the First Congregational Church in Harwich Center on right.
But for 5 votes in 1976
He pointed to me and said, "This young man is where I was 30 years ago." And he went on to tell the story of being one of eight candidates in the Republican primary for State Representative -- back when that pretty much meant the whole election. But he lost to Rick Cahoon by five votes! "I was doing great until we went into Chatham," he told me. "That's where I lost it."
Being the Republican candidate from Chatham, hearing this made me smile.
When I started up on my route again in the morning, I had less than two hours before catching the ferry to Nantucket for an insurance inspection. Still, I managed to cover ground through South Harwich. Leaving my car for an oil change with Barry Bessette at BB's Automotive, I made it to Moran Engineering, and was about to cross the street to Thayer's when I ran into Ron Bergstrom and Don Howell walking together. They were headed in the opposite direction for the Housing Walk with Love, so running along, I joked, "I guess I'm walking the the wrong way!"
After that, I ran into Florence Seldin who told me Ginny Nickerson was coming along behind. As one of the "celebrity" walkers, Ginny was sponsored by the Children's Shop, which she recently sold. My mother and sister used to bring me in there growing up in Chatham, and just yesterday I bought Sofie a swimsuit there. Ginny was so very supportive on my run for Selectman in 2001 that I knew I just had to make a point to cheer her on in the walk.
And then I barely had time to jog back to the South Harwich post office, where my sister, Katie, was waiting with Sofie to bring me to the Freedom Ferry for a trip over to Nantucket.
Strange, but having walked across Harwich from the Dennis town line to the Chatham, I was having to head to a place that some see as a possible future for the Lower and Outer Cape. My impressions in my next article.