We spent a week on Cape Cod. Enjoying museums, restaurants, history, and parties.
JP and I ventured up to Cape Cod to see our friends Matt and Cass from Washington DC get married... They have been planning the wedding for some time, and had everything in place for a fun time for all !
The food, wine, vows, tributes from family and friends, and the setting all combined to make a magical time for our Dear Matt & Cass.
JP and I found our way to Sandwich Ma. and to my family homestead. It is now open as a museum, with the distinction of being the oldest home in The United States still owned by the original family descendants who built it. It is the "Wing Fort House" in Sandwich Mass. Built in 1641.
JP; "WHAT are you doing !?!?!?"
Billy; "Going in."
JP; "You can't just walk in like that !!!!"
Billy; " Sure I can... It's my family home after !!! Isn't it ??? "
JP; " I can't believe you do things like this...."
Billy; (looking back over my shoulder) "Come on, follow me..."
When I got inside, I got the feeling someone else was in there, and a creek on the floorboards from upstairs confirmed... JP and I were NOT alone in the house.
I looked up the stairs and gave out a loud "Hellooooooo" To which the response was "WHOs THERE !?!"
I responded with "I'm William Woodcock, a descendant of Stephen Wing !!!!"
The voice from above came back with " Oh, Come on up !!! A pleasure to meet you ! I'm Dave Wheelock, the curator of this house for the Wing Family.
Dave showed us around the house and told us stories about the home and history of the settlement.
I'll have to fill you in on my "Cousin Cora"... the last Wing to live in the house as a regular occupant....
She lived there with her "Girlfriend" as I found out, and they were a couple of real live wires. As the saying goes... " the leaf doesn't fall far from the tree"...
JP and also did something we never thought would happen to us.... We got married !!!
YEAH... we tied the knot in Barnstable, Mass, and the Yarmouth Town Hall, on June 8th.
We didn't tell anyone about it, because we didn't want to upstage any of the wedding excitement already in place for Matt and Cass.... So we secretly "ELOPED" and sent out cards to tell family and friends back home in "The Valley" what we did.
Even Judge Riley at the Barnstable Probate Court stopped a court proceding late in the day to sign paperwork for us, and was delighted to have us there "all the way from Pennsylvania" to be married on Cape Cod !
The day couldn't have gone better for us... The sun was out, everyone was friendly and fun, and the ceremony was delightful in every way. It was relaxed and pleasant, intimate and meaningful.
Even though JP and I have known each other for 24 years, and have been living together for 18 years... this was an event we found thrilling on every level. It even made us giggle like school kids every time we looked at each other and realized we ARE married in 5 states, and recognized in two others....
Wholly Cats... this means we are on our Honeymoon !!!!
We dropped cards in the mail to everyone we felt should know what we had done... and went about Cape Cod with a renewed enthusiasm for our vacation.
One of our stops was to have lunch at the Daniel Webster in Sandwich Mass.... it is a very old inn that serves up a great lunch, and has been a regular stop for JP and I every time we are on Cape Cod.
We met friends who were there from Manhattan for Matt & Cass' wedding, and caught up on all the latest over a bloody mary and lobster bisque.
This is to tell you about what we found when we got home to "The Valley"....
JP and I thought it was delightful that our "Valley Family" remembered us with a "Welcome home surprise"...
BUT.... the real surprise was about to reveal itself to us when we opened the front door....
It was all overwhelming and fun... So we called up everyone and had people over for cocktails and celebrations....
Our "Valley Family" is truly wonderful !!!! Our return home couldn't have been any better !!!
Just when I thought we were arriving home with no fanfare, and feeling a little "blue" that we got hitched, and there was hardly any celebratory excitement... The friends we love so dearly at home in "The Valley" came through for us !!!
There isn't any other place I'd rather be.....
Until the next time.... Stay tuned in.