Just take the bus and get off at Tom Nevers. You can walk the rest of the way. And that was our plan for Sunday afternoon on Nantucket Island. Just a few little problems:
- The "you" in this case meant seven people including a three-almost-four year old, an almost two-year-old, and a seventy-year-old using a walker, as well as four able-bodied adults.
- "the rest of the way" was probably a couple of miles.
- It was then early afternoon and we had to be on the returning ferry at 5 P.M.
Finally, a nice big Lincoln Navigator made a U-turn in front of us. The driver rolled down his window and asked, "You folks heading for the fair?" Salvation! "Yes!" "Pile in, " he said, and we did.
Nantucket has a permanent population of 6,000 -- like a small town and it is an island. Crime on an island is kind of hard to get away with when the ferry only goes three times a day. So we felt safe. What we didn't consider is what 6,000 people do on a gray wind-swept island during the long off-season. I can tell you -- they drink. And this kind fellow was getting a head start on the off-season. Four empty beer cans and one in progress decorated the interior of his SUV.
Regardless of the risk, we got there safely. The fair was held at Tom Nevers -- a former Naval Station. The landing strip there is washing away and falling into the Atlantic as Nantucket erodes and shifts slightly toward the mainland. Also at the Station is a bunker intended for use by John Kennedy if he were at Hyannis Port in the event of an attack.
The fair was sweet and low key. It consisted of a food concession, an exhibit of monstrous pumpkins, a couple of bouncy houses for the kids, a few farm animals (goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks, all supplied by the same family), a dog show in which every dog won a prize (shortest, whitest, noisiest, etc.), and a few exhibits promoting good works: save the whales, prevent domestic violence (very high during the long drunk winters on Nantucket), etc.
All in all, it was a good day. We took a taxi back to town.