August 8 - 1999: "The Psychs" of August are back

The month when Truro's Ballston Beach becomes a sandy, "Psychiatrist Beach"
This is Ballston Beach in Truro in July without a psychiatrist in sight. photo.

1999: The beach of the intellectuals on Cape Cod in August

On this day in 1999, the New York Times reported on the fact that Ballston Beach on the oceanside in Truro is known locally as "Psychiatrist Beach".  Local folks have known of this beach's sandy sanity rep for decades, and it is not uncommon in August to see a wealthy summer visitor with his analyst alongside him. This beach is also famous as the favorite of NYC literati as well.

'The Psychs' of August Are Back for Summer Retreats on Cape Cod

Banish any image of a Shrinkland where the streets are peopled by bearded, strategically taciturn men and motherly but penetrating women all asking each other, ''And how did that make you feel?''

This is not even close. It is just one more quaint Cape Cod town swamped by vacationers of all ilks in summer, one with pleasant sandy surroundings and a reputation for attracting intellectuals...

We call them 'the psychs,' and in August we say, 'The psychs are here,' '' said Elden Gray, 86, a retired grocer from near Boston who has summered here for 50 years. ''This town is known for that.''

Read the full story in the New York Times here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on